The Japanese call it shinrin-yoku - forest bathing.
In Japan, they call it shinrin-yoku – literally, “forest bathing.” Here, we might just call it a walk in the park. Either way, people around the world have an intuitive sense of the restorative power of natural environments. The question is: Why?
Scientists have advanced a wide range of theories about the specific physical and mental benefits nature can provide, ranging from clean air and lack of noise pollution to the apparent immune-boosting effects of a fine mist of “wood essential oils.” But the most powerful benefits, a new study suggests, may result from the way trees and birds and sunsets gently tug – but never grab – at our attention.
The songs of Exitmusic are so romantically rich, they could envelop a cavernous hall. Luckily, the band didn't defang that cinematic power and anguish in the intimate confines of the NPR Music offices.
Norah Jones' debut album, 2002's Come Away With Me, sold so many copies — roughly 20 million worldwide, making it one of the best-selling records of the previous decade — that she's seemed fairly liberated ever since, especially once expectations of future blockbusters settled to something more realistic. Without losing her knack for impeccably classy professionalism, Jones has kept pushing her sound beyond the warmly accessible pop-jazz that launched her career, whether in the roots-country band The Little Willies or in her guest-vocal spots on last year's Rome, the album Danger Mouse (a.k.a. Brian Burton) recorded with Italian composer Daniele Luppi and Jack White.
Ten years after her debut, Jones is ideally positioned for the subtle sonic makeover she undergoes on Little Broken Hearts. Written and recorded with Burton, who as producer gives the album a sonic edge that never overwhelms its star, Little Broken Hearts sounds like Norah Jones without bearing much resemblance to the work that once got her pegged as the world's most commercially dominant jazz star. Trafficking in alternately sweet and icy singer-songwriter pop, it's a reinvention, but not a radical one.
Narwhals, Belugas and bowheads, the world's true Arctic whales, have prowled the icy waters for millenia, undisturbed for most of that time except for the fragile spears of Inuit hunters.
Now, the whales face increased pressure from new invaders who have gone north for oil, gas and mining operations. Along with the invaders go roads, bridges, dams, harbors, sewers and the inevitable pollution of metals and industrial chemicals into the environment.
Such development could accidentally pollute whale-breeding areas or block them with dams. Also, the engines and propellers of ships might interfere with the whales' underwater sonic communication.
Their very existence may be in jeopardy, but scientists don't even know for sure how many whales are left. Knowing more about them could be a first step in saving them.
The bowhead, classed as an endangered species, was brought to the brink of extinction in the eastern Arctic by commercial hunting and the beluga appears to be scarce in the western Arctic. The narwhal is hunted, but its movements and numbers are a mystery.
Shopping for Dad was easy. Most years his Christmas list consisted solely of a desire for socks. No suggestion of preference for patterns, colours or fabrics: Just socks. For Father's Day, a bottle of white wine was always a solid bet.
Wine was an important part of my dad's life. He had a glass or two with dinner most nights, a tradition he started long before I, his youngest child, can remember. His appreciation of wine was fostered during an early tour of Europe.
A high school art teacher, he took students abroad each summer, racing them from country to country, from cathedral to gallery to museum in a tireless enterprise to instill a passion for great art, antiquity and culture in their young minds.
Are you sitting down? Statistically speaking, you probably are. But that's not necessarily a good thing. In fact, the long-term effects of prolonged sitting day-in and day-out are not good for your personal health.
This Infographic details the potential harms in spending too much of your day sitting down. Other than the obvious (more time sitting = less time for exercise = gaining weight) sitting for prolonged periods can not only increase your risk for diabetes, but for heart disease as well.
There are ways you can break free from the dangers of being stuck in the chair from 9-5 and get some exercise for better back and body health.
During the past two days, our list of Free Online Movies has been getting some good exposure. And we\'ve got no complaints.
During the past two days, our list of Free Online Movies has been getting some good exposure. And we’ve got no complaints. But while assembling the movie list, we were also busy putting together a list of 500 Free Online Courses from top universities.
Here’s the lowdown: This master list lets you download free courses from schools like Stanford, Yale, MIT, Oxford, Harvard and UC Berkeley.
The concept of shopping has shifted from owning stuff to buying into new ideas.
Compared to previous generations, Millennials seem to have some very different habits that have taken both established companies and small businesses by surprise. One of these is that Generation Y doesn't seem to enjoy purchasing things.
The Atlantic's article "Why Don't Young Americans Buy Cars?" mused recently about Millennials' tendency to not care about owning a vehicle. The subtitle: "Is this a generational shift, or just a lousy economy at work?"
What if it's not an "age thing" at all? What's really causing this strange new behavior (or rather,lack of behavior)? Generational segments have profound impacts on perception and behavior, but an "ownership shift" isn't isolated within the Millennial camp. A writer for USA Todayshows that all ages are in on this trend, but instead of an age group, he blames the changeon the cloud, the heavenly home our entertainment goes to when current media models die. As all forms of media make their journey into a digital, de-corporeal space, research shows that people are beginning to actually prefer this disconnected reality to owning a physical product.
NEW YORK (AP) — The ride begins with two train cars, filled with as many as 24 passengers, cautiously trekking up a hill of wooden tracks. The rattle of the ascent slowly grows louder.
The ride begins with two train cars, filled with as many as 24 passengers, cautiously trekking up a hill of wooden tracks. The rattle of the ascent slowly grows louder. As the cars reach the coaster's 85-foot peak, there's a short pause — followed by a swift 60-mph plunge to the bottom that has made stomachs churn and eyes water since Calvin Coolidge was in the White House.
Such a timeworn ride requires a great deal of attention to ensure the safety of its passengers, say workers responsible for the Cyclone, the 85-year-old New York City landmark and international amusement icon that will be feted Saturday with a birthday party including 25-cent rides — the same price they were on its debut on June 26, 1927.
"It takes a lot of work to run a very old roller coaster," said Valerio Ferrari, president of Central Amusement International, which operates the coaster.
Self-described "fermentation revivalist" Sandor Katz says "the creative space" between fresh and rotten is the root of most of humanity's prized delicacies. His new book, The Art of Fermentation, explores the ancient culinary art form.
"If you walk into a gourmet food store and start thinking about the nature of the foods that we elevate on the gourmet pedestal, almost all of them are the products of fermentation," he tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. "Fermentation creates strong flavors.
But they're not always flavors that everybody can agree on."
It would be a fantasy to believe that there might be a day where sex is not involved with advertising. Sex continues to have a prominent place in advertising and it looks like its role is increasing.
Over the course of three decades of ads, one common denominator is sex, sex and more sex. Despite new platforms, such as television ads, ads before movies, mobile ads, banner ads and other ads tailored for the internet, sex continues to be popular for marketing any product.
The reason is simple; sex can be quite the effective marketer.
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