This Week in NASA History: Discovery Becomes First Space Shuttle to Dock With International Space Station

Credit:  NASA 06.01.2016 This week in 1999, the STS-96 crew aboard space shuttle Discovery became the first to dock with the International Space Station. Using the Integrated Cargo Carrier, Discovery delivered the Russian cargo crane, STRELA; the SPACEHAB Oceaneering Space System Box; and the American crane, ORU Transfer Device, to the space station. STS-96 was[…]

Genetic Approach Could Identify Side-Effects at Early Stages of Drug Development

An approach that could reduce the chances of drugs failing during the later stages of clinical trials has been demonstrated by a collaboration between the University of Cambridge and pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline (GSK). The technique involves identifying genetic variants that mimic the action of a drug on its intended target and then checking in large[…]

TrumpU Scam’s Been Done Better – L. Ron Called it a Religion

By Matthew A. McIntosh / 06.01.2016 Brewminate Editor-in-Chief David Halperin at Huffington Post wrote about the Trump “University” scam: The playbook directed Trump University recruiters to push students into paying higher prices for escalating levels of involvement, with the most expensive “Gold Elite” package, priced at $34,995, the ultimate target: “If they can afford the gold elite[…]

How to Release Anger through Mindfulness

By Thich Nhat Hanh / 05.31.2016 Simple Ways to Loosen the Knots of Anger To be happy, to me, is to suffer less. If we were not capable of transforming the pain within ourselves, happiness would not be possible. Many people look for happiness outside themselves, but true happiness must come from inside of us.[…]

Perspectives on Antibiotic Resistance: How We Got Here, Where We’re Headed

Colonies of E. coli bacteria. CDC/Handout via Reuters By Jessie Schanzle / 05.31.2016 Editor On May 26, researchers at Walter Reed National Military Medical Centers reported that they had detected bacteria with a gene that makes it resistant to colistin, the antibiotic of last resort. The news has health officials and scientists deeply concerned because[…]

Trump University Documents Expose Presumptive Con-Man-in-Chief (FULL PLAYBOOK PDF)

Key tactics in Donald Trump’s “Playbook” included pressuring potential students to take on debt and preying upon personal vulnerabilities. (Photo: Gage Skidmore/cc/flickr) GOP nominee built his fortune partly on a real estate education scheme that “preyed upon the elderly and uneducated to separate them from their money.” By Lauren McCauley / 06.01.2016 A swindle and[…]

Model Germania

By Dr. Thomas Schauerte Historian Museen der Stadt Nürnberg Abstract Studying at Italian universities provided the German humanists of the 15th century with two important experiences: the development of a philological interest in the texts of antiquity and what was perceived as the arrogant disparagement of Germans as “barbarians” by Italian intellectuals. To counteract the Germans’[…]

TPC Study Funded by Clinton Backers Attacking Bernie Shown as Bogus

By Isiah Holmes / 06.01.2016 One lingering criticism of Bernie Sanders is the widely reported expense associated with his policies. More recently, a Tax Policy Center analysis decrying Sander’s plan’s has been making rounds in the mainstream. Despite the attention brought to the damning study, fewer outlets are reporting it’s been partly invalidated. The Tax[…]

Mapping the Structure of the Archaeological Web

(NOTE: Image not included in original article.) By Dr. Shawn Graham Professor or Historical Methods Carleton University Originally published in Internet Archaeology as Graham, S. (2015). Mapping the Structure of the Archaeological Web, Internet Archaeology 39. 39:1 (2015) Summary What is the context of our archaeological blogging? When we blog, are we merely shouting into the[…]

Boost Your Self-Esteem

If you feel like your self-esteem may need a boost, don’t think that you are the only one – we all struggle with some self-esteem issues, at some point of our lives, and it is only natural to need a bit of help in dealing with them. By Liya Panayotova Psychologist A Good Starting Point[…]