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Ciro Villa

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

Location: Florida

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Ciro Villa135,131Test 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 Lewis384,322Heck 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 Villa135,131Let'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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2016-09-24 20:10:18 (15 comments; 1 reshares; 13 +1s; )Open 

Interesting piece. Possible gender transmutation among lions?..

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2106866-five-wild-lionesses-grow-a-mane-and-start-acting-like-males/

cc Dr. +Carin Bondar and +Nick Nielsen 

Most reshares: 18

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2016-09-26 13:38:39 (2 comments; 18 reshares; 48 +1s; )Open 

"Mirrors are the simplest means to manipulate light propagation. Usually, a mirror is a macroscopic object composed of a very large number of atoms. In the September 23th issue of the Physical Review Letters, Prof. Julien Laurat and his team at Pierre and Marie Curie University in Paris (Laboratoire Kastler Brossel-LKB) report that they have realized an efficient mirror consisting of only 2000 atoms. This paper is accompanied by a "Focus" item in APS-Physics."

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2016-09-physicists-nanoscale-mirror-atoms.html

Most plusones: 48

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2016-09-26 13:38:39 (2 comments; 18 reshares; 48 +1s; )Open 

"Mirrors are the simplest means to manipulate light propagation. Usually, a mirror is a macroscopic object composed of a very large number of atoms. In the September 23th issue of the Physical Review Letters, Prof. Julien Laurat and his team at Pierre and Marie Curie University in Paris (Laboratoire Kastler Brossel-LKB) report that they have realized an efficient mirror consisting of only 2000 atoms. This paper is accompanied by a "Focus" item in APS-Physics."

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2016-09-physicists-nanoscale-mirror-atoms.html

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2016-09-26 23:12:19 (1 comments; 3 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

The first professional female astronomer was Caroline Herschel, sister of that more famous Herschel. As is far too often often the case with female scientists, what's really remarkable is that she had a career at all: her mother kept her as an unpaid servant into adulthood; when she started assisting her brother, she had no training in either astronomy or math. Clearly, an extraordinary mind.

The first professional female astronomer was Caroline Herschel, sister of that more famous Herschel. As is far too often often the case with female scientists, what's really remarkable is that she had a career at all: her mother kept her as an unpaid servant into adulthood; when she started assisting her brother, she had no training in either astronomy or math. Clearly, an extraordinary mind.___

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2016-09-26 23:10:45 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

Hidden moon: +NASA's #Cassini mission sees the brilliant disk of #Saturn with its moon #Prometheus barely visible as a dark speck below the rings, to the left of center.

Hidden moon: +NASA's #Cassini mission sees the brilliant disk of #Saturn with its moon #Prometheus barely visible as a dark speck below the rings, to the left of center.___

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2016-09-26 23:06:01 (2 comments; 2 reshares; 17 +1s; )Open 

Orange wool...

ping +mary Zeman need some orange thread for your knitting work?.. :-p ;-)

An English farmer has gone to extreme lengths to make sure his sheep will stand out from the crowd, by turning his entire flock orange. He hopes the paint will deter thieves, who have stolen more than 300 sheep from him in the past few years. http://nbcbay.com/abXeg1X___Orange wool...

ping +mary Zeman need some orange thread for your knitting work?.. :-p ;-)

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2016-09-26 23:02:32 (0 comments; 7 reshares; 17 +1s; )Open 

Fighting cancer with Nanoparticles

"Stanford researchers accidentally discovered that iron nanoparticles invented for anemia treatment have another use: triggering the immune system's ability to destroy tumor cells.

Iron nanoparticles can activate the immune system to attack cancer cells, according to a study led by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine."

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2016-09-iron-nanoparticles-immune-cells-cancer.html

Fighting cancer with Nanoparticles

"Stanford researchers accidentally discovered that iron nanoparticles invented for anemia treatment have another use: triggering the immune system's ability to destroy tumor cells.

Iron nanoparticles can activate the immune system to attack cancer cells, according to a study led by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine."

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2016-09-iron-nanoparticles-immune-cells-cancer.html___

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2016-09-26 22:56:55 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 13 +1s; )Open 

Beware of "tabnapping"; yet another nefarious weapon in the phisher's arsenal..

If you haven't heard about #tabnapping  it's definitely worth reading about! #security   #scam   #browser   #phishing  ___Beware of "tabnapping"; yet another nefarious weapon in the phisher's arsenal..

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2016-09-26 21:36:16 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Walgreen's founder, Charles Walgreen as died

Charles Walgreen III, former drugstore CEO who grew chain, dies at age 80

Charles Walgreen III, who expanded his grandfather's drugstore chain into an $18 billion-a-year company by 1999 when he stepped down as chairman, has died. He was 80.___Walgreen's founder, Charles Walgreen as died

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2016-09-26 21:34:11 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 24 +1s; )Open 

"Canada's parks department on Monday confirmed the discovery of a British exploration ship that vanished during a storied Arctic expedition in 1846."

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2016-09-canada-arctic-discovery-year-old-ship.html

"Canada's parks department on Monday confirmed the discovery of a British exploration ship that vanished during a storied Arctic expedition in 1846."

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2016-09-canada-arctic-discovery-year-old-ship.html___

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2016-09-26 21:22:00 (6 comments; 3 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

I am not sure if to laugh, cry or be neutral at this...

Share thanks to +Alex Scrivener 

Swipe & Feed: Use Your Smartphone While Feeding Your Baby
http://www.gadgetify.com/baby-bottle-smartphone-holder/___I am not sure if to laugh, cry or be neutral at this...

Share thanks to +Alex Scrivener 

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2016-09-26 21:18:22 (1 comments; 2 reshares; 19 +1s; )Open 

"As scientists continue finding evidence for life in the ocean more than 3 billion years ago, those ancient fossils pose a paradox.

Organisms, including the single-celled bacteria living in the ocean at that early date, need a steady supply of phosphorus, but "it's very hard to account for this phosphorus unless it is eroding from the continents," says Aaron Satkoski, a scientist in the geoscience department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. "So that makes it really hard to explain the fossils we see at this early era.""

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2016-09-life-ancient-oceans-enabled-erosion.html

"As scientists continue finding evidence for life in the ocean more than 3 billion years ago, those ancient fossils pose a paradox.

Organisms, including the single-celled bacteria living in the ocean at that early date, need a steady supply of phosphorus, but "it's very hard to account for this phosphorus unless it is eroding from the continents," says Aaron Satkoski, a scientist in the geoscience department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. "So that makes it really hard to explain the fossils we see at this early era.""

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2016-09-life-ancient-oceans-enabled-erosion.html___

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2016-09-26 21:15:59 (2 comments; 2 reshares; 11 +1s; )Open 

Study: Earth's roughly warmest in about 100,000 years - A new study paints a picture of an Earth that is warmer than it has been in about 120,000 years, and is locked into eventually hitting its hottest mark in more than 2 million years.

Study: Earth's roughly warmest in about 100,000 years - A new study paints a picture of an Earth that is warmer than it has been in about 120,000 years, and is locked into eventually hitting its hottest mark in more than 2 million years.___

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2016-09-26 21:14:56 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

Mercury found to be Tectonically Active!

"Images acquired by NASA's MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging (MESSENGER) spacecraft show geologic features that indicate Mercury is likely still contracting today, joining Earth as a tectonically active planet in our Solar System.

Previously undetected small fault scarps were observed in images collected during the MESSENGER mission's final 18 months in orbit around Mercury, according to a new paper in Nature Geoscience. During these last months of the mission, the spacecraft's altitude was lowered allowing the surface to be imaged at higher resolutions than ever before possible."

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2016-09-mercury-tectonically.html

Mercury found to be Tectonically Active!

"Images acquired by NASA's MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging (MESSENGER) spacecraft show geologic features that indicate Mercury is likely still contracting today, joining Earth as a tectonically active planet in our Solar System.

Previously undetected small fault scarps were observed in images collected during the MESSENGER mission's final 18 months in orbit around Mercury, according to a new paper in Nature Geoscience. During these last months of the mission, the spacecraft's altitude was lowered allowing the surface to be imaged at higher resolutions than ever before possible."

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2016-09-mercury-tectonically.html___

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2016-09-26 20:47:35 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

"A layer of iron and other elements deep underground is the evidence scientists have long been seeking to support the hypothesis that the moon was formed by a planetary object hitting the infant Earth some 4.5 billion years ago, a new study led by Johns Hopkins University scientists argues.

Published in the current issue of the journal Nature Geoscience, the paper uses laboratory simulations of an Earth impact as evidence that a stratified layer beneath the rocky mantle – which appears in seismic data – was created when the Earth was struck by a smaller object. The authors argue this was the same impact that sent a great mass of debris hurtling into space, creating the moon."

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2016-09-moon-creation-hypothesis.html

"A layer of iron and other elements deep underground is the evidence scientists have long been seeking to support the hypothesis that the moon was formed by a planetary object hitting the infant Earth some 4.5 billion years ago, a new study led by Johns Hopkins University scientists argues.

Published in the current issue of the journal Nature Geoscience, the paper uses laboratory simulations of an Earth impact as evidence that a stratified layer beneath the rocky mantle – which appears in seismic data – was created when the Earth was struck by a smaller object. The authors argue this was the same impact that sent a great mass of debris hurtling into space, creating the moon."

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2016-09-moon-creation-hypothesis.html___

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2016-09-26 20:38:47 (4 comments; 2 reshares; 14 +1s; )Open 

Is time an illusion?...

___Is time an illusion?...

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2016-09-26 20:33:30 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

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2016-09-26 18:06:57 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 12 +1s; )Open 

A very interesting find in planetary evolution!

" "Finding disks in low-mass systems is really interesting to us, because objects that exist at the lower limit of what defines a star and that still have disks that indicate planet formation can tell us a lot about both stellar and planetary evolution," said first author Boucher, who works at her university's Institute for Research on Exoplanets (iREx). "

[...]

" The research team was able to determine that the disks surrounding their four newly discovered low-mass objects were all likely in a phase of planet forming. None were in the dusty aftermath phase.

Even more interesting, two of the objects are possibly between 42 and 45 million years old. This would make them the oldest objects surrounded by active disk systems ever found. "
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A very interesting find in planetary evolution!

" "Finding disks in low-mass systems is really interesting to us, because objects that exist at the lower limit of what defines a star and that still have disks that indicate planet formation can tell us a lot about both stellar and planetary evolution," said first author Boucher, who works at her university's Institute for Research on Exoplanets (iREx). "

[...]

" The research team was able to determine that the disks surrounding their four newly discovered low-mass objects were all likely in a phase of planet forming. None were in the dusty aftermath phase.

Even more interesting, two of the objects are possibly between 42 and 45 million years old. This would make them the oldest objects surrounded by active disk systems ever found. "

http://phys.org/news/2016-09-low-mass-refine-planetary-evolution.html___

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2016-09-26 13:44:41 (2 comments; 5 reshares; 21 +1s; )Open 

Sounding rocket solves one cosmic mystery, reveals another - In the last century, humans realized that space is filled with types of light we can't see – from infrared signals released by hot stars and galaxies, to the cosmic microwave background that comes from every corner of the universe. Some of this invisible light that fills space takes the form of X-rays, the source of which has been hotly contended over the past few decades.

Sounding rocket solves one cosmic mystery, reveals another - In the last century, humans realized that space is filled with types of light we can't see – from infrared signals released by hot stars and galaxies, to the cosmic microwave background that comes from every corner of the universe. Some of this invisible light that fills space takes the form of X-rays, the source of which has been hotly contended over the past few decades.___

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2016-09-26 13:38:39 (2 comments; 18 reshares; 48 +1s; )Open 

"Mirrors are the simplest means to manipulate light propagation. Usually, a mirror is a macroscopic object composed of a very large number of atoms. In the September 23th issue of the Physical Review Letters, Prof. Julien Laurat and his team at Pierre and Marie Curie University in Paris (Laboratoire Kastler Brossel-LKB) report that they have realized an efficient mirror consisting of only 2000 atoms. This paper is accompanied by a "Focus" item in APS-Physics."

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2016-09-physicists-nanoscale-mirror-atoms.html

"Mirrors are the simplest means to manipulate light propagation. Usually, a mirror is a macroscopic object composed of a very large number of atoms. In the September 23th issue of the Physical Review Letters, Prof. Julien Laurat and his team at Pierre and Marie Curie University in Paris (Laboratoire Kastler Brossel-LKB) report that they have realized an efficient mirror consisting of only 2000 atoms. This paper is accompanied by a "Focus" item in APS-Physics."

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2016-09-physicists-nanoscale-mirror-atoms.html___

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2016-09-26 13:37:35 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

Astronomers discover super-fast spinning ultraluminous X-Ray pulsar!

"(Phys.org)—A team of European astronomers has discovered a new pulsar in a variable ultraluminous X-ray source (ULX) known as NGC 7793 P13. The newly found object is the third ultraluminous X-ray pulsar detected so far, and also the fastest-spinning one. The findings are detailed in a paper published Sept. 21 in the arXiv pre-print server."

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2016-09-pulsar-ultraluminous-x-ray-source.html

Astronomers discover super-fast spinning ultraluminous X-Ray pulsar!

"(Phys.org)—A team of European astronomers has discovered a new pulsar in a variable ultraluminous X-ray source (ULX) known as NGC 7793 P13. The newly found object is the third ultraluminous X-ray pulsar detected so far, and also the fastest-spinning one. The findings are detailed in a paper published Sept. 21 in the arXiv pre-print server."

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2016-09-pulsar-ultraluminous-x-ray-source.html___

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2016-09-26 13:23:08 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

SpaceX fires its Raptor engine for Mars flights for the first time

SpaceX fires its Raptor engine for Mars flights for the first time___

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2016-09-26 13:22:56 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 11 +1s; )Open 

NASA's Kennedy Spaceport Magazine for September 2016
KSC September 2016 Spaceport Magazine (Free 27-Page PDF)
www.nasa.gov/centers/kennedy/spaceport-magazine.html
Direct Download:
www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/atoms/files/sept2016-v2.pdf

In the September 2016 issue:

· OSIRIS-REx prepped for mapping, sampling mission

· SAGE III to look back at Earth’s atmospheric ‘sunscreen’

· Engine test shows design ready for new era

· SpaceX conducts successful parachute system test

· Crew access arm installed for Starliner missions

· NASA orders second SpaceX Crew Mission to ISS

· NASA, Boeing simulate return from low-Earth orbit

· Commercial Crew astronauts discuss progress, training

· Orioncrew module re... more »

NASA's Kennedy Spaceport Magazine for September 2016
KSC September 2016 Spaceport Magazine (Free 27-Page PDF)
www.nasa.gov/centers/kennedy/spaceport-magazine.html
Direct Download:
www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/atoms/files/sept2016-v2.pdf

In the September 2016 issue:

· OSIRIS-REx prepped for mapping, sampling mission

· SAGE III to look back at Earth’s atmospheric ‘sunscreen’

· Engine test shows design ready for new era

· SpaceX conducts successful parachute system test

· Crew access arm installed for Starliner missions

· NASA orders second SpaceX Crew Mission to ISS

· NASA, Boeing simulate return from low-Earth orbit

· Commercial Crew astronauts discuss progress, training

· Orion crew module reaches processing milestone

· Multi-Payload Processing Facility provides ‘gas station’

· Pad 39B infrastructure upgrades support journey to Mars

· Agreement makes it easier to schedule prescribed burns

· Demanding Gemini XI mission flies on top of the world

Spaceport Magazine is a monthly NASA publication that serves Kennedy Space Center employees and the American public. The magazine’s wide topic variety mirrors Kennedy's diverse spaceport operations. From launch processing to center development and employee stories, Spaceport Magazine covers it all.

Credit: NASA/Kennedy Space Center (KSC)
Release Date: September 2, 2016

+NASA's Kennedy Space Center 
+NASA Orion 
+SpaceX 
+Boeing+ 
+Lockheed Martin 
+United Launch Alliance 

#NASA #Space #Science #SpaceX #Boeing #OSIRISREx #ULA #AtlasV #Rocket #Launch #Asteroid #Bennu #Carbonaceous #ToBennuAndBack #Organics #Minerals #Mapping #SampleReturn #SolarSystem #Technology #Spaceport #Kennedy #Florida #KSC #USA #UnitedStates #STEM #Education___

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2016-09-25 06:23:31 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 14 +1s; )Open 

NASA’s Curiosity Mars Rover completes 'Quela' drill campaign and snaps another spectacular hillside mosaic assembled by Ken Kremer and Marco Di Lorenzo. My story/mosaics

NASA’s Curiosity Mars Rover completes 'Quela' drill campaign and snaps another spectacular hillside mosaic assembled by Ken Kremer and Marco Di Lorenzo. My story/mosaics___

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2016-09-25 04:13:11 (3 comments; 7 reshares; 45 +1s; )Open 

#Diatoms are quite a sight to see! Via http://www.thegorgeousdaily.com/scanning-electron-micrographs-of-diatoms/

#Diatoms are quite a sight to see! Via http://www.thegorgeousdaily.com/scanning-electron-micrographs-of-diatoms/___

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2016-09-25 04:13:04 (2 comments; 4 reshares; 22 +1s; )Open 

Tardigrades can live 30 years in a freezer and survive in space, and now we know why

Tardigrades — also known as "water bears" — are microscopic animals that can live through almost anything: 30 years in a freezer, rapid dehydration, boiling and freezing temperatures, massive doses of radiation, baths in organic solvents, and a trip to open space. Today, scientists sequencing their genome have discovered clues to just how they do it — which may help us learn how to be just as tough ourselves. Over time, the species gained the ability to tolerate damaging effects of the kind of stresses the tardigrades regularly endure, according to the results published in the journal Nature Communications. Part of that involved losing bits of DNA that trigger cells to consume their own components and produce damaging hydrogen peroxide molecules in response to environmental stress. But thetardi... more »

Tardigrades can live 30 years in a freezer and survive in space, and now we know why

Tardigrades — also known as "water bears" — are microscopic animals that can live through almost anything: 30 years in a freezer, rapid dehydration, boiling and freezing temperatures, massive doses of radiation, baths in organic solvents, and a trip to open space. Today, scientists sequencing their genome have discovered clues to just how they do it — which may help us learn how to be just as tough ourselves. Over time, the species gained the ability to tolerate damaging effects of the kind of stresses the tardigrades regularly endure, according to the results published in the journal Nature Communications. Part of that involved losing bits of DNA that trigger cells to consume their own components and produce damaging hydrogen peroxide molecules in response to environmental stress. But the tardigrade genome wasn’t just losing things that might harm them. They also gained protective genes and evolved new proteins that protect their delicate strands of DNA from breakage. When one of those proteins was introduced into a human kidney cell line, those kidney cells were able to withstand X-ray radiation and hydrogen peroxide significantly better than unmodified, normal cells.___

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2016-09-25 01:12:39 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

Snapchat introduces video-catching sunglasses - Vanishing message service Snapchat announced Saturday it will launch a line of video-catching sunglasses, a spin on Glass eyewear abandoned by Google more than a year ago.

Snapchat introduces video-catching sunglasses - Vanishing message service Snapchat announced Saturday it will launch a line of video-catching sunglasses, a spin on Glass eyewear abandoned by Google more than a year ago.___

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2016-09-25 00:44:22 (2 comments; 2 reshares; 25 +1s; )Open 

R.I.P.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/movies/2016/09/24/do-right-thing-actor-bill-nunn-dies/91040834/

RIP Bill Nunn___R.I.P.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/movies/2016/09/24/do-right-thing-actor-bill-nunn-dies/91040834/

2016-09-25 00:34:52 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

Anyone else spending Saturday night between Social media, the web and Social media?...

Anyone else spending Saturday night between Social media, the web and Social media?...___

2016-09-24 21:35:54 (12 comments; 0 reshares; 16 +1s; )Open 

The days of people suggestions and circle sharing appear to be long gone. However, for those of your that are highly intellectually inclined, I have to make a quick mention and suggest following my good friend, the esteemed and undervalued one, Mr. +Nick Nielsen who, for all intents and purposes, I considered one of the most intelligent and profound thinkers/writers I have got to know in recent times. His research and work, and consequentially depth of knowledge in matters of history, past, present and future of civilizations, on and off Earth, is simply astounding.

Here is is hub: https://geopolicraticus.wordpress.com/

#followsaturday  

My hat to Nick.

The days of people suggestions and circle sharing appear to be long gone. However, for those of your that are highly intellectually inclined, I have to make a quick mention and suggest following my good friend, the esteemed and undervalued one, Mr. +Nick Nielsen who, for all intents and purposes, I considered one of the most intelligent and profound thinkers/writers I have got to know in recent times. His research and work, and consequentially depth of knowledge in matters of history, past, present and future of civilizations, on and off Earth, is simply astounding.

Here is is hub: https://geopolicraticus.wordpress.com/

#followsaturday  

My hat to Nick.___

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2016-09-24 20:15:24 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 12 +1s; )Open 

How do you safely return a precious scientific sample of an #asteroid to Earth? Seven years from today, OSIRIS-REx will return at least 60 grams of Bennu's surface material using a +Lockheed Martin-built Sample Return Capsule that draws its heritage from NASA's Stardust mission: http://go.nasa.gov/2d7YFo1

How do you safely return a precious scientific sample of an #asteroid to Earth? Seven years from today, OSIRIS-REx will return at least 60 grams of Bennu's surface material using a +Lockheed Martin-built Sample Return Capsule that draws its heritage from NASA's Stardust mission: http://go.nasa.gov/2d7YFo1___

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2016-09-24 20:10:18 (15 comments; 1 reshares; 13 +1s; )Open 

Interesting piece. Possible gender transmutation among lions?..

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2106866-five-wild-lionesses-grow-a-mane-and-start-acting-like-males/

cc Dr. +Carin Bondar and +Nick Nielsen 

Interesting piece. Possible gender transmutation among lions?..

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2106866-five-wild-lionesses-grow-a-mane-and-start-acting-like-males/

cc Dr. +Carin Bondar and +Nick Nielsen ___

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2016-09-24 17:49:19 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

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2016-09-24 16:24:05 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

In so far as the Genesis Project would be based on the actions of autonomous AI agents (albeit programmed by human beings), it isn’t “anthropic” in the narrowest sense, as human beings would not be directly responsible for the actions that the autonomous AI agent undertakes at a target exoplanet, but only responsible at one remove. What are we to call some undertaking executed by AI at the behest of human designers? Meta-anthropic? Anthropic at one remove? Pseudoanthropic? Mechanistic? The more AI develops and builds upon its AI-specific experiences, the farther this pseudoanthropic agency will diverge from authetically anthropic agency, and this divergence of AI agency from the specifically anthropic agency of its progenitors will figure in the second thought experiment below.

In so far as the Genesis Project would be based on the actions of autonomous AI agents (albeit programmed by human beings), it isn’t “anthropic” in the narrowest sense, as human beings would not be directly responsible for the actions that the autonomous AI agent undertakes at a target exoplanet, but only responsible at one remove. What are we to call some undertaking executed by AI at the behest of human designers? Meta-anthropic? Anthropic at one remove? Pseudoanthropic? Mechanistic? The more AI develops and builds upon its AI-specific experiences, the farther this pseudoanthropic agency will diverge from authetically anthropic agency, and this divergence of AI agency from the specifically anthropic agency of its progenitors will figure in the second thought experiment below.___

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2016-09-24 16:19:35 (3 comments; 1 reshares; 22 +1s; )Open 

.@NASA didn’t change the zodiac signs…we just did the math.

Get the facts about what really happened to the astronomy behind the zodiac symbols: http://go.nasa.gov/2drMWT4

.@NASA didn’t change the zodiac signs…we just did the math.

Get the facts about what really happened to the astronomy behind the zodiac symbols: http://go.nasa.gov/2drMWT4___

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2016-09-24 16:19:13 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

Happy Sample Return Day! Seven years from today--Sept. 24, 2023--OSIRIS-REx will return a sample from the #asteroid Bennu to Earth. Learn more: http://www.asteroidmission.org/mission/#return

Happy Sample Return Day! Seven years from today--Sept. 24, 2023--OSIRIS-REx will return a sample from the #asteroid Bennu to Earth. Learn more: http://www.asteroidmission.org/mission/#return___

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2016-09-24 16:18:35 (4 comments; 4 reshares; 43 +1s; )Open 

" Movie Review: Arrival Is a Scifi Masterpiece You Won't Stop Thinking About "

(Review by +Germain Lussier )

http://io9.gizmodo.com/movie-review-arrival-is-a-scifi-masterpiece-you-wont-s-1786996616

" Movie Review: Arrival Is a Scifi Masterpiece You Won't Stop Thinking About "

(Review by +Germain Lussier )

http://io9.gizmodo.com/movie-review-arrival-is-a-scifi-masterpiece-you-wont-s-1786996616___

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2016-09-24 01:08:18 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 15 +1s; )Open 

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2016-09-23 23:54:32 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

Up close and personal with #GMTelescope Mirror Segment 4 at the The University of Arizona Richard F. Caris Mirror Lab. Photo credit: Jim Fanson

Up close and personal with #GMTelescope Mirror Segment 4 at the The University of Arizona Richard F. Caris Mirror Lab. Photo credit: Jim Fanson___

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2016-09-23 20:31:58 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

Slooh members Bernd Lütkenhöner and Paul Cox were able to image the newly discovered Comet C/2016 R3 (Borisov) this week under extraordinary conditions. Though it was only discovered on September 11th, 2016, it had already fallen out of reach of other telescopes around the world by September 16th, but Lütkenhöner and Cox managed to image it on September 20th using Slooh's robotic Half Metre telescope at their flagship observatory on the Canary Islands. What's more impressive, they say, the comet was only observable in the last 30-minutes before dawn, when it was only 5° above the horizon in a rapidly brightening sky.

Slooh members Bernd Lütkenhöner and Paul Cox were able to image the newly discovered Comet C/2016 R3 (Borisov) this week under extraordinary conditions. Though it was only discovered on September 11th, 2016, it had already fallen out of reach of other telescopes around the world by September 16th, but Lütkenhöner and Cox managed to image it on September 20th using Slooh's robotic Half Metre telescope at their flagship observatory on the Canary Islands. What's more impressive, they say, the comet was only observable in the last 30-minutes before dawn, when it was only 5° above the horizon in a rapidly brightening sky.___

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2016-09-23 20:31:27 (0 comments; 4 reshares; 13 +1s; )Open 

Possibility of the presence of a Pluto's sub-surface ocean.

"Ever since NASA's New Horizons spacecraft flew by Pluto last year, evidence has been mounting that the dwarf planet may have a liquid ocean beneath its icy shell. Now, by modeling the impact dynamics that created a massive crater on Pluto's surface, a team of researchers has made a new estimate of how thick that liquid layer might be.

The study, led by Brown University geologist Brandon Johnson and published in Geophysical Research Letters, finds a high likelihood that there's more than 100 kilometers of liquid water beneath Pluto's surface. The research also offers a clue about the composition of that ocean, suggesting that it likely has a salt content similar to that of the Dead Sea."

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2016-09-pluto-heart-ocean.html

Possibility of the presence of a Pluto's sub-surface ocean.

"Ever since NASA's New Horizons spacecraft flew by Pluto last year, evidence has been mounting that the dwarf planet may have a liquid ocean beneath its icy shell. Now, by modeling the impact dynamics that created a massive crater on Pluto's surface, a team of researchers has made a new estimate of how thick that liquid layer might be.

The study, led by Brown University geologist Brandon Johnson and published in Geophysical Research Letters, finds a high likelihood that there's more than 100 kilometers of liquid water beneath Pluto's surface. The research also offers a clue about the composition of that ocean, suggesting that it likely has a salt content similar to that of the Dead Sea."

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2016-09-pluto-heart-ocean.html___

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2016-09-23 20:27:15 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

"There are more than a dozen species of finch that evolved on the Galapagos Islands, each identified by beak shape and size. Some have strong beaks to crack nuts while others have long, fine beaks to grasp larvae with surgical precision. All of the finches evolved from a common ancestor in a very short period of time, an evolutionary process known as adaptive radiation.

Although this burst of adaptive radiation is common for animals and plants, it has remained elusive and difficult to document in microbes in the wild—until now.

A new study published today in the journal Nature Communications and led by researchers from the MIT Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) shows that adaptive radiation does exist in microbes. The discovery could portend new applications that create more economical and renewable biofuels, or innovate biomedical chemicals andp... more »

"There are more than a dozen species of finch that evolved on the Galapagos Islands, each identified by beak shape and size. Some have strong beaks to crack nuts while others have long, fine beaks to grasp larvae with surgical precision. All of the finches evolved from a common ancestor in a very short period of time, an evolutionary process known as adaptive radiation.

Although this burst of adaptive radiation is common for animals and plants, it has remained elusive and difficult to document in microbes in the wild—until now.

A new study published today in the journal Nature Communications and led by researchers from the MIT Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) shows that adaptive radiation does exist in microbes. The discovery could portend new applications that create more economical and renewable biofuels, or innovate biomedical chemicals and products."

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2016-09-fast-microbial-evolutionary.html___

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2016-09-23 20:25:54 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

"(Phys.org)—A small team of researchers with Princeton University has found evidence that suggests that the amount of oxygen in the Earth's atmosphere has dropped by 0.7 percent over the past 800,000 years. In their paper published in the journal Science, the team describes their analyses of ice core samples taken from Antarctica and Greenland and offer some possible explanations for what they found."

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2016-09-ice-core-analyses-atmospheric-oxygen.html

"(Phys.org)—A small team of researchers with Princeton University has found evidence that suggests that the amount of oxygen in the Earth's atmosphere has dropped by 0.7 percent over the past 800,000 years. In their paper published in the journal Science, the team describes their analyses of ice core samples taken from Antarctica and Greenland and offer some possible explanations for what they found."

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2016-09-ice-core-analyses-atmospheric-oxygen.html___

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2016-09-23 19:17:12 (5 comments; 7 reshares; 25 +1s; )Open 

Mercedes-Benz has a Vision of autonomous, drone-launching delivery vans

Video: https://youtu.be/ve63xdzc3hg

Mercedes-Benz has a Vision of autonomous, drone-launching delivery vans

Video: https://youtu.be/ve63xdzc3hg___

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2016-09-23 16:23:54 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

SKA in the news: Bernie Fanaroff sat down with Science|Business to discuss the SKA's Big Data Challenge and its current developments and investments in South Africa. http://skatel.org/news_O6Svt

SKA in the news: Bernie Fanaroff sat down with Science|Business to discuss the SKA's Big Data Challenge and its current developments and investments in South Africa. http://skatel.org/news_O6Svt___

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2016-09-23 15:21:42 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

New blog post: A Hubble Journey from IMAX to 4K UHD

The IMAX short film I directed in 2004 is now available at ultra high definition for your home viewing pleasure.

http://hubblesite.org/explore_astronomy/hubbles_universe_unfiltered/blogs/a-hubble-journey-from-imax-to-4k-uhd

New blog post: A Hubble Journey from IMAX to 4K UHD

The IMAX short film I directed in 2004 is now available at ultra high definition for your home viewing pleasure.

http://hubblesite.org/explore_astronomy/hubbles_universe_unfiltered/blogs/a-hubble-journey-from-imax-to-4k-uhd___

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2016-09-23 15:21:02 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 15 +1s; )Open 

Hubble sees the beautiful demises of dying star

This image, taken by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, shows the colorful "last hurrah" of a star like our sun. The star is ending its life by casting off its outer layers of gas, which formed a cocoon around the star's remaining core. Ultraviolet light from the dying star makes the material glow. The burned-out star, called a white dwarf, is the white dot in the center. Our sun will eventually burn out and shroud itself with stellar debris, but not for another 5 billion years.

Our Milky Way Galaxy is littered with these stellar relics, called planetary nebulae. The objects have nothing to do with planets. Eighteenth- and nineteenth-century astronomers called them the name because through small telescopes they resembled the disks of the distant planets Uranus and Neptune. The planetary nebula in this image is called NGC... more »

Hubble sees the beautiful demises of dying star

This image, taken by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, shows the colorful "last hurrah" of a star like our sun. The star is ending its life by casting off its outer layers of gas, which formed a cocoon around the star's remaining core. Ultraviolet light from the dying star makes the material glow. The burned-out star, called a white dwarf, is the white dot in the center. Our sun will eventually burn out and shroud itself with stellar debris, but not for another 5 billion years.

Our Milky Way Galaxy is littered with these stellar relics, called planetary nebulae. The objects have nothing to do with planets. Eighteenth- and nineteenth-century astronomers called them the name because through small telescopes they resembled the disks of the distant planets Uranus and Neptune. The planetary nebula in this image is called NGC 2440. The white dwarf at the center of NGC 2440 is one of the hottest known, with a surface temperature of more than 360,000 degrees Fahrenheit (200,000 degrees Celsius). The nebula's chaotic structure suggests that the star shed its mass episodically. During each outburst, the star expelled material in a different direction. This can be seen in the two bowtie-shaped lobes. The nebula also is rich in clouds of dust, some of which form long, dark streaks pointing away from the star. NGC 2440 lies about 4,000 light-years from Earth in the direction of the constellation Puppis.

The material expelled by the star glows with different colors depending on its composition, its density and how close it is to the hot central star. Blue samples helium; blue-green oxygen, and red nitrogen and hydrogen.

Credit: NASA, ESA, and K. Noll (STScI), Acknowledgment: The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)___

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2016-09-23 15:20:52 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

Today in science: Discovery of Neptune
http://bit.ly/2cUMaNI
Neptune is the planet discovered with mathematics.

Today in science: Discovery of Neptune
http://bit.ly/2cUMaNI
Neptune is the planet discovered with mathematics.___

2016-09-23 03:54:23 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 13 +1s; )Open 

My overall level of tolerance for idiotic comments on my posts is getting lower and lower..

My overall level of tolerance for idiotic comments on my posts is getting lower and lower..___

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2016-09-23 03:24:35 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

The September equinox comes on September 22 at 1421 UTC http://bit.ly/2cNQQXR At each equinox, the sun rises due east and sets due west!

The September equinox comes on September 22 at 1421 UTC http://bit.ly/2cNQQXR At each equinox, the sun rises due east and sets due west!___

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2016-09-23 02:00:51 (0 comments; 3 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

Just add water: Biomolecular manufacturing ‘on-the-go’
http://bit.ly/2cGQNrw

Just add water: Biomolecular manufacturing ‘on-the-go’
http://bit.ly/2cGQNrw___

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2016-09-23 01:58:34 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 14 +1s; )Open 

About to start. Live!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YchCuFvyAZ4

About to start. Live!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YchCuFvyAZ4___

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2016-09-22 23:34:51 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 18 +1s; )Open 

"An international team of astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) has explored the same distant corner of the universe first revealed in the iconic image of the Hubble Ultra Deep Field (HUDF).

The new ALMA observations, which are significantly deeper and sharper than previous surveys at millimeter wavelengths, trace the previously unknown abundance of star-forming gas at different points in time, providing new insights into the "Golden Age" of galaxy formation approximately 10 billion years ago.

The researchers presented their findings today at the Half a Decade of ALMA conference in Palm Springs, California. The results also are accepted for publication in a series of seven scientific papers appearing in the Astrophysical Journal."

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2016-09-alma-explores-hubble-ultra-deep.html

"An international team of astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) has explored the same distant corner of the universe first revealed in the iconic image of the Hubble Ultra Deep Field (HUDF).

The new ALMA observations, which are significantly deeper and sharper than previous surveys at millimeter wavelengths, trace the previously unknown abundance of star-forming gas at different points in time, providing new insights into the "Golden Age" of galaxy formation approximately 10 billion years ago.

The researchers presented their findings today at the Half a Decade of ALMA conference in Palm Springs, California. The results also are accepted for publication in a series of seven scientific papers appearing in the Astrophysical Journal."

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2016-09-alma-explores-hubble-ultra-deep.html___

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