What Your Kids Will Look Like Based On Your Genes? Open link
Genetics plays a powerful role in what traits parents pass down to their children, but as this chart shows, nothing is guaranteed.
So, if you have red hair and green eyes, and your partner does too, that doesn’t necessarily mean that your kid(s) will.
In fact, even though these charts are used to predict what offspring will look like, they also make clear that there’s an element of randomness that could make a child more diverse than you thought!
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Which is the greenest, happiest country in the world?
Is life on this planet getting better? When it comes to the progress of nations, how do you measure what matters most? There’s wealth, there’s health, there’s basic human freedoms. These criteria, and others, make regular appearances in a variety of international rankings, from the Better Life Index to the Sustainable Economic Development Assessment and the World Happiness Report.
But a new study takes a different approach. The Happy Planet Index, which has just published its 2016 edition, measures health and happiness not in isolation but against a crucial new gold standard for success: sustainability.
The formula goes something like this: take the well-being and longevity of a population, measure how equally both are distributed, then set the result against each country's ecological footprint.
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Researchers Identify Gene for Gray Hair: IRF4
The team, led by Prof. Andres Ruiz-Linares of University College London, analyzed a population of 6,630 people with varied ancestry across Latin America to identify new genes associated with hair color, graying, density and shape, i.e. straight or curly.
“Our study sample consists of 6,630 volunteers from the CANDELA cohort recruited in five Latin American countries (Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Mexico and Peru),” Prof. Ruiz-Linares and co-authors said.
“In these individuals, we performed a categorical assessment (in men and women) of: scalp hair shape (curliness), color, balding and graying as well as (in men) of beard thickness (that is, density), monobrow and eyebrow thickness.”
The gene identified for gray hair, IRF4 (interferon regulatory factor 4 gene), is known to play a role in hair color but this is the first time it has been associated with the graying of hair.
“IRF4 is involved in regulating production and storage of melanin, the pigment that determines hair, skin and eye color,” the scientists said.
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Green Patch: Start Your Seeds Indoors This Winter by @FarmFairyCrafts
Q. This year I want to grow some of my herb plants from seeds. What are the steps to starting seeds over the winter?
A. Seed starting is like baking bread—you need the right mix of ingredients, the right temperature and viable yeast. In the case of seed starting, the ingredient list includes a lightweight growing medium and containers for planting. Provide the right temperature with a warm greenhouse or sunny window; and seeds, of course, are the viable catalyst.
Use a commercial potting mix or seedling mix for the growing medium. Choose from egg cartons, yogurt cups, flats of six-cell packs or small pots when it comes to containers. (Note: Fiber- or peat-based pots should be soaked well before adding soil.) Like yeast, seeds have a limited life—be sure the seeds are fresh or packaged for the upcoming growing season for optimum germination.
The directions on the back of the seed packet will tell you all the specifics for starting that particular seed, along with germination time, spacing and transplant information. Be aware that germination time will vary during winter. Some herbs (parsley is an example) can take up to a month to germinate. Soaking seeds overnight often will help speed
Fill pots or flats to within 1/4 inch of the top with moistened potting or seedling mix. Plant seeds according to package instructions, paying special attention to whether seeds should or should not be covered. (Some seeds need light in order to germinate.) Use a fine sprayer to moisten the soil and keep it continually moist until seeds have germinated. Then, place pots in bright light or set them just a few inches below fluorescent bulbs to produce strong, healthy plants. Small pots dry out quickly, so check often and keep the soil slightly moist. Fertilize with a weak solution of liquid organic fertilizer when seedlings are about an inch high, then transplant into larger pots as needed. Most seedlings can go in the ground after all danger of frost has passed.
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Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
En una nevada noche de Navidad, un niño emprende un extraordinario viaje en tren hacia el Polo Norte. A partir de ese momento comienza una aventura que le servirá para conocerse a sí mismo y que le enseñará que la magia de la vida nunca desaparece para aquellos que creen.
Al prepararse para dormir, Y luego de que sus padres lo vieran a él y su hermana menor Sarah (quien se preparaba en la otra habitación, para dormir, ansiosa por la Navidad) un estruendoso ruido se escucha frente a su habitación provocando una breve perturbación sismica, ocasionada a su vez por un enorme tren que sin descarrilarse al andar mágicamente sobre la nieve y no sobre algún tipo de vía -, se ha detenido justo enfrente de la puerta de su hogar. El niño sale impresionado de su habitación y, mientras está explorando el exterior del misterioso tren, es invitado a abordarlo por el boletero del mismo, aunque se niega primeramente, al final termina corriendo para subirse a bordo.
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What molecules you leave on your phone reveal about your lifestyle
We leave behind trace chemicals, molecules and microbes on every object we touch. By sampling the molecules on cell phones, researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine and Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences were able to construct lifestyle sketches for each phone's owner, including diet, preferred hygiene products, health status and locations visited. This proof-of-concept study, published November 14 by Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, could have a number of applications, including criminal profiling, airport screening, medication adherence monitoring, clinical trial participant stratification and environmental exposure studies.
"You can imagine a scenario where a crime scene investigator comes across a personal object -- like a phone, pen or key -- without fingerprints or DNA, or with prints or DNA not found in the database. They would have nothing to go on to determine who that belongs to," said senior author Pieter Dorrestein, PhD, professor in UC San Diego School of Medicine and Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. "So we thought -- what if we take advantage of left-behind skin chemistry to tell us what kind of lifestyle this person has?"
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DNA clue to how humans evolved big brains by @hbriggs BBC
The mutation was also present in our evolutionary "cousins" - the Neanderthals and Denisovans.
However, it is not found in humans' closest living relatives, the chimpanzees.
As early humans evolved, they developed larger and more complex brains, which can process and store a lot of information.
Last year, scientists pinpointed a human gene that they think was behind the expansion of a key brain region known as the neocortex.
They believe the gene arose about five or six million years ago, after the human line had split off from chimpanzees.
Now, researchers have found a tiny DNA change - a point mutation - that appears to have changed the function of the gene, sparking the process of expansion of the neocortex.
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Why your money problems are predictable based on how you grew up. by @notsoTan_za
Personal finance is just that — it's personal. It's up to you to develop habits for spending and saving your money. Ultimately, it's your actions that will determine your financial success, right?
Well, that's what we tell ourselves anyway.
According to Brad Klontz, a financial psychologist, author, and cofounder of financial-consulting firm Your Mental Wealth, our core attitudes about money aren't entirely of our own volition.
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The best jobs for your personality type
America's biggest companies have been operating on the assumption for decades that certain personalities correspond to certain jobs, and one of the main tools they've used is the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) personality test.
It assigns people one of 16 personality types based on how they measure themselves against four criteria — it's the test where you can find out if you're an ESTJ or an ISTP. According to statistics from a few years ago, around 80% of Fortune 500 companies use the test, as does the world's largest hedge fund.
To determine five of the best jobs for every personality, we consulted one of the most popular personality guides based on the Myers-Briggs system, "Do What You Are," which has sold more than 1 million copies over its five editions, and spoke with one of its authors, Paul Tieger. (Note: The book is not affiliated with the Myers & Briggs Foundation, the company that manages the official MBTI test.)
The job lists aren't meant to be definitive, but rather serve as a fun way to see how certain occupations attract a particular kind of person.
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How to Avoid Pickpocketers! VIDEO by @TravelnPleasure
Published on Mar 2016
Pickpocketing really sucks but it can easily be avoided once you know their tecniques, where it usually happens, and how you can identify the pickpocketers. And that's what we'll go over in this video.
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Princess Diana's Private Letters Reveal Intimate Family Details
The late princess' notes of correspondence with Buckingham Palace Steward Cyril Dickman are valued at £15,000 and will be auctioned off in Cambridge on Jan. 5, 2017. Other items hitting the auction block include signed Christmas cards from Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip and Prince Charles, as well as pieces of cake from their weddings and never-before-seen pictures.
Cheffins spokeswoman Lisa Freeman-Bassett told Cambridge News Thursday that Cyril's grandson had recently uncovered the series of letters and decided to put them up for auction. "Cyril, who died in 2012, was head steward at Buckingham Palace for over 50 years, starting his career watching out for fires on the roof during the Blitz," Lisa explained. "He was a favorite of every member of the royal family, as is evident by the variety of cards and letters he received."
Cyril's grandson, Matthew Dickman, added, "He was much loved by the royal family. When he was ill, towards the end of his life, Prince Charles came to see him at his home in London. We have decided to sell some of the items he had purely because there's too much of it to keep."
The letters give a glimpse into Cyril's close relationship with Diana.
In one note, dated Sept. 20, 1984, Diana wrote about Prince William, then 2, and Prince Harry then 5 days old. "Dear Cyril, it was so very kind of you to have sent us such a lovely card, on the arrival of our small son—we both were greatly touched by your thoughtfulness and enormously appreciated it," the princess said. "William adores his little brother and spends the entire time swamping Harry with an endless supply of hugs and kisses, hardly letting the parents near!"
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The unglamorous first jobs of well known successful people
It can be easy to see the world's most powerful and influential people as occupying a sphere far removed from the rest us.
But even some of the most successful people started off working odd jobs to earn money and learn the ropes.
These 25 successful people prove that the path to success doesn't have to be linear.
Dylan Love contributed reporting.
Donald Trump collected bottles.
Hillary Clinton supervised park activities.
President Barack Obama scooped ice cream.
Marco Rubio built birdcages.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a research assistant for a law professor.
Bernie Sanders worked as a carpenter and documentary filmmaker.
Madeline Albright sold bras.
Michael Bloomberg was a parking-lot attendant.
Mark Cuban sold garbage bags.
Marissa Mayer was a grocery-store clerk.
Lloyd Blankfein sold snacks at Yankee Stadium.
Richard Branson was an amateur bird breeder and arborist.