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Monthly Archives: March 2022
Meet the Retirees Who Live on Cruise Ships | Condé Nast Traveler
People ask, ‘don’t you get bored at sea?’” says Janice Yetke, 77. “I say, are you kidding me?”
By Laura Kiniry, March 29, 2022
When Jeff Farschman, 72, first retired from his role as vice president at Lockheed Martin Services in 2004, he planned on spending his winters as a snowbird enjoying the warm temperatures of the Caribbean.
But that all changed when Hurricane Ivan wreaked havoc on Grand Cayman, his island of choice, in September of that same year—so he made what would become a life-changing pivot.
Since he’d already booked himself on a week-long cruise to Bermuda, Farschman decided to extend his travels to include six back-to-back cruises (four to Bermuda and two to the Caribbean) culminating as a 47-day trip.
This extensive journey became the impetus for how he now spends his retirement: living seven-to-eight months annually aboard Holland America Line cruise ships.
Source: Meet the Retirees Who Live on Cruise Ships | Condé Nast Traveler
Matching drugs to DNA is ‘new era of medicine’ | BBC News
By James Gallagher, Health and science correspondent,
Published March 29, 2022
We have the technology to start a new era in medicine by precisely matching drugs to people’s genetic code, a major report says.
Some drugs are completely ineffective or become deadly because of subtle differences in how our bodies function.
The British Pharmacological Society and the Royal College of Physicians say a genetic test can predict how well drugs work in your body.
The tests could be available on the NHS next year.
Your genetic code or DNA is an instruction manual for how your body operates.
The field of matching drugs to your DNA is known as pharmacogenomics.
Source: Matching drugs to DNA is ‘new era of medicine’ – BBC News
Spend Month Seeing America by Train for $400 | Lifehacker
Don’t expect luxury, but do expect to cover a lot of ground.
By Elizabeth Yuko, Saturday, March 26, 2022, 1:00PM
Spring has officially started, and if that makes you want to get out and explore, you’re not alone.
But with gas prices continuing to soar, a road trip may not be the most cost-effective way of doing that right now.
But from now through Tuesday, March 29th, you can snag a USA Rail Pass from Amtrak—which gets you 30 days of train travel—for $399. Here’s what to know.
How Amtrak’s USA Rail Pass works
So what do you get for $399 (other than $100 off the usual price)?
The USA Rail Pass is good for 10 train rides (officially known as “segments”) over a 30-day period, allowing you to travel between more than 500 Amtrak destinations. But there are a few things you need to keep in mind.
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The Godfather at 50: James Caan, Robert Duvall, Talia Shire Reminisce – The Hollywood Reporter
James Caan, Robert Duvall, Talia Shire and John Martino talk Marlon Brando, including his acting trick that screwed the rest of them up; bitterness over a cut scene; nailing a dangerous moment in one take; and a loathing for cannolis; among much more.
By Ryan Parker, March 21, 2022
James Caan was so mad that Francis Ford Coppola cut one of his beefier scenes from The Godfather, he walked out of a screening.
Fifty years later, he’s still irked.Based on the best-selling book by the late Mario Puzo, The Godfather debuted in theaters on March 24, 1972.
Immediately receiving universal acclaim, the Paramount Pictures film was, for a period, the highest-grossing movie of all time, hauling in $243.8 million worldwide, which adjusted for inflation equals $1.6 billion.
Novice Italian American director Coppola, then 32, helmed the Mafia picture for producer Albert S. Ruddy; tales of its uphill production, fraught with one issue after another — such as casting the brilliant, but notoriously difficult Marlon Brando — are so epic, they’re getting a limited series treatment on Paramount+ titled The Offer.
Source: The Godfather at 50: James Caan, Robert Duvall, Talia Shire Reminisce – The Hollywood Reporter
NASA SPHEREx Mission: Finalized Plans for Cutting-Edge Cosmic Mapmaker | SciTechDaily
By Jet Propulsion Laboratory, March 26, 2022
NASA’s upcoming SPHEREx mission will be able to scan the entire sky every six months and create a map of the cosmos unlike any before.
Scheduled to launch no later than April 2025, it will probe what happened within the first second after the big bang, how galaxies form and evolve, and the prevalence of molecules critical to the formation of life, like water, locked away as ice in our galaxy.
Achieving these goals will require cutting-edge technology, and NASA has this month approved final plans for all the observatory’s components.
Source: NASA SPHEREx Mission: Finalized Plans for Cutting-Edge Cosmic Mapmaker