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Saturn at opposition 23 May 2015 Tonight @ 01:22 UTC

Saturn will be well placed for observation, in the constellation Libra. It will be visible for much of the night, reaching its highest point in the sky at around midnight local time.

Saturn is almost directly opposite the Sun in the sky. Since the Sun reaches its greatest distance below the horizon at midnight, the point opposite to it is highest in the sky at the same time.
At around the same time that Saturn passes opposition, it also makes its closest approach to the Earth – termed its perigee – making it appear at its brightest and largest.

This happens because when Saturn lies opposite the Sun in the sky, the solar system is lined up so that Saturn, the Earth and the Sun form a straight line with the Earth in the middle, on the same side of the Sun as Saturn.

On this occasion, Saturn will lie at a distance of 8.97 AU, and its disk will measure 18.5" in diameter, shining at magnitude 0.8

Over the weeks following its opposition, Saturn will reach its highest point in the sky four minutes earlier each night, gradually receding from the pre-dawn morning sky while remaining visible in the evening sky for a few months.
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Most people are skeptical that we’re heading into a clean-energy future. They find it hard to believe that solar energy is fewer than 14 years
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I have various invitations to certain trackers. I only want to use them properly with people I know but am worried I'll get banned if anyone breaks the rules. I'll use this post as a starting point to see how much interest there is amongst my circles. 
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새해 복 많이 받으세요!
Best Wishes for a Happy New Year!
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After my move south, the transition from QLD to NSW education has left me in a work hiatus. Say hello to my new business, Highlands Tailored Tuition.
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Good luck with the opening of a new chapter in life Kristian, all the best.
PS, I bet your not missing the huimidity back here.
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Time to hear about the positive effects... 
We're frequently scolded for excessive smartphone and laptop use. But what about all the good that comes from staring at our devices?
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On 29 December 2014, WHO was notified by the National IHR Focal Point for the United Kingdom of a laboratory-confirmed case of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). This is the first EVD case to be detected on UK soil.
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“Spooky action at a distance” is how Albert Einstein described one of the key principles of quantum mechanics: entanglement.  Entanglement
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Cord Blood: Y/N? - Kristian Wells

Being days away from becoming a parent I have entered the realm of provider and protector. My paternal instincts are kicking in and an ever-present sense of familial preservation and protection has arisen. Naturally, wanting the best for my unborn as he enters the harsh world, the topic of core blood banking set up base in my prefrontal cortex, awaiting a decision.

I did a little research and was sent the immaculately presented information pack (red flag 1) from a company claiming to be the largest and most experienced blood and tissue bank in Australia. Along with a 25 page, over simplified, verging on preachy 'Family Cord Banking' book (red flag 2), there was a double sided sheet with a success story on one side and a horror story entitled "Why didn't someone tell me about cord blood and tissue storage for my baby?", in true tabloid style flair. Then the obligatory, 'Like' us on Facebook card, a personalised congratulatory letter, a 'How to Enrol' card and a price guide. Being aware of the prices involved, I was still shocked to see it in print. The biggest red flag of all was that the only plans available were to either pay yearly at a rate ten times what you would pay for an 18 or 25 year plan, or chose the 18 or 25 year plans which had to be paid in full within 24 months.

Fast forward a week. Still sitting on the fence, my brain has however been niggling me with questions I need answered. Questions like: Why a rigid 24 months? Why such a high yearly rate in comparison? I was already guessing at answers but before I speculated, I wanted hard facts. Without sounding elitist, I also wanted something more scientific than the Family Cord Banking “bible” I had been presented with.

1. Why a rigid 24 months? Why such a high yearly rate in comparison?
The sceptic in me tells me they obviously want the money quickly for a reason, that their long-con is coming to an end. The optimist tells me that cryogenics is expensive as cells must be kept at a constant −196°C. They need to money up front to avoid overheads later on.

2. Why are they selling this so hard?
The brochures, the articles, the wonderful matte finish on the 400GSM weight folder, the follow up phone calls? It all reeks of desperation, a sinking ship. Optimist: a profitable business should care about presentation.

Then I get it. In Australia, we have been lucky for so long to have universal health care that we have taken health for granted. It is only lately that we have been pushed (and shoved) into private health cover, the government has threatened the infamous $7 GP visits, we have begun to put a dollar value on our health. But we’re new to all this and don’t like to speculate in matters of health so we grudgingly but dutifully dole out to private health care funds and over-priced specialists. Profitable Businesses. Do they really have our best interests at heart? OK I realise this has become a rant, let’s get back to facts.

A popular claim from these storage companies is, “To date, 30,000 transplants have been performed using these amazing healing cells,” which is an impressive figure. I followed the citation to an excellent article in Nature (yes, you need a subscription for the full article) where I found the vast majority of these transplants came from public banks, not private. What’s this? I was led to believe that my son’s stem cells were specific only to him. How can this be possible? Then I discover that if my son has a genetic disorder, this cannot be treated by his own stem cells as they contain the same disorder within their DNA. So what do the professionals think? The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists recommends informing parents of the pros and cons of public vs. private cord cell banking, and the Australian Medical Association recommends public banking for cord stem cells.

Still, the 24 month thing has me thinking. Why are they in such a rush? I discover the answer: iPSCs (Induced pluripotent stem cells). Core blood and stem cells are pluripotent. Pluripotent stem cells are often termed 'true' stem cells because they have the potential to differentiate into almost any cell in the body. This means that under the right circumstances, a pluripotent stem cell can produce almost all of the cells in the body. Yet after this embryonic development stage is over, the stem cells no longer have this unlimited potential to develop into all cell types. Their pluripotency is thus lost and they can only become certain types of cells.  iPSCs can be derived directly from adult tissues, they not only bypass the need for cord blood cells, but can be made in a patient-matched manner, which means that each individual could have their own pluripotent stem cell line. These unlimited supplies of autologous cells could be used to generate transplants without the risk of immune rejection. iPSCs are readily being used in personalized drug discovery efforts and understanding the patient-specific basis of disease. In December of last year, researchers at the Center for iPS Cell Research and Application (CiRA), Kyoto University, have shown that induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells can be used to correct genetic mutations. The technology is there, I’m guessing it will become wide spread in, oh ball-park figure here, 24 months?

Still, for the time being, the message is clear. Rather than discarding cord blood, it may as well go into banks where it can be used for treatments, along with research, but putting it into private banks is almost like discarding it. So if you’re about to have a baby, public banking is the way to go.
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http://www.explorestemcells.co.uk/pluripotentstemcells.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Induced_pluripotent_stem_cell
http://www.nature.com/nbt/journal/v30/n4/full/nbt0412-304.html
http://geneticliteracyproject.org/2015/01/12/private-umbilical-cord-cell-banking-good-idea-or-scam/
http://www.smh.com.au/technology/technology-news/parents-pay-to-store-their-babies-cord-blood-but-few-ever-use-it-20140308-34efi.html
http://www.asianscientist.com/2014/12/in-the-lab/perfecting-gene-editing-dmd-ips-cells/
www.ranzcog.edu.au/doc/umbilical-cord-blood-banking.html
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A total of 121 measles cases have been reported in the Unites States of America from 1 January to 6 February 2015 in 17 states and Washington, DC: causes seem to be linked to idiocy. 
Between 1 January and 8 February 2015, the IHR National Focal Points of Brazil, Canada, Mexico and the United States notified PAHO/WHO of a total of 147 cases of measles, most of which are related to a large multi-state outbreak in the United States.
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Anti vaxxers are doing my head in.
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Nowadays when you hear the word “spam,” you probably think of the unwanted emails you get from unknown sources soliciting you for money and information.
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Apparently it was on sale at Woolworths recently. The Mrs learned of this vital info via her localised Naver discussion forum.
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Have tried on numerous occasions to take life seriously but it just won't stick...
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North Lakes, Queensland - Yeerongpilly, Queensland - Busan, South Korea - Bowral, NSW Australia - Perth WA Australia - Sydney NSW Australia - Wagga Wagga NSW Australia - Goulburn NSW Australia
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Since changing hands, this restaurant has really picked up its game. New menu items are exciting and an interesting fusion of tastes with the traditional Thai items still there for the more authentic feel. The price to quality ratio is why I keep coming back to this place. Being BYO is also a plus with a very small corkage fee per person (only $2 from memory). Yeronga Thai makes for a very satisfying night out which is bound to impress even the most discerning palate and while the decor and neighborhood don't scream 'trendy', the restaurant is quaint enough to impress any date. (NB: Please don't spoil others' romantic nights by bringing along poorly behaved children. The restaurant also does perfectly good takeaway so you can enjoy it at home where your kids have something to do.)
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Food: Very GoodDecor: GoodService: Good
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The Google Street photo is actually next door.
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reviewed 3 years ago
Best planed pork around. 1,700 won per serving. Expect to go through 4 servings for 2 hungry people
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Wonderful hospitality.
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