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Works at IT Profressional with interests in Computers, Electronics, Photography, Open Source Software, Linux, Ruby/Rails.
Attended University of Southampton
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You have captured a city of clouds, great effect!!
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Stumbled upon this version of a well known song. I actually prefer this to the original. 

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Storm clouds over Indian Ocean.

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Pretty spectacular +Hiền T Quan !
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Driven by necessity, Israel is learning to squeeze more out of a drop of water than any country on Earth

What excites Bar-Zeev the most is the opportunity for water diplomacy. Israel supplies the West Bank with water, as required by the 1995 Oslo II Accords, but the Palestinians still receive far less than they need.
 
Breakthrough in desalinization makes water cheap in the Middle East.
One of the driest countries on earth now makes more freshwater than it needs
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Arctic Body-Snatchers
I've written a new Parasite of the Day blog post! This one is about a species of parasitic hairworm (Nematomorpha) which infects beetles from the Arctic Circle. Not only do hairworms take up much of their host's internal space, they also take over their mind. To find out more, follow the link below!

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We have featured hairworms (Nematomorpha) quite a few times before on this blog, but for those who are new to them, they are parasitic body snatchers of insects and other terrestrial arthropods. The hairworm larvae are parasi...
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In the minds of many Brits, umbrella usage was symptomatic of a weakness of character, particularly among men.

What's the modern equivalent?
* Diet Coke, now Coke Zero
* Nivea Men skin cream


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An early social and transport disruptor...};-) "In the early 1750s, an Englishman by the name of Jonas Hanway, lately returned from a trip to France, began carrying an umbrella around the rainy streets of London.

People were outraged. Some bystanders hooted and jeered at Hanway as he passed; others simply stared in shock. Who was this strange man who seemed not to care that he was committing a social sin?

Hanway was the first man to parade an umbrella unashamed in 18th-century England, a time and place in which umbrellas were strictly taboo. In the minds of many Brits, umbrella usage was symptomatic of a weakness of character, particularly among men. Few people ever dared to be seen with such a detestable, effeminate contraption. To carry an umbrella when it rained was to incur public ridicule.
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Over the years, Hanway and his umbrella fell victim to all sorts of abuse from Brits he passed on the sidewalk. The most pernicious abuse came from an unlikely source: coach drivers. In England at the time, hansom cabs (two-wheeled, horse-drawn carriages) and sedan chairs were the primary modes of transportation. Business boomed especially on rainy days, as both hansom cabs and sedan chairs came equipped with small canopies that kept passengers dry. When it rained, Londoners flocked to these coaches, so Hanway’s umbrella represented a threat to business."
This pioneer of weather management was pelted with insults and trash.
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Bernina Pass, Switzerland.

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Repulsive Chickens

It seems that volatile chemicals derived from chicken feathers repel certain mosquitoes (An. arabiensis).  The chicken smell that surrounds a live chicken is derived in part from these chemicals. It is not offensive to humans but triggers an avoidance behaviour in some mosquitoes indoors perhaps since chickens predate on these mosquitoes.  Until such time as a repellent product is created, keeping a live chicken in a cage near the bed at night may help in reducing the incidence and spread of malaria in certain parts of the world.

When the odor smelled like chickens, the team found "about 90 to 95 percent reduction in [mosquito counts]," says Ignell. A similar experiment with live animals showed that suspending a caged chicken from the bedroom ceiling was nearly as effective, with about an 80 percent reduction in mosquito counts.

More here: http://goo.gl/UgmoIK

The host census and blood meal analyses demonstrated that An. arabiensis strongly prefers human blood when host seeking indoors, while it randomly feeds on cattle, goats and sheep when found outdoors. However, An. arabiensis avoids chickens despite their relatively high abundance, indicating that chickens are a non-host species for this vector. Eleven bioactive compounds were found in the headspace of the non-host species. Six of these were species-specific, out of which four were identified using combined gas chromatography and mass spectrometry. When tested in the field, the chicken-specific compounds, isobutyl butyrate, naphthalene, hexadecane and trans-limonene oxide, and the generic host compounds, limonene, cis-limonene oxide and β-myrcene, significantly reduced trap catches within the house compared to a negative control. A significant reduction in trap catch was also observed when suspending a caged chicken next to the trap.

Paper (open): https://goo.gl/1jW84P

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How about "rubbing a chicken all over your body" routine - no it's supposed to be a fetish ;-)
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    IT Consultant, 2006 - 2015
  • WILink Ltd
    Senior Technical Architect, 2002 - 2005
  • WILink Ltd
    Head of Systems Administration, 1999 - 2002
  • Motorola LMPS
    Development Manager, 1996 - 1999
  • Nokia Mobile Phones
    Design Engineer, 1993 - 1996
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To paraphrase Bruce Wayne - " It's not who I am underneath, but what I post, +1, re-share and comment that defines me."
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Father to three beautiful children.
Husband to a beautiful wife.
Son to a caring mother and a guiding father.
Brother to an adventurous sister.

Grateful to have a loving and supporting family - well... more like a clan!
Grateful to have very good friends.
Grateful to have friendly and understanding work colleagues.

Loving my interactions with people on G+

Trying to reciprocate the good deeds that I have received from people over the years.
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Interests: Photography - Linux - FOSS User/Developer - Ruby/Rails - Android - Finding the middle path.
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  • University of Southampton
    Masters in Electronics & Information Engineering, 1989 - 1993
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