Researchers at Queen’s University Belfast have developed a highly innovative new enzyme biomarker test that has the potential to indicate diseases and bacterial contamination saving time, money and possibly lives. The test, developed by scientists at the Institute for Global Food Security at Queen’s, can detect enzyme markers of disease known as proteases in humans, animals and food products. Proteases are crucial for microorganism growth and are responsible for the progression of many diseases. Levels of proteases can be highly elevated in the urine of patients with diabetic kidney disease, or at the sites of infected wounds. Similarly, in cows, an elevation of proteases in their milk can reveal diseases such as bovine mastitis, a type of mammary gland infection. In food, proteases produced by bacteria contaminated in meat and dairy products can lead to rancidity, as well as decreased shelf life and quality. Current protease detection methods are costly, time-consuming and … [Read more...] about Innovative New Test Could Save Time, Money, Lives
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Best answer: LED bulbs, including smart lights, are much more energy-efficient than older incandescent bulbs, but the higher upfront cost of smart bulbs means you won't break even for a while.Amazon: LIFX Color 1000 ($50) Upfront costs Smart home brands love to tout their bulbs as being energy-efficient, saving you money in the long term, and while you can certainly cut your electric bill by a decent amount by switching to LED bulbs, you need to consider the significantly higher upfront costs involved with getting smart lights. Smart lights will cost you more upfront, but if you're coming from incandescent bulbs, you'll save quite a bit annually. Popular brands like Philips Hue and LIFX charge anywhere from $20 to $50 per bulb, depending on factors like shape, size, and whether they can output different colors or simply varying shades of white. If you go the Philips Hue route, you'll also need to factor in the Hue Bridge needed to link them together, adding another $50 upfront. By … [Read more...] about Do smart lights actually save you money?
provided by Published 10:49 am PST, Thursday, December 20, 2018 WAYHOME studio/Shutterstock Everyone makes money mistakes. Certified financial planner Eric Roberge shares his advice on what to do when you've made a mistake with your money. Instead of beating yourself up for the money mistake, acknowledge that it happened, and take responsibility. Commit to making better financial decisions, and actually take action. Let's take a quick quiz. Count how many times you answer "yes" to the following questions: Have you ever... Overdrafted your checking account? Forgotten to pay a bill? Spent more than you earned? Acted on bad financial advice? Chosen to spend your money instead of save it? Ignored a financial problem instead of dealing with it? Procrastinated on an important task in your financial life until it was too late? Now, add up the total. Is your score "1" or higher? Congratulations! You're perfectly normal. Everyone makes mistakes with their … [Read more...] about I’m a financial planner, and I’ve realized absolutely everyone makes money mistakes. Here are the first 4 things to do when you mess up.
The number of streamers making money on Twitch nearly doubled this year, as the popularity of Fortnite and the platform’s broadening scope drew more and more viewers. Twitch has been seen as the most competitive mainstream threat to YouTube as it continues to grow — but it still hasn’t managed to pull top YouTube creators away from their main platform. Twitch remains a relatively small service for creators: Twitch didn’t say how many streamers in total are generating revenue, but the platform saw an 86 percent increase between 2017 and 2018 in how many broadcasters were being paid. Breakout stars like Fortnite player Tyler “Ninja” Blevins, who stated he earns six figures a month just from streaming, have shown that the platform can become a profitable place for creators looking to get discovered. And this year, we saw numerous big names on YouTube, like Logan Paul and Casey Neistat, heading to the platform. “I really leaned into Twitch hard … [Read more...] about More creators are making money on Twitch, but not everyone is jumping ship
Express-News Editorial Board Published 12:00 am CDT, Sunday, October 14, 2018 The Bexar County Comissioner’s Court (seen in July) let taxpayers down by refusing to cut budgeting to constables and other outdated posts. The Bexar County Comissioner’s Court (seen in July) let taxpayers down by refusing to cut budgeting to constables and other outdated posts. Photo: Ronald Cortes / Contributor Photo: Ronald Cortes / Contributor Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 The Bexar County Comissioner’s Court (seen in July) let taxpayers down by refusing to cut budgeting to constables and other outdated posts. The Bexar County Comissioner’s Court (seen in July) let taxpayers down by refusing to cut budgeting to constables and other outdated posts. … [Read more...] about Lack of political fortitude to save taxpayers money is troubling