The US ranks nearly last in a list of rich countries that improve lives in the developing world — here’s the full ranking

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Denmark ranks as the highest-performing wealthy country in a ranking of nations that improve lives in the developing world, according to this year’s Commitment to Development Index.

The US placed 23rd out of 27 countries.

Created by the Center for Global Development, the CDI ranks the 27 richest countries in terms of aid, finance, technology, environment, trade, security, and migration — specifically in terms of how they help poorer countries.

Sweden, Finland, France, and Germany rounded out the top five.

"In our integrated world, decisions made by rich countries about their own policies and behavior have repercussions for people in developing nations," the report read. "The [CDI] celebrates countries whose policies benefit not only themselves, but also the development of others, and promote our common good."

Beyond just airlifting supplies during a disaster, the CDI rewards countries based on their financial investments, policies and actions fighting climate change, trade deals, and warmth toward refugees, among other considerations .

Denmark won top honors for its first-place rank in security and aid, in addition to placing highly across the other five metrics. Sweden and Finland, two other Scandinavian nations, also placed highly in most categories. The report noted Denmark still had "room for improvement," however.

"Even though it takes a large share of international refugees, Denmark accepts the lowest proportion of students from developing countries of all countries assessed," the report read.

Notably, the US placed below all of the Central European Visegrád countries, which include Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Poland, "whose income per head is less than half that in the United States." The US lagged in scores related to finance, environment, and aid. Despite a global agreement that countries would devote 0.7% of their national income to environmental efforts, the US commits just 0.18%, the report found.

Here is the full ranking:

1. Denmark

2. Sweden

3. Finland

4. France

5. Germany

6. Portugal

7. Netherlands

8. United Kingdom

9. Norway

10. New Zealand

11. Austria

12. Spain

13. Luxembourg

14. Italy

15. Belgium

16. Ireland

17. Canada

18. Australia

19. Hungary

20. Czech Republic

21. Slovakia

22. Poland

23. United States

24. Switzerland

25. Greece

26. Japan

27. South Korea

SEE ALSO: The 25 most high-tech cities in the world

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Flying a plane through Hurricane Irma looks absolutely terrifying

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As the Gulf Coast of the U.S. continues to recover from the monstrous storm Harvey, Hurricane Irma is turning out to be one of the most intense storms the Atlantic Ocean has ever seen.

In order to better understand these storms and collect data, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has been flying its planes right through the storm, risking the crew to help save the lives of others in the path of the storm.

So what’s it like flying through a hurricane? Well if you’ve ever been frightened with a small bit of turbulence, the flight is absolutely terrifying.

NOAA tweeted this clip on Tuesday from its Hurricane Hunters Twitter account, which shows the scene of both the inside and outside of one of its planes as it passes through the eye of Irma. 

Experts believe the hurricane is on a path to hit Florida this weekend but is expected to hit the islands south of Florida first, such as Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, and Cuba, among others.

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Podcast #336: How to Increase Your Testosterone Naturally

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Testosterone. It’s what puts hair on your chest, gives you those big manly, muscles, and fills you with fiery thumos. But testosterone levels in men living in the West have been on the decline during the past 60 years. Your grandfather and dad likely had more T when when they were the same age as you. To remedy the decline, offices in strip malls have been popping up that provide prescription testosterone replacement therapy. 

My guest today argues that while testosterone replacement therapy certainly has a place in treating low testosterone, it’s often used too quickly as a first recourse. He argues that the vast majority of men would be better off increasing their T levels through simple, natural lifestyle changes — a process he’s successfully accomplished himself. 

His name is Christopher Walker and he’s the author of the book Master Your T: The Definitive Guide to Raising Your Testosterone. Today on the show, Christopher shares how he raised his own T levels from almost nonexistent to optimal. We then discuss what the symptoms of low testosterone are, the main culprits of low T, and why this vital hormone has been decreasing in modern men. We dig into the benefits of having optimal testosterone (and no, it’s not just about sex and muscles). Christopher then goes deep into how testosterone is produced in the body and where things often go wrong in this process. We also get into brass tacks advice on what you can do to raise your T levels naturally and when you should visit a doctor for testosterone replacement therapy. 

Show Highlights

  • The biology of testosterone — how it works and is created in the body
  • How pituitary tumors affect puberty and testosterone
  • Why have testosterone levels been decreasing in men for the last couple decades?
  • How too much cortisol and stress hurt your T
  • Does exposure to unnatural chemicals — xenoestrogens — decrease your T?
  • The damaging effects of low testosterone
  • The benefits of optimal testosterone levels
  • Raising your T levels naturally vs drugs
  • What an optimal T level is, and the best way to get tested
  • Total T vs Free T
  • The importance of micronutrients to T levels
  • How important sleep is to your overall health, and T levels
  • Sex, masturbation, and testosterone
  • Training, exercise, weightlifting, and testosterone
  • Herbs and minerals to take to help with stress, fertility, and ultimately your T levels

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Master Your T does a good job of summarizing and bringing together all the research out there about increasing your testosterone levels naturally. It also does a great job breaking down how testosterone is produced in the body which allows you to understand what you can actually do about low T levels. Pick up a copy on Amazon.

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How To Set-up And Use Tasker On Android

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Android offers its users the absolute freedom to customize and optimize one’s device freely. You can modify everything from how it looks, its core apps, its dependence on Google and everything in between. To that end, Tasker is an Android app that lets you automate your phone’s functions. Here’s how you can set-up and use Tasker on Android to automate your phone.

Getting Tasker

Tasker is a paid for app that costs a measly $3.99 on the Play Store. However, you can download a trial build from the Tasker Website that expires in 15 days. While in trial mode, accessing Tasker – even if by switching between open apps –  asks if you want to continue trial or register.

Beginner Mode

Tasker is quite versatile, in order to prevent users from getting overwhelmed we start off in beginner mode. You are given Profiles, Tasks and Scenes (accessing each tabs tells you what it does). Tapping on each can give you the option to import a profile/Task/Scene.

Tapping the add (+) button at the bottom right will create a new entry. Pressing the Back arrow button on the top left of a view will save and exit. Pressing the cross button on the top right will cancel the operation.

It is important to note that the app isn’t as simple as IFTTT where you can just select some pre-built customizations. Tasker lets you go much deeper than that and as such requires you to build your own profiles and define how your Android device ought to behave.

To turn off beginner mode; Go to Menu (top right) > Preferences > Uncheck Beginner Mode

We don’t recommend doing this until you have understood Tasker a little better. Turning off Beginner Mode will introduce a new tab called Vars.

Step 1 – Creating a Task

Even though a Profile is the first tab, we begin with Tasks as they are the backbone of this app. We will create tasks for a list of things we want to see happen when we wake up.

So tap on the + button in the lower right corner and give it a name, then press the Tick button. Now, tap on the + icon to add actions that will be performed under this task.

Assuming we want our phone to switch off silent mode and turn on Wi-Fi when we wake up, we do the following:

+Audio > Ringer Volume 

+ > Net > Wifi > On

Now we have two actions for this task.

Keep in mind that at this time, we haven’t told Tasker when we want this app to run, we have only taught it what to do. We can press the Play button at the bottom left to execute it manually, or even add a widget on the homescreen (it will ask you which profile you want to load). Tapping on that widget will launch said task.

However, that is not as exciting as the promise of complete automation. So we must now link it to a trigger (or context, as Tasker calls it). Something that sets off these events automatically. To set a Context, we must build a profile.

Step 2 – Building A Profile

Tasker can have numerous profiles depending on what you intend to do. Go to the Profile tab and select the app/service you want an operation to be performed on. Tap on the + icon in the bottom right corner and select your context.

In extension of our above example, we our created actions to trigger when we wake up. We can assign a specific time for the tasks to trigger. Tap the plus button + > Time > From – To Range (tap on every if you want it to recur on a schedule).

Alternatively, if you have variable wake up times then you want these actions to trigger whenever you wake up, so we can make our context the alarm going off. Tap + > Event > Date/Time > Alarm Done

When asked, select the task created in step 1.

This means anytime you are done with an alarm, these events will trigger. So you can set your wake up time every time and get the same tasks run each time.

Step 3 – Creating Scenes

Scenes in Tasker is if you want to create your own user interface or popup dialogues. You can learn to create these even if you have never created interfaces before. So let us create one and you will be able to launch as many as you want from that point forth.

Press the + button to create a new scene. We will create a scene that shows us who sent us an email with what subject line.

When a new scene is created you adjust the size of your overall screen. Once adjusted you can change its color from the menu button on the top right, tap on the + below to add elements. We want two text boxes (one for who sent that mail and another for the body). Lastly,  we want to add a button that says “Done” so we can close the scene.

So press + > Text

Under name, name it anything that is easy for you to remember later.

Now under text, you can either write actual text, or call from a list of built-in variables. In our case we will be calling the “Text Sender” variable and another text box for the “Text Body” variable. Once these are done, create a “done” button that will “destroy” on tapping.

Now, this is just the scene, with neither a trigger, nor a task. So create a Task that “Shows Scene” and a Profile that triggers this task (as mentioned in steps 1 and 2) and the app will be ready.

Trying It Out For Yourself

The best part about Tasker is that you cannot damage your phone no matter what you do. So feel free to play around with different settings and configurations to see which one best optimizes your device for you. The best thing is, once you get used to it, you can even create apps through Tasker that your friends can use on their own custom Tasker services that you cook up for them.

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