Daily Fitbit stats

My fitbit #Fitstats_en_US for 1/12/2015: 4,042 steps and 1.8 miles traveled. http://www.fitbit.com/user/34VLX6

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Daily Fitbit stats

My fitbit #Fitstats_en_US for 1/10/2015: 17,096 steps and 8.3 miles traveled. http://www.fitbit.com/user/34VLX6

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Daily Fitbit stats

My fitbit #Fitstats_en_US for 1/09/2015: 6,400 steps and 2.9 miles traveled. http://www.fitbit.com/user/34VLX6

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Daily Fitbit stats

My fitbit #Fitstats_en_US for 1/08/2015: 4,066 steps and 1.8 miles traveled. http://www.fitbit.com/user/34VLX6

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Daily Fitbit stats

My fitbit #Fitstats_en_US for 1/07/2015: 8,274 steps and 4.1 miles traveled. http://www.fitbit.com/user/34VLX6

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Photography is a way of life!

SnapKnot
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What is the World Community Grid?

You can do something…while you are not doing anything! :-)

World Community Grid

World Community Grid enables anyone with a computer, smartphone or tablet to donate their unused computing power to advance cutting-edge scientific research on topics related to health, poverty and sustainability. Through the contributions of over 650,000 individuals and 460 organizations, World Community Grid has supported 22 research projects to date, including searches for more effective treatments for cancer, HIV/AIDS and neglected tropical diseases. Other projects are looking for low-cost water filtration systems and new materials for capturing solar energy efficiently. 

https://secure.worldcommunitygrid.org/about_us/viewGridComputingBasics.do

 

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The need for speed!

Crazy guy wants to go fast on a bike and just not downhill – on level ground. He is nowhere near the land speed records for a bicycle riding behind a car with a fairing. But he is still going fast!! They build the bike from the ground up. Interesting and short (for those of you with short attention spans!).

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Common agricultural chemicals shown to impair honey bees’ health

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Taken by Muhammad Mahdi Karim https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Muhammad_Mahdi_Karim

Is it avoidable or just a consequence of our nature to get things done in a hurry?  It seems many chemicals do not receive enough long-term study or do not address “collateral damage”.

The scientific literature and history itself is replete with many examples of chemicals which have unwanted consequences in spite of the (presumably) good consequences they deliver. Is it just the nature of Man to want to do what they think is best for them (in the short term) rather than consider the long-term benefit or drawback?  It seems that most of these issues arise when commerce is involved.  Not that commerce is bad or even a necessary evil but in the race to create a positive bottom line manufacturers, suppliers, and ultimately the consumer rush to use products that maybe haven’t been fully tested – although approved.

Science and technology is reported to greatly outpace the social systems yet there seems to be a lag in the response of science and technology to these problems which are later observed.  Why aren’t these things considered?  Is it just the nature of things that we can’t conceive all the wanted or unwanted consequences of our actions?  Does our hunt for the all mighty dollar cloud our judgment?

Maybe some of these outcomes are unavoidable but certainly there are exceptions to every rule as they say.  Every day we learn something new about the environment or medicine or science or technology.  Most of these “discoveries” are good for us but some are or may not be.  Maybe as the saying goes “Time will tell!”.

Common agricultural chemicals shown to impair honey bees’ health.

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BPA linked to obesity risk in puberty-age girls

Does this answer the question: “Which came first?  The chicken or the egg?”

I don’t think so.  There is certainly a lot of plastic around.  Some of it serves a good purpose although I wonder about recycling vs landfills for all the disposable and obsolete junk that manufacturers pump out.

What if the obese girls just eat a lot of calories in foods that are packaged in plastic?  Heating foods in plastic containers?  Drinking water in plastic bottles?  Would that account for the higher BPA levels and obesity?  They might be independent – or not since BPA is a hormone disruptor so to speak.

In the meantime be ever vigilant regarding what you eat, how it processed, and where it comes from…you never know!

BPA linked to obesity risk in puberty-age girls.

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