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About Jacqueline Smith

I love your feedback, let me know what you are interested in! I am a technology writer in the SF Bay Area. This blog is "local green" and my other is Employee Recognition -- www.inspiredemployee.com

Healthy Food- how to find It!

Pinto! A new free food app. Ever wonder WHAT is healthy? Reading labels in tiny print doesn’t help much. It is hard to track what ingredients are in which categories like sugar, starch, vitamin.

 

Read on about Pinto:

WHY PINTO? The concept aims to deal a blow to food companies’ sleight of hand, which has to date brought Cheerios cereal dangerously close to being regulated as a cholesterol drug, led Vitaminwater’s lawyers to argue that “no consumer could reasonably be misled into thinking Vitaminwater was a healthy beverage,” and seen Kind Bars scolded by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for calling themselves “healthy” (the company argued it was its corporate philosophy that was healthy, ( WHAT? Read that twice!)not the product).

Pinto means to offer a rare brutal honesty in nutrition that favors the honesty over the brutality—not a Yelp for food, but rather a Snopes, backed by roughly 120 dietitians and nutritionists who have been consulting and field-testing for Pinto.

It’s easy to set up your profile & goals. Pick the items you eat- to learn more and you can also get the results for the content/vitamins/ingredients you are tracking.

While the app is free to consumers, Pinto makes money, strangely enough, by telling food retailers exactly what they’re selling. “Obviously they know what they’re selling in terms of ingredients,” says Slover. “But they don’t know how customers are seeing that inventory. A restaurant can learn how much of its menu is Whole30-compliant and shift marketing around that. We offer that data automatically, programmatically, across the board. The share of Americans with specific dietary needs and wants isn’t going anywhere. It’s only going to grow. What we sell is a way to lock in a relationship with them.”

Health in Asia, Talk on Hepatitis B and Liver Cancer

An Evening with Stanford’s Dr. Samuel So
Tuesday, July 24 from 5:30-7:30 PM in SF

Asia Society Northern California for a conversation on the latest on health with Dr. Samuel So who heads the Asian Liver Center at Stanford University and is an internationally recognized expert on hepatitis b, which affects 260 million people in the world (up to 100 million people in China alone) and is the major cause of liver cancer.

Stanford’s Asian Liver Center conducts translational research by which scientific research is translated into practical applications and policies to improve human health. The Asian Liver Center established a Center at Peking University in March 2012 to expand Stanford’s teaching and research opportunities in China.

Asia Society has many interesting and insightful talks, demonstrations, and discussions every month on a wide range of subjects: food, history, dance, health, trade and many more.
Northern California | Asia Society

All-veteran Solar Spring Break Serves up Power

If GRID ever needed a racing team, students from Perry Technical Institute would be the best pit crew around. Racking, microinverters and modules went up on the Sacramento-area roof in an organized and efficient manner while the future electricians of the group skillfully wired the 5.6 kilowatt solar electric system. Their second installation of the week may have come together in lightning speed, but efficiency and safety weren’t this team’s only notable characteristics.

The Perry Tech students were participating in GRID’s Solar Spring Break, an alternative break and service learning opportunity for college students. This particular team was unique because all of its members were veterans from different branches of the military. They are all currently studying at a trades school in Washington and connected with this opportunity through the Veterans Conservation Corps.

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GET LUCKY: a couple will win a Las Vegas wedding in a self-driving van

WHAT AN OCCASSION!!!  CSAAA “Triple A” is giving away a Wedding in Las Vegas and a tour in a self-driving car…. start making memories on Day 1 of your life with your spouse! Doesn’t this sound so good and geeky?

CONTEST: Win a LV WEDDNG AND autonomous car tour

AAA Nevya Las Vegas Shuttles

From this Venture Beat article: AAA will award a lucky couple a Las Vegas wedding in a self-driving van: Write a winning ESSAY: to tie the knot in one of its Navya cars, the self-driving shuttles that ferry folks between Las Vegas hotspots including the Fremont Street Experience and Donut Bar.

  • WHEN: submit an essay – Nevada residents 21 or older have until June 20
  • DETAILS: The lucky bride- and groom-to-be will get a 10 a.m. ceremony on June 30 in the Downtown Las Vegas Container Park. The wedding will be a stationary affair, but after the exchange of vows, the shuttles will carry the newlyweds through Vegas’ Fremont neighborhood.

Bees are your Buddies

Do you like to eat fruit? Bees are YOUR best friends. Parents – please teach your kids to respect Bees! Each year I read to Kindergartners – and each time I read books about BEES the kids say ” I hate Bees”. It stuns me and it starts at home. Teach your kids that insects, bees, butterflies provide honey, pollination and ultimately food for us. We LOVE BEES!!!

Bees and other pollinators play a vital role in our food production system by enabling the production of many of the nuts, fruits and vegetables in our diets. In total, pollinators make possible an astounding 35% of global food production and contribute more than $24 billion annually to the U.S. economy.But the number of managed honeybee colonies in the United States has declined from 6 million in the 1940s to just 2.5 million today – jeopardizing our food supply and domestic agriculture industry.3

FLASHBACK from 2014 – That’s why President Obama tasked the Secretary of Agriculture and the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency with co-chairing the Pollinator Health Task Force and leading the federal response to the devastating decline in populations of bees and other vital pollinators.

So far, both the USDA and EPA have displayed a disturbing lack of urgency when it comes to saving bees from deadly pesticides. In fact, the EPA’s current plan is to continue studying neonicotinoid pesticides until 2018 before it takes action to save our pollinators.

It’s 2018 and the story continues.Each person can CHOOSE to not use pesticides, like Round-up, and make their garden inviting to bees. We can make the difference. Round-up is still sold at COSTCO in gigantic containers… right next to the NATIVE BEE HOMES….. Let’s get smart. Don’t buy that toxic junk.  Besides- dandelions are great food for bees, their flowers bloom early and give the bees food when it is winter.   –The editor

 

Ice Cream & Ices – Learning More

Thanks SPARKPEOPLE – I needed to know this!

An Ice Cream Primer
Before we figure out which brands are best, let’s get the scoop on ice cream, fro-yo and all those other icy treats you know and love.

  • Frozen yogurt is yogurt that is frozen using a technique similar to soft serve. While lower in calories and fat than ice cream, not all frozen yogurt is made with live and active cultures the way that standard yogurt is. To make sure that a frozen yogurt contains “yogurt” and a significant amount of live and active cultures, look for the National Yogurt Association (NYA) Live & Active Cultures seal. Without that seal, frozen yogurt does not contain any probiotics.
  • Gelato. This Italian ice cream doesn’t have as much air as traditional ice cream, so it has a much denser texture.
  • Ice cream. As if you needed an explanation, this frozen treat is made from milk or cream, sugar and flavorings. The FDA requires that ice creams with solid additions (nuts, chocolate, fruit, etc.) contain at least 8 percent milk fat, while plain ice creams are required to have at least 10 percent milk fat. “French” ice cream is usually made with a cooked egg custard base.
  • Ice milk is made with lower-fat milk than ice cream, making it less creamy. However, it does contain fewer calories than ice cream.  Try Skinny Cow Ice cream sandwiches…so good!
  • Italian ice (also called Granita) is a mix of juice (or other liquid like coffee), water and sugar, usually in a 4:1 ratio of liquid to sugar. The ices are stirred frequently during freezing to give it a flaky texture. These are almost always fat-free, contain minimal additives and are the lowest in calories of all frozen desserts. You can also make this with WINE – SANGRIA in a bowl anyone?
  • Sherbet has a fruit juice base but often contains some milk, egg whites or gelatin to thicken and richen it. It’s a creamy version of sorbet (see below).
  • Slow-churned (double churned) ice cream is made through low-temperature extrusion, to make light ice cream taste richer, creamier, and more like the full-fat variety. Look for the terms “cold churned,” “slow churned” or “double churned” on the label, which refers to the extrusion’s churning process. Extrusion distributes the milk fat evenly throughout the product for added richness and texture without adding extra calories. By law, “light” ice cream must contain at least 50% less fat or 33% fewer calories than regular full-fat varieties.
  • Soft-serve is a soft “ice cream” that contains double the amount of air as standard ice cream, which stretches the ingredients and creates a lighter texture. It’s lower in fat and calories, but it often contains fillers and additives.
  • Sorbet, softer in consistency than a sherbet, is usually fruit and sugar that has been frozen. Its texture more “solid” and less flaky than Italian ice.

HerScan – a great Medical Breakthrough to Combat Breast Cancer!

THIS IS NOT A MAMOGRAM! it is an innovative ultrasound, with a much higher diagnosis rate than the traditional method. It doesn’t hurt. It takes 15 minutes. They will scan over lumps to get a more complete 3-D view. It can show cysts clearly. The technician also goes into your armpit area where you make have lumps, cysts and fatty lipomas.  You Do WANT TO KNOW! 

Faster better earlier detection can save your life! 

In the SF BAY AREA there are appointments available in Pleasanton, Berkeley, San Rafael, and Concord. On the website there is a list STATES, then select the CITY for a list of appointments near you. There are appointments  all over the USA. This is Mobile Medicine. So convenient.

The cost is $195 in most states, and $235 in California. The payment is due at the time of service.  HerScan accept smajor credit/debit cards and cash. Insurance doesn’t pay but don’t let that stop you.

HerScan is on a mission to make Breast Ultrasound more accessible and convenient for all women. We hope you will share this important information about your breast health with your family, friends, and co-workers! Spread the word about HerScan and help save a life!

For more information, please contact us at {register@herscan.com}

 

Doctors and Appointments the way you want them!

MEDICINE is changing. We have had video Doctors for remote locations for a long while, but now with more customer-focused medicine…. you can choose HOW to see your doctor.

There are so many innovations. There are also “One Minute Clinics” located in and around businesses, downtowns and in communities all over. I have had really good success with using these clinics.

Identifying Plants on Mt. Tamalpais – Environmental Forum of Marin

One TamBookjack BioBlitz and Rare Plant Treasure:

  • Friday, May 11 — 9:00 – 3:00 pm
  • Help identify and document every living species on Mt. Tam. A second BioBlitz will take place on June 9.

This group is a great resource for the Bay Area, with many classes, activities, talks and training sessions. They also have a video library that chronicles their projects and classes. — the editor

 

Master Class 44 Graduates Ready to Stir Up Some Trouble!

Each year, as the Forum’s Master Class students present their stewardship projects and graduate, we feel emboldened by our “Education for Action” mantra. Master Class Director, Norma Fragoso, and MC assistant Tom Arthur, organized expert speakers at various venues throughout Marin and provided engaging coursework to strengthen our students’ knowledge about environmental issues.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

  • www.MarinEFM.org
  • Environmental Forum of Marin | P.O. Box 151546, San Rafael, CA 94915 | 415-484-8336

Nvidia Discusses: More self-driving car investment, Using VR, Imaging

Nvidia CEO: Uber crash will spur more self-driving car investment

Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang said today that theUber crash in Tempe, Arizona last week would likely lead to more investment in self-driving cars, not less. “I believe as a result of what happened last week, the amount of investment into the seriousness of [autonomous vehicles] is going to go up,” he said during […]  Read the full story

Watch Nvidia drive a real car using Black Panther-style VR

One of the most exciting moments from the hit film Black Panther came to life today, as Nvidia’s Holodeck software enabled a driver using virtual reality to drive a car in the real world. Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang offered the demonstration at the 2018 GPU Technology Conference (GTC) as an aside while discussing autonomous car […]    Read the full story

Nvidia’s deep learning enhanced imagery can show a baby in the womb or beating heart

Nvidia showed off deep learning visualization 3D imagery of a beating heart and a baby in the womb, based on enhanced inferences from crude black-and-white ultrasound scans. Nvidia showed a demo dubbed Clara, a medical imaging supercomputer. It showed a baby in the womb, an image extracted from artificial intelligence analysis of a black-and-white ultrasound […]    Read the full story

Great reading …. From VENTURE BEAT