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chenjdw

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I am a retired Engineer, Artist, and Meaning of Life seeker.

My artworks are located at:

www.jameschengallery.com

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  • Thief, Teacher, and Treasurer
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    Thief, Teacher, and Treasurer

    9 hours ago

    All three are just trying to do their best to make a living in order to survive in the man-made world. All 3 professions require specialized skills and years of practices to be good at them. They all

  • Laws
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    Laws

    3 weeks ago

    Natural laws govern and dictate how things are and what the things can be. They are invisible and unalterable. They exist before the Big Bang. All that had happened, are happening, and will happen fol

  • Logic and Reason
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    Logic and Reason

    7 weeks ago

    Logic is 1 + 1 = 2. If A = B and B = C, then logic dictates that A = C. When the moving car suddenly stalls and the gas indicator points to EMPTY, it is logical to conclude that by adding gasoline int

  • Luck
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    Luck

    2 months ago

    We feel lucky when we win the lottery, have a loving and happy family, have a good paying job with minimum stress and short commune, to be able to fall asleep as soon as the eyes are closed, to escape

  • Of Bacteria, Insects, and Men
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    Of Bacteria, Insects, and Men

    3 months ago

    Bacteria are the pioneering living things on Earth. They filled the air with oxygen, the land with fertilizers, and the sea with nutrients laying the foundation for the emergence of much complex livin

  • Innocence
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    Innocence

    3 months ago

    We all remember a time when we look at things with wide open eyes, open mind, and curiosity. We accept things without prejudice, judgment, and reservation. We choose friend based on who they are shari

  • How and Why of Life
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    How and Why of Life

    4 months ago

    We can see order amidst chaos, pattern amidst contradiction, and stability amidst upheaval. Above all, we can see the reasons as to how and why living things behave the ways they do. There are literal

  • Freaks of Nature
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    Freaks of Nature

    5 months ago

    For most of the people, their first close encounter with the so called “freak” is at the circus carnival. Who can forget the elephant man, the wolf boy, the 8-foot giant, the 2-foot dwarf, lobster boy

  • Man-made World
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    Man-made World

    5 months ago

    In Nature, every animal returns to its home to rest after spending times searching for and feeding on food. The home is not only a place to rest free from the disturbance of the weather and the threat

  • Old - Age
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    Old - Age

    6 months ago

    The old age is the last stop in a human’s normal journey of life on Earth. It is a long journey that we are forced to take. The old age is a time to reminiscent the good and bad times, to lick the wou

  • Do the Right Thing
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    Do the Right Thing

    7 months ago

    It is right to help the distressed, to stand up for the weak, to protect the young and the old, to tell a lie when the truth can only cause irreparable damage, to forgo one’s well-being for the wealth

  • Rules and Regulations
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    Rules and Regulations

    7 months ago

    No one likes to be told what to do and how to do things. But in order to live and work in a civilized society, there are rules to follow and regulations to observe. They are necessary to make sure tha

  • Perfect-ion
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    Perfect-ion

    8 months ago

    Nothing is perfect. It is one of the invisible laws of Nature. In an imperfect world, perfection can be an impossible dream, an unreachable goal, and even an irrelevant concept. Perfection means there

  • Diversity
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    Diversity

    8 months ago

    Our Earth is populated with living things with such variety, complexity, and diversity that many people concludes that they must be the work of an Omni-potent, Omni-present, and Omni-science being. It

  • Book
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    Book

    9 months ago

    Book is used to record our thoughts, ideas, observations, imaginations, and accomplishments. Since the dawn of civilization, before there was paper, we drew on rocks, bamboos, papyrus, anything that c

  • Into the Future
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    Into the Future

    9 months ago

    No one knows what is going to happen in the future. But living day to day in the present and taking whatever the future has to offer are no longer acceptable. We buy insurance to guard against the une

  • Have and Have Not
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    Have and Have Not

    10 months ago

    No one can say that life is fair. There are people who are born into a well-to-do family having all the material comforts and more opportunities to pursuit their ideals and dreams. There are people wh

  • What Can Be Known
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    What Can Be Known

    3 weeks ago

    If the pig knows that when it grows up it will be slaughter for food, will it still have a will to live? If the salmon knows that after swimming thousands of miles from the ocean to a river in the mou

  • Wisdom
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    Wisdom

    2 months ago

    Intelligence is a measurement of a person’s ability to find short term and quick solution to a problem. Wisdom is a measurement of a person’s ability to provide long term and encompassing solution to

  • Which One Came First
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    Which One Came First

    3 months ago

    Which one comes first – chicken or egg, male or female, self determination or fate, energy or matter? These are the questions that only an advance civilization knows how to ask. Once the question is p

  • Absolute
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    Absolute

    8 months ago

    We sometimes wonder if the choices we made are the right ones and how our lives are affected. There are several well-established and time-proven religions of faith each with at least hundreds of milli

  • Normal and Abnormal
    1

    Normal and Abnormal

    9 months ago

    Today, a person can find all one’s need in the society where a person’s basic right to receive education, to have equal employment opportunity, to marry and start a family are protected under the law

  • Happiness, Love, and Health
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    Happiness, Love, and Health

    9 months ago

    Money can buy happiness, but there is happiness that money cannot buy. Money can buy love, but there is live that money cannot buy. Money can buy health, but there is health that money cannot buy. A h

  • Meaning and Purpose of Mathematics
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    Meaning and Purpose of Mathematics

    9 hours ago

    The unpredictable weather, the changing climate, and the destructive earthquake can all be understood, studied, and forecasted with the help of mathematics. We use mathematics to balance the budget an

  • Miracles in Life
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    Miracles in Life

    9 hours ago

    It is a miracle that: 1) A kid with little formal education can play beautiful music or be proficient in mathematics. 2) A person can have one’s problems going away by just praying. 3) Some people can survive...

  • Immune System
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    Immune System

    9 hours ago

    The human body is a work of wonder, the result of an intelligent design that takes 3.5 billion years to perfect. It is equipped with the capacity to protect itself against not only the visible dangers of the natural...

  • Who and What We are
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    Who and What We are

    3 months ago

    As we grow up, we begin to be aware of the physical differences among the people around us. Some people are taller while some are shorter. Some people are male while some are female. Everyone looks and behaves in...

  • Building Block
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    Building Block

    3 months ago

    The single living cell is the building block of all the living things on Earth. The organic compound is the building of the single living cell. The chemical elements are the building blocks of the organic compound....

  • Uncommon Problems
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    Uncommon Problems

    3 months ago

    Everyone in the lifetime has faced one or more uncommon problems that one wishes one never has to. Divorce, bankruptcy, bulling, prejudice, discrimination, accused of wrongdoing in a lawsuit, bad traffic accident, etc.,...

  • Why Education
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    Why Education

    9 months ago

    No one doubts the importance of education in a person’s life. It is especially true in today’s society where technical knowledge and professional services are the two main areas of employment, rules of...

  • U.S. Military Might
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    U.S. Military Might

    7 weeks ago

    After WW2, a war that cost the lives of around 100 million people and caused the decimation of the major cities in Europe, China, and Southeast Asia, the U.S. realized that it had to play a proactive role to prevent the...

  • It Is a Wonderful World
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    It Is a Wonderful World

    8 hours ago

    Our world is filled with living things doing wonderful tricks to compete for the right of existence. There are the flowers in all shapes and sizes filling the air with sweet fragrance and decorating the landscape with...

  • My Kidney Stone
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    My Kidney Stone

    3 months ago

    My brush with the kidney stone began innocently and painfully in September 2013. At the time, I did not know that the pain was caused by my kidney stone. It all started on a Monday morning after my regular light chore...

  • Body Human
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    Body Human

    3 months ago

    The human body is the most powerful and complex living organism on Earth. So much so that it urges its host to wonder how it works, to explore how it is put together, and to seek its origin. Some are satisfied to know...

  • American Professional Sports
    1

    American Professional Sports

    9 months ago

    The professional sports are an important part of the American entertainment industry. Their impacts on the culture and commerce are enormous. Most importantly, they allow us to witness what the best athletics can do...

  • We, the Thinker
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    We, the Thinker

    9 months ago

    Everyone is capable of thought, a thinking process that is essential for us to face and solve the uncommon problems that life presents. The thinking involves the understanding of the situation, visualizing the available...

  • My Take on the Rubik’s Cube
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    My Take on the Rubik’s Cube

    3 months ago

    Since the Rubik’s Cube introduction to the market, numerous solutions to the puzzle had come out. There were even competitions that were held regularly around the world to show the fastest time to solve the...

  • Carbon and Silicon
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    Carbon and Silicon

    3 months ago

    Life on Earth is not possible without carbon. Carbon-based organic compounds and its complex molecules form the basis of the living cell. Today, all life forms are made of cells, billions of them; each performing a...

  • Is There Life after Death
    1

    Is There Life after Death

    3 months ago

    We are the only species on Earth who are capable of pondering this question out loud. We understand that nothing lasts forever. There is good but also bad, there is life but also death. It is unconceivable and unnerving...

  • Choices in Life
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    Choices in Life

    3 weeks ago

    In a free society, a person has many choices as to how to live one’s life. Some choices like the clothes to wear, the dinner to eat, the vacation to take, etc., have minimum impact as to how one’s life will...

  • My Friend’s GBM
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    My Friend’s GBM

    9 months ago

    GBM, Glioblastoma multiforme, is a malignant glioma that is a deadly type of cancerous brain tumor. It was reported that Teddy Kennedy’s seizure was diagnosed to be caused by a brain tumor of GBM kind. At the...

  • My Jury Duty Experience
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    My Jury Duty Experience

    7 weeks ago

    Most of our experiences with the United States’ jury and court operations are from the TV shows like Perry Mason, LA Law, Boston Legal, etc. Few of us also have the opportunity to serve in the jury panel and go...

  • California Wildfire
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    California Wildfire

    7 months ago

    Wildfire in the forest and grasslands is the Nature’s way of house cleaning and new life regeneration. It occurs normally when overgrowth causes overcrowding and decay that result in unhealthy living conditions....

  • My House's Copper Repiping
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    My House's Copper Repiping

    3 months ago

    Any house that was built before 1962 most likely had plumbing made of galvanized metal. This type of plumbing usually lasts no more than 30 years before corrosion and rust take the course. My house was built in the...

  • Survival of the Inevitable
    1

    Survival of the Inevitable

    9 months ago

    Human beings have come a long way surviving the hostile but forgiving world. So far, they have done a good job in figuring out how to stay together in order to improve food production and to fight off diseases, to...

  • Buddhism in China
    1

    Buddhism in China

    14 months ago

    It was written somewhere long ago that God sent 3 of his sons – Buddha, Christ, and Mohammed – to 3 different regions of the world to guide human’s spirituality. Buddhism established its root in China...

  • Who Are the Chinese
    1

    Who Are the Chinese

    3 months ago

    There are 1.3 billion Chinese in the world. The Chinese civilization is 5000 years old. It is the only original civilization that has withstood the test of time and continued without interruption to the present day. As...

  • Incredible Edible Tofu
    1

    Incredible Edible Tofu

    3 months ago

    Tofu is a processed food made from soybeans just like butter is made from milk. Tofu was created by accident more than 2000 years ago in China. Due to its nutritious value, jell-o like soft texture, and tasteless...

  • Good, Bad, and Evil
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    Good, Bad, and Evil

    2 months ago

    It is good to lend a helping hand to those who are in trouble. It is bad to steal from the others. It is evil to plot the demise of an adversary. We like to do something good because it makes us feel good about...

  • Balance in Life
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    Balance in Life

    7 weeks ago

    It is not to state that there is no benefit to the drastic changes. But, a long period of stability is crucial for growth, creativity, and the understanding of our role in life. To achieve these, we need a balance of...

  • Wonder Drugs of Our Time
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    Wonder Drugs of Our Time

    9 months ago

    Today, we are living in a world with pollutions in the air, chemicals in the food, stress in the office, and anxiety from the unstable economics. All these factors add up to an unhealthy life style and causing...

  • Evolution of PC
    2

    Evolution of PC

    9 months ago

    The first PC was debuted in 1975. It was made by MITS called Altair 8800 and sold for $439 as a kit. Today, the iPad made by Apple costs $499. Its heart is the 1 GHz ARM with 578 Kbyte of internal memory, a 9” LCD...

  • Are We Alone
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    Are We Alone

    9 months ago

    Since the dawn of civilization, we have been wondering about the origin of life. Are we unique or there are many like us living in one of those shining stars in the sky. Due to the advance in science and technology, we...

  • Game of Life
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    Game of Life

    7 months ago

    People had all played games in their childhood. Those games provided fun and excitement away from school and homework. Games like Hide and Seek, Cop and Robber, and Monopoly. In adulthood, people learn to play games...

  • The Chinese Food for Dummies #1
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    The Chinese Food for Dummies #1

    4 years ago

    Most people’s experiences with the Chinese food are from either the restaurants in Chinatown or the Chinese restaurants located at the obscured street corners. Majority of the food served there are of Cantonese...

  • Experience, Wisdom, and Knowledge
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    Experience, Wisdom, and Knowledge

    2 months ago

    For each person, life is more than being born, going to school, raising a family, working hard to make a living, and getting to old age to complete the cycle. Life is also an emotional and spiritual journey filled with...

  • Brain, Computer, and Mind
    1

    Brain, Computer, and Mind

    7 weeks ago

    What makes human species so successful and dominating than any other living things on Earth is none other than that lump of grey flesh inside its skull called the brain. The brain prepares the humans to overcome the...

  • Philosopher, Scientist, and Engineer
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    Philosopher, Scientist, and Engineer

    7 weeks ago

    They are probably 3 of the most influential professions in the modernization of the human civilization. They all strive to provide meanings and well beings to a life that seems chaotic, barbaric, and survival of the...

  • My Trips to Honolulu
    1

    My Trips to Honolulu

    3 months ago

    Honolulu, on the island of Oahu, is a paradise to me. Whenever I have the chance, I enjoy taking a trip to this green and lush, warm and humid, peaceful and friendly, sandal and aloha shirt, shave ice and luau, emerald...

  • Law of Average
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    Law of Average

    7 months ago

    We have different interests, aspirations, and ways of looking at the same world. As a whole, there are common characteristics that most of us share and lead to an uneventful life of having a normal family, routine job,...

  • A Simple Home Security System
    1

    A Simple Home Security System

    7 months ago

    I live in a modest neighborhood with working class families. Over the past years, more and more families were reporting to be victim of burglary. Instead of sit and wait for the same predicament to befall upon my home,...

  • Where Is Democracy
    8

    Where Is Democracy

    8 months ago

    United States is the most democratic country in the world. In its short but glorious short history of 230 plus years, United States has become the envy of the world and set an example as to how a nation shall be run....

  • Probability of Life
    1

    Probability of Life

    7 months ago

    Probability is the study and calculation of how often and why certain man-made and natural events occur. Those events that are once deemed to be random and unpredictable are now turned out to be just the opposite....

  • How Is China Doing
    1

    How Is China Doing

    5 months ago

    After Mao’s death, his once-persecuted successor, Deng Xiaoping, took a more pragmatic and socialistic approach. After 30 years, China has become the largest export country with a foreign reserve of 3 trillion US...

  • Chinese Painting for Dummies
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    Chinese Painting for Dummies

    5 months ago

    The Chinese painting is the most unique in the world. It differs from the western painting in equipments used, coloration, subject matters, compositions, and presentations. Chinese painters usually get their...

  • My Bronchitis
    3

    My Bronchitis

    4 years ago

    My Bronchitis occurred for an average every 6 to 7 years. My symptoms of the Bronchitis were pretty much the same each time – fever with aching joints, running noise with thick mucus, sore throat, and cough with...

  • Top Special Effects Movies of All Time
    1

    Top Special Effects Movies of All Time

    2 months ago

    Film makers use special effects to enhance movie scenes and to create images that are out of this world. The following five movies are made with some of the best special effects: Independence Day (1996), Contract Killer...

  • Role in Life
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    Role in Life

    3 months ago

    In a free and affluent society, opportunities are everywhere, dreams can become reality, and the good, the bad, and the ugly comingle. It is also a place where people find jobs to make a living, to seek friends to...

  • A Bomb, a Missile, and a Satellite That Changed China Forever
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    A Bomb, a Missile, and a Satellite That Changed China Forever

    5 months ago

    In 1964, the Chinese succeeded in detonating the first atomic bomb. In 1966, they developed the mid-range missile with nuclear warhead capability. In 1970, China sent the first satellite into space. With these 3...

  • Religion, Philosophy, and Science
    1

    Religion, Philosophy, and Science

    5 months ago

    Religion, Philosophy, and Science are the 3 pillars that hold human civilization together since its birth on Earth more than 6 thousand years ago. The 3 pillars were built and developed piece by piece by humans over the...

  • My Sneezing, Runny Nose, and Peanut Allergy
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    My Sneezing, Runny Nose, and Peanut Allergy

    3 months ago

    Sneezing and runny nose have been part of my life as far as I can remember. After years of analyses, documentations, and experimentations, my sneezing and runny nose can be traced to pollens, common cold/flu, and...

  • Internet, WWW, and Search Engine
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    Internet, WWW, and Search Engine

    8 months ago

    The Internet had its origin in 1969 when the U.S. Department of Defense set out to share data among different computers located in various areas. The WWW is a unique application feature that makes the Internet more...

  • Plight of Chiang Kai-shek
    1

    Plight of Chiang Kai-shek

    5 months ago

    Chiang Kai-shek was the 17th president of the Republic of China and had lived through one of the most turbulent times in Chinese history. Only a few human beings in mankind’s history were destined to walk through...

  • My Pesky Gophers
    1

    My Pesky Gophers

    8 months ago

    I admire the gophers hard working life of digging tunnels under the ground and searching for nourishments night after night. I wish I can co-exist with them. But, the way they go about their business, my hilly backyard...

  • Madame Chiang Kai-shek
    1

    Madame Chiang Kai-shek

    5 months ago

    Madame Chiang wife of Chiang Kai-shek was invited to speak in front of both houses of the U.S. Congress in 1943. She was the first Asian woman to do so up till then and there has been no other Asian women offered the...

  • 5000 years of Chinese History at a Glance, Part 1
    3

    5000 years of Chinese History at a Glance, Part 1

    5 months ago

    China is the only country in the world that can trace its history for more than 5000 years continuously without interruption. Over the millennium, Chinese civilization survived the brutal and merciless foreign invasions...

  • The Voyages of Zheng He
    4

    The Voyages of Zheng He

    4 years ago

    Although no detailed records were available, based on historical and archeological data, Zheng He’s 7 expeditions started in 1405 and ended in 1433. The sea voyage took him as far as Africa.

  • Do Not Throw Away VHS Yet
    0

    Do Not Throw Away VHS Yet

    8 months ago

    The popularity of the satellite and cable programming, and the emergence of the HDTV, VCR that plays the VHS tape is not only hard to find but also is difficult to interface with the new generation of video equipments....

  • How Is Taiwan Doing
    1

    How Is Taiwan Doing

    3 months ago

    There were movies that shocked, scared, informed, mesmerized, enlightened, and delighted people. I am here to write about the movies that made a difference. For example, they are Ghost in the Shell (1995), The Infernal...

  • Invention, Patent, and USPTO
    2

    Invention, Patent, and USPTO

    2 months ago

    If your invention is straight forward, you may consider applying for the patent all by yourself. Fortunately, USPTO has setup a comprehensive website with step by step information to allow ordinary citizen to...

  • The Chinese Medicine for Dummies
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    The Chinese Medicine for Dummies

    4 years ago

    Chinese medicine dated back to its early civilization more than 4500 years ago. It was based on the empirical knowledge collected and refined by the people who treated illness and sickness at the time. What made Chinese...

  • My Seborrheic Keratosis
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    My Seborrheic Keratosis

    4 weeks ago

    It started out as a small bump with a smooth texture on right side of my face close to the ear. Upon a quick look, the dermatologist said it was Seborrheic keratosis, a benign skin tumor that bore wart-like...

  • Who is Mao Zedong
    10

    Who is Mao Zedong

    5 months ago

    Despite the unimaginable sufferings and countless deaths he caused, Mao changed the course and the life of a billion people through his unique brand of Marxist indoctrination and transformed a despised weakling to one...

  • On the Finale of Species
    8

    On the Finale of Species

    5 months ago

    Darwin’s On the Origin of Species was published in 1859. His writings conclude that Life on Earth is dictated by the random mutation and the changing environmental conditions governed by the evolutionary process....

  • My Eye Floaters
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    My Eye Floaters

    14 months ago

    I learned that the appearance of floaters after the lightning bolt (or flash) could be the result of a retina tear that could result in blindness. The Ophthalmologist explained that my condition occurred when the...

  • From Switch to Computer
    1

    From Switch to Computer

    3 weeks ago

    All computers large or small are built of simple on/off switches. This switch inside the computer is similar in nature to the household on/off light switch. However, the two differ in size, speed, and control.

  • The State Machine for Everyone
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    The State Machine for Everyone

    9 months ago

    State Machine is a technical term commonly used in computer design and Computer Science. It is a programming and designing technique where a complex and repetitive task is broken down into smaller and definable pieces...

  • The Confucius for Dummies
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    The Confucius for Dummies

    15 months ago

    Confucius is one of the four greatest thinker, philosopher, and educator ever lived (the other three are Buddha, Jesus, and Muhammad). To understand the teachings of Confucius is to understand the essence of the Chinese...

  • How to create USPTO E-File document format using Microsoft Office Word 2007
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    How to create USPTO E-File document format using Microsoft Office Word 2007

    4 years ago

    The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) allow patent application documents to be filed electronically. However, the documents need to be in the specific portable docu­ment format (PDF) formats.

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