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Alien Particles

AlienParticles

Scientists have discovered particles that DID NOT originate in our solar system. They did not come from our sun or our planets. They came from somewhere else in the galaxy, 

It doesn’t sound like such a great discovery, until you consider that these particles - hydrogen, oxygen, and neon - are the fundamental building blocks for planets, stars, and lifeforms like human beings. To know that these elements exist outside our own solar system is incredible. There may be another Earth-like planet out there after all. 

(Source: National Geographic)

Talking Worms

It seems worms can talk. And if fish can hear, that explains why I suck at fishing. 

Researchers at Cornell University and California Technical Institute have discovered that round worms, or, nematodes, can communicate with one another by stringing together different molecules similar to the way we string together words in a sentence. 

Worms

Understanding the “language of worms” can be an indispensable weapon in the fight to combat nematode infections in humans and nematode prolificacy in agricultural environments.  

(Source: physorg.com)

Baby Bohr’s

The humorous claim that gravity should have been apparent without the apple seems to have some merit after all. 

New research at the University of Missouri suggests that children are born with what scientists call “intuitive physics knowledge.” 

"We believe that infants are born with expectations about the objects around them, even though that knowledge is a skill that’s never been taught. As the child develops, this knowledge is refined and eventually leads to the abilities we use as adults.”

Infants as young as two-months understand that unsupported objects will fall and that unseen objects do not cease to exist. This last one is somewhat funny because it’s completely and obviously true. I don’t know how many times I’ve lost at peekaboo. (Yep. You can lose at peekaboo!)

The study also found that at five-months, infants expect “non-cohesive” substances to be different from solids. At 10 months, they repeatedly choose the larger portion of food when offered various amounts, indicating they understand concepts like quantity. 

(Source: medicalxpress.com)

historical-nonfiction:

The Two Ways of Life, above, was an allegorical tableau vivant, or mise-en-scène was created by Oscar Rejlander in 1857. It depicts a philosopher, or a sage, or perhaps a father leading two young men towards manhood. One (to the left) looks towards vice: gambling, wine and prostitution. The other, with perhaps less enthusiasm, looks towards virtue: religion, industry and family. Penitence, in the center, looks toward the right, rejecting vice. The image was the first publicly exhibited photograph of a nude, the first major art photograph and the first photo-montage.
The image, not surprisingly, caused a sensation. One reviewer described it as “magnificent….decidedly the finest photograph of its class ever pronounced” and the print was shown in March 1857 at the Manchester Art Treasures Exhibition (one of the first to exhibit photographs along with other art). A copy was purchased by Queen Victoria for the Prince Consort. Even with royal patronage, however, many felt that the photographic nude crossed the line of decency. The Scottish Society even refused to display it at their Exhibition in Edinburgh.


How awesome is this? 

historical-nonfiction:

The Two Ways of Life, above, was an allegorical tableau vivant, or mise-en-scène was created by Oscar Rejlander in 1857. It depicts a philosopher, or a sage, or perhaps a father leading two young men towards manhood. One (to the left) looks towards vice: gambling, wine and prostitution. The other, with perhaps less enthusiasm, looks towards virtue: religion, industry and family. Penitence, in the center, looks toward the right, rejecting vice. The image was the first publicly exhibited photograph of a nude, the first major art photograph and the first photo-montage.

The image, not surprisingly, caused a sensation. One reviewer described it as “magnificent….decidedly the finest photograph of its class ever pronounced” and the print was shown in March 1857 at the Manchester Art Treasures Exhibition (one of the first to exhibit photographs along with other art). A copy was purchased by Queen Victoria for the Prince Consort. Even with royal patronage, however, many felt that the photographic nude crossed the line of decency. The Scottish Society even refused to display it at their Exhibition in Edinburgh.

How awesome is this? 

(Source: )

Take This, Cat Lovers!

I stumbled upon an article discussing the find of a 33,000-year-old dog skull. It was found in the Altai Mountains of Siberia. Perhaps more fascinating than the find itself is learning that the dog - not an ancestor of modern dogs -  was most likely domesticated. 

Our 33,000-year-old ancestors understood the benefit of having pets, whether for protection, companionship, hunting, or something fuzzy to cuddle with. Simply amazing. 

(Source: physorg.com)

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Robots!