The New York Times - metered paywall - 6 Apr 2018
There are lots of reasons to avoid processed foods. They’re often packed with sugar, fat and salt, and they tend to lack certain nutrients critical to health, like fiber. And now, new research suggests that some of the additives that extend the shelf life and improve the texture of these foods may have unintended side effects - not on our bodies directly, but on the human microbiome, the trillions of bacteria living in our guts (reads in 5-6 min).
Published in Weekly selection 13 April 2018
Harvard Business Review - 20 Mar 2018
Plain and simple: our smartphones affect us even when we aren’t interacting with them. They influence our cognitive abilities by exerting a gravitational pull on our attention. As the authors put it: “the mere presence of our smartphones can adversely affect our ability to think and problem-solve — even when we aren’t using them. Even when we aren’t looking at them. Even when they are face-down. And even when they are powered off altogether” (reads in 5-6 min).
Published in Weekly selection 7 April 2018
Nautilus - 26 Mar 2018
This is about the work of Christine Carter, a sociologist whose work demystifies the luck skillset. She shows that the “luckiest people” may have a specific set of skills that bring chance opportunities their way. She’s not alone: a lot of academic research suggests that luck could have something to do with spotting opportunities, even when they were unexpected. Luck can be learned with some basic techniques, including: being open to new experiences, learning to relax, maintaining social connections, and talking to strangers. They all have one theme in common: being more open to our environment, both physically and emotionally (reads in 6-8 min).
Published in Weekly selection 31 March 2018