11 images that capture the incredible vastness of space


1) The sun is incomprehensibly huge


(John Brady)

We all know the sun is big. But this image, part of a great series on the size of astronomical objects by John Brady, underscores that it’s vast on a scale that’s simply impossible for our puny human minds to understand. We think of the Earth as a big place: flying around the equator on a 747 at top speed would take about 42 hours. Flying around the sun at the same speed, by contrast, would take about six months.

2) Even the moon is really far away

solar system 


Compared with the overall vastness of space, the moon is very close to us: it’s just 238,900 or so miles away. But compared with our daily experience, absolutely everything in space is absurdly far apart. In the gap between us and the moon, you could neatly slide in all seven of the other planets — with a bit of room to spare. That includes Saturn and Jupiter, which are about nine and 11 times as wide as Earth, respectively.

3) From Mars, Earth would look like a tiny blip in the sky

earth from mars 


If you traveled just a little ways away from Earth — say, to Mars, the second-closest planet to us — our home planet would become a tiny blip in the sky. This photo, by NASA’s Curiosity rover, was actually taken when the two planets were relatively close together: about 99 million miles away (at other times in the planets’ orbits, they can be five times farther apart).

4) What North America would look like on Jupiter


(John Brady)

Jupiter is famous for being big. But this image, another one of John Brady’s great astronomical size comparisons, will overwhelm you with just how big. Jupiter’s Great Red Spot — a cyclone that was first spotted in 1655 — is shrinking, but it’s still many times wider than North America. Jupiter and the other gas giants are so big because their colder temperatures allowed them to hold on to lighter gases such as hydrogen and helium, which floated away from the hotter, rockier planets closer to the sun.

5) If you replaced the moon with Saturn


(Ron Miller)

Another way to understand how big the gas giants are is to picture what they’d look like to us if they replaced the moon. Illustrator Ron Miller did this with a photo of a full moon over Death Valley, replacing it with each planet in turn. In this location, Saturn would blot out a large swath of the sky, and solar eclipses would last hours. (Of course, the gravitational consequences of having Saturn that close to us would also be devastating.)…





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Yes, You Can Catch Insanity


Illustration by Hadley Hooper

A controversial disease revives the debate about the immune system and mental illness.

Soon after, Isak began to scream as if in pain and grunt at his parents and peers. When he wasn’t throwing hours-long tantrums, he stared vacantly into space. By the time he was 5, he was plagued by insistent, terrifying thoughts of death. “He would smash his head into windows and glass whenever the word ‘dead’ came into his head. He was trying to drown out the thoughts,” says his mother, Robin McCune, a baker in Goffstown, a small town outside Manchester, New Hampshire’s largest city.

Isak’s parents took him to pediatricians, therapy appointments, and psychiatrists. He was diagnosed with a host of disorders: sensory processing disorder, oppositional defiance disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). At 5, he spent a year on Prozac, “and seemed to get worse on it,” says Robin McCune.

The McCunes tried to make peace with the idea that their son might never come back. In kindergarten, he grunted and screamed, frightening his teachers and classmates. “He started hearing voices, thought he saw things, he couldn’t go to the bathroom alone,” Robin McCune says. “His fear was immense and paralyzing.”

Other kids afflicted with PANDAS hear voices or experience “Alice in Wonderland” syndrome, wildly distorted perceptions.

As his behaviors worsened, both parents prepared themselves for the possibility that he’d have to be home-schooled or even institutionalized. Searching for some explanation, they came across a controversial diagnosis called pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorders associated with streptococci, or PANDAS. First proposed in 1998, PANDAS linked the sudden onset of psychiatric symptoms like Isak’s to strep infections.

They didn’t give it much thought. Periodic strep tests on Isak had always come back negative. And his symptoms seemed too dramatic to be the result of a simple, common childhood infection.

But as Isak’s illness dragged into its fourth year, they reconsidered the possibility. The year before the epic meltdowns began, his older brother had four strep infections; perhaps it was more than coincidence. In September 2013, three and a half years after his first tics appeared, a pediatric infectious-disease specialist in Boston put Isak on azithromycin, a common antibiotic used to treat food poisoning, severe ear infections, and particularly persistent cases of strep throat.

The results were dramatic. Isak’s crippling fear vanished within days. Then he stopped grunting. Less than a week after starting his son on the antibiotic, Adam McCune saw Isak smile for the first time in nearly four years. After a few weeks, the tantrums that had held the family hostage for years faded away.

Today, Adam McCune, a writer, likens the experience to welcoming his son back from captivity. “It’s like he was a POW for four years, and returned out of the blue one day,” he says. “To have my son back within a week was incredible.”…







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Millions of Girls Given Vaccines Secretly Spiked with Sterilization Drugs


by  Kimberly Paxton

Although some might call it a conspiracy theory, the World Health Organization, UNICEF, and the United Nations have been accused for decades of trying to secretly reduce the world’s population by hiding contraceptives in vaccines that are purported to be for other purposes.

In 1992, during a meeting at the UN headquarters in Geneva, scientists and “women’s health advocates” discussed the use of “fertility regulating vaccines, particularly the anti-Human Chorionic Gonadotropin vaccine. (source)

If you had any doubt in your mind that this was true, doctors at a Catholic hospital in Kenya are out to prove that millions of girls have been tricked into receiving an injection that will render them sterile for years.

Independent laboratory testing has confirmed that a tetanus vaccine given to over 2.3 million young women in Kenya contained the HCG antigen.

HCG was developed by the WHO as a long-term contraceptive. It causes the body to attack a fetus through an antibody response, and can cause spontaneous abortions for 3 years after the woman is injected with the drug.

Dr. Muhame Ngare of Mercy Medical Centre in Nairobi said:

We sent six samples from around Kenya to laboratories in South Africa. They tested positive for the HCG antigen. They were all laced with HCG.

This proved right our worst fears; that this WHO campaign is not about eradicating neonatal tetanus but a well-coordinated forceful population control mass sterilization exercise using a proven fertility regulating vaccine. This evidence was presented to the Ministry of Health before the third round of immunization but was ignored. (source)

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the Kenyan health ministry has denied that this is the case, offering up claims that many women who received the vaccine became pregnant afterwards. But Dr. Ngare (who, incidentally, is pro-vaccine, just not pro-secret-sterilizing-additive) stands firm in his assertion and provides a convincing argument.

Either we are lying or the government is lying. But ask yourself, ‘What reason do the Catholic doctors have for lying?’ The Catholic Church has been here in Kenya providing health care and vaccinating for 100 years for longer than Kenya has existed as a country.

Usually we give a series three shots over two to three years, we give it anyone who comes into the clinic with an open wound, men, women or children. If this is intended to inoculate children in the womb, why give it to girls starting at 15 years? You cannot get married till you are 18.” The usual way to vaccinate children is to wait till they are six weeks old.

The only time tetanus vaccine has been given in five doses is when it is used as a carrier in fertility regulating vaccines laced with the pregnancy hormone, Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG) developed by WHO in 1992. (source)

Hmmm…so why would this vaccine only be given to young, fertile women? Since tetanus is a type of bacterial infection that occurs after a person is wounded with a rusty or dirty object, wouldn’t it stand to reason that this vaccine, if given in the interest of protecting patients from the infection, be given to both genders, and people of a variety of ages? Are girls at the height of fertility somehow more likely to injure themselves in such a way?

The Kenyan government has a glib answer. Apparently, they wish to proactively inoculate babies in the womb against tetanus, which causes 550 deaths per year.

Catholic priests across Kenya are advising their congregants to refuse these vaccinations.

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Staying Healthy in the Wilderness


Your body is one of the most important considerations of survival that we often overlook in favor of the latest prepper gear. Imagine a bug out scenario where you could be walking over rough terrain, possibly for hundreds of miles to make it to your bug out location or even back to your own family. If you get hurt or ill, life can become monumentally more difficult, and if you are forced to rely on your body more than usual such as in a bug out scenario it has to be taken care of. So how can you keep your body healthy in the wilderness if you are spending extended periods of time outside? Here are some tips and tricks to keep your body in tip-top shape so you’re sure to make it back safe.


Your feet are your transportation. While blisters can be an annoyance if treated properly, a cut foot can lay you up for a week, maybe more, while frostbite can lead to lasting damage. To protect yourself from these dangers you’ll need the right gear. Merino wool socks wick away sweat and dampness from your skin. Though these socks are extremely warm, they are also breathable and keep your feet from getting too wet. Unlike cotton, the warming qualities of wool doesn’t diminish once it is wet.

Once you have the right socks, it’s important to have the right boots. Nothing contributes to foot blisters more than ill-fitting boots. Weight, stability and material all make a difference. It’s a good idea to have more than one pair of footwear if you’re going to be spending a lot of time away. Remember that a light pair of boots will probably be more comfortable but less durable, so having a pair of each will ensure you’re prepared.

While good socks and boots are essential to keep your feet safe from harm, blisters can form as boots wear in or break down, changing their shape. Be prepared with some cloth athletic tape or moleskin.


If you’re spending time in snow-covered landscapes and sun, temporary snow blindness can occur if you don’t have the proper eyewear. Just because you’re not spending a lot of time in snow fields doesn’t mean your eyes are safe either. Even on overcast days glare can make you squint and cause eye fatigue. Use sunglasses with UV-protective lenses. Just like with your boots, it might be a good idea to have an extra pair or, at the very least, some replacement lenses in case the ones you currently use become scratched or broken during your trek.


Keeping your body in good shape while in the wilderness isn’t always about staying warm. Sometimes it’s also about staying cool. This means layering your clothing so you can regulate your temperature. Becoming too hot and dehydrated is just as much a worry as becoming too cold and falling ill. Layering clothing is pretty simple, but not necessarily intuitive.

Three layers are the norm. The first layer is moisture management. This on-skin layer regulates your temperature by moving moisture away from your skin. This layer is commonly made from merino wool. The second layer is an insulating layer. This is a down jacket, wool sweater or even a traditional fleece. The last layer is your weather protection. This is a rainproof, windproof shell that protects your inner layers from getting wet. If the weather is nice, it’s easy to regulate your temperature by shedding layers. While this equipment is necessary, it’s also expensive, so it’s a good idea to look around and do some homework before investing your money, just to make sure you get the products that fit your needs the best…





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Restaurant receives ‘hate and threats’ after banning ‘small screaming children’

by Jamie Campbell

The owner of The Lobster Pound and Moore later put out an apology, however the restaurant also received widespread praise for its attempts to give diners a more relaxing experience

A Canadian restaurant has found itself the target of “hate and threats” after it made a decision to ban “small screaming children” from its premises.

The Lobster Pound and Moore, in Nova Scotia, put out a message on its Facebook page that said: “Effective as of now, we will no longer allow small screaming children.

“We are an adult themed restaurant that caters to those who are out to enjoy themselves. We understand this may upset some, but after careful consideration, we feel it’s best for those who enjoy, appreciate and understand our business.”

The response was swift, direct and, reportedly, although the original post has been deleted, enraged as many felt that the restaurant was unfairly discriminating against parents.

Hannah McKay, a mother of two told CBC News: “If it (the restaurant) doesn’t want my kids there why would they want me?”

Such was the strength of the backlash that the restaurant consequently felt it that it was necessary to issue an apology for the prior statement.

Posting another message on its Facebook page, the The Lobster Pound and Moore said: “Okay let’s try this again. First, my apologies for the previous post. I chose the wrong words to convey a message I didn’t want.”

“I used the word screaming but should have said something like “Lil diners having a moment.’”

The post assured diners that: “We will take any belly that is hungry.”

“I never considered the hate and threats it would bring against not only me but those I love and for that I’m truly sorry.”

“I’ve disappointed you and myself. I will do even better even if you don’t give me the chance. I was trying to be different and the ‘go to’ happening place.”

However, following the apology, support began flooding in for the original policy.

Comments under the apologising post included: “Just wanted to say to the business owner that I agree with you whole heartedly and have just written a post of support on my Facebook wall and all my friends agree,” said Ali Simpson Smith.

Chris Fawcett said: “All businesses have the right to refuse business to anyone they want and to that point a baby isn’t even going to be a customer in reality.”

Marion Robinson told the restaurant to just keep up its good work: “I wouldn’t worry about a few negative, childish remarks. Your food, atmosphere and service will always be rewarded! God bless!”

Ian Tolsten, president of the British Columbia Restaurant & Foodservices Association, told the Canadian National Post that he would not encourage restaurateurs to avoid being so explicitly discriminatory and, rather than banning children, should use hints like “intimate atmosphere.”

He added: “If you’re going to alienate your customers, you better be prepared for the social media storm.”




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After Alps Crash, Some Experts Ponder Flights Without Pilots

Pilots in an airplane cockpit via Shutterstock*

Pilots in an airplane cockpit via Shutterstock*


NEW YORK—To improve airline safety, maybe we need to remove the pilots.

That radical idea is decades away, if it ever becomes a reality. But following the intentional crashing of Germanwings Flight 9525 by the co-pilot, a long-running debate over autonomous jets is resurfacing. At the very least, some have suggested allowing authorities on the ground to take control of a plane if there is a rogue pilot in the cockpit.

The head of Germany’s air traffic control agency on Wednesday became the latest to raise such a prospect.

Such moves might seem logical in the aftermath of this crash, but industry experts warn that the technology is fraught with problems. Besides, no matter how tragic the deaths of the 149 other passengers and crew were, it was an anomaly. Each year, more than 3 billion people around the globe step aboard some 34 million flights. The number of crashes purposely caused by commercial pilots in the last three decades: fewer than 10.

“Would this really be the wisest investment of our air safety dollars?” asks Patrick Smith, a commercial airline pilot for 25 years and author of “Cockpit Confidential.”

Smith says that even the newest jets would need an expensive reengineering of their key systems. And that doesn’t even tackle any of the concerns over terrorists hacking into the communications link and taking over the jet.

Despite those major technical — and psychological — hurdles, the concept isn’t so farfetched.

There was a time when riding an elevator without an operator seemed unimaginable. Today, we don’t think twice about stepping into an empty elevator. Airports around the world have trams without drivers, as do some subways systems. Even cars are starting to take some of that control away from us: the latest models will automatically brake if there is a sudden hazard.

The military already has pilots remotely flying drones that are on the other side of the earth. But making that jump for passenger jets is simply unnerving.

Planes don’t operate in the confined space of an elevator shaft or train tracks. And flying has always seemed unnatural. When jets make odd noises or hit a rough patch of turbulence, we eagerly wait for that soothing voice of the pilot to tell us that everything is ok.

“The real reason a person wants another human in the cockpit is because they want to believe there’s somebody in the front who shares their own fate and thus if anything goes wrong, they will do everything they can to save their own lives,” says Mary Cummings, a former U.S. Navy fighter pilot who is now a Duke University professor studying autonomous flight…





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Why Playing It Safe is the Most Dangerous

by Andrea Schulman

We often think to ourselves that playing it safe is a smart bet. To play it safe, many of us take the job with the good benefits, drive the car with the good mileage, and purchase the home in the safe community. However, while it is unnecessary to swing for the fences with every life decision, playing it safe as your standard decision-making practice is actually the most dangerous thing that you can do with your life. Here are three reason why.

1. Playing it safe often means that we are going along with herd

Who decided what was safe and what was dangerous? For example, when did we decide that it was safe to purchase a car, but dangerous to own a motorcycle? Of course, motorcycle accidents are more likely to be lethal, but most motorcyclists will still ride safely without incident. Beyond that though, motorcycles often cost less money, are more fun to ride, take up less valuable space, use less gas and are less of an environmental threat.

There are always benefits, and dangers, to both sides of an argument, if we are willing to look.

The reason why we assume that some actions are safe and others are dangerous is that, in many cases, we have accepted the viewpoint of the herd, and stopped looking for the other side of the coin. Somewhere along the line it was decided that it was safe to go to college, get a specific type of job, pay your taxes, settle down in a monogamous, heterosexual relationship, and have two kids. Because of directives from the herd like these , many people have conformed to a very similar life structure, often hoping to play the “safe” bet in life.

Unfortunately, playing it safe by following the herd for all of our decision-making is dangerous because when we follow it, we aren’t using our own free will to make our own choices! When there is a great opportunity available that will provide us with more fun, more fulfillment, and more security we might not even recognize it just because it doesn’t pass the herd “sniff test.”

2. Playing it safe often happens when operating from a place of fear

If you aren’t operating from a place of fear, you probably have no reason to play it safe. Playing it safe is usually a symptom of being afraid of making a mistake or taking a wrong turn.

The reason that operating from a place of fear is dangerous is because fear draws fearful things toward it. This is why people who take every precaution to avoid illnesses and accidents tend to be the ones who have the most of them. By focusing on what we don’t want, we actually draw these things closer to us! For this reason, playing it safe is indeed not at all a safe bet.

The reality is, that if you can find a way to drop the fear, you will literally have nothing to fear. When you are moving in the flow of the universe, and following your intuition with total faith, you are as safe as you can ever be.

Make it your goal to get in tune with your intuition and do what you feel called to do, regardless if others claim it isn’t “safe.” By dropping the fear, you will be enveloped in all of the safety you will ever need, and you will lead a happier, healthier and more prosperous life.

3. Playing it safe often means you are settling in life

Listen, we really don’t know what comes after this life with a great deal of certainty. All we know is that at some point, we are going to die. Do we really want to spend our lives playing it safe and doing everything the way that everyone else is doing it?

Sure, some of the things we have in common with the herd are probably exactly what we want (for example, I have the standard family with a husband and two kids, and I’m perfectly happy with that!). However, for others, if you aren’t content with the direction the herd is moving in, it’s best to branch off and do what you want to do to improve your quality of life…





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China’s Answer to Teen Internet Addiction

by Waking Times

Video – Can Internet overuse result in destructive behaviors? The Chinese government seems to think so. Here’s a short film “China’s Web Junkies” that offers a glimpse into a correctional facility set up for young Internet addicts after China declared Internet addiction to be a clinical disorder in 2008.

The Internet is a part of our world, but is it also a health threat to our youth? The parents of the teenagers in this film seem to think so. How about you?





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Stretching Doesn’t Prevent Tendon Injuries: Study

Tendon injuries are common in sports, and there are many schools of thought on how to avoid them. But a new analysis of past research finds that stretching doesn’t help and might even raise the risk of injury for some.

Shock absorbing insoles, and hormone replacement therapy for postmenopausal women, on the other hand, did offer protection for some, the researchers found.

“Stretching is often viewed as an empirically accepted method to prevent sports injuries, including tendinopathy,” write the authors, led by Janne A. Peters from the University Medical Center Groningen in the Netherlands.

“However, there is no scientific evidence that confirms this,” they point out in Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport.

Tendons are thick cords that connect muscles to the bones. When they become irritated or inflamed, that is known as tendinitis.

Tendinosis, on the other hand, is when tiny tears occur in and near the tissue of the tendon. Most experts use “tendinopathy” to describe both inflammation and tears in tendons.

The condition can occur in all parts of the body, often around joints, including the ankle, knee, hip, groin, shoulder and elbow. It can be very painful, the authors note, and the chances of recurrence are high, so it often becomes a chronic condition.

“These are injuries that affect not just elite athletes but also adults who like to exercise, and they tend to be overuse issues,” said Dr. David Geier, an orthopedic surgeon and former director of sports medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina, who was not involved with the study.

“Achilles tendinopathy often affects running athletes, while patellar or knee joint tendinopathy often bothers people who play repetitive jumping sports like basketball,” he told Reuters Health in an email…


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Most dangerous Islamic State leaders come from Scandinavia – Syrian President Assad

From: RT

Bashar al-Assad warned about the growing threat from “Scandinavian” Islamist extremists fighting inside of Syria, where the battle against Islamic State amidst a protracted civil war has claimed the lives of over 200,000 people.

Syrian President Bashar Assad, in an interview with the Swedish newspaper Expressen, said the threat of terrorism should not looked at as “domestic or as local,” but rather as a global phenomenon, before going on to reveal that “the most dangerous leaders of ISIS (Islamic State or IS) in our region are Scandinavian.”

Assad, who has struggled to remain in power through four grueling years of civil war, and now incursions by IS jihadists as well, warned that Sweden and Europe are at risk of terrorism.

“As long as you have terrorism growing in different European countries, Sweden cannot be safe,” Assad told Kassem Hamade in the Syrian capital, Damascus. “As long as the backyard of Europe, especially the Mediterranean and Northern Africa, is in chaos and full of terrorists, Europe cannot be safe.”

When asked whether Sweden requested information about these ISIS fighters or other jihadists, Assad said: “There’s no contact between our intelligence agencies.’

Between 5,000 and 6,000 Europeans have traveled to Syria to join Islamic State, said Vera Jourova, the EU Commissioner for Justice said, emphasizing that 1,450 of them are French citizens, the French newspaper Le Figaro reported.

However, EU officials believe that the figures are strongly underestimated, as foreign fighters are difficult to track.

The comments by the Syrian leader came after the Swedish intelligence agency, SÄPO, recently warned that jihadists returning from fighting in Syria represent the biggest domestic threat in Sweden today.

Säpo press officer Fredrik Milder told The Local, that “at least 150 Swedish residents were known to have been to Syria or Iraq to fight for Isis or other extremist groups, with intelligence suggesting that at least 35 had died in the process.”

“About 50 of those known to have traveled to Syria have returned to Sweden. They travel to Syria, return to Sweden and tend to go back again,” Milder said, while adding that “there is only a very little we can do to stop people from traveling from Sweden to join al-Qaeda-inspired groups.”

Milder did not offer an explanation as to why these individuals were not being arrested upon their return to Sweden and other European countries.

Starting in September 2014, a coalition of US-led forces – including Bahrain, Jordan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates – launched airstrikes on Syrian territory, which were not authorized by the Syrian president, against Islamic State (IS), which has declared its intention of creating a caliphate across parts of the Middle East.

Source: rt.com




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