Monday, February 12, 2007

Speedlinking 2/12/07

Quote of the day:

"Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things."
~ Peter Drucker

Image of the day:

~ New Study Discovers How Pycnogenol Lowers Blood Glucose Levels In Type 2 Diabetes -- "A new study to be published in an upcoming edition of the journal Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice reveals that French maritime pine tree extract known as Pycnogenol® (pic-noj-en-all) delays the uptake of glucose from a meal 190 times more than prescription medications, preventing the typical high-glucose peak in the blood stream after a meal."
~ Warm Up to Increase Endurance, Prevent Injuries -- "Warming up before you exercise helps to prevent injuries and lets you jump higher, run faster, lift heavier or throw further. Your warm-up should involve the same muscles and motions you plan to use in your sport."
~ Older Adults Face Double Whammy When It Comes To Body Fat -- "When it comes to body fat, today's older adults face a double whammy, according to new research from Wake Forest University School of Medicine and colleagues. Up until age 80, older adults not only gain fat as they age -- but because of the obesity epidemic -- they actually begin their older years fatter."
~ Scientists Learn The Origin Of Rogue B Cells -- "Doctors have long wondered why, in some people, the immune system turns against parts of the body it is designed to protect, leading to autoimmune disease."
~ Avoid Back Injury At Work By Taking More Breaks, Study Says -- "Workers who lift for a living need to take longer or more frequent breaks than they now do to avoid back injury, according to a new study at Ohio State University .The study also suggests that people who are new on the job need to take breaks even more often than experienced workers, and that the risk of injury is higher at the end of a work shift." Or you could learn to lift with your legs and not with your back.
~ Stomach Ulcers' Prehistoric Origins Uncovered -- "An international team of scientists has discovered that the ubiquitous bacteria that causes most painful stomach ulcers has been present in the human digestive system since modern man migrated from Africa over 60,000 years ago."
~ The Genetic Code Is Nearly Optimal For Harboring Information -- "Researchers from The Weizmann Institute of Science report the discovery of two new properties of the genetic code. Their work, which appears online in Genome Research, shows that the genetic code - used by organisms as diverse as reef coral, termites, and humans - is nearly optimal for encoding signals of any length in parallel to sequences that code for proteins."

~ Is Your Personality Sabotaging Your Diet? -- "It could be that your personality is sabotaging your efforts to get thin. Here are six of the most common personality types that tip the calorie scale toward weight gain. "
~ Thinking You Got A Work Out May Actually Make You Healthier -- "As the commitment to our New Year's resolutions wanes and the trips to the gym become more infrequent, new findings appearing in the February issue of Psychological Science may offer us one more chance to reap the benefits of exercise through our daily routine. Harvard University psychologist Ellen Langer and her student Alia Crum found that many of the beneficial results of exercise are due to the placebo effect."
~ To sleep... perchance to learn -- "Researchers may have found the reason why children who go to bed too late often fare badly at school: lack of sleep appears to disrupt functioning of the hippocampus, an area of the brain that formulates new memories."
~ Children Who Believe Intelligence Can Be Developed Perform Better -- "Those who believed that intelligence can be developed performed better than those who believed intelligence is fixed."
~ Revolutionary Treatment of Depression -- "It seems incredible that a successful form of psychological therapy could be based on telling people their thoughts are mistaken. And yet that is partly how cognitive therapy works. 'The founding father of cognitive therapy is Aaron T. Beck a psychologist not well known to the lay public, but widely revered amongst psychologists.'"
~ Twisted Thinking -- "The ways you think about yourself and the world are habits that you've formed. Do they bring you peace and happiness, or resentment and fear?"
~ Top Ten Psychology Studies -- "Just because a study is old doesn't mean it's irrelevant. Indeed, the effects of many older studies are still being felt in psychology today. Generations of psychology students have wandered out of lectures, seeing themselves and other people in a new light. So, in this series of posts I will take a look at ten studies that have changed psychology and the way we see humanity."
~ Journey Through the Psychology of Emotions -- "Many people would say their emotions only come when they will and not when they want. So how do thoughts and emotions interact in everyday life and in therapeutic processes like cognitive behavioral therapy?"
~ Overconfidence —> Incompetence; Humility —> Success --"A recent NYTimes article highlights the work of Cornell psychologist David Dunning and his grad student Justin Kruger on the critical relationship between self-assessment and skill level."
~ Sweethearts share patterns of life satisfaction -- "People`s long-term satisfaction with their lives often parallels that of their spouse, says a University of Toronto researcher in a study that deals a blow to theories that individual happiness depends mainly on genetic disposition."

~ Strict Abortion Bill Revisited in S.D. -- "Lawmakers who watched as a near-total ban on abortions failed in South Dakota voting booths last year have revived the legislation with changes that may make the difference in public acceptance. But the bill's success is far from assured...."
~ Elitism and Blaming the Victim [Uncertain Principles] -- "I've long been of the opinion that if sanity is ever restored to the relationship between politics and religion in America, it will owe a lot to people like Fred Clark. He writes passionately and persuasively about the many problems caused by the "Religious Right" from a Christian perspective, in religious language."
~ Obama's Low Key Launch -- "His first town meeting after announcing his candidacy was unusually restrained, with no hokey music and very little pandering."
~ Edwards Keeps Embattled Bloggers -- "Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards said Thursday he was personally offended by the provocative messages two of his campaign bloggers wrote criticizing the Catholic Church, but he's not going to fire them."
~ Picking the Perfect Wine for Valentine's Day -- Just because . . . .
~ Russia's president takes direct aim at U.S. foreign policy -- "Speaking in front of dozens of American and European officials, including Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Putin said the U.S. "has overstepped its national borders in every way," causing global instability and setting off a nuclear arms race."
~ Blowup? America’s Hidden War With Iran -- "The Iranians have reason to feel paranoid. In recent weeks senior American officers have condemned Tehran for providing training and deadly explosives to insurgents." See also: US Able to Strike in the Spring -- "US preparations for an air strike against Iran are at an advanced stage, in spite of repeated public denials by the Bush administration. The present military build-up in the Gulf would allow the US to mount an attack by the spring."
~ Terry Moran, Michael Gordon and The Mark Halperin Syndrome -- "Years of being attacked by the Rush Limbaughs and Sean Hannitys and Bill O'Reillys as being part of the dreaded "liberal media" has created an obsequious need among many journalists to curry favor -- through reporting which echoes right-wing narratives and/or by attacking the "liberal bias" of their fellow journalists -- all in order to avoid being criticized by the right-wing noise machine."

~ Mimicking How The Brain Recognizes Street Scenes -- "At last, neuroscience is having an impact on computer science and artificial intelligence (AI). For the first time, scientists in Tomaso Poggio's laboratory at the McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT applied a computational model of how the brain processes visual information to a complex, real world task: recognizing the objects in a busy street scene."
~ Robotic Exoskeleton Replaces Muscle Work -- "A robotic exoskeleton controlled by the wearer's own nervous system could help users regain limb function, which is encouraging news for people with partial nervous system impairment, say University of Michigan researchers."
~ EU: Harming Environment a Crime -- "Companies and individuals found responsible for environmental disasters should face criminal charges, the European Union's executive said."
~ Oil Companies Discuss Energy Challenges -- "With dwindling oil supplies, pollution concerns and the ever-present threat of gas prices soaring again, talk of new and better ways to fuel our cars, heat and cool our homes, and power our factories has never been greater. What's more, the conversation is emanating increasingly from a source that's been surprisingly quiet until recently - the oil companies themselves."
~ Thinking Bubbles? -- "Neil Gershenfeld of MIT and colleagues have designed the new technology using the presence or absence of a sequence of bubbles as a substitute for the conventional "on" or "off" binary language of computer circuits, using glass tubes and liquid that perform as microprocessors."
~ Top 10 Gay Animals -- "Homosexual Animals Out of the Closet: the animal kingdom tolerates all kinds of lifestyles."
~ Video: Octopus Changes Color, Textures -- "It's a rock! It's a coral! No, it's an octopus. Watch an underwater "master of disguise" literally change its spots to avoid predators and stalk prey."
~ Supernovae -- cosmic lighthouses -- "Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics and at the National Astronomical Institute of Italy have now found a way to use these cosmic beacons to measure distances in space more accurately. The researchers have been able to show that all supernovae of a certain type explode with the same mass and the same energy - the brightness depends only on how much nickel the supernova contains."

~ The Rise of the Technosattva. Part 2. -- From Buddhist Geek, Vince.
~ Diseases of Discipleship -- From Richard G Petty, a new (to me) blogger I am watching.
~ Deeply Held Belief in Nonviolence -- From Mike at Unknowing Mind.
~ The new issue of Holon News (from Integral Institute) came out Saturday.
~ All is Beauty and Absence -- From Joe at Whole Writing.
~ Evolution Sunday 2007: Religion and Science Can Be Compatible -- From ~C4Chaos. See also: Religion, Politics, Fundamentalism,Tribalism.
~ Magic and Mysticism -- From Alan Kazlev.

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