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Are you interested in gardening but you just don’t have the time or space? Then a new product from the Japanese company, U-ing, may be the perfect solution for you. They call it the ‘green farm’ and it is flying off the shelves in Japan now.

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The smallest green farm module, the ‘Green Farm Cube,’ measures only 23 x 23 x 26 centimeters; that’s even smaller than a toaster. Essentially, it is a tiny automated green house. The larger module, the ‘green farm’ has the following dimensions: 54 x 26 x 30 centimeters. The modules can be put almost anywhere in the home where there is a power supply. They can even be stacked on top of each other to save more space.

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The modules provide everything a plant needs to grow. LEDs provide light and imitate the cycle of the sun. Users don’t have to trouble with watering either, as the units automatically control water levels. In fact, you can fill up the tank and the unit will take care of the watering for up to one month. The modules also include an air pump to aerate the units to maintain the moisture balance and temperature. Perhaps one of the best points is you don’t have to use pesticides. The units are well sealed, so they are protected from insects or dust getting in. That is a real bonus for those of us who prefer organically grown vegetables. If you have ever done any gardening you know how troublesome battling insects can be.

According to the company’s website, the units are energy efficient. It will cost you about ¥6 a day to run a Green Farm Cube, the smallest model, and ¥10 a day for the larger Green Farm module.

You can order directly through the company’s site or they are available through other online retailers like Amazon. The Green Farm Cube costs a little over ¥9,000. Bear in mind that you will have to buy additional supplies such as seeds, nutrients, etc.

 
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Are you interested in gardening but you just [tippy title ="don't have the time or space" header=“off”] 時間も場所もない[/tippy]? Then a new product from the Japanese company, U-ing, may [tippy title ="be the perfect solution for you" header=“off”] あなたにとって完璧な問題解決になる[/tippy]. [tippy title ="They call it the 'green farm'" header=“off”] 「グリーン ファーム」と呼ぶ[/tippy] and …

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Home Gardening Without the Fuss 手間いらずの家庭菜園
don’t have the time or space 時間も場所もない
be the perfect solution for you あなたにとって完璧な問題解決になる
They call it the ‘green farm’ 「グリーン ファーム」と呼ぶ

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The Dark Side to Artificial Light

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[tippy title ="Without a doubt" header=“off”] 間違いなく[/tippy], [tippy title ="artificial light" header=“off”] 人工光[/tippy] [tippy title ="has made our lives more convenient" header=“off”] (~のおかげで)生活がより便利になった[/tippy]. [tippy title ="In fact" header=“off”] 実際[/tippy], [tippy title ="our modern civilization" header=“off”] 我々の現代の文明[/tippy] [tippy title ="would not be possible without Edison's invention" header=“off”] エジソンの発明がなければ、~は存在していないだろう[/tippy]. However…

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The Dark Side to Artificial Light 人工光の暗い側面
Without a doubt 間違いなく
artificial light 人工光
has made our lives more convenient (〜のおかげで)生活がより便利になった
In fact 実際
our modern civilization 我々の現代の文明
would not be possible without Edison’s invention エジソンの発明がなければ、〜は存在していないだろう

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Without a doubt, artificial light has made our lives more convenient. In fact, our modern civilization would not be possible without Edison’s invention. However, scientists are recently discovering that there is a dark side to the artificial light that surrounds us.

It appears that our bodies need the dark as much as the light. Life on earth, including humans, has evolved to match the earth’s 24-hour day. Our body’s built-in 24-hour cycle is known as the circadian clock. Artificial light disrupts our circadian clock by disrupting the production of the hormone, melatonin. According to several studies, lower levels of melatonin can lead to such disorders as depression, fatigue, insomnia, diabetes, obesity or even heart disease. Researchers have also found that the disruption of melatonin production can interfere with cell division and lead to cancer. Indeed, many studies have shown higher rates of cancer among people who work late-night shifts.

Luckily, there are some measures you can take to lower your risks. Here is a list:

1) At night, Limit your use of gadgets that emit high levels of blue light. This includes any kind of LED, such as laptops, most TVs, iPads. etc.

2) If you have to use such devices, use special glasses that block out blue light.

3) Try to use dim orange and yellow lights at night. Avoid using bright overhead fluorescent or LED lights.

4) Expose yourself to sunlight during the day.

5) Try to reduce stress. Increased stress increases the body’s production of cortisol, which in turn lowers melatonin levels.

Hopefully, with these measures you can get on a good sleep cycle and start living healthier.

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High-Fat Milk Could Make You Slim

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Do you drink [tippy title ="low-fat milk" header=“off”] 低脂肪乳[/tippy] [tippy title ="to stay slim" header=“off”] スリムな[ほっそりした]体型を維持するのに[/tippy]? You are not alone. [tippy title ="Low-fat milk has outsold whole milk" header=“off”] 低脂肪乳の売り上げが、全乳を上回っている 全乳、[subtippy title =”◆全乳、ホール・ミルク” header=“off”] 何も処理していない牛乳(乳脂肪4%程度)。乳脂肪を抑えたものが、ローファット(乳脂肪2%程度)、ノンファットの牛乳。[/subtippy][/tippy] [tippy title ="for years" header=“off”] 何年も(の間)、何年間も[/tippy] in the…

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Drinking High Fat Milk Could Make You Slim 高脂肪乳で痩せる
low- fat milk 低脂肪乳
to stay slim スリムな[ほっそりした]体型を維持するのに
Low-fat milk has outsold whole milk 低脂肪乳の売り上げが、全乳を上回っている
for years 何年も(の間)、何年間も

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Do you drink low-fat milk to stay slim? You are not alone. Low-fat milk has outsold whole milk for years in the US. We have been told for years to avoid the calories in dairy fat for our waistlines and cholesterol. But recent research from Sweden suggests that dairy fat is not as bad as was thought.

In the study, researchers observed the diets of a group of middle-aged men over 12 years. What they discovered was quite unexpected. It turned out that the men who consumed higher amounts of diary fat were less likely to become obese in comparison to those who ate low fat dairy products.

The results are seemingly counter-intuitive and it is unclear what the reason is. However, there are some theories. Some scientists think it could be the feeling of fullness you get from when you eat high fat foods. Whole milk makes you feel fuller, faster. As a result, you eat less. Another theory is that the fat in dairy products may contain substances that alter your metabolism to help your body burn the fat more efficiently.

Does it sound too good to be true? I hope it’s true. I love the taste of whole milk and real butter. It would be nice to eat them without the guilt. It is encouraging that another study in the UK found similar results for children. There are more studies underway, so maybe sometime in the near future we will get a better answer.

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Purple GM Tomatoes

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[tippy title ="It's no secret that" header=“off”] 〔that以下〕はよく知られている[/tippy] dark foods with [tippy title ="purple pigment" header=“off”] 紫の色素[/tippy], [tippy title ="such as purple onions" header=“off”] 紫タマネギのような[/tippy], grapes, blueberries, and [tippy title ="prunes" header=“off”] プルーン[/tippy] [tippy title ="are loaded with nutrients" header=“off”] 栄養素がたっぷり入っている[/tippy]. They [tippy title ="have been scientifically proven to reduce cancer risk" header=“off”] ガンのリスクを減らす事が科学的に実証されている[/tippy], help your heart [tippy title ="by lowering bad cholesterol" header=“off”] 悪玉コレステロールを減らす事により[/tippy], [tippy title ="repair liver damage" header=“off”] 肝臓障害を治療する[/tippy]…

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Purple GM Tomatoes 紫遺伝子組み換えトマト
It’s no secret that 〔that以下〕はよく知られている
purple pigment 紫の色素
such as purple onions 紫タマネギのような
prunes プルーン
are loaded with nutrients 栄養素がたっぷり入っている
have been scientifically proven to reduce cancer risk ガンのリスクを減らす事が科学的に実証されている
by lowering bad cholesterol 悪玉コレステロールを減らす事により
repair liver damage 肝臓障害を治療する

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It’s no secret that dark foods with purple pigment, such as purple onions, grapes, blueberries, and prunes are loaded with nutrients. They have been scientifically proven to reduce cancer risk, help your heart by lowering bad cholesterol, repair liver damage, fight ulcers, prevent infections—the list goes on. They are nutritional superheroes. And now scientists in the UK want to add those same nutrients to tomatoes.

The purple tomatoes are GM or genetically modified tomatoes and were developed by scientists in the U.K. However, due to tight restrictions on GM products in the EU they grew the first crop of tomatoes in Canada. The scientists used genes from the [tippy title ="snapdragon plant" header=“off”] [/tippy]. The snapdragon plant contains high levels of anthocyanin, a powerful antioxidant.

The first crop has already been harvested and turned into 1,200 liters of juice. Next, the juice will be shipped to the UK where scientists will use it to study the effects of a diet high in anthocyanin on cancer and other diseases.

Could purple tomatoes be coming to a supermarket near you? Perhaps not right away, but ultimately the scientists would like to use the purple tomatoes to make tomato-based products like ketchup healthier.

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The Best Anti-Smoking Ad Ever?

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Some people are calling it the best anti-smoking ad ever

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Some people are calling it [tippy title ="the best anti-smoking ad ever" header=“off”] 今までで一番の禁煙の広告[/tippy]. It is [tippy title ="certainly very popular" header=“off”] 人気があることは確かだ、 人気を呼んでいることは確かだ[/tippy]. [tippy title ="At the time of writing of this article" header=“off”] この記事の作成中[/tippy], [tippy title ="the video titled Smoking Kid" header=“off”] 『喫煙子ども』という映像[動画][/tippy] [tippy title ="has hit 2 million views" header=“off”] 200万以上ののページビューがある[/tippy]. It [tippy title ="was created in Thailand by the ad agency, Ogilvy Asia" header=“off”] オグルビーアジアという広告代理店によってタイで制作された[/tippy]…
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Some people are calling it the best anti-smoking ad ever. It is certainly very popular. At the time of writing of this article, the video titled Smoking Kid has hit 2 million views. It was created in Thailand by the…
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