What’s in a name? Political leanings?

>> Most Popular Baby Names By State <<

Check out this map of the US and the most popular baby names by state!  Apparently Mason is the new John.  And for girls, the states are pretty evenly split between Emma and Sophia… and the divide curiously mirrors the political leanings of said states.  Coincidence?

– Sandra

Staying Focused in a Distracting World

We live in a society where it’s socially acceptable to check your phone right in the middle of a conversation. We are used to having many different distractions calling our name while we try to focus our attention to any one thing. So in the midst of all this, how do we pay attention? Moreover, does the way we deal with the amount of distractions around us influence how the future generations will respond to those distractions as well? This article certainly doesn’t answer all these questions, but it makes a solid attempt:

>> The Art of Staying Focused in a Distracting World <<

-Monisha

What motivates us?

Have you ever wondered why highly skilled people(such as the creators of Skype or wikipedia) have created work that they produce and distribute for free? While they have an amazing product to offer which could very well produce them a good amount of money, what is it that causes them to do all of this without a monterey incentive? Have a look at this video and find out for yourself.

>> The surprising truth about what motivates us <<

I can’t decide if the illustrations in this video are cool or distracting, but I enjoyed the overall message it was trying to put forth.

-Monisha

The Dark Side of Greek Yogurt

There always has to be a balance in life. A bad for every good. A yin for every yang. Only that can explain how something as delicious and nutritious as greek yogurt could also be producing a byproduct called acid whey that is becoming an increasing problem for greek yogurt producers everywhere. Personally I feel the acid whey scare is a little hyped up in this article, because while they start out saying that it’s toxic and harmful to nature they then go on to say that there is a possibility it can be fed to babies. Either way it’s always good to know about the things you’re eating and just how and where they come from.

 

>> Whey Too Much: Greek Yogurt’s Dark Side <<

-Monisha