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Mark Bruce has been shared in 164 public circles

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Adam Black6,732Transhumans CircleBy popular Demand,  I am sharing some of my Circles. This is +Mark Bruce  Transhumans Circle  Plus Others Ive been adding.If you are tagged,  you are in it.Web Link for Mobile https://plus.google.com/u/0/+AdamBlack/posts/6iQmLpEj1Zm #sharedcircles   #GeekCulture   #ScienceSunday #Transhumans #Transhumanism #HumanPlus  2014-04-13 06:25:0424520030CC G+
steph wanamaker101,611#followfriday   #australianpeeps  thanks very much to paul sneddon for sharing his circle with me ! any australians I didn't include let me know!Happy Friday!2014-04-11 20:35:49202305CC G+
DEVILZART1,310#sharedcircle #publiccircleshare   #circleshare   #circleoftheday #circleshares   #circlesharing   #circlesshare   #publicsharedcircle #publicsharedcircles   #sharedcircleoftheday #sharedcircleoftheweek #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircle #todayspublicsharedcircle #todayssharedcircle   #publiccircle #circle   #circles   #awesome #awesomeness #awesomepeople #shareyourcircle   #bestengagers #followers   #followback #paulaawesomecircle   #awesomecircles #paulateshima #topsharedcircle #topsharedcircle   #myseoissocial #besocial   #socializethesocial   #trust #circles #sharedcircle 2014-04-04 17:15:22500151123CC G+
STEM on Google+ Community14,148Here are the "Movers & Shakers" in the STEM Community!February--March, 2014!Here's the latest updated edition of people & pages whose posts and comments appeared in the STEM on Google+ Community.  There are both science content creators and science readers here, and they are all active and interested in Science, Technology, Engineering, and/or Math.  Add this circle to your stream!Click here to enter the community >>https://plus.google.com/b/112166434848553337850/communities/110555615319066448343  Get involved in science discussions in the STEM community and you'll be in the next circle!If you received notification for this post, you are included in the circle!  If you do not wish to be notified, or shared in this (or other) circles, please let me know.~+Malthus John #sciencecircle   #stemcircle   #publicsharedcircles   #scienceeveryday   #sciencessunday   #stem   #gpluscommunities   #science   #technology   #engineering   #mathematics   #engagement  2014-03-24 17:43:08235192052CC G+
Matthew J Price8,236It's been some time since I shared my favorite circle: Accelerated Thinkers.  These 91 people are the ones I trust with bringing me the good news every day, and leading the conversation about the future of humanity.  Thank you so much!2014-03-22 04:25:4591103CC G+
Enrico Altavilla5,522I'm sharing with you my Science circle. It's focused mainly on physics, astrophysics and math but it also contains subjects (both people and pages) who share news about other scientific fields. Enjoy! 2014-03-21 06:45:031031015CC G+
John Nuntiatio30,154#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-18 08:53:47471025CC G+
John Nuntiatio30,154#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-18 08:53:18471001CC G+
John Nuntiatio30,154#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-18 08:52:50471125CC G+
John Nuntiatio30,154#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-18 08:52:22471002CC G+
John Nuntiatio30,154#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-18 08:51:36471313CC G+
Carlos Esteban39,158ENGAGERS and other INTERESTING PEOPLE Here you will find a sample of recent and repeat engagers, people that include me in shared circles, and people that publish interesting, useful or amusing posts. Add the circle and check them out. Maybe you like some of them! Feel free to re-share the circle :) Have a great Sunday! #circles #circlethis #circleyoushare #sharedcircles #addcircle #sharedpubliccircles #growfollowers #circleshare #publicsharedcircles #circleoftheweek #circlesharing #publiccircle #findcircles #circlemeup #sharedcircle #circleshare  #thursdaycircle   #thursdaycircleshared   #circlethursday #circle 2014#72014-03-16 14:11:22498584862CC G+
John Nuntiatio29,767#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-14 06:27:36393013CC G+
John Nuntiatio29,767#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-14 06:26:50393033CC G+
John Nuntiatio29,767#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-14 06:26:17393012CC G+
John Nuntiatio29,767#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-14 06:25:52393011CC G+
John Nuntiatio29,767#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-14 06:25:16393204CC G+
Prime Numbers0Science, Mathemathics, Tchnology, Engeneering CIRCLEThis circle has some really interesting people. It has scientist, engineers, researchers, mathematicians, computer scientists.If you wish to nominate yourself or someone to be included on my next circle, just follow these simple steps:1. Post about science and be active in science communities like STEM on Google+2. Make sure you have already added me into your circles3. Plus, Comment and Reshare this post publicly in your own stream. Please make sure you plus, reshare and comment on the Original Post or else I won't notice it...#Science #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #publiccircles #circlesharing #circle #circleshare #circles #circleoftheday2014-03-12 20:26:29136395CC G+
shinigami kurai109This circle will add great, amazing, wonderful, and awesome content to you feed plus your page will receive massive engagement and +1 'sBoost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!To be added to the Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles2 - Click add people and create your circle3 - share the circle (include yourself)4 - add +1 to the post +shinigami kurai2014-03-09 02:04:4450110313CC G+
DEVILZART386This circle will add great, amazing, wonderful, and awesome content to you feed plus your page will receive massive engagement and +1 'sBoost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!To be added to the Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles2 - Click add people and create your circle3 - share the circle (include yourself)4 - add +1 to the post +DevilzArt More you share more you get! #circle   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circleshared   #share   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #engagers   #engagerscircle   #engagerspeople   #engagersshowcasecircle   #publicsharedcircles   #wordpress   #seo   #affiliatemarketing    #googleplus   #googleplusupdate   #blogger   #bloggers   #blogging     #internet   #socialmedia   #socialmediatips   #socialnetworking   #internetmarketing   #seo   #seotips   #bloggingtips   #bloggingforbusiness   #bloggingforbusiness   #bloggingtipsandtricks 2014-03-08 15:58:55501191527CC G+
DEVILZART103This circle will add great, amazing, wonderful, and awesome content to you feed plus your page will receive massive engagement and ppplllluuuussss OnEs!!!   Welcome to +circle your circle with circles!!!!!  :DBoost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!To be added to the Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - include me in your circles 2 - Click add people and create your circle3 - share the circle (include yourself) 4 - add +1 to the post#circle   #circleshare   #circlesharing  #circulo   #kreise   #kreis   #круг   #круги   #круглим   #кругляши  #blogger   #blogging   #bloggers#サークル   #界   #cercle   #دائرة   #kring   #kringen   #nederland  +Circles +Circle Circle Circle +Circles by DzjieDzjee +Selected Circles 2014 +Awesome Circles +Socialize circles +Circles & Circles & Circles +Google+ Categorized Circles +Circles Circles Circles +Curating Content on Google+ +Team Circle Share +Shared Circles +Circle Shares Notifications +Urkel's Shared Circles +Shared Circles Magic G+ +Shared Circles on G+ +SharedCircles #googleplus #circle #sahrecircle #circleshare #circlesharing #circleshared #circleoftheday #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday 2014-02-25 06:41:2550015722CC G+
John Nuntiatio28,116circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #newcircle #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport #health   #entertainment   #news  2014-02-23 08:38:002986725CC G+
Carlos Esteban35,966ENGAGERS and other INTERESTING PEOPLE Here you will find: ►A sample of recent and repeat engagers with my posts on #science, #animals and #landscape pictures, #sciencefiction and #humor. ►Some people that include me in the circles that they curate… or that have not included me yet but I would love to be :) ►And some people that publish interesting, useful or amusing posts regardless if they circle me back or not. The categories are not exclusive and many people are in more than one. Add the circle and check them out. Maybe you like some of them! Feel free to re-share the circle if you wish. I will appreciate it. Have a nice Valentine’s day!Carlos #circles #circlethis #circleyoushare #sharedcircles #addcircle #sharedpubliccircles #growfollowers #circleshare #publicsharedcircles #circleoftheweek #circlesharing #publiccircle #findcircles #circlemeup #sharedcircle #circleshare  #thursdaycircle   #thursdaycircleshared   #circlethursday #circle 2014#62014-02-14 19:25:01464614865CC G+
Gideon Rosenblatt38,394The People I Keep a Closest Eye OnThis is a small circle of 50 people and pages that have my closest attention here on Google+. Some are well-known and have many followers, some do not. All are interesting people (or in a few cases pages) and almost all are quite active here. I am not including myself. This is purely to help you find some interesting new people and pages - especially if you're just getting started here and want some interesting stuff in your stream.  #circleshare  2014-02-02 01:06:385020732CC G+
Carlos Esteban33,566ENGAGERS and other INTERESTING PEOPLE Here you will find: -A sample of recent and repeat engagers with my posts on #science , #animals and #landscape pictures, #sciencefiction and #humor . -Some people that include me in the circles that they curate… or that have not included me yet but I would love to be :) -And some people that publish interesting, useful or amusing posts regardless if they circle me back or not. The categories are not exclusive and many people are in more than one. Add the circle and check them out. Maybe you like some of them! Feel free to re-share the circle if you wish. I will appreciate it. Have a nice Sunday!Carlos #circles #circlethis #circleyoushare #sharedcircles #addcircle #sharedpubliccircles #growfollowers #circleshare #publicsharedcircles #circleoftheweek #circlesharing #publiccircle #findcircles #circlemeup #sharedcircle #circleshare   #thursdaycircle    #thursdaycircleshared    #circlethursday #circle  2014#42014-01-26 13:53:24495161151200CC G+
John Nuntiatio25,447#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-01-25 19:41:45255729CC G+
Artur Mashnich45,164Circle of the Most Active Users of Google+A Very Social CircleКруг наиболее активных пользователей Google+Если вы поделились этим кругом вчера, вы находитесь в нем сегодня. Если вы разделяете его с друзьями сегодня, вы будете в нем и завтра.If you shared this circle yesterday, you are in it today. If you share today, you'll be in tomorrow.#Forfriends  2014-01-20 23:53:54402511771CC G+
Christy Sandhoff27,208This is a very nice circle Carlos.  Thanks for posting it. ==========================================Carlos Esteban - Google+ - ENGAGERS and other INTERESTING PEOPLE Here you will find...ENGAGERS and other INTERESTING PEOPLE Here you will find recent and repeat engagers, people that include me in shared circles, and people that publish interesting, useful or amusing posts. Add the circle and check them out. Maybe you like some of them! Feel free to re-share the circle if you wish :) Have a great weekend!2014-01-17 22:22:5740171214CC G+
Carlos Esteban32,281ENGAGERS and other INTERESTING PEOPLE Here you will find recent and repeat engagers, people that include me in shared circles, and people that publish interesting, useful or amusing posts. Add the circle and check them out. Maybe you like some of them! Feel free to re-share the circle if you wish. I will appreciate it. Have a nice day!Carlos 2014#3#circles #circlethis #circleyoushare #sharedcircles #addcircle #sharedpubliccircles #growfollowers #circleshare #publicsharedcircles #circleoftheweek #circlesharing #publiccircle #findcircles #circlemeup #sharedcircle #circleshare  #thursdaycircle   #thursdaycircleshared   #circlethursday #circle2014-01-16 13:53:50491131130182CC G+
John Nuntiatio24,408#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport 2014-01-15 19:27:1034612316CC G+
Hung cuavan607Get in More CirclesWhen You reshare with a circle, you should also explain the benefits of participating in shared circles. Explain the BenefitsExplain that when they add the circle many people in the circle will add them back. Also,Explain that if they re-share your post that the circle creator may add them to their future shared circles. If you do these two simple things you will increase your re-share rate. You’ll get in more circles and you’ll improve your own statistics.2014-01-15 09:38:5450020833CC G+
Mikhail Petrovsky62,004Good morning / evening to all. You'll love this circle. Photographers, artists and other interesting people!Вам понравится этот круг, добавьте его себе. Фотографы, художники и другие интересные люди!Это социальный круг / This social circle #EarthMyMother #ForFriends #photo2014-01-15 08:27:365006537115CC G+
Andrew Wisniewski40,047Good morning/evening to all. #Forfriends  You'll love this circle. Photographers, artists and other interesting people!Вам понравится этот круг, добавьте его себе. Фотографы, художники и другие интересные люди!#Forfriends  2014-01-11 15:30:49497623397CC G+
Mariana Lopez de Waard8,230viz +Circulos Compartidos ENGAGERS and other INTERESTING PEOPLE Here you will find recent and repeat engagers, people that include me in shared circles, and people that publish interesting, useful or amusing posts. Add the circle and check them out. Maybe you like some of them! Feel free to re-share the circle if you wish :) Have a great weekend!+OG International Network +OG Marbella  2014-01-11 08:00:354552418CC G+
James Harper726+Carlos Esteban originally shared: ENGAGERS and other INTERESTING PEOPLE Here you will find recent and repeat engagers, people that include me in shared circles, and people that publish interesting, useful or amusing posts. Add the circle and check them out. Maybe you like some of them! Feel free to re-share the circle if you wish :) Have a great weekend! #circles #circlethis #circleyoushare #sharedcircles #addcircle #sharedpubliccircles #growfollowers #circleshare #publicsharedcircles #circleoftheweek #circlesharing #publiccircle #findcircles #circlemeup #sharedcircle #circleshare   #thursdaycircle   #thursdaycircleshared   #circlethursday #circle 2014-01-11 00:11:5845612426CC G+
Christy Sandhoff26,446Shared by Carlos Esteban..... ENGAGERS and other INTERESTING PEOPLE Here you will find recent and repeat engagers, people that include me in shared circles, and people that publish interesting, useful or amusing posts. Add the circle and check them out. Maybe you like some of them! Feel free to re-share the circle if you wish :) Have a great weekend!2014-01-10 17:39:29451161029CC G+
Carlos Esteban31,485ENGAGERS and other INTERESTING PEOPLE Here you will find recent and repeat engagers, people that include me in shared circles, and people that publish interesting, useful or amusing posts. Add the circle and check them out. Maybe you like some of them! Feel free to re-share the circle if you wish :) Have a great weekend! #circles #circlethis #circleyoushare #sharedcircles #addcircle #sharedpubliccircles #growfollowers #circleshare #publicsharedcircles #circleoftheweek #circlesharing #publiccircle #findcircles #circlemeup #sharedcircle #circleshare  #thursdaycircle   #thursdaycircleshared   #circlethursday #circle2014-01-10 17:31:474549465143CC G+
Justin Matthew49,864Circle Share 1.8.14Engagers...Plussers...Content Providers...Photographers...Artist...GPlus Heavy Hitters...Newbies...and people just wanting to hang out...little bit of everything...enjoy!1. Plus The Post 2. Comment3. Add People To Circles4. Share The Circle!You can find me on these other social platforms so lets connect there too:Udemy: https://www.udemy.com/u/justinmatthew/Twitter: https://twitter.com/JMHHACKERFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/JustinMatthewMSMPinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/livesocialmedia/Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jmhhackerLinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/justinmatthew#sharedcircle #topsharedcircle   #circleoftheday #sharedcircle #trustinme   #circlesharing #circleshare #circles         #circleoftheday #sharedpubliccircles     #sharedcircles #share #vipsnowballcircle #sharedcircleoftheday #sharewithyou          #followme #followers #followback #circle #googleplus #coolpeople #circleshare #sharedcircles #sharedcircle   #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles     #circleshare #circlesharing 2014-01-09 04:29:44500476281CC G+
Justin Matthew10,050Circle Share 1.7.14...Solid circle with engagers, plussers and content providers...mix of veteren gplussers and newbies...have a great night everyone!1. Plus The Post 2. Comment3. Add People To Circles4. Share The Circle!#sharedcircle #topsharedcircle   #circleoftheday #sharedcircle #trustinme   #circlesharing #circleshare #circles         #circleoftheday #sharedpubliccircles     #sharedcircles #share #vipsnowballcircle #sharedcircleoftheday #sharewithyou          #followme #followers #followback #circle #googleplus #coolpeople #circleshare #sharedcircles #sharedcircle   #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles     #circleshare #circlesharing  #fullcircleshare 2014-01-08 04:22:18501616990CC G+
John Nuntiatio23,479#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport 2014-01-06 07:39:56351181929CC G+
Cyrus Khan15,832 *Active Engager's Circle*If you've received a notification, it means you are a part of the circle.Please re-share the circle to increase the exposure of all these friendly and interactive people.Thanks for interacting : )  This is the next edition of my weekly Engagers circle, where I highlight and share the people who've interacted with me this week.I will share this circle to all my followers for exposure as an personally approved group.The criteria to be added are:1)You have commented on and publicly shared one or more of my posts;2) You have re-shared this weeks circle;As this circle grows, I may have difficulty accommodating everyone, so if you add and re-share this week's circle, you'll be guaranteed a spot in next week's edition.Cheers! #circleshare   #active   #engagers   #science   #sciencecircle  2014-01-04 22:40:36476463892CC G+
Carlos Esteban30,646ENGAGERS + INTERESTING PEOPLE So here is my first circle of 2014… actually my first circle ever! This is the first time that I create and share a circle. Here you will find recent engagers and people that publish interesting, useful or amusing posts. Maybe you like some of them. Happy New Year! #circles #circlethis #circleyoushare #sharedcircles #addcircle #sharedpubliccircles #growfollowers #circleshare #publicsharedcircles #circleoftheweek #circlesharing #publiccircle #findcircles #circlemeup #sharedcircle #circleshare  #thursdaycircle   #thursdaycircleshared   #circlethursday #circle2014-01-01 13:25:133659347140CC G+
Artur M.32,760A Very Social CircleКруг людей с активной жизненной позицией в Гугле+circle of people, with active life position in Google+Если вы поделились этим кругом вчера, вы находитесь в нем сегодня. Если вы разделяете его с друзьями сегодня, вы будете в нем и завтра.2013-12-30 08:49:25500583080CC G+
Mikhail Petrovsky73,830This is a Social Circle of interesting people with an active lifestyle in Google+Это социальный круг общения интересных людей с активной жизненной позицией в Google+You'll love this circle. Photographers, artists and other interesting people!Вам понравится этот круг, добавьте его себе. Фотографы, художники и другие интересные люди!#EarthMyMother #ForFriends #photo2013-12-30 08:46:10491562593CC G+
Artur Mashnich41,769A Very Social CircleКруг людей с активной жизненной позицией в Гугле+circle of people, with active life position in Google+Если вы поделились этим кругом вчера, вы находитесь в нем сегодня. Если вы разделяете его с друзьями сегодня, вы будете в нем и завтра.If you shared this circle yesterday, you are in it today. If you share today, you'll be in tomorrow.2013-12-27 02:44:15401412358CC G+
Andrew Wisniewski37,529Good morning/evening to all.You'll love this circle. Photographers, artists and other interesting people!Вам понравится этот круг, добавьте его себе. Фотографы, художники и другие интересные люди!Это социальный круг This is a Social Circle  #ForFriends #photo #EarthMyMother 2013-12-23 04:21:38497543082CC G+
John Nuntiatio21,898#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport  2013-12-19 13:35:493658614CC G+
John Nuntiatio21,467#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport  2013-12-15 11:28:4636716725CC G+
Artur M.31,014A Very Social CircleКруг людей с активной жизненной позицией в Гугле+circle of people, with active life position in Google+Если вы поделились этим кругом вчера, вы находитесь в нем сегодня. Если вы разделяете его с друзьями сегодня, вы будете в нем и завтра.2013-12-14 05:10:20500544387CC G+
John Nuntiatio20,962#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share2013-12-09 13:46:27373181431CC G+


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2014-04-19 11:01:41 (24 comments, 17 reshares, 133 +1s)

Computational Photography Starts to Mature.

Computational photography (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Computational_photography), the use of advanced algorithms and software to simulate powerful (and expensive) cameras such as DSLRs, starts to make an impact in the latest update to the Google Camera application on current Android (4.4+) phones. The default Google Camera for Android already shipped with an impressive second-generation HDR mode (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High-dynamic-range_imaging), but the latest update includes a Lens Blur mode that allows tiny phone camera sensors and lenses to simulate a big lens and big aperture in order to reproduce shallow depths of field or "bokeh" effects. This is another great example of software eating the world.

The image below demonstrates the new camera application using the crappy front-facing 1.3MP camera on my Nexus 5... more »

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2014-04-18 08:02:26 (65 comments, 15 reshares, 62 +1s)

Solar’s Insane Cost Drop That line dropping almost straight down, is the price of solar energy. Forecast it out 10 years and realize fossil fuels are pretty much doomed.

http://cleantechnica.com/2014/04/16/solars-dramatic-cost-fall-may-herald-energy-price-deflation/

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2014-04-17 11:32:00 (13 comments, 20 reshares, 37 +1s)

Videos to Add to Watch Later.

1. Connections I-The Trigger Effect (High Quality), with James Burke.
Originally found after listening to James interview on a You Are Not So Smart podcast I was pleasantly surprised that I watched the whole 50 minutes of the show and look forward to watching others in the series. This episode concerns our complete and utter dependence on society and the risks that entails; also the phenomenon of how thoroughly we take the our nurturing envelope of technology for granted. The conclusions are interesting but unsurprisingly I think more technology, not less is the answer. Really interesting insights into historical developments of technology and how they reach down through time to influence us now. Dated but somehow still relevant. 

2. How do psychedelic drugs work on the brain? with RobinCa... more »

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2014-04-16 06:04:07 (13 comments, 9 reshares, 31 +1s)

The Act of Killing

There are few times when a movie or documentary induced such a wide range of frequently varying emotions in me as the recent and critically acclaimed masterpiece that is The Act of Killing. I had never even heard of the film until +Koen De Paus listed it in his Top Movies of 2013 list and I decided to add it to my own "to-see" list. Months later and I finally get around to watching it.

The basic premise is a documentary-style interview with some of the militia thugs involved in the mass murders and overthrow of the Indonesian government in the mid 1960s, who are invited to recreate some of their exploits and attrocities in B-Grade movie style (these segments are separate to the main documentary and serve only as a backdrop and reenactment device). Anwar serves as the lead and focus of the piece, a man who personally murdered with his own hands over... more »

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2014-04-13 08:19:22 (31 comments, 51 reshares, 95 +1s)

SciTech #ScienceSunday Digest, 15/14.
Programmable microfluidics, Nanobot computers, stem cell mastery, organ rejuvenation, reinforced graphene, self-assembled films, software radio, atom-photon coupling.

1. Punch-Card Programmable Microfluidics.
A programmable microfluidic system based on the principles of a type of music box that operates with a pattern of holes punched in a paper tape that causes an array of cogs to strike different metal “notes” is deceptively simple yet carries transformative potential http://phys.org/news/2014-04-music-stanford-bioengineer-chemistry-video.html & see Stanford bioengineer creates $5 chemistry set. In the device a pattern of holes causes cogs to strike valves in a microfluidic chip interfaced to the device in order to produce a droplet of [1 or 15 different] chemicals that flow along a chip; a suitable pattern ofhol... more »

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2014-04-12 13:53:09 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 22 +1s)

Really Nice Auto-Awesome Video from Spending Today in Carrickalinga.

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Carrickalinga+SA+5204/@-35.426376,138.3529004,6365m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m2!3m1!1s0x6ab168e5a37feb89:0x4033654628ef9a0?hl=en

Would have been nice for G+ to auto-grab more people shots. Overall a great, if exhausting and sun burnt day; nice PhotoSphere here: https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/115624860057949518963/albums/5817215432812441937/6001399412920850834?pid=6001399412920850834&oid=115624860057949518963 

+Elise Bruce +Kim Morris 

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2014-04-09 13:54:08 (17 comments, 55 reshares, 81 +1s)

Super Planet Crash.

A fun web-based solar system simulator to pass a few moments; my latest attempt is below, on track for a total score of 26 million - I've no idea how the high score is 8 times this. But there is no way such a system could be stable, could it? In fact this one broke shortly after capturing this screenshot at 26 years, ejecting one of the inner Super Earths at high speed out of the system. 

http://www.stefanom.org/spc/#

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2014-04-08 15:12:16 (21 comments, 0 reshares, 40 +1s)

This Week's Learning Curve: Extreme.

Gearing up for my next project I've encountered a rather extreme learning curve this last week or two, either re-learning, learning anew, learning from scratch, or revisiting the following topics:

- CRISPR
- Homologous Recombination
- Plasmid & vector design principles
- Competence and related protocols
- Transformation and related protocols
- Restriction sites and enzymes
- Databases of metabolic pathways
- gBlocks
- Gibson Assembly
- Cloning
- Ligation Independent Cloning
- NCBI complete bacterial genomes
- Bacterial genome insertion sites
- Gram staining & protocols
- Spectrophotometry, principles & equipment
- Optics & optical density, turbidity measurements
- Microscopy & magnification requirements
- PCR & qPCR
- Taq,... more »

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2014-04-06 10:43:12 (21 comments, 50 reshares, 91 +1s)

SciTech #ScienceSunday Digest, 14/14.
Brain mapping, microfluidics, molecular isotope storage, DNA origami boxes, artificial muscles, neuromorphic computing, CRISPR disease cure, metamaterials, manufacturing graphene. 

1. Latest Brain Advances by the Allen Institute.
The Allen Institute for Brain Science announced two big developments this week. First, there was the publication of the first comprehensive large-scale dataset on the wiring of a mammalian brain, created using engineered viruses to trace and illuminate individual neurons in 1,700 mouse brains, the sections of which were scanned at sub-micro resolution to produce a collective average brain connectome map comprising some 1.8 petabytes of data http://www.alleninstitute.org/news-events/press/press-release/publication-nature-showcases-most-comprehensive-wiring-diagram-mammalian-brain-date. Secondly,... more »

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2014-04-03 12:07:17 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)

Some Personal Data-Logging.

I tried some different exercise from my usual routine this evening, going on my first proper run in over a year and deciding to run the My Tracks[1] app while my phone was strapped to my arm. The map data was mostly accurate, except for the stretch along the river bank where it missed large sections of positional data. The rest of the data produced by the app, such as it is, is shown in the two images below:

1. Elevation & Speed.
Elevation isn't too bad; the route did indeed take in a reasonable hill. But I'm pretty sure I didn't jump off of any 25 or 40 meter cliffs and keep on running - although the timing of these errors also correlate with the stretches of positional errors on the map data. Speed is bizarrely patchy; I didn't stop running once and yet speed data continuously plunges to zero without... more »

2014-04-01 16:25:39 (19 comments, 1 reshares, 55 +1s)

Damn You Brain.

I spend 3 hours tonight struggling with a problem preventing me from kicking off my next tech project, before finally admitting defeat and going, begrudgingly, to bed at 1am. Laying in the darkness at 1:15am a flash of insight strikes and brain instantly arouses to full alertness and a hand instinctively reaches out for the tablet-shaped portal to teh interwebz.

It is now 2:45am. Problem has been smashed. Learned more about optics, absorption phenomena, lab protocols, circuit design, expensive kit, and cheap hacks. Have a very sound and elegant plan that not only solves my problem, but might even result in a cheap, useful product that many, many others would also appreciate.

You can go to sleep now you silly fatigued brain, just please remember a fraction of that plan in the morning. Ta! 

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2014-04-01 01:04:52 (19 comments, 1 reshares, 12 +1s)

Titanfall - First Month Impressions.

After eagerly looking forward to jumping into Titanfall when it launched early in March I've ended up playing quite a bit of the game, reaching level 50 before the end of the month and maintaining a k/d of about 2.2 vs other humans.

Overall - This is just one damn fun game (most of the time); the additional jumping, wall-running, building-scaling, mech-riding, flying-foxing give you en empowering freedom of movement that few if any FPS can match. The overriding theme is one of speed - gameplay is fast and furious the vast majority of the time - and the addition of the Titan mechs serves to mix things up without utterly dominating the gameplay thanks mainly to accommodating level design and Titan-specific counter-attacks. 

However - The game is not perfect. I was a little disappointed to realise that Titanfall is... more »

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2014-03-30 05:39:24 (20 comments, 74 reshares, 110 +1s)

SciTech #ScienceSunday Digest, 13/14.
Bioretrosynthesis for drugs, shrinking spectrometers, saliva fuel cell, DNA nanomachines, synthetic yeast chromosome, lensless cameras, nanodiamonds, gene maps.

1. Bioretrosynthesis - Evolving Synthetic Pathways for Drugs.
The expensive HIV drug didanosine can now be made cheaply with genetically altered bacteria that were forced to evolve the synthetic pathway required to synthesise the molecule from simpler precursor compounds http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2014-03/vu-sei032114.php. Basically, (i) desiring didanosine to be produced they started with a slightly simpler molecule and an enzyme known to make the chemical change required to turn the simpler molecule into didanosine, (ii) the gene for this enzyme was added to a population of bacteria that was mutated, incubated, and screened for the most efficient... more »

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2014-03-29 07:57:48 (6 comments, 1 reshares, 52 +1s)

Idyllic Spot for Today's Picnic.

While most of my city obsessed over the two local sports teams kick a ball around the new stadium for the first game of the season, Elise and I decided to take the chance to go to this idyllic little spot for a nice picnic lunch with friends. Completely windless and 25°C - an utterly beautiful day. 

Lunch was smoked salmon and cream cheese on a sliced up French bread stick, a platter of cheeses, dips, quince, apples and wafer crackers, and a chocolate cake of course :)

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2014-03-26 13:40:03 (17 comments, 10 reshares, 33 +1s)

The Game of Life.

A couple of weeks ago this video Does John Conway hate his Game of Life? of the legendary John Conway discussing his Game of Life did the rounds; for any fan of Conway and the Game of Life it is a touching little video and worth a watch. For those who aren't familiar an introduction can be found here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conway's_Game_of_Life. 

This "game" and the mathematics that underpins it has always intrigued and fascinated me, and I've been a big fan since I first learned of its existence a long time ago. The video inspired me to make this little 30 second animation in response, showing the organic evolution of a seed pattern on the edge of chaos; you can even see a few gliders make an appearance. 

- This is the Game of Life[1] application running on Nexus 5. 
- The video was created with an Androidscre... more »

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2014-03-25 11:06:05 (17 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)

Need HELP with GIF!

I made a GIF I wanted to share;

- It played fine in the browser like any normal GIF
- Uploading to Google+ to do a post and I received the error below, indicating the file was not recognised as an image or video
- I tried grabbing a random GIF from my Google+ feed, downloading it, and uploading it to do a post and it worked fine like a normal GIF
- I compared the file details of my GIF and this random GIF and all pertinent details (aside from resolution and size) were the same
- I threw my original GIF into GIMP and tried exporting / saving as different GIF options / settings. Nothing worked and Google+ continued to show the below error message
- Google search for same problem and can't find anything
- Ranting at the computer like a madman I make this post to ask for help!!!

Can anyone tell me what I am doing... more »

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2014-03-24 13:46:45 (10 comments, 5 reshares, 57 +1s)

Passing 1,000,000 PhotoSphere Views!

The PhotoSphere images I've taken and uploaded to +Google Maps recently clocked over 1,000,000 views . . . in less than 12 months. The collection can be browsed here https://www.google.com/maps/views/profile/115624860057949518963?gl=us and you can navigate by:

(i) scrolling and clicking on any thumbnail in the right hand pane or clicking on the preview pane at upper-left will launch the PhotoSphere to explore or, even better,

(ii) click the mini map at lower-left then zoom in and out and pan to explore the world and the PhotoSphere's I've taken in that location by clicking on the red dots. You can still switch between map and satellite view.

The most popular image is this one https://www.google.com/maps/@47.557898,10.749734,3a,75y,90t/data=!3m5!1e1!3m3!1sERMh8sudLocAAAQIt3PIMQ!2e0!3e11 at Neuschwanstein... more »

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2014-03-23 05:29:30 (21 comments, 49 reshares, 72 +1s)

SciTech #ScienceSunday Digest, 12/14.
Augmented chloroplasts, stretchable electronics, expression recognition, rhenium disulfide, convenient stem cells, graphene IR sensors, lab-on-fibers, continuous peptide synthesis, inflation confirmation. 

1. Plant Chloroplasts Augmented with Nanotubes.
The ability of plants to capture energy from light has been boosted by 30% by embedding carbon nanotubes into the plant’s chloroplasts http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/2014/bionic-plants.html, while a modified nanotube allowed the plants to detect nitric oxide. This was accomplished by coating the nanotubes with charged molecules to facilitate the penetration of the plant cell wall; a solution containing the coated nanotubes was delivered to the plants via their gas-exchanging stromata. The impact on glucose production from this 30% boost is yet to be quantified, but if itle... more »

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2014-03-23 01:31:19 (12 comments, 18 reshares, 57 +1s)

More Self-Delusion Insights.
I thought I'd put together a few more curated summaries / notes from the You Are Not So Smart podcast because some of the insights are profound.

Narrative Bias.
http://youarenotsosmart.com/2014/01/07/yanss-podcast-015-i-read-an-excerpt-from-you-are-now-less-dumb/
We are rationalising beings, spinning everything around us into a tale that makes sense in the context of who we believe ourselves to be. We can usually see through the lies and rationalisations of other people, yet when we lie and rationalise to ourselves we are blind to it; we would only perceive it if it was expressed by another person. Our assumptions about reality come together in a “cohesion engine” that we use to make sense of reality, and our preferred method is to couch everything as a story with us as the lead character. Our brain continues to generate ournar... more »

2014-03-20 12:07:20 (10 comments, 8 reshares, 24 +1s)

The Future - You Are Not So Smart

I continue to really enjoy +David McRaney's series of You Are Not So Smart podcasts and would recommend them to everyone who has an interest in learning about our fragile minds, cognitive limitations, fallacies, and biases. This latest episode is based on the future, why people are so often wrong predicting the future, and what we might reasonably expect to happen in future. I decided to take a few notes, below, from the interview because of the many juicy and stimulating tidbits. 

On present bias and believing that the person you are now will be the same as the person you will be in future, both short term and long term, when actually you could well be fundamentally different.

The “great men” myth as drivers of history and the fact that no one person operates or functions in a vacuum; people are influenced byand ... more »

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2014-03-18 13:19:51 (7 comments, 19 reshares, 48 +1s)

SpaceChem: Simulated Molecular Manufacturing.
Damn you +Nate Gaylinn for getting me onto this! ;)

I don't really play or get into mobile games much at all but thought I'd check out SpaceChem (via https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.zachtronicsindustries.android.spacechem.demo&hl=en) on my Nexus 5 at a recommendation from Nate. It is, at heart, a little puzzler that requires you to design routes and instruction sets to link different blocks in different ways in order to produce the correct output configuration. 

However, the different blocks are atoms, the different linkages are bonds, and the basic chemistry is accurate so I think this is far more cool than it would otherwise be despite the seeming simplicity!

It can't help but remind me of and inspire me with a rather abstract Drexlerian vision of molecular manufacturing systemsi... more »

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2014-03-16 12:01:09 (7 comments, 41 reshares, 65 +1s)

SciTech #ScienceSunday Digest, 11/14.
Bioscilloscope, atom etching, huge DNA origami, graphene cages, tungsten diselenide, tiny sensors, acoustic cloak, controlling cell movement.

1. Bioscilloscope for Genetic Circuit Analysis.
The invention of a new system combines certain genes and hardware to further digitise synthetic biology and the analysis of genetic circuits .http://news.rice.edu/2014/03/09/rice-synthetic-biologists-shine-light-on-genetic-circuit-analysis/. The biological analogue to electronic voltages is genes being turned on and off and this new method is an ultra-precise way to measure gene expression in bacteria by combining light-sensing proteins, an array of LED lights, and standard fluorescent reporter genes - basically a biological function generator and oscilloscope. Genetic circuits receive inputs and produce outputs, and by linking them... more »

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2014-03-11 11:09:31 (26 comments, 58 reshares, 81 +1s)

Social Networking While You Sleep.

+iWinks recently completed a successful Kickstarter campaign https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/iwinks/the-aurora-dream-enhancing-headband to produce the Aurora headband, which is designed to aid lucid dreaming. Working in conjunction with your phone the Aurora processes EEG data to determine when you have entered REM sleep. 

At this point it can provide auditory or visual cues, such as sounds or a gently flashing LED light that, if you notice in your dream, will make you aware that you are in fact dreaming and so allow you to fully enjoy the unbounded freedom of a lucid dreaming experience. 

During REM sleep your brain temporarily paralyses your body; so preventing your body from thrashing around in bed and acting out the motions you institute in your dream. Except for the eyes - you can still move your eyes and this issom... more »

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2014-03-09 07:07:00 (32 comments, 65 reshares, 96 +1s)

SciTech #ScienceSunday Digest, 10/14.
Human longevity companies, reprogramming neurons, self-assembling nanotubes, electron gases, boosting healthspan, better optical tweezers, gene editing HIV, multiferroics, weaponised drones.

1. Private Longevity Initiatives: Big Data & Big Genomics.
Craig Venter announced the launch of his latest venture, Human Longevity Inc., to increase human lifespan and healthspan http://www.businessweek.com/news/2014-03-04/craig-venter-starts-dna-scanning-company-to-boost-longevity. Human Longevity is aiming to make 100 years old the new 60 (and 50 the new 30?) and will build the world’s largest human genome sequencing facility; the company hopes to sequence the DNA of 100,000 people per year and will promote healthy aging using genomics and stem cell therapies. More here: http://www.humanlongevity.com/. In Silico Medicine Inc.a... more »

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2014-03-08 07:00:06 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 29 +1s)

Uptime.

My original and re-purposed Galaxy Tab 10.1 device has been left "on" for quite a while now. But it isn't getting a reboot yet! 

Its current job is as a smart digital photo frame in the corner of the main living room: an active Tasker profile (i) turns on WiFi for 30 minutes at 4am every morning to download updates, and (ii) turns on a photo slide-show of our wedding and honeymoon photos during the hours we are most likely to be home and awake.

#android   #root   #uptime  

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2014-03-06 14:25:34 (12 comments, 2 reshares, 23 +1s)

Capture Time!

Tonight, after a busy week, it was time to start capturing highlight clips from saved Halo 4 games from the Xbox 360 via the trusty Elgato . . . getting ready for Titanfall next week on the Xbox One. 

There's about 130 saved games to review because I've been putting it off for so long so it's going to take a while (like days). Final preparation for gradually putting the old 360 out to pasture and salvaging what fond memories I can. 

#elgato   #halo4   #xbox360  

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2014-03-02 07:13:37 (22 comments, 56 reshares, 89 +1s)

SciTech #ScienceSunday Digest, 09/14.
Oculus Rift telepresence, brain to body control, wireless power, biomedical membrane sensors, complex co-polymer assembly, Kepler’s planets, ultrasound textures, old-young stem cells.

1. Telepresence Robotics with Oculus Rift.
A prototype telepresence humanoid robot has been given an immersive user interface via an Oculus Rift headset, torso sensors, and sensor-gloves http://singularityhub.com/2014/02/26/telepresence-robocop-piloted-by-oculus-rift-sensored-gloves/. The user not only sees and hears what the robot can see and hear, the robot responds to the user’s movements - moving its head, arms, hands, and fingers when the user does, and further enhancing the immersive feeling for the user and allowing far more intuitive interactions with the environment. The movie Surrogates comes to mind. There remain issues with(i)... more »

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2014-02-27 08:49:49 (57 comments, 129 reshares, 694 +1s)

Rendering Images with a Single Continuous Line.
You may need to squint to see that it is me!

This is a Jordan Curve rendering of my profile photo. I came across the concept of a Jordan Curve today via +Kevin Kelly's post here https://plus.google.com/u/0/+KevinKelly/posts/VaPWXEQmZvr and have always loved mathematical art; the abstract, the chaos, the perfection. Commenter +J Wynia was nice enough to point me towards StippleGen http://wiki.evilmadscientist.com/StippleGen a free piece of software for taking images and crunching them into Voronoi diagrams (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voronoi_diagram), and Jordan Curves based on TSP (travelling salesman problem) calculations to minimise the path of a continuous line between points. 

This image was made with StippleGen by simply opening my profile photo in the program and tinkering with the parameters until I hadsom... more »

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2014-02-26 10:40:38 (57 comments, 2 reshares, 80 +1s)

I've Been Busy.

I finally settled on a name for my new company, going for the abstract rather than descriptive and combining the words Sentient with Technium to come up with Sentium. Thanks to everyone who pitched in with ideas and suggestions for names. 

"Sentium" is available in Australia, doesn't seem to have any IP / Trademark infringements here, in the USA, or anywhere, but the domain sentium.com is taken by a marketing business and sentium.com.au is parked. I'm not too bothered by this and am happy enough with www.sentiumgroup.com - I can always register other domains and rebrand in future as needed. 

The new Australian company "Sentium Pty Ltd" was officially registered last week, with myself assuming the official offices such as Director and Company Secretary. I also registered a discretionary trust "Bruce FamilyT... more »

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2014-02-23 10:09:11 (20 comments, 67 reshares, 93 +1s)

SciTech #ScienceSunday Digest, 08/14.
MinION, CRISPR protein, synthetic muscles, atomtronic memory, tissue printing, wireless broadband, optogenetic pain, graphene filters.

1. MinION: A Miniature USB Device for DNA Sequencing and Sensing.
After making some bold claims a couple of years ago Oxford Nanopore has finally delivered a functional prototype nanopore device for customer review https://www.nanoporetech.com/. The miniature device plugs into a computer via USB and upon pipetting a solution of interest into the activity well the device spreads the fluid over a nanopore-embedded chip that can (i) directly sequence DNA, (ii) directly sequence RNA, (iii) detect proteins or other molecules bound to probe DNA strands. This video http://vimeo.com/77246565 provides a good overview. Provided the sequence error-correction codes are acceptable such a small,... more »

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2014-02-21 01:32:32 (13 comments, 1 reshares, 27 +1s)

Well Done Microsoft!

Chalk that up to a genuine headline I never thought I'd be leading a post with; but it is genuine and well-deserved in this case, and is all due to the very well implemented integration across Microsoft properties around the Xbox One ecosystem. 

I wanted to test one of the newer features of the system, namely the ability to record gameplay highlights on-the-fly, and the video below is my first test of this: a 19 second snippet from me playing Xbox Live  Battlefield 4 multiplayer on Xbox One yesterday. This is possible besuase the system continuously records the previous 30 seconds of gameplay.

The steps to make this video were:
1. Say "Xbox Record That"
2. After done playing go into Temporary Saved Clips
3. Choose clip and permanently save
4. Open clip in Xbox One video editor and trim the boring startan... more »

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2014-02-19 04:51:49 (21 comments, 33 reshares, 80 +1s)

Genetic Mergers: Endosymbiosis for Jumping Energy Barriers and Evolving Complexity.

The Unique Merger That Made You is a wonderful article for many reasons, but mainly because it opens up thoughts, discussions, and philosophising across such wide ranging fields. It can be found here http://nautil.us/issue/10/mergers--acquisitions/the-unique-merger-that-made-you-and-ewe-and-yew, and a big thank you to +Chris McClelland for sharing it my way. 

The core of the article focuses on the differences between prokaryotic cells (generally bacteria) and the more complex eukaryotic cells that make up our bodies (and those of trees and fungi), and the massive evolutionary innovation of endosymbiosis[1] employed by prokaryotes to climb out of insurmountable energy barriers in order to achieve greater complexity and fitness via genuine multi-cellular phenotypes. 

Chris highlighteda ... more »

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2014-02-18 09:29:46 (9 comments, 1 reshares, 19 +1s)

European Holiday - Overdue Videos!

I finally got around to editing down some highlight videos from our trip to Europe last year as part of our honeymoon. I've mainly put these together for our own memory's sake, trying to capture as many memorable moments (for me) as possible given the limited and sometimes random videos that I actually ended up capturing. I've posted them in case anyone is interested in seeing what we saw and got up to, and maybe get inspired to visit the same amazing places. 

The main video for this post is our highlights from Munich and Bavaria, with a little day-trip to Salzburg. This includes visits to Herrenchiemsee, Dachau, Wolfgangsee, Neuschwanstein, and various Munich icons. 

The other videos are as follows:

Burj Khalifa & Dubai Mall
With an elevator ride to the 124th floor observation deck of the BurjK... more »

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2014-02-16 14:35:29 (20 comments, 50 reshares, 118 +1s)

SciTech #ScienceSunday Digest, 07/14.
Click-linked DNA, internal cochlear device, nanocrystalline sheets, insect robots, red-blue optogenetics, LIDAR chips, restoring senescent cells, white matter map, fusion unity.

1. Transcriptional Viability for Click-Linked DNA.
For the first time a synthetic DNA linker backbone has been demonstrated as functional in a living eukaryotic cell http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/anie.201308691/full. A new synthetic click-chemistry reaction process able to create arbitrary DNA sequences cheaper, quicker, and easier than standard enzymatic DNA assembly approaches actually replaces the natural backbone with a triazole molecule. This advances the goal of total chemical synthesis and assembly of genes and genomes. The functional nature of the DNA sequences produced was demonstrated by splicing into a eukaryotic cell, from... more »

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2014-02-15 02:26:16 (10 comments, 0 reshares, 52 +1s)

What Elise Came Home to Last Night :)


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2014-02-12 13:13:48 (29 comments, 18 reshares, 40 +1s)

Using Technology to Overcome Our Limits

The core of transhumanism is simply the desire to overcome the cognitive and physical limitations of our fragile human bodies, to be more than human, and so enable the exposure to experiences of such sublimity that we cannot presently imagine. In addition to this core there is the near-ubiquitous desire to use technology to improve the quality of life for everyone, and all that that entails. 

Thanks to +Matthew J Price for sharing this short powerful speech my way from the series Battlestar Galactica. 

#transhumanism   #technology   #nolimits  

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2014-02-11 14:49:21 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 18 +1s)

Some Fun Experiences Last Weekend.

Go-Karts!

On Sunday Elise and I joined a group of friends for some competitive Go-Kart racing at one of the local indoors Go-Kart tracks, something that I hadn’t done for quite some time. There were 8 of us on the track, and after 10 laps of qualifying / time trials we had four 10 lap races in which the starting positions were changed every time, fastest-slowest, slowest-fastest, etc. You can see the starting first lap of one of the races in the second video below, I start second-to-last.

Had a great time and some of the memorable moments included:

* Significant arm muscle fatigue after 50 laps! Over two days later my arms are still sore. 
* It feels like you're going much faster while driving than it looks / appears in the video :/
* I came second overall, scoring 32 points to the 34 points scored by Davewh... more »

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2014-02-09 06:59:10 (14 comments, 45 reshares, 96 +1s)

SciTech #ScienceSunday Digest, 06/14.
Sensing prosthetic pressure, CRISPR antibiotics, single molecule LED, precise surgical robots, bio-battery cyborgs, quantum photonic chips, ballistic nanoribbons.

1. Amputees Can Now Feel Pressure with a Prosthetic Hand.
A new prosthetic hand has successfully restored the feeling and sensation of pressure to an amputee via implanted electrodes that connect to particular sensory nerves and were previously tested in rats http://www.technologyreview.com/news/524286/a-robotic-hand-this-time-with-feeling/. This particular hand relies on residual muscles in the limb stump to move and grasp objects, but the fingertips contain pressure sensors that signal the sensory nerves. The patient can accurately distinguish objects that were round, hard, and soft, and also exert a grip with pressure sufficient to hold an object and not... more »

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2014-02-05 14:33:43 (26 comments, 4 reshares, 41 +1s)

On Our Identities & The Labels we Assign Ourselves.

Last week I spoke about framing and cognitive biases after reading an interesting article that examined these phenomena from a political stance (see http://goo.gl/TakuOn). In the ensuing discussion +Chris McClelland pointed out that one way to try to avoid cognitive biases is to avoid labeling oneself and pointed to an excellent little piece posted by Paul Graham back in 2009 that discusses this. 

Some quotes are:

I think what religion and politics have in common is that they become part of people's identity, and people can never have a fruitful argument about something that's part of their identity. By definition they're partisan.

If people can't think clearly about anything that has become part of their identity, then all other things being equal, the best plan is to let as fewt... more »

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2014-02-02 09:02:17 (24 comments, 27 reshares, 60 +1s)

SciTech #ScienceSunday Digest, 05/14.
Stressing stem cells, CRISPR primates, synthetic monopoles, carbon fiber printer, metamaterials, neural net AI, thermal diode, nanowire computer.

1. Acidic Stressor Reprograms Cells into Stem Cells.
Normal, mature somatic cells can be converted into stem cells - that resemble embryonic or induced pluripotent stem cells - via a new process called Stimulus-Triggered Acquisition of Pluripotency that basically shocks the cells with non-lethal stress such as low pH http://www.nature.com/news/acid-bath-offers-easy-path-to-stem-cells-1.14600. The powerful plasticity and pluripotency of the reprogrammed stem cells was demonstrated by injecting fluorescently-labelled populations of the cells into mouse embryos, which successfully developed into adult chimeric mice with the stem cells present in all tissues. While controversial,... more »

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2014-01-31 08:01:25 (3 comments, 3 reshares, 25 +1s)

Some Nice Eye-Candy I Came Across this Week.

Stunning Aerial Photography.
http://pixtale.net/2013/12/how-our-world-would-look-if-you-were-a-bird

Abandoned Buildings and Sites.
http://distractify.com/culture/arts/the-most-spectacular-abandoned-places-in-the-world/

Photorealistic Sketches.
http://mashable.com/2013/12/26/dirk-dzimirsky-photorealistic-drawings/?utm_cid=mash-com-g+-main-photo 

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2014-01-30 14:02:15 (23 comments, 4 reshares, 30 +1s)

On the Importance of Framing and the Swift Seduction of Cognitive Biases.

In general our cognitive biases are hair-triggers for modes of thinking that are so automatic in nature that we barely notice them. We cannot help our primitive hard-wiring. It is so difficult and cognitively draining to be vigilant and mindful of our biases, but it is the only way to short-circuit these triggers and give us the chance of responding rationally.

This article - http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/01/10/the-depressing-psychological-theory-that-explains-washington/ - analyses this phenomenon from a political angle and makes for some rather stark reading. How capable - and how inclined - are you with regards to reframing the policy or position of a party you dislike into one of a party that you do? 

Many thanks to +Michael Powell, for his original share andth... more »

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2014-01-28 23:34:44 (14 comments, 7 reshares, 45 +1s)

LEGO's Build with Chrome.

I came across this new Chrome experiment this morning that allows you to build with Lego blocks in Chrome. The first thing I thought to build was this Hypercube - the interface is nice and usable although there are a few limitations and there could be more control options such as selecting larger groups of blocks to move.

First thought: I want more blocks - especially the complete NXT or EVG Mindstorms set so that I can build robots, etc and watch them move - a complete simulator would be great.

Second thought: as it is it'd be really great for kids to play with. 

Third thought: I'd love to see platform like this extended that allows you to intuitively build with other substrates, for example, one that lets you build with DNA to create DNA Origami structures and "nano-bots". 

#lego   #chrome  #cr... more »

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2014-01-26 12:10:07 (19 comments, 49 reshares, 105 +1s)

SciTech #ScienceSunday Digest, 04/14.
Blood monitoring, sugar fuel cell, robotic web, inkjet microfluidics, forbidden salts, molecular memory, prosthetic power, mitochondria, photovoltaics.

1. Monitoring Real-Time Metabolism of Drugs in Blood.
A new microfluidic device incorporating aptamers, electronics, and a buffer is able to monitor the levels of drugs and other compounds in blood in real time http://www.news.ucsb.edu/2014/013903/live-feed-our-bodies. Once connected, blood flows through the device’s channel where nucleotide aptamers selectively bind to the compound of interest, triggering an electrical signal depending on how much compound present. The buffer protects the aptamer biosensor from contamination. Such continuous real-time monitoring would be a boon for pharmaceutical development and patients alike; for example if sensitive to glucose such as... more »

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2014-01-25 05:49:57 (7 comments, 2 reshares, 59 +1s)

Reddit Spiked my YouTube Video Views.

I noticed a significant spike in views of my YouTube videos this month and after looking into the analytics found that it was really due to one video and the main culprit was Reddit.

The video is this one: A Closer Look at 3D Printed Shapeways Objects

And the main Reddit thread appears to be this one http://www.reddit.com/r/videos/comments/1uu10c/guy_reviews_some_unmanufacturable_3d_printed/ with some other Reddit threads contributing also http://www.reddit.com/r/videos/duplicates/1uu10c/guy_reviews_some_unmanufacturable_3d_printed/ 

For my little hobby channel that is a big spike!

Also, passed 500K views woo!! :)

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2014-01-24 05:38:49 (14 comments, 1 reshares, 22 +1s)

Testing My New Wireless Phone Charger.

Last week the new Nexus Wireless Charger was announced as available in Australia and given my love of all things Googly, Nexus, and new technology I placed my order later that day. I was pleasantly surprised with how quickly it arrived. 

The device is a small, square, black plastic slab as you can see, but the polished glass top, logo etching, curves, and sticky material base give it a quality look and feel. Works perfectly with my Nexus 5 and placing the phone onto the charger causes magnets to align and snap the device into place - into the near-optimal spot for power transfer - which also conveys an additional sense of quality. 

I own one other wireless Qi charger that I purchased on Ebay but I never use it because it is . . . quite bad. Charging takes forever, is untrustworthy, and really not worth using. 
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2014-01-23 10:52:39 (31 comments, 18 reshares, 49 +1s)

There are a bunch of great quotes in here. The first one that jumped out to me is "To reject the notion of expertise, and to replace it with a sanctimonious insistence that every person has a right to his or her own opinion, is silly." IMO, this is very worth reading. The author spends most of his time on political issues because that is his specialty, but I see this type of things happening most in areas related to science, probably because that is my field.

This might be a bit long, but I really believe that it is worth taking the time to read.

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2014-01-20 02:44:52 (19 comments, 36 reshares, 61 +1s)

SciTech #ScienceSunday Digest, 03/14.
$1K genomes, smart contact lens, 3D semimetals, BCI vs paralysis, detuning molecules, industrial cloning, quantum weirdness, artificial organelles.

1. Illumina Announces the $1,000 Human Genome.
Illumina announced the launch of its new HiSeq X Ten Sequencing System, an ultra-high throughput DNA sequencing system claimed to finally break the $1,000 per human genome milestone http://investor.illumina.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=121127&p=irol-newsArticle&ID=1890696. While this system is an expensive piece of capital equipment, it will enable a single laboratory to to sequence tens of thousands of human genomes per year. Each system can generate up to 600 billion bases of DNA sequencing data per day, and has been primarily aimed at applications involving discovery of genotypic variations on population-level sequencing... more »

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2014-01-18 11:58:03 (29 comments, 5 reshares, 46 +1s)

Visit to the Dentist.

Yesterday I spent 2.5 hours laying in a dentist's chair with just the one short break. Due to the length of time I ended up having three injections of local anesthetic into my gums and my jaw is still sore from having to hold my mouth wide open for so long.

First up was redoing an old filling and small nearby crack in my upper-left, rear-most tooth; pretty standard and went pretty quick.

Second, and most interesting was the procedure to repair an old broken tooth: the lower-left, rear-most tooth. I had broken this tooth about 12 or so years ago when one of the ridges sheared off, and the dentist at the time "patched it up" as well as they could but advised me it wouldn't last forever and would have to be redone properly at some point. That point happened to be yesterday. 

To prepare the site, all of the old... more »

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2014-01-16 11:44:28 (10 comments, 13 reshares, 39 +1s)

Digitising Your Physical Books.

Last month I finished a little project to digitise the non-fiction portion of my library or physical book collection. This was driven, in part, by (i) all those books essentially laying in a big stack untouched in a corner of the spare room for nearly two years, (ii) wanting backup copies in case of loss due to numerous items being out-of-print, (iii) wanting to make my books as portable as my music and movie collections had become, and (iv) wanting to place the collection in my personal cloud storage to make them accessible from anywhere with a Web connection as needed. 

I learned that there are numerous ways to go about doing this and various tips and tricks to help with the process and later file management. I decided that, ideally, I wanted EPUB format if possible but would settle for PDFs if necessary and deal with AWZ if I had to. more »

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