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Friday November 21, 2014     8:00 AM ET

Ellie's World Blogs
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Time and the Hologram
National Museum of the American Indian
UFOs in the News
Diet Suggestions - November 2014
Self-Help Lists - November 2014

Today's Events, Birthdays and Quotes

November 21, 2014

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 in US

November 21, 2014

50 Years Ago the Verrazano Bridge Opened

November 21, 1620

Mayflower Compact.

  Mayflower Compact Google Videos

November 21, 1694 - May 30, 1778


  Voltaire French Enlightenment Google Videos

Franćois-Marie Arouet, better known by the pen name Voltaire, was a French Enlightenment writer, essayist, deist and philosopher known for his wit, philosophical sport, and defense of civil liberties, including freedom of religion and the right to a fair trial. A known Freemason, he was a member of the Lodge of the Nine Sisters in Paris along with friend and fellow member Benjamin Franklin, one of the Founding Fathers of the US.

An ideal form of government is democracy tempered with assassination.

Everything's fine today, but that is our illusion.

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November 21, 1986

Sam Palladio

  Sam Palladio Google Videos

Sam Palladio is a British actor and musician.
Filmography -- Discography

I am a self-taught guitarist. I just try to piece
together passages that have some melodic value!

Sam Palladio Quotes

November 21, 1984

Jena Malone

  Jena Malone Google Videos

Jena Malone is an award winning American
actress and musician. Filmography

Advice is such a tricky thing so be careful what you say and how you say it.

Jena Malone Quotes

November 21, 1945

Goldie Hawn

  Goldie Hawn Google Videos

Goldie Hawn is an award winning American actress,
film director, producer, and occasional singer. Filmography

Once you can laugh at your own weaknesses, you can move forward.
Comedy breaks down walls because it opens people up.
If you're good, you can fill up those openings with something positive.

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Thursday November 20, 2014     7:00 PM ET

Unwinding the mysteries of the cellular clock   Science Daily - November 20, 2014
Underlying circadian rhythms is a clock built of transcription factors that control the oscillation of genes, serving as the wheels and springs of the clock. But, how does a single clock keep time in multiple phases at once? A genome-wide survey found that circadian genes and regulatory elements called enhancers oscillate daily in phase with nearby genes – both the enhancer and gene activity peak at the same time each day.

Imagination, reality flow in opposite directions in the brain   Science Daily - November 20, 2014
As real as that daydream may seem, its path through your brain runs opposite reality. Aiming to discern discrete neural circuits, researchers have tracked electrical activity in the brains of people who alternately imagined scenes or watched videos.

  3 shot at Florida State University before gunman killed by police   CNN - November 20, 2014
Florida State University students huddled together in the aisles of a packed campus library early Thursday after a gunman opened fire, injuring three.

Northern US braced for more snowstorms after seven die   BBC - November 20, 2014
Another 3ft (1m) of snow is expected to hit parts of north-eastern US after a massive snowstorm left at least seven dead in New York state on Wednesday.

Antarctica's Mysterious Mountains Preserved By Ice   Live Science - November 20, 2014
Earth's best-kept secret to looking young is buried under Antarctica's deep, old ice. The planet's fountain of youth is frozen water mantling Antarctica's mighty Gamburtsev Mountains, a new study reports. Roughly the size of the European Alps, by all rights, the 100-million-year-old Gamburtsevs should resemble the rolling Appalachians by now, having eroded away beneath grinding ice. Instead, the Gamburtsevs are as rugged as the Rocky Mountains.

A house for ALL seasons: Shape-shifting home transforms throughout the year in response to changing temperatures   Mail Online - November 20, 2014

The D*Haus Architect concept 'metamorphosis' into eight different configurations based around a series of hinges. It responds to seasonal conditions automatically, or can be moved using hydraulics and rails controlled by a handle. Called D*Dynamic, the structure (pictured) was inspired by the work of an early 20th Century mathematician who discovered a way to dissect a square and rearrange its parts into an equilateral triangle. The 'folding' house shapeshifts into eight different configurations that automatically adapt to the changing seasons

Want Weight-Loss Tips? Beware of Top Search Results Online   Live Science - November 20, 2014
If you're looking online for weight-loss advice, it might be a good idea to bypass the first page of your search results, a new study suggests. About one-third of Americans are overweight, so it's not surprising that around 40 percent of Americans search online for tips on weight loss and exercise, according to research published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research. But the problem is that most of the links on the first page of a Google search lead to unreliable sources and commercial websites that market unrealistic weight-loss products and techniques, the study found. Seeing top results full of unreliable information poses a problem for consumers, who usually only click on the first few links they see in their search results.

Here Are the Healthiest Chain Restaurants in the US   Live Science - November 20, 2014
A new website ranks popular restaurant chains in the United States based on the healthiness of their food, and aims to make it easier for people to find healthy options when they eat out. The website, called Grellin, uses nutrition information from meals at 100 of the nation's restaurant chains, and ranks the restaurants based on the proportion of their meals that qualify as "healthy." The researchers call this percentage the "Grellin grade." Some of the restaurants that ranked as the healthiest include Au Bon Pain, Rubio's and Subway, which had more than 50 percent of their menu items meet the criteria for healthiness.

  Obesity 'costing same as smoking'   BBC - November 20, 2014
The worldwide cost of obesity is about the same as smoking or armed conflict and greater than both alcoholism and climate change, research has suggested.

Next Fitness Trackers Will Be Printed on Clothes   Live Science - November 20, 2014
Hitting the track with a bulky fitness tracker on your wrist or hip may soon be a thing of the past. Tiny sensors that can be embedded into a shirt, sports bra or even a pair of glasses are now able to continuously track your heart rate, log miles walked and calculate calories burned. These sensors are possible because scientists have developed new technologies that allow tiny, stretchable electrical circuits to be printed onto fabric. These new technologies - from printable ink to yarn that can conduct an electrical impulse - are being paired with rugged sensors, to create new types of wearable fitness trackers. And unlike other trackers, these can simply be tossed in the wash after a sweaty workout.

How to Restore Deleted Files From Your Hard Drive   Epoch Times - November 20, 2014
You have deleted your Images, Software, Data, Files and Important Docs then don't worry you can easily recover your all deleted files from Hard Drive

Laser from a plane discovers Roman goldmines in Spain   Science Daily - November 20, 2014
Hidden under the vegetation and crops of the Eria Valley, in León (Spain), there is a gold mining network created by the Romans two thousand years ago, as well as complex hydraulic works, such as river diversions, to divert water to the mines of the precious metal. Researchers made the discovery from the air with an airborne laser teledetection system.

Electron Beam Points To Origins Of Teotihuacan Stone Faces   Scientific American - November 20, 2014

Dramatic stone masks, iconic finds in the ancient Mexican city of Teotihuacan, were supposed to be made from a jadelike stone. Many researchers also thought the large faces were made on the site of the pre-Columbian metropolis. Instead, they seem to have been made in workshops a great distance to the south of the city. And they are made of softer stone like serpentinite and polished with quartz. Quartz does not appear around Teotihuacan, bolstering the notion that the masks were made far away.

Geologists discover ancient buried canyon in South Tibet   Science Daily - November 20, 2014
Scientists have discovered an ancient, deep canyon buried along the Yarlung Tsangpo River in south Tibet, north of the eastern end of the Himalayas. The geologists say that the ancient canyon -- thousands of feet deep in places -- effectively rules out a popular model used to explain how the massive and picturesque gorges of the Himalayas became so steep, so fast.

Dizzying heights: Prehistoric farming on the 'roof of the world'   Science Daily - November 20, 2014
Archaeological findings pose questions about genetic resistance in humans to altitude sickness and genetic response in crop plants to flowering times and ultraviolet radiation tolerance. Archaeological discoveries from the 'roof of the world' on the Tibetan Plateau indicate that from 3,600 years ago, crop growing and the raising of livestock was taking place year-round at hitherto unprecedented altitudes.

Out of India: Finding the origins of horses, rhinos   Science Daily - November 20, 2014
Working at the edge of a coal mine in India, a team of researchers has filled in a major gap in science’s understanding of the evolution of a group of animals that includes horses and rhinos. That group likely originated on the subcontinent when it was still an island headed swiftly for collision with Asia, the researchers report.

Ancient Egyptian Handbook of Spells Deciphered   Live Science - November 20, 2014

An Egyptian Handbook of Ritual Power (as researchers call it) has been deciphered revealing a series of invocations and spells. It includes love spells, exorcisms and a cure for black jaundice (a potentially fatal infection). Written in Coptic (an Egyptian language) the 20 page illustrated codex dates back around 1,300 years. This image shows part of the text.

10 Tips For Healthier Grocery Shopping, From The Nutrition Experts Who Know Best   Huffington Post - November 20, 2014

Make A List
Don't Go Hungry
Pick (Even) More Produce
Stock Up On Canned Foods
Go Plain
Be Selective When Buying Organic
Read The Label
Try Something New
Don't Buy At Eye-Level
Do A Final Check

  Multiple award-winning director Mike Nichols dies at 83   CNN - November 20, 2014

Director Mike Nichols, one of the few people to win an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony award, died Wednesday evening, according to a note from ABC News' president to its staff. Nichols, 83, who directed "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf" and "The Graduate," was the husband of former "ABC World News" anchor Diane Sawyer.

  Three Grandmas Smoke Pot For The First Time, And It Is The Best Thing Ever   Huffington Post - November 20, 2014

Three grandmas recently smoked marijuana for the first time and got high. It is the best thing ever. And don't worry, they didn't break the law -- Cut filmed the trio in their home state of Washington, where recreational use is legal.

Today's Events, Birthdays and Quotes

November 20, 1942

Joe Biden

  Joe Biden Google Videos

Joe Biden is the 47th and current Vice President of the United States.

  Happy Birthday, Joe Biden! Here's Why You're Awesome.   Huffington Post - November 20, 2014

Look ... freedom is an overwhelming American notion.
The idea that we want to see the world, the peoples of
the world free, is something that all of us subscribe to.

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November 20, 1969

Callie Thorne

  Callie Thorne Google Videos

Callie Thorne is an award winning
American actress. Filmography

Sometimes you have to look to the future and never look back.

Callie Thorne Quotes

November 20, 1971

Joel McHale

  Joel McHale Google Videos

Joel McHale is an award winning stand-up comedian, actor,
writer, producer, and television personality. Filmography

I don't think the NFL had the slightest intention of taking me,
except as maybe a water boy.

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November 20, 1975

Dierks Bentley

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Dierks Bentley is an award winning
American country music artist. Discography

Country music has always been the best shrink that 15 bucks can buy.

Dierks Bentley Quotes

November 20, 1948

Richard Masur

  Richard Masur Google Videos

Richard Masur is an American actor. Filmography

When most actors perform as they are someone else.

Richard Masur Quotes

November 20, 1925 - June 6, 1968

Robert F. Kennedy

  Robert F. Kennedy Google Videos

Robert Francis "Bobby" Kennedy, was one of two younger
brothers of U.S. President John F. Kennedy and served as
United States Attorney General from 1961 to 1964.

A revolution is coming ... a revolution which will be
peaceful if we are wise enough;
compassionate if we care enough;
successful if we are fortunate enough
but a revolution which is coming whether we will it or not.

We can affect its character, but we cannot alter its inevitability.

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November 20, 1889 - September 28, 1953

Edwin Powell Hubble

  Edwin Powell Hubble Google Videos

Edwin Hubble was an American astronomer -
discovered galaxies beyond the Milky Way.

Hubble Telescope

The great spirals apparently lie outside our stellar system.

Edwin Powell Hubble Quotes

Wednesday November 19, 2014     2:00 PM ET

'   Snowstorms, frigid temperatures hammer half of the U.S.; five people killed   CNN - November 19, 2014
Snowstorms and record low temperatures whacked much of the country this week -- and there's more havoc coming.

  Israel demolishes East Jerusalem home after synagogue attack   BBC - November 19, 2014
Israeli troops have destroyed the home of a Palestinian man who killed a woman and a baby by ramming a car into a Jerusalem tram stop last month.

Egyptian civilians killed in North Sinai clashes   BBC - November 19, 2014
Ten people have been killed in overnight fighting between Islamist militants and soldiers in the north of Egypt's Sinai peninsula, officials say.

Dutch mum rescues daughter from Islamic State in Syria   BBC - November 19, 2014
A Dutch mother has arrived with her daughter in Turkey, after a hazardous journey to Syria to bring her back from the Islamic State stronghold of Raqqa.

Parallel Worlds Could Explain Wacky Quantum Physics   Live Science - November 19, 2014
The idea that an infinite number of parallel worlds could exist alongside our own is hard to wrap the mind around, but a version of this so-called Many Worlds theory could provide an answer to the controversial idea of quantum mechanics and its many different interpretations. Bill Poirier, a professor of physics at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, proposed a theory that not only assumes parallel worlds exist, but also says their interaction can explain all the quantum mechanics "weirdness" in the observable universe.

Heritage Month at the National Museum of the American Indian   Epoch Times - November 19, 2014
One became the Van Cleef & Arpels of Navajo jewelry making, and the other lived the Native American experience in epic proportions. The achievements of two extraordinary families, the Yazzies (Navajo) and the Poolaws (Kiowa), are the focus of two recently opened exhibits at The National Museum of the American Indian in New York. While the museum's permanent exhibit, An Infinity of Nations, feels thoroughly Smithsonian with its showcase of tribal artifacts from throughout North and Meso-America, the new exhibits zero in on, make personal, and bring up to date modern and contemporary Native American life.

'Cloaking' device uses ordinary lenses to hide objects across continuous range of angles   PhysOrg - November 19, 2014
Inspired perhaps by Harry Potter's invisibility cloak, scientists have recently developed several ways - some simple and some involving new technologies - to hide objects from view. The latest effort, developed at the University of Rochester, not only overcomes some of the limitations of previous devices, but it uses inexpensive, readily available materials in a novel configuration.

Spooky alignment of quasars across billions of light-years   PhysOrg - November 19, 2014

Quasars are galaxies with very active supermassive black holes at their centres. These black holes are surrounded by spinning discs of extremely hot material that is often spewed out in long jets along their axes of rotation. Quasars can shine more brightly than all the stars in the rest of their host galaxies put together.

'Theory of Everything' Film Reveals Stephen Hawking's Personal Life   Live Science - November 19, 2014
Famed astrophysicist Stephen Hawking changed cosmology with his ground-breaking work on black holes and the origin of space and time, but his personal life has stayed mostly out of the limelight. Until now. The new movie "The Theory of Everything" is based on the memoir "Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen" (Alma Books, 1013), written by Stephen's ex-wife Jane Hawking. The film focuses on Jane Hawking's courage and determination to support Stephen Hawking, who was diagnosed with a type of motor neuron disease when he was 21. His mind remains undamaged, but the disease has destroyed most of his voluntary muscle control.

US States Are a Lot Fatter Than We Thought   Live Science - November 19, 2014

The obesity rates of many U.S. states are actually higher than previously thought, a new study finds. The new findings are based on doctors' measurements of people's height and weight, whereas many previous reports were based on people's reports of their own measurements. But the problem is not that people underestimate their weight - surprisingly, it's that they overestimate their height.

Scientists prevent memory problems caused by sleep deprivation   Science Daily - November 19, 2014
Scientists have found that a particular set of cells in a small region of the brain are responsible for memory problems after sleep loss. By selectively increasing levels of a signaling molecule in these cells, the researchers prevented mice from having memory deficits.

Were Neanderthals a sub-species of modern humans? New research says no   Science Daily - November 19, 2014
Researchers have identified new evidence supporting the growing belief that Neanderthals were a distinct species separate from modern humans (Homo sapiens), and not a subspecies of modern humans.

Training can lead to synesthetic experiences: Does learning the 'color of' specific letters boost IQ?   Science Daily - November 19, 2014
A new study has shown for the first time how people can be trained to 'see' letters of the alphabet as colors in a way that simulates how those with synesthesia experience their world. Synesthesia is a fascinating though little-understood neurological condition in which some people (estimated at around 1 in 23) experience an overlap in their senses. They "see" letters as specific colors, or can "taste" words, or associate sounds with different colors. A critical debate concerns whether the condition is embedded in our genes, or whether it emerges because of particular environmental influences, such as colored-letter toys in infancy.

Synesthesia Taught To Adults With Colored Letters And Memory Tests   Medcial Daily - November 19, 2014
Most synesthesia studies rely on a phenomenon in color psychology known as the Stroop Effect. It presents the test taker with a list of colors - Yellow, Green, Blue - each written in a typeface of a different color than what the word says. The word yellow may be written in red ink, for instance, and the word blue may actually appear yellow. The person taking the test has to say the color of the text, not read the word. Most of the time, it's difficult. But for synesthetes, the task isn't as hard because colors and words already have concrete associations in their brains. They have an easier time “hooking” onto the desired color.

You're Buying Your Sheets Wrong. We're Here To Help.   Huffington Post - November 19, 2014
A higher thread count doesn't mean you're buying a better quality sheet. Yes, higher does NOT mean better. Believe us, we were as shocked as you. We wanted to get to the bottom of this misconception. How did the misconception come about? Numbers aren't everything: Even if a sheet has a high thread count, that can be inflated by manipulating the sheet-making process with a low-quality construction or thread. As a general rule, buy above a 200-thread count sheet, and know that anything over an 800-thread count really doesn't matter.

World Isn't Even Close to Stopping Global Warming: U.N.   NBC - November 19, 2014
The world still isn't close to preventing a dangerous level of man-made warming, a new United Nations report says. That's despite some countries’ recent pledges to cut back on carbon dioxide emissions. The report looks at the gap between what countries promise to do about carbon pollution and what scientists say needs to be done to prevent temperatures rising another two degrees - the goal world leaders set in 2009. To meet it, the world has to hit a peak of carbon dioxide, methane and other greenhouse gases before 2030.

Today's Events, Birthdays and Quotes

November 19, 1962

Jodie Foster

  Jodie Foster Google Videos

Jodie Foster is an American award winning
actor, director and producer. Filmography

I cannot believe in God when there is no scientific evidence
for the existence of a supreme being and creator.

Jodie Foster Quotes 1

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November 19, 1961

Meg Ryan

  Meg Ryan Google Videos

Meg Ryan is an award winning
American film actress. Filmography

I have a very good life, so I have nothing to complain about.
Sometimes, I just have existential angst.

Meg Ryan Quotes 1

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November 19, 1954

Kathleen Quinlan

  Kathleen Quinlan Google Videos

Kathleen Quinlan is an award winning
American actress. Filmography

I filmed underwater for two days in the open ocean with dolphins.

Kathleen Quinlan Quotes

November 19, 1959

Allison Janney

  Allison Janney Google Videos

Allison Janney is an award winning
American actress. Filmography

An agent once told me he didn't know what to do with me,
but I knew he was wrong and I would make my own success.

Allison Janney Quotes

November 19, 1942

Calvin Klein

  Calvin Klein Google Videos


Calvin Klein is an award winning American fashion designer who
launched Calvin Klein Inc. in 1968 - clothing, perfume, jewelry.

Lupita Nyong'o in Calvin Klein - 2014 Critics' Choice Awards

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November 19, 1986

Veronica Scott

  Veronica Scott Google Videos

Veronica Scott is an American television personality,
fashion designer, and entrepreneur. Fuchsia Clothing

Embroidery can make any outfit look like a designer creation.

Veronica Scott

November 19, 1983

Daria Werbowy

  Daria Werbowy Google Videos

Daria Werbowy is a Canadian-Ukrainian model.
Werbowy's clients include Lancome, Prada, Yves Saint-Laurent,
Gucci, Valentino, Versace, Louis Vuitton and Chanel.

Sometimes you just fall in love with a specific designer's fashions.

Daria Werbowy Quotes

November 19, 1956

Ann Curry

  Ann Curry Google Videos

Ann Curry is an award winning American television
personality, news journalist and photojournalist..

I choose to fill my days with what I'm passionate about, and live with purpose.

Ann Curry Quotes

November 19, 1938

Ted Turner

  Ted Turner Google Videos

Ted Turner is an award winning American media
mogul, philanthropist and the founder of CNN.

I didn't get here for my acting... but my love of media as a means of communication.

My son is now an "entrepreneur." That's what you're called when you don't have a job.

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November 19, 1933

Larry King

  Larry King Google Videos

Larry King is an award winning American
radio, and television host who worked for CNN.

Communications is the number one major in America today.

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November 19, 1922 - December 5, 1995

Stanley Runcorn

Keith Runcorn was a British physicist whose paleomagnetic reconstruction
of the relative motions of Europe and America revived the theory of
continental drift and was a major contribution to plate tectonics.

The universe flows, carrying with it milky ways and worlds, Gondwanas and Eurasias, inconsistent visions and clumsy systems. But the good conceptual models, these serena templa of intelligence on which several masters have worked, never disappear entirely. They are the great legacy of the past. They linger under more and more harmonious forms and actually never cease to change. They bring solace by the great art that is inseparable from them. Their permanence relies on the immortal poetry of truth, of the truth that is given to us in minute amounts, foretelling an order whose majesty dominates time and space until it no longer exists.

Stanley Runcorn

November 19, 1922 - March 31, 1999

Yuri Knorosov

  Yuri Knorosov Google Videos

Yuri Knorosov was a Russian linguist, epigrapher and ethnographer.

Mayan cosmology contains within it the explanation for our current
global transformation, and possibilities for how we can survive it.

Yuri Knorosov

Tuesday November 18, 2014     7:00 PM ET

Comet landing: Organic molecules detected by Philae   BBC - November 19, 2014
The Philae lander has detected organic molecules on the surface of its comet, scientists have confirmed. Carbon-containing "organics" are the basis of life on Earth and may give clues to chemical ingredients delivered to our planet early in its history. The compounds were picked up by a German-built instrument designed to "sniff" the comet's thin atmosphere. Other analyses suggest the comet's surface is largely water-ice covered with a thin dust layer.

  Four killed in Jerusalem synagogue attack   BBC - November 18, 2014
At least four Israelis have been killed and eight injured as two men armed with a pistol, knives and axes attacked a West Jerusalem synagogue, police say.

  Israel: 'We will respond with a heavy hand' after synagogue attack kills 4   CNN - November 18, 2014
Two knife- and axe-wielding Palestinian men broke into a Jerusalem synagogue Tuesday morning and killed four Israeli worshipers, Israeli police said. Police responded and shot and killed the attackers, spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told CNN. Authorities said the men were cousins who came from East Jerusalem and also had a handgun. Six others were wounded during the attack in the Har Nof area of West Jerusalem, including two responding police officers, Rosenfeld said.

  9/11 terrorist Zacarias Moussaoui claims Saudi involvement   CNN - November 18, 2014
From his cell in a maximum security prison, terrorist Zacarias Moussaoui is reviving old allegations and making new ones against al Qaeda and a handful of Saudi royals.

Ears of Ancient Chinese Terra-Cotta Warriors Offer Clues to Their Creation   National Geographic - November 18, 2014
New clues about Terra-Cotta Warriors -- In 246 B.C. the adolescent ruler commissioned a massive tomb furnished with everything he'd need for the next life, including an entire army of life-size terra-cotta warriors, from mighty generals to humble infantrymen. Arranged in battle formation in pits near the emperor's tomb, the clay army stood watch for more than 2,000 years. Then, in 1974, local farmers rediscovered the site while digging a well. Since then, archaeologists have puzzled over how ancient artisans produced the estimated 7,000 lifelike clay soldiers, right down to their stylish goatees and plaits of braided hair. Some have suggested that the statues were modeled after real, individual soldiers; others think they were assembled from standard clay ears, noses, and mouths, similar to the Mr. Potato Head toy.

Mechanisms behind 'Mexican waves' in the brain are revealed by scientists   PhysOrg - November 18, 2014
Scientists have revealed the mechanisms that enable certain brain cells to persuade others to create 'Mexican waves' linked with cognitive function. Ultimately, the team say their work may help researchers understand more about normal brain function and about neurocognitive disorders such as dementia. Neurons are cells in the brain that communicate chemical and electrical information and they belong to one of two groups- inhibitory or excitatory. While much is known about excitatory neurons, the role of inhibitory neurons is still being debated.

Up to 80 million bacteria sealed with a kiss   Science Daily - November 18, 2014
s many as 80 million bacteria are transferred during a 10 second kiss, according to new research. The study also found that partners who kiss each other at least nine times a day share similar communities of oral bacteria.

Photo: Martian City Cracks   National Geographic - November 18, 2014
Inca City, an area on the Martian south pole, is developing cracks in a seasonal layer of ice. Dust is visible as dark streaks fanning out from the fissures. The cracks occur when gas builds up under the ice and cannot escape through a weak spot.

Warmth, flowing water on early Mars were episodic   Science Daily - November 18, 2014
There is ample evidence that water once flowed on the surface of ancient Mars. But that evidence is difficult to reconcile with the latest generation of climate models that suggest Mars should have been eternally icy. A new study suggest that warming and water flow on Mars were probably episodic and related to ancient volcanic eruptions.

How scientists can learn what distinguishes science from pseudoscience   PhysOrg - November 18, 2014
Critically, scientists must learn what really distinguishes science from pseudoscience. We can fall for comforting myths, with pseudoscience being the domain of cat palmists on TV claiming to predict earthquakes with the moon. Amusing, sometimes exasperating, but mostly harmless stuff.

Archaeologist leads the first detailed study of human remains at the ancient Egyptian site of Deir el-Medina   PhysOrg - November 18, 2014

'Tips-by-text' program helps boost literacy in preschoolers, study finds   PhysOrg - November 18, 2014
When it comes to spending quality family time together, text messaging doesn't have to be a villain. It could be an enabler. Stanford researchers have created a promising new text-messaging program that is designed to support parents in their efforts to teach their children their ABCs and prepare them for kindergarten. The program, called READY4K!, sends weekly cell phone texts to parents of preschoolers to give them bite-sized tips and easy, specific actions related to developing early literacy skills.

A carry-on that charges your smartphone (and more)   PhysOrg - November 18, 2014
The Bluetooth-driven suitcase packs a microcomputer, a battery for charging smartphones on the go, a sensor for tracking the luggage's location, and a built-in digital scale for weighing the case. The case is accompanied by a mobile application that serves as a personal travel assistant.

  A Mysterious Flash in the Sky Over Russia and Ukraine: Authorities ‘Refused to Comment'   Epoch Times - November 18, 2014
The Siberian Times reports that regional media have been unable to identify the cause of a huge flash in the night sky seen from Chelyabinsk, Russia, to the Sverdlovsk region of Ukraine. It also reported: “According to regional television, neither meteorologists nor scientists can explain the strange phenomenon. A local observatory indicated nothing fell from the sky on the day of the flash. Local officials from the Emergencies Ministry refused to comment on the happening.”


  'UFO' Discovered (Sigh) In Apollo 12 Photograph, 45 Years Later   Huffington Post - November 18, 2014

The European Space Agency's comet lander might have died after just three days - but as we know, data recovered from space can yield insights long after the mission itself is over. Take Apollo 12, for instance. You might think that the second manned mission to the Moon - while remarkable even now - has given up all of the scientific secrets we could expect over the last 45 years. Well not so, according to the UFO community, who claim to have spotted something… unusual in the depths of one of the photos from the mission.

Is the truth out there? Chilling snap shows UFO photographed over British city   Express.UK- November 18, 2014

An image shows a UFO hovering over Manchester, its photographer has claimed.

UFO Traffic Report: Mid November 2014   Examiner - November 18, 2014
UFO testimony this past week documents more low-to-ground sightings with one California witness suggesting a "major UFO corridor" and another wondering if the object was a drone. The most compelling case occurred over the Ohio Turnpike where the object was under 150 feet. The five cases reviewed here were some of the most interesting from the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) witness reporting database.

UFO Sightings 2014: Google Earth Captures ‘UFO' Over Victoria, Australia   Epoch Times - November 18, 2014
A UFO was captured over Victoria, Australia, on Google Earth, according to bloggers.

  UFO Buzzes Nuclear Plant In Mexico, Latest Of Many UFOs Seen Hovering At Nuke Facilitie   Inquisitr - November 18, 2014

A UFO filmed hovering over nuclear power plant in Veracruz, Mexico, and posted to YouTube November 7 is just the latest in a long series of UFO sightings over and near nuclear facilities - as history of ominous sightings that stretches back six decades, to the earliest days of nuclear energy production.

Today's Events, Birthdays and Quotes

November 18, 1968

Owen Wilson

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Owen Wilson is an award winning
American actor and writer. Filmography

I definitely would like to do some more romantic roles.

Owen Wilson Quotes 1

Owen Wilson Quotes 2

November 18, 1960

Elizabeth Perkins

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Elizabeth Perkins is an award winning
American actress. Filmography

Did perpetual happiness in the Garden of Eden get so boring, eating the apple was justified?

Elizabeth Perkins Quotes

November 18, 1953

Kevin Nealon

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Kevin Nealon is an American
actor and comedian. Filmography

I prefer organically grown everything.

Kevin Nealon Quotes

November 18, 1968

Romany Malco

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Romany Malco is an award winning American
actor and music producer. Filmography

What are you fishing for?

Romany Malco Quotes

November 18, 1942

Susan Sullivan

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Susan Sullivan is an award winning
American actress. Castle (TV Series) (2009-present).

The story of your life is filed with many chapters, and often a few mysteries.

Susan Sullivan Quotes

November 18, 1952

Delroy Lindo

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Delroy Lindo is an award winning English
actor and theatre director. Filmography

I think every actor wants to play an FBI agent or cop at one point.

Delroy Lindo Quotes

November 18, 1969

Ahmed Helmy

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Ahmed Helmy is an Egyptian comedian and actor.
He is married to Mona Zaki. Filmography

We understand each other and it works.

November 18, 1976

Mona Zaki

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Mona Zaki is an Egyptian leading actress.
She is married to Ahmed Helmi. Filmography

November 18, 1949 - March 27, 2005

Ahmad Zaki

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Ahmad Zaki was a leading Egyptian film star. Filmography

In the years after I am gone, freedom will come to the people of Egypt.

Ahmad Zaki

November 18, 1974

Chloe Sevigny

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Chloe Sevigny is an award winning American
actress, fashion designer and model. Filmography

I am most proud of my integrity and least proud of my cynicism.

Chloe Sevigny Quotes

November 18, 1985

Christian Siriano

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Christian Siriano is an award winning
American fashion designer.

Fashions fade. Style is eternal.

Christian Siriano Quotes

November 18, 1944

Wolfgang Joop

Wolfgang Joop is a German fashion designer.

I think fashion is about suspense and surprise and fantasy.
It's not about rules.

Wolfgang Joop Quotes

November 18, 1787 - July 10, 1851

Louis-Jacques-Mande Daguerre

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Louis-Jacques-Mande Daguerre was a French artist and chemist,
recognized for his invention of the daguerreotype process of photography.

At first glance, it doesn't seem that remarkable: An old black-and-white scene of a strangely deserted city, smudged in places by some primitive photographic process. But this image, taken in Paris, France, in 1838, is believed to be the earliest known photograph featuring a person. Look in the photo's lower left corner and you'll see a man getting his boots cleaned on the sidewalk. The boot-cleaner is there too, although he is harder to spot.

I have seized the light and arrested its flight.

Louis-Jacques-Mande Daguerre

Monday November 17, 2014     9:30 PM ET

Martin Salia, Nebraska Ebola Patient, Dies   Huffington Post - November 17, 2014
Dr. Martin Salia, the surgeon being treated for Ebola in Nebraska, has died, WOWT6News reported on Monday. The hospital confirmed the news. Salia was 44. A resident of Maryland, he had fallen ill while treating patients in his native Sierra Leone.

Michael Brown: Missouri governor activates National Guard   BBC - November 17, 2014
The governor of the US state of Missouri has activated the state's National Guard in anticipation of a grand jury decision over the killing of an unarmed black teenager.

Pictures: Explorers Descend Into Siberia's Mystery Crater   National Geographic - November 17, 2014
Dramatic photos this week from a Russian expedition that descended into a mysterious crater in Siberia, where scientists battled temperatures of 12°F (-11°C), provoked some Internet commenters to quip that "hell really has frozen over." Scientists from the Russian Centre of Arctic Exploration donned climbing gear and entered the 54-foot-deep (16.5 meters) crater, which was discovered in July on Siberia's remote northern Yamal Peninsula.

Iceland: Acid Snow and Dead Mice from Eruption Pollution   Iceland Review - November 17, 2014
Acid snow due to toxic gases including SO2 emitted from the eruption in Holuhraun in the northeastern highlands has fallen near the eruption site. Precipitation in places as far from the eruption as Hornafjorour Southeast Iceland, have been found to have a higher pH level. Meanwhile, farmers in the Höfn area, Southeast Iceland, have found a large number of dead mice which appear to have died suddenly, reports. It is assumed that they died due to high levels of pollution from the eruption. SO2 in the area measured 21,000 mĶ/m3 in late October, a record in inhabited areas since the eruption began two months ago.

Alaska's Pavlof Volcano Belches Out Ash as Satellite Watches   NBC - November 17, 2014
One of Alaska's most active volcanoes spewed ash 35,000 feet (10,600 meters) above sea level over the weekend, prompting a warning for pilots flying near the Alaska Peninsula peak.

Comet lander: Camera sees Philae's hairy landing   BBC - November 17, 2014
High-resolution pictures have now been released of the Philae probe in the act of landing on Comet 67P last Wednesday. They were acquired by the Narrow Angle Camera on the Rosetta satellite, which had dropped the little robot towards the surface of the "ice mountain".

Rosetta Captures Comet Lander Philae's Big Adventure   Discovery - November 17, 2014
A camera aboard the comet-orbiting Rosetta spacecraft captured snapshots of the Philae lander's adventurous journey on the comet's body, newly released images show. The mothership Rosetta, which in August put itself into orbit around Comet 67P/ Churyumov–Gerasimenko, released Philae on Thursday for a seven-hour free fall to the comet for an independent science mission, the first to take place on a comet's rocky body. A camera aboard Rosetta, which was orbiting less than 10 miles above the comet's surface, captured images of Philae's descent, unexpected bounce and slow eastward drift.

Elusive dark matter may be detected with GPS satellites   PhysOrg - November 17, 2014
The everyday use of a GPS device might be to find your way around town or even navigate a hiking trail, but for two physicists, the Global Positioning System might be a tool in directly detecting and measuring dark matter, so far an elusive but ubiquitous form of matter responsible for the formation of galaxies.

Uber Just Stuck a Knife in the Republican Party's Heart   - November 17, 2014
This weekend, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick appeared at a dinner in New York and, in a few words, fatally undercut the premise of the Republican Party's economic philosophy. Kalanick told reporters that Obamacare had been a crucial element in his form's success. The democratization of those types of benefits allow people to have more flexible ways to make a living. They don't have to be working for The Man.

Calorie-restricting diets slow aging, study finds   Science Daily - November 17, 2014
Neuroscientists have shown that calorie-reduced diets stop the normal rise and fall in activity levels of close to 900 different genes linked to aging and memory formation in the brain.

New York City to Offer Free Gigabit Wi-Fi in 2015   NBC - November 17, 2014
New York City today unveiled an ambitious plan to roll out a free city-wide municipal Wi-Fi network that officials say will be the fastest and most wide-reaching network of its kind in the world.

Laughing Matter: Finding the Roots of Humor in the Brain   Live Science - November 17, 2014
Where does humor come from in the brain? To find out, team of researchers scanned the brains of professional comedians to identify the brain activity involved in telling jokes. Compared to regular people or amateurs, professional jokesters had more brain activity in regions involved in producing humor. But the comedians had less activity in regions linked to pleasure and enjoyment of humor. Many studies have investigated brain areas involved in humor perception, but few studies have looked at regions involved in humor production

'Forgotten' Brain Region Rediscovered a Century Later   Live Science - November 17, 2014
A major pathway of the human brain involved in visual perception, attention and movement - and overlooked by many researchers for more than a century - is finally getting its moment in the sun. In 2012, researchers made note of a pathway in a region of the brain associated with reading, but we couldn't find it in any atlas. A quick investigation showed that the pathway, known as the vertical occipital fasciculus (VOF), was not actually unknown. Famed neuroscientist Carl Wernicke discovered the pathway in 1881, during the dissection of a monkey brain that was most likely a macaque.

  Pope Francis to visit the U.S. for the first time next fall   CNN - November 17, 2014
Pope Francis is to make his first trip to the United States as the head of the Catholic Church in September 2015, the Vatican said Monday. He will travel to the World Meeting of the Families, said Vatican spokesman Padre Lombardi. The Catholic public event, which celebrates the family as the basic building block of society, is to be held in Philadelphia next year.

  Australia and China seal major free trade deal   BBC - November 17, 2014
The deal, the result of a decade of talks, will open up markets worth billions of dollars, Canberra says.

  Deadly mudslides engulf homes in Switzerland and Italy   BBC - November 17, 2014
At least four people have been killed in landslides in southern Switzerland and northern Italy following days of torrential rain.

'Emotional Map' Reveals Where Human Body Feels Gentle Touch   Live Science - November 17, 2014
From the stroke of a mother's hand to the embrace of a lover, sensations of gentle touch activate a specialized set of nerves in humans. The brain is widely believed to contain a "map" of the body for sensing touch. But humans may also have an emotional body map that corresponds to feelings of gentle touch, according to new research presented here Sunday (Nov. 16) at the 44th annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience. For humans and all social species, touch plays a fundamental role in the formation and maintenance of social bonds

Archaeologists dig at ancient site near Syrian war   PhysOrg - November 17, 2014
Archaeology and war don't usually mix, yet that's been the case for years at Karkemish, an ancient city along the Turkey-Syria border where an excavation team announced its newest finds Saturday just meters (yards) from Islamic State-controlled territory.

    Epoch Times - November 17, 2014
Creating diamonds from carbon-rich peanut butter came into play after being pushed by a German TV station. The hydrogen released helped generate a diamond, but also ruined the experiment.


  National Unfriend Day: Why It's OK for Facebook Users to Slim Down Your Friends List   ABC - November 18, 2014
What started as a silly holiday by Jimmy Kimmel a few years ago has turned into an annual occurrence every November 17, when participating Facebook users take a good hard look at their friends list and choose people to unfriend.

Jaden and Willow Smith on Prana Energy, Time and Why School is Overrated   New York Times - November 18, 2014
What are some of the themes that recur in your work?
JADEN: The P.C.H. being one of them; the melancholiness of the ocean; the melancholiness of everything else.
WILLOW: And the feeling of being like, this is a fragment of a holographic reality that a higher consciousness made.

Jennifer Lawrence Looks Drop Dead Gorgeous in New Fashion Spread - See the Pics!   - November 17, 2014
Jennifer Lawrence stares straight into the camera (and into your soul) in one of the pics from a just-released bunch, which focuses on her face and shows her wearing a silver-plated chain necklace with sea-green and turquoise accents that match and bring out her beautiful eyes. A single wisp of hair, which is tucked into an updo, frames one of her cheekbones.

'Mockingjay' lands in Los Angeles   - November 17, 2014
The Hunger Games began a slow drumbeat to its finale on Monday night at the Nokia Theater L.A. Live, premiering Mockingjay – Part 1 (in theaters Nov. 21) with gusto. Rather than opting for a traditional red carpet, the franchise built a glossy, fiery Capitol set for its actors to parade down.

Actor Known As 'Japan's Clint Eastwood' Dead At 83   Huffington Post - November 18, 2014
Ken Takakura, an actor known as "Japan's Clint Eastwood" for his portrayal of tough but principled gangsters in over 100 movies and who gained international fame in director Ridley Scott's "Black Rain," has died at the age of 83.

How to DRAIN your dragon? Jennifer Lopez flubs her lines at Hollywood Film Awards... then flirts with winner Gerard Butler   - November 18, 2014

Great Photos: 5 wedding rules Solange Knowles broke fabulously   CNN - November 17, 2014
She's a celebrity who didn't have a celebrity wedding. Everyone wore white. She wore a wedding pantsuit. What bridesmaids dresses? Who says it's bad luck to see the groom before the ceremony?

Bill Cosby's Silence On Rape Allegations Makes Huge Media Noise   NPR - November 17, 2014
This may be the first time in a long while that Bill Cosby can't control the public conversation about Bill Cosby. Read the recent biography Cosby: His Life and Times, and you see a portrait of a talented performer who took control of his business and career interests early on, forever suspicious of journalists and industry executives who might try to interfere.

Today's Events, Birthdays and Quotes

November 17, 1978

Rachel McAdams

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Rachel McAdams is an award
winning Canadian actress. Filmography

I have a certain curiosity for life that drives me

and propels me forward.

Rachel McAdams Quotes 1

Rachel McAdams Quotes 2

Rachel McAdams Quotes 3

November 17, 1974

Leslie Bibb

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Leslie Bibb is an award winning American actress
and former fashion model. Filmography

You need the right combination to unlock the secrets to what you seek.

Leslie Bibb Quotes

November 17, 1958

Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio

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Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio is an award
winningAmerican actress. Filmography

As a measure of acting skills, film can be very deceptive.

Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio Quotes

November 17, 1976

Diane Neal

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Diane Neal is an American actress. Filmography

I walk by the water to relax and figure out what I want to do next.

Diane Neal

November 17, 1983

Harry Lloyd

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Harry Lloyd is an English actor. Filmography

Success is only another form of failure if
we forget what our priorities should be.

Harry Lloyd Quotes 1

Harry Lloyd Quotes 2

November 17, 1942

Martin Scorsese

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Martin Scorsese is an award winning American film director,
screenwriter, producer, actor, and film historian. Filmography

Cinema is a matter of what's in the frame and what's out.

Martin Scorsese Quotes 1

Martin Scorsese Quotes 2

November 17, 1944

Danny DeVito

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Danny DeVito is an award winning American
actor, comedian, director, and producer. Filmography

There are two dilemmas that rattle the human skull:
How do you hang on to someone who won't stay?
And how do you get rid of someone who won't go?

Danny DeVito Quotes 1

Danny DeVito Quotes 2