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37 Unexpected Ways Meditation Can Drastically Improve Your Quality of Life

You're reading 37 Unexpected Ways Meditation Can Drastically Improve Your Quality of Life, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self …

Add mulch to rescue plants from summer heat, infuse them with nutrients

With the heat of high summer approaching, it's a good idea to top up your mulch.<p>A layer of decaying plant matter over the root zone of trees, shrubs and other plants prevents water from evaporating from the soil in hot weather, said Meghan Midgley, soil scientist at The Morton Arboretum in Lisle. …

These Young Inventors Are Tackling Africa's Electricity Crisis

The vast continent of Africa has a complex relationship with electricity. In some countries, like South Africa, demand exceeds the available supply. In others, such as Niger, only 1 in 7 people have access to it at all. Regardless of which end of the scale they’re on, every African electricity …

What radishes teach us about time in the garden

Radishes take six weeks to grow: in an age of immediate gratification, that’s a long time to wait<p>“We have so much time and so little to do. Wait a minute. Strike that, reverse it.”<p>I remember watching Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory as a kid. Wide-eyed, I stared at the screen and loved the …

10 secrets to growing the tastiest tomatoes

Want to win this year's tomato games?<p>Then you might want to buy some more tomato plants.<p>You probably put in your tomato plants in April or May, and that's great.<p>Tomato plants do best in the hot, full sun, but their tender blossoms wither and drop when temperatures are consistently above 95 degrees. …

10 Outrageous Cancer Drug Statistics

In terms of diagnoses, there's arguably nothing scarier a patient can hear than the phrase, "you have cancer."<p>According to statistics from the World Health Organization, some 14 million cases of cancer are diagnosed annually, and within two decades, this figure is expected to increase by nearly 60% …

Most Conventional Wisdom About Refugees and Immigration Is Wrong

Abel, along with his colleagues Nikola Sander and Ramon Bauer, have instead charted migration flows. When you look at the charts, you have to …

Gardening for beginners: the cheat’s guide to herbaceous borders

Daunted at the prospect of planning a new border? Help is at hand…<p>The herbaceous border is the ultimate demonstration of gardening skill: a masterpiece of juxtaposed shapes, colours and textures, all reaching a climax in the summer months. It has humble origins in cottage gardens, where flowers for …

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