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1705, 2017

What Comes Next For Space Exploration?

By |May 17th, 2017|Tech, XPC|0 Comments

Ever since Aldrin and Armstrong landed on the Moon, planted the Stars And Stripes upon it’s dusty surface and declared that this was ‘one small step for man, but a giant leap for mankind.’ The Human Race has stepped a little bit off space. Of course, we are still infatuated with the Sun, Moon, Stars and Space – but we seem to have stepped back a bit. Ever since the USA beat the Russians to the Moon, the hype seemed to have died down, and a generation that was obsessed with what lies beyond the stars seems to have relaxed a little bit.

Not according to NASA though. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration declare on their website that they are not done with space. After a successful mission with the Curiosity Mars Rover to map the surface of the red planet situated next to Planet Earth, NASA wants more. With a fair few missions planned, what’s next for our race and our exploration of space? With people like Cranfield Aerospace developing the next generation of aerospace and space exploration prototypes and products, as well as the brains over at NASA shooting off into the stars, space exploration is far away from being over.

What next then? Well – code-name Juno is the planned mission to explore Jupiter – the biggest planet in our solar system. Currently, the Juno team have completed their fifth flyby of Jupiter. These unmanned flybys allow data to be collected and photographs to be taken of Jupiter’s atmosphere. What has been gathered thus far? Well, thanks to Juno, we know that Jupiter has intense magnetic fields that are complicating the minds of even the people at NASA. Juno has revealed that Jupiter’s […]

1705, 2017

How Immigrant Entrepreneurs Are Becoming The Latest US Success Story

By |May 17th, 2017|Editorial, XPC|0 Comments

Sometimes, it’s easy to forget that immigration has always been one of the cornerstones of the success of the United States. However, looking at some of the top businesses finding success, there are reminders all around us. In cities like Chicago, immigrants are fast becoming some of the most successful entrepreneurs, which is great for the economy and the country in general. But how are they doing it?

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They’re bringing a perspective previously lacked

Yes, the cultural boundaries between immigrants and their home of choice can sometimes cause friction. But the truth is that a fresh perspective has always been one of the most important qualities that any entrepreneur can have. A new method, a new take on the industry, and some good old-fashioned out-of-the-box thinking are crucial. They have helped many of the successes mentioned at Inc.com do something that their competitors simply weren’t doing. That, in turn, helps the entire industry take the next step and get innovative.

They’re getting prepared for the market

Thanks to the internet, we live in a hugely international community. Sites like EffortlessEnglishClub.com are helping immigrants learn more than the language. People are making connections and forming an understanding of the culture. They’re paying attention to the news and they’re researching the industries. They make the move in their mind long before they make the physical move. Market research is another practice crucial to success. But immigrant entrepreneurs study more than just the market. They study the culture that the market plays a part in. They get a broader picture to find their fit in.

They’re using US experts

The idea that immigrants muscle US professionals out of jobs and opportunities is false. When has the nation ever not had a […]

1705, 2017

What Happens When Business Partnerships Go Sour?

By |May 17th, 2017|Business, XPC|0 Comments

Plenty of successful businesses are run by two or more partners, and this works well for them. However, in some instances, the relationship between business parts can begin to break down, turning sour. When this happens, it becomes impossible for the business to succeed, as all that tends to be focused on is the sour relationship between the partners. When it comes to long-term success, having the right leadership team in place is crucial, which means that when things start to go sour, it’s vital to know how to deal with the difficult situation at hand. Here’s how to do that:

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Start by talking things through

They say that the best way to resolve any conflict is to talk things through. So the first step that you should take to try and resolve the issues that have cropped up is to sit down with your business partner and attempt to talk things through. If you are concerned about the conflict resolution turning sour, then it could be worth holding the meeting at a meditation facility, so that there is someone on hand to calm things down if tensions begin to rise.

Trust your gut

Do you have a bad feeling about the situation? Do you feel like there’s been a shift somehow? Always trust your gut, don’t make the mistake of failing to listen to your instinct. If you feel that something isn’t quite right, trust yourself. In these kinds of instances, when you feel like something isn’t right, but you can’t put your finger on what it is, it’s best to consider trying to find out what’s going on, perhaps using an investigation service could help you to do that, such as Regius services, for instance. […]

1505, 2017

Five Ways You Can Improve Your Life With Travel

By |May 15th, 2017|Travel, XPC|0 Comments

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Traveling to new places is one of the most exciting and fulfilling things you can do with your time, and seeing different parts of the world really allows you to grow and expand your mind. When you understand that the life and culture that you know only makes up a minuscule part of human existence, it can really broaden your horizons and encourage you to see things in a whole new way. Visiting five-star hotels and dining in high-end restaurants while you’re away might be fun, but there’s more to travel than an indulgent annual vacation. Here are some of the different ways you can experience travel, and maybe even improve your life in the process.

Volunteer In a Poor Part of the World

Volunteering abroad is something many people aim to tick off their bucket lists at some point. As well as gaining new experiences and padding out your CV, the most important thing is you get to make a genuine difference to those less fortunate. It could be building orphanages, teaching children basic skills, helping animals or the community. You get to see and live in part of the world that you’d never have considered as a vacation and learn a great deal of new things. Seeing how some people live will also make you realize just how lucky you are, something you might never have stopped and considered before. If you’re from America, you would need to speak to a lawyer regarding U.S. immigration, since you will need the right visa to be allowed to study.

Study Abroad

There are many reasons to study abroad. Maybe the education where you live isn’t the best, or even if it is- there might be even better education abroad. […]

1105, 2017

Talking To Teens About Distracted Driving

By |May 11th, 2017|Editorial, XPC|0 Comments

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Driving accidents are rooted in a range of different causes, but in modern times, there’s one safety hazard that needs to be addressed more than any others: distracted driving. These days, almost everyone has smartphones which have all kinds of useful and fun features, which makes it so much easier for us to take our eyes off the road to answer a call or check a message. This issue is particularly prevalent with modern teenagers, and if your kid is of driving age, you’ll naturally be pretty concerned about it. Here are some tips for talking to your teen about distracted driving…

Talk About the Consequences, Financial Or Otherwise

This is the most important thing you need to cover when talking to your teen about distracted driving, and often one of the most effective ways to get them to avoid it. Work on putting in perspective the potential cost of distracted driving, both to themselves and to others. Make it clear that you’re not crazy about the idea of paying their way through a personal injury case, or worst of all, getting a call from the hospital telling you that your child is paralyzed. Looking up some statistics on teenage distracted driving might help you get the point across. Don’t make it one long session of finger-wagging, but make sure that they’re familiar with the consequences of taking their attention off the road.

Make It a Family Problem to Solve

Most people would be lying if they said that they’ve never taken their eyes off the road to do something that wasn’t important. Everyone with a car and a phone has felt the temptation at least! You may find it easier to make your teen responsive to […]

1105, 2017

Are Wearable Health Devices All That They Claim To Be?

By |May 11th, 2017|Health, XPC|0 Comments

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The past decade has seen the popularity of wearable health devices skyrocket, with brands becoming household names and part of the public’s everyday vocabulary. Walking down the street, you can see them adorning the wrists of an eclectic range of people: from teens to old age pensioners. But, with every new health gimmick comes an array of important questions. How do these products affect our health? Do they fulfill the bold claims made in their advertising campaigns? Are they worth the expense or are they just a fad? Researchers are still looking into the various pressing questions that we have about fitness trackers and other products of their ilk. Here’s what we know about the two most popular wearable health devices: pedometers (instruments that count the number of steps you take in a day) and sleep monitors.

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Pedometers

Pedometers come in all shapes and sizes. From the classic LCD screen step counters that people would clip to their waistband, to the more modern devices worn as wristbands and bracelets. The latest addition to the pedometer’s repertoire is the smartphone app: anyone can download an application onto a smartphone, which will count however many steps they take with the smartphone on their person. The mere fact that companies are still investing in pedometer devices and updating the technology tied to them would imply that they are useful in bettering individual health. But is there scientific and medical evidence to back this assumption? A recent study published in the Procedia Technology Journal would suggest so, but only if the pedometers are sufficiently accurate. Professors from Mälardalen University’s school of Innovation, Design, and Engineering argue that accurate pedometers are useful tools to motivate and estimate a person’s physical […]

1105, 2017

How Are University Students Improving Their Grades?

By |May 11th, 2017|Education, XPC|0 Comments

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University students across the world have one essential task on their hands, and that is to improve their grades as much as possible. If you look at the statistics from almost any developed country, you will see that grades do tend to improve year upon year. But the question is: how is this so often achieved? No matter what the subject might be, or the difficulty level, what can university students do to help improve their grades as fast as possible? As it turns out, there are a few essential things which could help students of all ages.

Picking The Right Subject

This first point is so important and yet one of the most commonly overlooked of all. If a university student wants to ensure they get the best grades possible, then they need to make sure they are doing a subject which they actually genuinely enjoy. This might seem obvious, but often students find themselves carrying out a subject because they think they should, or due to pressure from parents or other people. But without the real interest in the topics at hand, those students are unlikely to succeed as well as someone who is doing what they love. Knowing one’s own subject is hugely important in getting better grades. Look at https://www.oxford-royale.co.uk/articles/improve-underperforming-grades.html for further advice on this topic.

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Learning To Study More Effectively

The actual act of studying itself is something which a lot of people have trouble understanding well. In part, this might be because many schools do not really set children up to understand what good studying looks like. At other times, it is true that a laziness can creep in, especially when (as we have seen) it is a subject the student […]

1105, 2017

Why Local News Coverage is Important in Business

By |May 11th, 2017|Editorial, XPC|0 Comments

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When it comes to getting your business noticed, a lot of focus is often placed on advertising on a national scale. While this is all well and good, you could end up missing out on business that is in your very own backyard. This is where local news coverage still plays an important role for companies both large and small. If you are trying to grow your company, it is important to speaking to local news stations as much as possible. Here are just a few reasons why this is important.

Local News Outlets are Well-Connected

Forming a close relationship with your local news outlet is a great idea as they have contacts all throughout the community. They specialize in everything that is going on in the local area, so getting your business at the forefront of this action is very important. Many local news producers also hold a degree of traction at a national level, and it can’t hurt to form working relationships with people who have connections.

They Can Help to Build Your Media Experience

If you have never had a great deal of experience dealing with the media, speaking to various outlets can help to keep your skills sharp. For example, if you have never appeared on television before, this is a skill that can be honed by appearing on as many regional stations as you can. If your interview is just going down in print, it can help to do a lot of these so you can refine the process of giving quotes.

Your Business Can Gain Credibility

Local news outlets tend to have a great deal of traction in the local community. If for example, you do business in Phoenix, being featured on a […]

1105, 2017

Trump Has Been ‘No-Nonsense’, But Has He Been Criminal?

By |May 11th, 2017|Editorial, XPC|0 Comments

In a different world, it could be considered outlandish to accuses a Head of State of crimes. The figures who lead the countries of the world are under the highest form of private and public scrutiny and every single one of their actions is highlighted by members of the public and press from all walks of life and from across the political spectrum. If we accuse a head of state of criminal action, certainly – there would need to be heaps and heaps of evidence to back our actions and those who run countries and are in power will certainly do everything they can to avoid the merest hint of speculation.

Now – there have clearly been powerful figures capable of great evil in the past, and even leaders like Nixon who walked a tight-rope above criminality. There are those like Bush and Blair who are accused of war crimes. However, there has never been a leader so outspoken and as defensive as the current President of the United States of America as the current one: Donald J. Trump. Trump was elected by the people of the USA in November 2016 and was inaugurated back in the January of this year. His presidency has been rife with speculation and criticism thus far. But criminal? Could Trump really have to use a criminal defense team to save his term as President?

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One big thing stands out from the Trump presidency though and that is his ‘no-nonsense’ foreign policy. Every single one of his preceding presidents has utilized the use of bomb strikes and drone strikes, but it has been Trump who has quickly defined his reign with military action. In fact, it is Trump who is ordering […]

1005, 2017

When Fitness Becomes an Obsession

By |May 10th, 2017|Health, XPC|0 Comments

Health issues are always on our mind. Whether it’s down to our size, weight, fitness levels or anything else related to exercise, there’s always a chance that something we love or rely on becomes and unhealthy obsession. Even healthy things such as exercise and portion control can become things that we obsess over due to how powerful they can become. There are people all over the world who take fitness extremely seriously, and there are times when that addiction can take over not just their body, but also their thoughts.

The only things on their mind will be getting fit, eating right, and packing on muscle to show off in the future. Sadly, there’s a time and place for these things and it’s not uncommon for it to turn into an unhealthy obsession. Dealing with fitness addiction can be easy, but it’s important that we try to understand why it happens and why it’s a bad thing.

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Discard the perfectionist ideal

There’s no such thing as the perfect body. Our bodies can become a symbol of healthy living and regular exercise, but that doesn’t guarantee happiness and nor can we say it’s the perfect body. Instead of stressing over trying to reach a certain fitness level or become a particular weight, focus on small goals instead.

For instance, worry about what your next mini-goal is and not your long-term goal. Think more about why you’re doing it, understand why you’re getting fit and try to re-think your reasoning. Don’t let a mental image of the perfect body affect your decision making or be the sole reason for your fitness goals, ensure that you’re doing it for a healthy and positive reason.

Health concerns with too much exercise

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