NASA is racking up headlines for conducting study after study of how zero gravity would affect everyday objects. From observing insect behaviour to photographing Kate Upton, the wonders of low gravity have been tested to its limits. The latest of which was sending a small plot of vegetables to the International Space Station to see if plants can grow safely outside the planet’s magnetic pull.
The line of inquiry leads to many other interesting what if scenarios, but the experiment that interests the folks at Fireworks International the most is ‘can you shoot fireworks into space?’ Common knowledge states that the lack of oxygen wouldn’t be an ideal environment for something that needs to explode, but common knowledge is hardly the best scientific mentor.
According to chemist and rocket enthusiast from Kansas State University, Stefan Bossman, the idea of launching fireworks into space is completely feasible. The igniting reaction that causes a firework to explode is entirely chemical; the amount of oxygen in the surrounding environment doesn’t have a significant effect on the resulting explosion.
The same principle holds true for shuttle thrusters and other ignition based systems used to move around in space. The problems fireworks enthusiasts would have are the colours and noise. Even if the initial ignition and propulsion of the rocket doesn’t need oxygen, the spread of the explosion does.
Unless market-ready fireworks were chemically engineered to burn brighter with less oxygen, all anyone would see is an initial flash of colour before it fizzles out. As there aren’t any molecules in the void of space, there’s no medium through which sound can travel. The lack of atmosphere produces a deafeningly silent effect on even the loudest firework.
Enjoying a fireworks show from beyond the atmosphere remains a dream. But if fireworks in the UK were able to burn throughout space, it would be quite interesting for many reasons. First, the burning debris wouldn’t ‘fall’, it would spread out continually across space forever. In addition, it would be interesting to observe how far the show would be visible on Earth; if a rocket exploded more than 600 kilometres over the UK, would people in France see it?
The tradition of fireworks is older than almost anything on the planet, but there may come a time when fireworks will be able to leave Earth as well.
Everyone likes to think they work in an environment free from discrimination, but for many people, that image is shattered almost as soon as they clock in. There are still volumes of cases written on people who have been mistreated and even dismissed from work because of factors like age, sex, race, and disability.
Reasons such as the ones stated above are definitely unwelcome in the modern office environment and won’t lead any company to progress. But to deny the existence of discriminating practices in the workplace won’t do anyone much good either.
People and Positions
Managers are never going to admit that they’re doing anything wrong, and that the terminations had valid reasons behind them. This is what makes wrongful termination law so tricky to litigate. Who draws the line between legitimate reasons for termination, and acts of discrimination disguised under legitimacy?
During the recession, many companies blamed the crisis for downsizing their staff. This is a legitimate excuse, but some companies took advantage of the situation and selected people – not positions – for termination. Terminating a position means that the office held by the individual has been made redundant, usually through automation, streamlining, and downsizing.
Terminating a position is a legitimate business practice that allows companies to protect their bottom line, and ensure their survival. But can people argue against the company if they think they’ve been pushed out under the guise of job elimination?
Devil in the Description
The most obvious way of determining if a person’s been pushed out under the hood of job elimination is by taking note of the activities of human resources. Continuous hiring in significant positions are red flags for companies that are supposed to be trimming down on jobs. Companies guilty of age discrimination just change the name of the position, but retain the description and lower the required age.
This is the clearest example of wrongful termination and any lawyer would have an easy job of arguing for such a case. Unfortunately, cases are hardly ever that clear cut and will take research and resources unavailable to unspecialized law firms.
It’s important to get the representation of a firm that’s successfully proven discrimination before, as they would know the ins and outs of company rhetoric, and discriminating practices.
Many homeowners today choose hardwood flooring to give their interiors a warm, natural look. It’s available in different colors and types, which can make it difficult to decide. Hardwood flooring materials are durable and long lasting, so choose the best for your home right from the start.
Read on to help you find the ideal color for your hardwood floor:
Take photos of the area, including the ceiling, furniture, windows, and doors, before visiting flooring shops. Do this in the morning to avoid using artificial light, which might change the colors in your photo. If possible, bring fabric, paint chip, and wood block samples to compare them with the actual hardwood materials. This will let you have an idea if these will complement your existing items at home.
Avoid dark-colored hardwood flooring if the room is small. If you have dark walls, it can even make the area look depressing. Choose at least two shades lighter to complement the room’s color scheme without affecting other factors such as the ambience. Anything goes for bigger rooms, but don’t use the brightest color of hardwood if the area is receiving enough natural light.
Time of Day
Choose at least three hardwood colors and ask the flooring store if you can take home a few blocks. This time, you’ll do the opposite and compare the hardwood blocks to your interiors. Imagine how these will look like if the installation is complete. Do this in the early morning, late afternoon, and night to see how the hardwood will look in different kinds of lighting.
Decide what part of the house you’re going to renovate, so you’ll know your goals when choosing a color for your hardwood flooring. Look for a hardwood flooring supplier for a wide selection of materials that’s ideal for your home.
“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” won big at the MTV Movie Awards, earning the prize for best film and best male and female performances.
Jennifer Lawrence took home the best female performance while Josh Hutcherson was voted best male performer.
Hutcherson pays tribute to Philip Seymour Hoffman, who died earlier this year of drug overdose, saying: “I know that if Philip were here, he would think this is really cool.”
The young adult film has earned over $83 million worldwide and was the second largest release in the US last year.
The third installment of the story, Mockingjay, will be divided into two parts that will be released this year and next year.
“The Fast and the Furious” actress Jordana Brewster also made a special tribute to the movie’s late actor Paul Walker, who died in a tragic car crash last year.
Walker won the award for breakthrough male performance in 2002.
Among the most interesting moments of the awards’ night was Zac Efron’s shirtless performance.
When you’re deciding to move, you have to think about different things, such as the moving setup or how much it will cost. But the top real estate principle should be your first priority: the location of your choice.
Australia is an entire continent. That said, there is diversity in the area, and your concern should be where you’ll find your own spot under the sun.
Here are some locations where you can narrow down your search for a new home base.
Melbourne has been repeatedly called the world’s most liveable city, and that’s for good reason. The area has everything – from schools and health care facilities to shopping centres and museums. This is the reason a lot of people buy new house and land packages in Melbourne. As everything is within reach, it’s a great area to relocate into. What sets it apart, however, is the richness of culture in the area. Art, music, and literature enthusiasts would surely love it here.
Sydney takes the crown for being one of the most paid cities in the world, thanks to the massive economic development in the country. The suburbs surrounding Sydney are great places for relocation. Apart from the many perks of living in the suburbs, you get to be fairly close to your workplace where you might establish a wallet-fattening career.
For those who are climbing to the top of their respective fields, the best place to set your sights on is Queensland. Apart from the great community in the area, Barcoo, QLD, takes pride in its 100% local labour force employment rate.
Some people like being close to the best academic institutions in an area. This is where Western Australia shines, as there are many educational opportunities to grab here. With the University of Western Australia, Murdoch University, and Curtin University (among many others) in the location, Western Australia is a real catch for anyone with a thirst for knowledge.
To live in a warm community, go to South Australia. The location is totally accommodating, plus it features a “Good Samaritan” vibe, as it has the highest volunteering rates in the entire country.
Your lifestyle should dictate where you live, so use it to determine where it’s best to move. With the diversity in Australia, it’s very simple to find a place you can call home.
A beautiful lawn is a welcoming sight for any home. The changing seasons, however, makes it challenging to keep your grass green throughout the year. Fortunately, you don’t have to spend a fortune to have a manicured lawn.
Landscape specialists and Virginia Beach lawn care services share these tips to keep the grass greener on your side:
Get the right type of grass
Climate, temperature, and rainfall affect the appearance and health of the grass. When choosing grass for your lawn, remember that warm-season grasses become dormant during the cold season and cool-season varieties become dormant during hot weather.
Virginia Beach has a humid, warm, and temperate climate with hot summers and very mild winters. For this type of climate, think about using warm-season grasses, such as Zoysia, Centipede, and Bermuda grasses. For areas with varying weather conditions, experts recommend combining warm-season and cool-season grasses.
Decide whether to sod or to seed
The quickest way to have a beautiful lawn is to roll out a carpet of sod, but it can be costly especially when you’re covering a huge area. To reduce expenses, think about seeding your lawn by yourself or with the help of landscape specialists. You can also use hydro seeding, a method that allows you to disperse seeds evenly.
Learn the right way to mow
One of the secrets of having a beautiful lawn is to learn to mow the right way. Mowing the lawn too short stresses out the grass. To keep the grass green and healthy, lawn care providers in Virginia Beach recommends setting the mower to the highest notch possible, allowing you to mow only the top third of the grass. Tall grass shades the ground effectively, preventing it from drying too quickly and giving enough time for the roots to absorb enough water. Furthermore, tall grass support root development.
Water the grass regularly
Some water their lawn frequently, thinking it is the best thing to do to keep the grass healthy. Frequent, shallow watering often lead to thatch, a loose, organic layer of living and dead roots, stems, and shoots. To avoid thatch and chinch bugs, water deeply once a week.
With the right type of grass and regular maintenance, you’ll have a beautiful lawn that your neighbors will envy all year round.
Chimneys used to be an essential part of the American home, but thanks to the invention of the HVAC, they only serve to amuse people who grew up with fireplaces and entry points for Santa Claus. But with the additional cost of maintaining and operating a chimney – assuming that the house uses electric heating, why even keep a fireplace and chimney though?
Some people say that a fireplace serves as a backup, when something happens to the electricity – as is often the case in winter storms – there’s something to combat the cold. Others like the look and feel a fireplace contributes to a room and a house. But there’s reason in keeping fireplaces and chimneys that trumps almost all else, and that’s resale value.
Chimneys and Hot Tubs
Having a fireplace and a chimney in the house is almost like having a hot tub installed in the backyard. If you think about it, the two things have a lot in common; they’re significant fixtures in a house, many people want them in their homes, and they’re both hot.
If there are hot tub installation companies, there are also chimney companies that do cleaning services as well as installation. The fact that these companies exist is an indication that people still want their fireplace and chimneys, no matter what big HVAC says.
This feeds directly into the next point, if there’s still demand for fireplaces and chimneys, then people would definitely pay more for a house with those furnishings. There’s no better reason to install a fireplace and chimney in your house, because it’s an investment.
Fruit of Investment
The cost of installing a fireplace and chimney (depending on the type and size of the project) goes from $400-$10000, with a timeframe of 2-3 days to complete. If you choose to install a fireplace in your home, depending on the maintenance applied to it, owners can add at least $1000 to the resale value of the house.
People have mostly dismissed the fireplace and chimney as relics of the past, kept around based on sentimentality. But sentimentalities aren’t so bad, and if they have real world applications and benefits, so much the better.
From putting money in the bank to purchasing bonds to acquiring shares in real estate, there are different ways to invest, but none is growing faster in popularity in the Philippines than mutual funds.
While the introduction of mutual funds to the Filipino public took quite a while to get rolling, it is a popular investment vehicle in North America, Europe, and other more developed countries. Mutual funds pool money from institutional and individual investors to form a massive asset base. The assets are then invested in a diversified portfolio of securities.
There are different ways you can invest in mutual funds; you can purchase bond, money market, balanced, or direct equity funds.
Mutual funds are an ideal investment vehicle for those who want to grow money over time. You can use them for your child’s future education, as a savings medium for retirement, or for building up a long-term cash fund. Such funds are also a great investment option for both big and small companies, as they help increase yields and enhance a business’ level of diversification.
Here are some reasons you should invest in mutual funds:
Low Capital Requirement
Direct investments, such as treasury bills and commercial paper, usually require substantial capital. The minimum investment amounts may range from PHP100, 000 to PHP1million depending on the investment house or bank you’re dealing with. Mutual funds, on the other hand, require a minimum initial investment of only PHP5, 000 and a minimum additional investment of PHP1, 000.
Investing in mutual funds—whether bonds, money market, balanced, or stock or equity fund—gives you access to the services of full-time professional managers. Managers analyze different investment products available in the market and choose those that will give the best possible returns to the fund and its investors.
Mutual funds are invested in different securities. By investing in one, you achieve instant portfolio diversification. Diversification is one of the most important principles in investing. By allocating your investments among various vehicles, you reduce risk and maximize the returns that you can get.
Investing in mutual funds provides you with a bright, stable, and better future.
You home is a reflection of your lifestyle. It can say a lot about you, your priorities, and your family. If you’re looking for a new place to live in, you should think what type of home is ideal for everyone in the household. Read the following to know the link between your home choice and your lifestyle:
This is ideal for people who want to settle down with their family at their own private space. There could be none or only a little intention to move out, especially when you own the house, as you also see it as an investment. In addition, you like the freedom to decorate your own place according to everyone’s interests. For those who rent, however, it’s also the same except you’ll have some restrictions.
If you’re looking for a condo for rent in Legaspi Village, for example, you either prefer to live a minimalist life or want to be in the center of everything. Being a minimalist, you don’t really mind the space as long as it’s acceptable to your standards. Whether you’re living alone or with the family, living in a condominium indicates that you prefer the comfort of being near establishments, such as your workplace, school, and recreational areas.
This is quite similar to a condominium, but you either find renting more beneficial for your budget or only want a temporary place to live in because you tend to move a lot. This is ideal for people on the go like those who often change their work locations or travel short term.
Whether you’re going for a house, apartment, or condo for rent, your current lifestyle affects your decisions. To make sure that you find the right one, visit online listing websites for a wide selection of real estate.
Some foods, though dubbed friendly for bodybuilders and fitness junkies, can actually ruin a physique-building routine. Most people don’t know these things until they enrol in a certificate III in fitness course. Nonetheless, when you’re hitting the gym, you should know the types of food to eat, to regulate, and to drop completely.
Here are some foods people label “healthful” but which actually ruin your diet.
The label isn’t lying when it reads that yogurt contains gut-friendly bacteria, bone-bolstering calcium, protein, and zinc. Sure, it contains such things, but it also contains processed fruit and sugars. Some manufacturers add artificial flavouring and sugar syrups to improve the taste, but this comes at the price of extra calories to burn on the bench press. Your best workaround for this is to go with plain yogurt and use fresh fruit.
Many unsuspecting gym buffs consider fruit juice as a great refreshment. While vitamin C is certainly present in most variants of it, fruit juice isn’t the best beverage option. Remember that you don’t chew fruit juice, which means it makes you hungry faster. If you want to have a fruity snack during your break, ditch the OJ and go for the actual fruit.
There are many reasons you should include peanut butter in your diet. Among these are the monounsaturated fat, vitamin E, niacin, and magnesium. Unfortunately, peanut butter has unwelcome guests in the form of trans fat and sugar, which ruin muscle growth. When you want to go nutty, get natural brands instead – those that use only peanuts. Think twice before you believe low-fat versions of your regular peanut butter.
Tuna is healthy, that’s for sure. Protein and omega-3 simply help you lose fat. The problem is that many choose the ones drowned in oil, which amounts to an easy 150 extra calories to burn. If you really want to eat tuna, choose a brand that’s been packed in water.
Beef is lean and protein-filled, not to mention it contains zinc, iron, vitamin B6, and vitamin B12. In short, it’s a real muscle builder. The problem is, not all people realise the differences in nutritional value of beef cuts. Case in point, prime rib and rib eye are fatty cuts. Choose lean pieces like sirloin instead.
Make your fitness routine work for your body, and help it with the right nourishment from the right foods.