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Month: January 2018 (page 1 of 2)

Seven tactics for living a longer, healthy life

Olivia Howes, writing for Which:

Some of the leading causes of death in the UK are heart disease, dementia (including Alzheimer’s disease) and stroke. Yet research suggests that the risk of suffering from any of these diseases is up to 90% ‘modifiable’ through a mixture of lifestyle and environmental factors.

  • Focus on your mental well-being
  • Get moving
  • Increase your strength
  • Get a hearing test
  • Take Vitamin D
  • Look after your teeth
  • Eat a Mediterranean diet

Read the article for more information on these points.

Josiah Launstein is an award-winning wildlife photographer and he’s only 13

Watch 13-year-old Josiah Launstein shoot with some bighorn sheep and show some serious camera skills (along with a healthy dose of patience).

Chile creates five national parks in historic act of conservation

Kristine McDivitt Tompkins donated 1 million acres of private land as part of a 10 million acre addition to Chile’s national park system. This will add five new parks and expand three more and safeguard Patagonia’s wilderness, provide a boon to economic development in southern Chile, and continue to welcome Chileans and international tourists alike.

This conservation effort has been in the making for more than 25 years.

Jonathan Franklin, The Guardian

Chile has created five sprawling national parks to preserve vast tracts of Patagonia – the culmination of more than two decades of land acquisition by the US philanthropists Doug Tompkins and Kristine McDivitt Tompkins and the largest donation of private land to government in South America.

The five parks, spanning 10.3m acres, were signed into law on Monday by Chile’s president Michelle Bachelet, launching a new 17-park route that stretches down the southern spine of Chile to Cape Horn.

McDivitt Tompkins, the former chief executive of the outdoors company Patagonia, handed over 1m acres to help create the new parks. The Chilean government provided the rest in federally controlled land.

Cultural significance of Bears Ears National Monument

On her recent five-month residency with the Native land’s advocacy group Utah Diné Bikéyah, filmmaker Alisha Anderson shot a series of films about tribal connections to the Bears Ears National Monument. This video features Diné’s spiritual advisor, Jonah Yellowman, speaking about how he connects to nature.

https://youtu.be/WGRLHTfZXSo

Peru’s glaciers slowly melting

Nicholas Casey, writing for The New York Times:

Mount Everest has the Sherpas. The Cordillera Blanca, a snowy mountain range in northern Peru, has the ayudantes de campo, or field helpers, in Spanish. They are the mountain men, mainly indigenous, who have watched a huge expanse of ice that was known to them for centuries shrink drastically in the space of one generation.

“Before, we saw our glaciers as beautiful, our mountain range covered in a white sheet that was stunning,” Mr. González said on a recent day at a small mountain-climber’s hostel near the base of an 18,000-foot peak. “But today, we don’t see that anymore on our glacier, which we’re losing more of every day. Instead of white, we are seeing stone.”

Strong link between sugar and Alzheimer’s

Olga Khazan, The Atlantic:

A longitudinal study, published Thursday in the journal Diabetologia, followed 5,189 people over 10 years and found that people with high blood sugar had a faster rate of cognitive decline than those with normal blood sugar—whether or not their blood-sugar level technically made them diabetic. In other words, the higher the blood sugar, the faster the cognitive decline.

“Dementia is one of the most prevalent psychiatric conditions strongly associated with poor quality of later life,” said the lead author, Wuxiang Xie at Imperial College London, via email. “Currently, dementia is not curable, which makes it very important to study risk factors.”

Awesome photos capture the light that plants emit

Laura Mallonee, writing for Wired:

All plants reflect light. Leaves reflect green, and flowers reflect red, or yellow, or whatever. But plants also fluoresce, which means when they absorb ultraviolet light, they emit longer wavelengths visible to the human eye. It’s the same thing that happens with a black-light poster. “The flower literally glows,” Craig Burrows says.

Watch: Breathe

Watch: Strapping a camera to the bottom of an airplane

Aerial Project “33K” by Vincent Laforet

Some of the coldest temperatures ever recorded

From the Economic Times:

VOSTOK – a research station is located in Princess Elizabeth Land in Antarctica:  -128.6 degree Fahrenheit or -89.2 degree Celsius

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