Space exploration has been a dream for human beings for an eternity. To seek out new life and new civilizations–to boldly go where no one has gone before. I just wanna Star Trek it up; it would be so great, but I guess there’s always the Alien/Prometheus scenario. That wouldn’t be so great. So far we’ve travelled to the moon, but after reading this infographic, anything outside of that doesn’t look too optimistic at the moment.
So, apparently there’s a lot of radiation in space. Perhaps it’s Galactic Cosmic Rays, or perhaps it’s because of all of the crazy star matter that our sun is throwing at us. Either way, it seems like it’s significant enough to do some damage to the poor DNA in long-term space goers. Luckily for us Earthlings, our magnetic field keeps us safe from this endless radiation threatening to turn us into mutants (maybe it would be cool if we were mutants though…). But, if we were to send humans on a mars mission for instance, even in the shortest amount of time conceivable, the likelihood of said explorer getting fatal cancers will increase by 5.5%. Yowza.
If we are to realize our continuing mission of human exploration, we need to find a way around this radiation business. I wanna be a star fleet officer, dammit.
Do you think this might be an easy problem to overcome (radiation shields?), or does it stamp out any chance of long-term space exploration?
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I spend a lot of time thinking about my future and everything that it will entail. In the process of doing this, I sometimes forget how happy I already am in that moment. This isn’t to say that I should stop thinking about my future because I am happy in the present; it just means that I should keep doing whatever it is that I am doing and make changes where they need to be made.
While eating dinner with some friends this weekend, one of them posed the question, “If I am happy riding my bike, going to see a late afternoon movie, and eating this $13 steak, why do I have to keep trying to be ‘happy?’” It was rhetorical because the next statement he made explained his view on the difference between fulfillment and happiness. We can choose to be happy on our journey to fulfillment. And that is what we should all do–not just plan to do.
I love the simplicity of this infographic. Sometimes we run into dead ends that totally bog us down, but we don’t have to apply a mathematical formula to it to solve the problem. We just have to turn around and head a different direction. [via]
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Alright, so let’s say that your city or town has been taken over by giant monsters running rampant through the streets. You’ve got to get out of there or at least be able to get around safely, but how do you do it? Which method of transportation would you use? What if it were zombies instead of giant monsters? What about just a good old-fashioned apocalypse? Transportation is definitely key in any of these situations.
Today’s fun infographic from Jalopnik.com gives us some answers as to what cars would (theoretically) be best for a variety of disaster-movie type scenarios. If you’re trying to fend off the zombie horde, for instance, you’re obviously going to want some kind of armor/barrier over your windows so those pesky undead can’t get to you and your loved ones. You’d also need to be able to stay mobile in the face of a swarm, so a front-end plow would do nicely and who could say no to some spikes and a remote-controlled chainsaw?
For more info and silly fun on your apocalyptic dream vehicle have a look at the infographic below. [Via]
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I have a confession to make. I am a beatlemaniac. Urban Dictionary defines a beatlemaniac as “one who has an over the top or abnormal obsession and infatuation with the famous British rock group called the Beatles.” Yep, sounds about right. But, I’m not alone!
It all started when I was thirteen years old–a tall, gangly thing, with stringy hair and acne–my father took me with him to a local music store and picked up a copy of the newly released Beatles album, simply titled, 1. It was a compilation album of almost every number-one Beatles single released from 1962 to 1970. It came out the year of Y2K, and was coincidentally purchased by my dad the year he got a new car with a CD player. When I pulled back the CD case’s plastic wrap, struggled to get off its side bar-code sticker, (seriously, that’s thing’s the worst–thank god for music downloading!) and popped the red and gold disk into the CD drive for the ride home, the fab four blew my mind…
Their music gave me this overwhelming feeling of happiness, which was hard to come by at that age, mixed with an overwhelming urge to pull out all my hair and melt into a puddle in the backseat of the car. They were simple, and complicated, and most importantly, British.
Thinking back, that experience was my first acceptance of pop music. I was an odd little girl, who would run out of rooms covering my ears whenever popular tunes of the early 2000s started playing (Britney Spears, N Sync, Spice Girls, take your pick). But, pop music of the 1960s? I could definitely dig a pony to the British Invasion.
If any of you are also suffering from an acute case of beatlemania, I think you might enjoy today’s infographic on Beatles albums over the years.
Coo Coo Ca Choo. [Via]
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Imagine a 15 year old know it all with a lot of attitude. How are they carrying themselves? I bet you pictured someone leaning on one foot and crossing their arms. Since I personally don’t want people to look at me and automatically think of that image I work hard to keep a neutral stance with my arms to my side. Growing up I was always reminded to uncross my arms and stand up straight. It is a hard habit to remember because slouching and holding your arms in front of your chest feels comfortable and safe. Body language makes all the difference in how you are perceived by people you know and don’t know.
People make themselves bigger or smaller physically depending upon how powerful they feel just like animals do. What does a cat do as a defense mechanism to scare off something that threatens them? They arch their back and puff out their fur so they look bigger. Birds, snakes, and many other animals do a similar ritual. We are not so different from these animals. When we are nervous or feel powerless we cross our legs or put our arms really close to our chest or face, but when we are comfortable or feel confident we tend to move our arms away from our chest and have our heads up to literally look larger. Showing this big confident body is important to looking like you are a strong and assertive person in stressful (sometimes threatening) situations like job interviews, speeches, or even simply meeting new people. I have posted an additional link below that is very informative on body language.
Amy Cuddy: Your body language shapes who you are