Curve

Curve yoga-Image credit- by Adrian Valenzuela (Flickr.com)

(Setu Bandha Sarvangasana)

Around the world, people are forming a Curve with their bodies. It is the bridge pose in Yoga or Setu Bandha Sarvangasana. Millions stretch and bend on the International day of Yoga

International Day of Yoga, or commonly referred to as Yoga Day, is celebrated annually on June 21 since its inception in 2015. An international day for yoga was declared by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on December 11, 2014, almost unanimously.

Yoga is a 5,000-year-old physical, mental and spiritual practice which has its origin in India.  It aims to transform both body and mind.

Benefits of Yoga:

  • Increased flexibility.
  • Increased muscle strength and tone

 

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Housie

Housie

Housie also known as Bingo and Tambola. It is a gambling game played in Britain, New Zealand, Australia and India.  In this game, the players mark off numbers on their ticket as they are called out randomly.

A housie ticket is as shown above. It comprises fifteen numbers, set in nine columns by three rows. The players when they come to the venue have to buy tickets or book of tickets. The game has a compere or a caller, whose task is to call out numbers and to check the winning tickets. He/ she will then announce the prize or prizes for each game. Usually, the prizes are given as under:

Full House– All the fifteen numbers have been called and ticked off on the ticket.

Line–  Covering the horizontal line of five numbers on the ticket.  The prizes are given to top, middle and bottom line winners.

Compere or caller slangs- Usually, when the numbers are called out they have slang terms which are as under:

Number 1 – “Kelly’s Eye”.

Number 10- “10 Downing Street”

Number 12- “Dozen”

Number 45- “Halfway there”

Number 69 – “Dinner for Two Sixty-Nine”

Number 88- “Two Fat Ladies”

Number 90 –Top of the shop”.

Bingo- “Full House”

 

 

 

*/This post is inspired by Weekly Photo Challenge Numbers./*

 

Jetsons and future

I remember watching The Jetsons out of sheer admiration for the future. So here we are now, in 2016…

Jetsons

The Jetson family (clockwise from upper left) — Rosie (robot), George, Jane, Judy, Elroy, and Astro the dog.

Flat screens… flat screens all over

Jetsons and flatscreens

furniture fascinating ideas of wall mount for flat screen tv consideration Image source -http://charzone.top/

The first season of The Jetsons aired in 1962. They depict the world within the 2060s, wherever flat screens are the norm – all over. Sure, these days that looks common, however, if you take a glance at alternative series, that were developed a lot later, even within the 90s, you don’t see this rise of flat screens.

Jane Jetson watches robot football on her wall-sized TV screen

Jane Jetson watches robot football on her wall-sized TV screen Image source SMITHSONIAN.COM

Household robots

new household robots like asimo take tai chi lessons to improve agility Image source- www.emaze.com

new household robots like Asimo take tai chi lessons to improve agility
Image source http://www.emaze.com


They got it right… type of. Rosie is a robot maid able to think for herself and learn new things. She additionally seems to have her own personality… and during this regard, we tend to still don’t have robots like this. However, we tend to have cleaning robots – in 2012, Honda ‘s Asimo was the foremost advanced mechanism so far. It will walk, speak and have straightforward interactions with humans.  Furthermore, you might have robots which may keep the house clean, most notably the iRobot – therefore, we tend to have robots which may interact with us and clean the house – we tend to simply don’t have robots which may do each at an equivalent time. But, we could still figure that out.

Jetsons

Rosie from the Jetsons

Video chat

Video chat with Skype

Video chat with Skype Image source – dailytechmag.com


Video chat was foretold by several, however, The Jetsons were the first. Though you don’t see Mr George or Mr.Spacely use Plantronics Cisco Headsets or Skype to speak to their families, the technology is similar. Videophones and video conferences (with quite a pair of people) were developed all the approach back within the 970s as a part of AT&T’s development of Picturephone technology. However, it wasn’t till the first 2000s that everything extremely took off.

Jetsons

I vividly remember that George Jetson’s video phone was just about the coolest thing I’d ever seen when I was a kid.

Nanotechnology
Everything within the Jetsons revolves around nanotechnologies – even George’s automobile shrinking to a suitcase size, and we’re getting down to see that. As of August 21, 2008, the Project on rising Nanotechnologies estimates that over 800 manufacturer-identified nanotech merchandise are in public out there, with new ones hit the market at a pace of 3–4 per week and ceaselessly growing. Therefore,  we don’t have shrinking cars, we’ve titanium oxide in sun blocker, cosmetics, surface coatings, and some food products; Carbon allotropes used to turn out gecko tape; silver in food packaging, clothing, disinfectants and social unit appliances; philosopher’s wool in sunscreens and cosmetics, surface coatings, paints and out-of-doors furnishings varnishes; and Cerium oxide as a fuel catalyst. We’re still within the early phases of engineering science, however, we’re getting there.

Jetsons

The Pillcam, a swallowable tiny camera that takes a lot of pictures while it goes through the digestive system, got approved by the FDA.

 

Flying cars

Jetsons

Flying-car maker adds vertical take-off, hybrid-electric model to planned line-up

Flying cars were seen in The Jetsons but we have not yet seen them. The research is still working on them. A U.S. aerospace firm is designing a vehicle that drives like a car, takes off like a helicopter and flies like a plane.

Jetsons Sunday Drive Image source- wildsvillegallery.com

Jetsons Sunday Drive
Image source wildsvillegallery.com

 

*/This post is inspired by WPC Future. The past and the present might be open to interpretation but are still constrained by the reality of what was and is. The future? It’s tremendously intangible, brimming with possibility. /*

 

 

 

Nanotechnology references:

zmescience 

usatoday 

 

Strawberry, health

STRAWBERRY IS GOOD FOR HEALTH

Strawberry is hybrid species of the ‘genus Fragaria’ grown across the globe. This fruit is cherished for its distinctive aroma, upbeat red color, juicy texture and sweetness. Foods that are preserved like preserves, fruit juice, pies, ice-creams, milkshakes and chocolates are often consumed in large quantities. The fruit was first bred in Brittany, France in 1750s via a cross of Fragaria virginiana from North America and Fragaria chiloensis brought from Chile by Amedee-Francois Frezier in 1714. The wooden strawberry (Fragaria Vesca) is now in commercial production.

Strawberry, health

Strawberry

 

Nutritional facts of strawberries- 

In ancient Roman literature, reference is found for medicinal use of strawberry. People began using it for its made-up medicinal properties and botanists began naming the different species. Wimbledon is associated with serving strawberries as a summer treat which gives unexpected health benefits. The strawberry plant was used for treating depressive illnesses. If one has raw strawberry of serving size 152g, then calories would be 49, total carbohydrate would be 4%, and dietary fiber would be 12%, vitamin C 149%, calcium 2% and iron 3%. Strawberry serves as an effective antioxidant too. It has polyphenol antioxidant in it.

Some health benefits

Strawberries have anti-inflammatory properties. Regular intake of strawberries for 3 times per week show an improvement from unwanted inflammation. Other benefits that one can derive with strawberries are prevention of certain cancer types like oesophageal cancer and cardiovascular benefits. The phytonutrients work together to provide cardiovascular benefits. There is decreased oxidation of fats (lipid peroxidation) in the cell membranes of cells that line the blood vessels; decreased levels of circulating fats, including total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol; and decreased activity of angiotensin I-converting enzyme (ACE). The enzyme’s over activity increases the risk of high blood pressure.  With daily intake of strawberries over 1-3 months of time, there is a substantial change found. Amounts of strawberries in most researches were comparable to 1-2 cups of strawberries per day.

The antioxidants quercetin, kaemferol and anthocyanin help in reducing formation of harmful blood clots associated with strokes. A reduced risk of stroke has been associated with high potassium intakes.

Strawberry also helps in the improvement of inflammatory bowel problems like ulcerative colitis acetylsalicylic acid of aspirin and Crohn’s disease. Strawberries contain very small amount of salicylic acid which is an anti-inflammatory compound that is similar to acetylsalicylic acid of aspirin. The naturally occurring anti-inflammatory substance in strawberries helps in decreasing inflammation of the digestive tract of individuals diagnosed with inflammatory bowel diseases like ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease.

Strawberry is beneficial in inflammation-related arthritis which includes rheumatoid arthritis and inflammation-related disease of the eye, including macular degeneration. The unique combination of anti-inflammatory phytonutrients in strawberries is the key factor for its benefits.

Folate in strawberry helps with depression by averting an excess of homocysteine from forming in the body. Homocysteine thwarts blood and other nutrients from reaching the brain. Feel-good hormones like serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine regulate mood, sleep and appetite but with excessive homocysteine, they interfere with the production of the hormones.

Tips and for preparation and cooking of strawberries

Strawberries are perishable and hence they should be washed just before eating or adding in the recipe. Gently wash the strawberries and do not remove the cap. Pat them dry which prevent excess water absorption and degrade strawberries’ texture and flavour. Strawberries should be eaten freshly and not prepared in a cooked recipe as it retains the maximum amount of nutrients and has the maximum taste. Since, nutrients like vitamins, antioxidants and enzymes cannot withstand temperatures 350 degrees F used in baking.

Best ways to eat strawberries– Strawberries are available fresh, frozen, jellies, syrups and jams. Always check the label of frozen and dried strawberries for sugars that are added. One should choose fruit spreads while looking for jellies and jams because they do not have added sweeteners and fillers. Some healthy tips to include strawberry in diet:

  •  Green Salad- one could add strawberries to one’s green salad.
  •  Yoghurt – strawberries could be had with yoghurt and blueberries.
  •  Breakfast shakes- one could also have it one’s breakfast shakes.

Strawberries and cream

By Micolo J from Shrewsbury, England (Strawberries and cream) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

 

How can one forget strawberries and cream,  A Good Match indeed!

So, consume strawberries and be in good health!