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2 WHAT IS A MAMMAL?

Slice ePub December 14, 2013
<p><strong><em>Historical</em></strong>—Mammals are vertebrate animals with hair. Mammals arose from the therapsid reptiles in the Triassic period, over 200 million years ago. Earliest mammals mostly were small animals and they probably were of relatively little importance in the ecosystems of their day. In the Triassic period, the ruling reptiles (the archosaurs, commonly called “dinosaurs”) were beginning to dominate the land and shallow seas, a position they would occupy for over 100 million years. During the Age of Reptiles, mammals remained obscure and relatively unimportant, all the while honing the adaptations that are the hallmarks of the mammalian grade of organization. Toward the end of the Cretaceous period (about 65 million years ago) the vast majority of archosaurs became extinct. Today they are survived only by the crocodiles and their kin (and a specialized side branch, the birds). Mammals seized upon the demise of ruling reptiles and diversified rapidly, rising quickly to a dominant position on the land and assuming an important role in freshwater and marine communities as well. Because of this dominance, the Cenozoic era, the past 65 million years, is aptly termed the Age of Mammals.</p><a class="default-logo-link" href="/ebooks/362238-rocky-mountain-mammals-third-edition">See more</a>

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Macedonia

Slice ePub May 29, 2014
<p>     <strong>Includes »</strong></p><p>     Skopje</p><p>     Western Macedonia</p><p>     Ohrid</p><p>     Central Macedonia</p><p>     Bitola</p><p>     Understand Macedonia</p><p>     Survival Guide</p><p> The mixed Balkan and Mediterranean heritage and landscape of Macedonia, reflected in its rugged terrain and unique structures and sites, reveal a diversity ­unexpected in such a small country. </p><p>Easygoing Skopje remains one of Europe’s more unusual capitals. Constant urban renewal makes it a continuous work in progress, with hip cafes and bars vying for attention with grandiose statues and arches. Underneath the surface, however, Skopje’s a historic city with an impressive Ottoman old quarter, where Byzantine churches, mosques and converted hammams are topped by the imposing Tvrdina Kale Fortress.</p><p>In summer, try hiking, mountain biking and climbing in remote mountains, some concealing medieval monasteries. Be sure to visit Ohrid, noted for its Summer Festival, sublime Byzantine churches and great (34km-long) lake. Bitola, a charming and cultured city west of Ohrid, boasts cool cafes and historic and natural attractions.</p><a class="default-logo-link" href="/ebooks/615804-lonely-planet-europe-on-a-shoestring">See more</a>

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6. The Pomegranate Diet

Slice ePub January 09, 2014
<p>O</p><p>ver one billion adults across the globe are overweight. Some 300 million of those adults are obese. Both overweight and obesity are concerns that go far beyond any issue of fashion or beauty, as both increase the risk of certain cancers, heart disease, metabolic syndrome, strokes, and type 2 diabetes.</p><p>Before delving into the uses of pomegranate in the quest for slimming, it might be helpful to clarify the definitions of <em>overweight </em>and <em>obesity. </em>A measurement called the <em>Body Mass Index </em>(BMI) is most commonly used to determine whether a person is incurring increased health risk due to his or her weight. To figure out your BMI, divide your weight in pounds by your height in inches squared, then multiply by 703:</p><p>Lets say you weigh 160 pounds and youre 58 inches tall. First, multiply 58 times 58 to get 3,364. Then, divide 160 by 3,364 to get 0.0476, and then multiply that number by 703 to get 33.5. That number is your BMI.</p><p>If your BMI is 18.5 or less, consider yourself underweight; if it is between 18.5 and 24.9, your weight is well within normal, healthy ranges. At a BMI between 25 and 29.9, you are considered overweight; 30 to 39.9, obese; 40 or greater, extremely obese. Beyond a BMI of 25, your body begins to undergo changes that predispose you to disease and premature agingand these processes are linked to overweight and obesity by those important common denominators, inflammation and oxidation.</p><a class="default-logo-link" href="/ebooks/613890-pomegranate-the-most-medicianl-fruit">See more</a>

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5. Austin

Slice ePub April 30, 2014
<p> <strong>CHAPTER 5 </strong> </p><p> <strong>Austin </strong> </p><p>For a twelve-year-old, Austin seemed to have everything: more than a few movie theaters—maybe a dozen, including drive-ins; public parks all over town, capped by Barton Springs, a spring-fed, cold-water gem in the middle of hot Texas; a great university with a then-not-so-great football team; University Junior High School (UJH) at the edge of the college campus; and Baptist churches. Now we attended the University Baptist Church where the great Dr. Blake Smith held forth on Sundays. I was baptized in Weatherford, but I learned true Christianity listening to that thoughtful giant of a man. Not least, politics was everywhere, because Austin was the state capital. Despite my regrets leaving Weatherford, Austin would come to be my home. </p><p>We moved in the heat of August. We still didn’t have a car. Our first house was on Seventeenth Street near UJH and Allen Junior High, where Mom was to be the new librarian. As always, Mom made friends quickly and the friends took us places. But Austin in 1952 was a town where you didn’t really need a car. It was bike accessible in almost any direction. And we could walk most places: to school, downtown, church, and swimming pools. Barton Springs was a bit farther—a two-bus-ride adventure. But if we were short of change (and we usually were), we could bike there in less than an hour. </p><a class="default-logo-link" href="/ebooks/419765-on-politics-and-parks-people-places-politics-parks">See more</a>

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CHAPTER 16: Consider the Drawbacks

Source: The 9-to-5 Cure
Slice ePub May 27, 2014
<p>Everything in life has its drawbacks. There is just no way around it. The key is to weigh the good with the bad and march in the direction that best suits you. So, too, with the Patchwork Principle are there advantages and disadvantages to consider, both personally and professionally. In order to take an honest look at this career paradigm, this chapter is dedicated to what the rest of the book is not: discussing the drawbacks of the Patchwork Principle as a career lifestyle. Knowing the true nature of this lifestyle will give you an opportunity to make an informed decision and, if you so choose, to march confidently in the direction of your dreams.</p><p>There are personal drawbacks to Patchworking, and there is no way around this simple truth. You may not get the respect you deserve in certain situations, you may be subject to more distractions than you would like, and it may even take a toll on your physical fitness if you’re not careful. Fortunately, you can control all of these factors, at least to some extent, and of course you always have a choice as to how you react to those realities that you cannot change.</p><a class="default-logo-link" href="/ebooks/363406-the-9-to-5-cure">See more</a>

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