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Coca-Cola's coca leaf infused history

Coca-Cola's coca leaf infused history | the inside out | Scoop.it

When cocaine and alcohol meet inside a person, they create a third unique drug called cocaethylene. Cocaethylene works like cocaine, but with more euphoria.

 

So in 1863, when Parisian chemist Angelo Mariani combined coca and wine and started selling it, a butterfly did flap its wings. His Vin Marian became extremely popular. Jules Verne, Alexander Dumas, and Arthur Conan Doyle were among literary figures said to have used it, and the chief rabbi of France said, "Praise be to Mariani's wine!"

 

Pope Leo XIII reportedly carried a flask of it regularly and gave Mariani a medal.

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Birds May Get Emotional Over Birdsong

Birds May Get Emotional Over Birdsong | the inside out | Scoop.it

Birds listening to birdsong may be experiencing an emotional response similar to humans listening to music, according to a study tracking neural activity in sparrows.

The research by neuroscientists at Emory University compared the effects of music on human brain activity with that of birdsong on bird brains and found indications that the birds were experiencing pleasure and distaste as a reaction to the sound.

“We found that the same neural reward system is activated in female birds in the breeding state that are listening to male birdsong, and in people listening to music that they like,” said Sarah Earp, who led the study at Emory University.

 

 

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Is 'reality' unreal? Scientists work on a way to find out

Is 'reality' unreal? Scientists work on a way to find out | the inside out | Scoop.it

What if everything — all of us, the world, the universe — is a gigantic Sim City and we are the characters? What if everything we are, know and do is really someone's computer simulation?

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And what if everything we are, know and do is really a computer simulation of our own making?

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TEDxTeen - Jacob Barnett: Forget What You Know

At 2 years of age, mathematician and child prodigy Jacob Barnett was diagnosed with autism and placed in his school's special ed program. At age nine, while playing with shapes, Jacob built a series of mathematical models that expanded Einstein's field of relativity. A professor at Princeton reviewed his work and confirmed that it was groundbreaking and could someday result in a Nobel Prize. At age 10, Jacob was formally accepted to the University as a full-time college student and went straight into a paid research position in the field of condensed matter physics.

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Jacob's talk focuses (it's not actually very focused but well, he's 11) on scientific breakthroughs that occurred while the scientist concerned was not directly involved in learning or research and that the insights came while they were doing something else.

 

A highlight was his demonstration of how he sees numbers as shapes and overlays the shapes to perform calculations.

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Mindfulness and brain plasticity with Dr. Dan Siegel

Founded in 2003 by actress, director and producer Goldie Hawn, The Hawn Foundation is dedicated to supporting children by advancing mindfulness training in educational and community-based settings.

 

In this interview, Dan Siegel describes the fundamentals behind mirror neurons, mindfulness and how we can begin to shape behavior through mindful practice. 


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The Undivided Mind

Part Timothy Leary, part Ray Kurzweil and part Neo from The Matrix, Jason Silva is a Digital DJ, a re-vitalizer and remixer of optimism, and above all, a curator: of ideas, of inspiration, and of awe. He's a modern performance philosopher reviving the vibe of Buckminster Fuller and the dialogue that he began decades ago.

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Good Vibrations Sand Example

When we use sound waves to vibrate a metal plate with sand on it nodes are created that manipulate how the grains of sand arrange themselves on the plate. 

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Michio Kaku: The Universe in a Nutshell

What if we could find one single equation that explains every force in the universe? Dr. Michio Kaku explores how physicists may shrink the science of the Big Bang into an equation as small as Einstein's "e=mc^2."

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Declaration of Rights for Cetaceans as ‘Non-Human Persons’

Declaration of Rights for Cetaceans as ‘Non-Human Persons’ | the inside out | Scoop.it

A coalition of scientists, animal-rights activists and philosophers are in agreement: dolphins, second only to humans in terms of mammalian intelligence, should be considered “non-human persons” and granted due protection under law reports The Telegraph.

 

At the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Vancouver last week, the group, led by Dr. Thomas White, was canvassing for support of their “Declaration of Cetacean Rights.”

 

“The similarities between cetaceans and humans are such that they, as we, have an individual sense of self,” said White. “Science has shown that individuality, consciousness, self-awareness is no longer a unique human property. That poses all kinds of challenges.”

 

Dolphin research has show that the creatures are more intelligent than chimpanzees, they recognize their reflections in a mirror, and can even think about the future.

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A genius explains

Daniel Tammet is an autistic savant. He can perform mind-boggling mathematical calculations at breakneck speeds. But unlike other savants, who can perform similar feats, Tammet can describe how he does it.


Tammet is calculating 377 multiplied by 795. Actually, he isn't "calculating": there is nothing conscious about what he is doing. He arrives at the answer instantly. Since his epileptic fit, he has been able to see numbers as shapes, colours and textures. The number two, for instance, is a motion, and five is a clap of thunder. "When I multiply numbers together, I see two shapes. The image starts to change and evolve, and a third shape emerges. That's the answer. It's mental imagery. It's like maths without having to think."

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TO UNDERSTAND IS TO PERCEIVE PATTERNS

“Networks are everywhere. The brain is a network of nerve cells connected by axons, and cells themselves are networks of molecules connected by biochemical reactions. Societies, too, are networks of people linked by friendships, familial relationships and professional ties. On a larger scale, food webs and ecosystems can be represented as networks of species. And networks pervade technology: the Internet, power grids and transportation systems are but a few examples. Even the language we are using to convey these thoughts to you is a network, made up of words connected by syntactic relationships.

 

“For decades, we assumed that the components of such complex systems as the cell, the society, or the Internet are randomly wired together. In the past decade, an avalanche of research has shown that many real networks, independent of their age, function, and scope, converge to similar architectures, a universality that allowed researchers from different disciplines to embrace network theory as a common paradigm.”

 

Albert-László Barabási, author of LINKED

 

Beginning of Infinity - vimeo.com/29938326

You are a RCVR - vimeo.com/27671433

Imagination - vimeo.com/34902950

Abundance - vimeo.com/34984088

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These Crazy Close-Ups Of Seeds Reveal The Infinite Complexity Of Life

These Crazy Close-Ups Of Seeds Reveal The Infinite Complexity Of Life | the inside out | Scoop.it

Some of history’s greatest and most lasting discoveries have happened while scientists were looking for something else - or not looking for anything at all. So it’s fitting that photographer Svjetlana Tepavcevic found the inspiration for her series Means of Reproduction while she was on a walk.

"When I happened upon the amazing cocoon-like remnant of a seed pod, it stunned me," says the award-winning photographer. "I realized these small seeds and seed pods play such a vitally important role. They are a repository of information, of life’s memory and evolutionary memory."

Since embarking on the project, Tepavcevic says she has often reflected on the fact that "this astonishing seed pod just presented itself to me without my looking for it." That realization drove her to incorporate "a sense of mindfulness and awareness" of her surroundings. "If I walk, I pay attention. In that way, there is mystery and surprise in ordinary moments. I never go on 'seed-collecting’ missions. I simply look and pay attention."

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Fractals - Hunting the Hidden Dimension | PBS Nova

Mysteriously beautiful fractals are shaking up the world of mathematics and deepening our understanding of nature. A fractal is a rough or fragmented geometric shape that can be split into parts, each of which is (at least approximately) a reduced-size copy of the whole, a property called self-similarity.

Fractals are purely a wonder -- too irregular for Euclidean geometry; iterative and recursive and seemingly infinite. They turn up in food and germs, plants and animals, mountains and water and sky.

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Symphony of Science - the Quantum World | melodysheep

The universe is made of
Twelve particles of matter
Four forces of nature
That's a wonderful and significant story.
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Jason Silva on Science and Imagination at Singularity Summit 2011

The Singularity Summit 2011 was a TED-style two-day event at the historic 92nd Street Y in New York City. 

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Parts of Me Ooze in All Directions | Michio Kaku

Because of the wave nature of matter, there is a finite possibility — albeit a minuscule one — that you could go to bed on Earth and wake up the next morning on Mars. 

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"We Are Star Dust" - Symphony of Science

We are star dust, reaching out to the universe. The 15th Symphony of Science video featuring samples from Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Richard Feynman and Lawrence Krauss.

 

mp3: http://bit.ly/IIUVRB

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