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Close Rikers? There’s An App For That (jdargis)
“This pilot is an attempt to see if our well thought-out models of intervening with these young people that have been proven to be successful…can also be effective with another population that many deem as more risky,” said Jethro Antoine, technology director at the Center for Court Innovation, which is running the day-to-day operations of the pilot with the staff of the Midtown Community Court. The court helped pioneer special programs to keep people accused of low-level crimes out of jail.
A lot has changed in the art world since painters worked with “colormen”—as tradesmen in dyes and pigments were known—to obtain their medium. The commercialization of paints has transformed that process. “Artists today will use anything to get the idea that’s in their head into a physical form,” Khandekar says. “It could be pieces of plastic. It could be cans of food. It could be anything. We need to be able to identify lots of different materials that are industrially produced as well as things that are produced specifically for artists’ use.”
What’s in a minimal cell? The authors classified the remaining genes according to their functions. In the biggest category, 195 genes encoded proteins were involved in turning the genetic information in the genome into proteins. They transcribe the genome’s DNA into messenger RNAs or translate those RNAs into proteins. Another 34 gene products were used to maintain and duplicate the genome itself. Combined, these accounted for nearly half the genome.
The Real Value Of Gold (Tiffany D.)
What I am saying, however, is that gold is a fundamentally mispriced asset. It’s treated by Wall Street and many economists as an anachronistic asset unworthy of investment merit in the modern world. They continue to call it a commodity though that’s a misinterpretation of reality; its commodity uses are negligible, while its wealth-preservation characteristics — from jewelry to coins and bars — is unmatched for historical longevity.
Which is precisely why I added those Mexican two-peso coins to my collection.
“Significant improvements were found in the drumming group, but not the control group,” the researchers report. For the drummers, “by week six there were decreases in depression, and increases in social resilience. By week 10, these had further improved, alongside significant improvements in anxiety and mental well-being.”
At follow-up interviews three months later, “all significant changes were maintained,” they add.
“The Rockefeller Family Fund provided financial support to InsideClimate News and Columbia University Journalism School which produced inaccurate and deliberately misleading stories about ExxonMobil’s history of climate research,” Exxon spokesman Alan Jeffers said in a statement.
Stacy Feldman, executive editor of InsideClimate News, stands by those stories.
How Oil Can Be Used To Defeat ISIS (Josh O.)
As luck would have it, both Tesla and GM are launching EVs that can go 200 miles per charge with a sticker price at or below the average new car price in the U.S. of $35,000. This has become possible, at scale, because the price for a lithium ion battery, per kilowatt-hour, has now fallen to around $250, on its way to $100. At that price, a 60-kWh battery, which will take you 200 miles on a charge, only costs $6,000. That leaves plenty of room in the budget for things like tires, seats and a steering wheel.
It’s been clear for a long time that cage-free is the way to go. Cage-free conditions offer real improvements over cages. Hens can walk, spread their wings, perch, nest and engage in other important behaviors denied to caged hens. Unfortunately, the label “cage-free” doesn’t necessarily mean cruelty-free, but it’s a big step in a better direction. It’s also better for food safety, with studies showing that cage confinement causes higher rates of Salmonella than cage-free systems.
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