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Can Sun Exposure Help Schizophrenics?

Recent research has revealed that Vitamin D-deficient individuals are twice as likely to be diagnosed with schizophrenia as people who have sufficient levels of the vitamin, according to a new study published in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (JCEM).

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Tiny Comet Strikes Sun as Huge Solar Explosion Takes Place

In the early hours of Tuesday, August 20, a comet estimated to be only sixty to a hundred feet across dove into the sun, causing a huge solar explosion.

Just before the comet hit, a coronal mass ejection exploded off the sun's surface. While there is no known reason that there would be a connection between a CME and the impact of a...
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Unknowncountry Weekender: When a Comet Strikes the Sun--WATCH OUT

In the year 775 AD, the sun didn't just emit a large flare, it emitted something close to a superflare, and scientists who have been studying this mysterious and extremely dangerous phenomenon now believe that they understand what caused it, and the news is disturbing. In 775, auroras appeared in Europe after sunset that were recorded as 'the...
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NASA: Sun's Magnetic Field About to Flip

The sun's magnetic field flips every 11 years, and it's about to do it again. As reported on Unknowncountry.com it last flipped on February 15, 2001, as the previous solar max reached its height. The complete field reversal is 3 to 4 months away. The shift will mark the...
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Who Governs Human Violence? Could be the Sun

In recent decades, researchers have found significant evidence of correlations between a variety of human events conditions and solar activity. Such ancient events as the collapse of Rome, the Hundred Years war and the 20th Century wars seem to be correlated to periods of intense solar activity. For example, a huge solar storm took place just days...
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Current Solar Max Quietest in Century: What Does This Mean for Our Weather?

Back in 2011, the sun was so quiet that researchers were speculating that it might be entering a long term period of lowered output. Now that the current solar max has reached its climactic months and is proving to be...
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Four X-Flares Explode from Sun

Over the past 48 hours, the sun has exploded with no fewer than four x-class flares. X flares are the most powerful type of flare. Sunspot AR1748 has produced the flares. The latest X-flare from the sunspot occured on May 15th at 0152 UT. For four x-flares to take place over such a...
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When the Sun Goes Crazy

It's happened before: In 1859, sunspots erupted, causing sparks in telegraph offices that set paper on fire. Today, 150 years later, we are much MORE "wired," and sun...
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We're Not Ready

The British Royal Academy of Engineering has completed a study of the UK power grid showing that it is relatively well prepared to weather a solar superstorm--but the opposite is true in the United States.

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One in Six Stars Has Earth-Sized Planet

Using NASA's Kepler spacecraft, astronomers are beginning to find Earth-sized planets orbiting distant stars. A new analysis of Kepler data shows that about 17% of stars have an Earth-sized planet in an orbit closer than Mercury. Since the Milky Way has about 100 billion stars, there are at least 17 billion Earth-sized worlds out there. The odds...
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The End of the World: Fire or Water?

How will the world end? It may not end today, but it WILL end someday. After Noah's ark finally reached land, God promised Noah that he would not flood the earth again, that it would be "the fire next time," and despite the rising ocean levels due to glacier melt, Whitley Strieber thinks this may be true. Read all about it in his...
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Fire or Water?

How will the world end? It may not end on December 21st, but it WILL end someday. After Noah's ark finally reached land, God promised Noah that he would not flood the earth again, that it would be "the fire next time," and despite the...
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How the Sun Changes History

People who don't know their history are fated to repeat their mistakes. It has always been assumed by solar scientists that our sun does not emit the same sort of superflares seen bursting out of similar stars. But now it appears that the sun did emit a superflare in 774 AD, and,...
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How the Sun Affects Our Weather

We know that the sun is only partly the cause of climate change (most of it, alas, is caused by us), but periodic solar flares (or coronal mass ejections--CMEs) can have profound "space weather" effects on...
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Strange Formation on the Sun

A mysterious dark band has appeared on the surface of the sun that is almost 500 miles long and is getting bigger every day. Astrophysicists think it's a cluster of dense cold gas. The formation may look dark because it's so much colder than the surface of the sun.
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Cheer Up!

Do you dread tomorrow? There are lots of things we can ingest can to cheer us up, and one of these is vitamin D. New...
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SECOND Gigantic Power Failure Hits India

A second huge power outage across India left 600 million people sweltering in the dark. Gigantic traffic jams, stalled railway trains, closed airports and a general failure of infrastructure services have followed in the wake of what is now the largest power failure in history. Power is being restored across the country at this time.

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How Sunshine Changes Us

It doesn't just bring us Vitamin D, it can affect all brain activity--including the central nervous system--leading to changes in human behavior. And the recent solar flares coming from the sun may lead to an even GREATER response than...
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Biggest Solar Storm in 5 Years Takes Aim at Earth

An X-5 solar flare has sent a coronal mass ejection directly toward earth. The CME is now impacting earth's atmosphere, and has the potential to disrupt satellites, unprotected power grids and global positioning systems. While there may not be a strong effect on well protected satellites and power grids in the developed world, there is a greater...
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It's Not the Sun, It's Us

NASA reports that a recent lull in the sun's activity did not prevent the Earth from absorbing more solar energy than could escape back into space. This means that climate change is mainly caused by...
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Is It a Natural Object, a Video Artifact or a UFO?

A passing coronal mass ejection from the sun caused an illumination response from an otherwise invisible object near Mercury that was captured both by NASA's Heliospheric Imager 1 satellite and by the SECCHI-A spacecraft. Initially, SECCHI staff explained it as a video afterimage of the planet on the...
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Cold Weather? Blame the Sun

Can the sun cause cold weather? Cold winters that have dumped tons of snow on areas like the Northeastern US may have their origins in the sun's varying ultraviolet emissions. Recent satellite data shows that the sun's UV output is far more changeable than scientists had previously thought, and these changes lead to warmer winters in some places...
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Did Comet Cause Massive Solar Explosion on Oct. 1?

A few hours after a comet discovered by amateur astronomers on September 30 impacted the sun, a massive coronal mass ejection took place directly opposite the object's impact point. Previously, solar...
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A Mysterious Planet With Two Suns

Some people think our sun has a twin (NOTE: subscribers can still listen to this show). We don't known whether or not this is true, but NASA HAS discovered a planet about the size of Saturn that is orbiting...
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Sun Storms May Become Stronger

New research suggests solar storms could become more disruptive within decades, affecting things from cell phones to airplanes and spacecraft. In BBC News, Judith Burns quotes space physicist Mike Lockwood was saying, "All the evidence suggests that the Sun will shortly exit from a grand solar maximum that has persisted since before the start...
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Major Solar Flare Heading Our Way

A near X-class solar flare that erupted on the sun on August 3rd has sent a powerful coronal mass ejection toward earth which has overtaken two previous CMEs and combined with them. Analysts at the GSFC Space Weather Lab believe that the combined triple-CME will reach earth around 6 AM US Pacific Time on August 5th, give or take a 7 hour window....
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It's Not Always What It Looks Like

See the beautiful ivy growing up that wall? On closer inspection, those leaves turn out to be--solar panels! And we may really need them soon, if sunspot activity turns off our electrical grids. This new product is called Solar Ivy and the first location in the United States to apply it is the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, because...
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Mysterious Events on the Sun

Mysterious particles are coming from the sun and now mysterious WAVES are too. A huge storm on the sun on June 7th spewed out a massive amount of solar plasma. Astronomers can't figure out why the sun's corona is thousands of times hotter than usual.
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Mysterious Particles are Coming From the Sun

A well-known characteristic of decaying matter--the rate of which has always been constant--has suddenly started behaving mysteriously, and this seems to be caused by a mysterious particle emanating from the sun. In recent years; the carbon decay rates of radioactive elements have begun changing: The decay rate is slightly faster in winter than in...
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The Sun May Influence our POLITICS

We know that the Sun has an effect on radioactive particles here on Earth. As the 2012 presidential election starts to heat up, we ask ourselves: Could the Sun also...
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