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Today’s conditions: 🥵 319º (kelvins).

Apparently, I’m not exaggerating. It’s a record-breaking heatwave, one of the world’s hottest places.

Water comes out of the tap hot. Smog traps the heat into the night. And we start to beg for the advent of another inhospitable monster: the monsoon.

BBC News reported that human endurance has a limit. Researchers looked at marathon runners who race over a period of hours, and Tour de France cyclists who race over weeks, to extreme athletes in the 140-day Race Across the USA and those who trek Antarctica. James Gallagher writes, “the cap was 2.5 times the body’s resting metabolic rate, or 4,000 calories a day for an average person.” A healthy person may be able to sustain effort within that daily limit. The body just can’t produce more energy than that over the long haul.

Alongside the extreme athletics, the article added:

The research, by Duke University, also showed pregnant women were endurance specialists, living at nearly the limit of what the human body can cope with.… During pregnancy, women’s energy use peaks at 2.2 times their resting metabolic rate….

Women in pregnancy approach the limit of what a body can do. This amazes and terrifies me. My wife is pregnant and enduring it well in one of the hottest, most polluted cities right now. There’s no break. The doctor says that she’s not getting enough energy. I can’t carry the baby, but I want to help her cross the finish line. She deserves a dozen more milkshakes and respect.

Yeti talk entertains our family while we’re near the Himalayas. The Indian Army claims to have found footprints. A few weeks too late for April Fools’?

Source: BBC.

Good news:

Gary Simons, “Welcome to the 22nd edition,” Ethnoblog (Feb 21, 2019)

“Obituary: Major Geoffrey Langlands, Pakistan’s English teacher,” BBC News (Jan 5, 2019)

[B]ecause social media companies have a business model that relies on getting users to click, they show us exactly what we want to see — and block what we don’t want to see. To navigate through an overwhelming amount of information, tech companies block out the unfamiliar and uncomfortable, shutting out diversity of thought and confirming our biases. This is both a feature of their algorithms and in their decisions to manually remove or demonetize conservative content.

John Gable, “Tech Companies May Be Stifling Conservative Speech. Can They Change?” AllSides (Sep 25, 2018)

P R Sanjai, “400 Deaths a Day Finally Prompt India to Target Road Safety,” Bloomberg (Jan 9, 2018)

Kai Schultz and Suhasini Raj, “‘We Are Afraid of Christmas’: Tensions Dampen Holiday in India,” The New York Times (Dec 24, 2017)

Jeffrey Gettleman and Hari Kumar, “India’s Economic Woes Are Piercing Modi’s Aura of Invulnerability,” The New York Times (Jan 6, 2018)