Seeds of Resilience
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Seeds of Resilience
“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.” -Helen Keller
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A recent study found the hot air hand dryers are contributing to the spread of bacteria in restrooms.
“Scientists exposed petri dishes to bathroom air under different conditions and took them back to the microbiology laboratory to look for bacterial growth. Petri dishes exposed to bathroom air for two minutes with the hand dryers off only grew one colony of bacteria, or none at all. However, petri dishes exposed to hot air from a bathroom hand dryer for 30 seconds grew up to 254 colonies of bacteria (though most had from 18 to 60 colonies of bacteria).”
The researchers believe the bathroom air itself is largely to blame — uncovered toilets spread bacteria over a wide area when flushed — and hand dryers contribute in blowing that bacteria directly onto your hands.
To get around this, scientists recommend drying your hands the old-fashioned way. No, not wiping them on your pants ?♀️ ?♂️. Just grab a paper towel instead.
They were pedaling toward an IPO … until they weren’t.
SoulCycle withdrew its registration with the SEC, which was originally filed in 2015 and was expected to bring in about $100 million for the indoor cycling company. Although they are no longer going public, SoulCycle has its customers at the forefront of its company philosophy.
Facing stiff competition from places like Flywheel and Peloton, SoulCycle is attempting to differentiate itself in the market by offering a greater variety of classes — including ones that don’t involve cycling.
There’s still a chance that the company could go public in the future, but for now, SoulCycle’s strategic vision is to keep things private.
More to learn here.
Of the five main personality traits (openness, conscientiousness, extraversion, agreeableness, and neuroticism), scientists have found that a person’s eye movement alone can predict at least four.
Using glasses that detected eye movement, scientists tracked how participants moved their eyes and created an algorithm to determine personality. They found some interesting insights:
“The algorithm found that certain types of personalities could be characterized by certain types of eye movements. For neuroticism, it was all about blink rate; for conscientiousness, it was the speed of the saccades. Agreeableness could be predicted by how much a person gazed at the bottom right of a scene, while extraversion centered on the size of the pupils and the number of small saccades. Perceptual curiosity was linked to the variation in the size of a person’s pupils.”
Scientists believe that this knowledge could be useful in programming AI. If a computer can track your eye movements and learn what you are like, it can create a better experience for you in the future.
Check it out here. ?
NASA is putting a helicopter onto its Mars 2020 Rover, and the plan is pretty ambitious.
The small yet powerful helicopter will be completely autonomous and will take up to five 30–90 second flights of varying heights. Currently, the use of this mars-copter is simply a test of how to fly something in Mars’ atmosphere, which is only 1% of what we have on Earth.
If all goes to plan, the U.S. will be the first nation to fly a heavier-than-air craft on another planet.
Big machine manufacturer Caterpillar has seen a surge in demand in the last year, but rather than expand their factories and production capacity, the company is investing on newer technologies, building up its parts business and focusing on selling more rental and used equipment. This will increase lead-time and is part of a “just-in-time” model of business.
“The hesitation to expand Caterpillar’s supply chain is rooted in the last bust, notable as the longest downturn in its history — worse than the Great Depression — from 2012 to 2016, when sales dropped more than 40 percent.
Chastised by that slump, the Deerfield, Ill.-based company embarked on a restructuring strategy that aims to squeeze more production from its factories and buy more of what it needs from outside suppliers on a just-in-time basis.
Caterpillar executives said the new strategy is boosting profitability by allowing it to get the best use out of its existing factories.”
More on the expansion — or lack thereof — here.
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