Delayed Social Development Cost of Texting?‘Today, this development still occurs. However, we have also introduced a large time gap into our social maturation with the advent and frequent usage of asynchronous communication mediums like text messaging, email, etc. While it’s easy to tell whether or not a joke went over well in a face to face interaction, texts are often left unanswered for hours – leaving us to wonder: “Did I say something wrong?”. If that text goes unanswered, we get no true feedback. We can take the lack of a response as a signal that the joke was bad or inappropriate. However, it may have actually been quite terrific, garnering a large chuckle when read; but, in the middle of a busy day, the other person just didn’t remember to respond. Without a positive response, it’s unlikely that we’ll continue to say similar jokes in similar future contexts. Though, this would be a mistake – a mistake created by a newly introduced feedback delay we’ve created in a newly created communication medium…’

US military studied how to influence Twitter users in Darpa-funded research

‘The activities of users of Twitter and other social media services were recorded and analysed as part of a major project funded by the US military, in a program that covers ground similar to Facebook’s controversial experiment into how to control emotions by manipulating news feeds.

‘Research funded directly or indirectly by the US Department of Defense’s military research department, known as Darpa, has involved users of some of the internet’s largest destinations, including Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Kickstarter, for studies of social connections and how messages spread…’

The Dawning of this Post-Human World
“We’re at the End of a Definition of What a Normal Human Being Is”
‘This is an eerie, bizarre – but entertaining mash-up of coverage on scientific developments, regarding the human genome and the nascent ability to design future humans. Clearly, such developments must have must have gone much further than those publicly announced.

‘There are manifold philosophical and spiritual ramifications to all of this, too many to even fathom, really.

‘It is not my place to preach my opinion here.

‘The viewer is free to make up his or her own mind about the dawning of this Post-Human World…’
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The War on Consciousness
‘Archeology is one of the most conservative branches of science that there is.

‘Archeologists find it very difficult to entertain alternative ideas. It can take them generations. In fact, you pretty much have to wait until one or two generations actually dies off first.

‘Graham Hancock talks about the mysteries of ancient civilization, censorship by TED Talks and the difficulty getting new ideas accepted by mainstream historians and archaeologists…’
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Getting Wounded on the Street Has New Danger

examiner-3e5eacb88ff4f581cdbbb8c87c4e5c20Woman Falls Off Bike, Gets Flesh-Eating Bacteria

‘The story starts with Kylie’s bike and a bad idea.

“‘I kind of knew from the beginning. It wasn’t the most genius idea,” she said. “I wasn’t really wanting to play the game,” she said, “bike tag.” “Bike tag? Never heard of it,” we asked. “Don’t play it,” she said.

‘”I knew it was a bad idea,” Kylie’s mom said.

‘”But, it seemed fun. We had a blast,” Kylie said.

‘Until…Kylie fell off. She cut her knee on the trail, which is paved. She got stitches, and the injury did not seem that serious.

‘”That’s when more adventure started,” Kylie said.

‘”When did you realize something could be wrong?” we asked Kylie. “That night, when I was at home, my thigh started to become inflamed,” she answered.

‘Kylie went back to the hospital.

“‘The next thing you know, it’s almost a week later,” Kylie said. “Right. You’d been sedated,” her mom added…’

Are Americans Too Stupid For GMO Labeling?
Congressional Panel Says So
‘People who oppose GMOs or want them labeled so that consumers can know what they’re eating are alarmists who thrive on fear and ignorance, the panel agreed. Labeling GMO foods would only stoke those fears, and harm a beneficial thing, so it should not be allowed, the lawmakers and witnesses agreed.

‘”I really worry that labeling does more harm than good, that it leads too many people away from it and it diminishes the market for GMOs that are the solution to a lot of the problems we face,” said David Just, a professor at Cornell University and co-director of the Cornell Center for Behavioral Economics in Child Nutrition Programs.

‘Rep. Ted Yoho (R-Fla.) agreed with Just and asked him, “What is the biggest drawback? Is it the ignorance of what the product is, just from a lack of education?”

“‘It is ignorance of the product, and it’s a general skepticism of anything they eat that is too processed or treated in some way that they don’t quite understand,” Just said…’
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The Invisible Companions That Influence Dermatology Health
‘Most people are familiar with microflora and intestinal health. Thousands of strains of bacteria reside in the intestinal system and they are a key indicator of your state of health because a large part of your immune system gets its support from the digestive system.

‘What many are just now discovering is that our bodies are surrounded by thousands of microorganisms that reside externally on our skin too. This is leading to all sorts of new research to see how these microorganisms effect dermatology health. Whether it’s wounds and sores, rashes, eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, acne, fungal infections and more, bacterial health on your skin opens up a whole new avenue of dermatology science that until recently hasn’t been given much attention…’
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Canadian Friend: “How to Act Around Filipinos”

Cover of "Filipino Friends"

Cover of Filipino Friends

‘While I was surfing on Youtube, I found a good video. It’s about Tommy who lives with his Filipino friends in Canada. I was surprised with what Tommy had to say. He gave us a list on how foreigners should act around when they are with Filipinos.

‘Personally, I find the video very amusing because only Tommy was the non-Filipino on the video…’

Google Doodle-making Contest for the Filipino Youth
‘Google Philippines has launched a competition to find raw talents and give scholarships for the less fortunate among the Filipino youth.

‘Dubbed “Doodle 4 Google (D4G)”, the contest gives an opportunity to kids out there to be creative online and offline by creating their own logo for Google Philippines homepage.

‘With the theme “What can I do for the Philippines?” the contest in making doodle art is open to Filipino students and those not in formal schooling aged 5 to 17.

‘Entries to the competition are divided into four groups in corresponding age brackets, 5-8 years old, 9-11 years old, 12-14 years old and 15-17 years old. Student or learner must be a Filipino citizen residing in the Philippines on the date of submission…’
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America’s Vanishing Bowling Alleys
Bowling is one of my fav sports. You can play for hours without getting sweaty and messy. And playing duckpins will not cost you much. But how do we save the game now?

‘New York City’s Bowlmor Lanes opened in 1938 in the neighborhood south of Union Square and closed for good on Monday night after its landlord decided not to extend its lease. Patrons will miss the historical charm of the city’s oldest alley and the Bowlmor brand’s modern take on the activity, which includes disco lights, a menu by chef David Burke, and pricey cocktails. Given trends in the sport—OK, recreational activity—it’s less remarkable that the alley is closing than that it managed to survive so long.

‘The U.S. had 4,061 bowling centers in 2012, down 25 percent from 1998, the earliest year for which the U.S. Census collected consistent data. But the decline of the bowling alley probably started a lot earlier. The U.S. added 2,000 bowling alleys between the end of World War II and 1958, when the American Society of Planning Officials reported that “the bowling alley is fast becoming one of the most important—if not the most important—local center of participant sport and recreation.” (The growth spurt included a two-lane alley installed in the White House in 1947.)…’

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Overeating does Not Cause Obesity, Lack of Excercise Does

A raw, paleolithic-style dish: A sashimi (raw ...

A raw, paleolithic-style dish: A sashimi (raw fish) dinner set (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

‘Researchers from Stanford University School of Medicine report a strong correlation between the rise in obesity and a striking drop in the amount of time Americans spend exercising when not at work over the last 22 years.

‘Their analysis uncovered no evidence that American’s have increased their daily calorie count in the same time period.

‘”We wouldn’t say that calories don’t count, but the main takeaway is that we have to look very carefully at physical activity. The problem is not all in the intake of calories,” said Dr. Uri Ladabaum, a professor of gastroenterology at Stanford Medical School. Ladabaum is also the lead author of the study that will be published in the August issue of the American Journal of Medicine…’

Is Raw Shellfish Still Safe to Eat?
3 Foods That the Experts Won’t Touch

‘Doug Powell doesn’t bring wine when he’s invited to dinner. He brings a food thermometer.

‘As a food safety scientist and creator of, Powell knows way too much about the dangers of undercooked meat to take chances on the barbecue.

‘So he brings a food thermometer to every summer cookout. “I don’t get invited to dinner much,” he says.

‘With the Fourth of July approaching, Powell and other food safety experts talked to USA TODAY about ways to make sure people leave their summer barbecues as healthy as they arrived.

‘Even a fancy dish such as raw oysters, served in high-end restaurants, can pose a huge risk, Powell says, because they can be exposed to raw waste while under water. “The bacteria Vibrio found on raw oysters produces a toxin that attacks vulnerable livers,” Powell says. “Raw shellfish is risky.”…’

From McDonald’s To Organic Valley, You’re Probably Eating Wood Pulp

Probably carton in your noodles too. Years ago, a rumor in Manila claims cheap noodles are being mixed with carton—which is cheaper wood pulp

‘Do not be alarmed, but you may be eating wood pulp. Or at least an additive that started out as wood.

‘If you buy shredded cheeses, including brands such as Organic Valley and Sargento, or hit the drive-through at McDonald’s for a breakfast sandwich or a smoothie, or douse some ribs with bottled barbecue sauce, there’s likely some cellulose that’s been added to your food.

‘Cellulose is basically plant fiber, and one of the most common sources is wood pulp. Manufacturers grind up the wood and extract the cellulose.

‘It’s odd to imagine the same kind of pulp that’s used to make paper turning up in our food. So, it’s no surprise there’s buzz over a spate of recent posts, from to the , on the food industry’s use of cellulose to help add texture and fiber to foods…’
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Every G Glass User a Possible Thief

wikimedia-Google_Glass_with_frameGoogle Glass wearers can steal your password
‘Cyber forensics experts at the University of Massachusetts in Lowell have developed a way to steal passwords entered on a smartphone or tablet using video from Google’s face-mounted gadget and other video-capturing devices. The thief can be nearly ten feet away and doesn’t even need to be able to read the screen — meaning glare is not an antidote.

‘The security researchers created software that maps the shadows from fingertips typing on a tablet or smartphone. Their algorithm then converts those touch points into the actual keys they were touching, enabling the researchers to crack the passcode.

‘They tested the algorithm on passwords entered on an Apple (AAPL, Tech30) iPad, Google’s (GOOGL, Tech30) Nexus 7 tablet, and an iPhone 5.

‘Why should you be worried?

‘”We could get your bank account password,” researcher Xinwen Fu said…’

Respiration Tracker Monitors Stress Levels
When you really need to monitor your blood pressure or heart. Just a clip that’s easy to bring
‘Most activity trackers are focused on measuring the user’s physical movement. San Francisco-based startup Spire has developed a wearable device that not only measures the user’s movements and location, but also tracks their breathing patterns.

‘Spire is an activity tracker that monitors the wearer’s respiration and works with an accompanying app to provide the wearer with insights about their daily activity, stress levels and state of mind. It monitors breathing without touching the wearer’s skin, and the app gives tips and suggestions to help the wearer control their stress levels. The app can give users info about their progress against their daily or weekly goals, or alert them to take a break and do breathing exercises.

‘The device has the usual sensors, including an accelerometer, found in most activity trackers so that it can track the user’s steps and when they’re standing up, sitting down, or lying down. According to the startup’s website, the average person is active only about 14% of a day and the company is targeting the remaining 86%…’

Again, it’s all inherited talent
Music abilities come from DNA, not practice: so says study
‘According to a study published in the latest release of Psychological Science would suggest that most musical skill comes from your genes. If you happen to be the descendent of a musical genius, you may want to get practicing – it would seem that you’ll have a lot easier time finding success than your less fortunate associates with less musically-inclined parents.

‘This study, headed by Miriam Mosing, centered on Melody, Rhythm, and Pitch in a new test developed “to tap auditory discrimination of musical stimuli.” The “Swedish Musical Discrimination Test,” as it’s called, was performed on individuals in Sweden between the years of 1959 and 1985.

‘Again, while the study was conducted between 1959 and 1985, the final release of the study’s findings has been published here in 2014…’

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Today’s Mafiosis are on Wall Street

wikipedia-TheGodfatherAlPacinoMarlonBrando‘…Michael is patient. “The French bank BNP Paribas admitted it broke the law. It copped a plea. It said it helped Iran avoid sanctions. Iran is our mortal enemy and a country the Corleone family has no sympathy for. The bank helped our enemy and he who helps our enemy is also our enemy. So what happened? Tell ’em, Hyman.”

‘Hyman says, “They paid a fine, nearly $9 billion. A piffle for them. But it was treated like the corporation acted on its own. Nobody was in charge. Nobody benefited. A corporation is the perfect crime family.”

‘Michael says, “Tell ’em about Credit Suisse.”

‘“It pleaded guilty to tax evasion,” Hyman says. “Tax evasion! But no one went to jail. It paid Uncle Sam almost $2.6 billion and went on its way. Al Capone of blessed memory got 11 years for tax evasion. Why? Because even though he controlled all the rackets in Chicago and had politicians and judges in his pocket, he was not incorporated.”…’

Incredible Photos of People Living Off The Grid Who Abandoned Civilization for Life in the Wilderness
‘Photographer Antoine Bruy not only traveled and lived with off-grid families for three years, but captured captivating photos of their Walden-esque existence.

‘When screeching city noises and demands from the 9-5 job become too much, most people can only dream of what quiet isolation in the rural countryside could be like. But French photographer Antoine Bruy turned that dream into a reality by hitchhiking across Europe from 2010 to 2013.

‘The artist wandered through remote mountain regions without any fixed destination or route in mind, but along the way met several individuals who had willingly abandoned hectic city life in exchange for retreat in the deep wilderness. These people sacrificed modern comforts for greater autonomy and freedom, and in result became inspiration to the inquisitive photographer…’

CISPA is back with a new name: “CISA”
‘This time, CISA is even worse than CISPA. The bill would give the NSA even more authority to access our data and force companies to fork over private data without a search warrant.

‘CISA is an even more toxic bill than the original CISPA bill. CISA stays in line with the original objective of the CISPA bill to strengthen and legitimize the NSA’s surveillance programs. But this time the bill would allow for and encourage sweeping datamining taps on Internet users for the undefined purpose of domestic “cybersecurity”. The NSA would be able to share this data with police and other law enforcement agencies for domestic “cybersecurity” purposes – meaning these powers will be used against innocent citizens.

‘Would you like to read more about CISPA’s newest form, CISA?…’
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Proof of Human Stupidity? would rather be electrically shocked than left alone with their thoughts
What’s your choice? When we need to think deeply and learn, we should be alone in a quiet place. But how long can you last not electro-shocking yourself when you don’t need to do that and boredom is making you sleepy? Isn’t the time span a gauge for intelligence?

‘“I’m really excited to see this paper,” says Matthew Killingsworth, a psychologist at the University of California (UC), San Francisco, who says his own work has turned up a similar result. “When people are spending time inside their heads, they’re markedly less happy.”

‘To see if a change of scenery would help, the team let participants do the studies in their own homes, but still found similar results. Overall, the subjects said they enjoyed activities like reading and listening to music about twice as much as just thinking.

‘The researchers then decided to take the experiment a step further. For 15 minutes, the team left participants alone in a lab room in which they could push a button and shock themselves if they wanted to. The results were startling: Even though all participants had previously stated that they would pay money to avoid being shocked with electricity, 67% of men and 25% of women chose to inflict it on themselves rather than just sit there quietly and think, the team reports online today in Science…’

3 Things Everyone Should Know Before Growing Up
People don’t judge you as harshly as you think they do
‘With peak graduation season just behind us, we’ve all had the chance to hear and learn from commencement speeches — . They’re often full of useful advice for the future as seniors move on from high school and college. But what about the stuff you wish you’d been told long before graduation?

‘Here are just three of the many things I wish I’d known in high school, accumulated at various points along the way to becoming a professor of psychology…’
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Can You Receive Feedback Correctly?
‘Sheila Heen, a Partner at Triad Consulting Group and the co-author of Thanks for the Feedback: The Science and Art of Receiving Feedback Well, provides insights into learning to give and receive feedback skillfully. In an exclusive 8-part workshop for Big Think Mentor, Heen teaches the strategies and goes into the psychology of the art of feedback and how it can improve our relationships and enrich our lives.

‘She explains the mistakes people often make when it comes to receiving feedback: “We’re primed to look for anything that’s wrong with the feedback: ‘It was delivered at the wrong time in a totally inappropriate way.  It was completely unskilled, can you believe it.’ And so we look for anything we can pick apart. And there are two problems with this. One is if we find five percent that’s wrong, we throw the whole thing out, when in fact 90 percent of it could be wrong, but that last ten percent you could actually be just what you need to learn and grow.”…’

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