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In this episode of A Worldview Apart I explore the energetic roots of the evolutionary process, particularly in the context of how we, as a species, evolved over millions of years to look and behave so differently than other Great Apes. I explore the importance of energy input-output ratios in the evolutionary process, and how tools use, clothing, and fire aided our question to acquire ever more edible calories from the landscapes we inhabit all while minimizing the energy we expend to acquire those calories.
Xander rode on the back of one of the motorcycles, waving to onlookers lining the streets of Whitney Pier as the large progression, filling up an entire lane, made their way to Harbourside Elementary School.
Once they arrived, the bikers walked the 10-year-old boy from the parking lot to the school’s front doors while watchers applauded.
“I am proud to announce today that the City of Atlanta has raised its minimum wage to $13 per hour, effective July 1, and will increase to $15 per hour over the next two fiscal years,” said Mayor Reed. “With this action, we are demonstrating that the City of Atlanta offers competitive employment at all levels, and respects the dignity of all workers. I am also pleased to raise the starting salary for our firefighters, who set the standard for professional fire departments in our state.”
Out of High School, Into Real Life (jdargis)
This graduation season, The New York Times talked with seniors across the country who are not headed to college about their plans, hopes and dreams.
Over the course of an hour on the treadmill, an algorithm runs the exoskeleton, testing various combinations of the four parameters and tracking the metabolic exertion that results. After a round of testing, a genetic algorithm picked the best performers and used aspects of each to create a new generation for testing. The hour was enough in most cases to go through four generations of control software. Taking things further generations led to minimal improvements.
Everything Changes: Tiny Kindnesses (jdargis)
My husband and I were having lunch together at a deli. A woman two tables over from us was eating by herself and received a phone call on her bluetooth. She began crying from what appears to have been bad news. She was fairly quiet about it and kept it to herself, but she was obviously crying. Another patron in the restaurant stopped, patted her shoulder and mouthed “Are you OK?”. She nodded through her tears and continued with her phone call. He and a few other patrons continued to monitor her out of the corner of their eyes, but gave her her privacy. It seemed a small gesture – but I felt all of us in the restaurant sending her strength through the man’s small pat on the shoulder.
According to the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC), weeds cost Australian grain farmers around $3.5 billion a year, and there is an increasing problem with weeds such as annual ryegrass that have built up a resistance to commonly used herbicides.
The stink, the animal feces, the algae blooms, even the lamprey were all “things that didn’t belong here but now had the run of the place,” Swain says. Many could be linked to nutrients that leach from farms upstream and fertilizers flowing from fields and lawns, making their way into streams and eventually the lake. This persistent ooze of waste has been steadily rising over the last century, changing the lake’s ecology and stimulating the growth of blue-green algae, which can prove fatal to dogs and toxic to humans. Beach closures have become an annual summer event in part due to the toxic algae, setting up a conflict between those like Swain who prize Champlain for its recreational opportunities and those who make a living by growing food in the watershed.
Go Fly A Kite (jdargis)
In recognition of the warmer weather in the northern hemisphere, this is an invitation to take some time, go outside, and set a kite aloft. Collected here, some delightful images of kites in flight around the world from the past century.
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