Gas Shortage: Problem explained and solutions suggested

Today’s gas shortage comes in many forms, from location drilling ethics to world-wide shortages. Many scientists ponder whether we will have any gas left for use in the years to come as the population gets bigger and the supply becomes smaller, which is the most basic form of the gas shortage. So let’s break it down and see what we have, because there’s already a solution that many people are overlooking.

The Gas Shortage Explained

Gas, or petroleum, comes from processed dead animals that have long since been liquidized in the Earth’s crust. However, gas is not formed quickly and actually takes a long time in order to become the version we have today.

The gas shortage itself is not about having enough gas, it’s about the population explosion that has happened in the past century. There was no worry about a gas shortage a hundred years ago because most of us had no need for gas, and those that did could find it so easily that it was cheaper than food.

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We have tried to fix the Gas Shortage

We have had solutions for the gas shortage in the past but nearly all of them fail against one crucial and destructive trait we all have; the need for speed. In 1769, over two hundred years ago, we had the first renewable resource car that would eliminate the gas shortage problem completely. A car, developed by Nicolas Cugnot, that ran on steam but could only max out at 3Mph.  In 1832, the first electric car was developed by Robert Anderson and it used rechargeable batteries but could only go up to 10Mph.

So what happened? When gas cars were developed, the gas shortage began its slow decent and would only be seen once society had become dependent on it. However, these cars can travel up to nearly 300Mph. This makes it difficult for society to switch to a type of car that doesn’t go as fast, which the hybrid is the current highest selling gas-cutting car but it still uses.

Will Electric cars solve the Gas Shortage

The short and simple answer to this new age question is no. Even worse, the combined cost of everything it takes to make and run an electric car is steeper than that of a regular gas car. In addition to this, electric cars still run on gas for the most part and the fully electric cars cause too much of inconvenience to the average person to be of any viable use.

The larger part of this is that even if the car is running on electricity, the electrical plants that provide the electricity are running on either nuclear or petroleum based fuel sources.

Will 3D Printed cars solve the Gas Shortage

Again, a 3D printed car may reduce on production costs and gas usage, but it is still reliant on gas. In fact, the 3D printed car was already thought of and developed but the source funding for this project has ceased with a small chance that it will be seen again.

What will solve the Gas Shortage

In a shocking and somewhat still secretive surprise, the solution for the gas shortage has already been found. The Artificial Leaf, currently under development by Daniel Nocera, has the potential to produce enough energy for the entire world to use. However, there are three main issues preventing the world from having this power in our homes and they are the main reasons we even have a gas shortage problem.

Gas Corporation Pressure – This is a known fact by many and it tends to be a view point in many Earth disaster based films. If the world, as a collective, wanted to switch over to the Artificial Leaf for power then the gas corporations of the world would be bankrupt. Thanks to corporation pressure, nearly half of America believes the gas shortage is just a myth while others fall underneath societal pressure.

Civilization Integration – This is the main cause of why the gas shortage is still in circulation even though we have the solution in hand. Nearly every country has a petroleum based society and switching over to something new (and not fully tested) is extremely expensive.

Efficiency and Waste – The last issue is difficult to find a solution for; the waste of petroleum based cars. The sheer amount of waste caused by switching out petroleum based cars for hydrogen based cars is enormous.

The problem that arises now about the gas shortage is whether or not the public will be able to acknowledge and fund the artificial leaf to its full potential. This is the solution to the gas shortage of the world.

 

Buy 3D Printer Plastic – tips and advice

In today’s 3D printing market, when you go to buy 3D printer plastic it can be difficult to determine exactly what type of ink you need. Especially with terms like microns, ABS, and PLS or PLA being tossed around can confuse a beginning printer enthusiasts. However, when you buy 3D printer plastic, it doesn’t have to be confusing at all. Here’s a 101 for when you buy 3D printer plastic for your first time because 3D printer Plastic is rather expensive.

Keep It Cool When You Buy 3D Printer Plastic

The material that you use in your 3D printer is plastic, which means that it will melt given the right temperature. It’s important to keep 3D printers in cool and cold environments to prevent the melting of the plastic or the clogging of the 3D printer.

Understand the Micron

When you buy 3D printer plastic sometimes the spool provider will say that that the plastic is “X micron ready” with “X” representing the micron amount. This is a miscommunicating advertisement because all plastic is usable by a 3D printer.

The 3D printer plastic is melted and pushed through the printer’s needle, with the micron count determine how precise and small the plastic can be melted down to.

Buy 3D Printer Plastic; Consumer Use

The most common material that you will find when you buy 3D printer plastic is ABS and PLA. The truth lies in your 3D printer manual as to what types you can use but if you can use both of these, then you will want to use PLA if you plan to make structurally sound material. PLA is an engineering plastic while ABS is a standard repair plastic, making the PLA the stronger plastic.

Buy 3D Printer Plastic; Commercial Use

When you buy 3D printer plastic for commercial use, depending on what 3D printer you have, you can use anything that has an easily melt-able temperature.  Some 3D printers can utilize even gold and organ tissue as a printing material, but some of these are experimental. All of the materials you can use are mostly labeled inside of the 3D printer’s manual but some materials not listed can be used, which is why you may need to call that 3D printer’s development center to find out.

Recycle or Buy 3D Printer Plastic

Lastly, there have been some articles and instructional media that show that you can use plastics that are available in your house as recycled plastic for your 3D printer. The reason why you should buy 3D printer plastic instead of recycling the plastic is that you can take a lighter flame and melt the recycled plastic within seconds, you cannot do that with ABS and PLA plastic; it may take a few minutes to an hour depending on how dense the plastic is.

Top 5 3D Printers as reviewed by our editor

3D printers are rather expensive and with all the available options it can be difficult to decide which one is right for you, which is why we have made the top 5 3D printers. Each printer is built for a different type of consumer and is the best in their market. Which one will you choose to be your 3D printer?

Top 5 3D Printers – Best Business Printer: MakerBot Replicator Z18

This 3D Printer makes it into the top 5 3D printers by providing the best business provisions available to 3D printer users. The MakerBot Replicator is wireless, multi-spool, phone control capabilities, cloud serviced, and (most importantly) one of the largest building chambers available.

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 Top 5 3D Printers – Best At-Home Printer: Cube

The Cube product line is the only safe for children 3D printer available on the market, which makes the Cube product line the best at-home printer for the top 5 3D printers. This may not be a performance grade printer product line but it’s the best line to introduce the average person to printing in 3D. The Cube product line is simplified, easy-to-use, and difficult to maneuver away into dangerous products.

Top 5 3D Printers – Best Cheap Printer: UP! Mini 3D Desktop Printer

The Up! Mini 3D Desktop Printer is the cheapest 3D commercial printer available on the market, making it one of the top 5 3D printers available. This 3D printer is extremely simplistic in design and provides you with all the basic 3D printing capabilities, even prototyping.

Top 5 3D Printers – Best DIY Printer: The MakerGear M2

The MakerGear M2 makes it into the top 5 3D printers by providing the best DIY user experience. Everything about the machine is completely visible and the software behind the 3D printer is difficult to learn, which is best for learning all the aspects/programming needed to design your own 3D printed templates.

Top 5 3D Printers –  Best Prototyping Printer: MakerBot Replicator 2x

The MakerBot Replicator 2x holds the place of the best prototype printer in the top 5 3D printers because of its high standard. The MakerBot Replicator 2x has the highest micron ratio, most complex software provided by MakerBot producers, the sturdiest system, all available file types, and highest power consumption.

These are the top 5 3D printers available on the market with each of the holding a different aspect of the market. 3D printing is not exactly new, with the oldest 3D printer being produced before the 21st century, but commercial and practical use of this technology has come to the consumer results. 3D printing has been claimed to take over every aspect of consumer products, from cars to products and to even human organs or food. Will you be willing to take the step into the new age technology?

Tips for Dressing for a Job Interview

They say that you should dress for the job you want, not the one you have and nowhere is this more crucial than in the case of a job interview. Before you even open your mouth, your clothing is talking to an interviewer and if you haven’t made a passable effort at dressing up, it may be saying all of the wrong things. Stick to the rules of interview dress sense, and you’ll always feel comfortable, confident and ready for anything.

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Rule 1: Be conservative

Some companies, especially in the digital field are young and funky, but this doesn’t mean you should take on that mandate before you’ve even been hired. No matter what field you’re in, stick to a conservative dress sense. Go with a skirt, formal pants, a blouse or dress shirt and don’t forget about the shoes. Make sure that everything you are wearing looks neat and appropriate for meeting the person who might be your future boss.

Rule 2: Solid, monochromatic colors only

One of the problems people have when it comes to dressing correctly is they pick anything that is clean out of the closet and put it on. However, that blue checked shirt, with the purple tie, black suit and brown shoes is going to provide too much contrast, and that means that within five seconds, your future boss may have already been too distracted to listen to what you are saying. You may think that this is not important, especially if you’re hoping to be hired for your financial skills or vast teaching experience, but sticking to a single color and a black base says ‘Hire me’ more succinctly than a variety of patterns and colors.

Rule 3: Personal hygiene matters

Your hair, fingernails and other personal hygiene elements form part of your ‘dress’ – too often, people put on their best suits for an interview and only when they’re in the waiting room five minutes before the actual meeting, do they realize that their fingernails are too long, scraggly or that their hair is falling into their eyes. Personal hygiene is a must. If your hair is long, pin it up. If your nails look ghastly, file them down, or have a manicure before the big day. Oily skin, hair in your eyes, chewed on fingernails and the like tell the interviewer a rather sad story, so ensure those elements are taken care of well in advance.

Rules 4: Make sure it all fits

Everyone has a different body type and you need to dress to suit yours. This means a jacket with sleeves that are long enough, pants with long enough legs or even a waistband that doesn’t reveal too much skin when you sit down.

There’s simply no excuse for clothing that looks too big, too small or reveals too much. Get clothing that fits for your interview, because it will make you feel more confident, and will ensure you look professional.

Tips for Becoming a Remote Worker

Not everyone is suited to working in the office and for those who are lucky enough to have remote jobs that allow them to work from home, a subtle balance of time management and intense focus can be a winning combination. Of course, not everyone manages time well, or is able to focus, and that is why a few simple tips for becoming a remote worker can make a big difference to the way you work.

Remote Worker

Setup a Home Office

First, know that the right kind of setup can make a big difference so ensure that your home office looks the way your normal office would. Get a desk, a chair and even a meeting room table to give yourself the space you need to work and to think. Don’t forget the importance of a fast and stable internet connection, because when you’re working remotely, you’re going to need to stay in touch at all times. To that point, getting a Skype account can be a blessing, since you’re going to need to converse with others.

Get the Right Software

In terms of software, there are a few items you may or may not have known about that work well for remote workers, including a time zone converter, for those who work with clients overseas, an hour tracker so that you can determine how much you’re doing in a day, and even billing software if you’re not working on a project fee or as a full time remote worker. Don’t forget that as a remote worker, you still need to weigh in on certain decisions, and means conference calls or even video chatting with the team.

Find the Right Work-Life Balance

It is important that you realize that you need to take breaks and while it may be tempting to work 12 hours straight, in an office this would never be encouraged. Take lunch and tea breaks, go outside and get some fresh and even browse the internet before you start work in the morning. A mind that is rested will do a lot more than one that is completely exhausted. There will be occasions when you need to fetch your kids, or get a new driver’s license, and that is the beauty of working remotely. On those days, you can work extra hours to get everything done, but until then, ensure that you switch off at the end of the day every day, and take the time you need to, to rest.

Remember that as a remote worker, the temptation to work too hard, or not at all, will pull at you in the first few weeks. You need to resist that temptation and form a few good habits that you then carry through into all aspects of your work. Things are a little different because you’re not at the office in body, but try to be there in spirit by staying connected, working hard and taking the same breaks at home, that you would have taken at work. Finally, be realistic about what you can and cannot do, and enjoy every moment at home.

Tips for a Cover Letter that Get Results

If the thought of writing a cover letter makes you break out into a cold sweat, don’t fret. The cover letter is very important, but with a few simple tips to help you make the most of it. You can create a cover letter that has impact even if you’re not a writer. With enough practice anyone can write the perfect cover letter to accompany a resume.

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So how will you get best results? Follow these four exceptional tips:

1. Address the letter to someone at company

If you know the person to whom your resume is going to be sent, ensure you use their name. If you don’t, address the HR manager or department manager. This tells them that the letter is not generic and will make them feel as though you have written it just for them. On an aside, this does not mean that you need to write a new cover letter every time you apply for a job, but you should change the name of the person you are addressing.

2. Make your point precisely

Has anyone ever told you to keep it straight and simple? This is something to keep in mind when you are writing your cover letter. The person who will be reading it has to read thousands of similar letters and simply does not have the time to wade through drivel and nonsense. Say what you want to say succinctly. Remember that when you write, you need to focus on the points that make you right for the job, not just generally promote yourself, though this is helpful too.

3. Keep it formal

You will want to use phrases such as ‘awesome’, contractions like ‘I’m’ and ‘you’ll’ and a variety of other words are not appropriate for a cover letter. Be formal when you speak (in written form) and ensure what you are saying shows enough respect to the person you are saying it to. This being said, you need not be cold and clinical. You can write in a warm tone and be friendly, but don’t cross any boundaries. Saying things such as “when you hire me” will get your resume booted out of that room before you’ve even had a chance to sell yourself.

4. Check your work

So you’ve completed your cover letter? Well done. But have you checked it. Proofreading your cover letter is a must and ensures that silly errors such as “I arm very detail-oriented” never see the light of day. Mistakes such as “I am the write righter” are also going to make you look foolish, so don’t rush through your proofread. Consider the language you have used too. Have you used words whose meanings you are unclear on? Does the complexity of the specifications concerning the career description leave you discombobulated? You hate having to interpret what people are trying to say, and coincidentally, so do managers. Be clear and simple, stay away from language you are not comfortable with and check your work.

An extra golden rule of thumb should be: don’t use your cover letter to make promises you cannot keep. If you’re not learning Spanish, taking math classes at night or plan on climbing Everest, don’t include them.

How to Prepare for a Job Interview

Once you’ve made enough of an impression on an interviewer to be granted the chance to sell yourself, you don’t want to squander it by being unprepared. To ensure you are prepared for a job interview though, you are going to have to do some hard work.

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Prepare your Skills

Are you up to date with the latest changes to your job skills? If you think you are, you may have this one in the bag, but if there is even the smallest amount of doubt in your mind, you need to brush up on those skills. An interviewer will want to know that you can do the job well and that means you have to show them that you are at the top of your game. This is where the hard work comes in, because you will have to do some research and some studying to ensure you’re presenting your best face to the interviewer, so to speak, and your best skill sets.

Prepare for Discussion

If you don’t have your finger on the pulse of current events, now is the time to start reading the newspaper. You want your potential employer to know that you are interested in the world around you and that you can make conversation. If you are applying for a position in sales, or any kind of relationship management, this is especially important. This doesn’t mean that you need to know everything there is to know about every major world event of the last decade. Simply, find out what is happening in the world now, and even for those events, you need only have a few talking points.

Prepare your mind

Being mentally prepared for a job interview can make the difference between being hired or not. This is easy enough to do as long before the interview, but if you haven’t done it before you walk in the door, you may as well kiss the job goodbye. Mental preparation doesn’t mean hours of yoga and meditation. It is simply opening up a little internal dialogue and telling yourself that you are ready, confident and giving yourself a lot of positive reinforcement. Some people do take this to the extreme and walk into interviews with confidence bordering on arrogance. This is not what you need. You just need to show the interviewer that you can cope under pressure.

In the interview

One of the most important rules for thinking on your feet is remembering to breathe. Once you are in the interview itself, you can prepare yourself to answer every question by simply taking a breath before you start talking. This two second head start will give you time to think and will ensure that your brain is getting enough oxygen. It will also help you stay calm under pressure, and though it may seem like the silence is stretching for hours, just one second can make a very big difference. It could be the impressive feature that gets you hired.

How to Master the Job Search Using Social Media

Looking for a job is never an easy task, and even in this day and age when social media has presented us with a variety of platforms and choices, getting the right job can still be a little daunting. But as much as the chance to use social media can be a frightening one, given the amount of places and faces we are given as options, it can also be a wonderland of opportunity.

Social Media

So how do you go about actively looking for a job when you’re on social media? While LinkedIn makes it easy by allowing you to view all of the jobs in your network, other social media platforms can make the job search a little more challenging.

Twitter

Many people do not understand what differentiates Twitter from Facebook, besides the 160 character limit. But Twitter was built with a very different purpose. This is a series of microblogs, an information-sharing portal where you can get new knowledge and be updated on issues. It is certainly not the place to explain the lengths and depths of how drunk you were at a party.

This is one of the best places to find a job for two reasons. The first is that you can follow the types of companies you want to work for, and ensure you keep an eye on their available jobs, and second, you can promote yourself with smart chatter and promotional posting, that is, an occasional mention of your achievements.

Facebook

This is a platform that is first and foremost, a social gathering place, but that doesn’t mean you can’t use that to your advantage. One of the beauties of Facebook is that you can use it to learn more about a company you want to work for. You can glean a lot by a company’s Facebook page, including who else works there, what their voice is (are they funny and silly or formal and no-nonsense) and a variety of other things.

And when you want to be found? Simply liking their group, or making friends with a few of the employees can take you halfway to a job.

Blogging sites

Whether you host a blog on Wix, WordPress, Joomla, these are a great way to connect to a potential employer. When you submit an application for a job, you can direct people to your blog for the chance to find out more about you, about what interests you and learn your tone of voice (which is a reflector of your personality).

Having a blog may seem like a boring exercise to you, but posting just one or two articles a week, especially if they are related to the type of job you do, will stand you in good stead. Companies want to know that the people they are thinking of hiring are smart, think about issues affecting the industry, and know how to share that knowledge with others.

Remember the golden rule of social media: if you wouldn’t tell your mom or boss about it, don’t put it online.

5 Things You Shouldn’t Include on Your Resume

There are many things that you should definitely include on your resume, from the skill sets you have, to your working experience and in some cases, even your hobbies. However, some people think that it’s appropriate to include their every waking thought on their resume and this can only be a recipe for disaster. If you’re planning on getting your resume into the hands of someone who may actually hire you, leave out some of the following information. There’s nothing wrong with a creative resume, but it’s important to consider the content carefully.

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1. Clubs that don’t matter

Being a member of a speech club when you work in marketing is something that should definitely be on your CV as it is relevant to what you do. However, if you have a regular girl’s night out drinking club, or a back alley fight club, stop typing before those make their way onto the page. Those are the kinds of things your potential employers do not need to know about.

2. Religious affiliation

No matter what religion you do or do not practice, your resume is not the place to be vocal about it. Sure, if you need Jewish holidays off work, or you won’t be eating red meat over Lent, you can discuss that in the interview, if it is relevant, but don’t put it on your resume. Your boss does not need to know what religion you follow and frankly, you may make him or her a little uncomfortable just by bringing it up.

3. Political affiliations

If you love being involved in politics, that is great for you, but your potential manager doesn’t want to know about it, unless of course you are applying for a job in politics. If Hilary Clinton is your hero, or you hate everything Barack Obama does, that may make a nice conversation to have one day down the line, but it doesn’t belong on your resume.

4. Unrelated self-promotion

If you’re applying for a job as a personal trainer, you should definitely include the number of times you go to gym every week on your resume. But when you’re going to be working in a bank, your manager to be doesn’t need to know it. Don’t be fooled into thinking that other people share your interests, and on both the resume and during the interview, don’t bring up unrelated personal self-promotion. The fact that you can eat 15 hot dogs in under 30 seconds is an achievement, but not one for your resume.

5. Quotes from your friends

If a previous manager has given you a quote about your performance, include it, with the details of that manager. If your friends do it, just keep it to yourself. Your new manager may want to know about your work in the past, but they don’t want to know that your friends think you are ‘selfless and caring’ or that you are ‘the ultimate party animal’. One day when you’re having a chat, bring it up, but keep it out of your resume.

5 Platforms for Creative Resumes and CVs

There was a time when a resume created in Microsoft Word was acceptable but that time has come and gone. These days, if you don’t have a resume that looks attractive and that is different from all of the rest, in the eyes of an employer, you don’t really exist. But not everyone is a designer, and you certainly don’t have access to hundreds of dollars to make your resume stand out, so how do you get the creative resume that says “Hire me” without the cost?

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1. About Me

This platform is a very clever one that allows the creation of a presence, which you can then connect to LinkedIn, Facebook and a number of other online platforms. What is so great about this site is that it lets you add photos, examples of your work and a variety of other elements so that anyone looking at it will instantly gauge who you are and why they should hire you. There are lots of resumes to view so you can use them as example.

2. Prezi

Admittedly, if you haven’t used Prezi before, the movement and the zooming in and out might make you a little dizzy, but keep in mind that this program allows you to create a timeline of your life, a showcase of your work, and add in a little flavor, spice, animation and other things that tell a story of who you are. This software is often referred to as the next logical step from PowerPoint and once you use it, you might never be able to go back to PowerPoint, or Word, ever again.

3. Resoomay – a great source for examples

This smart recruitment platform allows you to create a CV that tells a story beyond your working life. It has been created specifically for those in IT, but is smart in that it lets you create resumes in video format. While this may not be your field, what this site should teach you is how a video resume can make a huge impact.

4. Visualize.Me – resume and CV examples

Show off your skills on this digital platform and ensure the people you apply to know what your skill set is. Applying for a job can be really tough when everyone says they can do the tasks outlined in the job spec, but when you can show potential employers that you really have those skills, you’re already ahead. This platform gives you the space to share the work you’ve done and prove to the potential employer that not only can you talk the talk, but you have the skills and experience to walk the walk.

5. PictoCV

This platform is often described as a site for people who love design but who can’t design. This platform allows you to create a CV in picture form, like an infographic that tells the story of your working life better than a resume ever could. What is so smart about it is that, unlike other sites, it is not just a way of arranging existing information, but prompts you to think outside of the proverbial box, which is a skill interviewers want to see before you ever step into the interview room.