Horizon Institute Of Sports Technology and The Arts

Horizon Institute Of Sports Technology and The Arts HISTA is a 501c(3) serving the youth in our community regionally in the DMV.
HISTA is a 501c3 educational resource located in Loudoun County, Virginia

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Mission: The Horizon Institute of Sports, Technology and the Arts (HISTA) focuses on a student-centered, guided interdisciplinary after school resource. HISTA promotes the athletic, technological education, artistic, and social growth of the individual


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Some US universities have shortened medical school programs from four years to three.

The standard US model for medical school is typically four years, but some universities have experimented with 3-year medical school programs, including New York University and Texas Tech. In recent years, fewer medical school students have chosen to study primary care, such as pediatrics, and more have picked specialties that earn higher pay, such as dermatology or cardiology. Three-year programs generally are offered as an incentive for students to pick primary care, in order to prevent shortages of primary care doctors. Rather than having to spend two years taking basic courses and two years of doing clinical work in different specialties to determine their preferred fields, students in accelerated programs finish in three years because they spend only one year doing clinical work because they already have chosen primary care.


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A raindrop falls with enough force to kill a mosquito.

Mosquitoes fly in the rain without injury because of their ability to ride the raindrops. A raindrop falls at a rate of about 10 miles (16.13 km) per hour, and in theory would have enough force to kill a mosquito on impact if the insect was on a solid surface. The force of the impact significantly decreases, however, if the mosquito is moving through the air. The insect's light weight means that the raindrop does not lose much momentum when it hits the mosquito. Also, the exoskeleton of the mosquito is durable enough to absorb the impact without the insect being injured. When a mosquito is hit by a raindrop while flying, the insect typically does not try to resist the force of the raindrop and will instead ride the raindrop until being able to resume flying -- usually unharmed.


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"Superfruit" is a term coined by marketers, not health experts, and even most "ordinary" fruit is extremely healthy.

Superfruits -- whose name was coined in in the early 2000s to refer to fruits that have high antioxidant levels -- have not been scientifically proved to be any better than other fruits. Antioxidants, the substances that give fruits their colors, are thought to strengthen the immune system and help prevent disease, but scientists do not know whether there is a limit to how many the body can absorb or when their benefits stop. There is no scientific definition of what constitutes a superfruit. Pomegranates, goji berries and acai berries are some of the most common fruits marketed as superfruits. Nutritionists tend to take the stance that superfruits have health benefits, but at roughly the same levels as other fruits, such as bananas or apples.


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Two companies, Anheuser-Busch InBev and MillerCoors, are responsible for selling more than 90% of the beer in the US. Americans consume about 6.3 billion gallons (23.85 billion liters) of beer per year and spend an estimated $200 billion US Dollars per year on beer. Anheuser-Busch InBev produced three of the top-five selling beers in the US in 2011, and MillerCoors produced the other two. In 2011, small, independent craft breweries accounted for about 6% of all beer sales in the US, up from roughly 1% 15 years earlier, and that percentage was projected to keep rising.


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Do you know how much it costs to make money?
It costs about 11 cents to make a US nickel, but less than 6 cents to make a dime.

The cost of producing a US coin depends on the specific coin. Quarters and nickels, for example, each cost a little more than 11 cents apiece to create, and a dime costs a little less than 6 cents to produce. A penny has a production cost of more than twice what it is worth, which has led to debates over eliminating them. In 2011, the average cost to make a penny was 2.41 cents. Although US coins are not made of precious metals, the cost for each coin generally depends on the size of the coin and the market price of the metal from which it is made. Quarters, dimes and nickels are made of copper and nickel alloy, and pennies are made of copper-plated zinc. Talk about inflation, WOW!


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Contrary to popular belief, the cell phone dates back to 1880.
The Photophone (as it was called at that time) was invented jointly by Alexander Graham Bell and his assistant Sarah Orr on February 19, 1880. Bell believed the photophone was his most important invention. The device allowed for the transmission of sound on a beam of light. On June 3, 1880, Bell transmitted the first wireless telephone message on his newly-invented photophone. In the Washington, D.C. experiment, Bell and Tainter succeeded in communicating clearly over a distance of some 700 ft. (about 213 m), using plain sunlight as the light source. Although the photophone was an extremely important invention, it was many years before the significance of Bell's work was fully recognized. Bell's original photophone failed to protect transmissions from outside interferences, such as clouds, that easily disrupted transport. Imagine a cellphone in the year 1880. Simply amazing!


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Japanese farmers grow square watermelons, partly because they take up less refrigerator space.

Square watermelons are actual watermelon fruits that are grown into square shapes. They are not genetically modified at all. Instead, the watermelons are placed into glass cube containers so that the watermelons take the form of the containers. Japanese farmers began to grow and sell square watermelons in 1981, at a price equivalent to about $83 US Dollars (USD) each. The purpose of the square watermelons was to make them easier to stack and ship, as well as to preserve refrigerator space. The high price of square watermelons is a main reason why they are not widely purchased, and farmers typically use other options for saving space. For example, American farmers often grow small watermelons that will fit on standard refrigerator shelves for convenience purposes.


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Higher temperatures might make it harder to make complex decisions.

Warm temperatures have been found to make it more difficult to think and make complex decisions. Researchers found that people in warmer temperatures tend to choose the simplest available options rather than weighing different options. This is thought to occur because the brain uses additional glucose to regulate the body’s temperature, especially to cool the body. This might leave less glucose for the brain to use as energy for performing mental tasks. Temperature tends to affect decision making mainly when a person is experiencing a temperature to which he or she is not adapted, such as when on vacation in a different climate. Those who regularly live in warm climates do not have their thinking affected.


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US spending on oil (about $700 billion USD per year) is less than 25% of that spent on healthcare services.

The United States spends about $700 billion US Dollars (USD) per year on oil imports. This represents about 4% of the country's gross domestic product (GDP), according to 2012 estimates, and is about as much as it spends on accommodation and restaurant services -- but much less than the roughly 17% spent on healthcare. The amount spent on oil imports is projected to decline as the use of fuel-efficient vehicles and renewable energy sources increases. In 2012, the Energy Information Administration projected that oil imports were on pace to drop by 50% -- to 1987 levels -- within two years.


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