Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Astronomers: Billions of 'super-Earths' in habitable zone of red dwarf stars

If you're trying to count how many planets could be candidates for harboring life in our galaxy, this might blow your mind: Scientists now say there could be billions of them.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Coast To Coast AM: Auras & Parallel Universes

On Monday's show, author and consultant Pam Oslie discussed her ability to read and interpret auras, as well as evidence for parallel universes, and how we can navigate them. People have different color auras, which she sees as a field or bands stretching out about six feet around them. The bands closest to the body are "life colors" which stay the same, she noted, while the outer bands change in color and reflect passing emotions. To get started in seeing auras, she suggested that you put someone in front of a white background, "and then just kind of look past them with soft eyes, and the first thing you'll probably see is this white glow around their head."

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Just like the chocolate bar, the Milky Way galaxy is 'full of bubbles' -
public help Nasa pinpoint strange spheres in our galactic home

Just like the fluffy nougat in the chocolate bar, the Milky Way galaxy is full of bubbles, a new survey by 'citizen scientists' has found.
More than 35,000 astronomy fans sifted through data from the Spitzer space telescope, and found bubbles in space - blown out by young, hot stars into the gas and dust around them.
A huge team of volunteers from the general public has poured over observations from the Spitzer Space Telescope
Volunteers for the project are shown a small section of Spitzer's huge infrared Milky Way image (left), which they then scan for cosmic bubbles. Using a sophisticated drawing tool, the volunteers trace the shape and thickness of the bubbles. All the user drawings can be overlaid on top of one another to form a so-called 'heat map' (middle). Features that have been identified repeatedly by many different users jump out, revealing the overall pattern of bubbles in this part of the galaxy

Thursday, March 08, 2012

Get rich AND die trying: Ambitious people earn more money - but they die younger and are no happier, says study

Career ladder: The new study found that ambitious people earned more money and had prestigious jobs - but died younger, and were not a great deal happier
Career ladder: The new study found that ambitious people earned more money and had prestigious jobs - but died younger, and were not a great deal happier
Parents who teach their children  to value career ambitions over spending time with friends could be setting them up for an early grave, a study has revealed.
It found that go-getters who attend the best universities and secure high-powered jobs suffer poorer health and die younger than those with more modest aspirations. 
Over 70 years, the U.S. study tracked 717 high-achievers who attended universities, such as Oxford, Harvard and Yale, as well as those without university degrees, to the end of their lives.
The researchers found that highly ambitious people neglected key areas of their lives that lead to happiness, including building a strong network of friends and maintaining stable relationships. 
Professor Timothy Judge, who led the study at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana, said: ‘Ambitious kids had higher educational attainment, attended highly esteemed universities, worked in more prestigious occupations, and earned more.
‘So, it would seem that they are poised to "have it all." However, we determined that ambition has a much weaker effect on life satisfaction and actually a slightly negative impact  on longevity (how long people lived).
    'So, yes, ambitious people do achieve more successful careers, but that doesn't seem to translate into leading happier or healthier lives.’
    Judge used a complex formula to judge ambition at every stage of life - and to divide high-ability individuals into 'ambitious' and 'less ambitious' groups.
    The study didn’t address the underlying reasons for the higher mortality of ambitious people. 

    Sunday, March 04, 2012


    E.T. would have had plenty of time to reach us by now.
    Are we just being ignored?

    • Alien civilizations starting from the oldest stars in the galaxy would have had more than enough time to reach Earth.
    • Calculations show either we are alone in the galaxy, or ET is ignoring us.
    • The study did not address life beyond the Milky Way.

    Mathematically speaking, ET would have found us by now -- if he exists -- so we’re being consciously avoided for some reason, a new study concludes.
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