Yale doctor's mindfulness training helping smokers Denver Post NEW HAVEN, Conn.—A Yale doctor's research into a technique called mindfulness training and how it can help smokers quit is now available as an app.
Wrinkled and skinny at first, the translucent, jellyfish-shaped balloons that Google released this week from a frozen field in the heart of New Zealand's South Island hardened into shiny pumpkins as they rose into the blue winter skies above Lake Tekapo, passing the first big test of a lofty goal to get the entire planet online. It was the culmination of 18 months' work on what Google calls Project Loon, in recognition of how whacky the idea may sound. Developed in the secretive X lab that came up with a driverless car and web-surfing eyeglasses, the flimsy helium-filled inflatables beam the Internet down to earth as they sail past on the wind. Still in their experimental stage, the balloons were the first of thousands that Google's leaders eventually hope to launch 20 kilometers (12 miles) into the stratosphere in order to bridge the gaping digital divide between the world's 4.8 billion unwired people and their 2.2 billion plugged-in counterparts. If successful, the technology might allow countries to leapfrog the expense of laying fiber cable, dramatically increasing Internet usage in places such as Africa and Southeast Asia. "It's a huge moonshot. A really big goal to go after," said project leader Mike Cassidy. "The power of the Internet is probably one of the most transformative technologies of our time." The first person to get Google Balloon Internet access this week was Charles Nimmo, a farmer and entrepreneur in the small town of Leeston. He found the experience a little bemusing after he was one of 50 locals who signed up to be a tester for a project that was so secret, no one would explain to them what was happening. Technicians came to the volunteers' homes and attached to the outside walls bright red receivers the size of basketballs and resembling giant Google map pins. Click headline to read more--
As human beings, we live with a lot of abstractions we consider to be normal, almost like a collective hallucination. [...] For those of us who live in representative democracies like the US, one of the central ironies is that we have yet to really topple the king. We elect people to be little kings, who are body parts of the big king that is the government. It is a republic, not a democracy. With so many moving parts, the state gives us a story to buy into so that we walk more or less down the same path—nationalism.
In an oft-cited statement, which might be apocryphal, the British historian Arnold Toynbee said, “The coming of Buddhism to the West may well prove to be the most important event of the twentieth century.” Given the monumental social, political, and scientific changes of the last century, that claim seems pretty unlikely. But Toynbee may have noticed something the rest of us need to see: that the interaction between Buddhism and the West is crucial today, because each emphasizes something the other is missing. Whether or not Toynbee actually made this observation, the significance of the encounter may be nearly as great as his statement suggests. [...]
Our whole education, culture, civilisation is a training in how to become unreal, and how to prevent yourself from becoming real and and touching the reality which is hidden within you. Now meditation is the death of ego and how to contact the real and how to be again real. The first thing to be understood is how we go on becoming unreal and once this process is understood many things change immediately. The very understanding becomes mutation. We are born undivided and whole as one individual, neither body nor mind. The body and mind are two aspects of our being and not two divisions; two polarities of life energy that is the same. We need to understand our own problems.
Not since last year's TacoCopter fiasco has there been such a vague and ominous potential use for multicopters to hit the web. Last week, the golf company Titleist tweeted a photo of a rather monstrous multicopter with a ...
A deficiency in this critical nutrient makes you are twice as likely to die as other people, according to a study published in The Journal of Intensive Care Medicine.
Tobias Abenius's insight:
A long list of symptoms have as cause a deficiency of magnesium. Usually people don't eat enough magnesium as they occur in seaweed, nuts, beans and greens. > 15% of the overall population has a deficiency. Symptoms include stiff, twitchy or cramp in muscles; migraine; menstrual related problems. If you drink coffee, cola or alcohol, are stressed etc you need a lot more.
Under sin tid som EU-kommissionär har Malmström, mig veterligen, aldrig höjt rösten mot säkerhetsindustrin eller kritiserat dess makt över EU.
Tobias Abenius's insight:
"[...] Israel Aerospace Industries [ - ] Världsledande på drönare. Ja, ni läste rätt. Det är samma företag som tillverkar vapnen som just nu mördar palestinier, som bjuds in för att visa sina drönare i EU. Det är faktiskt EU som betalar forskningen – IAI har fått över 69 forskningsanslag från EU. Gaza är deras experimentlaboratorium."
A panel of five judges ruled on narrow technical grounds, preserving the possibility that the measure could be altered and revived. In front of an overflowing courtroom in Uganda’s capital, Kampala, a panel of five judges announced that the Anti-Homosexuality Act, which punishes some homosexual behavior with life in prison, was invalid because it had been passed by Parliament without a proper quorum.
The Week Magazine The 3 biggest obstacles to a solar energy boom The Week Magazine ptimism surrounding a solar energy boom seems to be hitting new highs: Game-changing technologies seem to hit the market nearly every week, and new government...
Wall Street Journal Mysterious Brain Circuitry Becomes Viewable Wall Street Journal And earlier this month, scientists at Stanford University announced they had discovered a way to make a brain as clear as glass, allowing them to trace neural...
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