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Scott “marsroverdriver” Maxwell has been at 4 events

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Hubble Space Telescope8,055,653As the Dawn Spacecraft approaches the dwarf planet Ceres in a matter of months, it's difficult to forget the amount of teamwork and collaboration that took place in order for amazing feats like this to be accomplished.  As of right now, the @104933578966497599647 has the highest resolution image of Ceres, but that's all about to change as Dawn arrives and gives us all a completely new perspective of the largest object in the asteroid belt. In fact, the images taken by Hubble have been highly instrumental in the planning phases of getting Dawn to Ceres, as well as Vesta. To continue in the spirit of collaboration, this week's #HubbleHangout  will be with those involved in imaging Ceres with Hubble as well as members of the @114633249213698877766 team! Please join @111723545767173542935 Dr @108702399358372466505 and @109479143173251353583, who will be on location at @113315419190905475766 with @116038520278283994894 as we discuss the long journey Dawn has made to get to Ceres. Joining them as well is @103847012358973381717 and @117488895129265120574 who worked on getting the gorgeous view from Hubble.  Bring your questions and comments and we'll read them on air throughout the hangout! Read more here: _Hubble Images of Asteroids Help Astronomers Prepare for Spacecraft Visit_ http://hubblesite.org/newscenter/archive/releases/2007/27/ _Dawn Snaps Its Best-Yet Image of Dwarf Planet Ceres_ http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?release=2014-414 *Special Note* Our own Dr. @102121416925306649659 has been nominated for a Listener Choice Award for an audio segment on Exploring Exoplanets released last July. Please show your support for the #JWST mission by listening to his segment here http://academicminute.org/2014/07/jason-kalirai-johns-hopkins-university-exploring-exoplanets/ and voting here:  http://academicminute.org/2014/11/listener_choice_award/ #Space   #Astronomy   #Hubble   #Ceres   #Dawn  Hubble And Dawn Collaborate To See Ceres2014-12-11 19:00:00241  
Pamela L. Gay87,187Join us to talk with Moon pioneers @100178094478432687792 and @101857647439433066235  and find out how they're engaging students -- and heading to the Moon! Overview A global team of scientists and engineers are all working toward constructing missions to land on, travel across, and send video back from the Moon. With this new Google Hangout on Air series, we will introduce you to the men and women behind each of these planned missions and bring you all the latest developments from the +Google Lunar XPRIZE .Google Lunar XPRIZE Team Hangout 005: Rockets and Students ENGAGE!2014-05-28 03:00:4826  
CosmoQuest42,335YouTube link Part 8 http://youtu.be/Qe9WqjEwAFU *TL;DR. +Pamela Gay & +Nicole Gugliucci will bring you a whole slew of guests, science, and fun during this 24-hour long fundraiser for CosmoQuest! http://cosmoquest.org/blog/donate/?title=donate Event links for... Part 1: https://plus.google.com/events/c8hipsag07ngda5h3r06bqbprv8 Part 2: https://plus.google.com/events/cglasd846s15n0n7sqdvs9nol3o Part 3: https://plus.google.com/events/c7ntqnrh01rejv3smtq9dmmub4o Part 4: https://plus.google.com/events/cagts10npsub757psnh1e4mbj0g Part 5: https://plus.google.com/events/cchro36b2mlth0nv27ftgm1elqo Part 6: https://plus.google.com/events/c3lu15j2t9p2o3tc0hv11ubjuu0 Faced with governmental funding cuts to science education and research, the CosmoQuest Virtual Research Facility (CosmoQuest.org) at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville has decided to go old school with a twist: On June 15-16, +Pamela Gay & +Nicole Gugliucci  are hosting a telethon using Google Hangout on Air – A Hangout-a-thon – to raise money to support public engagement in science.   The Hangout-a-thon will start on June 15 at noon Eastern (GMT – 5).  Over the weekend, they will host numerous guests, ranging from scientists who will do science demos, creatives who can unite science and art/music, and researchers who will discuss citizen science and address science education from the perspective of research and metrics. Each segment will be released after the event as a stand-alone YouTube video on the AstrosphereVids channel, thus creating a library of content while raising money for future programs.  Planning for this Hangout-a-thon was triggered by the cuts created by sequestration, and by the current White House plans to transition education out of NASA. If the President's current budget is passed, all the funding programs CosmoQuest relies on for will be zeroed (see http://bit.ly/11m5XYg) and the project will be defunded. Rather than accept that fate, CosmoQuest is working to raise the funds needed to keep their programs going, to build new citizen science programs for researchers that don't otherwise have the means to accomplish their projects, and to contract, as they are able, extraordinary people laid off by these cuts at other institutions to keep doing great things through CosmoQuest. (Links to essays on these cuts are listed below).   CosmoQuest wants to make sure astronomy education survives and remains strong. While one team, and one telethon can't fix everything, they hope this event can raise awareness, while protected one small corner of astronomy research and education. #hangoutathon  The CosmoQuest 24 Hour Hangout-A-Thon - Main Event Page2013-06-15 18:00:00315  
Fraser Cain985,714To celebrate the landing of NASA's Curiosity Rover - the Mars Science Laboratory - we'll be running a special live hangout.  In conjunction with @106911959181067745693. We'll have all your favorite space/astronomy journalists on hand to discuss the mission in depth, and celebrate the landing live, when it happens. Join Fraser Cain, @109036978092446954908, @108952536790629690817 and @102887292457967781591 for this special event. Over the course of this 4-hour Google+ Hangout on Air, we'll interview members of the Curiosity team live in the hangout, as well as other special guests from the @111419948721791453320 and the @108759765804984663877. @109479143173251353583 and @107051665537162034944 will be on location at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory to interview members of the engineering team, and show you what it's like to be at NASA during this amazing moment. We'll update this event as we lock down more of the guests and participants. See you there! You can follow the hashtag #marshangout   (this will replace our regular Sunday night @100902337165997768522)Google+ Hangout - Curiosity Landing Coverage2012-08-06 05:00:004830  

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2017-04-27 18:57:54 (20 comments; 8 reshares; 26 +1s; )Open 

While I'll be very sad to say goodbye to Cassini, I have to admit I love this "let's do all the crazy shit" phase of the mission. Grazing the atmosphere, diving through the rings -- why not? Cassini's gonna die soon anyway, so it might as well go out in a blaze of glory. And it is.

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2017-04-08 06:23:09 (15 comments; 17 reshares; 172 +1s; )Open 

Holy smoke, the Cassini end-of-mission ("Grand Finale") video is well done. Holy smoke.

Most plusones: 172

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2017-04-08 06:23:09 (15 comments; 17 reshares; 172 +1s; )Open 

Holy smoke, the Cassini end-of-mission ("Grand Finale") video is well done. Holy smoke.

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2017-05-22 18:05:22 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

Computer programs are even more awesome when they date from 1840. Right: 1840.

Computer programs are even more awesome when they date from 1840. Right: 1840.___

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2017-05-16 19:16:22 (9 comments; 2 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

Simple fix: some enterprising prosecutor should file criminal charges against the heads of top ISPs such as AT&T, Verizon, and Comcast, alleging that they defrauded investors when they told them that Net Neutrality regulations wouldn't hurt their network investment or their business. (And/or, as appropriate, that they failed to tell them that the regulations would hurt.)

Then the CEOs can decide whether they want to follow their companies' public lies into a federal prison cell, or whether they want to testify under oath that these regulations in fact do not harm their businesses.

The comfy situation they're in now is that they can tell the truth to investors (Net Neutrality doesn't hurt) but lie in other public statements (oh, woe, Net Neutrality is just killing us!) when they have no such fiduciary responsibilities. Then their little lapdog FCC head, Ajit Pai,... more »

Simple fix: some enterprising prosecutor should file criminal charges against the heads of top ISPs such as AT&T, Verizon, and Comcast, alleging that they defrauded investors when they told them that Net Neutrality regulations wouldn't hurt their network investment or their business. (And/or, as appropriate, that they failed to tell them that the regulations would hurt.)

Then the CEOs can decide whether they want to follow their companies' public lies into a federal prison cell, or whether they want to testify under oath that these regulations in fact do not harm their businesses.

The comfy situation they're in now is that they can tell the truth to investors (Net Neutrality doesn't hurt) but lie in other public statements (oh, woe, Net Neutrality is just killing us!) when they have no such fiduciary responsibilities. Then their little lapdog FCC head, Ajit Pai, cherry-picks the lies, with no consequences to the ISP CEOs.

Not that Pai would change his mind as a result of this court testimony; he's already made it clear that facts won't sway him. But it would be damned entertaining, that's for sure.

Meanwhile, be sure to register your pro-Net Neutrality comments at gofccyourself.com (click "Express"), whenever they open up commenting again. Your comments won't change Pai's mind, either. But we might as well make the evidence against his decision as weighty as possible.___

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2017-05-15 19:44:37 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

There's no other way to say it: this is telescope porn.

There's no other way to say it: this is telescope porn.___

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2017-05-14 16:13:52 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

Long-lived spacecraft offer chances to train many new engineers in the art of operations. Opportunity has offered a similar training ground. One twist on what Joan has experienced: different missions have very different cultures. Cassini is famously more argumentative, while Opportunity is considerably more collegial. I hope she gets a chance to experience both.

Long-lived spacecraft offer chances to train many new engineers in the art of operations. Opportunity has offered a similar training ground. One twist on what Joan has experienced: different missions have very different cultures. Cassini is famously more argumentative, while Opportunity is considerably more collegial. I hope she gets a chance to experience both.___

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2017-05-10 17:01:47 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

The bad news: no SpaceX mission to Mars in 2018. The good news: maybe two such missions in 2020 instead. Musk was reportedly inspired to do this by the example of the twin Mars Exploration Rovers (Spirit and Opportunity), which landed in 2004 -- and, of course, that twinning was inspired by the twin Viking landers in the 1970s.

Mars has lots of twins.

The bad news: no SpaceX mission to Mars in 2018. The good news: maybe two such missions in 2020 instead. Musk was reportedly inspired to do this by the example of the twin Mars Exploration Rovers (Spirit and Opportunity), which landed in 2004 -- and, of course, that twinning was inspired by the twin Viking landers in the 1970s.

Mars has lots of twins.___

2017-05-08 15:39:50 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

At the behest of its corporate masters, who are eager to throttle and control what you're permitted to see and do online, the FCC is trying to kill Net Neutrality. If the issue seems familiar, it's because we won this fight last time -- but the FCC's new, citizen-hostile chairman Ajit Pai is busily rolling back all of the gains we made under previous chairman Tom Wheeler. So once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more.

Here, national treasure John Oliver explains why this seemingly geeky fight matters and gives you a link to act.

At the behest of its corporate masters, who are eager to throttle and control what you're permitted to see and do online, the FCC is trying to kill Net Neutrality. If the issue seems familiar, it's because we won this fight last time -- but the FCC's new, citizen-hostile chairman Ajit Pai is busily rolling back all of the gains we made under previous chairman Tom Wheeler. So once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more.

Here, national treasure John Oliver explains why this seemingly geeky fight matters and gives you a link to act.___

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2017-05-06 20:55:27 (0 comments; 3 reshares; 37 +1s; )Open 

One of the fruits of Cassini's "let's do all the crazy shit" phase as it winds down its historic mission at Saturn: unusually close true-color images of the ringed planet. They're trickling in now, and they're just as gorgeous as you'd expect. Here we see a giant hurricane.

One of the fruits of Cassini's "let's do all the crazy shit" phase as it winds down its historic mission at Saturn: unusually close true-color images of the ringed planet. They're trickling in now, and they're just as gorgeous as you'd expect. Here we see a giant hurricane.___

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2017-05-06 04:55:26 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

If you've never been to the Mars Yard in person, here's your ticket. The Mars Yard is where you can try out risky maneuvers or new versions of flight software for the vehicles without risking the real rover -- a priceless and irreplaceable asset.

Via +Adafruit Industries​.

If you've never been to the Mars Yard in person, here's your ticket. The Mars Yard is where you can try out risky maneuvers or new versions of flight software for the vehicles without risking the real rover -- a priceless and irreplaceable asset.

Via +Adafruit Industries​.___

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2017-05-06 04:39:06 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

Just in time for Revenge of the Fifth, here's a genius Star Wars / Beatles mashup: new, Star Wars-themed lyrics set to Sgt. Pepper's music. And you can download it free!

Just in time for Revenge of the Fifth, here's a genius Star Wars / Beatles mashup: new, Star Wars-themed lyrics set to Sgt. Pepper's music. And you can download it free!___

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2017-05-04 22:53:11 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

Resharing merely because I'm amused that the foreground figure is John Grotzinger, the original top science person on the Curiosity rover. It's pretty rare for The Onion to feature (if only in a photo) someone I actually personally know!

"We estimate that in less than a century, solar power will be able to meet almost all of the energy needs of the warring tribes eking out crude existences in the Scorchlands’ cracked, lifeless landscape."___Resharing merely because I'm amused that the foreground figure is John Grotzinger, the original top science person on the Curiosity rover. It's pretty rare for The Onion to feature (if only in a photo) someone I actually personally know!

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2017-05-03 20:59:06 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

A tourist family's pictures of their trip to LA. This would be unremarkable -- except that they date from 1894.

A tourist family's pictures of their trip to LA. This would be unremarkable -- except that they date from 1894.___

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2017-04-30 01:36:37 (6 comments; 2 reshares; 31 +1s; )Open 

So there's now an official Saturn V LEGO set, complete with lander, splashdown module, and astronauts. Fittingly, it has exactly 1969 pieces. +Vintage Space​ will be, to coin a phrase, over the moon. :-)

So there's now an official Saturn V LEGO set, complete with lander, splashdown module, and astronauts. Fittingly, it has exactly 1969 pieces. +Vintage Space​ will be, to coin a phrase, over the moon. :-)___

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2017-04-27 18:57:54 (20 comments; 8 reshares; 26 +1s; )Open 

While I'll be very sad to say goodbye to Cassini, I have to admit I love this "let's do all the crazy shit" phase of the mission. Grazing the atmosphere, diving through the rings -- why not? Cassini's gonna die soon anyway, so it might as well go out in a blaze of glory. And it is.

While I'll be very sad to say goodbye to Cassini, I have to admit I love this "let's do all the crazy shit" phase of the mission. Grazing the atmosphere, diving through the rings -- why not? Cassini's gonna die soon anyway, so it might as well go out in a blaze of glory. And it is.___

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2017-04-26 03:13:14 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 15 +1s; )Open 

So, yeah. +John Scalzi​ and +Cory Doctorow​ hanging out at my favorite bookstore makes for an awfully good evening.

So, yeah. +John Scalzi​ and +Cory Doctorow​ hanging out at my favorite bookstore makes for an awfully good evening.___

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2017-04-24 16:58:05 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

Watch the entire original Cosmos series online free today, starting in two hours. (Also repeats later this week.)

Watch the entire original Cosmos series online free today, starting in two hours. (Also repeats later this week.)___

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2017-04-21 06:16:09 (2 comments; 2 reshares; 25 +1s; )Open 

A doomed spacecraft gazes longingly at its birth world.

A doomed spacecraft gazes longingly at its birth world.___

2017-04-17 17:04:41 (2 comments; 6 reshares; 17 +1s; )Open 

For the first time, all of NASA's images and video are available through a single, searchable location. Go nuts!

For the first time, all of NASA's images and video are available through a single, searchable location. Go nuts!___

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2017-04-15 21:20:44 (3 comments; 1 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

While of course I disagree with the judge as well, I find it interesting that this conclusion makes perfect sense from the point of view of intrinsic thinking. There are those -- I estimate that between 1/3 and 2/3 of Americans think this way[1] -- who believe that a person is intrinsically either good or bad. The rest of us, by contrast, believe that "good" and "bad" are determined by what you do, not by who you are.

Intrinsic thinkers seem to draw their starting belief of whether a person is good or bad from that person's position in life. A minister, or a Stanford swimmer, or a US Army member, must be good. A terrorist, say, is bad. Which is why it's OK for a US Army servicemember to torture a(n alleged) terrorist: that's an intrinsically good person hurting an intrinsically bad one, not a person doing a bad thing (torturing) and thus forfeiting their prior good... more »

No one who rapes a girl can be considered "good".___While of course I disagree with the judge as well, I find it interesting that this conclusion makes perfect sense from the point of view of intrinsic thinking. There are those -- I estimate that between 1/3 and 2/3 of Americans think this way[1] -- who believe that a person is intrinsically either good or bad. The rest of us, by contrast, believe that "good" and "bad" are determined by what you do, not by who you are.

Intrinsic thinkers seem to draw their starting belief of whether a person is good or bad from that person's position in life. A minister, or a Stanford swimmer, or a US Army member, must be good. A terrorist, say, is bad. Which is why it's OK for a US Army servicemember to torture a(n alleged) terrorist: that's an intrinsically good person hurting an intrinsically bad one, not a person doing a bad thing (torturing) and thus forfeiting their prior good status.

From that point of view, it can make perfect sense to conclude that a rapist is a good person. He's a minister, right? And therefore intrinsically good. Right?

Betcha dollars to doughnuts this judge is an intrinsic thinker.

[1] I would love to hear from members of other cultures whether this is a worldwide phenomenon or a peculiarity of my culture.

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2017-04-14 22:25:23 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

Via approximately everyone, but most recently +Andres Soolo​.

Well done. This brilliantly illuminates the character assassination and victim blaming so common today.___Via approximately everyone, but most recently +Andres Soolo​.

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2017-04-14 22:22:20 (3 comments; 1 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

No doubt +John Scalzi​ will want to update his terrific novel based on this new information. The argument is, more redshirts die than other colors, but there are more redshirts than other colors. So, on a percentage basis, red's not the most dangerous color a Star Trek officer can wear.

___No doubt +John Scalzi​ will want to update his terrific novel based on this new information. The argument is, more redshirts die than other colors, but there are more redshirts than other colors. So, on a percentage basis, red's not the most dangerous color a Star Trek officer can wear.

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2017-04-13 21:49:30 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 15 +1s; )Open 

Enceladus isn't the only moon venting water any more: with very high probability, Europa has now joined the club. That's good news for the mission we're sending there soon; it makes it a more scientifically interesting place, and in particular a place that's more likely to harbor life.

Enceladus isn't the only moon venting water any more: with very high probability, Europa has now joined the club. That's good news for the mission we're sending there soon; it makes it a more scientifically interesting place, and in particular a place that's more likely to harbor life.___

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2017-04-11 20:06:19 (1 comments; 2 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

What looks like "United vs. its customers" is really "authoritarianism vs. social media." Let's win this one, or it'll just get worse.

What looks like "United vs. its customers" is really "authoritarianism vs. social media." Let's win this one, or it'll just get worse.___

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2017-04-11 18:13:24 (2 comments; 2 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

I <3 <3 <3 vintage-style travel posters for space travel. NASA's published a set inviting you to visit the newly discovered TRAPPIST-1 solar system, along with infographics offering more facts about your upcoming travel destination.

Via +Adafruit Industries​.

I <3 <3 <3 vintage-style travel posters for space travel. NASA's published a set inviting you to visit the newly discovered TRAPPIST-1 solar system, along with infographics offering more facts about your upcoming travel destination.

Via +Adafruit Industries​.___

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2017-04-10 19:40:38 (1 comments; 5 reshares; 24 +1s; )Open 

You'll have a short life, Leon. Try to make it a happy one.

Via +Steven Flaeck​.

The future we all wanted isn't here yet, but still, this is cool. Happy Birthday Leon.___You'll have a short life, Leon. Try to make it a happy one.

Via +Steven Flaeck​.

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2017-04-10 18:32:46 (0 comments; 4 reshares; 14 +1s; )Open 

Not trying to set a theme for the day or anything, but if you liked the previous post on loneliness, you might like this one as well.

Via +Steven Flaeck​.

"""
Whenever the Powerball or Mega Millions gets over $100 million, I’ll buy a ticket. My wife thinks I’m nuts, that I’m just wasting our money. I tell her she’s missing the point. I know I’m not going to win, but in that time between when I buy the ticket and the TV news trucks do not show up outside my home, my fantasy brain answers a question for me: What would I really do if I didn’t have to do all this other stuff?
"""___Not trying to set a theme for the day or anything, but if you liked the previous post on loneliness, you might like this one as well.

Via +Steven Flaeck​.

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2017-04-10 17:08:30 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 11 +1s; )Open 

Here's a really lovely piece about loneliness and how to fix it. I liked the comparison of loneliness to hunger: that just as hunger is your body's way of asking for fuel, loneliness is your mind's way of letting you know you need social interaction.

This seems important.___Here's a really lovely piece about loneliness and how to fix it. I liked the comparison of loneliness to hunger: that just as hunger is your body's way of asking for fuel, loneliness is your mind's way of letting you know you need social interaction.

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2017-04-09 20:26:55 (1 comments; 6 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

Titan's sand dunes are oriented the wrong way you'd expect from the wind, and the reason might be as simple --- and as complex -- as static electricity.

Titan's sand dunes are oriented the wrong way you'd expect from the wind, and the reason might be as simple --- and as complex -- as static electricity.___

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2017-04-08 06:23:09 (15 comments; 17 reshares; 172 +1s; )Open 

Holy smoke, the Cassini end-of-mission ("Grand Finale") video is well done. Holy smoke.

Holy smoke, the Cassini end-of-mission ("Grand Finale") video is well done. Holy smoke.___

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2017-04-07 19:40:13 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

The god Jupiter is slowly closing his eye: the Great Red Spot, first observed in 1830, is fading away.

He's probably just tired of our shenanigans.

___The god Jupiter is slowly closing his eye: the Great Red Spot, first observed in 1830, is fading away.

He's probably just tired of our shenanigans.

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2017-04-06 06:05:33 (2 comments; 3 reshares; 31 +1s; )Open 

Venerable Cassini will soon end its storied mission to Saturn, dramatically sacrificing itself to protect Enceladus.

Venerable Cassini will soon end its storied mission to Saturn, dramatically sacrificing itself to protect Enceladus.___

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2017-04-03 22:50:55 (1 comments; 6 reshares; 12 +1s; )Open 

This might be the coolest crewed space mission since the Hubble repair.

This might be the coolest crewed space mission since the Hubble repair.___

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2017-03-31 17:03:00 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

As it happens, I actually think banning the term "climate change" is a good idea. Replace it with "catastrophic inadvertent geoengineering."

Let us not forget that "climate change" was the GOP's preferred term, having been promulgated by Republican strategist Frank Luntz. Now they're running from it as fast as they can.

As it happens, I actually think banning the term "climate change" is a good idea. Replace it with "catastrophic inadvertent geoengineering."

Let us not forget that "climate change" was the GOP's preferred term, having been promulgated by Republican strategist Frank Luntz. Now they're running from it as fast as they can.___

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2017-03-29 23:07:50 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

The Chair of the House Science Committee claims climate scientists aren't following the scientific method and that Science magazine is not reputable. And despite cherrypicking his hearing witnesses, he still had a hard time garnering support for his positions. What a buffoon.

I mean, he's a dangerous buffoon, sadly. But a buffoon all the same.

The Chair of the House Science Committee claims climate scientists aren't following the scientific method and that Science magazine is not reputable. And despite cherrypicking his hearing witnesses, he still had a hard time garnering support for his positions. What a buffoon.

I mean, he's a dangerous buffoon, sadly. But a buffoon all the same.___

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2017-03-29 22:56:33 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

Something to lose yourself in. :-)

Awesome! Chart showing orbits of all deployed & future space observatories... by Olaf Frohn http://armchairastronautics.blogspot.com.es/p/space-observatories.html ___Something to lose yourself in. :-)

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2017-03-28 21:12:58 (0 comments; 4 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

In case you're feeling the need to escape this planet, NASA has given more details about its Mars plans. I'm not sure I really buy the need for a lunar space station as part of the scheme, but whatever gets me to the red planet is fine with me.

In case you're feeling the need to escape this planet, NASA has given more details about its Mars plans. I'm not sure I really buy the need for a lunar space station as part of the scheme, but whatever gets me to the red planet is fine with me.___

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2017-03-28 04:38:53 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

Mars is a jerk.

Mars is a jerk.___

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2017-03-26 21:11:56 (8 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

As of yesterday, all of our home Internet traffic routes through a VPN I set up at +DigitalOcean​. That should thwart any attempts by our ISP to spy on us.

But I don't think I'm flattering myself when I say that the process was probably too complex for the average home Internet user. We badly need simple, turnkey products in this area, or essentially everyone but the savviest nerds will be unwillingly opening their digital lives to what should be just a provider of dumb pipes.

Think of it as a market opportunity. Maybe VPN providers could sell WiFi routers that were already configured to connect to their VPN out of the box, for example.

Done right, this should be better than mere legal or regulatory protection: instead of the protection of the FCC or Congress, your privacy will be shielded by math itself. Get on that, nerds.

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As of yesterday, all of our home Internet traffic routes through a VPN I set up at +DigitalOcean​. That should thwart any attempts by our ISP to spy on us.

But I don't think I'm flattering myself when I say that the process was probably too complex for the average home Internet user. We badly need simple, turnkey products in this area, or essentially everyone but the savviest nerds will be unwillingly opening their digital lives to what should be just a provider of dumb pipes.

Think of it as a market opportunity. Maybe VPN providers could sell WiFi routers that were already configured to connect to their VPN out of the box, for example.

Done right, this should be better than mere legal or regulatory protection: instead of the protection of the FCC or Congress, your privacy will be shielded by math itself. Get on that, nerds.

UPDATE: Ha. Turns out that something very close to the product I had in mind can be found several times over at crowdfunding sites. I have never used any of these and cannot vouch for them, but these links should get you started:

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/betterspot-a-smart-vpn-router-for-all-devices-security#/
https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/shellfire-box-vpn-router-evolution-security-technology#/
https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/incognit-travel-a-compact-vpn-router-anonymizer#/
https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/keezel-online-security-for-every-device-everywhere-wifi-technology#/
https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/internet-security-with-plutoboxx-vpn-wi-fi-router#/
https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/flter-privacy-security-router-technology#/

Those all came from this Google search, where you can find more:

https://www.google.com/webhp?q=site:indiegogo.com+vpn+router___

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2017-03-25 05:41:55 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

Well, I loved that a whole lot.

And now something just for fun: The second movement of Beethoven's Symphony no. 7, transformed into a Rumba.___Well, I loved that a whole lot.

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2017-03-24 20:34:48 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

"But the President is said to be 'agitated' by the process, an aide said, which he thinks is all 'political.'"

Um ... I wonder what he thought the process was going to be?


"But the President is said to be 'agitated' by the process, an aide said, which he thinks is all 'political.'"

Um ... I wonder what he thought the process was going to be?
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2017-03-24 06:39:10 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

Recurring slope lineae, the dark streaks that showed up on Martian crater slopes in the warm season, were thought to have been caused by water. The bad news is, there's now another candidate explanation. The good news is, the new candidate explanation is even weirder.

Recurring slope lineae, the dark streaks that showed up on Martian crater slopes in the warm season, were thought to have been caused by water. The bad news is, there's now another candidate explanation. The good news is, the new candidate explanation is even weirder.___

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2017-03-24 05:45:56 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

Belle chose ... poorly.

Belle chose ... poorly.___

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2017-03-23 05:04:35 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

This is ... well, it's not good news. But it's very far from catastrophic. Even with the broken grousers, Curiosity will still be able to drive for kilometers and kilometers. And the main part of the driving was likely behind anyway: now that Curiosity is climbing Mt. Sharp instead of darting toward it, progress was always going to be slower.

As a result, even with a decaying wheel, I think there's a good chance Curiosity's ability to drive won't be the limiting factor on the mission's lifetime.

(And remember that Curiosity is already well past the one-Mars-year minimum mission success criteria anyway, for what that's worth.)

Via +Mark Maimone.

As our Curiosity rover climbs to sequentially higher and younger layers of Mount Sharp to investigate how the region's ancient climate changed, a routine check of the aluminum wheels has found two small breaks on the rover’s left middle wheel—the latest sign of wear and tear as the rover continues its journey. Details: http://go.nasa.gov/2nb3FOg___This is ... well, it's not good news. But it's very far from catastrophic. Even with the broken grousers, Curiosity will still be able to drive for kilometers and kilometers. And the main part of the driving was likely behind anyway: now that Curiosity is climbing Mt. Sharp instead of darting toward it, progress was always going to be slower.

As a result, even with a decaying wheel, I think there's a good chance Curiosity's ability to drive won't be the limiting factor on the mission's lifetime.

(And remember that Curiosity is already well past the one-Mars-year minimum mission success criteria anyway, for what that's worth.)

Via +Mark Maimone.

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2017-03-21 05:51:25 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 17 +1s; )Open 

Well, this is gorgeous: a Finnish filmmaker transforms HiRISE's still images of Mars into a 3D-style flythrough. I could watch this all day.

___Well, this is gorgeous: a Finnish filmmaker transforms HiRISE's still images of Mars into a 3D-style flythrough. I could watch this all day.

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2017-03-20 18:17:53 (2 comments; 5 reshares; 22 +1s; )Open 

She flew Spitfires for Britain in WWII. And she just climbed back into the cockpit for her 100th birthday. <salutes>

She flew Spitfires for Britain in WWII. And she just climbed back into the cockpit for her 100th birthday. <salutes>___

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2017-03-19 17:37:16 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 12 +1s; )Open 

I helped set up this Talks@Google talk with +Diego Porqueras​, designer of the BukoBot and Bukito 3D printers. (My own rig is a Bukito.) I was fascinated by his discussion of the engineering tradeoffs between different printer designs -- for example, a direct-drive extruder requires heavier motors in the print head, which makes the print head itself heavier and thus requires stronger motors in the drive system, and so on. He also discusses different printer frame styles, different coordinate systems, etc.

Should be an interesting talk for anyone who'd like to know more about the process of making 3D printers!

I helped set up this Talks@Google talk with +Diego Porqueras​, designer of the BukoBot and Bukito 3D printers. (My own rig is a Bukito.) I was fascinated by his discussion of the engineering tradeoffs between different printer designs -- for example, a direct-drive extruder requires heavier motors in the print head, which makes the print head itself heavier and thus requires stronger motors in the drive system, and so on. He also discusses different printer frame styles, different coordinate systems, etc.

Should be an interesting talk for anyone who'd like to know more about the process of making 3D printers!___

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2017-03-18 14:35:53 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

I'll believe Web browsing history is "not sensitive" when ISP CEOs and execs publish their own for all to see. Oh, and every member of the FCC and/or Congress who votes for this disgusting thing -- let them publish, too. Along with every lobbyist pushing for this.

I mean, it's not even a good lie.

I'll believe Web browsing history is "not sensitive" when ISP CEOs and execs publish their own for all to see. Oh, and every member of the FCC and/or Congress who votes for this disgusting thing -- let them publish, too. Along with every lobbyist pushing for this.

I mean, it's not even a good lie.___

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2017-03-16 20:14:42 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

No good will come of this. It guts a significant fraction of NASA, and it blinds all of us to what's happening on our own planet. This is more or less exactly what I expected, and it is perfectly awful.

Hypocrite-liar denialist cultists cry: "There's not enough data to conclude humans cause climate change! It's premature!" But do you want the data that could settle the matter? Under the Bushes, research was slashed and satellites sabotaged. Bushes were subtle, though, compared to Trumps, who ordered NASA to drop all downward-looking missions and to banish the word "Earth."

http://www.popsci.com/federal-budget-nasa-earth#page-2

"NASA's Earth-observing satellite programs (PACE, OCO-3, DSCOVR, and CLARREO Pathfinder), which are mostly still in development, are toast." Yep! If you cover your eyes and ears, problems go away!

This is typical confederate behavior. Back in slave days, plantation lords BOTH declared blacks were too stupid to read or write or manage freedom AND made it illegal for anyone to teach them to read.

You horrid cultists haven't changed. You are the same now, as you were then. Screeching against the world of facts and knowledge and all the professions who use them.
___No good will come of this. It guts a significant fraction of NASA, and it blinds all of us to what's happening on our own planet. This is more or less exactly what I expected, and it is perfectly awful.

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2017-03-16 19:53:57 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

It's funny because it's true. :-|

NASA granted $350 to fund upcoming manned mission to Mars___It's funny because it's true. :-|

2017-03-15 17:00:10 (5 comments; 2 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

So Budweiser is exploring how to brew beer on Mars. Does this make you more likely or less likely to go? :-)

So Budweiser is exploring how to brew beer on Mars. Does this make you more likely or less likely to go? :-)___

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