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Did You Know – 09/21/2015


1.Scientists are planning to reanimate a 30,000 year old extinct virus found in the permafrost of Siberia to understand its origin and mod of evolution. If it can be easily revived the concern is that with the climate changing and the Siberian ground ice melting it could cause the virus to reawaken a more harmful virus. Found buried 30 meters ( 100 ft ) deep in the frozen solid this could be the second time that researchers will reawaken a prehistoric virus.



2. Japanese population is shrinking. Japan’s birth rate fell to a new record low in 2014, with data showing just over a million new births.

The estimated number of people who died in 2014 totaled 1.269 million, rising for the fifth year in a row.

The main causes for Japan’s population decline are both economic and social. More than twenty years of economic stagnation have seriously dampened any kind of optimism.

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3. Taco bell has a taco made completely from fried chicken. They recently introduced ‘naked crispy chicken taco’. 

There is only two locations in which it’s sold, one in Lost Hills, Calif., and the other in Bakersfield, Calif.

It’s a breaded white meat chicken shell filled with lettuce, tomato, shredded cheese, and avocado ranch sauce.

For me it sounds rather yummy



4. A device that reanimates organs taken from dead patients has shown promise in heart transplant surgeries.  The so-called “heart in a box” uses tubing and oxygen to pump blood and electrolytes into hearts from recently deceased patients, allowing the organs to continue functioning within a chamber. A  Massachusetts-based company, Transmedics said this system has been successfully deployed in at least 15 heart transplants in the UK and Australia, and is awaiting regulatory approval in the US.

Until now, hearts used for transplants have usually been extracted from brain-dead patients; those from dead patients have been considered too damaged. Once removed, the hearts are also stored and transported in cold temperatures to avoid rapid deterioration, though scientists have begun using devices like the “Heart in a Box’ to keep the organs warm and functioning. That, doctors say, could increase the pool of donated hearts by between 15 and 30 percent.



5. Reversible Destiny Lofts —founded by Shusaku Arakawa, a Japanese neo-Dadaist and associate of Marcel Duchamp, and Madeline Gins, an American poet with a background in physics and Eastern philosophy—has produced several homes and recreational sites designed to create a more robust body and mind. Chief among them are the Reversible Destiny Lofts in Tokyo, a set of nine apartments built-in 1995 that come with instructions for use.

The lofts have spherical rooms, undulating concrete floors riddled with bumps, and candy-colored walls. Poles and ladders run from floor to ceiling in unexpected places and electrical outlets dangle from above. Each apartment resembles a playground designed without regard for child safety regulations.

The concept behind the unconventional design is that inhabitants will be forced to use their brains and bodies in unusual ways in order to navigate the space. There is no chance of settling into routines and rote (habitual repitition ) movements, because the challenging architecture makes it impossible. The goal is to never become comfortable—comfort, according to Reversible Destiny’s philosophy, means death


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Innovative Initiative !

An innovative initiative is taking place in the Philippines to bring sustainable lighting to homes in impoverished communities. Empty plastic bottles are installed in the roof, filled with water and bleach they refract sunlight. These “solar light bulbs” provide light equivalent to a 55watt light bulb. 

See How They Are Made

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Homesnap Scoop!

I am always amazed at the new technology that is becoming available to us.

Here is a new one to me called “Homesnap” which is a new App you can download to your IPhone.

This App is Unique in that it allows users to get any information on homes with just a picture. The information that you get is: Square footage, price estimate, number of rooms, interior pictures and get this it will give you the information on similar homes.

This App works all over the country and an option to contact the agent. I think this will revolutionize the way we buy houses. It certainly saves you the time and effort of chasing down the Agent for the information.
This App is FREE!

I for one am going to get this App.

You can read all about this App on http://www.sawbuck.com/homesnap/ and also iTunes Preview

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What’s Up Today – 1/18/2012

Would you not love it if your power bill was Zero Dollars?

Well it is possible. Two Orange County builders and Habitat for Humanity are building homes that are constructed in such a way it will be energy-efficient and the cost up front is not over the top.
So if you are about to build a new home this may well be worth looking into.

  • They are building houses that produce as much energy as they use. Resulting in Zero or extremely low energy bills.
  • They are equipped with solar panels,energy and water conserving designs.
  • Energy efficiency allows new homes to compete with cheaper resale housing.

So there are a lot of plus’s to this new concept when it comes to saving on your monthly energy bill.

For More information go to http://www.newtownbuilders.com/zero-energy-home/ or Google “energy-efficient homes” in your area.


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Another Good Reason To Watch What You Are Spending » Foreclosures 1M in 2010

This is an article from the Yahoo Finance which is very interesting. I don’t like negative news, but sometimes we need to be aware of what is happening and to consider our own financial position and how secure we are or not. We need to know that if we don’t take precautions and watch our spending, we could end up like thousands of others and be faced with a foreclosure.

Make savings whenever you can. Prepare yourself for the future.

Because ” If you don’t do different nothing will change

Homes lost to foreclosure on track for 1M in 2010

LOS ANGELES (AP) — More than 1 million American households are likely to lose their homes to foreclosure this year, as lenders work their way through a huge backlog of borrowers who have fallen behind on their loans.

Nearly 528,000 homes were taken over by lenders in the first six months of the year, a rate that is on track to eclipse the more than 900,000 homes repossessed in 2009, according to data released Thursday by RealtyTrac Inc., a foreclosure listing service.

“That would be unprecedented,” said Rick Sharga, a senior vice president at RealtyTrac.

By comparison, lenders have historically taken over about 100,000 homes a year, Sharga said.

The surge in home repossessions reflects the dynamic of a foreclosure crisis that has shown signs of leveling off in recent months, but remains a crippling drag on the housing market.

The pace at which new homes falling behind in payments and entering the foreclosure process has slowed as banks continue to let delinquent borrowers stay longer in their homes rather than adding to the glut of foreclosed properties on the market. At the same time, lenders have stepped up repossession in an effort to clear out the backlog of distressed inventory on their books.

The number of households facing foreclosure in the first half of the year climbed 8 percent versus the same period last year, but dropped 5 percent from the last six months of 2009, according to RealtyTrac, which tracks notices for defaults, scheduled home auctions and home repossessions.
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