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The Giant Face on Mars

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I thought I would take the time to write an entertaining piece on mars. Mars while smaller than Earth has fascinated scientists since its discovery. Back in the olden days of 1976, the Viking Orbiter transmitted an image of a formation on Mars that scientists found very amusing. This object had a strong resemblance with that of a human face. The scientists did not think much of the object and just chuckled in passing. They considered it a illusion, nothing more than lighting and shadows. The resolution from the images at the time were not that crisp or sharp and you couldn’t really tell any difference. At the dawn of the space age the scientists had much bigger and more important aspects of Mars to categorize.

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Why is water on Mars so important?

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In August of 2011 scientists discovered that during the “Spring Months” of Mars, carved surfaces in the ground form and this may have been caused by heavily salted water. It is of interest to note that water or H2O HAS been found on Mars. However, much of this water is contained at either the planets poles or underground with the vast majority of the above surface water being frozen. There has been evidence to support claims that Mars may have been covered in Oceans in the distant past however this certainly hasn’t been observed during our modern times. This discovery of “carved surfaces” of the ground may support evidence that the possibility of liquid water exists on Mars.

These new streak formations are taking place over the course of two earth months. Some of these sloping streaks are 650 feet deep. These streaks are currently only forming around the planets warmest areas, with the majority being along the equator, which is facing the sun more often. This is not proof of liquid water but the most likely explanation currently is H2O in liquid form. Now with that said; why is the discovery of water on Mars so important or rather profound?

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The Importance of Cosmic Dust

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Cosmic dust is by definition to be considered all the dust in the cosmos. What makes this matter so special or rather so different from the rest of the material of our universe? Cosmic dust can be considered intergalactic dust, interstellar dust, or even “Star Dust”.

What is really interesting however, is that in October of 2011, scientists discovered that cosmic dust contains complex organic matter. This discovery alone has the potential to unravel our socio economic norms as we know them. This means that all life that we know of may have originated from the very same materials that is contained in the very stars themselves. What if the stars were alive in a very different state? Possibly an absurd question but never forget that there are many secrets to the universe we have not discovered yet.

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Using the Internet in Searching for the Best Car Accident Lawyer

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Though there are a lot of car accidents lawyers, not all of them may be able to handle your case well. Some of them might end up losing your case and hurt your chance of getting money to pay for your injuries and car damage. Therefore, you have to be careful in looking for someone to handle your case.

Back then, the easiest way is to call possible car accident lawyers one by one. After calling them, you can eventually cross them out or include them in your short list. However, this process can be very demanding. It may also be time consuming. Therefore, instead of doing it, the best thing to do is to just look for a car accident lawyer online.

Reading Testimonials and Reviews

One of the best strategies you can employ is to read testimonials and reviews. This will give you an overview of how other people think about a particular lawyer or a law firm. This will also give you an honest feedback. After all, they have already tried the services of these lawyers. Thus, they can really say a lot about these lawyers. Just make sure that you read across sites so that you will have a balanced view. Some of them write fake reviews just to convince people.

Maximizing Social Media

You may also post a question via Twitter or Facebook and wait for your close friends to respond. Since they are your friends, you will most likely be given a good recommendation. They might also show you the link where you can hire the best lawyer. You can also join forums and ask members about their views on the best car accident lawyers.

Using Comparison Websites

There are also websites that compare lawyers. You can specify the place, specific field of expertise of a particular lawyer or firm, and your expectations. They will then compare the options and find one who can help you out. They are like doing the search in your behalf. You can even filter it further by including your budget for legal fees.

In short, you can make the most out of the new technology today in getting help. For more information on the best car accident lawyer in Vancouver, visit here.

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How I Planned for My Retirement

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Most of my regular readers will know that I am retired, but in this post I wanted to share a little bit more about my retirement plan and how I was able to retire at my age. I get asked so many questions about my retirement and I am astounded that most people I talk to have little or no plan for their own retirement. This is just one of the reasons that I thought it was so important to share my retirement story with others. I hope everyone that reads this post will start thinking about their retirement and put a plan of action into place to ensure that you can afford to retire when you want to and get the most out of life. After all, we are only here for a short time and we should make the most of it while we are fit and healthy!

Work Plan
My work was very satisfying and being an aerospace engineer is such a rewarding career. My plan was to be promoted to the top of my division, not only so I would earn more and be able to save more money for retirement, but also simply for career satisfaction. Once I had achieved this position I felt that I had been successful in my career and I would be able to leave with no regrets. It was after being promoted to this highly regarded job that I started making real plans to transition to retirement. I began to read more about investing for retirement, such as this resource and as many retirement and investment magazines as I could get my hands on. It was a difficult decision to leave my job, but today I have absolutely no regrets.

Financial Plan
The most important part of the plan was the financial plan. No matter how good the rest of your plan is, you must have enough money to comfortably retire! Once I was promoted to the top of my division I was able to begin saving the majority of my pay check. Instead of spending all of the extra money, we decided to keep our modest family budget and save the rest for my retirement plan. We didn’t always succeed at this, but we were able to save very quickly indeed. I also made a number of investment choices and diversified my investments in a wide variety of asset classes. This meant that I was able to avoid severe losses during the global financial crisis, which could have put a major dent in my retirement plans.

Family Plan
The number one reason that I decided to retire was so I could spend more time with my growing family. I love my kids and my wife and spending each day with them was far more appealing than spending longer hours at work. I decided that family life was more important to me than a prestigious job and my family gave my plan 100% support. Without this support from my family I wouldn’t have been able to put my plan into effect. I am now able to watch my children grow and take them on exciting adventures whenever I feel like it and I wouldn’t give this freedom back for the world.

I hope that this little bit of insight can give you an idea about creating your own retirement plan. I would encourage all my readers to consider their retirement and make a plan for the future.

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Modern Features of Headphones that are Worth Trying

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Back then, headphones look too simple. They have small earpieces that you can place in your ears to listen to music or other sounds in your computer or phone. There are instances in which the music being captured is not that good or way too far from the original recording.

Sometimes, when you move the cord a little bit, the sound is disrupted. It may also be too uncomfortable to listen to. However, these days, more modern headphones have been invented. Lots of issues related to old headphones are no longer a problem today. Here are some of the modern features available in certain headphone models that you might want to experience:

1. Noise isolation feature. The moment you put on the headset, it is as if you are in a totally different world. You won’t hear any other sounds aside from the ones that come out of your phone or computer. This is perfect if you wish to sleep well at night or you don’t want to lose concentration on what you are doing.

2. Some headphones come with a memory scale for the headband. This is like a memory foam mattress. It remembers the size of your head and its other features. Therefore, you don’t have to keep on adjusting it. When you use it again next time, it will feel so comfortable. It is as if nothing is on your head.

3. Some models come in different colors. The good thing is that there are brands in which a material is used to stop color from fading. This helps a lot to ensure that it will look good and last for a long time.

4. Before, if the cords are damaged, you have no other choice, but to just throw the headphone away. Today, you can just easily replace damaged cords. You have to pay a minimal amount for the replacement.

5. Most headphones before are only compatible to a single model of mobile phone. Today, most headphones are flexible. They work well with any mobile phone, MP3 players, tablets and computers. There are also some models that come with different chords so they can be attached to different gadgets.

6. Headphones today are also a lot lighter than before. The designs are ergonomic and can be easily brought with you wherever you go.

Affordable Price

You might think that the advent of more modern features in headphones have made the gadget even more expensive. However, the truth is that they are still affordable. In fact, you can find more models that are cheap, but are still of high quality. If you wish to get the best headphones under 100 dollars, go here.

You just need to make sure that you will get a model that has all the features that you are looking for. Some of them might be available for as low as $50, but it is still an amount that you have to pay for. Thus, you need to secure its quality. For the best over the ear headphones under 100, visit http://thebestheadphonesunder100.com/10-best-over-the-ear-headphones-under-100-dollars/.

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Robots in Space: How Automated Machines are Revolutionizing Space Travel

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There was once a time when the idea of robots in space seemed implausible. The concept was restricted to movies, sci-fi series only geeks like us could enjoy. Lo and behold, after a few years of progress, we as a species have realized that dream. Now, most shows use the premise of giant robots fighting in space, but in reality, we’re using them to progress our efforts into space travel. This is great news for all of mankind because the possibilities of expansion are endless now. Of course, we’ll still have to take things step by step. Here’s some of the best news about robotics applied in space travel.

Automated Gas Stations for Satellites

While the idea of unmanned depots roaming the depths of the universe is great, NASA’s taking things slow in this field. The initial idea behind unmanned stations is to use them for aging satellites that need repair and attention. They are, after all, machines which can still breakdown after years of use and a lack of gas. So the plan is to send a secondary device which stores fuel and orbits alongside each satellite. In addition to becoming a gas station, NASA’s also toying with the concept of maintenance machines on the stations themselves.

The First Unmanned Shuttle has launched into Space

This is probably the biggest development in space robotics that we’ve seen in the last few years. You see, the European Union has not been slacking off when it comes to space travel. In light of the unsure future of NASA, it would only make sense that the biggest economic powers would take up the mantle of space travel. So early last year, they declared their intentions of sending up robotic ship to resupply the ISS with food and other essentials. The trip is currently underway, and if successful, it won’t be too long before we can actually rent an office trailer in space for business purposes.

The Mars Rover has broken a Record

Over the last 40 years of recent space exploration, only one machine held the record for the longest distance traveled by a robot. The Russian rover Lunokhod 2 moved a total of 24.2 miles before it was finally decommissioned in 1973. However, this record has finally been broken by the Mars rover, as it has traveled 25.01 miles in the last 5 months. Since the machine is still running alongside The Curiosity, it’s expected that both will get even farther than that. Just imagine the technology that goes into these machines. The sheer power of that’s stored in the battery packs of each robot is mind boggling to think about.

Space travel is undoubtedly the biggest hope humanity has against combating resource depletion. Of course, we still have to take baby-steps when it comes down to it, but the furthered advancement of this kind of technology is stunning in many ways. Maybe we won’t have trailers in space here but in time that office rental may be possible. Perhaps open up a realty agency on the moon or something.

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3 Sights that Prove Space Exploration is worth the Trouble

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Space is such a large place. A lot of poets, writers, and other artistic types always imagined that it would be and endless black void. In many respects, they’re right, but with the technology we’re using now, we’re able to see much more than just blackness. We can see the color of nebulas complemented by a vast majority of stars littering the sky. Space is so beautiful that I wanted to share some of the most worthwhile photos and videos of our vast universe.

Chris Hadfield’s Breath Taking Photography

When the International Space Station first launched, astronomers and astronauts everywhere grew very excited. They thought about all the ways they could study space and how one can live up there. It wasn’t until Chris Hadfield decided to use a mix of social networking and photography that we finally see the awe inspiring nature of the station. From up above, he shows us geographical wonders and unique weather patterns. You should totally get a few copy machines in order to make high resolution copies of each photo.

Messier 106: A Super Massive Black Hole

What’s the first thing you think about when someone mentions a black hole? Do you imagine a vast empty sucking out the stars around it? Well, the truth of the matter is that these holes are a lot prettier than you think. Messier 106 is a black hole in the center of a distant galaxy. If viewed in different spectrums of light, you can actually see bright colors surrounding the massive thing. You can watch a video here.

Everything from the Hubble Telescope

There’s very little I can say about the Hubble’s power that hasn’t already been emphasized by countless other astronomers. So instead of going on a long winded rant, just click through these amazing photos.

Space really is the place; the final frontier for exploration and we can barely see our neighbors across the way. Just imagine what we can see a few decades from now? Also, I was very serious when I mentioned making copies. Look up Tech Central Station and check out their printers and copiers. You won’t regret it once you have your first few framed space photos.

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Using Space Age Tile Mortar for Our Bathroom

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When you’re an aerospace engineer, there are very high expectations of you around the home. Sometimes, people forget that what I worked on was required for outer space and that I am not well-versed when it comes to nuts and bolts that go into say, a vacuum cleaner or the “elbow” part that goes under the kitchen sink. So here comes my lovely wife with another Do-It-Yourself project for me. She normally hands me this kit or box and tells me to figure things out. Whenever I gently remind her that building and construction is not my kind of thing, she tells me that if I’m good enough to send contraptions into outer space, I should be able to figure this simple thing out. How does one argue with that, really?

Last weekend, she complains that the bathroom tiles are chipped and cracked. I explained to her that the areas which were damaged were the ones which were exposed to direct sunlight. Our master bathroom had windows and plants on the window sill. We kept it open since it was situated high enough – away from the eyes of peeping Toms or prying neighbors. The moment she said it needed work, I knew that this was the start of another long weekend.

Tiles are not among my favorite things in the world. I’ve often slipped on them in the bathroom and I find them a chore to install. I do love the colors though and the bright patterns that they make, which is why I agreed to have them inside the bathroom in the first place.

Since I did not know a first thing about changing bathroom tiles, I looked at ABL Tile Centre for ideas and inspiration. What I saw looked pretty straightforward. All I need to is clean the old tiles off, attach the new ones and let them dry. I just thought of improving the process by using space-age adhesives instead of ordinary tile mortar, this will make it more durable and water-resistant. Of course, the wife was very happy when she saw the finished product. It made me feel like an astronaut on board a space station.

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The Use of Technology in the Revival of the Hawaiian Language

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The Hawaiian language is considered as one of the endangered languages in the world. Over the years, the number of native Hawaiian speakers has declined due to the exposure of the locals to the English language. Hawaii is also a major tourist destination. Thus, people find it more useful if they can communicate with the foreigners in English as opposed to Hawaiian.

With more and more youths abandoning Hawaiian, the number of people speaking the language has declined over the years. This became extremely alarming so the locals with the help of different organizations and the federal government have exerted efforts to revive the language and increase the number of native Hawaiian speakers.

Using Technology in Schools

One of the biggest strategies to ensure that the language will survive is to make it a part of the curriculum as a medium of instruction in different core subject areas. Parents have the choice of placing their children in schools where their kids can be “immersed” in the Hawaiian language or they can send them to schools where English is the only medium of instruction.

Parents who have decided that their kids will study in Hawaiian schools also have problems since kids have a hard time learning the language. This is true if they hear other people speak English or they also speak English at home. This is where the role of technology comes in. Teachers make sure that language learning becomes more exciting using modern technology. They use apps where the Hawaiian sounds can be heard and imitated. They also have online Hawaiian language exercises to make everything more interactive. They also expose students to the Hawaiian language by dubbing American movies in Hawaiian or by writing Hawaiian subtitles in certain movies.

The Success of the Program

This program is still currently being studied if it can really be sustainable. So far, with the increasing number of children learning the language, this is more or less a successful endeavor. Though there are only a few Hawaiian speakers left, they are confident that it will survive since more children are learning the language in schools.

If you wish to see how these Hawaiian children learn in schools, you can arrange a trip to Hawaii using Hawaii holidays here.

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New Technologies in Treating Vein Problems

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Venous disease may be caused by various factors including standing or sitting for extended period, aging or a combination of these. Those who are inactive, smoking, obese, pregnant and have a history of varicose veins in their family are more at risk of having problems on their veins. For instance, retired individuals who don’t move a lot have higher risk because of their age and inactivity. Aside from the unsightly bulges of veins, it can swell, hurt and it could also prevent proper blood flow.

The old ways of treating these vein diseases include medications, the use of compression stockings, exercise and elevation. With the advancement of technology, new and more effective treatments were developed to resolve these vein problems. It’s important that you only consult a specialist in this area to make sure that you will be taken care of properly. A reputable online venous resource site would give you a list of trusted vein specialists, as well as everything you need to know about vein disease and its possible treatments. Here are the latest technologies and methods used in treating vein problems.

Ultrasound Mapping

Before having a treatment, you may be asked to have an ultrasound mapping. It uses sound waves with high frequency to create a map of your veins and determine which areas are affected. This would give the specialist a better understanding on the parts to treat, as well as the best options for your treatment.

Sclerotherapy  

This is often used for treating spider veins or small thin veins, usually in the leg area, though they can also appear on the face and arms. A solution called the sclerosing agent is injected to the spider veins. There are also ultra-sound guided and light assisted sclerotherapy procedures, which are often used on veins that are difficult to see.

Endovenous Laser Ablation

An IV is inserted on the vein and laser is used to close it. Local anesthetic is applied so you wouldn’t feel anything during the process. This is usually performed for bigger veins, instead of spider veins. You can go to work after the procedure, which is convenient if you don’t want to miss on your schedule.

There are also new technologies being used to make the healing of the wounds faster, including skin substitute and growth factors.

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How Life Insurance Kept My Family Secured

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Working as an aerospace engineer for NASA, there was always that possibility of being sent to different dangerous spots. Not necessarily outer space, sometimes just to the nearest military airport to test some equipment. The term rocket scientist, makes me cringe, but that’s the closest layman description there is to my job. I may not work with rocket fuels, or rocket engines, but I still work to create things that are taken out to orbit which should work in zero gravity.

Some days, the things I do and create get to be used by ordinary people as part of their everyday technology. I see it everyday, but the beauty of this is that ordinary citizens don’t even realize that the things they used were developed by rocket scientists for spacemen. Ours is a dangerous life: we work with chemicals and high-octane fuels and other combustible materials. My parents and my wife worried about accidents and other eventualities that could happen while I’m on the field. As an engineer, I get to fly with the astronauts during training. We also test different rocket fuel components and see how the machines would behave on space-like conditions.

At some point I did feel that I was exposing myself to a lot danger. Worried about securing the future of my girls, I took a couple of life insurance policies with a pretty high coverage. I wanted to make sure that there will be enough to spend for the children’s education so my wife will not have to worry about providing for them in case something happens to me. I got an accident and life insurance package and two (yes two) other policies: one term and the other not.

It took a couple of weeks to study different plans and find ones that suited my predicament. I knew that being an aerospace engineer was lucrative, but all of that would be useless when I’m dead. After securing the insurance policies, I also made a few more investments for my retirement. I must say that I am enjoying the fruits of my labors now and living the good life while I’m retired.

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Considering Roof Repairs? Read This

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A house is the single most expensive thing that any normal person would buy. For a lot of people, home ownership is the epitome of adulthood. You may not be married with children, but having your own home and paying for its mortgage is a badge of permanency in any given place. At some point, improvements have to be done. There would be small things to do around the house, including the lawn, driveway, trees, plants, the backyard, and so on.

Of course, a house is not a static investment. There would be other costs associated with the house. There would be utility bills, the lawn will have to be mowed, and the driveway cleared of snow in the winter. The trees also have to be pruned at some point. A patio out back might be an option but if you frequently entertain guests and like backyard barbecues, it would be a good idea to have one installed. With time, repairs would start rolling in. Eaves and water spouts will deteriorate and so will the plumbing, the cabling, and so on.

A lot of people do not believe that a house has to be maintained and repaired. On the contrary, a house starts deteriorating the moment it is built. Some portions of a house goes into disrepair quite slowly, while others would need some form of repair all at once. One part of a house which may need to be repaired after only a couple of years would be the roof. That’s the extreme scenario and it depends on where you are located. Usually though, it just needs to be repaired because of normal wear and tear.

It doesn’t matter whether you have a galvanized iron roof, shingles or roof tiles, when somethings wrong with the roof, you have to consider if the repair costs are cheaper than roof installation costs. If it’s still intact and there’s only one portion which needs to be repaired, you would only need an expert to give you an estimate on roof repair costs. If you are in Tornado Alley, and a twister just pulled out your roof like a dentist pulling teeth, you would need an estimate of the costs before you can have a roof over your house.

The roof is not a little thing, or a trivial cost. Depending on the size of the repair, and the materials, you can get an estimate of costs and you can source out the payments. You can get a second mortgage, and use this to fix your roof, along with any other portion of the house. Most banks would be happy to lend you the money to improve your home.

Besides the total cost of the investment, and also because a house is a fixed building, these usually have the longest repayment periods. Typical mortgages range from 20 to 25 years to repay. There are some banks would allow up to 30 years to repay the loan. The length of the repayment period usually means that the homeowner would be paying the for house for his whole working life. It also means that the if you keep paying on time, you would have a good relationship with the banks.