Confidence and success: which comes first? What role does perception play? How do we define success? Psychiatrist Marc Whaley and Psychologist Michael Abruzzese discuss the psychology of success with Mindy Todd on The Point. They share what the latest research tells us about how people acquire high levels of skill in science, business, music, the arts and sports.
Spring Bird News: the returning migrants arrive, more each day, along with the first blooms and the spring insects. Nantucket Ornithologist Vern Laux tells of courtship displays and nest building, the First of the Year birds, and much more, with Mindy Todd on The Point.
A look at some of the week's top news with local journalists George Brennan of the Cape Cod Times; Tim Wood of the Cape Cod Chronicle; Joshua Balling of the Nantucket Inquirer and Mirror; Sally Rose of the Provincetown Banner; and Nelson Sigelman of the Martha's Vineyard Times.
At dusk on a recent Saturday, Professor Alan Hirschfeld and one of his grad students calibrate the large telescope inside the UMass/Dartmouth observatory. They’re setting up for a public astronomy night, a monthly event the University co-hosts with the Astronomical Society of Southern New England, or ASSNE. Hirschfeld said the telescope was designed and built by UMass students in the 1980’s, and went online in the early 90’s. It has a 16-inch diameter, or aperture.
The bean to bar chocolate movement is on the rise. This week on the Local Food Report, Elspeth Hay talks with a young couple in Truro who've opened a chocolate factory. She learns about sourcing beans, how the production process works, and what characteristics make for a top notch chocolate bar.
You can find a recipe for a chocolate bundt cake and see photos from Chequessett Chocolate's factory on Elspeth's blog, Diary of a Locavore.
Indigo Buntings create a lot of excitement when they appear on birdfeeders at this time of year. A handful now nest along power lines on the Upper Cape and a few pairs are nesting in wooded heavily wooded sections of the Vineyard.
The Eldia was finally taken off Nauset Beach on May 17, 1984, fifty-one days after it came ashore. The strategy was simple but effective. First, excavators and bulldozers dug a deep bowl around the ship at low tide, which filled at high tide, allowing it to float. Next a floating dredge dug a short channel off its stern. Then a cable was attached to the stern and run out to an offshore derrick rig. Finally, on the night of May 14, on a flooding moon tide, the rig began to pull the Eldia out to sea.
Research into youth mentoring programs has shown that these programs have a positive impact on kids. But some parents are reluctant to enroll their children for fear of stigmatization or because of concerns about safety. Sean Corcoran talks with a parent who enrolled her child in Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cape Cod and we hear about two new site based mentoring programs.