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Did You Know – 08/03/2015

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1. The female orgasm reduces sensitivity to pain, increases bloodflow to the brain, and reduces stress and depression.

 

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2. Inhale through your mouth, swallow saliva twice, and slowly exhale through your nose for a 100% effective hiccup cure.

 

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3. August has the most birthdays, February has the least, and most of the serial killers are born in November.

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4. Dark chocolate contains a chemical that our bodies convert into phenylethylamine, the same chemical secreted when we fall in love.

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Senior Woman Laughing — Image by © Steve Prezant/Corbis

5. Laughter relieves stress, anxiety, depression, and reduces the risk of cancer, which is why a sense of humor is attractive and healthy!

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Magnesium and your Brain

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Magnesium and the Brain

Magnesium is a vital mineral for our overall health, and now a Chinese study has discovered that higher magnesium levels dramatically improve brain health. Guosong Liu, Director of the Center for Learning and Memory at Tsinghua University in Beijing, stated “Elevating brain magnesium content via increasing magnesium intake can be a useful new strategy to enhance cognitive abilities.”

The Chinese study showed magnesium’s effect on the brain cell’s synaptic plasticity: “… a key feature of nerve architecture that enables your brain to tolerate stress, recover from trauma, and make actual changes. Synaptic plasticity is based on having well-nourished and properly energized brain cells – contrasted to inflamed brain cells that have become damaged and ‘stuck in their ways’.”

Due to topsoil depletion from incorrect farming practices, most of us are magnesium-deficient. As we get older, less magnesium is present in our cells. Yet it takes around twice the amount of magnesium recommended for body health to enhance and preserve the brain’s optimum cognitive and memory functions.

Up to 1000 mg per day is recommended for optimum brain health.

Magnesium is critically involved with over 300 cellular metabolic functions. Magnesium has been called the “Lamp of Life”, as it is the major constituent for producing chlorophyll in plant life. Without that, plants could not interact with the sun and survive.

Obviously, organic green vegetables (such as wheatgrass) should be heavily consumed for a substantial magnesium intake. (Organic vegetables can have up to ten times more magnesium than non-organic.)

Commercial table salt and white processed sugar, as well as foods that contain white bleached flour, should be avoided. These items leach magnesium out of your body.

You can also supplement magnesium transdermally. If you overdo magnesium supplementation, though, you’ll notice quickly. Like Vitamin C, excessive magnesium causes diarrhea.

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Did You Know – 06/29/2015

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1. 93.3% proportion of adults who log at least 2 hours of screen staring daily.Enough time to cause eye strain. Ways to avoid this is\:
a. Get uberhydrating contacts if you wear them
b. hold digital devices below eye level to minimize overuse of your ocular muscles.
c. Take a 5 minute break for every hour of screen time.
d. Screens make us blink less so when you take your break give your eyes an exercise of rapid blinking for a minute or so.
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2. Andrew Jackson Taught His Parrot To Curse
The parrot had to be removed from President Jackson’s funeral because it wouldn’t stop swearing.

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3. Houseflies don’t allow their short lifespans (14 days) to hinder their musical abilities. They always hum in the key of F.

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4. 300 to 500 miles is the number of miles a pair of sneakers should be worn before being replaced.
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5. President Lyndon Johnson had two beagles named Him and Her
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6. Did you know that doctors now believe that spring fever — a colloquialism for that giddy burst of energy experienced when temperatures rise — is actually rooted in brain science?
Since the springtime brings longer and brighter days, we are exposed to more light. That light exposure triggers our brains to release less melatonin, the brain chemical that makes us sleepy in the winter, and more seratonin, a mood-elevating neurotransmitter. Whatever the reason, one thing is for sure: Spring fever is the perfect cure for the winter blues.</strong>
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7. Here’s a tidbit that might be useful if you plan on becoming the next Steve Irwin: To escape the grip of a crocodile’s jaw, push your thumb into its eyeball – It will let you go instantly.
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Did You Know – 05/18/2015

1. How to Prevent Running Shoe Blisters With a “Heel Lock” or “Lace Lock”

2.Little known fact about the Titanic that might surprise you!

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The swimming pool on the Titanic is still full.

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3. A new study finds a man’s memory fades faster with age than a woman’s. The study, published in JAMA Neurology, found that everyone’s memory skills and brain volume begin to deteriorate after age 30 but memory worsens faster in men than it des in women after age 40.
These changes are NOT linked to the brain-plaque build up typical of Alzheimer’s disease but is simply part of normal aging the researchers said.

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4. In Quebec, there is an old law that states margarine must be a different color than butter.
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5. Arnold Schoenberg was an Austrian composer and painter, associated with the expressionist movement in German poetry and art, and leader of the Second Viennese School. suffered from triskaidecphobia, the fear of the number 13. He died 13 minutes from midnight on Friday the 13th.

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6.James Dean died when his Porsche Spyder sports car crashed in 1955. The car was taken to a garage, where the engine slipped out and fell onto a mechanic, shattering both of his legs.
The engine was then bought by a doctor who put it in his car and died in a car crash. Another driver in that same race was killed in his car,which had Dean’s driveshaft fitted into it. When the shell of Dean’s Porsche was later repaired and put on display, the showroom burned down.
Exhibited again in Sacramento, it fell of the stand on to a visitor, breaking his hip. Finally the car mysteriously broke into 11 pieces sitting on steel supports.

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Did You Know – 01/26/2015

 

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1. Japan has the longest life expectancy in the world – 78.5 for Men and 85.5 for Women. This is mainly attributed to their traditional diet of fish, sea vegetables, rice and non genetically modified soy.

 

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2. The intestine replaces its lining every 72 hours. The digestion system uses more energy that any other physiological process in the body so you need to consider the nutritional value of all that we eat. 

 

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3. Staying awake for over 17 hours impairs your brain functioning which is the same amount as having a blood alcohol content of .05%

 

4. Americans on average spend 5c per day flushing their toilets.  (How interesting)

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5. The Americans in 1962 blew up a hydrogen bomb in space that was 100 times more powerful than Hiroshima. This I know to be true as I was living in NZ at the time and it lit the sky up something fearful to say the least.

 

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6. Einstein’s eyes are in a safe box in NYC. Have no idea why but maybe they will use the cells from his eyes one day for transplant. Who Knows.

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Did You Know – 10/14/2014

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1. Yoghurt bacteria help tame inflammation in arthritis, and suppress the bacterium H.pylori that triggers ulcers.

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2. Derived from pineapples, the enzyme bromeliad promotes circulation, reduces swelling and helps you body reabsorbs the by-products on inflammation. ‘Go Pineapples’

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3. Vitamin D deficiency in kids may be due to their parents’ taking statins during their fertile years, because these drugs impact vitamin D metabolism.

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4. The ‘head brain’ works things out on a logical basis, while the ‘gut brain’ links us with our emotional and instinctive side. In my personal view women have a much superior ‘gut brain’ than men as I believe women are far more instinctive than men. ‘Just saying’

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5. Raisins, bananas, dates and grapes contain fast-releasing sugars, whereas berries, cherries and plums release their sugars slowly, thereby avoiding spikes.

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Learn For Free

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Here is a chance to learn something for free – No excuses now

Here is a list of websites that have ‘Free’ online courses

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Coursera
FutureLearn
open2study
Khan Academy
edX
P2P U
Academic Earth
iversity
Stanford Online
MIT Open Courseware
Open Yale Courses
BBC Learning
OpenLearn
Carnegie Mellon University OLI
University of Reddit
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IDEAS, INSPIRATION & NEWS (websites which deliver educational content meant to entertain you and stimulate your brain)

TED
FORA
Big Think
99u
BBC Future
Seriously Amazing
How Stuff Works
Discovery News
National Geographic
Science News
Popular Science
IFLScience
YouTube Edu

DIY & HOW-TO’S (Don’t know how to do that? Want to learn how to do it yourself? Here are some great websites.)

wikiHow
Wonder How To
instructables
eHow
Howcast
MAKE
Do it yourself

FREE TEXTBOOKS & E-BOOKS

OpenStax CNX
Open Textbooks
Bookboon
Textbook Revolution
E-books Directory
FullBooks
Books Should Be Free
Classic Reader
Read Print
Project Gutenberg
AudioBooks For Free
LibriVox
Poem Hunter
Bartleby
MIT Classics
Many Books
Open Textbooks BCcampus
Open Textbook Library
WikiBooks

SCIENTIFIC ARTICLES & JOURNALS

Directory of Open Access Journals
Scitable
PLOS
Wiley Open Access
Springer Open
Oxford Open
Elsevier Open Access
ArXiv
Open Access Library
LEARN:

1. LANGUAGES

Duolingo
BBC Languages
Learn A Language
101languages
Memrise
Livemocha
Foreign Services Institute
My Languages
Surface Languages
Lingualia
OmniGlot
OpenCulture’s Language links

2. COMPUTER SCIENCE & PROGRAMMING

Codecademy
Programmr
GA Dash
CodeHS
w3schools
Code Avengers
Codelearn
The Code Player
Code School
Code.org
Programming Motherf*?$%#
Bento
Bucky’s room
WiBit
Learn Code the Hard Way
Mozilla Developer Network
Microsoft Virtual Academy

3. YOGA & MEDITATION

Learning Yoga
Learn Meditation
Yome
Free Meditation
Online Meditation
Do Yoga With Me
Yoga Learning Center

4. PHOTOGRAPHY & FILMMAKING

Exposure Guide
The Bastards Book of Photography
Cambridge in Color
Best Photo Lessons
Photography Course
Production Now
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Learn About Film
Film School Online

5. DRAWING & PAINTING

Enliighten
Ctrl+Paint
ArtGraphica
Google Cultural Institute
Drawspace
DragoArt
WetCanvas

6. INSTRUMENTS & MUSIC THEORY

Music Theory
Teoria
Music Theory Videos
Furmanczyk Academy of Music
Dave Conservatoire
Petrucci Music Library
Justin Guitar
Guitar Lessons
Piano Lessons
Zebra Keys
Play Bass Now

7. OTHER UNCATEGORIZED SKILLS

Investopedia
The Chess Website
Chesscademy
Chess.com
Spreeder
ReadSpeeder
First Aid for Free
First Aid Web
Wolfram Demonstrations Project

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