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Looking At : Week Ending Feb 16, 2014
Posted By Scott Bird

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

  • The Holdz-on Climbing Holds : Looking for a great way to work on your finger strength? Have a go at the stuff at the Holdz-on (particularly the videos, which explain the various techniques and progressions). Nice one.
  • How Technology is Changing the Way Athletes Train : We’ve looked at this from a number of angles over the years, and here’s a quick glance at a very interesting approach – the Ubersense & AMPSports apps.
  • Human Lung Made in Lab : Although it’s several years away from being a commercial option, this is truly remarkable. And in the meantime there’s the equally incredible ‘Lung In A Box‘.
  • PICO, World’s Smallest Hearing Aid : The various types of hearing aids have certainly been getting a lot smaller, more powerful and longer lasting (before needing recharging) lately. The PICO is no exception.
  • Brain Implants that can Restore Lost Memories : Truly incredible idea. A ‘Black Box‘ for the brain.

We also talked about the possible rejuvenation of aging muscles, nanomotors inside living cells and a whole lot more. Keep up with the World of Health & Fitness in the Straight to the Bar Community on Google+.

Incidentally, if you’d like to dive into this topic a little deeper (and I wouldn’t blame you for that – fascinating area), grab the daily Aging & Longevity newsletter. Dive in.

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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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