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A few of the Best Places to Work in Defense & Aerospace

Posted on Sep 29, 2017

There are hundreds of firms contracted by the Department of Defense, however a few of them stand out for their employee friendliness, charitable giving, and being great places to work. Below is a list of a few standout companies in the Aerospace and Defense world.

Rockwell Collins

Rockwell Collins made Forbes’ Best Employers in America list consecutively in 2016 and 2017. This $12.9 Billion Iowa-based aerospace and defense company manufactures communication and aviation electronic products for the U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Government, along with aviation, rail and infrastructure clients around the word. This year they placed 133rd on the Forbes list.

Stellar Solutions

This Chantilly, Virginia based Aerospace company ranked #19 on the Fortune Great Places to Work list, in particular for its charitable giving. Some of the great things about Stellar is that the company gives employees $1,000 annually to donate to charities of their choosing and ties a portion of their bonuses to community service work they participate in. Stellar has a “sense of family and values that really helps you feel part of a team,” says Roger Basl, director of intel programs.

ADS Inc.

Atlantic Diving Supply, abbreviated ‘ADS Inc’ is the global leader for operational equipment and procurement solutions for the US military, federal govt, and first responders. In addition to being among the longest-serving contractors for the DOD, ADS Inc has won several awards for being a Great Place to Work, with 91 percent of their employees saying their workplace is great. In particular ADS employees have given extremely high ratings for the pride in their work and the atmosphere of their workplace.

Lancet Study Says 9 Lifestyle Changes Can Reduce Dementia Risk

Posted on Jul 21, 2017

One in three cases of dementia could be prevented if more people looked after their brain health throughout life, according to an international study in the Lancet. It lists nine key risk factors including lack of education, hearing loss, smoking and physical inactivity. The study is being presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in London.

By 2050, 131 million people could be living with dementia globally. There are estimated to be 47 million people with the condition at the moment.

Nine factors that contribute to the risk of dementia

  • Mid-life hearing loss – responsible for 9% of the risk
  • Failing to complete secondary education – 8%
  • Smoking – 5%
  • Failing to seek early treatment for depression – 4%
  • Physical inactivity – 3%
  • Social isolation – 2%
  • High blood pressure – 2%
  • Obesity – 1%
  • Type 2 diabetes – 1%

These risk factors – which are described as potentially modifiable – add up to 35%. The other 65% of dementia risk is thought to be potentially non-modifiable.

‘Positive changes’

Not smoking, doing exercise, keeping a healthy weight, treating high blood pressure and diabetes can all reduce the risk of dementia, as well as cardiovascular disease, and cancer.

The researchers say they did not have enough data to include dietary factors or alcohol in their calculations but believe both could be important.

Dr Doug Brown, director of research at Alzheimer’s Society, said: “Though it’s not inevitable, dementia is currently set to be the 21st Century’s biggest killer. We all need to be aware of the risks and start making positive lifestyle changes.”

Dr David Reynolds, chief scientific officer at Alzheimer’s Research UK, said: “Alongside prevention research, we must continue to invest in research to find a life-changing treatment for people with this devastating condition.”


The Lancet

BBC News Health

Here Comes Amazon to a Mall Near You

Posted on Jun 28, 2017

Head for safe territory WalMart, the Amazon river approacheth.

Century City, a sleepy Los Angeles County suburb sprinkled with a few commercial buildings and high-rises, will be the proud owner of a new Amazon store. An Amazon Books store will open soon, further expanding its slow, physical, brick-and-mortar creep across the country.

Amazon recently made headlines for the industry shaking purchase of Whole Foods grocery. Amazon, an innovative eCommerce retailer, already began the journey into the physical world with the birth of actual physical stores, presented in book seller format, called Amazon Books. Bringing the sheer power of a retailer that holds a hefty portion of online shopping purchases in several categories, Amazon touched down on the planet Earth two years ago, in prime territory, sprouting in the inspiration-geared mentality of the tech-laden West Coast.

It all started in 2015 with Amazon retail outlets sprinkled throughout Seattle, Oregon, and San Diego. Amazon achieved this by opening bookstores, an homage to the path that Amazon took upon infancy – starting out as a mere Internet website selling books, second-hand books available also. Instead of opening a convenience store setup, offering Amazon bestsellers perhaps, Amazon is reacquainting shoppers with early roots and are introduced consumers to a bookstore – a physical store with virtual options.

As expected from a dynamic internet pioneer and entity, Amazon offers consumers a brand-new experience – no money and no price tags. The Seattle branch of Amazon Books (flagship location), unveiled the digital consumer model, visitors pay via smartphone scan upon exiting the store.  Customers select the book or item they would like to purchase, use a smartphone enabled with Amazon’s app to complete the transaction, then carry purchases out the door. Modern conveniences. As a bonus, Amazon customers will receive special deals and discounts for in-store purchases.

Any city with an Amazon store would be thrilled. Peter Lowy, Co-Chief Executive of Westfield Corp, commented on the reason why Amazon chose Westfield, stating “they came to us because of the assets we’re building.” Westfield Corp owns the Westfield Century City Mall. The Westfield Century City mall will be the new home of Amazon’s newest store.

Southern California will be the proud recipient of two more stores immediately after the Century City installation, with coming locations along Melrose Blvd and Pasadena.



New companies Mark Cuban is Interested in

Posted on Feb 2, 2017

Mark Cuban is a billionaire technology entrepreneur known for building which was bought by Yahoo for billions of dollars. After various self-made technology products, Cuban uses his money to invest in startup ideas and small business. You may know Cuban from the show, Shark Tank. On that show hundreds of entrepreneurs come to the “shark tank” to pitch their business ideas to the “sharks” or business millionaires and billionaires in hopes of sealing a deal. There are many different products that have caught Cuban’s interest. Here is a list:

There is this new from of nail polish prototype that will change colors when coming in contact with drinks mixed with drugs. Date-rape drugs are seen often enough to draw plenty of concern. Unfortunately there is still little that can be done to easily test for drugs in a drink without attracting attention. This new nail polish formula supposedly with let a female know if their drink is safe to consume. It can be done a way that wouldn’t draw any extra attention to the female.

Cuban has expressed interest in the startup company, Undercover Colors, started by Tyler Confrey-Maloney. Maloney hasn’t released much information on how the nail polish works or when it will hit the market. His company has received around $500,000 in investments.

Another company that caught Cuban’s attention is Writeyboard. This is a company based out of Los Angeles that allows you to post up a whiteboard anywhere you go. You may have gotten in trouble when you were a kid for writing on walls. Well now it is encouraged with this instant whiteboard. You just simply peel whiteboards made from classic vinyl and post them on any wall. It works well for taking notes or preparing a business presentation.

Josh Jennings, CEO of Los Angeles-based WriteyBoard set out to get funding from Mark Cuban. He ended up getting a $150,000 investment from him after valuing his company at $800,000 in 2010.

Mark Cuban invested in an entrepreneur from Florida with an idea to create a three-wheeled, all-electric, street legal vehicle. The company is called Sway Motorsports. This product is not like any motorcycle or scooter on the market. Customers that can afford this product are able to turn the electric vehicle with their legs. It is much more stable and can turn tight corners better than any motorcycle. It is very easy to carry. Sway Sports received a $300,000 investment for 20% equity.