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Feb 27
2019

Posted by: Jim Lillie

Hang Out in a HoverChair

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Hang Out in a HoverChair

With about a month-and-a-half to go in its Kickstarter fundraising campaign, the HoverChair had brought in a little more than $102,000 in pledges, more than five times the amount of the original $20,000 goal.

What's the big deal about another swinging chair?

Part of the appeal may lie in the fact that the chair is portable and foldable -- so those who like literally hanging outside can do so in more than one place.

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Feb 26
2019

Posted by: Stephanie Faris

Dieting? These Small Changes Can Boost Your Metabolism

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Dieting? These Small Changes Can Boost Your Metabolism

If you’ve ever dined on salad while watching friends constantly eat burgers and fries without gaining a pound, you know the power of metabolism. Although metabolism is due in large part to genetics, there are things you can do to improve it.

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Feb 25
2019

Posted by: Jim Lillie

Sphero RVR Can 'Go Anywhere, Do Anything’

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Sphero RVR Can Go Anywhere, Do Anything

The programmable robotic device can be up and running right out of the box, allowing users to make, build, and expand items by using third-party hardware such as a BBC micro:bit, Raspberry Pi, or Arduino.

The people behind Sphero say that their mission is "to inspire the creators of tomorrow". To that end, they've been making robots for the past 8 years, delivering commercial and critical successes along the way.

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Feb 24
2019

Posted by: Stephanie Faris

Too Little Sleep Can Increase Your Risk of Disease

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Too Little Sleep Can Increase Your Risk of Disease

Over the years, inflammation has been tied to a variety of diseases, including diabetes, cancer, and Alzheimer’s Disease. If that’s the case, treating and preventing inflammation could also be key to good overall health. But a new study shows that those sleepless nights may have more of an effect on inflammation than previously thought.

Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital recently published the results of a study that tested the link between adequate sleep and a condition called atherosclerosis, which refers to the buildup of fats and cholesterol in the arteries. The team noticed that mice whose sleep was repeatedly interrupted had a higher buildup of plaque on their arteries. They also had a notable increase in inflamed cells in their blood vessels.

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Feb 23
2019

Posted by: Jim Lillie

Re-Evaluating the 9-to-5 Workday

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Re-Evaluating the 9-to-5 Workday

Does the 9-to-5 workday still exist?

Apparently yes -- if the packed parking lots outside of various company locations are any indication.

But in an age when more people are working flexible hours, oftentimes away from central office locations, why do companies still insist on hewing to the 9-to-5 model?

According to MSN, the 9-to-5 workday originated with the Ford Motor Company during the 1920s; the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, which was meant to prevent factory workers from overwork, solidified the model.

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Feb 22
2019

Posted by: Stephanie Faris

How Well Do You Know Your Cholesterol Numbers?

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How Well Do You Know Your Cholesterol Numbers?

Cardiovascular disease is the top health problem in the U.S., killing approximately 2,200 people every day. In fact, about one in three deaths comes from some form of cardiovascular disease. The issue is so prevalent, experts are advising consumers to know their cholesterol and blood pressure numbers as well as they know the PIN codes for their bank accounts.

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Feb 21
2019

Posted by: Jim Lillie

Are Apps Aimed at Teens Safe?

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Are Apps Aimed at Teens Safe?

Ever since a 14-year-old child killed herself a couple of years ago, apps that children and teens use have come under greater scrutiny.

In fact, following Molly Russell's death, Britain's digital minister said that the tragic event was "the latest consequence of a social media world that behaves as if it is above the law”.

The apps that teens use go beyond the familiar lineup of Facebook, Snapchat, and WhatsApp. A whole series of apps targeting children and teens have generated a number of controversies of their own.

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