Why Has The West Been So Successful?

By Ben Shapiro – Re-Blogged From Prager University

The Western world has produced some of the most prosperous and most free civilizations on earth. What makes the West exceptional? Ben Shapiro, editor-in-chief of the Daily Wire and author of “The Right Side of History,” explains that the twin pillars of revelation and reason — emanating from ancient Jerusalem and Athens — form the bedrock for Western civilization’s unprecedented success.

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World Record Set for Personal Flying Suit Speed

By Adriana Navarro – Re-Blogged From AccuWeather

Within seconds, inventor Richard Browning, 40, knew he could defy gravity. In November 2016, the founder of Gravity Industries sustained a six-second flight with an Iron Man-like flying suit.

“I start to lift off and then I remember it was just this constant battle between two voices, one going, ‘Oh my God, oh my God. What’s going on? Land it,'” Browning said on his website. “And the other voice screaming at me going, ‘But we’re doing it. Keep going.'”

It had started out as an “admittedly crazy” project that he didn’t tell many people about and his wife patiently tolerated, he said in a WIRED video. But from that moment, it became an invention that would make make him known today as almost a superhero.

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Space Weather Probes Shatter GPS Record

By Dr Tony Phillips – Re-Blogged From Space Weather

NASA’s MMS probes, which use GPS signals to orbit Earth in tight formation, have just shattered the record for long-distance GPS navigation. The four probes recently located themselves 116,300 miles above Earth’s surface, surprising experts who once thought that GPS could function no higher than about 22,000 miles.

“When we began the mission, we had no idea high-altitude GPS would be such a robust capability,” says Trevor Williams, the MMS flight dynamics lead at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.


Above: an artist’s concept of the 4 MMS spacecraft

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Under-the-Tongue Allergy Pills Replacing Shots

By Health Day – Re-Blogged From Newsmax Health

Under-the-tongue allergy pills have quickly caught on as a way to treat hay fever and dust mite allergies, a new study finds.

Allergy shots have been available for more than 100 years, while sublingual, or under-the-tongue, allergy pills were only approved for use in the United States in 2014.

But of 268 U.S. allergists surveyed last year, 73% reported prescribing under-the-tongue allergy tablets, according to allergist and lead author Dr. Anita Sivam, of Memphis, Tenn.

SOLAR MINIMUM IS A TERRIBLE TIME TO BLOW UP A SATELLITE

By Dr Tony Phillips – RE_Blogged From Space Weather

Note to space powers: If you’re going to blow a satellite to bits, solar minimum is a terrible time to do it. India is grappling with this important truth today as debris from their March 27th anti-satellite weapons test spreads through space. As many as 6,500 pieces of the Microsat-R Earth observation satellite are now circling Earth, according to a simulation created by Analytical Graphics Inc.:

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The Chicago Fire: America at Its Best

By Lee Habeeb – Re-Blogged From Prager University

The most famous fire in American history happened in Chicago on October 8, 1871. But it’s not the fire that was so remarkable; it’s what happened afterwards. Lee Habeeb, host of the nationally syndicated radio show “Our American Stories,” explains.

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Can Humans Sense Magnetic Storms?

By Dr Tony Phillips -Re-Blogged From Space Weather

Close your eyes and relax. Daydream about something pleasant. In this state your brain is filled with “alpha waves,” a type of electrical brainwave associated with wakeful relaxation.

Now try it during a geomagnetic storm. It may not be so easy. A new study just published in the journal eNeuro by researchers at Caltech offers convincing evidence that changes in Earth’s magnetic field can suppress alpha waves in the human brain.

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Schematic drawing of human magnetoreception test chamber at Caltech. This diagram was modified from the figure “Center of attraction” by C. Bickel (Hand, 2016) with permission.

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