Making Slime at Home

If you’ve never seen the Crazy Russian Hacker’s videos, you should run to the computer to watch them. He mixes humor with a great understanding of science to create entertaining videos, some of which can be reproduced at home. Here is a great one for making slime. The kids will love it.



Want Perky Breasts? Here is an Idea…

 Jenene Chesbrough
Photo by Jenene Chesbrough

For those who don’t want to go under the knife for a breast enhancement, there is now the chance to enjoy “The Botox Boob Job.” That’s right. These injectables will apparently plump up your breasts.

As Dr. Nirdosh said, “The Breastox- Botox is fast becoming the must have pre-red carpet procedure for my celebrity clients.” He explains that it works best for “those who are between a cup size A and C and is safer and quicker than regular surgery.”

The treatment costs £1,000 or approximately $1500 or $1600 US dollars. The process means that you inject Botox into the pectoral muscles which relaxes them and has the shoulders and chest muscles take up the slack. The breasts are lifted as a result and look more firm and higher. It lasts for as long as six months.

Dr. Nirdosh explains that it actually takes less than 30 minutes to do the treatment and there are no known side effects and no scars.

Tea and Coffee: Good for Your Health or Not?

As the winter approaches, many of us turn to tea and coffee throughout our day. Is this a bad decision? Are these drinks actually dehydrating as some believe? Here is a quick explanation of the benefits and disadvantages of these hot drinks.


photo by Mo Riza

Research has shown that drinking three or four cups of tea a day can cut down your chances of having a heart attack. It can help prevent type 1 diabetes and also slow the progression if you’ve already got this issue. For those who drink black tea four times a day for six weeks, research has found that it can lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol. It also has fluoride which protects the teeth.

Now, green tea in particular is supposed to help against lung cancer and reduce the risk of oesophageal cancer in women by as much as 60%. Both green and white tea can also help with aging, as they have anti-oxidants.

White tea has also found to help prevent obesity.

Now, some of the disadvantages of tea include that it may contain pesticides, even if it’s labeled as organic. Drinking large quantities of tea could inhibit the absorption or iron in the body because of the tannin in the tea. Caffeinated teas can cause anxiety and a rise in blood pressure. And if you add milk to your tea, you just might cancel out the benefits it has against cancer.


Coffee has been found, by researchers, to help prevent type 2 diabetes and to protect the liver against liver damage and liver cancer. It can decrease the risk of gout for men over 40 and may reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. It improves short term memory and reaction times and can reduce the risk of heart disease.

The disadvantage of coffee include that it creates tooth discoloration and decreases blood flow to the heart. For women who are pregnant, it can lead to still births and premature birth (in large quantities).

Cancer Survivors Walk the Catwalk to Raise Money

Invitation110414_1041amTonight there will be a very special program held at the Wythe Hotel in Williamsburg, New York. Cancer survivors wearing custom-made styles from Brooklyn designers will stroll on a pink runway. This will be the first Pink Runway Fashion Show and it will include 19 models who are all cancer survivors and doctors. They will raise money for the Breast Cancer Center at Maimonides Health Center in Borough Park.

The evening costs $150 a ticket and includes deejays, cocktails and the runway show emceed by Brooklyn Nets home game host Ally Love.

The models range in age from 25-65 and almost two dozen designers have donated the dresses, jewelry, shoes and hats. There are two teams who will be there to do makeup and hair for the party. All of the outfits will then be donated or auctioned at the end of the evening.

Now that’s a special event worth being part of.

Watch Those Calories When You Pop Into Starbucks

caloiresAs the holidays approach and the weather cools, many people are drawn to those delicious drinks that they have at Starbucks and other locations. But you should be aware of just how many calories, and how much sugar, one such drink has.

The World Health Organization has offered guidelines for sugar consumption that indicate that women should have no more than 25g a day and men no more than 35g. When examining the sugar content in 20 different drinks, the Daily Mail found that the worst offender was the Starbucks skimmed Honey and Almond Hot Chocolate with whip. This drink came to a whopping 61g of sugar (or 15 teaspoons!).

Now, a grande Honey and Almond Hot Chocloate from Starbucks that is made with full fat milk and has whipped cream contains 524 calories.

Many people who pop into a café on the way to or from work may not realize just how many calories they are consuming. Be forewarned and plan accordingly!

Teach For America, Boston College & Francisco D’Agostino

teach for americaTeach For America is a program with which every college student should be familiar. They work in partnership with communities to expand the educational opportunities for children who face poverty. Founded in 1990, Teach For America recruits college graduates for a two-year commitment to teach in high-need areas.

Recently, Boston College, where Francisco D’Agostino graduated with a BS in Economics and Finance, ranked 5th in the country among medium sized colleges and universities that contribute their alumni to Teach For America. In the 2014 teaching corps, there were 29 Boston College graduates and approximately 400 Boston College alumni have served in total in the program.

In the medium school category, Boston College was beat only by Howard University, Vanderbilt University, George Washington University and Harvard. The top five schools that contribute to Teach For America in the large school category were, in order, the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, Arizona State University, University of California-Berkeley, University of Southern California, and University of California-Los Angeles.

Certainly, alumni from these schools, like Francisco D’Agostino, have something to be proud of with these results. And Teach For America is certainly a program worth looking into for those graduating soon from college.