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An unusual mix of influences comes together in 'Wasted German Beer.'
A creation of Wasted German Youth, Wasted German Beer was launched in Germany this past weekend. The beer is organic, produced in Bavaria and meant to celebrate and complement German punk culture. As Today and Tomorrow points out, you’d be hard-pressed to think up a wittier name for a beer. With its organic production, getting Wasted has never before been so sustainable.
Research conducted at McMaster University discovered a direct link between bacteria in the gut and the brain.
We actually do know it in our guts. The Integral Options blog draws our attention to a recent article in Medical News Today outlining new perspectives on gut perception. Research conducted at McMaster University discovered a direct link between bacteria in the gut and the brain. This “cross talk” as the researchers refer to it, has serious health implications. In addition to more intuitive sounding health areas such as obesity and diabetes, the researchers found a correlation between the “cross talk” and psychiatric illnesses.
A return to optimism and a general boost in confidence is what will solidify our burgeoning economic recovery.
The new non-stop work environment facilitated by mobile devices has created a human energy deficit that we're desperately trying and failing to make up for.
We all know something about the global energy crisis, but how aware are we of our very own “personal energy” crisis?Writer and business consultant Tony Schwartz argues that ever increasing work demands, constant travel and lack of sufficient rest is causing a personal energy crises across industries. Schwartz notes that even as our new work lives mirror the effortless continuity of computer technologies — from day to night, inside to outside, in transit, we can now work anywhere, yet our bodies are simply unable to keep up with this new pace.
Gary Wenk, writing at SEED magazine, wonders how sharp the difference between food and drugs are.
Gary Wenk, writing at SEED magazine, wonders how sharp the difference between food and drugs are. Defining food as substances that one’s body uses for “optimal functioning” and drugs as substances that support the brain in the same way, Wenk questions how the difference between food and drugs can be sustained. After all, the foods we eat affect our brains and the regular use of stimulants such as coffee further blurs this line. Wenk argues for getting rid of the food/drug distinction entirely:
With its recent partnership, social-networking giant Facebook makes its first foray into physical retail space.
In an effort to bolster its revenue stream, on Sunday Facebook will begin selling Facebook Credits gift cards at nationwide Target stores and online at Target.com, marking the first time the social-networking giant will ever have a physical presence. With the cards, Facebook is hoping duplicate the success of Apple’s iTunes cards, a fact that seems likely given its active user base – more than 200 million people play free social games on the site each month, many of whom are beginning to spend money on premium services associated with these games. In addition to online games, Facebook Credits can be used to purchase web applications and virtual goods. In the coming months, the cards will be available at several other retailers, though these partnerships have not yet been made public. Domestically, the prepaid gift card market is expected to reach $86.2 billion in 2010.
Artist explores the death of the 100W light bulb in France through a tea kettle that heats water through wasted energy.
As an homage to the 100W incandescent bulb, which has been recently phased out in France due to its environmental impact, artist Estelle Sauvage, a graduate of the Higher School of Art and Design of Saint-Etienne (ESADSE), has created a transparent tea kettle that utilizes the bulbs as its main heat source. The nature of the kettle’s design points to instant obsolescence, providing a playful commentary on our culture of consumerism, where objects quickly go out of vogue because of advances in technology. So as not to produce something wholly useless, Sauvage ensures that the kettle works well enough, bringing the water to a pleasant pre-boiling temperature.
A Foursquare-inspired introduction of game mechanics aims to help curb power use.
Google is embellishing Powermeter by adding a Foursquare-like social game to the energy monitoring system. The game begins with a detailed personal inventory of energy use, and through the smart reduction of power consumption, participants can earn badges as they accumulate points. Users of the service can challenge friends to compete in the energy reduction race as well.
Robin Nagle, the New York City Department of Sanitation's anthropologist-in-residence explores the hidden world of garbage that surrounds us.
The Believer has a fascinating interview with Robin Nagle, who is the New York City Department of Sanitation’s anthropologist-in-residence. Nagle examines the dissonance around waste, and explores the culture of, and around garbage – and how it has changed society through time.
The University of Notre Dame has launched a test program as part of a study on e-learning.
The University of Notre Dame is testing a new iPad-based class model. The course is part of an ambitious study undertaken by the University on the impact of “e-learning.” Students in a Project Management class will not only use the devices in place of traditional paper books, but they will be encouraged to use the i Pads for all their daily information activities as well.
A new hi-tech Pajama design is made to help avert sudden infant death syndrome.
A new hi-tech Pajama design is made to help avert sudden infant death syndrome. The Exmobaby pajamas have sensors built into the fabric which monitor a babies’ heart beat, emotional state and behavior. The information is then relayed to parents, who can keep a virtual eye on their babies while they sleep.
Green NGO calls on Facebook to shift towards more sustainable energy resources.