Vollebak’s Pink Hoodie Supposedly Calms You by Zipping Over Your Face .

IN THE LATE 1970s, a researcher named Alexander Schauss discovered something interesting about the color pink. It was a very specific color of pink—a Pepto, bubblegum shade created by mixing a gallon of white latex paint with a pint of red semi-gloss outdoor paint. He was the director of life sciences at the American Institute for Biosocial Research in Tacoma, Washington, and deeply interested in the work of psychiatrist Max Luscher, who hypothesized that a person’s color preference hinted at their emotional state. Schauss was curious if the flip side of that hypothesis was true: Could looking at certain hues encourage physiological and emotional changes?

After years of (somewhat questionable) research, Schauss suggested that this very specific shade of pink could slow a test subject’s heart rate and even reduce a propensity for aggressive, violent behavior. He believed the color, called Baker-Miller pink, had a calming effect akin to what you might experience during yoga or meditation. How a color might do this is still debated. “I think it’s based on associations rather than physiology,” says NYU psychologist Adam Alter, who wrote a book, Drunk Tank Pink, that examines this phenomenon. “I’m open to being convinced otherwise, I just haven’t been yet.”

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That debate aside, people have glommed onto the idea, in part because it’s alluring to think a color could change one’s behavior or state of mind. It’s particularly attractive to designers in the sports world constantly seeking colors and materials that might give athletes even the tiniest advantage. A new sportswear startup called Vollebak uses Schauss’ research as the basis for a complex hoodie called, appropriately, Miller-Baker Pink. It’s defining feature is a mesh visor that casts everything in a soft pink hue, something Vollebak claims provides an increased state of calm.

Steve and Nick Tidball, twin brothers who are advertising creative directors and avid adventure sports athletes, started the company. After more than a decade competing in extreme sports, they say they’ve found few brands using smart design to intelligently address the problems they often faced. “A lot of brands are obsessed with what’s the new green or what’s the latest material that athletes would like to wear,” says Steve Tidball. “We approached it from what do I as an athlete need?”

What they as athletes needed was a way of calming their nerves the night before a big event. Tidball says they began by studying the parasympathetic nervous system, a division of the autonomic nervous system responsible for promoting states of rest in the body. The hoodie borders on obsessive in its dedication to designing for relaxation. The brothers knew they wanted to incorporate Schauss’ color theory to reduce heart rate, so they designed a hoodie with a mesh visor that gives a pink tint to everything you look at. (Relaxation bonus: The hoodie is like your own personal cave; you can see out at 80 percent visibility, but no one can see in.) But that’s only one part of the problem. “We started to think, how can design influence the way you breathe?” Tidball recalls. They designed the mesh visor so it naturally encouraged athletes to breath through the nose (there are small holes around the mouth to let air out), which ultimately slows down the rate of respiration. And they retooled the hoodie’s pockets so that when an athlete sticks his or her arms into the holes, they’re cradled like a broken arm in a sling. “Essentially it’s like wearing a straight jacket,” he says. The idea is to discourage the wearer from exerting any more energy than absolutely necessary.

There’s no doubt the hoodie was an intensely considered design challenge, and at $330, that effort shows. The price may be worth it if you’re the type who routinely climbs mountains or runs endurance races, but we think it sounds like a pretty good accessory for taking an afternoon nap, too.

Research Suggest Intelligent People Stay Up Later , Do More Drugs, And Have More

What is the mark of an intelligent mind in our day and age?  When we think of intelligent people, we may have been conditioned to envision them in a library somewhere studying.  We associate intelligence with social reservation and good behaviour. But what if the opposite were true?  What if the ones who are most intelligent are engaging in behaviours grandma and grandpa wouldn’t approve of?  Times have changed, and people who have a higher intelligence aren’t always interested in studying and following the rules.

This may sound a bit shocking, but a series of studies have come out showing that intelligent people stay up later, do more drugs, and have more sex. The people in our society who have the highest IQs are noctural and enjoy indulging in drugs and sex more often than people with a lower IQ.

Here is a list of the three studies that should completely change the way we think about intelligence and behaviour:

1) Intelligent People Are Night Owls



In a study published in Personality and Individual Differencesresearchers proposed the hypothesis that people who are of high intelligence will be drawn to evolutionarily novel behaviours.  Novel behaviours (new behaviours) are thought to be evolutionary advantageous because they expand our problem solving ability and provide us with new knowledge we can use to improve our lives.  It’s kind of like nature’s way of pushing itself to evolve and create something new.

They found that intelligent people are not only more likely to be liberal and free thinkers, they are also more likely to have different circadian rhythms (sleep cycles).

The study found that people with high childhood and adulthood IQs went to bed about half an hour later each night than people of normal intelligence, and 30 minutes later than people of lower intellectual ability.  They also wake up later by about the same margains as well.  This was true of both weekends and weekdays.

As the study concludes:

Survey of ethnographies of traditional societies suggests that nocturnal activities were probably rare in the ancestral environment, so the Hypothesis would predict that more intelligent individuals are more likely to be nocturnal than less intelligent individuals. The analysis of the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health) confirms the prediction.

The correlation from the study was very clear.  The higher the IQ, the later they tend to stay up.  And these results were concluded from a sample of over 20,000 people. If you or your children have a habit of staying up late and can’t seem to break it, that could actually be a good thing.  Instead of trying to force yourself to go to bed “on time”, use that time to do something creative.

2) Intelligent People Do More Drugs


Intelligent people aren’t just night owls, they also seem to be more into experimenting with drugs.  Sounds crazy right?  It didn’t make sense at first to me either.  Some of the least intelligent people I have ever met smoke and drink way too much.  But on average, if you have a higher IQ, you are more likely to experiment with drugs.

A National Child Development study reported on in Psychology Today, people who have high IQs both in childhood and adulthood are much more likely to experiment with psychoactive drugs than people with low IQs.  Why? Because psychoactive drugs are evolutionarily novel and different from the general behaviour of our ancestors.


According this study which was published in the UK in 2010:

Net of sex, religion, religiosity, marital status, number of children, education, earnings, depression, satisfaction with life, social class at birth, mother’s education, and father’s education, British children who are more intelligent before the age of 16 are more likely to consume psychoactive drugs at age 42 than less intelligent children.

…there is a clear monotonic association between childhood general intelligence and adult consumption of psychoactive drugs. “Very bright” individuals (with IQs above 125) are roughly three-tenths of a standard deviation more likely to consume psychoactive drugs than “very dull” individuals (with IQs below 75).

Another study published in 2011 in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health found that people who scored high in intelligent tests as children were much more likely to experiment with illegal drugs in their adulthood, especially cannabis.  Another study published in 2012 came upon the exact same discovery that intelligent children were more likely to use cannabis, amphetamines, and magic mushrooms later in life.


3) Intelligent People Have More Sex


Additionally, researchers in the UK  found that students studying at universities such as Oxford and Cambridge spent more money on sex toys than at other universities. “The correlation probably has something to do with the open-mindedness that comes with intelligence,” says Annalisa Rose, 23, who works at Honey, a high-end sex shop in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

“I think that the ability to engage in an open sex life comes with the abilities of introspection and logical thought, and those require some level of intelligence. If we’re talking about an open sex life that comes from an emotionally healthy place, sexual morals are mostly made up anyway and intelligent people can rationalize past them…High-achievers aim for excellence in all areas of their life, so it makes sense that achieving sexual happiness is one of their goals.”

This is quite the significant sociological finding.  Students studying at the worlds most elite universities also spend the most money on sex toys.  It also appears that the more prestigious the university, the more students have sex.  These findings which were reported on The Telegraph have sparked speculation that high intelligence might be correlated with an increased sex drive.

Here is a list the top 5 Universities that spend the most amount of money on sex toys per year:

1) Cambridge £9,793

2) Oxford £9,689

3) Manchester £5,441

4) Lancaster £4,103

5) York £3,751

What does this all mean?

Correlation does not imply causation.  This does not mean that staying up late, doing drugs, and experimenting with sex toys makes you more intelligent.  But it seems to be the case that people who naturally have a higher degree of intelligence partake in these activities naturally because they are drawn to them.  Maybe it is because of their openmindedness, their desire to expand their mind and their experience, or a biological urge to experiment with something novel.

Chances are, a lot of people reading this tend to stay up late and indulge in life’s pleasures.  This is not necessarily a bad thing, and it may even be a natural consequence of having an above average IQ.  These three studies completely shatter everything we would expect to be true about people of high intelligence.  It seems to be the intellectuals that are having the most fun.  I think it’s time we let go of old stereotypes.

Machines Can See Through That Poker Face .

When we try to mask our emotions, we never put on a perfect poker face. There are little “microexpressions,” but catching them when they happen is tough. Law enforcement officials have tried training agents to spot these cracks in other people’s emotional masks, but there’s been much debate whether some people have the sensory and cognitive skills to be trained in such a fine area.

Researchers now believe they’ve developed an artificial intelligence capable of catching and dissecting these microexpressions.

Singularity University’s Vivek Wadhwa details emerging technologies — including artificial intelligence — that we have to be smart about implementing.


Scientists say that machine vision has improved to the point where the computers outperform humans in areas of object and facial recognition. But being able to see the subtleties of expressions — the difference between a smile and a smirk — has also come a long way.

Xiaobai Li at the University of Oulu in Finland and his team believe they’ve developed a machine that rivals human capabilities in spotting and recognizing these microexpressions.

The barrier here was having a dataset to teach the computer in the first place. Machine learning requires a large database of information to work off of and getting such a niche database worth of microexpressions doesn’t sound like the easiest of tasks.

The MIT Technology Review agrees, writing that “much previous work has focused on posed expressions, but various psychologists have pointed out the limitations of this method, not least of which is that microexpressions look significantly different to posed expressions.”

However, Li and his team apparently tackled this by showing 20 participants a series of emotional videos. But incentive to not show emotion was given by the researchers telling participants they would have to fill out a long survey about any emotions they displayed while watching the videos. Tricky.

“Our method is the first system that has ever been tested on a hard, spontaneous microexpression data set, containing natural microexpressions,” the team said. “It outperforms humans at microexpression recognition by a significant margin, and performs comparably to humans at the combined microexpression spotting and recognition task.”

The possibilities of this technology could extend beyond law enforcement and psychology. There could be a Google Glass-type device for emotion sensing. However, I wonder if a computer taking over the ability to sense emotion would cripple some areas of our brains, making us incapable of recognizing emotions without it.

I can’t help but make a comparison to the GPS — a great piece of technology, but one that we’ve come to rely on so much that we’reincapable of finding our way without it now.

UMaine debuting ocean simulator to test sea-bound technology

Builders of everything from cruise ships and ports to oil rigs offshore wind turbines are tasked with the same question—will their work will be strong enough to stand up to the sea?

A miniature indoor ocean at the University of Maine could make for a lot less guessing.

The school’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center is ready to unveil a $13.8 million expansion that director Habib Dagher said will simulate a stormy ocean to help innovators find out if their creations can withstand the sea’s fury.

The indoor facility, six years in the making, will be able to simulate waves over 100 feet tall and winds of more than 200 mph on scale models to test products, Dagher said. The university will unveil the facility, the centerpiece of which is a 100-foot pool that uses 32 fans and 16 paddles to generate wind and waves, at a Monday ceremony.

“It’s really advancing society by better understanding the ocean—the way things survive in the ocean,” Dagher said.

The W2 Ocean Engineering Laboratory will test the strength and seaworthiness of structures such as boats; offshore wind, tidal and wave energy facilities; aquaculture ventures; oil and gas equipment and critical infrastructure such as ports and bridges, Dagher said.

It will also be able to use models of coastal cities—Dagher mentions possibilities like Portland, Maine, and New York City—to simulate how they will be impacted by , he said. That will help test potential protective measures for those cities, he said.

UMaine debuting ocean simulator to test sea-bound technology
In this Friday, Nov. 20, 2015, photo, Habib Dagher, left, director of the University of Maine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center, and Anthony Viselli, manager of Offshore Model Testing and Structural Design, examine a wind machine at an indoor wave pool at the University of Maine in Orono, Maine. The wind machine can simulate hurricane conditions on a 1:50 scale. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

The facility is already attracting interest from builders, as workers were testing a model of a facility that would harness energy from waves. A half-dozen businesses have lined up to use it over the next few weeks, Dagher said.

“We’re already getting calls from a lot of wind energy folks. There’s no facility that can do this right now,” said Anthony Viselli, the manager of the facility and project manager of its equipment’s construction.

Dozens of representatives from Maine industry plan to attend Monday’s unveiling, including Peter Vigue, chairman and CEO of Cianbro Companies, which oversaw the construction of the building. He said the facility is important for luring offshore business to Maine.

UMaine debuting ocean simulator to test sea-bound technology
In this Friday, Nov. 20, 2015, photo, paddles that are part of a wave generator line one end of an indoor wave pool and wind tunnel at the University of Maine in Orono, Maine, that is part of the school’s expansion of its Advanced Structures and Composites Center. The center’s director says with the new equipment, they will be able to simulate a stormy ocean to help innovators find out if their creations can withstand the sea. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

“Technology like this will be of significant value going forward in attracting other companies to our state that are in that industry,” he said.

The simulated at the university’s campus in Orono was funded by a combination of public and private grants, Dagher said.

UMaine debuting ocean simulator to test sea-bound technology
In this Friday, Nov. 20, 2015, photo, Habib Dagher, director of the University of Maine’s Advanced Structures discusses the school’s new indoor wave pool in Orono, Maine. Dagher is the architect of the university’s offshore wind project, VolturnUS.(AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
UMaine debuting ocean simulator to test sea-bound technology
In this Friday, Nov. 20, 2015, photo, a technician steadies a skiff at the “beach” end in an indoor wave pool and wind tunnel at the University of Maine in Orono, Maine. The university’s new 90-foot-long wind-wave basin is capable of simulating some of the worst conditions at sea at a 1:50 scale. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
UMaine debuting ocean simulator to test sea-bound technology
In this Friday, Nov. 20, 2015, photo, technicians check equipment from a skiff in an indoor wave pool and wind tunnel at the University of Maine in Orono, Maine, that is part of the school’s expansion of its Advanced Structures and Composites Center. The center’s director says with the new equipment, they will be able to simulate a stormy ocean to help innovators find out if their creations can withstand the sea. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
UMaine debuting ocean simulator to test sea-bound technology
In this Friday, Nov. 20, 2015, photo, Habib Dagher, director of the University of Maine’s Advanced Structures, carries a bag containing the composite material used to create the cement-filled arched tubes behind him at a lab at the school in Orono, Maine. Dagher is the primary inventor of the award-winning composite arch bridge system known as the “Bridge-in-a-Backpack,” and the leader of the school’s new wind-wave basin. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
UMaine debuting ocean simulator to test sea-bound technology

Best Ayurvedic Tips For Weight Loss

Best Ayurvedic Tips For Weight Loss.

Best Ayurvedic Tips For Weight Loss.

Obesity is one of the most dreaded lifestyle ailments today and is spreading like an epidemic all across the world. Owing to slavery to the taste buds and lethargic living conditions, being obese and overweight is affecting all age groups and either sex. The main problem with weight gain is that not only does it affect the confidence and mental stability of the obese person (making him easy target to mockery), overweight and obesity lays foundation of many other serious diseases. No doubt, weight loss is much sought after by one and all.


Weight Loss in Ayurvedic Dosha Types

According to Ayurveda philosophy, Kapha type of individual (having more of water and earth in their constitution) is more likely to gain weight easily. Although, the Vata types having more of air and ether, would generally be skinny and devoid of much fat. The fire types or Pitta dosha personalities who are generally gifted with proportional body weight, could be gaining weight just in case they lose their balance.

In the case of weight gain or obesity, it is believed that the Kapha dosha gets accumulated which further slows down the fat metabolism and leads to the disease of obesity. Therefore, Ayurveda believes that of the three basic dosha types, those people who have more of Kaha dosha in their system generally have a low BMR and gain weight easily. Thus, for weight loss, the Kapha types need to be more strict and careful with themselves both in the terms of diet intake and undertaking exercise routine.


Ayurvedic Tips for Weight loss

  • So as to bring down the body weight, or the Medha dhatu, it is regarded essential to practice daily exercise not only of the body, but also of the mind.
  • Many Yoga exercises have been specified for the purpose of easy weight loss. Also, there are deep breathing exercises, or Pranayama, which can be undertaken so as to accelerate your weight loss program.
  • The habit of sleeping in the daytime is to be discouraged.
  • Dry massages and enemas prove helpful for weight loss.
  • The weight loss dry massage technique which is called as Udvartana is an effective remedy for weight gain and obesity. It provides weight loss, tones the skin, removes cellulite, loosens fat molecules and eliminates them from the sub-cutaneous level and removes Kapha toxins from the body.
  • A glass of lukewarm water along with a few drops of lemon juice and half a teaspoon honey is to be taken on an empty stomach first thing in the morning.


Yoga therapy for Weight Loss

Yoga therapy when undertaken along with Ayurvedic diet and lifestyle plan for weight loss, in the form of Yoga asanas, Yoga techniques and Pranayama, helps in providing considerable weight loss. Yoga asanas like Trikon asana, Bhujang asana, Surya Namaskar and deep breathing techniques like Bastrika pranayama and kapal bhati pranayama are some of the effective yoga poses for weight loss.

Yoga sessions work wonderfully well with Ayurvedic therapies for weight loss. These help to make you eat only what is needed for the body and the urge to eat more and frequently will disappear on its own. This is the reason why Ayurvedic weight loss program with Yoga practice is the most successful program. Once you are hooked on it you will stay with it, and the body slowly returns to its normal weight and keeps it.


Mudra Therapy for Weight Loss

Surya Mudra is another effective therapy recommended in Yoga for weight loss. The ring finger is made to settle at the root of the thumb, with the thumb exerting a little pressure on the ring finger. As this alignment tends to increase warmth in the body systems, it is generally recommended to be practiced for fifteen to twenty minutes daily.


Ayurvedic Analysis of Weight Gain and Obesity

Obesity or Aatisthula or Medho Roga as referred in Ayurveda text is regarded to be one among the eight ‘nindya prakruties’ (undesirable constitution) of the body.  In the Ayurvedic texts, Charaka has described; obesity is one of them and is described as ‘Medoroga’. In an Obese person, individual Medas (Fat) is excessively nourished and remaining other Dhatus (tissues) get malnourished.


Ayurvedic Medicine for Weight Loss

Some Ayurvedic medicines and herbal medicinal formulations like Trifla churan, Mandoor bhasm, Swarnmakshik bhasm, guggulu and shilajit are available in the markets and can help in weight loss. Medicinal formulations like Medhohar guggul or Triushanaadi loha are generally prescribed. These should be taken under a qualified Ayurvedic doctor’s supervision. These would mainly help in weight loss provided other diet and lifestyle measures for weight loss are followed.


Ayurvedic Diet for Weight loss

Food items sweet in taste should be decreased in daily diet schedule and at the same time intake of diet components containing pungent, astringent and bitter tastes should be encouraged. Food items like oats,barley, honey, pulses like moong and arhar, and herbs like dried ginger, bitter gourd, aamla, soye etc. help in removing excess body fat and aid in weight loss.