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Tira-Pasagad | Saksak-Sinagol / Which Generation are You?
« on: May 30, 2020, 05:49:58 PM »

Which Generation are You?

The Lost Generation,
The Generation of 1914
Births Start: 1890
Births End: 1915
Youngest/Age today*: 105
Oldest/Age today*: 130

The Interbellum Generation   
Births Start: 1901
Births End: 1913
Youngest/Age today: 107
Oldest/Age today: 119

The Greatest Generation             
Births Start: 1910
Births End: 1924
Youngest/Age today: 96
Oldest/Age today: 110

The Silent Generation             
Births Start: 1925
Births End: 1945
Youngest/Age today: 75
Oldest/Age today: 95

Baby Boomer Generation   
Births Start: 1946
Births End: 1964
Youngest/Age today: 56
Oldest/Age today: 74

Generation X (Baby Bust)     
Births Start: 1965
Births End: 1979
Youngest/Age today: 41
Oldest/Age today: 55

Births Start: 1975
Births End: 1985
Youngest/Age today: 35
Oldest/Age today: 45

Millennials/Generation Y/Gen Next             
Births Start: 1980
Births End: 1994
Youngest/Age today: 26
Oldest/Age today: 40

iGen/Gen Z                         
Births Start: 1995
Births End: 2012
Youngest/Age today: 8
Oldest/Age today: 25

Gen Alpha                         
Births Start: 2013
Births End: 2025
Youngest/Age today: 1 
Oldest/Age today: 7

*age if still alive today

Learn English Online / Duuuuude?
« on: May 28, 2020, 01:03:06 PM »

Duuuuude? Scientists studied 100 billion tweets to find out why we stretch our words

By Katie Hunt, CNN
May 28, 2020

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(CNN) — When we speak, we routinely stretch our words to convey an emotion or to strengthen their meaning.

Excitement: "Yessssssss!"

Fear: "Noooooo!"

Confusion: "Whaaaattt?"

We've probably been doing this since humans began to speak, but such informal language has rarely left a written record.

Science and Research / Mars! (Part 2)
« on: May 23, 2020, 03:01:21 AM »

29 Out-Of-This-World Photos Of Mars To Blow Your Earthling Mind

By Erin Kelly
January 28, 2019

These amazing photos of Mars show just how varied — and not so alien — some of the terrain is on the fourth planet.

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This image from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows Aram Chaos, a 174-mile wide impact crater that lies within in the Southern Highlands of Mars.

Tira-Pasagad | Saksak-Sinagol / Lingaw sa Lockdown: Crime Riddles
« on: May 18, 2020, 02:16:48 PM »

challenge yourself by solving these mysteries first (before reading the answers at the last post of these puzzles). 

"The empty cell mystery"

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How can Andy escape? REUTERS/Dario Pignatelli

Andy is put in a cell with a dirt floor and only one window. The window is too high for him to reach. The only thing in the cell is a shovel. He won’t be able to get any food or water and only has two days to escape or he’ll die. Andy can’t dig a tunnel because it will take him much longer than two days to do it. How will Andy escape from the cell?



Why It Takes So Long To Make A Coronavirus Vaccine

This is what goes into creating a COVID-19 shot that can give us immunity against the virus. (Hint: It's a lot.)

By Jenna Birch
April 30, 2020

As of the end of April, the World Health Organization was tracking 71 coronavirus vaccines in preclinical trials, with five additional candidates already in clinical trials. Given how recently the COVID-19 pandemic began spreading, it might seem promising that there’s already a lot of activity on the immunization front.

With so many potential vaccines in testing, you also may wonder why medical experts say it will take at least 12 to 18 months before one is ready to go. If a coronavirus vaccine did make it to market on such a timetable, it would actually be the fastest turnaround in history. Currently, that record belongs to the mumps vaccine, which was approved for use in just four years back in the 1960s. For Ebola, a vaccine took five years to develop.

Health and Food / These 6 Foods Are the Reason You Can't Sleep
« on: May 10, 2020, 06:08:12 PM »

These 6 Foods Are the Reason You Can't Sleep, According to a Nutritionist

Alicia Rountree
May 10, 2020

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We pick the brains of models day in and day out, constantly prying into their medicine cabinets and kitchen cupboards in an attempt to uncover their elusive model secrets. In these endeavors, we hear a lot about eating clean and avoiding sugar, but rarely do we hear diet tips from a model who also happens to have her degree in nutritional science. That's exactly what we found in Alicia Rountree. The Mauritian model (she's got the island hair and bronzed glow to prove it) is also a certified nutritionist and restaurateur (she has to be able to put her knowledge into practice, right?), and today she's sharing her secrets with us.

Are you having difficulty sleeping and don't know why? Sure, we all have times when stress is the culprit, and we find ourselves tossing and turning all night. But stress may not be the only reason you're still tossing and turning. It may sound surprising, but the foods you eat can have a huge impact on your ability to get a restful night's sleep and lead to a groggy morning. Take a look at the foods that cause insomnia below, and try avoiding them if you find yourself munching on them in the evening.

Health and Food / About skin cancer
« on: May 05, 2020, 03:10:12 AM »

What if I get a weird spot or bump during quarantine?

Grace Gold
May 4, 2020

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The key to combating any type of skin cancer, including melanoma, is educating yourself on the signs, performing self-exams and seeing a board-certified dermatologist for guidance when that weird spot just does not look right. (Photo: Getty Creative)

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month and May 4 is Melanoma Monday. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States, and approximately 9,500 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with skin cancer every day. Yahoo Life is driving awareness with this expert-driven article to help people spot early signs of skin cancer at home.

If you’ve ever had a skin lesion zapped off to prevent or treat skin cancer, you’re not alone; more people are diagnosed with skin cancer each year in the U.S. than all other cancers combined, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation. But just because we’re homebound with dermatology offices closed to routine procedures like skin checkups, doesn’t mean problematic bumps are also taking a quarantine from popping up. What should you do if you see something suspicious? We asked top experts to advise.


What Is ‘Covid Toe’? Maybe a Strange Sign of Coronavirus Infection

Dermatologists say the lesions should prompt testing for the virus, even though many patients have no other symptoms.

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Chilblains, the painful red inflammations that are normally associated with exposure to cold air. A similar condition has been showing up in Covid-19 patients. (Science Source)

By Roni Caryn Rabin
May 1, 2020

Before the coronavirus outbreak, Dr. Lindy Fox, a dermatologist in San Francisco, used to see four or five patients a year with chilblains — painful red or purple lesions that typically emerge on fingers or toes in the winter.

Over the past few weeks, she has seen dozens.

“All of a sudden, we are inundated with toes,” said Dr. Fox, who practices at the University of California, San Francisco. “I’ve got clinics filled with people coming in with new toe lesions. And it’s not people who had chilblains before — they’ve never had anything like this.”


Duterte cannot build his way out of Philippines' economic troubles

Infrastructure will help fight coronavirus slump, but he needs structural reforms too

William Pesek
APRIL 27, 2020

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Duterte's economy entered the battle against the COVID-19 storm on a weak footing.   © Malacanang Presidential Photographers Division/AP

As the coronavirus fallout hits global demand, the Philippines is turning to President Rodrigo Duterte's favorite growth stabilizer: infrastructure.

In recent days, acting Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Karl Chua made clear that the rest of 2020 is all about BBB, referring to Duterte's signature $180 billion "Build, Build, Build" program. "We will be entering a new normal, and we will have to determine which of the BBB projects have the maximum impact," Chua told reporters last week.

Yet it is worth asking whether Manila should be more concerned about a different BBB: the nation's credit rating.


Practical advice for self-isolation from a former victim of kidnapping

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Dolors Massot | Apr 22, 2020

He was held for ransom for 9 months and not only survived but used the time for good, Now he’s got tips for the rest of us.

Mexican architect Bosco Gutiérrez was held for ransom for nine months, after which he managed to escape alive. His case is interesting because of the strength he showed upon his return to ordinary life. Thirty years later, he’s applying his experience to the isolation that most of the world is living in because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Gutiérrez began self-isolation with his family 15 days before his country’s government required it, “in view of what was happening in China, Italy and Spain, and what started to happen to some friends who got infected.”

To deal with a prolonged stay at home, during which we cannot go out except for basic needs, here is what Gutiérrez recommends:

History / The Sacco-Vanzetti case draws national attention
« on: April 15, 2020, 05:01:26 PM »


April 15

The Sacco-Vanzetti case draws national attention

A paymaster and a security guard are killed during a mid-afternoon armed robbery of a shoe company in South Braintree, Massachusetts. Out of this rather unremarkable crime grew one of the most famous trials in American history and a landmark case in forensic crime detection.

Both Fred Parmenter and Alessandro Berardelli were shot several times as they attempted to move the payroll boxes of their New England shoe company. The two armed thieves, identified by witnesses as “Italian-looking,” fled in a Buick. The car was found abandoned in the woods several days later. Through evidence found in the car, police suspected that a man named Mike Boda was involved. However, Boda was one step ahead of the authorities, and he fled to Italy.

Police did manage to catch Boda’s colleagues, Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, who were each carrying loaded weapons at the time of their arrest. Sacco had a .32 caliber handgun—the same type as was used to kill the security guards—and bullets from the same manufacturer as those recovered from the shooting. Vanzetti was identified as a participant in a previous robbery attempt of a different shoe company.


MAR 25, 2020

Social Distancing and Quarantine Were Used in Medieval Times to Fight the Black Death


Almost 700 years ago, the overwhelmed physicians and health officials fighting a devastating outbreak of bubonic plague in medieval Italy had no notion of viruses or bacteria, but they understood enough about the Black Death to implement some of the world’s first anti-contagion measures.

Starting in 1348, soon after the plague arrived in cities like Venice and Milan, city officials put emergency public health measures in place that foreshadowed today’s best practices of social distancing and disinfecting surfaces.

“They knew that you had to be very careful with goods that are being traded, because the disease could be spread on objects and surfaces, and that you tried your best to limit person-to-person contact,” says Jane Stevens Crawshaw, a senior lecturer in early modern European history at Oxford Brookes University.

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A 14th-century Italian fresco of the plague, from the Stories of St Nicholas of Tolentino. DeAgostini/Getty Images


10 Online Scams You Need to Be Aware of—And How to Avoid Them

Meghan Jones

Swindlers may be following your every tweet and post, looking for a chance to fleece you. Here’s how to confound 10 major online cons.

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Free trial offer! (Just pay forever)

How it works: You see an Internet offer for a free one-month trial of some amazing product—often a teeth whitener or a weight-loss program. All you pay is $5.95 for shipping and handling.

What’s really going on: Buried in fine print, often in a color that washes into the background, are terms that obligate you to pay $79 to $99 a month in fees, forever.

The big picture: “These guys are really shrewd,” says Christine Durst, an Internet fraud expert who has consulted for the FBI and the FTC. “They know that most people don’t read all the fine print before clicking on ‘I agree,’ and even people who glance at it just look for numbers. So the companies spell out the numbers, with no dollar signs; anything that has to do with money or a time frame gets washed into the text.” That’s exactly what you’ll see in the terms for Xtreme Cleanse, a weight-loss pill that ends up costing “seventy-nine dollars ninety-five cents plus five dollars and ninety-five cents shipping and handling” every month once the 14-day free trial period ends or until you cancel.

Avoidance maneuver: Read the fine print on offers, and don’t believe every testimonial. Check, a search engine that scours the Web for identical photos. If that woman with perfect teeth shows up everywhere promoting different products, you can be fairly certain her “testimonial” is bogus. Reputable companies will allow you to cancel, but if you can’t get out of a “contract,” cancel your card immediately, then negotiate a refund; if that doesn’t work, appeal to your credit card company. Not all websites will lose you money–Youtube can make you a fortune.

History / Pandemics That Changed History
« on: March 24, 2020, 08:43:36 PM »

Pandemics That Changed History

Updated Mar 23, 2020
Original: Jan 30, 2020

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In the realm of infectious diseases, a pandemic is the worst case scenario. When an epidemic spreads beyond a country’s borders, that’s when the disease officially becomes a pandemic.

Communicable diseases existed during humankind’s hunter-gatherer days, but the shift to agrarian life 10,000 years ago created communities that made epidemics more possible. Malaria, tuberculosis, leprosy, influenza, smallpox, and others first appeared during this period.

The more civilized humans became, building cities and forging trade routes to connect with other cities, and waging wars with them, the more likely pandemics became. See a timeline below of pandemics that, in ravaging human populations, changed history.

Health and Food / Coronavirus (COVID-19) Status, 10 March 2020
« on: March 11, 2020, 06:15:23 PM »

Region: Asia     

China, Confirmed cases 80879, Deaths 3139

South Korea, Confirmed cases 7513, Deaths 54

Iran, Confirmed cases 7161, Deaths 237

Japan, Confirmed cases 514, Deaths 9

Singapore, Confirmed cases 160, Deaths 0

Malaysia, Confirmed cases 117, Deaths 0

Bahrain, Confirmed cases 109, Deaths 0

Kuwait, Confirmed cases 65, Deaths 0

Iraq, Confirmed cases 61, Deaths 6

United Arab Emirates, Confirmed cases 59, Deaths 0

Thailand, Confirmed cases 50, Deaths 1

Taiwan, Confirmed cases 45, Deaths 1

India, Confirmed cases 44, Deaths 0

Lebanon, Confirmed cases 41, Deaths 0

Israel, Confirmed cases 39, Deaths 0

Philippines, Confirmed cases 35, Deaths   1

Vietnam, Confirmed cases 31, Deaths 0

Palestine, Confirmed cases 20, Deaths 0

Qatar, Confirmed cases 18, Deaths 0

Oman, Confirmed cases 18, Deaths 0

Pakistan, Confirmed cases 16, Deaths 0

Saudi Arabia Confirmed cases 15, Deaths   0

Indonesia, Confirmed cases 6, Deaths 0

Maldives, Confirmed cases 4, Deaths 0

Afghanistan, Confirmed cases 4, Deaths 0

Bangladesh, Confirmed cases 3, Deaths 0

Cambodia, Confirmed cases 2, Deaths 0

Brunei Darussalam, Confirmed cases 1, Deaths 0

Jordan, Confirmed cases 1, Deaths 0

Mongolia, Confirmed cases 1, Deaths 0

Bhutan, Confirmed cases 1, Deaths 0

Nepal, Confirmed cases 1, Deaths 0

Sri Lanka, Confirmed cases 1, Deaths 0

World Daily News / How close are we to a pandemic?
« on: February 25, 2020, 10:48:28 PM »

Coronavirus outbreak

Analysis: How close are we to a pandemic?

By James Gallagher
Health and science correspondent

25 February 2020

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San Fiorano is one of the Italian towns on lockdown

Major outbreaks of the new coronavirus have suddenly been detected in both Italy and Iran in the past few days.

Meanwhile, cases in South Korea have surged making it one of the worst-affected countries.

The new coronavirus is no longer a problem just in China, with a small number of exported cases.

It has many people asking if the virus is about to become a pandemic and whether containing it is still possible?

A pandemic is a disease that is spreading in multiple countries around the world at the same time.

This virus "absolutely" has pandemic potential, according to the World Health Organization (WHO) chief Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

But he added: "We are not witnessing uncontained global spread of the virus, using the word pandemic does not fit the facts."

Not everyone agrees.

How To Tips / Anger Management
« on: February 13, 2020, 01:47:42 AM »

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06 February 2020

Judge Andrew Napolitano: Despite his impeachment trial acquittal, Trump clearly guilty of a high crime

By Judge Andrew P. Napolitano | Creators Syndicate

"The party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears. It was their final, most essential command." – George Orwell, "1984"

The Senate impeachment trial of President Trump ended not with a bang but a whimper. What different outcome could one expect from a trial without so much as a single witness, a single document, any cross-examination or a defendant respectful enough to show up?

Law students are taught early on that a trial is not a grudge match or an ordeal; it is a search for the truth. Trial lawyers know that cross-examination is the most effective truth-testing tool available to them.

But the search for the truth requires witnesses, and when the command from Senate Republican leaders came down that there shall be no witnesses, the truth-telling mission of Trump's trial was radically transformed into a steamroller of political power.

Photos Unlimited / Dog Protected Against Coronavirus
« on: February 05, 2020, 05:19:01 AM »

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POOCH PROTECTION A dog wears a paper cup on its nose on a street in Beijing. In virus-hit Wuhan, pet owners unable to return to their homes are appealing to strangers via social media to ensure left-behind animals are looked after. —AFP

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