Monthly Archives: August 2015

Google’s Android Wear smartwatches now work with iPhones

Google wants to make sure it gets smartwatches powered by its software on as many wrists as possible — even if that means treading into enemy territory.

The search giant on Monday said smartwatches that run Android Wear, the Google-made software tailored for wearable devices, will now work with Apple’s iPhones.

That move is a major shift in Google’s approach to smartwatches. Up until now, Android Wear smartwatches — made by hardware vendors including Samsung, Motorola and LG — only worked with Android-based smartphones. By connecting to iPhone users, Google expands its potential crop of customers — Apple sold 47.5 million iPhones in the last quarter alone.Google is likely hoping that making Android Wear smartwatches more widely usable will entice iPhone owners mulling a smartwatch purchase to consider an option other than the Apple Watch, which only works with the iPhone. Apple’s first wearable has become the world’s most popular smartwatch within its first few months on the market this year, according to research firm Strategy Analytics.

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A Glass Of Red Wine A Day Slows Cognitive Decline

We often see conflicting studies about food all over the Internet. One day cow’s milk is good for you, the next cow’s milk is harmful to your health. But, when it comes to wine, it seems people across the board are in agreement: a glass of red wine a day is good for your health. In fact, red wine could do more than just enhance your food. It can preserve your memory for longer, researchers say.

Scientists at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago released findings of a new study funded by the National Institute on Aging that was published in Alzheimer’s & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer’s Association. The study showed that just one drink of red wine a day may delay dementia in those at risk from the disease and keep the mind sharp.

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This Will Make You Think Twice Before Eating Ramen Noodles Again

Instant ramen noodles are a staple in college dorms and are also embraced by those who are looking for a quick and filling snack around the world. China has the highest per-capita consumption of instant noodles, but the US does not come in far behind, ranking sixth in instant noodle sales after China and Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, India, and Vietnam.

This junk food satisfies a salty craving and is fine to have every once in a while, right? Unfortunately, research shows that ramen might be a lot more detrimental to your health than was once believed. Here are some reasons why dried noodles are not the safest food to consume.

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7 Things That Happen When You Stop Eating Sugar

News flash: We’re all dipped in honey and rolled in sprinkles. The average person shovels in 300 calories from added sugar every day, according to a recent report  from the University of North Carolina. Roughly 20% of Americans exceed 700 calories of added sugar on a daily basis. That’s an entire cup of sugar. Whoa.

“Not only are we getting added sugar from obvious places like cakes, candy, and soda, but it’s also coming from healthier-sounding packaged products like salad dressing, pasta sauce, and yogurt,” says Elyse Powell, one of the report’s coauthors and a doctoral researcher at UNC. (To be clear, by “added sugar” we’re talking about the super-processed sweet stuff you’d add to a batch of cookies, not the natural sugars found in whole fruit, veggies, and plain milk.)

The big takeaway from that UNC report: Most of us could stand to cut back on sugar. The American Heart Association suggests women stick to 6 teaspoons or less of added sugar daily. That’s roughly 25 grams, or 100-calories worth, if you’re checking food labels.

Exactly what you’ll experience when you ditch the sweet stuff will depend on the size of your sugar habit; people on the high end of the sugar-consumption spectrum show “addict”-like withdrawal symptoms, including anxiety, restlessness, and even depression,

But assuming you’re like the average American, there are a few things you can expect to happen once you wrestle your sugar habit back into its cage.

1. Your heart will do a happy dance.

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The New Reason Why Going Gluten-Free Won’t Help You Lose Weight

Think nixing gluten will help you lose weight? You’re not alone: According to a 2013 survey, 27% of Americans believe that eliminating gluten from their diets will help them shed excess pounds. High profile celebs like Miley Cyrus and Victoria Beckham say the GF-lifestyle has helped them lose weight, too. The only problem? There is absolutely no evidence or reason to support that belief, says a new paper published in the Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.

“There is a desire among Americans to search for some sort of magic bullet that’s going to solve a lot of their health problems,” says Glenn Gaesser, PhD, author of the research and director of the Healthy Lifestyles Research Center at Arizona State University. “But we couldn’t find a single study published that supports a weight loss claim for a gluten-free diet.”

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According to Gaesser, there are only three reasons anyone should go on a gluten-free diet: 

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After that…

Women experience more emotional pain following a breakup than men, researchers have found.

They reported higher levels of both physical and emotional pain.

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Once upon a starry night

Once upon a starry night

In Hong Kong’s culinary firmament there are 88 Michelin stars. One evening, Dong Fangyu was lucky enough to get a taste of just one of them.

Competition among restaurants in the food paradise that is Hong Kong is fierce, and the latest Michelin guide underlines that fact, its pages including 64 establishments there that bear those much sought-after stars.

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7 Ways to Think and Stay Young

The old saying goes, “You’re only as young as you feel.” But we live in a tough world. How can we possibly keep a youthful outlook on life when we have bills to pay, mouths to feed, and a roof to keep over our heads? While it’s true that we’ll certainly never be able to relive the carefree days of our childhood, we can live our lives to their fullest potential, and in doing so stay as fresh and invigorated as we were when we were young.

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10 Crazy Paradoxes That Will Blow Your Mind

A paradox is a premise that contradicts itself. It’s a situation that seems to defy logic by producing an inconsistency that goes against common sense. Most logical paradoxes are known to be invalid arguments. However, they are still valuable for promoting critical thinking and sometimes proving a point by contradiction. Teasing your mind and question everything you think you know makes for great intellectual activity. Indeed, the closer you examine things, the more you’ll start to discover paradoxes all around you.

Here are some of the most fascinating paradoxes you should know about. These will boggle your mind every time you read or think about them. Enjoy!

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2 Moves To Energize And Firm Your Legs

To counteract fat caused by too much sitting, simply lie back and put your feet up. Here are two moves for firming, lifting, and shaping your rear end and thighs that employ this principle. These lower-body toners use a stability ball and are done in a reclining position, so they’re easier on your knees than squats are. Keeping your legs elevated throughout each exercise also works your abs and increases circulation to energize your legs and reduce the risk of varicose veins. Do 2 or 3 sets of 10 to 12 reps of each move, 3 nonconsecutive days a week.

BRIDGE ROLL

A. Lie on your back with arms at sides and heels on ball. Lift hips, lower back, and midback off floor.

B. Bend knees and roll ball in toward rear. Hold for a second, then extend legs. Repeat. For more of a challenge, extend one leg toward ceiling and roll ball using only one leg at a time. (Not recommended if you have back or neck problems.)

CORKSCREW

A. Lie on your back, knees bent, and place ball between ankles. Squeeze ball and extend legs into air.

B. Rotate legs and ball to right, lowering right leg. Hold for a second, then rotate to left, raising right leg and lowering left. Hold and repeat. For more of a challenge, hold legs at a 45-degree angle to floor and rotate.

For extra insurance against varicose veins and swelling, lie with legs propped up on the ball for 5 to 10 minutes a day.

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