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Annika “Skywalker” O'Brien has been at 7 events

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Paul Terry Walhus40,136Austin, Texas, SXSW, film, music, photography, robotics, 3D Printing, web design and CMS like Drupal and WordpressSpring.net Podcasting Network2014-08-11 19:00:005  
STEM Women on G+166,486Join us for a STEM Women HOA as we speak to @116099150038090270824 about working as an Engineer in the early space shuttle programs and her current efforts to inspire girls in STEM! Candy worked at @102371865054310418159's  @100042160885780461928 on software for the Space Shuttle in the late 1970s and 1980s, and later for the International Space Station. Candy will tell us what it was like being a woman of Puerto Rico background trying to get into engineering. We'll also discuss what we can do to encourage young Latina girls to become involved in engineering and, more broadly, how we can support minority women to contribute to space programs. This HOA will be hosted by Dr @108510686109338749229 and Dr @110756968351492254645 and you can tune in on Sunday 20th July at 2.30 PM Pacific or 10.30PM UK/ Monday 21st 7.30 AM AUS. The hangout will be available for viewing on our YouTube channel (http://www.youtube.com/stemwomen) after the event. #engineering   #softwareengineering   #stemwomen   #computerscience   #nasa   #ISS   #space   #hoa   #stem  In the Spotlight with Candy Torres: Engineer for the Space Program2014-07-20 23:30:0025  
STEM Women on G+166,486Join us for a STEM Women HOA as we speak to @114480095884024488890  on her career as a roboticist. Annika is an engineer who works on robotics and also a passionate STEM educator, teaching kids how to program and build robots through @101828427997295401901. She will talk to us about her exciting career path as a woman in STEM, what inspires her, and why supporting women in STEM is important.  This HOA will be hosted by Dr @108510686109338749229 and Dr @110756968351492254645   and you can tune in on Sunday April 27th at 4.30 PM Central/ 10.30PM UK. The hangout will be available for viewing on our YouTube channel (http://www.youtube.com/stemwomen) after the event.In The Spotlight, With Annika O'Brien2014-04-27 23:30:0057  
STEM Women on G+166,486Join us for a STEM Women HOA as we speak to @114480095884024488890 on her career as a roboticist. Annika is an engineer who works on robotics and also a passionate STEM educator, teaching kids how to program and build robots through @101828427997295401901. She will talk to us about her exciting career path as a woman in STEM, what inspires her, and why supporting women in STEM is important.  This HOA will be hosted by Dr @108510686109338749229 and Dr @110756968351492254645  and you can tune in on Sunday April 13th at 4.30 PM Central/ 10.30PM UK. The hangout will be available for viewing on our YouTube channel (http://www.youtube.com/stemwomen) after the event.In The Spotlight, With Annika O'Brien2014-04-13 23:30:0055  
Amy Robinson28,495On June 13 the U.S. Supreme Court made a landmark decision, unanimously ruling that human genes may not be patented.  What does that mean for you and me? Join geneticist +Ian Bosdet  and the +Science on Google+: A Public Database  Community for a 30 minute conversation to discuss what this ruling may mean for the future of health and genetic research. This event will be hosted by +Amy Robinson and +Nic Hammond . Ask questions for Ian to answer On Air and share your thoughts on the event page. Ian and the Science on Google+ team will invite a few insightful guests to ask their questions live in the hangout. Gene Patenting: A Google+ Science Conversation2013-07-09 21:00:0063  
The Planetary Society5,376,318Join Planetary Society Director of Projects Bruce Betts for live webcast coverage of the encounter with Asteroid 2012 DA14. This 45-meter asteroid will pass within 27,000 kilometers of Earth.  Also on hand will be the host of Planetary Radio, Mat Kaplan. We'll post the URL to the video here a few minutes before we start. You'll see: * Live telescope feeds from around the world (*courtesy of JPL) * A video tour of La Sagra Observatory in Spain, where 2012 DA14 was discovered with a camera provided by the Planetary Society * A live conversation with co-discoverer Jaime Nomen at La Sagra (subject to his availability) * Just possibly a surprise guest! Bruce will also answer your questions about this and other Near Earth Objects (NEO) as he explains how the Planetary Society backs efforts to detect, track and eventually deflect NEOs that threaten our planet.  It may be the biggest show in space this year. Live Webcast of Asteroid 2012DA14 Flyby 11:15 am PST/1915h UTC2013-02-15 20:15:00564  
The Planetary Society5,376,318Join the Planetary Society and special guests for our live webcast of our Carl Sagan Day show here in Pasadena. We will feature friends and people inspired by Carl, including astrophysicist Kip Thorne, Planetary Society Emeritus Executive Director Lou Friedman, Contact Producer Lynda Obst, and others. The show will be streamed live at http://planetary.org/saganday2012Carl Sagan Day Live-cast2012-11-10 04:00:00161  

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2015-04-05 13:45:44 (16 comments, 18 reshares, 202 +1s)Open 

Happy Easter from Bender!

Most reshares: 20

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2015-06-20 18:23:53 (12 comments, 20 reshares, 168 +1s)Open 

#Caturday  

Most plusones: 202

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2015-04-05 13:45:44 (16 comments, 18 reshares, 202 +1s)Open 

Happy Easter from Bender!

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2015-07-04 17:55:30 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

Improving lives via 3D Printing:

Improving lives via 3D Printing:___

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2015-06-25 20:09:19 (14 comments, 7 reshares, 42 +1s)Open 

Using data from 24 countries including the UK and US, the Harvard study says that while working mothers “often internalise social messages of impending doom for their children”, the reality is that their sons and daughters appear to thrive, with daughters benefiting most from the positive role model of a mother with a career.

“Whether moms or dads stay at home or are employed, part-time or full-time, children benefit from exposure to role models offering a wide set of alternatives for leading rich and rewarding lives.”

Using data from 24 countries including the UK and US, the Harvard study says that while working mothers “often internalise social messages of impending doom for their children”, the reality is that their sons and daughters appear to thrive, with daughters benefiting most from the positive role model of a mother with a career.

“Whether moms or dads stay at home or are employed, part-time or full-time, children benefit from exposure to role models offering a wide set of alternatives for leading rich and rewarding lives.”___

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2015-06-20 18:23:53 (12 comments, 20 reshares, 168 +1s)Open 

#Caturday  

#Caturday  ___

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2015-06-17 21:37:43 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

The journey starts out on June 21 and will take the team along Interstate 10, the fourth-longest transcontinental highway in the U.S. The over 2,400-mile long trip will go through eight US states, starting in Atlantic Beach, Florida, and ending on the Pacific Coast of Santa Monica, California, on June 26. Every mile being run on NEXBTL renewable diesel.

The journey starts out on June 21 and will take the team along Interstate 10, the fourth-longest transcontinental highway in the U.S. The over 2,400-mile long trip will go through eight US states, starting in Atlantic Beach, Florida, and ending on the Pacific Coast of Santa Monica, California, on June 26. Every mile being run on NEXBTL renewable diesel.___

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2015-06-12 19:07:59 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

Flash sale! Save 75% on +Leadwerks Game Engine and learn how to make 3D games: http://store.steampowered.com/app/251810  
#gamedev #indiedev #steam

Flash sale! Save 75% on +Leadwerks Game Engine and learn how to make 3D games: http://store.steampowered.com/app/251810  
#gamedev #indiedev #steam___

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2015-06-06 20:51:58 (1 comments, 4 reshares, 72 +1s)Open 

Watching robots fall over at DARPA Robotics Challenge 

Watching robots fall over at DARPA Robotics Challenge ___

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2015-06-06 20:51:35 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

Watch #DARPA Grand Challenge Live!

Watch #DARPA Grand Challenge Live!___

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2015-06-04 21:28:57 (1 comments, 9 reshares, 48 +1s)Open 

Hurry up and register at Microsoft Stores before these classes fill up! Share this, or tag other parents you know into the post. This is a great opportunity if you have youths interested in video game creation and design. via: +Tshaka Armstrong 

Hurry up and register at Microsoft Stores before these classes fill up! Share this, or tag other parents you know into the post. This is a great opportunity if you have youths interested in video game creation and design. via: +Tshaka Armstrong ___

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2015-05-24 14:26:05 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 24 +1s)Open 

Malaysian Tamil schools have been neglected for a very long time.  They are severely underfunded because their parents are rubber tappers or other workers at the bottom of the economic rung and the schools are in very poor areas.

However, they've recently been making names for themselves in the STEM field, in the International arena.  They won first prize at the 35th Beijing Youth Science Creation Competition.  Last year, they won the Double Gold Award at the British Invention Show.

Just how the hell did that happen?

It appears that they are all actively involved in the Science Fair for Young Children, organized by the Association of Science, Technology and Innovation (ASTI) - whose objective is to spark an interest in science among school children.

The president, Dr. Mohamed Yunus Yasin​ is the driving force behind this push.  The man is modest - he hasalway... more »

Malaysian Tamil schools have been neglected for a very long time.  They are severely underfunded because their parents are rubber tappers or other workers at the bottom of the economic rung and the schools are in very poor areas.

However, they've recently been making names for themselves in the STEM field, in the International arena.  They won first prize at the 35th Beijing Youth Science Creation Competition.  Last year, they won the Double Gold Award at the British Invention Show.

Just how the hell did that happen?

It appears that they are all actively involved in the Science Fair for Young Children, organized by the Association of Science, Technology and Innovation (ASTI) - whose objective is to spark an interest in science among school children.

The president, Dr. Mohamed Yunus Yasin​ is the driving force behind this push.  The man is modest - he has always been modest - putting the children and the schools enthusiasm at the front, but if it wasn't for him and ASTI, there would not have been the enthusiasm to begin with.

I have known and worked with many successful people, doctors, surgeons, authors, people who run billion dollar companies - how many people have their resume personally written by a COO of a $3 billion company - but I must say, I'm proudest to have been a friend of this man.  Everyone else had been successful for themselves, but this man is inspiring a whole new generation to be successful.  This man is making the future better for everyone, not just himself.

And for this level of success, how much funding do you think they get?  In 2015 - a whole big ZERO.  They are currently running on fumes and a wish.

Help push this message out so that the powers that be realizes what a jewel they have with this program, and properly fund it instead of letting it wither away.

http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Education/2015/05/24/Tamil-schools-triumph-in-science-fairs/

http://www.asti.org.my/___

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2015-05-13 00:22:43 (2 comments, 3 reshares, 33 +1s)Open 

ATTN: Northern Cali. Come see ‪#‎BattleBots‬ Championships for FREE. Will be aired on ABC! http://www.eventbrite.com/e/battlebots-tickets-2015-championship-tv-taping-tickets-16680151783?aff=eac2 For FREE TICKETS Use promo code: BBfree Location Mare Island Sports Complex 785 Walnut Ave Mare Island CA, 94592 Shows Session #1 May 21, Thursday Afternoon (11:00am - 3:00pm) Session #2 May 21, Thursday Evening (3:00pm - 7:00pm) Session #3 May 22, Friday Afternoon (10:00am - 3:00pm) Session #4 May 22, Friday Evening (3:00pm - 6:00pm) Session #5 May 23, Saturday All Day (10:00am - 5:00pm) -SOLD OUT! Please share!

ATTN: Northern Cali. Come see ‪#‎BattleBots‬ Championships for FREE. Will be aired on ABC! http://www.eventbrite.com/e/battlebots-tickets-2015-championship-tv-taping-tickets-16680151783?aff=eac2 For FREE TICKETS Use promo code: BBfree Location Mare Island Sports Complex 785 Walnut Ave Mare Island CA, 94592 Shows Session #1 May 21, Thursday Afternoon (11:00am - 3:00pm) Session #2 May 21, Thursday Evening (3:00pm - 7:00pm) Session #3 May 22, Friday Afternoon (10:00am - 3:00pm) Session #4 May 22, Friday Evening (3:00pm - 6:00pm) Session #5 May 23, Saturday All Day (10:00am - 5:00pm) -SOLD OUT! Please share!___

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2015-05-09 20:04:27 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 23 +1s)Open 

+Houston Robotics club is meeting and planning the Telepresence robot project today! #Arduino 

+Houston Robotics club is meeting and planning the Telepresence robot project today! #Arduino ___

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2015-05-09 19:59:00 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

Would be great for pretty circuits:

___Would be great for pretty circuits:

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2015-05-07 21:01:47 (10 comments, 6 reshares, 64 +1s)Open 

The secrets of the SHELL:
#RaspberryPi #SSH #ChangeYourPasswords

Here's why, if your children understand SSH, you should make sure they don't also know your password. This has sparked a lively discussion, and some glorious anecdotes, on our blog post at www.raspberrypi.org/ssh-shenanigans.___The secrets of the SHELL:
#RaspberryPi #SSH #ChangeYourPasswords

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2015-05-07 20:52:15 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 22 +1s)Open 

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2015-04-28 19:09:23 (1 comments, 5 reshares, 39 +1s)Open 

Hacked Sphero BB-8 Droid.

Hacked Sphero BB-8 Droid.___

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2015-04-26 13:09:31 (3 comments, 3 reshares, 23 +1s)Open 

Tiling an octagon with centrally symmetric pieces

It is easy to cut an equilateral triangle into four smaller equilateral triangles, or to cut a square into four smaller squares, or to cut a regular hexagon into six equilateral triangles (think of a Trivial Pursuit playing piece). Less obviously, it is possible to cut a regular octagon into polygon-shaped pieces that are both centrally symmetric and convex. Some of these are illustrated in this picture.

The picture comes from the recent paper Decompositions of a polygon into centrally symmetric pieces by Júlia Frittmann and Zsolt Lángi (http://arxiv.org/abs/1504.05418). The introduction of the paper gives a brief survey of some related problems. For example, it is trivial to cut a square into a set of triangles of the same area as each other, as anyone who has tried to cut a square piece of bread into trianglesw... more »

Tiling an octagon with centrally symmetric pieces

It is easy to cut an equilateral triangle into four smaller equilateral triangles, or to cut a square into four smaller squares, or to cut a regular hexagon into six equilateral triangles (think of a Trivial Pursuit playing piece). Less obviously, it is possible to cut a regular octagon into polygon-shaped pieces that are both centrally symmetric and convex. Some of these are illustrated in this picture.

The picture comes from the recent paper Decompositions of a polygon into centrally symmetric pieces by Júlia Frittmann and Zsolt Lángi (http://arxiv.org/abs/1504.05418). The introduction of the paper gives a brief survey of some related problems. For example, it is trivial to cut a square into a set of triangles of the same area as each other, as anyone who has tried to cut a square piece of bread into triangles will know. (Note, however, that the resulting triangles will probably not be centrally symmetric.) Given this, it may be surprising to discover that that P. Monsky proved in 1970 that it is impossible to cut a square into an odd number of triangles, all of the same area.

Frittmann and Lángi's paper illustrates all 111 irreducible edge-to-edge decompositions of a regular octagon into convex polygonal pieces (tiles), where each tile is rotationally symmetric about its centre. The 18 decompositions shown in the picture are among the 111 irreducible decompositions.

In order for this classification to make complete sense, some terms need to be defined. A decomposition is called edge-to-edge if each edge of each tile either lies in the boundary of the surrounding polygon, or if it meets the edge of some other tile along the entire length of the edge. A shape is called convex if, whenever two distinct points are chosen within the shape, the straight line connecting the two points lies entirely within the shape. A decomposition with n tiles is called irreducible if, whenever at least 1 but at most n–2 tiles are removed from the decomposition, the remaining tiles form a non-convex shape. 
 
If A and B are tilings of the same polygon, we say that A is equivalent to B if there is a one to one correspondence between the set of tiles of A and the set of tiles of B, in such a way that two tiles of A touch each other in the same way that the corresponding two tiles of B touch each other. [Precise definition for mathematicians: two tilings are equivalent if the face lattices of the corresponding CW-decompositions are isomorphic.] There are infinitely many ways to tile an octagon under the constraints mentioned above, but there are only finitely many different ways up to equivalence. 

The main result of Frittmann and Lángi's paper generalizes this result to the case of a polygon with an even number, 2k, of sides, where k is at least 4. It turns out that in order for such a decomposition to be possible at all, the big polygon needs to be centrally symmetric. The authors show that up to equivalence, there will be a finite number of irreducible edge-to-edge decompositions of a centrally symmetric polygon into centrally symmetric, convex, polygonal parts. For an octagon, this number is 111, and G. Horváth proved in 1997 that the corresponding number for a hexagon is only 6. In their paper, Frittmann and Lángi give an upper bound for the number of decompositions for larger values of k.

It would be interesting to know what happens in the case where the big polygon has an odd number of sides. As I mentioned in the first paragraph, it is clearly possible to do something analogous for an equilateral triangle, although I don't know what would happen in the case of, say, a regular pentagon.

Relevant link
I mentioned CW decompositions above. These are associated to a CW complex, which is an important type of topological space. The “CW” is not somebody's initials, or an American TV channel, but rather stands for “closure-finite” and “weak topology”. The definition of a CW complex is rather technical, but it can be found here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CW_complex

#mathematics #sciencesunday #spnetwork arXiv:1504.05418___

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2015-04-26 00:07:45 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

A sperm whale (my favorite whale!) investigates an underwater ROV as a crew takes measurements of the damage caused by the gulf oil spill: #majestic  

A sperm whale (my favorite whale!) investigates an underwater ROV as a crew takes measurements of the damage caused by the gulf oil spill: #majestic  ___

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2015-04-25 18:07:31 (1 comments, 4 reshares, 28 +1s)Open 

The competition draws more than 40,000 people — who fill local restaurants, hotel rooms and more — for four days each spring. It has been estimated the FirstRobotics Championship has an economic impact of $24 million to $30 million annually on the St. Louis region. In Houston, attendees will be spread out across at least 20 different hotels, Houston First Corp. reported. #FIRSTRobotics  

The competition draws more than 40,000 people — who fill local restaurants, hotel rooms and more — for four days each spring. It has been estimated the FirstRobotics Championship has an economic impact of $24 million to $30 million annually on the St. Louis region. In Houston, attendees will be spread out across at least 20 different hotels, Houston First Corp. reported. #FIRSTRobotics  ___

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2015-04-25 17:59:18 (8 comments, 2 reshares, 22 +1s)Open 

With a name like Annika...

With a name like Annika...___

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2015-04-23 15:42:18 (0 comments, 6 reshares, 63 +1s)Open 

RIP Rosie the Riveter - at 92, she lived a long life as an icon and will continue to live on in our hearts for much longer!

RIP Rosie the Riveter - at 92, she lived a long life as an icon and will continue to live on in our hearts for much longer!___

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2015-04-23 02:40:46 (1 comments, 9 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

This looks so cool! Robotics and programming for 4-7 year olds. @kinderlabrobot I want one for my son! https://youtu.be/-MpAvThAM4k

This looks so cool! Robotics and programming for 4-7 year olds. @kinderlabrobot I want one for my son! https://youtu.be/-MpAvThAM4k___

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2015-04-22 17:36:55 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

I'm planning to start this as soon as I get a break!

30 Days of Web Dev >> Day 21: More Algorithmic Adventures
http://learningnerd.github.io/30DaysOfWebDev/day21/

It works! Sort of. A little bit. In any case, I think this ship has sailed. =P Time to move away from the Battleship game and onto all the other stuff I want to learn about next.

All the code:
https://github.com/LearningNerd/30DaysOfWebDev

Day 1: GitHub Pages
http://goo.gl/M2hd78

Day 2: Fizz Buzz!
http://goo.gl/c9yBPK

Day 3: CSS Floats
http://goo.gl/RNbJbB

Day 4: Strings
http://goo.gl/khct3T

Day 5: A Little Math
http://goo.gl/z0IGLl

Day 6: Time Flies
http://goo.gl/9Fqsz4

Day 7: Loop de Loop
http://goo.gl/NuAjd2

Day 8: Fun with Typography
http://goo.gl/F7HTgf

Day 9: Responsive Design
http://goo.gl/EBCFIS

Day 11: The Game is Afoot
http://goo.gl/DxNZeS

Day 12: Battleship
http://goo.gl/4sd5pd

Day 13: Battleship Objects
http://goo.gl/GZ57fg

Day 14: Recursive Randomness
http://goo.gl/xzy4py

Day 15: Working Battleship
http://goo.gl/c7Bi9M

Day 17: Basic Working Battleship!
http://goo.gl/TydP6P

Day 18: Ruby on Rails
(Spent the whole day at http://railsgirls.com/la)

Day 20: Animated Algorithm
http://goo.gl/mnqrMc___I'm planning to start this as soon as I get a break!

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2015-04-22 17:34:55 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 30 +1s)Open 

The listed class is full, but anyone interested in a future class?

The listed class is full, but anyone interested in a future class?___

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2015-04-22 16:06:41 (3 comments, 3 reshares, 33 +1s)Open 

Here's a 4 yr old article, but still a good read. 
We've come a long way in 4 years!
#EarthDay  

Here's a 4 yr old article, but still a good read. 
We've come a long way in 4 years!
#EarthDay  ___

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2015-04-20 18:44:08 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

Digging out my old #Arduino boxes.

Digging out my old #Arduino boxes.___

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2015-04-19 03:48:47 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 42 +1s)Open 

Finally some progress on the CNC router!

Finally some progress on the CNC router!___

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2015-04-18 13:37:03 (7 comments, 1 reshares, 23 +1s)Open 

I made this display of magnetic levitation - or rather magnetic suspension which has been installed in the Gravity Discovery Centre in Western Australia, I've given the magnet a bit of a spin.  Did I mention the video is only 2 seconds long? The magnet will continue to spin for over 15 mins if I recall. No bearings = no friction.

I made this display of magnetic levitation - or rather magnetic suspension which has been installed in the Gravity Discovery Centre in Western Australia, I've given the magnet a bit of a spin.  Did I mention the video is only 2 seconds long? The magnet will continue to spin for over 15 mins if I recall. No bearings = no friction.___

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2015-04-18 13:36:55 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

My little idea (https://plus.google.com/+Whosawhatsis/posts/Eb39ttAab9d) also scales up to a big one.

My little idea (https://plus.google.com/+Whosawhatsis/posts/Eb39ttAab9d) also scales up to a big one.___

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2015-04-18 13:36:02 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

I'm going to spend a couple of weeks working with this. :)

I'm going to spend a couple of weeks working with this. :)___

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2015-04-15 22:12:23 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

breaking bad good

this morning i finally finished watching Breaking Bad on +Netflix and i have to say it is probably one of the best written, best cast, best shot series i have ever watched. i am not going to give away any spoilers, but right to the end how it all played out was amazing.

so in honor of finishing it up–and that it is +Movie Mashup Tuesday– i figured i would reshare my version Walter White that i did while i had the traveling pink shirt in my possession. i see that +eleisa barbour now has the shirt in her hands and i cannot wait to see what her sexy self does with it in her shots

+Movie Mashup Tuesday is cooked up each week by +Isabelle Fortin and myself

...enjoy

.

breaking bad good

this morning i finally finished watching Breaking Bad on +Netflix and i have to say it is probably one of the best written, best cast, best shot series i have ever watched. i am not going to give away any spoilers, but right to the end how it all played out was amazing.

so in honor of finishing it up–and that it is +Movie Mashup Tuesday– i figured i would reshare my version Walter White that i did while i had the traveling pink shirt in my possession. i see that +eleisa barbour now has the shirt in her hands and i cannot wait to see what her sexy self does with it in her shots

+Movie Mashup Tuesday is cooked up each week by +Isabelle Fortin and myself

...enjoy

.___

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2015-04-15 22:11:29 (9 comments, 6 reshares, 35 +1s)Open 

What Happens When You Put a Hummingbird in a Wind Tunnel

"Scientists have used a high-speed camera to film hummingbirds' aerial acrobatics at 1000 frames per second. They can see, frame by frame, how neither wind nor rain stop these tiniest of birds from fueling up."

What Happens When You Put a Hummingbird in a Wind Tunnel

"Scientists have used a high-speed camera to film hummingbirds' aerial acrobatics at 1000 frames per second. They can see, frame by frame, how neither wind nor rain stop these tiniest of birds from fueling up."___

2015-04-13 19:10:34 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 32 +1s)Open 

Congrats to +Andrew McGregor from +SymbioBotics!!! His team's design and simulation of FIDO the Astronaut Assistant Robot was one of two projects that won the Space Apps Challenge Pasadena and is moving on to global consideration by NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration! Thanks to +Cross Campus, Innovate Pasadena, and all the incredible thinkers, tinkerers, and doers that created so many amazing things! Please go here to explore some of the other projects created around the world over the weekend: 
CC: +Make Robots, Not War +NASA 

Congrats to +Andrew McGregor from +SymbioBotics!!! His team's design and simulation of FIDO the Astronaut Assistant Robot was one of two projects that won the Space Apps Challenge Pasadena and is moving on to global consideration by NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration! Thanks to +Cross Campus, Innovate Pasadena, and all the incredible thinkers, tinkerers, and doers that created so many amazing things! Please go here to explore some of the other projects created around the world over the weekend: 
CC: +Make Robots, Not War +NASA ___

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2015-04-13 12:04:41 (6 comments, 16 reshares, 67 +1s)Open 

Say cheese.

Say cheese.___

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2015-04-12 14:17:31 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 39 +1s)Open 

Johanna Gieseler designs 3D printed prosthetic with wonderful gripping mechanism for children
http://www.3ders.org/articles/20150412-johanna-gieseler-designs-3d-printed-prosthetic-with-wonderful-gripping-mechanism.html

Johanna Gieseler designs 3D printed prosthetic with wonderful gripping mechanism for children
http://www.3ders.org/articles/20150412-johanna-gieseler-designs-3d-printed-prosthetic-with-wonderful-gripping-mechanism.html___

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2015-04-11 12:25:27 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 140 +1s)Open 

Today my beautiful daughter becomes Dr. Kristin Hadfield in Psychology at Trinity. My pride sings from the rooftops.

Today my beautiful daughter becomes Dr. Kristin Hadfield in Psychology at Trinity. My pride sings from the rooftops.___

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2015-04-09 16:57:14 (12 comments, 19 reshares, 97 +1s)Open 

Yes, please!
(found via +Mat Luschek)

Yes, please!
(found via +Mat Luschek)___

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2015-04-07 21:36:46 (3 comments, 8 reshares, 43 +1s)Open 

Wow!

Step 1: Set up laptop in front of young/small child.
Step 2: Navigate to this page: http://threejs.org/examples
Step 3: Click one.
Step 4: Come back an hour later after some peace and quiet. #JavaScript   #Animation  ___Wow!

2015-04-07 17:38:50 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 34 +1s)Open 

+RoboGames +Shibata Yoshihiro +Erin RobotGrrl +ROBOTIS INC +ROBOTISCHANNEL 

+RoboGames +Shibata Yoshihiro +Erin RobotGrrl +ROBOTIS INC +ROBOTISCHANNEL ___

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2015-04-07 01:17:25 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

30 Days of Web Dev >> Day 6: Time Flies
http://learningnerd.github.io/30DaysOfWebDev/day6/

Time flies like an arrow, and fruit flies like a banana, so you can make a simple JavaScript timer with just a couple of quick, built-in functions!

All the code:
https://github.com/LearningNerd/30DaysOfWebDev

Day 1: GitHub Pages
http://goo.gl/M2hd78

Day 2: Fizz Buzz!
http://goo.gl/c9yBPK

Day 3: CSS Floats
http://goo.gl/RNbJbB

Day 4: Strings
http://goo.gl/khct3T

Day 5: A Little Math
http://goo.gl/z0IGLl

30 Days of Web Dev >> Day 6: Time Flies
http://learningnerd.github.io/30DaysOfWebDev/day6/

Time flies like an arrow, and fruit flies like a banana, so you can make a simple JavaScript timer with just a couple of quick, built-in functions!

All the code:
https://github.com/LearningNerd/30DaysOfWebDev

Day 1: GitHub Pages
http://goo.gl/M2hd78

Day 2: Fizz Buzz!
http://goo.gl/c9yBPK

Day 3: CSS Floats
http://goo.gl/RNbJbB

Day 4: Strings
http://goo.gl/khct3T

Day 5: A Little Math
http://goo.gl/z0IGLl___

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2015-04-07 01:14:56 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

Prime factorizations of small numbers, by John Graham-Cumming

The Fundamental Theorem of Arithmetic states that every natural number greater than 1 can be expressed as a product of prime numbers, and that the product is unique up to changing the order of the factors. For example, the number 12 can be expressed as 2x2x3, or as 2x3x2, or as 3x2x2, where 2 and 3 are prime numbers. These factorizations are all rearrangements of each other, and there are no other ways to write 12 as a product of prime numbers.

This picture by John Graham-Cumming shows the factorizations into primes of the numbers from 2 to 100. Note that the circle representing 1 is blank, because 1 is not prime: if we allowed 1 to be prime, then we would have 12=2x2x3=1x2x2x3, which would break the Fundamental Theorem of Arithmetic.

The picture comes from an April 2012 blog post by... more »

Prime factorizations of small numbers, by John Graham-Cumming

The Fundamental Theorem of Arithmetic states that every natural number greater than 1 can be expressed as a product of prime numbers, and that the product is unique up to changing the order of the factors. For example, the number 12 can be expressed as 2x2x3, or as 2x3x2, or as 3x2x2, where 2 and 3 are prime numbers. These factorizations are all rearrangements of each other, and there are no other ways to write 12 as a product of prime numbers.

This picture by John Graham-Cumming shows the factorizations into primes of the numbers from 2 to 100. Note that the circle representing 1 is blank, because 1 is not prime: if we allowed 1 to be prime, then we would have 12=2x2x3=1x2x2x3, which would break the Fundamental Theorem of Arithmetic.

The picture comes from an April 2012 blog post by Graham-Cumming, which you can find here: http://blog.jgc.org/2012/04/make-your-own-prime-factorization.html. In the post, he provides links to source code that you can use to generate similar pictures for yourself. There is also a link to order this picture on a T-shirt.

The Fundamental Theorem of Arithmetic appears in Volume VII of Euclid's 13-volume treatise Elements, which he wrote around 300 BC. Wikipedia has more information about the theorem here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fundamental_theorem_of_arithmetic.

(Found via Clare Sealy on Twitter.)

#mathematics
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2015-04-06 15:27:34 (6 comments, 1 reshares, 38 +1s)Open 

A new calf was born this morning and a chupacabra came down to get a drink but the other cows chased him off. I can't get close enough, but held my phone to binoculars to get the pic. Mamma still has after birth hanging from her backside. #Texas

A new calf was born this morning and a chupacabra came down to get a drink but the other cows chased him off. I can't get close enough, but held my phone to binoculars to get the pic. Mamma still has after birth hanging from her backside. #Texas___

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2015-04-05 13:45:44 (16 comments, 18 reshares, 202 +1s)Open 

Happy Easter from Bender!

Happy Easter from Bender!___

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2015-04-03 23:14:23 (6 comments, 2 reshares, 101 +1s)Open 

Assembling tank treads for an IR robot that was last pickings at Radio Shack. #MakeBlock

Assembling tank treads for an IR robot that was last pickings at Radio Shack. #MakeBlock___

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2015-04-03 21:59:05 (1 comments, 3 reshares, 32 +1s)Open 

EGG-sterminate! Daleks, Ninja Turtles, and More Geeky Easter Egg Creations http://ow.ly/LaYjc

EGG-sterminate! Daleks, Ninja Turtles, and More Geeky Easter Egg Creations http://ow.ly/LaYjc___

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2015-04-02 01:16:23 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 29 +1s)Open 

Robonaut Sim in 3D space.
#NASA #Robotics #Physics

Robonaut Sim in 3D space.
#NASA #Robotics #Physics___

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2015-04-02 00:35:47 (5 comments, 2 reshares, 51 +1s)Open 

Allison, a NASA Engineer who works on #Robonaut, is giving a presentation on #ROS this evening for the +Houston Robotics Club. #Python #TurtleSim #Ubuntu #OpenSource #Nodes

Allison, a NASA Engineer who works on #Robonaut, is giving a presentation on #ROS this evening for the +Houston Robotics Club. #Python #TurtleSim #Ubuntu #OpenSource #Nodes___

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2015-04-01 22:16:13 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 27 +1s)Open 

Assembling my Robotis Darwin-mini and installing ROS on my laptop in preparation for +Houston Robotics Club tonight. 

Assembling my Robotis Darwin-mini and installing ROS on my laptop in preparation for +Houston Robotics Club tonight. ___

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2015-04-01 14:54:32 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Screenshot by Herobot: First version of a tower defense... #gamedev #Leadwerks

Screenshot by Herobot: First version of a tower defense... #gamedev #Leadwerks___

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2015-03-31 21:14:02 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

Stafford MSD is in the early stages of establishing a district-wide Robotics Program. Currently this is an after-school or in-school recess program, but the goal is to create a robotic lab and offer this as an elective course.
Normally this endeavor would be quite an undertaking by an incoming Superintendent, but not for Dr. Robert Bostic. Prior to his arrival at SMSD, he created 21 robotics and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) programs at Denton ISD.
Bostic has personally coached each of the SMSD teachers who are now instructing the students.

“STEM is important for more career opportunities, and by making science cool, this opens up the mind of a child,” Bostic said.
Bostic said students are usually only aware of four career choices: teachers, doctors, public safety and lawyers. Robotics bring “more possibilities” to the students. Skillslearned ... more »

Stafford MSD is in the early stages of establishing a district-wide Robotics Program. Currently this is an after-school or in-school recess program, but the goal is to create a robotic lab and offer this as an elective course.
Normally this endeavor would be quite an undertaking by an incoming Superintendent, but not for Dr. Robert Bostic. Prior to his arrival at SMSD, he created 21 robotics and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) programs at Denton ISD.
Bostic has personally coached each of the SMSD teachers who are now instructing the students.

“STEM is important for more career opportunities, and by making science cool, this opens up the mind of a child,” Bostic said.
Bostic said students are usually only aware of four career choices: teachers, doctors, public safety and lawyers. Robotics bring “more possibilities” to the students. Skills learned from this program are teamwork, patience, role assessment, problem solving, and computational thinking.___

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2015-03-31 19:53:35 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

By sharing your unique perspectives and thoughtful interpretations of what a ‘grid’ is to you, we were left inspired by the photographs shared in our first Creative Drive. View the finest of these #grid01 images in today's post — http://vsco.it/1G41mRg

Image by chrishinytzke / A1

By sharing your unique perspectives and thoughtful interpretations of what a ‘grid’ is to you, we were left inspired by the photographs shared in our first Creative Drive. View the finest of these #grid01 images in today's post — http://vsco.it/1G41mRg

Image by chrishinytzke / A1___

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