5 Brilliant Women Who Shaped the World’s Future

They say that behind every great man there is an even greater woman, but history acknowledges the importance of some brilliant women who shaped the world’s future with their groundbreaking contributions in the fields of mathematics, computing, medicine, astronomy, science and medicine and today we will search the archives in order to find those female personalities who opened the doors of knowledge and enlightenment and who became immortal mentors for the generations to come. Let’s praise these ladies as they deserve and see how their minds pushed the world to the evolutionary level it is today.

Sophie Germain (1776 – 1831)

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She was born and she grew up in an era when women weren’t allowed to access large quantities of academic information and were definitely not allowed to go to mathematics or engineering colleges, like men were. But her social and political context didn’t stop Sophie Germain to convince famous French mathematician Joseph Lagrange to acknowledge her talent in mathematics and to mentor her, together with other brilliant minds in France. Sophie Germain is the first woman to be awarded by the French Academy of Sciences and her proving of Fermat Theory is fundamental for mathematics even today.

Maria Mitchell (1818 – 1889)

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It was a big step for the U.S. to send a man on the moon, but if we’re taking a look back to the famous and brilliant women who shaped the world’s future, we can’t skip Maria Mitchell, the first professional female astronomer in the United States and the first woman to become a member of the American Academy of Science (in 1848). She received international fame as an astronomer because, by using a telescope, she discovered a comet wearing the name of Miss Mitchell Comet.

Augusta Ada Byron a.k.a. Ada Lovelace (1815 – 1852)

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She was the daughter of famous poet Lord Byron, but she never got the chance to meet him. Nor become a poet, for that matter, as little Ada was rather inclined towards the hard sciences and was encouraged by her mother to embrace mathematics and sciences, so she wouldn’t become so sensitive, emotional and vulnerable like her father. Ada Lovelace started a long written correspondence with mathematician Charles Babbage, who asked her to translate into Italian a complex paper which was assumed to be able to solve simple mathematical operations. But Ada did more than that, she also included into the paper her own method of obtaining the desired calculations, thus her name being synonym with the earliest and most ancient computers and programming languages.

Rita Levi – Montalcini (1909 – 2012)

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This is perhaps one of the most important female figures in the world of medicine and neuroscience, as she was one of the two researchers who discovered the nerve growth factor (NGF)

is a small secreted protein that is important for the growth, maintenance, and survival of certain target neurons.

Together with research partner Stanley Cohen, Rita Levi – Montalcini received a Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1986. The Italian neuroscientist had been the oldest living Nobel laureate and the first ever to reach a 100th birthday and her work helped build the foundations of neurosciences as we know them now.

Valentina Vladimirovna Tereshkova (1937 – )

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This post – Soviet era heroine is now a retired cosmonaut and engineer, but history remembers her as being the first woman to have flown in space. But old habits and passions die hard, as reports showed last year that Valentina openly offered to go on a one-way trip to Mars if her services were needed and the opportunity was viable.

Now all these brilliant women who shaped the world’s future need to be remembered and praised every chance we have, as they dared to go where others have never gone before and come back with breakthroughs in mathematics, medicine and outer – space knowledge. And for that, we all should be grateful to them.

The Craziest Bathroom Designs Around

You might think that there is very little you can do to make a bathroom look weird. You would be hopelessly wrong, as these crazy bathroom designs show us.

The Bicycle Bathroom

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Have you got a boring bathroom you want to spruce up a bit and a bicycle you need to put somewhere? Hey, I’ve got a great plan for you. Seriously, who puts a pedal powered mode of transport in the smallest room in the house? Well, this person, obviously.

The Erotic Bathroom

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Could we call this an erotic bathroom? Shucks, if you don’t me calling it that then I will. Whatever you call these erotic and crazy bathroom fittings, washing your hands in here is sure to be a surreal experience.

The Aquarium Bathroom

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Putting a toilet inside an aquarium is a fantastic idea, really. After all, having a bunch of fish gawping at you isn’t going to put you off, is it? It would probably be quite a relaxing place to sit down and let things happen naturally.

The Intimidating Urinals

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Could you go for a wee in one of these urinals? To be honest, it all looks a bit intimidating. This is the bathroom in a hotel in Queenstown in New Zealand and it is definitely creative.

The Revolving Bathroom Thing

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This contraption kind of scares me as well. As far as I can tell, there is a toilet on the bottom, then a sink on top of that. The whole thing seems to move and sort of revolve, which isn’t normally the kind of motion I like while I’m doing my business in this room.

The Mannequin Toilet

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So, you are desperate for a leak and you go running into the toilet. What is the last thing you want to find in there? That’s right; a bunch of freaky mannequins. This crazy toilet is located in a shopping centre in the north of Portugal.

The Scary Toilets

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Am I the only person feeling a bit disturbed by the last few toilets we’ve look at here? It all started off tamely enough but not we’ve got creepy mannequins, bizarre machines and blatant intimidation. Now we have this device which looks as though it may reach out and grab our delicate private parts at any time.

The Ice Bathroom

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This is an ice bathroom, which is a pretty worrying concept, isn’t it? There are so many levels of weirdness about this design that I don’t even know where to start. Let’s see, would the placing of hot bottoms and the insertion of, err, warm human waste substances not melt the toilet? Can you imagine the consequences of that happening? As for the bath, you would surely need to fill it with cold water to stop it melting or the room being filled with banks of condensation.

The Field of Toilets

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If I haven’t made you go running straight to the bathroom yet then this picture might do the trick. Here we have a field filled with hundreds of toilets, in Beirut. It isn’t a crazy bathroom as such, but rather a bunch of pieces waiting to get installed. Still, it’s a great picture and I love how they’ve all been lined up so artistically.

7 Awesome Spring Decorating Tricks for Nature Lovers

Spring is here and this means warmer temperatures, longer days, Easter, bright blue skies and wonderful, sunny afternoons spent outside with family and friends. Of course you will have a lot of interesting activities planned, like barbecues, or games, so maybe it would be a good idea to rethink the looks and feels of your house and garden. Although most people prefer to invest in their homes, this doesn’t mean that they always have time or money for it. Are you short on cash? No problem. Does your garden require more greenery? This can be resolved. From innovative outdoor furniture to simple indoor tricks, here are 7 excellent spring decorating ideas that will help you prep the house for summer.

1. Swing Set Table

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The best way to transform dinner into play time is by purchasing your very own Swing Table, from Duffy London. The design is very simple, yet effective. You have eight hanging chairs arranged across a table with an upper structure. The chairs are suspended from it, and so is the GEO lampshade. If you are worried about the cleaning part, you will be thankful to know that it is extremely simple to vacuum, since the chair have no legs. As the manufacturers say, We don’t stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing. This table will certainly bring out the child inside, and be a welcomed addition to your garden parties.

2. Chandelier that Turns the Room into a Forest

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Do you love the forest, but have none close enough to visit? No problem! The Light sculpture Forms in Nature by Hilden & Diaz will bring the forest into your home. Due to its intricate design, the chandelier projects branch-like shapes when the light is turned on. The walls will therefore look like a forest (sort of a scary one if you ask us). Mirrorings are thrown upon the walls and ceiling to provide with a flow of consciousness.

3. Lounging in Style

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There is nothing more enjoyable than lounging in your backyard and drinking a glass of red wine. In order to do this, all you need is a few items like a day bed, potted plants, Chinese lanterns, cushions and a small coffee table. There are many DIY projects out there that can teach you how to quickly make a stylish and comfortable place for the family, while sticking on a budget.

4. The Hammock Bed

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I have dreamed about such a bed all my life, and now it is finally here! Considering that we spend more than 240 hours a week sleeping, it seems only natural that one would seek a comfortable place to do so. The hammock bed is perfect for this, and also perfect for the lazy afternoon summer naps. It combines functionality with beauty thanks to its classic zig-zag stitching and unique design. The best thing about it is that it can be taken down when it uses up too much space, and moved somewhere else.

5. Backyard Cinema

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Are there really any more words needed? Setting up a backyard cinema is extremely simple. All you need is a screen for the projector, some sitting areas, lights and popcorn. Just imagine gathering all your friends and enjoying classic movies in the middle of the night. It is an excellent spring decorating idea!

Here’s a great Cinebox Backyard Theater System that you will adore, but you can also make some of it yourself for a lower price.

6. Back Yard Beach-Themed Fire Pit

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Number 6 on our spring decorating list is the Back Yard Beach-Themed Fire Pit.This might require a bit of an investment, since you have to redo the outdoor design of the garden in order to introduce the beach-themed fire pit. Once you have added the sand and stone sitting areas, you’re set to go!

7. Walk-in Pool

7 Awesome Spring Decorating Tricks for Nature LoversIt is possible to make a walk-in pool instead of a regular. The main idea is to tilt the ground slightly instead of adding stairs. Not only will it be easier to get into the water, but it will also be safer when one walks out.

We hope you liked these spring decorating ideas!

3 House and Garden Devices to Ease Your Life

You know that technology doesn’t interfere only with our ways of communication, computing, living, breathing and keeping ourselves entertained. Hi – tech manufacturers in the industry of gadgetry have always kept in mind our constant need of solving problems faster and easier (and sometimes even better), and since our problems expand over the common horizon of phones, ultrabooks and photo cameras, sports gadgets (we’ve mentioned recently) and well being devices that improve our life styles, we also have the chance to look into some trendy and interesting house and garden devices.

We are used to smartwatches and apps that measure our blood pressure, but in this tech – savvy world, there are also house and garden devices that are becoming more and more popular and win more and more fans at technological international exhibitions such as CES or IFA. Perhaps for a while you will still do some gardening and landscaping in the old fashioned ways, but let’s keep in mind that some of these devices might become more than concepts, patents and fun article topics, and might replace all your gardening tools. Some are funny and some are useful, but all of them are worth a mentioning.

3. EasyBloom Plant Sensor

This is a brilliant device for new land owners who want to build their own garden and landscape but don’t know much about soil, climacteric changes, chemistry, and plant types. Basically, you plant the sensor in the garden and leave it there to gather data. After 24 hours you connect the sensor to your computer via USB and it tells you anything you need to know about soil composition and acidity, humidity, optimal temperature and so on. Then, the software connects you to an online flower and plant database and you can choose the best plants that fit your garden, to make sure they will grow strong, healthy and beautiful.

2. Firebox Power Plant Growing Machine

This NASA technology – based machine apparently helps people grow plants indoors in a spectacular manner, without soil being needed. It just fast grows plants respecting aeroponic principles. Don’t for a second think of growing anything else than some fresh parsley for soups or a nice green bouquet of flowers to jolly – up your living room. We know it is tempting, but just don’t grow anything you might regret if caught red-handed.

1. Lawn Aerator Shoes

If people start using these shoes, the lawn care and landscaping companies will take a strong punch in the gut. Lawn care has never been easier, but by using these shoes you won’t need to pay specialists to aerate the soil, as you can just walk all over the place (in an organized manner) and do the job yourself. No more experts coming to your house, no more paid services, these shoes are marketed for deeply and efficiently aerating your soil without any fuss and with no recurrent costs. Among the house and garden devices in this list, this one is so simple and practical, it makes you wonder why people aren’t using it more often…

BONUS

Parrot Flower Power

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Among all the house and garden devices presented during tech events in the world, this one almost won “Mister Popularity” award at CES 2013. Let’s say that if there are apps and gadgets that remind you to take your medication on time, walk the dog or feed the children, brush your teeth and so on, it was only logical to have a device that is connected to your phone and warns you when your pot flowers need water or fertilizers. This one is useful for those loving to keep and take care of flowers and plants, but are too busy to actually provide the plants with all they need. So your new iPhone powered device and app might be exactly what you need.

Six Trendy Hairstyles for 2014 that are Easy to Make

The year 2014 has already begun and although we may not have had the time, there is always a need to get ourselves acquainted with current trends where hair is concerned. Locks or straight, colored or not, hair is an essential part of our image and while a hint of personal preference is recommended, trends can always help guide you towards a look that fits you completely. Let’s see what the upcoming year has in store for in matters of hairstyle:

#1 Waves

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Perfectly defined waves are no longer in this year, so it would be a good idea to get accustomed to loose, random waves. Designers such as Calvin Klein or Diane von Furstenberg are incorporating mermaid waves into their shows- whether careless, unequal waves all around or a couple of formed ones thorough the hair, randomly placed curls are the go to look. Waves also work especially well with extremely long hair, and it is easy to style.

#2 Short hair

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Last year was marked by a relevant increase in bobs worldwide and 2014 seems to continue the trend by going just a bit further: a few inches shorter to be precise. In 2013 a bob would just skim the shoulder, while this year designers recommend taking the extra step and cutting right above the chin. Aside from bobs, another look designers are really into are face framing hairstyles that are layered and add texture while giving the impression of carelessness. And while Fendi may have showcased some courageous looks on the catwalk, such as all-round bowl cuts that might not be the best idea to wear outside of a catwalk, thick fringes could become a thing in 2014.

#3 Up-Do’s

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This year is centered around low-maintenance hairstyles and an easy up-do is the perfect way to go whenever unsure. You can either go for a simple bun and spice it up by gently teasing hair sections with your fingers or comb your hair back loosely, pull strands of hair down to elegantly frame your face and add floral headbands or accessories for an exquisite look that is both feminine and designer approved.

#4 The shiny and sleek

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Straight hair is definitely making a come-back in 2014 as seen on Donna Karen catwalks so if you don’t own a hair straightener, you should consider buying one ASAP. Complete a stylish, polished look with a section of hair pinned directly back or creatively brought around your head.

#5 Easy braids

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Fly-aways should not concern you anymore since designers like Giles incorporate the low-maintenance hairstyles in their catwalks as well by combining basic braiding techniques (such as lace, fishtail or plain chain link braiding) with the care-free look a few fly away strands can create. So mix things up and test both techniques and optimal fly-away sites.

#6 Non-Catwalk wet look

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Although designers have always incorporated wet looks into their shows, it wasn’t really a wearable hairstyle due to the complicated preparation, the technique and the fact that a complete wet look would have been a bit too much for any occasion you could have thought of. 2014 could however bring a change to all this since a classic wet look can be styled freely, pushed back loosely from the face so as to combine the wet look with the low-maintenance trend that is clearly governing 2014.

Falling strands, carefree waves or up-do’s are simple yet effective so make sure to experiment and see what types of hairstyles best fit the frame of your face and then simply perfect those. You will be a pro in no time. If you have no idea what type of hair-style you should choose, you can always play around with photo-shop or ask your hairstilist.