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From the article: "In tests conducted in Indonesian rice fields, South Carolina pig farms, the suburbs of Boston and the New York City subway, the product, called ContraPest, caused a drop in rat populations of roughly 40% in 12 weeks. This autumn, for the first time, the company is making ContraPest available to commercial markets in the US and Europe."

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"The active ingredients are metabolised by the rat’s body in 10 minutes, which means that any predator that eats it is not affected, and the compound quickly breaks down into inactive ingredients when it hits soil or water."

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"The EPA is making an active effort to get rat poison off the markets in the US, and received news of SenesTech’s science with enthusiasm."

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"the company has registered in 11 US states, and begun registration in the EU."
The Long Read: Rats spread disease, decimate crops and very occasionally eat people alive. For centuries, we have struggled to find an effective way of controlling their numbers. Until now …
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From the article: "In 2004, 99 percent of the world’s humanitarian aid came in the form of commodities: sacks of grain, stacks of blankets, building materials. Last year, that number had fallen to about 94 percent. [...]"

"Cash is catching on. A decade ago, the United Nations World Food Program was trying out cash in a few pilot programs. Now cash makes up a quarter of the organization’s portfolio [...]"

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"Next month, all the different agencies that give cash [to Syrian refugees in Lebanon] will be combining forces to use the same bank card."

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"Syrians go to nearby stores to buy food that has been grown by local farmers and transported in local trucks. Kevin Murphy, senior manager for cash assistance at the International Rescue Committee, said that every dollar in cash assistance generates more than $2 for the Lebanese economy. When the food program cut its payments last year, 'we saw a lot of backlash from local vendors,' Moseley said.

"One study of a cash program to help refugees survive the winter found that those who got cash were more likely to help and be helped by Lebanese neighbors, and less likely to suffer insults."
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The hell with them give me cash never text me again traders
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Here's an interesting toy. You can change all the pictures on this web page either by dragging them with a mouse, or by editing the source code.

(Since it requires a mouse, it won't work on phones.)

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Here's a clever way to prevent shipping damage.
genius idea alert: @vanmoof bikes had problem with shipping damage. So it put flat TVs on its boxes. Problem solved. Embedded image. 3:07 PM - 4 Sep 2016. 493 Retweets655 Likes. Reply to @jasongay. Replies. David Chase. Sep 4. David Chase @Dr2chase. @jasongay @VanMoof Who was their shipper?
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Due to popular demand (and to have a cool story for my grand-children), these are the inner workings of MobX. A lot of people are surprised…
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From the speech: "[F]iction is inherently inauthentic. It’s fake. It’s self-confessedly fake; that is the nature of the form, which is about people who don’t exist and events that didn’t happen. The name of the game is not whether your novel honours reality; it’s all about what you can get away with."
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From GiveDirectly's blog post: "In July 2015 we entered Homa Bay, a new county and our first venture outside of Siaya. In Homa Bay and the neighboring areas, roughly 45% of the households we speak with decline to be enrolled into [basic income]. As it turns out these challenges have been common for NGOs working in the area. Other development programs focused on HIV, water and sanitation, agricultural development, education, and female empowerment have also faced community resistance.

"We’ve done a lot to try to understand what has led to this increase in refusals. We’ve found that people typically refuse out of skepticism. Potential recipients find it hard to believe that a new organization like GiveDirectly would give roughly a year’s salary in cash, unconditionally. As a result, many people have created their own narratives to explain the cash, including rumors that the money is associated with cults or devil worship."
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You can see another animation by this artist at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco.
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People born to western privilege, like myself, may be scandalized by third-world factory jobs, but for the people who live there they can be a significant step out of rural servitude.

Rural Indian Girls Chase Big-City Dreams http://nyti.ms/2cZxA5V
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ROFL. Prejudices run deep. The British Raj is gone but their voices are still left over. As india climbs out of the vast hole it was in, a thousand half truth stories will be told. The author curiously skips mentioning that there are bigger cities like Kolkata nearer ishwarpur at 200 km distance than Bangalore. Stories of immigration are always weird and half truths. We see the educated and professionals leaving the cities in India to chase the American dream. Maybe we all see the truth that is convenient to our world views. 
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Sometimes it takes quite a bit of activism to correct bad science.
A much-touted study recommended therapy and exercise for patients with chronic fatigue syndrome. Problem is, it was based on bad science.
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From the article: "this basically means that when humans are driving, states are in charge, but when software is driving, the feds are in charge. Automation is part of vehicle safety, and that is NHTSA’s domain."
Federal policy is aimed at getting autonomous vehicles on the road.
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From the article: “Heat is vital to jets; the hotter they can operate, the more energy they can extract from their fuel. This is the major point of competition between engine makers, so over the six decades jets have been in operation, forcing the temperature higher, and developing turbine blades that can withstand the heat, has been one of the most important technology races in the sector.”
An ancient form of metalworking is being used to create turbine blades for jet engines. Casting is one of the oldest and most basic methods of metalworking. If you can make a fire hot enough to melt a metal, and manufacture a crucible to melt it in and a mould that can withstand the heat, […]
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The oil change itself seemed okay, but it seemed understaffed (two people), and they were fairly unhelpful. Nobody talked to the customers when they arrived. Waited a long time to pay after the oil change was done, while they both worked on another car. The maintenance light wasn't reset so I went back, and after waiting for a while I ended up looking up in the manual how to reset it myself.
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We eat here often. The garlic noodles are very tasty.
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They moved to Mountain View at 2500 El Camino Real, on the corner opposite Whole Foods and Target. Other than that, smooth transaction; they took a carload of old electronics and didn't seem too picky.
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Smooth transaction; rented a cargo van Saturday afternoon, returned that night (after hours). Actual cost: $30 + $42 mileage + $35 fuel + $7 taxes = $114 for 53 miles.
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