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30 April 2009

Weather: Cool Satellite Photo of Washington, D.C. Flowering in the Spring!

From Denny: Popular Science online magazine featured this photo recently. It's from the GeoEye-1 satellite, orbiting at four miles per second, passing over Washington, D.C. during the Cherry Blossom season this April 4th to "admire the view." ;)

The view was shot from the height of 423 miles as the spacecraft moved from north to south along America's eastern seaboard. Along the tidal basin the cherry trees are in full bloom. The huge number of cherry trees were all a gift from Japan to America decades ago.

Sakura in Washington, D.C.Washington, D.C. in bloom Image via Wikipedia

Someone left this comment on their site:

"Can anyone tell me the time of day that the image was taken?

The Washington Monument makes a fantastic sundial, it's almost a shame the builders didn't insinuate analematic features into the monument-scape of the Mall."

Now there's an interesting idea!

For a larger view of this satellite photo, go here.

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29 April 2009

Brain: Some insight into why it's harder to recognize different-age faces

From Denny: Yesterday on Cognitive Daily I left this comment on their post "Super-recognizers: people with an amazing ability to recognize faces."

"Looks like I got all the faces: X is recognizable by his eyes and that half-sour "I'm uncomfortable" half-smile, Bill Clinton by his cheekbones in relation to his smile, Scarlett recognized by her serious pout and Wayne by his eyes like half-closed (what some people call bedroom eyes) and how he tilts his head.

Actors Jeff and Beau Bridges have that head-tilting characteristic in their body language too. When I saw an actor recently (passing by the TV on my way out) who displayed their same facial expressions and body language but looked very different. I asked my husband if he was related to the Bridges family and he replied, Yeah, that's Jordon Bridges. Some people, especially leaders in any field, develop a distinctive combination of expressions that are unique to them and easy to remember.

Posted by: Denny Lyon | April 27, 2009 5:38 PM"

Some insight into why it's harder to recognize different-age faces

Today's post and link is the follow-up to yesterdays' post about the "super recognizers." The current studies are examining as to why this happens. Mainly, there is still a lot of speculation and even more questions than answers.

Questions on deck:

Are people better at recognizing others of the same race?

Are people better at recognizing others of the same age?

Speculative answers:

Several studies have now revealed that others are better at recognizing those who look like themselves compared to those who are different, meaning same-race and same-age are the strongest factors for recognition. Same-race has been studied the most.

Questions as to what causes this type of recognition:
Are we better at recognizing people we see more often?

Do we have a separate process for recognizing those inside our group as opposed to those outside it?

Are we more adept at recognizing the faces of our loved ones and friends?

Answers from a study of non-teachers and teacher trainees:

In a recent study of non-teachers and teacher trainees they found the trainees were more adept at recognizing the kids' faces. Researchers realized that age-related differences in facial recognition are not due to any inside or outside group preference. Actually, teachers still recognize childrens' faces better than adults of their own age.

Researchers' Speculations

Researchers are postulating that the teachers are more motivated to recognize the kids so that may account for their success as well as constant exposure to that age group makes recognition easier than for others. Researchers are going to study both suggestions to see if one or the other is true - or if both suggestions are contributing factors.

Read that as they think they know why this facial recognition happens but they "will get back to you after it's official" - an official study, that is! :)

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28 April 2009

Brain: Are You a Super Recognizer of Faces?

From Denny: Over at Cognitive Daily they have a fun little face quiz. Can you identify the four famous faces? I'm comment #58 in that long list of fun comments.

A study was done about face perception and researchers were surprised that a group of "super recognizers" emerged to easily and accurately identify faces repeatedly whether they were famous or not. The photos were of younger faces or lesser known photos of the famous.

"But what is at the root of the super-recognizers' special ability? One possibility is that rather than having superior memory, they are actually better at recognizing differences between faces."

Personally, as listed in my comment on their article, there are a lot of distinctive "tells" a person displays, most of them on their face. But then maybe I'm just one of those "super recognizers"! I'll be sure to add it to my resume as Accomplishments instead of under the category of Hobbies... :)

Take a look at the short informative article at Cognitive Daily by clicking on the title link, a very interesting study with more details than I've given here.

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27 April 2009

Slap That Cold Silly with Food as Medicine

Slap That Cold Silly with Food as Medicine: "Utilize spices in your food to give healing support to that cold or flu. Here’s an easy exotic and delicious soup recipe when you are feeling miserable. Soup recipe included."

By Denny Lyon @ HubPages

From Denny: This is a popular article. While it may be almost early summer and hot here in Louisiana it sure isn't in other parts of the country and world! After all it snowed in Colorado this month. On the news is the latest about a new outbreak of flu.

What is good about this article and soup recipe is that it gives real information about the properties of food and how they can benefit a situation with a cold, flu or allergy symptoms. Lentils and beans both act as astringents, pulling excess water out of the body. For that reason alone this is a good and practical read! :) We all know the miseries of a stuffy and runny nose.

Spices are another forgotten food in our modern culture and contain many healthful properties waiting to be rediscovered by us today!

Written by Denny Lyon 2 HubPages
Photo of paprika peppers by meaduva @ flickr

26 April 2009

5 Food Articles and Videos You Might Enjoy

From Denny: All my nine blogs are basically a research and reading list of interesting subjects I find on the web from day to day. Sometimes, I have to remind myself that the folks who subscribe to one blog don't subscribe to another! :) (BTW, THANKS for subscribing, much appreciated!)

I used to try and bookmark a lot of this on StumbleUpon and other sites and found it took far longer than throwing it up on a blog and then linking to a social site!

So, I thought I'd start making the effort to cross-pollinate the blogs so if you missed something you might find useful or interesting on other blogs besides the one you are reading right now - sort of a roundup of the past week's best I've found or re-written for an easier read.

Here are 5 selections from the Comfort Food From Louisiana blog that also include videos to enjoy. Take a look!

Recipes and video: Spring Comfort Food on a Budget From Former Ballerina (turned chef) - wonderful easy menu!

Drink: Concord Berry Sparkle - simple, easy with or without alcohol.

Appetizer: Warm Pepperoni Pizza Olives - weekend snacking with lots of protein.

New Orleans Restaurant Review and Recipes: Boucherie - from a regional magazine that gives you prices, addresses, recipes in case you decide to visit New Orleans you will know what to expect.

New Trend on Grocery Savings - Grocery Auctions! - how America is adjusting to a down economy and still eating well!

24 April 2009

4 Health Articles You Might Enjoy

From Denny: I'm always finding the most interesting articles about the latest health study. Too bad there wasn't more research devoted to orphan diseases, ones that afflict a small percentage of the population. Read that as the drug companies believe they can't make big money by searching for cures for these diseases - so they do nothing. Maybe it's the role of international governments to get into the act to help the suffering sectors of humanity? What do you think?

Health is a large area to cover so if you have some suggestions of anything I might be overlooking and you want to throw out at me, please do! You can also email me: warriorspearl@gmail.com too if you like. Yes, I actually answer my own email and am not too full of myself - well, not yet, anyway...! :) (There goes that cheeky side escaping again...)

Here are a few articles you might find an interesting read:

Drink Coffee: Lower Risk of Uterine Cancer

Broccoli Sprouts May Be Germ Fighters

The Pill and Gaining Muscle

Popping a Zit Can Kill You?

Photo by left-hand @ flickr

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23 April 2009

Brain: What Are the Long Term Effects of Brain Injury in Children?

A diagram of the forces on the brain in concussionImage via Wikipedia

Since the onset of the Iraq War we have been hearing a lot in the news about TBI – Traumatic Brain Injury. Soldiers and combat reporters have told their similar stories again and again.

Brain Injury in Children

Did you know that half a million school children experience at least mildly traumatic brain injuries every year in America? Until a recent study little was known about the long term effects of traumatic brain injuries for children.

This new study was done at Ohio State University at Columbus and published by Keith Yeates, Ph.D. in the official journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, "Pediatrics in Review."

Post-Concussive Syndrome

Researchers term it Post-concussive Syndrome. Several areas are affected such as emotional, cognitive (thinking ability) and somatic (medical code word for what affects only the body as separate from the mind).

Symptoms of Post-Concussive Syndrome

What are the symptoms to look for? Here’s a rundown of the list:

• being tired
• headaches
• memory difficulties
• light sensitivity
• feeling dizzy
irritability (crankiness)
• attention problems
• depression or sad mood
• difficulty concentrating/thinking
• vision problems
• noise sensitivity
difficulty sleeping
anhedonia (lack of interest in pleasurable activities)
• change in personality

About the Year Long Study

It was a 12 month study of long term effects that followed 189 school age children who had experienced TBI. The second group they followed was 99 school age children who had not experienced brain injury but orthopedic injuries.

Researchers' Findings

What did they find? Among the TBI group it was amazing that 64% did not experience any post-concussive symptoms at all. From two weeks up to a year later, 12% experienced moderate symptoms. Severe symptoms were experienced by 15% two weeks after the injury but did manage to resolve within the year. Severe symptoms experienced two weeks from the injury that did not resolve and continued a year later were 9%.

What happened with the non-brain orthopedic injury group? Their results were quite different. 79% of the children did not experience any post-concussive symptoms whatsoever at any time. 15% did experience moderate symptoms two weeks after the injury and up to a year later. Severe symptoms were experienced by 5% two weeks after the injury that did resolve by a year. Only 1% of the children experienced severe symptoms two weeks after the injury that did not resolve 12 months later.

Study's Conclusions

Previous to the findings in this study it was thought that the effects of the mild traumatic brain injury effects in children subsided within three months.

The study’s conclusion was that following the injury severe symptoms were most likely experienced by the TBI children. It was also the TBI children, 37% of them, who would continue to experience post-concussive symptoms 12 months later. If there were no other symptoms accompanying amnesia and disorientation immediately after a TBI, then it was considered a very good sign of a positive outcome a year later.

Study's citation, go here.

Written by Denny Lyon

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22 April 2009

Passed 100th post milestone!

From Denny: Well, I hear we blogger types are supposed to jump up and brag about reaching the 100th post milestone. ;) You can tell I'm really "great" about some anniversaries as I've already passed that milestone with now 140 posts. Oh, well, so much for showing off!

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Brain: Why Do You Get Jet Lag? Because Your Brain Cells Are Out of Sync!

According to a new study from "Current Biology" and written up in Discover Magazine, there are two groups of brain cells that get desynchronized causing jet lag. OK, so the study was done on rats. Men are often compared to rats but then that's probably another feminist study. Seriously though, this study sounded intriguing.

Apparently, the rats were exposed to different amounts of light which simulated the effects of flying from Paris to New York City. With one group of neurons telling your body it's Paris time and another group of neurons telling your body it's New York time you get, well, desynchronized!

Circadian Rhythm Importance

You have heard of our circadian rhythm? It helps us to keep up with our body's functions of like when it's time to eat, wake up or sleep. The researchers studied the small part of the brain called the suprachiasmatic nucleus that controls these circadian rhythms.

What they found is that one group of neurons adjusts just fine to the time change. However, another group of neurons that's in charge of those lovely dreams in our REM sleep can take up to a week to catch up to the first group. As a result we are out of sync.

Two Kinds of Brain Cells Groups: Ventral and Dorsel Neurons

A bit of detail about those neurons who can't get their act together at the same time...

There is a group of brain cells known as ventral (bottom) neurons that are synchronized with the deep sleep of physical fatigue. Deep sleep is tied to light-dark cycles. These ventral neurons get their information directly from the eyes and are in charge of getting the rhythm right from the light-dark cycles.

The second group of brain cells known as dorsel (top) neurons are not so sensitive to changes in light. The dorsel neurons are tied to the dream state of Rapid Eye Movement called REM sleep.

The Study's Conclusions

What did the study find out? Basically, the deep sleep ventral neurons adjusted just fine to the change while the dorsel REM neurons took from six to eights days to make their adjustment.

So, how does this new study help us? Well, for one thing, you now know it really is located in your head, your brain to be exact.

What do researchers find valuable in this new information? Of various treatments for jet lag considered to be effective, medical folks can go back and take a look at where they are acting in the circuitry of these neuron centers. This new knowledge can go a long way to helping refine those treatments to become far more effective.

Written by Denny Lyon

Neuron photo by KiyoshiTakahaseSegundo @ istockphoto.com

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21 April 2009

Video: How Nuclear Energy is Made

From Denny: This first video is an introduction to how nuclear energy creates electricity. Of the 104 nuclear power plants in America how odd NBC chose to profile the one only an hour away from me in St. Francisville, Louisiana.

The second video was done in December 2008 before Obama took office and it discusses the highly controversial issue of toxic radioactive waste: what to do with it and where to store it when no one wants it in their back yard.

1st video found by clicking on title link.
2nd video found here: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3032619/#28224143

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20 April 2009

Video: Surgery Offers Hope for Cerebral Palsy

"Cerebral Palsy is a brain injury that affects motor control, stiffening muscles and making movement difficult and sometimes painful."

From Denny: Profiled by NBC News is this adorable two year old little girl, Lili, who is dealing with cerebral palsy. Right now the doctors are predicting that some day she might not be able to walk at all. Why? Because with this condition the muscles can't keep up with the growth of the bone. As the bone grows it pulls on the muscle but the muscle can't stretch to accommodate the growth.

At St. Louis Children's Hospital they are pioneering a surgical technique to increase mobility by relieving much of the stiffness. This could turn out to be a life-changing surgery for those who qualify. Remember, this IS spinal surgery so not exactly a procedure without risk.

So far this spinal surgery that relieves the muscle spasms has helped over 1800 kids AND with a 100% success rate. Take a look at Lili's improvement after only five months since her surgery!

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19 April 2009

Astronomy: Nebulas - nature's wonders hidden from many.

Nebulas - nature's wonders hidden from many:

"What are Nebulas?

Nebulas are interstellar bodies; clouds of dust, (hydrogen, alpha and beta) gas and plasma. The mixture attracts other matter and finally beautiful stars are formed. Some nebulas form while the stars are in the process of formation and others are formed while stars undergo destruction. You can often sight them in a dark night."

By nazishnasim @ HubPages

The "Pillars of Creation" from the E...Eagles Head Image via Wikipedia

From Denny: This is a great basic introduction to the subject of nebulas. A lot of nebula photos to stare at in wonderment!

Photos of Crab Nebula and Pillars of Creation (Eagles Head) Nebula

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18 April 2009

Weather: Hurricane-Killing, Space-Based Power Plant

From Denny: Since I live in the hurricane zone and a lot of America is now increasingly experiencing the same, well, this article sure caught my eye from Wired.com. It seems the sci-fi of what used to be our scary future has now arrived on our doorstep. It is a little disconcerting to start tinkering with Mother Nature as you never really know how she will respond to our meddling.

Here's an excerpt:

"How's this for crazy?: A company files a patent to destroy hurricanes as they form by beaming them with energy from a space-based solar plant.

Maybe it is crazy, but that same company, Solaren, took a first step in that direction this week when it inked a deal with the northern California utility, PG&E, to provide 200 megawatts of power capacity transmitted from orbit in 2016.

Apparently, sending up billions of dollars worth of solar collectors and using microwaves to send the energy onto two square miles of receivers in the desert is a little ho-hum to Solaren's wild minds.

"The present invention relates to space-based power systems and, more particularly, to altering weather elements, such as hurricanes or forming hurricanes, using energy generated by a space-based power system," Jim Rogers and Gary Spirnak write in their 2006 patent application.

By heating up the upper and middle levels of an infant hurricane, they say they could disrupt the flows of air that power the enormous storms. Air warmed by tropical waters flows up through a hurricane and is vented through the eye into the upper atmosphere. Theoretically, you could heat up the top of the storm and lower the pressure differential between layers, resulting in a weaker storm."

For a lot more in this article just click on the title link.

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17 April 2009

Technology: Robolegs Help People Walk

From WiredScience.com comes this really cool article:

"Honda's walking assist devices, which make people move a bit like the ASIMO robot, made their American debut Tuesday in New York City.

The devices combine sensor-driven motors and weight-bearing chassis to guide strides and support body weight. Though derived from technologies pioneered during the ASIMO's quarter-century of development, their use could be deeply human, boosting manual laborers or assisting people unable to walk without help.

"Japan is a country with an aging society. We want to do something for them," said Ken Yasuhara, assistant chief engineer of Honda's Research Division 2.

The systems were announced by Honda last year, and enter an increasingly crowded field of prototype assisted locomotion devices.

But unlike Cyberdyne's HAL and Amit Goffer's ReWalk, Honda's systems are light and mobile enough to envision in everyday life. Unlike the Sister Kenny Foundation's Lokomat, they're not tethered to a treadmill.

The devices are still in the research stage, and Honda has not yet formalized plans to go commercial. If they do, the market could be large, and not only in Japan. The number of Americans aged 65 and older is expected to double by 2030. More than 17 million report difficulty climbing stairs or walking a quarter-mile."

Here are two demo videos below. For more of the article, click on the title link.

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16 April 2009

Brain: Is my brain making me buy things I don't need?

Do you find my brain? - Auf der Suche nach mei...Image by alles-schlumpf via Flickr

From Denny: This is a really cool article from How Stuff Works about the brain chemistry of spenders vs. non-spenders. Now if they just had a blood test for this when you are first getting married it would solve a lot of future money arguments that often bring about divorce...

"If your jaw drops every month when your credit card bill arrives, as if you couldn't possibly have spent that much money and surely someone stole your card for a couple of hours and then snuck it back into your wallet without you noticing, you may not be that far off. Research published in January 2007 reveals that the brain chemistry of spenders and non-spenders, in the moments before a purchase, is so different that scientists are able to predict with pretty much complete certainty whether a person is going to buy an item or walk away from it. In essence, if you're a chronic spender, your brain is stealing your credit card and then sneaking it back in your wallet after buying a new 60" plasma TV.

Okay, so it's not exactly like that -- your brain chemistry is part of what makes you who you are. But the results of the study, published in the January 4 issue of the journal Neuron, imply that spenders have a chemical propensity to spend; and the thriftier among us experience chemical processes at the moment of potential purchase that make them far more likely to return an item to the shelf and leave the store empty handed. It's not a "get out of debt free" card, but it does help explain why some people can't seem to resist the urge to buy, while others seemingly wouldn't spend the money if their life depended on it."

by Julia Layton

For the rest of this interesting article, go here.

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Posting Problems

From Denny: Sunday, Monday and Tuesday have been difficult times to try and post anything. Not sure why. Could be global internet traffic is highest on Tuesdays and Wednesdays (Monday and Tuesday in American time zone). Could be the computer worm going around driving servers insane courtesy of hacker jerks that are probably mostly comprised of intelligence community guys from countries all over the world.

What I have managed to post has gotten scrambled from time to time. Sorry for the inconvenience. I always go back to proof read and catch the errors, usually within minutes of posting. Lightning storms in my area haven't helped that process and have been delayed. If you see something I didn't catch within a day or two, please feel free to let me know as it would be much appreciated!

Fun photo by gidibao @ flickr

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Video: Memory Man

From Denny: Memory loss is still a mystery to the medical world. Gianni Golfera is known as the Memory Man for his unusual and accurate memory. He claims to remember events as far back as his infancy. He has also studied memory techniques for years and teaches them to others in seminars. Scientists still don't know how much genes play in memory ability.

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15 April 2009

Video: Brain Tumor Surgery

From Denny: A wonderful video from National Geographic where we can watch a small amount of a brain surgery removing a dangerous cancerous tumor. Good news! The man returns to teaching and coaching at his school like nothing ever happened. Amazing! This is medicine at its best.

14 April 2009

Brain: Double Amputees Shed Light on Brain's Flexibility

Shaking with the right hand while delivering a...Image via Wikipedia

From Denny: OK, this calls for a total WOW!

This is awesome news to find out that the brain is capable of rewiring itself to function again as it once did before a person lost both his hands to an amputation. Researchers are astounded at the results of these hand tranplantations in both subjects.

Here's what they have found out so far:

1 - Even after several years following amputation of the hands, the brain is capable of reorganizing itself to accept and connect up with the new transplanted donor hands. (This gives new meaning to signing that donor card on your driver's license...)

This is what happens after an amputation that is why it is so amazing the brain can reverse this: "After a person loses a hand, the region of the motor cortex that controls hand movement shrinks and rewires itself to control the upper arm, a property called plasticity. When the researchers used transcranial magnetic stimulation - a technique that employs magnetic fields to excite neurons in the brain - to stimulate specific fragments of the motor cortex, they found that the 'hand areas' in the motor cortex of both men had reassumed their original 'wiring.'"

2 - The researchers also found that the left hand was first to work efficiently with the brain as opposed to the right hand. Now both men in the study were originally right-handed so researchers are not sure about why this happened. They think it might be because as right hand dominant it is more rigidly represented in the brain and the brain is unable to easily rewire control of it. The left hand took 10 months as opposed to 25 months to work efficiently with the brain in the younger man.

"The results are important because they show that even after several years without a hand to control, the brain retrains the circuits necessary to control one," says neurophysiologist John Rothwell of the Institute of Neurology at University College London.

For a few more intriguing details just click on the title link.

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13 April 2009

Math: Comparison helps children grasp math concepts

Child In Time album coverImage via Wikipedia

From Denny: This is a great follow-up article to Saturday's.
Do you want your child to become a flexible problem-solver? According to this study the most effective way to achieve that goal is to teach a child to compare various ways to solve that math problem by comparing various drawbacks or benefits. Learning to solve a problem in more than just one way as is traditionally taught causes a mind to become more flexible.

They also found out that the children in the study were also more accurate in their solutions when they practised comparison solving, even when the problem involved estimation.

For more details in the article, just click on the title link.

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12 April 2009

HAPPY EASTER...........2009!

From Denny: From my rose garden to yours this year! Louisiana is in full bloom and the worst of pollen season is finally done. These are Tiffany roses. They practically glow from within with the golden hearts and the light perfumed scent is absolutely DIVINE!

Happy Easter to all! May this be a wonderful time of spiritual renewal for you whatever belief system you hold in your heart...

For more wonderful Easter photos from flickr friends and a few special ones of my own, check out the photo blog: Visual Insights.

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11 April 2009

Math: Explaining basic concepts behind math problems improves children's learning

MathScriptorImage via Wikipedia

From Denny: Whew! Well, it's about time to do the obvious if you want kids to really learn what's going on and why! What took the educators so long to figure out kids are capable of learning concepts?

Following is an excerpt. Just click on the title link for more of this very interesting study.

"New research from Vanderbilt University has found students benefit more from being taught the concepts behind math problems rather than the exact procedures to solve the problems. The findings offer teachers new insights on how best to shape math instruction to have the greatest impact on student learning...

In math class, teachers typically demonstrate a procedure for solving a problem and then have children practice solving related problems, often with minimal explanation for why things work."

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Video: Erasing Painful Memories

From Denny: Says CBS, “Very early research that might prove promising for addition and PTSD. Too early for selective memory erasing.”

Sounds like early sci-fi and a bit unethical. Reminds me of reading science history when psychiatrists were enthralled with electrical shock therapy and lobotomies for depression. This sounds unethical and a bit spooky to me no matter how much they market it to the contrary. There are just too many ways this could be used to harm others - and easily: military torture, medical malpractice, divorce, easy way to get a hold of multi-million dollar estates and wealthy businesses. Con artists could have a field day with this research.

This video news segment makes it appear benign when clearly this could be used for great abuse of power. The real question is: Just who is behind this research AND why is it so important to them?

Watch CBS Videos Online

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10 April 2009

Video: The Brain Gym

From Denny: With the baby boomers going into retirement and taking care of elderly parents this is an interesting development. This brain gym idea is very good for the older brain in need of retraining to avoid forgetfulness that so scares caretakers. It turns out that exercising the brain and even using the computer to do it helps grow new brain cells!

Watch CBS Videos Online

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09 April 2009

Astronomy Blog Review: Nite Sky Girl

solar_systemImage by Royalty-free image collection via Flickr

Nite Sky Girl Blog for Beginner Astronomers!

When you first land on this blog it feels like you just got dropped out into space and are floating in the vast blue ocean of space viewing the planets and galaxy! Your fun greeting welcome when you arrive on this Canadian astronomer’s blog? “Astronomy rocks and so do you for orbiting my blog!”
Curious about a particular planet? There is a section for that where you can click on your favorite planet and find out the latest news. There are also sections to find out and view photos of comets and meteors. She has sky videos galore as well.

Especially for the beginner astronomer and kids is a question and answer area about space and astronomy you will enjoy. Most of the material is geared for older kids who can learn some of the astronomy specifics and vocabulary.

Not to be missed are her very readable extensive listings on the Astronomy News Page, as it is on a separate blog, go here.

If you need night sky help she answers email questions about what is the right telescope or binoculars for you.

Nite Sky Girl is a rocking blog you will enjoy visiting again and again!

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08 April 2009

Astronomy: Another Astreroid Buzzed Earth Today

From Denny: Apologies to everyone who has been looking for recent brain and astronomy articles from me. Spent the past couple of weeks recovering from allergy season which usually never affects me. Must be the global warming or something equally geeky...

Anyway, I'm getting back to finding more than just videos for you. Though I have recently discovered a real treasure chest of well-produced videos from reputable sources. YouTube may have quantity but it suffers from quality and a plethora of inaccurate, misleading or downright bad information that in good conscience I just can't put up here for the public. I vett everything that goes up here on all my blogs, especially keeping in mind that parents and children are a big part of my audience. Thanks for supporting this blog! Now on to the latest news to almost affect our little planet called Earth.


Ha ha, you missed us!Image by anomalous4 via Flickr

Another so-called small asteroid buzzed us today of April 8th – welcome to the celestial Easter season – apparently, this size of asteroid whizzes past the Earth every few months. For a post by a Canadian astronomer, Nite Sky Girl, go here.

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07 April 2009

Brain: Dark Chocolate Helps Memory

Dark Chocolate Helps Memory - Did you know that according to numerous scientific studies, dark chocolate (not the milk chocolate variety) is actually good for your brain and circulatory system?

by maricarbo @ HubPages

From Denny: I just love it when science actually tastes good! Does it get any better that chocolate is as good for your brain as it is your heart? Cool!

Photo by starmist1 @ flickr

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06 April 2009

Follow Fellow Bloggers!

New Horizons at liftoffImage via Wikipedia

Most of the folks who follow this blog (THANK YOU!) and all my other blogs subscribe to feeds from feedburner, MyBlogLog and several other sources, even email. Not too many have ever used Blogger's Follower function. Maybe it's perceived as Old School?

A couple of weeks ago I dumped as many gadgets as I could from these blogs in order to speed up the page loadings. So, added back in is the area where if you are a fellow blogger on Blogspot you can follow this blog too.

(In proper circus barker loud voice) Step right up, folks! Join up on a rising popular blog! OK, now, no pushing and shoving to the head of the line like this is a 95% off sale...! :)

Seriously, thanks everyone for supporting all my blogs. It's been a blast to start them a few months ago just out of curiosity to see what would happen. Besides the fact I have learned a lot, and still learning, it's been fun to watch the blogs' traffic rankings go from the cellar skyrocketing upward toward the heavens! Every day lately every blog has grown by 100,000 or more in global traffic ranking according to the Alexa software. Pretty cool!

I have no idea where all of us are going but one thing is for sure - we will all enjoy the rocket ride! Thanks for becoming part of my growing community. You are well loved.

Just scroll on down toward the bottom of this page near the visitors count and you will find the Blogger followers area. Thanks for joining! I'm currently carrying over 5,000 feeds (mostly in Bloglines) so let me know and I'll be glad to join yours too!

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