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How much money did the 2016 US election candidates raised so far?

The amounts are staggering and Hillary leades them all with whopping sum of over 200M in raised money. Look how other candidates compare to the topper.

Amount raised so far by candidates: $720 million
Amount raised so far by super PACs supporting them: $446 million

(Darker bar represents outside money; lighter bar represents candidate committee money)

For more information head to opensecrets.org
Source: OpenSecrets.org

Donate while shopping

Always think about donating for that cause you believe in? You can do it while you are shopping on Amazon. Just always visit smile.amazon.com when you want to shop on Amazon. 0.5 percent of any purchase made via smile.amazon.com will be donated to the charity organization of your choice.

You might not receive any tax benefit but you sure can do some good while shopping for your gadget or product.

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Once you sign in the website will also prompt you to install Amazon Smile 1-click extension for Chrome, do install it to make sure next time you will hit smile.amazon.com. Please also change your Amazon bookmark, if you have one.

Happy shopping!

Connecting the world

Ever wondered how easily you get online and punch a few keys to visit that website half way around the world or send messages to your loved ones instantly? Ever thought about how you can do live video chatting with people several thousand miles away? If you are thinking about those communication satellites hovering around the globe make this possible then your information is marginally correct.

Underwater communication lines: Before humans even thought about satellites, we knew a better way to send electric signals between two places kilometers apart. Human communication has been relying on cables for decades before first satellite launch. Engineers just took that thought to the extreme by deploying long and huge communication lines on our ocean beds. Fascinating, isn’t it?

Submarine cable with repeater showing in the picture

Submarine cables have Multi-terabyte bandwidths making them an ideal solution for future of communication. Today our satellites only count for 1% of international communication. Growing network of these submarine cables provides really high reliability incase of a cable break. Engineers can deploy these cables with help of specially designed ships. However, these submarine cables have limitations. Signal through these cables weakens over long distances so manufacturers have to incorporate these cables with repeaters every 6 to 9 km. Another disadvantage is that, in case of a cable break the repair crew has to deep dive to replace whole affected segment and that makes repair work very risky. Advancements in the filed are now allowing robots to do any hazardous underwater work.

Submarine cable deploying ship
Fiber optic submarine cable design

Submarine cable vs. Satellite
Why does most of our data still travel via submarine cables instead of satellites?
Data traffic through undersea optical fiber cables offer advantages in terms of reliability, security, capacity and cost.
Microwave satellite signals take about 0.2 seconds to travel roundtrip from the ground to an orbiting satellite, while optical submarine cables can send data across the Atlantic in 1/20th of that time, resulting in lower latency.
The microwave spectrum available to satellites is limited, while the spectrum available for optical communications has more room for increasing IP traffic.
Wavelength division multiplexing technology increases the capacity carried by single fibers and thereby reduces the number of cables required; deploying fewer and smaller cables is then more cost efficient for the amount of capacity versus the high cost of deploying and maintaining satellites. [osa-open.org]

If you are curious, check the map below to get some idea of how the world is connected or click here to view an interactive updated map.

Submarine cables map, 2009

29 Fascinating Photos You’ve Probably Never Seen Before [StumbleUpon]

Some cool photographs you probably have never seen before.

The lava lake of the continuously active volcano Erta Ale, Ethiopia

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Where the Great Wall of China ends
Where-the-Great-Wall-of-China-ends
A geyser right before eruption
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Bavarian town of Nordlingen built in a 14 million year old meteor impact crater
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A huge dust storm that hit Western Australia in early 2013
A-huge-dust-storm-that-hit-Western-Australia-in-early-2013
A rare 360 degree rainbow captured from an airplane
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Climbers going up Mount Everest in May 2013
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Daytona Beach 1957
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An aerial view of a scrap tire dump
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Bagger 288, the largest land vehicle in the world
Bagger-288-The-Largest-Land-Vehicle-in-the-World
A cross-section of an undersea cable
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Inside one of Google’s data centers
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Einstein’s desk hours after his death
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Michelangelo illustrated his grocery lists so that his illiterate servants would know what to buy him.
Michelangelo-illustrated-his-grocery-lists-so-that-his-illiterate-servants-would-know-what-to-buy-him
The inside of a FedEx Boeing 757 without any cargo
The-inside-of-a-FedEx-Boeing-757-without-any-cargo
Overcrowded prison in El Salvador
Overcrowded-Prison-In-El-Salvador
Hitler’s office
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Enormous statue of Genghis Khan in Mongolia
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What pugs looked like before selective breeding
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Octopus eggs
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George Washington’s teeth
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A watch belonging to Akito Kawagoe which stopped at 8:15, the exact time of the Hiroshima bombing in 1945
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A microscopic image of a human tongue
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Five pounds of fat compared to five pounds of muscle
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Cancer cells under an electron microscope
Cancer-cells-under-an-electron-microscope
X-rays before and after treatment for scoliosis
X-rays-before-and-after-treatment-for-scoliosis
The clearest photo of Mercury ever taken
The-clearest-photo-of-Mercury-ever-taken
Mars in true color from the Curiosity Rover
Mars-in-true-color-from-the-Curiosity-Rover
The northern lights from space
Northern-lights-from-space

Source: StumbleUpon

Truffol Case for iPhone

No matter how beautiful your smartphone looks, your phone case definitely makes it less appealing and bulky. I personally am not fan of using case on my phone because of very same reason. If you are like me, then new truffol case for iPhone might change your opinion. 

This very light and sleek all aluminum made bumper comes in different colors and a complementary sticky two cards wallet. Using the bumper and wallet together makes it a perfect skinny case for iPhone. 

Premium product like packaging

Very small profile, my friends couldn’t even tell that my phone had case on.
  
Easy snap-on locking mechanism.
  
Optional wallet has two cards capacity.

 You can buy one on Amazon.com for just $25. This aluminum case has very low signal disruption compared to the competition. 

Summer movies of 2015

Here is list of summer movies of 2015 with set release dates. Enjoy the summer.

Friday, May 1
The Avengers: Age of Ultron Action 
Far From The Madding Crowd Drama 
She’s Funny That Way Drama 

Friday, May 8
Before I Wake Suspense 
Hot Pursuit Action 
5 Flights Up Comedy 
Noble Drama 
Saint Laurent Drama 
Skin Trade Action 

Friday, May 15
Mad Max: Fury Road Action 
I’ll See You in My Dreams 
Pitch Perfect 2 Comedy 
The Connection Thriller 

Friday, May 22
Spy Comedy 
The Vatican Tapes Thriller 
Tomorrowland Adventure 
Aloft Drama 
Sunshine Superman Documentary 

Friday, May 29
Aloha Comedy 
San Andreas 3D Action 
Hillsong – Let Hope Rise Documentary 

Friday, June 5
Entourage Comedy 
Insidious: Chapter 3 Sequel 
Love & Mercy Drama 
Pigeon Drama 

Friday, June 12
Dope Drama 
Jurassic World Action 3D/2D
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl Drama 

Friday, June 19
Inside Out Adventure 
The Transporter Refueled Action 
Infinitely Polar Bear Drama 

Friday, June 26
Ted 2 Comedy 
Big Game Drama 
The Outskirts Comedy 

Wednesday, July 1
Magic Mike XXL Comedy 
Terminator: Genisys Action 

Friday, July 10
Gallows Thriller 
Minions Comedy 
The Bronze Drama 

Friday, July 17
Ant-Man Action 
Trainwreck Comedy 

Friday, July 24
Pan Action 3D/2D; IMAX
Paper Towns Comedy 
Pixels Action 
Poltergeist Thriller 3D/2D
Irrational Man Drama 

Friday, July 31
Mission: Impossible V Action 
Self/Less Drama 
Southpaw Drama 
Beyond the Brick: A LEGO Brickum… Documentary 
Untitled Blumhouse/Joel Edgerton… Teen 

Friday, August 7
Masterminds Comedy 
Ricki and the Flash Drama 
The Fantastic Four Action 

Friday, August 14
Straight Outta Compton Drama 
The Man From U.N.C.L.E Action 
Underdogs Family 

Friday, August 21
Criminal Thriller 
Max Adventure 
Me Before You Drama 
Sinister 2 Sequel 

Why Do We Drive on Parkways and Park on Driveways?

Original Article: Why Do We Drive on Parkways and Park on Driveways? | Mental Floss.

IMAGE CREDIT:
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“Hey! How come we drive on parkways and park on driveways? Huh? Huh? Amiright?!”

Good grief. This rusty one-liner’s gotten plenty of mileage, but few realize that the question is actually answerable.

The words “drive” and “park” existed long before automobiles. Remember, whenever you write or speak, you’re voting with your vocabulary. Languages evolve over time and a given term’s meaning is subject to dramatically change based on the whim of its users.

Back in the 1800s, for example, “parking” meant planting trees, flowers, and other bits ofvegetation. A “parking place,” therefore, had nothing to do with stationary vehicles. Instead, it was a location specifically designed to encourage diverse, extensive plant growth for non-agricultural purposes.

Yet, many were soon commandeered for an entirely different objective. Historian Kirk Savagewrites, “By the turn of the century, such parking areas were sometimes used to hold horse-drawn carriages on special occasions…When automobiles started to overrun cities in the early twentieth century, parking areas were given over to car storage and the word began to refer to the cars themselves rather than the trees and grass they were replacing.”

During this transitional period, America’s parkways also began taking shape. Metropolitan reformers—who feared the health costs of industrial growth—started establishing wooded parks within cities nationwide, hoping their trees would make urban air more breathable. As automobiles rose in popularity, special car-friendly routes were carved through such parks. Unimaginatively, these were named “parkways”.

So parkways have nothing to do with the actual parking of vehicles. But what about “driveways”? Well, that particular word’s been around since at least 1884 and has essentially meant the same thing ever since—namely, a path that connects somebody’s private property to a public road. However, while lengthy driveways were once the norm (and, hence, enabled more driving), today’s average specimen is little more than a dinky personal parking station.

17 silly stereotypes about Indians (Storypic.com)

An article I found on storypick.com, find the link to original article at the bottom of this article.

No truer words have been said to describe the diversity of our country. But there are certain stereotypes, which are largely untrue, has held the imagination of people who haven’t visited India yet. So let’s break some mental blocks today.

1. Indians don’t eat rich, spicy, masala curry everyday

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That’s right. The staple diet of most Indians consist of dal/sambar , rice, chapatis/rotis with cooked vegetables(mildly spiced/stir fried) or fish/meat. Rich, thick gravies are either found in restaurants or prepared (rarely) during special occasions.

 

2. Dowry is not prevalent in every part of India

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There’s no dowry system in most of the North Eastern states of India. Infact, in Meghalaya, marriages are matriarchal with a matrilineal system where property names and wealth passes from mother to daughter rather than father to son. You’ll find women take center-stage in every aspect of life.

 

3. Indian cinema is not equal to Bollywood

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Be it Tamil, Telugu, Marathi, Malayalam, Bengali, Punjabi or even Bhojpuri, the contribution of regional films to Indian cinema is immense. While Bollywood mints money, regional cinema brings accolades.

 

4. All Indians don’t live in extended joint families

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Blame it on the numerous nonsensical saas-bahu serials, the general conception of a huge Indian joint family living under a single roof is a bit exaggerated and misplaced.

 

5. Indians are not uncomfortable while interacting with the opposite sex

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This one’s a classic: Popular western TV series like The Big Bang Theory stereotypes Indians as people who can’t handle a conversation with the opposite gender. That’s Raj for you.

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The irony is that Raj, in real life, is married to a beautiful former Miss India.

 

6. Not everyone from Southern India is dark skinned & has curly hair

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Majority of South Indians have a wheatish tone. Not everyone has a mustache and they don’t wear lungi all the time. So stop the ‘Madrassi’ ignorance.

 

7. Not all from North East India have East Asian features

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Most people from the North East don’t have East Asian features. Prime example: Arnab Goswami from Assam. It’s derogatory to ask someone why they don’t have the typical look.

 

8. All Indians are not vegeterians

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Meat consumption in India is quite high. And by meat, we mean poultry, mutton, pork and yes, beef. Hell, India became the top exporter of beef in 2012. Almost 70% is exported. So what happens to the rest? You’re correct, we eat it.

 

9. Cricket is NOT the religion of every Indian

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Not everyone is a cricket lover in India. Some even detest the game. Sports like tennis, badminton, football etc are also widely pursued.

 

10. All educated Indians are not IT Professionals

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Fact: 1 out of every 200 workers is a software engineer in the US. India has about 2.75 million software developers while the US has 4.5 million. So do the math.

 

11. Indian society is not as conservative as it is portrayed

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Times have changed. Girls are no longer confined to the four walls of the house. Live-in relationships are legal. It’s commonplace to find women having a great time in a pub at 2 in the morning.

 

12. Arranged marriages don’t happen overnight without the couple spending time to know each other

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Almost every arranged marriage in India is preceded by an extended period of informal ‘dates’ (meetings) between the couple to evaluate each other and their prospective relationship.

 

13. Not every Indian is a rapist.

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Even if we combine both reported and unreported incidents of rape in our country, India is still not the worst place for women. Yeah, it might not be the safest too, but it’s sad to paint every Indian man with the same color. A vast majority of Indians treat women with respect and dignity.

 

14. All Indians are not obsessed with Bollywood

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Regional cinema has a healthy fan following. A vast majority of educated Indians have a good taste for world cinema too. Some even avoid Bollywood movies altogether.

 

15. Not everyone wobble their head

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You’ll be surprised at the unpopularity of The Great Indian Headshake among Indians. This is certainly not a nationwide phenomenon.

 

16. India does not have a single climate. It’s not hot everywhere.

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From the frozen lakes of Kashmir to the sunny beaches of Havelock Island, rains of Cherrapunji to the sands of Rajasthan, the climate of India varies.

 

17. All Indians don’t have ‘that’ accent

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Thankfully, 250 million English speaking people in India haven’t learned English from Russel Peter’s dad.

Indians are a cool bunch. In reality, stereotypes don’t really bother us. We just keep calm and enjoy!

Original Article: http://www.storypick.com/17-silly-things-people-assume-india/