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Friday October 24, 2014     8:30 AM ET


Ellie's World Blogs
Sunspot AR2192 - Solar Eclipse - Scorpio Rising
Radicalization - 2014 Shootings at Parliament Hill, Ottawa
Trending on Twitter: #IfICouldTimeTravel
15 Things To Love About Turning 40
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Education and the Uncertain Future
Obesity and Depression
Articles about Food - October 2014


  Ottawa shootings: No Islamic State link found   BBC - October 24, 2014

NY axe attack: Islamist link probed   BBC - October 24, 2014
Police in New York are investigating whether a man who attacked two officers with an axe before being shot dead was linked to Islamist extremism.

Ebola outbreak: New York doctor Craig Spencer tests positive   BBC - October 24, 2014
A New York doctor who recently returned from Ebola-hit Guinea in West Africa has tested positive for the disease.

Scientists identify a promising target for HIV/AIDS treatment   PhysOrg - October 24, 2014
Like a slumbering dragon, HIV can lay dormant in a person's cells for years, evading medical treatments only to wake up and strike at a later time, quickly replicating itself and destroying the immune system.

Time Travel Is Possible: How to Send a Message to the Past   Epoch Times - October 24, 2014
A scientist's journey through grief, aspiration, affirmation, and a loop in time. To understand the progress of this research, one must understand two of EinsteinŐs theories:
According to EinsteinŐs Special Relativity Theory, time is affected by speed.
According to EinsteinŐs General Relativity Theory, time is also affected by gravity.




Today's Events, Birthdays and Quotes


October 24, 1980

Monica

  Monica Google Videos

Monica Arnold, or Monica, is an award winning
American R&B recording artist and entertainer.
Filmography -- Discography


Working with Cee Lo Green on The Voice was amazing.

Monica Arnold




October 24, 1989

Shenae Grimes

  Shenae Grimes Google Videos

Shenae Grimes is an award winning
Canadian actress. Filmography


I think you make impacts by taking risks.

Shenae Grimes Quotes




October 24, 1986

Drake

  Drake Google Videos

Drake is an award winning Canadian recording
artist, rapper, songwriter, and actor..
Discography -- Filmography


Money changes everything ... but can it make you happy?




October 24, 1947

Kevin Kline

  Kevin Kline Google Videos

Kevin Kline is an award winning American
theatre, voice, film actor and comedian. Filmography


I think it's part of that heritage or that tradition of the creative artist
trying to reconcile the insanity and ruthlessness of the artistic process
with living a sane and socially acceptable existence.

Kevin Kline Quotes 1

Kevin Kline Quotes 2




October 24, 1939

F. Murray Abraham

  F. Murray Abraham Google Videos

F. Murray Abraham is an award winning American
film, television, and theater actor. Filmography


I acted my heart out,

but my greatest passion is humor.

F. Murray Abraham Quotes




October 24, 1987

Charlie White

  Charlie White Google Videos

Charlie White is an American ice dancer. With partner Meryl Davis,
he is the 2014 Olympic Champion. They also won a bronze medal
in the team event at the 2014 Winter Olympics.


Style is that which indicates how the writer takes himself and what he is saying.
It is the mind skating circles around itself as it moves forward.

Charlie White Quotes




October 24, 1908 - April 15, 1993

John Tuzo Wilson

   Google Videos: Plate Tectonics

John Tuzo Wilson was a Canadian geophysicist
and geologist - plate tectonics.


Beneath all the chaotic wealth of detail in a geological map,

lies an elegant orderly simplicity.

John Tuzo Wilson




October 24, 1632 - August 30, 1723

Anton van Leeuwenhoek

  Anton van Leeuwenhoek   Google Videos

Dutch scientist thought of as the Father of Microbiology.


Cell division is the only path to immortality. Non-dividing cells can
live for as long as a hundred years, but they always eventually die.

Anton van Leeuwenhoek Quotes




Thursday October 23, 2014     6:00 PM ET


2014 shootings at Parliament Hill, Ottawa   Wikipedia

Ebola crisis: Mali confirms first infection case   BBC - October 23, 2014
The Malian government has confirmed the first case of Ebola in the country. It said a two-year-old girl had tested positive for the hemorrhagic virus. Reports say she recently returned from the neighboring Guinea. More than 4,800 people have died of Ebola - mainly in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone - since March. Meanwhile, an international team of scientists has been set up to determine the effectiveness of using the blood of Ebola survivors as a treatment.

Dogs help arrest intruder who jumped White House fence   BBC - October 23, 2014
A man who jumped the White House fence was attacked by dogs before being arrested, in the latest security breach at the president's official residence.

Nigeria's Boko Haram 'abducts more women and girls'   BBC - October 23, 2014
Dozens of women and girls from two villages in Nigeria's north-eastern Adamawa state have been abducted by suspected militants, residents say.

Gene identified for immune system reset after infection   PhysOrg - October 23, 2014
When pathogenic bacteria like Salmonella or Staphylococcus invade a host, the host organism should respond by going into a state of high alert, altering its metabolism to defend against the attack. But if the host doesn't reverse course once the battle is won, its efforts will be wasted on defense rather than on repairing the damage done by bacterial invaders.

Scientists discover new clues to how weight loss is regulated   PhysOrg - October 23, 2014
A hormone seen as a popular target to develop weight-loss drugs works by directly targeting the brain and triggering previously unknown activity in the nervous system, UT Southwestern Medical Center obesity researchers have found.

In pictures: Sydney's Sculptures by the Sea exhibition opens   BBC - October 23, 2014
A stretch of beaches and parks on the Sydney coastline has been transformed into an outdoor art gallery.

6 Pound Gold 'Butte Nugget' Goes on Auction Block   Discovery - October 23, 2014

A massive gold nugget found in Butte County, Calif., will hit the auction block Thursday in San Francisco. The nugget weighs just over 6 pounds, comes with a price tag between $350,000 and $450,000 and may be the largest such specimen ever found in California by a private person. After finding the nugget, the lucky prospector reached out to David McCarthy of KaginŐs Inc., a firm that specializes in such collectibles.

Record Bid! Early Apple Computer Sells for Nearly $1 Million   Live Science - October 23, 2014

A rare Apple-1 computer built in Steve Jobs' garage in the summer of 1976 sold at auction this week for a record-breaking $905,000. There are, at most, just 15 fully functional Apple-1 computers in existence. The high price tag - almost double the original estimated value - makes this particular Apple-1 model the world's most valuable computer relic and the most expensive Apple computer ever sold, according to Bonhams Auction House, which handled the sale yesterday (Oct. 22) in New York. The Apple artifact now belongs to the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan. A representative from the museum outbid another interested party, who was not present at the auction, but used a call-in line to place bids.

Bristlecone Pines: Photos Reveal Some of Earth's Oldest Organisms   Live Science - October 23, 2014
Check out these images of the Great Basin Bristlecone Pine, Pinus longaeva, one of Earth's oldest living things. Images of this and other ancient trees are courtesy of Linda & Dr. Dick Buscher.

Photos: Notebook from Antarctic Quest Found After 100 Years   Live Science - October 23, 2014

When snow and ice thawed during the Antarctic summer last year, a notebook was revealed near the century-old base camp that British explorer Captain Robert Falcon Scott established at Cape Evans. Conservationists restored the book - a photo diary from the surgeon and zoologist named George Murray Levick, who was part of Scott's ill-fated Terra Nova expedition from 1910 to 1913.

'I Hope to Die at 75': Famed Doc Ezekiel Emanuel Explains   Live Science - October 23, 2014
Shortly after he took the stage at the BBC Future's World-Changing Ideas Summit here in Manhattan, Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel held up a full-page AARP ad from a newspaper. It featured a picture of an older couple hiking above a line of text that read, "When the view goes on forever, I feel like I can, too. Go long." Emanuel famously does not want to go long. Last month, he published an article in The Atlantic, provocatively titled "Why I Hope to Die at 75," and on Tuesday (Oct. 21), he explained why he doesn't buy the bill of goods that organizations like AARP are trying to sell. Emanuel doesn't plan to ask his physician for euthanasia on his 75th birthday. In fact, he strongly opposes legalizing euthanasia and assisted suicide. But in 18 years, Emanuel, now 57 years old, said he will stop going to the doctor and cease taking medications such as statins and antibiotics that could prevent life-threatening illness; he'll only accept palliative care

Reminiscing can help boost mental performance   Science Daily - October 23, 2014
Engaging brain areas linked to so-called 'off-task' mental activities (such as mind-wandering and reminiscing) can actually boost performance on some challenging mental tasks, a new research led by a neuroscientist shows for the first.

Why Your Coffee Tastes, and Smells, So Good   Live Science - October 23, 2014
Most of what we taste we actually smell. The only sensations that we pick up in our mouth are sweet, sour, bitter, umami and salty. Without its smell, coffee would have only a sour or bitter taste due to the organic acids. Try it with your next cup of coffee Đ hold your nose as you take your first sip. The rich satisfying sensation of coffee is almost entirely due to the volatile compounds produced when we roast coffee beans.

Genomic data support early contact between Easter Island and Americas   Science Daily - October 23, 2014
People may have been making their way from Easter Island to the Americas well before Dutch commander Jakob Roggeveen arrived in 1722, according to new genomic evidence showing that the Rapanui people living on that most isolated of islands had significant contact with Native American populations hundreds of years earlier. The findings lend the first genetic support for such an early trans-Pacific route between Polynesia and the Americas, a trek of more than 4,000 kilometers.

Highest altitude archaeological sites in the world explored in the Peruvian Andes: Survival in extreme environments   Science Daily - October 23, 2014
Research conducted at the highest-altitude Pleistocene archaeological sites yet identified in the world sheds new light on the capacity of humans to survive in extreme environments. The findings were taken from sites in the Pucuncho Basin, located in the Southern Peruvian Andes

Earth hit by double asteroids 458 million years ago 8 hours ago   PhysOrg - October 23, 2014
Some 458 million years ago, Earth was whacked in a double asteroid strike, leaving craters visible in Sweden today, space scientists reported on Thursday

Colossal volcanic eruption could destroy Japan, study says   PhysOrg - October 23, 2014
Japan could be nearly destroyed by a massive volcanic eruption over the next century, putting almost all of the country's 127 million-strong population at risk, according to a new study. The experts said they analyzed the scale and frequency of volcanic eruptions in the archipelago nation over the past 120,000 years and calculated that the odds of a devastating eruption at about one percent over the next 100 years.

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Swimming Mammoths Beat Humans to California   Live Science - October 23, 2014

A fossil tusk rescued from the sea proves mammoths swam to Southern California's Channel Islands much earlier than thought. The new fossil is one of two recently discovered tusks that challenge the idea that climate change killed off the Channel Islands' pygmy mammoths. The pint-size beasts disappeared from the islands about 12,000 years ago. Most researchers blame either the Earth's warming climate or the arrival of humans on the islands for the mammoth's demise, he said. But pygmy mammoths likely survived a steamier, more severe climate swing about 125,000 years ago.

Mystery of dinosaur with giant arms solved   BBC - October 22, 2014

For half a century, all that was known about this dinosaur was that it had enormous forearms, measuring 2.4m-long (8ft) and tipped with three giant claws. Its name Deinocheirus mirificus means unusual, horrible hands. In various reconstructions, it has been imagined as anything from a T. rex-type predator grasping at prey with its claws, to a giant, sloth-like climber, using its arms to dangle from trees. But the discovery of two nearly complete skeletons in Mongolia have finally laid this speculation to rest. The international research team says the beast was very large, measuring about 11m (36ft) long and weighing six tons. It had an elongated head with a duck-like beak, and a large humped sail on its back.

  Study backs 'hobbit' island dwarfism theory   BBC - April 17, 2013

A diminutive species of human whose remains were found on the Indonesian island of Flores could have shrunk as a result of island dwarfism as it adapted to its environment. A study of the remains of the creature, nicknamed the "hobbit", shows that it is possible for it to have been a dwarf version of an early human species. The hobbit co-existed with our species until 12,000 years ago.

DNA yields secrets of human pioneer   BBC - October 23, 2014

DNA analysis of a 45,000-year-old human has helped scientists pinpoint when our ancestors interbred with Neanderthals. The genome sequence from a thigh bone found in Siberia shows the first episode of mixing occurred between 50,000 and 60,000 years ago. The male hunter is one of the earliest modern humans discovered in Eurasia. The study in Nature journal also supports the finding that our species emerged from Africa some 60,000 years ago, before spreading around the world. The analysis raises the possibility that the human line first emerged millions of years earlier than current estimates.

Neanderthals and Humans First Mated 50,000 Years Ago, DNA Reveals   Live Science - October 23, 2014
The DNA from the 45,000-year-old bone of a man from Siberia is helping to pinpoint when modern humans and Neanderthals first interbred, researchers say. Although modern humans are the only surviving human lineage, others once lived on Earth. The closest extinct relatives of modern humans were the Neanderthals, who lived in Europe and Asiauntil they went extinct about 40,000 years ago. Recent findings revealed that Neanderthals interbred with ancestors of modern humans when modern humans began spreading out of Africa - 1.5 to 2.1 percent of the DNA of anyone living outside Africa today is Neanderthal in origin.

Myth Busted: Ancient Humans May Not Have Been Redheads   Live Science - October 22, 2014

Ancient humans found with red hair weren't necessarily redheads in life, but may have acquired their carrot tops after death, a new study finds. A team of researchers examined the processes that degrade locks, ranging from exposure to the sun's powerful rays or being eaten away by microbes. These processes, many of which begin while a person or animal is still alive, can leave hair with an unnatural, reddish hue. The findings are not only important for archaeology, but also for conservation efforts and forensic investigations, according to the study published Oct. 21 in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

US returns smuggled ancient artifacts to Peru   BBC - October 24, 2014

The US has returned about 20 ancient artifacts - some more than 1,800 years old - to Peru. The objects include pottery and pieces looted from ancient Peruvian graves dating back from before the arrival of the Spanish in the 16th Century. They were found during four separate investigations over several years by US the customs service.

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The Science Behind Renee Zellweger's New Face   Discovery - October 23, 2014
Photographs of actress Renee Zellweger at the Elle magazine's Women in Hollywood awards this week, showing her dramatically different appearance, have sparked the Internet's interest. The 45-year-old actress looked almost unrecognizable to fans who know her best from her earlier movies such as "Jerry Maguire" and "Bridget Jones's Diary." But two cosmetic surgeons told Live Science that Zellweger's transformation could be the result of relatively minor procedures, as well as weight loss and normal aging. (Zellweger herself has attributed her changed appearance to lifestyle changes and natural aging.)

  Is Your Personality Affected by Your Birth Season?   Discovery - October 23, 2014
A new study argues that the season in which your were born can help determine your personality and even significantly impact your risk of developing mood disorders.




Today's Events, Birthdays and Quotes


October 23, 2014

Sun in Scorpio

Happy Birthday to the Scorpio Readers

Scorpio is a fixed water sign ruled by Pluto.


New Moon Solar Eclipse 0° Scorpio

Diwali - Hindu Festival of Lights




October 23, 1976

Ryan Reynolds

  Ryan Reynolds Google Videos

Ryan Reynolds is an award winning
Canadian actor. Filmography


Life is about putting the pieces of the puzzle together.

Ryan Reynolds Quotes




October 23, 1959

Nancy Grace

  Nancy Grace Google Videos

Nancy Grace is an American legal commentator, television
host, television journalist, and former prosecutor.


I'm not pretending to be anything but a crime victim
who went to law school and tried a lot of cases.

Nancy Grace Quotes 1

Nancy Grace Quotes 2

Nancy Grace Quotes 3




October 23, 1956

Dwight Yoakam

  Dwight Yoakam Google Videos

Dwight Yoakam is an award winning American singer-songwriter, actor
and film director, most famous for his pioneering country music.
Discography -- Filmography


A voice expressing emotion in a musical way moves on.
It's like the finale of the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey
as the world turns in on itself, as a universe unto itself,
in the shape of one human being.

Dwight Yoakam Quotes 1

Dwight Yoakam Quotes 2




October 23, 1954

Ang Lee

  Ang Lee Google Videos

Ang Lee is an award winning Taiwanese
American film director. Filmography


Creation begins in childhood.

I think all people are universal.

Ang Lee Quotes 1

Ang Lee Quotes 2




October 23, 1942 - November 4, 2008

Michael Crichton

  Michael Crichton Google Videos

Michael Crichton was an award winning American author, film producer, film
director, medical doctor and television producer best known for his science
fiction and techno-thriller novels, films and television programs.


We all live every day in virtual environments, defined by our ideas.

Michael Crichton Quotes 1

Michael Crichton Quotes 2

Michael Crichton Quotes 3




Wednesday October 22, 2014     6:00 PM ET


  'Horrific day' amid war memorial shooting near Canada's Parliament   CNN - October 22, 2014
There were two soldiers standing guard at the war memorial in Ottawa, and a gunman shot one of them, a witness told CNN on Wednesday. Peter Henderson, a journalist, said other soldiers doing drills nearby ran to help the fallen soldier. Henderson said he knew the person shot was a soldier because of the ceremonial uniform the soldier was wearing.

  Shots fired inside Canada parliament   BBC - October 22, 2014

Mechanism behind nature's sparkles revealed   BBC - October 22, 2014
Researchers from the University of Bristol have revealed "a universal explanation" for many of the dazzling colored and silvery reflections in the natural world.

Mathematical model shows how the brain remains stable during learning   PhysOrg - October 22, 2014
Complex biochemical signals that coordinate fast and slow changes in neuronal networks keep the brain in balance during learning, according to an international team of scientists from the RIKEN Brain Science Institute in Japan, UC San Francisco (UCSF), and Columbia University in New York.

Human skin cells reprogrammed directly into brain cells   PhysOrg - October 22, 2014
Scientists have described a way to convert human skin cells directly into a specific type of brain cell affected by Huntington's disease, an ultimately fatal neurodegenerative disorder. Unlike other techniques that turn one cell type into another, this new process does not pass through a stem cell phase, avoiding the production of multiple cell types, the study's authors report.

Volcanic plumbing at mid-ocean ridges goes far deeper than thought   PhysOrg - October 22, 2014
Two-thirds of earth's surface is covered in oceanic crust, but the deep plumbing that generates new crust remains poorly understood. New images from a chain of volcanoes beneath the Pacific Ocean show that magma may be erupting from a multi-layered magma chamber extending two miles or more beneath the seafloor, far deeper than originally thought.

Cosmonauts leave space station for six-hour space walk   Reuters - October 22, 2014
Two Russian cosmonauts floated outside the International Space Station on Wednesday for a six-hour space walk to replace science experiments and jettison two unneeded antennas.

The Last Hieroglyphic Language on Earth and an Ancient Culture Fighting to Survive   Epoch Times - October 22, 2014

The Dongba symbols are an ancient system of pictographic glyphs created by the founder of the Bon religious tradition of Tibet and used by the Naxi people in southern China. Historical records show that this unique script was used as early as the 7th century, during the early Tang Dynasty, however, research conducted last year showed that its origins may date back as far as 7,000 years ago. Incredibly, the Dongba symbols continue to be used by the elders of the Naxi people, making it the only hieroglyphic language still used in the world today. The Naxi people lived in the beautiful mountain province of Yunnan (Ňsouth of the cloudsÓ) for thousands of years, where they developed their own rich and enduring culture. Today, most of the 270,000 Naxi people live in the county of Lijiang where they retain many of their ancient traditions.

Missing Sphinx Head Found in Ancient Greek Tomb   Live Science - October 22, 2014
Archaeologists have discovered the missing head of one of the two marble sphinxes guarding a huge Macedonian tomb under excavation in Amphipolis, Greece. The statue's head has wavy hair that falls to its left shoulder, and it bears traces of red paint, according to an update yesterday (Oct. 21) from the Greek Ministry of Culture. Excavators also found fragments of the broken wings from the pair of sphinxes that stand at the entrance of the tomb. Enclosed by a marble wall 1,600 feet (490 m) in perimeter, the monumental burial mound at Amphipolis in northern Greece could be the largest of its kind in the Greek world. The archaeologists leading the ongoing excavation have not yet determined who is buried in the tomb (or if it is even intact), but they have said they believe the complex dates back to the fourth century B.C., during the era of Alexander the Great.

  King Tut's 'virtual autopsy' reveals surprises   CNN - October 22, 2014
King Tutankhamun's golden, mummified remains tell only a partial story of an ancient Egyptian boy king who died under mysterious circumstances.

Two World War II Battle Ships Discovered Off North Carolina   Live Science - October 22, 2014
Two World War II vessels that sunk within moments of each other 72 years ago have been rediscovered on the floor of the Atlantic Ocean, resting only a few hundred yards apart. The Allied merchant freighter Bluefields and the German U-boat U-576 went down on July 15, 1942, part of the larger Battle of the Atlantic that raged throughout the war. The shipwrecks were found by a team of researchers from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management.

  Social Security benefits will increase by 1.7% in 2015   CNN - October 22, 2014
Social Security checks will rise by 1.7% -- which translates into $22 more each month for the average retired worker.

  Duet with son highlight for Streisand: 'I had to sing with him'   Yahoo - October 22, 2014
Within just a few weeks of the 50th anniversary of Barbra Streisand's first No. 1 album, "People," which topped the charts in October 1964, Streisand has set a new record with her 10th No. 1 album - becoming the only artist to have had a No. 1 album in each of the past six decades.

This Is What A Panic Attack Physically Feels Like   Huffington Post - October 22, 2014
Perhaps one of the worst parts of panic attacks is the uncertainty of their appearance. They can occur at any time -- even in your sleep. The fear-inducing experience peaks around 10 minutes, but the exhausting physical symptoms can extend far beyond that.

Couples Draw Each Other From Memory, Hilarious Difficulties Ensue   Huffington Post - October 22, 2014
No matter how long a couple has been together, there's a base level assumption that they at least know what one another looks like. But when the lovebirds in the video above were asked to draw each other from memory, replicating their partner on paper proved a lot harder than expected.

Determined To Be In The Best Shape Of Her Life At Age 30, Lacey Bertram Lost 115 Pounds   Huffington Post - October 22, 2014
From 285-170 pounds

7 Habits Of Natural Leaders   Huffington Post - October 22, 2014
Successful leadership, like happiness, is one of those things that everyone claims to have the "secret" to. There are more than 27,000 leadership books on Amazon, thousands of seminars on leadership skills held in conference rooms across the country, and countless articles in business magazines and websites pruning leadership lessons from CEOs and corporate movers and shakers.

    Huffington Post - October 22, 2014
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have confirmed that their second baby is due in April - the first time they have offered a month for the royal birth.




Today's Events, Birthdays and Quotes


October 22, 1952

Jeff Goldblum

  Jeff Goldblum Google Videos

Jeff Goldblum is an award winning
American actor. Filmography


Smart people say the universe is so big there must be
something statistically happening in some other world.

Jeff Goldblum Quotes 1

Jeff Goldblum Quotes 2

Jeff Goldblum Quotes 3




October 22, 1946

Deepak Chopra

  Deepak Chopra Google Videos

Deepak Chopra is an Indian physician and author who has written
extensively on spirituality and diverse topics in mind-body medicine.


The secret of attraction is to love yourself.

Deepak Chopra Quotes 1

Deepak Chopra Quotes 2

Deepak Chopra Quotes 3




October 22, 1938

Christopher Lloyd

  Christopher Lloyd Google Videos

Christopher Lloyd is an award winning
American actor. Filmography


Destiny will bring us back to the future.

Christopher Lloyd




October 22, 1975

Jesse Tyler Ferguson

  Jesse Tyler Ferguson Google Videos

Jesse Tyler Ferguson is an award
winning American actor. Filmography


If I had a reality show, it would probably be called 'Keeping Fit with Jesse
Tyler Ferguson' because then I'd be forced to hit the gym every day.

Jesse Tyler Ferguson Quotes




October 22, 1990

Jonathan Lipnicki

  Jonathan Lipnicki Google Videos

Jonathan Lipnicki is an award winning
American actor. Filmography





October 22, 1964

TobyMac

  TobyMac Google Videos

Toby Mac is an award winning recording
artist, producer and songwriter. Discography


Diversity is my favorite word right now because I just love the challenge of

putting things together that people don't think should go together.




October 22, 1919 - November 17, 2013

Doris Lessing

  Doris Lessing Google Videos

Doris Lessing was a Zimbabwean-British novelist,
poet, playwright, biographer and short story writer.
In 2007, she won the Nobel Prize in Literature.


Learning is suddenly understanding something
you've understood all your life, but in a new way.


Doris Lessing Quotes 1

Doris Lessing Quotes 2

Doris Lessing Quotes 3

Doris Lessing Quotes 4




Tuesday October 21, 2014     8:30 PM ET


  Warren Buffett loses $2 billion in two days   CNN - October 22, 2014
If you're having a bad week, consider that Warren Buffett has lost $2 billion and it's only Tuesday.

The biggest sunspot of the current solar cycle is turning toward Earth   Spaceweather.com - October 21, 2014

This morning when astronomer Karzaman Ahmad of Malaysia's Langkawi Nagtional Observatory looked through the eyepiece of his solar telescope, he declared AR2192 a "monster" and snapped this picture.

  Designer Oscar de la Renta dies aged 82   BBC - October 21, 2014
US fashion designer Oscar de la Renta, who dressed former first ladies Jackie Kennedy and Hillary Clinton, has died aged 82, US media report. De La Renta, who most recently designed Amal Clooney's wedding dress, was diagnosed with cancer in 2006. Born in the Dominican Republic in 1932, he left home at 18 to study painting in Madrid, Spain. He soon developed a love of fashion design and began an apprenticeship with Spain's designer Cristobal Balenciaga. De la Renta made his name in the early 1960s when the then first lady, Jackie Kennedy, frequently wore his designs. He launched his own label several years later. Over the following decades he dressed nearly every first lady up to and including Michelle Obama, who he once chided for not wearing American designers.

00-Year-Old Traces of Monster Hawaii Tsunami Discovered   Live Science - October 21, 2014
A powerful earthquake in Alaska sent towering waves up to 30 feet (9 meters) tall crashing down on Hawaii about 500 years ago, leaving behind fragments of coral, mollusk shells and coarse beach sand in a sinkhole located on the island of Kauai, new research finds. The quake, likely a magnitude 9.0, sent the mighty waves toward Hawaii sometime between 1425 and 1665, the study found. It's possible that another large Alaskan earthquake could trigger a comparable tsunami on Hawaii's shores in the future, experts said.

Four Extreme Weather Changes and Why They're Happening Now   Live Science - October 21, 2014
If you think the weather's acting strange, you're correct. Extreme weather in the United States is trending upward according to a range of sources, from the 2014 U.S. National Climate Assessment to the American Meteorological Society. Human-caused climate change has already been blamed for much of it - most recently in connection with the California drought - but along with extreme weather , the United States is also getting extreme contrasts. What on Earth is going on when New York gets endless rain and San Francisco none, when one part of the country is freezing and another sees record heat?

Rare Inscription Hailing Emperor Hadrian Unearthed in Jerusalem   Live Science - October 21, 2014
A newly uncovered large slab of limestone with an official commemoration to the Roman Emperor Hadrian may help researchers understand the events that led to the Bar Kokhba revolt in the early second century, experts said. The finding is both rare and tremendous, and may be one of the most important Latin inscriptions ever uncovered in Jerusalem, the researchers said. Yet, the fragmented stone served more than one purpose throughout the ages. After ancient officials inscribed the commemoration, others recycled the limestone and used it to build a cistern, a container for storing water.

Ancient Greek well yields rare wooden statue   PhysOrg - October 21, 2014
Archeologists in Greece have uncovered a rare wooden statue preserved in the muddy depths of an ancient well in Piraeus, the port of Athens.

Ancient Europeans intolerant to lactose for 5,000 years after they adopted agriculture   PhysOrg - October 21, 2014
By analyzing DNA extracted from the petrous bones of skulls of ancient Europeans, scientists have identified that these peoples remained intolerant to lactose (natural sugar in the milk of mammals) for 5,000 years after they adopted agricultural practices and 4,000 years after the onset of cheese-making among Central European Neolithic farmers.

New poll reveals what Americans fear most   PhysOrg - October 21, 2014
According to the Chapman poll, the number one fear in America today is walking alone at night.

Middle-aged adults were more susceptible to the flu last year because of a new viral mutation   PhysOrg - October 21, 2014
A team of scientists, led by researchers at The Wistar Institute, has identified a possible explanation for why middle-aged adults were hit especially hard by the H1N1 influenza virus during the 2013-2014 influenza season.

Origins of sex discovered: Side-by-side copulation in distant ancestors   Science Daily - October 21, 2014
A paleontologist has revealed how the intimate act of sexual intercourse first evolved in our deep distant ancestors. In one of the biggest discoveries in the evolutionary history of sexual reproduction, scientists have found that internal fertilization and copulation appeared in ancient armored fishes, called placoderms, about 385 million years ago in what is now Scotland.

  Paralyzed man walks again after pioneering spinal surgery   The Guardian - October 21, 2014
Darek Fidyka, 38, from Bulgaria, was paralysed in a knife attack in 2010, but can now walk using a frame and leg braces. Surgeons in Poland transplanted nerve cells from his nose into his severed spinal column where they started to grow back and restore function

Augmented-reality startup nabs $542M from Google, others   C/NET - October 21, 2014
As the battle for virtual reality heats up, Google -- along with other well-known firms -- makes a big bet on a little-known wearable headset maker called Magic Leap which hopes to eventually replace computer and smartphone screens with virtual-reality interfaces. The company, founded in 2011 and based in Florida, makes a head-mounted device that acts like glasses. Turn the technology on, and it displays computer-generated images on top of what a wearer normally sees..




Today's Events, Birthdays and Quotes


October 21, 2014

Orionids

  Orionids Google Videos

The Orionids are annual meteor showers located near the constellation Orion.




October 21, 1980

Kim Kardashian

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Kim Kardashian is an American celebutante, socialite,
television personality, producer, actress, and model.


I'm enjoying this time to fully embrace motherhood.

Kim Kardashian Quotes




October 21, 1925 - July 16, 2003

Celia Cruz

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Google Doodle 2013

Celia Cruz was an award winning Cuban-American salsa performer - one of the most popular salsa artists of the 20th century. She earned twenty-three gold albums and was renowned internationally as the "Queen of Salsa" Discography


Singing is my life. It has always been my life. It will always be my life.

Celia Cruz Quotes




October 21, 1983

Charlotte Sullivan

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Charlotte Sullivan is a Canadian actress. Filmography




October 21, 1983

Ninet Tayeb

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Ninet Tayeb is an award winning
Israeli singer and actress. Discography


"Barefoot"

Ninet Tayeb




October 21, 1949

Benjamin Netanyahu

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Benjamin Netanyahu is the
current Prime Minister of Israel.


No one yet knows what awaits the Jews
in the twenty-first century,

but we must make every effort to ensure
that it is better than what

befell them in the twentieth,
the century of the Holocaust.

Benjamin Netanyahu Quotes 1

Benjamin Netanyahu Quotes 2




October 21, 1971

Jade Jagger

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Jade Jagger is an English jewelry designer, socialite and model.
She is the daughter of Mick Jagger and Bianca Jagger.


Behind every bottle of good perfume is a fascinating love story.

Jade Jagger




October 21, 1956

Carrie Fisher

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Carrie Fisher is an award winning American actress,
novelist, screenwriter, and lecturer. Filmography


I'm fine, but I'm bipolar. I'm on seven medications, and I take medication
three times a day. This constantly puts me in touch with the illness I have.
I'm never quite allowed to be free of that for a day. It's like being a diabetic.

Carrie Fisher Quotes




October 21, 1978

Will Estes

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Will Estes is an American actor. Filmography


If you like and respect yourself, others will be drawn to you.

Will Estes Quotes




October 21, 1982

Matt Dallas

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Matt Dallas is an award winning
American actor. Filmography


I think my motto is just to make the most of everyday.
I try to stay as positive and productive as possible.

Matt Dallas Quotes




October 21, 1959

Ken Watanabe

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Ken Watanabe is an award winning
Japanese actor . Filmography


I pay attention to the way the script envisages the world and how that view
is conveyed through the roles, as well as what the director wants to express.

Ken Watanabe Quotes




Monday October 20, 2014     6:30 PM ET


  Ebola crisis: Nigeria declared free of virus   BBC - October 20, 2014

In Photos: Prehistoric Temple Uncovered in Ukraine   Live Science - October 20, 2014
The temple measures 60 by 20 meters (197 by 66 feet) and was made of wood and clay. Originally two stories tall it was surrounded by a galleried courtyard. The temple and settlement were burned down after they were abandoned. (Photo Credit: courtesy Nataliya Burdo and Mykhailo Videiko/Institute of Archaeology NAS of Ukraine, Kyiv.)

Comet Siding Spring skims past Mars   BBC - October 19, 2014

A recently discovered comet has whizzed past Mars, giving scientists a unique chance to study an object from the farthest reaches of the Solar System. The comet, known as Siding Spring, raced past Mars at 56km per second (125,000mph), missing it by 139,500 km. Rovers on the Martian surface and satellites were primed to catch the event on their cameras and instruments.

Giant Sphinx from 'Ten Commandments' Film Unearthed 91 Years Later   Live Science - October 20, 2014
Hidden for more than 90 years beneath the rolling sand dunes of Guadalupe, California, an enormous, plaster sphinx from the 1923 blockbuster movie"The Ten Commandments" has been rediscovered and is now above ground. The public will be able to see the sphinx on display as early as next year, once it has been reconstructed - a necessity since it became weather-beaten during its stint beneath the sand, said Doug Jenzen, the executive director of the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Center, who oversaw the recent excavation.

Parkinson's Drugs Linked to Sex and Gambling Addictions   Live Science - October 20, 2014
Pathological gambling, hypersexuality and compulsive shopping are some of the abnormal behaviors that are linked to the use of certain drugs commonly used to treat Parkinson's disease, according to a new study. The findings are important because they mean that doctors and patients should be wary of the drugs' side effects, according to the study authors. But they also give researchers a better understanding of how abnormal behaviors develop in general, and how such behaviors may be related to the brain receptor that is targeted by the drug, the authors said.

Mental rest and reflection boost learning, study suggests   PhysOrg - October 20, 2014
A new study, which may have implications for approaches to education, finds that brain mechanisms engaged when people allow their minds to rest and reflect on things they've learned before may boost later learning.

  Scientists track Internet usage as it pulses across the globe daily   PhysOrg - October 20, 2014
Researchers studying how big the Internet is have found that it "sleeps," almost like a living creature.

Warming Earth Heading For Hottest Year On Record   Epoch Times - October 20, 2014
Earth is on pace to tie or even break the mark for the hottest year on record, federal meteorologists say. ThatŐs because global heat records have kept falling in 2014, with September the latest example.

  Lynda Bellingham: Tributes paid after actress dies at 66 of cancer   BBC - October 20, 2014

These Impossible Buildings Make M.C. Escher Look Quaint   Wired - October 20, 2014
Filip Dujardin is a strange sort of architectural photographer. HeŐs best known for pictures of buildings that donŐt exist. Dujardin makes digital photo montages of impossible structures. In some, modernist buildings are stacked like towers of mislaid Jenga pieces, with cantilevered sections shooting out in every direction. Others show passageways leading nowhere, like Escher drawings made real. Each is meticulously constructed, teetering on the fine edge between reality and absurdity.




Today's Events, Birthdays and Quotes


October 20, 1967

A purported bigfoot is filmed.

Bigfoot and Other Ape Creatures   Crystalinks

  Bigfoot Google Videos


Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.

Dr. Carl Sagan

Bigfoot Quotes




October 20, 1979

John Krasinski

  John Krasinski Google Videos

John Krasinski is an award winning American
actor, film director, and writer. Filmography


I never worry ... the answer always comes.

John Krasinski Quotes




October 20, 1977

Sam Witwer

  Sam Witwer Google Videos

Sam Witwer is an American actor and musician.
Filmography


I enjoy being human.

Sam Witwer Quotes




October 20, 1980

Niall Matter

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Niall Matter is a Canadian actor. Filmography


Playing a genius on Eureka had endless possibilities. I learned a lot about time travel especially

when my romantic interest found herself back in 1947 - then returned - changing the timelines.

Niall Matter Quotes




October 20, 1956

Danny Boyle

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Danny Boyle is an award winning English
filmmaker and producer. Filmography


I love huge movies. Not sure I am the guy to make them,
but you can rely on me being there watching them.

Danny Boyle Quotes




October 20, 1935 - December 28, 2004

Jerry Orbach

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Jerry Orbach was an award winning
American actor. Filmography


I like to work fast. It's a New York thing.

Jerry Orbach Quotes 1

Jerry Orbach Quotes 2




October 20, 1971

Snoop Dogg

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Cordozar Broadus aka Snoop Dogg, is an award
winning American rapper, record producer and actor.
Filmography -- Discography


Hip-hop is what makes the world go around.

Snoop Dogg Quotes 1

Snoop Dogg Quotes 2

Snoop Dogg Quotes 3