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Cut the Cord On Your Work Periodically to Avoid Burnout

Cut the Cord On Your Work Periodically to Avoid Burnout

It’s Saturday afternoon and you’re relaxing at home. Have you checked your work email today? If so, you’re probably contributing to your own burnout.

As business site Entrepreneur points out, staying connected to your job is easier than ever. While it might help you feel more productive, it drains you over the long run. To stave off the inevitable burnout, you need to take some time to completely disconnect every once in a while.

Disconnecting is the most important burnout strategy on this list, because if you can’t find time to remove yourself electronically from your work, then you’ve never really left work. Making yourself available to your work 24/7 exposes you to a constant barrage of stressors that prevent you from refocusing and recharging. If taking the entire evening or weekend off from handling work e-mails and calls isn’t realistic, try designating specific times to check in on emails and respond to voicemails. For example, on weekday evenings, you may check emails after dinner, and on the weekend you may check your messages on Saturday afternoon while your kids are playing sports. Scheduling such short blocks of time alleviates stress without sacrificing your availability.

Of course, if you only disconnect when it’s convenient, you’ll never do it. Instead, put those blocks of time in your schedule. If you know that you’re going to cut off your internet connection or turn off your email notifications by 5PM Friday, you have more motivation to make sure everything’s done before then.

10 Signs You’re Burning Out (And How To Stop It) | Entrepreneur

Photo by Ben Sutherland.

Here’s How Robby Gordon Deals With Traffic

On and off-road racing legend Robby Gordon drove his V8-powered four-seat buggy in this month’s Mexican 1000 Baja race . This clip shot by a local fan gives you an idea of why he was the first car across the finish line.

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Windows 95 on an Apple Watch is wonderfully impractical

The quest to put Windows 95 on seemingly everything just achieved one of its biggest — or rather, smallest — feats to date. Nick Lee managed to get Microsoft's classic operating system running on an Apple Watch by modfiying a WatchKit app to load…

Meet SpaceX’s SuperDraco thruster, the key to landing a Dragon on Mars

In this conceptual image, eight SuperDraco thrusters fire as a Dragon spacecraft enters the Martian atmosphere at supersonic speeds. (credit: SpaceX)

This week SpaceX announced plans to land a Dragon spacecraft on Mars by 2018. This would be a monumental achievement for NASA or any other national space agency, let alone a single company, considering the 6,000kg Dragon is nearly an order of magnitude more massive than anything previously landed on the red planet.

With the long-term goal of Mars colonization squarely in its crosshair, SpaceX has been testing key technologies needed to land on Mars for years. One of them is supersonic retro-propulsion, which Ars revealed has been tested on upgraded Falcon 9 rockets since September 2013. Supersonic retro-propulsion proved a resounding success.

But the Falcon 9 and its Merlin engines won’t be going to Mars. SpaceX will use a different type of propulsion, the SuperDraco thruster, to propulsively land on the red planet. Here’s how the landing will work: as the Dragon (dubbed Red Dragon) begins its descent to Mars at supersonic speeds, the spacecraft will fire eight of these thrusters into this onrushing atmosphere.

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Make Delicious Vegan Waffles With Tofu Instead of Eggs

Make Delicious Vegan Waffles With Tofu Instead of Eggs

If you’re looking for a tasty vegan breakfast treat, these tofu waffles will taste like the real thing. You can even use your favorite waffle mix.

Waffles usually call for eggs in the batter, but Kristen Miglore at Food52 suggests tofu makes a great replacement. You just need some silken tofu, coconut oil, and about half a lemon’s worth of juice. The combination of the coconut oil, sugar, and a touch of lemon makes the waffles taste like real buttermilk or overnight yeasted waffles. You don’t taste the tofu at all even though the waffles are mostly tofu. You can blend the tofu, coconut oil, and lemon juice with some soy milk and add it to your favorite pancake and waffle mix, or check out the from-scratch recipe at the link below.…

Genius Crispy, Fluffy (Vegan) Waffles with a Very Strange Secret Ingredient | Food52

Photo by Vegan Feast Catering.

Michigan Senate Bills Would Give Car Hackers Life In Prison

The FBI sent out a PSA just over a month ago warning us all about the risks of car hacking, but drivers in Michigan may not have to worry about that too much after all. If two new bills pass through the state’s Senate, hackers of electronic vehicle systems could face a sentence of up to life in prison.

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Garmin’s ‘Varia Vision’ headset is the Google Glass of cycling

The thing about cycling is that it's only as complicated a pastime as you make it. An $80 Huffy performs the same basic function as a carbon-fiber street racer costing 100 times more, just with a lesser degree of effectiveness. Similarly, you can go…

Join Us Down The Rabbit Hole Of Conspiracies About Lewis Hamilton’s Failing Power Units

Formula One returns to Russia’s Sochi Autodrom this weekend. Sadly for Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton, his power unit failures returned as well, forcing him out at the end of the second qualifying session. So, we donned a tin-foil hat and channeled our inner Alex Jones to try to explain it.

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The leap second: Because our clocks are more accurate than the Earth

(credit: Toni Verdú Carbó)

We’ve recently been treated to that extra day in February that reminds us that 2016 is a leap year. Introduced by Julius Caesar, the leap day is necessary because the orbital year is not exactly equal to the 365 days of our calendar year. Without the adjustment, this year’s spring-like Christmas would eventually become routine even without climate change. After a few more generations, the snows of July would give way again to sweltering afternoons. Given enough time, the seasons would march across the calendar.

In order for the months to retain their traditional characters, the leap day is inserted every four years (with some exceptions). It keeps the calendar in sync with our expectations for the seasons.

But throwing an occasional day at the problem isn’t enough. Just as a watch requires periodic adjustments to keep it in agreement with the real time, we need to make occasional tweaks to our global watch. But what is this global watch, and what is the “real” time that it needs to agree with?

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Six robots inspired by real-life animals

By Cat DiStasio Many scientific and engineering developments were lifted right out of nature, but none more so than robots built to act like real-life animals. Biomimicry is the term for innovations like these, which draw inspiration from the power…