Author - Manuel Moreno

Veinticuatro años. Venezolano. Escritor de pasatiempo y amante de la buena vida. Emprendedor y aventurero. Mente de ingeniero y corazón de músico.

Twenty four years old. Venezuelan. Writer of hobby and good life lover. Entrepreneur and adventurer. Engineer's mind and musician's heart.

Lifestyle

Helpful Hacks For An Organized Life

Big blow-ups of frustration in life usually happen because of all the little moments. Before the little annoyances that you face every day push you over the edge, take a look at these helpful habits.

Stop scrambling for the keys every single time you need to unlock the door. Quit letting your leftovers burn your tongue. Get yourself some organizational decor and fix your life.

The Key To Organization

This is a small but handy trick to prevent confusion and chaos when it comes to keys. Get some nail polish (you can get a couple of bottles of Essie for about $1 each). You can also use paints that adhere to metal.

Use a different color to paint the tops of each key. All you have to do is remember what color belongs to the car key, house key, etc.

Double-Duty Decor

Certain parts of the house are desperate for organization. The two main culprits are the kitchen and bathroom. Hang shelves up in spaces that are more cluttered than others. Cabinet pantries and spice racks can help hold your clutter in the kitchen.

Use shower caddies to hold your skincare products and soaps instead of spreading them along the edges of your bathtub.

A Magnetic Tip

Placing magnets in calculated positions is a magical little trick. Put magnetized strips to the side of the stove, the fridge, or the kitchen wall, giving yourself a place to keep knives.

Stick some in your workroom to hang nails, screws, and tools. You can use them to organize your tweezers and bobby pins in the bathroom.

Plant Doctor

Are you leaving for a couple of days. Do you forget to water houseplants when you’re at home? Fill a pitcher or a pot with water. Use pieces of string to connect your plants to the container.

This will make the water flow to your plants in a subtle, steady trickle, stopping them from dying of thirst or drinking too much.

Big blow-ups of frustration in life usually happen because of all the little moments. Before the little annoyances that you face every day push you over the edge, take a look at these helpful habits.
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Earth

Help! Antarctica Losing Six Times More Ice Every Year

Were you to even be a minimal user of social media, you would find that the #10yearchallenge was in full swing: people posting photos of themselves 10 years ago until now. However, some people used it to make a more pertinent point – with some climate activists using it to post pictures of rapidly degrading parts of the world.

If these images resonated with you, then this might also do so: according to NASA, Antarctica is losing roughly six times more ice every single year than it was in 1979.

That’s a hell of a lot of work and ‘progress’ for a few short decades. The levels at which we are seeing ice melting should worry us all, yet little is done to try and combat the issue. These new numbers from NASA, though, should be the wake-up call that we need.

Thanks to a new study put together in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal, we now know that the ice mass loss in Antarctica is accelerating at a pace we can barely keep track of.

Naturally, this is not a good thing. It’s going to cause a huge amount of issues and is only likely to get worse. This is according to Eric Rignot, the lead author on the study, who works for the University of California as well as the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, who said: “That’s just the tip of the iceberg, so to speak,

“As the Antarctic ice sheet continues to melt away, we expect multi-meter sea level rise from Antarctica in the coming centuries.”

If that does not make you think that we need to act now, you have to look around to work out what the next step is.

An Assessment Which Requires Action

As the largest assessment of its kind across Antarctic ice mass this is going to provide us with a case study of what has to change. The team used all manner of imagery from NASA aircraft as well as useful satellite data collected by numerous groups.

With around 40 billion tons of ice lost per year from 1979-1990, today we see around 252 billion tons wiped off the Antarctic. That means that we are seeing, roughly, a 280% increase on the amount of ice that was lost from 1979-2001. In 16 years, we’ve done so much incredible damage.

Rignot continued, adding: “The Wilkes Land sector of East Antarctica has, overall, always been an important participant in the mass loss, even as far back as the 1980s, as our research has shown,

“This region is probably more sensitive to climate [change] than has traditionally been assumed, and that’s important to know, because it holds even more ice than West Antarctica and the Antarctic Peninsula together.”

Is the prognosis good, though? Not according to Rignot: “As climate warming and ozone depletion send more ocean heat toward those sectors, they will continue to contribute to sea level rise from Antarctica in decades to come.” He concluded.

This is a worrying development and one which should require urgent action – worldwide. We’re beginning to see more and more information come out with regards to the severity of the climate change impact. We might not be able to stop this, but we could mitigate it: we need to act as soon as possible, though, or stories like this will become increasingly commonplace.

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Science

Scary: First Set of Edited Human Embryos Soon In Japan

The reports coming from Japan indicate that the government will soon allow human genes to be edited. This is following the receipt of guidelines which define how the process must be done. According to these guidelines which were released by representatives from Japan’s health and science ministries, scientists must adhere to the recommendations. We know about the invention of the sophisticated tools that can be used for gene editing.

Now, it is time to use these tools. There are many uncertainties about the expected outcome of gene editing. The curiosity has put pressure on the regulatory committees and scientists to make an attempt at editing human genes with the tools.

One of the tools that can be used to edit human genes is the CRISPR Cas9. It was developed for use in modifying the DNA in the human embryo. This has been the focus of on-going studies on human embryos for many years.

The center where a majority of these studies are done is located within the Hokkaido University in Sapporo. One of the foremost scientists involved in this process is Tetsuya Ishii, a bioethicist attached to the university.

Earlier, Japan had propagated a neutral opinion about editing human genes. However, there has been a review of this position. The authorities are now interested in pushing forward research in this direction.

It has however been noted that when all permissions to proceed with this experiment have been granted, there will be some restrictions. The scientists in charge of the project will not be allowed to manipulate the human embryos to stimulate or achieve reproduction. These restrictions will not be legally binding.

The main objective of this project is to modify genes in the human embryo to find ways through which genetic mutations can be prevented. This means a long list of diseases can be prevented if the project is successful.

These experiments have been stalled for many years due to uncertainties based on ethics. There have been criticisms that the editing of genes in the human embryo is unethical. There are also concerns that secret experiments can be done to use these tools to modify human DNA. The authorities have therefore stressed that the tools should only be used for medical research.

The concept of editing genes in the human embryo is forbidden in many countries.

What we know is the publication of reports for studies that have only discussed the possibilities and advantages of this process. In countries such as China and the United States, scientists are permitted to explore these areas only through privately funded research projects. However, these projects are closely monitored by the authorities in these countries.

According to the reports from Japan, we will be able to view the guidelines that have been released publicly. These documents are scheduled to be released in the coming months. It is expected that there will be a public debate and some review to adjust different areas of this report.

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Celebs

No Parole For John Lennon’s Killer

It is the tenth time the killer of John Lennon will be denied parole. His ‘debt’ has not been paid in full. After hearing his plea for a parole consideration, the board concluded and was quoted to have stated that releasing Mark David Chapman “would be incompatible with the welfare and safety of the society and would so deprecate the serious nature of the crime as to undermine respect for the law.”

Mark Chapman had indeed neglected the legal consequences by willfully pulling the trigger of the gun that killed John Lennon. Now 63 years old, he is still paying for the crime he committed, the public has commended the board for rejecting his application for parole while other groups have criticized the parole rejection as unfair.

Chapman was convicted for the murder of John Lennon and was given a life sentence. He has been incarcerated at the Wende Correctional Facility in western New York. John would have been 78 years this year if not for the unfortunate event that led to his untimely death.

In its denial decision, the parole board stated that Chapman has consciously planned and executed the murder of the famous John Lennon because he wanted to gain a ruthless reputation. The board also noted that he had consciously chosen to assassinate a popular figure without regard to the pain and anguish his family and fans from all over the world would suffer.

The parole board is of the opinion that setting Chapman free would only send a message that such as act could be condoned or pardoned over time and in the process undermine the seriousness of such crimes.

The next parole hearing for Chapman is scheduled for August 2020. However, the public outcry for him to remain behind bars cannot be overlooked. Over the years, the impact of the loss and suffering Chapman caused millions of fans all over the world remains ‘fresh in their memories. Chapman confirms that he still receives letters from anonymous fans of John Lennon condemning his act many years ago and he wishes he had made different choices at that time. However, the deed was done, and now, it is so difficult to forget.

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It is the tenth time the killer of John Lennon will be denied parole. His ‘debt’ has not been paid in full. After hearing his plea for a parole consideration, the board concluded and was quoted to have stated that releasing Mark David Chapman “would be...

Entertainment

The First AHS: Apocalypse Teaser Will Give You Nightmares

American Horror Story: Apocalypse’s first teaser is finally here and, of course, it’s really creepy. If you have a problem with imagery of blood,  fetuses, skulls, scorpions, bugs…and basically everything associated with horror, then you may want to go watch something else.

There’s no shot of any specific cast member but the season’s theme, the end of the world, you know, the apocalypse, is front and center.

Executive producer Alexis Martin Woodall teased a few more details at the TCA press tour last Friday (via Variety), revealing that the eighth season “begins with the end of the world and then our world begins.” So Apocalypse is essentially a Ryan Murphy fantasy of what happens after doomsday, and as Sarah Paulson confirmed, that subtitle reflects “the apocalypse in the truest sense of the word.”

The season will be a crossover between Season 1′ Murder House and Season 3′ Coven. In the new season, Paulson’s Cordelia will still be the Supreme, as she was at the end of Season 3, but she teased that it won’t last for long. She’ll also be playing Billie Dead Howard from Murder House (and Roanoke), in addition to a mystery third character.

The most exciting news for fans is that Jessica Lange will finally return to AHS after leaving the show following Season 4’s Freak Show. She’ll reprise her Constance Langdon from Murder House, likely alongside her now-grown grandson Michael, aka the Antichrist, to be played by Cody Fern. AHS: Apocalypse premieres on FX on September 12.

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Celebs Entertainment

Watch: Paul McCartney Crosses Abbey Road Again

There are a few photos in history that are set inside our collective memory, one of those photos is the iconic photo of the  The Beatles’ showing the quartet crossing Abbey Road. The Photo became the album’s cover and was taken just over a month before the LP’s release. The iconic album, Abbey Road, will turn 49 years old on Sept. 26.

This week Paul McCartney shared to his social media a video of himself crossing the street in the same demeanor to the applause of an onlooking crowd. He was on his way to the Abbey Road Studios for a surprise performance in support of his upcoming solo album, Egypt Station, which is due out on Sept. 7. Mary, Paul’s daughter, filmed the clip. You can watch it below.

The original Abbey Road photograph was taken on Aug. 8, 1969 by Iain Macmillan. In response to its legacy, Abbey Road Studios has launched a live stream that has continuously filmed the street since 2011.

Just like other Beatles albums Abbey Road was a monstrous success, selling over 4 million copies within the first two months of its release. It spent 12 weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Albums chart. Since then it became a must own classic as of 2011, it had sold over 31 million copies worldwide.

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editorial

Famous Stars Turning 70 In 2018

None of these celebrities look over 70 and you will be surprised at the people that have made this list.  The years have passed and for many of these guys, it has been pretty kind.

This list is full of the celebrities that are reaching the grand old age of 70 in 2018.  Some of these are much loved Oscar-winning film stars, others are popular on our TV and some are even in politics.  Some are more famous than others but all will be reaching their seventh decade this year.

Samuel L. Jackson

Samuel L. Jackson is still taking on major starring roles despite heading towards his 70th year on 21st December this year.

He is already signed up for a number of upcoming movies and remains a prolific actor.  He rose to fame in the early 1990s and has been working hard ever since, becoming one of Hollywood’s A-list stars.

Number 1 At The Box Office

Jackson is not only a popular actor but, in Hollywood terms, he is a really good investment in any movie. He is not the highest ranking office star and brought in over a whopping $5.7bn gross.  In real terms, it means his box office averages over $70million per movie!

No wonder he is one of the highest paid actors in the industry today.

Ina Garten

Superstar cook Ina Garten reached her 70th milestone on 2nd February this year.  Ina is well known on the Food Network but actually taught herself to cook using various cookbooks.

Her success belies the fact that she had no formal training and mainly relied on feedback from her friends to ensure that her recipes were perfect.

Barefoot Contessa

Before she reached fame as an author and became the face of the hit Food Network show Barefoot Contessa, Ina Garten worked in the White House.  A culinary career was a big step away from the Office of Management and Budget!

She began with her now-famous store Barefoot Contessa, renowned for its gourmet food and then wrote several cookbooks, wrote for magazines and launched her own brand of convenience foods.

Who else is on the 2018 Celebrities-turning-70 list?  Well, there is Black Sabbath’s Ozzy Osborne who hits 70 on December 3rd, and there must be something in the rock and roll lifestyle because Ozzy looks a lot younger than his years.  Maybe he really is the “Prince of Darkness”!?  Robert Plant, the legendary Led Zeppelin frontman is also about to reach 70 years of age.

There are also a fair few female celebrities who will be reaching the 70 year milestone in 2018.  On 28th June it is Kathy Bates’ turn to celebrate, but other famous ladies who are turning 70 include Olivia Newton John, Rhea Perlman, and Stevie Nicks.  Enjoy the list and don’t forget to give us your thoughts in the comments section.

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None of these celebrities look over 70 and you will be surprised at the people that have made this list.  The years have passed and for many of these guys, it has been pretty kind.
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Animals

Jaguar Goes Wild in Zoo Escape

As one of the most fearsome animals in the jungle, the jaguar is not a creature to be trifled with. They are rapid, vicious and very much trained killers. For that reason, the idea of keeping one in a zoo or any kind of enclosure feels needless and dangerous. Something so majestic should not be kept in such environments for humans to ogle and point at. Especially when, as this story shows, the chances of escape aren’t quite as ridiculous as they first sound.

Take the story of the jaguar that escaped from Audubon Zoo in New Orleans. The Jaguar got out and managed to attack and kill six animals whilst harming another three. The animal in question is Valerio, the 3-year-old Jaguar. He killed a group of alpacas, an emu and also a fox. While no humans were injured, it’s hardly a stretch to say that they could have been. Perhaps keeping killing machines that can move at breakneck speeds might not be a good idea?

It managed to also injure another alpaca and a pair of foxes. Escaping from his enclosure at about 7:20 AM local time, he went on a rampage for around an hour before being sedated and taken back ‘home’ to his habitat in the zoo.

The zoo itself released a heartfelt statement, saying: “The team responded immediately to the incident. Veterinarians had to prepare tranquilizers and position themselves to get a good line of sight. Once darted, the jaguar was sedated within minutes. We are still investigating how this happened. From our initial inspection, it appears the roof of the habitat was compromised. We are still investigating, and no animals will be housed in this enclosure until the investigation and repairs are completed. The safety of our guests, staff, volunteers, and animals is our number one priority. We are taking this incident very seriously and working to investigate what happened to prevent a similar occurrence in the future. We perform drills annually and have protocols for this exact situation to ensure that emergencies of this kind are resolved as safely and quickly as possible.”

A ‘difficult day’

Marking it as a ‘difficult day’ for the animal care team, having seen some of their beloved creatures die, the zoo’s Vice President, Joel Hamilton, said that there was no plans to put down the jaguar because it’s “what jaguars do”, saying: “Our staff truly care about these animals, not just care for them. We have grief counselors coming in to talk to staff to help them get through this.”

The zoo was forced to be closed for Saturday due to the event but opened again at 10 AM on the Sunday. The zoo itself is a tremendous zoo and does a lot of good work to help care for the animals within. However, such a powerful animal, whilst amazing to see up-close and personal, can definitely be better understood if we take the time to appreciate the kind of habitat they can live in comfortably.

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Spanish

Celebridades Que se Enamoraron de Personas Comunes

Algunas personas tienen la suerte de encontrar el amor en personas que jamás imaginaron. Amigos de la infancia, vecinos o simplemente personas que conocemos de manera repentina. ¡Así también les pasa a los famosos!

Sí, algunas de las celebridades de la música, cine y televisión, decidieron salir con personas que de alguna manera nunca han sido famosas y así han sido felices. Te preguntarás como dos personas de mundos tan distintos pueden llegar a coincidir, pues como dice el dicho, el amor lo puede todo. Te invito a conocer a las celebridades que se enamoraron de personas tan comunes como nosotros mismos. Tal vez alguno corra con la misma suerte de ligar con una super estrella.

Anne Hathaway y el Diseñador de Joyería Adam Shulman

“Necesito a mi esposo. Su amor único y específico me ha cambiado”, ¿puede Anne Hathaway ser más linda? La bella y talentosa actriz conoció a su marido diseñador en 2008, y se casó después de cuatro años de citas constantes.

Cuando Harper Bazaar le pidió que explicara lo que sintió la primera vez que vio a su futuro esposo, su respuesta no tuvo precio. “Creo que pensó que estaba un poco loca, lo cual es un poco cierto, pero también soy buena. […] Nunca he hablado sobre esto, pero fui muy honesta con él. Desde el momento en que lo conocí, supe que era el amor de mi vida”.

 

Algunas personas tienen la suerte de encontrar el amor en personas que jamás imaginaron. Amigos de la infancia, vecinos o simplemente personas que conocemos de manera repentina. ¡Así también les pasa a los famosos!
Sí, algunas de las celebridades de la...

Entertainment

YouTubers Fly Around New York on Star Wars Speeder Bikes

Every Halloween, you can always find people who take cosplay to a whole new level. Some people go nuts for this kind of stuff, and realy go that extra mile to make a mark. Most of the time, the best ones go viral very quickly thanks to good old social media. Well, this one was fantastic – a true testament to the creativity and charm of Halloween.

Getting Creative

YouTubers Casey Neistat and Jesse Wellens are creative individuals anyway, and they tend to be quite cooky and creative on their channels as it is. So, they decided to start going a little crazier with each year, following on from the stupendous 2015 Magic Carpet that they pulled off. They’ve done a few crazy things so far, but this year they decided to jump in on the upcoming hype for the new Star Wars and invoke an old classic; a speeder bike.

They built a pair of absolutely bad-ass speeder bikes based on Return of the Jedi, and powered around the streets of New York. The bikes are a pair of Super 73 electric motorbikes, and they spent the best part of three weeks fitting them up. Alongside fiberglass shelling to make the look, they also added all sorts of awesome spoilers to really make them look the part.

Jesse rode with a friend, Carmella Rose, and they dressed as the classic Luke and Leia style from the Endor scenes of ROTJ, and it was an absolutely fantastic costume to pull off. They look great as they plow through the streets on a fantastic take on one of the best vehicles in movie history.

Meanwhile, Casey went for the classic Stormtrooper outfit and “chased” them through the streets of New York.

Going the Extra Mile

Thankfully, no “real” Stormtrooper showed up, and the police never had any issue with their awesome little stunt. Take a look for yourself and see the benefits of people getting creative at Halloween?

It’s a massive amount of work, obviously, but the end product is absolutely sensational. The amount of effort that has gone into the making can be seen, too and it’s a damn fine watch. As you can see, these are people more than happy to go that extra mile to build a fantastic set-piece.

While some people are happy to go as a whoopee cushion for Halloween, this trio have shown how us it could – and should – be done.

Every Halloween, you can always find people who take cosplay to a whole new level. Some people go nuts for this kind of stuff, and realy go that extra mile to make a mark. Most of the time, the best ones go viral very quickly thanks to good old social media...