Some drink it for health. There’s persistent rumor it’s processed and used as food supplement. An inventor has used it to generate electricity
‘It took seven years and 20 researchers, but a team at the University of Alberta have finally, using all available state-of-the-art equipment, figured out the chemical composition of human urine.
‘There’s lots of potential reasons why we’d want to know exactly what’s going on in our urine; it can help us understand how our diet affects our waste management system, and how our bodies process food and liquid. And once we’ve figured that stuff out, we can use simple, non-invasive urine tests to check for all kinds of illnesses that might typically require a less pleasant blood test or other kind of test. Wishart notes that urine tests could be used to test for different kinds of cancer, for celiac disease, pneumonia, and lots more.
‘”Urine is an incredibly complex biofluid. We had no idea there could be so many different compounds going into our toilets,” said Wishart pithily…’
Gaming for life
‘The obvious truth: video game enthusiasts are men and women, of all ages, and the grand majority of them are highly productive members of society. In fact, video games can actually help people grow – both socially and psychologically.
‘This is the idea that video game designer Jane McGonigal addresses in her TED Talk, “The game that can give you 10 extra years of life.” In the talk, McGonigal shares her game SuperBetter – designed after being bedridden for a long period of time following a severe concussion – which aims to help people recovering from injuries and surgeries find connection with others and with their inner sense of optimism. Centered around McGonigal’s talk, this week’s TED Weekends on the Huffington Post addresses the power of video games to improve well-being…’
Read three essays from TED Weekends to pique your interest
Is there consciousness after death?
The First Few Minutes After Death
“We will never fully comprehend the brain.” -Dr Kevin Nelson
‘While many questions still remain about the nature of human consciousness, the first step is to determine whether, during a near-death experience, the subject is in a state of consciousness despite being clinically dead.
‘”We sometimes think that, obviously, when your heart stops beating, your consciousness is also gone,” says Parnia. “We have no evidence, we have no studies that tell us at what point does the human consciousness and mind cease functioning during clinical death. Is it at the moment the heart stops beating? Is it the first few seconds? The first few minutes? Is it the first few hours? We have no idea.”…’
The Fukushima Radiation Dispersal Area
‘The Fukushima catastrophe is not getting better; it’s getting worse. More radio-nuclides are leaking into the Pacific today than were, over two years ago, in the wake of the explosion and triple meltdown, which began then and continues to this day.
‘I’m very sorry for all of you folks on the West Coast of North America. This is a big part of why I left the area. I am passionate about the ocean, swimming in it and eating fresh, locally-caught (sometimes by me) seafood.
‘With the 20-odd existing plants in the US of the same basic design, vintage and equipment – plus, the 130-odd additional existing plants in the US, not to mention hundreds of other nuke plants operating throughout the world, one can’t help wondering if the ultimate goal of the financiers and promoters of these hideous contraptions might not be full-scale genocide?
‘The current wars and rumors of wars actually pale in comparison to the final outcome of the existence of nuke plants – and the complete lack of a solution for managing the constantly-accruing piles of spent nuclear fuel – a substance which is MUCH MORE radioactive and hazardous to life than even the unspent fuel.
‘If you’re not already an anti-nuke activist, you might want to start to consider becoming one. Now.