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I’m not sure this is something that really needed thorough empirical research. Everyone who was perseverent enough to master the arts of meditation can immediately recognise beneficial effects even after a few sessions.

Perhaps it’s all about just giving your mind a break to recollect itself, we are shot at with so much bulk after all. I’m looking forward to the time when I’ll have enough courage and will to just sit down and deal with my mind’s demons.

Namaste!

via New Scientist

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The government will open the siteĀ  next year with organised tours that do not include ‘dangerous spots’. Now, perhaps I am exaggerating, but my stomach gets a bad feeling about this. It’s like throwing a party next to your mother’s grave stone.

via The Guardian

 

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I believe there is a big revolution on its way, whether it’s the education reform in the States, the tuition fee protests in London, the technology revolution or the economic shift towards the Orient; major changes are taking place everywhere around us, with people becoming more aware of what is happening. 2012 prophecies or not, we are dramatically undergoing a process of reconfiguration. Whether for the better or not, I welcome change; stagnation is involution in my view.

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28 Nov ’10: WikiLeaks releases US embassy cables.

29 Nov-06 Dec ’10: Praise and criticism regarding the disclosure.

07 Dec ’10: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange arrested in the UK.

08 Dec ’10: WikiLeaks supporters hack into MasterCard, PayPal and Visa systems causing them to shut down, following their refusal to process donations or payments made for WikiLeaks

I call that crowd accelerated innovation.

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A team from the NASA Astrobiology Institute found bacteria that use arsenic in cells in place of the phosphorous in Mono Lake, California. The breakthrough reveals new possible forms of life on other planets that scientists might have failed to research because it didn’t contain the six known elements to support life on Earth: carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, oxygen, sulfur, and phosphorus.

The research article, published in ScienceMag at the beginning of November, anticipates the find of the GFAJ-1 bacterium to ‘have profound evolutionary and geochemical significance’.

Earlier this week a robot reproducing itself without human intervention was revealed by researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute, taking us one step closer to a computer dominated world.

I wonder what all these discoveries lead to; surely they must converge somewhere.

via Wired

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Carbon dioxide emissions are on the rise again now that economy has recovered, while a study at the University of Exeter claims this year’s figures are reaching record levels. Apparently there has been a decrease in 2008 and 2009, however it is believed only because of the economic downturn.

We should get used to this: there just can’t be a problem-freeĀ  world. Life can only exist on a solid yet vulnerable balance.

via Wired

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It looks like the glaciers are melting at a greater speed than predicted. While we’re all doing our bit to fight global warming, my hunch is that it’s up to the geoengineering squad to come up with a solution that will ease up the future rise in the sea levels.

via NYTimes

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Fact: four out of the six billion people on Earth now own a cell phone.

Advantages: particularly in developing countries cell phones enable commerce, banking, war waging, communication (where it was previously impossible), democracy and free speech.

Question: Will social habits in third world countries change as a result?

via Newsweek

Daryl Bem of Cornell University in Ithaca, New York has finally managed to scientifically prove the existence of precognition after eight years of experiments involving more than 1000 volunteers.

I know most of us find it rather a sci-fi topic, however I’m sure everyone has experienced at least once such a case; thinking of a friend and then receiving a call from him/her a few minutes later, dying for a cigarette with no money on you and then finding a pack on tube stairs. These things happen and it’s all a bit too impressive to call them coincidences.

Experts have greatly debated that future sight truly exists but now thorough experiments and data collection has made it possible for such a claim to be approved by the toughest sceptics. Dem’s paper will be published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology before the end of the year

via New Scientist