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What’s surprising is that the coach trainees aren’t people who believe they’re doing so well in life that they want to tell you how to live yours. Instead, they seem to be people who didn’t know how to live and found a way to at least ascertain what they want out of life. This skill, this ascertainment, is what they want so badly to share. They’re among the humblest people I’ve ever met. Performing my own integrity check, I must say that Beck and her army initially had me thinking I’d debunk a subculture that’s trying to, at best, feel their way through life by the squishiest means, and, at worst, feel their way through people’s wallets. But once with Beck and her acolytes, I had the undeniable sense that, for all their peculiar ways of speaking, they were gaining an understanding of the human condition—and accepting it—to an extent that few do.
But this may or may not be concerning. It’s important to note that we don’t know exactly how long mcr-1 has been hanging around in bacteria or where it first came from. It may have spread around the globe in months or been lying low and spreading quietly for years. Either way, it was inevitable and expected that mcr-1-carrying bacteria would pop up in the US. (Although, in weeks of testing other bacteria from the Pennsylvania clinic where the patient was identified, no other mcr-1-carrying bacteria have been found.)
School Shootings: What We Have Learned (thc0655)
The results of Martin’s data compilation are nothing short of stunning. I don’t have the space to go through all of the angles here, so I’ll stick with the magazine capacity angle as an example of the study. Since the perception of the uninformed is that magazine capacity allows an increased rate of fire, and therefore more killing in less time, Martin took a close look at that factor in dozens of shootings. Here are the actual rates of fire based on the number of minutes the murderer had compared to the number of shots fired.
The authors, led by researchers at the University of Washington, gave FGF1 a crack in animal brain experiments after other studies had seen encouraging results with FGF1’s cousins. Those related growth factors can activate some of the same brain signals as FGF1 and lowered blood sugar levels after brain injections in animals. Yet FGF1 may be a more powerful player in the brain, the authors reasoned, because it can trigger an even greater number of brain cell signals. And earlier experiments found that large systemic doses of FGF1 can lower blood sugar levels in mice.
Five Crazy Energy Ideas (Josh O.)
Body Heat: The Mall of America is located in Minneapolis, MN – a state not generally known for being warm and toasty most of the year. Yet the second largest mall in America actually has no central heating system. Instead it is heated by the body heat from shoppers, the sun’s rays coming through skylights, and heat generated by in-mall lighting fixtures. That definitely saves the landlord a pretty penny on the energy bill at the end of each month!
Wind Energy’s Rustic Years Are Over (jdargis)
In the world at large, renewables seem to be painted as a zero-sum game. If you regulate emissions, or invest in carbon-free electricity, that’s bad news for other industries, especially those that rely on fossil fuel. On Wednesday, as people attended a session on how to advocate more effectively for wind energy (message: couch it as a local matter of business development, not as a solution to global warming), shareholders at ExxonMobil voted down a series of measures aimed at forcing the company to reckon with climate change and become a bigger player in the transition to a lower-emission future.
The new study finds that sesame-based ingredients can cause reductions in oxidative stress, which is sort of a complicated concept. Basically, when your body uses oxygen, it also creates destructive forces known as free radicals. These free radicals are important; they can break apart cells to create more oxygen. But if the body produces too many, it’ll cause an imbalance. The term for these opposing forces —which fight each other to create a balance of oxygen in the blood—are called oxidative stress on one hand and antioxidants on the other.
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