The Facts About Mesothelioma [infographic]

April 17, 2012 |  by  |  Health, Lifestyle  |  4 Comments
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Cancer affects so many families in so many ways. From parents and grand parents to 20 year old friends and siblings, these days cancer can hit at any age and it can be very unexpected. Today’s infographic covers a rare form of cancer, mesothelioma. Most cases of mesothelioma is caused by asbestosis exposure, something I for one have thought very little of.

Asbestosis exposure occurs mostly in construction works (second most in the home, EEK!) and affected many of those who worked on ground zero after September 11th. Since the construction of the world trade center, government regulations have protected buildings and builders from asbestosis exposure, but it is still seeping in through imports. Workers need to be aware of their settings, wear appropriate protective gear and follow all health regulations, as they are in place for their own protection.

This rare form of cancer is very scary, and the latency period associated with the disease. With a 20-40 year period between exposure and manifestation, patients need to be well informed of their resources. Seek help and seek advice. [Via]

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One Sleek Hybrid [infographic]

April 16, 2012 |  by  |  Environmental, Tech  |  No Comments
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I don’t know too much about hubrids, but I do know I would like my next car to be one. With gas prices these days any source of alternative energy is welcome in my book. One of the biggest concerns when it comes to hybrids is their power, saving fuel is cool, but with no pick up what’s the point? This new hybrid from Volvo however is capable of going from 0-100 KM/H in 6.2 seconds, that would be about 60 mph for those of us in America.

Volvo’s V60 plug-in hybrid has three driving modes pure, hybrid, and power. Pure mode releasing no tail pipe emissions and having a travel distance of about 50 km or about 31 miles. With hybrids of this quality out on the market these days, being a consumer has never been better. Hopefully our options get better and more affordable as time passes. [via]

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Lost Smartphones Really Add Up [Infographic]

Lost Smartphones Really Add Up [Infographic]

April 15, 2012 |  by  |  Lifestyle, Tech  |  No Comments
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It’s a situation that, at one point or another, has almost definitely happened to all of us or someone we know: you’ve lost your phone. Most people would like to think that they’re (at the very least) pretty careful with their expensive technological devices, but there are still a very large number of people who lose their phones on a daily basis.

I’ve lost my phone once or twice before and while it honestly did feel nice not to be tethered to it for a while, before too long it was kind of a pain, not just to have a big outlet of communication cut off but also to have the thing replaced.

Today’s infographic was co-created by by Lookout, which is a growing service that aids mobile customers in finding their lost smartphones. According to the company, the value of the phones that are projected to be lost in 2012 is astounding: $30 billion. $30 billion! I don’t know about most of our readers, but I could definitely use the money potentially given up by losing this convenient little device.

More information on the statistics of the lost phones can be found on the infographic below and at backgroundcheck.org.

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Technology in the Travel Industry [infographic]

April 14, 2012 |  by  |  Tech, Travel  |  No Comments
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I love traveling. I enjoy experiencing new cities and all that they have to offer. However, I hate the process of actually getting to the new destination. I refuse to drive more than 6 hours, after that I scour the internet for a decent plan ticket deal to avoid a 6+ hour car ride.

Today’s infographic takes a look at the travel industry’s past and a look at its promising future for folks like me who demand cheap and easy comfort during long travels. According to today’s infographic, the first automated booking system was installed by American Airlines in 1946, and paired with the first Boeing 707 that was introduced in 1958; quick and convent travel was made available to American travelers.

I am forever thankful for all of the travel advances that have occurred throughout history. Even today, there are many more advances being made to ensure comfort for all travels. So let’s take full advances of the privileges that modern travels have to offer, I know I defiantly will. [via]

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Are Banks in Trouble? Bank On It. [infographic]

April 13, 2012 |  by  |  Business  |  2 Comments
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It seems like since the recession began, American citizens finally started to educate themselves on financial planning. In 2010 over half of the people who switched to a Federal Credit Union did so because of dissatisfaction with their bank. Can you blame them?

Did you know that ATM surcharges for non-members average $3 per use? Did you know ATM fees are a billion dollar industry? Seven Billion. Almost three quarters of all credit unions reimburse their customers’ ATM fees, I wish good ol’ BofA would.

Why is it that the smaller, independent banks can afford to pay ATM fees, but the big dogs like BofA and Wells Fargo can’t? One of the excuses I hear is that there are Bank of Americas everywhere – not true. In my town, there is one Bank of America – there are three RBFCUs.

I think what I’m trying to say is that I need to switch banks. Maybe I’ll stop writing this ranting blog post and do something about it. [CenturyLink Business]

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