Taking the (Often Imprecise) Measure of Stress

first_imgThe New York Times:Research has long shown that stress is bad for you, but many people are not even aware when they are feeling stressed.Now, a number of new devices are sold as stress trackers, measuring signs of stress the way fitness tracking devices monitor steps and movement. The gadgets track the biological symptoms of stress — changes in skin perspiration, breathing patterns and heart rate — in hopes of helping people become aware of their stress levels.…Most apps and devices that claim to track or reduce stress lack scientific rigor, said Dr. Rosalind Picard, a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Media Lab, who straps stress monitors onto the wrists of visitors to her Cambridge office.It is hard to objectively determine someone’s stress in the real world — accounting for individual variation, diets, lifestyles, medication and other environmental factors, Dr. Picard said, adding, “If you want to learn about human variability, measure stress.”…“Maybe what you need to do is teach people a little bit and get out of their way,” said Dr. Mary Czerwinski, who is leading that study and is a research manager at Microsoft. “And maybe after a couple of months, if their stress levels are going up, maybe pop back in and remind them of what it was.”Read the whole story: The New York Times More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

Chief Williams wants Caribs to save their tribe

first_imgLocalNews Chief Williams wants Caribs to save their tribe by: – August 26, 2014 Share Sharing is caring! Carib Chief, Charles Williams (file photo)The leader of the last remaining pre-Columbian tribe in the Eastern Caribbean wants his people to stick to the laws which govern the Territory.Charles Williams, who was sworn in as the island’s new Carib Chief, says the cultural identity of the Carib people must be maintained.The Chief has suggested that ethnic Kalinagos marry only each other for self-preservation.“We have to build the Carib Territory, if we want to maintain our cultural identity and our race as a people we have to be a little more responsible”.“I would like to encourage young people to pair up and multiply the Carib race because that is important for all of us to maintain our identity,” he said.While Chief Williams noted that the suggestion is not a racist one, he says it is based on a traditional law.“There is the traditional law that says whenever you have a boyfriend, if he is a non Carib person, you should go with your boyfriend”.“The traditional law maintains that a man is the head of the household and he is to take with him his wife to whatever destination he goes,” he said.Carib women who marry non-Caribs traditionally leave the reserve, while men who do the same are allowed to stay.“Similarly it would mean that the men here have to bring in their wives too but my observation is that very few Kalinago men bring non-Kalinago wives but every household of the Kalinago Territory the women bring in a black boyfriend,” he said.It is not the first time that Charles Williams has raised this concern, back in 2008 during his first term as Chief, he proposed a law requiring ethnic Kalinagos to marry each other.He also requested that foreigners be barred from living in the Territory.Dominica Vibes News 459 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Tweet Sharelast_img read more

From Brazil: Man City could sign Lionel Messi in swap for…

first_imgThe first one was about Lionel Messi’s wish to join the Premier League side, and the second was about the Catalan club’s interest in signing Gabriel Jesus.Even though the Argentine star wants to leave Barça for free, it’s still not clear if he’ll be able to trigger the clause which would have allowed that. Messi’s argument is that with the season ending later, due to Covid-19, so should the clause, but his club strongly disagree.So there’s a chance Manchester City would have to pay for the transfer.According to journalist Jorge Nicola, the clubs could end up agreeing a swap between Lionel Messi and Gabriel Jesus.He reports that people involved in this process have already suggested Gabriel Jesus could move to Barcelona for the transfer of Lionel Messi, with Manchester City paying an extra €80m.He says this was the first possibility on the table, and as talks between the clubs are still in early stages, things could change.It’s also claimed that Gabriel Jesus would fancy a move to the Camp Nou, since he’d leave Sergio Aguero’s shadow and finally have the chance to be a regular starter, as Luis Suárez is also thought to be leaving Barcelona.Meanwhile, Catalunya Radio (via AS) report that Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartolomeu wants to meet Lionel Messi today. The club want an agreement with the player so he won’t leave them for free.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayHero Wars根本不可能获得这个宝藏!来证明我们错了Hero WarsUndoForge of Empires – Free Online GameIf You Like to Play, this Strategy Game is a Must-HaveForge of Empires – Free Online GameUndoInvest With VICShe collects rental-like income every month! See how she does it!Invest With VICUndoDBS”I had S$9 left in my bank account”DBSUndoNessa HearingPeople in Singapore Born Before 1965 Eligible for Free Hearing Aid TrialNessa HearingUndoWealthMastery.asiaThis Singaporean Couple is Disrupting A $3 Trillion IndustryWealthMastery.asiaUndoRaid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadEven Non-Gamers Are Obsessed With This RPG Game (It’s Worth Installing!)Raid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadUndoTip ParentsBaby Keeps Waking Up With Scratches, Mom Checks Camera And Calls CopsTip ParentsUndoSingtelGet 30GB for $25 on SG’s #1 network.SingtelUndo In the past 24 hours, we’ve seen two interesting claims from the Brazilian media regarding Barcelona and Manchester City.last_img read more