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It’s easy to become obese in America. These 7 charts explain why. It’s no secret that Americans have gotten much, much bigger over the past few decades. The signs are all around us, from XXXL clothing sizes to supersize movie seats and even coffins. According to the latest analysis from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the average American man now stands at 5-feet-9 1/4 inches tall and weighs 196 pounds — up 15 pounds from 20 years ago. For women, the change has been even more striking: The average female today stands 5-feet-3 3/4 inches and weighs 169 pounds. In 1994, her scale read 152 pounds. This data on the state of our weight comes from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys (NHANES), a combination of interviews and physical examinations that’s considered the gold standard measurement.

Since the 1980s, the NHANES has been charting obesity rates — and extreme obesity rates — as they’ve soared. Clearly it’s gotten easier and easier to gain weight, and harder and harder to avoid it. So what’s going on here? DNA in London Grave May Help Solve Mysteries of the Great Plague. The strain of bacteria that caused the Great Plague of London in 1665 has been identified for the first time.

Scientists recovered DNA of Yersinia pestis—known to have been responsible for the Black Death in the 14th century—from skeletons discovered last year during the construction of the new Crossrail underground rail link beneath London. The Liverpool Street excavation cut through the remains of the old Bedlam Burial Ground, which was used between 1569 and the early 18th century. In all more than 3,300 skeletons were recovered, including a mass grave of 42 individuals who archaeologists suspected may have been plague victims.

The discovery of Yersinia pestis DNA in the teeth in five of these individuals confirms they did indeed die of the bubonic plague and the discovery will likely shed new light on the Great Plague of 1665, perhaps even solving some mysteries about the swiftness and ferocity with which it spread. “It does not behave that way today. The Walking Dead star Jeffrey Dean Morgan describes Negan and Lucille. Negan just might be the most colorful character in The Walking Dead universe. So it fits that the man who now plays him on TV, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, can be a little colorful himself, especially when talking about the love of Negan’s life: his barbed wire-covered baseball bat he affectionately refers to as Lucille.

We asked Morgan what it was like the first time he got to actually hold Lucille, and… well, his answer pretty much says it all. “It was awesome,” says Morgan. “It really kind of, for me, informed my character and who I was — just kind of the heft of her and the love that he has for her. Morgan then went on to talk about the symbiotic relationship between Negan and Lucille, a relationship he says is even closer than we thought. A crude analogy, perhaps, but one that make sense and tracks if you are familiar with the vulgarity of the character. Of course, Lucille is not the only iconic Negan prop. As least he has Lucille to keep him company. 10-year-old saves family with determination to pursue her dream - Chess House. “Queen of Katwe” is based on the vibrant true story of a young girl from the streets of rural Uganda whose world rapidly changes when she is introduced to the game of chess, and, as a result of the support she receives from her family and community, is instilled with the confidence and determination she needs to pursue her dream of becoming an international chess champion.

For 10-year-old Phiona Mutesi (Nalwanga) and her family, life in the impoverished slum of Katwe in Kampala, Uganda, is a constant struggle. Her mother, Harriet (Nyong’o), is fiercely determined to take care of her family and works tirelessly selling vegetables in the market to make sure her children are fed and have a roof over their heads. When Phiona meets Robert Katende (Oyelowo), a soccer player turned missionary who teaches local children chess, she is captivated. Phiona is impressed by the intelligence and wit the game requires and immediately shows potential. CB News - Ken Rogoff and the Curse of Cash. Munich lecture by Ken Rogoff The Center for Economic Studies (CES), which is an independent institute within the Faculty of Economics of the University of Munich, invites visiting scholars to conduct their research in Munich, Germany, and to give a lecture series in return. In November 2014 their guest was Ken Rogoff, who received a prize and held a talk on a fairly controversial subject.

The prizegiving and the lecture were extremely well attended... ... and Ken Rogoff held a speech which surprised everybody. Watch the video – you won't regret it! Here is the full lecture that Ken held in Munich at the end of 2014 at the ifo Institut – Leibniz-Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung an der Universität München e.V. Kenneth Saul Rogoff is the Thomas D. A conjunction of pure brain power: world class economist and chess grandmaster Ken Rogoff, GM and author John Nunn, computer and computer chess pioneer Ken Thompson at the London Chess Classic 2011 The Curse of Cash by Kenneth S.

Kenneth S. Checking Out - LIVE. Testing Out - Twitch Stream. Sketch, Illustrator or Fireworks? Exploring A New Free UI Design App: Gravit. One of the most popular tools for screen design and illustration in the last couple of years has undoubtedly been Sketch, which became an important part of many designers’ responsive web design1 and mobile design and prototyping2 workflows. However, an increasing number of other tools are becoming available. In this article, I will explore the first browser-based app to be viable in the vector illustration and UI design space: Gravit3.

First, a bit of background. I’ve been a fan of Adobe Fireworks for many years — I have used it for UI design, for digital illustration and for creating a quick mockup or wireframe every once in a while. (You can check Smashing Magazine’s Fireworks section4 for a quick refresher. Really, many excellent articles and tutorials are out there.) I enjoyed Fireworks mostly as an illustration tool — I used it for all of my digital illustration work and in various side projects, such as my Friday Bunny5 series. Why Gravit? This is why Gravit raised my hopes.

Switching From Adobe Fireworks To Sketch: Ten Tips And Tricks. Transitions can be painful. It is in our nature to resist change, even when the possibility of doing something new and different may be exciting. Changing your workflow can be a real challenge if you don’t know where to start or understand how to embark on the change. I’ve met with many designers (graphic, interaction, UI, etc.) who stick to old software because they are familiar and in their comfort zone, or because they are too scared to take the “leap of faith” and try something new (even when they know their old software does not allow them to work efficiently and effectively enough). I clearly remember when Macromedia Freehand was discontinued. I know a lot of designers, art directors and creative directors who needed many years to make the leap to Illustrator, because their workflows and techniques were stuck so deep in Freehand that learning another tool was too painful. However, let’s be honest: If you think about it, is switching to new software really that hard?

What Next? Acid Ape Chess. Amazon. The Amateur's Mind: Turning Chess Misconceptions Into Chess Mastery. New state of water molecule discovered. Neutron scattering and computational modeling have revealed unique and unexpected behavior of water molecules under extreme confinement that is unmatched by any known gas, liquid or solid states. In a paper published in Physical Review Letters, researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory describe a new tunneling state of water molecules confined in hexagonal ultra-small channels - 5 angstrom across - of the mineral beryl. An angstrom is 1/10-billionth of a meter, and individual atoms are typically about 1 angstrom in diameter.

The discovery, made possible with experiments at ORNL's Spallation Neutron Source and the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in the United Kingdom, demonstrates features of water under ultra confinement in rocks, soil and cell walls, which scientists predict will be of interest across many disciplines. "This discovery represents a new fundamental understanding of the behavior of water and the way water utilizes energy," Anovitz said. The Sandy Hook Hoax. On December 14, 2012, Lenny Pozner dropped off his three children, Sophia, Arielle, and Noah, at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Noah had recently turned 6, and on the drive over they listened to his favorite song, “Gangnam Style,” for what turned out to be the last time. Several hours later, while Sophia and Arielle hid nearby, Adam Lanza walked into Noah’s first-grade class with an AR-15 rifle.

Noah was the youngest of the 20 children and seven adults killed in one of the deadliest shootings in American history. When the medical examiner found Noah lying face up in a Batman sweatshirt, his jaw had been blown off. Lenny and his wife, Veronique, raced to the school as soon as they heard the news, but had to wait for hours alongside other parents to learn their son’s fate. It didn’t take much longer for Pozner to find out that many people didn’t believe his son had died or even that he had lived at all. Cuz my son is dead and it doesnt matter I gotta play, too!” Why do people quit their jobs at dream companies like Facebook or Google? - Quora. Jan-Michael Vincent, recovering alcoholic admits he's lucky to be alive. Once the highest paid actor on TV, Jan-Michael Vincent now lives out his days as a recovering alcoholic who almost died two years ago after an infection forced him to have his right leg amputated.

In the mid-80s, Vincent earned $40,000 an episode as helicopter pilot Stringfellow Hawke in the top rated television series Airwolf. Yet even while filming the TV show, Vincent had admitted to issues with drugs and alcohol and admits that he still struggles with alcoholism. Scroll down for video Once the highest paid actor on TV, Airwolf star Jan-Michael Vincent now lives out his days as a recovering alcoholic who almost died two years ago after an infection forced him to have his right leg amputated When the show ended in 1986, acting roles dried up for Vincent as his demons got the better of him.

He also suffered his fair share of bad luck including two serious car accidents. ‘An infection in my leg got steadily worse,’ he told The Enquirer. The sad downfall of Jan-Michael Vincent Loaded: 0% 1000+ images about Jan Michael Vincent on Pinterest. Jan-michael Vincent Related Keywords & Suggestions - Jan-michael Vincent Long Tail Keywords. 10 Best Photo Storage and Sharing Websites. Look on any typical phone or camera memory card and you'll find photos going back years, languishing in a place where nobody can enjoy them.

It doesn't have to be that way. Plenty of sites — many of them free — let you easily save and show off your photos, as well as make them into books or let friends and family print copies. Some services even allow you to sell your photographic art. A good photo-hosting service should offer six things: To find out which photo sites offer the best bang for your buck, we tested 10 of them by uploading an assortment of photos from our camera reviews, tagging and organizing them as the site recommends. Flickr Launched back in 2004, Flickr suffered under several years of neglect from owner Yahoo. MORE: Best Cameras A very easy drag-and-drop system allows you to organize albums of your photos and collections of photos from you and other photographers. 500 Pixels Facebook MORE: How Many Megapixels Do You Really Need? Google+ Photobucket Canon Irista SmugMug EyeFi.

Free Online Photo Sharing | Share Pictures Instantly. Free online picture gallery. Free pictures mix - Licensed stock images‎‎Royalty-free stock photos and vectors. Free pictures every week! Cheap Prices · Free Attribution · Affordable Prices · Fair Price · High QualityStyles: Food Photos, Business Images, Family Photos, Couple Photos, Cats Photos, Dogs Photos, Fall Images, Flower Vectors, Office Images, Vintage Vectors. The Ultimate Legacy (TV Movie 2015) Academy - BetterCloud Monitor. Coggle. Learn React & Redux by creating TodoList, YouTube, Imgur App. Cognitive bias cheat sheet – Better Humans. CB News - Joel Lautier's Shogi simul | Chess News. Shogi is the Japanese version of chess.

The board has 9 x 9 squares and the game is similar to chess in many ways. The biggest difference is that captured pieces reenter the game as part of the opposite side. This makes Shogi more dynamic than chess. Drawn games are very seldom, and the game is immediately replayed if a draw occurs. Shogi is very popular in Japan and is part of the tea-house tradition. It is played by a greater percentage of the population than chess is in our countries. There are professional Shogi players, similar to chess grandmasters, but far fewer in number – approximately 130 in Japan today.

Shogi in the streets of Shinjuku The best-known and probably strongest Shogi player of all time is Yoshiharu Habu. Since 1995, Yoshiharu Habu has taken a keen interest in chess. Lautier himself is half Japanese (on his mother's side) and a keen Shogi player. Links. ‘No Vacancies’ for Blacks: How Donald Trump Got His Start, and Was First Accused of Bias. Websocket Shootout: Clojure, C++, Elixir, Go, NodeJS, and Ruby | The Hashrocket Blog.

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