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Minnesota Zoo581,982It’s time for another animal Hangout on Air and it’s all about the *“Bear Necessities!”* Come discover the similarities and differences of four amazing bear species (Giant Panda, Andean Bear, American Black Bear and the Brown Bear) on this multi-zoo Hangout on Air from experts at @117973258816238256842, the @101151920895232897032 & the @100498829809025377743! *Meet our Experts -*  *Zoo Atlanta | Rebecca Snyder, PhD - Curator of Mammals* Rebecca has made considerable contributions to the zoological community’s understanding of the care and study of giant pandas. http://goo.gl/VKdNLk. *Phoenix Zoo | Joseph Becker - Digital Communications Specialist* Joseph has worked with a large variety of animals from reptiles to elephants and at the Phoenix Zoo helped care for a diverse group of animals as a relief keeper, including the zoo’s Andean bears. *Minnesota Zoo | Diana Weinhardt - Northern Trail Curator* Diana has spent her professional career studying and caring for a multitude of large animals, with a special focus on brown bears, polar bears, Andean bears and many other carnivores. Would you like the opportunity to hangout on air with our bear experts? We have two open spots for those interested so tell us why you think you should be on-camera with us in the comments section and we’ll select the two winners. This hangout on air of for ANYONE, so we hope you can tune in and even ask us your bear questions via the Q & A app! We are so excited, we can “bearly” stand it! *Stephen Colbert* …where are you?! #HoA   #hangoutsonair   #bears   #animals   #BearHoA  The Bear Necessities Google + Hangout on Air2014-01-31 17:00:0032  

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2014-04-12 00:11:11 (23 comments, 0 reshares, 78 +1s)Open 

Dr Foster is born

I passed my viva... After nearly 8years part time study I have finally passed my thesis viva and been told I have passed with minor corrections!

Big big big grin :D

Hurrrrrah!



Most reshares: 8

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2014-03-14 16:12:13 (7 comments, 8 reshares, 28 +1s)Open 

Happy pi day!

Here is my little apple and raspberry contribution. :) 

Most plusones: 78

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2014-04-12 00:11:11 (23 comments, 0 reshares, 78 +1s)Open 

Dr Foster is born

I passed my viva... After nearly 8years part time study I have finally passed my thesis viva and been told I have passed with minor corrections!

Big big big grin :D

Hurrrrrah!



Latest 50 posts

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2015-07-10 10:58:59 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

A prince enjoying some excellent science :)

http://www.oxfordtimes.co.uk/news/13381141.Royal_visit_helps_champion_engineering/?ref=rss 

#science #physics #womeninstem  

A prince enjoying some excellent science :)

http://www.oxfordtimes.co.uk/news/13381141.Royal_visit_helps_champion_engineering/?ref=rss 

#science #physics #womeninstem  ___

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2015-05-24 13:29:41 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Get yourself fit and healthy!

+Yoga With Adriene is not my normal science posts but this is the best! Adriene's amazing way of making Yoga accessible and fun is fantastic.This get me ready to go and rock the laser lab! :D

#yoga  

We acknowledge that sometimes a little goes a long way. You requested a quickie (HY) - something for those busy mornings or brief breaks throughout the day. Good for artists, mamas and papas, rockers, office workers, kiddos and clowns.  Live your full potential! #yoga  ___Get yourself fit and healthy!

+Yoga With Adriene is not my normal science posts but this is the best! Adriene's amazing way of making Yoga accessible and fun is fantastic.This get me ready to go and rock the laser lab! :D

#yoga  

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2015-05-07 15:06:58 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na Batman!

How do you teach optics and lasers? :P Here a green laser diode is spatially filtered, expanded and then a piece of paper in the shape of a batman symbol is placed in the beam using sticky tape. The tape messes up the crispness of the batman image unless you image relay it, which is what you see here :) #batman   #physics   #teaching  

Na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na Batman!

How do you teach optics and lasers? :P Here a green laser diode is spatially filtered, expanded and then a piece of paper in the shape of a batman symbol is placed in the beam using sticky tape. The tape messes up the crispness of the batman image unless you image relay it, which is what you see here :) #batman   #physics   #teaching  ___

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2015-05-07 12:48:03 (1 comments, 6 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

Korean artist depicts love beautifully :D

http://pulptastic.com/korean-artist-beautifully-illustrates-real-love/

Korean artist depicts love beautifully :D

http://pulptastic.com/korean-artist-beautifully-illustrates-real-love/___

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2015-05-03 09:28:56 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Vector graphics made even better with LaTeX :D

Scientific posters with Inkscape - how to easily add LaTeX formulas

Inkscape is an excellent Open Source program for making vector drawings. It works very well for preparation of posters and can even be used for presentations (with the JessyInk extension). For these purposes, you might need to be able to quickly add a nicely formatted scalable formula.

There is a great extension for Inkscape called TeX Text which makes adding and editing LaTeX formulas quite easy. Unfortunately it is not so easy to install it, as it has not been updated for the latest versions of Inkscape. For Windows, follow this approach and hopefully it will work:

1. Make sure that Inkscape, a LaTeX distribution like MiKTeX and ghostscript is installed.
http://inkscape.org/download/

2.a Install pstoedit.
http://www.pstoedit.net/

2.b Optional: Test that pdflatex and pstoedit are accessible from the command prompt.

3. Download and install the latest version of TeX Text.
http://pav.iki.fi/software/textext/

After restarting Inkscape, there will now be a Tex Text entry in the Extensions menu - but, it will not work!

To fix the errors, from here you should follow the approach found on this blog post by adin: http://laconsigna.wordpress.com/2010/11/13/fixing-textext-on-inkscape-0-48/

Essentially, you should

4. Unzip the contents of the site-packages.zip file linked below (courtesy of David Gleich) into the C:\Program Files\Inkscape\python\Lib\site-packages (or similar) directory, overwriting any already existing files.
https://dgleich.com/upload/site-packages.zip

5. Modify the textext.py file in the C:\Program Files\Inkscape\share\extensions directory according to adin's instructions. Or just grab the modified file here (by me) and overwrite the original.
http://neer.dk/share/textext.zip

6. Restart Inkscape and pray everything will now work.

If the extension works, you will now be able to make formulas with standard LaTeX syntax, move around and resize the resulting svg shapes, and then edit the formulas by selecting them and invoking the TeX Text extension again.

#science #posterdesign #inkscape #latex___Vector graphics made even better with LaTeX :D

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2015-03-14 14:15:54 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Happy pi day!

Here is my little apple and raspberry contribution. :) 

Happy pi day!

Here is my little apple and raspberry contribution. :) ___

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2014-10-02 16:36:40 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Question: Is anything with the word laser in it good?

Lupe Fiasco lasers full album

Answer: Yes! :P

#laser  

Question: Is anything with the word laser in it good?

Lupe Fiasco lasers full album

Answer: Yes! :P

#laser  ___

2014-08-27 15:57:52 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

Amusing quote from the lab:

"While stainless steel is a safe material to handle, it can conduct electricity and then it's not necessarily safe." 

Hehe :P

Amusing quote from the lab:

"While stainless steel is a safe material to handle, it can conduct electricity and then it's not necessarily safe." 

Hehe :P___

2014-08-27 13:58:42 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Veritasium: Pure awesome! :D

Veritasium: Pure awesome! :D___

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2014-08-27 13:57:23 (0 comments, 5 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Bad Facebook!

Facebook Fraud

Bad Facebook!

Facebook Fraud___

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2014-07-26 18:14:13 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

Falkirk Kelpies

'The Kelpies' pictured here can be seen in Falkirk and are the world's largest equine representation :) I think they are stunning and well worth a visit!

http://www.thehelix.co.uk/things-to-do/the-kelpies/

#beautiful #kelpies

Falkirk Kelpies

'The Kelpies' pictured here can be seen in Falkirk and are the world's largest equine representation :) I think they are stunning and well worth a visit!

http://www.thehelix.co.uk/things-to-do/the-kelpies/

#beautiful #kelpies___

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2014-07-08 13:42:38 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Games! - Peta's game of the month: Splendor!

You are a precious gem merchant wanting to be the most powerful of all the precious Gem merchants and you will use all of your cunning to achieve this by collecting and trading Rubies, Diamonds, Sapphires and more to increase your wealth! 

This is a really fun game and every person I have taught this game to has loved it! :) Collect your gems, spend them to get discounts, build up your victory points... it manages to combine strategy into a pretty and also relaxing game that is fun for anyone to play. 

http://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/148228/splendor

Games! - Peta's game of the month: Splendor!

You are a precious gem merchant wanting to be the most powerful of all the precious Gem merchants and you will use all of your cunning to achieve this by collecting and trading Rubies, Diamonds, Sapphires and more to increase your wealth! 

This is a really fun game and every person I have taught this game to has loved it! :) Collect your gems, spend them to get discounts, build up your victory points... it manages to combine strategy into a pretty and also relaxing game that is fun for anyone to play. 

http://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/148228/splendor___

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2014-07-04 12:09:02 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

Awesome places: Beautiful nature walks in towns and cites that make you feel you're a million miles from anywhere when you're five mins from home.

#escape #peace #relaxation  

Awesome places: Beautiful nature walks in towns and cites that make you feel you're a million miles from anywhere when you're five mins from home.

#escape #peace #relaxation  ___

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2014-07-03 15:15:43 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Congratulations Tony Bell, winner of Hoyle medal and prize

Another award for a scientist in the Central Laser Facility. Also a lovely example of a great scientist also being a thoroughly nice chap as I found out when he was kind enough to give me a mock PhD viva. Read more about Tony's awesome work at the IOP site linked here:

http://www.iop.org/about/awards/subject/hoyle/medallists/page_63429.html

#science   #physics  

Congratulations Tony Bell, winner of Hoyle medal and prize

Another award for a scientist in the Central Laser Facility. Also a lovely example of a great scientist also being a thoroughly nice chap as I found out when he was kind enough to give me a mock PhD viva. Read more about Tony's awesome work at the IOP site linked here:

http://www.iop.org/about/awards/subject/hoyle/medallists/page_63429.html

#science   #physics  ___

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2014-06-27 17:46:17 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

Awesome places: Riding at the front on the top deck of the bus!

It's lovely to see the world from here, a different angle on everything :) 

Awesome places: Riding at the front on the top deck of the bus!

It's lovely to see the world from here, a different angle on everything :) ___

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2014-06-19 12:23:27 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Compact plasma accelerators

Today the Central Laser Facility, CLF, training weeks hosted a talk from Stuart Mangles from Imperial College where he gave a great talk about Laser Driven Wakefield Acceleration

This technique uses lasers to accelerate electron beams to GeV energies in a much more compact space compared to other facilities. This is facilitated by the much higher field 100GeV/m compare to the 40MeV/m available from conventional RF accelerators. 

Awesome!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plasma_acceleration

Compact plasma accelerators

Today the Central Laser Facility, CLF, training weeks hosted a talk from Stuart Mangles from Imperial College where he gave a great talk about Laser Driven Wakefield Acceleration

This technique uses lasers to accelerate electron beams to GeV energies in a much more compact space compared to other facilities. This is facilitated by the much higher field 100GeV/m compare to the 40MeV/m available from conventional RF accelerators. 

Awesome!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plasma_acceleration___

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2014-06-13 11:07:24 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Tea and purest awesome - together at last!

Oxford’s first and only board game café. This café has over 1700 games! I now know about 80 and they are all amazing! This place is a heaven for board game enthusiasts and general fun lovers alike. I enjoyed it so much I went 4 times in the first 2 weeks after being introduced (silly work got in the way to stop me going more ;) 

You don't even need to worry about not remembering the rules. Thirsty Meeples has game gurus on hand to introduce you to new and exciting games and help get you started :)

If you get a chance, check it out :) Do book though because they are very popular. 

http://www.thirstymeeples.co.uk/

#games   #fun   #awesome   #tea  

Tea and purest awesome - together at last!

Oxford’s first and only board game café. This café has over 1700 games! I now know about 80 and they are all amazing! This place is a heaven for board game enthusiasts and general fun lovers alike. I enjoyed it so much I went 4 times in the first 2 weeks after being introduced (silly work got in the way to stop me going more ;) 

You don't even need to worry about not remembering the rules. Thirsty Meeples has game gurus on hand to introduce you to new and exciting games and help get you started :)

If you get a chance, check it out :) Do book though because they are very popular. 

http://www.thirstymeeples.co.uk/

#games   #fun   #awesome   #tea  ___

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2014-06-05 12:11:29 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 40 +1s)Open 

Net neutrality under threat!!

Made awesome, funny and proactive by John Oliver. Check it out!

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO): Net Neutrality

Net neutrality under threat!!

Made awesome, funny and proactive by John Oliver. Check it out!

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO): Net Neutrality___

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2014-04-16 15:57:59 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

Awesome Video

http://www.npr.org/2014/04/09/300563606/what-does-sound-look-like

Awesome Video

http://www.npr.org/2014/04/09/300563606/what-does-sound-look-like___

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2014-04-12 00:11:11 (23 comments, 0 reshares, 78 +1s)Open 

Dr Foster is born

I passed my viva... After nearly 8years part time study I have finally passed my thesis viva and been told I have passed with minor corrections!

Big big big grin :D

Hurrrrrah!



Dr Foster is born

I passed my viva... After nearly 8years part time study I have finally passed my thesis viva and been told I have passed with minor corrections!

Big big big grin :D

Hurrrrrah!

___

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2014-04-06 17:47:12 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Relax in middle earth

Shelter in the Hobbit Shire - Guided Visualization

Relax in middle earth

Shelter in the Hobbit Shire - Guided Visualization___

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2014-04-06 17:32:04 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Relaxing Nightwalk

https://nightwalk.withgoogle.com/en/home

Relaxing Nightwalk

https://nightwalk.withgoogle.com/en/home___

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2014-04-04 13:27:24 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

hehe worth a watch :)

Iam an expert, i can do everything ! Must watch :)___hehe worth a watch :)

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2014-04-04 13:08:10 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Attosecond pulses we made rock PRL front cover!

Whoop!

http://www.stfc.ac.uk/CLF/44357.aspx

Attosecond pulses we made rock PRL front cover!

Whoop!

http://www.stfc.ac.uk/CLF/44357.aspx___

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2014-04-03 14:04:36 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

HyperPhysics

This is a great resource whether you are studying physics or just interested. This website contains a heap of information on the different area of physics with some links to some of the derivations of particular formulae. 

Definitely worth checking out if you need to swat up and just want to pursue the field of physics :)

http://hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu/hbase/hph.html#hph  
#physics

HyperPhysics

This is a great resource whether you are studying physics or just interested. This website contains a heap of information on the different area of physics with some links to some of the derivations of particular formulae. 

Definitely worth checking out if you need to swat up and just want to pursue the field of physics :)

http://hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu/hbase/hph.html#hph  
#physics___

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2014-03-31 16:32:34 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Back it up! 

http://www.worldbackupday.com/en

If you're writing a thesis you can ignore this because I know you'll be backing it up every few sentences ;)

Back it up! 

http://www.worldbackupday.com/en

If you're writing a thesis you can ignore this because I know you'll be backing it up every few sentences ;)___

2014-03-31 16:26:09 (3 comments, 2 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

Want to know how vaccines cause autism?

http://howdovaccinescauseautism.com/

This website make me giggle. I can see lots of these coming out :P

Want to know how vaccines cause autism?

http://howdovaccinescauseautism.com/

This website make me giggle. I can see lots of these coming out :P___

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2014-03-30 13:41:46 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

This has to be the next dance craze... come on! :P

Who said you can't dance in math.. ___This has to be the next dance craze... come on! :P

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2014-03-21 14:39:26 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Awesome! One day of flights in summer! - Preeeeeety

http://vimeo.com/88093956

Awesome! One day of flights in summer! - Preeeeeety

http://vimeo.com/88093956___

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2014-03-18 23:36:13 (0 comments, 4 reshares, 28 +1s)Open 

Surprise for Professor who predicted inflation theory of universe

This is so awesome... everyone should get one of these moments :) It's a great discovery and hopefully will bring a nobel :)

Stanford Professor Andrei Linde celebrates physics breakthrough

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/18/science/space/detection-of-waves-in-space-buttresses-landmark-theory-of-big-bang.html?hp&_r=1

#science   #inflation  

Surprise for Professor who predicted inflation theory of universe

This is so awesome... everyone should get one of these moments :) It's a great discovery and hopefully will bring a nobel :)

Stanford Professor Andrei Linde celebrates physics breakthrough

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/18/science/space/detection-of-waves-in-space-buttresses-landmark-theory-of-big-bang.html?hp&_r=1

#science   #inflation  ___

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2014-03-14 16:12:13 (7 comments, 8 reshares, 28 +1s)Open 

Happy pi day!

Here is my little apple and raspberry contribution. :) 

Happy pi day!

Here is my little apple and raspberry contribution. :) ___

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2014-02-28 12:57:46 (1 comments, 5 reshares, 36 +1s)Open 

Image: Women Rock Science

Image: Women Rock Science___

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2014-02-28 12:55:38 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Obama works out in a suit? :P

so funny

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/barackobama/10666956/US-President-Barack-Obama-and-Vice-President-Joe-Biden-star-in-own-workout-video.html

Obama works out in a suit? :P

so funny

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/barackobama/10666956/US-President-Barack-Obama-and-Vice-President-Joe-Biden-star-in-own-workout-video.html___

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2014-02-09 19:51:05 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

hehe

#photosynthesis ___hehe

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2014-02-09 19:49:41 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Poor biggerdy-bingdon

Can't go to tescos now cause it's flooded. Luckily I prefer waitrose ;)

http://www.abingdonblog.co.uk/?cat=197

Poor biggerdy-bingdon

Can't go to tescos now cause it's flooded. Luckily I prefer waitrose ;)

http://www.abingdonblog.co.uk/?cat=197___

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2014-02-08 16:18:42 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 


Happy Birthday of Dmitri Ivanovich Mendeleev

The elements had been listed and carefully arranged before Dmitri Mendeleev. They had even been organized by similar properties before. So why is Mendeelev's periodic table the one that has endured? checkout the video.

The genius of Mendeleev's periodic table - Lou Serico

From +Joe Hanson's Tumblr science blog. Take a look.
It's Okay To Be Smart: http://www.itsokaytobesmart.com/

#ScienceEveryday   #Mendeleev  
.


Happy Birthday of Dmitri Ivanovich Mendeleev

The elements had been listed and carefully arranged before Dmitri Mendeleev. They had even been organized by similar properties before. So why is Mendeelev's periodic table the one that has endured? checkout the video.

The genius of Mendeleev's periodic table - Lou Serico

From +Joe Hanson's Tumblr science blog. Take a look.
It's Okay To Be Smart: http://www.itsokaytobesmart.com/

#ScienceEveryday   #Mendeleev  
.___

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2014-02-08 16:09:56 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

eeee... this number gets everywhere!

Pascal's triangle and the number e

You get Pascal's triangle by drawing 1's on top and getting new numbers by adding the two numbers above them, like 4 + 6 = 10 in this picture.  This triangle has lots of great properties. 

In 2012, a guy named Harlan J. Brothers found the number e in Pascal's triangle.  First multiply all the numbers in each row.  Then do the trick shown here!

This picture is from +Alexander Bogomolny, and he has an easy proof that the trick works:

http://www.cut-the-knot.org/arithmetic/algebra/HarlanBrothers.shtml

Let me just see how quickly the trick works.  The bottom row of numbers in this picture multiplies to give 26471025.  The row above that gives 162000 and the row above that gives 2500.  So, we get

2500 × 26471025 / 162000² ≈ 2.5216...

Hmm, pretty bad!  Not very close to

e ≈ 2.718281828....

I guess the convergence is slow.   But still, it works eventually.  The proof boils down to the fact that the nth power of (1 + 1/n) converges to e when n gets bigger and bigger.  If we try a fairly small n we get something like

(1 + 1/5)⁵ ≈ 2.4883...

which is also not very good, but if we try n = 1,000,000 it starts looking better:

(1 + 1/1,000,000)^{1,000,000} = 2.718280469...

I heard about this Pascal's triangle thing from the amazing +Richard Elwes.  If you had circled him, you wouldn't need me to tell you about this!___eeee... this number gets everywhere!

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2014-02-08 16:07:22 (3 comments, 2 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Omg... is this for real?

We know people's hot water works we're watching them use it??? Surveillance in this way is shocking! 1984 much?

http://www.theverge.com/2014/2/6/5386482/sochi-winter-olympics-video-surveillance-of-hotel-room-showers

Omg... is this for real?

We know people's hot water works we're watching them use it??? Surveillance in this way is shocking! 1984 much?

http://www.theverge.com/2014/2/6/5386482/sochi-winter-olympics-video-surveillance-of-hotel-room-showers___

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2014-02-07 16:38:08 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Putin can't get all his rings open

I bet all my gay friends feel so bad for him. 
#Sochi2014

Putin can't get all his rings open

I bet all my gay friends feel so bad for him. 
#Sochi2014___

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2014-02-07 07:19:59 (3 comments, 2 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

Dilbert

I love my daily dose of Dilbert :)

http://dilbert.com/strips/

Dilbert

I love my daily dose of Dilbert :)

http://dilbert.com/strips/___

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2014-01-29 18:22:37 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

And...don't share important things with people who constantly knock you down.  You're not the futile efforts whisperer.  

And...don't share important things with people who constantly knock you down.  You're not the futile efforts whisperer.  ___

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2014-01-27 23:10:45 (1 comments, 4 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul.

An amazing poem, and definitely one to keep in your heart. I love it. 


Invictus

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll.
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul. 
William Ernest Henley

Invictus - Poem That Inspired A Nation

#poetry   #... more »

I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul.

An amazing poem, and definitely one to keep in your heart. I love it. 


Invictus

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll.
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul. 
William Ernest Henley

Invictus - Poem That Inspired A Nation

#poetry   #awesome  ___

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2014-01-25 14:37:40 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Want a confidence boost?

Self Confidence = Repetition, Repetition, Repetition

Have you guys watched this? I think it may have changed my life a little...

(No more words needed - watch it, thank me later.)___Want a confidence boost?

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2014-01-25 14:15:49 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

Thesis tip - Dealing with the stress

When thesis blues are getting you down, my recommendation is do something that is creative that you enjoy. Be it painting, writing music, building something, baking or DIY. If you're stuck, a short break to achieve something somewhere else can work wonders to get your mind back on track :) I took an hour out and painted this which I have called Blue and has made my mind a lot clearer :)

Good luck!

#thesis 

Thesis tip - Dealing with the stress

When thesis blues are getting you down, my recommendation is do something that is creative that you enjoy. Be it painting, writing music, building something, baking or DIY. If you're stuck, a short break to achieve something somewhere else can work wonders to get your mind back on track :) I took an hour out and painted this which I have called Blue and has made my mind a lot clearer :)

Good luck!

#thesis ___

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2014-01-22 19:09:24 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Numbers gone crazy!

What on earth? What does it all mean? +John Baez might be able to explain this? My poor physicists brain can't cope :P

The sum of 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 5 + ... until infinity is somehow  - 1/12 .... really ... Gizmodo -- "Here's a fun little brain wrinkle pinch for all you non-math people out there (that should be everyone in the world*): the sum of all natural numbers, from one to infinity, is not a ridiculously big number like you would expect but actually just -1/12. Yes, the sum of every number from one to infinity is some weird negative fraction. What the heck?

I'm not a math guy but I'm pretty good at basic arithmetic. By that I mean I'm pretty good at adding really small numbers. By that I mean I would totally figure that if you add all the numbers until infinity, you're going to get a really big number. Not in this case. It seems like some mathematic hocus pocus at work here but it's real.

What's fascinating is that this idea that the sum of all natural numbers is -1/12 actually popped up way back in 1735 (as pointed out by Kottke). But seeing all those numbers actually come out to -1/12 is a whole 'nother story. So watch physicists Tony Padilla and Ed Copeland from the University of Nottingham walk through the process of getting -1/12. The video by Numberphile is fascinating because it's mind-blowing but also because you can see the real joy from the wonderful people proving this. I love it. I love them. I like math a little more. ..."

more: http://bit.ly/1bdtAVK___Numbers gone crazy!

What on earth? What does it all mean? +John Baez might be able to explain this? My poor physicists brain can't cope :P

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2014-01-21 19:11:02 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

:)

http://bit.ly/1moDMA3___:)

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2014-01-15 14:40:16 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

*The revolution's coming folks... * 

Go Russell!... Go Russell!.... Hilariously funny to see Paxman back down too...

NEWSNIGHT: Paxman vs Brand - full interview

*The revolution's coming folks... * 

Go Russell!... Go Russell!.... Hilariously funny to see Paxman back down too...

NEWSNIGHT: Paxman vs Brand - full interview___

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2014-01-14 10:26:38 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Whats's writing your thesis up like?

Except the first two lines where you have to imagine he is saying the exact opposite or saying it with irony ;)

#thesis #phd

Whats's writing your thesis up like?

Except the first two lines where you have to imagine he is saying the exact opposite or saying it with irony ;)

#thesis #phd___

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2014-01-04 20:35:39 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

You donate your scientific labours for publication and people try and use it for their own PR. Where have people's souls gone? What about an online publication site where it is still peer reviewed but where the site runs on advertising money rather than extortionate subscriptions.

So you wait nearly 12 months for a journal paper review (co-authored with +Joe Viana et al.) and the verdict just in:

Reviewer 1 - no changes at all
Reviewer 2 - minor structural changes only and oh, please add these two of my own papers to cite.
Editor - just please add more references from our own journal #facepalm  

I'm still both angered and amazed by the audacity of editors to ask for this.  I'll let the reader guess which publisher this might be...
Heck, we could have had this review a year ago...  Classic example of a failing system which needs an overhaul.___You donate your scientific labours for publication and people try and use it for their own PR. Where have people's souls gone? What about an online publication site where it is still peer reviewed but where the site runs on advertising money rather than extortionate subscriptions.

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2014-01-04 20:09:59 (9 comments, 8 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

Gravity

Watch the movie... but learn the science too ;)

#gravity  

Gravity

Watch the movie... but learn the science too ;)

#gravity  ___

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