5 Interesting Links for 12-29-2017

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Inspiration (Robots)

Using natural abilities observed in the octopus, a robotics team is developing camouflage for soft robots.
https://www.livescience.com/60669-octopus-inspired-robots-camouflage.html

Revitalization (Interesting People)

A look at two lives seeped in West Virginia coal country, one who works to revitalize the local economy and another who takes advantage of the newly created opportunities.
https://starbuckschannel.com/episode-05-planting-hope-in-a-coalfield/

Tips (Writing)

I’ve linked to Pixar’s approach to story before, but this is a quick, visual representation of their key elements that is useful to consider.
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/500603314816083415/
(If you have difficulty accessing Pinterest, here are the slides separately: https://www.slideshare.net/powerfulpoint/pixar-22rulestophenomenalstorytellingpowerfulpointslideshare.)

Petroglyphs (Archaeology)

A Venezuelan researcher used a video drone to capture extensive petroglyphs along the Orinoco River that depict pre-Colombian daily life.
https://www.livescience.com/61155-drone-maps-ancient-rock-art-venezuela.html

Tips (Productivity)

A look at the most effective way to schedule worktime based on a productivity study’s results.
https://www.forbes.com/sites/travisbradberry/2016/06/07/why-the-8-hour-workday-doesnt-work/

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3 Responses to 5 Interesting Links for 12-29-2017

  1. sprinkink says:

    I’m sorry that the productivity article is on Forbes. They won’t let you read with an ad blocker, but the one time I whitelisted it on their promise of “ad lites” (their spelling) I was so overwhelmed by the number of ads I coludn’t read the article. Then I read an article that said they didn’t vet their ads and people have had problems with malware, too. So, I don’t read Forbes, anymore.

    My point is to ask if you’d be wiling to summarize the article for me. If not, don’t worry about it. I thought there was no harm in asking. 🙂

    • Margaret McGaffey Fisk says:

      Yes, I had to allow it through my ad blocker to read it as well. Hadn’t heard that about malware.

      The basic discovery that it talks about is the need for mental breaks. They discovered that the brain wants to focus for about an hour then take a 15 minute break. I would suggest that people are not that identical so your time frame might be different, but the point of expecting a straight 8 hour workday, or worse depending on your industry, leads to fatigue and worsening productivity the longer you do it.

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