Can coffee consumption reduce suicide?

Can adding 20 ounces of coffee consumption per day in your diet be beneficial to your life? Coffee consumption has been associated with hypertension, cancer prevention, and many other things. It is also the most popular beverage around the world. A recent Harvard School of Nutrition study demonstrates that drinking 4 or more cups of coffee per day may reduce tendency to commit suicide.

The study followed three large groups over years and found that in the group that drank more coffee there were fewer suicides.

The medical research cites evidence that caffeine may be a powerful brain stimulant that unleashes neurotransmitters that help reduce feelings of depression. That doesn’t mean that drinking three or more coffee cups per day will eliminate depressing moods. It means the effects may be less long-term.

O course, there are difference in tolerance levels and, among those with certain neurologic disorders (i.e. benign tremors), a higher quantity coffee consumption may lead to more tremors. But you’d need over 200mg of caffeine to disturb sleep. You have to see your reactions.

Most studies incorporate coffee itself. Adding sugar, milk, or artificial ingredients may alter the complex mechanisms that allow coffee to promote mood and energy elevation. These are yet unknown.

On the commodity exchange, coffee is a precious resource. Fortunately, it’s a legal, competitive consumer product.

There are many situations and interactions in life that bring on the blues. They may be very credible and you’ve got the right to sing those blues. When those blues seem to overwhelm, try drinking a few cups of coffee. You might just be able to whistle your blues away. Coffee consumption may be a dietary habit that is actually good for you.

Is the Apple Mobile Reign waning from sea to shining sea?

According to Strategy Market Analytics, a research firm monitoring sales of smartphones, Samsung beat Apple in phone sales. Is the Apple Mobile Reign waning from sea to shining sea and beyond?

While that shift may change when Apple decides to offer smartphones with larger screens this year, Apple’s iPad sales are beginning to offer lackluster performance against less expensive tablets, such as Google’s Nexus 7 and new $100 tablets with Google Play access. Is Apple’s dominance waning?

Apple’s skyrocketing growth appeared with the release of the iPod in the early 21st-century, with over 600,000 iPods sold in 2002. Prior to that release, Apple appeared as an attractive takeover target as its stock shares teetered in the low single digits. The pioneering iPhone and iPad sales further sealed Apple’s dominance as a fierce player and competitor.

While Samsung tablets didn’t come as close as Google’s to undercut Apple iPad sales, Samsung’s Galaxy S3, S4, and Note sales have shown powering popularity in international and USA sales against the smaller screens of the iPhone. This, too, translates as additional profits to Google’s Android OS.

Google’s new Nexus 7 releases July 30 as a 7″ tablet with a 1900×1200 screen. At $229, still undercutting iPad-junior, Nexus 7 ships with Android 4.3, the latest version of the popular mobile operating system. More Android users translate to lower Apple app store users. The Apple Mobile reign gets an even sharper undercut because it isn’t merely unit sales that count, app sales blend into the mix.

When it comes to investments, profits, and values, Google and Apple are sure bets. How sure and how long can it last? The sales numbers are close and Apple’s post-Steve Jobs executives aren’t blind to what’s happening. Apple may surprise everyone by November for a pre-holiday mobile release. It is rumored that Apple has been shopping larger smartphone screens overseas. Google is also spreading its sphere of influence around the world.

Yet, that’s where the California-based Apple mobile may lose out. It’s the world. Other manufacturers do the same and just can’t wait to squeeze the Apple mobile reign by an albeit tiny valuation difference in profits. Apple mobile products suffer United States thinking in a varied international market that transcends sea to shining sea. If Apple can make mobile devices in the USA and boost America’s jobs and economy, Apple mobile products may follow the successes of USA car makers over the past year.

One thing that Apple also needs to focus on is the kid’s market. Virtually all tablets for kids use Android-based tablets. Extremely popular in the United States, as kids grow using Android, Google’s Android may surpass Apple app popularity.

Is the Apple Mobile Reign waning? Not by much. As a premium product, Apple needs to be more creative. The creative genius of Steve Jobs has to extend out to help make Apple and the USA leaders of premium product lines for differing needs and ages. It’s the “premium” that Apple needs to push over the mere Apple mobile class and that mobile class should even include MacBook mobile products. That’s how you leave competition behind in the dust. As long as Apple executives fail to recognize that technology is now only part of the picture, the Apple mobile reign may wane as the years pass.

Prepare for the Elf – a new light commuter vehicle

There are gas scooters like the Vespa and electric scooters like Green Power. The fashion in cars are hybrids that mix electric and gas. Elf is a hybrid bicycle, combining pedal-power and electric power with the body of a car. The ELF is a solar/pedal hybrid vehicle suitable for commuting, deliveries, and other local transportation needs. It fills the need of a bicycle and a car.

At 72 pounds, the Elf is a great year-around alternative to a City-Bike. Its protective body surrounds the driver. As a three-wheel vehicle, you don’t need to be able to ride a bike.

Like an electric scooter, Elf has a maximum speed of 20 miles per hour and a maximum range of 20 miles (mixing pedal and electric). It’s also pricey with a tab of about $3,000.

The 1 horsepower electric motor can be fully engaged for a cool and quiet ride to work or can be used just for a boost when pedaling up hills. The lithium battery pack can be recharged using the roof top solar panels or by plugging in to a standard outlet. The tadpole configuration of the three wheels offers outstanding stability and control. It fits neatly into most bike lanes.

The Elf is a great idea and, with greater range, may be a possible prototype vehicle for light commuting and shopping. With a protective shell, it is truly a transportation alternative.

King David Palace Sighted

In Khirbet Qeiyafa, archaeology teams from Hebrew University and Israel Antiques Authority have unearthed a fortified site that may have been King David’s Palace. The site dates to 1000 BCE. No evidence of pig remains help assert that it is likely that King David and his descendants may have lived here. King David is attributed to recapturing Jerusalem 3000 years ago.

Previous archaeological sightings of King David’s palace have been met with skepticism. Problems often arise from whether the area is indeed based on biblical references and whether those references were accurate in the first place. Was this King David’s palace or a fortress from one of the neighboring enemies. So far, there was no way to verify who built the site without finding a monument detailing the accomplishments of the king who built it.

Historically, the era of King David was a victorious one for Judaea. Under King David, many antagonizing neighbors were conquered. There was no evidence outside the Bible for the existence of King David, although a pillar found at a site near Syria was inscribed Beit David in Aramaic, or the house of David. The Jews often use the six-point star as the star of David but it may be more attributed to the biblical concept of David. The Bible has been questioned regarding historical accuracy, since the 19th-century, as more non-religious scholars studied biblical origins. According to these scholars, the parts of the bible that contained documentation of David weren’t assembled until 300 years later.

By 700 BCE, David’s kingdom had split into two. The northern kingdom of Israel was invaded and destroyed by the Assyrians in 722 BCE. The southern kingdom of Judah was invaded several times – most importantly in 701 – but managed to fight off the Assyrians and survive. Subsequently the Babylonians conquered the Assyrian empire. In 586 BCE, they captured Jerusalem, destroyed the Temple and exiled the major part of the population of Judah, according to the text of Jeremiah, and the basis of the three weeks leading to Tisha B’Av, a solemn nay in the Jewish calendar.

According to the archaeological teams, evidence of Jewish objects in the area may cite proof that this was King David’s palace. Critics say the site could have belonged to other kingdoms of the area, where Jews may have been present.

Many people can barely recount the history of their families or current events of the day. Attempting to piece together ancient artifacts and areas to accurately identify what it may have been is often based on abstract theories. Whether this is King David’s Palace or not is more a matter of faith than science.

Biblically, King David existed. There are legends and stories. From what we have
about King David, he was a might ruler and conqueror of what was to be the mighty Judaea kingdom. The place of his palace or one of his palaces remains theoretical. At least, it’s a beginning.

Aging Sensory Loss Sign of Brain Decline

When you age, you take it for granted that sensory loss is likely. Aging sensory loss may be a sign of brain decline. Sensory loss, acuity of hearing, vision, and touch has been associated with aging but it may also affect parts of your brain. The cerebral cortex has plasticity that, when stimulated, can grow many new connections. But what happens when your nerves begin to stop sensing? The brain, like your body’s homeostasis, adapts as well, according to a neuroscience study in 2011. Is it merely aging sensory loss or can it happen at different ages?

When you hear a sound, a complex chain of events occur to bring that sound to your ear. Loud noise, aging, and genetics play roles in the amount of auditory hair cells that deliver sound to the brain. What happens when that sequence is somehow disrupted?

Research suggests that hearing sensitivity has cascading consequences for the neural processes supporting both perception and cognition. Although the research was conducted in older adults, the findings also have implications for younger adults, including those concerned about listening to music at loud volumes.

When a sense (taste, smell, sight, hearing, touch) is altered, the brain reorganizes and adjusts. In the case of poor hearers, researchers found that the gray matter density of the auditory areas was lower in people with decreased hearing ability, suggesting a link between hearing ability and brain volume. This reshaping indicates the brain’s response to hearing atrophy. Would early detection and use of a hearing aid help reverse this loss?

Although some hearing loss can be a normal part of aging, many older adults complain about difficulty understanding speech, especially in challenging listening conditions like crowded restaurants. Research has suggested that this decline in speech recognition is independent of hearing loss.

But both of these, when subjects examined with MRI, display loss of gray matter in the auditory cortex. This means that hearing loss changes your brain as it adapts over time.

While studies tend to aim at aging adults, children may develop learning disabilities and social disabilities resulting from hearing loss. Though few studies cite evidence of brain loss adaptation, it may be safe to consider options.

A study in Italy showed how the brain shifts organization in those people who stutter, although the movie, The King’s Speech, demonstrates that training can help eliminate stuttering.

There is further evidence that aging of the brain may be reversed with stimulation, such as learning to play a musical instrument when older.

Brain plasticity can work for and against you as unrecognizable signs of aging develop. When recognized, reversal may be possible. Hearing and senses don’t necessarily need to decline with aging. Awareness may help remedy and keep your brain healthier. Aging sensory loss isn’t just for those that age. A child’s future may depend on hearing as well.

Google TV and Internet TV is ready to make digital waves

Google is exploring Google TV, as has been Apple and many other online companies as a means of disorienting cable providers. Cable TV was introduced in 1949. Apple is even testing a way for viewers to skip ads, while providing TV providers fees. Is it possible? Yes, if fiber networks can provide up to gigabit internet speeds at competitive rates against cable companies.

It isn’t so simple. Consider over 1,000 channels that cable provides. Will all those broadcasters from around the world be willing to comply and provide new programming to an online carrier? Will it be profitable?

Netflix and Amazon already offer old TV shows for streaming. Illegitimate TV downloading can deliver movies playing in theaters. The issue is whether an online TV network can produce its own shows. Remember MTV started with music-videos but now music-videos are only a small portion of its programming.

The nuances of viewing new programming on-demand from your mobile devices or at home is astounding. Yet, that capability is somewhat available from certain online channels already. Yet, Google is a powerhouse and is already installing fiber networks to various cities. Google TV aims to provide more comprehensive choices. Yet, can Google TV entice more viewers by producing marketable shows that people will watch?

Obviously, WiFi has to become more accessible in more places, at greater speeds to allow live streaming. WiMAX technology or greater has to become available at lower cost pricing.

There are already shows emerging on YouTube and some are very popular. Internet TV as a business is easy to produce but setting up your own TV network for profit is difficult. Google, however, can buy and access the rights to deliver networks online.

Computers and mobile devices will require greater graphic capabilities and higher resolution screens.

Wile all this may seem possible, affordability and access are some major obstacles. Many people still use old computers with old technologies. There are still significant poverty lines both domestically and internationally. Availability of online TV will need to be available to everyone. That also means that TV needs to comply to standard for universal access.

Google TV may be simple for adaptation. You may only need a Google Chrome Box for home TV service. But the only way that Google TV can work is if users can access up-to-the-minute TV programming as it happens. That has, thus far, thwarted Apple, Google, Hulu, and many others.

Then, of course, there are devices like Roku and others made by leading internet router companies.

With all the factors that need to take place, online internet TV is more like a seed seeking growth into a tree. Google TV is an ambitious project that will no doubt be farmed by many companies. It is, perhaps, more than a decade away to possibly saturate the market. By then, the middle-aged population will already have had significant exposure to PC, Wi-Fi and Internet. Google TV needs to explore this but be prepared for large obstacles.

Apple TV and Google TV can only make headway as they produce original programming that entice viewers to view each week or each day. That will be the path to make online TV more marketable. But will you be able to share that content from one online TV provider to another?

It’s a possible dream just as cable TV was, when the FCC opened it around 65 years ago. The idea of paid subscription TV was unheard of, back then, since TV programming only became popular in the 1950’s. The years of cable TV may be numbered but that number is still a distance away. Google TV is a major force to try to make it sooner.

Google Fiber ignites Gigabit Internet

Internet downloading requires bandwidth and speed. Google Fiber ignites gigabit internet offering services that are faster and better than any competition.

For now, Google Fiber is available in Kansas City, Seattle, Austin, and in Provo, Utah. 1GB Ethernet/Internet service is $70 per month. Internet and TV service is offered at $120 per month. Verizon Fios offers a similar package for $210. Comcast offers 1GB internet service to a small community in Vermont (about 1300 customers) for $30 per month. The price differences are staggering.

As files get larger, more photo and video rich, and as resolutions move from 1080p to 4K (2160p), Megabit speeds seem slow and too narrow for massive streaming capabilities. At gigabit speeds, internet marketing, business through clouds, and advanced personal uses, will be much faster and efficient.

There are many telecom companies jumping upon the gigabit Ethernet speed but pricing is usually very high, geared for business use. Google Fiber ignites Gigabit Internet demonstrates that it is not only possible but also accessible to virtually all computer users.

How do you get Google Fiber to your city? You need to pre-resister. Google will aim for the cities that express the most enthusiasm in becoming a fiberhood. Yet, also expect other telecom companies to start reaching out at faster speeds, where fiber networks are already present. Is it possible that most of USA will have gigabit internet by 2018?

By then, 8K UHDTV will start becoming available.

Sometimes it takes a company to excite the world to pursue an action for improved ways of living. Apple invented the iPod, iPhone, and iPad. Netflix made streaming wonderful. Amazon changed retail altogether. Google has Android and a fabulous search engine. Now Google Fiber ignites Gigabit Internet and gigabit speeds will spread.

Nokia Lumia 1020 with 41 Megapixel Camera

Presenting Nokia Lumia 1020 Nokia is one of the older brands of cellular phones and, because of Apple and Samsung, lost popularity over the years. The company is set to “wow” people by coming out with a 4.5″ screen smartphone with a 41 megapixel camera.

The Nokia Lumia 1020’s 41 megapixel sensor features leading ZEISS optics with six physical lenses, plus optical image stabilization, delivering crystal clear pictures even in low light conditions. It also captures blur free videos with stereo sound even at the loudest concerts thanks to Nokia Rich Recording, which handles sound pressure levels six times louder than conventional smartphone microphones.

Using a new feature called dual capture, the Nokia Lumia 1020 simultaneously takes a high resolution 38 megapixel image for endless editing opportunities, and creates a 5 megapixel picture that is easy to share to social networks with Windows Phone 8 because 41 megapixels makes a very large file.

Nokia Lumia 1020 uses a Windows operating system. The personal nature of Windows Phone makes it the perfect platform for the Nokia Lumia 1020, showcasing live images on the Start screen with the Photos tile, quick sharing to social networks, and easy access to files across a number of devices with SkyDrive. With the dedicated camera button, Windows Phone is designed with imaging in mind. Yet it is also a drawback.

Most of the market is iOS and Android. Windows ranks a distant third place. Will those additional megapixels bring people rushing in to buy the Lumia 1020 at $299 with a 2-year contract? It has to run along with the Galaxy S4 at $199 and the iPhone 5 (or whatever else Apple has on the horizon).

Photographers will tell you that the number of megapixels means less than the size of the CMOS sensor and its placement behind the lens. Does it really matter?

Nokia Lumia 1020 has a 1.2 megapixel front-face camera for your Skype and phone chats.

People envy numbers and 41 sounds better than 8 or 13. Yet Windows is still number 3 in smartphones and Nokia is still an also-ran. Does this camera offer so many features to bring it closer to the front of the smartphone class?

Thinking with Lecithin

When it comes to nutritional supplements, Lecithin is often ignored. Lecithin, a lipid material composed of choline and inositol, is found in all living cells as a major component of cell membranes, which regulate the nutrients entering and exiting the cell. Scientists define lecithin as synonymous with phosphatidylcholine, the name for one of the principle phospholipids. Lecithin rich foods are egg yolk, soybeans, grains, wheat germ, fish, legumes, yeast, and peanuts, and sunflower seeds. It is often associated with improving memory and muscle functions. Think about thinking with Lecithin.

A Lecithin pill is a rich source of phosphatidylcholine. Around the campfire, I like to refer to it as choline but scientists like calling it PC, which confuses people even more. Choline is a crucial component of PC and acetylcholine or ACh, a neurotransmitter essential for normal brain function.

Phosphatidylcholine is a key structural component of cellular membranes and also plays an important role in the transport of fats throughout the bloodstream. As a constituent of bile, PC helps prevent fatty buildup in the liver and maintain gallbladder function.

Acetylcholine is involved in sleep, particularly dream (REM) sleep and is seen as a components that helps process long-term memory in your brain. Ever hear of sleep paralysis? During the day acetylcholine is used as a vital neurotransmitter for moving the muscles of your arms, legs, neck, and face. At night, during dream states, Ach moves up to your brain by pulling a switch with another neurotransmitter called norepinephrine. Because of this, your arms and legs in dream state are essentially paralyzed.
The acetylcholine neurons that are most important in the sleep process have cell bodies in the Pons and the Basal Forebrain. In order for the dream processes to take place, there are two other neurotransmitters involved, norepinephrine (NE) and serotonin (5-HT). NE and 5-HT levels do not increase with the cortical arousal that accompanies REM sleep. Only during those REM dream cycles, ACh plays an important role in your forebrain.

By observing the effects of deficiencies, scientists know that acetylcholine is essential to sleep, dreaming, learning and memory. Continued research reveals more things that are going on with the ACh roles in learning and memory processes.

Some research cite evidence that foods containing lecithin, often added as an emulsifier to mayonnaise, sauces and dressings, promote the production of acetylcholine in the body. Eggs, seafood, beans, broccoli, cauliflower, dairy products, nuts and other foods rich in B vitamins are other rich sources.

Lack of acetylcholine has been associated as a possibility of events that may lead to certain cognitive disorders and is one of the competing theories surrounding the development of Alzheimer’s disease.

Cholinergic activity during REM sleep is similar or higher than during waking. This high cholinergic activity might promote synaptic consolidation by supporting plasticity of the cerebral cortex. Use of Lecithin as a dietary supplement may not make you smarter necessarily but may help you remember more because of the rich source of PC.

For possibly better dreaming and deeper thinking, add Lecithin supplements to your diet and eat foods that are natural sources. Will it help reduce chances of cognitive loss as you age? That’s more complex. Try starting your Lecithin regimen now