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Astronomy Answers: Mysterious Lights in the Sky. What was that mysterious light that you saw in the sky?

Astronomy Answers: Mysterious Lights in the Sky

There are many natural and man-made things that produce light and that can be seen often, so it is usually not necessary to think of UFOs and space aliens when you see a strange light in the sky. The table directly below shows various possible sources of nightly lights, with a few of their characteristics. The "Source Type" indicates whether the source of the light is natural or artificial. The column "Direct? " shows whether the light reaches you directly from the source, or indirectly, after one or more reflections or scatterings.

If you see a strange light in the sky, then remember for how long it was visible and how quickly the brightness changed. City lights. In most cities quite a bit of artificial light shines up, without a strong preference for the exact direction (unlike searchlight beams). Professional greenhouses are another source of illumination of the sky. A tower navigation light. Internet capitalism pits fast technology against slow democracy. Technology-driven changes—like those we are presently experiencing—produce demands for security and stability that pose a threat to liberal democracy and capitalism.

Internet capitalism pits fast technology against slow democracy

Some Moral Dilemmas. The Trolley Problem, not in Grassian.

Some Moral Dilemmas

Suggested by Philippa Foot (1920-2010), daughter of Esther, the daughter of President Grover Cleveland, but of British birth because of her father, William Sidney Bence Bosanquet. A trolley is running out of control down a track. In its path are five people who have been tied to the track by a mad philosopher. Fortunately, you could flip a switch, which will lead the trolley down a different track to safety. Unfortunately, there is a single person tied to that track. The Bhikkhus' Rules: A Guide for Laypeople. Murder. Assessment | Biopsychology | Comparative | Cognitive | Developmental | Language | Individual differences | Personality | Philosophy | Social |Methods | Statistics | Clinical | Educational | Industrial | Professional items | World psychology | Social psychology:Altruism · Attribution · Attitudes · Conformity · Discrimination · Groups · Interpersonal relations · Obedience · Prejudice · Norms · Perception · Index · Outline This article needs rewriting to enhance its relevance to psychologists..Please help to improve this page yourself if you can..


Murder is the unlawful killing of another human person with malice aforethought, as defined in Common Law countries. Murder is generally distinguished from other forms of homicide by the elements of malice aforethought and the lack of lawful justification. All jurisdictions, ancient and modern, consider it a most serious crime and therefore impose severe penalty on its commission. Legal analysis of murder. A Machine That Collects Tax From Prostitutes. In Bonn, Germany, where prostitution is legal, hookers pay a “prostitution tax” to a ticket machine in order to have sex for monies.

A Machine That Collects Tax From Prostitutes

The fee is €6 (or $7.80) and shoots out a receipt to make the occupation official. The machines were just installed and is very similar to the ones you see these days that take parking money. Over the first weekend, the machines collected $US382 worth of taxes. Sweden pays for grim past. After years of denial, Sweden began moves yesterday to compensate thousands of citizens sterilised in a grim social experiment in eugenics which lasted more than 40 years.

Sweden pays for grim past

Stockholm's social affairs ministry announced it would pay up to £13,430 to each surviving victim of the 1934-76 programme. The decision follows the report in January of an official commission set up in the wake of newspaper reports in 1997 that up to 63,000 people - 90 per cent of them women - were sterilised with state approval to improve Swedish "racial purity" as part of a policy of "ethnic hygiene". The commission has received up to 200 calls a month from victims. Ode to Empathy. The discussion around empathy seems to be growing exponentially.

Ode to Empathy

From the huge splash Brené Brown is making with her work on shame, vulnerability and empathy to Jeremy Rifkin’s vision of our moving towards an Empathic Civilization, empathy is becoming a 21st century buzzword. And rightfully so. With the emergence of a global civilization, we need to move beyond the “us and them” mentality that lends itself to so much conflict, violence, and self-destruction. The Real Reason We Yawn - WSJ. Future - The greatest long-term threats facing humanity. Can we actually say anything about the far future?

Future - The greatest long-term threats facing humanity

If we can’t predict when it will rain next month, forecasting billions of years hence might seem impossible. However, not everything is as chaotic as the weather: even predictions very far ahead are sometimes possible, especially in astrophysics and cosmology. We can be confident that there will be a total solar eclipse in the UK on 23 September 2090 because the Moon, Sun and Earth move in stable, predictable orbits with very minor disturbances, and the laws of gravity are now well-tested. Similarly, we can use known astrophysics to predict what will likely happen across the Universe as it expands.

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