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Scott “marsroverdriver” Maxwell has been at 5 events

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Pamela L. Gay86,980Join us to talk with Moon pioneers +Penn State Lunar Lion XPRIZE Team and +Earthrise Space Foundation  and find out how they're engaging students -- and heading to the Moon!OverviewA 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 03:00:4825 
STEM Women on G+122,811Join us for a STEM Women HOA as we speak to Dr.  +Yonatan Zunger on how men can help with the issues of gender inequality in STEM fields. Yonatan is the Chief Architect of Google+ and also has a PhD in Physics with a strong engineering background. He is a passionate advocate of gender equality in STEM, and will talk to us about what we can do to encourage women in STEM.This HOA will be hosted by Dr +Buddhini Samarasinghe   and Dr +Zuleyka Zevallos  , and you can tune in on Sunday March 2nd at 12.30 PM Pacific/ 8.30PM GMT. The hangout will be available for viewing on our YouTube channel(http://www.youtube.com/stemwomen) after the event.Follow us on Twitter @stemwomen and on www.stemwomen.netSTEM Women: How Men Can Help with Dr Yonatan Zunger2014-03-02 21:30:0096 
CosmoQuest42,066YouTube 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=donateEvent links for...Part 1: https://plus.google.com/events/c8hipsag07ngda5h3r06bqbprv8Part 2: https://plus.google.com/events/cglasd846s15n0n7sqdvs9nol3oPart 3: https://plus.google.com/events/c7ntqnrh01rejv3smtq9dmmub4oPart 4: https://plus.google.com/events/cagts10npsub757psnh1e4mbj0gPart 5: https://plus.google.com/events/cchro36b2mlth0nv27ftgm1elqoPart 6: https://plus.google.com/events/c3lu15j2t9p2o3tc0hv11ubjuu0Faced 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 mThe CosmoQuest 24 Hour Hangout-A-Thon - Main Event Page2013-06-15 18:00:00318 
California Science Center239,804UPDATE: Our Exclusive CNN and Google+/YouTube Live stream has ended, however Endeavour will continue moving through Sunday to our Pavilion at +California Science Center.  HUGE, HUGE thanks to our friends at CNN and  +Google+ and +YouTube for making it happen! Share your photo of Endeavour as it travels through 12 miles of Los Angeles. You can see everyone's LIVE photos here even if you can't make it in person.To join in and participate in our official Party Mode Event (http://youtu.be/W9hCcfbXmRI) you need to first RSVP 'Yes' for this Event and don't forget to add the California Science Center into your Circles if you haven't already. Make sure you also download the Google+ App for your iPhone or Android. Using the G+ App, you can post your pictures of the Endeavour Transportation in real time while it is driven through LA!If you have an Android here's what to do - http://youtu.be/uwMdqxJznMs . If you have an iPhone open the app, tap 'Events', and choose the Endeavour event that you RSVP'd to. Then simply just tap the camera icon at the bottom of the Event.It will be amazing to see everyone's perspective of the shuttle on LA streets, so we're excited to see your photos! We'll even be resharing some of our favorites! Even if you're not local, you can still see all the Live Party Mode pictures streaming on this Event Page during the Event in real time as they're being shared!Schedule (LAPD Press Release - http://lapdonline.org/newsroom/news_view/52101)OFFICIAL VIEWING SITE: Forum in Inglewood 8a-10a. Free parking at nearby Hollywood Park Race Track starting 4am. NO overnight camping allowed, but arrive earlyOFFICIAL VIEWING SITE: Crenshaw & MLK Blvd 1p-2p for brief show produced by @msdebbieallen(Twitter Handle). Arrive early, space limited.BEST OFFICIAL VIEWING SITE: Exposition Park after 6:30p. Viewing site walk-in entrance: Vermont & 39th. Gates open 5:30p. Ride Expo Line!Click the "website" link below and you can see the planned travel route for Endeavour on the ground!Spot the Shuttle! Share your photos of Endeavour in LA!2012-10-12 07:00:00836 
Fraser Cain925,559To celebrate the landing of NASA's Curiosity Rover - the Mars Science Laboratory - we'll be running a special live hangout. In conjunction with +CosmoQuest. 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, +Pamela L. Gay, +Philip Plait and +Miles O'Brien 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 +The Planetary Society and the +SETI Institute.+Scott Lewis and +Amy Shira Teitel 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 +Virtual Star Party)Google+ Hangout - Curiosity Landing Coverage2012-08-06 05:00:004875 

Scott “marsroverdriver” Maxwell has been shared in 61 public circles

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Becky Collins13,270Space 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 ?2014-07-17 07:18:063893010
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 12:15:324990718
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
James Field2,849It's been a while since I shared my 'Space' circle, so here it is.If you're at all interested in space, this is a great place to start.  This circle is a mixed bag of people & pages.  It includes astronauts, agencies, journalists, publications, space historians, futurologists, Google Lunar X-Prize teams, spaceship manufacturers, space probes & rovers, stargazers, astrophysicists...  There really is something for everyone!Please feel free to pass on the space love. #SharedCircles   #CircleShare   #Space  2014-04-08 14:56:03275000
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
Becky Collins3,213Baseball circle #Baseball  #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins 2014-02-26 10:30:413883216
Becky Collins2,634Marketing Circle : Feb 22#circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday +Becky Collins2014-02-22 06:29:4945517724
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
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
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 22:39:3139967159161
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
Peter Smalley10,068#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
Robert Warren2,085I thought I would do a little circle share. Here is 500 (because that's the G+ share limit) of my Tech circle - enjoy! Hey +Jason Malone you need to expand your circles lol!2012-11-07 15:47:265018216
Paul Christen41To 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
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 19:42:04434167404580
Danial Hallock (Kysimir)2,313New Additions to my CirclesA few weeks ago, I added about 50 people to my circles, and it's about that time again.  I added a lot of people from the MSL landing (http://goo.gl/I2yz6), some of my Ninja circlers recommended a bunch of people, and I started adding people whose content made it to my stream via shares on a regular basis.  This is the resulting circle of awesomeness. As usual, they're all predominantly English speaking, engage on a regular basis, and are lacking in the inappropriate labeled NSFW content and hate speech.  :D  Enjoy!If you're notified, you're in it.  Make sure to check out the previous share:  http://goo.gl/chBH4 #circleshare   #sharingiscaring   #awesome   #engagers  2012-08-10 16:37:2848304
Danial Hallock (Kysimir)2,262MSL Circle #2Last night I created a circle of late night people who literally watched history in the making (http://goo.gl/I2yz6).  However, I missed a few of the contributors to the Hang Out On Air with my first circle, and with morning coming a lot more people started dicussing the topic so here is the refresh of last night's circle.If you are notified, you are in it; and this'll probably be my last circle share on the topic, so enjoy!Previoius circle:  http://goo.gl/9QiF0 #msl   #curiosity   #sharingiscaring   #sharedcircles  2012-08-06 14:35:34507214
Dave Cole6,751I thought I would share my science circle, many of the names you have already seen and added to your own lists, I'm sure. There may be a few people that are new to you.2012-07-19 04:10:1723122320
Fraser Cain125,463Super Science Circle - July 2012 EditionHi everyone, it's time for the July 2012 Edition of my super science circle - and for #sciencesunday . If you're interested in sciency posts from interesting and active people, import this circle and you'll have a delightful stream.Please share this circle... for Science!I've added a handful of people, removed a few, and generally cleaned things up.I'm always looking for more people to add to this circle. People who:1. Are active, posting at least a couple of times a week. But not too active to overwhelm the stream.2. Post regularly about science. Not exclusively, but regularly.If you think you should be in this circle, just post your info in the comments below. As always, I recommend that you import these people into a temporary circle and try them on for size. Only move people to your permanent circles if you want to keep following them. 2012-07-08 20:59:084165476124
Fraser Cain121,559Sharing my Space CircleI'm best known for my Super Science Circle, but I also maintain a circle of people somehow related to space exploration. This consists of scientists, journalists, space agencies, missions, telescopes, amateur astronomers, astrophotographers, and general space fans. I don't require these people to be active posters, so some have never posted on G+, but I'm still including them.If I've left anyone out, please let me know.2012-06-21 02:07:17277771238
Risto Linturi3,370This is my science circle - I am finding their insights valuable each day!2012-06-16 09:40:0350016620
Fraser Cain120,480Super Science Circle - June 2012 editionPlease reshare this circle... for Science!Just in time for summer reading, I offer you the latest edition of my Super Science Circle. This list contains almost 400 users of Google+ who are active and post science topics. I have personally evaluated everyone in this list, and made sure they meet my exacting criteria - I think you'll find they're a fantastic addition to any circle collection.As always, I suggest that you import these people into a fresh circle. Then evaluate them for a bit. Move your favorites over to more permanent circles.And I'm always looking for people to add to the list. If you post to Google+ at least a few times a week, and include a lot of science-oriented posts, please let me know and I'll add you for the future.P.S. I was really glad to find that very few people had gone inactive this time around. People are really getting active and engaged - definitely not a ghost town.P.P.S. A big thanks to +Science on Google+: A Public Database for gathering together a large number of science-oriented people. I was able to add about 100 people to my list.2012-06-16 01:22:0239664130109
Mike Clancy4,510Science & Technology ... if you want it, this is where you'll find it. These people are interesting and active. If you're in it, share it ... if you want into it, +1 it. It's that simple!2012-04-20 03:25:1149912626
Mike Clancy3,675By far my largest (and favorite) circle, this is a great list of engaged science & technology lovers. As with my sci-fi circle, +1 this if you would like to be added to the circle, share it if you're already in it and want your own circles to grow.2012-04-05 16:33:35460101733
Fraser Cain41,453Super Science Circle... sharedIt's been a little while since I shared the super science circle, so I figured it was time to get the word out again.Please share this postIf you love science, you'll love this circle. It's filled with working scientists, journalists, science enthusiasts, even an astronaut!As always, I recommend you import these people into a brand new temporary circle, then move individuals over that you like. Or, wait for me to reshare the circle in a month or so to get an update.If you want to be in the circle, I'm looking for people who are:1. Active, posting on Google+ at least a few times a week.2. Posting often about science topics.2012-04-05 12:57:47243336456

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2014-12-17 07:05:58 (26 comments, 1 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

Not just a small majority either: 59% to 31%. 

It’s gonna feel a little weird next time I cross the border into the USA.

Most reshares: 11

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2014-12-20 09:54:50 (7 comments, 11 reshares, 53 +1s)Open 

So imagine you're an astronaut on NASA's Orion spacecraft, and for some damn fool reason you're returning to Earth. This is what you'd see.

Via +Slashdot​.

Most plusones: 53

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2014-12-20 09:54:50 (7 comments, 11 reshares, 53 +1s)Open 

So imagine you're an astronaut on NASA's Orion spacecraft, and for some damn fool reason you're returning to Earth. This is what you'd see.

Via +Slashdot​.

Latest 50 posts

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2014-12-20 22:41:49 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

I like zombies. But I hate censorship. So I'm afraid I have to reject #ZombieSOPA, the Motion Picture Association of America's rather dastardly attempt to sneak the soundly rejected SOPA bill back into law.

My favorite thing about zombies: they're fun to kill.

I like zombies. But I hate censorship. So I'm afraid I have to reject #ZombieSOPA, the Motion Picture Association of America's rather dastardly attempt to sneak the soundly rejected SOPA bill back into law.

My favorite thing about zombies: they're fun to kill.___

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2014-12-20 22:20:11 (14 comments, 9 reshares, 48 +1s)Open 

It shouldn't be surprising that NASA offers the coolest job titles in the solar system. Best, hands down, is Planetary Protection Officer. Just behind it is Mars Rover Driver. But running a close third: Keeper of the Maps. So this is how my friend Fred Calef helps us understand where our rovers are and how they should get where we're going. Basically, he's our Martian GPS.

It shouldn't be surprising that NASA offers the coolest job titles in the solar system. Best, hands down, is Planetary Protection Officer. Just behind it is Mars Rover Driver. But running a close third: Keeper of the Maps. So this is how my friend Fred Calef helps us understand where our rovers are and how they should get where we're going. Basically, he's our Martian GPS.___

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2014-12-20 09:54:50 (7 comments, 11 reshares, 53 +1s)Open 

So imagine you're an astronaut on NASA's Orion spacecraft, and for some damn fool reason you're returning to Earth. This is what you'd see.

Via +Slashdot​.

So imagine you're an astronaut on NASA's Orion spacecraft, and for some damn fool reason you're returning to Earth. This is what you'd see.

Via +Slashdot​.___

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2014-12-18 06:46:07 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

Woo-hoo!

Heavens-Above for Android
The popular satellite pass prediction site Heavens-Above just published an Android app. It provides the major features of the site, such as a map summarizing the night events, pass prediction lists grouped by category such as ISS, Iridium flares, HAM radio satellites, and so on.

The app is available in two versions, ad-supported free and paid:

Heavens-Above (free)
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.heavens_above.viewer

Heavens-Above Pro (paid)
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.heavens_above.viewer_pro

The screenshot shows Heavens-Above Pro on my Nexus 5 with Android 5.0 Lollipop. If you don’t have Android, check the website which has an experimental mobile-optimized version:

www.heavens-above.com/mobile

Heavens-Above mobile
https://plus.google.com/115447412616529141867/posts/7ceJv3qs6u2

#Android #Satellites #Space___Woo-hoo!

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2014-12-18 06:24:12 (3 comments, 2 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

This is my new favorite thing. And if you liked "Too Many Cooks," it's about to be yours, too. (Be sure to check out the Web site after you watch the video.)

This is my new favorite thing. And if you liked "Too Many Cooks," it's about to be yours, too. (Be sure to check out the Web site after you watch the video.)___

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2014-12-18 03:55:40 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

In case you were having trouble envisioning any of this stuff, here's what our oh-so-moral, liberty-loving overlords did to other human beings in our name. Many of those human beings it knew to be innocent, of course, so it's a good thing none of this was torture.

Via +Boing Boing​.

In case you were having trouble envisioning any of this stuff, here's what our oh-so-moral, liberty-loving overlords did to other human beings in our name. Many of those human beings it knew to be innocent, of course, so it's a good thing none of this was torture.

Via +Boing Boing​.___

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2014-12-18 03:32:53 (12 comments, 1 reshares, 26 +1s)Open 

I resent this. To be more specific, I resent it that a movie that's practically guaranteed to be a completely ignorable piece of junk has become something I have to defend on principle. <sigh> <reluctantly girds loins>

I resent this. To be more specific, I resent it that a movie that's practically guaranteed to be a completely ignorable piece of junk has become something I have to defend on principle. <sigh> <reluctantly girds loins>___

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2014-12-17 18:31:39 (11 comments, 9 reshares, 28 +1s)Open 

At a time like this, you can only quote from The Simpsons: "There's big doin's a-transpirin'!"

This week, mission scientists announced two related historic findings from MSL. First was the discovery of organic molecules in the Cumberland rock sample analyzed by the roving geochemist. These are usually referred to as "the building blocks of life," though it's important to note they are not alive and finding them is not the same as finding life. What they do show, though, is that the requisite chemistry for life did (and does) exist on Mars; whether or not they ever assembled into living things, the LEGO bricks were there.

Second was the discovery of atmospheric methane. This was a surprising result because MSL's initial measurements showed no appreciable levels of methane in the atmosphere, seemingly contradicting orbital measurements. But they... more »

At a time like this, you can only quote from The Simpsons: "There's big doin's a-transpirin'!"

This week, mission scientists announced two related historic findings from MSL. First was the discovery of organic molecules in the Cumberland rock sample analyzed by the roving geochemist. These are usually referred to as "the building blocks of life," though it's important to note they are not alive and finding them is not the same as finding life. What they do show, though, is that the requisite chemistry for life did (and does) exist on Mars; whether or not they ever assembled into living things, the LEGO bricks were there.

Second was the discovery of atmospheric methane. This was a surprising result because MSL's initial measurements showed no appreciable levels of methane in the atmosphere, seemingly contradicting orbital measurements. But they kept sniffing, and it turns out that the methane simply comes and goes. It just happened not to be there when they first tried, but it showed up -- and then disappeared again -- later. The methane (itself an organic molecule) has both biological and non-biological explanations, but either way, it's a signal that something we don't understand is going on, and that always makes for the most exciting science.

There's more yet-unanalyzed Cumberland sample still aboard the rover, and they're trying to figure out how to make the best use of it. Stay tuned for that one.

Meanwhile, note that this all raises one of those happy questions that we know we're going to like the answer to, no matter what that answer is. We now have another solid piece of evidence telling us life once had a chance on Mars: we knew there was water, and now we can say there were organic molecules, too. If it turns out there was life on Mars -- well, then, what happened to it? Where did it go?

And if there wasn't life on Mars, despite conditions apparently being favorable for it -- well, then, why not? Why didn't Mars win that particular lottery? And what does that tell us about the possible prevalence of life in the universe?

Either way, it's big doin's.___

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2014-12-17 07:05:58 (26 comments, 1 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

Well. That's depressing. Indeed, it goes beyond depressing and becomes ... is there a word for when your very soul is plunged into wordless agony? That.

From +Jim Douglas​ in the original's comments: http://www.truth-out.org/art/item/27999-thought-experiment

Not just a small majority either: 59% to 31%. 

It’s gonna feel a little weird next time I cross the border into the USA.___Well. That's depressing. Indeed, it goes beyond depressing and becomes ... is there a word for when your very soul is plunged into wordless agony? That.

From +Jim Douglas​ in the original's comments: http://www.truth-out.org/art/item/27999-thought-experiment

2014-12-17 02:57:17 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

The new Mark Davis special "Red Planet Rover" airs on +Discovery this Thursday, December 18, at 10PM EST / 7 or 10PM PST (check your local listings). It takes you along on MSL's search for the story of past Mars life.

Mark has done wonderful work with past PBS and National Geographic specials such as "Welcome to Mars," "Mars: Dead or Alive," and "Death of a Mars Rover." In them, he's consistently shown his knack for capturing the genuinely exciting, nail-biting, and exhilarating moments of robotic exploration. His specials are almost as good as being there in person!

I haven't seen this one yet, and I can't wait for it. <checks watch> Is it Thursday yet? Is it Thursday yet? Is it Thursday yet?

The new Mark Davis special "Red Planet Rover" airs on +Discovery this Thursday, December 18, at 10PM EST / 7 or 10PM PST (check your local listings). It takes you along on MSL's search for the story of past Mars life.

Mark has done wonderful work with past PBS and National Geographic specials such as "Welcome to Mars," "Mars: Dead or Alive," and "Death of a Mars Rover." In them, he's consistently shown his knack for capturing the genuinely exciting, nail-biting, and exhilarating moments of robotic exploration. His specials are almost as good as being there in person!

I haven't seen this one yet, and I can't wait for it. <checks watch> Is it Thursday yet? Is it Thursday yet? Is it Thursday yet?___

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2014-12-17 01:21:56 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

NASA pays more attention to design than any other US federal agency -- it's part of what's kept them in business all these years. Here, +Fast Company​ examines their style guide.

Via +Adafruit Industries​.

NASA pays more attention to design than any other US federal agency -- it's part of what's kept them in business all these years. Here, +Fast Company​ examines their style guide.

Via +Adafruit Industries​.___

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2014-12-15 22:36:14 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Looks like a fair interpretation of the numbers says that Edward Snowden is making a difference after all, despite what you might have heard in press reports.

Looks like a fair interpretation of the numbers says that Edward Snowden is making a difference after all, despite what you might have heard in press reports.___

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2014-12-14 08:19:41 (17 comments, 6 reshares, 42 +1s)Open 

Dang it. When Opportunity started having flash memory problems, they seemed the same as the ones we'd had on Spirit. Spirit's problem was alarming at first but proved to be easily fixed: just reformat the flash. The reformatting detected damaged flash blocks and marked them as unusable, so Spirit avoided using the bad blocks from then on. That was the end of her flash memory problems, the end of the initially unexplained reboots we called "amnesia events" because they left no debugging data in the flash memory for us to examine.

So, since it had worked so well on Spirit, the initial response to Opportunity's flash problems was the same. But a reformat didn't seem to fix her problem. Indeed, that fix has now been tried twice (or is it three times?), and the problems continue.

So in the near term, we're just making do without it. The flight software has a... more »

Dang it. When Opportunity started having flash memory problems, they seemed the same as the ones we'd had on Spirit. Spirit's problem was alarming at first but proved to be easily fixed: just reformat the flash. The reformatting detected damaged flash blocks and marked them as unusable, so Spirit avoided using the bad blocks from then on. That was the end of her flash memory problems, the end of the initially unexplained reboots we called "amnesia events" because they left no debugging data in the flash memory for us to examine.

So, since it had worked so well on Spirit, the initial response to Opportunity's flash problems was the same. But a reformat didn't seem to fix her problem. Indeed, that fix has now been tried twice (or is it three times?), and the problems continue.

So in the near term, we're just making do without it. The flight software has a built-in feature that lets us boot without mounting the flash file system at all, a little like booting your computer from a CD and telling it to ignore the hard disk; instead, Opportunity initializes a smaller file system in RAM. The downside of this, obviously, is that we have no non-volatile storage -- think of writing a college paper and not being able to save your work. So any pictures or other measurements have to be downlinked (sent back to Earth) before Opportunity shuts down for the night, or they're forever lost. And anything interesting or worrisome that happens later in the day than the communication pass, we'll never know about; it will all be lost when our girl falls asleep.

So clearly this wouldn't be a great thing long-term. But it's a testament to the foresight of flight software lead Glenn Reeves and the rest of the flight software team that this is possible at all. Opportunity can continue doing valuable work while her human caretakers back on this planet work out the right next step to put her fully back in service -- to keep her going strong for the next ten years.___

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2014-12-12 03:16:48 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

The torture report is remarkably quiet on this issue, quoting the CIA without comment, but as this article points out, there is no such thing as "rectal feeding." If you insert food into someone's rectum, it will fall back out. 

The term they should have used was "violent sexual assault."

The torture report is remarkably quiet on this issue, quoting the CIA without comment, but as this article points out, there is no such thing as "rectal feeding." If you insert food into someone's rectum, it will fall back out. 

The term they should have used was "violent sexual assault."___

2014-12-11 07:28:23 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

+Scott Lewis​ and +Keri Bean​ will discuss the +Hubble Space Telescope​'s and the Dawn spacecraft's coordinated observations of Ceres. All of those things -- Scott, Keri, Hubble, and Dawn -- are awesome, so this can't help but be awesome, too. Be there!

As 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 +Hubble Space Telescope 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 +Dawn Mission Education and Communications (E/C) team!

Please join +Tony Darnell Dr +Carol Christian and +Scott Lewis, who will be on location at +NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory with +Keri Bean as we discuss the long journey Dawn has made to get to Ceres. Joining them as well is +Max Mutchler and +Jianyang Li 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. +Jason Kalirai 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  ___+Scott Lewis​ and +Keri Bean​ will discuss the +Hubble Space Telescope​'s and the Dawn spacecraft's coordinated observations of Ceres. All of those things -- Scott, Keri, Hubble, and Dawn -- are awesome, so this can't help but be awesome, too. Be there!

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2014-12-11 03:53:38 (4 comments, 5 reshares, 52 +1s)Open 

I do, and I do.

Via +Keith Wilson​.

#truth  ___I do, and I do.

Via +Keith Wilson​.

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2014-12-10 03:34:21 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Via +Steven Flaeck. I knew this was in the pipeline and am glad to see it officially released!

For many people, gender identity is more complex than just "male" or "female."  Starting today, I'm proud to announce that Google+ will support an infinite number of ways to express gender identity, by giving you the option to customize the way your gender is represented on your profile. 

Previously, we provided options for “Male,” “Female,” and “Other,” to encompass both those who don't fit into the traditional gender labels and those who don't want to declare their gender to the world at large. Now, the gender field on your profile will contain four entries, “Male,” “Female,” “Decline to state,” and “Custom.”  When “Custom” is selected, a freeform text field and a pronoun field will appear. You can still limit who can see your gender, just like you can now. We’ll be rolling this feature out for all users over the next few days.

Many thanks to the people and groups who gave us advice on the best ways to do this. Your input has been really valuable to us, and we hope you like the result!___Via +Steven Flaeck. I knew this was in the pipeline and am glad to see it officially released!

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2014-12-09 19:06:32 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

The author's irritation and anger, while justified, detract (IMHO) from an article that otherwise has some good content. So I recommend you ignore the tone and read the content.

That irritation and anger are useful information in themselves, of course; if you stand back from it a little, it's informative (and sad!) to see how fed up so many women have gotten with the current situation. But I worry that readers who most need to see that will stop reading, or shift to an unhelpfully defensive mindset, before they can get that far.

So if you must, read it this way: "Men are stepping up to be feminist allies. That's great, it will help a lot! Unfortunately, some of their initial efforts, while well-intentioned, have gone awry. Here's how they could be more effective." Flies, ignore that vinegar; here's some honey.

Via +Barbara Cohen.

The author's irritation and anger, while justified, detract (IMHO) from an article that otherwise has some good content. So I recommend you ignore the tone and read the content.

That irritation and anger are useful information in themselves, of course; if you stand back from it a little, it's informative (and sad!) to see how fed up so many women have gotten with the current situation. But I worry that readers who most need to see that will stop reading, or shift to an unhelpfully defensive mindset, before they can get that far.

So if you must, read it this way: "Men are stepping up to be feminist allies. That's great, it will help a lot! Unfortunately, some of their initial efforts, while well-intentioned, have gone awry. Here's how they could be more effective." Flies, ignore that vinegar; here's some honey.

Via +Barbara Cohen.___

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2014-12-09 07:59:32 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

How Terrorism Actually Works in the Real World: A One Act Play By Michael Hayden, Former CIA Chief

Scene: A terrorist training camp in eastern Syria. Two mujihadeen sit around a fire, reading the National Review. Overhead, the buzzing of an American drone; in the distance, the low booming sound of Syrian artillery.

Mujahid #1: Oh, what the fuck is this shit. Hey, Sayyid. Look at the National Review.

Mujahid #2: What? 

Mujahid #1: It says here that back in 2003, the American government was engaging in torture.

Mujahid #2: Oh, that's horrible.

200 meters away, a Hellfire missile blows up in the middle of a field. Both jihadis are knocked out of their seats.

Mujahid #1: [Indecipherable.]

Mujahid #2: I'm sorry -- I guess I'm still a little concussed. Whatw... more »

How Terrorism Actually Works in the Real World: A One Act Play By Michael Hayden, Former CIA Chief

Scene: A terrorist training camp in eastern Syria. Two mujihadeen sit around a fire, reading the National Review. Overhead, the buzzing of an American drone; in the distance, the low booming sound of Syrian artillery.

Mujahid #1: Oh, what the fuck is this shit. Hey, Sayyid. Look at the National Review.

Mujahid #2: What? 

Mujahid #1: It says here that back in 2003, the American government was engaging in torture.

Mujahid #2: Oh, that's horrible.

200 meters away, a Hellfire missile blows up in the middle of a field. Both jihadis are knocked out of their seats.

Mujahid #1: [Indecipherable.]

Mujahid #2: I'm sorry -- I guess I'm still a little concussed. What was that you said?

Mujahid #1: I mean, that's it. That's the absolute last straw. I used to be totally on the fence about the United States, but torture? That's totally over the line.

Mujahid #2: Yeah. I was fine with the war in Afghanistan. Fine with them killing all of our leaders. Totally fine with the war in Iraq. Totally fine about that thing Zawahiri made up about the US Army selling children's organs for dog food. Even this bombing campaign is pretty okay. But the well-reported torture that was in every major media outlet for the past ten years? That's absolutely over the line.

Mujahid #1: Yeah. So, death to America, then?

Mujahid #2: I hate to say it, but yeah: death to America.

Fin.___

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2014-12-09 07:48:44 (8 comments, 2 reshares, 23 +1s)Open 

Our Mars Curiosity rover finds clues to how water helped shape Martian landscape. Observations indicate Mars' Mount Sharp was built by sediments deposited in a large lake bed over tens of millions of years.Details: http://go.nasa.gov/1w7drxS  

Our Mars Curiosity rover finds clues to how water helped shape Martian landscape. Observations indicate Mars' Mount Sharp was built by sediments deposited in a large lake bed over tens of millions of years.Details: http://go.nasa.gov/1w7drxS  ___

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2014-12-09 07:44:33 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

I drove by this on my way to work this morning. At first I just saw a spray of water, and I thought there was a broken water main or something. I barely had time to think "I hope they fix that" before I glanced again and noticed the shell of a building, mostly just a twisted steel cage jutting up from the remnants of the walls. And I noticed the source of the spray, a brave firefighter several stories up on a ladder, and the billowing smoke.

Even ten or eleven hours later, on my way home, the smoke was still rising. It looked very bad. I'm glad it wasn't even worse.

"""
Firefighters said the flames climbed more than 40 feet above the seven-story building.

The fire at the DaVinci caused damage to at least one of two buildings owned by the city of Los Angeles on Figueroa Street that house  government agencies such as building and safety, planning and the Bureau of Engineering. The north tower at 221 N. Figueroa St. experienced fire and water damage, with heat from the blaze shattering windows. 
"""

Well, that's embarrassing.___I drove by this on my way to work this morning. At first I just saw a spray of water, and I thought there was a broken water main or something. I barely had time to think "I hope they fix that" before I glanced again and noticed the shell of a building, mostly just a twisted steel cage jutting up from the remnants of the walls. And I noticed the source of the spray, a brave firefighter several stories up on a ladder, and the billowing smoke.

Even ten or eleven hours later, on my way home, the smoke was still rising. It looked very bad. I'm glad it wasn't even worse.

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2014-12-09 07:26:37 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

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2014-12-08 07:23:04 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Excellent short story about the first couple to go to Mars, and their clones.

Excellent short story about the first couple to go to Mars, and their clones.___

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2014-12-07 09:18:51 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Today's astronauts are so lazy. Back in my day, we had to build our lunar bases by hand. Now get off my space-lawn.

Watch 3d Printer-bots build the lunar colony of 2050 -- ESA video. Actually, we seed funded much of this at NASA-NIAC!  In fact, while 3-D building may be a useful technique, astronauts staying for extended periods may use the cavities we’ve discovered, that appear to lead into underground ancient lava tubes.

http://www.popularmechanics.com/how-to/blog/watch-roving-3d-printers-build-moon-colony-17399740?click=pm_news___Today's astronauts are so lazy. Back in my day, we had to build our lunar bases by hand. Now get off my space-lawn.

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2014-12-07 08:49:46 (8 comments, 3 reshares, 44 +1s)Open 

The company Christmas party had an Indiana Jones theme this year -- come as your favorite character from the movies, that kind of thing. So naturally, +Kimberly Lichtenberg and I made these costumes. And we won the costume contest! (My character is obvious, Kim's less so: she's Irina Spalko, from the fourth movie. Yes, there was a fourth movie. Yes, there was too.)

Making the costumes was a surprising amount of fun, too. I've never made a costume before, and there turned out to be a lot more engineering than I expected. It was much like solving anything else for the first time: see a problem, kill the problem, repeat. Keep a list of the problems you haven't solved yet, and iterate through the list until the list is empty. Like that.

For example, the heads. Instructions I'd found online for making a LEGO Indiana Jones costume showed machining the head out of layers... more »

The company Christmas party had an Indiana Jones theme this year -- come as your favorite character from the movies, that kind of thing. So naturally, +Kimberly Lichtenberg and I made these costumes. And we won the costume contest! (My character is obvious, Kim's less so: she's Irina Spalko, from the fourth movie. Yes, there was a fourth movie. Yes, there was too.)

Making the costumes was a surprising amount of fun, too. I've never made a costume before, and there turned out to be a lot more engineering than I expected. It was much like solving anything else for the first time: see a problem, kill the problem, repeat. Keep a list of the problems you haven't solved yet, and iterate through the list until the list is empty. Like that.

For example, the heads. Instructions I'd found online for making a LEGO Indiana Jones costume showed machining the head out of layers of styrofoam, which is well outside this particular software developer's comfort zone. I was getting a little stressed out about it -- but then I remembered something I'd seen in The Container Store a year or so ago: big LEGO heads meant to be containers for LEGO bricks. Would they be big enough to fit our own heads inside?

We found some at a local store and verified that they were. But now we had a new problem: the containers had no way to get our heads inside, of course; they were sealed at the bottom and back. Also, we obviously wouldn't be able to see out the eyes.

I lifted out the inner shelves and that opened up the back; I cut a hole in the neck (the bottom) with a combination of a hacksaw and sheer willpower; I was able to carefully drill a series of holes that basically perforated the eyes, and then punched them out. When we put them on, the heads wanted to fall off forward, so I drilled small holes near the temples and rigged up a chain of rubber bands (held in place with a bobby pin on one end) that acted as makeshift straps. Working solution.

The edges of the holes I'd cut in the necks of the containers were uncomfortable against the skin of our puny human necks, and threatened to make them impossible to wear for the whole night. But happily, Kim had the genius idea of molding a layer of Sugru over them, making them quite comfortable after all. (This also gave me an excuse to buy some Sugru, an excuse I'd sought for some time!) I popped on a fedora, Kim made herself a wig, and that set of problems was solved.

And so on. It was an unexpected joy to bring engineering principles to bear on a whole new-to-me(/us) problem, and a weird kind of relief to see that they worked out so well in this novel domain. As an added bonus, the costumes were a hit -- I lost count of the number of people who took pictures with us -- and our costume-contest prize was a gift card to a yummy-looking restaurant. We can't wait to go.

Engineering -- and LEGO -- for the win!___

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2014-12-06 08:41:40 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

Presented without comment. :-D

Presented without comment. :-D___

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2014-12-05 18:55:42 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

OK, I confess I started reading mostly because of the company's name. :-) But it turned out to be a really fascinating article.

I'm not sure what I think of their business plan; it sounds likely to me that +SpaceX will still crush them. But I know I like having more competitors in this area, that's for sure. The more people there are trying different approaches, the more likely somebody will hit on something that works. And that's good for all of us.

More evidence that we may (at last) be about to enter the “barnstorming era” of space development.  Like 1920s aircraft development or 1900s automobiles or 1980s computers, such eras feature spectacular bursts of creativity by private risk-takers.  The great side of libertarian ambition!  Though don’t get cocky kid. Such eras are heavily government subsidized.  Meaning average citizens vote to collaborate - via taxes - in making such times possible.

See one unusual startup here.
http://arstechnica.com/science/2014/11/firefly-space-systems-charges-full-speed-toward-low-earth-orbit/1/___OK, I confess I started reading mostly because of the company's name. :-) But it turned out to be a really fascinating article.

I'm not sure what I think of their business plan; it sounds likely to me that +SpaceX will still crush them. But I know I like having more competitors in this area, that's for sure. The more people there are trying different approaches, the more likely somebody will hit on something that works. And that's good for all of us.

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2014-12-05 18:23:02 (15 comments, 2 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

I'm very happy about the first successful test of the space capsule that someday will take me to Mars. That is, if +SpaceX doesn't take me there first.

I think I'll just try standing outside the KSC launch complex with my thumb out, holding a cardboard sign reading "MARS OR BUST." Nobody's tried it yet; maybe it'll work.

Incidentally, I learned from this story that there was a T. rex fossil aboard -- somehow I'd managed to miss that before. Think of that: 65 million years ago, this beautiful monster strode the Earth, and today, its bones leapt to the sky.

I'm very happy about the first successful test of the space capsule that someday will take me to Mars. That is, if +SpaceX doesn't take me there first.

I think I'll just try standing outside the KSC launch complex with my thumb out, holding a cardboard sign reading "MARS OR BUST." Nobody's tried it yet; maybe it'll work.

Incidentally, I learned from this story that there was a T. rex fossil aboard -- somehow I'd managed to miss that before. Think of that: 65 million years ago, this beautiful monster strode the Earth, and today, its bones leapt to the sky.___

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2014-12-04 07:12:08 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

At last, some good news from the world of US police.

Via +Boing Boing​.

At last, some good news from the world of US police.

Via +Boing Boing​.___

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2014-12-03 18:32:21 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

This article is partly about the discoverer of the element francium, and partly about the Curies and early attitudes toward radiation, and partly about how all our ambitions are fragile. And it's beautifully written.

Via +Emily Lakdawalla​, circuitously.

This article is partly about the discoverer of the element francium, and partly about the Curies and early attitudes toward radiation, and partly about how all our ambitions are fragile. And it's beautifully written.

Via +Emily Lakdawalla​, circuitously.___

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2014-12-02 19:10:17 (4 comments, 4 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Angry. Snarky. Need kitten chaser. ... Ahhh, that's better.

Angry. Snarky. Need kitten chaser. ... Ahhh, that's better.___

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2014-12-02 19:01:04 (10 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Apparently, knowingly firing a submachine gun into someone's home while you're blinded by a flash-bang grenade is OK now. Sorry, innocent little girl!

"""
Officer Weekley recently saw manslaughter charge dropped against him, for shooting the 7-year-old while she slept.

The Detroit police officer had been on trial for involuntary manslaughter who was shot and killed during a 2010 police raid.

But early in October, Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Cynthia Gray Hathaway granted a motion which Weekley’s attorney had filed, arguing for the dismissal of the felony charge he faced in the young girl’s death.
"""___Apparently, knowingly firing a submachine gun into someone's home while you're blinded by a flash-bang grenade is OK now. Sorry, innocent little girl!

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2014-12-02 18:51:59 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

This needs to be coupled with a rule that if, in a court case, the body-cam's recording is "lost" or unusable, then whatever the opposing side says is default-true and the officer's testimony is default-rejected. The same should apply to dash-cams in cop cars.

Then they'll really be worth having.

Naturally, this is only a first step.___This needs to be coupled with a rule that if, in a court case, the body-cam's recording is "lost" or unusable, then whatever the opposing side says is default-true and the officer's testimony is default-rejected. The same should apply to dash-cams in cop cars.

Then they'll really be worth having.

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2014-12-02 18:44:12 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Utterly infuriating. Utterly infuriating, how cops treat selected human beings.

I personally have known a cop who told me, over drinks, that he became a cop so that he could beat up black guys with impunity. (He was Hispanic, incidentally.) He hoped someday he'd get to shoot one. So when I read essays like this one, I believe every word.

A note before proceeding: This post is going to talk about some serious issues, and the linked article, even more so. This is a good one on which to stop and think carefully before replying, especially if it makes you angry. If it does -- and honestly, it should -- stop and ask yourself why it makes you angry, and how this shapes your perspective, before you comment. Because the heart of this post is not to advocate any policy, or to criticize anyone, or even to state a position: it's about listening to the stories of other people, and thinking about them. I'm not asking you to feel guilty, or justify yourself, or anything else: just to listen.


One of the most interesting things I've heard said in the wake of Ferguson (and unfortunately, I can't find the source to quote properly) was in response to the statement that "93% of blacks are killed by other blacks, so why are you so angry about Michael Brown and never talking about your own problem?" The response was that this is exactly like a foreigner saying, "99% of Americans are killed by other Americans, so why are you so angry about 9/11 and never talking about your own problem?"

I think that this response is quite profound, and it speaks to the fact that not all death is equivalent. And these deaths are inequivalent in an important fashion: ordinary murder happens for any number of reasons, and in almost all cases only creates a risk to the person actually murdered. (The few cases where there is a broader risk -- e.g., mass murders by someone opening fire in the street -- in fact likewise attract our attention quite broadly) But the death of a member of a community at the hands of a member of another community, especially when that other community has a history of violence against one's own community, represents a profound danger to all and sundry. And most importantly, if that death is not promptly censured by the other community, it's likely to be taken as approval of the action -- and other members of the second community are likely to remember this, and act with more freedom and violence.

I'm saying "community" and "other community" here, rather than "black" and "white," because this is true for more than one community. My own family history has been entirely shaped by this kind of violence, but the communities there were the Jews and the Christians; around the world, there are hundreds of other examples of this kind of dynamic as well. 

There is something important in common in every one of these cases. When you are a member of one of these communities, the threat of violence from a member of a different community is omnipresent and something that shapes every aspect of your life.

This is something that can be very hard to explain or understand if you haven't ever been on the receiving end of this. Being a member of a community which is considered a legitimate target for violence by another community shapes your entire life.

"What’d you do for your 16th birthday? Mine had me face down eating grass with a shotgun to my head."

In that context, I want to share this essay by +Ward A. The essay is angry; it's not an easy read. But it's worth reading because it's a snapshot of what it's like to grow up in a world shaped by this. I've chosen to share it not because its story is unusual, but because it isn't: if you talk to people who have grown up black in America, or in any other similar situation elsewhere, you hear this same story, over and over, with variations.

If you read my intro, or Ward's essay, you may be tempted to respond with "but that doesn't justify [X]!," or "So obviously, what they need to do is [Y]." That's not the point of this share. It's not meant to justify, it's not meant to advocate for any policy.

The reason I'm posting this is that, if you want to understand what life is like in the United States, and if you want to understand why Ferguson happened, you need to understand what the world looks like from this perspective. And if you want to learn what the world is like for other people, the single best thing you can do is to just listen to what they have to say, and acknowledge it, and file it in your mind. 

Nothing more is expected of you here: just to think.___Utterly infuriating. Utterly infuriating, how cops treat selected human beings.

I personally have known a cop who told me, over drinks, that he became a cop so that he could beat up black guys with impunity. (He was Hispanic, incidentally.) He hoped someday he'd get to shoot one. So when I read essays like this one, I believe every word.

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2014-12-02 18:11:19 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

Downloading now. :-)

NASA App for Android adds support for live video of Earth from space
The latest update of the NASA App for Android, version 1.52, adds support for live streaming video of the Earth from the HDEV HD cameras on the ISS.

This feature, however, seems to be working on Android 4.4, eg on my Nexus 7 2013 with KitKat as you can see in the screenshot, but not 5.0. It doesn’t work with my Nexus 5 running Lollipop.

The free NASA App is, duh, the official NASA app. It aggregates all the major online content on the agency’s websites such as information, photos, videos, audio, and more. Here you can download it for Android from the Play Store:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=gov.nasa

#NASA #Android #Space___Downloading now. :-)

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2014-12-01 21:12:59 (2 comments, 6 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Finding exoplanets just got a lot easier -- and cheaper, too. With off-the-shelf equipment such as a standard consumer DSLR and an Arduino, you can do it yourself.

Via +Slashdot​.

Finding exoplanets just got a lot easier -- and cheaper, too. With off-the-shelf equipment such as a standard consumer DSLR and an Arduino, you can do it yourself.

Via +Slashdot​.___

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2014-11-30 21:45:13 (5 comments, 5 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

You've seen the original trailer for Star Wars: Episode VII (The Force Awakens). Now, behold George Lucas's special edition of the same trailer, in all its glory.

(But if somehow you haven't yet seen the original, you really should watch it first: http://youtu.be/erLk59H86ww.)

You've seen the original trailer for Star Wars: Episode VII (The Force Awakens). Now, behold George Lucas's special edition of the same trailer, in all its glory.

(But if somehow you haven't yet seen the original, you really should watch it first: http://youtu.be/erLk59H86ww.)___

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2014-11-30 10:15:00 (3 comments, 3 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

This gorgeous four-minute film shows what it will look like when humans at last slip the surly bonds of Earth and become a proper multi-planet species. All of the locations are real: indeed, I helped to take some of the pictures they're based on.

Via +David Brin​.

This gorgeous four-minute film shows what it will look like when humans at last slip the surly bonds of Earth and become a proper multi-planet species. All of the locations are real: indeed, I helped to take some of the pictures they're based on.

Via +David Brin​.___

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2014-11-28 20:28:00 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

If you love Shelley's poem "Ozymandias," as I do, you might be interested in this article about how he wrote it -- the competition it was written for, the Egyptian-antiquities craze then sweeping England, the Napoleon connection, and more.

If you love Shelley's poem "Ozymandias," as I do, you might be interested in this article about how he wrote it -- the competition it was written for, the Egyptian-antiquities craze then sweeping England, the Napoleon connection, and more.___

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2014-11-28 14:24:31 (10 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Look, Radio Shack might be an outdated, lumbering, hopeless dinosaur plummeting toward bankruptcy at breakneck speed, but at least it's also an unimaginably horrible workplace.

Via +Adafruit Industries​.

Look, Radio Shack might be an outdated, lumbering, hopeless dinosaur plummeting toward bankruptcy at breakneck speed, but at least it's also an unimaginably horrible workplace.

Via +Adafruit Industries​.___

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2014-11-27 09:35:37 (7 comments, 3 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

Excellent article on the challenges of producing enough Plutonium-238 to meet the needs of NASA's space missions (with a bonus foray into how RTGs work). I'm so focused on robotic exploration that it hadn't even occurred to me that crewed missions would need a lot more of the stuff -- probably more than we're currently slated to produce. It will be interesting to see how we overcome that problem, bearing in mind that it would be a nice problem to have.

So anyway, if you have any spare Plutonium-238 lying around your house, please do consider donating it. For science.

Via +Emily Lakdawalla​.

Excellent article on the challenges of producing enough Plutonium-238 to meet the needs of NASA's space missions (with a bonus foray into how RTGs work). I'm so focused on robotic exploration that it hadn't even occurred to me that crewed missions would need a lot more of the stuff -- probably more than we're currently slated to produce. It will be interesting to see how we overcome that problem, bearing in mind that it would be a nice problem to have.

So anyway, if you have any spare Plutonium-238 lying around your house, please do consider donating it. For science.

Via +Emily Lakdawalla​.___

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2014-11-27 02:42:28 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

A friend observed that white privilege means getting to be angered by this grand jury's decision, rather than terrified.

I am, at least, exercising that privilege.

And how.

Some explanatory context about the lack of an indictment in Ferguson: while grand juries are nominally one of the checks on executive power, with the prosecutors only able to indict someone if they can convince a grand jury, this hasn't really been the case in decades, if ever. In the famous words of Sol Wachtler, former chief judge of the New York Court of Appeals, district attornies have so much influence over grand juries that they could get them to "indict a ham sandwich" if they wanted.

This is because grand jury proceedings are rather one-sided: there is generally no judge involved, nor any defense, but rather the prosecutor simply presents whatever evidence he or she chooses, and has to convince the grand jury that there is "probable cause" that the person committed a crime, i.e. that a reasonable (ordinary) jury could conceivably convict. If this seems like a rather low bar to you, you're right: quite a few people have argued that grand juries are a complete waste of time, and only half of US states still use them. (The federal government is required to by the fifth amendment; no common-law jurisdiction outside the US still bothers)

In those places which still use them, their main remaining function is to provide plausible deniability to prosecutors who don't wish to pursue a case: just like you could get a grand jury to indict a ham sandwich by only showing one story, you could get a grand jury to refuse to indict Freddy Krueger by showing them enough evidence to make the legitimacy of the state's case unclear.

That's not a common use for grand juries -- prosecutors generally have better things to do with their time than look for plausible deniability. (In the federal courts in 2010, for example, grand juries refused to indict 11 times, out of about 162,000 cases. Given that a prosecutor can generally guess when they don't even have a good enough case to indict, you can assume that those eleven each decided to have the grand jury be the one to say no, instead of them, for a reason)

What this means is that when you're trying to interpret the news and understand what a grand jury verdict means, you can basically take it to be a summary of the prosecutor's decision to prosecute or not to prosecute the case, rather than the verdict of an independent panel. 

(The analysis below notes that, in high-profile cases, there's another important reason that a grand jury may not indict, which is that the prosecutor feels that the case isn't strong enough to actually push through, but nonetheless feels political pressure to try anyway. That's not likely to be the case with today's news, as county prosecutor Bob McCulloch took the rather unusual step of having Darren Wilson, the prospective defendant, testify before the grand jury for several hours. Prosecutors who actually want an indictment generally don't invite the defendant to give their side of the story at length, as this is not considered conducive to getting the desired variety of ham sandwich. So it's fairly safe to read today's headline as "McCulloch decides not to prosecute Wilson," and interpret that as you will.)

If you want to read about the grand jury system in the US, as good a place to start as any is
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_juries_in_the_United_States___A friend observed that white privilege means getting to be angered by this grand jury's decision, rather than terrified.

I am, at least, exercising that privilege.

And how.

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2014-11-25 18:37:38 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

The last thing I need is another social network to keep up with, but this looks almost irresistible -- especially since I work with Cristoforetti's brother. Argh!

Friends in Space, a social network for following Samantha Cristoforetti’s journey to space
Friends in Space is an innovative interactive web app for following the journey to space of astronaut +Samantha Cristoforetti, who just arrived to the International Space Station thus fulfilling her lifelong dream of flying into space.

It’s both a data visualization app and a social network for keeping in touch with what Samantha does and views in space, and interact with other space enthusiasts from all over the world. Created and developed by +Accurat, Friends in Space is a cool project I had the honor of contributing to with many other great space enthusiasts.

I’ve written about it in this article in Italian:

Friends in Space, un social network per seguire Samantha Cristoforetti nello spazio
http://www.astronautinews.it/2014/11/24/friends-space-un-social-network-per-seguire-samantha-cristoforetti-nello-spazio/

Here’s an English version machine-translated with Google Translate: http://goo.gl/p8zinv

Image: the main screen of Friends in Space. Credits: Accurat

#Futura42 #Space #Social___The last thing I need is another social network to keep up with, but this looks almost irresistible -- especially since I work with Cristoforetti's brother. Argh!

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2014-11-25 01:01:22 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

When I asked top MER science dude Steve Squyres what science instrument he most wished he could've put on the MER rovers, he said, "A Raman spectrometer." You can now 3-D print one, and drive it with a $35 Raspberry Pi.

(A Raman spectrometer is slated for the 2020 rover, by the way. So Steve will get his wish, just a bit delayed.)

When I asked top MER science dude Steve Squyres what science instrument he most wished he could've put on the MER rovers, he said, "A Raman spectrometer." You can now 3-D print one, and drive it with a $35 Raspberry Pi.

(A Raman spectrometer is slated for the 2020 rover, by the way. So Steve will get his wish, just a bit delayed.)___

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2014-11-24 02:44:11 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

For the first time, LEGO is developing a LEGO outreach Mars rover in parallel with a real one (the ExoMars rover).

For the first time, LEGO is developing a LEGO outreach Mars rover in parallel with a real one (the ExoMars rover).___

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2014-11-23 08:06:02 (4 comments, 2 reshares, 23 +1s)Open 

What's life like on Europa? If it exists, it might resemble these blind, bacteriophagic, sometimes cannibalistic shrimp that swarm in the suburbs of hydrothermic vents.

Press release by +Liz Landau​​, via +Slashdot​​.

What's life like on Europa? If it exists, it might resemble these blind, bacteriophagic, sometimes cannibalistic shrimp that swarm in the suburbs of hydrothermic vents.

Press release by +Liz Landau​​, via +Slashdot​​.___

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2014-11-23 01:55:18 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

The one I really like is that you're twice as likely to die from your pajamas catching fire as from Ebola.

___The one I really like is that you're twice as likely to die from your pajamas catching fire as from Ebola.

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2014-11-22 21:33:45 (1 comments, 4 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

This guy's making what looks like a very touching video game about his young son's struggle with cancer. I've been excited about it for a while and just discovered the Kickstarter.

#fuckcancer

This guy's making what looks like a very touching video game about his young son's struggle with cancer. I've been excited about it for a while and just discovered the Kickstarter.

#fuckcancer___

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2014-11-22 19:53:37 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

See, Australia really is upside-down! ;-)

Via +Ciro Villa​.

Space and Earth Inverted | International Space Station
A few hours after this picture was taken of NASA astronaut Ron Garan looking at the coastline of Australia from a Cupola window on the International Space Station, he looked out of a Soyuz spacecraft window as it violently landed on its side on Earth, and "saw a rock, a flower and a blade of grass...I am home."

Image Credit: NASA
Image Date:  September 15, 2011
Caption Credit: Fragile Oasis

+Ron Garan 
+Johnson Space Center 
+Fragile Oasis

#NASA #Space #ISS #Earth #Austrlia #Cupola #Stars #Astronaut
#RonGaran #Orbital #Photography #Art #OverviewEffect___See, Australia really is upside-down! ;-)

Via +Ciro Villa​.

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