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« Reply #9780 on: Jan 6th, 2014, 10:00am »

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UFO Sightings: California, North Carolina Report Mystery Lights

Monday, 06 Jan 2014 10:16 AM
By Michael Mullins

UFO sightings were reported across California early New Year’s morning, though federal authorities apparently saw no "unusual flight activity" above the Golden State. People in North Carolina also reported sightings.

"I seen like six bright orange colored lights," Kaye Pinlac of Stockton told local ABC News affiliate News 10. "They were almost like in a diamond or triangle shape. It was weird. And so they started just separating."

"There was no sound, that's the funny thing. Just this big illuminated form," added Terry and Hans Mauth of Auburn, Calif.

"It was too huge to be a birthday balloon or something like that," Terry Mauth added. "And it moved too quickly."

Videos of the mysterious lights began appearing on YouTube shortly after they were first spotted.

"Whatever it was moved up and to the left," Steven Brown of Sacramento told News 10. "It hovered there for probably about 60 seconds, then it took off at a high rate of speed."

In 2008, similar sightings over the Sacramento Valley ended up being nothing more than an airplane with an electric sign beneath one its wings, while in 2009, other UFO sightings were attributed to arcing power lines near Placerville, Calif., KPLC-TV reported.

When asked about the lights observed overhead early Wednesday morning, FAA spokesman Ian Gregor said there was no unusual flight activity called in by any pilots or air traffic controllers, News 10 reported.

California residents weren’t the only one seeing bright lights in the skies overhead early New Year’s morning.

Residents in North Carolina, both Greensboro and Raleigh, also reported seeing glowing objects in the sky, MyFox8.com reported.

There has yet to be an explanation for the apparent North Carolina UFO sightings.

http://www.newsmax.com/TheWire/ufo-sightings-reported-california/2014/01/03/id/545045

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« Reply #9781 on: Jan 6th, 2014, 10:01am »

GOOD MORNING CRYSTAL...&...KREW ET. AL.

WELL... IF YOU'RE FREEZING OR ARE FROZEN IN grin grin grin
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AWAITING THE "AUBURN VS, FLORIDA STATE"...OR...AS MY FLORIDIAN COHORTS WOULD SAY..."FLORIDA STATE VS AUBURN"...HERE IS A LITTLE TUNE YA CAN WHISTLE TO DA GAME OR HUMM WHILE ONE SITS BY THE FIREPLACE cool cool cool

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« Reply #9782 on: Jan 6th, 2014, 10:02am »

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A Novel Look at How Stories May Change the Brain

Jan. 3, 2014 — Many people can recall reading at least one cherished story that they say changed their life. Now researchers at Emory University have detected what may be biological traces related to this feeling: Actual changes in the brain that linger, at least for a few days, after reading a novel.

Their findings, that reading a novel may cause changes in resting-state connectivity of the brain that persist, were published by the journal Brain Connectivity.

"Stories shape our lives and in some cases help define a person," says neuroscientist Gregory Berns, lead author of the study and the director of Emory's Center for Neuropolicy. "We want to understand how stories get into your brain, and what they do to it."

His co-authors included Kristina Blaine and Brandon Pye from the Center for Neuropolicy, and Michael Prietula, professor of information systems and operations management at Emory's Goizueta Business School.

Neurobiological research using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) has begun to identify brain networks associated with reading stories. Most previous studies have focused on the cognitive processes involved in short stories, while subjects are actually reading them as they are in the fMRI scanner.

The Emory study focused on the lingering neural effects of reading a narrative. Twenty-one Emory undergraduates participated in the experiment, which was conducted over 19 consecutive days.

All of the study subjects read the same novel, "Pompeii," a 2003 thriller by Robert Harris that is based on the real-life eruption of Mount Vesuvius in ancient Italy. "The story follows a protagonist, who is outside the city of Pompeii and notices steam and strange things happening around the volcano," Berns says. "He tries to get back to Pompeii in time to save the woman he loves. Meanwhile, the volcano continues to bubble and nobody in the city recognizes the signs."

The researchers chose the book due to its page-turning plot. "It depicts true events in a fictional and dramatic way," Berns says. "It was important to us that the book had a strong narrative line."

For the first five days, the participants came in each morning for a base-line fMRI scan of their brains in a resting state. Then they were given nine sections of the novel, about 30 pages each, over a nine-day period. They were asked to read the assigned section in the evening, and come in the following morning. After taking a quiz to ensure they had finished the assigned reading, the participants underwent an fMRI scan of their brain in a non-reading, resting state. After completing all nine sections of the novel, the participants returned for five more mornings to undergo additional scans in a resting state.

The results showed heightened connectivity in the left temporal cortex, an area of the brain associated with receptivity for language, on the mornings following the reading assignments. "Even though the participants were not actually reading the novel while they were in the scanner, they retained this heightened connectivity," Berns says. "We call that a 'shadow activity,' almost like a muscle memory."

Heightened connectivity was also seen in the central sulcus of the brain, the primary sensory motor region of the brain. Neurons of this region have been associated with making representations of sensation for the body, a phenomenon known as grounded cognition. Just thinking about running, for instance, can activate the neurons associated with the physical act of running.

"The neural changes that we found associated with physical sensation and movement systems suggest that reading a novel can transport you into the body of the protagonist," Berns says. "We already knew that good stories can put you in someone else's shoes in a figurative sense. Now we're seeing that something may also be happening biologically."

The neural changes were not just immediate reactions, Berns says, since they persisted the morning after the readings, and for the five days after the participants completed the novel.

"It remains an open question how long these neural changes might last," Berns says. "But the fact that we're detecting them over a few days for a randomly assigned novel suggests that your favorite novels could certainly have a bigger and longer-lasting effect on the biology of your brain."

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/01/140103204428.htm

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« Reply #9783 on: Jan 6th, 2014, 10:04am »

on Jan 6th, 2014, 10:01am, ZETAR wrote:
GOOD MORNING CRYSTAL...&...KREW ET. AL.

WELL... IF YOU'RE FREEZING OR ARE FROZEN IN grin grin grin
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>OR<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<

AWAITING THE "AUBURN VS, FLORIDA STATE"...OR...AS MY FLORIDIAN COHORTS WOULD SAY..."FLORIDA STATE VS AUBURN"...HERE IS A LITTLE TUNE YA CAN WHISTLE TO DA GAME OR HUMM WHILE ONE SITS BY THE FIREPLACE cool cool cool

http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=BAD+DAY+BIRD&FORM=VIRE3#view=detail&mid=C2745FE6A29ABD675FBDC2745FE6A29ABD675FBD

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WE ARE FORTUNATE TO BE MISSING THIS AWFUL BLAST OF COLD. SO FAR............

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« Reply #9784 on: Jan 6th, 2014, 10:16am »

CRYSTAL,

I AM IN COMPLETE ENVY OF YOU...TEXAS IS USUALLY WARM rolleyes rolleyes rolleyes...NOW I KNOW WHERE THAT "WELL DIGGER AND RECTUM" ANALOGY COMES FROM grin grin grin

GEEZ...WE WERE BRIEFED IN ALASKA FOR THE COLD EXTREME...MOREOVER...WERE ADVISED NOT TO RUN WHEN IN EXTREME COLD...WE WERE TOLD THE STORY OF ONE LAD WHOM MISSED DA BUS...SCREAMED..."WAIT 4 ME"...THEN DECIDED TO RUN AND CATCH IT (BUS)...ABOUT 75-100 YARDS LATER...THE GUY FALLS FACE FIRST...LUNGS HAD FROZEN...AHHH... WAY TO MANY HORROR STORIES FROM NOT THINKING IN COLD WEATHER...ALTHOUGH EVERYTHING SEEMS TO FREEZE UP IN DA COLD...ONE BETTER MAKE SURE THE OLE NOGGIN STAYS WARM AND "FUNCTIONS" grin grin grin

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« Reply #9785 on: Jan 6th, 2014, 11:27am »

ZETAR, I have my fireworks ready! Do War Eagles really taste like chicken?? grin
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« Reply #9786 on: Jan 6th, 2014, 1:31pm »

Since Austin Powers has not stopped me, I Dr.Evil will put upon you a "polar vortex".

Man, it is so cold in Tennessee.

It is so cold that a penguin was knocking on my door , and I had to let him in.



















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« Reply #9787 on: Jan 6th, 2014, 2:25pm »

Yeah, Silver! We left Gatlinburg a day early because of ice and snow!
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« Reply #9788 on: Jan 6th, 2014, 3:35pm »

SWAMPRAT,

PROBABALY WILL HAVE A SMIDGION AROMA OF "EAGLE" WHEN COOKED grin grin grin...BUT THEM OLE "NOLES" GOTTA DO SOME "SERIOUS"...I MEAN "SERIOUS"...TRACKING FOR THOSE "IN FLIGHT WAR EAGLES" TO BE ON DA MENU rolleyes rolleyes rolleyes

KEEP THAT POP-CRACKER-POWDER DRY...YOU CAN LIGHT UP THE SKY WHEN THOSE "WAR EAGLES" FLY BY wink

GEEEZ...I ALWAYS HATED BITTERLY COLD WEATHER FOOTBALL...I HAD A COUPLE OF FINGERS PINCHED BETWEEN TWO HELMETS ONCE...GADZ...I'M STILL TALKING ABOUT IT...PAIN IS ALWAYS INSTRUCTIVE grin

ANYHOO...A TOAST TO YOU AND THE NOLES...BEST OF LUCK...IT'S ONE OF THOSE SPORTING OBSERVATIONS AT THAT LEVEL...WHOSE DAY WILL IT BE...AS THEY ARE BOTH QUALITY TEAMS cool

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« Reply #9789 on: Jan 6th, 2014, 5:18pm »

Enjoy the game my friend!
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« Reply #9790 on: Jan 6th, 2014, 11:15pm »

Zetar the War Eagles came to play! They played tough; they played with heart; they were well prepared! They proved beyond a doubt that they belonged in the Championship Game! I tip my hat to Auburn!

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« Reply #9791 on: Jan 6th, 2014, 11:16pm »

Congratulations to Swamprat and 'Noles fans - and congrats to Auburn on a fine season.
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« Reply #9792 on: Jan 6th, 2014, 11:52pm »

JJ,

INDEED...WHAT A GAME...PLAYING THAT CALIBRE OF TEAM ALWAYS COMES DOWN TO TURN-OVERS/PENALTIES...AND WHOM CAN BEST TAKE EM TO THE BANK...CAPITALIZE!
I TIP MY HAT TO THE "NOLES"...AND...THE TREMENDOUS EFFORT FROM BOTH BENCHES...MEMORABLE GAME...

NOW WHO WAS THAT...THAT SAID SOMETHING ABOUT FIREWORKS...WELL DESERVED cool

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« Reply #9793 on: Jan 7th, 2014, 06:35am »

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Associated Press

South, East brace for polar temps, wind chills

By RICK CALLAHAN
— Jan. 7, 2014 2:31 AM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Frigid air that snapped decades-old records will make venturing outside dangerous for a second straight day, this time spreading to southern and eastern parts of the U.S. and keeping many schools and businesses shuttered. Meanwhile, residents driven from their homes by power outages in the Midwest worried about burst pipes.

Monday's subzero temperatures broke records in Chicago, which set a record for the date at minus 16, and Fort Wayne, Ind., where the mercury fell to 13 below. Records also fell in Oklahoma and Texas, and wind chills across the region were 40 below and colder. Officials in states like Indiana already struggling with high winds and more than a foot of snow urged residents to stay home if they could.

"The cold is the real killer here," Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard said Monday as he asked schools and businesses to remain closed another day. "In 10 minutes you could be dead without the proper clothes."

The polar air will next invade the East and South on Tuesday, bringing with it the prospect of more records falling. Highs in the single digits were expected in Georgia and Alabama, and wind chill warnings stretched as far south as Florida, with forecasts calling for minus 10 in Atlanta and minus 12 in Baltimore.

In downtown Louisville, Ky., where wind chills dropped to 22 below zero Monday, John Tyler gathered with friends at a McDonald's. The self-described homeless man spent Sunday night sleeping on the street.

Dressed in a sweatshirt, two coats and a black woolen cap, Tyler said there's no way to adequately prepare for this kind of cold.

"How we're dealing with it? You can't deal with it," Tyler said. "There's no way you can deal with it."

Forecasters said some 187 million people in all could feel the effects of the "polar vortex" by the time it spreads across the country. Tennessee utility officials braced for near-record power demand, while Ohio prepared for its coldest temperatures in decades.

PJM Interconnection, who operates the power grid supplying energy to more than 61 million people in parts of the Mid-Atlantic, Midwest and South, has asked users to conserve electricity Tuesday because of the cold, especially in the morning and late afternoon.

Recovery will be the focus in several Midwestern states Tuesday, since the subzero cold followed inches of snow and high winds that made traveling treacherous — especially on interstates in Indiana and Illinois — and was being blamed for numerous deaths in Michigan, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio.

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence issued disaster declarations, paving the way to request federal aid.

More than 30,000 customers in Indiana were without power late Monday night. Utility crews worked to restore electricity as temperatures plunged into the negative teens, but officials cautioned some people could be in the cold and dark for days.

"My kids are ready to go home, and I'm ready too," said 41-year-old Timolyn Johnson-Fitzgerald, of Indianapolis, who faced a second night sleeping on cots at a Red Cross shelter with her three children, ages 11, 15, and 18.

More than 500 Amtrak passengers spent the night on three stopped trains headed for Chicago because of blowing and drifting snow in north-central Illinois. A spokesman said the trains — coming from Los Angeles, San Francisco and Quincy, Ill. — are operating on tracks owned by BNSF railroad and crews are working to reopen the tracks.

Bob Oravec, a meteorologist at the Weather Prediction Center in College Park, Md., said the blast of frigid air raised concerns that roads wet from melted snow would freeze over.

"In Maryland, we lost a lot of the snowpack and a lot of water is draining off, and the temperatures are dropping fast," Oravec said.

But there are signs things are returning to normal.

JetBlue Airways, which stopped all scheduled flights to and from New York and Boston on Monday, planned to resume some flights Tuesday morning. Southwest Airlines operations in Chicago resumed Monday night, even if it was, as a spokesman for the Texas-based airline called it, "a trickle."

The Minnesota Zoo announced it would reopen to the public Tuesday. State lawmakers in Indiana planned to kick off their 2014 legislative session after a day's postponement.

And warmer temperatures — at least, near or above freezing — are in store for the Midwest. Indianapolis should reach 27 degrees on Wednesday, and other parts of the central U.S. could climb above freezing later in the week.

Even International Falls, Minn., had something to look forward to. Wind chills dropped as low as -55 Monday, but were expected to rebound to 25 below Tuesday. By Friday, the low was expected to be 5 to 10 above zero, Oravec said.

Until then, take advice for dealing with frostbite- and hypothermia-inducing cold from Anthony Bickham in St. Paul, Minn., who jumped around while waiting for the bus Monday.

"You gotta keep it moving," Bickham said. "Stay warm at ... all costs, you know."

Associated Press writers Steve Karnowski and Amy Forliti in Minneapolis; Brett Barrouquere in Louisville, Ky.; and Kelly P. Kissel in Little Rock, Ark., contributed to this report.

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