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Why Hitting Your Peak Later In Life Is A Good Thing

You don’t think you’ve “peaked” in your life yet, do you? There are many different reasons why people don’t land on the right path until “later in life.” It is perfectly normal and may even be to your advantage to peak late in life, then if it happens earlier on. Typically, when you are young, you usually have more expectations and fewer experiences. Also, as you grow older, you gain more experience and have fewer expectations.

The optimal balance in life is to keep your expectations in check while developing your experiences. Once you stop looking ahead and focus on the present, that’s when life starts to begin. People over 25 and older accounted for roughly 40 percent of all college and graduate students. Take Louisiana, for example. Students older than 25 make up 28 percent of the University of Louisiana system’s 90,000-plus students[1]. Stay hungry for learning, no matter your age.

Do you feel old?

Do you know the type who just sits there talking about “little old me” when he or she is really only 50 years old? The body may become more fragile with age, but in fact, you become stronger in a number of other vital areas. People over the age of 50:

  • make more informed decisions when it comes to making choices because they’ve gained more knowledge and experience that they take into account several aspects.
  • generally, feel more satisfied with life and less stressed.

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Negative emotions like stress and anger tend to decrease after the early 20s, while people over 50 are less dissatisfied. This may be due to changes in our living conditions or psychological changes in the way we see the world, and it might even be because of biology, such as changes in the brain’s chemistry or endocrine changes. Stress is usually the body’s way of responding to potentially hazardous or even lethal situations, so even if death is approaching with more rapid steps, our life experience may also help us to achieve a lower level of stress because we are better able to assess whether certain situations are dangerous to us. Your age isn’t really the major threat to your life – it’s your attitude towards it that is.

Illness, inactivity and lack of mental strength are the main problems we see as people age. Aging typically begins to take place in our ’20s, and our physical and mental capacity decreases if we don’t actively work to stay “fit.” The more you are active in the gym or even conversations, the more you’ll keep your brain sharp. By challenging the small grey brain cells and by keeping yourself in good physical shape, you can maintain your brain’s resilience. You will also reduce the risk of catching diseases that may threaten your brain’s functions.

It is commonly thought that as we age, we get worse at learning new things and retaining information. There is an abundance of prejudices concerning age and memory. For example, it has been proven and documented that people who master two or more languages acquire a sharper brain than people (with the same education) who use one language only. Mastery of knowledge does not have a time frame or age limit.

Today, you help decide your market value yourself, and it doesn’t necessarily have to decrease just because you grow older. It’s never too late to begin working on a new sport, an education or a new life. You can start over many times in your life.  The requirement for your body and brain is quite simple; Use it or lose it! Take Buster Martin, who lived until 102 years old, is a prime example. He was England’s oldest employee and also the country’s oldest marathon runner. He’s been seen running through the streets of London with his blue and red cap and big beard. Another example is Tyger Woods; at 43, Woods became the second-oldest winner of the Masters, behind Jack Nicklaus. Tiger Woods completed a comeback from personal and professional adversity and a decade-long championship drought that instantly returned him to the top of the sports world. There are millions of amazing motivational stories out there in the world. Allow yourself to become inspired by them and don’t let aging stop you from reaching your highest potential.



Oxygen feasts and famines kick-started complex life

Life on Earth got started more than 4bn years ago, but it was another 3.5bn years before evolution really started to take off. The turning point happened about 540m years ago and is known as the Cambrian explosion.

A plethora of complex creatures burst on to the scene, many of which were the precursors of the animal groups we see today. Now a new study reveals that oxygen was a crucial ingredient for this sudden flowering of life.

By measuring carbon and sulphur isotopes in Cambrian rocks Tianchen He, from the University of Leeds, and colleagues were able to estimate the levels of oxygen in the air during this period.

Comparing the oxygen levels with Cambrian fossil records revealed “boom and bust” cycles, with oxygen boosting the booms. The scientists think that when oxygen plummeted life was forced through evolutionary bottlenecks, and when oxygen rose again animals spread out and diversified rapidly.

The dramatic swings persisted for many millions of years but eventually the emergence of large forests on land may have helped stabilise oxygen to modern levels. “It’s a really unusual interval of Earth history when the Earth system could more easily flip,” says He, whose findings were published in Nature Geoscience.



Detective Pikachu gets amazingly life-like recreation

We’ve seen a lot of Pikachu recently, with the release of the live-action Detective Pikachumovie and even a supposedly leaked YouTube version of the film, as well as the expected line of Pikachu merchandise associated with a major motion picture release.

One image from the movie that particularly grabbed fans’ hearts is that of “Wrinkly Pikachu”, whose priceless expression caused quite a buzz on the Internet and even resulted in fan art in edible form.

This time, we’ve found another brilliant fan creation that brings Wrinkly Pikachu to life in a form that you can touch and cuddle. It’s a wool felt Wrinkly Pikachu created by felt artist Asasa.

The felt Wrinkly Pikcahu has such a realistic expression, it looks like it stepped right out of the movie!

We can certainly understand the feeling of really wanting to touch Wrinkly Pikachu. We admit that we too tried to look for a Wrinkly Pikachu doll among the official movie merchandise without success, but actually making one yourself — that takes passion and a whole lot of talent!

Asasa also told us that it took about one week to complete the felt doll, and the most challenging part was putting flexible wire inside the ears and tail to make them movable. She also had a hard time finding the right cloth for Pikachu’s detective hat, and she eventually used a ribbon from her own hair accessories to make the hat. So there’s no question that plenty of love and care have gone into the creation of this yellow wrinkly guy.



This is the most deadly time in your life to put on weight

Mortality in patients who had undergone heart bypass surgery was over four times higher in individuals with a high body fat mass, according to new research conducted by Dr. Xavier Leroy of the Department of Anaesthesia and Resuscitation, CHU Lille, Lille, France and his colleagues.

Certain factors, including fat mass and lean body weight, may complicate cardiac surgery, the study found. Lean body weight is a person’s body weight minus fat, which can be roughly calculated by measuring their height, weight, girth and gender.

The team performed a retrospective study of 3,373 patients who had undergone elective cardiac surgery with cardiopulmonary bypass from January 2013 until December 2016.

Mortality within 30 days occurred in 2.1% of cases and significant differences were observed among body mass index, fat mass, and lean body weight. However, BMI alone was not found to be a factor.

Mortality within 30 days occurred in 2.1% of cases and significant differences were observed among body mass index, fat mass, and lean body weight. Unlike BMI, however, the higher a patient’s fat mass and BMI and the lower their lean body weight, the longer they spent in ICU.

“The 25% of patients with the highest fat mass were 4.1 times more likely to die than 25% with the lowest fat mass, and the 25% of patients with the lowest lean body weight were 2.8 times more likely to die than the 25% of patients with the highest lean body weight,” the study concluded.

BMI calculates weight, muscle, fat and bone in relation to height and gender. A BMI of 25 to 29.9 is considered overweight and those with a BMI of 30 or more are considered obese; morbidly obese people have a BMI of 44.9 or more.

The rate of adult obesity exceeds 30% of the population in 20 U.S. states and surpasses 35% in at least three states — Arkansas, West Virginia and Mississippi. Also, roughly 22 states have rates above 30%, 45 states are above 25%, and every state is above 20%.

There have been conflicting studies about obesity and mortality, known as the “obesity paradox.” In fact, a higher BMI may be associated with a lower mortality and a better outcome in several chronic diseases and health circumstances, previous research has shown.

Looking at specific causes of death, the study found that, for each five-unit increase in BMI (from, say, 30 to 35) the corresponding increases in risk were 49% for cardiovascular mortality, 38% for respiratory disease mortality and 19% for cancer mortality.



e.GO Life Delays Lead To Small Series

e.GO Life

A small series of e.GO Life First Editions has gone into production, but the first freely configurable models won’t go on sale until this fall. Until then, only 1,000 e.GO Life vehicles can be produced, and they will be throttled (53 kW) and equipped without recuperation. The company said in a press release that it plans to supply all of e.GO Mobile’s pre-orders by the beginning of next year — there are already more than 3,300 pre-orders of the e.GO Life 20, 40, and 60.

CleanTechnica reported on the Geneva Motor Show and found the e.GO Life to be “the most original, surprising new entry into the electric car space” in terms of both concept and production. It has a clever design, with solid craftsmanship and thoughtful considerations for comfort and adjustability of the space. The e.GO Life 20 has a base price of €15,900 and a range of 100 km, with prices and performance increasing for the E.GO Life 40 and 60 models. The e.GO Life First Edition in comparison has a WLTP range of 89 km and costs €24,650 plus delivery and before government subsidies. The E.GO Life 20, 40, and 60 will go on sale this autumn — barring any further delays.