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How to Clean Your Entire House in 30 Minutes

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No one likes a dirty house. When your living space is cluttered, it makes it harder to focus and get things done. Plus, studies have shown that a messy home can lead to higher levels of stress. But there’s a problem: cleaning your abode is rather dull and can seem to require an overwhelmingly long time commitment. 

While there are times when you do want to dedicate the better part of the day to cleaning every nook and cranny of your house, and occasionally do a thorough decluttering as well, getting your house in reasonably good shape on the regular, or when you have guests coming over, is something you can accomplish in surprisingly short order. 

Cleaning often takes up a lot of time because people don’t create a plan of attack. They wander from room to room, cleaning a little bit here and there, getting distracted, forgetting tools, retracing their steps, and mostly just wasting time. With a bit of organization, you can clean your house much, much faster. Sure, if you’ve got a huge home, it’s going to take a bit more time, but for the average house or apartment, you should be able to complete a basic clean in just thirty minutes. Here’s how.  

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Illustrated by Ted Slampyak

The post How to Clean Your Entire House in 30 Minutes appeared first on The Art of Manliness.

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lrwrp
2 days ago
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I feel like this assumes your house has been cleaned recently enough that the dust bunnies haven't gained sentience and reached a relatively advanced level of technology.
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The V8 Cadillac CT5-V Will Get A Manual: Spy Photos

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The new Cadillac CT5-V comes with a turbocharged V6 and way less power than the outgoing CTS-V, which is very upsetting. But Cadillac has promised a more powerful version of the CT5, and new spy photos show it may continue the legacy of the manual transmission.

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lrwrp
19 days ago
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It needs a WAGON.
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Ferret
19 days ago
Audi just allowed the RS6 Wagon as a special order direct from the factory in the US. Just need to scrape up $109k :D
lrwrp
19 days ago
If I'm spending 100k, I'm getting the AMG e63 S.
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You Should Set a Cadbury Egg on Fire

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Easter candy is the best candy. No other candy has the range! Not only does Easter candy encompass—nay, embrace—both chocolate and fruit-flavored confections with gusto, you cannot deny that egg-shaped candy is objectively fun and good. (Reese’s eggs have the best peanut butter-to-chocolate ratio; the trees and hearts…

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lrwrp
23 days ago
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intrigued...
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How to Get Noticed at Your New Job

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Ever thought you were a shoo-in for a promotion at work, only to watch your boss announce the role was going to someone else? It’s got to be one of the worst feelings you can experience.

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lrwrp
37 days ago
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Microwave fish in the break room. Eat it at your desk.
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Ferret
36 days ago
wrong kind of attention :D
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Why Deadlifting With Hex Plates Feels Like Hell on Earth

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If you went home for the holidays and visited a local gym to break a sweat, you probably know by now that not all gyms are created equal. Some are shitty by nature, filled with old, rusty weights and uneven flooring. But even at a perfectly new and well-equipped gym, things can sometimes just feel different, and…

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lrwrp
86 days ago
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Two reps with hex plates will answer this question. It's awful.
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Sweet! Sugars found in meteorites for the first time

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If you had to list the very basic elemental ingredients for life on Earth, you'd have to include carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, and nitrogen (collectively called CHON) as your main ones, plus a smattering of others like phosphorous, sodium, and iron. If you took a step up in complexity and included molecules, then you'd also want things like amino acids (the building blocks of proteins), nucleobases (the building blocks of nucleic acids like RNA and DNA), and sugars.

A lot of these chemicals are pretty simple, and form easily in the right conditions. Conditions on early Earth may have been conducive to construct them, but it may surprise you to find out things were pretty good in space, too. The very first solid bits of material to form in the disk of gas and dust swirling around the proto-Sun 4.6 billion years ago were rich in carbon and those other ingredients, even the complex ones.

And many of them have actually been found in meteorites! Amino acids, nucleobases, and other relatively complex molecules have been found in rocks that fell from space, ones that had been orbiting the Sun for tall those eons since they formed. Weirdly, though, one of the major ingredients has historically not been found: sugars, specifically the kind life is based on.

A small piece of the Murchison meteorite (right) with a simple chemical model of ribose, a sugar found in the meteorite. Credit: Yoshihiro Furukawa

However, scientists have just announced they have, for the first time, detected biological sugars in meteorites! This includes ribose, arabinose, xylose, and lyxose. Ribose is particularly important, because it's a key part of RNA — ribonucleic acid — which is critical in the formation of life on Earth. It's what's called a macromolecule (a very large and usually complex molecule) that can store a vast amount of information, and is used as a basis of a lot of biological processes. Life on Earth was probably based on RNA first, and then later was replaced by DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid). We still use RNA in our cells for a lot of functions.

The researchers looked at three different meteorites: NWA 801, NWA 7020, and the famous Murchison meteorite. All three are what are called carbonaceous chondrites, which are a group of "primitive" meteorites, meaning they formed very early in the history of the solar system and remain relatively unchanged since that time. In that sense they're like time capsules from over 4.5 billion years ago!

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Sugars have been found in meteorites like these before, but there has always been a problem with knowing if the sugars are native to the meteorites, or leeched into the meteorites as they sat on Earth, contaminating them. The researchers in this new work used a new technique that extracts sugars more reliably. Also, they were able to show that the sugars in the meteorites were much less likely to come from Earth, by looking at the isotopes of carbon in them.

Carbon is defined as an atom with 6 protons in its nucleus. If it has six neutrons there as well we call it 12C. That's by far the most common form of carbon on Earth, and the kind preferentially used in biological processes here. But there's a different kind with 7 neutrons, called 13C, and that's common in space. The sugars in the meteorites were enriched in 13C over the amount you'd expect to find from sugars on Earth, which supports the idea that they are indeed from space.

Artwork depicting meteors falling on the early Earth. Did they carry the building blocks for life on them? Many certainly did. Credit: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center Conceptual Image Lab

In those very early times in the solar system, grains of material condensed out of the solar nebula first, then collided with each other and grew. Eventually larger asteroids formed, and this complicated things since these had of water in them that could change the chemistry going on. The researchers here looked at the mineral structures of the meteorites and found evidence that some of the sugars could have formed early on, when the grains were very small, and some may have formed later, when the grains were in larger asteroids, where water was present. Even before the planets themselves formed, these sugars were coming together.

One thing they didn't find in the meteorites was deoxyribose (similar to ribose, but with an OH molecule replaced by a hydrogen atom in the structure). It's long been thought that meteorites like these supplied Earth with many of the basic chemicals needed for life. While the sample here is small the lack of deoxyribose is interesting. Extrapolating from this, it means that ribose could have been supplied much more than deoxyribose. There's an idea called "RNA world", which posits that early life on Earth was based on RNA, before DNA came about. The presence of ribose in the meteorites and lack of deoxyribose supports this idea, though of course doesn't confirm it. A lot of steps are still missing, but this is interesting.

The point is that scientists are still trying to figure this out, and while a picture is emerging, a lot of the pieces are still missing. Sugars are a big part of this, so this new research is a lovely step forward in filling in those gaps.

How did life start on Earth? We don't know, but perhaps someday soon we will.



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lrwrp
111 days ago
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Well this explains why meteorites are so bad for your teeth.
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