Researchers Create Body Atlas Of Human Emotions

Researchers Create Body Atlas Of Human Emotions

Emotions play into our everyday lives and are wide-ranging. Research looking into human emotions is helpful in furthering understanding of how we are all wired. Emotional states can produce various physiological changes, and a new study showed that emotions are connected to certain reactions that can be measured in the body. Published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 701 participants were involved in the study which included body mapping assessments as related to certain human emotions. The reactions were found to be similarly felt across the participants, who resided in different parts of the globe. Language and… read more

Commercial Airline Flights To Monitor Weather

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Beginning with a fleet of Southwest Airline commercial jets, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Aeronautical Radio Incorporated (ARINC), will install a series of water vapor sensors on the jets to map weather conditions. These sensors will provide data back to the NOAA and other agencies, allowing them to predict weather patterns and monitor climate change. Check out a video explanation: This is a first for the commercial airline industry, and also a giant innovative step forward for the natural science field. Southwest’s fleet of jets will be able to cover our nation’s airspace faster than individual jets… read more

Robotic Muscle Thousand Times Stronger Than Humans

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Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have invented a robotic “muscle” that’s 1,000 times stronger than human muscle. It’s an incredible creation, and could allow the muscle to lift and throw an object 50 times its weight and five times its length. Here’s a short video demoing the muscle: If the muscle performs as expected, it could be used in everything from robots to human prosthetic limbs, as well as exo-skeleton machines for the military. Individuals with damaged muscles would finally be able to function normally again, and those born without limbs and/or individuals who’ve… read more

Woman Evicted For Living Off The Grid

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Just last month, authorities in a Florida city evicted a woman for her “alternative lifestyle” in her paid-for home. Check out the video: This display of ignorance from the city authorities has not gone unnoticed, and after the story was released, an outpouring of support for the woman came from those in the community as well as others who read the story online. It’s the year 2014, yet this story and more like it makes it seem like we’ve traveled back a century in time. If individuals can’t practice “alternative lifestyles” that do no harm to local communities and environments,… read more

Energy from Algae

Algae Energy

An increasingly energy thirsty world craves transportation fuels, lucrative oils to run factories, and energy to supply the astounding amount of electronic devices that are proliferating. There is a great need for a new sustainable energy resource.  Algae can contain high levels of oils, carbohydrates, sugars and proteins, and can be used to produce renewable fuel, animal feed, and human food. Algae is used to run electricity to homes in Arizona and shows great possibility for a future in biodiesel. Heterotrophic microalgae are grown in large fermenters using sugar or starch, similar to the corn ethanol fermentation already providing almost 10… read more

Neat Projects Inspired By Ocean Plastic

Neat Projects Inspired By Ocean Plastics

The issue of plastic pollution in the oceans is a growing concern. Understanding the need for awareness, some have initiated interesting projects that turn litter into new objects and ideas. A few years back, the vacuum company Electrolux came up with a line of vacuum cleaners that were made from recovered ocean plastics. They were not for sale due to the high cost of producing them, but were created to initiate a Vac from the Sea project that would bring attention to the vast amount of plastic pollution in the world’s oceans. Plastics were collected globally for the campaign and assembled… read more

Ice Castles: An Extraordinary Exhibit

Ice Castles: An Extraordinary Exhibit

These incredible ice formations are breathtaking. Natural wonders, like masses of arctic ice, are amazing. These iced wonders however, are not naturally formed – they are made from hand. Brent Christensen, an artist and sculptor, had the idea to create the formations when his family relocated and winter temperatures led to adventures in the backyard, complete with an ice skating rink, cave and castle that his children termed the “Ice Castle”. Initially he began creating the ice designs to entertain his family during the winter season. The idea evolved, and now teams of sculptors work on the structures for several… read more

Step Forward Paper: A Step In The Right Direction

Step Forward Paper: A Step In The Right Direction

Prairie Paper Ventures, Inc. is a privately owned establishment initiated by environmental advocate and actor Woody Harrelson over 15 years ago. The paper company makes its product by using a sustainable mix of wheat straw and recycled fibers, which they call Step Forward Paper. 80% of the paper is made from the blend, and it does not use any portion of the food supply, nor does it use trees. It is also Forest Stewardship Council certified by the Rainforest Alliance. For now it is made in India at an ecomill that has shown to have the ability to sustainably produce… read more

The Wellness Of Water

Water Table Pollutants

The water on Earth is contained within a constant cycle. Water has been here since ancient times and will hopefully remain well into the future. Unfortunately, any contaminants in the water remain within the systemic cycles unless they are filtered out. From the waste created by bottled water to chemicals and medicines going down drains, water pollution doesn’t just affect the water. It disrupts the entire water table which can cause environmental damage and developmental issues. The water table is configured of rainwater that sifts underground providing water supplies to springs, lakes and waterways. Merriam-Webster’s visual dictionary has a diagram that… read more

Uses For Leftover Wrapping Paper

Uses For Leftover Wrapping Paper

Wrapping paper is often pretty and shiny, but after the gifts are all open it is left ripped and forgotten. Aside from recycling it, there are actually many other ways to make use of it. For one, it is perfect for packing up ornaments that are fragile or made from glass. Also, it can be shredded for packing items, or used to fill gift baskets. Scraps can be saved up and used for crafting homemade cards, gift tags and stationary. Martha Stewart has 17 suggestions for reusing gift wrap. Ideas like wrapping household items for a decorative touch, using it for… read more