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The Non-Word of the Day


When writing a resume you’re probably looking for attention grabbing catch phrases and words.  Most people think including their ability to think in a “creative” manner or having an “effective” work ethic will get them the job, but the use of these words in a resume will have just the opposite affect nowadays.

According to LinkedIn, a professional online network, the top five words/phrases that will get your resume laughed at or worse, thrown out without a second glance, are:

  1. Creative
  2. Organizational
  3. Effective
  4. Extensive Experience
  5. Track Record

These words replaced 2010’s list of ‘results-oriented,’ ‘entrepreneurial’ and ‘fast-paced’ as the most overused words employers heard and found irritating after the umpteenth time of hearing them.

LinkedIn, with its more than 135 million members, is the largest online professional network with access to jobs, people, and other resources.  The company’s research breeds results that make job seekers rethink their strategy to get that dream job they’ve always wanted.

One of the company’s managers, Danielle Restivo, suggests a better way to get the job would be to add specifics to the resume.  Instead of using vague phrases like “creative” or “extensive experience” show the prospective employer creativity through the description of past projects or how much experience you have by telling him/her your accomplishments in the field.

Around the world there are senseless words used to fluff up one’s resume.  In Brazil ‘multinational’ is thrown around aimlessly while in Spain employers “grew weary of hearing the word ‘managerial’” as a worker’s attempt at getting the job.  No matter where in the world you’re looking for a job, it’s best to avoid fluff words like these and get down to the real meat of your resume.

Modern Humans Mated with Extinct-Species Desinovans

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A new report has revealed that the modern human may have mated with and shares similar genes with an extinct-species known as the Desinovans.

The Desinovans are similar to neanderthals and lived in central and eastern Asia over 40,000 years ago.  Right now, scientists only have a few bone fragments that led them to the discovery of the species.  The bones, which are a finer bone, a tooth, and toe bone, are currently undergoing additional analysis.

Scientists believe the species split from the neanderthal branch around 300,000 years ago and this latest research shows that Desinovans mated with people in Asia, and not just in Oceania.

Scientists used complex computer simulations of genetic date that lead to their results.

New Technology May Let Paralyzed Walk

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A suit that would allow those who are paralyzed to walk again is currently in the works.

Dr. Miguel Nicolells, who has been working at Duke University, and his collaborators have found a key to helping them create the suit.

The process works by sending electrical messages of sensation to the brain.  The sensations than convey to the body that there are different textures.

Nicolells’ goal is to have a young quadriplegic walk across the field to open the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

HIV Neutralizer Found in Breast Milk Antibody

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A study has found that antibodies in breast milk can help neutralize HIV and even kill HIV-infected cells.

This is the first study to look into these antibodies and their infection blocking functions.

It also showed that by enhancing these antibodies, it can help reduce HIV transmission via breastfeeding.  Currently around half of all 350,000 new infant HIV infections every year come from breast milk.

The only alternative is formula feeding, which does not provide as much nutrients as possible.

Gene Therapy May Help those with HIV

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Gene therapy has been found to reduce levels of HIV in an early trial of Sangamo Biosciences Inc’s HIV treatment. The treatment has so far even eliminated the virus in one patient.

The trial tested a gene therapy known as SB-728 T, which disrupts the CCR5 gene of HIV.  The CCR5 gene infects cells in the immune system.

If proven to be safe, the treatment could change the way HIV is treated.  Antirectroural drugs, which are now used to keep the virus under control, could no longer be needed.

The results were presented in Chicago on Sunday, Sept. 18, and the company plans to further investigate their findings.

Currently 33 million people in the world are HIV positive.

Stroke Risk Reduced by Pears and Apples

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By eating fruits with white edible parts, like pears and apples, one can reduce the risk of stroke by 52% says a study in the journal Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association.  The study was done by researchers at Wageningen University of the Netherlands.

This study is the first of its kind and involved 20,069 adults who had no cardiovascular disease.  However by the end of the ten year study, there was 223 documented strokes.

The study revealed that strokes were not impacted by consumption of orange/yellow and red/purple fruits, however that white fruits led to a 52% decrease in strokes.  The research team also discovered that there is a 9% reduced risk of stroke for every 25 grams in white fruit and vegetables daily consumption.

The study was led by Linda M. Oude Griep, M.Sc., and her team.

The Effects of Sleep Deprivation

Sleep-deprived brains turn themselves off

We all know how it feels to run on too little of sleep. Some of us become irritable, moody, sensitive, and even emotional. The lack of sleep can completely throw some people off of their everyday normal schedule, making it difficult to get back on track. For others the lack of sleep can have no effect on their lives and they are able to function normally day to day.

Studies today have come to some conclusions on exactly what effects lack of sleep can have on the human body and brain. One recent breakthrough researchers have discovered while experimenting with rats is once they become sleep deprived their brains actually begin to shut down, although they are still awake. We are able to link the same type of effects to humans because of how vital sleep is to both humans and animals.

The lack of sleep along with these recent findings are worrisome to many because it means that there are local symptoms of tiredness before there are global signs. This can have devastating consequences especially when it comes to an example like getting behind the wheel. This continued research is key when it comes to sharing the warnings of sleep deprivation.

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