The Most Homocidal Countries [INFOGRAPHIC]

October 29, 2009 at 1:55 pm | Posted in Lifescape | Leave a comment
With Halloween around the corner, the idea of being stabbed by a deranged murderer is at the front of our minds. GOOD’s latest transparency is a look at where in the world are you most likely to be murdered and which countries have the lowest homicide rates.
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The Most Homicidal Countries

Hero boy, Michael Bowron, 8, ‘hotwires’ radio to save dad

October 29, 2009 at 1:52 pm | Posted in Lifescape | Leave a comment
He’s the bravest kid I know of….that’s for sure.
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RADIO HERO: Michael Bowron, 8, with the radio he helped “hotwire” to save his injured father Justin. Picture: Lincoln Baker
AN eight-year-old boy has been hailed a hero after he hot-wired a two-way radio to call for help as his dad lay trapped in the wreckage of a horror truck rollover.

Michael Bowron stripped the radio wires and connected them to a spare battery he found among the wreckage.

Yesterday, the Bonnie Rock youngster told The Sunday Times his fingers burned from sparks flying off the battery while he desperately called for help.

“I was scared, but I was trying to be brave,” Michael said. “My dad had heaps of blood on his face and heaps on his leg.

“I had heaps on my leg too, but not as much as my dad.”

Michael and his father, Justin, were driving home to the family farm in a prime mover truck on Saturday, October 10, when a tyre blew.
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Soviet War Paintings

October 29, 2009 at 1:42 pm | Posted in Lifescape | Leave a comment
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N. Prisekin. Hard times

N. Tolkunov. Immortality. Brest, 1941.

D. Shmarin. Summer 1941.

Y. Kugach. Summer 1941

B. Tarelkin. Comrades.

R. Pinkava. 1941

A. Tkachev, S.Tkachev. Farewell to the beloved home

V.Gavrilov. For the native land

A. Plastov. Fashist's visit

A. Krasnov. For the native land

K. Yuon. Red Square parade. (November 7, 1941)

V. Bogatkin. On approaches to Moscow

M.Samsonov. Sister

A. Deineka. Moscow outskirts

G. Nisskiy. On the Leningrad highway

N.Prisekin. Our cause is just

F. Usipenko. Enemy has been stopped

F. Usipenko. Guards' respond

T. Gaponenko. After the liberation

Y. Sirotenko. Soldier

Y. Pimenov. Front road

N. Prisekin. Baltic: human bridge

A. Mylnikov. Leningrad, 1941

B.Ugarov. Leningrad woman

V. Puzirkov. Kiev, 1942

V.Firsov. Front line intelligence group

I. Evstigneev. The night fight

N.But. Letter to the mother

N.Deineka. Sevastopol defense

V. Puzirkov. Black Sea marines

E.Fetisov. Silence

A. Deineka. Shotdown

G. Marchenko. On the outskirt of Stalingrad

N. But. Nurse Natasha

V. Safronov. German dead

M. Samsonov. Battle intelligence group

B. Nemenskiy. Spring

B. Nemeskiy. About relatives and friends

V. Panteleev. Moving to the new position

A. Intezarov. Snipers

B. Nemenskiy. The burned earth

P. Krivonogov. Duel

P. Krivonogov. Kursk battle

P. Krivonogov. Kursk battle

S. Uranova. Nurse Natalia Michaliova

B. Nemenskiy. The last letter

M. Kupriyanov., P. Krylov., N. Sokolov. Fashists leaving Novgorog

Y. Neprincev. Native land

V. Dmitrievskiy. At dawn

P. Krivonogov. Defeat of the German troops in Korsun-Schevchenko pocket

P. Malcev. Storm of the Sapun Mountain

B. Nemenskiy. Masha

V. Laktionov. Letter from the front

A. and S. Tkachev. Years of hardships

B. Nikolaev. Spring 1945

F. Sachko. Storm of the King Castle in Konigsberg

E. Danilevskiy. Fire on Reichstag

M. Kupriyanov, P. Krylov, N. Sokolov. The end

V. Bogatkin. Storm of the Reichstag

P. Krivonogov. Victory

V. Lobachev. Tanks of the 7th Guard tank brigade in Berlin, 1945

S.Prisekin. Fighter pilot A.Pokryshkin

P. Krivonogov. Capitulation

D. Mochalskiy. Victory. Berlin, 1945

N.Baskakov. Victory

G. Melichov. Victory day in Berlin

A. Deineka. Over conquered Berlin

B.Okorokov. The first day of piece

A. Gorskiy. Missed in action

M. Kugach. Coming back

M. Kupriyanov., P. Krylov., N. Sokolov. Prosecution witnesses
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M. Kupriyanov, P. Krylov, N. Sokolov. Moscow Road

K.Vasilev. Invasion

P. Krivonogov. Defenders of the Brest Fortress

N. Kolupayev. 41

P. Krivonogov. Comissar of the Fortress

A.Plastov. Germans are coming. July, 1941

G. Korzhev. Farewell

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How to Catch a Fish

October 29, 2009 at 1:39 pm | Posted in Lifescape | Leave a comment
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Girl Left Notes for Her Family to Find as She Died of Cancer

October 29, 2009 at 1:37 pm | Posted in Lifescape | Leave a comment
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A note left by Elena Desserich for her parents.
Elena Desserich was diagnosed with brain cancer at 5 years old. She began to hide hundreds of little notes around the house — in sock drawers, backpacks and tucked between the books on the shelves — for her parents, Brooke and Keith, to find after she was gone. In “Notes Left Behind,” her parents share the journal entries they kept during her battle, as well as content from the notes left by Elena.

Elena Desserich, right, with her family.
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Indian Engineer ‘builds’ new glaciers via Cakebelly (Amplify)

October 29, 2009 at 1:34 pm | Posted in Lifescape | 1 Comment
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“So far, Mr Norphel’s glaciers have been able to each store up to one million cubic feet of ice, which in turn can irrigate 200 hectares of farm land. For farmers, that can make the difference between crop failure and a bumper crop of more than 1,000 tons of wheat.

The “iceman” says he has seen the effects of global warming on farmland as snows have become thinner on the ground and ice rivers have melted away never to return.

His own work has now been recognised by the Indian government, which has given him £16,000 to build five new glaciers. But time is his enemy, he told The Hindustan Times. “I’m planning to train villagers with instruction CDs that I have made, so that I can pass on the knowledge before I die,” he said. “

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By Dean Nelson in New Delhi
Published: 6:00AM GMT 28 Oct 2009

Meltwater from the Siachen glacier in Kashmir

Chewang Norphel, 76, has “built” 12 new glaciers already and is racing to create five more before he dies.

By then he hopes he will have trained enough new “icemen” to continue his work and save the world’s “third icecap” from being transformed into rivers.

His race against time is shared by Manmohan Singh, India’s prime minister who called on the region’s Himalayan nations, including China, Pakistan, Nepal and Bhutan, to form a united front to tackle glacial melting.

By diverting meltwater through a network of pipes into artificial lakes in the shaded side of mountain valleys, he says he has created new glaciers.

A dam or embankment is built to keep in the water, which freezes at night and remains frozen in the absence of direct sunlight. The water remains frozen until March, when the start of summer melts the new glacier and releases the water into the rivers below.


Mexican Church Devoured by Lava

October 29, 2009 at 1:31 pm | Posted in Lifescape | Leave a comment
Born in a cornfield, Paricutin’s formation was witnessed from the very beginning.
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on February 20, 1943,
the people of the small Mexican town of Parícutin
witnessed a mountain growing out of their cornfields

Farmer in front of eruption
the birth of Parícutin, the youngest volcano in the western hemisphere and one of the Seven Wonders of the Natural World.
Today, it is extinct and only the steeple of the small church of San Juan Parangaricutiro stands like a beacon

Church close-up
An amazing aerial view:

Aerial view
Two complete villages are still buried under all that lava:

Two villages buried
People were not that lucky in 1949 when about 1,000 villagers died during a major eruption.

Parícutin is the youngest one of more than 1,400 volcanic vents in the Trans-Mexican Volcanic Belt and North America. What is unique is that its formation was witnessed from the very beginning.

Paricutin’s location in central Mexico, close to Mexico City:

Paricutin's location
The lonely church, now surrounded by greenery:

Church surrounded by greenery
The church ruins attract many visitors:

Church and volcano
One of the spectacular Parícutin eruptions:

Paricutin eruption
Paricutin continued to spew until February 1952 when it ceased activity.

Paricutin today
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