Monthly Archives: April 2014

Exam stress? Try chocolate…

Reasons for cocoa

The Good Chocolates Blog

spoon-940 Purely medicinal…?

Easter’s over, and for lots of teens it’s time to knuckle down to some serious last-minute revision as the exam season looms.

The Easter eggs are long gone, naturally, but that doesn’t mean that no chocolate treats are allowed in those darkened bedrooms… there’s lots of good evidence that chocolate treats might help our stressed-out youngsters!


A Swiss study found that people who ate a 40g bar of dark chocolate daily for a fortnight had reduced levels of the stress hormone cortisol, as well as catecholamines – known as the ‘fight or flight’ hormones. The same study suggested that dark chocolate might have a positive effect on microbial activity in the gut – so maybe it would help to settle those fluttery pre-exam tummies?

Brain booster

A study from the University of Nottingham concluded that eating chocolate could help boost brain power. Scans showed increased blood flow to the brain…

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Career Curveballs: Fear Can Be a Powerful Friend | LinkedIn

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Can a little-known blogger turn his site into a business by selling memberships? Ben Thompson is sure going to try



If the launches of various new-media entities over the past year — from Beacon’s crowdfunding efforts and Syria Deeply’s topic-focused site to Ezra Klein’s Vox project and Jessica Lessin’s The Information — it’s that there is no end of experimentation going on when it comes to business models. But can a not very well-known blogger with no team behind them turn their writing into a successful freemium business? Technology analyst Ben Thompson is determined to try: he launched a new membership-based model on his blog Stratechery this week and I talked with him about what he is trying to do and why.

Thompson is a former business development and marketing manager with Automattic, the company behind the WordPress blog platform, and has also worked for Microsoft in a similar capacity. Over the past year, he has developed a following for his long and thoughtful posts about technology companies such as…

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30 Writers’ Invaluable Advice to Graduates

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Baked Sesame Tofu Sticks with a Peanut Ginger Dipping Sauce

great food

a rented kitchen



Well, it has been embarrassingly long since I have posted something for you all. It is not that I have not been cooing, I have been (believe you me!), but for some reason the ability to slow down and write about it has been challenging. Can I blame it on my last semester in college and the gazillion papers I have to write? Ug.

I found this recipe on pinterest (obvi), and despite not usually a huge tofu fan, was really intrigued by this flavor combination. As far as meat alternatives go, I have always found the consistency of tempeh to be much more appealing than that of tofu. However, when I saw this delicious combination I thought this was worth a try, and I’m so glad I did! By cutting the tofu into thin slices and baking it, the tofu gets a nice outer crisp. Then, the marinade and…

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April 12, 2014 · 10:43 pm

St. Lucia Braces for Increase in Cases of Chikungunya Disease

something to note…

Repeating Islands

Aedes albopictus : vecteur du chikungunya.

As indicated in a 2012 Live Science article, the name of the disease, chikungunya, means “that which bends” in an African language, and it describes the posture of its victims, bent over by severe joint pain. The most important factor that the article underlines is that the spread of this mosquito-borne viral disease has been accelerated by global warming. And here we are in 2014, and it seems one island after another has been reporting cases of the disease (as you can see by the proliferation of articles and posts such as Chikungunya: Mosquito-borne virus arrives in Dominican Republic, Threatwatch: Chikungunya may explode with rainy season, and Chikungunya In The Caribbean: Eight Cases Confirmed In Saint Barthelemy.) Here are excerpts of the latest article on the spread of chikungunya.

Health authorities say there could be more cases of the chikungunya disease in St. Lucia, after the island earlier this week…

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