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If you’ve ever watched a cephalopod such as a squid changing color, then you’ll know that it’s a pretty amazing process – they can instantly change the appearance of their skin from dark to light and back again, or even create pulsating bands of color that travel across it. They are able to do this thanks to muscles that manipulate the pigmentation of their skin. Now, scientists from the University of Bristol have succeeded in creating artificial muscles and cells, that might someday allow for the same sort of color changes in smart clothing that can camouflage itself against different backgrounds.

The color-changing muscles of squids – along with various fish, reptiles and amphibians – work in unison with specialized cells known as chromatophores. In squids, each of these cells contains a sac, filled with granules of pigment. When the muscles surrounding a chromatophore contract, that colored sac expands, causing it to appear larger to an observer.

Zebrafish, another color-changing animal, take a slightly different approach. Their chromatophores contain a reservoir of liquid pigmentation. When activated, that liquid is pumped through to the skin, where it spreads out like ink.

The U Bristol researchers used dielectric elastomers – soft, stretchy electrically-activated polymers – to create man-made equivalents of both of these systems.

When an electrical current is applied to them, the elastomers themselves expand, creating the same illusion as a squid’s expanding pigment sac. As soon as the current is shut off, they return to their regular state.

To replicate the zebrafish’s process, an artificial cell was created by sandwiching a silicone bladder between two glass microscope slides. Dielectric elastomers were used to create two pumps, one located on either side of the bladder, and connected to it with silicone tubes. One of those pumps is able to send opaque white spirit into the bladder, while the other can pump in a mixture of black ink and water. By alternately activating the two muscle-pumps with an electrical current, the white and black “pigmentations” can displace one another within the bladder, causing it to appear all-white, all-black, or somewhere in between.

“Our artificial chromatophores are both scalable and adaptable and can be made into an artificial compliant skin which can stretch and deform, yet still operate effectively,” said project leader Jonathan Rossiter. “This means they can be used in many environments where conventional 'hard' technologies would be dangerous, for example at the physical interface with humans, such as smart clothing.”

A paper on the research was published today in the journal Bioinspiration and Biomimetics.

Source: Gizmag - via zeitnews.org

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Su internet girano varie ricette; io ho scelto questa perchè richiede ingredienti facilissimi da trovare e che costano veramente poco: glicerina, bicarbonato, comune sale da cucina. Più un olio essenziale per l’aroma.

Il vantaggio per il portafoglio è evidente. Per quanto riguarda l’ambiente, gli si risparmiano le risorse necessarie per produrre tubetto e scatola, e poi per riciclarli o smaltirle in discarica. Ecco il video...

A proposito del bicarbonato, l’ingrediente principale (la glicerina serve giusto ad “impastarlo”) so che esiste una polemica vecchia come il cucco: fa male ai denti e li corrode! No, non fa male e anzi li sbianca!

Secondo me, taglia la testa al toro il fatto che il bicarbonato – così almeno dice Wikipedia – rientra anche nella composizione dei dentifrici industriali.

Fonte: blogeko.iljournal.it

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România, al doilea mare client al Fondului Monetar International din Uniunea Europeana dupa Grecia, va gazdui în acest weekend reuniunea rotativa a constituantei FMI si a Bancii Mondiale, structura organizatorica condusa de Olanda si care reprezinta inclusiv interesele Bucurestiului în comitetele directoare ale celor doua institutii financiare internationale.

Acest eveniment a fost anuntat înca de la sfârsitul lunii aprilie de catre guvernatorul BNR, Mugur Isarescu. El spunea atunci ca la evenimentul organizat la Bucuresti si-au anuntat participarea 12 guvernatori de banci centrale si ministrii de finante din tarile care fac parte din acest grup.

Constituanta olandeza este formata din România, Olanda, Armenia, Bosnia si Hertegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cipru, Georgia, Israel, Macedonia, Moldova, Muntenegru si Ucraina si voteaza în numele acestor tari în boardurile executive ale FMI si BM.
Este pentru a doua oara dupa Revolutie când România organizeaza acest eveniment, prima data reuniunea având loc în 1998.

Organizarea acestei reuniuni se realizeaza o data pe an, pe baza unui principiu de rotatie între tarile membre ale constituantei olandeze.

România înca este reprezentata la FMI de Mihai Tanasescu, care este senior advisor, iar la Banca Mondiala de Stefan Nanu, care ocupa pozitia de director adjunct al constituantei olandeze.

Din aceasta vara functia de negociator-sef al FMI pentru România va fi preluata de olandezul Erik Jan de Vrijer, care va avea misiunea de a supraveghea rambursarea de catre România a celor 10,5 miliarde de drepturi speciale de tragere (DST - moneda FMI) trase de la fond, peste 12 miliarde de euro la cotatia actuala a DST. Împrumutul reprezinta aproximativ 9% din PIB-ul tarii estimat la 140 miliarde de euro.

Schimbarea coincide cu apropiata încheiere a mandatului lui Mihai Tanasescu pe pozitia de reprezentant al României la FMI, functie pe care o detine de circa cinci ani.

Tanasescu urmeaza sa primeasca un post de viceprese­dinte la Banca Europeana de Investitii. În locul lui Tanasescu va pleca la Washington Serban Matei, seful Directiei opera­tiuni de piata din BNR, potrivit unor surse bancare.

În FMI sunt 24 de constituente. Tarile mari, precum SUA si China, au propriul lor loc în boardul FMI si voteaza direct.

Câti bani am luat de la FMI si BM si când îi dam înapoi ?

Pentru a face fata crizei, România a devenit la începutul lui 2009 unul dintre principalii clienti ai FMI din Uniunea Europeana, întrecând Ungaria, dar fiind depasita de Grecia. Ungaria a primit aprobarea de la FMI pentru un împrumut de 10,5 mld. DST si a tras 7,6 mld. DST, în timp ce împrumutull stand-by aprobat pentru Grecia a totalizat 26,4 mld. DST, suma trasa fiind de 17,5 mld. DST.

Pâna acum România a platit doar dobânzi aferente împrumutului record de aproape 20 mld. euro semnat cu FMI, Comisia Europeana (CE) si Banca Mondiala în urma cu trei ani - cel mai mare împrumut din istoria României si cât jumatate din bugetul tarii.

Prima plata a principalului catre FMI va avea loc pe data de 6 august 2012 si va fi în suma de 546 de milioane de drepturi speciale de tragere (DST, "moneda" FMI), peste 600 mil. euro la cotatia din prezent a DST.

Pe parcursul acestui an, România va trebui sa ramburseze catre FMI aproximativ 1,8 mld. euro.

Din acestia, Ministerul Finantelor trebuie sa dea înapoi 121 mil. euro FMI, iar BNR trebuie sa plateasca circa 1,4 mld. euro, diferenta reprezentând dobânzi.

Din împrumutul de la FMI, de aproximativ 12 mld. euro, la buget au ajuns doar circa 2 mld. euro, diferenta intrând la rezerva valutara a BNR.

Cea mai mare parte a împrumutului contractat în 2009 de la FMI se ramburseaza din rezervele valutare ale BNR, nu de la buget, astfel ca nu ar trebui sa existe constrângeri legate de rambursarea împrumutului, având în vedere ca în mai 2012 rezervele valutare au ajuns la 33,5 mld. euro.

De la Banca Mondiala România a împrumutat 1 mld. euro pe care începe sa-l ramburseze începând cu anul 2022. Recent, Banca Mondiala a aprobat o linie de credit de 1 mld. de euro pentru România, care va consolida rezerva de lichiditati a Ministerului Finantelor, reprezentând o plasa de siguranta în cazul în care tensiunile de pe pietele financiare se vor accentua.

Sursa: zf.ro - via gandeste.org

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In independent tests, a new world record efficiency of 10.7 percent was achieved for the company's latest tandem organic photovoltaic (OPV) cells ... and 15 percent may be just a few years away.

Organic solar cells are cheaper to produce, lighter and more flexible than traditional silicon-based solar cells, and therefore have a wider range of applications.

Heliatek has set a world record efficiency with its latest organic solar technology

The downside is that the efficiency rate of OPV cells is still much lower than inorganic solar cells, which are around 15 - 20 percent efficient (though that number is growing).

The organic solar tandem cells developed by Heliatek incorporate small organic molecules called oligomers, which are deposited into the thin layers of solar film using a low temperature, roll-to-roll vacuum process.

“This enables us to literally engineer the cell architecture to systematically improve efficiency and lifetime.” Says Dr. Martin Pfeiffer, co-founder and CTO of Heliatek.

In tests conducted by accredited testing facility SGS, the efficiency of the OPV cell was measured in standard testing conditions which resulted in the record 10.7 percent efficiency on 1.1 cm˛.

The technology also performed well in low light and high temperatures of up to 80 degrees Celsius. The results at low light showed that the OPV cell’s efficiency not only remained constant, but actually increased. The efficiency was 15% higher at an irradiation of 100 W/m˛, compared with the efficiency measured at 1000 W/m˛. The tests also found that when efficiency was measured at high temperatures it remained constant.

These measurements are surprising when compared to inorganic solar cells, which lose 15 to 20 percent efficiency when exposed to elevated temperatures.

Heliatek says these findings add up to a higher harvesting factor under real life conditions than crystalline and thin film solar technologies.

“Thanks to the close cooperation between our research teams in chemistry and physics, we are now on our path to achieving 15 percent efficiency within the next few years,” says CEO of Heliatek, Thibaud Le Séguillon.

The company’s first roll-to-roll manufacturing line in Dresden which is due to go into production in late 2012.

Source: Gizmag - via zeitnews.org

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It's baked in the cake. Preparations began months ago. Regime change plans are longstanding. The road to Tehran runs through Damascus.

Washington runs everything. It controls the process. At stake is regional dominance. Key also is shutting out Russia and China.

War is the strategy of choice when other methods fail. Insurgent attacks won't oust Assad. Increasingly war looks likely. Only its timing is unknown.

For months, regional states, including Israel, have been supplying insurgents with weapons. They're entering cross border. Lebanon's Khamat Airport is used. It borders Syria. It underwent reconstruction for reasons other than commercial development.

Retired Lebanese General Amin Khteit explained months earlier. He said official reasons for using the airport belie its real purpose. "(P)roven reports" say its a "transshipment base" to supply Syrian insurgents with weapons.

On June 10, Haaretz headlined "Netanyahu: Assad slaughtering Syrian civilians with the aid of Iran, Hezbollah," saying:

On Sunday, he accused Assad of carrying out recent massacres. "We see horrid pictures of children and the elderly."

"The massacre is not only carried out by the Syrian government, but is also aided by Iran and Hezbollah. The world must see this axis of evil so everyone would understand in what world we live in."

Like Obama and top US officials, Neyanyahu is a serial liar and war criminal multiple times over.

Earlier Sunday, Vice Prime Minister Shaul Mofaz also pointed fingers at Assad. He accused Russia of arming him. He called for direct military intervention.

Earlier, Israeli officials stayed mostly silent. Going public may prove significant. Hindsight will explain more than now known.

War winds have blown for months. Now they're reaching gale force. Direct intervention could come any time.

On June 11, Press TV headlined "Israel engages in publicity stunt to encourage military intervention in Syria," saying Likud party MK Ayood Kara claimed:

"....(R)ecent reports indicated that the armed groups fighting against the Syrian government have found access to and plan to use chemical weapons, acquired from Libya."

"According to a June 10 report by Russia Today, the armed rebels plan to use the chemical weapons against civilians and then attempt to blame Damascus for the atrocity."

Another same day Press TV report explained that Israeli planes are "smuggling weapons into Iraq's Kurdistan region...." They're transshipped to Syria with Qatari help.

President Massoud Barzani is involved. He's "facilitat(ing) the operations of illegal Israeli firms in the region."

Washington is training Al Qaeda elements in European countries. They're sent to Syria to commit violence.

On Press TV, this writer pointed fingers the right way. America bears full responsibility. At issue is replacing Assad with a pro-Western puppet regime.

US, UK, and other foreign special forces are involved. They're training, arming, funding, and directing insurgent strikes. So are CIA and MI6 operatives. Pro-Assad loyalists are targeted as well as strategic sites. Direct intervention approaches.

On May 27, London Guardian writer Patrick Seale headlined "In Syria, this is no plan for peace," saying:

"After the Houla massacre, it's clear that outside funding of the anti-Assad rebels is undermining efforts to end the conflict."

Unless stopped, Seale predicts "full-scale civil war." Western-sponsored insurgency to topple Assad is more accurate.

War will destroy Syria, he said. It "could destabilize the whole Levant." Assad's waging a battle for survival.

Separately he asked "What Is US Game Plan?" Drone attacks build "fierce anti-American sentiment...." Peace initiatives are sabotaged. Instead of engaging Iran responsibly, confrontational policies continue. Syrian violence increasingly spins more out of control.

"So what is Obama up to?" He adopted Israel's hardline view on most everything. Instead of solving problems, he escalates them. He pays lip service to one thing but does another.

He "embraced the argument of Israeli hawks and American neoconservatives that (toppling Assad) is the best way to weaken and isolate" Iran, "sever its ties to" Hezbollah and "Palestinian resistance movements, and eventually bring about a regime change in Tehran."

Obama, in fact, had these views throughout his tenure. He replicates America's most hardline elements. He's waging more direct and proxy wars than any US president in history.

He itches for more. He abhors peace, calm and stability. Syria is target one, then Iran, followed by other states to be named later. No end game whatever is in sight. Perpetual conflicts continue. So does mass killing and destruction.

It's shocking how few Americans understand what's going on and how it affects them directly.

On June 11, the Mossad DEBKAfile (DF) headlined "Obama speeds up limited air strike, no fly-zones preparations for Syria," saying:

He ordered "the US Navy and Air Force to accelerate preparations for a limited air offensive against the Assad regime and the imposition of no-fly zones over Syria..."

Strategy involves destroying "Assad's central regime and military command centers...."

So-called limited air attacks and no fly zones mean full scale war. Libyan-style mass killing and destruction will follow.

DF also said rebels will be supplied with greater amounts of arms and munitions. Enhanced professional training will be provided. At issue is ousting Assad more quickly.

How Moscow and Beijing react remains unclear. Both countries have vital regional interests. Losing them is unacceptable.

On June 10, Voice of Russia quoted Russian political analyst Georgi Mirsky, saying:

"The rebels are hoping to secure Western air support of their armed campaign against the Syrian government. Safe havens would be established, used by the Free Syrian Army as well as fleeing civilians."

"The Syrian army would have to attack these FSA bases, triggering an opposition appeal to the United Nations. Russia and China, however, would certainly block any intervention motion."

"NATO would probably intervene on its own, launching a massive air campaign. And once started, this new NATO war would draw in Iran."

According to Moscow-based Arab Studies Centre regional expert Boris Dolgov:

"The armed rebels are the main destabilizing force in Syria. During our January visit to that country, we found out that they do not have popular support."

"The majority of the Syrian people support President Assad and his reforms, which include the adoption of a new constitution and the introduction of multiparty democracy."

"Importantly, Syria has already held multiparty elections and formed a broad-based government. The Syrian opposition, however, is after toppling the Assad regime. It continues to stubbornly decline any dialogue with it."

Iran's FARS news agency said insurgents plan using chemical weapons smuggled from Libya. At issue is blaming Assad as a pretext for war.

FARS also reported Qatar's involvement with Israel in transshipping weapons to insurgents. Syrian security forces "discovered a large cache of weapons, explosives and ammunitions piled up and used by terrorist groups."

"(M)aterial is being stockpiled in Damascus, in Idlib near the Turkish border, and in Zabadani on the Lebanese border."

On Al-Manar Satellite channel, Lebanon's Defense Minister Fayez Ghosn said weapons smuggling continues illegally across his country's borders into Syria.

Tripoli is a base. "The armed men, coming from Turkey, Iraq and other parts, running away from Syria inflame Tripoli and Lebanon in general in implementation for premeditated schemes," he added.

Lebanon's army is doing what it can against elements destabilizing the country.

Earlier, Lebanon's navy seized a cargo ship carrying heavy machine guns, artillery shells, rockets, rocket launchers, and other explosives.

Its crew was arrested. It got permission to enter Tripoli. It originated from Libya. En route, it docked at Alexandria, Egypt. Other weapons caches were also interdicted. Large supplies are sent Syrian insurgents regularly.

On June 11, Now Lebanon headlined "Israel says Syria has the world's biggest chemical arsenal," saying:

Israeli General Staff Deputy Chief, Major General Yair Naveh claims Syrian chemical weapons, missiles and rockets can strike "any part of Israeli territory."

His remarks were broadcast Monday over Israeli military radio. He claimed Assad won't be restrained from attacking Israel. He said Syria stockpiled sarin and other nerve gas weapons.

On Sunday, the Syrian National Council (SNC) appointed a new leader. Former head Burhan Ghalioun was forced out.

Kurdish academic Abdelbaset Sayda replaced him. He lived in exile in Sweden. He told reporters at a news conference:

"We will expand and extend the base of the council so it will take on its role as an umbrella under which all the opposition will seek shade."

At issue is enlisting anti-Assad support from Syria's 1.5 million Kurds. Throughout the conflict, they've been largely neutral. He has no links to Syrian Kurds. Neither do most other SNC members. Whether the scheme works remains unclear.

Prominent dissident Fawaz Tello ended his SNC affiliation last year. At issue was Ghalioun's autocratic leadership. He said Syrian Kurds don't support Sayda.

He added that SNC members who resigned consider him weak and ineffective. "They never considered him as a candidate," they said. He doesn't represent Kurds, they claimed.

Ankara-based Center for Middle Eastern Strategic Studies (ORSAM) Syrian expert Oytun Orhan agreed, saying:

Sayda "does not represent the Kurds in the SNC. He is an independent member." He has no base among Syria's Kurdish population.

He was a compromise choice. One reason he was chosen "was to gain the support of the Kurds. From the very beginning, Kurds did not seriously participate (in) the opposition movement."

Kurdish SNC members dispute openly with other group members over issues vital to them. They deeply resent Sunni Arab SNC dominance. They support interests harming Kurdish interests.

Oytun added that it's hard imagining Kurdish political parties are happy about Sayda's appointment. What he can accomplish seems doubtful.

What's ahead for Syria appears clearer. Obama wants more war intends to get it. More mass killing and destruction will follow. It's how ugly imperialism always works.

Source: mathaba.net

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Reusita este considerata de cercetatori un prim pas spre un viitor în care persoanele imobilizate în caruciorul cu rotile vor putea interactiona cu mediul înconjurator cu ajutorul asa-numitelor „avataruri”.

Extraordinar: un robot-avatar poate fi controlat cu gândul de la o distanţă de 100 km! (VIDEO)

Experimente similare au avut loc în SUA si în Germania, dar la acestea fie au participat persoane care nu erau paralizate, fie necesitau implanturi cerebrale, ce implica o procedura medicala invaziva.

Cercetatorii de la Institutul Federal de Tehnologie din Lausanne au folosit o casca cu ajutorul careia au înregistrat semnalele cerebrale ale lui Mark-Andre Duc, un pacient aflat la un spital din Sion, un oras aflat la 100 de kilometri departare.

Gândurile lui Duc – mai exact, semnalele electrice emise de creierul sau atunci când îsi imagina ca ridica degetele paralizate – au fost decodate instantaneu de un laptop aflat în camera. Instructiunile rezultate erau comunicate catre un robot aflat la 100 de kilometri distanta, în laboratorul din Lausanne. Robotul-avatar se deplasa în functie de comenzile transmise de Duc cu ajutorul gândurilor.

Duc este partial tetraplegic, pierzând controlul asupra picioarelor si degetelor sale în urma unei cazaturi. Pacientul a declarat ca, într-o zi buna, controlarea robotului cu ajutorul gândului este relativ usor. „Este ceva mai dificil atunci când am dureri”, a explicat el.

Principala problema în a controla robotii-avatar o reprezinta „parazitii” din fundal, ce apar atunci când pacientul simte durere sau atunci când nu este atent la sarcina. Creierul uman este capabil sa efectueze mai multe sarcini simultan, însa o persoana paralizata trebuie sa se concentreze tot timpul la controlarea avatarului. „Mai devreme sau mai târziu, pacientul îsi pierde atentia, iar acest lucru va duce la degradarea semnalului”, a explicat Jose Millan, coordonatorul echipei de cercetatori.

Pentru a evita aceasta problema, oamenii de stiinta au decis sa programeze computerul pentru a decoda semnalele cerebrale într-un mod asemanator subconstientului din creierul uman. Astfel, atunci când computerul receptioneaza comanda „mergi înainte”, acesta o va executa pâna în momentul în care va primi comanda „stop” sau pâna când robotul va întâlni un obstacol.

Robotul reprezinta un progres fata de un proiect mai vechi, ce permitea pacientilor sa controleze cu gândul un carucior electric.

Folosind un robot dotat cu o camera si cu un ecran, pacientii paralizati îsi pot extinde prezenta virtuala în locuri în care nu pot ajunge cu caruciorul, precum o galerie de arta sau o nunta ce are loc în strainatate.

Millan a spus ca dispozitivul a fost testat în casele pacientilor, dar nu este înca la fel de usor de folosit ca anumite gadgeturi disponibile în comert, precum casca MindFlex, ce permite controlarea unei jucarii cu ajutorul semnalelor electrice din creier.

„În câtiva ani, vom reusi si acest lucru”, promite Millan.

Sursa: Associated Press - via Descopera.ro

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E' quanto emerge da un accordo sottoscritto dalle Poste Italiane e quattro organizzazioni sindacali (UilPoste, Failp-Cisal, ConfsalCom e UglCom) che prevede un taglio di 140 euro di bonus alle future mamme che si assentano dal proprio posto di lavoro per portare a termine la gravidanza. Un colpo magistrale reso possibile dal “ solito passaggio formale” e di cui non occorre stupirsi più di tanto considerato ormai l'appoggio incondizionato delle forze sindacali e della "sinistra che fu" alle sciagurate cure del Dr. Monti.

E pensare che solo qualche anno fa le Poste Italiane avevano ricevuto il "Bollino Rosa S.O.N.O. – Stesse Opportunità Nuove Opportunità", promosso dal Ministero del Lavoro e della Previdenza Sociale.

L'immediata protesta scritta di Cgil e Cisl inviata alla Ministra Crudelia Demon Fornero e firmata da Barbara Apuzzo (Coordinamento nazionale Donne Slc Cgil) e da Caterina Gaggio (Coordinamento nazionale Donne Sip Cisl), spegne ogni residua fiammella di speranza a chi ancora crede nella forza contrattuale dell'attuale dirigenza sindacale.

Nella lettera , infatti, non si chiede alla Fornero di rendere nullo l'ignobile accordo ma "di revocare l’immeritato riconoscimento e di voler considerare la gravità dell’atto compiuto in termini di ‘cattivo esempio’ per quelle aziende che, pur non essendo paragonabili per storia, dimensioni e risorse a Poste Italiane, contribuiscono ogni giorno ad una reale valorizzazione delle politiche di Pari Opportunità".

Siamo alle comiche finali...

Autore: Hank Aleno - Fonte: cronachelodigiane.net

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By Admin (from 14/06/2012 @ 14:08:07, in en - Video Alert, read 499 times)

Joe Rogan was the host of the hugely successful reality show, “Fear Factor,” for six seasons on NBC. Prior to “Fear Factor”, Rogan played Joe Garrelli, the resident electrician on the hit NBC comedy series “NewsRadio.”

Since 2002, Rogan has provided color commentary for the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) on Pay Per View and Spike Television and also hosts the syndicated show, “UFC Wired.” Rogan’s passion for MMA began with martial arts practice at the age of 13. Within two years, the Boston native earned a black belt and soon became the Massachusetts full contact Tae Kwon Do champion four consecutive years. By the age of 19, Rogan won the US Open Tae Kwon Do Championship and as lightweight champion went on to beat both the middle and heavyweight title-holders to obtain the Grand Championship.

Rogan’s other true love is standup comedy. As a standup comedian for nearly 20 years Joe Rogan has honed an inquisitive and intense comedic style. He exudes a mad joy for life in all its insanity and revels in the art of standup comedy to explore the world with raw honesty. This has made him a national headliner, a favorite performer at the prestigious Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal and a guest on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” In 2000, Rogan released his debut comedy album, “I’m Gonna Be Dead Someday,” on Warner Bros. Records. In April of 2007 he released a follow-up CD, “Shiny Happy Jihad” on Comedy Central Records. Rogan’s debut DVD “Joe Rogan Live” aired on Showtime in the spring of 2007.

Rogan resides in Los Angeles and regularly performs stand-up locally and nationally.

Joseph James "Joe" Rogan (born August 11, 1967) is an American martial artist, stand-up comedian, actor, writer and color commentator. He is best known for playing Joe Garrelli on the NBC sitcom NewsRadio, commentating for the Ultimate Fighting Championship, hosting the NBC reality show Fear Factor and The Joe Rogan Experience podcast.

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Indiferent cât de dureroase sunt regretele, oamenii de stiinta sustin ca acestea ne pot ajuta sa luam decizii mai bune în viitor. Totusi, ultimele studii au scos la iveala faptul ca, odata cu vârsta, este bine sa renuntam la regrete pentru a avea parte de o îmbatrânire linistita.

Pentru a afla daca acest fenomen ajuta cu adevarat la îmbunatatirea sanatatii emotionale, specialistii au analizat imaginile obtinute prin scanarea creierelor a trei grupuri de oameni (unul format din tineri cu vâsta medie de 25 de ani, altul din adulti deprimati si un altul din adulti clinic sanatosi).

A fost descoperit secretul unei bătrâneţi senine

Voluntarii au jucat un joc video unde trebuiau sa deschida cutii. Deschiderea unora dintre cutii era recompensata cu premii în bani, iar deschiderea altora facea ca jocul sa se sfârseasca fara ca participantul sa primeasca vreun ban. Dupa fiecare deschidere a unei cutii, participantii aveau posibilitatea de a opri jocul sau de a continua. La sfârsitul fiecarei runde, toate cutiile se deschideau, permitând subiectilor sa vada ce ar fi putut sa mai câstige.

Atunci când tinerii si adultii depresivi au descoperit ca au pierdut sansa de a câstiga o suma si mai mare de bani, acestia au riscat mai mult în runda urmatoare a jocului. Cu toate acestea, adultii clinic sanatosi nu si-au schimbat cu adevarat comportamentul.

Observând ca adultii deprimati s-au comportat la fel ca cei tineri, cercetatorii sustin ca, pentru bunastarea noastra emotionala, procesul de adaptare la schimbare si înlaturare a regretelor pare sa fie esential.

În mod similar, observatiile facute cu ajutorul tehnicilor de imagistica au demonstrat ca anumite zone ale creierului unui adult deprimat functioneaza la fel ca cele ale unui tânar, pe când cele ale adultilor sanatosi au modele de functionare specifice, care indica faptul ca acestia au mai putine regrete.

Cercetarea sugereaza ca adultii sanatosi ar putea recurge la strategii mentale pentru a evita regretul, gândindu-se ca rezultatele jocului la care au participat tin de noroc. La polul opus, adultii deprimati tind sa se învinovateasca pentru pierderi. În acest context, specialistii spun ca, pentru a ne mentine un nivel ridicat al sanatatii emotionale, am putea apela la aceste strategii mentale, încercând sa eliminam regretele legate de ceea ce ar fi putut fi.

Sursa: Live Science - via Descopera.ro

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Il FT ha pubblicato la mia risposta: "Internet movement promises real democracy for Italy".

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"Gentile editore, ho letto l'articolo di Beppe Severgnini su di me e sul MoVimento 5 Stelle, L'articolo è un attacco deliberato a un movimento democratico che rappresento. Il M5S non ha "soluzioni semplicistiche a problemi complessi", ma un programma completo discusso in Rete per mesi e pubblicato on line sul sito www.beppegrillo.it. Qualunque giornalista può leggerlo, persino Beppe Severgnini. Io sono stato comparato a Benito Mussolini, un dittatore. Questo per me è offensivo. Il M5S è accusato di essere "populismo 2.0". E' esattamente l'opposto.

In Italia, i partiti politici hanno occupato ogni spazio nell'industria, nelle banche, nei media, ecc. Noi viviamo ormai in una partitocrazia, non più in una democrazia. Al contrario dei partiti politici, il M5S ha rifiutato ogni finanziamento pubblico. Alcune proiezioni lo valutano seconda forza politica con il 20% dei voti dopo solo due anni e mezzo dalla sua fondazione. Il M5S ha come obiettivo lo sviluppo di una vera democrazia e consentire ai cittadini di essere coinvolti in ogni decisione che li riguarda senza l'intermediazione dei partiti. Lo spirito del M5S può essere riassunto in due parole; trasparenza e partecipazione, entrambi possibili grazie alla diffusione di Internet. In futuro spero di leggere sul suo prestigioso giornale articoli più qualificati ed obiettivi sulla politica italiana."

Beppe Grillo, Genova, Italia

"Sir, I’ve read your June 5 Comment piece “The chirruping allure of Italy’s Jiminy Cricket”, talking about myself and the Italian Five Star Movement.
The article is a deliberate attack on the democratic movement that I represent. The Five Star Movement does not have “simplistic solutions to difficult problems”, but a complete programme that has been discussed on the internet for months and published online at www.beppegrillo.it. Any journalist can read it, even Beppe Severgnini. I have been compared to Benito Mussolini, a dictator. To me, this is an outrage.
The Five Star Movement is accused of being “Populism 2.0”. It is exactly the opposite.

In Italy, the political parties have occupied every space in industry, in the banks, in the media, etc. We live in a partitocracy, not in a democracy any more.
Unlike the political parties, the Five Star Movement has refused any public financing. It is actually predicted to be the second political force in Italy with 20 per cent of the votes, after only two and a half years since it came into being. It has the goal of achieving a real democracy and of giving the opportunity to citizens to be involved in any decision that affects their life without the intermediation of the parties.

The spirit of the Five Star Movement can be summarised in two words: transparency and participation, both possible thanks to the diffusion of the internet.
In the future I hope to read more qualified and objective articles with reference to Italian politics in your prestigious newspaper."

Beppe Grillo, Genoa, Italy

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