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BBC Horizon - The Secret You

With the help of a hammer-wielding scientist, Jennifer Aniston and a general anaesthetic, Professor Marcus du Sautoy goes in search of answers to one of scie...
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Mixed Emotions: Visualizing local election reaction

Mixed Emotions: Visualizing local election reaction | HealingAndTheMind | Scoop.it
The illustration "Mixed Emotions" that appears on the front page of today's Lifestyles/Extra section represents local reaction to the outcome of the 2012 presidential election.
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Evidence builds that meditation strengthens the brain

Evidence builds that meditation strengthens the brain | HealingAndTheMind | Scoop.it
Researchers have found that long-term meditators have larger amounts of gyrification ("folding" of the cortex, which may allow the brain to process information faster) then non-meditators.
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Meditation reduces loneliness

Meditation reduces loneliness | HealingAndTheMind | Scoop.it
Researchers now report that a simple meditation program lasting just eight weeks reduced loneliness in older adults.
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Transform Your Mind, Change Your Brain

Google Tech Talk September 23, 2009 ABSTRACT Presented by Richard J. Davidson In this talk, Richard J. Davidson will explore recent scientific research on th...
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Meng Wu Lecture: Richard Davidson, Ph.D.

Richard Davidson, Ph.D., persenting his talk, The Emergence of Contemplative Neuroscience, at a Meng Wu Lecture on October 2nd, 2012...
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Meditation helps increase attention span

Meditation helps increase attention span | HealingAndTheMind | Scoop.it
It's nearly impossible to pay attention to one thing for a long time.
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Buddhist Deity Meditation Temporarily Augments Visuospatial Abilities, Study Suggests

Buddhist Deity Meditation Temporarily Augments Visuospatial Abilities, Study Suggests | HealingAndTheMind | Scoop.it
The results showed that following the meditation period, practitioners of the DY style of meditation showed a dramatic improvement on both the mental rotation task and the visual memory task compared to OP practitioners and controls.
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Evidence supports health benefits of 'mindfulness-based practices'

Evidence supports health benefits of 'mindfulness-based practices' | HealingAndTheMind | Scoop.it
Specific types of "mindfulness practices" including Zen meditation have demonstrated benefits for patients with certain physical and mental health problems, according to a new report.
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Healing and the Mind with Bill Moyers 1 - The Mystery of Chi - Part 2

"The Mystery of Chi" was filmed on location in Beijing and Shanghai and features David Eisenberg M.D., of Harvard Medical School, helping Bill Moyers to expl...
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Brain waves and meditation

Brain waves and meditation | HealingAndTheMind | Scoop.it
We all know that meditation helps relax people, but what exactly happens in the brain during meditation?
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Scientific explanation to why people perform better after receiving a compliment

Scientists have found scientific proof that people doing exercises appear to perform better when another person compliments them.
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Will we ever reveal all the secrets of life from DNA? It's very, very hard!

Will we ever reveal all the secrets of life from DNA? It's very, very hard! | HealingAndTheMind | Scoop.it

We may have sequenced the human and other species’ genomes, but we are still nowhere near predicting how this creates a living, breathing organism. Here’s why:

 

In 2001, the Human Genome Project gave us an almost complete draft of the 3 billion letters in our DNA. We joined an elite club of species that have had their genome sequenced, one that is growing with every passing month. As our technologies and understanding advance, will we eventually be able to look at a pile of raw DNA sequence and glean all the workings of the organism it belongs to? Just as physicists can use the laws of mechanics to predict the motion of an object, can biologists use fundamental ideas in genetics and molecular biology to predict the traits and flaws of a body based solely on its genes? Could we pop a genome into a black box, and print out the image of a human? Or a fly? Or a mouse? Not easily. In complex organisms, some traits can be traced back to specific genes. If, for instance, you’re looking at a specific variant of the MC1R gene, chances are you’ve got a mammal in front of you, and it has red hair. Indeed, people have predicted that some Neanderthals were red-heads for precisely this reason. But beyond that, predicting if something is a mouse or a whale or a armadillo, we still can't do it.

 

Bernhard Palsson from the University of California, San Diego agrees. “Sequencing a woolly mammoth will not predict its properties,” he says. “But you might be able to do a lot better with bacteria.” Their simpler and smaller genomes should in theory make it easier to predict the basic features of their metabolism, or whether they grow using oxygen or not. But even though we can sequence a bacterial genome in under a day, and for just $80, we would still struggle to determine important traits, like how good a disease-causing microbe is at infecting its host.

 

Finding all the genes even in a small genome is hard. Earlier this year, scientists discovered a new gene in a flu virus whose genome consists of just 14,000 letters (small enough to fit into 100 tweets), and had been sequenced again and again. So it should be unsurprising that our own genome, with 3 billion letters, is full of errors and gaps, despite ostensibly being “complete”. In May, another group showed that the reference human genome is missing a gene that may have shaped the evolution of our large brains. “There’s no genome that is completely understood even in terms of the genes within it,” says Markus Covert from Stanford University. “Typically, no function is known for a fourth to a fifth of the genes, even in smaller genomes.”

 


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Healing and the Mind with Bill Moyers 1 - The Mystery of Chi - Part 1

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Meditation makes you more creative

Meditation makes you more creative | HealingAndTheMind | Scoop.it
Certain meditation techniques can promote creative thinking. This is the outcome of a study by cognitive psychologists.
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Finding right meditation technique key to user satisfaction

Finding right meditation technique key to user satisfaction | HealingAndTheMind | Scoop.it
A new study highlights the importance of ensuring those new to meditation select the most comfortable, rather than the most popular, method.
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More than good vibes: Researchers propose the science behind mindfulness

More than good vibes: Researchers propose the science behind mindfulness | HealingAndTheMind | Scoop.it
Achieving mindfulness through meditation has helped people maintain a healthy mind by quelling negative emotions and thoughts, such as desire, anger and anxiety, and encouraging more positive dispositions such as compassion, empathy and forgiveness.
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