This is Your Brain on Light

There is a tiny region of the brain – called the suprachiasmatic (soop-ra KYE-as-matic) nucleus, or SCN – made of only a few thousand neurons. This two-sided control center in the hypothalamus regulates circadian rhythm. It does this through the signals it gets from daylight. It tells us when to wake up, and when to go to sleep (unless you’re in college and then all bets are off).

Put more plainly, the SCN is our internal clock. Light controls our lives, and if you don’t play by its rules you can get very sick. READ MORE

July 9th, 2012 | Comments Off on This is Your Brain on Light | Beyond Architecture
How Green Was My Valley?

How Green Was My Valley?, 1941 Movie Poster

No, I’m not talking about the iconic 1941 movie that beat out better known competition, including Citizen Kane and The Maltese Falcon, to win Best Picture at the Academy Awards.  I’m talking about the sustainable legacy that each of us will leave at the end of our careers. 

How green will the valley be at the end of my watch?

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July 3rd, 2012 | Comments Off on How Green Was My Valley? | Beyond Architecture