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David Andrews

David Andrews 

Pay no attention to the scars, life has been good to me

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Location: Lone Tree, Co.

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2016-03-01 22:33:34 (17 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

Thoughts drop off of Trump's brain onto his tongue like a gum all machine
Without regard or recognition of what fell out before... or its consequence.
Not exactly what should be considered qualities for a Commander and Chief.

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/frankschaeffer/2016/02/an-open-letter-to-the-republican-establishment-leadership/

Most reshares: 3

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2015-08-31 17:41:25 (0 comments; 3 reshares; 13 +1s; )Open 

Italian artist Giuseppe Penone removes the growth rings on a tree to reveal the tree at a younger age.
#trees +Jack Bringloe 

Most plusones: 23

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2015-10-18 15:18:44 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 23 +1s; )Open 

Red sky at morning

Sailors take warning - says the old tale.

Forecast of rain says the supercomputers.


Latest 50 posts

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2016-07-21 17:03:47 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

Gravitational Lens
Ancient photons brought to us by the curvature of spacetime.

New Hubble Space Telescope photos give us a deep look into a distant part of the universe
http://mashable.com/2016/07/21/hubble-space-telescope-deep-galaxy-photo/


Gravitational Lens
Ancient photons brought to us by the curvature of spacetime.

New Hubble Space Telescope photos give us a deep look into a distant part of the universe
http://mashable.com/2016/07/21/hubble-space-telescope-deep-galaxy-photo/
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2016-07-18 16:55:15 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

We have our space program back

So inspiring!
I see SpaceX igniting the passion in our youth that encouraged us to reach for the Moon.
SpaceX launches at a fraction of what it used to cost. A salute to the efficiency of private enterprise, the vision and tenacity of Elon Musk and of the SpaceX team!
"Only a few countries have achieved spaceflight. It has always been a Country thing, not a company thing."

This guy, he identifies technology that needs to evolve and inserts himself as the catalyst.
The industries he has dragged into the future are Banking, Solar energy, batteries, automotive and aerospace.
Major innovations in any one of them would be the apex accomplishment of a lifetime.
I would very much like to meet him and shake his hand. He is changing our world, because "the man does not take no for an answer."
The... more »

About 10 minutes from launch. Watch here → http://www.spacex.com/webcast___We have our space program back

So inspiring!
I see SpaceX igniting the passion in our youth that encouraged us to reach for the Moon.
SpaceX launches at a fraction of what it used to cost. A salute to the efficiency of private enterprise, the vision and tenacity of Elon Musk and of the SpaceX team!
"Only a few countries have achieved spaceflight. It has always been a Country thing, not a company thing."

This guy, he identifies technology that needs to evolve and inserts himself as the catalyst.
The industries he has dragged into the future are Banking, Solar energy, batteries, automotive and aerospace.
Major innovations in any one of them would be the apex accomplishment of a lifetime.
I would very much like to meet him and shake his hand. He is changing our world, because "the man does not take no for an answer."
The Russians laughed at this guy with big dreams when he wanted to buy engines from them. He walked out of the room. They are not laughing anymore.

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2016-07-12 16:55:21 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

The Reef Gallery
Most of my casting revolved around this line I produced after becoming certified in SCUBA. Had a lot of fun designing, and learned a lot from vulcanizing molds for it all.
The fish, limpets and eel ring have diamond eyes.

Alloyed my own 14k from fine gold. Last time I did this, gold was $200 an ounce. Yeah, it's been a while.
Still have my fondness of metalworking though!



The Reef Gallery
Most of my casting revolved around this line I produced after becoming certified in SCUBA. Had a lot of fun designing, and learned a lot from vulcanizing molds for it all.
The fish, limpets and eel ring have diamond eyes.

Alloyed my own 14k from fine gold. Last time I did this, gold was $200 an ounce. Yeah, it's been a while.
Still have my fondness of metalworking though!

___

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2016-07-11 14:28:09 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

Convoluted History

The US dearly wanted a port on the Pacific coast, and tried to negotiate a lease with Mexico who repeatedly refused.
General Grant who commanded the force said he had never been involved with such a one- sided war.
There is a painting that showed the American flag flying in the center of Mexico City. The US could have taken all of Mexico, but only screwed them out of half their country.
The people who sneer "go back to your own country" have no idea how we claim jumped Mexico.

General Grant's conquest would have been poetic to the Aztec, Mayan, Columbian and Peruvian cultures that were trampled and robbed by Spain. Talk about a one-sided conflict, mounted Calvary and guns against essentially neolithic (stone age) cultures.
Throughout history it has been the same, those who could took from those who couldn't
... more »

http://www.economist.com/news/united-states/21595434-old-mexico-lives___ Convoluted History

The US dearly wanted a port on the Pacific coast, and tried to negotiate a lease with Mexico who repeatedly refused.
General Grant who commanded the force said he had never been involved with such a one- sided war.
There is a painting that showed the American flag flying in the center of Mexico City. The US could have taken all of Mexico, but only screwed them out of half their country.
The people who sneer "go back to your own country" have no idea how we claim jumped Mexico.

General Grant's conquest would have been poetic to the Aztec, Mayan, Columbian and Peruvian cultures that were trampled and robbed by Spain. Talk about a one-sided conflict, mounted Calvary and guns against essentially neolithic (stone age) cultures.
Throughout history it has been the same, those who could took from those who couldn't

Via +Scott Montague​

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2016-07-10 17:59:38 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

The Gravitational embrace of our Star

I love how the light source direction and the moons of Jupiter outline the orbital plane of our solar system - the ecliptic. A fossil remnant of the accretion disc our star formed in.
An orbital dance choreographed by gravity.

Moon Meets Jupiter
Image Credit & Copyright: Cristian Fattinnanzi
http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap160710.html

What's that next to the Moon? Jupiter -- and its four largest moons. Skygazers around planet Earth enjoyed the close encounter of planets and Moon in 2012 July 15's predawn skies. And while many saw bright Jupiter next to the slender, waning crescent, Europeans also had the opportunity to watch the ruling gas giant pass behind the lunar disk, occulted by the Moon as it slid through the night. Clouds threaten in this telescopic view from Montecassiano, Italy, but the frame still captures Jupiter after it emerged from the occultation along with all four of its large Galilean moons. The sunlit crescent is overexposed with the Moon's night side faintly illuminated by Earthshine. Lined up left to right beyond the dark lunar limb are Callisto, Ganymede, Jupiter, Io, and Europa. In fact, Callisto, Ganymede, and Io are larger than Earth's Moon, while Europa is only slightly smaller. Last week, NASA's Juno became the second spacecraft ever to orbit Jupiter.___The Gravitational embrace of our Star

I love how the light source direction and the moons of Jupiter outline the orbital plane of our solar system - the ecliptic. A fossil remnant of the accretion disc our star formed in.
An orbital dance choreographed by gravity.

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2016-07-02 20:03:01 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Anchor Chain
The most time consuming casting project I ever did, 18 inch 14k, a bit over 45 grams. No scale in this bad picture, but the gauge is slightly smaller than a pencil.
Executed an original in silver and made a rubber mold to reproduce it. Links are closed on one end and open on the other.

The burnout and cast were the only operations that happened all at once. The wax injecting, sprueing, assembly, soldering, smoothing and polishing were one link at a time.
Turned out nice.
Mine

Anchor Chain
The most time consuming casting project I ever did, 18 inch 14k, a bit over 45 grams. No scale in this bad picture, but the gauge is slightly smaller than a pencil.
Executed an original in silver and made a rubber mold to reproduce it. Links are closed on one end and open on the other.

The burnout and cast were the only operations that happened all at once. The wax injecting, sprueing, assembly, soldering, smoothing and polishing were one link at a time.
Turned out nice.
Mine___

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2016-07-02 19:43:27 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

Natural Art
Picked up a shell on a beach that inspired me. A relative of Tridacna, the giant clam, it has some neat geometry that made me a nice belt buckle.

I made a rubber mold of the shell and reproduced it in wax for casting in silicon bronze.

Natural Art
Picked up a shell on a beach that inspired me. A relative of Tridacna, the giant clam, it has some neat geometry that made me a nice belt buckle.

I made a rubber mold of the shell and reproduced it in wax for casting in silicon bronze.___

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2016-07-02 19:34:56 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 


largest single cast piece (the helm was cast separate), a reflection of my love of SCUBA and my favorite sea creature.
Centrifugal cast, silicon bronze. The stone is 8 inches across the front for scale.


largest single cast piece (the helm was cast separate), a reflection of my love of SCUBA and my favorite sea creature.
Centrifugal cast, silicon bronze. The stone is 8 inches across the front for scale.___

2016-07-02 19:26:32 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

Greetings

Thank you for the invitation Curtis!

Threw molten metal around for 30 years, but don't do much casting any more. Still in the blood though. I always enjoy seeing the work of others, and might have an insight for someone...
I look forward to participating.

Greetings

Thank you for the invitation Curtis!

Threw molten metal around for 30 years, but don't do much casting any more. Still in the blood though. I always enjoy seeing the work of others, and might have an insight for someone...
I look forward to participating.___

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2016-06-16 16:07:42 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Want a window into the night sky?

Want a window into the night sky?___

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2016-04-10 16:31:13 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

Pretty innovative...

Diamond Butterfly Ring
http://i.imgur.com/DSdGYtJ.gifv
 
seems cheap :D___Pretty innovative...

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2016-04-05 17:41:17 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

His message still needs to be heard

I think Carl would be very disappointed if he knew that absolutely none of the things he talked about in this collection of videos has changed since his death. It's almost eerie to watch some of these again.___His message still needs to be heard

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2016-04-03 23:54:23 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President

I'm beginning to believe it.
~Clarence Darrow~

When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President

I'm beginning to believe it.
~Clarence Darrow~___

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2016-04-03 19:19:47 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

"Politricks"

"Politricks"___

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2016-04-01 18:49:00 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

He just got the undivided attention of every. Other. Manufacturer.
They spent last night in bed blinking at the ceiling...

Tesla Unveils Model 3___He just got the undivided attention of every. Other. Manufacturer.
They spent last night in bed blinking at the ceiling...

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2016-03-25 18:30:00 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Highly recommended read. It begins this way:

"Civilization is the disease

Epidemiologists have now identified a long list of other stress-related diseases as “diseases of civilization” – diabetes, atherosclerosis, asthma, allergies, obesity and cancer. These diseases are rampant throughout the developed world, but virtually non-existent among modern-day aboriginal peoples.

In a study of 2000 Kaluli aborigines from Papua New Guinea, only one marginal case of clinical depression was found. Why? Because the Kaluli lifestyle is very similar to our hunter-gatherer ancestors’ lifestyle that lasted for nearly 2 million years before agriculture, Ildari said.

“99.9 percent of the human experience was lived in a hunter-gatherer context,” he added. “Most of the selection pressures that have sculpted and shaped our genomes are really well adaptedfor that envi... more »

Highly recommended read. It begins this way:

"Civilization is the disease

Epidemiologists have now identified a long list of other stress-related diseases as “diseases of civilization” – diabetes, atherosclerosis, asthma, allergies, obesity and cancer. These diseases are rampant throughout the developed world, but virtually non-existent among modern-day aboriginal peoples.

In a study of 2000 Kaluli aborigines from Papua New Guinea, only one marginal case of clinical depression was found. Why? Because the Kaluli lifestyle is very similar to our hunter-gatherer ancestors’ lifestyle that lasted for nearly 2 million years before agriculture, Ildari said.

“99.9 percent of the human experience was lived in a hunter-gatherer context,” he added. “Most of the selection pressures that have sculpted and shaped our genomes are really well adapted for that environment and that lifestyle.”

Tribal people in Papua New GuineaHunter-gatherer lifestyle

In view of nearly 3 million years of hominid existence, since homo habilis first began use of stone tools, our genus has undergone rapid environmental change since the advent of agriculture about 12,000 years ago. And in the last 200 years, since the industrial revolution, our species has had to cope with what Ildari calls “radical environmental mutation.”

While our environment has radically mutated, our human genome is essentially the same as it was 200 years ago, Ildari says. “That’s only eight generations. It’s not enough time [for significant genetic adaptations].”

“There’s a profound mismatch between the genes we carry, the bodies and brains that they are building, and the world that we find ourselves in,” he said. “We were never designed for the sedentary, indoor, socially isolated, fast-food-laden, sleep-deprived frenzied pace of modern life.”...' [read on]___

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2016-03-24 14:57:59 (8 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

Amazing Innovation

What is possible with programmable magnetic poles?
Materials Engineering

Amazing Innovation

What is possible with programmable magnetic poles?
Materials Engineering___

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2016-03-21 17:53:01 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

Born Ready

PARTAY!!! ___Born Ready

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2016-03-15 15:38:10 (4 comments; 1 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

Exactly

Via +Jeff Munson​

I have seen several social media posts over the last few months that scare me. One even caused a rift in my own family that has left us forever divided. But I am haunted by two posts in particular. 

One was made to look like a page from a book. It said, “If your religion requires you to hate somebody, then you need a new religion.” That’s really what it boils down. If you hate someone solely because a misinterpreted, outdated, and repeatedly re-translated book tells you to, then you need a new book. 

The other post was a tweet by a Libyan woman who wrote, “If you’re an American confusedly watching the darkest forces of [your] nation rally around a demagogue, maybe [you] can understand the Mideast now.” I won’t be one of those who rally around a fool who promotes hatred and bigotry and isolationism. And I certainly won’t sit idly by and watch those things boil over in my country. 

When I was a kid growing up in Tulsa, I remember the KKK marching in holiday parades in our area. I remember racially-fueled fights in my high school. I remember people, even my own parents, calling north Tulsa “n*gg*r town.” I remember feeling a fear that the elders of my family instilled in me anytime we drove through that area to see family in the next town over. I remember being madly in love with a beautiful young black woman named Kim, and I remember her smiling back at me. Worst of all, I remember never even having the nerve to ask her to go with me, because we both knew our parents wouldn’t have allowed it.

What is happening in the United States during this election cycle scares me. I am scared for my black friends. I worry about a black friend because he is married to a white woman. To make it worse, he works in an area of California where white men missing half of their teeth still wear denim vests with the confederate flag on them. I am scared for the son of other friends who is a teenage black man, and for that reason alone, will be targeted by the police when he gets his driver’s license next year. And I’m scared for the daughter of another friend who is an incredible young black girl who recently spent weeks raising over five-hundred dollars for the American Heart Association. I am scared for a Muslim friend’s family who recently went to Canada to visit a sick relative, and was subjected to unreasonable search and humiliation when they returned to the country they are citizens of. I am scared for the women in my family who could lose the right to make decisions regarding their own bodies. I am scared for my friends and acquaintances in the LGBT community, because their right to have a family is in jeopardy. I am scared for the young men around me, because they may be asked to fight in wars that will further alienate our nation from the rest of the world, and make us the target of other people filled with as much hatred as those who are raising their hands to pledge allegiance to a man. Not to our country. To a hate-filled man.

I am a middle-aged white man. I am probably the only demographic in America that is safe. But my safety is hollow if the people I care about and love are not as safe in our country as I am. I am not a warrior, and I am not a protester. But I do have a weapon. The written word is both my sword and shield, and if I do not use them to stand up to those who would harm my country, then I am not deserving of the safety I enjoy while those around me live nervously and in fear as we watch what is happening to the land of the free.

I don’t know all the answers and I won’t pretend to dabble in international politics. I will say that I know, with unequivocal certainty, that spouting hatred and taking rights away from people who have never raised their hand to our country, except to pledge allegiance to its flag, isn’t the way to protect our nation or our ways of life.

I do not know how I am going to use the written word over the next eight months, but I must use it. If only to be able to look at myself in the mirror. If you are one of those spout racism and are lining up to turn back the American clock on basic human rights, you are my enemy. For every word of hatred you spout, I will render two of tolerance. I do want to be able to look myself in the mirror, but more importantly, I want the people I love to know that I did everything I could to ensure their safety.___Exactly

Via +Jeff Munson​

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2016-03-13 18:56:24 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Fascinating geochemistry

Atomic structure, geometry and color.
Largest crystal? Over 80 feet long and 11 feet in diameter - beryl.

Pinging +Vicky Veritas​

How Do Crystals Form & Grow? | #Geology #GeologyPage

A crystal or crystalline solid is a solid material whose constituents, such as atoms, molecules or ions, are arranged in a highly ordered microscopic structure, forming a crystal lattice that extends in all directions. In addition, macroscopic single crystals are usually identifiable by their geometrical shape, consisting of flat faces with specific, characteristic orientations.

Read more : http://www.geologypage.com/2016/03/how-do-crystals-form-grow.html

Geology Page
www.geologypage.com___Fascinating geochemistry

Atomic structure, geometry and color.
Largest crystal? Over 80 feet long and 11 feet in diameter - beryl.

Pinging +Vicky Veritas​

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2016-03-10 18:05:12 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

* Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter*
Our unblinking eye on Mars.
The ability to view alien landscapes we routinely see now were science fiction a few decades ago.
The strange topography looks like fiction.

Ten years ago, our Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) began orbiting the Red Planet. Since then, it has delivered huge advances in knowledge about Mars and has also provided crucial support for rover and stationary lander missions on the planet. Details: http://go.nasa.gov/1XeX5iC___* Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter*
Our unblinking eye on Mars.
The ability to view alien landscapes we routinely see now were science fiction a few decades ago.
The strange topography looks like fiction.

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2016-03-01 22:33:34 (17 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

Thoughts drop off of Trump's brain onto his tongue like a gum all machine
Without regard or recognition of what fell out before... or its consequence.
Not exactly what should be considered qualities for a Commander and Chief.

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/frankschaeffer/2016/02/an-open-letter-to-the-republican-establishment-leadership/

Thoughts drop off of Trump's brain onto his tongue like a gum all machine
Without regard or recognition of what fell out before... or its consequence.
Not exactly what should be considered qualities for a Commander and Chief.

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/frankschaeffer/2016/02/an-open-letter-to-the-republican-establishment-leadership/___

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2016-01-27 22:05:23 (3 comments; 1 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

With just a few years of science, more than a millennium of dogma had been overthrown
old ideas were shown to be only approximations of a deeper truth about reality

Enjoying my personalized copy of +Ethan Siegel's new book!
An educational tour through the history of discovery, and the evolution of our understanding.
From our first questions about the night sky, how we began the continuing journey that has carried our understanding Beyond the Galaxy. 

With just a few years of science, more than a millennium of dogma had been overthrown
old ideas were shown to be only approximations of a deeper truth about reality

Enjoying my personalized copy of +Ethan Siegel's new book!
An educational tour through the history of discovery, and the evolution of our understanding.
From our first questions about the night sky, how we began the continuing journey that has carried our understanding Beyond the Galaxy. ___

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2016-01-25 21:02:17 (4 comments; 1 reshares; 14 +1s; )Open 

12 years ago today

For billions of years, the only sound was the wind, blowing across the vast expanses of a lifeless alien landscape.
Then one day, multiple sonic booms announce the arrival of a visitor. What a marvelous sound that was! After peering at it for thousands of years - we had finally arrived.

When this machine finally grinds to a halt on the frozen surface of another planet, it will sit in mute testimony of a creatures struggle to better understand.
I expect a monument will eventually be erected around that spot, commemorating the little robot explorer that could.

Via +Martin Rundkvist​

___12 years ago today

For billions of years, the only sound was the wind, blowing across the vast expanses of a lifeless alien landscape.
Then one day, multiple sonic booms announce the arrival of a visitor. What a marvelous sound that was! After peering at it for thousands of years - we had finally arrived.

When this machine finally grinds to a halt on the frozen surface of another planet, it will sit in mute testimony of a creatures struggle to better understand.
I expect a monument will eventually be erected around that spot, commemorating the little robot explorer that could.

Via +Martin Rundkvist​

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2016-01-14 19:36:04 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

Weapons Grade Intellects
I have encountered here on G+ have contributed so much of what makes this network valuable to me.
The educational potential of Google plus was something I didn't anticipate.

Big fan of this guy, a theoretical astrophysicist and professor who is a science writer and prolific poster here on G+. The depths of theoretical astrophysics would be lost on me if it weren't for Ethan's ability to break it down into bite-sized pieces that I can easily comprehend.
In passing I mentioned my interest in his new book, and being a follower of his efforts here, I expressed interest in an autographed copy - understanding that this was outside of the established retail structure.
BAM!

Interaction with replies to posts is what makes a rock star here.
Thank you +Ethan Siegel​!

So, I heard you didn't just want my book, but that you wanted a copy autographed and shipped anywhere in the world, immediately, for your own consumption? (Or, perhaps, as a gift for the right person in your life?)

Here's how!___Weapons Grade Intellects
I have encountered here on G+ have contributed so much of what makes this network valuable to me.
The educational potential of Google plus was something I didn't anticipate.

Big fan of this guy, a theoretical astrophysicist and professor who is a science writer and prolific poster here on G+. The depths of theoretical astrophysics would be lost on me if it weren't for Ethan's ability to break it down into bite-sized pieces that I can easily comprehend.
In passing I mentioned my interest in his new book, and being a follower of his efforts here, I expressed interest in an autographed copy - understanding that this was outside of the established retail structure.
BAM!

Interaction with replies to posts is what makes a rock star here.
Thank you +Ethan Siegel​!

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2015-12-07 18:44:56 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 15 +1s; )Open 

Pastel shades of evening

Pastel shades of evening___

2015-12-05 23:48:18 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 


Greetings!
Soon to own a 40w GlowForge, pleased to find a community.

Clicked "Join", but don't seem to have the ability to comment..?

Looking forward to learning and sharing the journey.

Edit: I do see some posts where comments a re available


Greetings!
Soon to own a 40w GlowForge, pleased to find a community.

Clicked "Join", but don't seem to have the ability to comment..?

Looking forward to learning and sharing the journey.

Edit: I do see some posts where comments a re available___

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2015-11-21 17:59:00 (3 comments; 1 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Look around
Recognize the historical parallel.

Listen to your humanity - not your fear.
Fear is their most powerful weapon.

Nabbed from a friend on facebook, but i agree wholeheartedly .___Look around
Recognize the historical parallel.

Listen to your humanity - not your fear.
Fear is their most powerful weapon.

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2015-11-15 22:05:31 (11 comments; 1 reshares; 11 +1s; )Open 

Perspective

Shared from a private post.

I was appalled by the events of Friday in Paris, I was also appalled by Beirut on Thursday. I'm appalled by the state of the world.

If you are sharing anti Muslim bullshit in my feed then kindly remove me from your circles.

I stand with Paris, Beirut, the innocent people of Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq and the people of the world.

#paris #beirut ___Perspective

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2015-11-04 18:21:20 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

Ever seen a grown man cry?

My eyes did water as I contemplated severing my 35 years of support and association with the National Geographic Society, but it is my intellect that weeps.

The National Geographic Society has long stood for science, research, and investigation. Murdoch’s companies have long stood against all three. The two positions would be in conflict, save Murdoch’s company is firmly in control. The editorial changes will therefore be severe, and erode the 127 years of publication excellence. For the men and women who brought National Geographic to worldwide prominence, the termination of employment is a tragic end both for hard-working people, and for National Geographic itself.___Ever seen a grown man cry?

My eyes did water as I contemplated severing my 35 years of support and association with the National Geographic Society, but it is my intellect that weeps.

2015-10-29 22:26:52 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

*Ever wonder where the designation came from?*

*Ever wonder where the designation came from?*___

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2015-10-23 19:45:54 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 21 +1s; )Open 

This cloud seems undecided...

This cloud seems undecided...___

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2015-10-20 22:52:28 (7 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

2,110 Megapixels

Zoom in on individual faces.
Remember those pictures of the Boston bombers? Yeah, pretty hard to hide these days...

2,110 Megapixels

Zoom in on individual faces.
Remember those pictures of the Boston bombers? Yeah, pretty hard to hide these days...___

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2015-10-19 15:45:38 (10 comments; 1 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

Robotic evolution

With the muscle of hydraulics and the computational capacity of gigahertz, this image borders on alarming...

The future is NOW!___Robotic evolution

With the muscle of hydraulics and the computational capacity of gigahertz, this image borders on alarming...

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2015-10-18 15:18:44 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 23 +1s; )Open 

Red sky at morning

Sailors take warning - says the old tale.

Forecast of rain says the supercomputers.


Red sky at morning

Sailors take warning - says the old tale.

Forecast of rain says the supercomputers.
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2015-10-14 13:35:38 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

The ingredients aren't found outside

Cultivate gratitude, happiness follows naturally.

Via +Giovanni Ranzo​

___The ingredients aren't found outside

Cultivate gratitude, happiness follows naturally.

Via +Giovanni Ranzo​

2015-10-13 00:03:02 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

Two minutes but you can't blink

Yeah, ok you're going to blink, so watch it twice.

Two minutes but you can't blink

Yeah, ok you're going to blink, so watch it twice.___

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2015-10-05 20:40:27 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

A Genetic Journey

The information we have gathered from archaeology and paleoanthropology regarding human migration suggests a storyline but leaves many pages missing.

Turns out every step in the journey, every fork in the road - is written in a drop of blood.

Thanks to +Lacerant Plainer

A Genetic Journey

The information we have gathered from archaeology and paleoanthropology regarding human migration suggests a storyline but leaves many pages missing.

Turns out every step in the journey, every fork in the road - is written in a drop of blood.

Thanks to +Lacerant Plainer___

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2015-09-19 23:44:57 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

+Elon Musk  is a catalyst. Watch the world change around him

This guy is going to drag us all into the future, with the petrochemical industry bringing up the rear.

"Oh yeah, did I mention they make cars too?"
The article is an informative short read.

+Elon Musk  is a catalyst. Watch the world change around him

This guy is going to drag us all into the future, with the petrochemical industry bringing up the rear.

"Oh yeah, did I mention they make cars too?"
The article is an informative short read.___

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2015-09-05 21:17:04 (7 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

The other side of Humanity

Could it be any clearer, their struggle just paid off.

Via +Casey McKinnon 

This brought tears to my eyes. Go, Germany! (via +Amy Shaughnessy)___The other side of Humanity

Could it be any clearer, their struggle just paid off.

Via +Casey McKinnon 

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2015-08-31 17:41:25 (0 comments; 3 reshares; 13 +1s; )Open 

Dendrochronology Unwrapped

Via +Jesse Powell​

Italian artist Giuseppe Penone removes the growth rings on a tree to reveal the tree at a younger age.
#trees +Jack Bringloe ___Dendrochronology Unwrapped

Via +Jesse Powell​

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2015-08-26 16:57:50 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

How clever

Via +Scott Montague​

BullseyeBore  = vtipná pomôcka na kolmé vŕtanie

(via http://www.ohgizmo.com/2015/08/24/bullseyebore-helps-you-drill-in-a-straight-line/ )___How clever

Via +Scott Montague​

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2015-08-13 22:43:27 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

GMO'd Baby

The modern watermelon is undeniably pretty unnatural—though as unnatural goes, it’s got competition. Sweet corn, which went from an inch-long, tooth-cracking cluster of kernels on its ancestral teosinte to the foot-long, mouth-wateringly sweet corn-on-the-cob of today

According to an Australian chemist, watermelon once was a very different fruit—until humans got ahold of it, that is. #FutureofFood___GMO'd Baby

The modern watermelon is undeniably pretty unnatural—though as unnatural goes, it’s got competition. Sweet corn, which went from an inch-long, tooth-cracking cluster of kernels on its ancestral teosinte to the foot-long, mouth-wateringly sweet corn-on-the-cob of today

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2015-08-11 23:47:53 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 14 +1s; )Open 


Art in moisture



Art in moisture
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2015-07-31 18:02:43 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

How to Grow a Planet

A fascinating journey through the evolutionary adaptation of flowers, how it drove ours - and every other land dwelling creature.
You will never see a flower - or the rest of the world the same way again.

Thanks to +Lacerant Plainer​

How flowers changed the world : Flowers appeared on Earth about 130 million years ago. Before flowers, land plants evolved from a group of green algae, perhaps as early as 510 million years ago, but the evolution of the seed which was deployed for dispersal made plants ubiquitous. And this helped to increase the concentration of Oxygen in the atmosphere. Do watch this video which is kind of fantastic : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pXydMRoL9RU (How to grow a planet with prof Iain Stewart.

Recently evolved : If all Earth's history were compressed into an hour, flowering plants would exist for only the last 90 seconds. But once they took firm root about 100 million years ago, they swiftly diversified in an explosion of varieties that established most of the flowering plant families of the modern world.

It's why we exist : Today flowering plant species outnumber by twenty to one those of ferns and cone-bearing trees, or conifers, which had thrived for 200 million years before the first bloom appeared. As a food source flowering plants provide us and the rest of the animal world with the nourishment that is fundamental to our existence. In the words of Walter Judd, a botanist at the University of Florida, "If it weren't for flowering plants, we humans wouldn't be here."

Evolution and Innovation : What allowed flowering plants to dominate the world's flora so quickly? What was their great innovation? Early angiosperms got their start on the margins. In a world dominated by conifers and ferns, these botanical newcomers managed to get a toehold in areas of ecological disturbance, such as floodplains and volcanic regions, and adapted quickly to new environments. Fossil evidence leads some botanists to believe that the first flowering plants were herbaceous, meaning they grew no woody parts. (The latest genetic research, however, indicates that most ancient angiosperm lines included both herbaceous and woody plants.) Unlike trees, which require years to mature and bear seed, herbaceous angiosperms live, reproduce, and die in short life cycles. This enables them to seed new ground quickly and perhaps allowed them to evolve faster than their competitors, advantages that may have helped give rise to their diversity.

Flashy is better : Casting pollen to the wind is a hit-or-miss method of reproduction. Although wind pollination suffices for many plant species, direct delivery by insects is far more efficient. Insects doubtless began visiting and pollinating angiosperms as soon as the new plants appeared on Earth some 130 million years ago. But it would be another 30 or 40 million years before flowering plants grabbed the attention of insect pollinators by flaunting flashy petals.

References and Sources:

http://science.nationalgeographic.com/science/prehistoric-world/big-bloom/

http://sciencenetlinks.com/science-news/science-updates/flowers-rainfall/

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-flowers-changed-world-ecosystems-art-galleries-180956110/

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

Gif courtesy (Tumblr) : https://goo.gl/SB578A___How to Grow a Planet

A fascinating journey through the evolutionary adaptation of flowers, how it drove ours - and every other land dwelling creature.
You will never see a flower - or the rest of the world the same way again.

Thanks to +Lacerant Plainer​

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2015-06-25 04:53:11 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

Like Father, like Son (poor kid)

An accomplished metallurgical and materials engineer, he apparently suffers the same affliction as his father - a restless creativity that begs expression. He finds that release in the form of steel and a plasma torch.

Cut from 1/16" steel, the detail is awesome! Great style that has a dramatic effect on an empty wall space.
Have an idea that needs to be released? He had this one, along with his others at:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/StormForgeSteelArt?ref=hdr_shop_menu

In spite of notification posted at the entrance of our community that solicitation is prohibited, it doesn't stop the guys at my door asking if I would be interested in...
I get it, It's tough. They are only trying to earn an honest living, but when the doorbell rings, my teeth clinch - and my inner Logan wants out. :)



Like Father, like Son (poor kid)

An accomplished metallurgical and materials engineer, he apparently suffers the same affliction as his father - a restless creativity that begs expression. He finds that release in the form of steel and a plasma torch.

Cut from 1/16" steel, the detail is awesome! Great style that has a dramatic effect on an empty wall space.
Have an idea that needs to be released? He had this one, along with his others at:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/StormForgeSteelArt?ref=hdr_shop_menu

In spite of notification posted at the entrance of our community that solicitation is prohibited, it doesn't stop the guys at my door asking if I would be interested in...
I get it, It's tough. They are only trying to earn an honest living, but when the doorbell rings, my teeth clinch - and my inner Logan wants out. :)

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2015-06-17 16:58:19 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

Twinkle Twinkle

Interesting to note that "bright" refers to the amount of detectable radiation, not visible light.
At such extreme distance, what was emitted as xray and ultraviolet is red shifted below the threshold of visible light down into the infrared and microwave.

Nothing there for our eyes - Without the instruments we have built to extend our senses, we wouldn't see them at all.

Thanks to William Herschel, investigating the spectrum displayed by a prism with a thermometer, he discovered that his thermometer registered a temperature increase in the dark, below the the red end - the infrared. A frequency we cannot see, but we sense as heat.

He proved the electromagnetic spectrum extended beyond visible light, and discovered a frequency that could "see" through obscuring dust and would show us much of the Universe that was... more »

CR7 - Best Observational Evidence of First Generation Stars in the Universe

Astronomers using ESO’s Very Large Telescope have discovered by far the brightest galaxy yet found in the early Universe and found strong evidence that examples of the first generation of stars lurk within it. These first generation stars were the creators of the first heavy elements, necessary to forge the stars around us today and the planets that orbit them. The newly found galaxy, labelled Cosmos Redshift 7 (CR7), is three times brighter than the brightest distant galaxy known up to now.

Full story here:
http://www.eso.org/public/news/eso1524/

More on Cosmos Redshift 7 (CR7):
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cosmos_Redshift_7

More on Metallicity:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metallicity

Paper:
http://arxiv.org/pdf/1504.01734.pdf

Image credit: Artist's impression of CR7 ESO/M. Kornmesser http://bit.ly/1N2A3qE CC BY 4.0 http://bit.ly/1Jtf3Jr

#science   #astronomy   #cr7   #cosmosredshift7   #galaxy   #metallicity   #starformation   #vlt   #space   #populationiii  ___Twinkle Twinkle

Interesting to note that "bright" refers to the amount of detectable radiation, not visible light.
At such extreme distance, what was emitted as xray and ultraviolet is red shifted below the threshold of visible light down into the infrared and microwave.

Nothing there for our eyes - Without the instruments we have built to extend our senses, we wouldn't see them at all.

Thanks to William Herschel, investigating the spectrum displayed by a prism with a thermometer, he discovered that his thermometer registered a temperature increase in the dark, below the the red end - the infrared. A frequency we cannot see, but we sense as heat.

He proved the electromagnetic spectrum extended beyond visible light, and discovered a frequency that could "see" through obscuring dust and would show us much of the Universe that was invisible to us - including galaxies so far away that their blazing energy is reduced to the lowest frequencies that we can barely detect.

Thanks to +Pierre Markuse

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2015-06-04 22:14:07 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

The glow on the bottom shines through the void created by the rising thermal that is pushing moisture skyward.

#cloudwars  

The glow on the bottom shines through the void created by the rising thermal that is pushing moisture skyward.

#cloudwars  ___

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