Why you should eat more broccoli

We all know, or at least fear, the long-term health risks of air pollution. What if there was a way to rid your body of airborne cancer-causing chemicals and lung iritants? Well there might be… but if you’re averse to eating broccoli or other cruciferous vegetables, it may not be for you.

Source: Morgue File

Source: Morgue File

Very interesting results from a clinical trial in China has found that a beverage of broccoli sprouts, a source of glucoraphanin, and sulforaphane helped increase excretion of two air pollutants in almost 300 Chinese men and women. Results were immediate in the increase of excertion of benzene and acrolein.

See more of the results and what is being done to cut the health risks of air pollution, which according to the World Health Organization, causes as many as 7 million deaths each year.

Futurity.org: http://www.futurity.org/broccoli-drink-flushes-air-pollution-body/
American Association for Cancer Research: http://cancerpreventionresearch.aacrjournals.org/content/early/2014/06/07/1940-6207.CAPR-14-0103.abstract

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17 Things People Born In The Late 80s Are Currently Experiencing

So true. Such is life I guess, but I’m not ready just yet for these types of realities.

Thought Catalog

Scott Pilgrim vs. the WorldScott Pilgrim vs. the World

1. The troubling realization that you can in fact accomplish anything in life, if only you could figure out exactly what it is that you want to do. It feels as if you had a menu in hand and anxiously, hungrily waited for 20-something years, then when the universe came over to take your order, you didn’t have the slightest clue what you want.

2. Your high school reunion isn’t far away and you’re not quite sure where those ten years went. Maybe in 2-3 years or so, when it actually happens it’ll actually feel like a decade ago, but right now? Not even close.

3. This is a complex stretch of life because when it comes to big screw-ups, you aren’t young enough for youth to be an acceptable excuse but you also don’t necessarily feel like a full-fledged, sufficiently equipped, capable adult.

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8 ways to become a LinkedIn rock star (Part 2)

Last week, I shared four steps to help you separate yourself from the pack on LinkedIn in part one. Doing little things right, like optimizing your LinkedIn profile, utilizing LinkedIn tools, and maintaining an active presence online, are just a few. Here are four more ways you can use common social selling techniques to amplify your experience on LinkedIn.

1. Prospect smarter by using advanced search. Identify relevant prospects through filtering – by region, industry, title, etc. Also, target second-degree connections first to help leverage introductions by your close contacts.

2. If you prospect weekly, or even daily, on LinkedIn, consider saving your searches to save time and setting up alerts when people leave or join companies. The Save Search button is available in the top right corner of the advanced search tool.

3. LinkedIn Groups provide a place for professionals to join relevant conversations, educate themselves in a market or on a topic, and provide insights and thought-leadership. Add value to discussions, and you may find a captive audience of prospects.

4. Amplify your expertise by leveraging the Skills & Expertise feature of LinkedIn. Having a helpful skill listed on your profile helps add to your credibility and increases your appearance in relevant search results.

Consider the four tactics I shared in part one, and try tackling these items this week. How are you working toward becoming a rock star on LinkedIn?

Could Gouda stop tornados? No, but these articles are interesting…

Curating content is one of the many tasks I perform in my current position. So lucky for me (and you reading), I stumble upon some interesting articles across the web. Here are few of the ones I found interesting today:

Great Gouda! World’s oldest cheese found – on mummies
This post from USA TODAY was fascinating. They found cheese on mummies in northwestern China. The scientists believe this cheese was made with a starter containing a mix of bacteria and yeast, similar to kefir made today. It’s interesting because it’s contradictory to most cheese made modern day, that is made with rennet. Anyway, this cheese (and the mummies) date back to as early as 1615 BC… luckily it’s not some stinky cheese!
Check it out: http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2014/02/25/worlds-oldest-cheese/5776373/

4.4 billion-year-old crystal is the oldest piece of Earth
I LOVE science and pondering the beginning of the Universe. I’m no scientist, so I must rely on the fascinating articles I read in books and magazines. CNN reported today that scientists have dated a zircon crystal in Western Australia that is – GET THIS – 4.4 billion years old. For reference… scientists believe the earth is 4.5 billion years old. They also used an extensive form of dating to figure this number out. Super interesting read on the beginning of our planet!
Nerd alert: http://www.cnn.com/2014/02/24/world/oldest-earth-fragment/index.html

Can giant walls protect the USA from tornadoes?
Okay, this one is a bit of a stretch. I found it interest (again because I’m a science nerd like that) and because well… I just don’t believe it. I’m still not sure what to think, because I believe the meteorolist cited at the end of the article who called the theory “nonsense.” I’m with ya!
Lunacy starts here: http://www.usatoday.com/story/weather/2014/02/25/giant-walls-tornado-alley/5808887/

NFL, Cardinals, Superbowl committee sound off on SB 1062
The 2015 Super Bowl is scheduled to be played in Arizona and the NFL and Super Bowl committee are challenging the Senate Bill (1062). Basically the bill allows businesses the right to refuse service to anyone if the owner’s religious beliefs are at stake. I love that these big time organizations could change the big game next year because they so value tolerance and inclusiveness. Way to go NFL!
Sound off: http://www.kpho.com/story/24813943/nfl-cardinals-super-bowl-committee-sound-off-on-sb-1062

Watch the Great Lakes Freeze Over

Super cool! I love seeing videos like this, especially this one after the bitter cold winter we’ve been having. Thanks polar vortex 😛

Science & Space

You can measure a winter in many ways: temperature records, snow cover, even travel delays. But to truly see how frigid this winter has been—at least for the eastern half of the U.S.—you need to go way up. Satellite imagery shows that an incredible 88% of the Great Lakes—Superior, Michigan, Huron, Ontario and Erie—are now frozen over. That’s the largest ice cover the Great Lakes have experienced since 1994, and it means that there is an astounding 82,940 sq. miles (214,814 sq. km) of ice covering the biggest collection of fresh water in the world.

How unusual is this? Since 1973, the average maximum ice cover extent for the Great Lakes has been just 50%, and in those four decades, the ice extent has surpassed 80% just five times. (In 2002, just 9.5% of the Great Lakes froze over during the winter, the lowest extent on…

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Thoughts on the new Twitter redesign?

LinkedIn tip
Recently, many university pages have been updated to a new look that includes a more advanced search feature. Use the alumni search feature to find connections from college, and even high school.

LinkedIn update
LinkedIn is shifting its focus away from certain individual products to concentrate on long-term investments this year. Some products that will be shutting down include Intro, Slidecast, and support for old versions of the iPad app.

See the announcement, changes, and shutdown dates at the LinkedIn Official Blog.

Twitter tip
The foundation of a successful Twitter account is a reputation for being a reliable source of information for your network. False information spreads quickly online, so do your best to verify everything you tweet and only share from reliable sources.

Twitter update
Twitter is currently testing a major profile redesign that looks a lot like Facebook and Google+. This new look is quietly being tested in a small, random pool of users so you are unlikely to be affected just yet.

See what the Twitter redesign might look like upon its wide range release at Mashable.