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Quirky Mushroom House declared best shed of 2017

Top spot in this year's Shed of the Year Competition went to Ben Swanborough for his ...

The aptly-named Mushroom House (aka Mushroom Shed), designed by Ben Swanborough, has been declared the winner of the 2017 Cuprinol Shed of the Year competition. The quirky cabin has an impressive level of craftsmanship and includes lots of nice little touches, such as stained-glass windows, a trapdoor, and a small glazed floor section.

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general design discussion • The Human Aura

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Since ancient times we have seen images and paintings of diverse spiritual leaders crossways various traditions however one thing that is common amongst all of them is the halo that environs their head which is recognized as the Aura- energy arena. It not only surrounds just the head however also extends all round your body. This aura signifies your physical, emotional mental, as well as divine energies.

The aura is frequently seen a mix of fine colored frequencies wherever each color defines its own distinct nature plus characteristics. The shaking of this aura is actually fine and delicate so we need very fine tools to detect it otherwise may be we can use our inborn instinctive mechanism plus our latent psychic perspective to train ourselves not merely to see the aura however also to interpret the diverse colours and forms in the aura which can disclose us a lot of unspoken information

What Is the Human Aura?

The human aura is an area of subtle, glowing radiation adjacent us and spreading outer from our physical form. Auras are connected to the electromagnetic area of the body plus serve as a visual amount of our mental, expressive, physical plus spiritual states.

Everything that we do otherwise think touches the aura so it is typically in a state of flux, always changing, founded on our mental meanderings plus physical health. The aura is moreover affected by the energies of the atmosphere, the force fields of the world and the radio frequencies that interpenetrate all methods of a matter. The aura is an electric signature of who we are.

The Color of the Human Aura

The colors of the aura might glow and discharge with joy and energy as we keep a state of holiness in God. Or the colors might become dull, constructed and stultified once we are gloomy, while we allow ourselves to be unhappy when we criticize or see life as less than lovely.

Appreciation strengthens the aura as the heart originates a pink plus golden sun-like happiness. And at other times while we put ourselves down otherwise enter into the criticism of others, the size and happiness of our auras lessen. Holding imageries and ideas of ourselves as well as others as less than entire also impinges on our aptitude to send out auric areas of light energy that bless plus uplift.

Thoughts, Feelings, Diet as well as the Human Aura

Diet has an influence on the aura. But more prominently, what we take in with our eyes and ears and whatever we think affects the power and pattern of the aura. While we put our courtesy upon God and all that this period represents for us, the rotating of our chakras quickens and a resonance with the potentials of God starts to cleanse the aura plus expand it.

The Human Aura as well as the Chakras

The chakras are similar generating stations inside us. Alike to the mitochondria, those organelle control houses which reside inside each human cell, these places of light can be an excessive self-regenerating emphasis.

We can imagine our chakras every day. And as we emphasis on a precise chakra, we see its petals rotating and then quickening in perfect balance and equilibrium. We see the entire radiance of these seven main generating stations increasing and blessing ourselves as well as all those who drive within our range of influence.

The excellence of our prayers is reliant on the excellence of our heart, our awareness…and, so, our aura. If we wish to be of superior service and efficacy, if we wish to perform alchemical feats for the good of manhood, we must first go inside, self-assess as well as get in balance. We must appear to our chakras and wash them every day in the light of God. In order, their acceleration will make a rise and expansion in an awareness that is transformational.

The entirety of who we are is transmission to the world over the aura that discharges out from us, even though maximum persons do not see this aurora borealis-similar light show around themselves and others. And if we wish to upsurge the beauty, intensity as well as a size of our aura, it will definitely occur as we emphasize more and more on all that is optimistic, kind, considerate, forgiving, and just as well as loving.
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Flight plan from legendary Apollo 13 mission to be auctioned

The flight plan was signed by the crew of Apollo 13

It isn’t often an object from a space mission comes up for sale that wasn’t just along for the ride, but a central part of the drama. One such is at Sotheby’s, where the flight plan used aboard the Apollo 13 Command Module goes on auction as part of the July 20 Space Exploration sale. The loose-leaf binder not only includes instructions for the crew, but hastily scribbled notes used as the astronauts struggled to survive the return journey to Earth after their spacecraft was damaged.

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Super strong 3D-printed structure unfolds when hot

Researchers have developed a way to use 3D printers to create objects that expand when heated. They have potential uses in space exploration or medical devices.

The new objects use tensegrity, a structural system of floating rods in compression and cables in continuous tension. The researchers fabricated the struts from shape memory polymers that unfold when heated.

“Tensegrity structures are extremely lightweight while also being very strong,” says Glaucio Paulino, a professor in the Georgia Institute of Technology’s School of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

“That’s the reason there’s a heavy amount of interest right now in researching the use of tensegrity structures for outer space exploration. The goal is to find a way to deploy a large object that initially takes up little space.”

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The 3D printed tensegrity structure expanded. (Credit: Rob Felt/Georgia Tech.)

The researchers used 3D printers to create the struts that make up one of the primary components of the tensegrity structure. To enable the struts to be temporarily folded flat, the researchers designed them to be hollow with a narrow opening that runs the length of the tube. Each strut has an attachment point on each end to connect to a network of elastic cables, which are also made with 3D printers.

Once the struts were heated to 65 degrees Celsius, the researchers could partially flatten and fold them into a shape resembling the letter W. The cooled structures then retain the temporary shape.

With all cables attached, the objects can be reheated to initiate the transformation into tensegrity structures.

“We believe that you could build something like an antenna that initially is compressed and takes up little space, but once it’s heated, say just from the heat of the sun, would fully expand,” says Jerry Qi, a professor in the George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Tech.

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A key component of making 3D-printed objects that can transform into tensegrity structures was controlling the rate and sequence of expansion. The shape memory polymers enable the researchers to fine-tune how quickly each strut expands by adjusting at which temperature the expansion occurs. That enables structures to be designed with struts that expand sequentially.

“For bigger and more complicated structures, if you don’t control the sequence that these struts expand, it tangles and you have a mess,” Paulino says. “By controlling the temperature at which each strut expands, we can have a phased deployment and avoid this entanglement.”

The term “tensegrity” comes from a combination of the words “tensional integrity,” and the concept has been used as the structural basis for several notable projects through the years, including a large pedestrian bridge in Brisbane, Australia, and stadium roofs such as the Georgia Dome stadium in Atlanta and the Olympic Gymnastics Arena in Seoul, South Korea.

The researchers envision that the new 3- printed structures could be used for super light-weight structures needed for space exploration or even shape-change soft robots.

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“These active tensegrity objects are very elegant in design and open up a range of possibilities for deployable 3D structures,” Paulino says.

The research appears in the journal Scientific Reports. The National Science Foundation and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research sponsored the research. The content is the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the sponsoring agencies.

Source: Georgia Tech

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Extensive collection of Carl Sagan's papers up for sale

The archives include 20 items signed by Carl Sagan

Carl Sagan is best known as a science popularizer, but he was also a renowned pioneer in the early US space program, a planetary scientist, astrobiologist, Pulitzer Prize-winning author, and social activist. Now a major archive of his work preserved by his assistant Shirley Arden is going on sale via Boston-based R R Auction, providing new insights into the life and works of this remarkable man.

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Getting bees hooked on flowers with nicotine

While some researchers have been busy developing a possible vaccine to help humans beat their nicotine cravings, others have been getting bumblebees addicted to the stuff. But the experiment wasn’t just an exercise in getting the bees buzzed, it was an investigation into whether or not the drug could influence the insects’ ability to learn the color of flowers. Hint: It can.

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Lego launches Saturn V Apollo rocket set

The Lego replica of the Saturn V rocket will stand one meter tall when finished

As the first rocket to put people on the moon, NASA’s Saturn V occupies a special place in the history of space exploration. And now it can occupy a special place in your Lego collection, too, with the company today launching an Apollo Saturn V replica Lego kit.

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Becoming citizens may lead immigrants to integrate

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Naturalization for immigrants leads to better political participation and greater knowledge about their new country, a new study finds.

Heated debate surrounds the political integration of immigrants and their access to citizenship. But unlike welfare and tax policy, virtually no systematic data exist to causally examine policies that affect immigrants, says political scientist Jens Hainmueller.

The study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows how citizenship can strengthen these social and political bonds. His research focused on Switzerland, which currently has a very high number of immigrants relative to population size, with many of them marginalized socially and politically.

As Hainmueller notes, one in four residents of Switzerland is a foreigner, and a considerable anti-immigration sentiment exists in the country.

“Understanding the effect of naturalization on long-term integration of immigrants is an important question in light of these problems,” says Hainmueller, co-director of Stanford University’s Immigration and Integration Policy Lab and faculty affiliate of The Europe Center.

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To conduct this study, Hainmueller and his collaborators used a natural experiment in Switzerland that allowed them to uniquely isolate the effect of naturalization. Between 1970 and 2003, Swiss residents decided on individual naturalization requests based on secret ballot referendums, a practice shown to be highly discriminatory and no longer used. Applicants had to win at least 50 percent of “yes” votes to receive citizenship.

Hainmueller compared applicants who barely got accepted to those who were barely rejected. All applicants had similar characteristics, including educational background, financial stability, and language skills. The difference between them was just a few votes, he says.

“It was luck if they got it or not,” says Hainmueller, “similar to random assignment in a randomized experiment.”

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Nearly 15 years later, researchers tracked down the immigrants who faced these votes. It took almost two years to conduct over 750 personal interviews—they got a 45 percent response rate. According to the results, those who became citizens were integrated much better socially and politically, according to Hainmueller.

To determine political integration, Hainmueller asked the study participants questions regarding information on the current president and if they voted. Immigrants who gained citizenship voted at the same rate as rooted Swiss natives. They also had the same political knowledge as rooted natives, if not more.

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Hainmueller and his team also asked the immigrants a series of social questions. Compared to immigrants who did not earn citizenship, those who were naturalized were more likely to read the Swiss newspaper and not a foreign newspaper. Naturalized immigrants were also more likely to express the desire to stay in Switzerland long term.

Results from the study indicate that more socially marginalized groups, such as immigrants from Turkey and the former Yugoslavia, or those with less education, benefited the most from naturalization.

“This is what you would hope,” says Duncan Lawrence, executive director of the Immigration and Integration Policy Lab. “Those groups that are more negatively affected benefit the most from naturalization.”

Though this study did not examine why naturalization increased political integration, Hainmueller suggests it is related to becoming a more active participant in the democratic process.

New ‘lottery’ study

He and his colleagues plan to expand this work to measure the impact of naturalization in other European countries and the United States.

In recent decades, immigration has increased across Western countries. In 2013, 41.3 million immigrants lived in the United States. In September, the Obama administration announced the Stand Stronger Citizenship Awareness Campaign, which is a new campaign that encourages the 8.8 million eligible immigrants to take steps toward citizenship.

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“But nobody really knows what the impact of naturalization is in the United States because immigrants self-select into becoming citizens. If you simply compare naturalized and non-naturalized immigrants as most studies do, it is like comparing apples and oranges,” says Hainmueller.

To answer these questions further, Hainmueller and his team have designed a study to evaluate the impact of naturalization on immigrants in the United States. He plans to set up a lottery in which people can win a fee voucher to cover the cost of application fees ($680), which provides a financial encouragement to apply. Then he can make comparisons between those who won the lottery and became naturalized to those who did not.

The Immigration Lab is looking at a whole array of policies and programs that affect various types of immigrants, including refugees, undocumented immigrants, and long-term residents. The next step is systematically analyzing the economic impact of naturalization, says Hainmueller. He hopes this work can provide evidence to inform policymakers, practitioners, and advocates leading to more evidence-based policy-making.

In Switzerland, immigrants have to wait 12 years to become naturalized. “Lowering the stringent residency requirements might be beneficial to realize the full integration benefits from naturalization,” says Hainmueller.

Stanford’s Immigration and Integration Policy Lab, which is part of the Institute for Research in the Social Sciences, supported this research. The Swiss National Science Foundation also contributed funding.

Coauthors are from the Migration Policy Lab at the University of Zurich.

Source: Bethany Augliere for Stanford University

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How Two Ex-Googlers Turned A Crappy Messaging Service Into A $100 Million App

Secret, the popular anonymous-sharing app, raised $25 million. Here’s how it went from poorly designed messaging app to red-hot startup.

Before Secret was Secret, the anonymous sharing app burning up the iTunes charts, it was Whispr, an ephemeral messaging service that incidentally had the same name as the startup’s current chief competitor, Whisper. The idea was to enable users to send anonymous notes to friends or loved ones that would disappear (much like photos on Snapchat), as cofounder David Byttow did with his girlfriend one weekend last year as he was first testing the app. “I sent her this [anonymous] SMS that said, ‘Someone Whispred to you,’” Byttow recalls, smiling. “She got it. The message appeared, and then she called me and was like, ‘Is this you?’ I was like, ‘I don’t know what you’re talking about!’ Of course she knew it was me.”

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