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Your body language influences how you think and feel about yourself, not just how others see you.

Does our body language govern how we think and feel about ourselves? Evidence suggests it does. Powerful people are more assertive, they tend to take more risks and they are more optimistic than people who feel powerless. This is expressed in body language. Powerful people open up their bodies more and make bigger hand gestures, whereas ‘weaker’ people close up their bodies and make small gestures.

On the physiological level, high powered people have higher testosterone levels and lower cortisol levels. Evidence shows that, if an individual is forced (for whatever reason) to take a leading role, the testosterone levels rise and cortisol levels drop within a few days.

Amy Cuddy conducted an experiment to establish whether faking high- or low power poses will force the body to react. The results show that just posing as if you are in a power position for two minutes, causes testosterone levels to rise and cortisol levels to drop. Using the body language of a powerless person had the opposite effect.

This proves that our bodies can change our minds and can influence how others view us, but also (and more importantly) how we think and feel about ourselves. Once our thinking changes, our outcomes will change for the better as well.


This Alaskan earthquake was one of the largest to ever happen at 9.2 on the Richter scale!

Wouldn't it be magnificent if you could knock on your door and a person on the other side of the world could hear it in their home? In order for this to happen you would have to hit the door pretty hard. In fact, your strike would have to equal the measure of force put out by around 950 megatons of TNT. Not many people can do that.

What can make this sort of impact? The Anchorage earthquake of 1964. Hitting the richter scale at around a 9.2, equivalent to 4.0 exajoules, one of the largest measurements of earthquake related energy to ever have existed on earth. A very strong punch would measure somewhere in the ballpark of 156 joules. That is 1 quindecillionth of a hexajoule. You would have to work on your swing for a very long time.

Lasting over 4 minutes, the Anchorage earthquake caused tsunamis and tremors in a massive radius including over 20 countries. Motion directly related to the earthquake was reported all over the earth. An estimated 15 people were killed immediately by the earthquake and another 129 were killed by the subsequent disasters.


Scientists have discovered a brand new type of cloud: the Undulatus Asperatus. Learn more

These amazing clouds are one of a few photographed examples of the rare Undulatus Asperatus cloud. Proposed as a new cloud type in 2009, the source of these clouds is still a mystery.

The name "undulatus asperatus" is latin, and translates approximately "roughened or agitated waves". They are related to the standard undulatus (wave-like) clouds, but because of their dark and stormy appearance, may be a distinct type.

The Royal Meteorological Society is currently studying the way that they form in order to determine if they are in fact distinct from the standard undulatus clouds. Standard undulatus clouds have a much tighter wave pattern, and are usually caused by destabilizing return flows.


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You can scratch your throat by massaging your ear!

Ever had an itch in your throat that you just couldn't scratch? There's actually a little trick that will get rid of that annoying scratch! If you pull on your earlobe and massage it between your thumb and index finger the itch will go away. As crazy as it sounds, it actually works. 

Why does touching your ear impact your throat? Massaging the earlobe will stimulate the nerves in the ear, which will trigger a reflex in the throat. As this reflex occurs, it causes a tiny muscle to spasm in your throat, removing that annoying itch!


A fir tree was found in a man's lungs suspected of having cancer!


In 2009, Russian doctors operated on Artyom Sidorkin to remove what they thought was a tumor in his lung. When they opened him up, they were surprised to find a fir tree growing instead! Doctors speculate that the man must have inhaled a seed that eventually sprouted and grew inside him. The growing branches were even started to cause him to cough up blood because they were puncturing his lungs!



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