10 Fitness Apps to Get You Moving and Motivated.
You started the new year with the best intentions, but somehow life just got in the way of your fitness goals.
No time to exercise?
Forget hour-long spin classes and 10 mile runs.
The Johnson & Johnson Official 7 Minute Workout helps you squeeze fitness into your day when it works for you.
If you choose to include the warm up and cool down sections, each workout is about 11 minutes.
Just open the app any time you set off on a run or walk to get coffee and you’ll earn money for the charity of your choice (choose from over 30) for each mile you move.
The Zombies, Run!
This tracking app allows you to log your workouts as well as all your meals and snacks for the day.
It even includes reviews of each trail from fellow users. →
When bank officials refused to melt them down, she donated her prize money to purchase war bonds instead.
The single gram she had worked so hard to isolate was the only radium available for research in France.
Marie had long wanted to learn more about X-rays.
As she set to work educating herself about this sister science, she quickly realized that she had a powerful technology on her hands.
The traveling X-ray unit she patched together in a Renault van turned out to be the first of 20.
The concept behind what military men began to call “petites Curies” was simple enough: Equip a van with a generator, a hospital bed, and X-ray equipment.
Drive to the battlefield.
But to Marie’s astonishment, the concept of X-rays on the front wasn’t just foreign—it was actively fought against by doctors who felt that new-fangled radiology had no place at the front.
She gave a crash course in X-rays to 150 women, sent Irène back to the field to continue administering X-rays, then retrieved her box of radium and began to collect radium gas (radon) to sterilize infectious tissue (again without protection).
Additional sources: Madame Curie: A Biography, Eve Curie; Marie Curie: A Life, Susan Quinn; Marie Curie: Mother of Modern Physics, Janice Borzendowski. →
Solar Charger Lets You Power Your Phone From the Sky.
As connected as we all are to our various mobile devices, it seems impossible that outlets aren’t a standard feature up at 30,000 feet (especially when you can still often find ashtrays).
Travel is stressful enough without having to worry whether you’ll have access to a charging port, and now, you can prevent your phone from dying on a plane, train, or automobile with a special charger that can be used anywhere there’s sunlight.
This power-up device is able to harness solar power using solar panels that are embedded into a small suction cup that can be affixed to most windows.
The 4.5 volt, 0.4 watt solar panel charges an internal 2000mAh Lithium-Ion battery.
The cable comes with four different plugs, so it’s compatible with most smartphones.
LED lights that flash blue and green let you know when it’s charging and when it’s powered up.
You can grab one on Amazon, where it’s conveniently on sale.
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But we only get commission on items you buy and don’t return, so we’re only happy if you’re happy. →
Upgrade Your Vacation Goals With These Vintage-Style Posters for Time Travelers.
Expedia is prepping for a future where travel doesn’t just mean heading to another country.
The travel company recently put together a series of vintage-style posters that illustrate the destinations they’d advertise if time travel were possible.
In the world of the hypothetical future, you could be headed back to the Jurassic Age to catch views of dinosaurs or to Montana’s Wild West saloons.
You could check out the markets of Pompeii before they disappeared under volcanic ash, or experience the Ice Age for yourself.
Which time period would you pick for your next vacation?
Oh, and remember that time travel doesn’t just let you go back in time.
You could head to 2117 CE on Europa—Jupiter’s moon and a prime candidate for finding life outside of Earth.
Expedia isn’t the only organization already advertising space travel, though.
NASA has already produced several series of amazing posters imagining the space tourism of the distant future. →
A Really Cool Collection Of Wintry Cosplay Photos.
Cosplayers already look cool when they’re strutting around in costume, except for those rare awkward moments when their costumes clash with their surroundings, but posing for cosplay photos in the snow is the coolest!
But cosplaying in the snow requires a different kind of commitment than Con cosplay, and those cosplayers who decide to pose for a themed shoot in the winter know they have to go big.
For example- you can’t ride a horse into a convention (Ellie from The Last Of Us cosplay by EndureSurvivor) And a horse can complete a cosplay like no prop ever could (Ellie from The Last Of Us cosplay by EndureSurvivor) Con cosplay also limits your use of props, because nobody wants to carry around a giant, and often fragile, prop all day while they navigate through a sea of bodies (Winter Wonderland Orianna from League Of Legends by Lulu Cosplay) And Cons don’t properly capture the feeling of the winter holiday season like a trip to a mall all decked out for Christmas, where the decor makes cosplay photos that much more magical (Winter cosplay gathering by ourlivinglegacy) Many pop culture characters have a winter version or wardrobe (Winter Baroness from G.I.
Joe cosplay by Katy DeCobray of the Canadian cosplay team Cobra North) Lightning Cosplay) The snow also makes romantic scenes feel more heartfelt (Inquisitor Lavellan and Empress Celene Valmont from Dragon Age by Eliot Rose and Anthony Cedillo, photography by John Newman) A-Twins) But the snow also makes horror scenes much more horrifying (Eren and Mikasa from Attack On Titan cosplay by pollypwnz and Tovarish-N) Evgenia aka mercury) Imbuing the shot with a bleak and hopeless feeling (Eren and Mikasa from Attack on Titan cosplay by pollypwnz and Tovarish-N) NikitaCosplay) But even characters who aren’t normally seen in the snow look cool as ice when surrounded by blue and white winter weather (random samurai from Naruto cosplay by IkasuTaiki) Their heroic stance is enhanced by the environmental conditions (Bucky Barnes: Tales Of Suspense cosplay by Lux-Laterna, photography by Clint Hay) Severn12) Making us wonder why a character who loves basking in the sun so much would be walking around in the cold without a proper winter coat (Winter Poison Ivy cosplay by HJ Steele, photography by Erik Blume) It’s Raining Neon) Fosya) They were born in freezing cold conditions (Dragonborn from Elder Scrolls: Skyrim cosplay by emilyrosa) Raised to feel right at home in the harsh and frigid conditions of the North (Dragonborn from Elder Scrolls: Skyrim cosplay by emilyrosa) Other characters, like Orianna, are unaffected by the weather since they’re synthetic lifeforms (Winter Wonderland Orianna from League of Legends cosplay by JenniferCosplay) And then there are characters like Lulu, the Fae Sorceress, who use magic to make the weather bend to their will (Winter Wonderland Lulu from League of Legends cosplay by Nimdra, photography by Kikunai) While others are so cold hearted they feel right at home in the snow (Empress Celene Valmont from Dragon Age cosplay by Anthony Cedillo) Ryoko-demon) And therefore dread knowing winter is coming (John Snow from Game Of Thrones cosplay by Phillipp Mikulskiy, photograph by shproton) →
Area Magic Squares.
On December 30 William Walkington sent this greeting to a circle of magic-square enthusiasts — it’s a traditional magic square (each row, column, and diagonal sums to 15), but the geometric area of each cell corresponds to its number.
He added, “The areas are approximate, and I don’t know if it is possible to obtain the correct areas with 2 vertically slanted straight lines through the square.
Perhaps someone will be able to work this out in 2017?” It’s only January 19, and the answer is already yes — Walter Trump has produced a “third-order linear area magic square” using the numbers 5-13: There are many further developments, which have opened new questions and challenges, as these discoveries tend to do — see William’s blog post for more information.
(Thanks, William.) →
CIA Publishes Nearly 13 Million Declassified Records Online.
Until recently, members of the public looking to peruse the Central Intelligence Agency’s declassified documents had to travel to the National Archives in College Park, Maryland.
There, they were able to read the papers, but only from four computer terminals.
Now, CNN reports, the CIA has published nearly 13 million pages of declassified documents online, allowing anyone to access them.
The online collection is called the CIA Records Search Tool, or CREST, Bloomberg reports.
CREST contains declassified documents from the 1940s through the 1990s, including records of the CIA’s participation in the Vietnam and Korean wars and its activities during the Cold War.
There’s even information on alleged UFO sightings and psychic research conducted under the organization’s “Star Gate” program.
Thanks to new and improved technologies, they finished well before deadline.
Still, the CIA’s public archival efforts are far from complete.
The CIA hopes that advancements in artificial intelligence and machine-learning tools will someday allow them to evaluate potentially sensitive documents before publishing them online. →
Black Sunday: The Storm That Gave Us the Dust Bowl.
Like any other day, folks on the Great Plains were struggling to get by.
People walked to church, swept up from the dust storm that had blown through the week before, perhaps discussed the Congressional hearings that had brought the plight of the region, which had been ravaged by drought and the economic effects of the Great Depression, to the attention of the rest of the nation.
That afternoon, a gigantic cloud swept across the Great Plains.
It was 1000 miles long and blew at speeds up to 100 miles per hour.
One observer compared it to “the Red Sea closing in on the Israel children … it got so dark that you couldn’t see your hand before your face, you couldn’t see anybody in the room.” “You couldn’t see the street lights,” recalled Jim Williams, who watched the storm from his home in Dodge City, Kansas.
It was hot and dry.” Humans weren’t the only ones terrified by the storm.
Confused by the dark, chickens started to go inside to roost.
“Black Sunday,” as the storm became known, was the death knell for the poor farmers of Oklahoma and Texas.
But though Black Sunday and the Dust Bowl it helped name drew attention to the plight of the plains and turned soil conservation into a national priority, its effects were best summed up by a folk singer, not a reporter or politician. →
Emperor Augustus’s Mausoleum in Rome Set for Restoration.
The Mausoleum of Augustus, the final resting place of the powerful Roman emperor, is about to get a major facelift, according to The Telegraph.
An Italian telecommunications company, Telecom Italia, has pledged more than $6.4 million (€6 million) through its TIM Foundation, as first reported by the Italian paper Corriere della Sera.
The mausoleum—which also holds the remains of the emperors Tiberius and Nero, his immediate successors—is the biggest tomb ever built in ancient Rome, but it has suffered from major neglect in recent years.
It dates back to 28 BCE, right around the time Augustus—the grandnephew and adopted son of Julius Caesar—took power.
At different points in history, it has served as a fortress, a bull-fighting ring, and a concert hall.
It was meant to be restored in time for the 2000th anniversary of the emperor’s death in 2014, but the project hadn’t even started by then, thanks to bureaucratic roadblocks.
The restoration will include multimedia projections of Rome, past and present, adorning the walls of the tomb.
The projections are supposed to be created by Oscar-winning Italian directors, but the president of Telecom Italia, Giuseppe Recchi, hasn’t specified who might be involved.
The project is expected to take a little over two years (800 days). →
You’re Probably Using the Drawer Under Your Oven Wrong.
Many ovens have a handy little drawer that plenty of people use to store their pans, but you may not know that it’s designed for another purpose, as LifeHacker points out.
It might be a warming drawer.
Warming drawers are designed to keep hot food hot while you get the rest of your dinner ready, especially if you’re hosting a big party or are serving multiple courses.
You don’t want your mashed potatoes going cold while your turkey finishes cooking, after all.
Or if you make dinner long before you want to eat it, you can keep it ready-to-eat for as long as a few hours.
Some have multiple racks or pans with lids, making it easy to store multiple foods in there at a time.
Note that you’re usually not supposed to use the drawer to actually cook food, since bacteria can grow at low temperatures, but some do have a slow cooker function.
You’re liable to melt or set fire to items like paper (cookbooks), plastic, or cloth towels.
Some manufacturers [PDF] caution against using it to store anything at all, since there is the risk of fire. →