Men matters...

This is all about the ramblings from a set of friends on how the world is seen from a man's perspective.

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Race to the bottom

Image copyright Science Photo Library Around the world, countries are claiming obscure and difficult-to-reach tracts of the deep-sea floor, far from the surface and further still from land. Why?There is a long history of claiming newly discovered territories, of planting the flag at far outposts of the known world. In the early 20th Century, explorers raced to the South Pole, their sponsors keen to benefit from future exploitation of these unknown areas.In 1945, President Harry S Truman broke with convention to claim the entire continental shelf off the US.And, in 2007, Russia used a submersible to plant a flag at the North Pole.All shared a common motivation - the hunt for new resources - and there is now a new frontier: the deep-sea floor. Exploration offers the prospect of finding huge amounts of previously untapped resources, but serious environmental concerns remain.Abysses to mountainsOnly 5% of the deep-sea floor, which covers...The sea, looking up from underneath the water

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North America prepares for August solar eclipse

North America prepares for August solar eclipse - BBC News ]]> ]]> More On: Crashed lander was ill-prepared for Mars Juno peers below Jupiter's clouds Experiment ideas sought for Europa lander Before and after the damage of a war India teenager builds 'lightest satellite'

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Jailed and ransomed

Image caption Back home in Nigeria, Seun says he regrets ever setting out for Europe It was called "Morning Tea" - a brutal flogging with a hosepipe. Every morning for four months, Seun Femi's captors beat him at a makeshift prison in Libya."They would flog my head, my hands, my bum," says the 34-year-old. "The guard would beat me until he got tired."Two of Seun's fingers were broken during one of the brutal sessions. But the Nigerian says it could have been far worse. One man was beaten to death in front of him."I thought I was going to die in that prison," he says.Seun was one of the tens of thousands of West Africans who cross the Sahara Desert into Libya every year, from where they hope to be trafficked by boat to Europe. Desperate journeyThe International Organisation of Migration (IOM) estimates there are between 700,000 and one million...Seun pictured near his home in the slums of Lagos, Nigeria

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Peace at last

Fifteen years ago there was no such thing as palliative care - care for the dying - in Mongolia. Now there is, thanks to the efforts of one woman, who persuaded the country's medical establishment that it was possible and worthwhile to prevent people dying in agony.Odontuya Davaasuren was 17 years old, studying paediatrics far from home in Leningrad, Russia when her father died of lung cancer in Mongolia. "I didn't have the opportunity to care for my father or say goodbye," she recalls. "When I returned to Mongolia, my sister told me that our father had been in constant pain."Several years later, as a practising doctor, she shared her apartment with her mother-in-law, who was dying of liver cancer, and she saw first-hand how pain could deprive people of peace at the end their life."I cared for her. I fed, washed and changed her, but I could not relieve...Davaasuren with Renchin, a patient at Mongolia's National Cancer Hospital

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Exploding cream dispenser kills French fitness blogger

Image copyright Rebecca Burger Image caption Ms Burger described herself as a fitness, travel, and fashion enthusiast A well-known lifestyle blogger in France has been killed by an exploding whipped cream dispenser.Rebecca Burger's death was announced on Facebook in what her family called a "domestic accident".A warning against the faulty dispensers was also posted to her Instagram account, saying it "exploded and struck Rebecca's chest, causing her death".French media reported she died of cardiac arrest after the incident, despite medical attention.The popular fitness and travel figure was well-known in France, with some 55,000 Facebook fans and 154,000 followers on Instagram.One of Ms Burger's family members took to Instagram, warning readers not to use the dispenser, saying that tens of thousands of "defective devices" remain in circulation. Image copyright Instagram Image caption "An example of a whipped cream siphon that exploded" A whipped cream dispenser works by injecting gas into a...A photo of Rebecca Burger looking over her shoulder to the camera in front of some greenery

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