Wednesday, November 27th, 2013
Over 14m USD was paid for the most expensive book at the moment (at New York’s Sotheby’s) which is Bay Psalm Book which was published in 1640. Only 1700 copies of the psalm book were published by settlers in Cambridge, Massachusetts and currently there are only 11 copies in existence. The book has 300 pages. Only manuscripts and hand written books were more expensive. In 1994, Leicester Codex (writings and notes made by Leonarda Da Vinci in XVI century) fetched 30.8m USD.
Thursday, November 7th, 2013
There are only two types of fuel your body can convert into energy: carbs/sugar, or fat. Again, ketones are what your body produces when it converts fat (as opposed to glucose) into energy. And a primary source of ketone bodies are the medium-chain triglycerides (MCT) found in coconut oil. In fact, coconut oil contains about 66 percent MCTs. It’s a super-brain food. Other super-brain foods
While your brain is quite happy running on glucose, there’s evidence suggesting that ketone bodies may actually help restore and renew neurons and nerve function in your brain, even after damage has set in (new research suggests that eating coconut oil can help with Alzheimer’s disease). Interestingly, the mechanism of this MCT-ketone metabolism appears to be that your body treats MCTs as a carbohydrate and not a fat. This allows the ketone energy to hit your bloodstream without the normal insulin spike associated with carbohydrates entering your bloodstream. So in effect, coconut oil is a fat that acts like a carbohydrate when it comes to brain fuel.
How much coconut oil might you need? The recommendation is to start with one teaspoon, taken with food in the mornings. Gradually add more coconut oil every few days until you are able to tolerate about four tablespoons. It’s best to take it with food, to avoid upsetting your stomach. Read more about the benefits of coconut oil
Tuesday, October 8th, 2013
Kindle has probably the biggest selection of ebooks at the moment but there are at least 20 other ways to purchase ebooks, digital comics and etextbooks online
Sunday, September 15th, 2013
Some books are summarised with the title as this publication The Drugs Don’t Work by Professor Dame Sally Davies who is a chief medical adviser to the UK government on health issues. Her findings are very simple: “We are losing the battle against infections diseases. Bacteria are fighting back and are becoming resistant to modern medicine. In short, the drugs don’t work.” Hence the title “The Drugs Don’t Work.” Her best and most important advise is to wash your hands properly. (Her second tip is to stop demanding antimicrobial medicines when we have a viral infection and to raise awareness of the threat of antimicrobial resistance). Read more about the importance of reading summaries
Sunday, September 8th, 2013
Starting with this cool Chuck shelves: the six very flexible plywood planks (4mm thick) that can bend around your possessions – ideally books (to the tune of €850:).
And follow this link to see the largest collection of the best and most interesting bookshelves in the world. If you’re a book-lover it’s a feast for the eye and the mind. This one below is my favourite, since I only own ebooks now (read how I digitised all my library).
Wednesday, August 7th, 2013
French translation of The Speed Reading Bible is now available on Kindle – La Bible de la Lecture Rapide
French translation of The Speed Reading Bible is now available on Kindle – La Bible de la Lecture Rapide. Le livre de lecture rapide qui donne les techniques, astuces et stratégies pour lire ultra-rapidement
Friday, June 7th, 2013
Fist clenching can boost your memory, suggests a new study on memory. It works because clenching your fist can change the way your brain functions by increase activity in your brain on the opposite side (so if you clench your right fist, activity in the left brain hemisphere increases). If you’re right-handed, the left side of your brain encodes information while the right side helps you retrieve memories, while the opposite is true for left-handed people. This is how to utilise this memory aid: if you’re right-handed you would make a fist with your right hand when you want to remember something, ie a name, fact or number and when you need to recall it, clench your left fist. Other ways to boost memory include: exercise, vitamin B12, animal-based omega-3 fats, proper sleep, and optimising your vitamin D levels and avoiding sugar which can damage your memory and learning.
Thursday, May 2nd, 2013
Liquid4 is a very powerful Mac tool for research, study, referencing and more. It speeds up finding information and converting date: it helps you to do something with any text selected. It’s very easy to use. It’s perfect for students, business people and anyone interested in personal development. It’s a revolutionary processing tool that will help you get information and answers fast and with less effort. FREE version available.
Just a few neat functions: 1) the convert menu deals with currency, temperature, area, speed and more 2) the copy section’s citation will produce a Harvard reference-ready structure complete with the date 3) translation to more than 30 languages is available in the paid version 4) share function puts any selected text into a Facebook post, tweet or into an email, etc.
Monday, March 25th, 2013
Nick D’Aloisio (London, UK) sold his mobile app (summly) for undisclosed sum of money to Yahoo. The app ‘summaries’ articles for quick reading. The schoolboy will work full-time for Yahoo and do A-levels in the evening (read more about the study biorhythms of teenagers) To sum up, summarising made him a millioner. Read more about the value of summaries
Tuesday, March 19th, 2013
Too early in the morning, that is. Research has shown that the teenage brain doesn’t wake up till 9-10am (tell us something we don’t know!) – and finally there’s a school in the UK which is hoping that exam results will improve since they decided to start a bit later. The UCL Academy in London starts at 10am and school’s not out till 5.30, but already they’re getting positive feedback from their pupils, and attendance and punctuality are excellent (according to the head). They are being supported (and closely monitored) by researchers at University College, London. Apparently the teenage ‘time-shift’ lasts till about the age of 21, but till then, they’re likely to be able to concentrate better, read better, learn better and get better exam results if they’re allowed to get that bit of extra sleep in the morning.