Why Wearing Hat Makes You are Losing Your Hair?

Sunday, April 21, 2019
Losing hair, credit to ianicsolutions.com

There are at least two contradict opinions about effect of wearing hat to fall the hair. First, no, not wearing hat make you losing your hair. There is no effect as long as there is no friction between hat and hair.

Second opinion that tight hat and action to rub or pull it on head cause physical tension on hair, thus slowly lead to hair losing.

Another opinion, there is in-direct effect of wearing hat on hair losing in a such way that dirty hat attracts bacteria and fungi to infect head skin.

To avoid scalp infection, hat should be cleaned and rotated regularly.

Many people using a specific shampoo and conditioner to strengthens their hair in order to prevent the hair breakage and losing.

Tight hat is one reason only to lose hair, you may read article about 10 reasons of losing hair: 10 reasons why you might be losing hair

Have You Tried Jalapeno Cheese Poppers?

Jalapeno chili, sold in many groceries

You might know Jalapeno, Capsicum annuum, quite hot spicy for me, but medium compared to other chilis for many people. Almost all groceries across USA sell Jalapeno.

I always see this pepper and used it for cooking while in green color. They could turn red when ripen. Both red and green can be eaten. The red is less spicy and grassy.

Sure, Jalapeno has several health benefits, the most important one that Jalapeno may be used for migraine relief due to it contains the capsaicin.

Other health benefits are anti inflammatory, improve our immune system and improve our nervous system. Research has been done to use Jalapeno as an anti cancer drug.

Jalapeno cheese poppers

We just went to a grocery, and the first time, we noticed a Jalapeno Cheese Popper. We bought several of poppers to try their taste.

Since I like cheese, the taste of poppers is not bad, a quite delicious. It seems that chef uses cheddar cheese inside poppers.

I think the cheddar cheese is quite sharper. Fine shred of cheddar was fit in the hallow of a half jalapeno chili, and then insert inside popper. Cheese makes smell delicious.

Have you tried Jalapeno Cheese Poppers? 

Does “Heart Failure” Mean Our Heart Stop Pumping Blood?

Saturday, April 20, 2019
Illustration between healthy heart and heart failure,
credit to FamilyDoctor.org

We might hear the term of “Heart Failure,” but it does not mean that our heart fail (totally fail) to pump the blood to all organ of our body.

It is a “medical term” refer to heart not in optimal function as its should be.

Another term for heart failure is a “congestive heart failure.” A few of early signs for heart failure that you feel fatigue and short of breathing.

High blood pressure may make heart gradually too weak to pump efficiently over time.

Symptoms, causes and treatments of heart failure may be read in the following article: Congestive Heart Failure: Symptoms, Causes, Treatments

Why are Rich People Going to Shoplift?

Friday, April 19, 2019
Kim Kardashian once shoplifted, credit to Reuters

Many famous and rich people have been shoplifted. Some of them have net worth around US$ 400 million, and a few closes to 1 billion US dollar.

The cost of items their stolen from just a couple buck to no more than 5 thousand dollars. Worthless compared to their hundred of million assets.

Things are taken, included: t-shirt, magazine, pack of batteries, $7 tube of lip gloss, snacks, clothes, sun glasses and a necklace.

They shoplifted in the super center or stores such as Walmart, K-Mart, Marshal, boutique and Jewelry shops.

You may read or listening or watching recently news that a rich man from Florida, Andrew Lippi, 59 years old was charged for stealing of US$ 300 (£ 230) goods (light bulbs and a coffee maker) from K-Mart.

Surprisingly, Andrew Lippi bought a private island estate cost US$ 8 millions (£ 6.13 million) few weeks early, before he did shoplift. In addition, he own a resort with one night rent for US$ 1800 (£ 1600).

We may wonder that: Why are Rich People Going to Shoplift?

The simple answer is called as a sense of “Poverty consciousness.” It is mean that the high net worth individuals feel “never having enough” and they worry to loss something they have.

In the shoplifting cases, rich people thought that they “never having enough” and sense to have everything, even they feel entitle to have children’s candies by stealing.

What do you think?

Do you Know the Company Hires Anyone who Applied?

Thursday, April 18, 2019
Greyston Bakery, credit to Mann Advisors

It is normal that an open position for a job will be applied by several applicants. A position with higher salary and offered by established companies attract hundred of candidates.

Job selection goes through several processes, include interview, drug tests and background checks. Many companies need to look applicant skills and experienced.

However, Greyston Bakery locates in Riverdale, New York, developed the system called “Open Hiring.” Every one can sign up application, then wait until a job position available.

Company will call applicant based on who applied first. Call means ready to work immediately. Uniquely, the company has slogan: “we don’t hire people to bake brownies, we bake brownies to hire people.”

Is Prostate Cancer Inherited Genetically?

Illustration of prostate cancer and genetic, credit to Invitae
There are many factors that believed to increase the risk to get prostate cancer; some of them are genetics, diet, age, race, lifestyle, obesity and Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). 
From genetic view point, prostate cancer is highly heritable; the inherited risk of prostate cancer has been estimated to be as high as 60%. 
Men diagnosed with prostate cancer are highly probably coming from close relative (a father or a brother) with prostate cancers. 
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (2016) suggested that a man with one close relative with prostate cancer is twice as likely to develop cancer.
Then, If two close male relatives are affected, the risk of developing prostate cancer is increased five-fold compared to man with no family members diagnosed.
There are several hundred genes implicate to different stages of Prostate Cancer. 
Maqungo et al, (2011) informed that South African National Bioinformatics Institute, University of the Western Cape has developed database called as Dragon Database of Genes associated with Prostate Cancer (DDPC). 
Data were collected from sources of around the world. Some of genes connected to prostate cancers are BRCA1, BRCA2, and HOXB13. 
If these genes have mutated due to un-known reasons, men will have a higher risk of developing prostate cancer and, in some cases, other cancers during their lifetimes.

Maqungo, M., Kaur, M., Kwofie, SK., Radovanovic, A., Schaefer, U., Schmeier, S., Oppon, E., Christoffels, A., and Bajic, VB. 2011. DDPC: Dragon Database of Genes associated with Prostate Cancer. Nucleic Acids Res. 2011 Jan; 39(Database issue): D980–D985. Retrieved from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3013759/
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. 2016. Inherited Risk for Prostate Cancer. Retrieved from https://www.mskcc.org/cancer-care/risk-assessment-screening/hereditary-genetics/genetic-counseling/inherited-risk-prostate

What is Missing Link Between Humans and Their Predecessors?

Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Australopithecus sediba, missing link between early humans and “lucy,”
credit to John Hawks

Scientist have been “quarrel” for at least 10 years about “Missing Link Between Humans and Their Predecessors.”

The missing links is between predecessor called “lucy” and early human called “ Homo habilis.” There is a gap between “lucy” and “ Homo habilis.”

Now scientists certain that the gap is called “Australopithecus sediba.” For details, you may read the article written by Rob Picheta, CNN: Missing Link in Human History Confirmed After Long Debate

What is Final Speech in the Film of “The Great Dictator” About?

Charlie Chaplin in “the great dictator.” Credit to “Good”
I am interesting to review a little bit of “The Great Dictator” final speech of Charlie Chaplin. The speech is part of a film based on story that written and directed, then produced by Charles Chaplin, one of great actor ever. 
You may guess the dictator, that is Hitler who reigned the Germany with tragedy of humanity, all victims are estimated around 17 millions
The final speech of actor is promising speech, contradicting to misery of dictatorship where a lot of respect people feel unhappy live in a tyranny country; the land of hateful that crushed human soul. 
The army patrolled the street and come house to house. The Jews were searched for cruelly beaten and persecuted. The lucky ones were fleeing and hiding in neighboring countries. 
Moreover, at final speech, Charles Chaplin mentioned that where hate always found everywhere on earth. Any country, race, religion and even sexual orientation may “produce” hate and disrespect to each other. 
Hate poisoned life that lead to sadness, unkindness and even bloodshed war. 
It is proven by historical time that great speeches such as done by Charles Chaplin can overcome the hate and oppression. 
Many leaders made great speeches that contributed to better way of thinking and life in societies. 
The leaders such as Martin Luther King Jr talking about dream of equality. Then, this speech has changed the political life in the USA. 

Are Mexican Husk Tomatoes the Same with Tomatoes?

Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Tomatillo Looks like a tomato when we open the husk

Mexican husk tomato (husk cherry or jam berry), but well known as tomatillo, sound like “tomato.” Tomatillo and tomatoes both are fruits used as vegetable (eaten raw and chopped or mixed with others as salads).

Tomatillo is Mexico origin, and tomatoes is originated from America, included Mexico. Colonist introduced these fruits to Europe hundred years ago.

So, what is difference between a tomatillo and tomato? Scientific name for tomatillo is Physalis philadelphica, but Lycopersicon esculentum for tomatoes. They are different in genus and species

Tomatillo is tart like flavor and crisp texture. When eating in raw, we might feel its sharp taste and a little bit acidic.

Paperly husk surrounds tomatillo

Mexican husk tomatoes have green color, and change to yellow (some to purple) when ripe. All of us know the taste and colors (green when unripe and red) of tomatoes.

Some people processed tomatillo to be jams. We use tomatillo to make salsa, salads and sauces.

Tomatillo is good source for fiber, mineral and vitamins. Rich in magnesium, iron and phosphorus. Sources of vitamin C and K.

The fruit contains beta-carotene. This vitamin A derivative is an antioxidant to prevent cataracts and macular degenerations, thus very good for our vision.

Do you know tomatillo? What do you use for?

Can Bees Do Cognitive Demanding?

Monday, April 15, 2019
Bees may do simple calculation, credit to Bright Side

Since long time ago, human being did know that bees can do pollination and collecting foods (pollen and nectar). Nectar is processed to be well known product called honey.

Then, honey is stored in the honeycombs for future use when bees face with extreme conditions such as no flowers to collect pollen and nectar, and bees unable to forage due to many reasons.

Because of its full of nutrients, honey is one of ideal foods, thus, unfortunately, the bee’s honey is searched by many creatures, and include be stolen by human.

The question is: Can Bees Do Cognitive Demanding? Yes, bees can be trained to do simple calculation which are subtracting and adding. We might ask another question: what the points or implication?

Some of implications are following:
1) We understand that by able to do simple calculation means that bees could distinguish which flowers are essential and which are not, based on shape. Size and distant from their hive. Then, they can memorize those flowers easily.

2) Scientists surprise that bee’s tiny brain has extraordinary ability to conduct many tasks include to learn arithmetic symbols, memorize and do calculation (addition and subtraction).

3) Scientists could use bee’s cognitive ability to develop Artificial Intelligence (AI) where computer can do self learning process and solve novel problems.

Finally, human being has possibility to develop skill, know how, cultures and even technology by understanding and learning from ability of a small creature such as a bee. What do you think?

Is There Relationship between Vaccine and Autism?

Sunday, April 14, 2019
No correlation between Vaccine and Autism, credit to Jessica Hagy
I reviewed the Immunization study, “The MMR vaccine and autism: Sensation, refutation, retraction, and fraud,” the study is about scientific misrepresentation for special interest. 
The authors view that small sample size, research design and conclusion of research are questionable to connect between vaccine and autism. It is known explicitly in the first paragraph of the paper.
To support the idea that there is no effect of vaccination on autism, Rao and Andrade (2011, paragraph.2) said that “epidemiological studies were conducted and published, refuting the positive link between MMR vaccination and autism.” 
Other evidences are scientists related the vaccine and autism actually got money to conduct research; and those scientists violated ethic and doing scientific misconducts.
I feel that the Immunization study, where false conclusion about vaccine and autism is more harmful than the Stanford Prison study. 
It is because vaccination save million children from the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) for long time. To said opposite (vaccine is harmful) will destroy benefit of vaccine to society, not only in the US but also around the globe.
I think to fix the harm caused is by doing another research to check the previous research. Then, publish the result to confront false of previous research. 
Media (TV, newspaper, and other relate media) then spread the true research results to public at national and states level.

Rao, TSS and Andrade, C. (2011). The MMR vaccine and autism: Sensation, refutation, retraction, and fraud. Indian J Psychiatry. 2011 Apr-Jun; 53(2): 95–96. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3136032/.

Will Confederate Jasmine Crawl Back After Winter?

Saturday, April 13, 2019
White flower of Jasmine

We have lived in our current house for six years, and we believe that jasmine had been in our fence long time before we are moving in the house.

We faced at least twice frozen winters, temperature below C 0 (below F 30) degrees. Surprisingly, this tropic flower still live, and blooming this spring. They usually have flower until late summer.

If we grow Jasmine, the plant could have flowers at second years, and the plant may bloom every year and last for 20 years.

Other common names for Jasmine are a confederate jasmine, star jasmine and Chinese jasmine. Scientific name is Trachelospermum jasminoides. The flower native to South East Asia region.

Jasmines climb on our fence

Jasmine is an evergreen shrub and growing spreads over the fence, thus its scent diffuses through our landscape. I think that Jasmine has lovely and pleasant fragrance.

Some people said that the flower has romantic fragrance. Many perfume’s brands use its scent, and popular in wedding ceremony.

Jasmines grow in a corner of our lanscape

Jasmine represents appreciation, good luck and purity. White flower symbolizes a natural beauty, love and sensuality.

Some community in South East Asian countries extracted Jasmine flowers for oil. The oil then used for some remedies such as overcoming stress, improving low libido and improving moods.

Have you smell or used Jasmine’s fragrance?

Do You Know Spice which More Expensive than Gold?

Friday, April 12, 2019
Golden Saffron, the most expensive

Spice is the most important factor in many dishes for communities around the world. We use spice to increase our satisfaction on particular foods.

Spices could be a bark, seed, root, flower or other substances relate to plants. In addition to taste, people may use spices for preserving and coloring foods.

Spice is generally quite cheap, and even free in many South East Asian countries. They have grown many kind of plants as source of spices.

Saffron plants with their beautiful flowers 

Saffron is one of the most expensive spices in the world. The plant grows well in the Eastern Mediterranean or Persian, and the market is dominated by this region. We may find this spices in the Northern America and European markets as well recently.

The Saffron best quality called as “red gold,” cost US$ 65 per gram or 454 x US$ 65 = US$ 29,510 per pound. For comparison, gold price (24 carat) is US$ 41.53 per gram. Thus, best quality of Saffron is much more expensive than gold.

Saffron sold in grocery

We found the cheapest price of Saffron is US 16.5 per 0.06 ounce (1.7 gram) in Walmart super center. We do not know the quality of this kind of Saffron. It is said “Spanish Saffron.”

The question is why Saffron spice is expensive? It is because processes that involve from growing plant to be spices are laborious and capitalized.

Have you tried or tasted a Saffron spice?