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How do smoke detectors work? Fast Cash

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The overall system is pretty simple and consists of a detector as well as an  audible or visual response to an imbalance. There are essentially two forms of smoke detection that differ in how they detect smoke particles. One uses ionization and the other utilizes photoelectric technology.  Rather than talk you through the details, please enjoy the video below that summarizes the the functionality of both types in a tasteful, yet ambiguous accent (feel free to stop watching at the bonus facts at 4:36): How detection works. Now, the details on how each individual detection system works are not super significant because the best (aka the most expensive) smoke detectors utilize both technologies. However, in case you skipped the video or are not a visual learner here’s what you need to know: Ionization: air is made conductive within a detection chamber via a small amount of radiation from a man made metal called Americium. Inside the chamber are two metallic plates with opposing charges (thanks to the voltage sent out by a battery one should change twice a year!). Alpha particles emitted by Americium collide and interact with Nitrogen and Oxygen molecules, splitting them into electrons and ions. The electrons…

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Gatorade

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Gatorade is rich in sugars and electrolytes and for this reason people drink it to replenish that which is lost during times of exhaustion and profuse perspiration. That being said, it was designed for athletes, not for sedentary people trying to moderately hydrate. Your body burns sugar most readily when you need energy immediately and when you are exercising or doing physical activities for an extended period of time (that is 45 minutes to an hour, depending on how much you sweat). A good alternative for the sugary neon drink would be coconut water without added sugars. The result is a replenishing of the minerals lost while sweating without the added carbohydrates which, when unused, are stored as fat for long term energy. If you’re experiencing symptoms of dehydration like headaches or fatigue, then Gatorade is definitely a good option for you. Sports drinks are generally only for periods of extreme exercise. Additionally Natalie Rizzo an accredited nutritionist states, “I would be wary of any artificial flavors or colors and high fructose corn syrup (HFCS),” says Rizzo. “Gatorade uses sugar and dextrose, while Powerade uses HFCS. Many serious and elite runners use a powder to make their own, and many endorse Skratch Labs because…

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Media and Your Mental

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The rate at which technology is advancing exponential—in a matter of decades we have accomplished more technologically than we have over centuries. The two are little difficult to compare because of the advent of the computer. Technology is not only limited to things that use electricity but for this post we will refer to the development of technology as it pertains to “screen time.” Screen time refers to the amount of time spent with your eyes scanning artificial light for information. Phone screens, television screens, tablets, smartwatches.. these are all relatively new compared to the computers that would take up entire rooms. I can’t help but wonder how much these man made items are affecting our human physiology and psychology.  How many miles has my thumb scrolled on twitter? Is my phone bad for my posture? Melatonin, a hormone important for sleep is better produced in the dark when we are supposed to be asleep via circadian rhythm. So what does that mean for people who fall asleep watching television daily? The effects of our technology are not being measured as fast as the new advancements are taking place. Psychological experiments can take months or even years at a time….

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Creative Ways to Save Money

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We all know that feeling when it’s pay day. You can’t wait to buy something, maybe clothes, new phone, go out to a bar, whatever it is. You know when it’s paycheck day it’s going to be a good day. It’s difficult to think long term about saving your money. You worked hard for that money and now you want to spend it. I promise you, if you save your money now, future you will be very happy and thankful. Rule #1. Always pay yourself first. You have companies and people constantly ready to take your money. Always look out for yourself and pay yourself FIRST. This means when you get your paycheck, instead of thinking of rent, think of yourself and put a certain percentage of your paycheck into your saving. Then you can worry about bills. Beyond that, Fast Cash Title Loans has come up with a few creative ways for you to save money. Grab an empty box, cut a small slit at the top to put money into it. Clearly, we want you to save money and not even spend your money buying a piggy bank, grab a shoe box, U-haul box, any type of box that…

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Sleep Hygiene

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This post is all about rem cycles and getting the most from your rest. As you probably already know caffeine and other stimulants should be avoided near bed time. In fact, depending on your metabolism or tolerance for these substances, it might be best to avoid them starting late afternoon or early evening. The best sleep is well earned, so limiting day time naps to half an hour will essentially ensure you’re exhausted at the end of night. The hygiene part comes in when you begin to cleanse your sleep space. Use your bed for night time activities only and try to avoid eating or electronics. If you can’t commit to the eight hours suggested for the average adult nightly, then you should definitely aim for at least 3-3.5 hours. This is because of the necessity of deep sleep when your body is able to repair itself, heal, and grow cell. Monitoring your sleep habits can also aid in indicating any uncharacteristic or stress induced behaviors. Not everyone is faced with the same sleeping problems. Some people have a hard time falling asleep while other’s face difficulties staying asleep. There are a number of noninvasive sleep aids, from sounds to…

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Wangari Mathai

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The story of Wangari Maathai’s is simple because all her adult life she planted trees. Born to the luscious hillsides of eastern Africa, her family raised her to praise the land. From the earth of the fig trees to the tops of mount Kenya, the earth was the giver of so many good things.  The food from the ground, the rain clouds from the mountains and the crystal clear streams in between, provided nutrition that was plentiful. So when Dr. Maathai returned from her studies in the United States and Germany, she was shocked. In the short duration of her life, she had witnessed the detrimental effects caused from leeching the land. And so, the planting commenced. She planted trees and she didn’t stop. She was publicly ridiculed, assaulted and even dragged from her home, but she carried on planting. Wangari Maathai is an iconic change agent and a tribute to the positive impact prolonged, peaceful persistence can provide. her level of education changed the trajectory of her life from the humble beginnings of rural Kenya to the international honorary endings of a multinational change agent. Her experiences as a Kikuyu woman on the countryside, in the classroom, in court,…

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Renter’s Insurance

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This post is for people who haven’t set or hit a home owning milestone quite yet. And even then, not all renting situations require a separate policy by the tenant. Like all investments, you’ll want to spend time reading policies and cross-checking rates before committing to a plan. Hopefully reading this post will also serve you well and save you time. If you are already insured for you vehicle or other belongings, a good place to start would be with that company for competitive rates. Often there are discounted prices for purchasing bundled coverage. That’s where I began, but I wanted to make sure I wasn’t paying for excess coverage. Do you own expensive things? How well do you know your neighbors or greater community? Some apartment complexes require renter’s insurance for their tenants, but often people leasing their homes or basements do not. An article written back in August by Connie Chen for Business Insider (link below) shed some light on an up and coming insurance company called Jetty. There are four major components to consider insuring at the rental location that Jetty can cover. Those are: your personal property, liability for a neighbors’ belongings, medical expenses, and if…

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You are who you hang out with

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“But you are the average of the five people you associate with the most, so do not underestimate the effects of your pessimistic, unambitious, or disorganized friends. If someone isn’t making you stronger, they’re making you weaker” – Timothy Ferriss Take a look at who you associate with and really think about it. I believe that all your friends are a part of you. You may have one friend that loves to go out and party, that’s the outgoing side of you, one friend that is funny, that’s the funny side of you, etc. You are who you hang out with (to an extent). Take a look at how you want to be as a person and check yourself to see if you’re hanging out with the right people. Are they family people, striving for success, wishing you nothing but greatness? If not, it may be time to begin searching for new friends. You may think this is difficult but there are numerous ways to meet the right people for you. If you enjoy working out then go to the gym! You’re going to find other people that have the same interest as you. If you enjoy learning and reading, go to…

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Consumer Credibility

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This is sort of a broad topic, but encompasses the significance of “your brand.” Every time you get up and go out into the world you’re faced with new encounters—some anticipated and some not. The important this is to remember that in this society (contemporary, mid-Atlantic America) you are always under scrutiny. Not simply surveillance or your credit score, but your Uber rating, evaluations at work, maybe you’re a regular at a shop you visit frequently. Instead of thinking about this as scrutiny, we’re going to understand each of these instances as opportunities to improve or perfect your public portfolio. You might have a job that emphasizes the importance of online reviews. Anyone with an email can review thousands of businesses online whether it be Google, Yelp, Bing. Whether you find this fact enticing intimidating is entirely based on you. Your network doesn’t have to end at the people you know or have access to. Strong relationships can develop between consumer and service provider. There’s opportunity everywhere if you look hard enough. The next time you visit a business establishment or someone visits yours, you can remember this as a caveat to preserve your reputation. Call today to see how…

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Accountability

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It’s the breeding ground for responsibility. Don’t play the victim, often there is little to gain. Sometimes you are wronged, but you are also capable of being wrong. Hold yourself and those around you accountable for their actions—or someone less lenient might. Do you remember the last time someone else had to hold you accountable? I imagine that may have been unpleasant, but accountability is a good thing. Let’s break it down. What does accountability mean? Just looking at the word you can see the word, we can define it as the ability to account (just as responsibility is the ability to respond). Oxford dictionary defines accountable as “expected to justify actions or able to explained for understood.” How many actions do we take a day without having to explain them? It’s understandable how some needing some explain can escape our radar. This concept can be carried into our habits at home at work or in our relationships. Why did you do that? It’s possible that the reason makes sense to you, but sometimes we have to answer to other people. Are you prepared to explain your actions to people who have a right to know (i.e. those directly affected…

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