Lack of Sleep, a Cause for Child Obesity

Lack of Sleep, a Cause for Child Obesity Researchers at the Bristol University suggested that cutting sleeping hours is linked to an important problem of the Western world, obesity among children and adolescents.

Researchers at the Bristol University suggested that cutting sleeping hours is linked to an important problem of the Western world, obesity among children and adolescents.

Experts suggested that lack of sleep is to blame for the increasing obesity rate among youngsters.

“There is a really clear relationship between short sleep duration and obesity in children,” stated Dr Shahrad Taheri, the lead researcher at the Bristol University.

Dr Shahrad Taheri and colleagues explained that cutting sleeping hours seriously affects the level of hormones responsible for appetite. Moreover, if you stay awake more, you need to eat larger quantities of food.

Experts indicated that computers, television and mobile phones affect the sleep, especially if watching television, playing computer games or talking on the mobile is done before sleeping. It is known that most children do these things mostly before going to bed.

“Good sleep could be promoted by removing televisions and other electronic items from children’s bedrooms and ensuring a strict, regular bedtime routine,” suggested Dr Shahrad Taher.

Researchers are hoping that that current finding will determine those seeking weight lost to provide at least eight hours of night sleep to their diet and physical exercises routines.

“An obesity prevention approach in children and adolescents that promotes a healthy diet, physical activity and adequate sleep could be adopted,” said Dr Shahrad Taher.

“Ensuring adequate sleep in children and adolescents may not only help fighting against obesity, but could have other added health and educational benefits – for example improvements in academic performance,” concluded Dr Shahrad Taher.


LED Light Bulbs


A great idea in lighting

The light bulb is often used in cartoons to depict the formation of a great idea. We think that building LEDs into a bulb that can be screwed into a standard 120V light socket is a great idea. These LED Light Bulbs come in three different sizes with an output up to 120 Lumens. The bulbs are also long-life and low power consumption.

Vivid – This 18 LED light bulb makes an excellent high definition reading light. Perfect to help you not feel guilty about leaving an accent light on all night. Run it for twelve hours a day for a whole year at a cost of about 80 cents. Makes a great reading light.

Vivid Plus – Turn any household lamp into a low cost, high-tech marvel by installing the Vivid Plus LED Light Bulb. This ultra-bright light bulb shares the energy efficiency of the Vivid and casts a broader array of light. Particularly well suited for reading. 36 LEDs.

Spotlight – A money-saving LED bulb that fits your porch spotlights and the motion-sensor lights on your garage or roofline. Spotlight uses just 8 Watts of electricity to power 60 ultra-bright White LEDs. The light is ideal in pitch-black conditions, and casts the signature blue-white light that’s as soothing as it is bright. On average, it will cost you just $4.00 per year to run this LED Spotlight in your home or workplace. Fits PAR 38 sized fixtures.

LED Light Bulbs also have these great features.

  • Long life – up to 10 years
  • Low power consumption (about 1/30th of a standard bulb)
  • Output: Vivid (31 Lumens), Vivid Plus (60 Lumens), Spotlight (120 Lumens)
  • Great in a directional lamp for reading, mood or porch light
  • These bulbs are generally not intended as a complete replacement for incandescents – these bulbs are lower output but more focused
  • 120V bulbs
  • Two-year warranty


Cooking Robot!

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UPDATED: 11:28, October 10, 2006
Chinese scientists invent first cooking robot

China’s first cooking robot, named AIC-AICookingrobot, has been invented by scientists in Shenzhen in south China’s Guangdong Province.

The robot, developed by Fanxing Science and Technology Co. Ltd in Shenzhen, is capable of Sichuan, Shandong and Canton cuisines and can cook thousands of Chinese dishes, according to a report in the Shenzhen Economic Daily.

The company spent four years and more than 2 million yuan (about 250,000 U.S. dollars) to develop the robot, said Liu Xinyu, executive director of the company.

Scientists translated standardized human cooking actions into machine language. The robot is happy to fry, bake, boil and steam, and can perform other special Chinese cooking actions.

At a show held by the company on Sunday, the robot cooked a dish of beautifully-flavored, attractive-looking shrimp in five minutes, said the newspaper.

The robot will help standardize Chinese fast food, said Cai Hegao, a member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering.

The robot will go on sale in 2007, and will enter Chinese homes sometime in the future, Liu Xinyu added.

Source: Xinhua