Venus and Jupiter are hooking up tonight!!! (Science is Awesome)

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According to NPR, Venus and Jupiter are only converging into a small area of the Earth’s sky. NASA says the two bright planets will be “a jaw-dropping one-third of a degree apart.”

That distance is smaller than the width of a full moon, as seen from Earth’s surface.

“You’ll be able to hide the pair not just behind the palm of your outstretched hand, but behind your little pinky finger,” NASA says.

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And unlike some other astronomical phenomena, this convergence should be easily visible: Just look to the west around sunset. That’s where you’ll find Venus and Jupiter, if the sky is relatively clear.

Conjunctions between Venus and Jupiter are far from rare events,” notes Space.com. But the site adds that tonight’s “unusually close” conjunction is worth seeing — and it adds that this is both the closest and the last pairing between the two planets in the current 24-year cycle.

Also, Venus and Jupiter were my favorite characters on Sailor Moon.

Are you too Nice to the point where you’re a Pushover? Being Too Nice might lead to Depression

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Businesswoman Yelling Loudly into Another’s Ear — Image by © Smart Creatives/Corbis

The dictionary defines the word Nice as an adjective to be pleasing; agreeable; kind. Characterized by, showing, or requiring refined manners, language, etc.

Being too nice means you’re at a point where people take advantage of you.

There is such a thing as being too nice, too giving and too caring. To overcome depression you must stop the habit of bending over to gain people’s approval. I know, it’s easier said than done. But no one said it’d be easy.

Those who are affected by depression tend to be people-pleasers. And yet, ironically, quite often their actions are viewed by others as selfish and self-centered. For over three decades I believed in that crap myself. I believed I was selfish and self-involved. I was convinced I had nothing to offer. I also thought that it didn’t matter what I thought. That my opinion was less important than anyone else’s. It seemed as if I was always living someone else’s life. Check out the whole article about depression with the link below:

http://wakeup-world.com/2015/06/18/being-too-nice-can-contribute-to-depression/

I’m not saying you shouldn’t be nice to people but don’t be a pushover.

Do you ever feel like you’re too nice to people?

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Aurora Borealis – Northern Lights Glow Over Northeast, Plains (Science is Awesome)

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The northern lights glowing over Mason City, Iowa (Photo/Twitter/@TylerJRoney).

The aurora borealis danced across the night sky over the northern United States on Monday night, putting on a spectacular show for those staying up to watch. People across the Northeast and the northern Plains were graced with mainly clear skies, allowing for breathtaking pictures of the astronomical phenomenon.

An aurora is a natural light display in the sky (from the Latin word aurora, “sunrise” or the Roman goddess of dawn), predominantly seen in the high latitude (Arctic and Antarctic) regions. Aurorae are caused by cosmic rays, solar wind and magnetospheric plasma interacting with the upper atmosphere (thermosphere/exosphere). Their charged particles, mainly electrons and protons, enter the atmosphere from above causing ionization and excitation of atmospheric constituents, and consequent light emissions. Incident protons can also produce emissions as hydrogen atoms after gaining an electron from the atmosphere.

The Science of Rage – Anger is a Gift – What pisses you off? (Science is Awesome)

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Anger is typically described as something negative, an emotion that will hurt you, but evolution would have selected against anger if it didn’t serve an important purpose to human beings. The latest episode of Science Friction heads to New York Comic Con breaks down the benefits of anger and how we can use rage to make us superhuman like the Hulk. 

We’ve been taught that anger is a negative emotion but it can be a useful tool in life. If you can control your anger, you can easily accomplish your goals.

Tell us how you use your anger? What pisses you off?

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New Dinosaur found in Canada called Regaliceratops aka Hellboy (Science is Awesome)

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According to ABC News, the fossil of a dinosaur with an exotic set of facial horns and spines around the edge of the bony frill at the back of its skull has been unearthed by scientists.

The remains of one of the most unusual horned dinosaurs ever discovered was removed from hard limestone along a Canadian riverbank, where it had been entombed for 68 million years.

“This new animal is definitely one of the weirdest horned dinosaurs,” said palaeontologist Caleb Brown of the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology in Alberta.

“How weird it is really only becomes fully apparent when you compare it to its close relatives, in which case it stands out like a sore thumb.”

They officially named it Regaliceratops peterhewsi, meaning “royal horned face” and honouring geologist Peter Hews, who found it.

But they nicknamed it “Hellboy” because its stubby horns above the eyes resembled the comic-book character of the same name and because of the hellish time they had in painstakingly extricating it from what they called “evil hard rock”.

Regaliceratops, similar in size to today’s largest rhinos, was estimated at 5 metres long, 1.5 metres tall at the hips, weighing about 1.5 tonnes.

Photo Credit: Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology

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Want to be the Life of the Party? – Scientists are using MDMA for social anxiety

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Scientists are testing whether MDMA, the active ingredient in Ecstasy, may help treat social anxiety in adults with autism.

Los Angeles researchers want to see if MDMA, a “heart-opening” drug, reduces the fear of interacting with people in the first study to look at MDMA and autistic people, co-investigator Alicia Danforth said.

MDMA has been shown to boost confidence, heighten bonding and increase understanding of social cues, all qualities that could ease social anxiety, researchers said.

Scientists are not trying to “cure” autism but instead find data about MDMA’s effect on social anxiety, she said.

The study is imperative because few treatment options exist for the condition in adults with autism, who are at a higher risk of having it, said the researchers from the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.

The MDMA used in the study is safer than Ecstasy and Molly because it is pure, Danforth said. The street drugs are usually contaminated, with only 20% of Ecstasy pills even containing MDMA in some samples, and can be harmful, she said.

What are your thoughts? Would you take a drug to easy your social anxiety?

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If you don’t like Spiders, then don’t go to Australia cause it’s raining Spiders!!! (Science is Awesome)

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Millions of baby spiders seemed to be falling from the sky, covering the vegetation with their silk!

According to NBC News, millions of tiny spiders recently fell from the sky in Australia, alarming residents whose properties were suddenly covered with not only the creepy critters, but also mounds of their silky threads. But that’s not where the frightful news ends: Experts say that such arachnid rains aren’t as uncommon as you might think.

This month’s spider downpour in the country’s Southern Tablelands region is just the most recent example of a phenomenon commonly known as “spider rain” or, in some circles, “angel hair,” because of the silky, hairlike threads the spiders leave behind.

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“Ballooning is a not-uncommon behavior of many spiders. They climb some high area and stick their butts up in the air and release silk. Then they just take off,” Vetter told Live Science. “This is going on all around us all the time. We just don’t notice it.”

The reason people don’t usually notice this ingenious spider behavior is that it’s not common for millions of spiders to do this at the same time, and then land in the same place, said Todd Blackledge, a biology professor at the University of Akron in Ohio.

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“In these kinds of events [spider rains], what’s thought to be going on is that there’s a whole cohort of spiders that’s ready to do this ballooning dispersal behavior, but for whatever reason, the weather conditions haven’t been optimal and allowed them to do that. But then the weather changes, and they have the proper conditions to balloon, and they all start to do it,” Blackledge told Live Science.

35 Years Later – The Eruption of Mount St. Helens (Science is Awesome)

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Photo by USGS.

In 1980 a major volcanic eruption occurred at Mount St. Helens, a volcano located in the state of Washington, United States. The eruption was the only significant one to occur in the contiguous 48 U.S. states since the 1915 eruption of Lassen Peak in California. The eruption was preceded by a two-month series of earthquakes and steam-venting episodes, caused by an injection of magma at shallow depth below the volcano that created a huge bulge and a fracture system on the mountain’s north slope. An earthquake at 8:32:17 a.m. on Sunday, May 18, 1980, caused the entire weakened north face to slide away creating the largest landslide ever recorded. This suddenly exposed the partly molten, gas- and steam-rich rock in the volcano to lower pressure. The rock responded by exploding a hot mix of lava and pulverized older rock toward Spirit Lake so fast that it overtook the avalanching north face.

An eruption column rose 80,000 feet into the atmosphere and deposited ash in 11 U.S. states. At the same time, snow, ice and several entire glaciers on the volcano melted, forming a series of large lahars (volcanic mudslides) that reached as far as the Columbia River, nearly 50 miles to the southwest. Less-severe outbursts continued into the next day, only to be followed by other large, but not as destructive, eruptions later in 1980.

Fifty-seven people were killed, including innkeeper Harry R. Truman, photographer Reid Blackburn and geologist David A. Johnston. Hundreds of square miles were reduced to wasteland causing over a billion U.S. dollars in damage, thousands of game animals were killed, and Mount St. Helens was left with a crater on its north side. At the time of the eruption, the summit of the volcano was owned by the Burlington Northern Railroad, but afterward the land passed to the United States Forest Service. The area was later preserved, as it was, in the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument.

Pluto has 4 Moons!!! New NASA shots of Pluto’s small Moons (Science is Awesome)

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According to Engadget, NASA’s New Horizons probe has just taken its first snapshots of those new satellites, something of a miracle considering it was 55 million miles away and Styx is only 4 to 13 miles across. It required 10 second exposures from the probe’s sensitive Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) and copious image processing to reduce background glare, resulting in the animation above.

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The photo is a sign of things to come, as New Horizons will carry on toward Pluto until it it passes within about 10,000 km (6,200 miles) of the dwarf planet around July 14th this year. At that point, it’ll map out Pluto’s surface and study its largest moon, Charon, which is actually about half the diameter of Pluto. It’ll also search for evidence of cryo-geysers that scientists think could be active on Charon. The probe will produce the highest resolution images yet of Pluto (Hubble has taken the best photos so far, above) — giving the snubbed planet a chance to finally get to strut its stuff.

Credit: NASA

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The Science of Lying (Science is Awesome)

Hank gets into the dirty details behind our lying ways – how such behavior evolved, how pathological liars are different from the rest of us, and how scientists are getting better at spotting lies in many situations.

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