Live small, be happy? The next new big thing (westcoastjan)
While the tiny house movement has been well documented, a bigger idea for smaller living space is on the rise: that of the micro-condo or tiny apartment. Driven by housing shortages and an affordability crisis in cities across the globe, these pint-sized pads — also referred to as “apodments,” micro-digs, nano-suites and micro-lofts — are being planned and promoted by developers both as luxury rentals and as an affordable entry into competitive housing markets.
The Future Of Flying (jdargis)
Many in the industry counter that flying is cheaper than ever before. “Back in 1975 it would have taken a bit more than one week’s average UK earnings to have bought a typical return air fare. Today, one week’s earnings will buy almost two return air fares,” says Iata’s chief economist, Brian Pearce. It is also true that on the rare recent occasions when flights have suddenly been grounded, such as when millions of people were stranded after the eruption of Iceland’s Eyjafjallajökull volcano in 2010, passengers quickly realised how much they depend on flying.
Mostly, the federal government is killing starlings. Wildlife Services used a toxicant called DRC-1339 to ice 1,140,331 invasive European starlings in the 2014 fiscal year, in the name of protecting feedlots, dairy farms, poultry interests, and public health. Because starlings roam in enormous flocks (known as “murmurations”), they also tend to produce extreme quantities of excrement in urban areas, putting humans at risk of salmonella or the respiratory infection histoplasmosis. They eat cherry blossoms. Occasionally, they short-circuit power substations. Starlings are bastards. (But don’t blame them—blame Eugene Schieffelin, the druggist who set the birds loose in New York City’s Central Park in 1890 in an attempt to populate the continent with every species of bird that existed in Shakespeare’s London.)
Holdings in gold-backed ETFs totaled 1,621.7 metric tons as of Monday, 1.5 percent bigger this year after contracting 9.3 percent in 2014, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. The funds trade like shares, enabling investors to own bullion without taking physical delivery of it.
“The advent of ETFs for gold made it much easier to own gold and it really democratizes gold,” Fink said at the 2015 Credit Suisse Megatrends conference. “I don’t believe people believe gold is a great store of wealth today.”
The broccoli, which goes by the name Beneforte, is bred to have very high levels of glucoraphanin, which has been linked to all the great effects listed above. Glucoraphanin is not very well understood, but is thought to fight cholesterol by retuning the way our bodies work. Typically, our bodies will naturally convert excess fats and sugars into cholesterol, but certain naturally occurring chemicals, like glucoraphanin, seem to adjust that process to reduce the amount of cholesterol our bodies produce.
Wall Street Bets On Oil Price Rally (Evan K.)
Even if they do not, a lot of new lending is coming with strings attached. High interest rates, and preferred positions that put lenders at the front of the line in the event of a default, mean that the risk of offering new credit is smaller than it appears.
Regardless, if there is anything to be gleaned from market behavior, it is that Wall Street thinks that an oil price rally is finally here.
In a recently released 5-year report on the health of fish, mammals and habitat by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), researchers have documented ongoing health effects on fish, sea turtles and critical habitat including coral reefs and a particularly alarming number of dolphin deaths. Dolphins living in those areas are also plagued by chronic lung disease and failed pregnancies. Despite the Gulf’s beautiful blue water, it’s a still a bleak picture.
Seven questions were used as a measure of knowledge about climate change. This included questions about whether the globe has warmed over the last century, whether that has been caused by human activities or the Sun, and whether scientists largely agree. They also asked whether global warming is caused by the hole in the ozone layer (and it bears repeating that it is not), whether China is currently the largest emitter of greenhouse gases, and whether reducing emissions would lead to immediate cooling.
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