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December 15, 2017

National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day

Thursday December 14, 2017     11:00 AM EST

Ellie's World Blogs
Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting Five Years Later - Anxiety, Depression
The TV Wives of Keifer Sutherland

Christmas Sing-along "Jingle Bell Rock"
National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day - December 15, 2017
Geminids Meteor Showers Peak
Ellie's 12.12 Hanukkah 2017, Family, Neighbors, El-Sherif, Egypt, More
When You Can't Be There ... John's Holiday Decorations

Nasa is holding a briefing at 1:00pm ET to reveal a new finding   Daily Mail - December 14, 2017

Geologists report new discoveries about Kansas, Oklahoma earthquakes   PhysOrg - December 14, 2017

Wi-fi and cellphones increase pregnant women's risk of a miscarriage by nearly 50%, study reveals   Daily Mail - December 14, 2017

Will Trump send Americans to the Moon? Money talks: experts   PhysOrg - December 14, 2017

Dark energy survey offers new view of dark matter halos, physicists report   PhysOrg - December 14, 2017

East Antarctic Ice Sheet has history of instability   Science Daily - December 14, 2017

Antarctic Microbes Can Survive on Air Alone   Live Science - December 14, 2017

Why There's No Place Like Home for the Holidays   Live Science - December 14, 2017

Mummified Egyptian Woman's Portrait Mapped in Incredible Detail   Live Science - December 14, 2017

That 'Feeling in Your Bones' Has Nothing to Do with the Weather   Live Science - December 14, 2017

Is this the day the ‘free internet’ dies? Or is it all just another Y2K?   NBC - December 14, 2017

Today's Events, Birthdays and Quotes

December 12-15, 2017

Geminid Meteor Showers

  Google Videos

'Magical' images reveal the Geminid meteor shower lighting up night skies around the world with up to 150 shooting stars every hour  
Daily Mail - December 14, 2017

Geminids Meteor shower Dec. 12 -15, 2017  
SETI - December 13, 2017

Geminids meteor shower to peak tonight  
Daily Mail - December 13, 2017

In ancient times and prophecies, the Geminid meteor showers,
arriving close to Christmas, were revered by some people as
harbingers of peace and a prophecy of rebirth for humanity.

For others, the Geminids brought fear, represented as
a cleansing of the human experience by the creator.

December 14, 1969

Natascha McElhone

  Natascha McElhone Google Videos

Natascha McElhone is an award winning
English-Irish actress. Filmography

I have a massive divide between being a competent human being
and being completely hopeless, when it comes to logic.

Natascha McElhone Quotes

December 14, 1988

Vanessa Hudgens

  Vanessa Hudgens Google Videos

Vanessa Hudgens is an award winning
American actress and singer.
Discography -- Filmography

Confidence is key. Sometimes, you need to look like you're confident even when you're not.

Vanessa Hudgens Quotes

December 14, 1977

KaDee Strickland

  KaDee Strickland Google Videos

KaDee Strickland is an award winning
American actress. Filmography

My preference is to work on material that I love
and will learn something new from.

KaDee Strickland Quotes

December 14, 1946 - March 29, 2016

Patty Duke

  Patty Duke Google Videos

Patty Duke was an award winning American
actress of stage and film. Filmography

Reality is hard. It is no walk in the park, this thing called Life.

Patty Duke Quotes

December 14, 1503 - July 2, 1566

Nostradamus was a French physician and reputed seer
who published collections of prophecies called Quatrains

Nostradamus Crystalinks

  Nostradamus Google Videos

Whatever human changes may be to come should scandalize delicate ears, the
whole thing is written in nebulous form, rather than as a clear prophecy of any kind.

Nostradamus Quotes 1

Nostradamus Quotes 2

Wednesday December 13, 2017     7:00 PM EST

Healthy eating linked to kids' happiness   Science Daily - December 13, 2017

The oldest plesiosaur was a strong swimmer   Science Daily - December 13, 2017

Major space mystery solved using data from student satellite   PhysOrg - December 13, 2017
A 60-year-old mystery regarding the source of some energetic and potentially damaging particles in Earth's radiation belts is now solved using data from a shoebox-sized satellite built and operated by University of Colorado Boulder students.

Spanning disciplines in the search for life beyond Earth   PhysOrg - December 13, 2017

Peru: Face of Ancient Queen Revealed for First Time   National Geographic - December 13, 2017

Fibre-optic cables could be laid along Britain's busiest motorways to cut traffic jams by beaming live travel information to car dashboards   Daily Mail - December 13, 2017

Can we predict when the next super volcano will blow? 'Tipping point' in magma that triggers explosive eruptions is discovered by scientists   Daily Mail - December 13, 2017

A holiday in space? Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin successfully test flies its 6-seater capsule with 'the biggest windows in space' - and it could take tourists into orbit next year using its reusable rocket   Daily Mail - December 13, 2017

Tasting colors? Synesthesia induced with hypnosis   Science Daily - December 13, 2017

Autism therapy: Social behavior restored via brain stimulation   Science Daily - December 13, 2017

Can AI Eye Scan Reveal What Ails You?   Live Science - December 13, 2017

Firefighters May Face Additional Foe: Increased Skin Cancer Risk   Live Science - December 13, 2017

Icy Images: Antarctica Will Amaze You in Incredible Aerial Views   Live Science - December 13, 2017

Giant Penguin: This Ancient Bird Was As Tall As a Refrigerator   Live Science - December 13, 2017

Ancient Jellyfish Embryos Curled Up Like Accordions   Live Science - December 13, 2017

  Warmer Arctic is the 'new normal'   BBC - December 13, 2017


Humans can feel molecular differences between nearly identical surfaces   Science Daily - December 13, 2017

175 years on, study finds where you live still determines your life expectancy   Science Daily - December 13, 2017

Minnesota Lt. Gov. Tina Smith to replace Al Franken in the Senate   CNN - December 13, 2017

Trump backer Omarosa is leaving the White House   CNN - December 13, 2017

  Alabama upset: What Jones victory over Moore means for Trump   BBC - December 13, 2017

  Roy Moore defeat: Five consequences of Alabama election   BBC - December 13, 2017

  Alabama election: Democrat Jones defeats Roy Moore in Senate upset   BBC - December 13, 2017


  2018 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame   Rockhall - December 13, 2017

The Voice recap: 'Live Semi-Final Results'   - December 13, 2017

TV Characters Who Died in 2017   Zimbio - December 13, 2017

Harry Potter and the Portrait of What Looked Like a Large Pile of Ash   Daily Mail - December 13, 2017

Today's Events, Birthdays and Quotes

December 13, 1989

Taylor Swift

  Taylor Swift Google Videos

Taylor Swift is an award winning American
country singer-songwriter and actress.
Filmography -- Discography

I've never thought about songwriting as a weapon. I've only thought about it as a way
to help me get through love and loss and sadness and loneliness and growing up.

Taylor Swift Quotes

December 13, 1967

Jamie Foxx

  Jamie Foxx Google Videos

Jamie Foxx is an award winning American actor, singer
songwriter, rapper, stand-up comedian, and talk radio host.
Filmography -- Discography

If you look at how long the Earth has been here,
we're living in the blink of an eye.
So, whatever it is you want to do, you go out and do it.

Jamie Foxx Quotes

December 13, 1957

Steve Buscemi

  Steve Buscemi Google Videos

Steve Buscemi is an award winning
American actor, writer, and director. Filmography

Anything you write, even if you have to start over, is valuable.
I let the story write itself through the characters.

Steve Buscemi Quotes

December 13, 1950

Wendie Malick

  Wendie Malick Google Videos

Wendie Malick is an award winning
American model. Filmography

Every time you get something, give something away.

Wendie Malick Quotes

December 13, 1929

Christopher Plummer

  Christopher Plummer Google Videos

Christopher Plummer is an award winning Canadian
theatre, film and television actor. Filmography

I'm too old-fashioned to use a computer.

I'm too old-fashioned to use a quill.

Christopher Plummer Quotes

December 13, 1925

Dick Van Dyke

  Dick Van Dyke Google Videos

Dick Van Dyke is an award winning American actor,
comedian, writer, and producer. Filmography

Women will never be as successful as men

because they have no wives to advise them.

The Dick Van Dyke Show

Dick Van Dyke Quotes

December 13, 1805 - August 6, 1879

Johann von Lamont

  Earth's Magnetic Field Google Videos

Johann von Lamont was a German astronomer and physicist.
His most important work was on the magnetism of the Earth.

Magneticosphere - Earth's Magnetic Field

One of the most fascinating natural phenomena on Earth
is the flipping of its magnetic field, which

has occurred hundreds of times in the last 160 million years.

Johann von Lamont

Tuesday December 12, 2017     7:00 PM EST

What women really want: How strong arms, a muscular torso and being 6ft tall are considered the most attractive   Daily Mail - December 12, 2017

California Thomas Fire: No end in sight for week-long wildfire   BBC - December 12, 2017

When even 280 characters isn't enough: Twitter launches 'tweetstorm' threads feature to break up long posts   Daily Mail - December 12, 2017

The American space agency's New Horizons mission has struck distant gold again   BBC - December 12, 2017

Giant smoke-generated mushroom cloud above California mountains causes huge updraft and threatens to spread wildfires even further as devastated area is now larger than NYC and Boston combined   Daily Mail - December 12, 2017

  Jupiter Great Red Spot has deep roots   BBC - December 12, 2017

The incredible map that reveals how green America really is: Stunning new visualization plots forest cover in the US   Daily Mail - December 12, 2017

Action games expand the brain's cognitive abilities, study suggests   Science Daily - December 12, 2017

Are we all aliens? Scientists create life's building blocks in a space-like environment suggesting we were created from interstellar dust   Daily Mail - December 12, 2017

Life's building blocks observed in space-like environment   Science Daily - December 12, 2017

Ancient Tomb Full of 'Soup Bowls' & Food Vessels Discovered in China   Live Science - December 12, 2017

  5 things to watch in Alabama's Senate election   CNN - December 12, 2017

  NYC subway suspect Akayed Ullah had baby son in June   NBC - December 12, 2017

  San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee dead at 65   CNN - December 12, 2017

Today's Events, Birthdays and Quotes

December 12, 1531

12/12 is the Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe when an Apparition of Mother Mary appeared to Juan Diego near Mexico City on December 9, 1531. The Virgin told Juan Diego to gather flowers from the top of Tepeyac Hill, where he found Castilian roses, not native to Mexico, blooming in December on the normally barren hilltop. The Virgin arranged the flowers in his tilma or cloak. When Juan Diego opened his cloak before Bishop Zumarraga on December 12, the flowers fell to the floor. On the fabric was the image of the Virgin of Guadalupe.

December 12, 1915 - May 14, 1998

Frank Sinatra

Frank Sinatra Google Videos

Francis Sinatra was an award winning
American singer and film actor.
Discography -- Filmography

Cock your hat ... Angles are attitudes.

I'm not one of those complicated, mixed-up cats.
I'm not looking for the secret to life.
I just go on from day to day, taking what comes.

I'm gonna live till I die.

Frank Sinatra Quotes 1

Frank Sinatra Quotes 2

December 12, 1970

Jennifer Connelly

  Jennifer Connelly Google Videos

Jennifer Connelly is an award winning American
film actress and former child model. Filmography

You don't want to get rid of your experiences,
because they're your experiences - good or bad.

Jennifer Connelly Quotes

December 12, 1975

Mayim Bialik

  Mayim Bialik Google Videos

Mayim Bialik is an award winning
American actress. Filmography

Do as much learning and living outside of your industry as possible.
Help those in need and volunteer when you can.
Studying something of value can also be very empowering and helpful.

Mayim Bialik Quotes

December 12, 1968

Rory Kennedy

  Rory Kennedy Google Videos

Rory Kennedy is an award winning documentary filmmaker and producer.
Youngest of the eleven children of U.S. Senator Robert F. Kennedy

Having grown up in the country's most scrutinized and documented family,
early on I learned that I could turn the lens outward to affect social change.

Rory Kennedy Quotes

December 12, 1927 - June 3, 1990

Robert Noyce nicknamed the "Mayor of Silicon Valley" co-founded
Fairchild Semiconductor in 1957 and Intel Corporation in 1968.

  Robert Noyce Google Videos

I was trying to solve a production problem.
I wasn't trying to make an integrated circuit.

Robert Noyce

December 12, 1924 - February 1, 2013

Ed Koch

  Ed Koch Google Videos

Ed Koch was an American lawyer, politician, and political commentator
who served the United States House of Representatives from 1969 to 1977
and three terms as mayor of New York City from 1978 to 1989.

How'm I doin'?

Ed Koch Quotes

Monday December 11, 2017     5:00 PM EST

Early human ancestors started migrating around the world far earlier than scientists thought   - December 11, 2017

Here's How Far The Apollo 17 Astronauts Drove On The Moon   Jalopnik - December 11, 2017

President Trump Is Sending NASA Back To The Moon   NPR - December 11, 2017

Astronomers Will Scan Mystery Interstellar Object to Make Sure It’s Not a Spaceship   Extreme Tech - December 11, 2017

Pacific 'baby island' is natural lab to study Mars   BBC - December 11, 2017

  Thomas Fire in SoCal Sets Records - December 11, 2017

Alien Probe or Galactic Driftwood? SETI Tunes In to 'Oumuamua   Scientific American - December 11, 2017

Mystery as NASA reveals it will make a 'major' alien-hunting announcement on Thursday after teaming up with Google's AI in the search for habitable planets   Daily Mail - December 11, 2017

Selecting sounds: How the brain knows what to listen to   Medical Express - December 11, 2017

A global north-to-south shift in wind power by end of century   PhysOrg - December 11, 2017

Tiny ice losses at Antarctica's fringes can accelerate ice loss far away   PhysOrg - December 11, 2017

Subway paleontology: LA construction unearths fossil trove   PhysOrg - December 11, 2017

Nuclear technology unlocks 50-million-year-old time capsules   PhysOrg - December 11, 2017

Archaeologist finds world's oldest funereal fish hooks   PhysOrg - December 11, 2017

Apple gives a rare private demo of its driverless car system that uses lasers to detect pedestrians and cyclists from a distance   Daily Mail - December 11, 2017

Former Facebook executive, who has banned his own children from the site, says social media is ripping society apart by manipulating users   Daily Mail - December 11, 2017

Mt Hope installed as 'UK's highest peak'   BBC - December 11, 2017

Ancient Rock Art Mapped in Amazing Detail, Revealing 300-Foot Snake   Live Science - December 11, 2017

The ‘Out of Africa’ Story of Human Migration Is Undergoing Major Revision   Seeker - December 11, 2017

The Greatest Clash in Egyptian Archaeology May Be Fading, But Anger Lives On   Smithsonian - December 11, 2017

Today's Events, Birthdays and Quotes

December 11, 1996

Hailee Steinfeld

  Hailee Steinfeld Google Videos

Hailee Steinfeld is an award winning
American actress. Filmography

My mom taught me to live by the three p's:
to always be passionate, persistent, and prepared.

Hailee Steinfeld Quotes

December 11, 1967


  Mo'Nique Google Videos

Mo'Nique is an award winning American
comedienne and actress. Filmography

In nature, as in life, nothing is perfect and everything is perfect.
Trees can be contorted, bent in weird ways, and still be beautiful.

Mo'Nique Quotes

December 11, 1931

Rita Moreno

  Rita Moreno Google Videos

Rita Moreno is a award winning Puerto Rican
singer, dancer and actress. Filmography

Bigger than life is not difficult for me. I am bigger than life.

Rita Moreno Quotes

December 11, 1962

Ben Browder

  Ben Browder Google Videos

Ben Browder is an award winning
American actor and writer. Filmography

Stargate SG1 was a consciousness portal that
merged, science, science fiction, and mythology.

Ben Browder Quotes

December 11, 1958

Nikki Sixx

  Nikki Sixx Google Videos

Nikki Sixx is an American musician, songwriter, author,
fashion designer, radio host, and photographer. Discography

I forgive my mom for being a psycho
and my dad for being a loser. Peace !

Nikki Sixx Quotes

December 11, 1882 - January 5, 1970

Max Born

  Max Born Google Videos

Max Born was an award winning German physicist and mathematician
who was instrumental in the development of quantum mechanics.

Google honors German physicist Max Born on 135th anniversary with doodle

I am now convinced that theoretical physics is actually philosophy.

Max Born Quotes

December 11, 1918 - August 3, 2008

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

  Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn Google Videos

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn was an award winning
Russian novelist, dramatist and historian.

The Universe has as many different centers as there are living beings in it.

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn Quotes 1

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn Quotes 2

December 11, 1863 - April 13, 1941

Annie Jump Cannon

  Annie Jump Cannon Google Videos

Annie Jump Cannon was an American astronomer whose cataloguing work
was instrumental in the development of contemporary stellar classification.

Teaching man his relatively small sphere in the creation,

also encourages him by its lessons of the unity of Nature

and shows him that his power of comprehension allies him

with the great intelligence over-reaching all.

Annie Jump Cannon Quotes