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Biggest pearl EVER worth £76million was found by fisherman who kept it as good luck charm

August 27, 2016
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A giant pearl – believed to be the biggest ever – was found by a fisherman who kept it as a good luck charm.

The man, who has not been identified, discovered the priceless 34kg gem ten years ago in sea off the coast of Palawan Island, Philippines.

He had no idea the pearl, which is five times larger than the previous record, was worth an eye-watering value of $100 million (£76million).

A fire at his wooden home earlier this year forced him to move house and he decided to have it in to the stunned local tourism officer in remote Puerto Princesca.

They were able to verify that it had been found in a giant clam.

The priceless rock measures a staggering 1ft foot wide and 2.2 feet long – dwarfing the current world’s biggest Pearl of Allah which weighed 6.4kg and is worth $35million.Tourism officer Aileen Cynthia Amurao said: “The fisherman threw the anchor down and it got stuck on a rock during a storm.

“He noticed that it was lodged on a shell and swam down to pull up the anchor, and also brought the shell with him. This was a decade ago and he kept it at home.

“He didn’t know how much it was worth and kept it tucked away at home as a simple good luck charm.

“We were amazed when he brought it to us. We now need help from gemologists to fully certify it.

“We’re waiting for authentication from Gemologist Institute and other international authorities.

“But we believe Puerto Princesca is likely earn another prestigious title and a record breaker for having the world’s biggest natural giant pearl from a giant clam.

“We will keep this here in the Philippines and I hope it will bring more tourists to the city.”

The gem was shown off to the public today.

The current record holder is Pearl of Allah, also know as the Pearl of Lao Tze, which was also found off Palawan, Philippines, in 1934.

It is on exhibition at the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! in New York.

Friday Entertainment – See this baby polar bear grow up in under 2 minutes

August 26, 2016

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Celebrating Cora: Three-year-old with genetic disease inspires good deeds in community, around the world

August 25, 2016

kindnessPeople around the world celebrated the birthday of three-year-old Cora McDonald by performing acts of kindness in her name.
Cora was born Aug. 15, 2013 to Holly and Todd McDonald.

Cora was diagnosed with Tay-Sachs disease before reaching her first birthday.

“Tay-Sachs is a rare genetic degenerative disease with no cure,” said Holly. “Children with Tay-Sachs usually die by the age of three or four years old. Cora just turned three, so that is a great achievement for Cora.”

Read more of this article by Melanie Feuk at http://www.yourhoustonnews.com/lake_houston/news/celebrating-cora-three-year-old-with-genetic-disease-inspires-good/article_b4296cbd-5da0-5873-9430-3d3a9522058d.html

Brain Tricks – This Is How Your Brain Works

August 24, 2016

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Architecture – Beautiful Works Of Architecture That Come Alive At Night

August 23, 2016

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1. The Lotus Building in China
2. Murinsel in Austria
3. Helix Bridge in Singapore
4. Institute for Sound and Vision in the Netherlands
5. Metropol Parasol in Spain
6. Busan Cinema Center in South Korea
7. Royal Pavillion in England
8. Capital Gate in Abu Dhabi
9. Sheraton Huzhou Hot Spring Resort in China
10. Cloud Forest and Flower Dome in Singapore
11. Canton Tower in China
12. Yas Hotel in Abu Dhabi
13. Khan Shatyr Entertainment Center in Kazakhstan
14. Maritime Center in Vellamo in Finland
15. Lowry Avenue Bridge in Minneapolis
16. TivoliVredenburg Music Hall in the Netherlands
17. Bangkok Mediplex in Thailand
18. City of Arts and Sciences in Spain
19. Beijing National Aquatics Center in China
20. Selfridges Building in England
21. Adelaide Entertainment Center in Australia
22. Lisbon Oriente Station in Portugal
23. Bella Sky Comwell Hotel in Denmark
24. Banpo Bridge in South Korea
25. Bangkok International Airport in Thailand
26. Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport in France
27. The Forth Bridge in Scotland
28. Tokyo Big Sight in Japan
29. Oriental Tower in China

How to Control Someone Else’s Arm with Your Brain | Greg Gage | TED Talks

August 22, 2016

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Greg Gage is on a mission to make brain science accessible to all. In this fun, kind of creepy demo, the neuroscientist and TED Senior Fellow uses a simple, inexpensive DIY kit to take away the free will of an audience member. It’s not a parlor trick; it actually works. You have to see it to believe it.

Sunday Travel – Faroe Islands

August 21, 2016

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Faroe Islands Tourism

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Captivating natural beauty, ancient lore, and secret solitude… Combine this with a culture of celebration and it’s easy to see why the Faroe Islands are considered by many the “best kept secret in Europe”.

Dazzling landscapes offer a variety of activities such as fishing, hiking, camping, and boat trips. No wonder National Geographic has named the Faroe Islands the best islands to visit in the world.

Situated between Iceland, Norway, and the UK, the Faroe Islands are home to roughly 50,000 people, and one of the world’s smallest capitals, Torshavn.

Tender moment: mother panda cuddles twin panda cubs in enclosure

August 20, 2016
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A mother’s love: Giant panda cradles her cubs after giving birth to twins – despite scans only showing one baby
Scans on Yang Yang at Schönbrunn Zoo did not reveal the other cub
Adorable pictures show the mum cleaning and feeding her babies
At just 15cm long, cubs are barely bigger than the average person’s hand

Friday Entertainment – Beatles – Hey Jude in Trafalgar Square, London

August 19, 2016

YouTube video Rafael Dehon

Sweden: Six-hour Working Day ‘Boosts Productivity and Makes People Happier’

August 18, 2016

HappyA shorter work day increases productivity and makes people happier, research has found.

The Svartedalens retirement home in Gothenburg, Sweden’s second largest city, conducted an experiment to determine whether cutting hours improved patient care and boosted employees’ morale.

Nurses who worked six-hour days for the past year were found to be 20 per cent happier and had more energy at work and in their spare time.

Read more at http://goldenageofgaia.com/2016/08/16/sweden-six-hour-working-day-boosts-productivity-makes-people-happier/

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