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Mindful : August 2018
mindful Mindfulness in the big leagues The NBA has partnered with meditation app developer Head- space, giving all players and employees in the NBA, WBNA, and its G-League access to mind- fulness training. The leag ue also plans to co- produce its own content on the app. This isn’t the only foray into the world of ath- letics for Head- space: It now also provides guided audio for “mindful runs” and tips for the Nike+ Run Club digital training program. While camping with their children, members of a Scottish metal band donned facepaint and black clothing—just for fun. Fun, that is, until passersby feared the hardcore campers were in a suicide cult and called emergency services to “rescue” the group. Two men who beat their drug and alcohol addictions want to provide a safe, social space to ease the chal- lenges of maintaining sobriety. They’re open- ing a café in Windsor, Ontario, for recovering addicts to hang out and suppor t one another. Not sure how fresh your leftovers are? Scientists at McMaster University in Ontario used DNA molecules to create a sensor that could be added to food packaging (say, inside a milk car ton). The patch will glow when it detects harmful bacteria. Alarmed New Yorkers called in repor ts of a loose tiger roaming the streets of Manhattan. For tunately, the police—hot on the heels of the big cat—soon realized itwasabeastofa different stripe: The “tiger” was, in fact, just a feisty raccoon. Is Earth Hour a thing of the past? The annual event in April encourages energy consumers to cut back on their use of electricity for just one hour. However, in British Columbia power use actually went up during Earth Hour 2018. ● Illustrations by Jessica Rae Gordon mindless Ease your mind Reasons to feel anxious are not hard to find nowadays. But an hour of medita- tion may make a difference, a preliminary study from Michigan Technological Uni- versity suggests. People with mild to moderate anxiety who had a one- hour introduction to meditation had less anxiety, both immediately after ward and one week later. ● The UK’s Chiltern Railways is encouraging passen- gers to stash their phones and laptops and instead “practice mindfulness on the journey.” Partnering with mental health charity Mind, Chiltern offers free, calming activities that you can do from your seat, including yoga stretches and meditation. August 2018 mindful 15 Mindful or Mindless? Our take on who’s paying attention and who’s not