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Because we’re living longer, our focus is starting to shift toward well-being. This transformation is happening slowly. If you divide scientific breakthroughs into these two categories—things that improve quantity of life and things that improve quality of life—the 2009 list looks not so different from this year’s. Like most forms of progress, the change is so gradual that it’s hard to perceive. It’s a matter of decades, not years—and I believe we’re only at the midpoint of the transition.
What Rural America Has to Teach Us (jdargis)
Nebraska ranks eighth in the country for social capital. McCook has only 7,700 residents, but it has a Rotary club, a 4-H club, a future farmers group, a music festival, a storytelling festival, a chapter of the Nebraska Community Foundation, churches, libraries, museums and Sehnert’s, a James Beard Award-winning bakery and coffee shop where the retired men gather and kibbitz.
The Hawaii efforts would be stricter than in California, which last year became the first state to ban full-service restaurants from automatically giving out plastic straws, and broader than in Seattle, San Francisco and other cities that have banned some single-use plastics.
“Postpartum depression is a serious condition that, when severe, can be life-threatening,” Dr. Tiffany Farchione, acting director of the Division of Psychiatry Products at the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, said in a statement.
“This approval marks the first time a drug has been specifically approved to treat postpartum depression, providing an important new treatment option.”
The plan to build the exascale computer in three years may sound ambitious, but the developers remain confident the goal is attainable by the 2021 date. “Exascale R&D has been going on for over a decade,” said Rick Stevens, associate director at the Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois, where the supercomputer will be built. During a press call, Stevens said he expects innovations in Exascale computing to continue over the next three years, which will help pave the way for the new machine.
Once compressed into sedimentary rock, the material had to avoid being exposed to any geological processes, like volcanism, that would heat or distort the rocks and all they contained. The result of this combination of rare conditions is what’s technically termed a Lagerstätte, a rich fossil bed in sedimentary rock. In this case, the Lagerstätte lies in Hubei Province along the Qingjiang River, visible as a series of alternating light and dark layers of rock, with the total assembly as thick as 50 meters in some places.
Records show the most recent meteorological winter, defined as Dec. 1 through the end of February, was the wettest on record across the United States since the government first started tracking it in 1895. The national average rainfall was 9.01 inches.
“The painted lady migration is not rare but rather has been taking place for centuries. In some years, the numbers aren’t as pronounced as they are this year,” President of Butterfly Rescue International, Lepidopterist Rick Mikula said.
Jonathan Young, a wildlife biologist at the Presidio Trust, says there are resident painted ladies in the Presidio who are often spotted feeding on nectar-rich flowers, but the migrating insects are different. They move quickly, up to 25 mph, in a northerly direction, and they usually don’t stop.
“Traditional healers in the Amazon have used the Brazilian peppertree for hundreds of years to treat infections of the skin and soft tissues,” Quave says. “We pulled apart the chemical ingredients of the berries and systematically tested them against disease-causing bacteria to uncover a medicinal mechanism of this plant.”
“With the science mounting that we need to aggressively rein in greenhouse gases, this ruling is monumental,” said Kyle Tisdel, attorney and energy and communities program director for the Western Environmental Law Center. “Every acre of our public land sold to the oil and gas industry is another blow to the climate, making this ruling a powerful reality check on the Trump administration and a potent tool for reining in climate pollution.”
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