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4 hours ago, coda said:

Just heard they're sending two space tourists around the moon this year.

Be a ballsy tourist to be the first to sign up to do that. The Moon is an entirely different ball game to the ISS. Exciting times all the same, the live feed from the car in orbit has been mesmerizing.

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When we're not fighting wars and being words removed to one another, humans have got such amazing potential.

I'm glad space exploration et al appears to be coming back into fashion.  Here's hoping it generates a generation of brilliant minds, to come up with brilliant ideas. 

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Where Do You Go When You Die? The Increasing Signs That Human Consciousness Remains After Death

... raising the fascinating and slightly disturbing possibility that in the period immediately following death, our bodies start reverting to the cellular conditions that were present when we were embryos. Noble found that certain animals' cells, post-mortem, remained viable for weeks. The research suggests a "step-wise shutdown," by which parts of us die gradually, at different rates, rather than all at once. 

Exactly why some cells are more resilient to death than others can't yet be said. In a 2016 study published in the Canadian Journal of Biological Sciences, doctors recounted shutting off life support for four terminally ill patients, only to have one of the patients continue emitting delta wave bursts—the measurable electrical activity in the brain we normally experience during deep sleep—for more than 10 minutes after the patient had been pronounced dead; no pupil dilation, no pulse, no heartbeat. The authors were at a loss for a physiological explanation.

Parnia's research has shown that people who survive medical death frequently report experiences that share similar themes: bright lights; benevolent guiding figures; relief from physical pain and a deeply felt sensation of peace. Because those experiences are subjective, it's possible to chalk them up to hallucinations. Where that explanation fails, though, is among the patients who have died on an operating table or crash cart and reported watching—from a corner of the room, from above—as doctors tried to save them, accounts subsequently verified by the (very perplexed) doctors themselves.

How these patients were able to describe objective events that took place while they were dead, we're not exactly sure, just as we're not exactly sure why certain parts of us appear to withstand death even as it takes hold of everything else. But it does seem to suggest that when our brains and bodies die, our consciousness may not, or at least not right away.

Newsweek

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Stephen hawking has died aged 76.

RIP stephen.

 

Such a huge loss to science and the world, The void he leaves is huge, to think there is no other scientist alive with even close to the same name recognition and mainstream influence.

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44 minutes ago, Brumerican said:

We're apes not monkeys.

Hawking would have been shit on The Chase.

He wouldn't have been too hot on the Krypton Factor either. He may be able to guess the questions but I don't fancy him going over the cargo net and down the zip wire. 

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50 minutes ago, Xela said:

He wouldn't have been too hot on the Krypton Factor either. He may be able to guess the questions but I don't fancy him going over the cargo net and down the zip wire. 

I loved that show as a kid .

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