Ruth E. Dixon

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3 Steps to Reprogram Your Thoughts to Reclaim Your Health

Let's face it, we all slip up now and then. We all struggle to keep balance between work, life, and health - it's as if we have to choose between an enjoyable life and a healthy one.<p>Maybe it's negative thinking, maybe it's overeating or an addiction to sugar, maybe you travel all the time for work, …

Mindfulness
Middle East

Twisted Decision on Yoga Copyright

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit held last week that Bikram yoga can't be copyrighted. The decision covers California -- yoga’s American …

Bikram Yoga

Deleting genes could boost lifespan by 60 per cent, say scientists

The secret of extending life by decades may lie in switching off certain genes, scientists believe, after showing that small genetic tweaks can make organisms live 60 per cent longer.<p>Ten years of research by the Buck Institute for Research on Ageing and the University of Washington has identified …

Today is a blue moon: What does that really mean, anyway?

Today, people the world over are learning the origins of the expression “once in a blue moon.”<p>That’s because the second full moon in a month, known as a “blue moon,” will be appearing in the Americas this evening (a little after 8pm ET, although technically it already revealed itself at 6:43am …

Astronomy

Mapping the U.S. by Property Value Instead of Land Area

Troubling inequities are revealed when you look at the country by total property values.<p>Cartograms are fun tools for swapping out land area for some other variable. For certain figures, especially data that swing wildly at one of the end of the spectrum or another, cartograms are ideal. They’re …

The Buddhist and the Neuroscientist

What compassion does to the brain<p>In 1992, the neuroscientist Richard Davidson got a challenge from the Dalai Lama. By that point, he’d spent his career asking why people respond to, in his words, “life’s slings and arrows” in different ways. Why are some people more resilient than others in the …

Mindfulness

Greece votes “no”—absolutely no one knows what comes next

Greece voted overwhelmingly against enduring more austerity in exchange for a new round of bailout funding from its creditors. With roughly 91% of the vote in more than 61% of voter cast their ballot against the deal, in a victory for Greece’s left-leaning government and a rebuke to the troubled …

Europe

The Definitive Reading List of the 14 Best Books of 2014 Overall

I consider my annual best-of reading lists a kind of Old Year’s resolutions in reverse — unlike traditional resolutions, which lay out an aspirational list of priorities for the new year, these represent a look back at the books that proved themselves most worth prioritizing over the setting year. …

Science | The Guardian

Science<p>Scientists have uncovered the secrets of the Bajau people, long-famed for their ability to hold their breath for extraordinary lengths of time<p>Government finally acknowledges the ‘tragedy’ inflicted on thousands of women, and agrees mesh should only have been used as an extreme …

Sea Level

I Ate Potato Pancakes Til I Plotzed

Chanukah has begun which means one thing: lots of latkes. Unless you’re a kosher Jew at a Latke Festival, that is. Since when was the traditional …

'I Am Bread' Is the Weirdest Video Game of 2014

You play as a sentient piece of bread whose sole mission is to become toast.<p>There have been some pretty weird games released in 2014.<p>We had the HD remake of ​Hatoful Boyfriend, a bizarre pigeon-dating affair. <i>Jazzpunk</i> was a co-production from Adult Swim and Necrophone Games that casts the player as …

Giving Stephen Hawking a voice

Stephen Hawking first met Gordon Moore, the cofounder of Intel, at a conference in 1997. Moore noticed that Hawking's computer, which he used to …

Stephen Hawking

Monkeys Steer Wheelchairs With Their Brains, Raising Hope for Paralyzed People

New technologies offer a window into how the brain creates movement.<p>WASHINGTON, D.C.—Experimental wheelchairs and exoskeletons controlled by thought alone offer surprising insights into the brain, neuroscientists reported on Monday.<p>Best known for his experimental exoskeleton that helped a paralyzed …

The top 10 words invented by writers

‘Authorisms’ – neologisms coined by authors which have entered the wider language – have been enriching English for centuries. From Shakespeare to Joseph Heller, Paul Dickson selects his favourites<p>I have long been interested in words but most specifically in the question of how a coinage makes it …

The Geography of Terrorism

More than 80 percent of last year's terrorism fatalities occurred in just five countries.<p>Of the 17,958 people who died in terrorist attacks in 2013, 82 percent were in one of five countries: Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nigeria, and Syria. That's one finding from this year's Global Terrorism Index …

Iceland: See where 'Interstellar' was filmed | CNN Travel

Why I Froze the Fat Off My Thighs

Every woman has that thing, that one thing about her body that she wishes were just a little bit smaller, or tighter, or just, different.<p>Photo: ELLE<p>It's 8:30 A.M. on a hot July morning and I'm nearly naked in the elegant Manhattan office of Dr. Arielle Kauvar. I'm holding my cloth examination gown …

Apartment Therapy

DIY On A Budget: 5 Simple + Stylish Shelves --> http://apttherapy.com/1kPO6Bp<p>Looking to add some simple shelves to a blank wall? Consider making one …

TELUS says 'a new phone is coming,' hints at the iPhone 6

Apple recently scheduled a media event on September 9th. This is when the company is expected to unveil the new iPhone — possibly coming with a …

TDSB chair funnelled school funds to his charity: probe

The chairman of Canada's largest school board directed tens of thousands of dollars intended for a Toronto elementary school to his own charity, according to confidential internal reviews of spending during his tenure as principal.<p>The spending reviews, obtained by The Globe and Mail, are part of a …