Wednesday, February 18, 2015

2405 Tri-ence

I like keeping up on the advances science makes that make our lives better.  I'm no scientist, but I'm smart enough to appreciate the great things science does for us.  Though I wonder sometimes.

Like this new waterproofing technique they've come up with.  It makes surfaces superhydrophobic, all one word.  Not sure if it's expialidocious too.  The water just bounces off.  It helps keep the surface clean too because when the water bounces it grabs dust particles with it.  So it's also less slippery.

What they do is etch the surface of a material with teeny-tiny cuts.  Cool.  Science has finally discovered something the tire world has known for sometime.  Microscopic grooves.   Basically they're taking a surface and siping it.  Les Schwab would be proud.

Science is also recommending that you get off your keester.  A comprehensive study of other studies has shown that people who sit for long periods are 24% more likely to die from health problems then those who sit less.  I wonder if that counts sitting in a doctor's office waiting room. 

Exercise routines help counteract the effect, but not much.  Scientist's advice is to get up often and move around.  Which works well at my office, as I drink a lot of coffee and the bathroom is on the other side of the building. 

And that's the final piece of scientific advice I read that I'll share.  Lay off sitting.  Walk more.  A new study has concluded that a gentle lunchtime stroll has huge health benefits.  Even a 30-minute walk three times a week.

Most importantly, from a business standpoint, it improves your mood and your energy level.  And happier and enthusiastic people are more productive. 

So don't freak out too much if your boss tells you to take a walk. 

America, ya gotta love it. 

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