THSR 700T – Taiwanese variant of Japanese Shinkansen

THSR 700T - Southbound train - Leaving Taichung-Station, Taiwan

THSR 700T - Southbound train - Taiwan

THSR 700T - Southbound train - Entering Taichung-Station, Taiwan

THSR 700T - Southbound train

THSR 700T - Southbound train - Passing in the evening

Southbound train passing

Taiwan High Speed 700T train - Taichung-Station, Taiwan

Southbound train passing - Taiwan

THSR 700T – Taiwanese variant of Japanese Shinkansen

  • Speed: 300 km/h
  • Location: Taiwan
  • Route: Taipei – Kaohsiung
  • Number of seats: 989
  • Commencement of exploitation: January 5, 2007

THSR 700T – It is a Taiwanese variant of Japanese Shinkansen. You can tell by the trains because they were produced by Japanese companies Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Nippon Sharyi and Hitachi. Although the train was launched in 2007, the train reached a record speed of 315 km / h during test runs in 2005. The train then began to run on a 345 km route between Taipei and Kaohsiung. The machine therefore cut travel time from four and a half hours to just 90 minutes.

Necessary improvement

Currently, the train consists of twelve carriages that can carry 989 passengers. The tunnels through which the train passes have been built to European specifications with a larger diameter than in Japan. There was an earthquake in 2010, in Kaohsiung, as a result of which the wheels of the train came off the track. Nobody was injured and the train, after an hour’s repair, reached the next station.

There is no restaurant or bar on the train. The wagons are equipped with vending machines where you can buy food.

Ant – Doesn’t get sick because of the minority complex

Ant - In a wall

Ant - On a rotten fruit

Ant - Ramat Gan

Ant - Iran

Ant - Insect of the family Formicidae - Iran

Ant - Aretidris buenaventei - profile view

Ant - Camponotus novaeboracensis - Queen

Ant - Fearsome

Ant – Doesn’t get sick because of the minority complex

Ant – 100 million years of evolution has developed its characteristic features, social behavior, order, hierarchy and abundance unmatched in the entire animal kingdom. It is estimated that the weight of all ants on Earth is equal to the weight of all people. Formicidae form a family of insects belonging to the order Hymenoptera.

One ant has virtually no meaning, but a million colony of ants is a perfectly organized mass that knows what it wants and how to get it. They are among the most specialized insects that make up caste communities – in which each individual has a clearly defined task. The number of species is estimated at around 12,000, but some scientists say that it may be as much as 30,000. Probably even half of them are still not described.

40 thousand insects in one colony have a total of the same number of brain cells as one human. In relation to their body, they have the largest brain in the world. It accounts for about 6% of their total weight, while in humans the brain is about 2%. A queen can live over 20 years and sire up to 150 million descendants.

At night, they lay eggs and larvae deep into the anthill to protect them from the cold. During the day, they move them closer to the top of the nest to keep them warm. They can raise the temperature in the anthill 10 ° C above the ambient temperature. Temp. in the anthill there are ventilation shafts supervised by the worker caste.

Adult individuals are unable to chew and swallow solid food, therefore they eat the sweet juice squeezed out of the food. When the workers are full, after returning from hunting, they excrete some of the food for workers working in the nest.

List of Ants species:

 
Ant - Gigantiops destructor - WorkerAnt - Gigantiops destructor - DorsalGigantiops destructor - ProfileGigantiops destructor - HeadGigantiops destructor – Has the ability to navigate
 
 


Ant - Camponotus herculeanusAnt - Camponotus herculeanus - femaleCamponotus herculeanus - Queen - ItalyCamponotus herculeanus - QueenCarpenter ant – Camponotus herculeanus – Builds     nests in trees
 


Ant - Camponotus ligniperda - In old oakAnt - Camponotus ligniperda - WorkerBrown-black carpenter ant - QueenBrown-black carpenter ant - Camponotus ligniperdaBrown-black carpenter ant – Camponotus ligniperda –     Builds nests in decaying tree trunks
 


Meadow ant - Formica pratensis - profileMeadow ant - Formica pratensis - Queen - dorsal viewFormica pratensis - Queen - ventral viewFormica pratensis - Queen - Haute-Savoie, FranceMeadow ant – Formica pratensis – It is common     throughout Eurasia
 


Red wood ant - Formica rufa - ConversationRed wood ant - Formica rufa - Gmina Police, West Pomeranian Voivodeship, PolandFormica rufa - Mixed forest - UkraineFormica rufa - (27-07-2015)Red wood ant – Formica rufa – It lives mainly in     coniferous and mixed forests
 


Yellow meadow ant - Lasius flavusYellow meadow ant - Lasius flavus - Soborg, DenmarkLasius flavus - Kirchwerder-Hamburg, GermanyLasius flavus - Worker with root aphidYellow meadow ant – Lasius flavus – Extremely agile     and durable insect
 


Weaver ant - Oecophylla smaragdina - Charles Darwin National Park - Darwin, AustraliaWeaver ant - Oecophylla smaragdina - Kakadu National Park - AustraliaOecophylla smaragdina - On a leafOecophylla smaragdina - Cape Tribulation, Queensland, AustraliaWeaver ant – Oecophylla smaragdina – Often lives in     symbiosis with caterpillars
 


Inchman ant - Myrmecia forficata - WorkerInchman ant - Myrmecia - Nest in lateritic soils - Darling Range, Western AustraliaMyrmecia - Honeysuckle Creek, Namadgi National Park, AustraliaMyrmecia - Terrick Terrick National Park, Victoria, AustraliaInchman ant – Myrmecia forficata – It is big, fast and     extremely aggressive
 


European fire ant - Myrmica rubra - Kirchwerder-Hamburg, GermanyAnt - European fire - Myrmica rubra - Kirchwerder-Hamburg, GermanyEuropean fire ant - Myrmica rubraMyrmica rubra - (30-07-2020)European fire ant – Myrmica rubra – Queen is not     much bigger than worker
 


Yellow meadow ant – Lasius flavus – Agile and durable

Yellow meadow ant - Lasius flavusYellow meadow ant - Lasius flavus - Soborg, DenmarkYellow meadow ant - Lasius flavus - Kirchwerder-Hamburg, GermanyYellow meadow ant - Lasius flavus - Worker with root aphidLasius flavus - HeadLasius flavus - MaleLasius flavus - QueenLasius flavus - Worker

Yellow meadow ant – Lasius flavus – Extremely agile and durable insect

Yellow meadow ant – It is one of the most numerous species of ants inhabiting our latitude. Most often it chooses open spaces, such as meadows, pastures, gardens, ditches, etc. Sometimes nests are built under stones or rotting stumps, in wet places.

Workers and males are 3 to 4 mm long, while the queen is 7 to 9 mm long. The size of the colony reaches several thousand. These ants lead an underground life, feeding on the honeydew of the root aphids they grow. Interestingly, the crustaceans Platyarthrus hoffmannseggii live in their nests, feeding on the remains of honeydew.

Brown-black carpenter ant – Camponotus ligniperda

Brown-black carpenter ant - Camponotus ligniperda - In old oakBrown-black carpenter ant - Camponotus ligniperda - WorkerBrown-black carpenter ant - QueenBrown-black carpenter ant - Camponotus ligniperdaCamponotus ligniperda - DorsalCamponotus ligniperda - Head viewCamponotus ligniperda - Profile viewCamponotus ligniperda - Queen - (11-06-2013)

Brown-black carpenter ant – Camponotus ligniperda – Builds nests in decaying tree trunks

Brown-black carpenter ant – It is a species of the largest Polish and European ant inhabiting forests and open areas overgrown with shrubs. Adult specimens range from 6 to 18 mm. Workers live over 10 years. They build nests in decaying tree trunks and large trees in the underground part. Sometimes they choose old decaying wooden buildings as their nests.

While these ants may appear to feed on wood, they do not actually digest cellulose. On hot days they become aggressive and can even bite people severely. Their bites are painful and stinging.

Flat-leaved vanilla – Vanilla planifolia – Climbing plant

Flat-leaved vanilla - Seedpods

Flat-leaved vanilla - Vanilla planifolia

Flat-leaved vanilla - Garfield Park Conservatory

Flat-leaved vanilla - Leaf in Botanical garden, Krakow

Flat-leaved vanilla - Flower - Maui, Hawaii

Vanilla planifolia - Maui, Hawaii, USA

Vanilla planifolia - Leaves and green seedpods

Vanilla planifolia - Leaves

Flat-leaved vanilla – Vanilla planifolia – Climbing plant

Flat-leaved vanilla – It is a species of climbing plant from the orchid family (Orchidaceae). The word “vanilla” is automatically associated with a sweet taste and unique aroma. It is used in confectionery, food and perfume industries. The desired seasoning is obtained from pod-shaped pouches collected at the stage of incomplete maturity. Then fermented and dried. This is how the so-called vanilla sticks.

Lemon grass – Cymbopogon citratus – Poaceae family

Lemon grass - Martinique

Lemon grass - Cymbopogon citratus - Brazil

Lemon grass tea - Cymbopogon citratus - (11-06-2014)

Lemon grass - Cymbopogon citratus

Lemon grass

Cymbopogon citratus - Poaceae family

Cymbopogon citratus - Malolos, Bulacan

Cymbopogon citratus - Benin

Lemon grass – Cymbopogon citratus – Poaceae family

Lemon grass – Is an inseparable part of Asian cuisine. It adds spice and a wonderful hint of lemon. And at the same time does not acidify the food. Also known as West Indian lemongrass or simply “lemongrass”, it is native to South – East Asia, but is also abundantly grown in Africa, America and Australia.

Sometimes added to rice, poultry, fish or shrimp dishes, and in fresh form it can be added to salads and tea blends – especially when combined with green tea, it creates an excellent taste. In areas of natural occurrence, Cymbopogon citratus is highly valued for its health-promoting properties. It improves concentration, effectively helps in the treatment of flu, malaria, stomach problems and relieves symptoms of nervous diseases.

Annual pepper – Capsicum annuum – Popular as chilli

Annual pepper - Philippines

Annual pepper - Capsicum-annuum

Annual pepper - Capsicum annuum

Capsicum-annuum fruit - Red Annual Pepper

Capsicum annuum - Red Annual pepper

Capsicum annuum-Red - Ripened and dried

Mexican Capsicum annuum

Capsicum annuum dried - Nanglo, India

Annual pepper – Capsicum annuum – Popular as chilli

Annual pepper – More popular under the name chilli pepper, it is quite a popular plant that gives spice to dishes. It is eaten at virtually any degree of maturity. Its color ranges from dark green, through yellow, orange, red, to dark red or purple. The smaller and darker the fruits are, the sharper they are.

They owe their spicy taste to capsaicin. If we do not overdo it with the amount of peppers added to the dish, we can enjoy many health-promoting benefits. Especially vitamin C and beta-carotene. It aids digestion, appetite, and some believe that it acts as an aphrodisiac. However, if we over-consume it, we can irritate our stomach and urinary tract.

Dill – Anethum graveolens – Vitamins C, B, A source

Dill - Anethum graveolens

Dill - Anethum graveolens - Saarbrucken

Dill - For sale at grocery store

Dill - Anethum graveolens - Saarbrucken, Germany

Dill - Anethum graveolens - Germany

Anethum graveolens - (24-07-2019)

Anethum graveolens - Saarbrucken, Germany - (17-06-2017)

Saarbrucken, Germany - (18-04-2019)

Dill – Anethum graveolens – Vitamins C, B, A source

Dill – Is a plant rich in vitamins C, B, A. It contains a lot of minerals, including iron, calcium, magnesium, potassium and copper. There is a fiber source, an omega-3 fatty acid and a 6 fatty acids, and folic and pantothenic acid. In addition, it can be, above all, it is an extremely tasty plant. Which goes perfectly with vegetables, sauces, soups or as a sprinkle for new potatoes and sandwiches.

You can eat virtually the entire plant, its leaves, flowers, and fresh or dried seeds. Which have a sweet, slightly anise flavor and aroma. Always use fresh shoots and flowers.

Effective hangover cure – Article “Alcohol and Alcoholism”

Effective hangover cure - L-cysteine - 3D-balls

Effective hangover cure - L-cysteine - 3D-sticks

Effective hangover cure - L-cysteine - 3D

Effective hangover cure - L-cysteine

Effective hangover cure - L-cysteine - 3D

L-cysteine - zwitterion 3D-balls

Aminoacid L-cysteine - 3D-balls - (2009)

Aminoacid L-cysteine - 3D-balls - (2007)

Effective hangover cure – Article “Alcohol and Alcoholism”

Effective hangover cure – Article “Alcohol and Alcoholism”. Finnish researchers have published the results of their research in this journal. In which they claim, to discover an effective hangover cure. It is supposing to be the amino acid L-cysteine. Which can take in the form of a pill after chronic drunkenness. There is some suspicion that only 19 males were tested. And the project finance by a producer of cat food. Which also produces the pills in question.

Superfood – Products with high content healthy substances

Superfood - Dish with healthy substances

Chlorella - Unicellular algae

Superfood - Spirulina

Green Barley - Field in Thuringia

Superfood - Barley field - (22-05-2015)

Goji berries - (27-12-2008)

Superfood - Cranberry - Franklin Farm, section of Oak Hill, Fairfax County, Virginia, USA

Flax seed

Superfood - Chia seeds - Germany

Kefir - pouring into the glass

Superfood - Fermented dairy products - Buttermilk

Yoghurt in a steel vessel

Superfood - Oat Products - Oatmeal

Superfood - Red-Beetroot - before bolting

Superfood - Green tea Matcha - (06-07-2017)

Green tea Matcha - powder, leaf

Superfood – Products with high content of healthy substances

Superfood – Products with high content of healthy substances. The balanced diet, adequate physical activity, enough sleep and reduced stress all affect our health. For that reason, new foods are increasingly being sought. To support a healthy lifestyle. Nutritionists support this  kind of meal very often. These foods contain much more vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants and help the body to increase its immunity.

However, some critics say that there is no evidence that it have any “superpowers”. And even with food, a large amount does not mean a greater effect. Moreover, many of them are imported from abroad, which also entails some environmental burden. Additionally, you pay more for them.

Products list:

Green products:

Chlorella – Freshwater algae have been in the world for several billion years.

Spirulina – Blue-green cyanosis often confused with chlorella, this organism exists on Earth 3.5 billion years.

Green Barley – Cultivated as the world’s first sweet grass. Most often consumed in the form of a drink.

Dried fruits:

Goji berries – Main advantage of these fruits is the large amount of vitamin C and fiber.

Cranberry – It is especially valued for its high content of vitamins C, K and E.

Seeds:

Flax – The positive effects of eating were already known in ancient Babylon and Egypt.

Chia – Valued and liked by the ancient Aztecs and Mayans.

Others:

Fermented dairy products:

KefirEspecially important for the proper composition of the intestinal microflora.

Buttermilk – It protects the intestinal mucosa. From the formation and absorption of toxic substances.

Yogurt – It helps to strengthen the immune system and lower blood cholesterol.

Oat products:

Oat products – The pioneers in its cultivation were probably the Slavs.

Beetroots:

Beetroot – It is one of the healthiest and most versatile vegetables. It comes from the Mediterranean basin.

Matcha Green tea:

Matcha Green tea – The oldest Japanese tea that is also used in Buddhist ceremonies.

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