Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
The city was built to house workers of the Chernobyl Nuclear plant in the 1970s… and we all know what happened next. After the meltdown in 1986 a 19 mile exclusion area (the Zone of Alienation) was set-up around the city, though a few residents resolutely decided to stay put.
For years the area was strictly of-limits to travellers, but amazingly there are now several companies offering tourists trips there.
Monday, October 29, 2012
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Saturday, October 27, 2012
Gurmar has long been known is India as a useful herb. When chewed, Gurmar leaves stimulate insulin secretion and have blood sugar reducing properties. It blocks sweet taste receptors when applied to tongue, andremoves glycosuria in diabetics.
This sugar killer herb slows the absorption of sugars into the blood stream and it also slows the conversion of sugar to fat.
The Gurmar herb has some other uses for the human body:
The leaves are also noted for lowering serum cholesterol and triglycerides by blocking the absorption of dietary fats into the bloodstream. Gurmar corrects the metabolic activities of the liver, kidney and muscles. Chewing on the leaves of Gurmar dulls the sense of taste for sweet foods.
However individuals who use insulin or take oral medications to control diabetes should use it with caution. Blood sugar levels may fall too low. It is best taken after meals, where its qualities of sugar killing come in handy.
Powder derived from the roots of this sugar killer is useful in treating snakebites!
Friday, October 26, 2012
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Capt. Dan Salas of the 55-foot Gail Force said Tuesday that deckhand Jeff Twaddle died last week off Long Beach in front of about 20 elementary school students from the Los Angeles area. He called it a "tragic freak accident."
Authorities say the 54-year-old longtime fisherman was trying to "make the students laugh" when he popped the fish in his mouth. It lodged in his throat and Twaddle quickly lost consciousness. He was pronounced dead at a hospital.
School officials sent a note to parents and were providing grief counselors for students.
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
The pictures were taken by Anatoly Strakhov, who spotted the seal on Tyuleniy Island, Russia.
The photographer, 61, said: ‘He was hiding and waiting for his mother to come and feed him. He had a very strange colour fur and looked different from his two black brothers.I was pleased to be able to capture such an unusual animal, but the poor seal is almost blind and so was unlikely to survive in the wild.’
Luckily, Mr Strakhov was with staff from a dolphinarium who took it into their care.
Monday, October 22, 2012
The 228 sq m space is divided into themed sections that reflect scenes from the 1951 animated film. From Trompe-l’œil art to a mirror wall and fantasy forest, the bespoke furnishings translated historic 2D animated scenes into 3D interior design. Completing with custom made heart shaped chandelier and table, playing card tables and its own forest, there’s even Cheshire Cat tail pizza slices on the menu. We have to say this one of the cooler restaurants we’ve seen lately and there’s no doubt we would eat here.
Sunday, October 21, 2012
Lahore, Pakistan - The Council of Islamic Ideology met as scheduled in light of the protests held last month by JUI and other religious parties against the increasing import and eventual use of padded and colorful bras. The Council also invited shop owners who were in the business of importing and selling female underwear. The Council advised the shop owners to bring lingerie samples, so that the council could see about what the protesters were angry.
Last month the protesters gathered outside an outlet inside Park Towers and occupied the entire floor and chanted slogans against padded bras. They asked the government to put a ban on the import and sale of padded, vibrant, colorful bras and demanded legislation that would outlaw the purchase of any underwear that is not white or beige colored.
"Padded bras are evil as they make the breasts look bigger and perky", said one of the protesters. "Only devil women show off private parts. Muslim women should be as humble about them as they can. In fact they should be ashamed of their breasts, both of them." Another protester said that the purpose of underwear is not to accentuate the curves. " ...especially of a woman's body the breast should not look like they belong to a non-virgin even if she happens to be married." he added.
"Those lacy bras? They are an abomination! Do you even know how they're made? They're made in China by underfed and underpaid children. That's how they're made." said a placard that was held by a protester. They chanted slogans as the Mall security stood and watched helplessly while three female customers and two employees locked themselves inside the store. The third employee of the store who was on a break before the protest began, joined the protesters and was cheered up on by the crowd after she announced, "I will not wear these sinful, men-attracting padded bras that make my jugs look juicy." She then ripped out her bra and threw it on the ground where the protesters stomped on it repeatedly. She was later thrown a burka by someone in the crowd.
After the meeting of the Council was over, the recommendation was released to the media that says, "Padded bras are Devil's cushions and he likes to rest of them. The Council of Islamic Ideology is recommending that Pakistani Muslim researchers should try to invent a bra that makes the female chest area unnoticeable."
Zakir Naik, one of the leading Islamic scholars commented on the situation that if the Pakistani government approves of the funding grant for this research and if Pakistan is successful at making such a bra that makes the chest of women unnoticeable, Pakistan might become the biggest exporter for Shariah compliant underwear.
Saturday, October 20, 2012
To view the amazing word illusions, you have to walk around Markus Raetz’s sculptures. His work is impressive!
Friday, October 19, 2012
Thursday, October 18, 2012
01. Intricate sperm production
Sperm is produced in the testes in the small structures called epididymis. During sexual arousal, the muscles push sperm from these structures through a tube called vas deferens. Here the sperm is mixed with other fluids, such as those from the prostate gland, the seminal vesicles and the Cowper's gland that all make up semen. Only one percent of the semen is actually sperm, the rest is fructose, amino acids, vitamin C, calcium, protein, sodium, zinc and citric acid.
02. How sperm is welcomed
Couple's chances of successful conception depend not only on sperm's quality, but the environment, where it gets in. Sperm can be viable in alkaline conditions, while most of the time cervical mucus is acidic, meaning that sperm cannot survive in it. However, prior and during ovulation, time which is favorable for conception, the pH of woman's cervical mucus becomes sperm-friendly environment, allowing it to swim and fertilize the egg.
03. High temperatures and sperm
Don't wear tight underwear, put your laptop near your privates or take warm baths. Men often hear those warnings, but what's the problem with heat? Nature is wise, that's why man's testicles are located outside the body, where temeperature is lower than inside the body. The thing is that sperm is made only at lower temperatures. When the scrotal temperature increases, it can damage sperm, thus your chances of conceiving a baby.
04. Sperm allergy
If sex is not a source of pleasure for you, but rather make your privates swell, itch and result in other icky symptoms, you may be one of those rare people, who suffer from sperm allergy. Women, who are allergic to sperm, are actually allergic to particular protein in the semen. There are even cases when a man is allergic to his own semen, having flulike symptoms after ejaculation. Interestingly, semen allergy is treated with semen, but very small amounts of it.
05. Sperm's lifespan
It takes around 10 weeks for the sperm to reach maturity. Once the sperm is inside the woman's body it can live up to 5 days or even longer under favorable conditions. However, when it is outside the body, it can only survive from few minutes to several hours.
06. Male and female sperm
There is an equal number of male and female sperm. The female sperm (X sperm) is slower, but stronger, while the male sperm (Y sperm) is faster, but weaker
07. Taste of the semen
It is believed that food man eats, affects the taste of his semen. Fruits are known to make semen taste better, while meat, dairy, coffee, onion and garlic can make semen taste bitter or acidic. Other things like smoking, medications, hygiene may also affect the taste of semen.
08. Unused sperm
Every day a man produces about 70 to 150 million sperm, while during ejaculation he can produce from 200 to 500 million sperm. But what happens, if man does not have sex or masturbates? In this case, the sperm is broken down and reabsorbed by the body with all its nutrients and its untapped potential.
09. Lucky guy
A healthy male produces up to 150 million sperm every day. And while the average ejaculate contains as much as a quarter billion sperm, the route to the egg is not an easy one. There are a lot of obstacles, such as unfavorable conditions of the vagina or the wrong direction it takes to the other fallopian tube. Only about a hundred of sperm can make it closer to the egg and only one: the strongest and the fastest, fertilizes the egg.
10. Unfailing supply of sperm
While women are born with the limited amount of eggs, men can never run out of sperm. In fact, men can renew their sperm supply just after 15 minutes after ejaculation. However, it should be mentioned that with the age the quality of sperm may become a bit worse with greater number of slower swimmers and more sperm with DNA damage.
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
A wood canopy of six “parasols” has been erected in Seville, Spain. This Metropol Parasol, as is formally known, is built of 3,400 wooden parts, is over 90 feet tall almost 500 feet long. The structure is made of interlocking pieces of wood held together mostly with glue and with metal clamps. Costing an estimated 130 million Euros and built over the course of five years, the structure is designed as an urban icon to draw attention to Seville, and reclaim an underutilized urban area. Restaurants and shops are embedded in the towers and below the canopy. A view walkway crowns the top.
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Experts say the ginger fur evolved so it is easy for parents to spot their offspring. And looking at little Tango you can see Mother Nature's point. The youngster, who is yet to be sexed since being born on September 1, spends most of its time snuggled up to Lu Lu, but its auntie Lee Lee also helps out with the babysitting.
Zookeeper Kathryn Sanders said: 'Baby Tango is currently rocking the redhead look, but it won't actually be ginger for very long.
Go ape: Baby Tango's fur will gradually turn black and by the time he is six months old, he can be expected to look more like his Mum.
'Its fur will begin to darken at around three months of age, and they are usually completely black by the time they reach six months old.'
Francois' langurs are one of the world's rarest monkeys, and originate from north east Vietnam and China.
Classed as critically endangered and are in real danger of extinction. Their populations have declined sharply since 1990 because of habitat loss. There are now believed to be fewer than 500 Francois' langurs left in Vietnam and around 1500 in China. Zoos in the U.S. have only 60.
In the wild, they prefer areas with moist forest that grows on well sheltered rocky areas in the limestone hills and caves. In the wild they eat leaves, fruit, buds, flowers, seeds stems and bark supplement.
Monday, October 15, 2012
Today Singapore has only 1% poor people & no taxes are paid by the people to the government, 92% Literacy Rate, Better Medical Facilities, Cheaper Prices, 90% Money is white & Only 1% Unemployment exists.
Sunday, October 14, 2012
This is an amazing picture of a disaster that didn't happen.
From the smallest airplane to the largest, weight & balance calculations are a critical part of flight safety. From the looks of this 747, the weight was within the CG envelope, but if they'd have added one more 'marshmallow' to each snack tray, this BIRD might not have cleared the fence !!
Saturday, October 13, 2012
Boo may look like a teddy bear and be unable to sing, dance or act to any discernible degree (although let’s face it, that hasn’t stopped most X Factor contestants), but he is one of the fastest-growing stars, not only in America but across the globe.
He has nearly two million Facebooks fans, a publicist, a book deal, and TV and film offers to his name, as well as a host of celebrity admirers, including socialite Paris Hilton.
He has appeared on the breakfast show Good Morning America and the normally serious-minded Time magazine called him ‘aww-worthy’.
Friday, October 12, 2012
Thursday, October 11, 2012
In service of the Ministry of War Transport, the Gairsoppa was laden with tea, iron and tons of silver. Because of bad weather and insufficient coal, she was forced to break away from the military convoy off the coast of Ireland.
As the captain re-routed in emergency for Galway, on the west coast of Ireland, the merchant steamship and its crew of 86 men were hit by a torpedo from a Nazi U-boat. She sank in icy seas within 20 minutes.
Left at the mercy of the winds and waves, two lifeboats soon disappeared. A third boat managed to sail for 13 days, with only one person, second officer Richard Ayres, surviving the long journey to shore.
Now, 70 years after the dramatic sinking, treasure hunters have announced the discovery of the Gairsoppa's intact wreck about 300 miles off the coast of Ireland, at a depth of nearly three miles. Laying deeper than the Titanic, the wreck is believed to hold the largest haul of precious metal lost at sea.
According to U.S. underwater archaeology and salvage company Odyssey Marine Exploration Inc, up to 240 tons of silver, valued at more than $200 million, could be retrieved by next spring. "We've accomplished the first phase of this project -- the location and identification of the target shipwreck -- and now we're hard at work planning for the recovery phase," Andrew Craig, Odyssey Senior Project Manager, said in a statement.
The stern compass discovered on the SS Gairsoppa. Courtesy: Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc.
The wreck was found with the help of an underwater robot which took three and a half hours to descend to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean.
The robot-captured video footage showed a unique view into the rusty ship, revealing a ladder leading to the forecastle deck, a stern compass, and even an intact toilet. The torpedo hole in the hull, which featured the red-and-black colors used by the British Indian Steam Navigation Company, was also clearly visible. Although none of the precious metal was filmed, Odyssey is confident that it is still there.
Indeed, video footage showed tea chests, which were reported to have been on board. The account indicated that the Gairsoppa carried 2600 tons of pig iron, 1765 tons of tea, 2369 tons of general cargo and 200 tons of silver ingots and coins.
"We were fortunate to find the shipwreck sitting upright, with the holds open and easily accessible. This should enable us to unload cargo through the hatches as would happen with a floating ship alongside a cargo terminal," Greg Stemm, Odyssey CEO, said.
The company was awarded an exclusive salvage contract by the British government in 2010. Under the agreement, Odyssey will retain 80 percent of the silver's value.
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
DENMARK has the highest rate of income tax for a person earning $100,000, according to a survey of effective tax rates in 93 countries published on September 29th by KPMG, an accounting firm. But employee social-security contributions in Denmark are only 0.2%, and once such contributions are taken into account, high earners in several countries, including Belgium, Greece, Germany and France, take home less than the Danes. Belgium’s government grabs the highest share from earnings of $100,000, at almost 48%. Between 2003 and 2009, the highest tax rates on personal income declined. But last year they increased by 0.4% as governments sought to reduce deficits. Sickly euro-zone economies such as Iceland, Ireland, Spain and Portugal were among the countries who levied more on their top earners. Countries that have suffered natural disasters, like Japan, may introduce temporary taxes.
Monday, October 8, 2012
"We had one customer who had made their money in trucking who ordered an entire 'main street' for their child down in Florida which set them back $100,000 (£65,000)" said owner Steve Chernicky. "That was a one-off, but was a significant order."
Sunday, October 7, 2012
Saturday, October 6, 2012
Friday, October 5, 2012
Thursday, October 4, 2012
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Thousands of locals made their way to Hongkou District's Heping Park to watch some 20-pig athletes from Thailand take part in sporting events over the past month. The four-legged athletes battle it out in running, hurdles, jumping through a hoop, swimming and diving every day at 10am and 1pm.
About 1,500 people showed up at the park every day to watch the games, most of whom were groups of primary students, said Yang Ying, office manager of the Bluesea Broadway Co Ltd, the event's organizer.
"These lovely pigs were of a special species that is good at sports by nature," she said. "They started receiving training soon after they were born and became professional athletes one year later."
Tan yizhou, an 8-year-old who hung the gold medal onto one of the champion porkers, said he would no longer take it for granted that all pigs are stupid and lazy. "It's incredible. I never thought that a pig could be so clever, dexterous and versatile," he said. The games take place in May every year.