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February 27 2014


February 24 2014


February 12 2014


Norman Foster unveils Maggie's Centre for home town of Manchester

News: Norman Foster has become the latest architect to design a Maggie's Centre offering support to cancer sufferers and has unveiled plans for a timber-framed structure and flower garden in his home town of Manchester. (more...)

February 09 2014


Brooklyn Grooming

Designed by Alfredo Ortiz Catedral | Country: Mexico

“When I created the Brooklyn Grooming identity I got my inspiration from Victorian barber shops and nautical antiques. I wanted to reflect the  “apothecary aesthetic” that recalls classic and timeless elegance that suggests a simpler time when grooming was paramount in our society to all men.”

February 05 2014


Why is Generation Y So Stressed?

It’s no surprise that those in Generation Y have earned a bad rap. They have been labeled as “narcissistic”, “overachievers”, and “entitled” for starters, and haven’t done much to shed those less-than-charming titles. But who’s to blame for their stress? If you ask them, it certainly can’t be their own fault, and maybe they have a point (groan). Their parents, teachers, and employers have enabled their selfish behavior and now these “entitled” twenty-something’s need help in dealing with the real world. They are stressed and have some valid reasons.

We all feel stress from time to time, so what makes the Millennials think they have it worse than any other generation they walk among?

According to the American Psychological Association, Generation Y reports experiencing an average stress level higher than any other generation. Since 2007 the APA has been publishing results from a nationwide survey on stress in America. According to their latest report taken in 2012, Millennials are having the toughest time dealing with and managing their stress.

According to the survey, they are the generation most likely to engage in unhealthy behaviors due to stress, have higher levels of anger and irritability, and have poor stress management techniques such as overeating, drinking alcohol, and smoking. It doesn’t help that they aren’t getting their recommended dose of sleep either. Over 50% of Millennials report their stress routinely keeps them awake at night.

Overworked and Not Working

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Only 62% of people between the ages of 18-33 are working, and only half of them are working full-time. These were children who worked harder than previous generations in school, took grueling mandated tests just to compete for a spot in a good college, and were given praise and reports all along the way. Then bam! The so-called real world opened up before them with school debt and self-sufficiency knocking on their door.

They have moved back home to save money and struggle with trying to live in an adult world. Their parents, who were told to always let them know how great their accomplishments were (even if they weren’t), and encourage them in everything they wanted to do, are now dealing with adults that don’t know how to deal. Parents might need therapy to learn how to cope with their returning little bundle of joy.

Exhaustion and Burnout

For those lucky enough to be working full-time, the risk of stress is just as bad as for their unemployed counterparts. Sure, the student loans are getting paid, the rent is covered, and they are eating fairly well, however they are facing a grueling daily competition that can wear them down with fatigue and burnout before they hit the 30 year mark, with women succumbing more than men.

Millennial women don’t know how to relax. They have always been running with all cylinders firing to achieve what they think they are capable of doing-and that’s anything they set their mind to. I’m exhausted just thinking about it! The stress they feel to compete and stay in the game is immense. The job market is not currently their friend, so staying put is their only option.

With Stress Often Comes Depression and Anxiety

These young adults do have a lot on their mind. The survey cited their top stressors as: work (76%), relationships (59%), family responsibilities (56%), and the economy (55%). So much stress can be a linking factor to depression and anxiety, according to Norman Anderson, clinical psychologist and CEO of the APA. “We don’t have data on the specific causes of depression and anxiety in this sample, but it does make sense scientifically that the Millennials who report higher levels of stress in their lives are also reporting higher levels of depression and anxiety.”

Living a Life in Limbo

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So, the Millennials are overworked, anxious about their huge amount of debt, have to compete for very few job openings, are feeling their society-inflated egos plummeting, and have moved back in with mom and dad out of necessity due to the dismal job market. Many have put their ambitious plans for their future on hold and don’t see any immediate signs for relief.

For those fortunate enough to have a job, they may not be earning what they need to live independently and still are not realizing the post-graduate future they imagined. The Millennials just might have earned the right to complain about feeling more stressed than other generations.

I currently have a few Millennials living in my home and their stress is starting to bring me down! My advice: We all have stress, it’s what you do with it that counts. Keep plugging on, search for a job, and realize it might actually take a few years to realize that dream life. But be open to change-your idea of the “perfect life” may not seem so perfect with time and experience.

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Buffie Edick
Buffie Edick
Buffie Edick is a freelance writer who often writes articles for small business, legal, home improvement, and human resource websites. She has 15 years’ experience in retail management and is currently pursuing a degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. She is a regular contributor for Interior Excellence.

January 31 2014


The Neuroscience Of Superstition

With the Super Bowl in sight, we look at what makes some people accept superstitious beliefs and others reject them.

The Super Bowl is this Sunday, which means millions of fans and gamblers alike will spend the next 48 hours looking for signs from the universe about who's going to win. If Seattle's Richard Sherman gets his dreadlocks tangled into the shape of a "W" during pregame warm-ups, Seahawks fans will like their chances. If a Denver flight makes an emergency stopover in Omaha--the city that quarterback Peyton Manning famously barks out at the line of scrimmage--Broncos fans will like theirs (except perhaps any fans on that flight).
Our brains infer greater meaning from random events in an instinctual way.

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January 28 2014


January 27 2014


Open Source EMG Biosensor Coming to a Muscle Near You

FlexVolt_DemoSignalUntil now, EMG equipment has been expensive and complicated. FlexVolt is hoping to make the technology accessible to anyone for under $100.

Read more on MAKE

January 23 2014


5 Ways You Can Better Yourself In 2014

Many would have made New Years resolutions to better themselves in 2014. However, it is one thing to adopt a resolution, but an entire other thing sticking and seeing through your resolution.

Adopting a better self in 2014 can help you in a number of ways, it can help you be more confident, raise your self-esteem, feel less depressed and less stressed.

Counselling, psychotherapy and life coaching

There is loads of advice out there to help you raise your self-esteem and gain better confidence, such as this resource provided by specialist counsellors and psychotherapists.

However, you do not always need the help of a professional, there are loads of easy ways in which you can start developing a better you that you can do at home!

Being healthy is essential

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Many people use the excuse of not having enough money to join a gym for the fact that they do not exercise.

This, of course, is nonsense! You do not need money to exercise!

It doesn’t cost money to go for a thirty minute jog every evening before bed or every morning before you get ready for work; yes, it requires effort – but you will feel a lot better for it!

When you exercise, your brain releases the ‘happy hormone’ making you less stressed and an overall better and lifted mood.

Sleep is such an essential part of calibrating and refreshing your brain to get it ready for tasks in the day in hand. Lack of sleep has found to be a contributor to many mental health and physical health problems, getting 7-9 hours of quality sleep, that means undisturbed and deep sleep, is recommended.

Adopt a slower pace of life, walk slower, be patient and enjoy everything around you. Rushing around only gets you hot, bothered and stressed, which is not good for you.

Ways you can boost your self esteem

A low self belief is a major flaw that people who suffer from a low self-esteem have, they feel as if they are inadequate within work and social aspects of their life meaning that they don’t strive to achieve new tasks and activities.

A thing to remember is that when you first learned how to walk, you constantly kept falling down, however you never gave up and look at you now, you’re walking!

This is a thing to bare in mind when you are faced with a task whereby you feel like you keep on getting knocked back, maybe perhaps you keep on going for a promotion but it gets offered to someone else.

Perseverance and self belief will help you to keep on trying until you succeed, which is a great mentality to adopt making sure you don’t fall down after the first hurdle. The harder you work at something, the more self-gratification you will get when you achieve it!

Create a happy ora

Happiness starts from within, it is shown that by simply putting on a smile, whereby it’s fake or not, can help lift your mood without you knowing it.

Create happiness for others by completing favours or even small things like saying “Good Morning” or holding open doors for people. When you make other people feel good, you in turn feel good!

Love life, not stuff. When you become focused on materialists properties you will start to feel feelings of envy towards things you do not have. Gratitude for what you do have is a better lifestyle to have, the simple things in life are what make us happy so always be grateful.

Self development

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Your education goes on way further than school, you should constantly try to better yourself and learn new things regularly. Learning new skills and information helps to feel life interesting and enables you to keep on developing yourself.

This can be anything from learning a new instrument for your own leisure to learning a new skill that can get you a promotion at work. Self image is also what you can develop. When you look great, you also feel great too. This can be a little as simply showering every morning and brushing your hair, to getting a new hairstyle or a completely new wardrobe.

Quick Tip: I’m not advocating for you to become a narcissist, but looking like a million bucks will make you feel like a million bucks.

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Bradley Bond
Bradley Bond
Bradley works with counsellors, psychotherapists and life coaches specialising in self help and self esteem. His writing aims to enlighten those who feel that they have a low confidence level and aims to help people achieve a happier self image of themselves.

January 15 2014


Caffeine Can Boost Memory

Grab a cup of coffee. No need to write this down.

In the ancient battle between "caffeine: healthful performance enhancer" and "caffeine: destroyer of men," a victory has been won for those with a raging coffee addiction. According to a new study in Nature Neuroscience, caffeine may enhance memory.

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January 10 2014


Virtual Companion for Grandparents

Dusk was designed to offer seniors and their families peace of mind when it comes to mind and body. The 2-part system includes a health monitoring band that monitors the wearer’s vitals, reporting stats directly back to loved ones and alerting paramedics in the event of an emergency. For interpersonal support, the 2nd part of the system uses a projector for real time video and photo sharing with family members.

Designer: Subinay Malhotra

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January 04 2014


White Space orthodontic clinic with Corian walls by Bureauhub

Almost everything is pristinely white inside this dental clinic in Sicily by architecture studio Bureauhub, from the walls and floors to furniture, equipment and staff uniforms (photos by Roland Halbe + slideshow). (more...)

January 03 2014


December 23 2013


3D-printing BioPen "draws" with living cells to repair damaged bones

News: researchers in Australia have developed a pen to deposit regenerative stem cells onto damaged bone and cartilage in a process similar to 3D printing. (more...)

December 18 2013


3D-printed eye cells could "cure blindness"

Microscopic image of a retina

News: 3D-printed eye cells could "aid in the cure of blindness" according to researchers at The University of Cambridge, who have successfully printed adult nerve cells for the first time. (more...)

December 13 2013


December 09 2013


AMRI Bioprinting: Integrating Makers, and Scientists

AMRIJordan Miller, Assistant Professor of Bioengineering at Rice University, shares how the Advanced Manufacturing Research Institute (AMRI) is providing a scientific framework for a bioprinting partnership by collaborating with the 3D printing, DIY bio, and scientific communities by repurposing both commercial and open source hardware.

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Infographic: Who Is Hiring?

The Harvard Business Review charts 30 years of employment trends up to today.

The unemployment rate may be down, but it's hard to know if the economy is actually getting better. And it's even harder to know if the economy is getting better for you. Recovery isn't even across the board, which is why Justin Fox broke it down in a simple chart that asks "Who's Been Hiring? (And Who Hasn't)."

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