Hybrid Solar Eclipse 2013: How To See Rare Celestial Sight On November 3

On Sunday skywatchers will be treated to the last solar eclipse of 2013.

The Nov. 3 hybrid solar eclipse will follow a path across the Atlantic Ocean and over Africa. In North America, the eclipse will be visible only to observers on the East Coast.

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The path of the hybrid solar eclipse, via NASA.

Sunday’s eclipse is considered a hybrid because it’s essentially a mashup of two familiar types of eclipse. It will start as an annular eclipse, with the awesome “ring of fire” around the sun, before morphing into a total solar eclipse, in which the sun is totally blocked for a brief period.

The Slooh Space Camera will livestream the eclipse online as seen from Kenya, where the sun and moon will form a total solar eclipse.

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A sequence of a rare hybrid solar eclipse, as photographed in the annular form in Panama in 2005.

On the East Coast of the U.S., the best chance of seeing the hybrid solar eclipse will be at 6:30 a.m. ET. Skywatchers near Boston and New York should expect to see the moon covering more than half the sun. Farther south, a smaller portion of sun will be obscured.

Hybrid solar eclipses are rare. Of the 11,898 solar eclipses indexed and predicted between 1999 B.C. and 3000 A.D., only 4.8 percent were considered hybrids, according to Universe Today.

Oh, and a note of caution: remember that eye protection is required when viewing this eclipse, even though it’s just a hybrid.

Watch Slooh’s live broadcast of the hybrid solar eclipse below from 6:45 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. ET Sunday.

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Things You Can And Can’t Do Thanks To The New FAA Rule

The FAA announced Thursday that passengers will soon be able to use portable electronic devices during takeoff and landing.

The news circulated quickly — no one wants to shutdown and stow their devices at the beginning and end of a flight. Now that hassle will no longer exist and you’ll get to indulge in electronic device usage during every second from gate to gate.

But when you really think about it… it’s not that big of a deal. While the new rule makes your life easier, you still won’t be able to access the Internet or send an email under 10,000 feet (and, let’s be real, airplane Wi-Fi is shoddy most of the time).

Herewith, a list of some of the things you can and can’t do upon takeoff and landing thanks to the FAA rule change…

You can read a book on your e-reader, but you can’t download a new one.

You can look through all those photos you snapped on your phone, but you can’t post them to Facebook.

You can test out Instagram filters on those photos, but you still can’t post them anywhere.

You can craft your next Tweet and Facebook status, but you can’t post them.

You can play Candy Crush, but you can’t play Words With Friends.

You can listen to music you’ve downloaded, but you can’t rock out to Pandora or Spotify.

You can read through your old text messages, but you can’t message your friends.

You can take Snapchats, but you can’t send them.

You can write emails, but you can’t send those either.

You can watch a downloaded movie, but you can’t stream Netflix or Hulu.

However, if you have a Gameboy or a Discman, you can play with those the whole time. Lucky you!

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Americans Will Spend $6.9 Billion on Halloween This Year



Roughly half of Americans will celebrate Halloween this year. The 158 million revelers will spend slightly less money on Halloween this year than they did two years ago, but spending in 2013 is expected to total $6.9 billion, down from the $8 million in 2011.

How are Americans celebrating? Forty-four percent of the country’s population will carve pumpkinsStatista‘s chart reveals more interesting numbers about Americans’ Halloween behavior

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Amazon Goes Head-To-Head With Netflix With More Original Content

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Amazon is going the Netflix route adding more original series to its lineup. 

Amazon announced two new pilots have been greenlit by its in-house Amazon Studios: “Bosch,” based on Michael Connelly’s best-selling Harry Bosch series, and “The After,” from “X-Files” creator Chris Carter.

Both series will be the first hour-long dramas on Amazon Instant Video.

The shows are part of Amazon’s attempt to bring in more content — and viewers — to Amazon Prime Instant Video since adding comedies last April.

More original content from Prime comes on the heels of competitor Netflix’s recent success with its original shows. 

Netflix earned 14 Primetime Emmys for its original content earlier this year, winning one Primetime Emmy for political drama “House of Cards.”

Here’s more on the two new shows: 


Based on Michael Connelly’s best-selling Harry Bosch series and written by Eric Overmyer and Michael Connelly, Bosch follows a relentless LAPD homicide detective as he pursues the killer of a 13-year-old boy while standing trial in federal court on accusations that he murdered a suspected serial killer in cold blood. Bosch will be played by Titus Welliver (Argo, The Good Wife) and the pilot will also star Annie Wersching, Amy Price-Francis and Jamie Hector. Henrik Bastin of Fabrik Entertainment (The Killing) is producing and Jim McKay will direct. 

The After

Written and directed by Emmy-nominee Chris Carter (The X-Files) executive produced by Marc Rosen of Georgeville Television and produced by Gabe Rotter, The After follows eight strangers who are thrown together by mysterious forces and must help each other survive in a violent world that defies explanation. Sharon Lawrence, Jamie Kennedy, Aldis Hodge, Andrew Howard, Arielle Kebbel, Jaina Lee Ortiz, Adrian Pasdar, and Louise Monot will star. 

The addition of these two hour-long dramas follows news earlier this month of three other half-hour pilots, “Mozart in the Jungle,” “The Outlaws,” and “Transparent.” 

Unlike Netflix, which releases all episodes of its series at once, season pickup on Amazon is determined according to viewer response to the pilot.

This fall, Amazon will also be releasing what looks like a direct competitor to “House of Cards.” “Alpha House” will be a political dramedy following four senators who live in a rented house in Washington, D.C. The series stars John Goodman, Matt Malloy, Clark Johnson, and Mark Consuelos. 

Earlier this year, Amazon attempted to bring horror-comedy “Zombieland” online, but it was pulled after the pilot 

Based on the 2009 Sony movie, the show received many 5-star reviews. — more than any 1, 2, and 3-star reviews combined. 

Ultimately, series writer-producer Rhett Reese blamed fans on the show’s failure to get picked up.

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Today’s Tech Hubs Are All About Location, Location, Location



Long before Silicon Valley became the archetypal tech company cluster, 100 years ago and 344 miles south, the city of Los Angeles owned the space.

The emergent film industry of Southern California was the original tech hub, in many ways. A collection of outsourced companies serviced the film industry that assembled and subsequently boomed in Hollywood.

In the early 1900s it looked as if New York would be the city that defined movies, however. Thomas Edison opened the first film “studio” there in 1893; the advent of electricity was the Internet of its day, attracting innovators to industry trailblazers in the region. Read more…

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12 Simple Ways To Improve Your Memory

We all have our days of forgetfulness, but sometimes a bad memory can become frustrating, especially when key dates and important notices are forgotten.

Instead of just playing memory-promoting video games, there are also plenty of other everyday non-intrusive things that can be done to help improve that memory of yours.

Here are 12 simple ways to improve your memory:

1. Look At Nature

Whilst walking through nature may be more beneficial, there are also benefits to be had in just looking at images of nature. The process allows for your mind to de-clutter, which then helps with memory storage and processing, allowing for improved memory recall.

2. Exercise

Whilst we spend time focusing on our ab crunches, we rarely think about the benefits we are receiving on a cognitive level when it comes to exercise.

Studies have found that running increases levels of a protein called brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), which supports the health of current and existing neurons, whilst also helping with the creation of new cells.

Weight lifting has been shown to increase levels of a protein known as insulin-like growth factor, which also promotes cell division and growth. It is also thought to help fragile new-born neurons survive their early stages.

Now you’ve got a double reason to hit the gym tomorrow!

3. Sleep

Rapid Eye Movement (REM) consists of four stages that help, in part, with the active state your body goes through during sleep:

  • Stage 1 – Your eyes are closed but you can be easily awoken.
  • Stage 2 – Light sleep that is accompanied by positive and negative waves, which represent muscle tone and muscle relaxation periods.
  • Stage 3 and 4 – Deep sleep stages, also known as deep-wave, or delta sleep.

The whole REM cycle is designed to regenerate tissue and strengthen the immune system. However, on a cognitive level the process is vital for the storage of information in the long-term memory.

A key factor with REM sleep is that it also places a bias on the information that caused more stress or has been repeated several times throughout the day. A key example would be the practice of a sport. If a move is repeated over and over again, a little of it goes into muscle memory during the event. The majority of the muscle memory is completed during REM sleep.

4. Chew Gum

Whilst chewing gum doesn’t directly improve your memory, it does help your ability to focus and ultimately retain extra information.

Chewing gum has been known to boost mental alertness by 10% within individuals, which could be incredibly beneficial during a study session or lecture.

5. Music

What exercise does to our body, music does to our brains. Music “tones” the brain for auditory fitness. Music training tends to give you the ability to assess the relevance and predictability of an auditory signal, and this also includes speech. Because of this musicians have the ability to remember more auditory content.

6. Visualize

This is actually one of the secret methods that many of the World Champions of Memory use when attempting to memorize a deck of shuffled cards.

By simply associating key information with a memorable feature, person, action or color, you can begin to use memory recall for the memorable item, which then leads to the visualization of what it is you’re trying to remember.

7. Doodle

This should be considered in much the same way as chewing gum: whilst it doesn’t directly influence memory or storage, it does help to make your mind stop wandering away from the primary task.

Even though an experiment that was conducted didn’t have any final, conclusive evidence, it did show that doodlers have 30% improved memory recall.

8. Drink Green Tea

Due to its key ingredient, an organic molecule called EGCG (an anti-oxidant that helps to combat age-related, degenerative illnesses), green tea has become a recommended beverage that people should consume multiple times a day.

For the full benefits of the anti-aging anti-oxidants, matcha tea, which is the full green tea leaf ground into a powder, contains 137 times more anti-oxidants than regular green tea and should also be considered as part of a daily diet.

9. Seek Help

The biggest strain on our cognitive functions are life stresses, including anxiety and anger. Both of these can cause the parts of your brain that are responsible for memory to degenerate. Another key problem that originates from these stresses is depression, which can sometimes be misdiagnosed since one of its symptoms is also an inability to concentrate.

If you can find the source of your problems now and work to resolve them, you’ll be saving your cognitive functions long-term, as years down the track these stresses can have profound effects.

10. Stand Up

Ensure that you’re getting up and moving around throughout the day, especially whilst at work. Our bodies need oxygen to circulate through them to deliver our energy; however, when you’re in a seated position your body goes into a resting period. Our brain will go into momentary lapses of concentration after prolonged periods of sitting down.

11. Study Sessions

Rather than going into a marathon library session, it has been shown that by regularly studying in small chunks that include rest, people were able to remember more and also had improved memory recall.

Because the sessions are short and regular you then have the time to store and process the information during break periods. Long sessions with no rest don’t allow for proper memory process.

12. Learn Before Bedtime

The day has its distractions, and it tends to make learning and concentration an incredibly difficult task. However, if you fit in a study session or learning session right before bedtime, you’re unlikely to become distracted by everyday occurrences.

Memories are something that many of us fear losing: traditional family recipes or the first time you went out on a date: Understanding Sleep: How to Improve Your Memory

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Plugged-In Entrepreneurs Think The Entire $400 Million Premise Of Path Is Flawed

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Path is a mobile social network that’s still alive in part because its founder, Dave Morin, wants it to be.

The Facebook millionaire and other investors have poured more than $50 million into Path. When it re-launched in November 2011, the premise was promising: 

If you could create your Facebook friend list again from scratch, what would it look like?

For many people, the answer would be a smaller, tighter-knit friend group. The word “friend” is used liberally on Facebook and as a result, News Feeds are full of stories about people who aren’t truly close to users. Path tries to solve that problem by limiting its users to 250 connections.

That idea is good in theory, but it’s actually problematic from a psychological perspective. And if Path fails, the limited number of friends may be the reason why.

Last night, at a Web Summit dinner in Dublin, a group of entrepreneurs were talking about the future of Path and why the social network hasn’t gone mainstream yet.

One person said it was because there were too many other social networks to use and no reason to switch to Path. Another founder stated a bigger issue:

When you limit the number of connections a user is allowed to make, it can lead to them make no connections at all.

Responding to a friend request on Facebook doesn’t require much thought. There’s no real consequence if you accept an invitation. But on Path, you have to constantly weigh if a person is close enough to you to take one of your coveted 250 slots. If the answer is no, you reject them. You certainly don’t reach out to them with a friend request. 

This to-friend-or-not-to-friend dilemma inhibits the app’s growth. If a user doesn’t friend anyone, and none of the user’s true friends join Path, then there’s no reason to use the app.

Path says it has 20 million users, but it’s not clear how many of those users are still active. It recently laid off 20% of its staff and was hunting for a lead investor for its new round of financing at a $400 to $500 million valuation. Its last round of financing valued the company at $250 million.

Disclosure: Enterprise Ireland kindly sponsored Business Insider’s trip to Dublin to cover Web Summit and F.ounders.

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