How to Identify Poison Ivy [infographic]

January 24, 2013 |  by  |  Education, Environmental  |  1 Comment
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I have never experienced the wrath that is poison ivy, but I’ve always known to stay away from it. It never really knew the damage poison ivy could do until a friend of mine had an unfriendly encounter with the plant. His skin was an angry red patch of steamy boils. It was literally, one of the grossest things I had ever seen. I never even knew that you needed steriods to help get rid of teh rash, but after seeing it, I can understand why.

If have no idea what poison ivy looks like, so if I was in the woods, I more than likely end up becoming one of the plants victims. Thankfully today’s infographic teaches you a few tricks to help identify this nasty plant. The rhyming makes remembering so much easier. So next time you go camping with your friends, remind them of these little jingles and save yourselves. [via]

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What do I.T. Specialists do? [Infographic]

January 23, 2013 |  by  |  Business, Tech  |  10 Comments
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First things first. Despite the title of this infographic, you don’t need to be a dude to work for I.T. My girlfriend works for I.T. at her university, so don’t be discouraged, keep reaching for the stars ladies! It should also be noted that though this infographic may look cartoony, it is actually more informative than humorous. I expected it to be a dig on tech nerds, but really it’s more of an encyclopedic identification of the various duties and specialities that an I.T. employee might have today.

As you can see, this infographic categorizes I.T. people into 8 different groups. Software specialists, programming specialists, tech writers, database specialists, web specialists, and hardware specialists; but believe me, you don’t have to be a specialist in any one thing to have a legit I.T. job. If you do, however, have a speciality in any of these areas, you should strongly consider an I.T. job at your local university or anywhere that has an I.T. department. Today we live in an age that is becoming more and more dependent on technology, so having a hand in the magic makes your company, small business, school, etc. more viable and efficient. Conversely, if you don’t have an especially deep knowledge of one of these topics, but have a fairly good basic understanding of all or many of them, play it up on your resume. Companies that deal with these sorts of techies looooove people who know how to talk to all of them. [What do I.T. Specialists Do?]

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Need a Safe? [infographic]

January 21, 2013 |  by  |  Crime, Lifestyle  |  No Comments
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Some things are best kept locked up. While I am a safe-less 22 year old with few valuable possessions, safes are the obvious solution to many safety and security problems. Safes are commonly used for gun storage, passports and other important documents and valuable jewelry, but in 2008 many felt that harboring their hard earned cash was safer than keeping it in a bank. People began withdrawing money from their bank accounts and storing it in safes in their home. Safe and vault manufacturing revenue grew by around 12%.

Today’s infographic is a great guide for the novice safe-buyer. Where are safes commonly kept? Well, you can have them built into the wall and the floor. Stored in the garage or the basement. Safes also come in various shapes and sizes. Asses your needs, consult the infographic and start keeping your valuables/guns stored safely and securely. [Via]

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Sports Doping: The Inescapable Truth [Infographic]

January 21, 2013 |  by  |  Health, Sports  |  1 Comment
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Even if you don’t stay up to date on the world of sports, you’d still have to avoid almost all forms of media not to have heard about the latest controversy surrounding Lance Armstrong. Steroid scandals have made it to the forefront of the media in the past, but none of them seems to have created the amount of buzz that this instance has generated. In light of the newest sports scandal involving performance-enhancing drugs and Lance Armstrong, the country seems to be taking a closer look at the world of sports doping.

Today’s infographic which comes to us from Agilent.com shows the different types of steroids and the effects that they have on their users. Athletes trying to lose weight in a short amount of time might use Clenbuterol, for instance, which increases weight loss and improves metabolism. Some athletes even use cocaine to increase their alertness, aggression and endurance for an upcoming event.

Mr. Armstrong may be the most recent athlete to come under scrutiny for taking steroids, but he is hardly the first. Sprinter Tim Montgomery was banned from athletics in 2005 for having taken HGH, a performance-enhancing drug that increases muscle strength and bulk. Montgomery was voided of his world record of 9.78 seconds in the 100 meter race as a result of using the drug.

Testing for performance-enhancing drugs has advanced as much as the substances themselves, with processes including gas chromatography and triple quadruple mass spectrometry. For more info on different performance-enhancing drugs and testing for those substances, refer to the infographic below.

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History of the Internet:1969-2012 [infographic]

January 20, 2013 |  by  |  Internet  |  4 Comments
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This week’s infographic comes from one of our partner websites, AVG.com. The infographic focuses on major viruses and major steps the Internet has taken to arrive where it is today. The Internet is something us kids these days take for granted. Take a look at this and become enlightened on the major strides people and companies took to provide everyone with an abundance of information!

My mother, being the expert on this issue, informed me that the network created by the U.S. Science Foundation in which it was possible to “link existing university supercomputer networks” was a big deal. This new form of communication between universities allowed for information and research to be shared. Yay learning! She also let me know how groundbreaking the publication of information for anonymous use (HTML) was, which Tim Berners-Lee created.

When I was busy chattin’ it up on AIM in my middle school years, I never contemplated how talking to one instantly over the Internet was possible. This infographic brings us to a new level of awareness as it addresses the progression of the Internet. It is important that we do not treat it as an assumed luxury; however, it is incredibly difficult not to. Let us have a great Sunday and be thankful for what we have! [AVG.com]

 

History of the Internet:1969-2012

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