A recent research study by the National Business Research Institute, Inc. ("NBRI") shows that opinions of the Automotive and Banking Industry Bailouts vary significantly by Gender, Age, Level of Education, State of Residence, and Political Affiliation.
A recent research study by the National Business Research Institute, Inc. ("NBRI") shows that opinions of the Automotive and Banking Industry Bailouts vary significantly by Gender, Age, Level of Education, State of Residence, and Political Affiliation. The survey was distributed to a random sample of 55,236 individuals in December, 2008. A total of 1,400 surveys were received for analysis. A confidence level of 99% and a 4% sampling error was achieved.
NBRI's 2008 Bailout Study reveals that:
--- Republicans (64%) feel more strongly than Democrats (45%) that the Banking industry bailout will not help middle-class America.
--- College Graduates (49%) feel more strongly than those in Graduate School (36%) that the Banking Industry bailout is not good for the economy.
--- Women (72%) feel that bailouts should be targeted toward helping US Citizens instead of corporations more so than Men (61%).
--- Arkansas residents (100%) do not support the Banking Industry bailout, while New Yorkers (46%) do.
--- Republicans (70%) disagree with the Automotive Industry Bailout to a higher degree than Independents (64%) and Democrats (39%).
--- Michigan residents (64%) feel more strongly that the Automotive Industry Bailout will help middle-class America than Texans (29%), Floridians (29%), New Jersey residents (26%), Californians (25%), Alabama residents (24%), and North Carolinians (21%).
--- Republicans (56%) feel more strongly that US Citizens will not benefit from the current automotive and banking bailout plan than Democrats (35%).
--- Men (47%) disagree more than Women (36%) with the idea of creating bailouts for US Citizens struggling with mortgage payments.
Additional findings include:
--- Respondents in a Civil Union (54%) feel more strongly than Married respondents (25%) that the Bush Administration is most responsible for the current Economic Crisis.
--- Women (38%) feel more strongly than Men (31%) that Individual Consumers/Home Buyers are least responsible for the current Economic Crisis.
--- Respondents age 65 and over (47%) feel more strongly that better oversight of mortgage lenders is important in solving the current Economic Crisis than respondents age 35-44 (30%).
--- Republicans (56%) disagree that Health Care Reform will help solve the current Economic Crisis more so than Democrats (30%).
--- College Graduates (29%) feel more strongly that better oversight of the Banking Industry will help solve the current Economic Crisis than those in Graduate School (22%).
NBRI is a consulting firm that specializes in psychological research (customer, employee, patient, political, and market research studies) in order to assist businesses and governments in understanding the thinking of their human populations. The firm was founded in 1982 and the consultants working for NBRI possess Ph.D. degrees in Organizational Psychology with expertise in statistics and psychological research.
A new way of making LEDs could see household lighting bills reduced by up to 75% in five years time, thanks to research at Cambridge University.
The new LEDs use Gallium Nitride (GaN), a man-made semiconductor that emits a brilliant bright light but uses very little electricity. Until now high production costs have made GaN lighting too expensive for widespread use in homes and offices.
The Cambridge University Centre for Gallium Nitride, with funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), has developed a new way of making GaN which could produce LEDs for a tenth of current prices.
The new technique grows GaN on silicon wafers, which achieves a 50% improvement in cost and efficiency on previous approaches to grow GaN in labs on expensive sapphire wafers, used since the 1990s.
Based on current results, GaN LED lights in every home and office could cut the proportion of UK electricity used for lights from 20% to 5%. A reduction equivalent to the output of eight power stations.
A GaN LED can burn for 100,000 hours and therefore, on average, only needs replacing after 60 years. And, unlike currently available energy-saving bulbs, GaN LEDs do not contain mercury eliminating the environmental problems posed by their disposal. GaN LEDs also have the advantage of turning on instantly and being dimmable.
Professor Colin Humphreys, lead scientist on the project said: "This could well be the holy grail in terms of providing our lighting needs for the future. We are very close to achieving highly efficient, low cost white LEDs that can take the place of both traditional and currently available low-energy light bulbs. That won't just be good news for the environment, it will also benefit consumers by cutting their electricity bills."
GaN LEDs, used to illuminate landmarks like Buckingham Palace and the Severn Bridge, are also appearing in camera flashes, mobile phones, torches, bicycle lights and interior bus, train and plane lighting.
Parallel research is also being carried out into how GaN lights could mimic sunlight to help 3m people in the UK with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).
Ultraviolet rays made from GaN lighting could also aid water purification and disease control in developing countries, identify the spread of cancer tumours and help fight hospital 'super bugs'.
BioArts International announced today that they have delivered the world’s first commercially cloned dog, a 10-week old Labrador named Lancey, to Florida residents Edgar and Nina Otto.
BioArts International announced today that they
have delivered the world's first commercially cloned dog, a 10-week old
Labrador named Lancey, to Florida residents Edgar and Nina Otto.
"We can't believe this day is finally here," said Nina Otto, "We are so happy to have little Lancey in our family. His predecessor was a very special dog. We are thrilled beyond words!"
Lancey was hand delivered to the Ottos on Monday, January 26th by BioArts Chairman Lou Hawthorne. "This is a very special milestone for our company – and great fun for me too," said Hawthorne, who delivered Lancey personally.
We can't believe this day is finally here
We are so happy to have little Lancey in our family. His predecessor was a very special dog. We are thrilled beyond words!
This is a very special milestone for our company – and great fun for me too
Sir Lancelot was the most human of any dog we’ve ever had
He was a prince among dogs.
minute with Lancey and you know he's special. He's both extremely aware
and very sweet. The Ottos are the first of six current clients to
receive their clone. The next 6 months will be very exciting both for
our clients and our staff.
The Ottos were one of five families to bid and win an auction held by BioArts International in July for a chance to clone their family dog. Lancey's genetic donor, Sir Lancelot, died in January, 2008, and the Ottos had his DNA stored. By October, samples from the original dog were on their way to the Sooam Biotech Research Foundation in Seoul, South Korea, which provides cloning services to BioArts.
Lancey was born on November 18, 2008, and brought to the U.S. on January 25, 2009 after being weaned from his surrogate mother.
The Ottos, longtime residents of Boca Raton, have had many beloved dogs over the years, but Lancey's genetic donor was unique. "Sir Lancelot was the most human of any dog we’ve ever had," said Otto. "He was a prince among dogs."
Said Hawthorne, "One minute with Lancey and you know he's special.
He's both extremely aware and very sweet. The Ottos are the first of
six current clients to receive their clone. The next 6 months will be
very exciting both for our clients and our staff."
Additional information about the Best Friends Again program and dog cloning is available at www.bestfriendsagain.com. More information about BioArts is available at www.bioarts.com.
BioArts International is a biotech company focused on unique, untapped markets in the global companion animal, stem cell and human genomics industries. The Best Friends Again program is a collaboration between BioArts and the Sooam Biotech Research Foundation in South Korea, home to the best and most experienced dog cloning team in the world.
BioArts has been granted the sole, worldwide license for the cloning of dogs, cats and endangered species. The license was granted by Start Licensing, Inc. and applies to the somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT) cloning patents developed at the Roslin Institute for the cloning of Dolly the sheep.
They're In The Market!!!
We Need You To Find This Lady
This is horrible even for those who hate cats... these people need to be stopped.
McKinney's highly anticipated $29 million green mansion in an
illusionary and spectacular theatrical assault on the senses. The
estate is the first home of its size to be certified green by the
rigorous environmental standards of the U.S. Green Building Council and
the Florida Green Building Council.
Manalapan, Fla. (PRWEB) January 22, 2009 -- Risk-taking real estate daredevil and bestselling author Frank McKinney makes his fortune doing things like no one else. This February, on Friday the 13th, he unveils "Acqua Liana," his highly anticipated $29 million green mansion in an illusionary and spectacular theatrical assault on the senses.
During this artistic display, in just one evening, McKinney has promised to single-handedly revive the American Dream. But how will he do it?
With the grand unveiling of his daring new masterpiece, McKinney once again illustrates his incomparable talent for predicting and creating demand for the next hot trend in real estate. South Florida coastal architecture is long overdue for the bold statement made by Acqua Liana's dazzling, tropical and environmentally responsible design.
Acqua Liana, named after the Tahitian and Fijian words for water flower, is set on 1.6 acres and 23 feet above sea level, with over 150 breathtaking feet fronting direct Atlantic Ocean-to-Intracoastal Waterway property in Manalapan, Fla. The estate is the first home of its size to be certified green by the rigorous environmental standards of the U.S. Green Building Council and the Florida Green Building Council.
Inspired by trips to Bali, Fiji, Tahiti and Hawaii, the three-story, 15,000-square-foot, 7-bedroom, 11-bath mansion features thatched roofs, meandering water gardens, floating sun terraces, a waterfall spa with a fire feature in the water, an interior glass "water floor," a suspended double-helix main glass staircase, an arched aquarium wet bar (walk below with exotic fish above!) and a guesthouse constructed out of palm and bamboo that is partially submerged in a lagoon.
Green features of the home include:
--- enough solar panels to cover a regulation-size basketball court and could generate enough energy for two average-size homes;
--- a water system that collects enough runoff water to fill the average swimming pool every 14 days;
--- environmentally conscious lighting that reduces fixture consumption by 70%;
--- enough reclaimed wood to save 10.5 acres of Brazilian rain forest;
--- renewable woods that regenerate every three years vs. every 50 years for other hardwoods;
--- pools, reflecting ponds, water gardens, misters, etc., to drop the site temperature 2 to 3 degrees lower than neighboring properties;
--- recycling 340,000 pounds of debris during construction; and
--- air conditioning and air purification systems four times better than a hospital's operating room.
Among the home's many spectacular features are a 2,180-square-foot oceanfront master bedroom suite with his/hers ocean-view baths, magnificent oceanfront Hawaiian Koa-wood kitchen and catering kitchen, fitness studio, oceanfront glass office, two glass elevators, two laundry rooms, glass wine cellar, subterranean air-conditioned and marbled oversize garage with window views of the pool above and much more.
In distinctive McKinney style, which defies the ordinary, he also releases three new books: Burst This! Frank McKinney's Bubble-Proof Real Estate Strategies; The Tap; and Dead Fred, Flying Lunchboxes, and the Good Luck Circle, all published by Health Communications, Inc. "I wrote all three over the last eighteen months from my oceanfront treehouse office, three hours a day, every day," McKinney notes of his literary triple play. "It meant constantly shifting between the challenging arena of bubble-proof real estate investing to a rich fantasy world to deep within my personal faith and spirituality." Proceeds from the sale of the books are donated to his Caring House Project Foundation, which creates a self-sustaining existence for poor and homeless families around the world.
Asked to "accentuate the dichotomy" in their attire, some of the 500 invited guests at the unveiling of Acqua Liana will appear to have walked out of a Friday the 13th horror film and others are expected to assume the guise of famous sweethearts for Valentine's Day. Gathered on the beach and sipping specially concocted "Friday the 13th Manalapan Mojitos," with McKinney's island-inspired Acqua Liana masterpiece shrouded behind a giant curtain, they will anxiously await their host's arrival and the dramatic unveiling of the world's most opulent green home.
With vibrant pyrotechnics and spotlights searing the night sky, McKinney will amaze the assembled VIPs with a stunning entry, complete with an illusion worthy of the world's great magicians -- and even more impactful than his grand entrances to previous events, where he appeared as a pirate descending into the crowd from a high-speed zip line, jumped his motorcycle over a replica of his first home or raced up the shore on a jet ski while clad in black.
The opening spectacle of the night notwithstanding, "It's when you cross the threshold into Acqua Liana that the show really begins," says McKinney. His theatrical "symphony of the senses" for this event was created to demonstrate that the American Dream is very much alive. "At this Grand Unveiling, guests will hear nothing about a credit crisis or other gloom and doom," he says. "With Acqua Liana in the spotlight, they will be surrounded by beacons of realistic optimism and opportunity: other visionaries and market makers who pay no attention to the bubbleheads and who make their fortunes doing so."
Anticipation for the first look at McKinney's latest masterpiece has accelerated for months, as guests watched the countdown ticker at Frank-McKinney.com and then received an extraordinary invitation: a red, heart-shaped box decorated with a black ribbon -- Friday the 13th courting Valentine's Day -- with custom candies inside saying Burst This!, Buy Me, Green, Acqua Liana and twenty-six other words related to the big event. Only two of the coveted invitations contained a gold coin with the word Sold on it, entitling the guest to a private lunch in McKinney's famous treehouse office, copies of all three books, a ride in his 1988 Yugo mini-book-tour-mobile and a private tour of Acqua Liana.
"Disaster Movie" and "Meet the Spartans"
"The Hottie & the Nottie"
"In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale"
"The Love Guru"
Larry the Cable Guy, "Witless Protection"
Eddie Murphy, "Meet Dave"
Mike Myers, "The Love Guru"
Al Pacino, "88 Minutes" and "Righteous Kill"
Mark Wahlberg, "The Happening" and "Max Payne"
Jessica Alba, "The Eye" and "The Love Guru"
The cast of "The Women" (Annette Bening, Eva Mendes, Debra Messing, Jada Pinkett-Smith and Meg Ryan)
Cameron Diaz, "What Happens in Vegas"
Paris Hilton, "The Hottie & the Nottie"
Kate Hudson, "Fool's Gold" and "My Best Friend’s Girl"
Worst Supporting Actress
Carmen Electra, "Disaster Movie" and "Meet the Spartans"
Paris Hilton, "Repo: The Genetic Opera"
Kim Kardashian, "Disaster Movie"
Jenny McCarthy, "Witless Protection"
Leelee Sobieski, "88 Minutes" and "In the Name of the King"
Worst Supporting Actor
Uwe Boll as himself, "Uwe Boll's Postal"
Pierce Brosnan, "Mamma Mia!"
Ben Kingsley, "The Love Guru," "War, Inc." and "The Wackness"
Burt Reynolds, "Deal " and "In the Name of the King"
Verne Troyer, "The Love Guru" and "Uwe Boll’s Postal"
Worst Screen Couple
Uwe Boll and any actor, camera or screenplay
Cameron Diaz and Ashton Kutcher, "What Happens In Vegas"
Paris Hilton and either Christine Lakin or Joel David Moore, "The Hottie & the Nottie"
Larry the Cable Guy and Jenny McCarthy, "Witless Protection"
Eddie Murphy and Eddie Murphy, "Meet Dave"
Worst Prequel, Remake, Rip-Off or Sequel (combined category for 2008)
"The Day the Earth Blowed Up Real Good"
"Disaster Movie" and "Meet the Spartans"
"Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull"
"Star Wars: The Clone Wars"
Uwe Boll, "1968: Tunnel Rats," "In the Name of the King" and "Postal
Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer, "Disaster Movie" and "Meet the Spartans
Tom Putnam, "The Hottie & the Nottie
Marco Schnabel, "The Love Guru"
M. Night Shyamalan, "The Happening"
"Disaster Movie" and "Meet the Spartans," both written by Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer
"The Happening," written by M. Night Shyamalan
"The Hottie & the Nottie," written By Heidi Ferrer
"In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale," screenplay by Doug Taylor
"The Love Guru," written by Mike Myers and Graham Gordy
Worst Career Achievement
Uwe Boll (Germany's answer to Ed Wood)
A new study suggests that people who agonize over hair loss (known as androgenetic alopecia) might have their big heads to blame. A UK researcher has determined that men and women whose skull bones keep growing during adulthood are far more likely to develop male and female pattern baldness.
The Medical Hypotheses journal reports a possible breakthrough in our understanding of androgenetic alopecia which could one day lead to an alopecia cure.
Paul Taylor from Top Hair Loss Remedy.com spent seven years of independent research into androgenetic alopecia following concerns about his own hair loss. In his article, he explains how both male and female thinning hair and baldness involves the continued growth of the skull bones that lie directly under the scalp where hair loss develops. This bone growth is called skull expansion.
Skull expansion seems to have finally solved certain mysteries that have been baffling hair loss boffins for years. These include why the same shape (or pattern) of hair loss will always develop in men with extreme baldness. Severe hair loss at the front (frontal baldness) and crown of the head will leave just a small horseshoe shaped area of hair growing at the back and sides. Skull expansion explains why this happens - something the current theory for hair loss cannot do.
Another mystery involves the male sex hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT). Male pattern baldness has been linked to DHT, but this hormone also causes body and facial hair to grow at puberty. Skull expansion explains how DHT is connected to both hair loss and hair growth.
If this theory for androgenetic alopecia by skull expansion is confirmed, it could lead to a total redirection of genetic research, affect future treatment methods and might eventually lead to an alopecia cure.