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Study Finds Suppressing Negative Thoughts May Benefit Mental Health

A study conducted at the University of Cambridge suggests that suppressing negative thoughts may have benefits for mental health, challenging the belief that ignoring such thoughts allows them to persist and negatively affect well-being. The study involved training participants to suppress thoughts related to negative events, and surprisingly, suppressed thoughts became less vivid and participants reported improved mental health scores. Individuals with PTSD experienced the greatest positive impact from suppressing negative thoughts, indicating potential promise as a coping mechanism. The study’s findings have important implications for individuals with anxiety and offer a potential tool for difficult times.

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U.S. Treasury Department Establishes Working Groups for China-U.S. Economic Discussions

The U.S. Treasury Department has established two new working groups, led by Secretary Yellen and Vice Premier He Lifeng, to facilitate discussions on China-U.S. economic and financial issues. These groups aim to promote healthy economic competition, a level playing field for American workers and businesses, and cooperation on global challenges. The establishment of these working groups signifies improved communication channels between the two countries, following recent high-level visits. Despite remaining challenges, the U.S. emphasizes the importance of dialogue and constructive engagement to address differences and foster cooperation.

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MIT Researchers Develop Method to Convert Lignin into Sustainable Aviation Fuel

MIT researchers have developed a method to convert lignin into sustainable aviation fuel, offering a renewable alternative for the aviation industry and potentially reducing its reliance on fossil fuels. The use of a molybdenum carbide catalyst and a two-reactor system ensures the production of high-quality fuel, with preliminary testing showing promising results. With support from various funding sources, this research holds great promise for a greener and more sustainable aviation future.

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