Take a Deep Breath – Our Air is Crowded with History



Watch a fascinating presentation on air, breath, molecules and space straws – presented by Michael Stevens from Vsauce.



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Your Phone vs. Your Heart


Can you remember the last time you were in a public space in America and didn’t notice that half the people around you were bent over a digital screen, thumbing a connection to somewhere else?


Most of us are well aware of the convenience that instant electronic access provides. Less has been said about the costs. Research suggests that one measurable toll may be on our biological capacity to connect with other people.

To read more about attunement, meditation, and vagal tone which are an integral part of this research, please visit The New York Times article written by Barbara Fredrickson



Graphene Supercapacitor – The Future of Energy Storage



Graphene – a simple carbon polymer, which can be used as the basic component of a supercapacitor – a high energy density storage device that charges far more rapidly than chemical batteries.


The future of energy storage – the battery tech of today!



The Super Supercapacitor


Read more about this scientific discovery at ReWire Science



What is Graphene?

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Your daily life is your temple and your religion.
~Kahlil Gibran 





Did YOU know that Meditation is scientifically proven to:

1. Overcome stress (University of Massachusetts Medical School, 2003)
2. Boost your creativity (ScienceDaily, 2010)
3. Improve your sex life and increase your libido (The Journal of Sexual Medicine, 2009)
4. Cultivate healthy habits that lead to weight loss (Journal Emotion, 2007)
5. Improve digestion and lower blood pressure (Harvard Medical School)
6. Decrease your risk of heart attack (The Stroke Journal, 2009)
7. Help overcome anxiety, depression, anger and confusion (Psychosomatic Medicine, 2009)
8. Decrease perception of pain and improve cognitive processing (Wake Forest University School of Medicine, 2010)
9. Increase your focus and attention (University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2007)
10. Increase the size of your most important organ – your brain! (Harvard University Gazette, 2006)

Continue reading Meditation & The Science of Brainwaves Technology


Wake Up, Freak Out – then Get a Grip


A short animated film about the feedback loops likely to lead to catastrophic climate change, by Leo Murray.


Universe Grows Like a Giant Brain

The universe may grow like a giant brain, according to a new computer simulation.

The results, published Nov. 16 in the journal Nature’s Scientific Reports, suggest that some undiscovered, fundamental laws may govern the growth of systems large and small, from the electrical firing between brain cells and growth of social networks to the expansion of galaxies.

“Natural growth dynamics are the same for different real networks, like the Internet or the brain or social networks,” said study co-author Dmitri Krioukov, a physicist at the University of California San Diego.

Read more at SPACE.com

Worldwide Crop Yields Are Decreasing


The global demand for agricultural crops is expected to roughly double by 2050, driven by increases in population, meat and dairy consumption and biofuel use. However, between 1985 and 2005, the total global crop production increased by only 28%.

Clearly, these recent gains in global crop production fall short of the expected demands, leaving us with an important question: Which crops and which geographic regions offer the best hope of meeting projected demands, and where are improvements most needed?


Adding to this concern, some authors have suggested that yields for many important crops may be stagnating in some regions around the world. In particular, there are concerns that yields may be stagnating or declining for three key crops – maize, rice and wheat – which together produce ~ 57% of the world’s agricultural calories.

A slowing, or worse, stagnation or collapse in the yield gains in these crops would have profound implications for the world food system.

Continue reading the story at Nature Communications


DOE is developing batteries 5x more powerful & cheaper in 5 years

5x5x5 DOE Battery Project

The U.S. Dept. of Energy has set a goal to develop battery and energy storage technologies that are five times more powerful and five times cheaper than today’s within five years.


The DOE is creating a new Joint Center for Energy Storage Research, at a cost of $120 million over five years, that’s intended to reproduce development environments that were successfully used by Bell Laboratories in the World War II Manhattan Project that produced an atomic bomb.

The Battery and Energy Storage Hub project will involve six national labs, five universities — Northwestern University, University of Chicago, University of Illinois-Chicago, University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign, and University of Michigan — and four private firms, Dow Chemical, Applied Materials, Johnson Controls, and Clean Energy Trust.


“When you had to deliver the goods very, very quickly, you needed to put the best scientists next to the best engineers across disciplines to get very focused,” said U.S. Energy Secretary Stephen Chu.

Continue reading the story at Computerworld’s Emerging Technologies

Biohybrid Solar Cell Runs On Spinach – Popeye Would Be Proud



Scientists at Vanderbilt University have combined spinach’s photosynthetic protein, which converts light into electrochemical energy, with silicon in a new “biohybrid” solar cell.


“This combination produces current levels almost 1,000 times higher than we were able to achieve by depositing the protein on various types of metals. It also produces a modest increase in voltage,” says David Cliffel, associate professor of chemistry at Vanderbilt University, who collaborated on the project with Kane Jennings, professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering. “If we can continue on our current trajectory of increasing voltage and current levels, we could reach the range of mature solar conversion technologies in three years.”


Plants like spinach, used in this biohybrid design – are much cheaper than the materials used in many microelectronic devices.

Ever since researchers discovered that a photosynthesis protein (PS1) continues to function outside the plant, teams have been working to improve the biohybrid cells. “Nature knows how to do this extremely well. In evergreen trees, for example, PS1 lasts for years,” says chemist David Cliffel. “We just have to figure out how to do it ourselves.”


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Image Credit: Amrutur Anilkumar/Vanderbilt