How to repurpose high-tech gadgets when you’re way, way out of range

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When people find themselves stranded in the wilderness, they need to get creative with how they use the resources at their disposal while they try to survive the elements. Innovative wilderness hacks are staples among the participants in HISTORY’s hit survival show Alone. The series follows the day-to-day lives of survival experts as they try to last as long as possible in Patagonia, Argentina — so they know a thing or two about making the best out of an extreme situation.

While the hardcore survivalists on Alone aren’t allowed to bring any technology with them when they’re dropped into treacherous and remote locations, odds are you would at least have your smartphone on you if you ever found yourself stranded with no signal. Read more…

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Creating opportunity and excitement for STEM careers

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The impact that technology has on our lives is incredible — it has changed the way we communicate, has created improvements in our health and has revolutionized the way we understand and interpret our world.   

As opportunities in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) continue to grow, so do the possibilities. In fact, a recent analysis of 26 million job postings found that nearly half of all the jobs in the top quartile in pay require some coding knowledge or skills. That number will only grow larger in the years to come. By 2018, 51 percent of all STEM jobs are projected to be in a CS-related field.     Read more…

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Tougher, Better, Faster, Stretchier: The technology behind clothing and fabric

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The clothes on your back don’t just make you look good. They keep you warm and dry, make movement easier and make your life better.   

Fabric technology has a huge impact your day-to-day. From early advances with chemistry that gave us synthetic fabrics to treatments that are revolutionizing the idea of what clothing can do, textile tech is expanding to new and exciting places.   

Here we’ll explore the technology behind these advances, take a look at how far we’ve come and peek ahead to see where we’re going.      

Spandex 

Invented in 1958 by chemist Joseph Shivers, this stretchy synthetic fabric had a major impact on the clothing industry after it was introduced to the public in 1962.     Read more…

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How to have a sustainable holiday season and help make the world a better place

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The planet needs our help.   

According to the United Nations, less than 3 percent of the Earth’s water is drinkable, one in nine people in the world today are undernourished and some 103 million youth worldwide lack basic literacy skills.   

But by doing our part and starting at home, we can all make a difference. From deep economic chasms and climate volatility to increased needs in the fields of health, food systems and more, making positive changes to help create a better world is more important than ever.   

During the busy holiday season, it can be all too easy to get caught up in the hustle and forget what’s really important.     Read more…

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Inside the life of a techie soldier

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It all started with a toaster. When Army Corporal Neftali Delgado awoke one day as a child only to find that the family toaster had stopped working, he decided to take it apart and see what was wrong.   

Cpl. Delgado turned his passion and interest in fixing various devices into a career with the U.S. Army. As a Computer/Detections Systems Repairer in the U.S. Army, Cpl. Delgado performs maintenance and repair on a variety of critical systems and equipment, including night vision devices and equipment, plus some of the newer optic systems that are being rolled out.   

Taking things apart and figuring out how to put them back together has been a lifelong joy for Cpl. Delgado — and it’s something he gets to do every day with the U.S. Army.     Read more…

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Giving Tuesday is here, and it’s time to make a difference

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The holiday season is in full swing and after a long weekend of shopping and searching for deals, we shift gears to Giving Tuesday – a day for charitable donations and giving back.

Whatever form your good acts take, it’s important to remember that the spirit of the season isn’t in materialism, but in making the lives of others a bit brighter. 

The good folks at eBay found that nearly three-quarters of Americans are more excited to give someone a gift if it benefits a charity.* That’s why, through the Giving Tuesday Charity Shop and Gifts that Give Back, eBay is delivering the widest selection of gifts that support nonprofit organizations as well as a new way to give in-kind donations. Read more…

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