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[VIDEO] The Quantum Physics of Harry Potter

The universe of Harry Potter is filled with magic and wonder. Yet it is not that different from the world we inhabit.

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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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[VIDEO] The Science of Lucid Dreaming

Have you ever wanted to take control of your dreams? Now you can, with the science of how to lucid dream! With these simple steps, and a little practice, you'll soon experience sleep like never before.


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Interactive 3D protein structures on a virtual reality wall

Interactive 3D protein structures on a virtual reality wall | Open Mind & Open Heart | Scoop.it

How do you get to know a protein? How about from the inside out? If you ask chemistry professor James Hinton, "It’s really important that scientists as well as students are able to touch, feel, see … embrace–if you like, these proteins structures”. For decades, with funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF), Hinton has used nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) to look at protein structure and function. But he wanted to find a way to educate and engage students about his discoveries.

 

The picture above shows an example of the interactive visualization of proteins from the Protein Data Bank (PDB), using PDB browser software on the C-Wall (virtual reality wall) at the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2) at the University of California, San Diego. The work was performed by Jürgen P. Schulze, project scientist, in collaboration with Jeff Milton, Philip Weber and Professor Philip Bourne of the University of California, San Diego. The software supports collaborative viewing of proteins at multiple sites on the Internet


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Sandys VR's curator insight, March 27, 2013 6:12 PM

Heard about this before, very cool use of VR!

Luis Carlos Peña Gordillo's curator insight, November 4, 2013 1:45 AM

Realidad virtual en visualización química.

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Spiritually Speaking: A Hindu perspective on the ultimate separation from a ... - Victoria Times Colonist

Spiritually Speaking: A Hindu perspective on the ultimate separation from a ... - Victoria Times Colonist | Open Mind & Open Heart | Scoop.it
Spiritually Speaking: A Hindu perspective on the ultimate separation from a ...Victoria Times ColonistIt shakes you to the core. It shocks you literally out of your body.
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The Definitive Guide to Increase Rankings with These 4 Content Freshness Tips

The Definitive Guide to Increase Rankings with These 4 Content Freshness Tips | Open Mind & Open Heart | Scoop.it

"Freshness is one of the more recent factors that Google has added to their algorithm in the last couple of years.

 

In fact, the Caffeine web indexing system was meant to help them find and identify fresh content among the massive amount of stuff that gets published every day…an impact that affected 6-10% of searches".

 

Here 4 Content Freshness Tips:

 

1) Creation of new pages will impact freshness;

 

2) Document changes affect fresh content;

 

3) Time on page;

 

4) New links to page.

 

 

Read More: http://www.quicksprout.com/2012/09/06/the-definitive-guide-to-increase-rankings-with-these-4-content-freshness-tips/


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Closing in on the Border Between Primordial Plasma and Ordinary Matter

Closing in on the Border Between Primordial Plasma and Ordinary Matter | Open Mind & Open Heart | Scoop.it

Scientists taking advantage of the versatility and new capabilities of the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC), an atom smasher at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory, have observed first glimpses of a possible boundary separating ordinary nuclear matter, composed of protons and neutrons, from the seething soup of their constituent quarks and gluons that permeated the early universe some 14 billion years ago. Though RHIC physicists have been creating and studying this primordial quark-gluon plasma (QGP) for some time, the latest preliminary data come from systematic studies varying the energy and types of colliding ions to create this new form of matter under a broad range of initial conditions, allowing the experimenters to unravel its intriguing properties.

 

"2012 has been a banner year for RHIC, with record-breaking collision rates, first collisions of uranium ions, and first asymmetric collisions of gold ions with copper ions,” said Samuel Aronson, Director of Brookhaven National Laboratory. “These unique capabilities demonstrate the flexibility and outstanding performance of this machine as we seek to explore the subtle interplay of particles and forces that transformed the QGP of the early universe into the matter that makes up our world today.”


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Chemistry of Turning an Animal Transparent

Chemistry of Turning an Animal Transparent | Open Mind & Open Heart | Scoop.it

Discovered last year by researchers at Japan’s Riken Brain Science Institute, "Scale" is made from compounds commonly found in the biology lab, like urea and the detergent Triton X. Scale’s low cost means it can be used much more widely than previously developed sample-clearing agents, and it allows scientists to see deeper into tissue than ever before. The discovery enabled the Riken team to produce some of the most detailed maps of brain neurons ever published.


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Interview with a pilot: 7 insights from the cockpit | CNNGo.com

Interview with a pilot: 7 insights from the cockpit | CNNGo.com | Open Mind & Open Heart | Scoop.it
Senior Pilot, Captain Han Hee-seong, 58, has been flying for 33 years, and despite near-death experiences, constant jet lag and rogue combat planes, he still loves what he does.

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It's strong, it's durable, it's cheap: A $9 Cardboard Bike Set to Enter Production in Israel

It's strong, it's durable, it's cheap: A $9 Cardboard Bike Set to Enter Production in Israel | Open Mind & Open Heart | Scoop.it

A fully-functioning, water-resistant cardboard bicycle is all set to hit the streets. And all major engineers claimed "it cannot be done".

 

The last time you purchased something made entirely from cardboard, chances are it was a box to pack up your belongings. While the sturdy material is perfect for moving your stuff, an inventor from Israel has figured out a way to make cardboard move you. Using nine dollars worth of materials, bicycle enthusiast Izhar Gafni has created a fully functioning, water-resistant bicycle, made, from seat to spokes, entirely of recycled cardboard. The technology makes the environmentalist's choice mode of transportation even a bit greener and easier on the wallet.

 

The all cardboard bike is shockingly durable: it can carry riders who weigh up to 485 pounds. A layer of coating atop the cardboard shields the bike from the elements and gives the finished product the look and feel of lightweight plastic. While the cost to make the bicycle ranges from nine to twelve dollars, the manufacturer expects to sell the vehicle for sixty to ninety dollars depending on the optional addition of an electric motor.

 

“It's going to be a game-changer in the bike world,” says Giora Kariv, an Israeli artist and a longtime friend of Gafni's who made a documentary about the project. “Like Henry Ford who made the car available to anybody, this bike is going to be cheap and available to any child in the world, including children in Africa who walk dozens of miles to school everyday.” Gafni's next steps involve establishing a company to produce and distribute his cardboard creation to the world market. He's currently working with investors to have the product ready for mass-production and worldwide distribution by next year.


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Tony Blair should face trial over Iraq war, says Desmond Tutu

Tony Blair should face trial over Iraq war, says Desmond Tutu | Open Mind & Open Heart | Scoop.it
Anti-apartheid hero attacks former prime minister over 'double standards on war crimes' (Why #blair has no place in #UK politics RT @guardian Tony Blair should face trial over Iraq war, says Desmond Tutu http://t.co/Z0xdQzim...)...
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Valerie Jarrett Is the Other Power in the West Wing

Valerie Jarrett Is the Other Power in the West Wing | Open Mind & Open Heart | Scoop.it
Valerie Jarrett, a senior White House adviser with unmatched access to the Obamas, has been a driving force in some of the most significant domestic policy decisions of the president’s first term.
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People losing homes for as little as $400 in back taxes: an 81-year-old RI woman who fell behind on a $474 sewer bill. A corporation bought the home in a tax sale for $836.39. The woman was evicted...

People losing homes for as little as $400 in back taxes: an 81-year-old RI woman who fell behind on a $474 sewer bill. A corporation bought the home in a tax sale for $836.39. The woman was evicted... | Open Mind & Open Heart | Scoop.it
reddit: the front page of the internet (#reddit People losing homes for as little as $400 in back taxes: an 81-year-old RI woman who fell behind ...)...
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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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How Cooking Transforms the Aching Soul

How Cooking Transforms the Aching Soul | Open Mind & Open Heart | Scoop.it

Living today’s hurry-up-run-run-run-faster-faster-text-text lifestyle tends to blunt contact with more earthy things, like cooking.


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The Student Loan Debt Bubble Is Creating Millions Of Modern Day Serfs

The Student Loan Debt Bubble Is Creating Millions Of Modern Day Serfs | Open Mind & Open Heart | Scoop.it

Every single year, millions of young adults head off to colleges and universities all over America full of hopes and dreams. But what most of those fresh-faced youngsters do not realize is that by taking on student loan debt they are signing up for a life of debt slavery.

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Paul Krugman: Paul Ryan 'Was Never a Man of Substance'

Paul Krugman: Paul Ryan 'Was Never a Man of Substance' | Open Mind & Open Heart | Scoop.it
ABC Nobel Prize-winning New York Times columnist Paul Krugman said that GOP vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan was “never a man of substance” during our “This Week” roundtable discussion about the Romney-Ryan tax plan that I questioned Ryan about...
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Investing in SEO: Marketers are Doing More SEO Than They Think

Investing in SEO: Marketers are Doing More SEO Than They Think | Open Mind & Open Heart | Scoop.it

Content marketing, social media, video, and public relations affect a web presence and organic search rankings. These tactics can have a significant positive impact on SEO including: rank, backlinking, social signal generation and fresh content.

 

"Social media and SEO are very much separate line items in a marketing budget, but content socialized at the page level through Google+, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and YouTube generates social signals which can positively impact SEO and an organic search ranking.

 

The most direct link between SEO and social media is Google+ and Search plus Your World. If you haven't yet started to build out your personal and business Circles, please do. A piece of content shared through your Circles has an opportunity to be found by your followers through Search plus Your World – before your competitors’ content is found".

 

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Juicy Spirits and Literary Dishes ... A taste of home, against the law!

Juicy Spirits and Literary Dishes ... A taste of home, against the law! | Open Mind & Open Heart | Scoop.it

Restrictions on imported foods can have unintended cultural consequences, with bans on foreign staples like foie gras and ackee berries...

 

"The sun, with all those planets revolving around it and dependent on it, can still ripen a bunch of grapes as if it had nothing else in the universe to do." ~Galileo


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Dessert Galette, Onam Sadya, Flatbread and Vegan Pantry

Dessert Galette, Onam Sadya, Flatbread and Vegan Pantry | Open Mind & Open Heart | Scoop.it

"We should all be concerned about the future because we will have to spend the rest of our lives there." ~Charles F. Kettering


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Map Envelope

Map Envelope | Open Mind & Open Heart | Scoop.it

Print your own customized, place-based envelopes using Google Maps imagery.

 

Tags: art, google. 


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The Internet Map: Revealing the Hidden Structure of the Network - information aesthetics

The Internet Map: Revealing the Hidden Structure of the Network - information aesthetics | Open Mind & Open Heart | Scoop.it

The Internet Map [ www.internet-map.net ] encompasses over 350,000 websites based in 196 countries, which are clustered according to about 2 million mutual links between them. Developed by a small team of Russian enthusiasts, the interactive Internet map is an "attempt to look into the hidden structure of the network, fathom its colossal scale, and examine that which is impossible to understand from the bare figures of statistics." Every circle on the map stands for a unique website, with its size determined by website web traffic. Its color depends on the country of origin, with red for Russia, yellow for China, purple for Japan, and light-blue for the US.


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Download Why Americans Hate Welfare: Race, Media, and the Politics of Antipoverty Policy (Studies in Communication, Media, and Public Opinion) ebookWhy Americans Hate Welfare: Race, Media, and t...

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