8 Ways to Slash Your Risk for Diabetes

Nine percent of Americans have diabetes. That’s 29.1 million people. It’s the seventh leading cause of death and costs the U.S. $245 billion annually. Fortunately, you’re not powerless against this condition. Plenty of research suggests that there are easy lifestyle steps you can take to reduce your risk for diabetes—and this goes beyond the standard recommendations of just lose weight and exercise. Here are 8 things …

Should You Compost Your Poop? Studies and best composting systems!

While many of the nutrients we eat are released in a convenient liquid form (which is why diluted urine is great for immediate use in the garden or compost pile), the residual bulk and nutrients are delivered in a somewhat more problematic form: poop. Why problematic? Well, it’s heavy, bulky, and smelly, but, most importantly, in its raw form, poop is significantly more likely to contain …

Ellen Gordon Allen – The Living Art Of Ikebana

Ikebana is an ancient art of arranging flowers or beauty expressed in arranging materials which may include branches, fruit, vegetables, rocks, shells, weathered wood, etc. The art is believed to have begun in 810 AD in China with the custom of making floral offerings to Buddha. Buddhism came to Japan from China via Korea early in the 6th century. A priest by the name of …

Organic mattresses – there are three categories

We love organic-cotton sheets for their purity and luxurious feel. The funny thing is, they’re usually adorning a conventional mattress, which is a little like spreading organic peanut butter on Wonder Bread. A typical mattress is filled with polyurethane foam, dioxins, formaldehyde, chemical flame retardants, and more – all wrapped in polyester. The end results of this eco-oblivious manufacturing are mattresses that slowly “outgas” toxic …

5 Bodyworks That Work

Bodyworks is no longer a fringe pursuit—not in a country in which more than 82 million people turn to complementary therapies each year—but it is not without mystery. The range of therapies, or “modalities,” lumped together as bodyworks form the nexus between hands-on energy healing, Western-style body manipulation like chiropractic and osteopathy, and the pleasure and deep relaxation of massage. For some people, bodyworks is …

Diaper Rash – Common causes and how dealing with it

Babies spend at least their first two years in diapers, and at least a few days or weeks of those years suffering from diaper rash – red, irritated, broken-down skin. But there are things you can do to help your baby avoid diaper rash and to heal it when it does occur. Common Causes of Diaper Rash Rash in the diaper area is commonly caused by …

Nanowires – protein fibers with gold and silver atoms

In 2001, they coated yeast protein fibers with gold and silver atoms, which let the fibers conduct electricity. The fibers are just a few nanometers — a few billionths of a meter — wide. These so-called “nanowires” are useful in very small electronic circuits such as faster computer chips. Some diseases — such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease — are caused when proteins in the …

Smart Mars Rovers

A scientist talks about a new tool for space exploration — a robot that thinks like a geologist. When a space probe sends data from Mars, the radio signal can take up to 20 minutes to travel back to Earth. And if mission controllers send a command back to the probe, it might take another 20 minutes to reach Mars. This delay makes it tough to …

How old is the Earth in contrast to the rest of the universe?

Scientists believe that the Earth is about four and a half billion years old. That’s pretty old — but not as old as the rest of the universe. Back in 1862, Lord Kelvin calculated how long Earth might have taken to cool from its original molten state. He concluded that Earth was born 20 to 400 million years ago. Then scientists learned about radioactivity — …

The Chauvet Cave – The scientific research – Part 2

The Significance of the Cave The discovery came as a shock, and even non-specialists could recognize its originality and distinction. This response was caused by several aspects. The first is the kind of animals that were primarily represented here, namely rhinoceroses, lions, and bears. Generally, the animals depicted in Paleolithic caves are animals that were hunted, even though their proportions are completely different from those …

Meteorite ALH84001 found in Antarctica care wonderful news!

Meteorite ALH84001 was found in 1984, lying like a chunk of black coal on the dazzling white ice wastes of the Allan Hills region of Antarctica. According to National Science Foundation geologist Roberta Score, who first picked up the meteorite and held it in her hand, it looked “kind of weird”. Now this unassuming stone has proved to be weird indeed, but also wonderful. And …

Luscious Aromatherapy baths: Something to Sniff

If the first waft of spring evokes a lost love, or a whiff of a Christmas tree makes you feel like a kid, you know about the link between the sense of smell and the psyche. Aromatherapy–the healing use of fragrant oils from plants, a practice dating back thousands of years–takes this premise further, using specific scents to enhance mood and treat ailments ranging from …