If you’re like the average U.S. business traveler, you’re on the road on average four times every six months and have mixed feelings about leaving the office. Improving your business and network is great, but the time away from the office can cause stress and inconvenience. The last thing you need while traveling is a disorganized system for maintaining daily operations that detracts from your success. Perform your best with new mobile device management software that will allow you to focus on the new opportunities developing around you. (more…)
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The monumental cost of textbooks can shock the college student into a bank account of zero. In fact, the National Association of College Stores reports that the average college student pays as much as $655 for course materials each year. If you’re calculating costs for this semester, use these six tips to save money on your textbooks.
Used books are often much less expensive than new ones. However, used books in bookstores are usually limited, and the early bird gets the worm. As soon as you know the course materials that you’ll need for a semester of classes, don’t wait to hit up the bookstore’s used books section. Alternatively, you can also find used books online on websites such as eBay, Amazon, and Craigslist. Also, don’t hesitate to approach students who took courses during previous semesters and offer to purchase their old books at a discounted rate. Even suggest textbook trades.
Thank you Internet, because students can now rent college books online. Save extra cash by checking out rental sites, including Textbook Recycling and Campus Book Rentals. Most of these sites include free shipping, varying rental periods and convenient return options.
Before you sign up for courses, find out what supplies you’ll need for each class. Choose courses that require digital texts instead of traditional books. Digital texts are not only cheaper, but they are also more convenient because you won’t need to carry a heavy book with you every time you study or complete an assignment. Online schools like Penn Foster offer students alternatives to buying physical textbooks. Similarly, tech-savvy professors at traditional schools are also shying away from standard books in favor of digital alternatives.
Expect to spend as much as $500 in a single semester on textbooks if you buy books brand new from a college bookstore. Drastically cut these costs by sharing traditional textbooks with other students in the same class. Meet with your book-sharing partner to determine a turn-taking schedule. Book sharing also encourages collaboration among students and fosters a supportive, social environment.
Check to see if your university’s library keeps copies of textbooks currently in use by professors as reference materials. The books are always available on an as-needed basis because they can’t be checked out. Walk to the library, and you can eliminate textbook expenses altogether by using copies of the books kept in the reference section.
You may have no choice but to buy a new copy of a textbook for a class. Research and compare prices from multiple retailers, including brick-and-mortar and online. Don’t settle for your first offer.
Nothing like grandma’s recipe for a fabulous fresh fruit dessert. Chef Bernard shares his grandmother’s delicious clafoutis, a French baked dessert, that’ll remind you of being home with loved ones. Use seasonal fresh fruit and enjoy! See the video recipe.
Gluten-Free Mixed Berry Clafoutis: Star Anise Greek Yogurt
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Record numbers headed to opening day at the races in Del Mar, California. For the eight consecutive year, attendance topped 40,000 on Opening Day with 47.339 attending yesterday. The Del Mar Thorough Bred Club has been a tradition for the last 75 years. Here’s a look at some of the day. Watch for our feature video stories exploring an in-depth look at horse-racing syndicates and the layman, female jockeys, and gambling.
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We already love Chef Bernard but this just sealed the deal. You will melt hearts with this fabulous dessert.
Callebaut Chocolate Soufflé
Mandarine Napoleon Crème Anglaise
3/4 cup granulated sugar
6 extra large egg yolks
2 cups whole milk
2 cups heavy cream
1 vanilla bean, split
1/4 cup Mandarine Napoleon liqueur
Javanese Beef Satay
Chile Peanut Dipping Sauce
1 tablespoon grapeseed oil
1 teaspoon grated ginger
1 teaspoon crushed garlic
2 teaspoons brown sugar
1 Thai chili, seeds removed, sliced
1/2 teaspoon shrimp paste
1 lime, zested, juiced
1/2 cup coconut milk
1 pound trimmed center-cut filet mignon
6 bamboo skewers (soaked in water for 3 hours)
Add 1 tablespoon grapeseed oil to skillet over medium heat. Add ginger, garlic, brown sugar, chili, shrimp paste and lime juice. Cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Whisk in coconut milk. Bring to simmer. Remove from heat. Refrigerate until chilled. Cut filet mignon into 6 equally sized cubes. Add to marinade. Toss to coat. Cover. Refrigerate 3 hours.
Sadly, many female widows know this all too well–women live longer than men. Now, researchers are searching to understand why. The answer may be in their genes, according to a new research paper published in the Journal BioEssays.
It seems that women live longer for many reasons including the fact that they tend to have a stronger
immune system. This makes them have a lower incidence of cancer. Men have a
“two- to five-fold greater risk of developing the disease,” according to Fox News.
This may lead to a verbal boxing match, but researchers also believe that women live longer than men because they tend to be better able to survive trauma and may get less seriously ill from viral and bacterial infections. Some reports indicate that women are tough and are as much as 14% more likely to survive a traumatic injury than men.
The paper from the Ghent University in Belgium found that women live longer than men, in part, thanks to two X chromosomes which seem to be the reason they have greater immunity to diseases.
Short strands of RNA (which are related to DNA and can carry important biological effects) are the key to greater health and are encoded on the X chromosome. These micro-RNAs can act as a silencer (causing it to become inactive) on immunity genes on a man’s X chromosome, according to the research. This leaves men in a weak position to fight off disease. However, women have a back-up. The second X chromosome that women carry helps them compensate should their first X chromosome and immunity genes be silenced.
The new research lays to rest the centuries-old saying that called women the “weaker sex”. It appears men can’t compete with the extra X chromosome that women carry, which is why researchers believe women live longer than men.
“We believe this is due to the X chromosome which in humans contains 10 percent of all microRNAs detected so far in the genome,” said Claude Libert from Ghent University.
Many questions still remain and certainly lifestyle and environment are influential on how long any of us will live regardless of whether we’re a man or a woman. But for now, researchers are confident that genetic makeup plays a role in the reason why women live longer than men.
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