The true nature of electronic cigarettes: they are not safe

The true nature of electronic cigarettes: they are not safe

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Electronic cigarettes are battery operated devices that can look like either a real cigarette or a pen. There are hundreds of brands and they are used as a way to get the required level of nicotine without experiencing the dangers of cigarettes. Most contain chemical nicotine, a substance which creates addiction. When you stop using the electronic cigarette there is the risk of developing apathy and nervousness, or, with less words, you experience a withdrawl. A recent study draws attention to the increasingly popular electronic cigarettes. Although these are used as a supposedly healthy alternative to the regular cigarettes, it has been proven that they also pose a risk for our health. Experts show that the steam produced by an electronic cigarette can cause mutations in DNA and, consequently, ca…
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The eruption of a large volcano is imminent

The eruption of a large volcano is imminent

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Scientists warns about a possible natural phenomenon with large implications. Campi Flegrei is a large volcano located near Naples. It erupted the last time hundreds of years ago. However, lately, the researchers have detected a series of small earthquakes that occur here, caused by the inner magma movement. (more…)
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With ExoMars 2016, the understanding of Mars has made an unprecedented leap

With ExoMars 2016, the understanding of Mars has made an unprecedented leap

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The ExoMars mission in 2016 will soon experience a turning point. Indeed, Wednesday, October 19, the Schiaparelli capsule will land on the Red Planet. As for the satellite TGO, it will fit into the orbit of Mars to study its atmosphere. Franck Montmessin, CNRS research director at the laboratory atmospheres, backgrounds, space observations (Latmos), explains the scientific challenges of this mission. The ExoMars mission is among the most ambitious ever undertaken on the Red Planet. Its order to seek traces of past or present life. ESA offers us a video preview of this mission that proves exciting. (more…)
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How to resolve the issue of water wastage

How to resolve the issue of water wastage

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Minimising wastage is a must for businesses in today’s competitive marketplace and, as part of your efforts to increase efficiency in your firm, you might want to resolve the issue of water overuse. Cutting your consumption of this precious resource could help you to cut your bills and boost your bottom line. It’s worth noting that by 2030, demand for water around the world is predicted to increase to around 40 per cent above the level of current supply. This could have major implications both for the environment and your company’s costs. Here, we take a look at some effective ways to reduce business water use. (more…)
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Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar – a space opera spoiler review

Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar – a space opera spoiler review

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  Last night, I sat in a theater chair for almost three hours and watched Christopher Nolan's latest work, Interstellar. Although this movie is an original idea created by Chris and his brother, it has a lot of film-school references and probably the most important one is Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968).   The general setup The movie is set in the near future, in an unknown place (probably US) where nothing but corn will grow anymore, where the humanity is doomed to fail and to perish. There are some minor references to time, but judging by the old-fashioned technology used by the characters, it doesn't look that much into the future. Everything is recognizable. Interstellar begins slowly, introducing Cooper - McConaughey's character, his family and his farm.…
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How much storage is needed to digitally save a human being?

How much storage is needed to digitally save a human being?

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Last week I had the pleasure of watching Transcendence, a sci-fi movie that started from a great idea but failed sublimely on delivery. It reminded me of a book that I read when I was younger - "The Shaddows" by John Saul and it also reminded me of a movie I saw few months ago - "Her". In fact, I think it's sort of a combination of both, just like Edge of Tomorrow is a mix between "Groundhog Day" and "Starship Troopers". But getting back on topic, in Transcendence, a scientist's imminent death convince him to try to cheat the unavoidable finish line and to transfer his mind into a computer. This very idea sparkled a question in my mind: how much storage would such an operation need? Further than…
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NASA: growing plants in space is now possible

NASA: growing plants in space is now possible

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Let's face it: astronauts are enduring harsh conditions in order to perform their duty. I'm not talking only about the solitude of being in space for months and the hazardous situations they face every day, but also about what they eat and how they keep their body in great shape. As you may know, there is not much room for fresh food in space and usual meals include dehydrated macaroni, cheese and eggs, processed foods and dehydrated fruits. Now, NASA announced that they are experimenting with a new type of greenhouse that will allow astronauts to grow their own veggies at hundreds of miles away from our planet. (more…)
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Amazing video: The transformation that can change your life

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I’m not yet sure what to believe regarding the following video. At first sight, you may think it’s a video about changing the appearance of a homeless person. But once you get to the end of it, you understand that it represents so much more. It’s a story about the tragedies of war, a story about ignorance and ultimately, it’s a story about our society, about us. For me, the video represents the ups and downs of life. It’s a wonderful tale of bad luck, mistakes and redemption. (more…)
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