06 junho 2015



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Into the Void

Fifty years ago, on June 3, 1965, Edward White stepped out of the orbiting Gemini 4 spacecraft to become the first US astronaut to walk in space. White is captured in this photo taken by mission commander James McDivit from inside the capsule as White's spacewalk began over the Pacific Ocean on Gemini 4's third orbit. Planet Earth, spacecraft, and tether are reflected in White's gold tinted helmet visor. A gas powered manuevering gun is held in his right hand. Though the gun ran out of gas after only 3 minutes, he continued to manuever by twisting his body and pulling on the tether for the remainder of the 23 minute long Extra Vehicular Activity. White later described his historic spacewalk as the most comfortable part of the mission, and said the order to end it was the "saddest moment" of his life.

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Ever wondered what happened to that kid from The Bobo Doll...

Ever wondered what happened to that kid from The Bobo Doll Experiment?

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comet and solar corona, photographed by soho, 19th february...

comet and solar corona, photographed by soho, 19th february 2015.

39 images, taken over 9 hours, of c/2015 d1 (soho) at perihelion. this comet was found in soho images by amateur astronomer worachate boonplod, becoming the 2,875th comet discovered by soho.

in a few places (e.g. at center right) you can just make out background stars moving diagonally (bottom right toward top left). the dotted path that the comet appears to follow is an artifact of my image processing - one that will hopefully be eliminated in future.

image credit: nasa/soho. animation: ageofdestruction.

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Haunting Photos of the Abandoned 1984 Winter Olympics Facilities...

the abandoned medal platform

the ski jumps

the apartments where world-class athletes stayed

the bobsled track, with Sarajevo's logo looking over its overgrowth

the overgrown bobsled track

Zetra Ice rink, where the speed skating competition was held.

that's Vucko, the official mascot of the 1984 games

the olympic rings on the old tower

Haunting Photos of the Abandoned 1984 Winter Olympics Facilities (Sarajevo)

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Shakespeare’s observations and insight into human behavior never ceases to amaze me.

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A new perspective on Phantom Eye Syndrome Researchers from...

A new perspective on Phantom Eye Syndrome

Researchers from the University of Liverpool have found that approximately half of patients who have an eye removed because of a form of eye cancer experience `phantom eye syndrome.’

Patients with the condition experience “seeing” and pain in the eye that is no longer there. Researchers assessed 179 patients whose eye had been removed as a result of a cancer, called intraocular melanoma.

They found that more than a third of the patients experienced phantom eye symptoms every day. In most patients, the symptoms ceased spontaneously, but some patients reported that they have to do something to stop the sensation, such as distracting themselves or blinking.

Pattern and colours

The ‘phantom’ sensations often start several weeks after the eye is removed, eventually subsiding over time. Most see only patterns or colours, but some feel they see people and scenes.

More than one-in-four reported that they sometimes feel that they can even see what is actually happening around them. A similar number feel pain in the non-existent eye.

The researchers found that a fifth of patients find these sensations pleasurable, but a similar number are disturbed by them.

Largest study

Health psychologist Laura Hope-Stone, from the University’s Institute of Psychology, Health and Society (IPHS) who led the research, said: “To our knowledge, this is the largest study of phantom symptoms in patients who have lost an eye for intraocular melanoma.

“We carried out the study because many patients have told me about symptoms like this when I see them after surgery for psychological support, but we did not know exactly how common they are.”

Health psychologist, Dr Steve Brown, also from IPHS, added: “The size of the study means we can now tell whether certain kinds of people are more likely to have phantom symptoms.

“They are most common in younger patients, and having pain in the non-existent eye is more likely in patients who are anxious or depressed, although we don’t yet know why that’s the case.”


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Eminent figures in psychology 

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The terms “Idiot,” “Imbecile,” and “Moron” are all medical definitions for people with certain IQ...

The terms “Idiot,” “Imbecile,” and “Moron” are all medical definitions for people with certain IQ ranges. Idiot ranges from 0-20, imbecile from 21-50 and moron from 51-70.

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June 6th 1844: YMCA foundedOn this day in 1844, the Young Men’s...

George Williams (1821 - 1905)

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June 6th 1844: YMCA founded

On this day in 1844, the Young Men’s Christian Association was founded in London. Founded by draper George Williams, the association was intended to promote the welfare of workers by spreading Christian values. In its first years, the YMCA expanded across London to help urban workers, establishing public education classes. In the 1850s it spread outside London, reaching other British cities and then expanding abroad, with a YMCA established in Boston, America in 1851. By the turn of the century, YMCA was a fully fledged international organisation, running summer camps and gyms around the world; in the 1890s, the American YMCA invented basketball and volleyball. In 1894, George Williams was knighted by Queen Victoria for his philanthropic efforts. In the years during and after the First World War, the YMCA sought to assist troops both on the battlefield and in finding work after the war. In the 1960s, they began to establish youth clubs, which increasingly focused on helping those from disadvantaged backgrounds. Today, the YMCA has over 58 million members in 119 countries worldwide.

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