Go back to the enewsletter The Allegretto Vineyard

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterThe Allegretto Vineyard Resort on California’s Central Coast, a 171-room luxury resort in the Paso Robles wine region, has created the world’s first Sonic Labyrinth ‘Sound Circle.’ Designed to give guests a tranquil space with a distinctive series of sounds created by wind instruments, the new Sonic Labyrinth deepens the resort’s wellness offerings in the heart of Paso Robles Wine Country.According to proprietor Doug Ayres, the Sonic Labyrinth utilises music and space as a way to compel guests to slow their pace and become more mindful. As a symbol of life’s journey, a labyrinth is an archetypal pattern that leads one along a single, meandering path to a centre point – the centre being a metaphor as well as a physical spot. Labyrinths provide an opportunity to free the mind at one’s own pace, by incorporating sound into the experience.Activated by motion sensors, the Sound Circle creates a series of soft, soothing tones which evolve as you walk through the labyrinth, cultivating a sense of relaxation and focus, while an intentional central null space creates an added sense of grounding.Guests will hear the unique sounds of vessel flutes known as The Innate: original handcrafted wind instruments made from European clay with three chambers that impart an unusual harmony.“The idea is not to have a musical melody exactly, but to have different notes of harmonic sound to help evoke various emotions, ultimately creating a calming state of mind through this transformative experience,” said Ayres.Designed to broaden the resort’s wellness amenities, the hotel also offers a European-inspired spa, Chära wellness program, individually selected and purposefully positioned art collection by Ayres throughout the resort, peaceful garden walkways and French-inspired Abbey. The custom-designed Sound Circle exemplifies another way Allegretto seeks to foster a serene, contemplative environment for its guests.“Just like the musical term ‘allegretto’ describes a cheerful tempo, the Allegretto Vineyard Resort is meant to express a life lived joyfully and in harmony,” explains Ayres. “We’re pleased that this new Sound Circle in our labyrinth will add to the resort’s harmonious experience in an entirely new way, taking guests on a path of personal discovery.”More details on the property here.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

Study shows how to slow down spread of Ebola virus

first_imgJun 12 2018Between 2013 and 2016, West Africa suffered the most severe outbreak of Ebola ever recorded. In Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, a total of 29,000 patients were diagnosed with the disease. More than 11,000 people didn’t survive.The epidemic has now passed, but researchers are wondering which intervention strategies would have been most effective in containing the disease.Creating an Ebola family treeWith the genetic data of 1,610 samples from Ebola patients, researchers from the Rega Institute at KU Leuven mapped the spread of the Ebola virus in West-Africa between 2013 and 2016.”We created a genetic family tree of the epidemic, in time as well as space, with the oldest DNA sample from early 2014 in Guinea, a sample of the virus when it entered Sierra Leone in March or April 2014, and so on,” says Professor Guy Baele from KU Leuven.Related StoriesNew study identifies eight genetic variants associated with anorexia nervosaResearchers identify gene mutations linked to leukemia in children with Down’s syndromeFungal infection study identifies specific genetic vulnerability among Hmong peopleKey role of the capitalsThe researchers connected the family tree of the epidemic to other information, such as geographical information and transportation.”Long-distance transportation, such as air travel by contaminated people, doesn’t appear to have been important in spreading the virus,” says postdoctoral researcher Simon Dellicour from KU Leuven. “Contrary to what happens during a flu epidemic, the Ebola epidemic spread due to short-distance travelling. The epidemic stepped up its pace once the virus had reached Conakry, Freetown and Monrovia – the capitals of Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, respectively. These capitals attracted the virus, so to speak, and played a key role in spreading it.”Closing international bordersThe findings also reveal which policy measures can successfully slow down or, conversely, accelerate the spread of the Ebola virus.”Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia have each closed their international borders at a different moment in time. These interventions are visible in our phylogenetic tree of the Ebola virus and we also see how the virus continued to evolve afterwards. Closing the borders was an effective way to prevent Ebola from becoming an international epidemic. That’s important to know, as this type of intervention strategy obviously has major economic and social consequences. Preventive measures within one city or district would have made little difference: we believe that a coordinated approach would have had a bigger impact.”Potential for on-going epidemics”This research method gives us a quick and accurate view of the key times and locations of the Ebola epidemic,” Baele continues. “That teaches us where and when we should have intervened.””This information is also useful for on-going epidemics. For one thing, we want to apply this phylogenetic inference-based technique to rabies, a disease that still kills 60,000 people each year in Asia and Africa.” Source:https://nieuws.kuleuven.be/en/content/2018/how-to-slow-down-ebola-virologists-use-genetic-trees-to-evaluate-intervention-strategieslast_img read more