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44 Hours Of Saturn (jdargis)
The craft is wrapping up the second extension of its mission, this one called the Cassini Solstice mission. In 2017, when Cassini wraps up its visit with what’s being dubbed the Grand Finale, it’ll be collecting data on Saturn’s gravitational and magnetic fields, measuring the planet’s ring mass, and sampling its atmosphere and ionosphere.
In the heart of Washington, D.C., seven people live in a single home and pool all of their incomes, which range from upwards of $80,000 to a couple thousand. The residents of Compersia Commune embrace an ideology that values unpaid labor and disavows capitalism. In this tiny, socialized economy, the collective gets everything you have—which, for some, has been liberating. “We talk a lot and think a lot about trying to transform our relationship to money,” says GPaul, one of the commune’s members in this Atlantic documentary. “We’re doing all of this work so that worrying about money [and] stressing about money is not so present in our lives.”
Each autumn since 1991, the Ig Nobel ceremony has dished out accolades for studies and findings that “make people laugh, and then think.” And the 2016 crop of odd-yet-provoking discoveries did not deviate from the norm (except, perhaps, to mock Volkswagen’s “diesel-gate” scandal as “solving the problem of excessive automobile pollution emissions”). Among the winners was Thomas Thwaites, who recently published a book, “GoatMan: How I Took a Holiday from Being Human,“ about living as a goat for three days in Switzerland.
“The world has banded together around a zero-carbon, climate-resilient future, pushing us much closer to bringing the Paris Agreement into full effect,” Paula Caballero, Global Director at the World Resources Institute, said in a statement.
Questionable science notwithstanding, the marketing of superfoods is a wildly profitable one. Acai berries, basically unknown in the US a decade ago, now occupy a market of hundreds of millions of dollars. It’s perfectly understandable that everyone from small farmers to giant corporations like Welch’s and Ocean Spray want to get some of that superfood money—but how?
The study was simple: A survey of 1,351 college students looked at their fruit and vegetable intake and compared it with whether the student had participated in gardening as a child. But the findings were stark: Those who had gardened as children consumed about 15 percent more fruits and vegetables than those who hadn’t.
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