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September 3, 2015

Why Afternoon Naps Improve Your Health

Remember the afternoon nap? We often think of them as falling in the domain of preschoolers and the leisurely, but a new study suggests they may be healthier than we think. Research presented at the European Society of Cardiology in London recommend that adults should indulge in hourlong afternoon naps for the sake of their health.  Sleep deprivation is a very real problem, and consistent lack of sleep can lead to both physical and psychological ailments, including chronic issues like obesity, diabetes, stress, and cognitive impairment. Most of us are chronically sleep-deprived and a quick nap can work miracles.

Cardiologist Dr Manolis Kallistratos, of [...]

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September 1, 2015

Can Your Smartphone Tell You You’re Depressed?

You can track everything on your phone – your diet, your car’s miles per gallon, your spending habits – but now you soon might be able to track your happiness, or lack of.

Researchers at Northwestern University used an app to track cell phone usage and found out the more a person uses their cell phone, the more depressed they likely are.

Cell phone usage and depression have been linked in past studies. Back in 2012, the University of Gothenburg in Sweden conducted a study of over 4,000 people between the ages of 20-24 and found heavy cell phone usage connected with not only depression, but stress and sleep disorders.

The remarkable part of this study is how [...]

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August 30, 2015

The First Lab-Grown Biolimb – Science Fact or Science Fiction?

Artificial limbs help people who have had to undergo amputation, and more than 1.5 million people in the U.S. have benefited from replacement limbs thanks to prosthetic technology. Unfortunately, the said artificial devices are limited in function and appearance.

So, Harald Ott, scientist at Massachusetts General Hospital, sought to create an artificial, functioning device that circulates blood. Thus, the first lab-grown biolimb was born – a limb made from rats.

Ott and his team of researchers made a rat leg with functioning muscular and vascular tissue, and although they have a long way to go before using it for transplants, they believe the rat limb can help humans [...]

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August 28, 2015

The Language of Technology: Is Textese Changing Our Culture?

The most widely used word in 2014 was actually a symbol ❤, according to the Global Language Monitor’s Annual Survey of Global English. This represents the first time in the survey’s 15-year history that a symbol beat out an actual word for top honors. The year before it was the number 404, as in “not found” or “clueless.”

Textese – the word commonly referred to when describing the abbreviated and contextually simplified language (think OMG or PDA) made popular by the rise in cell phones and instant messaging is rapidly making its way into the lexicon of mainstream cultural use. Technological advances in cell phone communication and the now firmly embedded use of social [...]

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August 27, 2015

Crafting a Champion with Guest Jeff Spencer

Some of us might have images of gold medal athletes as being the ones who trained the hardest and that’s what creates champions, but is there more to being an elite athlete besides physicality? Pedram Shojai welcomes Jeff Spencer who has trained not only athletes, but entrepreneurs and entertainers, on finding their best selves. Becoming a champion is more than just hard work and training; there’s a mental component to be factored. Pedram and Jeff dive into how important this factor is in becoming a champion. What does it take to craft champions? How can we all become champions in our lives even if we’re not competing on an Olympic level?  

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