Astronomy Picture of the Day Archive Wednesday, Feb 27 2013 

Astronomy Picture of the Day Archive

Really cool Astronomy photos by Hubble and astronomers.

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css-tricks.com Wednesday, Feb 27 2013 

A very helpful webpage! A potpourri of web pages with many helpful hints!

Exoskeletons: The Augmented Future of the Human Body Tuesday, Feb 26 2013 

http://mashable.com/2013/02/25/exoskeletons-future/

Mechanical skeletons to help humans augment physical skills and replace skills lost thru accidents and disease.  Written about in Science Fiction since the 1960s are coming into reality now!

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Color replacement tool Friday, Feb 22 2013 

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Oxford University unveils robot car that drives itself… using an iPad! Monday, Feb 18 2013 

Scientists say the technology could be installed in cars within 15 years.  RobotCar is an adapted Nissan Leaf electric that has inbuilt lasers and cameras that act as ‘eyes’ mapping out 3D routes fed into computer in the car’s trunk.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2278725/The-car-drives–using-iPad-Oxford-University-unveils-robot-car.html#ixzz2LJ3Lxhk1
 http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2278725/The-car-drives–using-iPad-Oxford-University-unveils-robot-car.html#ixzz2LJ21rt9j

Web page in Photoshop Friday, Feb 15 2013 

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6 ways to recharge your business Tuesday, Feb 12 2013 

1. Get your priorities in line: It’s more important than ever to know your priorities. Set a stopwatch for 20 minutes and write down everything that needs to get done. Then, give yourself another 10 minutes to assess which of those tasks are the most important to yourself, your business and your family. Keep that list in mind as you start each day — and make sure all your activities are centered around those core priorities.

2. Ditch the New Year’s resolutions

3. Evaluate your year as a business leader

4. Build important connections: NETWORK  both on line and in person

5. Show the love:   Family and friends and also the professional relationships that matter to you.

6. Unplug and recharge your batteries:  Every entrepreneur should take some much-needed time away from the office and digital devices.

http://mashable.com/2013/01/01/recharge-your-business/   Nellie Akalp/Jan 01, 2013 This post originally appeared on the American Express OPEN Forum, where Mashable regularly contributes articles about leveraging social media and technology in small business.

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For the entrepreneur, this time of year (January) typically means a mad dash to wrap-up remaining projects, close deals, and squeeze in time for family and friends. As the days get shorter, it starts to feel like time accelerates faster than ever — leaving you less and less time to accomplish your year-end goals. However, amidst the holiday chaos, it is possible to stay grounded and set the foundation for a successful year to come. Here are six ways to help you recharge your business in the New Year.

1. Get your priorities in line: Time management is a year-round challenge for business owners, but schedules get even tighter during the holidays. That’s why it’s more important than ever to know your priorities. Set a stopwatch for 20 minutes and write down everything that needs to get done. Then, give yourself another 10 minutes to assess which of those tasks are the most important to yourself, your business and your family. Keep that list in mind as you start each day — and make sure all your activities are centered around those core priorities.

2. Ditch the New Year’s resolutions: A FranklinCovey survey found that 80% of people who make New Year’s resolutions will break them. And a third never make it to the end of January. If you’re one of the many people who have left a string of resolutions behind, it’s time for a new approach. Rather than creating your resolutions for 2013, use the end of the calendar year to reflect on your business and market. What were some of the best things that your business accomplished this year? What were some of the biggest mistakes? Don’t rush to begin planning the new year until you’ve celebrated your wins and acknowledged your mistakes.

3. Evaluate your year as a business leader: In addition to reflecting on your business, this is a good time to reflect on yourself. After all, as an entrepreneur, you don’t exactly get a yearly performance review. Being as objective as possible, write down your strongest characteristics as a leader — and your weakest. Then, think about how each of these characteristics impacted your business, team members and partners during the year. This type of objective self-assessment can help you pinpoint areas to improve in 2013.

4. Build important connections: As a good entrepreneur, you’re looking out for interesting opportunities around every corner. And the end of the year offers a bevy of parties and events. Make some time to take advantage of these networking events and meet new people. Sometimes a simple party is the key to a great new client, collaboration or partnership that will pay dividends in the new year.

5. Show the love: During this hectic time, it’s all too easy to become inwardly focused — where you’re thinking more about crossing things off your list than what (or who) really matters. Of course, holidays are the time for family and friends, but I’m also talking about the professional relationships that matter to you. Think about the most important people you’ve worked with throughout the year — whether it’s a devoted assistant or a colleague who keeps introducing you to great contacts. Then, let them know just how much you appreciate them.

6. Unplug and recharge your batteries: No matter how busy your schedule gets, every entrepreneur should take some much-needed time away from the office and digital devices. Take advantage, since this is often the one time of year when people expect you won’t be working (unless, of course, you’re involved in some kind of seasonal business). Downtime is the only real way to hit the reset button, both personally and professionally. And it will open the door to fresh perspectives and new inspiration.

How will you refresh and recharge your business this holiday? Tell us in the comments.

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How to Master Social Media Like a Famous Comedian

Photoshop Thumbnail Monday, Feb 11 2013 

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220mph Trains in the U.S. Sunday, Feb 10 2013 

My Long term dream come true.  A fast moving mass transportation like the rest of the planet has been using for decades while we are in the grip the car companies and the petroleum industry.  This would be a big help towards decreasing pollution and congestion on the highways. 

http://mashable.com/2013/02/10/high-speed-rail-map/

How the Tesla Electric Car Actually Works Monday, Feb 4 2013 

This car requires an electric outlet to plug-in and charge.  It is well-built and fast.  It can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph (0 to 97 km/h) in 3.7 or 3.9 seconds depending on the model. These cars have a 300 mile range between charging stations.  The base price of this car is about $109,000.  The high cost puts this car out of reach of most people.  Also it must be plugged in to charge lithium-ion batteries.  Tesla’s car did not require a charge from the grid, but drew electricity directly from the atmosphere.

Figure out how to do that and this car would be worth the $100,000 price.

http://mashable.com/2013/01/17/tesla-electric-car/

How the Tesla Electric Car Actually Works  Sam Laird/Jan 17, 2013

The Tesla Model S has been hailed as both a must-have big boy toy for the well-moneyed as well a harbinger of environmentally friendly transportation tech. So well-regarded are Tesla’s electric cars, in fact, that the Model S was voted the Motor Trend Car of 2013.

But how do Tesla’s electric cars actually work?

That answer requires a bit more explanation. The basics are pretty straightforward, but real intrigue lies in the details of its futuristic car tech. Electricity charges a battery to give the Model S juice for a certain period of time, not unlike your smartphone or laptop. In fact, each Tesla electric car has much more in common with your MacBook than you might think — the company uses lithium-ion batteries just like the type that powers laptops worldwide. There’s just one difference — Tesla’s batteries are a heck of a lot more powerful. The battery in each Tesla car is actually made up of thousands of lithium-ion cells that have a combined weight of about a thousand pounds, according to the company. Each pack is built at Tesla’s Bay Area headquarters and comes equipped with a heating system that enables the car to function in cold weather.

To get that battery ready to roll, however, you’re going to have to charge the sucker. Again, this process isn’t much different from the way you charge the portable devices you carry around every day — what’s unique here is you’re dealing with a much bigger gadget that carries you around instead. And this is the key difference between a Tesla electric car and a hybrid, like the Toyota Prius — it’s all electric and has to be charged, whereas the Prius runs partially on gasoline but doesn’t have to be charged. There are a few ways to go about charging your Tesla electric car. Tesla recommends getting an electrician to install a recharging station at your home. Called a High Power Wall Charger, this device plugs into the back of the car and can juice its battery twice as fast as a 240-volt outlet would. You can also plug in to 100-volt outlets via a mobile connector that allows you to charge wherever you find time and electricity.

And, of course, you could always go green by installing solar panels to generate charge at home. But that’s not all — Tesla is also in the process of installing hundreds of “supercharging” stations on highways across the United States and in parts of Canada. These stations are designed to allow Model S owners to charge their rides in just about an hour, and several have already been built in California.

So what does all that electricity get used for? To power a watermelon-sized motor that converts mechanical power into electricity but also turns that mechanical power into more electricity. It’s a much simpler, more efficient device than the combustion engine found in most cars, enabling you to get the most mileage for your charge. Tesla says its electric cars equipped with the most powerful battery packs available can travel at 55 miles per hour for up to 300 miles on a single charge. Of course, eventually you’ll run out of juice and the whole process will begin again. But now you’ll have an appreciation for how the Tesla electric car actually work

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