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Contaminants May Cause Birds to Sing a Different Tune - Science Daily (press release)

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Contaminants May Cause Birds to Sing a Different Tune
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Why Loneliness Is a Trap and How to Break Free

Why Loneliness Is a Trap and How to Break Free | Heal the world | Scoop.it
How loneliness impacts our perceptions and behaviors in self-defeating ways

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A person might have many friends around them or live with a partner, yet still feel the deep ache of emotional or social isolation
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McDonald’s goes belly up in Bolivia

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After 14 years of presence in the country, and despite all the existing campaigns and having a network, the chain was forced to close the eight restaurants that remained open in the three main cities: La Paz, Cochabamba and Santa Cruz de la Sierra.
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Amazon deforestation due in part to soybean growing

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Fighting deforestation of the Amazon for cattle raising and farming is one of the great rallying cries of the world's conservationists. (Amazon deforestation due in part to soybean growing. Thanks for saving the environment vegetarians!

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Areas that were deforested after 2006 and used to grow soybean increased 57% from 2011 to 2012, compared to more than 350% between 2008 and 2009.
Satellite images and pictures taken from aircraft by the National Institute of Space Research (INPE) show that such land now covers 18 400ha.

 

 

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Urbanization and the evolution of cities across 10,000 years - Vance Kite

View full lesson: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/urbanization-and-the-future-of-cities-vance-kite About 10,000 years ago, hunter-gatherers, aided by rudimentary a...

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Sugar is 'addictive and the most dangerous drug of the times' - Telegraph

Sugar is 'addictive and the most dangerous drug of the times' - Telegraph | Heal the world | Scoop.it
Soft drinks should carry tobacco-style warnings that sugar is highly addictive and dangerous, a senior Dutch health official has warned.

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"Just like alcohol and tobacco, sugar is actually a drug. There is an important role for government. The use of sugar should be discouraged. 

"Sugar upsets that mechanism. Whoever uses sugar wants more and more, even when they are no longer hungry.

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Reinterpreting the empathy-altruism relat... [J Pers Soc Psychol. 1997] - PubMed - NCBI

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....." they argue that the conditions that lead to empathic concern also lead to a greater sense of self-other overlap, raising the possibility that helping under these conditions is not selfless but is also directed toward the self."

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How to Immediately Improve Your Life (Hint: It Starts With Improving the Lives of Others)

How to Immediately Improve Your Life (Hint: It Starts With Improving the Lives of Others) | Heal the world | Scoop.it
Last week a few HuffPost editors and I were treated to a visit by Bill Drayton and Mary Gordon. Bill Drayton is the founder of Ashoka and a longtime champion of social entrepreneurship, a term that he coined and that has now spread across the world.

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Philosophers have known this for centuries. "No one can live happily who has regard for himself alone and transforms everything into a question of his own utility," wrote the first-century Stoic philosopher Seneca in his Moral Letters to Lucilius. And in practically every religious tradition and practice, giving of oneself is a key step on the path to spiritual fulfillment. Or, as Einstein put it, "only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile."

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The Sharing Economy

Join the sharing economy revolution: www.uniiverse.com Like Uniiverse on Facebook: www.fb.com/uniiverse Follow Uniiverse on Twitter: www.twitter.com/uniivers...
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If the end of the world were nigh, you’d want the world’s biggest brains trying to stop it. And that’s exactly what's happening

If the end of the world were nigh, you’d want the world’s biggest brains trying to stop it. And that’s exactly what's happening | Heal the world | Scoop.it
Some of Britain’s finest minds are drawing up a “doomsday list” of catastrophic events that could devastate the world, pose a threat to civilisation and might even lead to the extinction of the human species.

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Memories Can Now Be Created — And Erased — in a Lab | TIME.com

Memories Can Now Be Created — And Erased — in a Lab | TIME.com | Heal the world | Scoop.it
Eternal Sunshine-style memory wiping coming to a doctor’s office near you?

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People Find Selflessness Attractive, Study Reports

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In a new study, researchers found that when people looked for long-term partners, they rated altruism as an attractive trait.

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When it comes to finding a partner for life, there are certain characteristics that people look for. Even though people might report that they look for different things in their potential mates, ranging from physical appearance to intelligence, researchers have found that certain traits seem to be attractive to the majority of people. Some of these traits include honesty and loyalty. Now, according to new research done by a team from the University of Nottingham and Liverpool John Moores University in the United Kingdom, altruism or selfless behavior can also be considered a very attractive trait.

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Miguel Garcia's curator insight, September 15, 2013 8:33 AM

empathy or selective empathy? 

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Of course they find selflessness attractive. It's great to have someone do your bidding and not complain about it.
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Connected by Nature's Law: Michael Laitman: 9781897448816: Amazon.com: Books

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Connected—by Nature’s Law presents a comprehensive picture of reality and the process that humanity is undergoing. The book offers tools for using the major personal and social shifts we’re going through to our benefit. It also offers a “healthcare program for humanity” by solidifying the ties between us on all levels—family, community, national, and international. The sooner we implement the program, the sooner we will find ourselves enjoying tranquil, happy, and meaningful lives.

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Feeling Empathy? You May Emphasize More With Attractive Others

Feeling Empathy? You May Emphasize More With Attractive Others | Heal the world | Scoop.it

New research by Müller et al. (2013) introduces another dimension to empathy. Empathy may not be as malleable as previously thought. The authors have shown that the expression of empathy through imitation may be influenced (i.e., moderated) by attractiveness. Simply put, people seem to emphasize more with attractive others than unattractive ones. Specifically, their studies showed that participants were more likely to imitate the behaviours of an attractive person.

Prior research has shown that people emphasize more with people who are similar to oneself. People high in empathy have been shown to be more willing to help similar people than people who are different from themselves. Brain studies have also shown group membership to play a significant role in empathy.

 

Empathy is a beautiful thing: Empathy predicts imitation only for attractive others. 
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23786165 ;

 


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Commonwealth launches first Youth Development Index | The Commonwealth

Commonwealth launches first Youth Development Index | The Commonwealth | Heal the world | Scoop.it
The Commonwealth has launched the first index measuring the development and empowerment of young people in countries worldwide.

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How social media helps bridge the gap between home and school

How social media helps bridge the gap between home and school | Heal the world | Scoop.it
Social media helps parents and teachers keep in touch, but anonymous postings can encourage cyberbullying. Rebecca Ratcliffe writes (RT @GuardianEdu: Are parents more involved in their children's education than ever before?
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"On the Monday morning, when the headteacher opened the doors for the start of a school week, she found that there were only a handful of children in the school playground," the leaflet explains. School staff had to walk around the local community to persuade parents to send their children to school.

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E-Books Could Be The Future Of Social Media

E-Books Could Be The Future Of Social Media | Heal the world | Scoop.it
In the future e-books will act just like social networks. Well use them on our phones share and comment right inside e-reader apps and publishers will...

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Luke Gust's curator insight, September 17, 2013 9:26 PM

We will become so much more involved in our technology even with books.

Marco Pozzi's curator insight, September 18, 2013 12:00 PM

Molto molto interessante. Il libro elettronico come essenza di contenuti organizzati, condivisi e pensati per il futuro utente non è ancora presente in alcun ebook-shop. Potrebbe per certi versi rappresentare la materializzazione della versione cosiddetta 3.0 della rete.

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Are you eating ‘pesticide plants’?

Are you eating ‘pesticide plants’? | Heal the world | Scoop.it

The Ecologist, September 17, 2013

ARE YOU EATING 'PESTICIDE PLANTS'?

It’s easy to see why biotech companies are anxious to separate the pesticide issue from the GM debate...  http://www.theecologist.org/blogs_and_comments/Blogs/2078435/are_you_eating_pesticide_plants.html

 

May 17, 2013 Natural News
SYSTEMIC PESTICIDES ARE PENETRATING DEEP INTO PLANT TISSUES (Which We Eat), DESTROYING BEETLES, TREES, BEES AND HUMAN HORMONES http://www.naturalnews.com/040377_systemic_pesticides_bee_populations_hormones.html

 

8 REASONS NEVER TO BUY ANOTHER WINTER TOMATO http://sco.lt/8lfNIn

 

 

 

                                      GARDENERS BEWARE

August 12, 2013 Ecowatch
BEE-TOXIC PESTICIDES FOUND IN "BEE-FRIENDLY" PLANTS SOLD AT GARDEN CENTER NATIONWIDE http://ecowatch.com/2013/plants-sold-bee-friendly-pretreated-with-pesticides/

                                              FULL REPORT:

http://libcloud.s3.amazonaws.com/93/08/0/3120/Gardeners_beware_report_8-13-13.pdf

 

July 10, 2013 Guardian Environment

WAKE UP TO THE DANGER OF SLUG PESTICIDES : Metaldehyde in slug poison and fertilisers is showing up in drinking water, while natural garden predators are dying out
   http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/blog/2013/jul/10/slug-pesticides-metaldehyde-drinking-water

 

BEE DIE-OFF WORSENING  - GMO SEEDS/PESTICIDES SNEAKED INTO CONSUMER MARKETS - UNLABELLED http://sco.lt/6Lakl7

 

******* WILD BIRD SEED COATED WITH NEONICOTINOIDS IS DEADLY TO SONGBIRDS AND WILDLIFE  http://focusingonwildlife.com/news/conservation-group-seeks-assurance-that-wild-bird-seed-products-are-pesticide-free/

 

THE PESTICIDE PESTILENCE: NEONICOTINOID-COATED WILD BIRD SEEDS DEADLY TO SONG BIRDS, INSECTS AND WILDLIFE  http://focusingonwildlife.com/news/conservation-group-seeks-assurance-that-wild-bird-seed-products-are-pesticide-free/

 

 

The Guardian, September 5, 2013
FSA 'ENDANGERING PUBLIC HEALTH' BY IGNORING CONCERNS OVER GENETICALLY MODIFIED FOOD AND PESTICIDES

The link between GM and pesticides is not made. The GM allows more pesticide to be contained in the plant. Nearly 80% of GMOs are designed to absorb ROUNDUP. The other 20% are designed to produce their own pesticide. We found that pesticides are not really tested." http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2013/sep/05/gm-food-cancers-fsa?view=mobile

 

                                             --- WATCH ---

 

                             A Must see VIDEO for all. Dr. David Suzuki                      

         "WHAT ARE ROUNDUP READY & Bt PESTICIDE GMO CROPS?"

                                             http://sco.lt/5n6cuP

 

May 15, 2013 Lifewise
*** BIOTECH'S NEXT BIG DISASTER: SEEDS THAT EMIT MULTIPLE PESTICIDES http://southweb.org/lifewise/biotechs-next-big-disaster-seeds-that-emit-multiple-pesticides/

 

 

August 19, 2013 Natural Society
800 MILLION POUNDS OF PESTICIDES CAN'T BE WASHED OFF http://naturalsociety.com/800-million-pounds-pesticides-unwashable-bred-food-gmo/

 

August 28, 2013 Telegraph
HIGH PESTICIDE LEVELS FOUND ON COMMON FRUITS
Common pesticides found as residues on food included Chlorpyrifos, which some experts claim could be harming honey bees, and Carbendazim, which has been linked to developmental problems in animal studies.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/foodanddrinknews/10270460/High-pesticide-levels-found-on-common-fruits.html

 

July 6, 2013 Taipei Times

EXCESSIVE PESTICIDE FOUND ON PEAS, BEANS, PEPPERS http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/taiwan/archives/2013/07/06/2003566477

 

 

 

THE CHILD VICTIMS OF AGRICULTURAL PESTICIDE POISONING - PESTICIDE INDUSTRY DISMISSIVE  http://sco.lt/8KO8GH

 

July 23, 2013 RT News
FDA RAISES ALLOWABLE LEVELS OF PESTICIDE IN CROPS AND FOOD http://rt.com/usa/monsanto-glyphosate-roundup-epa-483/

 

 UN, WHO PANEL CALLS HORMONE-DISRUPTING CHEMICALS A 'GLOBAL THREAT'' http://www.scoop.it/t/agriculture-gmos-pesticides/p/3997219112/un-who-panel-calls-hormone-disrupting-chemicals-a-global-threat

 

 

PESTICIDES FOR BIG AG ARE KILLING OUR PLANET: DECIMATING POLLINATORS, DRAGONFLIES AND OTHER AQUATIC INSECTS -- AND YOU http://sco.lt/5XzNlx

 

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         PESTICIDE/CHEMICAL REGULATION OVERHAUL NEEDED

   TO PROTECT ECOSYSTEMS, FOOD CHAIN AND HUMAN HEALTH

                                       http://sco.lt/7ZL8yn

 

 

                                              -- WATCH --

                   THE WORLD ACCORDING TO MONSANTO -

            The Leader Of The Biotech Cartel (Full Length)

                                      http://sco.lt/7FFsXZ

 

 

 

 


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The reason why you may not have thought much about these pesticide plants before is because our media has found itself in an unhealthy alliance with well paid spokespeople who aggressively represent the biotech industry’s point of view.

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lloyd stanley gordon's curator insight, September 30, 2013 6:31 PM

Simply  frightful!  I  have  been commenting on this topic  since I first published my in  house  thesis  for  the  21st  century:Quantum Organiculture. It  was  published  for me  by the  Jamaican Gleaner  company  during the  80s  and  90s,  and  a  modified version  by the Science Research Council of Jamaica at  their  16th Annual Conference in Kingston Jamaica. My  position remains  the  same  and  as far as I cn see is being  almightily reinforced  by  these  findings.  

Alison D. Gilbert's curator insight, October 25, 2013 7:21 AM

You become what is in what you eat. Do you want to consume food full of pesticides? They are dangerous, disease causing and can become deadly. Just read the facts if you can find them.

pdjmoo's curator insight, May 25, 4:04 PM

                                           ▶ ▶ RESOURCES

 

-- PESTICIDE ACTION NETWORK http://www.panna.org/

 

-- BEYOND PESTICIDES http://www.beyondpesticides.org/index.php

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Doctors and nurses 'don't need to show compassion': Academic says staff should be able to carry out daily tasks without being kind to patients

Doctors and nurses 'don't need to show compassion': Academic says staff should be able to carry out daily tasks without being kind to patients | Heal the world | Scoop.it
Dr Anna Smajdor claims doctors and nurses should be able to carry out daily tasks without feeling any kindness towards their patients.

 

Nurses and doctors do not need to treat patients with compassion, a controversial academic has claimed.

Dr Anna Smajdor thinks staff should be able to carry out daily tasks – from removing someone’s appendix to feeding an elderly patient – without feeling any kindness towards them.

She argued that compassion ‘is not a necessary component’ of healthcare and that staff who care too much about their patients would become demoralised if they witness neglect or poor treatment on wards.


 By SOPHIE BORLAND


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Evolution ....towards self destruction ....

 

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Evolution .....towards self destruction
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The Science Of Innate Intelligence

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"...The Science Of Innate Intelligence -- Bruce Lipton Ph.D. - Cellular Biologist at Stanford...".
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Most people believe that the conscious mind controls our physiology, but in fact, almost all of it is controlled by the subconscious mind, which has data processing power about a million times greater than the conscious mind, and is in charge as much as 99 percent of all our activity. And the human energy field both permeates the entire body and radiates to the outside, inches to feet beyond the body's surface. According to Dr. Lipton, every cell has an antenna tuned into signals broadcast by the mind.

Be very careful of your thoughts and your vision. Breaking free of the limitations imposed by past experiences requires dedication, and conviction that you are not locked into anything. We are not helpless, but responsible. Know your beliefs, write them down and learn to visualize. Body is the extension of spirit. Evolution is awareness! 

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Loneliness Illustrated So Beautifully You Will Need To Tell Someone

Loneliness Illustrated So Beautifully You Will Need To Tell Someone | Heal the world | Scoop.it
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In a world where we collect friends like stamps, here’s some sense for our social networks.

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Getting to the Root of the Problem

Getting to the Root of the Problem | Heal the world | Scoop.it
Weizmann Institute scientists have now determined the metabolic profiles of various cell types in plant roots.
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Beyond Homo Economicus by Tania Singer - Project Syndicate

Beyond Homo Economicus by Tania Singer - Project Syndicate | Heal the world | Scoop.it
Despite the devastating consequences implied by a failure to address global challenges like climate change, poverty, and food insecurity, humanity has not risen to the occasion.

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Humans are capable of far more than selfishness and materialism. Indeed, we are capable of building sustainable, equitable, and caring political systems, economies, and societies. Rather than continuing to indulge the most destructive drivers of human behavior, global leaders should work to develop systems that encourage individuals to meet their full socio-emotional and cognitive potentials – and, thus, to create a world in which we all want to live.

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All eyes on the sharing economy

All eyes on the sharing economy | Heal the world | Scoop.it

"Why pay through the nose for something when you can rent it more cheaply from a stranger online? That is the principle behind a range of online services that enable people to share cars, accommodation, bicycles, household appliances and other items..."


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“We couldn’t have existed ten years ago, before Facebook, because people weren’t really into sharing,” says Nate Blecharczyk, one of Airbnb’s founders. Airbnb doesn’t require its users to connect their accounts to Facebook, but when people find they have friends in common with another user it sets their minds at ease. Thanks to social media, says David Lee, founder and managing partner of SV Angels, an early investor in Airbnb, “people are generally more comfortable meeting new people using technology.” Providing a secure platform for financial transactions is vital, he says, but creating a trusting community is just as important when it comes to attracting users.

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The integrality of the world community dictates that we find a common “language and culture” that can serve as an umbrella over all our differences and on which we can all unite and work together toward the goal of restructuring and redefining ourselves as human beings and how we should act toward others and toward the environment.
http://ariresearch.org/education-principles/unification-is-always-beneficial
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Can cognitive behavioural therapy really change our brains?

Can cognitive behavioural therapy really change our brains? | Heal the world | Scoop.it
CBT is used to treat a variety of depression and anxiety disorders. But how does it actually work? (BBC Science - Can cognitive behavioural therapy really change our brains?
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What's more, studies have found that CBT can also change the prefrontal cortex, the part of the brain responsible for higher-level thinking.

So it seems that CBT might be able to make real, physical changes to both our "emotional brain" (instincts) and our "logical brain" (thoughts).

Intriguingly, similar patterns of brain changes have been seen with CBT and with drug treatments, suggesting that psychotherapies and medications might work on the brain in parallel ways.

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