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May 3, 2010

A Signal of Peace in Korean Peninsula

Filed under: Uncategorized — Keynes @ 3:13 am

A North Korean train, carrying the country’s leader Kim Jong-Il, arrived at the Chinese city of Dandong, Yonhap news said. The news reported, the train is specially armed to protect the leader from a potential threaten. The final destination of the train has been supposed to Beijing, the capital of China.

Kim rarely takes a trip outside North Korea, isolated country. Many experts of international relations say this visit to China could mean North Korea’s return to the China-hosted international disarmament, including the issue of nuclear weapons program in the country.

I, personally, hope that this visit will be a signal of Korean Peninsula Denuclearization. In other words, if North Korea stops producing Nuclear weapon and rejoin Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), there would be a peaceful mood in the Korean Peninsula; and, in the entire Asia. There is no better value than peace in international relations. In terms of this viewpoint, I am expecting the result of the visit.

Eating Disorders

Filed under: Uncategorized — toryjohnson30 @ 12:07 am

In a study done by the University of Montreal 10%-15% of women may have an eating disorder. In an article by Science Daily “Some 1,501 women took part in the phone survey on eating disorders and disordered eating. Not one participant was classified as anorexic.” Even though not one of these people was anorexic they still had some type of disorder such as binge eating. about 13.7% of these women reported that they have binge eaten on several occasion and 2.7% said they have at one point thrown up to lose some weight for an event. This seems horrible because the extreme measures to lose weight aren’t necessary. Women may see themselves as unhealthy because of the affects of society on todays women.

May 2, 2010

Surgery With Technology

Filed under: Uncategorized — toryjohnson30 @ 8:18 pm

On April 30th the first operation using a robot was carried out in the United Kingdom. The robot used allows the doctor to control the procedure using a robotic arm. This is exciting news because operations like this in the future can be much more precise because human coordination isn’t as precise as a robots. Also, this can provide protection for a doctor doing the procedure because in many procedures x-rays are used constantly and doctors are right next to them. But, if a robot is used, a doctor may keep his/her distance from the dangerous x-rays and be able to work more easily because a lead jacket does not need to be worn.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/04/100428204554.htm

DropBox

Filed under: Uncategorized — maiq09 @ 5:27 am

Fellow readers meet dropbox, dropbox meet fellow Rhet 1302 students. So I have been using this storage provider throughout my freshman year and man, Dropbox has been quite the life and time saver.

This file hosting site is user-friendly and  is very convenient in backing up your valuable files like homework assignments and opening it anywhere you want. Signing up is relatively quick and the site is even nice enough to give you 2 gb free.  And the best thing about this file hosting provider is that it, once register, a folder is added into your desktop and it can automatically syncs the file you dragged in there to their servers.
And lets say you made a mistake a accidently deleted your file, well dropbox has a backup server that can revert that mistake and add that file back into your folders. Dropbox’s server will never fail on you, unlike the traditional USB flash drive where there is a potential risk of losing your data physically or internally.

So why should you get Dropbox? Because it’s like a virtual USB drive where you don’t actually have to carry it around. You can access all the files in your folder on any computer that has internet connection. Plus if you want to share an information to someone else, you could easily email them an uploaded link.

However the computer you are using to access that file must have internet connection, but the files saved on your Dropbox desktop folder doesn’t need internet connection to access them, only if you need it to synchronized to one of their servers. And 2gb is given free which is good, but if you need more space you must pay a monthly fee.

So give Dropbox a try and enjoy!

May 1, 2010

Taxing Sweetened Drinks

Filed under: Uncategorized — toryjohnson30 @ 4:59 am

The drinking of sweetened drinks all over the nation has a direct link to heart disease, obesity, and many other conditions such as diabetes. Sugar sweetened beverages are everywhere we look and they are drinks that contain some type of natural sugar that increases caloric intake. In the New England Journal of Medicine it i stated that “33 states have sales taxes on soft drinks…” This is a step towards helping the economy out while helping people only to drink sodas and other sweetened drinks sparingly, or just less than they do now. A tax on sweetened drinks will cause less people to buy them while creating more income for governments to help out the community more. Since there is clear information and studies linking sugar-containing drinks to health conditions, the government stepping forward and doing something about it may be necessary for the safety of the people. If many people are not able to control themselves when it comes to caloric intake, then the government will have to do it for them.

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