‘Although the tap-water ban was lifted in the wake of West Virginia\’s Elk River chemical leak, the long-term ecological impacts of the spill remain uncertain.
On Monday, the 300,000 residents of nine counties in West Virginia were told that they could resume drinking and using their tap water, five days after an estimated 5,000 gallons of the chemical 4-methylcyclohexane methanol (MCMH) leaked into the Elk River near Charleston.
As National Geographic previously reported, MCMH is used as a foaming agent to wash certain types of coal before it is sent to market. The chemical leaked from a 48,000-gallon storage tank owned by Freedom Industries, located about a mile upriver from a drinking water treatment plant operated by West Virginia American Water, affecting the central and southwestern parts of the state. ‘ (National Geographic)
‘ From a wheedling teenager to a road-rager on your tail, most people have been pushed into bad decisions by another’s emotions. Confirming some long-held suspicions, scientists now report a new twist on emotional manipulation: Experiments suggest that men do indeed deliberately anger each other to get what they want…’ (National Geographic)
‘ A controversial auction for a hunting permit in Africa concluded this past weekend in Texas. On Saturday evening the Dallas Safari Club (DSC) awarded the permit—which allows a hunter to kill one black rhinoceros, an endangered species, in Namibia—to the auction’s anonymous winner for a reported $350,000. The club had said it hoped to raise between $250,000 and $1 million… A minister from Namibia was reportedly “jumping up and down in elation at the result because the funds go to conservation efforts in the country.” ‘ (National Geographic)
‘The world’s leading space agencies kicked off this year with a bold new plan to put humans on Mars in the coming decades.
At a Jan. 9 meeting of the International Space Exploration Forum in Washington, D.C., countries including the U.S., Japan, China and Russia, as well as the European Union, agreed that putting humans on the red planet should be a longterm joint priority…’ (Mashable)
‘Abstract: The aims of this paper are to narrate and analyze some psychological phenomena that I have perceived in dead people, including evidence of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in murdered people. The methodology adopted was \”projection of consciousness\” (i.e., a non-ordinary state of consciousness), which allowed me to observe, interact, and interview dead people directly as a social psychologist. This investigation was based on Cartesian skepticism, which allowed me a more critical analysis of my experiences during projection of consciousness. There is strong evidence that a dead person: (i) continues living, thinking, behaving after death as if he/she still has his/her body because consciousness continues in an embodied state as \’postmortem embodied experiences\’; (ii) may not realize for a considerable time that he/she is already dead since consciousness continues to be embodied after death (i.e., \’postmortem perturbation\’ – the duration of this perturbation can vary from person to person, in principle according to the type of death, and the level of conformation), and (iii) does not like to talk, remember, and/or explain things related to his/her own death because there is evidence that many events related to death are repressed in his/her unconscious (\’postmortem cognitive repression\’). In addition, there is evidence that dying can be very traumatic to consciousness, especially to the murdered, and PTSD may even develop.’ (Australian Journal of Parapsychology)
‘ Anthrozoologist John Bradshaw insists that cats really aren’t terribly domesticated and think that humans are the same species as them, but oddly “non-hostile.” ‘ (CNET News).