I am a firm supporter of the theory of evolution. I was recently engaged in an argument in which the person opposing me did not believe in the theory of evolution. I have chosen this infographic specifically to promote this theory, because I feel that it is time for humanity to embrace and accept it as the most plausible explanation of (as Darwin put it so eloquently) the origin of species.
Every living thing is connected. You share something in common with every other living creature/plant on this planet. The thing we all share in common is not just life itself, but genetic codes. From the very first instance of life on earth, DNA has been morphing and changing in extreme ways with each new generation of living things. Basically, this genetic code can change based on a number of different causes, but mostly relating to the environment in a living body’s surroundings. This is how a plant can become a squirrel. It takes more time than is humanly observable for a change that drastic to occur, but it occurs nonetheless. This is the primary reason I feel most people have trouble understanding evolution.
We have made it convenient for humans to understand by pictorially describing evolution in a linear fashion, as shown by the popular image of the ape-to-man progression. I feel this image has only added to the confusion. Firstly, humans did not evolve from apes; we share a common ancestor, which is the reason we are related to them. Secondly, it makes it seem like two apes got it on one day and all of a sudden the first human being popped out, and then eventually other human beings happened, and then it became normal. The problem is that the image fails to show the millions of years in between. It wasn’t that the creature looked like a monkey, and then looked like a human. It was a process that took countless occurrences of genetic changes that created what we now call a human.
I could go on for days trying to explain the theory of evolution, but it would appear that I have far surpassed my preferred word-count, so I will stop here. I urge anyone that does not support the theory of evolution to further examine it and to seek to understand it, because it is something that is happening, and it’s time the world accepted it. [via]
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Since 2012, the ebola virus has systematically spread itself across Western Africa. With the first outbreak of the deadly disease centered in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, international health authorities did not initially believe the virus to be of international health concern.
Unfortunately, as of recent news, there are now more than 1,800 people in West Africa infected with the highly contagious, extremely deadly disease, with death totals over the past year and a half nearing 1,000 people. Although Americans have very little need to worry about an outbreak in North America, according to Hello MD, the disease now has a mortality rate of 90 percent, deeming the calls for international help extremely important. As of a week ago, it was even confirmed that two Americans sent to West Africa to treat infected persons have contracted the deadly disease themselves, and have since been transported to hospitals in Atlanta and Texas for treatment in highly secure quarantined zones.
Healthcare workers in West Africa believed the initial spread of the disease to be centered around fruit bats contaminating bush meat, or primate meat, but now have shifted their attention towards intimate burial ceremonies of infected persons where family members are coming into direct skin-to-skin contact with deceased infected persons. Whatever the cause though, Americans need not to worry about an outbreak on U.S. soil, but should continue to spread awareness and supply as much aid as possible.
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The way we perceive ourselves directly influences the way people treat us and how far we push ourselves. As people become more comfortable talking about themselves, we are able to see that both men and women are unhappy with the way they look. That amounts to a lot of people not living up to their full potential due to not feeling right with themselves. We are always going to wish for something we don’t have; it just seems like the way human being are. But don’t let that remain a permanent thought in your life.
The infographic below defines self confidence as “having positive yet realistic views about yourself.” Instead of seeing your perceived flaws as a barrier, embrace them. This is the only life we get to live and if we were born with a billboard forehead or with a lot of junk in the trunk, that’s just the way it is. If you are not confident and feel self conscious about a certain flaw, it is apparent and people take notice. Everyone has their own hang ups, but let them be just that: hang ups. Hang them up and let them dry out. As the saying goes, “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change the way you think about it.” Own what you’ve got and think healthy. Life is all about change. It’s how we evolve. We must build ourselves up so that in return we can help others build themselves up as well. [via]
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I am a college student, which means that I have formed an insoluble personal relationship with Google. Whether I’m stumped with a question or looking for an idea to turn the lightbulb on, Google is easily the most often typed URL in my Internet browser, and with good reason. The ability to search the whole of human knowledge by typing in a couple (often barely related) words is honestly pretty astounding, and even twenty years ago was unheard of.
Google is something that we often take for granted, but something we disregard even more is the amount of work that it takes to catalogue and index such an inconceivable amount of information. I know that at 3 a.m. when I have a radio project due and I need interesting, royalty-free and professional-sounding background music, my first thought isn’t appreciation for the hardworking men and women in Mountain View, California. Thankfully, we have an infographic here that can give you a little insight into what all goes into sorting every Reddit post, cat video and celebrity tweet on the Internet.
Bing users, don’t worry. I’m sure that both of you will learn plenty as well.
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Over the past few years, electronic cigarettes have taken the tobacco industry by storm. Since 2004, electronic cigarettes and other tobacco smoking alternatives have been commercially available to consumers across the United States. Advertising themselves as “healthy alternatives” to cigarettes, electronic cigarettes attempt to recreate the act of smoking in a much more synthesized, scientific fashion. Using a rechargeable battery powered heater, e-cigarettes vaporize liquid nicotine as smokers take drags through the electronic cigarette’s vapor funneling system.
Whether or not electronic cigarettes are healthier for smokers though is still debatable. According to today’s infographic, “there are no clinical studies on the long-term use of e-cigarettes,” and there is even evidence suggesting that they may be just as harmful as regular cigarettes for people’s health in the long run. Additionally, the FDA has still not approved any electronic cigarette as an official “smoking cessation device” per FDA guidelines. On the plus side though, there is no tobacco in the scientific formula for e-cigarettes, therefore the user inhales synthetic nicotine as opposed to the “tar” from normal cigarettes. Furthermore, electronic cigarettes do not produce smoke; they produce vapor, therefore reducing the amount of second-hand smoke problems.
Whether e-cigarettes are healthier for smokers than “old-school smokes” remains a question, but I have a hunch that they are here to stay. Electronic cigarettes provide an avenue of hope to smokers who want to make a healthy change in their life, but cannot give up their nicotine addictions. Regardless of their current popularity, only father time will tell us whether or not electronic cigarettes are a healthy solution to a universal bad habit.