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effect of meditation
After a week long retreat, the reward and emotional systems of the participants brains were activated, a study shows. The effects of meditation In an experiment conducted by researchers from Thomas Jefferson University, fourteen Christian participants - ranging in age from 24 to 76 - attended an Ignatian retreat for a week.  The participants spent most...
farmhouse effect
The mechanisms behind the "farmhouse effect" - which indicates that children who grow up on a farm are less likely to suffer from allergies - are now examined. Farmhouse effect in mice There are indications that an immune system that is not kept busy by bacteria, viruses and worms, could overreact and cause allergies like...
Diet change environment
This must be one of the ultimate win-win situations: with a minor change in diet, the gain for the global climate and health care systems is huge. Change of diet for climate change The researchers of UC Santa Barbara, USA, made an analysis of what impact a change in diet would have not only on greenhouse...
car ride sharing
Earlier studies show the great potential for urban ride-sharing in dense metropolitan areas. But new research indicates that the density of the city is not what matters - human behaviour is the key factor. Car ride sharing Is it effective to share car in all kind of cities – isn't it easier in large, dense...
electro-acupuncture
Does acupuncture really work? New research from Indiana University School of Medicine, USA, indicates that electro-acupuncture could be helpful for pain-relief and tissue repair. Electro-acupuncture Electro-acupuncture uses a small electrical current to augment the practice of inserting fine needles into the skin at pre-determined points throughout the body. The researchers experimented mainly on horses, but...
Fragranced consumer products

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Smells like bad business

Once again, research shows that fragranced consumer products could cause health problems. Fragranced consumer products Research by  professor Anne Steinemann, University of Melbourne School of Engineering, conducted in the US and Australia, shows that fragranced consumer products cause problems for many consumer. In a recent experiment, 33 percent of the test persons suffered from breathing difficulties, headaches,...
The sprawl of cities could mean that new housing is erected at the best soil – soil that we need for food. But new research shows that with better public transportation, people will move, and the labour market will expand. Public transportation and the labour market The researchers investigated public transport's impact on local development...
Does your colleage have a spring in her step? Maybe she had sex the night before. Having an active sex life is good for motivation at work, research shows. Sex and engagement in work  Researchers from Oregon State University, University of Oregon, and University of Washington, followed 159 married employees over the course of two...
tomato tires
Researchers have now found out a new sort of filling material in rubber tires: tomato peels and egg shells. This improves the tires as well as it is eco-friendly. Material science: New tires In rubber tires, an important part is carbon black filler. It is what makes it black. But now researchers from Ohio State University...