Lifestyle

Wrinkle Treatment at Home: 8 Natural Remedies

Many people simply choose Botox as the solution to aging skin, but there are remedies that are much cheaper and all-natural that you can do at home, and most of these treatments involve things you’d find around your house already. There are also common practices that should be avoided. Read on to learn these eight tips on having naturally, wrinkle-free skin.

Essential Oils

Essential oils heal your skin naturally and without irritation; they work best when they are diluted with argon, geranium, jojoba, lavender, pomegranate, rosemary, sandalwood, and clary sage. Applying essential oils to your face help significantly with lessening and protecting from wrinkles.

Be careful what essential oils you apply to your skin, however, as everyone’s genetic makeup is unique and responds differently. Health Line advises that you test some on your wrist, watching what it does over the following 24 hours before you begin applying it regularly to your face. If your wrist shows no sign of irritation, you’re good to go!

Avoid Soap

Companies are always attempting to sell us their latest soap formula, but what few people know is that manufactured soap is actually worsening your skin’s condition. Our skin’s natural barrier is composed of an acid mantle which has a normal pH level of seven.

According to Natural Living Ideas, the alkaline in manufactured soap increases the pH level as it’s regularly used, and the results are detrimental. It’s best if you avoid soap and stick to all-natural methods.

High-Quality Protein Diet

Your body requires protein to grow and maintain the skin’s natural glow and health. Amino acids like L-proline and L-lysine are responsible for the healthy structure of your skin tissues, so without it, your skin will inevitably grow dull, lifeless, and more wrinkled.

The denser your skin, the more strength it has to protect itself from wearing down, and keeping protein in your diet makes your skin thicker and stronger.

Banana Mask

This remedy is cheap and simple as bananas possess natural oils and vitamins that help your skin to hydrate itself. Mash up a banana, cover your face with the paste, and let it sit for 15 to 20 minutes before rinsing it off to lessen the appearance of wrinkles.

Massage

Stress is one of the largest causes of wrinkles, so if you are aware of when you are feeling stressed, simply massage your skin by pressing your fingers against the wrinkled area and moving them in gentle, circular motions.

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera, like protein, is excellent for increasing collagen levels. Apply the gel from its leaves every day and you’ll see significant improvement on wrinkles in 90 days.

Vitamins and Minerals

Vitamin C has been proven to improve skin elasticity which prevents it from sagging. Tomatoes, bell peppers, broccoli, and oranges are some fruits and vegetables that are rich in vitamin C. The recommended daily dosage for men is 90 mg while women should take 75 mg. If you are a smoker, you would need to increase that by 35 mg a day.

Egg Whites

Finally, the thin membrane you find between an egg white and its shell is full of collagen, as well, and as we know already, collagens are excellent for the strength and durability of your skin, lessening the appearance of wrinkles.

Many people simply choose Botox as the solution to aging skin, but there are remedies that are much cheaper and all-natural that you can do at home, and most of these treatments involve things you’d find around your house already. There are also common...

Tech News

Apple Introduces Its Own Credit Card

Apple Inc. is driven to do more and more to create more users and to make its users happier. The company is continually advancing and introducing newer technology, and now they’ve announced they’ll be releasing their very own credit card in partnership with Goldman Sachs and Mastercard.

Integrating the Apple Card will be especially useful for those who have already made it a habit to use the Wallet app and Apple Pay. According to Tim Cook, Apple CEO, Apple Pay will reach 10 billion transactions this year and will be available in over 40 countries by the year’s end.

Over 70 percent of American businesses accept Apple Pay, and more are being added to that number daily while countries like Australia are already at 99 percent acceptance.

Signing up for the Apple Card is simple; all you have to do is sign up from your iPhone, and within a few minutes, you’ll be able to use it with Apple Pay. You’ll have complete control over the card from your Wallet app.

If you want to see you credit card bill, your recent transactions, or keep track of your spending, you just tap the card, and all the information is at your fingertips. You can even see where you spent the money. When you tap a transaction, the location shows up in a miniature Apple Map.

Go Titanium

You’ll also get a hard, titanium card along with the virtual one with a laser-etched name, but there’s no card number, no CVV code, no expiration date, and no signature on the card. All of that information can only be found on the Wallet app, and each device will have a different credit card number.

Every transaction gives you an instant 2 percent cash back, and with Apple purchases, it’s 3 percent! Physical transactions, however, are only eligible for 1 percent cash back. The cash back is credited to your account daily instead of at the end of the month.

All of your private information is guaranteed to be secure; in fact, Apple won’t even be able to see what you bought, where you bought it, or what you paid for it. Goldman Sachs agrees not to sell your data for advertising or marketing.

What makes this card even more unique than it already is is that you will have no late fees, no annual fees, no international fees, and no over-limit fees. You can easily set up a monthly plan to pay off your balance if you aren’t able to, and customer support is always at your fingertips via text messages through the Messages app.

Apple says the card will be available to customers in the U.S. this summer.

Apple Inc. is driven to do more and more to create more users and to make its users happier. The company is continually advancing and introducing newer technology, and now they’ve announced they’ll be releasing their very own credit card in partnership...

Tech News

AI Google Doodle Lets Users Make Bach-Music

Google’s innovation and creativity never ceaseto amaze, and one of our favorite features is its goal of honoring different men, women, and key holidays through the Google doodle on their search engine homepage. In honor of German composer Johann Sebastian Bach’s birthday, Google created and released its first artificial intelligence-powered doodle.

Google made the doodle available internationally in over seventy countries and set it to run for a full forty-eight in most of those countries. Users had the freedom to create their own melody and allow the Al built into the doodle to form the melody they created into one that matches Bach’s own style.

But that’s not all the doodle was built to do! Users could also hear their melodies in a rock genre, seeing how it transforms the notes to sound like a Bach melody, and exactly how Google did all this is in a behind-the-scenes video they released later on.

Google’s Magenta, Google’s People + AI Research team, and doodle teams collaborated together to create the Bach doodle. Magenta is a mind-blowing project that uses machine-learning to create music – not just a single melody but harmonies and smooth transitions, as well. Then, Google’s PAIR program does the research to creates technologies that shape the approach to work with AI.

The Google team created a model called Coconet through Magenta which was able to pick out Bach’s individual style through a dataset of over 300 of his own harmonies. As a result, Coconet could match the doodle users created to Bach’s works. “Coconet is trained to restore Bach’s music from fragments: we take a piece from Bach, randomly erase some notes, and ask the model to guess the missing notes from context. The result is a versatile model of counterpoint that accepts arbitrarily incomplete scores as input and works out complete scores,” said the blog post from Magenta.

Which Calendar?

According to the Julian Calendar, Bach was born on March 21, which is now March 31 on the Gregorian calendar used today. Google decided to honor him on the original date of March 21, however, and then had the doodle run for forty-eight hours instead of just twenty-four.

What Google wanted was for users to learn more about the composer himself as they created melodies through the doodle, and what a creative and fun way to remember the famous composer! The doodle is still accessible now in the doodle archive online, so if you didn’t get a chance to use it for yourself, you still can.

Google’s innovation and creativity never ceaseto amaze, and one of our favorite features is its goal of honoring different men, women, and key holidays through the Google doodle on their search engine homepage. In honor of German composer Johann Sebastian...

Humans Are Awesome

Drivers Who Splash Pedestrians with Puddles Hit With £5,000 Fine

Very few people are willing to go outside with Britain’s current weather state. Storm Freya and storm Gareth have taken their toll, and many areas are receiving flood alerts. The idea of getting anywhere – work, the grocery store, a friend’s house – without getting completely drenched is nearly impossible.

It’s tempting to quit everything and stay home, but the reality is that such an option is impossible! What’s more, driver’s feel the need to drive at such paces and through such large puddles in a way that leaves pedestrians inevitably drenched with its splashes. Some even do it purposefully.

However, they won’t be able to get away with such behavior anymore if they are caught. Culprits have the potential of facing fines of up to £5,000!

Section three of the Road Traffic Act 1988 according to the RAC notes that it is illegal to drive “without reasonable consideration for other persons.” Fortunately for us and unfortunately for them, splashing pedestrians falls under this tenet. Once you’ve been found guilty, you are fined £100 and given three penalty points.

But the driver can receive an even more severe fine, up to £5,000, if his behavior is more extreme, considered a manner that “amounts to a clear act of incompetence, selfishness, impatience, and aggressiveness.” And if the driver doesn’t pay the original fine of £100, he could end up paying the maximum fine if taken to court. On top of the fine, motorists can also be hit with a public order offense.

Pete Williams, road-safety spokesman, has reminded drivers of this.

He said:

Anyone unfortunate enough to have suffered a drenching by an inconsiderate motorist splashing them when driving through a puddle would probably welcome a sizeable financial penalty for the driver.

Since 2013 careless driving can be dealt with by a Fixed Penalty Notice with a £100 fine and three penalty points. If, however, they refuse [the notice] then they will face a magistrate who could impose a fine up to £5,000, although the maximum is very unlikely.

Williams does admit that such a hefty fine and public order offense are unlikely, but his point is that driving in this manner will not be acceptable, and they will be severe where necessary.

Even further, things such as undipped headlights, braking, or driving excessively slow can also result in motorists being fined. Hopefully, we’ll stay a little dryer in this season as a result of these laws!

Very few people are willing to go outside with Britain’s current weather state. Storm Freya and storm Gareth have taken their toll, and many areas are receiving flood alerts. The idea of getting anywhere – work, the grocery store, a friend’s house –...

Health

Apple Watch Develops New Features to Detect Heart Problems:

A new study shows that the Apple Watch could help detect A-fib

Every year, we marvel more and more at the feats Apple Inc. is able to accomplish. From iPhones to Macs to iPads and iPad minis – their ingenuity seems to have no end.

The lives of people everywhere in the world are being impacted by Apple’s latest technology, and what studies are beginning to reveal about their Apple Watch could be even more life-changing than any of their technology has been before.

Watches have always been a great accessory. Not only do they accent your wrist, help you keep track of time, and give you a look of maturity, but now this particular watch has the potential to save your life. As if the Apple Watch wasn’t already amazing, now it has the potential to detect possible heart conditions right when they arise.

A recent study based on 419,000 Apple Watch users illustrated that the watch had the capacity to detect irregular heartbeats. Though it’s nowhere near ready to be a completely dependable source, the possibility is undoubtedly there and is already showing that it works. So, what does this mean for heart health?

Atrial Fibrillation – The Silent Killer

Stanford University carried out the study to see if the Apple Watch picked up on a particular heart condition; the test pool, 419,000 users, is one of the largest pools that screened healthy people for this specific heart condition called atrial fibrillation which often causes strokes when it goes untreated.

As the system is not yet perfect, the study flagged a high number of 2,100 participants as possibly having a problem.

As they took the study to its next step, the results of Apple Watch’s technology were even more promising. Those who were flagged were made to consult with a doctor and measure their heart rhythms for a week by wearing an EKG patch. One-third of the group tested positive for Atrial Fibrillation!

The Facts about A-Fib

A-fib is so dangerous because, most often, patients can’t even tell they have it. In fact, the condition causes 130,000 deaths a year and a greater number of hospitalizations. The condition occurs when the bottom and top chambers of the heart are out of sync with each other which results in heart fluttering at times and heart racing at others.

Often, the heart is able to get itself back into rhythm, but otherwise, an electric shock or blood thinner is necessary to treat the condition. A-fib can also be present some times and not at others, so it can be tricky to catch.

Routine screening for A-fib is discouraged by doctors as over-testing and over-treating can result in their own set of problems, but even though the condition occurs most often in older adults, if you have a history in your family of heart trouble, it may be in your best interest to check your own heart.

There is Still a Long Way to Go to Make it Viable

“This study, we believe, provides very encouraging evidence that a device, the Apple Watch, can be used to detect A-fib and to point out to people when additional monitoring or testing may be needed,” noted Stanford’s dean of medicine, Dr. Lloyd Minor.

It’s key to note that you cannot make a proper diagnosis with just the watch’s result; a follow-up appointment with a doctor is necessary. Some doctors, however, are wholly against it, like the director of Mount Sinai in New York, Dr. Valentin Fuster, who openly stated, “I would not advise this to the general population.”

Most likely, doctors are worried that wearers would rely too heavily on their watches to keep tabs on their health without ever seeing a doctor, possibly resulting in life-ending maladies. However, if understood responsibly, it’s possible that your wristwatch might actually save your life.

A new study shows that the Apple Watch could help detect A-fib
Every year, we marvel more and more at the feats Apple Inc. is able to accomplish. From iPhones to Macs to iPads and iPad minis – their ingenuity seems to have no end.

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City Life

Training Your Cat to Love the Carrier

Our world is full of tragedies and emergency situations, but we often have the tendency to think, “Yea, but that will never happen to me.” Sadly, that thought deters us from preparing for whatever may come our way.

It’s always in your best interest to think about your family and your pets in the event of an emergency. One key factor with a quick evacuation is being able to get your cat into the carrier without a fight. It’s because of this small detail that pets are so often left behind, never to find their families again when disaster strikes.

It’s so crucial to begin training your cat now to head straight to their carriers or kennels in case of emergency situations. That means it must be a place of safety and comfort to them. There are various ways to do this, depending on your cat’s preferences and personality, but there are some universally common ways that almost always work.

Get a Comfortable Carrier or Kennel

You may have to go through a few trial and errors to find a carrier that your cat likes, but it’s always best to have a hard-sided kennel even though it may not seem like the most comfortable. You can always begin the process with a cozier one, such as the Sleepypod.

Not only is the Sleepybod luxuriously comfortable, but it’s easy to clean and take apart. The top is easily removable, and the interior can be removed and placed easily in the washer. You can even add a bed warmer! Make sure that the carrier is always open and accessible so that it seems safe and protected to your cat.

Once you’ve found the carrier for you and your cat, here are some ways to make it even more appealing:

Use Treats

You know your cat better than anyone else, what it will do literally anything to get, whether it’s a delicious treat or its favorite toy. Whatever it may be, use that item to coax your cat into the carrier, and give it as a reward once he or she is in. Make sure you only make this item available within the carrier. Never trap him inside, but let him explore and get comfortable at his own pace, keeping the reinforcement positive.

Drape a Towel Across the Carrier

You know how cats absolutely love cardboard boxes? They enjoy carriers in almost the same way, so draping a towel over the carrier can help encourage your cat to go inside.

Feed Your Cat in the Carrier

This doesn’t always catch on, so don’t force it. However, when it does work, it works marvelously. Place the cat’s food towards the back of the carrier so that he has to enter to be fed.

Never Use the Carrier as Punishment

Your cat needs to only view the carrier as somewhere he is safe and comfortable, so never use it as a place to trap him when he’s behaved badly. Cats just don’t learn by punishment, and this will only result in making him afraid to go into the carrier. Therefore, the carrier will be the last place he’ll want to go in the event of an emergency – or even just to get to the vet!

You’ll be making life a lot easier for you, your family, and your cat if you use these tips to train your cat to love the carrier.

Our world is full of tragedies and emergency situations, but we often have the tendency to think, “Yea, but that will never happen to me.” Sadly, that thought deters us from preparing for whatever may come our way.

It’s always in your best interest to...

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Technology Meets the Workplace

Technology is, in the near future, going to have a huge impact on the way people work. According to experts, AI bosses and robotic co-workers are going to make the workplace nearly unrecognizable.

Robotics and AI may seem a dream come true but consider the implications of this. Your AI boss will never need to take a break or any days off. In fact, your new AI boss will be fully aware of all the work you have…or have not…completed.  Micromanaging to the extreme, anyone?

Virtual Reality Steps up to the Plate

Virtual Reality has the potential to change and augment all of your daily visual activities. Augmentation Virtual Reality will have a far greater effect on the workplace than full Virtual Reality. Augmentation Virtual Reality will allow you to add data to things already happening around you in the workplace.

Construction workers may be the first to enjoy the benefits of VR. They will use this technology to see specifications and tech data involving the materials they are using on site. They will be able to visualize where to place the materials on the build and every direction involving the building project.

Medicine will most likely be another field to benefit from VR. Surgeons, for instance, would be able to use VR augmentation goggles in many different ways.

Work from Home Tech

Remote work is catching on, expanding every year. Millions are currently contracted by companies all across the globe. Technology means that internet speeds will continue to increase. Work that was never able to be done remotely before will now become possible.

Current tech has allowed for people to share huge files with high-speed cable and high-speed fiber connections, something that a few years ago was considered impossible.

The Institute for the Future’s Future 50 program believes that virtual reality will add to the ability to perform more work remotely. As director Dylan Hendricks explains, “This is becoming much more of a practical infrastructure than people realize. You can interact with people very far away and share data.”

Want more versatility in your remote work life? Holographic conferencing and meetings may mean that workers never need to leave the house.

 AI Bosses will Work 24/7

AI bosses may be more reliable and incapable of playing favorites at work, but they will also be far more aware of your work than their human counterparts. AI bosses are incapable of emotion, and while on one hand, this means you will never be lectured for poor work, it also means that your new AI boss cannot sympathize with you for any extenuating circumstances that affected your work.

Your new AI boss will be keeping continuous tabs on your work quality, the hours that you have worked, and many other factors that some employees can hide if needed.

It’s not an entirely new concept. In Japan, an ad agency known as the McCann Workgroup uses an AI robot as a creative director. While the team had to manually find effective ad strategies in the past, the AI director can “understand” what makes a good marketing strategy.

The AI director gives suggestions to improve ad campaigns and come up with more effective ads.  Per the McCann Workgroup, this AI creative director is an overall winning solution for the team.

Technology is, in the near future, going to have a huge impact on the way people work. According to experts, AI bosses and robotic co-workers are going to make the workplace nearly unrecognizable.

Robotics and AI may seem a dream come true but consider the...

Cool Stories

Oldest Tattoo Kit Ever Found Was Made from Human Bone

In 1963, scientists found a group of four tattoo combs and an ink pot on oceanic Polynesia’s Tongatapu island.  The island is one of 170 found within the South Pacific. Carbon dating has revealed the tool kit is 2,700 years old, making it the oldest complete tattoo kit found to date.

Sadly, the inkpot was lost in 2003 during a bushfire. Two of the tattoo tools were created from animal bones, most likely a sea bird.  Testing on the other two tools concludes that they were fashioned from the bones of larger mammals, quite possibly humans.

Griffith’s Australian Research Center for Human Evolution weighed in for an interview.  The foundation’s Michelle Langley explained the theory that the bones were human: “As there were no other mammals of that size on the island at the time, and human bone is known to be a preferred material for making tattooing combs, we believe they are most likely made from human bone.”

Michelle excitedly claims the kit is a phenomenal discovery, adding that it is very rare to find any kind of complete tool kit in the archeological record.

The tool kit was used by the indigenous peoples of the Pacific’s Oceanic region to etch monochromatic designs on their skin. These tattoos hold a high place in these peoples’ culture. Michelle describes the importance of the tattoos: “When Christian missionaries came through and banned tattooing on certain islands, people would travel to other islands to get their tattoos as they represented important aspects of their beliefs and traditions.”

Amazingly, the kit seemed to be owned by one tattoo artist who seemed to have been repairing a broken tool in the kit.  It has been theorized that the artist received a new kit because this one was too broken to be repaired. It might be that the tattoo kit was left behind by accident.

3,000 Years Old

The tattoo kit might be nearly 3000 years old, but the toolkit is largely unchanged. The same tools and techniques are used even today.

The Journal of Island and Coastal Archaeology released the findings, stating that the kit answers many questions about the art of tattooing in the Neolithic period. Very few haft bone tattoo combs have been found in archaeologist digs.

Researchers hope to find a new understanding of the movement of bone comb tattooing, and whether it spread with the expansion of people or was developed in West Polynesia.  Scientists reached the conclusion that these angle-hafted bone combs were of West Polynesia origin, and first used in Polynesia 2700 years ago.

These conclusions were explained by associate professor Geoffrey Clark, from the Australian National University School of Culture, History, and Language, in this statement: “These bone tattoo combs are a very specific type of technology found across Oceania.

The question has always been whether these tools were introduced to the Pacific through migration or were they developed in Polynesia where we know tattooing has a very prominent role in society and spread from there. This discovery pushes back the date of Polynesian tattooing right back to the beginnings of Polynesian cultures around 2,700 years ago.”

A team of researchers in North America had found an unrelated tattoo tool in southeastern Utah earlier this year. Dating back 2000 years in the past, the tool was the oldest to be found in North America and was made from the tip of a cactus spine attached to a skunk-brush handle.

In 1963, scientists found a group of four tattoo combs and an ink pot on oceanic Polynesia’s Tongatapu island.  The island is one of 170 found within the South Pacific. Carbon dating has revealed the tool kit is 2,700 years old, making it the oldest...

Inspiring Stories

Man “Leaves” the World a Better Place

In a world where most people don’t give the environment a second thought, Jadav Payeng has made bettering the world his mission in life.  Jadav has committed himself to improve his island’s ecosystem every day.  Because of Jadav, his island has turned from a near-wasteland to a tropical paradise.

A Teen’s Observation

At age 16, Jadav decided that he needed to plant a new tree every day along the coast of Majuli Island. His decision was based on a sad observation.

Jadav witnessed a group of snakes who had been killed after being swept along the Brahmaputra River. It wasn’t the journey that had killed the reptiles, it was the fact that they had no shade once they washed ashore. The snakes had died in the scorching sun. It didn’t take long for Payeng to realize that the snakes’ fate could easily be shared by humans on the island.  He vowed to plant a tree every day.

His accomplishment is amazing.  The coast is now home to a lush, thriving forest.

Tropical Paradise

A Payeng grew, he became a vegetable farmer with the same unwavering dedication to plant his trees daily.  His desire was to keep the island healthy and safe for everyone, and everything, on it. His dream soon became a lush forest.

His mission has never wavered during the past 40 years and his accomplishment spread farther than he dreamed.  China’s sandy landscape took root with seeds carried along the river.  Closer to home, Majuli’s forested area grew larger than Central Park.

Grateful Ecosystem

By the year 2000, Payeng’s Mulay Forest was home to many of Majuli Island’s native species, including Bengal tigers, elephants, rhinos, monkeys, and the snakes that were behind the entire project.

Paying continues to plant his trees in the forest, unconcerned with his safety now that the wildlife has claimed the forest as their own.  He claims he never feels threatened because the forest is his biggest home, and he still wakes early every day to visit his forest.

Majuli’s native islanders have reaped the benefits of Payeng’s lofty vision.  Because of his forest, the inner island has been kept safe from floods.  The forest provides herbs and foods to feed the island’s population. And through it all, the Mulay Forest is a beautiful reminder of how even one man can make a difference in his own world.

In a world where most people don’t give the environment a second thought, Jadav Payeng has made bettering the world his mission in life.  Jadav has committed himself to improve his island’s ecosystem every day.  Because of Jadav, his island has turned...

Cool Stories

Purr-fect Soldiers: Cats of the Armed Forces

When we look at our cats, it’s hard to imagine they would lift a paw if they didn’t have to. Some cats were feline helpful when they served soldiers in the armed forces. Don’t believe us?  Read these fascinating kitty stories right meow.

Mourka

Mourka held court in Stalingrad from 1942 to 1943. He managed to hold onto his nine lives while carrying top secret information about the Germans back to Russian headquarters. He managed to pass along vital information to his comrades regarding German positions during the German Siege. Chances are, he was rewarded for his time and loyalty by the HQ kitchen.

Able Seacat Simon

In 1948, Able Seacat Simon began his tour of duty aboard the Royal Navy’s HMS Amethyst. He was adopted as the ship’s local ratter and received two awards for his dedication to eradication. One of his awards was the Amethyst Campaign Ribbon, a recognition for his valiant services during an incident involving Chinese forces.

His other award was the Dickin Medal for animal gallantry. No other cat has received the Dickin Medal. When Simon died, he was buried with full Royal Navy honors.

Salty and Kitten

Salty was an unintentional hero when she stowed away on an amphibian plane with her kitten. She launched herself to mascot status when she accidentally flew on the plane to rescue a downed pilot at sea. Salty served her tour of duty at California’s San Diego Coast Guard Air Station.

There is no doubt each of these cats, and many more who remain unrecognized brightened the lives of soldiers who were far from home and far from family and their own pets as they served their countries.

We salute you, cat heroes.

PFC Hammer

Pfc Hammer was a saving grace to US Army troops in Iraq. In 2004, Pfc Hammer adopted the troops and began systematically mousing and ratting for them. The cat’s tireless dedication to killing pesky rodents meant that their supplies were safe from infestation and contamination.

The troops made Pfc an honorary unit member and enlisted the help of two rescue groups, Military Mascots, and Alley Cat Allies, to make sure he returned to the states with his group. Pfc Hammer currently lives with his army friend, Staff Sgt. Rick Bousfield, in Colorado.

Peebles

Peebles was another mascot and crew favorite during WWII. An honorary member of the HMS Western Isles crew, Peebles was a very intelligent cat who would perform tricks, like jumping through a hoop as shown above.  Peebles was known to shake stranger’s hands when they came into the wardroom.

When we look at our cats, it’s hard to imagine they would lift a paw if they didn’t have to. Some cats were feline helpful when they served soldiers in the armed forces. Don’t believe us?  Read these fascinating kitty stories right meow.
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Lifestyle

Against All Odds: Becoming a Morning Workout Person

You may be a habitual abuser of the snooze button. Being late is a routine for you. Your kids aren’t very good in the morning, either. What hope do you have of becoming someone who wakes up in the morning and works out?

Read on for some tips to help you start your day with a workout, even if you aren’t a morning person.

The Rest of the Day Won’t Get Much Better

Once you leave your house and set off on your daily activities, the likelihood that you will run across the time to work out becomes less and less.  You are guaranteed to have an unexpected errand, end up working late, get stuck in traffic, or remember that you have obligations with the kids or friends. Your energy level at this point will be on “Empty.” Work out?  There’s always tomorrow.

Getting your workout done in the wee hours of the morning means that it’s far less likely that you will have obligations to fulfill. Making the switch means a far more reliable schedule for your workout.

Plan in Advance

You always tell your kids to lay out their school clothes the night before. Why? Because it’s one less thing for them to worry about as they stagger around getting ready for the day. Doing the same for your workout clothes gives you one less excuse to be late and miss your morning workout. Want to streamline even more? Sleep in your clothes.

Preprogram the coffee maker to brew your liquid gold before you wake up. Plan your workout routine in advance, from mapping the exact route you will take for your jog to writing down the machines you’ll be hitting at the gym. A plan keeps you focused so you can have a productive workout.

Dress Somewhere Quiet

Get ready quietly so that you aren’t waking kids or your spouse. Waking the family will only lead to distractions, so find a quiet spot to get ready for your early morning workout.

Aim for Gradual Changes

Every day, set your alarm for just a little earlier, say ten to twenty minutes. When you reach the point where you can fit your workout in, congratulations! It’s time for the next step. Any change to your sleeping patterns should be done gradually so that you can get used to it.

Start going to bed earlier, too, to combat the earlier wake-up time. Try to be in bed by 10 pm.

Find Your Early Morning Soulmate

Making a commitment to meet up in the morning with a likeminded individual means that you will be less likely to skip it. An early morning workout friend will help you stay committed and accountable.

Snooze is Not Your Friend

Don’t hit snooze.  Like, ever. Snooze bars may give you an extra ten minutes, but it isn’t quality sleep and won’t do you an ounce of good in the bigger picture. Snooze bars will only ensure that you waste enough time to skip the workout.

High on Endorphins

Once you start to exercise every morning, your endorphins will be as important to you as your coffee. It’s pretty cool to know that you have accomplished more before breakfast than some people do all day long. Early morning workouts set your tone for the whole day, leaving you energized, relaxed and ready. More importantly, you don’t have the same guilt you have when your day gets too busy to fit in your workout.

Stick with the Program

The first few days you wake up earlier to workout are going to be hard. It gets gradually easier, though, and the average for forming a new habit is three weeks. If you don’t meet your goal every morning, you will be far less likely to make a lasting change.  Stick to your new plan every day, and it will become second nature to you.

You may be a habitual abuser of the snooze button. Being late is a routine for you. Your kids aren’t very good in the morning, either. What hope do you have of becoming someone who wakes up in the morning and works out?

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Lobster Inspired Body Armor

As fantastical as it sounds, our next innovation in defensive body armor for our military and law enforcement officer’s may be inspired by a million-year-old sea creature who is not only a tough customer but also happens to be delicious when served with a side of melted butter.

Ming Guo, from the mechanical engineering department of MIT, had a breakthrough when he was enjoying a lobster at dinner. He noticed that lobsters have membranes between their joints that is as strong as tire rubber.

He realized that this naturally growing material was nearly impossible to chew but was also flexible and soft. His thought was that this material would be perfect in the joints of body armor.

A study released in Acta Materialia states: “The knowledge learned from the soft membrane of natural lobsters sheds light on designing synthetic soft, yet strong and tough materials for reliable usage under extreme mechanical conditions, including a flexible armor that can provide full-body protection without sacrificing limb mobility.”

Ming explains, “We think this work could motivate flexible armor design. If you could make armor out of these types of materials, you could freely move your joints, and it would make you feel more comfortable.”

The Flawed Effectiveness of Kevlar

While bulletproof vests are a valuable tool for law enforcement officers and military, they do have a few drawbacks. Kevlar’s effectiveness only spans around five years, at which time they should be replaced. Kevlar is also bulky and unforgiving, not suitable for all body types.

In particular, women frequently need to have Kevlar vests altered.  Because Kevlar is bulky, it interferes with concentration and marksmanship abilities. Making the vests more mobile decreases their effectiveness.

To be truly effective, body armor needs to be flexible and light to allow the wearer to move freely.  It also needs to be tough and made from materials that are abundant for ease and affordability of manufacturing.

As hard as it is to imagine a lobster-inspired bulletproof vest, the body armor of the crustacean fulfills all of these qualities. Researchers from MIT and Harvard are currently exploring how best to harness the benefits of lobster armor for human use.

Learning from Lobsters

Even though lobster armor brings to mind a cartoon character with claws and a bright red suit, it’s not so far-fetched.  As body armor evolves to be stronger and more flexible, chances are that bulky armor, made from cloth and Kevlar, will become a distant memory.

Science fiction films hint at ways that body armor will improve.  In fact, the Robert Rodriguez film, Alita: Battle Angel, hints that in the distant future, humans will sport robotic body parts.

For now, MIT scientists are taking their cues from a million-year-old lobster who has evolved to fit their habitat perfectly.  Their armor protects them from temperature extremes and other intense under-water conditions, and one day, it may protect our LEO’s and military from equally intense conditions on duty and in the battlefield.

As fantastical as it sounds, our next innovation in defensive body armor for our military and law enforcement officer’s may be inspired by a million-year-old sea creature who is not only a tough customer but also happens to be delicious when served with a...