Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Speedlinking 1/31/07

Quote of the day:

"Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius -- and a lot of courage -- to move in the opposite direction."
~ E. F. Schumacher

Image of the day:


BODY

~ Beat the Snot Out of Death -- Are Bulking Phases Shortening Your Career? by Lonnie Lowery. "Are your bulking phases, or just the act of eating like a bodybuilder, shortening your athletic career or your life? It's possible, but Dr. L's got a plan and it involves 'calorie restriction mimetics.'"
~ Adiponectin Helps Clear Away Apoptotic Cells -- "Although it is becoming clear that inflammation induced by obesity is an important factor linking obesity to type 2 diabetes, the effects of one of the most abundant soluble factors known to have both anti-inflammatory and anti-diabetic effects (adiponectin) remain to be completely determined."
~ Breaking through fitness plateaus -- "A fitness plateau seems to happen just about out of nowhere, everything seems to be going well and then inexplicably all gains, or losses, stop. The first thing we should look at when we have a plateau is why it is happening."
~ Half Of Americans Have Gene That Affects How Body Burns Sugar -- "A recent study by a Saint Louis University researcher confirms findings that about half of the U.S. population has a version of a gene that causes them to metabolize food differently, putting them at greater risk of developing diabetes."
~ A Calorie Is a Calorie -- Dumb title -- not all calories are created equal. "Diet, Exercise Equally Effective in Reducing Fat, Study Finds." Also dumb.
~ Excessive Drinking, Not Alcoholism, May Lead To Most Alcohol-Related Problems.
~ Vitamin D may prevent alcohol-related bone loss.
~ Cannabis drug may help fight obesity -- Wow, pot to kill the munchies. I'm sure it isn't nearly as fun.


PSYCHE
~ Sensitivity To Rejection Based On Appearance Bad For Mental, Physical Health -- "Three new studies by a University at Buffalo psychologist offer the first known evidence that some people anxiously expect that they will be rejected by others because of their physical appearance, and that this sensitivity, if not mitigated, has serious implications for their mental and physical health."
~ Change Blindness and Attention [Developing Intelligence] -- "If a large object were to suddenly disappear from your field of view, you might expect that you would notice its disappearance. However, change detection research has demonstrated that we have a surprisingly poor ability to detect even large changes to a visual scene (see here and here for examples)."
~ Six Ways to Make a Friend -- From Psychology Today.
~ Men, Women, and Friendship -- "Though sharing defines close friendships, there's a noted gender divide in the way people express intimacy."
~ Motherly stress and the unborn baby -- "BBC News has a report on a recent conference presentation by Prof Vivette Glover suggesting that mother's stress can affect the brain development of an unborn child."
~ The myth of Cause and Effect – Or, is it really the slap that hurts? -- "So cause (neuronal activity) –> effect (conscious state)."


CULTURE
~ Sen. Obama Joins Other 2008 Presidential Candidates In Proposing Universal Health Care, Says All U.S. Residents Should Have Health Coverage Within 6yr -- "According to the AP/Post-Intelligencer, Obama was 'previewing what is shaping up to be a theme of the 2008 Democratic primary.'"
~ The Dilbert Blog weighs in on intelligent design -- Scott Adams pushing ID.
~ Participation explains gender differences in the proportion Chess grandmasters.
~ Tutu Likens Gays' Treatment to Apartheid -- "To penalise someone because of their sexual orientation is like what used to happen to us; to be penalised for something which we could do nothing [about] -- our ethnicity, our race," said Tutu.
~ Hospice helped dying man lose his virginity -- "Sister Frances Dominica gave her support to 22-year-old Nick Wallis, who was born with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Sufferers usually die by their thirties."
~ Helvetica Turns 50: Cool Modernism Turns Gray.
~ Glenn Greenwald on Andrew Sullivan and the hollow "Conservative Soul."
~ All the World's a Tag -- "What happens when ubiquitous computing renders us mere searchable, mappable, traceable specks of data? Commentary by Momus."
~ Remains of Village Found Near Stonehenge -- "Archaeologists have uncovered what may have been a village for workers or festival-goers near the mysterious stone circle Stonehenge in England."


HABITATS
~ Review: Microsoft’s Vista Beats Windows -- "The long-delayed operating system won’t rock your world, but it’s a big improvement over the current Windows."
~ The Bot That Vexes San Francisco -- "A robot statue irritates some citizens in one of the city's toniest neighborhoods."
~ Deer-Hunting Eagle Causes Power Outage -- "About 10,000 Juneau residents briefly lost power after a bald eagle lugging a deer head crashed into transmission lines."
~ White House Accused of Misleading Public on Global Warming -- "The Democratic chairman of a House panel examining the government's response to climate change said Tuesday there is evidence that senior Bush administration officials sought repeatedly 'to mislead the public by injecting doubt into the science of global warming.'"
~ Bison Poop Reveals Two Distinct U.S. Populations -- Now there's a fun job.
~ Measuring the social impact of corporate behavior.
~ Paris to Roll Out Free Bicycles -- "The City of Light wants to soon become a city of bicycles. Paris City Hall announced it has selected French outdoor advertising firm JCDecaux SA to operate a new free bicycle service in the capital."


INTEGRAL
~ From the folks running K-dub's blog: SCENE: David Johnston.
~ Pan's Labyrinth: The Mythic Psyche Unveiled.
~ Perspective-taking and the Second Tier, over at the Zaadz I-I blog - the discussion keeps rolling.