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Life on Exoplanets May depend on Oceans Being Present

The University of East Anglia – UEA – journal Astrobiology had, in the latest edition, a fascinating report about a new study, in which researchers concluded that on exo-planets, there will need to be oceans present, if life is to ever have evolved on them, as indeed was the case on our own Earth. There is no doubt whatever that it was the oceans which spawned the existence of life here, suggesting that, throughout the universe in fact planetary habitability may well depend upon there being enough liquid water available, as large bodies of water are thought to stabilize[...]

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Building Starts on Hawaii Monster Telescope

At long last, thanks to final approval from the Hawaii Board of Land and Natural Resources, the construction phase of TMT – the 30 metre optical telescope that will be the world’s biggest – began in the past days at the top of Mauna Kea. This thirty metre primary mirror will ensure that  TMT dwarfs all other optical telescopes, both up in space or based on earth, three times the size of twin-telescope Keck Observatory, in which the with mirrors measure only 10 metres across. Not that this is the only advantage with this monster viewer, because it is[...]

Health and Wellness

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Finding the Right Fit: Workout Plans for Women

The most important thing to keep in mind when choosing a workout plan for women is to tailor your plan to your own circumstances. Too many women commit themselves to overly-strenuous workout plans with unrealistic goals, only to be crushed by failure and disappointment. Ask yourself the following questions: 1. What are your personal expectations regarding your workout plan? This is extremely important as all workout plans for women are tailored to suit the specific desired outcome of the client. Do you want to concentrate on losing weight? Is your goal to tone your body? Are you trying to[...]

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Worst Ever Ebola Outbreak in Africa – Should You Be Concerned?

  One of the worst outbreaks of Ebola is happening right now in Africa.  Liberia, Sierra, Leone and Guinea all have reported cases.  At least 1200 people are known to be infected, and almost 700 of them have died.  A man from Lome took a flight to Nigeria, when he became ill and died.  The hospital he was in has been closed, but no new cases have been reported in Nigeria.  The situation in Africa is very serious; this is being called the worst Ebola outbreak ever.   What is Ebola?  It is a highly infectious, viral disease that[...]

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Running Key to Healthier Life

New research in the USA, published in the latest edition of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology makes it clear that anyone thinking they cannot make time for a workout needs to think again, because it really will benefit their health? This brand-new research resulted in the finding that even working out – preferably by running – for as little as 5 to 10 minutes daily can substantially reduce the risk of dying from coronary heart conditions. These conclusions came from a long-term study involving over fifty thousand US adults between18 to 100 in Texas. Participants had[...]

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How to Walk to Reduce Weight

If you have been suffering from overweight and avoiding performing push-ups and severe weight lifting exercises, you would do well to look to walking briskly in order to lessen your obesity by leaps and bounds. It is indeed true that walking goes a long way in reducing your weight much to your satisfaction. That’s because walking is a major form of aerobic exercise. It is believed that brisk walking increases the pumping of blood by your heart into your lungs. You will be able to work better since walking has the innate power to keep your brain active. If[...]

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Ryan Giggs the Living Legend of English Football

    Last October, when Manchester United visited Shakhtar Donetsk at the magnificent Donbass Arena, the entire crowd erupted in wild applause when a substitute was sent on. Why? Because that sub was none other than Ryan Giggs, his appearance setting a new record for  the most appearances in Europe’s premier competition, an achievement universally acknowledged by the football loving spectators, who that night chose to recognise genuine greatness when they saw it.   There are no superlatives that can do justice to this modest football genius, now in his 24th season as a Manchester United player. This self[...]

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The Greatest Athlete of All-Time: Is It Babe Didrikson?

At a time when women were expected to quietly tend to the home, athlete Babe Didrikson broke all the rules. She was boisterous and a bit of a braggart, though many of her athletic achievements spoke for themselves. The 1932 Olympic Games marked a breakout year for American track and field star Mildred “Babe” Didrikson. Didrikson won the 80-meter hurdles and the javelin throw while earning silver in the high jump event.  Though a highly successful athlete, Didrikson was not always popular among her teammates. Because of her competitive nature and extreme confidence, many of the women on her[...]

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Broke: ESPN 30 for 30 Documentary Mixes Interesting Story with Bad Music

It’s not very often that I find myself disliking an ESPN 30 for 30 documentary. In fact, until “Broke” I don’t think I ever saw one I didn’t like.  “Broke” examines the very real issue of professional athletes who file for bankruptcy just years after retiring from earning multi-million dollar contracts. As someone who is interested in financial planning for the future, this was a documentary I was really anticipating watching. It marries two of my favorite topics: money and sports.  And the content and testimonials from athletes were there. The information was really interesting. I just couldn’t get[...]

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Yoga and Men

For some reason, Yoga has become the running joke of men everywhere as a woman-only form of exercise where you contort yourself into spine-breaking positions at the behest of people who’s goal is to somehow put their legs behind their heads, or bend over in half. The general “guy’s view” of men who practice Yoga brings to mind a man in tights that specifically outline his package for all the women he is trying to impress with how multi-cultural he is. How did this become the cliché for men? Yoga has a long history that has nothing to do[...]

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Everyday Life

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Qualities To Look For In A Good Electrical Contractor

At some point every homeowner will need to hire an electrical contractor to handle the wiring work in their home. It is not a good idea to try to do this yourself as you could injure yourself or even start a fire and lose your home. If you’ve never hired an electrician before, you may be clueless about how to go about finding a good one. You may not know what qualities a good electrician should have. Read the rest of this article to discover some qualities a good electrician should have. Takes Safety Seriously Doing electrical work on[...]

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Meerkats can check predators fairly well

One very intriguing animal that has caught my fancy is Meerkat. I have never seen this animal in the Philippines, not even in Philippine books, except in television and in the internet. The truth of the matter is even the name of this creature is strange to me. Amazed at its ability especially to stand upright, I decided one day to spend a day to gather facts about it. Like other animals, Meerkats came in two sexes, the male and female. From a female are born 2 or 5 small meerkats called pups each year. They stored enough food[...]

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Shift Possible

As I started to think about my first blog, I want to shift from ‘Striving for Perfection’ to ‘Handling Priorities in Life’, thanks to the wonderful story that I came across, which explains it in the best possible way. As I started to look in my own mirror, I realized and concluded that I have not chased the right priorities all the time for a long time. Looking back at my last decade, time has really flown so fast, thanks to the great support of my family. I have missed many important milestones in life and hardly feel accomplished.[...]

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Eight Hair Replenishing Masks with Onion

The smelly onion which makes our eyes smart is a great source of vitamins and nutrients. It helps our hair to stay healthy and grow out strong. The onion bulb contains vitamins like C, B1, B2, B6, E, PP and lots of minerals: calcium, potassium, phosphorus, iron, copper, zink, cobalt, iodine, magnesium and sulphur. The following hair masks are proven (and cheap) replenishment therapy for thin, dry and damaged hair. You only need to apply them twice a week for three months to naturally revive your hair. These masks with onion also remove microbial infections and dandruff, stimulate the[...]

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Social Media and the World Tomorrow.

Having walked to my local for the usual couple of afternoon beers I sat on the small terrace and took a couple of sips. No-one in the bar, no-one on the terrace, nice and quiet. Minutes later a young tourist couple sauntered down the road. Ordering their drinks they sat on the terrace and waited for their order. A couple of minutes later another couple arrived. Followed the same routine and sat at one of the three remaining tables. I took another sip of beer, another hot sultry afternoon, sky grey, no hint of any air movement, not a[...]

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My 10 Favorite Blogging Tools

From coming up with an idea to writing and marketing the article or blog post, these are my favorite tools and websites. These might not be the best in terms of productivity, but I love them, and find them to be extremely helpful. 1. Portent’s Content Idea Generator The Portent’s Content Idea Generator isn’t a prompt generator in the basic sense. It creates titles so you can put your own spin on topics. If you plug in the word blogging, for example, it will give you a possible title like this one; “Why writing sucks worse than the new Star[...]

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Best Times to Post in Social Media for Optimum Views

  Social Media is defined, by Dictionary.com, as websites and other online means of communication that are used by large groups of people to share information and to develop social and professional contacts.  Social media is used by an increasing number of businesses as a means to promote and publicize their services and wares.  It is also heavily used by online entrepreneurs to get their work out into the public eye and sell everything from ebooks to long johns.  Bloggers also use social media as a way to gain followers and to spread the word about their blogs.  [...]

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Did You See This Pic Of You?

Photo Credit: Freelancewritersdesk I thought to myself, “Now what,..WHAT has someone done now? I saw what the message was from my Gmail account. It was from an old friend and was supposed to be sent from my Twitter account. Wow, was I curious to click on the link! It’s a good thing I didn’t. You see, the hackers sit quietly waiting for just the right moment to hack into various accounts. Unfortunately, the best of us end up being victims. There are so many trusting people that take the bait and click, and then click again once inside the[...]

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Pets and Animals

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Meerkats can check predators fairly well

One very intriguing animal that has caught my fancy is Meerkat. I have never seen this animal in the Philippines, not even in Philippine books, except in television and in the internet. The truth of the matter is even the name of this creature is strange to me. Amazed at its ability especially to stand upright, I decided one day to spend a day to gather facts about it. Like other animals, Meerkats came in two sexes, the male and female. From a female are born 2 or 5 small meerkats called pups each year. They stored enough food[...]