Mar 01

Study: Binge Drinkers ‘Less Intelligent’

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http://atlanta.cbslocal.com/2015/02/24/study-binge-drinkers-less-intelligent/ People who binge drink tend to lack intelligence, a new study finds.

People who binge drink tend to lack intelligence, a new study finds.

This could be just a moment's fun, or the beginning of a lifelong addiction.
Researchers out of the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, surveyed 50,000 young adult men.

"In this study of a general population, intelligence probably comes before the behavior, in this case, alcohol consumption and a pattern of drinking in late adolescence," Daniel Falstedt, a public health professor, told the Daily Express. "It could be the other way around for a minority of individuals, that is, when exposure to alcohol has led to cognitive impairment, but this is less likely to be found among young persons."

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Mar 01

Bill Gates: Can GMOs end world hunger by 2030?

Posted by: Administrator in Environment |

http://www.theverge.com/2015/2/18/8061437/bill-gates-can-gmos-end-world-hunger-by-2030

Depending on who you ask, genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, are the solution to malnutrition and hunger in the developing world, or a threat to food sovereignty. Bill Gates believes that in the next 15 years, Africa can increase its agricultural productivity by 1.5x. As our February guest editor, he narrates this episode of the Big Future to explain the combination of better seeds, education, and critical infrastructure needed to drive down poverty and improve life across the continent.

 

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Mar 01

Top 5 ‘Superfoods’ You’re Probably Not Eating (Video)

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http://cbsloc.al/1zXOvHr

Instead of focusing on what you shouldn’t be eating, Angela Lemond, RDN with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics said a healthy diet should be focused on what you should be eating. “There are some amazing foods out there that I think people are just not taking advantage of,” she explained. Here are just a few superfoods: Pumpkin Seeds, Bok Choy and Millet, and there are several more  mentioned in the video. 

 

Mar 01

How to search for the perfect mattress

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http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/how-to-search-for-the-perfect-mattress/

Do you choose a Simmons, a Serta, a Sealy? A posturepedic, temperpedic, ultra firm, ultra soft, memory foam, coil or no coil? Nancy Giles investigates the seemingly endless list of choices when it comes to choosing the right mattress. We all love a good night's sleep, and a good mattress can help. But a mattress can be one of the hardest things to buy, and a new survey by Consumer Reports found that about one in five people wished they'd bought a different mattress. It turns out that you don't have to spend a fortune to get a great mattress. Higher-priced frills such as additional coils or fancier fabrics really don't guarantee a better mattress.

 

Feb 28

These two rules let movies trick your brain

Posted by: Administrator in Entertainment |

http://www.futurity.org/movies-film-brain-861402/

movie clapper board and yellow flowers "There are a bunch of things that films can do that take the natural parameters that we experience in our everyday life and crank them up to 11," says Jeffrey M. Zacks, "and that has the opportunity to make films that are more powerful, more engaging, more responsive than what we've seen before."

A new book looks at what science call tell us about movies, including why we cry, flinch, duck, and tap our toes according to the action on the screen.

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Feb 28

Why reading and writing on paper can be better for your brain

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http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/feb/23/reading-writing-on-paper-better-for-brain-concentration

Some tests show that reading from a hard copy allows better concentration, while taking longhand notes versus typing onto laptops increases conceptual understanding and retention.

Some tests show that reading from a hard copy allows better concentration, while taking longhand notes versus typing onto laptops increases conceptual understanding and retention Photograph: Don McPhee for the Guardian

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Feb 28

Check insurance before offering your home as a short-term rental

Posted by: Administrator in Business & Economy |

http://www.komonews.com/news/consumer/Check-insurance-before-offering-your-home-as-a-short-term-rental-292823531.html

Thousands of people make extra cash by renting all or part of their homes to out-of- town visitors. But be careful. The NW Insurance Council cautions those money-making plans can backfire. "If you're currently using your personal property for business purposes, it's important to know that you don't have coverage under your personal auto or homeowners policy, " explained council President Karl Newman.He says the insurance industry applauds the innovation, but regards sharing your home or car for profit as more than just sharing. It's business. While you're posting pictures and promoting your property, make sure you're protected just in case.

 

Feb 28

What exactly is 'game theory'?

Posted by: Administrator in Science & Technology |

http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-31503875

The Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis - currently negotiating over the fate of his country's debt - is a student of "game theory". But what is it, asks Chris Stokel-Walker.

Rock, scissors
"Some commentators rushed to presume that as Greece's new finance minister I was busily devising bluffs, stratagems and outside options, struggling to improve upon a weak hand," wrote Varoufakis in the New York Times this week. "If anything, my game-theory background convinced me that it would be pure folly to think of the current deliberations between Greece and our partners as a bargaining game to be won or lost via bluffs and tactical subterfuge."

Game theory can be described as the mathematical study of decision-making, of conflict and strategy in social situations.

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Feb 27

How Can We Explain The Mystery Of Consciousness?

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http://www.ted.com/talks/david_chalmers_how_do_you_explain_consciousness

Philosopher David Chalmers asks why humans have a sense of self, a constantly running movie full of sensation and internal chatter. He offers two ideas about the nature of consciousness. David Chalmers is a philosopher at the Australian National University and New York University. He studies the philosophy of mind and related areas of cognitive science. One of his areas of interest is the "extended mind," the idea that the mind is not confined to skin or skull, but may extend beyond them. Consciousness also is what makes life worth living. If we weren't conscious, nothing in our lives would have meaning or value. Some people say a science of consciousness is impossible. Science, by its nature, is objective. Consciousness, by its nature, is subjective. So there can never be a science of consciousness. For much of the 20th century, that view held sway. Psychologists studied behavior objectively, neuroscientists studied the brain objectively, and nobody even mentioned consciousness.

 

Feb 27

Your subconscious is smarter than you might think

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http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20150217-how-smart-is-your-subconscious

We feel that we are in control when our brains figure out puzzles or read words, says Tom Stafford, but a new experiment shows just how much work is going on underneath the surface of our conscious minds

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It is a common misconception that we know our own minds. As I move around the world, walking and talking, I experience myself thinking thoughts. "What shall I have for lunch?", I ask myself. Or I think, "I wonder why she did that?" and try and figure it out. It is natural to assume that this experience of myself is a complete report of my mind. It is natural, but wrong.

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