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10 Very Strange Facts About Monday’s (Aug 21) Solar Eclipse That Will Absolutely Blow Your Mind

Posted by on August 18, 2017 in Earth & Space, Sci-Tech with 0 Comments
10 Very Strange Facts About Monday’s (Aug 21) Solar Eclipse That Will Absolutely Blow Your Mind

As you will see, so many numbers seem to indicate that this eclipse could have some sort of special significance, and it begins a period of exactly 40 days that many believe could be a turning point for America.

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How to View the Solar Eclipse For Those Outside the Path of Totality – An Astrophysicist Shares Some Tips

Posted by on August 16, 2017 in Earth & Space, Sci-Tech with 0 Comments
How to View the Solar Eclipse For Those Outside the Path of Totality – An Astrophysicist Shares Some Tips

Everyone in the continental United States — as well as Canada and Mexico — will get to enjoy seeing a bite taken out of the sun on the afternoon of August 21. No matter where you are, the entire eclipse event will last about three hours, from the moment the moon first touches the disk of the sun, to its maximum extent an hour and a half in, to the point where the sun and moon separate and continue on their solitary journeys.

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Meet Spot, the Robot Dog That Can Run, Hop, Walk Upright and Open Doors

Posted by on August 15, 2017 in Sci-Tech, Technology with 0 Comments
Meet Spot, the Robot Dog That Can Run, Hop, Walk Upright and Open Doors

That science fiction future where robots can do what people and animals do may be closer than you think. Marc Raibert, founder of Boston Dynamics, is developing advanced robots that can gallop like a cheetah, negotiate 10 inches of snow, walk upright on two legs and even open doors and deliver packages.

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A Scientific Look at Homosexuality: Does Everyone Have a Gay Gene?

Posted by on August 14, 2017 in Sci-Tech, Science with 0 Comments
A Scientific Look at Homosexuality: Does Everyone Have a Gay Gene?

Curious about what science now knows about homosexuality? Watch this!

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New Mexico’s Chaco Canyon Petroglyph May Represent Ancient Total Eclipse

Posted by on August 14, 2017 in Archaeology, Sci-Tech with 0 Comments
New Mexico’s Chaco Canyon Petroglyph May Represent Ancient Total Eclipse

CU Boulder Professor Emeritus J. McKim “Kim” Malville said the petroglyph—carved in a rock by early Pueblo people—is a circle that resembles the sun’s outer atmosphere known as its corona, with tangled protrusions looping off the edges. The object may illustrate the total eclipse of the sun that occurred over the region on July 11, 1097.

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Here’s Why Half of the Life You Experience is Over by Age 7

Posted by on August 13, 2017 in Nature, Psychology-Psychiatry, Sci-Tech, Science with 1 Comment
Here’s Why Half of the Life You Experience is Over by Age 7

Have you ever observed that time seems to be going by faster as you get older? There’s a reason that one summer seems to stretch out forever when you’re a kid, but zips by before you know it when you’re 30. That reason is perspective, as a gorgeous interactive visualization, by Austrian designer Maximilian Kiener, demonstrates. When you’re one year old, a year is literally forever to you — it’s all the time that you’ve ever known. But as you grow older, one year is a smaller and smaller fraction of your total life. It’s like watching something shrink in your rear view mirror.

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Opposition Defiant Disorder — Non-Conformity & Anti-Authoritarianism Now Considered an Illness

Posted by on August 11, 2017 in Psychology-Psychiatry, Sci-Tech with 68 Comments
Opposition Defiant Disorder — Non-Conformity & Anti-Authoritarianism Now Considered an Illness

Opposition Defiant Disorder is another new “mental illness diagnosis” included in the latest DSM. So are many other things that are simply descriptors of characteristics. Read the list. All have pharmaceutical “solutions”. Where there is non conformity especially deficiencies in “rule-governed behaviour” the answer is to medicate the person into submission. There are now 357 mental illness diagnoses instead of the 130 in 1950. Overdiagnosis and overmedication are now the norm.

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Carl Sagan’s Eerily Accurate Prediction About the Demise Of America

Posted by on August 11, 2017 in Sci-Tech, Science with 0 Comments
Carl Sagan’s Eerily Accurate Prediction About the Demise Of America

“I have a foreboding of an America in my children’s or grandchildren’s time – when the United States is a service and information economy; when nearly all the key manufacturing industries have slipped away to other countries; when awesome technological powers are in the hands of a very few, and no one representing the public interest can even grasp the issues; when the people have lost the ability to set their own agendas or knowledgeably question those in authority; when, clutching our crystals and nervously consulting our horoscopes, our critical faculties in decline, unable to distinguish between what feels good and what’s true, we slide, almost without noticing, back into superstition and darkness.” ~Carl Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark

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These Applications and Websites Will Help Enhance Your Brain

Posted by on August 10, 2017 in Psychology-Psychiatry, Sci-Tech, Technology with 0 Comments
These Applications and Websites Will Help Enhance Your Brain

These activities are helpful for people of all ages, but those in their elderly years will certainly benefit more: a greater number of studies show that keeping an active mind is important for the brain as it ages, and doing exercises and games that keep different parts of the brain engaged are associated with warding off Alzheimer’s, dementia, and other such diseases typically associated with growing older.

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New Software Diagnoses Depression Based on Social Media Selfies

Posted by on August 9, 2017 in Sci-Tech, Technology with 0 Comments
New Software Diagnoses Depression Based on Social Media Selfies

Based on volunteers’ mental health history, the software was able to accurately diagnose depressed individuals 70 percent of the time. By comparison, previous research suggests human physicians are correct only about 42 percent of the time.

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Light Therapy is More Effective than Prozac in Major Depression

Light Therapy is More Effective than Prozac in Major Depression

Bright light therapy has a proven track record of success in the treatment of seasonal affective disorder (SAD), commonly referred to as the winter blues. A new study from the University of British Columbia shows that this simple and safe therapy is effective for non-seasonal major depression. In fact, researchers showed light therapy was much more effective than fluoxetine (Prozac).

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Japanese Study Suggests Rats Are Altruistic & Empathetic

Posted by on July 31, 2017 in Sci-Tech, Science with 56 Comments
Japanese Study Suggests Rats Are Altruistic & Empathetic

Researchers at the Kwansei Gakuin University in Japan found that when rats were put in a situation where they could drown, they will indeed, rescue their distressed pals from danger, adding to growing evidence that the rodents feel empathy.

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Scientists Have Pinpointed the Cells In the Brain That Control Aging

Posted by on July 31, 2017 in Sci-Tech, Science with 0 Comments
Scientists Have Pinpointed the Cells In the Brain That Control Aging

Scientists at Albert Einstein College of Medicine have found that stem cells in the brain’s hypothalamus govern how fast aging occurs in the body. The finding, made in mice, could lead to new strategies for warding off age-related diseases and extending lifespan.

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The Total Solar Eclipse on August 21 Is a Chance to Prove Einstein Right (Again)

Posted by on July 30, 2017 in Earth & Space, Sci-Tech, Science with 1 Comment
The Total Solar Eclipse on August 21 Is a Chance to Prove Einstein Right (Again)

The August 21 total solar eclipse, along with modern instrumentation, and more accurate measurements of the positions of the stars, should help refine the measurements needed to replicate Arthur Eddington’s 1919 experiment that proved Einstein’s theory of general relativity.

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Milky Way’s Origins Are Not What They Seem

Posted by on July 28, 2017 in Earth & Space, Sci-Tech with 0 Comments
Milky Way’s Origins Are Not What They Seem

Using supercomputer simulations, the research team found a major and unexpected new mode for how galaxies, including our own Milky Way, acquired their matter: intergalactic transfer. As a result, each one of us may be made in part from extragalactic matter.

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