Jan
31
2012
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What is the most popular cosmetic surgical procedure performed in the United States?

scalpelsAccording to the ASPS 2010 plastic surgery statistics report, the most popular cosmetic surgical procedure performed in 2010 was breast augmentation (augmentation mammaplasty). 1,555,614 cosmetic surgical procedures were performed in the U.S. in 2010 and 296,203 of these procedures were for breast augmentation. Top 5 Cosmetic Surgical Procedures Procedure                             Number Breast augmentation               [&hel[more...]

Jan
31
2012
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Does Quantum Mechanics require a conscious observer to collapse the wave function?

conscious-observerIn presentations of quantum physics aimed at the lay reader, it is often stated that the superimposed wave function is not collapsed until perceived by a conscious observer. Can this be so? If it were true, it would have astonishing implications for the nature of consciousness. It would firmly tie the phenomenon of consciousness into [&hel[more...]

Jan
30
2012
1

Where is the world’s largest working watermill?

laxey_waterwheelThe world’s largest working watermill is the Laxey Wheel, also called the Lady Isabella. It can be found on the Isle of Man. A small island which lies in the middle of the Irish Sea between Britain and Ireland. As one can see from the photograph, the wheel is huge and towers over the nearby [&hel[more...]

Jan
27
2012
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Can I discover a new planet?

keplar_11The technology and techniques involved in hunting for new planets outside of our solar system has advanced in leaps and bounds in the past few years. Finding earth-like planets orbiting neighbouring stars had long been the dream of astronomers, but it was not until 1992 that the discovery of the first exoplanet or extrasolar planet [&hel[more...]

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Jan
26
2012
1

What Will the Internet of the Future Look Like?

Flying  Car (with Internet, of course) What is the future of the Internet? If you were to put any stock in my predictions of the future, we’d all have flying cars and robot butlers by now. So far be it from me to make any guesses what the Internet will look like years or decades from now. But when some of [&hel[more...]

Jan
26
2012
2

Why is there so much meaningless nonsense on the internet?

internet-nonsenseThe rise of meaningless garbage on the internet has worsened since the cloud-based ecosystem of the blogosphere went viral.  This distributed user-generated troll-platform is plug-compatible with e-chatter and cyber-empowerment.  The poster-child innovation capability is now hard-wired into six-sigma concurrent sessions at webinar workgroups. The stuff and widgets of the information superhighway platform are like a [&hel[more...]

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Jan
24
2012
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How were images tweaked before the ascent of Photoshop?

tweaked-imageToday, it’s normal for fashion photos to be tweaked. In the March 2008 issue of Vogue magazine, one retoucher (Pascal Dangin) applied his skills to 37 fashion pictures and 107 advertisements! He made changes ranging from simple (removing a mole, a stray hair, some “crows feet” or a wrinkle) to advanced (changing breast size, leg [&hel[more...]

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Jan
21
2012
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Does the iPad 2 have a “real” GPS?

gps-ipadMuch confusion has arisen over the level of support for GPS in Apple’s iPad 2, introduced in 2011. There are two reasons for this confusion. The first source of confusion is that there are two types of iPad 2. There is a 3G-capable model (which can use the cellphone network), and a WiFi-only model. Apple’s [&hel[more...]

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Jan
19
2012
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Who are some prominent agnostics?

bill-gatesMany people wear their religion on their sleeve, and others keep it private, but some people don’t have a religion. Atheists do not believe in the existence of deities, while agnostics neither believe nor disbelieve in the existence of deities. Here are seven well-known agnostics: Warren Buffet – One of the world’s richest men, he [&hel[more...]

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Jan
16
2012
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Why does Spanish have so many little words for “a”, “the”, “this” etc?

spanish-wordsIn English, there is only one definite article. If you want to refer to a particular book, it’s “the” book. If you’re referring to more than one book, it’s “the” books. In Spanish it’s not so simple. Nouns, articles and adjectives must “agree in number”. If one of them is plural, all of them must [&hel[more...]

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Jan
11
2012
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How do you make a beach?

teresitas-beachTo build a beach: Choose a crescent-shaped bay that is generally sheltered from the most extreme weather Make sure it has a stunning scenic backdrop Build an offshore breakwater, a jetty, and a marina Ship in four million bags of sand from the Sahara Desert, and spread them out Build beach facilities such as changerooms, [&hel[more...]

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Jan
06
2012
2

How have family cars changed over the past 50 years?

ej-holden-dashboardFifty years ago my family proudly owned a basic-specification blue station wagon made in Australia by General Motors Holden. Today the family car is a basic-specification white people carrier made in Japan by Toyota. How has the family car evolved over that time? Our car of the 1960s had bench seats for six adults (in [&hel[more...]

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Jan
01
2012
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Are there any good beaches in the UK?

Damming the stream at Portheras Cove Beach (photo by Roger Browne - CC-BYAfter a news report about UK beaches whose water quality failed to meet regulatory standards, I heard someone say that they didn’t know there were any good beaches in the United Kingdom. There certainly are some fabulous beaches, but you need to know where to look. If you choose a beach to visit at random, [&hel[more...]

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