Bat Banter: Computers Decipher Animal Language

Bat Banter: Computers Decipher Animal Language

The Egyptian fruit bat is a highly social mammal that roosts in crowded colonies. A machine learning algorithm helped decode their squeaks, revealing that they speak to one another as individuals.

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BEING BEAUTY: What Makes Us Glow

BEING BEAUTY What Makes Us Glow

by Glennon Doyle Melton

Plenty of people are pretty, but haven’t yet learned how to be beautiful. They have the right look for the times, but they don’t glow. Beautiful women glow. That’s because beautiful is not about how we look on the outside; it is about what we’re made of and being “full of beauty” on the inside.

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Tonsillectomies Help Only Temporarily

Researchers from Vanderbilt University Medical Center, in Nashville, Tennessee, examined the effectiveness of tonsillectomies in children with recurring throat infections.

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Milkweed Mittens: Common Weed Is Lightweight Insulator

Milkweed Mittens Common Weed Is Lightweight Insulator

The Canadian Coast Guard is testing milkweed pods as a source of potential environmentally friendly insulation in partnership with Encore3, a manufacturing company in Québec, Canada, in prototype parkas, gloves and mittens.

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Milk Muddle: Organic Milk Producer Under Pressure

Milk Muddle Organic Milk Producer Under Pressure

The Aurora Organic Dairy pastures and feedlots north of Greeley, Colorado, are home to more than 15,000 cows—more than 100 times the size of a typical organic herd. It is the main facility of the company that supplies milk to Walmart, Costco and other major retailers.

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Zaya and Maurizio Benazzo: JOINING SCIENCE TO SPIRITUALITY

Zaya and Maurizio Benazzo JOINING SCIENCE TO SPIRITUALITY

by Linda Sechrist

In 2008, the Sebastopol, California, filmmaking team of Zaya and Maurizio Benazzo created Science and Nonduality (SAND), which later became a nonprofit organization aimed at fostering a new relationship with spirituality that is free from religious dogma, based on timeless wisdom traditions, informed by cutting-edge science and grounded in direct experience.

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Meditation and Music Aid Memory in Early Stages of Alzheimer’s

Meditation and Music Aid Memory in Early Stages of Alzheimer’s

A new study from West Virginia University, in Morgantown, reveals that listening to music and practicing meditation may help improve memory function for those in the beginning stages of Alzheimer’s disease.

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Rolling Internet: Winnebago Assists Computer Literacy

Rolling Internet Winnebago Assists Computer Literacy

Librarian Shannon Morrison drives the Digibus, a new, 40-foot-long Winnebago computer classroom that hit the road in January bound for Fresno County, California, communities with the goal of bringing free computer literacy and job searching skills to the public.

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Yoga Eases Eating Disorders

Yoga Eases Eating Disorders

Researchers from Brown University, in Providence, Rhode Island, have found that regular yoga practice can help reduce anxiety and depression in young women with eating disorders. The scientists followed 20 girls between the ages of 14 and 18 that were enrolled in an outpatient eating disorder clinic that comprised the larger control group.

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ACHING BACK: Strengthening Your Core Can Help Alleviate Back Pain

ACHING BACK Strengthening Your Core Can Help Alleviate Back Pain

by Annette “Dr. Z” Zaharoff

Back pain is one of the most common physical ailments. As many as eight out of 10 Americans will experience back pain at some point in their lives. The idea of exercising to help with lower back pain may sound, well, painful. But in fact, exercise is the best way to relieve pain.

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