Because being bored is good for the brain



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  • In this edition: the child prodigy that sells paintings for 150 million pesos, the underwater forest found in the Galapagos and fans who couldn’t see Bad Bunny despite having their tickets.

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1- BECAUSE GETTING BORED IS GOOD FOR THE BRAIN

If your kids tell you they’re bored, that’s good news. According to an interesting note by BBC. Just as sleep is an important and productive time for the brain, it turns out that downtime is vital to our minds and well-being.

  • Despite having a bad reputation, boredom – according to neuroscientists – can increase creativity, task engagement and work productivity.

  • Neuroscientist Alicia Walf, researcher in the Department of Cognitive Sciences at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in the United Statessays it’s essential for brain health to let yourself be bored once in a while.

  • “Being bored improves social connections. Social neuroscientists have discovered that the brain has a default mode network that kicks in when we stop doing things. Indeed, boredom can foster creative ideas, replenishing depleting reserves and providing an incubation period for embryonic work ideas to emerge.” explained in statements to the publication Forbes.

  • “In those moments that may seem boring, empty and useless, the strategies and solutions that have always been there in embryonic form come to life. And the brain gets a much-needed break when we don’t overload it. Some well-known writers have said that their most creative ideas come to them when they’re moving furniture, taking a shower, or pulling weeds. These moments of inspiration are called insights”. explained.

Boredom is good for our children, the American Child Mind Institute likewise points out.

  • “Learning to manage boredom helps children learn flexibility, planning and problem-solving skills,” the entity said.

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2- SPENDING A MONTH’S SALARY TO SEE BAD BUNNY AND NOT LETTING IN

An incredible story of a disastrous concert that took place in Mexico was published by the newspaper New York Times.

  • The events took place in the capital of the Aztec country and there the singer could be seen performing in a half-empty stadiumas thousands of his fans crowded outside, trying to get inside, unsuccessfully.

  • Many tickets were valid and had been purchased directly from Ticketmaster, but they were rejected as fakes due to malfunctioning scanners. The scandal even prompted a complaint against the company from the Mexican president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

  • Bad Bunny hasn’t commented on the issues yet.

  • Ticketmaster’s problems are not new. The show ticket giant was forced to suspend sales of Taylor Swift’s latest tour after huge demand for pre-sale tickets crashed its computer system and tickets were oversold by tens of thousands of dollars .

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3- THE 11-YEAR-OLD “LITTLE PICASSO” WHO SELLS PAINTINGS FOR THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS

The boy Andrés Valencia has become a real celebrity, originally from San Diego, California, and of Mexican descent, he sold nearly all of his work at none other than the Art Miami fair this month.

  • He earned his nickname because his colorful paintings, while including quotes from Nintendo games, are reminiscent of Spanish artist Pablo Picasso.

  • Although it seems incredible, the average price of his paintings is around 150 thousand dollars (close to 150 million pesos), which were also sold in places as diverse as Hong Kong and Italy. Among the buyers are the Colombian actress Sofía Vergara, the powerful music businessman Tommy Mottola or the Hollywood star Channing Tatum.

The boy, who is self-taught, says his favorite artists are Picasso, Modigliani and Condo.

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4- MIKE HODGES, DIRECTOR OF “FLASH GORDON” HAS DIED.

One of the legends of British cinema, Mike Hodges, died this week at the age of 90. He filmed the 70’s police drama Take Carterbut his most famous work was his film FlashGordonsince 1980.

  • With Take CarterIn 1971, Hodges helped establish Michael Caine as a rising acting star. The two also collaborated on the comedy thriller pulp(1972).

  • Eight years later, Hodges directed perhaps his most successful film, FlashGordon, about the comic book character created in the 1930s.

  • Other notable credits during his decade-long career include The terminal man(1974), reseller(1998) and his latest feature, I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead, 2003. British writer and broadcaster Matthew Sweet was among those who paid tribute to Hodges.

“A true master. A furious and restless talent. An impregnable job. I loved the movies. I loved the man”he tweeted.

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5- THE SUBMERGED FOREST OF GIANT SEAWEED SOUTH OF THE GALAPAGOS

An international scientific team has discovered a vast forest of seaweed-like kelp on the top of an seamount, about 50 meters deep, south of the archipelago of the Galapagos Islands.

  • The relevance of this research, which was published in the journal Marine biologyis the record of a new species of kelp for the region and probably also for science, The University of Malaga (southern Spain), which participates in the study, reported this Wednesday.

  • Brown algae are brown algae, famous for reaching very large sizes, and which, at high densities, form marine forests.Similar to coral reefs and mangroves, these forests are very important for maintaining marine biodiversity, offering protection and food for many species.

Since algae are cold-water species, Most of these forests are found exclusively in cold-temperate or polar regions, and in shallow coastal areas, due to their permanent need for light. However, this kelp forest in the Galapagos Marine Reserve is in a tropical region and away from coastal areas.


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