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The Chinese through Abbasid eyes | Middle East Eye


The recently translated Accounts of China and India by Abu Zayd al-Sirafi and other chroniclers gives a fascinating insight into the interconnectedness and mobility of the Abbasid era. For today’s readers, removed in time and place, some of the writers’ observations may seem bizarre and implausible. But in most of their akhbār  – credible reports of what they saw and heard –  one can easily recognise modern Indians and Chinese.

New Treatment “Reverses” Alzheimer’s Disease | IFLScience


Dubbed metabolic enhancement for neurodegeneration (MEND), the treatment involves a 36-point program that includes medication, dietary changes, vitamin supplements, brain stimulation and exercise, among several other things.

To Help Students Learn, Engage the Emotions – NYTimes.com


Emotion is essential to learning, Dr. Immordino-Yang said, and should not be underestimated or misunderstood as a trend, or as merely the “E” in “SEL,” or social-emotional learning. Emotion is where learning begins, or, as is often the case, where it ends. Put simply, “It is literally neurobiologically impossible to think deeply about things that you don’t care about,” she said.

Lifting Weights, Twice a Week, May Aid the Brain – NYTimes.com


Exercise is good for the brain. We know that. But most studies of exercise and brain health have focused on the effects of running, walking or other aerobic activities.

Now a new experiment suggests that light resistance training may also slow the age-related shrinking of some parts of our brains.

Why American Internet giants fail in China | TODAYonline


Such adaptability are sorely needed by the US tech giants if they wish to succeed in China.

Not only must they be fast and nimble, but they have to also be prepared to rip apart their winning formula and offer a vastly different product in China.

Gila Monsters Declining From Climate Change, Drought


The name Gila monster comes from Arizona’s Gila River Basin, where the lizards were first discovered. But new research suggests the iconic animals are facing new threats, from development and a changing climate in their natural habitat. Officially, the animals are classified as near threatened, but their status could soon change for the worse, scientists warn.