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The discovery of Kepler-10c was presented June  2nd at the 224th American Astronomical Society meeting.

Dubbed a “mega-Earth,” the exoplanet Kepler-10c weighs 17 times as much as Earth and it circles a sunlike star in the constellation Draco.

The mega-Earth orbits its parent star once every 45 days. Kepler-10c is probably too close to its star to be hospitable to life, and it isn’t the only orbiting the yellow star. Kepler-10 also plays host to a “lava world” called Kepler-10b that is three times the mass of Earth and speeds around its star in a 20-hour orbit.


NASA’s Kepler space telescope first spotted Kepler-10c, however, the exoplanet-hunting tool is not able to tell whether an alien world it finds is gaseous or rocky. The new planet’s size initially signaled that it fell into the “mini-Neptune” category, meaning it would have a thick envelope of gas covering the planet.

CfA astronomer Xavier Dumusque and his team used the HARPS-North instrument on the Telescopio Nazionale Galileo in the Canary Islands to measure Kepler-10c’s mass. They found that the planet is, in fact, rocky and not a mini-Neptune.

“Kepler-10c didn’t lose its atmosphere over time. It’s massive enough to have held onto one if it ever had it,” Dumusque said in a statement. “It must have formed the way we see it now.”

Scientists think the Kepler-10c system is actually quite old, forming less than 3 billion years after the Big Bang. The system’s early formation suggests that, although the materials were scarce, there were enough heavy elements like silicon and iron to form rocky worlds relatively early on in the history of the universe, according to the CfA.

“Finding Kepler-10c tells us that rocky planets could form much earlier than we thought,” Sasselov said in a statement. “And if you can make rocks, you can make life.”

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Underground Ocean on Saturns Moon

An ocean at least as large as Lake Superior lies below a thick layer of ice on a moon of Saturn, new data from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft suggests.

The results, published in the journal Science, support earlier signs that this small moon has liquid water. That means Saturn’s sixth-largest moon could have been — or could now be — hospitable to life.

This discovery puts Enceladus in an exclusive club of extraterrestrial worlds in the solar system that appear to have a subsurface water ocean. The others are Titan, another moon of Saturn, and Europa, a moon of Jupiter. Callisto and Ganymede, also moons of Jupiter, may also have oceans under ice.

To read more about the possible discovery check out CNN 

Simple Soap Science

Ever wonder why soap makes your hands clean?

Soap is a very useful substance that allows us to more effectively clean our hands. To understand how soap cleans our hands, you must first understand the chemistry behind water, dirt and grease. Water is a polar molecule. This means that water molecules (hydrogen and 2 oxygen) tend to separate into positive and negative ends. Now some substances, such as dirt and salt, are water soluble. This means they are able to easily dissolve in water, because their molecules have either positively or negatively charged parts (ions) that are attracted to the charges of the polar water molecules (they are hydrophilic). This allows them to become separated in the water and dissolve. Other substances, such as grease and oil, are not water soluble. This means they are not able to dissolve in water because their molecules do not contain positive and negative parts (ions), and so they are not attracted to the water molecules (they are hydrophobic). This means they do not become separated when they come in contact with water, and so they are not able to dissolve in water.

Read more: Ehow 

Egyptian Harp

The ancient Egyptians had two different styles of harps: the more portable “shoulder” harp and the larger “bow” harp. Both of these could be played using the one-handed and two-handed playing techniques. Many ancient Egyptian paintings prominently featured harps, proving that music was important to the civilization.

The Ancient Egyptian harps varied greatly in form, size,
and the number of their strings. They are represented in the
ancient paintings with 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 17, 20, 21,
and 22 strings.

A few examples of found and depicted Ancient Egyptian harps
are listed below:
• The tomb of Debhen from Giza [c. 2550 BCE] depicts two
bow harps, with well defined sound bodies.
• A huge bow harp is depicted in a relief from the tomb of
Seshemnofer [Giza, 5th Dynasty, c. 2500 BCE].
• A bow harp is depicted in a scene from the tomb of Ti [c.
2400 BCE] at Sakkara.
• A bow harp is depicted in the Ptah-hotep tomb [c. 2400
BCE]. The scene shows 2-tone playing [also see page 73].
• A harp is depicted in a relief from the tomb of Nekauhor
[2390 BCE, Sakkara, now at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New
York]. The scene shows 3-tone playing of music [also see
page 73-4].
• 5 harp players in polyphonic playing are depicted in
Idut’s tomb, [c. 2320 BCE] at Sakkara.
• The wife of the deceased Mereruka [c. 2290 BCE] is shown
playing a large harp in Mereruka’s tomb in Sakkara. She
is playing two different strings of the harp—polyphony
Read more about Egyptian Harps here.

What is Iridology?

Iridology   is an alternative medicine technique whose proponents claim that patterns, colors, and other characteristics of the iris can be examined to determine information about a patient’s systemic health. Practitioners match their observations to iris charts,which divide the iris into zones that correspond to specific parts of the human body. Iridologists see the eyes as “windows” into the body’s state of health.
96Right IrisIgnatz von Péczely, a 19th-century Hungarian physician is usually credited with inventing iridology. He got the idea for this novel diagnostic tool when he saw a dark streak in the eyes of a man he was treating for a broken leg and it reminded him of a similar dark streak in the eyes of an owl whose leg he had broken years earlier. If you are interested in learning more about Iridology go here 

How does Hypnotism work?

But before considering how hypnosis works, perhaps the first question should be does hypnosis work?

Theories as to how results are achieved range from the idea that hypnosis produces changes in brain activity, to the idea that the subject is “method acting” the role of a hypnotized person, to the skeptical point of view that it’s all down to the placebo effect (which, of course, raises the awkward question “how does the placebo effect work?”). All of these theories, however, are essentially saying the same thing –hypnosis works by communicating with the unconscious mind.

Conscious and unconscious are really just shorthand terms to describe the general characteristics of the human mind. The “conscious mind” is the bit where we tend to “live” – the bit you might think of as “you”.  If there’s a little voice reading these words out loud in your head, that’s the conscious mind talking.  The unconscious mind is everything else!

The unconscious controls all of the autonomic processes that you don’t have to think about – the heart rate, the blood pressure, tissue growth, cell regeneration, the immune system and so on.  It’s where our thoughts, memories and accumulated experience reside. It controls our emotions, our habits and our responses to the world.

In many ways, it creates that world for us. The unconscious mind handles about two million bits of sensory information every single second. The conscious mind deals with about seven.  That means that the reality you’re actually aware of from moment to moment has been brought to your conscious attention by the unconscious, in a sort of Readers’ Digest version, choosing seven bits which it thinks are important from the two million it’s just processed

Read the Full Article here at AboutHypnosis

Ancient Egyptian Scrolls Document Natural Herbs

Herbs played a huge role in Egyptian medicine. Proof comes from burial sites, tombs and underground temples where archeologists have found extensive sets of medical documents and scrolls, including the Ebers Papyrus, the Edwin Smith Papyrus, the Hearst Papyrus, and the London Medical Papyrus, which contained the earliest documented awareness of tumors. Egyptians knew about the healing powers of honey. In fact, the first official recognition of the importance of honey dates back to the first Egyptian Dynasty and the “Sealer of the Honey.” Iegyptn Niuserre’s Sun temple, bee-keepers are shown in hieroglyphics blowing smoke into hives as they are removing honey-combs. The honey was immediately jarred and sealed and could therefore be kept for years, and it was used for the production of medicines and ointments. They even used it as a natural antibiotic.

Remedies from the ancient Ebers Papyrus scrolls:

• Aloe vera was used to alleviate burns, ulcers, skin diseases and allergies

• Basil was written up as heart medicine

• Balsam Apple (Apple of Jerusalem) was used as a laxative and as a liver stimulant

• Bayberry was prescribed for diarrhea, ulcers and hemorrhoids

• Caraway soothed digestion and was a breath freshener

• Colchicum (citrullus colocynthus or meadow saffron) soothed rheumatism and reduced swelling

• Dill was recognized for laxative and diuretic properties

• Fenugreek was prescribed for respiratory disorders and to cleanse the stomach and calm the liver and pancreas

• Frankincense was used for throat and larynx infections, and to stop bleeding and vomiting

• Garlic was given to the Hebrew slaves daily to give them vitality and strength for building the pyramids

 Read The full list of the remedies from Thinkerbelleblog


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Negatives and Positives of Solar Energy

Solar energy has the potential to dramatically change the way the world gets its power. Enough solar energy falls on a 100-square-mile area of the southwestern United States to power the entire nation. It is still important, however, to understand the environmental impacts associated with producing power from renewable sources such as wind, solar, geothermal, biomass, and hydropower.

While solar is among the world’s cleanest forms of energy, plans to develop utility scale solar farms have raised concerns about potential environmental impacts.

One person’s beauty is another person’s eyesore. For some, solar panels evoke positive feelings, even when set in a natural landscape

Creating energy is a water intensive process. In the U.S., electricity production accounts for more than 40 percent of all daily freshwater withdrawals

Read More about the impact of free energy sources here 

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