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Mason and the group form part of BK Rot, a youth-run composting service. Bushwick has a 31.4 percent poverty rate—compared to 15.8 percent nationally—and a population that is 65.4 percent Hispanic and 37 percent foreign-born. Mason began working at BK Rot last summer, but the program started about three years ago. Sandy Nurse, a Bushwick resident, came up with the idea of collecting local compost by bike when she was supporting her own social and economic justice work by making bike deliveries. The crux was that the workers would be young people from the neighborhood, where good jobs with fair wages are hard to come by, especially for youth.
Viewpoint: The First Sounds of Merging Black Holes (Sterling C.)
For decades, scientists have hoped they could “listen in” on violent astrophysical events by detecting their emission of gravitational waves. The waves, which can be described as oscillating distortions in the geometry of spacetime, were first predicted to exist by Einstein in 1916, but they have never been observed directly. Now, in an extraordinary paper, scientists report that they have detected the waves at the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) . From an analysis of the signal, researchers from LIGO in the US, and their collaborators from the Virgo interferometer in Italy, infer that the gravitational waves were produced by the inspiral and merger of two black holes (Fig. 1), each with a mass that is more than 25 times greater than that of our Sun. Their finding provides the first observational evidence that black hole binary systems can form and merge in the Universe.
The collaborators began the arduous process of double-, triple-, and quadruple-checking their data. “We’re saying that we made a measurement that is about a thousandth the diameter of a proton, that tells us about two black holes that merged over a billion years ago,” Reitze said. “That is a pretty extraordinary claim and it needs extraordinary evidence.” In the meantime, the LIGO scientists were sworn to absolute secrecy. As rumors of the finding spread, from late September through this week, media excitement spiked; there were rumblings about a Nobel Prize. But the collaborators gave anyone who asked about it an abbreviated version of the truth—that they were still analyzing data and had nothing to announce. Kalogera hadn’t even told her husband.
C. difficile is an extremely painful condition that can produce diarrhea, stomach pains, and fever. It’s also difficult to treat, because the bacteria are remarkably resistant to most antibiotics (in fact, people often get C. difficile infections after antiobiotic treatments, which, in the process of killing bad batcteria can also destroy good bacteria).
Gold outlook improves (Aaron M.)
The change in sentiment is notable, and coincided with the Bank of Japan reducing its deposit rate to minus 0.1%. There is a growing realisation that negative interest rate policy (NIRP) could also be on its way for the United States, so we must digress from considering the gold price to explore the potential effects of NIRP.Erik Townsend welcomes legendary investor Jim Rogers as MacroVoices’ first feature interview
And those sneakers were only released in December. You would be hard pressed to find another asset that gained as much value last year; stocks were mixed, bonds went sideways, and commodities were hit hard. Gold, the traditional safe haven in times of turmoil, fell by more than 10% during the year.
The original intent of the book was to expand on the Radical Mycology website’s efforts to champion mushrooms as a source of food, medicine, and bioremediation (environmental cleanup). But when McCoy began undertaking additional research, he soon realized there was still a lot left to say about fungi, and the book became a compendium of information on the organisms and how they interact with other parts of the world. McCoy digs into the mushroom’s role in history, culture, science, and the environment, among many other topics.
Ostrich … It’s What’s for Dinner (jdargis)
"Everyone was so focused on cranking out chicks to sell to some other sucker that no one ever created a viable end market,” says McCoy. “Why would you slaughter a bird for $1,500 in revenue if you could sell it to your neighbor for $30,000? Why turn that into meat? That would be an $800 steak, so no one ever did. And as a result America never became used to eating ostrich.”
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