Journey in Life: 11/21/14

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Friday, November 21, 2014

Somehow you will

Walking a thin line. Photo courtesy The World According To M.

If you believe it will work out, you'll see opportunities. If you believe it won't, you will see obstacles. 
~ Wayne Dyer

Previous post: Life is a Gift

Vì sao xung đột vũ trang tại Colombia lâu như vậy?

COLOMBIANS like to say that the FARC marks time in decades and not years. And with recent peace talks frozen for now, the conflict continues without an end in sight...

Chim bắt chước tiếng cưa máy, báo động ôtô, và cửa sập máy ảnh

David Attenborough travels to south Australia to listen to the incredible sounds of the Lyrebird. The birds are most notable for their superb ability to mimic natural and artificial sounds from their environment. Listen as this lyrebird not only mimics the sounds of surrounding birds but chainsaws, car alarms and camera shutters.

The clip is from the BBC series Life of Birds. Although it may appear the bird was spotted in the wild and was imitating sounds from the surrounding area, Hollis Taylor for The Conversation explains:

"He fails to mention that two of his three lyrebirds were captives, one from Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary and the other from Adelaide Zoo. This latter individual, Chook, was famed for his hammers, drills, and saws, sounds he reputedly acquired when the Zoo's panda enclosure was built. Hand-raised from a chick, he was also known to do a car alarm, as well as a human voice intoning 'hello, Chook!' He died in 2011, aged 32."

The fact remains that the actual mimicry in this video is authentic and an amazing skill to witness. The Sifter salutes the talented lyrebird.

Người dùng - nhà quảng cáo và thị trường nhiều bên

Vì sao chúng ta cảm thấy có ma?

Have you ever felt a presence in the room that you just couldn't explain?
You're not alone.
It happens to endurance (nhẫn nại) athletes,
polar (cực Trái Đất) explorers (nhà thám hiểm)...
even the sleep-deprived (thiếu ngủ).
But what causes it?
Scientists think that it arises in the brain rather than the spirit realm – it is common especially among patients with neurological (thần kinh học) conditions such as schizophrenia (tâm thần phân liệt).
But where in the brain?
Researchers from the Federal Polytechnic School of Lausanne, in Switzerland, may have an answer.
They examined patients who reported frequently feeling a presence.
Brain scans showed that they had unusual activity at points that link different lobes of the brain.
The team guessed that perhaps a ghostly presence comes about from a glitch (trục trặc) in the brain's ability to integrate signals from those different lobes.
To test the theory, they built a two-part robotic arm.
One part was moved by a healthy volunteer.
The second part traced that same movement on the volunteer's back.
The setup activates the parts of the brain dedicated to movement, the sense of touch, and the volunteers' perceptions (nhận thức) of where they are in space.
By introducing a short delay between the volunteers' movement and its replication, the team was able to induce (gây ra) the feeling of a spooky (có ma) presence in them - one even reported feeling the presence of four ghosts.
That begins to reveal a mechanism for the ineffable (không tả được) feeling of a presence.
Why it should happen to people in extreme conditions remains a mystery.
But it is a starting point that could help explain, and maybe even to treat, those who are troubled more frequently by the phantoms (bóng ma).

Liệu châu Á có thật sự chi phối kinh tế thế giới?

Asia is regaining the economic dominance it enjoyed a millennium ago - but it still has some way to go...

Bức tranh quyền lực ở Thái Bình Dương

A seaborne traffic jam forms outside the bustling (nhộn nhịp, náo nhiệt) ports of Singapore. These ships mostly come from around the Pacific. In the last few decades the Pacific has become the engine room of global trade, far eclipsing (làm lu mờ) the Atlantic (Đại tây dương). East Asia has turned into a giant factory, sending cheap goods to the United States. Asia will soon become the biggest trading partner of Latin America, and is about to get its first shipments of natural gas from North America.

It is not the first time in history that the global economy has revolved around the Pacific.

Travel 150 miles up the road from Singapore to Malacca in next-door Malaysia and you can see how pivotal the ocean used to be.

For centuries Malacca’s strategic (chiến lược) location at the narrowest point of the Malacca Straits made it a barometer (phong vũ biểu) of Pacific power.

Shortly after the city was founded in 1400, Zheng He (Trịnh Hòa), a Chinese admiral (đô đốc), built a warehose for China’s giant fleet of treasure ships on their way to trade silk and spices as far away as East Africa.

But in 1433 China abruptly stopped trading missions to the outside world and a far uglier form of trade emerged: The European version.

In 1511 the Portuguese seized Malacca and turned it into a base to create a spice monopoly in the western Pacific, forcing the Spaniards to find new trading routes via Cape Horn (Mũi Hảo Vọng) on the other side of the Pacific. This prompted the birth of the spectacular Spanish galleon (thuyền buồm lớn) trade between Asia and the Americas.

The Dutch and the British also created trading empires in the Pacific, using Malacca as a staging post. You can see the legacy (di sản) in the ruins of St Paul’s Church on a hill overlooking the Strait of Malacca. After the Dutch drove out the Portuguese in 1641, they turned it from Catholic to Protestant. The British claimed Malacca from the Dutch in 1819, turning the church into an ammunition (đạn dược) dump (kho đạn tạm thời).

Little is left of Malacca’s turbulent (náo động) past save some well-preserved ruins. Today it is much more peaceful. But peer through the Northeast-monsoon haze (sương mù) and you can still see cargo ships looming (lờ mờ đằng xa) on the straits of Malacca.

Bosozoku nghĩa là gì?

Bosozoku là dạng tiểu văn hóa ở Nhật, nơi các thành viên coi luật giao thông là con số không. Nữ giới cũng xăm mình và có đồng phục riêng. Gắn liền với từ Bosozoku là những thứ đầy tính bạo lực, phá phách. Có người nói, một khi đã tham gia Bosozoku, có nghĩa quay lưng lại xã hội và từ bỏ mọi thứ của một "cuộc sống bình thường". Đó là những băng đảng chạy xe môtô độ, thành viên thường rất cá tính, thích tiếng động ầm ĩ và tốc độ...

As the sun goes down, Tokyo transforms to a wild and exotic playground for those who like to pour on the speed. As a method of expression, the custom vehicle scene thrives in Japan. You'll meet some truly unique characters and get to ride along in some of the most exotic vehicles you've ever seen. Lamborghinis, Hayabusas, RWB Porsches, and some Kaido Racers make up a feast for the eyes on the streets of Tokyo at night.

Vì sao các dòng sông chảy quanh co?

Have you ever wondered why rivers curve instead of flow in a straight line? Learn why in this informative 2.5 minute video.

Pha cứu thua đẳng cấp của thủ thành Stirling

Lịch sử bóng đá thế giới chưa gặp ca nào nhọ cho thủ môn thế này... Cười lộn hết ruột :)))

Bạn bè cũng trở thành món hàng ở Nhật Bản

giả làm bạn cô dâu, chú rể trong đám cưới giả :), giá mỗi người 4,3 triệu đồng, phát biểu tại hôn lễ sẽ mất thêm 2,2 triệu, còn hát là 1,1 triệu, có những người thất nghiệp còn thuê đồng nghiệp giả, sếp giả... có người thuê, vì đây là đám cưới lần 2 nên không muốn những bạn bè cũ đến...


Friends have become a commodity in Japan. 
Photo: Channel 4.
Office Agents, a Tokyo-based company, rents out friends, work colleagues and even relatives to pad out the guest list. For £127, one of the company's agents will attend the wedding as a guest, while a heart-tugging speech will cost an extra £64 and a song or dance will set clients back a mere £32.

With unemployment rising and a growing number of Japanese in part time jobs, people rent fake bosses or colleagues.

Kiểm tra sớm để tránh ung thư tinh hoàn

Get checked for your health, men!

Nhảy xuống vực sâu

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