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Fiji is home to some of the most stunning beaches on the planet, Fiji is known for its crystal clear azure waters, incredible marine life, rugged highlands and stunning rainforests. What adds to the allure of vacationing here is the wonderful blend of nature and culture to create an atmosphere that is truly one-of-a-kind and found no where else in the world. The perfect vacation destination for many, Fiji has a multitude of activities for all to enjoy. Offering some of the best snorkeling, diving and surfing opportunities you can find on the planet; the sailing, windsurfing and hiking is also truly world class. Easy to get to and blessed with a year-round warm topical climate, Fiji is the ultimate getaway for those who wish to escape to a more utopian existence…..

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iji (sometimes called the Fiji Islands), is a Melanesian country in the South Pacific Ocean. It lies about two-thirds of the way from Hawaii to New Zealand and consists of an archipelago that includes 332 islands, a handful of which make up most of the land area, and approximately 110 of which are inhabited.
Fiji straddles the 180 degree longitude line (which crosses land on a remote tip of Vanua Levu and again near the centre of Taveuni), so the international date line jogs east, placing Fiji all in one time zone and “ahead” of most of the rest of the world.

Fiji is the product of volcanic mountains and warm tropical waters. Its majestic and ever-varied coral reefs today draw tourists from around the world, but were the nightmare of European mariners until well into the 19th century. As a result, Fijians have retained their land and often much of the noncommercial, sharing attitude of people who live in vast extended families with direct access to natural resources. When it came, European involvement and cession to Britain was marked by the conversion to Christianity, the cessation of brutal tribal warfare and cannibalism, and the immigration of a large number of indentured Indian laborers, who now represent nearly half of the population, as well as smaller numbers of Europeans and Asians. Today, Fiji is a land of tropical rainforests, coconut plantations, fine beaches, fire-cleared hills. For the casual tourist it is blessedly free of evils such as malaria, landmines, or terrorism that attend many similarly lovely places in the world.
Internal political events in the recent past resulted in a reduction in tourism. The Fiji tourism industry has responded by lowering prices and increasing promotion of the main resort areas that are far removed from the politics in and around the capital, Suva.

There are stars in the Southern Sky…..

Southern Cross
The Southern Cross, Crux is commonly known as the Southern Cross, is the smallest of the 88 modern constellations, but nevertheless one of the most distinctive. It is surrounded on three sides by the constellation Centaurus, and to the south lies Musca. Ancient Greeks originally considered Crux to be part of Centaurus; however, the precession of the equinoxes gradually lowered these stars below the European horizon, and they were eventually forgotten. (At the latitude of Athens in 1000 BC, Crux was clearly visible, though low in the sky; by AD 400, most of the constellation never rose above the horizon for Athenians.

Eagles – Hotel California

“Seven Bridges Road”

There are stars
In the Southern sky

Southward as you go
There is moonlight
And moss in the trees
Down the Seven Bridges Road

Now I have loved you like a baby
Like some lonesome child
And I have loved you in a tame way
And I have loved you wild

Sometimes there’s a part of me
Has to turn from here and go
Running like a child from these warm stars
Down the Seven Bridges Road

There are stars in the Southern sky
And if ever you decide
You should go
There is a taste of thyme sweetened honey
Down the Seven Bridges Road

Homeopathy: The Test – Horizon – BBC

Homeopathy was pioneered over 200 years ago. Practitioners and patients are convinced it has the power to heal. Today, some of the most famous and influential people in the world, including pop stars, politicians, footballers and even Prince Charles, all use homeopathic remedies. Yet according to traditional science, they are wasting their money.

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Homeopathy: The Test – Horizon – BBC.
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ceptic James Randi is so convinced that homeopathy will not work, that he has offered $1m to anyone who can provide convincing evidence of its effects. For the first time in the programme’s history, Horizon conducts its own scientific experiment, to try and win his money. If they succeed, they will not only be $1m richer – they will also force scientists to rethink some of their fundamental beliefs. The basic principle of homeopathy is that like cures like: that an ailment can be cured by small quantities of substances which produce the same symptoms. For example, it is believed that onions, which produce streaming, itchy eyes, can be used to relieve the symptoms of hay fever. However, many of the ingredients of homeopathic cures are poisonous if taken in large enough quantities. So homeopaths dilute the substances they are using in water or alcohol. This is where scientists become sceptical – because homeopathic solutions are diluted so many times they are unlikely to contain any of the original ingredients at all. Yet many of the people who take homeopathic medicines are convinced that they work. Has science missed something, or could there be a more conventional explanation?

From: BBC.

Aubrey de Grey – Must We Age?

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Jim Croce – Time In A Bottle

Aubrey de Grey may be wrong but, evidence suggests, he’s not nuts. This is a no small assertion. De Grey argues that some people alive today will live in a robust and youthful fashion for 1,000 years. Life expectancy is increasing in the developed world. But Cambridge University geneticist Aubrey de Grey believes it will soon extend dramatically to 1,000. Here, he explains why. Aubrey de Grey, an elaborately bearded scientist at Cambridge University attracts almost universal derision among the ‘ageing community’ for his thesis that a ‘solution’ to old age is just around the corner, probably consisting of a cocktail of drugs and genetic therapies that will counter the effects of free radicals and other harmful metabolic processes that weaken the bones, make our skin brittle and cause our organs to slowly fail. The attacks on de Grey are motivated by rational scepticism, but also, by that puritan morality that states that life extension is a place where science has no place going.
A true maverick, Aubrey de Grey challenges the most basic assumption underlying the human condition — that aging is inevitable. He argues instead that aging is a disease — one that can be cured if it’s approached as “an engineering problem.” His plan calls for identifying all the components that cause human tissue to age, and designing remedies for each of them — forestalling disease and eventually pushing back death. He calls the approach Strategies for Engineered Negligible Senescence (SENS).

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Aubrey de Grey, photographed at San Francisco’s airport,
created the Methuselah Foundation to support scientific research into
extending the life span, oh, 900 years.

early all scientists who study the biology of aging agree that we will someday be able to substantially slow down the aging process, extending our productive, youthful lives. Dr. Aubrey de Grey is perhaps the most bullish of all such researchers. As has been reported in media outlets ranging from 60 Minutes to The New York Times, Dr. de Grey believes that the key biomedical technology required to eliminate aging-derived debilitation and death entirely—technology that would not only slow but periodically reverse age-related physiological decay, leaving us biologically young into an indefinite future—is now within reach.

In Ending Aging, Dr. de Grey and his research assistant Michael Rae describe the details of this biotechnology. They explain that the aging of the human body, just like the aging of man-made machines, results from an accumulation of various types of damage. As with man-made machines, this damage can periodically be repaired, leading to indefinite extension of the machine’s fully functional lifetime, just as is routinely done with classic cars. We already know what types of damage accumulate in the human body, and we are moving rapidly toward the comprehensive development of technologies to remove that -damage. By demystifying aging and its postponement for the nonspecialist reader, de Grey and Rae systematically dismantle the fatalist presumption that aging will forever defeat the efforts of medical science.

Aubrey de Grey may be wrong but, evidence suggests, he's not nuts. This is a no small assertion. De Grey argues that some people alive today will live in a robust and youthful fashion for 1,000 years.

Aubrey de Grey

Aubrey David Nicholas Jasper de Grey (born 20 April 1963) is an English author and theoretician in the field of gerontology, and the Chief Science Officer of the SENS Foundation. He is editor-in-chief of the academic journal Rejuvenation Research, author of The Mitochondrial Free Radical Theory of Aging (1999) and co-author of Ending Aging (2007).De Grey’s research focuses on whether regenerative medicine can thwart the ageing process. He works on the development of what he calls “Strategies for Engineered Negligible Senescence” (SENS), a tissue-repair strategy intended to rejuvenate the human body and allow an indefinite lifespan. To this end, he has identified seven types of molecular and cellular damage caused by essential metabolic processes. SENS is a proposed panel of therapies designed to repair this damage.

An article about SENS published in the viewpoint section of EMBO Reports by 28 scientists concluded that none of de Grey’s therapies “has ever been shown to extend the lifespan of any organism, let alone humans”. De Grey argues that this reveals a serious gap in understanding between basic scientists and technologists and between biologists studying ageing and those studying regenerative medicine. The 15-member Research Advisory Board of his own SENS Foundation have signed an endorsement of the plausibility of the SENS approach.

De Grey is a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America, the American Aging Association, the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, and an adviser to the Singularity Institute. He has been interviewed in recent years in a number of news sources, including CBS 60 Minutes, the BBC, The New York Times, Fortune Magazine, The Washington Post, TED, Popular Science and The Colbert Report.

See also:
* Immortality….
* Living forever….
* Read more….: The Tibetan book of the death.
* Read more….: Cryonics.
* Read more….: Near Death Experiences (NDE).
* Read more….: Immortality.
* Read more….: The mystery of life.

Further readings:

Chapter Three “Can i live forever please?” page 56, from 10 Questions Science Can’t Answer (Yet) A Guide to the Scientific Wilderness Michael Hanlon First published 2007 by
Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire RG21 6XS and
175 Fifth Avenue, New York, N. Y. 10010
Companies and representatives throughout the world
ISBN-13: 978–0–230–51758–5 hardback
ISBN-10: 0–230–51758–7 hardback

Abrey de Grey.

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Alphaville – Forever Young
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See also:
* “Human regenerative engineering – theory and practice”, Humanity+ UK 2010 London, April 24, 2010
* Aubrey de Grey speaks at The Scientific Society at Trinity College, Oxford University, 2010
* Aubrey de Grey appears on CNN, 2009
* Aubrey de Grey speaking at Cass Business School, London, February 12, 2008 “Prospects for extending a healthy life – a lot”], 2008
* Why we age, and how we can stop it — Discussions on Advancing Regenerative Therapies — April 21, 2008
* Unconventional Wisdom — Thinking Digital — May 23, 2008
* Understanding Aging: Biomedical and Bioengineering Approaches — June 27-29, 2008
* Defeating Aging — NASA Ames Research Center — August 7, 2008
* A True Cure for Human Aging – Culture and Convention Centre, Lucerne, Switzerland — October 27, 2008
* Prospects for defeating aging altogether – Changing the World Conference — Convocation Hall, Toronto — November 15, 2008
* Edmonton Aging Symposium presentation (28:45) — Took place March 30-31, 2007
* Google TechTalk Video (1:01:06) — 1st Appearance (May 2007) entitled “Prospects for extending healthy life – a lot”
* Google TechTalk Video (1:13:10) — 2nd Appearance (June 2007) entitled “WILT: taking cancer seriously enough to really cure it”
* Prospects for extending healthy life — a lot. — Department of Bioengineering, University of California, Berkeley — October 2, 2007
* Google TechTalk Video (1:02:26) — 3rd Appearance (December 2007) entitled “Aging of the Other Genome: A Decisive but Ambitious Solution”
* Our Right to Life: A talk advocating a pro-life stance by de Grey, 2006
* Tomorrows People Forum 2006: Longer? (2:00:58) The “Longer?” lecture (Presentation 3) for the Tomorrows People Conference Forum 2006 that took place on the 14-17 of March 2006 at the Saïd Business School at Oxford.
* TED conference 2006 – Fixing Humanity’s worst problem (23:05) Presentation at the Technology Entertainment Design TED Conference 2006.
* The unfortunate influence of the weather on the rate of ageing (10:35) Excerpt of talk at CR-IV (2006 Calorie Restriction Society Conference), held April 6-9, 2006, in Tucson, Arizona, United States.
* Immortality Institute conference presentation (29:49) Presentation at the Immortality Institute’s conference in Atlanta, Georgia, United States, 2006.
* An interview for meettheauthor.com filmed in November 2007
* GoogleTechTalks: Aging of the Other Genome (Dec. 2006, 62 minutes) On mutations of mitochondrial DNA and de Grey’s MitoSENS
* Defeating aging – held July 2005 in Oxford, England – TED (conference) (29:59) longer version with interview.
* Presentation at Popular Technology conference Poptech (45:06), 2003.

Ending Aging

Ending Aging

Ending Aging: The Rejuvenation Breakthroughs That Could Reverse Human Aging in Our Lifetime (Hardcover)

In Ending Aging, Dr. de Grey and his research assistant Michael Rae describe the details of this biotechnology. They explain that the aging of the human body, just like the aging of man-made machines, results from an accumulation of various types of damage. As with man-made machines, this damage can periodically be repaired, leading to indefinite extension of the machine’s fully functional lifetime, just as is routinely done with classic cars. We already know what types of damage accumulate in the human body, and we are moving rapidly toward the comprehensive development of technologies to remove that -damage. By demystifying aging and its postponement for the nonspecialist reader, de Grey and Rae systematically dismantle the fatalist presumption that aging will forever defeat the efforts of medical science.
– Hardcover: 400 pages
– Publisher: St. Martin’s Press; 1st edition (September 4, 2007)
– Language: English
– ISBN-10: 0312367066
-ISBN-13: 978-0312367060

In Pursuit of Longevity.

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In Pursuit of Longevity.

ubrey de Grey is a biomedical gerontologist based in Cambridge, UK, and is the Chairman and Chief Science Officer of the Methuselah Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity dedicated to combating the aging process. He is also Editor-in-Chief of “Rejuvenation Research”, the world’s only peer-reviewed journal focused on intervention in aging. His research interests encompass the etiology of all the accumulating and eventually pathogenic molecular and cellular side-effects of metabolism (“damage”) that constitute mammalian aging and the design of interventions to repair and/or obviate that damage. He has developed a possibly comprehensive plan for such repair, termed Strategies for Engineered Negligible Senescence (SENS), which breaks the aging problem down into seven major classes of damage and identifies detailed approaches to addressing each one. A key aspect of SENS is that it can potentially extend healthy lifespan without limit, even though these repair processes will never be perfect, as the repair only needs to approach perfection rapidly enough to keep the overall level of damage below pathogenic levels. de Grey has termed this required rate of improvement of repair therapies “longevity escape velocity”.

St. Lawrence – Stairway to the Sea

In this spectacular feature-length documentary, oceanographer Jacques Cousteau and an NFB crew sail up the St. Lawrence River to the Great Lakes on board the specially equipped vessel, the Calypso. They explore the countryside from their helicopter and plumb the depths of the waters in their diving saucer. They encounter shipwrecks, the Manicouagan power dam, Niagara Falls, the locks of the St. Lawrence Seaway and an underwater chase with caribou.

A Song for Tibet

ommander Cousteau and his Calypso team explore the St-Lawrence River and the Great Lakes of Canada. They make some evaluation of what happened to this great water system in the last 400 years of intensive human occupation.St. Lawrence: Stairway to the Sea more Runtime:96 min Country:Canada / France / West Germany Language:French Color:Color Sound Mix:Mono Filming Locations:Gulf of St. Lawrence, Québec, Canada

Jacques-Yves was born in Saint-Andre-de-Dubzac, France, to Daniel and Elizabeth Cousteau on June 11, 1910. Cousteau always loved the water and in his early teens, he became interested in machines. At the age of 11, Cousteau built a model crane and at 13, he built a battery-operated car. Also in his early teens, Cousteau became fascinated with films. He saved his money and bought a home movie camera.

In high school, Cousteau became bored with school and began to cause trouble. As a result, his parents sent him to a strict boarding school. Cousteau excelled in this new environment and upon graduation, he entered the Ecole Navale (Naval Academy) in Brest. In 1933, Cousteau joined the French Navy as a gunnery officer. It was during this time that he began his underwater explorations and began working on a breathing machine for longer dives.

In 1937, Cousteau married Simone Melchoir, and they had two sons, Jean-Michel and Phillipe. Two years after their marriage, Cousteau fought for the French in World War II. He spent time as a spy and was awarded several medals. During the war, Cousteau still found time to continue his underwater work. In 1943, he and French engineer Emile Gagnan perfected the aqualung, which allowed a diver to stay underwater for several hours. Divers used the aqualung to located and remove enemy mines after World War II.

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