The first new version of the corvette was debuted last night at the Detroit Auto Show. It hits dealerships this fall.
The World Wastes Half Of Its Food
A British report by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers has found as much as 50-percent of all food produced around the world is wasted. The report says the world produced about 4.4-billion tons of food per year, but as much as half of it goes to waste. The institute’s head of energy and environment, Tim Fox, says, “The reasons for this situation range from poor engineering and agricultural practices, inadequate transport and storage infrastructure to supermarkets demanding cosmetically perfect foodstuffs and encouraging consumers to overbuy through buy-one-get-one-free offers.” (UPI)
Five Ways To Prevent The Flu
1) Practice “respiratory etiquette.” It’s the new catchphrase used by hospitals and other professional healthcare facilities, and it’s pretty much an updated version of the old common sense rules: Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with warm soap and water, especially before eating, etc., plus interesting new info about disinfecting surfaces (cold and flu germs can live for HOURS outside the body) and be sure not to share ANYTHING, even towels, with someone who’s sick.
2) Gargle with warm salt water. I swear my grandmother is looking down from Heaven and laughing at me right now, because this was her go-to advice whenever I got sick as a kid (and I HATED it). But people who gargle with water a few times a day are one-third less likely to catch colds; salt and warm water once you’re already sick helps clear the virus out of your throat.
3) Drink hot tea with honey and lemon. Again, old common sense wisdom backed up by modern science — hot drinks “stimulate digestion, ease cold and flu symptoms, and give your immune system an extra kick,” honey (particularly darker varieties) has such strong antimicrobial properties it’s been shown to reduce risk of flu infection, and lemon adds Vitamin C and antioxidants.
4) Use a nasal spray or neti pot. These work the same way gargling does, except personally I don’t mind these as much (I seem to be in the minority with this preference, however!).
5) Try brewer’s yeast. This time, it’s my mother who’s laughing at me. Apparently sprinkling a teaspoon of brewer’s yeast on your food every day can really boost the heck out of your immune system, which is why, I suppose, my mother did exactly that to her food when I was a kid (personally, I hated the smell and wouldn’t touch the stuff). Sigh. You were right, Mom.
White House Answers Petition About Building the Death Star
The Obama White House may have sewn up the title of science fiction nerd-friendliest after posting an official response to a petition with more than 34,000 signatures urging President Obama to build the Death Star, the planet-killing space station from Star Wars. Paul Shawcross, chief of the science and space branch of the White House’s budget office, responded in all tongue-in-cheek seriousness with the reasons it wouldn’t be a good idea:
- “The construction of the Death Star has been estimated to cost more than $850,000,000,000,000,000. We’re working hard to reduce the deficit, not expand it.”
- “The Administration does not support blowing up planets.”
- “Why would we spend countless taxpayer dollars on a Death Star with a fundamental flaw that can be exploited by a one-man starship?”
Shawcross then lists various ongoing, real-world high-tech projects, like the International Space Station, and pitches careers in science, technology, engineering and math-related fields, all while sprinkling in some Star Wars references.
‘Kaepernicking’ Takes Over Where ‘Tebowing’ Left Off
At this time last year, then-Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow had become a big star, due both to his improbable on-field comebacks and his strong religious beliefs, and “Tebowing” was all the rage, as people across the nation were duplicating Tebow’s kneel-down in prayer after scores, with his elbow on his knee and fist on his forehead. But Tebow’s star has faded after he was traded to the New York Jets and got barely any playing time this season, and a new craze has risen to fill that vacuum — Kaepernicking” — after San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s touchdown celebration of flexing his right arm and kissing his bicep. Kaepernicking began several weeks ago when the backup quarterback replaced injured starter Alex Smith. It’s been gaining steam since, and then took off online after the 49ers 45-31 win over the Green Bay Packers Saturday (January 12th) in the NFC division playoff, with fans posting pictures of themselves on social media doing the pose.