An illusion is a perception that does not match the physical reality. Is pain, then, as with illusions, a mind construct that some people can decide to turn off? As you will see in the studies that follow, pain varies as a function of mood, attentiveness and circumstances, lending support to the theory that pain is an emotion. These studies show that empathy also extends to pain, just as it does to other emotions, even when the victims are fake strangers. And the research indicates that people can experience pain for the wrong reasons or fail to experience it when it would be very reasonable to do so. Moreover, when pain is disconnected from the physical reality, it is an illusion, too.
Turmeric is one the most thoroughly researched plants in existence today. Its medicinal properties and components (primarily curcumin) have been the subject of over 5600 peer-reviewed and published biomedical studies.
There were dark-purple beets, bright-red radishes, dark-green okra and zinnias of many colors. There was spinach-flavored ice cream. Fish farmers described their Nile tilapia and an apiarist spoke up for bees.
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The stress and pressure put onto little kids from young due to academics is very detrimental to their mental health and their competitiveness in the labour market. Many who only study, getting themselves excellent grades have very low EQ, leading them to be unable to interact with others well, making them very useless.
Men and women are both from Earth; even when it comes to love and sex.
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That’s according to new research by psychologists who examined personality traits, such as being good at math, being aggressive, being a good listener or empathetic, playing video games or talking with friends -- that many of us believe split men and women.
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - More rain lashed Mexico's northwest coast on Thursday, prompting evacuations and adding to flash floods that have created chaos across the country and killed at least 97 people.Storms...
The Energy Department of the of the Brazilian state of Pernambuco announced it will hold three auctions for the purchase of energy produced from solar sources in the frame of its renewable energy program »PE Sustentavel« over the next 3 years. The Energy Department will conduct one auction per year, with each auction allocating 60 MW of solar capacity. Local companies that buy electricity generated by the resulting solar power plants will be granted a credit to reduce the amount of Tax on Circulation of Goods and Services (ICMS) they owe.
Nafeez Ahmed: Converging climate, energy, and economic crises signal the potential to transition to a prosperous post-carbon era ▶ BEYOND 'BUSINESS-AS-USUAL': THE CRISIS OF CIVILISATION IS AN UNPRECEDENTED OPPORTUNITY
The Converging climate, energy, and economic crises. Importantly, that's not to say that we're all doomed. Far from it: while the crisis of civilisation shows that business-as-usual is not sustainable - and could at worst lead to an uninhabitable planet by the end of this century based on the consensus science projections - I've argued that we are already in the midst of a process of civilisational transition which offers unprecedented opportunities to re-envision new forms of prosperity that can function in harmony with our environment, rather than in conflict with it. http://www.theguardian.com/environment/earth-insight/2013/sep/24/crisis-civilisation-unprecedented-opportunity-transition
Have you ever wondered what exactly Coca Cola is? After 10 minutes: The sugar contained in a glass of Cola can cause a devastating “strike” on the body. The cause being the phosphoric acid which inhibits the action of sugar.
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After 10 minutes: The sugar contained in a glass of Cola can cause a devastating “strike” on the body. The cause being the phosphoric acid which inhibits the action of sugar.
After 20 minutes: A leap in insulin levels in bloodstream occurs.
After 40 minutes: Ingestion of caffeine is finally completed. The eye’s pupils are expanding. Blood pressure rises because the liver disposes more sugar into the bloodstream. The adenosine receptors become blocked thereby preventing drowsiness.
After 45 minutes: The body raises production of the dopamine hormone, which stimulates the brain pleasure center. Similar to the reaction Heroin creates.
After 1 hour: Phosphoric acid binds calcium, magnesium and zinc in the gastrointestinal tract, which supercharges metabolism. The release of calcium through urine takes place.
After more than 1 hour: Diuretic effects of the drink enters in “the game”. The calcium, magnesium and zinc are removed out of the body, which are a part of our bones, as well as sodium. At this time we can become irritable or subdued. The whole quantity of water, contained in a coca cola, is removed through urination.
Why would such an old man want to marry a 15 year-old child? Why would my mother conceive such plan? He was old enough to be our father... Alhaji had lovely wives, yes; I could remember vividly, we lived on the same street.
Ruth Obadia's insight:
Child marriage can be abolished by enforcing law and the provision of stiffer penalties for offenders. If there is a law, that is strictly adhered to, no one dares commit an offence with impunity.
The only country where this law has no effect is Zimbabwe, and within The Apostolic sect. There, the sect leader's dream leads to a proclamation which automatically enslaves the girl child.
Also, in an odd situation like Nigeria, where influential Northern lawmakers support child marriage, the ordinary citizens should take their destinies into their hand and fight for the right of the girl child
f you ask yourself a very naive question: “Why is it that the best financial decision is so oftenly opposite of the best ecological decision when money is just an agreement? Can’t we have a different agreement?” The answer is obviously “Yes!” and I’m not the only one arguing that.
"Going by our surveys, around four sharks a day were being taken from these reefs," Mark Meekan, principal research scientist at AIMS, told Guardian Australia. "This doesn't sound like a lot, but it has been going on for a long time. The fishermen come in their sailing prows, which can dry an awful lot of shark fin on the decks.
"The result of this is that the whole food chain is being thrown out of whack. Snappers are far more abundant when the sharks are gone and they take out the algae-eating fish."
Coral reefs are subject to various stresses, such as cyclones or bleaching. For the coral to grow back, algae that forms after such incidents has to be cleared away, which is mainly done by fish. The study found a sharp decline in herbivorous fish over the 10-year course of the research.
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