Category Archives: Society

What Happens When We All Live to 100?

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Author: Gregg Easterbrook

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For millennia, if not for eons—anthropology continuously pushes backward the time of human origin—life expectancy was short. The few people who grew old were assumed, because of their years, to have won the favor of the gods. The typical person was fortunate to reach 40. Beginning in the 19th century,...

Solar Storms Are Bombarding Earth Now, Amped-up Auroras Possible

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Author: Space com

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Two waves of solar material blown out by powerful sun eruptions n this week are hitting the Earth now, and could amplify the aurora displays for observers in northern regions. Scientists with NOAA's Space Weather Prediction Center in Boulder, Colorado, expected the first wave of solar flare particles — unleashed...

Twin Solar Storms Arrive at Earth

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Author: Reuters

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Twin magnetically charged solar storms will arrive at Earth on Thursday and Friday, raising concerns that GPS signals, radio communications and power transmissions could be disrupted, “space weather” officials in the US have said. Individually the storms, known as coronal mass ejections, or CMEs, would not warrant special warnings but...

The Cult of Busy

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Author: Helen Frances

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We're all just so "busy" these days. "Slammed" in fact. "Buried," writes blogger Meredith Fineman. "There seems to be a constant exchange, even a one-upping, of just how much we have on our plates when we communicate about our work." Author Scott Berkun would agree. Berkun had busy bosses and...

Extreme’ Solar Storm Heading Straight for Earth

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Author: Adam Withnall

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A massive explosion on the Sun has sent a solar storm heading straight for Earth, experts have said, which may disrupt communications equipment and power grids when it strikes. The solar flare registered in the “extreme” band on the scale used by forecasters – a magnitude not seen by observers...

Huge Stonehenge ‘Sibling’ Discovered

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Author: David Keys

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Archaeologists have discovered that Stonehenge had a huge stone sibling just two miles to the northeast. Using powerful ground-penetrating radar, which can ‘x-ray’ archaeological sites to a depth of up to four metres, investigators from Birmingham and Bradford universities  and  from the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute in Vienna have discovered a...

Australian Man Wakes From Coma Speaking Fluent Mandarin

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Australian Ben McMahon studied Mandarin in high school but is the first to admit he was far from fluent. Then, after a car crash left him in a coma his parents feared he would never come out of it. Luckily McMahon pulled through, but something strange happened upon his awakening — he only spoke Mandarin. Fluent...

‘Last Supper’ Papyrus May Be One of Oldest Christian Charms

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Author: Jeanna Bryner

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A 1,500-year-old fragment of Greek papyrus with writing that refers to the biblical Last Supper and "manna from heaven" may be one of the oldest Christian amulets, say researchers. The fragment was likely folded up and worn inside a locket or pendant as a sort of protective charm, according to...

The Food Gap Is Widening

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Author: James Hamblin

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Nutritional disparities between America’s rich and poor are growing, despite efforts to provide higher-quality food to people who most need it. So says a large study just released from the Harvard School of Public Health that examined eating habits of 29,124 Americans over the past decade. Diet quality has improved...

Tony Blair is Handed Philanthropist of the Year Title!

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Author: Tamara Cohen

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Tony Blair was last night improbably named philanthropist of the year by a leading magazine. The former prime minister was handed the award to a ‘muted’ response at a celebrity-packed gathering in central London. It was in recognition of his ‘philanthropy, establishing three charities’. GQ magazine’s decision drew immediate criticism,...

‘Evil Eye’ Box and Other Ancient Treasures Found in Nile River Cemetery

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Author: Owen Jarus

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A 2,000-year-old cemetery with several underground tombs has been discovered near the Nile River in Sudan. Archaeologists excavated several of the underground tombs, finding artifacts such as a silver ring, engraved with an image of a god, and a faience box, decorated with large eyes, which a researcher believes protected...

Why Are There So Few Doctors in Rural America?

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Author: Olga Khazan

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The airport in Bethel, Alaska, population 6,080, consists of one room with a concrete floor and a single baggage carousel. Rather than suitcases and duffles, though, it spins forth cardboard boxes scribbled with names and large plastic containers held together with duct-tape. I watched as one sturdy woman wrestled a Rubbermaid bin filled...

Simulation Theory and the Nature Of Reality

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Author: Midwest Real

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“When the original founding fathers of quantum mechanics were doing these experiments they were really excited… making statements like- ‘if quantum mechanics doesn’t blow your mind, that’s because you don’t understand quantum mechanics.’ They realized this was a really big deal philosophically, (and) scientifically… Then they tried to come up with...