Monday, March 19, 2012

Japan’s Progress in One Year After massive Earthquake

One year on, a look at Japan's progress...

March 11, 2012 marks one year since a massive 9.0-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Japan, triggering a devastating tsunami that slammed into the island nation, killing thousands of people. More than 300,000 people are still homeless and around 3,300 others are unaccounted for. The tsunami also sparked a nuclear reactor meltdown at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant, resulting in the worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl. One year on, the streets have been cleared and the wreckage removed from town centers. Here’s a look at how much has changed in 12 months since the massive earthquake struck Japan.

This combo photos below shows an image (top) taken by a Miyako City official on March 11, 2011 of the tsunami breeching an embankment and flowing into the city of Miyako in Iwate prefecture and the same area (bottom image) on January 16, 2012 nearly one year after the March 11 tsunami devastated the area. March 11, 2012 will mark the first anniversary of the massive tsunami that pummelled Japan, claiming more than 19,000 lives.



This combo shows a photo of Yuko Sugimoto wrapped with a blanket standing in front of debris looking for her son in the tsunami-hit town of Ishinomaki in Miyagi Prefecture on March 13, 2011 (L) and the same housewife standing with her five-year-old son Raito at the same place on January 27, 2012 (R). March 11, 2012 will mark the first anniversary of the massive tsunami that pummelled Japan, claiming more than 19,000 lives.



A combination photograph shows the same location in a fishing port in Miyako, Iwate Prefecture, northeastern Japan on two different dates, March 11, 2011 (top) and February 16, 2012 (bottom). The top photograph shows a wave crashing into the port after the magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami, the bottom photograph shows the same location almost a year later.



This combination of pictures shows the view of a tsunami hit area of Ofunato, Iwate prefecture on March 14, 2011 (L) and on January 15, 2012 (R). March 11, 2012 will mark the first anniversary of the massive tsunami that pummelled Japan, claiming more than 19,000 lives.



This combination of pictures shows a tsunami hit area of Rikuzentakata, Iwate prefecture on March 22, 2011 (top) and the same area on January 15, 2012 (bottom). March 11, 2012 will mark the first anniversary of the massive tsunami that pummelled Japan, claiming more than 19,000 lives.



This combination of pictures shows a vehicle sitting on a three-story building in a tsunami hit area of the town of Minamisanriku in Miyagi prefecture on March 13, 2011 (L) and the same area on January 14, 2012 (R). March 11, 2012 will mark the first anniversary of the massive tsunami that pummelled Japan, claiming more than 19,000 lives.



A tsunami-devastated area in Kesennuma, Miyagi prefecture, is seen in these aerial view images taken March 12, 2011 (L) and March 3, 2012, in this combination photo released by Kyodo on March 7, 2012, ahead of the one-year anniversary of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.



A whirlpool caused by the March 11, 2011 tsunami is seen near Oarai City, Ibaraki prefecture, in this image taken March 11, 2011 (L), with the same area being shown on March 3, 2012, in this combination photo released by Kyodo on March 7, 2012, ahead of the one-year anniversary of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.



( Top ) Residents walking on roads covered with mud and debris in a tsunami hit area of Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, on March 14, 2011. ( Bottom ) The same road which has been modified after the massive earthquake.



This combination of pictures shows local residents looking at a tsumami hit area of Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, on March 14, 2011 (L) and the same area on January 12, 2012 (R). March 11, 2012 will mark the first anniversary of the massive tsunami that pummelled Japan, claiming more than 19,000 lives.



The tsunami-devastated Minamisanriku town in Miyagi prefecture is seen in these images taken March 13, 2011 (top) and March 3, 2012, in this combination photo released by Kyodo on March 7, 2012, ahead of one-year anniversary of last March 11 earthquake and tsunami.



A tsunami-devastated area is seen in Kesennuma, Miyagi prefecture, in this aerial views taken March 12, 2011 (top) and March 3, 2012, in this combination photo released by Kyodo on March 7, 2012, ahead of the one-year anniversary of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.



A tsunami-devastated area is seen in Kesennuma, Miyagi prefecture, in this aerial views taken March 12, 2011 (top) and March 3, 2012, in this combination photo released by Kyodo on March 7, 2012, ahead of the one-year anniversary of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.



A combination photograph shows nuclear reactor meltdown at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant, resulting in the worst nuclear accident after the tsunami hit the region on March 11, 2011 (top). The nuclear reactor which is been removed and cleaned after one year since the massive earthquake (bottom).



A combination photograph shows the same location in Otsuchi, Iwate Prefecture, northeastern Japan on three different dates, March 15, 2011 (top), August 13, 2011 (centre) and February 18, 2012 (bottom). The top photograph shows a shop destroyed by the magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami, the middle photograph shows the area around the shop after it was cleared of debris, and the bottom photograph shows the shop trading again in the same location almost a year later. The shop had reopened December 22, 2011.



This picture (L) shows a roadway where the cars piled up and damaged after the tsunami hit the region on March 11, 2011. The same roadway which has been cleaned and used for transportation once again (R).



This picture (L) shows people taking photos of a wrecked ship on the top of a damaged building after the tsunami hit the region on March 11, 2011. The same building where the wrecked ship has been removed (R).



This combination of pictures shows cars piled up in front of the airport control tower in Sendai on March 14, 2011 (L) after a tsunami hit the region on March 11, 2011. The same control tower which has been cleaned after the massive earthquake (R).



8 Most Common Health Mistakes to Avoid...

If health is lost than everything we do in our life is lost. All of us make little health mistakes that cause damage to our bodies in the long run - simply because we are unaware we are doing something wrong. Here are some of the most common mistakes made by many of us. Have a look at it and try to avoid it to have a healthy life.

1. Crossing The Legs


Although we may believe that this is the lady-like elegant way to sit, sitting this way cuts down circulation to your legs. If you don't want varicose veins to mar the beauty of your legs and compromise your health, uncross your legs every time you realize you have one knee on top of the other. The best way to sit is to simply place both legs together on the floor, balancing your weight equally. If you feel like changing position, instead of crossing your legs, simply move both legs together to one side. As an alternative, you could also consider crossing your legs loosely at the ankles. This is a classically elegant way to sit, and is far better for your legs and your health than sitting with your legs crossed at your knees.

2. Not Changing Our Toothbrush


Most of us wait until most of the bristles have either fallen off, or are in such bad shape that we'd be embarrassed to pull out our brush in public. However, since not many of us need to pull out our brush in public, we carry on with our frayed one until we lose it. Replace your toothbrush often. Damaged bristles can harm the enamel, and don't massage your gums well. If you find brushing your teeth a pain like I do, but know you must do it, you might as well be doing it right. Imagine going through the annoyance of brushing your teeth twice a day only to find out that you're damaging your enamel every time you clean your teeth. Also, use a brush with soft bristles unless your dentist has advised otherwise.
 
3. Eating Out Often


There are oils that are high in cholesterol, and oils that cause little harm and are better for your heart. However, no matter how light the oil is, it is never a good idea to eat too much of it. Avoid fried foods. Remember that in all probability your favorite Indian food restaurant throws a huge, HUGE chunk of butter in a tiny bowl of dal. Rita, who worked in the kitchen of a 5 star hotel, was shocked when she saw the cook chop a 500gm butter slab in half, and throw half into a Paneer Makhani dish. No wonder the customers left licking their fingers. And no wonder they felt so stuffed and heavy afterwards. Limit outdoor eating unless you know that you"re getting served light and healthy food.

4. Skipping Breakfast


Never, ever skip breakfast. Remember, when you wake up in the morning it's been around 10-12 hours since your last meal. Your body needs food now, more than at any other time. Eat a heavy breakfast. You will then be busy through the day, and the calories will get expended quickly. If you are trying to diet, eat a light dinner. Here are some more common health mistakes we make. Being informed and making a few changes can help make us feel a whole lot better.

5. Wearing High Heels 


High heels sure look great, but they're murder for your back. This however doesn't mean you should steer clear of stilettos. Wear them, but not when you know you will be walking around a lot. Wear them when going out for lunch or dinner - when the only walking you will be doing is to your car, to the table, and back. Avoid high heels when you are going somewhere on foot. If you are constantly tempted to wear your heels, take a good look at your flats. Is there something about them you dislike? Invest in a new pair of beautiful flats or shoes with a low heel. Buy something you love, that you will enjoy wearing. If possible, get a matching bag. You will then enjoy your flats as much as you do your heels.

6. Sleeping On A Soft Bed 


You don't have to sleep on the floor be kind to your back, but do make sure you have a firm mattress. Although a mattress on springs is soft and lovely to sink into, it's bad for your back. If you already have an old bed with springs, you don't need to invest in a new one - simply get a thick wooden plank put over the springs, and place the mattress on the plank. Similarly, if your mattress is old and lumpy, throw it out and get a new one. Your neck and your back will thank you. The same rule applies to sofas. If you will be spending hours on a sofa, get a firm yet comfortable one. Sofas that you completely sink into are not the best idea.

7. Sleeping With Too Many Pillows


Many people like to sleep with an army of pillows, but this is another habit that is bad for neck, back and posture. No matter how comfortable sleeping with ten cushions is, have pity on your neck and resist. Sleep with one pillow, and make sure it is not too thick. If your pillow gets lumpy, discard it and go for a new one. Get a thin pillow if you sleep on your stomach, and something a little thicker if you sleep on your back, to give your neck adequate support.

8. Not Exercising Regularly


So all of us know we should exercise more, but many of us don't. This is a health mistake we consciously make! And why is that? Simply because we refuse to admit the damage we are causing to our bodies by not working out. A number of people only start working out once they've experienced a warning signal. Don't wait for a heart attack to strike before you decide to opt for a lifestyle change. Make the change now. You don't need to train for the marathon to be in top shape. Half an hour of brisk walking three to four times a week will make a world of difference to your health. You could then increase this to forty minutes, four times a week - and you're all set. If you haven't exercised for a week, you're making a mistake.

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C-1 Gyroscopically Electric Motorcycle - Concept

Stylish and cool C-1 Gyroscopically Electric Motorcycle is designed by Lit Motors, Inc. The C-1 combines the safety and convenience of a car with the freedom and efficiency of a motorcycle. Riding this bike is a good strategy in heavy traffic road. C-1 looks like a value added design to a sexy motorcycle. Lit Motors says that they are working really hard to send this concept into production soon and by 2014.


C-1 motorcycle has been designed with unique and simple exterior that cover its driver in subtle curves In order to keep the driver safe. The overall design foundation is based on its waist-line which wraps around the vehicles circumference, and is grounded by the swooping rocker panel: hi-lighting its unique gyroscopic components.


C-1 Gyroscopically Electric Motorcycle design is based on these three keywords: subtle, simple and human. Design, functionality and the comfort is always given importance. C-1 utilizes electronically controlled gyroscopes which are located at the bottom (putting out over 1,300 lb/ft of torque). In this way, this electric motorcycle can stay balance at a stop or stay upright in the even of a collision. This vehicle can reach top speed of over 120 MPH with battery packs that need to be recharged after 200 miles.


C-1 motorcycle can also be said as rolling smart phone. It utilizes H2V, H2C, V2I and V2V connectivity. It transmits all information such as traffic, weather conditions, or construction to inform you about situation ahead of you and advising different routes to take. C-1 Gyroscopically Electric Motorcycle is the perfect vehicle for all city dwellers.






Women With 8.8ft. Long Hair

Tatiana Pismennaya, 43, lives in Volgograd and works at the mustard factory. What is exceptional about her is the hair which is 2 m 70 cm (8.8 ft.) long. Tatiana washes her hair once in three weeks. It takes 4 hours to wash these gorgeous locks and 6 to 12 hours to dry them. Several times she wanted to cut her braid off, but first it was the parents and then the husband and children who insisted on not doing it.









15 Things Worth Knowing About Coffee...

Coffee is a brewed beverage with a bitter, acidic flavor prepared from the roasted seeds of the coffee plant. It is one of the most-consumed beverages in the world. The beans are found in coffee cherries, which grow on trees cultivated in over 70 countries, primarily in equatorial Latin America, Southeast Asia, South Asia and Africa. Green coffee or unroasted coffee is one of the most traded agricultural commodities in the world. But there are certain thing that you may still not know about coffee. So, here are 15 things that we feel is worth knowing about coffee.