Devil's Den State Park, AR and OKC

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Submitted by Daniel Shyles on March 15, 2014 - 4:28pm

We got our first real hike in at Devil's Den, particularly on the Yellow Rock Overlook trail which boasts a beautiful and expansive view over the Ozark mountains, valleys and cliffs. Yellow Rock is just one of many popular trails in the park.

To get to our campsite we had to hike about a half mile with our gear for the night, including a brief yet chilly wade through a stream.

Mississippi River State Park, AR

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Submitted by Daniel Shyles on March 14, 2014 - 4:07pm

Thursday, March 13th, 2014 
Now we embark on our great adventure west. We left Nashville in our little red car on I-40 for our first stop at Mississippi River State Park in Arkansas. Getting there was an adventure itself. After falling victim to some silly rookie mistakes such as almost running out of gas in rural Arkansas, and losing cell service before actually knowing the specific location of the campsite, we hardly anticipated the 7 miles of large cut gravel road leading there. Still, we made it, though I think the car will need a bath by the end of the trip.

Consciousness stuck in time

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Submitted by Daniel Shyles on February 15, 2014 - 9:21pm

After watching a documentary on consciousness, death and afterlife with Rachel we got to talking. She mentioned a concept suggested by a doctor of medicine, Robert Lanza, in which he states that reality and the universe are constructs of biology and consciousness rather than the other way around. He calls it a Biocentric Universe. Now, though it's an interesting concept and would merit the entire plot of The Matrix as plausible, it upset me.

Nuclear fusion: A limitless energy source coming to light

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Submitted by Daniel Shyles on February 15, 2014 - 10:33am

This week (Feb 12), scientists at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California reported a significant achievement in the future of energy production here on Earth. In a complex the size of a football stadium they have concentrated the light from 192 lasers into a peppercorn sized pellet lined with fuel, crushing hydrogen atoms together with enough energy to fuse into helium outputting, for the first time, more energy than was put in.

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