New Mothers Grow Bigger Brains Within Months of Giving Birth

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreMotherhood may actually cause the brain to grow, not turn it into mush, as some have claimed.Exploratory research published by the American Psychological Association found that the brains of new mothers bulked up in areas linked to motivation and behavior, and that mothers who gushed the most about their babies showed the greatest growth in key parts of the mid-brain.(READ the full story in Science Daily)Photo by Kahle via morguefileAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

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Ford Auto Parts Made of Mushrooms, Rather Than Plastic

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreEben Bayer of Ecovative announced a new partnership with Ford to create compostable car parts from mushrooms.Instead of wasting an enormous amount of energy and oil to make plastic or styrofoam, the New York-based start-up uses agricultural waste to create biodegradable parts and packing materials.The fungus-based parts for Ford — automotive bumpers, side doors and dashboards — will be fireproof and waterproof. Best of all, if buried in soil they would decompose within one month. His 26-year-old co-founder and chief scientist, Gavin McIntyre, says, “You would be able to compost your car.”CHECK Out: Biodegradable Urns Will Turn You Into A Tree After You DieFord, which already uses soy-based foam for seat cushions, wants to replace about 30 pounds of petroleum-based foam per car with eco-friendly alternatives.The positive effects of biodegradable materials on our environment would be huge. Every time a consumer discards the white packing material cushioning their new TVs and computers, 1.5 liters of petroleum are wasted (per cubic foot of styrofoam.) This white stuff is filling our landfills, comprising fully 25 percent of materials dumped there, according to the EPA.SEE Positive Stories Every Day: GET OUR GOOD NEWS APP–> Download FREE for Android and iOSComputer-maker Dell, with its goal of eliminating 20 million pounds of packaging material from its shipments by the end of 2012, announced this week that it will use Ecovative’s mushroom-based packaging to ship a line of its computer servers. In 2009, the company began using bamboo to cushion some of their electronics.The eco-friendly packing material is just as sturdy as traditional foam, says Dell — and just as economical, according to Ecovative. Visit their website for more information: www.EcovativeDesign.com.READ more in CNN-Money and WATCH the Planet Forward video to see how mushroom parts are made.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

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Kroc fellow discusses spirituality, Africa at SMC

first_imgEmmanuel Katongole, associate professor of theology and peace studies at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, spoke Thursday at Saint Mary’s about Christianity, violence and identity politics in sub-Saharan Africa.Katongole spoke about two traditional narratives of Africa. He said these stories are important for the way we understand and view Africa because many people think of Africa as a continent without hope. “It is true there is too much violence,” he said. “ … [Having] violence does not mean [the people] are doomed to live in violence. Stories like this are important to confirm that Africa is not a hopeless continent; Africa is filled with hope.”Katongole said even though these are stories about violence in Africa, they carry lessons and wisdom that can be used in the United States.“It is important that we think about our lives here, as we face the severity of violence, of fear, of hatred, of discrimination based on gender or race,” he said. “We need stories that can inspire us to show that there is another way.”Katongole said there are four intersecting elements at work in these stories told about violence and kindness in Africa. “It’s a similar notion of excessive love, of tenderness, of compassion and new community — similar elements and notions that are at work in any attempt to respond to violence,” he said.The first story Katongole told came out of the Central African Republic. He spoke about the recent conflict there between the Christians and Muslims and the mass murder that occurred as a result. A young priest named Father Bernard Kinvi opened a church that became a place of refuge for all people who were being targeted and killed by Christians, including Muslims. Katongole said Kinvi’s compassion came from his own experiences with pain. “What is playing out is that excess of love — God’s love for the poor, for the sick, the weak [and] the marginalized,” Katongole said. “There is something about the tenderizing of his own heart through his experiences of suffering and tending to his sick dad that not only tenderized his heart, but enlarged it.”Katongole next told the story of a woman named Maggie Barankitse, who witnessed the mass murder of 72 people right in front of her eyes in 1993 at a Catholic bishop’s residence she worked at in Burundi. After the massacre, Barankitse gathered all the children who were there and took them into her care — starting a housing program called Maison Shalom, Katongole said. He said she has raised over 25,000 children there.“For Maggie, they are not orphans,” he said. “There are no orphans in the household of God. With the excess of love, all of us are princes and princesses in the household of God.”Katongole said these two individuals who did so much good in different ways have some things in common, including giving others hope for the future.“What do these two individual have in common? The excess of love that is displayed in both of their lives — the excess of God’s love that is reflected in their own lives,” he said. “The most successful love is borne out of suffering, out of tenderizing their own hearts. It expands their sense of, ‘Who are my people?’ This is what give me hope about Africa: They speak to what I eventually see [as] an evolution of tenderness.”last_img read more

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EB17: Hunt polishes fast-engaging Sprint Aero racing, rim & disc road tubeless wheels

first_imgHunt had three new road wheelsets to show us at Eurobike covering everything from the actual pro racer, to the all-rounder disc-brake roadie, and competitive amateur looking for that edge with light carbon. The shiny silver Sprint Aero Wide were actually developed with Hunt’s pro conti team for training, but the bling is totally race ready. The Aero Light Disc wheels pair a rounded aluminum rim profile with a quality disc brake hubset for an excellent value, everyday road disc wheelset. Then the 3650 Carbon Wide Aero wheels mix two carbon rim depths for an ideal all-around carbon clincher rim brake setup.Sprint Aero Wide polished silver rim brake road wheelsHunt has done a bit of mix-and-matching for their new Sprint Aero Wide wheels, taking the fast 7.5° engaging hub (with 48 teeth on the ratchet & 3-pawls) of their 50 Carbon Wide Aero pro race wheels and lacing them to a more affordable aluminum tubeless rim. The wheels were actually developed to give the British Pro Continental team Bike Channel Canyon an aluminum training wheel option. But after Hunt got such good feedback on some carbon team race wheels built up with silver bladed Pillar spokes, they decided to go all the way with these new wheels and throw in a shiny polished silver hubset and a wide 31mm deep, 24mm wide (19mm internal) heat-treated aluminum rim.Designed for a 25-28mm tire, the Bike Channel Canyon have a new flashy training wheel that at 1497g is a pretty reasonable deal for £450. Like every clincher from Hunt the Sprint Aero Wide wheels are tubeless compatible (the yellow halo around the wheels is actually reflection from the yellow tubeless tape installed) so the team is riding with less fears of flats and lower rolling resistance. The new wheels are available for pre-order now with the first consumer wheels arriving at the end of November 2017.Aero Light Disc aluminum disc brake road wheelsThe Aero Light Disc wheelset was developed as a high value road disc brake wheelset, balancing an affordable price, low weight & fast rolling. To do that the 1498g wheelset uses a lightweight, rounded profile 28mm deep, 22mm wide external heat-treated 6061-T6 rim with a 17mm wide internal rim bed. The target here was an affordable wheelset to match with 23 or 25mm tires for roadies who were making the switch to disc brakes.To hit the fast rolling target, the wheels get the same 7.5° engagement in the Race Season Sprint disc brake wheels that build up with 24 straight-pull aero Pillar PSXTRA spokes, front & rear. These hubs use a centerlock rotor interface and are set up for 12mm thru-axles. (QR adapters are available separately, but the smaller diameter hubs cannot be used with 15mm front axles.) The Aero Light Disc wheels retail for £470 a pair and are in stock now, straight from Hunt.3650 Carbon Wide Aero carbon rim brake road wheelsThe 3650 wheelset is actually another product of the Bike Channel Canyon partnership. Essentially the team riders wanted a carbon tubeless clincher wheelset that offered the best combination of low weight and aerodynamics, so they were already mixing together a 36mm front wheel with 50mm rears.Hunt figured amateur riders would want the same benefits of the combination, so the decided to start a pre-order and do a quick production run as well.The mixed 3650 wheels share all of the same tech as their respective Carbon Wide Aero companions, so get the same 19mm internal tubeless-ready UD carbon rims with Griptec basalt ceramic brake tracks, and fast 7.5° engaging Sprint hubs. The claimed 1477g wheelset is selling for £979 with the pre-order wheels scheduled to arrive in the first week of December 2017.As with all Hunt’s tubeless clinchers, they are always taped for tubeless when you order and come with tubeless valves. Hunt will also do the dirty work and set up any wheelset you buy from them tubeless with appropriate tires (like the popular road tubeless Schwalbe One Pro in 23, 25, or 28mm for £100) & sealant for a price that you can’t match if you would buy the tires on their own.HuntBikeWheels.comlast_img read more

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True West Stars Ethan Hawke and Paul Dano Prepare for Broadway

first_img View Comments James Macdonald, Gary Wilmes, Paul Dano, Ethan Hawke and Marylouise Burke True West Related Shows Paul Dano and Ethan Hawke (Photos: Emilio Madrid-Kuser for Broadway.com) Sam Shepard’s True West is coming back to Broadway! Starring Ethan Hawke and Paul Dano, the revival will alsofeature Gary Wilmes and Marylouise Burke. True West, directed by James Macdonald, tells the story of follows two brothers who have more in common than they think. Check out the photos and be sure to see this starry revival for yourself when it begins previews on December 27 at the American Airlines Theatre. Show Closed This production ended its run on March 17, 2019last_img read more

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Kiplinger names Saint Michael’s College a 2016 ‘Best College Value’

first_imgSaint Michael’s College,Vermont Business Magazine Saint Michael’s College has been named to Kiplinger’s Personal Finance’s list of the Top 300 Best College Values of 2016. Introduced in 1998, the rankings highlight public schools, private universities and private liberal arts colleges that combine outstanding academics with affordable cost. In addition, Kiplinger has ranked the top 100 best values in each category. Saint Michael’s made the magazine’s list of “100 best values in private universities.”Kiplinger assesses value by measurable standards of academic quality and affordability. Quality measures include the admission rate, the percentage of students who return for sophomore year, the student-faculty ratio and four-year graduation rate. Cost criteria include sticker price, financial aid and average debt at graduation.Saint Michael’s campus. Photo courtesy St Mike’s by Jeff Clark.“We start with a universe of 1,200 schools, so each school on our rankings, from number 1 to number 300, is a best value,” said Janet Bodnar, Editor of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine. “Families can use the list as a starting point and then tailor it to each student’s preference for such things as size, location, campus culture and major.”At Kiplinger.com, visitors have access to the “Find the Best College for You” tool and other tools that let readers sort by admission rate, average debt at graduation and other criteria for all schools, plus in-state and out-of-state cost for public universities. Also online: slide shows of the top ten schools in different categories, archives of past years’ rankings and an FAQ on the ranking methodology.The complete rankings are now available online at Kiplinger.com/links/college and will appear in print in the February 2016 issue of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, on newsstands January 5.About Saint Michael’s CollegeSaint Michael’s College, founded on principles of social justice and compassion, is a selective, fully residential Catholic college in Vermont’s beautiful Green Mountains. Our closely connected community delivers internationally-respected liberal arts and graduate education near Burlington, one of the country’s best college towns.  To prepare for fulfilling careers and meaningful lives, young adults here grow intellectually, socially, and morally, learning to be responsible for themselves, each other and their world.last_img read more

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Southminster Presbyterian’s ‘Journey to Bethlehem’ brings Christmas story to life Friday and Saturday

first_imgA vendor offers fish in the Jerusalem market in one of the early scenes from the production.Southminster Presbyterian’s annual living nativity production, “Journey to Bethlehem,” runs Friday and Saturday at the Prairie Village church located at 63rd Street and Roe Avenue.Each year, approximately 700 attendees go through the production, which features 100 costumed actors portraying roles from the Christmas story. Attendees are guided through the halls of the church, which have been transformed into scenes from Jerusalem and Bethlehem. This is the 28th year Southminster has put on the production.Performances run Friday, Dec. 6, from 6 to 9 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 7, from 5 to 8 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.Herrod in his court.Mary and Joseph with the newborn baby Jesus.last_img read more

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Survey of Mission residents shows high satisfaction with city; areas for emphasis clear

first_imgMission residents were highly satisfied with the city and city services but had clear areas of emphasis for the next two years, including redevelopment efforts and maintenance of streets.The latest survey of Mission residents shows a high overall satisfaction with city service, a positive perception of the city and an overall feeling of safety that is “off the charts,” according to the firm that performed the survey.Ron Vine of ETC Institute briefed the city council this week on the survey results which gave the high marks, but also pointed to street maintenance and planning to promote redevelopment as the two main areas where residents want more emphasis and there is an opportunity for improvement. Approximately half of all residents surveyed selected those two issues as one of their top three choices when asked what should receive the most emphasis in the next two years. Conversely, those were the two lowest rated issues in a question about the overall satisfaction with city services by category.Findings in an earlier survey regarding the parks was reinforced when residents listed maintenance of city parks, the number of walking and biking trails and the overall appearance of green space as areas that should receive the most emphasis.When the city’s ratings were compared to other cities in the Kansas City metro that have surveyed citizens Mission compared well, falling above the mean in satisfaction on most of the categories. Especially high were the overall feeling of safety and the overall quality of life and services in the city. In perceptions of the community, “you are really high,” Vine told the council.Among the highest ranking responses were to Mission as a place to live, overall quality of police protection and visibility of police in neighborhoods, the quality of the community center and the outdoor aquatics center, snow removal and cleanliness of city streets.More than 75 percent of households thought that greenspace in the city should be maintained or expanded. Residents again listed street maintenance, sidewalks, trails and private property maintenance as items that would have the most impact on improving their neighborhoods.The survey showed that residents favor pedestrian friendly improvements, expanding the trail network and including sidewalks on neighborhood streets. In economic development, residents want to see quality sit-down restaurants, a farmers market (already implemented) and quality exterior design and construction on shopping centers and retail building.City Administrator Laura Smith said the city staff will use the results as a tool to work on improvements going forward.last_img read more

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Working on your tot’s memory now can help his high school success

first_imgShare Share on Facebook Share on Twitter LinkedIn Preschoolers who score lower on a working memory task are likely to score higher on a dropout risk scale at the age of 13, researchers at Université Sainte-Anne and the University of Montreal revealed today.“Dropout risk is calculated from student engagement in school, their grade point average, and whether or not they previously repeated a year in school. Previous research has confirmed that this scale can successfully identify which 12 year olds will fail to complete high school by the age of 21,” explained Caroline Fitzpatrick, who led the study as first author.“These findings underscore the importance of early intervention,” added Linda Pagani, co-senior author. “Parents are able to help their children develop strong working memory skills in the home and this can have a positive impact.”center_img Pinterest Email The study was conducted with 1,824 children whose development has been followed over a number of years through the Quebec Longitudinal Study of Child Development. Their working memory was measured using an imitation sorting task with a trained research assistant. Students indicated their academic performance, prior grade retention, and school engagement – answering questions such as “do you like school?” and “how important is it for you to get good marks?” Children also completed tests of verbal and non-verbal intelligence. Their families were also interviewed to ascertain their socioeconomic status, a factor that the researchers took into account when analyzing their data.Identifying students that are at risk of eventually dropping out of high school is an important step in preventing this social problem. Individual differences in executive functions are likely to play an important role in predicting later drop out risk because they contribute to academic success, engagement, and the achievement of long-term goals. The present results suggest that early individual differences in working memory may contribute to developmental risk for high school dropout.The early detection of working memory problems in children is possible since such children generally show patterns of dysfunction in the classroom and at home. “A child with inadequate working memory might experience difficulty completing tasks in the face of distractors, following sequential instructions, and keeping track of time in order to finish their work in a timely fashion,” Fitzpatrick explained. “Poor self-control more generally is likely to result in disorganized living spaces, such as their room, desk, or locker. Providing parents, teachers, and support staff with basic training on cognitive control and working memory may be advantageous for at-risk children.”Parents can help their children develop strong working memory skills in the home. “Preschoolers can engage in pretend play with other children to help them practice their working memory since this activity involves remembering their own roles and the roles of others. Encouraging mindfulness in children by helping them focus on their moment-to-moment experiences also has a positive effect on cognitive control and working memory,”  Pagani said, noting that breathing exercises and guided meditation can be practiced with preschool and elementary school children.In older children, vigorous aerobic activity such as soccer, basketball, and jumping rope have all been shown to have beneficial effects on concentration and working memory. “Traditional martial arts that place an important focus on respect, self-discipline, and humility have been shown to help children, especially boys build strong cognitive control and working memory skills,” Fitzpatrick added. “Another promising strategy for improving working memory in children is to limit screen time – video games, smartphones, tablets, and television – which can undermine cognitive control and take time away from more enriching pursuits.”The researchers note that generalizing their conclusion to all school children with absolute certainty will require more research.The study was published in the journal Intelligence.last_img read more

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Sixth Brazilian state reports yellow fever

first_imgToday the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), in its weekly yellow fever epidemiologic update, noted that a sixth state, Tocantins, has reported a human case of the mosquito-borne disease.Tocantins joins Para, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Espirito Santo, and Minas Gerais as states with confirmed human cases of yellow fever.The patient was described as an unvaccinated young person who worked in the jungle and died in January, the first yellow fever death in that state in 17 years. The current outbreak began when sylvatic yellow fever in Brazil’s jungles leaped to the human population late in 2016.As of Apr 20, there are 2,900 yellow fever cases in Brazil, with 681 cases confirmed and 786 under investigation, PAHO said. There have been 372 deaths, making the case-fatality rate 34% for confirmed cases.Minas Gerais, where the current epidemic began, has reported no new human cases in the past 6 weeks, holding steady at 1,130 suspected cases, PAHO said. Esprito Santo is still experiencing a second wave of new cases, with unvaccinated municipalities most at risk for yellow fever. So far, that state has reported 58 deaths from the disease.PAHO said Aedes aegypti mosquitoes are still not being implicated in the outbreak, but recent epizootic cases in Victoria and Rio de Janeiro hint at a possible change in the transmission cycle. In between last week’s update and this week’s, an additional 296 epizootic cases were reported, bringing the total to 3,245 suspected cases in nonhuman primates since the outbreak began.Epizootic cases represent a risk to nations nearby, according to PAHO. “Reports of epizootics currently  under  investigation  in  states bordering Argentina,  Bolivia, Colombia, Guyana,  Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay, and  Venezuela represent a  risk  of spread of the virus to the bordering countries, especially in areas with similar ecosystems.”Peru reports 14 cases, 2 deathsPAHO also noted today that Peru has reported 14 yellow fever cases and 2 deaths, the same number of cases reported at this time in 2016. These numbers reflect increases from the years before 2016.The weekly report also contained guidance for member states on vaccination, stating that areas at risk for human transmission should try to obtain a 95% coverage rate. The yellow fever vaccine requires just one dose and is 80% effective 10 days after inoculation, and 99% effective after 1 month.Earlier this week, CIDRAP News reported that Brazil is confident it can produce enough of the yellow fever vaccine to cover the at-risk population.See also:Apr 27 PAHO reportApr 24 CIDRAP News storylast_img read more

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