I am a college student, which means that I have formed an insoluble personal relationship with Google. Whether I’m stumped with a question or looking for an idea to turn the lightbulb on, Google is easily the most often typed URL in my Internet browser, and with good reason. The ability to search the whole of human knowledge by typing in a couple (often barely related) words is honestly pretty astounding, and even twenty years ago was unheard of.
Google is something that we often take for granted, but something we disregard even more is the amount of work that it takes to catalogue and index such an inconceivable amount of information. I know that at 3 a.m. when I have a radio project due and I need interesting, royalty-free and professional-sounding background music, my first thought isn’t appreciation for the hardworking men and women in Mountain View, California. Thankfully, we have an infographic here that can give you a little insight into what all goes into sorting every Reddit post, cat video and celebrity tweet on the Internet.
Bing users, don’t worry. I’m sure that both of you will learn plenty as well.
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Over the past few years, electronic cigarettes have taken the tobacco industry by storm. Since 2004, electronic cigarettes and other tobacco smoking alternatives have been commercially available to consumers across the United States. Advertising themselves as “healthy alternatives” to cigarettes, electronic cigarettes attempt to recreate the act of smoking in a much more synthesized, scientific fashion. Using a rechargeable battery powered heater, e-cigarettes vaporize liquid nicotine as smokers take drags through the electronic cigarette’s vapor funneling system.
Whether or not electronic cigarettes are healthier for smokers though is still debatable. According to today’s infographic, “there are no clinical studies on the long-term use of e-cigarettes,” and there is even evidence suggesting that they may be just as harmful as regular cigarettes for people’s health in the long run. Additionally, the FDA has still not approved any electronic cigarette as an official “smoking cessation device” per FDA guidelines. On the plus side though, there is no tobacco in the scientific formula for e-cigarettes, therefore the user inhales synthetic nicotine as opposed to the “tar” from normal cigarettes. Furthermore, electronic cigarettes do not produce smoke; they produce vapor, therefore reducing the amount of second-hand smoke problems.
Whether e-cigarettes are healthier for smokers than “old-school smokes” remains a question, but I have a hunch that they are here to stay. Electronic cigarettes provide an avenue of hope to smokers who want to make a healthy change in their life, but cannot give up their nicotine addictions. Regardless of their current popularity, only father time will tell us whether or not electronic cigarettes are a healthy solution to a universal bad habit.
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Did you know that acetaminophen is found in more than 600 different prescription and over-the-counter medicines? It’s in pain relievers, fever reducers and sleep aids, as well as cough, cold and flu medicines. More than 50 million Americans use an acetaminophen-containing medicine each week.
Acetaminophen is safe and effective when used as directed, but there’s a limit to how much you can take in one day: 4,000 milligrams. Taking more than the maximum daily dose is an overdose and can lead to liver damage. Each year, acetaminophen overdose is associated with an estimated 56,000 emergency room visits and 26,000 hospitalizations.
Education is a key step to driving safe medicine use and preventing overdose. Today’s infographic from the Acetaminophen Awareness Coalition shows three common mistakes that people can make when taking acetaminophen, and provides four simple steps to make sure you use it safely: 1) always read and follow your medicine labels; 2) know if your medicines contain acetaminophen; 3) never take two medicines with acetaminophen at the same time; and 4) ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist if you have any questions.
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Everyone loves a good vacation. Some of my fondest memories come from car trips taken with my family as a youngster. We used to travel from Austin, Texas to the Wolf Creek Ski area in Colorado for Christmas every year. I would always stock up on my video games and books to read for the car trip, as well as play silly road games with my family (like the ‘guess what animal I’m thinking of’ game and the ‘tell a story one person/one word at a time’ game, among others). Despite the troubles that can arise from natural tension of being in an enclosed space with your family for an extended period of time, in the end, I always enjoyed my trips as a kid. This infographic below has some cool ideas and tips to ensure that your vacation is the best it can possibly be!
Mostly the infographic is a mix of suggestions as well as polls and statistics about vacations from a kid’s perspective. I had never really thought about it, but vacations are really good for letting your kids be more independent. For instance, letting them pack their own things to be responsible for, in addition to being an active part of family planning, can be great sources for growth in a young child’s life. All in all, this infographic has some great advice for families thinking about taking a trip on the road or flight. [Alamo Rental]
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Powers rise and fall. With regularity, we find ways to try and stay on top. Fortunately for you, a long time ago people started to study power and some of the components of what makes it work. One of the ways is currency.
In this Knowledge to Action infographic, we learn about the Forex Market, from its “humble beginnings” to its’ incredible success today.
As early as the 7th Century, metal coins became the physical means of making transactions. Flash-forward to 1879, the U.S. used what was known as the Gold Standard and Bretton Woods as a way of making sure prices were relative to that of another currency. However, they came to be seen as inefficient and ended in 1971.
With the creation of computers and the World Wide Web, trading money and goods became commonplace and that much easier for consumers to interact with. In 1989, the Forex market was profiting $620 billion! In 10 years that nearly doubled, jumping into the trillions.
The system adapts to whichever currency is worth the most and encourages the trading of other currency. Knowledge to Action finds that as much as $5.3 trillion can be traded daily. This is far more than what Wall Street can do in a month!
In an ever changing world with increasing interconnectedness, making an income that also brings an international experience is right at your fingertips. To learn more, visit knowledgetoaction.com.au/ to learn how you can hop onto the global market. [Knowledge To Action]