Quote of the day
Spirulina possesses a unique combination of nutrients that cannot only help to cleanse human bodies, but also provide antioxidant, radical scavenging, anticancer, antiviral, anti-inflammation, hepatoprotection, and immunomodulation capabilities.
~University of California, Spirulina in Human Nutrition and Health.
Two new books demonstrate that collaboration drives creativity, The Creativity Post | Tweet
Walter Isaacson’s book The Innovators and Steven Johnson’s book Where Good Ideas Come From both conclude that collaboration and social networks provide the best explanations for creativity. The implications are that psychologists need to spend more time studying what goes on BETWEEN people, instead of studying what goes on INSIDE their brains.
The puzzling attractiveness of male shame, NCBI | Tweet
Two studies examined the mechanisms underlying North American women’s previously documented attraction to men displaying the nonverbal expression of shame (Tracy and Beall, 2011).
What I learned from losing my leg in the Boston Marathon bombing, Vox | Tweet
During the 2013 Boston Marathon, Rebekah Gregory DiMartino was standing on Boylston Street, feet way from one of the bombs that exploded near the finish line. She survived, but suffered traumatic injuries, leading to the amputation of her left leg below the knee in November. She’s currently learning to walk with a prosthetic leg, and has set the goal of running the Boston Marathon herself this spring.
Exclusive: Google is developing its own Uber competitor, Bloomberg | Tweet
Uber faces an ever-growing cast of adversaries that includes dubious regulators, litigious drivers, hostile members of the press, and somewell-funded rivals. But the most significant threat to the app-based transportation company may be much closer to home: one of its biggest investors, Google.
The ideal work schedule, as determined by circadian rythms, HBR | Tweet
Humans have a well-defined internal clock that shapes our energy levels throughout the day: our circadian process, which is often referred to as a circadian rhythm because it tends to be very regular. If you’ve ever had jetlag, then you know how persistent circadian rhythms can be.
Spirulina: One of the world’s healthiest superfoods, EcoWatch | Tweet
What do you think of when you think of algae? If you’re like most of us, you probably don’t think about eating it. But check out the shelves of a health food store, and you’re going to find a product called spirulina, a form of algae called cyanobacterium that’s found in lakes, ponds and other bodies of freshwater. It’s being touted as the greatest superfood ever that cures just about everything you can name. It’s even been promoted as the panacea that will end world hunger, a hardy, sustainable food source that flourishes in diverse conditions.
The psychological difference between $12,00 and $11,67 [The Undercover Economist], The Atlantic | Tweet
Consumers are primed to see “.99,” but prices that deviate from that format can affect the way they interpret the cost.
The history of ‘loving’ to read, The New Yorker | Tweet
As a senior in college, I took a class on Jane Austen—a great class with, it must be said, a weird vibe. Almost all of the students were women (out of around a hundred people, only five or ten were men), and it was a hothouse of Jane Austen obsession.
Creating dimensional characters–The blind spot, Kristen Lamb’s Blog | Tweet
Last time, we talked about how to deepen characters and how EVERYBODY LIES (thank you Dr. House). Lies are critical for great fiction. To become excellent writers, we need to become great secret-keepers. Denial is more than a river in Africa
Is my story good or bad? Wrong question, Darcy Pattison | Tweet
Why the problems? What does make good writing? The answer isn’t about grammar, and only incidentally about the content of the piece. Instead, you must look at the fuzzy concerns of audience, purpose, genre conventions.