Nov 11, 2014 @ 08:44 pm Marisa Sung
The human species has been known to attract mates using the art of dance. Some are better at this technique than others, and now we might have a better understanding of which moves garner more success at drawing positive attention.
Evolutionary biologists from Northumbria University in England and the University of Göttingen in Germany conducted a study to determine the exact dance moves that were more successful for men in attracting women, and also which moves women found unattractive.
The researchers enlisted the help of 30 men and asked them to dance for 30 seconds. Then using motion-capture technology, they were able to see the moves by creating computer generated videos. Then, they asked 37 women to rate the guys' dancing skills.
According to the study, men should try to achieve a larger motion of the head, neck, and torso while dancing. Legs apparently play a key role as well. Leg speed, especially when bending and twisting the right knee, makes male dancers look the most attractive. Here is an example of dance moves that women find attractive:
Nov 11, 2014 @ 08:09 pm Marisa Sung
Baked Brie With Pecans and Cranberries
2 (5 oz0 jars of pecans (or walnuts) drained and chopped.
1/2 cup of light dried cranberries, chopped
2 (15 ct) frozen min phyllo shells
7 oz. of French Brie Cheese
1/4 cup of sugar free maple syrup
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Chop nuts and cranberries. Mix nuts in sugar free maple syrup. Add the cranberries and mix. Arrange shells on baking sheet.
2. Cut brie into 30 thin bite-size slices, place 1 slice in each shell. Top with nuts and cranberries. Bake 5 mins. or until cheese melts.
Yield = 30 Hors D'Oevres
P!nk - Get The Party Started
Nov 11, 2014 @ 07:57 pm Marisa Sung
A classic crunchy foil for Danish Blue Cheese, celery is combined with savory olives! :)
1 bunch celery ribs
1/2 cup pitted kalamata olives, drained
4 oz. of Publix Deli Danish Blue Cheese
3 tbsp. balsamic vinaigrette
1 handful of chopped walnuts to taste
1/4 tsp. of pepper
1. Slice celery thinly and place in medium serving bowl.
2. Cut olives in half and sprinkle over celery. Crumble blue cheese into large chunks and sprinkle evenly over celery. Sprinkle chopped walnuts evenly over celery.
3. Drizzle vinaigrette over celery. Season with pepper and serve.
Yield = 4 Servings.
Elton John - I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues
Nov 11, 2014 @ 11:21 am Marisa Sung
In honor of Veteran's Day, I would like to honor my late father (a Korean War Veteran) and all of the Veterans of the United States of America. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for defending the Faith, the Nation and providing the Freedom that all Citizens of the USA enjoy!
There are an array of restaurants that are offering complimentary meals and services to Veterans in Honor of Veterans Day!
God Bless the U.S.A. by Lee Greenwood
Nov 11, 2014 @ 10:24 am Marisa Sung
One generation builds the street on which the next will walk.
On The Street Where You Live - My Fair Lady
Nov 10, 2014 @ 10:24 pm Marisa Sung
Breakthrough prizes may elevate scientists to rock-star status, showering the finest minds in science with lucrative awards!
No one becomes a scientist to make themselves rich, but for a growing minority at the top of their game, big money has found them regardless.
At a lavish ceremony in California on Sunday night, more than 60 biologists, physicists and mathematicians shared prizes worth $36m (£23m) for work that has broken important ground. Eleven of the scientists who won Breakthrough awards received $3m each, more than twice the cash value of the Nobel prize.
Held at Hangar One, an enormous former airship station run by Nasa in Silicon Valley, the event was hosted by Seth MacFarlane, the creator of Family Guy and executive producer of the 2014 remake of the Carl Sagan series, Cosmos. Eddie Redmayne, who plays Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything biopic, presented the physics prize, with Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, and Benedict Cumberbatch, the lead in the Alan Turing film The Imitation Game, handing out maths prizes. The actors Cameron Diaz, Kate Beckinsale and the inventor and space pioneer Elon Musk were among the other presenters.
Yuri Milner, a Russian entrepreneur who abandoned a PhD in physics and made $1bn through investments in internet companies, established the first Breakthrough prize in 2012 when he awarded nine physicists $27m for their work on fundamental theory. He has since joined forces with the families of Zuckerberg, Sergey Brin, who co-founded Google, and Jack Ma, China’s richest man and founder of Alibaba Group, to fund similar Breakthrough prizes in maths and the life sciences.
By showering some of the finest minds in science with lucrative prizes at glitzy events, Milner and the Silicon Valley stars hope to elevate science and its practitioners to rock-star status in a society obsessed with celebrity. The winners of this year’s prizes form selection committees that will go on to decide next year’s recipients.
“The world faces many fundamental challenges today and there are many amazing scientists, researchers and engineers helping us solve them,” Zuckerberg said in a statement. “This year’s Breakthrough prize winners have made discoveries that will help cure disease and move the world forward. They deserve to be recognised as heroes.”
Jennifer Doudna at the University of California, Berkeley, and Emmanuelle Charpentier at the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research in Germany, received prizes worth $3m each. They unravelled the mystery of a microbial defence mechanism called Crispr/Cas9 that protects bacteria from invading viruses. What began as fundamental research led to the development of a powerful technique to rewrite genomes, including human DNA. Most of the winners were told of their good fortune before the prize-giving ceremony. “I was thrilled and shocked and very excited,” Doudna told the Guardian. “We published our work in 2012 and none of us could have predicted how transformative it has been.”
The bacterial defence mechanism identifies strands of DNA belonging to invading viruses and unleashes an enzyme, Cas9, to cut up the genetic material. The damage is sufficient to destroy the virus. But properly harnessed, the same biological trick can be employed to rewrite faulty DNA: damaging genes can be removed and replaced with healthy ones.
Work is already under way to use Crispr/Cas9 to correct genetic faults that cause cystic fibrosis and genetic blood disorders.
“We will see this approach being used for disorders caused by single gene defects first of all, but in the longer term, it will become possible to think about other disorders where multiple genes are involved,” Doudna said.
Asked what she intended to do with her winnings, Doudna said she was still working out the specifics, but added: “I want to do something to further the application of this technique to benefit human society.”
Four other biologists landed prizes worth $3m each. Alim Louis Benabid at Joseph Fourier University was honoured for developing deep brain stimulation (DBS), a procedure that has revolutionised the treatment of Parkinson’s disease.
C David Allis at the Rockefeller University was rewarded for his work on gene regulation in cancer and other diseases. Victor Ambros at the University of Massachusetts medical school and Gary Ruvkun at Massachusetts general hospital won for separate work on gene regulation.
“When you decide to pursue a very basic problem in life sciences like gene regulation, you never expect to receive a prize as remarkable as the Breakthrough Prize. It shows how wonderful a career in science is,” said Allis. “It is a true reward that some of our work is now helping people live healthier lives. This is our ultimate goal.”
Five of the world’s leading mathematicians won prizes for significant contributions to their field. Two British researchers, Simon Donaldson and Richard Taylor, who spend all or much of their time in the US, were among them. As a student, Taylor, who works at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, helped the Oxford mathematician Andrew Wiles crack Fermat’s last theorem.
The names of the maths prize winners were announced earlier this year.
The Breakthrough prize in fundamental physics honoured Saul Perlmutter, Brian Schmidt and Adam Riess for a collaboration that used measurements of exploding stars to show that the expansion of the universe was accelerating. The award was shared among all 51 scientists on the project. The same work earned Perlmutter, Schmidt and Riess the 2011 Nobel prize in physics.
Perlmutter told the Guardian that the most striking aspect of the Breakthrough Prizes was their emphasis on fundamental science. It was, he said, “a way of reminding our larger society how much it depends on deep, foundational research that never looks like it is practical at the time, but somehow over and over again has completely transformed our society, leapfrogging over the incremental, applied research, for which the need is more obvious.”
“Most of our time is spent on mundane matters. Tonight we thought about the molecules of life, the structure of prime numbers, the fate of the universe. It was an uplifting occasion for everyone,” said Milner.
While most Nobel prizes go to researchers nearing the end of their career, the Breakthrough prizes target younger scientists with much of their career before them. Scientists who have received the prizes have set up education programmes in Africa and funds for struggling junior scientists. The prizes have their critics, with some arguing that the vast sums of money – more than $100m so far, not counting fees for hosts and venues – would do more for science in the form of grants in the developing world or funds for new projects and institutions.
2015 Breakthrough prizewinners
Alim Louis Benabid, Joseph Fourier University, for the discovery and pioneering work on the development of high-frequency deep brain stimulation (DBS), which has revolutionized the treatment of Parkinson’s disease.
C David Allis, The Rockefeller University, for the discovery of covalent modifications of histone proteins and their critical roles in the regulation of gene expression and chromatin organization, advancing the understanding of diseases ranging from birth defects to cancer.
Victor Ambros, University of Massachusetts Medical School, and Gary Ruvkun, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, for the discovery of a new world of genetic regulation by microRNAs, a class of tiny RNA molecules that inhibit translation or destabilize complementary mRNA targets.
Jennifer Doudna, University of California, Berkeley, Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and Emmanuelle Charpentier, Helmholtz Center for Infection Research and Umeå University, for harnessing an ancient mechanism of bacterial immunity into a powerful and general technology for editing genomes, with wide-ranging implications across biology and medicine.
The 2015 Breakthrough Prizes in Mathematics The inaugural Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics honors five of the world’s best mathematicians who have contributed to major advances in the field.
Simon Donaldson, Stony Brook University and Imperial College London, for the new revolutionary invariants of 4-dimensional manifolds.
Maxim Kontsevich, Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques, for work making a deep impact in a vast variety of mathematical disciplines, including algebraic geometry, deformat.
Jacob Lurie, Harvard University, for his work on the foundations of higher category theory and derived algebraic geometry; for the classification of fully extended topological quantum field theories; and for providing a moduli-theoretic interpretation of elliptic cohomology.
Terence Tao, University of California, Los Angeles, for numerous breakthrough contributions to harmonic analysis, combinatorics, partial differential equations and analytic number theory.
Richard Taylor, Institute for Advanced Study, for numerous breakthrough results in the theory of automorphic forms, including the Taniyama-Weil conjecture, the local Langlands conjecture for general linear groups, and the Sato-Tate conjecture.
Nov 10, 2014 @ 10:13 pm Marisa Sung
Your eyes meet across a crowded room. You feel it, the other person feels it. But what is “it” you feel, exactly? In other words, what gets sparks flying between two people but not others? That’s a question that continues to boggle the minds of scientists, poets and real people the world over. But if you want to increase your chances of choosing the right partner, modern studies and scientific research do have some compelling answers. Read on to find out which personality types you’re most likely to click with (and stick with) over the long haul.
Familiarity breeds…a stronger bond?
While fairy tales are full of twosomes from very different walks of life, Cinderella-style stories rarely exist in real life for good reason. People are generally attracted to those who are similar in terms of education, intelligence, religion and financial status. “Often, ‘like’ attracts ‘like’ — what anthropologists call ‘positive assortive mating’ and ‘fitness matching,’” says Helen Fisher, Ph.D., anthropologist and author of Why We Love and Why Him? Why Her?: How to Find and Keep Lasting Love. The reason it’s important is pretty obvious: When people don’t see eye-to-eye on many levels, they just simply don’t ‘get’ each other, and that can be tough for any couple to overcome. “I think the most important thing you can ask yourself about a prospective mate is: If this person were not a romantic interest, would they be one of your very best friends?” says Sam Hamburg, Ph.D., a marital therapist and author of Will Our Love Last?
What’s ‘familiar’ about a mate may not always be immediately evident, however. “People may feel chemistry with someone who treats them in a way that’s familiar because it’s a dynamic they know,” says Lisa Firestone, clinical psychologist and coauthor of Conquer Your Critical Inner Voice. A woman who grew up with an unstable father, for example, may end up with a wild-man artist who’s similarly unpredictable but (hopefully) in more positive ways. So, don’t be surprised if your relationship echoes some dynamic from your past.
Why complementary personality types connect romantically
She’s super-organized, while he’s in a constant state of clutter. He’s a quiet homebody, while she’s the life of every party. We’ve all seen couples whose personalities seem light years apart. So, is it true that opposites attract? Not exactly. “There’s a lot of chemistry between opposites and the relationship has a lot of passion,” says Firestone. “But eventually they may end up hating each other for the very things that drew them together in the first place.”
A better match, say experts, are people whose personalities are complementary without being complete contradictions of each other. “Sometimes a really high-strung person will calm down around someone who’s laid-back. Or maybe the person with a lot of energy is a motivating influence on the one who’s mellow, and it’s really good for them both,” says Firestone. Likewise, overly similar personalities may miss out on sharing new experiences, which often keeps long-term relationships fresh and invigorating. “If two people are very risk-averse, they might never pursue opportunities that they really should,” points out Hamburg. “And on the flip side, two people who are high risk-takers might get themselves into trouble. But if you have one who’s more risky and one who’s cautious, then through a dialogue, that couple might be able to make better decisions than they would if they were more alike.”
Complementary couples do run the risk, though, of falling even deeper into their differences. “When a person dates someone who plays a balancing role, he or she tends to polarize: the quiet person gets quieter and the talkative person becomes the spokesperson for the relationship,” points out Firestone. “He may start to think that he’s a whole person only when he’s with her and vice versa. And when people do that, the quality of relating tends to deteriorate.” So, couples should be careful to treat their partner’s strengths not as a crutch, but as an opportunity to watch and learn new habits and skills to move outside their comfort zones on occasion.
Understanding the brain science behind romantic chemistry
Scientific breakthroughs in the areas of genetics, biology, and neurology are also helping experts piece together the mystery of romantic attraction. Dr. Fisher, for example, has used her knowledge of body chemistry to come up with a new theory on who’s likely to click with whom — and why. “Certain genes, hormones and neurotransmitters have been associated with specific personality traits,” she explains. “For instance, testosterone is associated with independence. All of us have these chemicals, but some of us have more activity in one of these chemical systems than another.”
The upshot? After reviewing the data, Dr. Fisher found that based on the activity levels of four key chemicals (serotonin, estrogen, dopamine, and testosterone), people largely fall into one of four specific “temperaments” known as: Builder, Negotiator, Explorer, and Director. Each type is outlined in detail below, including best and worst matches, defining traits and the brain chemistry that drives them.
Personality type: Builder
Chemical in charge: Serotonin (associated with sociability and feelings of calm)
Personality: Calm, managerial, conscientious, home-oriented but social
Best match: Explorer
Worst match: Director
Personality type: Negotiator
Chemical in charge: Estrogen (associated with intuition and creativity)
Personality: Imaginative, sympathetic, socially skilled, idealistic
Best match: Good with all types!
Worst match: None
Personality type: Explorer
Chemical in charge: dopamine (associated with curiosity and spontaneity)
Personality: Risk-taking, spontaneous, curious, adaptable
Best match: Builder
Worst match: Director
Personality type: Director
Chemical in charge: testosterone (associated with independence and rational thinking)
Personality: focused, inventive, daring, logical, direct
Best match: Negotiator
Worst match: Builder
While these four temperaments can be used as a guideline to find a compatible match, Fisher cautions that the mystery of romance doesn’t boil down entirely to a few neurotransmitters. “There is magic to love, no question about that,” she says. “But culture and biology play important roles. In short, when you are ready to fall in love and you meet someone who has a complementary chemical profile, you can feel attraction to him or her — which instantly or eventually can turn into deep feelings of romantic love.”
Kimberly Dawn Neumann (www.KDNeumann.com) is a New York City-based freelance writer whose work has appeared in Cosmopolitan, Redbook, Women’s Health, Marie Claire, Maxim and more. A frequent online contributor for Match.com’s Happen magazine, she’s also the author of The Real Reasons Men Commit as well as the founder of www.DatingDivaDaily.com.
Fiddler On The Roof - Matchmaker
Nov 10, 2014 @ 10:01 pm Marisa Sung
BEIJING (AP) — South Korea says it has agreed to sign a free trade deal with China that will remove tariffs on more than 90 percent of goods over two decades but won't include rice or autos.
The announcement from South Korea's presidential office Monday came after South Korean President Park Geun-hye met with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit being held in Beijing.
Negotiators held a 14th round of trade talks before Xi and Park met but failed to resolved outstanding issues.
A statement from South Korea's presidential office said Xi and Park declared that the agreement was now "virtually" reached. Xi said negotiations had made "significant progress."
Two-way trade between China and South Korea was $229 billion in 2013.
The deal covers 22 areas including finance and online commerce. South Korea said it was the first time for China to include finance, telecommunications and e-commerce industries in a free trade deal.
South Korea's rice industry will not be included in the trade deal but trade in 70 percent of agricultural goods will be liberalized.
South Korean trade officials said that LCDs and automobiles were among toughest areas to negotiate. They said South Korean automakers were concerned that foreign carmakers would ship their vehicles directly from China to South Korea if import tariffs on automobiles were removed.
For LCDs, which is an area where China is catching up with South Korean technology, the two sides agreed to remove tariffs 10 years after the trade deal takes effect.
Ahn Jong-beom, Park's top economic adviser, told reporters that the two parties have no outstanding "sensitive issues" and will finalize the agreement's wording. The China-South Korea trade deal will be formally signed early next year. South Korea's government will seek parliamentary approval in the following months.
China and South Korea began the trade negotiations in May 2012.
Jee Mansoo, an economist at the Korea Institute of Finance, said the impact of the trade pact is unclear because the economic situation has changed since negotiations began.
Some South Korea industries that were expected to benefit from increased exports to China, such as steelmaking, are no longer likely to benefit because China has made strides in improving its domestic industries, he said.
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Nov 10, 2014 @ 09:28 pm Marisa Sung
Keanu Reeves learned judo and studied jujitsu. He even knows movie "Kung Fu." I would love to interview Keanu Reeves regarding all three disciplines! :)
Kung Fu Fighting
He is starring in stunt-heavy action movie where he plays the titular assassin in 'John Wick.'
Keanu Reeves Learns Jiu-Jitsu and Judo for 'John Wick'
Nov 10, 2014 @ 07:54 pm Marisa Sung
If there is light in the soul, There will be beauty in the person. If there is beauty in the person, There will be harmony in the house. If there is harmony in the house, There will be order in the nation. If there is order in the nation, There will be peace in the world.
Katy Perry - Firework
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