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      Within that terrifyingly tiny space is contained every single human being who was alive at the time.
      Think of it as the most epic selfie ever taken.
      Sagan’s monologue about the photograph—given at Cornell University in 1994—is poetic, hopeful, even a bit mocking at times:
      "We succeeded in taking that picture, and, if you look at it, you see a dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever lived, lived out their lives. The aggregate of all our joys and sufferings, thousands of confident religions, ideologies and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilizations, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every hopeful child, every mother and father, every inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every superstar, every supreme leader, every saint and sinner in the history of our species, lived there on a mote of dust, suspended in a sunbeam.
      The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that in glory and in triumph they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of the dot on scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner of the dot. How frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds. Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the universe, are challenged by this point of pale light.
      Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity—in all this vastness—there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves. It is up to us. It’s been said that astronomy is a humbling, and I might add, a character-building experience. To my mind, there is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly and compassionately with one another and to preserve and cherish that pale blue dot, the only home we've ever known."
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      By Guest Nicole
      Selfies make our noses look 30 percent larger than they really are, plastic surgeons warn.
      In a 2017 poll, 55 percent of facial plastic surgeons reported seeing patients who wanted surgeries to help them look better in selfies, up from 13 percent in 2016.
      With the explosion of smartphones has come an epidemic of selfie-taking. These mini self-portraits are now a currency we trade on Instagram, Snapchat, and Facebook. And they’re increasingly a way we see ourselves, and our flaws.
      But sometimes what we see in selfies isn’t really what’s there, plastic surgeons are warning. That’s the takeaway from a new research letter published Thursday in the journal JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery.
      Boris Paskhover, a facial plastic surgeon at Rutgers University and one of the authors of the paper, says patients have been coming into his clinic demanding nose jobs because they thought their noses looked too big in their selfies. The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons has noticed the trend too. According to a 2017 poll, 55 percent of facial plastic surgeons reported seeing patients who wanted surgeries to help them look better in selfies, up from 13 percent in 2016.
      Paskhover right away recognized what was really going on with all the selfie nose job requests: “I’d say, ‘Your nose doesn’t look big — there’s distortion when you keep a camera close to your face,” he said.
      To prove it, Paskhover and his co-authors set out to quantify selfie distortion using a mathematical model that takes into account how the distance between a personÂ’s face and a camera lens can change their facial features in a photo.
      They found that when the lens is very close to the face — about 12 inches — it makes the nose look about 30 percent larger compared to the rest of the face. You can see that difference below in the photo taken at selfie distance (12 inches) on the left versus regular portrait distance (60 inches) on the right:

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      En los últimos dos años, la India ha registrado muchas más muertes relacionadas con las selfiesque en cualquier otro país del mundo. Esos son los hallazgos de un nuevo estudio realizado por académicos de la Universidad Carnegie Mellon y el Instituto de Información de Delhi.
      El análisis titulado Me, Myself and My Killfie concluyó que de 127 muertes relacionadas con las selfies, 76 muertes eran de la India.
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          (Archivo) Los investigadores analizaron miles de selfies publicadas en Twitter y encontraron que los hombres, respecto a las mujeres, eran más propensos a tomarse este tipo de fotos de forma peligrosa y arriesgada. Determinaron que el 13 por ciento fueron tomadas en lo que podría considerarse situaciones peligrosas y la mayoría de las víctimas eran menores de 24 años.
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      "Esta tendencia se basa en la creencia de que la publicación de una fotografía en las vías de un tren junto a tu mejor amigo tiene un significado romántico y es un signo de amistad interminable", señaló el estudio.
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