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Extreme flash flooding hits Istanbul after heaviest rain since 1985, Turkey

Posted in 2015, Extreme Weather, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on July 19, 2017 by MARIE EMMANUELLE QUILICHINI


Turkey’s most populated city, Istanbul suffered extreme flash flooding on Tuesday, July 18, 2017, after rainstorm dumped 4 months worth of rain in just 12 hours. It was the most severe rainfall the city has seen in the past 32 years, but only the first of several waves of rainstorms expected. Meteorologists say the rains will last until Wednesday evening.

Light showers reached Istanbul late Monday, July 17, and turned into extremely heavy rains at 08:30 local time (05:30 UTC), Tuesday when huge black clouds covered the city, effectively ending the summer heat.

According to Doğan News Agency, the city was hit by most severe rainfall in the past 32 years, with 128 mm (5 inches) of rain before the first storm was over. This is more than four times the average for the month of July (32.5 mm / 1.3 inches), its driest month, and more than the region usually records during entire December, its wettest month.

According to a statement issued by Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, 65 mm (2.5 inches) of rain fell on the city center within 1 hour, accompanied by winds of up to 80 km/h (50 mph). In total, the city center and western districts saw 110 mm (4.3 inches) of rain before 14:00 local time when the second wave of heavy rain was expected.


Amazing Effects of Cold Water on Your Body

Posted in 2015 with tags , , , on December 29, 2015 by MARIE EMMANUELLE QUILICHINI


The miraculous effects of cold water on the body

Here’s what occurs in the body as you immerse it in cold water.

  • Immune system activation
  • Improved blood circulation
  • Natural antioxidants production
  • Fights depression
  • Reduces pain
  • Fights Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Fights obesity

First of all,  your immune response rises significantly. Your body produces more natural defensive cells and hence protects you in the long term from a wide range of common illnesses and flues. Many people defending the cold water as a natural immune system booster claim they rarely suffer any illnesses at all, let along catching the usual cold.

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New polymer made of sugar molecules purify water ‘in seconds’

Posted in 2015 with tags , , , on December 29, 2015 by MARIE EMMANUELLE QUILICHINI
A Japan Self-Defence Force officer fills water tanks to be delivered to earthquake and tsunami survivors in Ofunato, northeast Japan

A Japan Self-Defence Force officer fills small water tanks to be delivered to survivors at a village destroyed by an earthquake and tsunami a week ago in Ofunato, Iwate Prefecture, northeast Japan March 18, 2011. REUTERS/Lee Jae-Won

US scientists have developed a new polymer that has a unique capacity to remove pollutant substances from water “in seconds.” The discovery could revolutionize the water-purification industry, make the process cheaper, and involve minimum energy.

A team of researchers from Cornell University made the breakthrough. The full research has been published in Journal Nature this week.

“What we did is make the first high-surface-area material made of cyclodextrin [sugar molecules bound together in a ring],” said Will Dichtel, associate professor of chemistry, who led the research, “combining some of the advantages of the activated carbon with the inherent advantages of the cyclodextrin.”

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Research Reveals Plants Can Think, Choose & Remember

Posted in 2015 with tags , , on December 29, 2015 by MARIE EMMANUELLE QUILICHINI


Modern science is only beginning to catch up to the wisdom of the ancients: plants possess sentience and a rudimentary form of intelligence. 

Plants are far more intelligent and capable than we given them credit. In fact, provocative research from 2010 published in Plant Signaling & Behavior proposes that since they cannot escape environmental stresses in the manner of animals, they have developed a “sophisticated, highly responsive and dynamic physiology,” which includes information processes such as “biological quantum computing” and “cellular light memory” which could be described as forms of plant intelligence. Titled, “Secret life of plants: from memory to intelligence,” the study highlights one particular “super power” of plants indicative of their success as intelligent beings

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Sleepy monkey! Little Horace likes to take naps with his friends

Posted in 2015, animals with tags , , on December 19, 2015 by MARIE EMMANUELLE QUILICHINI


Sarah, founder of the Twala Wildlife Foundation, adopted and hand-raised Horace after passers-by found him clinging to the body of his mum who was killed when she was hit by a car. Poor Horace was just two-days-old. His favorite pass time is taking naps with cats and dogs!

New research shows that the very same physical mechanisms are at play when a Bird sings and a Human speak

Posted in 2015, animals with tags , , , on December 1, 2015 by MARIE EMMANUELLE QUILICHINI



 When birds and humans sing it sounds completely different, but now new research reported in the journalNature Communications shows that the very same physical mechanisms are at play when a bird sings and a human speaks.

Birds and humans look different, sound different and evolved completely different organs for voice production. But now new research published in Nature Communications reveals that humans and birds use the exact same physical mechanism to make their vocal cords move and thus produce sound.

“Science has known for over 60 years that this mechanism – called the myoelastic-aerodynamic theory, or in short the MEAD mechanism- drives speech and singing in humans. We have now shown that birds use the exact same mechanism to make vocalizations. MEAD might even turn out to be a widespread mechanism in all land-dwelling vertebrates”, says lead author of the paper, Associate Professor Dr. Coen Elemans, Department of Biology, University of Southern Denmark. Co-authors of the paper are from Emory University, Max Planck Institute for Ornithology and Palacky University.

Over the last year Dr. Elemans and his colleagues studied six different species of bird from five avian groups. The smallest species, the zebra finch, weighs just 15 grams, and the largest one, the ostrich, weighs in at 200 kg. All studied birds were revealed to use the MEAD mechanism, just as humans do.

In the human voice box, or larynx, air from the lungs is pushed past the vocal cords, which then start moving back and forth sideways like a flag fluttering in the wind. With each oscillation the larynx closes and opens, making the airflow stop and start, which creates sound pulses. “Such vocal fold oscillations occur from about 100 times/sec in normal speech to one of the highest possible notes sung in opera at about 1400 times/sec, a F6 in Mozart’s “Die Zauberflöte”, adds voice expert and co-author Dr. Jan Švec of Palacky University in the Czech Republic.
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Are Pessimists Actually Happier Than Optimists?

Posted in 2015, spirituality with tags , , on November 9, 2015 by MARIE EMMANUELLE QUILICHINI


By Heather Callaghan

There’s an old Prairie Home Companion bit that involves Garrison Keiler and others singing a parody to the tune of Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy.” The darkly humorous last line goes, “when nothing’s all that you expect – then nothing’s not that bad…you know.”

But having low expectations is only part of what makes embracing your pessimism a good thing. If you’re a pessimistic leopard who has struggled to change its spots – take comfort in the testimony of Anita Moorjani (look her up on YouTube too). She had a near-death-experience and came back with the most expansive wisdom that flies in the face of the modern pressure to always be happy. She wrote Dying to Be Me and encouraged listeners on her speaking tour to embrace themselves whether an optimist or a pessimist; positive or negative. She believed that fear, the lack of self-acceptance and self-love led to her getting cancer and initially dying.

If near-death experiences are too anecdotal and not your thing – then take comfort in the knowledge of science. In 2013, researchers were surprised to discover that pessimists outlived their optimist counterparts and lead healthier, longer lives. While it isn’t healthy to worry your life away as an illusory form of control, “pessimism about the future may encourage people to live more carefully, taking health and safety precautions,” the researchers concluded.  But the filmmakers called School of Life find that pessimism taps into a deeper, happier wisdom than that.

Pessimism is generally equated with a grumpy and immature kind of mood. It is even often considered by calculating experts to be a mark of low emotional IQ. But it is in fact at the origin of wisdom – and can even leave us feeling surprisingly cheerful.

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Dogs and cats can Love: Neurochemical research has shown that the hormone released when people are in love is released in animals

Posted in 2015, animals with tags , on October 31, 2015 by MARIE EMMANUELLE QUILICHINI


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PS: I am a dog person:) but like cats

Neurochemical research has shown that the hormone released when people are in love is released in animals in the same intimate circumstances.

I’m not a dog person. I prefer cats. Cats make you work to have a relationship with them, and I like that. But I have adopted several dogs, caving in to pressure from my kids. The first was Teddy, a rottweiler-chow mix whose bushy hair was cut into a lion mane. Kids loved him, and he grew on me, too. Teddy was probably ten years when we adopted him. Five years later he had multiple organs failing and it was time to put him to sleep.

When I arrived at the vet, he said I could drop him off. I was aghast. No. I needed to stay with Teddy.As the vet prepped the syringe to put him to sleep, I started sobbing. The vet gave me a couple minutes to collect myself and say goodbye. I held Teddy’s paw until he died. Honestly, I didn’t think I was that attached.

This experience led me to undertake experiments on animal-human relations to try to understand how animals make us care so much about them. Biologically, I wanted to know if pets cause the people to release oxytocin, known as the neurochemical of love, and traditionally associated with the nurturing of one’s offspring.

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gigantic hole in the Sun’s atmosphere has opened up and a broad stream of solar wind is flowing out of i

Posted in 2015, astronomy, Galaxy with tags , , , , , , , on October 15, 2015 by MARIE EMMANUELLE QUILICHINI


NOAA forecasters estimate a 65% of polar geomagnetic storms today as Earth moves deeper into the solar wind stream

A gigantic hole in the sun’s atmosphere has opened up and a broad stream of solar wind is flowing out of it. This is called a “coronal hole.” It is the deep blue-colored region in this extreme UV image from NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory

Coronal holes are places in the sun’s atmosphere where the magnetic field unfurls and allows solar wind to escape. In the image above, the sun’s magnetic field is traced by white curving lines. Outside the coronal hole, those magnetic fields curve back on themselves, trapping solar wind inside their loops. Inside the coronal hole, no such trapping occurs. Solar wind plasma is free to fly away as indicated by the white arrows.

For much of the next week, Earth’s environment in space will be dominated by winds flowing from this broad hole. This should activate some beautiful Arctic auroras. NOAA forecasters estimate a 65% of polar geomagnetic storms today as Earth moves deeper into the solar wind stream. Aurora alerts: text or voice


A sleeping lizard curled up asleep among the pedals of a bright red rose

Posted in 2015, animals with tags , , , on October 7, 2015 by MARIE EMMANUELLE QUILICHINI

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The sleepy little creature was discovered snuggled down inside the flower catching up on some shut-eye after a young girl picked it to give to her mother.

It’s not the most conventional bed, but he looked remarkably relaxed as he burrowed down.

The unusual bedding arrangement was noticed when Megan Hixson went to give the flower a sniff. Stunned to discover the lizard curled up asleep inside, she quickly pulled out her phone to take photographs.

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