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Bridging Science and Spirit

A list of recent news articles about science, new technology and psychology

Potentially dangerous asteroids could wipe out major city says ex-astronaut

At a livestreaming press conference today, April 22, 2014 at 11:30 a.m. PST, former NASA astronaut Dr. Ed Lu, Tom Jones, four-time US Shuttle astronaut and President of the Association of Space Explorers and Apollo 8 astronaut Bill Anders will unveil a new video showing the surprising number of asteroid impacts on Earth during the last decade.

Research suggests high-tech gadgets like Google Glass may land you a job

Should you wear Google Glass to your next board meeting or sport a smart watch to your next interview? Researchers suggest that if you want to be perceived as a leader or even improve your chances of getting hired, just owning a high-tech product might give you an advantage.

Scientists discover in new sex-reversed species the females have the penis

Snails have their genitals on their necks, penguins don't have them at all, male seahorses carry the pregnancy and give birth and female hyena's have a pseudopenis. The animal kingdom never ceases to amaze and shock us with its variety.

NASA scientists confirm first Earth-sized habitable planet Kepler-186f

Scientists are a step closer to finding a world similar to Earth .The W. M. Keck Observatory and the Gemini Observatory have confirmed the existence of the first Earth-sized exoplanet, Kepler-186f. Kepler-186f is an Earth-sized planet found by NASA's Kepler Space Telescope.

Rice University engineers revolutionize online shopping with Xbox 360 Kinect

No more ordering a wrong size T-shirt, baggy dress or too short, shorts online. Rice University engineering students Cecilia Zhang, Lam Yuk Wong, have created a "virtual fitting room" for online shoppers. Their paper, "Virtual Fitting: Real-Time Garment Simulation," will be presented at the 27th Annual Conference of Computer Animation and Social Agents to be held May 26-28, 2014 at the University of Houston.

Morse Code Day: Samuel Morse and how God inspired the telegraph

April 27 is Morse Code Day, which commemorates the birthday of Samuel Morse, inventor of the Telegraph and Morse code. Morse was not only "the Father of American photography," painted some of the most famous portraits and landscapes in America, invented the Telegraph and the first binary code (Morse code), may actually be the true inventor of the first " Victorian internet", but also was a man who gave credit for all his works to God.

New study shows laughter produces brain waves like master of meditation

In a study from Loma Linda University Health, presented at the Experimental Biology 2014 conference meetings in San Diego on April 27, 2014, joyful or mirthful laughter was shown to produce brain wave frequencies similar to those seen among people who reach what is considered the desired "true state of meditation."

Drinking tart cherry juice improves sleep and cures insomnia, new study shows

A new study by researchers at Louisiana State University, "Tart Cherry Juice Increases Sleep Time in Older Adults with Insomnia," presented April 28, 2014 at the Experimental Biology 2014 meeting found drinking Montmorency tart cherry juice twice a day for two weeks helped increase sleep time by almost 90 minutes among older adults with insomnia.

Should you talk to your kids about money? Study shows they know your secrets

In a press release on April 29, 2014, North Carolina State University announced a new study that finds parents should make an effort to talk with their children about money.

Dream of moving to sunny Spain or Greece? Study shows it won't make you happier

Thinking of moving or retiring to Greece, Spain, Portugal or Cyprus? A new study presented on April 23, 2014 at the British Sociological Association's annual conference in Leeds suggests staying at home makes people happier than migrating to the Mediterranean in search of a better lifestyle.

Are you stressed out? Careful it might be contagious

Researchers have found there is such a thing as "empathic stress " which arises when one person views another person stressing out. It appears that just from observation alone our bodies will create the stress hormone cortisol, even if we are viewing a stranger on a video in a stressful situation.

Groundbreaking GPS tool finds your ancestors, genealogy, family tree and history

The University of Sheffield in the UK, on May 1, 2014 announced a revolutionary new Geographic Population Structure (GPS) tool, created by Dr Eran Elhaik from the University of Sheffield's Department of Animal and Plant Sciences and Dr Tatiana Tatarinova from the University of Southern California, which can locate your actual ancestor's home from 1,000 years ago.

Choosing a husband, wife or lover? Beware of the framing effect

Is that man good husband material or that woman hot? It may not be facts that are guiding our judgments and decisions, but a reaction to whether an opinion of that potential partner is given a positive or negative spin or not.

Star Trek's Captain Kirk to Stephen Hawking: Fears of the 'ultimate computer'

What happens when machines become smarter than humans? Will they take over the world? Is the survival of the human species at risk? These may seem like questions for science fiction enthusiasts, but with the release of recent movies like "Her" with Joaquin Phoenix and "Transcendence" with Johnny Depp, scientists are voicing their trepidation and warnings in mainstream media.

New study: Can you recognize Mick Jagger, Bill Clinton or Tony Blair in a crowd?

Do you think you could recognize your favorite celebrity in a crowd? A new study says face recognition is harder than you think. Humans appear to be limited to two faces per crowd.

Music practice for just 30 minutes can improve language skills, new study says

Can 30 minutes of music training make you better at using language and math? We normally think that speech, language, logic and numbers are left brain activities; while images, imagination, day-dreaming and music are right brain. The left hemisphere is for logic and science while the right is for intuition and art.

Young or old, key to longevity is a sense of purpose, new study says

Are you caught up on a meaningless treadmill of activity and feel empty inside? Has following the crowd, chasing the latest manufactured dream or escaping pain and fear left you alone, isolated and wandering aimlessly through life? Young or old, finding a sense of purpose within yourself will prolong your life, according to new research.

The future of commuting: Fly to work in a mini eco-friendly Citycopter

From the ancient Greek Icarus to the Wright brothers our desire to fly has inspired some of our greatest scientific, cultural and political achievements. Now though with our urban population explosion and CO2 emissions contributing to global warming, embracing eco-efficient and "green energy" aerial transport through our cities rather than driving may be our next step.

Scary movies may help weight loss but change heartbeat

University College London announced May 15, 2014 that watching films with stressful scenes can trigger changes to the heart's beating pattern, in a new study published in the journal Circulation, Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology. The team from UCL, King's College London and Guy's and St.

10 super stress-relief articles from psychology and wellness experts - May 2014

Watching TV, exercise, thinking, socializing, ignoring Photo credit: Dominic Alves "Pennie Long" on (cc)'s article, " 6 Strategies That Surprisingly Don't Shrink Stress" points out some activities we think might reduce our stress, but in fact may make it worse.

People who are stingy with money are untrustworthy, says Oxford University

Generosity and trustworthiness may go hand in hand. Researchers at Oxford University set out to discover the signals we rely on to decide who we can trust. What they found was that we distrust people who are stingy with their money and it turns out that tightfisted people are in the end truly not to be trusted.

New study on social media marketing at the movies

Social media marketers having been saying all along, that engaging your audience online is the way to go. A new study confirms that word-of-mouth marketing on social media and online networking sites, such as Twitter and Facebook could make or break the next movie studio release.

Binge eating in the middle of the night? It may be genetic, new study says

Ever have to get up in the middle of the night for a ham and cheese sandwich or scoop of Ben & Jerry's Chocolate Fudge Brownie ice-cream? A new study shows that 'night eating syndrome' may not just be bizarre hunger pangs that come at unwanted hours, interrupt sleep and cause overeating and weight gain but a mutation in the genes responsible for our sleep cycle causing a mismatch in our eating schedule.

When tempted by chocolate, friends become partners in crime, study says

Do your friends bring out the best in you or are they your partners in crime? It's probably both. For the most part, we surround ourselves with people who either support us and who we can afford to make mistakes in front of.

New study on social media marketing at the movies

Social media marketers having been saying all along, that engaging your audience online is the way to go. A new study confirms that word-of-mouth marketing on social media and online networking sites, such as Twitter and Facebook could make or break the next movie studio release.