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'Little progress' on ocean life

'Little progress' on ocean life | Mom Ed | Scoop.it
Only "pitiful" progress has been seen on pledges made at the 1992 Rio Earth Summit to protect ocean habitats and reduce fishing fleets, say scientists.

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Scientists Tackle The Geography Of Nature Vs. Nurture In Maps Of U.K. : NPR

Scientists Tackle The Geography Of Nature Vs. Nurture In Maps Of U.K. : NPR | Mom Ed | Scoop.it
Genes and the environment both shape health and development. But their effects are not always equal. Researchers in the U.K. say they've mapped hotspots where nature has a stronger influence, and others where nurture dominates.

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The Neuroscience of Effort

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Given the importance of this mental tug of war, I’ve always been deeply curious about how it unfolds inside my head. A fascinating new paper in the Journal of Neuroscience led by Michael Treadway at Vanderbilt University begins to unpack the mystery. It’s a first draft of what happens in the brain as we choose between effort and indulgence, work and distraction.


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A creative life is a healthy life - CNN.com

A creative life is a healthy life - CNN.com | Mom Ed | Scoop.it

Living a life of innovation needs no justification, but there are plenty of good reasons -- both pragmatic and otherwise -- to do so.


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Eating Raw Nuts May Improve Your Heart Health

Eating Raw Nuts May Improve Your Heart Health | Mom Ed | Scoop.it

The benefits of eating nuts include better heart health and a lower risk of metabolic syndrome.

 

A recent study revealed that nut eaters gain several health benefits compared to non-nut eaters, including lower weight and systolic blood pressure, decreased waist circumference, and a lower risk of diabetes and metabolic syndrome

 

Nuts are excellent sources of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, and they can boost your heart health and your overall health
Choose nuts that are organic and raw; avoid those that are irradiated, pasteurized or coated in sugar

 

Original Article: http://bit.ly/LKrNgH ;


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Scientists identify neurotranmitters that lead to forgetting

Scientists identify neurotranmitters that lead to forgetting | Mom Ed | Scoop.it

I was going to post this the other day, but I forgot: "Scientists have pinpointed a mechanism that is essential for forming memories in the first place and, as it turns out, is equally essential for eliminating them after memories have formed."


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Brain Foods Pictures Slideshow: What to Eat for Better Concentration

Brain Foods Pictures Slideshow: What to Eat for Better Concentration | Mom Ed | Scoop.it
Can brain foods really help you concentrate, or boost memory? Increase your chances of maintaining a healthy brain by adding these (Foods that will help you study!!

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The art of sustainable gardening

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It's good to know what we mean when we talk about "sustainability" when it comes to gardening.

 

By definition, sustainability means something that can be kept going, maintained for a long time, something that endures.

 

But in terms of gardening, the idea of sustainability goes hand in hand with the concept of environmental responsibility - doing things that heal rather than injure, help rather than destroy, and at the heart of this whole idea is the notion of doing no harm, but rather doing something positive and helpful. This approach also includes choosing materials that do not pollute or weaken nature's systems, but complement and enhance our environment. . . .

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Life & Health Basics: How Much Sleep Do We Need—And How Do We Get It?

Living in this caffeine-charged, 24/7-society leaves a large percentage of us chronically and dangerously sleep deprived.
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Is Democracy the Answer Insight Video

History proves that humanity has no sure protection against the rise of totalitarianism. While democracy is the best hope it’s no guarantee that some variety of dictatorship will not haunt the world again.
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Why Floundering Makes Learning Better | TIME.com

Why Floundering Makes Learning Better | TIME.com | Mom Ed | Scoop.it
Call it the "learning paradox": the more you struggle and even fail while you're trying to master new information, the better you're likely to recall and apply that information later.

 

"The learning paradox is at the heart of 'productive failure,' a phenomenon identified by Manu Kapur. ... Kapur points out that while the model adopted by many teachers and employers when introducing others to new knowledge — providing lots of structure and guidance early on, until the students or workers show that they can do it on their own — makes intuitive sense, it may not be the best way to promote learning. Rather, it’s better to let the neophytes wrestle with the material on their own for a while, refraining from giving them any assistance at the start."

 

Article by Annie Murphy Paul in Time Magazine.


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Organic farming, carefully done, can be efficient

Organic farming, carefully done, can be efficient | Mom Ed | Scoop.it
Organic agriculture generally comes at a cost of smaller harvests compared with conventional agriculture, but that gap can be narrowed with careful selection of crop type, growing conditions and management techniques, according a new study.
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Violence puts wear and tear on kids' DNA

Violence puts wear and tear on kids' DNA | Mom Ed | Scoop.it
Children who have experienced violence might really be older than their years. The DNA of 10-year-olds who experienced violence in their young lives has been found to show wear and tear normally associated with aging, a new study has found.


"This is the first time it has been shown that our telomeres can shorten at a faster rate even at a really young age, while kids are still experiencing stress," said Idan Shalev, a post-doctoral researcher in psychology and neuroscience at the Duke Institute for Genome Sciences & Policy.


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It's the last week of National Child Abuse Prevention Month in the U.S. http://www.childwelfare.gov/preventing/preventionmonth/

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Science and Environment: Iceberg Dead Ahead!

Science and Environment: Iceberg Dead Ahead! | Mom Ed | Scoop.it
Ignoring economic icebergs in pursuit of limitless growth is foolish. Like the Titanic, this ship is not unsinkable.

 

Note: The Wall Street Journal article I posted today reminded me of this article, published in April at the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. Thought-provoking analogy.

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Plant These Herbs & Veggies to Attract Beneficial Insects to Your Urban Garden | Urban Organic Gardener

Plant These Herbs & Veggies to Attract Beneficial Insects to Your Urban Garden | Urban Organic Gardener | Mom Ed | Scoop.it

A Practical Solution to Attracting Beneficial Insects

 

Grow something that will serve two purposes. One for you to eat and one to attract the beneficial insects.

 

This isn’t a post of every single plant that will attract every single insect. Those aren’t useful.

 

It’s a post that will attract two beneficial insects that will help out most urban gardeners – ladybugs and lacewings.

 

Both of them will take care of aphids and other soft-bodied insects.

 

 

What You Can Plant to Attract Ladybugs & Lacewings

 

Here is a short list of herbs and veggies that you can eat and use to attract these good guys:

 

Coriander/Cilantro Dandelion Dill Fennel Lady bugs will also be attracted to Marigolds

 

There are billion other flowers that can be planted to attract these and other beneficial insects, but want to help you really maximize your small space.

 

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Create an Edible Ecosystem: No Fertilizer or Pest Control Needed ...

Create an Edible Ecosystem: No Fertilizer or Pest Control Needed ... | Mom Ed | Scoop.it

The idea behind an “edible ecosystem” garden is a different but complementary approach to organic farming. Rather than make a traditional agricultural operation more ecologically sound by using organic methods, the edible ecosystem approach mimics a natural ecological system but swaps in food plants so that the system is particularly productive for humans—although you may still need to outsmart the birds and other creatures also interested in the fruit!

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Seeing Black and White Makes People More Judgmental

Seeing Black and White Makes People More Judgmental | Mom Ed | Scoop.it

Black-and-white judgments may be more literal than you might expect. A new study finds that people who view information on a black-and-white background are less likely to see gray areas in moral dilemmas than those who get the information alongside other colors.


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The Neurology of Gaming | Online Universities

The Neurology of Gaming | Online Universities | Mom Ed | Scoop.it
Video games can be used to educate through repetition and feedback, but they can also have some less-than-positive side effects. Learn about how video games can improve the educational experience as well as hinder it.
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Garden tour: Into Holland’s inspiring garden complexes | Vancouver Sun

Garden tour: Into Holland’s inspiring garden complexes | Vancouver Sun | Mom Ed | Scoop.it
Nunspeet – Today we left Amsterdam and travelled to the little town of Nunspeet to visit a unique garden complex built by one of the Netherland’s most successful landscape architects, Len Goedegebuure.

 

I had visited here a few years ago and was blown away by the amazing range of ideas presented in a compact five-acre space. It was even better this visit with more than a dozen distinctive styles of gardens represented from contemporary formal to Moorish to woodland.

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Coffee Gives Jolt To Life Span

Coffee Gives Jolt To Life Span | Mom Ed | Scoop.it
Java consumption linked to slightly increased longevity...

 

It’s the news that coffee addicts have been waiting for: Drinking several cups of coffee every day may help you live longer. A study of more than 400,000 people finds that drinking coffee reduces the risk of death from heart disease, stroke and even infections, researchers report in the May 17 New England Journal of Medicine.

 

Scientists have long puzzled over the notion that a stimulant could provide a health benefit. . . .

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The Attached Family » Recipe for Raising Healthy Eaters

The Attached Family » Recipe for Raising Healthy Eaters | Mom Ed | Scoop.it

I like the balanced approach in this. How many of us overeat as adults because we were taught we "had" to clean our plates? Better to stay in touch with your body's hunger signals, but this can only be achieved when healthy options are available. Chemical "foods" don't interact with the body's signals as effectively.


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Insight: Our Polluted Planet

Insight: Our Polluted Planet | Mom Ed | Scoop.it
The whole planet is being assaulted by human beings and human activity, and environmental pollution is a serious concern.
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Is Humility the Greatest Virtue?

Is Humility the Greatest Virtue? | Mom Ed | Scoop.it

New psychological research shows a clear link between humility, as a personality characteristic, and helping, an action one does for the benefit of others.

 

Researchers discovered that humility is strongly associated with a host of . . .


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Changing brains for the better: Article documents benefits of multiple practices, such as physical exercise and meditation

Changing brains for the better: Article documents benefits of multiple practices, such as physical exercise and meditation | Mom Ed | Scoop.it
Practices like physical exercise, certain forms of psychological counseling and meditation can all change brains for the better, and these changes can be measured with the tools of modern neuroscience, according to a new review article.
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The Tribal Mind: Moral Reasoning and Public Discourse — The American Magazine

The Tribal Mind: Moral Reasoning and Public Discourse — The American Magazine | Mom Ed | Scoop.it
If we want to get along better and resolve differences more easily, it will take conscious effort to overcome tribal behavioral instincts.

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