Creating Your Personal Legend (2 min read)

This article really makes you think about life and what your pursue. It’s one of those articles that make you stop and go “Hmmm” It’s also refreshing it regards to letting you know that your dreams and goals are really within your reach. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Millionaire's Digest

Written by Millionaire’s Digest Team Member: Sam Sanderson

Founder & Owner of: Simplistic Success

Millionaire’s Digest Team, Contributor, Business, Entrepreneur and Successful Living Writer


Recently, I read a book titled The Alchemist written by Paul Coelho. This was probably one of my favorite novels I have read and had a deep impact on my life.

The book is about a young man named Santiago who left life in his simple town to become a shepherd because he loved to travel. He thought this was his destiny; however, as the story goes on he finds out otherwise.

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Healthy Eggs and Roasted Veggies

A great article from a GREAT fellow writer. Check it out. Not to mention it really looks yummy!

Healthy Life Perspectives

This meal is filling, low in calories, and delicious!

Ingredients:

  • 2 Eggs
  • Handful Spinach
  • Two slices of Ham
  • 5 Carrots
  • Bundle of Brussels Sprouts
  • Tbsp Oil, Salt, Pepper

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Peel the carrots, wash the sprouts, and chop them

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Drizzle oil on the veggies, place on a baking sheet and sprinkle with salt and pepper

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Roast in the oven at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 40 minutes

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Meanwhile, cook eggs in a pan, add spinach and ham

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Combine on a plate!

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I’d love to hear from you! Would you ever try this out? What’s your favorite healthy meal?

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On Ben Affleck and Slavery

I would like to share an article with you which I really enjoyed.

Matthew Barlow

A few years back, I was contacted by the producers of Who Do You Think You Are?, a popular TV genealogy show, to help them with an episode.  The show was predicated on tracing the ancestry of celebrities, attempting to capitalize on the boon in genealogy amongst the masses, and was based on a popular British version.  For an upcoming episode, they were working with Rosie O’Donnell, whose Irish ancestors had passed through Montreal, living for a time in a long-defunct neighbourhood in the city’s east end.

So I met with people from the show when they came to Montreal, spent the good chunk of a day with them, showing them what mid-nineteenth century architecture in the city looked like, using Pointe-Saint-Charles in the stead of this defunct neighbourhood, which was destroyed by the expansion of rue Notre-Dame in the 70s.  Not surprisingly, the majority of the Montreal part was excised…

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New Technology for Wearable Electronics

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Wearable computers and devices are being hailed as the next generation of mobile electronics, from smart watches to smart glasses to smart pacemakers. However, for these devices to be worn by the user, they need to be light, flexible and equipped with a power source.

 

Their power source could be a long-lasting battery or even a generator in place of a battery. One of the most critical issues to commercializing wearable devices is how to supply power in a stable and reliable manner.

 

A team of researchers from Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), headed by Byung Jin Cho, a professor of electrical engineering, proposed a solution to this problem by developing a glass fabric-based thermoelectric (TE) generator that is extremely light and flexible and produces electricity from the heat of the human body.

 

In fact, it is so flexible that the allowable bending radius of the generator is as low as 20 mm. There are no changes in performance even if the generator bends upward and downward for up to 120 cycles.

 

There have been two types of TE generators developed, to date, based on organic or inorganic materials. The organic-based TE generators use polymers that are highly flexible and compatible with human skin, ideal for wearable electronics. The polymers, however, have a low power output. Inorganic-based TE generators produce a high electrical energy, but they are heavy, rigid and bulky.

 

Professor Cho came up with a new concept and design technique to build a flexible TE generator that maximizes thermal energy loss but maximizes power output. His team synthesized liquid-like pastes of n-type (Bi2Te3) and p-type (Sb2Te3) TE materials and printed them onto a glass fabric by applying a screen printing technique. The pastes permeated through the meshes of the fabric and formed films of TE materials in a range of thickness of several hundreds of microns. As a result, hundreds of TE material dots (in combination of n and p types) were printed and well arranged on a specific area of the glass fabric.

 

“Our technology presents an easy and simple way of fabricating an extremely flexible, light, and high-performance TE generator. We expect that this technology will find further applications in scale-up systems such as automobiles, factories, aircrafts, and vessels where we see abundant thermal energy being wasted,” stated professor Cho.

 

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Transparent Solar Cells Look Promising for Batteries

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An emerging class of electrically conductive plastics, called Radical Polymers, are introducing low-cost, transparent solar cells, flexible, lightweight batteries and ultra thin anti-static coatings to consumers electronics and aircraft.

 

Researchers have established the solid-state electrical properties of one such polymer, called PTMA, which is about 10 times more electrically conductive than common semiconducting polymers.

 

“It’s a polymer glass that conducts charge, which seems like a contradiction because glasses are usually insulators,” said Bryan Boudouris, an assistant professor of chemical engineering at Purdue University.

 

The polymer is easy to manufacture and resembles Plexiglas, an inexpensive transparent plastic found in numerous products. However, unlike plexiglas, it conducts electricity.

 

“We make billions of tons of plastic every year.” Boudouris said. “So imagine if you could produce that same kind of material at that same scale but now it has electronic properties.”

 

The PTMA is in a class of electrically active polymers that could bring inexpensive transparent solar cells; anti-static and anti-glare coatings for cell phone displays; anti-static coverings for aircraft to protect against lightning strikes; flexible flash drives; and thermoelectric devices, which generate electricity from heat.

 

Polymers have been used commercially in new types of batteries. However, finding widespread practical applications for the polymers will require increasing the conductivity another 100 to 1,000 times, Boudouris said.

 

Recent research findings were detailed in a paper published online in May in the journal Macromolecules.

 

The review article is authored by Purdue graduate students Edward P. Tomlinson and Martha E. Hay, and Boudouris. The research article published in May was authored by graduate student Lizbeth Rostro, undergraduate student Si Hui Wong, and Boudouris.

 

Polymers are strings of molecules with a central backbone and may contain side chains called “pendant groups” that dangle from the central structure. In radical polymers, it’s these pendant groups that allow charge to be transported, conducting current.

 

To create the radical polymer, the researchers used a procedure called deprotection, which involves replacing a specific hydrogen atom in the pendant group with an oxygen atom, converting it into a so-called radical group.

 

“We just finally studied deprotection in a way others had not to learn how it affects the electronic properties of the radical polymers.” Boudouris said.

 

Electrons surround an atom’s nucleus in “shells,” and these electrons are usually paired. The oxygen atom in PTMA, however has one unpaired electron in its outer shell, making it amenable to transporting charge.

 

“You have to control the deprotection process very well because it makes the conductivity vary by orders of magnitude,” he said.

 

The researchers have determined that the deprotection step can lead to four distinct chemical functionalities of the radical polymer, two of which are promising for increasing the conductivity of the polymer.

 

“So manipulating the reaction conditions for this deprotection step, and monitoring closely the resultant chemical functionalities, is critical in turning the electrical properties of radical polymers,” Boudouris said.


The research is ongoing and has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Air Force Office to Scientific Research (AFOSR) and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).

 

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How to Plan and Afford a Road Trip to California 🌞

Here is a great travel article from a great writer, Check out her blog it’s filled with great tips, tricks and ideas for the traveler in all of us!

Alesia's Affordable Adventures

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Trying to squeeze some vacation time into an already busy summer schedule? I feel you.

My summers include working 5-6 days a week and committing the one day off I have to a hike, the beach, or a night out with friends. Planning an extensive 8 day road trip requires proper planning in advance in order to make the trip possible and overall fun. If you’re interested in being a tourist in California for the summer – PLEASE do it! Here, I’ll show you what you need to think about ahead of time, how to map out your trip, and I give you a list of things to do while your there!

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First things first – Who’s coming?

It was me and my boyfriend who came up with the idea of the trip so it was already a convenient package deal. I invited my best friend from high school…

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