Archive for April, 2012

Seedlings Started Under Lights vs. On A Windowsill

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

Source: blog

 

Seedlings Started Under Lights vs. On A Windowsill

“In early February I started some broccoli seeds the way I normally do, under a bank of full spectrum florescent light tubes. At the same time, using the same seeds, the same seed potting mix, and an identical pot (a 6-cell starter tray of 72-sized-cells), I started some broccoli seeds for a friend. She took her seeded pot home and put it immediately on the windowsill of a bright, south-facing window. About a month later, on March 8th, we compared our results. ”

 

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Comments: It’s always good to see the results of experiments that look into the value of full-spectrum lights. Here we can see that in winter conditions, full-spectrum lights make a big difference to the growth rates of seedlings. Have you thought about getting a headstart on your spring garden?

 

 


Italian village builds its own sun

Friday, April 20th, 2012

Source: blog

 

Italian village builds its own sun

“Who could live in a town that never sees a breath of sunlight? Viganella, a remote village of German Buddhists in northern Italy, has long experienced such a plight. Located deep in a valley, the little community resides at such a point that from mid-November to early February each year, the residents never see the sun’s direct glow ”

 

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Comments: All we can say on reviewing this article – if you have regular access to sunlight, you don’t know how lucky you are!

 

 


New SAD Treatment – Shining Light Into The Brain Through The Ears

Saturday, April 14th, 2012

Source: Doctor Tipster

 

New SAD Treatment – Shining Light Into The Brain Through The Ears

“The effectiveness and exact mechanism of this light-treatment was not fully understood until now, until researchers from Oulu, Finland, found that the central role was not played by the retina. Instead the light acts on light-sensitive proteins on the brain’s surface. Special earphones were designed that shine a beam of light through the ear canal to a light-sensitive area in the brain, this being an efficient alternative to light therapy.”

 

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Comments: We have looked into the role of light in keeping SAD at bay before. In this article they explore whether it needs to be accessed through the eyes or whether there are other mechanisms that allow it to act.

 

 


Do you know what motivates your staff?

Sunday, April 8th, 2012

Source: Ignite

 

Do you know what motivates your staff?

“Most people in the technology industry are generally considered smart, and highly skilled in math, logic and problem solving. However, these highly developed technical skills usually come at the expense of their interpersonal skills. IT managers are not immune to this imbalance and spend little time to improve these under developed skills. Making matters worse, we recognize and promote based on results and reward for performance. The consequence is that managers spend 95% of their time focusing on measurable items and pay little attention to the emotions of their staff. This is not because managers don’t like people or don’t care, but few of them have little idea what employees really want from a boss.

 

…Make the work space look better; get rid of office clutter (cables, computer equipment, books, files, etc.), get some plants, find local schools for art, replace lighting with full spectrum light bulbs and use creative ways to make the environment better.”

 

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Comments: There is a lot to managing and motivating others. We were pleased to see that the light quality of a work environment was taken into consideration when looking into this subject. We recommend that you do the same, when looking at ways to motivate your staff.

 

 


What Can Pose a Greater Cancer Risk than Smoking?

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

Source: Psychology Today:
 
What Can Pose a Greater Cancer Risk than Smoking?
A recent study published in the British Medical Journal (online) raised questions about sleeping pills. The careful work that was done on this study demonstrates a strong link between sleeping pills and mortality (medical lingo for death), particularly from cancer.
 
…Clearly other strategies need to be looked at the provide relief for sleep. The authors say cognitive behavioral therapy is the way to go — it’s what’s called sleep hygiene. One key is getting up at the same time every day until eventually your body forces you to go to sleep earlier. Other strategies include making changes to your sleeping environment, light therapy (getting full-spectrum light early in the morning) and using relaxation strategies before sleep or upon awaking in the middle of the night.
 
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Comments: This article looks in depth at the downside of taking sleeping pills. Given they see a strong negative to taking them, we think it is right of the authors to then focus on what alternatives there are. We recommend reading this for their emphasis on the value of sleep hygiene.