Genomics of Humans and Dogs [Infographic]

August 30, 2013 |  by  |  Animals, Health  |  No Comments
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In many ways dogs really are man’s best friend. We’ve sustained a co-existing relationship with this species for almost 10,000 years! If that doesn’t speak to the friendship between us, I don’t know what will. In fact, we’ve had such a close relationship that half of the 400 inherited canine diseases are similar to human ones! The human-dog bond is in our DNA!

By studying the DNA sequences of both humans and dogs through genomics, scientists are beginning to personalize medicines, improve treatments, and develop preventative diagnostic tests for both canine and human diseases. Through looking at human genes, we can be more informed about how to treat canine diseases and vis-versa. For example, things such as human degenerative retinal diseases have helped researchers detect gene mutations related to vision loss in 100 different canine breeds (Labrador Retriever, Portuguese Water Dog, Miniature and Toy Poodles just to name a few)!

It’s quite astounding that simply by studying the similarities between the genes of humans and dogs we can help us take better care of ourselves and the lives our best friends. Now if only we can figure out what the heck is up with cats… I wonder how similar our genes are to that of felines…

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Tiny Houses and the People Who Live in Them [infographic]

August 30, 2013 |  by  |  Lifestyle  |  3 Comments
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The average size of a house in the United States is 2,400 square feet. That is a lot of space. Tiny houses are a fraction of that size and also have happier residents. I have lived in an apartment for 3 years now, before that I lived in a dorm room the size of a master bathroom with 3 other people — I loved it. Why are we convinced that we need tons of space to be happy? What ever happened to cozy spaces? We have become spoiled and need to snap out of it!

Remember being a kid and building a fort in the living room was the best part of a slumber party? All kids want their own playhouse or tree house to play in. Why did we grow up? Tiny houses are the ultimate playhouse, except it is more for living than playing. A tiny house is about the size of a hotel room, and I don’t know about you, but when I go on vacation my last priority is luxury in the hotel room. Because all you do is sleep in the hotel, so why waste money on an expensive one? You aren’t on vacation for the hotel, you’re on vacation for the new world around you. Tiny houses take this idea and apply to everyday life. The world is your living room.

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The History of Cheese [infographic]

August 29, 2013 |  by  |  Food  |  2 Comments
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“Can I have more cheese please?” I feel like I always ask this question at restaurants. But seriously, how can you ever have enough cheese? It instantly makes everything taste better. I feel so sorry for all the lactose intolerant folks out there, becuase cheese catapults all the best foods to a whole other level. Grapes are pretty tight, but add some cheese cubes, YUM! Breakfast tacos are pretty bomb, but with some cheese added… HEAVEN IN YOUR MOUTH!

Where did this beautiful creation known as cheese come from? Thankfully, today’s infographic gives us the scoop. Turns out, cheese production began as early as 8000 BC! Check out the rest of today’s infographic so you can prove yourself as a true cheese lover. There is even a discount for some cheese at the end of it! YUM! [via]

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Info Quest [infographic]

August 28, 2013 |  by  |  Business  |  No Comments
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Nobody likes a mess–especially in the workplace. Most of us want to go to work, get through our day, do our jobs well, and go on living our lives. Rather than digging through piles and piles of misplaced information, take some time to get yourself organized. You may actually find that organizing your work and yourself can be one of the most productive uses of your time, no matter what job you have to do.

Finding the information necessary to do your job is often more difficult than doing the work itself. Today’s infographic shows how information is scattered everywhere–across hard-drives, the cloud, e-mail, and locked away in the memory of your co-workers. Trying to navigate the unavoidable influx of spam and remembering where something is stored can be overwhelming. Searching for and actually finding the information you need is often futile.

This frustrating process wastes both valuable time and brainpower at the expense of productivity. Join Chuck, an average employee embarking on a search for vital information, and discover the pitfalls of poor information management in this interactive infographic, presented by Atlassian. (Learn from Chuck, don’t be like him!)

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Back To School: Profile of a Back-to-School Shopper [infographic]

August 27, 2013 |  by  |  eCommerce, Education, Retail  |  No Comments
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Believe it or not, summer is already over. And if you haven’t already done your back-to-school shopping, you’re probably scrambling to do so as we speak (don’t worry, you’re not alone). The infographic below reflects a survey put together by Videology, covering the profile of a back-to-school school shopper. Here are just a few of the stats:

59% of back-to-school shoppers will purchase at least one item online this year, and 11% said they will fulfill all of their back-to-school needs online.

61% of respondents conduct their back-to-school product research online. Of those that do, the computer/laptop is still the most popular device to do it on (59%), although smartphones/tablets aren’t too far behind (41%).

Shoppers generally grab their back-to-school items 2-3 weeks in advance (64%) of the first day of school. About a quarter of respondents said they wait until one week before school begins to shop.

37% of respondents plan to spend more on back-to-school items this year compared to last year. Comparatively, 35% said they will spend less and 28% will spend roughly the same as they did last year.

I find the percentage of online shopping extremely interesting. If I could get organized enough to do my shopping in advance, I would do all of it online–not just back-to-school shopping. Well, I’m off to school! But first I have to stop at the store for a few supplies! [Via]

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US Back to School Consumer Profile

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