The Global Hawk has a Rolls Royce engine, the wingspan of a 737 and no pilot onboard Spy Drones Turning Up New Data about Hurricanes and Weather by NPR All Things Considered (Ft. Audie Cornish, Chris Naftel & Jon Hamilton)

No, really — the Global Hawk has a wingspan of 130.9 ft, while a base 737 reaches 93 ft (or 112 for the larger model).

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The Daily Beast published an article in August, a few days after the chemical attack in Syria, breaking down the types of chemical weapons that have been used historically Breaking Down Chemical Weapons, One Fact At A Time by NPR Morning Edition

The excellent breakdown is more or less a primer on chemical weapons types and safety.

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Smithson says there are two basic forms of chemical weapons: unitary and binary. Those classified as unitary are already mixed before being loaded into munitions Breaking Down Chemical Weapons, One Fact At A Time by NPR Morning Edition

Put simply, one ingredient or two ingredients. For some gases, the liquids must be mixed, then loaded to make a weapon, making it a binary compound. In contrast, some are simply loaded into a warhead, like sarin, and delivered: they do not need to be mixed and are active.

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In the 1990s Syria appears to have received assistance from Iran and Russia in the form of the "precursor chemicals" (ingredients for the weapons) as well as technical support, she says, "and North Korea also came into the equation then with assistance on delivery systems." Breaking Down Chemical Weapons, One Fact At A Time by NPR Morning Edition

One part of Russia’s strategy in engaging in foreign politics without starting wars is to sell the necessary components and methods for arms, as well as manufactured weapons. The sales are backed by the Russian army, preventing any real protest from the international community, while arms are designed to help protect Russian interests abroad. In Syria, Russia holds both military assets and a warm water port, vital to their international interests.

This is not the first time that Russia has sent technicians and weaponry abroad — the Soviet Union fueled China’s nuclear weapons program and Cuba’s missile crisis.

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However, the next 24 hours, without the aid of carbo loading, may prove to be harder than past years SNAP Challenge Day #2 by Ron Shaich

Carbo loading is a diet theory that stresses, before long periods of fasting or exercise, eating large amounts of carbohydrates. The idea is that the “banks” of stored energy will be enough to give an extra boost, breaking down into glycogen to be burned by the body. The diet has been deemed scientifically effective.

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The State Department has published a framework for the plan Breaking Down Chemical Weapons, One Fact At A Time by NPR Morning Edition

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And has until the middle of 2014 to destroy its stockpile Breaking Down Chemical Weapons, One Fact At A Time by NPR Morning Edition

Destruction will actually take place in Russia, a veritable expert in arms elimination. Through a series of treaties, Russia has destroyed some 75% of its chemical weapons, 30,000 metric tons.

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When I could afford something like cereal, it was of the “off-brand” variety, and won’t require a spoon, as I ended up leaving the milk at the register SNAP Challenge Day #1: Prepping for the Challenge by Ron Shaich

Shaich has discovered one of the realities of the food industry: “off-brand” cereal is usually made by the exact same people who make the brand name versions. Those massive 5 pound bags of cereal you find for $2? Grab those — otherwise, you only pay for the package design.

The price of milk is a point of contention in food-welfare circles and politics. Wildly fluctuation and propped almost entirely by laws, it is often used as a bargaining chip to match other food bills. This makes the average SNAP recipient the loser, forced at times to forego the extremely healthy milk and lose the vital nutrients it provides.

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I ultimately tried to go heavy on the grains, under the belief that I can eat cereal in the morning, lentils and chickpeas for lunch, and then cap each day with a pasta dinner SNAP Challenge Day #1: Prepping for the Challenge by Ron Shaich

This meal plan, while filling and a good base, is spiked with carbohydrates, empty calories, and fats, mostly from the pasta. While a reliable source of energy, it promises later health issues, sluggishness, and possible obesity. However, the lentils and chickpeas are an extremely wise choice, a source of protein and base nutrients at a low cost.

The missing factor to balance it are vegetables, which provide the vitamins and minerals needed to fully render a meal.

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The only “flavor” I’ll be getting this week will come from the lemon, onions, garlic, peppers, and olive oil that I’ll use to season my meals. And I’ll snack on carrots in between SNAP Challenge Day #1: Prepping for the Challenge by Ron Shaich

Often times, this are the sum of flavors available to someone on a low income, thus why so many foods are based around this palette. Spices are extremely expensive relative to other ingredients, making them a rare gift that must be saved for or grown.

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