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Training to Reach Peak Physical Performance

When it comes to achieving peak physical performance, nothing is more important than maximizing your training. In the past, this has been done by guess work and more professionally, by going through a series of intrusive tests to see where you peak and what exactly you should be working on while you train.

Now, however, using Zephyr Technology‘s Physiological Status Monitor (PSM), you can track your performance while you train and get loads of data including heart rate, respiratory rate, skin temperature, galvanic skin response, body position (upright vs. lying down), activity level (i.e., moving fast, moving slow, or stationary), and location. Pretty much everything you need to analyze and train for peak performance.

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Google to Launch Music Service to Rival Apple

Google Inc is planning to launch an online music downloading service tied to its search engine, the Wall Street Journal reported, a move that would pit it against Apple Inc and its popular iTunes site.

Google’s plans are still vague, but it has been “stepping up conversations” about offering music services online as well as over mobile phones that use its Android operating system, the Journal said, citing people familiar with the company’s talks with the music industry.

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Geekiest Knuckle Tattoo Ever?

We’ve all seen some crazy and geeky tattoos, some that work, and some that just… don’t. This tattoo just might take the cake for the geekiest yet, or at least the geekiest knuckle tattoo yet. Well, Google it up!

Makes you wonder what was going through this person’s mind. Either “I’m totally gonna win that award for geekiest knuckle tattoo,” or “The next time someone asks me a question, I’ll just show them my knucks.”

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Awesome Augmented Reality Soccer App

Just in time to latch on to the World Cup buzz comes this awesome augmented reality (AR) app. Users can kick around a virtual soccer ball inside the display of your screen using your feet. It looks like one of the most fun AR games we’ve seen so far.

We’ve seen AR put to good use with apps like London’s Streetmuseum application which takes you to different locations around the city using maps and GPS and adds a historical photo over real places in the city. Apps like the Kickball AR Juggling app represent a new sector in interactive gaming and we can’t wait to see what the brilliant minds behind AR gaming bring us this year.
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Hubble Captures Bubbles and Baby Stars

The Large Magellanic Cloud contains many bright bubbles of glowing gas. One of the largest and most spectacular has the name LHA 120-N 11, from its listing in a catalog compiled by the American astronomer and astronaut Karl Henize in 1956, and is informally known as N11. Close up, the billowing pink clouds of glowing gas make N11 resemble a puffy swirl of fairground candy floss. From further away, its distinctive overall shape led some observers to nickname it the Bean Nebula. The dramatic and colorful features visible in the nebula are the telltale signs of star formation. N11 is a well-studied region that extends over 1000 light-years. It is the second largest star-forming region within the Large Magellanic Cloud and has produced some of the most massive stars known.

It is the process of star formation that gives N11 its distinctive look. Three successive generations of stars, each of which formed further away from the center of the nebula than the last, have created shells of gas and dust. These shells were blown away from the newborn stars in the turmoil of their energetic birth and early life, creating the ring shapes so prominent in this image.

Beans are not the only terrestrial shapes to be found in this spectacular high resolution image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. In the upper left is the red bloom of nebula LHA 120-N 11A. Its rose-like petals of gas and dust are illuminated from within, thanks to the radiation from the massive hot stars at its center. N11A is relatively compact and dense and is the site of the most recent burst of star development in the region.
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5 Ways Online Registration Has Become Too Difficult

The Internet is becoming too difficult. There, I said it. As technology advances, it enables us as users to accomplish and experience a variety of new and exciting things, but at what cost? I’ll tell you: everything becomes more of a pain in the ass. One example of this is in something that we do more and more frequently: website registration. Here are 5 ways that I find registration to be annoying. Sure, you can harp on me for complaining about what could easily be deemed insignificant, but if people can vomit Lost speculation all over my Internet, I’m allowed to give a little bit back.

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Good god almighty, I suppose I’ll start with one of the worst. These things have become increasingly difficult over the past few years, but for what reason? Look, I understand that these are used to prevent automatic computerized registration, I get it. But are there people out there constantly writing new code to crack these? Is there an underground battle between hackers and captcha programmers that rages on beneath our noses? They’ve reached the point that I can rarely crack them myself. Half the time, my efforts bring me back to a page bluntly indicating my failure. Let me get this straight: a computer is breaking the news to me that I’ve failed at a test which is supposed to only stump computers. It doesn’t make me feel any better that I’m forced to use the speech feature which is meant for the seeing impaired.

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Portable World Cup Projector

The World Cup is huge this year, as always. As such, it may be difficult to find a spot at the local bar to watch the game, and watching the game at home can be a little less exciting then cheering on your team with a group of people. Enter the mobile cinema, this thing is a portable projector so you can take it with you and project the game onto any wall or flat surface, it’s an instant party.

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Researchers Develop World’s First Plastic Antibodies

UC Irvine researchers have developed the first “plastic antibodies” successfully employed in live organisms – stopping the spread of bee venom through the bloodstream of mice.

Tiny polymeric particles – just 1/50,000th the width of a human hair – were designed to match and encase melittin, a peptide in bee venom that causes cells to rupture, releasing their contents. Large quantities of melittin can lead to organ failure and death.

The polymer nanoparticles were prepared by “molecular imprinting” a technique similar to plaster casting: UCI chemistry professor Kenneth Shea and project scientist Yu Hoshino linked melittin with small molecules called monomers, solidifying the two into a network of long polymer chains. After the plastic hardened, they removed the melittin, leaving nanoparticles with minuscule melittin-shaped holes.

When injected into mice given high doses of melittin, these precisely imprinted nanoparticles enveloped the matching melittin molecules, “capturing” them before they could disperse and wreak havoc – greatly reducing deaths among the rodents.

“Never before have synthetic antibodies been shown to effectively function in the bloodstream of living animals,” Shea says. “This technique could be utilized to make plastic nanoparticles designed to fight more lethal toxins and pathogens.”

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