Hacking the Brain with Prescription Drugs [infographic]

October 26, 2012 |  by  |  Education, Health  |  1 Comment
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As a college student, talk of prescription drug abuse is very nonchalant. Everyone at my campus knows someone who is prescribed adderall or vyvanse and can acquire the drug within a very short amount of time for a very competitive price. After studying this infographic I was not surprised to see that most brain-hacking drug users remain in the education industry. Scientists, professors and researchers use these drugs to have an edge above their competitors or to keep up with the work load.

One of the more concerning aspects of the today’s graphic is that middle-schoolers are using the prescription drugs more and more. 5.2% of eight graders have used a mentally performance enhancing drug. When I was in eighth grade I though I was a badass for saying ‘shit’ in school. Now they are using adderall or other prescription stimulants? These drugs are not made for humans that young. These young adults do not know the right dosage or time-of-day to take these drugs and could cause addiction or other health problems that could create very serious problems in a very early stage of life.

Abuse of these mind hacking drugs is one of the fastest growing problems of our generation. As long as doctors keep prescribing these harmful drugs to too many youngsters the problem will continue to grow. Although some children really do need these drugs to function regularly, my personal opinion is that the requirements and potency of these drugs should wait until the patient is of age – the same as tobacco or alcohol. The availability of these drugs to young Americans needs to diminish if the trend of usage wants to decrease. [AllTreatment Drug Rehabilitation]

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The Dangers of High Fructose Corn Syrup [infographic]

October 25, 2012 |  by  |  Health  |  1 Comment
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Well, this is second post about sugar. This is probably because I had a conversation with a super ripped body builder and she kept emphasizing how she consumes absolutely NO sugar. Like, even good, natural kind in fruits. So I’ve been wondering what all the negative hype is about sugar. I mean, I know it’s in everything delicious, but usually delicious things are bad for you, especially things with high fructose corn syrup in it…

Sure enough, if I had any doubt about high fructose corn syrup, today’s infographic reinforced that doubt. In the long run, it can cause mercury poisoning and weight gain?! Um, no thanks none for me thank you. After reading today’s inforgraphic, you’re going to want to swear off sugary drinks. I know I did for sure! [via]

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Felix Baumgartner: Space Jump [Infographic]

October 24, 2012 |  by  |  Mind-Blowing  |  No Comments
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If you have yet to see Felix Baumgartner’s amazing feat of human achievement, please refer here for your mind to be blown. Jumping from a height higher than anyone previously had ever tried (the last record was held by Joseph Kittinger in 1960 from a height of 102,800 feet) Felix has surpassed any and all attempts of free falling. From 128,000 feet, Felix plunged toward the Earth like a human meteor with little else but four-layer pressure suit, a balloon to get him up there and balls of steel. After merely 40 seconds of free fall, Felix broke the sound barrier (a first ever, in terms of free-falling) and continues down for another 5.5 minutes, risking the possibility of going into a harmful or otherwise fatal spin that would knock him unconscious. Luckily he managed to fall with grace.

The first infographic represents statistics and information about Felix and his jump. The second, and probably the more illuminating of the two, shows some perspective of just how high in the sky he was. In comparison to the tallest building in the world, Godzilla, Mount Everest, and Mars’ largest mountain, the altitude at which Felix fell far surpasses those heights to say the least. In the end, it’s incredible to think that just over a century ago we couldn’t even figure out how to fly planes but now we have the ability to parachute from the Stratosphere. Huh. [VIA, via]

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Staycation, all I ever wanted [infographic]

October 23, 2012 |  by  |  Entertainment, Food  |  No Comments
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Vacation or staycation? Staying in can be just as fun as getting far far away, if you do it right of course. Many are opting to vacation in their own cities, saving money, time and adding a whole lot of convenience. And often, you spend so much time in your daily routine, you miss out on local gems right in your back yard.

Vacation prices are enormous, costing an average of $1,180 a person. A pretty penny to most (including myself). And to add insult to injury, Americans receive an average of 14 vacation days a year and only use 12. Twelve measly days to span New Years, the kids’ spring break, summer vacation, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Take hold of our vacation days, Americans. Now is the time to take those two days off and have an adventure in your own back-yard. Staycation, have to get away. [Via]

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How Strong is Your Password? [Infographic]

October 22, 2012 |  by  |  eCommerce, Internet, Lifestyle  |  7 Comments
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With all of the new and interesting websites that seem to come out all the time, it’s easy to go with what you know when setting up a new account somewhere. People on average are subscribed to around 25 websites that require a log-in, but many of them use only 6 different passwords for all of those sites. While technically people are saving time by not needing to remember that much information, they might be gaining a good amount of trouble thanks to simple, often-repeated passwords.

Today’s infographic details the difference between good (strong) and bad (weak) passwords and also includes several common passwords that are best avoided.

For more information on password strength refer to the infographic below. [Via]

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