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Li Shizhen, ‘Medical Saint’ of China (Part 2)

Li Shizhen lived during the Ming Dynasty of China in the 16th century. He was a pioneer of medicine in the late Ming and early Qing dynasties who compiled a masterpiece to set standards for the identification, quality, strength, and purity of medicinal substances, the Compendium of Materia Medica, a task that took him nearly ...

Emma Lu

A statue of Li Shizhen.

18,000-Year-Old Seashell Is the Oldest Manmade Wind Instrument of Its Type

Almost 80 years after its discovery, a large seashell wind instrument from the ornate Marsoulas Cave in the Pyrenees has been studied by a multidisciplinary team from the CNRS, the Muséum de Toulouse, the Université Toulouse — Jean Jaurès and the Musée du quai Branly — Jacques-Chirac. They believe it is the oldest wind instrument ...

Troy Oakes

The seashell wind instrument.

10 Tips to Begin Your Bikepacking Adventure

Bikepacking is pretty much backpacking on two wheels — a bike. I think it’s a gem of a way to experience the world, as it tends to take you off the well-trodden path. “It’s any adventure that involves riding your bike and staying overnight.” Bikepacking: getting started So if you’ve never been on a bikepacking adventure, ...

Jessica Kneipp

Packed mountain bike in the mountains.ound

Taking a Chance on Valentine’s Day

This is a coronavirus Valentine’s Day story. Jenny had put yellow curtains up and some colorful pillows on her bed to make her cheap and slightly run-down room feel more like home. In September 2019, a new job in New York City required her to move. Having rented a room in a shared house, she ...

Trisha Haddock

A marquee sign spelling "love" in red letters with white lightbulbs.

Astronomers Uncover Mysterious Origins of ‘Super-Earths’

Mini-Neptunes and super-Earths up to four times the size of our own are the most common exoplanets orbiting stars beyond our solar system. Until now, super-Earths were thought to be the rocky cores of mini-Neptunes whose gassy atmospheres were blown away. In a new study published in The Astrophysical Journal, astronomers from McGill University show that ...

Troy Oakes

Artists impression of a super-Earth.

A Tale of Immediate Reward for Virtue and Doing a Good Deed

It is said that a person is rich and prosperous for a reason. Accumulation of virtue, in this life or from previous lives, can be exchanged into wealth and prosperity. This is a true story from the Qing Dynasty of immediate reward for having virtue and doing a good deed. In the Shunzhi era, an elderly ...

Tatiana Denning

A hoard of Chinese coins.

7 Habits to Uplift Your Spirit and Health

Good health is as much about good habits as being born with a good constitution. It can be tough going and takes a lot of determination both to achieve and keep up with those good habits. Good health impacts your life in so many ways, even your destiny; from finances, to how you perform at work, ...

Tatiana Denning

Planting flowers in a garden.

How Do Hongkongers Celebrate Chinese New Year? Hint: Flowers

We all like flowers, but for Hongkongers, flowers mean so much more. Especially on Chinese New Year’s Day, since giving flowers and potted plants as gifts is a very important tradition. Every year, lots of flower markets are held in different districts in Hong Kong for Chinese New Year. One of the most popular markets is in ...

Emma Lu

Blue orchids at the Chinese New Year flower market.

Cherish Your Health by Avoiding Anger

It’s often stated that negative emotions can affect your overall health and immune system. The prolonged presence of anger, this negative emotion, if left unchecked, can threaten your health and life inadvertently. Rarely do we stop and reflect on the sinister and lethal effects of this negative emotion, anger, which makes avoiding anger a key ...

Emma Lu

An elderly man with a big smile on his face.