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Ciro Villa

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Testing this Universe - Philomath

Occupation: Software Engineer (Software Engineer - Early Adopter, Technology Buff, Bilingual, Multicultural, Software Engineer with)

Location: Florida

Followers: 134,766

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Ciro Villa134,766Test Hangout on Air New Horizons Fly Along Real Time Telemetry, No Audio Commentary.Test Hangout on Air New Horizons Fly Along Real Time Telemetry, No Audio Commentary.2015-07-11 01:00:003  
Scott Lewis382,438Heck yes! 500th recording of the @117904790972122493317 podcast!! To celebrate this, @115510485336217794615 and I will be live-tweeting the show at @113166718268343560861, @117350484427668823936 and @101736365103983335412 bring us the amazing science we all know and live from TWIS.  If you're over on Twitter, live-tweet with us using the hash tag #TWIS500   (https://twitter.com/search?f=realtime&q=%23TWIS500) When the show goes live, my promo video from @112979228143535385377 will be replaced with the live feed, but just in case you're having trouble finding it, check it out at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pSuIbMcKpOw I'm sure Michael and I will be uploading some #selfies  of us watching and tweeting about TWIS and I hope you will too! Just put them down here in the event or on Twitter, I know that the trifecta of TWIS would LOVE to see you all celebrate with them! Also, please consider becoming a patron of TWIS. They do an amazing job bringing science to the WORLD every week and couldn't do it without the support of their listeners. You can do so easily over at their Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/thisweekinscience (also linked as "tickets") #ScienceEveryday   #TWIS   #ThisWeekInScience   #HangoutsOnAir   #Science   #STEM   #Podcast  TWIS500 Viewing Party!!2015-02-05 05:00:0084  
Ciro Villa134,766Let's meet and shake hands and enjoy the IMAX premiere of the movie "Interstellar" at the World Golf Village located in St. Augustine, Florida. If you are available and willing we can meet outside the theater between 7:30 and 7:45 PM EST on Thursday, November 6, 2014.  The movie starts at 08:00 PM EST. It is your responsibility to purchase your ticket at the following link: http://www.museumtix.com/venue/venueinfo.aspx?vid=783&tab=E Once there, select the movie from the drop-down then create an account to pre-purchase your ticket before they sell out. Casual Florida dress. Please RSVP.  Thanks.An Evening At the Movies - Interstellar Premiere in IMAX at WGV2014-11-06 19:30:002  

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2017-01-18 18:39:41 (13 comments; 1 reshares; 35 +1s; )Open 

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Most reshares: 12

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2017-01-19 04:27:42 (2 comments; 12 reshares; 31 +1s; )Open 

"An important step towards a completely new experimental access to quantum physics has been made at University of Konstanz. The team of scientists headed by Professor Alfred Leitenstorfer has now shown how to manipulate the electric vacuum field and thus generate deviations from the ground state of empty space which can only be understood in the context of the quantum theory of light.

With these results, the researchers from the field of ultrafast phenomena and photonics build on their earlier findings, published in October 2015 in the scientific journal Science, where they have demonstrated direct detection of signals from pure nothingness. This essential scientific progress might make it possible to solve problems that physicists have grappled with for a long time, ranging from a deeper understanding of the quantum nature of radiation to research on attractive material properties such as... more »

Most plusones: 44

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2017-01-20 04:38:13 (1 comments; 5 reshares; 44 +1s; )Open 

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2017-01-22 16:57:24 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

TL;DR:
"Upon reflection, Karim has some pretty strong advice for anyone using any form of CMS system: “If you fully want to be secure then you shouldn’t be using external plugins.” If that’s unavoidable, you should also ensure that auto-update is enabled.

At the very least, this episode is a reminder of the dangers inherent in relying on other people’s code."

How a popular website plugin became a serious security liability___TL;DR:
"Upon reflection, Karim has some pretty strong advice for anyone using any form of CMS system: “If you fully want to be secure then you shouldn’t be using external plugins.” If that’s unavoidable, you should also ensure that auto-update is enabled.

At the very least, this episode is a reminder of the dangers inherent in relying on other people’s code."

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2017-01-22 02:30:54 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

Have you ever wanted to see a performance at Carnegie Hall or the Royal Shakespeare Company?

The +Google Arts & Culture team is delivering just that— in virtual reality: https://goo.gl/tQvLGQ via +WIRED

Have you ever wanted to see a performance at Carnegie Hall or the Royal Shakespeare Company?

The +Google Arts & Culture team is delivering just that— in virtual reality: https://goo.gl/tQvLGQ via +WIRED___

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2017-01-22 02:30:25 (3 comments; 4 reshares; 34 +1s; )Open 

Fascinating study done in August of 2014

http://www.audubon.org/news/how-woodpecker-bangs-without-brain-damage

"The woodpecker’s ability to protect its head may help engineers build safer cars. "

"Researchers from Dalian University of Technology in China used computer tomography (CT) scans of a real-life woodpecker to construct a detailed, digital model of its body. Then they used software to simulate the bird’s pecking—a process that can force the woodpecker’s head to endure up to 1500 g-force units. For comparison’s sake, a passenger on a typical roller coaster will only experience about 5 g’s.

The study, published [in August of 2014] in Science China: Technological Sciences, shows that the key to the woodpecker’s survival lies in how it converts the energy it absorbs. When a woodpecker strikes a tree, the impactenergy—energy... more »

Fascinating study done in August of 2014

http://www.audubon.org/news/how-woodpecker-bangs-without-brain-damage

"The woodpecker’s ability to protect its head may help engineers build safer cars. "

"Researchers from Dalian University of Technology in China used computer tomography (CT) scans of a real-life woodpecker to construct a detailed, digital model of its body. Then they used software to simulate the bird’s pecking—a process that can force the woodpecker’s head to endure up to 1500 g-force units. For comparison’s sake, a passenger on a typical roller coaster will only experience about 5 g’s.

The study, published [in August of 2014] in Science China: Technological Sciences, shows that the key to the woodpecker’s survival lies in how it converts the energy it absorbs. When a woodpecker strikes a tree, the impact energy—energy that is released during a collision—is converted to strain energy in the body. Too much strain in the head can be catastrophic, but the woodpecker’s incredible anatomy—including a specialized beak and skull—redirects most of the strain into the rest of the body, instead of the head.

In fact, 99.7 percent of the strain energy is converted in the woodpecker’s body, and only 0.3 percent is converted in the head. This small amount of strain is quickly dissipated from the head in the form of heat. This process protects the brain from damage, but causes temperatures inside the skull to rise quickly, meaning woodpeckers have to take frequent breaks while they’re pecking. In this way, the woodpecker’s whole body is involved in the fight to protect its brain from damage.

Understanding this energy dissipation technique could be big for engineers, particularly those who work with transportation. Greater understanding of one of the world’s most collision-resistant animals could help humans build better safety features in the future.

So the next time a woodpecker wakes you with its banging, remember that it could one day save your life."___

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2017-01-22 02:21:03 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

2017 has just begun, it’s a good time to share our predictions. What should we expect from 2017? What should we look forward to? What are your plans for 2017? +Ciro Villa +Antonio Paris +matthew greenhouse +Mike Simmons 

2017 has just begun, it’s a good time to share our predictions. What should we expect from 2017? What should we look forward to? What are your plans for 2017? +Ciro Villa +Antonio Paris +matthew greenhouse +Mike Simmons ___

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2017-01-21 19:52:35 (1 comments; 2 reshares; 16 +1s; )Open 

NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson completed her seventh spacewalk on Jan. 6, 2017. Here are scenes from each of her seven spacewalks.

NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson completed her seventh spacewalk on Jan. 6, 2017. Here are scenes from each of her seven spacewalks.___

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2017-01-21 19:48:09 (0 comments; 3 reshares; 13 +1s; )Open 

Star-hop from Pegasus to Andromeda galaxy http://bit.ly/2jVbwvG
4 stars of Great Square of Pegasus are easy to find. Let's star-hop!

Star-hop from Pegasus to Andromeda galaxy http://bit.ly/2jVbwvG
4 stars of Great Square of Pegasus are easy to find. Let's star-hop!___

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2017-01-21 06:03:33 (2 comments; 2 reshares; 12 +1s; )Open 

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2017-01-21 06:02:31 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 11 +1s; )Open 

"The appearance of small bodies in the outer solar system could be deceiving. Asteroids and dwarf planets may be camouflaged with an outer layer of material that actually comes from somewhere else.

Using data primarily gathered by SOFIA, NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, a team of astronomers has detected the presence of substantial amounts of material on the surface of Ceres that appears to be fragments of other asteroids. This is contrary to the currently accepted surface composition classification of Ceres, suggesting that the largest body in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter is cloaked by material that has partially disguised its real makeup."

Read more at: https://phys.org/news/2017-01-ceres-asteroids-camouflaged.html

"The appearance of small bodies in the outer solar system could be deceiving. Asteroids and dwarf planets may be camouflaged with an outer layer of material that actually comes from somewhere else.

Using data primarily gathered by SOFIA, NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, a team of astronomers has detected the presence of substantial amounts of material on the surface of Ceres that appears to be fragments of other asteroids. This is contrary to the currently accepted surface composition classification of Ceres, suggesting that the largest body in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter is cloaked by material that has partially disguised its real makeup."

Read more at: https://phys.org/news/2017-01-ceres-asteroids-camouflaged.html___

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2017-01-21 05:48:29 (0 comments; 3 reshares; 25 +1s; )Open 

"Galaxy clusters have long been recognized as important laboratories for the study of galaxy formation and evolution. The advent of the new generation of millimeter and submillimeter wave survey telescopes, like the South Pole Telescope (SPT), has made it possible to identify faint galaxy clusters over large fractions of the sky using an effect first recognized by Rashid Sunyaev and Yakov Zel'dovich in 1969: When hot electrons in the cluster gas interact with light from the ubiquitous cosmic microwave background they increase its brightness very slightly."

Read more at: https://phys.org/news/2017-01-evolution-massive-galaxy-clusters.html

"Galaxy clusters have long been recognized as important laboratories for the study of galaxy formation and evolution. The advent of the new generation of millimeter and submillimeter wave survey telescopes, like the South Pole Telescope (SPT), has made it possible to identify faint galaxy clusters over large fractions of the sky using an effect first recognized by Rashid Sunyaev and Yakov Zel'dovich in 1969: When hot electrons in the cluster gas interact with light from the ubiquitous cosmic microwave background they increase its brightness very slightly."

Read more at: https://phys.org/news/2017-01-evolution-massive-galaxy-clusters.html___

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2017-01-21 05:19:24 (3 comments; 1 reshares; 21 +1s; )Open 

This should be good!

This should be good!___

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2017-01-20 21:01:49 (0 comments; 7 reshares; 16 +1s; )Open 

"(Phys.org)—Physicists have proposed that violations of energy conservation in the early universe, as predicted by certain modified theories of quantum mechanics and quantum gravity, may explain the cosmological constant problem, which is sometimes referred to as "the worst theoretical prediction in the history of physics."

The physicists, Thibaut Josset and Alejandro Perez at the University of Aix-Marseille, France, and Daniel Sudarsky at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, have published a paper on their proposal in a recent issue Physical Review Letters."

Read more at: https://phys.org/news/2017-01-violations-energy-early-universe-dark.html

"(Phys.org)—Physicists have proposed that violations of energy conservation in the early universe, as predicted by certain modified theories of quantum mechanics and quantum gravity, may explain the cosmological constant problem, which is sometimes referred to as "the worst theoretical prediction in the history of physics."

The physicists, Thibaut Josset and Alejandro Perez at the University of Aix-Marseille, France, and Daniel Sudarsky at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, have published a paper on their proposal in a recent issue Physical Review Letters."

Read more at: https://phys.org/news/2017-01-violations-energy-early-universe-dark.html___

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2017-01-20 21:00:52 (1 comments; 5 reshares; 16 +1s; )Open 

"(Phys.org)—A pair of researchers affiliated with the Natural History Museum in Chemnitz and Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg, both in Germany, has found evidence in ancient tree rings of a solar sunspot cycle millions of years ago similar to the one observed in more modern times. In their paper published in the journal Geology, Ludwig Luthardt and Ronny Rößler describe how they gathered an assortment of petrified tree samples from a region in Germany and used them to count sunspot cycles."

Read more at: https://phys.org/news/2017-01-ancient-tree-sunspot-ongoing-million.html

"(Phys.org)—A pair of researchers affiliated with the Natural History Museum in Chemnitz and Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg, both in Germany, has found evidence in ancient tree rings of a solar sunspot cycle millions of years ago similar to the one observed in more modern times. In their paper published in the journal Geology, Ludwig Luthardt and Ronny Rößler describe how they gathered an assortment of petrified tree samples from a region in Germany and used them to count sunspot cycles."

Read more at: https://phys.org/news/2017-01-ancient-tree-sunspot-ongoing-million.html___

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2017-01-20 21:00:06 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

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2017-01-20 20:48:28 (0 comments; 3 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

Public to Choose Jupiter Picture Sites for NASA Juno

Where should NASA's Juno spacecraft aim its camera during its next close pass of Jupiter on Feb. 2? You can now play a part in the decision. For the first time, members of the public can vote to participate in selecting all pictures to be taken of Jupiter during a Juno flyby. Voting begins Thursday, Jan. 19 at 11 a.m. PST (2 p.m. EST) and concludes on Jan. 23 at 9 a.m. PST (noon EST).

"We are looking forward to people visiting our website and becoming part of the JunoCam imaging team," said Candy Hansen, Juno co-investigator from the Planetary Science Institute, Tucson, Arizona. "It's up to the public to determine the best locations in Jupiter's atmosphere for JunoCam to capture during this flyby."

More info: http://buff.ly/2jVpePk

Public to Choose Jupiter Picture Sites for NASA Juno

Where should NASA's Juno spacecraft aim its camera during its next close pass of Jupiter on Feb. 2? You can now play a part in the decision. For the first time, members of the public can vote to participate in selecting all pictures to be taken of Jupiter during a Juno flyby. Voting begins Thursday, Jan. 19 at 11 a.m. PST (2 p.m. EST) and concludes on Jan. 23 at 9 a.m. PST (noon EST).

"We are looking forward to people visiting our website and becoming part of the JunoCam imaging team," said Candy Hansen, Juno co-investigator from the Planetary Science Institute, Tucson, Arizona. "It's up to the public to determine the best locations in Jupiter's atmosphere for JunoCam to capture during this flyby."

More info: http://buff.ly/2jVpePk___

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2017-01-20 04:53:12 (0 comments; 5 reshares; 36 +1s; )Open 

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2017-01-20 04:52:18 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

Amazon announces apprenticeship program to train veterans for high paying tech jobs

Amazon announces apprenticeship program to train veterans for high paying tech jobs___

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2017-01-20 04:48:35 (1 comments; 2 reshares; 13 +1s; )Open 

Impressive View of Jackson Crater Rim

In this image taken by the Narrow Angle Camera aboard the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) on April 28th, 2016, you can see a sunlit part of the western rim of Jackson Crater on the Moon, as it was slowly emerging from the shadows of the two-week lunar night (https://goo.gl/kfGqzr).

More on the image and more images here:
http://lroc.sese.asu.edu/posts/931

Jackson Crater

Jackson Crater is a 71-kilometers-diameter lunar impact crater that is located in the northern hemisphere on the far side of the Moon. More information here:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jackson_(crater)

Location of Jackson Crater on the Moon:
https://goo.gl/pnX5y4

The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO)

The NASA Lunar Reconnaissance... more »

Impressive View of Jackson Crater Rim

In this image taken by the Narrow Angle Camera aboard the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) on April 28th, 2016, you can see a sunlit part of the western rim of Jackson Crater on the Moon, as it was slowly emerging from the shadows of the two-week lunar night (https://goo.gl/kfGqzr).

More on the image and more images here:
http://lroc.sese.asu.edu/posts/931

Jackson Crater

Jackson Crater is a 71-kilometers-diameter lunar impact crater that is located in the northern hemisphere on the far side of the Moon. More information here:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jackson_(crater)

Location of Jackson Crater on the Moon:
https://goo.gl/pnX5y4

The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO)

The NASA Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) was launched on June 18th, 2009, its main function is mapping the surface of the Moon. The LRO took some of the first images of Apollo equipment on the Moon (https://goo.gl/8KIGN3). More information here:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lunar_Reconnaissance_Orbiter
http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/LRO/main/index.html

Image credit: The western rim of Jackson crater floats out of the shadows in this oblique view of the prominent farside crater. LROC NAC image M1216470662LR, centered near 23.1°N, 196.1°E. NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University https://goo.gl/RrSk7c

Thank you for your interest in this Space/Space technology collection. Maybe add me on Google+ (+Pierre Markuse) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/Pierre_Markuse) or have a look at the Astronomy/Astrophysics collection here: https://goo.gl/x0zPAJ

#science #moon #lro #LunarReconnaissanceOrbiter #jacksoncrater #space #spacetechnology #solarsystem #photography___

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2017-01-20 04:48:25 (0 comments; 6 reshares; 26 +1s; )Open 

Chandra Reveals Geometrical Explanation for Puzzling Differences in Behavior of Pulsars

NASA’S Chandra X-ray Observatory has taken deep exposures of two nearby energetic pulsars flying through the Milky Way galaxy. The shape of their X-ray emission suggests there is a geometrical explanation for puzzling differences in behavior shown by some pulsars.

Read more : http://scitechdaily.com/chandra-reveals-geometrical-explanation-puzzling-differences-behavior-pulsars/

NASA’S Chandra X-ray Observatory has taken deep exposures of two nearby energetic pulsars flying through the Milky Way galaxy. The shape of their X-ray emission suggests there is a geometrical explanation for puzzling differences in behavior shown by some pulsars.

Chandra Reveals Geometrical Explanation for Puzzling Differences in Behavior of Pulsars

NASA’S Chandra X-ray Observatory has taken deep exposures of two nearby energetic pulsars flying through the Milky Way galaxy. The shape of their X-ray emission suggests there is a geometrical explanation for puzzling differences in behavior shown by some pulsars.

Read more : http://scitechdaily.com/chandra-reveals-geometrical-explanation-puzzling-differences-behavior-pulsars/

NASA’S Chandra X-ray Observatory has taken deep exposures of two nearby energetic pulsars flying through the Milky Way galaxy. The shape of their X-ray emission suggests there is a geometrical explanation for puzzling differences in behavior shown by some pulsars.___

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2017-01-20 04:46:51 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

Tens of thousands of volunteers contributed surplus computer cycles to molecular protein studies that eventually could save lives.

Tens of thousands of volunteers contributed surplus computer cycles to molecular protein studies that eventually could save lives.___

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2017-01-20 04:46:39 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

Hub update: Study identifies molecular signal for maintaining adult neurons

Hub update: Study identifies molecular signal for maintaining adult neurons___

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2017-01-20 04:45:58 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

Work Begins in Palo Alto on NASA's Dark Energy Hunter

Work Begins in Palo Alto on NASA's Dark Energy Hunter___

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2017-01-20 04:45:48 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

Drug maker Eli Lilly and Company is acquiring CoLucid Pharmaceuticals, a developer of treatments for migraine pain and associated symptoms. #Science #Business #Technology #Health

Drug maker Eli Lilly and Company is acquiring CoLucid Pharmaceuticals, a developer of treatments for migraine pain and associated symptoms. #Science #Business #Technology #Health___

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2017-01-20 04:45:20 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

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2017-01-20 04:43:58 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

Awesome space writer Andy Weir is going to make a TV show about spaceflight!

Awesome space writer Andy Weir is going to make a TV show about spaceflight!___

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2017-01-20 04:43:44 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

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2017-01-20 04:42:33 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 11 +1s; )Open 

A drone released from a high-altitude balloon carried a payload to evaluate how the equipment could help the FAA detect and track commercial spacecraft entering the National Air Space as it descends from space.

Learn more: http://go.usa.gov/x9yF9

A drone released from a high-altitude balloon carried a payload to evaluate how the equipment could help the FAA detect and track commercial spacecraft entering the National Air Space as it descends from space.

Learn more: http://go.usa.gov/x9yF9___

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2017-01-20 04:42:16 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

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2017-01-20 04:41:18 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

Keep your days straight with our GMTO January/February desktop wallpaper!

Keep your days straight with our GMTO January/February desktop wallpaper!___

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2017-01-20 04:41:09 (1 comments; 10 reshares; 27 +1s; )Open 

Innovation can come from anywhere! What's an inkjet printer have to do with heart disease? Ask Google Science Fair winner Adriel Sumathipala.
❤️ 🖨 #TBT https://goo.gl/wxh2qH

Innovation can come from anywhere! What's an inkjet printer have to do with heart disease? Ask Google Science Fair winner Adriel Sumathipala.
❤️ 🖨 #TBT https://goo.gl/wxh2qH___

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2017-01-20 04:38:13 (1 comments; 5 reshares; 44 +1s; )Open 

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#StarWars

Family Picture

#StarWars___

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2017-01-20 04:34:09 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

"A Northwestern University team developed a new computational model that performs at human levels on a standard intelligence test. This work is an important step toward making artificial intelligence systems that see and understand the world as humans do.

"The model performs in the 75th percentile for American adults, making it better than average," said Northwestern Engineering's Ken Forbus. "The problems that are hard for people are also hard for the model, providing additional evidence that its operation is capturing some important properties of human cognition."

The new computational model is built on CogSketch, an artificial intelligence platform previously developed in Forbus' laboratory. The platform has the ability to solve visual problems and understand sketches in order to give immediate, interactive feedback. CogSketch also incorporates a... more »

"A Northwestern University team developed a new computational model that performs at human levels on a standard intelligence test. This work is an important step toward making artificial intelligence systems that see and understand the world as humans do.

"The model performs in the 75th percentile for American adults, making it better than average," said Northwestern Engineering's Ken Forbus. "The problems that are hard for people are also hard for the model, providing additional evidence that its operation is capturing some important properties of human cognition."

The new computational model is built on CogSketch, an artificial intelligence platform previously developed in Forbus' laboratory. The platform has the ability to solve visual problems and understand sketches in order to give immediate, interactive feedback. CogSketch also incorporates a computational model of analogy, based on Northwestern psychology professor Dedre Gentner's structure-mapping theory. (Gentner received the 2016 David E. Rumelhart Prize for her work on this theory.)

Forbus, Walter P. Murphy Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Northwestern's McCormick School of Engineering, developed the model with Andrew Lovett, a former Northwestern postdoctoral researcher in psychology. Their research was published online this month in the journal Psychological Review."

Read more at: https://phys.org/news/2017-01-ai-world-humans.html___

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2017-01-20 04:33:09 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 18 +1s; )Open 

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2017-01-19 22:54:03 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

Moon Express has raised enough money for its first mission

Moon Express has raised the funds as part of its attempt to win the Google Lunar XPRIZE, which aims to reward the first private company to land a robot on the Moon. The $30 million prize (£23m) will be awarded to the first company to soft-land on the moon, travel 500 metres across the surface and transmit high-definition video and images back to Earth. The company that comes second will win $5m (£4m).

The start-up is planning to launch its MX-1E spacecraft to the Moon at the end of this year. If successful Moon Express would become the first private company, and only the fourth entity ever, to soft-land on the Moon.

Moon Express wants to explore our lunar companion in order to investigate the Moon’s resources, describing it as an “eighth continent, holding vast resources” that could benefit life on Earth.“In the... more »

Moon Express has raised enough money for its first mission

Moon Express has raised the funds as part of its attempt to win the Google Lunar XPRIZE, which aims to reward the first private company to land a robot on the Moon. The $30 million prize (£23m) will be awarded to the first company to soft-land on the moon, travel 500 metres across the surface and transmit high-definition video and images back to Earth. The company that comes second will win $5m (£4m).

The start-up is planning to launch its MX-1E spacecraft to the Moon at the end of this year. If successful Moon Express would become the first private company, and only the fourth entity ever, to soft-land on the Moon.

Moon Express wants to explore our lunar companion in order to investigate the Moon’s resources, describing it as an “eighth continent, holding vast resources” that could benefit life on Earth. “In the immediate future, we envision bringing precious resources, metals and moons back to Earth,” co-founder and chairman, Naveen Jain said in August 2016.

In order to make its dream possible, Moon Express is working with launch provider Rocket Lab USA, and plans to use its Electron rocket to take Moon Express’ MX-1E on its lunar journey. Though Rocket Lab USA is yet to fly its experimental rocket, the first launch is set for later this month.

Read more: http://buff.ly/2iOjs06___

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2017-01-19 22:53:47 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

What happened a trillionth of a second after the Big Bang? According to the College of Arts and Sciences' Rachel E. Bean, research on the CMB—an early universe remnant—may have the answer. 

What happened a trillionth of a second after the Big Bang? According to the College of Arts and Sciences' Rachel E. Bean, research on the CMB—an early universe remnant—may have the answer. ___

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2017-01-19 22:53:29 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 18 +1s; )Open 

#Jupiter is ready for its next closeup. What photos should NASA's Juno mission take? #JunoCam voting open now till Jan. 23.

More info: http://go.nasa.gov/2jcZ2yO
Cast your vote: https://www.missionjuno.swri.edu/junocam/voting/

#Jupiter is ready for its next closeup. What photos should NASA's Juno mission take? #JunoCam voting open now till Jan. 23.

More info: http://go.nasa.gov/2jcZ2yO
Cast your vote: https://www.missionjuno.swri.edu/junocam/voting/___

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2017-01-19 22:53:01 (0 comments; 3 reshares; 11 +1s; )Open 

"Is there anybody out there? The question of whether Earthlings are alone in the universe has puzzled everyone from biologists and physicists to philosophers and filmmakers. It's also the driving force behind San Francisco State University astronomer Stephen Kane's research into exoplanets—planets that exist outside Earth's solar system."

Read more at: https://phys.org/news/2017-01-astronomers-life-wolf-exoplanet.html

"Is there anybody out there? The question of whether Earthlings are alone in the universe has puzzled everyone from biologists and physicists to philosophers and filmmakers. It's also the driving force behind San Francisco State University astronomer Stephen Kane's research into exoplanets—planets that exist outside Earth's solar system."

Read more at: https://phys.org/news/2017-01-astronomers-life-wolf-exoplanet.html___

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2017-01-19 22:52:19 (0 comments; 3 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

Mid-infrared Data from SOFIAtelescope Shows Ceres’ True Composition

Using data primarily from NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, SOFIA, a team of astronomers has detected the presence of substantial amounts of material on the surface of Ceres that appear to be fragments of other asteroids containing mostly rocky silicates. These observations are contrary to the currently accepted surface composition classification of Ceres as a carbon-rich body, suggesting that it is cloaked by material that partially disguises its real makeup.

“This study resolves a long-time question about whether asteroid surface material accurately reflects the intrinsic composition of the asteroid,” said Pierre Vernazza, research scientist in the Laboratoire d’Astrophysique de Marseille (LAM–CNRS/AMU). Our results show that by extending observations to the mid-infrared, theasteroid’s ... more »

Mid-infrared Data from SOFIAtelescope Shows Ceres’ True Composition

Using data primarily from NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, SOFIA, a team of astronomers has detected the presence of substantial amounts of material on the surface of Ceres that appear to be fragments of other asteroids containing mostly rocky silicates. These observations are contrary to the currently accepted surface composition classification of Ceres as a carbon-rich body, suggesting that it is cloaked by material that partially disguises its real makeup.

“This study resolves a long-time question about whether asteroid surface material accurately reflects the intrinsic composition of the asteroid,” said Pierre Vernazza, research scientist in the Laboratoire d’Astrophysique de Marseille (LAM–CNRS/AMU). Our results show that by extending observations to the mid-infrared, the asteroid’s underlying composition remains identifiable despite contamination by as much as 20 percent of material from elsewhere,” said Vernazza.

Astronomers have classified the Ceres asteroid, as well as 75 percent of all asteroids, in composition class “C” based on their similar colors. The mid-infrared spectra from SOFIA show that Ceres differs substantially from neighboring C-type asteroids, challenging the conventional understanding of the relationship between Ceres and smaller asteroids.

Read more: http://buff.ly/2jt35I6___

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2017-01-19 22:17:08 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

"During spring of 2016 a number of large presumed house terraces were identified by the authors at Korshamn. As a consequence high resolution geophysical surveys using ground-penetrating radar were carried out in September 2016. Korshamn is one of the main harbour bays of the island of Björkö, situated outside the town boundaries of the Viking town of Birka. The survey revealed a major Viking period hall on the site, with a length of around 40 meters. Based on the land upheaval the area of the Viking hall can be dated to sometime after 810 AD. The hall is connected to a large fenced area that stretches towards the harbour basin."

Read more at: https://phys.org/news/2017-01-major-viking-age-manor-birka.html

"During spring of 2016 a number of large presumed house terraces were identified by the authors at Korshamn. As a consequence high resolution geophysical surveys using ground-penetrating radar were carried out in September 2016. Korshamn is one of the main harbour bays of the island of Björkö, situated outside the town boundaries of the Viking town of Birka. The survey revealed a major Viking period hall on the site, with a length of around 40 meters. Based on the land upheaval the area of the Viking hall can be dated to sometime after 810 AD. The hall is connected to a large fenced area that stretches towards the harbour basin."

Read more at: https://phys.org/news/2017-01-major-viking-age-manor-birka.html___

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2017-01-19 18:02:21 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 11 +1s; )Open 

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2017-01-19 18:02:12 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

Did you catch me on KGW's Live @ 7 last night?

Here's your big chance, where we cover the big news about Earth's temperature, finds about merging stars and an incredible asteroid, the upcoming eclipse, and a feature of my awesome Space Kilt made by local artist Susanné Rose Maestas.

It's five minutes that you won't regret, from Portland, OR's NBC affiliate!

Did you catch me on KGW's Live @ 7 last night?

Here's your big chance, where we cover the big news about Earth's temperature, finds about merging stars and an incredible asteroid, the upcoming eclipse, and a feature of my awesome Space Kilt made by local artist Susanné Rose Maestas.

It's five minutes that you won't regret, from Portland, OR's NBC affiliate!___

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2017-01-19 17:43:39 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

Yes, the digital divide is still a big problem in 2017 - in both urban and rural America https://goo.gl/GYrBGg


Yes, the digital divide is still a big problem in 2017 - in both urban and rural America https://goo.gl/GYrBGg
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2017-01-19 17:41:54 (3 comments; 3 reshares; 18 +1s; )Open 

"Scientists have revealed how the insects - which walk backwards when carrying heavy loads of food - use the sun's position and visual memories of their surroundings to guide them home."

"They are famed for their highly developed work ethic ... now a study shows ants' navigational skills are more sophisticated than was previously thought."

Read more at: https://phys.org/news/2017-01-ants-sun-memories-home.html

"Scientists have revealed how the insects - which walk backwards when carrying heavy loads of food - use the sun's position and visual memories of their surroundings to guide them home."

"They are famed for their highly developed work ethic ... now a study shows ants' navigational skills are more sophisticated than was previously thought."

Read more at: https://phys.org/news/2017-01-ants-sun-memories-home.html___

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2017-01-19 04:27:42 (2 comments; 12 reshares; 31 +1s; )Open 

"An important step towards a completely new experimental access to quantum physics has been made at University of Konstanz. The team of scientists headed by Professor Alfred Leitenstorfer has now shown how to manipulate the electric vacuum field and thus generate deviations from the ground state of empty space which can only be understood in the context of the quantum theory of light.

With these results, the researchers from the field of ultrafast phenomena and photonics build on their earlier findings, published in October 2015 in the scientific journal Science, where they have demonstrated direct detection of signals from pure nothingness. This essential scientific progress might make it possible to solve problems that physicists have grappled with for a long time, ranging from a deeper understanding of the quantum nature of radiation to research on attractive material properties such as... more »

"An important step towards a completely new experimental access to quantum physics has been made at University of Konstanz. The team of scientists headed by Professor Alfred Leitenstorfer has now shown how to manipulate the electric vacuum field and thus generate deviations from the ground state of empty space which can only be understood in the context of the quantum theory of light.

With these results, the researchers from the field of ultrafast phenomena and photonics build on their earlier findings, published in October 2015 in the scientific journal Science, where they have demonstrated direct detection of signals from pure nothingness. This essential scientific progress might make it possible to solve problems that physicists have grappled with for a long time, ranging from a deeper understanding of the quantum nature of radiation to research on attractive material properties such as high-temperature superconductivity. The new results are published on 19 January 2017 in the current online issue of the scientific journal Nature."

Read more at: https://phys.org/news/2017-01-quantum-vacuum-traffic-space.html___

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2017-01-19 04:27:04 (0 comments; 6 reshares; 24 +1s; )Open 

"A new study finds parents who talk with their high schoolers about the relevance of science and math can increase competency and career interest in the fields.

The findings, published Jan. 17 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, show a 12 percentage point increase on the math and science ACT for students whose parents were provided with information on how to effectively convey the importance of science, technology, engineering and math. The same students also are likely to be more interested in pursuing STEM careers, including taking STEM classes in college and having a favorable impression of the fields."

Read more at: https://phys.org/news/2017-01-children-stem-fields-boosts-scores.html

"A new study finds parents who talk with their high schoolers about the relevance of science and math can increase competency and career interest in the fields.

The findings, published Jan. 17 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, show a 12 percentage point increase on the math and science ACT for students whose parents were provided with information on how to effectively convey the importance of science, technology, engineering and math. The same students also are likely to be more interested in pursuing STEM careers, including taking STEM classes in college and having a favorable impression of the fields."

Read more at: https://phys.org/news/2017-01-children-stem-fields-boosts-scores.html___

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2017-01-19 03:53:22 (0 comments; 3 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

"(Phys.org)—Astronomers report the discovery of three new gas giant planets using the SuperWASP-South Observatory in South Africa. Two of the newly detected alien worlds were classified as the so-called "warm Jupiters," while one of them is most likely a super-Neptune or a sub-Saturn planet. The findings were presented in a paper published Jan. 13 on the arXiv preprint server."

Read more at: https://phys.org/news/2017-01-gas-giant-exoplanets-superwasp-south.html

"(Phys.org)—Astronomers report the discovery of three new gas giant planets using the SuperWASP-South Observatory in South Africa. Two of the newly detected alien worlds were classified as the so-called "warm Jupiters," while one of them is most likely a super-Neptune or a sub-Saturn planet. The findings were presented in a paper published Jan. 13 on the arXiv preprint server."

Read more at: https://phys.org/news/2017-01-gas-giant-exoplanets-superwasp-south.html___

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2017-01-19 00:45:59 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 12 +1s; )Open 

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Microbes Could Survive Thin Air of Mars

Methanogens are among the simplest and most ancient organisms on Earth. These microorganisms are anaerobes, meaning they do not require oxygen. Instead, they often rely on hydrogen for energy, and carbon dioxide is the main source of carbon atoms they use in creating organic molecules.

To see if methanogens might survive such extremely thin air, Mickol and Timothy Kral, the senior author of the study and an astrobiologist at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, experimented with four species of methanogens. They included: Methanothermobacter wolfeii, Methanosarcina barkeri, Methanobacterium formicicum, and Methanococcus maripaludis. Previous experiments on these four species over the course of more than 20 years generated a lot of data on these organisms and their rates of survival in simulated Martian conditions.

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Microbes Could Survive Thin Air of Mars

Methanogens are among the simplest and most ancient organisms on Earth. These microorganisms are anaerobes, meaning they do not require oxygen. Instead, they often rely on hydrogen for energy, and carbon dioxide is the main source of carbon atoms they use in creating organic molecules.

To see if methanogens might survive such extremely thin air, Mickol and Timothy Kral, the senior author of the study and an astrobiologist at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, experimented with four species of methanogens. They included: Methanothermobacter wolfeii, Methanosarcina barkeri, Methanobacterium formicicum, and Methanococcus maripaludis. Previous experiments on these four species over the course of more than 20 years generated a lot of data on these organisms and their rates of survival in simulated Martian conditions.

The researchers found that these methanogens all survived exposure of lengths varying from 3 to 21 days at pressures down to roughly six-thousandths of Earth’s surface pressure. “These experiments show that for some species, low pressure may not really have any effect on the survival of the organism,” Mickol said.

Read more at: http://buff.ly/2joCBrs___

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2017-01-19 00:43:36 (0 comments; 4 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

AI in the public interest: Knight Foundation on how the new fund will advance the ethics of artificial intelligence.

AI in the public interest: Knight Foundation on how the new fund will advance the ethics of artificial intelligence.___

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2017-01-18 21:03:34 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

Yes! Go Osiris-Rex!

Congrats +OSIRIS-REx Mission !

Success! The results are in, and OSIRIS-REx's first deep space maneuver (DSM-1) on Dec. 28 was a success. DSM-1 was the first firing of the main engines and resulted in the spacecraft changing velocity by 964 mph. Details: http://go.nasa.gov/2jLXZGZ___Yes! Go Osiris-Rex!

Congrats +OSIRIS-REx Mission !

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2017-01-18 18:39:41 (13 comments; 1 reshares; 35 +1s; )Open 

A gruesome and unexpected find...the two dead are found actually dead..

Sigh. ___A gruesome and unexpected find...the two dead are found actually dead..

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