A Mountain Of Uncertainty In Iraq (jdargis)
A helicopter carrying aid from Iraq’s Kurdish autonomous government to stranded Yazidi refugees in the Sinjar mountains of northern Iraq crashed on Tuesday, killing the pilot and injuring other passengers, including a New York Times journalist on assignment for the newspaper.
While public health workers still make up a large proportion of users, HealthMap has been adapted to be more user-friendly for the general public. It locates the outbreaks on a world map and creates a color-coding system that indicates the severity of an outbreak on the basis of news reportage about it. Users of the site can then analyze and visualize the data, gaining unprecedented views of disease outbreaks.
Much of the increased financial regulation of the past five years was created to protect you from yourself. It’s ironic that the same people making up these rules are from the generation that grew up with lawn darts and wood burning kits. Taking risks and failing used to be an integral part of growing up. Our parents would say that pain was a great teacher and our rite of passage was made up of skinned knees and bumps on our heads.
What has happened to us, America?
Eighty years after it was created during the Depression to replace crowded, unsanitary tenements, public housing in New York is at a crossroads. Who should pay for public housing, and how, are questions being asked as officials, experts and tenants try to figure out how to preserve a bastion of the poor and working class in a city with less and less affordable housing.
They then applied this measure to the Earth as a whole, laying a grid down over its surface that, at the equator, produced areas roughly 10 kilometers square. They excluded any areas that had less than five percent agriculture in them, since this likely meant they were either desert or glacier covered and incapable of supporting crops, or simply had no infrastructure to support significant farming (like the Congo basin). The latter category of grid cells would probably have a lousy CA value anyway, since they store so much carbon. The authors also excluded regions that were over 95 percent farmed, as these offer little space for additional crops.
Investing in Nutrient Dense Food: Iron (Eric G.)
As in previous posts exploring the cost-effectiveness of different foods at delivering nutrition, animal organs reign supreme. One can meet a daily allowance of 10 mg iron for under $2 per day eating beef liver, heart and kidneys, and likely from other organs too. Eggs and ground beef are also decent sources, but their cost per day is approaching $10, which is a bit on the pricey side. Chicken and pork chops, while decent sources of iron, are also expensive compared to organs so their cost-effectiveness suffers. Organs, organs, organs, does anyone else see a trend here?
The real question, though, is whether bacon grease could be the fuel of the future. Back in 2009, the Los Angeles Times reported briefly on Bio-Blend Fuels, a Wisconsin-based company that was turning bacon grease into diesel before it was cool (Bio-Blend Fuels was founded in 2005). Sadly, the company permanently shut down its fuel production, according to an announcement in January. But perhaps the press from Hormel’s marketing push will generate future interest in this eco-friendly option.
Nearly 81 percent of Americans have detectable levels of BPS in their urine. And once it enters the body it can affect cells in ways that parallel BPA. A 2013 study by Cheryl Watson at The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston found that even picomolar concentrations (less than one part per trillion) of BPS can disrupt a cell’s normal functioning, which could potentially lead to metabolic disorders such as diabetes and obesity, asthma, birth defects or even cancer. “[Manufacturers] put ‘BPA-free’ on the label, which is true. The thing they neglected to tell you is that what they’ve substituted for BPA has not been tested for the same kinds of problems that BPA has been shown to cause. That’s a little bit sneaky,” Watson says.
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