"Australia's Bizarre Outbreak: "What Is Thunderstorm Asthma?" This is the first I heard of this phenomena, explained at Live Science: "...It's thought that these outbreaks occur because, during thunderstorms, pollen grains rapidly absorb water and rupture, leading to the release of hundreds of small particles into the air, ASCIA says. These particles can penetrate deep into people's lungs and trigger asthma attacks, ASCIA says. Some outbreaks of thunderstorm asthma have also been linked with increased levels of fungal spores in the air. It's also thought that gusty winds in thunderstorms help to spread pollen particles and other allergy-inducing substances. A 2008 study that looked at emergency room visits in Atlanta over a 10-year period found that there were 3 percent more visits for asthma on days following thunderstorms. The link between asthma visits and thunderstorms was strongest when the wind gusts during the storm were intermediate to high, the study found..."
"I’ve always felt that the greatest and most beautiful stories in the history of humanity were not sung by wandering bards or written by playwrights and novelists, but told by science. The stories of science are far more magnificent, grand, involved, profound, thrilling, strange, terrifying, mysterious, and even emotional, compared to the stories told by literature."
They write now about what they have since begun to realize, which leads me to wonder what is going on now that they have no clues about?
There are site owners who do just that and I have whitelisted them. It's not the ads I mind, it's the stupidity of your ad people who think you're engendering good will for yourself and for your ad purchasers by pissing off your visitors.
I apologize, Gary, for hi-jacking the thread.
"Last month, synthetic biologists at Ginkgo Bioworks raised their glasses—filled with genetically modified beer—to celebrate the launch of a new automated lab. By applying engineering principles to biology, and with the help of some nifty robotic equipment, Ginkgo has created a factory for churning out exotic life-forms, the likes of which have never before been seen on this planet."
"The home brew they were drinking was an example of the potential applications of synthetic biology, a new field that builds on recent progress in genetic assembly methods. Scientists can now manufacture snippets of synthetic DNA and slip them into organisms, giving those critters strange capabilities. For example, the brewer’s yeast used to make the beer for the launch party had genes from an orange tree added to its own DNA. During the fermentation stage of the brewing process, those genes caused the yeast to produce valencene, an organic compound with a citrusy flavor. Speaking scientifically, it was delicious."
"Irina Zhorov for The Pulse recently wrote an article describing the booming growth of the Russian beef industry. Essentially owned by one company, Miratorg, Russia hopes to scale its beef production to become a global competitor. In just a few years, fallowed fields were reclaimed and replanted with grass. The cow herd grew to 400,000. And American cowboys traveled abroad to teach Russians how to “cowboy up,” — American style."
The beneficial fatty acids produced in the hindgut from complex carbs notably found in greens and some tubers (when raw or cooled after cooking) are a standard part of the pre-guidelines American diet. It's not about a plant based diet which eschews meat and fat, it's about eschewing the sugars and starches that the guidelines advocated.
A primal/paleo/typical meat and 2 veg diet provides precisely the complex diet that the hindgut bacteria need to produce the short chain fatty acids that serve so many beneficial functions.
N.B. this is also why ruminants need grass rather than grain for a healthful diet. They turn the greens into the very same fatty acids (butyrate, acetate, and proprionate) that humans produce.
IDF expects UGVs, robots to play ever-greater roles in combat
IDF to deploy unmanned ground vehicles along Gaza border.
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