Top Things You Might Not Know About Google Maps

Written by: Omar Amanat

Summary: Google Maps provides users with access to functionalities that you might not have heard of.

Most of you are already familiar with Google Maps. And, most of you probably use it to calculate the fastest route for your trip or view a panorama from the street. What you might not know is that Google Maps can let you travel in time, calculate global distances, and walk through foreign cities as if you’re actually touring the area. Here are some hidden features that you can play with the next time you’re using Google Maps.

Time Travelling Features

You’re probably already aware that Google Maps has Street View, which allows you to look around the designated area in a 360-degree panorama from the street level. Since 2007, Google has added millions of locations from across the globe.

So, you’re probably wondering how you can go about with time travelling. Well, if you search for a specific location and click on the Street View, Google Maps allows you to click on a time frame at the exact spot from year-to-year (it may not be up-to-date to the latest year). By doing this, you’ll be able to take a look at the location from back to 2007 all the way to the present time.

Measure Distances Globally

Google Maps also allows the users to measure the distance from between two points on Earth with a click of a button. Simply select Measure Distance and drop a new point on the map. Next, click on another section of the map and the distance between the two points will be calculated. You can tap on the map to add more dots. A footnote at the bottom of the map will also show you the total area and total distance in both US and Metric measurements. It’s essentially a customized map that you can edit freely at any time.

The Tell Tale Signs of an Online Shopping Scam

online-shopping-scam-burglarWith the amount of identity theft today, the online shopping scene can be a scary place. There are a few ways, however, to spot an online shopping scam. Here are a few key things to be on the lookout for.

Users looking for a quick online shopping discount often mistype popular websites, which allows them to be taken to a fake shopping site. Scammers make these fake sites look exactly like their real counterparts, except that they will take your information and run up huge debts. Always double check that you are on the correct website.

Online auction sites are extremely popular for discount online shopping. Sites like Ebay protect their customers with their own insurance. Scammers will often lure shoppers off the website by sending a message claiming that the other buyer has dropped out. Once the shopper sends the money, they never receive the product. Since the transaction took place off the website, the online retailer cannot provide any assistance. Shoppers are advised to always complete transactions through the website.

Scammers will often used classified ad websites to gain personal information as well. Finding a discount online through a classified ad website such as Craigslist is a great idea. Sometimes scammers will attempt to get shoppers to send payment information or a check through email or the mail. This request is a red flag for a scam. Meet the seller in person and use cash. You will be able to see and test the product and pay without sharing any personal financial information.

Using some common sense while shopping online will help keep your information safe. If something appears to good to be true, or you feel uncomfortable with a transaction, follow you’re instincts and leave. You’re probably right.


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The Harsh Reality of Radioactive Labeling

Once commonly used, the hazards have now outweighed the benefits.

Oligonucleotides have been a major contributor in biological and forensic research for years now. Certain applications such as taking on the role of a sequence binding agent to reveal the present of a DNA sequence have provided researchers new information to work off of. In these applications, oligos are labeled for identification purposes. Some of these labels come from radioactive nuclei such as RNA triphosphates. When applied to the oligos, they can be directly added into nucleic acid probes via enzymatic methods like nick translations.

The Hazards of Radiolabeling

However, radioactive labeling does have its caveats. There are a variety of known hazards when handling any forms of radiation. In addition to this, radiolabelling requires there to be careful handling and disposing, which scientists need to closely be wary about. Although this method of labeling does have its advantages in that it provides high sensitivity for the oligo, or the modified oligo, but the expense of working with it makes it difficult to consistently utilize. Therefore, other labeling methods such as fluorescent labeling, colorimetric, and chemiluminescent have been becoming increasingly popular. In most application, radiolabelling isn’t even used anymore. But, every now and then, you’ll find that certain applications require the use of radioactive methods to achieve a breakthrough.

Labeling Requirements

In order for an oligo to be labeled, it must possess certain properties that scientists deem feasible. One of the most common ones would be that the label should be able to attach easily under mild conditions using any type of protocol – regardless of how simple or cheap it is. Another requirement is that the label can be detected at the lowest concentration, otherwise the findings would be inconclusive.


 

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Why PVD is Dominating the Coating Industry

PVD is commonly used in a variety of today’s industries.

With the numerous amounts of PVD coating equipment available on the market, it’s safe to say that physical vapor deposition is the way to go in terms of coating methods.

PVD is a More Stable Option

One of the more household uses of PVD has to do with the timepiece that you have on your wrist right now. The reason why physical vapor deposition is the preferred method is because of its solid hold on the metal compound. Old techniques, like powder coating proved to only be a temporary solution as continuous contact with it will result in it rubbing off.

Additionally, the deposition process is extremely flexible, which is one of the main reasons why so many industries are taking advantage of this technology presently. Another example that you might not be aware of are the transmission gears and engine parts in racing cars. Because of the reduced friction wear, PVD is has been known to increase the reliability of engines – think about it, over 10,000 RPM’s would require a drastic reduction in friction. This resilience is coveted by high-powered car manufacturers.

The Application of PVD

The application of PVD works in a similar fashion as electroplating would. If you aren’t familiar with electroplating, it essentially involves an electric current as the primary deposition factor. There are plenty of methods for PVD, it honestly depends on the industry. Vacuum coating systems, for example, are used more commonly for watches due to its air tight environment and application necessitates.


 

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Radio: An Influential Marketing Tool for Advertisers

Radio advertisements tend to be repetitious and sometimes over-the-top. However, the fact that you can relate to these ads means that they’re doing something right.

By identifying and understanding who’s listening to your radio advertisements, you’ll be able to implement additional strategies to your marketing plan to increase the likelihood of gaining additional customers.

A Solid Return

Advertising through the radio has been a long-successful marketing tool used by major corporations all the way down to brick-and-mortar stores. It’s without a doubt less expensive than television advertisements and still manages to stand toe-to-toe in regards to investment return. Steve Doctrow, from Rogers & Cowan, explains that radio is a premiere place for brands to drive market shares.

The Reaches of Radio

If you’re wondering how radio advertisements reach the masses, consider your typical drive to work. If you’re not pumping songs through a music player or a compact disc, then you’re probably listening to the radio. Whether it’s your favorite DJ in the morning or that personable talk show host, there are mandatory breaks in between broadcasts. Anywhere from 5 to 10 advertisements will litter your radio, with some even driving you crazy because of the repetition.

Now, picture this. On your morning commute, how many advertisements can you actually remember? While there aren’t too many that will come to mind, you might think of that one jingle at the end of that car commercial, or that dramatic advertisement that’s prompting you to seek a lawyer for an accident. That subtle lasting impression could be your advertisement at work. On average, it takes an advertisement to play itself more than 3 times for the average person to actually start taking the details in. So, if you remember a specific advertisement, then they’re doing exactly what they set out to do.

The Application and Advantages of Ion Beam Sputter Deposition

Written by: Denton Vacuum, LLC

Summary: Learn why ion beams are favorable for certain applications.

Ion beam technology has been around for a long time. There are numerous advantages of utilizing ion beam sputter deposition techniques over physical or chemical deposition. Here is a breakdown of the advantages and practical uses that are still applied today.

Ion beams have the capability to coat applications with a wide range of specifications that surpass those of physical or chemical deposition. Their platforms showcase their interchangeability and flexibility by providing the user with either a simple rotation or multi-faceted flip fixture.

What is Ion Beam Sputtering?

Essentially, an ion source is generated to create a beam that targets an object. What the ion beam is consisted of is an anode and a cathode. With the application of a high amount of voltage, an electrostatic field is then created within the ion’s source pushing the ions towards the center. After a gas is injected – which is a crucial step in the process – the gas begins to ionize and the source creates plasma within. After, this process then shoots an ion in a form of beam directly at the target and sputters the material onto the sample. This process follows a similar pattern to e-beam evaporation but involves plasma instead of electrons.

Certain applications, such as biological applications, favor ion beam sputtering due to certain factors such as heat and thermal sensitivity. Excellent sources of coating can be still produced on heat sensitive samples due to the sputtering process’s enhanced capabilities. For example, a slice of cheese can be coated using an ion beam without any complications from the deposition process. An ebeam ray wouldn’t be able to match this type of quality produced.

A Breakdown of RNA Synthesis

Written by: The Midland Certified Reagent Company

Explore the process of RNA synthesis.

RNA, or ribonucleic acids, plays an important role in protein synthesis and the replication of DNA.

When the process of transcription first begins, the RNA polymers attach to a template strand of DNA and then begin to produce an RNA strand off a chain of nucleotides. There are different types of RNA that you should be aware of. The difference also lies in whether the RNA is in a prokaryote or a eukaryote.

The various types of RNA are made up of the different types of RNA polymerase. They are generally large enzymes that function as cell proteins. They play a vital role in the transcription process as they decide what is going to be coded as well as when the process is going to occur. These factors are crucial in the transcription process’s success. The adjunction of both of the strands determines the quality of synthesis.rna-synthesis

DNA polymers on the other hand also play a role within the transcription process. DNA has the code for a cell’s sustenance. With that information within its structure, you’ll find them within the genes. In order for the instructions to be used, they must be coded in a way that cells can used to produce the proper proteins that promote continuous life.

DNA synthesis and RNA synthesis play a hand-in-hand role that is important for life’s patterns. Through these processes, one can achieve breakthrough contributions to today’s society which is why scientists and researchers continue to uncover new trends of both processes.

Make the Choice for a Better Future

By Brand College

Everyone would sleep better at night knowing their future was guaranteed. This sense of certainty becomes even more important when you have a family and know you need to provide for your children. Of course, we all know there is no such thing as a guarantee. We all know that you can’t completely plan for the future. The recession did a good job of teaching us that lesson.

BrandCollege1Still, it’s hard to argue that anything could give you a better chance at a guarantee than computer classes in Glendale. These classes will show you how to program and code for any number of jobs. With computer courses in Los Angeles under your belt, you can apply for the virtually endless stream of IT careers that are in demand right now and will most likely never go out of style. After all, when will we not need people who can understand the technology we all rely on so heavily?

Make the decision today to take a giant step toward a career that will give you decades of worry-free paychecks in a field where you’ll always feel challenged and rewarded for your hard work again and again. Act now to make this incredible opportunity a part of your life.

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The Science Behind Curing Disease

Written by: The Midland Certified Reagent Company

Summary: Curing disease involves exploring how a potential cure may affect a patient’s DNA.

Curing a disease is not just a matter of throwing things at the wall to see what sticks. The process involves several steps, beginning with how the disease affects the body on a physical and molecular level. It’s important to know, for instance, how disease affects a patient at the molecular level. One of the ways scientists are studying the effects involves using a fluorescent label to identify the disease at the molecular level.

Detection

The first step in curing a disease is recognizing it. One good example is malaria, where early detection can make all the difference in diagnosis and treatment. With a molecular beacon probe, scientists can take a blood sample and use an actual market to detect certain cells. This marker is designed to illuminate the cells it needs to find, while leaving other cells alone.

Once medical engineers have positive identification, they can begin to administer a treatment. Early detection is usually a major benefit in fighting life-threatening diseases.

Testing a Cure

Before a cure can be administered to humans, it has to receive thorough testing to confirm it won’t represent a serious danger to human health. In order to cure a disease, engineers need to create a substance that only affects the disease itself. Oligo synthesis is frequently used to test reactions in a laboratory setting.

One reason why testing with oligos makes so much sense is cost. Oligos are very affordable for research labs, and they are ideal for recreating certain conditions that would be present in the body. One scientists can approximate something at a molecular level, it becomes easier to test in live humans or animals because the effects are anticipated to some extent.

Wounded Veterans are Getting a Second Chance Thanks to the Alfred Mann Foundation

A retired army staff sergeant is receiving a gift from the Alfred Mann Foundation

Staff Sergeant James Sides was out on patrol in Afghanistan when he spotted an improvised explosive device. The IED had to be disarmed, and Sides was trained in diffusion in disposal. He went to work on the bomb. It was his second tour, so the task was not unfamiliar but somehow something went wrong.

The IED detonated in close proximity to his body. The shock threw him backward and broke his forearm. The blast also tore his right hand away completely. Although the Army was able to help Sides to a recovery, and he retired to civilian life, he was still missing a part of himself. Everyday tasks like putting on clothes became difficult to manage with only one hand.

The Alfred Mann Foundation reached out to Rogers & Cowan Executive Vice President Steve Doctrow for help. Together, they found Sides and decided to try and change his life for the better. They fitted him with a radio transceiver, which was implanted surgically into his forearm. The device is designed to read how his muscles move and react, making it possible to predict how his hand might actually move. The transceiver makes something like a link between the mechanical hand that Sides wears, and the device within his arm. To an outside observer, it’s almost like Sides is willing it to happen with his mind.

Veterans have some unique needs when it comes to healthcare, so it’s important to consider how our technology can best assist the transition back into civilian life. For James Sides, the Alfred Mann Foundation made a true and measurable difference in his life. In the future, devices like the kind that Sides wears, will see much wider adoption. Not just in the military either.