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A father kisses his baby's feet. Photograph: Image Source/Alamy Various mothers I know go slightly silly at the mention of Dr Carlos Gonzalez, a Spanish paediatrician ("He's gorgeous!"
Ironically, procrastination is a problem that we all seem to put off dealing with. Many people will keep putting off their obligations for as long as they can, even if they are fully aware that their lives would be so much easier, if only they were able to do everything they want to do on time. Procrastination is something that affects people of all ages. Many college students put off studying for an exam or writing a paper for as long as they can, and then they have to pull a ridiculous all-nighter to compensate. Office workers set aside boring paperwork and avoid it until their bosses demand it at the end of the month, making them spend extra hours in the office for no good reason.
ECONOMIST Ricardo Hausmann, of Harvard Univeristy, and César Hidalgo, of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, have just released the absorbing (and very visually appealing) Atlas of Economic Complexity . It builds on their earlier work which we wrote about here . Mr Hidalgo is a physicist who applies his knowledge of networks to economics. Mr Hausmann says: The fundamental proposition of the book is that the wealth of nations is driven by productive knowledge. Individuals are limited in the things they can effectively know and use in production so the only way a society can hold more knowledge is by distributing different chunks of knowledge to different people.
In the late ’60s, Stanford psychologist Walter Mischel performed a now-iconic experiment called the Marshmallow Test , which analyzed the ability of four year olds to exhibit “delayed gratification.” Here’s what happened: Each child was brought into the room and sat down at a table with a delicious treat on it (maybe a marshmallow, maybe a donut). The scientists told the children that they could have a treat now, or, if they waited 15 minutes, they could have two treats.
What separates those who accomplish outstanding feats from those who don’t? According to author and researcher Joshua Foer , it’s the dedication and willpower to doggedly push beyond the “OK Plateau.” When most of us learn a new skill, we work to get just “good enough” and then we go on autopilot. W e hit what Foer calls the “OK Plateau,” where we have gained sufficient skills for our needs; at which point, we stop pushing ourselves. But experts – those who excel beyond all others in their fields – do it differently.
Cardiologist Dr. Clyde Yancy has compiled a list of the seven main lifestyle changes that lead to a longer-than-average lifespan, and while they're mostly common sense, it's compelling to be reminded of just how much of a difference the right changes can make. In this case, Yancy claims that adapting all of the strategies can add a decade or more of healthy years to the average lifespan. Dr. Yancy keys in on these seven factors: 1.
Oct. 22, 2011 — Health prevention strategies to help Canadians achieve their optimal health potential could add a decade or more of healthy years to the average lifespan and save the economy billions of dollars as a result of reduced cardiovascular disease, says noted cardiologist Dr. Clyde Yancy. Dr. Yancy, who will deliver the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada Lecture at the opening ceremonies of the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress in Vancouver on October 23, will tell delegates that people who follow seven simple steps to a healthy life can expect to live an additional 40 to 50 years after the age of 50. "Achieving these seven simple lifestyle factors gives people a 90 per cent chance of living to the age of 90 or 100, free of not only heart disease and stroke but from a number of other chronic illnesses including cancer," says Dr. Yancy, a professor of medicine and chief of cardiology at the Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine.
Inefficacia delle forme di lotta in assenza di solidarietà Il movimento di protesta si è diffuso durante l’anno 2011, e ha cercato di opporsi all’attacco finanziario contro la società. Ma le dimostrazioni pacifiche non sono riuscite a cambiare il programma di azione della Banca centrale europea, dato che i parlamenti nazionali sono ostaggi delle regole di Maastricht, degli automatismi finanziari che funzionano come costituzione materiale dell’Unione. La dimostrazione pacifica è efficace nel contesto della democrazia, ma la democrazia è finita dal momento che automatismi tecno finanziari hanno preso il posto della decisione politica. Se occorreva una prova definitiva del carattere illusorio di ogni discorso sull’alternativa democratica, l’esperienza di governo di Barack Obama ce l’ha fornita.
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Blogging has roots all the way back to the early 1990s, when forum members would keep accounts of their day-to-day activities and in 1994 the first real blog, Justin’s Links , hit the web. Blogging has come a long way since the ‘90s, with over 156 million public blogs in existence as of February 2011 . Everyone is blogging, from moms to techies to artists and politicians, and a fun infographic from Flowtown examines the blogging ecosystem. ‘The Evolution of the Blogger’ was actually created last December but it has seen a random burst of viral activity this month so we thought it was worth sharing with you. The infographic is designed as a flowchart, flowing through the history of the blog and exploring how all of the different “types” of bloggers have come to be. We begin with the early categories of bloggers—the Emo Blogger (that favored LiveJournal), the Angry Blogger (that used the web as an outlet), and the obsessive blogger (that wrote about a single area or topic).
New school of thought ... the traditional ‘‘hands-up’’ method of answering questions allows many students to just opt out of taking part. Hands up who knows one of the most common, time-honoured and, it is now being argued, detrimental teaching methods used in schools? That's right, person bobbing up and down excitedly, waving your digits in the air: it's the hands-up habit itself. Apparently, it is the same minority of top pupils, usually sitting at the front, who raise their hands to answer questions, while most switch off and opt out.
<img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-78448" title="pencil-eraser-flickr-mujalifah" src="http://www.wired.com/images_blogs/wiredscience/2011/10/pencil-eraser-flickr-mujalifah.jpg" alt="" width="660" height="428" /> The physicist Niels Bohr once defined an expert as “a person who has made all the mistakes that can be made in a very narrow field.” Bohr’s quip summarizes one of the essential lessons of learning, which is that people learn how to get it right by getting it wrong again and again.