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Why Positive Thinking is Bad For You

Why Positive Thinking is Bad For You

By Srikumar S. Rao source : psychology today Positive thinking is so firmly enshrined in our culture that knocking it is a little like attacking motherhood or apple pie. Many persons swear by positive thinking and quite a few have been helped by it. Nevertheless, it is not a very effective too

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Paralysed inventor to sell robotic 'trousers'

Paralysed inventor to sell robotic ‘trousers’

Paralysed inventor to sell robotic 'trousers' for $100,000 that let patients walk and even climb stairs An Israeli entrepreneur has invented robotic 'trousers' that can help paraplegics walk again. Amit Goffer was paralysed in a car crash in 1997 and immediately set out to invent a device that c

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Freer, Messier, Happier

Freer, Messier, Happier

In 1946, when my grandfather mustered out of the army and married my grandmother, he set up what looked like the ideal family at the time. His wife quit her job and he started work driving a crane in a Massachusetts quarry—a job he would do for the next forty years, working up to six days a w

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You Are Who You Eat With

You Are Who You Eat With

When the 10 Garcia-Prats boys got together every night for dinner, they shared more than food around the table. They talked about the successes and frustrations of their days. The older boys helped the younger ones cut their meat. They compared their picks for the World Cup, a conversation that turn

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The Double Life of Women

The Double Life of Women

The invisible turns of the reproductive cycle shape the everyday behavior of women and men. A woman's cycle influences not just her preference in a partner, but her personality as well. Step into any bar or party and it won't take you long to spot her. She's the woman with the ringing laugh,

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A Sit-In Success Story

A Sit-In Success Story

Parents in a low-income Chicago neighborhood endured a 43-day sit-in to get a library for their children. Whittier Elementary School is a lot like other public schools in low-income areas of Chicago. Located in the Mexican immigrant neighborhood of Pilsen, it lacks many basic resources that

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Grandmother Runs a Hospital of Hope

Grandmother Runs a Hospital of Hope

Several times a week, a 74-year-old grandmother drives into the murder capital of the world to help keep a sanctuary for its citizens alive.Guadalupe Arizpe De La Vega insists on returning to her hometown to preserve the Hospital de la Familia, a health center she started more than 30 years ago.

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“Hidden” Language Found in Remote Indian Tribe

A "hidden" language has been documented in an isolated hill tribe in a northeastern Indian region considered a "black hole" in the study of languages, linguists announced today. The new language, Koro, is spoken by about a thousand people in Arunachal Pradesh (map), a state for which little l

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NYC sky-scrapers dim lights to help migratory birds

NYC sky-scrapers dim lights to help migratory birds

A growing number of New York sky-scrapers are switching off their lights to help reduce the number of birds hitting the high-rise buildings. The "lights out" project - organised by NYC Audubon - runs until 1 November, when migratory birds are expected to have completed their autumn migrations.

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U.S. billionaires pledge fortunes to charity

U.S. billionaires pledge fortunes to charity

Dozens of U.S. billionaires pledged on Wednesday to give at least half their fortunes to charity as part of a philanthropic campaign by two of the world's richest men -- Warren Buffett and Bill Gates. Based on Forbes magazine's estimates of the billionaires' wealth, at least $150 billion c

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