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  • Breve historia de mi vida - Stephen Hawking April 30, 2017
    La mente maravillosa de Stephen Hawking ha deslumbrado al mundo entero revelando los misterios del universo. Ahora, por primera vez, el cosmólogo más brillante de nuestra era explora, con una mirada reveladora, su propia vida y evolución intelectual. Breve historia de mi vida cuenta el sorprendente viaje de Stephen Hawking desde su niñez […]
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  • La teoría del todo - Stephen W. Hawking April 30, 2017
    Una manera clara y amena de acercarse a los misterios del universo. En esta esclarecedora obra, el gran físico británico Stephen Hawking nos ofrece una historia del universo, del big bang a los agujeros negros. En siete pasos, Hawking logra explicar la historia del universo, desde las primeras teorías del mundo griego y de la época medieval hasta las más com […]
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  • Inteligencia emocional para niños. Guía práctica para padres y educadores - Mireia Golobardes Subirana & Sandra Celeiro González April 30, 2017
    ¿Cómo podemos enseñar a los más pequeños a gestionar sus emociones? ¿Cómo ayudar a nuestros hijos a mejorar en sus relaciones con los demás? ¿Cómo facilitar a nuestros alumnos su capacidad para identificar sus emociones y la de los demás y favorecer relaciones sanas y positivas, con empatía y respeto? ¿Cómo contribuir a que padres y profesores puedan también […]
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  • ¿Cómo pensar como Sherlock Holmes? - Maria Konnikova April 30, 2017
    Ningún personaje de ficción es más conocido por sus poderes de intuición y observación que Sherlock Holmes. Pero, ¿es su inteligencia extraordinaria una invención de la ficción o podemos aprender a desarrollar estas habilidades, para mejorar nuestras vidas en el trabajo y en casa? A través de ¿ Cómo pensar como Sherlock Holmes? , la periodista y psicóloga Ma […]
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  • La física del futuro - Michio Kaku April 30, 2017
    Un recorrido asombroso a través de los próximos cien años de revolución científica. El futuro ya se está inventando en los laboratorios de los científicos más punteros de todo el mundo. Con toda probabilidad, en 2100 controlaremos los ordenadores a través de diminutos sensores cerebrales y podremos mover objetos con el poder de nuestras mentes, la inteligenc […]
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  • Sobre la teoría de la relatividad especial y general - Albert Einstein April 30, 2017
    Entre el Electromagnetismo y la Mecánica newtoniana existe una fórmula de bisagra: la teoría de la relatividad especial y general. La importancia del nuevo marco planteado por Albert Einstein se entiende por lo siguiente: la percepción del tiempo y el espacio es relativa al observador. ¿Qué significa esto? Si usted viaja a una velocidad mayor que la de la lu […]
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  • El gran diseño - Stephen Hawking & Leonard Mlodinow April 30, 2017
    Aun antes de aparecer, este libro ha venido precedido, en todos los medios de comunicación, de una extraordinaria polémica sobre  sus conclusiones: que tanto nuestro universo como los otros muchos universos posibles surgieron de la nada, porque su creación no requiere de la intervención de ningún Dios o ser sobrenatural, sino que todos los universos pro […]
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  • Tricks Any Dog Can Do! - Susan Day April 30, 2017
    This great book comes with advice and guidance as to the best way to teach these tricks. It offers more than one method which the reader can choose depending upon their own situation. There is also advice to using treats and shows you how to not end up with a treat junkie! This books is from the desk of Susan Day, a canine behaviourist. Susan teaches obedien […]
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  • Ágilmente - Estanislao Bachrach April 30, 2017
    Bachrach es Doctor en biología molecular y explica el funcionamiento del cerebro. A través de ello, da consejos y herramientas para ser más creativos y felices en el trabajo y en la vida. La neurociencia es clara: el cerebro aprende hasta el último día de vida. La creatividad puede expandirse. Tu mente, mediante la aplicación de las técnicas correctas, puede […]
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  • El futuro de nuestra mente - Michio Kaku April 30, 2017
    Una nueva teoría sobre la conciencia y el futuro de los estudios de nuestra mente Por primera vez en la historia, gracias a escáneres de alta tecnología diseñados por físicos, se han desvelado secretos del cerebro, y lo que un día fuera territorio de la ciencia ficción, se ha convertido en una asombrosa realidad. Grabación de recuerdos, telepatía, vídeos de […]
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The Rush-Bagot Treaty that demilitarized the Great Lakes is 200 years old today

It led to a series of other agreements that protected and cleaned up the Great Lakes environment […]

‘It’s About Facts.’ Thousands Protest and Make Friends in the Rain at the March for Science

When Dennis and Christina Dorward awoke to their alarm at 3 a.m. on Saturday morning, there wasn’t a question of whether they would get out of bed, catch a four-hour bus to Washington, D.C., and brave a chilly rain on the National Mall to protest — all in the name of science. “We were committed,” said Christina Dorward, from beneath both a windbreaker and an umbrella. “We weren’t going to miss this.” Like thousands of other people, the Dorwards joined the so-called Science March, which was organized by a coalition of activists and scientists, to voice concern for what they see as President Donald Trump’s dismissal of scientific research and to protest his proposed budget cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Institutes of Health. Protesters’ hand-painted placards and signs lamented President Trump’s repeated questioning of the legitimacy of vaccines, as well as his promise to to cut $900 million from the Department of Energy’s Office of Science, and withdraw from the Paris Climate Treaty. Other protesters’ signs lambasted the Trump Administration’s executive orders deregulating coal waste dumping, scrapping Obama-era clean air regulations, and the President’s decision to appoint Scott Pruitt, who has questioned whether climate change is real, to head the EPA. “Everyday, it just feels like there’s something new. They’re rolling back this, or doing away with that, or un-doing gains that were inadequate in the first place,” said Dennis Dorward, who teaches construction management near his hometown of Muncy, Pennsylvania. “It’s just too much.” But while the protest hummed with an undercurrent of Democratic politics — several dozen protesters carried signs repeating Hillary Clinton’s tagline, “I’m With Her,” but referencing, in this case, Mother Earth — much of it was notably apolitical. Many participants described themselves as “moderate,” “in the middle,” or simply “not political at all.” Several held signs explicitly distancing their support for science from any political activism. “Not a paid protester. Believe men, I’d rather be in lab!” read one bearded young scientist’s sign. “Science is NOT a liberal conspiracy,” read another. “This isn’t about politics. It’s about facts,” read a third. One protester, a computer scientist, poked fun at his colleagues, who are better known for geeking out in basements than braving the great outdoors. “You know it’s bad when the PROGRAMMERS march!” his placard said. Frank Migliorino, Laurie Ruffenach, and Kristen Batto, all of whom teach environmental science to high school students in New Jersey, said they were motivated to get up in the wee hours of the morning and take a shared bus to the march simply because they worry that their students are getting a skewed view of science and factual objectivity, and how leaders should treat peer-reviewed evidence. “It’s really important to teach students not to believe everything they hear, but to research and find reliable sources,” said Ruffenach, who has also taught chemistry, physics, and biology over the course of her 25 years in the classroom. “It’s a life skill nowadays.” Many of the protesters on the National Mall Saturday also cited personal reasons for braving the pouring rain. Sarah, who’s 24 and who declined to give her last name because she’s an employee of the federal government, says she credits federally-funded research on pediatric cancer for helping to cure her Hodgkins Lymphoma, which she was diagnosed with as a child. Christina Doward, who suffered a stroke awhile ago, credits scientific advancements in fields like neurology and physical therapy for her near full recovery today. Angela Peerman of Price Georges County says science is the only reason her daughter, Cerri, who was conceived using IVF, is alive today. Cerri, for her part, who’s 12-years-old and sports a soaking wet green hoodie, offers a different reason for braving the wet. “Because science is cool,” she says, as if the answer should be obvious. She recently won an “Honorable Mention” at a science fair for an experiment heating coiled fishing wire to make a “thermal actuator” and plans to be a scientist when she grows up. Erin Ckodre, 21, a graphic design major at Texas State University in San Marcus, Texas, flew into Washington Friday evening by herself, just to participate in the march. For her, it was worth the plane ticket and a night at a hotel just to be counted among the masses. “My generation, Millennials, we are the ones who are going to be inheriting the planet,” she said. “We have to be out there saying how important this is, because it’s matters more to our future than to the Baby Boomers’ future.” As for the Dowards, they’re glad they came. The 3 a.m. alarm, four-hour bus ride, and pouring rain were all worth it. But on the way back home tonight they have a new plan: “Sleep,” said Christina, with a laugh. “We’ll probably sleep.” […]

Google’s Earth Day Doodle Sends an Urgent Message About Climate Change

Google’s doodle for Earth Day sends a pertinent message about climate change as scientists and others gear up for the March for Science on Saturday. In a series of illustrations, the Google doodle tells the story of a sleeping fox that has a nightmare about the consequences of climate change, featuring melted icebergs and dead plants. Disturbed, the fox enlists two friends to be more thoughtful about conservation—the trio eat vegetables, grow plants, ride bikes and use solar energy. Google also offered conservation tips for Earth Day, reminding people to turn off lights, plant trees, eat locally sourced food and avoid driving. […]

12 Healthy Food Swaps For Your Favorite Refined Carbs

Make no mistake: Carbohydrates are essential—they’re the body’s main energy source. But the more refined a carb is, the worse it is for you: “Refined carbs have had much of the fiber and good-for-you compounds stripped away, which makes them less nutritious and filling,” says Rachel Meltzer Warren, RDN, a nutritionist in Jersey City, New Jersey. Minimally processed kinds, on the other hand, are typically a package of vitamins, minerals, fiber, and starch that digest more slowly and keep you fuller longer, she adds. These tweaks let you replace refined carbs (white flour and sugar, say) with more nutritious choices (veggies, pulses, whole grains) for a full tummy and steady energy. Health.com: 18 Health Benefits of Whole Grains Breakfast Instead of quiche, whip up breakfast stuffed peppers. Crack 2 eggs into 2 halves of a bell pepper and bake them at 350 degrees until the eggs are firm (about 25 minutes). Top with fresh chives or a dried spice, like thyme. “The peppers spice up regular eggs but eliminate the crust and cream of a quiche,” says Meltzer Warren. “Plus, they’re beautiful to serve.” Instead of French toast, make protein pancakes. Mash a ripe banana in a bowl, add 1 egg, and whisk with 2 tablespoons whole-wheat flour. Pour the mixture on a griddle over low heat and cook the way you would with normal pancake batter. “Fruit contains carbohydrates, but bananas also offer fiber, potassium, and vitamin C, unlike slices of French-toast bread,” says Meltzer Warren. Instead of a bagel and lox, have a smoked-salmon omelet on sprouted-grain bread. Make an omelet with 2 eggs, 1 slice of smoked salmon, and a sprinkle of goat cheese and chives. “You get the same flavors that you would from a bagel with cream cheese and lox, but incorporating the eggs and sprouted grains will keep you satisfied a lot longer,” says Meltzer Warren. Instead of a blueberry scone, try berry oats. Heat up a handful of frozen blueberries, grate lemon zest, then fold both into 1/4 cup rolled oats prepared with hot water and a dash of cinnamon. Sprinkle with chia seeds for a protein boost. Oats are full of fiber, so they’re a super carb (unlike the added sugars and white flour found in many coffee-shop pastries). Lunch Instead of a chicken wrap, prep deli lettuce cups. Scrap the carb-heavy wrap and use a large leaf of Boston lettuce as the outer shell. Inside, layer a few pieces of sliced chicken breast, a slice of cheese, a drizzle of honey mustard, and a pickle spear. Hold together with a toothpick. Instead of a bag of potato chips, snack on Brussels sprouts crisps. Separate the leaves of these antioxidant-rich veggies, then toss them in a bit of olive oil and sea salt. Bake at 350 degrees, turning them every 5 minutes or so, until they are browned and crisp around the edges. “It may require some time, but the crispy leaves are so crunchy and delicious that it’s worth it,” says Tami Ross, RS, a dietician and diabetes educator in Lexington, Kentucky. Instead of croutons on salad, add sunflower seeds. Whether croutons are baked or fried, they don’t pack much nutritional value. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of sunflower seeds on salads to add crunch along with healthy fats, vitamin E, and a bit of fiber. Instead of a burrito bowl, choose a Mexican-style salad. Replace the bed of rice with a bed of shredded lettuce, then top with meat, vegetables, black beans, pico de gallo, and guacamole. “You’re still getting the same flavors in each bit, just with a healthier green base,” says Marissa Lippert, RD, owner of Nourish Kitchen and Table in New York City. Health.com: The Best Vegetable Spiralizer for Every Budget Dinner Instead of sushi, order sashimi pieces with a side of miso soup and edamame. “The issue with sushi is that if you’re hungry, you need a lot of it to satisfy you,” explains Lippert. “There’s so little protein within all that white rice.” Sashimi comes without the rice (and refined carbs), and paring it with a side of miso soup and edamame, which packs fiber, helps better tame your appetite. (A cup of edamame also has 22 grams of protein.) Instead of traditional pizza, make a socca flatbread. “Chickpea flour and water bake into a flatbread that works perfectly as a pizza crust,” says Meltzer Warren. (Chickpea flour has fewer carbs and calories than white or whole-wheat flour, and it’s a better source of protein.) Whisk 1 cup chickpea flour, 1 cup water, 1 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, and 1/2 teaspoon salt—then let the dough sit for half an hour. Preheat oven to 450 degrees; place a cast-iron pan inside for 5 minutes. Remove pan, pour in 1 tablespoon oil, and swirl. Pour half the batter into pan; bake until cooked through (about 8 minutes). Add cheese and toppings. Return pan to oven; bake until cheese is melted and toppings are warm. Repeat with other half of dough. Instead of spaghetti, opt for zoodles with meatballs and marinara sauce. Spiralized zucchini gives the illusion of noodles and pairs well with a variety of traditional pasta sauces, says Meltzer Warren. The veggie on its own may not fill you up, notes Lippert; you can top your bowl with a scoop of whole-wheat pasta and grass-fed beef meatballs. Instead of mashed potatoes, choose roasted cauliflower. Toss florets with 1/4 cup oil, a dash of cayenne, and a pinch of salt; roast at 425 degrees, tossing regularly, for about 40 minutes. “Cauliflower has a similar mouthfeel as a potato,” says Meltzer Warren, “and the spice gives it the appeal of Cajun fries.” This article originally appeared on Health.com […]

Managed forests are a powerful tool for coping with climate change

The world’s forests already have a lot on their plate: Providing flood protection, drinking water purification, lumber, and recreation, plus habitat for about half the world’s mammals, birds and insects. […]

Ultimate Old Soul Lorde Is Obsessed With Hanging Out at a 24-Hour Diner

Old soul and star singer Lorde is quirky: it’s her trademark, along with the signature offbeat, stripped-down music with lyrics that pack punch. So it should come as no surprise that the “Green Light” artist has some old-school preferences when it comes to hangout locales. Namely, she enjoys spending downtime in a nondescript 24-hour diner while she’s in New York, according to a new New York Times profile of the 20-year-old Kiwi. “Some low-key genius did the decorating,” Lorde explained of her attachment to the place, an unassuming open-all-night spot in midtown Manhattan dotted with potted houseplants and serving up her preferred eggs and zucchini sticks. “There’s something beautiful in every corner.” Plus, apparently the clientele is “mostly old,” leaving her unnoticed. She often tries to fly under the radar, taking public transportation and Ubers, where apparently she doesn’t get recognized. “I spent about four months here last year with my laptop out and my headphones on, listening to demos, looking at lists of what I needed to get done and writing songs,” she further elaborated on her connection to the diner. “People must have thought I was an aspiring poet or something.” The one downside: she needed to block out the Top 40 music the restaurant played at all times. The precocious Lorde, who catapulted onto the global pop stage after debuting breakout album Pure Heroine in 2013, has spent the last four years mostly out of the spotlight. Her sophomore album, Melodrama, drops in June. […]

Thank You, Ivanka: From One Parent To Another

Dear Ivanka,I don’t know you. But I know some of the paths you walk: You’re a parent concerned about your children; you’re a child concerned about her dad; and sometimes what you wish for one of them conflicts with what the other wants for you. I’ve walked that tightrope myself.My daughter Lily is the light of my life. I knew that my mother, who I loved but with whom I sometimes clashed, adored her. So a few years back when my mom voted to ban gay marriage, it was painful; it took time and more than one very hard conversation for her to understand how her vote made families like her own granddaughter’s less safe. When she got a second chance to vote against gay marriage just a few years later—she couldn’t.This year, when copies started circulating of a potential executive order which would have allowed discrimination in the guise of religious freedom, I was deeply grateful that you and Jared intervened, making whatever case it took for your dad to keep it off the table.I can well imagine the experience of having that conversation. My mom and your dad were high-schoolers at the same time; though age doesn’t determine one’s attitude toward equality, it certainly informs it. And our folks were raised in an era before the average parent would have dreamed of telling their kids that “love is love is love.” Thank you for helping your dad be more a part of our time.I understand that you and Jared are trying to lead another conversation that our parents couldn’t have predicted: the one about climate change. My mom was torn about this.On one hand, she seemed to believe the news reports she was reading; but she also felt that God would just solve it in the end […]