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Scott “marsroverdriver” Maxwell has been at 5 events

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Pamela L. Gay86,896Join 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+112,482Join 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 
CosmoQuest41,821YouTube 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 18:00:00319 
California Science Center207,179UPDATE: 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 07:00:00837 
Fraser Cain910,742To 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 05:00:004876 

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 12:15:324990617
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
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 22:39:3139967163160
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
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
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 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
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
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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2014-10-22 16:23:52 (16 comments, 2 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Scientists say: cats don't love you, harm the environment, and literally drive you crazy. I say: these scientists are jerks.

Also, nanny-nanny-boo-boo, they should all stick their heads in Toxoplasma gondii-infested cat doo-doo.

Most reshares: 23

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2014-10-02 03:07:44 (6 comments, 23 reshares, 43 +1s)Open 

You absolutely really must holycrap read this right now.

Via +Fraser Cain.

Most plusones: 43

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2014-10-02 03:07:44 (6 comments, 23 reshares, 43 +1s)Open 

You absolutely really must holycrap read this right now.

Via +Fraser Cain.

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2014-10-25 23:30:28 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Dear ESA +Rosetta Mission​: nice try. But you want to inspire the public? Spend 1% of your budget for this video on an image pipeline to release images fast. Without that kind of outreach, no sci-fi-esque movie you produce will make a damn bit of difference.

Don't get me wrong: you're a damn cool mission, and dropping a lander on a comet -- after a ten-year wait, no less -- has loads of genuine drama. But nothing evokes that drama like the real facts of the mission. That's why Seven Minutes of Terror worked -- and why, I'm sorry to say, this film doesn't.

Dear ESA +Rosetta Mission​: nice try. But you want to inspire the public? Spend 1% of your budget for this video on an image pipeline to release images fast. Without that kind of outreach, no sci-fi-esque movie you produce will make a damn bit of difference.

Don't get me wrong: you're a damn cool mission, and dropping a lander on a comet -- after a ten-year wait, no less -- has loads of genuine drama. But nothing evokes that drama like the real facts of the mission. That's why Seven Minutes of Terror worked -- and why, I'm sorry to say, this film doesn't.___

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2014-10-25 11:27:40 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

This (from sol B-3821) is one of the coolest Opportunity post-drive HAZCAMs I've seen. Look at that landscape!

This (from sol B-3821) is one of the coolest Opportunity post-drive HAZCAMs I've seen. Look at that landscape!___

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2014-10-23 21:13:42 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Too busy to run outside, so I'm keeping an eye on the eclipse thanks to Griffith Observatory's live stream. Thanks, Griffith!

Too busy to run outside, so I'm keeping an eye on the eclipse thanks to Griffith Observatory's live stream. Thanks, Griffith!___

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2014-10-23 17:56:14 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

The sounds of space: classic NASA audio, free to listen to on SoundCloud.

The sounds of space: classic NASA audio, free to listen to on SoundCloud.___

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2014-10-23 17:23:30 (10 comments, 0 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

Twitter is "the source of all evil," says one of the most influential Muslims in the world. By implication, G+ is not the source of any evil, so you're safe here.

Via +Boing Boing.

Twitter is "the source of all evil," says one of the most influential Muslims in the world. By implication, G+ is not the source of any evil, so you're safe here.

Via +Boing Boing.___

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2014-10-23 02:42:14 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Oh. Oh oh oh. I want it I want it I want it.

Kickstarter for Cool Robotic Spacecraft Posters

I love the infographic posters from The Chop Shop. They've partnered up with the Planetary Society to create a series of posters to celebrate various robotic missions. 

If you like the posters, and you should, check out the Kickstarter and get your own.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/chopshopstore/historic-robotic-spacecraft-poster-series___Oh. Oh oh oh. I want it I want it I want it.

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2014-10-23 01:58:07 (1 comments, 4 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

Nobody realized it at the time, but the first evidence of extrasolar planets dates to the end of WWI. Yes, World War One.

Via +Slashdot​.



Nobody realized it at the time, but the first evidence of extrasolar planets dates to the end of WWI. Yes, World War One.

Via +Slashdot​.

___

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2014-10-22 17:38:35 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

And +Mark Maimone should know: he's the one who taught the rovers how to do this. When they drive on Mars, they're taking the steps he told them how to take. #freakinggenius

Ever wonder how Mars Rovers Curiosity, Opportunity, and Spirit drive themselves?  Wonder no more!  An oldie but a goodie, this clip illustrates the stages of Autonomous Driving:  Stereo Vision, Traversability Analysis, Path Selection, and Driving.  Now in (almost) High Definition!___And +Mark Maimone should know: he's the one who taught the rovers how to do this. When they drive on Mars, they're taking the steps he told them how to take. #freakinggenius

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2014-10-22 16:23:52 (16 comments, 2 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Scientists say: cats don't love you, harm the environment, and literally drive you crazy. I say: these scientists are jerks.

Also, nanny-nanny-boo-boo, they should all stick their heads in Toxoplasma gondii-infested cat doo-doo.

Scientists say: cats don't love you, harm the environment, and literally drive you crazy. I say: these scientists are jerks.

Also, nanny-nanny-boo-boo, they should all stick their heads in Toxoplasma gondii-infested cat doo-doo.___

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2014-10-21 17:27:48 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Pictures of Comet Siding Spring, straight from Mars: one from MRO, two from Opportunity.

http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/spaceimages/details.php?id=PIA18618

http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/spaceimages/details.php?id=PIA18617

http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/spaceimages/details.php?id=PIA18592

(I wish G+ would let you attach multiple links. <sigh>)

Pictures of Comet Siding Spring, straight from Mars: one from MRO, two from Opportunity.

http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/spaceimages/details.php?id=PIA18618

http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/spaceimages/details.php?id=PIA18617

http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/spaceimages/details.php?id=PIA18592

(I wish G+ would let you attach multiple links. <sigh>)___

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2014-10-20 07:15:52 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 26 +1s)Open 

Jerrie Cobb passed every test the Mercury 7 astronauts did, and even outperformed some of them. If she'd been a man, she'd have gone to space.

Or, if the USA had been willing to send women, we'd have had the propaganda coup of the first woman in space, instead of giving that honor to the Soviets.

What an injustice!

Via +Slashdot.

Jerrie Cobb passed every test the Mercury 7 astronauts did, and even outperformed some of them. If she'd been a man, she'd have gone to space.

Or, if the USA had been willing to send women, we'd have had the propaganda coup of the first woman in space, instead of giving that honor to the Soviets.

What an injustice!

Via +Slashdot.___

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2014-10-20 07:06:24 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Luminous, beautiful infrared video of +SpaceX's craft descending through the atmosphere.

Luminous, beautiful infrared video of +SpaceX's craft descending through the atmosphere.___

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2014-10-17 17:26:29 (2 comments, 4 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

If I need to say more than "well-made Firefly fan film," then you, my friend, are no true Browncoat.

BROWNCOATS! Must-see fan-made Firefly video!

Seriously, if you are a Firefly fan, you have to watch this extremely well-made short video, called "The 'verse",  that takes place in the same Universe but with a different ship and crew. It's great.

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/10/17/figuratively_shiny_a_firefly_video.html___If I need to say more than "well-made Firefly fan film," then you, my friend, are no true Browncoat.

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2014-10-17 07:48:45 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

The chemistry set I had as a kid would, I'm sure, be banned as a terrorist weapon today. <sigh>

When I was a kid, I had and loved a chemistry set. It was by no means perfect -- the book it came with was terse and rather uninspiring, and so I ended up finding later bits of Science! that I did much more interesting, things involving electronics, radioactives, superconductors, and pyrotechnics. But it was a good set, with a wide range of materials and equipment, and it was part of a whole complex of other things which were part of the "standard set of toys" of the latter half of the 20th century, along with LEGOs, erector sets, and any number of other building toys, which made doing science and engineering and the like seem like a natural thing you would explore as a kid.

This article suggests that the turning point was in the 1970's, with the rise of ecological consciousness, the anti-war movement (and opposition to things like Napalm and Agent Orange in particular), and Three Mile Island, but I don't think this is right: I got my set in the 80's, and it was by no means an unusual thing then.

I think that the real turnaround happened somewhat later, in the 1990's or 2000's, and was part of the general trend of increasing protectiveness of children: the same trend which would make the normal way I played as a kid (my friends and I roaming all over the neighborhood, exploring, playing games, and the like) into criminal negligence on the part of parents today. (You let children play unsupervised?! What if they were injured? What if they were kidnapped?! This despite the near-complete absence of actual stranger kidnappings ever) 

Chemistry sets like these are nearly nonexistent, with the exception of rare boutique products like the (wonderful) Kickstarter which this article links. It in fact surprises me that such products are illegal at all -- and as the Kickstarter text notes, it may in fact be illegal in quite a few states, not because of the chemicals, but because of the glassware. (Apparently, civilians can no longer be trusted with beakers; we might use them to make meth. Chemists probably can't be trusted either, as they might use them to make Sudafed: http://heterodoxy.cc/meowdocs/pseudo/pseudosynth.pdf) 

There is something profoundly broken in this. Anything which could conceivably create a risk to anyone, or which a Hollywood plot imagines could create a risk, is becoming illegal. The media actively encourages this, knowing that its bread and butter is stoking fear of all sorts.

It's time to fight back. We need more interesting hazards in our lives.

Via +Alex Scrivener.___The chemistry set I had as a kid would, I'm sure, be banned as a terrorist weapon today. <sigh>

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2014-10-17 07:40:46 (4 comments, 5 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

Amazing video of ISS lit up by a green laser

What happens when you turn a very powerful telescope on the International Space Station, and then illuminate it with a green laser?

This.

http://blogs.esa.int/socialspace/2014/10/12/iss-bathed-in-green/

Amazing video of ISS lit up by a green laser

What happens when you turn a very powerful telescope on the International Space Station, and then illuminate it with a green laser?

This.

http://blogs.esa.int/socialspace/2014/10/12/iss-bathed-in-green/___

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2014-10-16 17:30:57 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Quoting @AGUPlanetary: "Cassini was briefly bathed in electrons coming from Hyperion."

See, this Saturnian moon is electrically charged, kinda like a balloon, and Cassini passed close enough to receive an electric shock. It's a little like shuffling across a carpet and then petting your cat, only in space and with your hand and the cat 2000km(!) apart.

Space is so damn cool.

Quoting @AGUPlanetary: "Cassini was briefly bathed in electrons coming from Hyperion."

See, this Saturnian moon is electrically charged, kinda like a balloon, and Cassini passed close enough to receive an electric shock. It's a little like shuffling across a carpet and then petting your cat, only in space and with your hand and the cat 2000km(!) apart.

Space is so damn cool.___

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2014-10-15 17:59:12 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

Android L has an official moniker. My money was on "Lollipop," too. I should've bet on it in Vegas.

Via +Olof Johansson.

Unveiling of the lollipop.___Android L has an official moniker. My money was on "Lollipop," too. I should've bet on it in Vegas.

Via +Olof Johansson.

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2014-10-15 17:55:42 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Great, like my YouTube "Watch Later" queue wasn't long enough already. I wish YouTube would let you watch videos at, say, 125% speed. It's my only chance to watch everything, unless I retire by next week.

Anyway, I've watched the video Phil directly embeds in this article and thought it was really well done. If you have friends or family members or tedious Twitter followers who are, let us say, confused about evolution, this series of videos might help to get them out of your hair.

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___Great, like my YouTube "Watch Later" queue wasn't long enough already. I wish YouTube would let you watch videos at, say, 125% speed. It's my only chance to watch everything, unless I retire by next week.

Anyway, I've watched the video Phil directly embeds in this article and thought it was really well done. If you have friends or family members or tedious Twitter followers who are, let us say, confused about evolution, this series of videos might help to get them out of your hair.

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2014-10-15 03:08:40 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

If you like that sort of thing. And you do.

If you like that sort of thing. And you do.___

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2014-10-14 17:42:08 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

http://wehuntedthemammoth.com/2014/10/11/in-a-series-of-brilliant-furious-tweets-zoe-quinn-tears-apart-the-myth-that-gamergate-has-moved-beyond-harassment-of-women/

http://wehuntedthemammoth.com/2014/10/11/in-a-series-of-brilliant-furious-tweets-zoe-quinn-tears-apart-the-myth-that-gamergate-has-moved-beyond-harassment-of-women/___

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2014-10-14 07:41:59 (5 comments, 5 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

Alexei Leonov, the first spacewalker, damn near died in the attempt. Several times. But he and his pilot returned safely after an Apollo 13-like adventure.

This article tells that dramatic story gracelessly, I'm afraid. But if you bring a little imagination to it, it's perfectly harrowing. And someday it will make a thrilling film.

Alexei Leonov, the first spacewalker, damn near died in the attempt. Several times. But he and his pilot returned safely after an Apollo 13-like adventure.

This article tells that dramatic story gracelessly, I'm afraid. But if you bring a little imagination to it, it's perfectly harrowing. And someday it will make a thrilling film.___

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2014-10-12 17:23:38 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Nightime view from our fishbowl #timelapse #lightning #sunrise

Nightime view from our fishbowl #timelapse #lightning #sunrise___

2014-10-09 17:54:40 (9 comments, 5 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

Mars One's plan for getting to Mars badly fails scientific scrutiny. I'm so shocked.

Via +Slashdot.

Mars One's plan for getting to Mars badly fails scientific scrutiny. I'm so shocked.

Via +Slashdot.___

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2014-10-09 17:49:00 (3 comments, 4 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

I'm posting this only because I adore the phrase "Homeopathic Battleship."

I'm posting this only because I adore the phrase "Homeopathic Battleship."___

2014-10-09 17:07:32 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

"Water, water everywhere, / Nor any drop to drink." Except, well, maybe there is. That's what the CubeSat +Barbara Cohen wants to send to the Moon will tell us: how much water could long-term resident astronauts mine there, and where would they find it?

"Water, water everywhere, / Nor any drop to drink." Except, well, maybe there is. That's what the CubeSat +Barbara Cohen wants to send to the Moon will tell us: how much water could long-term resident astronauts mine there, and where would they find it?___

2014-10-09 06:09:23 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

OK, to those of you who just saw a bunch of duplicate posts from me: sorry about that. If you happened to miss this, I shared a bunch of stuff over the last day or so that was supposed to be public but was actually shared less widely than that, and G+ won't let me widen the sharing later. (For good reasons.)

The dupes are now done, I've learned an important lesson about life and love, and we now return you to your regularly scheduled G+ goodness.

OK, to those of you who just saw a bunch of duplicate posts from me: sorry about that. If you happened to miss this, I shared a bunch of stuff over the last day or so that was supposed to be public but was actually shared less widely than that, and G+ won't let me widen the sharing later. (For good reasons.)

The dupes are now done, I've learned an important lesson about life and love, and we now return you to your regularly scheduled G+ goodness.___

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2014-10-09 06:06:26 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Isn't it nice when the Harvard-Smithsonian Centre for Astrophysicists agrees with you? Trouble's brewing in the staid, lofty realms of planetary science, and I couldn't be more pleased.

(Originally supposed to be shared publicly.)

___Isn't it nice when the Harvard-Smithsonian Centre for Astrophysicists agrees with you? Trouble's brewing in the staid, lofty realms of planetary science, and I couldn't be more pleased.

(Originally supposed to be shared publicly.)

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2014-10-09 06:05:08 (0 comments, 6 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

"It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so." -- Mark Twain

Via +Yonatan Zunger.

(Originally supposed to be shared publicly.)

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/)___"It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so." -- Mark Twain

Via +Yonatan Zunger.

(Originally supposed to be shared publicly.)

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2014-10-09 06:03:40 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

The way we treat people facing end-of-life decisions is, often, all but criminal. My dad was one of those who, like the woman in this article, had hospice care at the end and benefited tremendously from it. The framework presented in this article seems like an excellent one for many people, and it deserves to be more widely used.

As a side note, though: my dad was lucky not to be in pain; I fully support assisted suicide for those for whom it's the right choice. Circumstances and ethical considerations matter enormously here, naturally. But when those align and the patient makes that choice, they should be able to exit the world with the same grace and humanity we allow to a suffering dog.

(Originally supposed to be shared publicly.)

There's a really interesting article here about how to handle the end of one's life. I found this particularly interesting:

"[T]he discussions most successful clinicians had with patients involved just a few important questions that often unlocked transformative possibilities: (1) What is their understanding of their health or condition? (2) What are their goals if their health worsens? (3) What are their fears? and (4) What are the trade-offs they are willing to make and not willing to make?"

I never thought before about having a structure for end-of-life conversations, but seeing these questions, they seem deeply well-chosen. The rest of this article is about how the author asked them of one person in particular, and the choices she made as a result -- choices which really affected the way she spent the rest of her life for the better.___The way we treat people facing end-of-life decisions is, often, all but criminal. My dad was one of those who, like the woman in this article, had hospice care at the end and benefited tremendously from it. The framework presented in this article seems like an excellent one for many people, and it deserves to be more widely used.

As a side note, though: my dad was lucky not to be in pain; I fully support assisted suicide for those for whom it's the right choice. Circumstances and ethical considerations matter enormously here, naturally. But when those align and the patient makes that choice, they should be able to exit the world with the same grace and humanity we allow to a suffering dog.

(Originally supposed to be shared publicly.)

2014-10-09 06:02:54 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

(Originally supposed to be shared publicly.)

"What has the law enforcement community up in arms is the prospect of losing access to the data on these smartphones in cases where they have a valid, court-approved search warrant."

A search warrant is a court order issued by a magistrate, judge or Supreme Court official that authorizes law enforcement officers to conduct a search of a person, location, or vehicle for evidence of a crime and to confiscate evidence if it is found.
[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Search_warrant]
 
From this we see that a warrant doesn't give the government the right to the information or whatever is in the warrant. It merely gives them the power to look for it.

 
A warrant authorizes search, it doesn't guarantee evidence.
 
This is an important legal difference. Otherwise, the government could compel you to make all your private information and property accessible to them at all times so that, if a warrant were to issue, they could sweep in and take it.
 
Just 10 years ago, this notion would be considered an absurd hypothetical to propose in the service of some argument. "No one's going to require you to preregister all your private info with the government! You're nuts! Jeez, this guy's taking crazy pills!" Except this isn't a hypothetical, is it? This is nothing less than exactly what Comey is asking for, point blank.
 
 
"Comey said he could not understand why the tech companies would 'market something expressly to allow people to place themselves beyond the law.'"
 
The onus is not automatically on the people to prove that what they're doing is somehow "within the law." It is very much the burden of the government to show in individual cases that what the citizen did was beyond the law. This is the crux of "innocent until proven guilty." Why does a major figure in law / law enforcement need this explained?!
 
 
"This is not about mass surveillance. Law enforcement authorities are not asking for the ability to surveil everyone’s smartphone..."
 
No, they're not asking. They went ahead and mounted a huge, costly, and concerted effort to create that capability, and then they did it without asking. What the Washington Post Editorial Board seems to want us to believe here is that we shouldn't even bother about the fact that a necessary side effect of what they're supporting would allow this practice to go on uninterrupted.
 
Apple and Google understand that by not encrypting everything by default, they're giving tacit approval to this ongoing rights violation.
 
 
"After all, the government in many other situations has a right — and responsibility — to set standards for products so that laws are followed. Why not smartphones?"
 
You better check yourself, WashPo EdBoard. The government doesn't have the "right" to do squat. The government doesn't have any "rights" — the government has explicitly granted powers (also known as "enumerated powers"), which are strategic, limited infringements of the rights of the people aimed at establishing a "more perfect union" and all that. These are infringements we accept as part of the social contract laid out by the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and other founding documents.
 
These documents are very clear that these powers have limits. The very purpose of the Bill of Rights is to limit the possible interpretations of these powers such that they may never authorize infringement of certain rights. Innocent before proven guilty, being free of unreasonable search and seizure, etc. How is it possible that educated people writing for a major newspaper editorial board do not know this?
 
 
"But smartphone users must accept that they cannot be above the law if there is a valid search warrant."
 
Smartphone users are not putting themselves above the law, even in the situation where there is a valid search warrant and the government cannot discover their data. It's perfectly legal to have private data encrypted. You can encrypt data with a pad and a pencil and a little knowledge. Shall we outlaw that?
 
You might argue that this is fundamentally changed when encryption is automated and can be applied in bulk. Ok, have it your way — I don't want to be accused of attacking too soft a target.

PKE allows encrypted messages to be exchanged; it is automated by a technology called secure shell (SSH) and other secure protocols. Shall we outlaw these?
 
 
"A police 'back door' for all smartphones is undesirable — a back door can and will be exploited by bad guys, too. However, with all their wizardry, perhaps Apple and Google could invent a kind of secure golden key they would retain and use only when a court has approved a search warrant."
 
Can the EdBoard please run this stuff by their lowest level IT person before publishing it?
 
Exactly what might the difference be between this mythical "secure golden key" and a back door? Surprise, surprise, there is none, and these people are bad at their jobs of knowing things and then writing about those things.
 
 
"Ultimately, Congress could act and force the issue..."
 
Yes, I suppose Congress could abolish several of the Amendments. Why are we talking about that as if it's a good thing?
 
What is wrong with you people? I feel like I am taking crazy pills.


/bwo https://plus.google.com/u/0/+SteveFaktor/posts/cP56hfQjtdW

[Update] See +Bruce Schneier's excellent post on this - https://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2014/10/iphone_encrypti_1.html (thanks to +Gavin Roberts for posting it in the comments below)___(Originally supposed to be shared publicly.)

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2014-10-09 06:02:07 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Awwww. Yeeeeeah. Given the current makeup of the Supreme Court, their not taking the case is about the best one could've hoped for -- as close as we were likely to get to an outright victory. It's not perfect, but for right now, I'll take it.

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___Awwww. Yeeeeeah. Given the current makeup of the Supreme Court, their not taking the case is about the best one could've hoped for -- as close as we were likely to get to an outright victory. It's not perfect, but for right now, I'll take it.

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2014-10-09 06:01:07 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

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JPL is hosting an Open House this weekend!  Come one, come all, 9am - 4pm Saturday 11 October and Sunday 12 October (I'll be working at the Mars area Sunday morning)___(Originally supposed to be shared publicly.)

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2014-10-09 03:05:44 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

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Well, with so much money at stake, maybe it was bound to happen: Sierra Nevada protests +NASA's recent +Boeing/+SpaceX deal. So now they can't work on their parts of the project (or at least they can't spend NASA's money doing so) until that gets resolved in the courts.

One wonders if this isn't a sort of blackmail tactic. "Nice spacecraft you're building there. Shame if someone was ta tie it up in court so long that you missed your delivery dates. Of course, for just a couple of billion or so, we could be persuaded to look the other way ...."___(Oops, this was supposed to be shared publicly originally.)

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2014-10-09 03:04:45 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

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You remember the Great War Against the Martians in 1914, right? In case your history classes were deficient or it's just slipped your mind, you can refresh your memory by watching the short video below.

More here: http://www.history.co.uk/shows/the-great-martian-war___(Oops, this was supposed to be shared publicly originally.)

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2014-10-09 03:04:04 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

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This is a poem about what it's like to drive or otherwise participate in the commanding of a Mars rover: as Dr. Vertesi's study of the MER team (we were her Ph.D. dissertation) perceptively revealed, you learn to inhabit the rover as a kind of body you share with your team. You move the way the rover moves: you bend forward and stick out your arms to feel her solar panels; you pump your fists up and down to mimic her wheels; you swing your left arm (always your left arm) to show the movement of her arm. It's a shared body language we all unconsciously adopted when speaking of our rovers, one that just feels right to everyone on the team.

And now, in a full-circle kind of way, that body language makes its way back into written language, as a poem that captures something of what it's like to share a faraway robot's body with dozens of other humans. Really really well done, this.___(Oops, this was supposed to be shared publicly originally.)

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2014-10-09 02:52:37 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

How embarrassing: somehow I managed to share my last several meant-to-be-public posts privately instead of publicly. You'd think I've been doing this long enough that I wouldn't make those mistakes.

Can one change the sharing on a post other than by resharing it? Resharing would screw up most of those posts, in addition to meaning that many people would see the same posts twice. And it's ugly ("Scott Maxwell originally shared ...").

What a mess. :-( Sorry about that, folks.

How embarrassing: somehow I managed to share my last several meant-to-be-public posts privately instead of publicly. You'd think I've been doing this long enough that I wouldn't make those mistakes.

Can one change the sharing on a post other than by resharing it? Resharing would screw up most of those posts, in addition to meaning that many people would see the same posts twice. And it's ugly ("Scott Maxwell originally shared ...").

What a mess. :-( Sorry about that, folks.___

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2014-10-07 16:24:30 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Because you apparently weren't champing at the bit for this book enough already: a kinda-sorta-review of Rob Manning's MSL book. But skip the review; buy this book sight unseen, and read it with a fraction of Rob's infectious joy.

Because you apparently weren't champing at the bit for this book enough already: a kinda-sorta-review of Rob Manning's MSL book. But skip the review; buy this book sight unseen, and read it with a fraction of Rob's infectious joy.___

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2014-10-06 06:35:32 (1 comments, 3 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

I'd never heard of her. And it sounds like that was my loss. What a fascinating woman.

I'd never heard of her. And it sounds like that was my loss. What a fascinating woman.___

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2014-10-05 20:25:30 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

Score another one for NASA tech transfer: MSL technology has been adapted to help Pacific Gas & Electric find methane leaks. The specific technology in question is the tunable laser spectrometer, part of the SAM instrument that seeks organics on the red planet. So not only is the SAM TLS telling us about life on other worlds, it also keeps your house from blowing up.

Score another one for NASA tech transfer: MSL technology has been adapted to help Pacific Gas & Electric find methane leaks. The specific technology in question is the tunable laser spectrometer, part of the SAM instrument that seeks organics on the red planet. So not only is the SAM TLS telling us about life on other worlds, it also keeps your house from blowing up.___

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2014-10-03 05:01:37 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Keep it in mind for your next holiday.

(Incidentally, Uranus is probably a more practical He3 source. But I don't want to ruin an otherwise excellent story. :-)

Via +Barbara Cohen.

Keep it in mind for your next holiday.

(Incidentally, Uranus is probably a more practical He3 source. But I don't want to ruin an otherwise excellent story. :-)

Via +Barbara Cohen.___

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2014-10-03 04:20:51 (4 comments, 4 reshares, 31 +1s)Open 

I don't think ordinary members of the public should be allowed to have locks on their doors, because then police officers can't just come in whenever they want.

Via +Andreas Schou.

What the FBI and other law enforcement agencies fail to recognize, or don't care, is that a security hole left for law enforcement is open for illegal aggressors as well.

Encryption is self-defense.

In most countries the state takes the position that a criminal in committing a crime cannot legitimately defend themselves against law enforcement agents. While there is a rough truth to this outlaw notion, it is deeply problematic. But granting it for the moment, the tack most nations have taken is to disempower the capabilities of the average citizen in favor of delegating such defense to state agencies.

While it is a reasonable choice to leave some elements of self protection to the experts, it nevertheless means that nation-states routinely monopolize such a function to the point of prohibiting the means of self defense.

And so we get to encryption. Enforcement agencies have taken the view, largely I suspect because a natural narrowing of perspective related to their job, that all people must be viewed with a certain sort of suspicion. Perhaps not guilty per-se, but requiring monitoring just in case. So it is an obvious step for police to want to restrict something like encryption because it permits aggressors to hide their aggression against other citizens and evade apprehension and punishment.

But enforcement agencies, by asking to disempower the citizenry are, effectively, empowering those with access to the tools and techniques and information asymmetry to make use of the very security gaps the agencies themselves wish to rely on, and to use these to commit aggressive acts.

It is tantamount to saying you may not have a deadbolt because that would require cops to break down the doors of criminals with battering rams. Except cops would never say that because they can easily overpower a deadbolt on a door.

Cops and detectives find and catch child pornographers, thieves, terrorist cells and other such things by a variety of means and these means are still available. These security flaws they demand are a slight help but only to a degree. When Canada attempted to pass "lawful access" regulation police were unable to present a single example where criminals were caught or evaded capture where such broad surveillance would have materially altered the case. Its a false sense of security implemented as a security flaw.

Serious criminals will know when their channels are insecure and secure them by other means (codewords, in person meetings, supplementary encryption, etc.). They have a stronger general incentive to even the information asymmetry with law enforcement. Part of their business is "not getting caught". Average citizens do not have the technical knowhow or instincts to even gauge their risk. Leaving a hole is an invitation to criminals to find it and make use of it. And this is aside from simple privacy concerns of activists, dissidents, or even simply personal conversation or communication which is embarrassing or intimate which someone can use to blackmail or shame or whatever.

As members of a civil society we each need to seriously examine risks and balance them. And I think, on balance, we should be deeply skeptical of any time police directly ask to remove personal protection options. Many with a built in suspicion of the police have already such skepticism, such as minorities disproportionately affected by legal persecution like the drug war, or morality laws, or who are out of the main stream of politics. I hope that recent events encourage the generality of society to increase their skepticism. Perhaps not to cynicism, but past simple assumptions that any request for power by law enforcement is appropriate. I believe we have enough evidence to be suspicious of that claim.

Personally, I don't believe that shiny badges confer special rights. ___I don't think ordinary members of the public should be allowed to have locks on their doors, because then police officers can't just come in whenever they want.

Via +Andreas Schou.

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2014-10-02 03:07:44 (6 comments, 23 reshares, 43 +1s)Open 

You absolutely really must holycrap read this right now.

Via +Fraser Cain.

You absolutely really must holycrap read this right now.

Via +Fraser Cain.___

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2014-10-01 17:48:19 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

This is exactly the sort of thing that would make space tourism such a wonderful business. A trip to Jupiter to watch neon rain? All you have to do is figure out a way to survive it.

Me, I'm packing my bags as we speak.

___This is exactly the sort of thing that would make space tourism such a wonderful business. A trip to Jupiter to watch neon rain? All you have to do is figure out a way to survive it.

Me, I'm packing my bags as we speak.

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2014-10-01 17:36:37 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

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2014-10-01 17:34:59 (5 comments, 3 reshares, 31 +1s)Open 

Park Rules

Park Rules___

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2014-10-01 15:11:18 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

"Move fast and break stuff" isn't the right motto for every job. Including, well, you guessed it .... :-)

Via +Thomas Bushnell, BSG.

"Move fast and break stuff" isn't the right motto for every job. Including, well, you guessed it .... :-)

Via +Thomas Bushnell, BSG.___

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2014-09-29 08:07:46 (10 comments, 2 reshares, 22 +1s)Open 

Unusual Rocks near Pahrump Hills on Mars
Image Credit: +NASA, JPL-Caltech, MSSS
http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap140929.html
Moons and Planets Wall Calendar: http://asterisk.apod.com/viewtopic.php?f=28&t=33730&p=230131

How did these Martian rocks form? As the robotic Curiosity rover has approached Pahrump Hills on Mars, it has seen an interesting and textured landscape dotted by some unusual rocks. The featured image shows a curiously round rock spanning about two centimeters across. Seemingly a larger version of numerous spherules dubbed blueberries found by the Opportunity rover on Mars in 2004, what caused this roundness remains unknown. Possibilities include frequent tumbling in flowing water, sprayed molten rock in a volcanic eruption, or a concretion mechanism. The inset image, taken a few days later, shows another small but unusually shaped rock structure. AsC... more »

Unusual Rocks near Pahrump Hills on Mars
Image Credit: +NASA, JPL-Caltech, MSSS
http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap140929.html
Moons and Planets Wall Calendar: http://asterisk.apod.com/viewtopic.php?f=28&t=33730&p=230131

How did these Martian rocks form? As the robotic Curiosity rover has approached Pahrump Hills on Mars, it has seen an interesting and textured landscape dotted by some unusual rocks. The featured image shows a curiously round rock spanning about two centimeters across. Seemingly a larger version of numerous spherules dubbed blueberries found by the Opportunity rover on Mars in 2004, what caused this roundness remains unknown. Possibilities include frequent tumbling in flowing water, sprayed molten rock in a volcanic eruption, or a concretion mechanism. The inset image, taken a few days later, shows another small but unusually shaped rock structure. As Curiosity rolls around and up Mount Sharp, different layers of the landscape will be imaged and studied to better understand the ancient history of the region and to investigate whether Mars could once have harbored life.___

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2014-09-29 08:03:22 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Bill Maher has cred.  He regularly takes on the madness that has hijacked American conservatism. But he and Jon Stewart and others know that just because one side has a majority of the lunacy, it does not have a monopoly. (I, too, often remind liberals that their far-left allies are a different, alien and somewhat dangerous species.) Now click over to watch - or read - Maher eviscerate Tolerance Fetishism, where absolutely anything done by a non-western culture is cool, because it's "their way."

Call it the Klingon Effect.  Or the 300 Spartans Effect. Brutal slavemasters are endearing in their macho bluster, because cultural diversity trumps our own, parochial standards of decency, rights, diversity and justice. They have a perfect right to keep doing things their way, oppressing their own women and slaves -- and to guilt-trip us, if we demur.  Even though they express contemptfo... more »

Bill Maher has cred.  He regularly takes on the madness that has hijacked American conservatism. But he and Jon Stewart and others know that just because one side has a majority of the lunacy, it does not have a monopoly. (I, too, often remind liberals that their far-left allies are a different, alien and somewhat dangerous species.) Now click over to watch - or read - Maher eviscerate Tolerance Fetishism, where absolutely anything done by a non-western culture is cool, because it's "their way."

Call it the Klingon Effect.  Or the 300 Spartans Effect. Brutal slavemasters are endearing in their macho bluster, because cultural diversity trumps our own, parochial standards of decency, rights, diversity and justice. They have a perfect right to keep doing things their way, oppressing their own women and slaves -- and to guilt-trip us, if we demur.  Even though they express contempt for us, for being so spineless in the first place.

The last thing you will ever get a far-leftist to admit is that this truly is a kind of war.  If 100 years from now, we have a world culture of tolerance, diversity, justice and peace, it will have meant that many recalcitrant, older-style ways of life that oppressed women and minorities etc and maintained inherited lordship and all the things that OUR ancestors also did, before we started changing... that those cultures also had to change... or die.

You right wingers, glued to Limbaugh/Beck/Fox hate-fests, do not draw comfort from the fact that Maher and Stewart and yours-truly are able to turn our heads and notice insanity in all directions.  Your fused political spines are nothing to be proud of.  You are marching, lockstep, to the drum beat of far worse enemies of our western enlightenment experiment.  So long as you sieg to their hypnotizing Nuremberg rallies, you are the bigger problem.

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2014/09/27/maher_rips_liberals_over_islam_if_were_giving_no_quarter_to_intolerance_shouldnt_we_start_with_honor_killers.html#ooid=9oaDhxcDrhQ8kEGORS-dIkUzNtLltD7U___

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2014-09-29 07:45:09 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Crashes, for example, are represented by a word meaning "a cow falling over but not dying." Heck, it's already plenty awesome that there's a language that has a word for that.

Translating technological terms throws up some peculiar challenges. http://ow.ly/C2v54___Crashes, for example, are represented by a word meaning "a cow falling over but not dying." Heck, it's already plenty awesome that there's a language that has a word for that.

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2014-09-29 00:33:26 (4 comments, 2 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

No explosions. No lasers. No proximity. More like 18th-century ship battles. And a few dozen other things. Other than that, Hollywood, you're doing space battles fine.

I've read a few of these before, but this and the accompanying video did an entertaining job of explaining why real space battles would differ significantly from the ones that make for gripping storytelling. (Of course, if you can manage to do both, there might be an Academy Award in it for you.)

No explosions. No lasers. No proximity. More like 18th-century ship battles. And a few dozen other things. Other than that, Hollywood, you're doing space battles fine.

I've read a few of these before, but this and the accompanying video did an entertaining job of explaining why real space battles would differ significantly from the ones that make for gripping storytelling. (Of course, if you can manage to do both, there might be an Academy Award in it for you.)___

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