April 23, 2014
theatlantic:

Meaningful Activities Protect the Brain From Depression

Our entire lives, when you think about it, are built around rewards — the pursuit of money, fun, love, and tacos.
How we seek and respond to those rewards is part of what determines our overall happiness. Aristotle famously said there were two basic types of joy: hedonia, or that keg-standing, Netflix binge-watching, Nutella-from-the-jar selfish kind of pleasure, and eudaimonia, or the pleasure that comes from helping others, doing meaningful work, and otherwise leading a life well-lived.
Recent psychological research has suggested that this second category is more likely to produce a lasting increase in happiness. Hedonic rewards may generate a short-term burst of glee, but it dissipates more quickly than the surge created by the more selfless eudaimonic rewards.
"Happiness without meaning characterizes a relatively shallow, self-absorbed or even selfish life, in which things go well, needs and desire are easily satisfied, and difficult or taxing entanglements are avoided," a study in the Journal of Positive Psychology found last year.
Read more. [Image: Natesh Ramasamy/flickr/Olga Khazan]

theatlantic:

Meaningful Activities Protect the Brain From Depression

Our entire lives, when you think about it, are built around rewards — the pursuit of money, fun, love, and tacos.

How we seek and respond to those rewards is part of what determines our overall happiness. Aristotle famously said there were two basic types of joy: hedonia, or that keg-standing, Netflix binge-watching, Nutella-from-the-jar selfish kind of pleasure, and eudaimonia, or the pleasure that comes from helping others, doing meaningful work, and otherwise leading a life well-lived.

Recent psychological research has suggested that this second category is more likely to produce a lasting increase in happiness. Hedonic rewards may generate a short-term burst of glee, but it dissipates more quickly than the surge created by the more selfless eudaimonic rewards.

"Happiness without meaning characterizes a relatively shallow, self-absorbed or even selfish life, in which things go well, needs and desire are easily satisfied, and difficult or taxing entanglements are avoided," a study in the Journal of Positive Psychology found last year.

Read more. [Image: Natesh Ramasamy/flickr/Olga Khazan]

April 23, 2014

fastcompany:

A Physicist-Turned-Director Reveals the Mysteries Of The Universe—And Filmmaking

Mark Levinson, a filmmaker with a PhD in physics talks about finding the human story behind science’s biggest breakthrough, and the documentary as science experiment.

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April 23, 2014

soundcloud:

SoundClouder of the Day | MACRIMA

MACRIMA is the musical project of Maria Träg-Engerer from Erlangen, Germany. She writes and produces modern classical soundtrack and film music pieces.

When I compose, I try to create pieces with heart. It is always a magical journey for me and it finally ends, when the music flows from the bottom of my soul into my fingers and in my head.”

"Honingfarbener Frühlingsmond" translates to honey-colored spring moon in German. It’s a beautiful composition perfect for spring. Maria says it best herself, "The nights in spring are so magical… the beautiful honey moon in the dark blue sky… thousands of flowery scents in the air…"

Enjoy more at https://soundcloud.com/macrima.

April 23, 2014
Can social networks help trace the outbreak of infectious diseases?

oupacademic:

An article entitled “From Facebook to Tracebook: A Justified Means to Prevent Infection Risks?,” published in a special symposium from Public Health Ethics, “New Media, Risky Behaviour and Children,” looks at how social media could justifiably be used for infectious disease control.

It…

April 23, 2014

Earth (by Deep Astronomy)

April 23, 2014

Mike Hearn, Bitcoin Developer - Turing Festival 2013 (by Turing Festival)

April 23, 2014

Google Glass Explorer Story: WWF’s Sabita Malla (by Google Glass)

April 22, 2014

Jack White - “High Ball Stepper” (Lazaretto Album Track) (by jackwhite)

April 22, 2014

MoneyLab - Saskia Sassen - Finance is not about Money (by network cultures)

April 22, 2014

There wasn’t a lot of news to cover this week, so we took most of the episode to dive deep into the topic of Ethereum and decentralized application.

We had two excellent guests on:

Stephan Tual is the Chief Communications Officer for the Ethereum project, founder of the London Ethereum meetup and has played a crucial role in building out the Ethereum community.

Max Kaye is a Australia-based developer focused on decentralized applications and the developer of Cryptonet, a library to build arbitrary blockchain-based structures.

Links:
- Ethereum: https://www.ethereum.org/
- Cryptonet/Eudemonia: http://eudemonia.io/

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Epicenter Bitcoin is hosted by Brian Fabian Crain and Sébastien Couture, two Bitcoin enthusiasts located in Berlin, Germany and Lille, France respectively.

April 21, 2014
natgeotravel:

An otherworldly view of Mammoth Hot Springs in Yellowstone National Park.
Celebrate National Park week in the U.S. with Nat Geo Travel »
Photograph by Ben Nemenoff

natgeotravel:

An otherworldly view of Mammoth Hot Springs in Yellowstone National Park.

Celebrate National Park week in the U.S. with Nat Geo Travel »

Photograph by Ben Nemenoff

April 21, 2014
(via Galileo on Learning | Words of Wisdom | Big Think)

(via Galileo on Learning | Words of Wisdom | Big Think)

April 20, 2014
compoundchem:

Today’s post takes a topical look at the different structures of chocolate - and why it might be good idea to stash any Easter chocolate in the fridge if you don’t plan on consuming it right away… http://wp.me/p4aPLT-dt

compoundchem:

Today’s post takes a topical look at the different structures of chocolate - and why it might be good idea to stash any Easter chocolate in the fridge if you don’t plan on consuming it right away… http://wp.me/p4aPLT-dt

April 20, 2014
(via xkcd: Frequentists vs. Bayesians)

(via xkcd: Frequentists vs. Bayesians)

April 19, 2014

Statistical errors in court: Richard Gill at TEDxFlanders (by TEDx Talks)

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