Archive for April, 2013

Long Term Study Finds What It Takes To Live A Happy Life

grumpyOMBusinessInsider reports –

In June 2009, The Atlantic published a cover story on the Grant Study, one of the longest-running longitudinal studies of human development. The project, which began in 1938, has followed 268 Harvard undergraduate men for 75 years, measuring an astonishing range of psychological, anthropological, and physical traits—from personality type to IQ to drinking habits to family relationships to “hanging length of his scrotum”—in an effort to determine what factors contribute most strongly to human flourishing. Recently, George Vaillant, who directed the study for more than three decades, published Triumphs of Experience, a summation of the insights the study has yielded. Among them: “Alcoholism is a disorder of great destructive power.” Alcoholism was the main cause of divorce between the Grant Study men and their wives; it was strongly correlated with neurosis and depression (which tended to follow alcohol abuse, rather than precede it); and—together with associated cigarette smoking—it was the single greatest contributor to their early morbidity and death. Above a certain level, intelligence doesn’t matter.

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Minnissippi River – Tilt-Shift Video of New Orleans

How To Save On Drugs [comic]

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New Android Keyboard Layout Makes Typing 1/3 Faster

According to BusinessInsider –

Smartphone and tablet typists are being urged to abandon the qwerty keyboard layout for a new design it’s claimed will make them more than a third faster. Researchers at the University of St Andrews have developed a keyboard for handheld touchscreens called KALQ that allows typing 34 per cent faster. It will be released as a free Android app.

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Dolphin Assisted Fishing [video]

Science Explains Crying [video]

So, You Can Do The Stairmaster? [video]

A Brief History of the High Five

hi5Mental_floss presented a short history of the high five. It’s exact origin seems to be in doubt, but it first appeared in the late 1970’s. I thought it was older than that. –

Since 2002, the third Thursday of April is recognized as a National High Five Day—24-hour period for giving familiars and strangers alike as many high fives as humanly possible. A few University of Virginia students invented the day, which has since evolved into a “High 5-A-Thon” that raises money each year for cancer research. Here are a few more facts to get you in the celebrating spirit.

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Aerial Pictures from TheFabWeb

Another great set of photos from TheFabWeb – this time it’s various things shot from above – mostly landscapes.

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Scientists Grow Kidney in Lab

lab-kidneyBBC reports –

A kidney “grown” in the laboratory has been transplanted into animals where it started to produce urine, US scientists say. Similar techniques to make simple body parts have already been used in patients, but the kidney is one of the most complicated organs made so far. A study, in the journal Nature Medicine, showed the engineered kidneys were less effective than natural ones. But regenerative medicine researchers said the field had huge promise. Kidneys filter the blood to remove waste and excess water. They are also the most in-demand organ for transplant, with long waiting lists.

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Dog Wants a Kitty [video]

Woman Fights $105,000 in Parking Tickets

pmeterThe ChicagoTribune reports –

Jennifer Fitzgerald has been fighting more than $100,000 in parking tickets on her junk car after she says it had been abandoned by her former boyfriend for three years in an employee parking lot at O’Hare International Airport.

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