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Mary Mactavish has been at 4 events

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Joanne Manaster93,983Join us as +Jeff Shaumeyer and Joanne Manaster chat with +David Meerman Scott and +Richard Jurek about their book, "Marketing the Moon: The Selling of the Apollo Lunar Program" on Monday, June 23 at noon EDT, 11 CDT. Read Science! "Marketing the Moon" Edition2014-06-23 18:00:0019 
The Planetary Society3,223,333Join +Emily Lakdawalla and +Fraser Cain for their biweekly discussion of Curiosity with a special update on the latest science from the Division for Planetary Sciences meeting. Note this week's event will end 15 minutes early!Cosmoquest Science Hour: Curiosity and #DPS12 updates2012-10-25 01:00:00171 
Science on Google+449,544We will be updating and sharing this General Science Page Circle (see http://goo.gl/9muuE) on Tuesday (10/9) at 9:00 PM (EST).Please add your Science Page to this database (http://goo.gl/WCohT) if you would like to add your page to the circle. Here's the form: http://goo.gl/bfqHa. You do not have to fill out the form if you are already in the database.Here's the link to the updated Science Page circle, http://goo.gl/aGQPB.Science Page Circle2012-10-10 03:00:00134 
CosmoQuest41,821International Observe the Moon Night is bringing all of humanity together to gaze at the Moon. It's simple to participate... go outside and look up! We'll have a series of Hangouts throughout the day so you can observe the Moon with people from all over the world. Exact times TBA, but expect them to be centered around Australian, European, and American time zones.You can also visit the website and participate in a local event near you. Be sure to share your pictures and experiences here and on Twitter with the hashtag #MoonNight . First Moon Observation SessionTaking place at 0800 UTC // 0000 PDT from Australia and New ZealandArchived: Welcome to International Observe the Moon NightSecond Moon Observation SessionTaking place at 1600 UTC // 0800 PDT from Malaysia---- Cancelled due to clouds --Third Moon Observation SessionTaking place at 1830 UTC // 1030 PDT from Turkey and DenmarkInternational Observe the Moon Night Part 2International Observe the Moon Night2012-09-22 09:00:0087 

Mary Mactavish has been shared in 95 public circles

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Robert Connor17,408Another great circle shared with me by an amazing G+'er!!All those  *#sharing  publicly THIS circle* will also be included in my other major circle sharingIf you received the notice you are in this circleIf you would like to be included in the next Circle Share, you only have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles2 - Share the circle (Publicly)3 - Add +1 to the post.4 - Leave a comment if you like.Thank you to all those who participated#fabwomenonG+ #womenongplus #womenonline #womenongoogleplus #women #activeusers #activedirectory #activeengagers #fabfems #googleplusengagers #femalesongoogleplus #female #fabulouswomenongoogleplus #slhc #sharedcircles #addcircle #sharedpubliccircles #growfollowers #circleshare #publicsharedcircles2014-09-11 11:06:23494432567
Aman Singh2,014Circle of the dayYour re-share is appreciatedPlease re-share this circle in your stream.To be added:1- Add +Circles Circles Circles to your circles2- Write the URL of your blog in the comments section below3- Your blog must be an active blog (posts must be current)2014-07-16 12:15:324990617
Ryan Johnson9,485Hi friends! This is a great circle created with an important selection from all circles. The most important engagers are reshared because only that way can we grow our circle and have the people of google circle us.To get in, and to ensure you stay in this circle you need to do the following:1. Add me to your circles, if you haven't done so already!2. +1 this circle!3. Publicly share this circle to public, your circles and extended circles.4. If possible, leave a comment on this circle so I know you have done the three steps above!#circleshare #circlesharing #circleoftheday #wanttobecircled #addmetoyourcircles #public #publiccircle #sharedcircles #Britain #sharedcircle #morefollowers #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedpublicircles #sharedcircle #photography #uk  #nottingham #Holland #Netherlands #Duch2014-07-16 10:40:014918812
Dina Tika0Here is a group of Active Engagers, Circle Sharers, Awesome Plus Oners, and Cool People on Google Plus!   Circle Sharing is an awesome way to increase your followers and active engagers on your profile. Some of my favorite people that I've met here on Google + through Circle Sharing.    Want to be in the next Circle of Awesomeness? Follow the Steps Below!  ☛ Add the circle ☛ Share in the Public ☛ Plus 1 the Post. ☛ Comment. 2014-06-10 05:53:52479001
Becky Collins10,439Super Science Circle :Circle of very #social #engagerspeople and companiesTo be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest) Ex: Fashion, SEO, Companies, Social Media Marketing, Sailing, Photography, Bloggers/Writers, Web graphics and design, Italy, Artists, Sport, Finance/Economy ...3 - include the circle among your circles4 - share the circle (include yourself)Improve your popularity, be social be cool !Keep yourself updated, enjoy the Shared Circles Hellenic Alliance, you can share your shared circles inside the upcoming Community:https://plus.google.com/communities/112552559573595396104  #socialmedia  #media  #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing  #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins ?2014-05-31 05:09:154901211
John Nuntiatio29,767#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-14 06:27:36393014
John Nuntiatio29,767#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-14 06:26:50393033
John Nuntiatio29,767#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-14 06:26:17393011
John Nuntiatio29,767#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-14 06:25:52393011
John Nuntiatio29,767#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-14 06:25:16393203
John Nuntiatio28,623#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #newcircle #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport #health   #entertainment  #news  2014-03-01 15:15:34459271929
Becky Collins3,213Baseball circle #Baseball  #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins 2014-02-26 10:30:413883216
Becky Collins3,213Gardening Circle for you#Gardening  #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins 2014-02-26 06:14:154522310
Becky Collins2,634Marketing Circle : Feb 22#circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday +Becky Collins2014-02-22 06:29:4945517724
Scott Lewis119,839*The Amazing Women Circle*So as today's Hangout from +STEM Women on G+ w/ +Jonathan Eisen started, I decided to go back through my "Amazing Women's Circle" and feature the fantastic people that enrich my life, particularly in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. These brilliant women contribute regularly here on +Google+ and are a shining example of how it doesn't matter what sex or gender you are, everyone can do remarkable things.Please feel free to share this about and let me know in the comments if there are more Amazing Women I should add to this group! #STEMWomen   #GenderEquality   #Equality   #ScienceEveryday   #ScienceSunday  2014-02-16 21:06:57103251529
Tancredi Matranga8,830WEB INFLUENCER MEGAMIX 13Have a Great Tuesday my Google+ Friends!I am happy to share with you my 13th  #sharedcircle named Web Influencer Megamix.I put together a mix of #TopEngagers  - Really Interesting People who share unique and original content.   Do yo want to be added to the Web #Influencer Circle?To be included, be so kind to:   1 - Do +1 t the post   2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest)         (ex: fashion, photography, seo, social media marketing)   3 - Include the circle among your circles   4 - Share the circle (include yourself)   5 - Be free and smile to life! :)   #circles #sharedcircles #addcircle #sharedpubliccircles #growfollowers #circleshare #publicsharedcircles #circleoftheweek #circlesharing #publiccircle #findcircles #circlemeup #influencers #influencer #influence #influencermarketing #sharedcircle #circletuesday   #tuesdaycircle   #tuesdaycircleshare   #tuesdaycircleshare  2013-12-03 07:43:1749910046117
Lo Sauer2,493This is a great circle combined of active engagers, creative folks and  some of the best and brightest people on google+. A thank you in this circle-inclusion-shoutout to: +Peter Terren +Michael Műller +Carlos Esteban +Justin Chung +Malthus John +Marta Rauch +Rajini Rao +Katherine Vucicevic +Jonathan Eisen +Mike Allton +Scott Buehler +Mario Falcetti +Zvonimir Fras +Krithika Rangarajan +sridhar krishnan +Joanna Ortynska +Seamus Smyth +Chuck Croll +Michael Schobel +2013-11-19 18:19:4843218317
Rank Kemeng0This is a group of individuals that has personally shared four of my best circle sharing circles in the last month (or so).  They also include a mix of new circle sharers and some that are just trying to learn it for the first time. :) :) :0)They are individuals, to a large degree, that are very interested in not just circle sharing (which is great), but also engaging with you in a meaningful way (which is awesome)!!!Guidelines for Core Multipliers- Share the circle to stay in the circle- Have some fun!- If you are new and want in the circle, share the circle.This is a great group.  Enjoy this circle and have an awesome Thursday!*if you were somehow missed/ not included in the circle, please let me know and it will be corrected on the next share. My apologies ahead of time! :)**For those coming from multiplying circle, we are not inviting new folks here, you can privately message them or ping them when you share the circle on your public feed. Thanks!#corecircle #multiplyingcircle #coremultipliers #sharedcircles #circleshare #bestsharedcircle   #circleshare   #sharedcircles   #circleoftheday   #CircleQueen   #CircleMaster   #GPlusList   #Circle   #Circleshare   #Circlesharing   #PublicSharedCircles2013-11-01 15:53:38426115
Coyeb Sundel02013-10-24 10:04:35425202
Tiberiu Igrisan448Science (part 1)#science #sciencecircle #sharedcircles  2013-10-14 18:53:04257123
James Steward1,112These are awesome scientist friends who comment my posts#scientistcirle #circle #circleshared #sharedcircle #circleoftheday #followfriday2013-10-10 16:30:23414103
James Steward1,112These are awesome scientist friends who comment my posts#scientistcirle #circle #circleshared #sharedcircle #circleoftheday #followfriday2013-10-10 16:29:39414003
James Steward1,112These are awesome scientist friends who comment my posts#scientistcirle #circle #circleshared #sharedcircle #circleoftheday #followfriday2013-10-10 16:29:27414002
James Steward1,112These are awesome scientist friends who comment my posts#scientistcirle #circle #circleshared #sharedcircle #circleoftheday #followfriday2013-10-10 16:29:04414002
James Steward1,112These are awesome scientist friends who comment my posts#scientistcirle #circle #circleshared #sharedcircle #circleoftheday #followfriday2013-10-10 16:27:59414004
James Steward1,112These are awesome scientist friends who comment my posts#scientistcirle #circle #circleshared #sharedcircle #circleoftheday #followfriday2013-10-10 16:27:16414002
James Steward1,112These are my awesome scientist friends who comment my posts#scientistcirle #circle #circleshared #sharedcircle #circleoftheday #followfriday2013-10-10 16:25:57414103
Fraser Cain824,747Super Science Circle for October, 2013I know it's been a while, so it's time for a new Super Science Circle - the October 2013 edition.In case you weren't aware, the Super Science Circle is a list of more than 400 people who are actively engaged on Google+ and regularly post about science and education. We've got journalists, scientists, even a few astronauts. The Super Science Circle should be your best response to anyone who tells you that Google+ is just a ghost town. If you love science, this circle will deliver the goods.If you know anyone who actively posts about science, please let me know and I'll add them to the list.2013-10-04 20:14:53415304682
Fabian Weiland0#sharedcircle #health #science #medicine  2013-08-26 11:59:11426000
Fraser Cain798,034Super Science Circle, July 2013 EditionNeed more science in your streams? Want to convince a friend that Google+ is a thriving place of science and rational thinking? Then import my Super Science Circle and be amazed at the awesomeness.PLEASE RESHARE THIS CIRCLE... FOR SCIENCE!Every single person in this circle is active on Google+ and regularly contributes high quality posts about science. You've got my personal guarantee.As always, I recommend you import this group into a temporary circle and look for people who match your interests. Then pull them over into more permanent locations in your circles. Or just wait for me to give you an update next month.If you want to be included in this circle, just make a post in the comments and I'll check out your profile.I'm looking for people who:1. Are active on Google+ (but not too active)2. Regularly post about science3. Provide context and additional information, and not just bare links or annoying memes.2013-07-16 18:35:56415255987
Paul Christen113If you want to be TOTALLY freaked out, follow this science circle. Its not mine, it was shared by (I think) +Fraser Cain .Man, a  day does not go by that I'm not amazed by the advances in science and technology.2013-06-11 13:54:194095310
Markos Giannopoulos3,766197 interesting People // If you're into technology, the Web, photography and science, here's a circle to consider. Methodology: out of 3200 people that I follow, using +Circloscope I ordered them according to relevance score (calculated by Google depending on whose posts I engage the most) and filtered for a value over 30, then filtered for whether they are active (when was their last post) and finally filtered by whether they were in my "must read" circles. Voila! I hope you find it interesting :) #circleshare   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #circlesharing  2013-05-26 09:51:2119713412
Fraser Cain779,548Super Science Circle - May 2013 EditionNeed more science in your Google+? Well, here's all the science you can handle! Enjoy my latest, heavily curated edition of the Super Science Circle.Please share this circle... for Science!For the uninitiated, I maintain a circle of 450+ people who are active on Google+ and regularly post on Google+. In this circle you'll find scientists, journalists, astronauts, educators, and science enthusiasts. By importing this circle into your own circles, you'll immediately gain a vibrant and fascinating feed of amazing science stories.I recognize that it might be too much science, so I suggest you create a brand new temporary circle and evaluate the people in the circle. Only transfer the keepers to your permanent circles. Then, when I update the circle next month, rinse and repeat.Are you active on G+ and regularly post about science? +mention me and I'll check out your profile.Remember, please share this post2013-05-22 19:26:51456348088
Fraser Cain770,050Super Science Circle - April 2013 EditionIt's time for another sharing of my Super Science Circle. This is a collection of 400+ active people on Google+ who often post about science. If anyone tells you G+ is a ghost town (not that anyone does any more), get them to import this circle. PLEASE SHARE THIS CIRCLE... FOR SCIENCE!I have personally reviewed each and every person on this list, to make sure that they:1. Are active and engaged on Google+2. Regularly post science-related stories on Google+In this list you'll find scientists, journalists, researchers, professors, astronauts and general science enthusiasts. Not everyone in this list is going to be to your personal liking. So what you'll want to do is import the list into a temporary circle. Then move people over one by one into more permanent locations in your circles.I'm always looking for more people to add to the list, so if you know people who meet my criteria, feel free to nominate them.Again, please share the circle. Every little bit helps2013-04-26 21:02:03419226277
Alessandro Folghera7321. PLUS+1 This Post! 2. ADD Circle3, Share the circle (note you can add yourself when you go to share)4. COMMENT Below if you are not on it and I will add you!#circleshare   #geekcircle   #sciencecircle   #sharedcircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircleoftheday  Social Media Marketing Shared Circle ... share and increase your popularity !2013-04-16 08:01:53422229
Mike Barnes590Science and Techno Geeks Shared Circle1. PLUS+1 This Post! 2. ADD Circle3, Share the circle (note you can add yourself when you go to share)4. COMMENT Below if you are not on it and I will add you! #circleshare   #geekcircle   #sciencecircle   #sharedcircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircleoftheday  For more Social Media and Search Engine Marketing Tips visit http//SEO-Alien.com2013-04-09 20:08:43412417
Fraser Cain759,117The Return of the Super Science CircleOkay, I'll admit, I made a mistake in retiring the Super Science Circle. I wasn't wrong; Communities are still the future and the best way to make friends here on Google+. But I realized that the Super Science Circle is simple and efficient way to get new people to see that Google+ isn't a ghost town.PLEASE SHARE THIS POST... FOR SCIENCE!When I was attending +ScienceOnline 2013, I must have helped dozens of people join Google+, and the first thing I had them do was import this circle. It's an invaluable tool for getting new people up to speed.So, I just did a complete refresh on the circle. I examined every single member and judged them according to my two-part criteria:1. Active in the last 30 days or so.2. Regularly post on scientific topics.If you know anyone who might make a good candidate for this circle, please let me know.As always, import this circle into a new, temporary circle, and then you can refresh it when I share a new version.DON'T FORGET TO SHARE THIS POST2013-03-19 22:39:3139967163160
Katherine Vucicevic222A great shared circle. Get your daily dose of science here! Great posts.If you want to join this circle,Add me,Add this circleShare this circle and include yourself in the share.Easy. #science #scienceeveryday #sciencefiction #scienceisawesome  2013-03-15 01:28:13242905
Fraser Cain694,882The Final Super Science CircleWell, this is it, this is going to be the last posting of the Super Science Circle. Why? Communities, that's why. In case you didn't know, I've been maintaining my Super Science Circle from the very beginning of Google+. As soon as the feature to share circles was enabled, I was happy to share those circles around into Google. I did this because it was very difficult for people with related interests (science) to be able to find each other. I wanted new G+ users to realize this place isn't a ghost town; there are vibrant groups of people actively discussing scientific topics.But it was a hack. Each month took me almost an entire day to curate down the list of people, remove the inactive, and incorporate newly active people who often posted about science. And it was always imperfect. Some people got a massive boost in followers and engagement, while other, equally deserving people were left out.It was inelegant, inefficient and arbitrary.But now you can do this all on your own. You can go into any Community that matches your interest and instantly discover thousands of people who share your enthusiasm for a topic - just joining a Community will bring a trickle of posts about topics that interest you back into your stream. Keep your participation in the Community, or circle the most interesting people and harvest them back into your own stream.In the coming months, I'll be suggesting Communities you should join, instead of people you should circle. Thanks to everyone for using the shared circles and helping science get such a firm foothold here on Google+. Thanks to all the past and present members of the Super Science Circle for sharing such wonderful stuff.Science!2013-01-17 02:59:31420544084
Shells Bells5,180Best of 2012 CircleThis circle is some of the G+ awesomeness that has enriched my life this year - and I am grateful.  A while back +Sean Cowen asked what G+ has meant to us.  After watching Brene Brown's TEDTalks (http://www.ted.com/speakers/brene_brown.html) I realize that for me, G+ has been a lesson in vulnerability and courage. I have been humbled by the courage of every one of you.  I love that women post no make-up pictures and that you all speak your minds (your clever, creative, crazy & beautiful minds...). I have been blown away by the public sharing regarding topics as deep as abuse and depression - talk about vulnerability and putting yourself out there - absolutely amazing.  By doing so, you have helped others in ways you may never know.  <3Inspiration's what you are to me, inspiration, look... see.  Led Zeppelin - Thank YouYou have inspired me. (warning TL:DR personal stuff below) Oh, & I did include some new peeps.  If they're freaks, blame +Ben Zaitz.This month, I gathered some courage and let three people see me in, what was to me, a position of vulnerability.The first was a very dear friend from Elementary School.  For the past few years, I avoided HIRLing because I was ashamed of my weight and I guess I didn't want to disappoint him.  The same reason recently kept me from seeing a dear High School friend.  I saw them and each did not care that I was not perfect, they love me for me.  Mann, it was great to see their faces again, talk in person and have some non-virtual hugs.  <3I attribute this change in thinking to your responses to a July post: https://plus.google.com/115807723984369772514/posts/Ui2TQBPuELKAmong the other awesome words from you peeps, +Alvin Stearns wrote, "Never again compare yourself to others so that you make unfair and useless judgments about yourself or others.  That includes comparing yourself to you in the past."  The third was that, with your encouragement on a private post, I actually asked a guy out.  I would have never even considered doing that a year ago.  (He has a gf, so no deal, but it's all good cause he was cool.)I know these are little things, but I thank you all from the bottom of my heart.  And thank you to +matthew rappaport, Bobbi Jo Woods and +Tiffany Henry for coordinating the first NYCHIRL. Due to my kiddies, I couldn't see +Daria Musk and +Ryan Van Sickle2012-12-31 06:09:4450026231
Kerry Jones569Haven't shared my secular homeschooling circle in a little while...please pass along if you know other secular homeschoolers who haven't added themselves yet!2012-11-30 15:42:29484001
Peter Smalley (Merkabah)10,068#sharedpubliccircles   #science  It's been a while since I shared a circle. Let's fix that, shall we? Here is my Circle of Science. Here you will find people who are practicing scientists, science writers, and science enthusiasts - and sometimes all three at once. There are biologists, chemists, physicists, microbiologists, food safety scientists, mathematicians, neurologists, astronomers and many other disciplines represented here. But regardless of their specialties they are intelligent, interested, and interesting.I won't call this a curated circle per se, but I can personally speak to quality of many of these individuals. Many of them are true gems.FOR SCIENCE!2012-11-26 17:29:545015211
Paul Christen0To the person that originally shared this circle with me (I forgot who...)Thank you.I am getting really tired of the glorification of stupid and the vilification of intelligence. I am afraid that its a systemic problem and frankly, I see no end in sight. Its similar to American politics in many ways."Well sure, professional athletes shouldn't rape women, but the dood can throw a football!" "Well, yeah, he ran a dog fighting ring, but let him play football and be a role model to  children anyway."We had a President, that was re-elected, that on any scale was a buffoon at best.The list goes on, and lets not forget the other side  of the  proverbial  coin, how often have we heard politicians talk about the "elite smart people"?Watch an episode or two of "Big Bang Theory". REALLY funny show, I refuse to watch it. I saw two episodes and both portrayed intelligence as negative.I heard an adult say (and I shit you not) "Kids don't need to learn what the mathematical median is, its useless knowledge, average is good enough." I tried to explain how it differs from average and how knowing the average and the median can help get a better view of the data (no point in going too deep) and got "nope, not needed".Whatever, I'm ranting and off the rails here.Do what you need to do to keep YOUR intelligence up and those around you, for the love  of Xenu, fight the good fight. Following this  circle  might help.2012-11-07 13:15:584135110
Zbynek Kysela760Super Science Circle - November, 2012 Edition*****************************************************HOW TO BE PART OF IT: 1) Add this circle to your circles - Add circle2) Share added circle with option "include yourself in shared circle" and original text + hashtags (copy, paste). Done. You're welcome :) +Zbynek Kysela*****************************************************Created by +Fraser Cain :It's time once again for another round of super science goodness. In case you've never seen this before, I personally curate a special list of people who are active on Google+ and regularly post about science-related topics. Please share this post. For science!I'm always looking for more people, so if there's someone in your circles who has a lot of sciency things to say, post their name in the comments below and I'll add them to the list.As always, I suggest that you maintain a separate, temporary circle for these people. Not all of them will be to your taste. Then try out this circle, and move people over to your more permanent circles.P.S. There was no October edition of the Super Science Circle.2012-11-07 10:56:11414209
Fraser Cain461,262Super Science Circle - November, 2012 EditionIt's time once again for another round of super science goodness. In case you've never seen this before, I personally curate a special list of people who are active on Google+ and regularly post about science-related topics. Please share this post. For science!I'm always looking for more people, so if there's someone in your circles who has a lot of sciency things to say, post their name in the comments below and I'll add them to the list.As always, I suggest that you maintain a separate, temporary circle for these people. Not all of them will be to your taste. Then try out this circle, and move people over to your more permanent circles.P.S. There was no October edition of the Super Science Circle.2012-11-06 21:39:344133912796
Fraser Cain246,278Super Science Circle - September 2012 EditionThe time has come to share the latest edition of the Super Science Circle. Got a boring stream? Then import this massive list of 400ish people who are active on Google+ and regularly post about science. We've got scientists, journalists, science fans... even a few astronauts. Circle them and your stream will get really busy.Please reshare this circle... for science!As always, I highly recommend that you import this circle into a brand new circle. Then you can extract interesting folks into more permanent locations in your circles. Play around with the noise controls in the circle to crank up the volume or turn it down, to get the right mix in your main stream.Want to be in this circle? I'm always looking for more people who are:1. Active on Google+ (but not too active)2. Regularly post science-related topicsJust mention your name in the comments, and I'll take a look at your profile.2012-09-17 16:47:1239660213200
Alister Macintyre9,520Here is my circle of people who like to (and have demonstrated capability of) having a civilized conversation about Current Events from a Progressive point of view.2012-09-11 06:05:57252533
Paul Drinnon4,044A circle that shares sceintific news and skeptical commentary.+Reshare +Community RESHARE +Reshare +Shared a circle with you  +Shared Circles on G+ +SharedCircles +Best Shared Circle +The Weekly Vidpad +The Best Circles on Google+ +Full Circle +Public Circles  +Circles +CIRCLES +Circle Share #publiccircles   #publiccirclesproject    #publicsharedcircles    #public    #circleoftheday    #circle    #circles    #circlesharing    #sharingcircle    #sharingiscaring    #sharedcircles    #sharedpubliccircles    2012-08-24 12:37:411281107
Fraser Cain136,858Super Science Circle - August 2012 EditionIt's time again for the latest edition of my Super Science Circle. If your stream is stale, import this shared circle and never want for knowledge again. And if anyone ever tells you Google+ is a ghost town, point them at this circle and demand they import it.Please reshare this list, to help it spread wide and far. Do it! For Science!If you're interested in my criteria, the circle contains:1. People active on Google+2. People who often post about science.I highly recommend that you import these people into a test circle and then evaluate them over the next month. Move over the people who really delight you to a more permanent circle. Then replace the test circle next month, when I share it again.If you know anyone who should be included in this list, please let me know. #sciencesunday   #evang+  2012-08-20 19:42:04434170414583
STEM Women on G+2,184STEM Women on G+ Shared Circle (Release 3)This is the first crowd-sourced, collaboratively curated circle of Women who work in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fields that are also active on G+.We had some simple criteria for inclusion in this circle; every woman in this circle has a job that relates directly to STEM or is an advanced student of STEM. They are all active users of G+ and post Publicly about their STEM discipline regularly (i.e. at least once a week).• Import these people into a brand new circle, and then move people over into your permanent circles if you like what they post.• Reshare this post, to get the STEM goodness out to as many as people as possible :)• If we have missed someone that should be included in this circle in time for our next update, please nominate them at http://goo.gl/rvKEf. We will be actively curating this circle once a month or so, removing inactive users, adding new active users, so consider this a work in progress :)• Please also make sure that the nominee has added the STEM Women on G+ Brand Page to their circles (we cannot include the nominee in this shared circle unless she does that).--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------This circle is curated by +Buddhini Samarasinghe, +Rajini Rao, +Christine Paluch, +Liz ℚuilty and +Liz Krane. A HUGE thank you to everyone who supported this crowd-sourced effort by sharing the original post and by nominating people for it - this wouldn't have been possible without you! #STEM #stemeducation #science #technology #engineering #maths #sharedcircleday #SharedCircles  2012-08-17 05:03:27167110233

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2014-08-14 06:25:11 (27 comments, 17 reshares, 132 +1s)Open 

Oh no!! I just found this and I really should get to sleep soon. Ninety minutes ... I'd get to bed at 1 am. Hmmm.

Most reshares: 17

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2014-08-14 06:25:11 (27 comments, 17 reshares, 132 +1s)Open 

Oh no!! I just found this and I really should get to sleep soon. Ninety minutes ... I'd get to bed at 1 am. Hmmm.

Most plusones: 132

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2014-08-14 06:25:11 (27 comments, 17 reshares, 132 +1s)Open 

Oh no!! I just found this and I really should get to sleep soon. Ninety minutes ... I'd get to bed at 1 am. Hmmm.

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2014-10-24 19:20:57 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

An updated series of maps of where vaccine-preventable diseases are happening. from the Council on Foreign Relations. 

An updated series of maps of where vaccine-preventable diseases are happening. from the Council on Foreign Relations. ___

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2014-10-21 23:46:18 (3 comments, 2 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

"Kind of scary to think about," she says, but I don't find myself terrified. 

What Happens When Earth’s Magnetic Poles Reverse?
Oct. 21, 2014: "Thousands of years ago, Earth’s magnetic poles flipped. What will happen the next time they reverse? Tara Long of Discover News explains. 

Credit: +DNews 

+Tara Long 

#Earth  #Space #Science #Astronomy #Magnetic #Field #Polarity #Geoscience #Reversal #Future   #Humanity___"Kind of scary to think about," she says, but I don't find myself terrified. 

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2014-10-19 21:08:34 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

California also has an overwintering population. The eucalypts on a historical farm three miles away have monarchs in December, though perhaps fewer recently thanks to this fierce drought.

If you want to plant milkweed -- and please do -- it's a good idea to find the species most native to where you live, though anything is better than nothing, and plant it where ever it will grow. I've been tempted to make seed bombs to toss along the edges of sound walls, vacant lots, etc, as long as it's not a place likely to be sprayed with chemicals or mowed.

Miss your monarchs? Wonder where they are? Watch this Google Earth illustrated life history: http://youtu.be/uqDwvuleRYc

Photo: Monarch butterfly by Tina Shaw/USFWS.___California also has an overwintering population. The eucalypts on a historical farm three miles away have monarchs in December, though perhaps fewer recently thanks to this fierce drought.

If you want to plant milkweed -- and please do -- it's a good idea to find the species most native to where you live, though anything is better than nothing, and plant it where ever it will grow. I've been tempted to make seed bombs to toss along the edges of sound walls, vacant lots, etc, as long as it's not a place likely to be sprayed with chemicals or mowed.

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2014-10-19 01:39:26 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

I'm one of Teddy the Talking Porcupine's big fans.

Teddy Bear the porcupine talks with his mouth full of pumpkin. So adorable!___I'm one of Teddy the Talking Porcupine's big fans.

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2014-10-17 09:08:20 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Comet A1 Siding Spring vs Mars: Views in Space and Time

Oh, to be a stranded astronaut on the surface of the planet Mars this week.  There’s a great scene from Andy Weir’s recent novel The Martian where chief protagonist Mark Watney uses the swift moving moons of Phobos and Deimos to roughly gauge his direction while travelling across the expansive Martian desert.

This week, the skies over Mars will also be graced by an unforgettable and spectacular sight: the extremely close passage of Comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring. 

Read more: http://www.universetoday.com/115264/comet-a1-siding-spring-vs-mars-views-in-space-and-time/

Comet A1 Siding Spring vs Mars: Views in Space and Time

Oh, to be a stranded astronaut on the surface of the planet Mars this week.  There’s a great scene from Andy Weir’s recent novel The Martian where chief protagonist Mark Watney uses the swift moving moons of Phobos and Deimos to roughly gauge his direction while travelling across the expansive Martian desert.

This week, the skies over Mars will also be graced by an unforgettable and spectacular sight: the extremely close passage of Comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring. 

Read more: http://www.universetoday.com/115264/comet-a1-siding-spring-vs-mars-views-in-space-and-time/___

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2014-10-16 06:34:51 (3 comments, 5 reshares, 31 +1s)Open 

What smartphones are good for.

Smartphones can take Halloween costumes to the next level.___What smartphones are good for.

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2014-10-16 05:49:34 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Tyson: "You turn big, green, and ugly, as the Hulk experienced."
Dawkins: ....

Yeah, it wasn't RD's turn to speak, but I was amused.

Tyson: "You turn big, green, and ugly, as the Hulk experienced."
Dawkins: ....

Yeah, it wasn't RD's turn to speak, but I was amused.___

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2014-10-16 02:23:11 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Science Stated Clearly

Creationist: There is no evidence for evolution!

Me: Yeah, about that...

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/10/15/stated_clearly_website_to_support_science.html

Science Stated Clearly

Creationist: There is no evidence for evolution!

Me: Yeah, about that...

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/10/15/stated_clearly_website_to_support_science.html___

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2014-10-14 23:12:59 (1 comments, 3 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

I'll bet this has a high relapse rate.

"After 35 days in treatment, the patient 'felt less irritable, was making fewer compulsive movements to his temple, and his short-term memory had improved.'"

I'll bet this has a high relapse rate.

"After 35 days in treatment, the patient 'felt less irritable, was making fewer compulsive movements to his temple, and his short-term memory had improved.'"___

2014-10-14 22:02:31 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

owl.li/CLiOJ
Critique of the "wolves change a river" trope that I posted before, NYT

owl.li/CLiOJ
Critique of the "wolves change a river" trope that I posted before, NYT___

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2014-10-14 07:36:05 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Every time I read "Michael Pena" in this context I think "Michael Cera" and whoa.

On the heels of recent word that said both Jessica Chastain and Michael Pena are eyeing potential roles in Ridley Scott’s The Martian, comes a story from The Hollywood Reporter that reveals that Jeff Daniels has signed on to play the head of NASA. They…___Every time I read "Michael Pena" in this context I think "Michael Cera" and whoa.

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2014-10-14 07:30:30 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

A sobering read, especially when you walk around cities and still see people washing their cars and sidewalks, watering their lawns (heck, overwatering their lawns), and generally acting like there is no drought.

This article really brings it home.  The URL says it all:  "Why the California Drought is All Your Fault"

A sobering read, especially when you walk around cities and still see people washing their cars and sidewalks, watering their lawns (heck, overwatering their lawns), and generally acting like there is no drought.

This article really brings it home.  The URL says it all:  "Why the California Drought is All Your Fault"___

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2014-10-14 04:30:06 (6 comments, 10 reshares, 25 +1s)Open 

This is an *amazing* video about how wolves trigger trophic change in Yellowstone Park, leading to a shift in the physical geography. Astonishing. Please watch it to the end.

I understand all of this and yet, had never synthesized it. Amazing.

This is an *amazing* video about how wolves trigger trophic change in Yellowstone Park, leading to a shift in the physical geography. Astonishing. Please watch it to the end.

I understand all of this and yet, had never synthesized it. Amazing.___

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2014-10-10 01:09:05 (0 comments, 6 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

Beautiful illustration

Pythagorean Fractal___Beautiful illustration

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2014-10-09 20:16:20 (1 comments, 9 reshares, 31 +1s)Open 

Best picture of the Blood Moon I've seen so far. Over La Jolla, CA

Best picture of the Blood Moon I've seen so far. Over La Jolla, CA___

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2014-10-09 04:32:16 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

I'm not his biggest fan especially with regard to  government transparency and security stuff in general, but I still think he's better than the options were in both 2008 and 2012, and I love this picture regardless.

When folks say, "But what has he done for you?" 

Also, if you're not liberal/progressive in general and want to argue with me about this from a conservative or libertarian progress, I might not engage.

✔️ 21st Century #Freedoms___I'm not his biggest fan especially with regard to  government transparency and security stuff in general, but I still think he's better than the options were in both 2008 and 2012, and I love this picture regardless.

When folks say, "But what has he done for you?" 

Also, if you're not liberal/progressive in general and want to argue with me about this from a conservative or libertarian progress, I might not engage.

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2014-10-08 01:55:00 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

that shadow will eventually encompass the moon.

___that shadow will eventually encompass the moon.

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2014-10-08 01:08:45 (8 comments, 1 reshares, 34 +1s)Open 

This would be sad if it weren't horrifying. I understand using funds from someone who was convicted of a crime to offer the victim restitution. But to turn it over to the police department that took it is basically enforced graft.

Fuck the police. This is ridiculous. 

EDiT: I know this has been happening for a long ass time. I'm still waiting for my fucking skateboards back and some cash taken from me 15 years ago. ___This would be sad if it weren't horrifying. I understand using funds from someone who was convicted of a crime to offer the victim restitution. But to turn it over to the police department that took it is basically enforced graft.

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2014-10-06 22:04:14 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

+Rain Hannah  I think one of your kitties snuck out.

___+Rain Hannah  I think one of your kitties snuck out.

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2014-10-06 21:58:33 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

This topic always reminds me of +Joe Decker 

This topic always reminds me of +Joe Decker ___

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2014-10-06 20:53:48 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Somewhere in the SCOTUS opinion, it says, "Dude, no. You screwed up."

___Somewhere in the SCOTUS opinion, it says, "Dude, no. You screwed up."

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2014-10-06 20:47:52 (19 comments, 7 reshares, 29 +1s)Open 

for those who use text-readers:

“When you interrupt a girl’s school day to force her to change clothes or to send her home because her shorts are short, or her bra straps are visible, you are telling her that hiding her body is more important than her education. You are telling her that making sure the boys have a distraction-free learning environment is more important than her education. You are telling her that boys are more entitled to an education than she is.”

Yes. Everyone should see this___for those who use text-readers:

“When you interrupt a girl’s school day to force her to change clothes or to send her home because her shorts are short, or her bra straps are visible, you are telling her that hiding her body is more important than her education. You are telling her that making sure the boys have a distraction-free learning environment is more important than her education. You are telling her that boys are more entitled to an education than she is.”

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2014-10-06 20:45:44 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Climate change since 1960, according to a half-century of temperature trends. #MapsGallery goo.gl/bp92YN

Climate change since 1960, according to a half-century of temperature trends. #MapsGallery goo.gl/bp92YN___

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2014-10-06 18:00:45 (4 comments, 2 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Book recommendation:
The Martian by Andy Weir

I think the quickest way to describe The Martian is "modern day Apollo 13 on Mars". The story follows Mark Watney, a crew member of a manned mission to Mars, left behind as he and his crew rush to leave the planet when a freak dust storm comes in and threatens the mission. Nobody knows he's alive, and he has to survive on his own.

One of the things I loved most about the story was the main character. Watney's no idiot; he knows what he needs to do to survive, and he makes ingenious use of the resources available (one of my favourite bits was when Watney makes water from surplus rocket propellant). But he's also not infallible (I can't really say a lot on this without spoilers).

Also, here's an article written by Weir on the process of writing The Martian:... more »

Book recommendation:
The Martian by Andy Weir

I think the quickest way to describe The Martian is "modern day Apollo 13 on Mars". The story follows Mark Watney, a crew member of a manned mission to Mars, left behind as he and his crew rush to leave the planet when a freak dust storm comes in and threatens the mission. Nobody knows he's alive, and he has to survive on his own.

One of the things I loved most about the story was the main character. Watney's no idiot; he knows what he needs to do to survive, and he makes ingenious use of the resources available (one of my favourite bits was when Watney makes water from surplus rocket propellant). But he's also not infallible (I can't really say a lot on this without spoilers).

Also, here's an article written by Weir on the process of writing The Martian: salon.com/2014/02/11/how_science_made_me_a_writer/___

2014-10-06 17:46:57 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Utah. Oklahoma. This is getting wild.

Same-sex marriage spreads to an additional 11 states, after SCOTUS denied petitions for appeal for all 7 cases on same-sex marriage that were in its case list this year.

Since they denied the petitions for appeal, the rulings of the Appeals Courts stand for the entire federal court district and any stays are lifted.

The states that are directly affected are:
Indiana, Wisconsin, Utah, Virginia, and Oklahoma. (Virginia had 3 cases.)

Also, because of their federal court districts, the lower courts must abide by their district's appeals court rulings, which brings along North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia, Colorado, Kansas, and Wyoming as having de-facto same-sex marriage unless/until cases in those states can be brought to the Appeals Court level.___Utah. Oklahoma. This is getting wild.

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2014-10-06 16:19:39 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

A warm, dry winter will be disastrous for California.

I remember 77/78 (we had the same governor then) and I remember that late '96 winter, when my apartment flooded while I was out if town and I came home to black mold.

I don't want the damage. I just want perfectly placed, perfectly timed water, and lots of it. 

A warm, dry winter will be disastrous for California.

I remember 77/78 (we had the same governor then) and I remember that late '96 winter, when my apartment flooded while I was out if town and I came home to black mold.

I don't want the damage. I just want perfectly placed, perfectly timed water, and lots of it. ___

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2014-10-06 07:25:00 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

This is so damned fierce. And so dangerous. I can't imagine what ISIS/ISIL would do to captives from this group. Or rather, I can, but don't want to.

"They are the YPJ (pronounced Yuh-Pah-Juh) or the Women's Protection Unit, an all-women, all-volunteer Kurdish military faction in Syria that formed in 2012 to defend the Kurdish population against the deadly attacks lead by Syrian President, Bashar al-Assad, the al-Nusra Front (an al-Qaeda affiliate), and ISIS.
In a recent BBC article, the YPJ, and their male counterpart unit, the YPG, were deemed "extraordinarily successful" in the battle to squash the growing ISIS militant force, despite limited means."

This is so damned fierce. And so dangerous. I can't imagine what ISIS/ISIL would do to captives from this group. Or rather, I can, but don't want to.

"They are the YPJ (pronounced Yuh-Pah-Juh) or the Women's Protection Unit, an all-women, all-volunteer Kurdish military faction in Syria that formed in 2012 to defend the Kurdish population against the deadly attacks lead by Syrian President, Bashar al-Assad, the al-Nusra Front (an al-Qaeda affiliate), and ISIS.
In a recent BBC article, the YPJ, and their male counterpart unit, the YPG, were deemed "extraordinarily successful" in the battle to squash the growing ISIS militant force, despite limited means."___

2014-10-06 05:35:55 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Owen and I are watching the BBC's Planet Earth, narrated by David Attenborough. Watch it. You owe it to yourself. http://owl.li/CjljO

Owen and I are watching the BBC's Planet Earth, narrated by David Attenborough. Watch it. You owe it to yourself. http://owl.li/CjljO___

2014-10-06 02:46:28 (10 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

I'm trying to use g+, twitter, livejournal (or dreamwidth or diaspora, still pondering), and my personal blog more (in different, relevant ways), with crosslinking rather than crossposting for public content, and facebook a lot less. 

Hootsuite allows me to queue posts for both twitter and facebook. I know google's API won't let hootsuite near it, but is there anything that does allow me to queue posts to g+? Otherwise, I come in here when I have time and post 309 things in 20 minutes then go for the day, while with queueing, I can stagger the less time-dependent of those posts to sprinkle throughout the day. 

I'm trying to use g+, twitter, livejournal (or dreamwidth or diaspora, still pondering), and my personal blog more (in different, relevant ways), with crosslinking rather than crossposting for public content, and facebook a lot less. 

Hootsuite allows me to queue posts for both twitter and facebook. I know google's API won't let hootsuite near it, but is there anything that does allow me to queue posts to g+? Otherwise, I come in here when I have time and post 309 things in 20 minutes then go for the day, while with queueing, I can stagger the less time-dependent of those posts to sprinkle throughout the day. ___

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2014-10-06 02:43:22 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Because it's science, details are still settling, but it's hardly a myth. Saying "It's not proven" is like saying, oh, gravity isn't proven because we're still working out black holes.

#StopElectingStupid  ___Because it's science, details are still settling, but it's hardly a myth. Saying "It's not proven" is like saying, oh, gravity isn't proven because we're still working out black holes.

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2014-10-06 01:49:40 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Parasitic Feral Threat
While most people have heard about the mind-bending ability of Toxoplasma gondii, fewer people knows about its ubiquity in the environment (it infects many warm-blooded animals and has even been found in Beluga whales in the Arctic: http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-26197742) and the harm it can cause native Australian marsupials.
And while many people would be familiar with the threat that feral cats pose to the native wildlife of Australia, fewer have considered that they can be a danger even without moving a single paw, thanks to the T. gondii parasite dwelling in their gut. For more, follow the link below.
#scienceeveryday   #biology   #parasitology   #ecology   #wildlife   #feralcats   #australiananimals   #marsupial  

Parasitic Feral Threat
While most people have heard about the mind-bending ability of Toxoplasma gondii, fewer people knows about its ubiquity in the environment (it infects many warm-blooded animals and has even been found in Beluga whales in the Arctic: http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-26197742) and the harm it can cause native Australian marsupials.
And while many people would be familiar with the threat that feral cats pose to the native wildlife of Australia, fewer have considered that they can be a danger even without moving a single paw, thanks to the T. gondii parasite dwelling in their gut. For more, follow the link below.
#scienceeveryday   #biology   #parasitology   #ecology   #wildlife   #feralcats   #australiananimals   #marsupial  ___

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2014-10-05 22:16:03 (2 comments, 9 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

This is awesome, and this kind of learning is an important part of scientific literacy.

I'd make a small correction: "Birds have a limited sense of smell." That's not true for all birds by any stretch. Turkey vultures, for instance, find food by scent. But they still don't abandon nestlings humans have touched. There are other reasons not to mess with nestlings who aren't in immediate danger.

Also, the sugar causes hyper kids thing? OMG. That's been repeatedly debunked for years now. Though they can crash after sugar without some solid food to balance it, sugar doesn't hype them up. The wildness at birthday parties is probably from social stimulation.

And I'll bet we're all walking around with science myths in our brains -- at least, the 10% we use. ;)

What's better than a fact? A fact disproving common but inaccurate "knowledge". You might need to enlarge that image to benefit from it.  One of my favorite: Vikings' didn't wear horned helms...they were created in the 19th century by a costume designer for a Wagner opera.

(src http://www.informationisbeautiful.net/visualizations/common-mythconceptions-worlds-most-contagious-falsehoods/)___This is awesome, and this kind of learning is an important part of scientific literacy.

I'd make a small correction: "Birds have a limited sense of smell." That's not true for all birds by any stretch. Turkey vultures, for instance, find food by scent. But they still don't abandon nestlings humans have touched. There are other reasons not to mess with nestlings who aren't in immediate danger.

Also, the sugar causes hyper kids thing? OMG. That's been repeatedly debunked for years now. Though they can crash after sugar without some solid food to balance it, sugar doesn't hype them up. The wildness at birthday parties is probably from social stimulation.

And I'll bet we're all walking around with science myths in our brains -- at least, the 10% we use. ;)

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2014-10-05 19:25:06 (3 comments, 2 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Robocop ... timely, perhaps.

Futuristic Movie Timeline. ___Robocop ... timely, perhaps.

2014-10-05 08:31:58 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Dude, Adam liked Andy's book.

Other recently read books besides The Martian by Andy Weir that were terrific: the Goldfinch by Donna Tartt (AMAZING!). Wild by Cheryl Strayed. Nowhere to Hide by Glenn Greenwald. -- Adam___Dude, Adam liked Andy's book.

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2014-10-03 16:35:46 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

You guys!! Look how sexy this is!! Look at this beautiful map, this fabulous ocean for!

I don't mind that, while we are still exploring the universe, we're keeping our eyes on our own home.

You guys!! Look how sexy this is!! Look at this beautiful map, this fabulous ocean for!

I don't mind that, while we are still exploring the universe, we're keeping our eyes on our own home.___

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2014-09-25 21:25:51 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

I'm actually quite excited to learn more about our gut microbes. Not only are they important for our own health knowledge, it's like there's this whole ecosystem we're so ignorant about, so far.

Go with your gut, because you may not have a choice anyway.

A fascinating new scientific review in BioEssays lays out the case for how our gut microbes may collectively influence our feeding choices, mood, and behavior. In a nutshell, our gut microbiome's interests are not always aligned with our interests, and unhealthy diets result. (I wonder if this explains my extreme diet coke addiction?)

The linked article below summarizes the review in BioEssays, but the original review (http://goo.gl/DPgLDZ) is highly readable and highly recommended. The review explores the idea that our gut microbiome influences our food choice and behavior in profound ways, and offers suggestions for how to test this idea. While the review does not offer new experimental results, it might just spark a reevaluation by the broader medical community in how we understand health and nutrition.

key excerpts from the review:

The struggle to resist cravings for foods that are high in sugar and fat is part of daily life for many people. Unhealthy eating is a major contributor to health problems including obesity [1] as well as sleep apnea, diabetes, heart disease, and cancer [2-4]. Despite negative effects on health and survival, unhealthy eating patterns are often difficult to change. The resistance to change is frequently framed as a matter of “self-control,” and it has been suggested that multiple “selves” or cognitive modules exist [5] each vying for control over our eating behavior. Here, we suggest another possibility: that evolutionary conflict between host and microbes in the gut leads microbes to divergent interests over host eating behavior. Gut microbes may manipulate host eating behavior in ways that promote their fitness at the expense of host fitness.

and

Even worse, the obesity epidemic could be contagious as a result of obesity-causing microbes transmitted from person to person. A social network study of 12,067 people found that a person's chance of becoming obese increased by 57% if a friend had become obese [99]. This raises up the possibility that cravings and associated obesity might not be socially contagious (e.g. through changes in norms) as the authors of the social network study suggest [99], but rather truly infectious, like a cold [75].

ht +Matt Uebel ___I'm actually quite excited to learn more about our gut microbes. Not only are they important for our own health knowledge, it's like there's this whole ecosystem we're so ignorant about, so far.

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2014-09-25 04:02:00 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

Stunning and wonderful to hear this on NPR, on a major radio show, where others can notice.

"It's not binary. ... It's a spectrum and not a hierarchy and ... some people are fixed along the spectrum and some people, like me, are fluid along the spectrum. ...
There is a lot of bi-phobia and bi-erasure that exists in society but I find it to be a tremendous distraction from living your life, so I don't give any energy to that. ... I am who I am. This is a lived experience for me.

I'm not a 14-year-old boy; I'm not a 24-year-old young man. I'm 44 years old; this is it. ... It hasn't changed in 44 years, so I don't know what people want me to say. I find it to be kind of a ridiculous sucking conversation that drains away the energy from you, to have to constantly define yourself by defending yourself. I won't do it."
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Stunning and wonderful to hear this on NPR, on a major radio show, where others can notice.

"It's not binary. ... It's a spectrum and not a hierarchy and ... some people are fixed along the spectrum and some people, like me, are fluid along the spectrum. ...
There is a lot of bi-phobia and bi-erasure that exists in society but I find it to be a tremendous distraction from living your life, so I don't give any energy to that. ... I am who I am. This is a lived experience for me.

I'm not a 14-year-old boy; I'm not a 24-year-old young man. I'm 44 years old; this is it. ... It hasn't changed in 44 years, so I don't know what people want me to say. I find it to be kind of a ridiculous sucking conversation that drains away the energy from you, to have to constantly define yourself by defending yourself. I won't do it."

http://www.npr.org/2014/09/24/350968098/after-childhood-abuse-times-columnist-says-he-chose-life-over-vengeance___

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2014-09-24 20:58:53 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

As much as I love Bill Nye the Science Guy and overall, think it's a better series than Beakman's World, it's hard to beat Beakman's snot episode for just plain good science ed.

As much as I love Bill Nye the Science Guy and overall, think it's a better series than Beakman's World, it's hard to beat Beakman's snot episode for just plain good science ed.___

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2014-09-21 03:40:20 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

And that one awesome Tom Cruise shot is still the best work he's done.

And that one awesome Tom Cruise shot is still the best work he's done.___

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2014-09-08 07:07:38 (1 comments, 16 reshares, 29 +1s)Open 

three minutes of staring ... wow. #physics  

three minutes of staring ... wow. #physics  ___

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2014-09-02 07:36:06 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

+Melanie Avion  I can't comment in the community where you posted this (didn't realize it was in a community at first) but I wanted to show you this anyhow. This is one of my absolute favorite books about the Galapagos finches, I recommend it http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Beak_of_the_Finch

Evolution, Darwin's finches and adaptation.
This resource is a beautifully simple and clear representation of Darwin's finches and the links between habitat, diet and adaptations.___+Melanie Avion  I can't comment in the community where you posted this (didn't realize it was in a community at first) but I wanted to show you this anyhow. This is one of my absolute favorite books about the Galapagos finches, I recommend it http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Beak_of_the_Finch

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2014-09-02 06:56:30 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

I grew up on Arch boks and loved them. 

Now I want to teach my kid Bible stories (as well as other folklore, like greek/roman/scandinavian/celtic mythology, African and native American stories, etcetera blah blah. But though I find myself able to read, say, the stories in "How Chipmunk Got Tiny Feet," one of my favorite collections, illustrated by Ashley Wolff, as stories, I want to read him Bible stories as story as well and keep getting hung up by thinking, "But I don't want him somehow to think of those as Truth." But they don't come off that way, as more realistic than other folklore, except for the use of the generic name "God." It's just, I think, my childhood that infuses them.

So aside from Arch books (and I might still get some of those), what are your favorite Bible stories as story for kids in the 3-6 age range, that... more »

I grew up on Arch boks and loved them. 

Now I want to teach my kid Bible stories (as well as other folklore, like greek/roman/scandinavian/celtic mythology, African and native American stories, etcetera blah blah. But though I find myself able to read, say, the stories in "How Chipmunk Got Tiny Feet," one of my favorite collections, illustrated by Ashley Wolff, as stories, I want to read him Bible stories as story as well and keep getting hung up by thinking, "But I don't want him somehow to think of those as Truth." But they don't come off that way, as more realistic than other folklore, except for the use of the generic name "God." It's just, I think, my childhood that infuses them.

So aside from Arch books (and I might still get some of those), what are your favorite Bible stories as story for kids in the 3-6 age range, that don't come off as salvation or truth? How about other folklore that has to do with humans vis a vis gods, from other cultural settings? 

Aside from Tomie de Paola's books, an Anansi book or two, and that Ashley Wolff book, I am not familiar with that genre, as much as that I've actually studied children's literature as a professional.

(Daniel and the Lions was my favorite.)___

2014-09-02 06:23:01 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

So far, the thing I dislike the absolute very most about the integration of youtube and google is that no matter how I share a video here, either by commenting and clicking the "post on google plus" box, or just pasting the URL here, I will get idiot replies here as well as there, where I've always ignored them.

So far, the thing I dislike the absolute very most about the integration of youtube and google is that no matter how I share a video here, either by commenting and clicking the "post on google plus" box, or just pasting the URL here, I will get idiot replies here as well as there, where I've always ignored them.___

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2014-08-24 07:47:50 (3 comments, 2 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

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2014-08-24 07:02:45 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

The animation is stupendous. I love the style. My son is three, and is just hooked on it, too. We rewatch his favorite bit, the Gilgamesh story, again and again. I've been hoping for a "making of," and not having tv/cable, had to go looking on the internets. Glad this is here.  (oh bah, now that I've watched ... I hadn't noticed the time on it before. It's not even two minutes. I want MORE. Know of any good "making of" out there, for Cosmos?)

The animation is stupendous. I love the style. My son is three, and is just hooked on it, too. We rewatch his favorite bit, the Gilgamesh story, again and again. I've been hoping for a "making of," and not having tv/cable, had to go looking on the internets. Glad this is here.  (oh bah, now that I've watched ... I hadn't noticed the time on it before. It's not even two minutes. I want MORE. Know of any good "making of" out there, for Cosmos?)___

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2014-08-24 02:34:18 (2 comments, 5 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

I'd love to see this type of thinking taught in high school, but it also needs to be completely internalized by parents and teachers. People try to teach kids how to think rationally without having a clear idea of what that means.

I'd love to see this type of thinking taught in high school, but it also needs to be completely internalized by parents and teachers. People try to teach kids how to think rationally without having a clear idea of what that means.___

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2014-08-15 11:17:06 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

#Ferguson geotagged, on twitter #iwasthere #imeaniwastweetingnotinferguson

#Ferguson geotagged, on twitter #iwasthere #imeaniwastweetingnotinferguson___

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2014-08-14 06:25:11 (27 comments, 17 reshares, 132 +1s)Open 

Oh no!! I just found this and I really should get to sleep soon. Ninety minutes ... I'd get to bed at 1 am. Hmmm.

Oh no!! I just found this and I really should get to sleep soon. Ninety minutes ... I'd get to bed at 1 am. Hmmm.___

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2014-08-05 06:41:00 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

I love eucalyptus .... /in Australia/. In California, it's fuel that doesn't play well with our existing fire-adapted ecosystem.

___I love eucalyptus .... /in Australia/. In California, it's fuel that doesn't play well with our existing fire-adapted ecosystem.

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2014-08-05 06:34:36 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Biggest forest fire in their modern history is devastating a thousands of hectares chunk of Sweden right now. Doing google image searches on the towns that have been evacuated is heartbreaking. When we Californians lose buildings in wildfires, they're newish, or maybe up to 150 years old. They're going to lose centuries-old historic towns.
 
It could take many weeks to get this fire down to mop up stages.

This month has already been record-breaking there, for heat, tropical moisture, and lightning strikes.

Biggest forest fire in their modern history is devastating a thousands of hectares chunk of Sweden right now. Doing google image searches on the towns that have been evacuated is heartbreaking. When we Californians lose buildings in wildfires, they're newish, or maybe up to 150 years old. They're going to lose centuries-old historic towns.
 
It could take many weeks to get this fire down to mop up stages.

This month has already been record-breaking there, for heat, tropical moisture, and lightning strikes.___

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