- EMPATHY DEFINITION - DOES EVERYONE HAVE EMPATHY? - LACK OF EMPATHY – NARCISSISTS, AUTISM, AND BORDERLINE PERSONALITY DISORDER - WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN EMPATHY, SYMPATHY, COMPASSION, AND LOVE? - WHAT ARE BENEFITS OF EMPATHY? - ARE YOU AN EMPATH? - 5 TIPS: HOW TO STAY OPEN AND NOT GET OVERWHELMED AS AN EMPATH - EMPATHY IN THE DIGITAL AGE - HOW DO YOU LEARN EMPATHY? - UNDERSTANDING YOUR EMOTIONS - WHAT ARE THE GIFTS ABOUT EMOTIONS? - HOW TO CHANGE HOW WE RELATE TO NEGATIVE EMOTIONS? - WHAT ARE YOUR EMOTIONS AND HOW ARE THEY INTERRELATED? - WHY DO WE HAVE EMOTIONS? - PROCESS FOR UNDERSTANDING OUR EMOTIONS - A COGNITIVE APPROACH IN UNDERSTANDING EMOTIONS
Via Edwin Rutsch
I was recently blind for five minutes and felt as though my eyes had never been more open. I didn't have some freak accident or momentary medical issue; I was participating in a mini human-centered design challenge at an event hosted byIDEO.org and NY+Acumen to introduce basic concepts of human-centered design.
“In addition to putting humans at the center of product and systems design, we need to bring back human-centered community.”
The immersion process of human-centered design enables empathy, which as Reboot, the social impact design firm says, "enables the insights that drive breakthrough solutions;" but it also enables happiness, personal fulfillment and a greater sense of community.
So why not put ourselves in the shoes of our friends, families and communities and bring empathy and humanity back to the center of our products, services and personal connections?
Every year, an estimated 1.2 to 2 billion tons of food is wasted—a massive amount of food that, if saved, would be more enough to feed the world’s hungry. Food waste isn’t just a humanitarian issue however; the problem is also a waste of land, water, energy and money. To put food wastage in perspective, Arbtech created an infographic that points out some of the world’s worst offenders and explains how food loss occurs throughout the supply chain. Click through to learn more about food waste and, most importantly, what you can do to help.
French cosmetics firm L'Oreal is teaming up with bio-engineering start-up Organovo to 3D-print human skin.
It said the printed skin would be used in product tests.
Organovo has already made headlines with claims that it can 3D-print a human liver but this is its first tie-up with the cosmetics industry.
Experts said the science might be legitimate but questioned why a beauty firm would want to print skin.
L'Oreal currently grows skin samples from tissues donated by plastic surgery patients. It produces more than 100,000, 0.5 sq cm skin samples per year and grows nine varieties across all ages and ethnicities.
Its statement explaining the advantage of printing skin, offered little detail: "Our partnership will not only bring about new advanced in vitro methods for evaluating product safety and performance, but the potential for where this new field of technology and research can take us is boundless."
The chances of having a heart attack, stroke or dying young may be hidden in the palm of the hand, a study suggests.
A trial on nearly 140,000 people in 14 countries, published in the Lancet, suggests grip strength is better than blood pressure at predicting risk.
The international research team said it would be a "simple, inexpensive" tool for doctors.
Experts argued the link between grip and the heart was unclear and needed more study.
The maximum crushing force you can exert in your grip naturally declines with age.
But those whose grip strength declines fastest may be at greater risk of health problems, the study suggests.
Women in their mid-20s have a grip strength about 75lb (34kg), which falls to 53lb in a 70-year-old. The equivalent figures for men are 119lb (54kg) falling to 84lb.
The huge trial, in 14 countries, showed each 11lb (5kg) reduction in grip strength increased the odds of an early death by 16%.
The odds of a fatal heart problem increased by 17% and a stroke by 9%.
Doctors currently calculate the chances of a heart attack or stroke by filling out a questionnaire with the patient by assessing age, whether they smoke, obesity, cholesterol levels, blood pressure where they live and family history.
The researchers argue grip strength makes more accurate predictions than blood pressure alone and could be a new tool for assessing risk.
Sometime next summer, you’ll be able to watch a horror series that is exactly as scary as you want it to be—no more, no less. You’ll pull up the show, which relies on software from the artificial intelligence startup Affectiva, and tap a button to opt in. Then, while you stare at your iPad, its camera will stare at you.
The software will read your emotional reactions to the show in real time. Should your mouth turn down a second too long or your eyes squeeze shut in fright, the plot will speed along. But if they grow large and hold your interest, the program will draw out the suspense. “Yes, the killing is going to happen, but whether you want to be kept in the tension depends on you,” says Julian McCrea, founder of the London-based studio Portal Entertainment, which has a development deal with a large unidentified entertainment network to produce the series. He calls Affectiva’s face-reading software, Affdex, “an incredible piece of technology.”
“ Mood disorders such as depression are devastating to sufferers, and hugely costly to treat. The most severe form of depression, often called clinical depression or major depressive disorder (MDD), increases the person’s likelihood of suicide and contributes significantly to a person’s disability-adjusted life years (DALYs), a measure of quality of life taking into account periods of incapacity. The healthcare burden of MDD is large in most countries, especially when the person requires a stay in hospital. Putting these factors together, it’s clear we need to develop effective treatments to combat depression. The mechanisms of depressive disorders are not well understood, and it seems likely that there is no single cause. Most modern therapies use drugs that target neurotransmitters – the chemicals that carry signals between neurons. For example, the class of drugs known as SSRIs, or selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, prevent the neurotransmitter serotonin from being reabsorbed by a neuron; this means that more serotonin is available to wash around between the nerve cells, and is more likely to activate cells in the brain networks that area affected in MDD.”
“ "The result is that a DNA sequence can be made in the form of a clam, for example, and containing a drug. The DNA molecule, however, contains a code activated upon encountering certain materials in the body. For example, the clam can be designed to change its shape and release the drug only when it meets a cancer cell or the right tissue.”
Via Andrew Spong
A collaborative project between the University of Leeds and Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is bringing together music psychologist Dr Alinka Greasley and Dr Harriet Crook, Lead Clinical Scientist for Complex Hearing Loss, to investigate how music listening experiences are affected by deafness, hearing impairments and the use of hearing aids.
“ Nature invented software billions of years before we did. “The origin of life is really the origin of software,” says Gregory Chaitin (inventor of mathematical metabiology). Life requires what software does. It is fundamentally algorithmic. And its complexity needs better thinking tools.”
Via Beste Ozcan
“ A host of supersmart, self-healing technologies could someday make “normal wear and tear” a bygone expense. By definition, these materials—either intrinsically or with the aid of an outside agent—can mend broken molecular bonds without human intervention. When scientists created the first thermoset elastomer that could repair itself at room temperature without a catalyst, in 2013, they made history. Dubbed “The Terminator”, after the famous Arnold Schwarzenegger films, this advanced polymer and other self-healing materials provide a glimpse into the future of industrial design.”
“Scientists at the U.S.Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory have found a way to use tiny diamonds and graphene to give friction the slip, creating a new material combination that demonstrates the rare phenomenon of "superlubricity."...”
“As a designer I’ve spent the last decade translating human needs and desires into experiences that fulfill them — and I’m convinced: the human-centered design process demands more than just empathy with others; it requires a deep understanding of...”
Scientists have uncovered a technique used by a zebrafish and other animals to create their own sunscreen and then reproduced it in the lab. They say the method could one day be used to produce sun lotion for humans and other pharmaceuticals.
New research now suggests a vaccine for breast cancer might not be all that far away, with the discovery that loading cancer antigens into silicon microparticles serves to greatly boost the body's immune response.
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