"Food is like a pharmaceutical compound that affects the brain," said Fernando Gmez-Pinilla, a UCLA professor of neurosurgery and physiological science who has spent years studying the effects of food, exercise and sleep on the brain. "Diet, exercise and sleep have the potential to alter our brain health and mental function. This raises the exciting possibility that changes in diet are a viable strategy for enhancing cognitive abilities, protecting the brain from damage and counteracting the effects of aging."
"A food web is like a spiderweb, it has a lot of connections. It shows how different species in an area can interact with each other to meet their energy needs."
"All living things are linked to each other. They need other living things to survive. A food chain is like a ladder. Imagine you are standing in the middle of a ladder."
"A food chain is like the sun is to grass and the grass is to a deer and the deer is to a tiger. After the tiger dies the scavengers and decomposers help break it down so it can be recycled to make a new food chain.A food web is something that illustrates the interrelationships between several food chains or food pyramids "
"The food chain is like a circle because it doesn't have a beginning or an end. "
The parallel is that this is the location in a unicellular organism where food that has been ingested is digested.
"But, thats just one aspect of the virtual world. Nowadays everything around us is becoming digitalized. The examples given to us in class were the slaughterhouses, where food processing is like digitizing meat, and Chinese manufacturing factories, where workers have been digitized to work like machines in the the process of production."
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