In China, These Elderly Ladies Get Up at 4am to Feed More Than 1,000 Stray Dogs
Feb25

In China, These Elderly Ladies Get Up at 4am to Feed More Than 1,000 Stray Dogs

Chinese New Year is traditionally a time for family and like most people, these elderly women from the city of Weinan in Shaanxi province spent it with theirs. Unlike most people’s families, however, theirs has more than a thousand members – and most of them are dogs. There are just five women to more than 1,300 dogs at the shelter they run entirely voluntarily, Chinese news channel CCTV reports. Wang Yanfang, 60, began taking in dogs six years ago to prevent them ending up in the pound, where animals face an uncertain fate. She quickly found herself with more strays than she could care for alone and took on four other volunteers, all women in their 60s and 70s, to help. They rely on donations to help them pay for the 400kg (more than 880lb) of food that the dogs get through per day. Aside from that, though, the women do all the hardest work themselves: including waking up at 4am every day to feed the pack and suffering bites from some of its members, some of whom are less tame than others. China has around 2,000 fatal cases of rabies every year, many of which are blamed on dog bites. In 2009 – the year that Wang set up her sanctuary – authorities in Weinan introduced a “one-dog” policy which states that families could keep only one small dog weighing less than 5kg (11lb), for which they had to have a permit and proof of vaccination against rabies. Larger dogs and those without vaccination certificates are liable to be removed and possibly, euthanised. Meanwhile in the nearby city of Hanzhong, also in the province of Shaanxi, that same year the authorities culled an estimated 37,000 dogs in response to a rabies outbreak. All of which makes you appreciate just how lucky these dogs are to have Wang and her helpers looking out for them. Source:...

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Neil Patrick Harris’ Hilarious, Self-Aware Opening Number for This Year’s Oscars is Awesome
Feb24

Neil Patrick Harris’ Hilarious, Self-Aware Opening Number for This Year’s Oscars is Awesome

Cuz sometimes you just need a good laugh. Neil Patrick Harris, killin the game…

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Portland Just Installed Water Pipes That Generate Electricity
Feb24

Portland Just Installed Water Pipes That Generate Electricity

Lucid Energy, a Portland-based energy company, has come up with a brilliant idea to harness electricity from the water that flows through a city’s pipes. Small turbines are installed into the pipes which send the energy collected from the flowing water into a power generator. “It’s pretty rare to find a new source of energy where there’s no environmental impact. But this is inside a pipe, so no fish or endangered species are impacted. That’s what’s exciting,” Gregg Semler, CEO of Lucid Energy, said in a statement. “We have a project in Riverside, California, where they’re using it to power streetlights at night. During the day, when electricity prices are high, they can use it to offset some of their operating costs,” Semler says. Lucid’s new power-generating pipes have recently been installed in Portland, where they are powering many different public spaces throughout the city. This is even more efficient than many other renewable forms of energy because these pipes can harness electricity 24 hours a day, 7 days per week, in any weather. “We made electrical infrastructure really smart over the last 20 to 25 years, but the same hasn’t happened in water. They didn’t really know that the pipe burst until somebody from UCLA called. Our pipe can get indicators like pressure, a leading indicator for whether a pipe is leaking or not. So before it bursts and before we waste all the water, there are onboard information systems that water agencies can get to more precisely manage their infrastructure,” Semler said. Sensors in the pipe can even monitor the quality of the water to ensure that it is safe to drink. Semler said that this technology could be even more useful in remote areas that are farther away from central power grids. “It’s a great source of remote power. So in places outside the city that don’t have an electrical grid, you’re able to use the system to generate energy. There’s a lot of energy in going into making sure we have safe clean drinking water. Our focus is really on helping water become more sustainable,” he said. Source:...

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Joe Rogan: Do What You Love Because Society is a Trap and Work is Meaningless
Feb24

Joe Rogan: Do What You Love Because Society is a Trap and Work is Meaningless

Here, comedian Joe Rogan talks about work and meaning in his own unique style, asking some important (and sometimes uncomfortable) questions about what our purpose is as a society, and as an individual. Aren’t we supposed to be contributing? He asks. Is contributing the same as working? Rogan concludes that these two things are entirely separate, at least in most cases, and has some thought-provoking advice for anyone who is stuck in a job they hate…follow your dreams instead. “We got sidetracked and diverted into these boxes, these cubicles in offices,” he says. “So instead of investing your time in a passion, you’ve sold your life to work for an uncaring machine that doesn’t understand you. That’s the problem with our society. And what’s the reward? Go home and get a big TV.” Source:...

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Daily Activities which Naturally Induce Meditative States

We all meditate, whether we know it or not. This is because meditation occurs when we alter our standard brain wave frequency, and different activities, such as exercise, can do it naturally. Once we are aware of this, we can consciously participate in the ways in which we do meditate. And considering how productive meditation is for our health, recognizing the moments in which we are meditating in action will potentially increase its benefits. Another sure-fire way to reap the rewards of meditation is to incorporate into our daily routine. Many people have wanted to try meditation, but never have, or they did but gave up after a relatively short time. This might be due to different reasons, such as they didn’t think that they were learning anything, it was too tedious and ineffective in the short term, they didn’t want to invest the time required or they felt they didn’t have the capacity to become advanced at it. Yet meditation is just like exercise – if we want to make our bodies fit for living or our brains fit for meditation, we need to keep at it. It’s also true that the longer we meditate the greater we experience the physical and mental health benefits it can generate. It can also provide spiritual empowerment if we commit to it for long enough. LOOKING AT MEDITATION OBJECTIVELY From a scientific viewpoint, meditation is the act of changing our brainwaves, or more specifically, slowing the frequency down. Our standard operating state is around 13-30 cycles per second (Hz), which is called the beta range. Once we begin to meditate we enter an alpha range which is around 8-12Hz. This is achieved simply by focusing our minds through common daily activities. For example, playing sport can be meditation. Strolling through the park might be meditation. Listening to music, reading a book and having sex are all possible forms of meditation. Even chopping vegetables, having a deep and meaningful conversation or just entering into a state of relaxation can potentially induce alpha brainwave meditative states. Another activity that naturally induces a meditative state is laughing. Recent research compared the brain wave frequencies of people who meditate and with those experiencing humor. They found that the two acts resemble each other in frequency, illustrating that the act of laughter is a form of meditation. Therefore, laughter is the best medicine, because its meditation. To enter the next stage we are more likely required to do focused meditation. This is the theta range which is somewhere between 4-8Hz. Then if we are advanced enough we enter a delta range, which...

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