We went to see International House physically for the first time on Wednesday. It is an exciting opportunity to see the building and meet with our co-developers again. The potential of the building is amazing. We also had the opportunity to see a TAM in person, which is a “caravan” according to planning rules, but it is a fully passive house – and a Carbon Sink! So sounds like an excellent way to solve the UK housing crisis AND the climate emergency.
Heard about the Aluminum based battery innovation in the UK – will tin can powered vehicles be around the corner? Grab a can of coke and stick it into the engine to power yourself for another 100 miles/k.
Also the influence of the Russians on the US elections (and others) using modern day free speech tools, bots and the like to falsely create “viral” “fake” news content. Some interesting ideas about more clearly identifying the source of likes and clicks, ie. having a “BS meter” on the viral content – which plays nicely into the idea I would love to see.
A lady that works in a scientific lab once told me an idea, the CrediBULL ranking of articles, publications and the like. As I read more widely on nutrition and of course climate science, I keep coming back to this idea. Imagine a way to “rank” an author, a paper, a publication for the amount of BULL they are spewing? Some sort of algorithm or maybe crowd/ people powered thing will be required for this to happen.
Nutrition is a hot topic in my mind, and a seriously contentious issue as I delve deeper into the different viewpoints from the different perspectives out there. The high fat/ low carb grain people I have been following for the last 2 years, the high protein/ atkins/ paleo like people before that and now looking more at the plant based/ longevity/ Mediterranean like diet that is being popularised by Documentaries like “What the Health” and the push towards plant based foods from animal welfare “Dominion” and environmental “Cowspiracy” on Netflix. Also the books like “How not to die”, “The Longevity Diet” and some I am yet to read like “The plant based solution” by Dr Joel Kahn, a cardiologist I just listened to and see go up head to head with Dave Asprey at Google.
To lead on from that, I have been moving towards a more plant based lifestyle for a while now, as anyone looking at my Instagram or Facebook would know. At the end of this quarter, when I get my Thriva results back, I am planning to trial a 100% plant based, whole food diet and see the effect it has on my cholesterol. I am also interested to get a blood test I want is for Lipo Protein A or LPA (is a once off test), C-reactive protein and homocysteine are also interesting to monitor. Also a “heart CT scan” to measure the calcification of the arteries is a really simple, low impact test to understand the calcium level in your arteries – sounds super interesting.