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Brendan Walters has been shared in 51 public circles

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Becky Collins16,609Science Circle :Circle of very #social #engagerspeople and companiesTo be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest) Ex: Fashion, SEO, Companies, Social Media Marketing, Sailing, Photography, Bloggers/Writers, Web graphics and design, Italy, Artists, Sport, Finance/Economy ...3 - include the circle among your circles4 - share the circle (include yourself)Improve your popularity, be social be cool !Keep yourself updated, enjoy the Shared Circles Hellenic Alliance, you can share your shared circles inside the upcoming Community:https://plus.google.com/communities/112552559573595396104  #socialmedia  #media  #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing  #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins ?2014-09-16 05:24:00459102
Becky Collins15,192Recipes and Cooking Circle : Circle of very #social #engagerspeople and companiesTo be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest) Ex: Fashion, SEO, Companies, Social Media Marketing, Sailing, Photography, Bloggers/Writers, Web graphics and design, Italy, Artists, Sport, Finance/Economy ...3 - include the circle among your circles4 - share the circle (include yourself)Improve your popularity, be social be cool !Keep yourself updated, enjoy the Shared Circles Hellenic Alliance, you can share your shared circles inside the upcoming Community:https://plus.google.com/communities/112552559573595396104  #socialmedia  #media  #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing  #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins ?2014-08-18 05:14:394770210
Becky Collins10,439Super Science Circle :Circle of very #social #engagerspeople and companiesTo be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest) Ex: Fashion, SEO, Companies, Social Media Marketing, Sailing, Photography, Bloggers/Writers, Web graphics and design, Italy, Artists, Sport, Finance/Economy ...3 - include the circle among your circles4 - share the circle (include yourself)Improve your popularity, be social be cool !Keep yourself updated, enjoy the Shared Circles Hellenic Alliance, you can share your shared circles inside the upcoming Community:https://plus.google.com/communities/112552559573595396104  #socialmedia  #media  #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing  #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins ?2014-05-31 05:09:154901211
Gray Photography Chicago1,124Shared Circle of Bloggers V5These are people that really engage with posts.  I mean REALLY.  Plussers, sharers, circle adders, you name it!  Every post every time!  Awesome people if you ask me!Want more followers?  Want people that engage with your posts?  What people that care about growing your followers as much as theirs?  Please follow these steps:1. +1 (please)2. Share this circle publicly. (show them love, and they'll show you love in return)3. Add this circle to your circles.4.  Share this circle (adding yourself of course!)#circleshare   #circlesharing   #circleshared   #circleshareoftheday   #sharedacirclewithyou   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #sharedcircle  2014-02-01 17:18:2537212823
Christy Sandhoff17,588Daniel Mihai Popescu originally shared: The Latest is a circle with a lot of members borrowed from +Richard Green's last Showcase Circle share, my Invincible and a few rewards :)Please share it, add it, make yourself comfortable :)#danielmihaipopescusharedcircle It is not a final form, in less than a week it will change, so hurry up my friends and future friends :)If you're notified, you're in!2013-10-10 17:14:34405271240
Daniel Mihai Popescu18,027The Latest is a circle with a lot of members borrowed from +Richard Green's last Showcase Circle share, my Invincible and a few rewards :)Please share it, add it, make yourself comfortable :) #danielmihaipopescusharedcircle It is not a final form, in less than a week it will change, so hurry up my friends and future friends :)If you're notified, you're in!2013-10-09 17:09:12413804478
Rodolfo Grimaldi Blog2,905A Second Circle based on a combination of +Richard Green's and my favorites :) ( +Daniel Mihai Popescu )It is a free circle, it's not it's final form, so add it, do whatever you consider to do with it, because there is a lot of space here :) #danielmihaipopescusharedcircle I like the relevance on the cover :)You are notified, dear friends and future friends :)2013-10-01 19:13:49408582154
Richard Green28,613Engagers Showcase Circle, October 1 2013If you received a notification, it means that you are included in my Engagers Showcase Circle. “Showcase” means that you are invited to leave a comment (on the original post) with a link to one of your own posts, which ideally should be one of your best recent posts.This circle consists of people who have engaged with one of my recent posts in the form of +1s, comments and reshares. In the last week or so, I posted about the Bell numbers and the classification of indigenous American languages, and I shared some tips on posting successful Google+ articles. I also discussed the Super Mario Möbius Strip and posted some original photography; one of my pictures made it into What's Hot, which meant that I had to skip over it when constructing this circle. I recently reshared posts by +James Wheeler and +Erno Rubik (the inventor of Rubik's Cube). They are both included in this circle, as is physics blogger +Jonah Miller, who is back on Google+ after being away for several weeks.As always, reshares of this circle are appreciated, and I look forward to seeing everyone's links. Thanks for reading my posts!2013-10-01 17:34:03422246135258
Fabian Weiland145#sharedcircles #science #health2013-09-05 07:24:12497214
Uniikii0Uniikii's networking #sharedcircles  #sharedcircle   #smallbusiness   #businessowners   #CEO   #President   #circlesharing                       #circleshare                       #circles             #circleoftheday               #sharedpubliccircles                   #sharedcircles                       #share               #sharedcircleoftheday                     #sharewithyou                   #circlefriday               #circlethursday                       #followfriday                     #follow                       #followme               #followers                     #followback                 #circle             #googleplus                 #communities             #hangouts               #events         #googleplus             #google             #snowball           #vip         #coolpeople                   #circleshare                   #sharedcircles                 #2013-08-14 15:07:53483309
Domus Vitae Inc.153Shared Circle of #entrepreneurs  www.domusvitae.ca   #sharedcircle   #smallbusiness   #businessowners   #CEO   #President   #circlesharing                       #circleshare                       #circles             #circleoftheday               #sharedpubliccircles                   #sharedcircles                       #share               #sharedcircleoftheday                     #sharewithyou                   #circlefriday               #circlethursday                       #followfriday                     #follow                       #followme               #followers                     #followback                 #circle             #googleplus                 #communities             #hangouts               #events         #googleplus             #google             #snowball           #vip         #coolpeople                   #circleshare                   2013-08-05 19:31:504824114
Science on Google+12,938Applied and Mathematical SciencesThis circle will give you exposure to Computer Science, Engineering, Maths, and Physics.If 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 (http://goo.gl/yEg7M). Please note that you also have to circle +Science on Google+: A Public Database if you would like to be considered for shared circles.View underlying database: http://goo.gl/Yz8KRView most recent shared circles: http://goo.gl/nO7rB#sciencesunday #science #publiccircles  #sharedcircles 2012-11-18 19:18:00235133143
Science on Google+12,289Applied and Mathematical SciencesThis circle will give you exposure to Computer Science, Engineering, Maths, and Physics.If 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 (http://goo.gl/yEg7M). Please note that you also have to circle +Science on Google+: A Public Database if you would like to be considered for shared circles.View underlying database: http://goo.gl/Yz8KRView most recent shared circles: http://goo.gl/nO7rB#sciencesunday #science #publiccircles  #sharedcircles 2012-10-21 12:11:4223462857
annarita ruberto841#sharedcircles : Science, Mathematics2012-09-30 14:32:2023216010
Science on Google+8,706Applied and Mathematical SciencesThis circle will give you exposure to Computer Science, Engineering, Math, and Physics.If 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 (http://goo.gl/yEg7M). Please note that you also have to circle +Science on Google+: A Public Database if you would like to be considered for shared circles.View underlying database: http://goo.gl/Yz8KRView most recent shared circles: http://goo.gl/nO7rB#sciencesunday #science #publiccircles  #sharedcircles 2012-08-19 11:49:292120519
Science on Google+8,583Computer Science CircleView profiles in circle: http://goo.gl/S5I1mView all shared circles: http://goo.gl/nO7rBIf 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 (http://goo.gl/yEg7M). Please note that you also have to circle +Science on Google+: A Public Database if you would like to be considered for shared circles.#sciencesunday #science #publiccircles #sharedcircles 2012-08-18 13:49:50611518
Chris Robinson24,784General Science Circle- Final UpdateLast August I started this General Science Database (http://goo.gl/tp06X), which could be uploaded into Google+ using the import contacts feature. Over the last year, the database has morphed into a shared circle and more recently into +Science on Google+: A Public Database. Due to the increasing overlap with the +Science on Google+: A Public Database, this will be the last time that I will be updating and sharing this circle.If you are a scientist, science teacher, or science writer, please feel free to add your profile/page to the +Science on Google+: A Public Database by filling out this form (http://goo.gl/yEg7M) and circling +Science on Google+: A Public Database. 2012-07-25 14:47:31300101339
Science on Google+7,561Applied and Mathematical SciencesThis circle will give you exposure to Computer Science, Engineering, Math, and Physics.If 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 (http://goo.gl/yEg7M). Please note that you also have to circle +Science on Google+: A Public Database if you would like to be considered for shared circles.View underlying database: http://goo.gl/Yz8KRView most recent shared circles: http://goo.gl/nO7rB#sciencesunday #science #publiccircles  #sharedcircles 2012-07-22 14:41:2119201010
Science on Google+7,308Applied and Mathematical SciencesThis circle will give you exposure to Computer Science, Engineering, Math, and Physics.If 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 (http://goo.gl/yEg7M). Please note that you also have to circle +Science on Google+: A Public Database if you would like to be considered for shared circles.View underlying database: http://goo.gl/Yz8KRView most recent shared circles: http://goo.gl/nO7rB#sciencesunday #science #publiccircles  #sharedcircles 2012-07-15 14:01:10189079
Science on Google+6,950Applied and Mathematical SciencesThis circle will give you exposure to Computer Science, Engineering, Math, and Physics.If 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 (http://goo.gl/yEg7M). Please note that you also have to circle +Science on Google+: A Public Database if you would like to be considered for shared circles.View underlying database: http://goo.gl/Yz8KRView most recent shared circles: http://goo.gl/nO7rB#sciencesunday #science #publiccircles  #sharedcircles 2012-07-08 14:33:5518601025
Jerry Nguyen11,528Underappreciated on G+ - Science and TechA central theme I keep hearing from +Fraser Cain is "Community Building!" In that vein, I've curated this circle of people that I check every day when I'm on G+. What's surprising to me though, is that most of these folks have few circlers!I did sneak the page for +SciLingual in here. This is a Hangout that +Liz Neeley and I co-host once a month. I'd love to get more people involved in the conversation for these!So - please share and spread the word about these awesome people and the interesting posts they're making!2012-06-29 17:28:0215666
Science on Google+5,856Applied and Mathematical SciencesThis circle will give you exposure to Computer Science, Engineering, Math, and Physics.If 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 (http://goo.gl/yEg7M). Please note that you also have to circle +Science on Google+: A Public Database if you would like to be considered for shared circles.View underlying database: http://goo.gl/Yz8KRView most recent shared circles: http://goo.gl/nO7rB#sciencesunday #science #publiccircles #sharedcircles 2012-06-24 15:01:071804329
Risto Linturi3,370This is my science circle - I am finding their insights valuable each day!2012-06-16 09:40:0350016620
Science on Google+5,521General Science Circle Updated 6/10 (Profiles Only)Please note that this will be the last General Science circle (i.e., we have exceeded the 500 person limit for shared circles), and +Allison Sekuler, +Chris Robinson, +Fraser Cain, +Rajini Rao, and +Robby Bowles are not included in the shared circle. Help keep #sciencesunday   trending by sharing this circle with your friends!If 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 (http://goo.gl/yEg7M). Please note that you also have to circle +Science on Google+: A Public Database if you would like to be considered for shared circles.View underlying database: http://goo.gl/Yz8KRView most recent shared circles: http://goo.gl/nO7rB#sciencesunday #science #publiccircles  #sharedcircles 2012-06-10 19:42:0850024125
Science on Google+5,446General Science Circle (Profiles)Click on the following link to view the profiles in this circle: http://goo.gl/Yz8KR. If 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 (http://goo.gl/yEg7M). Please note that you also have to circle +Science on Google+: A Public Database if you would like to be considered for shared circles.View underlying database: http://goo.gl/Yz8KRView most recent shared circles: http://goo.gl/nO7rB#sciencesunday #science #publiccircles #sharedcircles 2012-06-03 18:54:47490189
Meilani MacDonald2,935Small Business circle 1 of 2Hello small business peeps! I'm a small biz person and naturally I want to connect with other small biz owners. I really feel we all have so much to share with each other and to learn from one another as we navigate this world called Google+ that provides us with so many great tools and resources to support our small biz efforts. I also think it's a good thing to support each other, and lift each other up as we work towards our goals. So I've been collecting small biz people and shared small biz & entrepreneurs circles, because those are the people I most want in my own circles, to follow, to connect with, and to support. I have 700+ small bizzes in my circle, so I've split it into two circles to share with you. This is #1 of the 2, and #2 is next. Let's hear it for small business!Btw, speaking of supporting small bizzes, I host a TGIF Biz Networking Hangout every Friday at 4pm pst, now a Hangout on Air. It is a chance to give yourself and your biz a little promo, and I feature special guests who are small biz owners and who have all kinds of good advice and info to share with other small biz owners. Please check my profile for more info or to watch last Friday's episode, where we talked about QR codes and great ideas for how to use them, and also talked about the value of keeping content fresh on your blogs and web sites, and when and why to blog, or not to blog. #smallbusiness #sharedcircles #entrepreneur +CircleCount +Shared Circles Shared a Circle with You +Shared a Circle with you2012-05-28 18:22:494491159
Science on Google+4,160General Science Circle (Profiles)Click on the following link to view the profiles in this circle: http://goo.gl/Yz8KR. If 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 (http://goo.gl/yEg7M). Please note that you also have to circle +Science on Google+: A Public Database if you would like to be considered for shared circles.View underlying database: http://goo.gl/Yz8KRView most recent shared circles: http://goo.gl/nO7rB2012-05-03 00:29:1342941010
Science on Google+3,678General Science Circle (Profiles)Click on the following link to view the profiles in this circle: http://goo.gl/Yz8KR. If 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 (http://goo.gl/yEg7M). Please note that you also have to circle +Science on Google+: A Public Database if you would like to be considered for shared circles.View underlying database: http://goo.gl/Yz8KRView most recent shared circles: http://goo.gl/nO7rB2012-04-29 18:08:5942151519
Science on Google+3,427General Science Circle (Profiles)Click on the following link to view the profiles in this circle: http://goo.gl/Yz8KR. If 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 (http://goo.gl/vOJoN). Please note that you also have to circle +Science on Google+: A Public Database if you would like to be considered for shared circles.View underlying database: http://goo.gl/Yz8KRView most recent shared circles: http://goo.gl/nO7rB2012-04-22 15:54:5140264125
Chris Robinson22,193Science Circle- Updated 4.20.12This is a great circle if you want to follow Science on Google+. As you can see in the underlying database (http://goo.gl/tp06X), we are a diverse group but we all share a common interest- SCIENCE! Help spread the love of Science by sharing this circle with your friends.Don't forget to check out +Science on Google+: A Public Database! Change Log15 profiles were added in this update: http://goo.gl/ob3zR.17 profiles were added on 3.15.12: http://goo.gl/MI0qe.40 profiles were added on 2.13.12: http://goo.gl/0z9KZ.32 profiles were added on 1.8.12: http://goo.gl/K8ttV.Are you a Scientist on Google+? Do you primarily post about Science? Add your name to this form (http://goo.gl/TDguw) if you would like to be considered for the next shared circle.2012-04-20 15:59:2130261512
Mike Clancy4,510Science & Technology ... if you want it, this is where you'll find it. These people are interesting and active. If you're in it, share it ... if you want into it, +1 it. It's that simple!2012-04-20 03:25:1149912626
Rob Gordon22,157Entrepreneurs, Self-Employed & Small Business OwnersUPDATED SHARED CIRCLE: Part 2 of 2: M through Z (by last name).This is the most recent update to the popular "entrepreneurs" circle that posted a few months ago. As you can see, it has gotten bigger than 500 people so I have had to split it alphabetically into two parts. These two circles includes the self employed, small business owners, independent contractors, small startup companies and pretty much anyone trying to make it outside of the traditional economy. This is different from the other business circles of this type in that it doesn't include too many of the "celebrity entrepreneurs" and instead has mostly people with their own business or venture. There are more than 800 people here, but this has been reviewed extensively since it was last published -lots of fantastic new people have been added, and some have been dropped - mostly because they don't interact much. The end result is a circle of really awesome business people who actively interact with others here and have a small business or entreprenueral mindset. This is a really diverse group and includes entrepreneurs of all stripes - some have well established ventures and are wildly successful, others are just getting started and haven't made it yet. As can be expected, it is a little tech heavy, but represents most industries and many different types of business. There are even a handful of people here who have traditional jobs, but seem to have an interest in small business issues and always seem welcome to help entrepreneurial efforts. The people in these circles post all manner of things - not just business, but all are smart and interesting people so I recommend that you check this out. I do want to add the disclamer that this is in no way "definitive" - there are millions of entrepreneurs on Google+ and this is just a tiny fraction of them - the ones I have curated. It seems that about two seconds after I publish this I always remember someone I should have included so just me know if you think you should be here. I republish this periodically and generally add everyone who comments on the post. As with all circles of this size I would use some discretion in adding this - either update your existing circle, pick and choose the ones you like or use these as a trial circles - whatever works for you. I'm not even sure Google will let you add all this many names at once so you may have to come back if you want to add all of them. The technology for this is not perfect, but I am trying to do my part to help build a highly interconnected community of entrepreneurs here on Google+. I hope you find the people in this circle interesting.RobReshares welcome and appreciatedIMPORTANT: You don't want to follow people based on where their last name fits in the alphabit do you? Make sure you also take a look at the first part of this list:LINK TO PART I (A-L):http://goo.gl/VLoYH#smallbusiness#business#entrepreneurs #startup#sharedcircles2012-04-18 18:51:01373873560
Science on Google+2,105General Science Circle (Profiles)Click on the following link to view the profiles in this circle: http://goo.gl/Yz8KR. If 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 (http://goo.gl/vOJoN). Please note that you also have to circle +Science on Google+: A Public Database if you would like to be considered for shared circles.View underlying database: http://goo.gl/Yz8KRView most recent shared circles: http://goo.gl/nO7rB2012-04-14 14:56:09338103629
Science on Google+2,105Computer Science CircleClick on the following link to view the profiles in this circle: http://goo.gl/S5I1m. If 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 (http://goo.gl/vOJoN). Please note that you also have to circle +Science on Google+: A Public Database if you would like to be considered for shared circles.View underlying database: http://goo.gl/Yz8KRView most recent shared circles: http://goo.gl/nO7rB2012-04-14 14:39:04260610
Science on Google+1,438General Science Circle (profiles only)Click on the following link to view the profiles in this circle: http://goo.gl/Yz8KR. If 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 (http://goo.gl/vOJoN). Please note that you also have to circle +Science on Google+: A Public Database if you would like to be considered for shared circles.View underlying database: http://goo.gl/Yz8KRView most recent shared circles: http://goo.gl/nO7rB2012-04-02 01:12:0428622028
Science on Google+988General Science Circle (profiles only)Click on the following link to view the profiles in this circle: http://goo.gl/Yz8KR. If 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 (http://goo.gl/vOJoN). Please note that you also have to circle +Science on Google+: A Public Database if you would like to be considered for shared circles.View underlying database: http://goo.gl/Yz8KRView most recent shared circles: http://goo.gl/nO7rB2012-03-29 13:21:0024342316
Rebecca Jordan593Entrepreneurs, Self Employed & Small Business : 500 People2012-03-27 19:28:325001157
Meilani MacDonald1,201If the Circle Fits, Share It! - Entrepreneurs, Freelancers and Small BusinessWow, where to begin? This is exactly the circle I was looking for: entrepreneurs, freelancers and small business. I'll begin with a thanks to +Rahul Roy, whose always helpful posts of resources for new and wanting to be more active plussers pointed the way to www.CircleCount.com. That site turned out to be a great resource for finding shared circles defined by interest. There, I found +Rob Gordon's awesome entrepreneurs, freelancers and small business circle. I know it's a quality circle, as I noticed many of the folks in it are already in my circles, and I generally circle people who make posts I find to be useful, educational and enlightening. I hope you will find them as useful and enlightening as I have! #smallbusiness #freelance #professional #entrepreneur2012-03-24 00:26:5250111715
Rihana Martinson1,449Shared for +Joseph Sullivan - Science circle! I don't recall who initially shared it with me, but thank you! I've read so many interesting things and articles in the past few days.2012-03-20 21:32:15301004
Alex Fung341Share Circle for GEBWe are a circle of GEB lovers. GEB is Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid, a 1979 book by Douglas Hofstadter.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G%C3%B6del,_Escher,_BachIt is one of the most entertaining book I've ever read. If you still haven't read it, please refer to the Wikipedia link for an introduction to the book.If you are interested in the book, click the Add Circle link to add us. Then add a comment to this post so that we can add you back. #sharedcircles #GEB If you haven't yet read the book,2012-03-20 09:50:35101502
Chris Robinson19,669Science Circle- Updated 3.15.12This is a great circle if you want to follow Science on Google+. As you can see in the underlying database (http://goo.gl/tp06X), we are a diverse group but we all share a common interest- SCIENCE! Help spread the love of Science by sharing this circle with your friends.Science Pages: http://goo.gl/8YbCVPsychology Pages: http://goo.gl/TcTxCChange Log18 profiles were added in this update: http://goo.gl/MI0qe.40 profiles were added on 2.13.12: http://goo.gl/0z9KZ.32 profiles were added on 1.8.12: http://goo.gl/K8ttV.Are you a Scientist on Google+? Do you primarily post about Science? Add your name to this form (http://goo.gl/TDguw) if you would like to be considered for the next shared circle._______________________________________________Musician and Band Public Database: http://goo.gl/EhCJaShared Circles and Helpful Google+ Links: http://goo.gl/i604C2012-03-15 13:27:31300332734
Rob Gordon18,830Entrepreneurs, Self Employed & Small Business. This is the latest update to my shared circle for "entrepreneurs" which includes the self employed, small business owners, independent contractors, small startup companies and pretty much anyone trying to make it outside of the traditional economy. This is different from the other business circles of this type in that it doesn't include too many of the "celebrity entrepreneurs" and instead has mostly people with their own small business or venture. Lots of time has been spent organizing this since it was first published - many new people have been added, and some have been dropped - mostly because they don't interact much. The end result is a circle of interesting business people who actively interact with others here and have a small business or entreprenueral mindset. I do want to add the disclamer that this is in no way "definitive" - there are millions of entrepreneurs on Google+ and these are just the ones I have curated. This still probably doesn't even include everyone in my own circles who are entrepreneurs or self employed so let me know if you want to be included. I republish this about once per month. This is a really diverse group of people that includes entrepreneurs of all stripes - some have well established ventures, some have startups that are just getting going and some are wildly successful. There are even a handful of people here who have traditional jobs, but seem to have an interest in entrepreneurial and small business issues. The professionals in this circle post all manner of things - not just business, but all are smart and interesting people so I recommend that you at least take a look. As with any circle of this size I would use some discretion in adding this - either pick and choose the ones you like or use it as a trial circle - whatever method works for you. I also recently learned that you can save circles to your Google contacts so you can save this information there even if you don't want to use this toward your 5000 limit. I hope you find the people in this circle interesting. I certainly do. RobReshares welcome and appreciated#sharedcircles#smallbusiness #entrepreneurs #startup2012-03-13 20:32:12500663852
Katja Karhu2,592Circle of ScienceHere's a circle of people posting science-related content.2012-02-28 17:04:39418336
Igbo Anyanwu1,792My Massive Science Circle.2012-02-27 09:14:56501014
Chris Robinson15,978Science Circle- Updated 2.13.12This is a great circle if you want to follow Science on Google+. As you can see in the underlying database (http://goo.gl/tp06X), we are a diverse group but we all share a common interest- SCIENCE! Help spread the love of Science by sharing this circle with your friends.Change LogThis updates my Science Circle that I posted on 1.8.12. 50 profiles were removed in this update.40 profiles were added in this update: http://goo.gl/0z9KZ.32 profiles were added on 1.8.12: http://goo.gl/K8ttV.Are you a Scientist on Google+? Do you primarily post about Science? Add your name to this form (http://goo.gl/TDguw) if you would like to be considered for the next shared circle.___________________________________________________Science Circles and Helpful Google+ Links: http://goo.gl/i604C2012-02-13 16:07:21284153827
Pasi Ääpälä1,442Technology circleSince everyone else is sharing circles... Here's my circle of tech-oriented people. Web, gadgets, programming, reviews, news and lots of other interesting things.Feel free to share. If you think someone should be in this circle, let me know...2012-01-06 16:21:13249113
Pasi Ääpälä1,305Technology circleMy circle of Technology-oriented people. I've removed inactive people, those who post very little and those who just advertise their own products.These are active (some very!) posters, who mostly share interesting posts. Feel free to re-share this circle if you want to. If you feel that there's someone missing, let me know.2011-12-29 12:59:41237301
Derek Dunfield121My Science Circle After a month off, this might be the perfect return-post. A combination of +Robby Bowles and +Allison Sekuler 's Science Circle with +Fraser Cain's Science Circle, I present to you 442 great people to follow. (cc +Brian McGirr)2011-12-06 04:27:21442936
Chris Robinson9,283Science Circle- Updated 12/2Many science-minded individuals have added their contact information to this Public Science Circle: http://goo.gl/X3PFl. I separated the active and inactive members, put the active members into a science circle, and I am sharing this circle. As you can see by viewing the database (http://goo.gl/K7QYK), we are a diverse group but we all share a common interest- SCIENCE! The three things that I like about this circle are: (a) the content, (b) self-selection- people added themselves to the circle and (c) it's somewhat transparent. Unlike many of the shared circles on Google+ where you do not know what you are getting until you import the circle, you can quickly get a glimpse of this circle by looking at the database.Please feel free to share this circle with your Science-minded friends. Click on the following link if you would like to join the Public Science Circle: http://goo.gl/X3PFl.Change log• This updates my previous Science Circle, which I posted on 10/30.• Approximately 25 new people added their contact information to the database. These new people have been added to this circle. • Five inactive members have started posting publicly, so I included them in this circle.Psychology Pages on Google++Action Potential (neuro@nature) +All About Psychology +American Psychological Association +APA Journals +Brain Science Podcast +Cognando +Developmental Psychology News+G-Node +INCF +NeuroDebian +Neuroscience +Neuroscience News +2011-12-02 16:49:4034841113
Robby Bowles10,281Science Circle #ScienceSundayI'm going to start off #ScienceSunday today by sharing my science circle. This circle contains scientists, science writers, and many others who post regularly about science related topics. One of my favorite circles! Please share this circle so others can find these science minded individuals!Don't forget to share a #ScienceSunday post today! Post anything related to science and tag it with #ScienceSunday . If you are a photographer, post a science related image and explain why it relates to science to you. If you are not a photographer, simply post anything related to science. We had some great posts last week and a lot of interesting discussion. I look forward to more this week! +Allison Sekuler and myself will be curating this theme each Sunday.2011-11-13 15:01:524216319

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2013-09-24 05:26:09 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

On-point satire from Vaughan Bell. 
This complex and tragic event supports my own view http://wp.me/ptsTD-7cB "Due to the huge negative reaction this article has received, I would like to make some minor concession to my critics while accusing them of dishonesty and implying that they are to blame for innocent deaths. Clearly, we should be united by in the face of such terrible events and I am going to appeal to your emotions to emphasise that not standing behind my ideas suggests that you are against us as a country and a community."

Most reshares: 2

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2013-09-29 02:45:16 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Kitty cat tricked!

#cat 

Most plusones: 10

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2013-09-29 02:45:16 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Kitty cat tricked!

#cat 

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2013-10-04 09:08:24 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Common Sense is Sometimes Wrong, and Research Is How We Figure That Out

Then more research can help figure out why, and that leads to better understanding of the world, in this case biomechanics and human health. Plus, as in this case, it can lead to further interesting questions, such as "does running help prevent arthritis?"

This finding provides a persuasive biomechanical explanation for why so few runners develop knee arthritis, said Ross Miller, now an assistant professor of kinesiology at the University of Maryland, who led the study. Measured over a particular distance, “running and walking are essentially indistinguishable,” in terms of the wear and tear they may inflict on knees.

Common Sense is Sometimes Wrong, and Research Is How We Figure That Out

Then more research can help figure out why, and that leads to better understanding of the world, in this case biomechanics and human health. Plus, as in this case, it can lead to further interesting questions, such as "does running help prevent arthritis?"

This finding provides a persuasive biomechanical explanation for why so few runners develop knee arthritis, said Ross Miller, now an assistant professor of kinesiology at the University of Maryland, who led the study. Measured over a particular distance, “running and walking are essentially indistinguishable,” in terms of the wear and tear they may inflict on knees.___

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2013-10-04 09:01:28 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Universal Health Care is a Critical Emergency Service

The mandate is a rough and inefficient solution to the political impossibility of a true single-payer system, but forcing someone to share the cost of universal health care (particularly emergency care which is unpredictable and can strike anyone) is like forcing them to pay for the police whether they get robbed this year or not . . . which they do, generally without complaining.

This story touches on two of the main reasons why universal health care is important (through whatever means) - without it, random events can financially ruin even a reasonably employed person, and after that financial ruin, the only care available is the least efficient and most expensive - emergency room visits when problems become acute enough, followed by not paying the bills. And for some problems, there's a very real risk of dying... more »

This is important.  Why Health Insurance is important.  Well, in USA anyway.  Most other countries are sane about shit like this.

http://www.kameronhurley.com/?p=13291___Universal Health Care is a Critical Emergency Service

The mandate is a rough and inefficient solution to the political impossibility of a true single-payer system, but forcing someone to share the cost of universal health care (particularly emergency care which is unpredictable and can strike anyone) is like forcing them to pay for the police whether they get robbed this year or not . . . which they do, generally without complaining.

This story touches on two of the main reasons why universal health care is important (through whatever means) - without it, random events can financially ruin even a reasonably employed person, and after that financial ruin, the only care available is the least efficient and most expensive - emergency room visits when problems become acute enough, followed by not paying the bills. And for some problems, there's a very real risk of dying anyway.

Getting everyone covered can head off stories like this one right when they start, potentially saving money and at the least cutting dramatically into the $40+ billion in "uncompensated care" given by hospitals (particularly emergency rooms) that helps drive up health care costs every year.

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2013-10-04 08:02:50 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

STEM Interview contest for young women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math

Know any girls in 9-12th grades interested in STEM fields? There's a contest on involving interviewing successful women in STEM, for a chance to participate in a documentary on leading women in science.

Cool contest alert! ___STEM Interview contest for young women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math

Know any girls in 9-12th grades interested in STEM fields? There's a contest on involving interviewing successful women in STEM, for a chance to participate in a documentary on leading women in science.

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2013-10-03 05:36:29 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

An Unusual View of Awesome Engineering In Action

All rocket footage is cool, but this narrated pad view is both interesting and informative even if you've seen tons of rocket-tracking or attached-to-rocket cams. The narrator explains the role of both the obvious (water deluge) and less obvious (special ablative white paint) protective systems, as well as commenting on engineering tidbits like the "dark" streaks coming from the engine bells, which are due to relatively cold gas being vented along the surface to insulate it (basically, keeping the rocket from melting its own nozzles).

Also, showing your daughter amazing and gorgeous engineering is an excellent parenting idea! The rocket goes "foomp!" ( Riding the Booster with enhanced sound ; shuttle booster-cam footage with enhanced sound, which is both beautiful and mesmerizing )

h/t +Yonatan Zunger, who... more »

This is power

Every now and then, I see a stream of facts about "top fuel racing in perspective."  It seems legitimate, and it's impressive, until you compare it to something that's a bit... grander.

In particular, it calls out that the dragsters are 8,000-10,000 hp, and consume about 11 gallons of fuel a second.

Well, this is power.

Saturn V primary stage produces 7.6 million pounds of thrust, consuming >28,000 lbs of fuel a second.

The primary stage was, by weight, about 95% fuel.

(inspired by +Aleatha Parker-Wood showing our daughter video clips of rockets and the Mars Explorers on YouTube)___An Unusual View of Awesome Engineering In Action

All rocket footage is cool, but this narrated pad view is both interesting and informative even if you've seen tons of rocket-tracking or attached-to-rocket cams. The narrator explains the role of both the obvious (water deluge) and less obvious (special ablative white paint) protective systems, as well as commenting on engineering tidbits like the "dark" streaks coming from the engine bells, which are due to relatively cold gas being vented along the surface to insulate it (basically, keeping the rocket from melting its own nozzles).

Also, showing your daughter amazing and gorgeous engineering is an excellent parenting idea! The rocket goes "foomp!" ( Riding the Booster with enhanced sound ; shuttle booster-cam footage with enhanced sound, which is both beautiful and mesmerizing )

h/t +Yonatan Zunger, who shares and has interesting things to say about all sorts of cool stuff, tech-related and otherwise.

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2013-10-03 03:35:19 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

The W3C continues to dig its own grave

Bowing to pressure for one form of DRM in the standard has opened the floodgates; everyone else who has clamored for protecting their chosen media type in the past (up to and including text) will now be inspired to press their case again. Plus, if this gets implemented, people are going to need to mod their browsers to retain control of their experience, and there will be plenty of interest in doing so, defeating the purpose of a standard. Looks like we have to turn to the WHATWG again.

Still, even if the W3C has made the wrong decision, that doesn't mean the Web will. The W3C has parted ways with the wider Web before: in the early 2000s, its choice to promote XHTML (an unpopular and restrictive variant of HTML) as the future led to Mozilla, Apple and Opera forming the independent WHATWG. It was WHATWG's vision of a dynamic,... more »

The W3C and its Director, Tim Berners-Lee, just overrode our objection to inclusion the playback of "protected content" as part of their HTML standards process. Here's why we think they're wrong—and the how it will damage the W3C as much as the idea of the open Web.___The W3C continues to dig its own grave

Bowing to pressure for one form of DRM in the standard has opened the floodgates; everyone else who has clamored for protecting their chosen media type in the past (up to and including text) will now be inspired to press their case again. Plus, if this gets implemented, people are going to need to mod their browsers to retain control of their experience, and there will be plenty of interest in doing so, defeating the purpose of a standard. Looks like we have to turn to the WHATWG again.

Still, even if the W3C has made the wrong decision, that doesn't mean the Web will. The W3C has parted ways with the wider Web before: in the early 2000s, its choice to promote XHTML (an unpopular and restrictive variant of HTML) as the future led to Mozilla, Apple and Opera forming the independent WHATWG. It was WHATWG's vision of a dynamic, application-oriented Web that won—so decisively, in fact, that the W3C later re-adopted it and made it the W3C's own HTML5 deliverable.

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2013-10-03 02:37:59 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

The only actual non-essentials I see are the ones causing this mess (who will of course always make sure THEY get paid . . .).

Beyond NASA, other poor choices of "non-essential" include aviation safety inspectors ( http://www.wired.com/autopia/2013/10/faa-inspectors-furloughed/ ), the FDA's food inspectors ( http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2013/10/01/shutdown-furlough-surprises/2901143/ ), and a variety of safety professionals . . .

People just don't know how much good nasa does. It is truly one of our national treasures. ___The only actual non-essentials I see are the ones causing this mess (who will of course always make sure THEY get paid . . .).

Beyond NASA, other poor choices of "non-essential" include aviation safety inspectors ( http://www.wired.com/autopia/2013/10/faa-inspectors-furloughed/ ), the FDA's food inspectors ( http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2013/10/01/shutdown-furlough-surprises/2901143/ ), and a variety of safety professionals . . .

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2013-10-03 00:01:32 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Ah good, I'm not the only one.

Ah good, I'm not the only one.___

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2013-10-02 21:41:33 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Great Science Museum Ads Intrigue and Educate

Some of these are quite clever in addition to being catchy and possibly informative. I like.

Great Science Museum Ads Intrigue and Educate

Some of these are quite clever in addition to being catchy and possibly informative. I like.___

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2013-10-02 20:43:53 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

An Analysis of the Root of the Shutdown

It has to do with politics internal to the Republican party and to an informal rule of action that has been developed over the past couple decades by both parties in the House, one that overemphasizes party action and makes major issues ripe for unnecessary deadlock even when sufficient votes to end said deadlock exist.

An Analysis of the Root of the Shutdown

It has to do with politics internal to the Republican party and to an informal rule of action that has been developed over the past couple decades by both parties in the House, one that overemphasizes party action and makes major issues ripe for unnecessary deadlock even when sufficient votes to end said deadlock exist.___

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2013-10-02 20:10:44 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

This is great - it seems that not only has student response to tech restriction been rapid, it has also been widespread. While many of them are probably just following recipes from friends, this is still the  direction that should be taken with tech in education - freedom to tinker is freedom to learn.

In the days since the story broke about the Indiana and California students’ “hacking” their iPads, the districts’ poor planning and preparation has been roundly criticized. But more important perhaps than pointing a finger at any one security or administrative issue here, we should recognize that the real failure may be more widespread and more insidious: a profound lack of vision about how students themselves could use—want to use—these new technologies to live and to learn at their fullest potential.

___This is great - it seems that not only has student response to tech restriction been rapid, it has also been widespread. While many of them are probably just following recipes from friends, this is still the  direction that should be taken with tech in education - freedom to tinker is freedom to learn.

In the days since the story broke about the Indiana and California students’ “hacking” their iPads, the districts’ poor planning and preparation has been roundly criticized. But more important perhaps than pointing a finger at any one security or administrative issue here, we should recognize that the real failure may be more widespread and more insidious: a profound lack of vision about how students themselves could use—want to use—these new technologies to live and to learn at their fullest potential.

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2013-10-02 19:29:19 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Sometimes, monarchies have lovely simple solutions to silly problems.

How cool!

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2013/10/01/australia-had-a-government-shutdown-once-it-ended-with-the-queen-firing-everyone-in-parliament/___Sometimes, monarchies have lovely simple solutions to silly problems.

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2013-10-01 05:40:25 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

A Model for Doing the Impossible in Human Health

Saw this a while ago and didn't read it. Just read it, and was impressed. While it was only a local experiment, it seems that they succeeded in eradicating "the world’s second leading cause of infectious blindness" in a population of over 120,000 where it had been pronounced unachievable, and on a very limited budget. The grassroots model they used could scale, and might eventually make this problem tractable on a global scale.

I know I saw this in my stream some time ago but now I can't find it, so h/t somebody :-/

A Model for Doing the Impossible in Human Health

Saw this a while ago and didn't read it. Just read it, and was impressed. While it was only a local experiment, it seems that they succeeded in eradicating "the world’s second leading cause of infectious blindness" in a population of over 120,000 where it had been pronounced unachievable, and on a very limited budget. The grassroots model they used could scale, and might eventually make this problem tractable on a global scale.

I know I saw this in my stream some time ago but now I can't find it, so h/t somebody :-/___

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2013-10-01 00:34:43 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

This is cute, and potentially helpful, so worth sharing. :-)

Hey you! Yes, you. This. This! This!!

This image is in response to the following request: Boggle, please tell me something encouraging. I'm feeling very depressed right now.
http://boggletheowl.tumblr.com/post/49366909092

Last week I shared an image about what anxiety feels like. Thankfully, +Patrick Hoolahan was able to find the source, and I am now totally enamored with this wonderful owl. I hope you will enjoy Boggle too.

But this post especially. It is especially special. Just like you!

Note: If you have us both circled, you may have been inundated with Boggle the Owl this week. I do not apologize, because Boggle is just that awesome. Moar Boggle!___This is cute, and potentially helpful, so worth sharing. :-)

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2013-10-01 00:00:14 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

This is one of the more amusing headlines on the development of a method to make "photon molecules", and while almost completely inaccurate, it stems from a quote by one of the scientists:

"It's not an in-apt analogy to compare this to light sabers," Lukin added. "When these photons interact with each other, they're pushing against and deflect each other. The physics of what's happening in these molecules is similar to what we see in the movies."

http://phys.org/news/2013-09-scientists-never-before-seen.html

Most of the properties of light we know about originate from the fact that photons are massless and do not interact," said Harvard university physics professor Mikhail Lukin. "What we have done is create a special type of medium in which photons interact with each other so strongly that they act as though they have mass, and bind together to form molecules. It's not an in-apt analogy to compare this to lightsabers. When these photons interact with each other, they're pushing against and deflect each other. The physics of what's happening in these molecules is similar to what we see in the movies."

Inexplicably, reports suggest that physicists have not yet begun the process of using the technology to build actual lightsaber-style weapons, nor have they perfected the THHHHHHWWWWOM! sound traditionally manifested when duelling Jedis do battle. 

#geekhumor   #scienceeveryday  ___This is one of the more amusing headlines on the development of a method to make "photon molecules", and while almost completely inaccurate, it stems from a quote by one of the scientists:

"It's not an in-apt analogy to compare this to light sabers," Lukin added. "When these photons interact with each other, they're pushing against and deflect each other. The physics of what's happening in these molecules is similar to what we see in the movies."

http://phys.org/news/2013-09-scientists-never-before-seen.html

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2013-09-30 23:14:10 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Thought I'd shared this ages ago, but apparently I did not. It came up again in a few things I read today. Sure, it's at least in part a cynical move by Acxiom to position themselves as part of the solution (particularly since now consumer-privacy legislation might be a way for Congress to deflect concerns about NSA spying without actually doing anything about it), but it's also interesting to be able to see a bit of what they have on you.

Of course it'd be better to see the data streams but there's no way they'd give really useful or method-revealing info out.

What does the data know about you?

Do with this as you wish, update, opt out, ignore, or otherwise. But Axiom is letting you see the results of the data they have on you. (Note: not the actual data that they use to make these guesses)

For more info: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/05/technology/acxiom-lets-consumers-see-data-it-collects.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

(Shared using #DoShare)___Thought I'd shared this ages ago, but apparently I did not. It came up again in a few things I read today. Sure, it's at least in part a cynical move by Acxiom to position themselves as part of the solution (particularly since now consumer-privacy legislation might be a way for Congress to deflect concerns about NSA spying without actually doing anything about it), but it's also interesting to be able to see a bit of what they have on you.

Of course it'd be better to see the data streams but there's no way they'd give really useful or method-revealing info out.

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2013-09-29 22:19:32 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

This is a rather large (and growing!) chart with to-scale pictures of all sorts of spacecraft from a wide range of SciFi, including Star Wars, Star Trek, Warhammer 40k, Firefly, Red Dwarf, Lexx, EVE Online, Halo, Alien, Dead Space, Wall-E, Spaceballs, Titan A.E., Wing Commander, Starcraft, Homeworld, BattleTech, Robotech, 2001, Freespace, Mass Effect, Babylon 5, Crusade, Battlestar Galactica ('78 and 2k3), a few anime shows, and more.

The picture preview doesn't work with this direct link to the full-size version:
http://fc06.deviantart.net/fs71/f/2013/271/1/b/size_comparison___science_fiction_spaceships_by_dirkloechel-d6lfgdf.jpg

And relatedly, http://www.merzo.net/ is home to "STARSHIP DIMENSIONS - A Museum of Speculative Fiction inspired Spaceships", a huge collection of scaled ship models with detailed information on some key members and handy navigation by... more »

This is a rather large (and growing!) chart with to-scale pictures of all sorts of spacecraft from a wide range of SciFi, including Star Wars, Star Trek, Warhammer 40k, Firefly, Red Dwarf, Lexx, EVE Online, Halo, Alien, Dead Space, Wall-E, Spaceballs, Titan A.E., Wing Commander, Starcraft, Homeworld, BattleTech, Robotech, 2001, Freespace, Mass Effect, Babylon 5, Crusade, Battlestar Galactica ('78 and 2k3), a few anime shows, and more.

The picture preview doesn't work with this direct link to the full-size version:
http://fc06.deviantart.net/fs71/f/2013/271/1/b/size_comparison___science_fiction_spaceships_by_dirkloechel-d6lfgdf.jpg

And relatedly, http://www.merzo.net/ is home to "STARSHIP DIMENSIONS - A Museum of Speculative Fiction inspired Spaceships", a huge collection of scaled ship models with detailed information on some key members and handy navigation by size. Also, the text there is real text so you can use "find" to look for your favorite ship on the appropriate page (and the scale goes from ~human to ringworld, so nothing should be left out for size reasons).

h/t +Liz Quilty and +Nes Anderson ___

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2013-09-29 05:58:38 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

I like this concept a great deal.

A petition we can all support.___I like this concept a great deal.

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2013-09-29 04:43:24 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

It's not just post-docs who are seriously underpaid

I knew that adjunct faculty were poorly paid, but this is worse than I thought. Apparently there is tremendous variation, as pointed out in this article about a project to collect and present data on adjunct pay nationwide: http://chronicle.com/article/Adjunct-Project-Shows-Wide/136439/

It's not just post-docs who are seriously underpaid

I knew that adjunct faculty were poorly paid, but this is worse than I thought. Apparently there is tremendous variation, as pointed out in this article about a project to collect and present data on adjunct pay nationwide: http://chronicle.com/article/Adjunct-Project-Shows-Wide/136439/___

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2013-09-29 04:29:49 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

This looks like a backpedal, but it's welcome

The fact that some users are reporting problems using the freedom they theoretically have supports the hypothesis that the original plan was for a real region-lock, just as it appeared to be from earlier communication.

It seems unlikely they'd not have made this clear up front if it were the initial plan, given the inevitable backlash.

Hopefully the lesson has been learned here both by Samsung and other players, and it'll be a while before we see the next round of attempted lock-down in Android devices.

This looks like a backpedal, but it's welcome

The fact that some users are reporting problems using the freedom they theoretically have supports the hypothesis that the original plan was for a real region-lock, just as it appeared to be from earlier communication.

It seems unlikely they'd not have made this clear up front if it were the initial plan, given the inevitable backlash.

Hopefully the lesson has been learned here both by Samsung and other players, and it'll be a while before we see the next round of attempted lock-down in Android devices.___

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2013-09-29 04:12:29 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

There seems to be quite a bit of focus on the Ctrl+Alt+Del comment in this interview, but there's a lot of interesting material in there, particularly about the Foundation and philanthropy.

(On C+A+D, personally I like that it's one-hand chordable and think sharing a command for all critical system-address stuff is smart . . . and a three key combo is harder to accidentally press and interrupt work than a single key [last commonly seen with SysRq on first-gen PC/AT 84-key keyboards] would be.)

h/t +fan tai, who posts all sorts of neat stuff, a lot of it tech-related.

There seems to be quite a bit of focus on the Ctrl+Alt+Del comment in this interview, but there's a lot of interesting material in there, particularly about the Foundation and philanthropy.

(On C+A+D, personally I like that it's one-hand chordable and think sharing a command for all critical system-address stuff is smart . . . and a three key combo is harder to accidentally press and interrupt work than a single key [last commonly seen with SysRq on first-gen PC/AT 84-key keyboards] would be.)

h/t +fan tai, who posts all sorts of neat stuff, a lot of it tech-related.___

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2013-09-29 03:02:41 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

I'm not sure I completely agree on all points, but I do agree with the overall message and I love they way they animated it. I particularly like the yoda bit.

I really don't know what to think about the Abrams choice at this point (not that my opinion ever mattered, even before it was set in stone). He's said some good things on the topic, and while I agree with the "one guy should not be doing both Star Trek and Star Wars" concept, he may be a better fit on the Star Wars side. We shall see.

Some excellent advice for J.J. Abrams before he locks in his plan for the renewed Star Wars universe.  And I agree with the points in this lovely little video!  

http://io9.com/a-beautifully-animated-open-letter-to-j-j-abrams-about-1397273170

Still, as you all probably know, my quibbles run a whole lot deeper, down at the level where the prequels actually betrayed the fundamental moral elements of the earlier trilogy!  Where they actually started conveying some truly vile messages. Or at least, that was my case as "prosecutor" in the fantastically fun (and wise!) volume STAR WARS ON TRIAL.  

http://www.davidbrin.com/starwarsontrial.html___I'm not sure I completely agree on all points, but I do agree with the overall message and I love they way they animated it. I particularly like the yoda bit.

I really don't know what to think about the Abrams choice at this point (not that my opinion ever mattered, even before it was set in stone). He's said some good things on the topic, and while I agree with the "one guy should not be doing both Star Trek and Star Wars" concept, he may be a better fit on the Star Wars side. We shall see.

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2013-09-29 02:45:16 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Huh, this is both cute and informative: this visual illusion works on (at least some) kitties too!

Caturday: it can haz educations too!

(Also, next time I have a color print job, this is getting added so I can repeat the experiment on our kitty. For science, of course!)

Kitty cat tricked!

#cat ___Huh, this is both cute and informative: this visual illusion works on (at least some) kitties too!

Caturday: it can haz educations too!

(Also, next time I have a color print job, this is getting added so I can repeat the experiment on our kitty. For science, of course!)

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2013-09-29 02:38:35 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

I sniffled.

Drama with a happy ending, for your Caturday enjoyment.

h/t +La Vergne Lestermeringolo Thatch, academic coach and mother of an awesome kid, both of which feature in many of her posts.

Trigger warning: hero at work saving a kitten from a fire.___I sniffled.

Drama with a happy ending, for your Caturday enjoyment.

h/t +La Vergne Lestermeringolo Thatch, academic coach and mother of an awesome kid, both of which feature in many of her posts.

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2013-09-28 21:55:02 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

A point that shouldn't have to be made but thanks to a variety of factors, it's now necessary.

“So if we say it’s virtually certain, that means it’s 99-100% likelihood that this observation is real.   Because the media often wants to treat this as a contentious issue, they want to show both sides, they actually get the impression there are two sides.  And in fact the reality is, there really isn’t another side to this.”

UIUC Climate Experts tell meteorologist Tom Skilling of their findings for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change- I.P.C.C. as it released its latest findings in Stockholm today.

Read more: http://wgntv.com/2013/09/26/tom-skilling-reports-on-climate-change/#ixzz2g9BWheHT___A point that shouldn't have to be made but thanks to a variety of factors, it's now necessary.

“So if we say it’s virtually certain, that means it’s 99-100% likelihood that this observation is real.   Because the media often wants to treat this as a contentious issue, they want to show both sides, they actually get the impression there are two sides.  And in fact the reality is, there really isn’t another side to this.”

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2013-09-25 10:13:35 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

I love these every year.

The deadline to turn in videos of dancing your PhD is October 1!

Time to turn in your "Dance Your PhD" video submissions! Can't wait to see this year's lot!___I love these every year.

The deadline to turn in videos of dancing your PhD is October 1!

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2013-09-25 09:16:37 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

This is shared less for the crypto paper (which, while cute, isn't particularly convincing, particularly when they focus on the single-iteration case wherein a known-plaintext attack defeats half of the algorithm trivially [flat images], something they fail to mention despite listing the attack as something crypto algorithms should resist) than for the fact that this is the verified account of +Erno Rubik , of Rubik's Cube fame. ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ern%C5%91_Rubik )
He hasn't many followers yet and thus far mainly posts all sorts of neat Rubik's-and-other cube-related things.

h/t +Richard Green, a math professor who posts mainly on math, photography, and getting the most out of Google+, as well as regularly identifying Plussers who routinely engage with the community and are worth following.

Rubik's Cube and Image Encryption

Internet security is of great concern nowadays, especially after the recent headlines describing possible illegal activities by media sources and governments. To combat this intrusion on privacy, researchers are hard at work devising new encryption methods that provide the security users expect during online communication.

The "Rubik's Cube principle" forms the basis for a new encryption method for digital images described in a 2012 paper from researchers with Laval University in Canada.

This method repositions the pixels in a image by scrambling and rotating the pixels in a way similar to how one scrambles the Rubik's Cube, i.e., by rotating the cube to a new configuration.

The researchers discovered that this method achieves good encryption with perfect hiding ability and can defend well against a variety of cyber-attacks.

Article Info

Link: http://www.hindawi.com/journals/jece/2012/173931/

Journal: Journal of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 173931, 13 pages

Title: A Secure Image Encryption Algorithm Based on Rubik's Cube Principle

Authors: Khaled Loukhaoukha, Jean-Yves Chouinard, Abdellah Berdai
Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Laval University, QC, Canada

Abstract

In the past few years, several encryption algorithms based on chaotic systems have been proposed as means to protect digital images against cryptographic attacks. These encryption algorithms typically use relatively small key spaces and thus offer limited security, especially if they are one-dimensional. In this paper, we proposed a novel image encryption algorithm based on Rubik's cube principle. The original image is scrambled using the principle of Rubik's cube. Then, XOR operator is applied to rows and columns of the scrambled image using two secret keys. Finally, the experimental results and security analysis show that the proposed image encryption scheme not only can achieve good encryption and perfect hiding ability but also can resist exhaustive attack, statistical attack, and differential attack.
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#rubikscube   #encryption     #internetsecurity  ___This is shared less for the crypto paper (which, while cute, isn't particularly convincing, particularly when they focus on the single-iteration case wherein a known-plaintext attack defeats half of the algorithm trivially [flat images], something they fail to mention despite listing the attack as something crypto algorithms should resist) than for the fact that this is the verified account of +Erno Rubik , of Rubik's Cube fame. ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ern%C5%91_Rubik )
He hasn't many followers yet and thus far mainly posts all sorts of neat Rubik's-and-other cube-related things.

h/t +Richard Green, a math professor who posts mainly on math, photography, and getting the most out of Google+, as well as regularly identifying Plussers who routinely engage with the community and are worth following.

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2013-09-25 08:24:07 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

This looks pretty neat; I suspect the capabilities will be sufficiently inferior to pricier models that it won't exactly be a competitor, nor will all the purchasers ultimately be happy with it, but the price point is impressively low, and the design concept is cool. At worst, this is a way to get more people interested in and playing with 3D printing, even if many find they need to eventually invest more to get the results they want.

(And I'd love to be wrong on that! If this is as good as the pitch implies, that'd be great!)

There's an interesting discussion in the comments on the OP, on points including materials cost and some potential weaknesses in the design.

Sub $100 3d printer? Hooray!___This looks pretty neat; I suspect the capabilities will be sufficiently inferior to pricier models that it won't exactly be a competitor, nor will all the purchasers ultimately be happy with it, but the price point is impressively low, and the design concept is cool. At worst, this is a way to get more people interested in and playing with 3D printing, even if many find they need to eventually invest more to get the results they want.

(And I'd love to be wrong on that! If this is as good as the pitch implies, that'd be great!)

There's an interesting discussion in the comments on the OP, on points including materials cost and some potential weaknesses in the design.

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2013-09-25 07:38:52 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

It's unfortunate that they've deemed this necessary, but they seem to have data on their side - this is a principled move intended to reduce the polarizing effect of the existence of even a minority of asinine comments.

And because comments sections tend to be a grotesque reflection of the media culture surrounding them, the cynical work of undermining bedrock scientific doctrine is now being done beneath our own stories, within a website devoted to championing science.

It's a pity that this seems necessary, but I think they deserve kudos for doing it, given that it will likely cause at least a small drop in ad revenue (less discussion on-site == fewer and shorter visits).

However, there are good counter-arguments, including this article:
http://boundaryvision.com/2013/09/25/please-dont-blindly-follow-popscis-lead-and-get-rid-of-comment-spaces/
which looks at the study... more »

Starting today, PopularScience.com will no longer accept comments on new articles. Here's why.___It's unfortunate that they've deemed this necessary, but they seem to have data on their side - this is a principled move intended to reduce the polarizing effect of the existence of even a minority of asinine comments.

And because comments sections tend to be a grotesque reflection of the media culture surrounding them, the cynical work of undermining bedrock scientific doctrine is now being done beneath our own stories, within a website devoted to championing science.

It's a pity that this seems necessary, but I think they deserve kudos for doing it, given that it will likely cause at least a small drop in ad revenue (less discussion on-site == fewer and shorter visits).

However, there are good counter-arguments, including this article:
http://boundaryvision.com/2013/09/25/please-dont-blindly-follow-popscis-lead-and-get-rid-of-comment-spaces/
which looks at the study used to justify the change, and argues that Popular Science mis-interpreted and exaggerated the results, and then goes on to highlight the tremendous value that can be found in comment sections.

I wonder whether forcing people to discuss science articles in smaller external communities rather than together on articles from major publications might also contribute to the problem of filter bubbles, since now those at the edges of science-denying communities will be likely to have greater immersion in their echo chambers and even less contact with experts.

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2013-09-24 18:45:23 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

There is evidence suggesting that happiness actually improves the odds of achieving success (in a variety of metrics). This is a fun little (far-too-small-for-statistical-significance) test of the impact of happiness on problem-solving ability, nicely presented and properly disclaimed.

h/t +Paula Rizzuto who posts all sorts of interesting things on a wide range of topics.

I love Soul Pancake. It's so much fun.___There is evidence suggesting that happiness actually improves the odds of achieving success (in a variety of metrics). This is a fun little (far-too-small-for-statistical-significance) test of the impact of happiness on problem-solving ability, nicely presented and properly disclaimed.

h/t +Paula Rizzuto who posts all sorts of interesting things on a wide range of topics.

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2013-09-24 17:42:34 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

This looks quite useful for all and could be particularly useful in really really important situations, i.e. the drafting of new constitutions.

The project itself can be found here:
https://www.constituteproject.org/

It's nicely presented and easy to browse.

h/t +Idrialis Castillo, who posts a wide variety of fascinating science/tech-related links.

Every year approximately five new constitutions are written, and 20-30 are amended or revised. A critical part of drafting a new constitution is referencing and comparing existing constitutional documents—but until now, these documents have been hard to access. With this in mind, +Google Ideas supported the Comparative Constitutions Project to build and launch Constitute (http://goo.gl/wj3iIO)—a new site that digitizes the world's constitutions and makes them searchable by anyone. ___This looks quite useful for all and could be particularly useful in really really important situations, i.e. the drafting of new constitutions.

The project itself can be found here:
https://www.constituteproject.org/

It's nicely presented and easy to browse.

h/t +Idrialis Castillo, who posts a wide variety of fascinating science/tech-related links.

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2013-09-24 17:31:18 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

There are a lot of good, very-needed reforms packaged into this one; it stands a chance of being quite useful even after getting the inevitable watering-down.

Following this one with interest!

In a new discussion draft, Rep. Bob Goodlatte introduces a promising new set of patent troll-killing reforms.___There are a lot of good, very-needed reforms packaged into this one; it stands a chance of being quite useful even after getting the inevitable watering-down.

Following this one with interest!

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2013-09-24 16:59:37 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Huh, looks like the peer review process might need a better source-verification layer. It isn't just the news industry that's having problems with story hijacking (see the recent iphone fingerprint sensor bounty mess).

Mystery over obesity ‘fraud’: Researcher baffled after his results appear in bogus paper. http://www.nature.com/news/mystery-over-obesity-fraud-1.13810___Huh, looks like the peer review process might need a better source-verification layer. It isn't just the news industry that's having problems with story hijacking (see the recent iphone fingerprint sensor bounty mess).

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2013-09-24 05:26:09 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

As a number of other re-sharers have commented . . . this article sounds quite familiar!

Also, check out the comments. Poe's Law ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poe's_law ) strikes by comment #2 and then recursively throughout the comment chain. As one might expect in this case, but still amusing for the rapidity and then frequency at which it applied.

On-point satire from Vaughan Bell. 
This complex and tragic event supports my own view http://wp.me/ptsTD-7cB "Due to the huge negative reaction this article has received, I would like to make some minor concession to my critics while accusing them of dishonesty and implying that they are to blame for innocent deaths. Clearly, we should be united by in the face of such terrible events and I am going to appeal to your emotions to emphasise that not standing behind my ideas suggests that you are against us as a country and a community."___As a number of other re-sharers have commented . . . this article sounds quite familiar!

Also, check out the comments. Poe's Law ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poe's_law ) strikes by comment #2 and then recursively throughout the comment chain. As one might expect in this case, but still amusing for the rapidity and then frequency at which it applied.

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2013-09-24 04:47:11 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

As he says: feathered dinosaurs (a.k.a. birds, see: http://xkcd.com/1211/ ) are friggin' hardcore.

Also, that's a cool shot, and quite lucky that the takedown happened in the right place to get picked up by an unrelated experiment.

Eagle Versus Bambi
For those Jurassic Park fanboys who still think "feathered dinosaurs aren't scary", check out this golden eagle attacking a deer. The below article also linked to a paper about golden eagle snatching up a bear cub. 
Feathered dinosaurs are friggin' hardcore.
h/t +Raven Amos 
#animalbehaviour   #predator   #birdofprey  ___As he says: feathered dinosaurs (a.k.a. birds, see: http://xkcd.com/1211/ ) are friggin' hardcore.

Also, that's a cool shot, and quite lucky that the takedown happened in the right place to get picked up by an unrelated experiment.

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2013-09-24 03:34:35 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Hey, did you know that back in the day, someone patented the idea of running ads before copyrighted content on the internet? Not any implementation, just the idea of what youtube, hulu and pretty much every other video site (among others) now does. It's kind of a poster child for terrible patents that should not have been granted and should probably be ruled "not patentable" as a class. The EFF has been working to get this particular problematic precedent removed for quite a while now.

EFF to the Supreme Court (again): It's time to rein in the worst of the bad patents.___Hey, did you know that back in the day, someone patented the idea of running ads before copyrighted content on the internet? Not any implementation, just the idea of what youtube, hulu and pretty much every other video site (among others) now does. It's kind of a poster child for terrible patents that should not have been granted and should probably be ruled "not patentable" as a class. The EFF has been working to get this particular problematic precedent removed for quite a while now.

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2013-09-19 03:46:55 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Yet another story about a small, ultraconservative parent group hijacking a school system. This time over profanity, in a book that actually treats that as a negative, and has a valuable, affirming message for teens (one wonders whether that is somehow the real reason for their opposition).

No surprise that this is the same county that made the news last year for their war on gay teens. (It spawned Michele Bachmann, no surprises there either.)


And that’s just it. Eleanor & Park isn’t some dystopian fantasy about a world where teenagers swear and are cruel to each other, and some kids have terrible parents. Teenagers swear and are cruel to each other. Some kids have terrible parents. Some girls have terrible stepdads who shout profanity at them and call them sluts – and some of those girls still manage to rise above it.
When these people call Eleanor & Park anobscene... more »

Yet another story about a small, ultraconservative parent group hijacking a school system. This time over profanity, in a book that actually treats that as a negative, and has a valuable, affirming message for teens (one wonders whether that is somehow the real reason for their opposition).

No surprise that this is the same county that made the news last year for their war on gay teens. (It spawned Michele Bachmann, no surprises there either.)


And that’s just it. Eleanor & Park isn’t some dystopian fantasy about a world where teenagers swear and are cruel to each other, and some kids have terrible parents. Teenagers swear and are cruel to each other. Some kids have terrible parents. Some girls have terrible stepdads who shout profanity at them and call them sluts – and some of those girls still manage to rise above it.
When these people call Eleanor & Park an obscene story, I feel like they’re saying that rising above your situation isn’t possible. That if you grow up in an ugly situation, your story isn’t even fit for good people’s ears. That ugly things cancel out everything beautiful.___

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2013-09-19 03:05:18 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

We need more of this!

And possibly legal fixes, because there are a lot of patent trolls out there, and plenty of target companies who can't afford to defend themselves.

___We need more of this!

And possibly legal fixes, because there are a lot of patent trolls out there, and plenty of target companies who can't afford to defend themselves.

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2013-09-18 21:17:49 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Treating Inmates Like People Reduces Re-Offender Rates

In the US, prisons are often called "corrections facilities" and the government agencies responsible for them are "Departments of Corrections" . . . but the primary focus often leans toward punishment and vengeance - they did something wrong, and should therefore be made to suffer.

This Norwegian prison is an example of actually implementing the concept of a "corrections facility" - they're trying to help offenders to fix themselves for the public good, and the results speak for themselves, with very low recidivism rates.

Certainly there exist people who need to be removed from society for extended periods of time or perhaps indefinitely, but for the vast majority of offenders, providing better treatment and job training would actually be in the interest of everyone else, because ag... more »

Interesting concept for prisons, i kind of like the idea after reading the article.___Treating Inmates Like People Reduces Re-Offender Rates

In the US, prisons are often called "corrections facilities" and the government agencies responsible for them are "Departments of Corrections" . . . but the primary focus often leans toward punishment and vengeance - they did something wrong, and should therefore be made to suffer.

This Norwegian prison is an example of actually implementing the concept of a "corrections facility" - they're trying to help offenders to fix themselves for the public good, and the results speak for themselves, with very low recidivism rates.

Certainly there exist people who need to be removed from society for extended periods of time or perhaps indefinitely, but for the vast majority of offenders, providing better treatment and job training would actually be in the interest of everyone else, because a gainfully employed ex-con can contribute to society and lower crime rates, whereas an angry one with no job skills or prospects is likely to repeat his mistakes, causing further harm in the process.

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2013-09-18 02:26:04 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

This is a worldwide problem. Plenty of folks love the results that science gives them, but they don't vote for politicians who care in the least about funding science, nor do they make any noise when science funding falls behind everything else. And it's not as though scientists are rolling in cash: as the article points out, "There are many NYC sanitation workers and subway conductors who make more than postdocs" (the people with 5-10 years of graduate training and experience who do most of the heavy lifting in academic research). People in academic science are sacrificing a lot to serve the public good, and the least those professing a love for their results can do is to support policies that support them.

If you loved science, you’d be voting based on candidates who want to increase funding for it.  You’d be making it an issue that actually gets debated in the media, thatsees... more »

If You Love It, Put Some Fund In It
With Canadian scientists being censored (http://www.theguardian.com/science/2013/sep/16/canadian-scientists-government-censorship) and the newly-elected Australian displaying complete apathy (or might even say contempt) for science (http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-09-16/science-experts-question-new-cabinet/4961214), this post is more pertinent than ever. How many people who are fans of the "I Fucking Love Science" page or claim that they "Fucking Love Science" actually do so and vote accordingly?
#scienceeveryday   #sciencefunding  ___This is a worldwide problem. Plenty of folks love the results that science gives them, but they don't vote for politicians who care in the least about funding science, nor do they make any noise when science funding falls behind everything else. And it's not as though scientists are rolling in cash: as the article points out, "There are many NYC sanitation workers and subway conductors who make more than postdocs" (the people with 5-10 years of graduate training and experience who do most of the heavy lifting in academic research). People in academic science are sacrificing a lot to serve the public good, and the least those professing a love for their results can do is to support policies that support them.

If you loved science, you’d be voting based on candidates who want to increase funding for it.  You’d be making it an issue that actually gets debated in the media, that sees equal time with the wars we fight and the bills we pay our aging workforce.  These other things are priorities too, but if you think that science comes after these things, you’re dead wrong: science is the reason we’ve gotten so damned good at these things.

If you really love science, you’ll start making noise about this issue.  You’ll start asking why the US is shooting itself—and the world—in the foot, by putting science on the back burner.  We can spend as much as we want on other things, but in the end, if we’re not funding science, we’re moving backwards.

So show science some love.  For your sake, at the very least.

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2013-09-17 09:36:20 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Feynman's Lectures on Physics, free on the web
complete with clean, infinitely zoomable vector-graphics figures.

Another thing I thought I'd shared, lost to bad internet connection (I presume).

I've lost count of the number of people who have said that the Feynman Lectures got them through physics. In addition to making tremendous contributions on the frontiers of physics, Feynman was a skilled instructor with a knack for clearly explaining even complex topics in the simplest, most comprehensible manner.

note: if you get visible LaTeX notation in your text (e.g. \label{Eq:I:19:1} \FLPR_{\text{CM}}=\frac{\sum m_i\FLPr_i}{\sum m_i}. \end{equation} ), you need to permit scripts from caltech.edu and mathjax.org .


The Feynman Lectures on Physics series come to the web

In a massive project, Caltech brings the first volume of Richard Feynman's seminal lecture series to the web in a format suitable for pretty much any platform. Volume I brings us the topics of mechanics, radiation and heat. 

http://feynmanlectures.caltech.edu/___Feynman's Lectures on Physics, free on the web
complete with clean, infinitely zoomable vector-graphics figures.

Another thing I thought I'd shared, lost to bad internet connection (I presume).

I've lost count of the number of people who have said that the Feynman Lectures got them through physics. In addition to making tremendous contributions on the frontiers of physics, Feynman was a skilled instructor with a knack for clearly explaining even complex topics in the simplest, most comprehensible manner.

note: if you get visible LaTeX notation in your text (e.g. \label{Eq:I:19:1} \FLPR_{\text{CM}}=\frac{\sum m_i\FLPr_i}{\sum m_i}. \end{equation} ), you need to permit scripts from caltech.edu and mathjax.org .

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2013-09-17 08:37:29 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Those Who Sacrifice Liberty For Security Deserve Neither

(I disagree with Franklin in that I think even those foolish enough to make that tradeoff still deserve both rights; I think they won't receive them though.)

I'm a few days late on this, but I strongly agree with this sentiment:

As we mourn the terrible and tragic deaths of those who died on 9/11, we should reflect too on the loss of those rights that could have been avoided and can still be restored.

Veteran Boston journalist, David Boeri, reflects on the loss of freedoms that Americans have experienced in the aftermath of 9/11.___Those Who Sacrifice Liberty For Security Deserve Neither

(I disagree with Franklin in that I think even those foolish enough to make that tradeoff still deserve both rights; I think they won't receive them though.)

I'm a few days late on this, but I strongly agree with this sentiment:

As we mourn the terrible and tragic deaths of those who died on 9/11, we should reflect too on the loss of those rights that could have been avoided and can still be restored.

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2013-09-17 08:29:52 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

A Handy Guide to Spying-Limitation Bills in Congress

And the significant holes they do not cover, of course.

For now, here's a quick summary of the bills in Congress drafted after the June leaks that have a chance to go forward. They try to fix Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act, curtail the secret law being created by the surveillance court overseeing the spying (The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, or FISA Court), and change how the FISA Court operates. Unfortunately, there is no bill in Congress with prospects of moving forward that tackles Section 702 of FISA—the section used for PRISM.

The EFF has been keeping tabs on this issue since well before it was a widely acknowledged issue (e.g. https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2012/12/why-we-should-all-care-about-senates-vote-fisa-amendments-act-warrantless-domestic ); expect updates as bills get edited and/or new ones arei... more »

There are over a dozen bills in Congress addressing the NSA spying. Here's EFF's guide about what they do: https://eff.org/r.c8b6___A Handy Guide to Spying-Limitation Bills in Congress

And the significant holes they do not cover, of course.

For now, here's a quick summary of the bills in Congress drafted after the June leaks that have a chance to go forward. They try to fix Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act, curtail the secret law being created by the surveillance court overseeing the spying (The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, or FISA Court), and change how the FISA Court operates. Unfortunately, there is no bill in Congress with prospects of moving forward that tackles Section 702 of FISA—the section used for PRISM.

The EFF has been keeping tabs on this issue since well before it was a widely acknowledged issue (e.g. https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2012/12/why-we-should-all-care-about-senates-vote-fisa-amendments-act-warrantless-domestic ); expect updates as bills get edited and/or new ones are introduced.

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2013-09-17 08:13:21 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

This is pretty and also pretty awesome.

I do look forward to a ride on this thing entering my price range. :-)

Video: take a ride on board the tail of SpaceShipTwo as +Virgin Galactic go over 1000mph http://virg.in/wvg___This is pretty and also pretty awesome.

I do look forward to a ride on this thing entering my price range. :-)

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2013-09-17 08:10:15 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

MRI of Neuronal Recovery after Low-Dose Methamphetamine Treatment of Traumatic Brain Injury in Rats

OK, this is really quite cool. Properly applied, many things can be useful, particularly those that are dangerously powerful. Turns out that (medically applied, extremely-low-dose) methamphetamine can assist in recovery from traumatic brain injury.

+h/t an awesome cyborg who limited-shared (and is thus mostly unnamed), and who made this clever point:
A metaphor: Methamphetamine is the botulism of the brain. Methamphetamine is neurotoxic and addictive, a very bad combination. But much like Botox, in small controlled doses it can be used for good. Some antidepressants metabolize into methamphetamine. Now its ability to remodel the brain may help TBI.

Disclaimer: Meth of the Breaking Bad variety is nasty stuff. I am not advocating anyone use it, ever.
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MRI of Neuronal Recovery after Low-Dose Methamphetamine Treatment of Traumatic Brain Injury in Rats

OK, this is really quite cool. Properly applied, many things can be useful, particularly those that are dangerously powerful. Turns out that (medically applied, extremely-low-dose) methamphetamine can assist in recovery from traumatic brain injury.

+h/t an awesome cyborg who limited-shared (and is thus mostly unnamed), and who made this clever point:
A metaphor: Methamphetamine is the botulism of the brain. Methamphetamine is neurotoxic and addictive, a very bad combination. But much like Botox, in small controlled doses it can be used for good. Some antidepressants metabolize into methamphetamine. Now its ability to remodel the brain may help TBI.

Disclaimer: Meth of the Breaking Bad variety is nasty stuff. I am not advocating anyone use it, ever.

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Methamphetamine is a potent psychostimulant that alters the release and reuptake of dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin. Large doses of methamphetamine result in neuronal toxicity and the induction of cell death throughout the brain. However, low dose methamphetamine may be protective after oxygen glucose deprivation by decreasing excitatory synaptic potential, and prevents cell death by modulating cytokines and neurotrophic factors. Recently, in a lateral fluid percussion injury model of rat, low dose methamphetamine treatment at three hours after TBI significantly increased the presence of immature neurons, and reduced apoptotic cell death, as well as improved both behavioral and cognitive dysfunctions.

In summary, very low dose (a bolus injection of 0.42 mg/kg followed by an infusion of 0.05 mg/kg/hr for 24 hrs) methamphetamine treatment starting at 8 hours after TBI in rats did not significantly reduce lesion volume and brain atrophy, however, it did affect white matter structure and remodeling, and neurological function at 6 weeks after traumatic insult. In addition, MRI provided sensitive and insightful indices underlying this functional benefit.

#meth #neuroscience  ___

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2013-09-17 07:55:00 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

NPR story on the living gear

For reasons probably related to the awfulness of Time Warner Cable, a number of posts I though I'd made over the last week [at least] haven't actually appeared. So, here's a different article about the recent Science paper than the Popular Mechanics one that seems most prevalent on Google+ at the moment.

In particular, I prefer the electron micrograph in this article, as it gives a better impression of the gear structure. Furthermore, the header image demonstrates a demeshing and what appears to be a tooth mismatch at the top, which is interesting.

http://www.popularmechanics.com/science/environment/the-first-gear-discovered-in-nature-15916433
is the article most shared here, which does contain more information about the planthopper, particularly the interesting fact that this system goes away in the final molt, probably... more »

NPR story on the living gear

For reasons probably related to the awfulness of Time Warner Cable, a number of posts I though I'd made over the last week [at least] haven't actually appeared. So, here's a different article about the recent Science paper than the Popular Mechanics one that seems most prevalent on Google+ at the moment.

In particular, I prefer the electron micrograph in this article, as it gives a better impression of the gear structure. Furthermore, the header image demonstrates a demeshing and what appears to be a tooth mismatch at the top, which is interesting.

http://www.popularmechanics.com/science/environment/the-first-gear-discovered-in-nature-15916433
is the article most shared here, which does contain more information about the planthopper, particularly the interesting fact that this system goes away in the final molt, probably because gear breakage would be a huge issue once they can't replace them. (The fact that this mechanical system beats nervous system speeds significantly suggests that there would be no issues with adapting to a broken gear and having to re-adapt after molting - there does not appear to be any means by which to do so.)

Final note: http://www.sciencenews.org/view/generic/id/353208/description/Young_insect_legs_have_real_meshing_gears mentions another interesting mechanism: a screw-and-nut joint in a beetle.___

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2013-09-16 22:56:21 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

This is quite cool - a nice mix of clever choreography and editing, and excellent interplay between audio and visuals.

Go. Watch. Now.___This is quite cool - a nice mix of clever choreography and editing, and excellent interplay between audio and visuals.

2013-09-16 05:11:38 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Un-deletable YouTube Channels

https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/55759?hl=en

If you're using a Google+ profile (full name) identity on YouTube, you can't separately delete your YouTube channel. To remove your channel, you must delete your Google+ profile.

So, since I mis-clicked once and generated a Youtube channel while signed into G+, I can never delete it. Thanks ever so much. >:-(

Sure, there's nothing in it, but I really very much wanted as much YouTube stuff as possible to remain un-enabled. Now I have to keep an eye on more privacy settings, and I believe there used to be helpful pop-ups stopping action when I mis-clicked something on a YouTube page, although now I can't determine exactly what differences there may have been.

I'd love to just have a way to be signed out of G+ everywhere except on G+ itself... more »

Un-deletable YouTube Channels

https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/55759?hl=en

If you're using a Google+ profile (full name) identity on YouTube, you can't separately delete your YouTube channel. To remove your channel, you must delete your Google+ profile.

So, since I mis-clicked once and generated a Youtube channel while signed into G+, I can never delete it. Thanks ever so much. >:-(

Sure, there's nothing in it, but I really very much wanted as much YouTube stuff as possible to remain un-enabled. Now I have to keep an eye on more privacy settings, and I believe there used to be helpful pop-ups stopping action when I mis-clicked something on a YouTube page, although now I can't determine exactly what differences there may have been.

I'd love to just have a way to be signed out of G+ everywhere except on G+ itself without having to run separate browser instances, which can be a hassle to keep track of (particularly given the number of links I launch from G+ posts).___

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2013-09-13 17:30:34 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

The little space probe that could

Fast and long-lived, these guys are pretty cool.

NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft officially is the first human-made object to venture into interstellar space. The 36-year-old probe is about 12 billion miles (19 billion kilometers) from our sun. 

New and unexpected data indicate Voyager 1 has been traveling for about one year through plasma, or ionized gas, present in the space between stars. Voyager is in a transitional region immediately outside the solar bubble, where some effects from our sun are still evident. A report on the analysis of this new data, an effort led by Don Gurnett and the plasma wave science team at the University of Iowa, Iowa City, is published in Thursday's edition of the journal Science. 

Voyager 1 and its twin, Voyager 2, were launched 16 days apart in 1977. Both spacecraft flew by Jupiter and Saturn. Voyager 2 also flew by Uranus and Neptune. Voyager 2, launched before Voyager 1, is the longest continuously operated spacecraft. It is about 9.5 billion miles (15 billion kilometers) away from our sun. 

Scientists do not know when Voyager 1 will reach the undisturbed part of interstellar space where there is no influence from our sun. They also are not certain when Voyager 2 is expected to cross into interstellar space, but they believe it is not very far behind.

For a sound file of the oscillations detected by Voyager in interstellar space, animations and other information, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/voyager

What's YOUR #MessageToVoyager?

Read more:

http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?release=2013-277

#NASA   #Penny4NASA   #Voyager  ___The little space probe that could

Fast and long-lived, these guys are pretty cool.

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2013-09-13 06:23:18 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Putin's NYT Op-Ed, helpfully annotated

Also, not behind a paywall. I'm a bit surprised that the original is, as I'd have thought they could have (and would have) paid to prevent that. I suppose that there was no need, since they also released the text widely elsewhere.

Nothing surprising here, although I find their analysis of the closing part (possibly a Putin signature, indicating that he was at least very involved in the writing) particularly interesting.

#Syria   #Putin   #NYT  

Putin's NYT Op-Ed, helpfully annotated

Also, not behind a paywall. I'm a bit surprised that the original is, as I'd have thought they could have (and would have) paid to prevent that. I suppose that there was no need, since they also released the text widely elsewhere.

Nothing surprising here, although I find their analysis of the closing part (possibly a Putin signature, indicating that he was at least very involved in the writing) particularly interesting.

#Syria   #Putin   #NYT  ___

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2013-09-11 18:41:22 (5 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Apple does seem to have a timing problem . . .

I must admit that I like the idea of not having to type my password in every time I unlock my phone... but, well... before Snowdon's leaks I'd have taken this sort of thing as all rather silly... surely Apple wouldn't synchronise your fingerprint from your device to 'the cloud'.. right?   #prism    ___Apple does seem to have a timing problem . . .

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