Thursday, April 17, 2014 Nisan 17, 5774

Using unusually rigorous scientific conditions and measures, Johns Hopkins researchers have shown that the active agent in "sacred mushrooms" can induce mystical/spiritual experiences descriptively identical to spontaneous ones people have reported for centuries. The resulting experiences apparently prompt positive changes in behavior and attitude that last several months, at least. The agent -- a plant alkaloid called psilocybin -- mimics...
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A University of Illinois at Chicago study reveals a link between smoking during pregnancy and very early-childhood behavior problems. The research, published in the July/August issue of the journal Child Development, found that 2-year-olds regularly exposed to cigarette smoke in utero were nearly 12 times more likely to show clinical levels of behavior problems compared to toddlers who were not...
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In the summer of 2002 -- some 35 years after its founding -- the Reconstructionist movement got into the Jewish camping business. For decades, other religious denominations had considered summer camps vital for developing a strong sense of Jewish identity and inspiring the next generation of leaders. Now, four years after following suit, the Jewish Reconstructionist Federation has officially moved...
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Frank Rosci, JE Feature
For the eighth consecutive year, Temple University's Fox School of Business and Management brought together fledgling companies in search of development/expansion capital, and investors with dollars to roll out, up and into the right company's coffers. New this year, with a special nod to the importance and relevance of ethics and ethical behavior, was the inclusion of so-called social entrepreneurship...
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After racing down a ramp on his inline skates, Benjamin Lachower picks up speed, hits a smaller ramp, then sails high in the air, easily clearing a bar held some 9 feet high. "All right, Israel!" says a skating instructor, while his peers holler at and applaud Lachower's performance during an impromptu high-jump competition at Camp Woodward near State College,...
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