Myths behind American Revolution

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Since the dawn of time, humans have nevertheless always engaged in wars among-st each other. Be it from the days of Imperial Age, Stone Age or the modern day world, we have never really enjoyed the bliss of peace. The most horrific tragedy in such an event are the men fighting on the front lines whose contribution are forgotten like water in the ocean.

There have been countless wars and countless heroes who have lost their lives. Myths have been generated about such events which people believe to be true.

Some of these are listed below:

1. The American Revolution

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The Myth:

Most Americans be like “MYTH?!!?”, Its the freaking American Revolution. To them, well my friends, you are sadly mistaken. Sure, the French stepped in late in the war, but by the time they bothered to show up, the colonists had already proven they were a solid bet. Even after the Americans won Saratoga, French assistance was underwhelming and plagued.

Reality:

During the centuries of American Revolution, the French contribution cannot be forgotten (even though it has in the sands of time). The truth is, the 13 colonies could have never earned their freedom without the French’s intervention. The whole American Revolution was essentially a proxy battle between the British and the French.

To the French, America was nothing but another theater in their grand blood feud against Britain. They were all about making the Englishmen eat every last available dick, and since they noticed they could use the colonists’ struggle for independence as a handy feeding pen, that’s exactly what they did.

The French began providing arms and ammunition to the Americans in 1776. Before the battle of Saratoga, the French sent 25,000 uniforms and boots, hundreds of cannons and muskets – all the things the colonists would require for the forthcoming war. France provided a overwhelming number of 90% of gunpowder.

However, the Most important French contribution to the Revolution was least mentioned. They were out to weaken the British forces — particularly their naval strength — in order to take the fight to them, perhaps even conquer them. That’s why, for much of the Revolutionary War, the British ships tasked with kicking America’s ass had to survive 12 rounds with the French navy before they could even think of crossing the Atlantic. France gleefully fought the British, eventually teaming up with Spain, declaring a war, attacking from all sides, and even setting up an invasion force. In those battles, America’s independence was a cactus in the desert.

The history books conveniently forget the amount of effort time, money and equipment were sent by the French.

2. Americans won the war with Guerrilla tactics and Frontier Savvy

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The Myth:

Colonists were guerrilla fighters extraordinaire. They made a huge difference in the war outcome with constant raids, skirmishes, and ambushes, essentially going Home Alone on the British forces left and right.

It makes such an awful lot of sense: In the blue corner, we have a bunch of determined colonists who were on their home turf, lightly armed, and relatively inconspicuously clothed. In the red corner: tightly organized regiments of scarlet-clad soldiers with stiff upper lips, marching in lockstep through the forest like live Duck Hunt targets. Of course the Colonial forces took the opportunity to employ the kind of guerrilla tactics that wouldn’t be seen until, well, two centuries later.

Reality:

As enticing as the image of clever American guerrillas winning the war by hiding behind trees and shooting British troops who are standing in formation in open fields is, it couldn’t be further from truth. While guerrilla tactics did play a plucky part in the proceedings, they were always a condiment rather than meat. Ordinary pitched battles decided the outcome of the war.

Which was smart, because the Patriots never actually had the advantage when it came to guerrilla-ing. British troops had at least as much guerrilla chops as the Colonies, as pretty much all significance Native American Tribe had sided with the Redcoats — even the guy who literally wrote the book on being an Army Ranger fought for the British.

There was also the matter of suitable firepower. The predominant muskets of the day had a maximum range of about 100 yards, and to actually hit what you wanted, you had to be way closer. These weapons required organized, concentrated fire to direct a “wall” of lead at the enemy, in the vague hope that something might actually hit someone. Also, the muskets took about 20 seconds to reload, and the opponent tended to have at least some cavalry around. So any Colonial commando attempting an ambush was under significant risk of finding out firsthand how much less than 20 seconds it takes for a saber-swinging dragoon to cover 100 yards on horseback. In fact, forget about the horses — while you’re struggling with your musket, the British soldiers could just nonchalantly stroll up to you and send you to an agonizing, perforated demise. See, despite the color of their coats, they weren’t just some idiot henchmen waiting to be shot. They were trained soldiers with bayonets fixed at the end of their muskets — sharp bayonets that they could use very well.

3. Colonists Defeated the Mightiest Army!

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The Myth:

The American Revolution is an 18th century David and Goliath tale. The Americans defeated the mightiest army of its time — a force that was vastly superior in every way, except for their love of freedom.

Reality:

When war broke out, the Colonies boasted a population of 2.5 million. Even with just a third of them actively supporting the revolution, and just, say, a quarter of them able-bodied men, the British still had a hell of a crowd to contend with … especially when you consider the fact that just 40,000 British Soldiers  were expected to subdue them. That’s 40,000 soldiers facing 2.5 million people, spread out over thousands of miles, each of them a potential enemy until proven otherwise.

Colonists never, ever faced the fearsome British army of the late empire. For the most part, the field armies tasked with suppressing the rebellion were softened units that hadn’t seen combat in a decade. As for asking for backup, no matter how belated: There was none to send. In 1776, the total manpower of British military might reached 96,000. That was their entire worldwide strength. With these men, the British were fighting the Patriots, while holding Caribbean possessions, while manning their stations at Gibraltar and Minorca, and Ireland, and Gold Coast territories … and defending England itself.

So, yeah. It was not David versus Goliath as much as it was lots of Davids plus France versus a handicapped and distracted Goliath. Maybe that’s why almost as soon as the war began, the British were trying to get out of it. Lord North, the chief minister, feverishly begged the king to let him resign, as he felt he wasn’t up to the task of subduing a rebellion. So, the Brits were not only grossly outnumbered, but had freaking Chicken Little running the show.

And that was just the beginning. When France entered the war, they didn’t mess around: They swooped in with over 300,000 soldiers, and they equipped the Continental Army with new weapons with a range and accuracy that were vastly superior to British infantry weapons.

Original Article : http://www.cracked.com/article_20306_5-myths-about-revolutionary-war-everyone-believes_p2.html

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Technology to change the World

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Whenever we compare the past couple of decades to the present, we always end up saying technology was not so advanced. The drift seen over the last half century is beyond human imagination, whereas it is just gonna get more wild and mind boggling. Humans have ended up developing machines which even help us to make our own coffee. How much we endlessly rely on the technology is sometimes scary to think about!

Imagine a world where google or wikipedia did not exist. Even for that matter imagine if sites like facebook or twitter did not exist.

Today, I’m gonna discuss how technology is going to further change the world.

1. Google Glass

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Google Glass is an attempt to free data from desktop computers and portable devices like phones and tablets, and place it right in front of your eyes.

Essentially, Google Glass is a camera, display, touchpad, battery and microphone built into spectacle frames so that you can perch a display in your field of vision, film, take pictures, search and translate on the go.

The principle is one that has been around for years in science fiction, and more recently it’s become a slightly clunky reality. In fact, the “heads-up display” putting data in your field of vision became a reality as early as 1900 when the reflector sight was invented.

Augmented Reality has already gotten into our life in the forms of simulated experiment and education app, but Google is taking it several steps higher with Google glass. Theoretically, with Google Glass, you are able to view social media feeds, text, Google Maps, as well as navigate with GPS and take photos. You will also get the latest updates while you are on the ground.

It’s truly what we called vision, and it’s absolutely possible given the fact that the Google’s co-founder, Sergey Brin has demo’ed the glass with skydivers and creatives.

2. Form 1

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Just as the term suggests, 3D printing is the technology that could forge your digital design into a solid real-life product. It’s nothing new for the advanced mechanical industry, but a personal 3D printer is definitely a revolutionary idea.

Everybody can create their own physical product based on their custom design, and no approval needed from any giant manufacturer! Even the James Bond’s Aston Martin which was crashed in the movie was a 3D product!

Form 1 is one such personal 3D printer which can be yours at just $2799. It may sound like a high price but to have the luxury of getting producing your own prototypes, that’s a reaonable price.

Imagine a future where every individual professional has the capability to mass produce their own creative physical products without limitation. This is the future where personal productivity and creativity are maximized.

3. Oculus Rift

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This is my personal favorite, the ability to game in a “VIRTUAL REALITY”.

Virtual Reality gaming is here in the form of Oculus Rift. This history-defining 3D headset lets you mentally feel that you are actually inside a video game. In the Rift’s virtual world, you could turn your head around with ultra-low latency to view the world in high resolution display.

There are premium products in the market that can do the same, but Rift wants you to enjoy the experience at only $300, and the package even comes as a development kit. This is the beginning of the revolution for next-generation gaming.

The timing is perfect as the world is currently bombarded with the virtual reality topic that could also be attributed to Sword Art Online, the anime series featuring the characters playing games in an entirely virtual world. While we’re getting there, it could take a few more years to reach that level of realism. Oculus Rift is our first step.

4. Eye Tribe

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Eye tracking has been actively discussed by technology enthusiasts throughout these years, but it’s really challenging to implement. But Eye Tribe actually did this. They successfully created the technology to allow you to control your tablet, play flight simulator, and even slice fruits in Fruit Ninja only with your eye movements.

It’s basically taking the common eye-tracking technology and combining it with a front-facing camera plus some serious computer-vision algorithm, and voila, fruit slicing done with the eyes! A live demo was done in LeWeb this year and we may actually be able to see it in in action in mobile devices in 2013.

Currently the company is still seeking partnership to bring this sci-fi tech into the consumer market but you and I know that this product is simply too awesome to fail.

5. Project Fiona

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Meet the first generation of the gaming tablet. Razer’s Project Fiona is a serious gaming tablet built for hardcore gaming. Once it’s out, it will be the frontier for the future tablets, as tech companies might want to build their own tablets, dedicated towards gaming, but for now Fiona is the only possible one that will debut in 2013.

This beast features next generation Intel® Core i7 processor geared to render all your favorite PC games, all at the palm of your hands. Crowned as the best gaming accessories manufacturer, Razer clearly knows how to build user experience straight into the tablet, and that means 3-axis gyro, magnetometer, accelerometer and full-screen user interface supporting multi-touch. My body and soul are ready.

6. Google Driverless Car!

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I could still remember the day I watch the iRobot as a teen, and being skeptical about my brother’s statement that one day, the driverless car will become reality. And it’s now a reality, made possible by… a search engine company, Google.

While the data source is still a secret recipe, the Google driverless car is powered by artificial intelligence that utilizes the input from the video cameras inside the car, a sensor on the vehicle’s top, and some radar and position sensors attached to different positions of the car. Sounds like a lot of effort to mimic the human intelligence in a car, but so far the system has successfully driven 1609 kilometres without human commands!

“You can count on one hand the number of years it will take before ordinary people can experience this.” Google co-founder, Sergey Brin said. However, innovation is an achievement, consumerization is the headache, as Google currently face the challenge to forge the system into an affordable gem that every worker with an average salary could benefit from.

These technologies are such that we cannot ignore them, and are gonna change the world as we live in today !

References: http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/revolutionary-products/

Make a difference

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What does making a difference mean to us all? We live in a world where more than 7 billion people exist, but we don’t know our next door neighbor or the fact that who became the UN president. Most of us are so involved in our own lives that we forget that there are other people who don’t even share the same blessing as us.

Sometimes we must come out of shell of comfort and try to make a difference in any way possible. It can be any individual who might need help or a homeless man who is starving for food and thirsty for water. To you it might not mean as much but to that person, it means the world.

Teens and young adults

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Often we come across to people committing suicides all over the world, and most of them are teens and young adults recently (and the numbers increase every year). Why does this occur?

The tragedy of a young person dying because of overwhelming hopelessness or frustration is devastating to family, friends, and community. Parents, siblings, classmates, coaches, and neighbors might be left wondering if they could have done something to prevent that young person from turning to suicide.

Suicide is the third leading cause of deaths among teens these days after homicide and accidents. The reasons for them to take such drastic measures are commonly :

  • a psychological disorder, especially depression, bipolar disorder, and alcohol and drug use (in fact, approximately 95% of people who die by suicide have a psychological disorder at the time of death)
  • feelings of distress, irritability, or agitation
  • feelings of hopelessness and worthlessness that often accompany depression
  • a previous suicide attempt
  • a family history of depression or suicide
  • emotional, physical, or sexual abuse
  • lack of a support network, poor relationships with parents or peers, and feelings of social isolation
  • dealing with bisexuality or homosexuality in an unsupportive family or community or hostile school environment

You might think they weren’t strong enough or what could we have done to prevent it,

Keep a close eye on a teen or your friend, who is depressed and withdrawn. Understanding depression in teens is very important since it can look different from commonly held beliefs about depression. For example, it may take the form of problems with friends, grades, sleep, or being cranky and irritable rather than chronic sadness or crying.

It’s important to try to keep the lines of communication open and express your concern, support, and love. If your teen confides in you, show that you take those concerns seriously. A fight with a friend might not seem like a big deal to you in the larger scheme of things, but for a teen it can feel immense and consuming. It’s important not to minimize or discount what your teen is going through, as this can increase his or her sense of hopelessness.

Animal Shelter 

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For all those animal lovers out there. You want to help animals in your own community, but just aren’t sure where to begin? There are various ways to help out, and can be done by any age group. It will give you a sense of satisfaction for yourself as well (feel good factor as they say).

  1. Learn how to report animal cruelty. One of the best things you can do to help animals in your community is to keep a list of people, including a humane law enforcement officer, a teacher or your veterinarian, who can help you report animal cruelty. Every state is different. In some areas, the police department investigates animal cruelty; in others, that job falls to local animal control or another municipal agency.
  2. Start a neighborhood watch program. Get to know the animals in your neighborhood and invite your friends and neighbors to do the same. Together you can keep an eye out for any suspicious behaviors—abuse and neglect of companion animals, the mistreatment of local wildlife, dogs left in hot cars and other signs of abuse.
  3. Volunteer at your local shelter or animal rescue organization. Volunteering at your local shelter is a great way to make a difference in the lives of many animals. From walking dogs and organizing fundraising events to fostering abused or frightened animals, shelters across the country are in desperate need of volunteers.
  4. Start a pet food bank. See if there is a pet food pantry in your area and volunteer your time to help distribute the much-needed pet food. If there isn’t, consider starting one up. Host pet food drives, similar to canned food drives, in central locations of your community such as shopping centers and schools. Companion animals play significant roles in the lives of the people who love them—but sometimes the elderly or ill have trouble providing essential pet care. If you see a neighbor in need, offer to assist—walk his dog, help with feeding, clean litter boxes, groom animals, pick up pet food and other supplies, drive him to the veterinarian, etc.

These things wont take much of your time and will certainly mean the world to the animals, even some people for that matter.

Environment

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Environment is something we have taken for granted over past millenniums but we cant anymore. We are observing certain problems which will only get worse and worse over the years. So what can we do about it?

 

Electricity

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Energy is everywhere.  We use energy to move the mouse for a computer, to jump and shout and walk and run.  It takes energy to power a light bulb, and the light that the bulb gives off is also a form of energy called radiant energy.  Radiant energy from the sun enables vegetables, plants, trees and us to live and grow!  Other forms of energy include heat, chemical energy, kinetic (motion) energy, gravitational energy and nuclear power.

Electricity is a form of energy and this is what powers the TV, the kettle, dishwasher, hairdryer, toaster, remote control, mobile phone, fridge, stereo, electric toothbrush, mp3 player and more!

How to help

  • On or Off?  Leaving televisions, stereos and computers on standby with the little red light showing still uses up electricity, even though they might look like they’re turned off.  To stop this you can turn them off at the wall. Simple!
  • Lights out!  Turning lights off when you’re not in the room (make sure no-one else is too!) can save a lot of energy.
  • Putting the kettle on  Britons drink an amazing 60.2 billion cups of tea a day according to The Tea Council.  That’s a lot of tea, and a lot of electricity too!  That’s why it’s important to only boil as much water as you need in your kettle.  It’s best to boil enough water for one cup, not three or five – plus you won’t have to wait as long, which is a bonus!
  • Brrrr  The fridge is an important part of the kitchen, it keeps food fresh, cool and healthy!  But it takes a lot of energy to keep cool, so help it by not leaving the fridge door open or putting hot things inside.
  • Shopping  Many products are now helping you to reduce your energy use and your parents’ energy bills!  Check new products for their efficiency grade and rating and keep an eye out for the Energy Efficiency Recommended logo.

 

Pollution

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Pollution is caused when harmful or poisonous substances are released or found in the air, rivers, seas, animals, plants or even our bodies.  Now, we live on a strong planet with robust plants and hardy animals and humans – but there’s only so much we can take.

Unless we are using renewable energy sources such as solar panels or wind turbines, producing the electricity that powers our homes and gadgets causes pollution.  Some of the petrol or diesel that we put into our cars turns into pollution, which is contained in exhaust fumes.  Diesel fumes contain particulates – a fine dust, which is not good for asthmatics, for example.

Chemical waste from factories and sewage works can also cause pollution that can get into our rivers and seas, which soon carry the harmful particles for miles.  Litter is considered pollution as it can cause harm to wildlife and disrupt rivers, streams, seas and other habitats.  Harmful chemicals can also be found in many household and garden items, from plastics to cleaning products, weedkillers and sprays.

How to help:

  • Don’t drop litter  Birds and animals can mistake litter for food.  Litter can end up in rivers and block drains, or in the sea and be eaten by fish.  Also, some litter will stay around for thousands of years!
  • Save it!  All of the electricity saving tips in the above section will also help reduce pollution.
  • On your bike  Instead of taking the car get your bicycle out or take the ‘shoelace express’ – also known as walking.
  • Pleasing products  Many household cleaning products contain harmful chemicals which are washed down the drain.  Encourage your parents to buy eco-friendly products or even make your own from natural substances like vinegar and lemon juice.

 

Rubbish

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Let’s start with a fact.  Every year the UK produces 280 million tonnes of waste – that’s about the same as 700,000 fully loaded airliners.  We throw away unwanted food, glass bottles, plastic bottles, cans, wrappers, paper and cardboard.  Can you think of anything else?

Many of these things are made up of natural resources such as trees, coal, oil and aluminium and one day some of these resources will be used up completely.

How to help:

  • Sort it out!  Not all of our recycling is taken by helpful dustmen.  Unwanted or leftover food such as tea bags and potato peelings can be added straight to a compost heap.  Plenty of minibeasts will be on-hand there to help!  Little insects help break down food and plant matter and make it into scrumptious soil that plants, trees and other animals love.  Many local councils now include compostable waste in their recycling collections.
  • Recycle Bank  Some councils don’t collect plastics or cardboard but there is always somewhere nearby with big recycling banks where you can take them.
  • Save trees  Save trees by recycling your own paper.  Paper with a clean side can be made into notepads with a simple staple or a hole to tie a piece of string.  These are great for doodles and notes.  If you are buying paper, buy recycled paper.
  • Fashion Statement  Give any unwanted clothes to charity shops or to a Salvation Army recycling bank.  A lot of our unwanted clothes go to the homeless to keep them warm or alternatively, the clothes are sent to developing countries.  There’s always someone who will want that knitted jumper!
  • Would you like a bag?  If you can carry your shopping home without a bag then carry it home.  If you can’t why not take a bag you already have with you.  Re-using bags is the cool way to shop!
  • Packaging  Packaging is a big problem for the environment because once the product is open you don’t need it and it’s thrown out or, if it’s lucky, recycled.  So avoid buying products that have a lot of paper and plastic around them.

 

Rainforests (Deforestation) 

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Rainforests are valuable habitats.  About half of all the species of animals and plants in the world live in rainforests and thousands of rainforest plants contain substances that can be used in medicines.  The tribal people of the forests have great knowledge of them.  Rainforests are also important because the huge number of plants and trees there provide us with oxygen through a process called photosynthesis and help to regulate the world’s climate and atmosphere. This is why they are often referred to as the ‘lungs’ of the earth.

Yet despite their value, an area of rainforest the size of Britain is destroyed every year, and this is called deforestation. One and a half acres are cleared every second, an area about the size of a football pitch. Rainforests now only cover 6% of the world as we cut down the trees for materials such as paper and wood and use the land for farming and crops.

Sometimes they’re burnt down to make space to grow soya which is an animal feed and to grow palm oil.  Palm oil is a bio-fuel used as an alternative to petrol and diesel, as well as being in 33% of products in your local supermarket!  Everyone can do their bit to help reduce the need for deforestation, just follow our tips below.

How to help:

  • Good wood  Tropical hardwoods such as teak and mahogany are grown in rainforests and take hundreds of years to grow so avoid any products made with these woods.  It is better have products made with pine, beech, ash or oak.  These trees don’t come from the rainforest and can be more easily replaced as they grow a lot faster.
  • Flowers  Orchids are popular in florists, but many come from the rainforest.  The UK imports millions of flowers every year and despite checks some orchids may have been taken from the wild.  Check that any orchids have been grown in Britain or the EU before buying.
  • Protected Pet?  Some parrots and macaws are unfortunately still being imported into the country to be sold as pets. If you want a parrot as a pet, make sure it has been hatched in Britain.
  • Save trees  Save trees by recycling your own paper.  Paper with a clean side can be made into notepads with a simple staple or you can punch a hole to tie sheets of paper together with a piece of string.  These are great for doodles and notes.  If you are buying paper, buy recycled paper, whether it is writing paper or toilet paper!

 

All Of these things are not something too hard to do or something too time consuming to worry about. They are all achievable through a little effort and will to do something to make a difference

 

References :

http://www.ypte.org.uk/environmental/environment-how-can-you-help-protect-it-/81

http://www.aspca.org/adoption/ten-ways-to-help-animals-in-your-community.aspx

http://kidshealth.org/parent/emotions/behavior/suicide.html#

The Matrix

 

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I’m sure all of us have watched the movie “The Matrix”. There is an interesting myth which states that what if the matrix really exists? What if we live in the matrix and it was the plot of the machines to mock us with that movie ? :P. Really think about it, we can neither prove that we don’t nor can we prove that we do. So with this thought, i researched on the topic and found some weird theories.

 

If the Matrix left you with the niggling fear that we might indeed be living in a computer generated universe staged by a malevolent artificial intelligence using the human race as an energy farm, help is at hand.

A team of physicists have come up with a test which they say could prove whether or not the universe as we know it is a virtual reality simulation – a kind of theoretical red pill, as it were.

 

All we have to do to identify what these constraints would be is to build our own simulation of the universe, which is close to what many researchers are trying to do on an incredibly miniscule scale.

Computer simulations have been run to recreate quantum chromodynamics – the theory that describes the nuclear forced that binds quarks and gluons into protons and neutrons, which then bind to form atomic nuclei.

It is believed that simulating physics on this fundamental level is equivalent, more or less, to simulating the workings of the universe itself.

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Professor Beane and his colleagues say this lattice spacing imposes a limit on the energy that particles can have, because nothing can exist that is smaller than the lattice itself.

This means that if the universe as we know it is actually a computer simulation, there ought to be a cut off in the spectrum of high energy particles. And it just happens that there is exactly this kind of cut off in the energy of cosmic rays, a limit known as the Greisen–Zatsepin–Kuzmin (GZK) cut off.

As the Physics arXiv blog explains, this cut off is well-studied and happend because high energy particles interacting with the cosmic microwave background lose energy as they travel across long distances.

The researchers calculate that the lattice spacing forces additional features on the spectrum, most strikingly that the cosmic rays would prefer to travel along the axes of the lattice. This means they wouldn’t observed equally in all directions.

That would the acid test that the researchers are searching for – an indication that all is not at it seems with the universe. Excitingly, it’s also a measurement we could do now with our current levels of technology.

That said, the finding is not without its caveats. One problem Professor Beane identifies is that the simulated universe could be constructed in an entirely different way to how they have envisaged it.

Moreover, the effect is only measurable if the lattice cutoff is the same as the GZK cutoff, any smaller than that and the observations will draw a blank.

But all It really comes down to is the fact of your senses. When you touch something, what are you actually feeling? Think about what happens when you try to push two magnets together. When you push together the same pole of two magnets you will eventually meet with resistance, as if there were a solid object in between. It’s the same concept with ‘solid’ matter. Nobody has ever actually touched anything. What you sense when you touch something is your magnetic field coming in contact with the object’s field.

With all this in mind, it’s easy to imagine ourselves as part of some elaborate computer program. As solipsism points out though, neither the ‘physical’ reality nor the energetic can actually be proven. In the end, it’s up to the individual to decide what is really real.

Its your choice whether u believe in it or no?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Music Expresses Us

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Since the dawn of time, music is something that surrounds us all. You don’t even realize it at times but we are subconsciously humming a tune in our mind. It happens to me most of the time, while writing an exam some catchy chorus of a song keeps running in my head :P. Sometimes  it helps me remember an answer or two.

 

Today, it struck me that music differs from person to person which could mean that maybe somewhere it may depend on our personality differences. So, upon research I found that, it in fact is true. This is what i stumbled upon research.

 

Different Musical Tastes, Similar Personality Traits

Imagine a time when a friend of yours insulted your all time favorite band. It felt like a personal attack, didn’t it? Professor Adrian North, of Scotland Heriot-Watt University, believes that’s because we use music as an extension of our personalities. We’re drawn towards certain genres of music because we relate to them in our own unique way. Over the past few years, he’s conducted a worldwide study linking musical taste to personality traits. In an online survey, North asked participants to rate more than one hundred genres and then answer personality-based questions. He’s used the thirty-six thousand–plus responses he’s received so far to form a few hypotheses about fans.

 

These findings resulted in proving certain stereotypes we keep hearing in the world, such as dance fans are creative and classical fans are usually more introvert in nature. However, some stereotypes were proved to be false. For instance, rock/heavy metal people are considered to be more rough around the edges, but surveys suggest that however, these people are more calmer and gentler in nature. There are also quite a few similarities between genres that aren’t thought to mesh well, like rock/heavy metal and reggae. The genre types may vary wildly, but that doesn’t mean their fans can’t find some common ground, at least personality-wise.

 

Peter Rentfrow (prof. at University of Cambridge) and Sam Gosling (prof. at Texas university) also shared a similar theory. In 2003 together, they conducted a study with 4 categories : Reflexive and Complex (blues/classical/folk/jazz), Energetic and Rhythmic (hip hop/dance), Upbeat and Conventional (religious/country/pop), and Intense and Rebellious (heavy metal/rock/alternative rock). They found that those who fell into one group over another had a few common characteristics.

 

• Energetic and Rhythmic: confident, liberal-minded, gregarious, athletic, feels attractive
• Upbeat and Conventional: trusting, hardworking, feels attractive, helpful, politically conservative
• Reflexive and Complex: open-minded, politically liberal, creative, intelligent, tolerant, enjoys aesthetic experiences
• Intense and Rebellious: athletic, energetic, adventurous, intelligent, inquisitive.

 

In 2007, they tested whether stereotypes about music genres and fans have any truth to them, the results of which were published in the journal Psychology of Music. First, they asked seventy-four people a series of personality-related questions and afterward told them to list their ten favorite songs. (Volunteers also had a week to change their choices.) Seventy-four CDs of the participants’ top-ten songs were made and distributed to eight people, who were then asked to guess the nature of the volunteers based on their song selections.

Interestingly, the eight observers accurately predicted congeniality, forgiveness, openness to experience, creativity, and emotional balance. They did better than respondents in previous studies in which people used pictures and videos as personality indicators.

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Songs That Stand the Test of Time

Since the participants were college students, it’s possible that age makes a difference when it comes to genres predicting personalities. As we age, music tends to define us less, and our tastes vary more. And that probably has much to do with the fact that our personalities change as get older, too. As we develop, our musical tastes evolve along with us. But though we branch out into different musical genres, I think we all have at least one that carries more significance for us than others. It’s the kind of music that we relate the most to, be it through heartfelt lyrics, aggressive tempo, or the soft twang of a single guitar.

Anything we willingly incorporate into our lives could be considered a personality indicator, but most of us hold music a lot closer to our hearts than we do clothes or interior decorations. So think twice before you question or insult others’ taste in music. Chances are, they’ll take it personally—and based on the aforementioned studies’ findings, they might be right.

 

Hope you enjoyed it 🙂 .

 

References : http://www.care2.com/greenliving/what-your-music-taste-says-about-you.html?page=3

Zombie Outbreak proved will fail

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There are countless movies based on zombie apocalyptic future – where due to some reason there is an outbreak of some viral infection that leads to entire human society being turned into zombies with a “zombie bite”. Moreover, I have seen loads of people freak out over the situation. Personally, I would be excited that it is happening 😛

For people who think this can happen or believe in such an event, we have scientific proof its just not possible.

 

1. Natural born predators 

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Do you know why as humans we are on top of a food chain? It is not because of the fact that we are hard to kill, its because we are just too good at killing other things ourselves. As they say, the best defense is a good offense.

 

We are simply too smart and too out-gunned for any poor animal to kill us. Consider a zombie for example, it lacks every disadvantage of being a human. It wanders in the open, it can’t use any weapons, it can’t think or use strategy. It doesn’t even have the ability to think when to run and hide for shelter during danger.

Insects are a major problem of most of the countries in the world, being able to swat away flies and having an immune system is what keeps our eyes and tongues from not decaying. Zombies in any part of the world with a fly problem are just going to be eaten away by them, losing the ability of eyesight within a matter of a few days.

 

2. The Sun

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It’s generally accepted by zombie experts that they’re going to continue to rot, even as they shamble around the streets. What the movies fail to convey, however, is the gruesome yet strangely hilarious effect the hot sun has on a rotting corpse.

The first concern is putrefaction. Thanks to the plethora of bacteria we use in our colon for digesting plant matter, called gut flora, our bodies are ripe for decay the second our heart stops. Since heat speeds the growth of bacteria (which are plenty happy to start feasting on you once your immune system is no longer a concern) the zombie’s got a looming expiration date the very second it turns.

At the other end of the heat spectrum is dry heat. If you’re in Phoenix or the Sahara when the apocalypse hits, the zombies might begin to mummify in the blazing sun and heat. While the normal symptoms of dehydration are not a concern for a zombie, there is the problem of dessication. With no reasonable means of replenishing the water in their cells, zombies walking around in the Texas heat all day are going to suffer cell damage due to direct sun exposure to their skin, and thanks to the drying effect wind has, the Southwestern dead will stumble around more and more ineffectively until, at some point, they simply drop and wait for the scavengers to come pick them up.

 

3. The Winters

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When flesh is alive, it’s got all sorts of defense systems to keep it that way. When it’s dead, you have to throw it away in about a week even if you seal it up in plastic and keep it at a carefully modulated temperature. Now, your first inclination may be to think of cold as dead meat’s friend, after all, the surest way to defeat that week-long deadline is to freeze steak, keeping it fresh for months. But don’t forget: Unregulated cold does awful shit to formerly living things. If you live far enough north, the zombie apocalypse will probably work itself out the first time it tries to go outside. The first zombie-killer is the simple fact that the human body is mostly water, and water freezes. Once the temperature drops to freezing (or near it with a high wind chill), zombies will become significantly more rigid.

After enough exposure, a dead body is going to be frozen solid and not chasing down any screaming victims, no matter how delicious and Rascal Scooter-bound they might be. It’s also safe to assume that zombies wandering around in a wintry wonderland are not going to be wrapped air-tight in plastic like we do with food, so freezer burn becomes an issue. Seriously. The same thing that ruins your ice cream also ruins the Undead Onslaught. The freezing of the flesh at night, combined with partial thaw during warmer days, then refreezing again sets up the perfect conditions for the onset of freezer burn, which results in the cells dehydrating as water evaporates, even when frozen solid. Freezer burned meat isn’t just dead, it’s destroyed.

4. They Cannot Heal Themselves

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One advantage to having a fully-functioning central nervous system is that it also does a damn good job of letting you know you’ve been damaged. It does this by way of pain. Think about all the paper cuts, stubbed toes and nut shots you have suffered in your life. Now imagine they never healed, just sat there and rotted while you continued to rack up other paper cuts, stubbed toes and nut shots. Pretty much every wound you’ve ever had would end with an amputation. One thing we know about zombies from Romero and Fulci is that they are a clumsy lot, walking into doors and helicopter blades without a second thought about what kind of damage they are suffering.

All the dings and bangs zombies will suffer after tripping, walking off of bridges and stumbling around on dark cloudy nights will eventually leave them limbless, toothless and with every bone in their body broken. Seriously, in the event of the Zombie Apocalypse, just stay inside, watch all the episodes of 24 back to back, then walk out on your lawn with your Corpse Rake and tidy up (you will have to buy a Corpse Rake, however, if for some reason you don’t already have one).

 

5. The Weapons and its availability

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As we touched on briefly above, if Homo sapiens are good at one thing, it’s killing other things. We’re so good at it that we’ve made entire other species cease to exist without even trying. Add to the mix the sheer number of armed rednecks and hunters out there, and the zombies don’t even stand a chance.

Remember, the whole reason hunting licenses exist is to limit the number of animals you’re allowed to kill, because if you just declared free reign for everybody with a gun, everything in the forest would be dead by sundown. Even the trees would be mounted proudly above the late-arriving hunter’s mantles. It’s safe to assume that when the game changes from “three deer” to “all the rotting dead people trying to eat us,” there will be no shortage of volunteers.

Plus, if we look at zombies as a species, they are pretty much designed for failure. Their main form of reproduction is also their only source of food and their top predator. If they want to eat or reproduce, they have to go toe to toe with their number one predator every single time. That’s like having to fight a lion every time you to want to have sex or make a sandwich. Actually, it’s worse than that: Most top predators are only armed with teeth and claws, meaning they have to put themselves in harm’s way to score a kill. Humans have rifles.

The zombies have no choice but to walk into bullets. And all this isn’t even counting all the other household hand guns in the world, nor the fact that zombies also have to contend with IEDs, Molotov cocktails, baseball bats, crowbars and cars that the general public will no doubt be using to cull their numbers.

 

Really if zombies existed in the real world, there is no chance of an apocalypse. However, it is a total different scenario if we consider robots and their artificial intelligence :P. Hope you enjoyed it….

 

References : http://www.cracked.com/article_18683_7-scientific-reasons-zombie-outbreak-would-fail-quickly_p7.html

Amazing Nature

In a world of technology and skyscraper landscaped cities, one must leave out the chance to visit these spectacular anomalies of nature. If you have ever seen the movie “Avatar”, then you will be familiar with the planet Pandora which stimulates diverse flora and fauna.

If you are an explorer and love to travel or visit places, i suggest the following locations to mesmerize your mind.

1. Uluru the Monolith

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Uluru is the largest monolith in the world residing in Australia’s Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Dubbed “Ayers Rock” by Europeans, the 5.8-mile (9.4-kilometer) wide slab of arkose (a type of sandstone) resonates with sacred significance for the Anangu people. Aboriginal paintings pepper its base, as well as caves and waterholes held sacrosanct in the spiritual tradition of Tjukuritja. While the Anangu have visited the site for roughly 22,000 years, they only regained legal ownership of the land in 1985 after a century of European rule.

Uluru is the visible tip of a much larger rock slab that extends deep into the Earth. In ages past, this tip was underground as well, but hundreds of millions of years of erosion have reduced the surrounding landscape. Uluru gets its red complexion from clay and rusted iron minerals within the sandstone. At dusk and dawn, the monolith takes on even darker, crimson hues.

2. The Crack of Silfra

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You may have seen this on man vs nature or any documentary on the discovery channel or national geographic. This is a junction where you will find the drift between North American and European plates.

This magnificent location situated in Iceland lays interest to divers all around the world.

Adjacent to Lake Thingvalla, you’ll find Silfra Crack. Filled with crystal-clear, glacial meltwater, this narrow slit plunges 66 feet (20 meters) into the Earth. It makes for a rather chilly descent, but sight-seeking divers make the pilgrimage each year to dive between the continents. Experienced cave divers can explore depths of more than 148 feet (45 meters) by swimming into the Silfra cave system.

Visitors frequently describe the Silfra diving experience as one of floating weightlessly through space. The glacial waters filter through miles of volcanic rock before emptying into the crack.

3. Fog Shrouded Peaks

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This is the place I personally want to visit the most. It is placed in the plains of Thessaly.

Towering as high as 2,044 feet (623 meters) above lush landscape below, the steep peaks of Meteora are a perfect setting for a secluded monastery.

Monks and nuns have called Meteora’s peaks and caverns home for centuries. Hermits scaled the daunting peaks as early as the 10th century and, according to legend, St. Athanasios Meteorites rode an eagle to the top in the 1300s to found Great Meteoron, the largest of the region’s six secluded monasteries.

The monasteries remain active to this day, though some peaks remain rather isolated destinations. Up until 1925, visitors could only reach Ayia Triada (aka Hagia Triada) monastery via rope ladders and baskets. Today, it boasts a 140-step staircase hewn into the rock.

4. The Crystal Caverns

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Nearly 1,000 feet (305 meters) beneath Mexico’s Naica silver mine you’ll find a chamber of unearthly wonder. Here in Cueva de los Cristales (the Cave of Crystals), 36-foot (11-meter) obelisks of solid crystal lay heaped about like fallen pillars in a dilapidated temple.

This subterranean forest of wonders boasts the largest known gypsums (soft minerals made of hydrate calcium sulfate) on Earth. For roughly half a million years, the hidden chamber was nothing short of a crystal incubator. For starters, nearby magma deposits heat the cavern to temperatures of up to 112 degrees Fahrenheit (44 degrees Celsius). And to top things off, the entire space was flooded with mineral-rich waters up until very recently.

The chamber was discovered in 2000, after mining operations pumped it dry. Today, only a few visitors risk heatstroke to witness the crystals’ beauty firsthand.

5. Devils Tower

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When an enormous column of rock towers 1,267 feet (386 meters) above the surrounding landscape, people take notice. That’s why Teddy Roosevelt declared Devils Tower America’s first national monument, and Steve Spielberg decided to land a UFO on top of it in “Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Long before either man thrust the natural landmark into the spotlight, more than 20 Native-American tribes held the site sacred — including the Lakota people who dubbed it “Bear Lodge.”

While its exact origins are unclear, many geologists believe the enormous column of igneous rock is an intrusion: a column of molten rock pushed up from the inner Earth through sedimentary rock layers. It’s unclear whether the intrusion cooled before or after it breached the surface, but the vertical furrows indicate that cooling and contraction took place.

Geologists suspect the northeastern Wyoming tower formed more than 50 million years ago and remained buried beneath the ground up until roughly 2 million years ago . Today, Devils Tower is a popular tourist destination, and licensed climbers can even scale the monolith for an unforgettable view.

6. The Great Blue Hole

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From the air, the Great Blue Hole of Belize resembles an otherworldly maw, intent on drinking down the surrounding Lighthouse Reef Atoll. In reality, the 1,000-foot (305-meter) wide hole is simply a sinkhole in the ocean. Geologists believe that an underlying cave system collapsed under increased pressure some 10,000 years ago due to rising sea levels.

The dark hole descends 412 feet (126 meters), terminating in lightless depths where a lack of oxygen prevents most forms of life from thriving. Divers rarely plunge these depths, however, as most are content to explore the stalactite-rich caverns accessible from depths of some 130 feet (40 meters) below the surface.

From hidden depths to towering vistas, these are just 10 of Earth’s countless geologic wonders — each more than a rival for anything dreamed up for fiction and fantasy. We live on a spectacular planet; you just have to open your eyes to it.

Just wished to share this piece of information.

References : http://dsc.discovery.com/tv-shows/curiosity/topics/10-amazing-geological-features.htm

Original Article By Robert Lamb and Amanda Arnold