Source: Wikimedia commons Lysenko (extreme left) with Stalin (extreme right) Trofim Denisovich Lysenko (1898-1976) had little scientific education, and was promoted thanks to a post-revolutionary program of positive discrimination in favor of peasants in the early days of the USSR. Set the task of acclimatizing beans in Azerbaijan, Lysenko got promising results, thanks to the mild winter of 1925-6. In 1927, a journalist on Pravda publicized Lysenko as “the barefoot professor” whose discoveries would save the peasants of Azerbaijan from starvation. Despite a total lack of scientific evidence, Lysenko went on to orchestrate a noisy press campaign in favor of his belief that plants could be “educated” to grow in adverse climates. According to him, plants were indivisible organisms, without separate hereditary or environmental influences. He attributed what amounted to free will to plants, which could not only select food, but also enter into “love … [Read more...] about The Lasting Lesson of Lysenko
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Home Health Wellness Wellness oi-Staff By Super Admin on July 14, 2016 Men who are overweight or obese are nearly three times more at the risk of premature death than women, says a study. The findings showed that the premature deaths, defined as those at ages 35-69 years would be 29.5 per cent and 14.6 per cent for moderately obese men and women. This corresponds to an absolute increase of 10.5 per cent for men and 3.6 per cent for women, which is three times as big, as the risk of premature death in men with normal body mass index (BMI) is at 19 per cent and women at 11 per cent. The risk was found to increase steadily and steeply with the rise in BMI, the researchers said. "The study found that men who were obese were at much higher risk of premature death than obese women. This is consistent with previous observations that obese men have greater insulin resistance, liver fat levels and diabetes risk than women," said lead author Emanuele Di Angelantonio from the … [Read more...] about Obesity Raises Risk Of Premature Death In Men: Study
Home Beauty Hair care Hair Care oi-Lekhaka By Somya Ojha on November 20, 2017 Nowadays, there are many people who've started getting grey hair in their early 20s. This condition is referred to as premature greying of hair. Genetic problems, health-related issues, loss of melanin, etc., can lead to premature greying of hair. Presence of grey hair on your head can make you look older than you actually are. In case you're currently plagued with this problem and wish to get rid of it, then do read on. As today, at Boldsky, we've compiled a list of effective home remedies that can help you combat with the problem of grey hair in the most effective and wallet-friendly manner. These remedies are replete with hair-nourishing and melanin-boosting compounds that can darken grey hair. So, before you reach out for the store-bought dyes, give these home remedies a try to achieve the desired results. Here are the remedies and the ways in which you should use them to halt the growth of … [Read more...] about Treat Premature Greying Of Hair By Using These Home Remedies
Recently, I had the opportunity to do a yoga retreat for five days. I would like to share with my readers some of the transformative lessons I returned home with: 1. Yoga as Metaphor for Life. At the center where I was participating in this retreat, one of the mantras that visited me virtually every day in the corridors was that yoga is seeing life as it is. I found this to be incredibly profound—the practice is to be present with whatever you are feeling in the moment. The tension your body feels as you hold the poses mirror the tension that we encounter every day in our lives. Whether you are tired, grumpy, content, or whatever the emotion, the practice of yoga doesn’t require you to deny what you are feeling, but to identify it, embrace it, and then release. A great lesson to remember off the mat, as well. 2. Solitude is Restorative. In the lead up to this five day retreat, which I did by myself, I had many friends ask me, “So what are you going to do by yourself … [Read more...] about 5 Things I Learned From My Yoga Retreat
Source: Free Stock Photos Is your mind wandering? The Practice: Why? Moment to moment, the flows of thoughts and feelings, sensations and desires, and conscious and unconscious processes sculpt your nervous system like water gradually carving furrows and eventually gullies on a hillside. Your brain is continually changing its structure. The only question is: Is it for better or worse? In particular, because of what's called "experience-dependent neuroplasticity," whatever you hold in attention has a special power to change your brain. Attention is like a combination spotlight and vacuum cleaner: it illuminates what it rests upon and then sucks it into your brain - and your self. Therefore, controlling your attention - becoming more able to place it where you want it and keep it there, and more able to pull it away from what's bothersome or pointless (such as looping again and again through anxious preoccupations, mental grumbling, or self-criticism) - is the foundation of … [Read more...] about Is Your Mind Wandering?