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Whiter than white? Not with LEDs

I have bought your paper with a high percentage of post-consumer recycled content for several years. I don’t typically notice that anything is different until I see my paper up against someone else’s; that’s when I see that white is not always white. But it turns out that manufacturers of things like paper and laundry … Continue reading

Be more honest: swear

I’ve been in several meetings/discussions recently where individuals have unintentionally said swear words. It generally happens when they are getting excited or passionate. They then apologize for their language because it “isn’t professional”, but apparently, it is more honest. Gilad Feldman, Huiwen Lian, Michal Kosinski, and David Stillwell (2017) examined the connection between swearing and … Continue reading

Change up your running shoes

If you’re a runner, you’ve probably heard the advice to change your shoes, not just to replace them, but for different runs in a week. I have two different pairs of runners of different styles and brands. They both have a low heel-to-toe drop but in most other ways they are quite different. I like … Continue reading

Minimizing bruising

I had a skating coach who would tell us to put pressure on a spot that we had just fallen on: fall on your knee, put pressure on your knee. Despite the fact that I now question everything I have actually given this advice to many skaters myself without knowing whether there is actually any … Continue reading

Figure skating and concussions

While awareness of concussions and their long term implications is becoming more and more common in a number of sports figure skating seems to be lagging behind. Not just in media, but I didn’t actually find a single peer reviewed article on the topic when searching. So, are figure skaters somehow protected from these devastating … Continue reading

Injuries and arthritis

I’ve heard it a lot:”Oh, you injured x, you’ll get arthritis there for sure.” So, are injuries truly connected with arthritis? are some injuries more likely to be related? and is there anything that can be done? It seems like this is such a common sense relationship that it isn’t worth asking the question about … Continue reading

Running and knee health

I messed my knee up a lot of years ago. And by I messed it up, I mean someone else did something stupid that messed it up but that’s beside the point. I was told I would never do a lot of things again and some of them I have completely gone along with. I … Continue reading

The impacts of drinking water

No, this is not a post about how much water you should be drinking. This post is inspired by Merry and Pippin. That’s right, it is triggered by the supporting hobbits in The Lord of the Rings; specifically the scene when they are drinking Ent-draught and growing taller. In the movie, Ent-draught appears to just be … Continue reading

Fainting isn’t fun

This is going to be a short one as I haven’t recovered from a rough day yesterday. I have wires in my wrist since this most recent surgery and one of them is sticking up enough under the skin that it catches and causes intense pain. The surgeon decided to remove it yesterday by freezing … Continue reading

Birds and windows

I had a traumatic morning, but not as traumatic as it was for the bird who hit my window. After a loud thump, I knew what had happened. We’ve had a few birds tap the window before but this one didn’t sound good. Sure enough when I looked outside the bird was alive but on … Continue reading

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