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Indeed, posttraumatic stress isn’t just a reaction to the horrors of combat. When they leave the service, veterans are catapulted from an intense brother-and-sisterhood where the most serious issues imaginable are confronted every day, and plopped down into a society where they no longer have the comfort and purpose of being part of something larger than themselves. In a perverse way, their reaction to civilian life can be seen as a form of sanity: too many of the rest of us have slouched from active citizenship to passive couch-potato-hood. Many returning veterans find that passivity and isolation intolerable. -


What should have been a hushed scene of 800 Chinese students diligently sitting their university entrance exams erupted into siege warfare after invigilators tried to stop them from cheating. An angry mob of more than 2,000 people had gathered to vent its rage, smashing cars and chanting: “We want fairness. There is no fairness if you do not let us cheat.” According to the protesters, cheating is endemic in China, so being forced to sit the exams without help put their children at a disadvantage. -

More is Different

The quantum protectorate describes a stable state of matter whose generic properties are determined by a higher organising principle and nothing else. The very large number of atoms present in real bits of matter lead to fundamentally new types of behaviour which are not just simply the properties of an individual atom multiplied by the number of atoms. Different behaviour occurs when you have more. The challenge is that a large-scale quantum machine must, by definition, operate in the quantum realm, and yet when we try to build one large enough to be useful, its natural tendency is to start obeying the classical rules of the macroscopic realm.

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Porcalhota e Amadora

O modesto lugar da Amadora reduzia-se a algumas quintas, meia-dúzia de pardieiros e uma venda.  Estes obscuro lugarejo localizava-se a um quilometro, se tanto, da aldeia da Porcalhota. Tão ignorado e humilde era este lugarejo chamado de Amadora que, ao proceder-se à construção da linha de ferro de Lisboa a Sintra (1887), ninguém se lembrou de dar o seu nome à estação edificada naqueles terrenos.  Como a Porcalhota era a povoação mais importante ali próxima, batizaram a estação com seu nome e não de Amadora, onde efetivamente a estação foi edificada.  Apenas em 1908, devido a um petição efectuada em 1907, por Eduardo Ferreira do Amaral ao Rei D. Carlos, o nome da estação mudou para Amadora.  Estação da Amadora Planta do Aqueduto das Águas Livres na Amadora –  Augusto Montenegro, 1895