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Koen De Paus has been shared in 204 public circles

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Adam Black6,732Transhumans CircleBy popular Demand,  I am sharing some of my Circles. This is +Mark Bruce  Transhumans Circle  Plus Others Ive been adding.If you are tagged,  you are in it.Web Link for Mobile https://plus.google.com/u/0/+AdamBlack/posts/6iQmLpEj1Zm #sharedcircles   #GeekCulture   #ScienceSunday #Transhumans #Transhumanism #HumanPlus  2014-04-13 06:25:0424520030CC G+
Matthew J Price8,236It's been some time since I shared my favorite circle: Accelerated Thinkers.  These 91 people are the ones I trust with bringing me the good news every day, and leading the conversation about the future of humanity.  Thank you so much!2014-03-22 04:25:4591103CC G+
Enrico Altavilla5,522I'm sharing with you my Science circle. It's focused mainly on physics, astrophysics and math but it also contains subjects (both people and pages) who share news about other scientific fields. Enjoy! 2014-03-21 06:45:031031015CC G+
John Nuntiatio29,767#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-14 06:27:36393013CC G+
John Nuntiatio29,767#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-14 06:26:50393033CC G+
John Nuntiatio29,767#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-14 06:26:17393012CC G+
John Nuntiatio29,767#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-14 06:25:52393011CC G+
John Nuntiatio29,767#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-14 06:25:16393204CC G+
Becky Collins3,213Baseball circle #Baseball  #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins 2014-02-26 10:30:413883216CC G+
Becky Collins2,634Marketing Circle : Feb 22#circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday +Becky Collins2014-02-22 06:29:4945517724CC G+
Ravishankar Ramanathan9,848*Are you even a bit interested in Science ?  Add this to your circles then. Simple. *===========================+Peter Edenist  originally shared: TESLA Super Science Circle 2014!!!! : A quality circle curated carefully and tended over 2 years. If you like science or are interested in science, this circle is a must for you! Add and share for science.+Who is in this circle? NASA, KQED Science, MNN, Bioscienca, Scientists, (Garett Lisi too!).... have rejigged the circle for the nth time and cleaned it to include people who are active on the Science on G+ community. Community link is here http://goo.gl/46uFH and the Page is +Science on G+!Add and Share for Science! Its what makes our cars run, our cities exist, the lights burn and has been instrumental in our progress.--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Want to nominate someone? Please do so in comments. If you want to recommend something let us know. People who are notified are part of the circle.#science #tesla #scienceongplus #scienceeveryday  2014-01-25 18:41:543253213CC G+
Peter Edenist29,163TESLA Super Science Circle 2014!!!! : A quality circle curated carefully and tended over 2 years. If you like science or are interested in science, this circle is a must for you! Add and share for science.+Who is in this circle? NASA, KQED Science, MNN, Bioscienca, Scientists, (Garett Lisi too!).... have rejigged the circle for the nth time and cleaned it to include people who are active on the Science on G+ community. Community link is here http://goo.gl/46uFH and the Page is +Science on G+!Add and Share for Science! Its what makes our cars run, our cities exist, the lights burn and has been instrumental in our progress.--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Want to nominate someone? Please do so in comments. If you want to recommend something let us know. People who are notified are part of the circle. #science #tesla #scienceongplus #scienceeveryday  2014-01-25 16:26:413258081108CC G+
Cyrus Khan15,832 *Active Engager's Circle*If you've received a notification, it means you are a part of the circle.Please re-share the circle to increase the exposure of all these friendly and interactive people.Thanks for interacting : )  This is the next edition of my weekly Engagers circle, where I highlight and share the people who've interacted with me this week.I will share this circle to all my followers for exposure as an personally approved group.The criteria to be added are:1)You have commented on and publicly shared one or more of my posts;2) You have re-shared this weeks circle;As this circle grows, I may have difficulty accommodating everyone, so if you add and re-share this week's circle, you'll be guaranteed a spot in next week's edition.Cheers! #circleshare   #active   #engagers   #science   #sciencecircle  2014-01-04 22:40:36476463892CC G+
Cyrus Khan15,016Active Engager's CircleIf you've received a notification, it means you are a part of the circle.Thanks for interacting : )  This is the next edition of my weekly Engagers circle, where I highlight and share the people who've interacted with me this week.I will share this circle to all my followers for exposure as an personally approved group.The criteria to be added are:1)You have commented on and publicly shared one or more of my posts;2) You have re-shared this weeks circle;As this circle grows, I may have difficulty accommodating everyone, so if you add and re-share this week's circle, you'll be guaranteed a spot in next week's edition.Cheers! #circleshare   #active   #engagerscircle   #science   #sciencecircle  2013-12-05 18:31:07494532488CC G+
Lo Sauer2,493This is a great circle combined of active engagers, creative folks and  some of the best and brightest people on google+. A thank you in this circle-inclusion-shoutout to: +Peter Terren +Michael Műller +Carlos Esteban +Justin Chung +Malthus John +Marta Rauch +Rajini Rao +Katherine Vucicevic +Jonathan Eisen +Mike Allton +Scott Buehler +Mario Falcetti +Zvonimir Fras +Krithika Rangarajan +sridhar krishnan +Joanna Ortynska +Seamus Smyth +Chuck Croll +Michael Schobel +2013-11-19 18:19:4843218317CC G+
Rank Kemeng0This is a group of individuals that has personally shared four of my best circle sharing circles in the last month (or so).  They also include a mix of new circle sharers and some that are just trying to learn it for the first time. :) :) :0)They are individuals, to a large degree, that are very interested in not just circle sharing (which is great), but also engaging with you in a meaningful way (which is awesome)!!!Guidelines for Core Multipliers- Share the circle to stay in the circle- Have some fun!- If you are new and want in the circle, share the circle.This is a great group.  Enjoy this circle and have an awesome Thursday!*if you were somehow missed/ not included in the circle, please let me know and it will be corrected on the next share. My apologies ahead of time! :)**For those coming from multiplying circle, we are not inviting new folks here, you can privately message them or ping them when you share the circle on your public feed. Thanks!#corecircle #multiplyingcircle #coremultipliers #sharedcircles #circleshare #bestsharedcircle   #circleshare   #sharedcircles   #circleoftheday   #CircleQueen   #CircleMaster   #GPlusList   #Circle   #Circleshare   #Circlesharing   #PublicSharedCircles2013-11-01 15:53:38426115CC G+
Coyeb Sundel02013-10-24 10:04:35425202CC G+
Fabian Weiland0#sharedcircle #sharedcircles #science  2013-10-21 09:58:122936011CC G+
Sean Cowen43,829My Morning Circle: By Far, The Most Interesting and Unusual Circle I've Ever Created...In the beginning of October, I asked people to dig down deep and give me names of great people to add to a must-read morning circle. ( http://bit.ly/16ow9Cm ) This is the FIRST CIRCLE of those names. I have omitted a few names by my own prerogative and I've left off PAGE names as I'd like to create a separate circle for those. By and large, though, this list is the result of all the recommendations I received. There are more names to follow, as I'm still working down through the comments...What I Originally Asked of Anyone Leaving Comments and Recommendations...I'm looking for a SINGLE CIRCLE of pure awesomeness - a circle that gives me incredible content, insight, analysis, humor, a dose of the erudite, funny, sad, melancholy, happy - in short - I'm looking for one circle to throw into my stream that gets my days started off on the right foot.But I need your input. Who should I add to this circle?We all know the usual suspects (and some of those people will definitely be included if you recommend them), but I am seeking and searching for those little mentioned and possibly unknown to me people who will jump start my day.I'm not looking for popularity or anything specific - just let me know about the people you would include if you were creating this same circle. #circle   #coolcircle   #recommendedcircle   #circleoftheday  P.S. Added myself against my better judgement as I was chosen on this list as well. Now you know... :-)2013-10-20 15:53:26499613067CC G+
Tiberiu Igrisan448Science (part 1)#science #sciencecircle #sharedcircles  2013-10-14 18:53:04257123CC G+
Fabian Weiland0#sharedcircle #sharedcircles #health #wellness  2013-10-14 15:30:25243000CC G+
James Steward1,112These are awesome scientist friends who comment my posts#scientistcirle #circle #circleshared #sharedcircle #circleoftheday #followfriday2013-10-10 16:30:23414103CC G+
James Steward1,112These are awesome scientist friends who comment my posts#scientistcirle #circle #circleshared #sharedcircle #circleoftheday #followfriday2013-10-10 16:29:55414013CC G+
James Steward1,112These are awesome scientist friends who comment my posts#scientistcirle #circle #circleshared #sharedcircle #circleoftheday #followfriday2013-10-10 16:29:39414002CC G+
James Steward1,112These are awesome scientist friends who comment my posts#scientistcirle #circle #circleshared #sharedcircle #circleoftheday #followfriday2013-10-10 16:29:27414002CC G+
James Steward1,112These are awesome scientist friends who comment my posts#scientistcirle #circle #circleshared #sharedcircle #circleoftheday #followfriday2013-10-10 16:29:04414002CC G+
James Steward1,112These are awesome scientist friends who comment my posts#scientistcirle #circle #circleshared #sharedcircle #circleoftheday #followfriday2013-10-10 16:27:59414004CC G+
James Steward1,112These are awesome scientist friends who comment my posts#scientistcirle #circle #circleshared #sharedcircle #circleoftheday #followfriday2013-10-10 16:27:36414003CC G+
James Steward1,112These are awesome scientist friends who comment my posts#scientistcirle #circle #circleshared #sharedcircle #circleoftheday #followfriday2013-10-10 16:27:16414002CC G+
James Steward1,112These are my awesome scientist friends who comment my posts#scientistcirle #circle #circleshared #sharedcircle #circleoftheday #followfriday2013-10-10 16:25:57414103CC G+
Fraser Cain824,747Super Science Circle for October, 2013I know it's been a while, so it's time for a new Super Science Circle - the October 2013 edition.In case you weren't aware, the Super Science Circle is a list of more than 400 people who are actively engaged on Google+ and regularly post about science and education. We've got journalists, scientists, even a few astronauts. The Super Science Circle should be your best response to anyone who tells you that Google+ is just a ghost town. If you love science, this circle will deliver the goods.If you know anyone who actively posts about science, please let me know and I'll add them to the list.2013-10-04 20:14:53415304682CC G+
Fabian Weiland0#sharedcircles #science #health2013-09-05 07:24:12497214CC G+
Cyrus Khan14,028Active Engager's CircleAttention:  Please reshare and comment if you want to be a part of next weeks edition, instead of messaging me individually.If you've received a notification, it means you are a part of the circle.Thanks for interacting : )  This is the next edition of my weekly Engagers circle, where I highlight and share the people who've interacted with me this week.I will share this circle to all my followers for exposure as an personally approved group.The criteria to be added are:1)You have commented on and publicly shared one or more of my posts;2) You have re-shared this weeks circle;As this circle grows, I may have difficulty accommodating everyone, so if you add and re-share this week's circle, you'll be guaranteed a spot in next week's edition.Cheers! #circleshare   #active   #engagerscircle   #circle #circleoftheweek   #sciencecircles  2013-08-26 17:27:32477574284CC G+
Fabian Weiland0#sharedcircle #health #science #medicine  2013-08-26 11:59:11426000CC G+
Brian Wolfe22,328I haven't shared a circle in a long time. Maybe too long.Anyways.. Here is the circle that my browser spends the most time on.   Just in case I become a petulant child and walk away (not that I'm planning on doing so , just in case.)2013-08-22 05:36:251941335CC G+
Cyrus Khan13,678Active Engager's CircleAttention: This circle has been filled this week, and will start again from scratch next week. Please reshare and comment if you want to be a part of next weeks edition.If you've received a notification, it means you are a part of the circle.If you want to be added, simply add the circle, reshare and comment saying so.Thanks for interacting : )  This is the next edition of my weekly Engagers circle, where I highlight and share the people who've interacted with me this week.I will share this circle to all my followers for exposure as an especially active group.The only criteria to be added are:1)You have commented on and publicly shared one or more of my posts;2) You have re-shared this weeks circle;As this circle grows, I may have difficulty accommodating everyone, so if you add and re-share this week's circle, you'll be guaranteed a spot in next week's edition.Cheers! #circleshare   #circleoftheweek   #active   #engagerscircle   #science   #sciencecircles   #circlesharesunday  2013-08-18 17:07:30490462362CC G+
Peter Edenist23,865The Super SciFi Circle - Weekend Special!!!!!!!!!!!!!                                                 Resharing the main Science Fiction circle. I am notifying select people who are in the circle separately.  This is the TOP SF Circle - for people who want in, please comment in the specific circle in the links enclosed. All my circles which are reshared are listed here. These are public circles and form part of the Public Circles Database:) Please Reshare to share the love and to support SF!!!!!! =========================Our linked communities:Sci-FI Community here: http://goo.gl/s1NVd  Science on G+ community here: http://goo.gl/46uFH=========================I have taken the liberty of adding some people interested in Science fiction. If you want to leave, please let me know with a comment. If I have missed anyone, my apologies, please comment and let me know.=========================Hastag zoo:#scifi  #scififans   #scifichat   #scifiwatcher   #scififriday   #sciencefiction  #sciencefictiontelevision   #sciencefictionandfantasy   #sciencefictionmovies  #hardscifi   #fantasy   #worthsharing   #robotics   #drwho   #whovians  #publiccircles   #publiccirclesproject   #publicsharedcircles   #public  #circlesharing   #circle   #circles   #circleshare   #circleoftheday   #topcircles  #reshare   #reshared   2013-08-14 16:20:334968210387CC G+
Science on Google+66,287Science Writer/Outreach CircleView profiles in circle: http://goo.gl/a95WRScience on Google+ Community: http://goo.gl/mTTxXIf you have a science related degree, you are a science journalist, you are a K-12 science teacher, or you curate a science page, then add your profile/page to the database by filling out this form (http://goo.gl/yEg7M). Active profiles and pages will be included in the next shared circle.2013-08-01 14:36:10626725CC G+
Peter Edenist22,925Super Science Circle Reshare to spread the love-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Resharing the new TESLA Science Circle. Who is the circle? It has scientist, engineers, researchers, people interested in Science and all kinds of cool!!  Featuring an expanded list of people from the Science on G+ community as well as a bunch of pages such as +MIT Alumni Association +TES Science +KQED SCIENCE !  Also have some really interesting new people. If you wish to nominate yourself or someone, please note the criteria for inclusion:1. Post about science more than 4 times a week.2. Create science posts with quality links and references helping in science outreach and understanding.3. Support the science communities on G+.Add and Reshare to keep the circle going folks!!!Our linked communities:+Science on G+ community here: gplus.to/sciences+Sci-Fi on G+ community here: http://goo.gl/s1NVd----------------------------------------------------------------------------Since I am short of time, I won't be replying to all the comments, but be sure I will be plussing them! If you are notified, you are in the circle :)----------------------------------------------------------------------------#Science   #science   #sciencerules   #sciencesunday   #scienceisawesome   #scienceisawesome   #scienceeveryday   #shared   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #sharedcircleslist   #public   #publiccircles   #publiccirclesproject   2013-07-22 06:00:19289616092CC G+
Fraser Cain798,034Super Science Circle, July 2013 EditionNeed more science in your streams? Want to convince a friend that Google+ is a thriving place of science and rational thinking? Then import my Super Science Circle and be amazed at the awesomeness.PLEASE RESHARE THIS CIRCLE... FOR SCIENCE!Every single person in this circle is active on Google+ and regularly contributes high quality posts about science. You've got my personal guarantee.As always, I recommend you import this group into a temporary circle and look for people who match your interests. Then pull them over into more permanent locations in your circles. Or just wait for me to give you an update next month.If you want to be included in this circle, just make a post in the comments and I'll check out your profile.I'm looking for people who:1. Are active on Google+ (but not too active)2. Regularly post about science3. Provide context and additional information, and not just bare links or annoying memes.2013-07-16 18:35:56415235986CC G+
Paul Christen0If you want to be TOTALLY freaked out, follow this science circle. Its not mine, it was shared by (I think) +Fraser Cain .Man, a  day does not go by that I'm not amazed by the advances in science and technology.2013-06-11 13:54:194095310CC G+
Science on Google+62,910Smokin' Science CircleWe took 500 active profiles from the  +Science on Google+: A Public Database and put them into this circle.  Be careful, this circle is smokin' hot! #scienceeveryday    Don't forget to check out the Science on Google+ Community: http://goo.gl/mTTxXDatabaseSearch Communities: http://goo.gl/RvyezSearch Pages: http://goo.gl/WCohTSearch Profiles: http://goo.gl/Yz8KRAdd Profile or Page to Database: http://goo.gl/yEg7MAdd Community to Database: http://goo.gl/zh0xJ2013-06-06 00:17:11500388275CC G+
Lacerant Plainer46,953Want a better G+ experience? ..... Here is how.... add this circle!My VIP circle of top engagers melded with the circle of people who are my friends, supporters and essentially those who make what G+ is for me.Wonderfully supportive of my writing, posting and most of them are now close friends. When I started out, it was all about engagement, I did not expect so many friends! (I may have missed some people here due to oversight, please just comment and I will rectify it. No sleight is intended).Thank you all for being who you are and for the wonderful time on Googleplus!! Share if you like the circle :) #sharingcircle #vip #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharingiscaring #awesomepeople #awesomesauce #topcircles #circle #circleshare #suggesteduserlist  2013-06-02 05:48:1239026268139CC G+
Peter Edenist21,203The Super SciFi CircleWeekend reshare--------------------------------------------The new Sci-Fi circle has people from the Sci-FI community (join here http://goo.gl/SvYC6) who have been active posters on all things SF. Also included are some awesome artists, illustrators of SF and some people who have made Scifi movies!PLEASE RESHARE! to spread the love!I am adding some wonderful people who haven't been in this circle before. If you want in, please comment saying 'add me'Thanks to all the people here who have made this circle possible!If you do not wish to receive notifications, please comment 'opt out' in the post.----------------------------------------------------#scifi   #scififans   #scifichat   #scifiwatcher   #scififriday   #science   #sciencesunday   #sciencefiction   #sciencefictionandfantasy   #sciencefictiontelevision   #scienceisawesome   #sciencefictiontelevision   #sf   #circle   #circlesharing   #circleshare   #circles   #circleshared   #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharingcircle   #shared   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleslist   #sharedcircleoftheday   #publiccircles   #publiccirclesproject   #publicsharedcircles #science   2013-05-24 08:26:21417926293CC G+
Katherine Vucicevic4,563This is a Brilliant shared SCIENCE Circle.Included are those who actively post science related articles and those who are interested in science. Add these great people to brighten up your stream!For more circles from me, check the hashtag below. #katherinevucicevicsharedcircle #circleshare #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #scienceeveryday #scienceissexy  2013-05-23 09:08:1825219823CC G+
Fraser Cain779,548Super Science Circle - May 2013 EditionNeed more science in your Google+? Well, here's all the science you can handle! Enjoy my latest, heavily curated edition of the Super Science Circle.Please share this circle... for Science!For the uninitiated, I maintain a circle of 450+ people who are active on Google+ and regularly post on Google+. In this circle you'll find scientists, journalists, astronauts, educators, and science enthusiasts. By importing this circle into your own circles, you'll immediately gain a vibrant and fascinating feed of amazing science stories.I recognize that it might be too much science, so I suggest you create a brand new temporary circle and evaluate the people in the circle. Only transfer the keepers to your permanent circles. Then, when I update the circle next month, rinse and repeat.Are you active on G+ and regularly post about science? +mention me and I'll check out your profile.Remember, please share this post2013-05-22 19:26:51456348390CC G+
Zbynek Kysela6,769ACTIVE PLUSSERS 2013 - freshly updated !=================================This is a public circle of awesome plussers on G+! If would like to be included here in next update please follow these steps:HOW TO BE PART OF IT===================1. Add this circle to your circles (Click Add circle)2. Re-Share This Post Publicly (Click Share Button Next To +1 Button)3. Click +1 and Comment to support the circle!Done ツMy entire social presence:http://xeeme.com/bouchacFeel free to connect.=====================#Circle   #Circles   #Public   #PublicCircle   #CircleShare   #CircleSharing #SharePublicCircle   #QSC   #querosercirculado   #circleoftheday #publicsharedcircles   #publiccirclesproject   #sharedcircleoftheday #fullcircleshare   #addmetoyourcircles   #awesomeness   #awesomepeople   #awesomecircle   #awesome     #awesomesauce #awesomeness   #awesomepeople   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #awesomesauce  #snowball#круг   #círculo     #サークル     #cercle     #دائرة   2013-05-06 19:33:13420231828CC G+
Katherine Vucicevic2,450~~~~~Brilliant Science Circle~~~~~For all those who share a passion for science and want to connect with others who feel the same!If you want to be added to this circle, here are the rulesadd this circleshare this postplus this postleave a comment you want to be included for the next share(I cant include you if you don't add the circle!)Enjoy:):):) #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #sharedcircleday #science #scienceeveryday #sciencesunday #scienceisawesome #sciencerules #circleshare #circlesharing #circlesunday #circleshared #addcircle #addpeople #addfriends  2013-04-28 10:19:1025124719CC G+
Fraser Cain770,050Super Science Circle - April 2013 EditionIt's time for another sharing of my Super Science Circle. This is a collection of 400+ active people on Google+ who often post about science. If anyone tells you G+ is a ghost town (not that anyone does any more), get them to import this circle. PLEASE SHARE THIS CIRCLE... FOR SCIENCE!I have personally reviewed each and every person on this list, to make sure that they:1. Are active and engaged on Google+2. Regularly post science-related stories on Google+In this list you'll find scientists, journalists, researchers, professors, astronauts and general science enthusiasts. Not everyone in this list is going to be to your personal liking. So what you'll want to do is import the list into a temporary circle. Then move people over one by one into more permanent locations in your circles.I'm always looking for more people to add to the list, so if you know people who meet my criteria, feel free to nominate them.Again, please share the circle. Every little bit helps2013-04-26 21:02:03419226277CC G+
Science on Google+61,961Science Writer/Outreach CircleView profiles in circle: http://goo.gl/a95WRLinks to shared science circles: http://goo.gl/nO7rBScience on Google+ community: http://goo.gl/mTTxXIf you have a science related degree, you are a science journalist, you are a K-12 science teacher, or you curate a science page, then add your profile/page to the database by filling out this form (http://goo.gl/yEg7M). Active profiles and pages will be included in the next shared circle.#scienceeveryday #science #publiccircles #sharedcircles  2013-04-26 18:16:03605621CC G+


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2014-04-16 22:02:48 (3 comments, 4 reshares, 12 +1s)

Many hands make light work

"Wong-Foy, a senior research engineer at SRI, has built an army of magnetically steered workers to test the idea that “microrobots” could be a better way to assemble electronics components, or to build other small structures.

Wong-Foy’s robotic workers have already proved capable of building towers 30 centimeters (two feet) long from carbon rods, and other platforms able to support a kilogram of weight. The robots can work with glass, metal, wood, and electronic components. In one demonstration, they made a carbon truss structure with wires and colored LEDs mixed in to serve as the lab’s Christmas tree."

"Wong-Foy also thinks his approach might be useful for assembling devices that combine electronic and optical components, for example to interface with fiber optic cables. Because silicon and optical components can’tbe proces... more »

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2014-04-13 15:29:57 (8 comments, 51 reshares, 47 +1s)

Casting Light on Sound to See its Shadow

"When light passes between areas of different air density, it bends. You've probably noticed the way distant pavement seems to shimmer on a hot day, or the way stars appear to twinkle. You're seeing light that has been distorted as it passes through varying air densities, which are in turn created by varying temperatures and pressures.

In the mid-19th century, German physicist August Toepler invented a photography technique called Schlieren Flow Visualization to visually capture these changes in density. The setup is a bit hard to explain in words (watch the video above for a full explanation) but it allows scientists and engineers to see things that are normally invisible: the rising heat from a candle, the turbulence around an airplane wing, the plume of a sneeze.

It can also be used to see sound. Sound, after... more »

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2014-04-03 18:58:50 (14 comments, 18 reshares, 32 +1s)

Facebook's Oculus Acquisition, the Future of VR & the Coming Creative Explosion that Will Birth Our Magnificent Metaverse

Not long ago I wrote about about current VR experiences, about "presence" and about what VR will be like less than 2 years from now. http://goo.gl/v67LnS - In many ways not much has changed since that post although if you've been following the news, you might just be thinking that the VR dream has been killed in its cradle or even that the earth itself has been torn asunder. I've read a ton of complaints concerning Facebook's gobbling up of Oculus and while some of them have merit, most of them do not. Allow me to explain why I think this storm in a teacup is not likely to take the wind out of Oculus' sails and why the deal with Facebook might actually increase their seaworthiness in such a way that it'll ensure much smoother... more »

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2014-03-30 15:39:12 (0 comments, 20 reshares, 34 +1s)

The next leap in synthetic life

"It took geneticist Craig Venter 15 years and US$40 million to synthesize the genome of a bacterial parasite. Today, an academic team made up mostly of undergraduate students reports the next leap in synthetic life: the redesign and production of a fully functional chromosome from the baker’s yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae.

As a eukaryote, a category that includes humans and other animals, S. cerevisiae has a more complex genome than Venter's parasite. "

“I wasn’t sceptical about whether it could be done,” Boeke says. The question, he explains, was: “How can we make this different from a normal chromosome and put something into it that’s really going to make it worthwhile?”

• Nature - First synthetic yeast chromosome revealedhttp://www.na... more »

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2014-03-28 17:16:03 (30 comments, 110 reshares, 286 +1s)

I don't always link to TED talks but when I do, it pays to watch them

http://www.ted.com/talks/hugh_herr_the_new_bionics_that_let_us_run_climb_and_dance

Hugh Herr is building the next generation of bionic limbs, robotic prosthetics inspired by nature's own designs. Herr lost both legs in a climbing accident 30 years ago; now, as the head of the MIT Media Lab’s Biomechatronics group, he shows his incredible technology in a talk that's both technical and deeply personal. 

I am not going to spoil it but chances are high that you'll be fighting tears, in a good way, before you've even made it halfway through this video. If you need to renew your faith in the goodness of mankind or its ability to overcome problems, Hugh Herr has got you covered.

http://www.ted.com/talks/hugh_herr_the_new_bionics_that_let_us_run_climb_and_dance
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2014-03-23 21:50:29 (31 comments, 41 reshares, 60 +1s)

Popular science; the best of the best

After having devoured truckloads of books, I am now finding it increasingly difficult to score new reading material. Not that there's a shortage of books out there, it's just that I've primarily been reading the well known stuff and only now have to start looking at the more obscure work. I am hoping you guys (and girls) can help me out here by pointing me towards some new books and writers who might not be well known but should be.

I've done my homework, I've scoured the internet for bestsellers, poll winners, and suggestions from famous scientists and in doing so I've managed to uncover a few more guaranteed good ones but not nearly enough to keep me busy for the many decades I plan to spend on this lovely planet of ours. Because I've been reading the well known stuff, my digital excavation work has uncovered a... more »

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2014-03-17 15:30:17 (23 comments, 52 reshares, 110 +1s)

2 birds with one stone; Discovery of gravitational waves in the CMBR strengthen Inflation's case!

"Almost 14 billion years ago, the universe we inhabit burst into existence in an extraordinary event that initiated the Big Bang. In the first fleeting fraction of a second, the universe expanded exponentially, stretching far beyond the view of today's best telescopes. All this, of course, has just been theory.

Researchers from the BICEP2 collaboration today announced the first direct evidence supporting this theory, known as "cosmic inflation." Their data also represent the first images of gravitational waves, or ripples in space-time. These waves have been described as the "first tremors of the Big Bang." Finally, the data confirm a deep connection between quantum mechanics and general relativity."
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2014-03-16 20:40:28 (0 comments, 26 reshares, 26 +1s)

Quantum Life disentangled

Jim Al-Khalili - Quantum Life: How Physics Can Revolutionise Biology .
"In this talk Professor Jim Al-Khalili explores how the mysteries of quantum theory might be observable at the biological level. 

Although many examples can be found in the scientific literature dating back half a century, there is still no widespread acceptance that quantum mechanics -- that baffling yet powerful theory of the subatomic world -- might play an important role in biological processes. Biology is, at its most basic, chemistry, and chemistry is built on the rules of quantum mechanics in the way atoms and molecules behave and fit together. 

As Jim explains, biologists have until recently been dismissive of counter-intuitive aspects of the theory and feel it to be unnecessary, preferring their traditional ball-and-stick models of the moleculars... more »

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2014-03-09 22:52:22 (17 comments, 43 reshares, 43 +1s)

The history of history; How art breathing life into long dead bones helps to drag history back into the present

Sergey Krasovskiy's beautiful drawing of the recently discovered European "tyrannosaurus", torvosaurus gurneyi, leaps off the page in such a way that it almost appears to bring it back to life. http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-26452266 

Torvosauruses are actually some 80 million years older than T. Rex and, being part of the Megalosauridae family, are only distantly related to the tyrannosauridae through some of the very first theropods. However, like T. Rex and many other theropods, torvosaurus too was a fearsome looking carnivorous predator. When it was active in the late Jurassic, a particularly brave one might have tried to make a meal out of stegosaurus. By the time T. Rex was stalking Triceratops in the upper cretaceous period,... more »

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2014-02-28 23:00:22 (5 comments, 8 reshares, 18 +1s)

March 1st; The Future Today

Happy Future Day! Without a doubt the most useful and relevant holiday of the year! Today's the absolute best day to talk about tomorrow. Share the love for human ingenuity and the days ahead by discussing both the problems and promises of eons to come. You can always go with the crowd favorite; The New Rules of Robot/Human Society | Off Book | PBS Digital Studios , guaranteed success!  You might also opt for something more exotic like genetic engineering, room temperature superconductors, superlenses, quantum computing or maybe programmable matter? Too speculative for you? Why not stick to the known future or the one we'll get if we stay our current course or do nothing?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_the_near_future
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_the_far_future
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Future_of_the_Earthmore »

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2014-02-24 20:08:59 (10 comments, 36 reshares, 48 +1s)

A Star in a Bottle

The New Yorker delivers a truly fantastic in depth article on ITER's problems and promise. A long read but an extremely good one!
http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2014/03/03/140303fa_fact_khatchadourian?currentPage=all

At times quite depressing but here and there glimmers of hope do shine through. The people working on it not only have to conquer physics and engineering problems, they also have to deal with mindnumbingly complex bureaucracy and politics. We can't allow politicians to question if fusion produced energy will ever work, the answer, quite simply, is that it must. The question has to be when and paradoxically its answer rests squarely on the shoulders of those very same politicians. Fusion is in dire need of funding but the political will to commit to the level an undertaking as monumental as this one requires is severely lacking. We... more »

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2014-02-16 17:08:58 (2 comments, 9 reshares, 16 +1s)

The electrifying flavor of the muonth is tautally massive
An update on developments in the field of neutrino research.

I am pretty sure I made you cringe with that title but at least I didn't make the obligatory this 'll go straight through you remark... Fine, I ll show myself out. ;)

+Brian Koberlein just recently reported on a new study that predicts a range in which the total combined mass of all 3 neutrino types might be found. If accurate it might, in one fell swoop, explain away some of the discrepancies between theory and observation we've been puzzling over. http://goo.gl/q5Qam0

Not long ago we also had the scientists who analyze data from the IceCube neutrino observatory experimentally verify that Earth is being visited by alien neutrinos... This isn't just exciting from a science-theoretic point of view, it could in fact open up ane... more »

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2014-02-13 21:18:56 (19 comments, 190 reshares, 190 +1s)

Will Kuka turn the table on Timo Boll?

May 11, 1997: Deep Blue beats Kasparov at Chess
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deep_Blue_versus_Garry_Kasparov

Since then, humans have been losing a lot of ground. Whether you are talking about the AI in videogames or this crazy Air Hockey Robot Project (a 3D printer hack) , all of them need to be severely handicapped to make it fun for humans to play against them. Even in knowledge games we are no longer undisputed champions. Jeopardy IBM Watson Episode-3 HD  

So far physically demanding sports were still human turf but there is a chance that those days are about to come to an end as well. On March the 11th, one of KUKA's fastest bots, KR AGILUS (English) , will challenge Timo Boll at a game of ping pong. We'll have to wait till then to find out if we are still on the ball or if perhaps we'll get them handedb... more »

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2014-02-09 17:13:03 (7 comments, 57 reshares, 52 +1s)

Fantastic Voyage: Way out there, what's inside matter(s).   

Last night I was casually strolling around the internet, wasting time as usual, until suddenly I stumbled upon this rather excellent Sci-Fi Science game. In Zoom you take on the role of an agent sent out on a mission into deep space for a large corporation that operates under the name Xenofusion. A few days ago one of their mining vessels, the Polaris, sent out a distress signal but shortly after it went dead... It does not respond to any calls so now it's up to you to find out what happened.

It's not very long, it can be finished in about half an hour. It does take about 5 minutes or so to get going but once you receive the NanoZoom™, an insanely powerful microscope and manipulator that allows you to see and work with individual atoms, things really pick up. If you've got kids, I think they arelik... more »

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2014-02-02 18:07:17 (5 comments, 42 reshares, 42 +1s)

What VR could, should, and almost certainly will be within two years

If you got an Oculus Rift you can already try out some great VR experiences. Parking a massive truck with it feels natural as you can just stick your head out of the window and look backwards. If driving a truck is a bit too mundane for you, locking the guns of your spacecruiser on a target has become much easier because now you can kill with your looks. Ever felt like going to the movies with friends on the other side of the world? Try out a virtual theater! On the other hand, if you are afraid of heights and spiders crawling all over your face you might want to skip on The Pit and Don't Let Go. The worlds of games like Half-Life, Skyrim and many others are waiting for you to immerse yourself in them... and if you are feeling really adventurous you can even play sexy gender swap games with your partner!... more »

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2014-02-01 21:21:53 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 21 +1s)

Homo aquaticus: The Science of an Underwater Gill

In 1962, underwater explorer Jacques Cousteau predicted the arrival of Homo aquaticus: people surgically equipped with gills who could live and breathe in any depth for any amount of time without harm. Lately, there has been a lot of buzz about Triton, a conceptual gill (http://goo.gl/pWkd5k) that supposedly could allow humans to breathe underwater. There are many reasons why this device is still in the realm of science fiction. But first, it's helpful to understand how some animals breathe air underwater. 

Breathe, Breathe in the Air: Like us, insects breathe oxygen from air, using a system of canals connected to the outside by breathing holes or spiracles. So how do aquatic insects survive submerged underwater, often for their entire lives? Mosquito larvae develop tiny snorkeling tubes, called... more »

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2014-01-19 19:38:37 (10 comments, 25 reshares, 93 +1s)

The Many Bots of Reddit, a Digital Safari

It's hard to believe that Reddit, a community news & entertainment website, has been around for nearly a decade but here we are. Reddit went mainstream back in 2008 when it started allowing users to create their own subreddits and the amount of users active on the site has been rising ever since. For a time things were good but it didn't take long for humanity's dark side to find its way to the surface.  The offline actions brought into play by subreddits like r/RandomKindness, /r/SOPA/‎ and the many donation drivers may melt the heart but the consequences of /r/findbostonbombers, /r/GunsForSale, /r/Creepshots, ... most definitely do not. Reddit creates but Reddit can also destroy, Reddit helps but it can also sabotage, ... Both on and offline, people have experienced that reddit can cut both ways. Ultimately it was human naturetha... more »

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2014-01-12 22:29:29 (2 comments, 3 reshares, 12 +1s)

Nuclear man; the humane power station.
Der Mensch als Industriepalast [Man as Industrial Palace]

Heart Work

Fuel pulses through the veins, 
heat radiates from our brains.

Energy stored in liquid gold,
yet how do we get a hold?

For fuel to go from heat to speed,
you must extract the work you need.

You'll have to rev up your old engine,
pump up muscle to feel the tension.

Information travels down the nerves, 
extracted from someone else's curves.

When the heart grows fond of fine,
boot up your new production line.

As fusion stokes the hottest fire,
no doubt consequences will be dire.

Coolant helps keep the temper down,
try to not grow critical on your town. 

Let off some steam, recharge your batteries,
People say that thewh... more »

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2013-12-22 17:05:09 (29 comments, 67 reshares, 93 +1s)

The Robot Renaissance ≠ The Second Renaissance

After almost 20 years of killer drone dominated robot headlines, it seems the world's robots have finally had enough and have decided to collectively launch a full scale PR offensive to improve their image. December has truly been an amazing month for robot enthusiasts. First we had Amazon unveiling their delivery by air plans, then we got news that along with 7 other companies google had just bought Boston Dynamics and yesterday we saw NASAs Valkyrie and many other bots compete at the DARPA Robotics Challenge! The challenge was a phenomenal success and was won by SCHAFT, which you can see in action in the video below. This month also saw Europe launch Gaia & Swarm, we saw China land a Jade rabbit on the moon and two days ago we were allowed to eavesdrop on the conversation between Japanese robot Kirobo and an astronaut aboard theI... more »

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2013-12-16 18:43:47 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 15 +1s)

Your favorite flicks of 2013

Would you be so kind as to share your favorite films of 2013 with me? While you are at it, why don't you give me a rundown of the movies you are most looking forward to see in 2014? 

Top 10 2013
1. The Congress - http://goo.gl/7WKNJ7
2. Gravity - http://goo.gl/IPxYp9
3. Oblivion - http://goo.gl/vHKHq
4. Mud - http://goo.gl/aXoRrW
5. Cloud Atlas - http://goo.gl/QlsVz
6. Don Jon - http://goo.gl/2vziYK
7. Elysium - http://goo.gl/Kw9Elb
8. The Iceman - http://goo.gl/9V7sn 
9. Inside Llewyn Davis - http://goo.gl/NOl7SO
10. Europa Report - http://goo.gl/RsmMH

11. Star Trek: Into Darkness
12. Riddick
13. Django Unchained
14. Borgman
15. Zero Dark Thirty
16. Man of Steel
17. Upstream Color 
18. The Master
19. Thor: The Dark World20. L'ecu... more »

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2013-12-15 21:11:45 (13 comments, 16 reshares, 34 +1s)

No more Moore? Less Moore is more, more or less.

http://www.itworld.com/hardware/385701/moores-law-blowout-sale-ending-broadcoms-cto-says

The argument that Moore's law is about to hit a roadblock and that it won't be able to go on much longer is almost as old as the law itself. In the past 50 years people have cried wolf so many times that by now you are more likely to roll your eyes than to actually worry about this ancient prophecy of doom... Still, even though they've always been wrong in the past, one day they will be right. In fact, this time, Moore's end may really be around the corner or at least so argues Henry Samueli, the CEO of Broadcom. He predicts Moore will break down this decade and predicts hitting the wall for silicon 15 years from now when chips reach 5 nm. Personally I am not too worried. Moore's law's time constraint might very well... more »

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2013-12-01 20:40:26 (26 comments, 16 reshares, 48 +1s)

Is quantum thinking blocking roads to superdeterminism?

http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/critical-opalescence/2013/10/07/does-some-deeper-level-of-physics-underlie-quantum-mechanics-an-interview-with-nobelist-gerard-t-hooft/

Gerard 't Hooft wants to make things simpler by thinking harder. He thinks Einstein might still have been right when he said that God does not throw dice. 'T Hooft dares to entertain the rather eccentric thought that the uncertainty inherent to quantum mechanics might actually not be a fundamental part of reality but could instead be an artifact that's only currently unpredictable because the theory is incomplete. He posits that the current formulation of quantum mechanics is statistical because it only offers a glimpse of something even deeper.

For many this claim will make their eyes roll because conventional wisdom is clear on... more »

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2013-11-24 14:54:09 (18 comments, 31 reshares, 45 +1s)

World Changing Ideas

Get lost in Scientific American's special that highlights 10 ideas that are on the verge of changing the world forever. 

http://www.scientificamerican.com/editorial/world-changing-ideas-2013/

"Scientific advances can be smart, tantalizing, bizarre— and still never make it out of the lab. To change the world, a new idea must have a path from drawing board to practical products and manufacturing processes: in the parlance of Silicon Valley, it must “scale.” Nobody can predict the future, but each of the 10 breakthroughs on the following pages has the potential to make it big. We begin with a full-length article on a new way to design materials atom by atom, using supercomputers and the equations of quantum mechanics, which could take much of the perspiration out of innovation. We continue with a fast-paced look at “metamaterials”that promi... more »

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2013-11-23 22:45:44 (4 comments, 5 reshares, 21 +1s)

The travelling robot circus is packing up but what a show it was!

The clip below features both amazing drones flying in formation as well as some extremely beautiful views of the Alps. The developrs, Team Blacksheep calls these "serious toys"... understatement of the year. :)

IROS, the International Conference On Intelligent Robots and Systems always unleashes a torrent of robot news and this year was no different. IEEE presents an overview: http://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/robotics-hardware/video-friday-everything-that-happened-for-the-last-two-weeks-and-more

Robot overload inbound! Point your eyeballs towards new footage of atlas striding around and micromouses running mazes in record times. Definitely also check out Sandia Labs' virtual mock up of a nifty little bot that can fly, swim and drive as well as UPenn's actual prototypeth... more »

2013-11-22 00:30:05 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 9 +1s)

Just over two months ago Larry and I launched Calico. We said then that with the right goals, culture and people, we believe we can make good progress on health and well-being, in particular the challenge of staying youthful, healthy and disease-free for a longer time.

Today I am pleased to announce that four of the brightest and most accomplished individuals in the fields of medicine, drug development, molecular biology and genetics have joined Calico.

• Hal V. Barron, M.D.
• David Botstein, Ph.D.
• Robert Cohen, M.D.
• Cynthia Kenyon, Ph.D.

Hal Barron is one of the most respected clinician-scientists and successful drug developers in the biotechnology industry. Hal will join us as President, Research and Development. Hal was most recently Executive Vice President, Head of Global Product Development and Chief Medical Officer of Hoffmann-LaRoche. ... more »

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2013-11-21 21:35:28 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 12 +1s)

Bert and Ernie's brothers have arrived on earth, and they came from far outside our solar system, possibly even from another galaxy! 

Earlier this year, scientists working on the IceCube experiment in Antarctica discovered Ernie and Bert, two neutrinos with energies over 100 times higher than the protons that circulate in the LHC and now those same scientists report that they have found 28 neutrinos that must have come to earth from explosions in the distant universe.

> http://arstechnica.com/science/2013/11/south-pole-detector-spots-28-out-of-this-world-neutrinos/ .
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neutrinos .
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IceCube_Neutrino_Observatory .
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neutrino_astronomy .

#ScienceEveryday  

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2013-11-20 22:50:03 (4 comments, 7 reshares, 41 +1s)

Crazy Hair Bug

This strange little planthopper is only 5 mm long and is one of 60 new species discovered by field biologists in the mountains of Suriname. It is still in its immature stage, before metamorphosis into the adult insect. The white tufts are actually waxy filaments and may be a decoy for predators, allowing the tiny bug to hop away to safety. 

More: http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2013/11/19/bug-hair-suriname-species-animals/

#ScienceEveryday  

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2013-11-18 16:56:30 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)

Will the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN probe become a maven on the topic of Mars?

Only time will tell but NASA has a track record when it comes to delivering explorers to our red neighbor in one piece. If all goes well, MAVEN will help us determine how Mars lost almost all of its atmosphere and water. Humans seem to be rather fond of water and oxygen so this isn't just interesting from a scientific point of view, it might also help us safeguard our own planet to make sure that such a runaway process doesn't happen here. 

MAVEN will perform measurements from a highly elliptical orbit over a period of one Earth year, with five "deep dips" at 150 km (93 mi) minimum altitude to sample the upper atmosphere. The MAVEN spacecraft will carry three instrument suites, and they include:

Particles and Field (P&F) Package
> Solar Wind... more »

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2013-11-17 22:12:13 (7 comments, 42 reshares, 100 +1s)

Science and technology are reimagining imagination 

“Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life's coming attractions.” -Albert Einstein

It might be hard to believe but computers are painting and sculpting, they are writing stories, jokes, poetry, even music. The best part? Some are real works of art. For now the magic still happens in collaboration with artists made of flesh and blood but many admit they could never have achieved such heights without the aid of their creative machines. I say this tongue in cheek but things are moving fast.

The process by which technology enhances creativity and births new forms of art has been going on for quite a while now. As a matter of fact, it has been going on for at least 50,000 years. From the charcoal used in cave paintings to a computer running photoshop, the tools that helped humans materialize theirvisi... more »

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2013-11-13 18:35:45 (3 comments, 4 reshares, 12 +1s)

R.I.P. John Tavener, may you transcend death as your music transcends life

You don't have to be religious to appreciate this kind of music. I certainly am not, yet his pieces speak to me immensely. They have such emotional depth that it's impossible not to drown in them. 

Children of Men Soundtrack - [Fragments of a Prayer]
John Tavener: The Whale (Part I/1)

http://www.theguardian.com/music/2013/nov/12/john-tavener
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-24919332

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2013-11-10 18:26:45 (16 comments, 187 reshares, 152 +1s)

Rack your brains over brains running on racks

This month's issue of Nature delivers a special on the brain that really gets you thinking. They take a detailed look at how Europe's Human Brain Project; http://www.nature.com/news/head-start-1.14091 and the US BRAIN initiative; http://www.nature.com/news/neurotechnology-brain-storm-1.14105 are taking shape but the real prize is this interesting write-up on some of the most promising currently existing neuromorphic hardware. Check out Neurogrid, SpiNNaker, BrainScaleS, SyNAPSE and the neural net simulation called Spaun.
http://www.nature.com/news/neuroelectronics-smart-connections-1.14089

Here's a collection of interesting bits from the article that will make you click onwards to read the thing in full.

Just a few years ago, Kwabena Boahen completed a device called Neurogrid that emulates a million... more »

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2013-11-03 17:58:58 (3 comments, 7 reshares, 21 +1s)

Gravity anchors you to the edge of your seat.
spoiler free review

This is as close as you'll get to an astronaut experience without leaving earth. Emmanuel Lubezki is a genius behind the camera (Tree of Life, Children of Men, ...) but for gravity he takes his skill to another level. The camera appears to be gravitationally bound to its subject, arcing around it in sometimes smooth, otherwise chaotic orbits. If we are not freely floating/falling through space, we get an over the shoulder astronaut view.

The film does not miss any opportunity to show you just how unforgiving life in space really is and the action makes clear how hard you have to work just to keep alive. Many scenes point out how even something simple, like getting around, is anything but easy for land optimized bipedal creature like ourselves. Seeing a human being desperately thrashing and flailing about,... more »

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2013-11-03 16:13:21 (1 comments, 4 reshares, 14 +1s)

SciTech #ScienceSunday Digest 38 – 3rd Nov 2013.
Graphene edges, multi-functional particles, CAPTCHA AI, peptoid velcro, bacterial electricity, nano-pumps, boosting bandwidth.

1. One-Dimensional Electrical Contacts for Two-Dimensional Graphene.
The first edge-on one-dimensional electrical contact with graphene has been demonstrated http://spectrum.ieee.org/nanoclast/semiconductors/nanotechnology/engineers-make-electrical-contact-to-graphene-on-its-1-atom-thick-edge. Conventional approaches typically place the electrical contacts on the top surface of graphene sheets, which can multi-material layering difficult and complicated. This new approach allows electrical contacts to the atom-thick edges of graphene sheets and also multi-material stacked sheets such as graphene interleaved with sheets of boron-nitride. This also results in lower contact resistancec... more »

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2013-10-20 16:11:22 (4 comments, 19 reshares, 42 +1s)

A pill to stop your brain from dying... or will prions outsmart us?
First the good news; neurodegeneration caused by prion disease has been halted in mice!

Although we are still a long way off from curing diseases such as CJD, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's & Huntington's in people, the work does uncover and point towards possible avenues for treatment. 
http://stm.sciencemag.org/content/5/206/206ra138
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-24462699

That being said, it's important to keep our feet on the ground. Prions are proteins, single molecules, consisting of only a few atoms, much smaller than bacteria or even viruses, yet they are capable of destroying entire organs and thus killing people. A 1000 atom bullet can't kill you, yet this 1000 atom wind driven piece of incorrectly folded string can erode away your personality and ultimately youre... more »

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2013-10-10 22:54:06 (4 comments, 11 reshares, 23 +1s)

Welcome to the future; Google uses quantum computer to more accurately distinguish intentional blinks from involuntary ones which could lead to a breakthrough in wink triggered apps!

If that sounds like something out of the hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy, I'd say you are right but it also happens to be the world we live in these days. :)

Normally, when a company's commercials promise you the future, you roll your eyes. When google does it, you don't. Self driving cars, wearable computing, artificial intelligence, fiber and balloon network carriers, asteroid mining, synthetic meat, robotic lunar missions, quantum computing, conquering death, ...

Google is playing it extremely smart, portraying itself as the most forward thinking future driven company out there. They are going to have an advantage on other companies hoping to draw on the pool of... more »

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2013-10-06 16:47:44 (9 comments, 23 reshares, 54 +1s)

If you're not yet reading Quanta, you are missing out!

Formerly known as Simons Science News, Quanta Magazine is an editorially independent online publication launched by the Simons Foundation to enhance public understanding of science. Why Quanta? Albert Einstein called photons “quanta of light.” Their goal is to “illuminate science.”

Quanta features articles from heavyweights like +Carl Zimmer and brightly shining, rapidly rising stars like +Natalie Wolchover. This magazine has really caught my attention simply because of its consistent extremely high quality output. In the last 3 months I've shared no less than 4 of their articles! They cover a wide range of topics mostly dealing with developments in mathematics, theoretical physics, computer science and the basic life sciences. 

You might have already read some of their amazing articles withoutknowing s... more »

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2013-10-03 17:01:58 (10 comments, 27 reshares, 62 +1s)

Celebrating 25 years of Physics World - Top 5 discoveries

As I've said before, I am a sucker for lists so for me this celebratory issue of Physics world is a taste of heaven. :) 

The 5 discoveries that transformed our understanding of the world
● Quantum teleportation (1992)
● The creation of the first Bose-Einstein condensate (1995)
● The accelerating expansion of the universe (1997)
● Experimental proof that neutrinos have mass (1998)
● The sighting of the Higgs boson at Cern (2012)

Top 5 discoveries to change the world
● Hadron therapy - targeting tumours with miniature, table-top particle accelerators.
● Quantum computers - potentially able to simulate new drug molecules.
● Graphene - for electronics and super-strong materials.
● Nanoscopic "superlenses" using evanescent light.
●Power on the go - kin... more »

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2013-09-29 19:12:59 (7 comments, 80 reshares, 58 +1s)

13.7 Billion years in the making - Feel reality clawing itself a way through the depths of time, right up to this very moment.

Our reality is so utterly mindblowing in its beauty and complexity that we tend to bury our head in the sand and confine our view and thinking to the mundane drudgery of daily life. With the passing of time, we have constructed this glorious human reality of ours, layer upon layer, out of a shitload of different ideologies and technologies. Consumerism, religion, traditions, our own individualistic hopes and dreams about money, power and love, lady Gaga and Ashton Kutcher, tv dinners and coca cola,... These have become our day to day reality, a reality that blinds us from nature. It's not just the stars that our cities and their lights obscure from our mind's eye. Sometimes I feel as if we are about to lose ourselves in the entertainment jungle that we have... more »

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2013-09-22 15:45:35 (10 comments, 37 reshares, 62 +1s)

We Travel the Spaceways - Sun Ra &
Sun Ra - Tapestry from an asteroid

Space might be rather empty but that doesn't stop everything from smashing into each other. No orbit is really stable if you look at it on a long enough timescale. All bodies, including the planets in our system will one day collide, get thrown out of the system, or be swallowed by the sun. We know with certainty that our moon is drifting away from us but simulations have been done that indicate there is chance that our dear earth and venus will end up kissing after a very long dance. How come we don't know that for sure? Didn't the planets move in predictable ways, like clockwork? Yes and no. Over time, miniscule gravitational effects can reinforece each other in unpredictable ways. There's also the possibility of an invader, a large body thrown out of another system, that passes through ours and... more »

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2013-09-01 17:43:26 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)

Is Individuality the Savior of Eugenics?
http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/guest-blog/2013/08/23/is-individuality-the-savior-of-eugenics/

Nathaniel Comfort, Associate Professor of the History of Medicine at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, takes a look at the dark history and bright future of eugenics in the US. 

According to wiki;
Eugenics is the bio-social movement which advocates practices to improve the genetic composition of a population, usually a human population. It is a social philosophy advocating the improvement of human hereditary traits through the promotion of higher reproduction of more desired people and traits, and reduced reproduction of less desired people and traits.

from the article;
"Some of the new eugenicists have been coy about the term: “In point of fact, we practise eugenics when we screen for Down’s syndrome, andothe... more »

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2013-08-25 15:24:05 (14 comments, 69 reshares, 67 +1s)

In memory of Merrin°: An education in P2P

I just scored my 15 minutes of fame on reddit with a post on documentaries! I had no idea that so many people were hungry for quality docu recommendations but that the g+ science community will dig these is pretty much a given. Enjoy!

Just type the name into http://www.docuwiki.net if you are looking for more information about any of these. Read carefully the linked page and you'll find nirvana. ;)

Exact Science
[Physics]
Absolute Zero - BBC (series, 2 episodes)
Light Fantastic - BBC (series, 4 episodes)
Atom - BBC (series, 3 episodes)
Time - BBC (series, 4 episodes)
Shock and Awe - BBC (series, 3 episodes)
Everything and Nothing - BBC (series, 2 episodes)
Order and Disorder - BBC (series, 2 episodes)
Invisible Worlds - BBC (series, 3 episodes)
The Fabric of theC... more »

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2013-08-21 20:43:39 (12 comments, 4 reshares, 19 +1s)

Upside down, a construction of the mind

Many who've seen Elysium wonder if such a ringworld is scientifically sound. How could it possibly hold on to its inhabitants and atmosphere without roof, its innards exposed to the hazards of space? To find out, you could swing a bucket of water around, do it fast enough and you'll notice that you can swing it upside down over your head without spilling a drop. Or, you could watch the video below which demonstrates the same but perhaps a bit more spectacularly. Now some homework, what exactly is being demonstrated here, centripetal or centrifugal forces? :p

The video below is full of action but the specific part I am talking about can be found at 2:07 - Stopped engine aerobatics

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Artificial_gravity
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rotating_wheel_space_stationmore »

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2013-08-18 18:50:30 (4 comments, 10 reshares, 18 +1s)

Neuroscience - today and tomorrow

Nature takes a look at the technologies that will enable us to unravel some of the mind's mysteries. http://www.nature.com/news/neuroscience-solving-the-brain-1.13382 - Researchers want to understand the ways in which brain circuitry changes — through the constant growth and retreat of synapses — as life rolls by.

"Reaching this goal will require innovative new technologies, ranging from nanotechnologies to genetics to optics, that can capture the electrical activity coursing through neurons, prod those neurons to find out what they do, map the underlying anatomical circuits in fine detail and process the exabytes of information all this work will spit out. “Think about it,” says neuroscientist Konrad Kording of Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois. “The human brain produces in 30 seconds as much data as the HubbleSpace Tele... more »

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2013-08-18 18:05:44 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 7 +1s)

A hidden world, feeding on big data, growing beyond control.

"Information is the oil of the 21st century, and analytics is the combustion engine.” -Peter Sondergaard, senior vice president at Gartner

And just like oil, data too can be applied for both good and evil. Last #ScienceSunday  I talked about how big data will change our world for the better; http://goo.gl/oisdt - today I'll talk about its downside. 

"Torture the data, and it will confess to anything" -Ronald Coase, Economics, Nobel Prize Laureate

Big data means Big errors - http://goo.gl/tkL03
We’re more fooled by noise than ever before. With big data, researchers have brought cherry-picking to an industrial level. Modernity provides too many variables, but too little data per variable. So the spurious relationships grow much, much faster than real information. Inother ... more »

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2013-08-18 16:01:05 (3 comments, 39 reshares, 17 +1s)

Compartmentalized granular gases

Devaraj van der Meer has been studying granular matter and fluid physics for over a decade and in the process, he's exposing their beauty for all to see. You can find a ton of aesthetically pleasing clips on his website; http://stilton.tnw.utwente.nl/people/devaraj/research.html

Excited granular matter is a rich pattern-forming system. The un-mixing or segregation of unlike grains under vibration and flow is a good example and one you might know from the so-called Brazil nut effect where Brazil nuts rise to the top of a packet of mixed nuts when shaken.The cause of this effect is that when shaken, granular (and some other) materials move in a circular pattern. some larger materials (Brazil nuts) get stuck while going down the circle and therefore stay on the top.

Clip below; What started out as a high-school demonstration of the... more »

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2013-08-17 23:58:23 (9 comments, 19 reshares, 34 +1s)

To see the world anew

Steve Mann, the father of wearable computing, who last year made the news for being the first victim of a "cyborg hate crime", has been busy. Mann has been wearing augmented reality devices for decades, anticipating the moment that the hardware would catch up to his programming work. That time seems to have arrived because his company, Meta is finally ready to start taking orders for its first production headset, the Meta.01. You can pre-order one for $667.00 on Meta's website, with deliveries set to begin in November.

Although it's still quite expensive, this sounds almost too good to be true. This isn't just google glass on steroids, this is the real deal, full blown mediated reality. If it delivers on the promises it makes, this will be a game changer. I am doubtful that they'll be able to hit all the targets they've set... more »

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2013-08-16 21:13:07 (8 comments, 14 reshares, 25 +1s)

The Congress

Wow. No words to describe it. They should've sent a poet. In this "documentary", Robin Wright, who you might know as The Princess Bride or Jenny from Forrest Gump, plays herself. She is now over 40, her career is running to an end and she accepts or gets pressured into accepting one last contract from MiraMount. In exchange for a large payout, the studio gets to use a virtual copy of her in any manner they see fit.

I am going to cut it there cause really, the less you know, the better. Suffice to say that this is just the tip of the iceberg and that events set in motion by the description above will have consequences far beyond any one person. The film is very loosely based on a story from Stanislaw Lem and has been criticized for not sticking to the source material but personally I am glad that they decided to add and spin so much that you end up with... more »

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2013-08-14 16:53:51 (1 comments, 12 reshares, 21 +1s)

Physicists Close In on ‘Perfect’ Optical Lens

"In addition to biological imaging, perfect lenses could be used for single molecule biosensing, nanofabrication, light harvesting and (in theory) perfectly efficient solar panels, among other possibilities."

+Natalie Wolchover takes a look at how a 1000 year old find, Snell's law, ultimately lead to hyper lenses and perfect lenses and what the development of such technological marvels will enable. The article includes lots of juicy links to delicious research and experimental finds. Highly recommended! 

https://www.simonsfoundation.org/quanta/20130808-physicists-close-in-on-perfect-optical-lens/ 

"He (Pendry) compares negatively refracting devices to the laser. When its invention was first reported in 1960 “it was couched as a solution in search of a problem,” he said. “That isnot the way ... more »

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2013-08-11 00:17:20 (17 comments, 14 reshares, 32 +1s)

Follow the lead not the leader
http://www.technologyreview.com/view/518026/network-analysis-reveals-worlds-most-influential-thinkers/

Who are the most influential thinkers on the planet? To find out, Karin Frick at the GDI Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute in Switzerland and a couple of pals have tried to systematically analyze the most important thought leaders and trends shaping our society. 

The method they used is similar to the page-rank algorithm that Google uses to rank websites.  The basic idea is that a thinker is important if he or she is influences the most important sources of discussion.

The difficulty is in measuring this influence. Frick and co do this by starting with a hand-picked list of 100 thinkers in the fields of philosophy, sociology, economics and the hard sciences. Frick and co cross-check this list by asking 50 thought leaders to namethe... more »

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2013-08-04 23:48:52 (9 comments, 6 reshares, 50 +1s)

Slipping through the cracks, the difference between life or death.

Somewhen in time, something ominous lies in wait. Something mindless, something abstract, a specific set of circumstances that conspires against the birth of thought. Its goals? To crush hopes and to sniff out the flame of life itself. I am talking about the Great Cosmic Filter. 

As a follow up on my previous post; http://goo.gl/oEoKPz - which tentatively asked what we might find in Europa's oceans, I would like to talk about how finding and not finding alien life are both cause for celebration. Finding alien life[2] would obviously and without question be a fantastic historic find but not finding aliens or traces of extinct life on Mars or any of the good looking moons (Europa, Titan, Enceladus, ...) would also be a monumental discovery.

It would mean that it's much harder than we thoughtf... more »

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