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The Breathing Trick That Puts You to Sleep in Seconds

Sweet slumber can be yours in a minute or less.<p>Nothing is worse than lying awake at night, willing your brain to shut down so you can rest. Warm milk, lavender oil, and counting sheep — we've all tried them. But the new solution could be simply learning to breathe.<p><b>What is it?</b><p>The 4-7-8 breathing …

APOD: Habitable Worlds (2014 Mar 03) Image Credit & Licence: Planetary Habitability Laboratory (UPR Arecibo) http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap140303.html Explanation: Is Earth the only known world that can support life? In an effort to find life-habitable worlds outside our Solar System, stars similar to our Sun are being monitored for slight light decreases that indicate eclipsing planets. Many previously-unknown planets are being found, including over 700 worlds recently uncovered by NASA's Kepler satellite. Depicted above in artist's illustrations are twelve extrasolar planets that orbit in the habitable zones of their parent stars. These exoplanets have the right temperature for water to be a liquid on their surfaces, and so water-based life on Earth might be able to survive on them. Although technology cannot yet detect resident life, finding habitable exoplanets is a step that helps humanity to better understand its place in the cosmos. http://phl.upr.edu/ http://www.upra.edu/ Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=140303 #APOD

The Ego and the Universe: Alan Watts on Becoming Who You Really Are

During the 1950s and 1960s, British philosopher and writer <b>Alan Watts</b> began popularizing Eastern philosophy in the West, offering a wholly different perspective on inner wholeness in the age of anxiety and what it really means to live a life of purpose. We owe much of today’s mainstream adoption of …

Alan Watts: Reborn in Her

It's not very often that you're watching a feature film and hear the name Alan Watts. But there it is, not in some obscure indie flick, but in Spike Jonze's <i>Her</i>, which is nominated for five Academy Awards, and has already won Golden Globe and Writers Guild of America honors for Best Original …

Alan Watts on Death, in a Beautiful Animated Short Film

Philosopher and writer <b>Alan Watts</b> (January 6, 1915–November 16, 1973) is best-known for authoring the cult-classic <i>The Way of Zen</i> and popularizing Eastern philosophy in the West alongside John Cage. In this hauntingly beautiful animation based on a Watts lecture, produced by Luke Jurevicius and …

Asteroid Will Zoom Within Moon's Orbit: Look for It Online

Space<p>An asteroid at least as big as the one that blew up over Russia last year is coming within the orbit of the moon on Wednesday. Astronomers say there's no chance it'll hit us, but you just might be able to watch it zoom by online.<p>The space rock known as 2014 DX110 is due to make its closest …

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Get the Facts: The Affordable Care Act

After years of working abroad and navigating her own health insurance as she moved from country to country, when award-winning photojournalist …

The 10 Best Toys From The 2014 Toy Fair

A plush uterus, talking teddy bear, and other crazy trinkets<p>We've said it before, and we'll say it again: Every toy does not need an app! So once again, as we cruised the aisles at the American International Toy Fair this week, we largely turned a blind eye to "interactive elements" carelessly …

7 Common Portrait Mistakes and How to Fix Each One

Portraiture is one of the most popular genres of photography around. It’s also one of the most challenging. It takes many long hours of practice …

LED Lights Track People And Broadcast Messages

Lamps are ubiquitous. Some of them are watching you.<p>Have you ever noticed the lamps on the ceiling of your local supermarket? Probably not. But, in the future, those lamps may notice you.<p>Electronics company Philips is piloting a system in which LED store lamps track shoppers, the company announced. …

These 30 Photography Links are Dying for Your Attention

A selection of tutorials, reviews and special features join the usual weekly list of great photography links as curated by Toad Hollow Photography. …