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Friday, June 17, 2016

Summer Meals: Fueling Children and Teens to Reach Their Highest Potential

From the #USDA:

Under Secretary Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services Kevin Concannon with children
For more than 40 years, USDA has been committed to closing the food security gap that occurs in the summer months when children no longer have access to the nutritious meals they’re offered in school.
As I travel across the country visiting our nation’s summer meals sites, I am proud of the commitment we’ve collectively made to nourish both the bodies and minds of our country’s children and teens. Schools, recreation centers, places of worship, libraries and other community sites have generously opened their doors to ensure kids receive healthy, balanced meals during the summer months – a time when many low-income families struggle to provide their children nutritious meals and snacks each and every day.
At USDA we’ve long recognized summer as a vulnerable time for kids and have been focused on closing the food security gap that occurs during the months when school is out of session.  Since 2009, more than 1.2 billion meals have been served through the Summer Meal Programs, fueling kids and teens throughout the summer and helping to ensure they are healthy and ready to learn when the school year begins.
In support of these same goals, the White House announced earlier this year the Summer Opportunity Project, a multi-agency initiative to expand opportunities for young people through the summer.  The initiative aims to increase the participation of youth in evidence-based summer opportunity programs and make sure young Americans have the support they need to get their first job.
USDA’s Summer Meal Programs play an important role in achieving this mission. By ensuring the most basic need of good nutrition is met, kids and teens in eligible communities can more easily pursue and leverage summer opportunities.  Many sites offer not only healthy meals and snacks, but also host physical and enrichment activities to keep kids engaged and coming back day after day.  By including free and low-cost activities into Summer Meal Programs, sites boost attendance and make the meal service more fun for children, their families, and volunteers.  To support these efforts, this spring USDA published Summer Food, Summer Moves to help sites and sponsors offer ideas on engaging kids, teens, and their families.
Increasing the number of meals served through the Summer Meal Programs has been a rewarding achievement during my time at FNS, as each meal served elevates the life of a child or teen in our country.   With the help of our creative and hardworking volunteers, sponsors and partners, we were able to serve more than 190 million meals last summer.  Groups like Fuel Up to Play 60, Feeding America, Catholic Charities, United Way, and First Book have all played a key part in providing access to summer meals for children living in areas with high food insecurity.  Engaging the community in summer meals is also integral to the success of the program.  These programs allow communities to take a lead role in preventing hunger and focus their efforts where there is increased need.
To locate a summer meal site near you, visit

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Is Intelligent Design a Testable Theory?

From Stephen C. Meyer:

One of our readers recently asserted that intelligent design is not testable and that it boils down to a "god-did-it" theory. As Dr. Meyer explains in Ch. 18 and 19 of Signature in the Cell, ID is testable by comparing its explanatory power to that of competing theories, a method Charles Darwin himself used. "Like other historical scientific theories, intelligent design makes claims about the cause of past events, thus making it testable against our knowledge of cause and effect. Moreover, because experience shows that an intelligent agent is not only a known, but also the only known cause of specified, digitally encoded information, the theory of intelligent design developed in this book has passed two critical tests: the tests of causal adequacy and causal existence. Precisely because intelligent design uniquely passed these tests, I argued that it stands as the best explanation of the DNA enigma."

Friday, June 3, 2016

EASTERN PACIFIC OCEAN - System 91E Loses Steam

From NASA's Hurricane Web Page:

EASTERN PACIFIC OCEAN - System 91E Loses Steam
System 91E is a broad but well-defined area of low pressure located about 975 miles south-southwest of the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula. Although the associated showers and thunderstorms remain disorganized, a tropical depression could still form during the next few days while the low moves west-northwestward. This GOES-West image of the storm was taken this morning. 
The National Hurricane Center gives System 91E a medium chance for development in the next 2 to 5 days.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

EASTERN PACIFIC OCEAN - System 91E Continues to Organize

From NASA's Hurricane Web Page:

EASTERN PACIFIC OCEAN - System 91E Continues to Organize
A broad area of low pressure designated System 91E is located about 1,000 miles south-southwest of the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula. The National Hurricane Center said "Although shower and thunderstorm activity is less organized than it was yesterday, environmental conditions are expected to be conducive for development, and a tropical depression
is likely to form during the next couple of days as the disturbance moves west-northwestward at 10 to 15 mph."
This image of System 91E was taken from NOAA's GOES-West satellite today at 1500 UTC (11 a.m. EDT).
The National Hurricane Center gives this a high chance to develop into a depression over the next 2 to 5 days.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Pluto's Icy Surface

From #NASA:

Like a cosmic lava lamp, a large section of Pluto’s icy surface is being constantly renewed by a process called convection that replaces older surface ices with fresher material. Details: