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Feb 12
2019

Posted by: Jim Lillie

Bizarre Ways to Rake in Cash

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Bizarre Ways to Rake in Cash

With no end in sight to the growing Gig Economy, people are increasingly turning to more and more inventive ways of making money.

One way: Put in some time as a living statue. Performance artists all over the globe have gotten into it -- including some in Rhode Island who are hired to work as living status for civic events.

Where it is legal to do so, some folks have chosen to grow marijuana. One such cultivator in Colorado tells MSN Money that it helps to find savvy partners, adding, "Investors are not easy to come by, but I have had a few different parties who were interested in working with me.”

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Feb 11
2019

Posted by: Jim Lillie

Materials that Bulk Up with Use

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Materials that Bulk Up with UseSeems that working out with weights in order to grow muscle doesn't apply to workouts aimed only at humans.

Researchers at Hokkaido University in Japan have come up with a way to manufacture materials that grow stronger as a result to exposure to mechanical stress, a process that parallels that of skeletal development.

The discovery could open the door to the creation of durable substances that can change and strengthen depending on the surrounding environment.

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Feb 10
2019

Posted by: Stephanie Faris

No Time to Work Out? Just 15 Minutes Could Make a Big Difference

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No Time to Work Out? Just 15 Minutes Could Make a Big Difference

Finding time to go to the gym can be tough when your schedule is already jam packed. But a new study brings good news for those who are pressed for time. In just three 15-minute sessions a week, you can see health benefits.

Previous research had claimed that you’ll need to work out for at least 45 minutes to make noticeable changes to your body. This new study may seem freeing to those people who felt that 45 minutes was too much of a commitment, even if it was only three times a week.

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Feb 09
2019

Posted by: Jim Lillie

Boy’s 'Brady Is a Cheater' Project Wins Science Fair Prize

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Boys Brady Is a Cheater Project Wins Science Fair Prize

A 10-year-old boy from Kentucky decided to make his science project one to remember.

And in America that often means invoking celebrity or pointing the way to newfound riches.

So young Ace Davis decided to submit a project demonstrating that deflated footballs provide an edge, titling his effort, "Is Tom Brady a Cheater?", referencing the famed New England quarterback accused of using deflated footballs during a conference championship game to power his team to a Super Bowl appearance.

The scandal, known as Deflategate, cost Brady a four-game suspension and his team a $1 million fine.

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Feb 08
2019

Posted by: Jim Lillie

Made-in-the-USA iPhones Could Be a Screwy Idea

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Made-in-the-USA iPhones Could Be a Screwy Idea

Back in 2012, Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, announced on prime-time television that the company would manufacture a Mac computer in the U.S. -- the inaugural product to be made by American workers which would also proudly bear the label, "Assembled in the USA".

However, when the time came for the company to assemble that computer in Texas, Apple had a hard time finding enough of the right kind of screws. The company had counted on suppliers in China to provide custom screws within a short period of time but couldn't manage to do the same thing when assembling items in the Lone Star state.

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Feb 07
2019

Posted by: Stephanie Faris

Vitamin D Deficiency May Cause Premature Aging

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Vitamin D Deficiency May Cause Premature Aging

Are you getting enough Vitamin D? Studies have found that many Americans aren’t. Vitamin D deficiency is important because it’s been linked to a variety of serious conditions, including type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and cardiovascular disease. But a new study finds that a vitamin D deficiency may cause you to look older than you already are.

The secret is in the skin. Although too much sun exposure can lead to premature aging, healthy vitamin D levels can actually be good for the skin, even slowing down the aging process. In addition, keeping vitamin D levels in check can also help with common skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, and dry skin in general.

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Feb 06
2019

Posted by: Jim Lillie

Terraforming on Mars? That’s Out of Reach

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Terraforming on Mars? That’s Out of Reach

Terraforming, aka the process of creating an environment resembling that of Earth on a different planet, has been proposed as one solution for enabling long-term colonization on the Red Planet.

By doing so, it's hoped that enough carbon dioxide would be released into the Martian atmosphere to create a protective covering that could warm the planet. Unfortunately, Mars doesn't currently retain enough carbon dioxide to make that scenario possible -- not given Earthlings' current technological capabilities, says a report from the National Aeronautic and Space Administration (NASA).

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