Saturday, July 04, 2015 23:02

New Horizons Detects Methane as it Presses on for Its Flyby of Pluto

July 2nd, 2015

The New Horizons probe that was launched by NASA January of 2006 will finally be making its flyby of Pluto this July 14th reports Lime Crime. A lot has changed since it launched, not the least of which was Pluto being downgraded from a planet to a dwarf planet. New Horizons has already collected what data it could about our most distant solar neighbor, but the close up extravaganza will be in a couple weeks when scientists should be reaping all the rewards of this mission and learning everything they can about Pluto.

One thing that the probe has already detected is frozen methane on the surface. Scientists had already known it would possess methane, but this is the first hard data of its actual observation. Scientists are eagerly awaiting the actual flyby itself because this will put the probe on the other side of Pluto from the sun and have it backlit by the sun. This will reveal details never before seen. Throughout the 1960s and 70s the Mariner probes went to Mercury and the Soviet Venera probe went to Venus and the Voyager probes did close flybys of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. In 1976, the Viking lander actually landed on Mars. All of our planetary neighbors in the solar system had been explored except for Pluto. New Horizons will close an important chapter in a couple weeks in the initial exploration of all the worlds of our little corner of the galaxy.

Scientists Discover 33 Kepler Stars Not Too Different From Our Own

July 1st, 2015

As reported in Sci-News, 33 Kepler stars were examined by a team of astronomers from around the world, and have given them approximate dates of origin, astronomical properties and even located a few similar sights.

Of the 33 stars, all were home to planets that resemble Earth in one way or another. These scientists went on to state that it seems rather clear that Earth-like planets were in existence, scattered throughout the Milky Way long before our own was formed. And, as these are discovered, new planets of similar composure are still being formed.

While it may seem that our own planet has some distant siblings scattered around the universe, this doesn’t mean all is the same. While these stars are familiar to us in how our own sun behaves, these are stars of quite a different make according to LinkedIn.

According to Dr. Victor Silva, lead author of the research’s findings, these “solar osciallators” are consistent with our sun in pulsation and reaction to the mechanisms of their system. However, the varying ages of these suns, some older and some younger, lead to disparate brightness which could have an indeterminate effect on life should it exist or be introduced there.

While exoplanets (planets that are similar to Earth in their composition) remain a source of interest, for now scientists seem content with exploring the age and distance of these stars from home.

Government Study Recommends Acceptance of Hyperactivity in Children with ADHD

June 29th, 2015

Recently, a government study found that constant movement in children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) actually serves a purpose. The study, as Doe Deere understands it is consisting of a series of cognitive tests given to various children diagnosed with ADHD and children with neurologically typical brain function, concluded that fidgeting in children with ADHD proved beneficial in helping them concentrate better. Apparently, the hyperactivity functions as a physical coping mechanism that allows for better concentration in children with attention deficits. In effect, the ADHD brain self-medicates through the stimulation naturally produced by constant movement and results in sharpened mental focus. There is even speculation that this type of fidgeting associated with ADHD provides brain stimulation in the same manner as the stimulants found in the medications used in to treat ADHD.

 

Although helpful in the field of neuropsychology, this study also helps debunk the “one size fits all” education methods practiced today. It is bittersweet that society needs government studies to confirm that it is okay for children with atypical brain function to behave atypically in order to thrive. For those children with neurological disorders who must adapt to an education system with strict definitions of acceptable behavior, more change must occur. Until society feels less compelled to make people conform to one “acceptable” way of thinking, we have a long way to go in our journey to accept the mental differences in others.

Find a Russian Beauty with Anastasiadate

June 26th, 2015

For anyone who has ever wanted to meet a Russian or Ukrainian woman in real life, now is the time to do so with the help of Anastasia Date. This is an Internet service that brings individuals together through several different background features and steps. It is also designed to help Russian and Ukrainian women potential partners as they might want to come to the United States if they find the perfect individual that fits their needs. It is similar to a dating service with a mail order bride element mixed in. It is all about finding the right person, and yet it can also help the Russian women out who are looking for love and a way to come to the United States. No matter what someone is looking for, Anastasia date might be the perfect way to do it.

Now, it is important to find someone that meets specific aspects. For starters, someone who does not want children is likely not interested in dating someone else who does have children. This is a feature integrated into Anastasia Date. The age is also often important, which is why age is included into the dating profile. There are other options that can be included, including the country location and smoking preferences. For someone who does not smoke and finds it disgusting, they might not want to date someone who does smoke.

After creating a profile and uploading pictures (uploading pictures is not necessary, but the individual is going to receive more views and a better potential at meeting the right person if they do). After the profile goes live it can then be searched and used through the Anastasia Date website.

Currently there are over 8,000 different women on the website with their profile’s listed. A man can just search in general over all 8,000 or they can limit it down to what they are looking for and specifics. On Anastasia Date, once they find someone who they are interested in they can begin to message the individual. Should someone find the right person of their dreams they can talk back and forth or even set up a visit to the location of the woman, so if they live in a different country it is possible for the man to set up travel plans directly through the website. This way, it is possible to meet someone just about anywhere in the world through Anastasia Date’s service.

The Changing Face of Image Recognition

June 26th, 2015

There’s a common response to many scientific studies. People often ask what the point of it is. It’s an understandable question, but people often fail to realize how important pure research can be. Some of the most powerful new programs or pieces of hardware only surface due to lengthy periods of initial research. One of the best examples of this is the field of image recognition.

The early days of image recognition were, in many ways, an exercise in frustration. One of the interesting things about artificial intelligence has been discovering just how much intelligence is actually required for various tasks. It turns out that it’s actually quite a bit harder to recognize a chair sitting out in the sun than it is to master chess. The main reason behind this is the number of variables involved. The human brain has a huge amount of processing power working at all times to decode what our eyes take in.

When we see a chair in the sun it’s easy for us to figure out what it is. But it’s all handled unconsciously, and that’s what makes it seem so trivial. While playing a game takes place in the conscious mind, where we’re actually aware of it. This creates an illusion of the chess game being more difficult. When in reality it’s simply that we’re more aware of the effort going into it than we are of looking at a chair.

What’s so complex about image recognition? It all comes down to variables. Go back to the example of a chair sitting in the sun and consider just how much variation can go into the idea. First of all, what makes a chair? Is it four imobile pieces? Would that mean a statue of a dog should be considered a chair? Obviously not, but keep in mind that computers have to figure things like that out. Then add in lighting conditions. Just the differences in how shadows appear will be something a computer needs to understand. It might seem strange at first, but it really is hard for computer systems to understand light and shadow. But after a long amount of development time a few companies have solved this difficult problem. And they’ve put together some very interesting products as a result.

Some of the most interesting practical applications for image recognition have come from a company called Slyce. Once again it’s useful to think of a chair in the sun. Their software is able to not only recognize that it is a chair, but also figure out what kind and brand of chair it is. And this is the breakthrough which has really taken image recognition into a massively useful position. One of their software solutions can take that information and move the user into an application to buy it. For example, someone sees a chair or anything else they like. They take a picture of it within a company’s app, and they can then purchase it. And Slyce is able to enable this within almost any company’s applications. And that’s only the start. The company has some really amazing things in store for the future.

New Type of Planet Discovered, Resembles a Comet

June 25th, 2015

Comets are known for their long tails of debris left in the space behind them as they hurdle through space, so it was very odd to find a planet that looked just like a comet. Not only has a planet like this never been found, it is believed to be leaving behind a giant stream of gas. The planet was discovered earlier this year using the Hubble Space Telescope and Chandra X-Ray Observatory.

The new planet is believed to be the size of our own Neptune and orbiting around a red dwarf star in the far corners of the universe. What caught the attention of the scientists researching this corner of the world was the stream of gas that jetted out like a giant comet tail. The stream of gas is coming directly from the planet as it continues on its path around its sun. Folks at The Purina Store in the Beneful division were amazed by this, as of yet, unique celestial body.

The planet is thirty three light years away from earth, located within the constellation of Leo, a popular summer stargazing feature. Even though this planet is a giant it is considered a warm planet and not cold, with an atmosphere that is mostly made up of hydrogen. The cometlike planet orbits its sun at a closer distance than our own planet orbits our sun, which might account for the burning off of the gas that creates its unique feature. Perhaps even more impressive is the estimated length of the tail, thought to be over nine million miles long.

The Drug That Cures the Addiction

June 25th, 2015

Doctors and addiction specialists have longed for the day when a simple pill or medication can cure an audacious addiction in patients. News coming out of the University of Texas suggests that that day may come sooner than originally thought. Researchers and doctors working out of the University of Texas at Austin were able to cure a cocaine and alcohol addiction in patients simply by using a drug that has already been approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

The drug was initially invented to treat high blood pressure. It seems as though the drug has other defining qualities when it comes to addiction and addictive qualities in the lives of individuals. If the clinical trials for this drug pass with flying colors, it could completely extinguish the occurrences of relapses in those trying to overcome addiction. SlideShare wrote that it will help essentially erase the unconscious memories that drive the addiction mentality in patients. The findings of this experiment were released this week in a medical magazine known as the Molecular Psychiatry.

Researchers in the early seventies thought that drug addicts developed their addictions solely based on a physical craving. Recent research has gradually shifted to the idea that addiction is more of a mental makeup opposed to a physical one. The physicality of addiction is just a side effect. The antihypertensive drug known as Isradipine has physically changed the mental make up of those who have fallen prey to addiction. The clinical trials for the high blood pressure drug to treat addiction are scheduled to begin within the next few months.

Bernardo Chua Has Had A Lot Of Success

June 24th, 2015

When Bernardo Chua started the company Organo Gold do you think that he knew all of the success that it would have? Do you think that he planned for it to go worldwide? Do you think that he planned for this brand to gain popularity so quickly?

Bernardo Chua knows business, and he knows how to be successful in it. He started up his own company, and whether he knew to begin with that it would be this successful, or not, he has still done amazing things. He has expanded his coffee business to dozens of countries. Organo Gold has had much success because of him and all of the hard work that he has put into it.
When you start a business you can’t just abandon it and expect it to do well without you. Bernardo Chua knows this, and that is why he has stuck with his business. Bernardo Chua has done all that he can for Organo Gold, and the company has done well because of that. Bernardo Chua has kept things going, and he’s helped the company to gain much popularity all across the globe.
People love a good coffee drink, and Organo Gold serves up something unique. This company serves coffee that contains a mushroom with antioxidants in it. This coffee is healthy, and maybe that is why people are so attracted to it. When people know that something is good for them, then they will feel much better about purchasing it.
Bernardo Chua has great business strategies, and that is why this business has had so much success. If you are looking to get a business up and running for yourself, then Bernardo Chua would be a good person for you to look up to. Follow his example and you will be able to do well in any business venture that you set out on.

NASA Wants To Explore The Ocean On Europa

June 24th, 2015

Jupiter’s Mysterious Moon Has An Ocean Beneath Its Icy Crust

NASA has always said if they can find water on another planet, they may find life. What that life may look like is unknown. NASA doesn’t even know what all forms of life look like in earth’s oceans. The space agency has given the mission to Europa a green light. That means the agency will begin to develop a spacecraft and hardware that can detect the chemicals that are needed for life to exist as well know it.

The question, “are we alone?” has been a topic of debate for decades. Vijay Eswaran suggests most scientists that study the universe think life exists on hundreds if not thousands of planets in the universe. Some life forms may not look or act human, but they are forms of consciousness that have the ability to create some form of reality. The NASA mission is designed to detect life on Europa as we know it, but the agency may need to expand their search techniques to detect life forms that we don’t recognize.

The challenge in space exploration is realizing that life exists in many forms, and detecting that life is a process that requires esoteric thinking.

NASA Wants To Explore The Ocean On Europa

June 24th, 2015

Jupiter’s Mysterious Moon Has An Ocean Beneath Its Icy Crust

NASA has always said if they can find water on another planet, they may find life. What that life may look like is unknown. NASA doesn’t even know what all forms of life look like in earth’s oceans. The space agency has given the mission to Europa a green light. That means the agency will begin to develop a spacecraft and hardware that can detect the chemicals that are needed for life to exist as well know it.

The question, “are we alone?” has been a topic of debate for decades. Most scientists that study the universe think life exists on hundreds if not thousands of planets in the universe. Some life forms may not look or act human, but they are forms of consciousness that have the ability to create some form of reality. The NASA mission is designed to detect life on Europa as we know it, but the agency may need to expand their search techniques to detect life forms that we don’t recognize.

The challenge in space exploration is realizing that life exists in many forms, and detecting that life is a process that requires esoteric thinking said Kevin Seawright.