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National Geographic Launches Robust Online Portal Exploring Future of Food, NatGeoFood.com – National Geographic Partners Press Room

WASHINGTON (April 15, 2014)—Today, National Geographic launches a Web portal, NatGeoFood.com, dedicated to exploring issues surrounding how we eat today and how we can provide food for all as the world’s population grows and climate change impacts growing seasons and planting zones. NatGeoFood.com …

Ajit Narayanan: A word game to communicate in any language

The flower-shaped starshade that might help us detect Earth-like planets | Jeremy Kasdin

The Compulsive Mr. Jefferson And America's Obsessive Origins

While waiting for his draft of the Declaration of Independence to come to the floor of the Second Continental Congress for a history-making vote—Thomas Jefferson was thinking about the weather. More specifically, he was thinking about a list that would comprehensively capture variations in the …

Laugh so you don't cry: how laughing kills the pain

Laughter is such an interesting phenomenon. Think about it: why DO we laugh? I mean, sure it means something's funny...but why do we LAUGH? Why don't …

Compassion in Action: The Rule to an Expanded Consciousness and More Happiness

Christina Sarich, <i>Staff Writer</i> <b><br>Waking Times</b><p><i>“Be kind for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.”</i> – Plato<p>According to His Holiness the Dalai …

The Roots of Thinking

Peter Russell, <i>Spirit of Now</i> <b><br>Waking Times</b><p>Much of our thinking takes the form of self-talk—conversations we have with ourselves, inside our …

5 Steps for Relaxing and Deep Meditation

Do you practice meditation, but are not making any progress? Do you feel that it is not as relaxing and as deep as you want it to be?<p>There are a few …

Don't Let Anyone or Anything Dim Your Inner Light

<b>“The more light you allow within you, the brighter the world you live in will be.” ~Shakti Gawain</b><p>I was born with it. I know I was. There was a light …

Numb

Meditation In Action: Why You Should Be More Mindful In Relationships (PHOTOS)

<i>By Headspace</i><p>Mindfulness will undoubtedly help you get some headspace and make a difference in your life. But there’s another good reason for training the mind. Whether we like it or not, we share the world in which we live with other people and, unless we want to live as a solitary yogi or hermit …

The Body as the Path Through Depression.

Hell is a state of alienation from the power of Being that substantiates life, God.<p>This is experienced as depression. Essentially, depression is a …

Humor and laughter for a better life

This is food for thought…<p>Lenny is considered one of the world’s leading spiritual leaders with a rare combination of mastery in Gestalt, humor and …

Love, Light, and Other Lessons That Crisis Reveals to Us

<b>“Life always waits for some crisis to occur before revealing itself at its most brilliant.” ~</b><b>Paul Coelho</b><p>There have been more shocking and devastating …

Boston Marathon Bombing

Meditation and Nature – A Sublime Connection…

In my own pursuit of enlightenment and self-discovery; and after awakening years ago to this new world that is my True Nature, I have found …

Consciousness or Selfishness. Your Choice.

Rene Descartes, <i>Contributor</i> <b><br>Waking Times</b><p>Selfishness concerns itself with one’s own welfare regardless of others and with giving less than the best to …

All You Need Is Love -- of Self!

"All you need is love." The Beatles knew what was up! Love really is all you need... <i>self-love</i>, that is.<p>The foundation of a happy life, healthy relationships, and achieving every bit of greatness you were put onto this earth for does not exist anywhere externally. It's all right inside! Tapping into …

Relationships

Brain Chemistry Altered by Early Life Experience (Part 1)

There was a fascinating article that recently showed up on NBC News.com on June 2. It dealt with the overarching concept of resiliency possibly being …

The 5 Ancient Yoga Practices for Mental Clarity and Peace

<b>Patanjali, the great Indian spiritual teacher who codified a way to enlightenment that we know as Yoga, was well aware that the most troublesome of</b> …

Human brain cut into 7,400 slices, then reconstructed digitally in 3-D

LONDON — Scientists have finely sliced a human brain into 7,400 wafer-thin sheets and then digitally reconstructed it to create the world's most detailed map of the brain in three dimensions.<p>The "BigBrain" project, which took a 65-year-old woman's brain and cut it into slices just 20 micrometers …

Leadership Is More than Interpersonal Skills

Most of the 89,000 leadership books offered on Amazon.com focus on traditional interpersonal leadership: the relationships between leaders and followers. Interpersonal leadership sets up an expectation that leaders must be in dialog or at least in view of their followers. Yet this style of …

How to be Happier and More Productive by Avoiding ‘Decision Fatigue’

Let’s say it’s your birthday.<p>First, happy birthday! We got you a cake.<p>We’ll come back to the cake in a moment.<p>Second, we have a question for you on …

Surprise Is Still the Most Powerful Marketing Tool

Life has never been more predictable.<p>Yelp provides an early-warning system for dining out, by helping us avoid bad restaurants and alerting us to must-try items at good ones. Facebook lets us investigate a potential romantic interest before the first date. Turn-by-turn instructions from Google Maps …

What Makes a Leader?

Every businessperson knows a story about a highly intelligent, highly skilled executive who was promoted into a leadership position only to fail at the job. And they also know a story about someone with solid—but not extraordinary—intellectual abilities and technical skills who was promoted into a …

Emotional Intelligence

When Emotional Reasoning Trumps IQ

Many companies and B schools still treat strategy and execution as separate beasts, despite increasing evidence that the divide does much more damage than good. A large part of the problem may be that people view strategic reasoning as a high-level executive function of the brain and tactical …

What is Emotional Intelligence and Why is it Important

Many experts now believe that a person’s emotional intelligence quotient (EQ) may be more important than their IQ and is certainly a better predictor …