This web site is to advocate for a ban on housing deficits, cities with housing deficits should not be allowed to have height limits on residential apartment buildings.
Key Ideas: If you want stability and progress, you need negative feedback. Positive feedback leads to instability. Recognize that the society has a finite amount of resources. To achieve success, acknowledge the laws of physics/fysik and what cognitive science is finding about the human brain. Insurance and government help are for unplanned events. Planned events should be paid for by the planner.

The amount of Fossil Fuel Consumed by workers and students who commute into a city or university due to lack of housing should be the main factor in determining how sustainable that city/university is:
Yet, this is frequently omitted from measures of sustainability, just having few solar panels is a drop in the bucket when 1 looks at the total fossil fuel consumption. Electric Cars are NOT fossil fuel free. To be honest, you should take into consideration the amount of fossil fuel consumed at the power plant, that is required to generate the electricity used by an electric vehicle. The amount of fossil fuel consumed in building and maintaining the roads and freeways should also be included. The amount fossil fuel consumed in treating victims of automobile accidents should also be included.
Electric cars might pollute much more than petrol or diesel-powered cars
Electric car factories also emitted more toxic waste than conventional car factories(http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-19830232)

The point I want to make is 1 floor of commercial space creates demand for 10-25 floors of residential space, this is often underestimated and the housing never gets build. This results in a chronic shortage of housing.
In modern offices, you can have 1 person every 2-4 m^2, but a family of 4 needs > 100 m^2 to live comfortably. This means 1 floor of commercial space creates demand for 25-50 floors of residential space of the same surface area.
To understand why housing can become very expensive, consider the situation where 5 housing units are available and 500 workers need them. The algorithm that the landlord executes is keep increasing the price until only 5 people can afford the 5 units.
To bring down the cost of housing, you should get to a situation, where if 500 housing units are needed by workers > 600 units are available and now competition among landlords start to the benefit of the renters.
Another reason residential buildings should be allowed to exceed 17 stories is in steel framed buildings, when the height exceeds 17 stories, the incremental cost of adding an extra floor starts going down. Thus building 1 17 stories building is cheaper than building 2 8 stories building and it uses less carbon too. Also, the higher a building, the less infrastructures resources/floor, such as sidewalk and street lighting is used.
Housing should be added on top of steel framed buildings, so they exceed 17 stories, because then, the incremental cost of adding 1 floor of apartments starts going down.
We need a state law that forces every city to be balanced and that forces every city to house its workers and students (number of housing units > (4 * number of jobs) + number of university students), the law should not allow any University or college to expand without supplying the additional housing required by the expansion. Cities with housing deficits should not be allowed to have height limits on residential apartment buildings, nor should they be allowed to have new commercial development.
Every city and university should think of itself as a cruise ship or a small island and be required to house all its workers and students.
Another possibility is to get US census figures on the number of people living in the US and the number of jobs. The ratio should give an approximate estimate of minimum acceptable number of housing units/job. There should also be a slight surplus of housing in every city to house people displaced due to catastrophes.

Forcing a developer to set aside 20 units of affordable housing when > 20000 people need them is a drop in the bucket. What proportion of affordable housing needs is this policy solving? All the eco/green programs won't work if you don't tackle overpopulation, housing deficits and suburban sprawl and honestly take into consideration the full cost of transportation.
Simple example on how to make housing expensive: build office space to employ 25000 people and build housing for only 100!! here you created demand for 100000 housing units ( 25000 and their families), but you built 100 units, thus you created a shortage of 99900 housing units. Another way, housing costs are increased is by increasing the cost of production. Frequently, city bureaucracies force housing developers to conduct study after study after study that end up adding millions of dollars to the cost of construction, then imbecilic city regulations force housing developers to build large amounts of parking space, that also greatly adds to the cost of construction (1 parking space costs around $30000 to build) and then these same politicians want to encourage people to go car free!!
The U.S. antitrust laws are supposed to prohibit this scenario. The main act that was passed in Congress is called the Sherman act. According to the book " Antitrust Law " by Philip Areeda and Herbert Hovenkamp(http://www.amazon.com/Antitrust-Law-Phillip-E-Areeda/dp/073552694X)
call number kf1649 a741 copy 1 page 4, the general goal of the Sherman Act is to promote "competition" and "maximize consumer welfare by encouraging firms to behave competitively".
It seems to me that zoning laws that enact a maximum height limit and put other restrictions on housing do the exact opposite of the Sherman Act: They minimize consumer (consumers of the housing commodity) welfare by encouraging firms (providers of the housing commodity) to behave NON competitively.
From the state of California booklet on antitrust:
On page 3, under " Other agreements among competitors ", I notice that output limitations are almost always illegal. Cities, in the name of Landlords and Property Owners, enact zoning laws that limit the amount of housing using height limits, allowing only single family homes etc. The consequence of these zoning laws is it is impossible to build enough housing to house all the workers and students who work or go to school in that city. No matter how you cut it, a City does not have the RIGHT TO SIMULTANEOUSLY ALLOW THE BUILDING OF OFFICES AND UNIVERSITIES AND PROHIBIT THE BUILDING OF THE NECESSARY HOUSING to meet the demand generated by those buildings. To protect consumers, construction of offices and universities should be accompanied by the construction of more than enough housing to meet the additional demand for housing generated by the additional construction of offices and universities. I believe this matter is the MOTHER OF ALL ANTITRUST cases. The antitrust laws should be clarified and amended to ban housing deficits and force every city to be balanced and be capable of housing all its workers and students.

Proposal to include the full energy cost of transportation on measures of sustainability for buildings and cities:
Intellectual honesty requires that the full energy cost of transportation be included in the measures of sustainability for buildings and cities.
Let Si and Sj be 2 structures. A structure can be a building, a city or some other surface area.
Let Tij be a transportation trip between Si and Sj,
Energy is used in at least the following activities:
construction and maintenance of the vehicle used in the trip
construction and maintenance of the infrastructure/road used in the trip
completing the trip
treating and compensating victims of accidents caused by the trip

To account for the contribution of Tij to the energy cost of an object, we take the total energy cost for the lifespan of the object and amortize it for what is used in Tij
Example if a vehicle lasts for 1 million Km, Tij's contribution would be = (cost of construction and maintenance of the vehicle over its entire lifespan of 1 million Km) x (distance of Tij)/1 million Km

Energy cost of Tij = Energy consumed to complete Tij + Average Energy consumed in building and maintaining the road used by Tij + Average Energy consumed in treating victims of automobile accidents + Contribution of Tij to the building and maintenance of the vehicles used in Tij
Total transportation cost for Si = 1/2 x (cost of all transportation trips starting or ending in Si)
This will account for the cost of all transportation trips. For a Tii starting and ending in Si, the full cost will be assigned to Si
Example Samsung's new Silicon Valley headquarters 102,000 sq m and features a 10-story office tower is claimed to be sustainable(http://www.gizmag.com/samsung-silicon-valley-headquarters-nbbj/28251/)
It will employ 2000 people, if due to lack of housing within walking distance for the 2000 employees and their families, the average employee drives solo > 100 Km/day for 300 days/year
Under these conditions, we get > 2000 x 100 x 300 = 60 million Km of vehicle traffic/year

The following shows that high-rise steel framed building represent an economic solution for housing people:
Construction crew in the south-central Chinese city of Changsha has completed a 15-story hotel in just 6 days (http://news.yahoo.com/s/yblog_upshot/20101112/bs_yblog_upshot/chinese-workers-build-15-story-hotel-in-just-six-days)
In 2012, the Chinese sustainable building company, Broad Group, has yet attempted another impossible feat, building a 30-story tall hotel prototype in 360 hours, after building a 15-story building in a week earlier in 2011 (http://www.my-architecture.com/news/30story-building-built-in-15-days)

The following shows the devastation of chronic housing deficits on low income workers:
26% of (US) renters are paying more than half their pre-tax income for housing (rent plus utilities). This is the highest in over 50 years. (http://www.city-data.com/forum/politics-other-controversies/1263285-news-bite-26-renters-pay-50-a-2.html)

About 24.8% of renter householders within the Boston region were spending more than half their pre-tax income on housing and utilities in 2009, up from 19.7% in 2000 (http://www.bostonreb.com/2011/04/boston-condos-buy-vs-rent-debate/)

Housing is the most expensive part of a college education. For example The crown for most expensive housing belongs to the University of California, Berkeley (http://biz.yahoo.com/special/luxury081706_article1.html)

UC Berkeley Professors Face High Home Prices, Limited Housing Back in 1960, a first-year UC Berkeley assistant professor could afford to buy a home in Berkeley with a median salary of $7,008 and median home price at $16,600, making the price-to-income ratio 2.4, according to the City of Berkeley Housing Element of the General Plan from 2001 Today, two first-year assistant professors cannot afford a home together in Berkeley on salaries alone. For an entry UC Berkeley assistant professor making $80,000 annually, the median cost of a Berkeley home, $769,500 , is more than 9 times his or her salary. (http://archive.dailycal.org/article/103506/uc_berkeley_professors_face_high_home_prices_limit)

San Francisco Bay Area households spend up to 2/3 of their income on transportation and housing costs, a severe burden that leaves workers with insufficient resources for other basic needs. The high combined costs of housing and transportation $41,420 per year represents 59% of the median household income (http://www.bayareaburden.org/ and http://bayareaburden.org/the-report/)

1 more reason to outlaw housing deficits: commuting by car or public transport, compared to walking or cycling, has a negative impact on health (http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-10/bc-c-b102811.php)

greater commuting distances are associated with decreased cardiorespiratory fitness, increased weight, and other indicators of metabolic risk(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2012-05/ehs-lcm050212.php)

Whether your neighborhood is conducive to walking could determine your risk for developing diabetes(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2012-09/smh-rod091712.php)

Cutting out short auto trips and replacing them with mass transit and active transport would yield major health benefits, The biggest health benefit was due to replacing half of the short trips with bicycle trips during the warmest 6 months of the year, saving about $3.8 billion per year from avoided mortality and reduced health care costs for conditions like obesity and heart disease (http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-11/uow-iuo103111.php)

Suburbanization: The impact on energy use, CO2 emissions. The report looks at studies on compact, mixed-use development where people live in denser environments with jobs and shopping close by, to determine whether a shift to this type of land use could lessen vehicle use, energy consumption, and CO2 emissions(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2009-08/naos-sti082809.php)
Risk of death from injuries is lowest on average in urban counties compared to suburban and rural counties across the US(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-07/uops-mco072213.php)
late stage liver condition, known as minimal hepatic encephalopathy (MHE), is associated with impaired driving skills and greater risk of motor vehicle accidents, this means people with minimal hepatic encephalopathy should not drive(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2012-03/w-dat032712.php)

Frequency and distance at which drivers with moderate levels of blurred vision and cataracts recognize pedestrians at night was severely reduced, even when the drivers have passed the required vision test. This means drivers with moderate levels of blurred vision and cataracts should not drive. 1 more reason to ban housing deficits and switch to a pedestrian oriented society.(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2012-04/afri-cas041012.php)

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates there are 15 pedal-misapplication crashes a month in the United States, and the drivers in almost 2/3 of such crashes are women Drivers aged 16 to 20 and those 76 or older were most likely to be involved in pedal-misapplication crashes The single factor that may explain over-involvement in pedal-misapplication crashes at both ends of the driver-age distribution is poor executive function The relevant areas of the brain do not fully develop until young adulthood, and have been shown to decline with advanced age Gas pedal accidents gained notoriety in 2003 when an 86-year-old male driver mistakenly stepped on the gas pedal of his car instead of the brake and then panicked, plowing into an open-air market in Santa Monica, California. 10 people were killed and 63 injured(http://hosted2.ap.org/COGRA/APUSnews/Article_2012-04-13-Auto%20Accidents-Gas%20Pedal/id-2ec633bf4fc1426a8ec87fd9a3cec56e)

Is it Safe to Drive with My Arm in a Cast? Splints, casts, slings and other devices used for post-surgical immobilization, and the treatment of fractures and dislocations in the upper extremities, may seriously diminish a driver's ability to control the wheel. A lower extremity injury, cast or splint may limit a driver's ability to use a car brake or gas pedal(http://newsroom.aaos.org/media-resources/news/is-it-safe-to-drive-with-my-arm-in-a-cast.htm)

Halting climate change will require "a fundamental and disruptive overhaul of the global energy system" to eradicate harmful carbon dioxide emissions, not just stabilize them(http://news.uci.edu/press-releases/major-cuts-to-surging-co2-emissions-are-needed-now-not-down-the-road-study-finds)
Consequence of ignoring housing deficits and irresponsible breeding: Global temperatures are close to 11,000-year peak. Planet is set to get hotter than at any time since last ice age by end of century(http://www.nature.com/news/global-temperatures-are-close-to-11-000-year-peak-1.12564)
By the middle of the 21st century there will be an average 56% drop in the amount of water stored in peak snowpack in the McKenzie River watershed of the Oregon Cascade Range and that similar impacts may be found on low-elevation maritime snow packs around the world. The elevation zone from 1,000 to 1,500 meters will lose the greatest volume of stored water, and some locations at that elevation could lose more than 80 days of snow cover in an average year. Globally, maritime snow comprises about 10% of the Earth's seasonal snow cover. Snowmelt is a source of water for more than 1 billion people. Precipitation is highly sensitive to temperature and can fall as rain, snow, or a rain-snow mix.(http://oregonstate.edu/ua/ncs/archives/2013/jul/global-warming-cut-snow-water-storage-56-percent-oregon-watershed)
Satellite images show how Lake Chad has been reduced from 25000km2 in 1963 to just 1300km2 in 2011. It was 25m deep din 1981 ago; it is 1m deep in 2011(http://mg.co.za/article/2011-02-15-climate-change-and-africas-vanishing-lake/)
global warming is resulting in the spread of crop pests towards the North and South Poles at a rate of nearly 3 km/year(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-09/uoe-soc082913.php)

Car crashes cost U.S. $300 Billion a year:
According to AAA each traffic fatality costs an average of $6 million dollars
According to AAA: Fatal motor vehicle crash costs $6 million and the average cost of an injury-only crash is $126,000
(http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/story/2011-11-02/fatal-vehicle-crashes-cost-millions/51051030/1 and http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-500202_162-57317446/car-crashes-cost-u.s-$300b-a-year-aaa/)
The embarrassing question that should be asked is who pays for the victims of underinsured drivers. It should NOT be the victims of underinsured drivers.
Victims of underinsured private transport vehicle drivers should be compensated the same as if the injury was caused by a public transport vehicle.
Anything less would be a subsidy to private transport vehicles and a mentality of blaming the victims of underinsured drivers.
In 2011, Liability insurance for private transport vehicles should be $6 million dollars indexed to inflation, which is an accurate reflection of the cost of driving.
States should have to adequately compensate victims of underinsured drivers before being able to use federal highway transportation funds for building and maintaining the transportation infrastructure.
Private transport vehicles should have to pay an additional charge/Km, that is also a function of the risk profile of the driver, that would go into a fund, which would be used to compensate the Victims of underinsured drivers.
Victims of underinsured drivers should get compensated the same as if the injury was caused by a public transport vehicle, the fund could then try to collect from underinsured drivers.
If everybody is adequately insured, the extra tax/Km would go down to 0.
The state and DMV, that allow underinsured drivers should have to make up the difference that automobile insurance and the extra tax/Km cannot pay.
This will give states and DMVs the incentives to keep risky drivers off the road and automobile insurance adequate to be able to pay for the damage caused by private transport vehicles.
There should be NO subsidy to the the transportation infrastructure, building and maintaining the transportation infrastructure should be paid for entirely by users of the transportation infrastructure, just as users of the electric infrastructure fully pay for the electric infrastructure.

For example, who is supposed to pay for the treatment and care of Victims of underinsured drivers, that fall into the following categories:
SCI = chronic spinal cord injury
Spinal Cord. 2000 Jun;38(6):331-9.
Megacolon in patients with chronic spinal cord injury
CONCLUSION:Megacolon is a highly prevalent disorder in individuals with chronic spinal cord injury. Our findings suggest that the presence of megacolon may be predicted in older individuals, and in those who are more than 10 years post-SCI. We also found that clinical constipation was frequently present in individuals with megacolon, despite their significantly greater use of laxative(http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10889561)

Toxic megacolon following spinal cord injury
full article in Pa Med. 1984 Dec;87(12):51-2.(http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/6542646)

Late-life spinal cord injury and aging with a long term injury
J Spinal Cord Med. 1995 Jul;18(3):183-93.
Spinal cord injuries were usually the result of automobile accidents in individuals injured younger than 50 years of age and falls in individuals injured when older than 50 years of age. Patients surviving late life injury are much more likely to have incomplete injuries predominantly affecting the cervical spine. A number of conditions were found to be more prevalent in older patients. These included carpal tunnel syndrome, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, myocardial infarction, diabetes, kidney stones, pressure ulcers and hypertension(http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7552423)

Example of the constant subsidy to the automobility memone, that reveals its parasitic nature, check the story of Declara Co-Founder Ramona Pierson (http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-09-26/declara-co-founder-ramona-piersons-comeback-odyssey)



Stairs should be open to the public:
In 2011, there is an epidemic of Movement Deficit Underactivity Disorder and type 2 diabetes. Yet, the Stairs of lot of highrise buildings are closed to the public forcing them to use the elevator even when going a couple of floors.
There should be a very simple law: if you can go between 2 floors using the elevator, you should have the option of using the stairs. There should be a heavy fine (> $10000/day indexed to inflation) for buildings that close their stairs.
Stairs should have handles on both sides allowing people to use both arms while climbing stairs. This will also prevent falling. If wider stairs are needed, multiple lanes can be built with handles as separators.
Having 1 spiral ramp instead of 2nd set of stairs is helpful, it will help folks in wheelchairs to be evacuated in case of power failure. It also helps moving things on wheels between floors without using the elevators.
Elevators should generate energy when going down.

Hanging your laundry should never be prohibited:
This is a cheap low tech way of using solar and wind energy.

Better Approach to affordable housing:
  1. Outlaw housing deficits at the state, federal or world level and force every city to be balanced as described above.
  2. Give rent stamps to help low income people.
  3. In the meantime, if a developer provides > 15% affordable housing, there should be no height limit and no parking requirements.
Darwinian algorithm to improve the efficiency of bureaucracies and organizations
If you want stability and progress, you need negative feedback. This algorithm provides negative feedback by allowing memes/memones to compete against each other.
Assume M man hours are allocated to a set of job duties. As an example, assume M = 4x40 man hours = 160 man hours
1-setup a competition among several groups doing similar job duties and announce a monetary reward to the group that can do it in the least amount of time for a specified interval of time, t0, such as 1 year.
2-At the end of the specified interval of time, t0, the group that wins would have done its job duties in M0 < M, gets the monetary reward and teaches the other what methods/tricks it used to improve the efficiency. As an example, assume M0 = 4x35 man hours = 140 man hours
3-for the next specified interval of time, t1, M0 becomes the man hours allocated to the original set of job duties
4-Organization splits profits 50-50 with workers: work week is reduced to 35-36 hours/week (allowing for a fudge factor) ang get paid (36+40)/2 = 38 hours/week
Organization should not lay off people, but rather reduce the work of all workers and split profits 50-50 with workers
Iteration is repeated.
Improvements in efficiency and productivity should be shared by all to create a win win situation. This also means an end to a guaranteed full-time job.
A friend of mine has calculated that in the last 80 years, productivity has improved by 2% / year. This means to accomplish the same things we did in 40 Hours/week 80 years ago, we need to work 40 * (0.98)**80 = 7.94 Hrs/week today.

Assume we want 2.5 x the things we had 80 years ago, It means we have to work 19.86 < 20 Hrs/week today. My point is there has to be a reduction in the work week for everybody to work.

1 question that people who object should answer: If you are in charge of setting the work week, what algorithm do you use to determine it.
If you look at human society as an organism, as the organism becomes more efficient, it has to work less. We cannot afford to ignore this simple fact.
Please support a policy that promotes full enjoyment rather than full employment.
Sleep disorders common among police officers, maybe it is time to employ police officers < 30 hrs/wk this way municipalities never have to pay overtime (http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-12/jaaj-sdc121511.php)
Men who are unemployed > 2 years show signs of faster aging in their DNA(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-11/icl-lum111813.php)

Reducing consumption and salaries as well as working hours, while maintaining workplaces, can have a positive effective on people's wellbeing, unemployment, unstable jobs and economic vulnerability caused by the crisis have a very important negative effect on the quality of life. The results of the study demonstrate that climate change mitigation policies need not reduce the level of happiness of individuals in the long term. Their effect can even be positive if they are accompanied by measures to reduce working hours and consumption standards, while maintaining work stability.(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2014-03/uadb-edc031214.php)

the following shows the impossibility of continued exponential growth in energy use (http://physics.ucsd.edu/do-the-math/2011/07/galactic-scale-energy/)

and the impossibility of continued exponential growth in the economy (http://physics.ucsd.edu/do-the-math/2011/07/can-economic-growth-last/)
Reality check about renewable energy(http://www.thebulletin.org/web-edition/columnists/dawn-stover/reality-check)
big data centers, the global backbone of the Internet, could slash their greenhouse gas emissions by 88% by switching to efficient, off-the-shelf equipment and improving energy management(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-07/su-j1071913.php)

You don't need to be Albert Einstein to conclude the impossibility of continued growth in human population

From (http://www.marxists.org/archive/mehring/1893/histmat/02.htm)
In Danzig in 1529 Anton Müller discovered the so-called ribbon-loom (also called a small-wares loom), which produced from 4 to 6 pieces of cloth at the same time, but, since the City Council was afraid that this discovery could make paupers of a large number of the workers, they suppressed it, and had the inventor secretly drowned or strangled. In Leyden the same machine was used in 1629, but the lacemakers' riots forced the authorities to ban it. In Germany, it was banned by Imperial Edicts in 1685 and in 1719. In Hamburg it was burned in public on the instructions of the magistrates.
In the case of Anton Müller, it would have been better to enjoy the benefits of his invention, cut the work hours in half and pay workers 75% of their original salary.

If a public or private entity needs to reduce the number of man-hours, it would be better to reduce the work and pay of 80% of workers before starting to lay off.
It is better to have 5 people work 24 hrs/week rather than have 3 work 40 hrs/week and 2 work 0 hrs/week.
Now, there is talk about reducing the size of public workforce. It would be better to reduce work to say 28 hrs/week and pay workers as if they were working 32 hrs/week

Introduce some negative feedback into the unemployment insurance tax
Organizations, that pre-agree to reduce the work and pay of 80% of workers to 20-30 hrs/week before starting to lay off, should be rewarded with a lower unemployment insurance tax.
This approach also leads to skills preservation.
Public sector organizations should take the lead implementing this policy.
It would be better to reduce work of police and firefighters personnel to say 28 hrs/week and pay workers as if they were working 32 hrs/week than laying off 10-15% of the workforce.

Introduce some negative feedback into the work week
Make the work week a decreasing function of the unemployment. The higher the unemployment, the lower the work week.

public work for improving sustainability
1 public work I would suggest is making sure all our public and state universities have enough housing to house all their students, workers, postdocs and faculty within walking distance in clean high rise apartment buildings. This will permanently reduce fossil fuel consumption.
it also makes sense to make sure all federal and state capitals have enough housing to house all state legislators and their staff within walking distance in clean high rise apartment buildings. This will eliminate the need for expensive housing and daily living expenses and will permanently reduce fossil fuel consumption and the cost of housing for university students, whether the society or the student's household pays for the housing.
Housing should be built using the most efficient methods such as:
In 2012, the Chinese sustainable building company, Broad Group, has yet attempted another impossible feat, building a 30 story tall hotel prototype in 360 hours, after building a 15-story building in a week earlier in 2011 (http://www.my-architecture.com/news/30story-building-built-in-15-days),
1st Fully 3D Printed Building May Take Shape in 2013 Protohouse 2.0 will be 4 meters by 8 meters and incorporate furniture, stairs, even curtains into the print design.(http://singularityhub.com/2013/04/04/first-fully-3d-printed-building-may-take-shape-this-year/)
and
Drexel Engineers Develop Cement With 97% Smaller Carbon Dioxide and Energy Footprint (http://www.drexel.edu/now/news-media/releases/archive/2012/February/Engineers-Develop-Cement-With-97-Percent-Smaller-Carbon-Dioxide-and-Energy-Footprint/)

Australian companies Elenberg Fraser and Unitised Building have come up with a prefabricated modular building system they claim is equally suited to knocking up a quick skyscraper as it is a modern, designer house(http://www.gizmag.com/klik-prefabricated-modular-buildings/27412/)

Achtung resistive heating
Resistive heating or generating heat by forcing an electric current thru a resistive element converts electrical energy into thermal energy. It is a waste of energy, because 100% of electrical energy can be converted into thermal energy, only 30% - 40% of thermal energy generated by burning fossil fuel can be converted into electrical energy.
The efficiency of thermal to mechanical conversion is limited by Carnot's theorem (T1-T0)/T0 All temperatures are in deg Kelvin(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carnot_cycle)
Resistive Heating is stupid and bad for the environment. Heating with electricity uses about 3 times more energy than heating by directly burning fossil fuel. To generate electricity, fossil fuel is burned at the power plant and only 1/3 of the thermal energy can be converted into electrical energy. Thus, consumers end up using about 3 times more fossil fuel when heating with electricity rather than using fossil fuel directly. A case can be made for banning all electric kitchens and electric heaters or putting a sales tax of > 100% on appliances that use resistive heating.
using energy more efficiently can be just as beneficial as finding new ways to produce energy more efficiently(http://www.nrel.gov/news/features/feature_detail.cfm/feature_id=2111)
The global capacity for energy generation from wind power has been overestimated, and that geophysical / climate effects of turbines will reduce the benefits of large-scale power installations, the generating capacity of very large wind power installations (larger than 100 square kilometers) may peak at between 0.5 and 1 watts per square meter. Previous estimates, which ignored the turbines' slowing effect on the wind, had put that figure at between 2 and 7 watts per square meter(http://www.seas.harvard.edu/news-events/press-releases/rethinking-wind-power)
fossil fuel required to build grid-scale storage batteries could negate some of the environmental benefits of new solar and wind farms(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-03/su-ssc030813.php)

Unpleasant facts about frost free, frostless, Automatic Defrost or no-frost refrigerators: they use resistive heating
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Auto-defrost)
Also, what happens to the frost in a so called frost free refrigerator, if there is an electric failure for several days such as what happened on the east coast in 2012. The frost is going to melt and fall on the floor and create a mess. At least with a manual defrost energy efficient refrigerator, the tray will catch the melted frost and you can throw it away.
Also, the energy star ratings, which are approved by government agencies, are deceptive: they only compare a so called frost free refrigerator with a resistive heating element inside it to other so called frost free refrigerators with a resistive heating element inside them. They don't dare comparing a so called frost free refrigerator with a resistive heating element inside it to a properly maintained manual defrost energy efficient refrigerator with same volume and cooling capacity.
The manual defrost energy efficient refrigerator will always use less energy and should be included in the energy star ratings. Consumers should know upfront that so called frost free refrigerator has a resistive heating element inside it to melt the frost and an explanation where the melted frost goes, what is the energy consumption if you live in a humid climate and store > 5Kg of produce, that emits > 200g of H2O vapor/day, will this cause an overflow in the pan that collects melted frost? Also, what happens to the frost if there is an electric failure for several days such as what happened on the east coast in 2012. Is the frost is going to melt and fall on the floor and create a mess. .
Improvement to the frost free refrigerators: have a drain in the floor of the kitchen or where the refrigerator will be, then the melted frost can go in an elastic tube into the drain. This way, you don't have to boil it to get rid of it and it never has a chance to accumulate into a small lake and promote an environment suitable for mold.
Self-defrosting refrigerator/freezers can generate mold: every 6 to 8 hours, it heats up its cooling coils slightly and melts any frost accumulation on the coils. The resulting water drains into a shallow pan at the bottom of the refrigerator/freezer. When mold grows in the drain pan, it is sometimes considered to be a health concern. If your drain pan is removable, and if you're sensitive to mold, consider cleaning the drain pan periodically. This is something manufacturers of Self-defrosting refrigerator/freezers will not tell you.(http://www.repairclinic.com/Refrigerator-Maintenance-Tips)
Manual defrost refrigerators are generally more energy efficient than automatic defrost refrigerators but proper maintenance of manual defrost refrigerators is necessary to realize the energy savings(http://energystar.supportportal.com/link/portal/23002/23018/Article/13960/Are-manual-defrost-refrigerators-more-energy-efficient)
A manual defrost refrigerator uses half the energy of an automatic defrost model but must be defrosted regularly to stay energy efficient(http://www.consumerenergycenter.org/home/appliances/refrigerators.html)
Automatic defrost refrigerators work by heating the interior refrigerator coils at regular intervals. This prevents frost from building up and allows for effective cooling of the refrigerator or freezer. However, because it introduces a heating element to the cooled space, the refrigerator uses more energy than it otherwise would(http://energystar.supportportal.com/link/portal/23002/23018/Article/16885/What-is-the-difference-between-automatic-and-manual-defrost-If-I-have-a-refrigerator-that-I-need-to-manually-defrost-how-do-I-do-it-and-how-often-is-it-needed)

In tests of 4 different types of new refrigerators, NIST researchers found that ice makers increased rated energy consumption by 12 to 20%. About 3/4 of that additional energy cost is due to the electric heaters used to release the ice bits from the molds. I think it is time to bring back the non frost free/manual defrost energy efficient refrigerators, which would use less energy and are easier to debug. At least give consumers a choice.(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-04/nios-thi041411.php)
A better way to defrost is to use SLIPS (Slippery Liquid Porous Surfaces) developed at Harvard University, that could be used to keep freezers frost free. A team from Harvard University has developed ultra smooth slippery surfaces that prevent ice sheets from developing by allowing even tiny drops of condensation or frost to simply slide off(http://www.gizmag.com/slippery-liquid-porous-surfaces-slips/22909/)
Super-slippery SLIPS coating now transparent and more durable (http://www.gizmag.com/coating-makes-glass-tough-self-cleaning-slippery/28604/)
The Difference Between Energy Star, Energy Guide and Enervee(http://enervee.com/score/)

Some sources of manual defrost energy efficient refrigerator/kühlшrank/kühlschrank/kylskåp
Oasis Montana, (877-627-4768) sells Vestfrost refrigerators(http://www.conservrefrigerators.com/conserv.html)
http://www.ajmadison.com , 8005703355, sells Summit refrigerators(http://www.ajmadison.com/cgi-bin/ajmadison/CP171W.html)
http://www.appliancesconnection.com 800 2999470 sells cp171w Summit refrigerators (http://www.appliancesconnection.com/summit-cp171w-i12119.html)
http://www.katom.com 800 5418683 sells cp171w Summit refrigerators (http://www.katom.com/162-CP171W.html)
http://www.summitsurgicaltech.com 888 7503801 sells cp171w Summit refrigerators (http://www.summitsurgicaltech.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=1023)
http://buyriteappliances.com 888 4008890 sells cp171w Summit refrigerators (http://buyriteappliances.com/summit-cp171w.html)
Instructions on defrosting cp171w or cp171ss from manual (http://www.balancedcities.org/cp171manual.txt)
cp171w or cp171ss manual (http://www.balancedcities.org/cp171manual.pdf)
cp171w or cp171ss additional information: serial number is next to right crisp bin, to get it remove right crisp bin, it reads vestfrost followed by serial number, freezer volume = 94L, refrigerator volume = 206L, total volume = 300L, R13AA refrigerant mass (freezer = 0.125Kg, refrigerator = 0.06Kg), front should be 1-2 cm higher than back to force melted frost in refrigerator section to go into back panel next to compressor. cp171w unit is around 2m tall, maximum allowable external humidity = 75%
ZenLab Product’s new refrigerator/freezer combination has a manual defrost (-18C) freezer 636 3491331 admin@zenlabproducts.h2Ocom(http://www.zenlabproducts.com/product/refrigerator-freezer)
http://www.sunfrost.com , (707) 822-9095, 888 5676527, info@sunfrost.com and international@sunfrost.com , sells manual defrost energy efficient refrigerators, model rf16 has (freezer volume = 110L, refrigerator volume = 295L, total volume = 406L, energy consumption = 0.7KWH/day with external temperature = 32 deg Celsius or 305 deg Kelvin)(http://www.sunfrost.com and http://www.sunfrost.com/refrigerator_specs.html). Defrosting a Sun Frost is a simple process. Frost build-up in the Sun Frost freezer is very slow because there is no air circulating between the freezer and refrigerator sections. The ice that forms in the freezer collects primarily on the ceiling. When defrosting the freezer section, the contents of the freezer may be transferred to the refrigerator section so they remain frozen. After the refrigerator has been turned off for about twenty minutes, the ice is easily removed in large pieces. There is no mop-up because the ice does not need to be melted, only separated from the flat ceiling(http://www.sunfrost.com/refrigerators_main.html)
Sun Frost refrigerators brochure(http://www.sunfrost.com/Sunfrost_refrigerators.pdf)

Give full Body Sovereignty and the right for responsible hedonism for each adult mature person over the age of 27, ban lungs molestation and give victims of lungs molestation the right to sue the molester for > $10e6/incident indexed to inflation

2nd hand smoke is lungs molestation, it should be banned and the victims should have the right to sue the molester for > $10e6/incident indexed to inflation
I urge you to use the term lungs molestation when describing 2nd hand smoke.
I support the right of all adult mature people over the age 27 in the society to put any chemical in their bodies.
I don't recognize the right of anybody to put chemicals into my body or in the air I am about to breathe, such as by smoking or holding a burning tobacco or marijuana/cannabis cigarette.
The key question is if I am walking in the public domain who decides what chemicals touch my lungs and sinuses?
Should I or the person p0 smoking or holding a burning cigarette make the decision ?
I think I and NOT p0 should make the decision.
I have never consented to allow the chemicals from burning cigarettes touch my lungs and sinuses.
I support banning smoking. I and others have NEVER consented to have our lungs and sinuses raped and molested by cigarettes and marijuana/cannabis smokers. I and other victims of lungs and sinuses rape and molestion should be able to sue offender for $10e6 indexed to inflation / incident.
Consumption of tobacco and marijuana/cannabis products should be limited to the non-smoking route.
Smokers are nothing but a bunch of spoiled fascist lung molesters. They have the attitude:
I want to smoke and whether you like it or not, you have the duty to breathe the smoke coming out of my cigarette.
They also have this sense of entitlement that they can throw their cigarette butts often without extinguishing them on the sidewalk.
These faschist animals and lungs molesters don't understand the language of please. The only language they understand is the threat of law suits.
Also, cigarette smoke can trigger into past smokers the urge to restart smoking. Smokers should never have that kind of power.
Currently laws assume the brain matures at 21, but cognitive scientists have determined that the brain does not mature until the age of 27.
1 of the cheapest tobacco prevention methods would be to delay the age at which a person can buy cigarettes to 25 maybe.
The appropriate age should be determined after consulting with cognitive scientists, who have been doing the functional MRIs and studying the structure of the brain.
I propose the following:

Support full Body Sovereignty and the right for responsible hedonism for each adult mature person over the age of 27
This is necessary to have democracy (rule of majority), without tyranny of the majority or a bureaucracy appointed by the majority and accountable to nobody
Let p0 be any adult mature person over the age of 27.
Every adult mature person in the society p0 should have full Sovereignty over p0.
only p0 should have full Sovereignty over p0,
p0 should have full Sovereignty only over p0.
If p1 violates p0's full Sovereignty over p0, po has the right to sue p1 for large monetary damages (> 10e6 indexed to inflation)
(cognitive science has determined 27 the age at which most people's brains mature)
Implications:
Let p0 and p1 be any 2 distinct mature adult persons in the society
If p0 and p1 want to marry/have sex, that is the business of p0 and p1 only and the business of nobody else,
p0 should have the right to put any chemical/drug in p0's body witout FDA approval.
p0 should have no right to put any chemical/drug in p1's body without p1's consent, where p1 is any other member of the society.
p0 has no right to hold a burning cigarette on the sidewalk as there are other pedestrians who have never consented to allow the chemicals touch their lungs and sinuses.
The DEA and the FDA have degenerated into faschist organizations.
The DEA should be eliminated and Adults over 27 should have absolute sovereignty over their bodies. That means the right to have an abortion, euthanasia, buy any chemical for their own use without a prescription. This is validated by the following: Retirees should be masters of their own destiny, and actively manage and plan their free time to ensure a happy and fulfilling retirement(http://www.springer.com/about+springer/media/springer+select?SGWID=0-11001-6-1433643-0)
The drug approval part of the FDA should be done by an international committee, that should be considered only as a recommendation.
This gives countries the opportunities to pool their resources and save money. After all the scientific data is the same. Why duplicate work?

Government role should be to make sure commerce is honest, i.e. full disclosure on all known costs and benefits
What does pro-choice and pursuit of happiness mean when adults over 27 do not have absolute sovereignty over their bodies?
Neither the FDA nor smokers in the public domain should have the right to dictate what goes into people's bodies.

What I find stupid is when people reach the age of 18, they can gamble and smoke, but they need a prescription to buy drugs that are effective at reducing the urge to smoke and gamble, such as naltrexone, an opiate inhibitor, and buprenorphine
I support banning smoking on sidewalks, malls, parks and other places. I and others have NEVER consented to have our lungs and sinuses raped and molested by cigarettes and marijuana/cannabis smokers.
Let f0 be any faschist lung molester. Victims of lungs and sinuses rape and molestation should be able to extinguish the cigarette/cigar of f0 if they did not explicitely consent to get bothered by the smoke of f0's cigarette/cigar and they get the right to sue f0 for $10e6 in 2010 $ indexed to inflation / incident.
Smokers should use nicotine chewing gums, marijuana/cannabis brownies or other methods of drug delivery, such as a device like a Smokeless cannabis delivery device efficient and less toxic
(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2007-05/uoc--scd051507.php)

inhibitors of the nicotine-metabolising CYP2A6 enzyme can help smokers curb the need to smoke(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-03/aof-ntd031711.php)
grapefruit is an inhibitors of the nicotine-metabolising CYP2A6 enzyme. It is worth trying chewing a nicotine gum with eating grapefruit as this could help keep the concentration of nicotine sufficiently high for longer period of time to satisfy nicotine craving.(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CYP2A6 and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grapefruit)
this information should be clearly communicated to nicotine addicts as it will allow them to consume nicotine without degenerating into faschist lung molesters with the attitude:
I want to smoke and whether you like it or not, you have the duty to breathe the filth coming out of my cigarette and throw the cigarette butt often without extinguishing them on the sidewalk.
I support people's rights to sovereignty over their bodies and my own right to sovereignty over my body.

Mutual acknowledgement of full body sovereignty for adults over the age of 27 should be 1 of the foundations of a civil society.

I support a comprehensive policy, that requires children by the the age of 12 to have basic knowledge about:
1-organic chemistry
2-chemistry of the various neurotransmitters
3-how drugs modulate activity of various neurotransmitters
4-how the brain is structured (reptilian part, frontal lobe, pleasure and pain centers, etc..)
5-how the various brain structures work
6-important findings in cognitive science, including the famous experiment of Filip Zimbardo and how most people follow the herd just for the sake of group acceptance.
7-introduction to the concept of addiction, advancements in treating addiction, such as:
7.1-Naltrexone (50mg oral dose) plus buprenorphine (4 mg sublingual) combination in the treatment of opioid dependence(http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16401652)
7.2-Naltrexone (mean dose of 117mg/day) reported significantly greater decline in stealing behavior compared to those taking placebo(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2009-04/uom-dcu033109.php)
7.3-Wide range of drugs can be effective for treating gambling addiction in the short term. Prof. Pinhas Dannon of Tel Aviv University is recommending an extended treatment regimen for optimal results,
7.4-For long-term effectiveness gambling addicts need to stick out a course of treatment for at least 2 years in order for Naltrexone to work most efficiently(http://www.aftau.org/site/News2?page=NewsArticle&id=14326)
7.5-naltrexone commonly used for alcoholism curbs urges of pathological gamblers(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2008-06/uom-dcu061308.php)
7.6-Suppression of voluntary ethanol consumption in rats by gamma-butyrolactone(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/gamma-butyrolactone)

GBL, injected intraperitoneally at the dose of 200 mg/kg, twice daily for 3 consecutive days, decreased ethanol intake by about 80% on the days of treatment, but did not reduce total fluid intake. Ethanol intake remained significantly reduced up to the 5th day following cessation of GBL(http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/6339856)
7.7-gabapentin, currently on the market to treat neuropathic pain and epilepsy, helps people to quit smoking marijuana/cannabis(http://www.scripps.edu/news/press/2012/20120424mason.html and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/gabapentin)
7.8-generic drug gabapentin, which is already widely prescribed for epilepsy and some kinds of pain, appears to be safe and effective in the treatment of alcohol dependence. Mason and her colleagues randomly assigned each of 150 recently abstinent people with alcohol dependence to be treated with 900 mg or 1,800 mg of gabapentin/day or with a look-alike placebo. Over 12 weeks of treatment, the high-dose group ended up refraining from heavy drinking twice as often as the placebo group (45% vs. 23%) and entirely abstained 4 times as often (17% vs. 4%). The drug also significantly reduced the number of drinks consumed, as well as patient reports of cravings, depression and sleeplessness. None of the treated patients reported serious side effects. Patients who received the lower, 900-mg dose of gabapentin showed intermediate benefits compared to the high-dose group, likely reflecting what clinicians call a dose-response effect, a good indication that the treatment really is working. Could other GABA agonists, such as L-Theanine/L-Teanin(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theanine and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GABAergic) be useful in treating addiction (http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-11/sri-cti103113.php)


I am mentioning gamma-butyrolactone, because it gets digested into Gamma-Hydroxybutyric acid, a date rape drug(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gamma-Hydroxybutyric_acid)

It is banned, although ethanol+marijuana/cannabis would be a better date rape drug, because some people can misuse it. Instead it should be legal and studied as a potential chemical to help with ethanol addiction.
8-how humans are predictably irrational(http://www.predictablyirrational.com/)
9-respect people's Sovereignty over their bodies. Use a smokeless cannabis delivery inhaler device efficient and less toxic, that does not violate people's Sovereignty over their bodies.(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2007-05/uoc--scd051507.php)
10-effect of smoking on athletic performance, especially endurance events.
11-students should get an accurate idea on the time and material it takes to raise a child before having a chance of getting pregnant.
12-make children aware that their brain is programmed to mindlessly imitate others and teach them to engage the frontal part of the brain and practice rejection of invitation to smoke, gamble and other addictive behavior.
13-The fact that people have sovereignty over their bodies does not give them the right to become a reservoir of germs to infect others, such as by not washing their hands, abusing antibiotics or refusing to get vaccinated.
Improving vaccination rates against the human papillomavirus (HPV) in boys is key to protecting both men and women(http://media.utoronto.ca/media-releases/education/vaccinating-boys-plays-key-role-in-hpv-prevention/)
14-People over the age of 27 have the right to their intact bodies, so they can exercise full sovereignty over their bodies. As a consequence, the barbaric procedure of genital mutilation or circumcision should be outlawed. Victims of genital mutilation or circumcision should be able to sue every imbecile who participated in the planning and execution of this barbaric procedure for $1 million in punitive damages indexed to inflation.
15-Subjecting A to excessive noise, that disturbs A's ability to sleep and concentrate without A's consent should be considered a violation of A's sovereignty over A's body. A should have the right to sue the offender for $1 million in punitive damages indexed to inflation. In 2011, 1500W speakers are available for < $150.

Tax Simplification
Use negative feedback to achieve stability. Behavior that causes increases of spending by the society should be taxed to pay for itself.
End all lifestyle subsidies. Have a floor of standard of living below which nobody should fall.
  1. All elected representatives should have to file their tax forms without professional help, this will give them the incentive to keep the tax laws simple.
  2. Eliminate corporate income tax as part of a package that also increases the minimum wage to a livable wage of $15/Hr and index it to inflation, decrease the work week and increase the number of vacations.
    If that is not possible, allow companies to expense the dividends they pay to their shareholders.
  3. Sales Tax of 30-10000% on Advertisement, Political Contributions and Lobbying. You have to think like a mathematician: Banning Political Contributions and Lobbying, which the court of supreme fools has outlawed, would be the equivalent of having infinity Sales Tax. Finite Sales Tax are still legal.
  4. Sales Tax of 30-100% on compensations >= 100 times the minimum wage. Shareholders should approve compensations >= 100 times the minimum wage.
  5. Tax Inflation Adjusted (Capital Gains and Dividends) as regular income, but exempt the 1st $15000/year of Dividend and Interest Income from Taxes and index it to inflation to encourage Americans to save.
  6. Sales Tax of 50-1000% on Infertility Treatment. Overpopulation is a major driving factor in worldwide fossil fuel consumption and global warming.
  7. Increase the Child support Age to 25 and make University Education, including Housing Free.
  8. End deductions/allowances for Biological Children. It should be the reverse: the more Children individuals have the more resources they consume and the more Taxes they should pay. For every biological child a household has, add 10 thousand dollars to income when computing taxes and index it to inflation. For every biological child a household has, if 1 of the biological parents is < 23, add 20 thousand dollars to income when computing taxes and index it to inflation.
  9. End deductions for mortgage interest. If it is not possible to immediately end deductions for mortgage interest, it could be done gradually over a period of 5 years. It is better to use that money, which all comes from the same economy, to have free University/Apprenticeship Education rather than subsidize borrowing money. Telling 18-year old people that they are now on their own and that they need to support themselves and borrow money to continue their Education and not even allowing them to deduct the Education loans and interest does not make any sense.
  10. Reform the property tax. The property tax should be a function of what it costs to service the property. This is unrelated to the value of the property. Schools should be financed by taxes on people with biological children.
  11. End all subsidy to private transportation. Roads and Freeway construction and maintenance should be totally financed by a tax on fossil fuel and charge on every Km a vehicle drives.
  12. Have a sales tax on behavior, that causes the society to increase spending. This will create a negative feedack loop that brings stability. Example, put a Sales Tax on junk food and use it to partly finance a single payer health plan.
Additional steps needed to combat Overpopulation and irresponsible breeding
Humans are the result of selfish memes and selfish genes.
Giving each person has the right to reproduce to infinity, but it is the duty of the rest of the society to support the progeny creates a dangereous positive feedback loop that will ensure a crash of the planet's ecosystem.
In nature, if an organism is on its own, if it starves or is killed by a predator, it cannot reproduce.
If organisms live in packs like wild dogs, wolves, only 1 male and 1 female reproduce.
My point is humans have to be able to make win/win deals with each other.
If you are starving or have no H2O, on your own you will die and cannot reproduce.
Society should be able to make a win/win deal with you: Society will provide you with food and H2O so you do not die, but you cannot reproduce or stop at 1.
  1. Sales Tax of 50-1000% on Infertility Treatment. Overpopulation is a major driving factor in worldwide fossil fuel consumption and global warming.
    Person receiving Infertility Treatment must prove ability to support new children until the age of 25. Otherwise, it should be illegal for doctor to treat the Infertility. If doctor treats the Infertility and recipient is unable to support the children without welfare, doctor is responsible for supporting new children until the age of 25.
  2. Allow people to opt out of reproductive services, except abortion. This way people planning to reproduce should pay the average cost of a pregnancy in their premium. Really, if people don't have the $5000 - $6000 it costs to bring a child into the world, it means they don't have the $300 x 10e3 - $400 x 10e3 to raise a child and they should abstain from reproducing until they have funds and abort any unintended pregnancy. Insurance and government help are for unplanned events. Planned events should be paid for by the planner. Human females who undergo abortion should have 0 guilt and think of themselves as environmental heroines. Any imbecile obscurantist fool who objects to abortion should have to come up with $400 x 10e3 in 2010 $ to raise the output of the pregnancy or shut up. It would have been so much better if Human females would lay eggs instead of getting pregnant, this way performing an abortion would be as easy as making an omelet and serving it at the next republican fundraiser. This also shows that humans are the result of random evolution or created by some sort of fictitious supreme imbecile, but then who created the fictitious supreme imbecile?
  3. States should support their foster children until the age of 25
Single payer insurance plan with negative feedback
Insurance and government help are for unplanned events. Planned events should be paid for by the planner
Allow people to opt out of reproductive services, except abortion. This way people planning to reproduce should pay the average cost of a pregnancy in their premium. Really, if people don't have the $5000 - $6000 it costs to bring a child into the world, it means they don't have the $300 x 10e3 - $400 x 10e3 to raise a child and they should abstain from reproducing until they have funds and abort any unintended pregnancy.
In 2013, no treatment will save your life, the most you can hope is it extends your life span and quality of your life
Daniel Callahan and Sherwin Nuland propose a radical reinvention of the American medical system requiring new ways of thinking about living, aging, and dying. They argue that a sustainable and more humane medical system in the US will have to reprioritize to emphasize public health and prevention for the young, and care not cure for the elderly(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-05/thc-wcw053111.php)
Traditional Medicare program allocates only 1% of total spending to overhead compared with 6% when the privatized portion of Medicare(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-02/pfan-str022013.php)
Lowering the cost of health care requires lowering the cost of medical education(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-10/uops-ime102913.php)
Medicaid paid for 45% of the 4 million births in the United States in 2010, an amount that has been rising over time, people on Medicaid should not reproduce, they should be grateful the society is providing them with subsidized medical care. It is important to end deductions/allowances for Biological Children. It should be the reverse: the more Children individuals have the more resources they consume and the more Taxes they should pay(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-09/gwus-mpf091013.php)
Internet searches on health symptoms can be used to identify drug side effects and could be used to develop a new kind of early warning system to boost drug safety(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-03/bmj-isc030513.php)
low-cost program of aerobic walking is just as effective as expensive clinical therapy in the treatment of lower back pain(http://www.aftau.org/site/News2?page=NewsArticle&id=18129)
Processing a prescription through an electronic ordering system can halve the likelihood of a drug error, and avert more than 17 million such incidents in US hospitals in one year alone(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-02/bmj-dps021913.php)
Governments around the world should stop squandering resources fighting an unwinnable war against illegal drugs, such as cocaine and heroin. Instead, they should use the cash to curb antibiotic misuse, including phasing out the use of these drugs in farming, along with factory farming, which poses a far more serious threat to human health(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-02/bmj-sd021913.php)
Researcher says extensive use of antibiotics in agriculture creating public health crisis, in the United States 80% of the antibiotics in the country are consumed in agriculture and aquaculture for the purpose of increasing food production. University of Calgary''s Aidan Hollis advocates user fees on non-human antibiotics use(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-12/uoc-rse122313.php)
You cannot have affordable health care with doctors, nurses and dentists graduating with loans > $200000 . All Students should be able to graduate with 0 loans.
In their review of malpractice payouts over $1 million, the researchers say those payments added up to roughly $1.4 billion a year, making up far less than 1% of national medical expenditures in the United States. Defensive medicine costs upwards of $60 billion a year.(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-04/jhm-mp043013.php)

Some reasons why it is not the business of the government to subsidize lending and defend the price of housing
Price and value are 2 different things. For example, a tablet computer, such as an ipad, in 2012 is more powerful and more useful than a computer purchased in 1982.
in 2012 Apple's iPad 2 is as fast as the Cray-2 vector super-computer out of Cray Research from the 1980's (http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=MTE4NjU)
Should the government go out of its way and use the limited resources to make sure the price of a 1982 computer is higher in 2012 than in 1982? What algorithm do you use to determine the set of products and services that get price support?

The society has a fixed amount of resources. Different needs have to compete for these resources. It is better to to fully fund university education and apprenticeship and fully support young people under the age of 25 until they can support themselves before subsidizing lending.

Complete the conversion to metric started in 1866 in the United States
Sec. 204. Metric system authorized:
It shall be lawful throughout the United States of America to employ the weights and measures of the metric system; and no contract or dealing, or pleading in any court, shall be deemed invalid or liable to objection because the weights or measures expressed or referred to therein are weights or measures of the metric system
The use of the metric system made legal in the United States by the Metric Act of 1866 (Public Law 39-183). This law made it unlawful to refuse to trade or deal in metric quantities.
(http://lamar.colostate.edu/~hillger/dates.htm)
The law should be amended so that in any transaction, if 1 party asks it to be conducted in metric, the transaction should be conducted in metric. The offended party should get the right to sue the offender, who refuses to conduct the transaction in metric for > $10000/transaction indexed to inflation.
All equipment sold in the United States, that displays measurements, must be able to display in metric and should be configured by default to display in metric.
All high schools should teach the metric system at least 2 years before exposing children to the lunatic foot/pound system.
All laws should be expressed in the metric system.
All communications that receive public funding should be expressed in the metric system.
All public agencies that certify weights and measures should be able to certify in the metric system.
Ask people in the census, which system they prefer metric or foot/pound.
The metric system is the language of science.
The metric system was initially designed after the Earth:
10 million meters or 10000 Km = distance Equator to North Pole
The circumferance of the earth, around 40000Km was 1st correctly estimated by Eratosthenes of Alexandria(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eratosthenes)
a cube of 0.1 meter = 1 liter
1 liter of H2O at its densest temperature, 4 deg Celsius, has a mass of 1 Kg
1 Newton = Force needed to accelerate 1 Kg by 1 meter/sec2
1 Newton = Force needed to be applied for 1 sec to change the quantity of movement/momentum of a mass by (1 Kg x m/sec) (F = d(mv)/dt ) (F and v are 3 dimensional vectors, all units are in metric)
1 Pascal = Pressure exerted by 1 Newton uniformly over a surface of 1 m2
Standard atmospheric Pressure = 100000 Pascals
At a pressure of 1 atmosphere, H2O freezes at 0 deg Celsius/273.15 degrees Kelvin and boils at 100 deg Celsius/373.15 degrees Kelvin

1 joule = energy generated by 1 Newton moving by 1 m in the same direction as the force
1 kilocalorie = amount of heat energy necessary to heat 1 Kg of H2O by 1 deg Celsius
1 kilocalorie = 4180 joules
1 g of carbohydrates gives approximately 4 kilocalories when it combusts completely in O2
1 g of fat gives approximately 9 kilocalories when it combusts completely in O2
12 grams of the isotope C 12 (6 protons + 6 neutrons) contain 1 mole or Avogadro's number of C 12 atoms.
1 mole or Avogadro's number = 6.023 x 10e23.
Einstein's famous equation, E = m x c^2 works only in metric: m is in Kg, c = 3 x 10^8 m/s , E = energy in joules, 1 wh = 3600 (watt-sec or joules). 1 more reason to dump the stupid moronic idiotic foot/pound system and switch to metric.
Thus in the metric system, 1 Kg of matter that gets completely converted into energy, would generate 9 x 10^16 Joules or (9 x 10^16/3600000) = 2.5 x 10^10 KWH
To apply Einstein's famous equation in non-metric units, the unit of energy would be defined as the kinetic energy of 2 units of mass moving at a speed of 1 unit of length/sec and the speed of light in vacuum expressed in units of length/sec.
Since we already have 1 Volt x 1 Amp x 1 sec = 1 Joule of electrical energy, for non-metric units, you would have to define another obscure unit of energy.
At a pressure of 1 atmosphere and 0 deg Celsius/273.15 degrees Kelvin, 1 mole or Avogadro's number of perfect gas molecules, Helium is the closest to satisfying the requirements of being a perfect gas, occupy 22.4 liters .
you can find more precise metric definitions and values of constants at
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SI_base_units, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_SI_definitions and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Physical_constant)

Important dates and associated documents in the history of the modern metric system
(http://lamar.colostate.edu/~hillger/dates.htm, http://lamar.colostate.edu/~hillger/usma.html and http://lamar.colostate.edu/~hillger/)

metrication (adoption of S.I. (metric) units) at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Laboratory
(https://hpcrd.lbl.gov/staff/olken/metrication.htm)

1 more reason to dump foot/pound and switch to metric: NASA lost a 125 million Mars orbiter because one engineering team used metric units while another used English units for a key spacecraft operation(http://articles.cnn.com/1999-09-30/tech/9909_30_mars.metric_1_mars-orbiter-climate-orbiter-spacecraft-team)

Already, in 2011, all High School and College textbooks have been using metric for more than 20 years now.
Geben Sie dem foot einen Fusstritt in dem Arsch.
petition to make the Metric system the standard in the United States, instead of the Imperial system and president Obama's response in 2013(https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/make-metric-system-standard-united-states-instead-imperial-system/FndsKXLh)
Statement on NIST web site affirming the national policy to establish the SI (International System of Units, commonly known as the metric system) as the preferred system of weights and measures for U.S. trade and commerce(http://www.nist.gov/pml/wmd/metric/metric-program.cfm)

Eliminate the primary and switch to instant runoff with at least 16 choices
ASUC = Associated Students of the University of California
The green party has been proposing for several years instant runoff, a system of voting under which you can rank the candidates:you would indicate on the ballot your 1st choice, 2nd choice, 3rd choice etc.
If any candidate x1 gets over 50% of the 1st choice vote, x1 wins.
The candidate who got the least of the 1st choice votes is eliminated and then you examine the 2nd choice votes and you distribute them appropriately to the other candidates according to what was the 2nd choice of each of these votes. This procedure is repeated until 1 candidate gets over 50% of the vote.
This way, if your 1st choice does not win, your vote still goes to the 2nd choice or 3rd choice.
The ASUC has been using instant runoff to elect the president and executive vice presidents. If commercial voting companies cannot implement instant runoff with at least 16 choices, the ASUC can be hired to do it.

Some thoughts on human communications
A --> B --> C
Let I0 be the information A intends for C to receive.
A transmits I0 to B
B receives and understands I0+err0=I1
B transmits I1 to C
C receives and understands I1+err1=I2

My point is there are always errors in human communications. The more links, the greater the errors. To minimize errors, it is best for A to communicate directly to C.
Also, this model helps understand why government malfunctions badly sometimes.
Voter --> elected representative --> Director of government agency ... (many layers of bureaucracy) --> government employee executing wishes of voters


Dangers of javascript/client side scripting/client side execution of executable code from any server, such as java applets, in a browser
A computer with javascript/client scripting enabled allows any web site to download a program and force it to be executed on that computer. This is a big security risk.
I don't believe this is how Tim Berners-Lee intended the web to be, when he developed html and freely gave it to the world.
JavaScript opens doors to browser-based attacks(http://news.cnet.com/JavaScript-opens-doors-to-browser-based-attacks/2100-7349_3-6099891.html and http://news.com/JavaScript+opens+doors+to+browser-based+attacks/2100-7349_3-6099891.html)
also try (http://www.google.com/ search for javascript browser-based attacks)
"JavaScript is bad for security, a real disaster," David Wagner, a professor of computer science at the University of California at Berkeley, said at a recent event. "We're stuck with JavaScript at this point. AJAX means more JavaScript, and we're going to be stuck with it longer."(http://news.cnet.com/FAQ-JavaScript-insecurities/2100-7349_3-6100019.html)
The Web surfing history saved in your Web browser can be accessed without your permission. JavaScript code deployed by real websites and online advertising providers use browser vulnerabilities to determine which sites you have and have not visited(http://www.jacobsschool.ucsd.edu/news/news_releases/release.sfe?id=1027)
With a little Javascript code I can easily test if you're using a certain Chrome addon. Give me a list of most popular extensions and I'll test all of them in millisecond
The trick is dead simple:
var detect = function(base, if_installed, if_not_installed) {
var s = document.createElement('script');
s.onerror = if_not_installed;
s.onload = if_installed;
document.body.appendChild(s);
s.src = base + '/manifest.json';
}
detect('chrome-extension://' + addon_id_youre_after, function() {alert('boom!');});
(http://blog.kotowicz.net/2012/02/intro-to-chrome-addons-hacking.html)
new approach has been emerging recently, however, which uses some simple JavaScript to achieve similar ends. d0z.me is a new service that utilizes these techniques, but provides a unique twist on the idea. Posing as a legitimate URL shortening service, it serves users the requested pages in an iFrame, while simultaneously participating in a DDoS attack in the background(http://spareclockcycles.org/2010/12/19/d0z-me-the-evil-url-shortener/ and http://d0z.me/)
NoScript nojavaScript Awarded with the DRG Security Innovation Grant(http://hackademix.net/2011/07/15/noscript-awarded-with-the-drg-security-innovation-grant/)
missing link connecting the attacks against Apple, Facebook and possibly Twitter researcher Eric Romang dug into the situation and determined that the site was hosting malicious JavaScript that was redirecting visitors to another site, min.liveanalytics(http://threatpost.com/ios-developer-site-core-facebook-apple-watering-hole-attack-022013/77546)http://threatpost.com/ios-developer-site-core-facebook-apple-watering-hole-attack-022013/77546
javascript Insecure browser addons may leak all your encrypted SSL traffic, exploits included. I think if you disable client side scripting/javascript the exploit cannot affect you(http://blog.kotowicz.net/2013/07/jealous-of-prism-use-amazon-1-button.html)
new technique that uses a combination of JavaScript-based timing attacks and other tactics to read any information he wants from a targeted user's browser and sites the victim is logged into. The attack works on all of the major browsers and researchers say there’s no simple fix to prevent it(http://threatpost.com/javascript-and-timing-attacks-used-to-steal-browser-data/101559)
https://threatpost.com/javascript-and-timing-attacks-used-to-steal-browser-data/101559 Firefox PoC: rapid history extraction through non-destructive cache timing, view source of(http://lcamtuf.coredump.cx/cachetime/firefox.html)
it requires javascript
JavaScript zero-day exploit that creates a unique cookie and sends a request to a random server that basically fingerprints your browser in some way, which is probably then correlated somewhere else since the cookie doesn't get deleted. Presumably it reports the victim's IP back to the FBI(http://www.twitlonger.com/show/n_1rlo0uu)
TOR Project: Stop using Windows, disable JavaScript(http://www.itworld.com/software/367979/tor-project-stop-using-windows-disable-javascript)
404 of the top 1 million sites use JavaScript-based fingerprinting, which allows sites to track non-Flash mobile phones and devices(http://www.kuleuven.be/english/news/several-top-websites-use-device-fingerprinting-to-secretly-track-users)
To detect websites using device fingerprinting technologies, the researchers developed a tool called FPDetective. The tool crawls and analyses websites for suspicious scripts. This tool will be freely available at(http://homes.esat.kuleuven.be/~gacar/fpdetective/)
PageFair (http://pagefair.com/) offers a free/fri javascript program that, when inserted into a Web page, monitors ad blocking activity. If you deactivate (javascript/client side scripting/client side execution of executable code from any server, such as java applets, in a browser), you prevent this intrusive software from spying on you. (http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9245190/Ad_blockers_A_solution_or_a_problem_?taxonomyId=71&pageNumber=4)
Speedy attack targets Web servers with outdated Linux kernels. After the Web server has been compromised, the attackers slip in a line of JavaScript to other JavaScript files within the website. That code bounces the website's visitors to a second compromised host, which runs another JavaScript file. If you deactivate (javascript/client side scripting/client side execution of executable code from any server, such as java applets, in a browser), you prevent this redirection from taking place.(http://www.networkworld.com/news/2014/032114-speedy-attack-targets-web-servers-279944.html)

Some findings of modern cognitive science
Everyone inherits 2 copies of the catecho-O-methyltransferase (COMT) gene, 1 from each parent. It codes for the enzyme that metabolizes neurotransmitters like dopamine and norepinephrine and comes in 2 common versions. 1 version, met, contains the amino acid methionine at a point in its chemical sequence where the other version, val, contains a valine. Depending on the mix of variants inherited, a person's COMT genes can be typed met/met, val/val, or val/met. val/val. Subjects on amphetamine/amfetamine(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/amphetamine and http://sv.wikipedia.org/wiki/amfetamin) showed more efficient frontal lobe function(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2003-05/niom-gep050703.php)
catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) gene marker for placebo response identified in IBS patients: People with 2 copies of met, the "met/mets," have 3 to 4 times more dopamine available in their prefrontal cortex, the brain area associated with cognition, personality expression, decision making and social behavior than the people with 2 copies of val, among the individuals who had received placebo treatment from the warm supportive health care providers, there was a striking difference: the "met/mets" demonstrated a 6-fold greater improvement in their IBS symptoms relative to the "val/vals."(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2012-10/bidm-gmf102112.php)
participants with the Met/Met genotype of the catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) gene showed more improvement with training and performed better than did those in the other 2 genotype (Val/Met and Val/Val) groups(https://www.hfes.org/Web/DetailNews.aspx?ID=326 and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catechol-O-methyl_transferase)

vigabatrin (a.k.a. gamma vinyl-GABA, or GVG)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/vigabatrin and http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/meds/a610016.html) blocks drug-seeking behavior in animals previously trained to associate methamphetamine with a particular environment. Reinstatement of drug-seeking behavior after an extended period of abstinence is the number 1 cause of drug-addiction relapse(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2008-11/dnl-hft111208.php)

anti-seizure drug ezogabine, reduced alcohol consumption in an experimental model(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2014-04/bumc-brf041714.php and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Retigabine)

Analytic thinking can decrease religious belief(http://www.publicaffairs.ubc.ca/2012/04/26/analytic-thinking-can-decrease-religious-belief-ubc-study/)

California's 3-strikes law has not reduced violent crime, but has contributed significantly to the state's financial woes by substantially increasing the prison population (http://ucrtoday.ucr.edu/3557)

when torture is used to elicit information, it is likely to be unexpectedly harsh yet ineffective(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2012-03/sp-ite032712.php)

people who have used amphetamines/amfetamins such as benzedrine and dexedrine appear to be at an increased risk of developing Parkinson's disease(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-02/aaon-uam020811.php)

Giving amphetamines to adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can help them control their symptoms(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-07/w-stu072711.php)

new vaccines designed to combat cocaine and methamphetamine dependencies not only relieve addiction but also minimize withdrawal symptoms(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2007-06/bcom-vhk062107.php)

Scientists are reporting development of 3 promising formulations that could be used in a vaccine to treat methamphetamine addiction(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-09/acs-nac091411.php)

An extract of the Chinese herb kudzu dramatically reduces drinking and may be useful in the treatment of alcoholism and curbing binge drinking(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2012-05/mh-mhs051612.php)
Drinking alcohol appears to have a dose-dependent inverse (opposite) association with the risk of developing multiple sclerosis (MS)(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2014-01/tjnj-iab010314.php)
By stimulating certain dopamine neurons in a precise pattern, resulting in low but prolonged levels of dopamine release, scientists could prevent the rats from binging. The rats just flat out stopped drinking.(http://www.buffalo.edu/news/releases/2014/01/002.html)

study explains how power can fuel overconfidence, which negatively impacts decision-making overall sense of control that comes with power tends to make people feel overconfident in their ability to make good decisions This leaves the powerful vulnerable to making overconfident decisions that lead them to dead-end alleys research team hypothesized that blocking the subjective sense of power among high-power participants, by directing attention to the limits of their personal competence, would cause their overconfidence to go away The most effective leaders bring people around them who critique them. As a power holder, the smartest thing you might ever do is bring people together who will inspect your thinking and who aren't afraid to challenge your ideas (reminds me of power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely and The Dunning-Kruger effect, a cognitive bias in which unskilled individuals suffer from illusory superiority, mistakenly rating their ability much higher than average)(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2012-03/umso-dpc030112.php and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/dunning-kruger_effect)

New research suggests that the upper classes are more likely to behave dishonorably than those lower on the economic spectrum. The rich are more likely to cheat, steal, and even disobey traffic laws than those with less money and power Studies involving money games show that upper-class subjects keep more for themselves, and U.S. surveys find that the rich give a smaller percentage of their income to charity than do the poo Drivers of shiny, expensive cars were 3 times more likely than those of old clunkers to plow through a crosswalk, failing to yield to pedestrians as required by California state law. High-status motorists were also 4 times more likely than those with cheaper, older cars to cut off other drivers at a four-way stop. those with power are more apt to condemn behavior that they themselves engage in(http://news.sciencemag.org/sciencenow/2012/02/shame-on-the-rich.html, http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2012/02/21/1118373109 and http://newscenter.berkeley.edu/2012/02/27/greed/)

people who behave more altruistically than others have more gray matter at the junction between the parietal and temporal lobe(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2012-07/uoz-tmg071112.php)

During the wakeful resting portion, participants were asked to just rest quietly with their eyes closed in a darkened room for 10 minutes. Participants remembered much more story material when the story presentation had been followed by a period of wakeful resting(http://www.psychologicalscience.org/index.php/news/releases/boosting-new-memories-with-wakeful-resting.html)

Stroboscopic training, performing a physical activity while using eyewear that simulates a strobe-like experience, has been found to increase visual short-term memory retention, and the effects lasted 24 hours(http://dibs.duke.edu/news/press-releases/2012/07/23/strobe-eyewear-training-improves-visual-memory/)

Raising levels of the neurotransmitter dopamine, using tolcapone, a medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that inhibits a dopamine-degrading enzyme, in the frontal cortex of the brain significantly decreased impulsivity in healthy adults(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2012-07/uoc--idi072512.php and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tolcapone)

multitasking is also a major cause of prospective memory failure, measures that can help to remember and carry out intended actions:
Use external memory aids such as the alerting calendar on cell phones
Avoid multitasking when one of your tasks is critical
Carry out crucial tasks now instead of putting them off until later
Create reminder cues that stand out and put them in a difficult-to-miss spot
Link the target task to a habit that you have already established
(http://www.psychologicalscience.org/index.php/news/releases/when-we-forget-to-remember-–-failures-in-prospective-memory-range-from-annoying-to-lethal.html)

Policies that reward abstinence from terrorism are more successful in reducing such acts of violence than tactics that aim to punish terrorists(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2012-07/asa-sct072412.php)

For the human brain, learning a new task when rules change can be a surprisingly difficult process marred by repeated mistakes(http://news.msu.edu/story/when-rules-change-brain-falters/)

Bilingual children outperform children who only speak one language in problem-solving skills and creative thinking(http://www.strath.ac.uk/press/newsreleases/headline_643421_en.html)

Patients with hoarding disorder exhibited abnormal activity in regions of the brain that was stimulus dependent when deciding what to do with objects that did or did not belong to them(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2012-08/jaaj-sed080212.php)

Treatment with growth hormone-releasing hormone appears to be associated with favorable cognitive effects among both adults with mild cognitive impairment and healthy older adults(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2012-08/jaaj-see080212.php)

low doses of the drug naltrexone with the drug Buprenorfin/buprenorphine, made laboratory rats less likely to take cocaine compulsively and fight cocaine addiction(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2012-08/sri-srs080712.php , http://sv.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buprenorfin and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naltrexone)

Thinking Abstractly May Help to Boost Self-Control categorizing things abstractly into broad categories (called high-level construal) allows us to psychologically distance ourselves from the pushes and pulls of the immediate moment. This, in turn, makes us more sensitive to the broad implications of our behavior and leads us to show greater consistency between our values and our behavior(http://www.psychologicalscience.org/index.php/news/releases/thinking-abstractly-may-help-to-boost-self-control.html)

addiction to morphine and heroin can be blocked, while at the same time increasing pain relief(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2012-08/uoa-scn081412.php)

Elderly subjects who underwent temporal training using Fast ForWord Language, a program comprised of several computer games designed to improve memory, attention, and sequencing abilities, improved not only the rate at which they processed auditory information, but also in other cognitive areas(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2012-08/ip-srp082012.php)

managers, given their increased pressure for frequent and rapid decisions, prefer a more heuristic, automated decision-making approach than non-managers do(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2012-08/plos-mra082012.php)

persistent, dependent use of marijuana/cannabis before age 18 has been shown to cause lasting harm to a person's intelligence, attention and memory(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2012-08/du-apu082412.php)

MDA7, developed to treat neuropathic pain, induced beneficial immune responses that limited the development of Alzheimer's disease. Treatment with the compound restored cognition, memory and synaptic plasticity in an animal model(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2012-08/cc-ccr083112.php)

while the have-nots reach out to one another in times of trouble, the wealthy are more apt to find comfort in material possessions(http://newscenter.berkeley.edu/2012/08/30/chaos-psychology/)

Simple tool may help inexperienced psychiatrists better predict violence risk in patients(http://www.uofmhealth.org/news/archive/201209/simple-tool-may-help-inexperienced-psychiatrists-better)

Exceptional upward mobility in the U.S. is a myth. A lot of people constantly make the error of making decision on the basis of the samples that support their preconceived notions rather than making decision on the basis of the entire distribution(http://www.sampler.isr.umich.edu/2012/research/exceptional-upward-mobility-in-the-us-is-a-myth-international-studies-show/)

professional football players may be at a higher risk of death from diseases that damage the cells in the brain, such as Alzheimer's disease and ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig's disease), compared to the general US population(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2012-09/aaon-npm082812.php)

attesting to the truthfulness of the information before a form is filled out tends to activate people's moral sense, making it harder for them to fudge their numbers after(http://www.rotman.utoronto.ca/Connect/MediaCentre/NewsReleases/20120913%20Honestly.aspx)

Self-Control May Not Be a Limited Resource After All(http://www.psychologicalscience.org/index.php/news/releases/self-control-may-not-be-a-limited-resource-after-all.html)

Misinformation is especially sticky when it conforms to our preexisting political, religious, or social point of view. Because of this, ideology and personal worldviews can be especially difficult obstacles to overcome, rejecting information actually requires cognitive effort. Lewandowsky and colleagues offer some strategies for setting the record straight.
Provide people with a narrative that replaces the gap left by false information
Focus on the facts you want to highlight, rather than the myths
Make sure that the information you want people to take away is simple and brief
Consider your audience and the beliefs they are likely to hold
Strengthen your message through repetition
(http://www.psychologicalscience.org/index.php/news/releases/misinformation-psychological-science-shows-why-it-sticks-and-how-to-fix-it.html)

Neuroimaging predicts course of substance addiction treatment(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2012-10/iu-ror101212.php)

Marijuana/cannabis use may cause cannabinoid hyperemesis a little-known but costly effect that researchers suggest is a serious burden to the health care system as it often leads to expensive diagnostic tests and ineffective treatments in an effort to find the cause(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2012-10/acog-mum101912.php)

Exendin-4, drug currently used to treat type 2 diabetes could be just as effective in treating addiction to drugs, including cocaine(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2012-10/vumc-vrf102312.php)

comparison of brain scans from 2 3-year-old children reveals new evidence of the remarkable impact a mother's love has on a child's brain development: child with the shrunken brain was neglected and abused by its mother, and the child with the larger and more fully developed brain was raised in a loving, supportive home and was looked after by its mother(http://www.medicaldaily.com/articles/12936/20121029/chilling-brain-scans-show-impact-mothers-love.htm)

abstract thinking enhances creativity and open-mindedness can make you more politically moderate(http://www.news.illinois.edu/news/12/1102abstract_thinking_JessePreston_DanielYang_IvanHernandez.html)

Liberals and conservatives who are polarized on certain politically charged subjects become more moderate when reading political arguments in a difficult-to-read font(http://www.news.illinois.edu/news/12/1102disfluency_JessePreston_IvanHernandez.html)

marijuana/cannabis use causes a temporary cognitive breakdown in non-psychotic individuals, leading to long-term psychosis(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2012-11/f-cum110212.php)

researchers investigated test subjects ranging in age from 65 to 75 years, who were given L-DOPA, a precursor of dopamine. Treated subjects performed better in a memory test than a comparison group, who had taken a placebo(http://www.dzne.de/en/about-us/public-relations/meldungen/2012/press-release-no-24.html and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L-dopa)

Employers are often more focused on hiring someone they would like to hang out with than they are on finding the person who can best do the job(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2012-11/asa-eom112712.php)

extending nightly sleep in mildly sleepy, healthy adults increases daytime alertness and reduces pain sensitivity(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2012-12/aaos-esr112812.php)

According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), up to 80% of scam victims are over 65. 1 explanation may lie in a brain region that serves as a built-in crook detector. Called the anterior insula, this structure, which fires up in response to the face of an unsavory character, is less active in older people, possibly making them less cagey than younger folks(http://news.sciencemag.org/sciencenow/2012/12/why-old-people-get-scammed.html)

Salvia miltiorrhiza extract inhibits alcohol absorption, preference, and discrimination in sP rats(http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10386667)

Electric stimulation of brain releases powerful, opiate-like painkiller(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-01/uom-eso010213.php)

Racial Essentialism Reduces Creative Thinking By Making People More Closed-Minded, it might be possible to use these findings to devise an intervention program that reduces racial essentialist beliefs, thereby leading participants not only to become more socially tolerant but also to unleash their creative potential in the process(http://www.psychologicalscience.org/index.php/news/releases/racial-essentialism-reduces-creative-thinking-by-making-people-more-closed-minded.html)

The ability to focus and switch tasks readily amid distractions was compromised for up to 2 months following brain concussions suffered by high school athletes(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-01/uoo-cdf010713.php)

Short interruptions, such as the few seconds it takes to silence that buzzing smartphone, have a surprisingly large effect on one's ability to accurately complete a task(http://msutoday.msu.edu/news/2013/brief-interruptions-spawn-errors/)

Seniors who have spoken 2 languages since childhood are faster than single-language speakers at switching from 1 task to another, lifelong bilinguals also show different patterns of brain activity when making the switch(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-01/sfn-ssc010413.php)

A team of scientists who analyzed the brain tissue of renowned NFL linebacker Junior Seau after his suicide in 2012 have concluded the football player suffered a debilitating brain disease likely caused by two decades worth of hits to the head. A team of independent researchers who did not know they were studying Seau's brain all concluded he suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative disease typically caused by multiple hits to the head(http://abcnews.go.com/US/junior-seau-diagnosed-brain-disease-caused-hits-head/story?id=18171785)

Studying over time and quizzing yourself on material before the big test are highly effective learning strategies. Both techniques have been shown to boost students' performance across many different kinds of tests, and their effectiveness has been repeatedly demonstrated for students of all ages. 5 of the techniques received a low utility rating from the researchers. Notably, these techniques are some of the most common learning strategies used by students, including summarization, highlighting and underlining, and rereading(http://www.psychologicalscience.org/index.php/news/releases/which-study-strategies-make-the-grade.html)

3 Simple changes to homework improved student learning(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2014-03/ru-rss031814.php)

Electric thinking cap controls learning speed, the researchers applied 20 minutes of transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) to each subject(http://scienceblog.com/71202/electric-thinking-cap-controls-learning-speed/)

Why entrepreneurs innovate better than managers: managers and entrepreneurs did not differ in the probability with which they would undertake explorative courses of action. But when entrepreneurs did select explorative tasks, they used both the left and right sides of the frontal cortex of their brain whereas managers only used their left parts of the frontal cortex(http://www.networkworld.com/community/blog/why-entrepreneurs-innovate-better-managerse)

Supplementing children's diets with fish oil, enrolling them in quality preschool, and engaging them in interactive reading all turn out to be effective ways to raise a young child's intelligence(http://www.psychologicalscience.org/index.php/news/releases/diet-parental-behavior-and-preschool-can-boost-childrens-iq.html)

Respondents considered to be in the high impulsivity track as early as first grade doubled the odds of meeting criteria for at-risk/problem gambling, and tripled the odds of meeting criteria for problem gambling(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2012-11/cums-iif112012.php)

Feeding the amino acid l-tryptophan/l-tryptofan to young female pigs as part of their regular diet makes them less aggressive(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2010-03/usdo-tdr031810.php)

implementation of overdose education and naloxone distribution (OEND) was associated with a significant reduction in opioid overdose death rates(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-02/bumc-oeb020113.php)

Students who work together and interact online are more likely to be successful in their college classes(http://www.jacobsschool.ucsd.edu/news/news_releases/release.sfe?id=1308)

English Premier League soccer players, NHL hockey players, France's Top 14 club rugby players, and even elite amateur athletes have better developed cognitive functions than the average university student(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-01/uom-jbb012913.php)

just 3, 7-minute writing exercises administered online, prevents couples from losing that loving feeling(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-02/nu-2mt020513.php)

Researchers are able to detect deficits in social attention in infants as young as 6 months of age who later develop Autism Spectrum Disorders. The results showed that these infants paid less attention to people and their activities than typically developing babies(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-02/yu-yrs020513.php)

Scientists used a distraction learning strategy to help older adults overcome age-related forgetting and boost their performance to that of younger adults(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-02/bcfg-smo022113.php)

Bilingual children have a better working memory, which holds, processes and updates transitory information than monolingual children(http://canal.ugr.es/social-economic-and-legal-sciences/item/63121)

While criticism from team members sends individuals into downward performance spirals, external criticism can be a trigger that boosts performance as people try to prove the outsiders wrong(http://www.exeter.ac.uk/news/featurednews/title_260628_en.html)

Viewers of prime-time crime dramas, like NCIS, CSI or Law & Order, are more inclined than non-viewers to see themselves intervening on behalf of the victim of a sexual assault(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-02/wsu-fcd021913.php)

Bullied children grow into adults who are at increased risk of developing anxiety disorders, depression and suicidal thoughts(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-02/dumc-bcc021913.php)

link between untreated depression and response to the shingles vaccine(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-02/uoc--uss021913.php)

Smokeless tobacco users who said they didn't want to quit changed their minds or significantly cut back when given nicotine lozenges or tobacco-free snuff(http://www.mayoclinic.org/news2013-rst/7327.html)

For chronic pain sufferers, such as people who develop back pain after a car accident, avoiding the harmful effects of stress may be key to managing their condition. This is particularly important for people with a smaller-than-average hippocampus, as these individuals seem to be particularly vulnerable to stress(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-02/uom-pcp022213.php)

A region of the brain known to play a key role in visual and spatial processing has a parallel function: sorting visual information into categories(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-03/uocm-ort030513.php)

Scientists have watched a mild traumatic brain injury play out in the living brain, prompting swelling that reduces blood flow and connections between neurons to die(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-03/mcog-emt030713.php)

The brain's prefrontal cortex is thought to be the seat of cognitive control, working as a kind of filter that keeps irrelevant thoughts, perceptions and memories from interfering with a task at hand. Inhibiting this filter can boost performance for tasks in which unfiltered, creative thoughts present an advantage(http://www.upenn.edu/pennnews/news/penn-researchers-show-suppressing-brain-s-filter-can-improve-performance-creative-tasks)

Playing shooting or driving videogames, even for a relatively short time, improves the ability to search for a target hidden among irrelevant distractions in complex scenes(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-03/uot-pav031413.php)

Cocaine causes cells in the nucleus accumbens to boost production of 2 proteins, 1 associated with addiction and the other related to learning(http://msutoday.msu.edu/news/2013/discovery-could-yield-treatments-for-cocaine-addicts/)
deleting mGluR5, a protein complex that responds to the common brain-signaling molecule glutamate, made mice unresponsive to cocaine(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-08/jhm-nii073113.php)

Students who date in middle school have significantly worse study skills, are four times more likely to drop out of school and report twice as much alcohol, tobacco and marijuana/cannabis use than their single classmates(http://news.uga.edu/releases/article/dating-in-middle-school-leads-to-higher-dropout-drug-use-rates)

elite athletes excel not only in their sport of choice but also in how fast their brains take in and respond to new information(
http://news.illinois.edu/news/13/0318athlete_cognition_ArtKramer.html)

Teen-age college students are significantly more likely to abstain from drinking or to drink only minimally when their parents talk to them before they start college(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-03/ps-ptb031913.php)

L-dopa, more commonly known as Levodopa, a drug widely used to treat Parkinson's Disease can help to reverse age-related impairments in decision making in some older people(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-03/wt-pdh032213.php)

Convicts showing low activity in a brain region associated with decision-making and action are more likely to be arrested again, and sooner. Men who were in the lower half of the anterior cingulate cortex (ACC) activity ranking had a 2.6-fold higher rate of rearrest for all crimes and a 4.3-fold higher rate for nonviolent crimes(http://www.nature.com/news/brain-scans-predict-which-criminals-are-more-likely-to-reoffend-1.12672)

tablet-based test that detects concussions on the spot, by analyzing the voice(http://www.gizmag.com/tablet-concussion-voice/26883/)

Laser Light Zaps Away Cocaine Addiction: Billy Chen and his colleagues took light-sensitive proteins called rhodopsins and used genetic engineering to insert them into neurons in the rat’s prefrontal cortex. Activating this region with a laser tuned to the rhodopsins turned the nerve cells on and off. Turning on these cells wiped out the compulsive behavior, while switching them off turned the non-addicted ones into addicted, researchers found.(http://www.ucsf.edu/news/2013/04/104831/laser-light-zaps-away-cocaine-addiction)

Novel compound RO5263397 halts cocaine addiction and relapse behaviors, severely blunted a broad range of cocaine addiction behaviors(http://www.buffalo.edu/news/releases/2014/04/048.html)

single dose of a commonly prescribed attention deficit hyperactivity disorder drug Ritalin/Metylfenidat/Methylphenidate helps improve brain function in cocaine addiction(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-06/tmsh-rsp062713.php , http://sv.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metylfenidat and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Methylphenidate )

new treatment for alcoholism called nalmefene(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nalmefene) is effective and safe for reducing alcohol consumption in alcohol dependent individuals(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-04/e-ant041113.php)

Teenagers who increased the days on which they got just 20 minutes of exercise were able to cut down on their smoking habit. And teenage smokers were more likely to quit altogether if they participated in a smoking cessation/fitness program and they ramped up the days on which they got at least 30 minutes of physical activity(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-04/gwu-sdw040413.php)

scientists have been able to predict how much pain people are feeling by looking at images of their brains(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-04/uoca-fom040913.php)

People buy larger amounts of soda when purchasing packs of smaller drinks than when offered single servings of different sized drinks(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-04/plos-pbm040513.php)

A brain-training task that increases the number of items an individual can remember over a short period of time may boost performance in other problem-solving tasks by enhancing communication between different brain areas(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-04/cns-ttb041513.php)

Propranolol(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/propranolol), a drug commonly used to treat high blood pressure, anxiety and panic, improves the working memory performance of individuals with autism spectrum disorders(http://munews.missouri.edu/news-releases/2013/0415-drug-could-improve-working-memory-of-people-with-autism-mu-study-finds/)

a single 15-minute session of high frequency transcranial magnetic stimulation over the prefrontal cortex temporarily reduced cue-induced smoking craving in nicotine-dependent individuals(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-04/e-stb041613.php)

Prisoners who are psychopaths lack the basic neurophysiological "hardwiring" that enables them to care for others(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-04/uoc-pan042313.php)

Clenching your right hand may help form a stronger memory of an event or action, and clenching your left may help you recollect the memory later(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-04/plos-crf041913.php)

Seniors who played the Road Tour video game reportedly experienced an improvement in their cognitive skills and executive function, a key aspect of our memory, attention, perception, and problem solving skills(http://www.gizmag.com/seniors-video-game-cognitive-improvement/27367/)

Individual brain cells track where we are and how we move(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-05/uoc--uss050213.php)

self-affirmation improves problem-solving under stress (standard self-affirmation exercise = Participants randomly assigned to a self-affirmation condition were asked to write a couple of sentences about why their number one ranked value was important) (http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-05/cmu-cmr050313.php)

The nocebo effect: media reports may trigger symptoms of a disease. Media reports about substances that are supposedly hazardous to health may cause suggestible people to develop symptoms of a disease even though there is no objective reason for doing so. This is the conclusion of a study of the phenomenon known as electromagnetic hypersensitivity(http://www.uni-mainz.de/presse/16366_ENG_HTML.php)

The stimulant drug methylphenidate/metylfenidat normalizes activation of several brain areas in young patients with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-05/wkh-ma050913.php, http://sv.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metylfenidat and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Methylphenidate)

The stimulant drug methylphenidate/metylfenidat, also known as Ritalin, may prevent the depletion of self-control(http://www.psychologicalscience.org/index.php/news/releases/adhd-drug-may-help-preserve-our-self-control-resources.html)

Women whose breast cancer had been treated with chemotherapy demonstrated improved executive function, such as cognitive flexibility, verbal fluency and processing speed after using exercises developed by Lumosity, the leading online cognitive training program. The study also found significant improvement in self-reported measures of everyday executive function and observed some transfer to verbal memory(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-05/l-cti051313.php)

new study suggests that a gentle, painless electrical current applied to the brain can boost math performance for up to 6 months(http://news.sciencemag.org/sciencenow/2013/05/trouble-with-math-maybe-you-shou.html)

interplay of brain chemicals which help us pay attention attention is able to affect the intensity of responses by means of the brain chemical acetylcholine the quality of the response is altered by means of glutamate coupling to NMDA receptors(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-05/nu-pah052213.php)

Talking on a hands-free device while behind the wheel can lead to a sharp increase in errors that could imperil other drivers on the road, drivers who talk using a hands-free cellular device made significantly more driving errors, such as crossing the centre line, speeding and changing lanes without signalling, compared with just driving alone.(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-05/uoa-dah052413.php)

traumatic brain injuries generate a toxic form of protein thought to cause damage in Alzheimer's and other neurodegenerative conditions(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-05/uotm-ftt052913.php)

Mice engineered with a human gene for schizophrenia and exposed to lead during early life exhibited behaviors and structural changes in their brains consistent with schizophrenia(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-05/cums-lat053113.php)

Bright light therapy may improve sleep and promote recovery in patients with mild traumatic brain injury(http://www.aasmnet.org/articles.aspx?id=3939)

Seniors use less effective reference frames to visualize nearby objects, some of the day-to-day reaching-and-grasping difficulties may be be caused by changes in the mental frame of reference that older adults use to visualize nearby objects(https://news.wustl.edu/news/Pages/25511.aspx)

associations between cognitive ability and cortical grey matter in old age can largely be accounted for by cognitive ability in childhood(http://www.mcgill.ca/channels-contribute/channels/news/new-study-explains-cognitive-ability-differences-among-elderly-226981)

If people are unable to perceive their own errors as they complete a routine, simple task, their skill will decline over time(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-06/jhm-soe060413.php)

reducing the compulsive behavior of mice using optogenetics, a technique that combines light stimulation with genetic engineering(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-06/ind-oip060713.php)

objectification frees up mental resources, whereas animalistic dehumanization uses up all our resources, both empathetic and analytic, both forms of humanization are marked by sympathy, mechanistic dehumanizing is marked by indifference and animalistic dehumanizing by disgust(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-06/cwru-awo060613.php)

Consuming highly processed carbohydrates can cause excess hunger and stimulate brain regions involved in reward and cravings. These findings suggest that limiting these "high-glycemic index" foods could help obese individuals avoid overeating.(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-06/bch-nbi062413.php)

formoterol(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Formoterol) strengthened nerve connections in the hippocampus, a brain center used for spatial navigation, paying attention and forming new memories, it also improved contextual learning, in which the brain integrates spatial and sensory information, improves cognitive function in a mouse model of Down syndrome(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-07/sumc-di062713.php)

Long-term cannabis/marijuana users tend to produce less dopamine, a chemical in the brain linked to motivation(http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/newsandeventspggrp/imperialcollege/newssummary/news_1-7-2013-11-49-21)

Over-confident CEOs can put companies at risk(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-07/uom-occ070913.php)

Organizations would benefit from taking individuals' confidence with a grain of salt. Prof. Anderson hopes this research will give people the incentive to look for more objective indices of ability and merit in others, instead of overvaluing unsubstantiated confidence(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2012-08/uoc--wap081312.php)

combination of smoking and heavy drinking speeds up cognitive decline, smokers who drank alcohol heavily had a 36% faster cognitive decline compared to non-smoking moderate drinkers(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-07/ucl-cos071013.php)

Impulsive behavior, in particular, including acting out in class, engaging in drug or alcohol abuse, and risky sexual behaviors, is something that gets adolescents in trouble. The YES! program, run by the nonprofit International Association for Human Values, includes yoga-based breathing practices, among other techniques, and the research findings show that a little bit of breathing can go a long way. The scientists report that students who went through the 4-week YES! for Schools program felt less impulsive, while students in a control group that didn't participate in the program showed no change.(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-07/uoc--ntt070913.php)

patients with frontotemporal dementia (FTD) lose the emotional content/colour of their memories(http://www.neura.edu.au/news-events/news/brain-region-implicated-emotional-disturbance-dementia-patients)

Young men who are gang members suffer unprecedented levels of psychiatric illness(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-07/qmuo-gmf070913.php)

Exceptional spatial ability at age 13 predicts creative and scholarly achievements over 30 years later(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-07/afps-esr071213.php)

single dose of metylfenidat/methylphenidate (MPH), used to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy, helps to improve balance control during walking, hence reducing the risk of falls among elderly adults(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-07/aabu-sdo071613.php)

topiramate, typically used to treat epilepsy and more recently weight loss, may also help people addicted to both cocaine and alcohol use less cocaine(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-07/uops-wld071813.php and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Topiramate)

Scientists identify key brain circuits that control compulsive drinking in rats, found they could reduce compulsive drinking in rats by inhibiting key neural pathways that run between the prefrontal cortex, which is involved with higher functions such as critical thinking and risk assessment, and the nucleus accumbens, a critical area for reward and motivation.(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-07/uoc--gcs072213.php)

Criminals with psychopathy characteristically show a reduced ability to empathise with others, including their victims. Evidence suggests they are also more likely to reoffend upon release than criminals without the psychiatric condition. Psychopathy is a personality disorder characterised by superficial charm, pathological lying and a diminished capacity for remorse. Psychopaths do not lack empathy, rather they can switch it on at will(http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-23431793)

people who were overconfident, introverted, or women were less able to accurately distinguish between legitimate and phishing e-mails. Although 89% of the participants indicted they were confident in their ability to identify malicious e-mails, 92% of them misclassified phishing e-mails. Almost 52% in the study misclassified more than half the phishing e-mails, and 54% deleted at least one authentic e-mail, subjects who self-reported as "less trusting, introverts, or less open to new experiences" were more likely to delete legitimate e-mails(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-07/hfae-pol072413.php)

Regular cannabis/marijuana use in adolescence, but not adulthood, may permanently impair brain function and cognition, and may increase the risk of developing serious psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-07/uomm-uom072413.php)

research suggests avoiding temptation may increase your chances of success compared to relying on willpower alone(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-07/uoc-wts072313.php)

novel screening method makes it easier to diagnose and treat children with autism(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-07/f-ans071813.php)

Young children who use gestures outperform their peers in problem-solving tasks(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-07/sfsu-gta072613.php)

Cellular Mechanisms for Attention in the Brain, this study could help people with attention deficits resulting from brain injury or disease, attention finely tunes neuronal communication at the synaptic level by selectively altering synaptic weights, enabling enhanced detection of salient events in the noisy sensory environment.(http://geiselmed.dartmouth.edu/news/2013/06/27_briggs/?print and http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/nature12276.htm)

gaming condition that emphasized maintenance and rapid switching between multiple information and action sources led to a large increase in cognitive flexibility as measured by a wide array of non-video gaming tasks. Theoretically, the results suggest that the distributed brain networks supporting cognitive flexibility can be tuned by engrossing video game experience that stresses maintenance and rapid manipulation of multiple information sources. Practically, these results suggest avenues for increasing cognitive function.(http://www.plosone.org/article/info:doi/10.1371/journal.pone.0070350)

non-invasive electrical brain stimulation, called transcranial random noise stimulation (TRNS), sends weak electrical impulses racing between electrodes attached to the forehead, may improve math learning.(http://singularityhub.com/2013/06/15/study-finds-random-electrical-current-may-help-folks-learn-math/)

When the teen drivers listened to their preferred music, virtually all (98%) demonstrated an average of 3 deficient driving behaviors in at least one of the trips. Nearly 1/3 of those (32%) required a a sudden verbal warning or command for action, and 20% needed an assisted steering or braking maneuver to prevent an imminent accident. These errors included speeding, tailgating, careless lane switching, passing vehicles and one-handed driving. Male novice drivers in particular make more frequent and serious mistakes listening to their preferred music than their less aggressive, female counterparts.(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-08/aabu-tdm082213.php)

researchers transplanted fetal stem cells into laboratory animals with radiation-induced cognitive impairments, resulting in a number of cognitive improvements(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-08/ctco-fsc082213.php)

Simple 4-part program, including referral to a quit-smoking hotline and a free supply of nicotine patches, can increase the percentage of patients who quit smoking before undergoing surgery,(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-08/wkh-pih082213.php)

small cue of social connection to someone from another group, such as a shared interest, can help reduce prejudice immediately and up to 6 months later(http://www.psychologicalscience.org/index.php/news/releases/engaging-in-a-brief-cultural-activity-can-reduce-implicit-prejudice.html)

Volunteering can improve mental health and help you live longer(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-08/uoe-gov082113.php)

Prison inmates who receive general education and vocational training are significantly less likely to return to prison after release and are more likely to find employment than peers who do not receive such opportunities(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-08/rc-pec081913.php)

chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a brain disease associated with repeat brain trauma including concussions in athletes, may affect people in two major ways: Initially affecting behavior or mood or initially affecting memory and thinking abilities.(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-08/bumc-sdc082113.php)

Just thinking about science triggers moral behavior(http://www.nature.com/news/just-thinking-about-science-triggers-moral-behavior-1.13616)

poverty and all its related concerns require so much mental energy that the poor have less remaining brainpower to devote to other areas of life(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-08/pu-pcp082613.php)

Most parents who yell at their adolescent children wouldn't dream of physically punishing their teens. Yet their use of harsh verbal discipline, defined as shouting, cursing, or using insults, may be just as detrimental to the long-term well-being of adolescents.(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-09/uop-ydh090413.php)

Scientists at UC San Francisco are reporting that they have found a way to reverse some of the negative effects of aging on the brain, using a video game designed to improve cognitive control. In the game, which was developed by the UCSF researchers, participants race a car around a winding track while a variety of road signs pop up. Drivers are instructed to keep an eye out for a specific type of sign, while ignoring all the rest, and to press a button whenever that particular sign appears. The need to switch rapidly from driving to responding to the signs, i.e. multitasking, generates interference in the brain that undermines performance. The researchers found that this interference increases dramatically across the adult lifespan. But after receiving just 12 hours of training on the game, spread over a month, the 60- to 85-year-old study participants improved their performance until it surpassed that of 20-somethings who played the game for the first time. The training also improved the participants' performance in 2 other important cognitive areas: working memory and sustained attention. And participants maintained their skills at the video games 6x months after the training had ended.(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-09/uoc--tto082913.php)

degeneration of a small, wishbone-shaped structure deep inside the brain may provide the earliest clues to future cognitive decline, long before healthy older people exhibit clinical symptoms of memory loss or dementia, study found that the only discernible brain differences between normal people who later developed cognitive impairment and those who did not were changes in their fornix, an organ that carries messages to and from the hippocampus, and that has long been known to play a role in memory(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-09/uoc--bcl090913.php)

Using large and frequent doses of the pain-killer codeine may actually produce heightened sensitivity to pain(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-09/uoa-cci091213.php)

men with wider faces are more aggressive, less trustworthy and more prone to engaging in deception, individuals behave more selfishly when interacting with men with wider faces and this selfish behavior elicits selfish behavior in others(http://ucrtoday.ucr.edu/17624)

high school students in the United States achieve higher scores on a standardized mathematics test if they study from a curriculum known as integrated mathematics(http://munews.missouri.edu/news-releases/2013/0916-non-traditional-mathematics-curriculum-results-in-higher-standardized-test-scores-mu-study-finds/)

14% will become smokers between the ages of 18 and 24, 3 factors predict this behaviour Smoking initiation also occurs among young adults, and in particular among those who are impulsive, have poor grades, or who use alcohol regularly(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-09/uom-wdy091613.php)

during a decade when prescription opioid use has skyrocketed, the identification and treatment of pain has failed to improve, and the use of non-opioid analgesics has plateaued, or even declined(http://www.jhsph.edu/news/news-releases/2013/alexander-opiod-pain-use.html)

risk for diminished neurocognitive performance and symptoms caused by the harmful effects of blast-related pressure changes on the brain(http://www.liebertpub.com/global/pressrelease/low-level-blast-explosions-harm-brain-says-new-study-in-emjournal-of-neurotrauma-em/1313/)

iPad app that helps students learn spatial visualization, an essential skill for doing well in science, math and engineering(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-09/uoc--iat091313.php)

Varenicline helps smokers with depression to quit smoking. At the end of the 40-week follow up, 20% of the varenicline group continued to abstain from smoking, compared to 10% of the placebo group.(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-09/uoc--vhs091113.php and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Varenicline)

Abnormalities in the structure of the brain predispose people to develop chronic pain after a lower back injury(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-09/nu-pww091713.php)

breast cancer drug tamoxifen is toxic to cells of the brain and central nervous system, producing mental fogginess(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-09/uorm-mfw091213.php)

Study Finds Brain Training Enhances Brain Health of Adults Over 50(http://www.lef.org/news/LefDailyNews.htm?NewsID=20902)

Alzheimer's progression tracked prior to dementia. Stage 1: Levels of amyloid beta, a protein fragment produced by the brain, begin to fall in the spinal fluid. This indicates that the substance is beginning to form plaques in the brain. Stage 2: Levels of tau protein start to rise in the spinal fluid, indicating that brain cells are beginning to die. Amyloid beta levels are still abnormal and may continue to fall. Stage 3: In the presence of abnormal amyloid and tau biomarker levels, subtle cognitive changes can be detected by neuropsychological testing. By themselves, these changes cannot establish a clinical diagnosis of dementia. 5 years after their initial evaluation, 11% of the stage 1 group, 26% of the stage 2 group, and 52% of the stage 3 group had been diagnosed with symptomatic Alzheimer's.(http://news.wustl.edu/news/Pages/25876.aspx)

Neurofeedback can enhance the signal-to-noise ratio in thought, enabling a sharper focus on tasks(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-09/vt-coy092013.php)

even a single mild explosion can cause changes in the brain that have similarities to those found in diseases like Alzheimer's disease and chronic traumatic encephalopathy(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-09/ip-asm092413.php)

Using CHICA, Child Health Improvement through Computer Automation, to pre-screen for ADHD increased the likelihood that pediatricians screened for and documented appropriate, evidence-based criteria to diagnose ADHD, and made them more likely to seek more information from parents and school. It also made physicians more likely to screen child for anxiety and depression(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-09/iu-ria092413.php)

simple measurement of the sweat gland activity of a depressed person can determine if he or she is suicidal with 97% accuracy(http://www.liu.se/forskning/forskningsnyheter/1.509002?l=en&sc=true)

majority of those underage students in Ontario, Canada who smoke or drink are getting cigarettes and alcohol from a friend or family member(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-09/cfaa-uyg092313.php)

When individuals with psychopathy imagine others in pain, brain areas necessary for feeling empathy and concern for others fail to become active and be connected to other important regions involved in affective processing and decision-making(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-09/f-anb092313.php)

Cocaine makes otherwise resistant immune cells susceptible to infection with HIV, causing both significant infection and new production of the virus(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-10/uoc--cuc100113.php)

no such thing as objectivity when it comes to your friends: according to a new study, people evaluate their friends' behavior more positively than do strangers, regardless of actual performance on a series of tasks(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-10/sfpa-wwc100913.php)

children growing up in rural poverty score significantly lower on visual working memory tests than their urban counterparts. However, children in urban poverty score slightly lower on tests of verbal working memory(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-10/dc-dss101413.php)

People over the age of 75 with normal cognition who used diuretics, angiotensin-1 receptor blockers (ARBs) and angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors showed a reduced risk of Alzheimer's disease dementia by at least 50%(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-10/jhm-bpd101613.php)

2 proteins fosforylated/phosphorylated tau and beta amyloid found in cerebrospinal fluid were a harbinger of mild cognitive impairment (often a precursor to Alzheimer's) more than 5 years before symptom onset(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-10/jhm-fad101513.php)

topiramate, a drug approved by the US Food and Drug Administration to treat epilepsy and migraine headaches, also could be the first reliable medication to help treat cocaine dependence(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-10/uomm-nss102513.php and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Topiramate)

New cocaine and cannabis/marijuana research reveals that regular cannabis users have increased levels of impulsive behavior(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-10/w-rca102813.php)

Fluoxetine, an antidepressant of the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) class, induces a juvenile-like state in the mouse prefrontal cortex(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-11/fhui-adi102413.php and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fluoxetine)

Magnetic stimulation of the brain helps some people decrease their smoking, and even quit altogether for up to 6 months after treatment. Stimulating an area of the brain associated with drug reward, the subthalamic nucleus, reduces rats' motivation to take heroin. Research suggests an area of the brain known as the insula may be overactive in people with gambling problems. People with damage to this area were less prone to the motivations of gamblers(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-11/sfn-sep111213.php)

resveratrol may also block the effects of the highly addictive drug, methamphetamine(http://munews.missouri.edu/news-releases/2013/1119-natural-compound-mitigates-effects-of-methamphetamine-abuse-university-of-missouri-researchers-find/)

Liberals tend to underestimate the amount of actual agreement among those who share their ideology, while conservatives tend to overestimate intra-group agreement(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-11/afps-lal111813.php)

Preventing marijuana/cannabis-induced memory problems with over-the-counter painkillers nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug such as ibuprofen(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-11/cp-pmm111413.php)
The brain's ability to recognize the difference between two similar but not identical items, called pattern separation, reflects a deeper level of memory retention. Caffeine enhances memory/pattern separation(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2014-01/jhu-iac010914.php)

pregnenolone, a molecule produced by the brain, acts as a natural defence mechanism against the harmful effects of cannabis/marijuana in animals. Pregnenolone prevents THC/Tetrahydrocannabinol, the main active principle in cannabis, from fully activating its brain receptor, the CB1 receptor, that when overstimulated by THC/Tetrahydrocannabinol causes the intoxicating effects of cannabis/marijuana. 2 major behavioural problems are associated with regular cannabis use in humans: cognitive deficits and a general loss of motivation(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2014-01/ind-mdt010214.php , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pregnenolone , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tetrahydrocannabinol and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cannabis)
Exposing adolescent rats to THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the primary psychoactive ingredient in cannabis/marijuana can lead to molecular and behavioral alterations in the next generation of offspring(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2014-01/tmsh-pet011614.php)
consumption of cannabis/marijuana during pregnancy can impair the development of the fetus' brain with long-lasting effects after birth(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2014-01/ki-cdp012314.php)

Bigger dishes can cause adults and children to serve and consume more food, children will not only ask for more food to fill larger bowls, they'll also eat 52% more(http://foodpsychology.cornell.edu/op/servingkids)

Extroverted and introverted children respond differently to environmental cues, such as plate size, when it comes to portion control. When serving themselves, extraverted kids were far more likely to be impacted by the size of the bowl; they served a heaping 33.1% more breakfast in the large bowl, compared to introverted kids who only served themselves 5.6% more when bowl size increased. This indicates that the extraverted kids were more influenced by the external cue of bowl-size than introverted kids were. This benefit for introverted kids, however, is only present when serving themselves; when served by adults, all kids requested more cereal to fill up the the large bowl than the small bowl.(http://foodpsychology.cornell.edu/op/extravert-intravert)

Long-term cocaine abuse may be associated with deficits in parts of the brain involved in monitoring and overseeing one's own behavior.(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-11/tmsh-msf111813.php)

Computer-based training programs that claim to help children with ADHD succeed in the classroom and in peer relationships while reducing hyperactivity and inattentiveness do not produce significant or meaningful long-term improvements.(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-11/uocf-ase112513.php)

medication used to treat ADHD in adult men can save lives on the road, individuals with ADHD have an approximately 45% increased risk of being involved in serious transport accidents, such as car or motorcycle accidents, compared to individuals without ADHD(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2014-01/ki-ams012714.php)

Training your brain using neurofeedback, magnetoencephalography (MEG) can be used as a potential therapeutic tool to control and train specific targeted brain regions(http://www.mcgill.ca/channels-contribute/channels/news/training-your-brain-using-neurofeedback-232493)

exposure to short wavelength, or blue light, during the biological day directly and immediately improves alertness and performance(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2014-02/bawh-blm020314.php)

Study challenges claims of single-sex schooling benefits(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2014-02/uow-scc020314.php)

Single-sex education does not educate girls and boys any better than coed schools(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2014-02/apa-seu013114.php)

Peaceful cooperation can reduce or eliminate the nonconscious tendency to categorize people by race(http://www.news.ucsb.edu/2014/013948/content-our-cooperation-not-color-our-skin)

anticonvulsant medication, topiramate, previously shown to reduce drinking in patients committed to abstinence from alcohol, can also be helpful in treating problem drinkers whose aim is to curb their alcohol consumption, randomized double-blind trial included a total of 138 heavy drinkers, approximately half of whom received 12 weeks of treatment with topiramate at a maximal dosage of 200 mg/day and half of whom received a placebo. By the end of treatment, the odds of experiencing a heavy drinking day in the placebo group was five times more than that of the topiramate group; and the number of patients who experienced no heavy drinking days on the last four weeks of treatment in the topirmate group was more than double that of the placebo group. In addition, topiramate patients reported more abstinent days than placebo patients. Only individuals with a certain form of the kainate (glutamate) receptor reduced drinking with topiramate treatment(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2014-02/uops-pst021314.php and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Topiramate)

Simple vision test performed on the sidelines may help determine whether athletes have suffered a concussion. The time to complete the King-Devick test (usually < 1 minute) was longer for 79% of the athletes after the injury. A test of rapid number naming, the King-Devick test requires intact eye movements, language and concentration, all of which can be impaired as a result of concussion. When the test results were combined with those of the Standardized Assessment of Concussion and the Balance Error Scoring System, 100% of the concussions were identified.(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2014-02/aaon-met021214.php and http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-02/uops-sta020211.php)

if you’re 55 or older, that single serving of 1 glass of wine may hit you hard enough to make you a dangerous driver(http://ufhealth.org/news/2014/older-drivers-study-finds-one-drink-may-be-one-too-many)

Part of the brain called the hippocampus stores memories/memory by their "temporal context" what happened before, and what came after.(http://news.ucdavis.edu/search/news_detail.lasso?id=10854)

forgetfulness linked to dopamine D2 receptor gene, functions such as attention and memory are less clearly expressed in persons who carry the thymine variant of the gene than in the cytosine type(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2014-03/uob-gfc032114.php)

the drug baclofen can help block the impact of the brain's response to unconscious triggers before conscious craving occurs. They suggest that this can prevent cocaine relapse.(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2014-04/uops-pmp040114.php and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baclofen)

People Selectively Remember the Details of Atrocities That Absolve In-Group Members(http://www.psychologicalscience.org/index.php/news/releases/people-selectively-remember-the-details-of-atrocities-that-absolve-in-group-members.html)

smaller groups actually tend to make more accurate decisions while larger assemblies may become excessively focused on only certain pieces of information(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2014-04/pu-tmc042314.php)

When the task at hand requires some imagination, taking a walk may lead to more creative thinking than sitting(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2014-04/apa-taw042414.php)

Teenagers who drink alcohol and smoke cannabis/marijuana may be at increased risk for unsafe driving(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2014-04/joso-twu042214.php)

proportion of marijuana-positive drivers involved in fatal motor vehicle crashes in Colorado has increased dramatically since the commercialization of medical cannabis/marijuana in the middle of 2009(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2014-05/uocd-mui051514.php)

punishment is only satisfying to victims if the offenders change their attitude as a result of the punishment(http://www.princeton.edu/main/news/archive/S39/99/15Q02/index.xml?section=newsreleases)

Human learning altered by electrical stimulation of dopamine neurons. Method may hold potential for rehabilitation after injury or addictive behaviors(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2014-05/uops-hla051314.php)

Adolescents tend to be more powerful in influencing their friends to start smoking than in helping them to quit(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2014-06/asa-pil061114.php)

People with significant hypothyroidism can experience impaired driving similar to those who are driving when intoxicated by alcohol, similar to the performance of drivers with a blood alcohol level of 0.082 g/100 mL. Taking thyroid hormone reversed all of these effects.(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2014-06/tes-hml062214.phphttp://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2014-06/tes-hml062214.php)

puzzle games can improve mental flexibility, adults who played the physics-based puzzle video game Cut the Rope regularly, for as little as an hour a day, had improved executive functions. The executive functions in your brain are important for making decisions in everyday life when you have to deal with sudden changes in your environment(http://media.ntu.edu.sg/NewsReleases/Pages/newsdetail.aspx?news=00a80688-3a2b-41ee-a81f-af0d50c80f2e)

Emotional and behavioral problems show up even with low exposure to lead, and as blood lead levels increase in children, so do the problems(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2014-06/nioe-lik063014.php)

Only 25 minutes of mindfulness meditation alleviates stress, on the biological side, the mindfulness mediation participants showed greater cortisol reactivity.(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2014-07/cmu-o2m070214.php and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mindfulness_(psychology))

Consciousness on-off switch discovered deep in brain. Mohamad Koubeissi at the George Washington University in Washington DC and his colleagues describe how they managed to switch a woman's consciousness off and on by stimulating her claustrum(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Claustrum and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Claustrum)

peacemaking efforts such as apologies, offers of compensation and owning up to one's responsibility increase forgiveness and reduce anger, by making the aggressor seem more valuable as a relationship partner and by causing the victim to feel less at risk of getting hurt again by the transgressor(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2014-07/uom-tpo071414.php)

Modern office workers are expected to multitask regularly, often juggling multiple projects and priorities over the course of a day, ongoing interruptions can negatively affect the quality of work(http://www.hfes.org/Web/DetailNews.aspx?ID=343)

Some findings of modern science about lack of sleep/sliip deprivation:
While young children sleep, connections between the left and the right hemispheres of their brain strengthen, which may help brain functions mature(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-11/uoca-cit112013.php)

5 nights of restricted sleep, 4 hours a night, affect the brain in a way similar to that seen after acute total sleep deprivation(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2010-08/uow-brs080910.php)

Lack of sleep found to be a new risk factor for aggressive breast cancers(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2012-08/uhcm-los082712.php)

Disruptions to the circadian rhythm can affect the growth of blood vessels in the body, thus causing illnesses such as diabetes, obesity, and cancer(http://www.liu.se/forskning/forskningsnyheter/1.356215?l=en)

many residents are exposed to high noise levels that put them at risk of annoyance or sleep disturbance, which can have serious health consequences(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2012-09/ehs-srt090712.php)

abnormalities in bone and bone marrow in rats undergoing chronic lack of sleep(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2012-09/sfeb-los_1091812.php)

increasing the amount of sleep that teenagers get could improve their insulin resistance and prevent the future onset of diabetes(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2012-09/aaos-los092812.php)

melatonin supplementation significantly improved sleep in hypertensive patients taking beta-blockers(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2012-09/bawh-mho092512.php)

possible link between mind wandering and aging: those who reported more mind wandering had shorter telomeres, while those who reported more presence in the moment, or having a greater focus and engagement with their current activities, had longer telomeres, even after adjusting for current stress(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2012-11/uoc--wma111612.php)

Poor sleep in old age prevents the brain from storing memories(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-01/uoc--psi012513.php)

Loss of sleep, even for a single night, increases inflammation in the body(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2008-09/e-los090208.php)

Evidence mounts that short or poor sleep can lead to increased eating and risk of diabetes(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2009-04/foas-emt041709.php)

Chronic insomnia with short sleep duration is a significant risk factor for hypertension(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2009-04/aaos-ciw032609.php)

Longer sleep duration associated with lower incidence of calcification in coronary arteries The incidence of calcification at 5 years was 12.3% (n = 61 participants). After adjusting for age, sex, race, education, smoking and apnea risk, the researchers found that one hour more of sleep per night decreased the estimated odds of calcification by 33%. The magnitude of the observed association was similar to sizable differences in established coronary risk factors (e.g., 1 additional hour of sleep reduced risk similarly to a reduction of 16.5 mm Hg in systolic blood pressure). No potential mediators appreciably altered the magnitude or significance of sleep. Alternative sleep metrics were not significantly associated with calcification.(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2008-12/jaaj-lsd121808.php)

From Matthew Walker, a world class sleep researcher at University of California, Berkeley, he appeared on 60 minutes: Sounds stop body from entering what's called "deep sleep" after 4 nights without deep sleep they have found that, like prior study subjects, he is hungrier, less alert, and most importantly, his body is no longer able to metabolize sugar effectively, putting him temporarily at increased risk for Type 2 diabetes(http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/03/14/60minutes/main3939721_page5.shtml)

A study of the effects of music levels on drinking in a bar setting has found that loud music leads to more drinking in less time (http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2008-07/ace-lmc071308.php)

Sleep deprivation causes some people to shift from a more automatic, implicit process of information categorization (information-integration) to a more controlled, explicit process (rule-based). This use of rule-based strategies in a task in which information-integration strategies are optimal can lead to potentially devastating errors when quick and accurate categorization is fundamental to survival(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2009-11/aaos-sst102809.php)

Sleep deprivation adversely affects automatic, accurate responses and can lead to potentially devastating errors, a finding of particular concern among firefighters, police officers, soldiers and others who work in a sleep-deprived state(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2009-11/uota-sdn111609.php)

1 sleepless night can induce insulin resistance in healthy people(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2010-05/tes-osn050310.php)

At high levels, noise can damage hearing, and at lower levels it can disrupt sleep patterns, interfere with communications, and even cause accidents(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2010-10/naos-ree100710.php)

Drivers who frequently take to the road with the top down may be risking serious damage to their hearing(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2009-10/aaoo-doc092809.php)

Sleep disturbances increase the risk of work disability and may slow the return to work process. This is especially true in cases where work disability is due to mental disorders or musculoskeletal diseases(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2010-10/aof-sds102510.php)

When people lose hope that they will ever get another good night's sleep, they become at high risk for suicide(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-02/ghsu-lho021413.php)

Compared to individuals with normal hearing, those individuals with a mild, moderate and severe hearing loss, respectively, had a 2- , 3- and 5- fold increased risk of developing dementia over the course of the study(http://www.lef.org/news/LefDailyNews.htm?NewsID=18108)

Simple measures to promote sleep can reduce delirium in intensive care patients, Delirium can lead to short- and long-term confusion and memory problems. A team of doctors, nurses, and others in the medical intensive care unit at Johns Hopkins implemented a project to reduce nighttime noise, light, and staff interruptions, and switching certain medications. They were able to reduce delirium and improve patient perceptions about the quality of their sleep.(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-02/jhm-smt021913.php)

Just a week of inadequate sleep can alter the activity of hundreds of genes, which may help scientists explain how wakeful nights can lead to ailments such as diabetes, obesity and heart disease.(http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-02-25/sleep-loss-alters-genes-while-raising-risk-of-disease.html)

compelling association between exercise and better sleep(http://www.sleepfoundation.org/alert/national-sleep-foundation-poll-finds-exercise-key-good-sleep)

Musicians who practiced and learned a new melody and were tested on it again after a night's sleep showed enhanced learning, says researcher Sarah Allen, Southern Methodist University, Dallas. The study found, however, that when 2 similar musical pieces were practiced one after the other, followed by sleep, any gains in speed and accuracy were diminished(http://blog.smu.edu/research/2013/04/10/musicians-who-learn-a-new-melody-demonstrate-enhanced-skill-after-a-nights-sleep)

Lack of sleep blights pupils' education, children who have more sleep achieve higher in maths, science and reading(http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-22209818)

Study finds that insomnia may be an important indicator of future hospitalization among middle-aged and older adults. Insomnia symptoms include difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, or both, and individuals with insomnia often report getting too little sleep, having poor sleep quality and not feeling refreshed when they wake up.(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-05/jhub-fha050913.php)

Less sleep per night is associated with a significant increase in the risk for motor vehicle crashes for young drivers(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-05/tjnj-lsa051613.php)

neurobiological evidence for dysfunction in the neural circuitry underlying emotion regulation in people with insomnia, which may have implications for the risk relationship between insomnia and depression(http://www.aasmnet.org/articles.aspx?id=3911)

Up to 20% of crashes that occur on monotonous roads can be attributed to sleepiness, and the most common medical cause of excessive daytime sleepiness is obstructive sleep apnea(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-06/uhcm-apc053113.php)

poor sleepers had increased signs of skin aging and slower recovery from a variety of environmental stressors, such as disruption of the skin barrier or ultraviolet radiation(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-07/uhcm-elc072313.php)

A sleepless night makes us more likely to reach for doughnuts or pizza than for whole grains and leafy green vegetables. Sleep deprivation linked to junk food cravings.(http://newscenter.berkeley.edu/2013/08/06/poor-sleep-junk-food/)

Sleep increases the reproduction of the cells that go on to form the insulating material on nerve cell projections in the brain and spinal cord known as myelin(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-09/sfn-sbp083013.php)

Using mice, researchers showed for the first time that the space between brain cells may increase during sleep, allowing the brain to flush out toxins that build up during waking hours(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-10/nion-bmf101713.php)

People who were deprived of one night's sleep purchased more calories and grams of food in a mock supermarket on the following day(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-09/w-sdi090513.php)

Getting less sleep and poor sleep quality are associated with abnormal brain imaging findings suggesting Alzheimer disease in older adults(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-10/tjnj-lsa101813.php)

The combined toll of occupational, recreational and environmental noise exposure poses a serious public health threat going far beyond hearing damage, hearing loss, cardiovascular disease, cognitive performance and mental health, and sleep disturbance(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-10/uops-ir102913.php)

1 night of sleep deprivation increases morning blood concentrations of NSE and S-100B in healthy young men. These brain molecules typically rise in blood under conditions of brain damage.(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-12/uu-stp122913.php)

Hearing loss linked to accelerated brain tissue loss(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2014-01/jhm-hll012214.php)

Poor-quality sleep marked by frequent awakenings can speed cancer growth, increase tumor aggressiveness and dampen the immune system's ability to control or eradicate early cancers(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2014-01/uocm-fsa012714.php)

Sleep loss may cause brain damage(http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/19/health/sleep-loss-brain-damage/index.html)

25% jump in the number of heart attacks occurring the Monday after we "spring forward" compared to other Mondays during the year, 21% drop in the number of heart attacks on the Tuesday after returning to standard time in the fall when we gain an hour back(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2014-03/acoc-dsi032714.php)

Long-Term Health Risks of Noise Pollution. Strategies to Protect and Preserve Your Hearing from lef.or(http://www.lef.org/magazine/mag2012/may2012_Strategies-Protect-Preserve-Your-Hearing_01.htm)

Sleep after learning strengthens connections between brain cells and enhances memory, sleep after learning encourages the growth of dendritic spines, the tiny protrusions from brain cells that connect to other brain cells and facilitate the passage of information across synapses(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2014-06/nlmc-sal060514.php)

sleep problems are associated with worse memory and executive function in older people(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2014-06/uow-lop062614.php)

Proteins causing daytime sleepiness tied to bone formation, target for osteoporosis. Orexin proteins, which are blamed for spontaneous daytime sleepiness, also play a crucial role in bone formation, mice lacking orexins also have very thin and fragile bones that break easily because they have fewer cells called osteoblasts(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2014-06/usmc-pcd061214.php and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orexin)

Melatonin makes old bones stronger, melatonin supplements make bones stronger in elderly rats and therefore, potentially, in elderly humans too(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2014-05/mu-mmo052614.php and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melatonin)

the less older adults sleep, the faster their brains age(http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2014-07/dgms-ssa062914.php)

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