Easter – A Guide to Dying Eggs

by Tessa on April 18, 2014

Easter – Are You Dying Eggs this Year? A Quick visual guide to make beautiful egg designs. Happy Easter!

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What You Want to Know About Truffles

by Tessa on April 17, 2014

Trufficulteurs Complain about Cheap Chinese Truffles Flooding the Market:

Truffles are expensive because they are hard to cultivate and grow. While some varieties cannot be cultivated, others are not as elusive and grow in truffle farms. Such farms are economically rewarding because truffles are in demand. However, some restaurants use inexpensive Chinese varieties that sell for about $20 per pound. They are more common and hence – less expensive than French truffles. Retailers use chemicals to make them look like the expensive Peringord. The Italian Alba and the Peringord are two of the world’s most expensive truffle varieties. The Chinese impostors contain synthetic flavors and aromas to mimic the Peringord. The problem is that it is difficult to taste the difference.

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Mercury is released by industrial facilities, cement plants, and power plants. It is a type of neurotoxin that poses health hazards and causes hypertension, memory impairment, and kidney dysfunction. Why do we use mercury then? It is used in dental amalgams, barometers, paints, and pesticides. But the potential harm outweighs the benefits. A 2005 research study reveals that there are considerable amounts of mercury in the blood of newborn babies. The problem is that children suffer IQ loss. As a powerful neurotoxin, mercury affects brain activity and may cause premature death. When it comes to economic benefits, mercury accounts for about $4 million in the U.S. This is the cost of preventing cognitive damage to babies and young kids.

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Medical Marijuana Landscape in Canada

by Tessa on April 14, 2014

The landscape for Medical Marijuana is changing dramatically in Canada starting April 1, 2014. By 2024, Health Canada expects over 300,000 Canadians to have authorization to use medical marijuana; comparing to a mere 41,000 in 2014. If you suffer from epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury, severe arthritis or glaucoma, chances are that you will be prescribed medical marijuana. 76% of 1446 doctors participating in a survey said that they would approve the usage.

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Carrots, squash, and beets are hardy winter produce to diversify your menu. Locally grown food contains more nutrients and tastes better. Unlike hybrid vegetables and fruits, local produce is safe and helps preserve wildlife. Given the growing demand for food worldwide, local farms contribute to food security. Farmers use eco-friendly agricultural methods and no or less pesticides compared to giant operations. Eco-farmers use organic best practices that reduce pollution. They avoid gross chemicals so that fruits and vegetables retain their vibrancy. What is more, by buying local produce customers reduce the negative impact of food miles and greenhouse gas emissions. So, go green, go local.

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App revenues have skyrocketed in the U.S., Japan, China, and other countries. Experts predict that the number of downloaded apps will reach half a trillion by 2015. Social and messaging apps have become popular among mobile users. Apps such as KakaoTalk, WeChat, and Snapchat are popular options. The frequency, reach, and retention rate are amazing. Productivity and utilities apps and games, shopping, and lifestyle applications are also popular. And manufacturers enjoy substantial revenue growth. The question is whether apps will become distribution channels and platforms or will stay independent. One thing is sure, mobile technologies are here to stay. Given that 4.7 billion sessions were tracked on a single day, this is a fast growing market with endless opportunities.

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Getting Things Done

by Tessa on April 7, 2014

According to GTD method, people could work in steps: empty brain; make a work basket; make a task list; finish them in order; review your work at the end. Whereas, many products are specially designed to implement Getting Things Done to help people work without pressure.

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Tearing Europe Apart

by Tessa on April 3, 2014

20 Ways to Slice Europe is a very fun infographic about common stereotypes and prejudices. Which countries are the coffee drinkers and which are the beer drinkers. Which countries are lazy and which are poor! Which countries have good cuisine and which eat walking.

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April Fool’s Day – Top Office Pranks

by Tessa on April 1, 2014

Some cool office pranks for April Fool’s Day. What would you use?

1. The Flooded
2. The Upside-Down Cup
3. The Jell-O
4. “Dude… Where’s My Car”
5. Which Key
6. Coloring Time
7. What Was That Word?
8. Change the Language
9. “I Believe You Have My Stapler”

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Is Coffee a Medicine or Unhealthy Habit?

by Tessa on March 31, 2014

Coffee boosts energy expenditure and makes you more alert. How about drinking more than one cup of coffee? A recent Harvard study reveals that consumption is not linked to higher mortality rates due to heart problems or cancer. Even if you drink a lot of coffee (like 6 cups a day), you are at no higher risk of chronic illnesses. The findings are important in that some nutrition experts claim that coffee is unhealthy. In fact, coffee supplies essential nutrients such as niacin, magnesium, manganese, and riboflavin. Research also shows that coffee reduces the risk for type 2 diabetes. The bottom line? “Decaf is a waste of cream and sugar.”

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