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Finding viable ways to pull down greenhouse gases will be vital in the coming decades. A National Academies report in December on ocean-based carbon removal noted that the world may need to suck up an additional 10 billion tons annually by midcentury to limit warming to 2 C.




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Most of the time, plants get their water from the ground. This means that the plant has to transport the water from its roots up throughout the rest of the plant. How does it do this? Water moves through the plant by means of transpiration and capillary action. Capillary action occurs when the forces binding a liquid together (cohesion and surface tension) and the forces attracting that bound liquid to another surface (adhesion) are greater than the force of gravity. The plant's stem basically sucks up water like a straw! A simple way of observing capillary action is to take a teaspoon of water and gently pour it in a pool on a countertop. You will notice that the water stays together in the pool, rather than flattening out across the countertop. (This happens because of cohesion and surface tension.) Now gently dip the corner of a paper towel in the pool of water. The water clings to the paper and "climbs" up the paper towel. This is capillary action.


First of all, we know that these behaviors are effective. That is, targets of ingratiation tend to like to be sucked up to, and they tend to form more positive opinions of those doing the sucking up.


What is not clear, and what we set out to explore in this project, was how observers of ingratiation felt about the target. In other words, if we see someone sucking up to our supervisor at work, does that affect our opinion of that supervisor?


If space is a vacuum then why doesn't it suck in all the air from Earth's atmosphere? originally appeared on Quora: the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world.


You're probably thinking, "The Goldsmiths are making a good point. I see other leaders encouraging suck-ups all the time. Of course I find this to be disgusting!" It's incredibly easy to see other leaders encouraging suck-ups. And it's incredibly difficult to realize that you (without meaning to) may be doing the same thing.


Here is a simple test that may help you avoid encouraging suck-ups in your own work environment. Rank-order your direct reports (or, if you don't have direct reports, use co-workers) in three ways:


Think of your own experience in observing suck-ups. The ones that we all hate are obvious or embarrassing about it. These people's problem is not that they suck up -- it's that they're bad at it. Subtle suck-ups who don't obviously look like they are sucking up do much better. They're much more skilled in their tactics.


Challenge yourself as a leader or co-worker. Make sure that when you give recognition, you're giving it for the right reason. Don't assume that you're too enlightened to fall into the "encouraging suck-ups" trap. Anyone can make this mistake.


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Others speculate that it comes from baby animals suckling their mother. A piglet might try to literally suck up: to move from a low teat to a higher one, to get a better position. However, there is no evidence that this is the meaning behind the idiom either. 041b061a72


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