The mid-afternoon downpour had long stopped. But the man kept his camouflage raincoat on, with only the nose of his rifle jutting out. The rain did nothing to cool the air, so oppressive was the heat entrapped by the thick vegetation. I espied the man as he sat on the ground, the hood of the raincoat now hanging from his nape, his hair drenched with sweat. I wondered why he would not take his raincoat off. It was not until the following day that I got my answer. After I was told we were being held for ransom, I saw the man in the raincoat with only a T-shirt on and I realized he had only one arm. He was Sulayman Patta. Commander Tek and Commander Harris were his aliases, I was to learn from the military, after our release. Among all our captors, he was the one I was to communicate with the most, having been assigned by the commander to relay his instructions to us. In the most frightening moment of our captivity, he looked at me with blazing eyes and told me … [Read more...] about He looked me in the eye and said we would die in the jungle
Protecting eyes from blue light
The Danube is not blue — it’s teal! The Danube is the second longest river in Europe (the Volga is the longest) and it meanders through 10 countries in Europe — Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Romania. Moldova, and Ukraine — and through 20 million people. It starts in the Black Forest of Germany, in Donaueschingen, and empties into the Black Sea. It was the long-standing frontier of the Holy Roman Empire and has witnessed stories of kings and sailors, battles and victories, trade and commerce. It was, and still is, an agent of change by bringing religion, people, and produce from one place to another. The Imperial Carriage was the most elegant coach in the Vienna court. Used in parades, the throne on wheels showed the power of the monarchy. Empress Elizabeth (nicknamed “Sisi,” she had the body of a wasp with the tiniest waistline) used this carriage for her coronation in1867 at St. … [Read more...] about The Danube is not blue — it’s teal!
Blue light from devices such as smartphones and computers can cause irreversible damage to the eyes, a study in the United States has found. The study, which was published in July by researchers from the University of Toledo (UT) in Ohio, found that blue light from digital devices could cause diseases such as loss of central vision and night blindness. One of the researchers of the project, Dr Ajith Karunarathne, told the UT website that humans are continuously exposed to blue light because the eye's cornea and lens cannot block or reflect it. "It's no secret that blue light harms our vision by damaging the eye's retina," she said. "Our experiments explain how this happens, and we hope this leads to therapies that slow macular degeneration, such as a new kind of eye drop." The study was published in Scientific Reports, a free online journal from the publishers of Nature. Nature is a science journal that was first published in 1869. Blue light has a very short wavelength relative to … [Read more...] about Blue light from mobile phones and computers can cause irreversible damage to eyes: Scientific Reports study
source Shutterstock/Marcos Mesa Sam Wordley A new study has shown how blue light can cause macular degeneration – one of the leading causes of blindness. Blue light harms our vision by damaging the eye’s retina. The study found blue light turns a molecule in the eye into a cell-killing poison. It kills photoreceptor cells, which do not regenerate. Special sunglasses that filter blue light might hep, but specialists are undecided about how much good they actually do. Staring at screens all day isn’t good for us – we know this. It can cause eye strain, sometimes called computer vision syndrome, and the light is so bright it can mimic sunlight, mess with our hormones, and prevent us from feeling sleepy. The blue light tablets, smartphones, and laptops emit is so bright we can see our screens on a sunny day. It’s not natural to be looking at such intense light all day long, so it’s no wonder research is starting to find … [Read more...] about Blue light emitted from smartphones and laptops accelerates blindness by making a molecule in our eyes toxic, according to a new study
Jins — Japan's number one eyewear — is now in the Philippines. When Jins — Japan’s number-one eyewear — opened its first Philippine store at SM Aura this week, it created quite a stir. What? No more waiting for hours and days to have your prescription glasses made! Only 30 minutes and it’s done. No more overpriced eyeglasses that pass through middlemen. No more overly heavy frames. From left: Ara Arida, Miss Philippines Universe 2013, Rocco Nacino, actor, Joyce Pring, radio-TV host, Bryan Lim, Suyen VP- business development, Atsushi Nagakura, Jins Philippines business lead No extra fees for stronger prescriptions. No more worrying about the effects of spending many hours in front of the computer. No more enduring the pollen in the air that reaches your eyes. No more worrying about ultraviolet and blue light that is harmful to the eyes. The founder of Jins, its president and CEO Hitoshi Tanaka, is a man with a vision. “Our vision at … [Read more...] about Eyes, eyes, baby!