Another reason is the bats' ability to fly. Bats are the world's only flying mammal. When they fly, their metabolic rate increases to 15-16 fold, which is double to the metabolic rate of running rodents and eight times higher than flying birds. Also, their body temperature spikes high during the flight. The strong metabolic rate and high body temperature help in the development of a much stronger immune system which prevents from getting infected with many viruses.  … [Read more...] about Why Bats Themselves Don’t Get Infected By Viruses
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More specifically, one important moral principle that governs our lives together is the harm principle. As it is often put: “The right to swing my fist ends where your nose begins.” We all have certain rights and liberties, as human beings. But those rights and liberties are limited by harm to others. This is a clear case in which exercising the right to gather for worship can significantly harm others, both in the church that gathers as well as the community. Given this, we ought to refrain from exercising that right, for the good of all. … [Read more...] about Why Going to Church Right Now Is Immoral
I was at a lot of ramp ceremonies in Afghanistan. A ramp ceremony is when they load the casket of a soldier on a plane to repatriate it. Words are said, and the base says its farewells. At one point, they would read out the names of those killed that week every Friday. We were constantly reminded of death and the dangers we faced. I wish I could tell you how to prepare for these grim reminders that I think are coming, but all I can say is find a way to cope. … [Read more...] about Seven Military Strategies for Coping with Social Distancing
3) Allow yourself to express and experience negative emotions. Our tendency to push back against negative emotions actually tends to increase their intensity. Learning to sit with suffering is an extremely difficult concept, but it’s one of the best things we can do for our mental health—as individuals and as a country. One technique to try is to raise your hand when you begin to feel a strong emotion, like grief, anger, sadness, or anxiety. Just allow yourself to feel it, and don’t try to distract yourself. Take deep breaths. Just allow yourself to experience your emotion. As the emotion loses its intensity, you can start to put your hand down. You may notice that negative emotions don’t last forever—instead, they come and go like waves. … [Read more...] about What Is Post-Traumatic Growth and Coping in a Pandemic?
The other challenge with the term “screen time” is that we tend to measure success in terms of reducing minutes per day or hours per week. While a helpful baseline, this doesn’t help us understand when, where, and how kids use screens, something that shapes outcomes in profound ways. For example, my child might have less screen time overall, but if they are up all night texting with friends, they aren’t likely to see much benefit. … [Read more...] about Why Reducing Screen Time Isn’t Your Best Resolution