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Thursday, December 24, 2009

Russia’s Seven Wonders

There are seven wonders of the world, but most of them were already destroyed either by the hands of humans or by the cruel passing of time. And last year a group of some Russian TV-channels, newspapers and radio stations hold an official opinion poll and discovered what kinds of real wonders Russia has. Anyone could participate in the poll taking votes via internet or SMS services. So, the seven best-looking and really fascinating places were chosen. Here they are:

The Baikal Lake

This lake is situated in Eastern Siberia and considered to be the deepest lake in the world as well as the biggest freshwater tank on the Earth. It is 1500 meters deep (~5000 feet). Look how clean the water is. The view is really enthralling.

Valley of the Geysers

The landmark is located on the Kamchatka peninsula and comprises of hundreds living geysers. The place is in the list of UNESCO World’s Heritage.

Mother Motherland monument

This memorial of huge sizes was built in the end of 50’s to pay the tribute to the memory of those people who were killed on their duties during the WWII. The monument is in Guinness Book of World Records as the highest monument at that time. The woman symbolizes Russia and is two times higher than Statue of Liberty with 85 meters high (~280 feet.)


The place was built to the order of Peter the First in the beginning of 17-th century and is situated nearby Saint-Petersburg. It is considered to be the top tourist attraction in the whole Russia.

Saint Basil’s Cathedral

No comments, folks. That’s just a classic of the genre.

Poles of the Komi Republic

No one knows how long ago they were created, but for sure scientists know that only nature could create such a thing. Estimated age is 200 million years and their height is 42 meters at most (~140 feet.)


The mountain is the highest point in Russia and some people believe that it is also the highest point in Europe. Lots of tourists, ski and snowboaring lovers visit this place yearly. Its height is 5600 meters which is 18600 feet.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

The Flat Streets of San Francisco

An infectious diseases is scientifically proven disease caused by microbes that are pathogens (called as pathogenic microbial agents). These are of multiple types.

  • Pathogenic bacteria, causes diseases such as plague, anthrax and tuberculosis
  • Protozoa,causing diseases like malaria, toxoplasmosis and sleeping sickness
  • Fungi, causes infections like ringworm, candidiasis or toxoplasmosis
  • Pathogenic viruses cause diseases like influenza, yellow fever or AIDS, which are basically not living organisms and are not microorganisms

These agents can cause diseases in animals or plants or both. These are usually qualified as communicable diseases ( also called contageous diseases) as they have the capabilities of transmission from one person to many others.

This transmission can happen in multiple ways. Air, physical contact, food, blood transfusion, body fluids or through contaminated objects

Bird flu is an infection caused by avian (bird) influenza (flu) viruses. Theses flu viruses occur naturally among birds.

Dengue fever is a flu kind of illness spread by mosquito bites. Dengue and dengue hemorrhagic fever are caused by any of the dengue family virus.

Swine influenza (also called H1N1 flu, swine flu, hog flu, and pig flu) is an infection by any one of several types of swine influenza virus.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Hotel Unique São Paulo-SP

The dollar advanced sharply across the boarding, rallying to 1.4306 against the euro, 1.6082 versus the sterling and 90.34 against the yen. The greenback benefited from continued risk aversion in the global equity bourses as markets digest the prospects for interest rate hikes from the central banks. The Dow Jones, S&P 500 and Nasdaq were all lower by around 1% in the Thursday session.

Weekly jobless claims were higher than estimated at 480k up from 474k a week earlier. The November leading indicators index edged out consensus forecasts, rising to 0.9% versus 0.3% from October. The Philadelphia Fed business survey improved sharply, beating calls for a decline to 16.0, instead jumping to 20.4 from 16.7 in November.
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