Why Your Brain Needs Sleep & Science Can’t Explain Why We Sleep (Science is Awesome)

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Scientists have just discovered a new, very important reason for you to get a good night’s sleep. For the first time, they’ve actually been able to see the brain physically cleaning itself while you’re catching Zzz’s! Anthony explains how this cerebral garbage disposal system works.

Why Your Brain Needs Sleep

Science Can’t Explain Why We Sleep

Hiroshima – Marks 70th Anniversary of 1st use of Atomic Weapons in War – How it works: The Atomic Bomb

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Hiroshima – Aug. 6th Marks 70th Anniversary of 1st use of Atomic Weapons in War
In World War II, the U.S. dropped an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945 and a second bomb on Nagasaki on Aug. 9. More than 120,000 people were killed in the bombings.

How it works: The Atomic Bomb

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This is our HOME – What are you doing to do to keep it safe and a better place to live? #EarthRightNow

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An Epic New View of Earth – From one million miles away, the DSCOVR satellite returned its first view of the entire sunlit side of Earth.

It was December 7, 1972 when NASA last captured a photo of Earth in its entirety, and the picture, named Blue Marble, may well be one of the most reproduced images in history. In the last forty or so years, New York magazine notes, “scientists have produced new photos of earth, but they have been composites. It is exceedingly difficult for the sun to sit still long enough to make sure the entire planet is illuminated.”

But finally, the heavens and scientific advancement have united to bring us this gift. Thanks to the Deep Space Climate Observatory’s Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC), located one million miles away (mind-blowing, amirite?), we’ll be getting many more glorious photos like the one pictured above. All the while, scientists will study changes made apparent by these images and researching the ways we’re jeopardizing the planet’s well-being.

What are you doing to do to keep our home safe and a better place to live?

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NASA is getting closer to Pluto – What do you think we’ll find on Pluto? Elvis maybe? (Science is Awesome)

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According to (CNN) The first human footprint on the moon. The landing of the Curiosity rover on Mars. NASA scientists put the significance of the New Horizons spacecraft flyby of Pluto on Tuesday right up there with those milestones.

The most beautiful part may come Wednesday, when the images that the craft took and transmitted back to Earth are released.

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They will be from the closest point the probe came to the dwarf planet as it made its milestone in space exploration history.

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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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