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Lithium levels in drinking water linked to fewer suicides

Mind Hacks

Higher levels of naturally occurring lithium in the water supply are associated with fewer suicides in the local population, reports a study just published in The British Journal of Psychiatry. Lithium is one of the fundamental elements, but is also used by psychiatrists as one the most effective drug treatment for mood disorders, in the form of lithium carbonate and lithium citrate, where it is also known to reduce the risk of suicide. Link to BJP lithium study.

Future Work

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Graphene capacitors have the potential to charge more quickly and store more electricity than conventional batters (good thing, too - the world supply of lithium is limited). I had a brief chat with Georges Corriveau this morning that got me to thinking about the future of work. Specifically, I was thinking to myself, if I were just starting out in the world, where would I focus my interests? I think back 35 years or so when I was just getting started (has it been that long?)

Business or Pleasure? - why not both: Would more Influence fix.

Martijn Linssen

Lithium was one of the Social CRM tools Ive taken a look at lately, and they had very flashy sentiment dashboards, showing product, blog or item sentiment across the Web. Business or Pleasure? - why not both Home About Contact Friday, 13 August 2010 Would more Influence fix your self-esteem?

Electric cars: Invade Bolivia!

Nine Shift

One of the big secrets, sorta secret anyway, is the fact that lithium supplies are at "peak" unless more discoveries are made. So we have enough lithium for electric cars for ten years, then nothing. AND the biggest location of those lithium supplies is Bolivia. It is the season of electric cars. You will hear a lot in the next two years about new electric cars coming out. We have cited a number of reasons why electric cars will not save the automobile. Here's another reason.

What’s in your social media measurement tool box and why?

Beth Kanter

Kami Huyse , Zoetica, points to Lithium , a monitoring and measurement tool. Rob Stuart, who passed away recently and who was instrumental in the creation of the nonprofit technology movement always had a favorite question, “What tools are in your tool box?”

Social (hiccup) CRM tools

Martijn Linssen

The Social Customer wants to play and be played Now lets have a look at the tools present for Social CRM: Jive , Lithium and Nimble. What does Lithium offer? The Lithium platform offers a number of connections to the social web (Facebook, Twitter), CRM systems, web analytics, and more.

Figuring @Flickr

Doc Searls

Searched for: lithium . Here’s a hunk of what one set (aka Album) in my Flickr stream looks like: And here are what my stats on Flickr looked like earlier today (or yesterday, since Flickr is on GMT and it’s tomorrow there): I ended up with 32,954 views, with no one of my 49,000+ photos getting more than 56 views. More than 95% of those views arrived via Flickr itself. The stats there are spread across 87 pages of results.

Psychology in the New York Times Year in Ideas

Mind Hacks

Probably the majority of the articles will be of interest to mind and brain enthusiasts but I particularly enjoyed Literary Alzheimer's, Lithium in the Water Supply, Treating P.T.S.D. I really recommend the 2009 Year in Ideas review from The New York Times as it is packed full of developments in the world of psychology and social science.

The Environment and eBook Readers

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Very little actual silicon, aluminum, copper or lithium actually goes into the devices. That said, we are almost at 'peak lithium' - but the greater culprit here will be, as usual, cars. Responding to Greg Breining: Going green? Good luck. in the Minneapolic Star-Tribune, which was cited by Doug Johnson in an article in Blue Skunk Blog. Articles such of this one in the Star-Tribune should be widely discredited, not recycled as 'fact'.

Web 2.0 Applications in Learning

Tony Karrer

Last week I presented a session at ASTD TechKnowledge entitled eLearning 2.0 - Applications and Implications. It could just as easily have been called Web 2.0 Applications in Learning. It was designed to be a small to medium size group discussion, but because the room was large it was very challenging to do that successfully. I discussed a bit of these issues in First Thoughts After ASTD Sessions.

Social Media Goals

Clark Quinn

Talking to them, and the others there (Vignette & Lithium) has me reflecting more broadly. Lithium was advertising ’successful’ communities, and so I naturally inquired about their approach. I spent yesterday touring the Web 2.0 expo (part of the time with fellow miscreant Jay Cross ), and it led me to think a bit more about social media tools and approaches.

Into the dark

Doc Searls

On the list were not only the obvious “reserves,” such like oil, gas, coal and uranium, but other stuff as well: helium , lithium , platinum, thorium, tungsten , neodymium, dysprosium, niobium… stuff we use to make stuff that ranges from balloons to hard drives to hybrid car engines. The power is out and won’t be back for awhile.

Three Mantras

Andy McAfee

To build and manage its customer support community Verizon turned to startup Lithium Technologies, which came out of an online gaming world where people interact constantly with each other and assiduously build their reputations over time. Lithium’s founders believed that people would behave similarly even in staid corporate online communities.

2010-06-11 Spike activity

Mind Hacks

Radio National Breakfast reports on new research finding out a crucial piece in the puzzle of how lithium can treat Alzheimer's and bipolar disorder Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: A new study finds that superstitions improve performance by increasing confidence. Some excellent coverage from Not Exactly Rocket Science and from Bad Science.

2009-05-22 Spike activity

Mind Hacks

Psychiatrist bemoans the ignorance about the benefits of lithium treatment among junior doctors in The New York Times. Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: Neuroanthropology has a great article on identity formation and internet booze show-offs. A neat bit of online anthropology.

Hot List - April 1, 2009 to April 11, 2009

Tony Karrer

Talking to them, and the others there (Vignette & Lithium) has me reflecting more broadly. Coming back after a week of being mostly disconnected I'm woefully behind on email and even more so on my reading. Luckily, I have a short cut to seeing the stuff that is generating interest across most of the top eLearning bloggers. So, here's the hot list for April 1 - April 11 via eLearning Learning. Top Posts The following are the top posts from featured sources based on social signals.

stevenberlinjohnson.com: Apple: Consumer Unfriendly

Steven Berlin Johnson

He was convinced that it was primarily a design issue; indeed, he thinks Apple is using a lithium polymer battery in the iPhone, which can be stretched into different shapes — and thus can be tucked into an extremely thin space. stevenberlinjohnson.com « Two Hours With The iPhone | Main | » Apple: Consumer Unfriendly What a bizarre Joe Nocera Times piece about the lack of a removable battery in the iPhone.