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The most important skill nobody taught you (blackeagle)
While the book is mostly a mathematician’s case for choosing a life of faith and belief, the more curious thing about it is its clear and lucid ruminations on what it means to be human. It’s a blueprint of our psychology long before psychology was deemed a formal discipline.
“We have the neighborhood watch Facebook account. Once somebody sees something they immediately post it on Facebook. At which time, one of us will call the imperial police department and will continue talking on Facebook what’s going on with updates,” Salcedo said.
5 Reasons helping other people will help you (Thomas R.)
Now, this may seem like I’m about to go on a big old rant about Karma and there may be some of you that don’t believe that’s the way things work, but Karma isn’t really the point I’m trying to make. It’s a simple science really, if you provide something valuable to someone (i.e. your time and effort) then that person, charity or company will attach that value to you. Do this enough times and you will see something amazing start to happen, it might lead you on a new path, it may help with career progression or personal goals. Nothing on the entire planet trumps intent, and nothing says intent and value quite like helping somebody else achieve their goals.
But since December, Bowman has felt secure enough to buy fresh fruit and vegetables. She’s freer, she says, to “do what nanas do” for her grandchildren, like having all four of them over for turkey on Easter. Now that she can afford the transportation, she might start taking classes in social work in a nearby city. She feels happier and healthier—and, she says, so do many other people in her subsidized apartment building and around town. “I’m seeing people smiling and seeing people friendlier, saying hi more,” she says.
The Big Boy locomotives weighed more than one million pounds and were 132 feet, 9 inches long. Stood on its end, one would be the equivalent of a 13-story building. Each one cost approximately $265,000 to build, or about $4.4 million in today’s money. In the railroad world, the Big Boys were known as 4-8-8-4 articulated type locomotives. That designation meant the locomotive had four wheels in front, two sets of eight driving wheels (the large wheels connected to the pistons that make the locomotive move) in the middle, and four trailing wheels, all underneath one enormous boiler.
The team based in Germany investigated how caffeine affects a protein called p27 found in mitochondria in the major cells of the heart. They found the equivalent of four or more espresso shots was enough to help to protect from cell death, and boost processes that help the organ to recover after a heart attack.
If a flood, fire, or storm spared your property but damaged someone else’s, consider housing your displaced neighbors. Some online marketplaces connect short-term tenants with landlords and will waive service fees for evacuees during emergencies.
Eat to Beat Stress: 10 Foods That Reduce Anxiety (Thomas R.)
Depression has been linked to low levels of folic acid, and one vegetable that boosts this mood-enhancing nutrient is asparagus. A single cup provides two-thirds of your daily value, and it’s easy to fit asparagus into almost any meal. Some ideas: Sauté some asparagus tips for a tasty omelet. Go with steamed or grilled spears as a side vegetable for meat, fish or poultry. Snack on some steamed spears by dipping in some dressing.
In addition to enhancing NEO detection, tracking and characterizing capabilities and improving modeling prediction, the plan also aims to develop technologies for deflecting NEOs, increasing international cooperation and establishing new NEO impact emergency procedures and action protocols.
Putting Garbage to Good Use with Waste-to-Energy (Thomas R.)
Municipal solid waste consists of paper, cardboard, food, grass clippings, leaves, wood, leather, plastics, metals and petroleum-based synthetic materials. No single approach can handle all types of waste, so a “hierarchy of waste management” is used to rank the strategies of dealing with waste according to their environmental impacts. A key principle of sustainable waste management is to try to deal with waste as high up on the waste hierarchy as possible.
If you built the contraptions atop lakes and reservoirs bigger than 0.1 square kilometers (about 0.06 miles) the team believe you could produce the requisite power.
“Evaporation comes with a natural battery,” Ahmet-Hamdi Cavusoglu, one of the team, said. “You can make it your main source of power and draw on solar and wind when they’re available.”
B.C. fish farms will require Indigenous consent (westcoastjan)
The resulting framework, the sources said, will mean that open-net aquaculture operations will require the consent of local First Nations before B.C. renews their tenures. In the Broughton Archipelago, that will be interpreted as a pending eviction notice.
Antarctica Is Getting Taller, and Here’s Why (Thomas R.)
Interplay between bedrock and mantle in Antarctica is just one of the many geologic processes that happen all over our dynamic planet. Under Earth’s crust cover, the molten mantle extends over 1,796 miles (2,890 kilometers) down to Earth’s core. Mantle movement is known to ripple up and affect the crust’s tectonic plates, as these plates ride convection currents in the mantle’s outermost part, known as the lithosphere.
Japanese photographer Ryota Kajita has captured the strange ice patterns of Alaska’s interior swamps and ponds for the last eight years as a part of his Ice Formations series. The ephemeral structures look like fanciful desserts discovered in the wild, with frozen shavings lightly dusting the formations’ edges.
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