Cat DiStasio

writer // mama // kitchen wizard // adventurer

Columbus, Ohio, USA

Cat DiStasio



Why I broke up with corporate America

<img class="progressiveMedia-noscript js-progressiveMedia-inner" src="*7qPNm52r2PHUVBIuP_IH-A.jpeg"> Simultaneously, research reports that young professionals aren’t that into freelancing and that they are leaving the corporate world in droves. I’m not sure which is true, and I’m not convinced it even matters, because the fact is, there are millions more freelancers each year.

Elon Musk hints at neural lace project to fuse AI with the human brain

Since SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk suggested he might back development of a neural lace to insert artificial intelligence into the human brain, he has been the subject of many questions. The entrepreneur is known to keep secrets, so many have wondered whether he had already invested in such a project when he made the comment in June.
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Award-winning ‘NaturePlay’ film offers an inspiring look at Scandinavia’s nature-based education system

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Hasbro creates a wonky Mr. Potato Head to remind consumers that odd-looking produce is perfectly fine & shouldn’t be wasted

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Tesla and SolarCity to add more energy storage in 2016 than the entire country did last year

Tesla – no longer ‘just’ a car company by any means – plans to add more energy storage capacity with SolarCity this year than the entire country installed in 2015. And it’s not just a little bit more – the total could add up to more than double last year’s installed capacity, depending on which projects are included in the tally.
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Guide to diffusing essential oils for your child’s health and well-being + recipes for 5 beneficial blends

Diffusing oils is the safest way for children to reap the benefits, while minimizing the possibility of overexposure. Although many essential oils are safe to be used topically when properly diluted, they can still cause some irritation, especially on a child’s sensitive skin. Diffusing is also a convenient way to treat your whole family and your home at the same time, without having to make time for topical applications.
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Elon Musk tells Stephen Colbert dropping nuclear bombs on Mars will make it human-friendly

Last night, SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk appeared on The Late Show and revealed some plans for Mars that sound a little out there. On only the second night since Stephen Colbert debuted on the talk show, Musk explained the fastest way to turn Mars into a human-friendly planet is to attack it with nuclear weapons.
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HOW TO: Make 4 different kinds of ice chalk for fun outdoor art projects on hot summer days

Whisk together, pour into popsicle molds, and freeze for several hours (ideally overnight). How much? Good question. It depends on the volume of your molds, so a little math is necessary to figure out your exact quantities. You’ll need to mix up each individual ice chalk pop separately, in order to make them each a different color, so keep that in mind as you read about what I did.
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Self-driving electric “robocabs” could slash GHG emissions 94%, study shows

Autonomous vehicle research and development is hot, hot, hot. Google’s self-driving cars are on the streets already, Uber is laying the groundwork, and Tesla’s upcoming update for the Model S will include some ‘self-steering’ features as well. We’ve joked about the idea of self-driving taxi cabs, but researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory are taking the concept quite seriously.
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Solar roofs in New York City schools become part of the curriculum

One New York City public school is paving the way for teachers to share hands-on learning opportunities with students, using beautiful green-topped roofs and a collection of solar panels. PS 41, located in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village, has sported a green roof since 2003 and added a solar array in 2013 after years of planning and design.
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Hyperloop CEO says the 700mph ride could be free for passengers

The Hyperloop track proposed to offer super-speed travel between San Francisco and Los Angeles has to be one of the most exciting projects slated for the coming decade. In concept, the ultra-high-speed tram seems like luxury sent straight from the future, but Elon Musk’s futuristic pipe dream could be free for commuters.
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Sun-powered Solar Impulse begins longest, most dangerous leg of round-the-world flight

Solar Impulse 2, the solar-powered aircraft with room for only one person, lifted off from China at 2:39am local time May 31, beginning the five-day journey across the Pacific Ocean to Hawaii. This news comes three weeks after the original departure date, which was pushed back repeatedly as dangerous storms threatened the flightplan and the pilot’s safety.
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Cat DiStasio

Cat DiStasio is a freelance writer specializing in business, human resources, technology, and sustainability. Previous to her freelance career, Cat worked in human resources with a focus on recruiting. She holds a B.A. in Ethnic, Gender, and Labor Studies from the University of Washington. Cat believes wholeheartedly in the healing power of freshly baked bread.