Aerogel is the story of an 80-year-old invention with incredible potential, it’s still looking good after all these years. In the late 1920’s an American chemist Samuel Kistler working with colleague Charles Learned developed a new substance called aerogel. (more…)
Who was Ignaz Semmelweis?
Ignaz Semmelweis was a Hungarian physician. If one judges scientific discoveries by the maximum number of lives saved with minimal cost and effort, Semmelweis’s discovery was one of the greatest scientific discoveries ever. So why have I never heard of him before? Perhaps because nobody believed (or wanted to believe) his preposterous contention: the number of hospital deaths could be significantly reduced if only doctors and medical students would wash their hands between dissecting the dead and examining the living. (more…)
We live in a Holographic Universe.
The Holographic Universe our 4D Model of reality, looks and feels real. Our Mind can play Tricks on us. Keeping an open mind to this idea could change our image of human nature, our culture, our history, our beliefs, our understanding, even our reality. There is evidence to suggest that our world and everything in it, from snowflakes, to pine trees, stars in the sky, to spinning electrons, even our DNA, are projections from a level of reality, beyond both space and time.
The Parthenon, the ancient Greek temple to the goddess Athena, is often thought of as a symbol of architectural perfection. From a distance it does look perfect, but upon close inspection, it becomes apparent that it is precisely imperfect. The floor curves, the columns lean, and there are hardly any right angles and barely a straight line. Even the individual pieces of the structure are unique and non-interchangable. (more…)
The scientific data regarding obesity is compelling. In the United States our toxic food culture is; shortening our lives, increasing our weight, adversely affecting our health and our mental well-being. Our food has actually become our poison. (more…)
Have you ever been frustrated when things did not turn out the way you intended? Well this is a list of 5 inventions considered failures and are what I call happy accidents. These should inspire you to change your perspective the next time things don’t go your way. You could be on the verge of a new breakthrough. Check out these out: (more…)
There is a Science of the Heart that is being researched more and more intensively. The following article is from www.mindfulmuscle.com and was co-authored by three scientists (see below).
After this article, under Additional Materials you will find some interesting links as well as a very simple HeartMath exercise – the “Touch-Heart Exercise” - that creates Heart Coherency. It consists of three parts and is suitable to do with any group when you want to create a heart resonant field.
“The Heart Has Its Own “Brain” and Consciousness
Many believe that conscious awareness originates in the brain alone. Recent scientific research suggests that consciousness actually emerges from the brain and body acting together. A growing body of evidence suggests that the heart plays a particularly significant role in this process.
Plastic packaging and sustainability; is plant-based plastic the answer we are looking for, the environmentally sustainable “cure” for our insatiable plastic consumption? (more…)
Agribusiness is a cautionary tale of science diverging from environmental harmony. Science can profoundly change our way of life. However, science deals with data not values, so we must always be aware if they are in harmony with the environment.
Fractals…they are all around us, in Nature and in the Universe. Fractals are mathematical sets, from which arise detailed patterns of self-similarity, which means the pattern of a given fractal repeatedly repeats itself. The Universe itself is full of repeating patterns, from electrons circling an atomic nucleus to moons orbiting planets and planets orbiting stars. Fractals: patterns of the Universe within the Universe within the Universe…ad infinitum.
In my quest to explore how organisms eliminate waste, I instinctively grab my most NON-SCIENTIST-friendly science book (Help Your Kids With Science: A Unique Steo-By-Step Visual Guide) and open to the chapter entitled “Waste Materials.” This chapter explains how waste is anything an organism can’t use which, if allowed to build up, can become toxic. The simple chart shows how various organisms tackle elimination of waste in different ways.
Suddenly, the picture of the crocodile crying commands my attention. “Crocodiles do indeed cry,” the caption says, “but their tears are not emotional ones. The tears carry away unwanted salts from the body.” If crocodiles can effortlessly flush out potentially toxic salts, I ask myself, why can’t we effortlessly flush out those emotions threatening to do us the greatest harm on a daily basis? (more…)
Pareidolia is the propensity we have as human beings to perceive patterns or objects within things such as ink blots, clouds, potato chips or the surface of the moon. The Rorschach test, originally developed to diagnose schizophrenia, is a well known scientific use of this phenomenon. People described what images they saw in these so-called random blots of ink. Another famous case of pareidolia is the man in the moon, or the image of a human face people observe on the face of the moon. (more…)
The role of association: Making LOTS of connections when learning and remembering.
The previous post discussed how learning and remembering is easier and faster when you associate new knowledge with old. This enables the brain’s memory pathways to anchor onto established memory pathways and become more stable.
Clouds are such a marvelous artistic manifestation of the water cycle. Clouds are formed when water evaporates on earth; the water vapor rises and condenses (turns into liquid again) onto microscopic dust particles cruising around in the sky. They give the appearance of these light and fluffy almost cotton-like structures effortlessly floating above us in the atmosphere. (more…)
Pondering theoretical physics turns out to be rich grounds for those interested not only in self-awareness but in integrating their self-aware views with holistic notions of God or oneness. Great goal! Still, don’t let yourself get sidetracked by scientific glitter and promises any quicker than you would sell everything and follow a guru to the ends of the earth. (more…)
Learning and remembering becomes much faster and easier when we connect old information and skills, to the new information and skills we want to learn and remember. This is because new memory pathways stay stronger and more stable when connected to our established memory pathways about ‘doing’ a similar skill. (more…)
An important key to learning and remembering new information is to give it your attention!
The human brain may contain up to one trillion neurons. These nerve cells are interconnected, as shown in this microscopic image, so that they can transmit electrical impulses—and information—to other cells. (more…)
Cosmologists study the universe in its totality: the origin, the structure, and the processes. By studying the planets, the stars, meteorites, and space itself, astronomers search to understand the past and the origins of both the universe and of ourselves. They are like the archaeologists of the universe. Here are five amazing facts that they have discovered that show that we are the cosmos:
The importance of practice when learning and remembering new skills
Your children often need more practise in learning and remembering knowledge and skills than school timetables allow for.
- Having difficulty remembering particular skills?
- Not understanding some new knowledge?
- Hating or not confident in certain subjects?
Perhaps they have issues with all of those?
Revise, revise, revise to make learning and remembering effortless.
It is vitally important your child practise key reading, writing, and Mathematics skills and knowledge until learning and remembering them is effortless and automatic. The brain’s memory pathways grow physically larger when they are regularly used. When your child does not get enough practise in learning and remembering new skills and knowledge, those memory pathways fade away easily, especially when they are not connected to other memory pathways so they are anchored and strong.
Aum isn’t just a chant that yoga instructors use to open and close a yoga class. It is the “sound” of the divine energy, a song that reverberates throughout the cosmos singing in celestial harmony. It is also the universal prana, the vital energy or breath of life, that is represented by the sun. Interestingly, scientists have discovered that ripples on the surface of the sun are vibrations of energy – sound waves! (more…)