Wildlife Is The Greatest Gift Our Grandchildren Deserve

 

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There are parts of the earth that remain unexplored and uncharted, zones that remain untouched.  As of 2015, about 95% of the ocean as part of the body of water remained a mystery waiting for us to unravel.  Some animals were discovered not long ago to be at the edge of extinction.  They have lived long enough, but how unlucky is the next generation for they will not see them anymore.

Researchers keep on discovering new species, but then again, we are losing what we have faster.  Animals like Iberian lynx cat, Siamese crocodile, and Mexican wolf which survived long enough for modern era to encounter have come to the point that only hundreds of their kinds are left to be found.

 

The thirst of humankind to understand wildlife dared scientists to search for life unknown for us.  Every year there are new species discovered.  In the past decade, there were approximately 200,000 new species found and named.  Also, the extinction of species has been a worldwide problem each year.

 

The beauty of wildlife is an extraordinary wonder to me, how they strive and maintain to live on the earth, just like how humankind manages to survive.  It gives me much understanding that every living thing is working as one.

 

Visiting and going to zoos as my recreational activity has been part of my life for the past three years.  Being surrounded by wildlife allows me to have a sense of awareness.  With these animals around me, I sense that I’m not the advance or the dominant creature.  The animals in the zoo give me insights and knowledge that every species has its unique characteristics.

 

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Understanding Wildlife

Wildlife and animals face a lot of threats to survival and reproduction, the external forces caused by man and impact made by nature.  Mass extinctions by nature happen to bring a lot more damage to the ecosystem.  Mass extinctions occur because of the eruption of volcanoes leaving emitted gases which has led a lot of species to die.  There are also instances that climate change becomes a factor in extinction.  The sudden shift in temperature that caused the glaciers to harden also froze many marine creatures to death.

 

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Adapting Is Crucial For Surviving

Wildlife has its way of thriving to survive. The way they adapt to nature is phenomenal.  Imagine living in a place new to you without even knowing what language they speak.  You begin to get lost in places because you don’t know how to read directions.  But instead of whining, you start to find things that will benefit you to adapt little by little to the environment.  It is also true for wildlife. No matter how small the steps they take to adapt, there is nothing to do but continue and evolve.

 

Having Faith In Ourselves

Evolution can be harsh when the most significant enemy is humanity.  But the faith within us will manage to keep things as it should be and will continue to prosper.  As long as humans live, wildlife lives, too, and that is because nothing is more magnificent than the evolution of wildlife, the great works of nature.  And it is a gift that our grand-grand children deserve.

 

 

How To Be A Good House Husband

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Nowadays it is quite common for a household to have a breadwinner wife and a husband who manages the house. There are some reasons why the wife is the one who works for the family and why the husband is the one staying at home. It could be that he is just moving from one work to another but in the meantime, he remains at home. Or it could be that the wife has a higher salary and that the husband can securely manage the house. Until just recently, it was not socially acceptable for a husband not to work for the family, but as I’ve said, times are changing, and with it, we need to change as well. This role change should not be an issue with proper counseling according to newdirectioncounseling.org/.

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SpaceX: The Future Of Space Travel

 

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The development and evolution of advanced rockets and spacecraft started from scratch, and Elon Musk is the brain that made it possible. The successful first launch of Falcon Heavy Rocket makes it the largest rocket operation as of today. SpaceX was founded in 2002 and successfully achieved the re-flight of an orbital class rocket in 2017. Its mission is to sustain a city in Mars that provides to commence humans to become a multi-planet species that can successfully land an orbit and revolutionize the space technology.  NASA awarded SpaceX due to its ground system progress from a challenging feat.

 

The SpaceX Project

SpaceX is a project with the mission to enable humanity to explore space at a more affordable cost and allowing us to live on other planets in space. SpaceX is a project of Elon Musk, the founder of PayPal, CEO of Tesla Motors, and Chairman of SolarCity whose mission is to advance space technology for the future of humanity.

SpaceX successfully garnered the attention of everyone around the world while making a milestone in history. It is currently the only private company to successfully launch a spacecraft from low-orbit from the earth and come back in 2010. Then in 2012, the company delivered a cargo roundabout to the International Space Station, which was a challenging task to achieve with project Dragon spacecraft. The Dragon spacecraft has been providing the resupplying cargo missions for NASA since then.

 

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History In The Making

The launching of Falcon Heavy was successful on February 6 this year by project SpaceX. The Falcon Heavy with 27 engines and three boosters is currently the most massive rocket within the project. It has a power equal to 18 Boeing 747 jetliners and is presently the most powerful rocket ever built in operation. The last comparable rocket to it was the Saturn V rocket of NASA for the Apollo moon landing in the 1970s. It is the first orbital class rocket to make a re-flight in history, creating a milestone towards the future of rapid rocket reusability. SpaceX has the potential to send bigger satellites, spacecraft and other cargos into orbit at a more affordable price. It will open a world of opportunities both for humanity and business which can lead to the rise of space travel and planetary colonization in the future.

 

The Mannequin In The Roadster

During the launch, there was a mannequin on top of the rocket inside a Tesla Roadster named Starman. All the while, the Roadsters sound system was playing David Bowie’s Starman song on auto-repeat during the whole event. It was an image that has induced the cheers of everyone around the world. With the potential of project SpaceX, it is possible to send humans to Mars and build a new system for Mars Travel namely ‘Big Fucking Rocket’ (BFR.)

 

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SpaceX and Elon Musk have brought humanity closer to space exploration. Humanity will inevitably see the day when space travel is as comfortable as traveling to a different country due to the success of Falcon Heavy. Hopefully, this project will reach its full potential in the future.

2019-2020 Meteor Showers To Watch Out For (Do They Affect Mental Health?)

 

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Are you one of the few astronomy enthusiasts who look forward to witnessing celestial events? If you are, then you must be filled with excitement and anticipation over having to see them at the right time and the right moment. They say that some celestial events can have something to do with the status of one’s mental health. Do they, really?

(You can ask some experts in BetterHelp about this. It can be true or not, at least, you will get to talk to a counselor and unload all those mental health issues plaguing you.)

Meteor showers are among the most sought-after sky events that most people want to know about. Unfortunately, only very few countries are lucky enough to see full meteor showers. The rest of the world will have to watch these spectacles on television. Let’s focus on meteor showers for this article – what they are, why they are, and when they do appear for this year and the year to come.

 

What’s A Meteor Shower?

It’s a magnificent celestial phenomenon where several meteors are seen to originate and glow from a point in the evening sky known as the Radiant. The meteors are a result of a stream of cosmic remains or meteoroids coming into the Earth’s atmosphere at intensely fast velocities. There are more than 900 possible meteor showers in the list from the Meteor Data Center, and 100 of these are well-established.

Below are some meteor showers that are most commonly seen that present with the most activity. They are usually seen just before dawn, after midnight. Some showers that show peak activity during the first and last quarter of the moon phase are hard to observe.

 

Meteor Showers For 2019-2020

 

Lyrids (Next activity: April 16-28, 2019)

These are medium-strength showers that under normal circumstances produce sufficient rates for a maximum of three nights. Although they don’t have a lot of trains, they can create fireballs. They are best observed from the northern hemisphere, as the Radiant is high at dawn. They can also be seen in the southern hemisphere areas at a lower scale.

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Eta Aquariids (Next activity: April 19-May 28, 2019)

Eta Aquariids, when observed from the southern tropics, are strong and steady. However, they only create minimum activity, about 10-30 per hour, when observed before dawn. Eta Aquariids persist for a week, and they are fast and persistent with minimal fireballs.

 

Alpha Capricornoids (Next activity: July 3-Aug 15, 2019)

Described as plateau-like with its maximum centered on July 20th, the Alpha Capricornoids are minimally strong and seldom produce more than five showers per hour. They do produce bright and beautiful fireballs when they are active and are seen on both sides of the equator.

 

Perseids (Next activity: July 17-Aug 26, 2019)

These showers are famous during the August evenings when they peak and are seen from the northern tropics. The Perseids are strongest on August 12 or 13, where they are seen showering at a range of 50 to 75 per hour. These showers originate from the comet 109P or the Swift Tuttle when its particles are released to the solar system. The term Perseids come from Perseus, the conspicuous constellation near its Radiant (origin).

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Leonids (Next activity: Nov 6-30, 2019)

They are popular for creating meteor storms in 1833, 1966, 1999, and 2001. The Leonids are best observed when the comet 55P or the Tempel-Tuttle is near Perihelion, the sun’s closest approach. These are remaining debris from the comet. But the news is that the earth will not be seeing any dense clouds until 2099, so when the comet comes back in 2031 and 2064, no Perseids will be seen except when its activity peaks at more than 100 per hour.

 

Ursids (Next activity: December 17-26, 2019)

These meteor showers are frequently ignored because they peak only before the Christmas Season and are much less than the rest of the showers at 5 to 10 per hour in the late mornings. They can reach up to 25 during their maximum activity and sometimes show outbursts. Ursids are exclusively observed as a northern hemisphere celestial event.

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Quadrantids (Next activity: December 27, 2019-January 10, 2020)

Quadrantids can become the strongest showers of the year but they appear relatively shorter in duration, about six hours, and they are observed during the poorest weather condition in early January. They can reach up to 25 showers per hour but are usually seen as the skies are dark. They do occasionally produce fireballs but are not very visible from the southern hemisphere.

 

What other celestial events do you find interesting? Let us know!

 

What Are The Films That Can Improve Your Mental Health?

One of the things that you need to start prioritizing is improving your mental health. At this point in your life, it is vital to focus on things or activities that can help in making you feel happier. Take note that having passion and genuine happiness in your life can help a lot in avoiding mental health-related problems or illnesses.

(Be happy in life. Talk to a consultant at BetterHelp. You can get ideas on how to ignite your passion in life and be happy.)

 

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As you probably know by now, there are tons of ways on how you can make this happen. First of all, you can start following a healthy lifestyle wherein you will stick to a balanced diet as well as exercise regularly. If you continue to do this, your mood will improve, and it can ultimately make you a nicer person to everyone. At the same time, you can also start avoiding toxic people or relationships. The more you keep them away, the easier it would be on your part to feel relief and contentment.

 

Another way of achieving an improvement in your mental health is to watch movies that can make you feel positive emotions. Fortunately, this is not a tough or hard thing to do when there are great films produced by amazing directors and made by fantastic celebrities. In this article, we are going to provide you a list of movies that you can watch if you want to have improved mental health all year round. Here is it:

 

A Film About Family Love

 

It is the kind of film that you have to watch, especially if you are going through a difficult moment with your family members. Did your parents decide to split up? Is your brother experiencing drug addiction? Are there problems in your family? If you answered yes to these questions, then it is time to indulge in films that talk about the importance of having a loving family. Seeing these movies will remind you that family is everything in this life. As such, you will begin to become stronger in dealing with filial problems or issues.

 

A Film About Moving On

 

If you just suffered a traumatic experience arising from heartbreak, then be sure to gather movies that focus on moving on. Remember that what you are going through right now is only temporary, which means that things will get better someday. You can turn your life around as long as you know how to begin. To find out the answer to this question, you can always enjoy movies with themes about moving forward after a breakup. Learn from the different characters from these movies so that you can also find the perfect ways on how you can move on in real life.

 

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A Film About New Beginnings

 

Are you starting on a new journey in this life? Does it make you feel uncomfortable to start all over again? Do not worry because there are thousands of exciting films that can teach you about embracing every journey that you take. These movies usually highlight the challenges of starting anew as well as how to get through this challenging phase successfully. Do not be afraid to dig deeper and analyze the representations of each character in the movies. As you start to take a look at the bigger picture, you will realize that each character depicts his lesson for the viewer.

 

A Film About Self-Love

 

If you are the kind or type of person who struggles in loving yourself or in believing in your abilities, then do not hesitate to watch films with themes about self-love. Sometimes, you need an extra push to see the beauty within you finally. An excellent method of making this happen is to watch more movies about loving one’s self. Many films talk about how one person’s struggles made him a better person and enabled him to appreciate himself more. Look for this kind of movies so that you can also start to see your top qualities as a person.

 

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Always choose to go for films that are made with love by the people behind it. Take note that watching the movies mentioned above are not the only ways to have improved mental health. There are tons of other options available to you as long as you know how to explore them.

 

 

9 Singers With Odd Rituals Before A Show

Musicians are often portrayed as the kind of people who have no qualms about performing in a vast stadium or a therapist’s waiting area. However, what most fans do not know is that they get pre-show jitters too. It merely does not show on their performance because they either have great showmanship or their ceremonials work.

Check out the nine singers with odd rituals before a show.

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1. Led Zeppelin

Led Zeppelin’s pre-show rituals are not what one will expect from an international rock group. Instead of downing bottles of alcohol and being entertained by groupies, which were the normalcy back in the 80s, the members seem to have dropped their old habits and enjoy mugs of tea or coffee. Frontman Robert Plant has somewhat become domesticated too, considering he asks for an ironing board before the show. Pressing his shirt and trousers is his unique way of getting in the concert mood.

2. Mumford & Sons

The wood burning ritual is practically a weird necessity for Mumford & Sons, especially for its frontman Marcus Mumford who says that the fumes clear his headache every time. They use the South American Palo Santo wood, which is the Spanish term for the “Holy Wood.” Before the show, the members will light it up and gather around it to inhale as much of the smoke as possible. The same type of wood has been known to bring positive energy and luck. For the group, it eliminates their nervousness and calms their throats.

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3. Lorde

Because Lorde tends to tense up before every performance, the only things she can digest are dried seaweed or berries. According to her, she feels as if she is about to puke, even though her level of anxiety is not that high. For this reason, the singer does not eat a full meal before the show starts.

Lorde also cannot be away from her special blanket, which she likes to sleep under before hitting the stage. It is her safety blanket (literally), and it gives her peace of mind when she lies down with it.

4. John Legend

John Legend cannot wow his fans without a full stomach. And he is not contented with any meal. What he fancies to eat before the show is a roasted chicken. It seems quite reasonable, but the oddity comes in the fact that he has to have it every single pre-show.

5. Chris Martin (Coldplay)

Chris Martin has been the frontman of Coldplay since 1996, so he has gone through countless pre-shows more than half of his life. Apart from the group hug that he always shares with his bandmates, he allegedly has 18 rituals that are “too ridiculous to repeat.” One of them has something to do with personal hygiene, of course, as Chris Martin cannot perform if he has not brushed his teeth.

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6. P!nk

P!nk is another fantastic artist who has an odd ritual before a performance. It involves having her nipples pinched first by somebody else in advance. It is admitted a bit strange – not to mention, painful – yet it perhaps jumpstarts her senses.

7. Kanye West

Wherever Kanye West does a show, he has to have a barber’s chair offstage. It needs to be there all the time, regardless if he is getting a haircut or not. The rapper possibly prefers that over the plushest chair in the world. The reason behind it is still yet to be heard, but that’s how he spends his time before a live event.

8. Miley Cyrus

Contrary to what some people think, Miley Cyrus does care about her private parts. The Hollywood celebrity makes sure that none of them are showing through her clothes, no matter how daring they may be. Before she performs on the stage (or rides a large swinging ball), her younger sister Noah needs to take a final inspection of her appearance. That is to verify that the singer’s genitals – specifically her vagina – are not out for the whole world to see.

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9. Katy Perry

While Katy Perry loves having flowers in her dressing room, carnations should not be among them. She asks for specific flowers as well before her show, and even offers alternatives in case what her requests are not accessible at the time. Also, the pop star needs to have one box of Huggies baby wipes – most likely to remove her cosmetics and to maintain her smooth skin.

Final Thoughts

All of these singing superstars are normal human beings who aim to conquer their stage fright through various means. The blanket, the chant, and the chair – they help the singers stay focused on the show so that they can continue doing what they love to do the most: performing. Such things may be odd in our eyes, but they are a necessity for them. Nevertheless, they cannot be called artists if they do not present even a little eccentricity, right?

Family Movies Available On Netflix

There’s no doubt that Netflix is now one of the most sought after channels that people love. That’s due to the wide selection of movies they get and share with their family and friends. Tons of genres are available such as sci-fi, romantic comedy, action, horror, thriller, and more. The lists of movies feature high definition. There’s a plus ultra HD depending on the subscription.

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What’s interesting about the channel is its categorical arrangement. With that, nice segregation of films is available. Some selections fit every family member’s wants and needs. And even if people end up having mixed generations, it’s never going to be a problem because picking a movie on Netflix is as easy as one, two, and three.

Top Family Movies

Pete’s Dragon

It is quite a proper release on cinemas last 2017. It is a remake of Disney’s lesser-known masterpiece (check it out in Babble.com).  Though it didn’t reasonably do well on the widescreen, it is still one of the most kid-friendly movies available on Netflix. It is primarily about a boy (Pete) who loses his family tragically at a very young age. He is lost in the woods and gets adopted by a dragon he named Elliot. The plot becomes interesting when he gets discovered by a park ranger that attempts to bring him back to the outside world. It is quite an exciting cinematography for children though, for adults, there are few heavy themes to consider. These include the boy’s struggle in the woods for a very long time and his reintroduction to society. Some parents might feel bad or sad about the whole kid’s experience. But overall, the film has a right balance and reasonably well-rounded.

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The Iron Giant

It is an animated pick that gets included on the list due to its overall impact not only on kids but on adults as well. It is one of the last movies done in animation on a classic hand-drawn style before everything went digital. The story took place in the ’50s, something like a cold war era. There are guns and some strong scenes, but it’s not done in a way that scares children either. It is about a kid who befriends a giant robot. The thought of the animated film revolves in their friendship and how they handle the odds of both worlds. It’s a must-see movie that can receive a higher spot on the list.

Turner And Hooch

It is a type of movie that everyone will enjoy from the beginning only until to a 90% mark of the whole experience of watching it. That’s due to the film’s heavier themes that may not be suitable for some children. Though adults may find it contemplating, the last scenes are typically overwhelming. It’s much better parents don’t allow little kids to watch it due to the plot twist. Adults must be careful in allowing kids to watch the shootout at a certain point. The story is basically about a cop (Tom Hanks) who needs to get a hold of the dog because he’s a witness on a crime. The dog’s job is to identify the people that are present in the crime scene. Overall, it’s pretty much a solid pick on Netflix that families can enjoy. You can also read some reviews in www.familyhype.com.

Harry And The Hendersons

Another old film on the list is Harry and the Hendersons. It is a movie that contains a lot of different elements in it that the whole family can enjoy. People can say that it is entirely intended for kids because it doesn’t have any inappropriate scenes. There is no sexual or foul languages and only manage to feature mild violence. It is an exciting movie that contains a lot of funny clips. Both kids and adults will be excited to watch it due to its friendly vibe.

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Mowgli

It’s one of the best picks on Netflix because it is just fantastic and did entirely well in an overall aspect. It’s entertaining, and it kind of helps kids learn that there are a lot of things out there. Though the story somehow takes a part of Disney’s “Jungle Book,” the whole plot of the story is undoubtedly different from the latter. The story still runs with Mowgli avoiding the monkeys, eating fruits, and learning how to survive while protecting himself and the animals from the tiger, Sher Khan. It receives praises from becoming a realistic version of the tale told centuries ago. Though some people consider its cinematography as something that’s not designed for a happy movie, it still quite brings the essence of survival. For the comparison, I’d say Mowgli takes the crown of being the best version of the “Jungle Book.”

If you have recommendations of movies you find on Netflix that you think would be good for the family, please don’t hesitate to let me know.