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Using Water as a #Medicine : Drinking Water On Empty Stomach

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Using Water as a Medicine : Drinking Water On Empty Stomach
A current trend in Japan today is drinking water immediately after getting out of bed. Scientific tests have confirmed the medical value of this practice.

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15 Powerful Anti-Smoking Ads

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Toxel.com - Design, Inspiration and Technology Blog

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The Ultimate List Of New Books To Add To Your Shelf In 2016

The Ultimate List Of New Books To Add To Your Shelf In 2016 | Love | Scoop.it
New year, new TBR pile.

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The Hourglass Nebula - Made of Hydrogen, Oxygen and Nitrogen, Ingredients of Life

The Hourglass Nebula - Made of Hydrogen, Oxygen and Nitrogen, Ingredients of Life | Love | Scoop.it

This is an image of MyCn18, a young planetary nebula located about 8,000 light-years away, taken with the Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2 (WFPC2) aboard the Hubble Space Telescope (HST). This Hubble image reveals the true shape of MyCn18 to be an hourglass withThe sands of time are running out for the central star of this hourglass-shaped planetary nebula.  With its nuclear fuel exhausted, this brief but spectacular closing phase of MyCn18 - better known as the Engraved Hourglass Nebula - occurs as its outer layers are ejected. Located 8,000 light-years away from Earth in the southern constellation Musca, the sun-like star's core is in the process of becoming a cooling, fading white dwarf.


Astronomers used the Hubble Space Telescope to make a series of images of planetary nebulae in the mid-1990s, including this one.

Delicate rings of colourful glowing gas - nitrogen-red, hydrogen-green, and oxygen-blue - outline the tenuous walls of the hourglass. 

The unprecedented sharpness of Hubble's image has revealed surprising details of the nebula ejection process.


And it is these that are helping scientists to resolve the outstanding mysteries of the complex shapes and symmetries of planetary nebula.

MyCn18 was discovered by Annie Jump Cannon and Margaret W Mayall during their research on an extended Henry Draper Catalogue, an astronomical star encyclopedia compiled between 1918 and 1924.


The astronomers described it as a small faint planetary nebula, but the march of technology allowed scientists Raghvendra Sahai and John Trauger of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory to capture this stunning image using Hubble in January 1996. MyCn18's hourglass shape is thought to have arisen from the expansion of a fast stellar wind within a slowly expanding cloud which is denser near its equator than its poles.


Life on Earth was made possible by the death of stars. Atoms like carbon and oxygen were expelled in the last few dying gasps of stars after their final supplies of hydrogen fuel were used up. How this star-stuff came together to form life is still a mystery, but scientists know that certain atomic combinations were necessary. Water – two hydrogen atoms linked to one oxygen atom -was vital to the development of life on Earth, and so NASA missions now search for water on other worlds in the hopes of finding life elsewhere. Organic molecules built mostly of carbon atoms are also thought to be important, since all life on Earth is carbon-based.


The most popular theories of the origin of life say the necessary chemistry occurred at hydrothermal vents on the ocean floor or in some sunlit shallow pool. However, discoveries in the past few years have shown that many of the basic materials for life form in the cold depths of space, where life as we know it is not possible.


After dying stars belch out carbon, some of the carbon atoms combine with hydrogen to form polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). PAHs — a kind of carbon soot similar to the scorched portions of burnt toast — are the most abundant organic compounds in space, and a primary ingredient of carbonaceous chondrite meteorites. Although PAHs aren’t found in living cells, they can be converted into quinones, molecules that are involved in cellular energy processes. For instance, quinones play an essential role in photosynthesis, helping plants turn light into chemical energy.


The transformation of PAHs occurs in interstellar clouds of ice and dust. After floating through space, PAH soot eventually condenses into these "dense molecular clouds." The material in these clouds blocks out some but not all of the harsh radiation of space. The radiation that does filter through modifies the PAHs and other material in the clouds.


Infrared and radio telescope observations of the clouds have detected the PAHs, as well as fatty acids, simple sugars, faint amounts of the amino acid glycine, and over 100 other molecules, including water, carbon monoxide, ammonia, formaldehyde, and hydrogen cyanide.


The clouds have never been sampled directly — they’re too far away — so to confirm what is occurring chemically in the clouds, a research team led by Max Bernstein and Scott Sandford at the Astrochemistry Laboratory at NASA’s Ames Research Center set up experiments to mimic the cloud conditions.


In one experiment, a PAH/water mixture is vapor-deposited onto salt and then bombarded with ultraviolet (UV) radiation. This allows the researchers to observe how the basic PAH skeleton turns into quinones. Irradiating a frozen mixture of water, ammonia, hydrogen cyanide, and methanol (a precursor chemical to formaldehyde) generates the amino acids glycine, alanine and serine — the three most abundant amino acids in living systems.


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50 Novels All Men Should Have Read

50 Novels All Men Should Have Read | Love | Scoop.it
No excuses, now. Put one of these in your suitcase

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George Saunders Explains How to Tell a Good Story

George Saunders Explains How to Tell a Good Story | Love | Scoop.it

For the award-winning writer George Saunders, the process of crafting a good story means not condescending to your reader. It means creating sentences that clue them into something unnoticed about the character, and allowing them to figure it out. “A bad story is one where you know what the story is and you're sure of it," he says in this short film, George Saunders: On Story. For Saunders, storytelling is a stand-in for day-to-day life—and the same considerations you take when approaching how to tell a story mirror the freedom to self-determined identity that you give your loved ones.


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What Exactly Does An Editor Do? The Role Has Changed Over Time

What Exactly Does An Editor Do? The Role Has Changed Over Time | Love | Scoop.it
Earlier this year it became clear that Harper Lee had extensively revised To Kill a Mockingbird on the advice of her editor. That made us wonder: How much do editors shape the books we read?

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52 Artist Dates – one for every week of the year!

52 Artist Dates – one for every week of the year! | Love | Scoop.it

The Artist Date is a concept named by Julia Cameron in her book The Artist’s Way, and she describes it as: "a once-weekly, festive, solo expedition to explore something that interests you.


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 I started using the artist way many years ago.   Julia Cameron rocks!  Morning pages helps me make peace early in the day,  to clear my head  

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A lovely list of suggestions to help you connect with your creativity - or  make your own.

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10 Habits of Highly Effective Writers

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Here are the good habits you should develop and add in your writing life if you want to find success.


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The top 10 universities in the UK 2015

The top 10 universities in the UK 2015 | Love | Scoop.it

The Table of Tables, published by the THE this week, looks at several
different league tables to rank the top universities in the country. Does
yours make the top ten?

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The World’s Most Beautiful Library Is In Prague, Czech Republic

The World’s Most Beautiful Library Is In Prague, Czech Republic | Love | Scoop.it

The Klementinum library, a beautiful example of Baroque architecture, was first opened in 1722 as part of the Jesuit university, and houses over 20,000 books.

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Steven Pinker’s Sense of Style

Steven Pinker’s Sense of Style | Love | Scoop.it
The Harvard psychologist offers a writing guide based on how the mind works

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Steven Pinker explains how linguistics and cognitive psychology can help improve writing, information useful for writers, as well as for students and educators.

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National Geographic Documentary - Aliens in Space and Universe Documentaries 2015

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In the age of Amazon, used bookstores are making an unlikely comeback

In the age of Amazon, used bookstores are making an unlikely comeback | Love | Scoop.it
As the pendulum swings back to print, used bookstores are thriving, with new ones opening around the nation.

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Sharon Bakar's curator insight, December 27, 2015 9:09 PM

Love secondhand books but have to buy mine online via abebooks.com

 

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20 Books To Buy Yourself As A Late Holiday Present

20 Books To Buy Yourself As A Late Holiday Present | Love | Scoop.it
I love shopping online. No lines, no crowds, no searching for my size in a ransacked store display. Now, I don't spend a lot of money, as a general rule. But when I have to shop for other people, it's so easy to say, Oh, I should go ahead and buy this for myself while I'm at it. You can imagine the

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Sharon Bakar's curator insight, January 3, 7:32 PM

Reminder to self!

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The Power of the Written Word: Healing Through Journal-Writing - PsychCentral.com (blog)

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The Power of the Written Word At the age of 18, I was sexually molested and exploited by my coach's husband.

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I have used writing as a healing tool since I've been a child.  

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The beautiful Icelandic tradition of giving books on Christmas Eve

The beautiful Icelandic tradition of giving books on Christmas Eve | Love | Scoop.it
Book lovers will want to adopt this lovely holiday tradition, which melds literary and holiday pleasures into a single event.

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Sharon Bakar's curator insight, December 22, 2015 10:36 PM

Isn't this a lovely custom worth copying?

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Comma Queen

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Comma Queen - Mary Norris on language in all its facets.

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Sharon Bakar's curator insight, December 9, 2015 6:17 AM

Copy-editor for the New Yorker explains grammar and punctuation in a clean and accessible way in these videos.

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How poetry can free a prisoner’s mind

How poetry can free a prisoner’s mind | Love | Scoop.it
In the “hell” of incarceration, Cristina Domenech finds the raw material for poetry.

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How 12 people organize their desks for a 30-day writing marathon

How 12 people organize their desks for a 30-day writing marathon | Love | Scoop.it
November is National Novel Writing Month, and people are busting out some serious wordage. Here's what their desks look like.

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This year, I’m going to write that book – here’s how to make it happen

This year, I’m going to write that book – here’s how to make it happen | Love | Scoop.it
If your new year’s resolution is to write that novel, let editor Richard Bradburn offer you some useful advice – both his own and that of many great writers

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Miss Universe Contestants Share Beauty Routines & Fears

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The 2015 Miss Universe Pageant is just around the corner, so the contestants are making sure they...

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Art does heal: scientists say appreciating creative works can fight off disease

Art does heal: scientists say appreciating creative works can fight off disease | Love | Scoop.it
Researchers from California University in Berkeley say studies show great nature and art boost the immune system
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Writing Your Author Bio? Here Are 10 Great Examples.

Writing Your Author Bio? Here Are 10 Great Examples. | Love | Scoop.it
Writing your author bio can be a daunting task, but a well-crafted bio can help readers learn more about what makes you and your books so interesting. You should regularly maintain your bio on plac…

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Documentaries 2015 National Geographic - Interesting Discover about The Universe - Documentary 2015

Interesting Discover about The Universe is the Best National Geographic Documentary 2015. Today,download New Documentaries FREE here: ...
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