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Using Mozart to treat medication-resistant epilepsy

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Music can reduce electrical activity surges in some patients

Researchers at Dartmouth University working on a program funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation are examining the effects of listening to Mozart on epilepsy patients resistant to medication. Data from the study indicates that controlled exposure to this stimulus might modulate electrical activity in the frontal cortices of the brain.

The findings have the potential for an intervention that is noninvasive and can help patients who experience suboptimal outcomes with pharmaceutical therapeutics.

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Thoughts to reflect on

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Euripides

"Human misery must somewhere have a stop; there is no wind that always blows a storm; great good fortune comes to failure in the end. All is change; all yields its place and goes; to persevere, trusting in what hopes he has, is courage in a man. The coward despairs."


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Dream Big

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The Light in the Heart by Roy T. Bennett

"Don't just learn, experience.
Don't just read, absorb.
Don't just change, transform.
Don't just relate, advocate.
Don't just promise, prove.
Don't just criticize, encourage.
Don't just think, ponder.
Don't just take, give.
Don't just see, feel.
Don't just dream, do.
Don't just hear, listen.
Don't just talk, act.
Don't just tell, show.
Don't just exist, live."




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Does an ally against climate change lie beneath our feet?

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By enhancing soil's ability to store carbon, the ground we walk on could play an essential role in keeping carbon dioxide out of the air.

If we're going to fight the effects of climate change, we're going to have to get our hands dirty.

'With a huge potential to act as a carbon sink, the soil that sits right under our feet could be at the front lines of climate change,' said Dr Dragutin Protic, CEO of GILab, a company dedicated to developing solutions based on ICT and geoinformatics.

A carbon sink is a reservoir capable of accumulating and storing carbon for an indefinite period. In doing so, it lowers the concentration of carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere.

According to Dr Protic, who cited some recent scientific research, soil has the potential to remove an estimated 1.09 gigatonnes of CO2 per year.

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3 mind-blowing predictions about the future

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What is our future?

Have you ever wondered what will happen in the future? How will technology revolutionize our world? How it will look like in the next 100 or even more years? Well, most probably, yes. Now, one of the most important figures in science and, more specifically, physics today – prof. Michio Kaku – shares his view for the recent future. No matter if you find his ideas fascinating or terrifying, I personally felt them both ways, they do not sound like yet another science fiction. On the contrary, they seem like knocking on the front door of humanity.

Here you can enjoy three of his predictions of what will be the future of human society.
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