PLATYPUS REPORTS

These not-to-be-missed reports and media publications summarize the latest trends, tools, and technologies to help you optimize your performance.

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Mar 2017


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No Thanks, I'll Stand

It has become increasingly clear that standing desks are much better for us than traditional ones for both health and productivity. Adding to the evidence, a recent study from Texas A&M showed that standing desks increased call center productivity by an average of 46 percent over six months.  The more compelling finding, however, was that productivity increased during the study, from 23 percent in the first month to 53 percent in the sixth month.

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Mar 2017


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The Electric Power of the Brain

At 42, Tony Cicoria suddenly had an insatiable desire to play the piano. It seemed to materialize out of nowhere, yet within a few years, he had become a concert pianist and composer.
 
Tony is one of many people who have been changed in some great way after being struck by lightning. On a smaller scale, electrical stimulation is used today as a tool for modifying and enhancing brain function.
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Feb 2017


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Bright Blue Light is Great in the Morning but Problematic in the Evening

Bright Blue Light is Great in the Morning but Problematic in the Evening One of the easiest ways to enhance your productivity and effectiveness is simply to modify the lighting in your home and office. Adding to our rapidly growing knowledge in this arena, a recent study from Northwestern University demonstrated, among other findings, that bright blue light in the morning increases alertness, but in the evening it can cause metabolic changes and make...

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Feb 2017


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Illuminate Peak Performance

In 1998, astronomers in Australia discovered perytons, mysterious radio signals that had no discernible cause. Seventeen years later, they discovered the source of these signals was not something unknown in the atmosphere but instead was a microwave in their office. For those of us who’ve spent similar time investigating the elusive cause of fatigue, headaches, and visual discomfort at work, the answer may also be right in front of our eyes.

The problem could be...

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Jan 2017


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Seeing With Your Tongue

Erik Weihenmayer has climbed to the highest point on each of the world’s seven continents, including Mount Everest. That’s an impressive feat for anyone. In Erik’s case, it’s particularly impressive, because his eyes don’t work. Most people would say Erik is blind. But that’s not completely true. It’s more accurate to say Erik can’t see with his eyes.

But thanks to technology, Erik can and does see.

When Erik climbs, he wears something called the...

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Jan 2017


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Red Meat Accelerates Aging

Just in case the evidence against excessive red meat has not been definitive enough, researchers from the University of Glasgow recently published a study linking it with accelerated biological aging and high blood phosphates.

 

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Jan 2017


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How to Improve Your Sleep, Be More Alert, and Slow Aging

Scientific research continues to pour in demonstrating that minor changes to your work and home environment have a huge impact on your brain and body – and thus your productivity and happiness.

Bright Blue Light is Great in the Morning but Problematic in the Evening
One of the easiest ways to enhance your productivity and effectiveness is simply to modify the lighting in your home and office. Adding to our rapidly growing knowledge...

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Jan 2017


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Hacking Stress

After wandering out of the Santa Cruz Mountains, the lost mountain lion strolled through numerous backyards, took a trip to Target, and watched leisurely as people passed by, mere feet from the bush hiding him from view.
 
Thankfully, the fierce predator didn’t attack anyone before wildlife workers captured him. But if someone had spotted the wild animal, their brain would have released adrenaline and cortisol into the bloodstream. These potent survival hormones...

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