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renewables use 10-1500 times less water than nuclear-fossil fuels, depending on how old the fossil fuel or nuclear tech is, according to a new study released July 2014  ►  http://www.cna.org/sites/default/files/research/EWCEWNCaseStudiesJuly2014FINAL.pdf

This is one more reason to switch to renewables globally, as many areas lack clean water and millions of people die every year due to lack of clean water.   Solar uses a negligible amount of water to wash the panels.  Old nuclear plants use 1500 times more water than solar!!!


1.3 million Earths fit into the Sun.  The Sun is huge.   The solar energy reaching the Earth is 5000 times the energy we use globally.  Some countries increased their solar capacity 5000-16000 times in 22 years.  Since 1995, world's total solar capacity increased 400 times. 

Solar ☼☼ energy can power the whole planet many times over thru solar windows, walls, roofs, roads, car paint, solar-electric cars-planes-ships-trains and battery storage.  This would eliminate arsenic, mercury, sulfur and other forms of pollution and increase life expectancy by many years. Here are some recent exciting solar power-electric car news:

1.  The Cost Of Solar Has Dropped 100 times Since 1977, Bringing Solar Power To Grid Parity in many areas.  More than half the present global solar PV capacity was installed in the last 3 years. 74% of new US electrical capacity came from solar in the first quarter of 2014http://costofsolar.com/residential-solar-us-edges-commercial-solar-q1-2014/.  First Solar says solar module costs will halve over the next few yearshttp://reneweconomy.com.au/2014/solar-costs-to-halve-as-gas-prices-surge-27907.  The age of renewables has begun, according to Citigroup ►  http://reneweconomy.com.au/2014/citigroup-says-the-age-of-renewables-has-begun-69852.  Morgan Stanley says that we are nearing the tipping point for going off-grid with solar/wind/green power, battery storage and electric cars ► http://reneweconomy.com.au/2014/say-investors-wake-solar-pro-sumers-24413

2. Solar power sells now at 5c/kwh - cheaper than 7c for natural gas and 10 cents for coal in many places as shown by this latest SunEdison contract for 150MW ► http://reneweconomy.com.au/2014/cheapest-solar-sunedison-sells-solar-pv-output-at-5ckwh-25296.

3.  January 2014 Nissan Leaf electric car sales went up 118% compared to 2013 in the US ►  http://evobsession.com/us-nissan-leaf-sales-increase-118-takes-1-spot-us-electric-car-sales.  In Norway Leaf sales doubled too.  The Nissan LEAF set a new monthly sales record in May  2014 in the US, at 3117, making it the clear leader, well ahead of the Tesla.

4.  A German state is about to reach 100% renewables energy in 2014http://www.renewablesinternational.net/german-state-to-go-100-renewable-power-this-year/150/537/79472/.  Japan launched $0.1 billion program to support battery storage for solar panelshttp://reneweconomy.com.au/2014/japan-launches-battery-storage-subsidy-homes-business-51085

5.  Nissan LEAF Was Best Selling Car In Norway Again In Januaryhttp://insideevs.com/nissan-leaf-is-best-selling-car-in-norway-again-in-january. The fleet of electric vehicles in Norway is the largest per capita in the world, with Oslo recognized as the EV capital of the world.  In 2013 the market penetration of the EV segment reached 4 plug-in electric vehicles per 1,000 people, nine times higher than the United States, the US being the country where half of world's electric cars are.

6.  California installed more solar power in 2013 than in all previous 30 years combinedhttp://goo.gl/04sUxv. China plans to install 14 GW (more than the US total capacity now) of solar in 2014 ► http://goo.gl/XoKPoK.  India almost doubled its solar capacity in 2013http://goo.gl/EPK5xL. :) China already installed in 2013 about 12 GW, more than the US installed before 2013 and in 2013 combinedhttp://goo.gl/E9lxaI.  Japanese solar capacity increased 350% in 2013 versus 2012 ► http://goo.gl/4pI89e, and 20 GW of utility solar is approvedhttp://goo.gl/6CbBjL.

7.  US is in the process of installing 43 GW of solar - enough to power 6 million homes ► http://goo.gl/Qbkunh.   In October 2013, 99% of new electric power capacity in US came from renewable sourceshttp://www.ferc.gov/legal/staff-reports/2013/oct-energy-infrastructure.pdf.  In November, 100% of new electric capacity in US came from renewableshttp://www.ferc.gov/legal/staff-reports/2013/nov-energy-infrastructure.pdf.  50% electricity from wind in Iowa will be real soon due to $1 billion turbine December order ►http://goo.gl/uJ4bdY

8.  Due to price drops you can invest 7k now and get 50k over 40 years. solar is the best one time investment you can make.  www.freecleansolar.com is probably one of the cheapest ways anyone in USA can install solar panels. $2/watt plus install and $500 in permits etc. They are where little guys buy their panels at wholesale. They connect you with local installers who do it all if you don't like installs. It costs now only 13k to buy and install a 5kw system. Plus you get 30% back as tax credit. It costs 10k if you choose a local electrician, as they charge 2000 not 5000 as the professional dolar installers for installing it. 10k means 7k after tax credit. That means for 7k you can eliminate 50000 in electricity costs over next 40 years. To me this is a perfect deal. Utilities limit your system to 5kw or so depending on how much you use. If you go to solarcity or others you end up paying 50-80% more. Panels on the roof make your house easier to sell. You can google "cheapest solar installers in your country" and take a step towards saving money and the environment.

9.  In Scotland 100% renewable energy by 2025 is the goal ► 
http://ecolocalizer.com/2010/09/29/scotland-aiming-for-100-clean-energy-by-2025/.  Tasmania has set a 100% renewable energy in 2020 goal ► http://goo.gl/3VfHOV.  The Philippines also has a 100% renewable energy in 10 years target ►  http://goo.gl/bZoeh.

10.  On May 11th 2014, Germany produced 74% of energy from solar+renewableshttp://reneweconomy.com.au/2014/germany-62168.  In December, Denmark produced over 50% electricity from wind ► http://goo.gl/6252tT.   

11.  In October 2013 France has made its natural gas fracking ban absolute, in a victory for supporters of solar ► http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2013/10/11/2773071/france-frack-ban/.  Fracking causes small earthquakes, poisons ground water and air and makes millions of people sick ► Fracking Loophole Linked To Pollution Of Drinking Water.  On December 19, France approved taxing fossil fuels to speed up solar deployment ► http://goo.gl/6J3eXC.

12.  Sao Paulo, with a metropolitan area of 20 million people, has set 70% electricity from renewables by 2020 goalhttp://goo.gl/JhmSlG.   China plans to reach 35 GW solar capacity by 2015http://goo.gl/18zxzS.  53% of China's new power capacity in the first 10 months of 2013 came from renewables http://goo.gl/UIUptq.

13.  Turkey's Feed in Tariff Program for solar greater than 1 MW led to applications totaling 9 GW ► http://goo.gl/b8tJ2.   Coal India, world's largest coal company, believes the future is renewables and started installing solar panels at their facilitieshttp://goo.gl/NXEOv.

14.  California town of Lancaster requires all new homes to come with installed solar panelshttp://goo.gl/t22RF.  20% of new homes in California will come with solar panels and most new electricity installed in California will be solar next 6 months.  

For the benefits of installing solar power on your roof, see *http://costofsolar.com*.  For more solar statistics and good news, you can read below: 

Figure 6 at ► http://goo.gl/bcCGh shows a graph of Shell Oil predicting solar energy will be main source of energy in 2070.  If even Oil companies admit to it, it means it will happen so much sooner.   Solar could reach 90% in 2025 if the world gets serious about eliminating pollution from smog by ending billions of Big Oil-Gas-Coal taxpayer subsidies and supporting solar instead. The Italian solar capacity increased 150 times from 2007 to 2011 ► http://goo.gl/YZGkE.  The German solar capacity increased 16000 times from 1991 to 2012http://goo.gl/qulHp.  Pollution causes 40% of deaths ► http://goo.gl/2sXL3, it is therefore a matter of public health to switch to solar energy. We can use solar car paint, walls, roads ► Focus Forward Series: Solar Roadways, roofs, shingles ► solar shingle, windows ► Solar windows see power savings with no transmission lines that add EMF pollution & take space.

In April 2013, Spain generated 54% electricity from renewableshttp://goo.gl/8xbJ9. On June 9th 2014 Germany produced 50% electricity from solarhttp://www.thelocal.de/20140619/germany-produces-half-of-electricity-needs-with-solar-power.

Distributed ► http://goo.gl/uz7o0 rooftop solar eliminates a lot of EMF pollution coming from transmission lines and gives more power to the people instead of Big Utilities.  Solar can hit grid parity in many nations fast, all US in 2018 ► http://goo.gl/J0Z83. In March 2013 100% of new US capacity was solar ► http://goo.gl/Amj4G.   In 2013 Portugal reached 70% electricity from renewableshttp://goo.gl/aQUJx and India solar achieved grid parity ► http://goo.gl/1Itzd. :)  

Solar power is now cheaper than oil burning in Saudi Arabiahttp://goo.gl/1fG55, cheaper than grid power in Brazil ► http://goo.gl/jJHPE and in part of US ► http://goo.gl/B5Gtk , cheaper than kerosene for 1.3 billion people (in Africa and many developing nations) ► http://goo.gl/49Nej.  Fossil fuels are on the way out in EU ► http://goo.gl/x7Uxt.  Italian and German solar power reached grid parity a while ago ► http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2014/03/24/3418145/solar-grid-parity-italy-germany/.

Future Fusion can be safe, it's how the sun generates energy. But present nuclear energy is too dangerous, Thorium included ► http://phys.org/news/2012-12-thorium-proliferation-nuclear-wonder-fuel.html.   Some say Fukushima is worse than Chernobyl ► Has the Fukushima "China Syndrome" begun?, hence Japan is now ramping up solar power a lot.   Chernobyl Decay and Deformed shows the effects of current nuclear tech gone bad. 

Coal can be replaced with solar immediately:) as a public health priorityThe Cost of Coal: Overview.  In China's worst areas, smog makes people live only 4 decades ►  BBC News - China's Grime Belt Air Pollution Extreme.   Coal-fired plants lead to birth defects in China, see the 2 min video ► China Sees Rise in Birth Defects.  In all nations, including USA, people near coal-fired plants often die of cancer at 45 or so, see the 10 min video ► EXPOSED: Koch Industries and Cancer Risk.  Coal pollution leads to cancer, asthma, autism (mercury), etc. Clean coal doesn't exist ► Robert Kennedy Jr.: No clean coal.

Ark Hotel Construction time lapse building 15 storeys in 2 days (48 hrs) shows how tall buildings are built in 2 days.  The surface area of these buildings' exterior is far bigger than that of a solar farm on the building site, sometimes 50 times bigger.   http://landartgenerator.org/blagi/archives/127 shows it takes a small area to power the planet given the cheap 15% efficiency panels. The total urban areas represent about 2% of the global land surface. 60% of urban areas is roofs and pavements that could have solar panels embedded in them.  When we add the exterior of the buildings, we get 20 times more energy than we use today if we use the cheapest 15% efficiency panels.  We already have 40% efficiency panels and can reach 60% with IR.   There are panels that produce 20 times more energy per square foot, so that means 20 times less area needed ► http://goo.gl/vA3Oz.  More info at http://v3solar.com.  MIT also invented a solar array that can produce up to 20 times more power per surface area ► http://goo.gl/aacAs

The 3 min video Solar Nanoantennas shows how in the future we will be able to convert solar IR rays into electricity at night and during very cloudy days.  :)  With good battery storage, we can save the day time solar power for use at night and during eclipses.

Solar power + electric cars = no smog.  http://solarimpulse.com shows a solar plane.  Here are some more electric car news:

In September-October 2013 the top selling car in Norway has been an electric model too like in January 2014, in September the Tesla Model S, in October the Nissan Leaf ► http://goo.gl/GqjLMY.  Kia EV will have 120 miles range ► http://goo.gl/Tqz3U8.  For a few months, South Korea has already used roads to charge electric cars ► http://goo.gl/12IgSG.  US electric car sales increased 360% in 2013 compared to 2012http://goo.gl/uLc5yV.  Bhutan - with an income per capita lower than China or Russia and 7 times lower than United States - plans as of November 2013 to shift all cars of its capital to electric Nissan Leafs and other modelshttp://goo.gl/Iql06c  Countries richer than Bhutan could aim to switch most big cities to electric cars.  China decided in November that 40% of new cars in Beijing will be hybrids or electric by 2017http://goo.gl/U7cjEe.  After rebates, one can buy a Leaf for 18K or lease it for $139/month at some dealers. In Europe they are testing a bus that can charge in 15 seconds ► http://goo.gl/9OT75. In November, 12% of new cars sold were electric in Norway ► http://goo.gl/3gZQtK.

some reasons for buying your next car electric:

1.  help humanity since you no longer generate carcinogenic exhaust, otherwise known as smog, which kills millions of people each year ► http://goo.gl/jDj0hI and leads to lower IQ ► http://goo.gl/alNQIk and autism ► http://goo.gl/66nqwr.  

2.  save lives since you reduce heart attacks caused by traffic noise ►  http://goo.gl/Fuhvn.   Electric cars are much quieter.

3.   save humanity from oil wars that destroy the environment and kill countless civilians.  Iraq war trillions could have powered all US with solar/wind ► http://goo.gl/ZqN47.  

4.  you no longer have to change oil or spark plugs; no more smog check either; electric cars have 60% less parts, so you will go for repairs much less.  Combustion engines are noisy and only 15% efficient;  electric motors are 90% efficient. 

5.  bring the end of gas stations that poison the water wells with MTBE or other compounds leading to billions of dollars wasted in cleaning up the well water (example:  $0.4 billion settlement ► http://goo.gl/eKasZD)

6.  save money as you spend 4 times less money on fuel, since electricity is 4 times cheaper than gasoline as a fuel.  If you have enough solar panels,  you get free CLEAN fuel for life, since you charge at home and utilities pay you for energy you put on the grid.  Likewise, Tesla Motors offers free solar ☼ charging for lifeTesla Motors Supercharger Event?  

7.  save money for noble purposes because electric cars are cheaper than many oil cars after the federal and state rebates:  in Colorado, you can buy a Nissan Leaf for only 15, 000, while in most other states for 18-21, 000.  A Smart EV costs only $12, 000 in Colorado, see http://smartusa.com.  Mitsubishi i-MieV is only $13, 000 in California and $10, 000 in Colorado ► http://www.evworld.com/news.cfm?rssid=31881

8.  electric car batteries and solar panels are far greener than alternatives.  Battery recycling for today's oil car lead batteries is happening at a 97% rate globally. It will be even better for the far safer lithium car batteries.   Lithium Ion batteries are classified by the federal government as non-hazardous waste.  Lithium ion batteries are made from nontoxic lithium carbonate (used in ovenware), nontoxic cobalt oxide (in pottery glaze), nontoxic graphite (in pencils), and a polymer (plastic) membrane. The most toxic components are the electrolyte and lithium cobalt oxide, neither of which are persistent in the environment and both of which are increasingly being replaced by safer compounds.  Wang Chuan-Fu, CEO of BYD, demonstrated the safety of the electrolyte in their lithium ion batteries by drinking it. Zero Motorcycles founder Neal Saiki said that the Lithium Ion batteries they use are safe to eat

Solar is way better than coal, oil or natural gas which spew 100-1000 times more carcinogens in the environment per unit of energy produced, besides far more CO2.  How long does a solar panel system have to operate to recover the energy used for making the panel? Energy payback for rooftop panels is 1-4 years depending on type.   Assuming a life of 30 years for a panel, that means that most energy produced will be free from pollution of any sort ► http://www.nrel.gov/docs/fy04osti/35489.pdf.   

Alex P Alex P

Reading is FUNdamental
but many people don't do it...

I come from a book-obsessed family where we are always reading something, and bookstores are one of our favourite places to hang out (even if we end up with digital copies of books).

I know that not everyone is a book lover, but was surprised to see how many people don't read for joy ever again after high school or college.

My suspicion is that people on G+ read more than others, but perhaps that's just wishful thinking.

What books have you read lately?

h/t Justin Schwartz via FB

Allison Sekuler Allison Sekuler

Cloudy with a Chance of Star

WISE J0855-0714 (also known as W0855) is a brown dwarf about 7 light years from us. Based upon its temperature, it is estimated to have a mass of about 10 Jupiters. The minimum mass to be considered a star is usually taken as 13 Jupiter masses, so this particular brown dwarf is either a very, very small star or (more likely) a very large Jupiter-type planet.  That makes it either the 4th most distant star system or the closest known rogue planet. What we know for sure is that it is the coldest known brown dwarf, with a surface temperature of about 260 K (or 25 degrees below freezing for us Americans). It may also have a rather interesting atmosphere.

A new paper in Astronomy and Astrophysics Letters has announced the presence of clouds on the brown dwarf. The team made near-infrared observations of W0855, and compared them with various models of cold brown dwarfs. They found the best agreement was of an atmosphere with partial water clouds. This is unusual, since most known worlds are either cloudless (Mars) or shrouded in clouds (Venus, Titan). Of course W0855 is much more Jupiter-like, being about the same size, but with more mass. What such a partly-cloudy Jovian planet might look like is still unclear.

It’s important to note that this result is still somewhat tentative. The planet had not been imaged in detail, and a direct spectral analysis of W0855 hasn’t been made. This is not a direct detection of water on an exoplanet, but rather agreement with a model. But what this work does show is that Jupiter-like planets are likely much more diverse than seen in our own solar system, and some may indeed have partly-cloudy skies.

Image: An artist’s conception of WISE J0855-0714. Credit: NASA, JPL-Caltech and Penn State University
Brian Koberlein Brian Koberlein

How To Perfectly Locate Your Router, Using Physics

How do you determine the optimal placement for a wifi router? For a physicist, it involves solving the Helmholtz equation. The most complicated, thorough, yet well-justified method of deciding where to situation your router for optimized wifi signal is to numerically solve the Helmholtz equations, making sure to include the imaginary component of the electromagnetic wave. If that location just happens to be in the middle of the main walkway of your home, that's the price you need to pay for perfect reception.

From: http://space.io9.com/using-physics-to-find-the-perfect-router-location-1627029102

#physics   #math  
Tom Eigelsbach Tom Eigelsbach

This morning I talked about a particular rogue planet with partly cloudy skies. Rogue planets may be quite common, though they are difficult to detect. We are, however, starting to observe them form in stellar nurseries.
Brian Koberlein Brian Koberlein

I made a new friend at the #ChelseaFinale named Dave Grohl and he's on board with #GetYourAssToMars. Who's with us?
Ciro Villa Ciro Villa

Unless the ice is in my whisky glass.
Ciro Villa Ciro Villa

It seems there a particularly virulent strain of anti-science lunacy going on in New Zealand.
Hopefully, it's just a phase.
Filippo Salustri Filippo Salustri

Former Corporate Executive meets co-worker while astral projected, and verifies all details later on.  This is one of hundreds of thousands of evidential cases documented, thousands of cases are much stronger than this one.  Because these evidential experiences were not very common in the media or generated at will until recently, few scientists believed astral travel is real.  But that is rapidly changing with the advent of the Internet and social media.  A Consciousness Science is slowly being born. University Departments study reincarnation cases, astral travel more and more, etc.


"I was fortunate enough to have a few out of bodies where verification was available from an outside source. Thankfully I kept dated, written records of all of my ESP type adventures. My numerous journals are all chronologically dated. They have proved very helpful time and again.

This OBE occurred during a period of time that I was doing some consulting work for a law firm. My work schedule was Monday through Thursday. The day of this OBE was a Friday. I had lain down in the late morning and had dozed for a few minutes. When I began to awaken, I was surprised to found myself in the lunch/break room of the law firm.

Initially I felt a bit disoriented and confused. Karen, a fellow employee and daughter to one of the law firm partners, was standing near me. My racing mind grasped for logic. Was it still Thursday? Otherwise, why was I here at the law firm? And if it was Thursday, why was Karen here? I clearly remembered asking about Karen’s absence on Thursday and had been told she had taken the day off.

Slowly it dawned on me that I was out of body and that it was, indeed, Friday. Then I noticed that Karen seemed upset. We began to talk and she said that she was upset about some car repairs that had been done. She had been quoted one price, but when she went to pick up the car the repair bill had been considerably higher. The financial strain had put her in a difficult position. Karen said she was having some serious financial problems so the car repairs had really put her into a deeper hole.

As soon as this conversation ended I apparently reentered my body and fell back asleep. Upon waking shortly thereafter, I recorded the event and dated it July 5th. Many questions arose. How had Karen been able to communicate with me? Had she somehow met me in her own OBE? Perhaps a fragment of her had sensed my presence and entered into communication. Did she recall it at all? Our conversation had felt very natural and routine.

I had no doubt that the occurrence was real. Many of my OBEs initiate from the sleeping state. It is easier for me to become slightly lucid during sleep and then exit the body. While I occasionally exit from the waking state, I find it a bit nerve wracking. Still, I determined that if given an opportunity that felt right, I would see if Karen had any awareness of the event. Was any of it verifiable?

Three weeks later I finally had a chance to talk alone with Karen. I’m sure I was stuttering. I mean, really. Karen, did you meet me out of body and tell me about some car repairs? Just an easy conversation, right?

After explaining the situation to Karen she said she did not recall having this conversation. However, she did verify the car repair problem. She also confirmed that the dollar amounts of the repair quote and final bill I had recorded were correct. She was astonished that I knew the whole story, exact amounts and of her financial problems.  Since she had kept these personal issues to herself she acknowledged that somehow she must have participated in the out of body projection.

Karen was not sure of the date of the repair work, only that it had been a few weeks. She agreed to find the receipt and let me know the date.

When I arrived home that evening I pulled out my journal to review the notes from the OBE. Immediately I noted an error. I had dated the entry Friday, July 5. Thinking back I recalled that the 4th of July had been on a Tuesday, so that Friday would have been July 7th. I changed the date to the correct one, July 7.

A few days later Karen told me she had located the receipt and the repair work had been done on Wednesday, July 5th. Perhaps that is why I initially wrote that date in my journal.

This was my first concrete confirmation of an OBE. Not that I needed it, but it was exciting nonetheless."


Helpful Videos and Links with Info on SOUL TRAVEL research:

Edgar Mitchell, who walked on the moon, founded noetic.org, a 200 acre research campus that studies astral travel and all related ESP events.  Many Nobel Laureates investigated psychics and Edgar Mitchell even wrote a book about proofs for ESP ► http://www.amazon.com/Psychic-Exploration-Challenge-Understanding-Consciousness/dp/1616405473.  If you read this long article by a physicist ► http://www.noetic.org/noetic/issue-twenty-two-may/the-reality-of-esp-a-physicists-proof/, you'll learn about many proofs of ESP done by science, some events happening with the odds of 1 in a billion.  

Alex Tanous was a frequent astral traveler who was very investigated, see this 3 min clip for his remote viewing via astral travel ► Astral projection and Tanous at ASPR.   Skeptics say NDEs (near-death experiences) and OBEs (out of body experiences) are brain imagery.  However, the healthy by-standers can participate in the NDE of the dying, suggesting NDEs are not illusions caused by the lack of oxygen, as skeptics often argue ► Dr.Raymond Moody on Shared Death Experiences.

In a 2013 PLOS ONE paper ► goo.gl/jsAlg, scientists concluded that NDEs are likely not imagined events:).  The 1 hr video on NDEs ► Life After Life - Raymond Moody confirms the research finding that during NDEs people see future events (as in 5 min clip NBC News: Dr Morse Has Done More To Prove Life After Death girl sees her unborn brother heart♥ issue) or objects 100s of feet or miles away.  This 9 min clip details more visions ► Richard & Judy Talk About Ghosts.   For unique NDEs, see goo.gl/5SPBN, that site has over 3500 cases.

Scientists in Shanghai found that quantum action happens at minimum 10, 000 times the speed of lighthttp://www.livescience.com/27920-quantum-action-faster-than-light.html, one day they could realize some things (soul body speed?) are a trillion times faster.. than the "maximum" speed.  

See also a 25 min video on astral travel research by Alex Tanous:  ASPR OBE Experiment 1983.  Alex  explained in the video how he believes we will become physically IMMORTAL one day, i.e. we live in this dimension as long as we want.  :)   Alex shared at 7min22sec of the clip how the scientific understanding of spirit/astral energy will enable us to attain physical Immortality - just like understanding electricity brought us a lot of progress in medicine.  

Other astral travelers have shared that on other planets, humanoids are Immortal and live in Peace.  :)  Albert Taylor quit his NASA Space station job to do astral space travel.  He's been crew chief for U2 planes, had secret clearance for 27 years. He believes he visited other planets via astral body (oberf.org). His book (goo.gl/mcWQyx) details his travels; here's a video of him:  goo.gl/QQyFW

The fact 2 people recall their astral conversation, shows that astral travels are not dreams, but real events, as shown in this 2 min videoAll Reality OBE Project • Case 003 • Luis Minero.  Luis and his sister both recall how they went in downtown Atlanta area astrally, even though they were living very far from each otherAll Reality OBE Project • Case 002 • Luis Minero, this was a real event.  This is very common where people (not relatives, just friends) living on different continents have a shared astral experience that they can verify with each other.


There is a book "Mastering Astral Projection in 90 days" by Robert Bruce of astraldynamics.comhttp://www.amazon.com/Mastering-Astral-Projection-Out-Body/dp/0738704679.  See also this 5 min clip about a special astral travel technique:  Easiest Astral Projection Method.  William Buhlman of astralinfo.org 48 min talk has more ideas on astral travel:  Astral Projection Primer: The basics of Astral Projecting.  William talks for 85 min about consciousness in this 2014 video at the Monroe Institute ►  William Buhlman on OBEs at Monroe Institute Professional Seminar 2014

Robert Monroe projected many times and founded monroeinstitute.org  and here is a talk of his ► Robert Monroe's Out of Body Experiences.  For more astral travel resources and classes, see iacworld.org and http://www.oberf.org/oberf_web_links.htm too.  Waldo Vieira created iipc.org, a research center with many sister centers focused on astral research. 

There are dozens of common methods of astral travel, what happens is people try some or all of them and then find one (or two or three) that works for them best (some methods will work best for certain folks, but not for others), depending on their total soul history and what part of the astral is easier to detach given the condition of their astral-physical body.  Usually you just try to have eyes closed, become completely relaxed (as in the world peace meditation https://plus.google.com/+AlexP/posts/j6B8ELAjCUU, full body relaxation, toes to the top of the head) and then practice one of the techniques, such as relaxing and being open to receiving help from the Immortals, or roll over technique, or moving energy up and down via your will power from head to toes until the astral body becomes loose and can detach easily a copy of itself, or trying to lift your astral leg first, the rope technique, etc.  You can google or search on youtube for "astral travel techniques or methods" or related things for hundreds of more articles and videos, all free, no need to buy any book;  some people astral travel in 2 days after being taught, others in 7 years;  it depends on how serious the individual is and on their soul history. 

Many use autogenic relaxation (http://www.guidetopsychology.com/autogen.htm) before astral travel or before programming positive thoughts such as "i am healthy, i have fun astral traveling and helping humanity in my spare time, i make selfless astral travel in service to humanity a very popular hobby, maybe as much as sports are today", "i try discover how to stop aging and cure diseases using inter-dimensional tech", "i am happy", "i am an instrument of world peace", "i astral travel consciously as often as i want"  Relaxing our body can be fun and can lead to great acts of service to humanity, as a tranquil mind and healthy body are more able to be of service. :)
Alex P Alex P

In a new and exciting finding, scientists for the first time discover the presence of water clouds on a Brown Dwarf

In his post reporting the discovery, Astro-Physics Professor +Brian Koberlein in part writes: 

" WISE J0855-0714 (also known as W0855) is a brown dwarf about 7 light years from us. Based upon its temperature, it is estimated to have a mass of about 10 Jupiters. The minimum mass to be considered a star is usually taken as 13 Jupiter masses, so this particular brown dwarf is either a very, very small star or (more likely) a very large Jupiter-type planet.  That makes it either the 4th most distant star system or the closest known rogue planet. What we know for sure is that it is the coldest known brown dwarf, with a surface temperature of about 260 K (or 25 degrees below freezing for us Americans). It may also have a rather interesting atmosphere.

A new paper in Astronomy and Astrophysics Letters has announced the presence of clouds on the brown dwarf. The team made near-infrared observations of W0855, and compared them with various models of cold brown dwarfs. They found the best agreement was of an atmosphere with partial water clouds. This is unusual, since most known worlds are either cloudless (Mars) or shrouded in clouds (Venus, Titan). Of course W0855 is much more Jupiter-like, being about the same size, but with more mass. What such a partly-cloudy Jovian planet might look like is still unclear. "

Read more: https://plus.google.com/+BrianKoberlein/posts/2VufEZA2SHx

More info also here: http://phys.org/news/2014-08-astronomers-evidence-clouds-brown-dwarf.html

The study: Indications of Water Clouds in the Coldest Known Brown Dwarf, arXiv:1408.4671 [astro-ph.SR] http://arxiv.org/abs/1408.4671

The object: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WISE_0855%E2%80%930714

Image: An artist’s conception of WISE J0855-0714. NASA, JPL-Caltech and Penn State University, CC BY
Ciro Villa Ciro Villa

Today in History: First U.S. Oil Well Drilled
On August 27, 1859 — 155 years ago today — an epic event in the history of the oil industry occurred in Titusville, Pennsylvania: After a year and a half of effort, at a depth of 69 feet, innovator Edwin L. Drake and his business partner, George Bissell, struck a pool of oil and the oil industry was born [in the U.S., at least; 11 years earlier, a Russian engineer, F.N. Semyenov, is credited with drilling the world’s first oil well in 1848 in the Aspheron Peninsula in what is now Azerbaijan]. Drake harnessed the power of a 6 HP Long John engine and a stationary boiler to activate the drill’s boring capability.

Before Semyenov and Drake had implemented mechanisms for boring into the ground to extract oil, oil was collected by gathering it from “oil seeps” or shallow holes dug where it was collecting in pools. Most practical oil up to Drake’s first successful well was obtained from the blubber of whales, and one reason Drake was drilling for oil in the ground was that whale oil had become expensive and its supply was dwindling, as aggressive whaling had pushed many whale species to the brink of extinction.

Unfortunately for Drake who is known as the “father of the petroleum industry,” Drake did not patent his innovative conductor mechanism, a “drive pipe,” that helped to prevent a well’s walls from collapsing, and so he never became wealthy. Oil wells copying Drake's method proliferated, and the proliferation of successful oil wells led to the decline of oil prices. Drake subsequently lost all of his savings on speculative oil drilling. Moreover, in the years after his initial success, Drake may have developed ALS before it had been known as a disease [my speculation], because he lost much of his motor ability in later life. Because Drake could not work, friends collected money for his family, and the Pennsylvania legislature voted to pay him and his family a stipend of $1,500 per month until he died.  


Image credits:

Left: Replica of first oil well
Right: Edwin L. Drake
Brad Acker Brad Acker

Words on Wednesday.
K's socks
mary Zeman mary Zeman

These 3-D Printed Skeleton Keys Can Pick High-Security Locks in Seconds

One of the hairier unintended consequences of cheap 3-D printing is that any troublemaker can duplicate a key without setting foot in a hardware store. But clever lockpickers like Jos Weyers and Christian Holler already are taking that DIY key-making trick a step further: They can 3-D print a slice of plastic or metal that opens even high-security locks in seconds, without even seeing the original key.
Ward Plunet Ward Plunet

The True Blood series finale was about the dumbest thing ever. 0_o
Matt Uebel Matt Uebel

I am greatly amused that Google Now thinks my office is the local Starbucks.  (I work from home.  I think poor Google Now doesn't have that in its algorithm...)
mary Zeman mary Zeman

Pat Robertson partying like it's 1949.
Seriously, what a fuckwad.
Filippo Salustri Filippo Salustri

We should stop lying to ourselves about the nature of reality and the universe. 
A brilliant 10 minutes video on Atheism and spirituality worth watching and spreading.  

#atheism   #antitheism   #reason   #science   #godisntreal   #religionpoisonseverything  
Amine Benaichouche Amine Benaichouche

I can’t say this enough: if you’re concerned about corporate monopolization, you don’t try and ban an entire technology in response. Back in the day, if you were concerned about Windows being a monopolistic approach to an operating system you didn’t try to ban all computers.

+Mark Lynas in a nice interview piece.
#GMO #goldenrice  
Mary Mangan Mary Mangan

Betsy McCall -
+10 - 5 shares - 3 comments

Betsy McCall Betsy McCall

Twitter is about 50 times better than Google+, especially for real-time search, and I've only recently started using it more. Not to mention Twitter isn't as bloated.

Been asking for G+ analytics from Google for a while. They don't appear to give a shit (other than the token overall "views"). What a wasted opportunity.

+Vic Gundotra 
Jonathan Langdale Jonathan Langdale

Sigh. Perfect day to have work done on the chimney ... I already have a headache. Eeyore is watching the workmen through the office window. Time to find the ear buds and turn up the music. 
mary Zeman mary Zeman

Brad Snowder -
+12 - 2 shares - 3 comments

Brad Snowder Brad Snowder

Dang. Had the car 17 days and someone dinged it in the parking lot.
Bill DeWitt Bill DeWitt

Wasps take over a whole bed.
File this under #wtf  
Filippo Salustri Filippo Salustri

Just as god intended.
Matt Uebel Matt Uebel

mary Zeman -
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mary Zeman mary Zeman

Where is all the Lithium?  The mystery of the "missing" element in our Universe

"The field of astrophysics has a stubborn problem and it's called lithium. The quantities of lithium predicted to have resulted from the Big Bang are not actually present in stars. But the calculations are correct – a fact which has now been confirmed for the first time in experiments conducted at the underground laboratory in the Gran Sasso mountain in Italy. As part of an international team, researchers from the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) studied how much lithium forms under Big Bang conditions. The results were published in Physical Review Letters."

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2014-08-big-conditions-lithium-problem.html#jCp
Ciro Villa Ciro Villa

Study: Humans Are Happier When We Have Robot Overlords well, not quite. 

More robot control, MIT’s research shows, leads to greater efficiency and helps people understand their robot counterparts. More autonomy, however, doesn’t mean full control; humans are still delegating and scheduling robots' tasks, but through a “human-generated algorithm.”
Ward Plunet Ward Plunet

Betsy McCall -
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Betsy McCall Betsy McCall

The lawyers are sharpening their pointed sticks in the face of Bert the Farting Hippo on #NCIS.
#FirstWorldLegalProblem   #wtf  
Filippo Salustri Filippo Salustri

Thank you, Mr. Gates.
Praveen Kulkarni Praveen Kulkarni

Final Baltic port of call in Copenhagen! Probably the best place we visited for tourist technology friendly - lots of free wifi and routes to scan in for google maps :)
Paul Harper Paul Harper

People! It is this simple. If a woman (or a man) is that drunk, YOU DO NOT HAVE SEX WITH THEM!  
Stop blaming the victims!
Praveen Kulkarni Praveen Kulkarni

Ocean Deadzones

#Ocean  deadzones are spots in the sea where life no longer exists. They occur when massive fertilizer runoff (or other ocean crises) set in motion an oxygen-depriving chain of events leading to the death in one spot of fish, crabs and other sea creatures. In 1975, there was one documented deadzone. In 2014, there were 500+.

This #gif  is from the recent +Mission Blue documentary.
Tom Eigelsbach Tom Eigelsbach

New study throws into question long-held belief about depression

New evidence puts into doubt the long-standing belief that a deficiency in serotonin—a chemical messenger in the brain—plays a central role in depression. In the journal ACS Chemical Neuroscience, scientists report that mice lacking the ability to make serotonin in their brains (and thus should have been "depressed" by conventional wisdom) did not show depression-like symptoms.

..researchers know that 60 to 70 percent of these patients continue to feel depressed, even while taking the drugs. Kuhn's team set out to study what role, if any, serotonin played in the condition.
Ward Plunet Ward Plunet

Vehicle-to-vehicle communication is stalled for lack of funding.
Which means the real reason is politics.
Filippo Salustri Filippo Salustri

How to feed the cities of the future

At MIT Media Lab in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Caleb Harper’s CityFARM demonstrates the future of food production. He grows plants through aeroponics, a system that produces plants without soil. Plants are hooked up to servers and misting mechanisms. LEDs fill in for the sun and ladybugs (purchased on Amazon) occasionally make an appearance. Plants are periodically sprayed with a nutrient-rich mist that provides optimal pH balance. Light and temperatures are closely monitored. The environment nurtures plants that have twice the nutrient density of their conventional counterparts. Lettuce, bok choy, and tomatoes have already fed the scientists in the lab.
Ward Plunet Ward Plunet

This is an interesting study because many depressed people do not respond to SSRI's.
"Also, a subset of the knockout mice responded therapeutically to antidepressant medications in a similar manner to the normal mice."
It would be interesting to see which depression medications were used since there are alternative drugs for depression besides SSRI's.
Jay Dinan Jay Dinan

Time Warner Cable suffers massive outage

+Business Insider +Good Morning America : Time Warner Cable says cable and Internet services were “largely restored,” after nationwide outages were reported early Wednesday morning.
Ciro Villa Ciro Villa

Scary stuff in my latest at Conservation Magazine.
Jason Goldman Jason Goldman

Even dogs like +Lilith Dark comics. If you've never heard of Lilith Dark, imagine if Calvin (of Calvin & Hobbes fame) grew up and had a daughter. That daughter would be Lilith Dark.

I heartily recommend the comic for your child (even if said child is over 21 yrs old).
Jeff Baker Jeff Baker

You will soon be able to run any Windows application on a Chromebookhttp://bit.ly/1onH9aS

by +Robert Nazarian 

Google, VMware, and NVIDIA were on hand at VMworld 2014 to show off a collaborative effort utilizing VMware Blast Performance and NVIDIA GRID vGPU technology. The result will be high performance virtual desktops and workstation-class graphics for Chromebooks.........http://bit.ly/1onH9aS
Andrew Carpenter Andrew Carpenter

Raw, thought provoking quote by the inimitable poet and novelist Charles Bukowski.

GO HERE --> www.pinterest.com/psychology/psychology-quotes/ for the full psychology quote collection.
David Webb David Webb

Cat expertise...
mary Zeman mary Zeman

NASA sets 2018 as target year for the first launch of the SLS

"The US space agency's powerful deep-space rocket, known as the Space Launch System (SLS), aims to blast off for the first time in 2018, NASA said Wednesday."

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2014-08-nasa-deep-space-rocket-sls.html#jCp
Ciro Villa Ciro Villa

New gluten-free ingredient may cause allergic reaction

A popular legume used in other countries is showing up in more U.S. gluten-free products. A food safety specialist explains why people with peanut and soybean allergies need to be cautious: "Lupin is a yellow-colored bean that's very popular in Europe, Mediterranean countries, Australia and New Zealand. However, it is new to the United States and because of that, many consumers have never heard of it and may not realize that lupin has the same protein that causes allergic reactions to peanuts and soybeans."
Ward Plunet Ward Plunet

Ta Prohm is the modern name of a temple at Angkor, Siem Reap Province, Cambodia, built in the Bayon style largely in the late 12th and early 13th centuries and originally called Rajavihara .#Agababy #Aga #Agata
Tom Eigelsbach Tom Eigelsbach

10 Things You Didn't Know About Einstein

The man who had some theories about relativity was also an eccentric who gleefully eschewed socks, dodged German military service and spurned social conventions. It's time to meet the human behind the hero.

#alberteinstein   #einstein   #biography  
Amine Benaichouche Amine Benaichouche

That's my problem.  I'm too honest with myself.
Betsy McCall Betsy McCall

Tony Abbott: the kind of asshole Sarah Palin can relate to.
Filippo Salustri Filippo Salustri

Why Android desperately needs a billion dollar success story: The best new apps are all going iPhone-first

At this point, going iPhone-first is a widely held best practice. It’s our generation’s version of “Nobody ever got fired for buying IBM.” While there’s some debate on the margins on how quickly you should follow up with an Android app, certainly no one is arguing for Android-first (meaning, don’t do iPhone). There’s a number of reasons for this consensus, which the above articles thoroughly explain- here’s the superset of the reasons they give:

Ward Plunet Ward Plunet

Kiev is failing in southern Donetsk

Obama is getting ripped off by Putin, the deal was only for Crimea. Putin is all like, "Dude, I can't control these people... sorry bro."

#Ukraine #Russia
Jonathan Langdale Jonathan Langdale

A new paper in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology presents a long-term study of the influence of video game play on risky behavior.
Art Markman Art Markman

Prime-time Twitch is bigger than CNN, MSNBC, and MTV

The New York Times had a great data-driven article this morning about just how big Twitch has become. One year ago the video game live-streaming platform wasn't even equal to HLN in size. Fast-forward to this summer and Twitch is bigger during prime-time hours than CNN, E!, or MSNBC, with occasional spikes that put it above MTV as well.
Ward Plunet Ward Plunet

New biomarker highly promising for predicting breast cancer outcomes

A protein named p66ShcA shows promise as a biomarker to identify breast cancers with poor prognoses, according to research published ahead of print in the journal Molecular and Cellular Biology.

Ward Plunet Ward Plunet

#IShitYouNot    ಠ_ಠ  
Since the launch of iitiimshaadi.com in April, more than 500 people have applied for listing, but only 70 have been accepted. The others were rejected since the site only lists profiles for people who provide proof of education.

Mr. Gupta is not the only person trying to connect people who want well-educated spouses. Another site, premiummatrimony.in, was set up in January by three IIM Bangalore graduates. The website says they were inspired by “the fact that many of our friends from IITs and IIMs face the difficulty of finding the right partner.”
Praveen Kulkarni Praveen Kulkarni

Hey science and #scicomm folks: there's a Reddit AMA on the topic of communication, trolls, and such by the guy who wrote the paper that got PopSci to shut off their comments area. Have a look at the discussion, or ask questions if you get there in time.
Mary Mangan Mary Mangan

Betsy McCall -
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Betsy McCall Betsy McCall

Was the attack on Pearl Harbor brilliantly planned and executed or was it successful in only the loosest sense of the word?

Not only was the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor far from brilliant, it also narrowly avoided disaster.

This article makes the case that it was a junk plan and barely worked.
Dustin Wyatt Dustin Wyatt

Is this sympatric speciation?

While sympatric speciation remains a controversial topic, some researchers have found two species of ants where one is believed to have diverged from another one. The key of the controversy? this would have happened when the two species shared the same geographical area.
David Basanta David Basanta

560 million year old muscles

This is an important find: the earliest fossil to date showing signs of having muscle fibres; earlier than the Cambrian explosion.
Kind of makes sense that there'd be a bit of pump-priming, as it were, before animal life really took off.

Filippo Salustri Filippo Salustri

Imagine yourself as a complex meme. What kind of awareness do you create? What kind of first order, second order, third order...effects do you cause?
Andrew Carpenter Andrew Carpenter

"It's not that we found responsiveness matters," says Julie Gros-Louis, assistant professor of psychology at the UI and corresponding author on the study, published in the July/August edition of the journal Infancy. "It's how a mother responds that matters."

Also: genetics.
Jonathan Langdale Jonathan Langdale

Kyle Crider -
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Kyle Crider Kyle Crider

Energy levels were high as more than 60 middle school students and their teachers from around central Florida gathered in the conference facility at NASA Kennedy Space Center's Space Station Processing Facility in Florida to view the Zero Robotics competition finals Aug. 15 and cheer on the regional winner from the sunshine state.

Read the full article at: http://1.usa.gov/1zG36ID

#STEM #321Techoff #Robotics #NASA
Ciro Villa Ciro Villa

You Almost Certainly Have Mites On Your Face

"There are more than 48,000 species of mites. As far as we know, exactly two of those live on human faces. While their relatives mostly look like lozenges on spindly legs, face-mites are more like wall plugs—long cones with stubby legs at one end. They don’t look like much, and most of us have never looked at one at all. But these weird creatures are almost certainly the animals we spend the most time with."

Link to study: http://goo.gl/QwHdLx
Ciro Villa Ciro Villa

With just a little twist to a home’s geothermal heating and cooling system, the waste heat from appliances and devices can be channeled into usable heat for domestic hot water needs, swimming pools, and spas. http://goo.gl/lBP8Zi 
Andrew Carpenter Andrew Carpenter

Sen. Feinstein asks the DoJ not to release FOIA request initiated by +VICE News.

Jonathan Langdale Jonathan Langdale

Kyle Crider -
+1 - 1 comments

Kyle Crider Kyle Crider

~ Ohio lawmakers want to ban schools from teaching scientific process ~ [Ars Technica] :: [Excerpt:] Science educators have recognized that teaching science as a large compendium of facts, without reference to the scientific process and theories that bind them together, simply leads to uninterested and uninformed students. So it's a bit mind-boggling to discover that an Ohio state legislator is attempting to ban educators for teaching anything about the scientific process. And for good measure, the bill's sponsor threw politics and creationism into the mix. [More at the link.] :: #atheism #science
Bob Calder Bob Calder

Which cars have the best (and by that I mean most hackable) on board computer? I just want full android in my car. Can I switch computers?
Bill DeWitt Bill DeWitt

Pra quem gosta dos detalhes mais delicados da Física, aqui vai uma lista de "paradoxos",

» http://sprott.physics.wisc.edu/pickover/physics-paradoxes.html

Diversão garantida. ;-)
Daniel Ferrante Daniel Ferrante

Stone-tipped spears lethal, may indicate early cognitive and social skills

Attaching a stone tip on to a wooden spear shaft was a significant innovation for early modern humans living around 500,000 years ago. However, it was also a costly behavior in terms of time and effort to collect, prepare and assemble the spear. Researchers conducted controlled experiments to learn if there was a 'wounding' advantage between using a wooden spear or a stone-tipped spear.
Ward Plunet Ward Plunet

Knee surgery not needed for mild osteoarthritis

Middle-aged or older patients with mild or no osteoarthritis of the knee may not benefit from the procedure of arthroscopic knee surgery, experts report. "This study shows that surgery should not be the initial option for middle-aged or older patients, as there is limited evidence supporting partial meniscectomy surgery for meniscus tears," writes the lead author. "Other treatments should be used first."

Ward Plunet Ward Plunet

In our culture obsessed with measuring talent, ability, and potential, I believe we often overlook the importance of inspiring people to do what they love.

My first piece for Medium.
Scott Barry Kaufman Scott Barry Kaufman

Supposedly this is ISIS firing an American Howitzer.
Jonathan Langdale Jonathan Langdale

I appear to have been previously wrong about Putin and Eastern Ukraine. He's going to take Donetsk.
Jonathan Langdale Jonathan Langdale

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