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“Oh my god,” were the only words I could say as we approached my vehicle. My friend responded, “Oh, sh*t.”

We had only gone climbing for a couple of hours, but in that short time, a large rock had been thrown into the passenger window of my truck, breaking the glass into a thousand tiny shards. It broke my heart and threw my stomach in loops. Shiny blue-tinted glass covered the asphalt, floor and seat. A hole about the size of a thumb had been punched into the driver’s seat.

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I was speechless—my home was robbed. However, I also wasn’t surprised.

My entire life is stored into that truck and despite wanting to believe the best in people, items are oftentimes dangerously visible to strangers. Friends have told me horror stories of their own vehicle-homes being broken into, but it hadn’t yet happened to me until this day.

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In all honesty, my own truck was a ticking time bomb. My only precaution was to simply lock the doors (which is apparently far from enough).

So, what could I have done to prevent this break-in? Here are a few different things I’ve learned from my time spent living the roadlife:

Look for Obvious Warning Signs

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There were two obvious red flags I missed that day. If I checked the climbing forum Mountain Project, I would have read comments that this parking area was known for break-ins. Had I paid attention to the ground, I would have noticed the unusual amount of glass littered along the side of the highway. It would have been smart to climb elsewhere that day, or not drive my truck.

If It’s Not In Plain Sight, It Doesn’t Exist

Object permanence is a concept both babies and thieves are unable to grasp. If they cannot see the object, it does not exist. Therefore if you cover gear, hide valuables, or tape a black tarp inside the windows, the same theory ultimately applies. Bottom line: If it’s not in plain sight, they likely won’t take it. Be smarter than potential thieves.

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Store Valuables Discreetly, and Not All in the Same Place

Store valuables in discrete areas—the glove compartment and center console are easy targets. My cash, cards, and passport are split up into hidden spots in my truck so it’d take a significant amount of time shuffling to find them.

Store Things in Awkwardly Shaped Containers

Sometimes it’s unavoidable to have gear in view, especially if space is limited. The solution? Awkwardly shaped containers are difficult to steal. A plastic Costco box was directly adjacent to the bag that was stolen—but the bag was quicker and easier to take, so it became the target. Making the whole “smash and grab” process as time-consuming as possible will likely deter thieves from hard-to-grab objects.

lways Bring Your Keys!

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Emma Renly

I am absolutely guilty of hiding my keys outside my car while climbing, whitewater-ing or shuttling vehicles. However, don’t be dumb. Don’t do this. Lock the doors and always always always bring the key with you.

I’m quite lucky that only a bag full of ski gear was stolen. While the loss totaled to well-over $1,000 (labeling it as grand theft auto) the heist could have been much worse. My

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By Linde Hyder Rolling green lawns, lush wooded surroundings and colorful gardens provide an idyllic setting for this outstanding estate enviably situated in one of Brentwood’s most desirable gated communities: Hampton Reserve. Designed to meet the owner’s exacting specifications, the elegant manse is a showplace for entertaining as well as the ultimate venue for endless hours of family fun.

Presiding over a 1.6-acre cul-de-sac lot, the sprawling 15,379-square-foot plan has been meticulously designed to reflect superior workmanship and the finest selection of finishes throughout. Beyond its hand-hewn limestone façade are interior spaces of timeless elegance. A grand entry hall welcomes guests with stately columns, a limestone fireplace and soaring floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the grounds.

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Complementing formal living and dining areas is an expansive family room, which opens to an incomparable outdoor scene. The private resort-style atmosphere includes a swimming pool with waterfall, slide and swim-up bar, a series of stone porches, infrared heaters, fire pit, outdoor kitchen, changing cabana and strategically placed lights for sunset soirees.

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Astronaut Scott Kelly famously lived and worked on the International Space Station for 340 days—the longest time an American has spent in space. His mission gave scientists some vital insight into what happens to the human body during long-duration stays in orbit. That’s because Kelly has an identical twin, Mark (also an astronaut, and now soon to be a US senator). The Kelly twins offered scientists a rare opportunity: as they studied what happened to Scott’s body during his year in space, they had the benefit of a control subject, Mark, who stayed on Earth.

The NASA Twins Study provided more evidence for what we already suspected. In a confined capsule under microgravity and prolonged exposure to radiation, the immune system takes a hit, the eye changes shape for the worse, and there’s some significant loss in muscle and bone mass.

But we also learned about some surprising effects. Kelly experienced changes in his gut microbiome, his cognitive abilities slowed down, certain genes would turn off and on, and his chromosomes experienced structural changes.

“The Twins Study gave us a first sketch of the human body’s molecular responses to spaceflight, but these outlines needed to be filled in,” says Christopher Mason, an associate professor of physiology and biophysics at Weill Cornell Medicine. “The changes we saw needed more context and replication. We needed additional studies to map out the frequency of the changes we observed in other astronauts, and other organisms, that go into space, and also to see if the degree of change was similar for shorter missions.”

That brings us to a new package of research that builds on the Twins Study, reanalyzing some of the original data with new techniques and providing comparisons with other astronauts. In a set of 19 studies published today in a slew of different journals (along with 10 preprints still under peer review), researchers like Mason (a senior author on several of the papers) studied the physiological, biochemical, and genetic changes that occurred in 56 astronauts (including Kelly) who have spent time in space—the largest study of its kind ever conducted.

The new papers, which incorporate results from cell-profiling and gene-sequencing techniques that have become easier to run only recently, reveal that “there are some features of spaceflight that consistently appear in humans, mice, and other animals when they go to space,” says Mason. “There appears to be a core mammalian set of adaptations and responses to the rigors of spaceflight.”

The researchers highlight six biological changes that occur in all astronauts during spaceflight: oxidative stress (an excessive accumulation of free radicals in the body’s cells), DNA damage, dysfunction of the mitochondria, changes in gene regulation, alterations in the length of telomeres (the ends of chromosomes, which shorten with age), and changes in the gut microbiome.

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An incredible work of modern art. An unparalleled, all concrete and steel residence, encompassing approximately 6,960 +/- square feet of living space and set on a ½-acre site, featuring 5 bedrooms, an office, and 5.5 bathrooms and only minutes to downtown Tiburon. The world-class 180-degree panoramic views span San Francisco, the Golden Gate Bridge, Belvedere Island to Mount Tamalpais.

Impeccable design, extraordinary quality and a paramount location. Designed by renowned architectural firm Cheng Design this luxury residence is by far,

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