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Scott “marsroverdriver” Maxwell has been at 5 events

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Pamela L. Gay87,523Join us to talk with Moon pioneers @100178094478432687792 and @101857647439433066235  and find out how they're engaging students -- and heading to the Moon! Overview A global team of scientists and engineers are all working toward constructing missions to land on, travel across, and send video back from the Moon. With this new Google Hangout on Air series, we will introduce you to the men and women behind each of these planned missions and bring you all the latest developments from the +Google Lunar XPRIZE .Google Lunar XPRIZE Team Hangout 005: Rockets and Students ENGAGE!2014-05-28 03:00:4824  
STEM Women on G+159,468Join us for a STEM Women HOA as we speak to Dr.  @103389452828130864950 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 @108510686109338749229   and Dr @110756968351492254645  , 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  
CosmoQuest42,759YouTube link Part 8 http://youtu.be/Qe9WqjEwAFU *TL;DR. +Pamela Gay & +Nicole Gugliucci will bring you a whole slew of guests, science, and fun during this 24-hour long fundraiser for CosmoQuest! http://cosmoquest.org/blog/donate/?title=donate Event links for... Part 1: https://plus.google.com/events/c8hipsag07ngda5h3r06bqbprv8 Part 2: https://plus.google.com/events/cglasd846s15n0n7sqdvs9nol3o Part 3: https://plus.google.com/events/c7ntqnrh01rejv3smtq9dmmub4o Part 4: https://plus.google.com/events/cagts10npsub757psnh1e4mbj0g Part 5: https://plus.google.com/events/cchro36b2mlth0nv27ftgm1elqo Part 6: https://plus.google.com/events/c3lu15j2t9p2o3tc0hv11ubjuu0 Faced with governmental funding cuts to science education and research, the CosmoQuest Virtual Research Facility (CosmoQuest.org) at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville has decided to go old school with a twist: On June 15-16, +Pamela Gay & +Nicole Gugliucci  are hosting a telethon using Google Hangout on Air – A Hangout-a-thon – to raise money to support public engagement in science.   The Hangout-a-thon will start on June 15 at noon Eastern (GMT – 5).  Over the weekend, they will host numerous guests, ranging from scientists who will do science demos, creatives who can unite science and art/music, and researchers who will discuss citizen science and address science education from the perspective of research and metrics. Each segment will be released after the event as a stand-alone YouTube video on the AstrosphereVids channel, thus creating a library of content while raising money for future programs.  Planning for this Hangout-a-thon was triggered by the cuts created by sequestration, and by the current White House plans to transition education out of NASA. If the President's current budget is passed, all the funding programs CosmoQuest relies on for will be zeroed (see http://bit.ly/11m5XYg) and the project will be defunded. Rather than accept that fate, CosmoQuest is working to raise the funds needed to keep their programs going, to build new citizen science programs for researchers that don't otherwise have the means to accomplish their projects, and to contract, as they are able, extraordinary people laid off by these cuts at other institutions to keep doing great things through CosmoQuest. (Links to essays on these cuts are listed below).   CosmoQuest wants to make sure astronomy education survives and remains strong. While one team, and one telethon can't fix everything, they hope this event can raise awareness, while protected one small corner of astronomy research and education. #hangoutathon  The CosmoQuest 24 Hour Hangout-A-Thon - Main Event Page2013-06-15 18:00:00318  
California Science Center302,749*UPDATE*: Our Exclusive CNN and Google+/YouTube Live stream has ended, however Endeavour will continue moving through Sunday to our Pavilion at @115807408325651692080.  HUGE, HUGE thanks to our friends at CNN and  @101560853443212199687 and @115229808208707341778 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 early _OFFICIAL 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!*_ @115229808208707341778 clip courtesy of @103089560873692764799, we look forward to their 3D documentary!  @107217929772272758573 did a great look into it http://www.nbclosangeles.com/on-air/as-seen-on/173619561.htmlSpot the Shuttle! Share your photos of Endeavour in LA!2012-10-12 07:00:00835  
Fraser Cain956,093To celebrate the landing of NASA's Curiosity Rover - the Mars Science Laboratory - we'll be running a special live hangout.  In conjunction with @106911959181067745693. We'll have all your favorite space/astronomy journalists on hand to discuss the mission in depth, and celebrate the landing live, when it happens. Join Fraser Cain, @109036978092446954908, @108952536790629690817 and @102887292457967781591 for this special event. Over the course of this 4-hour Google+ Hangout on Air, we'll interview members of the Curiosity team live in the hangout, as well as other special guests from the @111419948721791453320 and the @108759765804984663877. @109479143173251353583 and @107051665537162034944 will be on location at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory to interview members of the engineering team, and show you what it's like to be at NASA during this amazing moment. We'll update this event as we lock down more of the guests and participants. See you there! You can follow the hashtag #marshangout   (this will replace our regular Sunday night @100902337165997768522)Google+ Hangout - Curiosity Landing Coverage2012-08-06 05:00:004863  

Scott “marsroverdriver” Maxwell has been shared in 69 public circles

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Paul Hutchinson2,183#FF  Part of my "Science" circle2015-04-03 08:18:37501001
Paul Hutchinson2,176A G+ #FF post ... Here's my "Science" circle (at least 501 of the 1105 people in the circle)#tw #fb2015-02-27 21:06:56501002
Brian Mcquillan23,952Boost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!To be added to or stay in this Circle - Share the circleIf you received the notice you are in this circle, then well done.If you would like to be included in the next Circle Share, you only have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles2 - Share the circle (Publicly)3 - Add +1 to the post.4 - Leave a comment if you like.I will thankful if you plus and share this circle!#circles #Gif #Cute #Anime #Animals #Online #Life #CatLovers #Cat #FunnyPics #Quote #Art #CaturdayEveryday #QuoteOfTheDay #Truth #Dog #Dogs #XD #Meme #LOL #Humor #Cute #Anime #Gif #Animals #Cat #CatLovers #Art #Online #Cats #Life #FunnyPics #CaturdayEveryday #Dog #Quote #Dogs #Truth #Manga 2015-02-27 10:33:26381172326
Crazy Cats29 Public #circleshare   January 20, 2015Hope that you have been having a great week on Google+. Thank you for sharing and promoting this and for connecting up with all the great accounts I have included. Great With This #cirlce  !!!***************************************************************Boost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!Boost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!Follow me here : http://goo.gl/7rWIEVTo be added to the Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 Include me in your circles2 Click add people and create your circle3 +1 this circle4 Publicly share this circle to public, your circles and extended circles. ( dont forget share the circle and include yourself )5 If possible, leave a comment on this circle so I know you have done the three steps above (I say "if possible" as my circle comments more often than not hit the 500 comment limit).6  So I can easily find your share, always publicly share my original shared circle. You'll know if you're sharing the original one because you won't see "Jason Levy originally shared" above here. If you do see it, click on "originally shared" and it will bring you to this post.Special Invite :+A Tech Buzz +Axel Kratel +Andrea Gervasi +Andrew Sowerby +Anette Mossbacher +Brett Szmajda +Andrew Sowerby +Irina Sadokhina +Sean Carroll +Michael Sonntag +Mighty Dragon Studios +Eric Delcour +2015-02-01 10:25:324744412
Natasha Velicia475Get More Google+ Follower with  +TubeDEVILZ  January 15, 2015*****************************************************************HERE'S OF MY SHARED PUBLIC CIRCLE*****************************************************************Hope that you have been having a great week on Google+. Thank you for sharing and promoting this and for connecting up with all the great accounts I have included. Great With This Cilcle!!,Boost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!Boost your visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!To be added to the Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 Include me in your circles2 Click add people and create your circle3 +1 this circle4 Publicly share this circle to public, your circles and extended circles. ( dont forget share the circle and include yourself )5 If possible, leave a comment on this circle so I know you have done the three steps above (I say "if possible" as my circle comments more often than not hit the 500 comment limit).6  So I can easily find your share, always publicly share my original shared circle. You'll know if you're sharing the original one because you won't see "Jason Levy originally shared" above here. If you do see it, click on "originally shared" and it will bring you to this post.**************************************Follow Me Here : http://goo.gl/c18bpxAnd Subcribe : http://goo.gl/NT0MCkSpecial Invitation (Please +1 and Share) :+Alfina Dewi +Agus Septiann +Dini Ashanti +Amy Cesario +Sergii Daniloff +Danis Sanju +Lieven Damman +dini iftita +Lincoln Harrison +Riskhha Nur Hayati +Nanang Hendro +Hanste2015-01-16 20:15:35473419
Ryan Johnson23,295This circle contains people who are very active on Google+If you received a notification, please reshare to your circlesIf you’d like to be added to the next circle share: • +1 this circle • Share this circle to PUBLIC • Include me in your circles • Comment on this post#circle #Sharedcircles #circleshare  #sri_lanka #colombo #australia #adelaide #australia #cairns #australia #darwin #australia #hobart #new_zealand #auckland #new_zealand #wellington #papua_new_guinea #papua_new_guinea #awesome #AwesomePeople #AwesomeCircle #addmetoyourcircles #addcircle #addpeople #circlemeup #circlesdiscovery #circleshare #circlesharing #publiccircle #publicsharedcircles #SharedCircles #weeklyreview #sharedcircle #topsharedcircle #circleoftheday 2015-01-16 13:00:35472313051
RuMuZ NeYiMe1,336good morningadd friends list..#addcircle #addcircles #addpeople #awesomecircle #awesomecircles #awesomepeople #besharable #besocial #bestcircle #bestcircles #bestengagers #circleadd #circleall #circleme #circlemenow #circlemeup #circlenetwork #circleplus #circlesdiscovery #circleshare #circleshares #circlesharing #circleup #circleyoushare #coolpeople #engagerscircle #engagerscircles #findcircle #findcircles #follow4follow #followback #followme #fullcircleshare #influencermarketing #internetmarketing #morefollowers #networkcircle 2015-01-12 08:56:27466107
John Sean10,506This circle contains people who really are interesting and active people on Google Plus.If you would like to be included in the next Circle Share, you only have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles2 - Share the circle (Publicly)3 - Add +1 to the post.4 - Leave a comment if you like.I will thankful if you plus and share this circle!#publiccircle #circleshare #circlesharing #philadelphia #phoenix #san_antonio #san_diego #san_francisco #san_jose #seattle #tampa #washington #american_samoa #american_samoa #pago_pago #fiji #fiji #nadi #fiji #suva #argentina #argentina #buenos_aires #argentina #cordoba #argentina #iguaza #argentina #mendoza #argentina #rosaio #argentina #san_carlos_de_bariloche #bolivia #bolivia #cochabamba 2015-01-12 06:41:19465171530
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 12:15:324990719
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 10:40:014918712
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 Nuntiatio (TodayNews)29,767#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-14 06:25:52393011
John Nuntiatio (TodayNews)29,767#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 06:29:4945517722
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 20:14:53415304681
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 21:02:03419226174
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 15:47:265018215
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 16:47:1239660201196
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

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2015-05-20 18:52:27 (47 comments, 3 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

My annual "Everybody Draw Mohammed Day" contribution. It stretches the limit of my artistic talents, but I've done my best here. And it's worth reflecting that there are, seriously, people who'd cheerfully kill me for drawing it.

Obviously, the drawing is a touch snarky, but the point is serious: if we're willing to give up the principle of defending free speech, even over silly cartoons, then it isn't a principle at all. And then we don't have the principle to support us when we want to defend something more serious.

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2015-04-13 21:25:16 (2 comments, 26 reshares, 22 +1s)Open 

So, new ringtones.

Most plusones: 116

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2015-03-10 16:57:29 (13 comments, 10 reshares, 116 +1s)Open 

So, good news: the likely cause of the short is understood, and it can probably be worked around. So phew. Back to normal operations soon-ish.

Once again, the rover team has debugged and worked around a problem that's 225 million km (140 million miles) away. Think of that the next time your mechanic can't figure out the problem under your hood.

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2015-05-20 18:52:27 (47 comments, 3 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

My annual "Everybody Draw Mohammed Day" contribution. It stretches the limit of my artistic talents, but I've done my best here. And it's worth reflecting that there are, seriously, people who'd cheerfully kill me for drawing it.

Obviously, the drawing is a touch snarky, but the point is serious: if we're willing to give up the principle of defending free speech, even over silly cartoons, then it isn't a principle at all. And then we don't have the principle to support us when we want to defend something more serious.

My annual "Everybody Draw Mohammed Day" contribution. It stretches the limit of my artistic talents, but I've done my best here. And it's worth reflecting that there are, seriously, people who'd cheerfully kill me for drawing it.

Obviously, the drawing is a touch snarky, but the point is serious: if we're willing to give up the principle of defending free speech, even over silly cartoons, then it isn't a principle at all. And then we don't have the principle to support us when we want to defend something more serious.___

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2015-05-18 06:55:36 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

Xkcd's writer, Randall Monroe, will make a book where he explains lots of things using only the ten hundred most common words. This is one of those things.

Xkcd's writer, Randall Monroe, will make a book where he explains lots of things using only the ten hundred most common words. This is one of those things.___

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2015-05-14 06:34:05 (3 comments, 5 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

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2015-05-14 02:41:30 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 31 +1s)Open 

Science journalism in a nutshell.

Science journalism in a nutshell.___

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2015-05-08 17:16:39 (4 comments, 2 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

The anti-reality wing of the GOP wants to slash NASA's Earth Science program. Under the guise of "refocusing" NASA on its supposed core mission of space exploration, they want to kill the missions that study the climate change that, with the other side of their mouths, the same politicians say needs more study.

The same law that would gut NASA's Earth Science program would introduce a naming contest for NASA's next-generation rocket, SLS (the Space Launch System). I think there's a lovely solution here: if the law passes, we should name the rocket "Global Warming."

The anti-reality wing of the GOP wants to slash NASA's Earth Science program. Under the guise of "refocusing" NASA on its supposed core mission of space exploration, they want to kill the missions that study the climate change that, with the other side of their mouths, the same politicians say needs more study.

The same law that would gut NASA's Earth Science program would introduce a naming contest for NASA's next-generation rocket, SLS (the Space Launch System). I think there's a lovely solution here: if the law passes, we should name the rocket "Global Warming."___

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2015-05-04 06:10:37 (5 comments, 4 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

Because everyone knows that if you just don't look at a problem, it goes away. Like on that Simpsons Treehouse of Horror episode. <sings> "Just don't look! Just don't look!"

"Living down to our worst expectations, the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology voted Thursday to cut deeply into NASA's budget for Earth science, in a clear swipe at the study of climate change.

The committee's markup of the NASA authorization bill for fiscal 2016 and 2017 passed on a party-line vote, Republicans in the majority. The action followed what appears to be a deliberate attempt to keep Democrats out of the loop. According to Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas), the committee's ranking Democrat, her caucus "did not even know [the markup] existed before last Friday. ... After we saw the bill, we understood why."

As outlined by Marcia Smith at SpacePolicyOnline, the measure would cut NASA's Earth science budget to at most $1.45 billion in fiscal 2016, from $1.77 billion currently -- a cut of $323 million, or nearly 20%. Under some circumstances, the budget could shrink even further to $1.12 billion, a cut of nearly one-third. Compared with President Obama's request for fiscal 2016, which is $1.95 billion, the proposal would amount to a cut of at least 26%.

The budget plan perfectly reflects the House GOP's glorification of space exploration, which masks its disdain for research on climate change. Unsurprisingly, it has created consternation among experts. The American Geophysical Union observed just before the vote that NASA's Earth science programs involve more than the study of climate change as such, but "provide a basis for knowledge and understanding of natural hazards, weather forecasting, air quality, and water availability."___Because everyone knows that if you just don't look at a problem, it goes away. Like on that Simpsons Treehouse of Horror episode. <sings> "Just don't look! Just don't look!"

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2015-05-03 17:24:52 (7 comments, 7 reshares, 23 +1s)Open 

I just love stuff like this.

(Also, I didn't know praying mantises were closely related to cockroaches. Huh!)

I just love stuff like this.

(Also, I didn't know praying mantises were closely related to cockroaches. Huh!)___

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2015-05-02 08:22:02 (12 comments, 4 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

I have an app in the Google Play App Store. It's a simple enough app, just a Mars-time alarm clock that lets you see the time in several different rovers' "time zones" and set alarms in each. It's certainly nothing you'd feel that you need to keep your kids away from.

Google's now instituting an app rating system. They've warned me that if I don't rate my app, it'll soon be relegated to an "unrated" ghetto and possibly blocked in some jurisdictions. Later, it might be removed from the app store altogether.

I have a deep antipathy for ratings. They're not censorship in themselves, not inherently bad. But they're a censor's tool, as the American Library Association noted in a statement opposing them -- and it's already starting, as you can see from the threat that simply not rating my app will cause it to be blocked and... more »

I have an app in the Google Play App Store. It's a simple enough app, just a Mars-time alarm clock that lets you see the time in several different rovers' "time zones" and set alarms in each. It's certainly nothing you'd feel that you need to keep your kids away from.

Google's now instituting an app rating system. They've warned me that if I don't rate my app, it'll soon be relegated to an "unrated" ghetto and possibly blocked in some jurisdictions. Later, it might be removed from the app store altogether.

I have a deep antipathy for ratings. They're not censorship in themselves, not inherently bad. But they're a censor's tool, as the American Library Association noted in a statement opposing them -- and it's already starting, as you can see from the threat that simply not rating my app will cause it to be blocked and maybe eventually removed.

Here are some courses of action I've considered:

1. Do nothing. Let the app be moved to the "unrated" ghetto and maybe removed. Wear that scarlet "A" with pride.

2. Deliberately misrate the app, probably with the most extreme adult setting. The idea here would be to chip away at the wall of censorship in whatever tiny way I can: in this case, subverting the rating system.

3. Hold my nose and rate the app honestly. I presume it would get whatever the equivalent of a "G" rating is, since it's clearly suitable for all audiences.

I don't know whether this is the kind of battle I want to bother to fight, even if only passively. And I don't know whether I'm being entirely fair to ratings systems, either -- which is one of my points in posting. I'd like to hear your point of view before I make a decision here.

All I know for sure right now is, this business leaves a bad taste in my mouth.___

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2015-04-28 05:15:11 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

I saw Steve Squyres and Bill Nye shake hands for the very first time. To my genuine surprise, the universe didn't implode from an excess of awesomeness. It also apparently didn't implode when they recently gave this joint talk at Cornell.

Apparently.

I saw Steve Squyres and Bill Nye shake hands for the very first time. To my genuine surprise, the universe didn't implode from an excess of awesomeness. It also apparently didn't implode when they recently gave this joint talk at Cornell.

Apparently.___

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2015-04-28 05:09:11 (5 comments, 3 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

If you're anything like me, when you think of going to Mars, you're like, "OK, fine, so exploration and whatever. But more importantly, what will I sit on?"

Well, so maybe you don't. And maybe I don't, either. But these guys did, and that's actually a good thing. Because somebody should.

If you're anything like me, when you think of going to Mars, you're like, "OK, fine, so exploration and whatever. But more importantly, what will I sit on?"

Well, so maybe you don't. And maybe I don't, either. But these guys did, and that's actually a good thing. Because somebody should.___

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2015-04-27 17:42:37 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Suspended. Cutthroats. Infidel. Zork: the Undiscovered Underground. The man who wrote those original Infocom games, Michael Berlyn, needs help paying for cancer treatments.

If you can, let your contribution be a measure of the joy (and delicious frustration!) he brought you. Mine was.

(And if you loved those games, you'll love MC Frontalot's "It Is Pitch Dark": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YeV0pLRyM7o. "Ever piloted six robots, each distinct?" That's Berlyn's Suspended!)

Suspended. Cutthroats. Infidel. Zork: the Undiscovered Underground. The man who wrote those original Infocom games, Michael Berlyn, needs help paying for cancer treatments.

If you can, let your contribution be a measure of the joy (and delicious frustration!) he brought you. Mine was.

(And if you loved those games, you'll love MC Frontalot's "It Is Pitch Dark": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YeV0pLRyM7o. "Ever piloted six robots, each distinct?" That's Berlyn's Suspended!)___

2015-04-25 13:42:32 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 22 +1s)Open 

Right this very moment, it's the start of Sol 4000 for our little 90-sol rover. Happy birthday, Opportunity! And many more.

Right this very moment, it's the start of Sol 4000 for our little 90-sol rover. Happy birthday, Opportunity! And many more.___

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2015-04-24 17:23:16 (3 comments, 2 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

Happy 25th birthday to my favorite space telescope! Like the Internet, the +Hubble Space Telescope​ is a landmark that changed our view of the world -- or, in this case, of the universe. Can you remember what the universe looked like before we had Hubble to look at it through? Me, neither. I just know it was a lot smaller.

Despite its remarkable longevity, Hubble is probably just a few short years from the end of its useful life. And that makes me sad. No matter what happens with its successor, the wildly overpriced +James Webb Space Telescope (JWST)​, nothing will ever quite replace Hubble. And that's not just true for me, it's true for science: Hubble's legacy will outlive it, for decades and probably centuries to come.

Happy 25th birthday to my favorite space telescope! Like the Internet, the +Hubble Space Telescope​ is a landmark that changed our view of the world -- or, in this case, of the universe. Can you remember what the universe looked like before we had Hubble to look at it through? Me, neither. I just know it was a lot smaller.

Despite its remarkable longevity, Hubble is probably just a few short years from the end of its useful life. And that makes me sad. No matter what happens with its successor, the wildly overpriced +James Webb Space Telescope (JWST)​, nothing will ever quite replace Hubble. And that's not just true for me, it's true for science: Hubble's legacy will outlive it, for decades and probably centuries to come.___

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2015-04-24 17:15:05 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Don't miss the sure-to-be-awesome special anniversary Hangout later today!

Hubble, Me and You
A personal account of my fantastic journey which brought me to the +Hubble Space Telescope. 

Excerpt: "This month and especially this past week has been an absolute blur preparing for the #Hubble25 celebration. However, I decided to carve some time before the official #HubbleHangout to reflect on just how important Hubble is to humanity as a whole and also me personally. 

The Hubble Space Telescope gazed into nothingness for ten straight days and revealed that not only was there something there, but there were THOUSANDS of galaxies filling up the resulting image. The Ultra Deep Field has struck chords with countless people from all over the world, letting us know that the Cosmos is a truly remarkable place and that even though we may perceive nothingness, if we look hard enough... countless stars are dancing around galactic nuclei-- at least they were billions of years ago. 
.......................
I was hooked. I didn't JUST want to learn more about how the Universe worked... I wanted to share it. I wanted to find a way to reach that young child that was me decades before and feed that curiosity that was quickly brushed away by other matters in life. I had a craving for interacting with those who were open to learning about where we came from.... not just as a species, but as a collection of atoms that somehow learned to bind into molecules that would eventually replicate themselves on planet in a solar system in this specific galaxy. 

I not only wanted to +KnowTheCosmos, I wanted the cosmos to help me know myself while also sharing the knowledge I stumbled upon along the way." 

Read the full story here: http://www.knowthecosmos.com/blog/hubble-and-me-and-you/

#KnowTheCosmos   #Space   #Astronomy   #HST   #Hubble   #ScienceFriday   #SciFri   #HubbleSpaceTelescope  ___Don't miss the sure-to-be-awesome special anniversary Hangout later today!

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2015-04-21 18:13:15 (6 comments, 1 reshares, 28 +1s)Open 

I already struggle with a frightening Red Dead Redemption addiction. And now I'm in even more trouble, because +Kerbal Space Program​ launches (see what I did there?) on April 27. So far I've resisted its siren song; I bought it on Steam (Linux), but I've never so much as opened it.

Must ... resist ... awesome ... game. At least until after the wedding!

I already struggle with a frightening Red Dead Redemption addiction. And now I'm in even more trouble, because +Kerbal Space Program​ launches (see what I did there?) on April 27. So far I've resisted its siren song; I bought it on Steam (Linux), but I've never so much as opened it.

Must ... resist ... awesome ... game. At least until after the wedding!___

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2015-04-21 05:37:18 (8 comments, 1 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

Doug isn't exactly the hookers-and-blow type -- and neither, for that matter, am I. He's much more the sort to spend a fine Saturday afternoon crawling through Pisgah Crater's lava tubes, if only just to see where they go.

So I wouldn't say I was all that surprised when it turned out that that was exactly what he wanted to do for his bachelor party. I bought and donned the requisite hard hat and climbing gloves and followed him and +Rick Wiechmann​ through a twisty little maze of passages, all alike. (Our party was, sadly, truncated: one member got the flu, and one had his arm in a sling, leaving just the three of us caving-capable.) Doug brought 3-D mapping equipment, so he can make models of the caves' insides later.

Our spelunking was interrupted by the model rocket launches you see here -- Doug flying the quadcopter and Mike Seibert supplying theu... more »

___Doug isn't exactly the hookers-and-blow type -- and neither, for that matter, am I. He's much more the sort to spend a fine Saturday afternoon crawling through Pisgah Crater's lava tubes, if only just to see where they go.

So I wouldn't say I was all that surprised when it turned out that that was exactly what he wanted to do for his bachelor party. I bought and donned the requisite hard hat and climbing gloves and followed him and +Rick Wiechmann​ through a twisty little maze of passages, all alike. (Our party was, sadly, truncated: one member got the flu, and one had his arm in a sling, leaving just the three of us caving-capable.) Doug brought 3-D mapping equipment, so he can make models of the caves' insides later.

Our spelunking was interrupted by the model rocket launches you see here -- Doug flying the quadcopter and Mike Seibert supplying the upward-looking ground camera. And we capped off the day with delicious food marinated by my fiancée +Kimberly Lichtenberg​ and grilled on the spot by Rick, a hike uphill to watch the sunset, and then hanging out and chatting while we admired the stars.

You can keep your hookers and blow. This was the best damn bachelor party ever.

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2015-04-18 17:41:28 (5 comments, 6 reshares, 22 +1s)Open 

Yeah, pretty much.

Via +Steven Flaeck​.

___Yeah, pretty much.

Via +Steven Flaeck​.

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2015-04-14 17:40:20 (15 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Imagine taking a big pay cut, so that you need to live on only 78% of what you're making now -- more than a dollar from every five must be slashed from your budget. Statistically speaking, women don't have to imagine: that's what they're living on.

The full picture is more nuanced, since that 78% number doesn't take factors such as education-level differences or race[1] into account. But what's weird is that the fact of a gap, and indeed a significant gap, persists even after you do control for those factors.

The reason that's particularly weird to me is that it's so plainly economically irrational. Payroll is a big expense, often the single biggest expense, for most businesses, right? And you can shave a large fraction of your payroll by hiring only women, apparently. So why would anyone ever hire men? And yet they do.

I resist simple... more »

Imagine taking a big pay cut, so that you need to live on only 78% of what you're making now -- more than a dollar from every five must be slashed from your budget. Statistically speaking, women don't have to imagine: that's what they're living on.

The full picture is more nuanced, since that 78% number doesn't take factors such as education-level differences or race[1] into account. But what's weird is that the fact of a gap, and indeed a significant gap, persists even after you do control for those factors.

The reason that's particularly weird to me is that it's so plainly economically irrational. Payroll is a big expense, often the single biggest expense, for most businesses, right? And you can shave a large fraction of your payroll by hiring only women, apparently. So why would anyone ever hire men? And yet they do.

I resist simple irrationality as the explanation -- but I don't have a better one. And the more stories I hear from female friends about the type of discrimination and harassment they've faced in the workplace and elsewhere, the more likely -- sadly -- that explanation becomes.

I've been privileged to work with fine women engineers and scientists. They weren't just 78% as good as I was, they were 100% as good or better. And they should be paid accordingly.

#HeForShe #78cents___

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2015-04-14 16:55:40 (2 comments, 5 reshares, 24 +1s)Open 

The sad thing is, I'd probably read it.

Via +Yonatan Zunger​.

From: http://imgur.com/9SoMGLR

Via: +Sabine Hossenfelder 

☺___The sad thing is, I'd probably read it.

Via +Yonatan Zunger​.

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2015-04-13 21:25:16 (2 comments, 26 reshares, 22 +1s)Open 

So, new ringtones.

So, new ringtones.___

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2015-04-13 17:36:28 (18 comments, 6 reshares, 49 +1s)Open 

It's your classic good-news/bad-news situation. The good news is, the perchlorates present on Mars, about half a percent of the soil by weight, might lower the freezing point of Martian water far enough that there's actually liquid water there sometimes, at least for a few hours on summer days.

The bad news is, the same perchlorates are poisonous to most Earth life, presenting a serious challenge to Martian astronauts. It's even a challenge to most terraforming scenarios, which typically begin with a Martian Johnny Appleseed distributing plants across the surface: if the perchlorates kill your grass before it can even start, Johnny has a short career indeed.

So this makes me think that the invasion of Mars might best begin by seeding the planet with certain kinds of Proteobacteria, which convert perchlorates to -- wait for it -- oxygen. You'd get less poisonous soil and... more »

It's your classic good-news/bad-news situation. The good news is, the perchlorates present on Mars, about half a percent of the soil by weight, might lower the freezing point of Martian water far enough that there's actually liquid water there sometimes, at least for a few hours on summer days.

The bad news is, the same perchlorates are poisonous to most Earth life, presenting a serious challenge to Martian astronauts. It's even a challenge to most terraforming scenarios, which typically begin with a Martian Johnny Appleseed distributing plants across the surface: if the perchlorates kill your grass before it can even start, Johnny has a short career indeed.

So this makes me think that the invasion of Mars might best begin by seeding the planet with certain kinds of Proteobacteria, which convert perchlorates to -- wait for it -- oxygen. You'd get less poisonous soil and a more breathable atmosphere all in one.___

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2015-04-11 01:27:02 (6 comments, 5 reshares, 30 +1s)Open 

You know what's awesome? An astronaut's-eye view of a spacewalk, c/o an attached GoPro camera. Mesmerizing, +terry virts​!

You know what's awesome? An astronaut's-eye view of a spacewalk, c/o an attached GoPro camera. Mesmerizing, +terry virts​!___

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2015-04-09 12:58:55 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

#WalterScott

___#WalterScott

2015-04-07 20:46:14 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Dear Lazyplus:

I'm looking for a thing I'm sure exists, but I apparently don't even quite know what to Google for. I seek an online service with all three of the following characteristics:

(1) An online repository for photos taken by attendees at an event, where attendees can upload their photos (ideally straight from their phones) and see photos taken by others.

(2) Zero friction: you don't have to sign in to anything to deposit photos into the pool. Along similar lines, it should be easy and intuitive for older or busier folks.

(3) It's OK, maybe even preferred, if it's only semi-private -- if you have the link, you can find the pool and add photos, but not just any bozo would stumble across it. But ideally, no messing around with accounts, whitelisting contributors, etc.

If I can't have all three, they're ranked in... more »

Dear Lazyplus:

I'm looking for a thing I'm sure exists, but I apparently don't even quite know what to Google for. I seek an online service with all three of the following characteristics:

(1) An online repository for photos taken by attendees at an event, where attendees can upload their photos (ideally straight from their phones) and see photos taken by others.

(2) Zero friction: you don't have to sign in to anything to deposit photos into the pool. Along similar lines, it should be easy and intuitive for older or busier folks.

(3) It's OK, maybe even preferred, if it's only semi-private -- if you have the link, you can find the pool and add photos, but not just any bozo would stumble across it. But ideally, no messing around with accounts, whitelisting contributors, etc.

If I can't have all three, they're ranked in order of importance: (1) is more important than (2) is more important than (3). But I'd really like all three if I can get 'em.

The online photo-sharing services I know of don't seem to quite do that, and my Google-fu has failed me. Pointers?

(For example, I'm evaluating Flickr right now. I like it that you can easily set up public groups, but I don't like the two-phase upload: to add a photo to a group, you have to first upload it to your Flickr account and then essentially copy it from there to the group. This is dumb and will confuse people who want to just add photos, not learn Flickr.)___

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2015-04-02 12:29:28 (12 comments, 9 reshares, 35 +1s)Open 

Well, shoot. It seems that the combination software patch and flash reformatting hasn't solved Opportunity's amnesia issues after all, at least not completely.

Why do I have that Simple Minds song "Don't You (Forget About Me)" stuck in my head all of a sudden? :-(

Well, shoot. It seems that the combination software patch and flash reformatting hasn't solved Opportunity's amnesia issues after all, at least not completely.

Why do I have that Simple Minds song "Don't You (Forget About Me)" stuck in my head all of a sudden? :-(___

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2015-03-31 06:38:59 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

MER scientist Larry Crumpler does some proper long-term planning for Opportunity, proposing her general path for the next 30 years.

Via +Barbara Cohen​.

MER scientist Larry Crumpler does some proper long-term planning for Opportunity, proposing her general path for the next 30 years.

Via +Barbara Cohen​.___

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2015-03-30 21:03:16 (3 comments, 3 reshares, 22 +1s)Open 

As usual, The Onion nails it.

As usual, The Onion nails it.___

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2015-03-30 20:43:32 (2 comments, 6 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

This is cool, and fun to play with. I wish something like this existed for more products, by which I mean "for everything I ever want to buy."

I haven't been able to talk myself into getting a 3-D printer yet, but at least this tool will help me figure out which 3-D printers I'm not buying.

___This is cool, and fun to play with. I wish something like this existed for more products, by which I mean "for everything I ever want to buy."

I haven't been able to talk myself into getting a 3-D printer yet, but at least this tool will help me figure out which 3-D printers I'm not buying.

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2015-03-30 07:15:34 (5 comments, 2 reshares, 24 +1s)Open 

I hadn't heard about this before now (and that tells you something in itself): Sweden's foreign minister rightly called out Saudi Arabia's anti-women laws and policies, only to be met with deafening silence from her supposed allies and muscular threats from the Saudi government. She might be forced to cave.

Sadly, the lack of support from Western democracies in general, and America in particular, is as predictable as it is infuriating. We didn't stand up for the Danes when they were attacked for supporting the free speech of cartoonists, and evidently we won't stand up for the rights of women, either.

Well, je suis Wallström, damn it, whether my government is or not. Or, according to Google Translate: jag är Wallström. Go get 'em, lady. Even if you lose this one, you fought the good fight. I just wish you could count on America's support the way you canco... more »

___I hadn't heard about this before now (and that tells you something in itself): Sweden's foreign minister rightly called out Saudi Arabia's anti-women laws and policies, only to be met with deafening silence from her supposed allies and muscular threats from the Saudi government. She might be forced to cave.

Sadly, the lack of support from Western democracies in general, and America in particular, is as predictable as it is infuriating. We didn't stand up for the Danes when they were attacked for supporting the free speech of cartoonists, and evidently we won't stand up for the rights of women, either.

Well, je suis Wallström, damn it, whether my government is or not. Or, according to Google Translate: jag är Wallström. Go get 'em, lady. Even if you lose this one, you fought the good fight. I just wish you could count on America's support the way you can count on mine.

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2015-03-28 17:44:11 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

They've kept track of the blast marks left behind when MSL's sky crane dropped off its robotic payload and then zoomed away, by imaging them periodically from the orbiting HiRISE camera. The blast marks are dark because they result from violently scattering the light-colored Martian dust, revealing more of the darker surface beneath.

As expected, over time, more light-colored dust rains out of the atmosphere, gradually obscuring the blast marks and returning the surface to its smooth, pristine state. But there's a twist: instead of a simple, predictable, monotonic return to blankness, the process seems to ebb and flow a little -- recently, the blast marks have become a bit more pronounced. This says that there's a process going on that we don't understand.

As Martian mysteries go, it's not the deepest or most exciting or profound. But it's a reminder of just... more »

They've kept track of the blast marks left behind when MSL's sky crane dropped off its robotic payload and then zoomed away, by imaging them periodically from the orbiting HiRISE camera. The blast marks are dark because they result from violently scattering the light-colored Martian dust, revealing more of the darker surface beneath.

As expected, over time, more light-colored dust rains out of the atmosphere, gradually obscuring the blast marks and returning the surface to its smooth, pristine state. But there's a twist: instead of a simple, predictable, monotonic return to blankness, the process seems to ebb and flow a little -- recently, the blast marks have become a bit more pronounced. This says that there's a process going on that we don't understand.

As Martian mysteries go, it's not the deepest or most exciting or profound. But it's a reminder of just how much we have left to learn about our planetary neighbor. After a half-century of Mars exploration, we've still just managed to scratch the surface -- in this case, literally.___

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2015-03-27 17:45:31 (1 comments, 4 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

Revisiting this post, it occurred to me that Saturn's rings are a light-second from side to side, and as little as 10 meters top to bottom. (Even the maximum height is only about a kilometer.) Now that's thin.

To put that in perspective, that's even thinner than Kate Moss.</snark> But seriously. That's thin.

#BAFact: To scale, Saturn's rings are flatter than a sheet of paper.

Saturn's magnificent rings are composed of countless tiny particles of water ice, each orbiting the gas giant planet. The rings are huge: nearly 300,000 km (180,000 miles) across! But they're also amazingly flat. Observations indicate they are only 10 meters thick in some places, up to a kilometer in others. 

Using the 1 kilometer number, that makes the width-to-thickness ratio of Saturn's rings 1 in 300,000, or 0.0000033.

Now look at a standard piece of US writing paper. It's 8.5 x 11 inches (22 x 28 cm) in width/height, and only 0.004 inches (about 0.1 mm) thick. That gives it a width-to-thickness ratio of roughly 0.00036.

That means that, to scale, a sheet of paper is 100 times thicker than Saturn's rings! Incredible, that something so sprawlingly vast can also be so delicately thin.

_[Saturn image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute 
http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2012/12/20/saturn_s_night_side_cassini_sees_rings_and_planet_in_stunning_picture_photo.html ]____Revisiting this post, it occurred to me that Saturn's rings are a light-second from side to side, and as little as 10 meters top to bottom. (Even the maximum height is only about a kilometer.) Now that's thin.

To put that in perspective, that's even thinner than Kate Moss.</snark> But seriously. That's thin.

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2015-03-27 17:31:32 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 22 +1s)Open 

I, for one, welcome our new Mars rover overlord. (Roverlord?)

I, for one, welcome our new Mars rover overlord. (Roverlord?)___

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2015-03-26 03:12:34 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Always good to get ahead of the game.

Always good to get ahead of the game.___

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2015-03-25 18:10:24 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

The Surveillance State Reform Act would repeal the obnoxious PATRIOT Act, currently used as legal cover for the NSA and other agencies to unconstitutionally spy on American citizens. It therefore doesn't stand a chance in hell of passing.

But one supports things because they're right and good, not because they have a chance to succeed. This is right and good. You can support it by sending a quick email to your Congressional Representative, whom you can easily find here: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/

The Surveillance State Reform Act would repeal the obnoxious PATRIOT Act, currently used as legal cover for the NSA and other agencies to unconstitutionally spy on American citizens. It therefore doesn't stand a chance in hell of passing.

But one supports things because they're right and good, not because they have a chance to succeed. This is right and good. You can support it by sending a quick email to your Congressional Representative, whom you can easily find here: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/___

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2015-03-24 23:50:03 (1 comments, 3 reshares, 31 +1s)Open 

Opportunity has now run an entire marathon on Mars: about 42.2 km (26.2 miles) total distance from the start of the mission, over more than ten years. Not bad for a little rover that was supposed to live only three months and drive about 1 km.

And the best part is, she's still going. Now it's time to start the victory lap.

I'm awfully proud of my little girl. <sniff>

Opportunity has now run an entire marathon on Mars: about 42.2 km (26.2 miles) total distance from the start of the mission, over more than ten years. Not bad for a little rover that was supposed to live only three months and drive about 1 km.

And the best part is, she's still going. Now it's time to start the victory lap.

I'm awfully proud of my little girl. <sniff>___

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2015-03-24 17:54:43 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

The detritus of a space race. No real larger lesson here, just interesting pictures. (I'm thinking of making the switchboard my new desktop wallpaper.)

The detritus of a space race. No real larger lesson here, just interesting pictures. (I'm thinking of making the switchboard my new desktop wallpaper.)___

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2015-03-24 06:23:15 (3 comments, 2 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

#NASA   #Mars   #MER  

Martian Memento: Overnight data storage back on line thanks to Flash memory reformat on the Opportunity rover.

Full story: http://go.nasa.gov/1Imdk6Q

#NASA   #Mars   #MER  

Martian Memento: Overnight data storage back on line thanks to Flash memory reformat on the Opportunity rover.

Full story: http://go.nasa.gov/1Imdk6Q___

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2015-03-23 17:52:04 (1 comments, 3 reshares, 38 +1s)Open 

On March 22, 2010, communication with NASA's Mars rover Spirit was lost.

Originally designed for a 90 Sol mission (a Sol, one Martian day, is slightly longer than one Earth day) few would have expected Mars Exploration Rover Spirit to operate as long as 2210 Sols - that’s 24.5 times the planned mission duration!

“It’s an incredible testimony to engineering that this plucky little craft survived 3 winters, when it wasn’t designed to survive any such weather conditions at all,” said Neil Mottinger, a navigation engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Landing on the opposite side of Mars from its twin, the still operating Opportunity rover, Spirit was part of an effort to answer important questions surrounding the history of the Martian environment and its suitability for the formation of life. Understandably, one central element of these questionswas to bett... more »

On March 22, 2010, communication with NASA's Mars rover Spirit was lost.

Originally designed for a 90 Sol mission (a Sol, one Martian day, is slightly longer than one Earth day) few would have expected Mars Exploration Rover Spirit to operate as long as 2210 Sols - that’s 24.5 times the planned mission duration!

“It’s an incredible testimony to engineering that this plucky little craft survived 3 winters, when it wasn’t designed to survive any such weather conditions at all,” said Neil Mottinger, a navigation engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Landing on the opposite side of Mars from its twin, the still operating Opportunity rover, Spirit was part of an effort to answer important questions surrounding the history of the Martian environment and its suitability for the formation of life. Understandably, one central element of these questions was to better understand the history of water on the planet - from its current status to what early Martian topography may have looked like.

One of many discoveries that Spirit made included finding supportive evidence suggesting rocks from the plains of Gusev had been slightly altered by tiny amounts of water. As the rover had observed, outside coatings and cracks within these samples had suggested water deposited minerals.

While Spirit delivered troves of valuable data home during its activity, it became irrecoverably obstructed in soft soil on Sol 1892 (May 1st, 2009), an incident that would spell the end for the rover. Attempts to free the rover ended on Sol 2155 (January 26, 2010), when NASA reclassified the mission as a stationary research platform. It continued performing science operations from its current location until communication with Spirit was lost on Sol 2210 (March 22, 2010). Attempts to reestablish communication with the rover have been unsuccessful.

Watch this short video, “The Legacy of Mars Rover Spirit”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T_G3qUoCWtA

To read more about Mars Exploration Rover Spirit and its findings:
http://goo.gl/qaryNF
http://goo.gl/GNgPJ7
http://goo.gl/tC0ILR
http://goo.gl/sNbz3I

Celebrate the accomplishments of Mars Exploration Rover Spirit by writing to Congress to let them know you support doubling funding for NASA: http://www.penny4nasa.org/take-action/

#Penny4NASA #NASA #Space #Science #Mars  ___

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2015-03-23 17:37:10 (14 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

This is your chance to name something on another planet!

(Yes, I called Pluto a planet. Come at me, IAU. I'm ready for you.)

The New Horizons spacecraft is quickly approaching Pluto, and we will soon have high-resolution maps of this distant world's surface. The New Horizons team has decided to do something unusual: they're opening up a public campaign to nominate and vote for names for the surface features that will be discovered.

Names will come from three different themes: the history of exploration, the literature of exploration, and the mythology of the underworld. (You can read more about the themes, and why they were chosen, on the site) The ballot will be open until April 7th. 

For all those who want to join in leaving our mark on an alien world, now is the time!___This is your chance to name something on another planet!

(Yes, I called Pluto a planet. Come at me, IAU. I'm ready for you.)

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2015-03-23 17:15:01 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Online exhibitions on space history and pioneers
The Google Cultural Institute is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first spacewalk with 10 online exhibitions on the history and pioneers of space exploration. The exhibitions, created by 6 partner space and science museums, include hundreds of rare photos and documents:

https://www.google.com/culturalinstitute/project/space-exploration

Image: the space exploration section of the Google Cultural History site. Credit: Google

#Space #History #Google  

Online exhibitions on space history and pioneers
The Google Cultural Institute is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first spacewalk with 10 online exhibitions on the history and pioneers of space exploration. The exhibitions, created by 6 partner space and science museums, include hundreds of rare photos and documents:

https://www.google.com/culturalinstitute/project/space-exploration

Image: the space exploration section of the Google Cultural History site. Credit: Google

#Space #History #Google  ___

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2015-03-18 18:10:19 (11 comments, 7 reshares, 38 +1s)Open 

Sometimes, space missions are about turning failure into success. For instance, Spirit found deposits of concentrated silica -- a sure sign of past liquid water activity -- only because she was dragging around a broken wheel, inadvertently drawing a shallow trench everywhere she went.[1] The deposits were only a couple of centimeters below the surface, but she'd likely never have found them if she'd had six healthy wheels.

Now there's another example. A chemical leak in MSL's SAM instrument[2] exposed samples to vapors that turned up ... wait for it ... organic materials.

Now, this is different from finding life, or even from finding evidence of past life; they haven't done that. What this shows, though, is that the LEGO bricks that living things are made out of are (and were) present on the Martian surface. Combined with past results showing extensive pH-neutral... more »

Sometimes, space missions are about turning failure into success. For instance, Spirit found deposits of concentrated silica -- a sure sign of past liquid water activity -- only because she was dragging around a broken wheel, inadvertently drawing a shallow trench everywhere she went.[1] The deposits were only a couple of centimeters below the surface, but she'd likely never have found them if she'd had six healthy wheels.

Now there's another example. A chemical leak in MSL's SAM instrument[2] exposed samples to vapors that turned up ... wait for it ... organic materials.

Now, this is different from finding life, or even from finding evidence of past life; they haven't done that. What this shows, though, is that the LEGO bricks that living things are made out of are (and were) present on the Martian surface. Combined with past results showing extensive pH-neutral water activity and energy sources such as hydrothermal vents, this is truly exciting stuff. It puts in place all the pieces we think were needed on Earth to get life started.

Were they all in the same place at the same time? If so, did they combine in the ways we hope they did? We don't know that yet; that's for future work, and maybe future rovers, to decide.

But for now, we've earned the right to ask the questions. And all because of a failure.

--
[1] As one Spirit scientist put it: "That's not a broken wheel, that's an autonomous trenching experiment!"

[2] This is the instrument for which +Kimberly Lichtenberg​ serves as the Instrument Engineer. So, yeah, I'm proud. :-)___

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2015-03-17 18:00:24 (14 comments, 4 reshares, 43 +1s)Open 

Stuart Atkinson (Twitter's @mars_stu) raises an interesting thought. Most of us suspect that NASA's refusal -- not for the first time -- to seek continued funding for Opportunity is simply a money ploy: shame about that budget you're saddling us with, Congress; it might mean we have to shut off this extremely popular mission. Oh, that raised a fuss among your constituents? Well, I guess you'd better come through with additional funding, then.

If so, it's worked before; NASA ends up with money for the missions it actually requests funding for, plus a chunk to continue missions like Opportunity (and LRO, another successful ongoing mission threatened in the same way). It does terrible things to team morale, but on a purely monetary level, it works.

But Stu proposes that there's another factor at play: that NASA is just sick of Opportunity's long life, and... more »

Stuart Atkinson (Twitter's @mars_stu) raises an interesting thought. Most of us suspect that NASA's refusal -- not for the first time -- to seek continued funding for Opportunity is simply a money ploy: shame about that budget you're saddling us with, Congress; it might mean we have to shut off this extremely popular mission. Oh, that raised a fuss among your constituents? Well, I guess you'd better come through with additional funding, then.

If so, it's worked before; NASA ends up with money for the missions it actually requests funding for, plus a chunk to continue missions like Opportunity (and LRO, another successful ongoing mission threatened in the same way). It does terrible things to team morale, but on a purely monetary level, it works.

But Stu proposes that there's another factor at play: that NASA is just sick of Opportunity's long life, and annoyed that she keeps stealing the spotlight from her supposedly younger and sexier sister MSL. (Comparisons to Taming of the Shrew's Kate and Bianca left as an exercise for the reader.) Because of that, Stu conjectures, there simply isn't any political will at NASA HQ to continue funding the most successful Mars mission ever.

I don't know. I don't have too much insight into that world. But while I think Stu exaggerates the point a bit, I also think he's onto something here. NASA does indeed have a tendency to get bored, even annoyed, with older missions. To put them on a starvation diet similar to the one Opportunity has been on for several years now, so that there isn't enough money to run the mission properly, to do all the analysis that you need to do to keep your spacecraft healthy -- so that space kills you sooner than it might have.

Stu is, of course, hyperbolizing when he envisions Bolden sticking voodoo pins into an Opportunity model and hissing at her like a cartoonish Bond villain. And yet I suspect that he's got a point. He really does.___

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2015-03-17 02:28:32 (9 comments, 17 reshares, 31 +1s)Open 

Gee, what a surprise: Mars One is an underfunded joke, according to a finalist who can't take the BS any more. They choose finalists based on a ten-minute Skype conversation (as opposed to, you know, a rigorous battery of psychological tests that determine fitness for close-quarters space travel), and it sounds suspiciously like they're fleecing their own candidates for money. And on and on. You get the picture.

Oh, and their vaunted multi-billion-dollar TV deal fell through.

Via +Slashdot​.

Gee, what a surprise: Mars One is an underfunded joke, according to a finalist who can't take the BS any more. They choose finalists based on a ten-minute Skype conversation (as opposed to, you know, a rigorous battery of psychological tests that determine fitness for close-quarters space travel), and it sounds suspiciously like they're fleecing their own candidates for money. And on and on. You get the picture.

Oh, and their vaunted multi-billion-dollar TV deal fell through.

Via +Slashdot​.___

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2015-03-16 11:04:59 (6 comments, 7 reshares, 28 +1s)Open 

+Casey Dreier​ articulates well the absurdity of +NASA​ Administrator Bolden's statement that Opportunity is a mission "whose time has passed." For the NASA Administrator of all people to say this is beyond absurd: his own organization's most recent Senior Review highlighted Opportunity's ongoing value, ranking her highest of all Mars missions.

Maybe I wouldn't care as much if that were just some off-the-cuff remark or something. But Bolden said this in defending the request to cut Opportunity's funding to zero, canceling the most successful Mars mission of all time even as she continues to do groundbreaking science.

I would welcome the chance to give that fellow a piece of my mind. Would I ever.

+Casey Dreier​ articulates well the absurdity of +NASA​ Administrator Bolden's statement that Opportunity is a mission "whose time has passed." For the NASA Administrator of all people to say this is beyond absurd: his own organization's most recent Senior Review highlighted Opportunity's ongoing value, ranking her highest of all Mars missions.

Maybe I wouldn't care as much if that were just some off-the-cuff remark or something. But Bolden said this in defending the request to cut Opportunity's funding to zero, canceling the most successful Mars mission of all time even as she continues to do groundbreaking science.

I would welcome the chance to give that fellow a piece of my mind. Would I ever.___

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2015-03-14 05:37:19 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

And this, ladies and gentlemen, is why Doug is the awesomest. And why he totally needs to be placed in charge of designing our 2020 rover, stat.

___ And this, ladies and gentlemen, is why Doug is the awesomest. And why he totally needs to be placed in charge of designing our 2020 rover, stat.

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2015-03-12 20:17:26 (6 comments, 8 reshares, 45 +1s)Open 

Holy crap: +Hubble Space Telescope found a subsurface liquid water ocean on Jupiter's moon Ganymede. The ocean has an estimated salinity of 5 grams/liter, so it's saltier than fresh water on Earth (which is about a tenth of that) but much less salty than our oceans (35 g/L). You could maybe drink it.

But more importantly: holy crap. At this rate, we'll soon have to ask whether there's anywhere in the solar system that doesn't harbor liquid water.

Info passed to me from +Scott Lewis.

Holy crap: +Hubble Space Telescope found a subsurface liquid water ocean on Jupiter's moon Ganymede. The ocean has an estimated salinity of 5 grams/liter, so it's saltier than fresh water on Earth (which is about a tenth of that) but much less salty than our oceans (35 g/L). You could maybe drink it.

But more importantly: holy crap. At this rate, we'll soon have to ask whether there's anywhere in the solar system that doesn't harbor liquid water.

Info passed to me from +Scott Lewis.___

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2015-03-10 16:57:29 (13 comments, 10 reshares, 116 +1s)Open 

So, good news: the likely cause of the short is understood, and it can probably be worked around. So phew. Back to normal operations soon-ish.

Once again, the rover team has debugged and worked around a problem that's 225 million km (140 million miles) away. Think of that the next time your mechanic can't figure out the problem under your hood.

So, good news: the likely cause of the short is understood, and it can probably be worked around. So phew. Back to normal operations soon-ish.

Once again, the rover team has debugged and worked around a problem that's 225 million km (140 million miles) away. Think of that the next time your mechanic can't figure out the problem under your hood.___

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2015-03-09 19:56:01 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

If you ever wanted to control a camera in Mars orbit, act now. Members of the public, including schools and astronomy clubs, can use Mars Express's VMC (the "webcam" originally for imaging Beagle 2's descent) during Mars conjunction. The proposal deadline is in a couple of weeks, so get cracking!

Via +Slashdot​.

If you ever wanted to control a camera in Mars orbit, act now. Members of the public, including schools and astronomy clubs, can use Mars Express's VMC (the "webcam" originally for imaging Beagle 2's descent) during Mars conjunction. The proposal deadline is in a couple of weeks, so get cracking!

Via +Slashdot​.___

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2015-03-08 10:15:36 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

March 8 Google Doodle also celebrates women astronauts
The March 8, 2015 Google Doodle celebrates International Women’s Day by showing women in several professions, including astronaut.

There are currently two women astronauts on the International Space Station: +Samantha Cristoforetti (ESA), Expedition 42/43 Flight Engineer, and Elena Serova (RSA), Expedition 41/42 Flight Engineer.

Image credit: Google

#WomensDay #InternationalWomensDay #GoogleDoodles

March 8 Google Doodle also celebrates women astronauts
The March 8, 2015 Google Doodle celebrates International Women’s Day by showing women in several professions, including astronaut.

There are currently two women astronauts on the International Space Station: +Samantha Cristoforetti (ESA), Expedition 42/43 Flight Engineer, and Elena Serova (RSA), Expedition 41/42 Flight Engineer.

Image credit: Google

#WomensDay #InternationalWomensDay #GoogleDoodles___

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2015-03-08 02:02:42 (9 comments, 5 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

The Telecrapper 2000 is a piece of software that handles annoying telemarketers for you, by engaging them in "conversation." This ties up their time, making them less productive and the whole enterprise less profitable, and sparing your neighbors from their depredations for however long it can keep them on the line.

There's a whole series of these videos, demonstrating different "stacks" (i.e., different voices, with different repositories of phrases). They made me laugh until I cried.

The Telecrapper 2000 is a piece of software that handles annoying telemarketers for you, by engaging them in "conversation." This ties up their time, making them less productive and the whole enterprise less profitable, and sparing your neighbors from their depredations for however long it can keep them on the line.

There's a whole series of these videos, demonstrating different "stacks" (i.e., different voices, with different repositories of phrases). They made me laugh until I cried.___

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