Tuesday, January 17, 2017

The military wants to make bullets that plant seeds after they’re fired

According to a solicitation from the Department of Defense, the U.S. military is looking for a company to get to work on creating ammunition that is not only biodegradable, but also contains seeds. The problem they’re looking to overcome is how regular bullets can become pollutants. Casings and sabot petals can be come lodged in the ground, or left behind causing the chemicals to damage the soil and nearby water sources. Furthermore, when farmers or construction crews work the soil they can sometimes come across them in dangerous ways, causing injury due to a machine kicking them up. So, the answer lies in creating ammo that biodegrade naturally. “The US Army Corps of Engineers’ Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL) has demonstrated bio-engineered seeds that can be embedded into the biodegradable composites and that will not germinate until they have been in the ground for several months. This SBIR effort will make use of seeds to grow environmentally friendly plants that remove soil contaminants and consume the biodegradable components developed under this project. Animals should be able to consume the plants without any ill effects.” It should be noted that this project is limited to training rounds used in allied areas, as the military is not interested in messing with actual ammunition used on our enemies. (SBIR – America’s Seed Fund)


Millennials earn 20% less than Boomers did at same stage of life

Federal Reserve data shows that millennials approaching the age of 30 are not earning what their parents did around their age. In fact, the net worth of millennials is more than half below what their parents’ around the same stage of life. With a median household income of $40,581, millennials earn 20 percent less than boomers did at the same stage of life, despite being better educated, according to a new analysis of Federal Reserve data by the advocacy group Young Invincibles. If you look at the “better educated” part, a big factor in what’s causing millennials to fall behind their folks is when it comes to earning money, their generation is drowning in student loan debt, with the average owed being some $37,000 per graduate. To boot, the education isn’t helping improve their financial situation all that much. Education does help boost incomes. But the median college-educated millennial with student debt is only earning slightly more than a baby boomer without a degree did in 1989. But, as data shows, the chances of a newer generation earning more than their parents has declined significantly over the decades, despite younger generations being more educated than previous generations. (USA Today)


Personal Health Monitoring

Currently that are more than 20 million smart watches and more than 50 million fitness trackers sold in the world market. This rise of wearable technology is just the beginning for more advanced wearable technology in the future as Scientists are seeing the potential for health monitoring devices that could one day help people know when they’re sick even if they don’t feel sick just yet. A team of researchers from Stanford University School of Medicine are using wearable devices to track and monitor health in people. By wearing these devices, the researchers want to personalize health monitoring and diagnosis in people by establishing their respective baselines or the normal values that indicate good health. Through constant monitoring and analysis from them, deviations from the baselines that indicate some kind of illness in the body can be seen, in hopes of preventing or possibly curing the upcoming illness before it becomes worse. (Journals PLOS)


D.B. Cooper Update

A band of amateur scientists selected by the FBI to look for clues in the world’s most infamous skyjacking may have found new evidence in the 45-year-old case. They’re asking for the public’s help because of potential leads that could link the hijacker known as D.B. Cooper to the Puget Sound aerospace industry in the early 1970s. The scientific team has been analyzing particles removed from the clip-on tie left behind by Cooper after he hijacked a Northwest Orient passenger jet in November 1971. A powerful electron microscope found more than 100,000 particles on old the JCPenny tie, including cerium, strontium sulfide and pure titanium. “These are what they call rare earth elements. They’re used in very narrow fields, for very specific things,” said Tom Kaye, lead researcher for the group that calls itself Citizen Sleuths. “The tie went with him into these manufacturing environments, for sure, so he was not one of the people running these (manufacturing machines). He was either an engineer or a manager in one of the plants,” Kaye said. Boeing was developing cutting edge monitors, like radar screens, that used some of the elements found on the tie. The public’s help is needed, particularly from old-timers with experience in the aerospace industry in the Pacific Northwest. Tipsters can reach the group through the “contact” tab on the Citizen Sleuth website.

**FYI: On Thanksgiving Eve 1971, a man aboard a Portland to Seattle flight told the flight attendant he had a bomb in his suitcase. He demanded $200,000 and four parachutes, which the FBI delivered when the plane landed at Sea-Tac Airport in Seattle. When the plane was airborne again, headed south, the man who became known as D.B. Cooper jumped from the back staircase of the Boeing 727 with a parachute on his back into the frigid night sky and vanished. The FBI closed the case last year unsolved.** (KING 5 TV)


The Most Stressful Jobs of 2017

Job stress can come from a variety of different origins: a hazardous work environment, difficult-to-meet deadlines, heavy physical demands, and imminent danger. The stressful nature many of careers featured within our 10 most stressful of 2017 needs no explanation, such as Firefighter, Military and Police Officer. These are careers with high risk of physical harm to oneself or another, for whom the professional is directly responsible. Some people derive great job satisfaction from high-stress professions that involve danger or other demands such as facing the intense scrutiny of the public. And, given an estimated 75% of Americans suffer from a fear of public speaking, the stress inherent with a job in the public eye becomes apparent.

  1. Enlisted Military Personnel
  2. Firefighter
  3. Airline Pilot
  4. Police Officer
  5. Event Coordinator
  6. Newspaper Reporter
  7. Senior Corporate Executive
  8. Public Relations Executive
  9. Taxi Driver
  10. Broadcaster



The Least Stressful Jobs of 2017

No job is completely free from stress, whether you are in a career tracked by the 2017 Jobs Rated report or not. However, here are some professions that are looked upon more favorably than others.

  1. Diagnostic Medical Sonographer
  2. Compliance Officer
  3. Hair Stylist
  4. Audiologist
  5. University Professor
  6. Medical Records Technician
  7. Jeweler
  8. Operations Research Analyst
  9. Pharmacy Technician
  10. Medical Laboratory Technician



Why men should go to bed commando

Scientists have long advocated that sleeping naked is good for your health and now men are being urged to go commando in bed as it could boost their chances of becoming a father. The human body is designed to decrease in temperature during sleep, and not only does sleeping in the nude keep you comfortable through the night, but it determines when your body is ready to fall asleep and when it is time to wake up. Experts now say that men wearing underpants for bed can affect the quality of their sperm as the material makes their crotch too warm. This means they advise that for men to boost their fertility, they should go commando at night.  Meanwhile it has long been known that sleeping naked lowers your body temperature, which helps stops you from waking up in the middle of the night. A lowered body temperature at night has also been found to help you burn calories while you sleep.

For women, it helps prevent bacterial infections such as yeast infections. When couples sleep naked, the skin-to-skin contact releases oxytocin in brain, also known as the ‘love hormone’. This strengthens their emotional bond and and increases trust within the relationship. This type of contact has also been found to boost your immune system, steady cortisol levels and lower blood pressure.  (The Sun)



Making Today What It Is:

*Cable Car Day
*Hot Heads Chili Days (17th & 18th)
*International Mentoring Day
*Judgment Day
*Kid Inventors’ Day
*National Bootleggers Day
*Popeye Day
*Rid The World of Fad Diets and Gimmicks Day  (Part of Healthy Weight Week)

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