Straight to the Bar

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HELPING YOU GET STRONGER SINCE 2004

Looking At : May 5, 2013
Written By : Scott Bird
Filed In : Weekly summary
Binoculars at Echo Point

Echo Point, Blue Mountains.



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

  • Conversion From ‘Bad‘ Fat to ‘Good‘ Fat : Can white fat cells be converted to brown fat cells, and vice-versa? Quite possibly.
  • Sports on Google Glass : This is where my technology, photography and fitness interests combine. Love it.
  • Smart Thermometer : This is a very simple – and very powerful – idea. A thermometer than connects to a smartphone for additional functionality.
  • Low-Cost Robotic Arm Controlled With Facial Muscles : This sounds fantastic. Particularly the idea of ‘picking up remote objects‘ – does an arm need to be attached in order to feel like part of you?

There were also a number of things discussed on the Straight to the Bar Community pages, and in the daily ‘Paper‘. However you like to get your dose of ‘What’s happening in the world of fitness?‘, we’ve got you covered. Swing by.

It’ll come as no surprise that we discuss a lot of fitness-related books; on this site as well as the various networks noted in the sidebar.

Scientific American’s The Science Of Health is a collection of columns written by science journalist Claudia Wallis. Wonderful.

Incidentally, I’ve got an evergrowing list of ‘books to read‘, and I’m always looking to add to it. Suggestions welcome.

There’s also a list of our all-time fitness suggestions over there. Dive on in.

Over to you. Drop us a line on Twitter ( @scottbird ), or add a comment below.

Cheers.

 

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Written By Scott Bird
Scott is a long-time fitness enthusiast (Jan 2004!), writer and photographer living in Sydney, Australia. If you share the passion for spending a bit of time under a bar, welcome. Love hearing how everyone else trains. You can connect via Twitter, Facebook and the various networks listed in the sidebar.
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