Upcoming solar flares could wreak havoc on Earth


A giant fissure has opened across the sun and is spewing rapid solar winds toward our planet.

A combination of three images of the sun at different temperatures. The dark areas are the coronal holes, places where very little radiation is emitted, yet are the main source of solar wind particles.

NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory got wind of the massive hole Friday morning.

This coronal hole is a vast region where the sun’s magnetic field tears apart, allowing solar wind to escape.

 Super-charged solar winds flowing from the sun’s atmosphere are expected to reach Earth on April 23 or 24.

According to the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, this could whip up a “moderately strong” geomagnetic storm.

These kinds of storms are behind the beautiful natural phenomenon the Northern Lights.

But a storm of this magnitude could have an effect on power grids and navigation systems across the Earth’s surface.

G2 storms affect plane and military radio systems, spacecraft operations, and could trigger voltage alarms or cause equipment damage in power systems.

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Solar flares being flung from the sun’s atmosphere earlier this month

Scientists are growing increasingly concerned over the effect a solar explosion, flare or storm could have on humanity.

Our growing dependence on technology puts humans at a greater risk if power grids, planes and satellites stop working.

US President Barack Obama was forced to issue a chilling warning to the nation in preparation for devastating space storms earlier this year.

He said: “Extreme space weather events — those that could significantly degrade critical infrastructure — could disable large portions of the electrical power grid, resulting in cascading failures that would affect key services such as water supply, health care, and transportation.

“Space weather has the potential to simultaneously affect and disrupt health and safety across entire continents.”

Source: http://nypost.com

US military developing tech to make soldiers smarter and faster.


The US army is developing a division of “super SEALs” who have had their brains boosted to make them smarter, faster and more responsive.

Rear Admiral Tim Szymanski, the commander of all Navy special operations, revealed that cognitive enhancement was “really critical to the life of our operators.”

Speaking at a military conference near Washington DC, Szymnaski said that there were plenty of options to choose from, including drugs and brain training.

But he said advances in electrical stimulation, which work by shocking the brain into faster response times, had caught his eye.

“In experiments, people who were watching these screens…their ability to concentrate would fall off in about 20 minutes,” he continued.

“But they did studies whereby a little bit of electrical stimulation was applied, and they were able to maintain the same peak performance for twenty hours,” he told Military.com.

It follows revelations that the US government were conducting trials using a brain boosting headset to improve soldier’s learning skills and muscle responses.

The US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said it was testing a headset, which looks similar to Beats by Dre headphones, which is manufactured by a Californian company called HALO.

The headset sends electrical impulses to the person wearing it, and can be used in combination with brain training lessons.

The HALO headset.HALO neuroscience

Several SEALs have been given the headsets already, Carter confirmed.

The soldiers of the future are set to become like superheroes seen in Hollywood blockbusters thanks to incredible scientific advances.

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The US military inked a multi-million contract to provide its troops with bionic exoskeletons that can boost leg power and harness kinetic energy which can charge batteries.

It’s also expected to trial an Iron Man-style robot suit called Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit(TALOS) in 2018.

Scientists at top university MIT are also working on a special form of liquid body armor to help protect their boys in battle.

Boffins have been able to transform the material from liquid to a solid in milliseconds once a magnetic field or electrical current is applied to it.

The suit will also have “nerves” to monitor core body temperature, skin temperature, heart rate, hydration levels and body position.

Source:http://nypost.com

Drinking wine is like burpees for your brain.


Next time your brain needs a challenge, skip the Sudoku and grab some wine.

Enjoying a glass of wine makes the grey matter in our brains work harder than it would any other human activity — like listening to music or solving a math problem — according to Gordon Shepherd, a neurologist at the Yale School of Medicine.

In his new book, “Neuroenology: How The Brain Creates The Taste of Wine,” Shepherd states that smelling and drinking wine engages our entire brain and requires “exquisite control of one of the biggest muscles in the body.”

Shepherd explains that wine molecules don’t actually have any flavor, and it’s our brains that create the sensation that we perceive as taste. The process is similar to how our brains see color.

Wine molecules stimulate thousands of our mouth’s taste and odor receptors, which create both a sensory and emotional reaction in our brain. All these signals spark different cognitive areas — including memory, pattern recognition and pleasure — which work together to deliver the wine’s “taste.”

“The taste is not in the wine; the taste is created by the brain of the wine taster” Shepherd writes. Factors including age, gender, the genetic makeup of our saliva and whether or not we’re depressed can also impact how we taste wine.

But tiny sips are key to a full-brain workout. Too big a gulp and “you’ve saturated your system,” Shepherd told NPR. But he also writes that spitting your sip out prevents you from fulling appreciating the flavor.

So, sip slowly and often – doctor’s orders.

Source:http://nypost.com

If spiders worked together, they could eat all humans in a year.


Humans beware: if the world’s present population of spiders ever get organized, they could eat us all in just 12 months.

That’s the shock new finding from a piece of research that is set to give everyone nightmares.

At the moment, spiders mostly eat insects, although some of the larger species have been known to snack on lizards, birds and even small mammals.

But in a report published in the Washington Post,experts said that if you add up the weight of all the food eaten by the world’s entire spider population in a single year is more than the combined weight of every human on the planet.

Martin Nyffeler of the University of Basel in Switzerland and Klaus Birkhofer of Lund University in Sweden and the Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg in Germany, published their findings in the journal Science of Nature this month.

They discovered spiders across the globe consume between 440.9 and 881.8 million tons of prey in any given year.

That means that spiders eat at least as much meat as all seven billion humans on the planet combined, who the authors note consume about 400 million tonnes of meat and fish each year.

The Post said they also highlighted a disturbing comparison – the total biomass of all adult humans on earth is estimated to be 316.3 million ton.

Even if you tack on another 77 million or so tons to account for the weight of kids, it’s still not equal to the total amount of food eaten by spiders in a given year, exceeding the total weight of humanity.

In other words, spiders could eat all of us and still be hungry.

Source:http://nypost.com

Staring at boobs is just one of six easy ways men can live longer.


It is the secret we are all trying to unlock — how to live long and happy lives.

Science has found the key to success — for men, anyway.

In the United Kingdom, men in general are not expected to live as long as women — so maybe they need a little bit more help.

The average life expectancy for a man is 79, where women are expected to live to 82.

The reason for women outliving men is genetics, according to Medical Daily. Women have two X chromosomes, which provides them with a backup if a mutation occurs. However, men do not have that luxury — they only have one X chromosome to express all their genes.

Lifestyle factors can also impact how long a person will live.

Here are six ways a man can boost his life expectancy.

1. Stare at boobs

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It may seem like an inconvenience or an invasion of privacy to many women, but staring at boobs creates a positive mindset in men.

The same effect occurs when they look at cute animals.

A 2012 study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, looked at the effects positive thinking had on men’s health.

After a year, positive thinking had a powerful effect on health choices.

More than half of the patients with coronary artery disease increased their physical activity versus 37 percent in the control group, who were not asked to write down positive thoughts in the morning.

The same happened to men with high blood pressure.

More than 40 percent of those with high blood pressure followed their medication plan compared to 36 percent in the non-positive-thinking group.

2. Have lots of sex

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What every man wants to hear, but there is a good reason for it.

A study in the BMJ found that sex could decrease a man’s mortality rate by as much as 50 percent.

It is all down to sex promoting physical well-being, as well as being a stress reliever — which can help reduce the likeliness of illness.

Not to mention sex releases serotonin, the happy hormone, which makes us feel better overall.

In the study, life expectancy increased by three to eight years in the group who reported more orgasms.

3. Get married

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Not something everyone would have thought — especially those who refer to their wife as their “ball and chain” — but married men do live longer.

But it also depends on the age at which they get married.

A survey of more than 127,000 Americans found men who got married after they were 25 were likely to live longer than those who married young.

Researchers have questioned whether healthy men are more likely to marry than men with health problems, but unhealthy men actually marry earlier, are less likely to divorce, and are more likely to remarry after divorce or being widowed than healthy men.

Others have wondered whether living with another person has health benefits.

But it seems to be both.

4. Have kids

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It seems like a natural progression, really.

Men who marry and have kids live longer than those who don’t.

A study in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health found that when parents reached age 60, men with kids saw their life expectancy go up two years while women increased by 1.5 years.

By the age of 80, men with kids were expected to live eight months longer than those without kids.

5. Be responsible

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A sense of responsibility can do wonders.

A study in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology discovered older people in nursing homes who were given a plant to care for had improved socialization, alertness and general function.

Perhaps that is why having kids is good for you.

6. Get a ‘dad bod’

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Most men gain a bit of weight after they have kids, but that is not necessarily a bad thing.

A book called “How Men Age” argues that tubby men are less likely to suffer a heart attack or prostate cancer and are more likely to invest their time in their children.

Author Richard G. Bribiescas says their increased fat levels also make them more attractive to women — which will help with the above tips.

Source:NY Times.

This scientific breakthrough could reverse the aging process.


The fountain of youth isn’t so far off.

Scientists have discovered a revolutionary molecule that could be crucial to the health and survival of Mars astronauts – and crucial to helping us look young forever.

Our cells have the ability to repair themselves, but that declines with age – and scientists finally discovered why. The breakthrough comes after six years of DNA research from scientists at Harvard Medical School and University of New South Wales. Their findings were published Friday in Science.

Researchers found that DBC1, one of the human body’s most abundant proteins, binds itself to the protein that are in charge of mending damaged cells, screwing up the healing process.

Then the team found a molecule called NAD, which stops DBCI – and other proteins – from getting in the way of cell repair. The older we get, the less NAD+ molecules we have.

In trials, researchers had mice drink water with a NAD+-boosting enzyme. “The cells of the old mice were indistinguishable from the young mice after just one week of treatment,” David Sinclair, lead author of the study, said in a statement. Not to mention the treated mice showed improved kidney function, regrown fur and the ability to run twice as fast as their untreated mouse friends.

NASA has already expressed interest in the miracle drug for their Mars astronauts, since radiation on the red planet almost guarantees they’ll develop cancer. It could also be used to help childhood cancer survivors, 96 percent of whom develop a chronic illness by 45 – a sign of accelerated aging.

“This is the closest we are to a safe and effective anti-aging drug that’s perhaps only three to five years away from being on the market if trials go well,” Sinclair said.

Human trials of the treatment are set to begin within six months.

Source:http://nypost.com

Eating lots of cheese may help you lose weight


Forget what you have heard about cheese – we have Gouda news for you.

Eating cheese does not raise your cholesterol and could actually help you lose weight, scientists have found.

Research from Ireland found people who eat a lot of cheese do not have a higher cholesterol than those who don’t.

They also discovered that people who eat more dairy tend to have a lower body mass index.

But current health guidelines suggest eating foods high in saturated fat can increase your risk of high cholesterol.

Evidence strongly suggests that high cholesterol can increase the risk of heart attack, stroke, blood clots and angina.

It is often caused by an unhealthy diet or having a family history of stroke or heart disease.

For the study, 1,500 Irish adults kept a four-day food diary and were asked to note how much dairy they ate.

Their blood samples were then analysed for cholesterol levels and other metabolic health problems.They found that the adults with a lower body mass index ate more dairy.

However, lower blood pressure was associated with eating cheese more than other products like yogurt and milk.

They found that while adults who ate large amounts of cheese consumed more saturated fat, they did not have the associated higher cholesterol.

Dr. Emma Feeney, Food for Health Ireland’s program manager, said: “Simply looking at individual foods does not reflect the real story.

“What will really impact on our metabolic health, is the overall pattern in which whole foods are consumed.”

Source:http://nypost.com/