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Six Questions You Should Ask Yourself Before Your Trip to the Doctor

We all know how frustrating it can be to feel unwell and not understand why. Sometimes it can even be difficult for your doctor to help. Your physician is obviously very smartthat’s how he got through med school, of coursebut he or she doesn’t know everything, or may not be able to diagnose your condition effectively without some help from you. Getting the help that you need from your doctor is a group project, whether you realize it or not. In order to get the best possible care, you need to come to your doctor armed with knowledge, and able to describe to your physician what problems that you are dealing with as completely as possible.

In this article, we are going to discuss some underlying issues which may be impacting your health and wellness without you fully realizing it. By understanding more about your body and what affects you negatively, you will improve your doctor’s ability to give you accurate treatment, or test for chronic conditions which may be suppressing your otherwise good health.

Most doctors focus on a particular set of questions when they assess your health, whether it is during a physical, or other assessment of your health. They will discuss your activity level, and your diet. They will ask you how much water you drink. They will also ask likely ask if you experience feelings of stress and anxiety. Because there are so many questions to ask, there’s no doubt that your doctor will skip over some questions which could seriously benefit you. The following are six questions that you should ask yourself before you go to the doctor, and if you find any of the answers unsatisfying, you should discuss them with your doctor. Most patients that suffer from chronic illness will have issues related to their answers to a few of these questions.

Am I Suffering from Digestive Issues?

Most people don’t think about it, or even look at it, but your poop says a lot about what your body is going through, and whether your body is effectively taking in nutrients through your diet. Each cell within your body thrives as a result of the calories and nutrients that you intake. For better or worse, you are completely composed of the nutrients that you take into your diet.

Sometimes it isn’t enough for you just to eat well, however. Sometimes, the body has issues taking in nutrients effectively because of issues related directly to how your body is digesting food, or how your stomach and intestines are absorbing nutrients. There are many symptoms that are associated with poor digestive health, including bloating, gas, cramping, diarrhea, and constipation.

It may sound a little weird, but taking the time to look to your poop after you go number two can go a long way in helping you (and your doctor) understand your digestive health. And because your food is what makes you, your digestive health can provide insight into your overall health and wellness.

There are many examples of health issues which can impact your digestive health. The following is a list of some of the more common causes:

Chronic Stress

Poor Diet

Food Sensitivity

Suppressed Digestive Enzymes

Poor Bacteria Balance

Parasites

For patients that are having issues with digestive health, this is one of the most important things to fix as soon as possible, because most digestive problems can be easily treated, and provide significant benefits to the patient.

Am I Eating the Wrong Foods?

Another important part of good nutrition is eating a good diet. Your doctor will likely talk to you about dieting with regard to your weight, but is less likely to get into the specifics of your diet. There are many food sensitivities that people suffer from without even realizing it that can negatively impact health. Some of the more common allergies and sensitivities include nuts, eggs, corn, soy, and dairy. Many people also suffer from gluten allergy as wellwhich is a reaction to wheat products.

Often, it’s difficult to find the root cause of your food problems. This is because it can take as long as a few days for foods you eat to cause problems, and by then, it’s difficult to link the cause to the effect. Also, symptoms may lead to digestive problems, but frequently, the issues can be fatigue or other problems not directly related to noticeable digestive problems. These foods may also lead to widespread or acute inflammation, limiting the optimal function of your kidneys or liver, or slowing down your healing processes.

Food sensitivities are a known health issue, but there isn’t a whole lot of implementation because the science is still relatively new. The best way to assess how your diet affects your health is through a combination of selectively eliminating foods from your diet and having your blood tested for specific allergic sensitivities.

How Well Do I Sleep?

Everyone understands that sleep is important, but most people don’t understand exactly why. Most of your body’s rejuvenative processes are functioning at their peak while you are asleep. If you aren’t sleeping well, then you are going to have issues not only with fatigue, but with your body’s ability to maintain itself. Human Growth Hormone is one of the mechanisms by which the body promotes healing, and this hormone is produced in its greatest quantities during deep sleep. If you don’t sleep steadily through the night, or you toss and turn, this inhibits your healing processes, as well as your memory and cognitive function.

When you don’t sleep well, this also leads you to take shortcuts throughout the day in order to keep yourself awake and active. Many people rely heavily on sugar and caffeine, which can both cause issues when used in excess. Too much caffeine can lead to anxiety and jitters and make it even harder to fall asleep.

By talking to a doctor about your sleeping habits, you may be able to uncover what issues are preventing you from sleeping well. Perhaps it could be chronic anxiety or even sleep apnea.

Am I Being Exposed to Chemicals in My Home or at Work?

Our bodies have some mechanisms to get rid of many toxins, but if we are exposed to too much, this can be a serious health hazard. There are many ways that you can be exposed to toxins. Not too long ago, lead was widely used in a variety of products, before we realized exactly how dangerous lead was. There are still products like thatWe may not be exposed to them as heavily and they may not be as potently toxic, but they still can lead to issues. For example, there are many forms of plastic which are not designed to be exposed to hot water, like that in a dishwasher, and leech toxic chemicals without you even realizing it.

Also, your makeup or even your soap or shampoo may contain ingredients which irritate your skin and cause adverse reactions which impact your health. The human body can metabolize or otherwise get rid of certain levels of most toxins, but if you are overexposed, this can inhibit your body’s healing processes. There are many products that put men at risk in particular. These are known as Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals, and they have the ability to disrupt the body’s Testosterone Levels, which can suppress health and vitality.

Of course, other EDCs can stimulate high levels of cortisol or imbalance hormones in other ways. Many people are also very sensitive to molds. If you have been feeling chronically under the weather lately it may pay to give your house a thorough cleaning and look for ways to reduce your exposure to potentially harmful chemicals.

Do I Have a Healthy Level of Self-Esteem?

Psychological health and physical health are intricately related. If you aren’t feeling good about yourself, this can have a devastating effect upon your health and wellness. People that are down on themselves are less likely to take care of themselves, and more likely to feel stress and sadness which prevent them both from living up to their potential and being optimally healthy.

Studies have clearly shown that people with positive attitudes and positive self-worth are more likely to live longer than their pessimistic and self-defeating peers. A big aspect of negative thinking is that you make yourself feel inferior and not up to the task of living your life. As a result, you have a tendency to stress out about things way more than you should, preventing the stress from allowing you to live your life. Stress is a physiological response, largely mediated by the release of cortisol. Cortisol and other adrenal hormones activate what is known as the Fight-or-Flight Response.

Stress is designed to be a short term change of physiological priorities designed to help you overcome high pressure situations, but when you feel long term stress, you overload yourself and your body’s protective and rehabilitative processes go into decline.

Take stock of your life. If you experience any of the following characteristics in excess, then you need to take steps to reevaluate yourself and your life to accentuate the positive:

Self-Deprivation

Addiction

Chronic Tendency to Sell Yourself Short

Perfectionism

Beating Yourself Up Over Mistakes

Hanging on to Bad Memories

If you have severe issues with the characteristics above, you would likely benefit from therapy. There are clinical ways to overcome mood disorders, depression, and chronic anxiety, whether they be through therapeutic means, medication, or a combination of both.

How is My Social Life?

Whether you are an introvert or an extrovert, human beings thrive when they make meaningful relationships with others. If you are not fostering close relationships with those around you, you are putting both your psychological and your physical health at risk. People with close friends are more likely to live longer and be happier for a number of reasons. They tend to be less stressed because they have someone to talk to. If they are having trouble and need help, they have someone to reach out to. People with friends simply have more protection from the forces in the world which attempt to break them down.

That doesn’t mean that all relationships are healthy, however. A bad relationship with someone you are very close to can be absolutely destructive. If you have a boyfriend or girlfriend, it’s important to understand what makes a healthy relationship and understanding when its time to work to make things better and when it’s time to cut your losses and run. If you are in a rough marriage, it may be time for counseling. Sometimes people simply surround themselves with the wrong friends. Perhaps they are good and loyal, but they have a tendency to get you into bad or severely unhealthy situations. If you have trouble with drinking, for example, hanging out with your drinking buddies all the time is obviously going to be bad for your health.

Take the time to take stock of your relationships with those around you. Try to take steps to improve your relationships with those that you want to keep and work on maintaining more distance or being more honest with those that put you in an unhealthy place. By making the concerted effort to surround yourself with nurturing people, or people that can promote good in your life, you will be healthier and happier in the long run.

In Order to Stay Healthy, It’s Important to Keep Your Whole Being in Mind

The human body is incredibly complex, which is exactly why you need to work with your doctor to get the best treatment and/or health advice possible. He or she can only do so much without your input, but with just a few questions or comments from you, you could totally change and improve the quality of your healthcare.

It’s not necessarily your doctor’s intention, but he or she is primarily interested in treating the symptoms of the conditions which you are experiencing, but may not be able to figure out the root cause of your chronic problems without help from you. Being and staying healthy is both physical and mental. In order to optimize your health and wellness, you must take steps to improve your quality of life in addition to your simple physical state. By living a conscientious lifestyle, you can live a longer and happier life.







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The Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) has appointed Dr. Roeland van der Marel to lead its work on a proposed NASA space telescope that will provide images as sharp as the Hubble Space Telescope, but over a hundred times larger area. The space observatory, called the Wide-Field Infrared Survey Telescope-Astrophysics Focused Telescope Assets (WFIRST-AFTA), is being studied for launch in the mid-2020s, pending program approval by NASA.The telescope will be used to probe the distribution of dark matter, which is most of the matter in the universe, and the characteristics of dark energy, a repulsive force that is pushing the universe apart at an ever-faster rate. The telescope will also be used to measure the abundance and characteristics of planets orbiting other stars. As a general-purpose observatory with a large survey program, it will also yield fundamental progress in many other astrophysical subjects.STScI is presently the science operations center for the Hubble Space Telescope and the science and mission operations center for the James Webb Space Telescope, scheduled for launch in 2018.WFIRST-AFTA will produce large-scale maps of the night sky at the highest resolution we have ever had. Our Barbara A. Mikulski Archive for Space Telescopes (MAST) already holds the astronomical data from some 20 astronomy missions. The addition of the enormous WFIRST-AFTA dataset would add considerably to its scientific discovery potential, STScI Director Matt Mountain said.A wide-field infrared survey telescope was the highest-ranked large space mission recommended by the National Academy of Sciences 2010 Astronomy and Astrophysics Decadal Survey. WFIRST-AFTA would fulfill this recommendation. The heart of the proposed telescope is already built. It features a 2.4-meter-diameter mirror (the same size as Hubbles mirror), which was donated to NASA in 2012 by the United States National Reconnaissance Office.WFIRST-AFTA will have a wide-field, near-infrared imaging camera and also a visible-light coronagraph, an instrument specially designed for studying planets orbiting other stars. These instruments share many characteristics with instruments on Hubble and the Webb telescope, with which STScI has extensive experience.We will be extremely excited to help the astronomical community use WFIRST-AFTA to further revolutionize our understanding of the universe, van der Marel said. The Hubble data and analysis tools provided by STScI have already enabled astronomers around the world to make many ground-breaking astronomical discoveries. Building on that experience at STScI will make WFIRST-AFTA a powerful complement to the Webb telescope, and will further expand our knowledge.Van der Marel earned a doctorate in astronomy in 1994 from Leiden University in the Netherlands and joined the STScI staff in 1997. He previously led teams dealing with the scientific operations of Hubbles Advanced Camera for Surveys, and dealing with the structure, optics, and pointing of the Webb telescope. Van der Marel is also an adjunct professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.Van der Marel is an expert on black holes and the structure of galaxies. His research, which includes using the Hubble telescope to study galaxies, has contributed to the discovery that supermassive black holes exist in the centers of most galaxies. In 2005, he won the Pirelli International Award for developing an educational website that explains black holes to students and the public.STScI is collaborating with NASAs Goddard Space Flight Center (Greenbelt, Maryland), NASAs Jet Propulsion Laboratory (La Canada Flintridge, California), the Infrared Processing and Analysis Center (Pasadena, California), and other partners on preparations for the WFIRST-AFTA mission.Contact:Ray VillardSpace Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore, Md.+1 410-338-4514villard@stsci.eduImages and more information about WFIRST:http://hubblesite.org/news/2014/49NASAs WFIRST Portalhttp://wfirst.gsfc.nasa.gov/STScIs Brochure Pushing Astronomys Boundshttp://hubblesite.org/pubinfo/pdf/2014/49/pdf.pdfWFIRST Video Trailer on YouTubehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OtKmBMmpWvwQ&A Session about NASAs WFIRST Mission:http://www.nasa.gov/content/goddard/qa-session-about-nasas-wfirst-mission/

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On November 20, Lilly’s Bistro at 1147 Bardstown Road will be hosting Hubble Rumble in the Hood, a special dining event celebrating Edwin Hubble’s 125th Birthday. Hubble Rumble in the Hood is a collaboration between Lilly’s and the University of Louisvilles Gheens Science Hall and Rauch Planetarium.

Yes, that Edwin Hubble, of the Hubble Telescope. The American astronomer actually lived in Louisville, on Everett Avenue, near Cherokee Triangle in the Highlands. Hubble also taught Spanish, physics and math at New Albany High School before he decided to become an astronomer at 25, at which point he left Kentuckianafor the University of Chicago.

Hubble Rumble in the Hood (November 20, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. for lunch and 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. for dinner) will allow diners to choose from “specialty cocktails like the Cosmic Cosmopolitan, the Guiness Black Hole and Hubbles Bubbles, or culinary treats such as Lillys Crescent Moon Caramelized Onion Tart and Hanger Steak with Jedi Sauce and Death Star Gnocchi.” A percentage of all lunch and dinner sales will go towards bringing an Owsley Brown II Portable Planetarium to Bloom Elementary School.

Telescopes will be set up in front of Lilly’s during dinner hours to allow patrons to observe the sky, with telescopes and viewing tips provided by the Louisville Astronomical Society. Educators will be on hand during dinner hours to talk about Hubble’s influence and impact on astronomy. Reservations can be made by calling 502-451-0447, but are not required.

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Recent images from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft, currently touring Saturn and its moons, have revealed Brigadoon-likeislands on one of Titan’s largest seas, features that appear, disappear, then re-appear.

Scientists have whimsically named these Magic Islands. Their vanishing act is one of several recent discoveries planetary scientists have made regarding the northern hemisphere’s liquid-hydrocarbon seas and lakes at a time when the hemisphere heads toward its summer solstice.

These vast reservoirs of liquid hydrocarbons are centered around the moon’s north pole region, where they are thought to play a key role in the moon’s equivalent to Earth’s water cycle. In Titan’s case, it’s the methane cycle, where the liquid methane at the surface of the lakes and seas evaporates, rises to condense as clouds, then returns to the surface as methane rain. Liquid methane flows in to streams and rivers, sculpting the moon’s surface on their return to lakes and seas.

These features are strikingly similar to processes on Earth, making Titan Saturn’s largest moon an explorer’s Utopia, said Alexander Hayes, a planetary scientist at Cornell University during a briefing at a meeting of the American Astronomical Society’s Division of Planetary Sciences in Tucson, Ariz. Dr. Hayes is a member of the science team reporting the results at the meeting.

Researchers first discovered a magic island just off of a peninsula jutting into Ligeia Mare, Titan’s second largest sea a body of mainly liquid methane that covers slightly more than 48,600 square miles of the moon’s surface.

The team detected it in July 2013 using Cassini’s radar. When the team looked again about 16 days later, the feature was gone. On another Cassini pass over Titan in August, the feature reappeared. It was unclear if the feature the radar detected was a surface feature, such as the action of tiny waves, or perhaps represented a geological structure that only revealed itself when the viewing angle was just right.

Cassini’s August pass provided the answer when it discovered a similar feature in Kraken Mare, the largest of the moon’s northern-hemisphere seas. In addition to radar, Cassini’s Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer also spotted a magic-island feature in Kraken Mare. The spectrometer’s data suggested that either small waves or wet ground was responsible for the signature the instrument picked up.

The team is leaning to the wave interpretation because given the size of Kraken Mare it covers some 154,000 square miles, roughly the size of the Caspian or Black Seas the sea would have had to have lost a fair bit of methane to expose even a shallow bottom at that location and over such a wide area.

Such wave action would be expected as the northern hemisphere warms and kicks up winds.

Cassini also has proven unexpectedly adept at determining the depths of the seas as well as their composition, Dr. Hayes explained.

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Recent images from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft, currently touring Saturn and its moons, have revealed Brigadoon-likeislands on one of Titan’s largest seas, features that appear, disappear, then re-appear.

Scientists have whimsically named these Magic Islands. Their vanishing act is one of several recent discoveries planetary scientists have made regarding the northern hemisphere’s liquid-hydrocarbon seas and lakes at a time when the hemisphere heads toward its summer solstice.

These vast reservoirs of liquid hydrocarbons are centered around the moon’s north pole region, where they are thought to play a key role in the moon’s equivalent to Earth’s water cycle. In Titan’s case, it’s the methane cycle, where the liquid methane at the surface of the lakes and seas evaporates, rises to condense as clouds, then returns to the surface as methane rain. Liquid methane flows in to streams and rivers, sculpting the moon’s surface on their return to lakes and seas.

These features are strikingly similar to processes on Earth, making Titan Saturn’s largest moon an explorer’s Utopia, said Alexander Hayes, a planetary scientist at Cornell University during a briefing at a meeting of the American Astronomical Society’s Division of Planetary Sciences in Tucson, Ariz. Dr. Hayes is a member of the science team reporting the results at the meeting.

Researchers first discovered a magic island just off of a peninsula jutting into Ligeia Mare, Titan’s second largest sea a body of mainly liquid methane that covers slightly more than 48,600 square miles of the moon’s surface.

The team detected it in July 2013 using Cassini’s radar. When the team looked again about 16 days later, the feature was gone. On another Cassini pass over Titan in August, the feature reappeared. It was unclear if the feature the radar detected was a surface feature, such as the action of tiny waves, or perhaps represented a geological structure that only revealed itself when the viewing angle was just right.

Cassini’s August pass provided the answer when it discovered a similar feature in Kraken Mare, the largest of the moon’s northern-hemisphere seas. In addition to radar, Cassini’s Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer also spotted a magic-island feature in Kraken Mare. The spectrometer’s data suggested that either small waves or wet ground was responsible for the signature the instrument picked up.

The team is leaning to the wave interpretation because given the size of Kraken Mare it covers some 154,000 square miles, roughly the size of the Caspian or Black Seas the sea would have had to have lost a fair bit of methane to expose even a shallow bottom at that location and over such a wide area.

Such wave action would be expected as the northern hemisphere warms and kicks up winds.

Cassini also has proven unexpectedly adept at determining the depths of the seas as well as their composition, Dr. Hayes explained.

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Five of the nation’s top computing research organizations defended a research grant to study how information goes viral.

In a letter to lawmakers Tuesday, five of the nation’s top computing research organizations defended a research grant to study how information goes viral. The groups were responding to claims that the government-funded effort could help create a 1984-type surveillance state.

The controversy arises over a nearly $1 million research grant to researchers at Indiana University (IU) to investigate “why some ideas cause viral explosions while others are quickly forgotten,” particularly on Twitter.

This information diffusion analysis project, dubbed “Truthy,” is under attack by a number of lawmakers, including U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), the chairman of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology. Smith said the government “has no business using taxpayer dollars to support limiting free speech on Twitter and other social media.

Kevin McCarthy (R- Calif.), the House majority leader, said last week that Truthy’s goal is to “evaluate users’ ‘partisanship’ and to track ‘subversive propaganda.’”

The research project is well under way, and the principal investigator, Filippo Menczer, professor of informatics and computer science director at the Center for Complex Networks and Systems Research at IU, pointed, in an email to the more than 30 papers already published about it.

There’s also a demo site, with models illustrating memes.

In the Tuesday letter to Smith, J Strother Moore, the head of the Computing Research Association; Thomas G. Dietterich, the head of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence; Alexander L. Wolf, who heads the Association for Computing Machinery; Irene Fonseca, head of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics; and Brian Noble, head of the USENIX Association, all countered the claims.

“We are dismayed by recent mischaracterizations and misplaced criticisms of research on information diffusion in online social networks,” said the computer scientists in their letter.

The research project “can help internet users discover where information they glean from the web or social networks has come from — did it arise organically, did it originate from authoritative sources, or has it been spread by bots designed to “game” social networks and spread misinformation?”

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CAMARILLO, Calif. Family-owned and operated Channel Islands Aviation (CIA) is Phillip 66 Aviations newest addition to its growing Fixed Base Operation (FBO) network, with more than 850 facilities scattered across the U.S. A steadfast structure, CIA opened its doors in 1976 when co-owners Mark and Janie Oberman were selected as the first operator at Camarillo Airport (KCMA).

Weve seen quite an influx of activity this past year, said Janie Oberman. Luckily, the entire Oberman family contributes to the operation. Our two adult children work at the facility with Michael serving as chief pilot, and Sarah managing our flight school. Co-owner Mark is captain on the two company Britten-Norman Islanders and copilot on the CJ and CJ3.

In addition to its FBO services, CIA also offers charter, rentals, sales, FAA 145 approved repair station for maintenance, avionics and parts. CIA is an authorized Cessna and Cirrus Service Center and a Diamond award-winning FAA 141 approved Cessna Pilot center for exceeding company operational standards and for excellence in flight training. Adding to its accolades, CIA also operates as the official aviation fixed-wing concessionaire for Channel Islands National Park.

Located off the coast of Southern California are the Channel Islands. Five of the eight islands (Anacapa, Santa Cruz, Santa Rosa, San Miguel, and Santa Barbara) make up the national park. The general public can access Santa Rosa Island year round, but only by park concessionaire boats and planes, or private boats. The preservation is home to more than 2,000 plant and animal species, 145 of which are exclusive to the island.

Selected for its extensive professional aviation experience, CIA has recently partnered with Santa Barbara Business College to offer the first Associate of Science in Aviation degree program. After the program students will walk away with the associate degree as well as a Commercial Pilot License and CFI, CFII and MEI certificates. The first class commences in mid-October.

For more information about Channel Islands Aviation, visit its website at http://www.flycia.com.

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Peering out to the dim, outer reaches of our solar system, NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has uncovered three Kuiper Belt objects (KBOs) the agency’s New Horizons spacecraft could potentially visit after it flies by Pluto in July 2015.

The KBOs were detected through a dedicated Hubble observing program by a New Horizons search team that was awarded telescope time for this purpose.

“This has been a very challenging search and it’s great that in the end Hubble could accomplish a detection – one NASA mission helping another,” said Alan Stern of the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) in Boulder, Colorado, principal investigator of the New Horizons mission.

The Kuiper Belt is a vast rim of primordial debris encircling our solar system. KBOs belong to a unique class of solar system objects that has never been visited by spacecraft and which contain clues to the origin of our solar system.

The KBOs Hubble found are each about 10 times larger than typical comets, but only about 1-2 percent of the size of Pluto. Unlike asteroids, KBOs have not been heated by the sun and are thought to represent a pristine, well preserved deep-freeze sample of what the outer solar system was like following its birth 4.6 billion years ago. The KBOs found in the Hubble data are thought to be the building blocks of dwarf planets such as Pluto.

The New Horizons team started to look for suitable KBOs in 2011 using some of the largest ground-based telescopes on Earth. They found several dozen KBOs, but none was reachable within the fuel supply available aboard the New Horizons spacecraft.

“We started to get worried that we could not find anything suitable, even with Hubble, but in the end the space telescope came to the rescue,” said New Horizons science team member John Spencer of SwRI. “There was a huge sigh of relief when we found suitable KBOs; we are ‘over the moon’ about this detection.”

Following an initial proof of concept of the Hubble pilot observing program in June, the New Horizons Team was awarded telescope time by the Space Telescope Science Institute for a wider survey in July.

When the search was completed in early September, the team identified one KBO that is considered “definitely reachable,” and two other potentially accessible KBOs that will require more tracking over several months to know whether they too are accessible by the New Horizons spacecraft.

This was a needle-in-haystack search for the New Horizons team because the elusive KBOs are extremely small, faint, and difficult to pick out against a myriad background of stars in the constellation Sagittarius, which is in the present direction of Pluto. The three KBOs identified each are a whopping 1 billion miles beyond Pluto. Two of the KBOs are estimated to be as large as 34 miles (55 kilometers) across, and the third is perhaps as small as 15 miles (25 kilometers).

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Newswise Peering out to the dim, outer reaches of our solar system, NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has uncovered three Kuiper Belt objects (KBOs) the agency’s New Horizons spacecraft could potentially visit after it flies by Pluto in July 2015.

The KBOs were detected through a dedicated Hubble observing program by a New Horizons search team that was awarded telescope time for this purpose.

“This has been a very challenging search, and it’s great that in the end Hubble could accomplish a detection one NASA mission helping another,” said Alan Stern of the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) in Boulder, Colorado, principal investigator of the New Horizons mission.

The Kuiper Belt is a vast rim of primordial debris encircling our solar system. KBOs belong to a unique class of solar system objects that has never been visited by spacecraft and which contain clues to the origin of our solar system.

The KBOs that Hubble found are each about 10 times larger than typical comets, but only about 1-2 percent of the size of Pluto. Unlike asteroids, KBOs have not been heated by the Sun and are thought to represent a pristine, well preserved, deep-freeze sample of what the outer solar system was like following its birth 4.6 billion years ago. The KBOs found in the Hubble data are thought to be the building blocks of dwarf planets such as Pluto.

The New Horizons team started to look for suitable KBOs in 2011 using some of the largest ground-based telescopes on Earth. They found several dozen KBOs, but none were reachable within the fuel supply available aboard the New Horizons spacecraft.

“We started to get worried that we could not find anything suitable, even with Hubble, but in the end the space telescope came to the rescue,” said New Horizons science team member John Spencer of SwRI. There was a huge sigh of relief when we found suitable KBOs; we are ‘over the moon’ about this detection.”

Following an initial proof of concept of the Hubble pilot observing program in June, the New Horizons team was awarded telescope time by the Space Telescope Science Institute for a wider survey in July. When the search was completed in early September, the team identified one KBO that is “definitely reachable” and two other potentially accessible KBOs that will require more tracking over several months to know whether they too are accessible by the New Horizons spacecraft.

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Dr. Deepak Srivastava, a leading biomedical research policy expert, will discuss “Stem Cells, Regenerative Medicine and Policy Impediments to the New Future” at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy Oct. 21. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.

Who: Dr. Deepak Srivastava, the Baker Institute’s nonresident scholar for biomedical research policy and the Younger Family Director and senior investigator at the Gladstone Institute of Cardiovascular Disease.

Neal Lane, the Malcolm Gillis University Professor, senior fellow in science and technology policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and a professor of physics and astronomy, will give introductory remarks.

Stem cells and regenerative medicine are exciting and emerging fields of biomedical research, according to event organizers. Proposed applications include treating conditions such as blindness, diabetes and heart disease. Regenerative medicine could also help heal failing organ systems and replace damaged tissue. While these fields hold great promise for medicine, external factors limit and, in some cases, stall research, organizers said. Ethical controversies surrounding human embryonic stem cells, policy issues affecting federal and state funding and regulation, and economic pressures all play a role in determining the future of research.

In his presentation, Srivastava will explore the current and future potential of stem cells and regenerative medicine. Following the presentation, he will discuss policy challenges and opportunities with Lane.

The event is sponsored by the Baker Institute’s Science and Technology Policy Program and the Health Policy Forum.

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Stem cell, regenerative medicine policies to be discussed at Rice's Baker Institute

Dr. Deepak Srivastava, a leading biomedical research policy expert, will discuss “Stem Cells, Regenerative Medicine and Policy Impediments to the New Future” at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy Oct. 21. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.

Who: Dr. Deepak Srivastava, the Baker Institute’s nonresident scholar for biomedical research policy and the Younger Family Director and senior investigator at the Gladstone Institute of Cardiovascular Disease.

Neal Lane, the Malcolm Gillis University Professor, senior fellow in science and technology policy at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and a professor of physics and astronomy, will give introductory remarks.

What: A presentation titled “Stem Cells, Regenerative Medicine and Policy Impediments to the New Future.”

When: Tuesday, Oct. 21, 7:45-9:30 a.m. Breakfast will be served at 7:45.

Where: Rice University, James A. Baker III Hall, Kelly International Conference Facility, 6100 Main St.

Stem cells and regenerative medicine are exciting and emerging fields of biomedical research, according to event organizers. Proposed applications include treating conditions such as blindness, diabetes and heart disease. Regenerative medicine could also help heal failing organ systems and replace damaged tissue. While these fields hold great promise for medicine, external factors limit and, in some cases, stall research, organizers said. Ethical controversies surrounding human embryonic stem cells, policy issues affecting federal and state funding and regulation, and economic pressures all play a role in determining the future of research.

In his presentation, Srivastava will explore the current and future potential of stem cells and regenerative medicine. Following the presentation, he will discuss policy challenges and opportunities with Lane.

The event is sponsored by the Baker Institute’s Science and Technology Policy Program and the Health Policy Forum.

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Center for Adult Stem Cell Research and Regenerative Medicine
Our goal for the newly established Center for Adult Stem Cell Research and Regenerative Medicine is to shape and lead in the research, ethics, and societal implications for the field of adult…

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA–(Marketwired – October 03, 2014) – Taulia, the market-leading platform for supplier financing, presented this week at the inaugural 2014 Vidyard Ignite conference. The conference was called “the world’s first B2B marketing summit.”

Senior Marketing Manager Bhaji Illuminati represented Taulia on a panel that included executives from Square, Salesforce, and Deltek. All four companies were recognized by Vidyard as “video marketing trailblazers.”

“Taulia has become an innovative marketing leader in the business-to-business space, in part because of our work with Vidyard,” said Illuminati. “We’ve worked with the Vidyard team to make our videos humorous, entertaining, and informative, and these video campaigns have helped contribute to Taulia tripling our revenue for two consecutive years.”

The panel was titled “Mastering the Science of Video and Content Marketing” and reviewed the latest trends in video marketing and how to improve content marketing.The discussion, which was moderated by Vidyard Chief Marketing Officer Tyler Lessard, touched on video marketing best practices and how to utilize data and insights from video content to increase ROI.

Illuminati also presented two Taulia videos, “The Creator of the Most Remarkable Software in AP,” as well as “Treasury Tim,” which is part of Taulia’s P2P Superheroes campaign, to the audience of nearly 200. One executive in attendance noted that Taulia’s humorous videos have set the standard in the enterprise marketing world.

“When we create a video, we strive to make it on the level of Taulia’s marketing content,” she said. “It’s Taulia or bust.”

Vidyard also honored Taulia, which provides the most flexible form of supplier financing, via cloud-based invoice, payment, and dynamic discounting solutions, with a video marketing award at the conference.

To see more Taulia videos, please visit itswebsite.

About TauliaTaulia is the fastest growing SaaS platform and network for Supplier Financing, eInvoicing, and Supplier Portals. Through turning every invoice into a revenue opportunity, Taulia enables organizations to strengthen supplier relationships while adding millions to the bottom line. Some of the most innovative brands in the world rely on Taulia, including Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated, Pfizer, Pacific Gas & Electric, Hallmark, and many other Fortune 500 companies. For more information, visithttp://www.taulia.com.

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Vikram Khanna: Science Vs Fiction in Public Health Policy
VIKRAM KHANNA speaks at the Second Amendment Foundation's gun rights policy conference in Chicago, Illinois, on Sept. 28, 2014.

By: Gunscom

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WASHINGTON, Sept. 26 (UPI) — A new study suggests a there’s a gender bias in the approval process for research teams looking to use the Hubble Telescope. Researchers at the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI), the organization that runs the Hubble Space Telescope program, found that male-led proposals are more likely to be approved and granted time with the telescopes than female-led research projects.

Only a third of applying research teams are granted time on the telescopes, so the odds are stacked against scientists to begin with. But the new study, carried out by STScI researcher Neill Reid found the odds of approval are even less if a woman is the team’s principle investigator. Reid said the discrepancy in any given year is small, but worryingly consistent.

“The offsets are small enough that they might be ascribed to chance for any single cycle,” Reid wrote, “but the consistent pattern suggests the presence of a systematic effect.”

The study is currently publicly available in the early-release online journal arXiv, and it is set to be published in the upcoming issue of the journal Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific.

“There is growing recognition in the community that unconscious biases can play an important role in all decision making processes, even those related to the ‘hard’ sciences,” Reid wrote in 2013, explaining the motivation for his ongoing research.

The researchers acknowledged it’s possible the female-led proposals are simply less compelling than other proposals, but said such a scenario is unlikely, given that almost research proposals are written by a team of males and females. The only relevant variable seems to be the gender of the principle investigator.

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A new study suggests a there’s a gender bias in the approval process for research teams looking to use the Hubble Telescope. Researchers at the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI), the organization that runs the Hubble Space Telescope program, found that male-led proposals are more likely to be approved and granted time with the telescopes than female-led research projects.

Only a third of applying research teams are granted time on the telescopes, so the odds are stacked against scientists to begin with. But the new study, carried out by STScI researcher Neill Reid found the odds of approval are even less if a woman is the team’s principle investigator. Reid said the discrepancy in any given year is small, but worryingly consistent.

“The offsets are small enough that they might be ascribed to chance for any single cycle,” Reid wrote, “but the consistent pattern suggests the presence of a systematic effect.”

The study is currently publicly available in the early-release online journal arXiv, and it is set to be published in the upcoming issue of the journal Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific.

“There is growing recognition in the community that unconscious biases can play an important role in all decision making processes, even those related to the ‘hard’ sciences,” Reid wrote in 2013, explaining the motivation for his ongoing research.

The researchers acknowledged it’s possible the female-led proposals are simply less compelling than other proposals, but said such a scenario is unlikely, given that almost research proposals are written by a team of males and females. The only relevant variable seems to be the gender of the principle investigator.

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Male-led teams more likely to get Hubble Telescope time



Caught On Video: NSA Lies About Surveillance
“The NSA sent someone bearing the nametag Neal Z. to the University of New Mexico's Engineering and Science Career Fair today, in the hopes of recruiting young computer geniuses to…

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An NSA employee wearing name tag Neal Z. recently attended the the University of New Mexicos Engineering and Science Career Fair.

The NSA rep was trying to recruit college students to work at the controversial agency, which collects tons of metadata, emails, phone calls and various other information on American citizens.

University of New Mexico grad Andy Beale and student Sean Potter asked Neal Z. about the massive collection of information by the NSA, reports The Intercept.

Beale and Potter filmed the incident from two angles (videos below).

Amazingly, Neal Z. claimed, “NSA is not permitted to track or collect intelligence on U.S. persons.

However, after NSA leaker Edward Snowden revealed the mass surveillance of Americans by the NSA, the director of national intelligence, James Clapper, admitted to Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) in an April letter that the NSA does collect information on Americans, noted The Guardian.

In June, the NSA admitted it was spying on American phone calls, reported CNET, and even the phone habits of the U.S. Congress, according to The New American.

Later, Neal Z. admitted the NSA does collect data under the guidance of the (secret) FISA court, which is not open or accountable to the public.

After Beale and Potter politely debunked several of Neal Z’s claims, Neal Z. angrily threatened to call authorities to silence the two Americans: You do not know what youre talking about. If you dont leave soon, Im going to call university security to get you out of my face.

Neal Z. tried to grab Potter’s iPhone, but it was Potter and Beale who were removed from the fair by campus police for causing a disturbance.

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