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Looking At : Dec 8, 2013
Written By : Scott Bird
Filed In : Weekly summary

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

  • What Separates A Healthy And Unhealthy Diet? Just $1.50 Per Day : Very interesting research. Opens up a lot of ‘who should pay‘ debates.
  • Neuroon: World’s first sleep mask for polyphasic sleep : I switched over to Biphasic Sleep about 7 years ago (for both the muscular recovery and time-management benefits), but have never really tried Polyphasic Sleep. This may change that though – certainly looks like an interesting device.
  • Can A Gym That Converts Workout Energy To Electricity Produce Meaningful Efficiency Benefits? : This is the idea we looked at a while back – harvesting the energy used by gymgoers to help power lights, heating and so on. And yes, it can work extremely well.
    This approach is currently being tested in a UK gym, and is also being experimented in many other gyms globally. Curious – has anyone here tried anything similar; for home or commercial use?
  • How 3D Printers Are Cranking Out Eyes, Bones, and Blood Vessels : We’ve mentioned several of these in the past, but it’s incredible to see them all together like this. Fascinating area.

We also talked about several new Alzheimer’s findings, replacing an unwanted habit with 30 seconds of exercise and a whole lot more. Join the discussion in the Straight to the Bar Community on Google+.

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



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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 X (Formerly Twitter), Facebook and the various networks listed in the sidebar.
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