Archive for April, 2014

Stunning Hubble Telescope View Reveals Deep View of Universe (Video, Image)

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

A new photo from NASA’s Hubble space telescope captures a variety of celestial objects both near and far, providing a glimpse of many different stages of cosmic history all at once.

The Hubble image, released Thursday (April 17), is a 14-hour exposure that shows objects about 1 billion times fainter than the naked eye can make out, researchers said. Most of the galaxies visible in the photo lie less than 5

billion light-years away, but some objects are much more distant.

For example, the photo shows a quasar located 9 billion light-years from Earth, meaning it has taken about two-thirds of the universe’s history for the object’s light to reach Hubble. (The Big Bang that created the universe occurred 13.8 billion years ago.)

The most luminous objects in the universe, quasars are incredibly bright galactic cores powered by supermassive black holes that contain millions of times more mass than the sun.

The light from the distant quasar in the Hubble photo is being bent and amplified by a galaxy cluster that lies closer to Earth along the line of sight from this planet — a phenomenon known as gravitational lensing. This cluster, known as CLASS B1608+656, is visible as a small loop near the center of the image.

Read more at: http://news.yahoo.com/stunning-hubble-telescope-view-reveals-deep-view-universe-134940611.html

List of free and open-source software packages

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

This is a list of free and open source software packages: computer software licensed under free software licenses and open source licenses. Software that fits the Free Software Definition may be more appropriately called free software; the GNU project in particular objects to their works being referred to as open source.[1] For more information about the philosophical background for open source software, see free software movement and Open Source Initiative. However, nearly all software meeting the Free Software Definition also meets the Open Source Definition and vice versa. A small fraction of the software that meets either definition is listed here.

Source: Wikipedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_free_and_open-source_software_packages

I AM (2010)

Monday, April 28th, 2014

I AM is an utterly engaging and entertaining non-fiction film that poses two practical and provocative questions: what’s wrong with our world, and what can we do to make it better?

The filmmaker behind the inquiry is Tom Shadyac, one of Hollywood’s leading comedy practitioners and the creative force behind such blockbusters as “Ace Ventura,” “Liar Liar,” “The Nutty Professor,” and “Bruce Almighty.” However, in I AM, Shadyac steps in front of the camera to recount what happened to him after a cycling accident left him incapacitated, possibly for good. Though he ultimately recovered, he emerged with a new sense of purpose, determined to share his own awakening to his prior life of excess and greed, and to investigate how he as an individual, and we as a race, could improve the way we live and walk in the world.

Armed with nothing but his innate curiosity and a small crew to film his adventures, Shadyac set out on a twenty-first century quest for enlightenment. Meeting with a variety of thinkers and doers–remarkable men and women from the worlds of science, philosophy, academia, and faith–including such luminaries as David Suzuki, Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Lynne McTaggart, Ray Anderson, John Francis, Coleman Barks, and Marc Ian Barasch – Shadyac appears on-screen as character, commentator, guide, and even, at times, guinea pig. An irrepressible “Everyman” who asks tough questions, but offers no easy answers, he takes the audience to places it has never been before, and presents even familiar phenomena in completely new and different ways. The result is a fresh, energetic, and life-affirming film that challenges our preconceptions about human behavior while simultaneously celebrating the indomitable human spirit.

Source: http://www.filmsforaction.org/watch/i_am_2010

Why Physicists Are Saying Consciousness Is A State Of Matter, Like a Solid, A Liquid Or A Gas

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

A new way of thinking about consciousness is sweeping through science like wildfire. Now physicists are using it to formulate the problem of consciousness in concrete mathematical terms for the first time.

There’s a quiet revolution underway in theoretical physics. For as long as the discipline has existed, physicists have been reluctant to discuss consciousness, considering it a topic for quacks and charlatans. Indeed, the mere mention of the ‘c’ word could ruin careers.

That’s finally beginning to change thanks to a fundamentally new way of thinking about consciousness that is spreading like wildfire through the theoretical physics community. And while the problem of consciousness is far from being solved, it is finally being formulated mathematically as a set of problems that researchers can understand, explore and discuss.

Today, Max Tegmark, a theoretical physicist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, sets out the fundamental problems that this new way of thinking raises. He shows how these problems can be formulated in terms of quantum mechanics and information theory. And he explains how thinking about consciousness in this way leads to precise questions about the nature of reality that the scientific process of experiment might help to tease apart.

Tegmark’s approach is to think of consciousness as a state of matter, like a solid, a liquid or a gas. “I conjecture that consciousness can be understood as yet another state of matter. Just as there are many types of liquids, there are many types of consciousness,” he says.

He goes on to show how the particular properties of consciousness might arise from the physical laws that govern our universe. And he explains how these properties allow physicists to reason about the conditions under which consciousness arises and how we might exploit it to better understand why the world around us appears as it does.

Interestingly, the new approach to consciousness has come from outside the physics community, principally from neuroscientists such as Giulio Tononi at the University of Wisconsin in Madison.

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ENYA & ENIGMA (COLLECTION) HD

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

Direct Link: http://youtu.be/dg1g4Y2BKXs

Anastasia Novykh – Prophecies (in Russian)

Sunday, April 20th, 2014

Direct Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=flKsKjcG6Ug

Calling the Others by Simon Haiduk

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

Calling The Others from Simon Haiduk on Vimeo.

Direct link: http://vimeo.com/simonhaiduk/callingtheothers

Lucid Dreaming Experience

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Introducing Lucid Dreaming Experience, an independently published, reader supported, quarterly publication that features lucid dreams and articles on lucid dreaming. Our goal is to educate and inspire lucid dreamers through sharing lucid dreams, exploring lucid dream techniques, and discussing the implications of lucid dream activities.

How it works: Every three months, lucid dreamers send us their personal lucid dream experiences and articles, interviews, book reviews, etc. We collect all of the lucid dreams and publishable articles and then send them out to our readers and subscribers! Lucid dreams are those dreams in which you consciously realize that you are dreaming.

Through the lucid dream experiences of our readers, you will learn a lot about lucid dreaming — new challenges to try, techniques to prolong lucidity, ideas about the boundaries of lucid dreaming and more. Many of our readers find that reading about lucid dreams in the LDE (particularly at night before going to sleep) increases their likelihood of having lucid dreams!

http://www.luciddreammagazine.com/

Chernobyl Like You’ve Never Seen it Before

Sunday, April 13th, 2014

Philip Grossman’s Chernobyl aerial drone video footage was shot on his visit to the Chernobyl in 2013. According to Grossman,

“This is the first ever aerial footage shot by an unmanned aerial vehicle in the Chernobyl Zone of Exclusion.” First footage or no, it is pretty amazing to see this bird’s eye view of the zone in HD.

Direct link: http://vimeo.com/91517922

The whole truth about… (video in Russian)

Saturday, April 12th, 2014

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