Useful Infographic on Picking Seasonal Fruits and Vegetables

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If you’ve ever wandered the produce aisle of your local grocery market, searching for the produce person to tell you which fruits and vegetables are “in season,” do we have something for you. Column Five Media took information from The Center for Urban Education and Sustainable Agriculture to create this extremely helpful infographic called The Bountiful Year. Like any chef or hardcore foodie will tell you, there’s nothing like the taste of fruits and vegetables that have been harvested in their peak season. Strawberries taste sweeter, tomatoes are juicer, and all around, everything looks and tastes as you imagine it (or better).

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Solar Impulse – Solar airplane (VIDEO)

Solar Impulse — a revolutionary innovative project leveraging technological prowess and the spirit of adventure by means of an airplane — has completed the historic crossing of the United States, west to east, over a 2-month period in the summer of 2013

India, Bangladesh, UK join hands to honour Rabindranath Tagore

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India, Bangladesh and the United Kingdom joined hands to honour Rabindranath Tagore, one of the greatest poets of the Commonwealth, at the mother of parliaments – the House of Commons.

Speaking at a landmark event on Thursday evening at a packed committee room of the Palace of Westminster – as the houses of parliament in Britain are referred to – India’s High Commissioner to the UK, Ranjan Mathai, said: “Tagore was one of the most celebrated sons of India, a towering figure, who wrote our national anthem. The range of his achievements are extraordinary – literature, music, art.”

Bangladesh’s High Commissioner Mohamed Mijarul Quayes declared: “Tagore imparted greater glory to the Nobel Prize than the Nobel did to him.”

The event was hosted by Virendra Sharma, Labour party MP for the west London constituency of Ealing Southall. He remarked: “There are strong links between Tagore and the UK. British poets such as W B Yeats played a major role in Tagore becoming the first non-European, non-American, non-white to win the Nobel Prize.”

Tagore in Balatonfured. On his right are Nirmal Kumari (Rani) and Prashanta Mahalanobis.

Nrityakala Dance Heritage, a London-based cultural body, collaborated with Sharma to organise the momentous occasion. Its patron, Lord Dholakia of the Liberal Democrat party, stated: “We should celebrate the fact that a major figure like Tagore is welcomed in the Palace of Westminster, reflecting a multi-cultural Britain.”

5 Things Super Successful People Do Before 8 AM

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1. Exercise. I’ve said it once, I’ll say it again. Most people that work out daily, work out in the morning. Whether it’s a morning yoga session or a trip to the gym, exercising before work gives you a boost of energy for the day and that deserved sense of accomplishment. Anyone can tackle a pile of paperwork after 200 ab reps! Morning workouts also eliminate the possibility of flaking out on your cardio after a long day at work. Even if you aren’t bright eyed and bushy tailed at the thought of a 5 am jog, try waking up 15 minutes early for a quick bedside set of pushups or stretching. It’ll help wake up your body, and prep you for your day.

2. Map Out Your Day. Maximize your potential by mapping out your schedule for the day, as well as your goals and to dos. The morning is a good time for this as it is often one of the only quiet times a person gets throughout the day. The early hours foster easier reflection that helps when prioritizing your activities. They also allow for uninterrupted problem solving when trying to fit everything into your timetable. While scheduling, don’t forget about your mental health. Plan a 10 minute break after that stressful meeting for a quick walk around the block or a moment of meditation at your desk. Trying to eat healthy? Schedule a small window in the evening to pack a few nutritious snacks to bring to work the next day.

3. Eat a Healthy Breakfast. We all know that rush out the door with a cup of coffee and an empty stomach feeling. You sit down at your desk, and you’re already wondering how early that taco truck sets up camp outside your office. No good. Take that extra time in the morning to fuel your body for the tasks ahead of it. It will help keep you mind on what’s at hand and not your growling stomach. Not only is breakfast good for your physical health, it is also a good time to connect socially. Even five minutes of talking with your kids or spouse while eating a quick bowl of oatmeal can boost your spirits before heading out the door.

4. Visualization. These days we talk about our physical health ad nauseam, but sometimes our mental health gets overlooked. The morning is the perfect time to spend some quiet time inside your mind meditating or visualizing. Take a moment to visualize your day ahead of you, focusing on the successes you will have. Even just a minute of visualization and positive thinking can help improve your mood and outlook on your work load for the day.

5. Make Your Day Top Heavy. We all have that one item on our to do list that we dread. It looms over you all day (or week) until you finally suck it up and do it after much procrastination. Here’s an easy tip to save yourself the stress – do that least desirable task on your list first. Instead of anticipating the unpleasantness of it from first coffee through your lunch break, get it out of the way. The morning is the time when you are (generally) more well rested and your energy level is up. Therefore, you are more well equipped to handle more difficult projects. And look at it this way, your day will get progressively easier, not the other way around. By the time your work day is ending, you’re winding down with easier to dos and heading into your free time more relaxed. Success!

Sherpas Demand More Job Protections After Deadly Avalanche

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NEW DELHI — The 22 Sherpas who set out together toward Mount Everest’s Camp 2 on Friday morning were “full of joy and excitement,” but Kaji Sherpa was apprehensive: They were crossing a notoriously dangerous ice field, and they were moving too slowly.

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Two of the ladders used to bridge deep crevasses had broken, perhaps under the weight of ice that had fallen the previous night, and the Sherpas were backed up, carrying heavy loads of equipment for their clients. Kaji Sherpa, 39, took a wary look at the jam and sped ahead, so he was some distance away when the avalanche came.

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“A cliff of snow, like a house, came directly toward us, and many were killed at the same time,” he said from his hospital bed in Katmandu, Nepal, where he was being treated for broken ribs. “There was nowhere to escape. If there was an open field, we could have dropped the baggage and escaped. But there was snow all around us that could have easily fallen if we stepped on it. So we were helpless.”

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During the four-hour wait for help, he heard cries of pain from the dying, he said, and when he was able to look around he saw “the hands and legs of climbers scattered around the avalanche site.” By Sunday, he had come to a decision: He would not scale Mount Everest again, ending his life’s work of preparing the long ascent for Western clients who wait at lower camps.

A daughter of Ang Kaji Sherpa, who was among at least 13 Sherpa guides killed in an avalanche, waited for his body at a monastery in Katmandu, Nepal.CreditNarendra Shrestha/European Pressphoto Agency

“For me, it is better not to climb from this time onwards,” he said. “The Sherpas have suffered a lot. Those who stay at the base camp get food round the clock, while the Sherpa has to climb the mountain with an empty belly. He has to walk in the night all the time, as there is the risk of ice melting in the morning.”

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Three days have passed since an avalanche killed at least 13 Sherpasas they carried gear for international expedition groups. It was the worst single-day death toll in the mountain’s history, and it has focused a spotlight on the role of the local Sherpas, members of an ethnic group renowned for their skill at high-altitude climbing. They earn $3,000 to $5,000 a season — two to three months — and put themselves at great risk for affluent clients.

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On Sunday, disappointed at the Nepali government’s offer of 40,000 rupees, or about $408, as compensation for the families of the dead, some Sherpas gathered at Everest’s base camp proposed a “work stoppage” that could disrupt or cancel the 334 expeditions planned for the 2014 climbing season.

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Such a strike would be unprecedented, according to Ang Tshering Sherpa, president of the Nepal Mountaineering Association, who has pressed the government to increase the compensation package to $1,041 per family. He added that Sherpas were divided over whether to continue scaling Everest.

The dispute “has not yet been resolved,” he said.

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The tension promises to heighten on Monday, when groups of Sherpas plan to carry the bodies of their dead colleagues through the streets of Katmandu, Nepal’s capital.

Many of the international commercial teams still at the base camp are weighing whether to continue their push to the summit or abandon their expeditions. Everest is attracting more climbers each year, most of them members of groups that pay professional Western guides to lead them up the mountain. Clients prepare for months or years, often investing tens of thousands of dollars, and some experts said they would be unlikely to turn around.

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“I don’t think this is going to slow down the machine, which will escalate through May,” said David Roberts, a climber and the author of several books about climbing. “Even though it is the greatest tragedy in the history of Everest, right now at base camp they are saying, ‘This is a tragedy, but we have paid all this money to get here.’ ”

“There is even this macho sense of getting back on their horse,” he added.

Some climbers, however, said their passion for the ascent was gone. Ed Marzec, 67, a retired lawyer from Los Angeles, said he had insisted his expedition include Asha Gurung, 28, a Sherpa, in part because Mr. Gurung had saved his life on an earlier trek. Mr. Gurung — the father of two children, ages 1 and 3 — is one of three men who are missing and presumed dead on the ice field, ridged with deep crevasses.

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“He would never want to talk about it, he said it was part of his job, and now he is under tons and tons of ice and snow and he is not able to come back,” Mr. Marzec said in a phone interview, his voice cracking. Mr. Marzec said he had spent two years training for the ascent and invested about $100,000 of his own money, but would cancel his expedition if the Sherpas declared a strike.

“This is the least I can do,” he said. “If you see people going up, they are people so wrapped up in themselves that they don’t understand the bigger picture. The mountain will be there next year, and for the next thousand years. This is the first chance the Sherpas will have to put themselves out there, and I hope they get some benefit from it.”

Mr. Marzec said on his website that large American tour operators were pressing the Sherpas to back off the threat of a strike. “I am ashamed by our greed and embarrassed by our lack of compassion,” he wrote.

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Alan Arnette, a climbing expert who runs a respected website, said about 1,000 mountaineers were on Everest now, at the start of the season. Of those, about 600 are Sherpas. The rest are mostly on commercial teams that pay upward of $40,000 to be guided to the summit. Among the expeditions whose Sherpas were killed was a team from the Discovery Channel that had planned to film the first winged jumpsuit flight off the summit of Everest.

“I am safe at base camp but I have lost my Sherpa team in the avalanche yesterday,” Joby Ogwyn, the star of the channel’s “Everest Jump Live,” wrote in a Facebook post on Friday. “These men were the salt of the earth. Far better men than me. My heart is broken.”

On Sunday, the channel announced that it was canceling the event. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the whole Sherpa community,” it said in a statement.

Tech of Tomorrow: 10 Innovative Gadgets for a Better 2014

NEST PROTECT SMOKE DETECTOR

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The creator of the iPod, ex-Apple design exec Tony Fadell, has continued to invent revolutionary technologies since creating his own company, Nest.  The Nest Protect Smoke Detector is Fadell’s latest, a high-design smoke alarm system with plenty of advanced functionality.  Nest Protect alerts you and your family about smoke, carbon monoxide and other dangers with a firm voice, information about the location of the problem and a message to your mobile device.  Nest Protect is also adored for what it doesn’t do– it won’t chirp throughout the night when it’s low on battery, and it won’t produce false positives when you’re preparing a meal in the kitchen.  It’s just a smart, stylish and informative little device designed to save lives.

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EARL BACKCOUNTRY SURVIVAL TABLET

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Let’s face it, most of the tablets available today are built for low-intensity indoor use.  It’s a shame, because a lot of the power and functionality of tablet computing could be useful in adventurous scenarios.  Fortunately, a surprise tablet arrived this year that is heading toward wide availability– the Earl Backcountry Survival Tablet.  This rugged tablet is built for camping, exploring and adventure, providing a map and navigation system, an emergency radio, two-way communication systems and a lamp with solar charging on its rear panel.  It’s as advanced as it gets, using a custom Android operating system and an e-ink display that provides a range of important information in a simple layout.  While your typical tablet is a nice luxury, it won’t hold up to one of these in survival scenarios.

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LEHMANN GOPRO PERSONAL UAV

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There are many peaceful purposes for unmanned aerial drones, and this technology is finally trickling down to civilian applications.  One noteworthy new product is the Lehmann GoPro Personal UAV, a fixed-wing aerial drone capable of flight to 300 feet for up to 5 minutes at a time.  It’s ideal for mapping, exploring, photography and videography, and it carries a GoPro payload for high definition recording.  It’s pricey, starting at $1300 without a GoPro, but it carries with it a lot of promise for peaceful applications.  Interested in this kind of thing?  Check out our exploration of 7 high tech drones for sale today.

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APPLE MAC PRO

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Is the new Apple Mac Pro innovative?  It represents a significant effort in design and technology in Apple’s post-Jobs era, and its significance thus far is a success.  It was Mac’s early desktop computers that built its association with creatives like music producers, photographers, graphic designers and film editors.  While the brand grew exponentially on its consumer products division, this stunning new “obelisk” of a desktop computer suggests a return to its roots.  It is powerful, featuring up to 12 cores of Intel Xeon E5 processors, plus dual GPU systems and all the flash storage one could desire.  For creatives, like the film producers that have relied on Mac in the past, it is built to handle 4k video without a single stutter, one of the most demanding creative tasks one could force onto a computer today.  Upon its arrival, this might be the greatest step forward in desktop computing in some time.  Long live the Mac Pro.

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TITAN ARM EXOSKELETON

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One of the most coveted honors an inventor or product designer could hope for is the James Dyson award, an achievement given to one revolutionary design each year.  The 2013 winner is the Titan Arm Exoskeleton, a bionic arm of sorts that provides a lift-and-motion assist to those recovering from injury or stroke.  It’s not only powerful and promising, it’s affordable.  Compared to other prosthetics, the Titan Arm Exoskeleton can be delivered for under $2,000, which could be brought down much further with government and insurance subsidies.  It is the prototype of four students at the University of Pennsylvania, a group who is likely to achieve plenty post-graduation.

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FLYKLY SMART WHEEL ELECTRIC HUB

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With the Flykly Smart Wheel, the bike of the future could be the one you already own.  This wheel is designed to replace the rear wheel on your current bike to provide an electric pedal assist for long rides or dynamic terrain.  Just pedal away, and the Flykly Smart Wheel provides additional power to cruise at up to 25mph at an otherwise leisurely pace.  Inside the white case of the Smart Wheel is both a battery and a motor that are controlled by an app on your smartphone.  It controls how much power the Smart Wheel provides, it informs you of remaining charge and it can even tell you if your bike is taken from where you parked it (and it’ll track to its destination).  It’s an incredible tool for a commuter, one that won’t require the purchase of a new bike and can help you on long rides when you don’t have the full effort available.

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ADOBE MIGHTY PEN AND NAPOLEON RULER

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Drafting and illustration sure have changed over the last decade.  What used to be done with a pencil and ruler on paper is now done with a mouse or a tablet-stylus.  Some of that functionality has been gone for years in this new digital environment, but the people at Adobe understand what has been lost.  Their new Adobe Mighty Pen and Napoleon Ruler present traditional drafting and illustrative functionality, which had been around for hundreds of years, for their latest suite of creative software tools.  This is an emphasis that producers of technology are continuing to work toward– bringing tried and true analog functionality into digital environments.

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AMAZON PRIME AIR

Our talk of peaceful applications of drone technology continues, this time for commercial package delivery.  Amazon recently revealed Amazon Prime Air, a prospective air delivery system that would use drones to deliver packages to customers.  It’s a big idea, the type of thing Amazon has never shied away from, and it could have real world implications sooner than one would think.  It does have its pitfalls, for example– what happens when a drone crashes and the package is lost?  Those are the things Amazon will iron out if they want to begin testing this new technology in select cities.  Funny enough, this idea may have had its roots in a spoof campaign for a Mexican restaurant that would use drones to deliver burritos.  Check out the Burrito Bomber website for more.

CADILLAC CUE

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Voice commands, touchscreens and haptic feedback are active in most consumer technologies today– but why not cars?  The Cadillac CUE is a prime example of next gen controls like these in the automobiles of tomorrow, providing information, media, navigation and communication to accompany the perfect drive.  Like the 2014 Cadillac CTS (arriving early 2014), Cadillac CUE has continued to evolve to provide the information-rich experience a modern driver would desire on the road.

AUGUST SMART LOCK

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Like the Nest Protect above, there has been a little revolution in home consumer technologies recently.  The latest is the August Smart Lock, a “digital doorman” that provides an alternative to key-based entry to you can allow and prevent different guests from entering your home.  Want to let in your cousin or a repair tech?  Just use the August app to send them an invitation to enter your home.  Once the repair person has departed, you can turn off that invitation so they can no longer enter your home.  Confused about who was in your home when you were not?  August keeps a record of everyone who has used the service to enter your home.  It’s a secure system, based on the inside of your door so the outer entryway remains the way it was before.  But the interior technology, battery-powered and separated from your power and internet systems, is what makes August so special.  If you’re in a jam, don’t worry– the good old fashioned key will always work.

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