Sofya Dickson – a Spiderchild in the Making

You can see toddler playing in the field or climb a stairways. But you can not see Sofia like an average child. This three year old toddler can match what spiderman did in the movie. Sofya Dickson knows how to climb in a frame door with its height conquering how her feet pasted along the side without a struggle in her face, and say ‘I can doit! I can doit !’

She became a Youtube sensation when the video of her posted by her father Peter just in a week after his sister requested to watch her niece climbing the door. And now it reached to 275,000 hits across the globe.

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Sofya father’s Peter filmed her using smartphone when the young gymnast started sticking in the door frame with her two legs moving upward till her head reaching the top of the door frame.

He said: ‘Sofya taught herself to climb the door frame. She said she did it to be as tall as mummy and daddy but I suspect another reason was to try and reach the sweets which we hide on top of the fridge! I had a lot of comments saying I should take her to the local rock climbing centre, so I might give them a call and see if they would let a three-year-old through the door.’

This three year old toddler ability in climbing the door frame makes her an instant star. Many American televisions were requesting to have the 40 second clip to be broadcast, and an offer by a Californian marketing company to secure a commercial deals.   Sofya’s parents, Peter and Saziye were stunned of the public interest, who also have a nine-month old twin boys decided to donate money raised  by the footage to the charity Save the Children.

Her father says he has been stunned by the worldwide interest which includes requests from American television stations to broadcast the 40 second clip and an offer by a Californian marketing company to secure Sofya commercial deals. But Peter and his wife Saziye, 35, who also have nine-month-old twin boys, have decided to donate money raised by the footage to the charity Save the Children.

When asked about the reaction of Sofya regarding the worldwide sensation of the video, the toddler main concern was to let her friends in the nursery to be able to watch it.


AIDS Vaccine in 2019?

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After decades of search for AIDS vaccine, it was a sigh of relief for the victims and incoming victims when it was announced vaccine will be available comes 2019.

“We know the face of the enemy,” declared Dr. Barton Haynes, of Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, and recent director of the Center for HIV AIDS Vaccine Immunology (CHAVI). The research consortium was funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), founded in 2005 by the National Institutes of Health to identify and overcome roadblocks in the design of vaccines for the human immunodeficiency virus, which causes AIDS.

In 1984, the HIV that causes AIDS became the most fearsome disease when brutally put victims to death in a deathbed waiting to die while dying. It was announced that after two years vaccine will becomes available. But the press conference by U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Margaret Heckler in 1984 turns out a a failed expectations because of the virus availability to replicate into different strain and the availability of vaccine cast a cloud of doubt for those researchers.

HIV is a moving target, constantly spitting out slightly different versions of itself, with different strains affecting different populations around the world. The virus is especially pernicious since it attacks the immune system, the very mechanism the body needs to fight back. The ability of virus to replicate in another strain makes it difficult for scientist to discover vaccine for decades.

But a breakthrough in 2009 a clinical trial in Thailand involving 16,000 adults gives a hint that it is possible to prevent HIV infections in human using more powerful anti-bodies vaccines. Results of the study published in 2009 showed the vaccine combination cut HIV infections by 31.2 percent. According to Michael and many other experts, the result was not big enough to be considered effective, but its impact on researchers was huge, says Wayne Koff, chief scientific officer of the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) based in New York.

Then a follow-up trial testing to beef-up versions of the vaccines among heterosexuals in South Africa and men who have sex with men in Thailand. A moves to fast-track the results to have a license vaccine in 2019.

A study published in February showed this vaccine protected monkeys from a virulent strain of HIV. Animals that did become infected after repeated exposure also had low levels of virus in their blood. Safety studies in human patients are just starting, with large-scale efficacy studies slated for 2016.

AIDS is no longer a death sentence. Thanks to the drug that control the virus for decades. Although, 34 million people are infected with HIV worldwide, and 2.7 million new infections in 2010 alone, still vaccine is the best solution in preventing the spread of virus.

The current crop of vaccines is largely designed to train immune system cells known as T-cells to recognize and kill cells already infected with HIV. While these trials progress, scientists are working on even more advanced vaccines that activate powerful antibodies to prevent HIV from infecting cells in the first place. Both would be administered before a person becomes exposed to the virus.

For the First Time – Habitable Earth-Like Planet Discovered

NASA Kepler Mission confirms for the first time – habitable Earth-like planet discovered. It has its own star just as smaller and cooler than our sun in which the discovered planet revolves. The planet identified as Kepler-22b located the same distance of its own sun-like star, like the Earth does as it moves around the sun. The unbelievable discovery prompting scientists to have a closer step in finding Earth-like planets.

Scientists has to determine yet the planet whether it is a dominated by rocks, gases of liquids. But according to a verified statistics and analysis, the location of the planet that is in habitable zone could lead to determine that water exists.

NASA confirms that planet Kepler-22b is much larger than our earth with 2.4 times its radius, and it will moves around its sun-like star for 290 days much closer to earth revolution. The planet sun-like star is the same class of our sun which belongs to G-type but much smaller and cooler.

The planet distance to Earth could be 600 light years away.

“This is a major milestone on the road to finding Earth’s twin,” said Douglas Hudgins, Kepler program scientist at NASA Headquarters in Washington. “Kepler’s results continue to demonstrate the importance of NASA’s science missions, which aim to answer some of the biggest questions about our place in the universe.”

NASA Kepler Mission started announcing last year the discoveries of 1,094 new planets, and this dramatically increased in February 2011 for about 2,326 new planets discovered with an increase of 89 percent. Of these, 207 are approximately Earth-size, 680 are super Earth-size, 1,181 are Neptune-size, 203 are Jupiter-size and 55 are larger than Jupiter.

The findings of Earth-size planets and super Earth-size planets have increased by more than 200 and 140 percent since February, respectively. With the discovery of Earth-like planets, 54 are identified in ‘habitable zone’ which means could possible that life exist in another world. Planet Kepler-22b is the first proclaimed in the habitable zone.

Kepler is the first NASA mission to discovered Earth-like planets started full blast operation last year in finding closer the twin of our planet Earth.

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Planet Kepler-22b

Planet Kepler-22b

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The planet position the same position of our very own planet Earth.

Octopus Walked on Land

The video shows octopus who lives in the ocean manage how to deal in the land with his eight arms walking with muscles and strength in search for food at Fitzgerald Marine Reserve. The scene was captured by a family members having vacation somewhere in the beach when spotted the octopus near the shoreline started crawling out from the water.

It was unusual and unbelievable scene where octopus actually a shy creature and a loner looking for a steep coral to hide itself from others to avoid being seen even on its fellow octopuses.

But this one has the courage to entertain visitors not just in the deepest sea but in the dry land as well.

The captured creature was seen lying low in water and started crawling out in the water when someone started taking the video. So the journey from swimmer to walkathoner begin in a single step, and determined his adventure on land will pass-out for a moment in time before he goes back to the sea.

Check out the video.

Metallic Hair-Thin Pipes as the World Lightest Material

A web of metallic hair thin pipes became the lightest material known by mankind – less dense than air and 200 times lighter than styrofoam. It was invented by a team of researcher from University of California at Irvine, HRL Laboratories and the California Institute of Technology.

The metal can be seen sitting at the top of dandelion fluff without damaging or strangling the top of the flower in an unbelievable scene.

The discovery takes an inspiration from Eiffel Tower and Golden Gate Bridge which these structures are examples of light and strong for their size and by architectural design. It was found out that Eiffel Tower is much taller and lighter compares to Pyramids of Egypt. It was a breakthrough for modern buildings the same way to create by focusing on the structures of materials.

According to the lead scientist Tobias Schaedler their target is to revolutionize lightweight materials by adopting principles of architecture into their design. One of which is the aerospace station where it is important to have ultra-lightweight and design principles imposed.

“We’re envisioning applications in structural components, such as in aerospace,” Schaedler said. “Its energy-absorption capabilities might also make it useful for acoustic-, vibration- and shock-damping. We can control the architecture on the millimeter, micrometer and nanometer scales, to design materials with tailored properties for specific applications, if we want.”

The team of researchers also experimenting other kinds of materials such as diamond, polymers, and ceramics to make any architectural forms of a web of thin-film materials.

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Thomas Suarez – Sixth Grader Apps Developer

This young apps developer shows unbelievable skills and talent at a pre-teen age unleashing the spirit of Steve Jobs alive, his idol. Thomas Suarez of Manhattan Beach, California is just a sixth grader invented his own apps called Earth Fortune, and the popular Bustin Jieber game where players crush the head of Justin Bieber.

He created the game Bustin Jieber because many of his friends in school don’t like Justin Bieber for a little.

This kid made a presentation at TEDxManhattanBeach in a move to follow the step of tech icon Steve Jobs where he draws inspiration, discussing about his love of computers since in his kindergarten years, his vision of the future.

Thomas Suareaz is not just an ordinary kid in his own age. The spirit of Steve Jobs resurrected in his style of presentation at a very young developer introducing his accomplishment in programming world of Silicon Valley. His iconic app called Earth Fortune came out in a big screen that is unbelievable creation at his delicate age.

His apps were suited for iOS devices in which he studied Apple’s SDK and Xcode. His love of Apple devices signify his motivation from Steve Jobs. He also attended some basic programmings such as Python, C, and Java. In school, he organized App Club where to educate young students in how to learn programming and developing an apps. Many of his schoolmates don’t know where to go and how to make a program. Through with App Club he can share of what he learned and imparts the knowledge of programming language.

His mission for App Club is to create an apps for iPad that is intended for education, which will be distributed to local school district, of course, free of charge. while it can be sold also to private individuals.

Organizing an App Club is not just his mission in life but he has also his own company called CarrotCorp. Well, this young kid started eclipsing his idol Steve Jobs who founded Apple Inc.

John Lennon’s Tooth Auctioned

John Lennon if alive today, he could give all his teeth to fans for memory of him. But the famed singer of The Beatles did not know someday it will mark a prize catch for a preserved single tooth of him by his housekeeper of 40 years that end up in auction in England. The price of his tooth sells at about $31,200.

The tooth was expected to sell at $16,000 but it was unbelievable to note that dramatic increase almost double the selling price when auctioned takes place.

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Dot Jarlett, the blessed housekeeper of John Lennon give his tooth to dispose it between estimated years in 1964 up to 1968. But later John changed up and told his housekeeper to keep it and give to her daughter as a gift for being a great fan of The Beatles.

John Lennon’s molar is too soft and fragile to check for DNA testing to confirm the reported right owner. But the owner of Omega Auction House who listed the tooth of John Lennon accepted it as no doubt when the tooth originated from Dot Jarlett.

It was reported that a Canadian dentist won during the bidding process but not yet confirmed the identity of the winner.

El Caminito Del Rey: Home of World’s Most Dangerous Path

Adrenaline trekkers are flocking to Spain’s El Caminito Del Rey which dubbed as most dangerous path in the world. The 110-year old path became the favorites for hair-raising adventurists want to experience the hell above 330-feet.

El Caminito Del Rey was built in 1905 also known as King’s Pathway for workers to travel between two hydroelectric power plants. In 2000, it was closed when two workers plunge to death when crossing the most dangerous path of the world.

Much of the one-meter wide walkway is in crumbling conditions due to rusting, gaping holes, no handrails and sections have completely smashed down. A makeshift wire attached only to the rock to give some slight degree of safety for walkers crossing the path. But for others they don’t give much attention to any safety equipment at all.

Witness them going the thrill of life in one mistake move: heaven or hell?

El Caminito Del Rey


El Caminito Del Rey


El Caminito Del Rey