Want to become an instant vegetarian? Go find a Lone Star tick!

Seriously, it is that simple!

Those Lone Star ticks or Amblyomma americanum actually make you allergic to meat once they have bitten you!

140220102727-largeThis reaction is caused by a sugar (Galactose-alpha-1,3-galactose) that is passed from the tick to the host that isn’t naturally seen in a mammal.

This is a ‘relatively’ minor symptom of a bite from a Lone Star tick.  Other symptoms include the feeling of being on fire and the inability to breathe. Most can still eat chicken and fish when bitten from this tick, but some dairy products may trigger a reaction.

But, watch out..it could take up to eight hours for the onset of a meat allergy to occur.

 

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Submit Your Custom Game Map for Heroes of Newerth and You Could Win $4,000!

There’s a contest. The Heroes of Newerth’s Expanding Sol’s Theater contest!

All you have to do is build a custom map and if you win, it becomes a playable map on Heroes of Newerth!

1st place – Map submitted into the game AND $4,000!

2nd place – $2,500!

3rd place – $1,500!

Winners will be announced on November 7th..so get to it, my little worker ants!

Learn more about the Heroes of Newerth contest here.

I Want a Shrinky Dinks Robot!

First off, HI everyone! It has surely been a long time since I posted anything here. But here I am!

Anyway, I’m here to share my giggly excitement about a simply, cute little “robot”. Some engineers apparently made a little robot out of paper and shrinky dinks. This little guy crawls without any 140807145900-largeassistance from the engineers!

“Getting a robot to assemble itself autonomously and actually perform a function has been a milestone we’ve been chasing for many years,” said senior author Rob Wood, Ph.D., a Core Faculty member at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University and the Charles River Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS). The team included engineers and computer scientists from the Wyss Institute, SEAS, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Even though it is so simple, we are going in the right direction into building robots that assemble themselves into workable form. I’d say that is an accomplishment.

Included in the build of this little guy, engineers added a two motors, two batteries, and a micro-controller.

You can read more here.

Happy One Year Anniversary to the Mars Curiosity Rover!

It seems just like yesterday that I was watching the successful landing of our beloved Curiosity on Mars. Well, it has been a year already. Here’s to many more successful years of giving us breakthrough observations from our red neighbor!

Below, I have provided you with a video (not mine!) of a recap of what this curious rover has been up to for the past year!

Twelve months of work…in two minutes!

Can the Theory of Evolution and Religion Coexist

English: German-born theoretical physicist Alb...

English: German-born theoretical physicist Albert Einstein. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I believe in God, but I also have a huge belief in scientific theories and evolution is one of my big ones. Like it is ingrained in my mind, so to speak.  As if it is a natural occurrence that has happened to the human species and I cannot shake it off – nor would I want to.

According to an article on Haaretz.com, 92% of Americans believe in God, but only 16% believe in the theory of evolution. While the theory has fewer believers, that also means that some that believe in God also believe in the theory.

While this is a touchy subject, I’m leaving my opinion here and mine alone. I will NOT tell you what to believe. Not many believe in the co-existence of religion and this theory. In fact, 93% of scientists are atheists or agnostics.

Agree or disagree, that is just fine with me. But, I feel this theory of evolution can come hand in hand with God(s) in some way or another.

Mr. Einstein was a genius in so many ways…

“Science without religion is lame; religion without science is blind.”

I’ve had conversations with people that say there couldn’t be other life out there, because of their religious beliefs.  I always come back with a response such as, “If God created the Universe, why couldn’t he have created other creatures on other worlds?”

Science without the ideas of religion still holds validity with my beliefs, but I still believe in a God.

This post is in no means to offend anyone, but can these beliefs ever be mainstream as one?

The Blind Egocentric Mind

Let’s get this straight – a big ego is a horrible color on anybody.

I’ve always been a modest type of person that looked after others. But, I’ve known many self-centered people that couldn’t fit their heads through the doors.

Don’t get me wrong, it is okay to put yourself high on the list.

In my opinion, people that have big egos are blind.

They are blind to what really matters and their values are skewed. Sure, everyone wants to be successful and get what they want. But, with a large ego other people may back down and keep their distance which could actually give you the opposite result – failure.

Some believe that an egocentric mind is no different from one that is a narcissist. I can see why people could think that, but are they really wired the same?

Here are some signs/symptoms of a narcissist:

  • Believing that you’re better than others
  • Fantasizing about power, success and attractiveness
  • Exaggerating your achievements or talents
  • Expecting constant praise and admiration
  • Believing that you’re special and acting accordingly
  • Failing to recognize other people’s emotions and feelings
  • Expecting others to go along with your ideas and plans
  • Taking advantage of others
  • Expressing disdain for those you feel are inferior
  • Being jealous of others
  • Believing that others are jealous of you
  • Trouble keeping healthy relationships
  • Setting unrealistic goals
  • Being easily hurt and rejected
  • Having a fragile self-esteem
  • Appearing as tough-minded or unemotional

You may know people with some of these listed above, but don’t fret – it may just be over-confidence. A narcissist would put themselves “above” everyone else, but someone that doesn’t have this disorder would still consider themselves worth as much as everyone else.

Blindness is included in narcissism as well as a big ego, because people do not see outside themselves and only see what will benefit them. They are blind to other people’s feelings, values, and their own morals (or what should be).  This is unfortunate and could affect everyone that knows the person, especially if it is more than a big ego.

I have seen the fall of connections towards friends and family that had these characteristics and it is hurtful to everyone that tries to stay connected. A large ego, I can deal with, but no one can deal with the constant hatred that comes from someone that feels like they should have the right to hurt others.

 

The Moto X has been unleashed… to a resounding “meh.”

Today Google / Motorola unveiled their new baby, the Moto X. The phone has been assembled (That’s a key word here, no one is claiming the parts are manufactured here) in the USA, and sports customizable looks, if you are on AT&T anyway. The phone has a 4.7″ 720p screen which should look great but just can’t outclass the newest flagships from HTC and Samsung.

The X sports a dual core, 1.7Ghz processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB or 32GB storage and Android 4.2.2.

The price is said to be $199 on contract. If this phone were to come out last year I would have been drooling just to touch one, but with superphones like the Droid DNA being offered at $50 on contract or even the Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One for $99 I can’t see a compelling reason to jump on this one.

I really wanted Motorola to pull this off. Competition is an excellent thing in the smartphone world, and it makes things better for us as consumers but if they are going to topple Samsung off of the Android high horse, Motorola is really going to have to up their game.

Good luck, Moto, you’ll need it…