The New Laws of Explosive Networks

Paolo Čerić/PATAKK Networks grow as individual nodes connect to one another. By tweaking the rules that govern when nodes connect, researchers can shape the network’s properties. Researchers are uncovering the hidden laws that reveal how the Internet grows, how viruses spread, and how financial bubbles burst. By: Jennifer Ouellette Last week, United Airlines grounded nearly 5,000 flights when its computer system crashed. The culprit: a faulty network router. Later on the same morning, another computer glitch halted trading on the New York Stock Exchange for over three hours. Some saw the sinister hand of a hacker in these outages, but … Continue reading The New Laws of Explosive Networks

Alzheimer’s Affects Black and White Brains Differently, Study Says

by Seth Augenstein Alzheimer’s disease causes deteriorating changes in the brain. But those changes may be different for people of different races, according to a new study released today. Three-quarters of African-American Alzheimer’s patients analyzed post-mortem were found to have a mingling of the plaques and tangles representative of the disease mixed with other signs of disease: stroke-signaling infarcts and Lewy bodies, often associated with dementia and Parkinson’s, according to the study, published online today in the journal of the American Academy of Neurology. The study began in response to several other scientific conclusions suggesting that the disease was more … Continue reading Alzheimer’s Affects Black and White Brains Differently, Study Says

The downsides of being beautiful

Good looks can get you far in life, but psychologists say there are unrecognised pitfalls for the beautiful. By David Robson Can you be too beautiful? It is hardly a problem that most of us have to contemplate – as much as we might like to dream that it were the case. When treating people for pain, doctors tend to take less care over the more attractive people Yet the blessings and curses of beauty have been a long-standing interest in psychology. Do those blessed with symmetrical features and a striking figure live in a cloud of appreciation – or … Continue reading The downsides of being beautiful

Losing weight really IS impossible: The vast majority of people who pile on the pounds never lose them in the long run

Fat for life: Just one in every 210 obese men and one in 124 obese women actually manage to achieve a healthy body weight, according to a decade-long study Just one in every 210 obese men and one in 124 obese women actually manage to achieve a healthy body weight, decade-long study found  Findings are ‘stark warning of the lasting effects of putting on weight’ Show once someone is obese, they’re unlikely to return to a normal weight By BEN SPENCER, MEDICAL CORRESPONDENT FOR THE DAILY MAIL People who pile on the pounds very rarely lose them again, British researchers have … Continue reading Losing weight really IS impossible: The vast majority of people who pile on the pounds never lose them in the long run

The Evil in Your Instant Noodles — The Industry Is Destroying Rainforests and Using Child Labo

The scary price of convenience. By Reynard Loki / AlterNet For decades, instant ramen noodles have been a culinary staple for cash-poor college students, young working professionals and even prisoners. Yet ramen noodles are a main culprit of deforestation due to the high amount of unsustainable palm oil used to make them. While several large food corporations have committed to eliminating conflict palm oil from their supply chains, two of the world’s biggest instant noodle producers, Nissin Foods Holdings and Toyo Suisan Kaisha (Maruchan), both Japanese firms, have failed to adopt responsible palm oil policies, according to SumOfUs, a non-profit consumer … Continue reading The Evil in Your Instant Noodles — The Industry Is Destroying Rainforests and Using Child Labo

Courage to quit: How I’m outgrowing pornography and waking up to my true self

by Dan Mahle, Good Men Project If you are a human being alive in the 21st century, chances are you have an opinion about porn. Maybe you use it; maybe you don’t. Maybe you think it’s good; maybe you think it’s bad; maybe you think it’s none of my business. Fine. The bottom line is this: “Four billion dollars a year is spent on video pornography in the United States, more than on football, baseball, and basketball. One in four internet users look at a pornography website in any given month. Men look at pornography online more than they look at … Continue reading Courage to quit: How I’m outgrowing pornography and waking up to my true self

This Hero Uses Google Earth to Save Elephants

by Waking Times Video – For over 20 years, Dr. Iain Douglas-Hamilton, founder of Save the Elephants and author of Among the Elephants, has used Google Earth to track, study, and protect elephants from poaching by using geofences and satellite collars on elephants. http://www.wakingtimes.com/2015/07/16/this-hero-uses-google-earth-to-save-elephants/ Continue reading This Hero Uses Google Earth to Save Elephants

EXPERTS SAY SODA CAN BE AS ADDICTIVE AS COCAINE HEADACHES, NAUSEA, SHAKY HANDS…

SOURCE: CBS NEW YORK New York City is waging war against soda — citing growing evidence that it causes a variety of health problems from increased risk of stroke, heart attack and diabetes. But CBS2’s Alice Gainer reports that experts say if you’re hooked, quitting may be a lot easier said than done. Headaches, nausea, shaky hands — they’re common symptoms of withdrawal — even if it’s just from going without soda. “I just went cold turkey — it felt like hell,” said dietitian and nutritionist Elisa Zied. But she isn’t talking about giving up cigarettes or booze. READ MORE… … Continue reading EXPERTS SAY SODA CAN BE AS ADDICTIVE AS COCAINE HEADACHES, NAUSEA, SHAKY HANDS…

Your Smartphone Usage is Linked to Your Level of Depression

by April McCarthy, Prevent Disease, Waking Times You can fake a smile, but your phone knows the truth. Depression can be detected from your smartphone sensor data by tracking the number of minutes you use the phone and your daily geographical locations, reports a Northwestern Medicine study. More and more smartphones are able to see what many of us cannot. The ongoing use of this communications technology, as compared to computer-based use such as email, is linked to increased psychological distress and reduced family satisfaction. Spending more time on a mobile phone has been confirmed to increase your risk of getting … Continue reading Your Smartphone Usage is Linked to Your Level of Depression