Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Amazing Way To Preserve Refrigerated Fruits And Vegetables

I would to share some useful tips i received from my email. It's an an amazing way to preserve refrigerated fruits and vegetables. Just give it a try.

An Indonesian maid shared with me a week ago a way to preserve fruits and vegetables which she learned from a family when she baby-sat for them in KL. That family was using ‘aluminum coated plastic bags’ to keep their fruits and vegetables fresh for weeks!! It’s so amazing.
I thought it was a good idea to save some unwanted resources which most people would throw away without any second thought and here I am sharing with u the usefulness of this unwanted resource.

Here is the type of aluminum coated plastic bag from Quaker. You can use any other type as well as long as it has the same type of material.

You can put plenty of fruits and/or vegetables in it..

Look… After 1 week.. the vegetables are still fresh! Amazing, isn’t it?? No dehydration at all

Look at the ocras. They are still very, very fresh without any dehydration at all.

But don’t fold or seal the opening of the bag. Just leave the bag open and it will do the magic work for you already.. try it out..

You would sure like it very much too..
Instead of throwing these useful things away, re-use it again and you will be inherently joining the group of saving the mother-earth campaign too..

Monday, December 29, 2008

CHIKUNGUNYA -What you need to know

Till today around 4000 cases of suspected Chikungunya cases has been reported in Malaysia . This disease was first detected to have spread from Africa to Malaysia in 1997. The disease was first detected in Johor and later spread to Negeri Sembilan, Melaka,Perak, Selangor and latest to Kedah .

So far the disease is under control and no deaths has been reported yet , however it has created enough amount of panic in the country. Most of my patients who walk into my clinic with fever wants to confirm that they do not have Chikungunya . I have seen only one case in my clinic recently . He contracted the disease when he was in Perak and was hospitalised for a week . He was the first case detected in Perak . I am sure many already know what is Chikungunya. For those who are not sure please continue reading .

1. What is Chikungunya?
Chikungunya is an acute febrile infectious condition transmitted to humans by the bite of specific mosquitoes.
This disease was first detected in 1953 in Tanzania . Since then it has emerged as one of the main causes of disease outbreaks among human populations in African and Asian countries and of late
affecting several locations in Europe . It is currently endemic in most countries in the Sub Saharan region in Africa, India , South East Asia, Indonesia and the Philippines .This is not an unknown mysterious disease.

2. What is the causing agent?
Chikungunya is a febrile illness caused by a virus from the genus Alphavirus in the Togaviridae family.

3. Is the disease infectious ?
Yes. The Chikungunya virus spreads through the bite of an Aedes albopictus or Aedes aegypti mosquito infected with the virus. The Aedes mosquito also transmits the dengue virus.

4. What is the incubation period for Chikungunya ?
The incubation period for Chikungunya can range from 3 to 12 days but usually it is about 3 to 7 days.

5. What are its signs and symptoms?
The usual symptoms include:
• Sudden high fever
• Severe joint pains
• Redness with rashes occurring on the body
• Headache

The fever can occur for a period ranging from 1 to 7 days (usually about 5 days).

Chikungunya is commonly mistaken for Dengue Fever due their similar clinical symptoms.

6. Can it cause death?
In Malaysia , Chikungunya has never been reported as causing haemorrhage (bleeding) or death. However, some patients experience prolonged symptoms. Aged patients could suffer from recurrent joint aches ranging from several months to a year.

7. What is the treatment for this disease?
As in other viral infections there is no specific treatment for Chikungunya infection. Usually, it is treated symptomatically (treatment for specific symptoms as experienced by the patient). Most patients need only outpatient treatment. There is no vaccine available to prevent this disease.

8. What you need to do if you are infected
If you experience signs and symptoms of Chikungunya infection, please seek immediate medical advice from the nearest clinic or hospital.

9. Prevention
• Keep your house and surrounding clean, free
from Aedes mosquito breeding. This can be done through community-
based activities, gotong-royong. There is evidence of no new case
reported in areas where gotong-royong is carried out.
• Check your house and surrounding at least once
a week to ensure no Aedes breeding.
• Seek immediate medical attention from the
nearest clinic or hospital if you experience signs and symptoms of

10. Can my area be affected?
Possible, due to the wide spread presents of this disease vectors (mosquitoes) , namely Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus in this country.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

In Debt We Trust America Before the Bubble Bursts


Just a few decades ago, owing more money than you had in your bank account was the exception, not the rule. Yet, in the last 10 years, consumer debt has doubled and, for the first time, Americans are spending more than they're saving -- or making. This April, award-winning former ABC News and CNN producer Danny Schechter investigates America's mounting debt crisis in his latest hard-hitting expose, IN DEBT WE TRUST.

While many Americans are "maxing out" on credit cards, there is a much deeper story: power is shifting into fewer hands... with frightening consequences. IN DEBT WE TRUST reveals a hitherto unknown cabal of credit card companies, lobbyists, media conglomerates and the Bush administration itself, which has colluded to deregulate the lending industry, ensuring that a culture of credit dependency can flourish. In the film, Schechter exposes the mechanisms and machinations behind the hidden financial and political complex that allows even the lowest wage earners to indebt themselves so heavily that house repossessions have become commonplace. One expert in the film goes so far as to dub this "21st-century serfdom."

Inspired by scholar Robert Manning - one of the films' key advisers' - and his seminal book "Credit Card Nation", IN DEBT WE TRUST showcases his insights about the impact of debt on young people and our society. It also suggests the kinds of practical efforts needed to empower the public with information to avoid the traps of debt dependency.

The whole world depends on the economic stability of the United States. Yet, as its national and consumer debt escalates, our interconnected global economy is at incredible risk. IN DEBT WE TRUST, as timely and relevant as a film can be, delivers an urgent warning that can't be ignored.


BBC Hiroshima


It was the defining moment of the 20th Century - the scientific, technological, military, and political gamble of the world's first atomic attack. This drama-documentary attempts to do what no other film has done before - to show what it is like to live through a nuclear explosion, millisecond by millisecond.

Set in the three weeks from the first test explosion in New Mexico to the eventual dropping of the bomb, the action takes viewers into the room where the crucial political decisions are made; on board the Enola Gay on her fateful voyage; inside the bomb as it explodes; and on the streets of Hiroshima when disaster strikes. Parallel storylines interweave, unfolding the action from both US and Japanese perspectives, and revealing the tensions and conflicts in the actions and minds of people who were making history. Special effects recreate the reality of the mission - even going inside the workings of the bomb - and archive film replays the horrific aftermath.











Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Christmas UnWrapped

Christmas UnWrapped- The History of Christmas [1/5]

Christmas UnWrapped- The History of Christmas [2/5]

Christmas UnWrapped- The History of Christmas [3/5]

Christmas UnWrapped- The History of Christmas [4/5]

Christmas UnWrapped- The History of Christmas [5/5]

The Physics of Christmas: From the Aerodynamics of Reindeer to the Thermodynamics of Turkey

A book about Christmas in light of science covering many other disciplines, including history, anthropology, sociology, psychology, chemistry (the author is a chemist), biology, and physiology. These broad range of topics keeps the reader's interest and a reader with a minimal background in science can appreciate the book.


Roger Highfield loves science, and he loves Christmas, too. Combining the two in The Physics of Christmas is his attempt to refute the notion that "the materialist insights of science destroy our capacity to wonder, leaving the world a more boring and predictable place." To that end, Highfield presents an amusing, eclectic, and trivia-filled collection of scientific observations about one of the Western world's most beloved holidays.

Contrary to the title, Highfield doesn't limit himself to physics. His anthropological observations include tracing the origins of Santa Claus--an especially amusing and enlightening chapter entitled "Santa: The Hallucinogenic Connection" examines the possibilities of the psychoactive mushroom Amanita muscaria's red-and-white cap being the inspiration for Santa's robes. In a tip of the stocking cap to biology, Highfield hints at a parasitic infestation that may be responsible for poor Rudolph's red nose and examines the advantages of cloned Christmas trees. Psychologically speaking, we find an analysis of the emotional weight of gift giving and card exchanging (sever all relationships with those who send musical cards, research suggests), and how a holiday can be both religious and commercial. Even post-holiday depression is deconstructed, along with Santa's unhealthy obesity and apparent immortality, the effec
ts of alcohol on sleep patterns, the astronomical origins of the Bethlehem star, and the ins and outs of snow.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Don't drive near container

Top 10 Most Read Articles by Medical Students in 2008

Top 10 Most Read Articles by Medical Students in 2008:

1.Surveying the Sex Lives of Medical Students
A small study offers a glimpse of how medical school affects students' sexual function. A larger survey may reveal a great deal more.
2.How Should I Get Recommendation Letters for Residency?
Asking faculty to write letters of recommendation for you can be a daunting -- but doable -- task.
3.Making Students Cry (Or: How Hammering Home the Point Can Smash the Process to Pieces)
A teacher can be so intent on correcting error, so focused on the point in hand, that they forget the person.
4.A Puzzling Facial Rash on a 17-Year-Old Boy CME/CE
A 17-year-old boy presents to the pediatric infectious disease clinic with a 10-day history of a facial rash. No improvement was noted with 2 separate courses of antibiotic therapy. What is the most likely diagnosis?
5.What Should I Bring on Overnight Call?
This "Top 10" list could make your overnight shifts just a little more comfortable and productive.
6.Woman With an Acute Onset of Nausea and Vomiting CME
A 46-year-old woman presents to the emergency department with constant right upper quadrant pain that radiates to her back and side. Imaging shows dilated segments of bowel with a characteristic appearance. What is the diagnosis?
7.Acute Onset of Abdominal Pain in a 76-Year-Old Man CME
A 76-year-old man presents to the emergency department with sudden-onset abdominal pain that began 4 hours ago. Hyperactive bowel sounds are heard on auscultation. What is the diagnosis?
8.Can I Change Residency Programs After I Start?
These guidelines can help you optimize a residency switch.
9.Fleshy Lesions on a 32-Year-Old Woman CME
A 32-year-old woman presents to the emergency department with several flesh-colored papules and patches with well-defined borders on her face, trunk, and upper extremities. What is the diagnosis?
10.What If I Match a Residency Program I Don't Want?
It's a graduating student's worst fear -- matching at a program that wasn't near the top of their list.

America's Secret Weapons

Image courtesy Paul Boorstin / Terra Nova

Image courtesy Paul Boorstin / Terra Nova

This National Geographic documentary focuses on DARPA projects, including hypsersonic aircraft, exoskeletons, a novel swim flipper called Power Swim, and a rocket powered grenade stopper called Iron Curtain, among others.


National Geographic

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Facebook Virus

Just to share something i read in my email. Just be cautions with your Facebook.

Koobface, aka The Facebook virus is back with new reports on widespread infections.

The Facebook virus was first reported in August, and emails Facebook users from friend accounts telling them that they look great in a movie and they should view the movie, or in one incarnation suggest that there’s embarrassing video footage online about the user. When users click through, they hit a YouTube style video site and are prompted to download a file to play the videos. Not surprisingly, at this point the words “it’s a trap” are appropriate because the download is a trojan.

Advice from computer experts: don’t go downloading video software from strange sites based on an email in Facebook. My advice: don’t use your Facebook email account, just to be safe ;-)

Alternative mozzy repellent ...

Mosquito Spray...Worth a try

I was at a deck party awhile back, and the bugs were having a ball biting everyone. A man at the party sprayed the lawn and deck floor with Listerine, and the little demons disappeared. The next year I filled a 4-ounce spray bottle and used it around my seat whenever I saw mosquitoes. And voila! That worked as well. It worked at a picnic where we sprayed the area around the food table, the children's swing area, and the standing water nearby. During the summer, I don't leave home without it.....Pass it on.

Now these are Good Mosquitos!!!

View from The Top of the Burj !!

Now see this stuff.......................
This is taken from world's tallest building "Burj Dubai" @ 2,620 ft / 801m!!!
What do you think guys.....................

Really amazing
Look at the edge (uppermost right corner) of the picture, you can almost see the turn of the earth

The persons who are working on the upper most Girders can see the "ROTATION OF EARTH"
So terrifying.....

Monday, December 8, 2008

Melamine Threat

Another message about melamine....don't know how true this is but it's good to know
The whole world needs to know of "Made In China" 'black-hearted' goods. Do you know how to tell which products are made in
the USA , or in the Philippines , in Taiwan, or in China ?

Here's How:

The first 3 digits of the barcode identify the country code wherein the product was made.

For Example: ALL barcodes that start with 690, 691, 692, etc. up to and including 695 are all MADE IN CHINA.
Barcodes starting with 471 are on products Made in Taiwan.

Taiwanese barcode

You have a right to know. But government and related departments never inform or educate the public. Therefore we must educate ourselves and be vigilant.

Today, Chinese businessmen know that consumers will not select products 'Made in China'. So, they make every effort not to show or state the country of origin on their products. However, you can now refer to the barcode.

DO remember if the first 3 digits are one of those between 690 and 695 inclusive then it is a product Made in China .

00 ~ 13 USA & CANADA
30 ~ 37 FRANCE
40 ~ 44 GERMANY
49 ~ JAPAN
50 ~ UK
57 ~ Denmark
64 ~ Finland
76 ~ Switzerland and Liechtenstein
628 ~ Saudi-Arabia
629 ~ United Arab Emirates
740 ~ 745 - Central America

All 480 Codes are Made in the Philippines.

Please inform your family and friends. Be aware! And help others to be aware!

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Future Fuels: Biodiesel (grass)

Future Fuels: Biodiesel (grease)

Future Fuels: Lithium Ion Batteries

Friday, December 5, 2008

Most Fascinating Person of the Year

Do you know about this so called list Most Fascinating Person of the Year by Barbara Walters?
Who is Barbara Jill Walters?She is an veteran American journalist, writer, and media personality who has been a regular fixture on morning television shows Today and The View and other television shows. For this year list she has named this person below:

  1. actor Will Smith,
  2. actress and singer Miley Cyrus,
  3. Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps,
  4. Alaska Governor Sarah Palin,
  5. actor Tom Cruise,
  6. "The Pregnant Man" Thomas Beatie,
  7. actress Tina Fey,
  8. actor Frank Langella,
  9. conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh and
  10. Barack Obama.
I do find it there is some not so fascinating person in the list. i wonder what is the criteria actually? Could you have figure it out who is the Most Fascinating Person 2008? It is the president Barack Obama.

In 2005, she named Camilla Parker Bowles. In 2006, she named Nancy Pelosi and in 2007, Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling.

Fresh Sugar Cane

This email was sent by a colleague whose father is working with the Ministry of the Environment in S'pore.

A friend whose father works for the government health inspection passed on this info. Their job is to inspect all hawkers, their cooked food, their store hygiene, etc. They found sugar cane juice has the highest content of bacteria among all food. In fact, it has exceeded the set limit. Hence, these guys had to find out why. They went round all sugar cane stores and watched the way the hawkers handled their sugar cane, wash their glasses, their entire procedure. But they couldn't find the problem.

One day, they stayed till closing time and discovered some shocking facts! Whenever, the hawkers closed their stores, they would wash the floor with detergent. As we know, the remaining sugar canes will be placed at the back of the store, vertically standing and as sugar canes are very porous, they tend to absorb whatever liquid around them. Besides the soapy water, the dirt on hawkers' boots, cats' urine, etc, will all be absorbed!!

A friend, who loved sugar cane juice, was pregnant. She was always drinking sugar cane juice. Anyway, one day she miscarried and the fetus was already like 6 or 7 months old, I think.
When the doctors did an autopsy to find out why all of a sudden the fetus had died inside her, they found traces of some chemical substance, which was found in cat urine. Large traces of it. While itwould not be able to harm adults, it was extremely toxic to babies, what more a fetus?
So they tried to determine how this cat urine thing could have ended up in
the fetus. This meant that it had to be digested by the mother, right?

And the only logical conclusion they could come up with was that since these sugar cane juice stall holders just leave the canes lying around on the wet and dirty floor, it would not be impossible to think that stray cats could have peed on those sugar canes or near those sugar canes. So think carefully the next time you order that favourite sugar cane juice!

trivia matters © 2008. Template by Dicas Blogger.