January 2016 archive

Jan 13

It looks like Apple is building a car.

In an article in MacWorld (1), Elon Musk was quoted as saying that Apples Project Titan was an “open secret … It’s pretty hard to hide something if you hire over a thousand engineers to do it.” Personally, I believe that environmentally friendly, point to point transport, will be the future of modern transit systems. …

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Jan 12

The Fourth Industrial Revolution.

“The possibilities of billions of people connected by mobile devices, with unprecedented processing power, storage capacity, and access to knowledge, are unlimited. And these possibilities will be multiplied by emerging technology breakthroughs in fields such as artificial intelligence, robotics, the Internet of Things, autonomous vehicles, 3-D printing, nanotechnology, biotechnology, materials science, energy storage, and quantum …

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Jan 12

Oxygen the molecule that made the world by Nick Lane

It is difficult to understand the evolution of life on earth without reading and understanding this book. (1) Lane, Nick, Oxygen: The Molecule That Made the World (Oxford University Press, 2002) <Amazon> [accessed 11 January 2016] (2) Royal, T H E, and Society Of, ‘Book of the Month Oxygen: The Molecule That Made the World’, 21 …

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Jan 12

Quote of the Day

“I mean, they say you die twice. One time when you stop breathing and a second time, a bit later on, when somebody says your name for the last time. (1)” ― Banksy (1) ‘Banksy – Wikipedia’ <Wikipedia> [accessed 11 January 2016]

Jan 11

What is Lifestyle Medicine?

Lifestyle medicine is defined as: “a branch of evidence-based medicine in which comprehensive lifestyle changes (including nutrition, physical activity, stress management, social support and environmental exposures) are used to prevent, treat and reverse the progression of chronic diseases by addressing their underlying causes.(1)” According to the World Health Organisation; Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) are the leading …

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Jan 06

China closing coal mines in its own country and mining the Liverpool Plains

The state government has approved the Shenhua coal mine in the Liverpool Plains, which is perhaps the most productive agricultural land in the country (1). At the same time, the Chinese government plans to halt coal mining approvals in its country and close a thousand mines that are already in production (2).  Bob Hawkes 1988 …

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Jan 05

The anatomy of health care in the United States.

“Clinicians increasingly are expected to substitute social and economic goals for the needs of a single patient. These contradictory forces are difficult to reconcile, creating risk of growing instability and political tensions. ” (1) Moses, H., Matheson, D. H. M., Dorsey, E. R., George, B. P., Sadoff, D., & Yoshimura, S. (2013). The anatomy of …

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Jan 05

Ban on junk food marketing to nation’s kids takes effect Jan. 1

“Foods with excessively high levels of fat, saturated fat, sodium and sugar in five categories — snacks, candy, drinks, cold products, and in places that serve food directly — will be prohibited, the FDA stated in a press release.”(1) Chao, S. (2016). Ban on junk food marketing to nation’s kids takes effect Jan. 1. The …

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Jan 03

Even the dog insists on a selfie #lunaparksydney

The evening walk from the Harbour Bridge around Lavender Bay.  Taking a rest at the selfie spot at Luna Park.  A great walk even late at night.

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