Staying Focused in a Distracting World

We live in a society where it’s socially acceptable to check your phone right in the middle of a conversation. We are used to having many different distractions calling our name while we try to focus our attention to any one thing. So in the midst of all this, how do we pay attention? Moreover, does the way we deal with the amount of distractions around us influence how the future generations will respond to those distractions as well? This article certainly doesn’t answer all these questions, but it makes a solid attempt:

>> The Art of Staying Focused in a Distracting World <<

-Monisha

What motivates us?

Have you ever wondered why highly skilled people(such as the creators of Skype or wikipedia) have created work that they produce and distribute for free? While they have an amazing product to offer which could very well produce them a good amount of money, what is it that causes them to do all of this without a monterey incentive? Have a look at this video and find out for yourself.

>> The surprising truth about what motivates us <<

I can’t decide if the illustrations in this video are cool or distracting, but I enjoyed the overall message it was trying to put forth.

-Monisha

The Dark Side of Greek Yogurt

There always has to be a balance in life. A bad for every good. A yin for every yang. Only that can explain how something as delicious and nutritious as greek yogurt could also be producing a byproduct called acid whey that is becoming an increasing problem for greek yogurt producers everywhere. Personally I feel the acid whey scare is a little hyped up in this article, because while they start out saying that it’s toxic and harmful to nature they then go on to say that there is a possibility it can be fed to babies. Either way it’s always good to know about the things you’re eating and just how and where they come from.

 

>> Whey Too Much: Greek Yogurt’s Dark Side <<

-Monisha

7 Minutes to a New You

Have you been spending hours on the treadmill to slim down to that bangin’ beach bod?  Are you cutting back on dining out to pay for that gym with every kind of weight machine imaginable?  Good news: research shows that you can change your body with only a chair and a wall in 7 minutes per day.

Scientists at McMaster University in Ontario say the following high-intensity workout (comprised of a steady succession of jumping jacks, wall sits, push ups, crunches, chair steps, squats, tricep dips, planks, high knees, lunges, push up rotations and side planks) causes approximately the same change on a cellular level as hours of running or biking.  Really?!

>> The Scientific 7-Minute Workout <<

I am doing this.

– Sandra

A Slice of Pi

Today I decided to indulge my inner math nerd and read a couple of articles on Pi. Now, before you go screaming in the opposite direction, have a look at this quote:

” Pi is an infinite, nonrepeating decimal — meaning that every possible number combination exists somewhere in pi. Converted into ASCII text, somewhere in that infinite string of digits is the name of every person you will ever love, the date, time, and manner of your death, and the answers to all great questions of the universe. “

While these two articles do contain quite a bit of mathematical complexity, they provide somewhat interesting insight into a foreign concept.  

>> Your Life in Pi <<

>> Are the Digits of Pi Random? <<

-Monisha

Love and Other Drugs

So as a follow up to my Valentine’s Day post on the science of love here is an article about a woman who took a dose of oxytocin ( the happy hormone as I like to call it– or the same hormone that couples release when they are together/ feel happy with each other) before a date. While I don’t really see the point in this, since dating is supposed to be about finding the right person not tricking yourself into thinking you found the right person, it is interesting to see this experiment play out. Have a look!

>> Can Oxytocin Get Me A Boyfriend? <<

-Monisha