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Tuesday 6th February 2007


Basic Computer User

Butterflies inspire new LED illumination technology
An ingenious method of efficiently emitting light has come from a unique inspiration: butterflies. The science behind higher-emission light emitting diodes (LED) comes from the fluorescent patches found on the wings of the African swallowtail... More

Gates: Internet to Revolutionize TV in 5 Years
The Internet is set to revolutionize television within five years, due to an explosion of online video content and the merging of PCs and TV sets, Microsoft chairman Bill Gates said. More

PC Magazine’s take on the new MS operating system... More

Korean super-spammers arrested
Duo accused of sending 1.6 billion spam emails. More

IT pros brand Windows Vista a ’distraction’
Survey respondents fear application incompatibility. More

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Advanced Computer User

Lower Speed=Faster Chips?
A reader writes: “Why are processor speeds getting lower? I have a 3.0-GHz Intel Pentium D PC, but the newer version of this system has a 2.13-GHz dual-core Intel processor. I can’t even find a 3.0- or 3.2-GHz anymore." More

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The “Anti-Aging" Vitamin for Your Brain
By Jon Herring

Folate is a B vitamin that plays a crucial role in the development of the human embryo. That’s why pregnant women are generally advised to take it, and why the government has mandated that folic acid be added to many foods (particularly grain products). Despite this, folic-acid deficiencies are still common.

And it is not just the developing embryo that needs this vital nutrient. Folate also has the ability to neutralize homocysteine, which, in high concentrations, can not only increase the risk of heart disease but also induce premature brain aging. It is this latter effect that was the subject of a recent study.

Utilizing very sensitive tests on memory and speed of thinking (which are known to decline with age), scientists in the Netherlands demonstrated that folic-acid supplements taken over a long period can dramatically slow the effects of aging on the brain. More than 800 participants between the ages of 50 and 70 were given a daily dose of 800 micrograms of folic acid for three years. At the end of that time, their cognitive performance was comparable to that of people five years younger.

If you’re looking to add more of this brain-boosting B vitamin to your diet, the best sources are leafy green vegetables, beef liver (grass-fed, organic), beans, and mushrooms. You can also find it in supplement form online or in most health food stores.

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Drug-Free Post-Workout Pain Relief
By Al Sears, MD

Back when I was in college, caffeine was by far the most-used performance-enhancing drug. The locker room buzz claimed that it not only made exertion feel easier but also helped ease the aches and pains athletes get after competition. All these years later, a new study indicates that the guys were on to something not yet known by doctors.

Researchers from the University of Georgia recently discovered that caffeine in a dose equivalent to two cups of coffee can cut post-gym muscle pain. Their findings - published in The Journal of Pain - showed that caffeine lowered pain by as much as 48 percent. Caffeine actually proved more effective than the common pain relievers naproxen (Aleve), aspirin, and ibuprofen (Advil).

I’m not telling you to down cup after cup of coffee after a workout. Always use caffeine in moderation. Too much can produce side effects like jitteriness or even heart palpitations. And keep in mind that the University of Georgia study also found that those who drank coffee regularly didn’t get as much pain relief as those who rarely had caffeinated drinks.

If you don’t tolerate caffeine well, here’s an alternative for you - without side effects or the risk of addiction: ribose. Taken before working out, this simple sugar reduces or prevents exercise-induced muscle cramping and soreness.

I recommend a dose of two to five grams of ribose. Just dissolve the pleasant-tasting powder in water. It has worked wonders for both my patients and me. You can find it at your local nutrition store.

[Ed. Note: Dr. Sears, a practicing physician and the author of The Doctor’s Heart Cure, is a leading authority on longevity, physical fitness, and heart health.]

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Folic acid supplements taken by mothers greatly reduces risk of cleft lips and palates in infants
(News Target) A recent study published in the British Medical Journal has shown that folic acid, a B vitamin that has been proven to decrease instances of natal deformities in children, is effective in staving off another widespread birth defect: More

Chinese shrub offers best cure for deadly malaria
Medical experts have named sweet wormwood as the best fighter for the deadly disease malaria. The shrub, Artemisia annua, or Chinese wormwood, first became a part of Chinese medical knowledge more than 1,600 years ago, and has long... More

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Each week for the next few weeks we will bring you a link to a tip from the book “How To Sell - Clear and Simple" by Harry Frisch MYTH #6 -- The “CLOSE” Is All that Really Counts

SEC Files Suit Against Suspected Pump-and-Dump Schemer
The agency brings a case against a 21-year-old Florida college student, believed to be hiding in Russia, who is accused of breaking into online trading accounts to inflate stock prices. More

California to Ban Conventional Lightbulbs?
LOS ANGELES - A California lawmaker wants to make his state the first to ban incandescent lightbulbs as part of California’s groundbreaking initiatives to reduce energy use and greenhouse gases blamed for global warming. More

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