Your Brain on LSD and Acid (Science is Awesome)

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The Super Moon!!! – November 14 Supermoon Will Be the Largest Since 1948 (Science is Awesome)

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The moon will make its closest distance to Earth in 68 years later this month.November 14 ,2016 Beaver Moon

The full moon will rise in the east after sunset. It will be the largest and and closest to Earth since 1948. NASA says the full moon won’t come this close to Earth again until Nov. 25, 2034.

“A supermoon, or perigee full moon can be as much as 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than an apogee full moon.,” NASA says.

What is the ‘Black Moon’ and is it the End of Days? (Science is Awesome)

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What is the ‘black moon’ and when can you see it?

Apocalyptic Black Moon on Friday Could Signal the End of Days

Scientist are starting to use psychedelic drugs (LSD) to cure many Health Diseases – What are your thoughts on the subject?

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For some people, they’re the recipe for one heck of a party. For others, they’re dangerous, one-way tickets to trouble that deserve their illegal status. But regardless of how people view them, and whether or not governments and policy makers like to admit it, psychoactive drugs are starting to show great promise as effective therapies for various mental health problems, and could well be a key to furthering our understanding of consciousness.

Take Ketamine, or ‘Special K’ as it is colloquially known. It’s already widely used in clinical settings as an anesthetic in both animals and humans, but studies are also highlighting its remarkable ability to treat depression, bipolar disorder and suicidal behavior. Not only that, but it is also super-fast acting, exhibiting potent antidepressant effects in as little as just two hours.

But that’s not all: Cannabis has shown potential in the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and insomnia; the active compound of magic mushrooms,psilocybin, could be useful in treating addiction, obsessive-compulsive disorders and depression; MDMA could help those with post-traumatic stress disorder or Parkinson’s; and LSD could help anxiety, alcoholism and even inflammatory disorders. It’s quite an impressive list.

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Unfortunately, despite these promising early studies, there is a major barrier in this field of research: attitudes towards drugs, at least in the U.K., make it very difficult to conduct such studies. Not only are funding bodies cautious about giving away their cash to such experiments, but restrictions and regulations are also very difficult to get around. Consequently, despite the huge potential for these drugs to be used in clinical settings, the dogma and fear surrounding their use is a significant obstacle.

In spite of this, there are some people who are endeavoring to conduct human research on psychedelic drugs, especially LSD, Ketamine and psilocybin. Alongside investigating their potential use as therapeutics, scientists also hope that by studying how they affect the brain in controlled settings, we could unlock some of the mysteries of consciousness.

LSD Brain Scan Reveals Stunning Info


One such scientist who is keen to delve deeper into the human mind through these drugs is Imperial College London’s David Nutt, esteemed professor of neuropsychopharmacology and the former government chief drug adviser. Given the ongoing struggle for academics to secure grants for research, and the prudence of funding bodies when it comes to research involving human use of illicit substances, Nutt is now reaching out to the public through the start-up science crowdfunding platform Walacea to continue his LSD research, which has resulted from a collaboration with Imperial College London and the Beckley Foundation.

“Despite the incredible potential of this drug to further our understanding of the brain, political stigma has silenced research,” Nutt said in a news release, referring to the fact that since LSD was banned, there has only been one clinical trial on LSD. “We must not play politics with promising science that has so much potential for good.”

So far, Nutt has already administered 20 subjects with a moderate dose of LSD and conducted imaging studies on its effect in the brain using a combination of fMRI and MEG. Both of these measure brain function, but the former takes snapshots of brain activity, whereas MEG is more like recording a video.

They predict that LSD may behave in a similar way to psilocybin, reducing blood flow to the control centers of the brain and thus dampening their activity, which ultimately enhances brain connectivity. In doing so, psilocybin seems to help brain regions that are normally distinct begin to communicate with one another, which could be why we see an increase in creativity with the use of this substance. However, we won’t know if LSD works in a similar manner until the second stage of the study is completed, and that requires the public to dig deep into their pockets.

Credit: iflscience

Happy Religious Freedom Day!!!

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Each year, by Presidential Proclamation, January 16 is declared Religious Freedom Day. 

The following is as stated by President Barack Obama in his Religious Freedom Day Presidential Proclamation:

“I call on all Americans to commemorate this day with events and activities that teach us about this critical foundation of our Nation’s liberty, and show us how we can protect it for future generations here and around the world.”  

The Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom was signed January 16, 1786 and is commemorated each year on National Religious Freedom Day. Thomas Jefferson’s landmark statute became the basis for Congressman Fisher Ames’ establishment clause of the First Amendment of the U.S. Consitution.

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.

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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.