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It’s been a while since I met my cousin and my mind tells me, it’s time that I go and meet him. Well, the only reason being, he has bought a new musical instrument and I am waiting to lay my hands on it. It’s not just this time but every time he buys a new musical instrument or an accessory, I would be one of the first few who would try it out.

So I would be seeing him early next week and once I play the instrument that he recently bought, I would probably write another post for all my blog readers, sharing the experience of it. In the meanwhile, you guys can take a look at Pearl Marching Carriers at musician’s friend website to access a whole range of music related instruments and accessories. Good day everyone!

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When female partners succeed, men’s egos get hurt

Men’s subconscious self-esteem may be bruised when their spouse or girlfriend excels – even when they are not in direct competition – a new study has found. Researchers found that men were more likely to feel subconsciously worse about themselves when their female partner succeeded than when she failed. However, women’s self-esteem was not affected by their male partners’ successes or failures, according to the study published in the American Psychological Association Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

“It makes sense that a man might feel threatened if his girlfriend outperforms him in something they’re doing together, such as trying to lose weight,” said the study’s lead author, Kate Ratliff, of the University of Florida. “But this research found evidence that men automatically interpret a partner’s success as their own failure, even when they’re not in direct competition,” Ratliff said. The researchers studied 896 heterosexual Americans and Dutch in five experiments.

In one experiment, 32 couples from the University of Virginia were given what was described as a “test of problem solving and social intelligence,” and then told that their partner scored either in the top or bottom 12% of all university students. Hearing that their partner scored high or low on the test did not affect what the researchers called participants’ explicit self-esteem. Participants were also given a test to determine how they felt subconsciously about their partners’ performance. which the researchers called implicit self-esteem. In this test, men who believed that their partner scored in the top 12% demonstrated lower implicit self esteem than men who believed their partner scored in the bottom 12%.

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‘We are all from Mars’

Life on Earth was kick-started, thanks to a key mineral deposited by a meteorite from Mars, according to a novel theory aired on Thursday. The vital ingredient was an oxidized mineral form of the element molybdenum, which helped prevent carbon molecules – the building blocks of life – from degrading into a tar-like goo. The idea comes from Steven Benner, a professor at the Westheimer Institute for Science and Technology in Gainesville, Florida, who was to present it at an international conference of geochemists in Florence, Italy.

“It’s only when molybdenum becomes highly oxidized that it is able to influence how early life formed,” Benner said in a press release. “This form of molybdenum couldn’t have been available on Earth at the time life first began, because three billion years ago the surface of Earth had very little oxygen, but Mars did.” In this violent epoch of the solar system, the infant Earth was pounded by comets and asteroids. Mars, too, would have come under bombardment, and the impacts would have caused Martian rubble to bounce into space, where they would have lingered until eventually being captured by Earth’s gravity.

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