“ Activist accused party of underhand racism and said she is stepping down because of its 'neanderthal views on diversity'A woman nicknamed the Hackney heroine for standing up to rioters in 2011 has announced she is stepping down from the race to be...”
"The Pew survey sorts people into major groupings--Christians; other religions, including Jewish and Muslim; and 'unaffiliated,' which includes atheist, agnostic and 'nothing in particular.' Roll your cursor over the map to see how faiths and traditions break down by state."
Via Seth Dixon
“It turns out we're wired to watch episode after episode after episode”British psychologist Edward B Titchener, active at the turn of the 20th century, might argue that we become glued to complex, emotionally-charged stories because of our ability to recognize the feelings of others. A newly identified phenomenon at the time, Titchener coined the term "empathy" in 1909. In addition to identifying others' discomfort or elation, this branch of "cognitive empathy" examines how humans can also adopt others' psychological perspectives, including those of fictional characters. Psychological tests (through the use of puppets, pictures, and videos) have even been developed to study empathy in preschool-aged children.Neuro-economist Paul Zak of Claremont Graduate University in California set out to examine the science of empathy in storytelling.============================Psychological tests (through the use of puppets, pictures, and videos) have even been developed to study empathy in preschool-aged children.=============
Via Edwin Rutsch
“ Crimean members of Parliament have voted to secede from Ukraine and join Russia, taking the very step Ukraine's interim government has been fearing since tensions arose in the region. ”
Via Allison Anthony, Dustin Fowler
“ China is one of the fastest-growing economies in the world, which means that there's lots of building going on there. Here in the West, we mostly hear about the glitzy projects done by big international firms to attract interest and investment. (Think Zaha Hadid's Galaxy SOHO or OMA's CCTV Headquarters.) Even the two main venues of the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing—the National Stadium and the National Aquatics Center—were designed by foreigners: the Swiss Herzog & de Meuron and the Australian PTW Architects, respectively. But China has its own architects, too, and they're doing really interesting, if more obscure, work. There's Studio Pei-Zhu, a young firm whose elegant, sinuous buildings aim to connect contemporary urban China to...”
Via association concert urbain, Mike Busarello's Digital Storybooks
Stroke identification can often be difficult for caregivers and family members when faced with a loved one who starts to develop acute symptoms. Often times, something is wrong, and no one is sure why. The American Heart Association (AHA) has for years been trying to bring awareness to the tell tale signs and symptoms of a stroke, and has recently moved to mobile to bring their message.User Interface Their app promulgates their pneumonic FAST (Face/Arm/Speech/Time), and gives details on what to look for in a patient. This includes questions to ask the patient, such as repeat a simple sentence like “the sky is blue.” The app also includes a quick rundown of signs and symptoms with a 30 second video built in.The app also has other helpful resources built in, such as details on other stroke symptoms, facts, and nearby hospitals.Perhaps the one defining feature is the built in mechanism for the user to call 911. Coupled with this built in feature is a mechanic to then timestamp via the app when the call was made. This is important for clinicians managing a stroke as it can help identify what treatments are viable, such as the administration of tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) within 3 hours of the onset of a stroke.This feature alone makes this app a must have for family members of patient’s who are at high risk of stroke or have had one prior. Knowing exact time of onset can significantly change the type of treatment delivered for stroke.
Via Technical Dr. Inc.
This unabashedly positive book may not leave all readers confident that they can master the afterlife, but it will surely cause many to reconsider their fear of death and dying. And that may be mastery enough.
Via Lilly Calandrello
Have you also imagined a world where people help each other more? It doesn’t have to be a world made of superheroes, just a simple place where when someone suffers (even silently), there is someone else who will go out of his or her way to help… without expecting something in return. Have you ever dreamed of a more compassionate world? Most of us have.It is because compassion is an innate attribute of the living. Michael Tomasello and other scientists at the Max Planck Institute have found that infants and chimpanzees spontaneously engage in helpful behavior and will even overcome obstacles to do so.=============================This only shows how naturally compassionate we can really be.========
Via Edwin Rutsch
“ It didn't end with Arizona. Before the state's infamous SB 1062 (aka "The Religious Freedom Restoration Act,") was vetoed by Governor Jan Brewer earlier this month, a number of… (Some states are still restricting rights for all Americans.”
"If you could only tell a visitor to do ONE thing in your whole state, what would it be?"We asked this question to ourselves, to our trusted friends, and to a whole bunch of HuffPost editors. We thought our comrades' answers would help us create the ultimate American travel guide.But their suggestions -- from ice cream scoops to National Park hikes -- did much more than that. They reminded us that America is truly beautiful... every snow-capped, white-sand, deep-fried corner of it.We'll never be able to capture each state's huge array of awesomeness in a single post. But if you're looking to travel back to your American roots, this bucket list might be a good place to start.
Via Seth Dixon
“ Fresh off teaching at a meditation retreat, Mirabai Bush has just spent time with her friend and co-teacher, Sharon Salzberg. “You know when you see something in a longtime friend that you’ve maybe taken for granted?”
Via Greg Clowminzer