byAlma Abell

When you install a solar hot water system into your home, you are looking for a long-term solution to rising energy costs. You are looking to make an investment into your home, as it will cost you to have the new system installed. That investment will begin to pay off quickly, though, especially when you notice how little you are paying for energy the first month. When you are considering using Solar Hot Water in Hawaii instead of your “energy-hog” of a hot water heater, you will make your money back on the purchase down the line. With the way that energy costs are on the Islands, it won’t take you long to start seeing the benefits. While you wait to get your full investment back, though, you can still enjoy getting near endless hot water in the “greenest” way possible.

The key to getting the right kind of solar energy system for your home is finding the right company to handle both the planning and the installation. Solar hot water systems need to be installed correctly to obtain maximum efficiency. It’s not just about the solar panels that are involved, it is also about the “plumbing” system as well. You want insulated copper pipes to be used to prevent corrosion (which can happen quickly), and brass piping with copper fittings that will stand the test of time. Getting high quality solar panels is important in terms of the type of power that is produced, but so is the actual system that is going to handle the hot water in your home.

There continues to be both state and federal benefits for those who switch part or all of their home energy to solar power. When it comes to picking the right company to handle the job, you want to take experience into effect, as the job needs to be done correctly the first time they come out. The Sonshine Solar Corp has specialized in installing solar power systems for more than three decades, and you can find more info on what they offer, and why you can trust them, at

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Study says dogs can smell lung and breast cancer

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Monday, August 7, 2006

Dogs can be trained to detect early and late stages of lung and breast cancer accurately according to a study published by California scientists in the little-known scientific journal Integrative Cancer Therapies.

The study took place over the last five years at the Pine Street Foundation, a non-profit organization which conducts evidence-based research on integrative medicine (combining complementary and alternative medicine and mainstream medicine). Michael McCulloch and colleagues used three Labrador Retrievers and two Portuguese Water Dogs, both common pets, that received basic behavioral dog training. The researchers trained the dogs to lie down next to a sample from a cancer patient and to ignore other samples.

The samples used were breath samples from 55 patients with lung cancer and 31 with breast cancer — the two types of cancer with the highest mortality rates in the United States.

After the training phase, the dogs’ accuracy diagnosis was tested in a double-blind experiment. Among lung cancer patients, the sensitivity and specificity were 99% accurate and for breast cancer sensitivity was 88% and specificity 98%. Because these figures seem almost too good to be true, cancer experts are the same time baffled and skeptical. The authors of the study themselves also say replication of the study is needed.

Importantly, this was independent of the cancer stage, meaning the dogs were able to pick up the scent of cancer in its early stages. This is important because in many cases, the success of any treatment depends on early diagnosis. However, the researchers don’t believe this will lead to the use of dogs in the clinic soon, rather they want to find out which chemicals are actually sensed by the canines, because they could be used in laboratory assays. “It’s not like someone would start chemotherapy based on a dog test,” Dr. Gansler of the American Cancer Society said, “They’d still get a biopsy.”.

The researchers were inspired by anecdotal reports about dogs detecting cancer. In 1989, a British women consulted with her family physician because her Dalmatian kept licking a mole on her leg. At biopsy it showed to be malignant melanoma. When diagnosed too late this form of cancer has a poor survival rate, but in this case early surgery was made possible, and the women survived. Prior studies showed that breath samples from patients with lung cancer or breast cancer contain distinct biochemical markers. This provides a basis for the hypothesis that some cancer types produce volatile chemicals that dogs could smell. A study published in the British Medical Journal already proved that dogs could use their exquisite sense of smell to detect bladder cancer in urine samples, but they were only correct in 41% of cases, and another study provided preliminary evidence that dogs could detect melanomas.

This doesn’t mean you can show your breasts to your dog and it will tell you if you have cancer, other physicians caution, and scientists do not advise people to train their dogs to sniff for cancer. Unresolved issues from the study include the fact that subjects were required to breathe deeper than normal, so it’s not sure whether dogs can smell cancer in normal breath. Also, whether this is a permanent skill that would be retained by dogs was not tested.

Finally, there are concerns that could arise over liability issues: who would be responsible when the dog makes a mistake?

Current detection methods for both lung and breast cancer are not flawless. For lung cancer, chest X-ray and sputum cytology (detecting cancer cells in coughed up fluid) fail to detect many early cases, and CT scan produces many false-positive results unless combined with expensive PET scans. Although it might be comparing apples and oranges, a $2.5 million CT scanner has an accuracy of 85 to 90%. Mammography also produces false-positive results, and it may be difficult in women with dense breast tissue. As such, another type of “pet”-scan, using dogs as a biological assay, might prove feasible for screening if supported by further research. Current tests are also expensive so the use of dogs for preliminary cancer testing could prove to be an affordable alternative for countries in the developing world.

Miners survive underground fire in Tasmania

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Tuesday, January 3, 2006

Three miners have escaped uninjured after being trapped underground by a mineshaft fire on Tasmania’s west coast. The men took shelter in a chamber more than a kilometre underground. A worker noticed smoke coming from a shaft at Avebury nickel mine on Trial Harbour Road near Zeehan at 7.45am.

The blaze started after a truck working 400 metres underground toppled and caught fire. It took nearly five hours for rescue teams to bring the blaze under control, move the burning truck and reach the trapped miners.

Allegiance Mining chairman Tony Howland-Rose said the workers were safe. “The emergency response procedures in place at Avebury were activated and resulted in the vehicle fire being extinguished and the safe rescue of the miners,” Mr Howland-Rose said.

Ambulance crews say the men appear to be in good health. Queenstown Police Inspector Mark Beech-Jones says rescue workers reached the men just before midday.

“We’ve dispatched a number of ambulance service personnel there just to give them a check up but from our initial discussions with them, they are fine,” he said.

The Avebury nickel mine is a new project for the Sydney-based company – Allegiance Mining. Allegiance suspended trading on the stock exchange this morning. Mr Howland-Rose said the suspension of trading would be in place until it became clear what had happened at the mine.

The mine is undergoing a $60 million redevelopment and was due to resume mining later this year.

By Rachels Saxon

To explain and illuminate this information, first we need to understand what happens to us when we leave the earth plane. When we die our physical body dies, but our astral body lives on and this body which is our spiritual essence goes onto an astral plane that is very close to the earth or physical plane. There are many unseen realms all around us which include departed souls and also spirit beings that have never walked the earth. In fact billions of spirit forms exists all around us, most of us are blissfully unaware of this due to our sixth sense being undeveloped.

A psychic medium will for the purposes of a reading, raise his or her frequency or vibration using their minds, they will raise their consciousness up into the higher realms where the vibrations on the astral plane hold the mind and personalities of the departed souls. The medium then opens the communication lines and channels the information through for the sitter. I must add that this for experienced mediums can act in the blink of an eye. Sometimes prior to a psychic medium reading the spirit linked to the sitter will come through and make contact the night before to the medium.

The information which comes through is then called an evidential reading, this is where the medium seeks to reassure the sitter that they have in fact contacted a friend or relative who now resides on the astral plane following death. The sort of information which would effect this would be things like shared memories, information about the persons character, their physical appearance, items which are known for a particular memory or time, anything which is clear and defines that connection has been made. Good psychic mediums can usually bring the names through too.

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The medium is able to communicate with the mind of the deceased to prove to the sitter that they have not died and that they simply live on without a physical shell as yet never proven by science! The personality of the departed person survives it is simply the physical shell that dies as is the law of the life death cycle.

If you are experiencing a psychic medium reading but have requested not to receive information about lost loved ones then the reader shall simply use their spirit guides and possibly other guides to answer your questions. A good psychic medium will tune into your energy and know what your main concern is and what is most pressing for you at that time though it is very important not to be blocked, to try and test the reader as this will simply stop the flow of information and you may be in the position of having a reading which didnt connect.

Most companies who are worth their salt will place you with a different reader should you experience a non connection. I would also strongly urge that you let the information flow to you and listen to it. If you do not like what is coming forth, it will be the truth if it is coming from spirit side who are there to help us on the mortal plain, you must look within and be strong if an unsavoury truth is to be faced and not blame the reader!

About the Author: Rachel Saxon writes for the metaphysical industry and is a Reiki Master. Highly Recommended





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Plastic surgeon to the stars Dr. Frank Ryan has died in a car accident at age 50. It is reported that the Jeep Ryan was driving crashed over the side of the Pacific Coast Highway and landed on rocks. Lifeguards were first on the scene and unsuccessfully tried to rescue Ryan. It is thought that no other vehicle was involved in the incident.

Dr. Ryan, a celebrity in his own right, performed plastic surgery on several stars including Janice Dickinson, Gene Simmons, Shauna Sand and Adrianne Curry. He appeared on several television shows and became one of the first people to perform plastic surgery on television in 1995.

A representative for Janice Dickinson released a statement about the death of Ryan. She said “Janice is deeply, deeply anguished! She is stunned and wants the world to know what a genius Dr. Ryan was.”

Ryan was traveling with his pet dog at the time of the crash; the dog was found seriously injured in the ocean and was transported to a local veterinarian. Dr. Ryan was pronounced dead at the scene.

Yahoo! snaps up Flickr

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Monday, March 21, 2005

Portal and search company Yahoo! has purchased Ludicorp Research and Development Ltd., the private corporation which owns the photo sharing site Flickr.The news was officially disclosed in a Sunday posting to the corporation’s staff blog and is credited to Caterina Fake, Flickr’s vice president of marketing and community. The posting announced the sale, but did not disclose details of the deal. In a report by Silicon.Com, Yahoo! spokeswoman Joanna Stevens confirmed the deal on Sunday but also did not disclose the terms.

Both Fake and Stevens said Flickr will remain independent. Stevens added that Flickr’s employees will relocate to the Yahoo! headquarters in Sunnyvale, California later this year.

Rumors of the sale have been circulating amongst bloggers for some time, though neither company would confirm or deny the rumored sale. Other rumors had Google or AOL as Flickr’s probable suitor.

Flickr allows users to upload pictures from their computers, digital cameras, or camera phones to a personal website where they can display them, engage in photo blogging and create photo albums. The graphics may be licensed under a variety copyright license schemes including public domain, and photo owners can be easily contacted through the website.

Yahoo! had earlier announced Yahoo! 360°, a blogging service with sharing privileges and integration with other Yahoo! services such as internet broadcasting and instant messaging.

Sunday, January 21, 2007

In the United Kingdom, an anti-pollution operation is under way after the stricken ship MSC Napoli started to leak dangerous heavy fuel oil.

The heavy fuel oil that is leaking from the beached Italian ship is extremely dangerous for the environment. Fear of pollution increased after the ship was further damaged during storms last Thursday. MSC Napoli was beached by Devon coastguards after it suffered heavy structual damage in the gale force storms of Thursday, 18 January 2007, that wreaked havoc across Northern Europe. The ship, which contains 160 containers of hazardous chemical substances, is listing at 35 degrees.

The entire 26-man crew was rescued by navy helicopters Thursday after severe gales. Cracks were found on both sides of the ship, but the current oil leak was not expected.

Around 2,400 containers were carried by the 62,000 tonne ship, some of which contain potentially dangerous hazardous chemicals.

The Coastguards have reported that up to 200 of the containers carrying materials such as perfume and battery acid are loose from the ship and they are looking for missing containers. South African stainless steel producer Columbus Stainless confirmed on Friday that there was at least 1,000 tonnes of nickel on board MSC Napoli.

A hole in the ship flooded the engine room and there’s now fears that the ship will break up. Saturday MSC Napoli was towed to Portland when a ”structural failure” forced the salvage team to beach it. As the storms have continued MSC Napoli has been further damaged.

The authorities have warned people about the pollution, which already has reached the beaches at Devon, but many want to see it on their own. Police have closed Branscombe Beach as more than 20 containers have broken up scattering their contents along the beach.

Sky News reported Sunday that the costs of the accident might be very high as thousands of pounds worth of BMW motorbikes, car parts, empty oak barrels and perfume might get lost in flooding containers.

Top 5 mistakes to avoid when you are taking a jewelry loan by Lisa AguilarMost people visit pawn shops in Kansas City to obtain emergency loans. This is because the processing time is very quick as there is no credit score checks or documentation involved. You can just bring in your precious jewelry to any pawn shop in Kansas City, where an offer is made depending on the value of your item and after agreeing upon certain terms, you are provided with cash instantly. However, there are some common mistakes people make when they visit pawn shops at Kansas City. They are given here,- Jumbling the appraisal amount with the offered loanIt is a good practice to have your jewelry appraised before taking it to a pawn shop. This will help you have a clear idea about the actual value of the piece. But sometimes, people expect to be given the same appraisal value as loan. But Pawn shops cannot make money by offering the appraisal value of the item. Keep in mind, that the loan offered would be slightly lower than the worth of the jewelry. – Underestimating the value of broken jewelrySome people believe that if a jewel piece is broken or have a cosmetic defect, it becomes cheap. But in truth, prize offered by the pawnbrokers is based on how much value your jewelry holds as a metal rather than its physical beauty. – Not shopping aroundDo not just go to the nearest pawn shop. It is very important to choose your pawnbroker carefully. Look for online reviews and ask suggestions from your friend or family members who took jewelry loans before. Weigh the pros and cons of different pawnbrokers and select the right person with whom you are most comfortable with.- Do not trust anyone blindlyDo not let anyone take advantage of your crisis. Read the terms carefully and do not place your signature if you do not understand any part of the agreement. – There is a difference between solid gold and gold-plated jewelryKnow whether your jewelry is purely made of gold or simply layered with it. There is a considerable price difference between them both. Avoid these mistakes and you will not be disappointed in the future.The author works for a jewelry shop as an appraiser. He has written various blogs on gold jewelry, diamonds, platinum and pawning. He recommends Sol’s jewelry to sell or pawn your precious jewels. To know more about this pawn shop at Kansas City, visit solskc.comArticle Source:

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Message in bottle travels from UK to Australia

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Friday, January 20, 2006

A message in a bottle thrown into the sea by a four-year-old girl in England has been found 9,000 miles away in Western Australia.

Alesha Johnson threw the bottle into the water at Morecambe Bay, Lancashire last July, enclosing her Heysham address, and a picture of herself.

The note read: “If you get this message, please write back.”

This week, she received a letter from a 10-year-old from Perth, who said he had found the bottle in a local Boatyard.

Doreen Johnson, the manager of the nursery Alesha attends in Heysham, said: “We were all very excited when the letter from Australia arrived addressed to Alesha.

“We never dreamed the bottle would go that far, it’s amazing.”

The Australian boy, who said only that his name was Bob, wrote in his letter that he had asked his father to look up Heysham on the Internet.

The child did not enclose an address as he said he was moving house, but would write back when he had his new address: “We are in the middle of moving house and it’s Christmas here but when we are settled I’ll write to you again”.

Nobody will know exactly how it got there but the most likely route would have been into the Atlantic, sweeping down the west coast of Africa and into the Southern Hemisphere. After rounding the Cape of Good Hope the bottle must have then crossed the Indian Ocean. Oceanographers suspect the bottle could not have travelled the whole way on its own in only six months, and it must have been caught up by a ship and transported part of the way.

“It was summertime when we threw it in the sea. All the children in class were given bottles to take home in July but Alesha’s is the only one that got a reply”, she said.

“I don’t know what the other parents did with theirs. We went straight down to Morecambe Bay. Alesha was only 3 at the time. She could barely throw the cola bottle beyond her feet. I just assumed it would be washed straight back and forgot all about it.”

“Then recently when I went to pick her up from nursery I was told that she had had a reply from this little boy and it had made it all the way to Australia. I couldn’t believe it. I was walking on air for about four days and was really proud. It’s made me very happy.” Ms. Matthews said that Bob had made a copy of Alesha’s original note and returned it to the Time For Nursery in Heysham. He also wrote to Alesha and the family is now looking forward to learning more about him.

“I have never heard of a message in a bottle travelling so far so quickly.”

Last December a message in a bottle sent from New York was washed up at Newquay, Cornwall. It had been sent 18 months earlier.