the present moment

News Mash: Mindfully mindlessly, via meditation, is great for your health!

Do you know what it means to be ‘mindful’?

If not…

Well, maybe you should:

[via Time] The Mindful Revolution ~By Kate Pickert

The raisins sitting in my sweaty palm are getting stickier by the minute. They don’t look particularly appealing, but when instructed by my teacher, I take one in my fingers and examine it. I notice that the raisin’s skin glistens. Looking closer, I see a small indentation where it once hung from the vine. Eventually, I place the raisin in my mouth and roll the wrinkly little shape over and over with my tongue, feeling its texture. After a while, I push it up against my teeth and slice it open. Then, finally, I chew — very slowly.

I’m eating a raisin. But for the first time in my life, I’m doing it differently. I’m doing it mindfully. This whole experience might seem silly, but we’re in the midst of a popular obsession with mindfulness as the secret to health and happiness — and a growing body of evidence suggests it has clear benefits. The class I’m taking is part of a curriculum called Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) developed in 1979 by Jon Kabat-Zinn, an MIT-educated scientist.

The raisin exercise reminds us how hard it has become to think about just one thing at a time. If distraction is the pre-eminent condition of our age, then mindfulness, in the eyes of its enthusiasts, is the most logical response.

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The fastest way to a healthier, happier you?

Is learning to be in-tune with yourself.

Physically, and mentally.

By gifting yourself with the one gift, we so seldom GIVE ourselves, by doing nothing more…

Than by doing NOTHING.

Take a few minutes out of your day.

Just a few, to start with, is all it takes.

Relax.

Breathe.

Meditate.

[via NaturalNews] Meditation is just as effective as antidepressant drugs in treating anxiety or depression, but the present momentwithout the side effects, according to a study conducted by researchers from Johns Hopkins University and published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine. The study was funded by the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

The researchers analyzed the results of 47 prior randomized, controlled trials conducted on a total of 3,515 people suffering from depression, anxiety, insomnia, heart disease, chronic pain, stress and other health conditions. In all the trials analyzed, mindfulness meditation had been compared to a placebo or to other treatments.

Mindfulness meditation consists of the regular practice, often 30 to 40 minutes per day, of a person remaining aware of their surroundings (such as sounds), thoughts and emotions, without forming attachment to their outcomes. This is in contrast with concentration practices, in which a person focuses on a single thought or activity (such as chanting or looking at a candle) to the exclusion of all other thoughts.

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And take, firmly in hand?

The opportunity to rejuvenate yourself….

Mindfully mindlessly, via meditation.

yeah about that

News Mash: Square Kilometer Array needed to study the now, non-existent black holes?

The idea has been around since 1783

And is one that has generally been held up by most everyone in the field of physics.

Too bad?

Stephen Hawking says  you’re wrong:

[via io9]Stephen Hawking says there are no black holes ~Ria Misrayeah about that

At least, not as we’ve defined them. In a new paper, Hawking says that one of the defining features of black holes — the complete inability of even light to escape — may not hold true.

“The absence of event horizons mean that there are no black holes — in the sense of regimes from which light can’t escape to infinity,” writes Hawking, in a new paper. In other words, the notion that black holes have an event horizon, which prevents anything from escaping ever, is wrong.

Hawking posted the paper, titled “Information Preservation and Weather Forecasting for Black Holes” up on arXiv, but it hasn’t yet gone through peer review.

So what exactly does all this mean for theories about how black holes work? The New Scientist has a terrific look at some of the questions raised by the paper, and how to answer them:

It’s yet another quantum versus relativity showdown!

Indeed. Firewalls mean that one of the two theories is wrong, so physicists have been scrambling to find a compromise that doesn’t produce these flaming problems. Now Hawking has waded in and says the solution is to give up the very thing that makes black holes so intriguing – the event horizon.

Wait a minute… does that mean you could actually escape from a black hole?
Potentially, although you would probably need to be travelling at the speed of light. “The absence of event horizons means that there are no black holes – in the sense of regimes from which light can’t escape to infinity,” writes Hawking in his new paper, which he posted online earlier this week. Instead, black holes have “apparent horizons”, surfaces which trap light but can also vary in shape due to quantum fluctuations, leaving the potential for light to escape.

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And because he does?

Looks like this future African Continental Telescope Array…

Called the Square Kilometer Array?

Could come in pretty hand.

Cause now that we know what they are NOT…

Maybe the Square Kilometer Array will soon be able to tell us what they ARE:

[via Scientific American] Continental Telescope Array Could Usher Astronomy Revolution in Africa ~By Clara Moskowitz

Scientists are predicting an astronomy renaissance on the African continent in coming years, thanks in part to a giant radio telescope array being built there. But the road to cosmic cachet is not an easy one, and African science advocates are scrambling to take full advantage of the opportunities coming their way.

“Astronomy really is about to explode across the African continent,” astronomer Kartik Sheth of the U.S. National Radio Astronomy Observatory said January 9 at the 223rd meeting of the American Astronomical Society near Schwarzschild black holeWashington, D.C. The challenge, he said, is to make sure African astronomers benefit from the surge of facilities being built in their midst. “We want to build long-term sustainable collaborations that are mutually beneficial to the U.S. and to Africa. We don’t want brain and data drain from Africa to the U.S.”

The biggest game-changer on the continent will be the Square Kilometer Array (SKA), the world’s largest network of radio telescopes designed to survey the sky faster than any instrument before it. Roughly 3,000 radio dishes—having a combined total surface equal to a light-collecting area of about a square kilometer—will be spread across vast distances to offer a resolution akin to a single dish encompassing the whole span. “SKA will be the premier project of the coming decades, completely revolutionizing radio astronomy,” said Ted Williams, director of the South African Astronomical Observatory. “The largest part of the SKA will be sited in Africa, and it’s continent-wide, extending across eight African countries:” Botswana, Ghana, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zambia. A smaller portion of the project will be built in Australia.

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Lucky for you too.

Because, pffft

It’s not like physicists like to go around and be wrong all the time.

Right?

Jeez, Stephen…

Way to party-poop on a centuries long party, by rattling beliefs.

Yikes.

But, you know…

Kinda awesome all at the same time, right?

Who doesn’t, after all, enjoy a good ol’ common challenge to the ‘status quo‘?

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News Mash: Cats boost your ‘creativity’…Just ask Koko!

One of the best side-benefits of having a cat…

Apparently?

They boost your creativity:

[via Brainpickings] How a Cat Boosts Your Creativity ~by Maria Popova

History is laced with cat-loving creators, from Hemingway’s profound affection for his felines to Edison’s pre-YouTube boxing cats to the traditions of Indian folk art. But hardly anyone has made a greater case for the cat as a creative stimulant and a mystical muse of writing than Muriel Spark in this wonderful passage from A Far Cry from Kensington (public library):

If you want to concentrate deeply on some problem, and especially some piece of writing or paper-work, you should acquire a cat. Alone with the cat in the room where you work … the cat will invariably get up on your desk and settle placidly under the desk lamp. The light from a desk lamp … gives a cat great satisfaction. The cat will settle down and be serene, with a serenity that passes all understanding. And the tranquility of the cat will gradually come to affect you, sitting there at your desk, so that all the excitable qualities that impede your concentration compose themselves and give your mind back the self-command it has lost. You need not watch the cat all the time. Its presence alone is enough. The effect of a cat on your concentration is remarkable, very mysterious.

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And…

The greatest case for this, oddly enough?

The gorilla, Koko:

[via NaturalNews] Gorilla destroys property, blames the cat. Are all primates liars? ~by Mike Bundrant

NaturalNews) Koko the Gorilla, celebrated for her 1000-word sign language vocabulary, is known for her affinity toward cats. After she learned how to communicate with her caretakers at the Gorilla Foundation in Northern California, she asked for a kitten to have as a pet.

Like most people, Koko has good behaviors and bad behaviors. Like most people, she takes credit for the good behaviors and blames the bad ones on someone else.

The cat came in handy on one particularly destructive day. When no one was around, Koko managed to rip a sink out of the wall in her habitat. When the humans returned, they asked Koko who ripped out the sink.

Koko signed, “The cat did it.”

The framed cat was not available for comment, but we assume he was shocked at this betrayal.

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Cause apparently her kitten boosted her creativity to the point?

She was able to make it her fall guy.

Nice going there, Koko.

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Hand of God

News Mash: Your thick cerebral cortex sees? The ‘Hand of God’!

Ever wanted to know…

Just where God is found in the brain?

Cause apparently Science found it:

[via Medical Daily]Where Is God Located In the Brain? Importance of Religion Is Related To Thickness Of The Cerebral Cortex ~By

Made entirely of gray matter and distinguished by its characteristic folds, the cerebral cortex is the brain’s outermost layer covering the hemispheres.

Now, researchers from New York State Psychiatric Institute and Columbia University found the importance of religion or spirituality to individuals may be linked to the thickness of their cerebral cortices.

“Importance of religion or spirituality, but not frequency of [house of worship] attendance, was associated with thicker cortices in the left and right parietal and occipital regions, the mesial frontal lobe of the right hemisphere, and the cuneus and precuneus in the left hemisphere,” wrote the authors in their study, published this month in JAMA Psychology.

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And…

In case you were ALSO wondering?

NASA found God’s omnipresence…

In the sky as well:

[via Space] ‘Hand of God’ Spotted by NASA Space Telescope (Photo) ~By Tanya LewisHand of God

Religion and astronomy may not overlap often, but a new NASA X-ray image captures a celestial object that resembles the “Hand of God.”

The cosmic “hand of God” photo was produced when a star exploded and ejected an enormous cloud of material, which NASA’s Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR, glimpsed in high-energy X-rays, shown in blue in the photo. NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory had imaged the green and red parts previously, using lower-energy X-rays.

“NuSTAR’s unique viewpoint, in seeing the highest-energy X-rays, is showing us well-studied objects and regions in a whole new light,” NuSTAR telescope principal investigator Fiona Harrison, of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, said in a statement.

The new image depicts a pulsar wind nebula, produced by the dense remnant of a star that exploded in a supernova. What’s left behind is a pulsar, called PSR B1509-58 (B1509 for short), which spins around 7 times per second blowing a wind of particles into material ejected during the star’s death throes.

As these particles interact with nearby magnetic fields, they produce an X-ray glow in the shape of a hand. (The pulsar is located near the bright white spot in the image but cannot be seen itself, NASA officials said.)

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Oh, yes…

My thick cerebral cortex, appreciates you, NASA.

It really does.

Wow.

Someone stop the world

News Mash: NIght shift work is bad for you…As bad as a hit on the head!

Working night shifts?

Bad…

For your health, so says Science.

And since I work night shifts?

“Dang & blast!” So says me.

Ugh.

[via DailyMail]Night shifts can damage your health: Odd sleep cycle can cause problems in DNA

  • The researchers delayed the bedtime of 22 healthy men and women by four hours a day for three days
  • Blood tests showed that when sleeping normally, 6 per cent of their genes were timed to be more or less active at certain times of the day
  • When following a night shift-like pattern of sleeping during the day and being awake at night this rhythm was ‘profoundly disrupted’

By Fiona Macrae

Working night shifts throws the body into chaos, scientists have warned.

They showed that a topsy-turvy sleep cycle causes havoc deep inside DNA.

This could help explain everything from why jet lag makes us feel so lousy to why shift work is linked to a host of health problems from obesity to diabetes.

The Surrey University researchers delayed the bedtime of 22 healthy men and women by four hours a day for three days, until they were going sleep when they would normally wake up and vice versa.

Blood tests showed that when sleeping normally, 6 per cent of their genes were timed to be more or less active at certain times of the day.

For instance, some genes involved in defending the body against disease worked harder during the day than at night.

But when following a night shift-like pattern of sleeping during the day and being awake at night, this rhythm was ‘profoundly disrupted’.

Researcher Dr Simon Archer told the BBC: ‘Over 97 per cent of rhythmic genes become out of sync with mistimed sleep and this really explains why we feel so bad during jet lag or if we have to work irregular shifts.’

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Not only that…

But add to the fact that I often skip sleep altogether, on days that I am off, so I can get my sleep cycle back in sync with normal people?

Apparently just as bad, if not more so…

Than getting hit in the head:

[via DailyMail]A lack of sleep ‘damages the brain in a similar way to being hit on the head’

  • The study results confirm the importance of a good night’s sleep
  • Lack of sleep is associated with Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and MS

By Daily Mail Reporter

Someone stop the world

Ever feel like you’ve been hit on the head after a bad night’s sleep? According to scientists, the thought isn’t as far-fetched as it seems.

A study found going without sleep for just one night causes changes in the brain similar to those that occur after a blow to the head.

The researchers said the healthy young men examined in the study showed a spike in the same chemicals which indicate brain damage.

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Hmmm.

When it comes to my job…

And my life?

Apparently there is just no winning on this score for me.

I am so screwed right now…

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My job?

Apparently is giving me brain damage.

*blinks*

Figures.

Ugh.

kiss me

News Mash: Infographics Reveals Who You Want to Date, Kissing Them Tells You If You’re Right!

When it come to dating sites…

Who are the ‘most popular’ singles out there, people want to date?

The answer may surprise you:

[via The Blaze]Are You a Desirable Single? Infographics Claim to Reveal Exactly Who Men & Women Want to Date ~Oliver Darcy

A study conducted by an online dating site — released earlier this month — appears to reveal who the “most desirable singles of 2014″ are.

Researchers at PlentyOfFish say they processed messaging data from more than 81,000 user profiles and 1.8 million messages from the 25 to 35 age group to “discover the leading indicators that will determine which singles are more likely to receive a message.”

“Women are no longer interested in the bad boy who doesn’t want to settle down, and men are increasingly seeking out educated women who are financially independent,” a blog post announcing the research said. “But to a large degree, male and female attractions still follow traditional gender roles; Women still place high importance on a man’s income and men still give precedence to a woman’s age and body size.”

[Click HERE To See the Study's Results!!!]

the perfect man:

Study Reveals Exactly Who Men & Women Really Want to Date

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But regarding the actual dating of people in…

REAL LIFE?

What is the best, sure-fire way to find you the perfect match, despite who your brain (above) tells you, is your perfect mate?

Science says, the best way is in the kissing:

[via DailyMail]Science of the snog: What’s the quickest, way to find the right partner? Kiss as many people as possible!

Forget poring over internet profiles and microscopic examination of online photos of potential partners.

A quicker, more efficient way to find the perfect mate is to simply go on loads of dates – and snog as many as possible.

‘Philematology’ is the science of kissing – and it’s full of clues to help us find the right person for us.

We think of kissing as an expression of love or lust, but research at Oxford University found one big reason that we kiss our partners is that, biologically, we need to size up our future mates.

A kiss transmits tastes, smells, sounds and touch signals that all affect how you both perceive each other afterward – and whether you want a repeat performance.

Women tend to be attracted to male partners with a different immune system than their own and subconsciously detect this via smell during a smooch.

If the DNA mix isn’t right, your neurons start sending loud ‘Back away! Person reversing!’ signals.

You might not know why you’ve suddenly gone off the person you’ve been lusting after for months but most of us obey what nature’s trying to tell us.

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Sure…

OK.

Gonna have to go with Science on this one.

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It’s gotta be a better way to find true love…

Than a stupid infographic, right?

Jeez.

no II

News Mash: Palometas & African tigerfish make watersports hard & dangerous!

Don’t go into the water.

Really…

Don’t.

There are things, in there?

That will freaking eat you…

A lot!

[via YahooNews]Carnivorous fish injure 10 Argentine river bathers in area where 70 were wounded last month ~AP

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina – Attacks by a school of carnivorous fish have injured at least 10 people bathing in an Argentine river since Thursday.

The attacks took place in the Parana River in Rosario some 300 kilometres (186 miles) northeast of Buenos Aires. Seventy people who were cooling off from high temperatures were also injured there in late December by the same piranha-like fish. They included seven children who lost parts of their fingers or toes.

The latest attack by the “palometas” was confirmed Saturday. They’ve been described by the local director of lifeguards as “a type of piranha, big, voracious and with sharp teeth that can really bite.”

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For that matter…

Flying ABOVE the water, in certain places?

Not a good idea either.

Yikes!

[via Nature]Video: Fish leaps to catch birds on the wing ~by Daniel Cressey

The waters of the African lake seem calm and peaceful. A few migrant swallows flit near the surface. Suddenly, leaping from the water, a fish grabs one of the famously speedy birds straight out of the air.

“The whole action of jumping and catching the swallow in flight happens so incredibly quickly that after we first saw it, it took all of us a while to really fully comprehend what we had just seen,” says Nico Smit, director of the Unit for Environmental Sciences and Management at North-West University in Potchefstroom, South Africa.

This is the first confirmed record of a freshwater fish preying on birds in flight, the team reports in the Journal of Fish Biology1. Rumours of such behaviour by the African tigerfish (Hydrocynus vittatus), which has been reported as reaching one metre in length, have circulated since the 1940s. But Smit says that his team was “never really convinced by the anecdotal reports”. So, when they set out to study of the migration and habitat use of these animals in a South African lake in the Mapungubwe National Park, near the border with Botswana and Zimbabwe, they were not necessarily looking for fish flying out of the water.

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OK.

Now…

Who’s up for some watersports!?

Eh?

EH?

Um, just…

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my blood pressure feels better already

News Mash: So, the sun affects you directly, but not the weather? Oh…Um, OK.

Climate science?

Totally baffled.

Apparently ‘solar lulls’ coincides (coincidentally–CRAZINESS!!)…

With bitterly cold winters.

And Climate Science has no idea why.

Seriously.

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No…

Idea….

Why.

[via BBC] Has the Sun gone to sleep?

Scientists are saying that the Sun is in a phase of “solar lull” – meaning that it has fallen asleep – and it is baffling them.

History suggests that periods of unusual “solar lull” coincide with bitterly cold winters.

Rebecca Morelle reports for BBC Newsnight on the effect this inactivity could have on our current climate, and what the implications might be for global warming.

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Yeaaaah.

Crazy how that works, isn’t it?

The ‘big heater in the sky’ gets turned on a low setting and ‘POOF!’ suddenly everything is colder.

Who would have seen this one coming?

*shakes head sadly*

But you know something else, in regards to the sun, that many (before now) didn’t see coming?

How the sun apparently DIRECTLY affects your…

Blood pressure.

Huh?

I’m sorry, say what now?

[via Today]Ahhh. Sunlight may lower your blood pressure ~by Maggie Fox

Here’s why sunbathing feels so good: It may lower your blood pressure, British researchers reported Friday.

Just 20 minutes of ultraviolet A (UVA) sunlight lowered blood pressure by a small but significant amount in 24 volunteers, they report in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology. Further checks suggest the sun does this by increasing levels of nitric oxide, a chemical linked to blood flow.

The effects are so strong they may help explain why people who live in the darker north, like the Scots, have higher rates of death from heart disease, Richard Weller of the University of Edinburgh and Martin Feelisch of the University of Southampton say.

“We are concerned that well-meaning advice to reduce the comparatively low numbers of deaths from skin cancer may inadvertently increase the risk of death from far higher prevalent cardiovascular disease and stroke, and goes against epidemiological data showing that sunlight exposure reduces all cause and cardiovascular mortality,” they concluded.

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Fascinating.

And wow, if this is true?

The people of China have gotta be TICKED:

[via Telegraph]Smog in China prompts authorities to display sun on giant screens ~By Agencies

Facing the worst air pollution levels in months, residents of Beijing have turned to massive digital screens to see the sun setting through the thick smog.

my blood pressure feels better already

The screens are usually used to promote tourist destinations, but have been re-tasked because of pollution levels more than 25 times higher than what the World Health Organisation (WHO) judges as safe.

The screens also carry slogans saying “protecting atmospheric environment is everyone’s responsibility”.

The US embassy in Beijing, which regularly measures air pollution in the city, said that conditions on Friday were “very unhealthy”, which might cause “significant aggravation of heart or lung disease and premature mortality in persons with cardiopulmonary disease and the elderly”.

On Thursday, the embassy found that pollution levels had reached “hazardous” conditions in which “everyone should avoid all physical activity outdoors”.

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The sun and sunlight.

Whether on a global climate scale, or a personal one?

Affects us.

Maybe it’s time for climate science to stop being quite so ridiculously dismissive of the art it plays in our lives.

Just a thought.

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News Mash: Music tastes evolves over the years, but ‘Rickrolling’? Never fades!

THIS (below)…

Is a wonderful chart, which reflects the evolution, the rise and fall?

Of popular music tastes, preferences and inclinations…

Over the years!

[via io9]Google Charts the History of Modern Music ~by Robert T. Gonzalez

Google recently began tracking its user’s music uploads. What’s it doing with that data? A number of things, to be sure, and here’s one we like very much: Google Research has created a rich, multilayered, interactive chart of musical evolution by visualizing which albums from eras-gone-by remain in our music libraries today.

Google’s visualization (dubbed, simply, “Music Timeline”) is by no means a perfect historical account, but it does give us a pretty clear idea “which music has stood the test of time, and how genres and artists have risen and fallen in popularity.” The most impressive thing (and the funnest to play around with) is the chart’s granularity. Hovering your cursor over a genre pulls up a grid of album art from artists in that category of music, complete with lines that connect the artist to their position (and, in many instances, positions) along the timeline. Click on any genre and the visualization morphs fluidly into a depiction of that genre’s constituent sub-genres.

Google Charts the History of Modern Music

Dig deeper by mousing over a sub-genre. This time, the grid of associated album covers has shrunk. Click a sub-genre and the visualization zooms in further, deconstructing your selection into a chart of specific artists. Mouse over an artist for their discography, complete with a few paragraphs about their body of work. If you want, you can explore an album in greater detail; otherwise, you can lather, rinse and repeat with a new album, artist, sub-genre or genre. The whole experience is very clean, straightforward, and fun. The data is dense but navigable. That it’s all laid out on a timeline spanning from 1950 onward makes for some fascinating armchair analysis. Some starting tips from Google Research:

The overall shape of each major genre shows when it hit the scene and when it retreated — for example, R&B has a long history of resurgences, but Electronica is a strictly recent phenomenon. Delve into changes in the vocabulary used to name artists and their work — funk may be over as a genre, but as a band or album name it seems to be timeless. Or search for a particular artist to see the trajectory of their career — contrast U2′s long-running reinvention and re-emergence from the ’80s up to today, versus a one hit wonder like Los del Río’s 1995 Macarena.

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But one bit of music?

Which never falls, flounders or falters…

(i.e. never gonna give it up)

No matter your natural inclination or preferences?

Rickrolling, baby!

[via TheBlaze]LOOK: Hilarious Secret Message Hidden in High School Student’s Physics Essay ~

A high school student managed to “rickroll” his physics teacher, cleverly inserting the lyrics of Rick Astley’s ’80s hit “Never Gonna Give You Up” and lining the words up perfectly.

Even more impressive, the essay on scientist Niels Bohr actually makes perfect sense. It’s hard enough to write a physics essay, but we don’t even want to think about how much time it took student Sairam Gudiseva to “rickroll” his teacher.

Hopefully he got an A for creativity.

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Apparently…

Now, not only is it music that unites us all?

But…

It helps explains physics.

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Sure…

Uh.

OK, cool.

marvin the martian

News Mash: What’s been spotted on the surface of the moon and Mars?

What wedge-shaped…

And has a bunch of weird, dot-like lights on its edges?

Oh, nothing to be concerned with…

It’s just a mysterious object spotted on the moon!

*blinks*

And yes, I said…

MOON!

[via DailyMail]What is this mystery object spotted on Google Moon? Bizarre wedge-shaped ‘craft’ appears on the lunar surface

  • The triangular anomaly has rows of seven light-like dots along its edge
  • UFO websites have likened it to an alien lunar base or spaceship
  • It can be found on the Google Moon viewer at coordinates 22042’38.46N and 142034’44.52E
  • Finder claims to have spotted similar mystery structure in Antarctica

By Daily Mail Reporter

Is it part of an alien spaceship nestled under the dust of the moon, or a secret moonbase occupied by humans?

Speculation has exploded over these controversial images which appear to show something unexplained on the surface of the moon.

This triangular anomaly with rows of seven light-like dots along its edge has been tracked down on the Google Moon viewer

The triangular anomaly, spotted on Google’s map of the moon, has rows of seven light-like dots along its edge that have been likened to an alien base or spaceship.

It can be found on the Google Moon viewer at coordinates 22042’38.46N and 142034’44.52E.

‘Is is just a weird looking crater? or is it something else?,’ he asks.

‘It is really there, not faked and I have no clue what it is. I found nothing else like it in any of the other craters.’

According to website Tech and Gadget News: ‘The gigantic shape actually looks like the leading edge of an immense, triangular space ship, similar to, so far, super secret stealth aircraft technology, but is much larger than any airplane ever built on Earth.

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As if they wasn’t freaky enough?

And believe you/me, that’s pretty freaky…

It can’t beat the jelly donut -like object that “appeared” out of nowhere, on the surface of Mars:

[via TheBlaze]Scientists Stunned Over Latest Mars Mystery: ‘We Were Absolutely Startled’ ~

Though the couple billion-dollar Curiosity rover seems to get all the attention on the red planet these days, it’s one of the veteran rovers on Mars that captured an event that is stunning scientists and space fans alike.

sol3528 and sol3540

The crux of the issue surrounds these photos snapped by the rover Opportunity on two different missions.

The rock perched on the ground in the right photo in the side-by-side comparison was not there before.

“It was a total surprise, we were like ‘wait a second, that wasn’t there before, it can’t be right. Oh my god! It wasn’t there before!’ We were absolutely startled,” Steve Squyres with Cornell University and working out of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab said, according to Discovery News, comparing the rock to the size of a jelly doughnut.

The news came at CalTech where scientists met this week for “10 years of roving Mars,” an event honoring the rovers Opportunity and Spirit, which is now defunct.

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Weird, huh?

Me thinks someone out there is fooling with us.

And, yeah…

One good guess, on who it might be.

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are they

News Mash: Squirrels…How cute are they, huh? *shakes head sadly*

If cute squirrels were smart…

And could talk?

Yeah…

They might sound like this:

Though…

I am not sure?

I will be wishing an epidemic of smart squirrels on anyone, anytime soon…

Thanks to THIS:

Squirrels.

Now…

Not quite as cute, as you thought they were, just 2:13 seconds ago…

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my hat is unique

News Mash: All (almost) spider videos are scary!

ALL spider videos are scary.

Makes no difference?

If they are harmless Opiliones (daddy longlegs)…

Or no.

Again…

ALL SPIDER VIDEOS ARE SCARY!

OK.

Um, wait…

Scratch that.

Cause apparently?

No.

All spider videos are NOT…

Scary at all:

Nice job, internet.

You actually managed to take the “scary” out of spiders.

Well…

At least for a moment.

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A “Village People” moment.

Well done, you!

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News Mash: Need for ‘happiness’ is a mth…Happiness is overrated!

Everyone wants to be happy…

But do people really know, what it takes?

To truly BE so:

[via WomensHealthMagazine]12 Happiness Myths—Debunked ~ BY Casey Gueren

It doesn’t come from success, it can be bought, and other shocking truths about achieving bliss

A few things—like chocolate, chick flicks, and clean sheets—are almost guaranteed to boost your mood. But when it comes to achieving true happiness, there are a ton of misconceptions. Shawn Achor, author of the upcoming book Before Happiness: The 5 Hidden Keys to Achieving Success, Spreading Happiness, and Sustaining Positive Change, clears up some of the most common myths about finding bliss.

Myth #1: It’s genetic

It’s true that some people may be predisposed to being happier, but like most things, your genes tell only half the story. “You can teach yourself optimism and happiness just like you teach yourself a new language,” says Achor. “You’ll be just your genes unless you make positive habits in your life.

Myth #2: Career success makes you happier

Getting that corner office doesn’t guarantee bliss, says Achor. “You can raise your success your entire life, and your happiness will be the same.” His research did find, though, that if you work on improving your happiness in the present, your job success in the future increases. “Happiness actually fuels success—not the other way around,” says Achor.

Myth #3: Happiness is based on external circumstances

Most people think it’s impossible for them to be content while their career/relationship/social life is at a low point. “We found that only 10 percent of your long-term happiness is based on the external world, while 90 percent is based on how your brain processes the world,” says Achor. And that’s good news because, while you may not be able to change your circumstances, you can change the way you perceive them.

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Not only that…

Should happiness be the ultimate goal?

Surprisingly…

No.

[via LATimes]Happiness is overrated: It’s better to be right, study finds ~By Karen Kaplan

As part of an unusual experiment, the husband was instructed to “agree with his wife’s every opinion and request without complaint,” and to continue doing so “even if he believed the female participant was wrong,” according to a I'd agree with youreport on the research that was published Tuesday by the British Medical Journal.

The husband and wife were helping a trio of doctors test their theory that pride and stubbornness get in the way of good mental health. In their own medical practices in New Zealand, they had observed patients leading “unnecessarily stressful lives by wanting to be right rather than happy.” If these patients could just let go of the need to prove to others that they were right, would greater happiness be the result?

Enter the intrepid husband. Based on the assumption that men would rather be happy than be right, he was told to agree with his wife in all cases. However, based on the assumption that women would rather be right than be happy, the doctors decided not to tell the wife why her husband was suddenly so agreeable.

Both spouses were asked to rate their quality of life on a scale of 1 to 10 (with 10 being the happiest) at the start of the experiment and again on Day 6. It’s not clear how long the experiment was intended to last, but it came to an abrupt halt on Day 12.

“By then the male participant found the female participant to be increasingly critical of everything he did,” the researchers reported. The husband couldn’t take it anymore, so he made his wife a cup of tea and told her what had been going on.

That led the researchers to terminate the study.

Over the 12 days of the experiment, the husband’s quality of life plummeted from a baseline score of 7 all the way down to 3. The wife started out at 8 and rose to 8.5 by Day 6. She had no desire to share her quality of life with the researchers on Day 12, according to the report.

Still, the team was able to draw some preliminary conclusions.

“It seems that being right, however, is a cause of happiness, and agreeing with what one disagrees with is a cause of unhappiness,” they wrote. They also noted that “the availability of unbridled power adversely affects the quality of life of those on the receiving end.”

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And?

Coming from someone…

*points to self*

Who is right 99.9% of the time?

[Source]

This study?

Is  SOOOOOOOO…

Not wrong.

jomo

News Mash: The JOMO…Is what motivates me!

What motivates you?

You just THINK you know…

But do you really:

Don’t know about you…

But me, at least when it comes to missing out?

Oh…

I’m getting “motivated” less and less into being upset by missing out of ANYTHING/EVERYTHING.

Apparently I’m not the only one:

[via DailyMail]Is staying in the new going out? How the JOY of missing out is set to replace FOMO in 2014 ~By jomoAssociated Press

Forget the fear of missing out. In 2014, trend watcher JWT thinks JOMO – the joy of missing out – will take deeper root in the mainstream.

Among the global advertising and marketing company’s predictions for the new year is a march to ‘mindful living,’ with more consumers actively trying to shut out distractions and focus on the moment.

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And I cannot tell you how relieved that makes me.

For a minute there…

Thought I was getting old.

Instead, I find out…

I’m just living mindfully.

Yeah…

I like the sound of that ever SOOOOO much better.

good habits hack

News Mash: Your brain, bad habits and how long it takes to form new ones!

When it comes to being the best person you can be…

Just so you know?

Your brain is a real bastard…

In that it does it darndest to prevent it:

[via Cracked]5 Ways Your Brain Tricks You into Sticking With Bad Habits ~By

Bad habits can ruin your life. Whether you’re gorging on Haagen-Dazs or dressing up like a Power Ranger and flaying hobos every night, you know on some level that things have to change, or disaster will follow. But no matter how badly you want your life to be different, things just keep plowing on the way they are. Why?

Because your brain has a long list of diabolical mechanisms intended to keep your habits exactly as they are.

#5. Your Brain Thinks Your Future Self Is a Different Person

You knew you had to be up at 7 a.m. for a big exam. But there you were, at one in the morning, watching every minute of a double feature on cable including Timecop and a second showing of Timecop. On a conscious level, you knew you were screwing yourself. But on a subconscious level, you always think of the tomorrow version of you as a completely different person. That guy can deal with the consequences; the night version is watching some f****** Jean-Claude Van Damme.

Well, don’t feel so bad. Science says that this feature is built into your brain.

Brain scans have shown that different parts of our brain light up when we’re thinking of ourselves versus when we’re thinking of other people. That part makes sense — your brain is partitioned out into separate regions for yourself and for everyone else because you have to look out for yourself first. But where it gets weird is that in some people, when they’re asked to think about their future selves, the region that lights up is the one reserved for other people.

In other words, if someone asks you to think about what you’ll look like in 20 years, your brain treats it as though you’re trying to picture some bizarre stranger. Now think about what that means in terms of your ability to fix what’s wrong in your life. What motivation do you have to abstain from your 14th peanut butter doughnut today just to help out some droopy manimal in the future? Logically, you understand that you’re endangering the person you’ll become, but subconsciously, your brain doesn’t have the sympathy to spare for that poor slob, and just wants to enjoy the doughnut.

#3. Your Willpower Is a Finite Resource

Of course, what is probably more likely to trip you up during your 10 weeks of learning to be the type of person who jogs every morning isn’t some uncontrollable circumstance, but your own lack of motivation. Specifically, this shows up as the sense that, because you’ve been so good with the jogging, you owe it to yourself to take a break.

Once again, scientists can get this same result in the lab — exercising your willpower in one instance simply makes it more difficult to exercise it in the next. There’s even a term for it now: willpower depletion. It is every bit as depressing as it sounds.

For instance, in one study, scientists asked one group of students to memorize a two-digit number, and another group a seven-digit number. They then offered both groups a choice between cake and fruit salad. Amazingly, the students who memorized the longer number were twice as likely to choose the cake. It’s as though the simple act of remembering five extra digits was enough to reduce their willpower to a trembling white flag.

Then you have this study, which tried it from the opposite direction: Volunteers were shown a plate of freshly baked cookies and a plate of radishes. Half of them were instructed to take a cookie, and the other half were instructed to take a radish. All were then asked to complete a difficult geometric puzzle. Bizarrely, those who had been told to take a radish gave up on the puzzle after only eight minutes, while those who were told to take a cookie stuck with it for a full 19 minutes.

Even though no physical effort was involved, simply being forced to resist cookies actually depleted the volunteers’ will to solve a puzzle, because apparently we never really stop being toddlers.

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But…

On the flip-side?

Oh, my friends…

There are ways to work around your often very contrary brain.

The trick is?

Knowing how it WORKS:

[via BrainPickings]How Long It Takes to Form a New Habit ~by

“We are what we repeatedly do,” Aristotle proclaimed. “Could the young but realize how soon they will become mere walking bundles of habits, they would give more heed to their conduct while in the plastic state,” William James wrote. But how, exactly, do we rewire our habits once they have congealed into daily routines? We already know that it takes more than “willpower.”

When he became interested in how long it takes for us to form or change a habit, psychologist Jeremy Dean found himself bombarded with the same magic answer from popular psychology websites and advice columns: 21 days. And yet, strangely — or perhaps predictably, for the internet — this one-size-fits-all number was being applied to everything from starting a running regimen to keeping a diary, but wasn’t backed by any concrete data. In Making Habits, Breaking Habits: Why We Do Things, Why We Don’t, and How to Make Any Change Stick (public library) — which also gave us this fascinating read on the psychology of self-control — Dean, whose training is in research, explores the actual science of habits through the existing empirical evidence on habit-formation. He cites one influential study that gives a more concrete answer to the elusive question of how long it takes for a new habit to take root:

In a study carried out at University College London, 96 participants were asked to choose an everyday behavior that they wanted to turn into a habit. They all chose something they didn’t already do that could be repeated every day; many were health-related: people chose things like “eating a piece of fruit with lunch” and “running for 15 minutes after dinner.” Each of the 84 days of the study, they logged into a website and reported whether or not they’d carried out the behavior, as well as how automatic the behavior had felt.

This notion of acting without thinking — known in science as “automaticity” — turns out, perhaps unsurprisingly, to be a central driver of habits. And it helps illuminate the real question at the heart of this inquiry: How long did it actually take for people to form a habit? Dean writes:

The simple answer is that, on average, across the participants who provided enough data, it took 66 days until a habit was formed. As you might imagine, there was considerable variation in how long habits took to form depending on what people tried to do. People who resolved to drink a glass of water after breakfast were up to maximum automaticity after about 20 days, while those trying to eat a piece of fruit with lunch took at least twice as long to turn it into a habit. The exercise habit proved most tricky with “50 sit-ups after morning coffee,” still not a habit after 84 days for one participant. “Walking for 10 minutes after breakfast,” though, was turned into a habit after 50 days for another participant.

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The best way to defeat ANY enemy?

Know it well.

“If ignorant both of your enemy and yourself, you are certain to be in peril.”
― Sun Tzu, The Art of War

Even IF the enemy…

Is yourself.

The same sage advice