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Katherine Lowe
Works at Graphic Designer 1999 2010. Nursing Student 2012 Present.
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Fuck quran
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Men arnt superior? ;)
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I don't find this description of us depressing.
In fact I feel blessed for all life on this planet to have beaten the odds and experience existence, no matter how fleeting it is.

I honestly don't fear the oblivion of it coming to an end, because I won't be self aware enough to comprehend it.
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+Serj Enoch agreed x
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This is unbelievable :O I can't believe they are this intelligent.
You have to watch this.
 
Smarter than several co-workers.
No matter what you do, you can't keep this honey badger locked up. It's a master jail breaker. Lock the gate? It'll find out how to slide it open. Put it in a deep pit with high walls, it'll build a rock ramp. Take away the rocks? It'll use mud or trees to climb out. What a fascinatingly clever little badger. I hope he never stops coming up with crazy plans to free himself.
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My husbands wages are the same now as a decade ago, while everything else has gone up.

All I can say is that I'm glad the politicians with their smug looking faces are behind the TV screen when they proclaim that it's only a small amount rise, otherwise I think I'd punch them in the face.
A couple of pounds rise on one utility bill is not much.
A sustained annual rise on all bills add up.
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Increase minimum wage: Inflatiageddon.

Increase CEO salary by hundreds of thousands annually?: Standard practice that in no way impacts the bottom line.
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My husband is now the proud owner of a ticket for the Liverpool vs Chelsea game next Sunday.

Problem is he wishes he could sell it now because it's worth so much more, but it's on his membership card lol

Sigh men are never happy ;-) 
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I am still suffering from whiplash :-(
It's tender in the day and comes back in the night in force. Have to keep getting up to take these painkillers the hospital recommended and everytime they wear off I wake up again.
I'm so sick of this!
And still no courtesy car because it was written off and apparently you are only entitled to a temp car while your car is being fixed.

Time for Easter Egg and wine me thinks.
Feeling sorry for myself :'( 
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+Gwyneth Pocock I know. I'll ring for a appointment Tues. 
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Yes, they are.. :)
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Not so terribly long ago, the only planets we knew about for certain orbited our Sun. Within the last 20 years, though, astronomers have identified more than a thousand exoplanets: worlds orbiting other stars. And when you consider that all of those are within our galactic neighborhood, it’s pretty clear our galaxy alone is host to billions of planets.

The news of an exoplanet discovery is hardly earthshaking anymore, which is disappointing in a way. Think of it: we’re finding tiny bodies in a distant solar system, so far away that the star is nothing but a single point of light and the planet itself is usually invisible. That’s amazing! If we’re bored by new exoplanet discoveries, it’s because we’ve become used to wealth and happiness, but take a moment and get excited again. I’ll wait.

However, there’s one major goal of exoplanet astronomy we still haven’t achieved: the discovery of another Earth.

But we’re getting closer: on Thursday, a group of researchers announced the discovery of a planet just a little larger than Earth, orbiting in the “habitable zone” of its star.  Since liquid water is an essential ingredient for all life on Earth, the habitable zone is a range within a star system where the amount of light from the host star is enough to keep water liquid on a planet’s surface, but not so much that the water would boil away. The size of the zone depends on the temperature of the star: medium-sized yellow stars like the Sun have larger zones, while small red stars have much smaller ones.

Most exoplanets are found by spotting the tiny reduction in the light of its host star, when the planet passes directly in front. The technical term for this is “transiting”, but it’s the same principle as an eclipse of the Sun: the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth, blocking much of the Sun’s light. The difference is that a distant exoplanet only blocks some of its star’s light, and the reduction lets astronomers measure the size of the planet. The size of the planet in turn tells us whether it’s rocky in composition, like Earth, or gaseous like the giant planets (Jupiter, Neptune, etc.).

The planet was found via transit, and it is officially known as Kepler-186f. The name is because it was identified using the Kepler orbiting observatory, while the “f” means it is the fifth planet out from the star. (The star itself is labeled “a,” its first planet “b,” and so forth.) Kepler-186f is about 11 percent larger than Earth in diameter, which means it has nearly 25% more surface area. Kepler-186f is more like our bigger sister than our twin.

Small red stars vastly outnumber their larger cousins, and the new exoplanet is orbiting one of those. That already means Kepler-186f isn’t quite Earth-like: its orbit is smaller than Mercury’s in the Solar System. However, because the star is less than half the diameter of the Sun, it emits a lot less light, meaning the planet only gets around one-third of the light Earth gets. However, it’s enough warmth to place it in the star’s habitable zone.

So does Kepler-186f have liquid water? Could it harbor life?

If the exoplanet has a fairly Earth-like atmosphere to help keep the surface warm (but not too warm), and if it has surface water, then at least some of that water should be liquid.
Those are much trickier questions. Consider the most Earth-like planet in the Solar System (other than Earth itself). Venus orbits the Sun within the habitable zone, and is only slightly smaller than Earth. Yet Venus’ atmosphere is much thicker, composed mostly of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide, and 100% cloud cover all the time. Combined, those give the planet a year-round surface temperature hot enough to melt lead. Venus is most un-Earth-like, in terms of habitability.

Mars, on the other hand, is significantly smaller with a much thinner carbon dioxide atmosphere, but conditions in the past may have allowed it to have at least some surface water. That’s why we’ve paid a lot more attention to the red planet in the hunt for life, even though it’s much less Earth-like than Venus in many important ways. So far, Mars seems to be lifeless, though researchers haven’t given up hope yet. To make things even more complicated, the best hope for life in the Solar System may be the moons Europa and Enceladus, which harbor liquid oceans beneath their surfaces of ice. These orbit Jupiter and Saturn (respectively), so they lie far outside the habitable zone; their internal heat comes from gravitational energy rather than the Sun.

So, for us to know if Kepler-186f is habitable or not, we have to consider several “ifs”. If the exoplanet has a fairly Earth-like atmosphere to help keep the surface warm (but not too warm), and if it has surface water, then at least some of that water should be liquid. Unfortunately, it’s hard to measure the chemical composition of exoplanet atmospheres, so we don’t know what kind of air (if any) Kepler-186f has.

However, that’s not to say this isn’t an exciting discovery. Science works mostly in small steps, not huge leaps. With every new exoplanet discovery like Kepler-186f, we come closer to finding Earth’s twin—and maybe hints of life elsewhere in the cosmos.
On Thursday, researchers announced the discovery of Kepler-186f, an Earth-like exoplanet orbiting in a “habitable zone.” Could this bring us closer to discovering life in the cosmos?
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I bet someone will start drilling it for oil😃
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My daughters birthday present :-)
I don't personally like iPhone for myself, but she was free to choose.
I have to admit though I do love the colours :-D 
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Aren't you converted to an i phone after playing and setting up your Dad's birthday present? I thought they were the next best thing to sliced bread? No, yes it looks nice, but I wouldn't want one, too small. I like the Samsung with the bigger screen, I like to watch movies on my phone, I like the fact that I can actually use the keyboard, I like the fact that it has an SD slot so I can store my audiobooks, music and movies. The i phone is so limited, good for your Dad though, when he only sends the occasional text, check Ebay occasionally, fb hardly ever, and listen to music all the time. Just right for him, but not for me, too limited.
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Firstly I do not do hangouts.
Sometimes I respond if a question is asked and like to debate on previous topics, however I will always ignore random 'hi' or 'how are you' hangout requests.

Secondly I am happily married so if people want to follow me that's great :D more than great, the more the merrier. However follow me for the right reasons, which is that you like the same topics or that you find my comments interesting or click with my style of humour (it is a weird British sarcastic and sometimes satire humour lol).

Lastly 99% of the time I will check your profile after you've added me and attempt to categorise you into one of my circles (i'm still learning). However I have kids and am free with my phone so if I see any pornography in anyone's profile I won't add you back (don't take it personally).

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Right if are you still with me and not put off by my list of requirements great because I'm not a scary person honest :)
Time for a introduction.
My name is Katherine and i'm a 35 year old family woman with kids, a dog cat turtle and a fish (the other one died).
I'm very opinionated hence why I like to look at topics that interest me and debate. Usual topics that you'll find me in are about world politics good and bad. I don't know everything and much of what I say I am not qualified to say, much of the time I learn and change my own preconceptions and opinions learning from others more intelligent than myself. 
I won't sulk or attach my own ego to my view on topics and value anyone who can educate me if I'm wrong (however if I am confronted with stupidity don't expect me to hold back lol).

I'm also a fan of technology. I worked in computers for 10 years and anything like that fascinates me. I'm definitely a android girl and will usually try and give my advice on any problems people have.
Leading on from that I am a girl gamer and proud :D. I love old style jrpg's (love ff7) and games that immerse you into stories and find that in games the stories and script are more important than the graphics.
However I cannot stand playing online (being a girl in a teenage male oriented domain is not pleasant).

My love of story games could originate from my absolute bordering on obsessive LOVE of books!
I devour them and apart from a computer screen you'll never find me in front of a TV. If I am not being a mum, gaming or on here i'll be in a book. Fantasy book mainly and bigger and more complicated the better.
My ongoing favourite books thus far have been the the Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss, Game of Thrones (books not tv series) by George R. R. Martin.

The book series that is taking up most of the time I should be sleeping at the moment is the Malazan book of the fallen by 
Steven Erikson. It is the absolute holy grail of fiction writing that i've ever read and the sheer scale of the books is breath taking.
Word of warning though DO NOT attempt this TEN book series unless you have the patience and attention span to stick it out. Be aware that the first book (gardens of the moon) is dull and you end up feeling like you put more effort in than get any pleasure out of. You are being introduced to characters like a conveyor belt that don't ever get fleshed out and trying to understand this vast war the author plunges you into without back information is daunting.
After that first book the series kicks off and becomes truly fantastic :D. I'm halfway through book four now and would recommend this series to any book lover.

Right that's about it. I've been meaning to do a introduction to my profile for ages so had a lot to put in about myself. Hope you understand me a bit better now and that we all strive to make g+ a more interesting community.
Thanks for reading :)
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Bragging rights? :-D sorry yuppie coolness goes over my head. If I do had to describe me hmm. . . I won't watch a film till I've read the book. I won't read a book till I've read the reviews. And I won't take things seriously or let anyone get under my skin unless they matter to me :-)
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