Thursday, October 02, 2014


“Embr Labs claims its bracelet can enhance your “personal thermal comfort” and save in heat/energy costs, but a connected version could do even more, even enhance your movie-going experience.”

You want to feel frozen at Frozen? This may be the device for you

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Social Media Fame

“I realized that being famous in the age of social media means you can have a giant tour bus with your face on it and a line of screaming teenage fans, even if no one else in the world cares.”

Meet Jack and Jack, the Vine stars who are quietly topping the iTunes charts

Tuesday, September 30, 2014


“There is a lot of evidence suggesting that lowering LDL-C may be helpful and will not cause harm. However, we can’t ignore the fact the low density lipoprotein, and the lipid molecules it carries play an important role for bodily function. Therefore, although lowering LDL-C may reduce the risk of heart disease, it may in theory have harmful effects, many of which may not yet be fully understood.”

When it comes to total mortality, some data indicate that optimal levels of serum cholesterol may be between 210 and 230 mg/dL (5.4 and 5.9 mmol/L)

10 Pitfalls of Using LDL Cholesterol to Assess Risk

Monday, September 29, 2014

Cattle Class

“Seat designers often make the assumption that nearly everyone will be accommodated if they design a seat for a man in the 95th percentile of measurements, meaning that they are larger than all but 5 percent of other men — and, theoretically, all women. But even in that group, there are big differences.

Take the buttock-to-knee measurement of the largest men in the study: In the North American group, the average measurement was 26.5 inches, but the Dutch men were larger, measuring 27.6 inches. Factor in the fact that nobody on an airplane sits upright with the knees bent at a 90 degree angle, plus variations in calf length and thigh length.

A big flaw in seat design, however, is that men in the 95th percentile are not necessarily larger than women, particularly in the parts of the body that are resting on the seat.”

The Problem With Reclining Airplane Seat Design

Friday, September 26, 2014

Salt vs. Sugar

“Perhaps it’s got something to do with the fact that reducing salt (from anything to anything) is a great marketing claim and it probably won’t affect the sales of the product. But reducing sugar (when your competitors don’t) will probably cost you serious money.”

Sugar, not salt, causes high blood pressure

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Right here, right now

“We have more computing power in our pocket than that necessary to put the first man on the moon. Yet we don’t know how to harness it because it’s advancing faster than our ability to absorb it into our lives in a healthy, constructive way.”

This is your brain on mobile

Wednesday, September 24, 2014


“I stay in China because almost every day is interesting. Some days are interesting-good, some are interesting-bad, but they’re almost all adventures.”

“I came for three weeks; that was 7 years ago.”

One Year in China

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Energy Deficit

“Up until the 19th century, the history of cooking was all in the direction of making food more nutritious. But in the late 19th century, we learned how to refine grain and make white flour. In the 1880s, in England, we came up with roller mills, which can cleanly separate the endosperm—the pure starch—from the germ and bran, which is where most of the nutrients are.

With that “advance,” we began taking cooking too far. (Around the same time, we learned how to do something similar with sugar—turning cane and beets into pure sugar.) Cooking essentially went overboard. It began contributing to public-health problems. We started to have problems with tooth decay; with obesity; with nutrient deficiencies, because people began to eat lots of empty calories.”

The End of the World as We Know It

Friday, September 19, 2014


“The term “hormesis” is used in biology to describe a relationship between the dose of something and the benefit or harm from it, in particular when too much of something is just as harmful as too little.”

“But it’s important to understand the concept of hormesis, so we can move away from the “more is better” mentality that plagues many athletes and fuels a multi-billion-dollar sports food and supplement industry.”

Finding the sweet spot with sports nutrition

Thursday, September 18, 2014


“We’ve spent the past two decades militarizing our police forces to respond to problems that never materialized.”

“The 1033 program’s roots lie in the drug war — hence the counter-narcotics impetus. It was originally created in 1990, as part of the National Defense Authorization Act, which authorized the Pentagon to transfer military equipment to local law enforcement if it was “suitable for use in counter-drug activities.” In the wake of the September 11th attacks, the program’s focus has expanded to include counter-terrorism activities as well.

While the 1033 program’s intent may have been to equip specialized units for extreme, dangerous situations, fighting al-Qaeda sleeper cells or powerful drug cartels, the effect has been to incorporate SWAT-style raids into ordinary police operations. That includes, but is certainly not limited to, the serving of search warrants. This may partly be because the program requires that all equipment issued through the 1033 program be used within one year of the date it is granted. That means that if police departments want to keep their new gear, they can’t wait for a rare emergency like an active shooter or hostage situation in order to use it.”

One sentence that explains why local police don’t need military weapons


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Nothing lasts forever

“Close to 85% of municipalities in Japan are shrinking, compared to fewer than than 5% of local authorities in England and Wales. Demography is front-page news in Japan: alarmism reached feverish levels this spring with the publication of a report asserting that more than half of Japan’s municipalities are “at risk of extinction” by 2040, as their numbers of reproductive-age women halve versus 2010 – or in Yubari’s case, fall by 85% to just 100 such women in 2040.

This makes Yubari fascinating as the demographic canary in the Japanese, erm, coal mine. When celebrated doctor Tomohiko Murakami, who led the post-bankruptcy downsizing of Yubari’s only hospital into a clinic (before he was disgraced in a bizarre love triangle-cum-attempted murder incident), describes contemporary Yubari as a “microcosm of Japan in 2050”, he exaggerates only mildly: by around 2060, the over-65s are projected to account for four out of every 10 Japanese – a ratio Yubari reached about a decade ago.”

Yubari, Japan: a city learns how to die

Monday, September 15, 2014

Friday, September 12, 2014

Hypercholesterolemia is a hype?

“When you become obsessed with getting your LDL numbers low, you’re just trading off death by heart attack with death by cancer or infection or heart failure. At the same time, you’re incurring additional expense, along with often annoying and in some cases devastating side effects associated with statin drugs. Doesn’t this seem counterproductive?

While Americans seem to want to rely on a magic bullet to solve their medical problems, they would be much better off to focus on the things that take effort: stop smoking, start exercising, lose weight, eat healthy foods, get plenty of sleep, spend some time outside in the sun without sunscreen, and reduce the effect of stress through relaxation exercises. Achieving these goals is much more rewarding and beneficial than popping a pill. These are the true secrets to a long and healthy life.”

Statins, Pregnancy, Sepsis, Cancer, Heart Failure: a Critical Analysis.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Reappraise, re-evaluate

“The need for a reappraisal of dietary recommendations stems from 1) general failure to halt the epidemic of diabetes under current guidelines, 2) the specific failure of low-fat diets to improve obesity, cardiovascular risk or general health (points 1 and 4), 3) Constant reports of side effects of commonly prescribed diabetic medications, some quite serious (point 12) and, most important, 4) the continued success of low-carbohydrate diets to meet the challenges of improvement in the features of diabetes and metabolic syndrome in the absence of side effects.

The benefits of carbohydrate restriction are immediate and well-documented. Concerns about the efficacy and safety of carbohydrate restriction are long-term and conjectural rather than data-driven.”

Dietary Carbohydrate restriction as the first approach in diabetes management.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

PreEx RT vs RT to MMF

“As such the “target” muscles can be “pre-exhausted” with an isolation exercise before moving immediately to a compound exercise. For example, the biceps might be the “weak-link” in a pulling exercise though the target might be to train the latissimus muscles. With this in mind, it is suggested to pre-exhaust the target muscles using an isolation exercise immediately prior to a compound exercise. It is hypothesised that this provides greater stimulation to the target muscles. Jones (1970) notes that “during the brief period while your weak-link muscles are actually stronger than your target muscles, you can take advantage of that momentary condition to use the strength of the weak-link muscles to train the target muscles much harder than would otherwise be possible.” Since evidence suggests training to MMF maximally recruits motor units and produces greatest gains in muscular strength and hypertrophy, the notion of attaining a greater fatigue to maximise adaptation appears logical.”

“Based upon these results there appears no benefit to performing PreEx RT over and above simply performing individual exercises to MMF in a preferred order and with preferred rest between exercises.”

The effects of pre-exhaustion, exercise order, and rest intervals in a full-body resistance training intervention