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Jan 23
2017

Posted by: Jim Lillie

Artist Transforms Cement Mixer into Disco Ball

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Artist Transforms Cement Mixer into Disco Ball

The transformation of the large truck proved to possess both utilitarian and artistic values: When in spin, the mirrored object provided a party flavor to what is typically a more hardscrabble atmosphere.

Last December, French artist Benedetto Bufalino gave the world a glimpse of his scaled-up dance-hall creation when he posted a video of the truck at a construction site in Lyons, France.

Atlas Obscura reports that Bufalino worked in conjunction with lighting designer Benoit Deseille to outfit the cement mixer's drum with mirrored panels that could cast light every which way. According to Design Boom, the truck isn't Bufalino's only ingenious creation involving large objects.

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Jan 22
2017

Posted by: Alice Clover

5 Ways to Increase Personal Power

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5 ways to increase personal power

Personal power is only truly gained, accessed, and maintained through an internal source. Empowerment based on outside factors, such as material possessions, judgments from others, or superficial techniques to "make you look or feel better," are false and transient. Consider the following methods to own your responsibility, transform your life, and empower yourself through personal efforts along the way:

Connect with a higher power

Your ego's desires and your higher self's will are usually two different things. Through meditation, prayer, spiritual support systems, healthy diet and synchronicity, you can tap into a powerful universal consciousness that has access to realms of healthy and empowering possibilities. When you open yourself to receiving divine guidance, your efforts to manifest your dreams become resourcefully co-creative. Integrate rational decision-making with intuitive wisdom to make the highest and best choices for your situation.

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Jan 22
2017

Posted by: Jim Lillie

Home Is Where the Nomadic Life Goes

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Home Is Where the Nomadic Life Goes

It's great to be encouraged to feel "right at home" while traveling, but some creature comforts beg toting along. Particularly essential objects that can provide a sense of continuity and well-being during times of rest or relaxation. Children take along a favorite stuffed animal or blanket while on trips; why shouldn't everyone enjoy similar, age-appropriate opportunities?

Now everyone can, thanks to designer Gerardo Osio's Nomadic Life, a collection of objects, drawn from Japanese traditional culture and crafts, that can be easily transported from one locale to another, allowing people to quickly create a comfortable space out of an unfamiliar one.

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Jan 21
2017

Posted by: Stephanie Faris

One-Hour Nap Could Shave Five Years Off Your Cognitive Abilities

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One-Hour Nap Could Shave Five Years Off Your Cognitive Abilities

If you regularly work in a nap after lunch, you may now have a good excuse. A new study reveals that a one-hour nap contributes to brain health. Interestingly, the “hour” time period is an essential part of the equation. Shorter or longer naps don’t have the same impact.

Approximately 3,000 Chinese senior citizens participated in the study. Each of the participants, all of whom were approximately 65 years of age, was a regular after-lunch napper. For the study, they took naps varying in duration between a half an hour and 90 minutes. Following their naps, participants were asked to take a problem-solving test.

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Jan 20
2017

Posted by: Jim Lillie

Big Cheese Serves as Loan Collateral

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Big Cheese Serves as Loan Collateral

Parmiggiano Reggiano cheese has become so prized in Italy that thieves have begun to home in on the product as an apparently fence-able item.

In Reggio Emilia, home to the famous cheese, police routinely set up a three-car, eight-officer watch every night to guard against theft of the precious, light-colored wheels of Parmigiano Reggiano. 30-year police veteran Alessandro Vaccari says he's never seen a spate of robberies as has recently happened.

“There have been so many thefts,” Vaccari told CBS News. “Cheese is a bit like gold here, the price is so high.”

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Jan 19
2017

Posted by: Stephanie Faris

New Self-Healing Skin Was Inspired by Wolverine

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New Self-Healing Skin Was Inspired by Wolverine

Wolverine’s ability to regenerate his body after an injury is one of the most fascinating things about his character. In addition to entertaining millions, the comic book character has also inspired a material with self-healing properties. After damage, the new material has the ability to repair itself, making it a possibility for a variety of applications.

While humans may not be able to regenerate their own skin, self-healing material could be used to make indestructible robot parts, such as biceps that would have a wide range of motion. The material could also be used in biosensors and cell phone batteries.

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Jan 18
2017

Posted by: Jim Lillie

Samsung's New Curved Monitors

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Samsung New Curved Monitors

The book is still apparently out on the future of curved TV monitors in terms of the benefits offered versus the price paid.

When it comes to curved computer monitors, however, consumer interest seems much higher. One reason? Users typically sit much closer to computer monitors than to television screens, which means that problems of reflected light are minimized. Light sources near curved computer monitors can be relocated, toned down, or at least mitigated. Not always so with curved TV monitors.

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