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Meditation Grows in Popularity as Scientists Confirm Health Benefits
In the Nov. 16, 2001 issue of Proceedings of the American Academy of Sciences, scientists published a study concluding that meditation can enhance brain activity, significantly affecting the areas of the brain responsible for regulating...
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Rolling Out ‘Full Process Democracy’, Beijing Attempts to Equate Communism With Liberty
News analysis U.S. President Joe Biden’s campaign saw the invitation of over 100 world leaders, civil society and private-sector representatives to his long-touted "Summit for Democracy” held on Dec. 4 and 5. The virtual summit...
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US Officially Announces Diplomatic Boycott of 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics
On Dec. 6, Washington announced a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics scheduled to take place in Beijing in February. A diplomatic boycott means that the United States will not send a delegation to...
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Annual Christmas Stamps: From Heated Debate to Holiday Harmony
The holiday season is a busy time for the postal service, with masses of cards and packages being exchanged near and far. Every year, the USPS issues new holiday-themed postage stamps for the billions of...
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Zhang Gaoli’s ‘Online Presence’ Goes Viral After Olympic Committee’s Video Call With Peng Shuai
Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai has been in the spotlight after she accused former Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli of sexual assault earlier this month. She has not been seen since.  In response, the International...
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ATP Faces Criticism For Not Acting Against Communist China Regarding Peng Shuai Issue
The Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP), the governing body of men’s tennis, is facing criticism for not joining up with the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) to suspend tournaments in communist China as a protest against...
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UN Ratifies Olympic Truce as Several Nations Boycott Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics
On Dec. 2, the United Nations (UN) ratified an Olympic Truce ahead of the 2022 Olympics in Beijing, to promote peace and solidarity in the field of sports. However, 20 nations have chosen not to...
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Plants Can Sing and Communicate – Damanhur Studies
One hundred twenty years ago, the botanist, physicist and biologist Jagadish Chandra Bose proved that plants have life. Through a series of experiments, he showed that these organisms have a definite life cycle, a reproductive...
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The Artistic Value and History of Traditional Chinese Folding Fans
The hand fan has evolved through China’s long history, with artistic decoration often contributing to the value and beauty of the accessory. The earliest recorded painted hand fan (書畫扇 shuhua shan) dates back to the...