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Time management can be stressful for any adult, especially if you have children. Think about it. How often do you have to ask your child what is taking them so long or tell them to hurry up? If you are anything like most of us, its pretty often. However, you can help gain some of your sanity back by teaching them some basic time management skills.

Measuring VS Telling Time

This is teaching them to tell time, this showing them how to measure it. Even if they already know how to tell time, most kids struggle with measuring how much time certain tasks take. This why there is such exaggeration among youngsters when it comes to this topic. Set a timer during a math project or task they are working on. Or keep an eye on the clock and give them a countdown as they work. This helps them to get a better feel of what one hour or even one minute actually feels like. As they get better adjusted, you will be able to say things like “We are leaving in 15 minutes,” and they will understand that they don’t have time to watch TV, get a snack, and take a shower first.

Make A Calendar

This is a great way to teach children about what it takes to schedule your week and your day. While this can be family fun, art activity, it also teaches each child about what other members of the family have going on. It also gives them an idea of how they need to prioritize their time to make sure everything and everyone can work together. In addition to a calendar for the whole family, having one for each specific child or member of the family is a great idea. This allows a child to be even more creative with their schedule. Work with them to list daily activities, chores, and homework and prioritize them accordingly.

Don’t Be Too Busy

A common mistake for many households is that they feel the need to be involved in everything at once. This leads to double booking, miscommunication, and a constantly revolving door. Children quickly get worn out and frustrated if all they do is go, go, go. While this does teach them to watch the clock, it doesn’t give them the opportunity to learn time management skills the right way. Instead, make sure to not overbook your kids’ schedules. One of the best learning tools for children is free time and free play. So, make sure to schedule down time into your week and day. This enables the child to focus on more than just the ticking clock.

It Has To Be Fun

Time management for a child is not just about a clock and learning to tell time. Its learning to prioritize activities, free time, homework and much more. The best way to get them to understand it is to make it fun for them to do. Use kid friendly tools like colorful magnetic calendars, a bright and cheerful to do list that they can color and design themselves, or apps that are geared for children for those that love technology. Use stickers, make tasks a game, try to beat the clock. The more fun they have completing tasks, the more likely they are to learn the importance of time management and be able to utilize it.

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Lemon Sharks were first seen in the shallow subtropical waters on December of 2014. It was found that these species have been in existence for thousands of years and can live up to 400 years. Lemon sharks are the most predominant species with incredible survival mechanism. They have healing power like Wolverine, and their bodies are coved tough pore-like stainless steel.

This amazing discovery about the lemon sharks' ability to heal by themselves and their defense mechanism was noticed by Joanne Fraser during her regular shark feed dive in Florida. She noticed a lemon shark with a metal-like piece struck into its body. Having experience working with maritime experts in Florida, she quickly captured the unusual sight with her digital camera.

Fraser had so many encounters with the fish after that instance. She has documented every encounter with the fish with photographs and she found that the steel thing coming out from the lemon shark's body was a fish stringer. It is a steel device like a loop used by fishermen to hold the fish during their hunt.

During her last encounter with the shark, Fraser noticed that the shark had pushed the steel loop out from its body and healed itself with only proving a scar as an evidence of the incident.

Fraser sent her documentation and her experience with a lemon shark to Dr. Steven Kessel who is the Director of Maritime Exploration at Chicago Shedd Aquarium.

Dr. Kessel quickly started investigating the incident with the photographs and videos provided by Fraser, and published a report in the journal Marine and Freshwater Exploration on July 13, 2017. In his report, he said that there is no evidence of the entrance and no evidence that the shark has been stabbed on its outer body by a fisherman. Dr. Kessel also reported that the shark may have swallowed the fish stringer while consuming its prey. But he said the most astonishing thing was the size of the stringer it had swallowed. He said that the sharks have the ability to expel the foreign objects and undigested objects from their stomach.

The lemon shark expelling the fish stringer from its body shows the life sustaining ability of the wild oceans. With the documented evidence it was noticed that the lemon shark lived the stringer for 435 days. The shark was carrying a big stomach during the documentation indicating the destruction caused by the stringer has been pushed out from its body around February of 2016.

Marine scientists are positive about the regenerating damaged tissues in sharks. They think that microorganism may be playing a role during the shark's self-healing process.

However, the final document about the lemon shark was made on December 14, 2016. Showing the fish stringer was pushed out from the body and the wounds made by the metal were properly healed.

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Did you get your costume ready? It’s time to get your Halloween costume ready and prepare yourself with loads of chocolates to celebrate Halloween on October 31st, 2017. Halloween is celebrated the day before All Saints' Day. It’s a beautiful time for every kid to get dressed up in their favorite costume, carve the pumpkin, play pranks, and go trick or treating.

But where did Halloween come from and why do we celebrate it?

Halloween means "holy evening" or "hallowed evening." It is believed that Halloween is derived from ancient Celtic harvest festival of Samhain. The pre-medieval Celtics divided their year into two parts. One is “the light half” which this period consists of summer and spring where daylight is long and short night time. The second is “the dark half” which consists of winter and autumn where daylight is shorter and nights are longer. Celtics celebrated Samhain at the end of the first half of the year. But some people say that Halloween is an independent Christian festival.

Celtics believed that the boundary between the dead and living will be blurred on the night before the New Year. People celebrated this festival by wearing animal skins, animal heads, and telling the stories of their fortunes. Roman Empire has conquered most of Celtics regions and in the later years, they combine Celtics festivals with their festivals.

The pope announced that November 1 is the day Christians honor saints and martyrs and later it becomes a popular holiday, All Saints' Day. Following this holiday is All Souls' Day where the dead are remembered and people pray for the dead.

In the later years, Halloween becomes secular festival and one of the favorite festivals for kids. People visit their neighborhoods and ask for food and make it a tradition called “trick or treating”. Halloween is observed by most people in the world.

Some of the important facts about Halloween:

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Masks: People wear masks during Halloween, pagans used to wear a mask to scare evils and it is combined with Halloween tradition. It was believed by pagans by wearing animal heads wandering spirits assume that they are also spirits and let them go free.

Jack O’ Lantern: this tradition brought to America by Irish immigrants. People originally used to carve scary faces on turnips. Later, they started carving on pumpkins, because of the lesser price of pumpkins.

Baking Halloween cake: Bakers try to keep a lot of details in the Halloween cakes. The prominent detail is a thimble, which is a sign of bad luck.

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Hiding knives: People in Germany hid knives in fear because they thought that the spirits may injure them with the knives.

Beans of the Dead:   It’s a favorite Halloween recipe for Italians called Fave de Morti. It’s a macaroon, cookies.

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National Fossil Day is created to bring scientific and educational awareness to people and is celebrated on the second Wednesday of October.

National Fossil Day is celebrated nationwide and was first held on October 13th, 2010, during Earth Science Week. Within this week National Park Service and over 270 partners, including scientific institutions, organizations, museums and other groups hosted events across the United States allowing the public prospects to learn more about the world’s fossil heritage. Many parks, universities and non-profit organizations also take part in the events.

A new National Fossil Day logo is created each year depicting a prehistoric organism. This logo helps to promote National Fossil Day and provide educational institutions an opportunity to share more information about fossils.   The original National Fossil Day logo was created in the year 2010 and presented a fossil mammal known as the Titan. But, in the year 2011, a marine reptile known as the mosasaur was used as the National Fossil Day logo. In the mammoth was featured in the annual logo. A Paleozoic invertebrate known as the eurypterid was highlighted in the annual logo for the year 2013.

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In 2015 the National Fossil Day's artwork features a prehistoric mammal known as a Chalicothere, portrayed in a Miocene prairie grassland. For the National Fossil Day's artwork in the year 2016 it featured a saber-toothed cat, long-horned bison, and a condor, all Pleistocene (ice age) animals, logos in the year 2016.

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How to celebrate this Day

Visit any local museum or gather your friends to do some research about fossils.

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The autumnal equinox or September equinox falls on September 22nd, 2017, on this day the day night will be almost equal in most locations. Here are some facts we all need to know about the equinox and signs of the equinox in nature and the first day of astronomical fall (autumn) in the Northern Hemisphere.

There are two types of equinoxes each year – one falls in September and the other in March. This happens when the Sun shines directly on the equator and the length of day and night are nearly same. However, the autumnal fall equinox in the Northern Hemisphere is known as spring vernal equinox in the Southern Hemisphere and vice versa.

Facts

The September equinox is on or around September 22nd. Sometimes it may fall on the 23rd or 24th, while the first equinox of the year falls on March, it takes place on or around March 21st every year. During these two equinoxes the Sun shines directly on the equator and the length of day and night is almost nearly equal – but not exactly.

Did you know that the September equinox marks the second the sun crosses the celestial equator? The slightly imaginary line in the sky above the Earth’s equator is seen from North to South and vice versa in March.

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In the above picture, you can see the equinoxes and solstices that mark the start of astronomical seasons. While the equinoxes start in spring and fall, solstices start astronomical summer and winter.

Earth's Axial Tilt

The Earth's axis is slanted at an angle of about 23.4° this is in relation to the ecliptic, which is the imagined plane created by Earth's path around the Sun. However, on any other day of the year, both the Southern Hemisphere and the Northern Hemisphere tilts a little towards the Sun. Then on the two equinoxes, the tilt of Earth's axis will be perpendicular to the Sun's rays, like the above illustrations show.

Why is it Called "Equinox"?

On the day of the equinox, both night and day are nearly closely the same length – 12 hours – all over the world. That is the reason it's called an "equinox," the word is derived from a Latin aequus which means equal and nox meaning night.

However, even if this is usually accepted, it isn't entirely true. In reality, equinoxes don't have accurately 12 hours of daylight.

Why is it called the First Day of Fall?

While in the Northern Hemisphere, the fall equinox marks the first day of fall - autumn is what it is known as in astronomical seasons. There is also another, and more common definition of when the season’s start, specifically meteorological definitions, which are based on typical temperatures rather that astronomical events.

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Using a plant for either cleaning or repairing purposes is quite common these days. Scientists have created a little version of a working heart, which may assist in tissue regeneration one day.

Scientists found a new way to use spinach to build a working human heart muscle, which will potentially solve a long-standing problem in efforts to repair damaged organs. The details of the study are published in the journal Biomaterials, explaining the new way to grow a vascular system, which has been a roadblock for tissue engineering.

Scientists have already created large-scale human tissue in a lab using 3D method printing, but it was proved to be much harder to grow the small, delicate blood vessels that are vital to the tissue's health.

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As per the co-author Joshua Gershlak, the main limiting factor for tissue engineering - is the lack of a vascular network. This is proved that without that vascular network, you get a lot of tissue death.

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Above is the image of a decellularized spinach leaf; before dye is added to test its ability to filter blood through the tissue.

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In the second image, you can see the picture of a spinach leaf after it successfully revealed red dye could be pumped through its veins, simulating the blood, oxygen and nutrients that a human heart tissue needs to grow.

However, one of the crucial traits of a leaf is the branching network of thin veins that delivers water and nutrients to its cells. At present, scientists have used plant veins to redo the way blood moves through human tissue. This work involves transforming a spinach leaf in the lab to eliminate its plant cells, which leaves behind a frame made of cellulose.

Cellulose is biocompatible and has been used in a wide variety of reformative medicine applications, such as bone tissue engineering, cartilage tissue engineering, and wound healing.  The team then covered the remaining plant frame in live human cells, so that the human tissue grew on the spinach's support and surrounded the tiny veins. Once they transformed the spinach leaf into a sort of mini heart, then the team sent fluids and microbeads through its veins to illustrate how blood cells can flow through this system.

Though the ultimate goal is to replace damaged tissue in patients who have had heart attacks or who suffered from other cardiac issues that prevent their hearts from contracting. Like blood vessels, the veins in the modified leaves would supply oxygen to the entire swath of replacement tissue, which is crucial in generating new heart matter.

While the study team has confirmed the same methods could be used with different types of plants to heal a variety of tissues in the body. For instance, swapping out the cells in wood might one day help repair human bones.

Researchers say that they have a lot more work to do, but so far this is very promising, and the study co-author Glenn Gaudette, also of WPI, said in a press statement that adapting abundant plants that farmers have been cultivating for thousands of years, are helpful in the use of tissue engineering and could solve a host of problems limiting the field.

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The majestic mountains, beautiful landscapes, and the primeval beaches are the main attractions of the Ireland’s Achill Island. This Island has always been a popular European tourist destination.

However, since mid-April, the rugged 57-square mile island with nearly 2,600 residents has gained worldwide fame thanks to the ‘Magical’ return of the beach which washed away over three decades ago.

While the residents of County Mayo's Achill Island which is known as one of the largest islands off the coast of Ireland were surprised by seeing the stunning transformation that took place overnight. However, the beach was returned to its earlier glory after a freak tide dumped thousands of tons of sand along 1,000 feet of the seashore.

History

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The Dooagh Beach which was once a beautiful destination for many. Did you know that this beach was washed away completely not leaving anything after a huge winter storm hit the area in the year 1984? The damage was unforgettable until recently as it rolled away everything along with the beauty of the place and even many people lost their homes. There was, even more, damage done after two storms rolled in back one after one in 2014, abolishing access points to the beach and washed away a road to a nearby pier.

The citizens and operators of local tourism groups are in a hope that the sandy beach is here to stay.

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No one knows how it happened, but around April this year, something magical happened and an unusual ten-day tide encased the barren 300 meter which is a 984-foot stretch of rock beach with hundreds of tons of soft golden sand! While the scientists from the National University of Ireland, Galway suspect that this sand had been gathering offshore for months and was transported to the beach by the high winds and great waves.

The restored beach is attracting hordes of visitors who are wishing to witness the supremacy of nature, with their own eyes. However, the officials are still not sure if it is safe to swim, as they are not too sure about the sand.  As of now, the visitors are recommended to enjoy the soft sand and leave the swimming to the dolphins that frequent the area.

Citizens near Dooagh hope the beach’s restoration also means the return of sand eels, a popular local fragility, which was unable to continue the inhospitable rocky environment left after by the 1984 storms. Clumps of seaweed called “the wrack” have also landed the shore again, a boon for the area’s farmers who use the briny plants to fertilize their land.

Unexpectedly, this is not the first time Dooagh Beach has disappeared and restored again; it vanished in the 1890s, for over 30 years, before returning in 1927. Yet, the locals are optimistic that this time around, the beautiful sand is here to stay!!

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Disney Unveils “Slinky Dog Dash Roller Coaster” — to Celebrate National Slinky Day

Disney — I can imagine what comes to everyone’s mind when we hear someone say, Disney. Toys… more fantasy…. the beautiful world for all ages… While most of the toys or our imagination will fade out sometimes, as new things start pop up so often.

Here comes the Slinky, the pre flattened coil of wire or plastic; which can walk on its own and has entertained children and adults for over 70 years. Therefore, it is not surprising to hear that every month on August 30th, people across the United States celebrate this iconic toy with a National Slinky Day.

However, this year the people at Disney have made this event more special by introducing the new Slinky Dog Dash roller coaster at the Hollywood Studios theme park at Florida’s Walt Disney World Resort. While the family ride has been added with two new attractions and themed by Andy Davis, it was inspired by one of the main characters Slinky from the Toy Story movies, he created it in his backyard using his Mega Coaster Play Kit. This is all set to open in Summer 2018. Main attraction draws creativeness from the film’s dachshund, who has a metal Slinky for a body. Though, it is designed to take full advantage of the coils, assuring riders a thrilling journey, which completes with sharp drops and sudden turns. The Slinky Dog Dash will be one of two new rides to excite the park visitors that are looking forward to the newly expanded Toy Story Land. If you do not know anything about the second attraction, it is inspired by the Alien Swirling Saucers, this attraction is themed to a Pizza Planet toy play set with Aliens circling around in their flying saucers with rocket ships.

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Like many great creations, the Slinky was invented accidentally. In 1943, Richard James, a naval mechanical engineer who was trying to create a spring that would keep gentle ship equipment stable at sea. One day, he unsuspectingly dropped some samples off of a shelf and watched them in astonishment that they landed gracefully, with a “spring” in their own steps, instead of crashing directly on the ground.

Trusting the spring’s action, he thought it would make a great toy, then he and his wife Betty came up with the name and borrowed $500 USD to manufacture the first Slinkys. While this took some time and in the year 1945, the inventors were allowed to demonstrate the toy at Gimbels department store in Philadelphia. To their glee, the entire inventory of 400 was sold within 90 minutes, and the rest, as we see is a History until today… An estimated 250 million units of the classic toy, which was inaugurated into the “National Toy Hall of Fame” in 2000, then been so, and the numbers continue to rise. While Richard made the Slinky by winding 80-feet of wire into a 2-inch spiral, and the toy now comes in many different sizes, color and colors. Some even make sounds while others light up, and one lucky Slinky even gets to go on escapades with his Toy Story friends...

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National Pizza Day was dedicated to appreciate pizza, a baked flat bread that is topped with red sauce, a lot of cheese and sometimes meat. Many other toppings and sauces can be added to pizzas as per our choice such as vegetables, seafood and even fruit!  Pizza was invented in Naples, Italy around the 10th century, and it has since then grown to become one of the most popular foods in the world.

The first Pizza outlet opened in 1905 and was known as Lombardi’s, which opened in New York. Since then, pizza intake in America has increased greatly and many pizza chains, such as Domino’s, Pizza Hut and Papa John’s have emerged into the market. However, the origin of National Pizza Day is not well understood though accounts of National Pizza Day initiated to arise around the 2000s. National Pizza day is celebrated every year on February 9th worldwide.

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History

Since the time of ancient Greece, the Greeks covered their flat bread with oils, herbs, or sometimes with cheese which some believe is the start of “pizza”. In Byzantine Greek, the word was spelled “π?τα”, pita, which means pie

Did you know that a flat sheet of dough topped with cheese and honey, then seasoned with bay leaves was developed by the Ancient Romans? If we see the modern pizza, it had its creation in Italy as the Neapolitan flatbread. However, the original pizza was only topped with mozzarella cheese, it is considered to be the highest quality of buffalo mozzarella variant which was produced in the surroundings of Naples. It was expected that the annual making of pizza's cheese in the United States in 1997 was about 2 billion pounds.

There are more than 70,000 pizzerias only in the United States, can you guess how many we will have in other places?

Here are five random facts about Cheese Pizza:

  • More than 93% of Americans eat at least one pizza every month
  • Did you know that about 350 slices of pizza are consumed in every second in the United States alone?
  • The maximum number of pizzas that are delivered or eaten in the U.S; is on New Year’s Day, New Year’s Eve, Halloween, Thanksgiving Eve and Super Bowl Sunday.
  • The three dots in the Domino’s Pizza logo represent the first three Domino’s Pizza stores.
  • Pepperoni is the most popular pizza topping in the United States.

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Hold the toppings, and add a variety of cheeses. It’s National Cheese Pizza Day!!!

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