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We are skeptics who have devoted much of our careers to practicing and promoting scientific skepticism. We ask that journalists use more care when reporting on those who reject climate science, and hold to the principles of truth in labeling. Please stop using the word “skeptic” to describe deniers.
Public discussion of scientific topics such as global warming is confused by misuse of the term skeptic.
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We try to stay neutral +Mary R :)

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A sample of Verdi's Rigoletto.  It's Verdi good :)
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It was 207 years ago #onthisday  that the discovery of boron was announced!

In 1808, Sir Humphry Davy, a chemist and inventor, announced that he had successfully isolated the chemical element boron by combining boric acid with potassium. This announcement came within days of Joseph Louis Gay-Lussac, a chemist and physicist, reaching the same achievement independently. Though there may be some question about its exact date of discovery, Davy officially announced boron's isolation on 30 June 1808 before the Royal Society.

Boron and its many forms have a variety of uses, from the production of glass and ceramics to use in semiconducters and magnets. You have probably come across some forms of boron, or 'borax', in detergent and cleaning agents you have around the house, while other forms are applied in #medicine  for their antiseptic, antifungal, and antiviral properties.  The many applications of boron even include its use in shielding and controlling fission inside #nuclear  reactors.

Photo: Borax crystal -- one of boron's many forms
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Chris Squire, Yes bassist and co-founder, has died. He was 67.

Nicknamed "Fish," Squire's bass playing was highly influential, and he co-wrote some of Yes' most enduring songs, including "Owner of a Lonely Heart," "And You and I," "I've Seen All Good People," "Leave It," "Starship Trooper," "Yours Is No Disgrace" and many more. However, Squire's illness meant that he was not going to be part of the band's upcoming tour with Toto, or its fan cruise in November. It was to be the first time since the band's inception that they would have performed without Squire.

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And the year is barely half way in.  Most of them are old so there is that, but some of them suffered near the end.

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Exercise-associated hyponatremia—sometimes called "water intoxication"—refers to reductions in the body's sodium level occurring during or up to 24 hours after physical activity. Especially before the drop in sodium level becomes too severe, EAH may have no or only mild symptoms.

Some athletes may drink too much because they've heard advice to "drink before they get thirsty" in order to avoid dehydration. The authors note that drinking when thirsty will not only prevent EAH, but also prevent possible drops in performance due to dehydration.
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My guess is that people tend to forget to drink and by the time you are thirsty you don't have any water around.

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In the meantime he had composed three operas that remain his best known and best loved: Rigoletto (1851), Il trovatore (1853; The Troubadour), and La traviata (1853). The tunes were better than any he had written before, the drama tighter and more exciting, and the characterization altogether original. Rigoletto makes an important technical advance toward a coherent presentation of the drama in music, especially in the famous third act; there is less distinction between the recitatives (the parts of the score that carry the plot forward in imitation of speech), which tend towardarioso (melodic, lyric quality), and the arias, which are treated less formally and dovetailed into their surroundings, sometimes almost unobtrusively. Even greater is the contrast of style in La traviata, with its intimate mood and lyrical pathos—a vein Verdi had previously explored in Luisa Miller
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Helen Keller

“Be of good cheer. Do not think of today’s failures, but of the success that may come tomorrow. You have set yourselves a difficult task, but you will succeed if you persevere; and you will find a joy in overcoming obstacles. Remember, no effort that we make to attain something beautiful is ever lost.”
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Good old ideal gas law >>  PV =nRT , but another reason flying maybe not so fun.
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But when we change elevations quickly (like during takeoff and landing) or the airflow through our Eustachian tube gets restricted (like when you have a cold or inflammation), our swallowing and yawning cannot make up the difference quickly enough and we start to feel the pain caused by this imbalance.
A recent flight with an empty water bottle gave me a new appreciation for the pressures that my ear drums deal with each time I fly. ;
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“You will never reach any higher than you aim, so set your goals high, then endeavor to reach them with honor and integrity—and never give up.”

Glenn Cunningham

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In his book, Never Quit, Glenn soon found his determination:

One afternoon a stout lady from Elkhart paid Mother a visit.… The visitor had a loud voice. When she prepared to leave, I could still hear her talking outside. “You may as well face it, my dear,” she told Mother. “Glenn’s going to be an invalid the rest of his life.”
When Mother returned, the look on my face told her I’d heard. She came over to the bed and sat down carefully on the edge of the mattress.
I hurled the words at her. “I’m not going to be an invalid. She’s wrong, you know! Wrong, you hear?”
Mother reached out, brushed back my hair from my sweaty forehead. She leaned over and kissed me on the cheek. “Yes, Glenn, I know she’s wrong.” The words came soothingly, gently.
“I will walk again?”
“Yes, Glenn, you’ll walk again.”
“I will!” And now I was screaming. “I will! I will!”
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Five studies, all published in the New England Journal of Medicine in the past six months, offer the first evidence in 20 years that a new treatment can help people who are having a stroke, the world’s No. 2 cause of death and a leading cause of disability. The mainstay of treatment has long been tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA — a clot-busting drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 1996 that must be given intravenously within 4.5 hours to be effective. But for people with blood clots in larger arteries, tPA often does not dissolve them completely.

The procedure, called mechanical thrombectomy, should be done within six hours of acute stroke symptoms, and only after the patient receives tPA, the guidelines said. To remove the clot, doctors thread a catheter through an artery in the groin up to the blocked artery in the brain. The stent opens and grabs the clot, allowing doctors to remove the stent with the trapped clot. Special suction tubes may also be used.
 
A slew of new studies on brain stents for stroke has led to a change in the treatment guidelines. http://spr.ly/6262BBLe2 
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“I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say. Part of being optimistic is keeping one’s head pointed toward the sun, one’s feet moving forward. There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested, but I would not and could not give myself up to despair. That way lay defeat and death.”

Nelson Mandela
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The fact that I am still alive to read these very words proves I too am an optimist.
And that reminds me I need to get new glasses soon.

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C. S. Lewis wrote:
That is what mortals misunderstand. They say of some temporal suffering, “No future bliss can make up for it,” not knowing that Heaven, once attained, will work backwards and turn even that agony into a glory.… What seemed, when they entered it, to be the vale of misery turns out, when they look back, to have been a well; and where present experience saw only salt deserts, memory truthfully records that the pools were full of water
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