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Tom Eigelsbach
✔ Certified Skeptic, Gamer, Philosopher, Sci-fi/Science Geek, Math Tutor
✔ Certified Skeptic, Gamer, Philosopher, Sci-fi/Science Geek, Math Tutor

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Wow. I've been telling this story for decades. This new Psychology Today article debunks a common myth about the story. The point is that those kids who delayed for the bigger reward didn't just John-Wayne-it with will power (which is the myth or mistelling of the story), but rather that they found other gratifications in each moment with their distractions. In this way, paying attention to life's small rewards is also the easiest way to achieve long-term rewards as well, it turns out.

The kids who successfully "passed" the marshmallow test, were the kids who distracted themselves from the mouth-watering sugar puff in front of them. What they did not do was sit there and stare at the marshmallow, vainly attempting to tap into deep reservoirs of self-control or personal discipline.... [Likewise,] people stay engaged in hard work when they feel like they are making progress on a project that matters. By setting and achieving tiny goals every couple of days, we tap into a constant flow of immediate gratification needed to keep us motivated in pursuit of that distant goal. The secret to success in the marshmallow test of life and work is not about delaying gratification. It is about discovering gratification in every situation. In the science of gratification, the cliché holds true: It really is more about enjoying the journey rather than imagining the destination.

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“The major point we should all take home is that yes, life arose on Earth, but it’s foolish to demand that a planet or its conditions be “Earth-like” in the search for habitability. So long as there exists energy, liquid water and long-term stable conditions, life may well be possible. The most common type of star in the Universe isn’t a Sun-like star, but rather are low-mass stars that emit only a tiny fraction of the Sun’s energy. Their worlds will be vastly different than our own, yet may house life all the same. It’s up to us to look in the right way, and to keep our minds open to potential surprises. We’re only at the beginning of this journey.”

When it comes to the habitability of a planet, there are a lot of assumptions that we make. All of them boil down to, at some level or other, how Earth-like this world is. This is reflected in our language: terms like “super-Earth” or “habitable zone” showcase this inherent bias. Yet the vast majority of stars that are out there aren’t Sun-like, and the vast majority of worlds with life on them may not be very Earth-like at all. Rather than consider whether a world has a large Moon, rotates on its axis, has tectonic plates or is susceptible to flares from its star, we should be focusing on the actual conditions present there. The speculation we engage in now, given our insufficient information, may result in us closing ourselves off to not only the possibility that life may exist elsewhere, but that Earth-like life may, in fact, be the rarity.

Despite what you may have heard from some skeptics, Proxima b and the worlds around TRAPPIST-1 may be potentially habitable after all. Come find out how!

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Cheaper, but still way too expensive, though it has dropped in price from $1million/pound in 2013 to $30/pound today, which is impressive. This will be the future. No more factory farms and all the pollution, greenhouse gasses, and suffering of animals they cause, as well as a huge waste of land, and the endless leveling of rainforests to feed them with grains. Animals are 97% inefficient, in terms of producing meat, and if we can grow meat without the animal, we'll not only be a lot more efficient, cut out 1/5th of all global warming gasses, and stop polluting and torturing, but it will actually taste better and be of better nutritional value.

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The tunnel leads to a network of walkways which are ‘completely untouched’, and filled with beautifully carved arches. ‘Considering how long it’s been there it’s in amazing condition, it’s like an underground temple.’

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Wonderful podcast on CRISPR by RadioLab:

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What the Women at NASA Have Planned for the 2030s | Vogue Magazine | By Robert Sullivan | March 3, 2017: Early on in the history of NASA, mission control was white shirts and ties, crew cuts and cigarettes. There were women behind the scenes, as famously seen in Hidden Figures, the story of Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson, the three (brilliant) African-American women whose math fueled the launch of astronaut John Glenn, the first American to orbit the Earth. But the faces at what became Kennedy Space Center stayed mostly the same during the ’60s and ’70s, when the race to the moon got caught up with the Cold War. By the ’80s, though, NASA got better at recruiting women. “I remember that when I first came here, I was the only one in my group,” recalls Luz Marina Calle, the lead scientist and principal investigator of the Corrosion Technology Laboratory at an outdoor exposure facility. “When I used to answer the phone, people thought I was the secretary, and I would say, ‘No, in fact, he is my colleague.’ ”

Cut to today, or better yet, to the fall of 2018, when the new Space Launch System, or SLS, expects to make its first launch, currently being orchestrated from Firing Room-1 by Charlie Blackwell-Thompson, a veteran of the Space Shuttle era. At the top of the SLS will be the Orion, the capsule designed to take astronauts—men and, yes, now women—as far as Mars (come the 2030s). Thus, Blackwell-Thompson is the first launch director for the world’s most powerful rocket, and the first female launch director at Kennedy Space Center, developing countdown plans, launch procedures, and training approaches, working in the room she remembers marveling at on a tour just before she was hired in the ’80s. As for a lot of NASA employees, it’s more than a living. “I get to do this job,” she says...

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Credit: +Vogue
Release Date: March 3, 2017

+NASA Orion
+NASA's Kennedy Space Center
+NASA Johnson Space Center
+NASA Goddard
+NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

#NASA #Space #Science #Women #Leadership #Career #Professional #Technology #Engineering #Mathematics #STEM #Education #Future #Exploration #Vision

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From the article:

In order to maintain a low crime rate and social stability, a country has only two choices: Do not allow immigrants into the country, or allow immigrants into the country, but be certain to assimilate them into the native population as quickly as possible. The second choice has been America's choice throughout most of its history, and it has been uniquely successful in shaping people from all over the world and from every background into one nation known as Americans. One of America's fundamental principles has been e pluribus unum, or "out of many." And that is precisely what America has done.

The left constantly repeats "we are a nation of immigrants" without citing the other half of that fact — "who assimilate into America." The left mocks the once-universally held American belief in the melting pot. But the melting pot is the only way for a country composed of immigrants to build a cohesive society. America was never just "a nation of immigrants." America was always a nation of immigrants who sought to become — or at least were taught by American public schools and by the general American culture to become — Americans.

My comments:

We should close our borders to extremists, right and left, and religious extremists as well, of any religion. The tool is vetting. The key is assimilation. Why is there so much Muslim violence in Belgium or Germany or France, and so little here in the USA? Because the Muslims here are integrated, are Americans first; they are in isolated ghettos in Europe, and in such cases, the crime rate has soared.

I'd let some folks in from the Middle-East, but only extremely well-vetted ones who show an interest in assimilating into American culture. I'd let most of the refugees and immigrants, however, come from our hemisphere, from South, Central, and Latin America, and from some from Europe and the Far East. But I have a problem with anyone who thinks that it is ok sometimes to stone a woman to death for having sex outside of marriage. I don't want them here. Period. That's not what America is about. Ever.

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