Internet For Everyone

Grind for November 25th, 2018
“If all printers were determined not to print anything ’till they were sure it would offend nobody, there would be very little printed.”

– Benjamin Franklin

Medical News

The Headline

Study suggests human metabolism is most active during the afternoon

The Grind

The human body must burn calories constantly to stay alive, but according to a recent study published in Current Biology, we burn up to 10% more calories during the afternoon and early evening.

This finding suggests a previously unknown link between our inner clock and the way the human body processes calories.

The Details

To determine the effects of time on calorie processing, researchers isolated participants in rooms without clocks, windows, or Internet.

Each participant was told when to go to sleep and when to wake. Times were adjusted by four hours each day to prevent patients’ bodies from settling into a rhythm.

Participants’ metabolic rate was measured throughout the day to determine how their bodies dealt with calorie consumption.

After three weeks of observation, researchers determined that a person’s metabolic rate is highest during the afternoon and early evening and lowest during the night.

“The fact that doing the same thing at one time of day burned so many more calories than doing the same thing at a different time of day surprised us,” said study author Kirsi-Marja Zitting.

The results of the study support nutritionists’ claims that eating a larger lunch and a smaller dinner can help you lose weight.

“It is not only what we eat, but when we eat – and rest – that impacts how much energy we burn or store as fat,” explains researcher Jeanne Duffy. “Regularity of habits, such as eating and sleeping, is very important to overall health.”

Aim For The Sky

The Headline

With FCC approval, SpaceX will move forward with Starlink Internet system

The Grind

The FCC recently approved SpaceX’s plan to launch more than 7,000 Internet-broadcasting satellites into Earth’s orbit.

That’s in addition to the 4,425 satellites it approved in March, which brings the total number of approved satellites to nearly 12,000.

The catch: half of the satellites must be up by 2024.

The Details

According to SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, the Starlink satellite constellation will provide Internet connectivity to every person on the planet.

“I’m excited to see what these services might promise and what these proposed constellations have to offer,” said FCC Chairman Ajit Pai.

Under Pai’s leadership, the FCC has sought to encourage “the private sector to invest and to innovate and allow market forces to deliver value to American consumers.”

Pai was appointed to the FCC by Obama in 2012 and was selected by Trump to lead to commission in 2017. He has been largely criticized for supporting the FCC’s repeal of Title II regulations (net neutrality) in December 2017.

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