Sep 20, 2010

10 Amazing Facts About YOU

1 – Body Position Affects Your Memory
Can’t remember your anniversary, hubby? Try getting down on one knee. Memories are highly embodied in our senses. A scent or sound may evoke a distant episode from one’s childhood. The connections can be obvious (a bicycle bell makes you remember your old paper route) or inscrutable. A recent study helps decipher some of this embodiment. An article in the January 2007 issue of Cognition reports that episodes from your past are remembered faster and better while in a body position similar to the pose struck during the event.

2 – Your Skin Has Four Colors
All skin, without coloring, would appear creamy white. Near-surface blood vesells add a blush of red. A yellow pigment also tints the canvas. Lastly, sepia-toned melanin, created in response to ultraviolet rays, appears black in large amounts. These four hues mix in different proportions to create the skin colors of all the peoples of Earth.

3 – Big Brains Cause Cramped Mouths
Evolution isn’t perfect. If it were, we might have wings instead of wisdom teeth. Sometimes useless features stick around in a species simply because they’re not doing much harm. But wisdom teeth weren’t always a cash crop for oral surgeons. Long ago, they served as a useful third set of meat-mashing molars. But as our brains grew our jawbone structure changed, leaving us with expensively overcrowded mouths.

4 – Your Stomach Secretes Corrosive Acid
There’s one dangerous liquid no airport security can confiscate from you: It’s in your gut. Your stomach cells secrete hydrochloric acid, a corrosive compound used to treat metals in the industrial world. It can pickle steel, but mucous lining the stomach wall keeps this poisonous liquid safely in the digestive system, breaking down lunch.

5 – Bones Break (Down) to Balance Minerals
In addition to supporting the bag of organs and muscles that is our body, bones help regulate our calcium levels. Bones contain both phosphorus and calcium, the latter of which is needed by muscles and nerves. If the element is in short supply, certain hormones will cause bones to break downeupping calcium levels in the bodyeuntil the appropriate extracellular concentration is reached.

6 – Much of a Meal is Food For Thought
Though it makes up only 2 percent of our total body weight, the brain demands 20 percent of the body’s oxygen and calories. To keep our noggin well-stocked with resources, three major cerebral arteries are constantly pumping in oxygen. A blockage or break in one of them starves brain cells of the energy they require to function, impairing the functions controlled by that region. This is a stroke.

7 – Thousands of Eggs Unused by Ovaries
When a woman reaches her late 40s or early 50s, the monthly menstrual cycle that controls her hormone levels and readies ova for insemination ceases. Her ovaries have been producing less and less estrogen, inciting physical and emotional changes across her body. Her underdeveloped egg follicles begin to fail to release ova as regularly as before. The average adolescent girl has 34,000 underdeveloped egg follicles, although only 350 or so mature during her life (at the rate of about one per month). The unused egg follicles then deteriorate. With no potential pregnancy on the horizon, the brain can stop managing the release of ova.

8 – Puberty Reshapes Brain Structure, Makes for Missed Curfews
We know that hormone-fueled changes in the body are necessary to encourage growth and ready the body for reproduction. But why is adolescence so emotionally unpleasant? Hormones like testorterone actually influence the development of neurons in the brain, and the changes made to brain structure have many behavioral consequences. Expect emotional awkwardness, apathy and poor decision-making skills as regions in the frontal cortex mature.

9 – Cell Hairs Move Mucus
Most cells in our bodies sport hair-like organelles called cilia that help out with a variety of functions, from digestion to hearing. In the nose, cilia help to drain mucus from the nasal cavity down to the throat. Cold weather slows down the draining process, causing a mucus backup that can leave you with snotty sleeves. Swollen nasal membranes or condensation can also cause a stuffed schnozzle.

10 – The World Laughs with You
Just as watching someone yawn can induce the behavior in yourself, recent evidence suggests that laughter is a social cue for mimicry. Hearing a laugh actually stimulates the brain region associated with facial movements. Mimicry plays an important role in social interaction. Cues like sneezing, laughing, crying and yawning may be ways of creating strong social bonds within a group.


Tips for Your Car's Bodywork and Paint Job

Tips for Your Car's Bodywork and Paint Job

Many people say that you can tell much about a person judging by the kind of car he or she drives.  This belief reinforces the importance of appearances.  Just as one is judged by the clothes they wear or the haircut they have, car owners can also be critized by the look of their vehicles.  This means that having a clean and well-maintained car at all times is not an issue of vanity.  The quality of the paint job and the bodywork is crucial because of the message to conveys to the public.
So how does one care for a car’s paint job? It all begins with basic cleaning.  A thorough cleaning job goes a long way for every vehicle.  Make sure to choose a dish soap that is capable of removing dirt, pollen and other things from the surface of the car.  Remember to wash the car regularly; bird droppings and other debris may result in permanent stains.
The next step would be to remove the top layer of oxidized paint from the car.  Gently shed the car with the use of a foam compounding pad.  This procedure may leave a hazy surface but that’s alright.
Third, one should polish the car.  Doing so would eliminate that haze and make the surface glossy.  Opt for a mild polish and use it preferably with a circular polished.
After the polishing is done, waxing should be the next process.  Waxing the car causes it to look shiny; it also protects the paint job from rough climates, which causes it to fade.  Bird droppings are problematic because they have compounds which result in the deterioration of the paint job.  When the car is waxed, it is easier to remove.
With the right maintenance regimen, a car’s paint job or bodywork will be in fine condition for a long time.

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'Glass Pavilion' : The Home of Mr. Herman

Inside the 'Glass Pavilion'

Known for his modern designs, Los Angeles- based architect Steve Herman finished his latest project in Montecito, Calif., about four months ago.

Mr. Hermann considers the home, called the Glass Pavilion, his “opus.”
When he builds in the Hollywood Hills or Beverly Hills, Mr. Herman says he is usually restricted to a small lot.
This lot measures about three-and-a-half acres and gave him the space he needed to create a home featuring walls of glass.

"Here I have complete privacy," Mr. Herman says.
"It allows you to be one with nature inside the house."
The 13,875-square-foot home features five bedrooms, five-and-a-half bathrooms, a kitchen with a wine room and an art gallery that displays the architect’s vintage car collection.

 Mr. Hermann, who has a passion for mid-century modern furnishings, also designed some of the home's furniture, including the benches in the hallway.
He originally built the home for himself, but while the six-year project was underway, he says, his plans changed.
Among those changes, he notes, was the birth of his daughter, now 10 months old.

Mr. Hermann says he will likely rent another home for awhile before embarking on another project for himself.

The home is now listed for $35 million, and the furnishings are negotiable. Suzanne Perkins of Sotheby's International Realty has the listing.

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Dream House " Mahina " : Amazing futuristic house

The Mahina house (the Maori name for Moon) also has been designed by Weber Consulting in the shape of the crescent. It’s going to be built on Kawau Island, about 60km north of Auckland, New Zealand. With floor to ceiling windows and white modern interior with house looks really incredible. This luxury house is 827 square feet and have a plant room, deck, swimming pool and “thermal mass” to regulate internal temperatures. Official website says “A predominantly modern residence with a ‘Bondesque’ suggestion of times past; the glamorous age of martinis and tuxedos.” And it’s hard to object. This is really dream house. Despite of usual order we decided to show you video at the begining. It’s really stunning.

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Ashley Tisdale : High Resolution Wallpapers

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