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Archive for April, 2011

Considered to be the most famous painting in the world, the Mona Lisa is one of the most popular Da Vinci paintings in the art world that is on display at the Musée du Louvre, and is sought out by millions of visitors each year.

While there is much speculation that the painting of a seated woman with little or no facial expression is that of Lisa Del Giocondo, researchers are now searching for the tomb in which she was buried centuries ago.

And they intend to carry out this task by using a geo-radar device to track her body which might have been buried at the St. Orsola convent in central Florence. In being able to find skull fragments with this device, researchers hope to create a facial reconstruction that might finally put to rest whether the face on the painting belongs to Lisa Del Giocondo or is in fact, a combination of faces as suggested by many experts.

Thanks to the recent discovery of her death certificate which suggests that she might have been buried there, researchers might finally put an end to the question as to whether or not she was the model for one of Da Vinci’s highly regarded paintings.

Apart from attempting to conduct a facial reconstruction, the process of carbon dating might also come into play here only if the bones are in any state to be analyzed, and whose results will be compared with those of her descendants as well.

Researchers hope that they will be able to obtain positive results, and thus unravel the mystery that has surrounded one of the most recognizable faces for almost five centuries now.

Superman, for a long time now, has been considered to be an icon when it comes to American entertainment (just as much of a phenomenon that Michael Jackson has been) yet in the latest story released by Action Comics, the much-loved superhero intends to give up his American citizenship because he feels that his powers will serve a greater purpose in serving people around the world.

In this latest release, Superman is “tired of his actions being construed as instruments of U.S policy”, and thus wishes to renounce his U.S citizenship when he will speak with the United Nations the following day.

And while this story has been criticized by people everywhere, Superman does not denounce his citizenship in the story but merely discusses his plans to do so, while standing silently at the Tehran protest to show the demonstrators that they aren’t alone in the fight for freedom.

Furthermore, the co-publishers of Action Comics, Dan Didio and Jim Lee clearly respond to the criticism raised at this story by saying that he [Superman] wants to maintain a global focus to his never-ending battle but is still attached to his roots, a Kansas farmboy from Smallville which is his adopted home, thanks to the destruction of his real ‘home’, Krypton.

According to the story, the reason for Superman to consider this course of action is due to the fact that that the Iranian government accuses him of causing an international incident, which also makes him realize that “truth, justice and the American way is not enough” because the world is now too small and connected.

However, this is not the first time that a superhero has decided to move away from US policy as Captain Marvel also chose a similar path in the 1970s during the Watergate Scandal.

How To Speed Up Your Metabolism

Posted by admin On April - 12 - 2011

Health experts often recommend that speeding up the metabolic rate can give you the upper hand when it comes to weight loss and regulation. And there is no doubt that in speeding up your metabolism you can burn the fat off your body in to achieve the fitness levels that you have always aimed for, and not have been successful with.

And this can only be achieved by maintaining an active lifestyle which will keep your body working throughout, and thus achieved the desire result of losing the weight that you’ve always.

So, here are a few simple tips that you can follow in order to speed up your metabolic rate:

Tip #1: Drink Plenty Of Water

Perhaps the simplest tip of all but it is imperative that you do consume at least 8-10 glasses of water every day. Of course, if you exercise regularly, then there will be no doubt that you will have to add a few more glasses of water to that figure.

Tip #2: Exercise

Maintaining a good diet can only get you so far but the truth is that in being able to get at least three hours of exercise in order to keep that metabolic rate up and going. And this is not just about going for walks but includes serious workouts that include both strength training and cardiovascular exercises.

Tip #3: Dietary Restrictions In The Form Of Small Meals

Some people tend to gorge a hasty meal with no understanding of portion control whatsoever at dinner. This is the biggest mistake that you can make. Don’t miss breakfast and try to keep your dinner light. But for all the snacking and meals in between, try and eat in small quantities at regular intervals.

Tasty Foods That You Can Eat When Coping With The Flu

Posted by admin On April - 5 - 2011

A common solution that is often adopted when one is down with the flu is to restrict oneself to a diet that is bland. Yet most people are not aware of the fact that there are several foods that are tasty and are safe to eat when you are dealing with a bout of flu.

So here is a list of foods that you can eat (without worrying about your health) when down with the flu:

#1: A Glass Of Vegetable Juice

Not only do vegetables have important antioxidants that will help you to fight the flu but it is packed with necessary vitamins and minerals as well. So getting busy with a blender and a selection of vegetables could be you first choice.

#2: Chicken Soup

Scientific studies have shown that chicken soup can be instrumental in aiding the healing process especially when you have the flu. If that’s not enough, it provides sufficient nourishment to the ailing person so that they have the requisite levels of energy to function normally, while also being an excellent substitute for the tasteless meals that you might resort to during this time of sickness.

#3: A Cup Of Hot Tea

Not only will a cup of hot tea cure the flu but a host of other diseases which comes from not only the healing powers of tea but from the steam that is generated by drinking it hot. Of course, the patient will benefit from this when they inhale the steam, and that can play a key role in curing a sore throat and congestion.

#4: Popsicles

Considered to be one of the best foods that you can consume when having the flu, its first function can help you to soothe a dry and swollen throat quite easily. If that’s not enough, since these popsicles are made from fruit juices, it will be healthy as well as being tasty too.