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Comment Re:an intriguing line (Score 1) 37

Thanks for clarifying this point. It bring into focus two of my trends.

I am going through the Star Trek series. I am currently watching TNG, about an episode a night. Most nights I find myself saying "wow, this is real science fiction" by the end of the episode. Usually some major social issue caused by a twist in technology is explored.

The only video game that gave me this reaction was UFO: Enemy Unknown. Although I enjoyed many, I don't play them through once I see the graphics/plot line.

Entertainment, for me, includes some deeper philosophical stimulation.

Medicine

Brain Surgery Linked To Sensation of Spirituality 380

the3stars writes "'Removing part of the brain can induce inner peace, according to researchers from Italy. Their study provides the strongest evidence to date that spiritual thinking arises in, or is limited by, specific brain areas. This raises a number of interesting issues about spirituality, among them whether or not people can be born with a strong propensity towards spirituality and also whether it can be acquired through head trauma." One critic's quoted response: "It's important to recognize that the whole study is based on changes in one self-report measure, which is a coarse measure that includes some strange items."
NASA

Simulation of Close Asteroid Fly-By 148

c0mpliant writes "NASA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory have released a simulation of the path of an asteroid, named Apophis, that will come very close to Earth in 2029 — the closest predicted approach since humans have monitored for such heavenly bodies. The asteroid caused a bit of a scare when astronomers first announced that it would enter Earth's neighborhood some time in the future. However, since that announcement in 2004, more recent calculations have put the odds of collision at 1 in 250,000."

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