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Pregnancy Sucks: A Man's Perspective

I’ll start by saying that my experience with pregnancy is entirely eyewitness. The bulk of what I know about being pregnant has been relayed to me directly from my wife, who has already made it through one pregnancy and is currently 20 weeks into incubating our second baby. For a combined 14 months I have watched her bear the ups and downs of pregnancy through the gestation of 1.5 children. I have been there every step of the way, from the constipation-addled woes of the first trimester, through the hormonal highs of the second and at the sweaty, bloody, grunty, and eventually awe-inspiring delivery of our first-born. In each of those phases, I have watched – and helped, to the best of my abilities – my wife shoulder her share of pregnancy-related burdens. She has described to me in detail the difficulties of her experience every step of the way, so while some inequitable turn of evolution has prevented me from actually being able to bear a child, I am intimately familiar with how damn hard it is. According to the internet, these are supposed to be tears of happiness. While we were both aware that being pregnant would include many hardships for her, it was still a sad realization when my wife and I had to admit that pregnancy is not entirely the glorious miracle the books and blogs have told us it’s supposed to be. While highlights such as baby’s first kicks provide a brief reprieve from all the reproductive unpleasantness, it’s ...  

Daily Agenda: Investors Shun Commodities, Emerging Markets

Commodity markets conclude the worst monthly drop since 2011 today, with casualties among asset managers as a result. Black River Asset Management, a hedge fund firm owned by Minnetonka, Minnesota–based agricultural commodities company Cargill, has informed investors that it plans to close four hedge funds overseeing in excess of $1 billion because of limited investor interest. The funds focus on commodity and emerging-markets sectors that have been under intense selling pressure this year. The move to close the funds is emblematic of how the shifting macro environment has impacted investor allocation in recent quarters. In a report issued today, Kenneth Chan, Hong Kong–based quantitative strategist for Jefferies, noted that in the week ending Wednesday, equity investors trimmed their buying to just $234 million of global mutual funds and exchange-traded funds from $1.4 billion in the previous week, with a preference emerging for developed-markets equities over stocks from emerging markets. Global commodities saw a net outflow of $699 million. SNB posts major loss on currency valuation. The Swiss National Bank today reported more than $50 billion in losses for the first half of 2015 after the central bank’s currency reserves were dramatically impacted by the abandonment of a cap on the value of the Swiss franc versus the euro earlier this year. Bank policymakers said that the loss may prevent a dividend payment this year, which traditionall...  

Northwest Indiana steel industry not out of the woods yet

It’s not easy to find the Great Lakes Cafe.The greasy spoon is tucked behind an urban jungle of tall grass and railroad tracks near the lakeshore of Gary, Indiana.On the menu, the five-egg Steelworker’s Omelet hints at the cafe’s regulars.“We’re right across the street from U.S. Steel,” said Jessica Quezada, whose father Michael Klidaras has owned the restaurant since 1994. “We have this big complex here with a few refractories and a couple of other companies. We’re very lucky to be here.”And the folks working inside the massive Gary Works across the street are lucky to have jobs, for now.More than 700 workers have been laid off at the site — U.S. Steel’s largest plant worldwide — this year alone. There are rumblings that there could be more to come at all five major steel mills in Northwest Indiana.At the Great Lakes Cafe, retired U.S. Steel worker Malcolm Maxwell worries about the ripple effects.“It would be very devastating not just in Gary but all of Northwest Indiana,” he said. “You know, you think about other people.”People like Bob Tribble, an electrician at the Gary Works for 22 years.“There’s a lot of talk on the shop floor. It does concern us that there’s a possibility of layoffs,” Tribble said.Union salaries in the mills can range from $50,000 to $100,000, and he says replacing that would be tough.“These are pretty good ...  

Tesla Motors Inc Pre-Owned Model S Preferred By Youth - Report

Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) is finally getting the opportunity to expand its geographic and demographic reach in the pre-owned car market, according to a report published by Edmunds.com, an online vehicle-buying platform. Edmund gauged registration details of Tesla's premium sedan, the Model S, sold in the used-vehicles market in the U.S. The results clearly indicate that the company has the potential to enhance its target market beyond wealthy trendsetters. The EV giant has sold over 1,600 vehicles, according to the report. The platform found that 36% of the used Model S buyers fall in the income bracket of less than $100,000 per year, compared to 25% of new Model S buyers who belong to the same demographic. The study also revealed that younger buyers prefer to buy a used Model S over a new Model S, as roughly 10% of pre-owned buyers are part of the Generation Y (age: 18-34). Conversely, only 6% new Model buyers belong to that demographic. "The used Model S data proves that with a more attainable price tag, there is demand for the vehicle from a more diverse customer set," said Jessica Caldwell, Edmunds.com director of industry analysis. "A wide-ranging buyer base is essential for a brand like Tesla that hopes to grow with mainstream shoppers. These findings offer encouragement for Tesla as it prepares to make its biggest move into the mass market with the upcoming Model 3." she added. According to the report, pre-owned Tesla cars are also becoming more popular than newe...  

India To Home World's Largest Population By 2022

The World Population Prospects report from the United Nations predicts the number of people likely to live in each nation over the remainder of the century. As India becomes the most-populated nation in the world, which nations will shrink?(Photo : David Gil | Flickr) India will overtake China as the most-populated nation on Earth by the year 2022, according to a new study from the United Nations. By the year 2050, the United States will lose its position as the third-largest nation on Earth to the booming population of Nigeria. That nation is currently ranked seventh in global population.  The World Population Prospects 2015 report suggests that, by the year 2050, the number of people around the globe will rise from around 7.3 billion people to 9.7 billion. Over the second half of the 21st century, that number will reach 11.2 billion individuals if current trends continue, the report contends.  Nations in Africa will be home to nearly half of the global rise in population over the coming decades. Indonesia and the United States will also be among the largest contributors to the increase in global population, the study predicts.  "A rapid population increase in Africa is anticipated even if there is a substantial reduction of fertility levels in the near future. The medium variant projection assumes that fertility will fall from 4.7 children per women in 2010-2015 to 3.1 in 2045-2050, reaching 2.2 by 2095-2100. After 2050, Africa is expected to be the ...  

Christian Benteke is new Liverpool FC number nine as Rickie Lambert close to ...

Christian Benteke will be confirmed as Liverpool’s new No 9 once Rickie Lambert’s £3million move to West Brom has been completed. The Belgium international sealed a £32.5m transfer to Anfield from Aston Villa last week but his shirt number wasn’t revealed. That’s because Liverpool were waiting on Lambert to decide his future with the big frontman having accepted he needed to move on in search of regular first-team football. Lambert, who had 12 months remaining on his contract, is set to undergo a medical ahead of his switch to the Hawthorns. The Kirkby-born frontman scored three goals in 36 appearances for his boyhood club following his £4.5m move from Southampton a year ago. Benteke wore No 20 for Villa but that number is already taken at Liverpool by Adam Lallana. Liverpool FC v Thai All Stars at the National Stadium Bangkok Thailand. Rickie Lambert in the air As a result, he’s set to take No 9 once Lambert departs and follow in the footsteps of some Kop icons. Ian Rush, Robbie Fowler and Fernando Torres have all worn that shirt for the Reds in the Premier League era as well as the likes of El Hadji Diouf, Djibril Cisse, Andy Carroll and Iago Aspas. West Brom boss Tony Pulis has spoken of his delight at Lambert’s impending move to the Baggies. READ MORE: Kolo Toure: Why I stayed at Liverpool FC and turned down host of European clubs READ MORE: Liverpool FC fixtures: Seven more changes to the Reds' schedule as Merseys...  

Walcott and Cazorla sign new Arsenal deals

The ESPN FC crew debate which top four Premier League club need to make more signings to challenge Chelsea for the title. ESPN FC's Ross Dyer analyses how both Arsenal and Chelsea conduct their transfer business after Jose Mourinho commented on the Gunners squad and spending. Arsenal have announced that Theo Walcott and Santi Cazorla have signed new contracts. The club did not give any details of the deals but Walcott, 26, said on his official Twitter account that he had committed for four years. Ready for the season ahead. Thank you to @Arsenal & Key Sports Management. #COYG !!!!! pic.twitter.com/ohb7aE9KLU - Theo Walcott (@theowalcott) July 31, 2015 The England international had one year to run on his previous deal and Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger suggested in May that he was willing to use the player as a central striker if he committed his future. Cazorla, 30, also had one year left on his contract and had been linked with a move to Atletico Madrid earlier in the summer. Congratulations to @19SCazorla and @theowalcott on their new @Arsenal contracts! Full story: http://t.co/gJGvjapVm1 pic.twitter.com/D194n25esu - Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) July 31, 2015 Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger told the club's official website: "We're delighted to have extended the contracts of Santi and Theo. Both are top quality players who are hugely important and influential to our squad. "As well as their huge contributions on the pitch, they both have a great deal of experience an...  

Transfer Predictor round-up: Bayern Munich capture Vidal

The Chilean midfielder’s €40 million move from Juventus to Germany was the biggest deal in a week dominated by free transfers and loan signings With the start of the season edging ever closer the transfers have continued to trickle through this week, while many others remain finely poised as we enter the final month of the window.What has been clear is that single transfers have a knock-on effect - having sold Bastian Schweinsteiger to Manchester United, a week later Bayern Munich put that cash towards Arturo Vidal.Juventus, then, might be expected to move next, with midfielders such as Julian Draxler on their radar. The return of the top clubs from their pre-season tours should further speed up the process.Winning a pair of brand-new Adidas football boots this week is HazzemSaad from Egypt, who amassed a substantial total of 247.5 points in week three to rise into the top 20 overall.Game week four begins on Saturday, with the usual three free transfers allowed until midnight. If you haven't signed up to play yet, now is the perfect time to join - prizes are awarded on a week-by-week basis so you won't be playing catch up. Click here to login and start preparing your changes or to create a new team - and keep reading for a wrap-up of this week's transfer action and next week's prize player.DONE DEALSArturo Vidal punctured a week dominated by free transfers and loan signings by sealing his €40 million switch to Bayern Munich from Juventus, where he w...  

ExtremeTech explains: Why you should (or shouldn't) root your Android device

Android is based on the Linux kernel, so right from the start, tinkerers and power users were interested in gaining root access to make changes and graft on new features. In the early days, this was a fairly simple procedure on most devices. There were several apps and tools that could root almost any Android phone or tablet, and you’d be ready to truly master your device in mere minutes. As Android became more capable, the allure of rooting has diminished somewhat — and it’s also much harder than it used to be.So what are the advantages and risks of rooting these days, and why are some devices resistant to rooting? Let’s see if we can’t figure it out.The advantages of rootingGaining root access on Android is akin to running Windows as an administrator. You have full access to the system directory and can make changes to the way the OS operates. As part of rooting, you install usage manager (SuperSU is the main one right now). These tools are basically the gatekeeper of root access on your phone. When an app requests root, you have to approve it using the root manager.So what can you do with root specifically? Let’s say there’s a system app that you really don’t like seeing, but it can’t be disabled through the standard method. With root you can run an app like Titanium Backup to delete or permanently hide the app. Titanium can also be used to manually back up all the data for an app or game so you can restore it ...  

Telescope Tag Team Brings Uranus-Size Alien Planet into Focus

This graphic illustrates how a foreground star can magnify and brighten the light of a background star. If the foreground star has planets, then the planets may also magnify the light of the background star, but for a much shorter period of time than their host star. Astronomers use this method, called gravitational microlensing, to identify planets. Credit: NASA, ESA, and A. Feild (STScI) Two telescopes have teamed up to  measure of a distant alien world about the size of Uranus that had remained almost a complete mystery since its discovery a decade ago. The exoplanet, known as OGLE-2005-BLG-169Lb, lies about 8,800 light-years from Earth. It was first discovered in 2005 via "gravitational microlensing," a technique that involves watching what happens when a big foreground object (often a star) passes in front of a background star from our perspective on Earth. The nearby body's gravitational field bends and magnifies the light from the distant star, acting like a lens. Such lensing events can reveal a great deal about the foreground object — for example, in the case of a star, whether or not it hosts any exoplanets, and how massive those worlds are compared to their host star. [7 Ways to Discover Alien Planets] Getting a read on OGLE-2005-BLG-169Lb has been tough, however, because many characteristics of its host star were unknown. The 2005 lensing event occurred in a crowded star field, which made it difficult to separate the background star from its ...  


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