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Patronage system breeds malaise in the monkhood
Patronage system breeds malaise in the monkhood By Phra Paisal Visalo         The problems surrounding the Dhammakaya temple and its abbot
Dhammachayo are serious in themselves. But they also reflect larger and
more acute malaises in the Thai Buddhist c...

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สวดมนต์ข้ามปี ประโยชน์ของการสวดมนต์
สวดมนต์ข้ามปี ประโยชน์ของการสวดมนต์ ประโยชน์ของการสวดมนต์ ข้อมูล       ก่อนจะสิ้นปีของทุกปี คือระหว่างรอยต่อปีเก่า กับปีใหม่ กลายเป็นที่นิยมของเหล่าชาวพุทธกันคือการไปวัดไปวา แล้วสวดมนต์ข้ามปีกัน  การสวดมนต์ข้ามปี หรือการสวดมนต์ทั่วไป สวดอย่างไรถึงจะได้ประโย...

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Jupiter's Clouds from New Horizons
The New Horizons spacecraft took some stunning images of Jupiter on its way out to Pluto. Famous for its Great Red Spot, Jupiter is also known for its regular, equatorial cloud bands, visible through even modest sized telescopes. The featured image, horizontally compressed, was taken in 2007 near Jupiter's terminator and shows the Jovian giant's wide diversity of cloud patterns.

On the far left are clouds closest to Jupiter's South Pole. Here turbulent whirlpools and swirls are seen in a dark region, dubbed a belt, that rings the planet. Even light colored regions, called zones, show tremendous structure, complete with complex wave patterns.

The energy that drives these waves surely comes from below. New Horizons is the fastest space probe ever launched, has successfully complete its main flyby of Pluto in 2015, and is now heading further out and on track to flyby Kuiper belt object 2014 MU69 in 2019. In the near term, many space enthusiasts excitedly await Juno's arrival at Jupiter next Monday.

Info and image via APOD
Image Credit: NASA, Johns Hopkins U. APL, SWRI

#nasa   #newhorizons   #jupiter   #space   #science  

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Concussion & CTE
Have you seen the movie "Concussion"?
If so you might wonder how exactly brain bounces inside the cranial vault during an impact. And what exactly is CTE?

Your brain is a soft organ that is surrounded by spinal fluid and protected by your hard skull. Normally, the fluid around your brain acts like a cushion that keeps your brain from banging into your skull. But if your head or your body is hit hard, your brain can crash into your skull and be injured.

The condition known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) was formerly believed to exist primarily among boxers, and was referred to as dementia pugilistica. It is a progressive degenerative disease which afflicts the brain of people who have suffered repeated concussions and traumatic brain injuries, such as athletes who take part in contact sports, members of the military and others.

Chronic traumatic encephalopathy is a condition of brain damage which persists over a period of years or decades and which is the result of traumatic impacts to the cranium.

This fake brain actually has the same consistency as the real deal. So now you know how concussions happen! 

Concussions - Read & Learn:

Protecting the brain against concussion:
Watch TED Lesson:

CTE - Read & Learn:

#brain   #concussion   #health   #medicine   #neuroscience  
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At the core of the Crab Nebula lies a city-sized, magnetized neutron star spinning 30 times a second. Known as the Crab Pulsar, it's actually the rightmost of two bright stars, just below a central swirl in this stunning Hubble snapshot of the nebula's core. Some three light-years across, the spectacular picture frames the glowing gas, cavities and swirling filaments bathed in an eerie blue light. The blue glow is visible radiation given off by electrons spiraling in a strong magnetic field at nearly the speed of light. Like a cosmic dynamo the pulsar powers the emission from the nebula, driving a shock wave through surrounding material and accelerating the spiraling electrons. With more mass than the Sun and the density of an atomic nucleus, the spinning pulsar is the collapsed core of a massive star that exploded. The Crab Nebula is the expanding remnant of the star's outer layers. The supernova explosion was witnessed on planet Earth in the year 1054.

The Swirling Core of the Crab Nebula
Image Credit: NASA, ESA - Acknowledgment: J. Hester (ASU), M. Weisskopf (NASA / GSFC)
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