Tuesday, 16 April 2019

Business: 'Shark Tank' judge Barbara Corcoran once hired someone 'within the first 5 or 6 seconds' of a job interview

Real estate mogul Barbara Corcoran has been a judge the ABC hit show "Shark Tank" for more than nine seasons. And having invested millions of dollars in startups out of the hundreds of pitches she has seen on the show, Corcoran knows a lot about the power of first impressions.

"Whether or not a person likes you is going to be decided within the first five or six seconds of your meeting them. It's not fair, but assumptions are made within seconds about our intelligence, sophistication and abilities," she said in a blog post.

It was a rainy day, and the candidate had arrived early for his interview, which Corcoran saw as "a big plus." Realizing that he had some time to spare, he said to Corcoran's assistant, "I'm here for an appointment with Mrs. Corcoran. Would you rather I wait outside?"

Corcoran was both shocked and pleased. The candidate was hired immediately.

Read why he was hired @ https://sg.finance.yahoo.com/news/apos-shark-tank-apos-judge-140209030.html

Exceptional people: NTU scientists invent portable device for quicker monitoring of heavy metals in drinking water

Source: cna

Nanyang Technological University (NTU) scientists have invented a portable device that can detect trace levels of heavy metal contaminants in drinking water in just five minutes.

Drinking water quality is typically monitored using highly accurate laboratory tests that take at least a day to complete, NTU said in a media release on Monday (Apr 15). Lab tests are necessary as heavy metals cannot be identified by colour, taste or odour unless present at high levels.

NTU's device, however, uses an organic substance found in the human bloodstream called a chelating agent, which detects and binds to heavy metal ions and marks them for excretion from the body.

He added that the device can detect up to 24 types of metal contaminants, double the capacity of other commercially available water sensors.

Read more @ https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/ntu-portable-device-water-quality-heavy-metal-contamination-11446378

Daily 20-minute walk in the outdoors among nature dramatically lowers stress levels and boosts wellbeing

A daily 20-minute stroll in the great outdoors has been found to dramatically lower stress levels and boost wellbeing.

Scientists claim to have discovered that spending between 20-30 minutes amongst nature could cut levels of the stress hormone, cortisol, by about 10%.

The new study found that after 30 minutes the wellbeing benefits of being outside continued to increase but at sharply reduced rate, the Times reported.

Ref: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-6884101/Daily-20-minute-walk-outdoors-nature-cuts-stress.html

New study recommends a low-carb, high-fat breakfast for weight loss

The key to controlling weight gain is to have a high-fat breakfast, new research suggests.

A low-carb, high-fat breakfast could help people to control their weight as it stops blood sugar spiking later in the day. That spike is responsible for our junk food cravings.

The study by Canadian researchers found that swapping porridge for something like a cheese omelette can help people control their blood sugar levels.

According to associate professor at the University of British Colombia, Jonathan Little, that large sugar spike we get following breakfast is because “typical Western breakfast foods – cereal, oatmeal, toast and fruit – are high in carbohydrates”.

Ref: https://sg.style.yahoo.com/new-study-recommends-low-carb-high-fat-breakfast-weight-loss-085128135.html

My 2 cents:

Types of food to eat for the day
  1. Breakfast - high fat (as above)
  2. Lunch - high protein. When we sleep, our bodies will release repair hormones to repair damaged cells. Protein is needed. By eating high protein food in the afternoon, the absorbed nutrients will be ready for use at night. 
  3. Dinner - more carbohydrates. When we sleep, our bodies are still working, like detoxing and repairing. Carbohydrates will release energy slowly continuously for bodies to work. A cup of milk or milo and a piece of bread is good for supper if you are hungry as these will also help in supplying energy while we sleep.
Typically, more fats and proteins should be eaten before 6pm. More carbs should be eaten after 6pm.