The Gaia Cell – Mythology and Science

Can a goddess of myth help us understand the science of stem cells? Often, in the pursuit of "truth", we can dismiss views that are not expressed in the proper language.

For example, we often think of mythology as storytelling, and science as the language of truth. However, there is no agreed on language of truth. Science has a way of telling stories that takes us back to mythology. Arguably mythology may contain universal truths. Consider recent discoveries about embryonic stem cells. Canadian researchers have discovered that embryonic stem cells produce a host of supporting cells that keeps them immortal. Embryonic stem cells have so much potential because of their unlimited capacity for self-renewal. In the developing embryo, they result in the different types of cells that make up the body.

Dr. Mick Bhatia is principal investigator and scientific director of the McMaster Stem Cell and Cancer Research Institute at McMaster University. Dr. Bhatia and his team are the first to have shown that, in the laboratory, embryonic stem cells can build their own environment.
They create supporting cells that feed them growth factors they need so they can reproduce indefinitely and become skin, muscle, bone, heart, liver, kidney, brain or more than 250 other kinds of specialized cells.

"The idea that a stem cell has the power to make its own niche, its own environment, to feed itself, no one had ever looked at," says Dr. Bhatia, whose work was published in the July 14, 2007 online edition of the journal Nature.

Stem cells building their own support network, probably takes place as well in human embryos, Dr. Bhatia says. Scientists have known the environment in which a stem cell lives dictate what cell it becomes. In adults, for example, stem cells found in muscle tissue produce muscle cells. But until now, they did not know that stem cells can build their own environment. Says Dr. Bhatia, "This means the stem cells' decisions, at least in the embryonic stem cell, are self-programmed." Previous studies in mice have shown that various types of stem cells hole up in little nests of cells known as niches. These niches are found in specific spaces within various tissues, said Dr. Bhatia,

Drawing a metaphor, Bhatia says a blood stem cell, for example, has a house found in one spot. These stem cells strategically locate in a particular place and surround themselves with cells that have special roles.

"That house is not just a place where they hang out," Bhatia said. "It turns out that house can regulate what they do." Working with cells in petri dishes, his team discovered that an embryonic stem cell makes its own niche out of daughter cells it gives birth to, and these cells in turn "feed" their parent. "We knew the house existed, but we did not know the person that lives in the house kept making the house, made making the bricks," he explained.

"And we did not know the bricks were not just protecting it, …

Ways For College Students to Make Money Online – Becoming an Internet Marketer

As a student, I know how much time we waste during our breaks and supposed study time on the internet-whether is it playing games on Facebook or just chatting to each other about what has been going on. Any possible reason to avoid doing study or college work.

Well, how about instead of wasting your time on one unproductive internet activity you start multitasking. Begin learning about new ways for college students to make money online using internet marketing. It’s a tried and tested method of making money online by 1000’s of people who have quit their jobs to become full time internet marketers.

So what is this new ways for college students to make money online? Well, I’m glad you asked. It is a process called affiliate marketing, which is a form of internet marketing. Great, so what is affiliate marketing?

Affiliate marketing is the process of an affiliate (you) selling a product for the merchant (company) to a customer and making a commission off the sale. It works similar to the structure of a regular salesman commission, only you are doing it online instead of face to face.

College students all over the world are hitting the debt crisis hard with the current economic meltdown and with the unemployment rate increasing. For a college student to try and get a job it is getting harder and harder.

Learning about the new ways for college students to make money online could not only support your student lifestyle, it could also pay for your college fees like I have done with mine. I will be graduating from my university in 2011 debt free thanks to affiliate marketing – one of the best new ways for college students to make money online.

Whenever my friends ask me how I do it I simply tell them I took the risk and gained the rewards of learning new ways for college students to make money online. I then started educating my friends about how it worked and guided them away from the affiliate program scams to the legitimate programs I was using to learn affiliate marketing.

I now have formed an affiliate group with my friends in which we make monthly sales of over $2000+ (been together over a year now) so we have some experience behind us. We don’t expect you to be making that much out of the blocks as that would be an unreasonable expectation.

Affiliate marketing -among the most lucrative of the new ways for college students to make money online-is the way of the future for student jobs, especially in this economic crisis.

The best thing though about these new ways for college students to make money is you get to be your own boss, work around your college and study schedule and work when you want. Don’t feel like working today? Well, you don’t have to. It’s as simple as that. No one to answer to but yourself.…

16 Most Inspiring Famous Failures

To succeed in business or life, I came to realize that we must continually take remedial actions. Putting myself on the line day after day can be extremely draining, especially when things do not work out as I desired. Hence, each time I face a disappointing event or undesirable outcome, I NEVER FORGET these famous failures:

1. Bill Gates, founder and chairman of Microsoft, has literally changed the work culture of the world in the 21st century, by simplifying the way computer is being used. He happens to be the world’s richest man for the last one decade. However, in the 70’s before starting out, he was a Harvard University dropout. The most ironic part is that, he started a software company (that was soon to become Microsoft) by purchasing the software technology from “someone” for only $US50 back then.

2. Abraham Lincoln, received no more than 5 years of formal education throughout his lifetime. When he grew up, he joined politics and had 12 major failures before he was elected the 16th President of the United States of America.

3. Isaac Newton was the greatest English mathematician of his generation. His work on optics and gravitation made him one of the greatest scientists the world has even known. Many thought that Isaac was born a genius, but he wasn’t! When he was young, he did very poorly in grade school, so poor that his teachers became clueless in improving his grades.

4. Ludwig van Beethoven, a German composer of classical music, is widely regarded as one of history’s supreme composers. His reputation has inspired – and in many cases intimidated – composers, musicians, and audiences who were to come after him. Before the start of his career, Beethoven’s music teacher once said of him “as a composer, he is hopeless”. And during his career, he lost his hearing yet he managed to produce great music – a deaf man composing music, ironic isn’t!

5. Thomas Edison who developed many devices which greatly influenced life in the 20th century. Edison is considered one of the most prolific inventors in history, holding 1,093 U.S patents to his name. When he was a boy his teacher told him he was too stupid to learn anything. When he set out on his own, he tried more than 9,000 experiments before he created the first successful light bulb.

6. The Woolworth Company was a retail company that was one of the original five-and-ten-cent stores. The first Woolworth’s store was founded in 1878 by Frank Winfield Woolworth and soon grew to become one of the largest retail chains in the world in the 20th century. Before starting his own business, Woolworth got a job in a dry goods store when he was 21. But his employer would not let him serve any customer because he concluded that Frank “didn’t have enough common sense to serve the customers”.

7. By acclamation, Michael Jordon is the greatest basketball player of all time. A phenomenal …

How to Start Your Accounting Career

You want to be an accountant. You love numbers, maths and money. So, how do you get started? Where do you go to get certified so that your services will be in demand? If you do not have any recognised qualifications, your clients will not be able to know if your standards meet their requirements. People hire Chartered Certified Accountants with a full practicing certificate because they know that they can trust in their expertise.

Any old accountancy certification will not do. You need an internationally recognised global qualification to compete in today’s industry, and the ACCA qualification fits this demand perfectly. The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) is the world’s largest international accountancy body, with over 300,000 members and students in more than 160 countries. Founded in 1904, ACCA has over 100 years of history as a leader in the development of the global accountancy profession. The United Nations has chosen the ACCA syllabus as the basis of its global accountancy curriculum and the ACCA qualification is well recognised in an ever-growing list of countries including the USA, Canada, the United Kingdom, the European Union, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, China, Singapore, Malaysia and Pakistan. Many ACCA graduates work in premier companies such as British Airways and Price Waterhouse Coopers.

The syllabus spans 16 topics each with its own examination to test your competency in that subject. It usually takes 2 years for a student to obtain the ACCA qualification. This is broken up into the “Fundamentals” stage that consists of 9 papers and the “Professional” stage that consists of 3 papers and a choice of 4 options. With so many examinations to pass, self-study can be difficult. The good news is that there are many professional accounting and finance schools such as FTMS Global that offer ACCA courses. The better ones have a cast of highly qualified and experienced lecturers who are ACCA-certified. These teachers know what the ACCA syllabus requires and can dramatically increase your chances of passing the examinations. Definitely, it is highly recommended to enlist the aid of a mentor who can show you the ropes.

After qualifying as a Chartered Certified Accountant by passing the examinations, to obtain the practising certificate you must have had sufficient experience in a practising accountant’s office. On top of all that, you must continue to keep yourself updated by attending courses on a regular basis. The ACCA is the only accountancy body that provides a disciplinary system which offers remedy if any ACCA member breaches its high standards.

Once you obtain the ACCA certification, your clients know with certainty that they can depend on:

– Your integrity

– Your absolute respect for the confidentiality of your client’s affairs

– Your knowledge and expertise

– The fact that there is a regulatory body who will ensure that standards are maintained

– The fact that you must operate within a strict framework of rules and ethics

The entry requirements of the ACCA qualification are 2 A-Level passes or a …

Unemployment Problem In Bangladesh

Unemployment means lack of job facilities for able-bodied persons both educated and illiterate. It is a world-wide problem. No country in the world is absolutely free from the problem of unemployment. In fact, it is a common phenomenon in almost all the countries of the world- both developed and developing. Bangladesh is a developing country. It is trapped in a serious unemployment problem. The rate of unemployment in Bangladesh is more than 25% of total population.

Causes of unemployment:

Unemployment occurs when there are more people looking for employment than there are opportunities for employment. Many are the cause of unemployment in Bangladesh. Such as –

>> Population growth: Bangladesh is a country of over population. There job facilities can not keep pace with the increasing number of people. It is now counted as one number problem of Bangladesh. Population has become a burdensome for the country instead of being an asset. The rate of population growth at present is 21.6 per thousand which is quite alarming.

>> Lack of industrialization: Bangladesh is very backward in industries. They can absorb only a finger-counted number of people. Cottage industries have almost ceased.Their industries can hardly stand in the face of strong and unhealthy of the world competition.

>> Defective education system: Bangladesh education system is very defective. It has little provision for voluntary training for a learner. It fails to give him an independent start of life. The number of educated unemployed people is increasing day-by-day for the cause of the session jam in the higher educational institutions.

>> False illusion: There students and youths have false sense of dignity to become officers. They madly run after the illusion of official jobs and remain unemployed. They think that service is more honorable than independent business. Here they give little importance to the dignity of manual labor.

>> Lack of skill: There is a serious want of skilled people in Bangladesh. The inventory knowledge is fully absent in them. As a result, the unskilled people remain unemployed. Again, the unequitable distribution of national wealth and concentration of wealth to a few are creating unemployment problem directly or indirectly.

>> Lack of investment: Investment paves the way to create opportunities for employment. But most of the people of Bangladesh are hard hit by extreme poverty and live from hand to mouth. As a result, there is a tremendous lack of savings in the country. As there is lack of saving, there is lack of investment. Again, the investors feel secured to invest money in personal enterprises instead of public enterprises due to the political turmoil in the country.

>> Lack of proper utilization of resource: The other countries people often joke Bangladesh as the 'Poor inmates of a rich country'. This paradoxical statement implying that they have not yet been able to brighten their lot by making proper and best use of their huge hidden natural resource. As a result, they are lagging behind much more the other countries of the world in …

Understanding Scientific Terminology – Getting the Right Mindset and the Right Information

I remember when I started studying science (a while ago now!) I would always be really excited that a new understanding or discovery was just around the corner.

Thoughts and Experiences: When I first started studying everything was great and I progressed well, but, as time went on I had to remember new scientific terminology and scientific words. All these words, terms and meanings seemed to mold together and I would spend a huge amount of time trying to recall which one mean what.

I even wrote my own scientific terms dictionary scribbled on paper. It was neat at first but then got hard to follow. I never quite grasped the true meanings and ended up writing down something that was not the exact meaning. I gave up writing it as I did not want to trip myself up or waste precious time.

I would also be told to check my books, which also took up a surprisingly large amount of time due to these books using other terms or words that I would then have to look up to grasp the meaning of the first word I was needing to understand … I got quite stressed and it got in the way of my studies.

Beliefs and Understanding: Notes are infinitely useful but they are not always quickly or easily found and they can be left somewhere or they can be lost or damaged. The place for notes in our new and modern age is purely for revision purposes I feel.

What is needed now is a source that is easily accessible, that is unable to be lost, that is accurate, that is understandable and relaxed but is specific and exact. An online science glossary.

The problem with relying upon a book to explain something is that it will generally be in "its own language" by which I mean, within the context of the book it is making sense, but in a different environment (that is EXACTLY the same) you could become lost and here and see words and terms that you suddenly do not understand and this can really shake someone's self belief, especially within the science world.

The Solution: What is needed is an online science glossary that covers all terms and words that you might come across if you were to choose to read from a different source. Suddenly, you know what this particular word means and understand and do not have to trail through books to find the meaning of some new science terminology that you already know and after spending your time looking you find that this specific science terminology is a word that means exactly the same thing as the other word that you already already knew.
Very frustrating.

The future is within indisputable, indestructible, quickly accessible & easily understandable online electronic information and we should not be ignoring an easier future within a scientific terms dictionary. …

CLEP – Finish College Faster & Cheaper

If the lack of time and money is hampering your college education, taking the CLEP exam could help make the road to higher education a little easier.

CLEP stands for College Level Examination Program. It consist of 34 exams that one can take for credit towards a college credit. The exams are mostly multiple choice but it can be fill in the blanks as well.

The examinations are given via computer and cost around $ 77 per test.

Take the CLEP if:

* You want to finish college in under three years, saving time and money.

* You have prior knowledge which can be used towards college credit

* You want to get a feel for how difficult a degree is by doing a few courses.

Do not confuse the College Level Examination Program tests with the so called life experience degree. There are many life experience degrees being sold on the net and in magazines. One can buy bachelors, masters or even PhD life experience degrees which the sellers want you to believe are acceptable.

Truth is these degrees are as worthless as the paper which they are printed on. They are not accredited, will not be accepted by any reputable college or employer. As a matter of fact, if you buy one of these fraudulent degrees, you'll be doing more to damage your reputation than anything else you could ever do.

The CLEP on the other hand gives you a bonafide credit for existing knowledge. All you have to do is pass an exam or exams.

If you are in the military or a spouse of someone in the military, you can even get to do the exams for free. Check with your military base to find out more details.

It is important that do not be overconfident and ideally prepare for the tests. In this regards we recommend the appropriate test guides. …

Preparing For a Successful Mining Career

When you think of getting a mining career, one of the advantages to this is that there are many positions available to unskilled workers as well. Although many vacant position postings cater to people considering to be skilled in their jobs, there is also a wide opportunity for unskilled workers who are still trying to gain experience. In the Australia mining industry for example, many job hunters want to find the entry level job perfect for their credentials.

The advantage in taking up an entry-level job as an unskilled worker in Australia mining industries is that you can build up on your experience first. Not many people are able to get the right training and this is why an entry-level job is often the best way to start your career in the mining industry. However if you are a skilled worker but there are no vacant positions ideal for you, you can also take up an unskilled job post first, and start from there.

When you choose to get an unskilled job in the mining industry, you need to have the physical stamina in doing so. Most of the mining career tasks require intense effort, so you need to be ready for them. Although not all jobs are physically taxing, it is important for you to expect that the jobs could also be challenging and often located in difficult areas. Thus, following the right instructions is essential, specifically when it comes to safety measures.

Another typical job for an unskilled laborer is being the operator of a machine or some dump trucks. Thus, you need to have the right license for such jobs, like a driving license or a truck license. Most of the jobs available in the mining industry are done on a per-shift basis. Most of the shifts run for straight 12 hours. The roster arrangement is also often followed in many types of the mining career. This often depends on the company you are employed with nonetheless. Rosters can run for 3 weeks, giving you a week off.

You can find a wide range of mining jobs in Australia.

Some of these jobs are trade assistants, preparers, driller assistants, and of course, being a general laborer. Office positions, albeit on an entry-level, are also available. These include cleaning positions in the office and even catering posts. There is also a good opportunity for you to earn good money from a mining career, even when you choose an entry-level post.

Although you are merely applying for entry-level jobs, the right background and training is still important. You need to have the right licenses for your position, and this also includes the right credentials and certifications. In Australia, there are many mining jobs waiting to be filled. One of the best things that you can do before applying for any job is to get the needed advice from professionals.

By seeking the right assistance from the right sources and knowing where to look, you can jump start on your …

Renegade University Review – Will This Training Really Help You Grow Your MLM?

In the recent past, a particular book called the Renegade Network Marketer has spawned a huge following, and even a particular training geared around it which teachers some of the behind the scenes marketing of it. However, what is this training course really all about, and is it worthwhile, or just another online scam?

Now, let's dig into precisely what Renegade University offers. At its core, it is a complete free training curriculum put together by the people at marketing merge. One of the major focuses of the 7 part training lesson is taking you from a point of hunting and searching for prospects, beggin family and friends, to using a technique called attraction marketing to bring prospects and potential business partners to you.

One of the first beginning lessons over there at Renegade University centers around really figuring out who your best prospects are, and hint, hint, it is not everyone, and learning how you can help them out with your business or product.

The next natural step is to learn how to use the internet to put yourself front and center in front of those best prospects. This is where they say the rubber meets the road at Renegade University.

The general idea is to use something known as content marketing to get in front of those prospects you identified earlier.

Content marketing is a technique where you create free content in either text, audio, or video and get in front of people on search engines or social networks to generate free network marketing leads.

The training there at renegade university goes into creating various forms of content, to include creating articles, videos, and using things such as web 2.0 sites, all of which are very popular online.

The general concept is that while the prospect is using the internet to research some issue that they are having, they find your content, and if your information is good and helpful enough, go ahead and request for information from you via your email series.

So, how precisely does this help you in grow your business? Instead of hounding them to buy your "stuff" you instead have earned their trust by giving them useful information first, which naturally builds an attraction towards you and what you offer in your business or product.

In summary what does this individual renegade university review think, is this all a scam or not? Completely not a scam, and in fact is one of the better courses out there teach beginners about online marketing and attraction marketing to grow their MLM business.

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Entrepreneur Ideas – Turn Your Hobby Into a Money-Making Career

If you are ready to be your own boss, but do not know where to start, take a look around you; entrepreneur ideas around you on a daily basis. What do you enjoy doing in your spare time? Taking stock of your hobbies is a great place to start when deciding on a business idea. If your particular hobby is popular enough with others, and if you possess a real talent at it, you can easily turn it into a career.

* Photography – If your passion is photography, chances are you own a professional grade camera that will allow you to take quality photos you can sell. Starting a photography business from home can begin by offering to take pictures for a friends wedding, or of their brand new baby. You can also take oddball photos of everyday objects and sell them on stock photo websites. You are also able to set your desired copyright level for each photo.

* Writing – Many people consider writing an enjoyable hobby, although admittedly not all of reporters can offer the caliber material that draws in the right money making opportunities. Explore your options by offering to write a small piece for a local recreational guide. Sell ​​an article or two to a website owner, or offer to write a guest post on a blog. You will know rather quickly if writing is a career option you can take advantage of.

* Handmade Items – Bidding sites are an excellent place to sell home items. Beaded jewelry, handmade dolls, crocheted decorations and clothing, and handcrafted soaps and candles are extremely popular. Anything you would find in a specialty gift shop can be sold online with a good return for your investment.

* Collecting – Obviously you can not make money just by collecting items. However, amass a large enough collection and you can turn it into a sales business. If you have been collecting Barbie's since they were invented, for instance, you could keep yourself quite busy on bidding sites for years to come.

Becoming an entrepreneur can be really fun if you work with something you love. Most of us need to enjoy what we do to have any satisfaction with our careers, and by turning your hobby into a money-making enterprise, you can enjoy such success. …