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September 11 - Anniversary of 9/11
September 20 - October 5 Oktoberfest
September 21 - International Day of Peace
September 24 - Rosh Hashanah - Jewish New Year
September 23 - Autumnal Equinox - Mabon
September 23 - Sun in Libra
September 29 - October 4 - Durga Puja

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Monday September 2, 2014     7:30 PM ET

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Joan Rivers - When your life flashes before your eyes
8 Scientifically-Backed Ways To Feel More Confident The brain can be trained to prefer healthy food
Labor Day 2014: Economy and Education
Keanu Reeves Turns 50
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  ISIS video shows beheading of American journalist Steven Sotloff   CNN - September 2, 2014

7 Awesome Discoveries Made by Kids   Live Science - September 2, 2014
Paleontologist, biologist, astronomer: These might sound like job titles for grown-ups, but adults aren't the only ones who fill these important roles. Children - with their endless curiosity and tendency to wander off the beaten track - are also engaged in quite a bit of scientific research and exploration. From spotting a supernova to digging up dinosaur bones, here are seven discoveries made by kids.

Low-carb beats low-fat for weight loss, heart health, study shows   PhysOrg - September 2, 2014
For people who want to lose weight and boost their heart health, cutting down on carbohydrates may work better than trimming dietary fat, a new study suggests.

Discovery hints at why stress is more devastating for some   PhysOrg - September 2, 2014
Some people take stress in stride; others are done in by it. New research at Rockefeller University has identified the molecular mechanisms of this so-called stress gap in mice with very similar genetic backgrounds - a finding that could lead researchers to better understand the development of psychiatric disorders such as anxiety and depression.

Research shows seven-year-olds can think strategically   Live Science - September 2, 2014
Developing a strategy requires theory of mind, the ability to infer how other people think and to predict how they will behave based on what incentivizes them. It also requires recursive thinking, the ability to use one step of the reasoning process to formulate the next step. Koenig's team calls the combination of theory of mind and recursive thinking Strategic Theory of Mind (SToM).

Uber banned in Germany by Frankfurt court   BBC - September 2, 2014
Car pick-up service Uber has been banned across Germany. A court in Frankfurt ruled that the firm lacked the necessary legal permits to operate under German law. It has emerged that the firm was told last week that its "low-cost" UberPop service could no longer take passengers and faced a fine if it continued.

Tungurahua volcano in Ecuador: Increased activity   BBC - September 2, 2014
Seismologists in Ecuador say the Tungurahua volcano is showing increased activity. About 40 explosions were registered on Monday and even though their intensity diminished, experts have not ruled out a renewed sudden increase.

Survivor singer Jimi Jamison dies aged 63   BBC - September 2, 2014
Jimi Jamison, the lead singer for US rock band Survivor, who sang the theme tune for hit TV series Baywatch, has died aged 63.

A Google Site Meant to Protect You Is Helping Hackers Attack You   Wired - September 2, 2014
Before companies like Microsoft and Apple release new software, the code is reviewed and tested to ensure it works as planned and to find any bugs. Hackers and cybercrooks do the same. The last thing you want if youÕre a cyberthug is for your banking Trojan to crash a victimÕs system and be exposed. More importantly, you donÕt want your victimÕs antivirus engine to detect the malicious tool.

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's Family Wedding Album Appears in People   People - September 2, 2014

Veil designs by the children.

Today's Events, Birthdays and Quotes

September 2, 1964

Keanu Reeves

  Keanu Reeves Google Videos

Keanu Reeves is an award winning
Canadian actor. Filmography

Neo: What is the Matrix?

Trinity: The answer is out there and it's looking for you. It will find you if you want it to.

Morpheus: If 'real' is what you can feel, smell, taste and see,
then 'real' is simply electrical signals interpreted by your brain.

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September 2, 1951

Mark Harmon

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Mark Harmon is an award winning
American actor. Filmography

I believe in trying to find an area to get better, to learn more about why I'm here.

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September 2, 1966

Salma Hayek

  Salma Hayek Google Videos

Salma Hayek is an award winning Mexican
actress, director and producer. Filmography

The biggest thing playing artist Frida Kahlo brought to my life - was this peacefulness.

Salma Hayek Quotes 1

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September 2, 1968

Cynthia Watros

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Cynthia Watros is an award winning American
television, film, and stage actress.

Every event in life can be causing only one of two things. Either it is good for you, or it
brings up what you need to look at in order to create good for you when you are lost.

Cynthia Watros Quotes

September 2, 1959

Guy Laliberte

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Guy Laliberte is a Canadian entrepreneur, philanthropist, poker
player, space tourist, and the current CEO of Cirque du Soleil.

In the duality of life,

There is a connection between reality and magic.

Guy Laliberte Quotes

September 2, 1838 - November 11, 1917


  Liliuokalani Google Videos

Liliuokalani was the last monarch and only
queen regnant of the Kingdom of Hawaii.

The living god will return and listen to the voices of Her Hawaiian children.


September 2, 1948 - January 28, 1986

Christa McAuliffe

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Christa McAuliffe was an American teacher from New Hampshire
who was selected from among more than 11,000 applicants to be the
first teacher in space. She died in the Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster.

I touch the future. I teach. That's going with me.

I really don't want to say goodbye to any of you people.

Christa McAuliffe Quotes

September 2, 1936

Andrew Grove

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Andy Grove is an American businessman,
engineer, author, and CEO of Intel Corporation .

A corporation is a living organism.
It has to continue to shed its skin.

Methods have to change.
Focus has to change.
Values have to change.
The sum total of those changes is transformation.

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September 2, 1952

Jimmy Connors

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Jimmy Connors is an American
former World No. 1 tennis player.

Tennis was never work for me, tennis was fun.

The tougher the battle and the longer the match, the more fun I had.

Jimmy Connors Quotes 1

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September 2, 1948

Terry Bradshaw

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Terry Bradshaw is a former American football quarterback
with the Pittsburgh Steelers now co-host of Fox NFL Sunday.

When you've got something to prove, there's nothing greater than a challenge.

Terry Bradshaw Quotes 1

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Monday September 1, 2014     9:00 AM ET

Experts defend operational earthquake forecasting, counter critiques   PhysOrg - September 1, 2014
Experts defend operational earthquake forecasting (OEF) in an editorial published in the Seismological Research Letters (SRL), arguing the importance of public communication as part of a suite of activities intended to improve public safety and mitigate damage from earthquakes. In a related article, Italian scientists detail the first official OEF system in Italy.

Location of body fat can increase hypertension risk   PhysOrg - September 1, 2014
People with fat around their abdominal area are at greater risk of developing hypertension when compared to those with similar body mass index but fat concentrations elsewhere on the body. Obesity is a known risk factor for hypertension, or high blood pressure, and it is widely reported that the location of fat on a person's body can lead to increased risk of other health issues like heart disease and cancer. However, the relationship between hypertension and overall obesity versus site-specific fat accumulation is unclear.

Americans Are Eating Healthier, Study Finds   Live Science - September 1, 2014
Americans are eating a modestly healthier diet now than they were a decade ago, but the gap in diet quality between the rich and the poor has widened, a new study finds. Researchers examined the quality of the U.S. diet between 1999 and 2010 using a measure called the Alternate Healthy Eating Index 2010, which rates diets on a scale from zero to 110, with higher scores indicating healthier diets.

Gibraltar Engravings Might be Oldest Neanderthal Art   Epoch Times - September 1, 2014
A series of lines scratched into rock in a cave near the southwestern tip of Europe could be proof that Neanderthals were more intelligent and creative than previously thought. The cross-hatched engravings inside GorhamÕs Cave in Gibraltar are the first known examples of Neanderthal rock art, according to a team of scientists who studied the site. The find is significant because it indicates that modern humans and their extinct cousins shared the capacity for abstract expression.

  Neanderthal 'artwork' found in Gibraltar cave   BBC - September 1, 2014
Mounting evidence suggests Neanderthals were not the brutes they were characterized as decades ago. But art, a high expression of abstract thought, was long considered to be the exclusive preserve of our own species. The scattered candidates for artistic expression by Neanderthals have not met with universal acceptance. However, the geometric pattern identified in Gibraltar, on the southern tip of Europe, was uncovered beneath undisturbed sediments that have also yielded Neanderthal tools.

Ebola: Experimental drug ZMapp is '100% effective' in animal trials/a>   BBC - September 1, 2014
The only clinical trial data on the experimental Ebola drug ZMapp shows it is 100% effective in monkey studies, even in later stages of the infection.

Antarctic coastal waters 'rising faster'   BBC - September 1, 2014
Melting ice is fueling sea-level rise around the coast of Antarctica, a new report in Nature Geoscience finds.

Eurozone manufacturing at 13-month low   BBC - September 1, 2014
Manufacturing growth in the eurozone slowed to a 13-month low in August, according to a closely-watched survey.

Iraq crisis: Acts of inhumanity on unimaginable scale - UN   BBC - September 1, 2014
The UN says it has received reports from Iraq that "reveal acts of inhumanity on an unimaginable scale".

Hubble looks at light and dark in the universe   PhysOrg - September 1, 2014
This new NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image shows a variety of intriguing cosmic phenomena.

New technique could benefit Alzheimer's diagnosis   PhysOrg - September 1, 2014

Is Your Student Prepared for Life?   New York Times - September 1, 2014
16 million young adults set off for college this fall, they are looking at some frightening statistics. Despite the ever-rising cost of getting a degree, one number stands out like a person shouting in a campus library: According to a recent poll conducted by AfterCollege, an online entry-level job site, 83 percent of college seniors graduated without a job this spring. Even when these young people finally do get jobs, the positions are often part time, low wage or not related to their career interests. The problem isn't the quality of higher education in the United States, so what's missing?

The best way to get a job is to know somebody no mater what your level of education. There are soul who are programmed to find a job on their own and others who are incapable of seeking employment and must be given a job.
10 best-paying jobs for high school graduates   USA Today - September 1, 2014
1. Transportation, Storage and Distribution Managers
2. Elevator Installers and Repairers
3. Detectives and Criminal Investigators
4. Commercial Pilots
5. Power Plant Operators
6. Gaming Managers
7. Transportation Inspectors
8. Postmasters and Mail Superintendents
9. Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers
10. Gas Plant Operators

Wages and Salaries Still Lag as Corporate Profits Surge   New York Times - September 1, 2014

Today's Events, Birthdays and Quotes

September 1, 2014

Labor Day in the US

September 1, 1975

Scott Speedman

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Scott Speedman is an award winning Scottish
Canadian film and television actor. Filmography

Once you cease to be a real person, you stop being a good actor.

Scott Speedman Quotes

September 1, 1970

Padma Lakshmi

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Padma Lakshmi is an Indian American
cookbook author, actress, and model.

All chefs are like Jewish mothers. They want to feed you
and impress you. It's an eagerness to please.

Padma Lakshmi Quotes

September 1, 1957

Gloria Estefan

  Gloria Estefan Google Videos

Gloria Estefan is an award winning Cuban
American singer, songwriter, and actress.
Discography -- Filmography

The most beautiful thing about music is that it transcends most anything.

Having felt people's love and support first hand through difficult moments
in my life makes me feel it's our responsibility to help one another.

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September 1, 1950

Phil McGraw

  Phil McGraw Google Videos

Phil McGraw is an award winningAmerican television
personality, author, psychologist, and the host of Dr. Phil.

You either get it or you don't.

There is no reality, only perception.

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