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Small Business, Big Opportunity

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First Solar Powered Plane About to Fly Across U.S.

With concerns about limited energy sources, solar power is becoming one of the hottest trends in tech development. Still, the fact that the first solar-powered plane has started a cross-country journey in the U.S. is incredible to most. The ultra-lightweight solar-powered plane, named Solar Impulse, is powered by the sun’s rays along with on-board batteries for reserve power. During it’s cross-country flight, not a drop of fuel will be utilized, making it the first flight of its kind.

The flight, which took off from San Francisco, California for the first of five segments of the trip, will reach an altitude of round 21,000 feet. A live feed on the plane’s website will broadcast the aircraft’s altitude, speed and location along with interior and exterior camera views. Two pilots, the founders of the plane, will take turns navigating.

That first leg of the trip concluded 18 hours after takeoff in Phoenix, Arizona. Although the plane travels much slower than traditional airlines (the average speed is about 43 miles per hour or 69 km per hour), the technology is still in development and further advances will likely lead to faster planes. Also, the plane’s costs are significantly diminished thanks to the use of solar power and battery power as opposed to fuel.

High fuel prices have caused air travel to become more expensive in more recent years. However, travelers have found great alternatives in terms of deals on accommodations and transportation which have allowed them to make up for that extra cost. New technologies like solar-powered flight may one day contribute to the growing means of transportation both in and around the U.S.

A few hurdles continue to stand in the way of solar power as a practical energy source for air flight. First, the plane’s lightweight design means that it cannot stand up to strong winds. Rain and clouds are also adverse conditions that which produce only minor setbacks for regular passenger planes while delaying a solar-powered flight for hours or even days.

Naturally, the inventors of this solar-powered airplane and the proponents of solar energy continue to work hard to improve the plane’s design and usability. For the time being, however, these achievements prove that we live in an exciting time where major advances in technology and green energy are being made each and every day.

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3 Ways to Make Your Cheap Apartment Look Less Terrible

Cheap Apartment

People who are just out of college often rent a cheap apartment once they land a full-time job. The cost of the apartment may be affordable, but don’t let cheapness take over the inside. You may be hesitant to have people over if you have a terrible looking apartment. Many cheap apartments are often small to fit one person. However, there are creative ways to make areas in a cheap apartment look less terrible.

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How To Get Recruited After College

After the last final is completed and the last assignment is turned in, it’s tempting to think that the hard work is over. No more deadlines, expectations, projects or long nights. The reality is, of course, quite different. The honeymoon period of being done with college doesn’t last long, and the new graduate must turn his or her thoughts to putting their hard-earned degree to use. If only there was a simple way of knowing how to do it. Here are some ideas on how to get recruited after college.

Stand Up And Be Counted

The only problem with graduating and looking for a job is that there will be thousands of people trying to do the same thing you are, at the same time. That’s why it’s critically important to get noticed. Sign up and/or volunteer for events, activities and competitions where recruiters will be. Given how prospective employers can – and will – scour the Internet for information on the people they want to hire, seeing something positive, like a proactive interest in their field, will go a long way in separating a serious candidate from someone who doesn’t really care.

Stand Out And Be Counted

Because employers and recruiters keep one eye on the Internet to assess their potential employees, it’s vital for the aspiring graduate to maintain a smart online presence. This doesn’t just mean keeping embarrassing and personal details hidden, although that’s fundamentally important as well. It means a LinkedIn profile, an account with Monster.com or Jobs.com, a presentable Facebook profile, even a well-maintained blog – anything that will look good to a recruiter, and say that you are able and willing to stand out from a very large crowd of other people looking at the same job.

Be First In Line

With thousands of other people applying for jobs all at the same time, timing is everything. An early job offer can make a very favorable impression with an employer, especially when many more are on the way from people who assume that they’re ahead of the game themselves.

Teachers Beyond the Classrooms

After graduating, professors are more than just memories from days gone by: they are vital resources to help you get moving in the professional world. Writing letters of recommendation is the easy part (assuming you’ve done enough to earn them). The advice that professors can give, on the other hand, is invaluable. Remember: your professors were once like you, just out of school (maybe a PETAP-approved one) fresh degree in hand, and wondering how and where they were going to start their real lives. They’ll have some idea of the problems and challenges you’ll face as you make the transition from the classroom to the office, and having spent the last few years teaching you, they’ll help you leverage your strengths and weaknesses to get ahead.

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10 Ways Plumbers Use Technology to Keep Your Pipes Clean

Part of owning a home or renting is making home repairs. For the most part, home maintenance is pretty easy to keep up with without having to call in a professional for extra help, but when it comes to the pipes and drains in a home big problems can occur if a problem goes unfixed. Plumbers do more than just unclogging drains; they can solve problems with leaks, floods, frozen or broken pipes, even water heater repair. To help them, professionals use a collection of tools and technologies to fix any plumbing problem.

Here are ten ways that those tools are commonly used:

1      Epoxy pipe lining is a common product that is used by plumbers. If there is a break in a pipe, rather than replace the entire length of pipe they can sandblast the inside– removing all debris that has built up– and coat the sides with epoxy. This creates a tight seal and the pipe is like-new.

2      Plumbers can use video cameras to inspect pipes for damage. Often, it’s hard to tell exactly what the problem is from the outside, whether the pipe is broken, split, or backed up. A video of a sewer line will help a plumber assess the problem and proceed from there.

3      Hydro-jets are commonly used by plumbers to break up clogs in pipes. High velocity water is shot into the blocked pipe to push away everything that is obscuring it, leaving the pipe fully functional.

4      Trenchless sewer repair and pipe bursting are the most convenient ways to repair broken sewer lines and save the landscaping of a property. Pipe bursting is a technique which removes the existing, broken pipes and leaves holes in the ground which act as a map for where to lay the new pipe.

5      Pipe cutters and tube cutters are essential tools for a plumber to make precise cuts in the pipes and tubes they will use.

6      Drain augers are long, snake-like tools that are used to break up clogs in a pipe. They range from simple plastic rods that anyone can use to fix a clogged pipe themselves, to powerful augers used by professionals which can break up huge blocks in a sewer system.

7      Industrial strength pumps are used to remove flood water resulting from a break or a leak, or just from a storm which flooded basements. Flooding can obviously result in extensive water damage, and stagnant water can become hazardous if left for long.

8      Insulation, heat tape, and heat cables are the best way to prevent exposed pipes from freezing. If pipes freeze, plumbers can help unfreeze them and repair any breaks that occur as a result.

9      In sewer systems, tree roots can often obstruct the flow through the pipes. Plumbers can offer tips for root maintenance or reroute pipes.

10   Power rodding is one of the more powerful techniques used to remove blocks in pipes. Cables are used to move blades clockwise and counterclockwise to break apart stubborn blockage or tree roots.

Finding a Plumber

Companies like Bob Oates Plumbing, Sewer and Rooter offer services in an array of areas, from preventative treatments on pipes and replacements to fixing breaks and floods. Their website is home to information about all of their services as well as an easy calculator to estimate the cost of any repair. When a plumbing problem gets to be too much, anyone’s best bet is to call in a professional who can use their specialized tools and expertise.

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Tips for Buying Life Insurance

Life insurance is an important component of financial planning. Unfortunately, finding the right product and price is a daunting task, especially with so many options available. From picking the right terms to understanding the clauses, there is a lot for you to sift through when you first get started. Therefore, consider some of these tips for buying life insurance to make sure you pick the right policy for you.

 

Consider Your Needs

Only you can understand your financial situation. Therefore, only you can decide how much life insurance you need – not the broker. You can estimate your coverage by adding your debt together, funeral costs and at least six months of your income and expenses. This total is your minimum coverage required if you choose to purchase life insurance.

 

Talk to a Broker

Brokers have access to a wide variety of life insurance products and services. They can offer advice and even different options so that you can choose the right life insurance policy for you. You should use an independent broker so that you are not pushed by a broker on a life insurance policy because it is the only policy their company offers.

 

Avoid One-Meeting Recommends

After you meet with your broker, you should have a secondary meeting to come up with life insurance options. If your broker comes up with options at your meeting, they are not getting to know you on a personal enough level to recommend life insurance. Brokers who are serious about life insurance will use the initial appointment to get to know their clients so that they can research and find the best polices for them and present them at a second meeting.

 

Insurance is For Protection Only

If your broker tells you that life insurance is an investment r offers policies that have a combined investment factor, back away. Life insurance at its most basic level is for protection only – not an investment. Therefore, policies should be for protecting your loved ones and your estate and not be for investing.

 

Comparison Shop with Similar Products

When you comparison shop, it is only effective if you are comparing similar products. While some online tools compare similar life insurance policies side-by-side, others require you to read the fine print. So, make sure you read the terms, monthly or annual premium amounts, exclusions and rules to ensure that you are comparing two similar life insurance policies – even if they are provided by a broker.

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Santa Fe Breathes Fresh Air

Air Pollution

The air we breath. It’s often taken for granted despite decades of messages getting hammered into our heads by activists, lawmakers, and former Vice Presidents. While things are definitely getting better with more people, technologies, and laws focused on improving air quality, there is still a long way to go for many cities in the US.

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Greening it Up on the Drive

Commuting

Despite the trend of working from home rather than driving to the office, commuting on the roads is still a reality for millions of Americans. Rising gas prices have many people contemplating changing cars or even changing jobs. It’s starting to get ridiculous.

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