Thursday, 19 April 2018

A Printable, Flexible, Organic Solar Cell

Saving Our Planet!

Unlike the solar cells you're used to seeing, organic photovoltaics are made of compounds that are dissolved in ink and can be printed and molded using simple techniques. The result is a low-weight, flexible, semi-transparent film that turns the energy of the sun into electricity. Hannah Bürckstümmer shows us how they're made -- and how they could change the way we power the world.

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Be Supportive Women Helping Women in Business

Women Helping Women in Business

 Stand together!

You’ve probably heard that men are paid more than women over their lifetimes. Challenges like the gender pay gap, partnered with the recent #MeToo movement, give reason more than ever for women to help each other in the workplace.
A group of 34 senior females recently started an organization called “All Raise,” to help more women and minorities found and fund tech companies. This is just one example of many initiatives popping up across all industries to support powerful women in business. MSNBC Your Business’ JJ Ramberg shares some tips that women can follow to help each other easily, every day.

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Sitting Is Bad for Your Brain – Not Just Your Metabolism or Heart

Sitting Is Bad for Your Brain – Not Just Your Metabolism or Heart:

 Sitting, like smoking, increases the risk of heart disease, diabetes and premature death. Researchers at UCLA wanted to see how sedentary behavior influences brain health, especially regions of the brain that are critical to memory formation.

Sitting too much is linked to changes in a section of the brain that is critical for memory, according to a preliminary study by UCLA researchers of middle-aged and older adults.
Studies show that too much sitting, like smoking, increases the risk of heart disease, diabetes and premature death. Researchers at UCLA wanted to see how sedentary behavior influences brain health, especially regions of the brain that are critical to memory formation.
UCLA researchers recruited 35 people ages 45 to 75 and asked about their physical activity levels and the average number of hours per day they spent sitting over the previous week. Each person had a high-resolution MRI scan, which provides a detailed look at the medial temporal lobe, or MTL, a brain region involved in the formation of new memories.
The researchers found that sedentary behavior is a significant predictor of thinning of the MTL and that physical activity, even at high levels, is insufficient to offset the harmful effects of sitting for extended periods.
This study does not prove that too much sitting causes thinner brain structures, but instead that more hours spent sitting are associated with thinner regions, researchers said. In addition, the researchers focused on the hours spent sitting, but did not ask participants if they took breaks during this time.
The researchers next hope to follow a group of people for a longer duration to determine if sitting causes the thinning and what role gender, race, and weight might play in brain health related to sitting.
MTL thinning can be a precursor to cognitive decline and dementia in middle-aged and older adults. Reducing sedentary behavior may be a possible target for interventions designed to improve brain health in people at risk for Alzheimer’s disease, researchers said.
Prabha Siddarth, a biostatistician at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA, is the study’s first author. Dr. David Merrill, a geriatric psychiatrist and assistant clinical professor of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences at UCLA, is the study’s senior author. The other authors are Alison Burggren and Dr. Gary Small, both of UCLA, and Harris Eyre of the University of Adelaide, Australia.

Monday, 16 April 2018

Inhale Himalyan Salt for Better Health

Inhale Himalayan Salt For Better Health

 My nephew told me about this and I have ordered an Inhaler.  It'll be interesting to see the outcome.

Inhaling This Salt Stops Sinus Infections, Reduces Mucus Build Up & Helps You Sleep!

by DailyHealthPost

Did you ever notice how your hair, skin, and lungs feel great after spending the day by the ocean?
That’s because the salt in seawater and sea air has plenty of benefits.
In fact, in the 18th century, it was discovered that Polish salt miners had noticeably better immune systems, lung health, and sinus clarity compared to their families. When these men experienced an infection or illness, their symptoms were mild and they recovered very quickly.
That’s because inhaling salt daily improves your respiratory function and immune response.
It’s true: Ancient Ayurvedic medicine has relied on salt therapy for thousands of years. Practitioners even used Neti pot-type tools to irrigate their sinuses.
But you don’t have to live by the ocean to experience these benefits. All you need is a Himalayan salt inhaler.

What is Himalayan Salt?

As it’s same suggests, Himalayan salt comes from the salt mines of Punjab region of Pakistan, about 300km from the Himalayas.
The salt mainly consists of sodium chloride, but it also contains up to 84 different trace minerals, including potassium, magnesium, and calcium (1).
Although sodium has a bad reputation, it works to:
  • Contract and relax muscles
  • Maintain proper fluid balance and prevent dehydration
  • Send nervous system impulses
  • Prevent low blood pressure
Himalayan salt can be used for cooking, bath soaks, body scrubs, and Himalayan salt lamps.

6 Benefits of Himalayan Salt

Here’s why you should keep a Himalayan salt inhaler on hand.

1. Promotes Immunity

Breathing in salt prevents bacterial infection in your airway and reverses it. It also works against fungi and other pathogens by promoting phagocyte (white blood cell) activity to kill pathogens. Plus, it promotes the relaxation of the central nervous system to improve immunity and overall health (2).

Sunday, 15 April 2018

What Wheatgrass, Chlorophyll & Sunlight Can Do for the Body

Wheatgrass, Chlorophyll and sunlight For Your Health

Enusre that you get enough of these for good health!

Written By:
Sayer Ji, Founder
Video Transcript: What Wheatgrass, Chlorophyll & Sunlight Can Do for Your Body

Ty Bollinger: We probably got a couple dozen herbs within a stone’s throw of us right here that will treat cancer, don’t we
Sayer Ji: Absolutely. In fact, that knowledge has been passed down since the origin of life, you know, of our species. We’re just now re-capturing it. People should know though the science is now coming back and confirming that the old wisdom is absolutely scientifically validated.

Ty Bollinger: Last question, Sayer. Talk about wheatgrass.
Sayer Ji: Oh, wheatgrass
Ty BollingerWheatgrass, with all of this green around here.
Sayer Ji: Oh, I love it. Because for me wheatgrass was always a double-edged sword. Because it’s from wheat, and yes, gluten-reduced. I used to actually go get it, use it, work with people that would take it. Some would get sick, some wouldn’t. Some would feel great healing effects.
Then you’d see research on how, for example, on the old dog model, it will completely reverse cataracts in some cases. Just giving wheatgrass powder.

So when I started looking at the research I’m like there’s more to this. It turns out chlorophyll is an alternative source of energy for the human body. And actually all animals have this ability.
Because it goes into the mitochondria as a metabolite. It enables the mitochondria to capture sunlight energy, which photo-energizes the Krebs cycle in such a way that it produces significantly more ATP – which is sort of the energy currency of the body – without increasing
 oxidative stress.
This is a new study that came out last year which completely undermines our classical understanding of our bodies as only being able to eat other things to live. Basically we can, if we have adequate chlorophyll in our diet – wheatgrass being one of the best sources – directly capture the sunlight. And not only it does increase the production and efficiency of ATP in our body, it increases the longevity, at least in the earthworm model which is what they use it for.

We will see animal studies and probably human studies soon. Because basically this reclassifies us from heterotrophs which depend on other things, to photo-heterotrophs, which means we can actually take sunlight directly into our body.
Keep in mind it doesn’t just mean the wavelengths, that are like you know, obviously the sunlight we see. Red, for example, is a wavelength that goes deep into our tissue as well. It can even penetrate the skull and go into our brain and energize our brain
So this research kind of reveals how—because cancer loves glucose, right? It loves to ferment it, produces all these biomass. The ATP-based model of energy is more about bio-mass and less about how we can actually capture energy to fuel our body.
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Saturday, 14 April 2018

You Can Grow New Brain Cells, Regardless of Age. Here’s How!

Growing New Brain Cells

 This is good news!

You Can Grow New Brain Cells, Regardless of Age. Here’s How!

by DailyHealthPost

We all know that children’s brains grow and expand as they learn and age. Adults, on the other hand, slowly begin to lose brain cells and matter as they get older. That’s because cells begin to die before your body has a chance to repair them. In fact, until as recently as the 1990s, it was thought that once brain cells die, no new cells are created to replace them. We now know that this isn’t the case.

Neurogenesis in Adults

Research has proven that it is possible for adults to grow new brain cells, so how does it happen?
A 2002 report in The Journal of Neuroscience begins:

The formation of new cells in the brain (and the rest of the central nervous system) is called “neurogenesis”. Recent research into neurogenesis has built on the findings of Joseph Altman in 1962, which was previously largely ignored. Altman found that new neurons form even in adult rats, contradicting conventional wisdom that neurons develop in babies and children only until the end of adolescence. (2) Science has since proven that neurogenesis occurs in adult humans as well. (3, 4)

An Ever-Changing Brain

The concept of neuroplasticity is based on Altman’s work, suggesting that the brain never stops growing and learning.
Neurogenesis works by creating new neurons from stem cells in the hippocampus (responsible for memory storage and cognition), subventricular zone (where stem cells are created and proliferate to connect to other regions of the brain) and olfactory bulb. (5, 6)

This is very good news, not only in the context of diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s but for the maintenance of optimal brain health and the prevention of such neurodegenerative disease. It can also improve depression and other mood disorders.
“The turning point of the collective perception about neurogenesis occurred with the demonstration that adult mammalian brain neurons are also capable of mitosis, and that newborn neurons can migrate and integrate into existing circuitries.” (7)
So you can, in fact, teach an old dog new tricks.

Friday, 13 April 2018

How Language Shapes The Way We Think

Language Shapes The Way We Think

There are about 7,000 languages spoken around the world -- and they all have different sounds, vocabularies and structures. But do they shape the way we think? Cognitive scientist Lera Boroditsky shares examples of language -- from an Aboriginal community in Australia that uses cardinal directions instead of left and right to the multiple words for blue in Russian -- that suggest the answer is a resounding yes. "The beauty of linguistic diversity is that it reveals to us just how ingenious and how flexible the human mind is," Boroditsky says. "Human minds have invented not one cognitive universe, but 7,000."