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One man's 10-year experiment to record every moment

One man's 10-year experiment to record every moment
In February 2010, Morris Villarroel started a 10-year experiment. The scientist, based at the Polytechnic University of Madrid, had just turned 40 and, like many people after a milestone birthday, began to take stock of his life. Wouldn't it be useful to have a more complete and concrete record of his life, he thought?


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Improving the Details

Improving the Details

Lifelogging helps the process of examining the small things, the tiny changes one can make in one's life to improve the daily experience.

These small improvements may not be revolutionary, but they elevate the overall life satisfaction.



Life, Quantified

Life, Quantified

Just 10 minutes of journaling boosts your performance by 20% Examining, noting, savoring the good things, will intensify your life experiences.

Digitally capturing your daily routine and thoughts also makes them searchable, and can later act as a search engine for your past years.





A process of self-reflection helps you take a third person's perspective on things, making you an outside observer.

Whether it's a daily journal or another life-blogging tool (like a portable camera), these tools help you reflect on your own life at a later stage.




Holmes practices mindfulness

Mindfulness means focusing on only one problem or activity at a time.

Our brain cannot do two things at once. “What we believe is multi-tasking is really the brain switchin...

Organize Your Brain Attic to remember more

The “brain attic” is Holmes’s analogy for the human mind and how we store information.  Just consuming information leads to mental clutter that gets difficult to access when you need it.

We are more likely to remember something if we connect it to a sensory experience or previous action, like writing or connecting memories to smells or sounds.

Take a brain break if you want to be more creative

Holmes plays the violin, because it takes him out of his thinking mind and places him in a purely physical state.

“Taking mental holidays can be incredibly productive for creativity", even something as simple as taking a walk in the park during your lunch break instead of eating at your desk.

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Testing the longevity of bacteria

In 2014, scientists started a 500-year experiment to determine the longevity of bacteria.

The experiment consists of 800 glass vials containing either Chroococcidiopsis or Bacillus subtilis ...

Studying bacteria: The long-term plan

For the 500-year experiment to succeed, scientists are supposed to test the dried bacteria for viability and DNA damage every other year for the first 24 years and then every quarter-century for the next 475.

The team left a USB stick with instructions as well as a hard copy on paper. As neither is foolproof, the team asks that researchers will at each 25-year point copy the instructions, so they remain linguistically and technologically up to date.

Smart retirement planning boils down to a few simple truths.

  • Time is on your side.  The earlier you start saving money, the more time you give compounding to work for you. 
  • Take risks when you're young.  Althoug...