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Sunday March 26, 2017

Count down to 2012, the Year of the Dragon

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SF News – Organizers of the Hong Kong New Year Celebrations which will be broadcast worldwide via satellite invite their audiences to tune in to see the “flying Dragon Leap for a Prosperous 2012”. 

The Hong Kong New Year Countdown will last a whole 4 minutes ending with a “golden dragon” spiral up.  More than 400, 000 people are expected to show up for the event that cost nearly a million Dollars.

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Surge of Brazilians Coming to America

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SF News – The United States State Department says that the number of Brazilians who requested travel visa’s to the US rose 42 percent comparing to the year 2010.  The department processed a record number of 820,000 visa applications at its Mission to Brazil last year, says a statement posted on State Department’s website.

To deal with the surge the department has had to deploy temporary employees to US Embassy in Brasilia and to US Consulates in Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, and Recife cities until permanent ones can be sent in. 

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Car Maker To Encourage Electric Car Usage

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SF News – The idea of being able to use an electric car in replacement of current fossil fuel ones in many ways is attractive.  One most important of all could be that, mankind can once again breathe fresh air.  And with all the troubles in the Middle East and gasoline price hikes, the idea of using electric cars is beginning to sound quite attractive to car buyers nowadays.  But when it gets to filling up the gas tank (sorry charging the battery), not everyone wants to deal with the problems coming with an electric car. 

There are two main obstacles in the way of using electricity rather than gas to make your car go.  First is that it take much longer for a battery to be charged (at least for now) than a gas tank to be filed. Second would be the availability of battery charge stations (rather than gas stations).

It seems now car makers are stepping in to solve this problem or at least take a step forward in that direction.

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Habitable Planet Found Similar to Earth - NASA

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SF News – Kepler, NASA’s planet hunting Telescope has spotted a planet with many similarities to earth including that it may contain water, land, and life. 

NASA says that the temperature on the planet surface is about 72 degrees Fahrenheit and its sun is very similar to our own sun.  The planet orbits its sun at a distance which is considered habitable.   At this range liquid water can exist on surface of the planet.

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Up Coming 'Northern Lights' Spectacle - Visible In Many Places on Earth

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SF News - A large sunspot directed toward our planet caused a spectacular view of what is called aurora or ‘northern lights’ in southern US last week.  But a space watch website, predicts that even more people around the world may be able to take a glimpse at the nature’s lightshow over the next two weeks.

The northern lights or aurora phenomenon is caused by the collision of charged particles with earth’s atmosphere in the high altitude.   These particles are contained in what is called the solar wind.

The large sunspot that occurred last week unleashed solar flares toward our planet containing highly charged particles in large amounts.

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