Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Speedlinking 11/8/06

Morning image is a a frosty November morning taken by Thickey:

Thank god(dess) the election crap is over. And . . . it's a good day not to be a Republican.

BODY
~ iVillage gives you the downlow on Ashtanga Yoga. Says them, "yoga is an incredible way to improve flexibility, increase strength, improve cardiovascular capacity, reduce stress and develop a mind-body connection."
~ Park Your Car And Walk To Store, School, Work. Also, take the stairs instead of the elevator; park at the far end of the parking lot; and stand instead of sitting whenever possible.
~ Exposure to chemicals may harm young brains. Most toxic chemicals aren't regulated.
~ Breastfeeding may not do much for verbal skills. "Preschoolers who were breast-fed show stronger verbal abilities than their bottle-fed peers, but the advantage may have more to do with their parents than with breast milk, a new study suggests."
~ New Solutions for Knee Pain. Latest Procedures Offer Hope for Knee Pain Sufferers.
~ Dopamine Used To Design Polymer That Could Help Damaged Nerves Reconnect.


PSYCHE
~ Childhood Trauma Ups Risk of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Makes sense from what I've seen. It seems like a stress disorder in which the body keeps breaking down tissue even in the absence of the original stress.
~ Low Levels Of Neurotransmitter Serotonin May Perpetuate Child Abuse Across Generations.
~ Prof asks: Why do we eat mindlessly, and what would help us stop? "He wants to know whether people grab more M&M's from a bowl if there are more colors (yes), if people tend to eat less popcorn at comic films such as "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" than during gloomy films (yes) and whether people are tuned into the subtle prompts such as mood and setting that affect their eating (generally, no)."
~ Anorexics attribute meaning to their symptoms. "Specifically, the team identified eight core "constructs" that play central functions in the maintenance of anorexia nervosa. They are: security, avoidance, mental strength, self-confidence, identity, care, communication, and death."
~ Does sound need to be perfectly synchronized with what we see?
~ Emotional Truth: The Search Starts Here.
~ Why Eyes are So Alluring. "For humans, the eyes are more than just windows to the outside world. They are also portals inward, providing others with glimpses into our inner thoughts and feelings."
~ Implicit Agency in Time-Space Metaphors. Geek stuff.
~ From Mystery of Existence comes Fertile darkness - some more things.
~ CJ Smith at Indistinctunion posts from a NY Times article that looked at brain scans of people speaking in tongues (Pentecostal Neuro-science).


CULTURE
~ Mr. Bland Goes to Washington. Barry Schwartz looks at the social-psychology of voting.
~ CDC Blocks Publication of Abortion Research. What? the Bush administration squelching research? Can't be true.
~ Hippies and rednecks unite!
~ Dream Deferred: Why Black Republicans keep losing.
~ Tim Boucher at Pop Occulture Blog takes n interesting look at Humaniculture.
~ Election coverage:
* The Machinery of Democracy
* Non-Voting Machines
* Voter Suppression / Irregularities
* FBI Probing Voter Intimidation in Va.
* Corruption named as key issue by voters in exit polls
* Voting Problems Plague Election Day: From Malfunctions to a Dirty Trick 'Hoax,' Voters Experienced a Little Bit of Mayhem at the Polls


HABITATS
~ The Oversight of Genetically Modified Crops in America is Failing. Who didn't see this coming?
~ Poison Frogs Losing Their Toxicity, Study Suggests.
~ Bird Brains Actually Brilliant. "In two recent studies, scientists discovered the common pigeon is astonishingly sophisticated, having an amazing long-term memory and the ability to make group decisions based on different sets of conditions."
~ U.S. Reaffirms Emissions Cap Opposition. Of course it did.
~ Court Finds Bureau of Land Management Violated Protections for Treetop Rodent to Allow Logging. Of course it did.
~ China to Pass U.S. in 2009 in Emissions.


MATTERS INTEGRAL
~ Joe Perez alerted us to a new Integral Institute wiki page, with an AQAL glossary (not yet complete). Very cool, especially the glossary.

And that's a wrap.


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