Category Archives: Personal Finance

$1 Million Kuratas Robot Available to Buy on Amazon Japan

In an article published in 2013, the New York Times described the excitement surrounding the Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition conference in which researchers described cars that drive themselves, machines that recognize people, self-organizing robots and humanoid robots “performing everything … Continue reading

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Study Says Kids Eating Pizza Is One Culprit Behind Childhood Obesity

In 2010, First Lady Michelle Obama started her Let’s Move! Campaign to combat child obesity. As discussed in the October 7, 2014, issue of The New York Times Magazine, the average weight of American children has been increasing since the … Continue reading

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2015 Target Holiday Schedule and Store Hours

One of the things which can get frustrating with stores like Target is they don’t publish the schedule of which holidays they’re open and closed. For those who have to make a quick trip to the store for whatever reason … Continue reading

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2015 Walmart Holiday Schedule

As the largest US retailer, there are many people who rely on Walmart to buy a lot of their basics and household goods. Since it’s the main shopping spot for many people, it’s important to know on what holidays Walmart … Continue reading

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Expanding Disneyland Measles Outbreak Fuels Vaccine Exemption Debate

As you travel south toward Orange County, California, the homes you see become larger and more expensive. Unsurprisingly, these homeowners are wealthier than their northern counterparts. Look through the medical records of the wealthiest families’ children and another trend becomes … Continue reading

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T-Mobile and Virgin Offer Consumers New Prepaid Cell Phone Plans

It’s been a good start of the year for anyone interested in cutting their cellphone bills with a prepaid plan. There are now two new prepaid services being offered to consumers from T-Mobile and Sprint’s Virgin. According to eBay, there … Continue reading

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Google Glass No Longer To Be Developed By Google X and Stops Explorer Program

The 2002 Japanese anime Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex introduced a beautiful, futuristic world in which being ‘human’ was a liability. Set in the mid-twenty-first century in a fictional Japanese city, computer technology in this world had “advanced … Continue reading

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Gas Price Fall Is Helping Put Money into the Pockets of the Working Poor

While Wall Street may not take kindly to the falling price of oil and the effects it has on the stock market, falling gas prices have been a bonanza for working families across the US. This is the same segment … Continue reading

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Poor Teenage Sleep Patterns May be Indicator of Later Alcohol and Drug Abuse

With access to phones and technology 24/7, hours of homework and socializing to be done, and the high-energy levels typical of that age group, it seems a wonder to find a teenager who is not sleep-deprived. But a recent report … Continue reading

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Qualcomm, Virgin Galactic and SpaceX All See Satellite Internet as the Future

Elon Musk, billionaire CEO and founder of Tesla Motors, SpaceX, SolarCity, Hyperloop and a member of the so-called “PayPal Mafia” — co-founders of the online payment system who have continued to find success after selling the company to eBay — … Continue reading

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Human Pressure on Earth Has Reached Extinction Danger Critical Level

First proposed by a group of Earth system and environmental scientists, planetary boundaries is an Earth system framework designed to define “safe operating space for humanity.” According to Wikipedia, this framework was designed for governments at all levels, international organizations, … Continue reading

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What’s Open and Closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2015?

The US government has designated the third Monday in January as a federal holiday to honor Martin Luther King Jr. In 2015, and that means January 19 is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Like many holidays in the US, it … Continue reading

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NASA Confirms 2014 Officially the Hottest Year Ever for Earth on Record

In 1898, Svante Arrhenius became the first scientist to connect global warming and fossil fuel combustion when he proposed a relationship between atmospheric carbon dioxide and temperate. According to the technology website Lenntech, Arrhenius calculated that a doubling of carbon … Continue reading

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Forget the Nightcap. Drinking Alcohol before Bedtime Disrupts Sleep Patterns

Sleep is one of biology’s greatest mysteries: everyone requires it, but much is still unknown about this necessity. According to the Fiscal Times, revenue from the sleep industry will likely reach $32.4 billion in part because nearly one-third of Americans … Continue reading

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What Times are the AFC and the NFC Conference Championship Games?

It’s getting down to the end of the NFL season, with only the AFC Championship game and the NFC Championship Game left to determine who will participate in the 49th Super Bowl. For avid football fans, the time and teams … Continue reading

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What Stores Are Open and Closed on Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2015?

The US has 10 federal holidays, and Martin Luther King Jr. Day is the second of these each year, coming after New Year’s Day. In 2015, the day lands on Monday, January 19. While it’s a day off for those … Continue reading

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Is the Post Office Open on Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2015?

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is the second federal holiday of 2015, after New Year’s Day. When federal holidays come about, it often causes some confusion about what is and isn’t open that day. A main reason for this is … Continue reading

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Over 100 National Parks Waive Entrance Fees on Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2015

Each year, the National Parks Service announces days where the public can gain free access to all areas which are part of the national parks system. The first of these free entrance days in 2015 is Monday, January 19 to … Continue reading

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Are Banks Open on Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2015?

Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Monday, January 19, 2015) is just around the corner, and it can get confusing whether or not banks and credit unions are open or closed on this day. That’s because even though Martin Luther King … Continue reading

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More Than 1 in 10 Taking Aspirin for Their Heart Are Inappropriately Doing So

Many people have heard of the regimen of taking a daily low-dose aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid) to help ward off heart attacks, and for certain people, it’s a routine which has the potential to save their life. On the other hand, … Continue reading

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