“Persistent Coronal Hole (CH577)” – July 30, 2013

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Published on 30 Jul 2013

Recorded on July 16, 2013 | 00h30-23h30 UTC
Second rotation for this massive coronal hole CH577 (ancient CH574). CH577 is fixed on the northern hemisphere with a partial geoeffective position.
A coronal hole is an unipolar magnetic field opens towards the interplanetary space. On composite wavelengths of UV light, a coronal hole appear dark because there is less matter at the T° we are observing in. Here, the transition between wavelengths works well.
SDO combined AIA | Full HD Quality Video | 1920x1080p

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Jung about death (Face to Face)

“I don’t believe, I must have a reason.”

“It is better for old people to live on, to look forward to the next day, as if he had to spend centuries and then he lives properly. But, when he’s afraid, he doesn’t look forward, he looks back, it petrifies him.  He gets stiff and he dies before his time.”

– Carl Jung

Video description from MayaAtlantis on you-tube:

Face to Face, a 35 episode BBC television series broadcast between 1959 and 1962, was the first program on British television to unmask public figures and show what lies beneath the surface. Harsh lighting and close-up camera angles were employed to capture each flicker of emotion, a method critics referred to as “torture by television.” Among those who submitted to Freeman’s remorseless scrutiny were Evelyn Waugh, Henry Moore, Bertrand Russell, and Carl Gustav Jung.

When Carl Jung consented to be interviewed, the medical community was surprised that this very private figure was suddenly willing to allow an interviewer into his personal space. When the program was first aired in 1959, Jung himself was taken aback at the unexpectedly positive response from the general public. This strong interest in his work inspired Jung to write his final work, Man and His Symbols, his theory of the symbolism of dreams, explained in lay terms so as to be accessible to all who would come seeking answers.

Freeman’s face was almost never shown. Apart from the back of his head, the cameras were concentrated on the subject, sometimes concentrating on a nervously smoked cigarette or a close-up of a face. The theme music was an excerpt from the overture to Berlioz’ opera Les Francs-juges. The titles for each episode featured caricatures of that week’s subject drawn by Feliks Topolski. Some episodes departed from an interview conducted at the BBC’s Lime Grove Studios: the edition with Carl Gustav Jung was conducted at his home in Switzerland. The interview was a success, with his much quoted remark about the existence of God – ‘I don’t believe, I know’ – arousing a storm of comment at the time.

Comet ISON “has fizzled” and may disintegrate

NASA photo of Comet ISON Source: Urania.udea.edu

Astronomer Ignacio Ferrin has, “Determined the fate of comet C/2012 S1 ISON, described by some as the comet of the century,” according to a press release by the Group of Computational Physics and Astrophysics.

From the release:

Dr. Ignacio Ferrin, Astronomer from the Institute of Physics of the University of Antioquia, in Medellín, Colombia, has concluded a study of the comet, using the latest observations available.  Dr. Ferrin is a researcher and Faculty Member in the Astronomy Program of that Institute.  He is a recognized cometary specialist.
“Comet ISON has presented a peculiar behavior”, said Dr. Ferrín.  “The light curve has exhibited a “slowdown event” characterized by a constant brightness with no indication of a brightness increase tendency.  This slowdown took place around January 13th, 2013.  For 132 days after that date and up to the last available observation, the brightness has remained constant”.  Thus the astronomer concludes that it is highly unlikely that the comet will be as bright as the full Moon.
This peculiar behavior could possibly be explained if the comet were water deficient, or if a surface layer of rock or non-volatile silicate dust were quenching the sublimation to space.

The strange behavior of comet ISON is reminiscent of what happened to comet C/2002 O4 Hönig who remained with the same brightness for 52 days, after which it disintegrated with no observable residue.  It is to be noticed that comet ISON has been in that state for much longer, 132 days and counting.  However astronomers do not know what is the current status of the comet, since it has entered the solar glare and it is unobservable.

Read the press release, click here.

Singularity of consciousness

From the video description:

Uploaded on 12 Nov 2011

Please share this video, far and wide! Modern Science is now beginning to confirm what Spirituality, Philosophy, Sages, Ancient teachings and psychedelics have been saying for millennia, that the entire Universe is One and that what we think of as “reality” is just an illusion.. And the only real thing in the Universe is Consciousness.

“If quantum mechanics hasn’t profoundly shocked you, you haven’t understood it yet.” ~ Niels Bohr

North Dakota drillers “burn off $100 million” in natural gas per month

Reuters photo Shannon Stapleton Source: MSN

Ernest Dempsey has this report about the huge amounts of wasted gas burned off by oil producers in North Dakota.  He writes:

One third of the natural gas drilled off the Bakkenshale oil fields in North Dakota is being let to dissipate in the air by oil producers, informs a Reuters report on MSN News. The gas thus wasted is valued at more than $100 million a month, says the report.

A story on this topic in The Dickinson Press explains that natural gas drilled along with oil cannot be stored like oil in tanks and needs to be piped immediately to a processing facility. The story tells that gas flaring in these fields has increased three-fold in the past three years and while in Alaska and Texas, gas flaring makes less than 1% of that extracted, in North Dakota fields flared gas formed about 29% of the total gas extracted in the state in May 2013.

Dempsey also references a Rigzone  report stating that oil and gas production reached an all time high this year, with the number of completed wells growing from 10 to 143.

Read the rest, click here.

The Sun-Earth Connection – Thunderbolts Project

In this video produced by Thunderbolts Project, Cameron Mercer and Steve Smith explain how increased solar activity leads to fewer clouds on Earth because fewer of the charged particles enter Earth’s atmosphere, but are instead deflected out into the solar system.  Whereas, “When solar activity is low, the particles are not deflected around the solar system and they do enter our atmosphere and they do cause an increase in clouds.”

“So, the Sun could naturally be thought of as a cloud generator, directly,” according to the Thunderbolts.

There might also be a link between solar charged particles and earthquakes on Earth, as magma could be considered a type of plasma, as well.

They cite the work of solar system physicist Henrik Svensmark.  They also look at the data gathered by NASA’s Themis space probes.

From the video description:

Published on 19 Jul 2013

Our reporter Cameron Mercer continues his interview with Steve Smith, managing editor of the Thunderbolts Picture of the Day. The Earth-Sun connection, as part of the electrified heliosphere, makes clear that the Sun will never be properly understood apart from the electric currents through which planets and their satellites continually move.

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Published on 19 Jul 2013

Our reporter Cameron Mercer continues his interview with Steve Smith, managing editor of the Thunderbolts Picture of the Day. The Earth-Sun connection, as part of the electrified heliosphere, makes clear that the Sun will never be properly understood apart from the electric currents through which planets and their satellites continually move.

Thunderbolts Project Home: http://www.thunderbolts.info
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/thunderboltsp…
Picture of the Day: http://www.thunderbolts.info/wp/daily…
Electric Universe (Wal Thornhill): http://www.holoscience.com/wp/
Essential Guide to the Electric Universe:http://www.thunderbolts.info/wp/eg-co…

“Weed killers tied to depression in farmers” – study

Organic Farmer John Source: Treehugger.com

Kerry Grens writes about a new study conducted in France that showed that farmers who use weedkillers were more than two times as likely to suffer from depression.  This story reminds me of the ones about the alarming rates of Indian farmers’ suicides after the “Green revolution” took over there.

Grens writes:

Whether the weedkillers are causing depression “is not clear,” said Marc Weisskopf, the study’s lead author and an associate professor at the Harvard School of Public Health. “But (the result) suggests we should not be ignoring herbicides just because they’re targeting plants.”

Earlier research on depression and pesticides has focused on insecticides, particularly organophosphates, which are known to be toxic to nerve cells, said Weisskopf.

Monocrotophos, the insecticide that killed 23 school children in India this month, is an organophosphate, for example.

The use of pesticides has also been linked to Parkinson’s disease among farmers (see Reuters Health story of May 28, 2013 here:).

As part of a study on Parkinson’s disease, Weisskopf and his colleagues assessed the risks for depression with exposure to any kind of pesticide by surveying 567 French farmers about their use of fungicides, insecticides and herbicides.

The team conducted home visits to get a detailed assessment of chemical exposures, including going over bills for pesticide purchases, looking through farming calendars and inspecting old pesticide containers.

They also asked the farmers whether they had ever been treated for depression.

Weisskopf’s group reports in the American Journal of Epidemiology that 83 farmers, about 15 percent, said they had been treated for depression. Forty-seven of them had never used pesticides, while 36 had.

Among the farmers without Parkinson’s disease, 37 who had never used herbicides and 20 who had used the weedkillers reported being treated for depression.

There was no difference in the risk of having depression among the farmers who had used fungicides or insecticides, compared to those who hadn’t used any pesticide.

But when the researchers took into account factors linked with depression, such as age and cigarette smoking, they determined that those farmers exposed to weedkillers were nearly two and a half times as likely to have had depression.

Furthermore, farmers who had greater exposure – either more hours or longer years using herbicides – also had a greater chance of having depression than farmers who had used weedkillers less.

That kind of dose-response relationship is usually thought to support a connection – in this case, between the chemicals and depression. But this type of study cannot prove cause and effect.

One possibility that wasn’t ruled out is that the exposed farmers might have had other health conditions that affected their ability to work, which in turn made them vulnerable to depression.

“The health of the farmer is critical. If they can’t work, they get depressed,” said Cheryl Beseler, a researcher at Colorado State University, who was not involved in this study.

She said the study was otherwise very well done in terms of collecting information about the farmers’ past pesticide use.

The results do not apply to the average gardener, although Weisskopf said it will be valuable to better understand herbicides’ safety in farming and non-farming settings.

Read more here.  Read about the study at Oxford Journals online.

9 Year old girl becomes youngest chess master

Grant Welker reports for Boston.com:

Chess master Carissa Yip Source: extras.mnginteractive.com

CHELMSFORD, Mass. (AP) — Only three years or so since first picking up the game of chess, 9-year-old Carissa Yip can already look down at 93 percent of the more than 51,000 players registered with the U.S. Chess Federation.

She has risen so far up the rankings that she has reached the expert level at a younger age than anyone since the chess federation began electronic record-keeping in 1991, a new level she reached in recent weeks.

Her father, Percy, who taught her until she began beating him within a year, said she could reach master level in as soon as a year.

‘‘Some never reach master level,’’ he said. ‘‘From expert to master, it’s a huge jump.’’

But Carissa, who will be a fifth-grader at McCarthy Middle School this fall, has improved by leaps and bounds.

She first played competitively at the MetroWest Chess Club and Wachusett Chess Club, at the latter of which she’s the top-ranked player. Last fall, she competed in an international competition in Slovenia, and in December, she’ll play the World Youth Championships in the United Arab Emirates.

Carissa is hesitant when asked about her accomplishments, saying she doesn’t spend much time thinking about them.

But she also set a goal for herself this year to reach 2,100; an expert is anyone over 2,000. Anyone at 2,200 is a master. She also wants to one day become the first female to win the overall championship — not just in the female category, her father said.

‘‘It’s not like the rating matters,’’ Carissa said.

She later demonstrated her ability by playing with her back to the board, reading her moves to her father and keeping track of the whole board in her head. She has been called an intimidating player in an ironic way, because she’s far short of even 5 feet tall.

Her U.S. Chess Federation ranking places her in the top 7 percent of all players registered with the group and the top 2 percent of female players.

Read the rest, click here.

“Finger points to good research skills” – study

Source: bloggingblacklines.worpress.com

Polly Curtis writes for the Guardian, “Male scientists are good at research because they have the same hormone levels as women, according to new study involving the measurement of relative finger lengths.”

The study compares the length of the index finger with that of the ring finger in order to deduce balance of hormone levels within individuals.  Curtis cites previous studies that connect relative length of these two fingers with the left and right hemispheres of the brain and balance of hormones.  She reports:

Research into male scientists at Bath University has revealed that they have as much of the female hormone oestrogen as the male hormone testosterone, a combination more usual in women.

This, say the researchers, is why they are so clever.

Previous research has revealed that this unusual combination of hormones leads to better development of the right side of the brain which is where spatial and analytical skills are governed.

The study, which has been submitted to the British Journal of Psychology, also found that women social scientists tended to have higher levels of testosterone, making their brains closer to those of males in general.

The study drew on work over the last few years which established that the levels of oestrogen and testosterone a person has can be seen in the relative length of their index (second) and ring (fourth) fingers. The ratio of the lengths is set before birth and remains the same throughout life.

The length of fingers is genetically linked to the sex hormones, and a person with an index finger shorter than the ring finger will have had more testosterone while in the womb, and a person with an index finger longer than the ring finger will have had more oestrogen. The difference in the lengths can be small – as little as two or three per cent – but important.

A survey of the finger lengths of over 100 male and female academics at the University by senior psychology lecturer Dr Mark Brosnan has found that those men teaching hard science like mathematics and physics tend to have index fingers as long as their ring fingers, a marker for unusually high oestrogen levels for males.

It also found the reverse: those male academics with longer ring fingers than index fingers – the usual male pattern – tended not to be in science but in social science subjects such as psychology and education.

Read the full article, click here.