The ‘Sense and Sensibility’ in Jane Austen’s Novel

In Jane Austen’s “Sense and Sensibility,” two sisters demonstrate opposite tendencies: One shows prudence and the other poetic feelings. «Evening or Full Dress,» a fashion plate for «The Repository of Arts,» June 1, 1810, by Rudolph Ackermann. Hand-colored engraving on paper. Gift of Charles LeMaire, Los Angeles County Museum of Art. (Public Domain)


December 28, 2018 Updated: December 28, 2018

Everyone knows a drama queen. In Jane Austen’s “Sense and Sensibility,” Marianne Dashwood happily plays the role, and wonderfully demonstrates how the fashion for sensibility at the time is taken to excess. Marianne’s heart is her compass, and she willfully goes wherever her feelings and flights of fancy take her, mostly in her mind.… READ MORE...


Strength Training Exercises Can Help Older People to Get Up after a Fall

Strength training into a senior years can give us the physical strength to overcome one of the biggest threats we will face—gravity. (U.S. Army photo by Olivia Mendoza)


January 8, 2019 Updated: January 8, 2019

One of the biggest concerns about falling down as an older adult is injuring yourself and being unable to get back up again. With the population of elderly patients expected to rise over the next few decades, researchers are more concerned than ever about the health of these individuals and how to prevent unnecessary health concerns. Reducing the number of falls and the level of injuries as a result is one topic researchers are looking into more frequently.… READ MORE...


China Gives Long-Awaited GM Crop Approvals Amid US Trade Talks


January 8, 2019 Updated: January 8, 2019

BEIJING—China approved five genetically modified (GM) crops for import on Jan. 8, the first in about 18 months in a move that could boost its overseas grains purchases and ease pressure from the United States to open its markets to more farm goods.

The United States is the world’s biggest producer of GM crops, while China is the top importer of GM soybeans and canola.

U.S. farmers and global seed companies have long complained about Beijing’s slow and unpredictable process for approving GM crops for import, stoking trade tensions between the world’s two largest economies.… READ MORE...


9 Globe-Altering Historical Events That Happened During Christmas

(L) Public domain, (R) NASA

Christmas-day discoveries, decisions, and disasters that had an impact on how the world played out


December 22, 2018 Updated: December 27, 2018

From Columbus’ shipwreck to George Washington’s crossing of the Delaware, there have been a lot of world-changing events that took place during Christmas, the most wonderful time of the year. Read on to see these 9 fascinating things that also happened on December 25.

9. Columbus’ Santa María sinks, 1492

Of all three ships that sailed on Christopher Columbus’ voyage to the New World, the flagship Santa María was the largest and slowest.… READ MORE...


Self-Weighing, Self-Awareness May Prevent Holiday Weight Gain

During the holidays, it is easy to eat up to double or triple our needed calories, leading to weight gain that is often permanent. (Pixabay)

Researchers devise method to prevent holiday weight gain


December 26, 2018 Updated: December 26, 2018

A brief program that encouraged people to track their weight and be mindful of the excess energy in every holiday cookie or cup of eggnog seems to have helped participants get through the holiday season without gaining weight.

The trial in the United Kingdom recruited participants in November and December of 2016 and 2017 and followed up with them about 45 days later.… READ MORE...


45 Health Resolutions That Only Require One Small Change

Taking your workout outdoors is a great way to find motivation and mental clarity. (Brian Metzler/Unsplash)

For starters, you do not have to do all 45—just one is fine!


December 30, 2018 Updated: December 30, 2018

There’s some powerful New Year’s energy in the air. Now’s the time to harness those vibes and head into a fresh year ready to become more healthy, awesome, and powerful.

Whether you need help thinking up resolutions for the upcoming year, or want something small and specific enough that you’ll actually stick to, we’ve got a great list of 45 resolutions to choose from.… READ MORE...


China-Made Smartphone Weather App Stole Data From 10 Million Global Users

The TCL Mobile Communication Co. building in Huizhou City, Guangdong Province, China, on July 28, 2009. A TCL-developed weather app has been found to collect user data without permission. (LAURENT FIEVET/AFP/Getty Images)


January 6, 2019 Updated: January 6, 2019

TCL, a Chinese producer of consumer electronics, has been collecting data without permission from mobile phones that have downloaded its free weather forecast smartphone app. This app has been downloaded more than 10 million times by users all around the world since it was released in December 2016.

TCL is a listed company on the Hong Kong and Shenzhen stock exchanges.… READ MORE...


China Subjects Police to Quotas to Encourage Arrests of People of Faith

Armed police officers patrol a street in Beijing, China, on May 12, 2014. (VCG/VCG via Getty Images)


December 24, 2018 Updated: December 24, 2018

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is threatening to fire police officers if they don’t arrest enough people who adhere to spiritual faiths—including Falun Gong practitioners and Christians—according to a magazine that monitors religious freedom in China.

An officer in Dalian in northeastern Liaoning Province told the magazine Bitter Winter that the police station where he works received a “quarterly performance assessment plan to combat religious belief” from the CCP’s National Security Bureau in September.… READ MORE...


A Backward View: Older Books and the Culture of the Now

A flood of information daily inundates us, burying in silt many treasures from the past.


December 17, 2018 Updated: December 17, 2018

For almost 20 years, I have written book reviews for a weekly newspaper in Western North Carolina.

In general, reviewers take an interest only in new books. This makes some sense, as older books have already received their accolades or their slings and arrows. A few critics—Nick Hornby in his collection of reviews “Ten Years in the Tub,” and the great Michael Dirda of The Washington Post—do revisit older books, but this is rare.

Yet our prejudice as reviewers for the new is unfortunate, especially in regard to good literature.… READ MORE...


It’s Never Too Late To Gain New Brain Cells

The human brain may continue to develop new brain cells even in old age, a new study offers. (Shutterstock)

New study challenges previous research that found brains don’t grow new brains cells as we age


December 17, 2018 Updated: December 17, 2018

For years, scientists largely believed that the production of new brain cells in areas responsible for memory, emotion, and learning stopped after adolescence. This was not a comforting thought, and it lead to ideas that adults, as they age, were more susceptible to emotional instability, faulty memory, and poor ability to learn.

But now, the authors of a recent study report that new brain cells (neurons) continue to be produced in human adults and don’t decline with age.… READ MORE...


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