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The Virtue Of An Educated Voter (jdargis)
To sustain their republics, American leaders felt compelled to reform the morals and manners of the nation’s citizens. “We have changed our forms of government,” Benjamin Rush declared, “but it remains yet to effect a revolution in our principles, opinions, and manners so as to accommodate them to the forms of government that we have adopted.” Having grown up in colonies ruled by an empire committed to monarchy, the founders wanted the next generation of Americans to master a new culture of republicanism. Schools needed to produce well-informed protectors of republican government. “If the common people are ignorant and vicious,” Rush concluded, “a republican nation can never be long free.”
Work should not be a hostile environment; at the very least it should be neutral. Sitting down at your desk and typing your emails and writing your reports or whatever else it is one does should be fine, at the very minimum. Anything else is a fun bonus. But, that sense of “we-ness” is nice because hey, we’re all in this together, might as well make the most of it. No need to become best friends with everyone you work with, but being able to tolerate them enough to not hide from them when you see them headed for the kitchen is a good thing, indeed.
How we reconstruct our evolutionary past (jdargis)
Sometimes, you do have odd features that seem to cause trouble for a nice tree, such as the fact that both snakes and whales only have vestigial legs even though they don’t seem very related otherwise. It’s possible to solve issues like this by looking at enough features. The number of things that make whales distinct within mammals is smaller than the number of features they share with other mammals. You can see an example of the sort of groupings of traits in the chart below.
Global market changes dynamically and hence, a traditional approach to financial markets and management of assets would not be rational. It is important to understand the current global economic situation to pick or hold investments The devaluation of currencies have also created new stories such as fall of Euro due to Greece crisis and Brexit. Hence, financial markets require effective implementation of monetary policies by the central banks. Prudent and rational investors should assess the repercussions of inflation and deflation. If we look at the gold prices, in 2008, the price of gold was USD 800, since it witnessed a great rise till September 2011, when it reached its all-time highs at USD 1,920.
New Process Discovered to Convert CO2 to Ethanol (Arthur Robey)
The team was studying how to use nanotechnology to control chemical reactions. I their work they came across a method using a copper nanoparticle catalyst that allows them to take carbon dioxide and convert it into ethanol. They say this discovery was actually an accident since they were actually expecting to produce methanol.
The finalists in the 2016 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards have been announced.
Just like the turning leaves, the appearance of dusky yellow goldenrod blossoms is a sign that fall has arrived. There are a variety of native goldenrods found throughout North America, which are easily adapted to garden conditions. Growing 2 to 3 feet tall in sun or part shade, goldenrod is highly drought tolerant and nearly foolproof, making it a popular choice for wildflower gardens. Grow from seed or potted plants. (Note: goldenrod is often blamed for hayfever, but is actually non-allergenic; hayfever is caused by ragweed, which blooms at the same time, but has small nondescript flowers).
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