13 04 2012

Ryan Harb, MS, LEED AP

By Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Healthy Living

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Even if you don’t love gardening, digging in the dirt may be good for your health — and it has nothing to do with a love of nature or the wonder of watching things grow. The secret may be in the dirt itself: A bacteria called Mycobacterium vaccae that acts like an antidepressant once it gets into your system.

That’s right. A living organism that acts like a mood-booster on the human brain, increasing serotonin and norepinephrine levels and making people feel happier. It was accidentally discovered about 10 years ago, when Dr. Mary O’Brien, an oncologist at the Royal Marsden Hospital in London, tried an experimental treatment for lung cancer. She inoculated patients with killed M. vaccae, expecting the bacteria — which is related to ones that cause tuberculosis and leprosy — to…

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13 04 2012

Ryan Harb, MS, LEED AP

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Seven sloping acres at the southwest edge of Jefferson Park is being transformed into an edible landscape and community park that will be known at the Beacon Food Forest, the largest of its kind in the nation. For the better part of a century, the land has languished in the hands of Seattle Public Utilities. That will all change this spring.

One full acre will be devoted to large chestnuts and walnuts in the overstory. There’ll be full-sized fruit trees in the understory, and berry shrubs, climbing vines, herbaceous plants, and vegetables closer to the ground.

As Robert Mellinger reports in Crosscut today, “Further down the path an edible arboretum full of exotic-looking persimmons, mulberries, Asian pears, and Chinese haws will surround a sheltered classroom for community workshops. Looking over the whole seven acres, you’ll see playgrounds and kid space full of thornless mini-edibles adjacent…

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It’s all in your head. A visual comparison of a neural cluster and the universe

16 03 2012

One is only micrometers wide. The other is billions of light-years across. One Shows neurons in a mouse brain. The other is a simulated image of the universe. Together they suggest the surprisingly similar patterns found in vast;y different natural phenomena. DAVID CONSTANTINE

Mark Miller, a doctoral student at Brandeis University, is researching how particular types of neurons in the brain are connected to one another. By staining thin slices of a mouse’s brain, he can identify the connections visually. The image above shows three neuron cells on the left(two red and one yellow) and their connections.

An International group of astrophysicists used a computer simulation to recreate how the universe grew and evolved. The simulated image above is a snapshot of the present universe that features a large cluster of galaxies (bright yellow) surrounded by thousands of stars, galaxies and dark matter (web).

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15 03 2012

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15 03 2012

“Dear Diary” by Kurt Cobain

7 01 2012

Dear Diary

Me. Me. Me. Finally I am writing down what I think may be wrong with me. My faults, My insecurities and My problems.

Maybe if I could make a list of my faults, I could use this as a reference to be aware of everyday things that affect me.

If I write about my everyday interactions with people whom I know, then I might figure out their faults too. Maybe if I dwell on these relationships with other people I might help myself and them as well.

Maybe if I worry about my problems and my problems with others I might develop an even worse set of problems from my worrying so much.

Dominat paradigo

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