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  • Pass the Salt and Put on the Lights! – A Homily for the 5th Sunday of the Year

    02/09/2014 2:24:06 AM PST · by markomalley · 8 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 2/8/2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    In the gospel today the Lord describes metaphorically (i.e. figuratively) what a Christian is and what He expects of us. Note five things about what He says.I. The Definitiveness of his Proclamation – The Text says You are the Salt of the earth….You are the light of the World…..But if salt goes flat it is good for nothing…..No one lights a lamp and puts it under a basket. The Lord is definitive in two ways. First he says, “You.” He is not talking to people long ago, or someone next to you. He is not merely talking to your pastor,...
  • People eat too much salt but surprising report questions if eating too little could be harmful

    05/14/2013 5:39:09 PM PDT · by neverdem · 22 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 14, 2013 | Associated Press
    A surprising new report questions public health efforts to get Americans to sharply cut back on salt, saying it’s not clear whether eating super-low levels is worth the struggle... --snip-- “We’re not saying we shouldn’t be lowering excessive salt intake,” said Dr. Brian Strom of the University of Pennsylvania, who led the IOM committee. But below 2,300 mg a day, “there is simply a lack of data that shows it is beneficial.” The average American consumes more than 3,400 mg of sodium a day, equivalent to 1 ˝ teaspoons. Current U.S. dietary guidelines say most people should limit that to...
  • Appetite for salt linked to drug addiction

    07/20/2011 1:14:26 AM PDT · by neverdem · 35 replies
    Chemistry World ^ | 18 July 2011 | Meera Senthilingam
    Researchers in the US and Australia have identified the mechanism underlying an ancient animal instinct: our appetite for sodium chloride (salt). The mechanism is hijacked by addictive compounds, such as opiates, which could help to explain patterns of drug abuse. An appetite for salt can be crucial to survival because animals with an ability to meet bodily demands for salt by rapidly consuming salty solutions are more likely to avoid predators. But little was understood about the molecular control of this process.  Now scientists from the Duke University Medical Center in Durham, NC, and the University of Melbourne have identified, in...
  • New Church Body to be Formed for Lutherans in North America { NALC }

    08/19/2010 12:55:57 PM PDT · by SmithL · 49 replies
    Christian Newswire ^ | 8/19/10 | Mark Chavez
    More than 1,000 Lutherans from throughout North America will gather Aug. 26-27 in suburban Columbus, Ohio, to form a new church body for confessional Lutherans. The annual Convocation of Lutheran CORE will adopt a constitution that will give birth to the North American Lutheran Church (NALC). "The NALC will embody the center of Lutheranism in America. The NALC will uphold confessional principles dear to Lutherans including a commitment to the authority of the Bible and the Lutheran Confessions," said the Rev. Mark Chavez, director of Lutheran CORE. The Convocation will take place at Grove City Church of the Nazarene in...
  • Salt nanowire surprise

    05/26/2009 9:54:43 PM PDT · by neverdem · 7 replies · 991+ views
    Royal Society of Chemistry ^ | 26 May 2009 | Phillip Broadwith
    Common table salt - normally a brittle crystalline material - can be pulled into nanowires that will extend by more than twice their own length without breaking, US researchers have found. Nathan Moore and his team at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico, were investigating water adsorption onto salt crystals using an interfacial force microscope (IFM) to probe the salt surface when they stumbled upon their discovery. 'When we poked the salt surface, we saw some unusual force behaviour [between the tip of the microscope probe and the surface]. It seemed crazy at the time, but we thought: "could...