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SEAFLOOR MAPS REVEAL UNDERWATER CAVES, SLOPES—AND FAULT LINES

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LARRY MAYER IS headed out this week on a ship to explore the Channel Islands off the Southern California coast. Well, he’s actually exploring seafloor formations near the islands, looking for evidence that ancient peoples might have camped out in the caves as they migrated south some 15,000 years ago, a time when the sea level was 600 feet lower than today.

To do that, Mayer and a team led by famed Titantic explorer Robert Ballard will be using a new type of technology to provide three-dimensional imagery of the caves, a kind of acoustic camera. The device uses existing multibeam sonar technology—which helped oceanographers scan the seafloor for the past 30 years—with improved resolution, computer processing speeds, and visualization software in one off-the-shelf package.

“This device can now give you a picture-like view made with sound,” says Mayer, director of the Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping at the University of New Hampshire. “The idea is to look for places that look like a beach and a cliff but are underwater. If there are sea caves there, that’s where these people would inhabit.”

The researchers have made several previous trips to these formations, but on this trip they will examine them in greater detail with the new acoustic camera mounted on a new drone surface ship. Once they find the caves, they will send down a remote-operated vehicle called Hercules that has a high-definition video camera and robotic arms to grab samples.

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The mission is just one of many recently in which ocean scientists have deployed new seafloor mapping technology and advanced autonomous vehicles to uncover startling new information about the ocean bottom. There are discoveries like the underwater sea caves, deepwater coral formations off the East Coast, and new species of marine life clustered around hydrothermal vents spewing out methane and other chemicals from the Earth’s crust. The new mapping techniques are also revealing hazards like seafloor faults, volcanoes, or unstable underwater slopes that could generate deadly tsunamis near coastal cities.

That’s what H. Gary Green and colleagues from the Canadian Geologic Service found during recent mapping of the Salish Sea, an inland waterway between the US mainland and Vancouver Island, British Columbia. They detected two active fault zones—one of them newly discovered—that could trigger rockfalls and slumps of sediment that might lead to tsunamis that could be directed toward the San Juan Islands and Bellingham, Washington.

“You don’t want to scare the public, but it’s something that should be incorporated into any analysis for hazards,” says Greene, a marine geologist at the Moss Marine Laboratories in Moss Landing, California. Greene and colleagues explored the Salish Sea with multibeam sonar sensors attached to the bottom of the research ship and seismic sensors on a small torpedo-like instrument towed 100 feet off the seafloor. Their findings were reported in April at the annual meeting of the Seismological Society of America.

Though the surface of Mars is some 34 million miles away, scientists know more about that planet’s surface than the bottom of Earth’s own oceans. Many marine scientists hope that might change in the next decade, mainly by using more robots and fewer human-staffed ships. “What you have to do is take the ship out of the equation,” says Carl Kaiser, program manager at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Running a large research vessel costs from $25,000 to $60,000 per day, and research cruises can last up to six weeks for mid-ocean expeditions.

Kaiser and members of his team are developing a shore-launched autonomous vehicle that could survey deeper waters of the US exclusive economic zone, a region that stretches 200 miles from the shoreline, at a lower cost and greater resolution than ship-based surveys. Better mapping means more information about all kinds of strange environments, such as the methane seeps that attract sea life to deep plumes of minerals. “In 2013, there was a paper that found there was one naturally occurring methane seep on the US East Coast,” Kaiser says. “Today the number is north of 800, just because we have learned how to look for them and map them.”

A commercial firm is taking autonomous ocean-mapping ships to another level. Louisiana-based L3 Technologies is designing a 100-foot, single-hulled, crewless ship, the C-Worker 30, that can cruise the ocean for two months at a time, at a speed of about seven knots. Powered by diesel engines, the C-Worker 30 will also be able to launch two helper surface ships to expand the size and resolution of the underwater map. The firm is pitching its project to the Pentagon and NOAA for ocean surveys at half the cost of a crewed ship, says Thomas Chance, vice president and general manager at L3 Technologies.

By 2030, scientists hope to have a much more accurate seafloor map of the world’s oceans, says Eric King, operations manager for the R/V Falkor, a ship operated by the Schmidt Ocean Institute, a private, nonprofit foundation. “We still have ships going over waters that were surveyed by Captain Cook with a hand lead line,” says King. In Cook’s day, back in the 1770s, surveyors would toss a long rope overboard with a lead weight on the end to mark the depth of the seafloor.

With new acoustic maps, shipping companies will also be able to avoid trouble spots, while researchers will know more about the habitats of endangered fish stocks as well as valuable minerals that lie on the seafloor.

Yet even with robotic vehicles puttering through the oceans, humans will still need to go to sea to interpret the data their instruments are collecting. King leaves in August for a four-week cruise to explore a range of seven underwater seamounts between Hawaii and the Aleutians along with 44 other scientists and crew. Imagine sending that many people to Mars.

Nokia Chairman Risto Siilasmaa backs machine learning startup Aito.ai

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Aito, a Helsinki-based machine learning startup that is developing “predictive database” technology, has raised €1 million in pre-seed funding, including from Nokia Chairman Risto Siilasmaa (via his investment company First Fellow Partners).

Others backing the round are Hermitage, UMO Capital, together with funding from Business Finland. Previous Aito investors include Futurice and the company’s own founders Vesa-Pekka Grönfors, Antti Rauhala, Kai Inkinen.

Aiming to replace current machine learning tools that have a steep learning curve and generate only single-purpose models, Aito has built a predictive database for developers. Specifically, it lets users search existing information, make predictions, and find hidden correlations.

Crucially, the results are said to fully explainable and the tech can be integrated into existing software as easy as integrating an SQL query.

“The idea of an unconventional approach to AI and machine learning dates back for more than ten years,” Aito co-founder Vesa-Pekka Grönfors tells me. “Antti, co-founder and chief scientist of Aito, started working with the concept already at the end of his studies and continued through the following years as a Lead Data Scientist at Futurice [the European consultancy company]”.

More broadly, Aito is founded on the premise that software developers are the new AI developers. There are some 23 million software developers in the world, and they increasingly work with machine learning or AI-related features, meaning its no longer only the domain of data scientists only.

“They require tools that are quick to adopt, support agile workflows and are familiar without specific knowledge of data science,” adds Grönfors.

“Aito.ai is a predictive database for developers who value quick time to market. It’s familiar as a database, yet provides the intelligence of machine learning… Predictions, recommendations, and explanations are provided in milliseconds over a beautiful API, using the entire Aito database as training data. Where traditional database gives the user, for example, five past purchases of an e-commerce customer, Aito can automatically predict the next likely purchases and explain what lead to such prediction”.

As an example, a subscription business could feed their product, financial, user and event data into Aito, and get out various business critical predictions and insights such as: predict demand, explain conversion, predict churn, optimise pricing, personalize content, recommend products, maximize lifetime value and more.

Already being tested in the wild, Aito is currently being used to automatically suggest categories for documents uploaded to contract management system; to find relevant movies based on similarity; and to automate conversational UI workflows and provide predictions on which customer complaints will escalate.

“Futurice, where Aito was spun off from, uses Aito to find who knows about a certain topic within an organization. Simply by typing a term, Aito uncovers the people with such knowledge based on several internal data sources, with no taxonomy or tagging needed,” says Grönfors.

Meanwhile, the Aito business model is a classic enterprise SaaS developer play: the pricing model is based on the size of a user’s dataset and volume of queries. Pricing starts from €6 per day and there is a free trial period.

Microsoft launches React Native for Windows

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Microsoft  today announced a new open-source project for React Native developers who want to target Windows. “React Native for Windows,” as the project is unsurprisingly called, is meant to be a new ‘performance-oriented’ implementation of React for Windows under the MIT License.

Being able to target Windows using React Native, a framework for cross-platform development that came out of Facebook, isn’t new. The framework, which allows developers to write their code in JavaScript and then run it on Android and iOS, already features plugins and extensions for targeting Windows and macOS.

With React Native for Windows, Microsoft is reimplementing React Native and rewriting many components in C++ to get maximum performance. It allows developers to target any Windows 10 device, including PCs, tablets, Xbox, mixed reality devices and more. With Microsoft backing the project, these developers will now be able to provide their users with faster, more fluid apps.

Microsoft the project is now available on GitHub and ready for developers to test, with more mature versions following in the near future.

Uber and Lyft drivers are striking ahead of Uber’s IPO

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With Uber  expected to make its debut on the public market by Friday, May 10, on-demand ride-hailing drivers are planning to strike on Wednesday. The New York Taxi Workers Association is calling on U.S.-based drivers to stand in solidarity with drivers in London and log off from both Uber and Lyft on May 8 between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m.

“In the IPO filing, Uber said drivers will only get more dissatisfied because they plan to cut our pay and stop incentives,” NYTWA member Sonam Lama said in a press release. “We don’t want our wages to stay just minimum. We want Uber to answer to us, not to investors. The gig economy is all about exploiting workers by taking away our rights. It has to stop. Uber is the worst actor in the gig economy.”

In San Francisco, drivers are organizing a protest at Uber’s HQ followed by a 12-hour app shutoff. In a statement to TechCrunch, an Uber spokesperson said drivers are at the core of its service.

“Drivers are at the heart of our service — we can’t succeed without them — and thousands of people come into work at Uber every day focused on how to make their experience better, on and off the road,” an Uber spokesperson said. “Whether it’s more consistent earnings, stronger insurance protections or fully funded four-year degrees for drivers or their families, we’ll continue working to improve the experience for and with drivers.” When Lyft went public, “it was a sad day,” Gig Workers Rising organizer Shona Clarkson told TechCrunch last month.

“It’s hard to see this company making tons of money when you have insecure housing or aren’t sure you can make rent or pay medical bills,” she said.

In response, Lyft drivers went on strike in San Francisco and San Diego. While some drivers want to be W-2 employees and others don’t mind being 1099 independent contractors, these drivers are united around wanting higher wages, transparent policies around wages, tips, fare breakdowns and mileage rates, benefits and a voice, Clarkson said.

“Lyft drivers’ hourly earnings have increased over the last two years, and they have earned more than $10 billion on the Lyft platform,” a Lyft spokesperson told TechCrunch. “Over 75% drive less than 10 hours a week to supplement their existing jobs. On average, Lyft drivers earn over $20 per hour. We know that access to flexible, extra income makes a big difference for millions of people, and we’re constantly working to improve how we can best serve our driver community.”

As part of their respective IPOs, both Uber and Lyft offered some drivers bonuses but pale in comparison to what executives will walk away with. Lyft, for example, offered some drivers up to a one-time bonus of $10,000. Similarly, Uber offered some drivers a bonus up to $40,000.

“Drivers I know who were offered that deal from Lyft in the lead up to IPO were incredibly insulted and angry about it,” Clarkson said. “Both companies just do a lot of PR work to make it seem like they’re treating drivers well.”

Uber is pricing its IPO between $44 to $50 a share, seeking a valuation up to $84 billion. Lyft set a range of $62 to $68 for its IPO, seeking to raise up to $2.1 billion. Since its debut on the Nasdaq, Lyft’s stock has suffered after skyrocketing nearly 10% on day one. Lyft is currently trading at around $60 per share.

Simple mehndi design for left hand

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Simple mehndi design for left hand is an easy start to learn something new in this field. Let’s start the joy ride of learning Mehndi design with simple and easy designs. All through your amazing journey, you will love to practice mehndi designs.

How to make simple mehndi designs for hands

Presently, mehndi is not a tradition rather it has become a fashion style. Everybody loves to decorate their various body parts with it, but females are really crazy about beautiful patterns that look pretty on their hand. Application of mehndi becomes easier for you if you focus on the body part where you wish to apply it. Now, read our “how to make simple mehndi designs for hands”

A long and simple pattern created with small flowers and paisleys

The placing plays an important role in applying various designs. In this Mehndi hand design, start with long design starting from wrist till the tip of the pointer finger. Starting lines will help you set a base of starting something innovative.  Proceed further by making a small flower with petals. This simple Mehndi hands design will soon make you an expert in the field.

 Mehndi hand design

Circular designer pattern:

Circular designer pattern

Circles have always won the race of number one design. The irony about this easy and simple mehndi design is that it is the easiest pattern but attracts the most. Start with a simple dotted flower in the centre of the left hand. Make 2 -3 circular lines around this dotted flower. Now extend the design with the help of curved lines. Divide your centre part of the design into 8 parts and in every part make a semi-circle flower using lines and dots as shown in the picture.

Beautiful design created with the circle and leaf pattern

Beautiful design created with the circle and leaf pattern

Mehndi designs grab attention because of its dark colour and attractive design. This design is no lesser than a designers mehndi. Start with slanting curvy lines starting from one end of the wrist running to the other end. Make a drop shape pattern with the help of curves and dots at the centre of the left hand. Complete your design by making lines and leaf pattern. The thickness of the pattern gives true colour to the design. Beautify your designs by making bold and bigger lines.

Heart pattern made with dots and lines


Heart pattern made with dots and lines

The heart is one of the most preferred patterns that is liked and tried by many designers. Every time it is nicely made and is always the centre of attraction. Make this simple mehndi design with the help of dots. Make a heart shape with dotted lines and curves. For a picture-perfect look make a semi-circular pattern at the end of fingers. This will give a complete look and make you an excellent mehndi designer.

Simple and easy mehndi design made with checks and curves:

Simple and easy mehndi design

This design looks difficult, but once you pick your mehndi filled cone you can make this simple design within a few minutes. Start from the wrist by making a flower. Shade the leaves of the flower and make dots as shown in the design. Make paisley with a bold line and draw checks in between this shape. At every crossing add dots on four sides for that wonderful look. Then complete the design following the picture is shown above.

Beautiful design that looks like a jewellery:


Beautiful design that looks like a jewellery

Beautiful design

Beautiful design 2019

Don’t get confused or tensed with the complexity of the design. It appears difficult but is very simple and easy. At close observation, you will see that the design is the just repetition of the curves, lines and dots. Start from the wrist of the left hand and make a semi-circular pattern covering major parts of the back of the hand. The simple design made at the end of the fingers gives it a perfect look. So, what are you waiting for, start with this attractive design right now?

Full hand design for budding designers

By following step by step guidance soon you will be able to make this design with ease. When you first see this design it appears difficult but believe me follow these steps to become an expert Mehndi designer

Full hand design for budding designers

Full hand design for designers

 

Full-hand-design

  1. First of all, divide your complete pattern into small parts. Start from the mid of your arm. Divide small portions with lines and now fill the space between the two lines with curves, lines and dots. Don’t panic by seeing the design. It’s the same design made on both of the hands.
  2. At the wrist divide the space into two parts with a partition made towards the end of the wrist.
  3. In between, two lines make check pattern and now completes the hand with the simple and easy pattern.

To become a master in the mehndi beauty desig what you need is a lot of practice and needless to say practice makes man perfect stands true in this case. For better and deep colour apply sugar and lemon juice syrup. You can also try warm clove heated on hot Tawa.

Simple latest Arabic mehandi designs 2019-2020

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Girls are often obsessed with henna designs because they use henna designs of tattoos, which are circuitous, engraved on the skin. They often feel mehandi designs as a part of their decoration at parties.

Here I am going to give the best and popular Arabic Mehandi designs in 2019 & 2020. You can use these Arabic Mehendi designs 2019 in wedding ceremonies, auspicious events and so on.

Arabic henna design for hands is one of the simple yet elegant design mehndi. In this design, flowers and leaves are used, mostly they are arranged over in a particular pattern. Here you should develop thick outlines of the flowers and leaves so that the design will be eye-catching. You should leave some space on the palm. This Arabic Mehendi art for hands is a classic and modern style. You may refer this Mehndi details page with Wikipedia also.

Latest Henna Designs 2019 for hands:

Latest Henna Designs 2019

Henna Designs

Simple mehndi designs for hands

So, they often tend to use these simple mehndi designs for hands in almost all the parties. In not only parties but also you can see these mendi designs on weekend’s trips, festivals and so on.

Simple mehndi

There are several types of mehandi designs in mehndi and henna category. Now, Let us see the Arabic mehendi designs in this article. Arabic mehdi designs are a bit different from Indian mehndi designs.

 mendi designs

When you see Arabic latest henna designs, you can see the detailed structure of the design and you can have clear resembled of designs.

 Arabic latest henna designs

 Arabic latest henna

Arabic mehndi


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Arabic Peacock Style:

Peacock style is a well know style for almost all the mehndi lovers. Palm peacock style is a stunning design, which leaves no gaps in between your palm. This method will give the whole design of a decorative art like appeal. The palm peacock henna style is one of the trending Arabic mehndi designs, which is used in 2019.  This model shows a decent peacock in your hand, and you should cover your fingertips with conventional finishing designs.

Arabic Peacock Style

Flowers and swirls Arabic designs:

Flowers and swirls are another Arabic mehndi design, which is popular in 2019.  In this design, you can see the floral decoration on your hands. Every flower is mixed with the swirls, and it runs continuously until you reach your wrist. This Arabic mehundi designs will have swirls on its fingertips. This mehndi Art is widely used in wedding ceremonies and traditional functions.


Flowers and swirls Arabic designs

Flowers and swirls designs

Flowers arabic designs


Flowers henna designs
Flowers henna designs 2019

Veil and tower Arabic design:

This design appearance will be just like a tattoo. You can get the stunning appearance of your hands when you apply this Arabic Mehndi tattoo. Starting from the fingertips, you can see veil designs, which run through your fingers. Towers will start from your palm to your hand; this is one of the modern Arabic mandi tattoo which you can make use of in all kind of parties.


Veil and tower Arabic design

 tower Arabic design

 

Veil and flower Arabic mehndi design:

This veil and flower Arabic henna design is similar to the veil and tower Arabic mehndi design. Here instead of the tower, you will find floral decoration throughout your hand. There will be no gaps or empty spaces with this veil and flower Arabic mehndi design. You can see the full flowing henna throughout your hand. This is an ideal design for all kind of parties, functions and weekend trips.

 tower Arabic design 2019

Wedding Peacock Arabic Mehnedi designs:

Tired with the old mehendi designs and wanted to try a new concept? Then this wedding peacock Arabic megndi design is one of the simple yet stunning mehendi design. You can quickly use this latest Arabic mhndi design for almost all functions. This is a latest and trending Arabic mendi design 2019.

Wedding Peacock Arabic Mehnedi designs

Wedding Peacock Arabic Mehnedi designsPeacock Arabic Mehnedi designs

Striking Sun Arabia mehendi design:

Stunning Sun is one of the megendi design you should try in 2019.  This is a stunning design for your feet. You can see the floral decoration running on the both sides of your feet, and at the center of your feet, you will get a sun design, which makes your feet look awesome. This is conventional henna design for almost all occasions. You can try this whenever you want because this is a simple mehndi design.

Striking Sun Arabia mehendi design

Splendid Heart Arabic Mehendi Designs 2019:

Splendid heart Arabic mehendi designs is a contemporary mehandi. In this design, you can see a heart, which is incorporated into the mehendi design. This design looks like a comfortable design, but it is not that easy. You should spend some time in practice to design this beautiful heart of Arabic mehendi design. It is because incorporating heart shape into your design is curious in the Arabic design that is the reason why you need some practice.

Splendid Heart Arabic Mehendi Designs 2019

Heart Arabic Mehendi Designs Arabic Mehendi Designs

Seductively detailed Arabic Mehndi tattoo design:

The seductively detailed mehndi design is a brand new Arabic mehndhi design. In this design, you can see a floral design on the fingertips. There will be no gap or empty spaces in between the design. Your model will be running throughout the fingertips, when coming to the hands you will only have the detailed design, which consists of empty spaces. This seductively detailed Arabic mehndhi design appears similar to the tattoo, so it is mostly used as the tattoo.

Prodigious Arabian Mehndhi Designs:

Do you want to try a new floral mahandi design on your hands? Then you can try this immense Arabian mahandi design because this is a new Arabian mehadi design. In this design, you can see the floral decoration on your palm. You have to draw the flower and then combine the flowers with swirls and dots. This is one of the beautiful and new mehadi design, which can be used for all types of occasions.

The design was made with an extremely thin needle that has then become darker. Also, it is very beautiful. There are various types of henna designs which are doing its round as bridal mehndi today. So, here’s a henna design for the bride’s feet where it is possible to observe a whole lot of mehndi was put covering the entire skin.

If you understand the design properly, you can observe images of a man riding a horse. You have to have encounter a variety of mehendi design. You have to choose the suitable mehandi design which goes with your wedding attire. In conclusion, if you would like to have the very best mehndhi designs for your wedding, then you may want to go for any of the above 4 different types.

The design began with the 3 adjoining floral motifs on the other side of the thumb. The general design is quite easy, neat and crisp. There isn’t any ending to the hottest mehndhi designs too, and the finest Mehendhi designer may use the patterns with relieving without needing much work. A number of the standard dulhan mehendhi designs also produces a fantastic impression over a person.

Cute Designs

The mehdi designs as portrayed here will have the exclusive design together with royal touch. Mehndi Arabic designs are rather popular in throughout the world. If one is searching for a superior mehdi design it is clear he should also be in keep an eye out for a great mehndi artist who’s proficient in the art and knows all ideas to make sure that you the best of it on your hands.

 

Simple Arabic Mehndi Designs

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Simple mehndi des are great for beginners to hone their skills. These designs include simplistic trails and motifs with repetitive strokes which are quick and easy to draw. These designs also make for perfect options for the girls who wish to adorn their hand and feet with minimal mehndi designs.

1. Paisleys Patterns

How stunning is this Arabic mehndi design with prominent paisley patterns! The centre portion of the backhand is beautifully adorned with an intriguing design, whereas the fingers are also accentuated with statement Arabic style strokes.

Paisleys Patterns

2. Sheer elegance with lotus motifs

We totally love this mehndi design for its charismatic simplicity. Much like most Arabic mehndi designs, only of the fingers is beautified with henna and stunning henna art is done on the rest of the portion leading to a band on the wrist. The dainty lotus motifs with bold boundaries amidst the symmetrical lines are further adding charm to this mehndi design.

Sheer elegance with lotus motifs

3. An intricate trailed pattern

Trailed diagonal patterns which are popularly known as ‘bel’ are an imperative part of Arabic mehndi designs. And this simple bel design with floral motifs, leafy patterns and dotted details looks so pretty.

An intricate trailed pattern

4. The dual magic

The charm of the Arabian design doubles up when it comprises two distinct trails – each drawn with acute finesse.

The dual magic

5. Daisy trail on the backhand

Pretty, modern, classy and charming are the words that best describe this beautiful Arabic daisy trail drawn on the backhand.

Daisy trail on the backhand

6. Sheer elegance

This minimal and wide-spaced mehndi design is sheer elegance. The ring style patterns on fingers with leaf-dropping and the modish henna art on the wrists is worth swooning over.

Sheer elegance

7. Oh so minimal!

It is also quite common to have Arabic mehndi designs on the feet! And this one is a simplistic tattoo made of some playful strokes.

Oh so minimal!

8. Leafy trails and intricate patterns on fingers

All the fingers are semi-laden with different patterns which look absolutely chic and edgy! The pattern on the middle finger is leading to a leafy trail with a floral motif in between. Also, the floral motif’s boundaries are note-worthy; they are highlighted with bolder strokes.

Leafy trails and intricate patterns on fingers

9. Gorgeous yet simple Arabic mehendi design

It is most common to have Arabic mehndi designs imprinted on the backhand, but that doesn’t mean they look any less beauteous on the palm! Have a look at this stunning design and you will be floored too. We love the hearty combination of symmetric checks with the signature Arabic patterns. Also, the V-shaped design on the wrist looks so sharp and sophisticated.

Gorgeous yet simple Arabic mehendi design

10. An Arabic anklet tattoo

This one is perfect for beginners to try their hand on Arabic mehndi patterns! This one is a simple Arabic henna tattoo drawn on the anklet. As you can notice, it has lots of curves, diagonal strokes and it is flowing like a trail.

An Arabic anklet tattoo

11. A modish trail

This well-detailed Arabic trail on the front hand with a checkered prominence look great, doesn’t it?

A modish trail

12. Well-detailed checkered pattern with floral highlights

This mehndi design is majorly dominated with symmetric lattice design, which is inspired by the architectural accentuations formed by windows in Mosques! However, we love how the floral trails are paired with geometric checks and are adding so much oomph to this mehndi design.

Well-detailed checkered pattern with floral highlights

13. An eye-catchy design

Dominated by circular patterns on the backhand, this Arabian mehndi trail is so gripping! And oh, that dainty detailing around the thumb’s nail is so cute.

An eye-catchy design

14. A full-fledged peacock

A full-fledged peacock

Mini peacock motifs are a core part of Arabian mehndi design, but this particular design has a full-fledged peacock drawn on the backhand. It definitely looks stunning but is not as difficult to draw as it may seem to be.

15. Distant designs

Go for an unusual and contemporary mehndi design like this which is not a trail or all-about-paisleys! It has beauteous Arabian tattoos etched on a noticeable distance which make it look as interesting as a maze. And oh, the stunning patterns on the fingers are so drool-worthy.

Distant designs

16. Enchanting Blooms

Arabic mehndi designs are best known for being spacey! And this design is one such example with a lot of empty space and beautiful paisley and floral patterns.

Enchanting Blooms

17. Intricate swirls and minimalist florals

This elegant mehndi design is drawn with smartness! It is so beautiful to look at but is easier to draw. The fingers are gracefully adorned with flower motifs and dainty dots, whereas the key highlight of this design has repetitive swirls.

 Intricate swirls and minimalist florals

18. A quintessential Arabic bel

Traditional paisleys to flower motifs, this diagonally flowing trail has all elements of a quintessential Arabic mehndi design.

A quintessential Arabic bel

19. A basic designs with repetitive strokes

This Arabian mehndi design with a rose motif is undeniably beautiful and widely spread. But that doesn’t mean it is very difficult to draw. If you notice, this design has a lot of empty space and repetitive strokes which are beautified with some bold outlines.

A basic designs

20. When simplicity and prettiness combine!

A yet another beautiful Arabic trail made with simple strokes. The unique pattern on the finger-tips is totally steal-worthy. Also, can you spot the hidden alphabets in this mehndi? ;

beautiful Arabic mehndi design

5 Health Benefits of Low-Carb and Ketogenic Diets

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Low-carb diets have been controversial for decades.

Some people assert that these diets raise cholesterol and cause heart disease due to their high fat content.

However, in most scientific studies, low-carb diets prove their worth as healthy and beneficial.

A low-carb diet not only causes more weight loss but also leads to major improvements in most risk factors for heart disease — including cholesterol.

Here are 10 proven health benefits of low-carb and ketogenic diets.

A Ketogenic Diet for Beginners

Hunger tends to be the worst side effect of dieting.

It is one of the main reasons why many people feel miserable and eventually give up.

However, low-carb eating leads to an automatic reduction in appetite.

Studies consistently show that when people cut carbs and eat more protein and fat, they end up eating far fewer calories .

2.Low-Carb Diets Lead to More Weight Loss at First


Cutting carbs is one of the simplest and most effective ways to lose weight.

Studies illustrate that people on low-carb diets lose more weight, faster, than those on low-fat diets — even when the latter are actively restricting calories.

This is because low-carb diets act to rid excess water from your body, lowering insulin levels and leading to rapid weight loss in the first week or two .

In studies comparing low-carb and low-fat diets, people restricting their carbs sometimes lose 2–3 times as much weight — without being hungry (45).

One study in obese adults found a low-carb diet particularly effective for up to six months, compared to a conventional weight loss diet. After that, the difference in weight loss between diets was insignificant

In a year-long study in 609 overweight adults on low-fat or low-carb diets, both groups lost similar amounts of weight

3. A Greater Proportion of Fat Loss Comes From Your Abdominal Cavity

Not all fat in your body is the same.

Where fat is stored determines how it affects your health and risk of disease.

The two main types are subcutaneous fat, which is under your skin, and visceral fat, which accumulates in your abdominal cavity and is typical for most overweight men.

Visceral fat tends to lodge around your organs. Excess visceral fat is associated with inflammation and insulin resistance — and may drive the metabolic dysfunction so common in the West today

Low-carb diets are very effective at reducing this harmful abdominal fat. In fact, a greater proportion of the fat people lose on low-carb diets seems to come from the abdominal cavity .

Over time, this should lead to a drastically reduced risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

4. Triglycerides Tend to Drop Drastically

Triglycerides are fat molecules that circulate in your bloodstream.

It is well known that high fasting triglycerides — levels in the blood after an overnight fast — are a strong heart disease risk factor .

One of the main drivers of elevated triglycerides in sedentary people is carb consumption — especially the simple sugar fructose .

When people cut carbs, they tend to experience a very dramatic reduction in blood triglycerides .

On the other hand, low-fat diets often cause triglycerides to increase .

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5. Increased Levels of ‘Good’ HDL Cholesterol

 

.High-density lipoprotein (HDL) is often called the “good” cholesterol.

The higher your levels of HDL relative to “bad” LDL, the lower your risk of heart disease.

One of the best ways to increase “good” HDL levels is to eat fat — and low-carb diets include a lot of fat

Therefore, it is unsurprising that HDL levels increase dramatically on healthy, low-carb diets, while they tend to increase only moderately or even decline on low-fat diets.

 

How to Get Rid of Dark Circles Under Eyes

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Learn natural beauty tips about how to get rid of dark circles under eyes naturally, as they make you feel old, unhealthy and tired. Dark circles under the eyes affect both women and men. Usually they start appearing in adulthood, but children too some times develop dark circles under their eyes.

Causes Of Dark Circles Under Eyes

Read here what causes dark circles under eyes:

(i) Heredity / Genetics: Genetics are the biggest culprit. Dark circles under eyes can run in families. The more fair / transparent / thinner the skin – also an inherited trait – darker the circle under the eyes will appear. Deep-set eyes also contribute to dark circles under eyes.

(ii) Thinning Skin and Aging: This again is a major cause of dark circles under eyes with most people. The skin under the eyes is thin as it is. As you age, your skin loses fat and collagen which make your skin under the eyes more thinner, causing blood vessels to become noticeable and dark circles start appearing and likely to become permanent with age. Sun exposure speeds up this process by breaking down collagen.

(iii) Fatigue / Lack of sleep: Excessive exhaustion or lack of sleep can cause skin paleness, allowing the blood vessels under skin to get more visible, giving the appearance of dark circles.

(iv) Allergies: Any condition that causes itches to your eyes, like allergies to air-borne substances, such as pollen and dust. The itchy eyes contribute to dark circles under your eyes, as you rub your itching eyes.

(v) Anemia / Iron deficiency: Not having enough nutritious diet or a balanced diet can also cause discoloration of the skin under the eyes. Iron deficiency may also a cause of dark circles under your eyes.

(vi) Medications: If you are taking some medicines that cause your blood vessels to dilate then this can also contribute to dark circles under your eyes, as the skin under the eyes is very thin, so any increased blood flow becomes visible through the skin which gives a bluish tinge.

(vii) Lifestyle reasons: Smoking, chronic alcohol consumption or stress can take a toll on your body and become cause for dark circles under your eyes.

(viii) Pregnancy and menstruation: Due to lack of iron during these conditions, the skin becomes pale, causing the underlying veins under the eyes to become more visible.

(e) Dehydration: Dark circles under the eyes may be due to dehydration in some cases.

(f) Liver Problems: Dark circles may be due to some liver disease.

How To Get Rid Of Dark Circles Under Eyes Naturally

With the help of certain at dark circle home remedies and natural beauty tips you can diminish their appearance, and can prevent dark circles from worsening.

1. Get Enough Sleep to get rid of dark circles under your eyes: Although, enough sleep will not totally erase your dark circles, but it will help in diminishing their appearance:

(a) Lack of sleep tends to cause your skin to become paler due to lack of blood circulation, thus increasing the appearance of dark circles under the eyes.

(b) Lack of sleep also causes fatigue and stress which again gives you a depressed and aged person look.

(c) Normally, 7-9 hours of sleep per night is enough. But this varies from person to person and moreover it varies for a same person at different times throughout her / his life.

(d) Smoking and alcohol are likely to affect the quality of your sleep. Better is to avoid them altogether or if you must, then consume in moderation.

(e) If you are having problems in getting sound sleep, read very effective Natural Tips for Sleep Remedies.

2. Treat your allergies to remove dark circles under eyes: Often allergies are found to be cause of one’s under the eyes dark circles. If an allergy is cause of dark circles, then either treat the allergy or remove the allergen.

If your dark circles are constant then you may have an undetected food allergy or an allergy to a chemical in your work place or home. Consult your doctor to find out what you may be allergic to. People having allergy also sometimes be deficient in B6, folic acid and B12. Taking vitamin for dark circles (multivitamin) in such cases can help to remedy dark circles under your eyes.

3. Eat a healthy, balanced and nutritious diet to remove dark circles under eyes: Quite often vitamin / mineral deficiencies become cause of the cosmetic problems. Dark circles are also sometimes attributed to deficiency of vitamin K or inadequate antioxidants. A deficiency in vitamin B12 (normally anemia related) results into dark circles under the eyes.

(i) Consume a lot of fruits and vegetables, especially spinach, leafy green vegetables, cabbage to remedy dark circles.

(ii) Consume foods containing antioxidant pigments, like cranberries, bilberries, black currant, onions, legumes, and parsley to remove dark circles.

(iii) Consuming foods that are rich in folic acid or taking vitamin for dark circles, namely, B, C, D, E and fish oil supplements also help in treatment of your dark circles.

(iv) Drink enough fluids / water to improve circulation and keep you hydrate. This help in draining out toxins from your body, which otherwise can contribute in occurrence of dark circles.

(v) Dark circles under the eyes can be an indication of dehydration also, so drinking more water in such cases is recommended.

(vi) If required take vitamin supplements for dark circles in consultation with your doctor to diminish your dark circles.

(vii) Reduce Salt intake: Excess salt can impair your blood circulation which results your blood vessels to appear bluer under your skin. Excessive salt in your body also make your body to retain water at unusual places, even around the eyes. This can contribute to dark circles under your eyes. Cut down on salt consumption as a way for treatment of dark circles under eyes.

(viii) Quit Smoking: It is not only better to quit smoking from health point of view, but also as it causes vascular (blood vessel) problems. Smoking contributes to make your blood vessels appear bluer and visible. So reducing smoking or quitting it helps in preventing dark circles under your eyes.

4. Relax for treatment of your dark circles: Be relaxed, as it helps in reducing stress which in turn would help you in having sound sleep. Skin is largely affected by stress and which tends to reflect a host of emotional and physical disturbances.

5.  Clear Nasal Congestion for getting rid of dark circles under your eyes: Get your nose congestion cleared. A blocked nose leads to under the eyes dark circles, as the veins that channel from your eyes to your nose are dilated and thus darkened.

6. At Home Remedies about dark circles under eyes treatment: Some natural treatments for dark circles under the eyes can reduce your dark circles, and many of the required ingredients you can easily find in your kitchen.

(a) The tannin in tea bags helps in reducing swelling and discoloration. Place brewed and cooled teabags (squeeze to extract extra water) over your closed eyes for 10 – 15 minutes. You can cool them in refrigerator before using them. Green tea bags may work better than black or herbal tea bags because green tea contains a natural anti-inflammatory chemical, EGCG, which can reduce puffiness [source : WebMD].

(b) Cucumber slices to reduce dark circles under your eyes: Slice a fresh cucumber and place few of slices in your refrigerator for 15 – minutes.  Place the cool cucumber slices over your closed eyelids in your lying position. Do it daily for 10 – 15 minutes, this will help in reducing eyes puffiness along with refreshing the appearance of skin around your eyes and diminishing dark circles under your eyes.

(c) Potato a Natural Remedy for getting rid of dark circles under eyes: This is an ancient time remedy to get rid of dark circles under the eyes and is also used in China, South America and Hong Kong. Potatoes contain enzymes that lighten the skin. Put one raw potato into liquidizer and liquidize the whole potato. Place the pureed potato on your closed eyes for 20 – 30 minutes while you are lying on your back to treat your dark circles.

7.  Few more natural remedies about how to remove dark circles under your eyes:

(i) Stop the habit of rubbing your eyes. It inflames the skin and can break capillaries underneath, resulting into discoloration and eyes puffiness.Wear sunglasses to protect the skin underneath your eyes from melanin changes and prevent dark circles.

(ii) Avoid drinking too much of fluids before bedtime, as it can add to bags under your eyes because of water retention there.

(iii) Dip a cotton ball in rose water and place under your eyes for 10 minutes to remedy your dark circles.

(iv) Apply (dab don’t rub) moisturizer with vitamin C, this helps to support collagen under your eyes and prevent dark circles under the eyes.

(v) As you know the sun rays damage your skin, so using sunscreen with at least 20 SPF (when you are exposed to sun) helps in preventing dark circles under your eyes.

(vi) Gently massage underneath your eyes with almond oil before you go to sleep. The almond oil penetrates your skin and support circulation to prevent dark circles.

(vii) Use moisturizers with vitamin C and antioxidants to boost the collagen under your eyes.

(viii) Your dark circles might have been caused by deficiency of vitamin K and retinol. Use of skin cream containing these two ingredients not only helps in diminishing discoloration but eyes puffiness underneath your eyes also.

Follow above tips about how to get rid of dark circles under the eyes and look smart and young.

But we would like to tell you that the dark circles caused by heredity, deep-set eyes, thin skin and pigmentation irregularities are such causes about which you can’t do much to reverse.

Beauty tips for teenage girls

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If you are a teenage girl, you adore to look your best when ever you are going out to watch movies with your friends or going to your school or college. At this age you may be battling with acne. Therefore, the beauty tips for you, being a teenage girl, have to be selected with care so that your acne problem is not aggravated. We here share with you best beauty tips for teenage girls.

14 Beauty Tips For Teens

1. Acne: The foremost problem teenagers face is acne. Follow our home remedies for acne. If the acne problem still persists, make it sure to visit a dermatologist. Instead of spending $ 100 on your jeans, getting rid of pimples is the best investment for you.

2. Take care of your skin: Whatever you do, without a healthy skin you will not look beautiful. So take care of your skin by following organic skin care tips. Wash your face every night with a good cleanser to remove the oil and dirt from you skin. After washing your face use a good quality moisturizer to keep your skin soft and supple.

3. Avoid the foundation: Teenage girls should not tempt to cover their acne with thick layer of foundation. Foundation in teens hides their natural beauty. It suits women over 30. For teenagers best is to cover up their blemishes with concealer and then apply a powder or tinted moisturizers.

4. Never rub concealer, instead pat it: The best way to apply concealer is to pat it over blemishes or acne. Never rub. There are some concealers that contain medication to treat acne. Put a little on the pad of your middle finger and pat it in.

5. Avoid too much make-up: Don’t overdo it. Beauty tip for teens is to keep it simple instead of piling on eye shadows and blush. Even up your skin tone with tinted moisturizer and then apply pink blush to the apples of your cheeks. Make your eyes prominent with gold eye shadow and a couple of coats of black mascara. Apply light pink or nude lip gloss to your lips.

6. Balance out your eyes and lips:If you like heavy eye makeup then go for nude lips with just a bit of gloss. And if you like having dark lipstick, keep your face light and don’t use heavy blush rather wear only mascara on your eyes with a light eye-shadow. Also then avoid heavily lining your eyes. Remember not to line lips in a color darker than your gloss or lipstick.

7. Don’t play up everything, everyday: Never try to wear everything, foundation, powder, blush, liner, mascara, eyes-shadow, and lip-liner and gloss daily. At teenage the best beauty tip for you is to use a great mascara, concealer for blemishes and gloss. Add on a bit of blush in winter. Too much make-up is not only bad for your acne but a looks spoiler also.

8. Line just at the eye-lash line:Do not line the inside of your eyes. It will make your eyes appear smaller. An obvious line looks un-natural also.

9. Beauty Tips for Teens about Hair Care:

(i) Avoid using hot blow dryers, curling irons and flat irons. They damage your hair.

(ii) The teenage girls should keep their hair moisturized and healthy. This you can do by getting your hair trimmed every alternate month and limit the heat hair styling.

(iii) For dry and damaged hair, consider deep-conditioning of your hair once a week. You can use olive oil for this purpose. Warm up 1/4 cup of olive oil and apply it to your hair. Leave it on for 30 minutes and wash it off with shampoo. Learn here best way to deep condition your hair at home.

(iv) Long layers are good for any hair type. It makes curly hair appear manageable, thin hair appear thicker and wavy hair just right. However, don’t get too many layers cut in.

(v) Follow hair growth tips from an early age to have healthy hair growth and prevent hair loss in later years.

10. Vaseline: It is not only good for setting your chapped lips smooth and soft but also an inexpensive eye make-up  remover.

11. Sunscreen, best friend for teens: Whenever you go out in direct sun light for extended periods, apply sunscreen. The sun’s ultra violet rays can penetrate even car windows. These rays are not good for your skin and moreover contribute in creating wrinkles on your skin.

12. Teen Beauty Tips about Fingernails and Toenails: When you meet some body and shake hands or discuss something with someone with your  hands over the table, the people do notice your hands and fingernails. So take care of your nails with following beauty tips for teenage girls:

(i) Never bite your fingernails. This is not only unhygienic but it leaves your nails misshaped and curved.

(ii) Use a nail file properly. Don’t do sawing motion on your nails. Sawing motion on your nails create tears on your nails. The proper way is to file in the same direction.

(iii) While trimming your nails, don’t try to clip the nail in one cut. Use multiple cuts till the nail is trimmed to get a proper shape.

(iv) Don’t keep too long toenails.

(v) Keep your nails clean and of same length.

13. Play up your best feature – A Teen Beauty Tip: If people tell you, you have lips like Angelina Jolie; do not miss to wear gloss and go for bold lipstick colors. If it’s your eye color which attracts the people most, experiment with different eye-shadow colors that compliment them and do not miss to wear mascara. Also find out which colors shirts and tops look best on you and go for those colors.

14Real beauty is from inside: You must have noticed that many times a girl who is overweight, without wearing make-up, looking ordinary but if she is happy and cheerful, will attract more people than other girls. So if you are happy and cheerful, you will look 10 times prettier than the other girls sitting next to you. So the most important beauty tip for teenage girls is to be happy and cheerful, always.

 Follow the above outlined beauty tips for teens to look gorgeous and beautiful.

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