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How Long to Nap for the Biggest Brain Benefits

How Long to Nap for the Biggest Brain Benefits | Heal the world | Scoop.it
Taking a nap, we've seen time and again, is like rebooting your brain. But napping may be as much of an art as it is a science. The Wall Street Journal offers recommendations for planning your perfect nap, including how long to nap and when.
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When Empathy Hurts, Compassion Can Heal - Huffington Post

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When Empathy Hurts, Compassion Can Heal
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By Adam Hoffman. Empathy can be painful. Or so suggests a growing body of neuroscientific research.

Via Gene Shklover, PhD
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UN '95% sure' humans cause warming

UN '95% sure' humans cause warming | Heal the world | Scoop.it
Scientists are 95% certain that humans are the "dominant cause" of global warming since the 1950s, a landmark report says. ("The heat is on.
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Prof Sir Brian Hoskins, from Imperial College London, told BBC News: "We are performing a very dangerous experiment with our planet, and I don't want my grandchildren to suffer the consequences of that experiment."

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How Music Makes Us Feel Better

How Music Makes Us Feel Better | Heal the world | Scoop.it
The idea that music can have therapeutic value is far from new, and the data supporting it have grown even stronger…

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The idea that music can have therapeutic value is far from new

 More recent approaches have included playing music in hospital wards and waiting areas to help improve patients’ mood and their physical well-being. And we listen to music constantly in everyday life: we flip on Pandora or Spotify to set the mood for drinks with friends, a romantic date, or a workout. Music can psych us up before an important meeting, or calm us down after a stressful conversation. It can even help us vent our anger or express our love, as anyone who has ever created a mix for a significant other—and then a break-up mix when things didn’t quite work out—can tell you.

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Man controls artificial leg using only his brain, researchers say

Man controls artificial leg using only his brain, researchers say | Heal the world | Scoop.it
In an advance that could eventually improve the mobility of thousands of people living with amputations, researchers said a man successfully controlled movements of a motorized artificial leg using only his own thoughts.
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Researchers call the device bionic because of its ability to interact intelligently with a human. Despite associations of "bionic" technology with superhuman strength, the prosthetics "don't necessarily need to be strong," Dr. Hargrove said. "They need to be smart."

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When (and why) is it OK for parents to fight in front of their kids?

When (and why) is it OK for parents to fight in front of their kids? | Heal the world | Scoop.it
Arguing in the open can be healthy for parents and kids. Plenty has changed since the days of Not in front of the children.
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Bottling up anger and giving a spouse the cold shoulder when the kids are around can end up making things worse. The silent treatment is actually more distressing for kids than a healthy argument, Dr. Davies says. "Kids pick up on that. But they don't know what is going on," he says, adding that children may think the fight—and its potential consequences—are much worse than they actually are.

And some topics should be totally off-limits in front of the kids, experts say. Intimate, high-stakes relationship discussions should wait until the kids are out of earshot. So should disagreements about parenting practices like discipline or bedtimes. "Parents should come up with a unified decision and present a united front to the child," Dr. McInerny says.

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First example of whispering observed in non-human primates

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The first example of whispering by non-human primates has been observed amongst a group of tamarin monkeys in captivity in New York City’s Central Park Zoo. (Primer registro de primates no humanos que se comunican con susurros...
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The research concluded that “the tamarins were reducing the amplitude of their vocalizations in the context of exposure to a potential threat”. In other words the primates - like many humans - felt it was prudent to keep quiet when a disliked or dangerous individual was around.

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Europe's key animals 'recovering'

Europe's key animals 'recovering' | Heal the world | Scoop.it
Some of Europe's key animals have made a comeback over the past 50 years, a report suggests.
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"But there are massive challenges out there globally. And we have to realise that the threats that Europe creates are not just within our borders, it's internationally, and that we are having an impact on the 60% decline we're seeing in low income countries around the world."

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Why girls’ education can help eradicate poverty

Why girls’ education can help eradicate poverty | Heal the world | Scoop.it
Education is linked to the age at which women marry and have children. In sub-Saharan Africa and in South and West Asia, child marriage affects one in eight girls; one in seven gives birth by the age of 17.
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Education is also closely linked to health. Our analysis provides evidence that educated girls are far more likely to be able to protect their children from preventablediseases, and to stave off  malnutrition in their children’s early years. At least 12 million children — a quarter of the world’s population of malnourished children — could be saved from malnutrition if all mothers in poor countries were given a secondary education. Malnutrition is not only about food: it starts with poverty, which can be avoided if women receive the education they need to read and earn a living. 

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Education without values is like a flower without fragrance: Prez Pranab at Pondicherry University - FacenFacts

Education without values is like a flower without fragrance: Prez Pranab at Pondicherry University - FacenFacts | Heal the world | Scoop.it
President Pranab Mukherjee attended the 23rd Annual Convocation of Pondicherry University, Pondicherry today.Speaking on the occasion, the President s (Education without values is like a flower without fragrance: Prez Pranab at Pondicherry University...
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We have to now stress on ‘Right Education’. A university has to be a temple of learning; of humanism, tolerance and balanced reasoning. 

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Colorado floods 'completely overwhelm' search for oil and gas leaks

Colorado floods 'completely overwhelm' search for oil and gas leaks | Heal the world | Scoop.it
Inspectors have reached a third of state's 50,000 sites and report eight 'notable' spills totalling 27,000 gallons of oil
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Turn A Heart On And Off With The Flick Of A Switch

Turn A Heart On And Off With The Flick Of A Switch | Heal the world | Scoop.it
Stanford scientists are working on a light-controlled pacemaker.
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Understanding a new kind of magnetism

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Using low-frequency laser pulses, a team of researchers has carried out the first measurements that reveal the detailed characteristics of a unique kind of magnetism found in a mineral called herbertsmithite.
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In this material, the magnetic elements constantly fluctuate, leading to an exotic state of fluid magnetism called a "quantum spin liquid." This is in contrast to conventional magnetism, found in materials called ferromagnets—where all of the magnetic forces align in the same direction, reinforcing each other—or antiferromagnets, where adjacent magnetic elements align in opposite directions, leading to complete cancellation of the material's overall magnetic field
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The corridor of uncertainty: Connected learners need connected teachers

The corridor of uncertainty: Connected learners need connected teachers | Heal the world | Scoop.it
Connected learners need connected teachers http://t.co/StHE8M5nKz #connectivism #socialnetworking

Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge
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Mexican village 'wiped off the map'

Mexican village 'wiped off the map' | Heal the world | Scoop.it
The BBC's Will Grant visits La Pintada, a village almost completely flattened by a mudslide where dozens of people are still missing.
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So tell me, how does the force of  Nature balance itself towards harmony and equivalence ?

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Can Your Actions And Thoughts Influence People You Don't Know? Prof. Fowler Explains [PopTech Video] - Mutual Responsibility

Can Your Actions And Thoughts Influence People You Don't Know? Prof. Fowler Explains [PopTech Video] - Mutual Responsibility | Heal the world | Scoop.it
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We shape our networks but our networks also shape us.” Therefore, “If you do a kind act to a person they’ll do a kind act to another person and that will also spread…” And that this serves an “evolutionary purpose… Human social networks are in our nature… we have grown up over hundreds of thousands of years in these social networks.”

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Now You Can Understand Why Connecting To Other People Is Great, Thanks To This Shouting Sociologist - Mutual Responsibility

Now You Can Understand Why Connecting To Other People Is Great, Thanks To This Shouting Sociologist - Mutual Responsibility | Heal the world | Scoop.it
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Human Beings Are Not Reducible To The Study Of Individuals, But Must Be Understood In Reference To The Collective
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Make Any Deposits in the Friendship Bank Lately? WSJ's Bonds Column Explains Why Even the Most Giving Friend Expects Payback

Make Any Deposits in the Friendship Bank Lately? WSJ's Bonds Column Explains Why Even the Most Giving Friend Expects Payback | Heal the world | Scoop.it
Being helpful and giving makes friendship better—as long as it is a two-way street
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People who usually make an effort to help others, without regard to whether they will get something in return, are considered to have high "communal orientation." New research from the University of Toronto, published this month in the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, suggests they are happier than people with low communal orientation.

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Globalization Explained / Natural Development

Globalization Explained / Natural Development | Heal the world | Scoop.it
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Like bacteria, we began to struggle and contend, but Nature has led us to understand that we can produce far greater benefit for all from collaboration. Thus, we have become a single human entity that depends on the cooperation among all of its parts. The law that is the basis for every natural evolution has caused us to interconnect. While we could still exist alone a few decades ago, today it is impossible.

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Pakistan earthquake creates new island

Pakistan earthquake creates new island | Heal the world | Scoop.it
The new mound of earth appears to be 20 to 40 feet high and 100 feet wide and rose out of the sea at a spot about 350 feet from the coast.
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Why is Antarctica so important for science? | David Edwards' Blog

New blog post: Why is Antarctica so important for science?. http://t.co/Adoir1kxe8
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It contains, in solid form, over 90% of the world’s fresh water.

Polar regions are subject to rapid change and have a profound influence on the Earth’s climate and ocean systems.

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Brazil's racy telenovelas inspire drop in birth rate, rise in divorce - Telegraph

Brazil's racy telenovelas inspire drop in birth rate, rise in divorce  - Telegraph | Heal the world | Scoop.it
Brazil's popular soap operas have done more than just entertain people - they have reduced the birthrate by 3 million and driven up the rate of divorce, a new report has found.

Via Tiago
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Every Brazilian knows that what happens on TV Globo can affect the real world. Its schedules dictate kick-off times for football matches, its costumes influence design and fashion and the telenovelas' plot lines have influenced the outcome of elections.

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Build in national parks and offset damage to nature elsewhere, developers told - Daily Mail

Build in national parks and offset damage to nature elsewhere, developers told - Daily Mail | Heal the world | Scoop.it
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Build in national parks and offset damage to nature elsewhere, developers told
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Homes and businesses could be built in national parks if developers pay to make up the damage elsewhere.
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Northern Ireland child abuse inquiry: 'We were child slaves from a young age'

Northern Ireland child abuse inquiry: 'We were child slaves from a young age' | Heal the world | Scoop.it
Mary O'Hara: Hundreds come forward to tell Northern Ireland inquiry about historical institutional abuse in the country (Northern Ireland child abuse inquiry: 'We were child slaves from a young age' | Mary O'Hara http://t.co/ppj3J9ghXc...
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Anti-depressants' 'link to diabetes'

Anti-depressants' 'link to diabetes' | Heal the world | Scoop.it
People prescribed anti-depressants should be aware that they could be at increased risk of type 2 diabetes, say UK researchers.
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It may be that people taking anti-depressants put on weight which, in turn, increases their diabetes risk, the team told Diabetes Care journal.

Or the drugs themselves may interfere with blood sugar control.

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