A Fungus More Expensive Than Gold?

N-Acetylneuraminic acid is 50 times more expensive than Gold according to some.  It’s used in the production of antiviral drugs.  However, it can be found/synthesized from the Shells of Sea Creatures.  Here is an excerpt from the article…

“Usually, mould fungi are nothing to cheer about – but now they can be used as “chemical factories”. Scientists at the Vienna University of Technology have succeeded in introducing bacterial genes into the fungus Trichoderma, so that the fungus can now produce important chemicals for the pharmaceutical industry. The raw material used by the fungus is abundant – it is chitin, which makes up the shells of crustaceans.

Fifty Times More Expensive than Gold

Viral Infections are usually treated with antiviral drugs, which are often derived from N-Acetylneuraminic acid (or NANA, for short). NANA, which can be obtained form natural sources or synthesized, is fifty times more valuable than gold – it is sold for around 2000 Euros per gram. A research team at Vienna UT, led by biotechnologist Astrid Mach-Aigner, has now found a new, eco-friendly way to produce NANA. The vast knowledge about the genetics of the fungus Trichoderma accumulated at Vienna UT over the years was crucial for the project. ”

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Russians To Create Nuclear Powered Train?

Russians are a lot smarter than one might think.  Especially with the American education system the way it is.  Right now, Russia ranks ahead of us in Advanced Math and Science.  The only grades we do better than them in is 4th grade, the elementary years.  From there, things just go down hill for many Americans.

Just the thought of Nuclear powered things tend to create a lot of buzz and quite a bit of interesting conversation.  A nuclear powered train is no exception, certainly one to talk to your friends about.  Here is an excerpt from the article…

“Russian Railways (RZhD) and the Russian Federal Atomic Energy Agency (Rosatom) intend to create a nuclear-powered train, reports Interfax.

According to RZhD vice-president Valentin Gapanovich, the train, consisting of 11 carriages, will house scientific exhibits.

The estimated cost of construction is as yet unknown, as well as the safety measures for such transport.

In the middle of the 20th Century the transport industry almost fell in love with the idea of nuclear-powered vehicles.”

Seems like America has some catching up to do.  Click on the image to be taken to the original article…

Think Americans Pay Less Taxes Than Europe? Think Again

Think you pay fewer taxes than Europeans?  Think again, with all the hidden taxes, and cost that Europeans get from paying their taxes, most Americans might actually pay more than Europeans.  At least most Americans get less for the same amount of money that they spend.  If Americans wanted to provide the same quality of life that Europeans did, we could theoretically do it for less, if certain people weren’t so greedy.

The only ones that get the true European Life Style are the Politicians in America.  They get better Healthcare for less money, better retirement plans, and pay less taxes than we do.  How is that possible?  Most Americans think Europeans are unhappy with their high taxes, but why is it that Americans are unhappy with the quality of life they are receiving?  Most Europeans are actually quite happy with their lifestyle.

If you think you’ve got it tough, then perhaps you’ll want to consider moving to France or England.  Much better lifestyles over there, fewer work hours during the week and less stress.  Staying healthier has never been easier in Europe where they have huge Organic Food movements.  They are much smarter than us too, Americans healthcare and education systems are in turmoil.  Maybe it’s time for change?

Read this article to find out more.  America vs Europe

Perhaps it’s time we started looking at not “If we should raise taxes,” but how the government is spending our taxes?

For example, if we took all that money that the government was giving to corporations just to encourage corporations to have Healthcare Insurance, and instead paid for everyone’s Doctor visit to the Doctors Office, then more people would go see their Doctor.

So, it’s not if the taxes should be raised, it’s more or less how you look at it.  If you look at it from different perspectives, you’ll find out just how much BS really goes on in the Government.  You’ll find out just how much you’re being lied to.

Pets – The Ups and Downs

When we decide to get pets, we have to consider the ups and downs of owning them.  Rather, taking care of them.  It’s not all fun and games when it comes to taking care of them.

What are some of the things we have to consider?  Cost, Life Expectancy, Vet Visits, Intelligence, Size of Animal, Sex of Animal, and even possible problems such as Fleas.  Is it worth it to you to have a dog or cat?

Dogs and Cats are notorious for being Flea ridden, especially if the care takers don’t take care of them properly.  Regular baths and flea medicine can help with that.  Do you have to time to take care of them?

Some animals are cheaper to take care of than others.  For example, other than the initial investment of the tank, decorations, pump, filters, etc Fish are relatively cheap to afford.  If you don’t go overboard, that doesn’t even have to be expensive.

Let’s go back to the Flea issue.  I mean, do you really want Fleas in your house?  What about if you have small children?  What about babies?  Do you really want them to have to deal with that?  Let alone you?

Some pets actually stink.  Ok, let me rephrase that, some pets actually stink if you don’t take care of them.  What does this mean?

Not every pet is easy to take care of.  None of them are really.  Just some easier than others.  Some pets even require you to clean out their cages, if you don’t, guess what?  Here comes the smell.

I’m sure you’re probably tired of hearing the bad sides of having a pet.  What about the good sides?  Yes, there are positive reasons for taking care of pets.

Children for some reason are attracted to pets.  Their like magnets.  Polar opposites.  Don’t believe me?  Go into a big Pet Store one of these days, you’ll see.

Why are pets good for Children?  They can offer companionship to them in times of need.  Perhaps a child is feeling down, but their dog might be able to help cheer them up.  Medical institutes let Pets into children’s hospitals to help easy the burden for the children.

Elderly can find companionship in pets as well.  When there is no one around for Mom or Dad, a pet might actually do them good.  Doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t go see them.

I for one will probably never have pets, unless it’s some Fish, or maybe an Eel.  Those Snowflake Eels are pretty cool.  I for one don’t see the benefits outweighing the down sides of caring for a pet.  At least in my situation.  For others, that may be a different story.

Snowflake Eel

Kids Are Smarter Than Adults

Many people tend to think that kids are dumb and stupid.  I can tell you from experience that they are exactly the opposite.  Most of them anyway.  Why are kids smart?

When we grow up, we tend to think about Money, Making things easier for our friends, Owning a home, Starting a family, many numerous things.  Kids think about having fun, enjoying life, what’s it’s like to be a grown up, but some kids even think about what’s best for them.

Remember the whole ordeal with Congress saying that Pizza is a Fruit?  Seriously congress?  Surely you don’t think that?  Or is it the money talking from the Pizza Industries that supply pizza to the majority of schools?  Bribery is a federal offense and while most of you haven’t got caught yet, we know.  We’ve been watching, listening.

Especially the kids.  This kid has a message.  Be sure to share it with your friends on Facebook and Twitter.

Biggest Reasons Why Americans Are Overweight!

Americans are said to be the most over weight, but many have a hard time figuring out why.  Why is it that many Americans are starting to be overweight and in worse health than the previous generation?  I think I have the answer.

Reason 1

Exercise….
Many Americans nowadays aren’t getting enough exercise.  That’s right, something as simple as exercise can have a big impact on our daily lives.  In the movie WALL-E, the people roamed around on hover chairs.  Who needs a wheel chair right?  Especially when the machine will do all the work for you.

Is that the kind of life style we want?  To be subjects who are limited in our mobility based on some machine?  Right now many kids are experiencing this because of Parents not letting their kids play in the park.  Instead, they’ll let them play Video Games all day and do nothing.

Now, before you go bashing Video games and start blaming the games themselves, maybe you should take a closer look a parenting.  I play Video Games myself, but that doesnt’ mean that Nerds can’t be fit.  I in fact have started a Cardio Routine, which will eventually turn into running, which in turn will turn into a Marathon.

I have goals, kids nowadays, don’t.  That’s partly because parents let their kids spend too much time playing Video Games as apposed to….well, playing.

Reason 2

Over Indulging…..
Many restaurants have started (in the last decade)  increasing portion sizes.  Now, they even go as far as encourage you to get a large or (in some cases) super-size.  In this case, bigger isn’t always better.  Tell me something.

Do you feel better now that you’re bigger?  Again, bigger isn’t always better.  My parents often times make two meals out of one meal when they go out to eat.  Why?  Many of these meals are filled with Calories.  Many of them over 1,000 calories.  That’s half a days Calories for most.

Still think Bigger is Better?

Reason 3

Quality of Food
Our food quality has reduced in the last 10-20 years drastically.  Farmers are basically killing the land that they farm one with all the chemicals that they spray on plants.  Therefore, we’re forced to look for alternatives: plants that are bug resistant, plants that yield more, and even plants that grow better in certain climates.

When you start tampering with plants: spraying chemicals, changing DNA strands, making them more volatile, something has to give.  So, where do we suffer?  In Nutritional Value.  I can’t stress this enough….

Life is too precious to tamper with.  By tampering with those plants, they’re tampering with our health.  Empty calories adds to our over all weight.  Really.  What else is our body going to use useless calories for?

So, my question for you today is, did this inspire you?  If so, what are your plans for taking action?

Staying Fit – Why Staying Fit Is Not An Option

So, science has confirmed what many people have believed over time.  What is this confirmation?  Well, let’s just say that many people think that it’s quite possible to stay fit at any age.

What’s the verdict?  Basically, you’ll have to maintain a certain level of activity or increase your activity as you get older.  Why?  Simply put, it takes a little more work to stay healthy at an older age.

This doesn’t mean that people can’t stay as healthy as a 20 year old at the age of 50+.  This is crucial to reducing factors such as Cardiovascular Disease.

Why is this crucial?  According to a study, Women are 5 times more likely to get Cardiovascular Disease than a physically fit woman.  Same study provides evidence that Men are 8 times more likely to get Cardiovascular Disease for not being fit.  Good enough reason to stay fit?

This study was done in Europe, where they are always looking for more answers, unlike the American counter parts, who just want to find a quick fix.  Exercise is very crucial to anything we do.  Want to lose weight?  Want to stay fit?  Want those sexy abs?  Gotta exercise.

Original Article – Cheating Father Time