Best Of the Web: Best Tech For Sleeping, Wedding Expense and Divorce and Best Pizza in NY

Lots of self-help in today’s list from 40 push ups as test for your true health to signs of healthy relationships to “coping” with financial windfalls. Some surprising articles on how sellers sabotage their competitors on Amazon, China’s new most downloaded app (from the government!) and the increasing presence of Emoji’s in court proceedings. I also feature a bunch of city lists: best pastries in London, best “undiscovered” trails in Singapore, best cosmetic stores in Tokyo and best new restaurants in HK. Around 40 articles in total with short summaries on each. Enjoy…

Chinese schoolgirl shamed for using robot to write homework.

Department Of Health (7)

I Turned to High-Tech Sleep Gear to Help Get More Z’s For one product, the reviewer says: “Without exaggeration, the first night we used these sheets and blanket was the best sleep I’ve had since my daughter was born”

Guys, Can You Give Us 40? It May Show Heart Health  Men who can do more than 40 at a time have a 96 percent reduced risk of heart attack, stroke and heart disease compared with men who could muster fewer than 10, according to new  findings. (I guess I need to up my daily reps of one push-up)

Winter-Proof Your Skin Includes picking the right lip balm, avoiding dry air (including fireplaces) and wearing gloves.

We Asked Experts if CBD-Spiked Foods Do Anything at All It’s the latest trend in the US. Experts aren’t sure of the effects, but high dosages could have an impact.

New compound could help treat ovarian cancer Scientists from the University of Sheffield have discovered a compound that could be more effective in treating certain cancers than standard chemotherapy.

The FDA Is Actually Warning Against The Use of Young People’s Blood to Prevent Aging “There is no proven clinical benefit of infusion of plasma from young donors to cure, mitigate, treat, or prevent these conditions, and there are risks associated with the use of any plasma product,”

Exciting Study Shows Some Immune Cells Can Fight Every Known Flu Virus The goal of having universal, one-off flu jabs just got a little bit closer, thanks to the discovery that certain immune cells can fight off all three strains of influenza – perhaps permanently, or at least for several years.

Department Of Self-Development (7)

‘A Diamond is Forever’ and Other Fairy Tales: The Relationship between Wedding Expenses and Marriage Duration Research paper finds: “relatively high spending on the engagement ring is inversely associated with marriage duration among male respondents. Relatively high spending on the wedding is inversely associated with marriage duration among female respondents, and relatively low spending on the wedding is positively associated with duration among male and female respondents.” So who spent a lot on their wedding….

New Study Finds Strength Of Imagination Not Associated With Creative Ability Or Achievement “  The findings suggest that being more imaginative – as measured in this study – is associated more with having schizotypal beliefs (or non-helpful “cognitive eccentricities”) rather than being something that’s useful in accumulating knowledge or producing new and useful ideas. 

Financial Windfalls: 15 Stories of the Money That Changed Everything Includes: “In the first two years, I was just spending it. It may be inconceivable to spend that much money, but think about it: I’m going away on trips quite a lot; I’m paying my babysitters, who are very good family friends, to cover 24-7 when I’m gone; or I’m taking the family with me for a conference, and then we might tack on a few days for vacation. It’s a lot of money. That’s where it went, most of it.”

Think You Love Your Partner? It’s Complicated “ Even in the most satisfying and secure relationships, partners experience disagreements, frustrations and misunderstandings. And even the most supportive and responsive partners aren’t always available. Experiencing a negative emotion or interaction is not necessarily an issue. In fact, it seems to be a normal part of relationships.”

Research rethinks tutorial teaching “The most effective instructors – postdoctoral researchers – increase students grades by less than 0.02 points on a 10-point grade scale compared with student instructors. The differences between all other instructor types, from student instructor and full professor, is smaller than that.” (So they’re telling me I didn’t need to have had profs teaching my tutorials at uni – so I got stressed for nothing!)

Different Kinds Of Loneliness – Having Poor Quality Relationships Is Associated With Greater Distress Than Having Too Few  It’s all about quality of relationships.

It’s More Than Just the Shot “Steph Curry’s stroke changed the game of basketball, but his ability to turn weakness into strength has vaulted him up the list of the greatest players of all time. Curry discusses how he rounded out his historic game ahead of his return to Charlotte for the 2019 All-Star Game.”

Business School (5)

How Michael Jordan became a brand (even though he almost skipped the meeting with Nike)  Jordan laughed at the “Air Jordan” name, hated the look of the shoe and almost skipped the meeting with Nike.

Metro’s success is good news for life beyond the web Roy Greenslade The London free paper that follows the market and prides itself in being unbiased is making £1m a month

Small research teams ‘disrupt’ science more radically than large ones The application of a new citation metric prompts a reassessment of the relationship between the size of scientific teams and research impact, and calls into question the trend to emphasize ‘big team’ science.

The New Black Hat Tactics Amazon Sellers Are Using To Take Out Their Competition There are some crazy tactics sellers use to take out their competition on Amazon like: “Suspending competitors product listings with fake positive reviews” and “hijacking product listing content (often with  vulgar and controversial pics “

When Gasoline is Like Spotify We used to buy what we needed. Now we subscribe.

Ministry of Tech and Science (5)

7 Useful Chrome extensions for designers Useful for the curious too

Alibaba is the force behind hit Chinese Communist Party app Apparently one of the most downloaded apps in China. It features short videos, government news stories and quizzes.

Russian hackers 8 times faster than Chinese, Iranians, North Koreans What about American, British and French hackers?! 

Once hailed as unhackable, blockchains are now getting hacked Recently an attacker had somehow gained control of more than half of the Ethereum Classic network and was using it to rewrite the transaction history. 

Whimsical and Annoying Viral Questions Are Taking Over Twitter Eg Did you believe something dumb as a child, or want to plug a particular album you think has been underrated? (I agree Twitter seems to have become a real-time survey machine)

Global Traveller (7)

The 9 best pastries in London From delicate baklava to sturdy mooncakes, Time Out samples the best pastries in London.

The best day trips from London Good list of best day trips from London, featuring spa cities, seaside towns and adventures in the great British countryside

The definitive ranking of the best pizza in New York City  Pizza experts scour the five boroughs to find New York’s best slices and pies.

The best hidden trails in Singapore to explore Yes, there are still bits of Singapore that’s undiscovered.

Best beauty and skincare shops in Tokyo Japan is obsessed with health and beauty products and cosmetics, here are some specialist Tokyo stores that will help you look your best

Best new restaurants and bars to try in Hong Kong this month February’s round-up of the newest restaurants, cafés and bars to look out for

How to Wax Your Alpine Skis the Right Way I don’t ski, but this looks like a useful guide for those who do.

Department Of Entertainment (4)

Where Movies Get Their Vintage Electronics  There’s a good chance these historically-accurate gadgets came from a massive warehouse in Brooklyn with a specific mission: to preserve some of the world’s oldest, most cherished electronics.

Important: 50 Literary Cameos in 90s Movies In the “10 Things I Hate About You” features both Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar and Betty Friedman’s The Feminine Mystique and it goes on…

How David Lynch brings his imagination to life I  love his work. This article gives an insight into his workings: “ Lynch’s set-up is all about self-sufficiency – an insular world he never has to leave unless necessary; a place where he can indulge any creative whim: be it painting, building furniture, editing a film, making a record, taking meetings or drinking coffee.”

The Rock has made a new sport. Thank you, The Rock The Titan Games, a new sport-like show on NBC hosted by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson that pits contestants head-to-head in a series of invented games revolving around feats of strength

Ministry Of Distractions (4)

Parsing the Endless Nuances of British Stereotypes Funny read. “You really couldn’t make them up, because you don’t need to; they’re all stock cultural figures. From May to Corbyn, to Jacob Rees Mogg, the leader of the hard Brexiters, whose double-barrelled name belongs in a John Mortimer novel and makes him sound like the kind of privileged man-child, who goes straight from prep school, to boarding school, to Oxford, to the bar or some private bank, and still defers to Nanny at home.”

Emoji are showing up in court cases exponentially, and courts aren’t prepared One case In 2017, a couple was charged thousands of dollars in fees after a court ruled that their use of emoji to a landlord signaled an intent to rent his apartment. After sending an enthusiastic text confirming that they wanted the apartment, which contained a string of emoji including a champagne bottle, a squirrel, and a comet, they stopped responding to the landlord’s texts and went on to rent a different apartment. The court declared that the couple acted in bad faith, ruling that the “icons conveyed great optimism” that “naturally led to the Plaintiff’s great reliance on the Defendants’ desire to rent his apartment,”

Finally! Doritos makes a chip bag that cleans your dusty fingers

The impact of individual differences on jurors’ note taking during trials and recall of trial evidence  The present studies show that jurors with faster handwriting speeds, higher short-term memory capacity, and higher sustained attention capacity benefit from note taking by recalling greater amounts of critical evidence.


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