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Ciro Villa has been at 3 events

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Ciro Villa137,241Let's meet and shake hands and enjoy the IMAX premiere of the movie "Interstellar" at the World Golf Village located in St. Augustine, Florida. If you are available and willing we can meet outside the theater between 7:30 and 7:45 PM EST on Thursday, November 6, 2014.  The movie starts at 08:00 PM EST. It is your responsibility to purchase your ticket at the following link: http://www.museumtix.com/venue/venueinfo.aspx?vid=783&tab=E Once there, select the movie from the drop-down then create an account to pre-purchase your ticket before they sell out. Casual Florida dress. Please RSVP.  Thanks.An Evening At the Movies - Interstellar Premiere in IMAX at WGV2014-11-06 19:30:002  
Astronomy Cast11,172Join +Fraser Cain and +Pamela Gay for a live recording of their long-running and popular Astronomy Cast podcast. We'll spend the first 30 minutes recording the podcast, and then stick around to answer your questions about space and astronomy. *Episode 291: Shock Waves* As a meteor crashed into the atmosphere above Russia, the world discovered the importance of shock waves; how they're caused and how they propagate through the atmosphere. Today we'll discuss the topic in general and find many examples where shock waves can be created, here on Earth, and out in space. #ac291Astronomy Cast, Ep. 291: Shock Waves2013-02-18 21:00:00310  
Dawn Mission Education and Communications (E/C)1,880Update: Video here! http://www.youtube.com/user/NoisyAstronomer?v=SqIszii4H0c and here: https://plus.google.com/b/114633249213698877766/114633249213698877766/posts/Qq2jowbYN5h After an awesome year exploring asteroid Vesta, NASA’s Dawn Mission cruises on to Ceres 2015! Celebrate at a Dawn Mission Team Hangout!. Moderated by Dawn’s education and public outreach (E/PO) liaison, Dr. Britney Schmidt, and CosmoQuest, we'll talk about the results, the spacecraft, and our hopes for Ceres in 2015. You'll have a chance to ask questions and get involved. Stars of the show so far?  • Dr. Tom Prettyman, Science Team and GRaND lead, Planetary Science Institute • Drs. Tim Weise and Charles Gardner, NASA JPL Flight Operations Team • Drs. Lucille Le Corre and Vishnu Reddy, Framing Camera Team, Max Plank       Institute for Solar System Research • Dr. Debra Buczkowski, Participating Scientist, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory Submit your questions for the Dawn team by leaving them in the comments section below, on Dawn’s Facebook page, or by using the hashtag #HastaLaVesta on Twitter. Visit this event page on September 8, 2012 to watch the _Hangout On Air_, and to chime in on the conversation. Official website: http://dawn.jpl.nasa.gov/news/hasta_la_vesta.asp Twitter: https://twitter.com/nasa_dawn Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dawn.mission As the schedule and guest list is secured, we'll continue updating this page. Stay tuned for additional details.Dawn Mission Google+ Hangout with CosmoQuest2012-09-08 21:00:00110  

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2015-08-27 01:04:58 (8 comments, 1 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

A new survey has a blessedly ominous headline: "Automakers Spending Billions on Technologies That Many Consumers Don't Use."

Most reshares: 18

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2015-08-27 22:21:32 (2 comments, 18 reshares, 87 +1s)Open 

#pundayeveryday 

Most plusones: 87

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2015-08-27 22:21:32 (2 comments, 18 reshares, 87 +1s)Open 

#pundayeveryday 

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2015-08-30 00:16:04 (3 comments, 7 reshares, 32 +1s)Open 

One of the most dangerous things people can do on the web is read news and information from just one or two particular sources...and, this is very important...regardless of the sources!  

Informing yourself from different spectrum, is very important in order to form a properly balanced judgement of things, although, frankly often even multiple sources can all be have some form of information distortion.
 
So, generally speaking, the application of proper skepticism, common sense, rational thought and the proverbial "grain of salt" is recommended in all cases..most importantly, remove your biases.

Word to the wise...

Image courtesy of Jim Gill | http://www.cognitivebiasparade.com/ 

One of the most dangerous things people can do on the web is read news and information from just one or two particular sources...and, this is very important...regardless of the sources!  

Informing yourself from different spectrum, is very important in order to form a properly balanced judgement of things, although, frankly often even multiple sources can all be have some form of information distortion.
 
So, generally speaking, the application of proper skepticism, common sense, rational thought and the proverbial "grain of salt" is recommended in all cases..most importantly, remove your biases.

Word to the wise...

Image courtesy of Jim Gill | http://www.cognitivebiasparade.com/ ___

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2015-08-29 18:09:03 (6 comments, 2 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

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2015-08-29 03:15:47 (4 comments, 9 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

http://www.theverge.com/2015/8/28/9220377/youtube-as-you-know-it-is-about-to-change-dramatically

http://www.theverge.com/2015/8/28/9220377/youtube-as-you-know-it-is-about-to-change-dramatically___

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2015-08-29 02:17:19 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

NASA and the science team behind the New Horizons mission to Pluto and beyond have settled on the popular choice for the spacecraft’s next flyby: It’s 2014 MU69, an icy object a billion miles beyond Pluto that’s thought to be about 30 miles (50…

NASA and the science team behind the New Horizons mission to Pluto and beyond have settled on the popular choice for the spacecraft’s next flyby: It’s 2014 MU69, an icy object a billion miles beyond Pluto that’s thought to be about 30 miles (50…___

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2015-08-29 00:51:52 (0 comments, 8 reshares, 28 +1s)Open 

New Horizons selects Kuiper Belt target

The New Horizons team has selected a Kuiper Belt Object (KBO) 2014 MU69 as its next potential science target. It's about a billion miles beyond Pluto.

ETA: 2019.

Details: http://go.nasa.gov/1VjfAlY

Share courtesy of +NASA Solar System Exploration 

#Space #NewHorizons

New Horizons selects Kuiper Belt target

The New Horizons team has selected a Kuiper Belt Object (KBO) 2014 MU69 as its next potential science target. It's about a billion miles beyond Pluto.

ETA: 2019.

Details: http://go.nasa.gov/1VjfAlY

Share courtesy of +NASA Solar System Exploration 

#Space #NewHorizons___

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2015-08-28 18:32:15 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

LIGHT: Beyond the Bulb – Image of the Day!
Hercules A
In visible light (colored red, green and blue, with bright galaxies appearing white), Hercules A looks like a typical elliptical galaxy. In X-ray light, however, a giant cloud of multimillion-degree gas (shown in purple) is detected.
http://lightexhibit.org/bio_image86.html

Image Credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/SAO, Optical: NASA/STScI, Radio: NSF/NRAO/VLA

#IYL2015 #LBTB

LIGHT: Beyond the Bulb – Image of the Day!
Hercules A
In visible light (colored red, green and blue, with bright galaxies appearing white), Hercules A looks like a typical elliptical galaxy. In X-ray light, however, a giant cloud of multimillion-degree gas (shown in purple) is detected.
http://lightexhibit.org/bio_image86.html

Image Credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/SAO, Optical: NASA/STScI, Radio: NSF/NRAO/VLA

#IYL2015 #LBTB___

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2015-08-28 18:08:36 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Researchers use DNA 'clews' to shuttle CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing tool into cells

Researchers from North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have for the first time created and used a nanoscale vehicle made of DNA to deliver a CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing tool into cells in both cell culture and an animal model. The CRISPR-Cas system, which is found in bacteria and archaea, protects bacteria from invaders such as viruses. It does this by creating small strands of RNA called CRISPR RNAs, which match DNA sequences specific to a given invader. When those CRISPR RNAs find a match, they unleash Cas9 proteins that cut the DNA. In recent years, the CRISPR-Cas system has garnered a great deal of attention in the research community for its potential use as a gene editing tool - with the CRISPR RNA identifying the targeted portion of the relevant DNA, and... more »

Researchers use DNA 'clews' to shuttle CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing tool into cells

Researchers from North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have for the first time created and used a nanoscale vehicle made of DNA to deliver a CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing tool into cells in both cell culture and an animal model. The CRISPR-Cas system, which is found in bacteria and archaea, protects bacteria from invaders such as viruses. It does this by creating small strands of RNA called CRISPR RNAs, which match DNA sequences specific to a given invader. When those CRISPR RNAs find a match, they unleash Cas9 proteins that cut the DNA. In recent years, the CRISPR-Cas system has garnered a great deal of attention in the research community for its potential use as a gene editing tool - with the CRISPR RNA identifying the targeted portion of the relevant DNA, and the Cas protein cleaving it.___

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2015-08-28 18:08:31 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Anyone headed to #BurningMan  should check out the astronomical observatory.

Anyone headed to #BurningMan  should check out the astronomical observatory.___

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2015-08-28 17:26:16 (1 comments, 7 reshares, 24 +1s)Open 

"Where ‘speeding’ is legal: A map of maximum limits across the U.S."

More granular map here --> https://metricmaps.files.wordpress.com/2015/08/max-speed-by-block-group.png

Read full article --> http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonkblog/wp/2015/08/17/where-speeding-is-legal-a-map-of-maximum-limits-across-the-u-s/

Share courtesy of +National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency 

"Where ‘speeding’ is legal: A map of maximum limits across the U.S."

More granular map here --> https://metricmaps.files.wordpress.com/2015/08/max-speed-by-block-group.png

Read full article --> http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonkblog/wp/2015/08/17/where-speeding-is-legal-a-map-of-maximum-limits-across-the-u-s/

Share courtesy of +National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency ___

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2015-08-28 00:01:25 (2 comments, 3 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Undergraduate students are invited to design, build, and test a tool or device that addresses an authentic, current space exploration problem. Tools will be tested in the simulated microgravity environment of the NASA's Johnson Space Center 6.2 million gallon tank, the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory.

Details: http://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-invites-student-teams-to-participate-in-underwater-research

Undergraduate students are invited to design, build, and test a tool or device that addresses an authentic, current space exploration problem. Tools will be tested in the simulated microgravity environment of the NASA's Johnson Space Center 6.2 million gallon tank, the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory.

Details: http://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-invites-student-teams-to-participate-in-underwater-research___

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2015-08-27 22:30:49 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

"That’s okay, because you’re a scientist! Your old theory — or way of making sense of the world — now gets revised, and replaced with a new one that’s even better at describing the full suite of phenomena you’re aware of."

When you first venture out into the world, you're armed, as a human being, with an incredible intelligence, but with no experience. All sorts of basic things must be learned, often the hard way: hot things will burn you, hot things that don't look hot will also burn you, and that even very cold things will burn you, too. Figuring those things out -- and the process by which you learn them -- is science, in and of itself. But to move forward requires that we understand why, and that's where scientific theories, leaps and even revolutions come into play. Don't let bad science reporting take you away from what science is really allabout: the knowledg... more »

"That’s okay, because you’re a scientist! Your old theory — or way of making sense of the world — now gets revised, and replaced with a new one that’s even better at describing the full suite of phenomena you’re aware of."

When you first venture out into the world, you're armed, as a human being, with an incredible intelligence, but with no experience. All sorts of basic things must be learned, often the hard way: hot things will burn you, hot things that don't look hot will also burn you, and that even very cold things will burn you, too. Figuring those things out -- and the process by which you learn them -- is science, in and of itself. But to move forward requires that we understand why, and that's where scientific theories, leaps and even revolutions come into play. Don't let bad science reporting take you away from what science is really all about: the knowledge and joy of figuring out how the world and Universe really works.___

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2015-08-27 22:21:32 (2 comments, 18 reshares, 87 +1s)Open 

#ThursdayHumor  

Share courtesy of +Paula Jones 

#pundayeveryday ___ #ThursdayHumor  

Share courtesy of +Paula Jones 

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2015-08-27 21:47:15 (0 comments, 4 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

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2015-08-27 21:45:00 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Take a virtual visit to the Greenland Ice Sheet with scientists conducting active research there. Watch/chat Friday, Aug. 28 10 a.m. PT (1 p.m. ET, 1700 UTC) on http://ustream.tv/NASAJPL2

#EarthRightNow  +NASA Sea Level 
 

Take a virtual visit to the Greenland Ice Sheet with scientists conducting active research there. Watch/chat Friday, Aug. 28 10 a.m. PT (1 p.m. ET, 1700 UTC) on http://ustream.tv/NASAJPL2

#EarthRightNow  +NASA Sea Level 
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2015-08-27 21:44:37 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

Rumors on the Internet: How to Separate Facts from Nonsense about Asteroid Impacts

Perhaps you’ve seen the rumor floating around the Internet, that a large asteroid will impact earth somewhere in the Caribbean in September, causing global destruction. Don’t evacuate your vacation home just yet … This rumor is completely false!

As stated by NASA’s Near-Earth Object office, there are zero known asteroids or comets that can impact Earth in the foreseeable future. All known potentially hazardous asteroids have less than a 0.01% chance of impacting Earth any time in the next 100 years.

Image credit: JAXA/ISAS

Read more: http://buff.ly/1MY6JEZ

Rumors on the Internet: How to Separate Facts from Nonsense about Asteroid Impacts

Perhaps you’ve seen the rumor floating around the Internet, that a large asteroid will impact earth somewhere in the Caribbean in September, causing global destruction. Don’t evacuate your vacation home just yet … This rumor is completely false!

As stated by NASA’s Near-Earth Object office, there are zero known asteroids or comets that can impact Earth in the foreseeable future. All known potentially hazardous asteroids have less than a 0.01% chance of impacting Earth any time in the next 100 years.

Image credit: JAXA/ISAS

Read more: http://buff.ly/1MY6JEZ___

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2015-08-27 21:16:20 (6 comments, 4 reshares, 39 +1s)Open 

Remembering the almost 1850 people that perished 10 years ago

R.I.P. The victims of Hurricane Katrina

http://wgno.com/timeline-hurricane-katrina-10th-anniversary/

Image courtesy of https://twitter.com/Katrina10

Remembering the almost 1850 people that perished 10 years ago

R.I.P. The victims of Hurricane Katrina

http://wgno.com/timeline-hurricane-katrina-10th-anniversary/

Image courtesy of https://twitter.com/Katrina10___

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2015-08-27 20:59:38 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

This is pretty slick..

As inspired by +Andres M. Trianon 's post

cc/ +Erno Rubik 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ianENTXpVmM

This is pretty slick..

As inspired by +Andres M. Trianon 's post

cc/ +Erno Rubik 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ianENTXpVmM___

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2015-08-27 20:30:46 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

The six-person Expedition 44 space station crew is getting ready to expand to nine people next week. A docked Soyuz vehicle will be moved early Friday morning making room for a new Soyuz spacecraft. Read more... http://blogs.nasa.gov/spacestation/?p=1616

The six-person Expedition 44 space station crew is getting ready to expand to nine people next week. A docked Soyuz vehicle will be moved early Friday morning making room for a new Soyuz spacecraft. Read more... http://blogs.nasa.gov/spacestation/?p=1616___

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2015-08-27 18:56:17 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Imaging techniques set new standard for super-resolution in live cells

Imaging techniques set new standard for super-resolution in live cells___

2015-08-27 18:54:19 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Former NBA star Darryl Dawkins has died at 58, @69News and @NBAHistory report via https://plus.google.com/+BreakingNews

http://www.wfmz.com/news/news-regional-lehighvalley/former-nba-star-darryl-dawkins-dead/34950546

Former NBA star Darryl Dawkins has died at 58, @69News and @NBAHistory report via https://plus.google.com/+BreakingNews

http://www.wfmz.com/news/news-regional-lehighvalley/former-nba-star-darryl-dawkins-dead/34950546___

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2015-08-27 18:33:40 (4 comments, 4 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Bolt hit by Segway...

Bolt hit by Segway...___

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2015-08-27 18:23:39 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 26 +1s)Open 

Photo of the Day! 

Lilitha Isaacs and Rohin Jain take in the Cape Town Cup in South Africa. Image via Alex Weiss. Share your best moments with us at gopro.com/submit

Photo of the Day! 

Lilitha Isaacs and Rohin Jain take in the Cape Town Cup in South Africa. Image via Alex Weiss. Share your best moments with us at gopro.com/submit___

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2015-08-27 18:17:26 (2 comments, 3 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

Incredible images...the scourge of war and the lives of its most innocent victims..

Warning:  Some are graphic

Syria's Children http://trib.al/2rWAEJz___Incredible images...the scourge of war and the lives of its most innocent victims..

Warning:  Some are graphic

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2015-08-27 18:07:38 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Astronaut Luca Parmitano, who lived on the International Space Station in 2013, talks about Friday morning's 20 minute flight to move a Soyuz crew capsule from one docking port to another.

Astronaut Luca Parmitano, who lived on the International Space Station in 2013, talks about Friday morning's 20 minute flight to move a Soyuz crew capsule from one docking port to another.___

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2015-08-27 17:52:40 (2 comments, 5 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

OPALS is a technology demonstration on the International Space Station that is exploring using lasers to transmit more data quicker from space instead of radio waves.

OPALS is a technology demonstration on the International Space Station that is exploring using lasers to transmit more data quicker from space instead of radio waves.___

2015-08-27 15:43:38 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Educators: Back to school blues? Liven up your classroom by teaching about the #YearInSpace mission. FREE lesson plans and resources are available on our new STEM on Station. http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/stem_on_station/index.html

Educators: Back to school blues? Liven up your classroom by teaching about the #YearInSpace mission. FREE lesson plans and resources are available on our new STEM on Station. http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/stem_on_station/index.html___

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2015-08-27 15:42:47 (0 comments, 5 reshares, 24 +1s)Open 

"We think of the world's oceans as flat, but they have as much variation as a mountain range. In this animation of satellite data, the warm tones - yellow, orange and red - show where sea levels are higher over time, the cool, blue tones are where sea levels are lower."

Above description and video courtesy of +NASA Goddard

"We think of the world's oceans as flat, but they have as much variation as a mountain range. In this animation of satellite data, the warm tones - yellow, orange and red - show where sea levels are higher over time, the cool, blue tones are where sea levels are lower."

Above description and video courtesy of +NASA Goddard___

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2015-08-27 15:38:14 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Tour of Abell 1033 
Understanding how clusters grow is critical to tracking how the Universe itself evolves over time.

Learn more about Abell 1033: http://chandra.si.edu/photo/2015/a1033/

Check out more Chandra Podcasts: http://chandra.si.edu/resources/podcasts/sd.html

Tour of Abell 1033 
Understanding how clusters grow is critical to tracking how the Universe itself evolves over time.

Learn more about Abell 1033: http://chandra.si.edu/photo/2015/a1033/

Check out more Chandra Podcasts: http://chandra.si.edu/resources/podcasts/sd.html___

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2015-08-27 15:35:42 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

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2015-08-27 15:19:40 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Researchers develop atomic laser operating at the shortest wavelength yet

Researchers develop atomic laser operating at the shortest wavelength yet___

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2015-08-27 14:10:10 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

This could have important life-saving implications

" Scientists at the Institute of Cancer Research in London found traces of breast cancer eight months before doctors would normally have noticed.

In the trial, the test found 12 cancers out of the 15 women who relapsed. "

Analysis of the mutated DNA of tumours has enabled scientists to continue to search the blood for those mutations. Out of fifteen patients that relapsed the blood test gave advanced warning in 12 cases.___This could have important life-saving implications

" Scientists at the Institute of Cancer Research in London found traces of breast cancer eight months before doctors would normally have noticed.

In the trial, the test found 12 cancers out of the 15 women who relapsed. "

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2015-08-27 03:58:03 (5 comments, 3 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

The greater the cortical thickness of the right Heschi's gyrus in the primary auditory cortex, the less likely you are to get songs stuck in your head. Likewise, the greater the cortical thickness of the right inferior frontal gyrus, the less likely you are to get songs stuck in your head. When a song is stuck in your head, the angular gyrus and anterior cingulate cortex are active, which are part of the 'default mode network,' the part of the brain that gets activated when you are not focusing on any task, which is also involved in such things as daydreaming.

The greater the cortical thickness of the right Heschi's gyrus in the primary auditory cortex, the less likely you are to get songs stuck in your head. Likewise, the greater the cortical thickness of the right inferior frontal gyrus, the less likely you are to get songs stuck in your head. When a song is stuck in your head, the angular gyrus and anterior cingulate cortex are active, which are part of the 'default mode network,' the part of the brain that gets activated when you are not focusing on any task, which is also involved in such things as daydreaming.___

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2015-08-27 02:49:33 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 26 +1s)Open 

Absolutely devastating...

Fiance of photographer killed on live TV releases statement, thanks supporters: http://on.nbc10.com/crkqOxL___Absolutely devastating...

2015-08-27 01:41:13 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

The maker of Sara Lee, Nature's Harvest and other brands is recalling about 48,000 packages of bread.

The maker of Sara Lee, Nature's Harvest and other brands is recalling about 48,000 packages of bread.___

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2015-08-27 01:22:32 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

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2015-08-27 01:17:42 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

Back to School? Time to start thinking careers!
50+ careers go into making a NASA spacesuit!

Credit: NASA/JSC
Date: August 26, 2015

+NASA Johnson Space Center 

#NASA #Space #Astronomy #Science #Spacesuit #Astronauts #Technology #Engineering #STEM #STEAM #Education #School #Students #Learning #Career #Professional

Back to School? Time to start thinking careers!
50+ careers go into making a NASA spacesuit!

Credit: NASA/JSC
Date: August 26, 2015

+NASA Johnson Space Center 

#NASA #Space #Astronomy #Science #Spacesuit #Astronauts #Technology #Engineering #STEM #STEAM #Education #School #Students #Learning #Career #Professional___

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2015-08-27 01:10:47 (0 comments, 4 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Sad news...

Share courtesy of private sharer

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/27/science/joseph-traub-who-helped-bring-computer-science-to-universities-dies-at-83.html

Sad news...

Share courtesy of private sharer

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/27/science/joseph-traub-who-helped-bring-computer-science-to-universities-dies-at-83.html___

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2015-08-27 01:08:09 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

Share courtesy of +Bindu Reddy 

Machine learning models are great as long as we know exactly what to optimize for -  Now I wish I could could simply tell it to  "optimize for falling in love with the product and coming back again and again" :)

Struggling with it as we speak___Share courtesy of +Bindu Reddy 

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2015-08-27 01:04:58 (8 comments, 1 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

A new survey has a blessedly ominous headline: "Automakers Spending Billions on Technologies That Many Consumers Don't Use."

A new survey has a blessedly ominous headline: "Automakers Spending Billions on Technologies That Many Consumers Don't Use."___

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2015-08-27 01:00:30 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

NASA's G-III research aircraft will be busy gathering data in Greenland next year for the Oceans Melting Greenland (OMG) campaign. The data collected will help researchers better understand the loss of ice and aid in predicting the extent of sea level rise in that part of the world. #EarthRightNow

NASA's G-III research aircraft will be busy gathering data in Greenland next year for the Oceans Melting Greenland (OMG) campaign. The data collected will help researchers better understand the loss of ice and aid in predicting the extent of sea level rise in that part of the world. #EarthRightNow___

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2015-08-27 00:59:30 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Share courtesy of +Michael Interbartolo who also adds:

"Good test drop today
Continuing the tradition of fail ops, fail safe today they lost o e drogue and one main chute to show the redundancy needed for human spaceflight."

Engineers Complete Risky Test of Orion’s Parachute System
 
NASA’s successfully completed Aug. 26 a risky test of the Orion spacecraft’s parachute system. A test version of Orion touched down in the Arizona desert after a planned failure of two of its parachutes used to stabilize and slow the spacecraft for landing. During the test, a C-17 aircraft dropped a representative Orion capsule from its cargo bay at an altitude of 35,000 feet, or more than 6.5 miles, in the skies above the U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground in Yuma, Arizona. The engineering model, which has a similar mass and interfaces with the parachute system as the Orion being developed for deep space missions, then began its parachute deployment sequence. Engineers purposefully simulated the failure of one of its two drogue parachutes, used to slow stabilize Orion in the air, and one of its three main parachutes, used to slow the crew module to landing speed, did not deploy. The airdrop test was the penultimate evaluation as part of an engineering series before tests begin next year to qualify the parachute system for crewed flights.___Share courtesy of +Michael Interbartolo who also adds:

"Good test drop today
Continuing the tradition of fail ops, fail safe today they lost o e drogue and one main chute to show the redundancy needed for human spaceflight."

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2015-08-27 00:57:50 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

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"My (and Fraser's!) thoughts on how to possibly get more financial support for #NASA "

Recently NASA was forced to extend it's contract with Russia to fly astronauts to ISS. It's due to budget cuts that led to delays in developing commercial U.S. alternatives. I asked panelists to appeal to good people responsible to give more money to NASA. +Fraser Cain +Nancy Atkinson ___Share courtesy of +Nancy Atkinson who also adds:

"My (and Fraser's!) thoughts on how to possibly get more financial support for #NASA "

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2015-08-27 00:55:56 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Japan's fifth "Kounotori" (HTV-5) resupply vehicle was captured with Canada's robotic arm early Monday. It delivered fresh fruit, research gear and other supplies to the International Space Station. The HTV-5 will complete its cargo mission Sept. 26 when it is released from the station's Harmony module.

Japan's fifth "Kounotori" (HTV-5) resupply vehicle was captured with Canada's robotic arm early Monday. It delivered fresh fruit, research gear and other supplies to the International Space Station. The HTV-5 will complete its cargo mission Sept. 26 when it is released from the station's Harmony module.___

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2015-08-27 00:54:33 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

Honoring the legacy of the late great Leonard Nimoy bit.ly/honoringleonardnimoy

Honoring the legacy of the late great Leonard Nimoy bit.ly/honoringleonardnimoy___

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2015-08-26 23:39:20 (6 comments, 10 reshares, 24 +1s)Open 

"Self-healing material could plug life-threatening holes in spacecraft"

"For astronauts living in space with objects zooming around them at 22,000 miles per hour like rogue super-bullets, it's good to have a backup plan. Although shields and fancy maneuvers could help protect space structures, scientists have to prepare for the possibility that debris could pierce a vessel. In the journal ACS Macro Letters, one team reports on a new material that heals itself within seconds and could prevent structural penetration from being catastrophic.

It's hard to imagine a place more inhospitable to life than space. Yet humans have managed to travel and live there thanks to meticulous engineering. The International Space Station, equipped with "bumpers" that vaporize debris before it can hit the station walls, is the most heavily-shielded spacecraft ever... more »

"Self-healing material could plug life-threatening holes in spacecraft"

"For astronauts living in space with objects zooming around them at 22,000 miles per hour like rogue super-bullets, it's good to have a backup plan. Although shields and fancy maneuvers could help protect space structures, scientists have to prepare for the possibility that debris could pierce a vessel. In the journal ACS Macro Letters, one team reports on a new material that heals itself within seconds and could prevent structural penetration from being catastrophic.

It's hard to imagine a place more inhospitable to life than space. Yet humans have managed to travel and live there thanks to meticulous engineering. The International Space Station, equipped with "bumpers" that vaporize debris before it can hit the station walls, is the most heavily-shielded spacecraft ever flown, according to NASA. But should the bumpers fail, a wall breach would allow life-sustaining air to gush out of astronauts' living quarters. Timothy F. Scott and colleagues wanted to develop a backup defense.

The researchers made a new kind of self-healing material by sandwiching a reactive liquid in between two layers of a solid polymer. When they shot a bullet through it, the liquid quickly reacted with oxygen from the air to form a solid plug in under a second. The researchers say the technology could also apply to other more earthly structures including automobiles."

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2015-08-self-healing-material-life-threatening-holes-spacecraft.html#jCp

The study: Rapid, Puncture-Initiated Healing via Oxygen-Mediated Polymerization, ACS Macro Lett., 2015, 4 (8), pp 819–824. http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acsmacrolett.5b00315

Image from paper at link above.___

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2015-08-26 23:32:52 (5 comments, 4 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

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2015-08-26 23:28:48 (1 comments, 4 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

On the uniqueness of Earth's minerals

Scientists have found that the frequency, distribution, variety and diversity of Earth's mineral is probably unique in the Universe

"New research from a team led by Carnegie's Robert Hazen predicts that Earth has more than 1,500 undiscovered minerals and that the exact mineral diversity of our planet is unique and could not be duplicated anywhere in the cosmos.

Minerals form from novel combinations of elements. These combinations can be facilitated by both geological activity, including volcanoes, plate tectonics, and water-rock interactions, and biological activity, such as chemical reactions with oxygen and organic material.

Nearly a decade ago, Hazen developed the idea that the diversity explosion of planet's minerals from the dozen present at the birth of our Solar System to the nearly... more »

On the uniqueness of Earth's minerals

Scientists have found that the frequency, distribution, variety and diversity of Earth's mineral is probably unique in the Universe

"New research from a team led by Carnegie's Robert Hazen predicts that Earth has more than 1,500 undiscovered minerals and that the exact mineral diversity of our planet is unique and could not be duplicated anywhere in the cosmos.

Minerals form from novel combinations of elements. These combinations can be facilitated by both geological activity, including volcanoes, plate tectonics, and water-rock interactions, and biological activity, such as chemical reactions with oxygen and organic material.

Nearly a decade ago, Hazen developed the idea that the diversity explosion of planet's minerals from the dozen present at the birth of our Solar System to the nearly 5,000 types existing today arose primarily from the rise of life. More than two-thirds of known minerals can be linked directly or indirectly to biological activity, according to Hazen. Much of this is due to the rise of bacterial photosynthesis, which dramatically increased the atmospheric oxygen concentration about 2.4 billion years ago.

In a suite of four related, recently published papers, Hazen and his team—Ed Grew, Bob Downs, Joshua Golden, Grethe Hystad, and Alex Pires—took the mineral evolution concept one step further. They used both statistical models of ecosystem research and extensive analysis of mineralogical databases to explore questions of probability involving mineral distribution.

They discovered that the probability that a mineral "species" (defined by its unique combination of chemical composition and crystal structure) exists at only one locality is about 22 percent, whereas the probability that it is found at 10 or fewer locations is about 65 percent. Most mineral species are quite rare, in fact, found in 5 or fewer localities."

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2015-08-earth-mineralogy-unique-cosmos.html#jCp

According to the article the four papers are published in Canadian Mineralogist, Mathematical Geoscience, American Mineralogist, and Earth and Planetary Science Letters. No link is provided

Image: The mineral hazenite, named after Robert Hazen, which is only found in one locality, Mono Lake, Calif. Like hazenite, 22 percent of known minerals are found in just one locality. Credit: Hexiong Yang___

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2015-08-26 22:43:01 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

"At this point in time, we are certain that black holes exist, we know where they are, how they form, and how they’ll eventually, on timescales of 10^67 years and up, cease to exist. But the details of where the information that went into them goes are still up for grabs, and that’s one of the problems unique to black holes among all objects in the Universe."

Earlier this week, Stephen Hawking shook up the world when he announced that he had uncovered the solution to the black hole information paradox at a conference in Stockholm. When particles fall into (or create) a black hole, information is encoded on the black hole’s surface, but when the black hole decays into radiation, that information appears to be lost, as the radiation is thermal. But perhaps the information is stored on the event horizon, and can be encoded into the outgoing radiation thanks to the interplay ofgravi... more »

"At this point in time, we are certain that black holes exist, we know where they are, how they form, and how they’ll eventually, on timescales of 10^67 years and up, cease to exist. But the details of where the information that went into them goes are still up for grabs, and that’s one of the problems unique to black holes among all objects in the Universe."

Earlier this week, Stephen Hawking shook up the world when he announced that he had uncovered the solution to the black hole information paradox at a conference in Stockholm. When particles fall into (or create) a black hole, information is encoded on the black hole’s surface, but when the black hole decays into radiation, that information appears to be lost, as the radiation is thermal. But perhaps the information is stored on the event horizon, and can be encoded into the outgoing radiation thanks to the interplay of gravitation and matter. Details should be forthcoming in a paper to be released next month by Hawking, Malcom Perry and Andrew Strominger.___

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2015-08-26 22:15:17 (5 comments, 18 reshares, 37 +1s)Open 

The Most Popular Browser in Each Country, 2008-2015

Source --> http://mentalfloss.com/article/67272/most-popular-browser-each-country-2008-2015

Share courtesy of +National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency 

The Most Popular Browser in Each Country, 2008-2015

Source --> http://mentalfloss.com/article/67272/most-popular-browser-each-country-2008-2015

Share courtesy of +National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency ___

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2015-08-26 22:08:35 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

You think your 3D print jobs are cool? NASA's printing a rocket, one piece at a time.

You think your 3D print jobs are cool? NASA's printing a rocket, one piece at a time.___

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