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5.17 Rescue Me

Crissy Calhoun, Heather Vee ECW Press ePub

Damon: Little tip: if you’re gonna show up to kill someone,

don’t waste time feeling bad about it.

5.17 Rescue Me

Original air date March 27, 2014

Written by Brett Matthews and Neil Reynolds

Directed by Leslie Libman

Edited by Marc Pollon Cinematography by Darren Genet

Guest cast Brian LaFontaine (ER Doctor), Dane Northcutt (Teacher), Gena Shaw (Hazel)

Previously on The Vampire Diaries Paul Wesley

To save Stefan from the Travelers, Caroline and Enzo head to Atlanta to do some doppelgänger murdering, Elena and Damon try not to have sex at parent-teacher conference day, and Jeremy declares his independence.

Elena and Caroline are forced to confront their boundaries in an episode that relies on fantasy sequences (Elena imagines getting down in the chemistry classroom; Caroline, less sexily, sees Tom choke on a waffle) to explore the questions of What If and What Could Be. While Caroline is in Atlanta on an assassination mission with the can’t-help-but-be-charming Enzo, Elena finds herself crawling out of Damon’s bed and heading back to Mystic Falls High School, putting on the role of Jeremy’s caretaker, something she has not done all season. And big sis is surprised to hear that her kid brother who’s almost always had trouble at school is … having trouble at school.

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Dr. Joe Schwarcz ECW Press ePub


Its in the Can!

It may not be quite on par with the Manhattan Project or with the challenge of beating the Soviets to the moon, but the race to find a substitute for the lacquer used to line food cans is heating up. The canning industry is frantically trying to find a replacement for the epoxy resin currently being used because of concerns that bisphenol A (BPA), the chemical we have already encountered as an endocrine disruptor, may be leaching into the contents. BPA is combined with other components to form a polymer that keeps the metal from reacting with the food. Once the BPA has been incorporated into the polymer, it no longer has any hormonal effects, but there are always traces of unreacted BPA left over that can indeed leach out. Before exploring this issue, however, a bit of history is in order.

Napoleon, as many other generals before him, discovered that soldiers do not fight well on empty stomachs. And stomachs were often empty due to the difficulty of supplying food to massive traveling armies. So the emperor offered a prize of 12,000 francs, a healthy amount of money at the time, to anyone who could come up with a viable method of preserving food.

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Stretching the Truth

Dr. Joe Schwarcz ECW Press ePub

Let’s face it, running on a treadmill isn’t one of life’s most exciting activities, but it does provide time to contemplate life and think about what is likely to extend it. There’s plenty of evidence that exercise will, which is why one plods away on the treadmill. But should one gear up for short bursts of high-intensity exercise or scamper along at a slower pace for a longer time? The scientific literature is ambivalent on the issue, but it is one that I follow closely because I am sort of addicted to the treadmill. That’s why a New York Times blog with the headline “For Fitness, Push Yourself” accompanied by a photo of competitive runners obviously at full tilt got my attention. “Intense exercise changes the body and muscles at a molecular level in ways that milder physical activity doesn’t match, according to an enlightening new study,” the article began. Was there finally an answer to the exercise conundrum?

The study was enlightening all right, if you are a mouse. This is not a criticism of the research, which was carried out by a very reputable group at the Scripps Research Institute in Florida. But it is a criticism of the interpretation of the study not only by the New York Times blog, but by many other media reports. The study states, “To realize the greatest benefits from workouts, we probably need to push ourselves.” There were also quotes from one of the researchers involved in the study about “no pain, no gain.” Coming to such a conclusion based on a study involving specially bred mice scuttling on a treadmill is way too adventurous.

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Neil Peart ECW Press ePub


JUNE 2011

This royal throne of kings, this scepter’d isle,

This earth of majesty, this seat of Mars,

This other Eden, demi-paradise,

This fortress built by Nature for herself,

Against infection and the hand of war,

This happy breed of men, this little world,

This precious stone set in the silver sea,

Which serves it in the office of a wall,

Or as a moat defensive to a house,

Against the envy of less happier lands,

This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England.

—William Shakespeare, Richard II

THAT WAS WILL TALKING THROUGH JOHN OF GAUNT, set six or seven hundred years ago, and he obviously liked his country. These days, Brutus and I like it, too. The motorcycling is fantastic, through lovely and occasionally magnificent scenery, and the day-off destinations, the country hotels, are wonderful. The weather can be … variable (I once described “the three Rs” of motorcycling in Britain as “rain, roundabouts, and the wrong side”), but that’s one lesson I learned from the English, living there in my youth. If you make plans for an outing, a picnic, a hike, or a motorcycle ride, whatever the weather on that day, you go.

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8: Kelvin High School (Year One): The Stardusters/Twilighters/Teen Tones (and Others)

Sharry Wilson ECW Press ePub

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KELVIN HIGH SCHOOL (YEAR ONE): The Stardusters/Twilighters/Teen Tones (and Others)

NEIL BEGAN GRADE 10 AT Kelvin High in September 1961. The school was located in the northeast section of affluent River Heights and drew its student population from that neighbourhood, as well as Crescentwood and Fort Rouge. At the time, Neil was still living with Rassy in their apartment at 250 Hugo Street in Fort Rouge, which set him apart from the more wealthy students in the school. There were invisible but powerful social barriers at Kelvin, and Neil had the continuing disadvantage of being a child of divorced parents. He failed to distinguish himself as a scholar or jock, his physique was on the skinny side, and he was already a year older than most of his classmates. His interest in music was his saving grace, along with a lively sense of humour and an amiable manner.

Kelvin Technical High School was built in 1912. During Neil’s tenure it was known simply as Kelvin High School, and the front doors were located at 55 Harrow Street. Two additions in 1963 and 1964 replaced the original school building, which was demolished in 1965-66. (Construction began during the fall of 1962. The new gymnasium and cafeteria were in place by 1964. Neil would see a great deal of ongoing construction during his time at Kelvin.) The front doors of the new school fronted Kingsway Avenue, and the address changed to reflect this new orientation.

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