Sunday, July 5, 2015

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Who will win?
  U.S. vs. Japan Women's World Cup final: Experts weigh in  
USA Today- July 5, 2015

How would you vote?

What is the fate of Greece and who is orchestrating this event?

  Greece referendum: Greeks in decisive vote over debt deal  
BBC - July 5, 2015

Pope starts 7 day Latin American visit in Ecuador  
BBC - July 5, 2015

Wish I was there ......
Christening of a royal baby: Public clamor for view of Princess Charlotte   CNN - July 5, 2015
Newest addition to UK throne, Princess Charlotte, will be christened on Sunday in Norfolk

  Princess Charlotte's Godparents Are Revealed Ahead of Christening   NBC - July 5, 2015
Britain's Princess Charlotte, the nine-week-old baby of Prince William and his wife Kate, will be christened Sunday at a church on Queen Elizabeth II's country estate. Ahead of the ceremony, palace officials announced that William and Kate have chosen five godparents for Charlotte. They included William's cousin Laura Fellowes, Kate's cousin Adam Middleton, and three of the couple's friends.

4th of July geomagnetic storm   Spaceweather - July 5, 2015

During the late hours of July 4th, a solar wind stream hit Earth's magnetic field, sparking a moderately-strong (G2-class) geomagnetic storm. Fireworks were exploding across much of North America when the storm reach its peak. In Cape Cod, Massachusetts, auroras appeared alongside the pyrotechnics. The storm is subsiding now, but it might not be over. NOAA forecasters estimate a 55% chance of polar geomagnetic storms on July 5th as the solar wind continues to blow. Aurora alerts: text or voice.

Zeta Oph: Runaway Star   APOD - July 5, 2015

Explanation: Like a ship plowing through cosmic seas, runaway star Zeta Ophiuchi produces the arcing interstellar bow wave or bow shock seen in this stunning infrared portrait. In the false-color view, bluish Zeta Oph, a star about 20 times more massive than the Sun, lies near the center of the frame, moving toward the left at 24 kilometers per second. Its strong stellar wind precedes it, compressing and heating the dusty interstellar material and shaping the curved shock front. Around it are clouds of relatively undisturbed material. What set this star in motion? Zeta Oph was likely once a member of a binary star system, its companion star was more massive and hence shorter lived. When the companion exploded as a supernova catastrophically losing mass, Zeta Oph was flung out of the system. About 460 light-years away, Zeta Oph is 65,000 times more luminous than the Sun and would be one of the brighter stars in the sky if it weren't surrounded by obscuring dust. The image spans about 1.5 degrees or 12 light-years at the estimated distance of Zeta Ophiuchi.

July 5, 1794 - September 11, 1851

Sylvester Graham

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Sylvester Graham - early advocate of dietary reform in the US
Most notable for emphasis on vegetarianism and Graham Crackers.

Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances of survival
for life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.

Sylvester Graham

July 5, 1946

Gerard 't Hooft

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Gerard 't Hooft is a Dutch theoretical physicist and professor.
His work concentrates on black holes, quantum gravity,
quantum mechanics and the holographic principle.

Autobiography at Nobel

Scientists are often accused of not being open enough to paranormal phenomena. As scientists they should be open to them, it is said. But it wouldn't be very open-minded if we wouldn't try to fit reported phenomena logically into the web of established physical phenomena and the laws of nature. The laws of physics, biology, and psychology point all to the most plausible explanation of them all: paranormal phenomena are in the eye of the beholder. They happen between human ears, not outside of them.

Gerard Hooft Quotes

July 5, 1904 - February 3, 2005

Ernst Mayr

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Ernst Mayr was one of the 20th century's leading evolutionary biologists. He was also a renowned, tropical explorer, ornithologist, historian of science, and naturalist. His work contributed to the conceptual revolution that led to the modern evolutionary synthesis of Mendelian genetics, systematics, and Darwinian evolution, and to the development of the biological species concept.

It seems to me that for Darwin the pulsing of
evolution was a strictly vertical phenomenon.

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