Saturday, April 12, 2014

The shocking cost of Food Waste

30 percent of the global food supply is wasted – the retail equivalent of $1 trillion of food each year.
In addition to the retail cost of food lost, another $700 billion is wasted in natural resources, including $172 billion in wasted water, $42 billion in cleared forest and $429 billion in greenhouse gas costs.
But what is most shocking to me are the social costs that are also linked to the food wasted in storage, in transit and rotting on store and home shelves.  Wasted food also means $150 billion in human health costs because of pesticides (implying that the 70% of food not wasted also costs us $350 billion a year in health costs because of chemical use in the fields).  $280 billion in loss of livelihoods (as natural resources become more scarce) is also tossed out the window when we throw away food.
Lets also not forget the costs we have not yet calculated.  Loss of wetlands used to purify local water supplies or even the cost of scarce agricultural inputs such as phosphorus are costs we currently do not understand.
And another point to make is not only not to purchase only what you can consume.  It is also critical we find better means of storing food – especially in places with little electricity – and of transporting it without massive loss.  Food waste is the low hanging fruit, ready to be used to feed the world’s hungry and to ensure food security for all.
I came across this video from Food and Agriculture Origanization that asks us to wake up and take notice of this global increasing problem of Food wastage. All of us would not want mankind to face a day of food shortage and starvation all around the world. And these problems are already faced in many differrent parts of the world.


Student creates Iron Man costume entirely from cardboard.

I came across this news on the net and it entirely blew me away. I just couldnt stop from sharing this with all of its about Iron Man :P

Kai-Xiang Xhong takes ordinary cardboard boxes and turns them into extraordinary pieces of art. The 20-year-old's latest work is a full sculpture of Tony Stark's Iron Man suit, and you would be hard-pressed to find words that can do it justice.

Xhong is a student in Taiwan and began turning sketches into sculptures when he was in high school.
"I have since produced lots of artwork with cardboard," Xhong told the Stan Winston School of Character Arts. "For example, Optimus Prime from TRANSFORMERS, skeletons of the T-Rex and a Pterodactyl, an IRON MAN suit, and so on. And the last three of them were all made full-size."
The detail in the costume is incredible. Xhong painstakingly carved out nearly every notch and indent in the "armor," along with creating the hinges and joints throughout the life-size suit.
"For my cardboard IRON MAN SUIT, I used pepakura technique," he explained, referencing a method that uses buildable and foldable 3D models. "But I did not add any special color on the surface. Keeping the cardboard color and texture was deliberate. That's my style."

It took the Taiwanese student almost a year to complete the project, as he worked on it only in his free time. Xhong's art is now receiving international recognition.
"Creating is the most important part of my life," he said. "I hope I can keep going in the future."
His newfound fanbase hopes for the same thing, and cannot wait to see what "out of the box" idea he comes up with next.
What do you guys think, how kool is this guy?

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

6 Benefits of eating Tomatoes:

No matter how much i hate this red vegetable, after reading the below benefits it makes me wonder and reconsider my judgement. Wait! let me stand corrected, not red vegetable, its a red fruit. Even though most people think the tomato is a vegetable, it is scientifically a fruit. A popular ingredient in food preparations across the world, this wonder food is loaded with nutrients that make it extremely healthy. Here are some of its top health benefits.

1.    Reduces risk of heart disease
Cholesterol is one of the major culprits behind the rising incidences of heart disease among today’s population. Tomatoes contain many vitamins and antioxidants that prevent cholesterol build-up, but they especially contain lycopene which has been associated with improved heart health. 
2.    Prevents cancer
Tomatoes have a lot of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory benefits that makes it great for preventing cancer. Free radicals, or oxygen containing molecules with one or more unpaired electrons often react with other molecules and lead to tumours. Therefore, it is important that you eat foods like tomatoes which are rich in antioxidants in order to prevent the damage.
3.    Good for weight loss
Tomatoes are extremely low in calories with a 100g serving containing just 18 calories. Also, it has fibre which helps you feel fuller thus ensuring that you do not overeat.
4.    Helps cure constipation
Constipation is caused due to food stuck in your colon and can be an extremely unpleasant condition to deal with. Tomatoes contain a lot of water and fibre that helps clear the food stuck in your colon thus curing constipation. 
5.    Keeps you looking younger
As we age, our skin undergoes free radical damage that can lead to the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. Even though this process is inevitable, tomatoes contain antioxidants that delays it.
6.    Good for your vision
Even though tomatoes are not as rich a source of Vitamin A as carrots, they are still a good source of the nutrient. Vitamin A helps in preventing vision disorders like age-related macular degeneration which people suffer from in old age. 
All of these reasons make tomato a great food that you should definitely stock up on the next time you go to a supermarket.

WrestleMania 30: What you missed and what were the High's and Low's

The Road to WrestleMania's final destination has led us all to the biggest wrestling extravaganza of 2014 - WWE WrestleMania XXX! The 30th anniversary celebration of WWE's past, present and future will feature a wide array of great matches and unforgettable moments.

The results of WWE's WrestleMania 30 are in, so it's time for us to look back on the evening and break down the highlights and low points that made the event what it was.

The Biggest Highlight of the night was undoubtedly - Hulk Hogan, Austin and The Rock in one ringHowever, this was truly an epic moment to showcase the legacy of WrestleMania.

Both older fans who have followed WWE for the past 30 years and newer ones who appreciate the history giggled and cheered at this sight.

Whether it was Hulk Hogan's flub, where he mixed up the Silverdome and Superdome, the bevy of catchphrases that the crowd could get behind or the atmosphere itself, this was an amazing way to start off the night.

Low point can be a disappointing match of John Cena vs Bray WyattThe slow pace of the match was tough to swallow since everything before it was packed with action.

Even worse, the fans appeared to be supportive of Bray Wyatt instead of John Cena, but the way it was booked was clearly designed to create the opposite feeling.

If the whole point of the match was for the audience to feel Cena's struggle, but the crowd couldn't have cared less, then the contest fell flat. 

Another low point was Divas Championship invitationAny fan with their head on straight knew that this match would turn out to be a giant mess, and it surely didn't shock anyone when that actually happened.

Having all of these women in the ring at the same time was a recipe for disaster, considering how only a few of them can be trusted to wrestle a decent match.

While the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal had rules that allow for some leeway with a large quantity of performers, this was a one-fall disaster.

And we come to the lowest point and one of the biggest shock of the night: The Undertaker vs Brock LesnarThis was yet another match that was far too slow for its own good. Having to follow John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt meant that momentum was already not on their side.

Lesnar's entrance felt long, and The Undertaker's naturally was, but there was nothing special this year that we haven't seen before to liven that up.

Then, instead of starting off with a bang, this match almost literally limped on. Lesnar attacked Undertaker's legs, which went on longer than anyone would have wanted it to go. This match was already facing an uphill battle with a poor build, and the in-ring action didn't save it.

But the biggest reason why this was a low point was the outcome.
After a disappointing setup and match, ending The Streak was a perfect way to finish a giant low point.

Highlight finally towards the end: Daniel Bryan Wins the WWE World Heavyweight Championship - The one big thing that WrestleMania 30 was about this year, above all else, was the story of Daniel Bryan's triumph over The Authority. Accomplishing this was an epic tale from start to finish, going all the way back to SummerSlam 2013.

With such a long build and so many different ups and downs along the road, anything short of Bryan winning the WWE World Heavyweight Championship would have been a travesty.

This is going to be one of those moments in WWE history that is referred to for years to come and used in constant video packages.

You all can watch the highlights of the WrestleMania 30 2014 below:

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Top 10 movies to watch out for in 2014

01. The Hobbit: There and Back Again
We all did enjoy the widely acclaimed novels of the Hobbit series. These books have been brought up to form the featured movies.

The Company of Thorin has reached Smaug's lair; but, can Bilbo and the Dwarves reclaim Erebor and the treasure? And, if so, can they hold on to it? With the success of the last two movies, the third and final installment of Peter Jackson's Hobbit would definitely be one of the most eagerly awaited films in 2014.

02. X-Men: Days Of Future Past
Great though 2011's X-Men: First Class was, it's exciting to have Bryan Singer back in the chair for Days Of Future Past, an adaptation of the 1981 comic book run which aims to tie the two timelines in the X-Men cinematic universe. To this end, we'll have both James McAvoy and Patrick Stewart playing Professor X in two separate epochs, and Michael Fassbender and Ian McKellen playing Magneto.

Having a fight for mutant survival play out across two points in time could prove too much for some directors, but Singer's The Usual Suspects is evidence that he can handle complex storylines with ease. Among the expected cast, including Hugh Jackman as Wolverine and a returning Anna Paquin as Rogue, there's also Ellen Page as Kitty Pryde, and the great Peter Dinklage as scientist Bolivar Trask.

03. Transformers: Age of Extinction
In the fourth installment of Michael Bay's magnum opus, depicts a completely new storyline and new cast with Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz and Stanley Tucci. We have already seen glimpses of wat to expect in the teaser that was release. Expecting a lot of action and thrills from this one.

04. Transcendence
All Johnny depp lovers would be eagerly waiting for this. A terminally ill scientist downloads his mind into a computer. this grants him power beyond his wildest dreams, and soon he becomes unstoppable. The plot looks simply marvellous. The movie is set to release on 4th April 2014.

05. The Amazing Spider-Man 2
By such a high bench mark set by the predecessor, this movie has a really high expectation. The sequel of the amazing spider-man is expected to bring forth new villains in the movie the likes of Electro, the Rhino. This movie is scheduled to be released on May2, 2014. The spiderman movie has always been entertaining, but what lacked was its connection to the comic books. So this new franchise was created to correct the work of the previous directors. The first was success and the upcoming part will also be truly enjoyed.

06. Godzilla
With 2010's Monsters, director Gareth Edwards proved that he could make an engaging sci-fi drama on a miniscule budget. And with Godzilla as his second picture, we'll get to see what he can do with a larger effects department and an entire team of technicians behind him.

The 1998 Godzilla adaptation may have played fast and loose with Japan's most famous kaiju, but there are signs everywhere that Edwards plans to make his film in the mode of Ishiro Honda's dark, sombre 1954 original. This is certainly backed up by the cast, which is full of actors capable of bringing the requisite gravitas: Bryan Cranston, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche, Ken Watanabe and David Strathairn are just a few of the most prominent names.

A recently leaked Comic Con trailer fuelled our excitement further, with its ominous soundtrack and images of a devastated city establishing the mighty Godzilla as a truly intimidating force of nature.

07. Guardians of the galaxy
In truth, Guardians Of The Galaxy may not turn out to be the best Marvel movie of 2014. But on paper, it's comfortably the biggest gamble. Not for the first time, Marvel is taking a property that the mass audience isn't particularly familiar with, and giving it to a director who isn't the most obvious choice.

So, we get a space-based adventure, from the man who directed Slither and Super (films we like, we should point out), that includes a talking tree, Bradley Cooper voicing a raccoon, Karen Gillan with no hair, and a cast of characters that don't easily lend themselves to the shelves of Toys R Us.

Bluntly, we can't wait. Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Benicio del Toro and Michael Rooker are amongst the rest of the cast, and it seems clear that if you were looking for a comic book movie that's happy to resist the usual template, Guardians Of The Galaxy is looking like your best bet. How will it gel together with the broader Marvel Cinematic Universe? We're already getting clues and teases for that through mid-credits sequences. But we look forward to finding out more on August 1st.

08. How to Train Your Dragon 2
There are some terrific-looking animated movies that we simply didn't have space to squeeze into this countdown - Mr Peabody & Sherman and Big Hero Six chief amongst them. But our animated movie of choice for 2014 is the eagerly awaiting How To Train Your Dragon 2.

I loved the first film from DreamWorks Animation, and arguably one of its very best films. And whilst co-director Chris Sanders went off to make The Croods (and is now working on The Croods 2), the other co-director - Dean DeBlois - has been calling the shots on this sequel. In fact, he's also knee deep too in How To Train Your Dragon 3, which is scheduled to land in 2016.

For the purposes of chapter two, five years have moved on, so when we meet Hiccup and his friends again, they're late teenagers. But Hiccup is no ordinary teenager - he's not spending hours locked in his room looking at 'educational' YouTube videos - as he finds himself in the midst of a new conflict between humans and dragons. Oops.
We've already seen the trailer for How To Train Your Dragon 2, and it went down a treat. Here's hoping the final cut of the film does when we finally get to see it June 2014.

09. Hercules
The Rock has come back..Dwayne Johnson in and as Hercules, it doesn't get better than this. This action-packed mythical drama is sure to catch a lot of eye balls.

Having endured his legendary twelve labors, Hercules, the Greek demigod, has his life as a sword-for-hire tested when the King of Thrace and his daughter seek his aid in defeating a tyrannical warlord. Interesting!

10. 22 Jump Street

Who would have thought that a seemingly by-the-numbers remake of an 80s TV show would turn out to be one of the funniest films of 2012? Directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller (Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs) clearly had a great time making this high school comedy thriller, and Channing Tatum showed off his knack for comic timing alongside Jonah Hill in an improv-heavy, good-natured hit. Can the same team of actors and filmmakers pull off the same trick twice in this year's sequel? We certainly hope so.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Manchester City vs Arsenal : 1-1

Manchester City couldn't capitalise on Chelsea's shock defeat at Selhurst Park after Mathieu Flamini cancelled out David Silva's early opener. The game was not short of flashpoints as Tomas Rosicky thought he should of had a penalty and then the same player clashed with Martin Demichelis.

Tomas Rosicky wanted a penalty when he went over the leg of Pablo Zabaleta.

City took the lead inside the first twenty minutes when Silva teed up Edin Dzeko. Arsenal keeper Wojciech Szczesny tipped his shot onto the post but Silva was the quickest to react and, whether by luck or intention, he poked the ball into the empty net.

Silva looked delighted once again to earn the lead for Mancherster City, he looks to be in subline form at the moment for City this season.

The visitors looked comfortable, but soon into the second half their lead had vanished as Mathieu Flamini was on hand to turn in a Lucas Podolski cross.

Neither side was able to create an opening late in the game and both managers may be feeling that a point isn't a bad result.

Chelsea suffered a potentially fatal blow to their Barclays Premier League title challenge earlier in the day as Crystal Palace boosted their survival chances with a stunning victory over Jose Mourinho's men at Selhurst Park.

With the Barclay's Premier league leading to a more and more ruthless finish and the title probably up for grabs for any of the top four, who do you think i would win it in the end. Are Liverpool in the drivers seat now with this draw?

News: MH370 search looks for debris breakthrough in new area

A Chinese military plane scanning part of a search zone the size of Poland for signs of debris from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 spotted several objects floating in the sea on Saturday, including two bearing colours of the missing jet.

But it was not immediately clear whether the objects were related to the three-week-old investigation, and the second day of searching in the area ended with no evidence found of the jet, officials said.
The Chinese Ilyushin IL-76 spotted three floating objects, China's official
“The objects cannot be verified or discounted as being from MH370 until they are relocated and recovered by ships,” the authority said in a statement. “It is not known how much flotsam, such as from fishing activities, is ordinarily there. At least one distinctive fishing object has been identified.”

2 colours match plane's exterior: Chinese medi

The three objects spotted by the Chinese plane Saturday were white, red and orange in colour, the Xinhua report said. The missing Boeing 777's exterior was red, white, blue and grey.
An Australian PC3 Orion search plane also sighted objects in a different part of the search area, but the maritime safety authority did not describe those objects in greater detail.
Flight 370 disappeared March 8 while bound from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, and investigators have been puzzled over what happened aboard the plane, with speculation ranging from equipment failure and a botched hijacking to terrorism or an act by one of the pilots.
The latter was fuelled by reports that the pilot's home flight simulator had files deleted from it, but Malaysian Defense Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said checks, including one by the FBI, had turned up no new information.
"What I know is that there is nothing sinister from the simulators, but of course that will have to be confirmed by the chief of police," he said.
Newly analyzed satellite data shifted the search zone on Friday, raising expectations that searchers may be closer to getting physical evidence that the plane crashed in the Indian Ocean with 239 people aboard.
That would also help narrow the hunt for the wreckage and the plane's black boxes, which could contain clues to what caused the plane to be so far off-course.
The U.S. Navy has already sent equipment that can detect pings from the back boxes, and Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott told reporters in Sydney that the equipment would be put on an Australian naval ship soon.
"It will be taken to the most prospective search area and if there is good reason to deploy it, it will be deployed," he said, without giving a time frame. Other officials have said it could take days for the ship — the Ocean Shield — to reach the search area.
The newly targeted zone is nearly 1,130 kilometres northeast of sites the searchers have crisscrossed for the past week. The redeployment came after analysts determined that the Boeing 777 may have been travelling faster than earlier estimates and would therefore have run out of fuel sooner.
Some family members in Beijing said they want to fly to Kuala Lumpur to seek more answers from the government, but an airline representative said it may have to wait a day because of a lack of hotel space this weekend because of the Formula One Malaysian Grand Prix race on Sunday.
Steve Wang, a representative of some of the Chinese families in Beijing, said about 50 relatives wanted to go to Malaysia because they were not happy with the responses given by Malaysian government representatives in China.
"Because they sent a so-called high-level group to meet us, but they have not been able to answer all our questions," he said. "It's either they are not in charge of a certain aspect of work or that it's still being investigated, or it's not convenient for them to comment."

Malaysia Airlines' commercial director, Hugh Dunleavy, said on Saturday in Beijing that the airline was trying to facilitate the relatives' travel to Kuala Lumpur, but that plans had not been confirmed because of the difficulties in booking hotels this weekend.
If investigators can determine that the plane went down in the newly targeted zone – which spans about 319,000 sq km (123,000 square miles) – recovery of its flight data and cockpit voice recorders could be complicated.
Much of the sea floor in the area is about 2,000 metres (6,600 feet) below the surface, but depths may reach a maximum of about 6,000 metres (19,700 feet) at its easternmost edge.
The hunt for the plane focused first on the Gulf of Thailand, along the plane's planned path. But when radar data showed it had veered sharply west, the search moved to the Andaman Sea, off the western coast of Malaysia, before pivoting to the southern Indian Ocean, south-west of Australia.