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Allison Sekuler has been at 4 events

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Pat Kight13,947@113977984500465768287  said she wants the Scavengers under her tree for Christmas. Let's do it! Drop by, say hi to the friends you've made during the Autumn Scavenger Hunt, share a few photos of your own festivities. (Invite going out to the Autumn Scavengers circle, but I've enabled the "on air" feature so folks from past Scavenger events can see it, and you can invite other Scavengers).Scavengers Holiday Party2013-12-24 21:00:00151 
Science on Google+421,107Posterside Hangouts is a new Hangouts On Air, which is hosted by the Science on Google+ Community (http://goo.gl/uhJCN). The main goal of this HOA series is to recreate a poster session-like atmosphere here on G+, so researchers can present their recent findings. Presentations will be grouped by discipline and individual presentations will last approximately 10 – 15 minutes.Do you have a recent conference presentation, manuscript, or book that you would like to share with the Google+ community? Do you want to give your undergraduate or graduate students practice presenting their research? If yes, then let us know by filling out this short form: http://goo.gl/e0KPhE.================================Psychology Talks for Posterside Hangouts #1, Authors (Affiliations)When audition dominates vision: Evidence from cross-modal statistical learning+Chris Robinson (The Ohio State University at Newark)Automatic selection of eye tracking variables in visual categorization for adults and infants+Samuel Rivera (The Ohio State University at Columbus)Foreign accent does not influence cognitive judgments+Andre L. Souza (Concordia University) and +Art Markman (The University of Texas at Austin)Positive mood may enhance cognitive flexibility: Evidence from category learning+Paul Minda (The University of Western Ontario) and +Ruby Nadler(The University of Western Ontario)The effects of aging on face perception+Allison Sekuler (McMaster University)================================Abstracts and LinksWhen audition dominates vision: Evidence from cross-modal statistical learningPresenting information to multiple sensory modalities sometimes facilitates and sometimes interferes with processing of this information. Research examining interference effects shows that auditory input often interferes with processing of visual input in young children (i.e., auditory dominance effect), whereas visual input often interferes with auditory processing in adults (i.e., visual dominance effect). The current study used a cross-modal statistical learning task to examine modality dominance in adults. Participants ably learned auditory and visual statistics when auditory and visual sequences were presented unimodally and when auditory and visual sequences were correlated during training. However, increasing task demands resulted in an important asymmetry: Increased task demands attenuated visual statistical learning, while having no effect on auditory statistical learning. These findings are consistent with auditory dominance effects reported in young children and have important implications for our understanding of how sensory modalities interact while learning the structure of cross-modal informationScience on Google+ Posterside Hangouts #12013-08-13 02:30:0099 
Isabelle Fortin24,845Some of us ladies wanted to show our support for   #movember  and as we cannot grow Moustaches we thought maybe we can post our pictures with fake ones.This event will be open for the month so please stop by anytime & don't be shy to post your pics,We also encourage anyone who would like to post encouraging messages to those affected by cancer. thanks so much ❤Lastly, #fckcancer   !Ladies Of Movember2012-11-02 00:00:00139 
Jeff Smith60,564Welcome to The Selfy Sunday Project for Sept. 30/12No theme this week. The past weeks SSP was incredible and the submissions were frightful to say the least.As always I want to thank +LaDonna Pride for all of her hard work and she will be helping along the way as our co-host. Thanks everyone we are all looking forward to some great Selfies.Selfy Sunday FAQ can be found here.http://goo.gl/ngQeFPlease check there first if you have any questions. Thanks_UPLOADINGThe event will open for uploading at 9:00 PM EDT.You can upload your photo by viewing the event and clicking on the "Add Photos" button.This is a Public event open to everyone.Any questions, again please check the FAQ or let myself or LaDonna know. Or check the +Selfy Sunday   page for updates.Cheers and have fun!JeffThe Selfy Sunday Project for Sept. 30, 20122012-09-30 03:00:00269 

Allison Sekuler has been shared in 360 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
Robert Connor17,408Another great circle shared with me by an amazing G+'er!!All those  *#sharing  publicly THIS circle* will also be included in my other major circle sharingIf you received the notice you are in this circleIf you would like to be included in the next Circle Share, you only have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles2 - Share the circle (Publicly)3 - Add +1 to the post.4 - Leave a comment if you like.Thank you to all those who participated#fabwomenonG+ #womenongplus #womenonline #womenongoogleplus #women #activeusers #activedirectory #activeengagers #fabfems #googleplusengagers #femalesongoogleplus #female #fabulouswomenongoogleplus #slhc #sharedcircles #addcircle #sharedpubliccircles #growfollowers #circleshare #publicsharedcircles2014-09-11 11:06:23494432667
Allan watson6,144Circle share with new friendsHi friends follow this circle1 - Include me in your circles2 - Share the circle (Publicly)3 - Add +1 to the post.4 - Leave a comment if you like.I will thankful if you plus and share this circle!#publicsharedcircles #SharedCircles #weeklyreview #sharedcircle #topsharedcircle #circleoftheday #sharedcircle #trustinme #circlesharing #circleshare2014-09-11 08:27:521205911
John Wood13,028Circle share with new friendsHi friends follow this circle1 - Include me in your circles2 - Share the circle (Publicly)3 - Add +1 to the post.4 - Leave a comment if you like.I will thankful if you plus and share this circle!#topofthepeople #influencermarketing #sharedcircle #circleshare #howtoenlargecircle #circlethis #socialmediamarketing #socialmediastrategy #socialnetworking #circleoftheday #circleoftheweek #circleoftheday #topofthecircle #enlargecircle #thursdaycircle #share #weekendcircle #weekend #weekendfun #circles #circleyoushare #publiccircle #sharedcircles #addcircle #sharedpubliccircles #circleshare #publicsharedcircles #circleoftheweek #circlesharing #sharedcircle #circleshare #circle #googleplus #google #thankyou2014-09-02 07:32:42495413571
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
Richard Green77,832Engagers Showcase Circle, August 7, 2014If I sent you 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.Everyone mentioned below is also included in the circle.Our cat, Chesterhttps://plus.google.com/101584889282878921052/posts/ToxRHsMHytsFibonacci numbers and corridors of width 4https://plus.google.com/101584889282878921052/posts/gCTyaSV4ugzWalk in the rainhttps://plus.google.com/101584889282878921052/posts/gVPzuv7aKHALenticular cloud (reshared from +Sean R. Heavey)https://plus.google.com/101584889282878921052/posts/giTgt4PUd1GGlass Paperweight by Paul Stankardhttps://plus.google.com/101584889282878921052/posts/fLfKWxFj3f2“Mathematistan” by Martin Kuppehttps://plus.google.com/101584889282878921052/posts/AcUBb8Y9uBjCat's back on the menu, boys!https://plus.google.com/101584889282878921052/posts/aP3cZEnaqquWaterfall (reshared from +Keith Boone)https://plus.google.com/101584889282878921052/posts/S2pmsTTyiZzOak tree at “The Pig”https://plus.google.com/101584889282878921052/posts/cv8pi2ffX1NThe Bargate, Southamptonhttps://plus.google.com/101584889282878921052/posts/LsYSEpUS1bLCosmos flowerhttps://plus.google.com/101584889282878921052/posts/KqvLW32KyXfThe Ashton Memorialhttps://plus.google.com/101584889282878921052/posts/aK1E3XqWWSSThrough the castle windowhttps://plus.google.com/101584889282878921052/posts/MT7uBM2SUt7Friedman numbershttps://plus.google.com/101584889282878921052/posts/32tzjfB8NnMThe Norfolk Knifehttps://plus.google.com/101584889282878921052/posts/DHf4jfSkUKKThe lake at Wyresdale Parkhttps://plus.google.com/101584889282878921052/posts/3xFACaympiNCastle of the Clouds2014-08-07 21:46:51451213122238
Becky Collins13,898Beer. Bacon. Music 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 ?2014-08-02 05:13:064685212
Lynda Chervil890Add this circle of excellent engagers, thinkers, innovators, and future tech leaders. My ++Solar Power++ Circle will provide you with the latest and greatest from the world of tech innovations, especially in the renewable energy sector. Simply add this circle and then share it!If you'd like to be added to this circle, please comment below, share and add the circle. Only those who qualify with content and expertise will be added. Thanks! #Tesla   #nikolatesla   #elonmusk   #solarenergy   #innovation   #technology   #solarpower   #hydroelectric   #science   #STEM   #research   #education   #futuretech   #futuretechnology  2014-07-31 14:24:32343125
Circles Circles Circles37,983SCIENCE CircleDo you want more science in your life? Then, be sure to add these fascinating pages and people who dwell on science daily and are actively engaging.  Enrich your stream.If you are a scientist or someone who primarily posts about science and would like to be included in this circle please make a request in the comments section below.If you have someone or an organization's G+ page to recommend please add their name in the comments section below.Note: To those included in the circle, you were added by the generous recommendation of others  -- their help is deeply appreciated. Your add back and re-share would be also deeply appreciated as it would help spread the word about science.Current Circles  Published Mondays ORIGINAL CONTENT CREATORS : http://goo.gl/o82s0mPublished Wednesdays:BLOGGERS & THEIR BLOGS: http://goo.gl/IkCTLPPublished Thursdays:WOMEN ARE FROM VENUS : http://goo.gl/nFCsGwMEN ARE FROM MARS :  http://goo.gl/tID4ZmPublished Fridays:A CIRCLE TO PAY IT FORWARD:  http://goo.gl/E6v81LOthers CirclesSCIENCE: http://goo.gl/xXWLPtTECHNOLOGY: http://goo.gl/z3z8lh#science       #scienceeveryday       #sciencecircle       #circlesharing  2014-07-17 04:08:1710681332
Aman Singh2,014Circle of the dayYour re-share is appreciatedPlease re-share this circle in your stream.To be added:1- Add +Circles Circles Circles to your circles2- Write the URL of your blog in the comments section below3- Your blog must be an active blog (posts must be current)2014-07-16 12:15:324990617
Ryan Johnson9,485Hi friends! This is a great circle created with an important selection from all circles. The most important engagers are reshared because only that way can we grow our circle and have the people of google circle us.To get in, and to ensure you stay in this circle you need to do the following:1. Add me to your circles, if you haven't done so already!2. +1 this circle!3. Publicly share this circle to public, your circles and extended circles.4. If possible, leave a comment on this circle so I know you have done the three steps above!#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday #wanttobecircled #addmetoyourcircles #public #publiccircle #sharedcircles #Britain #sharedcircle #morefollowers #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedpublicircles #sharedcircle #photography #uk  #nottingham #Holland #Netherlands #Duch2014-07-16 10:40:014918812
Ryan Johnson7,499Check out my Circle Share➤ To be added into the next share, follow these simple steps:  1) Plus the original post2) Share this circle publicly (and with your circles/extended circles)3) Comment on the original post when complete#awesome         #awesomepeople         #chadwick         #circle     #circles     #circlesharing         #circleshare         #circleoftheday     #circleplus     #community   #followback     #followers       #gplus   #influence       #leadership     #public         #publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles         #reshare         #reshared       #reshareday     #resharetags     #ripples     #sharedcircles       #sharedpubliccircles     #sharedcircleoftheday     #sharewithyou         #sharing     #sharingcircle     #socialmedia   #theplus   #tcs     #team 2014-06-21 13:32:1942617724
Peter Edenist30,747TESLA Super Science Circle 2014 - June Edition!!!! : A quality circle curated carefully and tended since 2011. Who is in this circle?  people who are either involved in science, love science or are active on the Science on G+ community. Community link is here http://goo.gl/46uFH and the Page is +Science on G+!Have you wondered where one can meet with like-minded people who love science and like to read about the real stuff? This is the ultimate SUL on science.... add and share to keep it alive.--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Want to nominate someone? Please do so in comments. If you want to recommend something let us know. People who are notified are part of the circle.#science #tesla #scienceongplus #scienceeveryday 2014-06-19 13:39:49342755693
Circles Circles Circles35,732SCIENCE CircleDo you want more science in your life? Then, be sure to add these fascinating pages and people who dwell on science daily and are actively engaging.  Enrich your stream.If you are a scientist or someone who primarily posts about science and would like to be included in this circle please make a request in the comments section below.If you have someone or an organization's G+ page to recommend please add their name in the comments section below.Note: To those included in the circle, you were added by the generous recommendation of others  -- their help is deeply appreciated. Your add back and re-share would be also deeply appreciated as it would help spread the word about science.Current Circles  Published Mondays ORIGINAL CONTENT CREATORS : http://goo.gl/RPEbdlPublished Wednesdays:BLOGGERS & THEIR BLOGS: http://goo.gl/fmOadpPublished Thursdays:WOMEN ARE FROM VENUS : http://goo.gl/Oyg8RBMEN ARE FROM MARS :  http://goo.gl/9NT51gPublished Fridays:A CIRCLE TO PAY IT FORWARD:  http://goo.gl/5mT3s0Others CirclesSCIENCE: http://goo.gl/AV4WvdTECHNOLOGY: http://goo.gl/YANzuo#science     #scienceeveryday     #sciencecircle     #circlesharing  2014-06-19 02:05:331065924
Ryan Johnson6,972These are some of the most active and interesting users on Google Plus. If you want to join the list please do the following:1) Plus one this post2) Share this circle PUBLIC3) Leave a message at the original post#bosmol #BosmolCircle   #GrowthCIrcle     #GooglePlus   #CircleShare   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircles   #circlesharing   #circleshared   #publiccirclesproject   #publicsharedcircles   #circleoftheday   #google   #circle #circles #publiccircle #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle #morefollowers #sharingcircles #circleshare #sharedpubliccircles #sharedpublicircles   #sharedcircle #AddCircle #FindCircles #addcircle #circlemeup #circlesdiscovery #circleshare #circlesharing #publiccircle   #publicsharedcircles #SharedCircles   #circlesharing 2014-06-18 12:53:45486623171
Dina Tika0Here is a group of Active Engagers, Circle Sharers, Awesome Plus Oners, and Cool People on Google Plus!   Circle Sharing is an awesome way to increase your followers and active engagers on your profile. Some of my favorite people that I've met here on Google + through Circle Sharing.    Want to be in the next Circle of Awesomeness? Follow the Steps Below!  ☛ Add the circle ☛ Share in the Public ☛ Plus 1 the Post. ☛ Comment. 2014-06-10 05:53:52479001
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
Circles Circles Circles33,758SCIENCE CircleDo you want more science in your life? Then, be sure to add these fascinating pages and people who dwell on science daily and are actively engaging.  Enrich your stream.If you are a scientist or someone who primarily posts about science and would like to be included in this circle please make a request in the comments section below.If you have someone or an organization's G+ page to recommend please add their name in the comments section below.Note: To those included in the circle, you were added by the generous recommendation of others  -- their help is deeply appreciated. Your add back and re-share would be also deeply appreciated as it would help spread the word about science.Current Circles  Published Mondays ORIGINAL CONTENT CREATORS : http://goo.gl/WbY7NSPublished Wednesdays:BLOGGERS & THEIR BLOGS: http://goo.gl/XPSnHVPublished Thursdays:WOMEN ARE FROM VENUS : http://goo.gl/itFj7ZMEN ARE FROM MARS : http://goo.gl/uBBxgdPublished Fridays:A CIRCLE TO PAY IT FORWARD: http://goo.gl/f1wz2IOthers CirclesSCIENCE: http://goo.gl/MOGsxGTECHNOLOGY: http://goo.gl/bDcYF4#science     #scienceeveryday     #sciencecircle     #circlesharing  2014-05-28 20:17:02102101219
Tourej Ansari17,611Another great circle of photographers1 - include me in your circles2 - Click add people and create your circle3 - share the circle (include yourself)4 - add +1 to the post#circle   #sharedcircles   #sharecircleoftheday   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circles   #fashion   #fashionblogger   #fashionblog   #pinterest   #pictures   #fashionstyle   #photography   #photo   #photographer   #photooftheday   #photooftheweek2014-05-23 13:12:444527412
Circles Circles Circles32,435SCIENCE CircleDo you want more science in your life? Then, be sure to add these fascinating pages and people who dwell on science daily and are actively engaging.  Enrich your stream.If you are a scientist or someone who primarily posts about science and would like to be included in this circle please make a request in the comments section below.If you have someone or an organization's G+ page to recommend please add their name in the comments section below.Note: To those included in the circle, you were added by the generous recommendation of others  -- their help is deeply appreciated. Your add back and re-share would be also deeply appreciated as it would help spread the word about science.Current Circles  Published Mondays ORIGINAL CONTENT CREATORS : http://goo.gl/Hev5GIPublished Wednesdays:BLOGGERS: http://goo.gl/Nqll1yPublished Thursdays:WOMEN ARE FROM VENUS : http://goo.gl/olCV0EMEN ARE FROM MARS : http://goo.gl/l58RRiPublished Fridays:A CIRCLE TO PAY IT FORWARD: http://goo.gl/oIXG1ROthers Circles:SCIENCE: http://goo.gl/voKgBxTECHNOLOGY: http://goo.gl/bDcYF4#science   #scienceeveryday   #sciencecircle   #circlesharing  2014-05-16 02:10:07103141426
Tourej Ansari16,540All Kinds of People Shared CircleReshare or comment or plus to be in the next circle share!  Let me know if you want to be in the circle! Circle these plussers they are cool people! #circle #circles #circlesharing #circleshare #circleoftheday #circleplus #public #publiccircles2014-05-10 11:00:124583111
John Nuntiatio36,016#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #bestcircle #news   #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport #small   #smallcircle 2014-05-09 10:13:25362667
John Nuntiatio34,173#circles #share #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #bestcircle #news 2014-04-20 08:16:45245287
John Nuntiatio33,831#circles #share #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #bestcircle #news 2014-04-17 06:46:35484348
Jean-Marc Luna36,938My buddies (432/1)of the G+ villageI am happy to share (finally) my first big circles (432/1 and 432/2) with you. It is also a way to thank you and to inform you of my consideration.You will find in these two circles all the people I follow regularly since my first steps on Google+ and which accompany me for soon two years in this beautiful adventure, bringing every day, by their sympathy, their humor, their knowledge, their generosity and their open-mindedness, a bit extra to my everyday life.I do not know everybody, I have crossed the path with some, I communicate more with some and many people became friends, thing which I did not expect by landing here.When I began, I was lucky enough to discover new interesting people, thanks to the system of circles sharing, and I hope that these both will be for you of the same utility.If you add a “plus”, maybe it will have an impact on climate change,if you share this circle, maybe Putin is going to get married with an ukrainian women in 2014,if you include me in your circles, maybe it will solve the problem of hunger in the world,Maybe ... but in fact, nothing is sure ;)A good day to all :)With a special thought for #dirktalamasca   #sharedcircles   #circles   #circlesharing  2014-03-31 15:25:36432622658
John Nuntiatio30,713#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-22 19:21:46119002
John Nuntiatio30,713#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-22 19:21:15119011
John Nuntiatio30,713#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-22 19:20:42119000
John Nuntiatio30,713#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-22 19:20:15119011
John Nuntiatio30,713#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-22 19:19:11119003
John Nuntiatio30,616#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-21 20:51:17491000
John Nuntiatio30,616#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-21 20:50:27491001
John Nuntiatio30,616#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-21 20:49:43491004
John Nuntiatio30,616#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-21 20:49:15491022
John Nuntiatio30,616#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-21 20:48:03491527
Enrico Altavilla5,522I'm sharing with you my Science circle. It's focused mainly on physics, astrophysics and math but it also contains subjects (both people and pages) who share news about other scientific fields. Enjoy! 2014-03-21 06:45:031031015
Becky Collins5,164 Social Sciences 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 !#socialmedia  #media  #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing  #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins2014-03-18 12:35:31305008
Daily Photo Themes16,531Curators CircleIt's been a while since we shared the latest Curators circle. So here they all are, all 468 of 'em. #dptcurators  (pd)2014-03-14 07:44:2446826729
John Nuntiatio29,767#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-14 06:27:36393014
John Nuntiatio29,767#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-14 06:26:50393033
John Nuntiatio29,767#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-14 06:26:17393011
John Nuntiatio29,767#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-14 06:25:52393011
John Nuntiatio29,767#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-14 06:25:16393203
Circle Distribution0And then there was the RANDOMNESS #CircleOfRandomness 9.0 (9.1 & 9.2 will follow this circle share over the next couple of days).(Not to be confused with #CircleYouShare  which will be revamped separately, hopefully based on equal shares to individuals)Just because I think #YoureAwesome and/or new to G+ and need a little shove into the swing of things, I have included you in this random circle share.So yeah, if you're in this circle I'd like it if you shared it. Why? Because YOU deserve to be shared... so yeah, share it!#FriendsShareFriends   #SnowballEffect   #YoureAwesome    #AlteredDNAFsF #CircleOfRandomness   #CircleYouShare  #AlteredDNACircleSharingSupport Here: http://goo.gl/fWrJj52014-03-12 19:53:45500122127113
Becky Collins3,213Baseball circle #Baseball  #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins 2014-02-26 10:30:413883216
Janis Borgueta7,896Very interesting group of woman on Google+. Share this circle, follow and learn!! Watch +Dustin W. Stout for circlesplosion. A great way to meet and greet new people on  Google+2014-02-24 01:43:40259417
Becky Collins2,634Marketing Circle : Feb 22#circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday +Becky Collins2014-02-22 06:29:4945517724
Dustin W. Stout34,995The Most Interesting Ladies On Google+!Part 5 of my #circlesplosion  series has finally arrived! If you're not familiar with Circlesplosion be sure to read about it here: dustn.tv/circlesplosion/After sorting through 500 comments and over 1,000+mentions I have finished curating this circle of the Most Interesting Ladies on Google+! And by "ladies" I mean it in the highest regard with the utmost respect. These are women who are exceptional examples of leadership, inspiration, encouragement, entertainment, and just plain fun! This list was carefully curated with intentional attention to thoughtful recommendations, interaction, and engagement. Though I don't know all of them (yet) I am confident that they are absolutely worth adding to your own circles! I will also not that this circle is incredibly diverse-- artists, doctors, business women, entrepreneurs, bloggers, crafters, geeks (self-proclaimed), writers, trainers, and women who are awesome for a whole lot of reasons. What to do with this circleAdd this circle and take some time to monitor the stream over the next week. Find those that you really connect with or are inspired by and add them to another of your relevant circles. Do so until you believe you've added everyone of relevance and interest to you and then delete this circle (unless of course you just want to keep it-- that's fine too). I hope you make some great connections, I know I have already. And be sure to let me know in the comments below what you'd like to see the next #circlesplosion   project to be. :D #sharedcircles   #ns  2014-02-21 18:43:192589884129
Eric Hege19,707Photographers Circle K-ZThis is K-Z (last names) of my current Photography Circle. Most of these people should be very active, and they post some really great images encompassing about any subject matter you could think of!Add them to your circles, and feel free to share this circle. You'll find A-J of this shared circle here:https://plus.google.com/+EricHege/posts/EyuRKbMFGA52014-02-19 17:17:184787010
Circle to Circle0Mega Mixx of top Engagers.  Great circle this week!#Circle   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircleoftheday  2014-02-18 16:22:154704214

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2014-08-03 15:29:17 (31 comments, 18 reshares, 169 +1s) 

Summer Fresh

My favourite thing about summer is the access to fresh, local fruit.

Today's wild blueberries and perfectly ripened peaches (with a dollop of Greek yogurt) brought to you by Hamilton and Niagara farmers. 

Most reshares: 40

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2014-08-09 23:26:12 (20 comments, 40 reshares, 109 +1s) 

If scientists had logos . . . 

Most plusones: 169

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2014-08-03 15:29:17 (31 comments, 18 reshares, 169 +1s) 

Summer Fresh

My favourite thing about summer is the access to fresh, local fruit.

Today's wild blueberries and perfectly ripened peaches (with a dollop of Greek yogurt) brought to you by Hamilton and Niagara farmers. 

Latest 50 posts

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2014-09-20 19:53:06 (3 comments, 2 reshares, 11 +1s) 

MyGradSkills.ca
Find your future, in labs, libraries, lectures, and beyond!

+University Affairs published a wonderful story about the online tools we've just launched to help graduate students and postdoctoral fellows develop their professional skills. 

As we've been discussing on +Bill McGarvey 's page, nowadays it is more typical for graduate students to end up working outside of academia than within it. Students gain terrific skills in their graduate programs, but we need to give them a bit more training to learn how to apply that knowledge in non-academic settings.

Communication to the public differs from communication to a thesis committee. A resume is quite a different beast than a CV. And everyone can benefit by learning how to balance work and life a little better. 

We've already got about 6500 users, and people are stilllea... more »

MyGradSkills.ca
Find your future, in labs, libraries, lectures, and beyond!

+University Affairs published a wonderful story about the online tools we've just launched to help graduate students and postdoctoral fellows develop their professional skills. 

As we've been discussing on +Bill McGarvey 's page, nowadays it is more typical for graduate students to end up working outside of academia than within it. Students gain terrific skills in their graduate programs, but we need to give them a bit more training to learn how to apply that knowledge in non-academic settings.

Communication to the public differs from communication to a thesis committee. A resume is quite a different beast than a CV. And everyone can benefit by learning how to balance work and life a little better. 

We've already got about 6500 users, and people are still learning about it. It's free for every graduate student and postdoc in Ontario, and we're about to open it up to faculty so they can get a better idea how to guide their students, as well as working out a plan to provide global access at no cost to students around the world.

If you check it out, let me know what you think or if you see any bugs/glitches. And if you have ideas for new resources for us to include, just let me know.

#gradproskills   #highered   #onlinelearning  ___

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2014-09-17 19:38:06 (5 comments, 4 reshares, 21 +1s) 

Songs of Scottish Independence or Not

Regardless of where you sit on the answer to tomorrow's referendum on an independent Scotland, one thing everyone can agree on is that +Sky News did a great job putting together this auto-tuned version of key politicians making their cases.

The video shows Alex Salmond (leader of the Scottish National Party), Alistair Darling (leader of the pro-union Better Together campaign), and David Cameron (British Prime Minister) singing, respectively,  _I Want to Break Free,_   Never Gonna Give You Up,  and We Are Never, Ever Getting Back Together.

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via +The Atlantic  (http://goo.gl/spiI1o). See also their wonderful photo spread showing the people who will be voting, and why they've chosen which way to vote: http://goo.gl/jkUqMh  The photo of a young woman seemingly floating above water as she does atradit... more »

Songs of Scottish Independence or Not

Regardless of where you sit on the answer to tomorrow's referendum on an independent Scotland, one thing everyone can agree on is that +Sky News did a great job putting together this auto-tuned version of key politicians making their cases.

The video shows Alex Salmond (leader of the Scottish National Party), Alistair Darling (leader of the pro-union Better Together campaign), and David Cameron (British Prime Minister) singing, respectively,  _I Want to Break Free,_   Never Gonna Give You Up,  and We Are Never, Ever Getting Back Together.

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via +The Atlantic  (http://goo.gl/spiI1o). See also their wonderful photo spread showing the people who will be voting, and why they've chosen which way to vote: http://goo.gl/jkUqMh  The photo of a young woman seemingly floating above water as she does a traditional Scottish dance is particularly mesmerizing.___

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2014-09-14 23:59:45 (18 comments, 3 reshares, 64 +1s) 

Into the Mystic

We were born before the wind
Also younger than the sun
Ere the bonnie boat was won
As we sailed into the mystic

Hark, now hear the sailors cry
Smell the sea and feel the sky
Let your soul and spirit fly
Into the mystic

~Van Morrison

I love the sights, smells, and sounds at Hamilton's habour and marinas, harkening back to our history as one of Canada's key port cities (http://goo.gl/ItzB8T). Just wish summer would last a bit longer....





Into the Mystic

We were born before the wind
Also younger than the sun
Ere the bonnie boat was won
As we sailed into the mystic

Hark, now hear the sailors cry
Smell the sea and feel the sky
Let your soul and spirit fly
Into the mystic

~Van Morrison

I love the sights, smells, and sounds at Hamilton's habour and marinas, harkening back to our history as one of Canada's key port cities (http://goo.gl/ItzB8T). Just wish summer would last a bit longer....



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2014-09-14 20:56:03 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 20 +1s) 

Burning Man

Thanks to +Trey Ratcliff , photographer extraordinaire, for helping us all live Burning Man vicariously through him and his art. This is a simply spectacular album, and I'm looking forward to seeing what he shoots (photographically speaking) in Africa.

#PhotoShareOfTheDay

Burning Man 2014 — The Collection

100 of my favorite photos from Burning Man in 2014! I'm now off to Africa for a month starting today... Namibia, Botswana, and South Africa! Very excited! 

All photos are here for you to share, use as wallpapers or whatever! Have fun! See the full Burning Man album (all ultra hi-rez) at http://stuckincustoms.smugmug.com/Burning-Man-Page 

Wondering about taking photos and the "dust problem" at Burning Man? I wrote a blog post here: http://www.stuckincustoms.com/2014/09/11/burning-man-and-the-dust/ (A common question I get on almost every photo!)

And thanks again for all the comments — I read them all but don't always have time to respond... my apologies!___Burning Man

Thanks to +Trey Ratcliff , photographer extraordinaire, for helping us all live Burning Man vicariously through him and his art. This is a simply spectacular album, and I'm looking forward to seeing what he shoots (photographically speaking) in Africa.

#PhotoShareOfTheDay

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2014-09-14 20:11:16 (6 comments, 7 reshares, 67 +1s) 

Aurora Beauty

So much great (and gorgeous) science at +ScienceSunday today, but this has to be my favourite share.

From our text in the #ScienceSunday post:

You can enjoy the beauty here, and read more about how these beautiful aurora colours change with atmospheric elements, along with lots of other great aurora links, in this share from +Aida Hazlan
http://goo.gl/vqmK4Q

and in this wonderful short video from +NASA on the role of solar flares and magnetic fields on auroras: Space Weather and Earth's Aurora http://goo.gl/4wRfA5

Also check out this past share via +Denise Case of a real time aurora
http://goo.gl/dXrZCD


h/t +Mike Taylo +ScienceSunday
#ScienceSunday

The intense aurora flare up on September 12 at 8:38 PM in central Maine as shot from the unused train tracks along Unity Pond. No color saturation needed, Mother Nature provided a brilliant display of lights. This is one frame from a time lapse that will be featured in my upcoming short film Shot In The Dark.

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So much great (and gorgeous) science at +ScienceSunday today, but this has to be my favourite share.

From our text in the #ScienceSunday post:

You can enjoy the beauty here, and read more about how these beautiful aurora colours change with atmospheric elements, along with lots of other great aurora links, in this share from +Aida Hazlan
http://goo.gl/vqmK4Q

and in this wonderful short video from +NASA on the role of solar flares and magnetic fields on auroras: Space Weather and Earth's Aurora http://goo.gl/4wRfA5

Also check out this past share via +Denise Case of a real time aurora
http://goo.gl/dXrZCD


h/t +Mike Taylo +ScienceSunday
#ScienceSunday

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2014-09-14 16:50:55 (9 comments, 17 reshares, 120 +1s) 

Surf's Up!
The art and science of surfing

Having lived in California for 8 years, I have a number of friends who are serious surfers, and it is always great fun to watch them ride the waves. But where do the waves come from? and How do surfers stay on top of them? Physics abounds when it comes to surfing.

Where do waves come from?
A storm affecting a large range of water far out in the ocean for a long time, creates waves of different wavelengths. The longer waves, travel faster than the shorter waves. When the beach is far away from the waves' origin, the more dispersed they will be, creating isolated, nice big waves at the beach. 

How do surfers balance and move?
Gravity pulls you down; buoyancy pushes you up; and the drag force gives friction against your direction of motion. When you're riding the wave, all of the... more »

Surf's Up!
The art and science of surfing

Having lived in California for 8 years, I have a number of friends who are serious surfers, and it is always great fun to watch them ride the waves. But where do the waves come from? and How do surfers stay on top of them? Physics abounds when it comes to surfing.

Where do waves come from?
A storm affecting a large range of water far out in the ocean for a long time, creates waves of different wavelengths. The longer waves, travel faster than the shorter waves. When the beach is far away from the waves' origin, the more dispersed they will be, creating isolated, nice big waves at the beach. 

How do surfers balance and move?
Gravity pulls you down; buoyancy pushes you up; and the drag force gives friction against your direction of motion. When you're riding the wave, all of the forces balance, and when surfers shift their position on the board, it changes interaction between the gravity and buoyancy forces, allowing you to turn. Then, with luck and a bit of practice, you can realign the forces to regain balance.

+Piled Higher and Deeper (PHD Comics) 's Jorge Cham made a great video a few years describing the formation of the waves and the physics of surfing, while Jorge himself tried to learn to surf. Although he wipes out more than hangs ten, he does a great job of explaining how it all works: http://goo.gl/wMbx65

+Paul Doherty wrote a wonderful piece for the +Exploratorium with even more detail on the physics of waves and surfing: http://goo.gl/cCUs7P

and if you really want the mathematics behind it all, check out this amazing book, The Physics of Ocean Waves (for physicists and surfers), by +Michael Twardos : http://goo.gl/zgfNGS  Because waves are so complex, it is a great introduction to a wide range of topics in mathematics and physics.

Finally, for those of you who just want to see amazingly cool images of surfing and waves from the perspective of someone underwater, check out this wonderful short film by +Morgan Maassen for +National Geographic : A Hypnotic Journey Through Waves and Water http://goo.gl/ptP0la

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image from +National Geographic , a clip from +Morgan Maassen 's short film

#ScienceSunday  

follow +ScienceSunday for more great science stories, images, and even a joke or two___

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2014-09-11 15:23:54 (1 comments, 14 reshares, 146 +1s) 

Remembering

Like so many, we lost a loved one on 9/11. So our thoughts and hearts are with the friends and families of those who perished, and with everyone for whom today will be forever etched in our memories.

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photo credit: World Trade Center Memorial by Denise Gould 

Remembering

Like so many, we lost a loved one on 9/11. So our thoughts and hearts are with the friends and families of those who perished, and with everyone for whom today will be forever etched in our memories.

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photo credit: World Trade Center Memorial by Denise Gould ___

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2014-09-10 12:42:38 (3 comments, 2 reshares, 18 +1s) 

Lost in Translation

For anyone in the Hamilton/Toronto region, I'll be speaking on this panel later in September on communicating research to the public.

I'm hoping they will be taping it, and, if so I will share it out for folks who can't see it live.

Should be fun!

h/t +McMaster University School of Graduate Studies

Check out the event on Facebook » http://tinyurl.com/mrfes2u___Lost in Translation

For anyone in the Hamilton/Toronto region, I'll be speaking on this panel later in September on communicating research to the public.

I'm hoping they will be taping it, and, if so I will share it out for folks who can't see it live.

Should be fun!

h/t +McMaster University School of Graduate Studies

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2014-09-08 23:06:04 (11 comments, 3 reshares, 6 +1s) 

Help Wanted
Can I have 5 minutes of your time to help students succeed?

I'm hoping that everyone who sees this can do me a tiny favour, and check out the website we just launched to provide graduate students and postdoctoral fellows with professional skills training:

http://MyGradSkills.ca

It doesn't matter if you're a graduate student, a graduate from being a student, a high school student, self-educated (everyone on G+ is at least that, and trying to learn more all the time!), or anything else. 

You are all eminently qualified for this!

I'm not looking for in-depth feedback on the topics (entrepreneurship, research skills, career development, etc.). I'm looking for glitches, errors, or anything that just really annoys everyone,*  so we can fix those things up as the site moves forward.
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Help Wanted
Can I have 5 minutes of your time to help students succeed?

I'm hoping that everyone who sees this can do me a tiny favour, and check out the website we just launched to provide graduate students and postdoctoral fellows with professional skills training:

http://MyGradSkills.ca

It doesn't matter if you're a graduate student, a graduate from being a student, a high school student, self-educated (everyone on G+ is at least that, and trying to learn more all the time!), or anything else. 

You are all eminently qualified for this!

I'm not looking for in-depth feedback on the topics (entrepreneurship, research skills, career development, etc.). I'm looking for glitches, errors, or anything that just really annoys everyone,*  so we can fix those things up as the site moves forward.

I'm also looking for ideas from the general public (that's everyone!) on what else we might include on the site to make it as useful as possible for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows hoping to apply their skills beyond the labs, libraries, and lecture halls of our universities. 

You can also let me know what you like about the site :)  If you visit and don't have suggestions, feel free to just say, "Nice!" or whatever adjective you prefer. 

The more of you who can at least take a quick look, the better. Even just 5 minutes worth of your browsing the site could give me really useful insights into what's working well and what needs to be improved.

Our goal is to make the site as useful as possible for as many people as possible, so feedback is always valuable. Feel free to pass the URL on to your friends too - the more input I can get, the better. 

And, as an incentive to all of you to donate 5 minutes to this worthy project...  *if the website gets enough visits and comments from you guys by Friday, I'll even post the embarrassing Slo-Mo video* of my #icebucketchallenge   :)  

Thanks for your help!!

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*Anyone who knows me, could predict that I would be annoyed by an incorrect use of the verb "comprise" in one of the short, introductory module videos. Bonus points to whomever finds that first!___

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2014-09-08 12:50:36 (9 comments, 2 reshares, 5 +1s) 

MyGradSkills.ca
A New Era in Graduate Professional Skills Training

Over the past many months, I've been working busily with a couple hundred colleagues at other universities to create a new way for graduate students to find their future. 

The website launches on today (Monday, September 8, 2014), and we're hoping to start a real revolution in how graduate students and postdoctoral students receive professional skills training. In addition to the initial 18 self-paced, online modules - on topics including teaching and learning, career development, entrepreneurship, and communication - over the coming weeks and months we'll be adding in blogs, virtual career panels, an information clearinghouse, additional modules, and more. 

There is also a place for people to give us suggestions for other content they'd like to have, or you canl... more »

MyGradSkills.ca
A New Era in Graduate Professional Skills Training

Over the past many months, I've been working busily with a couple hundred colleagues at other universities to create a new way for graduate students to find their future. 

The website launches on today (Monday, September 8, 2014), and we're hoping to start a real revolution in how graduate students and postdoctoral students receive professional skills training. In addition to the initial 18 self-paced, online modules - on topics including teaching and learning, career development, entrepreneurship, and communication - over the coming weeks and months we'll be adding in blogs, virtual career panels, an information clearinghouse, additional modules, and more. 

There is also a place for people to give us suggestions for other content they'd like to have, or you can leave your suggestions in the comments below. We'll also be tweeting out from @GPSkills(that's for Grad Pro Skills, not GPS Kills...), using #GradProSkills    to tag posts, and, of course, we're on G+ (+My Grad Skills). If you share anything relevant, be sure to tag us in so we can share it out as well. 

Initially, although the site is open to everyone, the modules will just be available for the ~60,000 graduate students and ~3,000 postdocs in Ontario. As far as we know, that will make it the largest ever Moodle implementation of its kind!

Once we're sure all the bugs are out, we're working to open it to graduate students and postdocs across Canada and around the world.

If you're a graduate student at a University outside Ontario (or outside Canada), and would like to have access, talk to your Graduate Dean (or equivalent) and have them contact us (details on the website).

We're working out a range of membership and partnership options so that we can give access to as many people as possible, with no cost to the students. 

Fingers crossed that everything works!! 

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*Who created MyGradSkills.ca? 
The Ontario Consortium for Graduate Professional Skills Training is a group of universities from Ontario: McMaster University, Queen's University, University of Guelph, the University of Ottawa, the University of Toronto, the University of Waterloo, and Western University.  The project was funded by the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges, and Universities.

Each University took the lead in creating anywhere from 1-4 modules, often working together in the development. The work was a true collaborative effort of hundreds of people over several months, and we hope you’ll make the most of what we’ve created.

#gradproskills  ___

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2014-09-08 04:13:55 (9 comments, 11 reshares, 32 +1s) 

Bowling Ball Ballet

I love when my days start and end with science, especially when there some art mixed in with the science.

This post from +Mindy Weisberger meets all those criteria. It is simply mesmerizing to watch the changes in the balls' patterns of movements and perceptual grouping, all falling out of basic principles of physics (with a bit of perception thrown in on the grouping side)

Couldn't agree more with the spectators: Ooooh!! Aaaah!!

#ScienceSunday


Sixteen bowling balls
Swinging from a frame
They move in synch
Then out of synch
Then back in synch again. 

This wonderful video was shared on Facebook by Maria Ikenberry, and her excellent explanation of the pendulum wave is pasted below. 

The "ooh"s and "aaah"s of the spectators are the best part—well, almost. The best part is truly the beauty of physics in action.

From the original Facebook post:

** What am I seeing? How does this work? ** 
The length of time it takes a ball to swing back and forth one time to return to its starting position is dependent on the length of the pendulum, not the mass of the ball. A longer pendulum will take longer to complete one cycle than a shorter pendulum. The lengths of the pendula in this demonstration are all different and were calculated so that in about 2:40, the balls all return to the same position at the same time – in that 2:40, the longest pendulum (in front) will oscillate (or go back and forth) 50 times, the next will oscillate 51 times, and on to the last of the 16 pendula which will oscillate 65 times. Try counting how many times the ball in front swings back and forth in the time it takes the balls to line up again, and then count how many times the ball in back swings back and forth in the same time (though it's much harder to keep your eye on the ball in back!).

** Why are they not perfect at the end? ** 
This large frame is built from wood and is outdoors, which means it expands, contracts, and flexes. Because the position of the frame changes, the cycle lengths are not perfectly aligned. Over time, the minor differences become more pronounced.

** Where is this? ** 
This was built on private property in the mountains of North Carolina (United States), near Burnsville. It is not open to the public.

** Can I get a copy of this video to use in my classroom? ** 
I have uploaded a higher-quality video to YouTube: Pendulum Wave Demonstration
You are encouraged to use this video for educational purposes! If you are sharing online, please provide a link back to this video or the YouTube video. This video is licensed CC BY-SA: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/

** How can I make my own? Where can I learn more? ** 
Here are some links to information about the physics behind this demonstration. There are some small scale versions of this demonstration that can be purchased commercially as well, but if you want a 20’ version like this, you’ll have to make your own! I didn't make this and I don’t have plans for it, but work through the physics at these links and design your own – you’ll learn a lot about physics, math, and construction!
-- http://www.arborsci.com/cool/pendulum-wave-seems-like-magic-but-its-physics
-- http://io9.com/5825639/a-simple-physics-demonstration-that-shows-why-science-still-sometimes-seems-like-magic
-- http://sciencedemonstrations.fas.harvard.edu/icb/icb.do?keyword=k16940&pageid=icb.page80863&pageContentId=icb.pagecontent341734&state=maximize&view=view.do&viewParam_name=indepth.html#a_icb_pagecontent341734
-- http://scitation.aip.org/content/aapt/journal/ajp/69/7/10.1119/1.1349543?ver=pdfcov___Bowling Ball Ballet

I love when my days start and end with science, especially when there some art mixed in with the science.

This post from +Mindy Weisberger meets all those criteria. It is simply mesmerizing to watch the changes in the balls' patterns of movements and perceptual grouping, all falling out of basic principles of physics (with a bit of perception thrown in on the grouping side)

Couldn't agree more with the spectators: Ooooh!! Aaaah!!

#ScienceSunday


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2014-09-08 00:47:36 (6 comments, 10 reshares, 39 +1s) 

Perceiving Pointillism

Thanks to my +ScienceSunday co conspirator curator +Rajini Rao for an excellent post on the intersection of Art and Science. 

As a vision scientist, I especially appreciate when people can describe the sorts of phenomena we study in such a clear and compelling way.

For another, more modern, take on pointillism, check out:

Ova-pointillism (images made from Easter eggs): http://goo.gl/KfkUZ3

and Rubik's-pointillism (images made from Rubik's cubes!) http://goo.gl/QPSW7

#ScienceSunday  
http://goo.gl/KfkUZ3

The Art of Seurat: Science and Pointillism

After winding through the bucolic Dutch countryside, two bus loads of scientists were disgorged at the Kröller-Müller Art Museum in Otterlo, hoping for a dose of culture to leaven our week-long immersion in research (on ATP-driven pumps; http://p-atpases.org/). To our delight, the museum was hosting the work of Georges Seurat, the master of pointillism. Fittingly, Seurat once said, Some say they see poetry in my paintings; I see only science. 

What's the Point?: In contrast to traditional methods that mix pigments, pointillism is a technique where dots of pure color are applied, allowing the eye and the mind to blend the colors to give a richer and brighter effect. Although the term was first used to ridicule the technique, pointillism (also called divisionalism) gained credibility by the end of the 19th century, giving rise to neo-impressionism, cubism and modern art, and influencing other artists like van Gogh and Matisse.  Seurat's most famous work showcasing pointillism is A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte – 1884 (http://goo.gl/WXcS48). Estimated to be made up of ~3.5 million dots, it took nearly 2 years to complete!

 A closer look reveals individual dots of blue, green, yellow and even red in the water, which give the impression of changing, shimmering color as the viewer moves towards the canvas. Our brains blend the dots into a color that is not actually there.  When pigments are mixed, they absorb light. By avoiding mixing, there is no subtractive effect and colors appear brighter. The white canvas between dots enhances this effect. 

The inner rings in the animated circles a and b appear to be different colors: pink or orange. But it's just an illusion - revealed when the surrounding circles are stripped away. Notice also that the color surrounding the inner circles in a and c, or b and d, is the same, but the frequency of concentric rings is different, altering our color perception.

Points to Pixels: Never could Seurat have guessed that the principles behind pointillism would be so widely used in modern technology- computer and television screens light up individual pixels colored in RGB (red, green, blue) and printers deposit CMYK (cyan, magenta, yellow, and Key or black) dyes. We are all pointillists now!

Slide show pdf on Seurat: http://goo.gl/jSTsBA
  
Watch: Seurat. Master of pointillism, Kröller-Müller Museum. A must see!

For a related post, see, Was Matisse a Neuroscientist? http://goo.gl/0QHeeI . 

#ScienceSunday    ___Perceiving Pointillism

Thanks to my +ScienceSunday co conspirator curator +Rajini Rao for an excellent post on the intersection of Art and Science. 

As a vision scientist, I especially appreciate when people can describe the sorts of phenomena we study in such a clear and compelling way.

For another, more modern, take on pointillism, check out:

Ova-pointillism (images made from Easter eggs): http://goo.gl/KfkUZ3

and Rubik's-pointillism (images made from Rubik's cubes!) http://goo.gl/QPSW7

#ScienceSunday  
http://goo.gl/KfkUZ3

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2014-09-07 11:25:38 (10 comments, 4 reshares, 59 +1s) 

Stunning Science

A stunning shot of Cassin's Finch by +Carissa Braun

In her blog post, she notes:

Cassin's finch is a small rosy-tinged songbird found within the mountains of western North America. Though similar in appearance to house finches and purple finches, Cassin's finch is larger with whiter bellies, peaked head shape, and thick, straight-edged bill. Their range and environment also differ with Cassin's finch prefering conifer forests. They are semicolonial with nests sometimes built within close proximity to each other, but often it is only tolerated if nesting time is far enough apart. While their diet is mostly of seeds, insects and fruit are also consumed. They are categorized as a Near Threatened species, but the factors leading to population decline have not yet been identified.

#ScienceSunday   via +ScienceSunday

Cassin's Finch, Haemorhous cassinii
http://nature-braun.blogspot.com/2014/09/cassins-finch.html

Cassin's finch is a small, rosy-tinged songbird found within the mountains of western North America. Their diet is composed mostly of seeds, but also the occasional insect or fruit. The IUCN has listed them as a Near Threatened species based on birding surveys, but the factors contributing to their population decline are not yet well studied. [More information at link above!]___Stunning Science

A stunning shot of Cassin's Finch by +Carissa Braun

In her blog post, she notes:

Cassin's finch is a small rosy-tinged songbird found within the mountains of western North America. Though similar in appearance to house finches and purple finches, Cassin's finch is larger with whiter bellies, peaked head shape, and thick, straight-edged bill. Their range and environment also differ with Cassin's finch prefering conifer forests. They are semicolonial with nests sometimes built within close proximity to each other, but often it is only tolerated if nesting time is far enough apart. While their diet is mostly of seeds, insects and fruit are also consumed. They are categorized as a Near Threatened species, but the factors leading to population decline have not yet been identified.

#ScienceSunday   via +ScienceSunday

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2014-09-07 06:47:18 (28 comments, 20 reshares, 92 +1s) 

But what if you're attacked by mimes??

Although it doesn't quite fit for #SciencePunday , it certainly fits for #SundayPunday  :)

via +Maya Posch 

LOL.....Wait I do this with #everybody when attacked!___But what if you're attacked by mimes??

Although it doesn't quite fit for #SciencePunday , it certainly fits for #SundayPunday  :)

via +Maya Posch 

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2014-09-07 06:44:24 (6 comments, 5 reshares, 15 +1s) 

Redefining Our Place in the Cosmic Web

This has to be one of the coolest videos I've seen in a long time. And there is some pretty cool science behind it as well!

#ScienceSunday  

Where are We in the Cosmic Web?
Redefining our place in space within supercluster Laniakea

The +Nature Publishing Group created an amazing video, highlighting the work of researchers from the University of Hawaii, showing that the Milky Way is part of a much larger cluster of galaxies, in what's termed a supercluster. They've named the supercluster Laniakea, which is Hawaiian for immeasurable heaven.  

It's a sort of ironic name, though, since this groundbreaking (spacebreaking?) work is the first time researchers have been able to measure space in a way that shows how the various superclusters divide up, effectively redrawing the boundaries of space and redefining our place in the Cosmic Web.

The video contains some really amazing images and animations, and provides an incredibly clear and concise explanation of the work, so do check it out (it's just a few minutes long, but they make the most of every minute). 

You can read more in Nature News: http://goo.gl/cvao2F , a Nature Editorial: http://goo.gl/pNlVkM , or check out the original article here (behind a paywall): http://goo.gl/Tyst1o

From the article's abstract:

Galaxies congregate in clusters and along filaments, and are missing from large regions referred to as voids. These structures are seen in maps derived from spectroscopic surveys1, 2 that reveal networks of structure that are interconnected with no clear boundaries. Extended regions with a high concentration of galaxies are called ‘superclusters’, although this term is not precise. There is, however, another way to analyse the structure. If the distance to each galaxy from Earth is directly measured, then the peculiar velocity can be derived from the subtraction of the mean cosmic expansion, the product of distance times the Hubble constant, from observed velocity. The peculiar velocity is the line-of-sight departure from the cosmic expansion and arises from gravitational perturbations; a map of peculiar velocities can be translated into a map of the distribution of matter3. Here we report a map of structure made using a catalogue of peculiar velocities. We find locations where peculiar velocity flows diverge, as water does at watershed divides, and we trace the surface of divergent points that surrounds us. Within the volume enclosed by this surface, the motions of galaxies are inward after removal of the mean cosmic expansion and long range flows. We define a supercluster to be the volume within such a surface, and so we are defining the extent of our home supercluster, which we call Laniakea. 

via +E.E. Giorgi on Twitter (@SciSunday)

#ScienceSunday   #scisunABS  ___Redefining Our Place in the Cosmic Web

This has to be one of the coolest videos I've seen in a long time. And there is some pretty cool science behind it as well!

#ScienceSunday  

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2014-09-07 06:43:12 (4 comments, 11 reshares, 43 +1s) 

ScienceSunday is SciencePunday

Kicking the day off right with a little science humour.

Check out the +ScienceSunday page for the latest science stories, images, videos, and even a few puns...

Be sure to tag us in with #ScienceSunday  so we can find and share posts, and you can also follow us on twitter:@SciSunday

#ScienceSunday  

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#SciencePunday   #ScienceSunday   #scisunABS  ___ScienceSunday is SciencePunday

Kicking the day off right with a little science humour.

Check out the +ScienceSunday page for the latest science stories, images, videos, and even a few puns...

Be sure to tag us in with #ScienceSunday  so we can find and share posts, and you can also follow us on twitter:@SciSunday

#ScienceSunday  

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2014-09-05 02:03:57 (5 comments, 3 reshares, 32 +1s) 

Women (and Girls) in Science

My +ScienceSunday co-curators, +Rajini Rao and +Buddhini Samarasinghe, along with Buddhini's HOA co-host, sociologist +Zuleyka Zevallos, have a great blog at nature.com on why there is a gender GAO in STEM fields, and what we can do to bridge the gap.

#ScienceEveryday when it's not #ScienceSunday

Nature vs. Nurture: Girls and STEM

Why is there a gender gap in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)? You may have heard the arguments that girls find science “boring,” that their brains are "wired differently", and that attempts to bridge the gender divide “deny human biology and nature”. Attributing the gender gap to biology misses the obvious contribution of societal and institutional biases. Co-authored by +Buddhini Samarasinghe, +Zuleyka Zevallos and me, our article in +nature.com blogs explains how stereotype threats, lack of role models, social conditioning, unconscious bias and institutional practices create an environment where girls feel unwelcome and insecure in STEM fields. We advocate active intervention and go on to discuss effective strategies and practical ways, both simple and sophisticated, to solve the problem. 

Why should we care if girls remain underrepresented in STEM? Apart from basic fairness, if we want our best and brightest working on innovative ideas and creative solutions, it makes little sense to potentially abandon half the population. We already face many hurdles; lack of funding, lack of jobs, and pushback from science denialists backed by populist politics. We need all hands on deck to forge ahead.

We must look to nurture, not nature, for change.

Read more: 
http://blogs.nature.com/soapboxscience/2014/09/04/nature-vs-nurture-girls-and-stem

#ScienceEveryday   #stemwomen  ___Women (and Girls) in Science

My +ScienceSunday co-curators, +Rajini Rao and +Buddhini Samarasinghe, along with Buddhini's HOA co-host, sociologist +Zuleyka Zevallos, have a great blog at nature.com on why there is a gender GAO in STEM fields, and what we can do to bridge the gap.

#ScienceEveryday when it's not #ScienceSunday

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2014-09-05 01:53:53 (7 comments, 7 reshares, 21 +1s) 

Rapping the Kreb's Cycle
"This is frigging awesoooooome!"

Just in time for the new school year! Biochemistry students looking for a way to learn about the Kreb's (TCA) cycle, have a great mnemonic tool - and a catchy one at that.

Wilson Lam, as a University of Ottawa undergrad, wrote this song as part of a contest in his 3rd year biochem class. He threw in a bit of glycolysis just to spice it up ;)

Lam's lyrics, which he wrote in just a day, since he never expected it to go as viral as it did, are so catchy that I have to put a serious ear worm warning on this one.... Full lyrics are below.

If you'd prefer a less catchy, but also informative Kreb's song, check out Mr. W's song, via the sciencemusicvideos channel: Krebs! (Mr. W's Krebs Cycle Song)

h/t to +Lynn Kimlicka for brining the Kreb's Rap to my attention... more »

Very catchy science music video from University of Ottawa! TCA Cycle Rap. It's a great way to turn difficult (and sometimes seemingly "dry") subject areas into entertaining and memorable knowledge. I'm so impressed that students are encouraged to do this in the class.___Rapping the Kreb's Cycle
"This is frigging awesoooooome!"

Just in time for the new school year! Biochemistry students looking for a way to learn about the Kreb's (TCA) cycle, have a great mnemonic tool - and a catchy one at that.

Wilson Lam, as a University of Ottawa undergrad, wrote this song as part of a contest in his 3rd year biochem class. He threw in a bit of glycolysis just to spice it up ;)

Lam's lyrics, which he wrote in just a day, since he never expected it to go as viral as it did, are so catchy that I have to put a serious ear worm warning on this one.... Full lyrics are below.

If you'd prefer a less catchy, but also informative Kreb's song, check out Mr. W's song, via the sciencemusicvideos channel: Krebs! (Mr. W's Krebs Cycle Song)

h/t to +Lynn Kimlicka for brining the Kreb's Rap to my attention

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Complete Lyrics (from Lam's post on YouTube, January, 2013):

[Hook]
I'm gonna pop some carbs
Only got a lil' glucose in my pathway
I - I - I'm lazy, lookin' for some CoA
This is frigging awesome

[Verse 1]
Now I got some glucose; hell yeah, I'm in that prep phase
I'm so pumped; doin' work with hexokinase
Glucose to the glucose with a number six phosphate
PGI to that fructose 6-phosphate (dayum)
ATP, ADP, phosphofructokinase E,
1,6-bis, FBP, adolase, two GAP;
GAPDH with some PGK & PGM,
3-P to the 2-Phosphoglycerate, and then
(Enolaaaaaaaassseeee)
PEP to Pyruvate! (glycolysis)

[Verse 2]
FAD, NAD bout to go and grab some hydroG
Pumpin' out all those substrates for some work yeah that's that energy
shuttlin' through that mito-C like nobody's business
what you know about oxidation? biz-NITCH
I'mma do it TCA, I'mma do it TCA
No for real - movin' on - can I have some A-CoA? (thank-you)
Citrate synthase from that CoA to that citrate
Aconitase, step two; isocitrate
I had some NAD+ (plus), I used some NAD+ (plus)
I made some NADH (Hhhhhhhh), and alpha-ketogluterate (oh snap)
dehydrogenase complex, plus some CoA
CO2, NADH out; succinyl CoA
then I take that GDP, add a P (GTP), hold on wait
CoAs gone, people be like "Aw, he got the succinate"

[Hook x2]

[Verse 3]
What you know about intermediary metabolism? (not much)
What you knowin' about what's goin' on in your skin? (uhhhhh)
I'm diggin, I'm diggin, I'm lookin' for some FAD
Step 6, succinate dehydrogenase, that's the key (zing)
Movin' on, reducin' that FAD up to FADH2
fumarate, fumarase that's the enzyme now go shift your gaze
to malate (okay); step 8, malate dehydrogenase
finish off; NADH, oxaloacetate (ahhhhh)

[Hook x2]

[Bridge x2]
That's how Kreb's cycle goes
If you didn't doze now you know
This is how TCA flows
BCH actually doesn't blow

[Hook]

(alpha-ketogluteraaaaaaaaaate)

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#ScienceEveryday when it's not #ScienceSunday

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2014-09-01 07:31:45 (28 comments, 3 reshares, 53 +1s) 

Young Frankenstein

I had to share +Sean Cowen's post about Young Frankenstein. I was about 9 when I first saw it, and it has been following me around ever since. One of my all time favorite films, with so many great quotes.

Hump? What hump?

Young Frankenstein

Young Frankenstein is a 1974 American comedy film directed by Mel Brooks and starring Gene Wilder as the title character, a descendant of the infamous Dr. Victor Frankenstein. The supporting cast includes Teri Garr, Cloris Leachman, Marty Feldman, Peter Boyle, Madeline Kahn, Kenneth Mars, Richard Haydn and Gene Hackman.

The screenplay was written by Wilder and Brooks. You've got to watch this film if you've never seen it!

YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN trailer

Give us your BEST MOVIE QUOTES from the film!

#youngfrankenstein   #melbrooks   #genewilder   #comedy  ___Young Frankenstein

I had to share +Sean Cowen's post about Young Frankenstein. I was about 9 when I first saw it, and it has been following me around ever since. One of my all time favorite films, with so many great quotes.

Hump? What hump?

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2014-08-31 00:10:51 (18 comments, 12 reshares, 45 +1s) 

Music and the Mind

+Sonya Lira popped this back into my stream just in time for #sciencesunday, so I that I'd reshape for those who didn't see it before given that this group has some more great news!! Their amazing LIVE (Large Interactive Virtual Environment) Lab is finished and the official launch is just weeks away!

The space includes a 100 person auditorium in which musicians, actors, dancers all can be wired up to EEG systems to understand how they interact with each other and with the audience - about 30 of whom also can be wired up with EEG and a range of other biological monitoring systems (heart rate, skin conductance, temperature, etc.).

The auditorium is called a virtual environment because any sounds that are played on stage are instantly processed and replayed via speakers so that the acoustics of the room can sound like any auditory environment: Carnegie... more »

Music and the Mind: Boosting Babies Brains

Kudos to my +McMaster University Laurel Trainor, whose group has long been investigating the effects of music on the mind, in babies and beyond. The baby below is wearing an electroencephalography (EEG) cap, like the kind we use in my lab but much tinier!, to measure the electrical responses of the brain to different types of stimuli. One advantage of this type of measure over other brain imaging techniques, like fMRI, is that it enables researchers to determine what's happening in the brain on a really fine temporal scale (although the spatial scale won't be as good as in fMRI - there are always tradeoffs). It's also easier to use EEG with babies because they don't have to stay perfectly still while being tested - and anyone who's been around babies knows that could be a challenge.

In Laurel's most recent study (funded by the Grammy Foundation, CIHR, and NSERC), infants took parts in weekly music enrichment sessions for 6 months, starting when they were 6 months old. One group - the interactive group - sang, moved, and played instruments (shakers, drums, etc.). The other group - the passive group - listened to classical music while playing with random toys. 

At the end of 6 months, the interactive music group showed greater preference for Western musical structure and earlier brain responses to piano tones than the passive music group. Parents also reported more positive social interactions with the interactive group.

Trainor says, "in the first year after birth, infants learn a lot about music, and the particular musical experiences they have may affect their development in a number of ways. Passively listening to music does not have the same effect as actively listening."

It's too early to tell how long these sorts of differences last, or whether they will be significant over the long term for children's development, but parents and kids certainly can have a lot of fun with music regardless ;)

You can read the full article, in the Annals of the NY Academy of Sciences, here: http://goo.gl/WYPCL

and one of several recent news reports, this one in the Wall Street Journal, here: http://goo.gl/EI9YJ


#ScienceSunday

photo by Elaine Whiskin, McMaster University___Music and the Mind

+Sonya Lira popped this back into my stream just in time for #sciencesunday, so I that I'd reshape for those who didn't see it before given that this group has some more great news!! Their amazing LIVE (Large Interactive Virtual Environment) Lab is finished and the official launch is just weeks away!

The space includes a 100 person auditorium in which musicians, actors, dancers all can be wired up to EEG systems to understand how they interact with each other and with the audience - about 30 of whom also can be wired up with EEG and a range of other biological monitoring systems (heart rate, skin conductance, temperature, etc.).

The auditorium is called a virtual environment because any sounds that are played on stage are instantly processed and replayed via speakers so that the acoustics of the room can sound like any auditory environment: Carnegie Hall, a subway station, a wide open field, etc. And as if that weren't enough, the space also includes a disklavier piano - which can record the precise finger movements of a pianist and play a song back exactly as he or she played, and can even be played remotely from another city around the world - and a studio-wide motion capture system to determine how musicians and others move in relation to music.

You can get more information about the lab here: http://livelab.mcmaster.ca

The sky's the limit on what researchers can test in the space, but they are hoping to rest some commercial products (including a smart hearing aid that was developed by the group); to study musical training (related to the study discussed below); to better understand how audiences influence musicians, actors, and dancers; to examine the role of music in a range of health issues; to explore the impact of different types of lecture styles and approaches on student learning and engagement, and just to shed more light on music and the mind.

If anyone is ever in the Hamilton area and wants a tour, just let me know.

#ScienceSunday

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2014-08-30 01:17:34 (17 comments, 4 reshares, 51 +1s) 

Burger King's New Tagline...

In keeping with the Canadian tendency to be as polite as possible and then some, the Burger King + Tim Horton's merger will lead to some changes in the typical BK greeting.

h/t +Robert Sekuler via +The New Yorker 

Burger King's New Tagline...

In keeping with the Canadian tendency to be as polite as possible and then some, the Burger King + Tim Horton's merger will lead to some changes in the typical BK greeting.

h/t +Robert Sekuler via +The New Yorker ___

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2014-08-24 02:28:20 (29 comments, 9 reshares, 71 +1s) 

Tour the TARDIS
"You’ve redecorated….”

More on the new interior via +Radio Times: http://goo.gl/LML9cN

Courtesy of +Google Maps

#GoogleMaps does not endorse unauthorized use of the TARDIS, but even if you're not Doctor Who you can still explore it with #StreetView. Just head for the police box. goo.gl/Oz4yZL___Tour the TARDIS
"You’ve redecorated….”

More on the new interior via +Radio Times: http://goo.gl/LML9cN

Courtesy of +Google Maps

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2014-08-23 07:24:14 (15 comments, 9 reshares, 44 +1s) 

Free iPhone 5 Battery Replacements
It's not you, it's me...

After what seems like forever of my family mocking me for having my phone die suddenly at the most inopportune moments (missing what could have been some prize-winning photo scavenger hunt shots along the way - so many shots missed at a carnival last year!!, or mysteriously turning off right at the end of a run - with 30% or more left on the battery indicator - so I can't track my distance and times correctly...), Apple has acknowledged a faulty battery in some of the early iPhone 5 models.

You can check if you have one of the defective models at this site:

http://goo.gl/QSLSuu

Just enter your serial number and it will let you know if you qualify for a new replacement battery. I do!!

Hopefully, once it's replaced my husband and kids, who have among them a 4,... more »

Free iPhone 5 Battery Replacements
It's not you, it's me...

After what seems like forever of my family mocking me for having my phone die suddenly at the most inopportune moments (missing what could have been some prize-winning photo scavenger hunt shots along the way - so many shots missed at a carnival last year!!, or mysteriously turning off right at the end of a run - with 30% or more left on the battery indicator - so I can't track my distance and times correctly...), Apple has acknowledged a faulty battery in some of the early iPhone 5 models.

You can check if you have one of the defective models at this site:

http://goo.gl/QSLSuu

Just enter your serial number and it will let you know if you qualify for a new replacement battery. I do!!

Hopefully, once it's replaced my husband and kids, who have among them a 4, a 4s, and a 5s - all of which now outlast my 5 in battery life - will stop mocking me. At least about my phone...

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Photo credit: http://iphonefreakz.com/2012/09/21/iphone-5-teardown-ifixit/

ps: No anti-Apple tirades needed here, folks. Phones are like religion: You're never going to convince me, an Applephile, to get an Android phone, even if I'm also a Googlephile. To all the folks who might try to convert me, I'll just say now that I'll agree to disagree: Different strokes phones for different folks.
___

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2014-08-21 16:02:00 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s) 

Moniker Madness
Who has the best name in baseball's minor leagues?

It's my favourite time of year: Moniker Madness time! The MiLB holds an annual competition for the best name in the minors, and we get to vote.

Winners from previous years:

2007 Houston Summers
2008 Will Startup (not sure if he's from Silicon Valley...)
2009 Dusty Napoleon
2010 Rowdy Hardy
2011 Seth Schwindenhammer (my favourite that year, as he's from my adopted MiLB team: the +Lowell Spinners )
2012 Rock Shoulders
2013 Sicnarf Loopstok

None of those is made up. Really. 

Who will take the prize this year? Contestants include none other than Joan Baez and Burt Reynolds. Really. Make your vote(s) count! and, parents, if you're thinking that you might want yourk... more »

Moniker Madness
Who has the best name in baseball's minor leagues?

It's my favourite time of year: Moniker Madness time! The MiLB holds an annual competition for the best name in the minors, and we get to vote.

Winners from previous years:

2007 Houston Summers
2008 Will Startup (not sure if he's from Silicon Valley...)
2009 Dusty Napoleon
2010 Rowdy Hardy
2011 Seth Schwindenhammer (my favourite that year, as he's from my adopted MiLB team: the +Lowell Spinners )
2012 Rock Shoulders
2013 Sicnarf Loopstok

None of those is made up. Really. 

Who will take the prize this year? Contestants include none other than Joan Baez and Burt Reynolds. Really. Make your vote(s) count! and, parents, if you're thinking that you might want your kids to play baseball someday, choose their names wisely...___

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2014-08-21 15:34:28 (16 comments, 11 reshares, 62 +1s) 

Candied Bacon Heaven

Trying to figure out what to do for lunch, but it's hard to beat yesterday's amazing candied bacon at Chuck's Burger Bar....

http://chucksburgerbar.com #HamOnt 

Candied Bacon Heaven

Trying to figure out what to do for lunch, but it's hard to beat yesterday's amazing candied bacon at Chuck's Burger Bar....

http://chucksburgerbar.com #HamOnt ___

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2014-08-21 03:36:41 (3 comments, 2 reshares, 9 +1s) 

Santa Clara Selifies
How the cloud can catch criminals

Police are looking for these people in connection to a burglary, and selfies taken on a stolen phone.... Apparently the thieves didn't disable synching. It's not clear if the pictures are of the burglars themselves, or just people who happened to have the phone a few days later. But police are hoping they can ID the people to solve the crime.

Who knew that the cloud could help catch criminals??

If you know who these folks are, you can see who to contact in the attached post.

Please share the post around to help #SCV detectives solve the case. 

And remember to install a little thing called: Find My iPhone - if that had been on, it would be easy to find the phone...

Santa Clara Selifies
How the cloud can catch criminals

Police are looking for these people in connection to a burglary, and selfies taken on a stolen phone.... Apparently the thieves didn't disable synching. It's not clear if the pictures are of the burglars themselves, or just people who happened to have the phone a few days later. But police are hoping they can ID the people to solve the crime.

Who knew that the cloud could help catch criminals??

If you know who these folks are, you can see who to contact in the attached post.

Please share the post around to help #SCV detectives solve the case. 

And remember to install a little thing called: Find My iPhone - if that had been on, it would be easy to find the phone...___

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2014-08-20 04:26:11 (7 comments, 4 reshares, 45 +1s) 

You want to be a writer, don't know how or when?
Find a quiet place, use a humble pen.
~Paul Simon

I am really excited that our dream of creating a quiet space for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to sit and think, and read, and write has become a reality. And in case folks don't have enough to read, we've now got it stocked with resources for writing and more. I just hope that the book on procrastination is how to avoid procrastination as opposed to how to procrastinate...

Plus the space is gorgeous!

We have big oak tables (with amazingly comfortable chairs) where people can spread out their papers, computers, etc. Another section with overstuffed chairs to curl up with a good book. And another area for people who prefer to work standing up or on a stool, gazing out the window onto the beautiful courtyard below. We'll be having an... more »

Look what arrived in the Grad & Postdoc Study Space today! Resources for writing and more. Mill's Library, 4th Fl (L405)

Want to know more about this space? Check it out » http://goo.gl/qlktZG___You want to be a writer, don't know how or when?
Find a quiet place, use a humble pen.
~Paul Simon

I am really excited that our dream of creating a quiet space for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to sit and think, and read, and write has become a reality. And in case folks don't have enough to read, we've now got it stocked with resources for writing and more. I just hope that the book on procrastination is how to avoid procrastination as opposed to how to procrastinate...

Plus the space is gorgeous!

We have big oak tables (with amazingly comfortable chairs) where people can spread out their papers, computers, etc. Another section with overstuffed chairs to curl up with a good book. And another area for people who prefer to work standing up or on a stool, gazing out the window onto the beautiful courtyard below. We'll be having an opening celebration in a few weeks, but people can use it now.

The space is reserved just for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, so you need a special access card to get in. If anyone is visiting campus and wants to see the space, just let me know - or you can just peek in the window, but then you don't get to see how comfortable the chairs really are :)

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2014-08-17 21:08:01 (5 comments, 4 reshares, 34 +1s) 

Women in Science Hangout

Coming up at 5:30 pm ET

#ScienceSunday

Stereotypes of Women & Minorities in STEM
Join us later today as we speak to social neuroscientist Professor Chad Forbes, who will explain how stereotype threat impacts women and minorities in STEM. Stereotype threat describes how negative ideas about minorities can affect their ability to succeed in science. Negative experiences at school, narrow media images of scientists, lack of role models and other experiences of exclusion can impact on young people's performance and interest in STEM.

Stereotype threat can be triggered by repeating the idea that girls don't usually do well in maths tests; or alternatively that Black people typically don't do well in science. In experiments, students who are reminded of their minority status just before sitting a test tend to do poorly, whereas kids who are not reminded tend to do as well as White boys.

Stereotype threat has a cumulative effect, beginning from the age of five, when young children are told that girls and boys should have different interests and that people of colour have different skills to White people. As these ideas continue throughout schooling, stereotype threat has been shown to prevent women and minorities from pursuing STEM professions. It can contribute to the "leaky pipeline," as individuals feel at risk of confirming stereotypes and they fear doing badly in STEM due to the stigma of being a minority. When women and minorities face educational or professional difficulties they have been conditioned to consider whether their gender or race is incompatible with their pursuit of STEM. This can lead to some people dropping out of STEM courses.

Chad will speak with us about how stereotype threat works in a day-to-day sense, as well as exploring the unconscious biases that people in STEM have, which can contribute to women and minorities feeling unwelcome. Chad will talk about how attention and memory are affected by negative stereotypes, as well as how genetic predispositions, cognitive processes and neurophysiological issues play a role in internalising stereotype threat. He'll tell us about his research exploring how and why such biases are created in the first place. We'll address how we can all tackle stereotype threat to improve diversity in STEM.

Join us live on Sunday 2.30 PM Pacific/ 10.30 PM UK / Monday 7.30 AM AUS.

You can read more about Chad's research on our Event page and pose questions head of time! http://goo.gl/7S7lr7 

And if you're not able to get to a computer at that time, you can catch up later on our YouTube channel. Be sure to subscribe to get updates as soon as our videos are uploaded! http://goo.gl/4E6LV0

#stemwomen   #stereotypes   #stereotypethreat   #chadforbes   #neuroscience   #psychology   #socialscience   #stem   #womeninstem   #blackandstem   #minorities   #diversityinstem   #hoa   #hangoutsonair   #science   #women   #latinosinhighered   #stemeducation   #peopleofcolor   #woc  ___Women in Science Hangout

Coming up at 5:30 pm ET

#ScienceSunday

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2014-08-17 11:20:37 (8 comments, 10 reshares, 58 +1s) 

Inky Science

I'm fascinated by tattoos, especially those that convey scientific information. So it was great to see Corina Marinescu's post on what makes tattoos permanent.

Some of my favourite science tattoos:

Neural net: (Body) art meets science http://goo.gl/JJfv1

The best place to sit in a math exam http://goo.gl/CAsre

And a bunch more from +ScienceSunday's share of the post:

Sonic Hedgehog (the protein, not the character...) via +Quinndell Blackwell
http://goo.gl/vLGDkz

A peek beneath the labcoat via +Buddhini Samarasinghe
http://goo.gl/DfLK5q

A LOVEly tattoo via +Ana Luiza Freitas http://goo.gl/7B8c8

Electronic tattoos via +Ed Yong
http://goo.gl/cTgBz

and, of course, you should visit +Carl Zimmer's Science Tattoo Emporium :... more »

What makes tattoos permanent?
A tattoo machine causes a wound that alerts the body to begin the inflammatory process, calling immune system cells to the wound site to begin repairing the skin. It is this very process that makes tattoos permanent.

The earliest recorded tattoo was found on a Peruvian mummy in 6,000 BC. That’s some old ink! And considering humans lose roughly 40,000 skin cells per hour, how do these markings last? Claudia Aguirre details the different methods, machines and macrophages that go into making tattoos stand the test of time.

Watch:
http://ed.ted.com/lessons/what-makes-tattoos-permanent-claudia-Aguirre
Animation by TOGETHER

#tattoos   #physiology  ___Inky Science

I'm fascinated by tattoos, especially those that convey scientific information. So it was great to see Corina Marinescu's post on what makes tattoos permanent.

Some of my favourite science tattoos:

Neural net: (Body) art meets science http://goo.gl/JJfv1

The best place to sit in a math exam http://goo.gl/CAsre

And a bunch more from +ScienceSunday's share of the post:

Sonic Hedgehog (the protein, not the character...) via +Quinndell Blackwell
http://goo.gl/vLGDkz

A peek beneath the labcoat via +Buddhini Samarasinghe
http://goo.gl/DfLK5q

A LOVEly tattoo via +Ana Luiza Freitas http://goo.gl/7B8c8

Electronic tattoos via +Ed Yong
http://goo.gl/cTgBz

and, of course, you should visit +Carl Zimmer's Science Tattoo Emporium : http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/loom/science-tattoo-emporium/

via +Eve A and +ScienceSun +Eve A Scien +ScienceSunday

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2014-08-14 03:20:50 (24 comments, 14 reshares, 133 +1s) 

Warning: Dihydrogen monoxide spill

Today's science laugh via +Rich Pollett


Chemistry Department with a Dry Sense of Humor___Warning: Dihydrogen monoxide spill

Today's science laugh via +Rich Pollett

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2014-08-13 22:38:09 (7 comments, 4 reshares, 82 +1s) 

Odonata Love

Having shot some of these critters before, I know how hard it is to get a great shot of one, never mind four...

Then again, +stefano genuardi had the advantage that these guys/gals were a bit pre-occupied during the photo shoot ;)

Amazing colours, clarity, and composition. A fitting #PhotoShareOfTheDay

2 of hearts___Odonata Love

Having shot some of these critters before, I know how hard it is to get a great shot of one, never mind four...

Then again, +stefano genuardi had the advantage that these guys/gals were a bit pre-occupied during the photo shoot ;)

Amazing colours, clarity, and composition. A fitting #PhotoShareOfTheDay

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2014-08-13 04:41:16 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 19 +1s) 

Bad Suns
Cardiac Arrest

A few folks have been plussing and commenting on a music video I shared a while back that my cousin, Zack Sekuler, directed with his partner, Daniel Iglesias Jr, for The Neighbourhood (Sweater Weather, Afraid). If you haven't seen those, check them out at the links below - great use of imagery and b&w.

This video, for the Bad Suns' song, Cardiac Arrest, takes a different approach, with a great use of colour and some beautiful bokeh.

Enjoy!

-----

For The Neighbourhood videos, check out

Sweater Weather in +Aaron Wood 's stream: http://goo.gl/9ueUso

and Afraid in mine:
http://goo.gl/UL31pG


Bad Suns
Cardiac Arrest

A few folks have been plussing and commenting on a music video I shared a while back that my cousin, Zack Sekuler, directed with his partner, Daniel Iglesias Jr, for The Neighbourhood (Sweater Weather, Afraid). If you haven't seen those, check them out at the links below - great use of imagery and b&w.

This video, for the Bad Suns' song, Cardiac Arrest, takes a different approach, with a great use of colour and some beautiful bokeh.

Enjoy!

-----

For The Neighbourhood videos, check out

Sweater Weather in +Aaron Wood 's stream: http://goo.gl/9ueUso

and Afraid in mine:
http://goo.gl/UL31pG
___

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2014-08-13 03:33:38 (10 comments, 5 reshares, 41 +1s) 

Do You Follow Schrödinger?
Our cat may or may not...

So many great posts at +ScienceSunday, but this one struck a chord with me a) because I just really like Schrödinger's cat posts (for example, this Schrödinger's cat executive decision maker is going on my wish list: http://goo.gl/YARiqA), and b) because it's always good to have a laugh.

Check out the +ScienceSunday page (even if it's not Sunday) for more great science stories, and eve the occasional science joke ;). You can also follow along on twitter @SciSunday

h/t +Rich Pollett for the O/P and +Dean Lovett for the cat joke

___Do You Follow Schrödinger?
Our cat may or may not...

So many great posts at +ScienceSunday, but this one struck a chord with me a) because I just really like Schrödinger's cat posts (for example, this Schrödinger's cat executive decision maker is going on my wish list: http://goo.gl/YARiqA), and b) because it's always good to have a laugh.

Check out the +ScienceSunday page (even if it's not Sunday) for more great science stories, and eve the occasional science joke ;). You can also follow along on twitter @SciSunday

h/t +Rich Pollett for the O/P and +Dean Lovett for the cat joke

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2014-08-13 03:29:17 (3 comments, 5 reshares, 35 +1s) 

First Female Fields!

Congratulations to +Stanford University professor Maryam Mirzakhani - first woman to win the Fields Medal since it was first awarded in 1936!

Here's to her continued success (she is only 37, after all), and to the success of all the women and girls she inspires to pursue the joy of mathematics.

Does this old math major's heart good ;)

via +ScienceSunday

First Female Fields!
Breaking the gender barrier in the "Nobel Prize of mathematics"

Congrats to Stanford's Maryam Mirzakhani: The first woman to win the International Medal for Outstanding Discoveries in Mathematics, commonly known as the Fields Medal, since the medal was first awarded in 1936.

Although Mirzakhani has won numerous awards in the past, the Fields Medal is often described as the Novel prize of mathematics, since Math doesn't have a Nobel category.

+Stanford University's press release notes that Mirzakhani was cited for her work in "geometry and dynamical systems, particularly in understanding the symmetry of curved surfaces, such as spheres, the surfaces of doughnuts and of hyperbolic objects. Although her work is considered 'pure mathematics' and is mostly theoretical, it has implications for physics and quantum field theory."

Of her recognition, Mirzakhani said, "I will be happy if it encourages young female scientists and mathematicians... I am sure there will be many more women winning this kind of award in coming years."

In an interview with +The Guardian, Mirzakhani describes her work this way:

Most problems I work on are related to geometric structures on surfaces and their deformations. In particular, I am interested in understanding hyperbolic surfaces. Sometimes properties of a fixed hyperbolic surface can be better understood by studying the moduli space that parameterises all hyperbolic structures on a given topological surface.

These moduli spaces have rich geometries themselves, and arise in natural and important ways in differential, hyperbolic, and algebraic geometry. There are also connections with theoretical physics, topology, and combinatorics. I find it fascinating that you can look at the same problem from different perspectives and approach it using different methods.


More at the link below from +Stanford University and great insights into Mirzakhani's background from +The Guardian interview here: http://goo.gl/a8kRC7

#ScienceEveryday when it's not #ScienceSunday
#scisunABS___First Female Fields!

Congratulations to +Stanford University professor Maryam Mirzakhani - first woman to win the Fields Medal since it was first awarded in 1936!

Here's to her continued success (she is only 37, after all), and to the success of all the women and girls she inspires to pursue the joy of mathematics.

Does this old math major's heart good ;)

via +ScienceSunday

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2014-08-11 18:00:21 (14 comments, 5 reshares, 43 +1s) 

Important Decisions Require Science
Schrödinger's Cat Executive Decision Maker: May or may not contain live cat...

Why stick to eenie meenie miney moe when you can have Schrödinger's cat make decisions for you?

Open the door and if the cat is alive, the answer yes. If the cat is dead, the answer is no.

You can even devise a decision tree to answer more complex questions like: Should I wear my Dr. Who shirt or my Tesla vs Edison shirt today? Should we play WoW or LoL? and, of course, Should we have tacos, burgers, or pizza for lunch?

Check our the decision making process in action here: http://goo.gl/6Fm7JI

via +ThinkGeek : http://goo.gl/2YP9OC

#ScienceEveryday when it's not #ScienceSunday

Important Decisions Require Science
Schrödinger's Cat Executive Decision Maker: May or may not contain live cat...

Why stick to eenie meenie miney moe when you can have Schrödinger's cat make decisions for you?

Open the door and if the cat is alive, the answer yes. If the cat is dead, the answer is no.

You can even devise a decision tree to answer more complex questions like: Should I wear my Dr. Who shirt or my Tesla vs Edison shirt today? Should we play WoW or LoL? and, of course, Should we have tacos, burgers, or pizza for lunch?

Check our the decision making process in action here: http://goo.gl/6Fm7JI

via +ThinkGeek : http://goo.gl/2YP9OC

#ScienceEveryday when it's not #ScienceSunday___

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2014-08-11 02:20:04 (8 comments, 14 reshares, 35 +1s) 

Whodunnit??
A fun test of your visual attention

I posted this way back in the early days of G+, and it just got popped back into my stream. Almost none of the folks who've circled me now would have seen the original post, so I had to share it again since

A) it is #ScienceSunday and
B) It is so cool!!!

Whodunnit? A visual awareness thriller

We've all seen +Daniel Simons' invisible gorilla now (if you haven't, check out his original demo here : http://goo.gl/Jvkq). But will that help you identify the 21 things that change in this short scene, and solve the crime along the way?

This was an incredibly clever promotion put together by Transport for London to highlight cycling safety. It also highlights how little of the world we really attend to, even when we are trying our hardest. You'll see the video twice. First try to see what's changing. Then you'll see what was going on outside the camera shots, and what actually did change. Watch at full screen if you can to get the best view.

h/t to Stephen Macknick, who showed this clip at the recent Optical Society of America Vision Science Meeting, in the "What our brains don't see" session.___Whodunnit??
A fun test of your visual attention

I posted this way back in the early days of G+, and it just got popped back into my stream. Almost none of the folks who've circled me now would have seen the original post, so I had to share it again since

A) it is #ScienceSunday and
B) It is so cool!!!

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2014-08-09 23:26:12 (20 comments, 40 reshares, 109 +1s) 

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Equations

via +Meg Tufano just in time for #ScienceSunday!!

If scientists had logos . . . ___A Picture is Worth a Thousand Equations

via +Meg Tufano just in time for #ScienceSunday!!

2014-08-09 22:09:16 (12 comments, 2 reshares, 18 +1s) 

Worried About Ebola?

Since Americans were flown back to the US infected with Ebola, many folks have been worried about the spread of the disease in North America. But fear not!

To learn more about what Ebola is, how it spreads and is treated, and why you probably shouldn't stay up all night worrying about a North American epidemic, tune in this Science on G+ HOA, co-hosted by my +ScienceSunday co-curator, +Buddhini Samarasinghe , and featuring expert insights from +Vincent Racaniello and +Tara C. Smith

Get the real science here! What better way to spend your #ScienceSunday??

Join us for a +Science on Google+  Hangout on Air as we speak to Professor +Vincent Racaniello and Dr +Tara C. Smith about the recent Ebola outbreak. We will discuss the basics of Ebola, why the epidemic has spread, how it might be curtailed, and debunk some of the myths surrounding this outbreak. Please leave your questions on the Event page.

Vincent is a professor of virology at the University of Columbia and is a fantastic science communicator. Tara is an epidemiologist at Kent State University who has written numerous articles debunking some of the myths surrounding Ebola. This HOA will be hosted by Dr +Buddhini Samarasinghe  and Dr +Zuleyka Zevallos. You can tune in on Sunday August 10th at 2.30 PM Pacific, 5.30 PM Eastern. The hangout will be available for viewing on our YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/ScienceHangouts) after the event.___Worried About Ebola?

Since Americans were flown back to the US infected with Ebola, many folks have been worried about the spread of the disease in North America. But fear not!

To learn more about what Ebola is, how it spreads and is treated, and why you probably shouldn't stay up all night worrying about a North American epidemic, tune in this Science on G+ HOA, co-hosted by my +ScienceSunday co-curator, +Buddhini Samarasinghe , and featuring expert insights from +Vincent Racaniello and +Tara C. Smith

Get the real science here! What better way to spend your #ScienceSunday??

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2014-08-04 05:09:52 (18 comments, 10 reshares, 76 +1s) 

Shcool Xing
Drivers please be aware of poor spellers

Love this updated street painting, which just appeared in Millbrae, CA over the weekend.

It is possible that it's not a typo though. Millbrae actually may have changed the spelling officially, as suggested by the location of this October 2013 college fair notice (check out the school/shcool hosting a fair on Oct 24 at 6:30 pm):
http://www.callutheran.edu/admission/undergraduate/on-the-road/index.php?state=CA

Photo from Sue McAllister (via FB)

Shcool Xing
Drivers please be aware of poor spellers

Love this updated street painting, which just appeared in Millbrae, CA over the weekend.

It is possible that it's not a typo though. Millbrae actually may have changed the spelling officially, as suggested by the location of this October 2013 college fair notice (check out the school/shcool hosting a fair on Oct 24 at 6:30 pm):
http://www.callutheran.edu/admission/undergraduate/on-the-road/index.php?state=CA

Photo from Sue McAllister (via FB)___

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2014-08-03 15:29:17 (31 comments, 18 reshares, 169 +1s) 

Summer Fresh

My favourite thing about summer is the access to fresh, local fruit.

Today's wild blueberries and perfectly ripened peaches (with a dollop of Greek yogurt) brought to you by Hamilton and Niagara farmers. 

Summer Fresh

My favourite thing about summer is the access to fresh, local fruit.

Today's wild blueberries and perfectly ripened peaches (with a dollop of Greek yogurt) brought to you by Hamilton and Niagara farmers. ___

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2014-07-28 16:39:45 (16 comments, 28 reshares, 81 +1s) 

Hypersnake

One of my favourite posts from +ScienceSunday this week, via +John Baez.

Although all that is happening here is the appearance and disappearance of oriented lines, our visual systems interpret it as a snake moving through the scene. +John Baez is correct that the amygdala might play a role in warning us about the presence of a snake, but there is even more to this demo than that.

The first aspect of the illusion is the creation of local perceptual contours by the grouping of orientation differences across the background.

Then we see the contours in motion as the position of the orientation differences shifts across space and time.

The local contours are grouped together into a global object through both the Gestalt principle of good continuation and a version of the principle of common fate (we've described a more... more »

The hypersnake versus the moiré eel

This animated gif is cool, but here's something much cooler:

http://wry.me/hacking/moire-eel.html

It starts out intense... and then keeps getting more so. 

You can control the shape of the little rectangles by moving your cursor over the screen.  Try to keep your eye on just one little rectangle!  It moves up and down, not very fast... but sometimes it's impossible to keep your eye on it, because all the rectangles together produce patterns that grab your attention.  These are called moiré patterns. 

I think the 'hypersnake' here is attention-grabbing because your brain has parts that are good at detecting snakes even before you are conscious of it.  Your amygdala is one of these parts:

Information from an external stimulus reaches the amygdala in two different ways: by a short, fast, but imprecise route, directly from the thalamus; and by a long, slow, but precise route, by way of the cortex.

It is the short, more direct route that lets us start preparing for a potential danger before we even know exactly what it is. In some situations, these precious fractions of a second can mean the difference between life and death.

Here is an example. Suppose you are walking through a forest when you suddenly see a long, narrow shape coiled up at your feet. This snake-like shape very quickly, via the short route, sets in motion the physiological reactions of fear that are so useful for mobilizing you to face the danger. But this same visual stimulus, after passing through the thalamus, will also be relayed to your cortex. A few fractions of a second later, the cortex, thanks to its discriminatory faculty, will realize that the shape you thought was a snake was really just a discarded piece of garden hose. Your heart will then stop racing, and you will just have had a moment’s scare.

The 'moiré eel' was made by Darius Bacon.  You can see more of his stuff here: 

http://wry.me/blog/

Puzzle: who made the 'hypersnake' here?  I don't know!  A Google image search shows it on many websites, but I haven't found one that credits the inventor.  Naughty!

For more on moiré patterns try this:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moiré_pattern

For more on the amygdala, try this:

http://thebrain.mcgill.ca/flash/i/i_04/i_04_cr/i_04_cr_peu/i_04_cr_peu.html

#illusions  ___Hypersnake

One of my favourite posts from +ScienceSunday this week, via +John Baez.

Although all that is happening here is the appearance and disappearance of oriented lines, our visual systems interpret it as a snake moving through the scene. +John Baez is correct that the amygdala might play a role in warning us about the presence of a snake, but there is even more to this demo than that.

The first aspect of the illusion is the creation of local perceptual contours by the grouping of orientation differences across the background.

Then we see the contours in motion as the position of the orientation differences shifts across space and time.

The local contours are grouped together into a global object through both the Gestalt principle of good continuation and a version of the principle of common fate (we've described a more generalized version that fits this situation better than the original version from the 1920's; see our Psychological Science article for more on common fate: http://www.psychology.mcmaster.ca/vislab/documents/2001SekulerBennettPsychSci.pdf)

And then our object recognition system kicks in - this would be where the amygdala comes into play, but also other parts of the brain, especially in the inferotemporal cortex, to say, Eek! A snake! (or if you're a snake lover like me, Cool! A snake! )

But one of the coolest things about this demo is that we don't see a snake being moved around the screen, we see a snake moving around the screen. Our perceptual system assigns agency to the object - it becomes an animate object with the intention of moving. The idea of object animacy, and the study of conditions under which we assign animacy, dates back to the days of Heider and Simmel, and Michotte in the '40s, but we still are a long way from fully understanding the mechanisms. (You can get a bit more information about where we are through this review article by Wagemans, van Lier & Scholl: http://postcog.ucd.ie/files/MichottesHeritage.pdf)

And, of course, our perception of all of this seems to happen instantaneously - without any thought or effort on our part. It's trying to unravel those seemingly instantaneous and effortless functions that make our jobs as vision researchers so much fun. Well, that and the fact that our stimuli can just be so cool ;)

#ScienceEveryday

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2014-07-28 03:58:36 (31 comments, 27 reshares, 162 +1s) 

Paleo Birthday Cake

If I were in LA, here's the cake I would bake for +Stacia Sekuler Morand. Without the candied bacon, of course. Plain bacon is much more paleo ;)

Recipe here:
http://giggleberrycreations.blogspot.ca/2014/02/maple-bacon-birthday-cake.html?m=1

Photo credit: giggleberrycreations

Paleo Birthday Cake

If I were in LA, here's the cake I would bake for +Stacia Sekuler Morand. Without the candied bacon, of course. Plain bacon is much more paleo ;)

Recipe here:
http://giggleberrycreations.blogspot.ca/2014/02/maple-bacon-birthday-cake.html?m=1

Photo credit: giggleberrycreations___

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2014-07-28 03:38:13 (11 comments, 8 reshares, 50 +1s) 

Cool Demos are Ok with Me!

From time to time there are debates amongst the science communication crowd about whether demos like this, without a lot of scientific background and explanation, should count as science communication.

In my book, there's no shame in sharing demos if they can get kids (or adults) interested in learning more about science. This particular demo, shared by one of my favourite G+ science sharers +Rich Pollett, holds particular significance for me as it was the demo that convinced me to go into science.

Watching that foam appear out of nowhere at an open house at Northwestern's School of Engineering way back in the day - before the days when demos could be shared online as animated gifs - filled my young mind with wonder and amazement at the ways in which matter could be transformed.

Although I ended up in neuroscience rather than chemical... more »


Isocyanate + polyol = Polyurethane foam expansion

video > Polyurethane foam expansion

#chemistry #chemicalreactions
.___Cool Demos are Ok with Me!

From time to time there are debates amongst the science communication crowd about whether demos like this, without a lot of scientific background and explanation, should count as science communication.

In my book, there's no shame in sharing demos if they can get kids (or adults) interested in learning more about science. This particular demo, shared by one of my favourite G+ science sharers +Rich Pollett, holds particular significance for me as it was the demo that convinced me to go into science.

Watching that foam appear out of nowhere at an open house at Northwestern's School of Engineering way back in the day - before the days when demos could be shared online as animated gifs - filled my young mind with wonder and amazement at the ways in which matter could be transformed.

Although I ended up in neuroscience rather than chemical engineering, I think back to this demo all the time and remember it as the moment that convinced me to go into science. Well, that plus grade 6 science where we got to dissect frogs and play with boa constrictors (Kitty and Fang), and probably also the other cool demos that my dad (+Robert Sekuler) always brought home from his lab :)).

Given the special significance of this demo on my life, I couldn't help but share it with you, and hopefully you'll share it along too. If we can convince even a handful of folks to pursue science, we'll make a difference.

#ScienceSunday

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2014-07-26 05:05:00 (1 comments, 5 reshares, 16 +1s) 

Power Changes How Your Brain Responds to Others

An interesting look at the way our brains change (at least temporarily) when people have a sense of power induced.

People wrote about a time when they felt powerful or powerless, and then viewed a movie of someone squeezing a ball. Those who wrote about feeling powerful showed less activation in the part of the brain thought to be linked to mirror neurons than those who wrote about feeling powerless. And the more power indicated in the stories, the less the response to the perceived action of others.

The full reference:
Power changes how the brain responds to others.
Hogeveen, Jeremy; Inzlicht, Michael; Obhi, Sukhvinder S.
Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, Vol 143(2), Apr 2014, 755-762. doi: 10.1037/a0033477

http://psycnet.apa.org/journals/xge/143/2/755/


Power Changes your Brain

A new study by my +McMaster University colleague, Sukh Obhi, shows that inducing a sense of power in people makes their brains less responsive to the actions of others.

Interesting implications for leadership training!

#ScienceEveryday when it's not #ScienceSunday

+The New York Times ___Power Changes How Your Brain Responds to Others

An interesting look at the way our brains change (at least temporarily) when people have a sense of power induced.

People wrote about a time when they felt powerful or powerless, and then viewed a movie of someone squeezing a ball. Those who wrote about feeling powerful showed less activation in the part of the brain thought to be linked to mirror neurons than those who wrote about feeling powerless. And the more power indicated in the stories, the less the response to the perceived action of others.

The full reference:
Power changes how the brain responds to others.
Hogeveen, Jeremy; Inzlicht, Michael; Obhi, Sukhvinder S.
Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, Vol 143(2), Apr 2014, 755-762. doi: 10.1037/a0033477

http://psycnet.apa.org/journals/xge/143/2/755/


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2014-07-26 04:13:53 (3 comments, 9 reshares, 11 +1s) 

Power Changes your Brain

A new study by my +McMaster University colleague, Sukh Obhi, shows that inducing a sense of power in people makes their brains less responsive to the actions of others.

Interesting implications for leadership training!

#ScienceEveryday when it's not #ScienceSunday

+The New York Times 

Power Changes your Brain

A new study by my +McMaster University colleague, Sukh Obhi, shows that inducing a sense of power in people makes their brains less responsive to the actions of others.

Interesting implications for leadership training!

#ScienceEveryday when it's not #ScienceSunday

+The New York Times ___

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2014-07-24 04:21:22 (6 comments, 4 reshares, 18 +1s) 

Digital dog

For #ThrowbackThursday I bring you a post from a few years ago that appears to have gone unnoticed until +Ryan Peach popped it back into my stream and my stream if consciousness.

If you think your dog is cute, just look at this guy/gal!

Plus she/he doesn't shed and never needs to be taken for walks. The perfect pet ;)

#ScienceEveryday when it's not #ScienceSunday

Canadian researcher, Michiel van de Panne, unveils his digital dog. It is a little sad when they knock him over (3:40), and when the poor thing misses a jump and hits his head (4:23).... but he is super cute when he sits and looks over at you (4:40)___Digital dog

For #ThrowbackThursday I bring you a post from a few years ago that appears to have gone unnoticed until +Ryan Peach popped it back into my stream and my stream if consciousness.

If you think your dog is cute, just look at this guy/gal!

Plus she/he doesn't shed and never needs to be taken for walks. The perfect pet ;)

#ScienceEveryday when it's not #ScienceSunday

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2014-07-22 03:07:23 (8 comments, 6 reshares, 49 +1s) 

The Answer to the Problem of Schrödinger's Cat is Clear...

I am a sucker for all things Schrödinger's Cat, even if it's not #Caturday or #ScienceSunday

In case you missed them, here are a few more of my favourite SC posts

Wanted Dead and Alive: The SC Illusion (via +ScienceSunday and +ana claudia rodrigues)
http://goo.gl/GCtE67

+Henry Reich's Minute Physics video of SC
http://goo.gl/wu1EZ

Hello Schröddy (My favourite SC TShirt)
http://goo.gl/bFfL1F

And for any fans of MTG... My younger son's theory of Schrödinger's Magic Booster Packs
http://goo.gl/GXDSvs

Enjoy!!

#ScienceEveryday when it's not #ScienceSunday


Using a clear box to run the experiment, we would all know that 'Schrödinger’s cat' is alive and seemingly quite confused.___The Answer to the Problem of Schrödinger's Cat is Clear...

I am a sucker for all things Schrödinger's Cat, even if it's not #Caturday or #ScienceSunday

In case you missed them, here are a few more of my favourite SC posts

Wanted Dead and Alive: The SC Illusion (via +ScienceSunday and +ana claudia rodrigues)
http://goo.gl/GCtE67

+Henry Reich's Minute Physics video of SC
http://goo.gl/wu1EZ

Hello Schröddy (My favourite SC TShirt)
http://goo.gl/bFfL1F

And for any fans of MTG... My younger son's theory of Schrödinger's Magic Booster Packs
http://goo.gl/GXDSvs

Enjoy!!

#ScienceEveryday when it's not #ScienceSunday

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2014-07-20 22:07:08 (11 comments, 15 reshares, 66 +1s) 

Poisonous or Venomous?

A bit of humor and a bit of science for #ScienceSunday via our co-curator +Carissa Braun

Poisonous, Not Venomous, Birds

The words poisonous and venomous are often used interchangeably, but they mean very different things. Before we get to birds, let's get definitions out of the way:

Poisonous: ingestion, absorption, or inhalation of a harmful substance
Venomous: injection of a harmful substance.

The comic by Bird and Moon covers it quite well in fun and simple terms, but what about the poisonous birds mentioned?

In Papa New Guinea, there are birds the locals know as "rubbish birds" as they cannot be consumed. The reasoning? They're toxic, and therefore bitter to taste at minimum. They are the pitohui and the ifrita, and their feathers and flesh contains the poison homobatrachotoxin. As it were, it is the exact same poison that makes golden poison arrow frogs the most deadly in the world to humans. What was the poison's source?

A melyrid beetle is loaded with poison. While only a small portion of the diet of the pitohui, all that is needed it 10 to 20 for the pitohuis to make the poison their own. As expected, members of the same family of beetles exist in South America and are likely the source of toxin in golden frogs, although to note, other poisonous frogs of South America obtain their toxin from ants.

Are these the only known poisonous birds? Interestingly enough, we likely once had our own endemic poisonous bird in North America: the Carolina Parakeet. Although extinct for near a century, John James Audubon wrote about the poisoning effects of the parakeets on animals. It is believed he learned the hard way the truth of the rumors of their poison as he fed them to his hunting dog Dash who was never mentioned again.  As they were known to consume toxic cocklebur seeds, they, like the pitohui and the ifrita, likely gained their poison from their foods.

We Boiled 10 Parokeets to night for Dash who has had 10 Welps—purposely to try the effect of the Poisoning effect of their hearts on animals. Yesterday We Were told that 7 Cats had been Killed Last Summer by Eating as Many Parokeets.
—John James Audubon, December 29, 1820


Some more toxic posts to round out the week for #ScienceSunday  (+ScienceSunday), unless you're past Sunday so #scienceeveryday !


Sources and Further Reading
Image Source
http://www.birdandmoon.com/toxic.html
Plumes of Poison
http://goo.gl/7XeQqf (website)
Carolina Parakeet
http://goo.gl/sVYgQe (G+ Post)
Venomous vs Poisonous
http://goo.gl/afiyBc (G+ Post)
Venom, Antivenin, Black Widows, and Spider Milking
http://goo.gl/kzrsE6 (G+ Post)___Poisonous or Venomous?

A bit of humor and a bit of science for #ScienceSunday via our co-curator +Carissa Braun

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2014-07-14 17:49:53 (6 comments, 5 reshares, 28 +1s) 

Take Control of Princeton's Plasma!

Kids often are taught that there are 3 states of matter: solid, liquid, and gas. But there actually is a fourth state, plasma, which is the most common state of matter in our universe.

Our sun and other stars exhibit a plasma state, and you can see natural examples of plasma in lightening. And plasma is what makes the Northern Lights dance.

Plasma is essentially ionized gas, and, although it has no form of its own, you can guide it through containers, such as plasma balls (like those you might have seen in science centres, or when visiting my house!), in neon signs, and, yes, in your plasma TVs.

Researchers are working to use plasma in a range of applications, including as a heat shield, as a fire extinguisher, and as a communications antenna.

At the +Princeton University Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL),... more »

The Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory has developed a website that lets you (yes, you) remotely control an actual plasma. Learn how in a Google+ Hangout on the Remote Glow Discharge Experiment (RDGX), Wednesday, July 16, at 1:00 p.m EST. http://bit.ly/1jroSgV___Take Control of Princeton's Plasma!

Kids often are taught that there are 3 states of matter: solid, liquid, and gas. But there actually is a fourth state, plasma, which is the most common state of matter in our universe.

Our sun and other stars exhibit a plasma state, and you can see natural examples of plasma in lightening. And plasma is what makes the Northern Lights dance.

Plasma is essentially ionized gas, and, although it has no form of its own, you can guide it through containers, such as plasma balls (like those you might have seen in science centres, or when visiting my house!), in neon signs, and, yes, in your plasma TVs.

Researchers are working to use plasma in a range of applications, including as a heat shield, as a fire extinguisher, and as a communications antenna.

At the +Princeton University Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL), scientists are working to develop fusion energy from plasma. And now you will have a chance to manipulate plasma in the PPPL labs through their Remote Control Glow Discharge Experiment from anywhere in the world over the Internet.

#ScienceEveryday when it's not #ScienceSunday

via +Di Cleverly

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Read more about some of the alternate applications of plasma, beyond energy sources, in a +Popular Mechanics article here: http://goo.gl/CXsjg4

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2014-07-14 04:44:48 (10 comments, 10 reshares, 76 +1s) 

Gesundheit!

via +ScienceSunday

#sciencesunday   or is it #pundaysunday  ___Gesundheit!

via +ScienceSunday

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