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AUGUST 2018
August 18 - Mercury Retrograde Ends
August 19 - 24 - Hajj
August 20 - MTV Music Awards - VMAS
August 22 - Sun in Virgo
August 26 - September 3 - Burning Man
August 26, 2018 Full Moon 3° Pisces




Reading with Ellie

Ellie's World Archives 2018

Ellie's Text and Video Blogs 2018






Friday August 17, 2018     7:00 PM EDT


Ellie's World Blogs
Aretha Franklin - A Soul Note
True or False - The Family Man and Collateral Damage
Politics: Pull up a Chair if You Dare
Zippers and the Gears of Time


Is empty space really the same as nothing?   PhysOrg - August 17, 2018

New telescope chases the mysteries of radio flashes and dark energy   PhysOrg - August 17, 2018

Another way for stellar-mass black holes to grow larger   PhysOrg - August 17, 2018

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What the Surging Glaciers of Svalbard Tell Us About the Future of Rising Seas   Smithsonian - August 17, 2018

Indonesia is about to open the Asian Games but its traffic-clogged capital Jakarta remains shrouded in a haze of air pollution that threatens to mar the world's second-biggest multi-sport event   PhysOrg - August 17, 2018

Volcano eruptions at different latitudes impact sea surface temperature differently   PhysOrg - August 17, 2018

Scientists find titanium dioxide from sunscreen is polluting beaches   PhysOrg - August 17, 2018

Texas plants spewed 8 million pounds of air pollutants as Hurricane Harvey hit   PhysOrg - August 17, 2018

'Abrupt thaw' of permafrost beneath lakes could significantly affect climate change models   PhysOrg - August 17, 2018

How Scientists Discovered Helium, the First Alien Element, 150 Years Ago   Smithsonian - August 17, 2018

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China 'training for strikes' on US targets   BBC - August 17, 2018




Today's Events, Birthdays and Quotes


August 17, 1943

Robert De Niro

  Robert De Niro Google Videos

Robert De Niro is an award winning American
film actor, director, and producer. Filmography


I go to Paris, I go to London, I go to Rome, and I always say,
"There's no place like New York.
It's the most exciting city in the world. That's the way it is."

Robert De Niro Quotes 1

Robert De Niro Quotes 2




August 17, 1969

Donnie Wahlberg

  Donnie Wahlberg Google Videos

Donnie Wahlberg is an American singer,
actor and film producer. Filmography


In the end I'm the only one who knows me.

Donnie Wahlberg Quotes




August 17, 1960

Sean Penn

  Sean Penn Google Videos

Sean Penn is an award winning American
film actor and director. Filmography


I think we all have both light and dark inside us.

Sean Penn Quotes 1

Sean Penn Quotes 2




August 17, 1968

Helen McCrory

  Helen McCrory Google Videos

Helen McCrory is an award winning
English actress. Filmography


Theatre is liberating because it only works if it's truthful.

Helen McCrory Quotes




August 17, 1601 - January 12, 1665

Pierre de Fermat

  Fermat's Last Theorem (Andrew Wiles) Google Videos

French mathematician
Fundamental principles of analytic geometry
With Blaise Pascal, he founded the theory of probability.
Development of optics called Fermat's Principle.


Perhaps, posterity will thank me for having shown

that the ancients did not know everything.

Fermat's Last Theorem

Pierre de Fermat Quotes




Thursday August 16, 2018     7:00 PM EDT


Donald Trump's Space Force plans analysed by a sci-fi expert   PhysOrg - August 16, 2018

Astronomers identify some of the oldest galaxies in the universe   PhysOrg - August 16, 2018

Hubble paints picture of the evolving universe   PhysOrg - August 16, 2018

Sprawling galaxy cluster found hiding in plain sight   PhysOrg - August 16, 2018

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New CRISPR technique skips over portions of genes that can cause disease   - August 16, 2018

How sheds can help men stave off loneliness after retirement according to our new research   PhysOrg - August 16, 2018

US approves first generic competitor to Mylan's EpiPen   Medical Express - August 16, 2018

Phantom odors: One American in 15 smells odors that aren't there, study finds   Medical Express - August 16, 2018

Cardiovascular disease related to type 2 diabetes can be reduced significantly   Medical Express - August 16, 2018

Men and women show surprising differences in seeing motion   Medical Express - August 16, 2018

Expecting to learn: Language acquisition in toddlers improved by predictable situations   Medical Express - August 16, 2018

Brain response study upends thinking about why practice speeds up motor reaction times   Medical Express - August 16, 2018

Widespread declines in life expectancy across high income countries coincide with rising young adult and midlife mortality in the United States   Science Daily - August 16, 2018

Autism linked to egg cells' difficulty creating large proteins   Medical Express - August 16, 2018

National birth cohort study finds DDT metabolites in the blood of pregnant women are associated with elevated odds of autism in offspring   Science Daily - August 16, 2018

Does Drinking Ayahuasca Really Feel Like a Near-Death Experience?   Live Science - August 16, 2018

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'Cursed' Mummy Cheese Might Be the World's Oldest, Researchers Say   Live Science - August 17, 2018

Prehistoric mummy reveals ancient Egyptian embalming 'recipe' was around for millennia   Science Daily - August 16, 2018

Ancient Egyptian mummification 'recipe' revealed   BBC - August 16, 2018

99-million-year-old beetle trapped in amber served as pollinator to evergreen cycads   PhysOrg - August 16, 2018

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Researcher discovers genetic differences in trees untouched by mountain pine beetles   PhysOrg - August 16, 2018

California Logged Its Hottest Month Ever, and Things Are Only Going to Get Worse   Live Science - August 16, 2018

California wildfire smoke is engulfing a storm in the Atlantic   Mashable - August 16, 2018

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The wheat code is finally cracked   PhysOrg - August 16, 2018

Wheat gene map to help 'feed the world'   BBC - August 16, 2018

Researcher discovers genetic differences in trees untouched by mountain pine beetles   PhysOrg - August 16, 2018

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Printable tags turn everyday objects into smart, connected devices   Science Daily - August 16, 2018

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Genoa bridge collapse: 'Miracle escape' stories emerge   BBC - August 16, 2018

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In op-ed, Brennan says Trump revoked his security clearance to 'scare into silence' critics   CNN - August 16, 2018

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Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, has died   CNN - August 16, 2018

What Paris shows us about the history of photography   PhysOrg - August 16, 2018

Glassdoor Reveals 25 Highest Paying Jobs In America For 2018   PR Newswire - August 16, 2018




Today's Events, Birthdays and Quotes


August 16, 1958

Angela Bassett

  Angela Bassett Google Videos

Angela Bassett is an award winning American actress currently
co-starring in Mission: Impossible - Fallout. Filmography


The things we do to help ourselves and others are sacred.

Angela Bassett Quotes




August 16, 1958

Madonna

  Madonna Google Videos

Madonna is an award winning American singer,
actress and entrepreneur. Discography


I've never really lived a conventional life, so I think it's quite foolish for me or
anyone else to start thinking that I am going to start making conventional choices.

Madonna Quotes 1

Madonna Quotes 2




August 16, 1991

Evanna Lynch

  Evanna Lynch Google Videos

Evanna Lynch is an award winning
Irish actress. Filmography


We're damn lucky to have our bodies, these strange,
multi-functional machines, that let us leave our legacy on the planet.

Evanna Lynch Quote




August 16, 1982

Cam Gigandet

  Cam Gigandet Google Videos

Cam Gigandet is an award winning
American actor. Filmography


Think carefully before making an important decision,
but don't over-think it or you'll go crazy.

Cam Gigandet Quotes




August 16, 1954

James Cameron

  James Cameron Google Videos

James Cameron is an award winning Canadian film director,
producer, screenwriter, editor and inventor. Filmography


Pick up a camera. Shoot something. No matter how small, no matter

how cheesy, no matter whether your friends and your sister star in it.

Put your name on it as director. Now you're a director.

Everything after that you're just negotiating your budget and your fee.

James Cameron Quotes




August 16, 1962

Steve Carell

  Steve Carell Google Videos

Steven Carell is an award winning American
comedian, actor, producer, and writer. Filmography


Nothing to me feels as good as laughing incredibly hard.

Steve Carell Quotes




August 16, 1945

Suzanne Farrell

  Suzanne Farrell Google Videos

Suzanne Farrell is an award winning eminent American
20th century ballerina. Suzanne Farrell Ballet at the Kennedy Center.


I could work out a lot of my emotions by going to class and dancing.

Suzanne Farrell Quotes




August 16, 1888 - May 19, 1935

T. E. Lawrence

  T. E. Lawrence Google Videos

British soldier, Arab Revolt of 1916-18, vivid personality and writings have
made him the object of fascination throughout the world as "Lawrence of Arabia".


All men dream, but not equally.
Those who dream by night, in the dusty recesses of their minds,
wake in the day to find that it was vanity.

But the dreamers of the day are dangerous men,
for they may act out other dreams with open eyes, to make it possible.

T. E. Lawrence Quotes 1

T. E. Lawrence Quotes 2




Wednesday August 15, 2018     8:00 PM EDT


Scientists discover organic acid in a protoplanetary disk   PhysOrg - August 15, 2018

Study of material surrounding distant stars shows Earth's ingredients 'pretty normal'   PhysOrg - August 15, 2018

Iron and titanium in the atmosphere of an exoplanet   Live Science - August 15, 2018

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Why Do Mosquitoes Bite Some People More Than Others?   Smithsonian - August 15, 2018

Parental life span predicts daughters living to 90 without chronic disease or disability   Science Daily - August 15, 2018

Congenital blindness reversed in mice - New technique generates rod photoreceptors that integrate into the retina and brain   Science Daily - August 15, 2018

An Artist Discovered a Parasitic Worm in His Eye, Which He Said 'Guided' His Work   Live Science - August 15, 2018

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Florida Declares Emergency As Red Tide Blooms   Live Science - August 15, 2018

Hunk of Destroyed WWII Battleship Discovered off the Coast of Alaska   Live Science - August 15, 2018

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Follow the White House press briefing   CNN - August 15, 2018

Los Angeles to be first US city to install subway body scanners   NY Post - August 15, 2018

Port Authority tests new security tech that scans passersby   NY Post - August 15, 2018

A community devastated by a wildfire sends messages to the couple whose trailer started it   CNN - August 15, 2018

Report details sexual abuse by more than 300 priests in Pennsylvania's Catholic Church   CNN - August 15, 2018

Genoa bridge collapse shows what's wrong with modern Italy   CNN - August 15, 2018

How Michael Avenatti helped a 9-year-old Guatemalan boy make it back to his mother   CNN - August 15, 2018




Today's Events, Birthdays and Quotes


August 15, 1977

"Wow Signal"

  "Wow Signal" Google Videos


Was the Wow Signal our first detection of extraterrestrials?
It might have been, but no scientist would make such a claim.

Seth Shostak (SETI)

The Wow Signal came from the direction of Sagittarius.


Sagittarius and the Galactic Center




August 15-18, 1969

Woodstock Music & Art Festival

  Woodstock Google Videos

Woodstock Music & Art Fair (informally, Woodstock) was a music festival, billed as "An Aquarian Exposition", held at Max Yasgur's 600 acre dairy farm in the rural town of Bethel, New York. Thirty-two of the best-known musicians of the day appeared during the sometimes rainy weekend in front of nearly half a million concertgoers. It is widely regarded as one of the greatest moments in popular music history and was listed on Rolling Stone's 50 Moments That Changed the History of Rock and Roll.




August 15

Flooding of the Nile

The annual flooding cycle of the Nile goes back to ancient times. It is celebrated by Egyptians beginning August 15 lasting two weeks, known as Wafaa El-Nil. Were it not for the Nile River, Egyptian civilization could not have developed, as it is the only significant source of water in this desert region. Ancient Egyptians believed that the Nile flooded every year because of Isis's tears of sorrow for her dead husband, Osiris. The Nile flows from south to north, to its delta on the Mediterranean Sea. The ancient Egyptians did not realize that the flood was due to rains on the mountains to the south. It was seen as the annual coming of the god Hapi. The rains would swell the different tributaries and other rivers that joined to become the Nile River, generally regarded as the longest river in the world.

As above So below in the land of Thoth and the Emerald Tablets

Ancient Egypt




August 15, 1990

Jennifer Lawrence

  Jennifer Lawrence Google Videos

Jennifer Lawrence is an award winning
American actress. Filmography


I do a lot of things to stay in shape for the roles I play.

Jennifer Lawrence Quotes




August 15, 1968

Debra Messing

  Debra Messing Google Videos

Debra Messing is an award winning
American actress. Filmography


When you're passionate about something, you want it to be all it can be.


Debra Messing Quotes




August 15, 1974

Natasha Henstridge

  Natasha Henstridge Google Videos

Natasha Henstridge is an award winning
Canadian fashion model and actress. Filmography


What's on your mind? Making changes now? Think positively.

Natasha Henstridge Quotes




August 15, 1978

Kerri Walsh

  Kerri Walsh Google Videos

Kerri Walsh is an American professional beach volleyball player,
three-time Olympic gold medalist, one-time Olympic bronze medalist
beach volleyball career leader in both career victories and career


It truly feels surreal. It didn't feel like that the first two times,
for whatever reason. But this is just almost too good to be true.

Kerri Walsh Quotes




August 15, 1970

Anthony Anderson

  Anthony Anderson Google Videos

Anthony Anderson is an award winning
American actor, comedian, and writer. Filmography


Be ready for when your time comes, you will have that window
of opportunity, so seize the moment and capitalize on it.

Anthony Anderson Quotes




August 15, 1972

Ben Affleck

  Ben Affleck Google Videos

Ben Affleck is an award winning American actor,
film director, writer, and producer. Filmography


I just feel like sometimes I'm a force to be dealt with, like Neo in the Matrix.

Ben Affleck Quotes




August 15, 1892 - March 18, 1987

Louis de Broglie

  Louis de Broglie Google Videos

French physicist, quantum theory
all matter has wave properties, his theory forms a
central part of the theory of quantum mechanics.
In 1929 he won the Nobel Prize in Physics.


Wave theory will day be able to explain space and time.

Louis de Broglie Quotes




Tuesday August 14, 2018     5:30 PM EDT


Surfer's Monster, 80-Foot Wave Came from a Hidden, Underwater Canyon   Live Science - August 14, 2018

Gooey Green Slime in Florida Waters Is Super Gross - and Super Toxic   Live Science - August 14, 2018

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Crash outside UK Houses of Parliament treated as terror incident, police say   CNN - August 14, 2018

CNN's new poll has very little good news for Donald Trump on Russia   CNN - August 14, 2018

White House paranoia deepens after Omarosa tapes   CNN - August 14, 2018

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11-year-old hacks replica of Florida state website, changes election results   USA Today - August 14, 2018

Election officials' concerns turn to information warfare as hackers gather in Vegas   CNN - August 14, 2018

The hackers just arrived and they're already breaking Vegas   - August 14, 2018

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Source: Aretha Franklin is in hospice care   CNN - August 14, 2018

Aretha Franklin   Wikipedia
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Italy bridge: Dozens feared dead in Genoa as motorway collapses   BBC - August 14, 2018

Vienna topples Melbourne in 'most livable city' ranking   PhysOrg - August 14, 2018

Glacier latest US National Park to be scorched by Western wildfires   PhysOrg - August 14, 2018

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On This Day in Space! Aug. 14, 1992: Meteorite Shower Hits Uganda   Space.com - August 14, 2018

Early opaque universe linked to galaxy scarcity   Science Daily - August 14, 2018

This Strange Nebula Looks Inside Out and Born-Again   Space.com - August 14, 2018

Record-Breaking Signal May Help Solve the Mystery of Fast Radio Bursts   Scientific American - August 14, 2018

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Being human: Big toe clung on longest to primate origins   BBC - August 14, 2018

Healthy fat cells uncouple obesity from diabetes   Medical Express - August 14, 2018

Amputees feel as though their prosthetic limb belongs to their own body   Science Daily - August 14, 2018

Poor sleep triggers viral loneliness and social rejection   Medical Express - August 14, 2018

How we explain the behavior of others depends on our beliefs about their 'true selves'   Medical Express - August 14, 2018

'Contagious' Loneliness Could Follow Poor Sleep   Live Science - August 14, 2018

Doctors may be able to enlist a mysterious enzyme to stop internal bleeding   Medical Express - August 14, 2018

Yes, Men Lose Weight Faster Than Women. Here's Why   Live Science - August 14, 2018

Researchers identify new genes that may contribute to Alzheimer's disease   Live Science - August 14, 2018

Why do women get more migraines?   Live Science - August 14, 2018

E-cigarette vapor disables key immune cells in the lung and boosts inflammation   Live Science - August 14, 2018

Rare cancer myeloma could be caught early using simple blood tests   Live Science - August 14, 2018

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Diving robots find Antarctic winter seas exhale surprising amounts of carbon dioxide   PhysOrg - August 14, 2018

Can Offshore Wind Turbines Succeed in the Great Lakes?   Scientific American - August 14, 2018

The 'banana phone' is Back: Nokia's $87 (69) curved 8110 handset made famous by The Matrix finally goes on sale this week   Daily Mail - August 14, 2018

Google really is recording your every movement even when you tell it not to! Search firm tracks location data using your smartphone regardless of permissions   Daily Mail - August 14, 2018

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Origins and spread of Eurasian fruits traced to the ancient Silk Road   PhysOrg - August 14, 2018




Today's Events, Birthdays and Quotes


August 14, 1966

Halle Berry

  Halle Berry Google Videos

Halle Berry is an award winning American
actress and former fashion model. Filmography


Don't take yourself too seriously. Know when to laugh at yourself,
and find a way to laugh at obstacles that inevitably present themselves.

Halle Berry Quotes 1

Halle Berry Quotes 2




August 14, 1983

Mila Kunis

  Mila Kunis Google Videos

Mila Kunis is an award winning
American actress. Filmography


My goal in life is to enjoy what I do, and never to
look back and say I wish I would have done that.

Mila Kunis Quotes




August 14, 1959

Marcia Gay Harden

  Marcia Gay Harden Google Videos

Marcia Gay Harden is an award winning
American actress. Filmography


In the theater it's about wearing your emotions on your sleeve

and doing it with some great performers.

Marcia Gay Harden Quotes




August 14, 1960

Sarah Brightman

  Sarah Brightman Google Videos

Sarah Brightman is an award winning English
classical crossover soprano and actress.
Filmography -- Discography


I think of myself not just as a dreamer, but as a dream chaser.

Sarah Brightman Quotes 1

Sarah Brightman Quotes 2




August 14, 1974

Christopher Gorham

  Christopher Gorham Google Videos

Christopher Gorham is an award winning
American actor. Filmography


When you're directing, you see your ideas. You see them created right in front
of you on the monitor and the sound stage. You get that experience all over
again when you get into the editing room and you start playing with it.

Christopher Gorham Quotes




August 14, 1959

Magic Johnson

  Magic Johnson Google Videos

Earvin "Magic" Johnson, Jr. is a retired
American professional basketball player.


All kids need is a little help, a little hope and somebody who believes in them.

Magic Johnson Quotes




August 14, 1771 - September 21, 1832

Sir Walter Scott

  Sir Walter Scott Google Videos

Sir Walter Scott, was a prolific Scottish historical
novelist and poet popular throughout Europe.


O, what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive!



Walter Scott Quotes




August 14, 1777 - March 9, 1851

Hans Christian Orsted

  Hans Christian Orsted Google Videos

Danish physicist who discovered that
electric currents create magnetic fields.


The agreement of this law with nature will be better seen by
the repetition of experiments than by a long explanation.


Hans Christian Orsted




Monday August 13, 2018     7:00 PM EDT


6.4 earthquake hits Alaska, no reports of injuries or damage   CNN - August 13, 2018

Death Toll From Indonesia Earthquake Passes 430   TIME - August 13, 2018

Strongest-ever earthquake strikes Alaska's North Slope region   CBS - August 12, 2018
Jakarta, the fastest-sinking city in the world   BBC - August 13, 2018

How Neolithic people adapted to climate change   Science Daily - August 13, 2018

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Easter Island limits tourism in preservation efforts   CNN - August 13, 2018

People of Easter Island Weren't Driven to Warfare and Cannibalism. They Actually Got Along   Live Science - August 13, 2018

Easter Island's society might not have collapsed   PhysOrg - August 13, 2018

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Winged reptiles thrived before dinosaurs   BBC - August 13, 2018

Giant Pterosaur Sported 110 Teeth (and 4 Wicked Fangs)   Live Science - August 13, 2018

Why Are Hundreds of Weird, Heart-Shaped 'Sea Potatoes' washing ashore in England?   Live Science - August 13, 2018

Brainy Crows Trained to Pick Up Trash at Theme Park   Live Science - August 13, 2018

Mathematicians solve age-old spaghetti mystery   PhysOrg - August 14, 2018

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The simple optical illusion that could help to diagnose autism in seconds   Daily Mail - August 13, 2018

Are you talking to your children enough? Young kids who regularly engage in conversations with adults have a better grasp of language, reveals study   Daily Mail - August 13, 2018

Toxins turning up in dozens of public water systems   PhysOrg - August 13, 2018

Genetic tools uncover cause of childhood seizure disorder missed by other methods   Medical Express - August 13, 2018

Scientists identify why some kidney transplants don't work   Medical Express - August 13, 2018

Study identifies chaperone protein implicated in Parkinson's disease   Medical Express - August 13, 2018




Today's Events, Birthdays and Quotes


August 13, 1962

John Slattery

  John Slattery Google Videos

John Slattery is an award winning actor who played
President Eisenhower in the film Churchill. Filmography


Churchill was a diplomat and the script demanded I play him that way.
President Trump could use some lessons in the Art of Diplomacy.

John Slattery Quotes




August 13, 1964

Debi Mazar

  Debi Mazar Google Videos

Debi Mazar is an American actress. Filmography


Eat. Enjoy yourself. Just try to be healthy and, you know, watch it.

Debi Mazar