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Science: Researchers Develop A Potentially Useful Plastic-Eating Enzyme (Video)

Okay, the breakthrough we hope for in the real world is years away. But considering the fact that much of the plastic waste we produce will otherwise not break down for millennia, scientists may as well get started. And they have… accidentally.

Professor John McGeehan of Portsmouth University, co-lead author on a paper detailing an accidental discovery that could help cure our plastic waste problem, speaks with News Stream.
– CNN

They discovered the enzyme by accident. Yeah, so?? Rubber was an accident, too.

@ojones1

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The U.S. Wants To Have A Word With You: A Plasma Effects Weapon Is In Development Now (Video)

The government and military use drones already. Man do they use drones! Imagine giving them lasers, too. But not just ‘pewn pewn’ ray gun lasers; though surely those are in development, as well. However, this tech is a new kind of way to weaponize with lasers.

The U.S. military’s Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Program, or JNLWD, is inching closer to a weapon that alters atoms to literally create words from thin air. It’s called the Laser-Induced Plasma Effect and, fingers crossed, they hope to be able to say intelligible words within the next three years.
Patrick Tucker

Creating words from thin air! Think about it: Within three years, we are thinking that they will be able to aim a beam or something into a room and create a voice that sounds like someone is in that room. An enemy combatant is sound asleep, and they put a ghost voice in the room – no body, no drone, just a voice – to tell them something startling like, “There is nowhere to run. We’ve got you in our sights. See the red dot on you? Do… NOT… move!”

Scary, right? Especially if ‘they’ decide that YOU are the enemy.

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Science: This Is Your Brain On Alcohol (Video)

Hahaaaa! She is skrrruuuggling near the end. Too many drinks and big words for her family. Just DRANK!!

(Shannon cute for reals though. I’d buy her a drink or two.)

A drunk neuroscientist explains what alcohol really does to your brain. Things get a little blurry…
– Your Brain On Blank

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RIP Stephen Hawking (Video)

Theoretical physicist, cosmologist, Stephen Hawking has passed away. He was 76 years old. Widely recognized as one of the brightest minds of all time, Professor Hawking lived most his life with a rare form of motor neurone disease (diagnosed at the age of 22, given only a few years to live at the time) that limited his body to a wheelchair and his speech to a voice synthesizer. But his offerings to the world would still not be bound – including his theory on black holes emitting [eventually namesaked] “Hawking radiation” and his multimillion-copy selling book, “A Brief History Of Time.”

In the late 1990s, he was reportedly offered a knighthood…

MORE: STEPHEN HAWKING (BBC)

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The Psychology Of Sports Super Fans (Video)

Is there a way to scientifically examine fanatic fandom, or rather, study of what it is to be a ‘superfan’? Check out the video above that brings theories on millennia-old survival instincts, groupthink & social psychology and more science to bear to clinically explain the mystique and makeup of the superfan.

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Cover Story: How Falcon Heavy Will Change Space Travel (Video)

Did you catch SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida, the other day? Wonder what all the fuss was about? And maybe why it carried a red Tesla roadster into orbit? Well, watch and learn, friends. Watch and learn.

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Science: Checking Out The Scene, On Mars, With Footage From The Curiosity Rover (Video)

‘White-balanced’ eh? Okay, so the video was touched up a bit. Still, imagine: There is an Earth vehicle roaming Mars… now… looking around… for topography and perhaps proof of life.

Curiosity Project Scientist Ashwin Vasavada gives a descriptive tour of the Mars rover’s view in Gale Crater. The white-balanced scene looks back over the journey so far. The view from “Vera Rubin Ridge” looks back over buttes, dunes and other features along the route.
– NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

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Watch The Trailer For “Guion” And Learn About The First Black Man To Go Into Outer Space (Trailer)

So people are really not knowing about Guy Bluford for real? Well, that ends now with this project. Get ready for the full-length doc about the first Black man in outer space.

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Wait! Before You Take That Power Nap… (Video)

My brother (BoneBreaker Jones) and I speak on this from time to time. We’re both night owls trying to do us AND do our best to meet the daytime demands of ‘their’ world. Going hard, getting older wiser; we know we need rest and respect nap time. We can’t be #TeamNoSleep because that is just not healthy or even productive. But maybe we go about it wrong somehow. In the above clip, we (like me & you, bro can watch later after doing ‘their’ work) learn about the ‘power’ of naps… good and bad.

Let’s build that sleep pressure up while on the grind, then get only the good sleep.

#TeamGetGoodSleep

@ojones1

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Why Have We Not Gone Back To The Moon? Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson Answers (Video)

Still won’t put down conspiracy theorists, but Neil deGrasse Tyson offers a really reasonable response to rumors of lunar landing fakery, to beliefs of America’s leadership in the field of space exploration, to general inquiry about the motivations for going into space in the first place (the moon, Mars and beyond).

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Baba Brinkman Is Dropping Science… Brain Science… In His “Rap Guide to Consciousness” (Trailer)

Not sure if you know like I know, but there are folks in Hip-Hop whose works I admire yet will probably never totally ‘get.’ Like, I know Raekwon is dope, but sometimes he goes into some bushes I have never seen before… and I can’t follow what he’s doing. I just chalk it up to him doing him doing Hip-Hop… and I stay on a Hip-Hop path because I know he will come back and stomp down a familiar path (or at least one I can follow) and we’re good. That kind of thinking is not just for Hip-Hop. I think about Neil deGrasse Tyson or Gary Vaynerchuk or some of the far-out science/tech articles I post here… not knowing all of what is going on, but knowing there is something there; that this is something I should be following.

This cat, Baba Brinkman. He’s like that; with his lyrical presentations about consciousness and such. I just dug some write-ups about him out of the inbox and peeped this trailer that came with them… I’m seeing critical acclaim, some building buzz, association with work I often follow into some of those aforementioned bushes (see Mega Ran – who I ran across while staying up on the moves of the homie SkyBlew). Yeah. So I subscribed. I get a good amount of what he is spitting about (yeah, like rapping about) in his rhymes that engage and explore the mind. And while I am sure Baba will head off into some bushes I’m not eff’n with from time-to-time, I get the feeling that he will brink it back (come, rewind). Like Chef Raekwon and Dr. Tyson do for me.

Check dude’s trailer out and see if you can keep up with what he’s putting down. One time for your mind!

@ojones1

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Science: Heather Berlin Asks, “Who Is Your Brain?” (Video)

Interesting! Check out this TEDx Talk from Dr. Heather Berlin – neuroscientist, spouse of consciousness rapper Baba Brinkman, and mother of a new ‘experiment in diapers.’

Dr. Berlin examines the relationship between the brain and mind, with a focus on borderline personality disorder. She looks at the neurological basis of identity, taking apart the stigmas that are often attached to mental illness.

By understanding how disordered minds construct a sense of self, we can gain insight into the selves that each of us creates through our choices and interactions with the world.”

– TEDx Talks

Hmm… the Doc’s got content on PBS and Discovery and off Broadway. Yup. Now she is on my radar!

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Science: Have You Seen The First Interstellar Visitor To Our Solar System Yet? (Video)

My brother and I were just talking about this: Soooo, an INTERSTELLAR object in our real view now… scientific FACT… like a few months ago at most… and we are not gonna talk about it anywhere near as much as a science-FICTION about some long-ago-far-far-away ish???

Astronomers recently discovered a bizarre-looking object in our solar system that’s unlike anything they’ve ever seen before. It’s so peculiar that astronomers think it’s not even from our solar system. They’ve dubbed this mysterious interstellar asteroid “Oumuamua.” Following is a transcript of the video.

This asteroid is not from around here. Turns out, it came from another star system. This is the first time humanity has observed an interstellar object.

– Tech Insider

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Science: Earth’s Longest Living Lifeforms (Video)

I was just telling someone the other day: I think it is a good thing that we cannot talk to animals and plants. Some species have been around way long, and live way longer, than us. They could tell us about ourselves. Really tell us about ourselves.

And living that long, that ‘reading’ on us could get ugly. Still… thinking about how long they (e.g. non-human lifeforms) live. Hella interesting!

@ojones1

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Neil deGrasse Tyson Suggests That Maybe Aliens Have Already Visited Earth… During Comic-Con (Video)

Wanna see some aliens? Dr. Tyson says drugs, drugs, drugs… can come through and make that dream come true… for you. Hahahaaa! But this clip though: MIND-BLOWING!

Neil deGrasse Tyson touches our soul in this clip where he talks about aliens and considers the idea of extraterrestrials already living among us in secret.
– ScienceNET

Should we feel a kind of way about the 2% diss Neil put down in this though?

@ojones1

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Science: Neil deGrasse Tyson’s Take on Aliens And Why We Should Become A Multiplanetary Species (Video)

Worried about the possibility of aliens enslaving us based on the way WE (humans) have acted throughout history? You would not be alone. Great minds hold that opinion, too. Minds like Dr. Stephen Hawking (like many others) assume that any advanced culture would conquer one it finds inferior. Dr. Tyson respectfully (and optimistically) disagrees.

Neil deGrasse Tyson responds to Stephen Hawkings view on aliens. He also discusses artificial intelligence.
– JRE Clips

Great heady theoretical talk that we can all follow. Cool.

@ojones1

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Cam’ron Is Proud Of Moving His Mom Out Of The Ghetto, Negotiating The Business World, And Turning The Tables On This ‘Highly Questionable’ Interview (Video)

If it’s beef, Cam will speak on it (you know, having been in some scrapes of his own). Check him out being clear on ‘Highly Questionable’ right quick.

And they talk about sports. Cam insists on that!

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Science: How Far Have Our Spacecraft Traveled So Far (Video)

New Year’s… on these occasions we usually look back and look forward at the same time. How about we do something like that here: As we boldly go into 2018, let’s take a look at how far we have boldly gone, into space as a human race, already.

2017 marks the 60th anniversary of the launch of Sputnik, the first satellite to orbit Earth. In those 60 years, we’ve gone much further, reaching new planets and even the edge of the solar system. Watch as the human race explores the galaxy around us.
– Tech Insider

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How Long Would It Take To Dig To The Center Of The Earth? (Video)

Know how when folks in The States would say something referencing ‘digging their way to China?’ Bet cash money this video blows their mind about how long (and improbable) a ‘trip’ like that would be.

If we were to journey to the center of the Earth, it would take a lot longer than you might expect. Here’s how deep humans have dug underground.
– Tech Insider

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Advice: Stranded On An Island? Don’t Panic…

After a day of overstuffing my belly with a house full of loved ones, I just thought it interesting to come across this vid about maybe starving and dying alone. Macabre much? Hahahaaa!

Still full (burp) from Turkey Day though. Not starving for a loooong time homie 😉

@ojones1

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