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Things I Found Interesting This Week (8/2/13)

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Each week I read thousands of blog posts from hundreds of sources, these are the best things that I found this week.


Friday Posts

8 Habits Of Insanely Fit People
Just a few simple habits can make the difference between a fit person and a couch potato, an everyday worker and the outrageously successful. That's because those simple habits work. And these ultra-fit examples are proof.
A 280,000% Mark Up For... Water? A Look Inside The Bottled Water Industry | Zero Hedge
Imagine there was a time when bottled water didn't exist in our catalog of popular commodities. Perhaps the trend started in 1976 when the chic French sparkling water, Perrier made its introduction. There it was seductively bottled in its emerald green glass amongst the era of disco and the spectacle of excesses... who could resist right?! What could be more decadent than to package, sell and consume what most consider (in the western world) a common human right easily supplied through a home faucet! It’s absurd that the cost of designer water is at a "280,000% markup" to your tap water and it's reaching record heights in consumption.
Christopher Ryan: Why is sex such a big deal? - YouTube
Christopher Ryan is the coauthor of "Sex at Dawn: How We Mate, Why We Stray, and What It Means for Modern Relationships." The book won the 2011 Society for Sex Therapy & Research Consumer Book Award, and other awards. [Note: We want you to see these talks exactly as they happened! The archive footage might be a little rougher than the usual talk.]
Dialogue Answers Your Smartphone's Calls Right from Your Mac
Mac: For all the integration you typically get between your desktop computer and your smartphone, one place where they don't really communication is calling. Dialogue is an app that makes it so you can answer incoming calls right from your computer.
EPIC Bar|Protein|Gluten Free|Paleo|Grass Fed Protein Bars
The EPIC bar is a 100% grass fed animal based protein bar designed as nature intended. Paleo friendly, gluten free, and low in sugar, we believe that EPIC foods should inspire EPIC health.
Fish Oil and your Prostate
A new study has been making its rounds online claiming that fish oil causes prostate cancer, and more specifically the claim is that fish oil supplementation causes a 71% increase in high grade prostate cancer.
Four Common Statistical Misconceptions You Should Avoid
Statistics have become a fixture of modern society. We read them in news stories and they're used to determine policies that will affect every aspect of our lives. Unfortunately, many people wildly misinterpret them in fundamental ways.
In Lieu of Money, Toyota Donates Efficiency to New York Charity -
Toyota engineers brought kaizen, a Japanese word meaning “continuous improvement,” to the Food Bank for New York City, cutting wait times at soup kitchens and streamlining procedures.
Is There A Simple Marker on Your Standard Labs That Can Tell You Whether You're at High Risk of Heart Disease & Insulin Resistance? If So, How High /
If you've read the headline of today's SuppVersity article you are already in the know what this is going to be all about. I am yet not sure, whether you actually understand why doing a study like this makes sense... don't worry if you don't I have to admit I had to thing about it for quite some time, until looking at the various measures until it dawned on me that the main advantage is - you guessed it - of monetary nature!
Parenting Books Are Often Worse for the Baby than a Glass of Red Wine | In Their Own Words | Big Think
The promise or threat of impending parenthood can turn an otherwise calm person into a neurotic wreck. And when you encounter people who are expecting their first child or even their second child, they often really start freaking over things they shouldn’t be.
Placebo Buttons
According to a 2008 article in the New Yorker, close buttons don’t close the elevator doors in many elevators built in the United States since the 1990s. In some elevators the button is there for workers and emergency personnel to use, and it only works with a key. The key-only settings are not always active though, as the blog Design with Intent asserts. Each elevator is different. In some, the emergency function requires a long-press of several seconds longer than the average user attempts. The website, The Straight Dope, investigated the issue in 1986 by asking elevator companies and elevator repairmen directly. According to their investigation, “The grim truth is that a significant percentage of the close-door buttons in this world…don’t do anything at all.”
RelSci | The Ultimate Business Development Tool | Relationship Science
The Relationship Science (RelSci) platform contains robust profiles on over two million important decision-makers and the one million organizations they work with across the public, private, finance, and nonprofit sectors. Access to RelSci provides individuals and organizations with the tools to map and build relationships with new clients, potential investors, strategic partners, and other important professionals.
Science Round-Up Seconds: DHA + EPA + DPA & Prostate Cancer - Auxiliary Data on the Effect of Fish & Fish Oil on Prostate-, Breast- and Colorectal Can
I guess you will all have listened to the Science Round-Up live, right? No? Well then I'd suggest you do that now, because I am not going to waste any more time on the breakfast or sweetener study, but felt inclined to take another look at the fish / fish oil and prostate cancer issue.
Study: Food Tastes Better When It's a Big F-ing Deal | Greatist
Taking a moment to express gratitude before a family dinner, carefully cutting up food, or dunking a donut in coffee — habits like these are making our food "taste" better! It turns out that a pre-noshing routine may lead people to perceive their food as tastier than those of us who eat in a rush. Findings from a new study by the University of Minnesota reveal the connection between what we do before eating and how we experience taste.