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Your Name Changes How People Judge Your Personality, New Study Suggests

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 06:50

Participants of the study carried out at Syracuse University in New York were asked to consider the personalities of 400 people with names popular over the past 70 years, the New Scientist reported. The team asked 500 college students from four regions of the U.S. to imagine they were about to meet a person with a specific name and to describe how competent, warm or old they might be. On average, the results published in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin showed that female names were associated with warmth but not competence.

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1st black female astronaut in space offers advice to young girls

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 06:07

Dr. Mae Jemison, the first black woman in outer space, fell in love with science at an early age. Decades later, she's encouraging girls of all ages and backgrounds to engage in STEM education and is sharing insight on how to overcome obstacles.

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6 oddly mesmerizing live videos of lava gushing from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 04:00

Like moths to a flame, humans are frequently most attracted to what we know is dangerous. And there is no better example of this than the strange, alluring beauty of the lava spewing from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano this May. On May 4, fissures along the east of Hawaii's Kilauea volcano ripped opened, releasing bubbling lava onto the landscape. It was just the first of many fissures that would rupture over the month and could continue for months to come. On May 17, an explosive blast erupted from Kilauea. SEE ALSO: An astronaut saw Hawaii's Kilauea volcano erupting from space. And he took a picture. On Saturday, officials reported the first known injury after Kilauea's eruption, when lava splatter hit a man standing on his balcony. The Washington Post followed up on Monday with report that dozens of homes have been destroyed as lava pours out of fissures along Kilauea's rift zone. And in addition to contact with lava or lava splatter, residents must also beware of laze, toxic gas filled with glass and acid that results when lava meets the ocean. But somehow, even with the danger that lava brings, watching the fiery substance surge, bubble, and burst (from a safe distance of course) can be calming, peaceful, and, dare we say it, beautiful. Here are six oddly mesmerizing live streams of lava from Kilauea that you won't be able to look away from. 1. Lava spews from Hawaii volcano in Pahoa, Hawaii CNN's Tuesday live stream of the blast lava in Hawaii is a study in color.  For five hours, the network hosted a Facebook Live of Kilauea's lava spouting into the air. But as the bright orange flames dye the Hawaiian night sky with an orange hue, it's hard not to get lost into the fearsome display of the scene in Pahoa. 2. Kilauea lava flow activity in Lower Puna, Hawaii You've never seen a sunrise like this. On Monday, the Honolulu Civil Beat uploaded a live stream showing Kilauea's lava activity in Lower Puna, Hawaii as the sun rises and day breaks. The stream is a little over five hours, which means users can watch the sky go from night to day, all while the lava flow remains constant in the background. One of the most serene parts of the video is actually at the start of the live stream, when a rooster crows, birds chirp, and thunder claps while the lava continues its fearsome display in the background.  TBH, it's like listening to soothing ambient nature sounds but with a terrifying twist. 3. Lava spews from kilauea fissure in Hawaii On Monday, NBC News Affiliate KHNL offered yet another serene look at the volcanic activity in Hawaii with a roughly two hour live stream (with some breaks) of lava from Kilauea.  Over the course of the stream, the camera cuts to different angles of the lava, providing both a sense of scale of the eruption and its effects on the Hawaiian landscape. 4. Kilauea Lava Erupting In Lower Puna On Thursday night and into Friday morning, the Honolulu Civil Beat live-streamed lava from Kilauea shooting into the air in Lower Puna.  But what's notable about the stream is its framing. The video opens with the black backdrop of night, but in the center of the video, shining like a beacon, is Kilauea's lava gushing into the air. The result is a live stream that feels oddly cozy, like that feeling you get when sitting around a campfire at night. 5. Kilauea Lava Flow Fissure 16 On May 14, days before Kilauea's first explosive blast, the Honolulu Civil Beat uploaded a video showing lava activity at a fissure along the volcano.  Over the course of 14 minutes, users are treated to a close up, high-definition peek at Kilauea's lava spurting and oozing into the air. But the visible details of the lava, like the molten rock's ridged-looking edges as it gushes into the air, somehow makes the display calming rather than frightening, like ASMR but with flames. 6. Inside Halema‘uma‘u  Lava Lake Lava doesn't need to be cascading into the air for it to be beautiful.  On May 9, the Honolulu Civil Beat shared a video, curtesy of the United States Geological Survey, of a lava lake in the Halema‘uma‘u crater on Kilauea. Though only 39 seconds, the video gives brief yet unforgettable glimpse at the bubbling lava pooled inside the volcano, a notable contrast to the volcanic blasts we typically think of when we imagine lava. So yes, lava is dangerous. But, if you can find the right view, it can also be meditative too. WATCH: Get lost watching this mesmerizing lava gush and cool

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One Year After the Deadly Siege, Thousands of Filipinos Remain Displaced From Marawi

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 02:19

Marawi was liberated from ISIS militants last October. But more than 230,000 remain displaced

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Loch Ness Monster’s Existence Could Be Proven With eDNA

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 00:12

A team of scientists have proposed using actual science to figure out if the mythical creature allegedly lurking in Scotland's River Ness is actually real. Scientists think those residual clues left behind by a monster like that of the Loch Ness could be collected by eDNA and subsequently used to prove its existence. “This DNA can be captured, sequenced and then used to identify that creature by comparing the sequence obtained to large databases of known genetic sequences from hundreds of thousands of different organisms,” team spokesman Professor Neil Gemmell of the University of Otago in New Zealand told Reuters.

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Venezuela Expels Top U.S. Diplomats After Tightening of Financial Sanctions

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 22:40

Charge d'affaires Todd Robinson and his deputy were given 48 hours to leave the country

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Rohingya Insurgents Massacred Hindu Civilians in Myanmar, Amnesty International Reports

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 21:54

Amnesty International demands accountability for the insurgents' crimes as well as for the military-perpetrated atrocities

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The Latest: Lava almost cut Hawaii man's leg in half

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 21:53

PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — The Latest on the eruption of Kilauea volcano on Hawaii's Big Island (all times local):

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New York Judge Orders 30-Year-Old to Move Out of His Parents House After They Sue

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 21:32

Mark and Christina Rotondo brought the case against their son Michael after eviction letters offering money and other help were ignored

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A Hiker Has Died After Falling From Yosemite's Half Dome

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 21:21

A hiker in California's Yosemite National Park fell to his death while climbing the iconic granite cliffs of Half Dome in rainy conditions

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Congo Confirms Six New Ebola Virus Cases as Vaccination Efforts Get Underway

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 20:06

Congo's health ministry said there are now 28 confirmed Ebola cases

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A High School Teacher Beat the House Majority Leader in Kentucky's Republican Primary

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 19:46

Travis Brenda's win follows a wave of education protests by teachers calling for increased pay and other benefits

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Trump's Pick to Oversee Afghanistan Could Signal a New Approach

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 19:16

Army Lt. Gen. Austin "Scott" Miller has been tapped to be the next commander of U.S.-led military forces in Afghanistan, officials said.

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Michael Cohen's Taxi Business Partner Pleads Guilty, Said to Be Cooperating With Investigators

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 16:12

He reportedly also agreed to cooperate with federal or state investigations into Cohen.

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'He's a Victim.' Father of Santa Fe Shooting Suspect Thinks He Was Bullied

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 15:42

'The kid didn't own guns. I owned guns'

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Betsy DeVos and Democrats in Congress Both Support Paying Teachers More. They Differ on the Details

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 15:39

Democrats unveiled a plan to boost teacher pay amid national walkouts

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SpaceX rocket blasts off water-tracking satellite duo

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 14:07

Washington (AFP) - A SpaceX rocket Tuesday blasted off a duo of sports car-sized satellites built by the US and Germany to reveal changes in sea level rise, ice melt and drought on Earth.

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'Lights, Camera, Summer: Inside the Blockbusters' Airs Tonight at 10/9c on ABC

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 13:54

The stars of your favorite summer movies are ready to dish about what really happened behind the scenes. A Special 2020-'Lights, Camera, Summer: Inside the Blockbusters' airs Tonight at 10/9c on ABC

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Highlights: Mark Zuckerberg confronts EU Parliament

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 13:37

Highlights from Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg’s questions from members of the European Union’s Parliament.

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Laser-Shooting Cow Eyeballs Are As Amazing As They Sound

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 12:56

Ordinary contact lenses just moved one step closer to letting you shoot lasers from your eyes. Scientists recently developed the first pliable, ultrathin "membrane laser" that can be fixed to curved or delicate objects. While comic book heroes use laser vision to punch holes in buildings or disarm supervillains, contact lenses fitted with these laser films would likely be used for identification or security scans, the researchers reported.

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