A College Degree May Prevent Heart Attacks

America’s Richest and Poorest States
In determining the richest and poorest states, website 27/7 Wall Street used the following criteria: median household income, population, 2016 unemployment rate and 2016 poverty rate. As you probably expect, the state of Mississippi ranked 50th. Other states falling in the lowest five include: West Virginia, Arkansas, Louisiana and Alabama. Median incomes from these states compute at $41,754, $43, 385, $44,334, $45,146 and $46,247 respectively. In contrast, the richest states include: Hawaii, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Alaska and, number one, Maryland. Median incomes reflect this wide gap. Average incomes for the richest states are $74,511, $75,297, $76,126, $76,440 and $78,945 respectively. Incomes in Maryland are nearly twice as high as incomes in Mississippi. To learn where New York falls, visit http://247wallst.com/special-report/2017/09/14/americas-richest-and-poorest-states-5/11/.

Why Coffee Makes You Poop
The website Live Science recently published research results from a number of studies that attempt to answer the question of why coffee has this effect on bowels. Although the research has not found the ultimate cause for the coffee effect, a 1990 study published in Gut, a journal of gastroenterology, coffee produces the release of gastrin, a hormone produced in the stomach which is known to produce increased motor activity in the colon. A 2003 study found strong diuretic tolerances that coffee produces in some individuals. To learn more about coffee-effects, click on https://www.livescience.com/45465-why-does-coffee-make-you-poop.html. Why Live Science published this article in 2017 is a mystery. But, it does make for interesting bathroom reading.

Census Measures Computer Use In America
The Census Bureau has measured U.S. computer use since 1984. In a featured graphic, the bureau published this computer use from 1984 to 2015. For example, figure 1 indicates the number of households with computers in 1984 as approximately 14%. In 2015 homes with computers rose to approximately 80%. Much of this data is age specific for various groups in the country. As one expects, percentages of households with individuals 15 to 34 was 81% while households with individuals ages 65 and over, owned and used computers in only 65% of households. For more information on computer use in the U.S., surf over to https://www.census.gov/content/dam/Census/library/publications/2017/acs/acs-37.pdf. Note: this information comes in a pdf file that requires Acrobat reader to open. Acrobat Reader is a free download from Acrobat.

A College Degree May Prevent Heart Attacks
According to a study reported by Medline Plus, individuals who earn a college degree have one-third smaller chances of getting heart disease. Three European university cooperated in the study: Oxford University, University College London and the University of Lausanne in Switzerland. So, in addition to higher salaries earned by college grads with better jobs, the degree produces better hearts. To find out more about this research, visit https://medlineplus.gov/news/fullstory_168147.html. Another good reason to stay in school.

3-D Printers Conquer New Areas
It seems that 3-D printers have become ubiquitous in the 21st century. This technology increasingly stays in the limelight as new uses are found daily. For example, NASA recently sent a 3-D printer to the international space station so that astronauts can print new repair parts for the space station. Another new breakthrough occurred last summer when the government agency NIST, National Institute of Standards and Technology, released a report about using these printers to print cement products. The press release featured the work of Austin Thomas who spent the summer developing cementitious materials for the building industry. This particular summer project focused on using concrete and cement with a plastic mesh imbedded for structural support. To learn whether houses will be printed of concrete two decades from now, surf over to https://www.nist.gov/blogs/taking-measure/printing-concrete-how-i-spent-my-summer-vacation. And so it goes.

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