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Melting Glaciers Transform Alpine Landscape

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Climate change is dramatically altering the Swiss Alps, where hundreds of bodies of water are being created by melting glaciers. Though the lakes can attract tourists and even generate electricity, local residents also fear catastrophic tidal waves.

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Magnus Gustafsson's curator insight, May 8, 2013 4:45 AM

What can we do learn of this? Will send this to my students.

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Inland water - management
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Libya Faces ISIS Crisis: Italy Wants NATO Intervention

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LONDON — Italy warned that ISIS is at Europe's doorstep as France and Egypt called for the United Nations Security Council to meet over the spiraling crisis ...

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Is it all over for Greece in the EU?

Robert Peston crunches the numbers as finance ministers meet for vital loan talks.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, February 22, 9:58 PM

This audio clip shows how the Greek economic crisis is an issue on the national, regional, and global scales.  This BBC video and article also provide some nice context, asking the question, what would happen in Greece quits the Euro? 


Tags: Greece, Europe, supranationalism, currency, economic, podcast

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Greece: The End of Austerity screening | artFix

Greece: The End of Austerity screening | artFix | ApocalypseSurvival | Scoop.it
The battle between Greece’s radical left government Syiza and the global financial system is captivating the world. The drama could end quickly - if Greek banks collapse; it could end in a massive U-turn by Europe, or social chaos. Come and discuss the situation over food and drink with the makers of the short documentary Greece: The End of Austerity, which follows Syriza's activists, candidates and leadership from the waterfront, to remote mountain villages, to the nail biting final days.

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Is Your Child a Terrorist? U.S. Government Questionnaire Rates Families at Risk for Extremism - The Intercept

Is Your Child a Terrorist? U.S. Government Questionnaire Rates Families at Risk for Extremism - The Intercept | ApocalypseSurvival | Scoop.it
Social workers, educators to rate “expressions of hopelessness."

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How to increase your survival chances in a plane crash

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Rescues from the deadly crash of TransAsia Flight 235 are inspiring. But they also raise the question: Why do some passengers survive and others don't?

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They may be medieval barbarians but ISIS are playing a very sophisticated game (and they're winning)

They may be medieval barbarians but ISIS are playing a very sophisticated game (and they're winning) | ApocalypseSurvival | Scoop.it
The terrifying truth is that ISIS appears to be winning this war against an indecisive and inadequate coalition. So what can that 70-nation coalition do to combat it, asks MICHAEL BURLEIGH.

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A bus ride through Japan's nuclear wilderness

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Nearly four years on from the tsunami that crippled Japan's Fukushima nuclear reactor, a bus route through the contaminated area is finally open again. Julian Ryall took a ride.

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Then-and-Now Photos Capture How Illinois Tornado Victims are Rebuilding Their Lives

Then-and-Now Photos Capture How Illinois Tornado Victims are Rebuilding Their Lives | ApocalypseSurvival | Scoop.it
Back in November 2013, an EF4 tornado tore through Illinois, killing several people and destroying hundreds of homes. Photojournalists at the Journal Star

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The Walking Dead Season 5 Midseason Premiere: First Look Photos - Comicbook.com

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AMC has just released two first look photos for the Season 5 Midseason Premiere of The Walking [...]

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Simulation of the Oso Landslide

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"The large landslide that occurred in March near Oso, Washington was unusually mobile and destructive."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, January 13, 1:53 PM

There are several reasons for landslides--some are purely a result of physical geography and others are related to land use patterns.  The landslide in Washington state last year was a combination of the two (see on map) and it is a good teaching moment to discuss the environmental impacts of land use patterns and resource extraction projects.  As seen in this interactive, the river was cutting at the base of the hill, while loggers were clear-cutting at the top of the mountain.  Trees help prevent erosion as the roots hold the soil in place--a critical piece to the puzzle in a very rainy climate.  With $1 million worth of timber on the slope, logging companies persisted despite objections from the Department of Natural Resources and some restrictions (but in hindsight, those restrictions clearly were not enough).  Watch a simulation of the landslide here.  

View the impact in ArcGIS online: Before and After Swipe, LiDAR I and II, and Imagery.


Questions to Consider: Other than economic worth, what other ways are there to value and evaluate the environment?  How could this landscape have been protected and managed better or was this landslide inevitable?   


Tagspolitical ecology, resources, environment, environment modify, industry, physical, geomorphology, erosion, landforms.

Kristin Mandsager San Bento's curator insight, January 27, 4:50 PM

This seems like a useful tool to a degree.  But if we could actually simulate every destructive event then we would be miracle workers.  This was a sad event.  We have left such an imprint on the earth that it's starting to fight back.  We need to be more aware and careful with the one planet we have.  Climate changes are in the news more and more.  We can't ignore climate changes anymore.  

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SHTF Top 5 Signs of Economic Collapse - Pay close Attention to these 5

SHTF, Economic Collapse is dependent on these specific 5 signs. They are clearly NOT the only five signs for economic collapse or SHTF, but as I connect the ...

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Get a better understanding of the Ebola virus

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As a virus, Ebola is remarkably average. Appearance-wise, it forms an unusually long and flexible filament—although other viruses are filamentous, Dr. Vincent Racaniello, a researcher at Columbia University's Medical School and host of the This Week in Virology podcast, was hard pressed to think of any that are quite as bendy as Ebola. On the genetic level, however, things look fairly mundane. Its genome consists of a single linear strand of RNA that's about 19,000 bases long. It contains only seven genes, most of which encode proteins that give the virus its structure. For comparison, a typical herpes virus is over 10 times larger and carries over 35 genes. "It's a pretty basic complement of proteins—all RNA viruses need the same ones," Racaniello said.

 

One gene, called NP, encodes a protein that coats the RNA and keeps it packaged inside the virus particle. Two other proteins, VP24 and VP40, coat the inside of the membrane that forms the outer layer of the virus—membrane that was originally produced by an infected cell.

 

Beyond those proteins, things get more interesting. The only genetic material that can be duplicated by the enzymes carried by cells is DNA. But, as we noted, Ebola's genome is encoded by RNA. Viruses handle this discrepancy in two ways. Some of them, like HIV, encode an enzyme that copies RNA into DNA, and additional copies of the virus are then made from this DNA. Ebola virus takes the alternative route: its genome encodes a protein that can copy RNA into RNA.

 

This gene (creatively called the polymerase, or L) is the largest one carried by the virus. The viral polymerase performs a double role in that it also copies the viral genome into messenger RNAs that are then translated into proteins by the infected cells. So, without a working polymerase, you can't make any proteins inside an infected cell. For this reason, every copy of the virus has a working polymerase protein packed inside.

 

There's a second protein that's involved in making messenger RNAs and copies of the virus—it tells the polymerase where to start copying. It's called VP35, and it's also packed inside the virus when it's sent off to infect new cells. This protein functions to help the virus evade an immune response. The body's immune system consists of two parts that work cooperatively. The one we mostly learn about, acquired immunity, involves antibodies and other specialized receptors that recognize specific infectious agents. Acquired immunity is the whole reason vaccines work. But this takes a while to get up to speed when a pathogen has never been encountered before.

 

This all may sound rather exotic, but it's actually quite common. The group of negative-strand RNA viruses, including Ebola, is quite large. Among human pathogens alone, it includes influenza, measles, mumps, rabies, and hantaviruses. So while this aspect of Ebola is interesting, it's anything but exotic, and it certainly doesn't explain the disease's behavior.

 


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Terrorists Killed 2,000 People In Nigeria Last Week. So Why Doesn't The World Care?

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The past week has been one of horror for France. After a three-day rampage in which terrorists killed 17 people both at the Charlie Hebdo offices and at a Jewish kosher supermarket, one fugitive still remains at large. An estimated 3.7 million French...

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Can these satellite images save lives? The U.N. thinks so

Can these satellite images save lives? The U.N. thinks so | ApocalypseSurvival | Scoop.it
Stunning images taken from space put the world's crises into context.

 

U.N. satellite imagery has tracked the evolution of the camp since its creation. The exponential growth is remarkable.  The refugee camp is rapidly taking the shape of a real city — structured, planned and even separated into neighborhoods and subject to gentrification.

 

Tags: refugees, migration, conflict, political, war, squatter, urban, unit 7 cities, remote sensing, geospatial. 

 


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Julie Cidell's curator insight, February 22, 11:23 AM

Very relevant to our discussions on remote sensing and seeing from above.

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Italy is a 'dying country' says minister as birth rate plummets

Italy is a 'dying country' says minister as birth rate plummets | ApocalypseSurvival | Scoop.it
New figures show the lowest total number of births since the formation of the modern Italian state

 

Fewer babies were born in Italy in 2014 than in any other year since the modern Italian state was formed in 1861, new data show, highlighting the demographic challenge faced by the country’s chronically sluggish economy.  National statistics office ISTAT said on Thursday the number of live births last year was 509,000, or 5,000 fewer than in 2013, rounding off half a century of decline.  The number of babies born to both natives and foreigners living in Italy dropped as immigration, which used to support the overall birth rate, tumbled to its lowest level for five years.

 

Tag: Italy, Europe, declining populations, population, demographic transition model.


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Jane Ellingson's curator insight, February 20, 12:37 PM

stage V?

Louis Mazza's curator insight, February 26, 7:37 PM

Italy has hit historic a historic low birth rate, the lowest since the countries formation in 1861. This is hugely impacted from the south of the country while the North’s birth rate remains 1.5% above average. 2014 birth rate was 5,000 fewer than in 2013 completing half a century or decline. Plummeting birth rates are due to a crippling economy. On top of lower birth rates people are living longer also. This creates problem with increased payouts in healthcare, and pensions. Italy is a dying country. For my Italian ancestry this is sad news. I will take pride in passing on my Italian heritage. As for a solution, this should look at Belgium or countries that are encouraging increased birth rate. More kids could work on farms to produce ever need crops for sustaining the society. 

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Men charged over Copenhagen attacks

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Two men are accused of helping the gunman who murdered two people in separate attacks in Copenhagen, Danish police say.


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Revealed, a jihadi mother's guide to training little ISIS fighters

Revealed, a jihadi mother's guide to training little ISIS fighters | ApocalypseSurvival | Scoop.it

The guide tells women to expose children to images of jihad as babies, while ISIS fighters post pictures of youngsters in the Middle East brandishing guns, knives, and severed heads online (pictured).

 

'It is important for the West to understand that all these groups want the world to know that this indoctrination is taking place.

 

'No matter what happens in Iraq and Syria in the near future, the next generation – the children of Baghdadi and grandchildren of bin Laden - have already been brainwashed to hate the West and to strive for jihad and martyrdom. 

 

'They have been trained on the battlefield and know how to create bombs and suicide belts and to behead and crucify the innocent. This is something we must be prepared for and understand.'


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Recent Developments in the Ukraine Conflict

"Stratfor Military Analysts Paul Floyd and Sim Tack discuss how Russia's strategy will maintain options as violence in eastern Ukraine continues."

 

Tags: Ukraine, conflict, geopolitics, political.


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Courtney Barrowman's curator insight, February 9, 9:12 AM

unit 4

 

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Jared Medeiros's curator insight, February 18, 6:15 PM

I cant believe the cease fire lasted all but 40 minutes!  Putin and Russia are a bunch of scumbags that are just looking for conflict.  As if Russia is not large enough that they have to scrap for these small areas of Ukraine.  Its going to be because of assholes like this that get other countries involved and many lives end up getting lost.  

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Images of Human/Environmental Interactions

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The blizzard of 2015 blasted the region with wind-whipped snow that piled nearly 3-feet high in some places.

 

As of 1 p.m. Monday, Boston set a new record for snowiest seven-day period in the city's history with 34.2 inches.


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, February 4, 9:11 PM

Weather is one of the most tangible ways in which the physical environment impacts society.  We depend on sunlight and rainfall, we adapt our behaviors to harsh conditions and we are constantly modifying the our environments by heating and cooling our buildings.  This Henry David Thoreau quote reminds us to acknowledge the powerful influence of the environment and to recognize that technological fixes have their limitations.  “Live in each season as it passes...and resign yourself to the influence of the earth.” --Henry David Thoreau


Question to Ponder: In what ways does the weather shape and influence culture and spatial patterns in your region?  How can we make our communities more handicap accessible during winter storms and other extreme conditions?


Tags: environmentweather and climateenvironment depend, environment adapt, environment modify, disasters.

Paul Farias's curator insight, February 5, 2:16 PM

Bot to mention the snow drifts up to 10-12 feet!

Karly Shelton's curator insight, February 8, 5:08 PM

This collection of images shows a wide array of people's reactions to the recent blizzard. It is also interesting to note just how dramaticially a persons environment can change within a few hours. 

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4 animations that show what's really going on with our climate

4 animations that show what's really going on with our climate | ApocalypseSurvival | Scoop.it

"Trying to understand what’s actually going on in the world’s climate seems like it might be truly impossible. For one thing, there are so many different factors at work. Everything from how light travels through the atmosphere to how the winds move the ocean around to how rain hits the ground has an effect on what actually happens on Earth both now and in the future. That also means there’s absolutely no use in looking at each piece individually … to understand what’s really going on, the climate jigsaw puzzle needs to be complete.

That, says climate scientist Gavin Schmidt, is where climate modeling comes in. The discipline synthesizes data from multiple sources, including satellites, weather stations, even from people camping in the Arctic and submitting measurements of the ice they see around them. Climate modeling, Schmidt says, gives us our best chance of understanding the bigger picture of the world around us. 'We take all of the things we can see are going on, put them together with our best estimates of how processes work, and then see if we can understand and explain the emergent properties of climate systems,' he says. These four silent animations show what he means."

 

Tags: physical, weather and climate, Arctic, Antarctica, climate change.


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Lora Tortolani's curator insight, February 2, 6:59 PM

This makes me think of so many more things than just Geography and climate!

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ajouter votre aperçu ...

Rich Schultz's curator insight, February 11, 11:22 AM

All about climate change...

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University experts explain recent earthquakes in Connecticut

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Photo Credit: Stuart Rankin Amy Kulikowski - Special to the Southern News  The recent earthquakes in the Eastern Connecticut area have spurred interest and worry in locals. However, according to th...

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Eurozone Consumer Prices Fall for First Time Since 2009, Adding to Deflation Fears

Eurozone Consumer Prices Fall for First Time Since 2009, Adding to Deflation Fears | ApocalypseSurvival | Scoop.it
The decline put pressure on the European Central Bank to prevent a downward price spiral that could further damage the banking sector.

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World Bank Report Stokes Fears of Economic Slowdown

World Bank Report Stokes Fears of Economic Slowdown | ApocalypseSurvival | Scoop.it

Commodities slumped to a 12-year low, led by the biggest plunge in copper since 2011, after a report from the World Bank fanned concerns of a global economic slowdown.

 

Copper futures for March delivery tumbled five percent to $2.5125 a pound as of 11:45 a.m. in New York, set for a fourth day of losses. Nickel erased more than 2 percent, while oil reversed earlier declines, with West Texas Intermediate trading little changed at $45.88 a barrel. The Bloomberg Commodity Index of 22 energy, agriculture and metal products was little changed after touching the lowest level since 2002 at 99.9516.


“It just shows the general level of weakness currently and worries spreading,” Ole Hansen, head of commodity strategy at Saxo Bank A/S in Copenhagen, said by phone today. “We have basically wiped out gains seen in the first decade, and this is obviously a significant change in outlook.”

Investors are bailing out of raw materials after a decade- long bull market led producers to boost output and data from manufacturing to jobs fuel speculation that the global economy is too weak to sustain more demand for commodities. The World Bank cut its forecast for global growth this year, adding to concern of a growing disparity between the U.S. and other major economies.

Copper, Oil

Copper has fallen 11 percent this year, the worst performance in the Bloomberg Commodity Index outside the energy industry. The metal is trading at the lowest level since 2009 as low energy costs make it cheaper for mining companies to increase production, while disappointing economic data from China adds to concern about demand.

China’s consumption is forecast to rise at the slowest pace since at least 2009, Deutsche Bank AG estimates. The world economy will expand 3 percent in 2015, down from a projection of 3.4 percent in June, according to the World Bank report released yesterday.

Oil rebounded after falling as much as 1.9 percent today. Futures yesterday closed at the lowest in more than five-and-a- half years as OPEC nations predicted the global surplus would persist and U.S. stockpiles were forecast to rise.

Prices may recover only when demand improves later this year, Ali Al Yabhouni, the United Arab Emirates’ governor to OPEC, said yesterday.

Bear Markets

Bear markets in oil to nickel and soybeans have led investors to pull their money out. Selling of commodity index- linked investments hit an all-time high of $17 billion in the first eleven months of last year, according to data from Barclays Plc. Total assets under management have shrunk to $276 billion, the lowest since 2010.

The wider slump in commodities weighed on gold for February delivery in New York earlier today, which fell by as much as 0.8 percent to $1,224.90 an ounce before rising 0.3 percent. The metal yesterday closed at the highest since October on speculation that Greece will abandon the euro, boosting the precious metal’s appeal as a haven asset.

Corn dropped to the lowest in more than a month on signs that global reserves are increasing. Futures on the Chicago Board of Trade slid 1.4 percent to $3.805 a bushel.

Natural gas rose the most in eight weeks in New York as an outlook for a blast of arctic air swooping into the U.S. signaled increased heating demand. Gas for February delivery rose 7.6 percent to $3.167 per million British thermal units at 12:06 p.m. on the New York Mercantile Exchange, hea


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DIY Garden and Crafts - 10 Strange Home Remedies That Really Work

DIY Garden and Crafts - 10 Strange Home Remedies That Really Work | ApocalypseSurvival | Scoop.it

Some home remedies can really sound off the wall. But as the old saying goes, “Don’t knock it before you’ve tried it!” Here are a few that may sound weird, but really deliver results.

Vodka for Smelly Feet

Some people are just cursed with smelly feet. Generally speaking it’s men, but we aren’t going to unfairly profile here. Smelly feet are caused by bacteria growing on the feet during the day. It is not necessarily a sign of lack of hygiene, though that should certainly be your first line of defense in controlling foot odor. There are a number of products on the market that promise to get rid of that smelly foot smell for you. However, many people are sensitive to the ingredients in these sprays. A better alternative is Vodka! Apparently Vodka is good for more than just toasting. The extremely high alcohol content in vodka can kill odor causing bacteria on contact. Vodka also has a drying effect which helps eliminate the moisture on the feet. Simply wipe down your tootsies with a vodka soaked cloth.

Dryer Sheet Magic Eraser

Many people are simply amazed at the magic eraser products that came out a few years ago. Did you know that your common dryer sheet contains many of the same ingredients as the magic eraser? Using a few leftover dryer sheets can give you the same cleaning power as the more expensive products. All you need to do is wet the dryer sheet and get to scrubbing. The way that dryer sheet material is woven together gives it great abrasive power in your shower making it a far better soap scum remover than many soap scum removing products. To increase your cleaning power, you might want to use a new dryer sheet rather than a used one.

Duct Tape for Warts

Warts are gross, no argument there. But more disturbing than the wart itself are some of the methods and chemicals used to remove them. The thought of having something burned off your body with liquid nitrogen is just unpleasant. It seems that duct tape really can be used for anything, because among its myriad of uses, it is actually a very effective wart remover as well. You can cover a wart with a small piece of duct tape for a week. This can block oxygen to the wart enough to stunt the growth. After one week, remove the tape; clean the area by scrubbing it well with a pumice stone. Recover the wart and repeat once a week until the wart naturally falls off.

Lemons for Morning Sickness

Pregnancy is a joyful time, when you are not puking that is. Majority of women will suffer from morning sickness to some degree. However, many women find their morning sickness so severe that it interferes with their day to day life. When every activity is being interrupted with trips to the bathroom, pregnant women need relief. Most women are nervous to take anti-nausea medications during pregnancy, though. There is reason to be nervous too. Many over the counter anti-nausea medications such as Dramamine have very strong sedative effects that are not good for the fetus. For ladies hoping to take a more natural path aromatherapy can come to their rescue. The fresh, citrus scent of lemons can almost

Immediately relieve nausea associated with morning sickness. Keep a zip lock bag full of fresh lemon slices for instant relief.

 Aspirin for Acne

A common aspirin contains a substance called acetylsalicylic acid. This substance is very similar to salicylic acid which is the active ingredient in many acne treatments. A crushed aspirin can eliminate the red swollen appearance of pimples in about an hour. Simply crush an aspirin and then mix with enough water to make a paste. Apply the paste to the affected area and allow it to dry. When the paste become powdery again, rinse the area with water.

Onions for Earaches

Earaches are the bane of childhood, but also one of the most mysterious. You can never really know what is going on in that deep, dark tunnel of the ear canal. Most earaches are caused by fluid that has been trapped and thus caused infection. The antiseptic properties of onions can disinfect the ear canal, bringing quick pain relief. Boil an onion until it is soft. Once is has cooled enough to touch, squeeze the juice into a bowl. Using a medicine dropper, apply 2-5 drops of the warm juice into the affected ear.

Toothpaste for Bug Bites

A small dab of toothpaste can instantly relieve the sting and itch of an insect bite. Most likely it is the peppermint oil in the toothpaste that brings about the cooling affect. Peppermint essential oil can have the same, if not greater, effect. Peppermint oil has been used for hundreds of years to treat ailments. If you don’t have peppermint oil on hand, then give the toothpaste a try.

Teabags for Burns

Kitchen burns are one the most common home injuries. Even a small burn can be very painful. Luckily the kitchen is also the place to find soothing relief for that burn. You can apply a wet cool teabag to the burned area for quick pain reduction.

Chocolate for a Cough

Finally, there is a justifiable reason to eat chocolate! You have heard the old saying, “A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down.” Well two ounces of dark chocolate may contain as much Theobromine as most over the counter cough medicines. Theobromine suppresses nerves responsible for the cough reflex. When this nerve is calmed by dark chocolate you can get a break from your hacking cough.

Yogurt for Yeast Infections

Yeast infections are a result of an imbalance in your pH levels. These levels can be thrown off by several reasons including medications, sickness and personal hygiene products. When you eat yogurt, the naturally occurring good bacteria found in yogurt can bring these pH levels back into balance and clear up a yeast infection naturally.


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Police: Up to 6 Paris terror suspects may still be at large

Police: Up to 6 Paris terror suspects may still be at large | ApocalypseSurvival | Scoop.it
PARIS (AP) — Police believe as many as six terror-cell members may still be at large after the Paris attacks, one of whom has been spotted driving a car registered to the widow of one of the slain attackers. Two French…

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