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Friday, 24 February 2012
Doctors to prescribe health apps
Mood:  loud
Topic: Health


GPs could soon offer their patients free smartphone apps to help with managing health conditions.

The Department of Health says its initiative is the "next step" in the drive to give patients more control over their own health.

The apps could help diabetics keep a check on their blood sugar and patients monitor their own blood pressure.

Full Story from BBC


Posted by mindpotion Network at 11:58 CET
Updated: Friday, 24 February 2012 12:18 CET
Wind turbines are a public menace and the least efficient renewable power
Mood:  a-ok
Topic: Global Warming


Wind turbines are a ‘public menace’, the chairman of the National Trust chairman has said.

Sir Simon Jenkins dismissed wind as the ‘least efficient’ renewable power.

The honest admission is surprising coming from the the head of the charity, as it champions green energy as part of its conservation work.

‘We are doing masses of renewables but wind is probably the least efficient and wrecks the countryside,’ he said.

Full Story from dailymail.co.uk


Posted by mindpotion Network at 01:01 CET
Updated: Friday, 24 February 2012 01:51 CET
Thursday, 23 February 2012
Distant Water World confirmed by Astronomers
Mood:  chatty
Topic: Space


Astronomers have claimed the existence of a new class of planet: a "water-world" with a thick, steamy atmosphere.

The exoplanet GJ 1214b, just 40 light-years away, is a so-called "Super Earth" - bigger than our planet, but smaller than gas giants such as Jupiter.

Observations using the Hubble telescope now seem to confirm that a large fraction of its mass is water.

Full Story from BBC


Posted by mindpotion Network at 12:28 CET
Updated: Thursday, 23 February 2012 15:52 CET
Math formula may explain why serial killers kill
Mood:  chatty
Topic: Hypnosis & Psychology


Researchers have discovered that the seemingly erratic behavior of the "Rostov Ripper," a prolific serial killer active in the 1980s, conformed to the same mathematical pattern obeyed by earthquakes, avalanches, stock market crashes and many other sporadic events. The finding suggests an explanation for why serial killers kill.

Full Story from msnbc.msn.com


Posted by mindpotion Network at 01:01 CET
Updated: Thursday, 23 February 2012 10:43 CET
Lying, drug taking and affairs seem more acceptable in todays society
Mood:  d'oh
Topic: Society


The moral maze of life has never been easy to negotiate. But a survey suggests more and more of us are taking a wrong turn.

According to researchers, Britain is experiencing a major increase in dishonesty with many of us willing to lie and cheat.

Having an affair, lying to further one’s interests, buying stolen goods and having underage sex are all seen as more acceptable than they were a decade ago. Scientists at the University of Essex believe levels of dishonesty could get worse because the young seem more tolerant of it.

Full Story from dailymail.co.uk


Posted by mindpotion Network at 01:01 CET
Updated: Thursday, 23 February 2012 01:22 CET
Wednesday, 22 February 2012
Addiction, A Zen Perspective
Mood:  bright
Topic: Human Nature


Whether consciously acknowledged or not, we live in an almost constant state of anxiety. We are concerned with what we may lose, or what we may not gain. We also live in grief and regret over what we have left behind or at least feel we may have indeed lost. We thus attach ourselves to the very things that we cannot, ultimately, control; the past and the future. In truth, there is only today, this moment, and this breath with which we are, and can actually be, connected. The past is gone, and the future has not yet happened. We are here, now.

Full Story from psychologytoday.com


Posted by mindpotion Network at 01:01 CET
Updated: Wednesday, 22 February 2012 10:41 CET
The humble aspirin stops cancerous tumours spreading
Mood:  bright
Topic: Cancer


The humble aspirin may be a powerful weapon against cancerous tumours after researchers discovered it can stop them spreading.

Scientists in Melbourne, Australia have discovered how non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as aspirin prevent tumours growing.

The breakthrough by Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre researchers paves the way for new treatments to halt cancer in its tracks.

Full Story from dailymail.co.uk


Posted by mindpotion Network at 01:01 CET
Updated: Wednesday, 22 February 2012 01:30 CET
Killer beast warning to Scottish Far North crofters
Mood:  chatty
Topic: Cryptozoology


NORTH-coast crofters are being warned to be on the lookout for a "killer beast" which is rumoured to be prowling the fields of the Far North.

It comes after the carcase of a ewe was found stripped to the bone at Swordly, near Bettyhill, in north Sutherland.

Andy McLachlan (54), of Kirtomy, said a big cat has been spotted on the border between Caithness and north Sutherland on a number of occasions.

Full Story from johnogroat-journal.co.uk


Posted by mindpotion Network at 01:01 CET
Updated: Wednesday, 22 February 2012 17:44 CET
Tuesday, 21 February 2012
How Does Our Brain Know What Is a Face and What's Not?
Mood:  chatty
Topic: Brain


Objects that resemble faces are everywhere. Whether it's New Hampshire's erstwhile granite "Old Man of the Mountain," or Jesus' face on a tortilla, our brains are adept at locating images that look like faces. However, the normal human brain is almost never fooled into thinking such objects actually are human faces.

Full Story from sciencedaily.com


Posted by mindpotion Network at 01:01 CET
Updated: Tuesday, 21 February 2012 13:53 CET
Does outdoor play help keep the doctor away?
Mood:  chatty
Topic: Health


Is modern living resulting in more people becoming disconnected from green spaces and the natural world, at the expense of our health and well-being?

Most concern is centred around children, who - say campaigners - are missing out on opportunities afforded to previous generations, ones as simple as climbing trees or getting their knees dirty.

In an increasingly urbanised, electronic-based, risk-adverse world, the adults of the future are displaying the symptoms of "nature-deficit disorder".

Full Story from the BBC


Posted by mindpotion Network at 01:01 CET
Updated: Tuesday, 21 February 2012 01:36 CET

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