Monday, February 24, 2014

Carbon Monoxide

Recently one person in a New York restaurant was killed and several others were hospitalized due to inhaling carbon monoxide.  How can you avoid exposure to dangerous levels of this colorless, odorless, poisonous gas?  The Consumer Product Safety Commission has several tips in its Carbon Monoxide Information Center:

At home you need to keep a close eye on any equipment or appliance that burns fuel.  In a public building like a restaurant you can inquire about their most recent safety inspections, but you may also want to consider the charms of dining on the patio.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Bermuda Triangle

Many ships and planes have disappeared over the last several years in an area of the Atlantic Ocean commonly referred to as The Bermuda Triangle.  Speculation about the causes of these disappearances has ranged from aliens, to sea monsters, to wormholes.  The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has a few theories to offer which are somewhat more firmly rooted in science:

Although, "oceanic flatulence" is certainly something I wish was science fiction rather than science.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Surgeon General's Report on Smoking

1964 was an important year for America.  It brought us not only the Beatles, but also the Surgeon General's first report on the dangers of smoking.  In recognition of the 50th anniversary of the original report, a new report has been issued to review the progress we've made:

The report reveals that in 1964, 42% of the adult population smoked.  In 2014 that number has dropped to 18%.  Still, "5.6 million children alive today will ultimately die early from smoking if we do not do more to reduce current smoking rates."  George Harrison died from lung cancer.  Let's hope the mega-talents of tomorrow will avoid the pitfalls of smoking and survive to see the 50th anniversaries of their legendary bands.

Monday, February 3, 2014


Are you a small business owner, or do you hope to be one some day?  Do you need help or advice on how to grow your business or obtain financial assistance?  If so, you may want to explore the BusinessUSA site:

It's a joint venture of the White House and 13 other federal agencies.  It will direct you to resources such as government loans, the Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE), and the Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) in your area, as well as providing you with information about hiring, exporting, and taxes.  So, make it your business to check out BusinessUSA.  It will be a good investment of your time.