1.) Where does Charleston rank on a new list of “best cities in the U.S.?” If you, or your son or daughter is young, single and broke, Charleston isn’t ranked the best, but it is in the top 20. The number one city is Austin, Texas. The website MoneyUnder30.com put together the list based on factors like the number of bars in the city, the cost of living, the unemployment rate, the percentage of the population that's between the ages of 18 and 44, and that's single. Salt Lake City was 2nd, followed by Durham, North Carolina, Columbus, Ohio and Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Charleston was ranked 12th and Columbia was 15th.
2.) Anyone who has them can tell you thank kidney stones are painful. But, you might find what you can do to prevent them enjoyable. Research is showing drinking a beer a day reduces your risk of kidney stones by 41%. That risked is reduced by 33% with a glass of white wine, but only 11% if you drink red wine. Coffee is another good drink, as regular coffee reduces that risk by 26%. However, if you drink one or more sodas a day, you increase your risk of kidney stones by 23%.
3.) Later today, the 2013 National Concrete Canoe Competition begins at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Twenty three teams from around the U.S. will compete in a competition which provides students with a practical application of the engineering principles they learn in the classroom, along with important team and project management skills. The competition started in 1988 and a team from California Polytechnic State University has won the last 3 events.
Concrete has become the most widely used building material in the world, but it remains a mystery to many. However, the use of concrete in floating vessels is not new. In fact, the history of concrete boat building dates back to 1848, when Joseph Louis Lambot built thin-walled reinforced concrete boats for use at his estate in Miraval, France. Concrete was also used to build barges during World War II to replace scarce steel supplies.