The Dirt on Composting at Home
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The Dirt on Composting at Home

Many homes have problems with proper waste management. Most people will just throw out leftovers and food scraps down the garbage disposal, and collect the rubbish in the yard. Fortunately, there’s a better, greener way of doing this, and all you’ll need to do is pile it up.

Composting at home is now gaining more popularity and importance, with the all the environmental issues these days. Compost is an organic material that can be added to the soil to help the plants grow. In short, it’s an organic fertilizer.

The Dirt on Composting

Making compost is not actually a hard thing to do; all you’ll need is a dirt hole in your backyard or a large container, along with some browns and greens. The browns can include dried leaves, branches, and twigs. The greens can include spoiled vegetables, grass clippings, vegetable and fruit scraps, and coffee grounds.

Home and Garden Improvement Essential

Setting up a compost pile in your yard is easy. The decomposing food will do most of the work for you. Compost worms also speed up the process and there’s little maintenance needed.

This also reduces your home’s garbage. By throwing the perishables into your compost pit or bin, you also minimise the wastes that you produce. By getting rid of the food scraps and putting in the pile, your kitchen won’t have to suffer with its decomposing smell of the food scraps. You’ll also get an idea of how much litter your household produces, which would let you know on where and what to cut back on.

Piling Up the Cash

Doing a compost pile in your home not only helps the environment, but also helps you. Starting one will cost you very little as there’s no need for fancy equipment. You can buy compost bins in local stores, or make your own bin or pit.

You also save up on your monthly expenses as you use less garbage bags. If you have a pay-per-bag garbage collection, you will be paying less. Even if you don’t have the pay-per-bag service, if all your neighbours can join in in composting, there’ll be less to collect. This in turn, could bring down your town’s garbage costs. The savings can then be used for other projects for your neighbourhood.

Dan Brown’s Inferno To Boost Tourism In Florence
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Dan Brown’s Inferno To Boost Tourism In Florence

infernoDan Brown’s follow-up to The Da Vinci Code finds hidden messages in the work of Dante, providing rich pickings for eager modern conspiracy theorists. Tourism is down in Florence by 10%, and if this new book does well, so will tourism in Florence.

To Dante as to Da Vinci

Now Brown is set to do for Dante what he did for Leonardo da Vinci, when he turned the Italian polymath into a magnet for conspiracy theorists in 2003, selling more than 80 million copies of The Da Vinci Code. Fans can expect Brown’s protagonist, academic Robert Langdon, to find hidden, deadly meanings in Dante’s description of his descent into hell in the Divine Comedy, while a preview chapter released before publication wastes no time sending a female assassin to try to kill Langdon in the shadow of Palazzo Vecchio, the crenellated centrepiece to the city.

Optimism Abounds

Giani, head of Italy’s Dante Society is expecting positive results. Such was echoed by Silvano Fei, who runs the city’s Dante museum. Experts claim that Dante really wants people to find hidden meanings in his work. He had a great sense of humour and was deliberately vague to encourage mysteries. He would have loved Dan Brown.

Jason Kidd Hangs NBA Jersey
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Jason Kidd Hangs NBA Jersey

kiddDays after NBA player Grant Hill announced his retirement from the game, Jason Kidd also announced he plans to hang his jersey, ending a 19-season career that many see as one of the greatest careers for a point guard in league history.

Kidd has an NBA title to his belt, along with two Olympic gold medals, and the distinction of being second on the career list in assists and steals and being a 10-time NBA All-Star. The current New York Knicks point guard, however, struggled badly this playoffs shortly after turning 40. With his decision to retire, he walks away with two years and more than $6 million left on his contract signed last summer.

Reflection

”My time in professional basketball has been an incredible journey, but one that must come to an end after 19 years,” says Kidd through a statement released by the Knicks.

”As I reflect on my time with the four teams I represented in the NBA, I look back fondly at every season and thank each every one of my teammates and coaches that joined me on the court.”

His retirement comes two days after fellow 40-year-old Grant Hill, with whom Kidd shared Rookie of the Year honors in 1995, announced his retirement.

Career Retrospective

Kidd had an average of 12.6 points, 8.7 assists, 6.3 rebounds, and 1.93 steals in a career that included stint in four teams total. He help the longtime-losing New Jersey Nets to two NBA Finals appearance in 2002-03, helped the Dallas Mavericks win the 2011 NBA Title, and was part of the first NY Knicks team to reach the second round of the playoffs since 2000.

Kidd also made his mark on games, ranking third on the career list with 107 triple-doubles and finishing third all-time in 3-pointers made, even if he was considered a poor outside shooter when he was new to the league.

Study Says Penguins Used To Fly
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Study Says Penguins Used To Fly

penguinA new study says that these flightless birds did in fact knew how and were able to fly a long time ago. But because they are so good at swimming, they eventually evolved to specialize at the skill, at the cost of their ability for airborne flight.

Professor John Speakman of the University of Aberdeen and the Chinese Academy of Sciences, tells BBC News of the study, and that “it’s really great to be involved in the group of people that have solved it.”

“Like many people, I’ve always been interested in penguins, and seeing them do these phenomenal marches across the ice, I’ve often thought: ‘Why don’t they just fly?”

The new study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, says that at least five penguin species, even with their wings, have adapted into flightless birds.

“Basically the hypothesis is that as the wings became more and more efficient for them to dive, they became less and less efficient for them to fly,” says Speakman. “At some point it became so ‘expensive’ for them to fly, that it was better to give up flying altogether and make the wings into small flippers.”

Part of their study shows that wings designed for diving will need a lot of energy when flying in air. This, they say, kept the penguins grounded.

“These birds have these very short wings and they have to beat them at an incredible speed to stay in the air.”

A New Bill for Children’s Mental Health Services
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A New Bill for Children’s Mental Health Services

A new proposal, which will increase access to children’s mental health services throughout Nebraska, passed the first-round of legislative approval.

childmentalThe said bill would create a program to give behavioral and mental screenings to kids using computer technology. The program aims to connect them remotely with mental health specialists. This program is set to be run by the University of Nebraska Medical Center. The center would have three health clinics, with at least one in an urban area and another in a rural setting.

Children who will visit the clinics would be provided with health screenings during routine physical exams. Those who are at risk for health problems would be referred for further treatment.

According to Sen. Amanda McGill, the bill is an extension of the promise she made to reform youth mental health services in the wake of Nebraska’s safe haven law in 2008.

New GLK is Mercedes’ New Diesel Star
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New GLK is Mercedes’ New Diesel Star

GLK MercedezMost carmakers will disclose sad news when it comes to the use of diesel in the United States —with Mercedes-Benz as an exception. The German automaker has an enduring history of diesel power. Its diesel history is actually the longest, as its 1936 260D was the world’s first diesel-powered passenger car.

The 2013 GLK adds more to its already established reputation of style and sophistication. It has an intelligently redesigned front-end styling, a revamped interior, more power, and improved fuel economy. The carmaker’s smallest SUV is the first three-pointed star for those looking for style and function.

Providing inspiration for the newest model is a 2.1-liter, 4-cyldiner diesel, complemented to the car’s supreme seven-speed automatic transmission and 4Matic drive. Talking about price, the GLK250 Blue TEC is worth $39,495, putting it between the GLK350 ($37,995) and GLK350 4Matic ($39,995). But just like all cars from the brand, its price is likely to increase. A representative from the company revealed that the average transaction price for a GLK would cost up to $43,000.

Efficient Markets Hypothesis Proven By Twitter Jitter
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Efficient Markets Hypothesis Proven By Twitter Jitter

Many people misunderstand the efficient markets hypothesis (EMH). They think it says that markets are efficient methods of doing everything, including health care and allocating capital. Instead, it says that markets process information about what prices should be in a market.

Yesterday’s Twitter Jitter only proves this so. The Associated Press tweeted based on bogus information that two bombs had gone off at the White House, injuring the President. Had this been true then there would have been a decline in the value of US companies. A fall in that first minute after the newsbreak is indeed evidence of information efficiently processed. Then it took only a minute or so for the update stating that it was false. Prices bounced back again, showing again that the information was efficiently processed.

The EMH only says that markets are efficient at processing information. All currently known information is contained in prices.

Can Twitter prove more hypotheses? Find out more from Forbes’ Tim Worstall.

London Marathon Sponsored By Virgin Money Until 2017
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London Marathon Sponsored By Virgin Money Until 2017

The London Marathon announced a five-year extension to its sponsorship deal with Virgin Money until at least 2017. They are convinced that this continues to help confirm their status as the world’s number one marathon. A financial services unit owned by billionaire Richard Branson’s Virgin Group, Virgin Money aims to help runners raise £250 million for charity over five years. They have reported to raise more than £150 million in the first three years.

Tsegaye Kebede of Ethiopia and Kenya’s Priscah Jeptoo won the men’s and women’s races, respectively, at the London Marathon yesterday. They increased security after the Boston bombing. The 34,278 finishers remembered the victims by wearing black ribbons.

The ballot to enter the 2014 race opens online on April 29.

Will Virgin Money continue to help the London Marathon raise millions for charity? Find out more from Alex Duff of Bloomberg.

Cyprus To Ask For Extra Help
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Cyprus To Ask For Extra Help

Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades announced he will ask for extra help from the European Union regarding their country’s bailout.

The country needs to raise extra 6bn euros to secure a 10bn-euro bailout from Brussels and the IMF.

Although the president is not asking for more money, he is urging EU leaders to change their policy towards Cyprus.

According to a draft document released by country creditors, the bailout has risen to 23bn euros from 17.5 billion euros.

The 10bn euro part of the bailout, which will come from Europe and the IMF, is about to be approved by the member states’ national parliaments, the minister meeting in Dublin said.

According to the analysts, the increase in the cost of the bailout meant the country faced huge new challenges. Jonathan Loyes, chief European economist at Capital Economics said that the biggest burden of the increase in the bailout will fall on depositors and bank bondholders, whose combined contribution will rise from an expected 5.8bn euros to 10.6bn euros.

Can Cyprus raise the money? Find out more in this BBC article.

New UK Educational System: Classroom-Based Learning Or Outdoor Lessons?
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New UK Educational System: Classroom-Based Learning Or Outdoor Lessons?

A growing concern in the United Kingdom is the new knowledge-based National Curriculum that will roll out starting 2014. Many teachers claim that emphasizing standards for ‘targets and testing’ will hamper the development of children’s creativity and social skills.

“[In] Classrooms, dominated by specific learning outcomes and teachers talking, it’s very easy for learning to become something which is spoon-fed,” Sue White from Plymouth’s school of education claimed. She continues to explain that outdoor spaces offer chances for children to be more creative and inquire more. They become more socially skilled as they pursued their own interests and engaged in conversation with their peers about what they learn.

This has sparked differing opinions about the future of UK’s education system. Learn more about the thoughts of researchers, here on an article from the Telegraph UK.

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