Do We Manage Online and Offline Friendships the Same?

Social media has been a boon to social science. Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and other platforms serve as online laboratories that reveal all kinds of stuff about the users, researchers say. The rise of these platforms has sparked a flurry of scientific papers describing people’s social network interactions.

A lot of the conclusions of the studies can engender the response, “Well, no kidding.” But offering validation for intuitive or common sense knowledge isn’t such a bad thing.

A sho

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Science Experiments for the Public during the Solar Eclipse

By Dr. Liz MacDonald, founder of Aurorasaurus and scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. This blog reposted from blog.aurorasaurus.org.

Over a century ago, American astronomer W.W. Campbell set up a 40 foot ‘Schaeberle camera’ in Jeur, India to take pictures and study various properties of the sun’s outermost layer called the corona during the 1898 total solar eclipse. To make sure no people or animals would tamper with the camera before the eclipse occurred, he found volunteers

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Despite an unusually chilly Arctic, and El Niño’s absence, July 2017 tied for warmest such month on record

That makes last month one of the warmest our planet has experienced since record-keeping began in 1880

Up in the high north, it was unusually cool last month. And unlike last year, there was no El Niño to help amp up temperatures for the globe overall.

Yet July 2017 was in a statistical tie for warmest such month in 137 months of record keeping, according to the monthly climate, according to a monthly analysis of global temperatures by scientists at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Stu

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UFO Reported Over Brenes (Seville) | SPAIN

UFO Reported Over Brenes (Seville)

     Several witnesses saw an oval-shaped object that put forth considerable light with bright flashes, moving parallel with the horizon.
By Inexplicata
8-2-17

The summer of 2017 has been particularly active as regards aerial mysteries and unknown phenomena. The UFOs of yesterday remain as current as ever and materialize yet again to fill us with wonder and disbelief.

This is precisely how the protagonist of a UFO encounter in the locality of Brenes felt on the morning of August 2nd. It was something so incredible and unknown that she could hardly credit what he was seeing. Her name is Sandra and she witnessed something astonishing at 8:30 a.m.: “I was on my way to work and took my daughter over to my mother. It was then when I saw a light-emitting source in the sky. I can almost tell you that it was oval; issuing bright flashes even though it was daylight. The light was irregular and was in view for nearly a minute. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. I watched it carefully and saw how its size decreased and became smaller until it disappeared.”

Sandra, visibly excited, recalls every second of this sighting. “I’m not easily shocked. My partner and I love these subjects, and a while ago, we spent some time in Gibraltar and saw three lights that left our jaws hanging. But this morning’s event has been truly impressive.” The witness called another person – Jesús, a worker at a nearby bar, who jokingly said: “They’re here!” but when he saw the luminous form, realized they were both looking at a truly extraordinary phenomenon.

Fernando Romero, driving from Tocina to Seville around the same time, also saw the mysterious object: “It was a large luminous form, a point of light that stood out in the sky, having the apparent size of a large marble. The object, or whatever it was, flew parallel to the horizon, slowly. I thought it was an airplane approaching Seville with its lights on, but when I looked more closely, I saw this wasn’t the case. The light grew and shrank intermittently and stopped. It was very odd. Then, some thirty seconds later, it disappeared and left me stunned. I don’t believe in this UFO and alien stuff, but I can tell you that was something very strange.”

Confirmation of the nature of the sighting was sought with Seville Flight Control, which confirmed having no air traffic matching what was seen by the witnesses. The same happened with military flight controllers. No astronomical phenomenon matches the nature of this UFO sighting. Nor is the passage of International Space Station (ISS) a valid explanation. By strict definition, these witnesses saw a UFO.

The astronomical phenomena for the month of August will be the traditional “Lágrimas de San Lorenzo” (St. Lawrence’s Tears) around the 12th (Perseids), also bearing in mind the partial lunar eclipse on the 7th of this month. The UFO phenomenon remains present in the heavens over Seville. It is a timeless phenomenon that appears before witnesses at any time of day and which can shatter preconceived notions about “things seen in the sky whose real nature we do not know”. The Brenes UFO almost surely marks the start of other sightings in Seville.

* Source: PLANETA UFO and José Manuel García Bautista El Correo Web

[Translation (c) 2017 S. Corrales, IHU with thanks to Guillermo Giménez, Planeta UFO and José Manuel García Bautista]

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More on “Behavior Priming” and Unconscious Influences

Last year, psychologists B. Keith Payne and colleagues breathed new life into the debate over ‘social priming’ with a paper called Replicable effects of primes on human behavior.

Behavioral or social priming – the idea that subtle cues can exert large, unconscious influences on our behaviour – was a major topic of research for many years, but it’s since been largely discredited. The field’s reputation suffered when Diederik Stapel, a leader in the field, was exposed as a fraud. Many resea

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Daily UFO Headlines 8/15/2017

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Strange UFO object discovered in photo taken of “Witch Rock” formation outside Shingletown, California

A strange UFO object has been discovered in a photo taken of a rock formation near Shingletown, California. Interestingly, the object is similar to a UFO object which has been photographed by passenger on the Durango/Silverton train in Colorado, see third image below.

Witness states: A guy I was dating had taken me out for a jeep ride around the back forest roads of Lassen National Volcanic Park, outside of Shingletown, California.

I noticed a rock formation that had a face that looked very much like a classic hook-nosed witch.

I couldn’t get a very good photo due to the distance away with my phone’s camera, so he returned the next day with his DSLR to photograph the formation for me (to which I had given the name “Witch Rock”).

He took several photos of the formation, and I noticed in one of them, there is a colorful object just below the witch’s nose.

Interestingly, several photos were taken in quick succession, but only this one photo shows the object.

Zooming in on it, it appears to be a cigar-shaped shape, casting a shadow on its underside.

It must have been moving faster than the eye can see, because my friend observed nothing in person. The fact that it stands out grey against the white clouds behind it says it was somewhat near. The images were submitted to the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON case file).

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Witness freaks out after seeing dark elongated shape in the clouds over Sanford, Canada (Video)

On July 9, 2017, a resident of Sanford MB in Canada was making hay when he noticed that something very strange happened in the sky.

According to the witness, it was as the clouds seemed to funnel towards a dark object, which at first glance looked like a dark human-like figure standing on top of a cloud before it changed into a dark elongated shape.

Although he felt freaked out during seeing, he then witnessed the elongated shape fired something into the air.

As it was dark shortly and he had a lot of work to do, he got back to concentrating on his job instead of staring to the object that sat in the sky, but not before he took some images of the object as well as he recorded the strange appearance in the sky which files he has submitted to the Mutual UFO Network (Mufon case file) for further investigation.

You can see the witness’s original video of the strange event, which starts at the moment the dark elongated shape fires something into the air at the following Mufon link:
https://www.mufoncms.com/files_jeud8334j/85962_submitter_file2__20170709214833.mp4

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