Quotes of the Day
From The HBR IdeaCast #43 with Bill George, author of True North. Bill says “…the hardest peson you’ll ever have to lead is yourself. If you can lead yourself, leading others becomes a lot easier.” LINK
I had the pleasure of a lunch meeting with an impressive guy today. However when discussing our mutual enjoyment of film, and my film school career he made an interesting reference. I was talking about achieving high quality results inexpensively and we migrated into other topics, he said (paraphrasing) “You want to make something interesting and something of substance, like Michael Moore.” I am a fan of Moore’s movies but the one thing they aren’t is high quality. As Colbert would say, they lack a certain “truthiness” as well. Funny though that he’s had such an effect on popular culture.
And I just noted that Chris recommended True North on his blog and introduced me to the person I had lunch with. That Chris is a smart cookie, but of course that’s not really news to anyone!
It's a development that could one day lead to much better treatments for osteoporosis, joint damage, and bone fractures.
- Scientists have isolated skeletal stem cells in adult and fetal bones for the first time.
- These cells could one day help treat damaged bone and cartilage.
- The team was able to grow skeletal stem cells from cells found within liposuctioned fat.
Gut bacteria play an important role in how you feel and think and how well your body fights off disease. New research shows that exercise can give your gut bacteria a boost.
- Two studies from the University of Illinois show that gut bacteria can be changed by exercise alone.
- Our understanding of how gut bacteria impacts our overall health is an emerging field, and this research sheds light on the many different ways exercise affects your body.
- Exercising to improve your gut bacteria will prevent diseases and encourage brain health.
A groundbreaking new study shows that octopuses seemed to exhibit uncharacteristically social behavior when given MDMA, the psychedelic drug commonly known as ecstasy.
- Octopuses, like humans, have genes that seem to code for serotonin transporters.
- Scientists gave MDMA to octopuses to see whether those genes translated into a binding site for serotonin, which regulates emotions and behavior in humans
- Octopuses, which are typically asocial creatures, seem to get friendlier while on MDMA, suggesting humans have more in common with the strange invertebrates than previously thought
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