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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

The BIG Burger

Home Cookin Big Island Burger Sauce
I am a firm believer that a great burger experience doesn’t necessarily mean trekking across state lines in search of some hole in the wall spot conveniently located on the one road that Google Maps hasn’t identified yet.

In fact, I tend to believe that with proper equipment and motivation, the average home cook can produce a burger that rivals any of the “big names” in terms of quality (of course, ambiance and history are hard to match, so we’ll still get in our cars and explore). To that end, where I can I’ll present some tips, tricks, techniques and recipes for the burgers we make at home. First up, a sauce recipe created on the fly and named (after-the-fact) “Big Fit For a King SIZE Burger”

But it does taste like delicious,Hamburglar, Citizen's Arrest,Scrumptious

I’d like to order the way-too-big-i could-never-finish-that burger please 

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

What is Bioremediation

What is bioremediation? Bioremediation is a gift of the growing biotechnology field to the world that is facing the threats of severe forms of environmental pollution. As the name suggests, bioremediation is made by joining two words; bio (related to biology) and remediation (to provide a remedy). Therefore, in the process of bioremediation, living organisms (plants, microorganisms) are used as potential sources to clean wastes from contaminated water or soil. Isn't it fascinating to discover that cultures of bacteria can eat up tons of wastes!Bioremediation for oil spills has become popular in the recent few years. It has been used to clean pollutants, especially hydrocarbons from seas during oil spill incidents. 

What is Bioremediation Process: An Overview

If you are wondering that how can organisms help in reduction of pollution, then you need to understand various steps involved in the bioremediation process. Metabolism is an essential process carried out in the cells of all organisms, be it bacteria, fungi or human beings. Metabolic activities are continuously in operation in the cells through various types of chemical reactions. Generally, the process of metabolism is carried in two ways:
  • Anabolism: In this phase of metabolism, cells construct molecules from smaller units present in the body. This process requires energy that is provided by another phase, catabolism.
  • Catabolism: Cells break complex molecular structures to simpler elements to release energy. Complex chemicals like lipids, nucleic acids, proteins are broken into simpler units like mono-saccharides and amino acids respectively. The energy released in catabolism is used to conduct tasks in the anabolism process.
The chemicals present in pollutant areas, soils, rivers and seas are treated by bioremediation process. If proper bacteria culture are placed in seas that face severe water pollution, the anabolism and catabolism processes going on in these cells will gradually take up necessary minerals from the pollutants and clean the water body. Microorganisms need variety of chemicals for cell building that includes phosphorus, potassium, calcium, sodium, chromium, cobalt, copper, iron, etc. All these chemicals are found in abundance in contaminated areas.

There are various types of bioremediation processes, named after the specific treatments or methods that are used in the process. If the contaminants are treated at the site, it is said to be in situ treatment and if the contaminated material is taken elsewhere for treatment, it is known as ex situ. In situ treatment is always a difficult task, as tackling natural conditions like soil quality, weather, etc., are difficult. In Phytoremeditation, transgenic plants are used for storing toxic chemicals like lead or mercury in their above root parts, which are harvested after sometime. In Biostimulation, nitrogen and oxygen is mixed in the water to stimulate the growth of bacteria. The water body is monitored carefully to know if the bacteria growth is causing a drop in the pollution. In another type of bioremediation, known as Intrinsic bioremediation, microorganisms grow naturally in contaminated soil or water to clean water. In Bioaugmentation, specific microorganisms are added in the soil or water to clean them up.

Nature has been designed in such a way that it maintains ecology and has self cleaning mechanisms. The ever growing field of biotechnology uses this very simple concept to provide us a cleaner environment. Scientists are trying to study and develop various microorganisms that can be used to clean specific pollutants. The field of genetic engineering is expanding by leaps and bounds and researchers are working towards producing pollutant specific microorganisms. 

After wastes are over in a contaminated area, the bacteria will naturally die due to lack of food. Therefore, bioremediation has no side effects and it doesn't produce any secondary environmental pollutants! Moreover, it is an extremely cost-effective method for cleaning huge areas of environmental pollution. So did you get what is bioremediation? It is, indeed, one of the most sought after mechanisms for bioremediating oil and gas industry water, not to mention soil pollution.

Friday, December 7, 2012


11 bedrooms / 8.5 baths / 6,450 sq. ft. / $22 million

Pedigree: Situated amid a nature preserve just minutes from the city center, this stately vineyard château was constructed over the course of the 17th and 18th centuries for French nobility. Its historic interiors have yet to be restored, but the formal gardens are poised for leisurely promenades, thanks to the scenic axes, symmetrical boxwood parterres, and romantic fountains.

Property Values: An orangerie, chapel, stable turned garage, and caretaker’s house also occupy the 57-acre grounds, more than half of which are planted with government-certified vines.

Talking Point: The owner’s cup will runneth over with the annual 100,000-bottle yield of red and rosé.

Exclusively Represented by: Emile Garcin Propriétés

Thursday, December 6, 2012


4 bedrooms  / 5 baths  / 5,700 sq. ft.  / $13 million

Pedigree: In the late 1980s architect Frank Gehry designed this unusual home for Marna Schnabel, a former colleague in his office, and her husband, Rockwell, then the U.S. ambassador to Finland. Composed of four irregular structures, the architectural gem has been sensitively modernized by its current owner, Broadway producer Jon Platt, with Gehry’s input.

Property Values: The half-acre lot features gardens by noted landscape designer Nancy Goslee Power, plus a reflecting pond and lap pool.

Talking Point: The lighting, thermostats, security cameras, and audiovisual equipment are consolidated into one snazzy iPad-controlled system.

Exclusively Represented by: Hilton & Hyland Real Estate

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Details of forthcoming international cricket tours 2012-2013

  • Sri Lanka in Australia (December 2012-January 2013)
  • New Zealand in South Africa (December 2012-January 2013)
  • Pakistan in India (December 2012-January 2013)
  • *Pakistan in Zimbabwe (December 2012-January 2013)
  • Pakistan in South Africa (January-March 2013)
  • West Indies in Australia (January-February 2013)
  • *ICC Women's World Cup (January-February 2013)
  • England in New Zealand (February-March 2013)
  • *Australia in India (February-March 2013)
  • *Bangladesh in Sri Lanka (February-March 2013)
  • *Zimbabwe in West Indies (March 2013)
  • New Zealand in England (May-June 2013)
  • ICC Champions Trophy 2013 (June 2013)
  • The Ashes: Australia in England (June-September 2013)


This was a tiny home; a boat house that was converted to an waterside escape for a client and his family. Interior designer Gary McBournie (another lovely man) took his cues from the harbour setting and designed a space that was unusual but quietly inviting. The kitchen floor was painted in marine blue and then splattered with tiny dots of other colours, so it didn't show the sandy footsteps and salt flecks, and its roof was left in its beautifully aged state. The chaise lounges were made to resemble ship's bunks. And the living room was decked out with marine-inspired items, from flags to vintage ships. Just sublime.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Cancer Risk Factors

Am I Likely to Develop Cancer?

actor is anything that raises or lowers a person’s chance of developing a disease. Although doctors can seldom explain why one person develops the disease and another does not, researchers have identified specific factors that increase a person’s chances of developing certain types of cancers.

Cancer risk factors can be divided into four groups:

  • Behavioral risk factors are things you do, such as smoking, drinking alcohol, using tanning beds, eating unhealthy foods, being overweight and not getting enough exercise. 
  • Environmental risk factors include things in the environment around you, such as UV radiation, secondhand smoke, pollution, pesticides and other toxins.
  • Hereditary risk factors relate to specific mutated genes inherited from your parents. You have a higher likelihood of developing cancer if you inherit one of these mutated genes.

Interior designer Jeffrery Bilhuber's house

Interior designer Jeffrery Bilhuber's house at Oyster Bay is a grand affair, it has to be said. It's a mansion that would rival Jay Gatsby's. Inside, however, it's far from being a Rothschild-esque mish-mash. Bilhuber (who is Anna Wintour's designer) has used startling colour to create a glamorous but gorgeously cosy home out of this old boarding school. Plum, tangerine, pale turquoise,  lime, pink, granny-smith-apple green... Who would have thought these colours would all go so beautifully together? Yellow umbrellas for the guests? Inspiring. A kitchen and laundry in black and tiffany blue? Unexpectedly elegant. And look at the kitchen garden! Just stunning. The house is as lovely as its owner.

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Monday, December 3, 2012

Umang Stone International- Exporter Suppliers & Manufacturers of Natural Stone

Extraordinary House Design with Extraordinary Views of Pyrenees

A beacon of light in the mountains at dusk, this extraordinary house design by Architects Cadaval & Sola-Morales stands out among the primitive peaks. Perched on a steep hillside overlooking the Spanish Pyrenees, the house stone exterior is characteristic for its steeply pitched roof, which flavors the exterior and interior with its unique shape. The home’s facade is a combination of traditional "dry stone" and large expanses of slate-colored shingled roof, contrasted by a modern glass wall on the gabled side overlooking the valley below. On the mountain side, the roof boasts a row of windows that offer views of the mountaintops. Open-concept interiors feature a modern, minimalist palette that lets you focus on the home’s unusual shape and its equally extraordinary views.

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