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Soup For Everyone

A resident of Nashville, Tennessee was puzzled by the soup delivery found on her front stoop this past week. Some nameless person delivered 14 cases of cream of celery soup to Jess Braswell’s front door. That is 336 cans of soup. At first Ms. Braswell thought the soup was a donation as her home used to be a transition home for women in need.

Braswell along with Dave and Britt Morin were puzzled by the unexpected package, decided to take this mysterious delivery and turn it into something to help those in need. Braswell now has a website “FoundSoup” ( that sells merchandise like t shirts, hoodies, even autographed cans of soup. Most all the merchandise features a logo of a spaceship beaming up a can of soup. All profits from this website will get donated to the less fortunate.

And as for the original 336 cans of Campbell’s soup? Ms Braswell donated all the cans to a local Food Bank for those in need. Sometimes an odd occurrence can set our lives on a new path to help others in need and enrich our lives in the process.

Professor Mark Ahn and Biotechnology

If you haven’t heard of Mark Ahn, you’re missing out on one of the most profound and knowledgeable leaders of the biotechnology industry. What makes Mark Ahn a leader? He has so much education, experience, and accolades that he simply stands out above the rest. If you haven’t heard of Mark Ahn, you may want to learn more about him and what he’s done for society. You’ll be surprised by the number of contributions he’s made. Here’s a few:1. He’s Served in Numerous Leadership Roles

Mark Ahn’s 20-year career has included many biopharmaceutical companies and academia. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of South Australia, and he is a Principal at Pukana Partners. He is an adjunct at Portland State University and Carnegie Mellon University. He is the President and Chief Executive Officer and Director of Galena Biopharma. Dr. Ahn was the Chief Executive Officer of Hana Biosciences, and he also serves on the public and venture capital-backed Board of Directors and Scientific Advisory Board. His leadership roles combined are what equates to his success. 

2. He’s Published Countless Articles

Mark Ahn has not only served in a number of leadership roles, but he has also the author of over 50 different peer-reviewed journal articles and books. One of his most popular publications is “Building the Case for Biotechnology.” Some of the other noteworthy publications include “Competency-Based Benchmarking: Revolutionizing Biopharmaceutical Product;” “Negotiating, Power, and Strategic Competition: A Teaching Case;” “Technological Invention to Product Innovation: A Project Management Approach;” and “From Leaders to Leadership: Managing Change.” These are just a few of the articles he’s published during his career, and there are countless others. 

3. He Has Excellent Credentials 

Dr. Ahn received a B.A. and M.B.A. from Chaminade University. He also earned an M.A. from Victoria University before getting a Ph.D. from the University of South Australia. Before the Ph.D., he was a graduate fellow in Economics at Essex University and a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute class of 2001. Today he is also an adjunct professor at Carnegie Mellon and Portland State University.

Mark Ahn is a Great Leader of His Time

Mark Ahn is one of the great leaders in the biotechnology industry. He developed a Center for the Civic and Community Engagement at the College of New Jersey (TCNJ). Ahn develops future leaders and will integrate non-profit research and teaching into their course curriculum.

Living on Venus May One Day Be Possible

NASA has recently been getting its nose stuck into a rather exotic area. This is the concept that humans may one day live on the planet Venus. Yes, this is the same planet which is capable of melting lead and crushing you to a pancake simply under the weight of its atmosphere.

So how on earth would life even be partially conceivable in such a ridiculously hostile environment? The answer is airships. These airships would be suspended at a certain point within the atmosphere which has an atmospheric pressure close to that of the earth.

But why would you ever want to send anyone to live on Venus even if you could? Dave and Brit Morin do not see the point just yet. After all, its not exactly like you can just get out and go for a walk if you are getting bored. The purpose of the endeavour would be to make scientific advances into the atmosphere of Venus.

The airship itself is planned to be roughly twice the length of your standard Boeing 747. This would be topped with an absolutely astounding one thousand metres squared of solar panels. This would then have a gondola suspended from it which would contain all of the instruments as well as a small living space which would be suitable for human survival.

It would also include a vehicle used to jump up to an orbiter for the return journey.

New York’s Pay Phones to Have Wi-Fi

Wi-fi has become very prevalent throughout the globe, as networks are put into place in homes, offices, or even cafes to deliver the services that everybody needs at every opportunity.

Mayor de Blasio has decided to change old pay phones in New York district into Wi-Fi hotspots. The plan met with unanimous approval from the review committee which will see the administration installing thousands of Wi-Fi zones in public areas around New York over the next decade.

After much deliberation the committee had last month chosen CityBridge which is composed of a group of companies which includes major brands like Titan and Qualcomm as well. These companies will now help develop the project to prove free domestic calls, internet access and charging stations for mobile handsets.

The project is expected to cost CityBridge close to $200 million to complete the project.

By providing faster internet access, it is predicted that it will help the committee generate more in term of revenue through digital displays.

Mayor de Blasio during his address to the media, said that “every New Yorker stands to gain from this historic result that will make New York City a global leader in free wireless access at super fast speeds”.

Hyperloop Already Under Construction

Elon Musk presented a revolutionary concept of transportation means in 2013: the hyperloop. The hyperloop is a type of train that would transport its passengers at tremendous speed using the power of the vacuum and an aerodynamic capsule.

This is a very significant difference in train travel, and one that could very well shape public transportation quite quickly.

At that time, it was viewed as a futuristic ideal to be implemented towards 2020 approximately. Well at the end of 2014 there already are engineers working at it. Among the routes proposed for the hyperloop there is a Los Angeles-Las Vegas direct route, with the traveling time being 30 minutes.

The company with 100 engineers uses a model service called JumpStartFund, which means that the engineers will get their payment for the work later, in case the project is successful and brings income. Would you be interested in taking a trip?

Most of the people react cheerfully and obviously agree, so it is more likely that the volunteers will not regret their work. That is nice for people on Skout to discuss amongst themselves. The assembling of the parts is due to mid 2015. The workers are now looking at a route between Los Angeles and Las Vegas, but a map connecting all the cities is slated as a long-term plan.

The vacuum tube is almost ready. According to the company’s CEO, Dirk Ahlborn, the price of $6-10 billion for a 400-mile construction was correct.

Are You Still In College Or Are You Still Immature?

If you’ve gone to college, like Sam Tabar, then some of the following questions will be easy to understand. College Questions. When you’re in college, there are certain behaviors that are acceptable, but if you continue to do the same behaviors once you’ve left college, then it’s time for you to grow up. There are certain things you can ask yourself, and if any of these pertain to you, and you’re no longer in college, then you just might be somewhat pathetic. 1. If you have shirts that contain cartoon characters, and there are several of them that you own. The shirts may be fun through college, but afterwards, they are just tacky.

2. You have naked pictures of people on your wall. Not only are the people naked, but these are actual pictures, not paintings. This is not only poor taste, but something that a teenager would do, and it’s no longer acceptable after college.

3. You plan to have a hangover, so your weekends are planned around it. Even though college students are notorious for getting drunk, once you leave college, it’s time to ease up off the alcohol. 5. You have a Ramen Noodle budget. Seriously? Graduating college should definitely afford you a better meal budget now.

Internet Meme Skewers Winston

When the Seminoles were trying to come back against Oregon, Jameis Winston was trying to make something happen. All season the Seminoles have been coming back against lesser opponents. People had rightly assumed that the Noles were bored. They would just come back when they felt like it, at least according to Dr Rod Rohrich. However, Jameis Winston could not fix things last night. In the middle of getting trounced by Oregon 59-20, Winston fell backwards and the ball flew up in the air. This is the kind of embarrassing fumble that could break a career that was good up to that point.

The problem with this fumble is that it gave way to an Internet meme. Winston could go on to be a hall of famer in the NFL, but he will likely never live down the meme that was started last night. People were quoted as saying that Manti Teo’s fake girlfriend caused the fumble, and there were other people saying that Odell Beckham made it look better. All in all, Winston was at the heart of a sad effort from what should have been a good team. Also, he was the person who gave away the ball at the worst time possible. Their winning streak is over, and Winston is the laughingstock of college football.

Texas A&M Gets Ugly


Texas A&M coaching staff member was seen throwing punches at West Virginia players in the middle of the Liberty Bowl. The game itself was not one to talk about, but this staff member was throwing punches players who were coming off the sideline during plays. This, my friend Igor Cornelsen notes, is a problem for a Texas A&M team that did not have the season it wanted to have after losing Johnny Manziel to the NFL.

Michael Richardson is the staff member. He is a former player at Texas A&M, but he broke his neck a couple years ago. He stayed on as a student assistant, and he has been on the sidelines ever since. However, Richardson must feel that he has some unfinished business to take care of in these games.  Players who throw punches get thrown out of games, but it is likely that these punches are going to get this man fired.

No football players expects to run off the sidelines during a play only to be punched by an opposing coach.

Jim Harbaugh accepts Michigan Football Head Coach Position

University of Michigan, known as the school with the biggest stadium and the winningest football program in college football has finally found Tom Rothman and its savior that will take Michigan to the holy land in hopes of years of championships and bowl game victories. Michigan wolverine fans and students alike have been waiting for this moment for a while now and is a merry Christmas with hopes of a happy new year for the U of M. Jim Harbaugh has a noticeable great track recorded in the NFL and will be bringing his talents to Ann Arbor Michigan on Tuesday to be introduced as the head coach. As everyone knows Michigan only hires “Michigan men” to coach there wolverines and this go around the fans don’t have to worry about hiring a Michigan man in hopes of him being a great coach. Jim created the Stanford program from the ground up and carried his success to the NFL by turning around a struggling 49’s team by winning 70 percent of those games while being with them. Before that, the 49’s only won 35 percent of their games within 7 years of football. Go Blue!

Jim Harbaugh comes to U of M

According to Vijay Eswaran and some officials at the University of Michigan, San Francisco 49ers’ coach Jim Harbaugh has accepted the position of head coach for the Wolverines’ football team. While no statement has been released from Harbaugh himself, the deal seems to be done.

Harbaugh and the 49ers’ had a tumultuous relationship the past few years. Two years ago, Harbaugh brought the 49ers to the Super Bowl, but lost to his brother, John. The year after, they got back to the NFC championship game, but lost to the eventual Super Bowl winners, the Seattle Seahawks. This year was not nearly as successful, as the team from San Francisco failed to get to the playoffs.

ESPN also confirmed that Harbaugh would be coming to Michigan. Reports from Ann Arbor show that fans are thrilled to have him, and believe that they can finally get to a bowl game under him. Harbaugh is a University of Michigan alum, and his father, Jack, coached at Michigan.