Terminator-style ‘skin’ repairs itself after a gunshot

A self-healing material that can fix itself with unprecedented speed could help protect structures in space.

via New Scientist:

Developed by Timothy Scott from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and his team, the self-healing “skin” contains a reactive liquid sandwiched between two polymer sheets. When punctured, a chemical called tributylborane in the liquid reacts with oxygen to make it harden, sealing the hole within seconds.

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Gruesome Find: 100 Bodies Stuffed into Ancient House

The 5,000-year-old house found in China was about 14 by 15 feet in size.  Credit: Photo courtesy Chinese Archaeology

The 5,000-year-old house found in China was about 14 by 15 feet in size.
Credit: Photo courtesy Chinese Archaeology

Remains of 97 bodies have been discovered in a 5,000 year old house in China. It’s likely that these people were victims of an epidemic.

Owen Jarus via Live Science:

The remains of 97 human bodies have been found stuffed into a small 5,000-year-old house in a prehistoric village in northeast China, researchers report in two separate studies.

The bodies of juveniles, young adults and middle-age adults were packed together in the house — smaller than a modern-day squash court — before it burnt down. Anthropologists who studied the remains say a “prehistoric disaster,” possibly an epidemic of some sort, killed these people.

The site, whose modern-day name is “Hamin Mangha,” dates back to a time before writing was used in the area, when people lived in relatively small settlements, growing crops and hunting for food.

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The Police: Our Enemies in Blue?

Screen Shot 2015-08-27 at 10.10.00 PMKristian Williams is not a big fan of the police. His book Our Enemies in Blue: Police and Power in America, published by the ridiculously badass AK Press breaks it down like this:

Let’s begin with the basics: violence is an inherent part of policing. The police represent the most direct means by which the state imposes its will on the citizenry. They are armed, trained, and authorized to use force. Like the possibility of arrest, the threat of violence is implicit in every police encounter. Violence, as well as the law, is what they represent.”

Kristian was kind enough to talk to me about why cops are bad.

Thanks for talking to me about your book “Our Enemies in Blue”. Your book is extremely critical of the police. What does the police department of the United States represent to you?

The police are specialists in coercive force.  Their distinguishing characteristic is the combination of surveillance and violence to make people do what people with power want them to do. … Read the rest

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Buzz Aldrin Plans to Live on Mars by 2040

Um, just how old will Buzz Aldrin be in 2040? I4U reports on his wish to colonize Mars:

A space academy in honor of the astronaut Buzz Aldrin was established at Florida Institute of Technology. And Aldrin is developing a ‘master plan’ to begin colonies on Mars by 2040.

Buzz Aldrin and Barack Obama.

Buzz Aldrin and Barack Obama.

 

Florida Institute of Technology laid the foundation of the Buzz Aldrin Space Institute. It will open its doors to the public towards the end of this summer. The goal of the institute is the colonization of the planet Mars.

Buzz Aldrin himself will lead the effort in the occupation of the Red Planet. Everyone remembers Buzz Aldrin from the unforgettable Apollo 11 mission.

The Florida Institute of Technology has always been at the leading edge of science and its application. It encourages its students to explore and gather valuable knowledge. This then can be applied in real life.

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Springsteen, Clowning and How to Live at Walmart with Darrin Bradbury

From the Indie Bohemians

Angered by the recent decision of the Pittsburgh Steelers to sign Michael Vick, Ron Placone reflects on the NFL and the destructive nature of the Super Bowl. Also, Bruce Springsteen’s Born to Run turns 40.

Appropriately, today’s guest is Jersey-born singer/songwriter/storyteller, Darrin Bradbury. Darrin is a force on the East Nashville scene with a folky sound combined with sharp and captivating lyrics. Darrin and Ron discuss the art of clowning as Darrin’s mom is a clown, storytelling, the love of the song, and how to successfully live in a Walmart parking lot.

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Is an Erotic Christian Religion 
Really Possible?

gnostic sex[Excerpted from Gnostic Mysteries of Sex: Sophia the Wild One and Erotic Christianity by Tobias Churton]

I discussed in the introduction why I have not focused on the alleged sexual excesses of the numerous Gnostic schools before. There is probably an additional reason, less easy to express. To be honest, I don’t know about you, but I find the idea of communion with God through sexual communion very difficult to conceive of clearly, either as an idea or in a practical sense, unless, that is, one takes it that there is something profoundly godly about sexual intercourse in the first place. While familiar with the crossover between romantic yearning, deep love, passion, desire, and spiritual feelings—feelings where physical acts are experienced as far more than mere sense experiences and where more appears to be involved than a physical exchange of energy or emotion, however intense—something in my thinking is still inclined to balk at the prospect of applying a sense of reality to expressions such as sacred sex, which fall too easily, it seems to me, from the lips of moderns.… Read the rest

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World population will be around 15-25 billion in 2100 and will increase through 2200 because of African fertility, life extension and other technology

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Via Next Big Future:

The United Nations (UN) recently released population projections based on data until 2012 and a Bayesian probabilistic methodology. Analysis of these data reveals that, contrary to previous literature, the world population is unlikely to stop growing this century. There is an 80% probability that world population, now 7.2 billion people, will increase to between 9.6 billion and 12.3 billion in 2100. This uncertainty is much smaller than the range from the traditional UN high and low variants. Much of the increase is expected to happen in Africa, in part due to higher fertility rates and a recent slowdown in the pace of fertility decline. Also, the ratio of working-age people to older people is likely to decline substantially in all countries, even those that currently have young populations.

There is only a 30% chance of population peaking by 2100. This is even without considering radical life extension or any other turnaround in human fertility.

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Connecting with Nature a Humans Guide – PBM2L

Christopher “Selomon” Closson and Shantastic Shine host a special episode of the PBM2L Podcast to help you strengthen your connection with Nature and Mother Earth.

In this episode we host 7 different perspectives on connecting with nature and why that is important. The solfeggio frequencies, macro cosm and the micro cosm, why mother earth is the best role model, ways for you to go out and connect with nature on a deeper level during nature walks, how the birds know when to fly south and much more.

Join us for a very special episode as we host our second edition of the segments show where we give everyone their own segment to talk about this subject. This includes Certified Angel Therapist Sarah Hall, Spiritual Awkening Guide Curtis NeSmith Jr. aka The Realest Idealist, Producer and Co-Creator of PBM2L Ashton Robertson, Founder and Director of PBM2L Christopher Selomon Closson, Self Development Trainer Mattrick Holbert and Spiritual Medium and Co-Founder of PBM2L Shannon Shine aka Shantastic Shine.

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It’s Time to Tell the Truth About Human Rights

Recently several human rights groups have documented that the US State Department has upgraded the status of some countries, notably Malaysia and Cuba, regarding human trafficking in order to improve diplomatic relations with those countries. Human trafficking, which is modern day slavery, is the illegal buying and selling of people, typically for forced labor or forced prostitution. According to news reports, some diplomats privately say that human rights workers are naive “purists” and should recognize that diplomatic interests properly outweigh human rights interests.

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As a human rights worker, I know it is vitally important to tell the truth about human rights and not to falsify official reports about human rights in order to achieve diplomatic goals.

Human rights workers are rarely “purists.” They fight a lonely battle, often knowing there is little they can do in the offending country and knowing that “good” countries such as the US often will choose to elevate diplomatic goals over human rights goals.… Read the rest

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