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7 Jaw-Dropping Courtship Displays Of The Bizarre Birds Of Paradise

Typically, we lead such busy lives that we miss the truly magnificent things that happen around us. But every now and then, Mother Nature does something so breathtaking and improbable, you start to wonder, “Did that really just happen?”

One such instance where this would likely happen: observing the courtship ritual of the males in the bird-of-paradise family.

Paradisaeidae is their scientific classification, andafter watching these stunning displays, you can see why they are commonly called “the bird of paradise.”

These lovely creatures are only found on a small percentage of the earth- in the dense rain forests of New Guinea, and a couple remote islands off the coast of Australia- but their spectacular shows could win the whole world over.

This species exhibits extreme dimorphism in both their physical traits, and their behaviour. Dimorphism is the technical term for when different sexes of the same species have different characteristics or forms. While the males of the Paradisaeidae family show off their Day-Glo colours and alien-like antenna feathers, the females are much more somber-looking. Also, the males exhibit captivating dances and postures that aim to impress the rather picky females.

How did this mating ritual start to take place? In a nutshell, it happened because it could.

Paradisaeidae’s nearest relatives are the crows and jays of the Corvidae family.  But instead of being surrounded by people and societies, they’ve spent much of their evolutionary history on islands that lacked mammalian predators. Without their presence, even the most noticeable behaviors could attract mates rather than danger.

Cornell University’s Birds-of-Paradise Project currently has researchers studying these amazing displays, and they recently released a treasure trove of colourful videos. The following contains some of our favourites.

RAGGIANA BIRD-OF-PARADISE

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What Your 6 Dominant Personality Traits Are According To The Zodiac

Every zodiac sign is known for its core traits and personality characteristics. The signs influence who we are and how we deal with people and life. They play a huge part in what sort of person we are, and while their impact in our lives is often over looked, just because we aren’t aware of this impact, does not mean they don’t still have a direct effect on us and our personalities.

While some signs are relaxed and calm, others are hot tempered and opinionated. Of course, these traits and personality differences can vary quite a bit between each sign, and many other factors come into play causing varying degrees of each trait.

What makes you unique? Do you think that your personality rings true to your zodiac sign? Have a look at these flip cards to discover your zodiac signs 6 dominant personality traits and let us know in the comments if you think yours is accurate or not.

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For Those Born Between Two Signs: The Cuspers Of The Zodiac

If you were born in the middle of the month you may have been born on a zodiac cusp. A cusp is the term we use to describe a person born in the middle of two astrological signs. It can be a little difficult to tell “Which sign do I read for?” when you’re stuck in the middle. Well, it’s the one that sounds most like you! If it resonates with you, then it’s for you. Simple as that!

The Cusps Explained

Those born on a horoscope cusp are a true blend of both astrological signs. This is because the dates of demarcation between the signs change very slightly, depending on the exact moment the sun moves into a particular constellation, from year to year.

You may wonder why this happens. A horoscope cusp occurs because even though a year is 365 days long, it actually takes the sun 365 days, 4 hours, 35 minutes and 12 seconds to make a complete rotation through all twelve of the zodiac signs. Because of this, the energies tend to blend.

The Zodiac Cusp Dates

As you read these horoscope cusp dates, keep in mind that they will fluctuate slightly from year to year. To counteract this fluctuation, and any ensuing confusion, astrologers dedicate a specific swath of dates for these cusp times. They are as follows. (Also please keep in mind, all this changes if you decide to go by the 28 day, 13 month calendar)

Cusp Dates
Date Cusp Signs
April 16 – April 22 Aries/Taurus Cusp
May 17 – May 23 Taurus/Gemini
June 17 – June 23 Gemini/Cancer
July 17 – July 23 Cancer/Leo
August 19 – August 25 Leo/Virgo
September 19 – September 25 Virgo/Libra
October 19 – October 25 Libra/Scorpio
November 19 – November 23 Scorpio/Sagittarius
December 19 – December 23 Sagittarius/Capricorn
January 16 – January 22 Capricorn/Aquarius
February 15 – February 21 Aquarius/Pisces
March 17 – March 23 Pisces/Aries

 

Capricorn-Aquarius (between 1/16-1/22) – The Cusp of Mystery & Imagination

“Capriquarians” often lead unusual lives. It can be a bit of a struggle to balance the two very different sides of their personalities. they are often quiet, yet they like to be social. They crave security but they like their independence. They may be a bit old fashioned, but they like to try new things as well.

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Capricorn-Aquarius cuspers love to chat and entertain close friends. They especially enjoy intellectually stimulating conversations about any manner of strange or taboo topics.

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How The Government Is Supporting Obesity By Subsidizing Junk Food

The saying ‘you are what you eat’, suddenly doesn’t sound as appealing when you think of all the junk food being consumed on a daily base. On the other hand, it does explain the level of health we see in many people today. In the United States especially, the statistics are extremely worrying when it comes to the percentage of people who are obese and morbidly obese.

Two-thirds of all Americans are overweight, one in every three people nowadays is considered to be obese and one in every twenty people is considered as morbidly obese.  These high numbers are accompanied by quite some health issues, with some that can even lead to death.

Here is a list of just a few of the health issues we know can be caused by being overweight:

- type 2 diabetes
- heart disease
- high blood pressure
- nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (excess fat and inflammation in the liver of people who
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- some types of cancer: breast, colon, endometrial (related to the uterine lining), and kidney
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New Quantum Experiment Shows How The Universe is Simulated Within a Mind

A new physics documentary was recently released entitled Digital Physics Meets Idealism: The Mental Universe, explaining how the universe is actually a virtual reality simulated in a cosmic mind.

As hard as this may be to believe, recent evidence such as the falsification of realism by physicist Anton Zeilinger in 20071 as well as other discoveries in quantum gravity revealing spacetime to emerge from quantum information, suggest physical reality is a Matrix-like simulation. However, a simulation in a mind?

What do virtual realities, quantum gravity, digital physics and cognitive science tell us about the universe? Find out in this fascinating documentary, Digital Physics Meets Idealism: The Mental Universe.

According to Integrated Information Theory, or IIT, the foremost theory in cognitive science, consciousness is integrated information. What this means is that the bits of information in a conscious state can not be dissociated from one another. For example the information describing the round shape of a rose can not be separated from its red color. One can not have redness by itself without the round shape nor the round shape without a color to fill it in.

shutterstock_357502820In consciousness studies there are numerous theories regarding what consciousness really is and no one can agree. What motivated IIT, though, was a realization that despite this widespread disagreement the one thing that is agreed upon by everyone is what the subjective experience we call consciousness is like.

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If You’re Not Sure What To Do Next In Life, Ask Yourself These 7 Questions:

In life, sometimes, we find ourselves feeling stuck, unfulfilled or dissatisfied. We feel like we are constantly hitting dead ends or passing through crossroads and paths that just seem to lead nowhere.

Regardless of what stage you are at in life at the moment, if you’re unhappy with it, or just flat out not sure as to how to proceed, then it’s time to reevaluate.

When I was in 17, I remember the daunting task of trying to figure out what degree I should go for. The pressure of picking a career at which I would be happy with for the next 10, 20 and even 50 or so years of my life was just killing me!

It was ugly! I am sure you can resonate with that!

Heck, I saw adults well in their fifties who are still struggling to figure it out, how the heck a 17 years old is supposed to not just figure it out but hit it off and from the 1st trial.

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The simple answer to this dilemma is, sometimes you just can’t! No, don’t get all upset at me now, there is a twist, so just keep reading.

In life, we are not meant to know everything, and that applies to you too! You simply can’t know for a fact what’s going to make you happy six months from now let alone 50 years from now.

They key is to know what has the potential to make you happy now and then go and pursue it. If in your current position — or school track, was not what you thought it would be,  then you need to move on.

When I was 17, I made the logical choice to go to Medical School and to become a doctor. It’s a nice career, with a really prestigious position. 

It took me 3 years to realize that I liked the idea of being a doctor, but I didn’t really want to become one! But I was faced with yet another dilemma! I was not sure what the heck am I suppose to do next! Continue reading

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