If you long for the glowing warmth of a crackling fire but installing a gas or

If you long for the glowing warmth of a crackling fire but installing a gas or wood-burning fireplace would be impractical in your home, consider an electric alternative. Unlike gas and wood fireplaces that require chimneys for ventilation, electric fireplaces can be installed in any room—no vent needed. They don’t create fumes or soot, which makes them safer than traditional fireplaces, and yet their flickering flames are remarkably realistic. They can be quite affordable, too. If you’re intrigued by the idea of an electric fireplace, keep reading to learn the most important shopping considerations—and why homeowners consider the following models to be the best electric fireplace options on the market. While a handful of today’s electric fireplaces are for looks only, meaning they produce light but no heat, the majority generate warmth in much the same way a space heater does. Some come with thermostats to help maintain a steady temperature in the room, while others feature basic settings, such as “Low,” “Medium,” or “High.” All electric fireplaces offer the illusion of flickering flames, but heat options come in three basic types. Advances in LED light technology, in combinati...

Pebble poop: Causes, remedies, and when to see a doctor

People often pass pebble poop in small, hard, separate lumps. However, the stool can also appear as a solid piece that looks as though it consists of pebbles. Both types are a sign of constipation. Constipation is a common problem that most people experience from time to time. Chronic constipation can be painful, and it may indicate an underlying health problem. In this article, learn about the causes of pebble poop, as well as the possible treatments and home remedies. This breakage can happen during digestion, or it may take place in the anus immediately before a person has a bowel movement. It can be more difficult to pass these small pellets than a normal stool, and a person may strain to poop. Most people have a regular bowel movement pattern, passing stool from between three times a day to once every 3 days. People with longer digestion periods and less frequent pooping may develop hard stools. When food passes through the digestive system, the colon absorbs some of the water that the food contains. Food that passes more slowly than usual spends too much time in the colon. As a result, the colon absorbs too much water, and the stool may become hard. The Bristol stool chart...

20 Best At Home Gym Equipment To Stay Fit & Toned While Stuck Inside

Corona is a now full-blown pandemic, rapidly spreading throughout the world. As of March 17, 2020, 4,226 people are reportedly infected with coronavirus in the United States alone. That may not seem like a lot, but the speed at which the number of those infected is what is truly alarming. Due to the quickness at which the virus spreads, Italy ordered a nationwide quarantine on March 10th, with citizens banned from leaving their homes. Though the United States isn’t quarantined, we are limiting unnecessary human exposure by practicing social distancing. Due to CDC guidelines to reduce the spread of coronavirus, people who go to the gym every day are now stuck at home. Just because the gyms are closed doesn’t mean you have to stop working out. Exercise is a great way to stay in shape and keep yourself from stressing out about the pandemic. Whether you’re practicing social distancing or doing self-quarantine, don’t allow coronavirus to keep you from doing what you love. You can still enjoy and reap the benefits of a workout from home. So, invest in your health during these trying times with home gym equipment you can easily order online. Ankle weights are a must-have for any...

12 Of The Best Work-From-Home Athleisure Pieces For Men

If this is your first time registering, please check your inbox for more information about the benefits of your Forbes account and what you can do next! With more and more people working from home than ever—especially, well, right now in lockdown—you get to skip the slacks and collared shirts in the morning and pound away at work in your jammies. Working from home can be stressful and presents its own set of challenges, especially if you have kids, but let’s face it, you could present yourself maybe a little better than jammies. Having an actual outfit will make you feel more productive, useful, and put together. The good news: you don’t have to sacrifice comfort for a great outfit. Not with modern athleisure. The definition of athleisure is always shifting, but basically, it’s clothing you can both work out or lounge in, usually made from polyester or another flexible fabric. An athleisure outfit can look (semi) professional while keeping you cozy while you’re working from home. After all, you may not be interfacing person-to-person, but you will have to be on video calls with your higher-ups—and you don’t want to look like you just rolled out of bed. Strafing the line between...

The power grid is a complicated beast, regardless of where you live. Power plants have to

The power grid is a complicated beast, regardless of where you live. Power plants have to send energy to all of their clients at a constant frequency and voltage (regardless of the demand at any one time), and to do that they need a wide array of equipment. From transformers and voltage regulators to line reactors and capacitors, breakers and fuses, and solid-state and specialized mechanical relays, almost every branch of engineering can be found in the power grid. Of course, we shouldn’t leave out the most obvious part of the grid: the wires that actually form the grid itself. There are typically two types of power lines that make up the grid, which can be divided based on their function. One group consists of smaller, lower-voltage lines (under 30 kV in most situations) which deliver power to homes and businesses. These are known as distribution lines, and can be buried underground in newer neighborhoods or are strung on smaller poles around 40 feet in height. The number of energy-carrying wires on them is three or fewer (per circuit, some distribution poles carry more than one three-phase circuit) and they tend to hold other equipment on them as well, such as transformers, fu...

The Little Snowie 2 Ice Shaver is the perfect at-home snow-cone maker

Dessert time is a constant battle in our house. Both of our boys, Jerome (16) and Bucky (5), are always campaigning for treats after dinner. After busy days, my wife and I “can’t even,” so we raise the white flag and let them eat candy, ice cream, or some other similarly unhealthy confection. When we finally got a snow cone maker, it was a game changer. Now, we can make relatively healthy desserts and not feel guilty about it. Though “snow-cone maker” and “shaved-ice machine” are often used interchangeably, there is a slight difference. Snow cone makers grind or crush ice to create hail-like pellets, while shaved-ice machines shave the ice to create a more snow-like treat. The shaved ice soaks up syrup. But, the syrup tends to sink to the bottom of snow cones. Based in Salt Lake City, Snowie specializes in shaved ice makers for commercial use. They provide everything you need to start your own shaved ice business. The Little Snowie 2 is the company’s attempt to introduce high-quality ice shavers into the home. And, in my opinion, they did an outstanding job. Below are the ways that this unit stands out. At 12 inches deep by 13 inch...

Aging infrastructure presents a key challenge to the water industry. Deteriorating assets threaten to undermine continuity

Aging infrastructure presents a key challenge to the water industry. Deteriorating assets threaten to undermine continuity of water supply and water quality. Industry-wide reform is required to ensure long-term asset investment decisions can be made without causing significant increases in the cost of water. Water utilities need to make prudent investment decisions in order to maximise the life of water assets. This paper considers the rehabilitation of concrete tanks, finding that a large multi-site rehabilitation program can be executed to effectively extend service life and maintain safe water supply. The Australian water industry owns and operates assets with a combined value of over $160 billion. There are 220 urban water authorities supplying water to over 20 million people and employing over 31,000 people, with 75,544GL supplied in 2015-16. It is a significant industry adding over $13 billion to the Australian economy in 2015-16. Annual capital expenditure is estimated to be between $3.5 and $4.5 billion, 8.7 per cent of national infrastructure investment. The price of water is low but, unless some significant reform in the industry occurs, prices are set to rise dramatic...

NASA’s Perseverance Rover’s New Rugged Wheels Can Grip

NASA’s new Mars rover, Perseverance, nears completion as it’s fitted with new wheels and a large air brake parachute. The rover had its wheels fitted for the primary time final yr, however these had been engineering mannequin wheels that are used for becoming and testing, akin to checking whether or not the rover may stand by itself wheels and take its personal weight. With that testing now full, the NASA workforce may take away the mannequin wheels and substitute them with the actual wheels that the rover will run on when it reaches Mars. Perseverance has barely totally different wheels than NASA’s different Mars rover, Curiosity. Perseverance’s wheels are barely bigger in diameter, at 52.6 centimeters (20.7 inches) versus 50.eight centimeters, and are additionally barely narrower. Curiosity’s wheels have 24 broadly spaced treads in a chevron sample, which prevents the rover from slipping sideways because it strikes throughout unstable surfaces like sand because it climbs up the winding path of Mount Sharp. Perseverance, alternatively, has wheels with 48 gently curved treads which might be spaced intently collectively, which NASA engineers have discovered give the identical qua...