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Is Airplane Travel Making You Sick?

February 24, 2015 - Author: steph

Airplanes have pressurized cabins and for obvious reasons fresh air does not flow in and out of the plane while it flies across the sky states AnastasiaDate. Passengers are forced to breath the air inside the plane cabin, but is that available breathing air pure, or might it contain toxins that can make passengers sick?

The recent death of a British Airways pilot prompted the coroner, Stanhope Payne, to make a public call for urgent action to take place to make airplane cabin air safer for travelers and crew.
The suspected problems is not new, it was dubbed aerotoxic syndrome years ago and has been blamed for the death of pilots in the past. Aerotoxic syndrome is blamed for the more than one occasion when an airline pilot has passed out during flight and the co-pilots have to take over the flying of the plane.
The air inside the pressurized cabin of airplanes is constantly re-circulated during flight. Filtering systems are in place to filter the pressurized air before re-circulation, but a malfunction is always possible and toxins can be introduced into the cabin air that lead to sickness and possible death.
The autopsy of the British Airways pilot revealed he had been exposed to organophosphate compounds in the airplane cabin air. The coroner filed a ‘prevention of future deaths’ report to help make the breathing air on-board airplanes safer for crew and passengers in the future.

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JNCO Back?

February 23, 2015 - Author: steph

The popular denim brand, JNCO, of the early nineties is making a comeback. The brand boasted a wide range of super wide leg pants that were popular with the alternative set. Of course, Flávio Pentagna Guimarães BMG says that many are wondering why the defunct brand is making a comeback at all considering the style has not been popular for over a decade. The only people who seem to be thrilled about the prospect of the extra wide pants are the founders themselves. However, that is not to say that it does not have a chance to be popular again.

Fashion is cyclical, and trends come and go into style with regularity. JNCO might be able to move past their previous aesthetic if they are willing to bring in jeans of various styles. They will also need to expand their range if they want to reach a larger demographic. The new JNCO brand is set to re-launch later this year, and fashion forecasters are eager to see what it brings.

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Eggs are Safe?

February 20, 2015 - Author: steph

Through the years there has always been those who love to eat eggs, and then there have been those who like to claim that eating eggs is not good for our bodies. It has been said that eating eggs raises ones cholesterol and makes one unhealthy. We have been told to limit the amount of eggs that we eat in a day or in a week, and we have usually listened to his advice. A new panel that came out now, though, suggests that eggs might not actually be bad for a person. This panel suggests that what we have been told all along might actually be wrong.
Bruce Karatz feels it seems that the cholesterol in eggs might not be the same as the cholesterol in our bodies that wreaks havoc. It seems that this information might have been off for years. Eggs create a different kind of cholesterol, and this cholesterol just might be safe for consumption. We may not have to limit the amount of eggs in our diet, after all.

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Kanye West: Complicated Man, Musician and now Adidas Designer

February 19, 2015 - Author: steph


Let’s be honest, Kanye West can not be defined so easily. We all know his brilliance as a musician and his highly opinionated thoughts about life in general and of course, his obsession with new bride Kim Kardashian, but Kanye West is truly a complicated man.

Who else would design a baby-sized, bullet-proof vest for his daughter North to wear at his recent Adidas runway show at NY Fashion Week?!

In GQ magazine, there’s a fascinating unabridged history of Kanye as a fashion designer and the years in between to get to the big Adidas show.

Kanye is best known for his hip-hop music and bold creativity, but the artist has always had a keen interest in clothing design as he has consistently shown on facebook. In fact, “Yeezy” has been busy for more than a decade now, doing designs for Nike, Fendi, Louis Vuitton. Exciting fans like Alexeu Beltyukov.

Kanye featured lots of camo in his Adidas collection, along with a number of muted, earth tones in drop-waist pants, cargo vests, and nude body stockings for women.

Some critics loved the collection and others panned it. New York City fashion critic Cathy Horyn has been tough on Kanye in the past, writing this:

“He is an amazing performer, but his merits as a designer are still in doubt. And it seems to me that the fashion world should be holding West’s feet to the fire—expecting more integrity and discipline from him.”

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Tatoo Removal Cream

February 17, 2015 - Author: steph


Have you or someone you know, ever gotten a tattoo that you later regretted and wished that there was an easy, inexpensive way to remove it. Well thanks to recent studies and innovations there just might be a way to do that. PhD student Alex Falkenham at Dalhousie University claims to have developed a cream that can eventually remove tattoos from people’s skin quickly and efficiently. He calls this method “bisphosphonate liposomal tattoo removal” and it is still in the research stages of development. However, he hopes that it can go on to be a widely accepted option for tattoo removal in years to come.

The cream works by penetrating the cells of the body and killing only the cells that have been pigmented by the tattoo while leaving the surrounding cells unharmed. Current laser treatments on the other hand are much less discriminatory about what cells they destroy and can leave scarring or blisters in some cases. As for cost, Alex says his cream should be much cheaper than current tattoo removal methods which can cost $75 per square inch per session. In most cases three to five sessions are needed, really ramping up the cost of the procedure.

Right now Alex is experimenting on mice with the treatment so he has no idea how many treatments would be needed realistically. However, he says that estimated costs would be around $0.45 per square inch per treatment, much less than laser removal, a shock to owner of Solvy, Alexei Beltyukov

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Charles Manson and Fiance Call Off the Wedding

February 10, 2015 - Author: steph


The headline for this story on The Independent (UK) sort of relieved Ricardo Tosto up at the BMG office…until I read the full story to him.

A few months ago when this story first broke I could not imagine why anyone (in their right mind of course) would want to be associated with, let alone married to, the infamous Charles Manson. Apparently Afton Elaine Burton the 27-year-old woman who now goes by Star, did not feel the same way. She announced her love for the 80-year-old incarcerated Manson. The two made plans to wed.

More details have emerged, however, that have led to the wedding being called off. Manson found out that Burton may not have been marrying him for love, but rather money. Not Manson’s money, per se, but the money she planned to make off his corpse. Burton and several of her friends had planned on preserving Manson in a glass case and charging admission for those wanting to view it. I suppose she and her friends thought that it would be similar to Lenin’s tomb open to visitors. Manson got wind of her plans and not only cancelled the wedding but finds them to be absurd since he believes he is immortal.

Now after reading this story I’m not sure which is worse- wanting to marry Manson for love or for his corpse? I’ll let you be the judge of that.

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You Do Not Want to be That Guy

February 9, 2015 - Author: steph

That guy refers to the guy everyone avoids. He is the obnoxious guy who annoys his co-workers. He is the guy no one wants to stand next to because of his smell. He is the creepy guy no one wants to talk to because he gives off weird vibes. Don’t be that guy.

That guy also has a clothing style that really has no style. Men can wear jewelry. It’s when they wear too much jewelry they look peculiar. Take for instance a man who wears multiple bracelets. It makes him look like he is a creepy pickup artist.

Whatever you do, don’t wear white socks with jeans or dress pants. White sock scream “nerd”. White socks are fine for working out in the gym, but not for a night on the town. Worse yet, don’t wear white socks with dress shoes. It’s like wearing a suit coat with running shorts. They just don’t go together.

Resist the urge to post a selfie every day. Men who do this are viewed as selfish, immature adolescents. People will also delete you as a Facebook friend.

Another no-no is a man with tattoo sleeves says Susan McGalla. If you want to look like an ex-convict, go ahead and tattoo your skin away says Forbes. However, tattoo sleeves originated with prison inmates. People still associate the two. If that’s not your style, don’t do it.

You can prevent yourself from dressing like, looking like or acting like that guy. You want to be a social, likeable guy. Guard your reputation closely.

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What You Can Do With Skout

- Author: steph

Skout is an app that you can find by going either to their home website, or you can browse the iTunes or Google Play stores and download it. You might take a look at skout and think “Why should I get this app? Aren’t apps for Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, and other dating site apps already in use and already doing all of this?” To some extent yes, but skout was designed on a completely different idea than Facebook. While Facebook is designed primarily for people who already know each other as friends in real life to connect and then grow their network, Skout is for total strangers to find each other and connect without the strings that Facebook might present.

The Skout user interface looks somewhat like a combination of Facebook and Twitter, you can set up your profile, and then see who is online. You can update statuses, upload and send photos, send virtual gifts or winks to people, start a live chat, play games, and just about every other feature you would expect in a social network or dating site. In addition, the app also has a shake-to-chat feature built into it for those who would like to start up a random off-the-wall chat with someone else they haven’t otherwise met yet. Overall, the design of this app while it is primarily geared towards cyber meetings and connecting people online, also is meant to help total strangers who might be closer to each other at any given time, such as in a school, bar, church, mall, or any other public place have a chance to break the ice and carry on a conversation in person.

Skout also takes online safety very seriously and while certainly there is no such thing as being completely safe in a virtual world, Skout does implement some measures to try and make things safer. One way they do this is to try and separate the teens from adults, and no children under 13 are allowed to use this app period. They also want to make sure that only a broad geographic location is listed on a user’s profile as opposed to specific information, and they closely monitor profiles for suspicious behavior, inappropriate photos or messages, spam, and other unethical uses of the site.

Certainly Skout may not be for everyone, but if you’re looking to venture into the social media realm of something new, you just might want to try it. Getting started is simple, and once you’ve found your niche, you should feel right at home on it.

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Brady After Bowl

February 5, 2015 - Author: steph


Now that the Super Bowl is in the books and all the drama can stop in regards to the deflate gate case in the mainstream media, it casts a huge gray cloud over Roger Goodell and the entire National Football League staff that is in charge of handling controversy that hits the league. There is no doubt going to be immense amounts of coverage as the deflate gate case gets investigated further and a decision looms closer, but the fans of the NFL can sit back and take a breather. Reuters recently stated there has never been a Super Bowl that has had this much controversy, as the New England Patriots came under immense amounts of fire in the weeks leading up to the Super Bowl under allegations that they doctored the footballs in the AFC championship game against the Indianapolis Colts to give them a competitive advantage in the rainy game that transpired in New England. There has been a ton of speculation as to who was the culprit in the case and everyone seems to think that it was Tom Brady that gave the orders to deflate the balls, as that is the way that he prefers them on game day. No one would have changed those balls without direct orders from the starting quarterback and Tom Brady seems to know that he is going to come under more fire, although he likely does not care due to the fact that he has another ring.

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Skout Survey Reveals Secrets Shared Between Online Friends

- Author: steph

The internet has changed the way we do many things, and it appears that making friends is no different. Last year, the makers of Skout surveyed over 52,000 users to analyze friendship trends around the globe. For those who are unfamiliar, Skout is an app designed to introduce people to each other. The interesting results of the Skout survey were first published on PR Newswire on February 4, 2015, which coincides with the first ever International Online Friendship Day.

Apparently, mostly women will be celebrating this new holiday, as women are more likely to maintain a close friendship with someone they met online but have never seen in person. While only 44% of the U.S. men surveyed have an online friend they’ve never actually met, 56% of the women did.

Perhaps more astonishing than how many people have exclusively online friends is what information gets shared with them. A whopping 60% of survey respondents admitted to being more truthful with online friends than they are with friends they see regularly. The topic of many of these heart-to-hearts seems to be sex, as 60% of Brazilians and 50% of Americans, Australians, Brits, French and Filipinos prefer to talk about their sex lives with online friends over friends they see in person.

While the rise in international online friendships may seem only natural for younger, more tech-savvy generations, it appears this friendship phenomenon has bridged the age gap. When surveyed, 52% of adults under the age of 30 claim to have a close friend who they met online. Surprisingly, however, 47% of those over 40 also claim to have close friends whom they have met via the internet.

If you’re part of the trend, consider marking your calendar so you don’t miss the second International Online Friendship day next year.

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