Oct 24

Rest your mind the right way to boost learning

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http://www.futurity.org/learning-memory-mind-787882/

man looks crazy while studyingScientists have previously found that resting the mind, such as daydreaming, helps strengthen memories of events and retention of information.

Now, research shows that the right kind of mental rest, which strengthens and consolidates memories from recent learning, may boost later learning.

At the University of Texas at Austin, graduate student research Margaret Schlichting and associate professor of psychology and neuroscience Alison Preston gave participants in the study two learning tasks in which participants were asked to memorize different series of associated photo pairs.

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Oct 24

Thousands Will Die From Flu This Year, Doctors Predict (Video)

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Although concerns are mounting across the nation of Ebola exposure, doctors fear the focus could be diverting attention from another potential threat: the flu. Every year, there are more than 20,000 pediatric hospitalizations with the Centers for Disease Control reporting five deaths from the flu since May in cases hitting the East Coast early. Last year, only half of all Americans got vaccinated.

 

Oct 24

How the sharing economy is catching on

Posted by: Administrator in Business & Economy |

http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/Technology+and+Science/ID/2548003320/

Between us there's a fence but certainly no middle man collecting fees. We call it sharing. Listening to the creators of the biggest, most profitable "sharing economy" websites, you really have to wonder how we've come to describe this new method of doing business in this way. And the need to pay attention is no small matter. Your neighbors are doing it. But this peer to peer economy is not for everyone and  is not without its' critics.

 

Oct 24

Smart bike wheel could change transportation’s future

Posted by: Administrator in Science & Technology |

http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/smart-bike-wheel-could-change-transportations-future/

Since it was invented in the 19th century, the basic concept of the bicycle has stayed the same. But as Michelle Miller explains, that may be changing. In technical terms, it is a lightweight, highly efficient pedal assist wheel fully operated through the Smart App on your smart phone. In other terms Smart Wheel is an amazing tool that makes your commute easier, faster and smarter.

 

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Oct 24

Predictions Of 'Peak Oil' Production Prove Slippery

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http://www.opb.org/news/article/npr-predictions-of-peak-oil-production-prove-slippery/

Workers with line up pipe while drilling for oil in the Bakken shale formation outside Watford City, N.D., an area experiencing an oil boom.

The dustiest portion of my home library includes the 1980s books — about how Japan’s economy would dominate the world.

And then there are the 1990s books — about how the Y2K computer glitch would end the modern era.

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Oct 24

How to be fitter, happier and more successful: stop dreaming and start getting real

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http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/oliver-burkeman-column/2014/oct/16/fitter-happier-more-successful-mental-contrasting

You can’t always get what you want, but if you try some negative thinking, you might get that promotion you actually need.

A glass of water 'Picturing an imaginary glass of water might make people less motivated to get up and head to the watercooler or the tap'. Aaron Tilley Photograph

In 2011, the New York University psychologist Gabriele Oettingen published the results of an elegant study, conducted with her colleague Heather Kappes, in which participants were deprived of water. Some of these parched volunteers were then taken through a guided visualization exercise, in which they were asked to picture an icy glass of water, the very thing they presumably craved. Afterwards, by measuring everyone’s blood pressure, Oettingen discovered that the exercise had drained people’s energy levels, and made them relax. The implication is startling: picturing an imaginary glass of water might make people less motivated to get up and head to the watercooler or the tap in order to quench their real, non-imaginary thirst.

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Oct 23

Does your beard affect a job interview? (Video)

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On the streets where we live, we now find hides with more hair than in any other period during our lifetimes. According to a couple of investment banks and at least one manufacturing company, razor sales declined last year because of an increased interest in facial hair. The acceptability of facial hair at work probably depends on the kind of beard each individual can grow. Bearded professionals can all recall unruly times on their faces. But now manicured grooming habits ensure no matter how long ago he decided to flash some whiskers few hiring managers now judge a man by the scruff of his face.

 

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Oct 23

New treatment could help Americans with spinal cord injuries

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http://www.clipsyndicate.com/video/play/5396235

Epidural stimulation is the first promising therapy to demonstrate that a damaged spinal cord may be repaired. The study seems to indicate that electrical stimulation can reprogram damaged nerves in the spinal cord so they regain the ability to receive stimuli. Researchers implanted a stimulator into the abdomen of each patient. The stimulator was originally developed for use in pain but was refined for use as an epidural spinal cord stimulator.

 

Oct 23

Eat well to age well

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http://www.azfamily.com/news/health/Eat-Well-to-Age-Well-278600691.html

“We all have heard since we were born, 'Eat your fruits and vegetables, eat your fruits and vegetables,' ” Registered Dietitian Janae Richey with Banner Health said. When choosing food, look for lots of colors, according to Richey. “The more colors, the more vitamins and antioxidants you are going to get,” she said. Another source of antioxidants is "dark chocolate, 70 percent cocoa or more," according to Richey. It is also important to stay hydrated. “Drinking water is definitely the best thing, and it is also very cleansing. Water helps cleanse our body out," Richey explains.

 

Oct 23

Forget the car: Millennials are walking

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A new study from the U.S. Public Interest Research Group suggests the generation of Americans born between 1983 and 2000 are driving less than their parents for all sorts of reasons. Some embrace the urban, walkable downtown neighborhoods where cars are inconvenient and expensive. Others are simply looking to save money on gas, insurance and parking. Whatever the case, the study suggests it's a growing trend.

 

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