Sleep Paralysis Visions: Demons, Succubi, and the Archetypal Mind. If you have ever woken up in the middle of the night and found you cant move, or even cry for help, you have experienced sleep paralysis.
If, during this bizarre paralysis, you suddenly felt that someoneor somethingwas watching you, you have come face to face with the waking hallucination known as the Intruder. And if all this happens and then a ghastly creature resembling a gnome or a night elf crawls onto you to whisper sweet impish nothings into your ear, congratulations, you are one of the lucky ones to know the Incubus. And youre not alone. Sleep Paralysis (SP) and its associated visions, known as hypnagogic hallucinations (HH), are still a mystery to medical science, even though 40% of the worlds population has experienced it at least once in their lives. Although a common symptom of narcolepsy and other sleep disorders, sleep paralysis can also be induced in healthy dreamers due to factors like sleep deprivation, jet lag, or too much cannabis before bed. The Shadow Vampires. 10 Strange Things About The Universe. Space The universe can be a very strange place.
While groundbreaking ideas such as quantum theory, relativity and even the Earth going around the Sun might be commonly accepted now, science still continues to show that the universe contains things you might find it difficult to believe, and even more difficult to get your head around. Theoretically, the lowest temperature that can be achieved is absolute zero, exactly ? 273.15°C, where the motion of all particles stops completely. However, you can never actually cool something to this temperature because, in quantum mechanics, every particle has a minimum energy, called “zero-point energy,” which you cannot get below. One of the properties of a negative-energy vacuum is that light actually travels faster in it than it does in a normal vacuum, something that may one day allow people to travel faster than the speed of light in a kind of negative-energy vacuum bubble.
Relativity of Simultaneity Antimatter Retrocausality. Fucking Ecosystem. Funny & Smart Street Advertisement. Nanotechnology is coming. By Ralph C.
Merkle, Principal Fellow, Zyvex This is the English original of an article translated into German and published in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung of Monday, September 11 2000 on page 55. In the coming decades nanotechnology could make a supercomputer so small it could barely be seen in a light microscope. Fleets of medical nanorobots smaller than a cell could roam our bodies eliminating bacteria, clearing out clogged arteries, and reversing the ravages of old age. Clean factories could eliminate pollution caused by manufacturing.
Not long ago, such a forecast would have been ridiculed. At its heart, the coming revolution in manufacturing is a continuation of trends that date back decades and even centuries. The remarkably low manufacturing cost comes from self replication. While nanotechnology does propose to use self replication, it does not propose to copy living systems. Self replication is at the heart of many policy discussions. Further reading: How to Turn Burning Gas Into a Lamp Without Blowing Yourself Up. HERE IS TODAY. Honda's carbon nanotubes will change the world. Carbon nanotubes have otherworldly qualities, and now Honda says its figured out a way to make the manufacture of such miraculous materials practical.
Get this: Honda says its carbon nanotubes are 100,000 times thinner than human hair Stronger than steel Conduct electricity better than copper Conduct heat better than a diamond Light as cotton Imagine constructing our world from such materials, resulting in lighter and stronger cars, tinier computers, super capacitors, more efficient flexible batteries, more powerful solar panels, practical fuel cells, super-strong composite materials, and maybe even a Spider-Man suit. The breakthrough? Honda says it can manufacture such nanotubes with a 91% success rate, compared to the 25 to 50% success rate currently possible.
Via Jalopnik. 10 Scientists That Truly Deserved a Nobel Prize. Can hot water freeze faster than cold water? [Physics FAQ] - [Copyright] Written Nov, 1998 by Monwhea Jeng (Momo), Department of Physics, University of California Yes — a general explanation History of the Mpemba Effect More-detailed explanations References Yes — a general explanation Hot water can in fact freeze faster than cold water for a wide range of experimental conditions.
The phenomenon that hot water may freeze faster than cold is often called the Mpemba effect. This seems impossible, right? What's wrong with this proof is that it implicitly assumes that the water is characterized solely by a single number — its average temperature. It is still not known exactly why this happens. Why hasn't modern science answered this seemingly simple question about cooling water? So with the limited number of experiments done, often under very different conditions, none of the proposed mechanisms can be confidently proclaimed as "the" mechanism. Finally, supercooling may be important to the effect. History of the Mpemba Effect Evaporation. 4395741_700b_v1.jpg (700×5426)
NOVA Its Elemental. Gamer Top 5: Games of 2011. Tesla - Master of Lightning: A Weapon to End War. Tesla inherited from his father a deep hatred of war. Throughout his life, he sought a technological way to end warfare. He thought that war could be converted into, "a mere spectacle of machines. " In 1931 Tesla announced to reporters at a press conference that he was on the verge of discovering an entirely new source of energy. Asked to explain the nature of the power, he replied, "The idea first came upon me as a tremendous shock... I can only say at this time that it will come from an entirely new and unsuspected source. " War clouds were again darkening Europe. The idea generated considerable interest and controversy. By 1937 it was clear that war would soon break out in Europe. What set Tesla's proposal apart from the usual run of fantasy "death rays" was a unique vacuum chamber with one end open to the atmosphere.
Of all the countries to receive Tesla's proposal, the greatest interest came from the Soviet Union. Emergency and Disaster Information Service. The Origins of Electricity, Tesla vs. Edison. Ten Most Extreme Substances Known to Man. 2012 March 12 - The Scale of the Universe Interactive. Discover the cosmos!
How to turn "water" into "marbles" Experiment and have fun! That's it, you're done!
Grab your magnet and start experimenting with your new magnetic putty. You can stretch out a strand and make it follow your magnet, you can polarize your putty to work as a magnet itself, and then there's the classic of placing the magnet directly on the putty and watching it envelop the magnet. There's plenty of fun to be had, check out the video I made with some of the fun you can do. Some frames have been sped-up to illustrate magnetic properties. Of course, aside from being magnetic your putty still retains all the properties of the original Silly Putty. Caution:Putty has been known to leave a residue on some surfaces, even more so with the iron oxide powder. What are you waiting for? Have fun! Pool filled with non-newtonian fluid: cornstarch and water.
Glowing Kittens Fight Feline AIDS. Scientists have genetically modified cats by infecting their eggs with a virus containing a foreign gene—the first time this method has worked in a carnivore.
Experts say the advance could make the cat a valuable new genetic model—and potentially protect it from an HIV-like virus. There are two AIDS epidemics in the world: one in humans, the other in cats. Whereas we can become infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), cats fall victim to the feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV), which causes nearly identical symptoms. The viruses, known as lentiviruses, are different enough that cats can't catch HIV and people can't get FIV, but most of their basic biochemistry is the same. Previous studies have suggested that a protein called TRIMCyp is what keeps humans and monkeys from being infected with FIV. Eric Poeschla, a molecular virologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, wanted to figure out if giving cats the TRIMCyp gene would make them immune to FIV.
Surviving the World - Lesson 1177 - Feline Science. I'm pretty sure I've seen reports about glowing cats before, but this was the first time I'd seen a report that better explained the purpose of creating such a cat.
Check out the pictures to give you a good sense of what you'd be dealing with. Imagine if it crawled under the covers while you were sleeping? Creepier than being haunted by a cat ghost, if you ask me. Also, I am delighted to bring the phrase 'cat egg cells' into your life today. Blog » The Crazy World of Visual Hallucinations. The Black Hole. If Satan plays miniature golf, this is his favorite hole.
A ball struck at A, in any direction, will never find the hole at B — even if it bounces forever. The idea arose in the 1950s, when Ernst Straus wondered whether a room lined with mirrors would always be illuminated completely by a single match. Straus’ question went unanswered until 1995, when George Tokarsky found a 26-sided room with a “dark” spot; two years later D. Castro offered the 24-sided improvement above. If a candle is placed at A, and you’re standing at B, you won’t see its reflection anywhere around you — even though you’re surrounded by mirrors. Carbon nanotubes could let mobile devices use humans for power, just like The Matrix. February 22, 2012, 3:14 PM — Researchers at Wake Forest University are using cutting-edge carbon nanotube designs to turn active, mobile, non-coma-dreaming humans into the heat source that will generate power for their cell phones. If you'll remember, that was the central assumption of TheMatrix (it was central to the plot, but tertiary in the concept behind the movie, right behind "We can make Keanu look cool with CGI" and "Lots of fanboys will pay to watch Carrie Anne Moss in skintight vinyl.
") Their research, which appears in the current version of Nano Letters led to the development of a material called Power Felt that is made of carbon nanotubes wrapped in plastic fibers designed to feel like fabric. It creates a charge by exploiting differences in temperature between segments of the wearer's body, or between the body and cooler air around it. 6 Insane Discoveries That Science Can't Explain. We like to feel superior to the people who lived centuries ago, what with their shitty mud huts and curing colds by drilling a hole in their skulls. But we have to give them credit: They left behind some artifacts that have left the smartest of modern scientists scratching their heads. For instance, you have the following enigmas that we believe were created for no other purpose than to fuck with future generations.
The Voynich Manuscript The Mystery: The Voynich manuscript is an ancient book that has thwarted all attempts at deciphering its contents. It appears to be a real language--just one that nobody has seen before. Translation: "...and when you get her to put the tennis racket in her mouth, have her stand in a fountain for a while. There is not even a consensus on who wrote it, or even when it was written.
Why Can't They Solve It? Could you? Don't even try. As you can imagine, proposed solutions have been all over the board, from reasonable to completely clownshit. Our Guess: The Thinking Classroom: Ways of Thinking. Effective thinking-centered instruction aims to achieve two educational objectives: To cultivate the active use of knowledge, and To help students become self-regulated learners. Toward that end, this section of The Thinking Classroom highlights four thinking-centered approaches for infusing high-level thinking instruction into your regular curriculum.
The Ways of Teaching Thinking region features a preview and description of each of the approaches. Why These Four Approaches? The four approaches to teaching thinking represent some of the research and products of the Harvard's Cognitive Skills Group. But more important, the four approaches together broadly attend to the core components of the instructional enterprise - from curriculum design, to implementation, to assessment.
Ways of Teaching Thinking: 4 Instructional Approaches. Commercial Version of the MIT Media Lab CityCar Unveiled at European Union Commission Headquarters. A full-scale version of the stackable, electric CityCar, created by researchers at the MIT Media Lab and commercialized by a consortium of automotive suppliers in the Basque region of Spain, was unveiled at the European Union Commission headquarters on January 24, 2012. Branded "Hiriko," the vehicle incorporates all of the essential concepts of the MIT Media Lab CityCar: a folding chassis to occupy a small footprint when parked, drive-by-wire control, front entry and egress, the ability to spin on its axis, and “Robot Wheels” with integrated electric drive motor, steering motor, suspension, and braking.
Since 2009, the Media Lab has collaborated with Denokinn, an industrial sponsor from Vitoria, Spain, and their partner companies to refine the design and technology of the CityCar to allow for its commercialization by industry. INNOVATIVE ROBOT WHEELS The CityCar project is part of larger initiative at the MIT Media Lab devoted to investigating the urban mobility systems. Airborne robot swarms are making complex moves (w/ video) Swarming Robots Will Fly Menacingly Towards Your Loved Ones In Perfect Formation. IBM builds 9 nanometer carbon nanotube transistor, puts silicon on notice.
Scale-of-universe-v1.swf (application/x-shockwave-flash Object) Legendary Viking Sunstone Navigation: Solved. Aerogel: See-Through, Strong as Steel & Ligher than Air. Supermaterial goes superpermeable. Graphene: Supermaterial goes superpermeable. 15-Pound, Retro-Tech Flywheel Helps You Pedal Your Bike To Tomorrow. Heron's fountain. The Carl Sagan Portal.