NASA To Create Meals For Mars Astronaughts

NASA is apparently in preparation of an experiment to create meals that are balanced enough and not boring for the Mars Mission.  Balanced food that is not boring is a big issue for the 3 year long journey to Mars.  Those that go to Mars will have to eat prepared food, as well as cook shelf life food.  Here is an excerpt from the article…

“NASA is lining up humans to eat space food on Hawaii in a mission-to-Mars simulation.

­Since no life on Mars has been proven so far to enable astronauts to catch and grill something fresh, the mission on Mars will have to take enough rations for three years. The problem is how to make those rations sufficient and not boring.

Researchers from Cornell University and the University of Hawaii-Manoa are going to test six volunteers in a facility simulating a base on Mars on a Hawaiian lava flow. The deadline for applications is February 29.”

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Russians To Create Nuclear Powered Train?

Russians are a lot smarter than one might think.  Especially with the American education system the way it is.  Right now, Russia ranks ahead of us in Advanced Math and Science.  The only grades we do better than them in is 4th grade, the elementary years.  From there, things just go down hill for many Americans.

Just the thought of Nuclear powered things tend to create a lot of buzz and quite a bit of interesting conversation.  A nuclear powered train is no exception, certainly one to talk to your friends about.  Here is an excerpt from the article…

“Russian Railways (RZhD) and the Russian Federal Atomic Energy Agency (Rosatom) intend to create a nuclear-powered train, reports Interfax.

According to RZhD vice-president Valentin Gapanovich, the train, consisting of 11 carriages, will house scientific exhibits.

The estimated cost of construction is as yet unknown, as well as the safety measures for such transport.

In the middle of the 20th Century the transport industry almost fell in love with the idea of nuclear-powered vehicles.”

Seems like America has some catching up to do.  Click on the image to be taken to the original article…

Has Nature Found A Way To Dispose of Aquatic Trash?

Many of you know of the massive amounts of trash that have somehow built up over the years of humanities wasteful mindlessness.  Some scientist have discovered bacteria living and eating the plastic.  Here is an excerpt from the article…

“Nature may have found a way to dispose of the huge amounts of plastic garbage, which has been increasingly accumulating in the oceans. A small bacteria feeding on it has been discovered. This may be a boon or a bane for the aquatic environment.”

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Twitter Hashtag Tools

When browsing Twitter, you may have noticed hashtags.  What are hashtags?  They’re easy ways to spread your message out to a larger following.

You can also follow hashtags and have conversations with them.  Hashtags always have a # symbol in front of their name.  That’s how Twitter determines it’s a hashtag.

Hashtags are also a great way to increase your Tweet count.  If you’re not sure what to Tweet about today, just look up a hashtag.  For example; if I wanted to learn something about a random person today, I might use the hashtag #30thingsaboutme.

When I search for #30thingsaboutme, it brings up everyone who is using that hashtag.  You can see what people are saying about themselves and it can give you an idea of what you might say yourself.  You might even use the #30thingsaboutme hashtag to let others know more about you.

Using hashtags is a great way to meet more people on Twitter and increase your following.  Not only that, if you have a Klout, then having conversations with people will increase your reach, which overall increases your Klout score.  Therefor, using hashtags can increase your overall reach in Social Media.

Some people say don’t over-use hashtags.  I say that one should use hashtags accordingly.  Forexample, if I was posting a post about #Dogs, I would not use a #Cats hashtag in my post.  But, perhaps I would use the hashtag #Knine.  The hashtag needs to be relative to the post at hand.

There are some Hashtag Tools that you can use to your advantage.  For example, by clicking on the image below, it will take you to an article that goes over 6 of those tools.  Included in this article is the Trendsmap site, which allows you to see trends by location on a map.

Trendsmap

Hopefully, armed with these tools and the knowledge of hashtags, you’ll be able to get your Twitter off the ground.  If you’re already on Twitter, what are some of the popular hashtags that you use or have seen?

Making Great Tea

Often times when people make tea, they tend to make it the wrong way.  Ever notice how some people’s tea is just strong and others are kind of so so?  There are things you want to watch out for when making tea.

– Never ever boil your Tea.  Tea is not meant to be cooked, it’s meant to be Steeped or Brewed.  You’ll want the temperature of your water to be just before the Boiling put.  For me, this is often the number 4 on my stove nob.  Turn it on high, then turn it down once the bubbles start to appear in the bottom of the pot.

– Don’t cook your Tea too long.  A lot of people cook their Tea way too long.  This causes bitterness in the Tea and makes it unbearably strong.  We don’t want this.  We want a full flavored Tea and not have the bitterness.  Set your timer on the stove and turn over the tea bags half way through the cooking time.  I recommend 6-8 minutes.  For a full flavored Tea that’s not overpowering, go for the 6 minute mark.  If you like your Tea a little stronger, go for the 8 minute mark.

– Never add sugar to Cold Tea.  It just doesn’t work.  Maybe a little, but Sugar best dissolves when the water is still warm.  Therefor, you’ll want to add the Sugar to your Tea when the water is still hot.  Right after you take the Tea bags out and turn off the stove.  This ensures that the Sugar gets mixed into the Tea and you get the most out of your sugar.

I like to use 1 Family size Lipton Black Tea bag to make a Gallon and the Tea turns out just fine with this Method.  I also add 1cup of sugar to my Tea, often times, this is plenty for most people.  You can adjust the sugar according to how much Tea you’re making, 1qt, 1/2 gallon, etc.

Keep to these simple tips and you’ll be making great Tea every single time.

Optional: (Lemon or Lime)

Enjoy the “19 New Ways to Enjoy Sweet Tea” article from Southern Living by clicking on the image below.

Sweet Tea

How to find out what’s trending on Youtube?

If you’re looking for a great way to find out what’s trending on Youtube.  Today is your lucky day.  They’ve added features to the site that allow you to find out what is trending.  This is great if you’re looking for something to share, or even just something to watch.  You can read all about it by clicking on the image below.

Youtube Trends

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

USB Computer for Under $200?

Have you ever wanted a Portable Computer so small, that you could put it into your pocket?  No, I’m not talking about a Smartphone.  I’m talking about a Computer the size of a USB Flash Driver.  That’s right, a computer you can actually put in your shirt pocket.

With two Processors, a Dual and a Quad core, you can’t go wrong.  There will be plenty of computer power packed into this tiny space.  It houses 1 gig of RAM and will have up to 64 gig of HardDrive space.  How’s that for power?  That’s, almost more powerful than my current PC that I use.  The only thing they could do better that would make it more powerful, would be add more RAM to it.

What’s the best part?  It won’t break the bank.  The estimated price of this cool gadget is estimated to be at “Just under $200.”  So, if you’re looking for a cool gadget that you can show off to your friends and it won’t break the bank, then you won’t be disappointed.  Did I mention that you could run Ubuntu and Ice Cream Sandwich on there?  Even better reason to pick one up.

Watching House of Anubis

I think I’m going to start watching House of Anubis on itunes. You can get the first season free.

I’ll be sure to give a review after I watch the first episode.  As of this writing, you can get it free on itunes.  Just download itunes and type in House of Anubis.