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SECRET SPACE PLANE FLARES: The US Air Force's X-37B space plane is circling Earth and, although it is on a classified mission with an officially unpublished orbit, sky watchers have spotted it . "I saw the X-37B from my home in Pasadena, [...] SATURN'S RINGS SURGE IN BRIGHTNESS: This Sunday, April 3rd, Saturn will be "at opposition"--that is, opposite the sun in the skies of Earth. Whenever this happens, Saturn's rings surge in brightness. Why? Scroll down for the explanation; on [...] APRIL AURORAS: According to the space weather forecast, geomagnetic storms were unlikely

Robert Reich: The Economic Truth That Nobody Will Admit: We're Heading Back Toward a Double-Dip

Why aren't Americans being told the truth about the economy? We're heading in the direction of a double dip -- but you'd never know it if you listened to the upbeat messages coming out of Wall Street and Washington. Consumers are 70 percent of the American economy, and consumer confidence is plummeting. It's weaker today on average than at the lowest point of the Great Recession. The Reuters/University of Michigan survey shows a 10 point decline in March -- the tenth largest drop on record. Part of that drop is attributable to rising fuel and food prices. A separate Conference Board's index of consumer confidence, just released, shows consumer confidence at a five-month low -- and a large part is due to expectations of fewer jobs and lower wages in the months ahead. Pessimistic consumers buy less. And fewer sales spells economic trouble ahead. What about the 192,000 jobs added in February ? (We'll know more Friday about how many jobs were added i

World Penis Size Map Is Hard News to Swallow | The Stir

Worldwide Penis Size Map Man oh man, this is really bad news, guys. Based on the Worldwide Penis Size Map , we're coming up a little short here in the United States. That's right. The US of A and all its gloriousness is pretty far up there on the penis size chart . In fact, we're #98 out of 112 countries. And sorry, fellows, in this case, the bigger the number on the chart, the smaller the d*cks . [...] Full article at   Posted via email from Moments of Awareness

Boise State gymnast Amy Glass' toughness an inspiration to team | Boise State Sports | Idaho Statesman

The tribute remains painted on the wall of the Boise State gymnastics team’s training gym. “What would Amy do?” Those words inspired the Broncos in 2009, when Amy Glass broke her neck on a fall from the bars and spent the rest of the season at home in California. This is the woman who teammates call a “robot” and an “animal” to describe her work ethic. Her nickname: Bionic. This is the woman who, two weeks after she left the hospital, spent 30-minute bursts on an elliptical machine — with a bulky, protective halo on her head. This is the woman who stared down the veteran sports surgeon and doting father who suggested that she give up the sport, giving her answer with her eyes rather than words. Teammates admire her. So does her dad. “She is so determined, so driven,” Dennis Glass said. “If there’s ever a person I can take lessons from, it’s Amy. … She’s got a fire in her belly that she can’t put out.” Glass, now a redshirt junior, returned to the Broncos for the 2010 season. T

How to Start | zen habits

How to Start ‘There are two mistakes one can make along the road to truth…not going all the way, and not starting.’ ~Buddha Post written by Leo Babauta . How do you start something new? Whether it’s beginning an exercise program, getting going with a task you want to complete, or creating a new business or product from scratch — how do you get started? [...]  Full article at Thanks, Julie! :) Posted via email from Moments of Awareness

Ancient Ocean 'Dead Zone' Delayed Recovery After Mass Extinction | K-T Extinction & Marine Life | Nutrient-Enriched Oceans | LiveScience

A flood of nutrients may have created an oxygen-starved ocean  about 250 million years ago, preventing life from bouncing back for a few million years after a mass extinction wiped out 90 percent of marine species, a new study indicates. The enriched, yet oxygen-starved ocean would have been similar to today's dead zones that appear in the modern ocean often as a result of agricultural runoff, as in the Gulf of Mexico . The Permian-Triassic extinction, which hit about 250 million years ago, is believed to have been the result of widespread volcanic eruptions in what is now Siberia, which poured carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Although the dates are inexact so far, it seems that life took an unusually long time to recover — possibly as much as 5 million years. [ Oceans in Peril: Primed for Mass Extinction? ] Too much of a good thing Chemical evidence from limestone deposited on the ocean floor during this time indicates that too much of a particular kind of

Edible Excretions: Taiwan's Toilet Restaurant - TIME

  "There's poop everywhere! Y-u-c-k," says 6-year-old Jordan Lien as he and his family dine at the Modern Toilet, a popular Taiwanese restaurant chain that's expanding into China and other parts of Asia. The boy was looking at the poop-shaped lights and dish covers and the curry on toilet-shaped plates. Diarrhea for dinner? That's the point. "It's supposed to shock and confuse the senses ," says Modern Toilet manager Chen Min-kuang. But as Jennifer Finch, an American who was dining there, described it, "They do it tastefully. It's all very clean." ( See the top 10 food trends of 2008. ) Every customer sits on a stylish acrylic toilet (lid down) designed with images of roses, seashells or Renaissance paintings. Everyone dines at a glass table with a sink underneath. The servers bring your meal atop a mini toilet bowl (quite convenient, as it brings the food closer to your mouth), you sip drinks from your own plastic ur

Mass Extinction Threat: Earth on Verge of Huge Reset Button? | LiveScience

Before ancient megafauna went extinct, mastodons kept broad-leaved vegetation, such as black ash trees, in check. CREDIT: Barry Roal Carlsen, University of Wisconsin-Madison. View full size image Mass extinctions have served as huge reset buttons that dramatically changed the diversity of species found in oceans all over the world, according to a comprehensive study of fossil records. The findings suggest humans will live in a very different future if they drive animals to extinction, because the loss of each species can alter entire ecosystems . Some scientists have speculated that effects of humans — from hunting to climate change — are fueling another great mass extinction. A few go so far as to say we are entering a new geologic epoch, leaving the 10,000-year-old Holocene Epoch behind and entering the Anthropocene Epoch , marked by major changes to global temperatures and ocean chemistry, increased sediment erosion, and changes in biology that

A Worldwide Day's Worth of Food - Photo Essays - TIME

In their new book,  What I Eat , photographer Peter Menzel and writer Faith D'Aluisio present thought-provoking portraits of individuals around the globe and the food that fuels them over the course of a single day. Full gallery at Posted via email from Moments of Awareness

The Morality of Mealtime - TIME

Corbis   In the March 2011 edition of the Atlantic, the writer B.R. Myers — North Korean expert, hater of books a lot of people like, vegan — launched a broadside against foodie-ism and food writing. Myers took aim at chef-authors like Anthony Bourdain, who celebrates an unabashedly hedonistic approach to eating, and Gabrielle Hamilton, the author of the appropriately titled memoir Blood, Bones and Butter . To Myers, what's missing in the new foodie literature — and in the growing pop cultural obsession with food, seen in the success of reality shows like Top Chef — is any sense of morality. Gluttony used to be one of the seven deadly sins, but now guilt has been expunged from good eating as long as food is prepared sustainably. Those in the food movement justly scorn the factory farms that make fast-food hamburgers, Myers notes, so "the contemporary gourmet reacts by voicing an ever-stronger preference for free-range meats from small local farms. He even claims to

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Good News for Preemies | Mother Jones

Here's some good news for you. Remember a few weeks ago I wrote a post about a drug that helps prevent premature births? For years, a generic version was widely available from compounding pharmacies for about $10 per shot, but then, based largely on studies performed by the federal government, Hologic Inc. won approval of a branded version of the drug. It promptly sold the marketing rights to K-V Pharmaceutical, which jacked up the price overnight to about $1,500 per shot:  [...] Full article at   Posted via email from Moments of Awareness

Paint Material Analysis Helps Restore and Authenticate Artwork | Research In Action | LiveScience

Scenes from the Life of Saint John the Baptist (Francesco Granacci; ca. 1506–1507), egg tempera, oil, and gold on wood; 77.6×151.1 cm. Bottom: Cross Section of paint layers from Scenes from the Life of Saint John the Baptist, 20x objective, DIC light. CREDIT: The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Purchase of Gwynne Andrews, Harris Brisbane Dick, Dodge, Fletcher, and Rogers; funds from various donors; gift from Ella Morris de Peyster and Mrs. Donald Oenslager; and gifts in memory of Robert Lehman, 1970 (1970.134.1) This Research in Action article was provided to LiveScience in partnership with the National Science Foundation. Not apparent in the above scene from The Life of Saint John the Baptist by Francesco Granacci (ca. 1506–1507) are the paint layers comprising it, as seen in the bottom image. Conservators from the Department of Scientific Research at the Metropolitan Museum of Art have partnered with scientists from Columbia University in New York  to

How Better Tweeting Builds Staff Engagement

Yahoo’s release of Twitter usage statistics,  reported earlier this week by Mathew Ingram , presents some interesting pointers for organizations striving to build strong social media presences. The research focused on the ways influence is established through Twitter, hinting at which user categories are the most popular, as well as which provide value, and how. While businesses can apply this information to tweak their interactions with clients, customers and the public via Twitter, the research points to much more than that: It implies that greater benefits are available to companies that use Twitter to actively engage with their own team members: companies that stop seeing Twitter as an outward-focused medium, and customers as a separate audience from staff. A Culture of Public Collaboration How many of your staff members actively follow — that is, engage with — your company’s Twitter feed? How many staff members’ Twitter accounts are actively followed (or engaged with

Google making app that would identify people's faces -

Google's Hartmut Neven, pictured here, says the company is working on a facial-recognition app. Santa Monica, California (CNN) -- Google plans to introduce a mobile application that would allow users to snap pictures of people's faces in order to access their personal information, a director for the project said this week. In order to be identified by the software, people would have to check a box agreeing to give Google permission to access their pictures and profile information, said Hartmut Neven, the Google engineering director for image-recognition development. Profiles might include a name, phone number and e-mail address. "We recognize that Google has to be extra careful when it comes to these [privacy] issues," Neven told CNN in an exclusive interview. Before the app launches, Google plans to have acceptable privacy models in place, he said. [...] Full article at   Posted via email from Moments of Awareness

NASA Light Technology Helps Cancer Patients Heal | NASA & Space Technology Spinoffs | Cancer & Medicine

The WARP 75 device uses High Emissivity Aluminiferous Luminescent Substrate, or HEALS. CREDIT: David Higginbotham | NASA View full size image NASA technology originally developed to study plant growth in space has found a new application — helping cancer patients recover from painful treatments. The technology — known as High Emissivity Aluminiferous Luminescent Substrate, or HEALS — generates powerful streams of red and infrared light. In a two-year clinical trial, HEALS substantially reduced the painful side effects of chemotherapy and radiation treatment in cancer patients who had undergone bone marrow or stem cell transplants , researchers said. "Using this technology as a healing agent was phenomenal," clinical trial principal investigator Dr. Donna Salzman, of the University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital, said in a statement. "The HEALS device was well tolerated with no adverse [...] ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Follow SPAC

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‘Shadow inventory’ could still haunt Treasure Valley housing market | Idaho Economy | Idaho Statesman

Idaho had a 7.2-month supply of homes likely to become short sales, foreclosures or repossessions at the beginning of 2011, according to an industry report released Wednesday. That’s bad news. But 45 other states have more inventory. CoreLogic, a provider of consumer, financial and property information, defines the shadow inventory as homes that are 90 days delinquent on their mortgage payments, in foreclosure or have already been repossessed — but have not been put on the market by lenders. Q: Why aren’t those properties up for sale? A: “Lenders are regulating the number of distressed properties that they list in order to avoid flooding the housing market, which would destroy it,” said Lance Churchill, president of Front Line Realty, a Meridian firm that buys foreclosed properties. [...] ~~~~~~~~~~~~ Joe Estrella: 377-646 Full article at   Posted via email from Moments of Awareness

The fine art of Plinking: Time for some target practice | Hunting | Idaho Statesman

Spring is here, and it’s time to go shooting. If you want to do more than aim at black circles on tan paper, modern targets are a blast. They’re a safe, clean alternative to the junk that some people shoot and give all shooters a bad name. You can safely shoot things that swing, clang, jump or break without making a mess. With a little creativity or an investment in durable targets, you can set up your own shooting gallery and blaze away without a guilty conscience. Get ready to lock and load. SELF-HEALING SWINGING TARGETS [...] ~~~~~~~~~~~ Roger Phillips: 373-6615 Full article at   Posted via email from Moments of Awareness

Community-supported agriculture takes off in the Treasure Valley | Business | Idaho Statesman

Josie Erskine owns Peaceful Belly Farm, which has offered a CSA, or community-supported agriculture, for eight years. It’s one of the oldest CSAs in the area, and part of an expanding trend of people wanting to eat food grown close to home, during this Year of Idaho Food. Subscriptions may seem pricey at first, Erskine said. They typically cost about $420 for 18 to 20 weeks — or about $21 to $23 a week. But CSA dollars stretch further than they do at local markets for people who buy organic a la carte, said Erskine. A CSA subscription also saves a subscriber labor, water and fertilizer that would be required to grow the wide variety of produce by CSAs. Here are some local programs. One may be a match for you: [...] ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Contact: 890-1459 or . Anna Webb: 377-6431 Full article at   Posted via email from Moments of Awareness

Organized religion 'will be driven toward extinction' in 9 countries, experts predict – CNN Belief Blog - Blogs

March 23rd, 2011 10:56 AM ET Share this on: Facebook Twitter Digg reddit Mixx MySpace StumbleUpon Share Comments ( 3,198 comments ) Permalink Organized religion 'will be driven toward extinction' in 9 countries, experts predict By Richard Allen Greene , CNN Organized religion will all but vanish eventually from nine Western-style democracies, a team of mathematicians predict in a new paper based on census data stretching back 100 years. It won

To the brain, getting burned, getting dumped feel the same -

Brain networks that are activated when you're burned also light up when you think about a lover who has spurned you. ( ) -- Science has finally confirmed what anyone who's ever been in love already knows: Heartbreak really does hurt. In a new study using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), researchers have found that the same brain networks that are activated when you're burned by hot coffee also light up when you think about a lover who has spurned you. In other words, the brain doesn't appear to firmly distinguish between physical pain and intense emotional pain. Heartache and painful breakups are "more than just metaphors," says Ethan Kross, Ph.D., the lead researcher and an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor. [...] ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Copyright Health Magazine 2010 Full article at   Posted via email from Moments of Awareness

MESSENGER: MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging

Click on image to enlarge. First Image Ever Obtained from Mercury Orbit Release Date: March 29, 2011 Latitude: N/A Longitude: N/A --> Topics: WAC Date acquired: March 29, 2011 Image Mission Elapsed Time (MET): 209877871 Image ID: 65056 Instrument: Wide Angle Camera (WAC) of the Mercury Dual Imaging System (MDIS) Center Latitude: -53.3° Center Longitude: 13.0° E Resolution: 2.7 kilometers/pixel (1.7 miles/pixel) Scale: Debussy has a diameter of 80 kilometers (50 miles) Of Interest: Early this morning, at 5:20 am EDT, MESSENGER captured this historic image of Mercury. This image is the first ever obtained from a spacecraft in orbit about the Solar System's innermost planet. Over the subsequent six hours, MESSENGER acquired an additional 363 images before downlinking some of the data to Earth. The MESSENGER team is currently looking over the newly returned data, which are still

Right, Wing-Nut!: Japan's Radiation Plume: Soak It Up, It's Good For You!

In an hysterical media environment, where networks plot to achieve the top ratings by unnecessarily scaring the shit out of the few viewers who actually have faith in them, it takes Ann freakin ' Coulter to point out what everyone else is afraid to tell you: That a little bit of radiation is good for the body and soul: With the terrible earthquake and resulting tsunami that have devastated Japan, the only good news is that anyone exposed to excess radiation from the nuclear power plants is now probably much less likely to get cancer. This only seems counterintuitive because of media hysteria for the past 20 years trying to convince Americans that radiation at any dose is bad. There is, however, burgeoning evidence that excess radiation operates as a sort of cancer vaccine. As The New York Times science section reported in 2001, an increasing number of scientists believe that at some level -- much higher than the minimums set by the U.S. government -- radiation is go

Balanced budget amendment: 'Irresponsible' - Mar. 29, 2011

Republican Sens. John Cornyn and Orrin Hatch are two co-sponsors of a bill that would require a balanced budget, cap spending and make it harder to raise taxes. By Jeanne Sahadi, senior writerMarch 29, 2011: 12:02 PM ET NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- In a time of record debt, it sure sounds prudent: Amend the U.S. Constitution to force Congress to balance the budget every year. In reality, it may be anything but. More than a dozen leading Republican senators are co-sponsoring a bill that would require a balanced budget; cap spending below the historical average; and require a supermajority of lawmakers to approve tax hikes or most increases to the debt ceiling . Co-sponsors Orrin Hatch and John Cornyn noted earlier this year that the annual deficit is more than 10 times what it was in 1997, when the Senate came close to approving another balanced budget amendment. [...] Full article at   Posted via email from Moments of Awareness

BBC News - South Korea's Yeonpyeong island breathes back to life

By Nick Ravenscroft BBC News, Yeonpyeong Island The BBC's Nick Ravenscroft: "This is not a repair job, this is a demolition job" Click to play North Korea's attack on a South Korean island in November pushed the two Cold War enemies dangerously close to a wider confrontation. Four people - including two civilians - were killed when shells rained down on Yeonpyeong, which sits isolated from mainland South Korea - just a few short miles off the North Korean coast. Those who were evacuated are now returning to rebuild their community. But there's a deep anxiety about the future. [...] Full article at   Posted via email from Moments of Awareness

BBC News - Tourette's blogger has a laugh about her tics

By Philippa Roxby Health reporter, BBC News Jessica's tics started when she was six and became more serious in her 20s Public transport can be extremely difficult for Jessica Thom, particularly if she is on her own. She was filmed recently by a stranger on the train as she let out a string of expletives. On another occasion, the 30-year-old youth worker was left helpless and tearful after staff refused to let her through the ticket barriers when her pass would not work. Again she was swearing. [...] Full article at Love it. Posted via email from Moments of Awareness

BBC News - Sexual preference chemical found in mice

Serotonin controls a male mouse's choice of partner A chemical in the brain controls sexual preference in mice, according to scientists in China. Male mice bred without serotonin lose their preference for females, a report in Nature says. The researchers say it is the first time that a neurotransmitter has been shown to play a role in sexual preference in mammals. Experts have warned about the dangers of drawing conclusions about human sexuality. [...] Full article at Wouldn't it be nice if, should science ever find something that changes one's sexual orientation, society no longer cares if one chooses to utilize it or not? Posted via email from Moments of Awareness

BBC - Newsbeat - Royalties fall for the first time, says PRS for Music

By Steve Holden Newsbeat entertainment reporter   The amount of money artists get from their songs being played in public has fallen for the first time ever. The Performing Right Society (PRS), which represents 75,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers in the UK, says the amount fell one per cent in 2010 to £611.2 million pounds. That's seven million pounds less than the year before. [...] Full article at   Posted via email from Moments of Awareness

[TVCTV Supporters Against HB 303] New doc: Sunday Greetingdso9

From: Patrick Joseph Daly Date: Mon, Mar 28, 2011 at 12:33 PM Patrick Joseph Daly posted in TVCTV Supporters Against HB 303 . Patrick Joseph Daly created a doc "Sunday Greetingdso9". Greetings TVCTV Supporters and Producers ~ The Video Service Act is coming back with worse consequences for Public Access Television in Idaho. Monday morning it is coming back as an RS (routing slip) and may be given another number - started as H32, then H156, then H303.   I attended the sub-committee meeting last week (was not permitted to provide information) where changes were made to the bill. Association of Idaho Cities, Idaho Cable Telecommunications Association, City of Boise and City of Pocatello (attended by phone) testified along with Bill Roden - lobbyist for Qwest. A.I.C., I.C.T.A., Boise and Pocatello all said, "They like what we have - it works, they don't agree with this bill, they will not oppose it". Again, Public Access Television was excluded from the d

Growing pains for the 30th Street area in Boise | Transportation | Idaho Statesman

The city of Boise has big plans to create a new neighborhood between the Boise River and State Street, piggybacking on the Ada County Highway District’s plan to make 30th a through street that would provide access to the city’s new whitewater park and two other riverside parks. But the city and ACHD have hit a minor roadblock on how to handle access for some of the homes fronting the new 30th Street extension. The conflict created some fireworks at a recent City Council meeting, but officials say the matter can be worked out. “This is solvable and very doable,” said Jade Riley, Mayor Dave Bieter’s chief of staff. The plan for the 30th Street extension calls for widening Rose Street, which now deadends near the river. It would become five lanes with sidewalks and bike lanes from State Street, just east of the Idaho Department of Transportation headquarters. The [...] ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Cynthia Sewell: 377-6428 Full article at   Posted via em -- News and information about meteor showers, solar flares, auroras, and near-Earth asteroids

SOLAR RADIO STORM: Did you know sunspots can make noise? Consider the following: "Over the past few days, I have been recording a sustained solar radio storm at 180 MHz," reports amateur radio astronomer Thomas Ashcraft of New Mexico. "It consists of Type I radio bursts and sounds like ocean surf. Here is an audio sample from March 27th at 1930 UT. The sun seems to be entering a new phase of dynamism." Radio emissions like these are caused by plasma instabilities in the sun's atmosphere above sunspots. With the sun becoming 'radio-active,' it's no coincidence