Sunday, April 28, 2013

Sun's Three Years in Three Minutes

In this unusual video, NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captures an image of the sun every 12 seconds in 10 different wavelengths, two images per day, for the past three years.

According to NASA:
"There are several noteworthy events that appear briefly in this video. They include the two partial eclipses of the sun by the moon, two roll maneuvers [by the observatory, as it changes position], the largest flare of this solar cycle, comet Lovejoy, and the transit of Venus. The specific time for each event is listed below, but a sharp-eyed observer may see some while the video is playing.” 
They appear at:

00:30:24 Partial eclipse by the moon
00:31:16 Roll maneuver
01:11:02 August 9, 2011 X6.9 Flare, the largest of this solar cycle
01:28:07 Comet Lovejoy, December 15, 2011
01:42:29 Roll Maneuver
01:51:07 Transit of Venus, June 5, 2012
02:28:13 Partial eclipse by the moon"

The music is violinist Martin Lass playing “Our Lady’s Errand of Love.”

Friday, April 26, 2013

Depersonalization Getting More Common

Depersonalization disorder may not be as rare as we think, affecting perhaps one percent of the population, according to recent research. It’s normally associated with an “unreal, spaced-out feeling you might get while severely jet-lagged or hung-over,” according to New Scientist magazine.
The sense of self has much to do with our awareness of our physicality and how we interact with the outside world. The brain integrates all the information coming in from the external world and from internal sensations and forms a default setting of "this is me here and now", says Nick Medford, who studies depersonalization at the Brighton and Sussex Medical School, UK. "If that setting changes somehow, then you feel 'not right', in a way that might be very hard to put into words."
There are probably several ways that change can occur, but Medford's work is looking at the emotional detachment characteristic of depersonalization. In people who have the disorder, areas of the brain that are key to emotion are much less active than normal, he says.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

"A Seamless, Intimate Totality"

"There is no separate, inside self and no separate outside object, other or world. Rather, there is one seamless, intimate totality, always changing when viewed from the perspective of objects, never changing when viewed from the perspective of the totality." ~ Rupert Spira

From the Science & Nonduality website.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Light Speed May Not Be Constant

Light travels at 299,792,458 meters per second, as was definitively stated in 1983 and has believed to have been a constant since that time. But that may not be the case.

Now, according to the Christian Science Monitor: 
A pair of studies suggest that this universal constant might not be so constant after all. In the first study, Marcel Urban from the University of Paris-Sud and his team found that the speed of light in a vacuum varies ever so slightly. 
This happens because what we think of as nothing isn't really nothing. Even if you were to create a perfect vacuum, at the quantum level it would still be populated with pairs of tiny "virtual" particles that flash in and out of existence and whose energy values fluctuate. As a consequence of these fluctuations, the speed of a photon passing through a vacuum varies, about 50 quintillionths of a second per square meter. 
That may not sound like much, but it's enough to point the way toward a new underlying physics.