Ibogaine Ibogaine is a naturally occurring psychoactive substance found in plants in the Apocynaceae family such as Tabernanthe iboga, Voacanga africana and Tabernaemontana undulata. A psychedelic with dissociative properties, the substance is banned in some countries; in other countries it is used by proponents of psychedelic therapy to treat addiction to methadone, heroin, alcohol, cocaine, methamphetamine, anabolic steroids, and other drugs. Ibogaine is also used to treat depression and post traumatic stress disorder. Ibogaine-containing preparations are used for medicinal and ritual purposes within African spiritual traditions of the Bwiti, who claim to have learned it from the Pygmy peoples. Ibogaine is an indole alkaloid that is obtained either by extraction from the iboga plant or by semi-synthesis from the precursor compound voacangine, another plant alkaloid. History An ibogaine research project was funded by the US National Institute on Drug Abuse in the 1990s.
Seven body language tricks to make anyone instantly like you There's no question that body language is important. And, according to Leil Lowndes in her book "How To Talk To Anyone," you can capture - and hold - anyone's attention without even saying a word. We've selected the best body language techniques from the book and shared them below: The Flooding Smile "Don't flash an immediate smile when you greet someone," says Lowndes. If you do, it appears as if anyone in your line of sight would receive that same smile. Instead, pause and look at the other person's face for a second, and then let a "big, warm, responsive smile flood over your face and overflow into your eyes." Even though the delay is less than a second, it will convince people your smile is sincere and personalized for them. Sticky Eyes "Pretend your eyes are glued to your conversation partner's with sticky warm taffy," Lowndes advises. You can also try counting your conversation partner's blinks. Epoxy Eyes The Big-Baby Pivot People are very conscious of how you react to them.
Meet the Cellphone that drinks Coke Chinese designer Daizi Zheng created a conceptual mobile phone for Nokia that could be powered by cola. The idea is the phone could run on a battery that uses enzymes to generate electricity from carbohydrates. A bio battery is used instead of the traditional battery to create a presumably pollution free environment. Unfortunately the idea bounces back in your face once you calculate the energy required to produce a can of cola. Besides the benefit of having a fully biodegradability battery, the notion of having your electronic appliances run on the same energy sources as yourself is stimulating, to say the least. Via Dezeen.
2 Psychology Rules for Getting Better at Chess--and Life We often use chess as a metaphor for life, business, and other competitive sports, because it's such a strategic game. Coder and chess player Gautam Narula offers us two simple rules that sum up the psychology of chess-and, by extension, winning in other areas. In an incredibly detailed post about how to quickly get better at chess, Narula says: If chess is anything, it is a game of second chances. Chess, like life, rewards perseverance. I've turned countless losses into draws and wins because my opponents got overconfident while I dug in. There's a footnote to the second rule, saying if the situation is absolutely hopeless, it's good etiquette to resign rather than drag the game on needlessly. "If my opponent were playing [reigning World Chess Champion and number one player in the world] Magnus Carlsen in this position, would Carlsen be able to win?" The whole post is a great resource for anyone interested in chess, but the psychology part applies to us all. Photo by malias.
DrinkPeeDrinkPeeDrinkPee Drinkpeedrinkpeedrinkpee is a project by Britta Riley and Rebecca Bray about the role our bodies play in larger ecosystems. It’s an installation about the Urine to Fertilzer DIY Kit; Derive houseplant fertilizer and ocean-safe water from your pee! “We all think of human pee as gross and something that ought to be vigorously “cleaned up” or sanitized. Users will test their urine before the reaction. By submersibledesign.com | Related: Boxing the Desert | Ceci n’est pas une fleur | Augmented Fish Reality
"The Way a Person Does One Thing Is the Way They Do Everything" There's something that is far more important than reaching one of your goals: the process that leads you there. If you're going to do something-no matter what it is-do it to the best of your ability. Developing a good process and solid work ethic can come from everything you do, not just the one thing you're trying to accomplish. "The way a person does one thing is the way they do everything" I used to be a someone who would cut corners on what I thought were small things. It may seem like you're just skimping on the unimportant stuff, or saving energy for your big tasks, but repetition makes a habit. Of course, there's a difference between not cutting corners and perfectionism. This One Phrase Changed My Life | Pick the Brain Photo by Stephen Korecky.
Latro Algae Lamp As advances in nanotechnology bring us increasingly energy efficient products, plant life such as algae could become attractive sources for tapping energy. The Latro lamp by designer Mike Thompson is a speculative product responding to this potential future market. It utilizes living algae as its power source. The idea was inspired by a scientific breakthrough by scientists from Yansei and Stanford University that allows a small electrical current to be drawn from algae during photosynthesis. The energy produced is stored in a battery ready to be called upon at night. The video shows the Latro Lamp in the Science Gallery Dublin. 9 Quotes By Will Smith That Will Inspire You To Live Your Own Life I love Will Smith. His movies are awesome. His acting is great and you know something? He’s an inspiring dude. He’s not just some celebrity. He’s a goldmine of inspiration and intelligence. You’d be surprised how much you can learn from him when it comes to living your life your own way to attain the success you deserve. Here are 9 quotes by Will Smith to inspire you to live life your own way 1) “Fear is not real. That really puts fear in perspective eh? Just imagine that fear is a separate entity altogether. Mostly, just throw it away. 2) “If you’re absent during my struggle, don’t expect to be present during my success.” That’s the thing about people and so-called friends. They only see the success and what it can do for them. So be very wary. The former aren’t doing you any favors. 3) “Don’t chase people. Yep! The rest, will take care of itself. 4) “Stop letting people who do so little for you control so much of your mind, feelings & emotions.” Focus on the other important ones instead.
Algae in the Supermarket As mentioned earlier, the world seems obsessed with algae. Not limited to producing light or energy, algae has also found its way to our plate as a new vegetable, and maybe even as a substitute for meat or fish. As we all know, the world’s rapidly growing population is making it even harder to feed everyone. According to the Dutch company Phycom, the current food production system puts pressure on food quality and security, which will eventually become a great risk to public health. In response, the company developed ‘Essentials’: Algae separated from water, and then dried from a sort of wet, green paste to powder. According to Phycom, algae are the new vegetables. If the results are positive, not only will we eat less meat, we may also stop chopping down trees for soya plantations, and possibly create employment for future algae farmers.
6 Breathing Exercises to Relax in 10 Minutes or Less Don’t wait until fight or flight kicks in before minding your breath. Controlled breathing not only keeps the mind and body functioning at their best, it can also lower blood pressure, promote feelings of calm and relaxation and help us de-stress. While the effects of breathing techniques on anxiety haven’t yet been studied at length (at least not in a controlled clinical setting), many experts encourage using the breath as a means of increasing awareness, mindfulness or, for the yogis among us, finding that elusive state of Zen. From the confines of a bed, a desk or anyplace where negativity finds its way, consider these six breathing techniques to help keep calm and carry on. 1. How it’s done: Balance can do a body good, beginning with the breath. When it works best: Anytime, anyplace — but this is one technique that’s especially effective before bed. Level of difficulty: Beginner 2. When it works best: Before an exam, or any stressful event. 3. Level of difficulty: Intermediate 4. 5.
Moss Table Powers Its Own Lamp When moss photosynthesize, they release nutritious fats, carbs and proteins into their roots to feed colonies of helpful, symbiotic bacteria. In the process of breaking down these compounds, the bacteria release electrons. In other words, the create electricity. Researchers at the University of Cambridge have figured out how to harness these minute electrical charges into an emerging technology called biophotovoltiacs (BPV). Created by Alex Driver, Carlos Peralta, Paolo Bombelli, the prototype Moss Table produces enough electricity to power a small lamp. See also the NANO Supermarket’s speculative algae-powered Latro Lamp and the Bioelectric Bonsai. Story via the University of Cambridge.
Assertiveness Assertiveness is the quality of being self-assured and confident without being aggressive. In the field of psychology and psychotherapy, it is a learnable skill and mode of communication. Dorland's Medical Dictionary defines assertiveness as: "a form of behavior characterized by a confident declaration or affirmation of a statement without need of proof; this affirms the person's rights or point of view without either aggressively threatening the rights of another (assuming a position of dominance) or submissively permitting another to ignore or deny one's rights or point of view". During the second half of the 20th century, assertiveness was increasingly singled out as a behavioral skill taught by many personal development experts, behavior therapists, and cognitive behavioral therapists. Training Communication Assertive communication involves respect for the boundaries of oneself and others. At the opposite end of the dialectic is "passive communication". Techniques
No moving parts alternator for vehicles :: Create the Future Design Contest An alternator is described which has no moving parts and replaces the alternator and belt in current vehicle engines. The alternator works by using waste heat from the car's internal combustion engine to create electricity, instead of a moving magnetic field. The largest savings on engine drag will be significant at all speeds due to eliminating the belt drive. The second largest savings will be weight - not only the alternator, but also the starter motor, which has to overcome the alternator to run the engine. Note, due to using waste heat, the alternator can continue to run after the car is turned off, allowing electric fans to do the same without draining the batteries. A 700A @14.5V DC generator will take up to 200 square inches distributed along the exhaust manifolds. Voting is closed! Tags Electronics, Energy, Engines, Vehicles Name: Bruce Schulman Type of entry: individual Profession: Business Owner/Manager Number of times previously entering contest: never Bruce is inspired by: necessity