Today’s Solutions: January 19, 2022

Miscellaneous

Research finds common grass could help boost food security

Australian researchers have discovered that the common Panic grasses could hold the secret to increasing the yields of cereal crops and help feed the world with increasing temperature extremes and a population of nearly 10 billion people by 2050. The findings, published in Nature Plants, show the Read More...

Bitcoin has hit a three-month high

Bitcoin rose to an almost three-month high amid a surge in volume as the yuan extended a six-year low, bolstering Chinese demand for alternative assets. The cryptocurrency jumped as much as 4 percent from Friday to $655.50, the highest since July 29, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Read More...

Regenerative agriculture: More important now than ever

Last week’s news that Monsanto and Bayer would merge to form the world’s largest agribusiness company sent shockwaves throughout the food industry. Will our food system continue to unify under a few conglomerates?  Or can alternatives, like regenerative agriculture, shift the Read More...

'One million children' join Buddhist meditation event

Every year, a project called V-Star Change the World brings schoolchildren to a Buddhist temple in Thailand for a day of meditation. Organisers claim that one million children attended the most recent event at the Phra Dhammakaya temple near Bangkok. The temple has attracted controversy in the Read More...

Unique meditation pavilion in the Netherlands generates its own mist

The Meditation Pavilion and Garden were designed to cultivate a tranquil atmosphere and harness the calming potential of water. The enclosed volume spreads from bank to bank and draws the water inside to blur the line between the interior and exterior space. It houses changing rooms and a bathroom Read More...

Cooking with a meal kit may waste 62% less food than grocery store ingredients

Like other meal-kit-in-a-box startups, Blue Apron is premised on convenience. But the company has always argued that their model has another benefit—slashing food waste. Each meal comes with only the precise amount needed for each ingredient, whether it's a single carrot, three dates, or a Read More...

How to be mindful with a cup of coffee

“It would seem that meditating by coffee is an oxymoron,” says Gloria Chadwick, the author of “Zen Coffee: A Guide to Mindful Meditation.” “Coffee jazzes you up and meditation calms you down.” Focus on the sensations coming from your coffee. Notice the warmth, the rising steam. How does Read More...

The evolution of happiness

It is said that after his enlightenment the Buddha was motivated to teach by seeing that all beings were seeking happiness, yet out of ignorance were doing the very things that brought them suffering. This aroused his great compassion to point the way to freedom. The Buddha spoke of different kinds Read More...

If you want to practice mindfulness, the garden is the place to be

Many of us have had a perfect day in the garden, the kind of day that we hope would never end. A day when the herbaceous borders burn brightly with colour, and the trees and shrubs stand green against the blue sky. A day when the grass is soft and rolling. A day when there is a warm sweetness in Read More...

How to make your mind happy, according to neuroscience

Everybody is talking about mindfulness… but nobody seems to be able to explain clearly what the heck it really is. Ask people and you’ll hear, “Umm, be in the moment and SOMETHING SOMETHING SOMETHING, uh, meditation.” But is it merely the latest fad? Actually, no. And there isn’t some Read More...