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Changing how economics is taught (HughK)
Since 2012 we have been at work creating a broader, less theoretical curriculum. Students looking for economics teaching that deals with financial crises, the contributions of thinkers from Hayek to Marx, and issues like inequality, the environment and innovation, will find these subjects are already on our courses.
On policy, Mr. Obama and Mr. Trudeau promised that their two countries would “play a leadership role internationally in the low-carbon global economy over the coming decades.” As part of the announcement, United States officials said they would immediately begin a new push to regulate methane emissions from existing oil and gas facilities, though finishing that process before the end of Mr. Obama’s tenure is unlikely.
Responding to questions about countries that have decriminalized drug use, like Portugal, Brownfield said that the point of narcotics laws wherever they are should be to staunch the ill-effects of substances, not throw people in jail. Since Portugal passed universal decriminalization legislation in 2001, drug use rates have fallen considerably, including among teenagers, as have drug-induced deaths. Other countries, including Jamaica and Argentina, have since decriminalized the possession of small amounts of marijuana.
For us, “the Five Whys” worked in a fairly straightforward manner. We began by identifying a problem: We never managed to have family dinner. Then we explored, at the most surface level, why that was true: Because my wife and I always got home later than we expected.
Then came another question: Why were we getting home so late? The answer was that, although we intended to leave the office by 5, we often found it impossible to walk away from our desks because there were so many miscellaneous tasks we had ignored during the day.
In mice with systemic, lethal infections of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), a combo of one of the small molecules and a standard antibiotic knocked back the infection. Mice treated with just the antibiotic, on the other hand, remained riddled with MRSA. The findings, reported in Science Translational Medicine, suggest that the small molecules could reverse drug resistance in MRSA and treat infections without toxic side effects.
Adapted to a car like the Tesla Model S, graphene polymer batteries would increase range from 334 to 1,013 kilometers. In a Nissan Leaf range would increase from 250 to 546 kilometers on a single charge.
“We were attracted to the materiality of agar—the delicacy in its texture and beauty in its appearance—at a local supermarket,” Araki says. “Relatively soon after that, we thought its delicate and light structure would be suitable for cushioning material. Then, we did some experiments and found agar was moldable, so we decided to send our proposal to LDA.”
“I think there were political considerations put above what the general public wanted to see,” says Bob Martin, the director of the Food Policy Program with the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, which commissioned the survey. “In the end, I think the guidelines kind of reflect Secretary [of Agriculture Tom] Vilsack’s thinking. He opposed sustainability language all along. He says he supports sustainability, but that the discussion should not be part of the dietary guidelines. He’s clearly out of step with the general public.”
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