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The number of bacteria living within healthy adult body are estimated to outnumber human cells 10 to 1 and most of them are harmless unless they happen to wind up in the wrong place.

Explore the interactive Human Microbiome here : http://goo.gl/e0BlT5

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The human microbiome is a community of bacteria that lives in our body. They have been found to play a key role in the functioning of our bodily functions. The variation within the microbiome plays a deterministic role in areas such as our immune response and also obesity. 

Researchers use 'germ-free' mice to identify the link between bacteria and the biological functioning of the mice. These mice are delivered by cesarean section and raised in sterile plastic bubbles and can only exist in labs. They have shrunken hearts and lungs and also abnormalities in their intestine. 

The increasing use of antibiotics have been linked to a rise of obesity and also allergies. Apart from that, the microbiome also varies across geographical locations and cultures.

The interdependence between the human body and the bacteria within us, and the interdependence between the bacteria and our environment and diet has led me to think is it ever possible for humans to live in a non-earth planet (such as Mars)? 

Sources and more reading:

The Peacekeepers, by Moises Velasquez-Manoff. Scientific American, March 2015

Human gut microbiome viewed across age and geography
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3376388/

Modern Medicine May Not Be Doing Your Microbiome Any Favors
http://www.npr.org/2014/04/14/302899093/modern-medicine-may-not-be-doing-your-microbiome-any-favors

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http://allergiesandyourgut.com/2015/04/09/how-the-gut-microbiome-influences-the-brain-and-vice-versa/
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+David Archer yeah no that thought alone is humbling. Ah, it is war when c.difficile strikes its missile.
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Happy #caturday   ! Congratulations Tara :)
Tara body-slammed the neighbors' dog to save her then-4-year-old owner. When a Los Angeles shelter prepared to present its annual trophy, no dog's heroics could match the cat's.
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Fit For Life!

I have been using +FitnessBlender free workouts for more than a year now and managed to shed 17 kg of fat ( I hope) so far. I feel better, healthier and stronger than I was before.

First picture : At Colour Rush Run15/2/2014 - 65 kg
Second picture : Kuching International Marathon 17/8/2014 - 55 kg
Third picture : Live Active Run 14/6/2015 - 48 kg

Thank you so much for amazing workout videos, healthy living tips and food recipes Daniel and Kelli. Keep up the amazing work!!
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+Aida Hazlan
even more for you :)
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My condolences to the families and friends of Sabah Earthquake victims. I wish them courage and strength in coming terms with this intense sorrow & grief.

A strong 6.0-magnitude earthquake rocked Sabah early Friday at a depth of 10 kilometres, with its epicentre located 19 kilometres from Ranau and 54 kilometres from Kota Kinabalu.

p/s Pic was taken during my trip at Kinabalu Park in 2013 with Afini Narawi 

Further information on the earthquake:  http://goo.gl/8tpTWh (H/t +Bill McGarvey )

#sabahquake   #Mountkinabalu   #malaysia   #earthquake  
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Sorry for that :(
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Wow. Almost half of my real age haha ! :p #howoldtest
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+Timmy Timtim Haha. Thanks, I feel so welcomed.

+Bill McGarvey Maybe it's at Mount Gading's Waterfall No.7 ;)

+Sabeena LoBello Yeah have tried with other pics though it relatively guessed couple of years younger than my real age.
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In light of today's event, I find this graphic hilarious !

Source : http://goo.gl/gjAfLC
Credit : Original joke & creator - Katie Mack http://goo.gl/93J7kl

  #sciencememe   #eclipse2015  
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That's so cool :))
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Common Mythconceptions

Nice info-graphics by Information is Beautiful http://goo.gl/qleF0f
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On another note, I'd like to see this with a page completely devoted to science, and a different one for religion. This seems to lend the false impression that they are on the same scale of factuality. The religious tips are subjective. The science tips are not.
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Audiogram

Undergone a hearing test at Otorhinolaryngology Department, Sarawak General Hospital yesterday and good to know that I have "normal hearing bilaterally" :)

Article below is taken from http://www.nationalhearingtest.org/wordpress/?p=786

What information is on an audiogram and what does it mean for the person’s hearing ability?

The amount (or degree) of hearing loss a person experiences is based on hearing sensitivity. In order to determine a person’s degree of hearing loss, their hearing thresholds must be determined. Hearing thresholds are defined as the lowest level sound that can be heard 50% of the time. The decibel (or dB) is the unit of intensity used to describe hearing sensitivity. During a diagnostic hearing evaluation the threshold is measured at different frequencies (or Hertz, Hz) in each ear.

The degree of hearing loss is expressed by the difference between a person’s threshold and the average threshold for people with normal sensitivity. For example, persons with mild hearing loss have thresholds that are 25 to 40 dB higher than the thresholds for those with normal hearing when tested using different at several frequencies. The list below outlines different hearing loss thresholds as they are determined in relation to an individual with a normal hearing threshold.

Mild hearing loss: 25 to 40 dB higher than normal
Moderate hearing loss: 40 to 55 dB higher than normal
Moderate-to-severe hearing loss: 55 to 70 dB higher than normal
Severe hearing loss: 70 to 90 dB higher than normal
Profound loss: 90 dB or more

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Muara Tebas Temple and Malay  Fishing Village (4th May 2015)

Went to Muara (ENG: Estuary) Tebas with my family today to have our seafood lunch and to visit the multicultural village as well as the famous Buddhist temple.

Imagine the throng of Buddhist devotees descending upon this little Malay fishing village to make their passage of way to this temple on top on a hill during the auspicious days of the temple’s calendar.

The temple and the village, Kampung (village) Muara Tebas best exemplifies the racial harmony and religious tolerance in Malaysia. And this co-existence dates back to two hundred years ago.

Ching San Yen is a Buddhist temple located about 30 KM from Kuching City. ‘Ching San’ means ‘Green Mountain’ in Chinese. It is situated on a 2.5 acre site on a hill, 120 ft above sea level. One has to climb 142 steps to reach the top.

"The Sarawak Book Of Amazing Facts & Records" published by the Ministry Of Tourism of Sarawak in 2011 described Ching San Yen Temple as the most decorative Buddhist temple in Sarawak.

There are two versions on the origin of Ching San Yen.

The first version is when, about 200 years ago, the Chinese immigrants who had safely arrived at the estuary of Sarawak River went on to build the temple to thank Budhha, Bodhisattvas & Machu (Goddes Of Sea) for their blessing of a safe voyage from China. The immigrants would come to the temple to worship from time to time to receive blessing for good health and good business.

The other version tells of, when Chinese came to Sarawak to trade about two hundred years ago, they started a trading station along the sea-side at the foot of a hill.

The site was chosen for its good geomancy to place the statue of Budhha, other Bodhisattvas & Machu (Goddess of the Sea) in return for good business and blessings. When they needed fresh water, Buddha indicated to them a well at the foot of the hill. This eventually led to the building of a temple on the hill facing the sea.

The well is still in existence and had been the source of fresh water until 1980 when water supply was extended to the village.

Ching San Yen underwent a major renovation and extension work in 1994 and was completed two years later

Article from : http://goo.gl/GJxCYb 

Borneo Post article on Muara Tebas fishing village : http://goo.gl/wPG8xS

#temple   #village   #seafood   #estuary   #kuching   #sarawak  
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What a gorgeous pic, and I have never visited this place.
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Gunung Gading Trip (1 May 2015)

Revisit this park after three years with my best friend and colleague Afini Narawi and +Sie Cheong Kiing and it's my first time reaching its summit and seeing a rafflesia which is the main attraction of Gunung (mount) Gading !

My previous post on my Gunung Gading Trip in 2012 : http://goo.gl/7qhJId

Rafflesia @ Gunung Gading http://goo.gl/2gohdH

✿ The Rafflesia, the world’s largest flower, is a parasitic plant found only in Southeast Asia, and then only in sub-montane hilly forests at elevations between 400-1,300 metres. Sir Stamford Raffles and Dr Joseph Arnold were the first Europeans to discover the Rafflesia.

✿ In 1818, whilst on a field trip near the town of Bencoolen (Bengkulu) in Sumatra, they came across a huge specimen that measured 97 cm in diameter. This species was later named the Rafflesia Arnoldi. When news of the discovery reached the botanical community in 1820 it caused quite a sensation with murmurings of disbelief.

✿ There are thought to be 17 species of Rafflesia, some of which may already be extinct. Three species are found in Sarawak - the Rafflesia Pricei, Rafflesia Arnoldi and Rafflesia Tuan-Mudae, which is actually a type of Arnoldi. Only one species, R. Tuan-Mudae, is found at Gunung Gading.

#mountains   #rafflesia   #forest   #waterfall   #streams   #hiking  
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Hot Lava Over Cold Ice

❆ The 2010 eruption of Eyjafjallajokull in Iceland highlighted the importance of understanding what happens when volcanoes erupt through ice.

❅ In order to improve our understanding of these spectacular events, we have conducted large-scale experiments by pouring 100-300 kg (~220-660 pounds) of melted rock onto blocks of ice and snow (http://blogs.dickinson.edu/edwardsb/2012/08/29/lava-ice-snow-experiments-at-syracuse/).

❄ The preliminary results of this study are both expected (ice melts!) and somewhat unexpected (lava can travel on top of snow; melted water can bubble up through lava).

☼ Benjamin Edwards and colleagues have also tested the ability of layers of volcanic ash (sand in the experiments) to slow down the melting process.

☀ Results show that if ice or snow is covered by volcanic ash at the start of an eruption, this will significantly slow the rate of melting if lava flows later move over the ash-covered ice.

❃ These experiments show good agreement with observations from volcanic eruptions in Iceland and Sicily, including the ability of lava to find weaknesses in ice and a tunnel underneath ice.

❋ Once the lava has found its way to the base of the ice, it can continue to flow beneath the ice layers by exploiting pre-existing fractures.

References and Further Reading:

1. Article from : http://www.geosociety.org/news/pr/13-40.htm
2.http://geology.gsapubs.org/content/early/2013/06/20/G34305.1.abstract
3. http://www.earthmagazine.org/article/do-it-yourself-lava-flows

GIF Source : http://goo.gl/PSudht

#scienceeveryday   #lava   #ice  
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Phoenix - Lisztomania

Let's go slowly discouraged,
We'll burn the pictures instead
When it's all over we can barely discuss
For one minute only,
not with the fortunate only
Thought it could have been something else
These days it comes, it comes, it comes, it comes, it comes and goes
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