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The Sensor that Sniffs Disease in Your Breath

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Newly developed sensors made of metal oxide nanofibers are a cheap and non-invasive alternative to traditional diagnostic techniques.

Something Doesn't Smell Right

Scientists at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) are developing biosensors that can sniff out certain molecular signatures, a useful tool for medical diagnosis. Professor Il-Doo Kim, of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at KAIST, has led the research, which may enable such technology to work with smartphones, smartwatches, and other commonly available devices.

The idea is to use small semiconductors made of metal oxide nanofibers as sensor arrays; these devices are designed for maximum "gas adsorption," which allows them to analyze "volatile organic compounds" (VOCs) exhaled in human breath. Detecting these chemical signatures will mean early diagnosis of certain diseases, a potentially life-saving advantage.

The sensor arrays register, for instance, the presence in VOCs of acetone, H2S, ammonia, and toluene, which would indicate the presence of diabetes, halitosis, kidney malfunction, and lung cancer.

Honestly, anyone whose breath smells like acetone, hydrogen sulfide, or ammonia should already be sending up some red flags; but the point is, the ultrasenstitive technology can detect even trace biomarkers.

And by analyzing gases that originate at the blood-lung tissue barrier, the technology provides an important window onto the health of a patient, and can be extended to sense a wide variety of diseases.
Source: futurism

20 Common Mispronounced English Words

If using English properly interests you, and you are afraid you might be mispronouncing some words, you can check this list of commonly mispronounced words...

1. Cabin: This word for a private office area is often heard mispronounced as kay-bin. It should be pronounced as Cab-in (cab as in taxicab). In offices around the country you can find people at all levels using this massive distortion, but once you get used to the proper spelling it's an easy transition.

2. Data: should be day-ta not daa-taa which is also usually heard in offices. Surprisingly people from the IT sector and database consultants also sometimes also mispronounce this word which is so fundamental to their work.

3. Dengue: This disease is pronounced as Deng-ee (pronunciation of 'gee' as in geese). It is not Deng-goo. People all over the world mispronounce this word - after all it is not indigenous to most of us. But there have been so many cases in India recently (unfortunately) that this is good to know.

4. Dessert: It is pronounced dizz-urt, (pronunciation of u as in sun). You would order dessert at a restaurant. It sounds different from desert (with one s) which is the pronounced dez-ert (as in Thar desert).

5. Bowl: It is pronounced bol (rhyming with pole). Not as ba-ool which sounds very funny (and in fact sounds too much like bowel).

6. Truth: It is pronounced true-th and not tru-th (long 'oo' not short 'u'). The same actually goes for the word tooth (it's not tu-th)

7. Epitome: The correct pronunciation is ep-i-tummy, instead of what people, and again this is people everywhere, usually end up saying, epi-tome (rhyming with Rome).

8. Executive: Should be pronounced eggs-eck-uh-tiv, not exe-cute-tiv which is commonly heard. If you especially want to be a top executive at a major corporation - saying this word correctly would seem quite important.

9. Develop: The correct pronunciation is dih-vel-up, and not as day-vuh-lupp. Extending that to

10. Pizza: The correct pronunciation is peed-zuh, (peed pronounced as in weed). And not pi-za.

11. Wednesday: wen's day is the correct way of saying the name of this day (the D is usually silent).

12. Opposite: Instead of uh-pose-it it should be pronounced awp-uh-zit. The emphasis is on the first syllable 'opp'. The same goes for the word 'opportunity' which is not up-port-unity but awp-urt-tune-ity

13. Biology: Once again, the first syllable 'bi' gets emphasis. Where we usually say bio-logy, it is instead more proper to say bai-awe-lojy. Other 'ology' words are the same - geology is jee-awe-logy, cosmology is cos-maw-logy, even the made-up word fakeology or phekology should be pronounced phek-awe-logy, not pheko-logy.

14. Monk: It should be pronounced munk (rhyme with drunk). It is often mispronounced mawnk (rhyme with donk from donkey).

15. Genre: The correct pronunciation has a soft j, like the French say it. jon-ruh, (j is the sound as in vision). It is often mispronounced as jen-ner.

16. Quote: The correct pronunciation is kwo-te. It is often pronounced as coat.

17. Salon: It should be pronounced as sa-lawn, (sa as in apple, lon as in John) It is often pronounced as suh-loon which is incorrect.

18. Police: The correct pronunciation is puh-leece. It is often mispronounced as pu-liss. Like Chulbul Pandey is a pu-liss wallah.

19. Gauge: The correct pronunciatio is gay-j. It is often mispronounced as gauj.

20. Pronunciation : Ironically, the word 'pronunciation' itself is often mispronounced as pro-noun-ciation (the second syllable should be 'nun' not noun). 

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This Restaurant In Canada Gives Free Food To People Who Can’t Afford It

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If you’re in Edmonton, Canada and you come across the following words outside a restaurant, then you’re at Indian Fusions, a restaurant that is trying to help the needy and poor by offering them free food. 

The restaurant is trying to help out people who are unable to pay for their food.

The restaurant is not only offering poor people food but also keeping in mind people’s dietary choices that include asking whether they are vegetarians, non-vegetarians or have any allergies.
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The reason for their generosity is because the owner feels they have always been fortunate enough to have more food than they need and should be doing something worthwhile instead of wasting it away.

People who are unable to pay, are welcome to dine in like regular customers, instead of just grabbing a meal box and going away.

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The owner Prakash Chhibber says, “I have seen enough hunger in the past. I know the pain of not having food. I thought, how many people can I go and ask: “Are you hungry?” It’s not possible. So I thought, why not put up a sign? In case someone is hungry.”

Prakash Chhibber also believes that this does not make him give anything extra as he is already cooking more to give away.

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He adds,” I’m feeling sad, I think that I can do much more. I am already preparing food for other people. I am not going out of my way – this is my way of life. I am not doing anything extra.”
Prakash Chhibber, who was a resident of Delhi, lost his job after a severe accident that left him with 9 multiple fractures and bed-ridden for 2 years. That was the time he discovered the pain of going hungry when he and his wife were left with no money, and also discovered generosity in the form of friends who invited them for supper.”
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He also adds, “I always say in a joke, the front door is for paying my bills and the back door is for something personal.”

As the sign on the restaurant has been going viral, people from all over the world are praising the restaurant for its act of generosity and clearly they deserve it.

Prakash Chibber and Indian Fusion, you have our respect.
News Source: Metro UK

Active and creative

Creativity is powered by activity. If you’re not feeling creative, idleness will not help the situation.
When you can’t think of what you want to do, say, write, paint, build or compose, then do something else. Anything that gets you up and going will refresh your supply of ideas and insights.
Put the whole of yourself into life. That’s how you’ll discover ways to get the most from it.
If you can be of real service to others, that’s even better. Stimulate your creative power with the experience of making a difference.
Passion, innovation and creativity go hand in hand with action. There is action you can take right now to get the juices flowing.
Get active and you’ll get creative. Participate in this moment and you’ll unleash a whole new stream of creative energy.
— Ralph Marston

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Emotions - Its Up to You How to Use Them

Emotions Are Part Of Life
Life is like an unsolved puzzle.
No one can define what life is because it is a very complex thing.

Life is something that makes you happy and proud at times and
makes you feel so low at times that you say to yourself,
"Why was I born?"
But whatever it is, it is real fun.

In Life, in every moment, something new happens; something that
you never expected, something that you were waiting from a long while to happen and something you were expecting to happen.
It is a combination of happiness, sorrow, joy, love, anger, enjoyment, loneliness, fear, excitement and many other emotions.
The definition of the word life can't be completed
without using the word emotions.

Some people work in emotions whereas others work with emotions.
So it's very important to understand how people are using their emotions.

If they are letting emotions get control over them,
then they'll be dragged by others and situations all the time.
But, if he is controlling his emotions in a proper way,
then no one will ever have control over him.

The way a person uses his emotions is what we call attitude.
Someone has correctly said, "Your attitude determines your altitude in life". Attitude, as I already defined, is the way an individual uses his emotions and directly related to the psyche of a person.

Some people use their emotions in a positive way
and some people do it in a negative sense.

When people use emotions in a positive way we call it positive attitude and when they use it in a negative way we call it negative attitude.

It's up to an individual to decide how he uses his emotions.
Which way will you decide ?

Listen To Your Heart

Listen to your heart, start recognizing when something isn't good for you and be strong enough to let it go. A person can only waste the time you give them an opportunity to waste. Stop trying to open doors for people who constantly shut you out. Make sure the interest is shown in the effort, the talk is supported by the actions, and the trust is earned through the consistency. ~ Robert Hill, Sr.
Listen to your heart, start recognizing when something isn’t good for you and be strong enough to let it go. A person can only waste the time you give them an opportunity to waste. Stop trying to open doors for people who constantly shut you out. Make sure the interest is shown in the effort, the talk is supported by the actions, and the trust is earned through the consistency.
~ Robert Hill, Sr. 
I didn’t change. I just see things differently now. 
Life is so beautiful, but sometimes we forget to look. 
Do good and good will come to you. 

Do good and good will come to you.

Auditing - What It Should Be and What it is Actually

Auditing was once simply listening. It was based on listening to understand and help. It was the exact opposite of the present inspection mechanism, which converts the audited party into a criminal under investigation.

From the pleasant anticipation of having an opportunity to explain and get the morale boost, it has become evidence gathering, via producing a voucher for every activity. From the status of a relief giving advise, it has met morphed into a slaughter house. Vouching is no longer the dignified verbal explanation. It has degenerated into producing paper evidence called voucher for every activity.

The man in charge must be conscious of more of creating evidence of work, which he often can do only by suspending the actual work. This inspection mind is more ego boosting to the inspector, than in helping the smooth work. If correct voucher and records are maintained, period, no work need be done. INSPECTION IS ALWAYS HARASSMENT. If you cannot produce an evidence, then just do not do the work.

The voucher is no longer the dignified officer who proudly uses the opportunity to explain. The very word voucher changed to mean a paper receipt---the inanimate dead papers piling by the thousand on each other. And the inspector instead of listening shuts himself to distance and scrutinizes the paper receipts and verifies the corresponding accounts and other records. Listening is killed and inanimate mechanization of inspection has taken the place of human relational understanding. Today the process is complete with computers (with millions of entries called data), and as the data has become too gigantic new innovations for the storage of data, are the new money spinning enterprises. THE HUMAN BEING BEHIND THE WORK IS ELIMINATED.

Evidence gathering for the work has become more important than the work itself. Teachers have stopped teaching. They just create the teaching notes. Emotional relationships are not even given attention. Teaching is teaching notes. Work is voucher. The man on the work spot doing the work is simply not trusted and distrust is made systemic.
THE BASIC URGE OF EVERY HUMAN BEING TO RELATE IS MADE INTO A MEANINGLESS IDIOSYNCRASY. The voucher mentality today has taken over every field. A Judge can give the most atrocious judgement by just relating his judgement to the inanimate sections in legislations. In the army the Babu sitting at the MOD is more important than the Jawans in the field.

Today it is next to impossible to explain on the basis of commonsense. You are not expected to think, you are expected to quote, the quotation is the voucher. I have been confronting this inability to understand, my plea, that income tax must be tax on income only and not on indefensible notions resulting in the taxation of fake income.

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Today's Inspiration: Optimism and a Strong Will are Crucial to Deal Tough Situations


Life isn't easy, that we can all agree. It offers many challenges, problems and disappointments. What helps us through the more difficult times are our families, our friends and loved ones. But more than that, helping us are the little realizations we come to along the way.
That is why the older we get, the more peace we sometimes acquire, because we have learnt these little things, and have come to understand that optimism, and a strong will, are crucial to dealing with life. Each of the quotes before you contains a small piece of understanding that will boost your optimism and give your spirit some well-needed support in its struggle with the problems of life.
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Sales: 100 Calls Method: Eliminate the Fear of Rejection

Are you having trouble cold calling potential clients or prospects in your sales career? This fear of failure can sabotage your sales. To help you get over your fears of rejection and become a more confident salesperson follow this method for making sales on the phone.

Eliminate the Fear of Rejection on Your Sales Calls

There is a simple formula that you can use to eliminate the fear of rejection from sales calls called the “100 Calls Method.” Over the years, I moved from company to company, selling different products and services in different markets.

At the beginning of each new sales job, I was always nervous and uneasy. My fears of rejection and call reluctance surged to the front of my mind and held me back from calling on new people.

Cold Calling Tip: The 100 Calls Method

I developed the phone sales cold calling technique, the 100 calls method. It changed my career. This method is simple. Wherever you are in your sales career, at whatever stage, you simply make a resolution to go out and make sales calls on 100 prospects as fast as you can. You combine this resolution with a decision not to care at all whether the people end up buying.
As far as you are concerned, you don’t care whether they respond in a positive or negative manner. Your goal is simply to make 100 calls as quickly as you possibly can. If you make ten calls per day, you can accomplish your goal within two weeks. If you make 20 calls a day, you can achieve your goal of 100 calls in one five-day workweek.

Getting Better Results and Lead Generation

Now, here’s what happens. When you don’t care whether or not you make a sale, most of your fear disappears. In fact, you begin to see it as a game. How many people can you get through to and talk to, and how fast can you do it? What I’ve found is that the very best lead generation comes when you both care and don’t care.
Of course, you care about getting a positive result from your prospecting efforts. But if simultaneously you don’t care if the person likes you or not, is willing to see you or not, or wants to buy your product or service or not, you maintain a sense of emotional detachment that allows you to remain calm and positive, no matter what anyone says.
Here is the most remarkable discovery. If you make 100 calls as fast as you can with no concern about whether or not people are interested, you will actually start to uncover good potential prospects. You will start to make appointments. You will actually start to make sales. By caring yet not caring, you can break out of any sales slump and step on the accelerator of your sales career.


This one simple method will supercharge your sales, unlock your energy, and give you a “fast start” on sales success for the year or for the quarter. Try it yourself and see. Do you want to achieve sales success but don’t know where to start? Get my free 3-part video training series by clicking the button below.

Healthy Thoughts How Can I Analyze My Thoughts ?

By Junaid Tahir

Why Should I Analyze My Thoughts:
Quality of thoughts determines the level of peace of mind. Negative thoughts result in negative acts which in turn causes distraction in emotions, unstable behavior, frequent mood swings, family complications, lack of trustworthiness, financial mistakes, professional brawls and so on. Healthy thoughts result in more positive outcomes, high happiness index, better health and so on. So all in all your thoughts are defining your present and your future.

There are several reasons for negative thoughts including but not limited to your circumstances, your brought up, financial situations, family conflicts, job and family complications. While you may not be able to fix these reasons, it is highly recommended to analyze your thoughts and mitigate the negative impact as much as possible. If you remove the impurities from your thoughts you would be able to have a positive, focused and prosperous mind.

How to Analyze My Thoughts:
If you have seen a big aquarium, you must have noticed that the fish keep wandering here and there continuously. From right to left, bottom to up, here and there; all day long. They don't seem to be getting any specific advantage while doing so. Same is the case with human mind. When your head is on the pillow, your brain starts wandering here and there. Several times it is processing the thoughts which shouldn't be the point of concern at all. Though fish do not know this but you can control your wandering of brain by picking up a specific thought/subject and ask these questions:
a)    Why am I thinking about this subject? Is this subject related to others? Why am I thinking negative about someone? I should mind my own business.  
b)    What exactly is the issue? Is this something impacting (or going to impact) me or my family? Can I define my issue/question in one sentence clearly so that I can focus on the solution?
c)    How: can I resolve this issues? Is this doable? If not, can I take advice from others?. If I have the solution then what are the steps which needs to be taken?

How Can I Improve the standard of my Thoughts:
a)    Avoid thinking about unnecessary things specially related to others. Mind your own business. Posses a focused mind.
b)    Stop comparing yourself to others. It's an insult to yourself. You are a unique soul and you are independent on your living, your decisions and your destiny.
c)    Don't think of monetary gains too much. Excessive love for money and assets is the root of most of stresses. Work on your real wealth.
d)    Develop the habit of forgiving and letting things go off. If you are keeping the grudge in your brains for longer durations, you are killing yourself. Stress is a slow poison which deepens its roots your brain and destroy your physical and mental health.
e)    Read quality quotes or articles on positivity and try to absorb the message. This will kill the germs of negativity.
f)    Practice the habit of gratitude. Stop complaining, criticizing and blaming. When a negative thought comes in, convert it to positive by looking at the positive side of the issue.
g)    Instead of thinking about your 'wants' too much, think about your needs. This will reduce the magnitude of your focus because usually needs are limited but wants are too many. Adapt simple life style as it reduces unnecessary socio-economical issues.  

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Philosophy and Science: I am a System with Billions of Systems Embedded within Me

There are 10000 trillion cells within me. Ten times their number, there are bacteria. I am a gigantic living system, continuously aging or preparing to become the object of entropy and from there may be again to syntropy. Each cell within me is a gigantic Universe or very big system. Each bacterium is a living organism, a huge system. I am a system with billions of systems embedded within me.

Ken Wilber calls each component a Holon, a component which again is a composition or system. There simply is no indivisible piece of what we call matter, an illusion. We are all holarchies, systems within whom there are layers of sub-systems or holons. Actually when you can see everything in the invisible spectrum also, you will find only various ever changing fields of energies and you cannot find yourself or the dog, cat, table, earth, Sun or anything. Your basic concepts and the resulting understanding changes totally.


The idea of matter is the paralysis of consciousness in a very passing and temporary situation. It may approximately be likened to a still photograph. Ken Wilber gave a new meaning to the word kosmos which Pythagoras originally meant for cosmos.

“So I would like to reintroduce the term, Kosmos.And, as you point out the Kosmos contains the cosmos (or the physiosphere), the bios (or biosphere), psyche or nous (the noosphere),and theos (the theosphere or the divine domain).”(Ken Wilber in A brief History of Everything)

What actually is destruction? Matter gets broken into pieces, pieces into molecules, molecules into atoms, atoms into energy particles, particles into energy flows, and then into the vacuum...We also call this the entropy. But entropy is matched by syntropy, may be the many, many, many, big bangs of contactions. Now are there layers of consciousness? Do we move from one illusionary system to another illusionary system? My present consciousness is the collective symbiotic holistic operation of the trillions of cells and bacteria within me. I am a system.

“Many cosmologists have a materialistic bias and prejudice: the physical cosmos is somehow supposed to be the most real dimension, and everything else is explained with ultimate reference to this material plane. But what a brutal approach that is! It smashes the entire Kosmos against the wall of reductionism, and all the domains except the physical slowly bleed to death right in front of your eyes.”(Ken Wilber)

The reality is we live in emotions, thoughts consciousness etc only. No emotion can be measured in terms of length, breadth or height. According to Einstein we all actually are moving at the speed of light. When a body moves at the speed of light it loses its physical dimensions—the length, breadth and height and only one dimension time remains. We are in reality only in the time dimension. Can we tell a particular time without reference to an event? You cannot.It may the event on the clock or some other happening. So our consciousness and events and units of time points are synonyms. TIME IS ANOTHER NAME FOR CONSCIOUSNESS.