Travel Tips: Travel Longer, Cheaper and Better: Hostels for Beginners

What comes to mind when you hear the world “hostel?” A gaggle of 20-somethings on a weeklong bender? Smelly hippie-types barefoot hiking around the world? A movie series that managed to combine enough torture and grunge to scar a generation? What if I told you that for the majority of the last five years I’ve…

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Americans Are Having Fewer Heart Attacks

Older Americans are having fewer heart attacks and surviving them longer than ever before. For a study published in JAMA Open Network, researchers analyzed records of 4.3 million Medicare beneficiaries hospitalized for heart attacks from 1995 through 2014 in 5,680 hospitals across the country. The number of people hospitalized declined by 38 percent over the…

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Helping an Estranged Family Reconnect

When my client came to my office for therapy just shy of her 70th birthday, I didn’t know if I could help her. A divorced mother estranged from her four adult children — because of her bad mothering, she explained — she was living alone, retired from a job she disliked, racked with sorrow over…

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Medical News Today: Why your household dust could fuel the growth of fat cells

Researchers have found that the dust in our households may harbor numerous chemicals that may accelerate the development of fat cells, potentially contributing to obesity. The dust in your house may contain harmful chemicals. In recent years, researchers and international policymakers have expressed concerns about the effects of endocrine-disrupting chemicals, a class of substances that…

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When a ‘Be In’ in Central Park Was Front-Page News

They came wearing crowns of daffodils in their hair, their foreheads painted rainbow blue and gold as they strolled through Central Park, kites drifting overhead. It was March 26, 1967, and more than 10,000 New Yorkers from Brooklyn to the Bronx gathered for a “Be In” on Easter Sunday to spread a message of love…

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How the brain ‘mentalizes’ cooperation

IMAGE: Experimental setup: subjects were placed into two fMRI scanners and attempted to align the cursor shown on their displays by adjusting the amount of force they applied to a grip… view more  Credit: Abe M. O. et al., Neural correlates of online cooperation during joint force production, NeuroImage, February 7, 2019.) Researchers identify a part…

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Artificial intelligence identifies key patterns from video footage of infant movements

VIDEO: This video was created automatically using the novel pose estimation method. A quantitative analysis of movements is directly accessible from the trajectories of the different body parts in this stickman. view more  Subtle characteristics in the spontaneous movement of very young babies may reveal clinically important aspects of their neurodevelopment. Visual assessment of typical movement…

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Quick thinking? It’s all down to timing

Remember hearing people being called slow learners by teachers and parents? That oft-used description of someone who takes a wee bit longer to process information, now has a scientific basis for its existence. Scientists from the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine have found that the rapidity with which a person is able to…

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Rice cultivation: Balance of phosphorus and nitrogen determines growth and yield

In the future, a newly discovered mechanism in control of plant nutrition could help to achieve higher harvests in a sustainable way. Scientists from the Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing (China) discovered this mechanism in their research on Asian rice in collaboration with Professor Dr Stanislav Kopriva from the…

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Trained musicians perform better — at paying attention

IMAGE: Musicians (light gray bars) demonstrated more efficient control at suppressing irrelevant and distracting stimuli (executive control network) than non-musicians (dark gray bars). Note that for the executive system, the higher… view more  Credit: Elsevier, Helyon London, March 26, 2019 — Musical training produces lasting improvements to a cognitive mechanism that helps individuals be more attentive…

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