Why Dye On Your Skin May Not Necessarily Be A Bad Thing
If it's natural, that is: A recent study attempts to link the dyeing and medicinal capabilities of certain plants, and posits that minute quantities of dye absorbed from clothes into skin could improve wellbeing.
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What's the Latest Development?
University of Derby textiles lecturer Kate Wells is conducting research in an area she says hasn't really been studied before: the connections, if any, between the dye produced from a plant and that plant's medicinal properties. She believes that a piece of clothing dyed using a natural plant extract, such as indigo or turmeric, could possibly provide physical benefits as tiny amounts of the dye are absorbed into the skin. Her work was recently published in the latest issue of Journal of the International Colour Association, and is part of a larger project involving "slow textiles" and sustainable production methods.
What's the Big Idea?
Historically, some of the same plants used for dyeing fabric were also incorporated into traditional medicines. Wells cites indigo as an example of one extract that is found in cultures around the world: "It is extracted from different plants through a process that is steeped in myths, superstitions and religious rituals, and which evolved over centuries." Increased interest in sustainable clothing has coincided with a new focus on cultivating plants, such as woad, that produce natural dyes.
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No, the Syrian civil war is not over. But it might be soon. Time for a recap
- The War in Syria has dropped off the radar, but it's not over (yet)
- This 1-minute video shows how the fronts have moved – and stabilised – over the past 22 months
- Watching this video may leave you both better informed, and slightly queasy: does war need a generic rock soundtrack?
Sarco assisted suicide pods come in three different styles, and allow you to die quickly and painlessly. They're even quite beautiful to look at.
Death: it happens to everyone (except, apparently, Keanu Reeves). But while the impoverished and lower-class people of the world die in the same ol' ways—cancer, heart disease, and so forth—the upper classes can choose hip and cool new ways to die. Now, there's an assisted-suicide pod so chic and so stylin' that peeps (young people still say peeps, right?) are calling it the "Tesla" of death... it's called... the Sarco!
Entrepreneur and author Andrew Horn shares his rules for becoming an assured conversationalist.
- To avoid basing action on external validation, you need to find your "authentic voice" and use it.
- Finding your voice requires asking the right questions of yourself.
- There are 3-5 questions that you would generally want to ask people you are talking to.
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