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Exclusive: NATO Chief Says “Our Concern Is that Russia Won’t Stop”

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 20, 2014

NATO’s top official acknowledged in an interview that Russia’s annexation of Crimea had “established certain facts on the ground” that would be difficult to change and said the military alliance was increasingly concerned that Moscow might also invade eastern Ukraine.

In the interview, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen told Foreign Policy that Russia’s sudden conquest of Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula was a “wake-up call” for the 28-member alliance, which had been established to counter potential Soviet aggression during the Cold War. Rasmussen said NATO was committed to protecting Poland and other Baltic members of the alliance from what he described as an increasingly aggressive and land-hungry Russian government. Read the rest of this entry »

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‘Cosmic Inflation’ Discovery Lends Key Support For Theory Of Expanding Early Universe (VIDEO)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 18, 2014

AP  | by  MALCOLM RITTER

NEW YORK (AP) — The universe was born almost 14 billion years ago, exploding into existence in an event called the Big Bang. Now researchers say they’ve spotted evidence that a split-second later, the expansion of the cosmos began with a powerful jump-start.

Experts called the discovery a major advance if confirmed by others. Although many scientists already believed that initial, extremely rapid growth spurt happened, finding this evidence has been a key goal in the study of the universe. Researchers reported Monday that they did it by peering into the faint light that remains from the Big Bang.

If verified, the discovery “gives us a window on the universe at the very beginning,” when it was far less than one-trillionth of a second old, said theoretical physicist Lawrence Krauss of Arizona State University, who was not involved in the work. Read the rest of this entry »

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18 Things Highly Creative People Do Differently

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 7, 2014

Carolyn Gregoire

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Creativity works in mysterious and often paradoxical ways. Creative thinking is a stable, defining characteristic in some personalities, but it may also change based on situation and context. Inspiration and ideas often arise seemingly out of nowhere and then fail to show up when we most need them, and creative thinking requires complex cognition yet is completely distinct from the thinking process.

Neuroscience paints a complicated picture of creativity. As scientists now understand it, creativity is far more complex than the right-left brain distinction would have us think (the theory being that left brain = rational and analytical, right brain = creative and emotional). In fact, creativity is thought to involve a number of cognitive processes, neural pathways and emotions, and we still don’t have the full picture of how the imaginative mind works.

And psychologically speaking, creative personality types are difficult to pin down, largely because they’re complex, paradoxical and tend to avoid habit or routine. And it’s not just a stereotype of the “tortured artist” — artists really may be more complicated people. Research has suggested that creativity involves the coming together of a multitude of traits, behaviors and social influences in a single person. Read the rest of this entry »

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This 4-Year-Old Makes Paper Dresses With Her Mom — And They Keep Getting More Amazing

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on February 28, 2014

By Ilana Wiles, Mommy Shorts

o-1643876-570I started following @2sisters_angie a little over a year ago. Back then she was posting the typical stuff you see from moms on Instagram — pics of her daughter at the park, pics of her daughter eating breakfast and lots of photos of her daughter playing dress-up.

You know, the same stuff I post.

Then, about nine months ago, Angie’s feed started to change. It became clear Angie’s daughter (she calls her “Mayhem”) was more interested in fashion than the average 4-year-old. Mayhem shunned her store-bought princess dresses and started wrapping herself with scarves and sheets creating her own styles.

Then one day Angie got tired of finding her clothes in Mayhem’s toy box and suggested they make a dress out of paper. Mayhem loved the idea and they haven’t stopped creating paper dresses since.

I’ve been continually amazed every time Angie’s pictures pop up in my feed. The dresses started like this:

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And over the last few months, I’ve watched them evolve to this: Read the rest of this entry »

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LKDM Friend of Nepal Award 2013 to Brad Clarke and Graeme Kent

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on February 23, 2014

Brad Clarke and Graeme Kent received LKDM Friend of Nepal Award 2013 on the occasion of 5th Lumbini-Kapilvastu Day. The award was given by Consulate General of Victoria His Excellency Chandra Yonjan in a function after Pako Festa parade in Geelong on 22nd of February, 2014. The award was supposed to be awarded on 1st of December, 2013 in a function organised in Melbourne, however; Mr. Clarke and Mr. Kent could not attend the program because of their program in Nepal.

LKDM Friend of Nepal Award to Brad Clarke

Justification of the Award:

“Australia and Australians fall in love with Nepal, the birthplace  of Buddha and home to Sagamartha, Mt. Everest.  When Australians travel to Nepal, we are captured by the physical beauty of the Himalaya and its people.  We celebrate the wealth of Nepali hospitality and genuine kindness to each other and leg-weary travellers alike” – say  Graeme Kent and Brad Clarke.

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Docklands $9bn plan for next decade

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on February 19, 2014

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NINE billion dollars will be poured into Docklands over the next decade, as planning begins for an ambitious next phase of development for the waterside precinct.

Work will begin in May on the transformation of the maligned Harbour Esplanade from desolate tram route into tree-lined, pedestrian-friendly boulevard – a recognition of the criticisms of Docklands for lacking necessary green space.

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”It’s the best piece of waterfront in Docklands and I don’t think anybody would try to pretend that it is the greatest place to be,” VicUrban’s general manager for Docklands, David Young, said. ”That is absolutely recognition of some of the feedback … that Docklands doesn’t even necessarily feel connected within itself. That project is a critical one.” Read the rest of this entry »

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$5 Billion Melbourne Metro Rail Project, Australia

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on February 19, 2014

Melbourne Metro Rail Project

The Melbourne Metro Rail Project will involve building a nine kilometres long tunnel within Melbourne, connecting the Sunbury and Dandenong railway route.

The metro rail tunnel will connect to the Dandenong and Sunbury lines at the south-eastern side of South Yarra Station and the western part of South Kensington Station, respectively.

The Melbourne Metro is a vital project for the Government of Victoria. The project is included under the Major Transport Projects Facilitation Act 2009. It will hence undergo a comprehensive technical and environmental assessment, as well as stakeholder engagement.

The Melbourne underground metro is the biggest project of Melbourne railways, after the City Loop. Read the rest of this entry »

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What Your Earwax Says About You

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on February 19, 2014

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A new study suggests earwax is not the same between races, with some people having more odor-causing chemical compounds in their earwax than others.

The number of volatile organic compounds, which are molecules that often produce a smell, is generally higher in Caucasians than in East Asians, found researchers from the Monell Center.

“Our previous research has shown that underarm odors can convey a great deal of information about an individual, including personal identity, gender, sexual orientation, and health status,” study researcher George Preti, Ph.D., an organic chemist at Monell, said in a statement. “We think it possible that earwax may contain similar information.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Unemployment The Number 1 Problem For Americans, Gallup Poll Says

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on February 19, 2014

 by  Braden Goyette

"Boot Camp" Job Fair Held For Unemployed Coloradans

Unemployment has retaken its place in Americans’ minds as the country’s biggest problem, according to a new Gallup poll published Monday.

23 percent now consider unemployment the greatest challenge facing the nation, while only 16 percent said the same in January.

More people named joblessness as the nation’s top problem than “government and politicians,” which had been the most popular answer among survey respondents since the government shutdown last year. Read the rest of this entry »

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Goats Play On Metal Sheet (VIDEO)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on February 19, 2014

Goats love to climb things. They love to climb things so much that there’s a Tumblr dedicated to it.

In this video, a herd of goats has discovered a large metal sheet just tall enough to climb, but just flexible enough that it sends them sliding back down, particularly when more than one try to climb it. And just to make a climbing goat’s life that much more difficult, one side of the metal sheet is guarded by a billy goat ready to head-butt anything that comes sliding down his side. Read the rest of this entry »

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Rabbits On Okunoshima Island Swarm Tourist (VIDEO)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on February 19, 2014

Moments before this video was taken, there were only two rabbits.

Just kidding, but it’s not far off. During World War II, eight rabbits were brought to the Japanese island of Okunoshima, where they were used to test mustard gas. Read the rest of this entry »

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Analysis: Finding the roots of Nepal’s rural mountain poverty

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on February 11, 2014

By Kyle Knight

CHESKAM, 11 February 2014 (IRIN) – Despite six decades of development interventions and nearly a billion dollars in annual foreign assistance, Nepal is still struggling to combat rural poverty. Some experts and local leaders say improving the lives of the rural poor requires patient community-driven initiatives and proper management of the resources communities already have, rather than large-scale strategies. 

According to 2010 data from the International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD), a specialized agency of the United Nations, there are approximately 8.5 million rural poor in Nepal. In the Human Development Index of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), Nepal is ranked at 157. Two-thirds of citizens rely on agriculture for their economic well-being, and the World Bank notes that the sector contributes 40 percent of the country’s GDP.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Proof That You Can Be A Wildly Talented Dancer At Any Size

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on February 7, 2014

The Huffington Post  | by  Emma Gray

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Think the ability to dance your a** off like a pro has anything to do with size? Think again.

Blogger and radio producer Whitney Thore started dancing when she was just four years old, and was teaching at Greensboro Dance Theatre by age 16. But she stopped dancing in college after she started experiencing inexplicable weight gain.

“Unable to face my reflection, I failed out of dance class my first semester,” Thore told The Huffington Post in an email. “By the time I had graduated college, been diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, moved to Korea, and gained 200 pounds, I was finally able to dance socially, at a club or party, but never dreamed I would take a class or perform publicly ever again.”

But when Jared Pike, one of the hosts of the morning radio show Thore produces suggested that she make a “Fat Girl Dancing” video series, she agreed. In a recent interview, Thore told Daily Venus Diva that the title is part of an intentional choice toreclaim and embrace the word “fat.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Awkward Russian Wedding Photos Are A Whole New Level Of WTF (NSFW)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on February 7, 2014

by  Sarah Barness
 

When you open up a wedding album, you are bound to find at least a few corny pictures that feature the obligatory hand-holding on the beach and a backwards glance from the bride as she walks through a meadow.

Judging from the pictures below — which we can only describe as WTF? — we can safely say that Russians aren’t afraid to break the mold when it comes to their own wedding photos.

(H/T Sad and Useless )

Meet the “little woman.”

Meet the meat. Read the rest of this entry »

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‘Dear Einstein, Do Scientists Pray?’ Asks Sixth Grader

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on February 1, 2014

Einstein On The Porch

“Do scientists pray?”

That’s the question that occupied the thoughts of a sixth-grade Sunday school class at The Riverside Church, and who better to pose it to than one of the best scientific minds of our time, Albert Einstein?

A young girl named Phyllis penned a polite and inquisitive note to the great physicist, and she was probably surprised to receive a considerate reply. The exchange was published in the book “Dear Professor Einstein: Albert Einstein’s Letters to and from Children,” edited by Alice Calaprice.

She wrote:

January 19, 1936 My dear Dr. Einstein,

We have brought up the question: Do scientists pray? in our Sunday school class. It began by asking whether we could believe in both science and religion. We are writing to scientists and other important men to try and have our own question answered.

We will feel greatly honored if you will answer our question: Do scientists pray, and what do they pray for?

We are in the sixth grade, Miss Ellis’s class.

Respectfully yours,

Phyllis Read the rest of this entry »

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