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Optimism May Propel Women to a Longer Life

December 8, 2016

optimismWEDNESDAY, Dec. 7, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Women who generally believe that good things will happen may live longer.

That’s the suggestion of a new study that seems to affirm the power of positive thinking.

“This study shows that optimism is associated with reduced risk of death from stroke, respiratory disease, infection and cancer,” said Eric Kim, co-lead author of the investigation.

Read more at http://health.usnews.com/health-care/articles/2016-12-07/optimism-may-propel-women-to-a-longer-life

Leaping robot unveiled to aid in quake, building collapse searches

December 7, 2016

YouTube video UC Berkeley

Roboticists at UC Berkeley have designed a small robot that can leap into the air and then spring off a wall, or perform multiple vertical jumps in a row, resulting in the highest robotic vertical jumping agility ever recorded. The agility of the robot opens new pathways of locomotion that were not previously attainable. The researchers hope that one day this robot and other vertically agile robots can be used to jump around rubble in search and rescue missions.

Breakthrough Prize awards $25 million to science luminaries – DOMINO NEWS

December 6, 2016

YouTube video Domino News

How do solar panels work? – Richard Komp

December 5, 2016

YouTube video TED-Ed

The Earth intercepts a lot of solar power: 173,000 terawatts. That’s 10,000 times more power than the planet’s population uses. So is it possible that one day the world could be completely reliant on solar energy? Richard Komp examines how solar panels convert solar energy to electrical energy.

Sunday Travel – Travel Guide to Kenya

December 4, 2016
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YouTube video Wild Frontiers

New Studies On Famous Skeleton Lucy

December 3, 2016

YouTube video Wochit News

Lucy, the famous 3.2-million-year-old hominid skeleton, had strong upper arms to help her climb trees according to researchers. John Kappelman, a paleoanthropologist at the University of Texas at Austin, said Lucy “combined walking on two legs with a significant amount of tree climbing.” The debate about whether Lucy’s species spent most of their time walking on land or in the trees has continued since her discovery in 1974. However, since further measurements and x-ray CT scans of her upper arms, scientists have somewhat confirmed Lucy’s arm’s to be more similar to those of primates.

Friday Entertainment – Flash Mob at St Pancras International

December 2, 2016

YouTube video Living the Dream

Terminally Ill Man Takes On Marathon Towing Oxygen Tank

December 1, 2016

YouTube video ABC News

A terminally ill man took on the daunting task of finishing a marathon on Sunday to draw attention to the disease that is killing him: pulmonary fibrosis.

Matthew McConaughey still at it with the good deeds, offers UT students safe ride home

November 30, 2016
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Good deed changes worldMatthew McConaughey volunteered with Meals on Wheels on Thanksgiving, but decided to keep rolling on the good deeds this holiday season by helping out his alma mater.

The Texas Ex joined student volunteers in the SURE Walk program to give those staying late on campus some company on their way home.

Read more at http://austin.blog.mystatesman.com/2016/11/29/matthew-mcconaughey-still-at-it-with-the-good-deeds-offers-ut-students-safe-ride-home/

Third consecutive supermoon of 2016 slated for December 14

November 29, 2016

supermoonThe year 2016 has been a year of supermoons, almost, with three of these events happening in the last three months of the year – in October, November and December.

The term supermoon was originally used modern astrology for a new or full moon that occurs when the moon is within 90 per cent of its closest approach to Earth in a given orbit, but now they are more often referred to a full moon that is closer to Earth than average.

Read more at http://technewsgazette.com/2016/11/28/third-consecutive-supermoon-of-2016-slated-for-december-14/