The Real Story Behind “The Real McCoy”

During each week of Black History Month,we will honor an African American entrepreneur who has made an important contribution to American society. This week’s feature is Elijah McCoy, the inventor of the automatic engine lubricator. Have you ever taken a long train ride without making countless stops along the way? You’re able to do that because of Elijah McCoy. Elijah McCoy was born in 1844 to a free family in Ontario, Canada, and moved back to the U.S. with his family at the age of three. As an adolescent, his parents sent him to Edinburgh, Scotland to attend engineering school because of his interest in the subject from an early age. When McCoy finished his schooling, he found a job as a train fireman and oilman in Michigan. As part of his job, McCoy had to make sure the train was properly lubricated. The only way to do this was […]

The Real Story Behind “The Real McCoy”

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Get ready for the Santa Clara Super Bowl

The Super Bowl is coming to Santa Clara Feb. 7, and along with it comes a huge opportunity for both this year’s host city and its residents. That is, if they know how to properly take advantage of it. The premier football event will celebrate its 50th anniversary this year in a city that’s better known for being the heart of Silicon Valley than a professional sports hub. The city’s odds of pulling it off would seem low to an outsider—but they would be wrong Santa Clara city manager Jennifer Yamaguma believes Santa Clara can capitalize on the influx of tourists with the help of promotions set by the Super Bowl 50 Host Committee, which is responsible for planning and producing the event, and extra assistance from local tech giants like Yahoo, Intel and Hewlett Packard. “A number of events in the city will help energize and build excitement for […]

Get ready for the Santa Clara Super Bowl

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Meet the dogs saving America’s wounded veterans

Service dogs around the world are trained to help members of the public in a variety of ways. Now one nonprofit organization called Patriot Paws is using those same service dogs to help veterans from across the country who are suffering from mental health issues and physical disabilities. Founder Lori Stevens started the initiative in 2005 after being approached by a local veteran group to train their own service dogs. She soon realized there was a greater need for her services and began training dogs on the side. In the early years, the Texas organization struggled to generate publicity and operated out of a tiny storefront with only two part-time volunteers. “In the beginning we had more dogs than we did veterans,” says Terri Stringer, the executive director of Patriot Paws. All that changed, however, when ABC Nightly News profiled the group. Shortly after the show aired in March 2014, […]

Meet the dogs saving America’s wounded veterans

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7 SUPER EASY HEALTH TIPS FOR BUSINESS OWNERS TO IMPROVE PERFORMANCE

When you own a business, you’re often so busy that it can be difficult to even remember to eat, let alone to eat healthfully. Yet adopting the right kinds of eating and exercise habits could boost your on-the-job performance. So, what should business owners keep in mind when it comes to eating well and staying active? To find out the answer to that vexing question, we did a lot of research, and we turned to Maria Bella, a registered dietician who founded and runs Top Balance Nutrition, which has offices in New York, San Francisco, and Miami and we compiled the best of what we found. If you’ve been feeling a little sluggish on the job lately, or you’re simply looking for some advice about how to supercharge your typical workday, then check out these seven easy tips for business owners to improve work performance.

7 SUPER EASY HEALTH TIPS FOR BUSINESS OWNERS TO IMPROVE PERFORMANCE

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Why You Couldn’t Pass A Chemistry Test Today

The periodic table gained four new elements in January, thanks to a dedicated group of scientists in the U.S., Japan and Russia.  The manmade elements have yet to be given an official name but are temporarily being called ununtrium, (element 113), ununpentium (115), ununseptium (117), and ununoctium (118). The discovery puts millions of textbooks around the world out of date and will make chemistry pop quizzes a little harder for future students, but what does it really matter for the rest of us? “The periodic table is something that intersects with all sorts of different areas of life,” says Sam Kean, a science expert and New York Times bestselling author of several books about scientific discoveries. Indeed, the periodic table’s synthetic elements are used in a variety of products, including metal detectors made with californium (98) and artificial pacemakers powered by curium (96). In order to understand the potential uses […]

Why You Couldn’t Pass A Chemistry Test Today

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A Security Firm That’s All About Data and Dogs

It’s no surprise that the plethora of information at our fingertips has changed the way businesses accomplish goals and produce their product. Real-world applications of this real-time data is helping some U.S. firms to improve important sectors such as healthcare, technology, and security. One of these firms is Arc Aspicio, a leading homeland security consulting firm in Washington, D.C. that was named a 2015 DREAM BIG Blue Ribbon Award winner. Arc Aspicio believes that one of the best ways to further national security is through the community, by working to promote learning, collaboration and innovation. Their projects cover top issues in the homeland security field, including immigration, border enforcement, emergency management, transportation security, and national protection. Arc Aspicio also makes a point of giving back to the community in a big way. In partnership with The National Search Dog Foundation, Arc Aspicio honors their love of canines (and their commitment […]

A Security Firm That’s All About Data and Dogs

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Meet the companies disrupting Your Prescriptions

Over the last century, new technologies have disrupted traditional industries at a faster pace than ever before. Now, it’s health care’s turn. Entrepreneurs from across the U.S. are coming up with solutions to address a huge problem in medicine: making it easier for patients to keep track of their medications and take them properly. A study by the National Community Pharmacists Association found that patients who fail to take their medication routinely and/or on time threaten not only their own health, but also cost the health care system an estimated $290 billion every year due to health complications. The problem is likely to grow, as the World Health Organization estimates that by the year 2020, about 157 million Americans will have one chronic condition requiring medication therapy. Here are two of the entrepreneurs who have come up with out-of-the-box ways to address the problem. That’s One Smart Bottle Josh Stein, cofounder of […]

Meet the companies disrupting Your Prescriptions

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The rise and dangers of the sharing economy

More and more people are opting out of 9-to-5 workdays, either by choice or because their hands are forced by circumstance, and finding new jobs through the sharing economy.   Although people describe the sharing economy in many different ways, it’s most easily explained as a business built on an individual sharing resources (whether it be services or products) with their community on demand for a fee. To be fair, the idea itself isn’t new. People have offered and advertised their services for everything from handyman work to babysitting for decades now. However, the Internet – and more specifically, the proliferation in smartphones – have only recently enabled a growing number of startups to gather and formalize sharing opportunities into thriving businesses. Want to rent a room (or even an entire castle) at the last minute? Click through listings that meet your exact criteria from home-rental business startup Airbnb. Need […]

The rise and dangers of the sharing economy

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