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A Self-Motivated Man Achieves his Goal of Joining the Army

by: the Common Constitutionalist

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What would you do to achieve a goal? Many have gone to extraordinary lengths to get where they want to go. But for a dream to become realty, motivation is the key. And not just motivation, but self-motivation.

Most understand that being motivated by others in easier by far. This is the reason many do not achieve their goals. Self-motivation is hard. There is no one standing behind you telling you to push through the pain, get up at the crack of dawn, or work another hour or two. It’s all on you.

But if somebody wants something bad enough, very little can stand in they way of that end. A shining example of this is one William Guinn, Jr. of Abilene, Texas. No – his dream wasn’t to cure cancer or become rich and famous. His dream was simply to join the Army.

You might ask – how difficult can that be? People join the military all the time. It can’t be that hard. It’s not, unless you weigh almost 460 lbs., as did Mr. Guinn. read more

3D Printed Running Shoes

The 3D Runner will be available to the public in a limited run, at least to...
The 3D Runner will be available to the public in a limited run, at least to begin(Credit: Adidas)

3D printing is breaking down all kinds of barriers when it comes to made-to-fit products, ushering in everything from titanium heel replacements to self-built bridges. Adidas has been exploring these possibilities when it comes to footwear for a little while, leading to the launch of its first 3D-printed trainer for the public, the 3D Runner. read more

Navy EOD Officer Took Gold at Paralympics

He is a Navy special operations officer who was blinded serving his country – and who has now won the USA two Paralympic gold swimming medals in Rio.

Little wonder then that Bradley Snyder is to have his extraordinary life made into a Hollywood movie, with Inception star Joseph Gordon-Levitt being lined up to portray the bomb disposal officer as he sustains, and overcomes, his wounds.

But the 32-year-old star of Team USA told DailyMail.com he did not want people to think he was a hero – or a victim.

His extraordinary journey has seen Snyder serve alongside Navy SEALs in Iraq and Afghanistan after deciding to serve when as a high school student he watched on television as the twin towers fell. read more

Records are Made to be Broken – Or Not

Practice makes perfect.

For most of us, that saying holds some weight – the more you practice something, the better you will get at it.

But new research shows it is not that simple for professional athletes.

Some experts believe we are reaching the limit of what training and practice can achieve, and that soon record-breaking athletes will be a thing of the past.

Some experts believe we are reaching the limit of what training and practice can achieve, and that soon record-breaking athletes will be a thing of the past. Jamaica's Usain Bolt (pictured) has held the 100m and 200m world records for seven years

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Bike Assist Drive Wheel

The Rubbee 2.0 has a longer range and is

The Rubbee 2.0 has a longer range and is “smarter” than the original model

While there are plenty of add-on electric bicycle motors out there, the Rubbee takes a particularly interesting approach. The product of a successful Kickstarter campaign, it incorporates a powered polyurethane roller that rubs against the bike’s rear tire (hence the name), helping to augment the rider’s pedaling power by driving the wheel forward. read more

Sweat-Sensing Wristband

Javey and his team set out to develop a device that tracks key chemicals in real-time ...

Javey and his team set out to develop a device that tracks key chemicals in real-time and can be worn comfortably while the subject moves around during exercise

Our sweat contains a bunch of useful information about our bodies, but diving in to retrieve it hasn’t always been so straightforward. Eyeing a future where wearables not only track our heart rate and activity, but things like hydration and muscle fatigue as well, Berkeley engineers have developed a flexible sensor that can measure biochemicals in perspiration in real-time to build a more complete picture of our well-being.

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Fitness Device That Doesn’t Look Like One

The Misfit Ray can rest on wrists or sway from necks, via hidden spring bars

The Misfit Ray can rest on wrists or sway from necks, via hidden spring bars (Credit: Misfit)

Although activity trackers come in a variety of shapes and types, most look like what they’re assumed to be. The latest device from Misfit, however, bucks trends with a unique fashion-forward design. The Misfit Ray fitness and sleep monitor features a minimalist, cylindrical aluminum body that keeps track of personal activity no matter how it’s worn. read more