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

Written 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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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

Written 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

Written 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)

Written 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

Written 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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New Research Shows We Are Probably ‘Extragalactic Immigrants’

Written by on July 28, 2017 in Earth & Space, Sci-Tech with 0 Comments
New Research Shows We Are Probably ‘Extragalactic Immigrants’

Interested in the Big Bang? You’ve got to read this!

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Darwin Was Wrong: Compassion Helped Fuel Human Evolution – NOT Survival of the Fittest

Written by on July 25, 2017 in Psychology-Psychiatry, Sci-Tech, Science with 36 Comments
Darwin Was Wrong: Compassion Helped Fuel Human Evolution – NOT Survival of the Fittest

A new study of early humans has challenged one of the main tenets of Darwin’s evolutionary theory, the idea of the survival of the fittest, by suggesting compassion and the ability to accommodate “defective” members of the community actually played a significant role in how humans developed.

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Total Solar Eclipse August 2017: When, Where and How to See It (Safely)

Written by on July 25, 2017 in Earth & Space, Sci-Tech with 1 Comment
Total Solar Eclipse August 2017: When, Where and How to See It (Safely)

Solar eclipse skywatchers outside the path of totality will still be able to see a partial solar eclipse. Solar viewing glasses (NOT regular sunglasses) allow skywatchers to look directly at the moon’s progress across the face of the sun. You can also view the progress of a partial solar eclipse using a pinhole camera.

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New Breakthrough Discovery—Every Quantum Particle Travels Backwards

Written by on July 24, 2017 in Sci-Tech, Science with 0 Comments
New Breakthrough Discovery—Every Quantum Particle Travels Backwards

Mathematicians at the Universities of York, Munich and Cardiff have identified a unique property of quantum mechanical particles – they can move in the opposite way to the direction in which they are being pushed. This discovery paves the way for further research into quantum mechanics.

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Watch: Flyover Of Pluto’s Majestic Mountains and Icy Plains [Close-Up Video Footage]

Written by on July 23, 2017 in Earth & Space, Sci-Tech with 0 Comments
Watch: Flyover Of Pluto’s Majestic Mountains and Icy Plains [Close-Up Video Footage]

This dramatic Pluto flyover footage begins over the highlands to the southwest of the great expanse of nitrogen ice plain informally named Sputnik Planitia. The viewer first passes over the western margin of Sputnik, where it borders the dark, cratered terrain of Cthulhu Macula, with the blocky mountain ranges located within the plains seen on the right. The tour moves north past the rugged and fractured highlands of Voyager Terra and then turns southward over Pioneer Terra—which exhibits deep and wide pits—before concluding over the bladed terrain of Tartarus Dorsa in the far east of the encounter hemisphere.

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Cell Phones Are About To Become More Powerful Than You Could Imagine

Written by on July 21, 2017 in Sci-Tech, Technology with 0 Comments
Cell Phones Are About To Become More Powerful Than You Could Imagine

MIT associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science Vivienne Sze and her team made a breakthrough last year by designing an energy-efficient computer chip that could allow mobile devices to run powerful artificial intelligence systems. 

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Is Talking to Yourself Crazy or Helpful?

Written by on July 20, 2017 in Psychology-Psychiatry, Sci-Tech with 11 Comments
Is Talking to Yourself Crazy or Helpful?

Talking to yourself has been proven to help one through difficult tasks, performance. So when you take on something new, talk yourself through it. Hearing yourself say it becomes another form of input and helps you learn in multiple ways.

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Being Open-Minded Literally Changes The Way You See The World, Says New Research

Written by on July 19, 2017 in Psychology-Psychiatry, Sci-Tech, Science with 0 Comments
Being Open-Minded Literally Changes The Way You See The World, Says New Research

Another interesting study from 2015 shows that being open minded can affect a person’s ability to perceive unexpected objects while attention is focused on something else, called “inattentional blindness.”

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Landmark Study Shows Legal Marijuana Sales Reduce Crime

Written by on July 16, 2017 in Psychology-Psychiatry, Sci-Tech, Science with 0 Comments
Landmark Study Shows Legal Marijuana Sales Reduce Crime

The researchers noted that medical marijuana dispensaries actually increase the ‘walkability score’ of a neighborhood which deters criminal activity. What this study illustrates is that Sessions’ policies of bringing back D.A.R.E., continuing to clamp down on pot, and removing state’s rights, would not only be detrimental to fighting the opioid epidemic, but it would also create more crime.

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