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Creativity ‘closely entwined with mental illness’

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This is one of those things that if you actually thought about it yourself you would of come up with the same answer but here it is they’ve actually done some studies and figured it to be true. From the BBC:

Creativity is often part of a mental illness, with writers particularly susceptible, according to a study of more than a million people.

Writers had a higher risk of anxiety and bipolar disorders, schizophrenia, unipolar depression, and substance abuse, the Swedish researchers at the Karolinska Institute found.

They were almost twice as likely as the general population to kill themselves.

The dancers and photographers were also more likely to have bipolar disorder.

As a group, those in the creative professions were no more likely to suffer from psychiatric disorders than other people.

But they were more likely to have a close relative with a disorder, including anorexia and, to some extent, autism, the Journal of Psychiatric Research reports.

You have to wonder though, if the doctors find cures for all these illness’s, what will become of the creative person?

Via BBC

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London’s Burning (Again)

I’ve been trying to write this post for ages but couldn’t get the bits of video off my computer but luckily now i can.

There i was minding my own business sat at my computer slaving away at some mind numbing work when my house mate returns telling me that there is smoke coming out of the house three doors away. I quickly rose from my seat to take a look out of the window and lo and behold she was right. At this point it didn’t look like there was to much of a problem maybe just a fire in the back garden or maybe the first fire of the winter in the hearth,. Oh how wrong i was! Out of nowhere 6 fire engines pull up and all of a sudden flames start appearing, this was not a good sign.

Four hours later and the house which once stood so proud is an empty shell of a thing smouldering away in the cold winter night. I have to say i was most impressed with the fire men who looked like absolute machines when it came to getting the job done and some of the toys these boys had would make an army of grown men cry. I just feel really sorry for the woman and children who live there that had to find somewhere else to spend their Christmas holidays. I hope they had a good Christmas anyway!!

Anyway check the video below, sorry it doesn’t have any sound but i was jabbering away and my dulcet tones only detract from the footage:

 

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Herrods Xmas Bizzare

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Now Herod wasn’t the nicest person who’s ever lived but that doesn’t mean the people involved in this little pop up shop are the same, in fact quite the opposite. From Herrod himself:

We’re not only stocking fine contemptorary art, porcelain with a twist, but there’s also an exclusive selection of retro garments nestled in one corner. We think it’s possibly a one-stop-chrimbo-present-buyin-shop… but then we are biased (and delusional).

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If your in the area i would definitely suggest popping in. I was down there the other day setting up and saw some absolutely fantastic pieces from the likes of Rowan Newton, Carl Cashaman, Remi Rough, SPQR and Agent Provocateur to name a few. Oh and us as well!!!

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The pop up shop is only open for this week can be found near Waterloo station at:

95-96 Lower Marsh, London SE1 7AB
Monday 17 to Monday 24 December
11am to 6pm / Wednesday 19 ’til 8pm

Cheers

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Key test for re-healable concrete

This is absolutely amazing if not  like something out of a science fiction novel. Experimental concrete that patches up cracks by itself is to undergo outdoor testing. The concrete contains limestone-producing bacteria, which are activated by corrosive rainwater working its way into the structure.

The new material could potentially increase the service life of the concrete – with considerable cost savings as a result. The work is taking place at Delft Technical University, the Netherlands.It is the brainchild of microbiologist Henk Jonkers and concrete technologist Eric Schlangen. If all goes well, Dr Jonkers says they could start the process of commercialising the system in 2-3 years.

Concrete is the world’s most widely used building material. But it is prone to cracks, which means that structures need to be substantially reinforced with steel.

Via BBC

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Sweden needs you’re Rubbish

Sweden is famous for Ikea, the Nobel Prize, and a historical avoidance of war amongst other things and now it can add importing rubbish to the list. Sweden is running dangerously low on household and industrial waste and is going to start buying it from other countries.

According to the country’s Waste Management site, two million tons of waste is converted to heat and electricity each year, with only 4% of the nation’s trash ending up in landfills. But it’s not enough:

Due to its efficiency in converting waste to renewable energy, Sweden has recently begun importing around 800,000 tons of trash annually from other countries.

Norway is now paying Sweden to take its garbage. Swedish sights are also set on Bulgaria, Romania and Italy as future trash exporters, as Catarina Ostlund, a senior advisor for the country’s environmental protection agency, told PRI. Those countries rely heavily on landfills – a highly inefficient and environmentally degrading system.

Compare this to the United States, which recycles about 34% of the 250 million tons of trash generated per year. The majority of the rest is landfilled.

Via Neatorama

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Ethiopian Kids Hack Their OLPC Tablets in 5 Months

Now this is story fills me with awe at just how amazing it is. There are certainly no idiots in this group that’s for sure!!

What happens when you give a thousand Ethiopian kids a tablet remembering that they have never seen a printed word let alone played around with any kind of expensive technology like mobile phones or tablets? Well duh!! They hack it, like any self respecting youth.

The amazing One Laptop Per Child scheme has been offering up Motorola Xoom tablets to kids in developing countries for a while. OLPC founder Nicholas Negroponte explained how they’re rolled out, and the impact they have, while he was at MIT Technology Review’s EmTech conference last week:

“We left the boxes in the village. Closed. Taped shut. No instruction, no human being. I thought, the kids will play with the boxes! Within four minutes, one kid not only opened the box, but found the on/off switch. He’d never seen an on/off switch. He powered it up. Within five days, they were using 47 apps per child per day. Within two weeks, they were singing ABC songs [in English] in the village. And within five months, they had hacked Android. Some idiot in our organisation or in the Media Lab had disabled the camera! And they figured out it had a camera, and they hacked Android.”

That, that is just sensational. To go from never having seen a written word — remember, the towns these kids grow up in have no street signs, no newspapers, no food packaging — to hacking an Android tablet in five months shows how inquisitive and adaptable the human brain is.

Via Gizmodo

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Cocaine Clouds

This is a new one on me. I knew that trace amounts of cocaine was found on money pretty much everywhere but it now seems that if you are in Rome all you have to do is inhale the air outside:

A study of psychotropic drug levels in ambient air from eight Italian cities found background levels of cocaine, cannabinoids – the active ingredients in marijuana – nicotine and caffeine in every urban centre.

Turin had the highest concentrations of cocaine, says Angelo Cecinato at the Institute of Atmospheric Pollution Research in Rome. Meanwhile, Bologna and Florence had some of the highest cannabinoid levels, which Cecinato attributes to the large student populations in the two cities.

Via Neatorama

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