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    Humans can distinguish more than 1 trillion scents, according to new research. The findings show that our sense of smell is far more discriminating than previously thought.

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    Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) has made over 199,519 World Soccer Cup 2014 tickets available for on-line sales as of Tuesday (Apr. 15). They apply to 54 out of the total 64 matches of the competition, which will take place in 12 Brazilian host cities from June 12 to July 13 this year.
    Heart block is a problem that occurs with the heart's electrical system. This system controls the rate and rhythm of heartbeats. Heart block occurs if the electrical signal is slowed or disrupted as it moves from the upper to the lower chambers of the heart.
    Heart valve disease is a disease in which one or more of your heart valves don't work properly. The heart has four valves: the tricuspid, pulmonary, mitral, and aortic valves. These valves have tissue flaps that open and close with each heartbeat. The flaps make sure blood flows in the right direction through your heart's four chambers and to the rest of your body.
    Palpitations are feelings that your heart is skipping a beat, fluttering, or beating too hard or too fast. You may have these feelings in your chest, throat, or neck. They can occur during activity or even when you're sitting still or lying down.
    Vaccines provide safe, cost-effective, and efficient means of preventing illness, disability, and death from infectious diseases.
    Many of us would love to believe that chocolate is a health food. Maybe you’ve heard or read about its potential benefits. Eating chocolate may have some health pluses, but the research is far from certain. The drawbacks, on the other hand, are clear. Think twice before you reach for that tempting treat.
    For the second consecutive business day, the dollar has closed at its lowest price against the real in almost six months. On Monday (Apr. 7), it sold at R$2.22, hitting a bottom from the R$2.192 in October 30. In total, the US currency has decreased 5.45% over the past 30 days and 6% so far this year.
    A mineral compound has been developed to produce a fertilizer which increases agricultural productivity at reduced environmental impact. The material also provides benefits for irrigation. It reduces irrigation needs by 50% of the cycle. The study went on to compare the use of other urea (ammonia)-added material commonly used in agriculture to the zeolite compound.
    Israeli, Palestinian negotiators seek to rescue troubled talks
    JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli and Palestinian negotiators met on Thursday in Jerusalem to seek a way to prevent troubled peace talks from collapsing ahead of an April 29 deadline.
    U.N. seeks sanctions waiver to ship arms to Mali via Ivory Coast
    UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations is seeking an exemption from a U.N. Security Council arms embargo on Ivory Coast so it can ship weapons and military equipment across the East African nation to its peacekeeping mission in landlocked Mali, a spokesman said on Thursday.
    Four-way talks call for end to Ukraine violence
    GENEVA/MOSCOW (Reuters) - The United States, Russia, Ukraine and European Union together called on Thursday for an immediate halt to violence in Ukraine, where Western powers believe Russia is fomenting a pro-Russian separatist movement.
    S&P 500, Nasdaq rise after strong results
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - The major U.S. stock indexes ended a holiday-shortened week with mostly gains on Thursday, giving the S&P 500 its biggest weekly advance since July as Morgan Stanley and General Electric rallied after strong results.
    BlackRock's quarterly profit climbs as investors pile into funds
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - BlackRock Inc, the world's largest money manager, said on Thursday first-quarter profit rose 20 percent, boosted by strong performance fees and strength in its retail business as investors poured money into long-term funds.
    U.S. judge declines to order 'park it now' notices for GM cars
    (Reuters) - A federal judge on Thursday rejected a bid to compel General Motors Co to tell customers to stop driving millions of cars that have been recalled for defective ignition switches.
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    Of all the faculties, you will find not one which is capable of contemplating itself; and, consequently, not capable either of approving or disapproving. How far does the grammatic art possess the contemplating power? As far as forming a judgement about what is written and spoken. And how far music?
    “Is it not pleasant to learn with a constant perseverance and application?" “Is it not delightful to have friends coming from distant quarters?" “Is he not a man of complete virtue, who feels no discomposure though men may take no note of him?”
    Seneca, the favourite classic of the early fathers of the church and of the Middle Ages, whom Jerome, Tertullian, and Augustine speak of as “Seneca noster,” who was believed to have corresponded with St. Paul, and upon whom Calvin wrote a commentary, seems almost forgotten in modern times. Yet Seneca’s morality is always pure, and from him we gain, albeit at second hand, an insight into the doctrines of the Greek philosophers, Zeno, Epicurus, Chrysippus, &c., whose precepts and system of religious thought had in cultivated Roman society taken the place of the old worship of Jupiter and Quirinus.
    The theoretical use of reason was concerned with objects of the cognitive faculty only, and a critical examination of it with reference to this use applied properly only to the pure faculty of cognition; because this raised the suspicion, which was afterwards confirmed, that it might easily pass beyond its limits, and be lost among unattainable objects, or even contradictory notions.
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