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Human Impact on Climate Change is 170 Times Greater than Natural Forces, according to "The Anthropocene Equation"
A new equation has been published that has the potential to settle the debate of how big an impact human activity has had on the environment, in comparison to natural forces. This equation, created by the authors that proposed that we're living in a new geological epoch called the Anthropocene, is meant to offer a mathematical formalization of our everyday discourse regarding global warming -- putting hard numbers to what can oftentimes devolve into a nebulous argument -- and the result of the equation is alarming.

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17-02-2017
Cannabis and Spirituality
February 17, 2017
One of the most controversial areas of exploration of the nature and needs of the soul involves whether or not psychoactive plants should be included in one's spiritual journey.

In this searching interview, Whitley explores the tradition of cannabis in spiritual search with Stephen Gray who has worked extensively with etheogenic medicines.

Why is it that the human brain is so exquisitely equipped to make use of cannabinoids? Do sacred plants in some way connect us to a greater consciousness that has perhaps put them here as a tool?

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17-02-2017
A Group of Prominent Republicans Calls for a Carbon Tax
In a break from the established Republican party stance on climate change, a number of GOP icons, including former Secretaries of State James Baker III and George Shultz, and former Secretary of the Treasury Henry Paulson Jr., are quietly advocating that sitting Republican lawmakers take the issue of global warming seriously, through the implementation of a carbon-tax. This approach stands in stark contrast to the party's traditional view on the subject, having not only repeatedly tried to ignore the issue, but have also actively tried to block greenhouse gas reduction efforts.

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16-02-2017
Anne's Valentine to You "We are Lovers"
I have gotten a message from my wife that I will post here in Anne's Diary. Ever since Trump won the election, I have taken these messages seriously. In September when I asked her who would win the election she immediatley said "Trump." At the time, of course, he was way behind in the polls and this seemed impossible, so I discounted it. I then asked her, "What will he do?" Her answer was "not much," and now that he has returned to Obama's foreign policy and seems to be having serious problems because of his connections to Russia, I am thinking that that might be true, also.

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15-02-2017
Where did all the Kahunas Go? An Amazing Story of Hawaiian Magic
Wednesday February 15, 2017
In Hawaiian culture kahunas are masters of their craft. For some, that craft was magic. We have heard the stories of their greatness, but where did they go? What happened to their knowledge? Finally, we have real answers to that and some of the other mysteries of this amazing island nation that is really a microcosm of the world. 
15-02-2017
The Survival of Orbital Algae Suggests That Life May Not Have Originated on Earth
An experiment that was conducted aboard -- or rather outside of -- the International Space Station, proves that biological organisms can survive the harsh environment of space for extended periods of time. The experiment was designed investigate how human expeditions to Mars could one day sustain themselves, and how the biology of extremophiles -- organisms that thrive in conditions that would be deadly to other creatures here on Earth -- would fare in the harshness of space. The success of the experiment not only provided surprisingly positive results, it also offers new evidence that life on Earth may have originated from elsewhere in the cosmos.

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15-02-2017
New Hurricane-Strength Storm Threatens to Continue the Current Arctic Warming Trend
For the third time this winter, temperatures in the Arctic are forecast to rise to near freezing, due to a massive storm that is brewing in the North Atlantic. The continued dumping of warm, moist air into the Arctic, along with the overall rise of global temperatures and a warm Arctic winter, is hampering the region's ability to generate new sea ice cover, already at a record low since the season started last September.

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14-02-2017
A Startling UFO in Normandy...if it is Normandy
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It is claimed that this object was taped in Normandy in western France, if so, then it is a form that appears from time to time and is a genuine unknown. However, it could also be fire on a mountainside and taped elsewhere. There are no mountains in Normandy high enough for this to be a fire on a mountainside in this geographical location.


14-02-2017
Trump Directive Delays the addition of the Imperiled Bumblebee to the Endangered Species List
The listing of the rusty patched bumblebee on the endangered species list in the United States has been delayed by a directive issued by the Trump administration that places a 60-day hold on all new regulations published in the Federal Register. This now-scarce species of bumblebee was due to be included in the endangered species list on February 10, but the delay pushes that inclusion back to March 21.

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13-02-2017
New Brain Implant Technology Promises Practicability for Long-Term Use
Brain implants that allow the direct interface between the human brain and machines have been in development for some time now. However, aside from the daunting task of figuring out how to couple solid-state electronics with what amounts to a biological computer, another problem faced by researchers is the body's reaction to foreign objects: implanted electrodes work just fine when initially inserted, but over time scar tissue builds up over them, hampering their ability to both read and transmit electrical signals between themselves and their targeted neurons. However, researchers at Harvard Medical School have come up with a new method of implantation that may be able to avoid this problem, allowing for long-term use of such implants.

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10-02-2017