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Looking up: Clear skies in winter make for great stargazing
If you're looking for a good story to while away the winter hours and are willing to brave the cold, try the night sky. Several easily identifiable objects and constellations are in the frosty skies that can give beginners a taste of astronomy and you don't need to have expensive equipment to do it.

There is much to see that is easily visible by just going outside at the right time and looking up. The constellations Orion, Canis Major the big dog, which includes our brightest star, Sirius and Taurus all cluster in the southern sky in winter.

"All that is going to be gorgeous viewing, and you aren't going to need a thing," says Dale Hendricks, president of the Quad Cities Astronomical Society.
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Megabus begins daily nonstop service out of Davenport
In late January, daily nonstop Megabus.com service between the Quad-Cities and Chicago, Iowa City, Des Moines and Omaha rolled out, with arrivals and departures at the Ground Transportation Center at 300 West River Drive, Davenport.

The double-decker bus service had previously offered service between Chicago and Iowa City. by offering a stop in the Quad-Cities, residents of Davenport, Bettendorf, Rock Island and Moline will more easily be... More »

Going deep: Relaxation, awareness combine in yoga nidra practice
When we think of yoga, it often conjures pictures of lithe figures contorting into complicated poses, but the physical side of the practice is only one aspect of yoga. The aspect that you don't see is what happens in the mind. Such is the case with nidra, a seemingly simple yoga practice with distinct benefits.

According to certified yoga instructor Jennifer Vondracek, nidra is "therapeutic guided relaxation that is highly restorative to the... More »

From ahh to aha! The tongue can be a surprising health indicator
Ever since we were little, doctors have been asking us to stick out our tongues and say, "Ahhh." But while traditional Western medical doctors are likely only looking at our throats, acupuncturists and traditional Chinese medicine practitioners are inspecting our tongues. The reason?

"The tongue is kind of a microsystem," says Alice Spitzner Claussen, a licensed acupuncturist, Chinese medicine practitioner and owner of Twig & Needle... More »

Matters of the heart: In more ways than one, how we live impacts our health
Recently, I've been thinking about matters of the heart. According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control, here are some alarming facts:

• About 600,000 people die of heart disease in the United States every year — that's one in every four deaths.
• Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. More than half of the deaths due to heart disease in 2009 were in men.
• Coronary heart... More »

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