Thursday, January 25, 2007

Speedlinking 1/25/07

Quote of the day:

"There are moments when one feels free from one's own identification with human limitations and inadequacies. At such moments one imagines that one stands on some spot of a small planet, gazing in amazement at the cold yet profoundly moving beauty of the eternal, the unfathomable; life and death flow into one, and there is neither evolution nor destiny; only Being."
~ Albert Einstein

Image of the day:

BODY
~ Lifestyle Changes Effective In Protecting Against Type II Diabetes.
~ New International Study To Test Exercise In Heart Failure Patients.
~ 10 Ways to Fight Fat with Fruit -- "Fruit has zero cholesterol, serves as a good source of heart-healthy fiber and contains phytochemicals that reduce blood pressure and the risk of cancer and type-2 diabetes — boosting your fruit intake may also help you lose weight." Okay, BUT, fruit sugar doesn't metabolize well in most people, so moderation is the key.
~ No trans fat in new Crisco formula -- "Crisco is getting a new formula after 95 years in America’s pantries that nearly eliminates artery-clogging trans fats."
~ Less invasive fibroid treatment can be fine -- "Women who had less invasive treatment for painful uterine fibroids did about as well as those who had surgery, including hysterectomy, suggests a new study that lays out the options for a troubling condition affecting millions of women."
~ Foods to Build Muscle -- "If you want to become very strong, you should lift heavy weights, eat carbohydrates before you lift and eat plenty of protein afterwards."
~ ‘Cardio Tennis’ offers challenging workout -- "It looks like just another tennis workout, but the plastic cones and the rope ladder along either side of the court suggest otherwise. This is “Cardio Tennis,” a group class that combines traditional tennis practice with other endurance-building exercise."


PSYCHE
~ Psychic distress common with Parkinson's dementia -- "People with dementia associated with Parkinson's disease often suffer from a range of psychiatric and neurological symptoms such as anxiety, agitation and hallucinations, researchers report."
~ The Hitchhiker's Guide To Altruism -- Study Explains How Costly Traits Evolve -- "Darwin explained how beneficial traits accumulate in natural populations, but how do costly traits evolve? In the past, two theories have addressed this problem. The theory of hitchhiking suggests that genes that confer a cost to their bearer can become common in natural populations when they "hitch a ride" with fitter genes that are being favored by natural selection."
~ Optimists: We become ambidextrous as we age; Pessimists: We lose skill in dominant hand as we age -- Links to interesting articles.
~ Predictor Of Altruism In Brain Region -- "Duke University Medical Center researchers have discovered that activation of a particular brain region predicts whether people tend to be selfish or altruistic."
~ NIMH-Supported Major Initiative Launched To Train Healthcare Providers In Diagnosing And Treating Postpartum Depression -- "MedEdPPD.org gives medical practitioners the training, support, and information they need to more effectively assess and treat patients at risk for developing perinatal mood disorders."
~ Fish Capable of Human-like Logic -- "Fish have the reasoning capacity of a 4- or 5-year-old child when it comes to figuring out who among their peers is "top dog," new research shows."
~ How to Be Good (To Yourself) -- "I'm less depressed now than I have been in years, and I think it's largely because I've learned to be good to myself. If we're going to save the world and stuff we need to be at the top of our game, and that means being good to ourselves and to others fighting the good fight."
~ 10 Tips for a Magnificent Memory -- Good tips in general.
~ A Way Ahead: Human Approach to a Peaceful World -- Buddhism for social change.


CULTURE
~ 10 Most Under-Reported Humanitarian Stories of 2006 -- From Doctors Without Borders.
~ Man with Cardboard Sign Gives Away Cash on Freeway Exit -- It's Rob Brezsny!, author of Free Will Astrology. I knew that guy was cool.
~ Terror Watch: Tracking Iran’s Role in Iraq Attacks -- "Is Iran providing devices that help insurgents detonate IEDs in Iraq?"
~ Debating American Islam -- "Is it possible to fight a "cosmic war" successfully?"
~ The Unbearable Lightness of Being Obama -- "The election of 2008 will ... be one of the most consequential ones in American history - comparable to Lincoln in 1860. And what do we get from our brain-dead media? They fall all over themselves to celebrate the emptiest suit in the country, because he looks good in swimming trunks --- a clear demonstration of his readiness to assume the office of President of the United States."
~ The Dakota Fanning controversy -- This is a good article about an apparently bad film.
~ Roman Treasures Discovered -- "Archaeologists have found a trove of discoveries underneath Rome, including what might be the underground grotto where ancient Romans believed a wolf nursed the city's legendary founders Romulus and Remus."
~ Al Gore is a rock star -- "Deep in the red state of Idaho, Al Gore was scheduled to speak in at Boise State University, offering the keynote address to a conference on climate change. The school gave away all 1,000 tickets to the venue in ten minutes, leaving almost 1,000 more people waiting in line. Oops! OK, so they moved the speech to the campus basketball arena, which holds more than 10,000 people. Those tickets sold out in less than five hours." This is in a state where they have spotted owl recipe books.


HABITATS
~ States Increasingly Focusing On Universal Health Coverage Initiatives.
~ Bush's Health Plan: Does It Help You or Hurt You? -- "President's Proposal Provides Tax Incentives to the Uninsured -- and Could Tax Those Already Covered."
~ 42* of the biggest questions in science -- From Wired.
~ Biggest threat to U.S. drinking water? Rust -- "From an attack by militants to a decline in snow melt caused by global warming, public fears about the water supply have heightened in the United States."
~ Former Oregon Governor Announces Proposal For Statewide Universal Health Care -- "Former Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber (D) on Wednesday announced a universal health care proposal for the state that would redistribute funds already being spent on health care, the Oregonian reports."
~ Tesco to Build World's Largest Solar Roof and Spend Nearly a Billion on Carbon Cuts -- "Tesco, the world's fourth-largest retail chain, announced the installation of possibly the world's largest solar roof, a $13 million, 820,400-square-foot panel, to cover the new USA distribution center in California."


INTEGRAL
~ Integral Theory and The New Age: The Secret Movie -- This is a long thread, but there is some good stuff in there.
~ This bird has flown! -- The Daily Goose, Matthew Dallman's blog, is now the editors blog at POLYSEMY. See alos, Welcome to the new edition of The Daily Goose.
~ From Buddhist Geeks, it's not really integral, but I don't care: How Does Study Fit In?


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