Step 1Preheat oven to 180°C. Grease and line a 20 x 30cm Swiss-roll pan with non-stick baking paper. Place the eggs and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer (or use an electric hand beater), and beat for 5 minutes until thick and pale.
Step 2Sift the flour and cocoa into the egg mixture and stir to combine. Pour into pan and bake for 10 minutes, or until the cake springs back lightly when pressed.
Step 3Turn out onto a piece of non-stick baking paper and set aside to cool. Spread one side of the cake with chocolate spread, then with cream and dot with raspberries. Carefully roll up, tucking the end of the sponge underneath. Sprinkle with icing sugar before serving.
The land speed record has been claimed for different types of vehicles such as cars and motorbikes. This year, however, Francois Gissy has set the world record for an unsuspected mode of transportation – the bicycle.
On May 19th of this year, Francois Gissy, almost broke the record with an astonishing speed of 263 km/h which was just 5 kph short of the record set in 1995. The 1995 record was set by Fred Rompelberg, who used the slip stream of a dragster to allow his bicycle to reach a speed of 268.8 km/h. This minor setback did not stop Gissy who made another attempt on October 7th at Interlaken, Switzerland. This time he shattered the previous record by reaching an unbelievable 280 km/h on his rocket powered bicycle.
The bicycle used 350 meters of the 790 meter track to accelerate to the top speed, while the remaining length of track was used for braking. The fuel used for the rocket of the bicycle is just as surprising as the speed it helped to achieve. Concentrated hydrogen peroxide was the fuel used by Gissy, who also built the bike. The propulsion system was designed by Swiss engineer Arnold Neracher. The working of a hydrogen peroxide-powered propulsion system is explained by Gizmodo in the words below:
“Concentrated liquid hydrogen peroxide (H2O2)—about 90-percent concentrate, compared to the 3-percent stuff sold in drug stores—is fed from a storage tank into secondary chamber filled with a catalyst, typically silver. This causes the chemical bonds to break down and the hydrogen peroxide to decompose into heat, water (H2O) in the form of 650 degree F steam, and oxygen (O). The steam is then forced through a rocket nozzle to provide thrust.”
The attempt was sponsored by Swiss watchmaking company, Hublot. The bike used by Gissy was completely stripped down and no stability system was incorporated into the design, Gissy has to use all his skill to keep the bicycle going in a straight line. The ride was so rough that the rear axle was significantly loosened, but the bicycle still managed to reached it’s amazing top speed. The attempt has yet to be certified, but there is little reason for it to be rejected.
Orange is a fruit that is scientifically known as Citrus sinensis. Botanically, it belongs to Family of Rutaceae of Kingdom Plantae. Orange is a round juicy fruit that is popular worldwide because of its tasty pulp. It is a tropical to semitropical, small flowering tree that is ever green and grow about 5 to 8 m tall. It bears seasonal fruits that weigh about 100-150 g and measure about 3 inches in diameter. It is classified into two general categories that are sweet and bitter oranges. Sweet oranges are the most common type of oranges used globally specially in Asia. Sweet-varieties that are popular include Persian variety, Valencia, Navel, and blood orange.
This fruit consists of wide variety of nutrients and is considered all around the world as an important source of Vitamin C. People who are diet conscious eat healthy and balanced food; they use fresh orange juice every morning in breakfast due to its rich nutrient property. The important nutrients that are present in large quantity in orange are Vitamins C and A, flavonoids, antioxidants, potassium, calcium, magnesium and dietary fiber. It also has more than 60 flavonoids and 170 phytonutrients. These compounds have special powers of anti-inflammation, anti-oxidation and anti-tumor.
There are various benefits of orange and those can be listed as:
Improves digestion and relieves constipation- As already mentioned above, oranges are rich and diverse in nutrients. It consists of high concentration of dietary fiber that is Pectin. It is a fiber with laxative property and therefore it helps in defending the mucous membrane of colon from toxin substances thus playing a protective role. It also protects it by binding to the carcinogens. Due to this one can prevent himself from constipation. People who do get constipation must drink its juice and also drink large amount of water.
Helps in weight control- Dieticians suggest orange juice in breakfast for fitness. It is a part of a dieting diet as it is rich in fiber but low in calories. Due to high dietary fiber concentration it fulfills the hunger keeping calories low. Excess calories add to weight whereas low calories consume fats of the body to produce energy. Oranges are women friend as many use them daily in order to get slim and smart. These are excellent to help yourself eat less and lose weight easily.
Reduces cholesterol level- It is well known that cholesterol is a harmful organic compound when found in excess amount in the body. Pectin that is a part of orange fruit binds to the bile acids in the colon and inhibits the re-absorption of cholesterol in the colon. Protection from cholesterol and its maintenance in the blood protects from many other diseases as obesity is a source of various other health problems.
Vitamin C an important component- Vitamin C plays an important role in the body due to its anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant property. Oranges are an excellent source of Vitamin C like all citrus fruits. Vitamin C provides resistant against the foreign particles proving as an outstanding immunological component. Due to this property it helps protecting against various other diseases.
Regulates high blood pressure- Flavonoids such as hesperetin, naringin, and naringenin are found in citrus fruits. Hesperetin is a beneficial flavonoid that takes part in the blood pressure maintenance. Orange also contains magnesium that too plays a major role. The potassium and calcium present in it are also known to play an important role in the regulation of blood pressure.
Beneficial for vision- Oranges are good source of vitamin A that is important component in maintaining normal vision.
Protects against skin diseases- Vitamin A also keeps the skin and mucous membrane healthy. Orange is rich in beta carotene that is also a flavonoid and is a powerful anti-oxidant. Both of these keep the skin resistant to various bacterial invasions.
Keeps bone healthy – A healthy bone is rich in calcium. Oranges are good source of calcium and therefore helps in the strengthening of the bones.
Formation of Blood- Iron and vitamin b6 (a folic acid) are present in orange. Both of them take part in the hemoglobin formation, leading to better uptake of oxygen. Good uptake of oxygen purifies the blood keeping all the systems healthy.
Protects against heart disease- the flavonoids and the vitamin C helps in the protection of the heart disease. Controlling the cholesterol also lessens the chances of a heart failure. This fruit is rich in potassium and calcium that are important in the regulation of body fluids, helping in a controlled heart rate.
Oranges is from the citrus family and all the members of this family are important in various natural components and they are being used from decades for the production of many beneficial extracts for the pharmaceutical purposes. Oranges are being used to treat various diseases including bronchitis, rheumatism, tuberculosis, pneumonia and asthma.
It’s a question we often ponder, especially as we age: How many years do I have left? Well, thanks to Brazilian physician Claudio Gil Araujo, there’s now a simple test you can perform right at home, in just a few seconds, that could predict how many years you have left to live, according to Discover.
Araujo came up with the test after noticing that many of his patients, especially older ones, often have difficulty with simple feats of balance and strength, such as picking up something off the floor or getting up out of a chair. Since balance and conditioning problems are known to increase the risk of dangerous falls and accidents (and can also harm cardiovascular health), he wondered if a patient’s flexibility, balance and strength could be used as a measure of life expectancy.
His idea was that patients might be more motivated to get in better shape if they had a more tangible way of conceptualizing how their overall health was being affected by their conditioning. If a patient is simply told to get in shape, they’re not likely to change their behavior. But if they’re told “if you don’t get into better shape, you could be dead in five years,” they’re apt to take notice.
Of course, the test also needed to be simple. If it required expensive equipment or measuring devices, the test probably wouldn’t be accessible to many people. So Araujo and colleagues developed the sitting-rise test, or SRT. It requires no equipment whatsoever and can be performed in seconds.
In fact, you can grab a friend try the test out yourself right now. It’s recommended that you wear loose or comfortable clothing. Begin by standing upright in the middle of a room. Without using your arms or hands for leverage, carefully squat into a cross-legged sitting position. Once you’re comfortable, attempt to stand back up from the sitting position — again, without using your arms for help. A simple illustration (above), provided by Discover, can help you to visualize the steps.
The test is scored on a point scale between 1 and 10 (5 points for sitting, 5 more points for standing back up). Each time you use an arm or knee for help in balancing during the test, you subtract one point from 10 possible points. Half a point is subtracted each time you lose balance, or when the fluidity of the feat becomes clumsy.
It seems like a pretty rudimentary test of conditioning, but Araujo found that it could predict life expectancy with alarming accuracy. He tested it on more than 2,000 of his patients aged 51 to 80, and found that people who scored less than 8 points on the test were twice as likely to die within the next six years. Those who scored three points or less were five times more likely to die within that same time period. Overall, each point achieved in the test accounted for a 21-percent decrease in mortality.
Araujo’s study was only performed on patients older than 50, so the results won’t mean the same thing for younger individuals taking the test. But regardless of your age, the test should provide a useful benchmark for your overall health. If you’re younger than 50 and have trouble with the test, it ought to be a wake-up call. The good news is that the younger you are, the more time you have to get into better shape.
For the cake: Lightly grease a cake tray with butter and sprinkle with flour. Sift the flour 1-2 times. Separate the egg whites from the egg yolks Place yolks in a separate bowl and add half the sugar and half the vanilla sugar. Yolks in a bowl, add half the sugar and vanilla sugar. Mix the eggs with the sugar until it increases in volume and becomes fluffier. You can mix the yolks with a fork, whisk, or a handheld mixer. Put the egg whites in another clean bowl and beat on low to medium speed on the mixer to form a light fluffy foam. When all the sugar is added, continue whisking until nothing will not spill out of it if you tilt it. Take a third of the whipped egg whites and add to the yolk mixture carefully, fold. Add to yolk mixture the sifted flour and mix well. Then add the remaining beaten egg whites (1/4) and very gently fold in from top to bottom. Mix the dough. Put the dough into the cake pan and smooth the surface. Bake the cake in a preheated 180 ° C oven for about 30-35 minutes. Take the cake out. If the cake moved away from the edges of the mold, lightly press it with your fingers, the cake should spring\s back and the hole should be quickly restored. Carefully remove the cake from the mold, put on the rack and let cool. Let it cool for 8-12 hours in room temperature so it can properly soak the syrup and not crumble when cutting it.
Shaping: Cut the Christmas tree shape out of the cakes. Each cake is cut into 2 parts.
Prepare Brandy Syrup: In a saucepan pour water, pour the sugar, stir and bring to a boil over high heat and remove the foam. Remove the syrup from heat and let it cool to a temperature of ~ 36-37 ° C. In the cooled syrup, pour the brandy and stir. Soak the cakes in the syrup.
Prepare the cream with condensed milk: Beat the softened butter until fluffy. Then, put in a tablespoon of condensed milk and beat until fluffy smooth. Set aside 1/3 of the cream and in the rest of the cream add green food coloring and beat until the cream is evenly colored . Grate the chocolate. Chop the nuts.
Assembling the cake: Spread white cream (the 1/3 you set aside) on the syrup-soaked cake layers and sprinkle with chocolate and chopped nuts. Do this for all of them. For the top and sides of the cake, spread the green cream all over and make sure you level it well. You can fill a pastry bag with the green cream or just use a knife. On the Christmas tree, you can put a garland of multicolored m&m’s and decorate it to your liking.
Osaka-based artist Kazuki Yamamoto offers you to take a little sip some of his art along with your latte: his 3D coffee foam sculptures made the guy famous worldwide in no time. After we first featured Kazuki and his 3D latte art, the artist presented some new an even more impressive sculptures: the one that got the most buzz, however, is the amazing melting clock, inspired by Salvador Dali’s painting The Persistence of Memory. Kazuki’s first audience were the visitors of the Cafe10g in Osaka, where he worked, but after the international recognition the artist says he dreams of opening his own cafe in Tokyo. Can’t wait to see the menu! 1
For more than a century, science fiction writers have been tormenting us with visions of flying machines that could be driven on roads as well as in air. A number of businesses have been pursuing this dream for a long time but none has taken off yet.
Now a Massachusetts-based company named Terrafugia has designed a flying car that will be displayed at the New York International Auto show in April this year. The car, technically called the Transition, has foldable wings which retracts when it is on the road. The Transition has a wingspan of 26 feet that tucks in and out with the push of a button, altering between a flying machine and a car within 30 seconds. With a full tank, the car can fly for 460 miles at the speed of 110 miles per hour.
Terrafugia has said that the car will be ready for sale by the end of the year. It is expected to sell for $279,000 and about 100 of the aircraft/car have already been booked.
The flying car has been cleared by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for use on roads and granted it special exemptions as a roadable aircraft. The car has also been cleared by the Federal Aviation Administration for flight as a "light sport aircraft".
Terrafugia Inc. said extensive analysis and simulated crash testing are also being employed with industry partners to ensure that the Transition meets all other applicable crash safety standards. The NHTSA's exemptions allowed the roadable aircraft to use lightweight plastic windows and use a different type of tire than that used by other vehicles. In order to prevent shattering of the windshield in case of a bird-hit, Terrafugia used polycarbonate materials instead of automotive safety glass. The tires are heavier like any other small aircraft to handle landings as well as road driving.
"This is an aeroplane first and foremost. The idea is you can drive it to and from a regulation airport. Fully fueled, you can fly it for a range of 400 to 450 miles”, said Richard Gersh, VP Business Development of Terrafugia.
The 2012 New York International Auto Show will be held from April 6 through the 15th.
Gibraltar Airport or North Front Airport is a civilian airport that serves the British overseas territory of Gibraltar, a tiny peninsula with an area of only 6.8 square kilometres. The lack of flat space on Gibraltar means the peninsula's only runway is bisected by its busiest road, the Winston Churchill Avenue that heads towards the land border with Spain. A pair of flimsy-looking barriers closes vehicular traffic every time a plane lands or departs. Fortunately, it’s not a busy airport. It handles only about 30 flights a week, all flying to and from the United Kingdom.
For many years I worked in palliative care. My patients were those who had gone home to die. Some incredibly special times were shared. I was with them for the last three to twelve weeks of their lives. People grow a lot when they are faced with their own mortality.
I learnt never to underestimate someone’s capacity for growth. Some changes were phenomenal. Each experienced a variety of emotions, as expected, denial, fear, anger, remorse, more denial and eventually acceptance. Every single patient found their peace before they departed though, every one of them.
When questioned about any regrets they had or anything they would do differently, common themes surfaced again and again. Here are the most common five:
1. I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me. This was the most common regret of all. When people realize that their life is almost over and look back clearly on it, it is easy to see how many dreams have gone unfulfilled. Most people had not honoured even a half of their dreams and had to die knowing that it was due to choices they had made, or not made.
It is very important to try and honour at least some of your dreams along the way. From the moment that you lose your health, it is too late. Health brings a freedom very few realise, until they no longer have it.
2. I wish I didn’t work so hard. This came from every male patient that I nursed. They missed their children’s youth and their partner’s companionship. Women also spoke of this regret. But as most were from an older generation, many of the female patients had not been breadwinners. All of the men I nursed deeply regretted spending so much of their lives on the treadmill of a work existence.
By simplifying your lifestyle and making conscious choices along the way, it is possible to not need the income that you think you do. And by creating more space in your life, you become happier and more open to new opportunities, ones more suited to your new lifestyle.
3. I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings. Many people suppressed their feelings in order to keep peace with others. As a result, they settled for a mediocre existence and never became who they were truly capable of becoming. Manydeveloped illnesses relating to the bitterness and resentment they carried as a result.
We cannot control the reactions of others. However, although people may initially react when you change the way you are by speaking honestly, in the end it raises the relationship to a whole new and healthier level. Either that or it releases the unhealthy relationship from your life. Either way,you win.
4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends. Often they would not truly realise the full benefits of old friends until their dying weeks and it was not always possible to track them down. Many had become so caught up in their own lives that they had let golden friendships slip by over the years. There were many deep regrets about not giving friendships the time and effort that they deserved. Everyone misses their friends when they are dying.
It is common for anyone in a busy lifestyle to let friendships slip. But when you are faced with your approaching death, the physical details of life fall away. People do want to get their financial affairs in order if possible. But it is not money or status that holds the true importance for them. They want to get things in order more for the benefit of those they love. Usually though, they are too ill and weary to ever manage this task. It is all comes down to love and relationships in the end. That is all that remains in the final weeks, love and relationships.
5. I wish that I had let myself be happier. This is a surprisingly common one. Many did not realise until the end that happiness is a choice. They had stayed stuck in old patterns and habits. The so-called ‘comfort’ of familiarity overflowed into their emotions, as well as their physical lives. Fear of change had them pretending to others, and to their selves, that they were content. When deep within, they longed to laugh properly and have silliness in their life again. When you are on your deathbed, what others think of you is a long way from your mind. How wonderful to be able to let go and smile again, long before you are dying.
Life is a choice. It is YOUR life. Choose consciously, choose wisely, choose honestly. Choose happine
What surprised me, was that google captured one of the last few pictures of my grandma, because she passed away less than a year after that picture was taken. I thought it was such an uplifting and awesome picture because it showed just how laid back and awesome she was. Might not mean much to anyone else, I just thought I would share