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MAY 2015
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May 23-25, 2015


Shavuot is a Jewish holiday that marks the
day the Torah was given at Mount Sinai.

Friday May 22, 2015     6:00 PM ET

Ellie's World Blogs

Farewells: Saying Good-bye to David Letterman
Fleet Week With Ellie and Linda: Ships and UFO's
Mercury Retrograde Moments, Fleet Week NYC, The Gemini Portal

  First round of Hillary Clinton State Department emails released   CNN - May 22, 2015
Washington (CNN)The State Department released its first round of emails from Hillary Clinton's time as Secretary of State on Friday, offering a new look at her handling of the attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi. The roughly 300 emails, about 850 pages, are part of the 30,000 that she turned over to State from her private email server, which she used almost exclusively to conduct both private and public business during her time at State. They reveal a range of correspondence from Clinton, everything from policy briefs to scheduling requests to friendly exchanges with staff.

Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo 2.0 Puts 'Weight on Wheels'   NBC - May 22, 2015
Nearly seven months after a fatal breakup destroyed Virgin Galactic's first SpaceShipTwo rocket plane, the second SpaceShipTwo reached a construction milestone on Thursday: "weight on wheels," the point at which the structure is able to stand on its own landing gear rather than resting on supports.

World's largest hotel coming to Mecca   CNN - May 22, 2015
Twelve towers, 10,000 rooms and 70 restaurants, plus helipads and a full-size convention center: That's the plan for Abraj Kudai, a complex in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, that's set to become the world's largest hotel by room count when it opens in 2017.

  The Fermi Paradox: Why HavenŐt We Encountered Extraterrestrial Life?   Epoch Times - May 22, 2015
In our observable universe, there are at least 100 billion galaxies. Within those galaxies, there are anywhere from 100 billion to 1 trillion stars. Orbiting those stars are numerous planets ... you get the point. There are plenty of chances for life to be out there.

Couple leaves $850,000 estate to U.S. government   CNN - MA Seattle couple left nearly $850,000 to the U.S. government as a gesture of thanks to their adopted country. Peter Petrasek, who emigrated from Czechoslovakia after World War II, and his wife Joan stipulated in their will that all of their money be donated to the government.ay 22, 2015

Why Many Experts Missed This: Cheap Oil Can Hurt US Economy   Epoch Times - May 22, 2015
At $2.71 a gallon, the average price of gas nationwide is nearly $1 lower than it was a year ago. In January, the average briefly reached $2.03, the lowest in five years.

Who are the millennials anyway?   CNBC - May 22, 2015
Millennials may be the hottest thing for demographers, brand specialists and marketers (this reporter can attest to hearing "is there a millennial angle?" asked in a newsroom). But it turns out there's surprisingly little consensus on who millennials actually are. A review of various studies, surveys, newspaper articles and demographers' statements provides a wide range of ages that so-c alled millennials fit into. Based on these analyses, a millennial could be anyone born between 1976 and 2010, a 34-year time span that includes Apple's founding and the IMF's Greek bailout.

  Teen to graduate high school with 8 college degrees   CNN - May 22, 2015
High school graduation can be a trying time for teenagers. Prom dates and prepping for college-entrance exams tend to fill the calendars of most soon-to-be graduates. Their schedules don't typically include meetings with the Texas governor.

Bulletin warns Texas police of potential new threats from bikers   CNN - May 22, 2015
Texas law enforcement officials are investigating what they say are new threats against officers from biker gangs in the wake of a recent shootout in Waco.

Ocean's hidden world of plankton revealed in 'enormous database'   BBC - May 22, 2015
They have so far found 35,000 species of bacteria, 5,000 new viruses and 150,000 single-celled plants and creatures.

  A 425-million-year-old parasite found attached to host   BBC - May 22, 2015
Researchers have discovered the 425-million-year-old remains of a new species of parasite - still clamped to the host animal it invaded.

Today's Events, Birthdays and Quotes

May 22, 1979

Maggie Q

  Maggie Q Google Videos

Maggie Q is an award winning American
actress and former fashion model. Filmography

We rarely grow when we're happy, we grow when we hurt.

Maggie Q Quotes

May 22, 1970

Naomi Campbell

  Naomi Campbell Google Videos

Naomi Campbell is an award winning
British model and actress. Filmography

The first season of Empire was just the beginning ...
I hope to return as the storylines develop.

Naomi Campbell Quotes

May 22, 1978

Ginnifer Goodwin

  Ginnifer Goodwin Google Videos

Ginnifer Goodwin is an award winning
American actress. Filmography

I cherish all of the times I've fallen on my face and made mistakes,
because those experiences have made me who I am.

Ginnifer Goodwin

May 22, 1969

Michael Kelly

  Michael Kelly Google Videos

Michael Kelly is an American actor. Filmography

Your Future Has Been Adjusted.
Do you believe in Free Will?

Michael Kelly

May 22, 1907 - July 11, 1989

Laurence Olivier

  Laurence Olivier Google Videos

Sir Laurence Olivier was an award winning English
actor, director, and producer. Filmography

The actor should be able to create

the universe in the palm of his hand.

Laurence Olivier Quotes

May 22, 1859 - July 7, 1930

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

  Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Google Videos

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was a Scottish physician and writer,
most noted for his stories about the detective Sherlock Holmes.

You see, but you do not observe.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Quotes 1

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Quotes 2

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Quotes 3

Eye Symbology

May 22, 1688-1744

Alexander Pope

  Alexander Pope Google Videos

Alexander Pope was one of the greatest English poets of the eighteenth century,
directly addressing the major religious, political and intellectual problems of his time.

All nature is but art unknown to thee.

Alexander Pope Quotes

Thursday May 21, 2015     12:00 PM ET

Supernova collides with its companion star   Science Daily - May 21, 2015
Type Ia supernovae, one of the most dazzling phenomena in the universe, are produced when small dense stars called white dwarfs explode with ferocious intensity. At their peak, these supernovae can outshine an entire galaxy. Although thousands of supernovae of this kind were found in the last decades, the process by which a white dwarf becomes one has been unclear.

  Islamic State seizes Syria's ancient Palmyra   BBC - May 21, 2015
Islamic State (IS) militants in Syria have entered the Unesco World Heritage site of Palmyra after seizing the town next to the ancient ruins, reports say. Unesco says its destruction would be "an enormous loss to humanity", but no damage has been reported there yet.

First images of LHC collisions at 13 TeV   PhysOrg - May 21, 2015

A key part of the process was the set-up of the collimators. These devices which absorb stray particles were adjusted in colliding-beam conditions. This set-up will give the accelerator team the data they need to ensure that the LHC magnets and detectors are fully protected. Today the tests continue. Colliding beams will stay in the LHC for several hours. The LHC Operations team will continue to monitor beam quality and optimization of the set-up.

LHC smashes energy record with test collisions   BBC - May 21, 2015

A new record has been set by the Large Hadron Collider: its latest trials have smashed atoms with vastly more energy than ever before. On Wednesday night, two opposing beams of protons were steered into each other at the four collision points spaced around the LHC's tunnel. The energy of the collisions was 13 trillion electronvolts - dwarfing the eight trillion reached during the LHC's first run, which ended in early 2013.

Oldest stone tools pre-date earliest humans   BBC - May 20, 2015

The world's oldest stone tools have been discovered, scientists report. They were unearthed from the shores of Lake Turkana in Kenya, and date to 3.3 million years ago. They are 700,000 years older than any tools found before, even pre-dating the earliest humans in the Homo genus.

Remains of Bronze-Age Cultic Priestess Hold Surprise   Live Science - May 21, 2015
In 1921, archaeologists unearthed a Bronze Age burial of a girl in Egtved Sweden. Her bones had been eaten away but her clothing, hair, and fingernails remained. Now, new research suggests the girl may not have been born in Denmark. The Egtved girl was named after the village where she was found. All of her bones were missing from her remains, but her clothing, hair, nails and some teeth were still in pristine condition. The new analysis suggests the woman may have spent her early life in southern Germany, making several long trips in the last two years of her life.

The Neanderthal dawn chorus   PhysOrg - May 21, 2015
A new study focusing on the birds of the Ice Age has shed light on the long term response of birds to climate change. The study, published in PLOS ONE, has revealed that many of the birds were larger at this time reflecting the richness and greater productivity of the environment in the Ice Age. Conducted by Bournemouth University's John Stewart alongside research from Roger Jacobi, a picture emerges of an unusual mix of birds in one space and a distinct Neanderthal Dawn Chorus.

Cartwheeling Spider, Corpse-Hoarding Wasp Among Bizarre New Species   Live Science - May 21, 2015
A morbidly maternal wasp, a crop-circle-creating pufferfish and an acrobatic arachnid are among the bizarre and awe-inspiring new species named in 2014, according to a new ranking. Some 18,000 species were newly named and identified last year - a tiny fraction of the estimated 10 million or so species yet to be discovered on Earth. (Scientists have identified and described about 2 million species thus far.) To draw attention to the planet's unexplored biodiversity, scientists at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry's International Institute for Species Exploration (IISE) picked just 10 of the 18,000 species to highlight.

The Hidden Risks in Nail Polish   Live Science - May 21, 2015
The desire for beautiful nails has fueled an entire nail salon industry thatŐs growing rapidly, with storefronts cropping up on every major street across the nation. Yet, the recent articles from the New York Times exposed an industry thatŐs left workers struggling both with unlivable wages and with damaged health. Everyone who enters a nail salon can be affected, yet the workers are the ones left entirely unprotected.

Amazon adds one-hour store delivery in New York City   PhysOrg - May 21, 2015
The service is only available via for members of its $99 annual loyalty program and via Amazon's Prime Now app. It's free for two-hour delivery and $7.99 for one-hour delivery.

DNA hints at earlier dog evolution   BBC - May 21, 2015
Swedish researchers say that dogs may have been domesticated much earlier than some other studies suggest. A genetic study indicates that dogs may have begun to split from wolves 27,000 years ago.

    CNN - May 22, 2015
How Taylor Swift helped me lose 425 lbs

Today's Events, Birthdays and Quotes

May 21, 2015

Sun in Gemini

Happy Birthday to the Gemini Readers!

May 21, 1966

Lisa Edelstein

  Lisa Edelstein Google Videos

Lisa Edelstein is an award winning
American actress and playwright. Filmography

The smallest idea can develop into the greatest revelation.

Lisa Edelstein Quotes

May 21, 1957

Judge Reinhold

  Judge Reinhold Google Videos

Judge Reinhold is an award winning
American actor. Filmography

If I wasn't an actor, I'd want to be a celebrity chef
preparing healthy food that looks and takes great.

Judge Reinhold Quotes

May 21, 427-347 BC


  Plato Google Videos

Influential ancient Greek philosopher, student of Socrates,
founder of the Academy in Athens where Aristotle studied.
Dialogues mention Atantis - Timaeus and Critias.

You cannot conceive the many without the one.

Plato Quotes 1

Plato Quotes 2

May 21, 1844 - September 2, 1910

Henri Rousseau

  Henri Rousseau Google Videos

Henri Rousseau was a French Post-Impressionist painter.

Nothing makes me so happy as to observe nature and to paint what I see.

Henri Rousseau Quotes

May 21, 1799 - March 9, 1847

Mary Anning

  Mary Anning Google Videos

Mary Anning: Google doodle celebrates the missing woman of geology

The Guardian - May 21, 2014

Fossil hunter Mary Anning celebrated in Lyme Regis  
BBC - September 22, 2011

Mary Anning was a British fossil collector, dealer, and paleontologist who became known around the world for important findings she made in the Jurassic marine fossil beds at Lyme Regis in Dorset, a county in Southwest England on the coast of the English Channel, where she lived. Her work contributed to fundamental changes that occurred during her lifetime in scientific thinking about prehistoric life and the history of the Earth.

Wednesday May 20, 2015     5:00 PM ET

Paleontologists discover the first dinosaur fossil in Washington state   PhysOrg - May 20, 2015
Burke Museum paleontologists have published a description of the first dinosaur fossil from Washington state. The fossil was collected by a Burke Museum research team along the shores of Sucia Island State Park in the San Juan Islands.

Ancient lake challenges understanding of evolution   PhysOrg - May 20, 2015
Scientists have studied samples of lake sediments deposited 1.5 billion years ago in the Bay of Stoer region in north-west Scotland, and discovered high levels of the metal molybdenum, a key element in the evolution of multicellular life. The discovery challenges the commonly held view that an important stage of evolution, leading eventually to human life, occurred in the deep ocean, as opposed to a continental environment.

Greased Lightning! NASA Drone Advances Unmanned Craft   Live Science - May 20, 2015
A huge, 10-engine drone dubbed "Greased Lightning" successfully completed a series of flight tests recently, paving the way for new types of unmanned vehicles that could one day carry people. Earlier this spring, NASA engineers flew the so-called GL-10 (the "GL" stands for "Greased Lightning") prototype drone at a military base located about two hours away from the agency's Langley Research Center in Virginia.

Islamic State 'seizes part of Syria's Palmyra'   BBC - May 20, 2015
slamic State fighters have seized the northern part of the ancient World Heritage-listed city of Palmyra in Syria, a monitoring group has said. Militants seized part of the town of Tadmur located on a strategic east-west route next to Palmyra on Saturday but had been pushed back from the ruins.

Protect Your Teen from HPV, Prevent Deadly Cancers   Live Science - May 20, 2015
Human papillomavirus (HPV) is known to cause at least 26,000 cases of cancer every year in the United States - 18,000 cases in women and 8,000 in men, according to the CDC.

Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde: Telomere and telomerase in stem cells   PhysOrg - May 20, 2015
When a human cell divides, its daughter cells should each receive an identical copy of the mother cell's genome. Occasionally mistakes occur during this process, generating mutations that can give rise to cancer. To avoid detrimental outcomes for the organism, cells with mutations that generate deviations from the normal chromosomal number are eliminated by cellular protection mechanisms.

General principles to explain DNA brick self-assembly   PhysOrg - May 20, 2015
DNA bricks are an odd phenomenon. They are nanostructures built from synthetic, single-strand DNA that self-assemble into 3D structures. Several years ago, researchers at Wyss Institute at Harvard demonstrated the self-assembly of designed 3D structures made from 1,000 "bricks" that fit together like molecular Legos. One of the curiosities about these DNA bricks is why this complex self-assembly process works so well.

Hitmen bury their feelings for a successful 'hit'   PhysOrg - May 20, 2015
Hitmen succeed in contract killing where they successfully bury any feelings or emotions, a study into the psychology of novice assassins has found.

What did the first snakes look like?   Science Daily - May 20, 2015
The original snake ancestor was a nocturnal, stealth-hunting predator that had tiny hindlimbs with ankles and toes, according to new research. Snakes show incredible diversity, with over 3,400 living species found in a wide range of habitats, such as land, water and in trees. But little is known about where and when they evolved, and how their original ancestor looked and behaved.

Agriculture, declining mobility drove humans' shift to lighter bones   Science Daily - May 20, 2015
Modern lifestyles have famously made humans heavier, but, in one particular way, noticeably lighter weight than our hunter-gatherer ancestors: in the bones. Now a new study of the bones of hundreds of humans who lived during the past 33,000 years in Europe finds the rise of agriculture and a corresponding fall in mobility drove the change, rather than urbanization, nutrition or other factors.

New light on impact of video gaming on the brain   Science Daily - May 20, 2015
Video gamers now spend a collective three billion hours per week in front of their screens. In fact, it is estimated that the average young person will have spent some 10,000 hours gaming by the time they are 21. The effects of intense video gaming on the brain are only beginning to be understood. New research shows that while video game players exhibit more efficient visual attention abilities, they are also much more likely to use navigation strategies that rely on the brain's reward system.

Genes may influence leadership in the workplace   Science Daily - May 20, 2015
A researcher has found that the dopamine transporter gene DAT1 can have both positive and negative effects on leadership in the workplace. The researchers found that people who had the 10-repeat allele in the dopamine transporter were most likely to engage in adolescent mild rule-breaking behavior, which is positively associated with leadership. Such mild rule-breaking behavior may include actions such as skipping class, but it is not serious deviant behavior such as shooting.

Today's Events, Birthdays and Quotes

May 20-26, 2015

Fleet Week NYC

  Fleet Week NYC  Google Videos

Fleet Week sets sail for NYC   WPIX 11 - May 19, 2015

May 20, 1990

Hubble Space Telescope   Wikipedia

   Hubble Space Telescope   Google Videos

Hubble Opens Its Eye ... and Blinks   Wired

May 20, 1977

Matt Czuchry

  Matt Czuchry Google Videos

Matt Czuchry is an American actor. Filmography

Playing different characters gives you a unique perspective of life.

Matt Czuchry Quotes

May 20, 1972

Busta Rhymes

  Busta Rhymes Google Videos

Busta Rhymes is an award winning
American rapper, producer and actor.
Discography -- Filmography

You're gonna notice me when I come in. I'm gonna make a statement
without opening my mouth, and when I leave, you're gonna remember that.

Busta Rhymes Quotes 1

Busta Rhymes Quotes 2

May 20, 1984

Naturi Naughton

  Naturi Naughton Google Videos

Naturi Naughton is an American
singer, rapper, and actress. Filmography

As a black actress you've got to work doubly hard.
But it doesn't ever get me to the point where I give up on myself.
It just motivates me to be more prepared, focus and disciplined.
That's why I care so much about doing black films and making
sure that we represent and are represented correctly.

Naturi Naughton Quotes

May 20, 1946


  Cher Google Videos

Cher is an award winning American pop singer,
songwriter, actor, director and record producer.
Filmography -- Discography

If you really want something you can
figure out how to make it happen.

Cher Quotes

May 20, 1968

Timothy Olyphant

  Timothy Olyphant Google Videos

Timothy Olyphant is an award winning
American actor. Filmography

Love is like an earthquake-unpredictable, a little scary, but
when the hard part is over you realize how lucky you truly are.

Timothy Olyphant Quotes

May 20, 1975

Tahmoh Penikett

  Tahmoh Penikett Google Videos

Tahmoh Penikett is a Canadian actor. Filmography

Tahmoh Penikett Quotes

May 20, 1965

Ted Allen

  Ted Allen Google Videos

Ted Allen is an award winning American
writer and television personality. Career

Cooking for people is an enormously significant expression of generosity and soulfulness.
Entertaining is a way to be both generous and creative.

Ted Allen Quotes

May 20, 1936

Anthony Zerbe

  Anthony Zerbe Google Videos

Anthony Zerbe is an award winning
American actor. Filmography

Just as actors play many roles,
so too do our souls experience simultaneously.

Anthony Zerbe Quotes

Tuesday May 19, 2015     7:00 PM ET

'Crazy Craters' Found in Swiss Lake   Live Science - May 10, 2015
Four giant craters were found by accident in the muddy floor of one of Switzerland's largest lakes, a new study reports. Researchers surveying Lake Neuchatel for evidence of past earthquakes spotted the craters near the lake's northwestern shore near the Jura Mountains. The biggest crater is 525 feet (160 meters) wide and almost 100 feet (30 m) deep. The pits are among the largest and deepest pockmarks ever found in Earth's lakes, the researchers said. The giant craters are similar in size to seafloor pockmarks created by methane-gas explosions. However, the researchers think that erupting groundwater excavated these "crazy craters."

Secondhand Pot Smoke Can Make You Fail a Drug Test   Live Science - May 19, 2015
People who are exposed to secondhand marijuana smoke may feel a bit of the "high" that comes with using the drug, a new study finds. They may also feel unable to think clearly, and they may even have detectable levels of the drug in their urine or blood. But all of this happens only if they are exposed to marijuana smoke under severely unventilated conditions, the study found.

Why falling in love is similar to being drunk   Telegraph - May 20, 2015
Poets, songwriters and authors have written of the intoxicating effect of falling in love. But a new study suggests that the love hormone oxytocin has similar affects to being drunk, and not just the more pleasant aspects of inebriation.

Most European men descended from just three ancestors   Telegraph - May 20, 2015

Almost two out of three modern European men (64 per cent) were descended from just three Bronze Age males. DNA evidence has shown that most men in Europe descend from just three Bronze Age males. Archaeologists have been puzzled about whether European populations started to surge in the stone age or later. But the new research appears to suggest that there was a rapid expansion of communities in the succeeding Bronze Age. It appears that that between 2,000 and 4,000 years ago there was a raid explosion in the size of populations from the Balkans to the British Isles. Y-chromosome DNA sequences from skeletal remains are becoming available, and this will help us to understand what happened, and when.

  Ramadi battle: IS prepares to defend seized Iraqi city   BBC - May 19, 2015
Islamic State militants are preparing to defend the Iraqi city of Ramadi, witnesses say, as Iranian-backed militiamen gather east of the city.

Egyptian authorities using sexual violence on 'massive scale'   BBC - May 19, 2015
A report by the organisation suggests men, women and children are being abused "to eliminate public protest".

  'Cyber-archaeology' salvages lost Iraqi art   BBC - May 19, 2015
Priceless historical artefacts have been lost recently, to violence in Iraq and earthquakes in Nepal. But "cyber-archaeologists" are working with volunteers to put you just a few clicks away from seeing these treasures - in colourful, three-dimensional detail.

'Home-brewed morphine' made possible   BBC - May 19, 2015
Scientists have figured out how to brew morphine using the same kit used to make beer at home.

Study to help ash mapping for flights   BBC - May 19, 2015
New discoveries about ash clouds could help predict where planes can safely fly following volcanic eruptions, Edinburgh researchers have said.

L'Oreal to start 3D-printing skin   BBC - May 19, 2015
It said the printed skin would be used in product tests.

Aboriginal legends reveal ancient secrets to science   BBC - May 19, 2015

Scientists are beginning to tap into a wellspring of knowledge buried in the ancient stories of Australia's Aboriginal peoples. But the loss of indigenous languages could mean it is too late to learn from them. The Luritja people, native to the remote deserts of central Australia, once told stories about a fire devil coming down from the Sun, crashing into Earth and killing everything in the vicinity. The local people feared if they strayed too close to this land they might reignite some otherworldly creature. The legend describes the crash landing of a meteor in Australia's Central Desert about 4,700 years ago, says University of New South Wales (UNSW) astrophysicist Duane Hamacher. It would have been a dramatic and fiery event, with the meteor blazing across the sky. As it broke apart, large fragments of metal-rich rock would have crashed to Earth with explosive force, creating a dozen giant craters.

Thinking alike changes the conversation   PhysOrg - May 19, 2015
As social creatures, we tend to mimic each other's posture, laughter, and other behaviors, including how we speak. Now a new study shows that people with similar views tend to more closely mirror, or align, each other's speech patterns. In addition, people who are better at compromising align more closely.

CaliforniaŐs Water Paradox: Why Enough Will Never Be Enough   Epoch Times - May 19, 2015
These days, it seems everyone is looking for a silver bullet solution to CaliforniaŐs drought. Some advocate increasing supply through more storage, desalination or water reuse. Others propose controlling demand through conservation or restriction of water use by urban and agricultural users.

We Project Our Goals Onto Other People   Epoch Times - May 19, 2015

The more committed we are to achieving a goal - catching a train, buying a movie ticket, getting groceries - the more likely we are to assume others have exactly the same objective. The study, centers on a well-established psychological phenomenon, 'goal projection,' which is an egocentric way of understanding other people's goals by projecting your goals onto them - or, put another way, assuming that others share the same goal as you.

New Evidence May Solve Mystery of America's Huge Ancient City   National Geographic - May 19, 2015
Mississippi floods shaped the rise and fall of the prehistoric metropolis known as Cahokia. Researchers have long debated the reasons behind the rapid rise and swift disappearance of Cahokia, a sprawling, ancient city-state near the modern city of St. Louis. Now an analysis of sediment cores reveals that the cityŐs ups and downs correspond to the timing of Mississippi River megafloods, according to a recent study. Archaeological data show that agricultural settlements first appeared in the area around A.D. 400. Around A.D. 1050 there was a veritable boom at Cahokia, which became a major political and cultural center with a population in the tens of thousands. But by 1350 - a span of only three centuries - Cahokia was gone.

Millions of Spiders Rain Down on Australia - Why?   National Geographic - May 19, 2015

Millions of spiders dropped from the sky in the Southern Tablelands region, blanketing the countryside with their webs. But once they do, millions crawl to the highest points of their habitat - say a fence pole, or a tall plant - and send out silk strands that allow them to be lifted on air currents.

  Solar sails: the technology that could propel spacecraft of the future   VOX - May 19, 2015
Most spacecraft, once launched from the Earth, move around in space with thrusters: small rockets that burn fuel, emit exhaust, and push the craft along

  Florida's Valencia College sued over forced vaginal exams   CNN - May 19, 2015
The details are outlined in a federal lawsuit filed Thursday in Orlando against Valencia College and three instructors. It alleges that medical diagnostic students at the college were forced to submit to the examination of their sexual organs under threat of having their grades reduced or of being blacklisted by future employers. The three defendants named in the lawsuit, Maureen Bugnacki, Linda Shaheen and Barbara Ball, have not responded to CNN's requests for comment.

  The Bard? Portrait of Young Shakespeare Discovered, Historian Says   NBC - May 19, 2015
Is this sprightly, mustachioed man actually William Shakespeare? That is what historian and botanist Mark Griffiths thinks. He discovered the image on the title page of "The Herball or Generall Historie of Plantes" by John Gerard, a 1,484-page tome printed back in 1598. The news was broken by British magazine "Country Life." Other experts have yet to corroborate Griffiths' assertion.

Today's Events, Birthdays and Quotes

May 19, 1992

Sam Smith

  Sam Smith Google Videos

Sam Smith is an award winning English
singer and songwriter. Discography

Thank you so much for breaking my heart, Smith, 22, said when
he stepped to the stage to collect the record of the year award.
You got me four Grammys. This is the best night of my life.

Sam Smith

May 19, 1988

Lily Cole

  Lily Cole Google Videos

Lily Cole is an award winning
English model and actress. Filmography

A circle is the reflection of eternity. It has no beginning and it has no end
and if you put several circles over each other, then you get a spiral.

Lily Cole Quotes

May 19, 1982

Rebecca Hall

  Rebecca Hall Google Videos

Rebecca Hall is an award winning
English actress. Filmography

When you feel lost, keep searching.
The answers will come.
Don't let the world pass you by ....

Rebecca Hall Quotes

May 19, 1955

James Gosling

  James Gosling Google Videos

James A. Gosling, O.C., Ph.D. is a famous software developer,
best known as the father of the Java programming language.

James Gosling Quotes

May 19, 1871 - May 18, 1963

Walter Russell

  Walter Russell Google Videos

American polymath known for his painting, sculpture, architecture,
and controversial unified theory in physics and cosmogony

When our knowing exceeds our sensing,
we will no longer be deceived by the illusions of our senses.

Walter Russell Quotes 1

Walter Russell Quotes 2

May 19, 1762 - January 27, 1814

Johann Fichte

Johann Fichte was a German philosopher and one of the founding figures of the philosophical movement German Idealism, developed from the writings of Immanuel Kant. Recently, philosophers and scholars have begun to appreciate Fichte as an important philosopher in his own right due to his original insights into the nature of self-consciousness or self-awareness. Like Descartes and Kant, subjectivity and consciousness motivated much of his philosophical ruminations.

He who is firm in will, molds the world to himself.

Johann Fichte Quotes

Monday May 18, 2015     7:00 PM ET

Indian Subcontinent's Quake-Causing Collision Course   - May 18, 2015
In terms of plate tectonics, India is running into Asia at one and a half to two inches a year, leading to earthquakes. When an unstoppable force like the Indian subcontinent crashes into an immovable object like Asia, the consequences include the tallest mountains in the world and a cadence of earthquakes like the magnitude 7.8 one that struck Nepal last month and a major aftershock in the same region last week.

  Ramadi battle: Shia militias near IS-held Iraqi city   BBC - May 18, 2015
Shia militias are assembling east of the Iraqi city of Ramadi to prepare for a counter-attack against Islamic State militants who captured it on Sunday.

President Obama gets his own Twitter account   BBC - May 18, 2015
His Twitter handle is @POTUS (President Of The United States) and within 24 minutes he had attracted 100,000 followers.

  Iran-backed militias 'ordered to recapture Iraq's IS-held Ramadi'   BBC - May 18, 2015
About 500 people are estimated to have died in several days of fighting in the city, which lies only 70 miles (112km) west of the capital, Baghdad.

  Biker gang shootout kills 9 outside Texas Twin Peaks restaurant   CNN - May 18, 2015
Even before the deadly melee started, police were already in place, expecting a ruckus.

The GOP Is Dying Off. Literally.   Politico - May 18, 2015
It turns out that one of the Grand Old Party's biggest and least discussed challenges going into 2016 is lying in plain sight, written right into the party's own nickname. The Republican Party voter is old and getting older, and as the adage goes, there are two certainties in life: Death and taxes. Right now, both are enemies of the GOP and they might want to worry more about the former than the latter

Your Brain Is Shrinking - Here's How to Reverse It   PhysOrg - May 18, 2015

Concentration of gray matter changed in brain regions associated with learning and memory, emotion, self-referential processing, and perspective taking. Everyone experiences brain shrinkage as they age, sometimes starting as early as the age of 30 but usually after the age of 40. By the end of your life, the volume of your brain tissue will probably be close to that of a 7-year-old child. A higher rate of shrinkage can contribute to dementia, premature death, depression, risk of stroke, and more. Neuroscientist Richard Davidson tested the Dalai Lama's most advanced monks, each with 15 to 40 years of meditation practice. In his 2004 study, he found meditation could prevent the loss of gray matter in the brain. The loss of gray matter has an impact on many mental functions, such as the control of emotions, impulses, thoughts, and movements.

Modeling memory in the brain   PhysOrg - May 18, 2015
Scientists at EPFL have uncovered mathematical equations behind the way the brain forms - and even loses - memories.

Neurobiologists restore youthful vigor to adult mouse brains   Science Daily - May 18, 2015
They say you can't teach an old dog new tricks. The same can be said of the adult brain. Its connections are hard to change, while in children, novel experiences rapidly mold new connections during critical periods of brain development.

Concussion in former NFL players related to brain changes later in life   Science Daily - May 18, 2015
In the first study of its kind, former National Football League (NFL) players who lost consciousness due to concussion during their playing days showed key differences in brain structure later in life.

Future for warming US: Not just the heat but the humanity 6 hours ago by By Seth Borenstein   PhysOrg - May 18, 2015
The combination of global warming and shifting population means that by mid-century, there will be a huge increase in the number of Americans sweating through days that are extremely hot, a new study says.

The first Martian marathon   PhysOrg - May 18, 2015
On Earth, the fastest runners can finish a marathon in hours. On Mars it takes about 11 years.

Why Kindness Is Contagious, According To Science   Huffington Post - May 18, 2015

Seeing someone perform an act of kindness can warm your heart. That feeling has a name -- it's called moral elevation, and it's that warm-and-fuzzy-on-the-inside sensation you get when you're in the presence of true human goodness. The feeling helps to explain why kindness is, quite literally, contagious. Studies have found that this natural high makes people want to behave more altruistically towards others. New research published in the journal Biological Psychiatry aimed to find out what moral elevation actually looks like in the brain and body. Researchers measured the brain activity and heart rates of 104 college students while they watched videos depicting either heroic acts of kindness or humorous situations.

8 Ways To Achieve More While Working Less   Huffington Post - May 18, 2015

1. Designate time for "think work."
2. Take "recess" throughout the day.
3. Change things up in the afternoon.
4. Don't forget to take recess!
5. Have a really good game plan.
6. Eat dinner with your clan.
7. Establish a predictable -- and technology-free -- bedtime routine.
8. Get enough sleep.

Today's Events, Birthdays and Quotes

May 18 - June 11, 2015

Mercury Retrograde officials starts today thru June 11.
It all takes place in Gemini so watch what you
say, text, and email, as you may regret it later.

May 18, 2015

New Moon 27° Taurus

May 18, 1952

George Strait

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George Strait is an award winning American country music singer,
actor and music producer known as the "King of Country" and one
of the most influential and popular recording artists of all time.
Discography - Filmography

I'm a country singer. I love all kinds of music, but country is where my
loyalty lies. That's just me and what I do, and I'm not going to change it.

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May 18, 1970

Tina Fey

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Tina Fey is an award winning American actress,
comedian, writer and producer. Filmography

Somewhere around the fifth or seventh grade I figured out
that I could ingratiate myself to people by making them laugh.
Essentially, I was just trying to make them like me.
But after a while it became part of my identity.

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May 18, 1955

Chow Yun-Fat

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Chow Yun-Fat is an award winning
Hong Kong actor. Filmography

Working in front of the camera keeps me alive.

Chow Yun-Fat Quotes