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Do Yourself a Favor and Watch Stress: Portrait of a Killer (with Stanford Biologist Robert Sapolsky)

Intelligence comes at a price. The human species, despite its talent for solving problems, has managed over the millenia to turn one of its most basic survival mechanisms–the stress response–against itself. “Essentially,” says Stanford University neurobiologist Robert Sapolsky, “we’ve evolved to be smart enough to make ourselves sick.”

 

In the 2008 National Geographic documentary Stress: Portrait of a Killer (above), Sapolsky and fellow scientists explain the deadly consequences of prolonged stress. “If you’re a normal mammal,” Sapolsky says, “what stress is about is three minutes of screaming terror on the savannah, after which either it’s over with or you’re over with.” During those three minutes of terror, the body deploys stress hormones that stimulate the heart rate and blood pressure while inhibiting other functions, like digestion, growth and reproduction.

 

The problem is, human beings tend to secrete these hormones constantly in response to the pressures of everyday life. “If you turn on the stress response chronically for purely psychological reasons,” Sapolsky told Mark Shwartz in a 2007 interview for the Stanford News Service, “you increase your risk of adult onset diabetes and high blood pressure. If you’re chronically shutting down the digestive system, there’s a bunch of gastrointestinal disorders you’re more at risk for as well.”

 

Chronic stress has also been shown in scientific studies to diminish brain cells needed for memory and learning, and to adversely affect the way fat is distributed in the body. It has even been shown to measurably accelerate the aging process in chromosomes, a result that confirms our intuitive sense that people who live stressful lives grow old faster.

 

By studying baboon populations in East Africa, Sapolsky has found that individuals lower down in the social hierarchy suffer more stress, and consequently more stress-related health problems, than dominant individuals. The same trend in human populations was discovered in the British Whitehall Study. People with more control in work environments have lower stress, and better health, than subordinates.

 

Stress: Portrait of a Killer is a fascinating and important documentary–well worth the 52 minutes it takes to watch.

 

by Mike Springer 

 

via ☛ Open Culture - The Best Free Cultural and Educational Media on the Web ✎ http://www.openculture.com/

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Call for papers for conference on blended learning

Call for papers for conference on blended learning | ciberpocket | Scoop.it

What:
Blended Learning: A Strategy for Transforming Teaching and Learning
Who:
COHERE is a collaboration of universities focusing on the research and practice of blended and online learning within higher education.
Keynote speaker:
Tony Bates
Two keynote topics:
Meeting the challenge of technology: are we failing as managers?
Designing university teaching to meet the needs of 21st century students
When:
October 18, 19, 2012
Where:
Delta Airport Hotel, Calgary, Alberta.
Registration
Now open. Click here for more details
Call for proposals:
Now open: Deadline August 31

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Drake equation: How many alien civilizations exist?

Drake equation: How many alien civilizations exist? | ciberpocket | Scoop.it

Today, we live in an age of exploration, where robots on Mars and planet-hunting telescopes are beginning to allow us to edge closer to an answer. 

 

While we wait to establish contact, one technique we can use back on Earth is an equation that American astronomer Frank Drake formulated in the 1960s to calculate the number of detectable extraterrestrial civilizations may exist in the Milky Way galaxy.

 

It is not a rigorous equation, offering a wide range of possible answers. Instead it is more a tool used to help understand how many worlds might be out there and how those estimates change as missions like Kepler, a telescope that is currently searching for Earth-like planets, begin to discover more about our universe.

 

Until ground-based observations, space telescopes and planet-roving robots uncover any tell-tale signs of life, what better way to speculate on how many intelligent alien civilizations may exist than to explore the universe with our interactive version of the equation.

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Denmark: Cinema warns against noisy Muslims | EuropeNews

Denmark: Cinema warns against noisy Muslims | EuropeNews | ciberpocket | Scoop.it

The cinema Palads is probably the biggest in Denmark. I and most of my friends always avoids it because of the many noisy and misbehaving immigrants from the Middle East and North Africa. The warning against noisy Muslims in certain cinemas thus applies unofficially all year round. This sign was put up at the cinema Palads in connection with Ramadan 2012 before being taken down again a few hours later because of accusations of racism

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How to schedule Tweets for Future

How to schedule Tweets for Future | ciberpocket | Scoop.it
Scheduling tweets for future is not only helpful for your time efficiency but also trends more retweets.

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AWOLNATION - SAIL (Official Video)

Official Video for "Sail"
Megalithic Symphony available now: http://smarturl.it/megalithicsymphony

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©Red Bull Records http://redbullrecords.com

 

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We Never Talk Anymore: The Problem with Text Messaging | Techland | TIME.com

We Never Talk Anymore: The Problem with Text Messaging | Techland | TIME.com | ciberpocket | Scoop.it
You do not want to talk to me on the phone. How do I know? Because I don't want to talk to you on the phone. Nothing personal, I just can't stand the thing. I find it intrusive and somehow presumptuous. It sounds off insolently whenever it chooses and expects me to drop whatever I’m doing and, well, engage. With others! When I absolutely must, I take the call, but I don’t do a very good job of concealing my displeasure. A close family member once offered his opinion that I exhibit the phone manners of a goat, then promptly withdrew the charge — out of fairness to goats.

 

By Jeffrey Kluger

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Getting It Straight: Posture and its Influence on Learning and Memory

Getting It Straight: Posture and its Influence on Learning and Memory | ciberpocket | Scoop.it

Can your lack of posture be the reason you are not learning and remembering efficiently? This question has been a point of debate for a while and we still have not come up with a clear answer. If it were up to teachers, the answer would probably be yes, pointing to slouching as a clear sign of student disinterest. And they might not be very wrong. Learning style researcher Dunn and Dunn has suggested that being “uncomfortable” engages the left side of the brain which is active in when we take in new information. On the other hand, a relaxed posture seems to engage the right side of the brain, the creative side. For Dunn and Dunn, being comfortable in your bed or sofa while studying is not exactly the best idea if your goal is memory retention.

 

By Amanda Moritz

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Bill Gates' foundation puts money on solar-powered toilet

Bill Gates' foundation puts money on solar-powered toilet | ciberpocket | Scoop.it

SEATTLE (Reuters) - Bill Gates is betting the toilet of the future for the developing world will be solar powered.

 

The world's leading private philanthropist handed a $100,000 prize to the California Institute of Technology on Tuesday for its work on a self-contained, sun-powered system that recycles water and breaks down human waste into storable energy.

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How the Internet Will Lead to a Green Energy Future

Technology experts discuss how the internet will lead to a green energy future.Technology experts discuss how the internet will lead to a green energy future.Join distinguished speakers at swissnex San Francisco.

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Meet Masdar: World’s First Zero Carbon, Zero Waste City | WebEcoist

Meet Masdar: World’s First Zero Carbon, Zero Waste City | WebEcoist | ciberpocket | Scoop.it

With its most eye-catching feature a spectacular garden of massive artificial sunflowers that provide movable shade during the day, the new, sustainable city center for Masdar, UAE is a stunning model for future urban growth. International practice Laboratory for Visionary Architecture (LAVA) won a competition to design the city, with construction set to be completed over seven phases by 2016.

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Tech-NO-Logic: Pinterest unveils apps for Android, iPad http://www.eriktronicadd

Tech-NO-Logic: Pinterest unveils apps for Android, iPad http://www.eriktronicadd | ciberpocket | Scoop.it

Image-based social networking servicePinterest has extended its mobile service by launching a native iPadapp and also made its debut on Android.

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Mysites - the best speed dial and start page

Mysites - the best speed dial and start page | ciberpocket | Scoop.it

The start page thats personalized, stylish and practical. See your top sites on newtab, access your bookmarks and apps in a click.

MySites customizes your browser window’s start page based on the sites most frequently browsed, most used web applications as well as your favorite bookmarks.

On first appearances, this Chrome extension does appear to be an inspiration from the Windows 8 Metro.

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Caro Emerald - A Night Like This - Sziget 2012.

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Caro Emerald koncert a Szigeten 2012, 8. szám.

Caro Emerald concert at Sziget Festival 2012., track nr. 8.

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Free Technology for Teachers: Using SoundCloud in a Language Course

Free Technology for Teachers: Using SoundCloud in a Language Course | ciberpocket | Scoop.it

SoundCloud is a free tool for creating and sharing sound tracks. On Monday I included it in my list of alternatives to Aviary. Today, I showed it to some teachers at the Bancroft School in Massachusetts. When I showed the option for inserting text comments into the sound tracks a teacher spoke up with an idea for using Sound Cloud in a world languages course.

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IF only » Interactive Fiction and Digital game-based learning

IF only » Interactive Fiction and Digital game-based learning | ciberpocket | Scoop.it

So, I’ve discussed what IF is and suggested how to choose a game for use with students. I think it’s a good idea now to look at why we should be using IF for learning in the first place:


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Dave Brubeck Quartet - Take Five (Belgium 1964)

Dave Brubeck - piano
Paul Desmond - alto saxophone
Eugene Wright - bass
Joe Morello - drums

 

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New Research Shows Chocolate Improves Cognition - Prevention.com

New Research Shows Chocolate Improves Cognition - Prevention.com | ciberpocket | Scoop.it
Chocolate appears to stave off dementia and keep cognition sharp in older populations, according to a new study.

Sure, an apple a day can keep the doctor away. But what about that nightly nibble of chocolate? Turns out, the indulgence might be more beneficial than you'd think: Chocolate appears to stave off dementia and keep cognition sharp in older populations, according to a new study.

The delectable news is courtesy of researchers at the University of L'Aquila in Italy. They evaluated the impact of daily cocoa intake on 90 study participants over the age of 65, all of them afflicted with mild cognitive impairment, a precursor to Alzheimer's disease and dementia.

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After only eight weeks, the study found that participants imbibing larger quantities of cocoa—in the form of a chocolate-flavored beverage—had significantly higher cognitive scores, including better short and long-term memory.

Read more: http://www.prevention.com/food/food-remedies/new-research-shows-chocolate-improves-cognition#ixzz248ivWtrG


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Sexist, Silly, Sublime: Mad Men Era Ads - TIME

Sexist, Silly, Sublime: Mad Men Era Ads - TIME | ciberpocket | Scoop.it
A new book, Advertising From the Mad Men Era, released this month by Taschen, offers a glimpse at how women in the 1950's and 60s were depicted, from "Little Fibber" girdles to men's cologne that turns pretty gals into trophies — literally.

 

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Secrets Learned in Apple-Samsung Trial

Secrets Learned in Apple-Samsung Trial | ciberpocket | Scoop.it
The problem when companies go to trial is that the public gets to hear corporate secrets.

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The Euro Is Not in Trouble. People Are.

The Euro Is Not in Trouble. People Are. | ciberpocket | Scoop.it

One of the phrases frequently written in economic circles in the United States (and to a lesser degree in Europe) is “the Euro is going to collapse.” Those who repeat that phrase over and over again do not seem to know how the Euro was established, by whom, and for whose benefit. If they knew the history of the Euro, they would have noticed that the major forces behind the Euro have done very well and continue to do so.

by Prof. Vicente Navarro

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Gothic: Chartres Cathedral - Smarthistory

Gothic: Chartres Cathedral - Smarthistory | ciberpocket | Scoop.it

The French medieval Cathedral of Our Lady of Chartres (French: Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Chartres) is a Latin Rite Catholic cathedral located in Chartres, about 80 kilometres (50 mi) southwest of Paris. It is considered one of the finest examples of the French High Gothic style. The current cathedral, mostly constructed between 1193 and 1250, is one of at least five which have occupied the site since the town became a bishopric in the 4th century.

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Love and War - Probably the world's first animated opera

During her training to become a nurse, Bunny meets, by mere chance, the handsome fighter pilot Bear. Romance ensues and they form a couple. When Bear is about to propose, they are suddenly interrupted by an international conflict. Duty calls and Bear is sent into battle.

 

"Love and War" won best animated/experimental short film at Los Angeles Film Festival 2007, best short film at Nordisk Panorama 2007 and at the Golden Lion Film Festival 2007.

 

"We chose this film for its brilliant craftsmanship and epic scope. Writer -director -cinematographer -animator -librettist Fredrik Emilson proves himself to be the Orson Welles of stop-motion opera cinema with puppets."

 

Shorts Competition Jury - Los Angeles Film Festival

 

Want to watch it on your iPod or plasma screen? Want the soundtrack? Buy it at: http://www.loveandwar.se


Category:
Animation The Screening Room
Starring:
Marie Alexis Fredrik Sjöstedt Claes Janson Esa Aapro Krister Kern Fredrik Hiller
Directed by:
Fredrik Emilson
Produced by:
Tomas Michaelsson
Written by:
Fredrik Emilson

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Book Spine Poetry: Your Turn

Book Spine Poetry: Your Turn | ciberpocket | Scoop.it

A few months ago, I undertook a little experiment in book spine poetry, inspired by artist Nina Katchadourian and her Sorted Books project from a while back — and it seemed to strike a chord. Here are just a few of the book spine poems friends and readers have sent in since.

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Web Photo Discovery - PelFind

Web Photo Discovery - PelFind | ciberpocket | Scoop.it

Every day hundreds of sites put together amazing collections of images: photography, typography, graphic design and more. Pelfind is a cool new site which makes it easy to find all of these posts on one convenient page.

 

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