Sarah Lyall on the Expatriate Life
Question: Do you consider yourself an expatriate?Lyall: Well, unfortunately, I do. You know, I’ve been there for now 13 years. But I think my sensibility is still much more American. I don’t think I’m English, but, in some ways, maybe I’m not that American either. I’ve lived away for so long. And you kind of, as a newspaper reporter, you’re also always on the outside of things. So, you’re never really part of any culture, I don’t think, and, if you were, it’ll be hard to have the distance you need to write effectively about it. But, I guess, I’d be considered an expatriate. Sure, I’ve been away for so long. Question: Will you one day return to America?Lyall: I think I’d come back. I love New York, and I feel like I fit in here better than I do in England. But we’ve got two kids and they’re kind of English kids now, and so we’ll wait and see, you know. If they want to go to college here, it may be a good time to come back, or who knows, you know? It’s so easy to get back and forth between the two cities now.
Time and distance have changed but not erased the American in Sarah Lyall.
The Bajau people's nomadic lifestyle has given them remarkable adaptions, enabling them to stay underwater for unbelievable periods of time. Their lifestyle, however, is quickly disappearing.
- The Bajau people travel in small flotillas throughout the Phillipines, Malaysia, and Indonesia, hunting fish underwater for food.
- Over the years, practicing this lifestyle has given the Bajau unique adaptations to swimming underwater. Many find it straightforward to dive up to 13 minutes 200 feet below the surface of the ocean.
- Unfortunately, many disparate factors are erasing the traditional Bajau way of life.
Some evidence attributes a certain neurological phenomenon to a near death experience.
Time of death is considered when a person has gone into cardiac arrest. This is the cessation of the electrical impulse that drive the heartbeat. As a result, the heart locks up. The moment the heart stops is considered time of death. But does death overtake our mind immediately afterward or does it slowly creep in?
An innovation may lead to lifelike evolving machines.
- Scientists at Cornell University devise a material with 3 key traits of life.
- The goal for the researchers is not to create life but lifelike machines.
- The researchers were able to program metabolism into the material's DNA.
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