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Wednesday September 2, 2015     12:40 PM EDT

Ellie's World Blogs
Migrant Crisis
Missing Flight MH370 ... Is Still Missing
NASA Scientists and the Holographic Universe
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  CNN - September 2, 2015
n a major victory for President Barack Obama, Democratic Sen. Barbara Mikulski of Maryland announced support for the Iran nuclear deal Wednesday, providing the White House the votes it needs to prevent Republicans from scuttling the agreement.

  No food, no sleep, waves of migrants pile into Munich   CNN - September 2, 2015

  Migrant crisis: Thousands arrive in mainland Greece   BBC - September 2, 2015

What Would It Take to End CaliforniaŐs Drought?   Epoch Times - September 2, 2015
The excitement about a potentially rain-bearing El Nino is building, and hopes for a swift end to California's ongoing drought are multiplying. At the same time, many of us who have worked extensively on water issues in the state fear the momentum and progress made on much-needed water reforms will be lost.

Move Over Milky Way, Elliptical Galaxies Are the Most Habitable in the Cosmos   Epoch Times - September 2, 2015
The search for extraterrestrial life is surely one of the most important tasks we humans can undertake. However, the cosmos is vast and we donŐt really have any idea which bits of it are actually habitable. But what if we could target the search? We have built the first-ever cosmobiological model mapping the galaxies in our local universe to help us understand which ones are habitable. Surprisingly, we found that our own galaxy was not one of the top candidates.

Researchers help identify the neural basis of multitasking   Science Daily - September 2, 2015
By studying networks of activity in the brain's frontal cortex, researchers have shown that the degree to which these networks reconfigure themselves while switching from task to task predicts people's cognitive flexibility. While the predictive strength of this reconfiguration suggests that it is only one of several processes involved in successful task switching, it plays a core role.

Women who have a sex change 'lose the ability to multitask after being exposed to male sex hormones', claim scientists   Daily Mail - August 31, 2015
researchers examined 18 female-to-male transsexuals, performing MRI scans Found grey matter shrank in two regions of the brain linked to language processing and that the connection between the regions became stronger.

Multitasking doesn't work; use these study tips instead   SJR - August 31, 2015
With summer well behind us, itŐs time to get back into the habit of studying regularly. But studying nowadays has come to mean having a million different tabs open on our web browsers as we try to multitask the way to good grades. Libby Tennikait, a science teacher at Rochester High School, thinks that even though todayŐs generation does a lot of multitasking, itŐs better to keep the multitasking out of studying and instead distribute your time into short increments.

Time-lapse analysis offers new look at how cells repair DNA damage   PhysOrg - September 2, 2015
Time-lapse imaging can make complicated processes easier to grasp - think of a stitched-together sequence of photos that chronicles the construction of a building.

Use of unique pyramid-shaped podium in Jerusalem baffles archaeologists   Ancient Origins - September 2, 2015
A stepped stone pyramid about 2 meters (6 feet) tall has been excavated in the City of David, and it has archaeologists speculating about its use. They say the structure, unlike any other in Jerusalem, was possibly a podium and cite other, public stones mentioned in the Talmud and used for auctioning slaves or collecting lost things. The dig, headed by Nahshon Szanton and Dr. Joe Uziel, is near the Second Temple and the Pool of Shiloam, which are mentioned in both the Old and New Testaments of the Bible.

Ancient cold period could provide clues about future climate change   PhysOrg - September 2, 2015
Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin have found that a well-known period of abrupt climate change 12,000 years ago occurred rapidly in northern latitudes but much more gradually in equatorial regions, a discovery that could prove important for understanding and responding to future climate change.

Via handwriting analysis, scholar discovers unknown Magna Carta scribe   PhysOrg - September 2, 2015
Eight hundred years ago, one of the world's most important documents was born. Issued by King John of England in 1215, the Magna Carta ("Great Charter") acknowledged the rights of citizens and set restrictions on the power of the king. The Magna Carta has influenced the structures of modern democracies, including the writ of habeas corpus of the U.S. Constitution.

The Evolution of Female Pen-Names From Currer Bell to J.K. Rowling   Epoch Times - September 2, 2015
Last month author Catherine Nichols went public with her account of sending her novel manuscript to literary agents under a male pseudonym. A writing sample sent to 50 agents in her own name resulted in only two manuscript requests. Seventeen out of 50 agents requested the same materials from George Leyer.

Recreated Pit Roast Offers a Taste of Stone Age Life   Live Science - September 2, 2015
And in the spirit of the Stone Age, archaeologists on the Mediterranean island recreated a prehistoric pit feast this summer - feeding 200 people with pig and goat, slow-roasted underground - to test the cooking methods of Neolithic chefs. A 9,000-year-old barbecue pit was recently discovered at Prastio Mesorotsos, a site in the Diarizos Valley outside of Paphos, which has been almost continuously occupied from the Neolithic era to the present. It took three years of excavations before archaeologists from the University of Edinburgh got to the bottom of the stone-lined, ash-covered pit, and only last summer could they say with some certainty that they were looking at an ancient oven. But the pit was so big - about 8 feet (2.5 meters) across and 3 feet (1 meter) deep - that Andrew McCarthy, director of the expedition, wasn't sure if cooking in it would actually work.

Today's Events, Birthdays and Quotes

September 2, 1951

Mark Harmon

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Mark Harmon is an award winning
American actor. Filmography

I believe in trying to find an area to get better, to learn more about why I'm here.

Mark Harmon Quotes

September 2, 1964

Keanu Reeves

  Keanu Reeves Google Videos

Keanu Reeves is an award winning
Canadian actor. Filmography

The simple act of paying attention can take you a long way.

Keanu Reeves Quotes

September 2, 1966

Tuc Watkins

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Tuc Watkins is an American actor. Filmography

Growing up I was scared of the over-the-top flamboyant gay stereotype I saw on TV and film. I'm not now. Hell, I can 'queen out' with the best of them. But when I was a kid the stereotype distanced me from who I would eventually become. Maybe I would be a little further up the pyramid towards self-actualization if I had a role model at that age. Instead, I buried myself so deep into trying to make my friends laugh, theatre, sports, etc., so I wouldn't have to spend a moment thinking about what a unique person I was. I appreciate that the stereotype in question may have helped someone else. It did not help me.

Tuc Watkins

September 2, 1966

Salma Hayek

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Salma Hayek is an award winning Mexican
actress, director and producer. Filmography

The biggest thing playing artist Frida Kahlo brought to my life - was this peacefulness.

Salma Hayek Quotes 1

Salma Hayek Quotes 2

September 2, 1968

Cynthia Watros

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Cynthia Watros is an award winning
American actress. Filmography

Every event in life can be causing only one of two things. Either it is good for you, or it
brings up what you need to look at in order to create good for you when you are lost.

Cynthia Watros Quotes

September 2, 1948

Terry Bradshaw

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Terry Bradshaw is a former American football quarterback
with the Pittsburgh Steelers now co-host of Fox NFL Sunday.

When you've got something to prove, there's nothing greater than a challenge.

Terry Bradshaw Quotes 1

Terry Bradshaw Quotes 2

September 2, 1948 - January 28, 1986

Christa McAuliffe

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Christa McAuliffe was an American teacher from New Hampshire
who was selected from among more than 11,000 applicants to be the
first teacher in space. She died in the Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster.

I touch the future. I teach. That's going with me.

I really don't want to say goodbye to any of you people.

Christa McAuliffe Quotes

September 2, 1952

Jimmy Connors

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Jimmy Connors is an American
former World No. 1 tennis player.

Tennis was never work for me, tennis was fun.

The tougher the battle and the longer the match, the more fun I had.

Jimmy Connors Quotes

Tuesday September 1, 2015     8:10 PM EDT

Male seahorse and human pregnancies remarkably alike   PhysOrg - September 1, 2015
Their pregnancies are carried by the males but, when it comes to breeding, seahorses have more in common with humans than previously thought.

Life Might Spread Across Universe Like an 'Epidemic' in New Math Theory   Live Science - September 1, 2015
If life can spread from star to star, researchers should see a characteristic pattern of overlapping growth. In this theoretical artist's conception of the Milky Way galaxy, translucent green "bubbles" mark areas where life has spread beyond its home system to create cosmic oases, a process called panspermia. If life arose on other planets, did it spontaneously grow from raw materials every time? Or did it dart from planet to planet and star to star, spreading across the universe? Telltale mathematical patterns of where life signatures appear could reveal the answer, authors of the new research said.

Current El Nino climate event 'among the strongest'   BBC - September 2, 2015
The current El Nino weather phenomenon could be one of the strongest on record, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

  Illinois police officer shot and killed; 3 suspects at large   CNN - September 1, 2015
Investigators combed neighborhoods north of Chicago on Tuesday in a massive manhunt for three suspects accused of shooting dead a police officer.

  Dow nosedives 470 points on more China fears   CNN - September 1, 2015
Here we go again. Stocks took another nosedive Tuesday following more fears about a slowdown in China's economy.

  Inside Ben Carson's quiet surge   CNN - September 1, 2015
While the bombastic real estate tycoon dominates much of the GOP field, the retired pediatric neurosurgeon with a calm bedside manner is quietly emerging as a serious presidential contender.

  Migrant crisis: Hungary rail station move sparks protests   BBC - September 1, 2015
Hundreds of migrants have been protesting outside a major railway station in the Hungarian capital after police sealed off the terminal to stop them traveling through the EU. Crowds of people chanted "Germany" and waved train tickets after being forced to leave Keleti station in Budapest. Hungary is trying to restore order and enforce EU rules, officials said. Meanwhile, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has called for the fair distribution of refugees across Europe.

'Gray Swan' Hurricanes Cou   Live Science - September 1, 2015
"Gray swan" hurricanes - storms with impacts more extreme than history alone would predict - could ravage cities in Florida, Australia and the Persian Gulf, researchers say. By the end of the century, climate change could dramatically increase the chance of damage from these unexpected storms, scientists added. Rare, unpredictable events with major impacts have been called "black swans." In contrast, what Ning Lin, a climate scientist at Princeton University, and her colleagues dub "gray swans" are events with impacts beyond what might be thought of as likely based on the historical record alone. These "perfect storms" might be predicted using historical data together with climate models, they said

Meet the scorpion's prehistoric, bigger, badder cousin   CNN - September 1, 2015
In the prehistoric oceans, this was one bad bug.Scientists are marveling at the world's oldest sea scorpion - the Pentecopterus, named after a Greek warship.

Electric vehicles boost climate 'nirvana' in the Himalayas   BBC - September 1, 2015
Colleagues might say that a mouth full of cake and Ireland winning the rugby world cup would see me eternally content. In fairness, one of the above might make me a tad less grumpy. For a while.

15 Fall 2015 TV shows to watch   CNN - September 1, 2015
"Hand of God" (Amazon Prime) ...

Why Creative Geniuses Are Often Neurotic   Live Science - September 1, 2015
Sir Isaac Newton formulated the laws of gravity, built telescopes and delved into mathematical theories. He was also prone to bouts of depression and once suffered a mental breakdown. In this sense, Newton was like many other creative, driven individuals. Charles Darwin, for example, struggled with nausea and gastrointestinal distress in response to stress, so much so that modern psychologists have suggested that he may have had a panic disorder. Winston Churchill referred to his dark moods as his "black dog," leading to speculation that he might have had episodes of depression. Whatever the truth behind these prominent men's mental health, multiple studies have found a link between creativity and neuroticism - a tendency toward rumination and negative thinking. Now, British researchers have proposed a possible reason for the connection: Creativity and neuroticism could be two sides of the same coin.

Baby girl born in Uber car near Lincoln Tunnel: authorities   NY Daily News - September 1, 2015
A newborn took her first breaths in Manhattan thanks to a team of emergency responders who delivered the child in a car at the mouth of the Lincoln Tunnel on Monday, authorities said.

Today's Events, Birthdays and Quotes

September 1, 1957

Gloria Estefan

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Gloria Estefan is an award winning Cuban
American singer, songwriter, and actress.
Discography -- Filmography

The most beautiful thing about music is that it transcends most anything.

Having felt people's love and support first hand through difficult moments
in my life makes me feel it's our responsibility to help one another.

Gloria Estefan Quotes 1

Gloria Estefan Quotes 2

September 1, 1939

Lily Tomlin

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Lily Tomlin is an award winning American writer,
actress, comedian, and producer. Filmography

I grew up in a time when women didn't really do comedy.
You had to be homely, overweight, an old maid, all that.
You had to play a stereotype, because very attractive women
were not supposed to be funny - because it's powerful; it's a threat.
That's all changed.

Lily Tomlin Quotes 1

Lily Tomlin Quotes 2

September 1, 1975

Scott Speedman

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Scott Speedman is an award winning
Scottish-Canadian actor. Filmography

Once you cease to be a real person, you stop being a good actor.

Scott Speedman Quotes

September 1, 1970

Padma Lakshmi

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Padma Lakshmi is an award winning American cookbook author,
actress, model, television host and executive producer.

All chefs are like Jewish mothers. They want to feed you
and impress you. It's an eagerness to please.

Padma Lakshmi Quotes

September 1, 1950

Phil McGraw

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Phil McGraw is an award winning American television
personality, author, psychologist, and the host of Dr. Phil.

You either get it or you don't.

There is no reality, only perception.

Phil McGraw Quotes 1

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Monday August 31, 2015     6:00 PM EDT

  Tropical Storm Erika's Aftermath: Flooding in Carolinas, Flood Warnings for Florida   NBC - August 31, 2015

  Clipper Round the World Yacht Race: 'Human Will Against Nature'   NBC - August 31, 2015
They are ordinary people making an extraordinary journey. A 68-year-old band teacher from Texas, a retired fire captain from California and a just-engaged construction contractor are among hundreds of competitors setting off Monday on the grueling Clipper Round the World Yacht Race.

9 Things Pessimists Want You To Know   Huffington Post - August 31, 2015
1. They're not all doom and gloom.
2. They're prepared.
3. High hopes may actually hurt them.
4. They may be more productive.
5. It may help them when they're older. 6. Sometimes they stand in their own way.
7. ...But they're able to better handle their own life circumstances.
8. They have strong relationships.
9. They don't want to be a Pollyanna.

7 Ways to Approach Therapy Like a New Relationship   Huffington Post - August 31, 2015
1. You have to choose it.
2. Determine, for yourself, what kind of relationship you want and need.
3. Set your expectations.
4. Be willing to be vulnerable.
5. You have to work at it.
6. Don't compare relationships.
7. Don't be scared to walk away.

This Is How A Penile Implant Actually Works   Huffington Post - August 31, 2015
A man in the United Kingdom recently made headlines when he had surgery to get a so-called "bionic penis." But experts say the man actually received a penile implant Ń a relatively common device typically used to treat men with erectile dysfunction.

Engineer creates a device capable of producing drinking water in the desert - August 31, 2015
Spanish inventor, Enrique Veiga, has created a machine that condenses water from the atmosphere into drinkable, filtered water. The machine runs on the same amount of electricity a domestic washing machine would use and condenses the water to 30 degrees Celcius at a relative humidity of 17%. The water is filtered and stored for use at any time.

Even the Bottom of the Grand Canyon is Now Contaminated   National Geographic - August 31, 2015
Riffles like these in the Colorado River are rich habitats that may serve as hotspots for mercury and selenium, which accumulate in food webs. The Grand CanyonŐs fish and other aquatic creatures are contaminated with toxic levels of the two metals. Power plants and mines are major sources of mercury while selenium is carried into the canyon by farm runoff.

Scientists 'squeeze' light one particle at a time   Science Daily - August 31, 2015
Scientists have measured a bizarre effect in quantum physics, in which individual particles of light are said to have been 'squeezed'

More Black Patients Are Getting Kidney Transplants Thanks To Partial Matches   Huffington Post - August 31, 2015
A racial gap in kidney transplants appears to have closed, a 13-year study found.

Study reveals human body has gone through four stages of evolution   PhysOrg - August 31, 2015
Research into 430,000-year-old fossils collected in northern Spain found that the evolution of the human body's size and shape has gone through four main stages, according to a paper published this week.

Naturally-occurring protein enables slower-melting ice cream   PhysOrg - August 31, 2015
Scientists have developed a slower-melting ice cream - consider the advantages the next time a hot summer day turns your child's cone with its dream-like mound of orange, vanilla and lemon swirls with chocolate flecks into multi-colored sludge riddled with fly-like flecks.

50 is the new 42: technology is making brains of middle-aged younger   Telegraph - August 31, 2015
The increasing mental demands of technology is making older people sharper than previous generations, scientists have shown.

Was Ancient Jerusalem Podium a Lost-and-Found?   Live Science - August 31, 2015
A mysterious podium has been uncovered in the ruins of ancient Jerusalem. The pyramidal structure, which has a small set of stairs made of finely cut rectangular stones, may have once been a public venue where street preachers spoke, or it may have been a public lost-and-found, researchers said. The podium dates to the Second Temple Period, which ended in A.D. 70. The strange structure actually juts out into a 2,000-year-old walkway that led pilgrims up to the Temple Mount from the Pool of Siloam, an ancient ritual bath mentioned in both the Old and New Testaments.

Mysterious Wooden Shigir Idol With 'Encrypted Message' Is 11,000 Years Old, New Tests Reveal   Huffington Post - August 31, 2015
A mysterious wooden statue covered in undeciphered markings is 11,000 years old, according to new tests -- or 1,500 years older than previously believed. That makes the Shigir Idol the oldest known wooden sculpture in the world. The idol is more than twice as old as the Great Pyramid of Giza, three times older than the ancient city of Babylon, and five times as old as Al Khazneh, the most famous of the ruins in the ancient city of Petra.

Gene leads to nearsightedness when kids read   Science Daily - August 31, 2015
Vision researchers have discovered a gene that causes myopia, but only in people who spend a lot of time in childhood reading or doing other 'nearwork.'

Scientists Find A Way To Combat Racial Bias Among Little Kids   Huffington Post - August 31, 2015
First, they found that infants as young as 3 months old show racial bias. Now they've found a way to shake up those early preferences -- and perhaps undermine more pernicious racial stereotypes as we grow up.

Child seats not compatible with cars 42 percent of time, study finds   FOX - August 31, 2015
For parents who-ve found themselves sticking rolled up blankets or a pool noodle under car seats to make them fit, a new study has found that the DIY setup isn't that unusual. Researchers from the Ohio State University College of Medicine found that child car seats and vehicle seats don't align properly 42 percent of the time.

N.J.'s tough new car seat law begins Sept. 1 August 31, 2015
New Jersey's new car seat law goes into effect this week with some of the most restrictive rules in the nation on how kids should be buckled into vehicles.

Children May Not Actually 'Grow Out' Of ADHD After All   Huffington Post - August 31, 2015
There's a common myth that most children or adolescents with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder grow out of the condition as they get older. A new study suggests that it's not that simple. A University of Cambridge study found that young adults who had ADHD when they were younger exhibited differences in brain structure and poorer memory performance compared to their peers who never had the disorder. Aspects of the disorder tended to persist into adulthood, even in those subjects who were not diagnosed as adults.

71% of Those Who Drank Coconut Water Lowered Their Blood Pressure   Epoch Times - August 31, 2015
I have long been a fan of coconut oil as one of the most health-promoting of all plant-based fats. I have spent nearly 15 winters in Hawaii, where fresh coconuts off the tree are readily available.

Why People With Dementia Switch Back to the Past   Epoch Times - August 31, 2015
Time Perception in Dementia: People diagnosed with dementia often have a distorted sense of time passing. My friends who are clinicians often comment on their patients with dementia preparing and arriving for their appointments many hours before they're scheduled.

The Yin and Yang of Sleep   Epoch Times - August 31, 2015
It's been a long day and you're tired. You're ready for bed and catching eight hours of blissful, uninterrupted sleep. But as soon as your head makes contact with the pillow, your mind comes alive. And not just alive, but it's racing like you just had a triple shot of espresso. You start rehashing the day, the year, your life, and every item that was ever on your To Do list. You go over the day's interactions, reworking what you should have said. You worry about the stuff you have to do tomorrow, and the next day and the next and ... wait! You're trying to get some sleep - remember?

Sleep shortage increases susceptibility to catching a cold, study finds   The Guardian - August 31, 2015
People who get too little sleep are more likely to catch a cold, according to US scientists who suspect that a good night's sleep is crucial for the body's immune defenses.

Is Hawking Any Closer to Solving the Puzzle of Black Holes?   Epoch Times - August 31, 2015
The physics community is a little more muted, but after hearing the pronouncements of the famous theoretical physicist, of supertranslations and horizons, like those listening to Douglas Adams's Deep Thought, you might be wondering what the actual question is.

Human Eye's Blind Spot Can Shrink with Training   Live Science - August 31, 2015
The blind spot of the human eye can be shrunk with certain eye-training exercises, thus improving a person's vision slightly, a small new study suggests. In the study of 10 people, researchers found that the blind spot - the tiny region of a person's visual field that matches up with the area in the eye that has no receptors for light, and hence cannot detect any image - can shrink 10 percent, with special training. That amount of change "is quite an improvement, but people wouldn't notice, as we are typically unaware of our blind spots. Normally, the brain pulls in visual information from the regions surrounding the blind spot, compensating for it, so people don't usually perceive it.

Fossils Show How Ancient Seafloor Gave Rise to Life   Live Science - August 31, 2015
Signs of 125-million-year-old life lurk in rocks drilled from deep under the seafloor near Spain and Portugal, new research finds. The rocks date to a time when the Earth's mantle, the viscous layer just below the outer crust, was exposed to seawater. Scientists have long suspected that this mix of deep-Earth rocks and ocean water could have created conditions ripe for life. The new study, published today (Aug. 31) in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, reveals how those chemical reactions might have happened.

  ISIS damages Bel, Syria's 'most important temple,' rights group says   CNN - August 31, 2015
For nearly 2,000 years -- back to the days when Christ walked the earth -- the Temple of Bel has been the center of religious life in the Syrian city of Palmyra.

  ISIS destroys Temple of Bel in Palmyra, Syria, U.N. reports   CNN - September 1, 2015
One of the most culturally significant pieces of architecture in the world has been destroyed, the United Nations said on Monday.

Syria's Palmyra Temple of Bel 'severely damaged' by IS   BBC - August 31, 2015
The Islamic State (IS) militant group has destroyed part of what's considered the most important temple at the ancient Syrian site of Palmyra, activists and witnesses say.

Definitive answers remain elusive in MH370 probe   CNN - August 31, 2015
Now comes word that a Spanish company has told French investigators that it cannot tell with certainty from consulting its records whether the flaperon found on Reunion Island came from MH370, a French source close to the investigation told CNN. The flaperon is from a Boeing 777 -- and MH370 was a Boeing 777 -- but the company can't say with certainty that the flaperon found on Reunion Island comes from the missing plane, the source said.

And the world's busiest airport is ...   CNN - August 31, 2015
For the 17th year in a row, Atlanta operated the busiest passenger airport in the world in 2014, according to the Airports Council International's World Airport Traffic Report, released Monday, August 31.More than 96 million passengers went through Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in 2014, an increase of 1.9% over 2013, according to the report.

  U.S. submarine returns from Arctic mission   CNN - August 31, 2015
For two months they were submerged under the ocean's surface, much of that time far below a solid mass of ice. As they passed through the Bering Strait bordering Russia, they steered around undersea ice formations more than 30 feet deep. When they finally punched through the Arctic ice cap just shy of the North Pole, it took them five hours to break the ice off their submarine's key hatches so they could reach the fresh air. What they found awaiting them was a cold, white world of silence, of complete isolation, with not so much as a bird in sight.

  Scott Walker: U.S.-Canada wall a 'legitimate' idea   CNN - August 31, 2015
It's not just the southern border: Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says it's "legitimate" to discuss building a wall separating the United States from Canada, as well.

  Meet the woman who confirmed Trump's hair is no toupee   CNN - August 31, 2015

Obama to rename tallest U.S. peak in historic Alaska visit   CNN - August 31, 2015
His first step while he's there: officially renaming the country's tallest mountain from Mt. McKinley to Denali, an historic nod to the region's native population, which the White House says is under threat from the already-present threat of climate change.

Wes Craven, US horror filmmaker, dies aged 76   BBC - August 31, 2015
American horror film director Wes Craven, creator of the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise, has died aged 76. US media reported that Craven died at his Los Angeles home on Sunday from brain cancer.

Wayne Dyer, self-help guru and motivational speaker, dies of cancer at 75   CNN - August 31, 2015

Dyer was a psychotherapist and a professor before helming his own self-help empire, but perhaps the most important credential one can have when being in the business of inspiring people and instructing how to pick one's self up by their bootstraps and to achieve is to have done just that themselves. The story of Wayne Walter Dyer was classic Dickensian. Born in Detroit in 1940, Dyer grew up an orphan, an experience that molded a self-reliance as well as an aversion to self-pity.

Oliver Sacks, Neurologist And Author, Dies At 82   Huffington Post - August 31, 2015
Famed British neurologist and author Oliver Sacks died on Sunday at the age of 82, his assistant told The New York Times. The cause of death was cancer.

MTV VMAs 2015: What in the world happened?   CNN - August 31, 2015
There were triumph and tears, politics and bare boobs.

NASA Scientist Says We Are Living In A Hologram Designed By Aliens   Higher Perspectives - August 31, 2015

Nick Bostrom, professor of Philosophy at Oxford University and the Director of the Future of Humanity Institute has offered the theory that we may not actually be what we think we are. We may, in fact, be a holographic program generated by banks of supercomputers created by an alien species. As a side note, could you imagine creating a group of sentient beings and then having them figure out on their own that you created them? This is a pretty fringe concept, but not without its backers. Rich Terrile, the director of the Centre for Evolutionary Computation and Automated Design at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory thinks that our creator may not be a God, but a cosmic computer programmer. Neat.

Today's Events, Birthdays and Quotes

August 31, 1972

Chris Tucker

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Chris Tucker is an award winning
American actor and comedian. Filmography

It takes intelligence to make real comedy, and it takes a reality base

to create all that little stuff I like to do that makes you giggle inside.

Chris Tucker Quotes

August 31, 1949

Richard Gere

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Richard Gere is an award winning
American actor. Filmography

Everyone responds to kindness.

Richard Gere Quotes

August 31, 1975

Sara Ramirez

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Sara Ramirez is an award winning Mexican
American actress and singer. Filmography

Don't Get Used to Being Negative.
Career Disappointment Is Going to Happen.
Be Yourself In Relationships, Especially in the Beginning.
35 and Single? So What? Learn to Be Comfortable Being Alone.

Sara Ramirez Quotes

August 31, 1970

Zack Ward

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Zack Ward is an award winning
Canadian actor. Filmography

Sometimes life gets rough around the edges, then it all changes.

Zack Ward

August 31, 1945

Itzhak Perlman

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Award winning Israeli-American violinist, conductor
One of the pre-eminent violinists of the 20th century.
He plays on the famous Soil Stradivarius violin of 1714,
one of the finest violins made during Stradivari's "golden period".

I think a teacher should be your musical guide.

Itzhak Perlman Quotes

August 31, 1913 - August 6, 2012

Sir Bernard Lovell

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Sir Bernard Lovell was an award winning British
physicist and radio astronomer. Lovell Telescope

The simple belief in automatic material progress by means of scientific discovery

is a tragic myth of our age.

Bernard Lovell