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Mindful : June 2018
mindful On a flight from Dubai to Amsterdam, one gassy passenger led to major hassles: His uncontrolled flatulence agitated some passengers so much that a fight broke out. The aircraft had to make an emergency landing to remove the olfactorily offended from the plane. Companies like Modern Meadow and Bolt are pio- neering fabrics that are kinder to animals and the environment. So far, they’ve created a “biole- ather” made from yeast- based collagen and a faux silk spun from sugar. A new facet to mindful eating, or just introver t heaven? Renowned Japa- nese ramen café Ichiran has opened a location in New York City, offer- ing “flavor concentration booths” where customers eat solo, focusing only on their bowl of noodles. UK author Bridget Lawless felt that relying on the trope of abused or mur- dered women can down- play the real dangers that women face. To address this, she launched the Staunch Book Prize (worth about $2800 USD) to rec- ognize literary thrillers that avoid using violence against women as a plot device. There’s now an app (of course) for sharing the final, anxious minutes when your phone’s bat- tery life dwindles and the clock ticks toward discon- nection. It’s a chatroom called Die With Me that allows you to bemoan this dreaded experience with others, once your battery is at 5% or less. While visiting Yale for a workshop, two dental stu- dents from the University of Connecticut were in the lab and took a selfie—with a background of two sev- ered heads. They’ll never get ahead that way. ● Illustrations by Jessica Rae Gordon mindless Training with breath If you want a better workout, pay attention to how you breathe. Deep, slow breaths allow us to relax because they activate the parasympa- thetic nervous system, which may in turn improve workout performance, research finds. Nasal breathing while jogging can improve your peripheral vision and help to maintain proper technique and form (resulting in fewer injuries). Breath work may even help your muscles to recover faster after stressing them, as hap- pens in weight training. Mood lift Want to boost your mood? A Univer- sity of Mississippi study shows that 10 minutes of either meditation or walking—as well as a meditation/walk- ing combo—made participants feel better afterward. They reported feel- ing more tranquil and revitalized, as well as less exhausted. ● June 2018 mindful 15 Mindful or Mindless? Our take on who’s paying attention and who’s not