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Living alone doesn’t mean living lonely - RN Showcase - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

'In a society dominated by the idea of the suburban home and the nuclear family, it can be easy to assume that people who live alone are sad or lonely. Yet according to new research, the two million Australians who live alone are overwhelmingly satisfied with their situation. Susan Carland reports.'

http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/showcase/living-alone-doesnt-mean-living-lonely/6581346
In a society dominated by the idea of the suburban home and the nuclear family, it can be easy to assume that people who live alone are sad or lonely. Yet according to new research, the two million Australians who live alone are overwhelmingly satisfied with their situation. Susan Carland reports.
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The Backfire Effect: The Psychology of Why We Have a Hard Time Changing Our Minds | Brain Pickings

How the disconnect between information and insight explains our dangerous self-righteousness.

'... Once something is added to your collection of beliefs, you protect it from harm. You do this instinctively and unconsciously when confronted with attitude-inconsistent information. Just as confirmation bias shields you when you actively seek information, the backfire effect defends you when the information seeks you, when it blindsides you. Coming or going, you stick to your beliefs instead of questioning them. When someone tries to correct you, tries to dilute your misconceptions, it backfires and strengthens those misconceptions instead. Over time, the backfire effect makes you less skeptical of those things that allow you to continue seeing your beliefs and attitudes as true and proper.

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The backfire effect, McRaney points out, is also the lifeblood of conspiracy theories. He cites the famous neurologist and conspiracy-debunker Steven Novella, who argues believers see contradictory evidence is as part of the conspiracy and dismiss lack of confirming evidence as part of the cover-up, thus only digging their heels deeper into their position the more counter-evidence they’re presented with.
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http://www.brainpickings.org/2014/05/13/backfire-effect-mcraney/
How the disconnect between information and insight explains our dangerous self-righteousness. "Allow yourself the uncomfortable luxury of
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How a newborn baby sees you -- ScienceDaily

'A newborn infant can see its parents' expressions at a distance of 30 cm. For the first time researchers have managed to reconstruct infants visual perception of the world.'

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/06/150629080200.htm

JOV | Simulating newborn face perception

'A frequently asked question concerns what a newborn infant can actually see. The contrast sensitivity function of newborn infants is well known, but its implications for the ability of newborns to perceive faces of adults remain unclear. We filtered gray scale animations of facial expressions in terms of both spatial frequency and contrast to correspond to the properties of newborn infants' acuity and showed them to adult participants. We reasoned that if adults were unable to identify the depicted facial expressions, then it would also seem unlikely that newborn infants could identify the same expressions. We found that for the simulated acuity the different expressions could be rather well identified at a distance of 30 cm, but when the distance was increased to 120 cm their discriminability was much degraded. This shows that although the perception of faces and facial expressions can function at the low visual resolution of the newborn infant, it is insufficient for distinguishing faces and facial expressions at moderate distances.'

http://jov.arvojournals.org/article.aspx?articleid=2213027
A newborn infant can see its parents' expressions at a distance of 30 cm. For the first time, researchers have managed to reconstruct infants visual perception of the world.
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High School Dropout Designed A Refrigerator That Runs Without Electricity - The Logical Indian

' ... A refrigerator made by his company costs Rs. 3,000/- and can be afforded by poor people. It is based on the simple scientific principle that evaporation results into cooling. His refrigerator has channels where water can be filled up and allowed to vaporise, leaving behind a cool space which keeps fruits and vegetables fresh. ... '

http://thelogicalindian.com/story-feed/get-inspired/high-school-dropout-designed-a-refrigerator-that-runs-without-electricity/
A man whom even Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam called a ‘true scientist’.
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Peru to Provide Free Solar Power to its 2 Million Poorest Citizens | Inhabitat - Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building

'The country of Peru is looking to provide free electricity to over 2 million of its poorest citizens by harvesting energy from the sun. Energy and Mining Minister Jorge Merino said that the National Photovoltaic Household Electrification Program will provide electricity to poor households through the installation of photovoltaic panels.'

http://inhabitat.com/peru-solar-power-program-aims-to-give-electricity-to-the-countrys-2-million-poorest-citizens/
The country of Peru is looking to provide free energy to over 2 million of the country's poorest citizens thanks to that most plentiful and abundant energy source - the sun.
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How To Design Products To Last A Lifetime | Co.Exist | ideas + impact

'... Repair or Replace?

Repairing has obvious environmental benefits, and in theory it means that you can afford to spend more on the original item, getting something better for less, in the long run. This fits the modern trend for simplifying our lives, decluttering our homes, and trying to buy fewer physical goods.

But it’s not so easy to do, because most products aren’t designed to be mended. ...'

http://www.fastcoexist.com/3047804/how-to-design-products-to-last-a-lifetime?utm_source=facebook
Some companies are fighting our throwaway culture, but making a product that lasts isn't so simple.
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Miniature Hand Thrown Pottery by Jon Almeda | Colossal

'Master of the miniature Jon Almeda creates tiny hand thrown ceramics at 1″ scale that are every bit as detailed and perfect as their much larger counterparts. The Washington-based artist makes vases, bowls, and even tea kettles tiny enough to sit atop a coin or toothbrush. Despite their fragile beginnings, the pieces are sturdy enough to endure standard glazing and firing to emerge as fully finished ceramics. Almeda uses a custom designed motorized curio wheel that affords the precise control needed to execute minute handbuilding techniques need for each object.'

http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2015/06/miniature-hand-thrown-pottery-by-jon-alameda/
Master of the miniature Jon Almeda creates tiny hand thrown ceramics at 1" scale that are every bit as detailed and perfect as their much larger counterparts. The Washington-based artist makes vases, bowls, and even tea kettles tiny enough to sit atop a coin or toothbrush. Despite their fra
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▶ Nikon coolpix P900 83x optical zoom world record - video test on moon - YouTube  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mfshAzV0FN4
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2 Corinthians 10:17-18
"Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord." For it is not the one who commends himself who is approved, but the one whom the Lord commends.
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10 Golf Balls Sliced Open - YouTube

' ... From vintage goose and duck feather balls to the high-tech engineered balls of today, see what’s inside the dimpled, white balls. ... '

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Goosey Goosey Gander may be about religious persecution, while Lucy Locket is about 18th Century prostitutes, writes Clemency Burton-Hill.
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A great article indeed +Abigail van Rooyen!  All credits go to  +Danièle Mordmardok who originally shared it.
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HG-architecture morphs wooden modules into pixelated spiral structure - ...
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Rainbow world: the most colourful places on Earth – in pictures
www.theguardian.com

The world is full of landscapes that are so surreal, and so intensely coloured, that it’s hard to believe they really exist. Take a look at

WIRED Space Photo of the Day | Science | WIRED
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Previous Galleries Space Photo of the Day for June 2014 Space Photo of the Day for May 2014 Every day, we find another awesome photo of spac

101 Years of Tour de France Globalization
www.nationalgeographic.com

This year is the 101st edition of the Tour de France. What was once a predominantly French race — created to up the sales of the sports news

no name design exhibition of 1000 objects at triennale design museum - d...
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'no name design' offers a survey of the ingenuity and intelligence of the anonymously mundane.

A perfect negative crystal floating in space - 01 July 2014 - New Scientist
www.newscientist.com

What looks like a solid octahedron is actually a void inside a chunk of spinel, a gem best known as the centrepiece of the British queen's I

Txchnologist
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Researchers have developed a detailed picture of one of the complex molecular machines inside the nucleus of our cells. A University of Wisc

10 Awesome science sculptures
www.sciencedump.com

The combination of Science and Art is something that really inspires me. It boths shows the beauty but also the mystery of what you normally

Cardboard
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With your phone and a piece of Cardboard you can see some pretty amazing stuff. Try out a set of demos showing immersive experiences on Andr

Health 'Buzzwords' Encourage Consumers to Buy Certain Food Products
www.scienceworldreport.com

Our food choices may be partially influenced by certain health buzzwords that lull consumers into thinking certain products are "better" for

BCXSY create linear clock for Designers’ Days
www.dezeen.com

This prototype clock by Boaz Cohen and Sayaka Yamamoto tells the time in a straight line by replacing the hands with a pivoting shell-like s

Earth from Space: Desert bullseye
www.esa.int

Earth from Space is presented by Kelsea Brennan-Wessels from the ESA Web-TV virtual studios. Discover a giant geological wonder in the Sahar

Poll: Most Americans Think Future Tech Will Make Life Better (Infographic)
www.livescience.com

59 percent of those polled were optimistic, while 30 percent thought the changes would make people worse off.

apple presents 30 years of mac, highlighting 30 years of classic design ...
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30 years of mac: thirty years ago, most people didn’t even know how to use a computer.

Hoe kun je van een biljartbal een banaan maken?
www.volkskrant.nl

Antimaterie klinkt als sciencefiction, maar wordt in ziekenhuizen al toegepast in een PET-scanner om bijvoorbeeld een tumor te lokaliseren.

Are humans changing the world faster than animals can evolve?
www.cbsnews.com

Humans are fundamentally changing the planet and could be causing nearly 20,000 species to become extinct. Elizabeth Kolbert, author of "The

Astronomers have found the oldest known star in the universe
www.euronews.com

Australian astronomers have found the oldest known star in the universe, a discovery that may help to resolve a long-standing discrepancy be

Shelters resembling giant pompoms warm skaters on a frozen river
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Canadian firm RAW Design has created a series of skating shelters that look like giant pompoms to keep skaters warm on a frozen river in Win