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Can happiness really alter your looks, a la Zellweger? (17)
Renee Zellweger, who has been at the center of a swirling pop culture debate over her new look, is chalking it up to "a different, happy, more fulfilling life."Social media has been flooded with celebwatchers and fans pondering what exactly she did to herself, while others have been shaming everyone else for unseemly gawking.Tweeted singer Iggy Azalea, 24: "It's sort of awful to see everyone have such horrible thing to say about Renee Zellweger. I don't think she really needs our opinion, world."But that's the way it is in our celeb world. And she's not the first star to come under fire, as she joins a list that includes Mickey Rourke, Jennifer Grey, Lara Flynn Boyle, Me...
The Lost Art of Reading (16)
This blindness has consequences. In Philosophy Between the Lines, Arthur M. Melzer explores the history of esoteric writing and argues that if we refuse to understand it we will inevitably misread and underestimate the greatest books of Western Civilization. Properly understood, esoteric reading is merely careful reading. Small variations are important. The esoteric reader gets much of the argument through suggestion and allusion, rather than direct statements. To do this, the reader must pay close attention to the order and framing of a text. The reader views any problems or inconsistences in the work not as errors but as riddles put forth by the author to be unraveled.
Some meditation sparks better brain performance (14)
Whereas the Vajrayana style of Buddhist meditation produces an arousal response, the Theravada style produces a relaxation response. In particular, the research team found that Vajrayana meditation, which is associated with Tibetan Buddhism, can lead to enhancements in cognitive performance. Previous studies had defined meditation as a relaxation response and had attempted to categorize meditation as either involving focused or distributed attentional systems. Neither of these hypotheses received strong empirical support, and most of the studies focused on Theravada meditative practices. Four kinds of meditation Associate Professor Maria Kozhevnikov and D...
Gold Coast researcher defends bats as vital to healthy ecosystem (14)
She said concerns over colonies were "unfounded" and could be detrimental to the city's ecosystem."A bat will go up to 100km a night, so what that means is, it will feed on some type of pollen locally but then it'll fly up to somewhere like Brisbane, so what it's actually doing is increasing the genetic diversity of all the forests in a 100km radius," she said.She said the bats' direct ability to foster biodiversity made them one of Queensland's keystone species."Which means that they're the main species or the most important species in the whole ecosystem," she said."They play such a great role, yet people don't know that."They don't realise how important...
Fitness Tracker Moov Raises $3 Million For Its Wearable A.I. Coach (8)
The crowdfunded fitness tracker Moov, built by former Apple engineer and HALO game designer Nikola Hu, Microsoft Research vets Meng Li (now Moov CEO) and Tony Yuan, has raised $3 million in new funding in a Series A round led by Banyan Capital.
Big 'A' Revealed Before Season 7 (8)
When ABC Family renewed Pretty Little Liars for two more seasons back in June, there were questions over how long the series' mystery surrounding the identity of "A" could realistically last. Now fans won't have to worry. Recommended. 'Pretty Little ...
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