Showing posts from May, 2018

Teacher Appreciation

Dot those i's, cross those t's, tighten up that bibliography and pipe down in the back row because this is Teacher Appreciation Week! Though you might envy their free summers and holidays off, teachers have a uniquely challenging year. According to a study by the NEA, teachers work an average of 50 hours a week and earn less money than most professionals with equivalent degrees.

On average, teachers pay $500 a year out of pocket for classroom supplies. And 65 percent of teachers also cover the cost of lunches and field trips for their kids.
While being a teacher is not the easiest or most lucrative profession, the rewards lie elsewhere. One poll revealed that 88% of people surveyed said a teacher had a positive impact on their life.Gifts for the Teach


Imagine never having to remember a password or enter a PIN number again. Your phone, computer, bank account and even your own front door will all be able to recognize you through the use of biometrics. Your fingerprints, ears, voice, face, iris, retina, gait and even your distinct odor can already be used to identify you. As convenient as it sounds - since you will always have your body with you - some are concerned about the potential for invasion of privacy and also the possibility of security breaches.Stock Images About Biometrics If a hacker steals your password, you can create a new one. But, if the computer storing your biometric data is hacked you cannot get a new ear, iris or voice. And since biometric security opens many doors, literally and figuratively, hackers may be able to gain much more than with a single password. Privacy advocates warn this may be the beginning of Big Brother watching you, and not just online. Facial recognition software can pick an individual out of…

Life on Other Planets

For centuries people have mused about life in outer space. Novelists have explored space colonies on other planets, while tabloids have made millions on UFO sightings and abductions. Despite the demand, scientists have yet to find our neighbors in the vast backyard of outer space. Explore Life on Other Planets Physicists identify areas of space capable of sustaining life as circumstellar habitable zones (CHZ), or Goldilocks zones. For a Goldilocks zone to exist it must have temperatures that allow for liquid water. Scientists believe that about 40 percent of red dwarf stars have Goldielocks zones, making the likelihood of extraterrestrial life extremely high. There are scientists, however, who believe other requirements exist, such as geological conditions involving surface water, as well as biochemical factors. It's possible that lifeforms could exist in areas of space uninhabitable to human beings. Tardigrades, or water bears, are known to withstand harsh physical conditions, s…

Invincible Water Bears

Although they can survive unprotected in outer space, these resilient creatures are terrestrial living beings, not aliens as some have claimed. They are found on every continent on planet Earth and they love the water, yet can be found in the desert as well. First discovered by pastor and zoologist Johann Goeze in 1773 and later named Tardigrada (Italian for "slow stepper"), these creatures still fascinate scientists today.Images & Video of Tardigrades It's unlikely that Goeze knew how amazing tardigrades (also called water bears) really are. They can withstand a high temperature of 300 degrees and a low of -458 degrees F. They have also survived outer space, radiation, and six times the pressure of the deep sea. How do they do this? When faced with adverse conditions they can desiccate - dry up - themselves. When in this state they are referred to as 'tuns' and resemble a little ball. It is a death-like state called cryptobiosis. Water bears usually only li…

Volcanic Eruptions: Kilauea and Beyond

A wall of lava flows down Hoʻokāpu Street on Hawaii's Big Island, engulfing cars and setting trees ablaze – one of many scenes of havoc following the eruption of Kilauea in May. Deriving their name from the Roman god of fire, Vulcan, volcanoes live up to their reputation as one of nature's most fearsome phenomena. Literally openings in the earth's surface, volcanoes exist throughout the world, including underwater. Images & Video of Kilauea and Other Volcanos Volcanoes usually occur where tectonic plates separate but they can also arise from hot spots in the earth's crust, such as in the Hawaiian Islands and Yellowstone National Park. When pressure builds up and travels to the earth's surface, an eruption occurs that can last between one hour and hundreds of years. The Island of Stromboli's volcano has been continuously active for over 2,000 years. In addition to lava, ash and fire, eruptions are often accompanied by earthquakes, mudslides, and acid rain, …

Beauty From the Center of the Earth

He who owns this diamond will own the world, but will also know all its misfortunes. Only God or woman can wear it with impunity." A Hindu warning claims this of the Koh-i-Noor Diamond. The Delhi Purple sapphire is "accursed and is stained with the blood, and the dishonor of everyone who has ever owned it." It is kept in seven locked boxes which are surrounded by good luck charms. Images of Gemstones Creates by Volcanos Gems have entranced, mystified and terrified us through the ages. You may not realize gemstones are born from magma or molten rock, originating deep inside the earth. Gemstones are mineral crystals which are cut and polished to be worn as adornments. This includes diamonds, amethysts, rubies, sapphires, emeralds, garnets, opals plus many more. Rare and flawless stones can fetch high prices, some in the millions of dollars per carat. Currently, the most expensive gem is the Pink Star Diamond which recently sold at an auction for $71.2 million.

Magma may b…

Springtime is Baby Animal Time

Springtime is the universal season of rebirth. Everywhere you look hatchlings are hatching, rabbits are racing and flowers are budding.

Some hens lay 300 eggs a year, but only eggs that are fertilized will hatch into the cute baby chicks that have become a symbol of Spring.

Images of Baby Animals in Springtime Rabbits have gained their reputation for a reason, as their pregnancies last only 31 to 33 days and litters can contain up to 12 newborns!
Looking to get a new puppy this Spring? Well, be sure to take extra care. Newborn puppies sleep 90% of the day and only gain their sense of smell after three weeks!
Cute Custom Tote Bags With Baby Animals

Ticks, Mosquitos and Fleas. Oh My.

Nice weather has arrived at last, but based on a recent CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) report, you should take precautions before you head to the great outdoors. If not, you could end up with serious health concerns after a leisurely stroll in the woods. Vector-borne diseases, those transmitted through bites from ticks, mosquitos, and fleas have more than tripled in recent years. 9 new diseases have been discovered or introduced to the Americas. Along with Lyme, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Anaplasmosis, the Plague and other ills, we now need to protect ourselves from Zika, the Heartland and Bourbon viruses, Borrelia miyamotoi, Borrelia mayonii bacteria; Rickettsia parkeri, Rickettsia 364D; Ehrlichia species and chikungunya.More Images About Vector-Borne Disease Once infected, a person may need weeks, months or even years to recover. In some cases, people never recover. In certain cases they are fatal. The best way to protect yourself is to wear long sleeves, long p…

Aquatic Living

Whether spring is fast approaching or winter's on its way, there are thrills to be had on the water.

The Hudson River of New York City offers access to steamship tours, as well as sailing and canoeing year round. The hot springs of Tuscany are a go-to-spot for tourists and locals looking to unwind, and the Great Barrier Reef of Australia is a sacred haven for snorkelers and scuba divers everywhere.

Low on travel fare? The beach or your local swimming pool will do! Whatever the place or season, adventure awaits you out on the water.

View More Aquatic Adventures Here

Land and Sea Products

Deep Sea Exploration

The world can feel like a small, crowded place, but actually, two-thirds of the planet remains relatively unexplored. Over 1,500 people have climbed Mount Everest, but only THREE have gone to the deepest part of the ocean.

Up until recently, we haven't had the technology to fully study and explore the oceans, but the race is on. Why is this so urgent? Over 70% of the oxygen we breathe comes from marine life such as plankton. Due to increased CO2 (carbon dioxide), pollution and other manmade changes to the environment, plankton may end up on our endangered species list one day.

Images of Undersea Exploration and Creatures
To protect plankton, marine life and the oceans overall, we first need to understand what is normal, how things are changing, how fast and why. We know that the oceans dissolve much of the excess CO2 that humans create. But this makes oceans more acidic, damaging and killing coral and plankton, and adversely affecting much other marine life.

The biggest challenge in d…