Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Wordless Wednesday


The Maibaum or Maypole in Laaber..
I will try to give you a bit history of Maypole in Germany hopefully tomorrow..
My days are still busy...busy..busy...might l visit you next week again!!
3 sleeps more and will be my flight to US..
Have a great evening everyone!!

Bees Learn Thievery

Even the pinhead-sized brains of insects can learn new skills from their comrades - including theft.

It seems bumblebees can discover how to "rob" flowers of nectar, scientists now reveal.

Normally bumblebees crawl into flowers to get a nectar. In return for this sweet treat, blossoms coat the insects in pollen, which contains plant sperm. When these bees rendezvous with other flowers, they serve as couriers of this pollen, helping the plants breed.

However, bees can bite through the base of a flower to suck up nectar instead, avoiding the pollen altogether. Since they get something for nothing this way - drinking nectar without helping the flowers mate - such behavior can be seen as theft. The bees may commit such an act to get nectar from blossoms they could not fit into, or just to get more nectar than possible by normal means.

Now it appears that bumblebees can quickly learn how to rob flowers if they visit blossoms that others have already burglarized. The bees could learn how to commit such theft by themselves, but this was rare. But, after one bee learned how to rob nectar by watching its comrades, the skill rapidly spread to other bees.

It was long known that bees could learn simple facts from each other - such as where food is, for instance - but the discovery that insects can learn skills from others is a first.

"It was actually first suggested in one of Darwin's journals. He saw bumblebees robbing flowers in a garden one day, and saw honeybees doing something similar afterward," said researcher Ellouise Leadbeater, a behavioral ecologist at Queen Mary, University of London. "That led us to our work."

The brains of bumblebees are a little larger than 1 cubic millimeter in size, or nearly one-millionth the size of a human brain.

"It's interesting to see what you can do with a small brain," Leadbeater told LiveScience. "But then again, it may be that you just don't need to be very clever to learn a simple technique like this."

In the future, research could see if bumblebees could teach other species of bees how to rob nectar. Other insects that could learn skills from within or outside their species might include ants, Leadbeater speculated.

Leadbeater and her colleague Lars Chittka detailed their findings online April 23 in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B.


Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Joke Time!!

Problem Solving

There are four engineers traveling in a car; a mechanical engineer, a chemical engineer, an electrical engineer and a computer engineer. The car breaks down.

"Sounds to me as if the pistons have seized. We'll have to strip down the engine before we can get the car working again", says the mechanical engineer.

"Well", says the chemical engineer, "it sounded to me as if the fuel might be contaminated. I think we should clear out the fuel system."

"I thought it might be an grounding problem", says the electrical engineer, "or maybe a faulty plug lead."

They all turn to the computer engineer who has said nothing and say: "Well, what do you think?"

"Ummm, perhaps if we all get out of the car and get back in again?"

Ice Age relic at risk from warmer temps

WASHINGTON (UPI) -- U.S. conservationists said they're studying musk ox to determine how the relics of the Ice Age may be affected by climate change.

The Wildlife Conservation Society -- working with the National Park Service, U. S. Geological Survey and Alaska Fish and Game -- has equipped six musk ox with GPS collars as part of a four-year study to determine the extent to which weather, disease and predation may be driving populations, the WCS said Friday in a release.

"Musk ox are a throwback to our Pleistocene heritage and once shared the landscape with mammoths, wild horses and sabered cats," study leader Joel Berger, a professor at the University of Montana, said in a statement. "They may also help scientists understand how arctic species can or cannot adapt to climate change."

Copyright 2008 by United Press International

Viruses may be linked to lung cancer

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (UPI) -- U.S. and Israeli researchers suggest viruses may have a role in the development of lung cancer.

The researchers all agree smoking is by far the most important risk factor for lung cancer, but Dr. Arash Resazadeh and colleagues from the University of Louisville, Ky., found five out of 22 non-small-cell lung cancer samples tested positive for human papilloma virus.

"We think HPV has a role as a co-carcinogen which increases the risk of cancer in a smoking population," Resasadeh said in a statement.

In another study, Samuel Ariad from Soroka Medical Center in Beer Sheva, Israel, and colleagues found more than half of the 65 patients with non-small-cell lung cancer had evidence of measles virus in tissue samples taken from their cancer.

In his study, Ariad found the "measles virus is a ubiquitous human virus that may be involved in the pathogenesis of lung cancer. Most likely, it acts in modifying the effect of other carcinogens and not as a causative factor by itself."

Both studies have been presented at the First European Lung Cancer Conference in Geneva, Switzerland, jointly organized by the European Society for Medical Oncology and the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer.

Copyright 2008 by United Press International

Trivia Time!!

What makes an ale an ale?

Ales usually have a fuller flavor and body than lagers or pilsner. The length of time the malt is roasted determines the color and flavor of the ale. Pale ales have malts that are dried rather than roasted. Therefore, they have a light gold or copper color and a crisp, lighter flavor.

Which state is highest in cremations?

Hawaii has the highest percentage of cremations of all other U.S. states, with a 60.6 percent preference over burial.

Do bison roam on Catalina Island?

Off the coast of southern California, around 200 bison still roam in Catalina Island's hinterlands, descendants of a few brought there in the 1920s for a movie and left there.

How popular was Grapeade?

In 1918, Welch's developed its first jam product called "Grapelade." The initial quantity of Grapelade was purchased in its entirety by the U.S. Army. It was an immediate hit in the military lower ranks, and became a demanded product by doughboys when they returned to civilian life.

What does a porcupine do during mating season?

During the mating season, male porcupines bristle their quills at each other and chatter their teeth in rage before attacking. All porcupines at this time become very vocal: grunting, whining, chattering, even barking and mewing at each other.


Monday, April 28, 2008

Party for Maria!!

We got a baby shower party for Maria today...guess also my Despedida in going to the States....5 sleeps more and it will be my flight already..will have a vacation there for two months or more maybe...not so sure..I will see what happen there!! As there will be a lot of things that will be happening and sometimes we really don't can forecast them...unless maybe you are a fortune teller???huh??

Back to the party...we got a good afternoon...Filipino party will never be successful without lot of food...aha!! Each and everyone cooked and brought their own menu!! here they are in the photos!! Thanks to Lily who organized the baby shower..Maria was very happy and I guess everybody who was there...not really that much people are there....

I am also happy to be there seeing friends like Maria, Lucil, Lily, Girlie and Emily..I just met the last two for some months and just seen them maybe 2-3 times..Maria is the first Filipina I met here in Germany..She's like a sister to me already..I am just happy that she got a family now and a forth coming baby in June!!

It's nice talking to them once again as we also seldom met and gather together....I don't know when I will be meeting them again..esp. that I am leaving some days from now!! Please visit also my Euroangel Graffiti for some photos of today's happenings!!

It was really a great day!! Bye! bye for now!! promise to go to bed I can also wake-up early tomorrow to do a lot of things before I fly!!!

Take care everyone!!

food we had today..lumpia (Girlie), pakbet and beef apritada (Emily), dinuguan and menudo(me), rice brocolli, Fil. spaghetti, cakes (Lily)..Maria brought some fish again and I cooked it as Paksiw and Fish with gata and beans...yummy again!!

the tropa...Lily, Girlie, Jasmine, Emily and me..
sino ba naman ang papayat pag ganito parati ang pagkain!!! ano ba yan!!
(who's getting slim if the foods are always like these)
what do you think???

MRI noise reducing headset is developed

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (UPI) -- U.S. engineering students say they've designed a headset that muffles the extremely loud noises produced during magnetic resonance imaging exams.

The University of Florida students said their prototype headset reduces the repetitive, industrial-like noises that accompany MRI procedures. The noises -- often as loud as a jet engine -- can cause involuntary patient movement, blurring the image and necessitating repeat examinations, said Stephen Forguson, one of the researchers.

Forguson, Chad Dailey, Paul Norris and Christopher Ruesga designed the headset in collaboration with the Invivo Corp., a manufacturer of MRI accessories.

Although noise-canceling earphones are commercially available, they use electronics that aren't permitted within a MRI chamber. Passive systems are insufficient to combat the noise.

The newly designed headset uses existing "air phones," or headphones attached to small tubes connected to specially crafted electronics and algorithm software located outside the MRI machine. Since MRI sounds are repetitive and the piped-in sounds are timed to occur on top of the repetitions, the patients hear the same sound they would without any intervention -- but at a much lower volume.

The team is now experimenting with further improvements, said Professor Gijs Bosman, the students' faculty adviser.

Copyright 2008 by United Press International

Brain disease studied at the atomic level

COLUMBUS, Ohio (UPI) -- U.S. scientists say they have, for the first time, inspected the atomic level of the protein that causes hereditary cerebral amyloid angiopathy.

The disease, thought to cause stroke and dementia, is initiated by certain kinds of proteins called prions that produce degenerative brain diseases such as CAA, mad cow disease and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease in humans. All are incurable and fatal.

The researchers, led by Ohio State University Assistant Professor Christopher Jaroniec, used solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy to inspect a tiny portion of the protein molecule that is key to the formation of plaques in blood vessels in the brain.

"This is a very basic study of the structure of the protein and hopefully it will give other researchers the information they need to perform further studies and improve our understanding of CAA," he said.

The research that included doctoral students Jonathan Helmus and Philippe Naudaud, as well as scientists at Case Western Reserve University, appears in the online edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Copyright 2008 by United Press International

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Beautiful Sunday!!

It was a very nice sunny day today!! We visited the twin sister of my husband in the hospital in Neumarkt. She had again an operation on her leg..I guess it is her fourth operation only for this year. What a pity!! We can be very thankful if we don't have one!! We got some conversations with the couple..My sister-in-law and her husband were happy as they see us there. .We stayed in the hospital for almost two hours..

After our visit, I told my husband to go walking to the small city in Neumarkt..I love this city, as you almost get here what you need basically especially for shopping ( i love this word..guess all women love this)..hehehe.. The weather today was very friendly. A lot of people were sitting outside the cafes/restaurants having some coffees or ice cream...guess, Germans get crazy when the weather is very nice...they really go out to the sun..well esp. women who want to have brown or tan skin..

We just went walking around the city and hurried up to Parsberg...for more updates, please also visit
here are some photos I got today!! have fun!!
The Cathedral in Neumarkt

the colourful, attractive buildings..lot of people were here today enjoying the sunny weather and having some ice cream!!

see those people sitting outside the restaurants/cafes...
that white building with lots of windows is the Rathaus or the City Hall in Neumarkt..

the tulip model!!! hehehe!!! meron kayo nyan???jokikiks!!

Machts gut leute!!

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Busy!! Busy!! Busy!!

I am just so busy the past days until now!! A lot of things just need to be done!! some are done some are not!! hopefully before I leave going to USA, I will finish almost everything!! I also started packing for my things that I need during the trip..

I am just so lazy to do a lot of things today because I have my monthly visitor and my stomach aches..Too bad esp. when I woke this morning, it was really very painful!! now I felt very better!! I just updated my blogs, wrote some post..till now..wink!!

I hope I can visit all of you soon esp. to those who leave comments and messages!! Thanks a lot for your time in visiting me here!!

I wish everyone a great weekend!!

Joke Again!!

Little Johnny and Geography

Teacher: Little Johnny, go to the map and find North America.

Little Johnny: Here it is!

Teacher: Correct. Now, class, who discovered America?

Class: Little Johnny!

Joke Only!!

Snickerin' at Bumpers

- Hang up and drive!

- Welcome to America. Now speak English

- Heart Attacks. God's revenge for eating His animal friends.

- Don't like my driving? Then quit watching me.

- Some people just don't know how to drive. I call these people: "Everybody, But Me."

- Try not to let your mind wander. It is too small and fragile to be out by itself.

- Everyone has the right to be stupid but you abuse the privilege.

- I smile because I have no Idea whats going on.

- Stop following me. I don't know where I'm going

Baker College wins cyber defense contest

SAN ANTONIO (UPI) -- Baker College of Flint, Mich., Texas A&M University and the University of Louisville have won top honors in the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition.

The Baker College entrants, as the third annual competition's winning team, received an invitation from the Department of Homeland Security to attend the March 2010 Cyber Storm III National Cyber Security Exercise in Washington, D.C.

"We've competed in these collegiate cyber defense competitions for the last three years and have never made it past the regional level," said Brandon Hladysh, Baker College's team captain. "I'm really proud of my teammates and they truly are the best of the best."

The competition hosted by the University of Texas at San Antonio's Center for Infrastructure Assurance and Security, featured six, eight-member teams that were scored on their ability to operate and maintain a business network while under hostile cyber attack.

Each team was required to correct problems on their network, perform typical business tasks and defend their networks from a red team that generated live, hostile activity throughout the competition that ended Sunday.

Copyright 2008 by United Press International

Friday, April 25, 2008

Fighting for more PageRank

I read this in one of the site I stumbled into..I find it quite interesting for some reasons...hope to have time to share why I am doing some readings and research of what really pagerank is???keep reading!!! wish everyone in advance a very great and blessed weekend!!!

Fighting for more PageRank
Keep in mind that the PageRank value is just one part of how Google determines which pages to show you when you search for something. I want to stress that point because so many people get really hung up on PageRank. A low PageRank is often an indicator of problems, and a high PageRank is an indicator that you’re doing something right, but PageRank itself is just a small part of how Google ranks your pages.

When you type a search term into Google and click Search, Google starts looking through its database for pages with the words you’ve typed. Then it examines each page to decide which pages are most relevant to your search. Google considers many characteristics: what the title/ tag says, how the keywords are treated (are they bold or italic or in bulleted lists?), where the keywords sit on the page, and so on. It also considers PageRank.

Clearly it’s possible for a page with a low PageRank to rank higher than one with a high PageRank in some searches. When that happens, it simply means that the value provided by the high PageRank isn’t enough to outweigh the value of all the other characteristics of the page that Google considered.

I like to think of PageRank as a tiebreaker. Imagine a situation in which you have a page that, using all other forms of measurement, ranks as equally well as a competitor’s page.

Google has looked at both pages, found the same number of keywords in the same sorts of positions, and thinks both pages are equally good matches for a particular keyword search. However, your competitor’s page has a higher PageRank than yours.

Which page will rank higher in a Google search for that keyword? Your competitor’s. Many people claim PageRank isn’t important, and that site owners often focus too much on PageRank (that may be true). But PageRank, or something similar, definitely is a factor. As Google has said:

“The heart of our software is PageRank(tm), a system for ranking web pages developed by our founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin at Stanford University. And while we have dozens of engineers working to improve every aspect of Google on a daily basis, PageRank continues to provide the basis for all of our web search tools.”

By the way, you could be forgiven for thinking PageRank document, Larry Page. (The other that the term PageRankcomes from the idea of, founder is Sergey Brin.) The truth is probably well, ranking pages. Google claims, however, somewhere in between. Otherwise, why isn’t it that it comes from the name of one of the the PageBrinRank?

The PageRank algorithm

I want to quickly show you the PageRank algorithm; but don’t worry, I’m not going to get hung up on it. In fact, you really don’t need to be able to read and follow it, as I explain in a moment. Here it is:

PR (A) = (1 – d) + d (PR (t1) / C (t1) + … + PR (tn) / C (tn))


PR = PageRank
A = Web page A
d = A damping factor, usually set to 0.85
t1…tn = Pages linking to Web page A
C = The number of outbound links from page tn

I could explain all this to you, honestly I could. But I don’t want to. And furthermore, I don’t have to because you don’t need to be able to read the algorithm.

Rather than take you through the PageRank algorithm step by step, here are a few key points that explain more or less how it works:

As soon as a page enters the Google index, it has an intrinsic PageRank. Admittedly, the PageRank is very small, but it’s there.

A page has a PageRank only if it’s indexed by Google. Links to your site from pages that have not yet been indexed are effectively worthless, as far as PageRank goes.

When you place a link on a page, pointing to another page, the page with the link is voting for the page it’s pointing to. These votes are how PageRank increases. As a page gets more and more links into it, its PageRank grows.

Linking to another page doesn’t reduce the PageRank of the origin page, but it does increase the PageRank of the receiving page. It’s sort of like a company’s shareholders meeting, at which people with more shares have more votes. They don’t lose their shares when they vote. But the more shares they have, the more votes they can place.

Pages with no links out of them are wasting PageRank; they don’t get to vote for other pages. Because a page’s inherent PageRank is not terribly high, this isn’t normally a problem. It becomes a problem if you have a large number of links to dangling pages of this kind. Or it can be a problem if you have a dangling page with a high PageRank.

Though rare, this could happen if you have a page that many external sites link to that then links directly to an area of your site that won’t benefit from PageRank, such as a complex e-commerce catalog system that Google can’t index or an external e-commerce system hosted on another site. Unless the page links to other pages inside your Web site, it won’t be voting for those pages and thus won’t be able to raise their PageRank.

A single link from a dangling page can channel that PageRank back into your site. Make sure that all your pages have at least one link back into the site. This usually isn’t a problem because most sites are built with common navigation bars and often text links at the bottom of the page.

source: stylishdesign

Thursday, April 24, 2008

A Day in mY Garden

I spent almost the whole day in our, planting, trimming roses and getting/cutting grasses..It was a nice weather in the morning..I just stopped till I saw that the sky was getting darker..After some minutes, the rain poured down!!

Almost all my tulips are fully bloomed now..There are some that that are still in buds.. I am very happy working in our garden again!! But it make sad, as I saw that some plants were eaten by snails..I want to buy something to stop the snails' attack in my garden..

I really hate these snails esp. when I see that my Lilies, tulips and other plants are being eaten and destroyed by them..My husband told me that they sell in the garden store Schnecke corns..It is some sort of powder or tablets you put in the soil so that the snails won't go there anymore. Hopefully when I got time tomorrow, I will drive to Toombaumarkt to buy some..

I also started packing some clothes for my US trip next week!! Lastly, I am contented that I did some stuff today in the house and garden before I leave...I still have a lot of things left undone...hope I can do 99% before I leave for vacation??

here are some photos I took today in our garden!! please visit The World Wide Web Addict and Euroangel Graffiti for more photos and updates!!

hope you have a great thursday!!

Study discovers how cancer cells spread

MONTREAL (UPI) -- Canadian scientists say they've discovered cancer cells spread by releasing protein "bubbles" -- a finding that might alter our concept of how cancer works.

The discovery was made by Dr. Janusz Rak and colleagues at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Center in collaboration with Dr. Ab Guha of the University of Toronto.

The researchers found cancer cells are able to communicate with their more healthy counterparts by releasing vesicles -- bubble-like structures containing cancer-causing proteins that can trigger specific mechanisms when they merge into non- or less-malignant cells.

Rak said the finding demonstrates that cancer is a multi-cell process, where the cells "talk" to one another extensively.

"This goes against the traditional view that a single 'mutated' cell will simply multiply uncontrollably to the point of forming a tumor," said Rak. "This discovery opens exciting new research avenues, but we also hope that it will lead to positive outcomes for patients."

The study appears in the online edition of the journal Nature Cell Biology.

Copyright 2008 by United Press International

Some Trivia for you!!

How long have people worn shoes?

Anthropologists believe that people have been making and wearing shoes for more than 10,000 years. The Egyptians wore sandals woven from papyrus leaves.

How did the dashbord get its name?

A car's instrument panel is called a dashboard. The term dates back to horse-and-buggy days when dashing horses kicked up mud, splashing the passengers riding behind them. The dashboard was devised to protect them.

Where is the time ball?

The official time ball for the U.S. is on top of the U.S. Naval Observatory in Washington, D.C. As early as 1845, the U.S. Navy dropped a time ball every day at noon from atop a building on a hill overlooking Washington, D.C. People from many miles away could set their watches at noon. Ships anchored in the Potomac River could check their chronometers.

How long is a nanosecond?

A nanosecond is one billionth of a second.

How high is the criminal recividism rate?

Nearly 43 percent of convicted criminals serving prison sentences in the U.S. are re-arrested within a year of being released from prison.


Be Careful What You Ask For!

A married couple, both 60 years old, were celebrating their 35th

A fairy appeared to congratulate them and grant them each one

The wife wanted to travel around the world.

The fairy waved her wand and the wife had tickets in her hand
for a world cruise.

Next, the fairy asked the husband what he wanted.

He said, "I wish I had a wife 30 years younger than me."

So, the fairy picked up her wand and obliged.

The husband was immediately 90.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Wordless Wednesday


I just miss Philippines..but instead of going home I am going instead to USA next month....
Isn't this a little paradise??? hope to be here the next possible time!! won't you believe that the place where the house stands now is also water!!! great!!

Wish everyone a great Wednesday!!! God bless us all!!

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

What Are Spam Blogs?

I searched and found this topic in Google help page very useful and interesting..I am sharing this to fellow bloggers for your infos. I hope that you got some ideas about it..Some bloggers like me may not be aware of this..At least now, I already have some more ideas what really blogging is...Thanks to Google for this very good information...I hope I can explain to you next time why I am doing this research.

Before I forget, I am really very busy the past days!! I hope that I can visit all of you as soon as possible when time permits..I really appreciate all your visits here..Thank you very much!!! Everything is greatly appreciated!!

What Are Spam Blogs?

As with many powerful tools, blogging services can be both used and abused. The ease of creating and updating webpages with Blogger has made it particularly prone to a form of behavior known as link spamming. Blogs engaged in this behavior are called spam blogs, and can be recognized by their irrelevant, repetitive, or nonsensical text, along with a large number of links, usually all pointing to a single site.

Spam blogs cause various problems, beyond simply wasting a few seconds of your time when you happen to come across one. They can clog up search engines, making it difficult to find real content on the subjects that interest you. They may scrape content from other sites on the web, using other people's writing to make it look as though they have useful information of their own. And if an automated system is creating spam posts at an extremely high rate, it can impact the speed and quality of the service for other, legitimate users.


Changing jet streams may alter storm paths

STANFORD, Calif. (UPI) -- U.S. scientists say changes in the Earth's jet streams, possibly caused by global warming, might affect storm paths and intensity, including hurricanes.

Jet streams -- high-altitude bands of fast-moving winds -- are shifting, said Carnegie Institution researchers Ken Caldeira and Cristina Archer. They found that from 1979 to 2001, the jet streams in both hemispheres rose in altitude and shifted toward the poles. At the same time, northern hemisphere jet streams weakened.

Since jet streams are the driving factor for weather conditions, said Archer, changes in the jets have the potential to affect large populations and major climate systems.

Caldeira and Archer, from Carnegie's Department of Global Ecology in Stanford, Calif., said hurricanes' development tends to be inhibited by jet streams. Therefore hurricanes might become more powerful and more frequent as the jet streams move away from sub-tropical zones where hurricanes are born.

The scientists said the changes fit the predictions of several global warming models, although theirs is the first study to use observation-based datasets to examine trends in all the jet stream parameters.

The research appears in the journal Geophysical Research Letters.

Copyright 2008 by United Press International

9,500-year-old tree is discovered

UMEA, Sweden (UPI) -- The world's oldest living tree -- a 9,550-year-old spruce -- has been discovered in Sweden's Dalarna province, a university professor said.

Umea University Professor Leif Kullman said the discovery was made under the crown of a spruce on Fulu Mountain in central Sweden where scientists found four "generations" of spruce remains in the form of cones and wood produced from higher ground.

Researchers said the old tree survived cooler summer conditions during the past 10,000 years and, more recently, a gradual warming, by its ability to push out another trunk as older ones die.

Other very old trees, including three 375-, 5,660- and 9,000-years-old were also discovered.

Since spruce trees can multiply with root penetrating braches, they can produce exact copies, or clones, researchers said.

The trees' ages were determined in a process called carbon-14 dating at a U.S. laboratory.

Copyright 2008 by United Press International

Monday, April 21, 2008

Happy MOnday!!

I would like to extend my greetings to everyone!! I will visit you again tomorrow...I am just so busy today...Thanks for all who visited my blogs..esp. to all who leave messages and comments!! Take care everyone!! God bless us all!!

Glitter Graphics

Link Schemes... Important!!

My very dear trusted friend forwarded me this email..well this is just very important esp. to all bloggers!! so please read!!

Link schemes

Your site's ranking in Google search results is partly based on analysis of those sites that link to you. The quantity, quality, and relevance of links count towards your rating. The sites that link to you can provide context about the subject matter of your site, and can indicate its quality and popularity. However, some webmasters engage in link exchange schemes and build partner pages exclusively for the sake of cross-linking, disregarding the quality of the links, the sources, and the long-term impact it will have on their sites. This is in violation of Google's webmaster guidelines and can negatively impact your site's ranking in search results.

Examples of link schemes can include:

· Links intended to manipulate PageRank

· Links to web spammers or bad neighborhoods on the web

· Excessive reciprocal links or excessive link exchanging (”Link to me and I’ll link to you.”)

Buying or selling links that pass PageRank

According to Google, these are some of the reasons why a blog/site can be penalized and have a lower page rank.

Google says that you should have not more than 100 URLs of all
sites including yours in a page. Google takes seriously the cases like
"link farming", buying links, spamming, etc.

Benedict praises US church as visit ends

By VICTOR L. SIMPSON, Associated Press Writer

NEW YORK - Pope Benedict XVI celebrated Mass and American Catholicism in storied Yankee Stadium on Sunday, telling his massive U.S. flock to use its freedoms wisely as he closed out his first papal trip to the United States.

Benedict beamed before a joyous crowd of 57,000, hours after making a solemn stop to pray at the site of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center.

He called the Mass "a summons to move forward with firm resolve to use wisely the blessings of freedom, in order to build a future of hope for coming generations."

And he repeated a core message of his six-day pilgrimage — that faith must play a role in public life, citing the need to oppose abortion.

The unwavering truth of the Roman Catholic message, he said, guarantees respect for the dignity of all "including the most defenseless of all human beings, the unborn child in the mother's womb." The crowd applauded the line.

Worshippers filled the seats, chanting, clapping and waving white and yellow handkerchiefs in the Vatican's colors as the white popemobile pulled in. At the end of the service the German-born Benedict again processed out slowly, serenaded by the strains of Beethoven's "Ode to Joy."

Outside the stadium, two dump trucks filled with sand blockaded 161st Street before Mass, an extra level of security along with the heavy police presence. Pilgrims without tickets pushed up against metal police barricades, hoping to get a glimpse of the arriving pope.

Inside, ad-splashed outfield walls were draped in white with purple and yellow bunting. A white altar perched over second base, and the papal seal covered the pitcher's mound, suspended by white and yellow ribbons.

"I have never seen Yankee Stadium so beautiful, and I have season's tickets," said Philip Giordano, 49, a tax attorney from Greenwich, Conn., who won seats in the loge section behind home plate through a parish lottery. "It sure beats sitting in my local church."

Added his wife, Suzanne: "I'm hoping to feel something from (Benedict). Everyone who has seen him says they crumple, their knees buckle. You come away just feeling different."

The New Orleans crooner Harry Connick Jr., on the pre-Mass concert program, remarked that he is often asked if he's a practicing Catholic.

"Practicing?" he said. "I'm playing for the pope today."

Benedict seemed to enjoy his long journey to the altar in the popemobile, waving to people in the stands. From the altar, he stood to acknowledge the crowd's roar when New York Cardinal Edward Egan welcomed him.

He praised the U.S. church, which has 65 million members, in his homily, saying that "in this land of freedom and opportunity, the church has united a widely diverse flock" and contributed greatly to American society.

Earlier, on a chilly, gray morning, the pope blessed the site of the terror attacks and pleaded with God to bring "peace to our violent world."

The visit by Benedict to ground zero was a poignant moment in a trip marked by unexpectedly festive crowds such as the one at Sunday's Mass.

Benedict was driven in the popemobile part-way down a ramp now used mostly by construction trucks to a spot by the north tower's footprint. He walked the final steps, knelt in silent prayer, then rose to light a memorial candle.

Addressing a group that included survivors, clergy and public officials, he acknowledged the many faiths of the victims at the "scene of incredible violence and pain."

The pope also prayed for "those who suffered death, injury and loss" in the attacks at the Pentagon and in the crash of United Airlines Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pa. More than 2,900 people were killed in the four crashes of the airliners hijacked by al-Qaida.

"God of peace, bring your peace to our violent world," the pope prayed. "Turn to your way of love those whose hearts and minds are consumed with hatred."

Benedict invited 24 people with ties to ground zero to join him: survivors, relatives of victims and four rescue workers. He greeted each member of the group individually as a string quartet played in the background. In his prayer, he also remembered those who, "because of their presence here that day, suffer from injuries and illness."

New York deputy fire chief James Riches, father of a fallen Sept. 11 firefighter, said the pope's visit gave him consolation.

"We said 'Where was God?' on 9/11, but he's come back here today and they've restored our faith," Riches said.

The site where the World Trade Center was destroyed is normally filled with hundreds of workers building a 102-story skyscraper, a memorial and transit hub. It bears little resemblance to the debris-filled pit where crews toiled to remove twisted steel and victims' remains.

The remains of more than 1,100 people have never been identified.

Back at Yankee Stadium, some worshippers filed out of the service slowly, trying to soak up the atmosphere as long as they could.

"It was great for the young, it was great for the old," Judith Halsey, a nurse from Bayonne, N.J., said of Benedict's visit as she left the Mass. "It was an uplifting time for the entire Catholic religion. Everyone needed this."

On the Net:

Official papal visit site:
source: yahoo news

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Great Sunday at Berching!!

As usual, we woke up very late again today..It is weekend and a very very beautiful Sunday..After eating our so called brunch having Schweine Braten and rice..yummy sarap talaga!! we decided to go to Berching, a town in Neumarkt. Please visit The World Wide Web Addict for more details!!

I like Berching than Neumarkt..the settings of its town is so nice...This town is being walled around..I guess it has 10 gates!!I really enjoyed taking pictures there today. well, a lot of people always looked at me everytime I click my camera..hehehe...wala akong pakialam..I don't care!! di nila ako kilala at lalong di ko sila kilala..they don't know me anyway..

The weather today was very friendly and nice..with sunshine and blue sky..really very great for lakwatsa (going around)..I am again sharing my photos with you..

anyway I opened again another blog entitled exploring Germany..this blog is under construction and I will feature here things which are all about Germany including history, culture and tradition, its people and a lot more..keep reading then!!

here are some photos we have today in Berching...for more photos of different places we visited today, please also visit Euroangel Graffiti...thanks and hope you got a great weekend guys!!

the wall around Berching (below) was built in the year 1475 (above)
under Bishop Wilhelm and Raichenau

the main gate where we passed by..guess this walled town has 10 gates!!
no time to go around all the gates!!

that is another gate/ is very amazing how Germany preserved its historical places and buildings these buildings here..these are centuries old already..

that's the model of the wall..hehehe!! see that other entrance in my back??

some colourful old buildings/houses in Berching

Bye bye for now..see you all again tomorrow..

Quote of the Day

Courage is the ladder on which all the other virtues mount.

Clare Boothe Luce

foto I took today as we went around the world in Berching and its neighboring town.
very nice weather... blue sky with some clouds!!

Taming Your Sweet Tooth

Health and Beauty Tip

Dying for some chocolate? You might just need magnesium! Many women are deficient in magnesium, which is found in chocolate. Instead of a candy bar, try a supplement. If you still find yourself wanting chocolate and knowing you shouldn't have any, eat a banana instead -- it's been known to satisfy cravings.


Saturday, April 19, 2008

Thanks to all!!

I really appreciate those friends, readers, co-bloggers who always visit me here and leave some comments..It is such a great honor to always see you here..I always try my best to reciprocate the same when time permits...All I can say is thank you very much for all!!

Glitter Graphics

wish everyone a great and blessed weekend!! God bless us all!!

How to Eat

Health and Beauty Tip

If you're trying to eat healthier or lose weight, remember that how you eat is just as important as what you eat. Avoid eating anywhere except the dinner table, and don't work while you eat -- this helps you concentrate on what and how much you're eating. How quickly you eat is also a factor; if all else fails, try eating with the opposite hand you usually do!

Time to laugh Again!!

Management Lesson

A sales rep, an administration clerk and the manager are walking to lunch when they find an antique oil lamp. They rub it and a Genie comes out in a puff of smoke.

The Genie says, "I usually only grant three wishes, so I'll give each of you just one."

"Me first! Me first!" says the admin clerk."I want to be in the Bahamas, driving a speedboat, without a care in the world." Poof! She's gone.

In astonishment, "Me next! Me next!" says the sales rep. "I want to be in Hawaii, relaxing on the beach with my personal masseuse, an Endless supply of pinna coladas and the love of my life." Poof! He's gone.

OK, you're up," the Genie says to the manager.

The manager says, "I want those two back in the office after lunch."

Management lesson?

Always let your boss have the first say.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Escapades at Lengenfeld

Hello!! it's TGIF..hope everyone is doing okey!! We went to my husband's twin sister in Lengenfeld this afternoon to pick-up my car. My husband's brother in law have a business to repair cars like having accident or just for repainting. My car was hit last February 2008 and got some scratches and need to be repaired..Now it looks very new again!!

As my husband was talking to his relatives, I went walking to this small town called Lengenfeld. It is also nice place..I took some photos, being a photo addict..hehehe..We simply got a very cool afternoon. Simply Thanks God it's Friday..hope you got a nice one too!!

this is a hotel in Lengenfeld that is very historic. As you see that date, where they also produce here beer named Winklerbrau since 1428..really amazing how the family continue the culture and traditions...started this hotel business since 1978.

the view of St. Martin Church and the hotel

the little history of the Church which was built starting 1140. The baroque style of the church was rebuilt between 1693 and 1696.

THis is a Joke!!

Management Quotes

A magazine recently ran a "management quotes" contest. They were looking for people to submit quotes from their real-life dysfunctional managers.

Here are the top ten finalists:

1. "As of tomorrow, employees will only be able to access the building using individual security cards. Pictures will be taken next Wednesday and employees will receive their cards in two weeks." (This was the winning quote from Fred Dales, Microsoft Corp. in Redmond, WA)

2. "What I need is an exact list of specific unknown problems we might encounter." (Lykes Lines Shipping)

3. "E-mail is not to be used to pass on information or data. It should be used only for company business." (Accounting manager, Electric Boat Company)

4. "This project is so important, we can't let things that are more important interfere with it." (Advertising/Marketing manager, United Parcel Service)

5. "Doing it right is no excuse for not meeting the schedule." (Plant manager, Delco Corporation)

6. "No one will believe you solved this problem in one day! We've been working on it for months. Now, go act busy for a few weeks and I'll let you know when it's time to tell them." (R&D supervisor, Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing/3M Corp.)

7. Quote from the Boss: "Teamwork is a lot of people doing what I say." (Marketing executive, Citrix Corporation)

8. My sister passed away and her funeral was scheduled for Monday. When I told my Boss, he said she died on purpose so that I would have to miss work on the busiest day of the year. He then asked if we could change her burial to Friday. He said, "That would be better for me." (Shipping executive, FTD Florists) 9. "We know that communication is a problem, but the company is not going to discuss it with the employees." (Switching supervisor, AT&T Long Lines Division)

10. One day my Boss asked me to submit a status report to him concerning a project I was working on. I asked him if tomorrow would be soon enough. He said, "If I wanted it tomorrow, I would have waited until tomorrow to ask for it!" (Hallmark Cards executive)

Migraines' Frequency Influences Heart Attack, Stroke Risk

I read sometimes news on the net. Any important ones I found, I post it in my blogs..I have sometimes bad migraine attacks. The latest worst attack was in March 23, 2008 and Dec. 18, 2007. Any other attacks are not too bad. This news from yahoo just interest me. therefore, I am also sharing it to my dear friends and reader especially to those who have migraines..This is quite scary but it is so.. here it is..hope you got some infos!! wish everyone in advance a very great weekend!!

Migraines' Frequency Influences Heart Attack, Stoke Risk

THURSDAY, April 17 (HealthDay News) -- Women who have weekly migraines are at an increased risk for stroke compared to those with few or no migraines, a new study finds.

On the other hand, those with less frequent migraines may have an increased risk of heart attack, the same team of researchers report.

The findings, to be presented Thursday at the American Academy of Neurology annual meeting in Chicago, point to different mechanisms linking migraines to distinct cardiovascular troubles, experts say.

And even though the average migraine sufferer's absolute risk of a heart attack or stroke is still low, the new study should be viewed in the context of other cardiac risk factors, said Dr. Richard Lipton, vice chairman of neurology at Montefiore Headache Center in New York City.

"Someone with migraine should be sure to manage their other risk factors including high blood pressure, diabetes, smoking, high cholesterol and body weight," said Lipton. He was not involved in the study, which was conducted by a team from Brigham & Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston.

Previous research (much of it by the same group) has found an increased risk of vascular problems in both men and women who experience migraines, especially those who experience migraine with visual symptoms known as aura.

One recent study found that women who suffer from migraines with aura are at higher risk of stroke, especially if they smoke and take oral contraceptives.

What's been missing, however, is data on how the frequency of migraines might affect cardiovascular risk.

This study involved almost 28,000 female health professionals in the United States aged 45 and older, none of whom had cardiovascular disease when the trial started.

During about 12 years of follow-up, and compared to women with no migraines, women with less-than-monthly migraines turned out to be 54 percent more likely to develop cardiovascular disease. Those with weekly migraines were almost twice as likely to develop heart troubles.

Those with fewer-than-monthly migraines had a 45 percent increased risk of having an ischemic stroke (one resulting from constricted blood flow) and a 64 percent increased risk for heart attack, compared to women with no migraines, the Boston team found.

Women who suffered migraines at least weekly had a 49 percent increased risk for heart attack and almost triple the increased risk for stroke, they added.

According to Lipton, repeat migraine attacks may have a direct influence on the risk of stroke. "This is plausible because, during the aura, there are profound changes in the brain which diminish blood flow to the brain," he explained. "Stroke is usually caused by diminished blood flow to the brain."

If this were true, preventing migraines should decrease the risk of stroke, although this hypothesis has not yet been tested.

It's also possible that frequent migraines simply point to an increased risk for stroke, rather than actually causing it, Lipton said.

Either way, there's no reason to panic.

"Even if the relative risk of stroke triples in those with frequent migraine, the absolute risk for most people remains low," Lipton said. "If someone who would otherwise have a stroke risk of 20 per 100,000 has that risk triple due to frequent migraine -- to 60/100,000 -- they are [still] very unlikely to have a stroke."

More information

Find out more about migraines at The National Migraine Association.

By Amanda Gardner
HealthDay Reporter
Thu Apr 17, 7:03 PM ET

source: yahoo news

USA I'm Coming!!

I have been cleaning up since last week..but it is still not over...I thought I will be flying this weekend to Las Vegas so I hurried up cleaning... Finally my sister send a confirmation that she already bought my ticket..yupeeeeeyyy..Thanks a lot sistah..your great..My flight will be on May 3...God's will!! I'm very excited na..

well, I just want to do a general spring cleaning before I leave..besides I also have a lot of stuff to be sent to the Pinas. hopefully next time when I came back from USA the I will do the packing...(kung kabalik..hehehe)..

It's spring time here now, but this morning we got snow again..I was surprised looking to our window seeing the snow..amazing huh!! but not a good phenomenon!!

anyway got a pix of my sistah here who sponsored my trip..thanks a lot sis...mizyah n luv yah!! see you soon!! God bless us all!!

need to sign off now..take care everyone!!

this is my beloved sistah..she's a Nurse too in Vegas and was once my scholar!!

All blogger friends in USA, let me know if you can meet me..hehehe..i will try!! see you all!!

Thursday, April 17, 2008

The worst computer viruses of all time

Thu Mar 20, 2008 12:11PM EDT

If you haven't experienced a computer virus yet, just wait -- you probably will.

Fortunately, you missed the real heyday of computer viruses when anti-virus software wasn't very widely used, and virus attacks caused millions of dollars in damages overnight. Today's viruses can still be nightmarish, but for the average user, cleanup is considerably easier than it was just a few years ago, when the only solution in many cases was reformatting your hard drive and starting from scratch (and even that didn't do the trick sometimes).

So join me on a trip down memory lane as we revisit some of the worst viruses of all time and count our blessings that our computers are still up and running despite it all. (Though, please note, "worst" is a matter of considerable debate in the security industry, as the number of infected machines and amount of financial loss is always estimated. If you think another virus was worse than these, please post it in the comments to remind us!)

The worst viruses of all time

Brain, 1986
It all started here: Brain was the first "real" virus ever discovered, back in 1986. Brain didn't really hurt your PC, but it launched the malware industry with a bang and gave bad ideas to over 100,000 virus creators for the next 2 decades.

Michelangelo, 1991
The worst MS-DOS virus ever, Michelangelo attacked the boot sector of your hard drive and any floppy drive inserted into the computer, which caused the virus to spread rapidly. After spreading quietly for months, the virus "activated" on March 6, and promptly started destroying data on tens of thousands of computers.

Melissa, 1999
Technically a worm, Melissa (named after a stripper) collapsed entire email systems by causing computers to send mountains of messages to each other. The author of the virus was eventually caught and sentenced to 20 months in prison.

This was notable for being one of the first viruses to trick users into opening a file, which in this case claimed to be a love letter sent to the recipient. In reality, the file was a VBS script that sent mountains of junk mail and deleted thousands of files. The results were terribly devastating- one estimate holds that 10 percent of all computers were affected, to a cost of $5.5 billion. It remains perhaps the worst worm of all time.

Code Red, 2001
An early "blended threat" attack, Code Red targeted Web servers instead of user machines, defacing websites and later launching denial-of-service attacks on a host of IP addresses, including those of the White House.

Nimda, 2001
Built on Code Red's attack system of finding multiple avenues into machines (email, websites, network connections, and others), Nimda infected both Web servers and user machines. It found paths into computers so effectively that, 22 minutes after it was released, it became the Internet's most widespread virus at the time.

Klez, 2001
An email virus, Klez pioneered spoofing the "From" field in email messages it sent, making it impossible to tell if Bill Gates did or did not really send you that information about getting free money.

Slammer, 2003
Another fast spreader, this worm infected about 75,000 systems in just 10 minutes, slowing the Internet to a crawl (much like Code Red) and shutting down thousands of websites.

MyDoom, 2004
Notable as the fastest-spreading email virus of all time, MyDoom infected computers so they would, in turn, send even more junk mail. In a strange twist, MyDoom was also used to attack the website of SCO Group, a very unpopular company that was suing other companies over its code being used in Linux distributions.

Storm, 2007
The worst recent virus, Storm spread via email spam with a fake attachment and ultimately infected up to 10 million computers, causing them to join its zombie botnet.

Thanks to Symantec for helping to compile this list.

source: yahoo tech news

Windows XP going off market in June

I just happened to read this today in yahoo tech news. I just want to share it with you especially to those who use Windows XP..well that's what I am also using now until I will buy a new PC next time. here is the news!!

Windows XP going off market in June: What it means
Mon Apr 14, 2008 5:28PM EDT

Microsoft originally announced over a year ago that Windows XP would be going off the market in January 2008. XP was later given a brief stay of execution, to June 30, 2008. That deadline is fast approaching, which has led to much panicking from people who aren't quite sure what XP's "going off market" means, exactly.
People are still as confused as ever. So let's take a stab at clarifying, once again, what's going to happen by answering some frequently asked questions about XP's imminent disappearance.
Will Windows XP really no longer be on sale after June 30? Sorry for the double negative, but no. All this means is that Microsoft will stop selling the OS. Finding a computer with XP preinstalled will likely be very difficult, as well. However, you'll still be able to find copies for the foreseeable future, and likely the unforeseeable one, too. See for yourself: You can find copies of just about any Microsoft product, including ancient versions of Windows and even MS-DOS, by simply searching online. But hang on to your current copy of Windows XP. You may need it down the road if you don't want to move to Vista.
Will I be forced to upgrade to Vista soon? No. But it will get harder and harder not to, especially since new software and peripherals are likely to stop working with XP. That could take years.
Will my XP machine stop working in June? No, but Microsoft will stop releasing non-security software updates to the masses on April 14, 2009. But let's be clear: XP will continue to "work" even after this point.
Will Microsoft shut off product activation for XP after June? No, that would be crazy. While no one has said this will happen, it's conceivable that Windows could shut down product activation for XP at some point. But that would only happen after XP reaches its end-of-support term (when all support plans expire). The good news for you: That happens on April 8, 2014, which should be plenty of time to get the kinks worked out of Vista-or switch to a Mac, Linux, or anything else. Bottom line: Your copy of XP will work, totally legally, for at least six more years.
What about after 2014? Well, that's unclear. But it's possible XP will stop being installable at that point. Microsoft's official policy is that these dates have "no affect [sic] on how long you can use a product," which may imply product activation will work forever. However, two things come to mind:
1) Even the most die-hard XP enthusiast will probably be ready to upgrade at that point (as XP will be nearly 15 years old, and your PC will be dead by then, I'm sure).
2) Even if Microsoft shuts off product activation, the hacker community will certainly make dozens of tools to let you continue using XP with abandon. Fret not.
Can I install XP on a PC that has Vista already on it? Yes. You can delete any partition with any OS on it (and reformat it) during the installation of XP. If you're feeling brave, you can even run both OSes at the same time by setting up a dual-boot machine.
Whew! Does that clear everything up? Feel free to continue sending your queries and adding your comments below.
Note: This post was originally created in April 2007 and updated with new and changed information in April 2008.
Source: yahoo tech news

Minimally invasive surgery reduces risks

SAN FRANCISCO (UPI) -- U.S. medical scientists say a new study shows laparoscopic surgery reduces the risk of nosocomial infections by 52 percent when compared with open surgery.

Ethicon End-Surgery Inc., a Johnson & Johnson company, conducted a retrospective study of more than 11,000 patients undergoing one of three surgical procedures: hysterectomy, cholecystectomy (gallbladder removal) and appendectomy. The researchers said they found laparoscopic surgery was associated with reduction of the risk of nosocomial (hospital acquired) infections during gallbladder removal by 66 percent, and during hysterectomy by 52 percent compared with open surgery.

The study showed the reduction rates of nosocomial infections during laparoscopic appendectomy were not statistically significant.

"This study gives more definitive evidence that laparoscopic surgery reduces the risk of nosocomial infection compared to open surgery, which may lead to improved patient care and potential reductions in costs to the healthcare system, " said Dr. Andrew Brill, director of minimally invasive gynecology at the California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, one of the lead investigators of the study.

The research appears in the journal Surgical Endoscopy.
Copyright 2008 by United Press International

Australia suffers massive shorebird loss

SYDNEY (UPI) -- Australia has suffered a "truly alarming" decline in its number of migratory and resident shorebirds, a long-term study revealed.

An aerial survey conducted by the University of New South Wales in the eastern third of the continent determined migratory shorebird populations plunged by 73 percent and 15 species of resident shorebirds declined by 81 percent between 1983 and 2006.

"This is a truly alarming result: in effect, three-quarters of eastern Australia's millions of resident and migratory shorebirds have disappeared in just one generation," said Professor Richard Kingsford, an author of the study. "The wetlands and resting places that they rely on for food and recuperation are shrinking virtually all the way along their migration path, from Australia through Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia and up through Asia into China and Russia."

The study that included John Porter and Silke Nebel appears in the journal Biological Conservation.
Copyright 2008 by United Press International

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Wordless Wednesday


yummy!! I love Snitzel!! I cooked this last Saturday as mentioned in my post that same day.
It is like a breaded pork...It is one of my favorite!!!

Cheap Phone Cards and Calling Cards

I always call back home to the Philippines at least once a week for almost 5 years now. I am presently living in Germany. Calling from Germany to the Philippines is quite expensive. We always have high telephone bills every month. I even remember the first time I arrived here in Germany way back in 2003 and called back home for 1 hour and we were billed so high !! Can you imagine paying 60Euros for 1 hour calling to the Philippines??? My gosh, that is around four thousand pesos.. A lot of money..huh??

Of course, nobody wants to pay high telephone bills. Everybody want to save money, unless maybe if you are a millionaire and spending money might not be a pain in the pocket. I also have a sister in USA who might also want to save some bucks for telephone bills.

Nowadays prepaid phone cards are already very common and great means to keep in touch with our love ones who are thousand miles away from us. While browsing the net, I stumbled at THERICHCOM.COM. It is an online shop that sells prepaid phone cards to call different countries around the world ranging from Asia to Europe and middle east. Callers can call from the United States to anywhere around the globe for very cheap price compared to leading companies like AT&T, etc.

I am highly recommending this site to my sister in Las Vegas and to all my dear readers and friends to the USA. Since I am also flying to the US this month, I believed I can also save some bucks if I call my family in the Philippines and Germany..What a perfect timing!!

Visit this site for more infos and of course to save some money too!! Great idea right!!!

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

It's Joke Time!!

Life's a Mess

A poodle and a collie were walking down the street. The poodle turned to the collie and complained, "My life is a mess. My owner is mean, my girlfriend is having an affair with a German shepherd, and I'm nervous as a cat."

"Why don't you go see a psychiatrist?" asked the collie.

"I can't," replied the poodle. "I'm not allowed on the couch."

Smaller asteroid may have killed dinosaurs

HONOLULU (UPI) -- A scientist in Hawaii says the asteroid implicated in the extinction of dinosaurs was much smaller than previously suggested.

Francois Paquay of the University of Hawaii Manoa has developed a new tool using variations of osmium isotope composition in the marine sediment record to estimate the size of asteroid impacts, the university said Thursday in a release.

The findings are published in the journal Science.

Paquay said sediment shows the asteroid that created Chicxulub crater off the coast of Mexico was about 2.5 miles wide -- less than half the size that researchers had previously suggested, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The researchers estimate the size of the asteroid that created the 63-mile-wide Popigai crater in Siberia at about 1.7 miles across. Previous estimates had put that asteroid at about 2.5 miles across.

Copyright 2008 by United Press International

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