16 Aug '11, 5pm

Hmm, energy retrofit or retirement account? A question for the (dark) ages.

Hmm, energy retrofit or retirement account? A question for the (dark) ages.

The strategy of living with inefficient homes and cars, and then looking to retirement accounts and paychecks to pay for that inefficiency appears more and more questionable. And I have some numbers to prove it. Sure, I've heard of placentas before, but my mental image of them was of some kind of amorphous blob that sort of disappeared after the baby was born. But as an expecting father, I learned in a class last weekend that the placenta is the main source of nutrients, waste processing, and oxygen for the developing fetus, which is attached to it via the umbilical cord. From the Latin word for "cake," it's a flat, roundish organ attached to the uterine wall. Within half an hour after giving birth to the baby, the mother gives birth to the placenta, which weighs in at one to two pounds! What happens next depends on your species and culture. Most animals that have a placen...

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