29 August 2014

Watch As The Most Massive Robotic Swarm Work Together To Form Complex Shapes

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Harvard computer science researchers have created tiny robots that complete tasks by working together. Though many teams of scientists have over time managed to link simple robots together then issue commands, this is in itself revolutionary. They are on an entirely different level! Imagine the 1024 of them moving in concert?  Together they comprise the largest, most impressive robotic swarm to ever be created. They have been named Kilobots which somehow almost sounds like killbots, but okay.
Massive Robotic Swarm Work Together
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28 August 2014

These Fascinating Photos Show An Interesting Side Of History You Didn't Know About

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These are rare and interesting photos that show a different and eye-opening side to many historical events and figures. They stunningly capture relationships and interesting sides of famous people we never saw before. Some will surprise you or make you laugh, while some will make you appreciate history.
This punt gun was capable of discharging over a pound of shot at a time and could kill over 50 birds. This had a great negative effect on the birds and by the 1860s, it was banned in most states.
This punt gun was capable of discharging over a pound of shot at a time and could kill over 50 birds.
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26 August 2014

Two Decades Ago Their 'Rescuing Hug' Stunned The World And Revolutionised Medicine

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Twins Kyrie and Brielle Jackson were born prematurely 12 weeks before their date was due, in 1995. They were born at the Central Massachusetts Medical Center where according to standard practice; twins were incubated separately to reduce chances of infection. Kyrie and Brielle were hence placed in different incubators. Kyrie, who at the time weighed 2lbs 3oz started making good progress and was gaining weight. Brielle on the other hand was having breathing problems and her heart rate was not so good. Her oxygen levels were low and she was not gaining weight.
Twins Kyrie and Brielle Jackson
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On November 12, Brielle’s condition became critical. She began to turn bluish gray while trying to gasp for air and her heart rate soared. Her parents were terrified that their little bundle of joy may die. Gayle Kasparian, one of the nurses at the hospital tried everything she could but none of the conventional remedies was working. That is when she decided to try a different procedure that was currently in use in most parts of Europe but not in the United States. She got permission from the parents and placed both twins in the same incubator. Immediately she closed the door to the incubator, Brielle snuggled to Kyrie and she began to calm down. Improvement on her blood oxygen readings was seen. When she started to doze, Kyrie wrapped her left arm around her baby sister. Brielle’s temperature rose to normal and her heart rate stabilized.
Twins Kyrie and Brielle Jackson
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The twins went home in due time and their parents placed them in the same bed where they continued to thrive. According to the parents, five years later the twins still slept in the same bed and still snuggled.
Kyrie’s photograph as she hugged her sister
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Kyrie’s photograph as she hugged her sister appeared in both the Readers Digest and Life Magazine. It was dubbed the “Rescuing Hug”. It made the twins famous and co-bedding premature twins, quads and triplets became a growing interest. For example, the University of Massachusetts, has co-bedded over 100 sets of multiple twins born prematurely. The hospital staff has found no case of infection between the twins after co-bedding them. Additionally, studies have shown there are benefits to placing premature twins in the same bed.
The hug Kyrie gave to her sister changed their lives and the way premature babies are taken care off. This video catches up with the two 17 years later.
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25 August 2014

The Ebola Virus And The Truth They’ve Been Keeping From You

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An official study done in 2012 showed how Ebola could transfer between pigs and monkeys that were in separate cages. They were never in direct contact. The experiment made a conclusion that Ebola could be spread through suspended droplets in the air.
An illustration showing the Ebola virus invading a human cell.
An illustration showing the Ebola virus invading a human cell. Image Source: www.cbsnews.com
That Ebola could only be spread through exchange of bodily fluids has been a line we have heard countless times, ever since the virus was discovered, on mainstream news. But corporate media and public health officials have been keeping the truth from you. For some time now, it’s been suspected that CDC’s honesty on this matter is questionable. They have recently made changes concerning Ebola transmission; ease of transference and contamination is of great concern.
Ebola virus threat
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According to their update:
“A low risk exposure includes any of the following:
o Household member or other casual contact with an EVD patient.
o Providing patient care or casual contact without high-risk exposure with EVD patients in health care facilities in EVD outbreak affected countries.
“Casual Contact” Definition:
“Casual contact is defined as a) being within approximately 3 feet or within the room or care area for a prolonged period of time while not wearing recommended personal protective equipment or having direct brief contact (e.g., shaking hands) with an EVD case while not wearing recommended personal protective equipment.
Ebola Virus symptoms
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Why then didn't the CDC present this information sooner to the public, so that they could implement  effective preventive procedures to curb the spread of the Ebola virus? Ebola is presenting itself as a virus that can spread in the same way Influenza does, but the mainstream media and government insist it can only be transferred through bodily fluids. This is questionable and could turn the general public complacent.
Ebola virus outbreak
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The new Ebola outbreak is alarming. The world is familiar with the Ebola Zaire, but this is different. Yes, it’s 97% genetically the same, but what is not being broadcasted worldwide is that this new strain is ‘jumping’ borders and spreading very aggressively. It has proved hard to contain. Its incubation period is three weeks and it has ‘hitchhiked’ on international flights to Nigeria since the infected have not been quarantined. Its spread has been unprecedented so far especially in West Africa and one wonders whether it will be contained or will spread even outside Africa.
Ebola Virus
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This 2014 Ebola outbreak is the worst ever since it was discovered in 1976. During a span of five months, it has claimed 1145 lives. August official figures are: Liberia 413; Sierra Leone 348; Guinea 380 and 4 in Nigeria. This could be an underestimate number at the time of reporting, given that 12 cases have been reported so far and over 200 people have been kept under surveillance. Total lives taken a week ago, in the four countries were 961. That is a scary rise of a possible 184 deaths -which is alarming!

Nigeria has been the fourth country to be affected by the Ebola virus which brings the infection tally, in West Africa, to at least 2100 people. This is according to reports from the World Health Organization. Doctors without borders claim that curbing the outbreak may take months even if precautions are taken to discontinue flights to these countries, so as to quarantine the infected.
What is interesting though is the fact that the FDA released a statement stating that “Ebola does not pose a significant threat to the U.S. public,” and this is according to data CDC released. They also stated that the virus was neither “water-borne nor food-borne” and that it could not be “transmitted through the air or spread through direct contact with the bodily fluids of an infected person.”
Ebola Virus Victims
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This non-conclusive reporting on West Africa’s Ebola crisis is a detrimental risk to the containment of the virus. Practical strategies like those implemented during Swine Flu and other viruses should be implemented. If not, how do we expect to contain the deadly Ebola virus that has a death rate ranging from 50 to 80% upon contract? The World Health Organization says that “extraordinary measures are needed to contain the virus.” I think it’s  time we read between the lines and saw what this virus truly is- a potential horror that could reach us if the government and media continued implementing ignorance.
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24 August 2014

The Camera Of A World War II Soldier Was Found 70 Years Later. What They Found On It, Is Interesting!

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Captain Mark D. Anderson, United States Navy and Jean Muller, a historian were alerted to something below their feet while searching for artifacts in the Luxembourg mountainsides from the battle of the bulge. They found a foxhole dug during the World War II battle and inside were the belongings of Technician Fifth Grade Louis J. Archambeau, an American soldier. Among Archambeau belonging’s was a camera that had an undeveloped film. Muller and Anderson developed the film, 70 years later, and brought back to life photographs that tell the story of a dead soldier.

The World War II story as told by Archambeaus very own photos:

The World War II story as told by Archambeaus very own photos
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The World War II story as told by Archambeaus very own photos
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The World War II story as told by Archambeaus very own photos
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The World War II story as told by Archambeaus very own photos
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The World War II story as told by Archambeaus very own photos
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The camera that contained a partially-exposed film found by Captain Mark Anderson and historian Jean Muller.
The World War II story as told by Archambeaus very own photos
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The Battle of the Bulge resulted in more American casualties than any other battle in World War II. Spanning December 16, 1944 to January 25, 1945, roughly 19,000 American soldiers lost their lives. However, the battle was an even bigger blow to the Germans, who lost much of their war resources.  
[IMPORTANT NOTE: 70-Year-Old WWII Foxhole Photos Turn Out to Be a Hoax,  Check more info here: www.petapixel.com]

23 August 2014

The 1000 Days Challenge By Marathon Monks, Gives Athletes A Run For Their Money

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On Mt. Hiei, Japan on the northeastern hills outside Kyoto, lie several unmarked graves. Tendai Buddhist Monks who fail to complete the Kaihogyo quest are buried here.
The Kaihogyo
According to the Tendai monks, you can only achieve enlightenment in your current life through extreme self-denial and they achieve this by taking up the Kaihogyo quest. Due to this, the monks are often referred to as the “Marathon Monks”.
The Kaihogyo
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The Kaihogyo however, is more than a marathon. It’s a challenge that goes for 1,000 days and takes over seven years to complete. When a monk chooses to take up this challenge, they have to do this:

During year 1, for 100 straight days, the monk runs 30 km (about 18 miles) per day. 

During the 2nd year, the monk runs another 30 km every day for 100 straight days

During the 3rd year, the monk runs the same miles per day for another 100 straight days.

During the 4th year, the monk runs 30 km every day but for 200 straight days this time.

During the 5th year, the monk runs another 30 km per day for another 200 days straight. After completing this, the monk goes for 9 consecutive days with no food, rest or water. Two monks stand guard to ensure he doesn’t fall asleep.

During the 6th year, the monk runs 60 km per day (approximately 37 miles) for 100 straight days.

During the 7th year, the monk runs 84 km per day (about 52 miles!) for another 100 straight days. During the final 100 days, he must run for 30 km per day.

During the first 100 running days, a monk can withdraw from the quest but after that, there’s no withdrawal- the monk either completes the quest or kills himself. For this latter clause, the monk has with him a lengthy rope and short sword during the journey, at all times.

Only 46 men have succeeded in the journey for the last 400+ years. Others are a memory to be found on the unmarked graves on Mount Hiei hills.  Lessons to learn from this on commitment and mental toughness include:

1. “Complete or Kill”
‘Marathon monks’ are completely devoted to this extreme mentality- “complete or kill”. You can adopt the same mentality to your work, goals and projects. If a project is important to you, make sure you complete it. If it’s not, kill it.

We all have those half-finished projects and it’s time to get rid of all the loose ends. Two options are left- either a goal or activity is important enough to complete or kill it. In your life, you should only have goals worth finishing while you eliminate the rest.

2. Commitment to nothing leads to a distraction to everything
Though none of our challenges has a death possibility, the monks teach us a huge lesson on commitment and conviction. What they are working towards is clearly clarified and their life for the next seven years is organized around that goal. All distractions that may come along the way are rendered unimportant. They have no time to be distracted by movies, the internet, celebrity gossip, the TV or anything else.

Your goals may not have a sense of urgency like that of the monks but you can decide to have a similar sense of conviction while approaching your goals. Things we claim to be important to us like losing weight, writing a book etc., that we never get around doing. You can decide to organize your day around them and take time for them no matter what.  Commitment to nothing will make you distracted by everything.

3. Just get started no matter how long your goal takes
The Tendai monks are 900 days and a thousand miles from their goal by the 101 day. They still have a long and arduous journey that sounds and looks impossible to normal man but they still accept the challenge and work day after day, year after year. Seven years later, they have finished! The amount of time a goal will take to reach should not be a discouraging factor.

“Never give up on a dream just because of the length of time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.”   —H. Jackson Brown

The fortunate difference between yourself and the monks is that there will be no death if your goal is not reached! As Seth Godin says, you have the privilege to be wrong literary. You will only learn from the failure if you do fail.

Another difference is that, you can always change your mind. If after a year a goal you were working on isn’t what you wanted, you can choose something else freely. If it’s difficult to choose between different choices, you can always choose one and if it doesn’t work out adjust to the other. You have an opportunity to choose an important goal and the privilege to fail with very little consequences. Don’t waste such a golden privilege.

Commitment and conviction are the biggest lessons we can learn from the Tendai monks. These is clearly shown on the 101 day where they commit even though it’s ‘do or die trying’ for the next 900 days.

You can also take up a goal of yours and decide you are going to finish it or die trying. Get rid of all unimportant tasks you have, start on your goal no matter how big or long the challenge will take and be committed to it.  Make today the 101 day on your goal. Make it your day of commitment!
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22 August 2014

10 Of The Maddest Scientists To Ever Exist. 6 Is Slightly Sadistic!

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There are people who love science and then there are those who go a little overboard. Not all men of science follow the scholarly scientific process to determine the validity of their experiments. Some of them go beyond normal processes and methods to test their theories. They are a curious lot who find even the strangest methods to prove their theories right. In fact, most of these inventions exist due to the craziness of these scientists.
10 Of The Maddest Scientists To Ever Exist. 6 Is Slightly Sadistic!

20 August 2014

This Woman Drinks 3 Litres Of Water Every Day And The Results Are Shocking!

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42 year old, Sarah Smith is a British mother of two who was suffering from migraines. The suggested cure by her doctor, turned out to be the secret to her youth fountain. The doctor suggested she stops taking caffeine and increase her water intake. The picture on the left shows Sarah as an average 42 year old. During this time she was always sluggish and suffered from constant migraines. The picture on the right shows her as a woman in her low to mid thirties. The fountain of our youth is clearly right within our reach.
After four weeks: Sarah looks like a different woman
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The amount of water she drank drastically made a change to her appearance. Her daily routine was normal during the photo on the left. “Usually I start my day with a cup of tea, then I might have a glass of water with my lunch and one with dinner - that's about a litre of liquid in 24 hours. It feels like plenty, but apparently it's not nearly enough.” She said in an article on Daily Mail.

She read a survey that said that one in five women usually consumes less than the recommended amount of water in the UK. This is what led to her experiment. The photo on the left was taken the day she started the trial. It clearly indicates what dehydration can do to a face. 
I am 42, but have to admit I look more like 52 in this picture, which is shocking. There are dark shadows under and around my eyes, which make me look exhausted, a profusion of wrinkles and strange reddish blotches, and my skin lacks any lustre. It looks dead,” She says.
Most of our body functions and systems depend on water. It helps carry nutrients to cells, flash out toxins from our vital organs, eliminate waste and ensure a moist environment for our nose, ear and throat tissues. Not drinking enough water impairs most of these functions.
For 28 days, Sarah took 3 litres of water daily and these are the results: 
Week One: Waist 28in, Weight 8st 7lb 
Sarah inquired from her local GP on whether taking all that water (three litres sounds like a lot) will affect her health. "I suggest you have a big jug of water in the morning, then another in the afternoon and another in the evening," he says. "Your kidneys, which filter waste products from the blood before turning it to urine, will quickly feel the benefit, as they will be getting a good flush through."
This Woman Drinks 3 Litres Of Water Every Day
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Her migraines began to go away and her flexibility improved. Water, according to Gemma Critchley, (British Dietetic Association) helps lubricate joints.
Week Two: Waist 28in, Weight 8st 6lb 
She lost a pound.  “My complexion is improving and my skin tone is more even. I still have wrinkles under my eyes, but they look less creepy and shadowy than before. The blotches on my face are diminishing, and the shadows around my eyes are less pronounced,” she says. She also had stopped having headaches.
This Woman Drinks 3 Litres Of Water Every Day
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"Our brain is 73 percent water, so poor hydration can affect how it functions. Dehydration can reduce our ability to concentrate as well as our cognitive performance," says nutritional physiology senior lecturer at Metropolitan University, Dr Emma Derbyshire.
Critchely advises on water being the best choice because it doesn't have calories and will provide the much needed hydration. She also warns against taking juice since it will provide you with excess energy than you need. 
Week Three: Waist 27.5in, Weight 8st 6lb 
She lost half an inch on her waist. “The dark rings and wrinkles under my eyes have virtually disappeared, and my skin looks plumper and more nourished,” she says. She also stopped rubbing her eyes in the morning, which meant the extra water was keeping them moist. 
She ate less since water made her fuller. Studies show that 37% of people usually mistake being thirsty for hunger.
This Woman Drinks 3 Litres Of Water Every Day
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Week Four:  Waist 27in, Weight 8st 5lb
She lost another 1lb and half an inch on the waist. "I genuinely can't believe the difference in my face. I look like a different woman. The dark shadows around my eyes have all but disappeared and the blotches have gone. My skin is almost as dewy as it was when I was a child. The transformation is nothing short of remarkable."
This Woman Drinks 3 Litres Of Water Every Day
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That’s the difference drinking lots of water can bring to your life. "I feel fitter, leaner and healthier, and my husband and friends tell me I look ten years younger. Who in their right mind would not want to try something which gets such incredible results?” she asks.
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