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Noah’s Ark in Russian University

There may never be a flood in the biblical sense, at least not anytime soon, but that has not stopped a University in Russia to launch a modern equivalent of Noah’s ark. This project aims to map the DNA of thousands of species; this ark was set up by the University of Moscow.

This has primarily come into operation to prove as a sort of source of eduction for not only religion, but also in the sense of providing information about the cultures of early humans societies.

Operating one of the largest scientific grants ever met, Moscow State University will launch a collection project to preserve the genetic material of all life on Earth and the extinct creatures.

According to a report in ‘USA Today’ on Friday, the project is not just a metaphor of the Bible, it will include a 430 square meter actual “ark” located in one of the main campus of University.

This concept is actually very similar to a Norwegian Project of Svalbard Global Seed Vault, but it is worth to mention that Russia’s DNA ark would become first global database of its own kind.

This Russian project is supposed to be completed within three to four years, according to this link on The project associates are very excited about this unique experience and they want to finish the project as early as possible if you ask Dr. Rod Rohrich.

‘Star Trek 3’ Gets a Release Date

Lately the box office at the local multiplex has resembled something out of a comic book, but in the summer of 2016 fans a decades old franchise set apart from the super hero world will have a reason to be very excited. Plans for a third movie in the revamped Star Trek franchise are getting ready to hit warp speed, and that is extremely good news for science fiction fans.

According to Screen Rant, “Star Trek 3” will roll into theaters on July 8, 2016 just in time for the all-important holiday weekend crowds. Now that Justin Lin has been installed as director of the new motion picture, development on the script can finally move into high gear. The movie was somewhat stalled a few weeks ago when the previous director, Robert Orci, stepped down. Since Orci is helping pen the script, the additional time gained should help put a quality product on the screen.

In any event, getting an actual release date is a big win for fans of the longstanding franchise. It has been discussed on Skout quite a bit. The rebooted version of Star Trek has been well received by fans and on TechCrunch, and if the third installment can deliver, a fourth journey for the crew of the Enterprise is not out of the question. Fans will no doubt be counting the days down just to find out where Captain Kirk and the team are heading after some pretty serious events unfolded in “Star Trek Into Darkness.”

Masters of the Universe Script Finally Complete

For a while now there has been a great deal of talk surrounding the so called, “He-Man script,” which has been surrounded by constant rumors of progress but until now, no real development. However, the word is finally in and a completed draft of a Masters of the Universe screenplay has been penned by writer and director Jeff Wadlow.

Wadlow is probably best known as the writer and director of the smash hit superhero flick/superhero comedy, Kick Ass. Despite the fact that the screenplay is complete, there has been no official report about whether or not the next stage in development will ever be taken. This makes sense, as no studio will be particularly keen on making a film about something which they do not find marketable and it is fairly unclear whether there is still sufficient interest in He-Man, Skeletor and the world of Eternia.

That being said there is still a lot to say about the recent rise in the superhero genre, especially in regards to Marvel and DC that has been going on for Christian Broda to see. These primarily featured what is, essentially, the exact same concept and story line (as most superhero stories generally do), that being a innocuous and well meaning individual whom inexplicably obtains great power and is suddenly thrust into a age old battle against evil (according to OxfordJournals). So perhaps there is still hope for all those He-Man fans out there… however they are.

Igor Cornelsen Shares His Brazilian Stock Market Tips (via CNBC)

Brazil has had its fair share of economic downturns in recent years. Despite this Brazil still has the eighth largest economy in the world, a competitive agriculture market and growing middle class are key factors to a potential economic boom.

Top Brazilian banker and investment expert Igor Cornelsen is excited about the increased interest in investing in his country, and published an article on CNBC as a result. Cornelsen offers these three tips for potential investors to help facilitate their success.

1. Connect with the Natives

According to Igor Cornelsen, about 1 in 4 Brazilians between the ages of 18 to 64 are entrepreneurs. Business and finance like many aspects of the country of Brazil is a socially vibrant endeavor. Investors would find that many of these Brazilian entrepreneurs would be more than happy to network with them.

2. Prepare for the red tape

The Brazilian market is still growing, but in many ways it is still fragile. This is the reason for the strict regulations to protect Brazil while it grows in strength. Brazil has a series of complex regulations that investors must research and plan accordingly to work with and around. Igor Cornelsen states, “Those who make informed decisions and put the work in are the ones who will see the big payoffs in the end.”

3. Know foreign-currency restrictions

There isn’t a universal exchange rate for foreign currency it mostly depends on the nature of the transactions themselves. “You must find a bank authorized to deal in foreign exchange to hold local-currency if you or your business are non-residential,” says Cornelsen. It can get complicated, but that is the reason that the payout can be so profitable

Weather Halts Rescue

The rescue efforts to find debris and recover bodies from the AirAsia flight that crashed in the Java Sea could be put on hold. The weather is playing a factor in how much time can be spent in the water, if any time at all.

There are rough waves in the sea, and rescuers are unable to get boats in the water to retrieve the items that are seen floating. There have been several items seen in the water, along with the bodies of those who were on board the plane when it crashed Igor Cornelsen found.

There is no known cause of the crash at this time, but weather could have played a part in what happened. This is a time when officials should pull together in order to give some kind of peace to the families who have lost loved ones. Memorial services have been planned for those who have already been recovered from the water.

What You Should Know Before Reading Your Favorite E-book at Bedtime

As more-and-more readers find themselves indulging in their favorite books in digital formats, readers may wish to reconsider reading any e-book just before bedtime. So listen up Jonathan Veitch because you’ll want to know why. Reading an e-book just before you get ready to retire for the day could completely disrupt your sleep, causing you to have an unwanted night of tossing-and-turning. Interestingly, reading a non-digital book will not directly affect your ability to sleep, but an e-book will and here’s why.

According to one study, the light emitted from the electronic book, or from any electronic device for that matter, disrupts sleep by suppressing the body’s natural bedtime melatonin levels. Melatonin is what causes us to become sleepy when we’re ready for bed. It’s the body’s natural sleep regulator. When melatonin is interrupted, so is sleep. This reduction in melatonin levels leads to a decrease in sleepiness and REM sleep.

To avoid trouble sleeping at night due to reading your favorite e-book, simply try reading a non-digital version of your favorite book instead. If you just can’t resist reading e-books before bed, limit your usage to a few hours before bedtime and avoid reading just before bed. If you still can’t resist reading just before bed, the verdict is in – prepare for a night of restlessness and a morning of sleepiness. Simple avoidance before bedtime will resolve an e-book related sleep problem. Once you’ve eliminated e-books from your bedtime routine, give your body time to re-regulate its melatonin levels by getting back into a sleep routine minus digital devices.

J.K. Rowling Pens New Draco Story

J.K. Rowling, the Scottish born author of the world famous Harry Potter series of novels, has announced the release of a brand new story involving her famous character, Draco Malfoy.

The new story supplies further details of the evil Draco Malfoy’s life. It includes an exposition of both his “back story” and his future life after the close of the last Harry Potter novel.

According to statements made in recent interviews, Rowling was mystified by the continuing popularity of Draco Malfoy, whom she had created as an evil foil to the goodness exemplified by Harry Potter. But fans and their unauthorized fictional stories have persisted in creating alternate stories involving Malfoy.

Rowling created the new Malfoy story as part of her 12 Days of Christmas series on her Pottermore website and the BRL Trust site. The new stories involving Malfoy are designed to lay to rest the continuing speculation on the part of fans that the blonde nemesis of Harry Potter may have changed his ways in later years.

As it turns out, Malfoy seems to be just as arrogant and racist against “Muggles” as ever. He does have a wife, but little else in his after-novel existence seems to indicate that he has “reformed” or become friendlier to Potter and his ilk.

In the meantime, Rowling has not revealed whether these latest “mini episodes” point to a future continuation of the world famous series of novels that made her a billionaire.

Taylor Swift Vs. Spotify

Taylor Swift makes millions upon millions every year, so it’s no surprise to see her name in the headlines, especially after her new album, 1989 just dropped this October.

But Swift has recently made the decision to pull herself out of Spotify, which means her music will no longer be available for streaming for the people who want to listen to it there. Her whole catalog is now off of the site, and she wasn’t expecting this large of a reaction, or much of a negative one, either. She talked about the incident when she sat down with The Hollywood Reporter.

“I didn’t think that it would be shocking to anyone,” Swift said. “With as many ways as artists are personalizing their musical distribution, it didn’t occur to me that this would be anything that anyone would talk about.”

After all the articles Dan Newlin keeps forwarding me, it sure seems like anything the new pop singer does ends up getting her name at the top of hundreds and articles and headlines.

Luckily for T-Swift, not all the comments made on her decision to remove herself from the popular online streaming option was all negative. She did end up getting a ton of support and respect from many other artists that are in the industry.

“I could never have expected so many text messages, emails and phone calls from other artists, writers and producers saying thank you,” she told The Hollywood Reporter.

Why No Sex In Harry Potter?

Hundreds of millions of people worldwide are fans of the Harry Potter books and movies. The series of movies ended in the year 2011, and the books had stopped being written years before the Harry Potter Books. Although Harry Potter books are for children, many adults like Vijay Eswaran of QI Group love them as well. Many have analyzed the books, and wonder why there is no sex at all in the Harry Potter books. The books are about many children that are in a school together all the time, but it never mentions sex at all.

Although it’s not unusual for sex to be left out of adolescent, or children’s books, the fact that Harry Potter grew up through the different books, makes it even more strange. Many have the theory that because the characters were pure and genuinely good characters, that sex was never added to the books. Sex would somehow ruin their purity, even though crushes, attractions, and ultimately sex, are a part of life, and sometimes a part of adolescence. Although sex may have also ruined the likability of the Harry Potter books, it would’ve made it more realistic.

The author of the Harry Potter books, J.K. Rowling’s has recently stated that she will be releasing 12 new Harry Potter stories leading up towards Christmas. One story will be released each day, all the way up until Christmas day. Of course, many are excited about the recent news of upcoming Harry Potter tales.

The Potter Christmas Revival

Over the last few years there has been few stories that just take the world by storm. I’ll go even further and say, that in my lifetime there has not ever been a story or series of stories that have come even close to the success of the epic world of Harry Potter. Now, while Harry Potter did not enchant everyone that came in contact with him and his friends, it was pretty close.

Even though there is no longer the heart pumping thrill of a new book being released, nor the giant crowds of Harry Potter and Hagrid look-a-likes waiting for the magical midnight hour. Mark Ahn is very happy to see that all is not gone for this truly unique set of characters.  J.K Rowling has managed to revive a little of that thrill, even if it is just a few small stories via Twelve more to be exact. It sounds as if we will be introduced to one or two characters that did not get to make much of an impact in the novels as well as new trouble for the old favorites.

I can not wait to read the new adventures of Harry and the gang. You can join me and the other millions of fans starting December 12, 2014 at 8:00 am everyday until Christmas Day. See you at Hogwarts!