Archive for the ‘The Body’ Category

The Health Benefits of Matcha Tea

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

A nutritious beverage, rich in detoxifying chlorophyll and antioxidants, and suited for meditative practice.

–>Link to Health Benefits of Matcha

–>Link to Wikipedia: Matcha
–>Link to Wikipedia: Japanese Tea Ceremony

How To Become Batman

Friday, July 18th, 2008

Drawing on his training as a neuroscientist, kinesiologist, and martial artist, E. Paul Zehr explores the question: could a mortal ever become Batman? Zehr discusses the physical and skill training necessary to maintain bad-guy-fighting readiness while relating the science underlying this process, from strength conditioning to the cognitive changes a person would endure in undertaking such a regimen.

–>Link to book: Becoming Batman

–>Link to Q&A with author

Yes, You Can Browse the Human Genome

Wednesday, July 16th, 2008

From Wikipedia:

The Human Genome is the genome of Homo sapiens, which is stored on 23 chromosome pairs. Twenty-two of these are autosomal chromosome pairs, while the remaining pair is sex-determining. The haploid human genome occupies a total of just over 3 billion DNA base pairs and has a data size of approximately 750 Megabytes, which is slightly larger than the capacity of a standard Compact Disc.

The haploid human genome contains an estimated 20,000–25,000 protein-coding genes, far fewer than had been expected before its sequencing. In fact, only about 1.5% of the genome codes for proteins, while the rest is comprised of RNA genes, regulatory sequences, introns and (controversially) “junk” DNA.

There are 24 distinct human chromosomes: 22 autosomal chromosomes, plus the sex-determining X and Y chromosomes. Chromosomes 1–22 are numbered roughly in order of decreasing size. Somatic cells usually have 23 chromosome pairs: one copy of chromosomes 1–22 from each parent, plus an X chromosome from the mother, and either an X or Y chromosome from the father, for a total of 46.

There are several web-based genome browsers:

–>Link to UCSC.edu Human Genome Browser

–>Link to Ensembl Human Genome Browser

–>Link to National Library of Medicine Human Genome Viewer

–>Link to VEGA Human Genome Browser

EROWID: The Best Place for Information on Psychoactives / Entheogens

Thursday, July 10th, 2008

Our Mission:
Erowid is a member-supported organization providing access to reliable, non-judgmental information about psychoactive plants and chemicals and related issues. We work with academic, medical, and experiential experts to develop and publish new resources, as well as to improve and increase access to already existing resources. We also strive to ensure that these resources are maintained and preserved as a historical record for the future.

Our Vision:
We imagine a world where people treat psychoactives with respect and awareness; where people work together to collect and share knowledge in ways that strengthen their understanding of themselves and provide insight into the complex choices faced by individuals and societies alike. We believe that truth, accuracy, and integrity in publishing information about psychoactives will lead to healthier and more balanced choices, behaviors, and policies around all psychoactive medications, entheogens, herbs, and recreational drugs. Erowid’s vision is to facilitate and create resources that are part of the evolution towards this goal.

–>Link

New map IDs the core of the human brain

Sunday, July 6th, 2008

An international team of researchers has created the first complete high-resolution map of how millions of neural fibers in the human cerebral cortex — the outer layer of the brain responsible for higher level thinking — connect and communicate. Their groundbreaking work identified a single network core, or hub, that may be key to the workings of both hemispheres of the brain.

–> Link to article

–> Link to scientific journal


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