Washington -- The U.S. space agency and Walt Disney Studios have signed an agreement to promote science and technology to schoolchildren.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration said the "Space Act Agreement" calls for a series of educational and public outreach activities related to Disney-Pixar's new movie, "WALL-E" that opens June 27.
NASA officials said the collaboration highlights the similarities between the movie's storyline and NASA's real-life work in robot technology, propulsion systems and astrophysics. The movie is set 700 years in the future. The film's main character -- the only rover-robot left on Earth -- meets a new robot named Eve, and together they take a journey through the universe.
"Great ideas for future exploration of the universe start with the imagination," said Robert Hopkins, chief of strategic communications at NASA.
Everyone knows the saying, "It takes money to make money." But how much does it take? It's easy to assume it takes, well, more than we have. Believe it or not, though, the headlines you occasionally come across that say "Minimum-Wage Worker Retires Millionaire" are true.
Mom and Dad were right a lot of the time: Scratching only makes it worse; high school's not the end of the world; and that style (whatever "that style" was in your day) isn't flattering, even if all the popular girls are wearing it.
America's younger generations face a bevy of problems, including mounting debt, impending problems with Social Security and Medicare, and the prospects of an economy that no longer promises advancement over their parents' standards of living. In response, many 25- to 40-year-olds no longer expect to be able to stop working -- no matter how old they get.
Seoul -- The South Korean National Statistical office reported Friday that South Koreans spend an average of 7 percent of their income on their children's education.
A distrust of public schools was part of the reason South Korean parents spend an average $234.21 per child per month on education, the Yonhap News Agency reported.
The survey, commissioned by the Education Ministry, cannot be compared to other years, as it was the first conducted. But, South Korean President-elect Lee Myung-bak's interest in "competition focused education" may trigger even more spending on private educations, experts told Yonhap.
The report said South Korean parents' spending on education reached $21.13 billion in 2007.
Salt Lake City -- A U.S. report said first-born children may attain more education and make more money because they get more parental attention.
Joseph Price, economics professor at Brigham Young University, said his research shows that first-born children get about 3,000 more hours of quality time with their parents between ages 4 and 13 than the next sibling in line.
The findings are published in the Journal of Human Resources.
"We've known for a long time that eldest children have better outcomes and these findings on quality time provide one explanation why," Price said in a statement.
Price said first-born children get more quality time simply because they pass through childhood when there is more overall family time to be shared. His findings were based on data from the federal government's American Time Use Survey, which involved 21,000 people, Brigham Young University said Wednesday in a release.
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