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Time Warp: What It’s Like to Experience New Technology After 25 Years in Jail

Posted by on January 10, 2013 in Technology with 0 Comments
Time Warp: What It’s Like to Experience New Technology After 25 Years in Jail

When I went to prison, in 1987, Motorola manufactured the large, gray cellphone that I used. People referred to it as “the brick.” It had the capacity to send or receive phone calls, but there wasn’t any text messaging back then. I also had a pager, but it could only transmit digits, as I recall. I had a personal computer manufactured by IBM with a DOS operating system that I didn’t really understand and 40 megabytes of memory. I was told that was a big deal.

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British Archaeologists Unearth Astonishing Collection Of Ancient Figurines In Greece

Posted by on January 8, 2013 in Archaeology with 0 Comments
British Archaeologists Unearth Astonishing Collection Of Ancient Figurines In Greece

A team of history-lovers from Britain have unearthed over 300 prehistoric clay figurines in one of the biggest archaeological finds in south-eastern Europe. The archaeologists, from Southampton University, helped make the landmark discovery at a Neolithic archaeological site in central Greece believed to be dated from between 5800 – 5300 BC.

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Astronomers Say There Are at Least 17 Billion Earth-Sized Planets in the Milky Way

Posted by on January 8, 2013 in Earth & Space with 0 Comments
Astronomers Say There Are at Least 17 Billion Earth-Sized Planets in the Milky Way

According to research just presented at the 221st meeting of the American Astronomical Society in California, the Milky Way hosts no less than 17 billion planets roughly the size of earth.

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Discovery Channel Team Captures First Ever Footage of Elusive Giant Squid in Pacific Depths, Japan Scientists Report

Posted by on January 7, 2013 in Nature with 0 Comments
Discovery Channel Team Captures First Ever Footage of Elusive Giant Squid in Pacific Depths, Japan Scientists Report

Scientists and broadcasters said Monday they have captured footage of an elusive giant squid roaming the depths of the Pacific Ocean, showing it in its natural habitat for the first time ever.

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Minority Rules: Scientists Discover Tipping Point for the Spread of Ideas

Posted by on January 6, 2013 in Psychology-Psychiatry with 1 Comment
Minority Rules: Scientists Discover Tipping Point for the Spread of Ideas

Scientists at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have found that when just 10 percent of the population holds an unshakable belief, their belief will always be adopted by the majority of the society.

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2.1 Billion-Year-Old Martian Rock Discovered in Sahara Desert Contains Ancient Water

Posted by on January 4, 2013 in Earth & Space with 0 Comments
2.1 Billion-Year-Old Martian Rock Discovered in Sahara Desert Contains Ancient Water

A 2.1 billion-year-old Martian rock offers scientists clues to to a period in the planet’s history when its climate finally changed. It is among the oldest known from the planet and matches findings from NASA rovers. The meteorite contains a concentration of water by weight about ten times higher than in any of the other 100 or so known Martian meteorites.

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2-Minute Earth & Space Weather News January 4, 2013

Posted by on January 4, 2013 in Earth & Space with 0 Comments
2-Minute Earth & Space Weather News January 4, 2013

2-minute Earth & space weather news for January 4, 2013:  The capital city of Tehran was shut down due to pollution. No evacuation yet.  This after Iran evacuated the city of Isfahan.  Again, pollution was blamed for the city-wide evacuation.  However, there have been reports that there was an explosion at the Isfahan Nuclear Plant. […]

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The Milky Way Is Home To More Than 100 Billion Alien Planets

Posted by on January 3, 2013 in Earth & Space, Science with 2 Comments
The Milky Way Is Home To More Than 100 Billion Alien Planets

Our Milky Way galaxy is home to at least 100 billion alien planets, and possibly many more, a new study suggests.

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Astronauts Describe The ‘Overview Effect’ That Transformed Their Minds After Seeing Earth From Space

Posted by on January 3, 2013 in Earth & Space with 1 Comment
Astronauts Describe The ‘Overview Effect’ That Transformed Their Minds After Seeing Earth From Space

The “overview effect,” first described by author Frank White in 1987, is the sudden recognition that we live on a planet. The experience transforms a person’s perspective of Earth and mankind’s place upon it, and he or she begins to think of Earth as more of a “shared home” and have a strong feeling of awe.

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Physicist Richard Feynman’s ‘Ode to the Flower’ Accompanied with Brilliant Animated Video

Posted by on January 1, 2013 in Science with 0 Comments
Physicist Richard Feynman’s ‘Ode to the Flower’ Accompanied with Brilliant Animated Video

I can appreciate the beauty of a flower. At the same time, I see much more about the flower than he sees. I could imagine the cells in there, the complicated actions inside, which also have a beauty. I mean it’s not just beauty at this dimension, at one centimeter; there’s also beauty at smaller dimensions, the inner structure, also the processes. The fact that the colors in the flower evolved in order to attract insects to pollinate it is interesting; it means that insects can see the color. It adds a question: does this aesthetic sense also exist in the lower forms? Why is it aesthetic? All kinds of interesting questions which the science knowledge only adds to the excitement, the mystery and the awe of a flower. It only adds. I don’t understand how it subtracts.

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