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$50 can provide a baby goat for a family in crisis. When grown, a goat can provide milk for malnourished children and become a household asset. In the developing world, goats and other livestock are often a rural family’s most valuable property. When animals perish in disasters, the consequences can be devastating. In Somalia, thousands of animals have been lost to water scarcity and disease. The IRC has helped over 80,000 Somalis by delivering baby goats to help start new herds.
Seventy-six percent of Americans are lacking something right now. No, it's not the latest fad fashion, electronic device or even money in the bank. It's sleep.
I love to run across a surprising fact that I hadn't known before : Until the modern age, most households had two distinct intervals of slumber, known as "first" and "second" sleep, bridged by an hour or more of quiet wakefulness. Usually, people would retire between 9 and 10 o'clock only to stir past midnight to smoke a pipe, brew a tub of ale or even converse with a neighbor.
Segmented sleep , also known as divided sleep , bimodal sleep pattern , or interrupted sleep , is a polyphasic or biphasic sleep pattern where two or more periods of sleep are punctuated by a period of wakefulness. Along with a nap ( siesta ) in the day, it has been argued that this is the natural pattern of human sleep. [ 1 ] [ 2 ] A case has been made that maintaining such a sleep pattern may be important in regulating stress. [ 3 ]
Useful Yacht A winner of the 2011 “Dreamboat” Millennium Yacht Design Award, this brave interpretation of the motor boat concept by designer Hyun-Seok Kim was inspired by all of the natural beauty and fun activities found at sea.
There's a tiny 12-person startup churning out of Des Moines, Iowa.