When both parents are employed, mothers still take on significantly more child-care duties than fathers do, according to a new study out of Ohio State University. The study was based on time diaries of 182 middle-class couples in which both parents worked. When the children were 9 months old, on an average work day, the mothers spent 70 percent of their time outside of work performing some sort of child-care task, versus less than 50 percent of time for the dads. The results showed that moms spent more time even after excluding breast-feeding and pumping from the time tally.
Q: Why do some vegetables, such as cooked diced carrots, spark when I reheat them in the microwave?A: Microwaves work by sending out electromagnetic waves that vibrate the water, fat and sugar molecules in food, creating heat. The microwave generates an electric field, but the intensity of the electricity varies throughout the microwave. When you cut a carrot into small pieces and heat them in… ... more