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 Religious leaders have contended for millennia that burning incense is good for the soul. Now, biologists have learned that it is good for our brains too. An international team of scientists, including researchers from Johns Hopkins University and the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, describe how burning frankincense (resin from the Boswellia plant) activates poorly understood ion channels in the brain to alleviate anxiety or depression. This suggests that an entirely new class of depression and anxiety drugs might be right under our noses.

More: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/05/080520110415.htm

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How Your Gizmos Are Made

Market cultists dream of a world of deregulated corporations. In their utopian dreams this would lead to greater wealth and good for all.

But you don’t have to dream of the future; if you want to know what sort of world this would make all you have to do is go to China, where the government, ironically supposedly socialist, does nothing to regulate business. This is where your ipods and other high tech gadgets are made, at tremendous human cost. And this is where corporate America has taken its business.

Here is the tale of one man, who, disguised as a Western investor, saw the truth of what deregulation does, from the NPR show This American Life:

http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/454/mr-daisey-and-the-apple-factory?act=1

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