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Themes related to popular science include solar energy, physics, applied psychology,



recent popular science posts

diet myths and common sense

It's good to find a fellow blogger that is on the same wavelength about quality food (particularly on a tight budget) and unhelpful food advertising whose prime objective is profits.    Quill.com publishes an informative image which can serve as a reminder of the pitfalls to avoid. Click on the image for larger print! I recommend reading the full article on Dieting myths to avoid The

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advertising, diet, nutrition, obesity, popular science,
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Global Atlas for the Blind

A government department in India has succeeded in making a complete atlas of the world for the visually impaired, using braille. On January 3, at the Indian Science Congress held here, Prime Minister Narendra Modi presented the director of NATMO, Tapti Banerjee with the 'National Award for Science and Technology Intervention in Empowering the Physically Challenged' in recognition of this

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disability, disability aids, education, popular, popular science,
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Apparent offset of the winter solstice

Apparent offset of the winter solstice. There are many posts about this on the Internet, but a. Many are confusing, complex or both; b. Many people who haven't a clue still hurl derision at those who have; Hence this brief and simple depiction: Although the winter solstice is within a day or two of the shortest day (amount of daylight), the darkest morning is around December the 10th, and

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blues, conservation, daybreak, mathematics, physics, popular science, winter,
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psychology, consciousness, ego in very young children

As I often say - Nothing can penetrate the institutional mind, more specifically, its preconceptions. Fortunately, psychology scientists have decided to test the assumption that pre-school children are very bad at hiding because they they are egocentric - they often just cover their eyes when asked to hide. The new research shows that they also believe that THEY can't see another if the

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being, children, consciousness, education, institutional mind, popular science, psychology,
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more wealth = less empathy

In everyday language, the rich care less about the less fortunate, in fact they seem to be practically invisible. With sufficient (unbiased) experience of life, this is fairly obvious, but well designed recent research demonstrates the fact very clearly. Full story in news format: science shows the richer you get the less you pay attention to other people The original science: Social Class

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empathy, pathological wealth, popular science, psychology, sociology,
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Quick route to fitness, health: exercise

Two reports in today's news build on the BBC documentary of last year - which showed brief bouts of high intensity exercise having great health benefits. It may not work for everyone, but who can't afford one minute? The first report is by Dr. Shayesteh and his interview is available on video courtesy of wytv.com full report here: http://wytv.com/2016/06/01/

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documentary, exercise, health, popular science, video,
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beware dietary misinformation

 It is really important to find source materials rather than 'blogging for profit' articles when planning a healthy diet ... Quote: "vegetarian foods are not a great source of protein." source: http://www.thehealthsite.com/diseases-conditions/low-protein-diet-plan-for-people-suffering-from-gout-f0416/ I'm not a vegetarian, but the 2 most concentrated forms of protein in my kitchen  are both

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diet, education, freefrom, internet, popular science, Social media,
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grape enriched diet linked to better eyesight

grape enriched diet linked to better eyesight. Phytochemicals reducing oxidative stress! Eating grapes may be associated with improved eye health, according to a study conducted at the University of Miami's Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. via wellbeing news     The study, published in the journal Nutrition, showed natural components in grapes that help promote antioxidant activity preserved

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diet, eyesight, grapes, health, phytochemicals, popular science, wellbeing,
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MIND diet combats Alzheimers

Rush University develops and test diet to help Alzheimer's sufferers  Fortunately, new research is now providing hope in preventing its onset and reducing the risk of developing Alzheimer’s. A new diet, appropriately known by the acronym MIND, could significantly lower a person’s risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, even if the diet is not meticulously followed, according to a paper

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Alzheimers, diet, health, Mediterranean diet, popular science, wellbeing,
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new solar thermal material

A new solid state material has been developed that stores daylight in a solid state form (like batteries) without the need for expensive batteries.  It can be triggered to release the energy as heat on demand, so simple applications such as harvesting energy during the day to heat the building after dusk are proposed Research is proposed that explores extending the lifetime of storage (

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environment, physics, popular science, renewable energy, solar, solar storage,
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Nutrition in Essence - food education book

This book covers all the basics, but is quite wordy with relatively few facts, and doesn't have a condensed summary of dietary guidelines for frequent reference. For anyone with bowel-related problems caused by a permeable intestinal wall (irritable bowel, food sensitivities, ...) both lack of fibre and too much (e.g. fibre removed from its wholefood source, such as bran flakes) cause problems.

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diet, dreams, mental health, nutrition, popular science, video, wellbeing,
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coral reef destruction, sand lizard revival

Climate change and coral reef destruction Current climate targets are not enough to save the world's coral reefs - and policymakers urgently need to consider the economic benefits they bring. Those are two of the conclusions from a UN-backed project aiming to quantify the financial costs of damaging nature. “ There's evidence that current levels of CO2 are already causing damage to reefs

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biodiversity, climate change, conservation, coral reefs, environment, gardens, lizards, popular science, wildlife,
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self-healing teeth: dentistry research

In the last few months there have been reports of two new techniques of halting and repairing tooth decay that do not employ 'mechanics'. The common practice of drilling away tooth decay, and the immediate surroundings of healthy tooth, are a bit like 1960s car body repairs, but both new techniques stimulate the tooth to repair itself. In the first reported science, from the USA, the US

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3D printing, dentistry, lasers, popular science, wellbeing,
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Vitamins and Minerals Overview

A video detailing the Vitamins & Minerals the body needs, which ones the body can store, and avoiding overdose of the fat-soluble (which store in the body's fat). This is an overview of vitamins and minerals. In this video the viewer will learn about the two classifications of vitamins and what foods are best to consume for increasing their vitamin and mineral intake. It also touches on

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documentary, food, popular science, video, vitamins, wellbeing,
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The role of beer in civilisation

A very interesting tale of the impact of beer on civilisation: I'm particularly interested in the ancient Egyptians recipe for making beer, which produces a powerful anti-bacterial agent (antibiotic) during the fermentation. Yet another hobby ... ? Did you know that Beer was critical to the birth of civilization? That?s right - Beer. Scientists and historians line up to tell the amazing,

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antibiotics, beer, health, history, popular science, wellbeing,
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Beer is heart healthy (in moderation)

Move over, vino, there’s a new heart-healthy beverage grabbing a stool at the bar. The stats are in and—drum roll, please — beer is just as good for your heart as red wine, according to an analysis of 18 studies on alcohol consumption. “After dissecting the effects of alcohol in wine and beer, the two beverages appeared to be quite comparable,” explains Giovanni de Gaetano, M.D., Ph.D., and

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alcohol, beer, popular science, wellbeing,
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diet and brain health

Healthy diet for brain health, for over 60s  "Adults who eat more nutrient-rich foods, such as vegetables, fruits and fish, have larger left hippocampi." says a report from Deakin University in Australia. The popular science study focussed on adults aged 60-64 years, and used magnetic resonance imaging to measure the size of hippocampi. “Recent research has established that diet and

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ageing, dementia, depression, diet, health, mental health, popular science, protein, wellbeing,
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healthy foods don't advertise (wellbeing, nutrition v corporations)

Abstract: Evidence based dietary guidelines contrasted with corporate funded science and corporate funded advertising. It is a scientifically tested fact that - other factors such as exercise, genetics, habits being equal - people eating a diet rich in antioxidants suffer less from heart disease, diabetes, some cancers and the degenerative diseases associated with ageing. This has led to

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advertising, corporations, diet, freefrom, health, healthyfood, longevity, matrix, nutrition, popular, popular science, superfoods, vitamins, wellbeing,
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