The Doctor on Your Wrist

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“The unexamined life is not worth living.” So said Socrates, and I’m trying to live up to the philosopher’s credo–in a 21st century way. On my wrist I wear a Jawbone UP24, a rubber bracelet that tracks my steps and calories burned over the course of the day. To make sure I don’t exceed the calories burned with calories consumed, I track my diet with the iPhone app MyFitnessPal, which syncs up with my Jawbone data. The Jawbone bracelet uses a motion sensor to track my sleep time, and the Jawbone app uses algorithms to calculate the hours I spend in light sleep and deep sleep over the course of the night. While I trained for the New York City Marathon, I tracked my runs with the iPhone app RunKeeper, which allowed me to see myself very slowly getting somewhat faster.

That kind of numeric detail probably isn’t what Socrates…

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5 Tips to Stay Healthy If You Sit All Day

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It might be due to the darkness that accompanies shorter days, or the invasion of warmer, comfier clothes into the winter workplace, but now is the time when long hours, slouching, slumping, and straining dominate the office. Clean up your act around the computer, before bad habits lead to poor health.

Here are five ways to make sure your computer desk doesn’t become the death of you.

1. Give your monitor a second look.

If your screen is planted directly on your desktop, it’s time to ask management for a raise — for your computer’s display. According to Dr. Jim Sheedy, director of the Vision Performance Institute at Pacific University, the top of your the screen should be level with your eyes. The ideas is to get the eyes looking down about 10 degrees. If it’s any lower or higher, computer users will adapt to it by moving their head…

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Jawbone Most Advanced Fitness Tracker Yet

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Jawbone has announced the company’s most technologically advanced fitness tracker yet, and if it’s all what the company is touting it to be, it’s a big leap forward for the product category.

The Jawbone UP3 will tell you everything about your fitness from your heart rate to your hydration levels. In addition to regular features like the accelerometer (which measures movement), the UP3 has skin and ambient temperature sensors as well. The UP3′s accompanying app is smarter, too. Smart Coach is better at helping you parse data about your activity, sleep, food and heart rate. It also tracks your sleep stages—REM, light and deep sleep. And the UP3 tracks your resting heart rate, a key indicator of overall health.

The Jawbone UP3 is available for $179 in silver and black.

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Get in Shape Using 6 Psychology Research Tricks

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Pedro Calado:

1) Change What’s Visible
You don’t have to throw all that tasty junk food in the trash. But you do have to make sure it’s not sitting out, calling to you all day.
2) Change What’s Reachable
Make eating more food a hassle.
3) Plan Ahead
The skinny people at the buffet looked at everything, made a plan and then grabbed their food. The heavy people just dove right in.
4) Slow Down
The heavy people at the buffet chewed 12 times per mouthful. The skinny people chewed an average of 15 times. Research shows eating slower gives time for the “fullness” signal to kick in.
5) Variety Is Not The Spice Of Weight Loss
This is one of the reasons we overeat at buffets: we want to try everythingGive people three options and they eat 23% more than if they only had one choice.

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Why is there an obesity epidemic? It’s not because we eat the wrong things or we lack exercise.

Research shows that, plain and simple, most of us just eat too much:

Reported consumption increased by 268 calories for men and 143 calories for women between the two surveys. This increase is more than enough to explain the increase in steady-state weight… The available evidence suggests that calories expended have not changed significantly since 1980, while calories consumed have risen markedly.

That’s hardly shocking.

But what’s interesting is there’s a way to fix this that doesn’t involve exercise or being deprived of your favorite foods.

No, this is not some silly pitch for low carb, low fat, Crossfit or the magical supplement of the week. Actually, it’s about psychology.

Brian Wansink is a Cornell researcher who studies how we eat. He was appointed by the White House to head up…

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Silicon Valley Joins the Ebola Fight…too late?

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Until last week, there was one group largely missing from the list of Ebola donors: Silicon Valley companies.

Facebook’s and Google’s donation campaigns arrived months into an outbreak that in early summer had already been deemed “the worst Ebola outbreak in history.” And while their giving initiatives are generous — Facebook leveraged valuable online real estate for donation banners, while Google has already raised $5.1 million with its double-matched donations — it’s hard not to ask a lingering question: Why not sooner?

The question has plagued most humanitarian efforts in the Ebola fight. The World Health Organization’s chief criticized the timing of international support, mostly from governments, NGOs and international groups, as being “too little, too late” as far back as September. Some critics have even stepped forward to blast Silicon Valley companies over their timing directly — a Washington Post column noted that multimillion…

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How to Be a Better Writer: 6 Tips From Harvard’s Steven Pinker

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U want 2B a better writer?

Good writing is often looked at as an art and, frankly, that can be intimidating. No need to worry. There are rules — even science — behind writing well.

Our brain works a particular way; so what rules do we need to know to write the way the brain best understands?

To find out the answer I gave Steven Pinker a call.

Steven is a cognitive scientist and linguist at Harvard. He’s also on the Usage Panel of the American Heritage Dictionary.

Steven was recently ranked as one of the top 100 most eminent psychologists of the modern era.

His latest book is The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person’s Guide to Writing in the 21st Century. And it’s great.

Below you’ll learn:

  1. The two key elements that will improve your writing.
  2. The biggest mistake we all make — and…

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Video Lectures on Reviewed Science Books


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Five science books have been reviewed on Eusociality Site in the last few months, encompassing topics such as evolutionary biology, anthropology and sociology, environmental science and sustainability, and medicine. These include the following:

SuperCooperators by Martin A. Nowak with Roger Highfield

The Social Conquest of Earth by E. O. Wilson

Collapse by Jared Diamond

Unto Others by Elliott Sober and David Sloan Wilson

Why Evolution is True by Jerry A. Coyne

Why We Get Sick by Randolph M. Nesse, M.D., and George C. Williams, PH.D.

Many of the readers I’ve talked to have been interested in these books and topics, some having read the books or planning to. I’ve decided to post videos on each of the authors to give readers a better idea of who they are and how they choose to summarize the concepts they have written on. In reading science books, I have always found that I…

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4 Changes That Will Make Your Resume Incredibly Powerful

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This post is in partnership with The Muse. The article below was originally published on The Muse.

As a job seeker, it’s easy to see hiring managers as big, bad obstacles that need to be overcome. They’re the gatekeepers, after all. But, this kind of thinking actually leads to weaker job applications.

Think about it this way: Hiring managers read a ton of resumes—to the point at which their eyes cross. More importantly, hiring managers are just people. With this in mind, the only thing you really need to do to stand out is to have the one resume that actually lets them breathe a sigh of relief during this painful process. Here are four ways you can do just that.

1. Make the First Thing on Your Resume Immediately Relevant

There’s nothing worse for a hiring manager than having to dig through a resume to find what…

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How Social Media Makes Breakups Uglier for Everyone

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This article originally appeared on Refinery29.com.

We get it. When you’re in the throes of a breakup, a public display of affection or hate seems like the only logical move that could possibly capture the emotions bubbling up inside your being. But, in reality, a Twitter rant about your ex is usually more pathetic and off-putting than touching or convincing. And, ever since the breakup Post-it became the breakup Facebook post, our various networks seem to be making this already-difficult process even more agonizing.

(MORE: How To End That On-Again, Off-Again Relationship — For Good)

To get a picture of what it looks like when a relationship ends on social media, researchers at Aalto University in Finland went to Twitter. They looked at tweets posted during a 28-hour period from users whose profiles mentioned another user along with a word like “boyfriend” or “girlfriend.” (Wisely, the researchers made…

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