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Posted on Jan 25, 2017

What Is Fracking How Does It Help A Local Economy?

Fracking is a process used to access oil in a large shale field, and it may be used in several places where oil is not accessible through other means. This article explains how fracking is used to find oil or natural gas, how it helps the local economy and who benefits when the fracking operation works properly.

#1: How Does Fracking Work?

A fracking operation uses hydraulic fracturing machines to split the Earth to find the oil or gas that is sitting in a shale field. The field may be quite large, and it will be hidden in a place where it cannot be accessed easily. The fracking process helps reach down to find the oil, and it will push the ground out of the way to ensure the drilling machines may reach to the proper depth.

#2: How Does The Fracking Operation Run?

There are hundreds of people working on a single fracking site, and they are required to ensure all the machines and systems are working properly. There must be scientists who are there to check the impact on the Earth, and there will be many manual laborers who are offering their time to ensure the job is done safely. Anyone who wishes to use the fracking system will have a large support staff working on each site, and they will add hundreds of jobs to the local economy. A single county may have more than one outfit working, and they will double or triple the number of jobs offered.

#3: How Long Does Fracking Last?

The fracking outfit that moves into a particular area will run for quite some time, and it must remain there for as long as the oil is in the ground. The crews are required to operate the machines, and there are several on the support staff who must be present for every new drilling process. Safety is quite important, and the sites will not be safe when they are not manned properly.

A fracking operation that comes to any local area must ensure it is hiring as many people as possible, and they will begin a legacy that may last for some time. Each of the fracking sites will have scientists, managers and a number of others who are prepared to keep the site running for as long as needed. The company running the site will remain in place for some time while drilling occurs.

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Posted on Jan 4, 2017

Preventing Date Rape, One Polished Nail at a Time

Undercover Colors ( is a new company that has come out with a product that detects the presence of date rape drugs in drinks. It is a nail polish that women wear on their nails. When they dip their fingernail in the drink it detects Rohypnol, Xanax, or Ecstasy all date rape drugs. When there is a drugs in the drink the nail polish will change color. This product is still being tested and is not yet on the market.

This product was created by four engineering students at North Carolina University. They wanted to help give women more protection against date rape. According to the Center for Disease Control one in five women report experiencing rape at some time. The product was developed in 2014 but has attracted many investors.

This company raised over $55 million in equity financing with over 49 investors. David Gardner an investor says that many parents look at this product as a good product when they send their daughters off to college. When this product is used it will change things. He views the product as a deterrent rather than a protection device. Because those that commit these crimes will know that it is on the market.

The four engineering students believed that they could create a product that helped others. Tyler Confrey-Maloney a co-founder of the company says they put themselves on the line when they began testing the product. He and Stephen Gray another co-founder and chief operating officer at the company volunteer at the Wake County Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Center regularly.

The company has attracted well known investors like Shark Tank investor Mark Cuban and Cindy Whitehead a former CEO of a female sexual health company called Sprout. She is official marketing advisor to the company. She is helping to determine a marketing strategy for bringing Undercover Colors to the market.

Undercover Colors was developed by four undergraduate students at NC State University’s College of Engineering, Ankesh Madan, Stephen Gray, Tasso Von Windheim, and Tyler Confrey-Maloney. They combined chemistry with traditional cosmetics to create a nail polish. Before this product there were very few ways to detect date rape drugs in beverages.

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