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SVENGALI 2012 – MANCHESTER AND SOUTHAMPTON

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Posted by Derren Brown News April 29, 2011 at 8:26 pm

Some dates for the 2012 Svengali tour are starting to appear. We are happy to confirm that the following dates are on sale now:

Manchester – The Lowry:
5, 6, 7, 8 9, 10 March 2012
Click HERE for tickets

Southampton – The Mayflower:
12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 March 2012
Click HERE for tickets

The performance is not suitable for children under 12 years of age.

PLEASE NOTE: We cannot confirm or deny ANY other dates or venues at this point. A lot of fans are emailing to find out if Derren will be coming to a certain town and we’re sorry we can’t confirm anything until it is officially announced. We also can’t confirm when tickets go on sale, this is decided by the venue.

CHINA ANNOUNCES IT WILL BUILD ITS OWN SPACE STATION WITHIN 10 YEARS

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Posted by abeodbart April 29, 2011 at 6:43 am

On Monday, China unveiled its plan to build a manned space station in the next decade. This announcement comes from a space program whose development has been, well, skyrocketing; China launched its first astronaut into Earth orbitin 2003 and completed itsfirst spacewalk in 2008. If things go as planned, the station would be the third ever multi-module space station, after Russia’s Mir and the International Space Station.

The space station is currently dubbed Tiangong, meaning “heavenly palace,” but that moniker may not be permanent; China’s space agency is taking suggestions for new names via email.

Designed for a three-person crew, the space station will consist of one core module and two lab units for conducting experiments in astronomy, biology (particularly as it pertains to space radiation), and microgravity.

Weighing in at 60 tons, Tiangong is significantly smaller than its predecessors (the ISS weighs 419 tons; Mir weighed 137).

For the full article head to Discover Magazine

THE POWER OF WORDS

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Posted by abeodbart April 28, 2011 at 10:36 am

This is not new, but it’s a very effective advert that we somehow missed. Lovely, even if it did make someone just cry.
by Purple Content

NEURONS COULD GO TO SLEEP EVEN WHEN YOU’RE AWAKE

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Posted by abeodbart April 28, 2011 at 9:39 am


WIRED: When deprived of sleep, parts of the human brain may doze off, secretly snatching moments of slumber even as people seem to be awake.

That could explain why our sleep-deprived selves are so cognitively challenged: We are, if not precisely half-asleep, partially asleep.

“After a long period in an awake state, cortical neurons can go briefly ‘offline,’” wrote researchers led by University of Wisconsin neuroscientists Vladyslav Vyazovskiy and Giulio Tononi in a study published April 27 in Nature. “Although both EEG and behavior indicate wakefulness, local populations of neurons in the cortex may be falling asleep, with negative consequences for performance.”

To study rats’ neurology, Tononi’s team wired their brains to an EEG machine, kept them awake longer than usual, and looked for patterns in readouts of their brains’ electrical activity.

They found that scattered neurons throughout the rats’ brains gradually alternated between periods of activity and inactivity — a pattern associated with deep sleep, not wakefulness. But unlike their synchronization during sleep, these oscillations were brief and disjointed.

Full Story at WIRED

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