Scientists Somehow Just Discovered a New System of Vessels in Our Brains

Daniel Reich / National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke It is unclear what they do—but they likely play a central role in aging and disease byJAMES HAMBLIN You are now among the first people to see the brain’s lymphatic system. The vessels in the photo above transport fluid that is likely crucial to metabolic and inflammatory processes. Until now, no one knew for sure that they existed. Doctors practicing today have been taught that there are no lymphatic vessels inside the skull. Those deep-purple vessels were seen for the first time in images published this week by researchers at the U.S. … Continue reading Scientists Somehow Just Discovered a New System of Vessels in Our Brains

Here’s Why You Fall Asleep When You’re Bored

The process that triggers sleep during periods of boredom also offers a pathway for developing less addictive, more therapeutic sleep aids.  BY JOHN DYER Students maybe should be forgiven for falling asleep during boring classes, according to new research. In a study published in the journal Nature Communications that could lead to new treatments for insomnia, scientists in Japan and China found that a tiny area at the forefront of the brain called the nucleus accumbens can induce sleep when the brain lacks stimulation. “The more excited you are, the more dopamine your brain produces,” study co-author Michael Lazarus, a sleep expert at the University of … Continue reading Here’s Why You Fall Asleep When You’re Bored

A Sex Guide for Couples With a Depressed Partner

The latest installment of our series The ‘Normal’ Couples’ Guide to Sex by Lynsey G Lynsey G. writes about sexuality, feminism and porn for outlets like Bust, McSweeney’s and Nerve. She last wrote about porn in Israel. Not ecstatic about your current sex life? Don’t have hours every day attempting to decipher all of the sanskrit in the Kama Sutra? Unable to bankroll a shopping spree (or a single purchase for that matter) at Jimmyjane? Here’s a sex help guide for you, fellow regular human who wants to be better in bed. The Person Shelby, Chicago, IL Age: 28 Goal: To keep sex alive in a relationship with a … Continue reading A Sex Guide for Couples With a Depressed Partner

Scientists Discover New, Unexpected Way Fukushima Is Polluting the Ocean

(Natalie Renier, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution) By Tara MacIsaac, Epoch Times Virginie Sanial, a scientist at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, samples groundwater beneath beaches in Japan. Virginie and her team found contaminated sands are releasing radionuclides into the ocean. (Matt Charette/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution) Radioactive cesium from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has been flowing into the ocean since an earthquake and tsunami caused a meltdown of its three reactors in 2011. Scientists at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts and Japan’s Kanazawa University have discovered a new way cesium is traveling from the power plant site into the ocean and to groundwater miles … Continue reading Scientists Discover New, Unexpected Way Fukushima Is Polluting the Ocean

OUR ADDICTION TO SUFFERING

by Amy L. Lansky, PhD, Contributor Waking Times The Buddha said that suffering arises from craving — for instance, craving for more love, more possessions, more physical prowess or beauty. But sometimes I wonder if the truth is more akin to the reverse — that we crave our suffering. In other words, are we actually addicted to suffering? In the past, I have occasionally mentioned my brother in my writing. He has suffered from mental illness all of his life and lives in an assisted living facility for the disabled in my hometown. I call him every Sunday. Some weeks are good, others are … Continue reading OUR ADDICTION TO SUFFERING

The kindled brain

image edited by F. Kaskais If each bout of depression, bipolar disorder or PTSD makes another more likely, should sufferers stay on medication for life? Elizabeth Svoboda writes on topics from creationist biology classes in Galápagos schools to the connections between suffering and selflessness. She lives in San José, California, and is the author of What Makes a Hero? (2013). When I got depressed for the first time, at age 27, what surprised me most was the sheer physicality of it. My arms and legs, numb and pendulous as dumbbells, resisted my half-hearted attempts to animate them, and my perception was equally leaden. … Continue reading The kindled brain

A TAOIST MASTER EXPLAINS THE SOURCE OF PROBLEMS IN THE WORLD TODAY

by Dylan Charles, Editor Waking Times Searching for the roots of today’s problems, and for realistic solutions, can be a wild goose chase. It seems most everyone is pressing an opinion or pushing an agenda, always outwardly, always blaming some other group for the chaos and suffering in our world, which never lets up. The division and frustration breeds more division and frustration, and we drift ever further from harmonious, peaceful living. So why does the world keep getting crazier and more confusing? And what can individuals do to best navigate these times in order to live a meaningful and contended life, … Continue reading A TAOIST MASTER EXPLAINS THE SOURCE OF PROBLEMS IN THE WORLD TODAY