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Kurt Vega

Kurt Vega 

The Impossible is Now Probable

Occupation: Chief Connectivist, Social Media and Web Consultant, Adjunct Faculty at Fashion Institute of Technology, Corporate and Academic Presentations & Training, Policies, Strategy, Implementation & O (Dragon's Hearth)

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Peeragogy Handbook278Welcome to the 8-week Peeragogy Accelerator! Bring your collaborative project to the hive and well, _accelerate_ it! *Details* Cycle: 8 weeks on, 4 weeks off; 8 weeks on, etc. First quarter started June 2, 2014 (_join any time_) Cost: Free!  (Optional infrastructure fee/donation) Medium: Hangouts (or Unhangouts or _chatb.org_) Time: 1PM US EDT (6 PM UTC) Accelerator materials adapted from https://archive.org/details/TheOpenBook / http://peeragogy.org/peeragogy-in-action/  See these pages for details. Weekly Preamble 1) Review what was supposed to happen; 2) Establish what is happening; 3) Determine what’s right and wrong with what we are doing; 4) What did we learn or change? 5) What else should we change going forward? *Week 2 (June 9)* – Roles, patterns and anti-patterns that emerge in our projects. We'll start an annotated, collaborative list. *Week 1 (June 2)* – We set the initial challenge and started building a framework for accountability and participation. Further details: http://commonsabundance.net/groups/peeragogy/ http://peeragogy.org/peeragogy-in-action/Peeragogy Accelerator: Week 2 - Roles, patterns and anti-patterns2014-06-09 19:15:0011  
Reinventors Network823,024Here's a really hard problem that Larry Lessig is not sure how to solve: "Let's assume we've got a fundamentally corrupt government, in the precise sense that the dependence upon "funders" corrupts the intended dependence upon "the people alone," and that too many within that system are too deeply connected to it to push for its change. That means any effective movement for change has got to come from the outside. How would a grassroots movement in the Internet Age create the pressure such a change would require? How would the people who brought the Internet to scale tackle this problem?" Joining Larry in his effort is a veritable who's who of internet know-how, the folks who have built & scaled networks for change: internet pioneer Tim O'Reilly, Change.org Founder Ben Rattray, Moveon.org Executive Director Anna Galland, VC Brad Burnham, Executive Producer of TED Media June Cohen, Bram Cohen, creator of BitTorrent, and Markos Moulitsas, Founder of Daily Kos. Reinvent Money in Politics2013-07-11 20:00:00191  

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2015-05-27 03:35:54 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

L'Oréal plans to start 3D-printing human skin. "Since it nixed animal testing in 2003, the French cosmetic firm has relied on models of "reconstructed human epidermis" -- essentially skin samples grown from post-surgical donor tissues -- to evaluate the safety and efficacy of its products. Although L'Oréal's dedicated lab facilities in Lyon grow roughly 54 square feet -- or about a full cow's worth -- of skin a year, the company wants to speed up and even automate the process. That's where Organovo comes in. The San Diego -- based startup made headlines in 2014 for creating the world's first functional liver using three-dimensional printing."

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2015-04-16 22:05:20 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Another good one
http://gif.flrn.nl/post/110462302714#notes

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2015-05-27 16:07:49 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Some methods for coiling cords.

Some methods for coiling cords.___

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2015-05-27 16:04:12 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

This is an exciting exhibition, arousing emotions, making a direct contact with the bubbling effervesce of our own animatedly agitated brilliant souls.

This is an exciting exhibition, arousing emotions, making a direct contact with the bubbling effervesce of our own animatedly agitated brilliant souls.___

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2015-05-27 03:35:54 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

L'Oréal plans to start 3D-printing human skin. "Since it nixed animal testing in 2003, the French cosmetic firm has relied on models of "reconstructed human epidermis" -- essentially skin samples grown from post-surgical donor tissues -- to evaluate the safety and efficacy of its products. Although L'Oréal's dedicated lab facilities in Lyon grow roughly 54 square feet -- or about a full cow's worth -- of skin a year, the company wants to speed up and even automate the process. That's where Organovo comes in. The San Diego -- based startup made headlines in 2014 for creating the world's first functional liver using three-dimensional printing."

L'Oréal plans to start 3D-printing human skin. "Since it nixed animal testing in 2003, the French cosmetic firm has relied on models of "reconstructed human epidermis" -- essentially skin samples grown from post-surgical donor tissues -- to evaluate the safety and efficacy of its products. Although L'Oréal's dedicated lab facilities in Lyon grow roughly 54 square feet -- or about a full cow's worth -- of skin a year, the company wants to speed up and even automate the process. That's where Organovo comes in. The San Diego -- based startup made headlines in 2014 for creating the world's first functional liver using three-dimensional printing."___

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2015-05-27 03:33:37 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Paradigm shift in treatment of addiction holds promise, thanks to epigenetics

The researchers wanted to see if they could stop addictive behavior by influencing the epigenetic markers that were triggered by withdrawal using epigenetic drugs such as the DNA methylation inhibitor, RG108.

Paradigm shift in treatment of addiction holds promise, thanks to epigenetics

The researchers wanted to see if they could stop addictive behavior by influencing the epigenetic markers that were triggered by withdrawal using epigenetic drugs such as the DNA methylation inhibitor, RG108.___

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2015-05-27 03:32:49 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

According to the IRS, the hackers had prior access to their targets’ “Social Security information, date of birth, tax filing status and street address” even before they began their attack.

According to the IRS, the hackers had prior access to their targets’ “Social Security information, date of birth, tax filing status and street address” even before they began their attack.___

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2015-05-24 02:44:37 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

The #Tesla #Gigafactory will change how the world consumes energy.

http://goo.gl/CD7OzEc

The #Tesla #Gigafactory will change how the world consumes energy.

http://goo.gl/CD7OzEc___

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2015-05-24 02:40:08 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Deep Space Industries will get propellant from asteroids

“The ability to produce long-life propellants from near Earth asteroids will enable expanded robotic and human exploration of the solar system,” said Faber. “Delivering propellants to high Earth orbit from the ground now costs $20 million to $30 million per ton, while asteroid-derived fuel, delivered to high Earth orbit, may cost as little as one tenth of current prices, making long-term space missions more practical and affordable.”

Deep Space Industries will get propellant from asteroids

“The ability to produce long-life propellants from near Earth asteroids will enable expanded robotic and human exploration of the solar system,” said Faber. “Delivering propellants to high Earth orbit from the ground now costs $20 million to $30 million per ton, while asteroid-derived fuel, delivered to high Earth orbit, may cost as little as one tenth of current prices, making long-term space missions more practical and affordable.”___

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2015-05-23 04:54:41 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Update: we're still doing this.  
“We are spending the most money as a society educating the wealthiest people" 

Update: we're still doing this.  
“We are spending the most money as a society educating the wealthiest people" ___

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2015-05-23 04:51:54 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Do you know what a fractal is?
by Spiked Math Comics
http://spikedmath.com/570.html

Do you know what a fractal is?
by Spiked Math Comics
http://spikedmath.com/570.html___

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2015-05-14 14:37:48 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Zombie apocalypse is already here!

Zombie apocalypse is already here!___

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2015-05-14 14:37:32 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

This tech brings life to bicycles and helps you be seen by drivers at night! What do you think?

This tech brings life to bicycles and helps you be seen by drivers at night! What do you think?___

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2015-05-14 14:36:45 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

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2015-05-14 14:36:30 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Beginning of SmartPhone Health Care Era
http://goo.gl/GAJz60

The smartphone is not communication device anymore with new add on smartphone soon will be fully functional medical device capable of diagnostics and controlling drug delivery. Scientist have developed Smartphone based microscope, which can detect blood borne parasite in less then 2 min.

Lets Converse: http://sciconcilium.com/category/conversations/

   #healthcare   #medicaldevices   #smartphone   #diagnostics  

Beginning of SmartPhone Health Care Era
http://goo.gl/GAJz60

The smartphone is not communication device anymore with new add on smartphone soon will be fully functional medical device capable of diagnostics and controlling drug delivery. Scientist have developed Smartphone based microscope, which can detect blood borne parasite in less then 2 min.

Lets Converse: http://sciconcilium.com/category/conversations/

   #healthcare   #medicaldevices   #smartphone   #diagnostics  ___

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2015-05-13 03:06:21 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Please see the update on Upaya Zen Center's Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund: https://www.upaya.org/2015/05/nepal-earthquake-relief-fund-update-2-may-12/

Please see the update on Upaya Zen Center's Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund: https://www.upaya.org/2015/05/nepal-earthquake-relief-fund-update-2-may-12/___

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2015-05-13 03:05:25 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Frisbee Catch - Pro
http://i.imgur.com/odgoTFs.gifv

Another good one :)

Frisbee Catch - Pro
http://i.imgur.com/odgoTFs.gifv

Another good one :)___

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2015-05-12 15:13:14 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Robot can suture a grape - impressive

Robot can suture a grape - impressive___

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2015-05-01 18:08:09 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Ridvan Celik
پدر

Ridvan Celik
پدر___

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2015-05-01 17:56:20 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Today, I am a fish.

#random    #caturdayeveryday  

Today, I am a fish.

#random    #caturdayeveryday  ___

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2015-05-01 17:36:38 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

BBC - Future - How to learn with zero effort

'What is the easiest way to learn? David Robson meets a group of scientists and memory champions competing to find techniques that make facts stick... fast.'

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20150429-how-to-learn-with-zero-effort

BBC - Future - How to learn with zero effort

'What is the easiest way to learn? David Robson meets a group of scientists and memory champions competing to find techniques that make facts stick... fast.'

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20150429-how-to-learn-with-zero-effort___

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2015-05-01 17:20:02 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Elon Musk very calmly destroying the world we've lived in our whole lives and creating something better. Creating your own power is the most revolutionary thing you could possibly do. That more than anything else frees you up from wage slavery. Yes, you'll have to buy the battery packs but they're extremely affordable.

Elon Musk very calmly destroying the world we've lived in our whole lives and creating something better. Creating your own power is the most revolutionary thing you could possibly do. That more than anything else frees you up from wage slavery. Yes, you'll have to buy the battery packs but they're extremely affordable.___

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2015-05-01 17:10:14 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Human Evolution

Human Evolution___

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2015-05-01 16:57:12 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Hear the “Seikilos Epitaph,” the Oldest Complete Song in the World: A Really Inspiring Tune from Ancient Greece, 100.

Hear the “Seikilos Epitaph,” the Oldest Complete Song in the World: A Really Inspiring Tune from Ancient Greece, 100.___

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2015-04-28 02:23:42 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

ダロル火山:エチオピア

Dallol, Ethiopia  

ダロル火山:エチオピア

Dallol, Ethiopia  ___

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2015-04-28 02:22:20 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

+Mia Voss 

+Mia Voss ___

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2015-04-26 17:39:01 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

While I have doubts about using Spotify as a data source, the results feel right. #music

While I have doubts about using Spotify as a data source, the results feel right. #music___

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2015-04-26 17:37:24 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

A genius open / close sign by Japanese artist Ikeda Yosuke

http://homeli.co.uk/open-close-clockwork-sign-by-ikeda-yosuke/

A genius open / close sign by Japanese artist Ikeda Yosuke

http://homeli.co.uk/open-close-clockwork-sign-by-ikeda-yosuke/___

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2015-04-26 17:34:42 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

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2015-04-24 19:46:12 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

http://www.investopedia.com/articles/forex/042415/10-cities-leading-bitcoin-adoption.asp

http://www.investopedia.com/articles/forex/042415/10-cities-leading-bitcoin-adoption.asp___

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2015-04-16 22:18:58 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Computer Games From More Than 60 Years Ago 
Read more here >>> http://bit.ly/1NPlk6T

Computer Games From More Than 60 Years Ago 
Read more here >>> http://bit.ly/1NPlk6T___

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2015-04-16 22:17:02 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Exiii's #Prosthetic Hand In Action
This has potential

Exiii's #Prosthetic Hand In Action
This has potential___

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2015-04-16 22:07:43 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

These two people are different humans, and they're not related.

These two people are different humans, and they're not related.___

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2015-04-16 22:05:20 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Another good one
http://gif.flrn.nl/post/110462302714#notes

Another good one
http://gif.flrn.nl/post/110462302714#notes___

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2015-04-16 21:51:56 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

More Details Emerge About Google Wireless Service

We still don't know exactly when Google will launch their upcoming wireless service, but we may know a bit more about how it will work.

Apparently codenamed Project Fi internally, it will involve paying for service by the gigabyte, with a credit back if you don't use all your data and no overage fees if you exceed it.

More interestingly, it may be possible to use an app to change your primary device by moving your phone number to a different phone without swapping SIM cards.

The new service may also offer more privacy than other mobile networks with an easy opt-out option for data collection.  If you thought Google's data collection efforts were aggressive, you probably never read the fine print from your mobile carrier.

It still appears as though only the Nexus 6 will be available at... more »

More Details Emerge About Google Wireless Service

We still don't know exactly when Google will launch their upcoming wireless service, but we may know a bit more about how it will work.

Apparently codenamed Project Fi internally, it will involve paying for service by the gigabyte, with a credit back if you don't use all your data and no overage fees if you exceed it.

More interestingly, it may be possible to use an app to change your primary device by moving your phone number to a different phone without swapping SIM cards.

The new service may also offer more privacy than other mobile networks with an easy opt-out option for data collection.  If you thought Google's data collection efforts were aggressive, you probably never read the fine print from your mobile carrier.

It still appears as though only the Nexus 6 will be available at launch data, unfortunately, though we may hope this is only temporary.

#GoogleWireless   #ProjectFi  ___

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2015-04-16 14:12:12 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

The effect that tango has on non-motor symptoms.

The effect that tango has on non-motor symptoms.___

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2015-04-14 03:52:00 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

One of many "laziness" photos.

One of many "laziness" photos.___

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2015-04-14 03:44:33 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Image of Jupiters moon Europa over the Great red spot taken by Voyager 1.

Image of Jupiters moon Europa over the Great red spot taken by Voyager 1.___

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2015-04-14 03:41:56 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

This computer is the size of a grain of Rice!

"Michigan Micro Mote (M3) is the world's smallest computer. How small? It's about the size of a grain of rice. A University of Michigan's March report can tell you that the team behind the computer have come up with a fully autonomous system that can act as a smart sensing system. "To be 'complete,' a computer system must have an input of data, the ability to process that data - meaning process and store it, make decisions about what to do next – and ultimately, the ability to output the data," said David Blaauw, one of the faculty members who achieved the Michigan Micro Mote.

Kaustubh Katdare in Crazy Engineers said on Wednesday, "It requires no special imagination to understand that as more things get connected with each other, the size of computers operating behind the scenes must bes... more »

This computer is the size of a grain of Rice!

"Michigan Micro Mote (M3) is the world's smallest computer. How small? It's about the size of a grain of rice. A University of Michigan's March report can tell you that the team behind the computer have come up with a fully autonomous system that can act as a smart sensing system. "To be 'complete,' a computer system must have an input of data, the ability to process that data - meaning process and store it, make decisions about what to do next – and ultimately, the ability to output the data," said David Blaauw, one of the faculty members who achieved the Michigan Micro Mote.

Kaustubh Katdare in Crazy Engineers said on Wednesday, "It requires no special imagination to understand that as more things get connected with each other, the size of computers operating behind the scenes must be smaller." He said "the Michigan Mote opens up new avenues towards the world of Internet of Things (IoT).""___

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2015-04-11 17:22:09 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

A new Metamaps peer production!

I've been working closely with +Ishan Shapiro and others from our network to design, test, and strategize a solution set for the Real Economy Lab project launched recently in coordination with +New Economics Foundation and Transition Network of the UK.

Below is the beta website we've put together with some of our insights and methods, including an embedded metamap topic view. In addition, you'll notice a Kumu.io map which gives a nicely interactive graph viz of some of the data we're starting to work with.

This project has the potential to grow into a large coordinated development effort to build and customize a full-featured community knowledge graph and sense-making environment for this domain. Right now, we're exploring what's technically possible and practically manageable in terms of a feature set and... more »

A new Metamaps peer production!

I've been working closely with +Ishan Shapiro and others from our network to design, test, and strategize a solution set for the Real Economy Lab project launched recently in coordination with +New Economics Foundation and Transition Network of the UK.

Below is the beta website we've put together with some of our insights and methods, including an embedded metamap topic view. In addition, you'll notice a Kumu.io map which gives a nicely interactive graph viz of some of the data we're starting to work with.

This project has the potential to grow into a large coordinated development effort to build and customize a full-featured community knowledge graph and sense-making environment for this domain. Right now, we're exploring what's technically possible and practically manageable in terms of a feature set and experience design. Got ideas? Input, feedback, suggestions, references all welcome!

We'll follow up with more news and notes here as plans and progress are made. For now, I hope this inspires additional exploratory mapping along these lines! You'll find a bunch of related content already on the metamaps platform. Try searching "REL" to begin. Please create and contribute thoughtfully :)___

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2015-04-11 15:08:07 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Day done ... time to play
http://cheezburger.com/8475470848

Day done ... time to play
http://cheezburger.com/8475470848___

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2015-04-02 14:54:33 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Art and research? A great show of ingenuity in these works of art, comprising of sifted data.

Art and research? A great show of ingenuity in these works of art, comprising of sifted data.___

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2015-04-02 14:50:46 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

"Shopping is a complex process, neurologically speaking. In 2007 a team of researchers from Stanford, MIT, and Carnegie Mellon looked at the brains of test subjects using fMRI technology as they made decisions while out buying clothes. The researchers found that when they showed one of the study’s subjects a desirable object for sale, the pleasure center, or nucleus ambens, in the subject’s brain lit up. The more the person wanted the item, the more activity the fMRI detected.
The researchers then showed the subject the item’s price. The medial prefrontal cortex weighed the decision, as the insula, which processes pain, reacted to the cost. Deciding whether to buy put the brain, as the study put it, in a “hedonic competition between the immediate pleasure of acquisition and an equally immediate pain of paying.” The mindset is in line with evidence that shows happiness in shopping comesfrom the ... more »

"Shopping is a complex process, neurologically speaking. In 2007 a team of researchers from Stanford, MIT, and Carnegie Mellon looked at the brains of test subjects using fMRI technology as they made decisions while out buying clothes. The researchers found that when they showed one of the study’s subjects a desirable object for sale, the pleasure center, or nucleus ambens, in the subject’s brain lit up. The more the person wanted the item, the more activity the fMRI detected.
The researchers then showed the subject the item’s price. The medial prefrontal cortex weighed the decision, as the insula, which processes pain, reacted to the cost. Deciding whether to buy put the brain, as the study put it, in a “hedonic competition between the immediate pleasure of acquisition and an equally immediate pain of paying.” The mindset is in line with evidence that shows happiness in shopping comes from the pursuit of goods—from the sensation of wanting something."___

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2015-04-02 14:48:28 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Un peu d'amour dans votre jeudi !
Here some Love. Have a great Thursday !

Un peu d'amour dans votre jeudi !
Here some Love. Have a great Thursday !___

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2015-04-02 01:55:45 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

What is Science Fiction? My take on the Literature of Change – nicely edited by Trekspertise

What is Science Fiction? My take on the Literature of Change – nicely edited by Trekspertise___

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2015-04-02 01:49:02 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Space Station Flies Over Super Typhoon Maysak: Typhoon Maysak strengthened into a super typhoon on March 31, reaching Category 5 hurricane status on the Saffir-Simpson Wind Scale. NASA Astronaut Terry Virts captured this image while flying over the weather system on board the International Space Station. Commenting on the storm, Virts wrote, "The eye of #Maysak typhoon really stands out early in the morning with the shadow being cast deep into the vortex." His ESA crewmate on station also viewed the storm and wrote, "Commands respect even from #space: we just flew over typhoon #Maysak."

The Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) and Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) satellites captured rainfall and cloud data that revealed heavy rainfall and high thunderstorms in the strengthening storm. Details: http://go.nasa.gov/1C8jqCa #EarthRightNow

Space Station Flies Over Super Typhoon Maysak: Typhoon Maysak strengthened into a super typhoon on March 31, reaching Category 5 hurricane status on the Saffir-Simpson Wind Scale. NASA Astronaut Terry Virts captured this image while flying over the weather system on board the International Space Station. Commenting on the storm, Virts wrote, "The eye of #Maysak typhoon really stands out early in the morning with the shadow being cast deep into the vortex." His ESA crewmate on station also viewed the storm and wrote, "Commands respect even from #space: we just flew over typhoon #Maysak."

The Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) and Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) satellites captured rainfall and cloud data that revealed heavy rainfall and high thunderstorms in the strengthening storm. Details: http://go.nasa.gov/1C8jqCa #EarthRightNow___

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2015-04-02 01:46:56 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

cheeeeers

cheeeeers___

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2015-04-02 01:45:20 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Robin Williams isn't coming back from the dead.

Eriq Gardner at The Hollywood Reporter speculates that Williams might have been aware of digital technology that would permit him to be effectively resurrected for future entertainments. But it seems more likely he did it as a tax dodge. 

Robin Williams isn't coming back from the dead.

Eriq Gardner at The Hollywood Reporter speculates that Williams might have been aware of digital technology that would permit him to be effectively resurrected for future entertainments. But it seems more likely he did it as a tax dodge. ___

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2015-04-02 01:43:38 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

"The first icon is the French fashion designer, best known as the founder of one of the world’s top fashion houses, also called Christian Dior. He began his fashion career after he was forced to close his art gallery after the financial disaster. He worked with fashion designer Robert Piguet until being called up for military service. After leaving the army in 1942, he joined Pierre Balmain as one of the primary designers for Lucien Lelong. During the war, he worked in the French fashion industry and for economics and artistic reasons, had to dress the wive of the Nazi officers and French collaborators in order to remain in business (as did Jeanne Lanvin and Nina Ricci among others). During this time, his sister was held in a concentration camp for being a part of the French Resistance. She was liberated in 1945. It was in 1946 that Dior founded his fashion house. His first collection, presented in1... more »

"The first icon is the French fashion designer, best known as the founder of one of the world’s top fashion houses, also called Christian Dior. He began his fashion career after he was forced to close his art gallery after the financial disaster. He worked with fashion designer Robert Piguet until being called up for military service. After leaving the army in 1942, he joined Pierre Balmain as one of the primary designers for Lucien Lelong. During the war, he worked in the French fashion industry and for economics and artistic reasons, had to dress the wive of the Nazi officers and French collaborators in order to remain in business (as did Jeanne Lanvin and Nina Ricci among others). During this time, his sister was held in a concentration camp for being a part of the French Resistance. She was liberated in 1945. It was in 1946 that Dior founded his fashion house. His first collection, presented in 1947, was called Corelle, but it was the editor-in-chief of Harper’s Bazaar, Carmel Snow, who coined it as the New Look." quoted from: http://blog.meghanhibberd.com/2011/12/02/fashion-forecast-6/  ___

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2015-04-02 01:42:40 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Is enrollment still dropping?
 http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2014-04-14/small-u-s-colleges-battle-death-spiral-as-enrollment-drops

Is enrollment still dropping?
 http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2014-04-14/small-u-s-colleges-battle-death-spiral-as-enrollment-drops___

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2015-04-02 01:41:27 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Rose of Venus

The image below shows the orbital path of Venus.  If it looks a little odd, that’s because it doesn’t show the path of Venus relative to the Sun, but rather relative to Earth.  It is taken from a 1799 book by James Fergeson entitled “Astronomy Explained Upon Sir Isaac Newton’s Principles”.  This was an astronomer’s handbook, so it gave the motion of Venus and other planets as we see them on Earth.

You might notice that the path of Venus seems to follow a kind of five-fold spirograph path.  This is because Venus orbits the sun once every 224.7 days, while the Earth 365.25 days.  The ratio of these two periods is 0.615, or about 8 to 13.  Since the difference between 8 and 13 is 5, the path of Venus has a five-fold symmetry relative to Earth.  This pattern is sometimes called the Rose of Venus.

Ratios such as the 8 to 13 ratio betweenEarth and Venus ar... more »

Rose of Venus

The image below shows the orbital path of Venus.  If it looks a little odd, that’s because it doesn’t show the path of Venus relative to the Sun, but rather relative to Earth.  It is taken from a 1799 book by James Fergeson entitled “Astronomy Explained Upon Sir Isaac Newton’s Principles”.  This was an astronomer’s handbook, so it gave the motion of Venus and other planets as we see them on Earth.

You might notice that the path of Venus seems to follow a kind of five-fold spirograph path.  This is because Venus orbits the sun once every 224.7 days, while the Earth 365.25 days.  The ratio of these two periods is 0.615, or about 8 to 13.  Since the difference between 8 and 13 is 5, the path of Venus has a five-fold symmetry relative to Earth.  This pattern is sometimes called the Rose of Venus.

Ratios such as the 8 to 13 ratio between Earth and Venus are relatively common.    They happen through a process of orbital resonance, where the small gravitational interactions between planets reinforce their stable orbits.  For planets, these ratios are only approximate, but they are stronger for smaller bodies.  For example, three of the moons of Jupiter (Io, Europa and Ganymede) have orbital ratios of 1 to 2 to 4.  In asteroids there is a related effect where certain resonances between Jupiter and the asteroids are orbitally unstable.  This means any asteroid that happens to have such a resonance is pushed a bit either closer or further from the Sun.  The result is a series of gaps in the asteroid belt known as Kirkwood gaps.

When you look at patterns such as this, you can see how difficult it was to accurately describe the motions of the planets.  Imagine starting with a pattern like this and proving the planets are actually moving around the Sun.  Often what seems obvious now is hard to figure out at first.

For those who like April Fools, I actually lied about the title of Fergeson’s book.  The title was actually “Astronomy explained upon Sir Isaac Newton’s Principles, and made easy to those who have not studied Mathematics. To which are added, a Plain Method of finding the Distances of all the Planets from the Sun, by the Transit of Venus over the Sun’s Disc, in the Year 1761. An Account of Mr. Horrox’s Observation of the Transit of Venus in the Year 1639: and, of the Distances of all the Planets from the Sun, as deduced from Observations of the Transit in the Year 1761”

…tenth edition.___

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2015-03-31 13:28:20 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Entanglement-Based Machine Learning on a Photonic Quantum Computer in principle and if scaled would show exponential speed up

For the first time, physicists have performed machine learning on a photonic quantum computer, demonstrating that quantum computers may be able to exponentially speed up the rate at which certain machine learning tasks are performed—in some cases, reducing the time from hundreds of thousands of years to mere seconds. The new method takes advantage of quantum entanglement, in which two or more objects are so strongly related that paradoxical effects often arise since a measurement on one object instantaneously affects the other. Here, quantum entanglement provides a very fast way to classify vectors into one of two categories, a task that is at the core of machine learning.

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Entanglement-Based Machine Learning on a Photonic Quantum Computer in principle and if scaled would show exponential speed up

For the first time, physicists have performed machine learning on a photonic quantum computer, demonstrating that quantum computers may be able to exponentially speed up the rate at which certain machine learning tasks are performed—in some cases, reducing the time from hundreds of thousands of years to mere seconds. The new method takes advantage of quantum entanglement, in which two or more objects are so strongly related that paradoxical effects often arise since a measurement on one object instantaneously affects the other. Here, quantum entanglement provides a very fast way to classify vectors into one of two categories, a task that is at the core of machine learning.

#machinelearning  
#quantumcomputing  ___

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