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(Family Features) Many aspiring entrepreneurs hesitate to pursue their professional dreams due to the seemingly daunting risks of failure associated with starting a business from the ground up. Opening a franchise is an avenue that allows you to reap the benefits of owning your own small business without all of the costly trade-offs.
(BPT) - As men age, they may develop a number of health conditions that some might consider too embarrassing, sensitive or difficult to discuss with others. Bones shrinking in size, receding gum lines and losing muscle mass1 are probably not problems that men scream about across the poker table with friends. But there are other conditions that men may experience that they might not even talk about with their partner, including erectile dysfunction (ED).
(BPT) - Autumn is the season of cool and comfortable temperatures, lovely autumn foliage and fun-filled family activities. With so much to look forward to, it’s easy to lose track of what you should be doing to stay prepped for a busy season ahead.
(BPT) - As a woman, there comes a time when you’re faced with an important question: “Am I done having children?” Behind every yes lies a reason. Maybe you have just the number of children you always dreamed of or want to focus on your future. Whatever the reason, it may be time to explore permanent birth control options. But do you really know what your options are?
(NAPSI)—Research has shown, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) reports, that dietary supplements can be good for your health. For example, it’s wise to take in the right amount of minerals, especially iron. Here’s why:
(NAPSI)—When it comes to college, many economists say, you can’t afford not to go. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, over a working life, high school graduates can expect to earn, on average, $1.2 million; those with a bachelor’s degree, $2.1 million; and people with a master’s degree, $2.5 million.
(NAPSI)—There appears to be a significant difference between what many people offer as their opinion about pet homelessness and what, if anything, they do about the problem.
(BPT) - Homeowners have spent more on kitchen remodeling than any other home improvement category in the last 10 years, according to Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies – and there’s good reason. An updated kitchen does more than boost the value of your home; whether you make just a few changes or completely renovate the entire space, a kitchen that feels new is always refreshing. From basic cooking to frequent entertaining, your dream kitchen should look good and function well.
(BPT) - The most recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that more than one-third, or 78.6 million, of U.S. adults are obese. While the issue is well-recognized among the public, many don’t realize there is a second obesity epidemic occurring simultaneously - a pet obesity epidemic, which is even more severe.
(BPT) - All businesses can be susceptible to threats like hackers and computer viruses. Making matters worse is the great deal of misinformation floating around regarding cyber security. The Internet attracts urban legends and computer security isn’t immune from this trend. Many alleged security “facts” are, at best, inaccurate. Some of these myths are recent developments, while others have been around for years.
(NAPSI)—My colleagues and I recently published results of the largest study of its kind on 3D mammograms, and the outcome is big news for women: This new screening method finds 41 percent more invasive cancers than traditional mammograms and decreases the likelihood of false alarms. This can help save women’s lives, since 3D mammograms help doctors find breast cancer early, when it’s most treatable.
Everyone has problems; odds are you have a few. Many people living in today’s society tend to perceive their lives as a series of problems. I overheard a person graphically explaining her problems as being comparable to the inexhaustible supply of prairie dogs popping up on a summer morning in Montana. Maybe the theme song for the TV Series CSI and recorded originally by The Who describes the human predicament most accurately: “Who are you?”
(BPT) - How much thought have you given your kidneys lately? Actually, have you ever thought about your kidneys?
Removing barriers along the way to a blazingly fast Internet is the declared goal of scientists at the University of Arizona College of Optical Sciences who are leading an international consortium tasked with developing new technology to make it happen.
In 2008, the National Science Foundation gave a five-year, $18.5 million grant to establish an engineering research center (ERC) that is based at the UA and united with other universities in a collaboration known as the Center for Integrated Access Networks, or CIAN.
The NSF recently approved funding for the second half of the project, totaling about $17 million, more than half of which goes to the ERC at the UA. Each year, the center also receives roughly $2 million in support from corporate sponsors and an additional $1 million from other agencies.
"Our goal with CIAN is to remove the bottleneck of the Internet so the entire network becomes more scalable," said Nasser Peyghambarian, director of the ERC and professor in the College of Optical Sciences. "In other words, more users can access it at higher speed, lower cost and lower energy consumption."
As the number increases of end users accessing the Internet with computers and mobile devices, the network has to grow, become faster or both.
"It's not going to expand indefinitely, so we have to create new technologies to be able to handle that growing demand," Peyghambarian said.
The key to accomplishing that goal lies in developing a hybrid architecture that marries electronics and optics, and that is exactly what Peyghambarian and his colleagues are working on at the ERC.
"As an end user right now, you have to rely on electronics for the information you are trying to send or receive through the Internet," Peyghambarian explained. "Your computer and smartphone are electronic devices. They send electronic signals into the data superhighways of the Internet, and those have always been fiber-optic networks. But the optical signals are being transformed back into electronic signals at the receiving ends. The goal of CIAN is to bring optics closer and closer to the end user."
"People want more information going to their homes," added Daniel Kilper, a research professor of optical sciences and CIAN's administrative director. "Tomorrow's Internet no longer is about the information superhighway, it's more about information Main Street or information neighborhood — fiber-optics all the way to the home."
To achieve that new kind of capability and bandwidth going to individual users, scientists and engineers have to reduce the cost and energy consumption of the photo-electronic components. One of the key technologies developed by CIAN involves arrays of miniaturized mirrors to control laser pulses that in turn modulate high-speed electronic signals, a process known as optical circuit switching.
"We develop new photonic integrated circuits using a technology called silicon photonics," Kilper said. "We can take all these bulky optical components here and put them onto a chip, and then we can start to integrate that optical chip with the electronic chip, either side by side or even potentially on the same chip to gain efficiency, reduced cost and reduced power consumption so that these devices can be mass-produced and go out to individual users.
"With today's commercially available systems you can already achieve transmission rates of 400 gigabits per second, but we're looking at a terabit and beyond," Kilper said.
The research at CIAN has garnered much industry interest, attracting 20 industry affiliates ranging from hot startups such as Calient and Bandwidth10 to industry heavyweights including Fujitsu, Texas Instruments, Intel and Samsung.
CIAN doesn't focus on the research alone but plays an important role in education at several levels. Graduate students have gone on to apply their expertise in companies working on making the faster Internet a reality. Some have founded their own companies specializing in integrated optical-electronic circuits; others have embarked on careers at other universities.
In educating students, CIAN follows the guidelines of Engineer of 2020, an initiative spearheaded by the National Academy of Engineering to equip engineering graduates with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in emerging and future markets.
"Future graduates need to have new capabilities that go beyond engineering," Peyghambarian said. "They need to be entrepreneurs, and they have to come up with new ideas, so we train our students and put them in workshops to become entrepreneurs of the future."
In addition to its core funding, CIAN has attracted renewed and additional funding for two three-year programs bringing research experience to undergraduates (REU) and teachers(RET), with a special emphasis on minorities and underserved communities including Native Americans, Hispanics and African-Americans.
"We have been engaged in outreach to Indian reservations, where education and outreach have been received really well," Peyghambarian said. "In addition, we have a program for veteran education, funded by NSF specifically for that purpose."
"CIAN illustrates the remarkable diversity of optics and photonics applications pursued by the College of Optical Sciences," said Dean Thomas Koch. "Our college has a culture of being able to successfully meld basic research, teaching and service to industry, allowing us to offer an unparalleled educational experience for our students. Our faculty and students constantly push the boundaries of what's possible through discovery and innovations, with breakthroughs in the applications of light that impact virtually every field of science and industry."
UA's national partners in CIAN are the University of California San Diego; the University of California Los Angeles; the University of Southern California; California Institute of Technology, the University of California Berkeley; Columbia University and Cornell University in New York; Norfolk State University in Virginia; and Tuskegee University in Alabama. International partners are Aalto University in Helsinki, the University of Eastern Finland, the University of Darmstadt in Germany and the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology in Daejeon, South Korea.
If you are new to the area, you may not know a wide variety of herbs and vegetables grow well here in the winter months ahead. The only secret to growing a great winter garden is to plant the right kinds at the right time. And the time is now!
(BPT) - Soreness, stiffness, tenderness – joint pain can have a direct impact on quality of life. Fortunately, there are a number of proactive steps that incorporate all-natural solutions to help improve joint health and overall wellness.
(NewsUSA) - It seemed like a good idea at the time.
(BPT) - When it comes to men’s health, people often know about the leading conditions - heart disease, prostate cancer, diabetes and high blood pressure - but remain unaware of other conditions that potentially affect hundreds of thousands of men. People might be surprised to learn that 3-9%1 of adult men may be diagnosed with Peyronie’s disease (PD) in their lives. That means that up to 9 out of every 100 men may develop inelastic scar tissue, also known as “Peyronie’s plaque,” under the skin of the penis, causing it to curve when erect.1
(Family Features) Preparing for an unexpected emergency, especially one brought on by severe weather, is one of the most important ways you can protect your home and family. Proactively addressing storm-related issues ranging from property damage to power outages can minimize a potentially disastrous situation.
(NAPSI)—If your family is like most, you want a college education for your children—today, 75 percent of Americans have their eyes set on a college education. That's a good thing. Over a lifetime, college graduates average about a million dollars more than high school graduates.
I just read an article is this week’s “Star” that basically points to the ability of Independent voters to select their ballot in the primary election as a problem to established party voter bases. And, oh my goodness what should we do about this? The article is captioned “State GOP troubled by open primaries”.
Roughly half of Americans have at least one of the main risk factors for heart disease: high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and smoking. The good news is that all of these risk factors can be prevented with changes in lifestyle. Here are some tips to help you beat the odds:
(BPT) - Lots of things can trigger a person’s heart to beat irregularly: exercise, stress or feeling startled can make your heart race or skip a beat. For an estimated five million Americans, an irregular heartbeat is a sign of a potentially life-threatening health condition called atrial fibrillation, or AFib.
(BPT) - After experiencing a long period of pain and cramping in his legs, a 61-year-old man working as a machine operator in a factory outside of Tulsa, Okla., was diagnosed with peripheral artery disease, or PAD, a condition that occurs when deposits of fat and cholesterol, known as plaque, build up and cause the arteries of the legs to narrow.[i] This pain and cramping mirrored the primary symptoms of PAD, which made even the simplest movements such as walking difficult.[ii] The man’s job required him to be on his feet, and due to his PAD he saw his job, livelihood and health being put at-risk. Further, he was struggling with obesity and was desperate to relieve the pain so he could exercise and get to a healthier weight. Fortunately for this man and others facing a PAD diagnosis, innovative treatment options are becoming increasingly available to help people combat the disease.
(BPT) - The first months of the school year are full of new lessons and experiences for children. While subjects like history, science and math aim to prepare kids for college and careers, there’s one vitally important educational goal that falls to parents to fulfill – financial education.