During Expedition 40 in the summer of 2014, NASA astronauts Steve Swanson and Reid Wiseman — along with European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst — explored the phenomenon of water surface tension in microgravity on the International Space Station. The crew “submerged” a sealed GoPro camera into a floating ball of water the size of a softball and recorded the activity with a 3-D camera. (Video: NASA)
Evidence of an experiment suggests that activating the right brain hemisphere can result in stress reduction and enhance the creative process.
For this article I would like to draw on an experiment that was conducted at Nova University’s Behavioral Science Center in 1978. The principle investigator was Joyce Keen who conducted this study as part of her doctoral dissertation.
The study is called Hemispheric and Autonomic Laterality: Effects of Unilateral Repetitive Activation[i], and was conducted at the Nova University Biofeedback Laboratories, under the guidance of noted biofeedback pioneer Dr. Joe Kamiya. The study involved 47 volunteer subjects, split between the experimental group watching my visual device, the “Kinoscope”, (see picture and description below) and a control group. The experimental group is referred to as the “Right Hemisphere Activation” (RHA) group. This group, in addition to watching the Kinescope, also listened to soothing music. The control group, also referred to as the Left Hemisphere Activation (LHA) group, listened to spoken text while also seeing the text projected onto a screen.
by James Wilson
The Los Angeles Times today had several front page articles that struck me as oddly related. The first reads “Health Law to Return to High Court”. The second major story is titled “U.S. to Double Force Aiding Iraqis”.
Evidently a conservative group called The Competitive Enterprise Institute has challenged what amounts to 5 words out of the 10,535 pages of Obamacare regulations (approximately 11,588,500 words). The Supreme Court will hear the case. In effect, the 5 words under consideration (most likely an oversight or even perhaps a clerical error), states that subsidies are available only to policies bought on a state exchange.
Two thirds of the states opted to utilize a federal exchange. Nearly 5 million people have purchased subsidized insurance in states using the federal exchange. If the Supreme Court votes in favor of the challenge, which would mean that the highest court in the country would, in effect, be enforcing the letter of the law, and not it’s intent, then a major underpinning of the law would be ripped asunder and likely cause the whole thing to collapse.
Given the current lineup in the Supreme Court, odds are quite high they will move to destroy the law.
By James Wilson
A study conducted recently and published by Neuro-politics.com, suggests that conservatives are left brain dominant, while liberals are right brain dominant. I’ve provided some of the summary for this study below:
A self-assessment Internet survey was conducted by Brack and Zhang on Neuro-politics.com. The survey collected 490 questionnaires, which were subsequently cleansed for 48 cases of probable duplicate or incomplete responses. This left 442 usable questionnaires, of which 218 indicated support for George W. Bush, 195 for John Kerry, and 29 for unspecified other candidates. This survey period was January 28 through March 4, 2005. The survey questions were adapted from similar left-right brain surveys, with slight variations. Additional questions were included to determine family birth order, political affiliations, and strength of religious belief.
By James Wilson
Last Sunday the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warned that if the world does not curtail the amount of atmospheric carbon, there will be “severe, pervasive and irreversible impacts for people and ecosystems”. The 116-page IPCC report, a review of more than 30,000 climate-science studies, is the latest in a series that began in 1990. It has been signed off on by more than 100 governments, and is the first report to be released since 2007. It presents new conclusions that environmental scientists arrived over the past seven years.
The new conclusions? Mainly that unless we take our carbon emissions down to zero by 2100, we’re screwed. We can kiss homo sapiens (and a huge number of other species), “good bye”.
A Virgin Galactic spacecraft intended to carry tourists crashed in the Mojave desert due to an “in-flight anomaly” during a test flight Friday, the company said. One person was reportedly killed in the incident, which was the second this week involving a craft intended for spaceflight.
“During the test, the vehicle suffered a serious anomaly resulting in the loss of SpaceShipTwo,” Virgin Galactic tweeted.
The company said in a statement that “a serious anomaly” occurred and that it is working with authorities to figure out what happened.
One person was killed, while another was seriously injured, according to the Associated Press.
The craft crashed east of Mojave, Calif., Mojave Air and Space Port chief executive Stu Witt told Bakersfield TV station KGET. WhiteKnightTwo, which carries the space ship to 50,000 feet before it is release, was able to land safely.
Are you coaching a little-league baseball team, and the batter, due to the 1000’s of fans roaring in the stands, can’t hear your instruction to “bunt” because your player is encased in protective head-gear?
We have just the technology for you (that is, if your team is well funded and can afford gear designed for, and sold to, NBA teams). They call it the QTR-1000 PlayerMic”, manufactured by Quantum5x Systems ( www.q5x.com ). It is also harolded as both the worlds tiniest transmitter, and simultaneously, the worlds “first and only rubber transmitter”. In case you’re wondering, the flexibility is there in order to absorb body-checks from 300 pound tackles (if used in football), or the impact of a hockey-puck traveling at 106 miles per hour (as clocked on December 3rd, 2006, at a Toronto MapleLeaf game). It is basically a very small wireless microphone bodypack (.35 inches thick, 1.4 inches wide, and 3.8 inches long, weighing only 1 ounce), waterproof (for sweat-resistance, and other unexpected activities). It’s Lithium batteries will last up to 12 hours, with a power output ranging from 50-250mW. The QTR-1000 has no external connectors!
Did you know that gas prices in Norway are $10/gallon, and a beer costs $14/pint? But, they have an incredible health-care system (free), and going to a major university costs as little as $60/year. No wonder they are so educated over there, and leaders in cutting-edge technology. (BTW: Norwegian politics give a whole new definition to our perception of “far left”, they would consider Senator Specter a hard-right conservative!).
They brought their booth and sales reps. all the way from Norway to Las Vegas, where they were demonstrating their latest interactive software solutions at the National Association of Broadcasting (NAB) annual conference. Their product, called “never.no Interactivity Suite”, is an interactivity enabling software solution. They describe it as “the world’s first platform for universal interactivity in broadcast media”. This suite allows consumers to influence a broadcast in real time, and conversely, allows media owners and advertiser to track consumers through various mediums, and allows them to tailor and optimize consumer content based on consumer response. Read the rest
This 5K camera has a full frame S35mm Mysterium X sensor matching 35mm film resolution. The RED 5K EPIC tops out at 100 FPS, features HD-SDI, 2-XLR inputs, HDMI, FireWire 800 and USB 2.0. Like the Scarlet you can also control it using WiFi.
Owners of the RED ONE will be happy to know that RED will allow you to trade in your camera for for a full $17,500 credit towards the EPIC when it ships in 2009, Pricing is said to be about $30,000.
Red announced its smallest camera yet 3K Scarlet. This teeny camera has a 3K resolution and is based on a 2/3″ Mysterium X sensor, capable of 1 to 120 frames per second and records to dual CompactFlash cards supporting up to 100MB per second of REDCODE RAW HD video.
It features a 4.8″ LCD, 8x RED zoom lens, HDMI, HD-SDI, FireWire 800 and USB 2.0 connections. The camera is also compatible with many of the RED ONE accesories. You can even control the camera via a WiFi Connection.
Price should be under $3,000 and be available early 2009.