Freakin' Awesome Friday

7 Cool Things You Didn't Know About Space Shuttle Atlantis
On Friday, the Atlantis space shuttle is scheduled to blast off for its 32nd and last mission, but even after 25 years of spaceflight this middle child of NASA's current space plane fleet still has its secrets.

Stressed? Calling Mom helps, study says
According to a new study, talking on the phone with Mom is nearly as good as getting a hug for helping stressed-out kids calm down.

More nurses mean more patients live
Improved nurse staffing keeps more patients alive because nurses are the canaries in the coal mine, or what Aiken's article in JAMA called "an around-the-clock surveillance system." Fewer patients per nurse means that when a patient develops a serious problem, the nurse will be more likely to notice it and have time to address it: page the doctor, make sure needed drugs get ordered, suggest appropriate scans, and above all, continue to monitor the situation -- be ready to call a condition or "code" if needed.

The 10 Most Bizarre Sex Ed Videos
Here are the most bizarre moments in sex ed videos from a time when adults had nothing better to do than carry around diagrams of genitals and invade the personal boundaries of children.

don’t be love-handling me thankyou very much
While I am sure it pains a lot of people to consider that fatties are individuals – each with our own unique story regarding how we have come to be who we are today – it would serve this world well if we could stop pandering to generalisations and stereotypes and if we could take each person on their merit. This would obviously involve taking the time to listen to and get to know people and it seems that as a wider society, we just aren’t willing to take the time and spend the effort to pursue such an endeavour, no matter what the ultimate benefit is.