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10 Things You Learned in School That Aren’t True [VIDEO]

10 Things You Learned in School That Aren’t True

Think Thomas Edison invented the lightbulb or that there were thirteen original colonies? Mental Floss clears up some of these misconceptions in episode 1 of their new series.

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People Can Draw Energy From Each Other – The Same As Plants Do

People Can Draw Energy From Each Other – The Same As Plants Do

A biological research team at Bielefeld University has made a groundbreaking discovery showing that plants can draw an alternative source of energy from other plants.

This finding could also have a major impact on the future of bioenergy eventually providing the evidence to show that people draw energy from others in much the same way.

Members of Professor Dr. Olaf Kruse’s biological research team have confirmed for the first time that a plant, the green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii, not only engages in photosynthesis, but also has an alternative source of energy: it can draw it from other plants.

People Can Draw Energy From Each Other – The Same As Plants Do

The research findings were released this week in the online journal Nature Communications published by the renowned journal Nature.

Flowers need water and light to grow and people are no different. Our physical bodies are like sponges, soaking up the environment.

“This is exactly why there are certain people who feel uncomfortable in specific group settings where there is a mix of energy and emotions,” said psychologist and energy healer Dr. Olivia Bader-Lee.

Plants engage in the photosynthesis of carbon dioxide, water, and light. In a series of experiments, Professor Dr. Olaf Kruse and his team cultivated the microscopically small green alga species Chlamydomonas reinhardtii and observed that when faced with a shortage of energy, these single-cell plants can draw energy from neighboring vegetable cellulose instead.

The alga secretes enzymes (so-called cellulose enzymes) that ‘digest’ the cellulose, breaking it down into smaller sugar components. These are then transported into the cells and transformed into a source of energy: the alga can continue to grow.

‘This is the first time that such a behavior has been confirmed in a vegetable organism’, says Professor Kruse. ‘That algae can digest cellulose contradicts every previous textbook.

To a certain extent, what we are seeing is plants eating plants’. Currently, the scientists are studying whether this mechanism can also be found in other types of alga. Preliminary findings indicate that this is the case.

“When energy studies become more advanced in the coming years, we will eventually see this translated to human beings as well,” stated Bader-Lee.
“The human organism is very much like a plant, it draws needed energy to feed emotional states and this can essentially energize cells or cause increases in cortisol and catabolize cells depending on the emotional trigger.”

Bader-Lee suggests that the field of bio-energy is now ever evolving and that studies on the plant and animal world will soon translate and demonstrate what energy metaphysicians have known all along — that humans can heal each other simply through energy transfer just as plants do.

“Human can absorb and heal through other humans, animals, and any part of nature. That’s why being around nature is often uplifting and energizing for so many people,” she concluded.
People Can Draw Energy From Each Other – The Same As Plants Do

Here are five energy tools to use to clear your space and prevent energy drains while releasing people’s energy:

Stay centered and grounded. If you are centered within your spiritual self (instead of your analyzer or ego) you will sense right away when something has moved into your space. If you are fully grounded, you can easily release other people’s energy and emotions down your grounding cord with your intention.

Be in a state of non-resistance. What we resists sticks. If you feel uncomfortable around a certain person or in a group, don’t go into resistance as a way to protect yourself as this will only keep foreign energy stuck in your space.

Move into a state of non-resistance by imagining that your body is clear and translucent like clear glass or water. This way, if someone throws some invalidation at you, it will pass right through you.

Own your personal aura space.
We each have an energetic aura surrounding our body. If we don’t own this personal space we are vulnerable to foreign energy entering it. Become aware of your aura boundaries (about an arms length away from your body all the way around, above and below) as a way to own your personal space.

Give yourself an energy cleanse. The color gold has a high vibration which is useful for clearing away foreign energy. Imagine a gold shower nozzle at the top of your aura (a few feet above your head) and turn it on, allowing clear gold energy to flow through your aura and body space and release down your grounding. You will immediately feel cleansed and refreshed.

Call back your energy. When we have our energy in our own space there is less room for other’s energy to enter. But as we focus on other people and projects we sometimes spread our energy around.

Create an image of a clear gold sun several feet above your head and let it be a magnet, attracting all of your energy back into it (and purifying it in the gold energy).

Then bring it down through the top of your aura and into your body space, releasing your energy back into your personal space.

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Laboratory-Grown Penises Ready To Be Tested In Humans

Laboratory-Grown Penises Ready To Be Tested In Humans

Scientists at the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine could be offering new hope to men with genital abnormalities or injuries in as little as five years, thanks to one of their many tissue engineering endeavors: lab-grown penises.

While that may sound a little far-out, these guys are among the world leaders in regenerative medicine and they’ve achieved some remarkable things in the past. Back in 1999, they became the first in the world to successfully implant a lab-grown organ into humans—a bladder. Since then, they’ve transplanted engineered vaginas into women born with defects or without vaginas entirely, and have started working on growing tissues and organs for more than 30 different areas of the body.

Team leader Anthony Atala began this genital journey back in 1992, but it was not until 2008 that the scientists proved transplanting engineered penises was theoretically possible. Having spent a considerable amount of time working out the best way to engineer these tricky organs, the team managed to grow 12 functioning penises for rabbit subjects. After grafting them on to the recipients, all tried to mate with a female, eight successfully ejaculated, and four produced offspring. While these results were certainly encouraging, gaining approval for human trials is another kettle of fish. However, Atala is confident that it could be granted by the FDA within five years if they can prove the technique is safe.

Laboratory-Grown Penises Ready To Be Tested In Humans

So how do they do it? They first obtain a donor penis and strip all the cells from it with a detergent. The researchers are then left with a collagen scaffold which they then seed with a combination of cultivated smooth muscle and endothelial cells from the recipient. Using the patient’s own cells eliminates the risk ofimmunological rejection that often occurs when transplants are given from another individual. However, because the cells are taken from the male’s genitals, it means that the procedure could not be used for female-to-male sex reassignment surgery.

The team has already engineered six human penises that are ready for transplantation; if approval for trials is granted and they prove to be a success, the researchers hope that they could be used all over the world to help people with a variety of problems. In particular, they envisage them being used in men who have suffered from traumatic injuries, for example those returning from the battlefield. However, they could also be used in individuals withcongenital abnormalities, or children born with a disorder known as ambiguous genitalia. In the majority of instances, boys born with this condition are given a sex-change at birth, which can lead to serious psychological problems throughout life.

Laboratory-Grown Penises Ready To Be Tested In Humans

This technique also offers a vast improvement from existing penis replacement options, which are far from ideal. The procedure involves constructing a penis from thigh or forearm tissue and then inserting a prosthetic inside in order to achieve sexual function. The prosthetic is either a permanently rigid rod that is difficult to conceal, or an inflatable rod that requires a pump.

Although the team is hoping to be able to replace entire penises when they initiate trials, they think that a more realistic goal is to start with partial replacements, for example helping patients with erectile dysfunction.

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The Difference Between Life And Death, Illustrated In 90 Seconds

The Difference Between Life And Death, Illustrated In 90 Seconds

The Difference Between Life And Death, Illustrated In 90 Seconds

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Credits: This PSA was created for the Sussex Safer Roads campaign in the U.K.

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Futuristic Condom That Just Covers The Tip

Futuristic Condom That Just Covers The Tip

Futuristic Condom That Just Covers The Tip. Well gentlemen, it’s finally here. The futuristic condom that will allow a much better time in the bedroom. Charlie Powell, a California native, has invented a new kind of condom that he calls the “Galactic Cap.” Instead of covering the whole length of the penis, it is made to only encase the tip. It will still trap all of the semen without dulling the sesation. There is just one problem however, it may not be as good as the traditional condoms for stopping STD’s.

Futuristic Condom That Just Covers The Tip

Powell believes that more people would “wrap it up” if condoms were more pleasurable to use. The Galactic Cap is made up of two parts. A U-shaped polyurethane adhesive film and a reservoir tip that sticks to the adhesive. It can be worn for hours or even days before engaging with your partner. According to Powell you can even bathe in it and urinate with it. (Not sure how that would work!)

Futuristic Condom That Just Covers The Tip

The Galactic Cap has not yet been approved by the FDA. And we must remind you that this is not like a regular condom that covers the length of the penis and may spread sexually transmitted infections such as genital warts, genital herpes, HPV, HIV and syphilis through skin to skin contact. So as tempting as it may be to have this option with Galactic Cap, along its promoted hightened sensations, it may be worth holding off until they can make an option with no chance of transmitting STDs. If that is even possible at all in the future. Good Try Galactic Cap!

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Breakthrough Batteries Last 20 Years, Charge 70 percent In Two Minutes

Breakthrough Batteries Last 20 Years, Charge 70 percent In Two Minutes

Over the years, consumer electronics have improved in almost every way, becoming thinner, lighter, and more pixel-packed, all while increasing exponentially in performance. But beating at the heart of many mobile devices and even electric cars is a technology that hasn’t kept up with the rapid pace of innovation: batteries. Specifically, lithium-ion batteries.

Battery tech is a limiting factor in the design of many of today’s technologies. Researchers at Nanyang Technology University say they’ve discovered a way to build a better battery, however—a battery that charges in mere minutes and lasts an amazing 20 years.

Why this matters: If these batteries begin trickling into mass production, they could kill two of the biggest irritants in today’s mobile electronics: Long charging times and forced obsolescence.

Breakthrough Batteries Last 20 Years, Charge 70 percent In Two Minutes

The benefits of fast charging need no explanation, but many of today’s smartphones and tablets won’t let you remove their batteries, essentially forcing you to buy a new device when the lithium-ion battery inside starts to fade after 500 or so charges. A battery that lasts 20 years could dramatically change how long people hang on to their smartphones, especially with the mobile industry’s recent trend of decoupling hardware fees from services subscriptions. Together, the combo could further reduce the two-year upgrade cycle so common in the mobile industry.

Specifically, the NTU researchers claim this new battery technology has a whopping 10,000-cycle lifespan, meaning you can charge a battery 10,000 times before its max charge starts to reduce.

Enabling the nifty new tricks doesn’t require a full reimagining of how we design batteries, either. The researchers replaced the graphite used in the anode of lithium-ion batteries with a gel made from titanium dioxide nanotubes "a thousand times thinner than the diameter of a human hair."

Breakthrough Batteries Last 20 Years, Charge 70 percent In Two Minutes

Using tiny titanium dioxide nanotubes rather than graphite also speeds how quickly electrons and ions flow in and out of the battery, by ditching an energy-slowing additive needed in today’s batteries. The NTU researchers say their battery charges far faster than traditional lithium-ion batteries, going from empty to a 70 percent charge in just two minutes. Two minutes!

NTU associate professor Chen Xiaodong, the inventor of the titanium dioxide gel, says batteries built with it could hit the market within two years, with an unnamed company already licensing the technology. The Nanyang Technology University press release has more detail about the technical aspects of the discovery if you’re interested.

Watch A Psychologist Reveal The Hidden Truth About Sex Offenders

 Watch A Psychologist Reveal The Hidden Truth About Sex Offenders

Why does sexual abuse continue to happen so often in our society, so much that approximately 1/5 to 1/4 of all women experience rape or attempted rape? In this video psychologist Dr Nina Burrowes explains one of the reasons why sex offenders are able to get away with their crimes: they don’t see what they are doing as wrong. The behavior is rationalized and normalized, and the negative social effects ignored or characterized as unimportant.

The predator who wants to get away with their crimes does not commit them in public: they choose victims they can easily isolate and who are unlikely to be believed if they do go to authorities. They choose victims they can manipulate, and use charm to convince both themselves and their victims that they are “alright.”

 Watch A Psychologist Reveal The Hidden Truth About Sex Offenders

To throw in a few statistics:

– 69% of reported teen sexual assaulted occurred in the residence of the victim or offender

– in 93% of cases involved children, the victim knew the offender (which can mean acquaintances (53%), in 47% of the time, the offender was in the family or extended family)

– Most cases are not reported, it is estimated that only 30% of offenses are reported.

The social problems leading to the continued prevalence of these offenses, and also of abusive relationships, lay primarily in a lack of an understanding of respect. Current social values are not aligned with rational values: we give environmental and social issues less weight than economic values.

To lay out the problem in a single anecdote: billionaire Samuel Curtis Johnson III sexually abused his stepdaughter on approximately 21 occasions, and before the court was informed that his “productive life” should grant him a highly reduced sentence… the judge was literally saying that the suffering and abuse of the victim was less important than the economic power Johnson wielded. Until we recognize what abuse is, and put our foot down to stopping it and the social reinforcers that easily allow many “non-violent” sexual abusers to continue their crimes unscathed.

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New Scientific Breakthrough Will Allow Humans To Breathe Underwater Without Oxygen Tanks

New Scientific Breakthrough Will Allow Humans To Breathe Underwater Without Oxygen Tanks

This sounds exactly like something out of Star Wars. We may soon be able to breathe underwater without having to carry massive oxygen tanks on our backs. All we'll need is a a few drops of a newly discovered material.

The substance is extremely effective. Just a few drops are capable of storing enough oxygen for a single human breathe. An entire bucket of the material could store an entire room's worth of oxygen.

New Scientific Breakthrough Will Allow Humans To Breathe Underwater Without Oxygen Tanks

This material opens up endless possibilities. Medical units would no longer have to carry bulky tanks and SCUBA divers would also be able to use the material to collect oxygen from the water, enabling them to stay submerged almost indefinitely.

The discovery was made when scientists with messing with the molecular structure of cobalt, an element found with in meteoric iron, and resembles a silver-gray metal.

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This New Umbrella Creates A Force-field Of Air To Protect You From The Rain

This New Umbrella Creates A Force-field Of Air To Protect You From The Rain

Is this the end for awkward and unwieldy umbrellas? Designers in China have teamed up with university students to invent a better kind of umbrella - a device that creates a force-field of air around you to shield you from the rain.


This New Umbrella Creates A Force-field Of Air To Protect You From The Rain

Umbrellas are kind of terrible. They’re a pain to carry around with you all day, they turn inside-out in the wind, and it’s a wonder that more eyes aren’t poked out by those protruding metal edges when a crowd of people funnel out of a train station and unfurl them all at once. But how do you make an umbrella less unwieldy, while maintaining the coverage?

Over the past two years, a team of designers in China has been working with postgraduate students at the Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics to invent a new type of umbrella that works without those spiky, flimsy metal poles. In fact, it doesn’t even need a canopy. Instead, it keeps you dry by creating a ‘force field’ of air that circulates around you.

This New Umbrella Creates A Force-field Of Air To Protect You From The Rain

Dubbed the Air Umbrella, this nifty little hand-held device contains a lithium battery, a motor, and a fan, and together they work to create a continuous cycle of air that flows out from the tip. This air flow is strong enough to constantly deflect rain particles away from the user, and the team says that two people can fit under it comfortably.

According to Nick Lavars at Gizmag, the team is developing three models to take to market, with varying coverage space and battery life. Their smallest model will have a 30-centimetre-long handle and a battery life of 15 minutes. Another one will have a 50-centimetre-long handle and a 30-minute battery life, while the third option will be extendable from 50 centimetres to 80 centimetres and have a 30-minute battery life. They’re working on extending the battery life of all models, but plan to start delivering their products to Kickstarter backers from December 2015.

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pCell – New Wireless Technology 1000 Times Faster Than 4G

Steve Perlman, CEO of Artemis Networks, claims that his pCell wireless technology can consistently deliver a top speed data rate to every mobile device simultaneously, regardless of how many users are sharing the same spectrum at once.

pCell – New Wireless Technology 1000 Times Faster Than 4G

Conventional cell towers carefully avoid interfering with each other, meaning many devices share the same cell tower, with each device getting a fraction of the spectrum capacity.

pWave radios transmit signals that deliberately interface with each other, combining multiple signals to synthesize tiny pCells of just one cm in size around the mobile device, thus creating a “cloud” of superpowered internet around the phone or tablet.

A pCell or “Personal Cell” is not a physical device, but rather a tiny bubble of mobile service directed at the aerial of the mobile device. Because the pCell is only 1cm, each device can receive the full spectrum capacity, and 100% signal at all times.

 
 
The technology has been designed to work with 4G LTE devices, so many smartphones could already take advantage of pCell technology. However “pCell-native” devices can be faster than LTE, with fiber-class latency. Yet it is claimed that p-Wave radios use a 1 milliwatt transmitter, compared with 250 milliwatts used by most Wi-Fi radios and even larger amounts of power used by cellular towers.

Artemis claim that instead of avoiding interfering signals, combining signals is actually beneficial.
pCell – New Wireless Technology 1000 Times Faster Than 4G

Perlman has released a video demonstrating the ability of pCell technology. In the first demonstration he shows four 1080p HD videos, plus two 4k HD videos streaming simultaneously via LTE dongles. The second demonstration shows 8 iPhones streaming HD video even while essentially stacked on top of each other. The demonstration video is below. A demonstration with 16 phones can be seen here.


Stuff.tv report that the technology will be trialled in San Francisco this year, followed by a global trial next year.

Perlman claims that the technology could be deployed in all major markets by the end of 2015. However, the slow adoption of 4G by existing networks gives us doubt that a large-scale upgrade would be so soon.

The claims of being 1000 times faster than that of 4G are yet to be proven.

Life After Death? Scientists Gather 'Out-of-body' Evidence In 'Largest-ever' Study

Life After Death? Scientists Gather 'Out-of-body' Evidence In 'Largest-ever' Study

It seems that scientists have finally offered evidence that consciousness after death really could exist, as the largest-ever study into the issue showed that patients could recall intricate details despite being officially declared clinically dead.

Researchers based at the UK’s University of Southampton, who were involved in the AWARE (“AWAreness during REsuscitation”) study, published in the journalResuscitation, claim that almost 40 percent of people who survived clinical death described some kind of “awareness” during the time before their hearts were restarted.
 
The study, led by Dr. Sam Parnia, from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, spanned four years and involved 15 hospitals in the US, UK and Austria and more than 2,060 cases of cardiac arrest.
While a high proportion of patients were eliminated from the study on account of death, fatigue or leaving a stage two interview incomplete, two very specific cases stand out in the study - enough to throw doubt on the fact that all consciousness completely ceases upon declaration of death.

"I was up there, looking down at me, the nurse, and another man who had a bald head…I couldn’t see his face but I could see the back of his body. He was quite a chunky fella… He had blue scrubs on, and he had a blue hat, but I could tell he didn’t have any hair, because of where the hat was," one cardiac arrest patient recalled.

A post script in the study notes that : "Medical record review confirmed the...the medical team present during the cardiac arrest and the role the identified “man” played in responding to the cardiac arrest."
 
The second, albeit unverified, recollection states that: "At the beginning, I think, I heard the nurse say ‘dial 444 cardiac arrest."
 
However, Parnia maintained that the case was "significant".

Life After Death? Scientists Gather 'Out-of-body' Evidence In 'Largest-ever' Study

The same patient reported bleeps from a machine that produced them at three minute intervals.

"In this case, consciousness and awareness appeared to occur during a three-minute period when there was no heartbeat," Parnia said. "This is paradoxical, since the brain typically ceases functioning within 20-30 seconds of the heart stopping and doesn’t resume again until the heart has been restarted. Furthermore, the detailed recollections of visual awareness in this case were consistent with verified events."
 
Parnia's team tracked down 330 patients who survived heart attacks; 140 of whom were willing to talk about their experiences. Of those who were interviewed, 61 percent said they didn’t remember anything, but the rest did.

Life After Death? Scientists Gather 'Out-of-body' Evidence In 'Largest-ever' Study

The probe into the life-after-death realm showed that 46 percent experienced a broad range of mental recollections and 2 percent showed full awareness of their out-of-body experiences. From those interviewed, 13 percent claim they felt separated from their bodies.
 
A few recurring themes in memories were established, most common ones being fear, violence, and “a feeling of being persecuted.” Patients also experienced after-life images of family, animals and a bright light.
Researchers believe that the newest study shows a need to explore the subject area further.

“Estimates have suggested that millions of people have had vivid experiences in relation to death but the scientific evidence has been ambiguous at best,” Parnia said. “These experiences warrant further investigation.”
 
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How To Make Your Vagina Smell & Taste Delicious

How To Make Your Vagina Smell & Taste Delicious

Ok girls, let's talk about the taste and scent of the vagina. Women have pretty unique vaginal bacterial fingerprints rendering distinctive unique tastes. Ask any man what a vagina tastes like and you would get a whole range of answers from salty to bitter, sexy to fishy.

The scent and taste is a combination of factors; your body's natural smell, the food you eat, the smell of any soap you use and your vagina's juices. So, wouldn't you prefer to be that girl who smells and tastes a treat down there?

Wash it! 


The obvious first step to having fragrant, delicious private bits would be to thoroughly wash down there at least twice a day. Use a gentle, unscented soap or better still, get a special intimate wash with neutral Ph value (5.5).

Air it!


Bacteria thrive in damp places so keep the area dry and wear cotton panties instead of the less breathable synthetic fabrics. Cotton bikini cut panties can be sexy too. Save your lacy g-strings for special occasions. It's also a good idea to wash your laundry with detergents that do not contain dyes or fragrances that will clash with your body's natural scent.

Don't Spray it!


Although we may intuitively think that spraying perfume is a sure fire way of making things smell good, avoid perfumes around the vagina area. Alcohol and synthetic fragrances in perfume can worsen vaginal odor and disrupt the PH balance. Yes, it may mask the smell but that's only temporary and it's definitely not going to make you taste any better.

Wax it!


Sweat cause odors and pubic hair retains sweat. By waxing, the chance of odor caused by sweat is significantly reduced and in my opinion, a waxed vagina is visually more appealing.

Wet Wipe it!


Using baby wipes after each trip to the toilet can reduce urinary tract/vaginal infections plus they are designed to be soft and gentle on the skin. So keep some baby wipes handy.

Eat it!


Did you know that vegetarians have been proven to have better tasting secretions than meat eaters?! It's true that what you eat affect how you taste and smell down there. Try a mixture of yoghurt, almonds and honey for breakfast and it will make you taste like dessert. It's also good to have fruits or vegetables high in natural sugars; pineapples, celery, red grapes, cranberry juice, watermelon and lots of water will have your natural juices tasting sweet and fresh. Generally, these foods will take effect within a few hours of consumption, but I suggest including them a day in advance or better still, make it a part of your staple diet!

Don't Eat it!


Any food that leaves you with smelly farts, bad breath or foul smelling pee should be avoided as it's a no brainer that smelly and pungent food will make you taste funky down there. Beer, coffee, durian, spicy food and alcohol tend to make the vagina taste sour while asparagus, garlic and raw onions will make it smell bad. Avoid them if you're getting some action today.

Treat it!


Yeast infection is one cause of foul odor. You will need to treat it before you can start tasting and smelling good down there. A cream like Vagisil, which can be bought over-the-counter at pharmacies, can eliminate odor and itchiness. If it’s a persistent issue and you think it’s a serious infection it is advisable for you to consult your doctor.

Dip it!


An old wives remedy for healthy vaginas is to dip a clean tampon into plain, unsweetened yoghurt and then insert it into your vagina for an hour. By fighting the unhealthy ones, the healthy bacteria in yoghurt help eliminate any fishy and unpleasant odor. Do remember to wash your vagina thoroughly after removing the tampon. An important note to remember - Flavored yoghurt or ones containing sugar should not be used at the risk of yeast infection.

Try these tips for potential improvements in ‘down southern’ hospitality =)

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