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Ellie's 2023 Archived Blogs

December 7-15, 2023

Happy Hanukkah to those celebrating. We all know this is a very difficult time for the Hebrew people and others involved with the Middle East conflict, but hopefully some joy will come into your life in this holiday season - whatever you celebrate - wherever it takes you.

Christmas decorations in the lobby of my building 2023

Ellie and the Christmas Tree in the Park

Friday December 8, 2023     6:00 PM ET

Ellie's World Blog Today
Holiday Themes
Free Will Rewind 2023
New Quantum Theories

We Thought We Found Alien Moons, But They Might Not Exist After All

Asteroid will pass in front of bright star Betelgeuse to produce a rare eclipse visible to millions

You Won't Need A Telescope To See Next Week's Rare Occultation Of Betelgeuse


How To Test If We're Living In A Computer Simulation a branch of science called information physics


California's greenhouse gas emissions are rising, and we're not even counting them all

Scientists Warn The Atmosphere Hasn't Been Like This in 14 Million Years

Atlantic Ocean near Bermuda is warmer and more acidic than ever, 40 years of observation show


The dirty truth about taking your shoes off at the door

Mysterious Link Between Owning Cats And Schizophrenia Is Real, Study Says

Unexpected Protein Linked to Early-Onset Dementia in Huge Discovery

Can a Supplement Really Help Control Those Pesky Eye Floaters?

Why Are People Talking About A Redesign Of The COVID-19 Vaccines?


Oldest fortresses in the world discovered in a remote region of Siberia


Brenda Lee (79 on 12/11/23) makes history with Christmas classic 'Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree' on the 65th Anniversary of the holiday classic with a new music video for 2023

Today's Events, Birthdays and Quotes

December 8, 1964

Teri Hatcher - Videos - Filmography

December 8, 1982

Nicki Minaj - Videos - Filmography - Discography - News

You don't have to feel the need to put somebody
down to make yourself feel better.

December 8, 1993

AnnaSophia Robb - Videos - Filmography

You can go to school at any age. Education reshapes your life.

December 8, 1953

Kim Basinger - Videos - Filmography

I feel there are two people inside me - me and my intuition.
If I go against her, she'll screw me every time,
but if I follow her, we get along quite nicely.

December 8, 1939

Jerry Butler - Videos - Discography

The answer is not in the music - it is the music.

December 8, 1886 - November 24, 1957

Diego Rivera, Painter - Art - Videos - Married to Frida Kahlo

The Wheel of Time and Karma define our existence.

December 8, 1815 - February 9, 1905

Adolph von Menzel Painter - Art - Videos

Windows open the mind to endless aesthetic possibilities.

Thursday December 7, 2023     6:00 PM ET

Earth may have had all the elements needed for life - contrary to theories that they came from meteorites

The Famous Halley's Comet Reaches Aphelion This Weekend

Peering deep into 'The Brick,' a dark, chaotic gas cloud at the heart of the Milky Way

The early galaxy AzTECC71 is so far away it keeps disappearing from telescope observations. A new study by the James Webb Space Telescope finally pins it down.

Intergalactic 'stream of stars' 10 times longer than the Milky Way is the 1st of its kind ever spotted

The Peregrine Lunar Lander is set to launch on Dec 24. Here's what it'll bring to the moon

One of the brightest stars in the sky will 'blink out' on Dec. 12. Here's how to watch.

Minor Planet Chiron Doesn't Have Rings After All - It's Something Weirder

Ancient stars made extraordinarily heavy elements, researchers find

For its final trick, Chandrayaan-3 brings its propulsion module to Earth orbit


Physicists 'entangle' individual molecules for the first time, hastening possibilities for quantum computing

New dark matter theory explains two puzzles in astrophysics


Gemini: Google's Answer To ChatGPT Looks Pretty Mindblowing


What Are Cave Pearls And Which Caves Can You Find Them In?

Earth on Brink of Five Catastrophic Climate Tipping Points, Report Warns

Satellite Images Shows Japan's Newest Volcanic Island Is Growing

Dredging up New York City's glacial memory

Climate tipping points are nearer than you think. Our new report warns of catastrophic risk

Water crisis in South Africa: Damning report finds 46% contamination, 67% of works near to breaking down

The impacts of extreme heat on health and well-being in the United Kingdom

Jet stream will get faster as climate change continues, study finds


'Useless' Organ That Doctors Often Remove Could Actually Fight Cancer

Evidence in Humans Shows Stress Really Can Turn Hair Gray. But It Could Be Reversed.

Most Extensive Real-World Study on HIV Prevention Drug PrEP: The Results Are in

Cannabis And Psychosis Are Linked, And This Could Be Why

Dyslexia Differs Across Languages, Especially When It Comes To English


132-Million-Year-Old Mystery Fossil's True Identity Is Finally Revealed

Stone Age Cave Dwelling Found Exactly As It Was Left 17,000 Years Ago

Fossil Plant Turns Out To Be Over 100-Million-Year-Old Baby Turtle

Temple linked to Hercules and Alexander the Great discovered in ancient megacity in Iraq


A painting valued at $15,000 turned out to be by Rembrandt. Now it has sold for almost $14 million


Opinion: The finest speech ever given in a presidential debate - Rating Wednesday night's debate

Today's Events, Birthdays and Quotes

December 7, 1941

Attack on Pearl Harbor - In the News

December 7, 1928

Noam Chomsky Historian, critic, activist - Videos

I've lived through many wars, each one said to be the last.
Will humanity ever find peace? Not in my lifetime I'm afraid.

December 7, 1989

Nicholas Hoult - Videos - Filmography

Sometimes life makes me wonder why things turn out the way they do.
They say there are no coincidences, so there must a method to the madness.

December 7, 1932

Ellen Burstyn - Videos - Filmography

What a lovely surprise to finally discover

how unlonely being alone can be.

December 7, 1987

Aaron Carter - Videos - Discography -- Filmography

Having a dream, living that dream, losing that dream,
dreaming again and then having that dream come true again
is one of the greatest feelings ever because I'm stronger.

December 7, 1982

Jack Huston - Videos - Filmography

Next to a bartender and your therapist,
a great psychic can give you needed insights.

December 7, 1979

Jennifer Carpenter - Videos - Filmography

I try to look at everything from a birds eye perspective
and not let my own point of view get in the way.

December 7, 1978

Shiri Appleby - Videos - Filmography

Indecision is the seedling of fear.

December 7, 1988

Emily Browning - Videos - Filmography

I am the classic case of somewhere,
somehow I'll find the actress I'm supposed to be.

December 7, 1598 - November 28, 1680

Gian Lorenzo Bernini - Videos


Baroque artist, sculptor, architect, stage designer ...

Wednesday December 6, 2023     7:00 PM ET

Black holes are missing in the early universe, and computers are after them

Iran says it sent a capsule capable of carrying animals into orbit as it prepares for human missions

Module that powered historic moon mission has returned to Earth's orbit

Astronauts on the International Space Station celebrate 25 years of their vehicle in orbit


Video: Watch As River Currents Form Giant Rotating Ice Disc in Inner Mongolia

The Likely Site Of Earth's Most Recent Large Impact Crater Has Been Found

10 Photos From the 2023 Northern Lights Photographer of the Year


Does Science Really Show Free Will Doesn't Exist? Here's What You Need to Know

US drug shortages are forcing impossible choices for Americans, experts tell Senate committee

We've Finally Seen in Exquisite Detail How Human Fingers And Toes Grow In The Womb


Tiny ancient tablet may show earliest Hebrew name of God


4 things to watch for in the fourth Republican presidential primary debate

Kevin McCarthy to leave Congress at the end of this year

Leaked audio of heated meeting reveals hostages' fury at Netanyahu


Behind the Scenes of TIME's 2023 Person of the Year Issue

Taylor Swift named Time's Person of the Year


Norman Lear: Sitcom writer and producer dies aged 101

ChatGPT, Oppenheimer and Indian entertainment top the most-viewed Wikipedia pages in 2023

Today's Events, Birthdays and Quotes

December 6, 2023

Saint Nicholas Day - Videos

December 6, 1967

Judd Apatow Producer, Director - Videos - Filmography

The situation in Israel grows more dire each day.

December 6, 1948

JoBeth Williams - Videos - Filmography

Spending time in nature makes you feel more alive and in balance.

December 6, 1976

Lindsay Price - Videos - Filmography

If we take care of ourselves first, our spirits,
our hearts, we can be strong alone.

Tuesday December 5, 2023     7:00 PM ET

How to see the bright Andromeda Galaxy shine overhead this week

Mercury may have a 'potentially habitable' region below its surface, salty glaciers suggest

Gigantic 'hole' in the sun wider than 60 Earths is spewing superfast solar wind right at us

Magnetic Blob Orbiting Earth's Closest Supermassive Black Hole Shoots Radiation Toward Us Every 76 Minutes

Chandrayaan-3's Propulsion Module Returns To Earth Orbit After "Special Operation" During Eclipse

After 10 Billion Years, A Star named SO-6 - From Outside The Milky Way Galaxy - Reached Its Heart

Astronomers determine the age of three mysterious baby stars at the heart of the Milky Way

Dark galactic region nicknamed 'The Brick' explained with Webb findings

Does Betelgeuse even rotate? Maybe not


SETI: How we're searching for alien life at previously unexplored frequencies


After a five-year pause, on the evening of 26 September, lead ions collided at the Large Hadron Collider

Bold New Theory Seeks To Unify Einstein's Relativity And Quantum Mechanics

Physicist explains X-rays that shouldn't exist in 'cold' plasma


How The Building Blocks Of Life Survived Early Earth's Extreme Radiation

The Earth Isn't Perfectly Round It Has a Sizable Bulge

A shipboard monitoring system is giving researchers much-needed measurements of Antarctic wind, waves and ice

Major Antarctic glacier passed a tipping point in the last 80 years, research reveals


Tinnitus Could Be Our Brain's Way of Coping With Nerve Damage

People with PTSD feel like they're reliving past experiences in the present. This may be tied to how the brain processes memories of those experiences.

The Life And Death Cycle You Probably Know Nothing About

Pioneering Brain Implant Restores Patients' Cognitive Function Years After Traumatic Brain Injury

New math approach provides insight into memory formation

Unlocking the secrets of the brain's dopaminergic system


Mysterious Ancient Cemetery in Finland Is Devoid of Human Remains

Finland - Possible Arctic graveyard may be northernmost Stone Age cemetery - but there are no human remains to prove it

7 extraordinary African kingdoms from ancient times to centuries ago

Face Of Pre-Columbian Person With Rare Skull Deformity Recreated

Closer look at the Menga dolmen shows it was one of the greatest engineering feats of the Neolithic


Who are the hostages released during the Israel-Hamas truce?

Today's Events, Birthdays and Quotes

December 5, 1975

Paula Patton - Videos - Filmography

The older I get, the more I accept and appreciate myself and others.

December 5, 1968

Margaret Cho - Videos - Filmography

Love is the big booming beat which covers up the noise of hate.

December 5, 1979

Nick Stahl - Videos - Filmography

Sometimes you find that there is better material
in small and more independent movies.

December 5, 1985

Frankie Muniz - Videos - Filmography

I want to do movies that in ten years time
people will respect me for, as an actor.

December 5, 1932 - May 9, 2020

Little Richard - Videos - Discography - Filmography

Gay people are the sweetest, kindest, most artistic,
warmest and most thoughtful people in the world.
And since the beginning of time, all they've ever been is kicked.

December 5, 1901 - December 15, 1966

Walt Disney - Videos

Walt Disney was a multiple Academy Award-winning American film
producer, director, screenwriter, voice actor, animator, entrepreneur
and philanthropist and co-founder of Walt Disney Productions.

All our dreams can come true,

if we have the courage to pursue them.

December 5, 1890 - August 19, 1957

David Bomberg Painter - Videos - Whitechapel Boys

The pyramids began the history of architecture.
People learned to measure time by a calendar, to plot
the stars by astronomy and chart the Earth by geometry.
They also developed that most awesome of all ideas - the idea of eternity.

Monday December 4, 2023     7:00 PM ET

Hundreds of Dead Stars Discovered Pulsing Gamma Rays in Massive Sky Survey


Is Earth inside a giant void or bubble? It could solve one of cosmology's biggest puzzles


Cracked Piece of Metal Heals Itself in Experiment That Stuns Scientists

The World's Biggest Nuclear Fusion Reactor Just Came Online


Video: Climbers Trapped On Erupting Volcano Slope In Indonesia

Some parts of the country will see a break from cold, winter weather with temperatures reaching above average highs for this part of December

Solar storm from 1977 reveals how unprepared we are for the next 'big one'

Strange yellow glass found in Libyan desert in 1933 may have formed from lost meteor impact

Strong atmospheric river to slam Northwest with over a half foot of rain, creating a significant flood threat


'Halo' Device Coming in 2025 Is Designed to Induce Lucid Dreams


Colossal Prehistoric Tomb Was Greatest Engineering Feat Of The Stone Age

Elephants Twice The Weight Of Mammoths Were Hunted By Neanderthals 125,000 Years Ago


BBC Rizz named word of the year 2023 by Oxford University Press. The term is thought to be a shortened form of the word "charisma".

CNN 'Rizz': What it means, who has it and how to find your own

Today's Events, Birthdays and Quotes

December 4, 1949

Jeff Bridges - Videos - Filmography

We came from beyond the stars and so we shall return.

Karen Allen co-starred with Jeff Bridges in the 1984 film Starman.

December 4, 1969

Jay-Z - Videos - Discography - Filmography

I believe that the energy you put out in the world, you get back.

December 4, 1973

Tyra Banks - Videos - Filmography

Every woman has a story.

December 4, 1964

Marisa Tomei - Videos - Filmography

For me, the camera is a sketch book,
an instrument of intuition and spontaneity.