Give Yourself a Charge with the New Silicon Power Cell

Anyone who has traveled through our nation’s airports is well aware of how problematic it may be to find a charging station for your smartphone or other device, and if you do manage to find one, there is often a fee attached. This problem is compounded for those of us who fly coach where there are even fewer options available to charge the failing batteries in our smartphone or other devices on the plane itself. In fact, we often find that the device we were counting on to help pass the time became DOA as soon as we boarded the plane. However, I know that the serious road warrior (or sky warrior), would come prepared by carrying extra batteries with them, but this can be impractical for those of us who carry more than one device.

Knowing how frustrating this is to travelers as well as others who are dependent on their device for business or entertainment, the folks at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and MTL (Microsystems Technology Laboratory) have taken steps to produce a new product, called Silicon Power Cell. This product, approximately the size of a thick cell phone, is really a little portable fuel cell that produces a whopping amount of juice. Using butane as its fuel, this device is actually the size of a cigarette lighter and has the advantage of allowing the fuel to be replaced by the user.

One of the features that make this fuel cell so attractive is that it will charge any device that uses a USB port. That means that this tiny fuel cell will charge any and all of your portable toys no matter where you are. An added bonus is that the company claims that it has already received approval from the FAA to use the device on commercial flights.

While in the development stage, Lilliputian concentrated on the development, testing, and other aspects of its technology; the company has since built a manufacturing facility and this little lifesaver is already being beta tested by select customers. For those of you looking for an investment, you should know that the company has already signed agreements to market its fuel cell under the name USB Mobile Power.

Lilliputian’s portable fuel cell can deliver between 10 to 14 full charges for an iPhone. (Credit: Lilliputian Systems)

In fact, a recent news release announces that the company has formed a partnership with Brookstone to market, promote, distribute, and sell the new devices once they become available. The future goal is to eventually make these fuel cell devices available at airports and malls around the country as well as introduce a power unit that will fuel the cells that charge the units.

So how will this new power cell change the way we live and communicate with one another?

  • It will eliminate the need to spend time looking and/or searching for a free electrical outlet.
  • It will eliminate the frustration of running out of power mid-day.
  • It will eliminate the need to carry multiple chargers to accommodate all of your smartphones, tablets, and more.
  • It’s compact.

What we don’t know:

  • How much this unit is going to cost.
  • How much the refill cartridges are going to cost.
  • When the units will be released for purchase.

When these new power cells hit the street, one can’t help but see how beneficial they will be as they free us from our need to find electrical outlets in order to stay in contact with one another. The power cells will also allow us to stay connected for longer periods of time and provide a means to keep all of our electronic devices fully charged.

CC licensed Flickr photo at the top of the page shared by flyzor

Should Maglev Trains Replace the Airplane?

Should Maglev Trains Replace the Airplane?No one knows for sure, but maglev (magnetic levitation) trains could be the newest and greatest thing to happen to the transportation sector in generations. In fact, with the cost of plane travel and the time demanded to traverse our crowded freeways, it could, in the future, easily become the option chosen by the mobile generation. This change would be just one in a vast array of travel choices that have shown a regular progression over the last century.

While the Wright Brothers at Kitty Hawk and the days of the covered wagon were a little before my time, I can remember being a kid in the San Francisco Bay Area when train travel was the norm, while air travel was the luxury of the rich and famous. During this period, the lower half of the Bay Bridge was for trains, and the upper decks, until the roadway became too crowded, were reserved for vehicular traffic. This ceased when the current rage for vehicles began and people stopped riding the trains and took to buying cars. This new craze became the status symbol for the American middle class, while riding on trains or taking a ferry became a thing of the past for this new era of vehicular citizen. Of course, this craze was further fueled by the fact that gasoline was less than 30 cents a gallon, making it a cheap form of transportation for the regular guy who could even afford to drive a three-ton behemoth that got less than 10 miles per gallon. There was also one other important factor that led to to our motor vehicle independence — one that kept the price of gasoline low — 100% of the gasoline we used was being pumped and refined within the continental US.

What brought all of this back to mind was a recent inquiry from one of our Gnomies about whether maglev trains could replace the airplane. But it wasn’t the question that piqued my interest in the subject, but some of the responses from other Gnomies in the group.

Joe Pirillo: Trains are one of the things that made this country great. We are far behind others with high speed rail. I think there should be trains that ferry cars place to place cross our country. Would save gas, too.

Robert Glen Fogarty: Speaking as someone who loves to travel on the old-style trains, I would be absolutely ecstatic if we could get people in the US to see the clear benefits of maglev technology. From sea to shining sea? A dream I’d love to experience in my lifetime.

Michael Sitver: Speaking as an air travel nut, I hope not — and there is still no viable, cross-ocean alternative. For routes from 4-24 hours, trains work. They don’t work in the NY metro area because there are too many stops. I was on one in France and it was a blast going that fast, and very comfortable. Still, I don’t think it is the future of long distance travel.

Tom Maxwell: The problem is in the Midwest. Would there even be enough demand for it out here in places like Colorado and Wyoming? Also, I love air travel and don’t want to see it die. :D

So what are maglev trains and how do they work? The name maglev is a derivative from the words magnetic and levitation, which is a system in which a vehicle (usually a train) is suspended above a guide system; there are no wheels, axles, or bearings used. The force of the magnets are the impulse media used to propel the vehicle, by providing thrust, in which the vehicle can reach very high speeds in excess of 300 MPH (the record is 361 MPH by a maglev train in Japan). It is interesting to note that America is behind the eight ball here since maglev systems have been used not only in Japan, but across Europe and other countries since about the mid-’80s — during which time they have been refined and developed into the maglev trains we see today.

There are several considerations why maglev trains may not work in the US:

  • From coast to coast, the US covers over 3,000 miles, while most European countries are much smaller.
  • The federal government would need to subsidize such a venture; the cost would be enormous at a time when we are deep in debt.
  • Airplane travel offers a fast and reliable system that most travelers would not want to give up.

Here are a few of the reasons that maglev trains could work in the US:

  • Some of us may find we prefer a slower pace when traveling and would choose to avoid layovers at the airport.
  • Maglev trains could provide direct stops between major cities such as Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Chicago.
  • Having the ability to bring your car with you — which could be loaded on a flat car — would be an added advantage.

Despite the advantages, one issue that could sabotage the introduction of any form of rapid transport — besides the enormous cost — is the American attitude toward motor vehicles. We are in love with our cars and are of the opinion that owning one is a non-statutory right of our constitution. This, along with our right to drive them, makes us tolerant and willing to subsidize those drivers who are not insured. We are even willing to pay high gas prices in order to drive our big hemi trucks and SUVs. Of course, that doesn’t mean we are going to pay them without complaint or that we don’t think that $8 for a gallon, which some countries in Europe actually pay, is a ridiculous price. However, I recently heard one person state that even if gas hit $15 a gallon, she would not give up driving her large SUV. This type of attitude expresses how spoiled we have become and demonstrates why some people in other parts of the planet hate us.

To combat these attitudes, the introduction of the maglev train could be a winner. It would offer the gas guzzlers a new way to be cool while saving fuel for future generations. That, along with the fact that some of the major airlines are having to cut back services while charging for everything non-essential, and lay off employees makes the possibility of any other form of transportation a feasible idea.

So, as a solution, I believe that maglev trains that have already been a success in the foreign arena should be given a chance here. They can only fail if the American public is too selfish and/or ignorant to give them a shot. If that is the case, then let them fly at astronomical rates, in cramped spaces, and with the possibility of being asked to donate for more jet fuel once they are in the air.

So will the US ever see any type of transportation, other than the production of smaller cars, in the hopes of saving gasoline? I seriously doubt it. To think that we will ever see maglev trains in the US is a dream. Air travel will remain supreme because it is quick, efficient, and something the American people are comfortable with.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

CC licensed Flickr photo of maglev train shared by zieak.

Should I Buy an Unlocked iPhone?

Should I Buy an Unlocked iPhone?The tech world is abuzz with the announcement that Apple is now selling unlocked iPhones in the US for the first time ever. An unlocked phone is sold without a contract, and is free to be used on any carrier on the same wireless frequency, all you need to do is swap out the SIM card. You could use an unlocked iPhone on AT&T or T-Mobile in the US, and on a variety of carriers should you be traveling elsewhere in the world.

The question is: should you buy an unlocked iPhone? Is it worth it? The price can be a little off-putting to your average US cell user, mostly because we are used to seeing contract-subsidized prices. $650 is a lot more money than $200, but there are some tradeoffs that you may need to take into account that could end up saving you money in the long run.

The first plus of buying an unlocked phone is that you are not tied down to a contract from your cell carrier. If you are unhappy with AT&T’s service, you are free to leave and bring your phone over to T-Mobile without worrying about an Early Termination Fee (ETF). ETFs can run hundreds of dollars depending on how long you have remaining on your contract, which is a lot of money to pay just to switch cell carriers. With an unlocked iPhone, however, you are free to change without any fear of a penalty.

Secondly, you might even be able to save money on your monthly bill depending on your carrier. While AT&T doesn’t give a monthly rate discount for phones purchased contract-free, T-Mobile has a plan that is cheaper than its usual plans that doesn’t include a phone subsidy. It’s not available online; you have to call and ask for it, but if you want to use an unlocked iPhone on T-Mobile, give the company a call and ask for the “Even More Plus” plans. The plans are significantly cheaper than its other plans, so you can save a lot on your monthly bill with an unlocked iPhone.

Finally, unlocked iPhones come with the bonus of being able to work all over the world. If you go on vacation to Europe, for instance, you won’t have to bother with expensive Europe roaming plans or buying a pay-as-you-go phone once you get there. Just bring your unlocked iPhone and buy a prepaid SIM card in any convenience store, swap it into your iPhone, and you will be good to go for much less money than if you had to buy a whole new phone just for your vacation.

If you have the money up front, buying an unlocked iPhone will probably end up saving you money in the long run, especially if you travel a lot or want to use T-Mobile instead of AT&T. In addition, the resale value of unlocked iPhones (especially official Apple unlocked iPhones) will be much higher, as they will work all over the world and people without official iPhone options in their country will be willing to pay more for an unlocked version. However, if you plan on sticking with AT&T and your iPhone for the duration of the two-year contract and don’t plan on traveling a significant amount, the usual contract-locked iPhone is probably still going to be the best choice for you.

Travel Planning – Dopplr

I only take one or two business trips per year, so I’m not an active business traveler by any means, but I’ve always wondered how the regular business travelers are able to keep up with the demands of traveling and visiting different places. Before the Internet, traveling by yourself was a lonely and daunting adventure, but now you’re never truly alone when you travel. A number of online travel tools make traveling more convenient than ever before, and Dopplr is one of them.

By sharing your travel plans with your contacts on Dopplr, you’ll be able to let everyone know where you’re going and when, and you’ll also be able to see where your contacts will be. Who knows, you might even find that you’ll be in the same place at the same time as one or more of them are. Dopplr also contains some great local tips for popular cities from other travelers, which means that once you get somewhere, you won’t have to guess about what to do next, and that’s always a good thing.

Is John Tyner a Hero?

With all the commentary on John Tyner’s refusal to let a stranger grope his genitals at the airport, I have seen relatively few commentaries on the value of legal groping or “surrendering your rights when you purchase a ticket” in reducing the hazards of flying. Before we argue about the politics or morality, we should at least agree on our goals and how rational decision theory can be used to eliminate some of the wrong choices citizens and the government can make.

I would never maintain the rational thought and application of decision theoretic considerations will always lead to the best decisions, but I do maintain that such actions can at least identify most bad choices — what the people and politicians want to do next is up to them.

What is the goal of the TSA? That might sound like a simple question, but there is much in it. Let us start by looking at the mission statement on the TSA website:

The Transportation Security Administration protects the Nation’s transportation systems to ensure freedom of movement for people and commerce.

This is not the mission statement I would have adopted, but there it is. This statement says nothing about the comfort, relative safety, human values, cost of implementation, or many other relevant topics. In 2001, more people were killed in New York by drunk drivers than by falling buildings. Yet as a society we accept drunk driving with relatively mild enforcement compared to the trillions of dollars spent on post 9/11 anti-terrorist activity (I am including estimates of the time lost by passengers each giving up about two hours of time each time they board–that is a real cost that is often overlooked, and one that we should consider). The equivalent response to drunk driving would be mandatory testing each time every driver, teetotaler or not, gets in a car. That might be good or bad, but we do not do it.

The TSA mission statement is a sweeping one that covers more than passengers at a terminal. In fact, one can easily argue that the main threats are elsewhere. Also one can argue that if a potential terrorist makes it as far as the clothes-optional screening, the system has already failed by several steps. John Tyner addresses only a small portion of this mission statement.

Given a mission statement, one needs to implement a plan to make it happen. We start by identifying measurable parameters that correlate with the probability of a person being a terrorist. This involves everything from consideration of itineraries, baggage, history (from names etc.), and other personal parameters to onsite measurements such as metal detectors and the now infamous nude pictures. From our (and TSA’s) point of view, all this is simply data to assess the probability that a particular human being is a threat. But no one piece of data usually determines whether someone is a threat. The combination results in a point on a curve (usually called an ROC for historical reasons). A decision is made that if a person’s point falls above or below a certain point on that curve, then the person is either safe or a threat. (This is simplified since the actual process can be hierarchical. If you match a certain profile, you are sent to secondary inspection, etc. I overlook that complication here.)

No matter where the decision point is placed, any decision will have a certain percentage of correctly identified terrorists, correctly identified safe passengers, missing true terrorists, and mis-identified safe passengers (false alarms). Each of these four possible results has a cost or benefit. Generally one tries to estimate the potential cost of missing a true terrorist, the potential cost of false alarms, etc. These estimates then form a payoff matrix. This payoff matrix should be used to determine the operating point for maximum benefit.

The cost of missing a true terrorist drives the intrusive searches, but it is can be over-estimated since even if one gets on board an aircraft, there is another hurdle to pass before damage can be done. The probability of passengers stopping a terrorist lowers the average cost. A couple of well-publicized attempted bombings were stopped by passengers. What is the likely cost of a successful bomb detonation on an airplane? This is not a callous dismissal, but an attempt to actually evaluate the results of alternatives. How many people were killed last year by lightning? Would the loss of a single aircraft by greater or lesser? How many people were killed by slipping on wet tiles?

I believe the employees of the TSA are not there is get a secret thrill. They are only implementing a mission statement that seems to be based on a philosophy that most citizens would not agree with if they thought about it. The true sin is that we have been sheep and not complained nearly enough. By complaining, I do not mean yelling at the poor TSA employees, I mean complaining that the mission statement implicitly says we give up. The goal of a terrorist is to induce terror and change the actions of the victims. They did it.

Skyara

When you travel somewhere, you want to have new experiences that are interesting and exciting. In fact, you may even be looking for new experiences in your own hometown. Each one of us has a different set of knowledge about cities, and that’s why it makes sense to connect with other more knowledgeable and experienced individuals when we travel to their area. Whether it’s something local that’s fun to do or just an experience that you don’t want to miss, you can check Skyara to find exciting things to do in a city.

Right now the site seems to be focused on the San Francisco area, and you’ll see that a variety of options are open to you. You can just search for what you’re looking for and see what’s available. If the details and price look good to you, then you can book the experience and look forward to it. If you have something to offer, then you can list it on Skyara and make some money in the process. Traveling definitely doesn’t have to be boring.

Off & Away

There should be an image here!When you’re about to travel somewhere, you probably go through a standard routine to book a hotel room. Some of the hotel rooms that you stay in might be pretty nice, but if you had the opportunity to book a luxury suite at a price that could be about 99% off the standard price, would you do it? Of course you would! Many of us are stuck in our idea of the process that we follow to find a hotel to stay at, but Off & Away will get you thinking in a different direction.

Since a suite at a luxury hotel is so much better than a regular hotel room, it makes sense to spend some time at Off & Away to see what’s possible. If you’re willing to invest some time, you can really get a luxury suite at a deep discount. The site works by enabling you to buy bids that slightly increase the price of the suite and extend the timer, which gives other bidders more time to participate. If you’re the top bidder when the time runs out, you’ll get the suite for the final price, but even if you don’t win, you’ll still get credits for your bids that can be used as real dollars that are applied to hotel bookings of your choice.

Scientific Research Study Analyzes When To Buy Airline And Theater Tickets

There should be an image here!Do you fancy watching a musical in London? Then, according to a research study at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) if you want to save money you should buy your airlines long in advance, but postpone the purchase of your theater ticket until the last minute.

Why do airline tickets become more expensive as the travel date approaches whereas theater tickets are sold at half price in Leicester Square on the day of the performance? In their recent article published in the Economic Journal, (Advance Purchase Discounts versus Clearance Sales), Professors Marc Möller and Makoto Watanabe from the UC3M Department of Economics have considered the pricing of products that can be purchased in advance, i.e., long before their actual date of consumption. Further examples include seasonal products like the newest skiing equipment or entry slots for marathons.

According to the study, there are two determining factors for optimal planning for prices. On the one hand, when purchasing early, consumers face uncertainty with respect to their own future demands. “When we reserve our flight to London weeks ahead we have to take into account the possibility that unforeseen circumstances could keep us from traveling to London”, the study’s authors explained. “In order to make consumers take their chances, airlines have to offer advance purchase discounts. As a consequence ticket prices increase as the travel date approaches,” they added.

On the other hand, when purchasing late, consumers face the risk of becoming rationed. When we purchase our theater ticket last minute, there exists the possibility that the event has sold out. In order to make consumers bear this risk, theaters implement a clearance sale by offering last minute discounts. As a consequence ticket prices decrease on the day of the performance

The optimal dynamic pricing strategy depends on the interplay between individual demand uncertainty and rationing risks. In turn, rationing risks depend on a comparison of demand and supply and hence on the seller’s capacity. Differences in dynamic pricing can therefore be explained by differences in capacities. Marc Möller and Makoto Watanabe show that advance purchase discounts will be employed by sellers whose capacity is relatively small in comparison to demand whereas Clearance Sales are optimal when capacities are large. Hence differences in the pricing of airline and theater tickets can be explained by the fact that air travel to London is a relatively tight market while the long running musicals of London’s West End are very unlikely to become sold out.

The article shows further that clearance sales are more likely and advance purchase discounts are less likely to be observed in markets where prices can be committed to in advance, temporal capacity limits are difficult to implement, and resale is feasible. These results provide further reason for the observed differences in pricing.

In addition, in his ongoing research Makoto Watanabe has found evidence which shows that air fares are lowest around eight weeks before the travel date. Moreover, it seems as if tickets are cheaper when purchased in the afternoons, rather than the mornings. Do airlines price discriminate between business travelers who book their tickets at work and leisure travelers who book from home? This claim still has to be confirmed in future research.

[Photo above by mynameisharsha / CC BY-ND 2.0]

Ana Herrera @ Carlos III University of Madrid

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Thinking Of Flying This Holiday Season? You Better Book Early

With you have plans to make it home for the holidays this year, you better heed the warnings and book your flights early. Most airlines have cut back on the number of available flights since 2008, and there is about 12 to 15% less capacity. Also fares have increased about 20 to 30% so expect to pay more. But what is going to make this an especially busy holiday season is the fact that many fliers did not go home for the holidays last year. Pressure is sure to mount as grandma insists you come home this year or face banishment from the clan. LOL

On a serious note, this is what is being said about flying this holiday season:

This year the holiday travel window is narrower than usual since the holidays fall on weekends. Consumers normally have a 16 to 19 day window for travel, but with both Christmas and New Year’s Day falling on Saturdays this year, the peak travel period shortens to 14 days, experts say.

The time to book (or at the very least, shop around) is now. Prices may go down if you wait until closer to your departure date, but Seaney and Parsons predict the opposite: Planes will fill up fast.

“The first mistake travelers make while poking around online is searching for more than one seat, even if you have multiple people traveling together,” Parsons said.

Don’t forget to factor in peak travel surcharges. Most of the major carriers add $10 to $30 on top of published fares during the busiest travel periods.

Days around Thanksgiving with added charges include November 19-24 and 26-29, with the highest surcharges on November 28 and 29. Around Christmas and New Year’s, December 17 to 24 and December 26 through January 3 will be subject to peak travel surcharges, with $30 charges on December 23, 26 and 27 and January 2 and 3, according to Farecompare.

Be flexible on dates for the best fares. According to Farecompare.com, the cheapest days to fly are Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. The cheapest time to fly is typically the first flight out in the morning.

I am glad we are staying home this holiday season. It seems that trying to get home for the holidays may be more expensive and challenging than in previous years. But let’s face it. Flying during the holidays has always been anything than satisfying, unless you like large crowds, canceled flights and bad weather.  You also get to sit with people around you sneezing, coughing and sharing their germs.

What are your plans? Will you be flying home this holiday season?

Comments welcome.

Source – CNN Travel

Bumped.in

There should be an image here!When you’re traveling by plane, train, or bus, you’re one person in a sea of people. For the most part, you probably don’t connect with the people around you except for maybe exchanging simple greetings. We make such a big deal about networking online, but in these real-life travel situations, we usually don’t make a big effort. Part of the reason for this is that there’s a fear of the unknown because we haven’t connected previously. With Bumped.in, you can increase your networking potential while traveling.

By sharing your travel plans on Bumped.in, you can find other people who will be in the same places at the same time that you will be. This means that you can connect online before you meet in the real world, which eliminates a lot of pressure and makes getting together much easier. Aside from making these new connections, users can also maintain a travel journal and get helpful information about their destinations. There’s no reason to feel like you’re on your own when you’re traveling in this day and age.

Adioso

There should be an image here!Where do you want to go? That question can have many different answers depending on who you ask, but either way, a lot of us enjoy traveling and have a list of places that we hope to visit in the near future. When it comes time to look for plane tickets, there are a number of different services that you can use, but most of them require you to be very specific about when you want to go somewhere so that relevant options can be displayed. Of course, if you want your plans to be a little more open-ended, then this approach isn’t ideal. A site called Adioso gives you the ability to search for flights in the same way that you would search for anything else on the Internet.

What I mean by this is that instead of having to provide a bunch of separate details, you just have a text box that you use to write a little bit about what you’re looking for and then see what’s available. It’s a very natural search process, and once you give it a try and check out some of the examples, you’ll see what I mean. By using a combination of destination, time frame, and price, you’ll get a nice set of options that can help your random travel impulse become a reality.

Kukunu

There should be an image here!Do you have any trips that you’re currently planning? Since this is summer, it’s likely that you either just completed a trip or are looking forward to one. Depending on where you’re going and what you’re wanting to do, there may be a lot of planning that’s involved to make your trip a success. In fact, you may be using a number of different services to help make the trip a reality. If a trip that you’re planning contains a lot of different elements, you could probably use some help keeping everything organized and planned properly, and Kukunu wants to help you plan your next trip.

Not only can you plan your trip yourself, but if you’re traveling with other people, you can collaborate with them so that you can build the perfect trip together. Along the way you’ll get recommendations for things like hotels and activities, and when you’re ready, you can book your trip through Kukunu and their booking partners. All you’ll have to do after that is look forward to your upcoming trip.

Explorra

There should be an image here!Travel sites that give you advice on where to go and what to do are a dime a dozen these days. Many of them are pretty useful, but for the most part, the functionality is basically the same across the board. Information about destinations is important, but being able to find the right destination for you is also important. Explorra is a travel site that really excels in the area of helping undecided travelers find a place to go that’s going to make them happy.

As you would expect, plenty of detailed information about destinations is available, but when you visit the site, the first thing you’ll encounter is a travel director of sorts that wants to know what type of experience or landscape you’re looking for. You can also filter the options by traveler type. Things get really crazy when you try their tools that enable you to pick pictures or a color so that a determination can be made about where you should go. You can record where you’ve been and where you want to go and see that same information from your friends. Who’s ready to take a trip?

Jetting Off Without The Jet Lag

There should be an image here!Everyone hates the jet lag — the nighttime insomnia, loss of appetite, decreased alertness, and depressed mood — that accompanies travel to locations in different time zones. The symptoms of jet lag are caused by misalignment of a person’s internal body clock (also known as the circadian clock) and external time. Now, Gregor Eichele and colleagues, at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Germany, have provided new insight into the molecular mechanisms responsible for resetting the internal circadian system in the mouse. One of their key observations indicates that modulating the speed with which the adrenal gland shifts its rhythmic production of glucocorticoid hormones to the new light/dark cycle (the equivalent of the new time zone when considering human travel) regulates the resetting of the entire internal body clock. The authors suggest that their data point to new potential therapies to overcome jet lag.

In an accompanying commentary, Mary Harrington, at Smith College, Northampton, discusses how these data have implications not only for those who suffer jet lag but also for those who perform rotating shift work, which has been linked to many serious health problems, including breast cancer, stroke, and cardiovascular disease. She also cautions that it will be important to determine whether treatments for jet lag that allow the body clock to shift rapidly are actually better for one’s health than the slower adjustments that occur naturally.

Karen Honey @ Journal of Clinical Investigation

[Photo above by Jean Pichot / CC BY-ND 2.0]

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Stay.com

There should be an image here!It looks like I’m going to be taking a quick international trip a little over a week from now to a place that I’ve never been before. When you’re going to a new city, the first thing that you usually want to do is figure out where you can go in this strange new world. You can read what other travelers have said and look at travel guides, but these resources just direct you to places that other people think you should go. With Stay.com, you can create your own personal travel guides.

This site mainly contains information for the top destinations in the world, and when you look at the list of popular cities, it’s not very hard to find several that you’d like to visit. Select travel guides that have already been made by other users are available for you to view, but since the focus is on creating your own travel guide, you can browse through restaurants, museums, and other things to do and select the items that you’d like to add to your guide. When you’re done, you’ll have a printable guide that you can take with you that includes a map and other relevant information. If you’re looking for a place to stay (get it?), the service also enables you to book hotels through them.