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Science and Research / Spooky 'face' spotted in space by Hubble
« on: October 30, 2019, 01:15:43 AM »

Spooky 'face' spotted in space by Hubble

By Ashley Strickland, CNN
October 28, 2019

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This new image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope captures two galaxies of equal size in a collision that appears to resemble a ghostly face. This observation was made on 19 June 2019 in a visible light by the telescope's Advanced Camera for Surveys.

(CNN)Although it looks a bit like an eerie, floating face suspended in space, the optical illusion spotted by the Hubble Space Telescope is really the result of two galaxies colliding.

Hubble took the image in June as part of its snapshot program, using gaps in its observation schedule to take photos of other intriguing targets.
The two glowing eyes of the face each represent the center of a galaxy. Young blue stars help make up the outline of the face, while other groupings of new stars seem to sketch out a mouth and nose.

Galaxies aren't the kindest of neighbors. They can crash into each other -- or one can cannibalize parts of another that comes too close.

Bible Study / New Christmas Tradition
« on: October 28, 2019, 01:44:32 AM »

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Photos Unlimited / Confusing Photos
« on: October 18, 2019, 12:57:37 AM »

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Revisit Cory Aquino’s Historic 1986 Speech Before The US Congress

11 times interrupted by applause, ending with a standing ovation.

Jan 25, 2018

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When former President Corazon Aquino spoke before a joint session of the United States Congress in September of 1986, the dust was only beginning to settle. It was her first visit to America since the dictator Ferdinand Marcos had been deposed in February of the same year, and the Philippines was reckoning with everything his administration had inflicted. That included $26 billion in total foreign debt, and a communist insurgency that grew, throughout the Marcos era, from 500 armed guerillas to 16,000. We were just at the start of a long road to recovery.

So Aquino lodged an appeal for help. Addressing the House, she delivered a historic speech that managed to sway in our favor the vote for an emergency $200-million aid appropriation. In the moving speech penned by her speechwriter (and our current ambassador to the United Nations) Teddy Locsin, Jr., Aquino defended her reconciliatory stand on the communist insurgency—a sensitive issue in the U.S., given that this was 1986—and asked for financial aid towards rebuilding the Philippine economy.

General Topic / AMAZING Facts
« on: October 14, 2019, 10:52:07 PM »

In 1974, the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis published a paper titled "The Unsuccessful Self-Treatment of a Case of 'Writer's Block.'" It contained a total of zero words.

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Health and Food / Deer placenta promoters
« on: October 10, 2019, 11:33:38 PM »

The deer placenta pyramid scheme and promoters who claim pills can help stage 4 cancer

Recruiters for Singapore firm Riway International have made some astonishing claims about their products

By Andrew Penman
29 NOV 2018

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Amardeep Singh Sekhon

This seemed like too good a chance to pass up.

All I had to do was attend a free seminar and I'd get the chance to join a scheme making loads of money while having the satisfaction of helping others.

“When I say this will not only provide you with purpose and fulfilment but also true wealth and very quickly, I mean it,” gushed organiser Amardeep Sekhon on Facebook.

Learn English Online / Floccinaucinihilipilification
« on: October 05, 2019, 05:06:23 AM »

Floccinaucinihilipilification—one of the longest words in the English language—is the act of estimating that something is worthless

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Learn English Online / Pentheraphobia
« on: October 05, 2019, 04:58:03 AM »

Pentheraphobia is the intense irrational fear of your mother-in-law.

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Health and Food / The Power of Sleep
« on: October 04, 2019, 09:29:47 PM »

Sleep literally cleans your brain. During slumber, more cerebrospinal fluid flushes through the brain to wash away harmful proteins and toxins that build up during the day.

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Tira-Pasagad | Saksak-Sinagol / 10 of History's Craziest Cat People
« on: October 04, 2019, 06:33:53 PM »

10 of History's Craziest Cat People


Many illustrious historical personages had a beloved cat or two, but some of them were full-on crazy cat people, filling their homes with felines and far preferring their companionship to that of humans. Here are 10 famous historical figures who were unabashed crazy about cats.

Technology / Tech, Glorious Tech!
« on: September 30, 2019, 01:26:28 PM »

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Science and Research / New images show Mars as you've never seen it before
« on: September 21, 2019, 10:12:40 PM »

New images show Mars as you've never seen it before

By Ashley Strickland, CNN
September 20, 2019

(CNN)One of the latest images of Mars looks more like cookies and cream than it does the so-called Red Planet.

A photo taken this week by the European Space Agency and Roscosmos ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter's camera actually shows north polar dunes on Mars.

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Winter at the poles causes carbon dioxide ice to cover the dunes in a thin layer. In spring, this layer immediately transforms from ice to vapor and the defrosting happens from the bottom of the dune and works its way up.

This works to trap gas in areas between the ice layer and the sand. When the ice defrosts, gas erupts from the cracks and inevitably, sand follows. That creates the dark "cookies" part of the cookies and cream-style image.

Health and Food / The danger of topical toothache and cold sore medicine
« on: September 20, 2019, 02:02:10 PM »

A numbing medicine turned a woman's blood blue

By Ryan Prior and Scottie Andrew, CNN

September 20, 2019

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(CNN)A 25-year-old woman walked into an emergency department in Providence, Rhode Island, complaining of generalized weakness, fatigue, shortness of breath... and an unusual symptom you don't see every day.

She was turning blue. Literally.

Drs. Otis Warren and Benjamin Blackwood wrote about the case in a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine on Thursday. Their patient, they wrote, looked "cyanotic," the clinical term for appearing blue.

Philippine Government / Just how bad was corruption during the Marcos years?
« on: September 20, 2019, 01:27:40 PM »

Just how bad was corruption during the Marcos years?

The Marcoses not only ransacked the economy, they also flaunted their loot to the world

JC Punongbayan
September 19, 2019

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We’re 3 years shy of the 50th anniversary of Marcos’ Martial Law declaration. Yet so many myths about the Marcoses still abound.

One is that Marcos supposedly holds the Guinness World Record for “World’s Most Brilliant President in History.”

Although that one’s false, Marcos does have a legitimate Guinness World Record to his name: “Greatest Robbery of a Government” to the tune of $5 billion to $10 billion. This record has yet to be beaten.

You might wonder: why such a wide estimate of the Marcos plunder?


Waking at the same time each night reveals details about your health

It's happened to all of us. We get into a pattern of waking and sleeping that sees us opening our eyes in the middle of the night.

The room is dark, but sure enough, the clock reads the same time as it did the night before... And the night before that, and the night before that, and... Well, you get the picture.

So, what's happening? Why has your body decided to suddenly nudge you awake in the wee hours? It certainly can't be good for you.


29% of local posts now occupied by 'fat' political dynasties

Ateneo School of Government Dean Ronald Mendoza says political dynasties with members simultaneously occupying more than one elective post have grown by about 1% per election period since 1988

Sofia Tomacruz
September 14, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Political dynasties now possess 29% of all local elected posts, growing by about 1% or 170 positions per election period since 1988, a study by the Ateneo School of Government (ASoG) showed.

ASoG Dean Ronald Mendoza presented findings from a study looking into political dynasties, term limits, and development which showed an increasing trend in the number of local positions occupied by members of "fat" political dynasties or powerful clans. The study was done along with ASoG research associates Leonardo Jaminola and Jurel Yap.

"Fat dynasties" – families whose members simultaneously hold elective posts – occupied 19% of all local elected positions in 1988. Since then, the number has grown across gubernatorial, vice gubernatorial, congressional, mayoral, vice mayoral, provincial board member, and councilor posts.

Philippine Government / Senate bill goes after online ‘fake news'
« on: September 14, 2019, 01:44:10 PM »

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Facebook was the preferred social media platform of candidates in the last elections, perhaps owing to its massive use by the public, many of whom use “free basics.” AFP File photo

Senate bill goes after online ‘fake news,’ but data point to wider problem

Jake Soriano, Yvonne Chua (
September 14, 2019

More than three months since the May 2019 midterm elections, the matter of who won and lost on the back of mis- and disinformation still looms large.

Bringing the issue to the fore is a recent bill filed by Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III, which aims to combat “false content” online by penalizing its creators. The text of the measure mentions an instance where a hoax video showing a pre-shaded ballot “raised doubts as to the integrity of the automated election system.”

An analysis of election-related mis- or disinformation flagged by, a pioneering collaborative fact-checking initiative between 11 newsrooms and three universities, shows, however, Senate Bill No. 9 rests on certain assumptions, such as framing “fake news” as if it were only a social media problem where the problem persists both online and off.

By seeking to penalize only “false and deceiving content online,” the bill neglects disinformation that spread through other vectors, which data show were as prominent during the midterms as those on social media.

Health and Food / Daytime naps may be linked to a healthy heart
« on: September 12, 2019, 04:50:08 AM »

Daytime naps once or twice a week may be linked to a healthy heart, researchers say

By Amy Woodyatt, CNN
September 10, 2019

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Researchers looked at the association between napping frequency and average nap duration and the risk of fatal and non-fatal cardiovascular disease 'events,' such as heart attack, stroke, or heart failure.

(CNN)Some good news for nap fanatics -- a new study has found that a daytime nap taken once or twice a week could lower the risk of heart attacks or strokes.

Researchers from the University Hospital of Lausanne, Switzerland studied the association between napping frequency and duration and the risk of fatal and non-fatal cardiovascular disease complications.

Tracking 3,462 people between the ages of 35 and 75 for just over five years, the report authors found that those who indulged in occasional napping -- once or twice a week, for between five minutes to an hour -- were 48% less likely to suffer a heart attack, stroke or heart failure than those who did not nap at all.


What’s the connection between Buddhism and ethnic cleansing in Myanmar?


How have Buddhists become implicated in one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world? Randy Rosenthal looks through history to understand how a religion of peace has become a justification for violence.

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Muslim protesters burn an effigy of radical Buddhist monk Ashin Wirathu in Hyderabad, India, September 10, 2017. AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.

“It is not power that corrupts but fear. Fear of losing power corrupts those who wield it and fear of the scourge of power corrupts those who are subject to it.”

– Aung San Suu Kyi

Understanding the Crisis in Myanmar

The scriptures of Judaism, Hinduism, and Islam condone, justify, and even sometimes encourage the use of violence. In Buddhist texts, it’s just the opposite. Chapter ten of the Dhammapada, an anthology of verses attributed to the Buddha, reads: “All tremble before violence. All fear death. Having done the same yourself, you should neither harm nor kill.” Another verse reads: “In this world hostilities are never appeased by hostility. But by the absence of hostility are they appeased. This is an interminable truth.” A line from the Metta Sutta reads: “Toward the whole world one should develop loving-kindness, a state of mind without boundaries—above, below, and across—unconfined, without enmity, without adversaries.” This principle of non-violence, consistent throughout the Pali Canon — the collection of early Buddhist teachings — is partly why many Buddhists are deeply troubled by the current situation in Myanmar — a majority-Buddhist country — where, particularly in Rakhine State, massive human rights violations are systematically being committed against the Muslim Rohingya people.

European Union EU / French rooster triumphs in battle over right to crow
« on: September 05, 2019, 09:57:13 PM »

French rooster triumphs in battle over right to crow

05 September 2019

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Corinne Fesseau with her rooster Maurice in the garden of her home in Saint-Pierre-d'Oleron, western France

The owner of famed French rooster Maurice emerged victorious on Thursday from a legal battle with her neighbours over his early-morning crowing, with a court upholding the bird's right to sing in the day.

The case brought by the neighbours of Maurice's owner Corinne Fesseau has made headlines around the world, seen as symptomatic of the tensions in the countryside between rural folk and holiday home owners.

"Maurice won and the plaintiffs must pay his owner 1,000 euros in damages," Fesseau's lawyer Julien Papineau told AFP.

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