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Lovely Range of Themed Children’s Beds Mixing Fun, Play and Rest
Collect this idea Balancing fun and rest, these new children’s beds from Danish company Lifetime are a treat. The collection below features special themes ranging from pirates and princesses to Morrocan style materials and
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Stylish Open-Plan Apartment in Taipei Showcasing Futuristic Design Ideas
Collect this idea This stylish open-plan apartment envisioned and implemented by J.C. Architecture is located in a busy area of ​​the city of Taipei, Taiwan. Tea-Art project is situated on the third floor of a large
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Stylish Modern Ranch in the Hollywood Hills Exuding a Welcoming Feel
Collect this idea This Modern Ranch in the Beachwood Canyon neighborhood of the Hollywood Hills is a spacious home with abundant natural light and a great indoor/outdoor feel. Built by Kenihan Development, the residence
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10 Reasons You Should Use Sustainable Building Materials
Collect this idea Sustainability doesn’t mean you have to give up luxury. Image Source: Maienza Wilson Do you really know the true definition of sustainability? It is a trendy word that is often tossed about, but the
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Tastefully Renovated 19th Century Apartment Exuding a Classical Eclectic Style
Collect this idea This former Communist home was renovated by interior designer Judit Koczoh in collaboration with Beck Real Estate Kft to create a beautiful, practical, and energy efficient apartment. There were virtually
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NASA selects SpaceX and Boeing to launch U.S. astronauts into space
Boeing and SpaceX will be required to go through a rigorous certification process that includes at least one manned demonstration mission to the International Space Station. Artists' illustrations of the the SpaceX Dragon
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How to take clear photos of a light-polluted Milky Way
It takes a lot of work in post-processing to make our home galaxy appear in some photographs. Spotting the Milky Way on dark, cloudless nights can be a challenge for anyone, but trying to see it through the haze of light
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Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin to build rocket engine for Boeing
Testing for the new engine should begin in 2016, with the first flight due for launch in 2019. Jeff Bezos looks on as a new model of Blue Origin's BE-4 liquid rocket engine is revealed during a press event on Sept. 17. (Photo:
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Chimpanzees are naturally violent, study suggests 20 September 2014, 19.53 Living
Chimpanzees are naturally violent, study suggests
Aggression is a small part of chimps' lives, but it can provide evolutionary insight into human violence. Violence among chimps had been previously linked to human impacts, such as habitation destruction, but this now appears
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Climate change altering how sharks swim in odd ways 20 September 2014, 19.53 Living
Climate change altering how sharks swim in odd ways
Scientists aren't yet sure what the changes would mean for sharks in the wild, and they only have a few generations to wait and find out. A catshark at rest. Tested catsharks demonstrated changes in their blood chemistry and
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Dinosaur-killing meteorite remade plant kingdom, too
The impact winter forced trees to adapt quickly, but evergreens ended not being quick enough. Sunlight peeks through autumn leaves in Cornwall, New York. Deciduous plants, which drop their leaves, flourished after a killer
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30 Classic Home Library Design Ideas Imposing Style 10 September 2014, 18.53 Living
30 Classic Home Library Design Ideas Imposing Style
Collect this idea “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one.” ― George R.R. Martin Owning a home library conjures up feelings of excitement as well as promises of
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Ingenious Drawing Unit for Kids Shaped Like a Giant Paper Block
Collect this idea Designer Luc Lacroix of o-carre e-mailed us photos and information depicting his latest project, an ingenious drawing unit shaped like a giant paper block. According to the designer, BLOC is a chic version
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How Your Interior Design Is Influencing Your Subconscious
Collect this idea Tailor your design so it pleases your body and mind. Image Via: Jessica Helgerson Interior Design Usually when we discuss interior design, we talk about the aesthetic aspects – how to achieve a
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Modern Creativity on Display: Apartamento Cobogo in São Paulo, Brazil
Collect this idea Envisioned and implemented by Filipe Ramos Arquitetura Design, Apartamento Cobogo in São Paulo, Brazil is the result of a complete renovation. According to the project description we were e-mailed, all
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Massive Weekend Retreat Balancing Modernity and Coziness: Casa ALD
Collect this idea This weekend retreat designed and implemented by Juan Carlos Baumgartner of SPACE Architects is projected on a land of little over 1,000 square meters in Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico. Casa ALD consists of
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'Extinct' snail found alive on remote atoll in Indian Ocean
The Aldabra banded snail was believed to have been driven to extinction by climate change, but researchers have found a few stragglers precariously hanging on to existence. Climate change, widespread pollution and human
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Why big fridges are a bad idea 10 September 2014, 18.52 Living
Why big fridges are a bad idea
American-style refrigerators don't just waste energy, they can hurt your health and wallet too. Wed, Sep 10, 2014 at 03:50 PM Your family and pets might disagree, but there are downsides to that huge fridge in your
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Lost ship from ill-fated Arctic quest discovered 10 September 2014, 18.52 Living
Lost ship from ill-fated Arctic quest discovered
MNN Originals Check out some of our favorite features - from interactive info graphics to videos, advice columns and more. Translating Uncle Sam Infographics Eco-glossary Ask Mother Nature Contests This Day in
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10 curious truths about Stonehenge 10 September 2014, 18.52 Living
10 curious truths about Stonehenge
The world's most famous ring of standing stones has been studied for centuries, yet we learn something new about it all the time. Humans have spent centuries studying Stonehenge, yet it still has a few tricks up its sleeve. New
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Stunning emerald green Arabian Sea may herald ecosystem disaster
The sea has a dead zone the size of Texas, and it's growing bigger every year because of sewage and fertilizer flowing into the waters. A Noctiluca bloom in the Arabian Sea, spotted by satellite. (Photo: Norman
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Toxic tornado twirls above Iceland volcano 10 September 2014, 18.52 Living
Toxic tornado twirls above Iceland volcano
The tornado over the Holuhraun lava flow was likely a spinning ribbon of sulfur dioxide gas. By: Becky Oskin, LiveScience Wed, Sep 10, 2014 at 10:06 AM On Sept. 3, gas tornadoes (seen here in infrared) spewed from
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Interesting Home Extension in London Featuring Brick Walls and Sliding Glass Doors
Collect this idea Commissioned to provide a new kitchen and living room for a couple whose children had recently moved out, London studio Tigg Coll Architects implemented an original home extension. This addition connects
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Modern Home With Large Entertainment Areas and Ocean Views: Pearl Bay Residence
Collect this idea Gavin Maddock Design Studio completed the development of Pearl Bay Residence, an impressive retreat located 90kms north of Cape Town, South Africa and bordered by a nature reserve adjoining the ocean. A
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Colorful Scandinavian Apartment Infused With Rich and Inspiring Details
Collect this idea Looking for ways to add dynamics to your home? Have a look at this colorful Scandinavian apartment filled up with rich and tasteful decorating elements! Found by Freshome on Alvhem, this four room
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Sustainable House Design Paying Tribute to Modern Technology in Hong Kong
Collect this idea An existing 40-year old house in Sha Tin district, Hong Kong was recently given a complete make-over by the architects at Millimeter Interior Design Limited. Overall costs were lowered by building the
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Private Contemporary Home in Mexico Balancing Seclusion and Openness 
Collect this idea Imagine coming home at dusk to this marvelous contemporary home! With an illuminated facade composed of sleek design lines, this 7,168 square feet villa in Hermosillo, Mexico, is a private home holding
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Confined Argentinian Home Arranged Around a Small Courtyard Illuminating Modern Spaces
Collect this idea Within the confinement of a small plot, a modern home offering an open layout for enjoying both the inside and outdoors might seem close to impossible. But then again, architects have a way to
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Hillside Dream Home Embedding Dramatic Panoramas Into Casual Californian Lifestyle
Collect this idea Beautifully isolated to shape a luxurious environment, the Holmby Hills Residence rests on a 57,250 square feet site in Holmby Hills, Bel Air, Los Angeles, so you can see where it gets its name from. The
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Small Apartment in Stockholm Encapsulating A Glass-Walled Bedroom
Collect this idea This small apartment in Stockhom, Sweden impressed us with its original layout and stylish decorating scheme. Discovered by Freshome on Svensk Fastighets, the 34 square-meter crib displays comfortable
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10 Exterior Design Lessons That Everyone Should Know
Collect this idea There are some basic exterior design lessons that everyone should know about. Image Source: Cardello Architects While we all want a spectacular home that stands out amongst the rest; we also want a home
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Seattle’s First Certified Passive House: Modern Family Home Marrying Luxury and Sustainability
Collect this idea What you are about to visualize is the architecture and interior design of one of Washington State’s most energy efficient homes. Occupying 252 square meters in Seattle’s Madison Park neighborhood,
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Young coral won't move into smelly ocean neighborhoods
Deciding where to live is important for the continuation of marine species, and coral and fish have evolved so that they can identify polluted areas. Corals thrive in the marine protected area of Votua Village in Fiji, a
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The surprising reason hummingbirds love sweet stuff
Scientists want to know why hummingbirds have kept their sweet receptors when the rest of their winged cousins have lost them. Hummingbirds are constantly wavering between a sugar rush and starvation, and to find stability,
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How to see the Milky Way in the summer night sky
You'll need a clear and moonless sky away from the lights of nearby cities to catch even a glimpse of our home galaxy. The Milky Way shines over the Bumpass Hell parking area in Lassen Volcanic National Park on Aug. 2 in
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Is heat trapped in the ocean responsible for the global warming 'pause'?
A new study puts a lot of the focus on the Atlantic Ocean, but some scientists remain convinced that the Pacific has played a larger role. Where, oh where, is the planet's missing heat? In 1999, the feverish rise in Earth's
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Could virtual reality convert skeptics into environmentalists?
A new breed of virtual reality games promises to not just teach about the environment, but change people's behaviors too. Photo: Igor ZH/Shutterstock The New Forest National Park in England recently opened a Tech Creche, a
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No one, not even animals, can copyright animal selfies
The U.S. Copyright Office recently ruled that photos taken by animals belong in the public domain, but photographer David Slater argues there's more to his 'monkey selfie' than meets the eye. In 2011, British photographer David
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Why Italian Household Goods Are The Best Choice
Collect this idea This luxurious bedroom features a lot of Italian stylings and furnishings. Image Source: Exclusive Home Bath Amazing craftsmanship does not happen overnight. Rather, it evolves throughout decades. Skills
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Minimalist “Catch the Views House” Frames Nature’s Perfection with Charming Design Lines
Collect this idea When your home is known as the “Catch The Views House “, the sheer joy of living each day overlooking unique panoramic landscapes can be enough to motivate you in the morning. And when your home is
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Intriguing LASSO Lamp Showcasing A Powerful Minimalist Design
Collect this idea Designed by Quentin de Coster Design Studio for French company Cinna, LASSO lamp pays tribute to minimalism and functionality. As its name suggests, this unconventional lighting unit resembles a lasso, but
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Modern Residence With a Luminous Character in Singapore: 65BTP-House
Collect this idea ONG&ONG Pte Ltd. completed the design and development of 65BTP-House, a private residence with a luminous contemporary character in Singapore. The project is surrounded by a vast garden that converges
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Engaging DNA Bench By True Design Adding Appeal To Public Spaces
Collect this idea Inspired by the DNA molecule, Leonardo Rossano of True Design together with Debora Mansur developed an engaging furniture piece. The twisting DNA Bench is meant for public spaces, bringing a highly
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Chances of eruption increasing at Iceland volcano
An eruption at the remote Bardarbunga volcano doesn't immediately pose a risk to any Iceland communities but it could threaten European air travel routes. Bardarbunga and Hamarinn lie under the westernmost part of Vatnajökull.
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SpaceX video shows reusable rocket returning to Earth
The video will give SpaceX engineers useful data that could be applied to future tests and rockets. The launch of the Falcon 9 rocket in July. The rocket managed a smooth splashdown. (Photo: SpaceX/Wikimedia Commons) An
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Toothless pterosaurs once dominated the world's skies
Scientists aren't sure what happened during the Cretaceous period that resulted in a shift away from toothed pterosaurs. An artist's illustration of the Azhdarchid pterosaur species Quetzalcoatlus northropi. (Image: Mark Witton
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Weirdest worm ever? Clawed creature adds new branches to family trees
The Hallucigenia sparsa's spines links it to velvet worms, but it disrupts the evolutionary connections among worms and other arthropods. The fossil of the bizarre-looking worm Hallucigenia sparsa that lived some 505 million
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Richard III ate and drank like the king that he was
Ribs and teeth can provide insight into the types of food, wine and even pollution that people were exposed to during their lives. Richard III ruled England for just two years and two months before he was killed in battle in
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Watch a cosmonaut toss tiny satellite from International Space Station
In addition to deploying the Peruvian nanosatellite, the two Russian spacewalkers collected and installed science experiments. The small Peruvian Chasqui-1 nanosatellite (the green and black box toward the lower right) is seen
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White Loft Apartment With Lovely Views Near Stockholm’s Hammarby Lake
Collect this idea Lumafabriken is an old lamp and light bulb factory from the 1920 that was completely redesigned in 2010 by Oscar Properties into an  apartment building near Stockholm’s Hammarby Lake. This loft
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Inspiring Kitchen Makeover Adapted To A Family Of Six in Virginia, USA
Collect this idea A family of six relocated from California to Virginia and purchased a large home, but knew the kitchen area needed a total transformation. The homeowners had an aggressive timeframe and chose to work with
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Remarkable Home Overlooking a Golf Course in Arizona Where Life Unravels Differently
Collect this idea Traditional is one way to describe this home, fabulous is another. Overlooking golf course views across the fabulous property all the way to the horizon line beyond, the elegant mansion was imagined by
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Experience Raw Nature While In Your Comfort Zone: Casa Quebrada in Chile
Collect this idea Casa Quebrada in Curacaví, Santiago de Chile was envisioned and implemented by UNarquitectura and showcases a high level of originality. Located on the creek, elevated by pillars, the uncommon retreat is
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 Asymmetric House in Canada Flaunts Surprising Design Solutions for Modern Living
Collect this idea Beautifully integrated into the neighborhood while still managing to turn heads, this contemporary asymmetric house seems guarded by two trees at the entrance. Cladded in cedar, the home showcasing a
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Bold Intervention on a Provoking Steep Site: Waiatarua House in New Zealand
Collect this idea Waiatarua House in Auckland, New Zealand was developed by Hamish Monk Architecture on a provoking steep site. One of the design challenges was to insert a bold intervention into a sensitive bush reserve
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Distinguished Pair of Homes with Contemporary Appeal Collecting UK Coastline Panoramas
Collect this idea What you are about to see in detail is an outstanding pair of homes in the city of Poole, England, United Kingdom. We’ve seen a fair share of modern English homes shining and this duo makes its clear
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The Terminators of the high seas: Lionfish's ruthless killing alarms scientists
The lionfish has proven a successful invasive species due to its venomous spikes, high rate of reproduction, and their willingness to eat everything in their path. In some places in the Atlantic Ocean, lionfish may be wiping
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NASA probe may've picked up interstellar dust bunnies
The biggest of the particles weighed only a trillionths of a gram, and it would take a trillion of them to fill an entire teaspoon. This false color image shows a diffraction pattern from the first interstellar dust candidate
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What is a red tide? 15 August 2014, 18.25 Living
What is a red tide?
Harmful algal blooms pop up nearly every summer along the nation's coasts, often turning the water an eerie red and creating problems for marine life and humans alike. We have a lot of reasons to thank algae. Running the gamut
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Whee! Whales and dolphins squeal with delight 15 August 2014, 18.25 Living
Whee! Whales and dolphins squeal with delight
Like some other animals, the aquatic creatures experience a dopamine surge to the brain after completing a task. Researchers originally thought the squealing sound was related to informing other animals that food was nearby.
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Explore the neon world of nudibranchs (Photos) 15 August 2014, 18.25 Living
Explore the neon world of nudibranchs (Photos)
If you think hummingbirds and butterflies are beautiful, then prepare to be amazed at this underwater fashion show. There are tiny jewels decorating the ocean in every part of the world. The jewels are nudibranchs, gastropod
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Flock of ancient 'butterfly-headed' pterosaurs discovered in bone bed
Based on the sediment around the bones, the winged dinosaurs thrived in an area was once a vast desert with a central oasis nestled between the sand dunes. A new species of flying reptile from the Cretaceous Era, Caiuajara
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China uses drones to police its biggest polluters
China's pollution has sparked untold numbers of innovative--and sometimes far-fetched--plans to improve air quality from smog-sucking vacuums and air-cleaning bikes to the development of a thorium nuclear reactor and more
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How to track movement without a wearable device
From smart watches and sensor-laden shirts to electronic tattoos and rings synced to smartphones, wearable technology feels ubiquitous these days. What if instead of wearable sensors that track movement and monitor your health,
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Modern Private Residence Defined by Light, Tranquility and Reflection
Collect this idea A modern private residence stands out among neighbors with enticing design lines that hint towards an upgraded comfort and relaxation level. Occupying an urban plot in Winchester, England, this new family
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Raw and Sophisticated Design for Tough Mudder’s Brooklyn Headquarters
Collect this idea Working in a modern office should induce an understanding of the brand through the surrounding design. Clients who step inside the offices should be able to describe what you do and how you do it just by
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Why Interior Design Is Essential When Listing Your Home
Collect this idea Interior design is essential when listing your home. Image Via: Margaret Donaldson Interiors The decision to list your home for resale is a big one. No doubt it came about after much thought, weighing pros
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Delightful Modern Cottage Inducing a Warm Family Atmosphere in California
Collect this idea This charming modern cottage in Healdsburg, California, shelters an inspiring collection of open spaces perfectly suited for urban living. Known as Alley One Residence, the modern home was imagined by
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Majestic Residence in South Africa Pours the Exotic Landscape Inside 
Collect this idea Eye-catching both during the night and the day, the Aloe Ridge House rises above the ground with its volumetric architecture in an attempt to dethrone the landscape. Inspirational design lines shape a
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When you are paralyzed into in-action 20 November 2012, 18.02 Spiritual
When you are paralyzed into in-action
How to put the dynamic of hope into action. You have the same DNA as Gandhi, Václav Havel and Goenawan Mohamad DAVID RICKEY — Hope is a great four-letter word, but it gets lost in the shuffle of our lives if it
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To die for 09 August 2012, 15.37 Spiritual
To die for
Will Baby Boomers choose to expire in hospitals and nursing homes? Or will they take matters into their own hands? BY DAVID RICKEY —  Would you prefer to die on purpose — or with purpose? Late, great writers like Arthur
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Meditation lite 23 May 2012, 18.50 Spiritual
Meditation lite
They say that meditation is sitting on a cushion and emptying your mind. But I do mine while I’m thinking BY DAVID RICKEY  — I know it doesn’t come as a surprise to say that meditation is important for spiritual growth.
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Can an ‘Easter moment’ cure loneliness and fear?
How would you survive the loss if your best friend, mentor or shrink were crucified? You’d have to awaken your own inner guru. DAVID RICKEY — His career was short and ended with his crucifixion. It looked like failure. What
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Decoding codependence 20 March 2012, 01.46 Spiritual
Decoding codependence
If we are all co-dependents now, what is America’s turn-around? * BY DAVID RICKEY — Marriages, mortgages, and just-missed connections. In the annals of clinical psychology, the term “Co-Dependence” describes a
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Haiti, consciousness and charity 20 March 2012, 01.46 Spiritual
Haiti, consciousness and charity
A psychotherapist and Episcopal priest makes healing in Haiti a life – and spiritual – mission BY DAVID RICKEY – Haiti is a fascinating place in its own right, but for me it serves as a kind of microcosm of issues that
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What is codependence? 10 March 2012, 17.32 Spiritual
What is codependence?
If we are all co-dependents now, what is America’s turn-around? * BY DAVID RICKEY — Marriages, mortgages, and just-missed connections. In the annals of clinical psychology, the term “Co-Dependence” describes a
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Are we All codependents now? * 07 March 2012, 16.12 Spiritual
Are we All codependents now? *
If America is the most codependent culture on the planet, what is the turn-around? BY DAVID RICKEY — Marriages, mortgages, and just-missed connections. In the annals of clinical psychology, the term “Co-Dependence”
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We are All codependents now * 03 March 2012, 23.44 Spiritual
We are All codependents now *
If America is the most codependent culture on the planet, what is the turn-around? BY DAVID RICKEY — Marriages, mortgages, and just-missed connections. In the annals of clinical psychology, the term “Co-Dependence”
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On Ash Wednesday: Is your life filled by Ego, or Grace?
Ashes, Ashes, We All Fall Down. Ashes on your forehead can begin a reorientation of your heart. BY DAVID RICKEY — In the Judeo-Christian tradition, ashes are a symbol of penitence and mortality. In the Old
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Lovely Range of Themed Children’s Beds Mixing Fun, Play and Rest PDF Print E-mail

Balancing fun and rest, these new children’s beds from Danish company Lifetime are a treat. The collection below features special themes ranging from pirates and princesses to Morrocan style materials and airplanes. These fun sleeping solutions provide kids with more than just a place to rest their heads as they also double up as play areas. Most of them come equipped with drawers and hidden shelving units, for easy cleaning. The beds are made from the best solid knot free pine and hand crafted in Denmark. Safe and also beautiful, they features a whitewash finish applied on the solid pine, to preserve the natural beauty of solid wood, treated with a combination of lacquer, wax and pigments. Have a look at the gallery and see if there’s any model you like!

Give your child the chance to explore the universe every night with the discovery children’s space rocket bed. The Discovery Kids Bed comes complete with space ship curtains to cover under the bed, (this area can be used as a play den, homework area or for storage), ladder, discovery shutter for ladder and safety rail bars.

The Tree House Bed proudly showcases a top cabin with open window, slanted ladder, rope ladder and there is 73cm high area below where you can add a mattress as the picture shows, or use as a play, reading or study area.

Silversparkle Cabin Bed for young girls features an open window, silversparkle curtain, underbed shelving, drawer and cupboards. This storage space is very convenient for toys, bedding, clothes, books and much more.

The Ice Cream children’s Bed by Lifetime is made from the best solid knot free pine and hand crafted in Denmark. This luxury kids bed features a fun illustrated ice cream design, hanging storage box and book rack.

This stylish and practical Children’s Cabin Bed comes with great storage solutions with an under bed shelf, drawer and cupboards. This storage is very convenient for toys, bedding, clothes and books.

The Pirate boys L shaped bunk bed is a fun bed that comes complete a high bunk with pirate detail, ladder and a low bunk with under bed storage. This can be used to make a third guest bed.

This girls bed entitled Wonderland features a four-poster frame, Wonderland style canopy and curtains and a large under bed drawer which can be used as a pull-out guest bed.

The Circus Children’s Bed features a fun illustrated ice cream design, hanging storage box and book rack. Its colors are fresh and vivid, making kids feel entertaining and entertained.

The Knight and Castle boys L shaped bunk bed is a fun bed that comes complete a high bunk with castle detail and slanted ladder and a low bunk with under bed storage. This can be used to make a third guest bed.  You can also place a mattress under the bunk so it can be double up as a play mat or second guest bed.

The Butterfly Cabin Bed by Lifetime features a four poster structure with a Butterfly-inspired canopy and curtain, under-bed shelf, drawer and cupboards. This storage is very convenient for toys, bedding, clothes, books and more.

The Knight and Castle boys single bunk is a fun bed that comes complete with knight and castle curtains to cover under the bed, (this area can be used as a play den, homework area or for storage), ladder with slide and safety rail bars.  You can also place a mattress under the bunk so it can be double up as a play mat.

The Pebble Beach single bunk is a modern bed for kids and teenagers. This luxury kids bed comes complete with pebble beach curtains to cover under the bed, (this area can be used as a play den, homework area or for storage), slanted ladder and safety rail bars.

This four-poster Moroccan style girls bed comes with a Morocco Chic canopy, large under bed drawer which can be used as a pull-out guest bed. The exotic color palette and materials give away a vibrant ambiance.

The Aeroplane children’s Bed features a fun illustrated airplane design, hanging storage box and book rack. this highly creative furniture piece and its genuine feel will certainly appeal to both children and adults.

The Hang-Out Bed for boys features a top cabin with window, inner two-step ladder, bottom bunk and pull out drawer. This drawer can be converted into a third tier guest bed. These beds are handmade to order and you will need to allow six weeks for delivery.

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Stylish Open-Plan Apartment in Taipei Showcasing Futuristic Design Ideas PDF Print E-mail

This stylish open-plan apartment envisioned and implemented by J.C. Architecture is located in a busy area of ​​the city of Taipei, Taiwan. Tea-Art project is situated on the third floor of a large building, overlooking a park. The atmosphere of calm and comfort is ensured  through a neutral color palette and items of furniture made ​​of natural wood. Openness is the defining characteristic for this flashy modern crib. Flooded in natural light from floor-to-ceiling windows. the social areas are divided through use of materials instead of walls.

The small entrance hallway leads the way towards the dining area and kitchen, located on the right side of the apartment. To the left, you will find the lounge zone, a spectacular black “storage box” and what seems to be a meditation spot. It is here that the owners elegantly displayed their teapot collection, neighbored by a stylish wine rack. Unlike the rest of the house designed in black and white, this corner seems traditionally-sacred with its wooden character and special decorating items. What do you personally think are the highlights of this Taipei apartment?

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Stylish Modern Ranch in the Hollywood Hills Exuding a Welcoming Feel PDF Print E-mail

This Modern Ranch in the Beachwood Canyon neighborhood of the Hollywood Hills is a spacious home with abundant natural light and a great indoor/outdoor feel. Built by Kenihan Development, the residence accommodates three  bedrooms and two bathrooms and is currently listed for sale at $1,199,000. As you step inside, you will be greeted by stylish modern interiors exuding a welcoming vibe. The mid century fireplace can be enjoyed from the living room, dining room and kitchen all at the same time. An open kitchen and large carrara marble island offers a good place for entertaining friends.

Both the living and dining rooms open up to a lovely patio and flat yard that is surrounded by drought tolerant landscaping and a large orange tree. The modern bathrooms are carefully designed using carrara marble and cedar ceilings. Retreat to your master suite with attached bathroom and walk-in closet. Numerous enhancements and upgrades include new windows, Samsung appliances, roof, plumbing, tankless water heater, 200 amp electric panel, heat & A/C. The Hollywood Sign is just a hike away and shopping, dining and other great features of Hollywood and Los Feliz are close at hand. [Photos and information provided via e-mail  by Kenihan Development]

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10 Reasons You Should Use Sustainable Building Materials PDF Print E-mail

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Sustainability doesn’t mean you have to give up luxury. Image Source: Maienza Wilson

Do you really know the true definition of sustainability? It is a trendy word that is often tossed about, but the real definition may be lost at times.

Merriam Webster dictionary refers to the meaning of sustainable as, able to be used without being used up or destroyed; methods that do not completely use up or destroy natural resources; able to last for a very long time.   Essentially, to sustain something is to keep it and make it last for future generations.

With this definition in mind, let’s look at 10 reasons why sustainability should top your list when it comes to building your home.  We will also look at some sustainable building materials and how you can incorporate them into your home.

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There are a lot of surprising ways to build sustainably, such as this green roof. Image Source: Maienza Wilson

1) Building to Last a Lifetime

Just as the definition says, sustainability is meant to make something last. The main idea of using sustainable building materials is to construct a home that lasts—and a longer-lasting home means lower maintenance costs and less up-keep.

A cost reduction and extended life-span seem reason enough to convince anyone into building a sustainable home. But what sort of materials are used to make a sustainable home last so long and make it so cost-efficient?

Here are just a few examples: Low-flow plumbing fixtures, durable bamboo and cork flooring, solar panels, natural fiber wool carpeting, concrete flooring & walls, reclaimed wood, and metal roofing & siding, to name just a few.  We have so many durable construction materials available to us, so why not use them? We could make the world a bit more green and save a little green, too!

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This modern stucco home was built to last. Image Source: Gettliffe

2) Advanced Framing Techniques

Advanced framing techniques are usually employed by conscientious builders who build ‘Green’ homes. Essentially, it is a form of house framing that uses less wood.

Why would we care to use this technique? Well, there are actually a lot of reasons: advanced framing actually results in less material and labor costs, it improves the homes energy performance, it still meets building codes, and it results in a more durable, sturdy home.

Advanced framing with wood from sustainable forests is just another great tool to add to your sustainably-built home. Of course, there is always two sides to every story, and some builders are against advanced framing, so do your research first.

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Advanced framing techniques may be something to consider when trying to build a sustainable home. Image Source: Briburn

3) Conserve Energy and Save Money

By using sustainable building materials in your home, you will be conserving energy and saving money in the long run. How you ask? Energy is conserved two-fold—

One, you conserve energy on a larger scale by using sustainable materials whose manufacturing results in less waste products that fill the world’s landfills. Two, you conserve your homes energy by using materials that are more efficient, such as low-flow toilets, green insulating materials that result in a better insulated home, on-demand water heaters, and programmable thermostats.

What does all this efficiency mean? It means that you save money AND help to save the worlds resources! Check out this energy calculator to see where your home could be improved.

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Solar panels are a great way to conserve energy and save money. Image Source: Go Logic

4) Have a Healthy, Comfortable Sustainable Home

It’s a fact—sustainably-built green homes are healthier and more comfortable. Sustainable building materials emit few, if any, toxins such as carcinogens, VOC’s (Volatile Organic Compounds), and mold spores.

There are numerous materials that improve a homes air quality—such as natural wool carpeting, air systems that bring refreshing outdoor air indoors,  insulation that prohibits mold growth,  and laminates that don’t use toxic glues.

A sustainable home is a healthy home. Look into the many healthy sustainable products that are currently available for your home.

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Sustainable homes are much more efficient and comfortable to live in. Image Source: River Architects

5) Minimize Waste Through Sustainability

A lot of sustainable building materials use reclaimed or recycled materials. It is simple—the more we re-use products, the less we acquire new products and deplete world resources (and waste less energy manufacturing new materials).

While we may not have a home that is explicitly built with sustainable materials, it is a good feeling to know that by using even one or two sustainable building materials we can lessen our personal carbon footprint.

Sometimes it is a combination of the little things—such as LED lightbulbs or programmable thermostats— that combine to make a big environmental impact.

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Use reclaimed building materials to save money and the environment. Image Source: Carverschicketanz.com

 6) Buy Local Products

Local products are extremely sustainable because they eliminate the cost and energy consumption that goes into transporting goods all over the globe.

If you buy locally-made products for your home, you are likely to save money (the consumer undoubtedly pays for the hefty costs of shipping/transporting global goods), and you are re-energizing your community by keeping your money local.

It feels good for your wallet and it feels good to know that you are supporting a local manufacturer! Look around your community; is there a local manufacturer that produces building materials—maybe a local quarry or local cabinet maker? If so, consider buying from them.

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Buying locally saves money and the environment, such as buying from a local cabinet maker or quarry. Image Source: CGA Partners

 7) Building With Wood

You can have a sustainable home and still have it filled with the lovely grain of wood—not all wood comes from destructive clear-cuts.

There are numerous flooring manufacturers who are actually reclaiming wood from old buildings that are about to be demolished, they take this old wood and re-finish it into fabulous new floors. Talk about recycling at its best— You get the beautiful time worn wood flooring and save a ton of trees at the same time!

Wood products such as Bamboo and Cork are also extremely sustainable and environmentally friendly, as they are fast growing products that can be sustainably harvested with little environmental damage.

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You can use wood in a sustainable home. Image Source: Abrams Books

8) Make the World a Better Place

It seems a bit silly and too ‘feel good’ , but don’t underestimate your actions toward sustainability.  The bragging rights alone are enough to make some people become sustainable— hey, guess how much I saved on my energy bill last month..? OR Allergies? No, we don’t have that problem in my home…

Then there is the example that we are setting for our children and our grandchildren. It is imperative to lead by example, and the  only way that future generations are going to know how to live sustainably is by example.

Making the world a better place may sound a bit romantic and unattainable, but that is what you do every time you purchase sustainable materials.

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Sustainable homes are healthy thanks, in part, to better air flow and low chemical ratings. Image Source: Balance Associates

9) Improved Resale Value

There is a another big incentive to using sustainable building materials, beyond the money that we can save and the decreased carbon footprint, our homes resale value and speed of sale can actually be improved.

One recent study stated that a home that employed third-party certifications for sustainability sold for 8 percent more on average than a similar non-certified home.

While we may not want to pursue complete green certification for our home, there is still a bragging factor for realtors who can show potential buyers all the money-saving sustainable materials that are in the home.

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10) Many Styles in Sustainability

Whether your design tastes veer towards modern minimalism or rustic country—you can have a sustainable home that meets your personal design style.

Reclaimed wood beams can be left exposed for a rustic country feel. For a more modern appeal, try polished cement floors that are long-lasting and environmentally friendly. Just because you care about the world around you, doesn’t mean that you have to give up your personal design aesthetic.

Do the best for both worlds–yours and the natural world around you— by styling your own personal oasis with sustainable building materials.

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Regardless of your style, you can have a sustainable home that suits your tastes. Image Source: Kuda Photography

There you have it! Sustainable building materials save you money, make your home longer-lasting, make your home more valuable, and lessen harmful environmental impacts.

Reduce your carbon footprint by buying sustainably! Start by taking baby steps by simply changing out your light bulbs for more efficient ones, or look for locally-made home goods and materials to use in your home. Every little bit counts!

What do you do to make your home more sustainable?

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Tastefully Renovated 19th Century Apartment Exuding a Classical Eclectic Style PDF Print E-mail

This former Communist home was renovated by interior designer Judit Koczoh in collaboration with Beck Real Estate Kft to create a beautiful, practical, and energy efficient apartment. There were virtually no original features to be saved due to neglect and destruction during the Communist era. So the designers created this crib from scratch using talented workmen and carpenters and by moving 100 year old ceramic kitchen tiles from another apartment in the same building. The style is classical eclectic, reflecting the belief that renovated apartments in 19th century buildings should respect the aesthetic spirit of that era, while being updating with stronger doses of color in the furniture and accessories.

Design was driven by a desire for old world elegance with a dose of color in furniture and accessories to protest against the monochrome sterility of so much modern design. The apartment includes one bedroom, two bathrooms, a very large kitchen and the hallway. Special features include small doses of elegant wall paper in the kitchen next to the entrance and also in the study alcove that is part of the living room. In addition, the designers restored three 1940s armchairs with bold color, two in the living room and one in the bedroom.

There is a “green angle” to the apartment. A special emphasis was placed on energy efficiency to minimize CO2 emissions and the cost of living in the flat.  Workmen installed triple-glazed PassivHaus certified windows. These windows keep the apartment warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Since the apartment is air tight to minimize heating costs, the designers installed a PassivHaus ventilation system that brings fresh air into the house 24/7/365, monitors air quality, purifies the air, and maintains humidity at an appropriate level. The power cost is only 7 USD a month. [Photos and information provided via e-mail by Roderick Beck]

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NASA selects SpaceX and Boeing to launch U.S. astronauts into space PDF Print E-mail

Boeing and SpaceX will be required to go through a rigorous certification process that includes at least one manned demonstration mission to the International Space Station.

Artists' illustrations of the the SpaceX Dragon capsule and Boeing's CST-100

Artists' illustrations of the the SpaceX Dragon capsule (left) and Boeing's CST-100 (right). (Images: SpaceX, Boeing)

American astronauts will soon have new rides into space.
After a four-year competition, NASA has tapped the commerical spaceflight companies SpaceX and Boeing to launch astronauts to the International Space Station from U.S. soil by 2017, agency officials announced Tuesday, Sept. 16. If all goes according to plan, the two companies will reduce or end NASA's dependence on Russia for its orbital taxi service. Russia's Soyuz has been NASA's only crew access to space since the space shuttle fleet retired in 2011. 
"Today's announcement sets the stage for what promises to be the most ambitious and exciting chapter in the history of NASA and human spaceflight," NASA Administrator Charles Bolden told reporters today. [SpaceX's Manned Dragon Spaceship in Pictures]
The choice reflects a melding of old and new; Boeing has been an aerospace mainstay for decades, while billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk founded SpaceX just a dozen years ago, in 2002. 

Filling the shuttle's shoes

SpaceX and Boeing are splitting NASA's $6.8 billion Commercial Crew Transportation Capability award, or CCtCap, the latest in a series of contracts set up in 2010 to encourage the development of private American manned spaceships. SpaceX will get $2.6 billion and Boeing will receive $4.2 billion, officials said. [Boeing's CST-100 Space Capsule in Photos]
NASA is looking to the private sector to fill the crew-carrying shoes of the space shuttle fleet, which was retired in 2011 after 30 years of orbital service. For the past three years, the agency has relied on Russian Soyuz capsules to fly its astronauts to and from space — recently, at a cost of more than $70 million per seat.

NASA officials have said they want at least one American commercial vehicle to be up and running by late 2017. A domestic capability to and from low-Earth orbit could not only cut costs but also free the agency to work on getting people to more distant and difficult destinations such as Mars, Bolden said.

Four companies have been major players in NASA's ongoing commercial crew competition: SpaceX, Boeing, Blue Origin and Sierra Nevada. SpaceX and Boeing are building capsules called Dragon and the CST-100, respectively. Blue Origin has been developing a conical craft called the Space Vehicle, while Sierra Nevada's entry was a space plane called Dream Chaser.

Like SpaceX, Blue Origin is led by a billionaire — in this case, Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos.

Tuesday's announcement apparently takes Blue Origin and Sierra Nevada out of the mix, but it doesn't eliminate competition from the commercial crew program. Under the CCtCap contracts, both Boeing and SpaceX will be required to go through a rigorous certification process, which will include at least one manned demonstration mission to the space station, NASA officials said.

"NASA is committed to ensuring these systems are held to the same rigorous safety standards as previous human spaceflight programs," said NASA commercial crew program manager Kathy Lueders.

After completing certification, Dragon and the CST-100 will each fly at least two, and perhaps as many as six, crewed NASA missions to and from the space station, Lueders added. Each of these crewed flights will carry four astronauts.

NASA will continue using both capsules as long as they meet the agency's requirements, Bolden said.

Meet Dragon and the CST-100

Both Dragon and the CST-100 are reusable vehicles designed to carry seven passengers. (CST-100's name, incidentally, derives from "Crew Space Transportation" and 100 kilometers, or 62 miles — the traditional altitude boundary that marks the beginning of outer space.)
Dragon is an upgraded, manned version of the robotic capsule SpaceX uses to fly cargo missions to the space station under a separate, $1.6 billion NASA contract. The crew capsule will ride to space aboard SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket, as the cargo variant does.

The CST-100, meanwhile, will be lofted by United Launch Alliance's Atlas 5 rocket. The Atlas 5 currently uses a Russian RD-180 engine, but that may change soon; United Launch Alliance — a joint venture of Boeing and Lockheed-Martin — is reportedly tapping Blue Origin to build a new, homegrown engine for the rocket.

Both capsules will launch from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, officials said.

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How to take clear photos of a light-polluted Milky Way PDF Print E-mail

It takes a lot of work in post-processing to make our home galaxy appear in some photographs.

Spotting the Milky Way on dark, cloudless nights can be a challenge for anyone, but trying to see it through the haze of light pollution in a crowded city is nearly impossible.
Singapore, in particular, is one of the most light-polluted cities in the world, however, that doesn't mean astrophotographers should give up hope of revealing the stunning clouds of the Milky Way above the bright city. There are some tips and tricks to use that could make those elusive photos a reality.
The journey to produce believable, never-before-seen Milky Way images from Singapore or other light-polluted locations can be arduous but rewarding at the same time. As light pollution continues to be an ever-growing problem in major cities, your images may help to remind people around the world of the importance of preserving the beauty of the night sky. [Photo Tutorial: Step-By-Step Guide to Revealing the Milky Way (Gallery)]

Many tutorials explaining how to unveil the Milky Way in city photos online today do not account for Singapore's extreme light. Therefore, astrophotographers need to learn how to do more in post-processing to unveil the elusive Milky Way from much brighter locations.

Here are some of the skills you will need to reveal the Milky Way above a light-polluted part of the world:

Shoot during the wee hours

The amount of light pollution is usually low a few hours before dawn. Take advantage of the darker skies near midnight or during the wee hours of the morning.

Locate the galactic center of the Milky Way

Searching for the galactic center of the Milky Way can be a daunting task for those who are just starting out in astrophotography. Our galaxy's center is located between the constellations Scorpio and Sagittarius. If you need a little extra guidance, you can use a simple astronomy app that will guide you to the center of the galaxy. You can download the app here: http://www.justinngphoto.com/app

Determine the degree of light pollution and sky glow

Take some test shots to determine the degree of light pollution and sky glow at your location. If the sky glow is around 20 degrees above the horizon, you might want to wait until the altitude of the Milky Way's center reaches around 35 to 40 degrees before you start hitting the shutter. (Your closed fist held to the sky at arm's length is about the equivalent of 10 degrees.)

Collect the maximum amount of light

By pushing your histogram to the right before clipping occurs, you are acquiring as many signals as possible from your camera sensor. This technique, known as Expose To The Right (ETTR), does have its limitations. It won't work in most parts of Singapore without an effective post-processing workflow.

Post-processing workflow

You need to normalize the ETTR image in Photoshop or any photo-editing software before you apply your workflow to bring out the details of the Milky Way's clouds. The workflow will become more complex if the images are taken from a much brighter location.

Learn more post-processing tips using this step-by-step photo tutorial developed by Ng. Follow us @Spacedotcom, Facebook and Google+. Original article on SPACE.com.

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Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin to build rocket engine for Boeing PDF Print E-mail

Testing for the new engine should begin in 2016, with the first flight due for launch in 2019.

Jeff Bezos looks on as a new model of Blue Origin's BE-4 liquid rocket engine is revealed during a press event on Sept. 17. (Photo: United Launch Alliance)

Blue Origin, the secretive private spaceflight company led by billionaire Jeff Bezos, has teamed up with a veteran space launch provider to build a new rocket engine designed to reduce U.S. dependence on Russian hardware. 

In an announcement on Wednesday, Sept. 17, Bezos and the launch provider United Launch Alliance unveiled plans to develop Blue Origin's new BE-4 liquid rocket engine. The new partnership will allow ULA's next-generation rockets to come equipped with engines that are built in America. At the moment, ULA uses Russian-made RD-180 engines to power its Atlas 5 rockets.

"ULA has put a satellite into orbit almost every month for the past eight years – they're the most reliable launch provider in history and their record of success is astonishing," Bezos, founder of Blue Origin and Amazon.com, said in a statement. "The team at Blue Origin is methodically developing technologies to enable human access to space at dramatically lower cost and increased reliability, and the BE-4 is a big step forward. With the new ULA partnership, we're accelerating commercial development of the next great U.S.-made rocket engine." [Photos: Glimpses of Blue Origin's Private Spaceships]

A model of Blue Origin's BE-4 rocket engine on display

A model of Blue Origin's BE-4 rocket engine on display. (Photo: United Launch Alliance)

The United Launch Alliance is currently launches most U.S. government and military satellites using its Atlas 5 rockets, as well as Delta 4 booster variants. The company is a cooperative venture by Boeing and Lockheed Martin. 

Blue Origin's partnership with ULA states that full-scale BE-4 engine testing should begin in 2016, with the first flight due for launch in 2019, according to representatives. Although ULA and Blue Origin did not release the cost of development for the BE-4 engine, it will be privately funded. Blue Origin and ULA have committed to funding it 100 percent for the next five years. Blue Origin began testing its BE-3 rocket engine in 2013.
"This agreement ensures ULA will remain the most cost-efficient, innovative and reliable company launching the nation's most important national security, civil, human and commercial missions," Tory Bruno, president and CEO of ULA, said in today's statement. "Blue Origin has demonstrated its ability to develop high-performance rocket engines and we are excited to bring together the best minds in engineering, supply chain management and commercial business practices to create an all-new affordable, reliable, American rocket engine that will create endless possibilities for the future of space launch."

Tensions between the United States and Russia have been heightened due to Russia's involvement with the conflict in the Ukraine. Because of that political situation, ULA has come under fire for its use of the Russian rocket engines.

The Blue Origin-ULA rocket engine news is the second time in two days that a commercial spaceflight vernture including Boeing has made headlines. 

On Tuesday, Sept. 16, NASA announced that Boeing's manned CST-100 spacecraft, which is slated to launch on Atlas 5 rockets, was one of two vehicles picked to fly American astronauts as part of the agency's Commercial Crew Transportation Capability program. Blue Origin's BE-4 engine won't serve as a direct replacement for RD-180s that power Atlas 5 rockets. Instead, Blue Origin's new engine will outfit ULA's next generation of rockets, according to Blue origin representatives.

NASA also picked the Dragon spacecraft developed by California-based SpaceX, led by billionaire Elon Musk, as its second commercial space taxi for astronauts. The announcement Tuesday came after a four-year competition of aerospace companies that included Blue Origin's Space Vehicle and the Dream Chaser space plane developed by Sierra Nevada among the spacecraft contenders.

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Chimpanzees are naturally violent, study suggests PDF Print E-mail

Aggression is a small part of chimps' lives, but it can provide evolutionary insight into human violence.

Violence among chimps had been previously linked to human impacts, such as habitation destruction, but this now appears to be false. (Photo: Sergey Uryadnikov/Shutterstock

For years, anthropologists have watched wild chimpanzees "go ape" and attack each other in coordinated assaults. But until now, scientists were unsure whether interactions with humans had brought on this violent behavior or if it was part of the apes' basic nature.
A new, 54-year study suggests this coordinated aggression is innate to chimpanzees, and is not linked to human interference.
"Violence is a natural part of life for chimpanzees," Michael Wilson, the study's lead researcher and an associate professor of anthropology at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, told LiveScience in an email. "They don't need to be fed bananas to kill each other." [Image Gallery: Lethal Aggression in Wild Chimpanzees]
As one of humanity's closest living relatives, chimps can shed light on the evolution of people, such as when humans adopted warlike behaviors, Wilson said.

"Studies of chimpanzee violence have been especially influential in how people think about the origins of human warfare," Wilson explained. "Some people have argued that human warfare is a recent cultural invention, the result of some other recent development such as the origin of agriculture."

But observations of chimpanzees by legendary primatologist Jane Goodall and other researchers challenged the idea that warfare is a modern human development. After all, humans and chimpanzees are the only two species in the world known to attack each other in organized onslaughts. Perhaps this behavior originated with a common ancestor some 5 to 7 million years ago, Wilson said.

Yet other scientists counter that human intrusions are to blame for the chimps' coordinated, lethal aggression. As populations in Africa grow, people are infringing on chimpanzee habitats. Loggers cut down forests; farmers clear land for crops, and hunters kill chimps for food.

"People have argued that these increasing human impacts could also be putting more pressure on chimpanzee populations, leading to more chimpanzee violence," Wilson said.

He and his colleagues collaborated with researchers who are studying chimpanzees and bonobos, another ape that shares a common ancestor with humans. In all, the scientists collected data on 18 chimpanzee groups and four bonobo groups living in Africa.

The chimpanzees exhibited 152 killings, including 58 that the scientists observed, 41 that were inferred and 53 suspected killings in 15 communities, the researchers said. The bonobos had one suspected killing, the researchers said. The different acts of violence did not depend on human impacts, Wilson said.

Instead, attacks were more common at sites with many males and high population densities. Also, chimpanzees in East Africa killed more frequently than did chimps in West Africa, the study found.

Unsurprisingly, the bonobos showed little violence. "We didn't find any definite cases of killing by bonobos, though there was one case of a male bonobo who was severely attacked by members of his own group and never seen again," Wilson said.

Into the woods

Many of the researchers, including Dave Morgan, a research fellow with the Lester E. Fisher Center for the Study and Conservation of Apes at Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago, have followed the chimpanzees in the study for years. When Morgan first arrived, in 1999, the chimpanzees were not afraid of humans, suggesting that this was the animals' first encounter with people, he said.

Chimpanzees can live in groups made up of as many as 150 individuals, but group size varies, Wilson said. Some study sites had about 55 chimpanzees living together, he said. [Grooming Gallery: Chimps Get Social]

"This is a very important study, because it compiles evidence from many sites over many years, and shows that the occurrence of lethal aggression in chimpanzees is not related to the level of human disturbance," Joan Silk, a professor in the school of Human Evolution and Social Change at Arizona State University, who was not involved in the study, told Live Science in an email.

Because chimps and bonobos do not have the same levels of coordinated lethal aggression, it's impossible to say how the common ancestor acted, Silk said. "But we can learn something about circumstances that may favor the evolution of this type of aggression, such as opportunities to encounter members of neighboring groups when they are on their own," she said.

Wilson and his colleagues followed the chimps and noted the apes' daily activities, such as mating, feeding, grooming, resting and fighting. During the 14 years it spent following the apes, Wilson's team saw two killings — one when a neighboring community killed an infant, and another when a male chimpanzee consumed an infant.

But chimps, an endangered species, are not always warlike, he said.

"Overall, aggression makes [up] a small percentage of their daily lives," Wilson said, adding that, "our behavior affects them, but it's not affecting them as people have suggested in the past, resulting in aggression."

The study was published on Sept. 17 in the journal Nature.
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