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NASA - Dynamic Earth

A giant explosion of magnetic energy from the Sun, called a coronal mass ejection, slams into and is deflected completely by the Earth's powerful magnetic field. The Sun also continually sends out streams of light and radiation energy. Earth's atmosphere acts like a radiation shield, blocking quite a bit of this energy.

Much of the radiation energy that makes it through is reflected back into space by clouds, ice and snow and the energy that remains helps to drive the Earth system, powering a remarkable planetary engine – the climate. It becomes the energy that feeds swirling wind and ocean currents as cold air and surface waters move toward the equator and warm air and water moves toward the poles – all in an attempt to equalize temperatures around the world.


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100 billion step walk on the digits of pi

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This is a walk made out of the first 100 billion digits of pi in base 4 with the following rules for the steps: - 0 right - 1 up - 2 left - 3 down The color indicates the path followed by the walk: it starts at red and moves up the spectrum...

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Mood Music: Music May Physically Block Out Pain

Mood Music: Music May Physically Block Out Pain | Open Mind & Open Heart | Scoop.it
Not to be outdone by "runner's high", music has been found to increase endorphins and increase a body's threshold for pain.

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Need a Self-Control Boost? Gargle with Sugar Water!

Need a Self-Control Boost? Gargle with Sugar Water! | Open Mind & Open Heart | Scoop.it

If you’re struggling to keep your self-control on track, keep a bottle of lemonade made with real sugar handy. You won’t have to drink it, just swish and gargle when you’re feeling like giving up. That’s the finding of new research published in the journal Psychological Science.


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New study review examines benefits of music therapy for surgery patients

New study review examines benefits of music therapy for surgery patients | Open Mind & Open Heart | Scoop.it
A new study review published by the University of Kentucky found that music therapy can be beneficial to patients before, during and after a surgical procedure and may reduce pain and recovery time.

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Maria Drohan's curator insight, October 8, 2013 8:49 AM

I loved this article, it was very interesting. I found it very interesting reading about the characteristics of music that are also very important and effective in music therapy such as the tempo, rhythm and volume of the music. This can be carefully controlled in order to maximize a huge positive effect that music can have on the brain weather conscious or unconscious. 

 

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Young children and adults: intrinsically motivated to see others helped

Young children and adults: intrinsically motivated to see others helped | Open Mind & Open Heart | Scoop.it

From an early age, humans seem to have genuine concern for the welfare of others.


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Beautify relationship with these five strategies

Beautify relationship with these five strategies | Open Mind & Open Heart | Scoop.it

Researchers have reported five strategies that can help to improve the value of a cherished relationship.

This research has been published online in the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships.

“Relationships are like cars in that you have to do certain things to keep them running, especially when your goal is to strengthen and preserve your bond with your partner,” Brian Ogolsky, a U of I professor of human and community development, said in a statement.

Researchers in this study worked on 35 research studies including 12,273 individual reports to check for the factors that are important in enhancing good relationships. They reported that the openness, positivity, assurances, shared tasks and a shared social network are the strategies that can be used to increase the beauty of a relationship.



Read more: http://saypeople.com/2013/01/10/beautify-relationship-with-these-five-strategies/#ixzz2HtJODtk6


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Bug inspires self-filling bottle

Bug inspires self-filling bottle | Open Mind & Open Heart | Scoop.it
A US start-up aims to mimic a desert beetle to create a self-filling water bottle capable of drawing moisture from the air.

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The Power of your Amazing Brain

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Susan Gingras Fitzell's curator insight, January 13, 2013 7:30 AM

How we use our brains, how we keep our brains healthy, how we learn and critically think, all have significant impact on our career success.

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How we use our brains, how we keep our brains healthy, how we learn and critically think, all have significant impact on our school success.

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Humans can smell fear, and it's contagious

Humans can smell fear, and it's contagious | Open Mind & Open Heart | Scoop.it

Humans can smell fear and disgust, and the emotions are contagious, according to a new study. The findings, published Nov. 5 in the journal Psychological Science, suggest that humans communicate via smell just like other animals.


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People make more moral decisions when they think their heart is racing

People make more moral decisions when they think their heart is racing | Open Mind & Open Heart | Scoop.it

Why did the proverbial Good Samaritan cross the road to help the injured stranger? Perhaps he listened to his heart. Not in the poetic sense, but literally. A new study by Jun Gu and his colleagues has highlighted the way cardiac feedback influences people's moral decisions. When students were fed false feedback, leading them to think their heart was racing, they were more likely to volunteer for a good cause and less likely to lie to gain more money.


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Parental bonding makes for happy, stable child

Parental bonding makes for happy, stable child | Open Mind & Open Heart | Scoop.it
Infants who have a close, intimate relationship with at least one parent are less likely to experience emotional or behavioral problems in childhood, according to a University of Iowa study.

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