April 2019

Nuclear Reactors 672 - China Has Decided To Use Their Own Hualong One Reactor Design To Expand Their Nuclear Reactor Fleet

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Diagram cooling systems of Hualong One:

       China has been a strong proponent of nuclear power. They have announced ambitious programs to build and operate many new nuclear power reactors to feed their growing economy with the electricity it needs. However, the 2011 Fukushima disaster had a serious impact on their ambitious building program.

Edible Six-Pack Rings

Innovation, creativity, problem-solving... these are the qualities that make a great entrepreneur today and I love what this local beer company is doing with all three! Saltwater Brewing is making six-pack rings that are not only biodegradable but edible, preventing loss of life when wildlife try to eat or get stuck in the rings. The company's model should not just be embraced but be made into a mandatory law for every seller of six packs!

Mental Health Check-In At School

A teacher has created a mental health check-in board for their students and I couldn't love this idea more. It is SUCH a fantastic idea! I remember when I struggled with depression in high school. I worked full time (which allowed me to buy school supplies, eat free, buy my clothes, etc. which helped in my low-income household), did AP courses, took care of my siblings and home while my parents worked, managed several after-school activities, did two sports and never slept.

Hunting Endangered Animals

People keep advocating the hunt of endangered animals, but I just can't wrap my head around it. I read this story about someone being allowed to murder an endangered goat in Pakistan for $110 K and I'm just disgusted. Humans are much weirder than other animals and seeing this sicko pose with the animal turns my stomach. Some say that it helps the other endangered animals with the money, but others say that it actually doesn't, so who knows?

Cute Mandarin Bunnies

Whether you celebrate Easter or you're just enjoying the themes of spring, you might be putting bunnies all over the place. We have little bunnies we made on our windows right now, and speaking as a person who's raised rabbits, there is absolutely nothing cuter than baby bunnies growing up in your house! Okay, when they're first born they look pretty weird, but they sure grow fast.

Haagen-Dazs Spirits

Playing with flavors is so popular today that everyone from Starbucks to Coke is doing it, and honestly I couldn't appreciate it more. I LOVE trying new flavors and am a sucker for, say, Peeps coffee creamer or shortbread coffee. So now that I know that Haagen-Dazs has a new booze-inspired Spirts line of ice cream, I'm going to have to try this stuff out.

80s Trend Revivals

As an 80s kid who raised my own kid on The Goonies, Back to the Future and Care Bears, I have to say that the revival of 80s culture and trends doesn't bother me in the slightest. Yesterday I spotted an elderly woman wearing a bright jacket with patterns much like the one I wore in the late 80s/early 90s (to be fair, I'm a Millennial who was born in the early 80s, so I wasn't a teenager until the 90s) and I had to compliment her. It was pretty cool!

Famous Gardens Across The Globe

Honestly when it comes to famous gardens around the world, the best I can do is name our local botanical garden and maybe the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. I'm not that knowledgeable about famous gardens around the world, but I know that most places have them. My own college campus had a famous rose garden, as do many places. Just what is it about roses, anyway? Sure, they're pretty, but they're not lilies. 

Fogon Seattle

I don't know about you, but I crave Mexican on at least a monthly basis. I don't even need a margarita, although I know that's part of the experience for many fans of Mexican food! I'm a sucker for a good enchilada and a fabulous corn cake (it can't be dried out). One of the best places to get Mexican cuisine in Seattle is, of course, Fogon

New Species of Frog Discovered In Madagascar

Every time a new frog species is dicovered, it seems like it's tinier than the last. No wonder it took us so long to find the frog in the first place! Many of these critters are as small as micromachine cars, if not smaller. The newest species found was discovered in Madagascar. Scientists found a total of five different species, but they're all teeny tiny.