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Looking At : Week Ending Mar 11, 2012
Posted By Scott Bird

During the past week we’ve discussed a number of great links; on Google+, Twitter, the Forums and so on. Here are a few of my favourites.

  • Sleep devices like the WakeMate : in the discussion on ‘Sleep as a Recovery Method, we noted several interesting devices and applications to improve your slumber. Of these, a standout is the WakeMate. Very interesting idea.
  • The idea that exercise alters your DNA : although it’s obvious that a little exercise has numerous physical benefits, it’s great to hear that ‘altering your DNA‘ is one of them. Fascinating study.
  • Wolfram | Alpha Pro : I’ve been talking to several people recently about the best ways to analyse all of the health & fitness data being produced by devices like the FitBit, the Withings products and so on. A service that looks ideal for doing just that is Wolfram | Alpha Pro. Anyone here used it?
  • How you’ll be watching the 2012 Olympics : the 2012 Olympics really isn’t all that far away, and I’m trying to decide on the best ways to watch it. Ideally it would include some form of 24hr streaming video that would cover all events at once (I can only watch one at a time, but I’d love to be able to choose which one that is). How’s everyone else here planning to watch it? Any streaming services that look promising?
  • Various medical discoveries, such as a way to block the body’s response to cold : finally, we noted various medical discoveries throughout the week. This one – a way to block the body’s response to cold – has massive potential.

NB : to see all of these as they appear (and to share your own thoughts on things), the simplest way is to follow me on Google+. You’ll see these, and a whole lot more.

Incidentally, if this has got you thinking about grabbing one for yourself, swing by the SttB Strength Store. Massive range.

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