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What Your Dreams Actually Mean, According to Science

What Your Dreams Actually Mean, According to Science | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Why do you dream about flying or losing all your teeth? Science has new theories on the meaning of your dreams
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While this is a decent review of theories of dreaming, it misses one of the major issues. How do we decide which material has to be processed for dumping. Therein lies the actual power of the Freudian approach. Some images, some information, whether it comes from the natural concerns of being human, i.e, losing ones own teeth or being chased by a large animal, or from more unique personal experiences, such as being molested or facing a moment of great felt danger, become valanced and connect to events of the day, events that may well have no meaning for others. It is that connection, that binding, that makes the brain have to rework yet once again the underlying material. It is that symbolization that gives dreams their power and explains why some dreams are so repetitive. I might say that just as quantum theory has to deal with the entwining of electrons so dream theory has to deal with the entwining of symbols. When we look at our dreams with a willingness to allow them to speak to us, they take us inside not simply our heads but also our ongoing processing of the world and we find there, with a sense of awe, that we are connected to thoughts, feelings, and awarenesses that are otherwise hidden form our conscious thinking. So, let us celebrate dreams. 
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5 technologies that are making farms smarter and more efficient than ever before

5 technologies that are making farms smarter and more efficient than ever before | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Feeding a growing population and coping with global warming will require a global agricultural revolution
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The times they are a changing and often for the better, at least when it comes to utilizing science for better farming. While I'm to so sure about GMO crops, especially corn and Monsanto, this Broody New Englander appreciates the growth of urban farming and applauds better water management. At any rate, here are a few areas in which science and technology are making a difference and some of these differences can help not only agribusiness but also small farmers in rich and even poorer countries. Meanwhile, if you long for a simpler time, read Broody New Englander and enjoy Maine in the mid-twentieth century. https://www.amazon.com/Broody-New-Englander-Kenneth-Weene/dp/1502759284/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8 
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Found: A Lost Continent! (Really)

Found: A Lost Continent! (Really) | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
A lost continent has been found below the waters of the Indian Ocean, beneath the tiny, 790 sq. mi. (2,040 sq. km) island of Mauritius
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Wow, a whole new continent to visit---as soon as I develop gills and fins anyway. Fascinating science. 
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LIGO Black Hole Echoes Hint at General Relativity Breakdown

LIGO Black Hole Echoes Hint at General Relativity Breakdown | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Gravitational wave data show tentative signs of firewalls or other exotic physics
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Fascinating. Meanwhile, think of two black holes merging and imagine surfing the waves of extinction as once our ancestors considered journeying to the ends of the earth even if that would mean plunging into an abyss. We are mankind, accepter of challenges, refuser of limits, explorer of the cosmos. Oh wait! Perhaps we have grown to comfortable only now exploring in fantasies. 
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Scientists Accidentally Discover Method to Turn Carbon Dioxide Into Ethanol

Scientists Accidentally Discover Method to Turn Carbon Dioxide Into Ethanol | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Scientists discovered a new method to convert carbon to ethanol, a finding that could aid the development of methods to fight climate change
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As I have said for years, the creation of efficient batteries to store the electricity generated by renewable sources such as solar and wind will be the game changer. Of course, this method sounds great and the rarest mineral that would be used is copper. Here is a list of copper producing countries. http://investingnews.com/daily/resource-investing/base-metals-investing/copper-investing/2013-top-10-copper-producing-countries/
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My Brother's Pregnancy and the Making of a New American Family

My Brother's Pregnancy and the Making of a New American Family | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
My brother Evan was born female. He came out as transgender 16 years ago but never stopped wanting to have a baby. This spring he gave birth to his first child
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Over the years I practiced as a psychologist, I worked with a number of transgender individuals. I've also read about some inter-sex people, people with a mix of both sexes' physical characteristic. However, this story blew me away. The obvious follow-up questions whiz through my head, i.e., what will this child be told and when, will he think of Evan's partner as Mom or Evan and if the partner how will that impact, and of course what will this ;title boy's sexual orientation and identity come to be. Along with those questions is another theme that overrides: how wonderful that science can help people live so much more in tune with how we see ourselves than could be done in the past. 
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Breakthrough solar cell captures carbon dioxide and sunlight, produces burnable fuel

Breakthrough solar cell captures carbon dioxide and sunlight, produces burnable fuel | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have engineered a potentially game-changing solar cell that cheaply and efficiently converts atmospheric carbon dioxide directly into usable hydrocarbon fuel, using onl
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If this can be properly developed, it will be a major breakthrough in who we meet our energy needs. While we would be burning fuel, on net, we wouldn't be adding CO2 to the atmosphere but recycling it. This could provide an outstanding storage method for solar energy possibly to be used in conjunction with regular solar (and other renewables) during times of darkness. Potentially brilliant! Comments?
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New Microscope Shows Coral Colonies Kissing, Fighting and Eating

Scientists use a new underwater microscope to observe coral in its natural habitat for the first time.
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These underwater, microscopic pictures put the world of coral into a new light. Kissing, cooperating, and competing: they behave like the tiny animals they are. 
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Justin Trudeau Explains Quantum Computing, And the Crowd Goes Wild

Justin Trudeau Explains Quantum Computing, And the Crowd Goes Wild | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
But should we really be so impressed by a politician’s grasp of basic science?
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It's great to see a political leader who has at least a basic understanding of and thinks about science and technology. Go Mr. Trudeau. 
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Titanosaur unveiled in New York City

Titanosaur unveiled in New York City | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
One of the biggest dinosaurs ever discovered at 122 feet long, it doesn't even fit in the museum's gallery
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WOW! I remember being wowed when this beast was discovered. Now that the skeleton has been prepared for display, I'm in total awe. 

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New Species of Human Relative Discovered in South African Cave – National Geographic Society Press Room

New Species of Human Relative Discovered in South African Cave – National Geographic Society Press Room | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
JOHANNESBURG—The discovery of a new species of human relative was announced today (Sept. 10) by the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits University), the National Geographic Society and the South ...
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I love the mystery of human evolution and the archaeological and paleontological studies that elucidate it. So welcome, H. Naledi to my  to my  genus.

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Inside Facebook’s Quest for Software That Understands You | MIT Technology Review

Inside Facebook’s Quest for Software That Understands You | MIT Technology Review | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
A reincarnation of one of the oldest ideas in artificial intelligence could finally make it possible to truly converse with our computers. And Facebook has a chance to make it happen first.
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If you are into Artificial Intelligence (AI), this is a fascinating article. For my part, I believe that true AI will only be developed when the crucial balance of inhibitory circuits and excitatory circuits is found. Also, these circuits will have to integrate multiple banks of purposed nodes so that different types of knowing can be simulated, i.e. emotional, active, perceptive, verbal. and vectored (the interconnection of occurrences which is referenced in this article). Still, they are getting closer and that's exciting and terrifying at the same time.

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Oldest stone tools pre-date earliest humans - BBC News

Oldest stone tools pre-date earliest humans - BBC News | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Stones tools that are 3.3 million years old have been unearthed pre-dating the earliest-known humans in the Homo genus.
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Fascinating, especially since I can't use a hammer or screwdriver without hurting myself. Got to love physical anthropology and archeology.

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Hurricanes: A Science Primer

Hurricanes: A Science Primer | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
We know how damaging and costly, in many ways, such natural phenomena can be — but the devastation is not surprising, once you know how much energy is involved, says astrophysicist Marcelo Gleiser.
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With hurricanes so much in the news this year, I thought this story might be of interest. While we are off to a rather rough start this year with two major storms already, that doesn't mean we should appreciate the wonderful clockwork quality of mother nature. Speaking of clockwork, this piece will explain why hurricanes spin counter-clockwise in the Northern Hemisphere and clock-wise in the Southern. And, why they never cross the equator. So enjoy some science and, if you're in the path of one of these massive storms, stay safe.
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The future will be battery-powered

The future will be battery-powered | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Inside the high-stakes race to build a better energy storage device.
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For years I have said that the country that solves the problem of batteries, how to safely storage significant amounts of electrical energy both for specific usage and to facilitate the reliability renewable energy creation will be dominant in the years to come. The search for the most efficient and affordable battery fuels competition and conflict as science and especially militaries consider the rare metals found in some of the most remote and primitive parts of the world. Why are they found there? Partly because those areas haven't already been picked clean and partly because the local geology has made them less inhabitable. What riches lie beneath the rugged mountains of Afghanistan or deep in under the ground of South Sudan, two countries that I particularly think about? How about deep in Congo? The future is not clear, but I do know that the space stations hovering above the earth will need batteries as will the rovers on distant planets. So, for me, this article is fascinating. How about you? Enjoy some science today. 
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 Then Along Came   Cyanobacteria, the mother of O2

 Then Along Came   Cyanobacteria, the mother of O2 | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it

These 1.9 billion-year-old marine sediments are from the East Arm of the Great Slave Lake, Canada. Thousands of samples for this study were collected from the few places on Earth that have such remaining slivers of ancient seafloor. Credit: Georgia Tech / Yale - Reinhard / Planavsky

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Forget genesis and give thanks to the mother of us all, cyanobacteria. This is a fascinating account of the evolution of life on earth. 
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Strange Numbers Found in Particle Collisions | Quanta Magazine

Strange Numbers Found in Particle Collisions |  Quanta Magazine | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
An unexpected connection has emerged between the results of physics experiments and an important, seemingly unrelated set of numbers in pure mathematics.
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I don't have the mathematical knowledge necessary to fully understand this, but what i do know is that the laws of the physical universe make sense and that therefore they will yield coherent results. I that proof of a god or simply proof that reality is coherent? For me that sense of coherence is the god that matters. 
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Trump and Clinton Diverge Wildly on Questions of Science Policy

Trump and Clinton Diverge Wildly on Questions of Science Policy | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Donald Trump expressed skepticism at the need for the federal government to weigh in on a wide range of scientific issues
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If there is one topic that is under-explored in most elections it is the candidates' attitudes towards science. With climate changing, the oceans getting less healthy, natural environments shrinking, and potential health hazards growing, protection of privacy in an age of electronics, science is one of my major concerns. So I was delighted that there has been a survey of their views—or at least three of them, the Libertarian has not responded. This is a brief summary from Time, but the link to all the answers is at the top of that page. My view, Hillary and Jill win in a walk on this issue. If it doesn't make money for him, Mr. T. doesn't seem interested.

"The Republican nominee expressed skepticism at the need for the federal government to weigh in on a wide range of scientific issues, and dismissed outright certain policy concerns. In contrast, the Democratic candidate offered detailed responses on what role the government should play on even the least glamorous of issues."

The takeaway, if you care about science and the world, vote Hillary.`
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World’s Oldest Fossils Found in Greenland

World’s Oldest Fossils Found in Greenland | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The find, thought to be layers of sediment packed together by microbial communities living in shallow water, could alter our understanding of how life evolved.
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As science unravels the mystery that is life on Earth, we have to exclaim in wonder at the possibilities of our distance ancestors, tiny moments of possibility emerging from the unyielding environment in the midst of chaos. Well done early stands of life. Well done indeed. 
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Scientists are calling Luca 'the ancestor of all living things'

Scientists are calling Luca 'the ancestor of all living things' | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Scientists have generated a genetic portrait of a four-billion-year-old organism that they say may be the oldest common ancestor of all living things.
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The beginnings of life. This is the kind of science that makes my nose itch with excitement. 
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Iceland Carbon Dioxide Storage Project Locks Away Gas, and Fast

Iceland Carbon Dioxide Storage Project Locks Away Gas, and Fast | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Researchers report success in an experiment that keeps a gas tied to global warming out of the atmosphere permanently.
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While I love the idea, I do wonder how this will change Iceland over time as its very geological foundation is transformed. Also, of course, the other question is how much CO2 can be handled this way. Anyway, score one for science and another reason for people to hold one of my favorite countries in esteem. 
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How the Sun Protects Earth From Getting Clobbered By an Asteroid

How the Sun Protects Earth From Getting Clobbered By an Asteroid | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
A trick of heat and light makes space rocks self-destruct
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Nice to know we have big brothers looking out for us. More to the point, this is interesting science. 

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The strange star that has serious scientists talking about an alien megastructure

The strange star that has serious scientists talking about an alien megastructure | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
“Aliens should always be the very last hypothesis you consider," one astronomer told the Atlantic, "but this looked like something you would expect an alien civilization to build."
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I love this story. Genius extraterrestrials harnessing their sun. What else might they have learned about natural science? Must visit. Will we find El Dorado or the uninhabitable wasteland?

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Scientists (sort of) settle debate on low-carb vs. low-fat diets

Scientists (sort of) settle debate on low-carb vs. low-fat diets | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
NIH researchers put 19 volunteers into metabolic chambers (yes, like the ones used for mice) and put them on two different kinds of diets to see what would happen.
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One is left to wonder what would happen if the subjects were then switched from low fat to low carb and from low carb to low fat. My own research on takeaway is that Chinese is better than Indian because curry often interacts with Styrofoam and never plan on takeaway chocolate in Phoenix during the summer.

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Scientists in Antarctica photographed a new species of crab. It's extraordinary he even exists.

Scientists in Antarctica photographed a new species of crab. It's extraordinary he even exists. | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
He's been waiting for us a long, long time.
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How could I resist this story? One quick question: Has anybody tried steaming them?

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