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Yes Virginia, tanning beds really can cause skin cancer…

Yes Virginia, tanning beds really can cause skin cancer… | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it

I know, I know, this has nothing to do with writing or publishing a book…so sue me! I want to share a little something near and dear to my heart…my skin. It’s approaching that time of year again…fun in the sun, tanning for that prom glow, and gearing up for the beach! Well, please read this before you whip out that credit card and pay for your “unlimited sessions” in the tanning salon. It could save your life.

 

I am of Irish/Mexican decent…quite a combo right? Unfortunately, I inherited more of the gene pool featuring the pale, freckled aspect of the Irish than the creamy olive tones of my Mexican heritage. Oddly though, studies show that it is more about the eye color than the skin tone that predisposes one to skin cancer. People with light colored eyes (green, blue, hazel, gray) seem to be more predisposed to the ravages of skin cancer than those with dark eyes.

 

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As teens and young adults, we all think we are invincible. Time tells! And with the passing of time comes the aging process during which time the effects of soaking up the ultra-violets in the sun and in a tanning bed take their toll!

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What Do You Have in Common with a Low-Income Indian Mother? More Than You Think

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What Do You Have in Common with a Low-Income Indian Mother? More Than You Think

 

Imagine this: You wake up early, as always, to prepare breakfast for your family. Wiping the sleep from your eyes you shuffle to the kitchen and light the stove—out comes billowing black smoke that immediately fills the room. Business as usual. You put on a pot of water to boil porridge. Your 3-year-old is now awake and comes over to watch you cook. They lean against soot-blackened walls and cough chronically as you continue cooking, learning how it’s done. You try to keep low, below the acrid smoke, as you feed the stove and stir the porridge, eyes watering. Breakfast should be ready soon, which is good because the rest of the family is waking up. As the porridge simmers, your mind turns to the day ahead—fetching wood, carrying water, going to market, preparing dinner… Overhead the coal-black thatch roof crouches over you, suspended on a pillow of smoke, but you pay it no mind. After all, it’s been that way since before you were born. 

Sharla Shults's insight:

To truly know ourselves is the key to understanding others. Do we always KNOW why we say or do certain things or have they become nothing more than mere habit that no longer requires much thought as to possible consequences? Are we quick to judge others when perhaps we should look upon ourselves first?

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Best Advice: You Can Do Anything You Choose ~Martha Stewart

Best Advice: You Can Do Anything You Choose ~Martha Stewart | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it

The best advice I’ve ever received was from my father when I was 12 years old and willing to listen. He told me that with my personal characteristics, I could, if I set my mind to it, do anything I chose. This advice instilled in me a great sense of confidence, and despite the fact that sometimes I was a little nervous, I stepped out and did what I wanted to do when I wanted to do it. I think it really often is up to the parents to help build confidence in their children. It is a very necessary part of growing up.

Sharla Shults's insight:

"If you want to begin the journey to discover your entrepreneurial passion, you must first analyze your own interests, strengths, weaknesses, and desires; and then you must consider carefully how hard you want to work." ~Martha Stewart

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My Weekend at the Happiest Place on Earth (No, It Wasn't Disneyland)

My Weekend at the Happiest Place on Earth (No, It Wasn't Disneyland) | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it

This past weekend I went to Disneyland. Not the actual Disneyland, but my version of Disneyland. It was a conference called Wisdom 2.0, which is designed to address "the great challenge of our age: to not only live connected to one another through technology, but to do so in ways that are beneficial to our own well-being, effective in our work, and useful to the world."

 

Like a kid at "The Happiest Place on Earth," I wanted to go on every ride, eat every snack, go to every session and talk to every other speaker and everyone attending. And like many a Disney-fied kid, I was primed for a bad case of overstimulation leading to an eventual meltdown. Fortunately, given the nature of the conference, there were ample breaks for things like meditation, breathing exercises, yoga and healthy snacks. Which, of course, just left me that much more energized. I was in a mindfulness spiral!

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We all know that technology is taking over practically every aspect of our lives -- mostly for the better. But there is also a growing awareness that our increasing dependence on technology puts us at risk of becoming disconnected from ourselves. And, perhaps from others!

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Flypaper (2011): A Pleasant Surprise

Flypaper (2011): A Pleasant Surprise | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it

A while ago, Garry and I watched what is I am sure one the lowest grossing movies of all time. I don’t say this lightly. In its theatrical run, it grossed exactly (according to both Wikipedia and IMDB) $1100, which even in our world is not a huge amount of money. No, there aren’t any zeroes missing. That’s the real number.

 

This is not the lowest grossing movie ever. The 2012 movie  Playback cost $7.5 million to film but only grossed $264 – the lowest-grossing film of 2012. And 2006′s Zyzzx Road, starring Katherine Heigl grossed $30. 


Flypaper only cost $5,000,000 to make, so they only lost $4,998,900 which, for a Hollywood bomb, is small potatoes. The movie was universally panned, opened in just one movie house (where?) on two screens, then disappeared, never to be heard from again until it popped up the other night on one of our cable movie channels..


Via Marilyn Armstrong
Sharla Shults's insight:

I haven't watched this movie but judging from Marilyn's write-up @Serendipity, it is definitely one to see, especially if you like comedy. Sounds to me it just got a bad rap from the critics and possibly is a good movie. I must admit through the years I have seen movies that supposedly are #1 and they were not worth the film used in production! C'est la vie!

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Marilyn Armstrong's curator insight, February 27, 2013 1:07 PM

It's funny. What else does a comedy need to be?

 

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"We Saw Your Boobs" -- A Great Night for Oscar

"We Saw Your Boobs"  -- A Great Night for Oscar | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
Okay. This is the first Oscar show I've ever seen that was really funny. Seth McFarland was good. "We saw your boobs" must be the funniest song to ever open the ceremonies. Otherwise, it was an int...

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I never watch the Oscars. If I ever were to watch a good one, I just missed it! The opener was hilarious. Did you notice some of the reactions from the audience…some of the ‘ladies’ did not seem to care for it at all! Um-m-m? Was he singing about one of them? The Grey Poupon commercial was a hoot! Of course, they always were!

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Marilyn Armstrong's curator insight, February 25, 2013 5:08 PM

Ignore the critics. This was great stuff!

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Education Reform Starts With Community Reform

Education Reform Starts With Community Reform | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it

We have an opportunity to pass a test that has challenged our nation for decades—to create schools that authentically represent the public and compel us to learn together. But we will miss this opportunity if we continue to focus on achievement tests. We must ask, are achievement tests a worthy measure of our ultimate goals?Education Reform Starts With Community Reform

Sharla Shults's insight:

"We must be mindful when we are testing things we already know to be true. We know that all kids can learn. We also know that adults of all varieties can teach and lead. Yet we over-test because we have lost faith in both children and adults. You will hear the phrase "adult issues" spit about like bad okra."

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Man walks 10 miles for job interview

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A story of a young Indianapolis man has gone viral on facebook. It's a story of dedication, sympathy and a strong work ethic that's rare to find these days.
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What a heart-warming story! There is hope for humanity...

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Companies That Care: Brands That Give Back

Companies That Care: Brands That Give Back | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
In this economy getting the most for your money is more important than ever. And part of what defines good value is how your purchases give back to worthy causes.

 

This article highlights some of the major companies that give back. Nice to know there are companies out there that care.

 

Tide: Helping Victims of Disasters

L'Oreal Paris: Standing Up to Cancer

Burt's Bees and Habitat for Humanity: Making It Easy to Be Green

Hard Rock Cafe: Mastering the Art of Giving

Lee Jeans: Going Casual for a Cause

Mary Kay: Keeping Women and Girls Safe

Sonic: Improving Education

Trident: Brightening Kids' Smiles

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Caring means sharing and it is nice to know companies exist that give back to the communities without whom they could not prosper.

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The Best Theme Park In The World For Boomers

The Best Theme Park In The World For Boomers | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
I remember my grandmother taking us to the local carnival when I was 6-years-old. The rides were typical - - a children's Ferris wheel, the Scrambler, and a tiny roller coaster.
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Hilarious! Absolutely positively hilarious! Within all of the hilarity is without a doubt indisputable truth! You are on to something grand here, Donna.

 

Let's add a Conveyor Belt Slide that eases us along with a gentle massage and refreshing splash! How about a Buttock Bouncer, nothing too rough mind you, to help firm those saggy butts and wiggly thighs. Of course, don't forget American Bandstand Rejuvenation where the 'oldies but goodies' perform dance that is truly dance, not merely shaky-wakey and jiggly-wiggly. If its motion you're after, let's shimmie-twistie! Add Monkee Bidness with ongoing auctions that offer Monkee Music (tapes, CDs, DVDs, old records), Monkee Madness (pins, posters, sketches, pencils, note pads, gadgets)  to the highest bidder (highest bid one wants to go for fun), and a contest for Most Monkee (T-shirt design contest). Most of all don't forget the Boomer Express. I mean complete with plush seats and a dining car that meanders its way through the entire park! Just remember it has to be a steamer!

 

Oh, my! There are endless possibilities. Better Share this one for MORE ideas! Okay, all you Baby Boomers, let's have some suggestions.

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Advanced Social/Media Services: The Five Free Tools of Social Media Success for Writers.

Advanced Social/Media Services: The Five Free Tools of Social Media Success for Writers. | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
Five Free Tools of Social Media Success for Writers.
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It is the decision of each writer as to what social network connections work best. This writer focuses mainly on Twitter and Twitter apps: 4 of the 5 in fact. Check it out.

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Firefly Watch Update - Museum of Science

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Firefly Watch wishes you all a happy new year and a warm welcome to our sixth year of counting and learning about fireflies. In our first five years, 3,644 volunteers from 41 US states and 6 Canadian provinces have participated in the project. Thanks to all of you, Firefly Watch has been a greater success than we could have ever imagined. 

Now is the time to prepare for the upcoming year. Although for some of you this may seem too soon to think about counting fireflies, firefly season is fast approaching in some locales--the earliest sighting recorded by one of our volunteers was February 13 in Louisiana! Check out our updated Firefly Sightings chart to discover when the first sightings in your state have previously occurred. The chart includes first and last date seen, number of habitats reporting, and number of observations entered. This chart will give you some idea of when to start tracking fireflies in your area.

Don Salvatore
Museum of Science

Photo of winter firefly by Don Salvatore

 

AQUATIC FIREFLIES

Even though fireflies are generally found near moist environments, they are not considered aquatic insects. However, the larvae of some firefly species have adopted an aquatic or semi-aquatic lifestyle. These larvae live either in the water, breathing the air trapped between the leaves of water plants, or on aquatic or semi-aquatic plants, hunting for snails. 

Ethan Bright, at the University of Michigan, has compiled a list of the aquatic fireflies in the state of Michigan and would welcome hearing from anyone who has site records for the fireflies on his list. The list and contact information for Ethan can be seen on the Discussion Board.

 

 


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I have not see fireflys since a child. A memory long passed but not forgotten!

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Marilyn Armstrong's curator insight, February 21, 2013 9:27 AM

I miss the fireflies. I few years ago, I noticed that there were very few fireflies anymore. There used to be millions lighting up the evening. So I started looking around and discovered I was right. The fireflies are in trouble. I've been following them ever since. This is the Firefly Watch newsletter from the Museum of Science. You can join too.

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Energy Entrepreneurs Can Unlock the Solution to Energy Poverty

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Energy Entrepreneurs Can Unlock the Solution to Energy Poverty

 

Before the lightbulb, man went from burning wood, to paraffin and whale oil, to kerosene. When Thomas Edison and his associates successfully built the first incandescent electric lightbulb in 1879, they did so with the goal of creating a high resistance system that would require far less electrical power than was used by existing arc lamps. The role of technological innovation in that context was to maximize the output from a specific fuel source to meet our energy needs. Since then, the evolution of lighting has made it cheaper, more convenient, and more efficient—freeing up time and resources. Enhanced agricultural productivity could not have happened without innovation in energy systems like tractors, irrigation, machinery for drying, and food processing.

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Hard to believe in the 21st century, 1.3 billion people lack access to electricity today. They rely on burning wood, candles, and kerosene lanterns for light.

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City X Project | Using 3D printing, scanning, and modeling to imagine a better future with kids around the world.

City X Project | Using 3D printing, scanning, and modeling to imagine a better future with kids around the world. | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it

In eight cities around the world, workshops will teach 3D modeling, scanning, and printing to children aged 8-10 within the framework of Stanford’s d.school design process.

 

In these activities, kids will use new technologies to model solutions for major real-world problems within the context of the fictional “City X,” the first settlement on an Earth-like alien planet.

 

3D technologies will help kids bridge the gap between digital and physical worlds, explore cultural differences, and co-create like never before.

 

The project’s driving philosophy is that we can’t build tomorrow until we imagine it today. And who’s more imaginative than kids?

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Now that's education! Making it relevant - hands-on in the real world!

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Best Advice: No Regrets, and Practicing What You Preach ~Richard Branson

Best Advice: No Regrets, and Practicing What You Preach ~Richard Branson | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it

The best advice I ever received? Simple: Have no regrets. Who gave me the advice? Mum’s the word.If you asked every person in the world who gave them their best advice, it is a safe bet that it was their mother.

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Hope, faith and courage are the cornerstones of a firm foundation laid through parental guidance. For me, I thank my mom and dad both for preparing me for life’s many thorns and instilling in me the importance of perseverance. My dad was a very wise man from whom I gained immeasurable insights.

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The Poison We Never Talk About in School

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The Poison We Never Talk About in School

 

The most dangerous substance in the world is barely mentioned in the school curriculum. COAL.

 

According to the International Energy Agency, burning coal creates more greenhouse gases than any other source—including oil. James Hansen, director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies and arguably the world’s foremost climatologist, has called coal "the single greatest threat to civilization and all life on the planet."

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When you think about Superstorm Sandy, melting ice caps, wildfires in Australia, drought in the Southwest, floods in Pakistan, climate refugees from Bangladesh, dying polar bears and species you've never heard of, increased rates of asthma, and farmland that can no longer be farmed—think coal.

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Scoop.it Content Creation, UnchainedScoop.it

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We’ve been thinking here at Scoop.it about the mobile and social revolutions and how we can help make the curation process a seamless part of your day. We think that the most interesting reading and content consumption happens during the “in between” moments these days — on the bus, during breakfast, etc — instead of during typical 9 to 5 hours, which has been the case historically.

 

Instapaper recently released a study of reading data collected for over 100 million articles, which shows the majority of mobile content being consumed has actually shifted to between 6 pm and 9 pm. They also released data showing that there are very specific spikes in content consumption specifically via iPhone...

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Is the future of curation mobile? I don't know. I don't have an iPhone. Will I get one? Probably. Will I curate from it? I doubt it. Too much time on the Internet as is. I am looking for ways to spend more time outdoors!

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New York City Needs A New Sustainable Model for Fashion Production

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New York City Needs A New Sustainable Model for Fashion Production

 

Sometimes an industry simply can’t move forward without changing the conversation and embracing more sustainable business models.  My name is Bob Bland, and I am a Brooklyn-based serial entrepreneur and community art advocate. I'm also a professional apparel and graphic designer with previous experience everywhere from Ralph Lauren to Marc Jacobs. I founded Brooklyn Royalty in 2006 as a growing number of industry veterans grew tired of designing quality merchandise extolling the virtues of New York City, only to have it produced in China. We dedicated ourselves to a vision of completely Made In USA labels utilizing local sourcing in the Garment District and all five boroughs whenever possible. In the last two decades, the U.S. has lost 80 percent of its apparel manufacturing jobs, and post-recession there has been little growth because designers lacked the infrastructure, resources, and industry support necessary to make substantial gains in domestic production.
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Made in USA...not a bad idea! In fact, a GREAT idea!

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Amazing But Overlooked: 25 Colleges You Haven't Considered But Should

Amazing But Overlooked: 25 Colleges You Haven't Considered But Should | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
There’s more to life than Harvard. In The Daily Beast’s first guide to overlooked colleges, we’ve chosen 25 worth considering, where you can hear the best music, stay emotionally healthy, and graduate without debt.

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Not only is this a great list of excellent colleges and universities but also provides an opportunity for readers to nominate other recommendations.

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Kenneth Weene's curator insight, February 25, 2013 3:13 PM

Some great educational options.

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Stress-Busting Smiles

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Smiling could be good for your health.

 

Researchers are finding that wearing a smile brings certain benefits, like slowing down the heart and reducing stress. This may even happen when people aren't aware they are forming a smile, according to a recent study. The work follows research that established that the act of smiling can make you feel happier.

 

Some research suggests only a full and genuine smile affects the body in positive ways. Other studies, though, indicate even a polite smile may be beneficial. Frowning also may have a health effect: Preventing people from frowning, such as with the use of Botox, can help alleviate depression, a recent study found.

Sharla Shults's insight:

"What are the health benefits of training yourself to smile. A study last year found that even manipulating people's faces with chopsticks during a stressful task to get them to smile can help stress levels"

 

Forget the chop sticks! Just SMILE!

 

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Avoiding Hashtag Fails | Social Media Today

Avoiding Hashtag Fails | Social Media Today | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
Thinking of using hashtags as part of your social marketing? Before settling on the first hashtag that comes to mind, here are a couple of tips to avoid potentially embarrassing fails. Read it. Then read it again.

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Be careful what you tag with a 'hashtag'... it may come back to haunt you! AND using spaces in a Tweet DOES make a difference in its meaning!

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MARY HELEN FERRIS's curator insight, February 23, 2013 11:37 PM

#granniegram works for me......

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5 Great Companies That Make Money & Do Good

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Need a little inspiration? Check the creative spark behind these socially conscious business models.

 

A new generation of consumers, influencers, and entrepreneurs has come of age--and its outlook on doing business is revolutionary. Millions of children born between 1980 and 2000, commonly known as Generation Y, have matured into adulthood with a unique worldview that is firmly entrenched in the beliefs that anything is possible and anyone can make a difference.

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Inspiration and motivation to harness the power of business to make a difference in the world sizzles!

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Plumbed Down: Monkeying Around With Humor in the Classroom

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Teaching is a lot like being a baboon zoologist.  One must be aware that at any given moment, the caged can expose their teeth and forget the fact that you've been cleaning their stalls for years, reverting back to their wild natural ways.  Which is why I always have a plan B, or an escape plan, if the $#!+ hits the fan.  This is one reason I don't use oscillating fans in my classroom.  No sense in exacerbating excrement.

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Having spent 30+ years in education (I say + because I am still an educational consultant in retirement), I can certainy relate to the ever-pressing need for humor in the classroom.

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How Much Stuff is Out There in the Universe (Interactive Infographic) | Geeky Stuffs

How Much Stuff is Out There in the Universe (Interactive Infographic) | Geeky Stuffs | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it

When people read about the universe, they often have trouble visualizing just how big it truly is. When thinking on the scale of atoms, the size of the universe is unimaginably large.

A single drop of water contains over 1.5 sextillion atoms, and there are approximately 75 sextillion drops of water in the ocean. While the ocean covers nearly 70 percent of the Earth's surface, water only represents a small fraction of the Earth's weight. Over 1,300 Earths could fit inside Jupiter, and the Sun could hold nearly 1,000 Jupiter-sized planets.

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The universe sizzles! Have you ever really thought about how huge is this universe? The interactive infographic puts you there...right in the midst of the ObservABLE Universe vs. the ObservED Universe.

 

Here is an interesting tidbit from the infographic: If you lined up every pixel contained in 14.66 BILLION copies of this infographic, the length you would create would represent The Observable Universe's diameter and ONE PIXEL would represent our solar system's. That's all.

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Recess: An App to Help You Escape Your Laptop and Save a Little Energy

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"Recess: An App to Help You Escape Your Laptop and Save a Little Energy"

 

On February 8-10, GOOD held a Hacking Energy Culture hackathon at Maryland Institute College of Art, aimed at generating new ways to interface with energy consumption, waste, and preservation. Here's the winning solution, from Nicholas DePaul, Katrinna Whiting, Kevin Zweerink, and Kacie Mills.  An epidemic is sweeping the planet. Every night, people are falling asleep with aching fingers and blurry eyes, unable to remember what they did all afternoon. What could be causing this horror? We are on the case.We are Something Dangerous.
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Rmember your favorite time in elementary school? RECESS! Perhaps it is time to go back to the mindset of those days and schedule recess within your day!

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