Latest in Clinical Nutrition (2007) by Michael Greger

In information packed and research backed dose of fun interesting …A quick, easy, and especially interesting way.

Weeding through thousands of researches published in the last year and selecting out the most interesting, practical, and groundbreaking findings from what the latest nutritional science has to offer.

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Latest in Clinical Nutrition (2009) by Michael Greger

In information packed and research backed dose of fun interesting …A quick, easy, and especially interesting way

weeding through thousands of researches published in the last year and selecting out the most interesting, practical, and groundbreaking findings from what the latest nutritional science has to offer.

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Latest in Clinical Nutrition (2008) by Michael Greger

In information packed and research backed dose of fun interesting …A quick, easy, and especially interesting way.

Weeding through thousands of researches published in the last year and selecting out the most interesting, practical, and groundbreaking findings from what the latest nutritional science has to offer.

httpvp://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=FD84B14C63A2AA88

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Creation of the First Artificial Life Form

A brand new living cell and the beginning of an era for artificial life forms! It’s official, J. Craig Venter and his team have created the first self-replicating synthetic cell with a completely man-made set of genetic instructions—a never before existing bacteria species has joined the ranks of the living.

Dr Craig Venter Announces First Synthetic Living Cell

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Theory of Mind – Robert Seyfarth

We all have a theory of mind, of how our mind works, and how the minds of others work. Professor Robert Seyfarth from the University of Pennsylvania talks briefly on how the early years of child development are when we learn to form the basics of a theory of the mind. With time and age we change and refine our theory as we try to account for the complexity of social interactions.

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Search for Hidden Dimensions – Brian Greene

Hidden dimensions may be all around us but they are too small for us to notice—for now. On paper the math behind string theory is making a strong case for these extra dimension. The next step is to find some experimental evidence to support the claims and predictions made by string theory.

The Large Hadron Collider is right now the best chance for testing these predictions about extra dimensions. What is also fascinating is when Brian Greene talks (5:45) about the possibility that the big bang was not the beginning or rather only the beginning for our little speck somewhere within a much larger universe where our big bang is one of many. Unfortunately he isn’t very optimistic about us ever being able to explore them but that is really getting ahead of ourselves.

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Contaminated Without Consent (Chemical Toxins)

Contaminated Without Consent is about “the hidden risks from chemical contaminants found in our homes, workplaces, the products we buy, and even our bodies.”

source: Contaminated Without Consent

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Kennon M. Sheldon

Kennon M. Sheldon, PhD
Professor of Psychology
Department of Psychology
University of Missouri–Columbia

e-mail: SheldonK[at]missouri.edu

RESEARCH INTERESTS: positive psychology, goal-striving, self-concordance model, development, need-satisfaction, well-being.

TEACHING: Professor Sheldon teaches Social Psychology at University of Missouri–Columbia undergraduate psychology program. Read the full story

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Illusionist Derren Brown is Debunking the Paranormal Industry

One of England’s most famous illusionists, Derren Brown, is doing his part in making it clear to people that what he and others do has nothing to do with any supernatural powers and have ordinary explainations. Before every performance he reminds us the viewers that he only uses “magic, suggestion, psychology, misdirection and showmanship.”

To me there is a big difference between people like Derren Brown who claim to provide only entertainment value and those who profess to actually talk to the dead, see your future, reveal information from your horoscope, numerology, palm reading, or other forms of charlatanry. That is where plain old fun turns into exploitation. It is a big business with many takers and as long as the money flows, just like Spam emails, they won’t stop.

This is the full uncut interview filmed in 2007 for the Channel 4 TV program “The Enemies of Reason.”
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Tweeting the Encyclopedia of Positive Psychology

This is the collection of tweets for every entry in the Encyclopedia of Positive Psychology (EoPP). In a nutshell, I started it back in 2009, stopped for a while, and now I am back onto it.

here are the latest tweets under the hash tag #EoPP

The list will be updated as I tweet new entries.
(The order is both alphabetical and by tweet date with a couple of hickups inbetween. ) Read the full story

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BBC Life – True Wonders of Life

An unforgettable documentary of epic scale. From the first minute to the last I was sucked into BBC’s gorgeous visuals and David Attenborough’s unparalleled narration. A true masterpiece! I was in awe at the beauty, complexity, and ingenuity of evolution’s rainbow. Anyone even with a sliver of curiosity will not be able to resist.

This is a perfect time to make good use of character strengths such as Curiosity, Love of Learning, and Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence. To find out more about character strengths and your own strengths, read my article on the VIA Survey of Character Strengths.

Warning: Do not watch the U.S. version by Discovery Channel with Oprah Winfrey’s appaling narration. You are better of muting the sound than listen to Oprah Winfrey’s whimsical attempt of trying to do what legendary David Attenborough has been doing for decades.

Some excerpts form BBC Life

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List of the 10 Episodes Read the full story

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Type 1 Diabetes, Genetics, Environment, and Diet

On this week’s episode of Food for Life TV, Dr. Barnard gives an overview of how insulin is made. He also explains that type 1 diabetes is caused when the body produces no insulin. Research shows that this may occur when antibodies in your body fight off proteins found in cows milk. Dr. Barnard also outlines how people already diagnosed with type 1 diabetes can cut down on diabetes complications by eating foods that are vegan, low in fat, and have a low gylcemic index.

A search on PubMed does confirm that Type 1 Diabetes is partly genetic, ranging between 30-60%, while the rest is attributed to environmental enablers and causes which are not well understood. From the quick overview I am not sure if cow milk is one of the enabler as Neil Barnard pointed out but then again cow milk during childhood has been link to greater amount of allergies and weakened immune systems.

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Slingshot, the Portable Water Purifier by Dean Kamen

One of the latest inventions by Dean Kamen is the Slingshot, a portable water purifier. What makes it unique is not the age old water distillation method but packing all the complexity of such a filtration system into something relatively portable.

By portable I mean it can easily transported, deployed, and maintained, which is something that cannot be said of traditional water distillation systems. At the size of a small fridge and the fact that it require a minimal amount of electricity make it a portable but stationary device. While another water purifier, the Lifesaver, is targeted for individuals and families, the Slingshot is more suitable as a clean water source for larger groups or small villages in need. Unfortunately it is not yet in production but if they can keep their target price of under $2000, this could even be an option for middle class families in the developed world.

You can read more how it works over at How Stuff Works – Slingshot Water Purifier


It is to be seen if this can match the reversed osmosis (RO) filtration system’s ability to filter out anything larger than 0.1nm. How’s that possible you might ask, well RO filtering systems use a membrane as one of the steps in the filtration process. This “hyperfiltration” is more suitable for home usage than any other water filtering system on the market.

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TED Talks – Make filthy water drinkable by Michael Pritchard

Too much of the world lacks access to clean drinking water. Engineer Michael Pritchard did something about it — inventing the portable Lifesaver filter, which can make the most revolting water drinkable in seconds. It can filter up to 6000 liters of water completely free of all viruses, bacteria, and heavy metals.

This makes it very well suited for saving lives in poor countries and providing clean water for disaster stricken areas. Plus it is a nice portable way to get some fresh clean water when camping, hiking, or for outdoor sports like long distance running and biking.

“For $20 billion everyone can have access to safe drinking water. So the 3.5 billion people that suffer every year… and the 2 million kids that die every year will live.” -Michael Pritchard

You can read more about the Lifesaver and order it over at www.lifesaversystems.com

At the same time it is no match to the reversed osmosis (RO) filtration system’s ability to filter out anything larger than 0.1nm. How’s that possible you might ask, well RO filtering systems use a membrane as one of the steps in the filtration process. This “hyperfiltration” is more suitable for home usage for two reasons: (1) It produces the cleanest water (2) the convenience of not having to pump manually to get water clean.

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Debates: Religion, Theism, Atheism, Antitheism …

A collection of insightful debates and discussions between proponents of both theism and atheism. Among the theists are primarily Christians and Rabbis. Debating in opposition to religion, theism, and the supernatural are atheists, antitheists, and materialists such as Christopher Hitchens, Sam Harris, Daniel Dennett, and Richard Dawkins.

Missing altogether from these debates are for example Imams, representatives of non-theistic religions such as Buddhism, and polytheistic religions such as Hinduism. In case you find other debates you think I should add please leave a comment with the link to the video.

(I should mention that I am a materialist and my cosmogonical position is that of an agnostic pandeist, which does not impinge on my former ontological position.)

I will keep this post updated with the latest debates marked as *new*

Some Debates to Watch First:

Theists Vs. Atheists:
Hitchens, Harris, Dennett Vs. D’Souza, Boteach, Taleb. Neutral: Wright [11.2009]

Atheists on Atheism:
The Four Horsemen [09.2007]

Christianity Vs. Atheism:
Debate: Is Christianity Good for the World? [10.2008]

Judaism Vs. Atheism:
Wolpe Vs. Hitchens: The Great God Debate [03.2010]

New Age Theists Vs. Atheists:
The Nightline Face-Off: Does God Have a Future? [03.2010]

Atheist Exploring Morality (lecture):
Sam Harris @Google [2010]

Physicist on the Nature of the Universe (lecture)
‘A Universe From Nothing’ by Lawrence Krauss [10.2009] Read the full story

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