Weekly round-up: Optimism, Goolge Glass, science, pseudo-science and asylum seekers

“Think back to the last time you experienced a loss, setback, or hardship. Did you respond by venting, ruminating, and dwelling on the disappointment, or did you look for a faint flash of meaning through all of the darkness — a silver lining of some sort?”

A look at the benefits of optimism through Life of Pi and Silver Linings Playbook: http://bit.ly/XMI7Ec


“Most things, in high enough concentrations, can damage an organism; a bushwalker in Victoria last year died from drinking too much water… Water – the source of all life – is therefore toxic. So, at some level, of course sugar is going to be toxic!”

A great article on whether sugar is actually toxic and whether you should be worried. Also good to keep in mind next time you see a fear-mongering “breakthrough” food science book: http://bit.ly/XruR8D


“The most important Google Glass experience is not the user experience – it’s the experience of everyone else. The experience of being a citizen, in public, is about to change.”

Google Glass was demoed at TED last week. This posts considers whether we’re asking the right questions about this exciting new technology? http://bit.ly/13rGBv5


“For almost half a century, physicists had chased its quantum ghost through labyrinths of mathematics and logic, and through tons of electronics at powerful particle colliders, all to no avail.”

A great example of online story-telling from the New York Times, taking you inside the discovery of the Higgs Boson particle: http://nyti.ms/14vik3u


“[Asylum seekers] have fled wars, persecution and famine. Some people have resorted to paying people smugglers to get them on a boat to Australia. They are no less deserving of care for having done so.”

A week old now, but this piece about The Age’s editorial stance on asylum seekers is no less powerful or important: http://bit.ly/Ylmwlp


Lastly, stunning shots of coloured ink in water: http://bit.ly/12qjIcb