Two-time Olympian Bob Kennedy Has Another Go at the New York City Marathon

Oct 30, 14 Two-time Olympian Bob Kennedy Has Another Go at the New York City Marathon

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A long distance running legend, Bob Kennedy, will return to the spotlight this Sunday as he makes his way to New York City for his second attempt at the New York City Marathon, as reported by The New York Times. The two-time Olympian was the first non-African to complete a 5,000 meter run in under 13 minutes, and he set many American records at the height of his career. However, all of that came to an abrupt halt after he set out to run the New York City Marathon for the first time in 2004. Kennedy had planned on finishing the race in just two hours and 10 minutes; however, with eight miles left he found himself unable to go any further and dropped out. Overtraining or too little recovery time before the marathon likely led to Kennedy’s DNF; these two factors, say experts, can be crucial factors when preparing for a big race. “Racing the marathon distance is no joke, it takes weeks of proper physical and mental preparation to execute your plan on race day. Even with perfect preparation there are still race day variables that can throw you for a loop. Runners should make sure to dress appropriately for the weather conditions, layer up in performance wear that you can remove easily as you warm up, such as beanies, gloves and arm sleeves. Also, there will be a lot of excitement at the start of the race, adrenaline can cause you to go out at too fast of a pace, keep an eye on your pace in the early miles or you could regret it in the late stages of the race,” says Ryan Lynn, Dir. Marketing, Kennedy did not run for five years after his first attempt at the marathon, focusing instead on raising a family and running his business. He also put on almost 60 pounds. Now, 10 years later, Kennedy is ready to once again take on the marathon that ended his career. This time, however, he...

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Are Student Loans Killing the Housing Market?

Oct 21, 14 Are Student Loans Killing the Housing Market?

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Generation Y — those born between the mid 1980’s and late 1990’s — already have a lot on their plate between dealing with crushing student loan debt, a shaky job market, taking the perfect “selfie,” and growing up during a time in which reality TV has replaced MTV. Now they’re being blamed for killing the real estate market’s “vibe.” According to a study published by home builder adviser John Burns Consulting, student loan debt payments will cost the housing industry an estimated 414,000 transactions this year, totaling nearly $83 billion in sales. Ouch. It has long been speculated that crushing student loan debt is slowly eating away at an otherwise booming housing market. John Burns Consulting’s study takes a stab at exactly how much of an impact student loan debt is having on an otherwise steadily recovering market. How was the figure of $83 billion reached? Start with 5.9 million households under the age of 40 who are paying a minimum of $250 in student loan debt each month, which is nearly triple the 2.2 million college graduates that were in the same predicament in 2005. From there, assume that the average $250 monthly payment reduces the buying power of potential home owners by $44,000. If you think that’s bad, a $250 monthly payment is only average. Many graduates are paying significantly higher amounts, upwards of $1,000. The higher the student loan payment, the less they can commit to a mortgage. The study went on to speculate that graduates paying more than $750 have completely priced themselves out of the housing market. The study only looked at graduates between the ripe old ages of 20 through 40. While that may seem like a pretty sizable lot — especially given the fact that 35% of all households within that age bracket have monthly student loan payments of at least $250 — there are a large number of households over the age of 40 who are also carrying significant amounts of student loan debt. By that...

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Harvard Grad Hacks 2D Printer to Create 3D Printed Beauty Products

Oct 15, 14 Harvard Grad Hacks 2D Printer to Create 3D Printed Beauty Products

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A 30-year-old Harvard business school grad from Queens, NY, may just be about to turn the printing and cosmetic industries upside-down in one fell swoop. Grace Choi recently stunned attendees of a hackathon called MHacks at the University of Michigan by tearing apart an ordinary, 2D printer and converting it into a 3D printer for make-up. After the hackathon, she posted a video of herself transforming a simple $70 Hewlett Packard printer into a one-stop shop for custom eye-shadow, lipstick, blush and even nail polish. Once a printer is hacked, all that makeup enthusiasts need to do is select a color in Photoshop from a personal photo or a picture on the internet, enlarge it to a full page, and print it out on a small tray containing their chosen cosmetic using edible or vegetable ink. For eyeshadow and other powdered products, the color will only print on the surface of a white powder base, but Choi actually considers this an advantage of her design. People only have to print as much makeup as they need, and then they can reuse the base for another color. Since coming up with her discovery, Choi has founded a company called Mink, which she hopes to use to sell her printers to makeup enthusiasts everywhere. She went through about 20 printers before she settled on the one that would become the Mink prototype printer. At the moment she’s funding the one-woman company with her savings account. Choi told CNBC that “We’re giving women the power to have what they want, when they want it,” and calls her invention the “visual iTunes for beauty.” She hopes her invention will disrupt the beauty and printing industries. According to research from Consumer Report, many printer ink cartridge models delivered half or less of their ink to the page. Choi’s invention will help people get more out of their printers, as well as dodge high prices for makeup at department stores. Choi also hopes the Mink printer will help girls build...

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Good News for the Pumpkin Craze: It’s Good for Your Skin, Too!

Oct 13, 14 Good News for the Pumpkin Craze: It’s Good for Your Skin, Too!

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The leaves have begun to fall and there’s a nip in the air. Fall is back, and you know what that means: it’s pumpkin season. Sure, there are pumpkins to pick and carve into jack-o-lanterns for Halloween. But in the meantime, there are pumpkin spice lattes to drink, pumpkin muffins to eat, pumpkin candles to light, and even pumpkin-flavored ice cream, if that’s something you’re into. But as it turns out, the good old pumpkin has more advantages than just its seasonal spookiness, its delicious flavor, and its appealing scent. Pumpkin is good for you, too! According to, pumpkin puree is a great low-calorie, high-fiber food and is a good source of nutrients like beta-carotene and iron. Moreover, pumpkin is just as good for our outsides as it is for our insides. Pumpkin boasts a number of ingredients that can help solve problems like dry skin, oily skin, rough skin, and acne. In all likelihood, aging is also a concern for most women. The aging process typically starts in a woman’s mid-20s to early-30s. The best course of action for slowing or reversing the signs of aging is to take care of your skin. Moisture is key, not only for making skin look fresher and more youthful, but for avoiding the dry, flaky skin that is indicative of the coming winter weather. What better way to pamper and care for your skin in this festive fall season than with pumpkin? Here are some ideas and recipes to help incorporate pumpkin into your skincare regimen. Problem: Oily Skin Pumpkin Skincare Solution: Pumpkin Face Mask Two teaspoons pureed pumpkin pulp One and a half teaspoon honey One quarter teaspoon milk One quarter teaspoon apple cider vinegar or cranberry juice Combine ingredients, apply to face, and leave on for 10 minutes before rinsing off. Problem: Wrinkles Pumpkin Skincare Solution: Wrinkle-Combating Face Mask with Pumpkin Two tablespoons pumpkin One half teaspoon honey One half teaspoon milk Apply to a clean face, let set for 20 minutes then...

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For Returning Veterans, Adapting to Normal Life is an Everyday Struggle

Oct 08, 14 For Returning Veterans, Adapting to Normal Life is an Everyday Struggle

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After their time of service ends, many veterans have a difficult time re-adjusting to the lives they led before going into the military. And a shocking number of these veterans are falling through the cracks as a result. A recently released study conducted by the School of Social Work at the University of Southern California reveals just how dire the circumstances are for returning members of the military. The study found that among veterans returning to their homes in Los Angeles County, almost two-thirds reported being “unprepared for civilian life.” Eight out of 10 returning veterans don’t have a job when they come home. Nearly 40% of the veterans surveyed didn’t have a place to live. Perhaps most jarring: about one-third of veterans consider suicide at some point after returning home from duty. What could be the cause of such widespread dissonance among returning veterans? According to retired Army colonel and USC professor Carl Castro, one of the study’s authors, the answer may lie in the significant proportion of veterans who return home with mental and physical disabilities, most of which are left untreated. Approximately 45% of all veterans returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan seek compensation from the VA for their service-related injuries and disabilities, but not all are able to successfully file a claim. Left behind, these veterans with disabilities have an even tougher time re-adjusting to their normal lives. Castro told RTV 6 ABC that the military’s Transition Assistance Program should be expanded to provide more guidance to veterans with disabilities as they work toward rebuilding the lives they led before going to war. “(We need to) tell them, don’t minimize an injury or an illness you have,” Castro said. “Because here, the implications for minimizing an illness or an injury…become catastrophic…. If we did the same thing for heart disease and said, well, we know you’re having serious heart problems and it looks like you’re beginning to get congestive heart failure, but call us back when you have...

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