The theory that the moon landings were hoaxed by the US government to assert their victory in the space race over Russia, is something which has grown in popularity over time.
Recent polls indicate that approximately 20% of Americans believe that the U.S. has never landed on the moon. After the Apollo missions ended in the seventies, why haven’t we ever been back? Only during the term of Richard Nixon did humanity ever land on the moon, and after Watergate most people wouldn’t put it past Tricky Dick to fake them to put America in good standing in the Cold War.
In this list I have presented some of the proposed evidence to suggest that the moon landings were hoaxes. I tried to include NASA’s explanations to each entry to provide an objective [...]
In the long list of modern fears, bloodthirsty aliens may not rank near the top. We have more immediate worries, from terrorism and bioengineered (or not) global epidemics to nuclear holocaust and natural disasters.
However, the notion that other intelligences exist out there in the universe is pervasive in popular culture. Mirrors to our own history, in particular colonial exploitations, aliens are often portrayed as evil invaders bent on coming here to wreak havoc.
How realistic are these scenarios, given what we know now about astronomy and the possibility of life in other worlds?
Stephen Hawking, among others, has suggested that [...]
AFTERBIZLIFE = Two physicists are trying to revive one of the great debates of twentieth-century science, arguing that the Big Bang may never have happened. Their work presents a radically different vision of the universe from the one cosmologists now work with.
The term Big Bang was created by astrophysicist Fred Hoyle as a way to mock the theory. Hoyle thought of the universe as like an endlessly flowing river, saying “Things are they way they are, because they were the way they were.” However, the weight of evidence—particularly the discovery of the cosmic background [...]
While politicians are focused on all the foreigners who want to become Americans, perhaps they should consider all the Americans who are becoming foreigners.
According to the latest data from the Treasury Department, spotted by Andrew Mitchel at the International Tax Blog, a record 3,415 Americans renounced their citizenship in 2014. That was up from the 2,999 in 2013 and more than triple the number for 2012.
You can read the list of individuals who renounced here.
While some may see taxes as the main reason to flee, that’s only part of the story. The big policy change that’s causing people to give up their American citizenship is FATCA, the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act.
It may sound wonky. But the act requires [...]
AFTERBIZLIFE – In 1972, Matthieu Ricard had a promising career in biochemistry, trying to figure out the secrets of E. coli bacteria. A chance encounter with Buddhism led to an about turn, and Ricard has spent the past 40+ years living in the Himalayas, studying mindfulness and happiness.
In this free-wheeling discussion at TED Global in October 2014, Ricard talked with journalist and writer Pico Iyer about some of the things they’ve learned over the years, not least the importance of being conscious about mental health and how to spend time meaningfully.
WIKIPEDIA – Forgiveness is the intentional and voluntary process by which a victim undergoes a change in feelings and attitude regarding an offense, lets go of negative emotions such as vengefulness, with an increased ability to wish the offender well.
Forgiveness is different from condoning (failing to see the action as wrong and in need of forgiveness), excusing (not holding the offender as responsible for the action), pardoning (granted by a representative of society, such as a judge), forgetting (removing awareness of the offense from consciousness), and reconciliation (restoration of a relationship).
In certain contexts, forgiveness is a legal term for absolving or giving up all claims on account of debt, loan, obligation or other [...]
On Monday, New York State’s Attorney General Eric Schneiderman instructed Target, GNC, Walgreens and Walmart to immediately cease selling a number of scam herbal supplements. An investigation revealed that best-selling supplements not only didn’t work, but were potentially dangerous, with four out of five of the products not even listing any herbs in their ingredients–instead, the supplements contained fillers including powdered rice, houseplants and asparagus. Fraudulent products include echinacea, ginseng, St. John’s wort, garlic, ginkgo biloba and saw palmetto.
In total, only 21 percent of store brand herbal [...]
This map depicts the countries of the world in terms of the size of their populations, with each square representing 500,000 people.
Asia dominates the map with population-heavy countries like India and China, while Russia and Canada, the world’s two largest countries in terms of area, are completely dwarfed.
In an email exchange, TeaDranks – a self-confessed map lover – told i100.co.uk that far from using some complicated cartography software he actually created the map using Microsoft Paint.
The main problem was getting India and China to fit properly. For the bigger countries like China, Indonesia, Japan etc. I got an outline of the country and gradually filled it into until all the squares were used up.
The other problem [...]
AFTERBIZLIFE – BMW has updated the design, engineering and even price of the 1-series hatchback to improve market appeal. The revamped three-door and five-door models were introduced at the 2015 North American Auto Show in Detroit.On the outside, the updated design features slimmer headlights in the front that give the 1-series a slimmer look. The headlights also come with a LED option, as well. The taillights have also gotten a makeover and been beefed up to give the car a more aggressive appeal. The 1-series has also had its design tweaked to give it a sportier look.
“This striking compact model is characterised by a spirited elegance and a sporty character that is borne out by its athletic design,” said BMW on their website.
AFTERBIZLIFE – The BMW i8, first introduced as the BMW Concept Vision Efficient Dynamics, is a plug-in hybrid sports car developed by BMW.
The 2015 model year BMW i8 has a 7.1 kWh lithium-ion battery pack that delivers an all-electric range of 37 km (23 mi) under the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC). Under the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) cycle, the range in EV mode is 24 km (15 mi) with a small amount of gasoline consumption.
The BMW i8 can go from 0–100 km/h (0 to 60 mph) in 4.4 seconds and has a top speed of 250 km/h (160 mph). The BMW i8 has a fuel efficiency of 2.1 L/100 km (134.5 mpg-imp; 112.0 mpg-US) under the NEDC test with carbon emissions of 49 g/km. EPA rated the i8 combined fuel economy at 76 [...]
AFTERBIZLIFE (Forbes.com) In 1990 William Ghetti, a staff sergeant in the U.S. Air Force, had a letter published in British newspaper The Independent in which he challenged the purpose of American offensives in the Gulf. His comments, later cited in a U.K. Parliament debate over whether U.K. military should assist the U.S., still resonate: “The greed that drives our oil-based world economy has put us in the position that we are willing to risk our nation’s sons and daughters in the quest for stable prices at the pumps.”
Fast-forward a quarter of a century and Ghetti’s 28-year-old son, Adam, is about to embark on a mission that will also fly in the face of Western governments’ thinking. Amid [...]