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Click to embiggen. At UMass-Amherst, I recall a professor (a one Mr. Dr. Jack Ahern) showing us Massachusetts was deforested not once or twice, but four times in its near 400 year history. Now it’s one of the most forested states (yep!).
Amazing photos of vintage logging industry in the Redwood Forests of California via U of C
Any image of deforestation is synonymous with the construction of contemporary metropolises. What’s most profound about the industrial moguls of the 19th century is that even though they were fierce in the utilization of natural resources that led to a catastrophic decline, they recognized the need for conservation practices and restorative developments.
The Pinchots, millionaires from the wallpaper industry, pushed their son Gifford into forestry. What started as an investment in an industry led to conservation of natural resources, support for academic programs, and further development of infrastructure in the United States. The US Forest Service gave us telephone poles, railroad ties, land for grazing livestock, and timber to fuel construction for modern life.
Yes, it is a tragedy that natural history was destroyed by old logging practices. But we’re lucky enough to be living in an age where more people are understanding the limitations of our landscape. The thing we need to work on now is our frivolous consumption (ie: disposable goods).
The Fitibit One ($100) is Fitbit’s latest 24/7 tracking device.
During the day, it clips to your belt or slips in your pocket to track your steps, the stairs you’ve climbed, and the overall calories you’ve burned doing so.
At night, the One slips into an armband, where it measures your sleep cycle and will vibrate in the morning to wake you up, silently.
Exercise may help people cope with anxietyand stress for an extended period of time after the workout, according to a new study.
Researchers compared how moderate intensity cycling for 30 minutes versus a 30-minute period of rest affected anxiety levels in a group of healthy college students.
Led by J. Carson Smith, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Maryland, researchers assessed their state of anxiety before the period of activity or rest, 15 minutes after, and again after exposing them to a variety of highly arousing pleasant and unpleasant photographs, as well as neutral images.
At each point, participants answered 20 questions from the State-Trait Anxiety inventory, which is designed to assess different symptoms of anxiety.
Smith found that exercise and quiet rest were equally effective at reducing anxiety levels initially. However, once they were emotionally stimulated by being shown 90 photographs for 20 minutes, the anxiety levels of those who had rested went back up to their initial levels, while those who had exercised maintained their reduced anxiety levels.
“While it is well-known that exercise improves mood, among other benefits, not as much is known about the potency of exercise’s impact on emotional state and whether these positive effects endure when we’re faced with everyday stressors once we leave the gym,” said Smith, whose previous research explores how exercise and physical activity affect brain function, aging and mental health.
“We found that exercise helps to buffer the effects of emotional exposure. If you exercise, you’ll not only reduce your anxiety, but you’ll be better able to maintain that reduced anxiety when confronted with emotional events.”
“The set of photographic stimuli we used from the International Affective Picture System database was designed to simulate the range of emotional events you might experience in daily life,” Smith said. The International Affective Picture System is a database of photographs used in emotion research.
“They represent pleasant emotional events, neutral events and unpleasant events or stimuli. These vary from pictures of babies, families, puppies and appetizing food items, to very neutral things like plates, cups, furniture and city landscapes, to very unpleasant images of violence, mutilations and other gruesome things.”
The study findings suggest that exercise may play an important role in helping people to better endure life’s daily anxieties and stressors, according to the researcher.
His study was published in the journal Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise.
Source:University of Maryland
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