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The knee- it no worky!

A couple of years ago I sustained a knee injury while snowboarding and, although not very dramatic, it did leave kind of a light pain that comes out every now and then, especially when I put a lot of effort in my left leg.

After not giving it much thought for some time I recently discovered that, after putting on a bit of extra weight due to weight lifting every day, my knee started complaining again. So I went to a doctor to get some x-rays done and try to figure out what's wrong. Today I got the results.

Now, I don't know if the guys that write the x-ray reports have a 'cryptic writing' lecture in college or something like that, but it sure seems so. No simple folk can understand what they write on those things. And I don't even mean the medical terms. The sheer effort they put into sounding more "professicocky" (a word I promise I didn't just make up) is astonishing.

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Why, oh why, can't you write for the simple people like me? :)


Pooping- you're doing it wrong

Ever found yourself sitting  in the toilet and, when it's that time to do some pushing, instinctively getting on your toes to help the process? Well, it turns out that there is a reason for that: Humans have an easier time pooping in a crouching position. So when you get on your toes you are just getting closer to that shape.

And - as it turns out - there are 6 other things we might be doing wrong all our lives. Live and learn :)

Mitochondria regeneration method found. Wanna live forever?

Scientists have found a compound that creates new Mitochondria structures inside aging cells. This can lead to the reversal of cellular aging, the main reason why you die :)

As we age, our tissues' mitochondria start to get damaged (you can think of it as the tail of a long chord, that gets ripped progressively as you drag it through the floor). A 90 year old man's muscle tissue will have around 95% damaged mitochondria, as opposed to no damaged at all in a little kid. If we can stop this process, we might live forever :)

More technical juice in the original article.

Why you should sleep at least 7 hours per night

I've always been an apologist of sleeping at least 8 hours per night/day and - except for my brief experiments with other types of sleep cycles - i have always tried to do so myself. I am one of those people that feels better when i manage to sleep around 8-9 hours per night, otherwise i already know that Saturday morning is going to be "wasted" sleeping :)

Now it turns out i was probably right: Some new studies have shown that 95% of people require at least 7 hours per night to function properly (i mean in an optimal way). From the remaining 5%, 2.5 require more than 7 hours. This means that only 2.5% of all people have an optimal sleep time of 7 hours or less.

So, i'm going to bed now :)

Will operating systems become user interface agnostic?

After reading a post in PCPro.co.uk, about the dual core ARM phone that can run both Android and Ubuntu at the same time, i can't help being excited about the possibilities that the near future holds for us, mobile-wise.

I'm pretty sure that - at some point in time - we will not need laptops or desktop computers anymore; we can just go around with our tablets and/or phones and - when we need more screen space to work - just plug it into an external setup (screen, mouse, keyboard) and hack away.

Which brings me to think that the next versions of mobile operating systems will become more and more full fledged operating systems as we traditionally think of them on the desktop. Sure, right now they are being tailored to suit touch screen interfaces (tablets, phones), but i think we might get to a point where they will have to become user interface agnostic, to allow this type of hybrid behavior.

Will there ever be a segway device that looks cool?

There's a new segway-like vehicle: It's called SoloWheel and it's basically a simpler version of the former. It does look like much harder to "drive" than the segway, though, so i seriously doubt this will pick up any momentum, if you catch my drift :)

Here's the link to the engadget article and the essential videos. The first is basically an ad, and the second is an interaction of a normal person with the device for the first time:

Lighter naval ships made of aluminum foam

I can't believe this is so hard to find on Google. Someone sent me a documentary video (in Portuguese - unfortunately - but, if you understand German, the creators of this idea speak in their native language) and i can find hardly any references to this online.

It's basically about using a special aluminum powder that, when heated, transforms into a foam that is - check it out - lighter than water. Yes, imagine ships 30% lighter, that can carry many many more tons of materials. Less trips = less pollution = win/win ;)

Here's a link to a 1998 paper about this.

I wonder if this technology is already in use in today's ships and, if not, why?

Did a Russian scientist just invent an anti-aging pill?

He seems to be a very respected scientist in his field, with a lot of publications and a job at a very prestigious university. Even Gunter Blobel, a biochemist and Nobel laureate seems to respect him quite a bit. Is it just a couple of years until we are able to remain young and healthy - potentially - forever? Who never dreamed of living forever? I sure do!

Taken from here