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Instead Of Christmas (jdargis)
Imagine, for a second, a different ritual, one that begins at the stroke of midnight on the longest night of the year. You slip into your child’s room, gently wake them with a kiss and whisper into that little ear, “I have something wonderful, something epic and thrilling to tell you, something so large and magnificent that no human being can stop it: starting tomorrow the days will start getting longer again, and slowly the plants will bloom again, the sunshine will return. Summer is coming”.
Diversification isn’t an important consideration when giving, like it is when investing in stock. A few well-placed larger donations go farther and have the potential to do more good than a wide array of smaller gifts. Besides, the bigger your gift, the more motivated you will be to do the necessary due diligence.
The National Science Foundation has awarded CMU a four-year, $2.8 million grant to further develop the wearable cognitive assistance system. Gabriel uses a wearable vision system, such as Google Glass, and taps into the ubiquitous power of cloud computing via a CMU innovation called a “cloudlet.”
“Ten years ago, people thought of this as science fiction,” said Mahadev Satyanarayanan, professor of computer science and the principal investigator for Gabriel. “But now it’s on the verge of reality.”
“When you put the gadgets and gizmos in, the parents stop talking,” said Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, a professor of psychology at Temple University who was not involved in the new study, but who has found similar effects with e-books and electronic shape-sorters. “What you get is more behavioral regulation stuff, like ‘don’t touch that’ or ‘do this,’ or nothing because the books and toys take it over for you.”
Roger Stupp, M.D., of University Hospital Zurich and the University of Zurich, Switzerland, and colleagues randomly assigned 695 patients with glioblastoma who, after completion of chemoradiotherapy, received maintenance treatment with either TTFields plus the chemotherapy drug temozolomide (n = 466) or temozolomide alone (n = 229). Treatment with TTFields was delivered continuously (greater than 18 hours/day) via 4 transducer arrays placed on the shaved scalp and connected to a portable medical device. Temozolomide was given for 5 days of each 28-day cycle. The study was conducted at 83 centers in the United States, Canada, Europe, Israel, and South Korea.
Congress Quietly Ends Federal Prohibition On Medical Marijuana (gene and sandy)
Up until now, police could still prosecute people for using or distributing medical marijuana – even in states that had legalized it, because federal law designated cannabis in any form as an illegal drug. As you know, federal law takes precedent over state law.
A massive shift has now taken place. Reportedly, even Republicans were more inclined to support a less strict federal drug policy.
The 2 degrees target has the advantage of being “science-based,” at least insofar as science is capable of putting a hard number on the amount of warming that qualifies as “dangerous.” But it is difficult to explain to the uninitiated. It doesn’t sound like much extra heat, even when you translate it to Fahrenheit (3.6 degrees). It’s not a target you want to achieve, but a threshold you want to avoid, which makes it difficult to talk about aspirationally. Above all, it means almost nothing to the public.
Lead author of the study, nutrition researcher John Peters, thinks the finding suggests a win-win strategy for combating unhealthy eating habits. “While these results were obtained in a theme park setting they may have broader applicability and may encourage other restaurants to try the opt-out approach for making healthier choices easier for consumers,” he said in a press release.
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