Honda was one of the first Japanese companies to break the American anti-Japanese product stigma. They marketed small motorcycles with a very successful print and later tv campaign. Serious motorcycle people laughed, but Honda was playing a different long term game...
A new study published in the American Journal of Medicine correlates a drop in exercise with increasing obesity over the past 20 years. It is based on NHANES data, which is very high level and relies on self reporting. A central finding is caloric intake was steady over the period.
This is in contrast to several other studies that suggest caloric intake is the culprit. The amount of exercise required to make a significant difference is too high. There are also issues with the types of food eaten .. in short the study of metabolism is very difficult and is still poorly understood.
I'm guessing, not being an expert on the subject, that exercise and intake are both important along with the type of food. To get to the bottom of this you can't rely on self reported data.
Folks looking to improve their vertical jump ... there's an app for that. VERT is a small wearable sensor array with and ARM cpu that measures vertical distance and communicates with iOS devices with Bluetooth 4.0. Basketball and volleyball players use them for training.
Time perception depends on how rapidly an animal's nervous system processes sensory information. To test this ability, researchers show animals a rapidly flashing light. If the light flashes quickly enough, animals (and humans) perceive it as a solid, unblinking light. The animal's behavior or its brain activity, as measured by electrodes, reveals the highest frequency at which each species perceives the light as flashing. Animals that can detect the blinking at higher frequencies are perceiving time at a finer resolution. In other words, movements and events will appear to unfold more slowly to them—think slow-motion bullet dodging in an action movie.
The scientists who ran the new study gathered data from previous experiments on the rate at which visual information is processed in 34 vertebrates, including lizards, birds, fish and mammals. The scientists hypothesized that the ability to detect incoming sights at a high rate would be advantageous for animals that must perform the equivalent of bullet dodging—responding to visual stimuli very quickly to catch elusive prey or escape predators, for instance. These animals tend to be lighter and have faster metabolisms. The data bore out the hypothesis: species that perceived time at the finest resolutions tended to be smaller and have faster metabolisms.
So while sleight of hand helps, it's as much about capturing all of somebody's attention with other movements. Street pickpockets also use this effect to their advantage by manufacturing a situation that can't help but overload your attention system. A classic trick is the 'stall', used by pickpocketing gangs all over the world. First, a 'blocker', walks in front of the victim (or 'mark') and suddenly stops so that the mark bumps into them. Another gang member will be close behind and will bump into both of them and then start a staged argument with the blocker. Amid the confusion one or both of them steal what they can and pass it to a third member of the gang, who quickly makes off with the loot.