Summary of “How to Save a Loggerhead”

Go behind the scenes at the South Carolina Aquarium’s Sea Turtle Care Center during a nearly yearlong journey to get a massive injured loggerhead back home.
One of the biggest turtles the aquarium has ever received was a loggerhead with glistening eyes, a rime of algae and barnacles growing on his face and shell, and an unforgettable scar.
The two women drove turtles from all over the state to the aquarium’s Sea Turtle Care Center.
“Everyone’s had a pet turtle. They were one of the animals that, as a kid, I could help. Just getting one across the road, or keeping a raccoon from gnawing it, or holding it long enough so it could heal from a wound. And then I realized very quickly as a kid that baby birds, no matter what you did, they always died. But a turtle gave you a chance.”
All of the stranded turtles brought to the Sea Turtle Care Center in 2018 were named after Harry Potter characters.
Laminated pictures from the movies covered the fridge in the turtle exam room on the first floor, where Boylan’s cubicle sat with books on fish diseases and a turtle skull and Chai Spice tea.
So last season there was Draco Malfoy, Luna Lovegood, Hagrid, and Scabbers, whose left front flipper had been bitten off and who was discovered tangled in fishing gear next to another turtle that was dead. Of course, they’d waited to name one Harry Potter until a seventy-two-pound loggerhead arrived with a jagged scar from a boat strike across its head. Tw.elve people huddled behind the white CR-V, trying to hold the squirming turtle down.
Children pointed through glass windows, giggling about how much effort it took to move this turtle, that there were so many people glistening with sweat, that the turtle had a big tail and was wriggling and flapping and didn’t seem to want to cooperate, and that Boylan and Melamet hopped in the tank as the huge turtle slid gently into the water.

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Summary of “Ten years of ‘Shark Tank,’ the show that explains America”

In August 2009, the reality series Shark Tank debuted on ABC at the height of America’s uncertainty as the unemployment rate rose to 9.7 percent.
For the uninitiated, Shark Tank is a show where aspiring entrepreneurs bring their small businesses or ideas to a panel of “Sharks,” ultra-wealthy investors looking to become partners.
Several pitches this season have featured entrepreneurs talking about growing up watching Shark Tank, as well as the inclusion of a new guest shark, Jamie Siminoff, the founder of the video-doorbell product Ring, which Amazon bought for $1 billion after all the sharks passed on the idea back in season five, marking the first time a former entrepreneur has returned as a shark.
At least once an episode, as though contractually obligated, a shark would proudly proclaim, “The American Dream is alive and well!” In 2019, Shark Tank exists within a complicated cultural milieu that offers content to suit any political sensibility.
Despite this, Shark Tank wants you to believe that the sharks, millionaires and billionaires all, are our friends.
In this way, Shark Tank best resembles a show like Showtime’s Billions, which critiques the wanton greed of its contemptible characters while convincingly inviting us to lavish in it, like a pig in shit.
Like Billions, Shark Tank is aware of the importance of tone and address.
Perhaps Shark Tank is a suitably absurd and ludicrous answer to the specific American trauma of income inequality and economic precarity.

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Summary of “The Life And Death Of An Instagram Fish”

The fish in the tank at One Fish, Two Fish was a red dragon, but Mullen had kept flowerhorn years before and knew enough about them to recognise that this was not a particularly fine example.
LBJ Aquatics is a transhipping service that arranges the import of flowerhorn and Siamese fighting fish from breeders predominantly in Thailand and Indonesia.
“I just had fish tanks with the normal stuff you could get at the pet shop. But researching on Google, as you do, I’d seen amazing different varieties, half-moon ones, that were at the time very, very new. I didn’t want your bog standard one at the pet shop, I wanted one of them.” She found a woman who arranged transhipping and paid the requisite fee, but when the fish arrived they were different from the pictures, worse quality, and about half of them were dead. “So, I thought,” says Bradshaw, “‘I can do that.
Because there are no text books, she has learned what she has needed to through the internet, and the proliferating varieties of flowerhorn are overwhelming: there are some with big nuchal humps, some with small; some with hard nuchal humps, some with soft; some fish that turn black when they’re juvenile, and then change again into bright reds and yellows; some that are covered in iridescent pearls; some that are completely blue.
A new fish variety can thrive or fail according to the online community’s response: “They developed a long-fin flowerhorn but no one liked it,” says Bradshaw.
“It’s played a huge role,” says Bradshaw, “Because if it wasn’t for the internet, for Facebook and Instagram showing you these fish and promoting these fish, there wouldn’t be the interest there, and the interest is what pushes the breeders to breed something even more amazing, even more colourful. The more amazing the fish becomes, the higher the price. The difference now to a flowerhorn five years ago, it’s not comparable. From a very plain, basic, red fish, to what’s now covered in pearls and bright yellows and reds and oranges, with thick pearls and thin pearls and square-block patterns It’s crazy how much they’ve come on in that short space of time, and that is from social media.”
One day, not long after Frank’s death, Mullen found himself in One Fish, Two Fish again, looking at a male red dragon that caught his attention.
A couple of months later, he took Francine and her new boyfriend back to One Fish, Two Fish, his not-so-local fish store, and left them there.

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Summary of “Boston’s Great Molasses Flood killed 21 people 100 years ago”

Shortly after noon in the city’s bustling North End, as Model T Fords chugged by and elevated trains screeched above Commercial Street, a group of firefighters sat down for a game of cards in a firehouse near a massive tank that stored molasses used in the production of industrial alcohol.
“Midday turned to darkness as the 2.3 million gallons of molasses engulfed the Boston waterfront like a black tidal wave, 25 feet high and 160 feet wide at the outset,” Stephen Puleo recounted in his book “Dark Tide: The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919,” which vividly captures details of the disaster, including the chilling reactions of Driscoll and others to the tank rupture.
Boston Police patrolman Frank McManus spotted the 26 million-pound wall of goop and shouted to the dispatcher, “Send all available rescue vehicles and personnel immediately – there’s a wave of molasses coming down Commercial Street!”.
“A score of Public Works Department horses were either smothered in their stalls by the flood of molasses or so severely injured as their stable collapsed that they were shot by policemen to end their suffering,” the Globe wrote in 1919.
“The dense wall of syrup surging from its collapsed tank initially moved fast enough to sweep people up and demolish buildings, only to settle into a more gelatinous state that kept people trapped.”
“No one disputed they underdesigned the tank walls,” he told the Boston Globe.
Back in the Boston of 1919, the city grieved as more bodies were found, some so battered and glazed by molasses that identification proved difficult.
Over time the Great Molasses Flood has become less of a catalyst for outrage and more of a quirky footnote in history.

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Summary of “Risky Thailand cave rescue relied on talent, luck-and on sticking to the rules”

I’m a professional diver with 16 years of dive experience, including safety diving and cave diving, and I have trained numerous scuba instructors.
My first experiences in cave diving were incredible.
Today, the largest segment of fatalities in underwater caves comes not from certified cave divers but from divers not specifically trained by a professional cave instructor to be in that environment.
On one dive soon after starting to cave dive, we were 100 feet into the cave and about 100 feet underwater-well beyond where natural light penetrated in that particular cave but not terribly far from the entrance.
Another rule of cave diving is to use only one-third of your entire gas supply on the way into a cave-leaving another third to exit and the final third for handling emergencies.
This would mean having support divers cache breathing gas tanks ahead of the main rescue divers so they would have enough breathing gas to make it to the boys’ perch in the cave and back out.
Every time a dive was completed, the support divers would have to clear the used tanks and place new ones for the next set of dives, dragging tanks in and out of the cave repeatedly.
Even these support dives were fraught with danger, as evidenced by the loss of one of the support divers who ran out of breathing gas on his way out of the cave after placing tanks for the main rescue divers.

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Summary of “Dispatches From the NBA’s Tank Wars”

There is usually a moment of acceptance after the All-Star break that happens to most of the league’s worst teams, when a team agrees to give up the ghost and reincarnate as a hollowed-out version of itself, all for a chance at a franchise-altering selection come June.
There are currently eight teams within four games of the worst record in the NBA, an unprecedented amount of competition for pole position in the draft.
According to FiveThirtyEight projections, only four wins will separate the 2017-18 team that finishes with the worst record in the NBA and the team that finishes with the seventh-worst record.
Since 1996-97, a four-win gap would be smaller than the difference between the worst team and fourth-worst team every season, let alone seventh-worst.
Tanking teams commonly pile on the handicaps by disrupting team chemistry through trading players away or adding players on 10-day contracts fighting for their NBA lives.
D-II players make up less than 1 percent of the league at large, but on the Atlanta Hawks, they make up 12.5 percent of the team’s active roster.
His tweets make him sound like the team’s nutritional adviser, not a player who just signed a three-year deal.
The First Rule of Tank Club Sources: The NBA issued a warning to the Chicago Bulls this week on resting healthy players, and the team now plans to play veteran starters Robin Lopez and Justin Holiday again more extensively to close the season.

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Summary of “Deep Intellect”

How can an octopus know anything, much less form an opinion? Octopuses are, after all, “Only” invertebrates – they don’t even belong with the insects, some of whom, like dragonflies and dung beetles, at least seem to show some smarts.
One volunteer who interacted with an octopus left the aquarium with arms covered in red hickeys.
How does an octopus decide what animal to mimic, what colors to turn? Scientists have no idea, especially given that octopuses are likely colorblind.
Breathing through a snorkel, she was watching Octopus vulgaris – the common octopus.
The octopus “Must have had some concept,” she said, “Of what it wanted to make itself feel safe enough to go to sleep.” And the octopus knew how to get what it wanted: by employing foresight, planning – and perhaps even tool use.
Mather is the lead author of Octopus: The Ocean’s Intelligent Invertebrate, which includes observations of octopuses who dismantle Lego sets and open screw-top jars.
“Octopuses,” writes philosopher Godfrey-Smith, “Are a separate experiment in the evolution of the mind.” And that, he feels, is what makes the study of the octopus mind so philosophically interesting.
Athena, to my sorrow, may live only a few more months – the natural lifespan of a giant Pacific octopus is only three years.

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Summary of “Tokyo Is Preparing for Floods ‘Beyond Anything We’ve Seen'”

Still, the Kasukabe operation remains a critical part of Tokyo’s defenses, say officials at Japan’s Land Ministry, which runs the site.
Five vertical, underground cisterns, almost 250 feet deep, take in storm water from four rivers north of Tokyo.
A series of tunnels connect the cisterns to a vast tank, larger than a soccer field, with ceilings held up by 60-foot pillars that give the space a temple-like feel.
From that tank, industrial pumps discharge the floodwater at a controlled pace into the Edo river, a larger river system that flushes the water into Tokyo Bay.Between floods, site managers run tours of the facility, inviting members of the public to walk on the floor of the vast tank and to peer into the murky cisterns.
“This is another important role,” said Mr. Abe’s deputy, Yasuyuki Osa, after a recent tour, “To get people to think about the danger of floods, and how we can adapt.”

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Summary of “In Defense of Tanking”

Before Silver could hang a toe tag on tanking, the Sixers-along with, perhaps, Thunder general manager Sam Presti and others with similar self-interests, depending on which whispers you believe-grabbed the emergency defibrillator and kept the concept alive by convincing enough small-market teams that voting for that particular lottery reform proposal would kill off one of their best ways to secure top-tier players.
If the Warriors can unite to form NBA Voltron, why can’t the Suns, Kings, Magic, and the rest of the would-be rebuilders fast break in a different direction? Those teams aren’t winning anything anytime soon.
In a smart Twitter thread, Ben Falk-former VP of basketball strategy for the Sixers-called the potential changes to the lottery structure a “Mistake” and predicted they would “Not have the intended effect.” You might expect one of Hinkie’s most trusted lieutenants to adopt that position, but Falk stipulated that the lottery format needs alterations and that the “Current rules are too far to one side.” His underlying point was that tanking is a symptom of the current CBA, a system which creates a league of “Haves and have-nots.” He argued that changing the CBA is the only way to properly address tanking.
To Falk, there are two primary reasons why teams tank: 1.
Eliminating tanking won’t eliminate the parity issue between the league’s best and worst teams, but it might make following and talking about bad teams in the offseason less compelling to certain fans.
What Bodner touched on, and what I think Morey, Silver, and other ranking members of the league hierarchy sometimes miss, is that fans of losing teams can lose interest.
Then there’s the tier with the remaining playoff teams, then there’s the teams that were close to the playoffs but missed out.
Any worries that their enthusiasm would wane during the protracted rebuild were recently allayed, as were concerns that tanking would hurt the team’s bottom line and crater business; when season tickets went on sale for the 2017-18 campaign, the Sixers broke their team record in roughly the time it took Pelicans fans to realize tickets were even on sale.

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Summary of “deadspin-quote-carrot-aligned-w-bgr-2”

Your car’s fuel pump sends gasoline from the tank to the engine.
The key bits of a fuel pump that tend to cause problems when you run your car low on fuel are the strainer, fuel filter and electric motor.
Since flowing gases tend to have lower convective heat transfer coefficients than liquids, they aren’t able to remove heat from the windings as effectively, meaning the fuel pump electric motor can overheat, melt its windings and ultimately croak.
On top of that, fuel acts as a lubricant for the pump, so running air through the system could cause premature wear of rotating parts.
In addition to overheating and prematurely wearing out the pump, running a car low on fuel tends to pull up the sediment that normally sits at the bottom of the tank.
Sediment can clog the strainer or gunk up your fuel filter element positioned after the pump.
Once the fuel filter is clogged, sufficient fuel will no longer get to the engine, and your car won’t run.
As the fuel flow rate stagnates, eventually cooling for the electric pump can again become an issue.

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