A Year of Rumi

When the great Sufi mystic and poet Jalal-ud-Din Rumi died at sunset in Konya, southern Turkey, on December 17, 1273, he had composed over 3,500 odes, 2,000 quatrains, and a vast spiritual epic called the Mathnawai. Now with A Year of Rumi from acclaimed Rumi scholar Andrew Harvey, you will receive a hand-selected poem from this incredible visionary’s life work every day for the next year (365 poems total.)

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Never Forget: A Day at The Beach Is Scientifically Proven To Be Good For You

Pack your beach bag!


Photo: Getty Images

 This article originally appeared on SouthernLiving.com.

If you’re looking for an excuse to play hooky, don’t forget that science has proven that a day at the beach is downright good for you.

Last year, researchers from New Zealand and Michigan teamed up on a study that revealed that exposure to “visible blue spaces” (read: the Gulf Coast on a nice day) can lower “psychological distress”.

To reach the conclusion that undoubtedly caused a thousand “sick” days, the researchers mapped the New Zealand city of Wellington and then compared the country’s health records with ocean views and those people who spent time watching the ocean waves were generally less stressed out. Even after the researchers took into account factors like age, sex, and wealth, living by the sea still improved people’s mental health. According to one of the co-authors, the reason for that is that the brain simply processes natural backdrops better. “[That] reduces sensory stimuli and promotes mental relaxation,” she told Lonely Planet. “Surely mental relaxation is part of the purpose of travel and holidays.”

The best part of the study is that it appears that the mental health benefits of staring into the ocean can be almost immediate, so even if you can’t skip a whole day of work, you can still reap the benefits by swinging by the water during your commute or, say, while eating fried oysters at Doc’s Seafood Shack in Gulf Shores or snacking on hushpuppies at Lee’s Inlet Kitchen in South Carolina.

Luckily the South has many places to indulge in a little, ahem, scientific research from Key West to the Outer Banks to Galveston, Texas. Start planning your trip now—doctor’s orders!

Link original: http://www.health.com/syndication/scientifically-proven-day-at-beach-good-for-you?xid=huffpost_lifestyle-pubexchange_facebook

Mom Declares Her Daughter Is Done With Homework In Viral Email

Blogger Bunmi Laditan sent her 10-year-old’s school a clear message.

Fed up with her 10-year-old daughter’s heavy homework load, a mom decided to do something about it.

On Tuesday, mom and blogger Bunmi Laditan posted a screenshot of an email she sent to her daughter Maya’s teachers on Facebook.

In the email, she wrote:

“Hello Maya’s teachers,

Maya will be drastically reducing the amount of homework she does this year. She’s been very stressed and is starting to have physical symptoms such as chest pain and waking up at 4 a.m. worrying about her school workload.

She’s not behind academically and very much enjoys school. We consulted with a tutor and a therapist suggested we lighten her workload. Doing 2-3 hours of homework after getting home at 4:30 is leaving little time for her to just be a child and enjoy family time and we’d like to avoid her sinking into a depression over this.

Thank you for understanding.

warmly, Bunmi

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The Secret Power of the Cell’s Waste Bin

Trash collectors in the cell moonlight at the controls of the genetic machinery.

Glowing yellow dots mark where lysosomes (red) on beads in this preparation bind to the regulatory mTORC1 protein (green). But this binding occurs only when amino acids are present, which is the key to the regulatory influence of lysosomes.

Roberto Zoncu, Sabatini Lab, Whitehead Institute

Glowing yellow dots mark where lysosomes (red) on beads in this preparation bind to the regulatory mTORC1 protein (green). But this binding occurs only when amino acids are present, which is the key to the regulatory influence of lysosomes.

At a conference in Maine during the summer of 2008, the biochemist David Sabatini stood before an audience of his peers, prepared to dazzle them with a preview of unpublished results emerging from his lab at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The presentation did not go over well. His group was studying mTOR, a cellular enzyme he and colleagues had discovered more than a decade earlier. Among other things, they had tried to find out where mTOR aggregates inside cells, since this seemed likely to help explain the enzyme’s remarkable but mysterious influence over diverse cellular growth processes. Sabatini proudly projected a slide with the team’s findings, showing the enzyme arrayed along the surface of the organelles called lysosomes.

The audience was dubious. “People literally got up and said, ‘David, that’s the trash bin of the cell. It doesn’t make sense. Why decorate the outside of a trash can?” Sabatini recalled.

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