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By Bilal Hafeez 25-01-2020
In: post | Macro Life Newsletter

Macro Hive Life: Reading Aloud / Smart Contact Lenses / Eat More Veggies

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This week we feature a mix of nutrition blogs (and not just what you eat), science discoveries – from cancer breakthroughs to eliminating dry eye syndrome – and a fascinating article on the lost power of reading aloud.

And for those looking for an excuse to watch Love Island it features within this week’s picks too! 

Finally, take a read of my personal blog: Recovering the Lost Art of Chivalry.



Is Wealth Hoarding Driving Down Life Expectancy in the U.S.?(GQ, 5 min read) The US is the only developed country where life expectancy is now going down. And it’s not driven by chronic health conditions, but rather drug overdoses, suicides and liver failure caused by alcoholism. Life expectancy in the US also varies significantly depending on income. With wealth increasingly concentrated the quality of life and length of life might continue to decline.

Rediscovering the Lost Power of Reading Aloud (Literary Hub, 12 min read) A lovely history of oral storytelling which reminds us that silent reading was once considered eccentric. The ability to “enthral and enrich” can bring classical stories – and a lot more – to life.

My Nutritional Framework(Peter Attia, 2 min read) Three nutritional levers; what you eat or don’t eat, when you eat it and how much you eat make up Attia’s nutritional framework. He recommends always pulling one of those levers, often two and sometimes three.

How to Eat More Vegetables: A Beginner’s Guide (GQ, 5 min read) Not just the how, but also the why, you should eat more veggies. From some cooking basics to how to buy better, this article will guide you towards more healthy and sustainable eating habits.

Discovery Of New T-Cell Raises Prospect Of ‘Universal’ Cancer Therapy (EurekAlert, 5 min read) The latest paradigm in cancer treatment: extract some immune cells, modify and return them to the patient’s blood to seek and destroy cancer cells. An enormous potential in the fight against cancer.

Self-Moisturizing Smart Contact Lenses (EurekAlert, 2 min read) A new smart contact lens that can eliminate the discomfort of dry eye syndrome, and the possibility of corneal wounds. It’s not ready just yet though, with researchers still refining the details.

This New Propeller-Powered Plane Concept Trades Speed for Zero-Emission Flight (Robb Report, 2 min read) Propellers and electric fuel replace traditional jet engines in this zero-emission plane. While it won’t be suitable for long haul, it will add just 24 minutes to your two-hour flight and could be an important step forward in the airline’s efforts to reduce carbon emissions.   

Researchers Use AI To Deblur Human Faces In Photos (VentureBeat, 2 min read) An algorithm that learns to become “human-aware” to better deblur photos than earlier tech has managed. Those blurry snaps on your phone may become a thing of the past.

Shooting A Portrait With Light, Shadow, And Highlight (Peta Pixel, 3 min read) For all the photography enthusiasts, this explainer gives shows how portrait lighting can be used to manipulate an image, from being dramatic, to soft and subtle. An added bonus if that no fancy gear is required.

Almost One In Four Food Products Launched In UK In 2019 Labelled Vegan (Guardian, 2 min read) Health conscious consumers are increasingly opting for vegan options and meat substitutes. Flextarians must be plentiful with only 1% of the UK population following a full vegan diet.

The Biggest TV Shows of 2020 (So Far) (GQ, 3 min read) The start of the decade has been eventful to say the least, even in television. Here are nine of the biggest TV shows this year, some returning favourites and some great debuts. Top picks are; Curb Your Enthusiasm, The New Pope and you guessed it …. Love Island!

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