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Thursday, October 16, 2008

Air out your car before turning on Aircond

Open the windows after you enter your car

In brief, the above article says: According to research done by a U.C., the car dashboard, sofa, air freshener will emit Benzene, a cancer causing toxin (carcinogen). In addition to causing cancer, it poisons your bones, causes anemia, and reduces white blood cells. Prolonged exposure will cause Leukemia, increasing the risk of cancer. May also cause miscarriage.

Acceptable Benezene level indoors is 50 mg per sq. ft. A car parked indoors with the windows closed will contain 400-800 mg of Benezene. If parked outdoors under the sun at a temperature above 60 degrees F, the Benezene level goes up to 2000-4000 mg, 40 times the acceptable level. The people inside the car will inevitably inhale an excess amount of the toxin.

It is recommended that you open the windows and door to give time for the interior to air out before you enter. Benzene is a toxin that affects your kidney and liver, and is difficult for your body to expel.
What's worse, it is extremely difficult for your body to expel this toxic stuff.So friends, please open the windows and door of your car
- give time for interior to air out -dispel the deadly stuff - before you enter.
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Friday, October 10, 2008

Asia's Youngest Billionaires

At this summer's Olympics, Michael Phelps scored in the pool, Usain Bolt on the track and Ma Huateng at the bank.

Huateng is the founder of Tencent and is a Chinese Web titan. Big multinational companies, eager to make a good impression with the local audiences during the Olympics, snapped up advertising spots on Tencent's instant messenger, blogging and portal services. Earlier this month, Tencent said its quarterly earnings nearly doubled from a year ago.

Asia's Youngest Billionaires
This is good news for Tencent and for Huateng, since he owns a huge chunk of his company's stock. In March, Forbes estimated that the 36-year-old Web mogul is worth $1.4 billion.

Huateng is one member in Asia's exclusive group of the young and extremely affluent. These 15 billionaires, all under the age of 40, are worth a staggering $31.3 billion combined.

Huateng is neither the wealthiest nor the youngest in the club. When we published our list of the world’s billionaires in March, both superlatives went to Yang Huiyan, a 26-year-old with a net worth of $7.4 billion. Yang, a graduate of Ohio State University, joined the family real estate company, Country Garden Holdings, in 2005. The next year she received a hefty chunk of shares that are worth billions of dollars today.

The stock came from her father, Yeung Kwok Keung, who co-founded Country Garden. Don't question his wisdom of giving so much money and responsibility to a recent college grad: Yeung knows the value of a yuan.

Growing up in an impoverished Chinese village, Yeung reportedly never wore new clothes before he was 17. He raised cattle and then worked as a bricklayer and contractor, which led him to build houses and work in real estate. (See "China's Richest, Thanks To An IPO And Dad.")
Huateng and Yang are two of China's eight billionaires under the age of 40. Others include Xian Yang, a 34-year-old coal magnate, and Zhang Cheng Fei, a 38-year-old paper baron.
Youth and exceptional wealth are a rare combination, but this fortunate group will likely grow in Asia in the coming years. The region is home to the world's fastest growing population of the wealthy. According to the World Wealth Report, the population of China's millionaires jumped 20% last year. The billionaire population grew even faster. The March Forbes' list included 42 Chinese billionaires, up from 20 the previous year.

Keeping pace in the money race is India. The country's millionaires jumped 23% last year. The billionaire count soared to 53 from 36 the previous year.

That group counts six members that are under 40, like Anurag Dikshit. The engineer started PartyGaming, which owns PartyPoker.com, with a college roommate and former porn entrepreneur. Dikshit spearheaded the development of technology that helped launch the online poker boom. "All our technology is proprietary, and most of it is Anurag," a PartyGaming spokesperson once said. (See "PartyGaming's Billionaire Dikshit Quits Board.")
PartyPoker stock is off its 2005 high since U.S. lawmakers cracked down on online gaming, but Dikshit still has plenty of chips. Forbes pegs his net worth at $1.6 billion.

Also representing India is a pair of brothers, Malvinder and Shivinder Singh. The two have plenty in common: They went to the same schools in India, attended business school at Duke and started families just months apart. They're also both billionaires.

The two control Ranbaxy Laboratories, a drug company founded by their grandfather. It won't be the family much longer though. In June, a Japanese pharmaceutical company announced it would buy the Singh family's stake for about $4 billion. Not bad for a couple of guys in their 30s.

Adopted from Forbes

China's latest homegrown microprocessor

This is a good article..Does have audio for reader instead of reading by ur own.. Enjoy!

A Chinese Challenge to Intel

Researchers have revealed details of China's latest homegrown microprocessor.
By Kate Greene

In California last week, Chinese researchers unveiled details of a microprocessor that they hope will bring personal computing to most ordinary people in China by 2010. The chip, code-named Godson-3, was developed with government funding by more than 200 researchers at the Chinese Academy of Sciences' Institute of Computing Technology (ICT).

China is making a late entry into chip making, admits Zhiwei Xu, deputy director of ICT. "Twenty years ago in China, we didn't support R&D for microprocessors," he said during a presentation last week at the Hot Chips conference, in Palo Alto. "The decision makers and [Chinese] IT community have come to realize that CPUs [central processing units] are important."

Tom Halfhill, an analyst at research firm In-Stat, says that the objective for China is to take control of the design and manufacture of vital technology. "Like America wants to be energy independent, China wants to be technology independent," Halfhill says. "They don't want to be dependent on outside countries for critical technologies like microprocessors, which are, nowadays, a fundamental commodity." Federal laws also prohibit the export of state-of-the-art microprocessors from the United States to China, meaning that microchips shipped to China are usually a few generations behind the newest ones in the West.

Despite its late start, China is making rapid progress. The ICT group began designing a single-core CPU in 2001, and by the following year had developed Godson-1, China's first general-purpose CPU. In 2003, 2004, and 2006, the team introduced ever faster versions of a second chip--Godson-2--based on the original design. According to Xu, each new chip tripled the performance of the previous one.

Godson chips are manufactured in China by a French-Italian company called ST Microelectronics and are available commercially under the brand name Loongson, meaning "dragon chip." Loongson chips already power some personal computers and servers on the Chinese market, which come with the Linux operating system and other open-source software. "They use a lot of open-source software because it's free," says Halfhill. "The Chinese government wants to get as many PCs into schools and as many workplaces as they can."

The latest Godson chips will also have a number of advanced features. Godson-3, a chip with four cores--processing units that work in parallel--will appear in 2009, according to Xu, and an eight-core version is also under development. Both versions will be built using 65-nanometer lithography processes, which are a generation older than Intel's current 45-nanometer processes.

Importantly, Godson-3 is scalable, meaning that more cores can be added to future generations without significant redesign. Additionally, the architecture allows engineers to precisely control the amount of power that it uses. For instance, parts of the chip can be shut down when they aren't in use, and cores can operate at various frequencies, depending on the tasks that they need to perform. The four-core Godson-3 will consume 10 watts of power, and the eight-core chip will consume 20 watts, says Xu.

This latest chip will also be fundamentally different from those made before. Neither Godson-1 nor -2 is compatible with Intel's so-called x86 architecture, meaning that most commercial software will not run on them. But engineers have added 200 additional instructions to Godson-3 to simulate an x86 chip, which allows Godson-3 to run more software, including the Windows operating system. And because the chip architecture is only simulated, there is no need to obtain a license from Intel.

Erik Metzger, a patent attorney at Intel, says that the chip will only perform at about 80 percent of the speed of an actual x86 chip. "That implies that [the Chinese government] is going after a low-end market," he says. This is the same market that Intel is targeting with its classmate PC and low-power atom microprocessor. Metzger adds that the inner workings of the chip, known as its instruction set, have not yet been disclosed, making it difficult to know if or how any x86 patents may have been breeched.

The Chinese team hopes to further boost its chip program through collaboration with other companies and researchers. "We still lag behind the international partners a lot," says Xu. "But we are doing our best to join the international community."

Copyright Technology Review 2008.

How to Prevent a Sore Throat from Progressing to a Cold

Before I share a great little tip on how to stop a sore throat from progressing into a week-long cold, please know that periodically experiencing a cold or the flu can actually be helpful to your health. If you have no idea why this is, please view the following popular article that I wrote on this topic:

What Most Doctors Won't Tell You About Colds and Flus
You just won't get this information on why colds and flus can help you stay healthy over the long run from medical textbooks and mainstream media - please consider sharing it with family and friends.

Although experiencing a cold or the flu once in a while can help rid your body of your weakest cells, I'm willing to bet that there are times when you would really prefer to delay such a period of cleansing and malaise.

Here's how you can stand a good chance of preventing a cold from developing:

As soon as you experience that sore, tickly feeling in your throat that precedes a full-blown cold, gargle with warm salt water.

And when I say gargle, I mean really gargle; take in a mouthful of warm salt water, look up at the ceiling, and gargle aggressively. You may want to tap at your throat (the Adam's apple region) with your fingers while you gargle to encourage the warm salt water to trickle deeply into your throat.

Gargle like this several times with a glass of warm salt water, and repeat as often as possible throughout the day.

Warm salt water can remove viruses from the tonsils and adenoids that line the back of your throat region. Viruses that cause colds and flus typically get caught by your tonsils and adenoids before they spread through your body. Your tonsils and adenoids are important parts of your immune system because they are located near the entrance of your breathing passages, and they serve as a first line of defense against undesirable airborne microorganisms and substances.
This, by the way, is why it is best not to remove tonsils and adenoids from your throat region.
Chronic swelling of tonsils and adenoids is best addressed by reducing sugar intake, adopting a minimally processed diet that is rich in fresh plant foods, and supporting immune system health by getting plenty of rest, exercise, and exposure to sunlight and fresh air.

Cold salt water may also help to remove viruses from your tonsils and adenoids, but warm salt water tends to be more effective. Warm water may help to melt the fatty coating that protects viruses that cause the cold and flu.

What if you gargle for all you're worth but still end up developing a full-blown cold?

Get lots of rest, drink plenty of fluids, and take comfort in knowing that countless viruses are at work destroying your weakest cells. And don't forget to blow your nose as often as it runs; help your body get rid of what it wants to get rid of.

By Dr. Ben Kim on March 09, 2008
Natural Health Solutions