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A Two-Legged Chair Encourages Sitting People to Move (and Balance)

Tuesday 10.21.2014 , Posted by
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There is plenty of evidence that sitting down for long periods is bad for our health – and we’re doing a lot more of it. To combat this sedentary trend a number of solutions have been gaining traction, from exercises you can do in the office, to stand up desks and even hamster-like treadmills to keep us moving. But what about changing the way we sit? That’s what French designer Benoit Malta envisions with his unusual two-legged Inactivité chair. [Read more...]

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Walk and Work in this Human-Sized Hamster Wheel

Thursday 09.18.2014 , Posted by
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Study after study has shown that sitting down is killing us… but we still do it all the time at sedentary jobs with uncomfortable chairs. You’ve probably run across ‘treadmill desks’ at some point (no pun intended), but have you ever seen a human-sized hamster wheel? Instructables builders Robb Godshaw and wrdwise recently built a gigantic wooden one, and it’s large enough for a human AND their desk to fit inside. They launched their project with this spirited call to action (and production):

“Rise up, sedentary sentients, and unleash that untapped potential within by marching endlessly towards a brilliant future of focused work. Step forward into a world of infinite potential, bounded only by the smooth arcs of a wheel. Step forward into the Hamster Wheel Standing Desk that will usher in a new era of unprecedented productivity.”

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How The Sun Sees You: A Powerful Video That Will Make You Want To Wear Sunscreen

Saturday 08.16.2014 , Posted by
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With an ultraviolet light, we can see damage to the skin that can not yet be seen by the naked eye. With an ultraviolet camera, videographer Thomas Leveritt gave people a shocking look at the freckles and splotches the sun has caused to their skin. He shows how pristine and clear of damage our skin is when we are brand new by showing the faces of babies and children under the same filter, as well as the immense power of sunscreen. Exposed with UV light, sunscreen and eyeglasses appear black because they block the UV rays. [Read more...]

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In France (Among the Most Depressed Countries in the World) Anti-Stress Adult Coloring Books Now Outsell Cookbooks

Wednesday 06.11.2014 , Posted by
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France is now the world leader in coloring book sales, thanks to a genius marketing move that sees words like “anti-stress” and “art therapy” in large letters on their covers. Really, this affect is no secret: like meditation or exercise, making art quiets the mind and breaks our stressful focus on worries we often have no control over. Now people in France, especially women, have taken up coloring as a method of stress reduction… and coloring books have now surpassed cookbooks in sales. [Read more...]

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Visualizing the Health Benefits of Pure Maple Syrup, and it’s Dramatic

Tuesday 04.08.2014 , Posted by
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The Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers, the entire country of Canada and visual agency Column Five have come together to to convey the seemingly undervalued health benefits of pure maple syrup. [Read more...]

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This Preschooler is Doing Impressive Yoga with Her Mom

Thursday 03.13.2014 , Posted by
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There’s plenty of hype about ‘couples yoga’ but what if your partner was your pre-school aged child? That’s the team we see here – yogo instructor Laura Kasperzak busting out some impressive moves with her very young daughter. Some of their poses are beautiful, some are cute, and others are jaw dropping… and with over 700,000 followers on Instagram, we’re not the only ones impressed. [Read more...]

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How Sugar Affects the Brain: A TED-Ed Motion Graphic

Wednesday 01.08.2014 , Posted by
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This will come as no surprise to your average chocoholic, but eating sugar is just about a full body experience. It affects your tongue, your gut and your brain in powerful ways. In this new addition to the TED-Ed series, Dr. Nicole Avena explores the many ways sugar acts on the body and why sugar in moderation isn’t bad, but a lot is a very slippery, if not addictive, slope. [Read more...]

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Can You Tell Which of These Identical Twins Smoked Longer?

Tuesday 11.05.2013 , Posted by

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It’s common knowledge that smoking ages your body, right? But how do we really know that’s happening when we’re looking at individuals? Couldn’t their other habits, like not wearing sunscreen or drinking too much, have really been the culprit? Researches from the Department of Plastic Surgery at Case Western Reserve University in Ohio have put these questions to rest with their study Facial Changes Caused by Smoking: A Comparison between Smoking and Nonsmoking Identical Twins.

Over the four years from 2007 to 2010, the researchers attended Twins Days Festival in… ehem… Twinsburg, Ohio, and collected 79 sets of twins between the ages of 18 and 78. One criteria in their search? One twin had to have been a smoker for at least 5 years longer than their sibling. [Read more...]

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The Monster of Mental Illness Illustrated as… Monsters!

Monday 09.23.2013 , Posted by

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What if mental illness was caused by supernatural creatures that roam the world taunting their victims? Illustrator Toby Allen’s new series of drawings, called The Real Monsters, imagines such a place and puts a friendly face on what are often serious and debilitating conditions. Why create such a different series? [Read more...]

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From Farm to Fork: Our Toxic Food System

Tuesday 06.11.2013 , Posted by

Food is the fuel we use to get our bodies into motion. Fruits and vegetables are our friends; foods like chips, soda, french fries, hamburgers, and candy are the devil. With the way our current food system works, these processed foods are making up a significant portion of our daily food intake. They’re readily available at every food store you enter, and an ice cold Coca-Cola is very difficult to pass up in favor of sparkling water. The problem, however, is that it’s not even about choosing healthy foods over artery cloggers. Today, 80% of food in the U.S. is supplied by massive factory farms associated with a myriad of environmental and health risks. From farm to fork, our food system is toxic. [Read more...]

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