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Why do we go to sleep? To clean our brains, say US scientists

By Ian Sample, Science correspondent

Scientists in the US claim to have a new explanation for why we sleep: in the hours spent slumbering, a rubbish disposal service swings into action that cleans up waste in the brain.

Through a series of experiments on mice, the researchers showed that during sleep, cerebral spinal fluid is pumped around the brain, and flushes out waste products like a biological dishwasher.

The process helps to remove the molecular detritus that brain cells churn out as part of their natural activity, along with toxic proteins that can lead to dementia when they build up in the brain, the researchers say.

Maiken Nedergaard, who led the study at the University of Rochester, said the discovery might explain why sleep is crucial for all living organisms. "I think we have discovered why we sleep," Nedergaard said. "We sleep to clean our brains."

Writing in the journal Science, Nedergaard describes how brain cells in mice shrank when they slept, making the space between them on average 60% greater. This made the cerebral spinal fluid in the animals' brains flow ten times faster than when the mice were awake.

The scientists then checked how well mice cleared toxins from their brains by injecting traces of proteins that are implicated in Alzheimer's disease. These amyloid beta proteins were removed faster from the brains of sleeping mice, they found.

Nedergaard believes the clean-up process is more active during sleep because it takes too much energy to pump fluid around the brain when awake. "You can think of it like having a house party. You can either entertain the guests or clean up the house, but you can't really do both at the same time," she said in a statement.

According to the scientist, the cerebral spinal fluid flushes the brain's waste products into what she calls the "glymphatic system" which carries it down through the body and ultimately to the liver where it is broken down.

Other researchers were sceptical of the study, and said it was too early to know if the process goes to work in humans, and how to gauge the importance of the mechanism. "It's very attractive, but I don't think it's the main function of sleep," said Raphaelle Winsky-Sommerer, a specialist on sleep and circadian rhythms at Surrey University. "Sleep is related to everything: your metabolism, your physiology, your digestion, everything." She said she would like to see other experiments that show a build up of waste in the brains of sleep-deprived people, and a reduction of that waste when they catch up on sleep.

Vladyslav Vyazovskiy, another sleep expert at Surrey University, was also sceptical. "I'm not fully convinced. Some of the effects are so striking they are hard to believe. I would like to see this work replicated independently before it can be taken seriously," he said.

Jim Horne, professor emeritus and director of the sleep research centre at Loughborough University, cautioned that what happened in the fairly simple mouse brain might be very different to what happened in the more complex human brain. "Sleep in humans has evolved far more sophisticated functions for our cortex than that for the mouse, even though the present findings may well be true for us," he said.

But Nedergaard believes she will find the same waste disposal system at work in humans. The work, she claims, could pave the way for medicines that slow the onset of dementias caused by the build-up of waste in the brain, and even help those who go without enough sleep. "It may be that we can reduce the need at least, because it's so annoying to waste so much time sleeping," she said.

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Image is everything: upgrade your small business Web presence with photographs

Image is everything: upgrade your small business Web presence with photographs

Christopher Null , PCWorld

Pop quiz: Would you consider even visiting a house for sale without looking at photos on the Web first? Would you buy a television online if the store didn’t include a picture? Would you visit a doctor or dentist if you couldn’t see what they looked like in advance?

Most people would likely say no to all of these questions, and it’s easy to understand why. We live in a visual age, a time when stories are increasingly told not by an eloquently penned paragraph but through the uncompromising image created by a camera’s lens.

The use of photography online is inexorably on the rise. Facebook now has 250 billion photos uploaded to date, and it adds 350 million more each day. And users seem to like them: Photo posts generate 53 percent more “likes ” than the average text-only missive on the site.

So maybe it’s time you made photos a bigger part of your small business strategy. Here are some ideas to help make that happen, whether or not you’re a Leibovitz behind the lens.

Website design

If a picture is worth a thousand words, why do so many websites have so much text on them and so few photos?

The answer is probably obvious: Taking good pictures is hard and expensive. Writing text is easy and cheap. And a decade of SEO advice has taught everyone that search engines spider text. That said, using more images and less text, by adopting a more image-centric design, can still make good business sense.

Insight Pest's website before and after it was redesigned with friendlier art and less text.

Sean Radvansky of Insight Pest is in the final stages of redesigning his company’s website with this direction in mind. The company surveyed 1300 customers this summer, assuming that when looking for service providers, performance and customer service would be key. To his surprise, when customers were asked, “On a scale of 1-10, when you hire a home service provider, how important is an attractive website?” the average customer rating given was a 7.7. (High-quality online reviews barely outpaced that, with an 8.3 average.) Given that 89 percent of customers indicated they used Google to find and evaluate businesses, and that 75 percent of customers considered more than one company before making a decision, he knew that cleaning up Insight’s design was key. The company is in the process of ditching the macro picture of an angry ant in favor of more friendly art and a more compact design that relies on just four or five sentences of

Greg Stallkamp, CEO of regional airline Lakeshore Express, agrees with this approach. “Maybe the best idea we’ve had is making our homepage more 'photo centric,'” he says, “We’ve updated our homepage to include more ‘emotional’ photos. This was a gradual process, but in doing so, we’ve seen an increase in Web traffic of at least 200 percent.” The current homepage features virtually no text at all aside from some boilerplate required by the government.

Lakeshore Express has seen traffic rise dramatically since emphasizing photos on its homepage.

Of course, this strategy makes the most sense for companies that have something to show off. But what if your company doesn’t offer a sexy product?

One option is to use images as windows into the company itself. Gainsight is a small CRM software company, with a product that doesn’t exactly lend itself to beauty shots. But the company humanizes itself by pulling back the curtain on its operation and posting photos online, including a long-running collection of pictures posted to its Twitter feed.

Social media

Gainsight isn’t the only outfit using social media for its visual value. Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest offer virtually any business a lot of added flexibility when it comes to images. In other words, if you don’t have the resources to redesign your website with pictures in mind, you can get great results from using images on third-party sites.

There are myriad strategies around using social media, but showcasing merchandise visually seems to work well across a wide swath of sites.

“Facebook brings in about 30 percent of our sales and 95 percent of the posts we share on Facebook are images,” says Tatiana Tugbaeva, owner of a children’s clothing boutique called My Little Jules. “I often hear customers say, ‘It looks so cute on the model, I must get it for my daughter!’ Or, ‘I need to get those shoes in the picture too.’ We did a photo shoot of the poorly performing ‘left-overs’ from our spring collection. We went from having 1 or 2 orders a week to 5 to 10 orders a day right after we posted pictures on our website and Facebook.” The company’s Facebook page now has more than 28,000 likes.

Children’s clothing boutique My Little Jules has seen sales increase after posting photos to its Facebook page.

If you want to go deeper into social sharing tactics, Amy Nowacoski of social media consultancy Ginger Snap Works is happy to reveal what she calls the “ninjas-don’t-want-you-to-know trick” to maximizing eyeballs on Facebook. “Photo posts have high engagement, but they don’t have great reach,” she says. “If you can snag engagement with higher reach on a text-only post and then piggyback that with a great photo post, you get engagement and reach together.” In other words, alternate image and text-only posts to get reach and engagement feeding off one another.

Of course, Facebook isn’t the only game in town. Instagram has its fans, but Nowacoski isn’t among them. “It takes a ton of work to keep up an Instagram feed, you can’t measure it very well, and you can’t take traffic off Instagram very easily,” she says. “You can’t click from Instgram to go to another site. With my small business clients, I only will build and implement an Instagram feed if their target audience is heavy into Instagram, their business is highly visual, and the employees are super hot on the idea of collaborating on Instagram.”

10 percent of sales for RefinedKind Pet Products is driven by Pinterest.

Pinterest also has both its detractors and its fans. But one proponent is John Feinkind, who says 10 percent of sales for his RefinedKind Pet Products collection of websites is now being driven by Pinterest. His secret: Invest in high-end photography if you want to drive repins and traffic. Bad pictures are quickly buried on this social network.

Try Animoto

Say you have photos but don’t know what to do with them. Give Animoto a try.

This is a service that’s rising in popularity thanks to its simplicity and, apparently, the results it gets. Animoto takes existing photos and video clips and turns them into a sort of slideshow/video production, complete with synchronized music. While the end product is more video than photo, it’s something you can add to your site without ever touching a video camera, and it’s an easy way to extend your existing photography assets into the even more inaccessible world of video.

Kent Corey , a Florida real estate agent, uses Animoto for his listings and says that clicks to elements within his website tripled after he started running the Animoto videos on it.

Get users involved

As with all things online these days, your business’ use of photography should not be a one-way street. After all, by including customers in your strategy you get access to a virtually inexhaustible supply of free photo assets with minimal effort.

James Prutilpac operates a family-owned furniture store in Morgantown, West Virginia, called Chuck’s Furniture. Lately he’s been ramping up his Facebook strategy, with a special focus on photography. While he religiously posts photos of new furniture items in the store, one new piece of the strategy includes a photo album devoted exclusively to pictures that customers take of their purchases in their own homes. By showcasing already-purchased pieces, Prutilpac accomplishes several things at once. He continues to develop a relationship with a customer by showing an ongoing interest in them and their business, and he gets free marketing collateral. The program is new, but it’s already showing results, says Prutilpac.

Chuck’s Furniture's Facebook page features an album of pictures customers take of their purchases in their homes.

“We have a mother and daughter who purchase all of their furniture here,” says Prutiplac. “The daughter has posted pictures of her furniture and her mother said she is going to send us images because in her words, ‘I’ve bought more furniture here than [her daughter] has.’ To them it has become a little competition.

“The most recent customer I contacted responded within two minutes and couldn’t say enough good things about the furniture or the sales associate that helped her pick out her sofa and the fabric to put on it. This is a rather new push we are pursuing but we have already seen a jump in customer interaction and, more importantly, a jump in customer inquiries on our website.”

Of course, the final reason to use more images on your website is a purely aesthetic one: By thinking of your Web presence as a coffee table book instead of a dictionary, you distinguish your business in a subtle yet powerful way. And there’s one final reason, if none of the above grab you: Using pictures instead of text means you don’t have to write nearly as much as before.

Teens' public Facebook posts are guaranteed to cause controversy

Teens' public Facebook posts are guaranteed to cause controversy

By Caitlin McGarry

Teens are getting bored of Facebook. There’s Tumblr, Instagram, Twitter, Vine, Snapchat—it’s really too much to manage all of those networks and not fail out of high school. But Facebook needs teens to stick around, and stickers just aren't cutting it. On Wednesday, the social behemoth gave them more options.

Now 13- to 17-year-olds can choose to post publicly. To protect teens’ privacy, Facebook has long prevented them from sharing status updates with the world at large. Their first posts were limited to friends of friends, and that’s about as large as their circle could get. If you’re a teenager posting on Facebook for the first time, the privacy setting is set to friends, but you can easily change the audience for future posts.

Facebook is also letting teens turn on the follow feature, so strangers who follow them on Facebook can see all posts set to public.

This move makes sense for Facebook. It’s competing with other networks that give teens the ability to live their lives out in the open. It doesn’t want to be seen as the nanny network.

“While only a small fraction of teens using Facebook might choose to post publicly, this update now gives them the chance to share more broadly, just like on other social media services,” Facebook said in a Wednesday blog post.

But there was a reason Facebook set limits for teens. The Internet can be an unfriendly place, especially for kids who are struggling with self-esteem issues. Sure, teens can choose to keep their privacy settings locked down, and Facebook will repeatedly ask them if they’re sure they want to post publicly.

Facebook double-checks to make sure teens want to post publicly.

“We take the safety of teens very seriously, so they will see an extra reminder before they can share publicly,” the company said.

But issues of teen privacy and online bullying are real concerns—ones that Facebook continues to confront. The social network operates on a much larger scale than its competitors, with billions of users, many of them under the age of 18. One thing’s for certain: Parents and privacy groups are making their displeasure known.



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Leaving Las Pinterest: How to kill your social media accounts

Leaving Las Pinterest: How to kill your social media accounts

By Nick Mediati  @dtnick

You’ve decided that enough is enough—you’re going to nuke some of your social media accounts. Maybe you don’t use them. Maybe they’re too much of a distraction. Maybe you’ve grown bored of sepia tone. Maybe you’re tired of worrying about privacy concerns. Whatever the reason, we won’t judge you.

Most social networks actually make it fairly easy to delete or deactivate your account. Usually you can find a link to the page to kill your account toward the bottom of the main account settings page, though services often make it a small link and tuck it away in a corner in hopes that users will overlook it and stick around.

The one catch is that on some social networks you can’t completely delete your account—you can only deactivate it. Deactivating an account puts it into suspended animation, so to speak: Anything you posted will be taken offline, but the service will retain your account information in case you want to come back.

In the case of Facebook, you can readily deactivate your account, but if you want to delete it, you have to do some digging. Twitter gives a 30-day grace period after you deactivate your account before the service purges it, in case you change your mind; after those 30 days, though, Twitter will delete your account entirely. And Pinterest allows only deactivation—you have no option to delete the account.

If you’re ready to say good-bye to likes, retweets, pins, and pokes, here’s how to remove your account on five popular social media sites to the fullest extent possible.