Monthly Archives: March 2012

Seven tricks your brain is playing on you

Did you know that people who use the word because when making a request dramatically increase their chances of getting the favor?


Even though people have been lied to, disappointed, ripped off and even murdered by those who came “highly recommended” by popular sources, we still think whoever manages to make it into the spotlight must have something important to say.

If popular people are doing it, it must be cool

You’d be happier if you were living a life of leisure

7 Tricks your brain is playing on you.

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Posted by on March 2, 2012 in money, think


The myth of the eight-hour sleep

We often worry about lying awake in the middle of the night – but it could be good for you. A growing body of evidence from both science and history suggests that the eight-hour sleep may be unnatural.

In the early 1990s, psychiatrist Thomas Wehr conducted an experiment in which a group of people were plunged into darkness for 14 hours every day for a month.

It took some time for their sleep to regulate but by the fourth week the subjects had settled into a very distinct sleeping pattern. They slept first for four hours, then woke for one or two hours before falling into a second four-hour sleep.

Though sleep scientists were impressed by the study, among the general public the idea that we must sleep for eight consecutive hours persists.

In 2001, historian Roger Ekirch of Virginia Tech published a seminal paper, drawn from 16 years of research, revealing a wealth of historical evidence that humans used to sleep in two distinct chunks.

His book At Days Close: Night in Times Past, published four years later, unearths more than 500 references to a segmented sleeping pattern – in diaries, court records, medical books and literature, from Homers Odyssey to an anthropological account of modern tribes in Nigeria.

via BBC News – The myth of the eight-hour sleep.


25 billion App Store downloads comes closer, Apple offers $10,000 prize

Apples App Store is fast approaching its 25 billionth download, no mean feat for something which only started out in 2008. To celebrate, the company is offering a $10,000 gift card for its various online stores.

Since launching on iOS devices in 2008, the App Store has become a huge success, enabling users to spend countless hours browsing its virtual shelves for games, books, news apps, health and fitness ideas, navigational aids, lifestyle suggestions….the list goes on.

Countless software companies have sprung up along the way, creating a whole new industry and enabling anyone with an original idea to grab a piece of the app pie.

via 25 billion App Store downloads comes closer, Apple offers $10,000 prize.

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Posted by on March 1, 2012 in technology, trends

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