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Robin Goins
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Google and NASA have teamed up to build and operate a new D:Wave Quantum Computer that uses qubits which can be a 1, 0, or simultaneously both.
Watch Google's film on Quantum Computing! 

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Exercise is STILL the best medicine for treating depression.
Not enough people exercise!
So prescriptions for depression proliferate.
Why will there be almost 40 million prescriptions for medication to treat depression this year in the US?

Why do Americans, with 4.5% of the world's population, consume over 80% of the painkillers?

Because not enough people exercise. Seriously, that's it.

Exercise without medication is over 90% effective at beating depression, even six months after stopping a formal evaluation period. 

"In the medication only group, 38% of patients relapsed into depression.

In the exercise and medication group, 31% of patients relapsed into depression.

In the exercise only group, only 8% of patients relapsed into depression.

You can see the results of the study in the graph below. Notice that over 85% of patients in the exercise only group remained depression free after 6 months on their own."
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Mangos and avocados are two of my favorite foods, so this chicken salad looks amazing. Does anyone know of any good recipes involving these two foods?
Lunch: Mango Chicken Salad

Chiffonade of rainbow kale, sliced avocado and mango, diced chicken, topped with pistachios and raspberries, vinaigrette made with shallots, lime juice and peel, hazelnut oil, sea salt.
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Looking for reasons to put down that pop?

* Danish researchers discovered that drinking non-diet soda leads to dramatic increases in fat buildup around your liver and your skeletal muscles.

* Even diet soda will pack on the pounds, according to a 10-year study, to the tune of a 500% greater rate than non-soda-drinkers.

* The unnecessary artificial caramel color added to colas to make them brown contains known carcinogens. 

* Phosphoric acid can lead to heart and kidney problems, muscle loss, and osteoporosis, and one study suggests it could trigger accelerated aging.

* Artificial sweeteners do not break down in our bodies, nor in waste-water treatment facilities, leading to an increasing low-grade level of these chemicals in municipal water supplies.

* Researches suspect that brominated vegetable oil, used in citrus drinks like Mountain Dew, builds up in body fat, causing memory loss and nerve disorders.

* Nearly all soda cans are lined with BPA. (Seriously!?) BPA is known to interfere with hormones, and has been linked to everything from infertility to obesity and diabetes and some forms of reproductive cancers.

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If you wonder where compulsory schooling came from and how much good it is doing, may I suggest you read chapter 2 of the following book: The Underground History of American Education. (see link)

The sole purpose of the current education system in place is to create mindless employees - to eradicate the love of learning, curiosity, and creativity that comes so naturally to children, and to instill a never-ending sense of fear and boredom. Anyone that has ever been through the education system can vouch that this does indeed happen, and it is simply horrific to find out that it's all on purpose.

The goals of the education system can be summed up quite nicely using the mission statement of Rockefeller's General Education Board, as it occurs in a document called Occasional Letter Number One (1906):

"In our dreams...people yield themselves with perfect docility to our molding hands. The present educational conventions [intellectual and character education] fade from our minds, and unhampered by tradition we work our own good will upon a grateful and responsive folk. We shall not try to make these people or any of their children into philosophers or men of learning or men of science. We have not to raise up from among them authors, educators, poets or men of letters. We shall not search for embryo great artists, painters, musicians, nor lawyers, doctors, preachers, politicians, statesmen, of whom we have ample supply. The task we set before ourselves is very simple...we will organize children...and teach them to do in a perfect way the things their fathers and mothers are doing in an imperfect way."

If you're not outraged, you're not paying attention.

Via Haj Ross (who sorely needs to make a google+ account)

"Do you not see how necessary a world of pains and troubles is to school an intelligence and make it a soul?"
John Keats

Quoted in “Sunbeams,” The Sun. March 2012, p.68

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Secret Club

If you've got a moment, please check out the short film, SECRET CLUB, that my very talented friend, Ari Tutko, stars in. And, if you're so inclined, please vote for it for the 2012 Sarasota Film Festival Audience Choice Award.

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Why can't we all just get along like this?

Via +Galen Schmidt

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Taco-delivering, flying robot servants coming soon to a neighborhood near you. (Hopefully. I could go for some tacos right about now.)
Tacocopter

Why small business runs this Nation, cause dudes think of stuff like this...that's even cooler than delivery them by bike.

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It seems to be just a fancy form of hitchhiking, but it's still an idea I'd love to see get big.
Need a ride home from SXSW? Zimride has the answer

I'm giving someone a ride to San Antonio in 30 minutes. Now here's a service we could have used to find each other. Zimride is a marketplace to sell your empty seats in your car. http://www.zimride.com
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