CBD Spotlight: Nicole Jeffords Paints a Healthier Future

When arthritis pain zapped Nicole Jeffords, it greatly hindered her hands-on work. Painting portraits, writing short novels and editing artprofiler.com all became more difficult.  Jeffords, who resists taking prescription or over-the-counter drugs unless it’s a must, discovered CBD about two years ago and now raves of the results she has found from extract tinctures and […]

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Moonquakes Surprisingly Common

Why are there so many moonquakes? Analyses of seismometers left on the moon by the Apollo moon landings reveals a surprising number of moonquakes occurring within 100 kilometers of the surface. In fact, 62 moonquakes were detected in data recorded between 1972 and 1977. Many of these moonquakes are not only strong enough to move furniture in a lunar apartment, but the stiff rock of the moon continues to vibrate for many minutes, significantly longer than the softer rock earthquakes on Earth. The cause of the moonquakes remains unknown, but a leading hypothesis is the collapse of underground faults. Regardless of the source, future moon dwellings need to be built to withstand the frequent shakings. Pictured here 50 years ago today, Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin stands beside a recently deployed lunar seismometer, looking back toward the lunar landing module. via NASA https://ift.tt/2O7yD9s

Apollo 11 and Landing Site 2 in the Sea of Tranquility

This photographic illustration compares the size of Apollo 11 Landing Site 2 with that of the metropolitan New York City area. via NASA https://ift.tt/2JPCliF

Here’s What You Need to Know About Traveling with CBD

With summer comes family gatherings, holiday activities and travel plans. However, for an increasing number of people using CBD as a way to relieve a myriad health and wellness issues, one very important question emerges during this time: Can I travel with my CBD?  CBD and Travel For many people, CBD is not only something […]

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Soyuz Heads to the Launch Pad in Black and White

In this black and white infrared image, the Soyuz rocket is seen as it transported to the launch pad by train, Thursday, July 18, 2019 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. via NASA https://ift.tt/2JMTJod

Shadowed Moon and Mountain

On July 16 the Moon celebrated the 50th anniversary of the launch of Apollo 11 with a lunar eclipse visible from much of planet Earth. In this view part of the lunar disk is immersed in Earth's dark, reddened umbral shadow. Near the maximum eclipse phase, it just touches down along a mountain ridge. The rugged Tyrolean nightscape was recorded after moonrise south of Innsbruck, Austria with a dramatically lit communication tower along the ridgeline. Of course eclipses rarely travel alone. This partial lunar eclipse was at the Full Moon following July 2nd's New Moon and total eclipse of the Sun. via NASA https://ift.tt/2xUo7rq

Recipe: CBD Cookie Dough Bites

As a dietitian I’m always looking for recipes that are quick, simple, packed with protein and most importantly, delicious. I found a version of this recipe years ago and have fine-tuned it to be even more nutritious and boosted with the potential benefits of CBD. These cookie dough bites are a total grand slam in […]

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Apollo 11 Astronaut Michael Collins Talks to Apollo 11 and Artemis 1 Launch Teams

Then and Now: Apollo 11 astronaut Michael Collins talks to Apollo 11 and Artemis 1 Launch Teams in Firing Room 1 at Kennedy Space Center. via NASA https://ift.tt/2JBx67u

The Dangers of Vaping CBD: Fact vs. Fiction

You have probably seen or used a vaporizer with an oil cartridge. These easy-to-use portable devices are quickly becoming one of the most popular ways to take CBD. Widespread interest in both vaping and CBD continue to grow. In many states, vaping CBD is legal, which makes it an enticing option for those with busy […]

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Apollo 11: Descent to the Moon

It had never been done before. But with the words "You're Go for landing", 50 years ago this Saturday, Apollo 11 astronauts Aldrin and Armstrong were cleared to make the first try. The next few minutes would contain more than a bit of drama, as an unexpected boulder field and an unacceptably sloping crater loomed below. With fuel dwindling, Armstrong coolly rocketed the lander above the lunar surface as he looked for a clear and flat place to land. With only seconds of fuel remaining, and with the help of Aldrin and mission control calling out data, Armstrong finally found a safe spot -- and put the Eagle down. Many people on Earth listening to the live audio felt great relief on hearing "The Eagle has landed", and great pride knowing that for the first time ever, human beings were on the Moon. Combined in the featured descent video are two audio feeds, a video feed similar to what the astronauts saw, captions of the dialog, and data including the tilt of the Eagle lander. The video concludes with the panorama of the lunar landscape visible outside the Eagle. A few hours later, hundreds of millions of people across planet Earth, drawn together as a single species, watched fellow humans walk on the Moon. via NASA https://ift.tt/2NYuZyQ

50 Years Ago Apollo 11 Launches Into History

At 8:32 a.m. EST, July 16, 1969, Apollo 11 launched from Florida on a mission to the Moon. via NASA https://ift.tt/2lweTyp

How Dr. Oz Came to Appreciate Alternative Medicine

Despite his traditional training as a heart surgeon, Dr. Mehmet Oz features segments on his long-running daytime talk show that would fall under the alternative medicine umbrella. Recent episodes, for example, have explored the health benefits of turmeric, an Indian herb, as well as how apple cider vinegar can improve skin. Oz says one source […]

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Apollo 11 Launches Humans to the Moon

Everybody saw the Moon. Nobody had ever been there. Humans across planet Earth watched in awe 50 years ago today as a powerful Saturn V rocket attempted to launch humans -- to the Moon. Some in space flight guessed that the machinery was so complex, that so many things had to go right for it to work, that Apollo 11 would end up being another useful dress rehearsal for a later successful Moon-landing mission. But to the Moon they went. The featured video starts by showing astronauts Aldrin, Armstrong, and Collins making their way to the waiting rocket. As the large and mighty Saturn V launched, crowds watched from Cape Canaveral in Florida, USA and on television around the world. The events that unfolded over the next few days, including a dramatic moon walk 50 years ago this Saturday, will forever be remembered as a milestone in human history and an unrivaled demonstration of human ingenuity. This week, many places around the world are planning celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the first humans landing on the Moon. via NASA https://ift.tt/2k5dHll

Artist Russ Arasmith's Visions of Apollo

Artist Russ Arasmith's vision of Apollo was a potent vision of the program that shows in the works he created. via NASA https://ift.tt/32qhsTK

17 Wellness Ideas for the Healthy Naturalist

1. Spread calm.  Three drops each of lemon, lavender and rosemary in your essential oil diffuser can help you relax.  2. Stretch when you’re stressed. 3. Create a mini wellness retreat. One night each week, soak your feet in lemongrass-infused Epsom salt to reduce inflammation. Light a lavender-scented soy candle and read a few chapters […]

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The Space Station Crosses a Spotless Sun

That's no sunspot. It's the International Space Station (ISS) caught passing in front of the Sun. Sunspots, individually, have a dark central umbra, a lighter surrounding penumbra, and no solar panels. By contrast, the ISS is a complex and multi-spired mechanism, one of the largest and most sophisticated machines ever created by humanity. Also, sunspots occur on the Sun, whereas the ISS orbits the Earth. Transiting the Sun is not very unusual for the ISS, which orbits the Earth about every 90 minutes, but getting one's timing and equipment just right for a great image is rare. Strangely, besides that fake spot, in this recent two-image composite, the Sun lacked any real sunspots. The featured picture combines two images -- one capturing the space station transiting the Sun -- and another taken consecutively capturing details of the Sun's surface. Sunspots have been rare on the Sun since the dawn of the current Solar Minimum, a period of low solar activity. For reasons not yet fully understood, the number of sunspots occurring during both the previous and current solar minima have been unusually low. via NASA https://ift.tt/2JHcGsB

CBD Spotlight: Marnie DeWulf Embraces the World Anew

The day after Thanksgiving in 2016, Marnie DeWulf suffered a grand mal seizure. She lost consciousness and her muscles contracted violently. When the seizure struck, DeWulf was being treated for depression and anxiety, chronic pain associated with autoimmune issues and Type 1 diabetes. “Every time I went into a doctor’s office, they were trying to […]

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The Eagle Rises

Get out your red/blue glasses and check out this stereo view from lunar orbit. The 3D anaglyph was created from two photographs (AS11-44-6633, AS11-44-6634) taken by astronaut Michael Collins during the 1969 Apollo 11 mission. It features the lunar module ascent stage, dubbed The Eagle, rising to meet the command module in lunar orbit on July 21. Aboard the ascent stage are Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, the first to walk on the Moon. The smooth, dark area on the lunar surface is Mare Smythii located just below the equator on the extreme eastern edge of the Moon's near side. Poised beyond the lunar horizon is our fair planet Earth. via NASA https://ift.tt/2ScCK2n

Hubble Peers at Galactic Cherry Blossoms

The galaxy NGC 1156 resembles a delicate cherry blossom tree flowering in springtime in this Hubble image. The many bright "blooms" within the galaxy are in fact stellar nurseries — regions where new stars are springing to life. via NASA https://ift.tt/2JEsoof

Lack of FDA Guidelines for CBD Sales Causes State-by-State Issues

Keeping track of ever-changing CBD and hemp regulations across the U.S. can be rather daunting. Lucky for us, Hemp Industry Daily created a state-by-state regulatory map for consumers and business owners alike. Hempure has also put together a helpful guide to regulations in each of the 50 states.  Farmers across the nation have expressed enthusiasm […]

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Delivering Saturn Test Hardware to Marshall in July 1964

In July 1964, the first Saturn V S-IVB, or third stage test hardware, was delivered to NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center via NASA https://ift.tt/2NMBt3C

How CBD Gets From the Cannabis Plant to Your Cabinet—And Why It Matters

With the rise of popularity in cannabidiol (CBD) products, people are becoming more interested in the quality of the products they use: where their CBD comes from, how it is manufactured and how pure it is. As with most things, not all CBD oils and products are created equal. Just like olive oil can come […]

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How to Get a Better Night’s Sleep

Modern expectations are incredibly high. We’re expected to perform at our peak at work and home, not to mention hitting the gym and finding some self-care time too. It’s highly unrealistic that even well-rested people can maintain these incredible demands, but what about people who struggle with sleep? How can anyone accomplish their goals if […]

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Growing VEGGIEs in Space

Leafy greens are growing in space! via NASA https://ift.tt/2YMyx84

4000 Exoplanets

Over 4000 planets are now known to exist outside our Solar System. Known as exoplanets, this milestone was passed last month, as recorded by NASA's Exoplanet Archive. The featured video highlights these exoplanets in sound and light, starting chronologically from the first confirmed detection in 1992. The entire night sky is first shown compressed with the central band of our Milky Way Galaxy making a giant U. Exoplanets detected by slight jiggles in their parents-star's colors (radial velocity) appear in pink, while those detected by slight dips in their parent star's brightness (transit) are shown in purple. Further, those exoplanets imaged directly appear in orange, while those detected by gravitationally magnifying the light of a background star (microlensing) are shown in green. The faster a planet orbits its parent star, the higher the accompanying tone played. The retired Kepler satellite has discovered about half of these first 4000 exoplanets in just one region of the sky, while the new TESS mission is on track to find even more, all over the sky, orbiting the brightest nearby stars. Finding exoplanets not only helps humanity to better understand the potential prevalence of life elsewhere in the universe, but also how our Earth and Solar System were formed. via NASA https://ift.tt/2YSAiRv

Survey Finds 22 Percent of CBD Users Have Replaced Pharmaceutical Drugs with CBD

A recent Consumer Reports survey found that more than one quarter (26 percent) of Americans have used CBD during the past two years. Of those Americans who have used CBD, 22 percent reported that they have used CBD to replace at least one pharmaceutical drug. Talk with your doctor before using CBD in conjunction with […]

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Jupiter Abyss

NASA’s Juno spacecraft captured this view of an area within a Jovian jet stream showing a vortex that has an intensely dark center. via NASA https://ift.tt/2XwvNPI

Birds During a Total Solar Eclipse

What do birds do during a total solar eclipse? Darkness descends more quickly in a total eclipse than during sunset, but returns just as quickly -- and perhaps unexpectedly to the avians -- just a few minutes later. Stories about the unusual behavior of birds during eclipses have been told for centuries, but bird reactions were recorded and studied systematically by citizen scientists participating in an eBird project during the total solar eclipse that crossed the USA in 2017 August. Although some unusual behaviors were observed, many observers noted birds acting like it was dusk and either landing or flying low to the ground. Radar confirmed a significant decrease in high-flying birds and insects during and just after totality. Conversely, several sightings of normally nocturnal birds were reported. Pictured, a flock of birds in La Serena, Chile flew through the air together during the total solar eclipse that crossed South America last week. The photographer captured the scene in frames from an eclipse video. The next total solar eclipse in 2020 December will also cross South America, while in 2024 April a total solar eclipse will cross North America from Mexico through New England, USA. via NASA https://ift.tt/2XBq1aP

Total Solar Eclipse Darkens the South Pacific

On July 2, 2019, skywatchers in the beach city of La Serena, Chile, looked up at 4:38 p.m. local time to see a black circle in the sky. via NASA https://ift.tt/32iyof4

The Galactic Center in Radio from MeerKAT

What's happening at the center of our galaxy? It's hard to tell with optical telescopes since visible light is blocked by intervening interstellar dust. In other bands of light, though, such as radio, the galactic center can be imaged and shows itself to be quite an interesting and active place. The featured picture shows the inaugural image of the MeerKAT array of 64 radio dishes just completed in South Africa. Spanning four times the angular size of the Moon (2 degrees), the image is impressively vast, deep, and detailed. Many known sources are shown in clear detail, including many with a prefix of Sgr, since the Galactic Center is in the direction of the constellation Sagittarius. In our Galaxy's Center lies Sgr A, found here just to the right of the image center, which houses the Milky Way's central supermassive black hole. Other sources in the image are not as well understood, including the Arc, just to the left of Sgr A, and numerous filamentary threads. Goals for MeerKAT include searching for radio emission from neutral hydrogen emitted in a much younger universe and brief but distant radio flashes. via NASA https://ift.tt/2G1vK3w

Crescent Saturn

Saturn never shows a crescent phase -- from Earth. But when viewed from beyond, the majestic giant planet can show an unfamiliar diminutive sliver. This image of crescent Saturn in natural color was taken by the robotic Cassini spacecraft in 2007. The featured image captures Saturn's majestic rings from the side of the ring plane opposite the Sun -- the unilluminated side -- another vista not visible from Earth. Pictured are many of Saturn's photogenic wonders, including the subtle colors of cloud bands, the complex shadows of the rings on the planet, and the shadow of the planet on the rings. A careful eye will find the moons Mimas (2 o'clock) and Janus (4 o'clock), but the real challenge is to find Pandora (8 o'clock). Saturn is now nearly opposite from the Sun in the Earth's sky and so can be seen in the evening starting just after sunset for the rest of the night. via NASA https://ift.tt/2NEYFRk

8 Minute and 30 Second Eclipse

The total phase of the July 2nd solar eclipse lasted about 4 minutes and 30 seconds at the point of maximum eclipse. On the surface of planet Earth, that was about 600 nautical miles north of Easter Island in the Southern Pacific Ocean. But from 37,000 feet above, on a charter flight intercepting the Moon's shadow, the Moon could be seen to completely block the Sun for about 8 minutes and 30 seconds. With a tailwind at the mid-eclipse intercept point, the plane was traveling around 488 nautical miles per hour chasing along the Moon's shadow track. From above the clouds this wide-field image of the totally eclipsed Sun and shimmering solar corona over the wing records the spectacular view from a window seat on the sunward side of the aircraft. via NASA https://ift.tt/2xvXhFF

Earth's Glow, the Moon and a Starry Night

This was the view as the International Space Station orbited 256 miles above the Pacific Ocean, southeast of the Hawaiian island chain. via NASA https://ift.tt/2XtkkAl

La Silla Eclipse Sequence

The road to the high mountaintop La Silla Observatory in the Chilean Atacama Desert also led in to the path of July 2nd's total solar eclipse. Recorded at regular intervals before and after the total eclipse phase, the frames in this composite sequence include the moment the Moon's dark shadow fell across some of planet Earth's advanced large telescopes. The dreamlike view looks west toward the setting Sun and the approaching Moon shadow. In fact La Silla was a little north of the shadow track's center line, so the region's stunning, clear skies are slightly brighter to the north (right) in the scene. via NASA https://ift.tt/2JdtRTC

In the Shadow of the Moon

On July 2 denizens of planet Earth could stand in the Moon's dark umbral shadow during South America's 2019 total solar eclipse. It first touched down in the Southern Pacific Ocean, east of New Zealand. Racing toward the east along a narrow track, the shadow of the Moon made landfall along the Chilean coast with the Sun low on the western horizon. Captured in the foreground here are long shadows still cast by direct sunlight though, in the final moments before totality began. While diffraction spikes are from the camera lens aperture, the almost totally eclipsed Sun briefly shone like a beautiful diamond ring in the clear, darkened sky. via NASA https://ift.tt/2FQcOVu

Dogs, Anxiety and the Fourth of July

CBD has become an increasingly popular remedy for pet owners looking to treat their animal’s anxiety, inflammation, pain, gastrointestinal issues, seizures, and for overall immune support. In fact, sales of CBD pet products quadrupled last year to $32 million from $8 million in 2017, according to the Brightfield Group. Although always passionate about health and […]

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NASA's First Rover on the Red Planet

This 8-image mosaic of the Sojourner rover on the surface of Mars was acquired during the late afternoon on Sol 2. Sojourner arrived aboard the Mars Pathfinder on July 4, 1997. via NASA https://ift.tt/329iMdG

Robotic Dragonfly Selected to Fly Across Titan

If you could fly across Titan, what would you see? To find out and to better explore this exotic moon of Saturn, NASA recently green-lighted Dragonfly, a mission to Titan with plans to deploy a helicopter-like drone. Saturn's moon Titan is one of the largest moons in the Solar System and the only moon known to have a thick atmosphere and changing hydrocarbon lakes. After development, building, testing, and launch, Dragonfly is currently scheduled to reach Titan in 2034. The featured animated video envisions Dragonfly arriving at Titan, beginning its airborne exploration, landing to establishing a radio link back to Earth, and then continuing on to another trans-Titanian flight. It is hoped that Dragonfly will not only help humanity better understanding Titan's weather, chemistry, and changing landscape, but also bolster humanity's understanding of how life first developed on our young Earth. via NASA https://ift.tt/2Yt4pP5

Taking to the Skies: Orion Test Brings Moon, Mars Missions Closer

A launch abort system (LAS) with a test version of Orion attached soars upward on NASA’s Ascent Abort-2 (AA-2) flight test atop a Northrop Grumman provided booster on July 2, 2019, after launching at 7 a.m. EDT. via NASA https://ift.tt/2xskIji

Orion "Go" for Launch

A test version of NASA’s Orion crew module is ready for rollback at Space Launch Complex 46 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. via NASA https://ift.tt/2LBjc6u