Science behind why monks and sanyasis have a shaved head

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BY ANIL K. RAJVANSHI

Baldness gives unhappiness to a person. People feel it as a sign of getting old and the person feels that because of his baldness his looks suffer. People will do anything and go to any length to get a good crop of hair on their head. Worldwide hair loss treatment industry is worth $ 3.5 billion/year.

However, new scientific evidence suggests that infrared (IR) radiation in solar energy is transmitted through bald head and may help in repair of neurons, their generation, and stop or reduce the ravaging affects of Parkinson’s disease.

In all ancient civilizations whether Greek, Egyptian, Indian etc. and in various religions, baldness or shaven head was identified with philosophers, monks and priests. Some say that it was done to differentiate such people from common folks. Thus a person with shaven head wearing an ochre robe is normally identified as a Buddhist monk or a Sanyasi.

The  ancients understood the power of solar energy on the bald head and hence the practice developed. Thus it is possible that our ancient tradition of invoking Gayatri Mantra and practicing Surya Namaskar could be traced to the understanding of beneficial effects of solar energy radiation on human body.

Bald human skull allows 10% of incident IR radiation to pass through it. IR radiation which has wavelength of 750-1500 nanometers is not visible to the naked eye and is the source of heat. On the other hand visible radiation has wavelengths in the range of 450- 750 nanometers.

Around 50% of solar radiation falling on earth is in the IR range. Nature uses this radiation very effectively since it helps in producing wind, evaporating sea water to form clouds and produce rain and to help the neurons function effectively in brain.

How the IR radiation helps in neuron repair and regeneration is still not fully understood. Some scientists say that IR, since it is mostly heat, helps in increasing the brains temperature and hence the activity of neurons while others say that the mitochondria, the engine which provides energy to cells gets repaired and energized by it leading to neuron repair and generation. Nevertheless the beneficial effect of IR on brain is evident and has been shown in human and animal trials.

Infrared light therapy nowadays is also being used and promoted as a powerful and noninvasive treatment for patients suffering strokes, head injuries and as an eye treatment.

The penetration of IR radiation into human brains is quite shallow and attenuates within 2-3 cms of entering the brain tissue but the blood flow in the brain allows the regenerated and repaired brain cells to be transported to different parts of brains.

Why are neurons affected by IR radiation? A possible explanation could be that during their firing they produce a feeble radiation in the IR range and by principle of equivalence they react positively to it.

So bald people, rejoice that nature and especially solar energy will help you in improving your brain and provide happiness since a supple and powerful brain is necessary for creating happiness. The main thing is to sit in the sun for 10-15 minutes everyday. Not only will your brain become better but you will also get much needed vitamin D.

(The author is the Director and Hon. Secretary Nimbkar Agricultural Research Institute (NARI). He could be reached at  anilrajvanshi@gmail.com)

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Taking Advantage of the Booming Solar Industry

The growth of the solar industry as a business is not just linear but exponential

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The growth of the solar industry as a business is not just linear but exponential. Pixabay

As a more sustainable and environmentally mindful lifestyle is being adopted globally, people are turning to a greener way of doing things. Many are going all out in their effort to preserve what little is left of nature, doing everything from reducing carbon footprint to implementing sustainable business models. 

Renewable energy on the rise

Renewable energy, particularly the solar industry, has felt the positive effects of the increasing wave of environmental and social activism. Over the past ten years, investments made on solar energy have increased by an average of 68% annually.

Entrepreneurs who are looking to do good and do well are getting into the solar business. It is infinitely profitable, but before you take the plunge, you must have all your bases covered, from customer acquisition to a solar sales tracker.

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Let technology do the bulk of the work

If you are getting into the solar business now, your timing is perfect. Several developments, both technologically and socially, have made the solar industry a lucrative business opportunity. Solar software, in particular, has made managing the sale and installation of solar arrays much easier, and the profit margin bigger.  

  • In the old days, solar installers knock from door to door looking for customers, with little to no system to help them. Converting homeowners into clients took much time and effort, which meant opportunity lost in terms of earnings. 

With the development of solar software, you can systematically go through a residential area in less time. It has integrated canvassing apps to help you track your leads, convert them, and move them through your process.

  • Professional software has also made the measurement of the roof area safer and more accurate. With the help of powerful tools, aerial measurements can be made instead of technicians climbing on top of the roof to do them manually. The estimates given to potential customers are also more precise, which contributes to better consumer experience and satisfaction. This translates to more business opportunities in the long run.
  • Solar sales tracker has built-in and customizable templates for sales reports. With this software, more data is made available to you to help you make better business decisions and grow your trade. 
  • Coordinating the activities of installers in the field and the team in the office is also made easier by solar software. Each member can access their schedules and assigned tasks wherever and whenever through an integrated calendar app. It also provides an open communication line dedicated to business purposes. Precious time is saved from holding daily meetings just to set expectations and get everyone on the same page. With the help of solar software, people are better able to work seamlessly as one team, regardless of location and function.
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Renewable energy, particularly the solar industry, has felt the positive effects of the increasing wave of environmental and social activism. Pixabay
  • Aside from the solar sales tracker capability, solar software can also help you keep track of all your projects from start to finish. Managing several projects at the same time leaves some of them vulnerable to falling through the cracks. With solar software, you are promptly alerted when a build or a project is taking too long. This gives you more time to plan and react, so projects can progress at a smooth and steady pace. 

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Strike while the iron is hot

The growth of the solar industry as a business is not just linear but exponential. If the present is looking good, things are only going to get better and by a wider margin. Now is the time to jump in the solar bandwagon, make some profit, and do right by the planet, all at the same time.  

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Inadequate Sleep Affects Emotional Processing Negatively: Study

Sleep loss for 5 consecutive nights fosters negativity

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Researchers have found that an inadequate amount of sleep for five consecutive nights can negatively affect emotional processing, causing behavioural and neurofunctional changes. Pixabay

Not getting enough sleep? Read this health and lifestyle carefully. Researchers have found that an inadequate amount of sleep for five consecutive nights can negatively affect emotional processing, causing behavioural and neurofunctional changes.

For the findings, published in the Journal of Sleep Research, the research team evaluated the effects of five nights of sleep restriction (5 hour a night) on emotional reactivity in healthy people.

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“Insufficient sleep may impose a negative emotional bias, leading to an increased tendency to evaluate emotional stimuli as negative,” said study lead author Daniela Tempesta from University of L’Aquila in Italy.

According to the researchers, 42 participants were selected and were tested the morning after five nights of regular sleep and after five consecutive nights of sleep restriction.

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For the findings, published in the Journal of Sleep Research, the research team evaluated the effects of five nights of sleep restriction (5 hour a night) on emotional reactivity in healthy people. Pixabay

During the test, participants evaluated valence and arousal of 90 images selected from the ‘International Affective Picture System’.

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The participants perceived pleasant and neutral pictures in a more negative way when their sleep was restricted for several nights in a row.

The results provide the evidence that an inadequate amount of sleep for five consecutive nights determines an alteration of the evaluation of pleasant and neutral stimuli, imposing a negative emotional bias.

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The researchers noted that the findings are especially pertinent because chronic sleep restriction is a common and underestimated health problem in the general population.

“Considering the pervasiveness of insufficient sleep in modern society, our results have potential implications for daily life, as well as in clinical settings,” Tempesta noted. (IANS)

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Certain Video Games Improve Visual Attention: Study

Video games boost visual attention of expert players

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Published in the journal, Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, the study shows that expert players of real-time strategy games have faster information processing. Pixabay

Long-term experience of action real-time strategy games such as World of Warcraft, Age of Empires, and Total War can cause long-term changes in the brain and leads to improvements in temporal visual selective attention, according to a study.

These games, which can be won through strategic planning, selective attention, sensorimotor skills, and teamwork place considerable demands on the brain.

Published in the journal, Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, the study shows that expert players of real-time strategy games have faster information processing, allocate more cognitive power to individual visual stimuli and allocate limited cognitive resources between successive stimuli more effectively through time.

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“Our aim was to evaluate the long-term effect of experience with action real-time strategy games on temporal visual selective attention,” said study researcher Diankun Gong from University of Electronic Science and Technology of China.

“In particular, we wanted to reveal the time course of cognitive processes during the attentional blink task, a typical task used by neuroscientists to study visual selective attention,” Gong added. To study the effect of gaming on temporal visual selective attention, the research team selected 38 volunteers, healthy young male students.

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Certain games, which can be won through strategic planning, selective attention, sensorimotor skills, and teamwork place considerable demands on the brain. Pixabay

Half of the volunteers were expert players of the typical action real-time strategy game League of Legend, where teammates work together to destroy the towers of an opposing team. They had played the game for at least two years and were masters, based on their ranking among the top seven per cent of players.

The others were beginners, with less than six months experience of the same game, and ranked among the bottom 30-45 per cent. All volunteers were seated in front of a screen and tested in a blink task, with 480 trials over a period of approximately two hours.

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The greater a volunteer’s tendency to “blink” targets, the less frequently he would press the correct button when one of the two targets appeared on the screen, and the worse he did overall in the task. The volunteers also wore EEG electrodes on the parietal (i.e. sides and top) region of their scalp, allowing the researchers to measure and localise the brain’s activity throughout the experiment.

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“We found that expert League of Legend players outperformed beginners in the task. The experts were less prone to the blink effect, detecting targets more accurately and faster, and as shown by their stronger P3b (positive-going amplitude), gave more attentional cognitive resources to each target,” said study co-author Weiyi Ma from the University of Arkansas in the US. (IANS)