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feynman on beauty

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Enjoy the beauty of the mother nature while listening to comments from one of the great scientists of 20th century Richard Feynman.

See here how the idea of meshing Feynman’s views with beauty of nature, curious world and and even honors came by.

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November 7, 2011 at 10:48 am

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why do we get old?

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There are many theories of aging (hormonal, wear-and-tear, etc.), but only the overmineralization theory (video) explains why humans age at three different speeds:

  1. no biological aging during childhood years, characterized by using calcium, iron and copper in making new bones, red blood-cells and collagen;
  2. accumulation of minerals once childhood growth ceases and progressive aging as evidenced by buildup of lipofuscin;
  3. slight decline in the rate of aging in late life, which has been correlated with reaching a steady state of minerals.

Harvard research postulates that “root cause of aging” are sirtuins.

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October 19, 2011 at 9:19 am

high dose of “magic mushrooms” causes personality openness

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Single high dose of the hallucinogen psilocybin, active ingredient of “magic mushrooms,” was enough to cause a measureable personality change lasting at least a year in nearly 60% of the 51 participants, according to a new study.

Personality was measured on a scientifically validated personality scale, which psychologists consider constituents of personality: openness, extroversion, agreeableness, neuroticism, conscientiousness.

Lasting change was found only in “openness,” which includes traits related to imagination, aesthetics, feelings, abstract ideas and general broad-mindedness.

Researchers will now explore possibilities of using psilocybin for helping cancer patients handle the depression and long-time cigarette smokers to overcome their addiction.

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October 13, 2011 at 7:15 am

hip-hop, creativity and brain functionality

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Hip-hop, an artistic expression/culture formed during 70s in Bronx, is a combination of terms — “hip” was used in African-American vernacular English starting in 1898, meaning current or in the know, and “hop” from “to hop.”

Hip-hop was the creative coalescence of the then popular funk music, self-appointed disk-scratching DJs, break-dancing MCs, improv lyricist-rappers and complementary street art (graffiti) which visualized a culture tinged with social bias, racism and ethnic rebellion. It went mainstream in 1979 by “Rapper’s Delight.”

Creativity in street (hip-hop) and classic (jazz) musical traditions is now being employed by neuroscience in exploring brain performance during creative processes.

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October 4, 2011 at 6:59 am

future of human life and biomimicry

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4.5 billion years of evolution taught nature what works and what lasts.

We’ve been increasingly distancing ourselves from nature: agricultural revolution – grow stock and abandon hunting/gathering; scientific revolution – “torture nature for her secrets;” industrial revolution – machines replace muscles.

Biomimicry is the study of nature for solutions to our problems. Having 96% of our bodies built upon carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen, nature can teach us how to:

  • use only the energy needed
  • fit form to function
  • recycle everything
  • curb excesses from within
  • tap the power of limits
  • devise systems that can face unknown situations
  • update ourselves by feedback loops

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October 3, 2011 at 8:04 am

fungi can save the world

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Humans are more closely related to fungi than other kingdoms. Humans share same pathogens with fungi. Fungi don’t like rot from bacteria – our best antibiotics come from fungi. Fungi don’t need light, using radiation as energy source.

Fungi were first (1.3 billion years) organisms on Earth. Plants followed few hundred million years later.

Mycelium reduces oxalic acids/enzymes that pockmark rocks, forming calcium oxalates from minerals and CO2. First step to soil creation. Mycelium also converts cellulose into fungal sugar (ethanol).

Agarikon is essential for human health; it’s highly efficient against pox viruses and  flu viruses. Entomopathogenic fungi kill insects (ants/termites).

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September 28, 2011 at 6:59 am

stats about our universe

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Stats about our universe (in 199 words – didn’t make sense to split):

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September 27, 2011 at 9:38 am