I work in an environemental chemistry lab. When at work, safety is imperative. Whether it’s knowing how to hold a beaker in order to avoid inhaling toxic fumes, or knowing how to react to spilling sulfuric acid on the skin, covering your bases is key.
One of the most important pieces of equipment in a lab is the biosafety cabinet. They are basically an enclosed cabinet that intakes hazardous air, filters it, then recirculates it through the laboratory. The biosafety cabinet also does this while sterilizing and containing any biological material inside. As you can see, it is very important.
This infographic, brought to you by NuAire, outlines the ten most essential tips in working with NuAire biological safety cabinets. It describes how to work with them, and how to keep them in working order to ensure lab safety and the integrity of samples. Whether you are pursuing a career in a laboratory, a degree in the sciences, or are simply just curious, this infographic is a very effective educational tool in understanding one of the most important pieces of equipment in a lab. [NuAire]
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Fun fact: If you’re reading this and you have a penis, it applies to you! Hooray, you’re a man! Though being a man is awesome in so many ways (too innumerable to explain here), we have to face the cold hard fact described in this infographic. In many ways, we are inferior to our counterparts: the people with vaginas. (If you’re transgender, then by the very nature of your being, you transcend both women and men.) Let’s take a look at some of our shortcomings.
Statistically, we die 4.4 years before the average woman. I guess that’s not entirely awful. It just means that we like to live life on the edge. I don’t know about you, but “danger” has always been my favorite word. Not because of the meaning, though. I like the phonetic appeal. It’s an aesthetically pleasing word to my ears. Say it to yourself. Danger… It just feels rough and right.
And it’s true that we live more dangerously. Why else do 80% of spinal injuries happen to us? We make bad decisions with our motorcycles, that’s why. That’s mostly due to the fact that we are affected by 70% of learning disabilities. We may not be the sharpest tool in the shed, but we are the hardest working one.
This is apparently the one thing we have over women. We make up 56% of the workplace. That doesn’t stop us from further idiocy though. We are victim to 94% of fatalities that occur at the workplace. I guess the lesson we must take from this is that we need to start making better, smarter decisions. Take a look at the infographic below for further information about why we sometimes suck. [via]
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I’m sure that we are all well aware that living a sedentary lifestyle is ultimately bad for our health. A sedentary lifestyle is too real for those of us who work 9-5 desk jobs. I personally try to combat this with daily 2-hour workouts at 5 a.m., and evening walks. But even this can’t put a dent in the eight hours I spend sitting in front of a computer, in an office with unlimited sodas and snacks. While I usually resist the callings of Pirate’s Booty and Dr. Pepper, I can feel that my health and strength is beginning to wither away. I can’t even properly sit up straight because I can’t reach the floor while sitting in any of my office’s giant desk chairs. The constant sitting Indian-style or crossed-legged in massive seats has only created muscle knots in my trapezius that even the sharpest wall corner can’t kneed out.
Today’s infographic address the hazards of constantly sitting and what you can do to prevent the symptoms that arise from it. Constantly sitting can create mushy abs caused from muscle degeneration. An easy way to combat this is to sit on an exercise ball. The backless aspect of this will force you to engage your core as you try to sit up straight. Another way to get your blood flowing and help re-align your posture is to go for a walk. Doing this can help stretch your back and help you burn twice the calories than you would sitting. Alternating between sitting and standing at your desk can help with this as well.
Check out the other ways to combat the hazards of sitting. If you can, get a group of co-workers to walk with you to create a heart healthy, and clear minded bunch of co-workers! [via]
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For anyone that’s not familiar with what a brony is, you’re in for a treat because they are one of the most fascinating online communities to date. There has always been some sort of controversy surrounding this phenomenon. Some give a respectful nod to the bronies for subverting the gender binary and flaunting their affection for a show, regardless of the demographic it was created for. Others are made deeply uncomfortable by the more eccentric parts of the community, namely those who sexualize the show and by all indications seem to be attracted to these cartoon ponies.
According to the surveys, it seems that bronies are generally very accepting of having females in their community, regardless of the culture centering around the notion that “Yeah, we’re dudes who like a children’s show made for girls, what’s the big deal?” This seems a little contradictory, but with gender identity ever-approaching a gray area in today’s society, you have to hand it to them for not being exclusionary.
Regardless of how much you know about bronies and how you feel about them, this infographic’s title is not misleading. After seeing that the favorite brony past time is listening to “brony music,” I wondered what that even was. Although it can and does feature samples from the shows music, it’s simply music made by bronies for bronies. It can technically be any genre, but most of it falls under the EDM umbrella, and more specifically dubstep. It sounds like this, and if it’s something that you find yourself really grooving to, then head on over to bronymusiciandirectory.blogspot.com to hear more and collaborate with other brony musicians worldwide, if you’re so inclined.
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Okay, so maybe you’re thinking “Seriously, why am I looking at this?”. Maybe you might know where the clitoris is, but not everyone is so lucky. The state of sex education in the U.S. leaves a lot to be desired. That paired with the cultural stigma of being sexually naive, to be made to feel ashamed for asking questions, makes being prepared for a healthy sex life not so easy for everyone.
In the more fundamentalist and conservative parts of the country, teenagers are coerced into taking virginity pledges as a response to sex ed being mandated into the school’s curriculum. The truth is that teens who take these pledges are not only just as likely to contract an STI than those who don’t, but are also less likely to use contraceptives if and when they do become sexually active. This is obviously not helping to reduce the number (750,000 a year) of teenage pregnancies, more than 80% of which are unintended.
For every hour that passes, two young people will contract HIV on average. There are plenty more alarming statistics where these come from, but the point is that there are problems. Most of them can be solved at the root with proper and comprehensive sex education.