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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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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.
One pallet could carry 200 kg kernel lot and it was estimated to be reusable for five seasons so cost per each season's use for storing 100 kg kernels was GH 0.
CONTACT: Julie Baron for Kernel Season's, +1-847-818-0782, jbaronworks@aol.
Those popcorn varieties with the highest degree of crystallinity yielded the fewest unpopped kernels, the Purdue team reports in a forthcoming Biomacromolecules.
Another disadvantage is that size and area of each kernel will be different from the original kernels by the peeling of outer perimeter.
Freshness in corn equates to staying cool; warmth hastens the conversion of sugars to starch in the kernels.
Kernel Mode: This mode is a trusted mode of operation for system services and device operations or access.
The modern commercial popcorn producing companies have developed hybrid popcorn types that produce a larger, fluffier, more salable and popable kernel that unfortunately seems to have lost some of the natural flavor that heirloom popcorns have.
A true understanding of rice kernel fissuring and breakage caused by drying and tempering must involve both engineering and cereal science.
Separate unpopped kernels (every batch has some) and check to see if any are marked.
Milling yield relates to the amount of whole kernel rice compared to broken kernels.
The Linux kernel is responsible for the memory management of the whole system, and the force behind Linux efficiency.
Sold exclusively through Chicago Kernel Gourmet Popcorn, this collectible one gallon tin is currently available at their Michigan Avenue and State Street stores or online at www.
Kroah-Hartman is an experienced Linux kernel developer who maintains several kernel subsystems.