A Fungus More Expensive Than Gold?

N-Acetylneuraminic acid is 50 times more expensive than Gold according to some.  It’s used in the production of antiviral drugs.  However, it can be found/synthesized from the Shells of Sea Creatures.  Here is an excerpt from the article…

“Usually, mould fungi are nothing to cheer about – but now they can be used as “chemical factories”. Scientists at the Vienna University of Technology have succeeded in introducing bacterial genes into the fungus Trichoderma, so that the fungus can now produce important chemicals for the pharmaceutical industry. The raw material used by the fungus is abundant – it is chitin, which makes up the shells of crustaceans.

Fifty Times More Expensive than Gold

Viral Infections are usually treated with antiviral drugs, which are often derived from N-Acetylneuraminic acid (or NANA, for short). NANA, which can be obtained form natural sources or synthesized, is fifty times more valuable than gold – it is sold for around 2000 Euros per gram. A research team at Vienna UT, led by biotechnologist Astrid Mach-Aigner, has now found a new, eco-friendly way to produce NANA. The vast knowledge about the genetics of the fungus Trichoderma accumulated at Vienna UT over the years was crucial for the project. ”

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Tomorrow VS Just One More

The mind is a funny thing.  I’ve spent the past few months reading a lot about mindset.  Upon reflection I’ve been thinking that it can be boiled down to those who keep saying ‘Tomorrow’ and those who say ‘just one more.’

I had a conversation with a friend a few years ago and was amazed at how toxic his thinking had become.  It was more than someone having a bad day.  He had grown bitter, pessimistic and a shell of his former self.  He hid it fairly well from those around him, but it crept out from time to time in conversation.  I casually commented that if you say “’I can’t’ – you won’t.”  To say he was a little put off by my comment is an understatement.  Now in retrospect, I’m not sure that any of us set out to be negative.  It’s not exactly a character trait that people aspire to.  Left unchecked, it simply creeps up on you.  We are all faced with ‘tomorrow’ or ‘just one more’.

To read the full article click the link below.

Just One More

Things You Wish You Learned In School

There are many things that we wish we had learned in school.  No matter who you are, or where you’re from, there is always something.  Our parents have conditioned us to do better and now look at us.

Young adults nowadays think that Flipping Burgers is below them.  It’s a great first starter job.  It’ll teach you lots of things, like dedication, time management, and numerous other things.  On top of that it’ll add spending money in your pocket.

If you’re smart though, you’d realize that you’re not going to get a six figure job right out of High School.  Not unless you create your own job.  Here are some things that you wish you had learned in school.

Things You Wish You Had Learned In School

Perhaps you can think of other things you wish you had learned in school?

Why We Make Mistakes?

Many people often make mistakes.  Yet, sometimes we don’t know why.  I recently had to make a change in my Biggest Reasons Why Americans Are Overweight post.  It was a simple mistake too that anyone can make.

Down at the bottom, when I started talking about “they’re tampering with our health,” I had out instead of our.  Simple mistake right?

What about when we make mistakes that are big mistakes, the ones that make us feel a little down?

Today, I finished my workout routine.  Well, the Cardiovascular part of it anyway.  I found out that I actually had an error in my last calculation on Calories burned.  Yesterday, I had thought that I burned about  363 calories, when it was no where near.

Here’s the formula that I used to calculate those Calories.  men: calories = [(0.6309 x heart rate) + (0.2017 x age) — (0.09036 x weight) — 55.0969] x time / 4.184.

Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/221560-the-calories-burned-from-elliptical-training/#ixzz1eBKV2ykn
Gotten from Livestrong.com

 See the part where it says — 55.0969]?  Yeah, I missed that completely in my calculation.  Somehow, someway, I just totally left it out.  So, while figuring out the new calculation, I was slightly disappointed.

Can you imagine how disappointing it is to find out that you’re not burning 300+ Calories, but instead you’re burning more like 186.  And that’s after increasing your time on the Elliptical to push yourself?  Sags head and walks away………

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Ok, maybe not quite yet.  Unless I’m doing the formula wrong, there’s a big mistake there, but what can we learn from mistakes?

For starters, we can’t dwell on them.  We have to move on and learn from them.  We have to be more careful next time, so that we won’t make the same mistake again.  Life is too short to be filled with fouls.

It also helps to not be tired when you’re writing a blog post.  You’re more likely to catch those mistakes.  So make sure you get a good nights sleep.

So, what! if. I; make/misteaks….Get over it.  That’s all we can do right?  Get over it and move on.  Learn from them and not bash ourselves too much.

Astronomy [at] PCC

What do you learn from mistakes?  Do you think images help blog post?

Staying Fit – Why Staying Fit Is Not An Option

So, science has confirmed what many people have believed over time.  What is this confirmation?  Well, let’s just say that many people think that it’s quite possible to stay fit at any age.

What’s the verdict?  Basically, you’ll have to maintain a certain level of activity or increase your activity as you get older.  Why?  Simply put, it takes a little more work to stay healthy at an older age.

This doesn’t mean that people can’t stay as healthy as a 20 year old at the age of 50+.  This is crucial to reducing factors such as Cardiovascular Disease.

Why is this crucial?  According to a study, Women are 5 times more likely to get Cardiovascular Disease than a physically fit woman.  Same study provides evidence that Men are 8 times more likely to get Cardiovascular Disease for not being fit.  Good enough reason to stay fit?

This study was done in Europe, where they are always looking for more answers, unlike the American counter parts, who just want to find a quick fix.  Exercise is very crucial to anything we do.  Want to lose weight?  Want to stay fit?  Want those sexy abs?  Gotta exercise.

Original Article – Cheating Father Time

Minecraft and Laziness

Most of you know that I play Minecraft.  Lately, I’ve been a bit lazy when it comes to producing Youtube videos though.  I’m going to have to work on that.

Tomorrow, I’ll be away from the computer for about a day and a half.  So, I’ll have no access to the web for that time frame.

As soon as I get back, I’ll be uploading more minecraft videos and more vlog videos as well.  I’ll also start on the Budget Software and Games reviews that I said I was going to do.

I’ve been working on my novel, plucking at it.  The planning stages, that’s what you do with it.  Pluck at it.  The only way to get things done, is one step at a time.  This, happens to be small steps.

I’ve got to start taking more action and get stuff done.  I can’t create a community without creating stuff for you guys to read.