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a kernel of truth

A singular element of truth or wisdom within a greater story, narrative, speech, or claim, especially when most or all other elements are fictitious or of questionable veracity. I think the governor's speech is a bunch of hogwash by and large, but there is a kernel of truth in what he said about the need for lower taxes.
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He that would eat the kernel must crack the nut.

Prov. You have to work if you want to get anything good. If you want to be a good pianist, you have to practice every day. He that would eat the kernel must crack the nut.
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Proximate composition of watermelon seeds and mango kernel oil was determined by the standard methods [9].
We focused on kernel methods for text classification in this paper.
The kernel also integrates Open vSwitch, which is a multilayer virtual switch licensed under the open source Apache 2.
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From this data, whorls per panicle, spikelets per panicle, kernels per panicle, grain mass per panicle, mean mass per kernel, spikelet type frequencies, and mean masses of different order kernels from each spikelet type was recorded.
X-ray-diffraction analysis showed that heating a kernel causes the long cellulose molecules to align and assume a highly ordered crystalline structure.
6 kernel, LynuxWorks is enabling developers to take advantage of advanced features such as real-time performance and easier porting to new computers.
Bite into plump, sweet kernels of a just-cooked ear of white, yellow or bicolor corn - and the wonderful sweet taste of summer snaps to life.
In a study conducted by the U of M Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering Department and the U of M Entomology Department, graduate students assessed the survivability of Indian meal moth larvae on three diets: 100 percent whole corn kernels, whole kernels mixed with five to seven percent broken kernels, and 100 percent broken kernels.
These rootkits are implemented as device drivers in Windows platforms and LKM's (Loadable Kernel Modules) in Linux.
Milling yield relates to the amount of whole kernel rice compared to broken kernels.