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Meet the Janitor Who Invented Flamin' Hot Cheetos
The flavor and the recipe for Flamin' Hot Cheetos were the brainchild of a janitor working at the Rancho Cucamonga, California Frito Lay factory in the mid-1970s. Next time you break open a bag of Flamin' Hot Cheetos, know that you're about to take a bite of the American dream. The flavor and the recipe were the brainchild of a janitor working at the Rancho Cucamonga, California Frito Lay factory in the mid-1970s. Richard Montañez said the idea came to him when he saw a food vendor put cheese and chile on a bowl of corn. He thought, why not spice up a Cheeto? After perfecting the recipe he called the company's CEO who asked Montañez to come in and pitch the idea. He barely spoke English at the time, but forged ahead, getting a book on marketing from the library, packaging his test snacks, and buying a tie. Clearly, the meeting was a huge success and Flamin' Hot Cheetos are now the company's best-selling product. That's not the only happy ending, though. Montañez has since become the executive vice president of multicultural sales and community activation for PepsiCo's North American branch. He hasn't forgotten where he came from, though, and uses his success to help others, providing scholarships for Latino students and food and clothing for needy families.
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New Wheelchair With Rubberized Tracks Can Handle Any Terrain
You think wheelchairs aren't that versatile? Then check out the Ziesel electric contraption - it's not only stylish, it comes equipped with a roll bar. The chair has a top speed of over 20 miles per hour. Weighing approximately 460 pounds, it comes with a four-point safety belt fit for NASCAR. The radical assisted movement vehicle doesn't come with any wheels. Instead it runs on rubber coated caterpillar tracks, making it bear a resemblance to a bulldozer. According to the designers of the mobility scooter "The Ziesel is a pioneer for mobility by combining sustainable and environment-friendly technologies with pure outdoor fun. It is the only barrier-free sport-vehicle with electrical high-performance power for fun and freedom in nature." The chair was specially made for outdoor extreme performance. It can be used throughout the entire year. Most impressively, it can easily maneuver in varying terrains including sand, mud, grass, gravel and snow. The mobility scooter comes equipped with LED lights, a tow bar, double suspension arm chassis, a heated seat, and technology ridden joystick. The starting price for a Ziesel chair is $24,000.
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World's Fastest Amphibious Vehicle
WaterCar's newest addition called Panther can handle both land and water. It was recently declared the world's fastest amphibious car. There are a few amphibious vehicles out there, allowing drivers to have fun on both dry land and sea. WaterCar's newest addition called Panther is essentially a Jeep that can handle both opposing terrains. The outer body resembles a Jeep CJ-8. An Acura 3.7-liter V6 is located in the back of the vehicle to provide over 300 horsepower. With a jet boat drive, retracting wheels and a fiberglass hull, the Panther is nothing short of awesome. It is capable of reaching speeds over 80 miles per hour on the road but most notably it can hit about 45 miles per hour on top of the water. The interior of the Jeep is a little longer than the standard CJ-8, measuring 15 feet long. That allows passengers to have more room which comes in especially handy while enjoying a cruise on the lake. The panther was recently declared the world's fastest amphibious car. While transitioning from land to water, the Panther can enter the liquid terrain at speeds up to 15 miles per hour. How do you like it?
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Domino's Flying Drone Delivers Pizza
Domino's has tested out a prototype for a flying drone that can deliver pizzas. The device carried two large pepperoni pizzas and conducted a flight. How do you get your pizza delivered? Last month, Domino's pizza teamed up with a creative agency titled T + Biscuits to test out a prototype for a flying drone that can deliver cheese pies. Described as an octacopter, the device carried two large pepperoni pizzas and conducted a flight over a city near London. The pizzas, both contained in an insulated bag, were secured to the drone. They were delivered in perfect condition and it only took about 10 minutes to venture 4 miles. The founder of T + Biscuits stated "If anything it went quicker than a pizza boy. We were amazed at how easy it was going to be." The drone is being called the DomiCopter. Although the device won't take the place of human delivery drivers anytime soon, Domino's is reportedly experimenting with the drone at their UK headquarters. Federal Aviation Administration authorities estimate that private drones will make up a $90 billion industry within 10 years.
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Rare Coin Worth Millions
A rare coin is worth millions. Experts confirmed what George Walton already knew -- his 1913 Liberty head nickel was the real deal. Unfortunately, Mr. Walton was killed in a car crash in 1962, but his heirs never lost faith in his belief and have held onto the coin for 51 years. The nickel is going up for auction and is expected to bring in between 2 and 5 million dollars. The reward has been a long time coming as the nickel was previously declared a fake. He acquired the rare 1913 coin in the mid-1940sby trading around 4 thousand dollars worth of collectible gold coins. At that time the nickel was already legendary as there were believed to be only 5 in existence. Born of shaky provenance, the coin's origins were discovered when a previous owner traced its creation back to the likely illicit activities of a mint employee. It wasn't until 2003 that Walton's nickel received acknowledgement of its validity and value when a Baltimore coin event offered a reward for its uncovering. Overall, rare coins are rapidly escalating in value. The upper echelon of them have increased their worth by up to 50 percent in the past year alone.
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Incredible Cat Walks 190 Miles Back to Home
A cat walks 190 miles on a journey back home. Some little kitties are extraordinarily determined. A 4-year-old cat from West Palm Beach, named Holly walked nearly 190 miles over the course of two months to get home. According to her owners, the cat ran from her family while they were vacationing in Daytona Beach Florida after some loud fireworks had frightened her. The owners put up fliers and adamantly searched for her but had no luck. Finally, they headed back to their home in West Palm Beach. A short time later, a rescue group noticed Holly outside of a restaurant in Daytona Beach, but she took off before her human parents got there. She remained missing until recently when she showed up in the backyard of a house in Palm Beach Gardens, which was only one mile from her home. She was taken to a vet and thanks to her microchip, Holly was soon reunited with her loving owners after her 190 mile trip. Last year, another stubborn cat made its way back home. A woman's pet cat in New Hampshire returned home, traveling 6 miles from the local animal shelter. The cat was placed in the shelter after one of the elderly owners became ill, but the pet escaped and showed up back home a few days later.
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Favoring One Child Over the Other Has Much Broader Impact: Study
A study reveals that differential parenting affects families as a whole. A new study reveals that when parent's pick favorite kids, nobody wins. Apparently the negative effects not only affect the child who receives less attention, but the whole family. Reportedly the more extreme the parenting methods are, the greater the mental health issues are for every child. Called, "Differential parenting", it translates to a mother or father giving positive encouragement to one child and mostly negative to another. The lead author of the study, and University of Toronto professor, Jenny Jenkins, monitored the behavior of 400 Canadian families over 4 years. The households affected by differential parenting showed an increased risk of attention issues and problems in social relationships. Marriages may also be compromised due to one parent's perception of the other's seemingly unfair treatment. The research also concluded that mothers who were highly stressed due to ranging emotions and financial hardships struggled to be equally fair to multiple children. The end result is lasting negative impact on the whole family. Do you think it's possible to be equally fair at all times, or is some preferential treatment to be expected?
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Cheetah-Cub Robot Mimics Feline
A new robotic running feline built at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology is called the Cheetah-Cub. Weighing a little over 2 pounds it was created to replicate the same size of a house cat. A new robotic running feline has been outlined in the International Journal of Robotics Research. Built at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, it is called the Cheetah-Cub. Weighing a little over 2 pounds and measuring approximately 8 inches, it was created to replicate the size of a house cat. The purpose of the Cheetah-Cub is to allow researchers to see how animals move and how robots can handle rough terrain. They also want to learn how much force is present in a living creature's joints. The lead author of the study stated "Biologists cannot directly observe because you cannot cut into the leg of a living animal without harming it. It's possible to recreate it with a robot, and then you can actually change the conditions." Equipped with four feet, the Cheetah-Cub can trot on a flat surface similar to a feline. It can even take on slightly difficult obstacles like stairs. The robot can travel 3.1 miles per hour. How do you like it?
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Improve Memory By Smelling Rosemary: Study
A study claims memory can be improved by smelling rosemary. A quote from Shakespeare's play Hamlet says: "There's rosemary, that's for remembrance: pray you, love, remember." Scientific research from the University of Northumbria has found that the scent of rosemary might actually improve memory function. The study involved a group of 66 people that were given memory tests. Some of the subjects were tested in a room that smelled like rosemary, and some of them took the test in a room that had no scent. Subjects performed better in the room that had a rosemary scent, which leads the researchers to believe there is a connection between improved memory function and the rosemary aroma from essential oils. The test involved prospective memory, or the ability to remember things that are going to happen in the future, like what tasks to complete at what time. Jemma McCready, co-author of the study said: "It supports our previous research indicating that the aroma of rosemary essential oil can enhance cognitive functioning in healthy adults, here extending to the ability to remember events and to complete tasks in the future."
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Top 10 Super Bowl Ads Featuring Animals
Check out the top 10 super bowl ads that featured animals.
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Obamas Welcome New Puppy Named Sunny
The Obamas have a new and adorable addition to their family. On August 19th, a female puppy named Sunny was welcomed into the White House. The Obamas have a new and adorable addition to their family. On August 19th, a female puppy named Sunny was welcomed into the White House. Sunny was born in the summer of last year in Michigan. Classified as a Portuguese Water Dog, her coat is hypoallergenic, meaning Sunny won't trigger the first daughter Malia's allergies. Sunny is the same breed as the Obama's other family dog - Bo. Sunny is slightly smaller and completely black while Bo showcases some white fur on the chest and paws. Bo previously attended many White House events and outings including visiting Walter Reed and the Children's National Medical Center. However last year, Michelle Obama told reporters that she was scheduling Doggie Play Dates for Bo because he wasn't getting enough canine interaction. That may have brought on the family's decision to bring in a full time playmate. Official photos from the White House show the two pooches running around and playing on the grass. They can also be seen lounging next to one another so it appears the dogs have taken well to each other. The Obamas will be making a donation to the Washington Humane Society in honor of their new pet, Sunny.
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War Veteran Reunites With Dog From Afghanistan
A war veteran is reunited with a dog from Afghanistan. It's hard to put a price tag on love, but 4 thousand dollars reunited Air Force Staff Sgt. Tom Burright and his Afghan puppy Lyla. Moments before an enemy attack, a helmet camera captured the little pup eagerly grabbing beef jerky bits thrown by an American GI. Burright decided to keep her, and she became the bright spot during tough days for him and the team of Green Berets stationed at the base. Not long after, he got news that he was headed back to Texas. As much as he wanted to, he couldn't afford to take Lyla with him. One night he placed a call to the Puppy Rescue Mission and by the next morning got the news that they had raised the money. About a month after Burright arrived in Texas, so did Layla. The elated soldier said she "Kept me company most of the deployment -- ate together, slept together. Good to have her back on my side." The Puppy Rescue Mission's primary focus is to rescue pets -- dogs and cats - from war torn areas and reunite them with the soldiers who looked after them.
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When White House Had to Be Gutted
Check out the completely gutted White house from decades ago. Back in 1948, President Harry S. Truman was elected to office and realized the White House was in an almost uninhabitable state and in need of a complete interior renovation. According to National Journal, all of the 1948 holiday season social events at the White House were canceled because the building was declared as a hazard. President Truman testified to Congress in 1949 that "It perhaps would be more economical from a purely financial standpoint to raze the building and to rebuild completely. In doing so, however, there would be destroyed a building of tremendous historical significance in the growth of the nation." The exterior was reinforced with newly poured concrete columns, while the interior of building was completely gutted in 1950. The National Mall in Washington, D.C. also used to have quite a different look and feel to it before all of the landmark buildings were in place. Back in 1860s, the Capital dome was nearing completion while work on the partially completed Washington Monument was on hold, and would not begin again until 1877. In what would later become Constitution Avenue was an open canal filled with sewage where people dumped their waste.
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Luxury Cruise Airship Concept Redefines Air Travel
Don't like flying in commercial jets? Then say hello to the 'luxury cruise airship' concept. Don't like flying in commercial jets? Then say hello to the 'luxury cruise airship'. The simple goal of the concept air vehicle is to allow passengers to travel anywhere in a short amount of time while still being able to take in magnificent views from above. From a distance the shape resembles a modern day airship and close inspection reveals a large gondola underneath, but with soaring windows giving the aircraft a futuristic touch. The interior of the aircraft is where a yacht or cruise ship aspect comes in. Geared towards encouraging social interactions, there are large spaces where travelers can meet and greet. The lobby has bench styled sofas and tables along with a gathering area which resembles a bar. Bedrooms are also on the aircraft boasting simplistic and modern decor. Each space has large floor to ceiling windows which offer stunning views of the surroundings. How do you like the design? Would you want to take a ride in the cruise airship?
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Solar Powered Hospital Opens in Haiti
A new hospital in Haiti has officially opened. It is said to be "the world's largest solar powered hospital."  A new hospital in Haiti has officially opened. It is said to be "the world's largest solar powered hospital." The establishment is massive, however it boasts a minimalist design. It features an astounding 1800 solar panels on the white roof. The Hopital Universitaire de Mirebalais is situated about 30 miles away from the country's capital. In this area, power outages are very common, usually leaving residents without electricity for an average of three hours per day. The over 200,000 square foot facility houses about 300 beds. The building was designed and developed to produce more energy than it will need to consume for operations. To make the project even more sustainable, the unused energy will be put back into Haiti's national power grid. The director of construction stated "The challenge was in the design and engineering, and getting the solar power produced to mesh with the often unstable grids and the backup generators. At each step of the way, we were attempting things that had never before been done."
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Ultra-Luxury Private Submarine Comes With a Pool
Check out this ultra-lux submarine. Called The MIGALOO, it offers upscale amenities like a pool and a large deck. Choosing a yacht can be such a chore for wealthy folks. With almost too many to choose from, you might have an easier time picking your perfect submarine. The MIGALOO is billed as "The Ultimate Lux Sub". It offers upscale amenities like a pool and a large deck for relaxation. Marketed as an alternative to luxury yachts, as expected, it offers the option to travel below the water's surface. Measuring over 375 feet long by 36 feet wide, the submarine is anything but small. It bears the appearance of a traditional submarine in most aspects but the tower is custom designed in order to house a staircase and elevator shaft. The designers stated "The enormous space of the aft deck includes lounge areas, sun beds, a bar, an 8 by 3 meter-pool as well as a heli-pad that offer a wide range of activities and possibilities. When MIGALOO is submerged, all furniture is stored in large storages underneath the granite decking." What do you think? Would you like to own this submarine?
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Dog Sacrificed Her Leg to Save Family
A Virginia pit bull saved the lives of her family, but sadly lost her right leg in the process. There's a reason why most owners consider their pets to be part of the family. A Virginia pit bull saved the lives of her family, but sadly lost her right leg in the process. Not long ago, four intruders crept into their home while the parents and children were asleep. One of the armed individuals pointed a shotgun at the father, but the family dog jumped between the muzzle and the man just in time. Unfortunately, that left the dog to take the impact of the shot. The bullet shattered her shoulder and ripped the soft tissue from her front leg. When the brave pit bull arrived at the animal hospital she was in shock and bleeding heavily. Surgical efforts were underway almost immediately, but the leg couldn't be saved so doctors had to go ahead with an amputation. With the surgery complete and the prognosis good, only one problem remained -- the matter of paying for the procedures. The animal hospital posted the story on their Facebook page and asked their friends to send donations. Within days, all of the dog's medical expenses had been covered.
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Genetic Study Connects Early Migration From India to Australia
A genetic study connects Australia with India. A genetic study has shown a possible ancient connection between indigenous aboriginal Australians, and migration of people from the Indian subcontinent that happened about 4 thousand years ago. Until the recent study coauthored by a team of researchers, the continent of Australia was believed to have been isolated from outside contact after the first humans arrived there an estimated 40 thousand years ago. According to fossil and stone records, the Indian migrants may have also brought dingo dogs and basic stone tools known as microliths to Australia. The study concluded that an estimated 11 percent of DNA in aboriginal people comes from the descendants of the Indian emigrants. Further investigations show that the people from India might have traveled by boat to reach the Australian continent. Another example of DNA evidence linking ancient people to their origins is the case of a hair found in western Greenland in 2010 that belonged to a man that lived 4 thousand years ago. DNA tests showed that his ancestors were originally from Siberia. A 2008 study in Europe found that people's DNA could show their ancestors roots and predict where they came from within hundreds of kilometers.
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Meet the Last Living Man Born in the 19th Century
Check out the last man alive from the 19th century. Japan's Jiroemon Kimura is the last living man born in the 19th century, and, at 116 years old, the oldest man in the world. He was born on April 19th of 1897 and has lived to see 4 Japanese emperors and 61 prime ministers. Mr. Kimura credits his longevity to eating small meals. He also, through his own admission, spends a lot of time in bed. At present, he lives with the widows of his son and grandson, aged 83 and 59. Kimura, as mentioned, is the only man born in the 1800s still alive today, but there are about 20 women born before 1901 still kicking. Living past 100 is truly impressive, but in general women tend to live longer than men -- about 5 to 10 years longer, in fact. Of all people over the age of 100, about 85 percent of them are women. Science has discovered several beneficial biological factors women have over men. Lifestyle explanations for women outliving men run the gamut from having healthier habits to being less aggressive.
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Straw Bale Urinal Makes Compost From Urine
A straw bale urinal makes compost from users' urination. Don't ever discount the power of urination. According to a French design studio, that bodily fluid is "liquid gold". The company has created a hybrid urinal along with a funnel that connects to a straw hay bale. Essentially, a man can...well..... release into the contraption and the bale fills up with urine. The nitrogen in the liquid waste combines and reacts with the carbon in the straw. A magnificent concoction begins to form resulting in a batch of composted humus. Although the process is lengthy, taking anywhere from 6 months to a year to fully develop the compost, the idea is simple -- putting urine to good use. The new urinals are set to go under production this summer and the first design will make a public debut at a music festival. Recently, a zoo in France initiated plans for a processing plant which would convert waste into electricity. The waste is actually feces from the zoo animals. The establishment's two endangered pandas from China are expected to account for a good portion of the fuel, as they produce about 65 pounds of feces each day.
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Woman Gives Birth to Two Sets of Twins on Same Day
A Texas couple has two sets of twins born in a quadruplet birth. A Texas couple recently defied all odds. 36-year-old Tressa Montalvo gave birth to quadruplets. To make the delivery even more stunning is the fact that there are two sets of identical twin boys who were conceived at the same time.The chances of having two sets of identical twins in a quadruplet pregnancy are about 1 in 70 million. The infants, named Ace, Blaine, Cash and Dylan were born on Valentine's Day. Tressa and her husband, Manuel initially believed they were expecting twins however their doctor picked up a third heartbeat and referred them to a specialist who detected the fourth. Mom and dad also have a two-year-old boy making them parents of five small children, but amazingly they're not done yet -- the couple wants to try again for a girl. In 2011, another couple, Miranda and Josh Crawford welcomed four new babies -- two sets of identical twins into the world. After turning to in vitro fertilization, medical personnel placed two embryos Miranda's uterus. Both of those embryos split, making the two sets of twins.
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Green Potatoes Could Indicate Solanine Poisoning
Potatoes can be dangerous if they are consumed after expiration, or when they start turning green. At first, this is just chlorophyll in response to light exposure, but it is an indication that the toxic chemical solanine is present in the leaves, stem, or green part of the potato. Potatoes can be dangerous if they are consumed after expiration, or when they start turning green. At first, this is just chlorophyll in response to light exposure, but it is an indication that the toxic chemical solanine is present in the leaves, stem, or green part of the potato. Consuming potatoes is the top cause of solanine poisoning in humans. In one case from 1899, 56 German soldiers all experienced the symptoms of solanine poisoning, which can include diarrhea, vomiting, headaches, coma, and even death. Solanine poisoning happens most often when there is a shortage of food. Another extreme case of solanine poisoning broke out in the 1950s during a famine in North Korea, when people were forced to eat old rotten potatoes to keep from starving. 382 people were reportedly affected by the poisoning and out of those people, 52 went to the hospital and 22 of them died. To avoid the build up of solanine in potatoes, it is recommended to keep them stored in a cool, dark place, and if they have sprouted, you should to cut off the skin and the green parts, or not to eat them at all
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Scottish Lab Traces Origins of Redheads
A Scottish lab traces the origins of redheads. Scientists at ScotlandsDNA, a commercial testing and research lab, believe that all redheads sprung from the same source long, long ago. They've also developed a testing option that will allow prospective parents to determine the likelihood of having carrot-topped kids. The DNA testers hope that by showing non red-haired people that they, too, may carry the gene some of the stigma and bullying burdening the world's redheads will be lifted. Overall, the odds of ending up with natural copper locks are extremely slim. Outside of Europe only .06 percent of the earth's population have them. The concentration is highest in Scotland, followed by Ireland and then England. It's a recessive gene and if both parents have it there's only a 25 percent chance they'll have a redheaded child. Historically, redheads have had both good times and bad. On the downside, they were tortured as witches in 15th century Germany, burned alive by Egyptians, the seen as vampires in the making by Greeks. On an up note, history is full of many who've made a difference including Alexander the Great, Galileo, and Winston Churchill.
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Dog Saves Abandoned Baby's Life
A hero canine in Thailand named Pui recently saved a baby's life. While scouring a dump site, he came across a white plastic bag with a baby inside. Dogs can react to difficult situations effortlessly. One hero canine in Thailand named Pui recently saved a baby's life. Pui was known in his local community as he frequently roamed away from his home and wandered the streets. While scouring a dump site, he came across a white plastic bag. Pui immediately grabbed the bag and ran home. He dropped the sack on his owner's doorstep and barked loudly to garner attention. A relative came outside to investigate and opened the bag to find the baby inside. Family members took the child to a nearby hospital. The premature infant is still alive and she is being taken care of by medical personnel while district authorities are working to find the mother. Pui has received a medal along with a leather leash from a Red Cross Chapter as an award for his heartwarming rescue. Have you ever come across a hero dog?
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What's Behind Iceland's Shockingly Low Crime Rate
Learn what's behind Iceland's shockingly low crime rate. Iceland has one of the lowest rates of violent crime out of any country on the planet. Their police officers do not carry guns, despite there being 90 thousand guns in a country of 300 thousand people. There are several plausible reasons as to why the people of Iceland are so peaceful and enjoy such a low crime rate. The most pertinent factor seems to be that 97 percent of the population identified themselves as upper middle class, lower middle class or working class. Only 1.1 percent claimed to be upper class, and 1.5 percent identified as lower class. Apart from population equality, their welfare and education systems, and low rates of reported drug use all contribute to a peaceful existence with culturally accepted safety standards. Murder rates in Iceland have remained steadily low, with less than 2 per 100 thousand citizens from 1999 to 2009. The murder rate in the US at the same time was 5 or more per 100 thousand people. But according to recent estimates, the murder rate in the US is on track to be the lowest it's been in over a hundred years.
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SkyTran Levitating Pods Coming to Tel Aviv
A magnetically powered, levitating system of transportation is slated to become a reality in Tel Aviv, Israel. Basically the air vehicles are 2 seater pods which will take travelers directly to their intended destination. Death and taxes are two things we can't escape. Increasingly, that's becoming the case for traffic jams as well, regardless of what country you live in. To address that issue, a magnetically powered, levitating system of transportation is slated to become a reality in Tel Aviv, Israel. The city recently appointed the firm, Jenkins Gales & Martinez to oversee the introduction of the SkyTran rail system, designed in part by NASA. Basically the air vehicles are 2 seater pods and will reportedly help alleviate the widespread problem of traffic congestion. The pods are also said to be eco-friendly, quicker and less expensive than traditional methods of public transportation. They propel forward via a guideway which is elevated about 20 feet from the ground. The guideways will eventually contain solar panels which will make the entire system an energy efficient mode of transit. The pods are essentially silent as the overhead connectors hover magnetically. The vehicles are capable of traveling 150 miles per hour, however the initial speed will be much lower until travelers get accustomed to the pods. How do you like the concept?
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Dog Helped Save Child's Life By Keeping Her Warm
A dog keeps a missing child warm. Never underestimate a dog's loyalty. A small pooch is being credited for saving the life of a 3-year-old little girl who went missing. The child, named Julia disappeared with her pet dog from a village in western Poland. Approximately 250 firefighters, police, rescue personnel and nearby residents joined forces to search for the toddler. A helicopter with infrared cameras and search dogs were also deployed to find her. Julia was discovered the next day in a marshland with her loyal dog right by her side. Amazingly she survived frigid temperatures as low as 23 degree Fahrenheit throughout the night. The dog was reported to have kept her warm. She was taken to a local hospital but was said to be doing fine. In a similar report from last year, a 10-year-old boy with Down Syndrome, Kyle Camp disappeared from his Alabama home. The next morning, a male searcher discovered the young boy alive, in the woods with four puppies around him. He stated "Those puppies kept him company, they kept him warm and comfortable." Police think that Kyle may have followed the dogs into the woods.
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LED Lights Cause Retina Damage: Study
A study claims that LED lights cause retina damage. A new study shows that LED lights, or light emitting diodes might cause permanent retina damage. Researchers from Complutense University in Spain conducted a study on the effects of LED radiation and found that it damaged "human retinal pigment epithelial cells in vitro". LED lights have a blue band of light that is likely the cause of the damage. Prolonged exposure to LED lights may be hazardous since many electronic devices, along with street and traffic lights have been replaced by LED lights. Doctor Celia Sanchez Ramos, co-author of the study, said: "This problem is going to get worse, because humans are living longer and children are using electronic devices from a young age, particularly for schoolwork." People reportedly have their eyes open for 6 thousand hours a year, and much of the time is spent in artificial lighting. Another energy efficient light source has also been criticized for containing the heavy metal mercury, and for giving off too much ultraviolet radiation. Compact fluorescent light bulbs, known as CFLs save energy, but at high exposure levels they might cause skin cancer, or skin cell damage.
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Diamond Created From Human Remains
A man in Italy found a way to remember his son by transforming his ashes into a diamond despite the costly and lengthy process. Many people find it comforting to carry something reminding them of a departed loved one everywhere they go, especially parents who have lost their children. A man in Italy found a way to remember his son by transforming his ashes into a diamond despite the costly and lengthy process. The 55-year-old father from Treviso, Italy, had buried his 20-year-old son's body after the son had died in a car accident earlier this year. Later, he found out about this special way to keep his son close. He unearthed and cremated the body to send the ashes to a Switzerland company where the $18,000 process of compressing the ashes into a diamond would take place. The carbon in the ashes is filtered and refined. Afterwards, the ashes are converted into a diamond in a high-pressure chamber. The same heat and pressure in the chamber used to create other man-made diamonds are responsible for forming these "remembrance diamonds." 8 months later, the diamond serving as a constant reminder of his son was received by the father. The Swiss company that specializes in this process quotes varying prices based on how big the diamond is.
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Rare Islamic Coins Slated for Auction Block
Rare and early Islamic coins are slated for the auction block. Rare coins often grab spotlight at high-end auctions. London based auctioneers, Morton & Eden are gearing up to sell three of the earliest Islamic coins, which were created only mere decades following the death of the Prophet Muhammad. Together, the coins are expected to sell for over $500,000 at the auction which is slated to take place on April 22nd. Two of the pieces contain portraits of Christian Byzantine emperors who ruled in the early 7th century AD. Close inspection reveals that other Christian symbols have been removed, making these coins amongst the earliest ones made by Muslims using modified dies. It is believed the transitional coins were only issued in limited quantities. Stephen Lloyd of Morton & Eden states "they are definitely among the very first gold coins the Muslims ever made." Last year, the co-chairman of the Texas Rangers, Bob Simpson purchased a 1943-S Bronze Lincoln Cent for $1 million. The penny is one out of four San Francisco Mint Lincoln pennies that were accidentally made of bronze rather than the 1943 standard material of zinc-coated steel.
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Bottle Light Inventor Lives a Frugal Life
The Brazilian mechanic that came up with a way to light homes across the world has not gotten rich from his invention. The Brazilian mechanic that came up with a way to light homes across the world has not gotten rich from his invention. In 2002, Alfredo Moser thought of a way to make a light with a used plastic bottle filled with water and a few drops of bleach. Since then, his idea has been working as a cheap or free way to provide indoor lighting during the day in some of the world's poorest areas. Moser does get paid to install the lights in some homes, but there will reportedly be one million Moser lights in buildings around the world. The executive director of the MyShelter Foundation in the Philippines is quoted as saying: "Starting out in 2011 with one bottle and one beneficiary, right now we're 140,000 homes in the Philippines. Whether or not Moser gets the Nobel Prize, we want him to know that there are a great number of people who admire what he is doing." The light works by refracting light from the sun through the plastic and water, and the bleach makes sure algae doesn't grow inside the bottle.
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Is It Possible to Live on Less Sleep?
Check out if it is possible to live on less sleep. While it's tempting to steal a few hours from the time normally spent sleeping, for most that probably isn't wise. There's an abundance of evidence showing that diminished sleep results in a decreased ability to function properly and productively. Short-term effects can include confusion and a loss of concentration. Sustained sleeplessness may lead to serious health problems like diabetes and obesity. So, how much is enough? According to a sleep authority Jim Horne, 80 percent of people sleep from six to nine hours per night. And, sadly, no...you can't train yourself to become one of the small numbers of humans who can survive on less. Find out how much sleep is right for you by turning off your alarm clock. Author Paul Martin suggests going to bed at the same time every night and sleeping until you wake up naturally. The first few mornings, you may sleep extra late due to the catch-up effect. After those initial days, the hours spent sleeping is the amount of time needed each night. If you're getting your ideal number of hours and still tired all day it may be time to look into other causes. Fatigue can also be caused by food intolerances, infections, diseases, and depression.
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New Island Design for 2022 World Cup in Qatar
An upcoming island promises to be one of the jewels of Qatar. Referred to as Oryx Island, it will contain an open-air theater pavilion along with five floating, temporary hotels. An upcoming island promises to be one of the jewels of Qatar. It will be located off the coast of Doha. Barwa Real Estate recently revealed the building plans for the area. The aim of the development is to create room for the expected guests who will visit the area during the 2022 World Cup. Referred to as Oryx Island, it will contain an open-air theatre pavilion along with five floating, temporary hotels. More than 230 villas will also be placed on the land. The chief executive of the real estate firm stated "We anticipate that there will be a short-term demand for hotel rooms, so maybe it is not wise to offer all these hotel rooms for only a short time. Oryx Island can accommodate 20,000 to 25,000 people. Cruise ships can be docked for one week, two weeks. It can be mobilized and demobilized for a short time." Although the island will be a pedestrian only community without standard cars; electric vehicles, ferris and water taxis will be available to provide alternative forms of transportation. The concept also includes three permanent five-star hotels, each offering panoramic views of the ocean. The cost of the project is listed at $5.5 billion
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Graphene - The Strongest Material in the World
A study from Columbia University has shown that graphene, a single atomic layer of carbon in a honeycomb lattice pattern, is the strongest material in the world.  A study from Columbia University has shown that graphene, a single atomic layer of carbon in a honeycomb lattice pattern, is the strongest material in the world. Graphene might be used in the future for flexible electronic devices like a roll up television screen or smartphone. James Hone, leader of the study said their data on graphene gives "experimental evidence that the exceptional strength it possesses at the atomic scale can persist all the way up to samples inches or more in size. This strength will be invaluable as scientists continue to develop new flexible electronics and ultrastrong composite materials." It was previously thought that graphene would weaken if it was not in one large piece, but the new research shows that if pieces are put together, they remained 90 percent as strong as the original. Other research involving graphene has shown that the material can be used as a camera sensor that is one thousand times more sensitive to light than camera sensors currently in use.
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Bowl Bought for $3 Sells for $2.2 Million
A bowl bought for $3 sells for $2.2 million at an auction. A Chinese bowl recently sold for $2.2 million at an auction. The piece was originally bought for $3 by a family in New York from a garage sale in 2007. It was discovered that the bowl was actually a 1,000-year-old piece of Oriental art. Measuring 5 inches in diameter, the pale ceramic bowl features a 'saw-tooth pattern' on the outside. According to Sotheby's auction house, the bowl originated from a dynasty which ruled China from 960 to the early 1100s. The only other similar bowl known to be in existence has been in a British Museum for more than half a century. The family who purchased the bowl claimed it rested on their mantel for years before an expert informed them of the value. Last year, a woman named Beth Feeback purchased two paintings that looked to be from the 1970s, priced at $9.99 each from a Goodwill store. Research later revealed one of the paintings was named 'Vertical Diamond' from a 20th century abstract painter. The art piece was sent to be auctioned off in New York. It sold for $27,000.
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Russia Plans Floating Nuclear Power Plant
Russia is planning to build the world's first mobile nuclear power plant that will operate on a boat. Russia is planning to build the world's first mobile nuclear power plant that will operate on a boat. Baltic Plant, Russia's largest ship building company, recently announced their plans to have the floating nuclear power plant operational in 2016. The mobile power plant will provide energy to port cities in remote areas of Russia's northern and eastern areas, along with industrial enterprises, and off shore gas and oil extracting operations in the Arctic. Reportedly 15 other countries including China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Algeria, Argentina, and Namibia have also shown an interest in buying a mobile, floating power station. The power plant vessel will use the same technology as nuclear powered ice breaking ships that have KLT-40 naval propulsion reactors. The vessel will generate enough energy to power 200 thousand homes, and it can also be modified to desalinate water, producing up to 240 thousand cubic meters of fresh water per day. Russian manufacturers have been working on the nuclear power plant vessel since 2007. They say that it meets all the necessary safety and environmental regulations, including the International Atomic Energy Agency's limit for weapons grade nuclear enrichment levels.
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South Korea Has a Road That Charges Electric Vehicles as They Drive
A road in Gumi City, South Korea is able to charge electric powered buses as they drive down it.  Around the world, infrastructure is rapidly being built to accommodate electric vehicles. Now, a road in South Korea is able to charge electric powered buses as they drive down it. Measuring 15 miles, it's the first route in the world to use this technology. Electrical cables embedded under the road surface transfer electromagnetic power to Online Electric Vehicle buses fitted with a receiver designed to convert the power into electricity. The charging road system was developed by the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology's Graduate School for Green Transportation. Doctor Paul Nieuwenhuis from the Centre for Automotive Industry Research at Cardiff University said: "There is clearly a lot of potential for this technology for public transport applications, but for private electric vehicles the cost of fitting all roads with such systems may be prohibitive." In South Korea, two public buses are currently using the charging system, and 10 more are reportedly going to be added by the year 2015. One benefit of using the new charging system is that the vehicles can use smaller batteries because they are being charged while they are in transit, rather than charging at the beginning and end of a journey.
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New Concept by MINI Has Camper on Top of Car
The German automaker, MINI has designed a new concept geared towards campers with a camp on top of the roof of a car. The most traditional way to enjoy natural surroundings is to camp out in a tent. The German automaker MINI has created a new concept called the Mini Countryman ALL4 camp, which sits in the form of a tent on the roof. It basically offers mobile camping at its best. While the tent does not offer luxurious amenities like a traditional camper, it does eliminate the pesky and time consuming efforts required to assemble and disassemble a tent. The tent remains fully set up on the roof. The square shaped tent can be easily folded down, shrinking down to a compact size while the MINI is in motion. When ready for relaxation, the tent pops upwards from the storage box. Capable of comfortably accommodating two occupants, the bed remains inside, even when folded down. A ladder folds down to ground level, making the trek to the car roof an easy task. As an added bonus, the elevated spot for the tent allows for better, heightened views while the car is parked on cliffs or mountains.
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Newly Rescued Pitbull Saves 4-Year-Old Boy's Life
In Minneapolis, a mother who rescued a pitbull that was scheduled for euthanization is grateful for her decision to take in the pooch named TaterTot after he saved her son's life. Dogs don't have to be around their human caretakers for a long period of time before showing loyalty. A Minneapolis mother who rescued a pit-bull scheduled for euthanization is grateful she took the pooch named TaterTot in after he saved her son's life. Christi Smith opted to foster the dog and take him into her home just last week. Smith's 4-year-old son, Peyton Anderson established a bond almost right away with TaterTot. The 10-month-old pit bull had only been in the home for a couple of days, when all of a sudden he began barking, whining, licking and jumping on the child in the middle of the night, alerting Smith that something was wrong. It turned out, Peyton was barely breathing. He was rushed to the emergency room where doctors discovered the boy's blood sugar levels were terrifyingly low. Smith credits the newly rescued pooch with saving her son's life. An authority at the Blue Pearl Veterinary Clinic stated "If the boy's blood sugar was that low, he may have been producing ketones. That may have been what the dog picked up on."
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The Health Benefits of Standing Instead of Sitting
Standing has been found to reverse a bit of the damage excess sitting does, getting some of the body's functions back to working at an optimal level. Between sitting at a desk at work, in front of the TV at night, and sleeping, people spend up to 19 hours a day being sedentary. It's not shocking that researchers have determined that's not a good thing. Spending the bulk of the day in a chair or on a sofa has been linked to earlier mortality, cardiovascular disease, and even some cancers. It also messes up the way the body processes sugar. Hitting the gym, even on a regular basis, hasn't proven to be the type of activity that diminishes those risks. Standing, however, has been found to get some of the body's functions back to working at an optimal level. In a study performed at the University of Chester in the United Kingdom, the researchers discovered that standing for three hours a day made a big difference. The blood glucose levels of the participants adjusted as they should and one woman reported that her arthritis was bothering her less. Also, they burned .7 more calories per minute. While that doesn't sound like much, standing instead of sitting 5 days a week for a year can amount to a loss of 8 pounds.
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5 American Habits Brits Don't Understand
Check out 5 American habits that the Brits just don't understand. Cultural norms in one country may not apply elsewhere. According to the BBC, here are 5 American habits that the Brits don't understand. Number 5 -- Ask any US-based dentist and he or she will tell you flossing is key to healthy teeth. Well, while a significant percentage of Americans floss regularly, the Brits rarely touch a tub of floss, even though most residents in the UK own one. Number 4 -- Having a gabfest with a stranger in the US...totally normal. Trains, plains, buses, even in a huge department store, we're constantly surrounded by people we don't know. Why we talk to them is something the British don't really understand. Number 3 -- Indulging in large restaurant portions is. a cultural norm in America. However it's not that way in Britain. Restaurants in the US specialize in supersize dishes, serving enough food to feed three people rather than one. Number 2 -- Brits generally don't take home leftovers. Instead of waiting for a doggie bag, diners leave the plate remnants behind. In the states, we believe it's paid for so we might as well take the meal home and get the most out of it. Number 1 -- Sitting down and eating breakfast together- it's the signature of loving, American families. Brits don't commonly indulge in a large meal in the early AM. If hung over, they may eat something small, but definitely not with their close relatives.
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Dragonflies Are Incredibly Efficient Hunters
Dragonflies are incredibly efficient hunters. Dragonflies are impeccable hunters, catching more than 95 percent of their targeted prey. Scientists are studying them to gain an understanding of their amazing hunting abilities. They have an immense appetite, according to a Harvard study by Doctor Stacey Combes, one dragonfly ate 30 flies in a row and would have kept eating. Dragonflies can track their prey using their highly developed brain, eyes and wings. They can anticipate the trajectory of their moving target and adjust their own flight path quickly to make sure the prey is caught. Combes said: "Before I got into this work, I'd assumed it was an active chase...But it's more like ambush predation. The dragonfly comes from behind and below, and the prey doesn't know what's coming." Although most flying insects are disliked by humans, the dragonfly is different. They eat pesky mosquitoes, and some can eat hundreds of mosquitoes a day. Dragonflies can fly at speeds of up to 30 miles per hour.
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Retired Art Teacher Builds House for $250
A 59-year-old retired British art teacher has proved that anyone can have their very own little piece of heaven on Earth for hundreds of dollars. Michael Buck successfully built a cob house on land he previously owned for only $250. Homeownership, even after the recession and real estate market's nosedive, is still an unobtainable dream for many, but it doesn't have to be. A 59-year-old retired British art teacher has proven that anyone can have their very own little piece of heaven on Earth for hundreds of dollars. Michael Buck successfully built a beautiful cob house tucked into his garden. The total construction cost to erect the building was a mere $250. Buck used materials he already had and tracked down local building supplies he could find on his own. Anything requiring the use of power tools was not used in the construction. The living conditions inside the residence are certainly for a minimalist. There is no running water, no electricity and the composting toilet is in a separate outhouse. However the layout is beautiful and the design can be described as cozy. A woodstove provides heat, keeping the temperature nice and warm thanks to the insulated cob walls, A few examples of Buck's money saving efforts included using window glass from a salvaged truck and floorboards from his neighbor's old and abandoned boat. Buck stated "A house doesn't have to cost the earth, you only need the earth to build it."
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Ikea Ships Easy-to-Build Refugee Shelters to Syria
Swedish furniture company Ikea is working with a branch of the United Nations called the UNHCR to provide shelters for people in Syria. Swedish furniture company Ikea is working with a branch of the United Nations called the UNHCR to provide shelters for people in Syria. They have designed a flatpack shelter that can be easily shipped to people in need, and quickly built using the prefabricated materials. Made of plastic panel walls that connect to a metal frame, the shelters can house up to five people, and come equipped with solar panels that create electricity. 50 prototypes have been sent out in Ikea cardboard boxes to refugees in Syria, and they are reportedly capable of lasting up to three years after being built. The Ikea Foundation has invested 4 point 8 million dollars into the shelter project, which is still in development. Olivier Delarue, the head of innovation for the UNHCR said: "Our tents... still rely on canvas, ropes, and poles, and they usually only last... around six months. We realized that Ikea had expertise in certain areas, such as logistics and flatpacking, that we could learn from." Statistics from the UNHCR say that around three and a half million refugees are living in tents and temporary shelters all over the world.
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SkyCycle Proposed For Bikes Above London Railways
With the city's population and the number of cyclists expected to grow rapidly during the next 10 years, a well-known architect has revealed plans for a 135-mile network of bike paths high above London's streets. In London alone, the number of cyclists on major roads has increased by more than 170 percent in the last 10 years. With the city's population and the number of cyclists expected to grow rapidly during the next 10 years, a well-known architect has revealed plans for a 135-mile network of bike paths high above London's streets. As the architect behind Saint Mary Axe and the new Wembley Stadium, Sir Norman Foster explains, "SkyCycle is a lateral approach to finding space in a congested city. By using the corridors above the suburban railways, we could create a world-class network of safe, car-free cycle routes that are ideally located for commuters." Taking 20 years to complete, SkyCycle would include 200 access ramps, accommodate 12,000 cyclists per hour, and save about 29 minutes per trip. Concerns include the steepness of the ramps and the severity of winds cyclists would be exposed to up in the SkyCycle. Plus, just the first phase alone, consisting of 4 miles from Liverpool Street Station to east London, is estimated to cost more than $362 million. What do you think about the SkyCycle project? Could it work in your city?
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Six Squirrels Get Tails Stuck Together
The Animal Clinic of Regina welcomed six squirrels after a worker brought the group in. The squirrels had somehow gotten stuck together by their tails. Squirrels often find themselves in awkward situations. That was certainly the case for six squirrels in Canada. A worker at the Animal Clinic of Regina brought in six squirrels that were stuck together by their tails. The creatures had been nesting together near a pine tree. Apparently the sap essentially glued their tails together. Thankfully a city of Regina employee found the squirrels and got them some much-needed help. The animals were sedated while the veterinary staff untangled and shaved the fur. Although it's rather uncommon, when tails stick together, it's referred to as squirrel kings in the veterinary community. A vet at the Animal Clinic of Regina stated "If they get really tangled up, they generally can't feed as effectively, and their tails can become infected and have to be amputated. In this case their tails were a bit raw, but they weren't too bad and we were able to save all of them." (2, last) The six squirrels have since been released back into the city.
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NASA Finds New Radiation Belt Around Earth
NASA finds a new radiation belt around Earth. A radiation belt around our planet that was unknown to scientists has been discovered by NASA space probes. Two rings of radiation known as the Van Allen radiation belts were one of the first space discoveries back in 1958. A third layer of radiation existed for 4 weeks, and was then destroyed by an interplanetary shock wave in October of 2012. The Van Allen probes were launched in the summer of 2012 to take measurements of the known existing radiation belts, and the instruments picked up the presence of a third belt. Daniel Baker, director of the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics at the University of Colorado in Boulder said: : "More than five decades after the original discovery of these radiation belts, you can still find new unexpected things there...We now need to re-evaluate them thoroughly both theoretically and observationally." NASA's twin Van Allen space probes have also recorded noises produced by radio waves in the magnetosphere of the planet. The noises have been described as sounding like alien birds. The transfer of energy from lower energy particles to higher energy particles creates the noises at frequencies that human beings can hear. Researchers hope the detailed data being collected will improve our understanding of space weather and solar storms that can have disastrous effects on satellites and hydro grids.
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Futuristic Design Showcases McDonald's Restaurant in a New Way
A futuristic design combines a McDonald's restaurant and a gas station. A new structure in Batumi, Georgia, currently in the final stages of construction, give us a peek into what future McDonald's locations could look like. The building will house both a McDonald's and a fuel station, foregoing the arches. The exterior appearance is certainly innovative, and the facility looks more like a museum than a multifunctional eatery and gas station. The two businesses are kept completely separate. An overhang covers the fuel section, while on the other end, a separate entrance allows customers to enter the restaurant. The new McDonald's will have an elevated dining area that overlooks surrounding ponds. This seating space is set among a nearly 6,500 square foot open air garden which also serves as a "green roof system". The exterior of the building is comprised of dark colored glass. The designer stated "there is a ceramic frit pattern on glazing which is custom designed in such a way that it will transmit less direct sunlight to the dining spaces when the sun rises to higher altitudes during warm months."
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Art Therapy Helps Veterans
Artistic masks depict the suffering of army troops. United States military veterans are successfully using art therapy to cope with the trauma of war. At the National Intrepid Center of Excellence, veterans who are having a hard time adjusting to civilian life are counseled in a variety of ways including painting masks. The veterans are told to use the mask to symbolize how they feel, and the therapy is proving to be effective. Donna Betts, an art therapy professor from George Washington University said: "When trauma is experienced, it tends to be stored in the nonverbal part of the brain. Art therapy helps them retell their story through art. It translates that trauma from the nonverbal part of the brain to the verbal part so they can start dealing with it." There are many effective treatments to deal with the psychological problems that military veterans face like Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, anxiety, or depression. Another form of therapy that has shown to be effective for veterans is water therapy. The Freedom Waters Foundation is a nonprofit organization based in Florida that takes veterans on boating, sailing and fishing trips.
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Honest Homeless Man Returns Wallet Filled With Nearly $500
A homeless man in Kingston, New York is being referred to as a hero after he turned in a wallet that contained almost $500 inside. Sometimes goodwill still prevail, even under the most unlikely circumstances. A homeless man in Kingston, New York is being referred to as a hero after he turned in a wallet that contained almost $500 inside. 50-year-old Hassel Barber, is frequently seen scouring the streets for bottles and cans as a quick way to make some cash. He commonly sleeps on city stoops and stairways. Barber lives a tough life, but when he found a wallet on the sidewalk, he picked it up and immediately handed it over to police. He stated "I looked at the wallet and I seen money. I didn't bother to count it. It wasn't mine. I didn't want it." Officers were able to track down the owner of the wallet, whose identification cards were still inside. The police department shared the story via its Facebook page, to point out that human character can't be judged by circumstance or appearance. Local residents began calling in, offering to give Barber money and food, but he declined.
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