So LEARNING is a pleasurable activity with its own rewards! It does take a long time for 'science' to catch up with reality. I think that any form of personal development finds rewards in many, many ways. Exercise can also be pleasurable when tackled in the right way but isn't mentioned in this study
In meetings one can easily spot the person who is not listening because they will 'jump in' all the time. The good listener will always leave a space to think and gather their own thoughts before making a reply. Unfortunately those that butt in are the one's that get the most airtime in meetings. This needs to be managed otherwise those that have the greatest contribution to make - are not heard.
Pre-call planning is an important step for making an effective sales call (indeed for making an effective conversation). The article doesn't mention mind mapping but in my experience proper mind mapping (not the spidery diagrammy things) is effective and quick for pre-call planning (and many of my clients think so also!)
Daily Mail Pot belly makes you nearly 4 times more likely to suffer memory loss Daily Mail Neurological scientists at the Rush University Medical Centre, in Chicago, in collaboration with the National Institutes of Health, believe their finding...
A Series of blogs on Training in the Zone - how to gain without the pain
Barry Mapp's insight:
Just looking back at this old post of mine. If you are doing aerobic training (like circuits) everything in this article still holds true for me. However for the last six months I've been doing a variant of 'peak-8' training (which is anaerobic based training) and some different principles come into play here - so (note to self) I need to do a blog update on this.
When we look back in 50 years time we will probably find that the concept of a 'job' has been a relatively short term phenomenon in human history. There will always be work but not necessarily jobs. we may all eventually be working for ourselves. So if you lose your 'job' have a look around for work.
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Two-step artificial photosynthesis mimics nature’s efficient way of gathering energy
Scientists from Japan have harvested solar energy using an exceptionally large number of light absorbers to relay photons via antennas into one final energy acceptor. This two-step sequence closely mimics natural photosynthesis, resulting in greater and more efficient energy transfer.
Previously, researchers had only used one-step light harvesting systems, greatly limiting the number of absorbers able to feed light into a single reaction centre. Now, by imitating photosynthetic systems, Osamu Ishitani at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, Shinji Inagaki at the Japan Science and Technology Agency and their co-workers have efficiently harvested light using the highest number of artificial leaves to date.
The team combined 440 periodic mesoporous organosilica (PMO) tubes bridged by light-absorbing biphenyl (Bp) groups with five stick-shaped rhenium(I) pentamer units connected to one ruthenium(II) trisdiimine complex (Ru–Re5). This Ru–Re5–Bp–PMO hybrid system concentrates photons absorbed by the large framework of Bp–PMO in two steps: first to the rhenium oligomers, and then to the ruthenium reaction centre.
‘Photon collection has always been a problem in developing efficient solar energy conversion systems because the molecules are so small and solar light is so dilute,’ says Ishitani. ‘This new system is fantastic because now we can accumulate light from a large area and into, say, a photocatalyst.’
Other researchers are enthusiastic about the work. ‘The bio-inspired design of their synthetic assembly is certainly intriguing, because it mimics some important features of photosynthetic light harvesting systems,’ comments Erwin Reisner, an expert in solar fuel generation at the University of Cambridge in the UK.
Steve Dunn, who investigates energy harvesting materials at Queen Mary, University of London, UK, regards the system as ‘genuinely transformational’. ‘While it might prove difficult to manufacture real world devices or applications with this latest breakthrough, there is no doubt that this development is significant and exciting.’
Ishitani and his team plan to merge their light harvesting technique with their work on photocatalysts for CO2 reduction, and hope to eventually apply this future system to water oxidation photocatalysis. He emphasises the long road ahead and says many more breakthroughs are needed before we can use such artificial photosynthesis in daily life, but that developing these systems is crucial for humanity.
This is definitely the direction that sustainable energy systems should be going. It's not wind that we should be trying to harness but the sun and millions of years of evolution have shown that photosynthesis is the most effective way utilise the sun's energy
What's the matter with only exploiting a portion of our gray matter? (Do People Only Use 10 Percent Of Their Brains?
Barry Mapp's insight:
I have always seen this 'most people only use 10% of their brain' as metaphorical rather than neurological. It is not far from reality to say that most people only use less than 10% of their brain's potential (e.g. thier potential 'talents' that they have never fully explored).. Potential and actual are different things. Neuroscience being a reductionist technique will rarely offer insights into brain potential!.
The other interesting thing is that their study actually demonstares that neuron-logically we do only use 10% of our brain, as 90% of the brain is composed of non-functioning (as far as reductionist science can discern) glial cells!
Scientists at Kyoto University have edged closer to a cure for jet lag by identifying the "reset button" in the body clock inside the brain.
Barry Mapp's insight:
Interesting srticle but why do we spend so much time and money looking for a cure for jet lag when many opeople have found their own solution? Why not research them and what they do? Personally i find reiki is very good to 'reset' the circadium rhythm. and return sleep pattern to normal. Reiki is also a great 'reset button' to abort panic attacks.
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