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As public awareness of climate change and the changing environment grows, it's likely you've heard recently in the media or from a co-worker or family member that you should be taking steps to reduce your personal carbon footprint, but it's not easy for everybody. This year, Delaware was ranked ...
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Lets have a holiday so that everyone can vote - it is time.
Election Day should be a national holiday so that everyone has the opportunity to vote.
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Social Circuit
We are in social media age, therefore, it is important to understand human social behaviors. Scientists are now using tools to configure social neurons in our brain. Understanding the circuitry and connection of social neurons in correlation of human behaviors will significantly increase our understanding of human social circles.
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Researchers tie social behavior to activity in specific brain circuit
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A team of Stanford University investigators has linked a particular brain circuit to mammals' tendency to interact socially. Stimulating this circuit—one among millions in the brain—instantly increases a mouse's appetite for getting to know a strange mouse, while inhibiting it shuts down its drive ...
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The holy month of Saka Dawa will begin on Thursday, May 29. The merit of any good deeds that you perform during this month are considered to be multiplied many times over — by as much as one hundred million times — so it is an excellent time to dedicate ourselves to all kinds of spiritually positive actions.
We would like to share something of how Tibetans observe Saka Dawa, the most sacred of Buddhist holidays, when we celebrate the birth, enlightenment and death (parinirvana) of the Buddha Shakyamuni1.
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Help!  I've been asked to lecture a basic psychology class on Buddhism and Meditation.  I'm going to include neuroscience and would also like to add a piece on compassion and empathy.  Any thoughts on what I might include to show these young psych students the relationship between compassion, meditation and neuroscience?  Metta
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Thanks Ruth Ann. I did the lecture about three weeks ago. It was a great exercise to pull together the information for the presentation, although it probably went about an hour too long for that audience.
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Help!  I've been asked to give a lecture at a first year psychology class on mediation and Buddhism.  I've decided to add neuroscience to it and call it "Buddha, Brain and Beyond".  I'd appreciate any thoughts from this community on things to include. 
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People often think that they can´t have stronger minds by excercise as they do with their bodies and meditation provides just that.

It´s not easy to learn how to meditate and there are all the kinds of meditations (including a lot of fake ones), but if you manage to learn and pratice every day, it´s worth it.
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Trying a different technique by removing background color...
This stated as a chance photograph of a fork on a placemat, with the sun casting a shadow that exaggerated the fork's tines. While that looked interesting, I wondered what it would look like if I removed the color (red) from the placemat, but left the swirling design that was on the placemat. Then, I added a blue background and cleaned it up.
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My name is John Sykes from a little town in a little state in the US.  My Theravada practice has taken me off the cushion with a group called Interfaith Power and Light, which seeks to address the causes and effects of global warming.  Lately, we have been working to help low-income people lower their utility usage and costs through energy efficiency and behavioral change.  We also hit the streets of advocacy to help others become more aware of the urgency of this challenge.
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Seeing the Inner Workings of the Brain Made Easier by New Technique

Full article at http://goo.gl/mXJw3e.

Bio-X scientists have improved on their original technique for peering into the intact brain, making it more reliable and safer. The results could help scientists unravel the inner connections of how thoughts, memories or diseases arise.

The research is in Nature Protocols. (full open access)

Research: “Advanced CLARITY for rapid and high-resolution imaging of intact tissues” by Raju Tomer, Li Ye, Brian Hsueh and Karl Deisseroth in Nature Protocols. doi:10.1038/nprot.2014.123 (http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/nprot.2014.123)

Image: A three-dimensional rendering of clarified brain imaged from below. Credit Deisseroth lab.

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"As the scientists report in a new study in the journal NeuroImage, the brains of expert writers appeared to work differently, even before they set pen to paper. During brainstorming, the novice writers activated their visual centers. By contrast, the brains of expert writers showed more activity in regions involved in speech."
For the first time, researchers have used fMRI scanners to track the brain activity of writers as they created fiction. The results have drawn strong reactions from other scientists.
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We have no alternatives,  but to look for home and work harder.  
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Find out why Moms Clean Air Force senior director, Dominique Browning, is finding hope, despite the latest heart-wrenching IPCC Report findings.
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The Midwest has experienced near record flooding this spring, resulting in four deaths, extensive property damage, and disruptions of agricu

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Record heat is expanding eastward out of the Desert Southwest, with temperatures pushing above 100 likely in Texas.