Want to Grow Taller? Practice Kicking

Kicking of course is the act of forcefully using one’s legs to achieve some end, whether it be practicing a martial arts derived move, or kicking a soccer ball.

As we’ve discussed elsewhere, exercise and targeted stretching on key areas such as the legs and spine can result in stretching which effectively increases height. This must also be the case of kicking then correct? After all, your legs can’t be put through much more forceful effort than a powerful kicking motion.

The short answer is yes, kicking motions over a long period of time could almost certainly have the benefit of stretching out your leg muscles, increasing height. The long answer though is that it’s probably not the most savvy way of gaining height.

First let’s look at the science behind this phenomenon. By studying people who use kicking motions repeatedly, most notably kickboxers, we see that their legs are on average one to two inches longer than normal. Likewise, football kick specialists have a longer kicking leg than their other leg, through hundreds of reps of kicking a football each day.

The trouble is that to replicate these results takes both a greater deal of time than other ‘grow taller’ exercises, as well as a greater deal of effort, as repeated kicking can be extremely taxing on the body.

To gain the results achieved by these athletes, one would typically have to kick hundreds of times per day, even as many as a thousand times, and this can easily take upwards of an hour. It’s a great workout with its own benefits, but just in terms of gaining height, it’s a lot more effort and time expenditure than other routines with similar results.

If you are interested in taking up kicking for increasing your height, or as a combination of full on exercise with the added benefit of height gain down the line, you should purchase a good kick boxing style bag.

You’ll need to work on both legs in equal doses, typically doing 20 short snap kicks on each leg before switching. Do this about 20 times for each leg then take a break. You should repeat the same workout routine again later in the day, resulting in 800-1000 kicks per day on each leg.

If you’re already a soccer player or practice a form of martial arts or other training regime that includes a high volume of kicking, it certainly can’t hurt your height to continue doing so.

Kicking in one form or another with the express intent of growing taller may not be the most logical choice though. Consider doing it by way of other means, like the ones just mentioned if you’d like to try it, and not solely for its height gaining benefits.…

Education and the Complete Individual

Education is something that many have said much about. Most of these are complex or vague. Consider the Greek philosopher Aristotle's saying that education is ' an ornament in prosperity ' and ' a refugee in adversity '. There have been a great many attempts to explain this description, but none have quite succeeded in satisfying my curiosity. Alternately, this is what the English essayist Joseph Addison has to say on education: What sculpture is to a block of marble, education is to a human soul. This too, has a great many explanations and illustrations. But does it really tell us what education is? Does it tell us why we need education? Not really, since the concept of the soul is, till date, a shadowy area. So how can we begin to comprehend what everyone claims is essential to life nowdays? To put it simply, education is a process of training our mind so that we can apply it in a field of our choice: which is why we have education not as a single seamless entity, but as a whole made up of various divisions: music education, scientific and technological education, art education, even teacher education!

Education can be considered similar to picking and eating a fruit. Picking a particular fruit on the tree is akin to choosing a field to get an education of. When we bite into it, we get our first taste of the subject. As we chew on the bitten proportion, we begin to understand its various aspects – the tastes, textures, intricacies and complexes of it – and when we are ready to move on to the next portion, we swallow what we have assimilated so far so that it can be used for further application. The tree we get the fruit from is the entire body of past thinkers' teachings and the voice that tells us which fruit to pick is the interpreter of that knowledge: the teacher.

Through the lifelong course of education (no, it's not like school or college which ends after a fixed period of time), we get to know about things that always were, still are and always will be around us, waiting to be recognized and acknowledged . Light plays a central role in education – both literally and metaphorically – for visual inputs are the best learnt and without light – of the sun or electrical – we would be missing out on a whole world of knowledge. In fact, this is where phrases like 'light of knowledge', 'throw light on the matter', 'kept in the dark' and so on came from.

You might be thinking, how can we narrow the infinite field of knowledge to select what we will need or want to know? This is where the part on 'training the mind' comes in. The mind, as psychology tells us, is the center of cognitive institutions which enables consciousness, thinking, perception and judgment. It is the kitchen for the information we acquire, where we can …

Science Books and Documents of Aligarh Muslim University Get Translation in URDU

Science is now sharing a space with the Urdu speakers too. With the help of the former dean and adviser of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare how it got introduced has been discussed here.

The Aligarh Muslim University has launched the education sector after declaring the news of translating the science books.

Prof. Anis Ahmad Ansari, the faculty of Unani Medicine and former dean, the former adviser of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare informed the news stating that all the science related documents and books will be obtained under a quick translation and that too will be attained at a large scale. This is due to the fact that at a time too many Urdu speaking people can access the science sector without any hiccups.

In the First National Workshop, Prof Ansari was elected as the chief guest and was invited there for the valedictory assembly of the translation of Urdu of the Science Books. This program was held by Vigyan Prasar, undertaken by the Government of India under the Department of Science and Technology. The entire agenda was planned in collaboration with the Aligarh Muslim University's Center of Promotion of Science.

According to professor, people with Urdu as their native language do not have that scope to get as many as science related books in market whereas there are plenty of other Indian languages ​​available for such books. Thus for the sake of the Muslim brothers, the former dean came into such a plan and made it possible with his caliber.

His year's long research has enabled him in observing the fact that in every stream, mother tongue should be reflected as the medium of education. For the sake of the kids he pushed on the translators to make use of extremely simple and easy to read language in the translation.

In the workshop, Prof Ansari praised and congratulated each of the participants who took an active part in the translation program. Moreover he distributed credentials to contributors and the participants.

According to the director of the Center for Promotion of Science, the objective of Prof Ansari is to circulate the education of science even at its elementary levels and such advantage has been taken specifically for the Muslim Managed Education Institutions and the Deeni Madaris. The 1985 inception of the center has managed in providing training to the science tutors of the Madrasas. Such has even provided to be a boon for all the Muslim religion people who are into the center. As per his words science education is an important aspect that should come under everyone's concern and to make all the Muslim brothers and sisters educated science must be kept as an important stream within the national mainstream.

Even too many thanks came from various people to the participants of the science translation and giving it an income which is a grand success.

The project coordinator of EDUSAT made a presentation of the entire report in the Workshop and appraised each of the participants …

Very Top Five Skills For Journalists

Did someone not once say "if the pen is mightier than the sword, then journalism is the whetstone"? I'm sure somebody must have done.

Anyways, do you want to check out the skills zone for current trends or indications of paradigm shifts? By the way, if you can use the words 'paradigm shift' without your face sagging into a grimace under the weight of all the sarcasm, then you will make an excellent political journalist.

Journalism is a cavalcade of caustic, Faustian drudgery. It even says that in the dictionary (Any journalists reading this will not check, they'll just copy and paste it and take my citation for granted.)

Journalists have a surprising combination of tenacity and laziness. That is to say, they flatter themselves with the belief that they have the ability to discern the fieriest stories from the misleading, irrelevant and uninteresting chaff. In practice this means they're superciliously scan through a report and make up their 'story' by pouncing on one wildly unpredictable strand and spinning it out to cover three pages.

There are many different types of journalists, from political journalists (who report how terrible politicians are) right through to columnists (who give opinions on how terrible everyone (including politicians) is.). Regardless of what sort of journalist you end up being, you'll need easy mental access to the following grab bag of skills.

5. Headline creation

Headlines are expected to get you to buy the newspaper, and they should hook readers in a punchy way.

Getting the words to rhyme is excellent form, as is including the sentences of puns that would disgrace even the worst sort of dinner party bore. For examine, imagine if John Locke, the philosopher and physician of the 17th century, had been seen wearing a dress. The headline would not say "Locke seen wearing a dress," it would be "LOCKE FROCK SHOCK." And the journalists would go into paroxysms of delight.

4. Misrepresentation

This is most common in areas in which most people do not have an adequate knowledge to evaluate the worth of a concept on their own, such as science, medicine or law. The brilliant thing is that the journalist who's writing the article does not have to understand it either!

Let's say you want to write a story about GM foods, or a pharmaceutical product. All you have to do is find a scientist with a crazy opinion about how long-life cabbages give you brain cancer and present it along conventional conventional wisdom (that they do not) and suggest that these two opinions represent the two leading equally-weighted alternatives in a contentious field, and ta-da! Instant hysteria, and the chance to write dozens of follow-up articles on how YOU, the readers, reacted to hearing the 'news' about cabbages, letters from concerned parents, discussions between experts on the pros and cons of each side of the argument, etc etc.

And you can not be sued for libel even though you have actually invented a scare out of nothing, because, …

Religion Sans Science is Bodiless – Science Sans Religion is Soulless

Science and Religion, both have a role to play in equal measure in the lives of humankind. One can not exist without the other. Science can give you a better body, better health, longevity; it can give you more comforts, all the luxuries of life possible to be bought with money. One can buy a beautiful bed, but not sleep; the bed is the outer; sleep is the essence – in fact all that lies in the circumference, but not the center. Science is like a body without the soul.

Religion provides you the center; it gives you the soul. Without religion, science is a corpse, a beautiful corpse, maybe. Similarly, religion alone is not enough. Religion alone makes you a ghost – a soul without a body.

Have you ever seen a body without a soul, or a soul without a body? Never! Why? Because, neither can stand of its own. For a material thing, eg, a stool requires a minimum of three legs to stand, and non-material – man, two. In the like manner, if either science or religion attempted to stand only on one leg, it can at best frogmarch for a while before it falls flat. But this is what the East and the West have been trying to do all through history. In the West there has been too much of science, and in the East, too much of religion.

Forgetting the existential reality around us, in the East, we talked too much about the Spirit, so much so that we turned into inveterate introverts. We forgot the beauties of nature that surrounded us. "Do not be attached." Renounce everything that you see as real, because they are unreal, "taught our religion, and that we started to be looked upon as fakirs, or the land of naked sadhus with loincloths, roaming the forests. Such was our picture presented to the world. Humanity in the East became ugly. It did have a center all right, but with no circumference.

The very opposite happened in the West. People were gregarious, action-oriented, had only one life to finish everything attainable possible, and so in a great hurry. Thus it did achieve a commendable lot in materialistic terms, but in the process lost its contentment. It became a circumference without a center. People have everything, yet something is missing.

'Something missing', reminds me of great scientists like Max Plank, Eddington, Einstein, Newton, – all of what later turned almost mystical. No matter how many mysteries they did unfold, tenfold more were in the waiting that they never thought of. Newton said, "to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me" .

Eddington has written in his biography, "When I started my career as a scientist I used to think that the world recognized things, but …

How to Analyze Stocks (For Beginners)

4 Tips for Analyzing Stocks

If you're ready to invest in individual stocks, then you need to know how to analyze stocks. Thinking that a company is going to do well is no reason to blindly invest in that company's stock. Once you've decided that you want to invest in a company, you need to take a look at how the company is doing, how it has done in the past, and most importantly, what it is planning to do in the future. You then need to decide if the stock is a good purchase based on the current price. Even if the company is going to grow at 25% a year for the foreseeable future, the stock price will not be a good purchase if it's valued like it will grow 50% a year!

The four steps to analyzing a stock are:

  1. Determine how the company makes its money
  2. Figure out the company's finances
  3. Analyze the future growth of the company
  4. Determine whether or not the current price is a good one

Actually, before you start analyzing a stock, you have to do is figure out which stock you want to research! Let's say that I am interested in the (imaginary) company Bill's Brews (BBREWS) after trying their signature Bill's Acorn Ale. I go to a finance website, such as Yahoo! Finance or CNN Money, and type their ticker symbol (in this case, BBREWS) into their stock price widget, and start to do research.

The first thing I want to find out is what all the company is all about. Many companies are diversified and do more than you may know. For example, people know that General Electric makes light bulbs, but they may not know that they also make airplane engines and have a powerful finance arm. In this case, BBREWS makes not only beer, but also a wide range of soda pop. In fact, 60% of revenue comes from soda pop, but only 10% of earnings come from soda pop. In other words, 60% of total sales money comes from sales of soda pop, but only 10% of profits. BBREWS makes much more money for every beer it sells than for every bottle of soda. This may make you more likely to invest in BBREWS, because you see that the product you like – the beer – is the one making money.

Secondly, now that you have a reliably qualative idea of ​​how the company makes money, you need to get a more quantitative idea. You should find out the price / earnings ratio (the ratio of the stock price to the annual earnings of a stock), the price / sales (the ratio of the stock price to the annual sales), the profit ratio of the company, and comparison numbers for other businesses in this industry. You will also want to get any other financial data from this company that you can get your hands on, but these are the most important numbers for proper analysis of …

Advancing Your Human Resources Career With Education

As a degree-holding professional working in Human Resources, a master's in HR can lead to a variety of potential career advances, such as senior and executive management positions. It's also important to note that having a strong résumé is vital to helping you get informed by potential employers.

One way to strengthen your résumé is to highlight extracurricular activities along with your master's degree in human resources. If you are not sure how to go about it or how to start, here are four different ways to get you started.

1. Earn Certificates and Join a Professional Association

For those of you who want leadership positions in HR, your Master of Science in Human Resource Development degree gives you the necessary skills to become certified and positions you as a valuable member of a professional association. SHRM, Society for Human Resource Management, is the world's largest association devoted to human resource management, which represents more than 250,000 members in over 140 countries.

As for certificates, the HR Certification Institute (HRCI) provides globally recognized certificates for HR professionals. These certifications require continuing education credits and retesting, at times. Two respected certificates offered by HRCI are:

* PHR® (Professional in Human Resources)

Eligible candidates have at least two years of HR exempt-level experience as a practitioner, educator, researcher or consultant.

* SPHR® (Senior Professional in Human Resources)

Eligible candidates have at four to six years of HR exempt-level experience.

Earn a Better Salary, Get What You Deserve

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in its Occupational Outlook Handbook 2010-2011 , employment for the Human Resource industry is expected to grow by 17% over the next decade . And master's degree holders who have earned their certification would have the most opportunities.

* Annual salary rates for HR professionals may vary according to occupation, experience, training, location and the firm they work for.

Compensation Outlook from the BLS

Title

Median Earnings as of 2008

Human Resource Managers

$ 96,130

Training and Development Managers

$ 87,700

Benefits Managers

$ 86,500

2. Masters in HR, It's Time to Become a Master Social Networker

LinkedIn and HR Professionals Go Hand In Hand

Recently, SuccessInHR.com published an article about the importance of LinkedIn for HR professionals . LinkedIn has over 37 million members on the site, 450,000 of which are HR professionals . Many are not maximizing the value the site can provide them.

LinkedIn, and other online social networking sites, provide HR professionals with a plethora of options:

* Recruitment

* Professional networking

* Research

* Peer-to-peer help on message boards

* New career opportunities

* Consulting

If you are looking for a new career opportunity, an updated résumé on your profile is crucial. List your credentials (ie, Master of Science in Human Resource Development, SPHR® certification, SHRM membership) in your résumé profile; credentials can increase your résumés visibility among the masses.

Tweet Your Credentials

Be creative with the 140 character allotment you're given. Potential employers, recruiters and head hunters search for keywords, and …

Cooking Up Chemistry in the Kitchen!

Hey kids, when most people hear the word “chemistry”, they think of creepy laboratories with bubbling beakers of toxic goo. But chemistry can happen any time two different things react together to make something new, and there are fun science experiments that you can do right in your kitchen!

Experiment 1: Magic Mud

All you need for this experiment is some cornstarch, water, and a little bit of food colouring to show it off.

1. Add 5 tablespoons of cornstarch to a bowl. Make sure you use something to scrape off the extra starch so you have a nice level spoonful.

2. Add 3 tablespoons of water to the bowl.

3. Add 3 drops of food colouring.

4. Stir the mixture.

This mixture should be hard to stir unless you stir very, very slowly. If it seems runny, add a few pinches more cornstarch. If it seems really dry, add a bit more water.

Now try squeezing a little bit of your magic mud between your fingers and rolling it into a ball. Then open your hand and watch what happens. Poke the top of your magic mud quickly, and your finger will bounce off. But if you sink your finger in slowly, the mud will swallow it up! It acts like a liquid and a solid!

For a real adventure, try using the same measurements (5 parts cornstarch, 3 parts water) to make up a really big batch in a large pan, or even a kids’ swimming pool! If you run fast enough, you can actually run across the top of the magic mud. Just don’t slow down, or you’ll find yourself sinking into the goo!

Experiment 2: The Incredible Giant Hand

For this experiment, you will need baking soda, vinegar, and a rubber glove. If you don’t have one, you could use a balloon to make The Incredible Giant Head.

1. Use a marker to draw hair on the rubber glove (or a face on the balloon).

2. Carefully add a few spoonfuls of baking soda to the glove.

3. Pour some vinegar into the glove.

4. Tie the glove closed, like you would a balloon. Shake it around a bit.

Now watch what happens. The hand (or head) will grow!

When the solid baking soda and the liquid vinegar meet, they react to form a gas called carbon dioxide.

They make so much of it that it will blow up your balloon for you.

Experiment 3: Acid or Alkali

For this experiment, you need some beetroot or red cabbage. It also provides you with a tasty snack.

1. Have an adult help you boil the cabbage or beetroot until the water changes colour.

2. Collect some of the coloured water.

Scientists use something called pH indicator to measure how acid or alkali something is. Different acids and alkalis will make the indicator change different colours.

You’ve just made pH indicator. Have an adult help you test small amounts of your coloured water with acids and alkalis around …

High School Science Project Measuring Heat

Did you know that all foods we eat have some kind of energy in them. That is why we eat them because our bodies need food to convert to energy and allow our muscles to move. Energy is heat for our bodies.

How can we see what type of energy a piece of food contains even though we are not eating it and digesting it? We will light a piece of food to show it has energy, otherwise it would not burn and then use the energy from it burning to show it can heat water.

Get these materials for the science experiment:

  • A large coffee can
  • A smaller can like a soup can
  • A wooden skewer like used for barbeque careful as the edges will be very sharp so ask a parent for help.
  • You will now want to punch holes around the side edges of the large coffee can. You can use an ice pick with a hammer on a wooden cutting board. Definitely have your parents do this part. The reason for doing this is so that you can release a small bit of oxygen.
  • The small can probably already has the top removed but if not go ahead and take the top off.
  • Punch two holes in the top of the small can on opposite sides. Again have your parents do this hole punching.
  • Put the wooden skewer through the holes so it evenly hangs from both sides.
  • Pour a small amount of water into the small can. (About 2/3 to c cup works well.) Only use room temperature water.
  • Use the thermometer to record the temperature.
  • Now have your parents use a lighter and light the marshmallow on fire.
  • Right away put the coffee can over the marshmallow and put the water filed soup can with wooden skewer on top of that. It should hang from the top of the coffee can over the marshmallow. It looks kind of like a camp fire as you are trying to heat the water in the soup can with the marshmallow.
  • Let the marshmallow burn until it goes out.
  • As soon as the flame goes out put the thermometer into the water and record the temperature.

Now you will do this with the peanut and piece of bread. (Note: the peanut may take a little while to light but do not give up.

Make sure to record your temperature each time and use new room temperature water each time you do this.

What you have discovered is that each type of food we eat will burn because it has energy stored within it and that is what our body uses as fuel. Some foods have more energy inside them than others and that energy can be used to heat water just like it used the energy to keep our bodies warm.

What you are learning is that everything has energy which is measured in BTUs and for every BTU it should be able to raise four ounces of …

Science Fair Project Ideas – Winning Projects Start With the Right Topic

It takes a lot of work to come up with a science experiment that will really impress the judges. While the choices for science fair projects are endless, it does take some planning to come up with the perfect topic that will result in a project that shows well for judging.

One thing that is important to consider when picking a topic is the skill level of the student. An experiment that is too difficult will be hard for the child to successfully complete. Even if the project is done well, if the child does not understand the concepts behind the experiment, it will be evident to the sentences during the science fair.

Careful planning is important in choosing an appropriate science fair project, also. Do not decide on a topic that will take 3 weeks to implement and finish if there is only one week before the experiment is due. Be sure to have all the items needed, or know for sure that you can get them before deciding on a topic.

Children are naturally curious about things. Use this quality in kids to think of an idea that will appeal to your child and their interests. If your child has always been interested in weather, think of an idea that will go along with this interest.

The possibilities for science fair project ideas are unlimited. Take the time to plan ahead and choose the best experiment for your child. The extra time spent in preparation will show when the project is finished. The judges will be sure to be impressed. …