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BEST - Building Engineering and Science Talent. Cheat Sheet: 100 Foods You Might Be Saying Wrong. Sometimes it feels like you need a dictionary to read a menu in San Francisco.

Cheat Sheet: 100 Foods You Might Be Saying Wrong

Even people who know food pretty well often have to ask the server to explain listed ingredients. So I was interested when SFGate posted this article of 100 commonly mispronounced food words. The guide includes a definition of each food, a phonetic pronunciation, and even an audio recording of each word. There were some surprising inclusions, like croissant, caramel, and arugula. But this compilation – originally run in the San Antonio Express News – seems to take the whole nation into account, rather than just areas of the US that enjoy eating hard to pronounce, totally obscure foods like we do in the Bay Area. While the list is pretty elementary (wait, some people are pronouncing "tortilla" wrong?) Are there any foods you've had a hard time pronouncing?

Photo via Thinkstock. Kevin Kelly. Stormscape Time Lapse Video - Nicolaus Wegner Slate. Mother nature is a mad scientist.

Stormscape Time Lapse Video - Nicolaus Wegner Slate

Or, she is a sorceress capable of summoning heaven and earth with the simple wave of a wand. Or, maybe she's just a brilliant artist, one who makes Monet look like a pre-kindergarten finger-painter named Billy. Judging by the breathtaking video below, we're going to go with all three. Last October, Slate's resident astronomer, Phil Plait, posted a time-lapse video from photographer Nicolaus Wegner, documenting the remarkable formation of storms, set to a stirring soundtrack. Don't Glue Anything Without This Handy Reference Chart. Kierkegaard, D. Anthony Storm's Commentary on - Fear and Trembling. Fear and Trembling: A Dialectical Lyric Frygt og Bæven: Dialectisk Lyrik Johannes de Silentio 1843 KW6, SKS4, SV3 This is a deeply personal work which exists semantically on two distinct planes.

Kierkegaard, D. Anthony Storm's Commentary on - Fear and Trembling

Ostensibly it is about the "teleological suspension of the ethical", that is, the suspension of the moral law for the sake of a higher law. Kierkegaard cites Genesis, where Abraham is commanded by God to kill his son Isaac. Although God must be obeyed, murder is immoral (it is not technically against the Mosaic law since it had not yet been delivered—but no matter, it is against our conscience). The ethical is thus suspended for a higher goal (telos). UC Berkeley's persistent lack of faculty diversity prompts efforts to address issue. In 1989, a group of graduate students exposed what they called the “Zero Club” — the 28 departments at UC Berkeley with no underrepresented minority faculty.

UC Berkeley's persistent lack of faculty diversity prompts efforts to address issue

In 2015, 20 of those 28 departments are still in existence, and despite efforts to increase diversity, 16 of the 20 still have no black or Latino faculty. Recently, both the Graduate Assembly and the ASUC have addressed this issue by passing resolutions targeting faculty diversity. With the idea of tackling the issue directly, the assembly passed a bill in April endorsing the election of graduate students to participate in the hiring process as full voting members of the faculty search committee. There are many factors that contribute to a lack of diversity and delay the efficacy of new policies, such as implicit bias, few underrepresented minorities in the application pool and slow turnover rates for tenured faculty.

Diversifying departments Diversity controversy Brilliant versus bossy Seats for graduate students. Belsebuub's Official Website. Turek vs. Hitchens Debate: Does God Exist? Meet the Feminist "Godless Congregation" Challenging Atheism's Bro-Culture. A Carl Sagan quote featured by Harvard's Humanist Hub, a feminist-minded secular community center.

Meet the Feminist "Godless Congregation" Challenging Atheism's Bro-Culture

Across the United States, the number of people who don’t consider themselves religious is rapidly rising—one in five Americans is now religiously unaffiliated. Within this expanding group of non-religious folks, though, there’s a clear gender gap. According to the 2012 Pew study "Nones on the Rise," while Americans who identify their religion as “nothing in particular” are rather evenly divided by gender, only 36 percent of people who identify as atheists and agnostics are women. Back in 2011, Victoria Bekiempis wrote a piece for Bitch called “The Unbelievers: New Atheism and the Old Boys Club,” which took aim at the gender imbalance in secular communities.

In it, she noted that media coverage of new atheism—the outwardly anti-religious version of the movement that has come to prominence in recent years—skews male. “MRAs R the REAL humanists,” argued one. Family Presentation ‘Saving My Tomorrow’ Debuts December 15 on HBO. Via press release: Shows Feature The Voices Of Tina Fey, Lennon & Maisy, Ziggy Marley, Susan Sarandon, Liam Neeson, Neil deGrasse Tyson And Willie Nelson, Among Others “Earth is our home.

Family Presentation ‘Saving My Tomorrow’ Debuts December 15 on HBO

We only have one and if we mess this up… where do we go next? We don’t have another earth right next to us, just in case we lose this one,” says Hippocrates Polemis, an eight-year-old featured in SAVING MY TOMORROW.