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Allison Sekuler has been at 4 events

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Pat Kight15,038@113977984500465768287  said she wants the Scavengers under her tree for Christmas. Let's do it! Drop by, say hi to the friends you've made during the Autumn Scavenger Hunt, share a few photos of your own festivities. (Invite going out to the Autumn Scavengers circle, but I've enabled the "on air" feature so folks from past Scavenger events can see it, and you can invite other Scavengers).Scavengers Holiday Party2013-12-24 21:00:00151  
Science on Google+587,529Posterside Hangouts is a new Hangouts On Air, which is hosted by the Science on Google+ Community (http://goo.gl/uhJCN). The main goal of this HOA series is to recreate a poster session-like atmosphere here on G+, so researchers can present their recent findings. Presentations will be grouped by discipline and individual presentations will last approximately 10 – 15 minutes. Do you have a recent conference presentation, manuscript, or book that you would like to share with the Google+ community? Do you want to give your undergraduate or graduate students practice presenting their research? If yes, then let us know by filling out this short form: http://goo.gl/e0KPhE. ================================ *Psychology Talks for Posterside Hangouts #1, Authors (Affiliations)* _When audition dominates vision: Evidence from cross-modal statistical learning_ +Chris Robinson (The Ohio State University at Newark) _Automatic selection of eye tracking variables in visual categorization for adults and infants_ +Samuel Rivera (The Ohio State University at Columbus) _Foreign accent does not influence cognitive judgments_ +Andre L. Souza (Concordia University) and +Art Markman (The University of Texas at Austin) _Positive mood may enhance cognitive flexibility: Evidence from category learning_ +Paul Minda (The University of Western Ontario) and +Ruby Nadler(The University of Western Ontario) _The effects of aging on face perception_ +Allison Sekuler (McMaster University) ================================ *Abstracts and Links* _When audition dominates vision: Evidence from cross-modal statistical learning_ Presenting information to multiple sensory modalities sometimes facilitates and sometimes interferes with processing of this information. Research examining interference effects shows that auditory input often interferes with processing of visual input in young children (i.e., auditory dominance effect), whereas visual input often interferes with auditory processing in adults (i.e., visual dominance effect). The current study used a cross-modal statistical learning task to examine modality dominance in adults. Participants ably learned auditory and visual statistics when auditory and visual sequences were presented unimodally and when auditory and visual sequences were correlated during training. However, increasing task demands resulted in an important asymmetry: Increased task demands attenuated visual statistical learning, while having no effect on auditory statistical learning. These findings are consistent with auditory dominance effects reported in young children and have important implications for our understanding of how sensory modalities interact while learning the structure of cross-modal information. Link to Poster: http://goo.gl/NfoMvg Link to Manuscript: http://goo.gl/VFBVkD  Personal Website: http://goo.gl/glUXv2 _Automatic selection of eye tracking variables in visual categorization for adults and infants_ We present a computational apScience on Google+ Posterside Hangouts #12013-08-13 02:30:0099  
Isabelle Fortin26,505Some of us ladies wanted to show our support for   #movember  and as we cannot grow _Moustaches_ we thought maybe we can post our pictures with fake ones. This event will be open for the month so please stop by anytime & don't be shy to post your pics, We also encourage anyone who would like to post encouraging messages to those affected by cancer. thanks so much ❤ Lastly, #fckcancer   !Ladies Of Movember2012-11-02 00:00:00137  
Jeff Smith61,416Welcome to *The Selfy Sunday Project* for Sept. 30/12 *No theme this week.* The past weeks SSP was incredible and the submissions were frightful to say the least. As always I want to thank +LaDonna Pride for all of her hard work and she will be helping along the way as our co-host.  Thanks everyone we are all looking forward to some great Selfies. Selfy Sunday FAQ can be found here. http://goo.gl/ngQeF Please check there first if you have any questions. Thanks ___________________________ UPLOADING The event will open for uploading at 9:00 PM EDT. You can upload your photo by viewing the event and clicking on the "Add Photos" button. This is a Public event open to everyone. Any questions, again please check the FAQ or let myself or LaDonna know. Or check the +Selfy Sunday   page for updates. Cheers and have fun! JeffThe Selfy Sunday Project for Sept. 30, 20122012-09-30 03:00:00268  

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Pierre Markuse16,440Circle shareMost people stick to communities these days but I believe circles can still be useful, so once again a shared circle heavy on science and tech but not exclusively limited to it. If you like it please reshare to get more people attracted to science here on Google+.If you want to be included next time, drop a comment and I'll have a look at your posts and see if you fit in (meaning you really do post science and/or tech stuff). For those of you following me here on Google+, I also use Twitter, usually science related stuff, so if you want to add me there, feel free: https://twitter.com/Pierre_Markuse#science #tech   #circle  #circleshare  2015-04-30 19:11:3450001
John Wood35,520This circle will add amazing, and wonderful content to you streamBoost 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!#assisted #rise #dialects #different #provincesReligionsSee #also #Eastern #philosophy #Religion #mythologiesDome #Rock #Temple #Mount #Jerusalem #holy #city #Judaism #Christianity #IslamPilgrims #annual #Hajj #at #Kaabah #MeccaSpring #Temple2015-04-23 10:55:27354578
Tourej Ansari46,244This circle will add amazing, and wonderful content to you streamBoost 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.I will thankful if you plus, Include me in your circles and share this circle! #Charlotte   #NorthCarolina  2015-04-21 04:56:451750114
CHEAT COC335New Control Panel For Member, Update and All Tutorial can Found Here : http://cheatcocc.blogspot.com  Thanks #teamb   reshared to help other find us2015-04-20 13:38:04501000
Daniel Gibbs23,607If 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#while #benefitting #poor #and #vulnerable #farmers #The #studys #recommendations #ranged #from #improving #the #use #of #climate #information #in #local #planning #and #strengthening #weatherbased #agroadvisory #services #to #stimulating #diversification #of #rural #household #incomes #and #providing #incentes #to #in #to 2015-04-07 06:31:55486255
Ryan Johnson29,146This 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#become #the #worlds #second #largest #economyIn #the #late #s #and #early #s #Japans #GDP #was #almost #as #large #current #exchange #rate #method #as #that #of #the #rest #of #Asia #combinedcitation #needed #In #Japans #economy #nearly #equaled #that #of #the #USA 2015-04-06 05:48:164518513
Allan watson24,768Active users on Google+. Circle ShareIf 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#Boston #Boston #February #Michigan #MI #Lansing #Detroit #January #Minnesota #MN #St #Paul #Minneapolis #May #Mississippi #MS #Jackson #Jackson #December #Missouri #MO #Jefferson #City #Kansas #City #August #Montana #MT #Helena #Billings #November #Nebraska #NE #Lincoln #Omaha #March #Nevada #NV #Philadelphia 2015-04-01 07:32:52372033
Harry Day16,495If You recieve this message You are included in circle !!!To get in, and to ensure you stay in #thebestfriends  circle you need to do the following:1. Include me in your #circles...!!!2.  Add the circle if you can, if not try again later.3. Plus this post...!!4. Publicly share this circle...!!5. Leave a comment on this circle so I know you have done the three steps above...!!!#IndoEuropeans #who #spread #their #languages #into #the #Middle #East #South #Asia #and #the #borders #of #China #where #the #Tocharians #resided #The #northernmost #part #of #Asia #including #much #of #Siberia #was #largely #inaccessible #to #the #steppe #nomads #2015-03-28 13:07:18431201431
Pierre Markuse15,995Circle shareAnd again a shared circle heavy on science and tech but not exclusively limited to it. Please reshare to get more people attracted to science here on Google+.If you like to be included next time, drop a comment and I'll have a look at your posts and see if you fit in. For those of you following me here on Google+, I also use Twitter. Usually science related stuff, so if you want to add me there, feel free: https://twitter.com/Pierre_Markuse #science   #circle   #circleshare  2015-03-22 20:27:4648001
Camila Pedraza0Great people who love to like and have friends,this is my elite circle and i want to shared with you.2015-03-22 13:48:15110002
Brian Mcquillan25,964Boost 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!#Asia #It #was #the #northernmost #navigable #point #of #the #European #shorecitation #needed #In #the #th #century #the #Red #resistance #by #the #tribes #of #Siberia #synthesized #a #new #Russian #Empire #extending #to #the #Ural #Mountains #and #beyond #founded 2015-03-19 10:02:00397494375
Mamy Shimomatsu2,967#CircleShare #newperson   #newpeople   #active  #UnusualShare this circle to PUBLICNew & Unusual Share Circle 5.Please, add and reshare. #topofthepeople #influencermarketing #sharedcircle #circleshare #circlethis #socialmediamarketing #socialmediastrategy #socialnetworking #circleoftheday #circleoftheweek #circleoftheday #topofthecircle #howtoenlargecircle #enlargecircle #thursdaycircle #share #weekendcircle #weekend #weekendfun #circles #circleyoushare #publiccircle #sharedcircles #addcircle #sharedpubliccircles #circleshare #publicsharedcircles #circleoftheweek #circlesharing #sharedcircle #circleshare #circ2015-03-10 07:28:11328015
Mamy Shimomatsu2,967#CircleShare #newperson   #newpeople   #active  #UnusualShare this circle to PUBLICNew & Unusual Share Circle 5.Please, add and reshare. #topofthepeople #influencermarketing #sharedcircle #circleshare #circlethis #socialmediamarketing #socialmediastrategy #socialnetworking #circleoftheday #circleoftheweek #circleoftheday #topofthecircle #howtoenlargecircle #enlargecircle #thursdaycircle #share #weekendcircle #weekend #weekendfun #circles #circleyoushare #publiccircle #sharedcircles #addcircle #sharedpubliccircles #circleshare #publicsharedcircles #circleoftheweek #circlesharing #sharedcircle #circleshare #circ2015-03-10 07:27:39328005
Mamy Shimomatsu2,967#CircleShare #newperson   #newpeople   #active  #UnusualShare this circle to PUBLICNew & Unusual Share Circle 5.Please, add and reshare. #topofthepeople #influencermarketing #sharedcircle #circleshare #circlethis #socialmediamarketing #socialmediastrategy #socialnetworking #circleoftheday #circleoftheweek #circleoftheday #topofthecircle #howtoenlargecircle #enlargecircle #thursdaycircle #share #weekendcircle #weekend #weekendfun #circles #circleyoushare #publiccircle #sharedcircles #addcircle #sharedpubliccircles #circleshare #publicsharedcircles #circleoftheweek #circlesharing #sharedcircle #circleshare #circ2015-03-10 07:27:02328003
Mamy Shimomatsu2,967#CircleShare #newperson   #newpeople   #active  #UnusualShare this circle to PUBLICNew & Unusual Share Circle 5.Please, add and reshare. #topofthepeople #influencermarketing #sharedcircle #circleshare #circlethis #socialmediamarketing #socialmediastrategy #socialnetworking #circleoftheday #circleoftheweek #circleoftheday #topofthecircle #howtoenlargecircle #enlargecircle #thursdaycircle #share #weekendcircle #weekend #weekendfun #circles #circleyoushare #publiccircle #sharedcircles #addcircle #sharedpubliccircles #circleshare #publicsharedcircles #circleoftheweek #circlesharing #sharedcircle #circleshare #circ2015-03-10 07:26:42328005
Robert Connor33,885This is a shared circle of people that help G+ to grow.Share and be shared.If you like this Circle, please share this post and Circle. If you want to be in the next circle, share this circle and post a comment here!#CircleSharing #Circle #Circles #CircleOfTheDay #the #United #States #Name #Abbr #Date #established #Population #est #Total #area #in #mi #kmB #Land #area #in #mi #kmB #Water #area #in #mi #kmB #House #seat #District #of #Columbia #DC #July #H2015-03-10 06:48:44479161531
Colin Wilson20,197This 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 #publiccircle #followme #public #sharedpubliccircles #Em. #United #Kingdom #United #States #Uruguay #Uzbekistan #Vanuatu #Venezuela #Viet #Nam #Virgin #Islands #Wallis #& #Futuna #I. #Yemen #Zambia #Zimbabwe new_zealand #auckland #australia #brisbane # #new_zealand #christchurch #algeria #algeria #algiers #angola #angola #luanda2015-03-05 12:24:13465172033
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
Noah Wesley20,022Great circle to find many interesting and interactive people!!! 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 #circleshare #uk #business #unitedkingdom #ireland #publiccircles #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #ukcircles #irishcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircle #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #circleshare #hk #china #face #book #link #travel #circlesharing #fullcircleshare #topsharedcircle #circleoftheday #sharedcircle2015-02-18 05:12:27359191630
Pierre Markuse15,913Circle shareAnd again a shared circle heavy on science and tech but not exclusively limited to it. Please reshare to get more people attracted to science here on Google+.If you like to be included next time, drop a comment and I'll have a look at your posts and see if you fit in. For those of you following me here on Google+, I also use Twitter. Usually science related stuff, so if you want to add me there, feel free: https://twitter.com/Pierre_Markuse#science   #circle   #circleshare2015-02-08 22:35:1553000
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
Pierre Markuse15,882Circle shareAnd again a shared circle heavy on science and tech but not exclusively limited to it.If you like to be included next time, drop a comment and I'll have a look at your posts and see if you fit in. Reshare if you want to.For those of you following me here on Google+, I also use Twitter. Usually science related stuff, so if you want to add me there, feel free: https://twitter.com/Pierre_Markuse#science   #circle   #circleshare2015-01-29 20:26:0052000
Circles Circles Circles49,036SCIENCE CircleDo you want more science in your life? Then, be sure to add these fascinating pages and people who dwell on science daily and are actively engaging.  Enrich your stream.If you are a scientist or someone who primarily posts about science and would like to be included in this circle please make a request in the comments section below.If you have someone or an organization's G+ page to recommend please add their name in the comments section below.Note: To those included in the circle, you were added by the generous recommendation of others  -- their help is deeply appreciated. Your add back and re-share would be also deeply appreciated as it would help spread the word about science.Current Circles  Published Mondays ORIGINAL CONTENT CREATORS: http://goo.gl/fVX5bZPublished Wednesdays:BLOGGERS & THEIR BLOGS: http://goo.gl/GNkGJhPublished Thursdays:WOMEN ARE FROM VENUS : http://goo.gl/s9RkeEMEN ARE FROM MARS : http://goo.gl/W8VDbBPublished Fridays:A CIRCLE TO PAY IT FORWARD: http://goo.gl/5mr38oOthers CirclesCREATIVES: http://goo.gl/9c5A3XSCIENCE: http://goo.gl/4UAeINTECHNOLOGY: http://goo.gl/whvLzNG+ Pages: http://goo.gl/jNZdWf#circleshare   2015-01-22 16:19:121067218
Pierre Markuse15,853Circle shareAnd again a shared circle heavy on science and tech but not exclusively limited to it.If you like to be included next time, drop a comment and I'll have a look at your posts and see if you fit in. Reshare if you want to.For those of you following me here on Google+, I also use Twitter. Usually science related stuff, so if you want to add me there, feel free: https://twitter.com/Pierre_Markuse#science   #circle   #circleshare  2015-01-20 11:03:3252000
John Sean10,876This 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 2015-01-17 12:51:25360172038
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 06:41:19465171529
Frank Gainsford53,086A circle of people who either post or share stuff that is about science 2015-01-09 10:11:403392512
John Cleese9,872Hey my friends. Good morning/evening to all! Circle brings together nice and interesting peopleIf you want to be a part of my best shared circles, this is the circle, you may want to add and share circle.Share The Circle And Boost Your Visibility On G+1. Add us to your circles, if you haven't done so already2. +1 this circle3. Publicly share this circle to public, your circles and extended circles.4. If possible, leave a comment on this circle so we know you have done the three steps above.Please make sure you do it on the original post or I won't notice it More you share more you get!#circleoftheday #circleoftheweek #socialnetworking #xeeme #marketing #mlm #affiliate #internet #internetmarketing #mlm #google #googleplus #community #communities #ripples #ripplescircle #circuloscompartidos #circulocompartido #cerchiacondivisa #cerchia #bestengagers #chiudiilcerchio #closethecircle #shared4shared #thebigcommunity #kingcircle #topcircleshare #Science #Research #Technology #NASA #Space #Innova2015-01-08 12:52:18494292344
Ercan Çakir4,538 VIP-Circles-01#circle #circles #public #publiccircle   #circleshare #circlesharing   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle   #morefollowers #sharingcircles   #circleshare   #sharedpubliccircles #sharedpublicircles   #sharedcircle   #photography #photographer #bestphotographer   #topphotographer   #AddCircle #FindCircles #awesome   #AwesomePeople   #AwesomeCircle #addmetoyourcircles #addcircle #addpeople   #circlemeup #circlesdiscovery #circleshare #circlesharing   #publiccircle   #publicsharedcircles #SharedCircles   #weeklyreview #sharedcircle   #topsharedcircle #circleoftheday   2015-01-05 06:06:41500324
Ercan Çakir4,538VIP-Circles-01 ------------------------------------- #circle #circles #public #publiccircle   #circleshare #circlesharing   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle   #morefollowers #sharingcircles   #circleshare   #sharedpubliccircles #sharedpublicircles   #sharedcircle   #photography #photographer #bestphotographer   #topphotographer   #AddCircle #FindCircles #awesome   #AwesomePeople   #AwesomeCircle #addmetoyourcircles #addcircle #addpeople   #circlemeup #circlesdiscovery #circleshare #circlesharing   #publiccircle   #publicsharedcircles #SharedCircles   #weeklyreview #sharedcircle   #topsharedcircle 2015-01-05 06:05:005005415
Ercan Çakir4,538 VIP-Circles-01#circle #circles #public #publiccircle   #circleshare #circlesharing   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle   #morefollowers #sharingcircles   #circleshare   #sharedpubliccircles #sharedpublicircles   #sharedcircle   #photography #photographer #bestphotographer   #topphotographer   #AddCircle #FindCircles #awesome   #AwesomePeople   #AwesomeCircle #addmetoyourcircles #addcircle #addpeople   #circlemeup #circlesdiscovery #circleshare #circlesharing   #publiccircle   #publicsharedcircles #SharedCircles   #weeklyreview #sharedcircle   #topsharedcircle #circleoftheday   2015-01-05 06:03:49500216
Ercan Çakir4,538VIP-Circles-1 -------------------------------------- #circle #circles #public #publiccircle   #circleshare #circlesharing   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle   #morefollowers #sharingcircles   #circleshare   #sharedpubliccircles #sharedpublicircles   #sharedcircle   #photography #photographer #bestphotographer   #topphotographer   #AddCircle #FindCircles #awesome   #AwesomePeople   #AwesomeCircle #addmetoyourcircles #addcircle #addpeople   #circlemeup #circlesdiscovery #circleshare #circlesharing   #publiccircle   #publicsharedcircles #SharedCircles   #weeklyreview #sharedcircle   #topsharedcircle #circleoftheday   2015-01-05 06:02:39500327
Timothy J. Holloway4,399"Canadians" I'm sharing all my circles publicly. This is one of them. Unfortunately, this circle is really 512 for me but only 500 of you have been shared. Which 12 have been cut is outside my knowledge and awareness....2015-01-03 02:42:44500203
Guido Bibra4,763Circle Share #4: Science, Space & AstronomyOne of the other things I try to get involved in, or at least promote, is everything about these fields and for this reason I have a hand-picked circle with everything about science, spaceflight and exploration and astronomy around. It's a relatively low-noise group, but everyone from space journalists and scientists from the CosmoQuest & Universe Today crowd, many astronauts and a lot more people are in there. If you want even more, have a look at Fraser Cain's Super Science Circle (goo.gl/BZow8O), on which my circle was originally partly based on - but it has taken on a kind of life of its own during the last year.2014-12-30 17:50:32184004
Pierre Markuse15,335Circle shareAnd again a shared circle heavy on science and tech but not exclusively limited to it.If you like to be included next time, drop a comment and I'll have a look at your posts and see if you fit in. Reshare if you want to.For those of you following me here on Google+, I also use Twitter. Usually science related stuff, so if you want to add me there, feel free: https://twitter.com/Pierre_Markuse#science   #circle   #circleshare  2014-12-21 23:10:3750002
Forever WarCraft0Do wider circle! Let's be friends? Adds new friends! Would be cool!2014-12-19 15:55:0783002
GuruOmBha354This circle will add amazing, and wonderful content to you stream.Boost 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!#circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharingcircles #sharedpubliccircles#sharedcircleoftheday #circlesunday #share #shared #followers #addcircles#publicsharedcircles #share #addpeople #addcircle #addfriends #circle2014-12-12 11:38:40482204
Pierre Markuse15,170Circle shareHaven't done that in a while, here with a few updates a shared circle heavy on science and tech but not exclusively limited to it.If you like to be included next time, drop a comment and I'll have a look at your posts and see if you fit in. Reshare if you want to.For those of you following me here on Google+, I also use Twitter. Usually science links and news, so if you want to add me there, feel free: https://twitter.com/Pierre_Markuse#science   #circle   #circleshare  2014-12-10 22:23:1350043
Bob DeMarco14,086Boost Your Visibility on Google Plus2014-12-10 14:47:4748481014
Brian Mcquillan15,525Boost 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 #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #bestcircle #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #circleshare #SocialMedia #SharedPublicCircles #PublicCircle #CircleOfTheDay #followers #follow #AddCircle #Sharers #Engagers #Awesomepeople #ShareAndBeShared2014-12-10 10:18:21483506897
Amaresh Singh11Circle Of the DayTo be considered for this circle, please:1- Share this circle in your stream.2- Ask to be included in the comments section of the original post.3- Make sure you've added our page to your circles.4- You must post your own original work in your stream.2014-11-21 09:58:32238231124
Circles Circles Circles45,721SCIENCE CircleDo you want more science in your life? Then, be sure to add these fascinating pages and people who dwell on science daily and are actively engaging.  Enrich your stream.If you are a scientist or someone who primarily posts about science and would like to be included in this circle please make a request in the comments section below.If you have someone or an organization's G+ page to recommend please add their name in the comments section below.Note: To those included in the circle, you were added by the generous recommendation of others  -- their help is deeply appreciated. Your add back and re-share would be also deeply appreciated as it would help spread the word about science.Current Circles   Published Mondays ORIGINAL CONTENT CREATORS: http://goo.gl/pOzhN7Published Wednesdays:BLOGGERS & THEIR BLOGS: http://goo.gl/mlXh9WPublished Thursdays:WOMEN ARE FROM VENUS : http://goo.gl/DgeQIAMEN ARE FROM MARS : http://goo.gl/hhJPlSPublished Fridays:A CIRCLE TO PAY IT FORWARD:  http://goo.gl/Ik2RfOOthers CirclesCREATIVES: http://goo.gl/Ahy2X9SCIENCE: http://goo.gl/pzaC4yTECHNOLOGY: http://goo.gl/a1jWG6G+ Pages: http://goo.gl/9v2o43        #sciencecircle   #circleshare   #sharingcircles  2014-11-19 18:04:3510610933
Atanas Georgiev Atanasov1,294SCIENCE and TECHNOLOGY + FRIENDS of it : CIRCLE V.5; maintained by +AtanasGeorgievAtanasov ; You can learn more about my personal scientific research here: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25083916   To be added to the circle, please +1/reshare/comment/add me to your circles. I would be happy to connect on other networks too:http://about.me/Atanas_At   Below I am just pasting some keyords/topics to improve the visibility of the circle and to make it more discoverable: #Science   #Research   #Technology   #NASA    #Space   #Innovation   #Engineering   #NIAC   #nutrition   #Entrepreneur   #Commercial #ScienceSunday  #Sundayscience   #Science   #Research   #Tech #GameTech  #GameTechnology   #Gaming   #VideoGaming   #Microsoft #MicrosoftResearch   #innovation   #Inflammation   #Brain #mindcontrol  #photography   #tech   #socialmedia   #googleplus #naturalproduct  #artists   #foodies   2014-11-06 08:10:3436954038
Sharon Caroline1,691Hello my friends, good morning/evening for you all!Boost Your visibility On Google+!Shared and be shared. :)Thank you for sharing and promoting this.#circleshare #sharedcircles #sharingcircles #sharedcircleoftheday2014-11-05 08:31:58463203
Atanas Georgiev Atanasov1,228SCIENCE and TECHNOLOGY + FRIENDS of it : Circle V.3, maintained by +AtanasGeorgievAtanasov To be added to the circle, please +1/reshare/comment/add me to your circles. I would be happy to connect on other networks too:http://about.me/Atanas_At   You can learn a bit more about my personal scientific research from these links: https://plus.google.com/115938908270684192009/posts/MGt3zvEtTgq  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25083916   Below I am just pasting some keyords/topics to improve the visibility of the circle and to make it more discoverable: #Science  #Research #Technology #NASA  #Space #Innovation  #Engineering #NIAC #nutrition #Entrepreneur #Commercial #ScienceSunday #Sundayscience #Science #Research #Tech #GameTech #GameTechnology #Gaming #VideoGaming +Microsoft #MicrosoftResearch  #innovation #Inflammation #Brain #mindcontrol #photography #tech #socialmedia #googleplus #naturalproduct #artists #foodies 2014-11-05 07:02:42362626
Atanas Georgiev Atanasov1,127Science and Technology +Friends: Circle 2014 V.2 To be added to the circle, please +1/reshare/comment. I would be happy to connect on other networks too:http://about.me/Atanas_At   You can learn a bit more about my personal scientific research from these links: https://plus.google.com/115938908270684192009/posts/MGt3zvEtTgq  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25083916   Below I am just pasting some keyords/topics to improve the visibility of the circle and to make it more discoverable: #Science  #Research #Technology #NASA  #Space #Innovation  #Engineering #NIAC #nutrition #Entrepreneur #Commercial #ScienceSunday #Sundayscience #Science #Research #Tech #GameTech #GameTechnology #Gaming #VideoGaming +Microsoft #MicrosoftResearch  #innovation #Inflammation #Brain #mindcontrol #photography #tech #socialmedia #googleplus #naturalproduct #artists #foodies #cars 2014-11-04 06:51:44407103
Atanas Georgiev Atanasov1,054Science and Technology Circle 2014 To be added to the circle, please +1/reshare/comment. I would be happy to connect on other networks too:http://about.me/Atanas_At   You can learn a bit more about my personal scientific research from these links: https://plus.google.com/115938908270684192009/posts/MGt3zvEtTgq  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25083916   Below I am just pasting some keyords/topics to improve the visibility of the circle and to make it more discoverable: #Science  #Research #Technology #NASA   #Space #Innovation   #Engineering #NIAC #nutrition #Entrepreneur #Commercial #ScienceSunday #Sundayscience #Science #Research #Tech #GameTech #GameTechnology #Gaming #VideoGaming #Microsoft #MicrosoftResearch   #innovation #Inflammation #Brain #mindcontrol #photography #tech #socialmedia #googleplus #naturalproduct #artists 2014-11-02 08:37:19453526

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2015-02-03 02:21:33 (123 comments, 133 reshares, 257 +1s)Open 

Vaccines Save Lives

A bit late for #ScienceSunday, but a terrific and timely cartoon by e flake for +The New Yorker

+ScienceSunday

Most reshares: 133

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2015-02-03 02:21:33 (123 comments, 133 reshares, 257 +1s)Open 

Vaccines Save Lives

A bit late for #ScienceSunday, but a terrific and timely cartoon by e flake for +The New Yorker

+ScienceSunday

Most plusones: 533

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2014-10-20 05:21:06 (18 comments, 37 reshares, 533 +1s)Open 

Jack-o-Lantern Sun

Even the sun is getting into the Halloween spirit, as seen from this +NASA image from earlier this month.

from NASA's site:
Active regions on the sun combined to look something like a jack-o-lantern’s face on Oct. 8, 2014. The active regions appear brighter because those are areas that emit more light and energy — markers of an intense and complex set of magnetic fields hovering in the sun’s atmosphere, the corona. This image blends together two sets of wavelengths at 171 and 193 Ångströms, typically colorized in gold and yellow, to create a particularly Halloween-like appearance.

See more spooky sun images and learn more about how the images are created here: http://goo.gl/YY9wS5

Image credit:
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center

#ScienceSunday


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2015-05-21 16:35:20 (6 comments, 7 reshares, 38 +1s)Open 

Bubbles? Cool.

Weird shaped bubbles moving in super slo-mo? Super cool!!

More than 200 kids grade 6-8 from the Hamilton area converged on +McMaster University for the 10th annual Let's Talk Science Challenge.

Great, inspiring, educational event to help build the next generation of scientists and engineers.

#ScienceEveryday when it's not #ScienceSunday

Bubbles? Cool.

Weird shaped bubbles moving in super slo-mo? Super cool!!

More than 200 kids grade 6-8 from the Hamilton area converged on +McMaster University for the 10th annual Let's Talk Science Challenge.

Great, inspiring, educational event to help build the next generation of scientists and engineers.

#ScienceEveryday when it's not #ScienceSunday___

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2015-05-18 23:54:04 (8 comments, 10 reshares, 97 +1s)Open 

A Picture is Worth 1,000 Words

via the Wake County Public Libraries and the wonderful author, +Michelle Berry

A Picture is Worth 1,000 Words

via the Wake County Public Libraries and the wonderful author, +Michelle Berry___

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2015-05-13 15:08:53 (8 comments, 4 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

Hysteria on the High Seas
Sailing January 21-25, 2016 from Miami, FL Yeah!

As some of you know, my terrific BIL +Larry Morand  runs the Monsters of Rock Cruise, which just wrapped up to rave reviews. 

If you missed it, don't get into a fit of hysteria - be in a state of euphoria (but, please, not pyromania ), because not only are there two MORCs coming up in 2016 (http://monstersofrockcruise.com), but....

+Def Leppard is leaving land-lubbers high 'n' dry and going to sea!!

It's the chance of a lifetime to cruise with Rick Savage, Joe Elliott, Rick Allen, Phil Collen, and Vivian Campbell. 

When they're not rocking, they'll be hanging around the pool, playing shuffleboard with the fans, or just partying on through the night in the sparkle lounge.

Loads of musicfro... more »

Hysteria on the High Seas
Sailing January 21-25, 2016 from Miami, FL Yeah!

As some of you know, my terrific BIL +Larry Morand  runs the Monsters of Rock Cruise, which just wrapped up to rave reviews. 

If you missed it, don't get into a fit of hysteria - be in a state of euphoria (but, please, not pyromania ), because not only are there two MORCs coming up in 2016 (http://monstersofrockcruise.com), but....

+Def Leppard is leaving land-lubbers high 'n' dry and going to sea!!

It's the chance of a lifetime to cruise with Rick Savage, Joe Elliott, Rick Allen, Phil Collen, and Vivian Campbell. 

When they're not rocking, they'll be hanging around the pool, playing shuffleboard with the fans, or just partying on through the night in the sparkle lounge.

Loads of music from DL and other bands, and loads of amazing photograph opportunities for all my shutterbug friends (another Scavenger Meetup on the high seas?).   

It'll be rated X - ellent! 

More info here: https://www.facebook.com/hysteriaonthehighseas?fref=ts

 Should be budgeree!!! (NB: that's 18th Century Australian slang for awesome)

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Bonus points, and perhaps a DL themed tin foil hat, if you can identify (without googling!) the DL album to which I did not refer here ;)___

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2015-05-13 12:22:50 (6 comments, 1 reshares, 29 +1s)Open 

Moore's Law Turns 50!
Fast computers and slow cars

It is amazing to think how far we've come in computer technology development over the past 50 years.

As a young teenager learning FORTRAN, I remember delivering stacks of punch cards to the +Northwestern University Vogel computing centre, where the computer filled a massive room.

Several years later, it took me pages and pages of Assembly code to get a line and some moving dots to appear on an Apple II, which sat upon a desktop.

Today, I can wear an even faster and more powerful computer on my wrist, dictating email as I drive.

All because these technologies have followed the predictions of Moore's Law: the number of transistors that fit on an integrated circuit board doubles every year.

This progress even more amazing when you consider how other... more »

Moore's Law Turns 50!
Fast computers and slow cars

It is amazing to think how far we've come in computer technology development over the past 50 years.

As a young teenager learning FORTRAN, I remember delivering stacks of punch cards to the +Northwestern University Vogel computing centre, where the computer filled a massive room.

Several years later, it took me pages and pages of Assembly code to get a line and some moving dots to appear on an Apple II, which sat upon a desktop.

Today, I can wear an even faster and more powerful computer on my wrist, dictating email as I drive.

All because these technologies have followed the predictions of Moore's Law: the number of transistors that fit on an integrated circuit board doubles every year.

This progress even more amazing when you consider how other technologies would have advanced, had they also followed Moore's Law: +Intel engineers predicted how a 1971 Volkswagen Beetle would function today if advances in automotive technology followed Moore’s Law: "you would be able to go with that car 300,000 miles per hour. You would get two million miles per gallon of gas, and all that for the mere cost of 4 cents!"

Although the the rocket Beetle pictured here is super cool, it doesn't even start to approach Moore's Law performance (http://goo.gl/2QVD9m) - which is ok, because I imagine dictating email to a computer-watch would be a lot harder when going 300,000 mph....

For more on where Moore's Law came from, and how it's shaped our world, check out this terrific interview with Gordon Moore in +The New York Times : http://goo.gl/yMG8dD

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Photo credit: Caters News/Telegraph

#ScienceEveryday when it's not #ScienceSunday
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2015-05-13 04:56:36 (6 comments, 4 reshares, 36 +1s)Open 

Ferrous Wheel

via +ScienceSunday with thanks to +Rajini Rao !

I've not posted a #ScienceMeme in a while. This one goes around periodically.___Ferrous Wheel

via +ScienceSunday with thanks to +Rajini Rao !

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2015-05-13 04:50:27 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Do Stem Cells Hold the Secret to Curing Pediatric Brain Cancers?
Research2Reality interview with Sheila Singh

It is really inspiring to see that there are a good number of female scientists featured among the Canadian Science Rock Stars, and I'll share a number of them over the coming days, starting with my friend and +McMaster University colleague, Sheila Singh.

Sheila is the ultimate role model for work/life balance: mom to young kids; professor of surgery, biochemistry, and pediatrics (because, sometimes, one department just isn't enough!); stem cell scientist; brain surgeon; and all around really nice person. I think in her spare time she's perfected time travel, since she always seems to have an extra 24 hours in the day...

Here's an excerpt from the short interview (part of the Orange Chair series from the newly launched... more »

Do Stem Cells Hold the Secret to Curing Pediatric Brain Cancers?
Research2Reality interview with Sheila Singh

It is really inspiring to see that there are a good number of female scientists featured among the Canadian Science Rock Stars, and I'll share a number of them over the coming days, starting with my friend and +McMaster University colleague, Sheila Singh.

Sheila is the ultimate role model for work/life balance: mom to young kids; professor of surgery, biochemistry, and pediatrics (because, sometimes, one department just isn't enough!); stem cell scientist; brain surgeon; and all around really nice person. I think in her spare time she's perfected time travel, since she always seems to have an extra 24 hours in the day...

Here's an excerpt from the short interview (part of the Orange Chair series from the newly launched Research2Reality project):

How are children affected by brain cancer?
My life as a surgeon scientist is a balancing act. When I am on the clinical side, I spend time looking after children who have paediatric neurosurgical disorders such as hydrocephalus, or water on the brain, or brain tumours. The rest of the time I have a lab in the Stem Cell and the Cancer Research Institute and we apply a developmental neurobiology approach to the study of brain tumours. And that means that we like to take ideas from normal development of the brain and apply them to cancer because there’s a lot of theories out there that cancer is simply development gone awry.

What does the future hold for your research?
Do cancer stem cells evade therapy and which cancer stem cells evade therapy? And how do we target them? The only way to do that is to actually treat, with all the same therapies, patients when they have brain tumours. And then to find out at the end of the day what are the cells that have actually escaped, that will be a breakthrough. And that’s something that my lab is working very hard to do. 

You can read more about Sheila's work here: http://sccri.mcmaster.ca/singh_sheila.html

#ScienceEveryday  when it's not #ScienceSunday   +Women of Google+ +ScienceSunday +Science on Google+ ___

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2015-05-12 02:31:10 (6 comments, 3 reshares, 25 +1s)Open 

Research to Reality

Happy to be a featured scientist in the new Research to Reality project, along with so many "Canadian science rock stars."

I have 2 R2R vids - this one on face perception and the other (not released yet) on aging and the brain.

Kudos to Canadian science rock star UT's Molly Shoichet for not only dreaming up the project, but making it a reality. All with a goal of highlighting the critical nature of basic scientific research for the innovations that drive our society, economy, and culture.

Check out all the videos launched today at research2reality.com - and more to come soon.

You'll learn about amazing work in neuroscience, cancer, climate change, nuclear medicine, sustainable energy, quantum science, and more!

#scienceEveryday when it's not #ScienceSunday



Research to Reality

Happy to be a featured scientist in the new Research to Reality project, along with so many "Canadian science rock stars."

I have 2 R2R vids - this one on face perception and the other (not released yet) on aging and the brain.

Kudos to Canadian science rock star UT's Molly Shoichet for not only dreaming up the project, but making it a reality. All with a goal of highlighting the critical nature of basic scientific research for the innovations that drive our society, economy, and culture.

Check out all the videos launched today at research2reality.com - and more to come soon.

You'll learn about amazing work in neuroscience, cancer, climate change, nuclear medicine, sustainable energy, quantum science, and more!

#scienceEveryday when it's not #ScienceSunday

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2015-05-10 16:31:21 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 27 +1s)Open 

Happy Mother's Day

Loving today's GoogleDoodle!

Happy Mother's Day

Loving today's GoogleDoodle!___

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2015-04-04 04:10:28 (9 comments, 0 reshares, 36 +1s)Open 

Easter Puppies

Whether you celebrate Easter, Passover, Theravada New Year, something else, or nothing at all, hope these guys (Charlie and Murphy) bring some smiles your way.

Photo by my friend Milena Head - she always has the best holiday pics of her boys, and this one seemed perfect for a belated #FidoFriday



Easter Puppies

Whether you celebrate Easter, Passover, Theravada New Year, something else, or nothing at all, hope these guys (Charlie and Murphy) bring some smiles your way.

Photo by my friend Milena Head - she always has the best holiday pics of her boys, and this one seemed perfect for a belated #FidoFriday

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2015-03-10 16:06:42 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

1 Guy - 10 Styles of Metal

Although the best way to get your metal on is the Monsters of Rock Cruise (35 bands over 4 days sailing from Miami to the Bahamas - http://www.latimes.com/travel/cruises/la-trb-monsters-of-rock-cruise-20150226-story.html), here's a quick and funny way to get a metal fix.

+Larry Morand +Stacia Sekuler Morand 

1 Guy - 10 Styles of Metal

Although the best way to get your metal on is the Monsters of Rock Cruise (35 bands over 4 days sailing from Miami to the Bahamas - http://www.latimes.com/travel/cruises/la-trb-monsters-of-rock-cruise-20150226-story.html), here's a quick and funny way to get a metal fix.

+Larry Morand +Stacia Sekuler Morand ___

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2015-02-24 04:46:12 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

Ask an HR Expert!
MyGradSkills.com inaugural hangout: February 24, 9:30 am ET

Graduate students and Postdocs wondering how to navigate the job market?

Join our first +My Grad Skills Virtual Career Café for a live Q&A session with Maurice Fernandes, Manager, HR Brand and Social Media, Ceridian:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=xFBDmimEs5o

If you can't make the live-stream, we'll be archiving it (and future virtual career cafés) at mygradskills.com

Check out the site for blogs, online professional development modules, and more!

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photo by ddpavumba on FreeDigitalPhotos.net


Ask an HR Expert!
MyGradSkills.com inaugural hangout: February 24, 9:30 am ET

Graduate students and Postdocs wondering how to navigate the job market?

Join our first +My Grad Skills Virtual Career Café for a live Q&A session with Maurice Fernandes, Manager, HR Brand and Social Media, Ceridian:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=xFBDmimEs5o

If you can't make the live-stream, we'll be archiving it (and future virtual career cafés) at mygradskills.com

Check out the site for blogs, online professional development modules, and more!

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photo by ddpavumba on FreeDigitalPhotos.net
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2015-02-18 05:49:00 (15 comments, 14 reshares, 90 +1s)Open 

Happy Birthday Alessandro Volta!

+Google doodler Mark Holmes describes the background and process for designing his wonderful second doodle, a birthday tribute to Alessandro Volta, the scientist who invented the first electronic battery, and after whom the word volt (V) was named. Holmes gives a great description of how the idea came about (featuring Luigi Galvani, after whom the term galvanic was named).

An excerpt of Holmes' post is below, but read the whole thing here: ttp://goo.gl/HU93l0

To my surprise this discovery almost came by accident while Volta and his friend Galvani, an anatomy professor, were dissecting a frog. When the animal’s legs unexpectedly twitched from an electrical discharge, Galvani went on to hypothesize that animals generated their own electricity, a theory that would eventually go on to inspire Mary Shelly’s novel,‘Fr... more »

Happy Birthday Alessandro Volta!

+Google doodler Mark Holmes describes the background and process for designing his wonderful second doodle, a birthday tribute to Alessandro Volta, the scientist who invented the first electronic battery, and after whom the word volt (V) was named. Holmes gives a great description of how the idea came about (featuring Luigi Galvani, after whom the term galvanic was named).

An excerpt of Holmes' post is below, but read the whole thing here: ttp://goo.gl/HU93l0

To my surprise this discovery almost came by accident while Volta and his friend Galvani, an anatomy professor, were dissecting a frog. When the animal’s legs unexpectedly twitched from an electrical discharge, Galvani went on to hypothesize that animals generated their own electricity, a theory that would eventually go on to inspire Mary Shelly’s novel, ‘Frankenstein’. But Volta had his own theory: that the electrical discharge had been caused by two different metals touching the frog’s body.

Experimenting with different metals and solutions, Volta ended up creating the first electric battery: the Voltaic Pile, a stack of alternating metal discs separated by cardboard and cloth soaked with seawater. But what made this battery so remarkable was that it was easy to construct out of common materials and enabled experimenters for the first time to produce steady, predictable flows of electricity. Within just weeks it inspired a wave of discoveries and inventions and ushered in a new age of electrical science.

#ScienceEveryday when it's not #ScienceSunday___

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2015-02-12 14:08:45 (2 comments, 3 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

A Quirky, Sweet Love Story

Sometimes the things that go unsaid need to be said.

Just in time for #ValentinesDay, this wonderful piece from +The New York Times tells the story of an "I Love You!" eight years in the making.

Filmmaker +Bianca Giaever created a wonderful short video documenting how Maia and Alex ended up in the place of unspoken words, and how those words finally burst forth (also wonderful is the reaction video of Alex watching Giaever's video).


A Quirky, Sweet Love Story

Sometimes the things that go unsaid need to be said.

Just in time for #ValentinesDay, this wonderful piece from +The New York Times tells the story of an "I Love You!" eight years in the making.

Filmmaker +Bianca Giaever created a wonderful short video documenting how Maia and Alex ended up in the place of unspoken words, and how those words finally burst forth (also wonderful is the reaction video of Alex watching Giaever's video).
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2015-02-03 02:21:33 (123 comments, 133 reshares, 257 +1s)Open 

Vaccines Save Lives

A bit late for #ScienceSunday, but a terrific and timely cartoon by e flake for +The New Yorker

+ScienceSunday

Vaccines Save Lives

A bit late for #ScienceSunday, but a terrific and timely cartoon by e flake for +The New Yorker

+ScienceSunday___

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2014-12-18 01:29:36 (21 comments, 5 reshares, 93 +1s)Open 

Data is Plural

In heavy editing mode right now, and I am amazed at how many folks who do science for a living don't know that the word "data" is plural. 

Or perhaps they're all just making a sick joke at my expense based on this wonderful xkcd comic. Unfortunately, our papers don't include any Star Trek references, so I'll never know....

#augh!

h/t to my 12 year-old son, who not only knows that "data" is plural, but also has memorized every possible xkcd comic, and can find one fitting any circumstance....

Data is Plural

In heavy editing mode right now, and I am amazed at how many folks who do science for a living don't know that the word "data" is plural. 

Or perhaps they're all just making a sick joke at my expense based on this wonderful xkcd comic. Unfortunately, our papers don't include any Star Trek references, so I'll never know....

#augh!

h/t to my 12 year-old son, who not only knows that "data" is plural, but also has memorized every possible xkcd comic, and can find one fitting any circumstance....___

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2014-12-08 06:13:08 (4 comments, 6 reshares, 81 +1s)Open 

The Control Group

A late #ScienceSunday cartoon (late on the east coast, but still #ScienceSunday in some other places!)

h/t +Aida Hazlan

I guessed so. 

#sciencecartoon   #labrats  ___The Control Group

A late #ScienceSunday cartoon (late on the east coast, but still #ScienceSunday in some other places!)

h/t +Aida Hazlan

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2014-12-08 06:00:11 (12 comments, 28 reshares, 108 +1s)Open 

Christmas Math
Putting the STEM into trees

As #ScienceSunday winds to a close in my part of the world, and Christmas approaches, it seems fitting to share this Christmas Tree a la Math from last year for folks who hadn't seen it yet.

Even if you don't celebrate the holiday, you can celebrate the STEM!

Christmas Tree a la Math

The delightful tree below is brought to you by math (aka +Kenneth Kornacki of Aurum design: http://goo.gl/y4vPtM)

And tis the season to celebrate math in other trees as well.

In phys.org, Michael Rose turns Pascal's triangle into the 12 days of Christmas, with each day describing a different hidden secret in Pascal's triangle. I've taken his topics and put them together to form the full lyrics, so you can sing along! From his post:

Blaise Pascal was a 17th century French mathematician. He was primarily interested in using the triangle to advance his studies in probability theory – a field which he more or less invented in correspondence with Pierre de Fermat, after a gambling friend asked Pascal for advice on how two dice players should divide up the pot if their game was interrupted early.

Although simple to make, the triangle hides many, many surprising patterns. So, with apologies to folk carols in general and Frederic Austin in particular…

On the first day of Christmas, the triangle gave to me…
Counting numbers (with symmetry).

On the second day of Christmas, the triangle gave to me…
Powers of two
and Counting numbers (with symmetry).

On the third day of Christmas, the triangle gave to me…
Triangular numbers
Powers of two
and Counting numbers (with symmetry).

On the fourth day of Christmas, the triangle gave to me…
Fibonacci
Triangular numbers
Powers of two
and Counting numbers (with symmetry).

On the fifth day of Christmas, the triangle gave to me…
Prime ... num-ber things!
Fibonacci
Triangular numbers
Powers of two
and Counting numbers (with symmetry).

On the sixth day of Christmas, the triangle gave to me…
Intertwining petals
Prime ... num-ber things!
Fibonacci
Triangular numbers
Powers of two
and Counting numbers (with symmetry).

On the seventh day of Christmas, the triangle gave to me…
Hockey-stick addition
Intertwining petals
Prime ... num-ber things!
Fibonacci
Triangular numbers
Powers of two
and Counting numbers (with symmetry).

On the eigth day of Christmas, the triangle gave to me…
Squaring through addition
Hockey-stick addition
Intertwining petals
Prime ... num-ber things!
Fibonacci
Triangular numbers
Powers of two
and Counting numbers (with symmetry).

On the ninth day of Christmas, the triangle gave to me…
Binomial coefficients
Squaring through addition
Hockey-stick addition
Intertwining petals
Prime ... num-ber things!
Fibonacci
Triangular numbers
Powers of two
and Counting numbers (with symmetry).

On the tenth day of Christmas, the triangle gave to me…
All the combinations
Binomial coefficients
Squaring through addition
Hockey-stick addition
Intertwining petals
Prime ... num-ber things!
Fibonacci
Triangular numbers
Powers of two
and Counting numbers (with symmetry).

On the eleventh day of Christmas, the triangle gave to me…
Powers of eleven
All the combinations
Binomial coefficients
Squaring through addition
Hockey-stick addition
Intertwining petals
Prime ... num-ber things!
Fibonacci
Triangular numbers
Powers of two
and Counting numbers (with symmetry).

On the twelfth day of Christmas, the triangle gave to me…
Sierpinski's fractal!!
Powers of eleven
All the combinations
Binomial coefficients
Squaring through addition
Hockey-stick addition
Intertwining petals
Prime ... num-ber things!
Fibonacci
Triangular numbers
Powers of two
and Counting numbers (with symmetry).

More details about each of these mathematical treats and their link to Pascal's triangle in the OP here: http://goo.gl/X19oPm

And if you want to tinker around with your own triangles, there's a good description of the math here:
http://mathworld.wolfram.com/PascalsTriangle.html

...and, as an added bonus, the image below is reversable, so if you try hard enough, you can see it rotating to the left or rotating to the right. More on that phenomenon here: http://goo.gl/cj94pt and a kitteh version here, since it's almost #caturday : http://goo.gl/NfVfvm

#ScienceEveryday when it's not #ScienceSunday
#HappyHolidays ___Christmas Math
Putting the STEM into trees

As #ScienceSunday winds to a close in my part of the world, and Christmas approaches, it seems fitting to share this Christmas Tree a la Math from last year for folks who hadn't seen it yet.

Even if you don't celebrate the holiday, you can celebrate the STEM!

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2014-12-08 05:48:27 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

Greased Lighting

Although I don't like the way the musical ends (why should Sandy change for Danny, and not vice versa?...), the production at my son's senior school was spectacular, and I did like the way the lighting in this shot from the end of the Greased Lightning number worked out.

#MusicalMonday

Greased Lighting

Although I don't like the way the musical ends (why should Sandy change for Danny, and not vice versa?...), the production at my son's senior school was spectacular, and I did like the way the lighting in this shot from the end of the Greased Lightning number worked out.

#MusicalMonday___

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2014-12-08 05:33:28 (8 comments, 22 reshares, 71 +1s)Open 

Smoking Hot Science

One of my favourite #ScienceSunday posts this week, via +Lacerant Plainer - the combination of such a striking image (tiny pun intended) and a wealth of information made it a great share.

Check out our +ScienceSunday page for more great science shares, and even an occasional #SciencePunday groaner - yes, there is one today, but I'll let you discover it on your own ;)

What is fire, electricity and magnetism - and how are they related? : At the atomic level these are very different from what we would assume at the macro level. In some ways they are all related, since it has to do with the movement of electrons and creation of charge. When you see a match light, what happens is energy is released. While most of it is in the Infrared spectrum (What we call heat), there is also some of it released in the visible spectrum (light). The release is due to the Oxygen bonding with the material you are burning. While the effect may be too small to be seen in a matchstick, there is electricity and magnetism at work here too. You can see the effect on the Sun. Our Sun (or any star) is a miasma of incandescent plasma.  One way to see this is to notice that the solar flares that leap from its surface are directed along the Sun’s (generally twisted up and spotty) magnetic fields. So what is this all about?

Electricity : The nucleus of an atom is surrounded by negatively charged particles called electrons. The negative charge of an electron is equal to the positive charge of a proton, and the number of electrons in an atom is usually equal to the number of protons. When the balancing force between protons and electrons is upset by an outside force, an atom may gain or lose an electron. When electrons are "lost" from an atom, the free movement of these electrons constitutes an electric current.

Different colors in flames : Electrons on atoms have different amounts of energy proportional to the distance of their orbital from the nucleus. Electrons (which are negative) close to the positive nucleus have lower potential energy; those in "higher" energy levels farther away have more energy. In order for an e- to "jump" from a lower level to a higher one it must absorb energy, often in the form of light. Conversely when an e- "falls" from a higher level to a lower one, it gives off energy, again in the form of a photon of light.

Magnetism : All materials experience magnetism, some more strongly than others. Both electric and magnetic interactions are elements of a single phenomenon called electromagnetism. There are four fundamental forces: the strong force, the weak force, gravitation and the electromagnetic force. The field of electromagnetism deals with how electrically charged particles interact with each other and with magnetic fields.

Electrons : The picture you often see of electrons as small objects circling a nucleus in well defined "orbits" is actually quite wrong. As we now understand it, the electrons aren't really at any one place at any time at all. Instead they exist as a sort of cloud. The cloud can compress to a very small space briefly if you probe it in the right way, but before that it really acts like a spread-out cloud. For example, the electron in a hydrogen atom likes to occupy a spherical volume surrounding the proton. If you think of the proton as the size of a grain of salt, then the electron cloud would have about a ten foot radius. If you probe, you'll probably find the electron somewhere in that region.

What is plasma : The big difference between regular gas and plasma is that in a plasma a fair fraction of the atoms are ionized.  That is, the gas is so hot, and the atoms are slamming around so hard, that some of the electrons are given enough energy to (temporarily) escape their host atoms.  The most important effect of this is that a plasma gains some electrical properties that a non-ionized gas doesn’t have; it becomes conductive and it responds to electrical and magnetic fields.  In fact, this is a great test for whether or not something is a plasma.

References and links:

http://helios.gsfc.nasa.gov/qa_sp_ev.html

https://van.physics.illinois.edu/qa/listing.php?id=2348

http://physics.info/energy/

http://www.askamathematician.com/2011/01/q-if-atoms-are-made-up-of-electrons-protons-and-neutrons-and-the-majority-of-the-volume-of-an-atom-is-space-why-do-things-appear-solid/

http://www.physlink.com/Education/AskExperts/ae569.cfm

http://van.physics.illinois.edu/qa/listing.php?id=1195

https://www.uwgb.edu/dutchs/Petrology/WhatAtomsLookLike.HTM

http://www.askamathematician.com/2013/05/q-is-fire-a-plasma-what-is-plasma/

https://www.physicsforums.com/threads/a-description-of-fire-at-an-atomic-level.421438/

Pic courtesy : www.flavorage.com

#science #scienceeveryday___Smoking Hot Science

One of my favourite #ScienceSunday posts this week, via +Lacerant Plainer - the combination of such a striking image (tiny pun intended) and a wealth of information made it a great share.

Check out our +ScienceSunday page for more great science shares, and even an occasional #SciencePunday groaner - yes, there is one today, but I'll let you discover it on your own ;)

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2014-11-26 21:33:21 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

Potted Potter and the Etsy Experience

In preparation for seeing Potted Potter next month (an unauthorized version of every Harry Potter book in just 70 hilarious minutes: http://www.pottedpotter.com/), my younger son is finally reading the series, and he now is totally hooked.

So he was super excited to find this present for a girl in his class on Etsy: a Bertie Bott's Every Flavour Bean bracelet! The beans here aren't edible, so he'll give her some of the candy version as well. 

In case other folks are looking for similarly Potter-inspired gifts for the holidays, Sammy's Beadworks has a huge collection, including a golden snitch necklace, a Dobby keychain, and a Mad Eye Moody ring (my favourite, since I collect eyes and brains :)) www.etsy.com/ca/shop/SammysBeadworks

And for folks who haven't used used Etsy yet, when youb... more »

Potted Potter and the Etsy Experience

In preparation for seeing Potted Potter next month (an unauthorized version of every Harry Potter book in just 70 hilarious minutes: http://www.pottedpotter.com/), my younger son is finally reading the series, and he now is totally hooked.

So he was super excited to find this present for a girl in his class on Etsy: a Bertie Bott's Every Flavour Bean bracelet! The beans here aren't edible, so he'll give her some of the candy version as well. 

In case other folks are looking for similarly Potter-inspired gifts for the holidays, Sammy's Beadworks has a huge collection, including a golden snitch necklace, a Dobby keychain, and a Mad Eye Moody ring (my favourite, since I collect eyes and brains :)) www.etsy.com/ca/shop/SammysBeadworks

And for folks who haven't used used Etsy yet, when you buy something, you get to give new Etsy users $5 off.  Just follow the link here, and hopefully that will work! http://etsy.me/1zvRbhf

Can be used now or saved for later. Sorry, won't work for previous Etsy-ers. 

If you visit Etsy, also be sure also to check out +Michele Banks 's shop, Artologica: http://goo.gl/nxMnC  

She's got amazing biology-inspired art, including original watercolour, scarves, ties, and even some petri-dish ornaments, based on neurons, blood cells, viruses, and more. ___

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2014-11-25 17:19:28 (6 comments, 5 reshares, 49 +1s)Open 

Ambiguity
What happens in Vagueness, stays in Vagueness...

A little late for #MondayPunday, but had to share anyway ;)

via Kim O'Callaghan on that other social network...

Ambiguity
What happens in Vagueness, stays in Vagueness...

A little late for #MondayPunday, but had to share anyway ;)

via Kim O'Callaghan on that other social network...___

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2014-11-25 13:40:31 (4 comments, 5 reshares, 57 +1s)Open 

The Power of Perception

We may need to start adding "could cause war" to the risk section of our vision research ethics protocols....

h/t +Adam Sweet

All hail the Duck God___The Power of Perception

We may need to start adding "could cause war" to the risk section of our vision research ethics protocols....

h/t +Adam Sweet

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2014-11-25 13:33:32 (12 comments, 5 reshares, 39 +1s)Open 

Vanishing Spirits
The art and science of single malt whiskey residue

Although they look like other-worldly landscapes of mysterious planets, the images here actually are leftover droplets of whiskey dried into the bottom of a glass, photographed through coloured lights.

It's one of the best art+science stories in a while: Photographer Ernie Button discovered the beauty of whiskey residue dried on the bottom of glasses, and physicist Howard Stone and his research group discovered the science behind the art.

According to a paper presented at a recent American Physics Society meeting (http://goo.gl/JCM6mj), the images result from the differential evaporation times of whiskey's two liquids: water and ethyl alcohol.

The alcohol evaporates first, and as the ratio of the two liquids changes, so does the surface tension of... more »

Vanishing Spirits
The art and science of single malt whiskey residue

Although they look like other-worldly landscapes of mysterious planets, the images here actually are leftover droplets of whiskey dried into the bottom of a glass, photographed through coloured lights.

It's one of the best art+science stories in a while: Photographer Ernie Button discovered the beauty of whiskey residue dried on the bottom of glasses, and physicist Howard Stone and his research group discovered the science behind the art.

According to a paper presented at a recent American Physics Society meeting (http://goo.gl/JCM6mj), the images result from the differential evaporation times of whiskey's two liquids: water and ethyl alcohol.

The alcohol evaporates first, and as the ratio of the two liquids changes, so does the surface tension of the remaining droplet. A surfactant that occurs naturally in whiskey, reduces surface tension in the droplet, causing it to spread out, and polymers help bind it to the glass, creating intricate patterns as it spreads.

The result is nothing short of spectacular. And now, even non-whiskey drinkers can appreciate the beauty of this spirit.

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links and references:

To see more of Button's stunning images in greater detail, visit his website: erniebutton.com http://goo.gl/hZ0Pu3

You can read more about the science in the APS abstract: http://goo.gl/JCM6mj

and in the terrif +The New York Times mes article by Kenneth Chang: http://goo.gl/uV9oLp

#ScienceEveryday when it's not #ScienceSunday
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2014-11-18 02:38:45 (9 comments, 4 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

Rose City Crystals

So proud of my niece, Sophia, who is on the Rose City Crystals Novice Synchronized Skating team, which took first place at yesterday's competition in Anaheim. 

The timing on some of their moves is incredible, as they effortlessly weave in and out of chains of other skaters.

All the more impressive to me since the last time I skated, I nearly crashed into people every few minutes. :)

Rose City Crystals

So proud of my niece, Sophia, who is on the Rose City Crystals Novice Synchronized Skating team, which took first place at yesterday's competition in Anaheim. 

The timing on some of their moves is incredible, as they effortlessly weave in and out of chains of other skaters.

All the more impressive to me since the last time I skated, I nearly crashed into people every few minutes. :)___

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2014-11-16 22:09:50 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

This Week in Science
Science Roundup from the Science Media Centre of Canada

A round-up of some of the best science stories of the past week, featured by the +Science Media Centre of Canada (SMCC) | Centre canadien science et médias (CCSM) (text from the great science writers at the SMCC)
 
Micro-Scallop Robot Can Swim in Your Body
Researchers have created an artificial micro-swimmer which could swim through viscous fluids such as saliva and blood by opening and closing its shells at different rates.

The robot consists of two silicone polymer shells, each only 300 micrometres in size, connected by a single hinge. An external magnetic field is used to drive the movement of each shell by interacting with rare earth micro-magnets attached to each. The device is referred to as a “micro-scallop” for the way it imitates the sea creature’s method ofswimming... more »

This Week in Science
Science Roundup from the Science Media Centre of Canada

A round-up of some of the best science stories of the past week, featured by the +Science Media Centre of Canada (SMCC) | Centre canadien science et médias (CCSM) (text from the great science writers at the SMCC)
 
Micro-Scallop Robot Can Swim in Your Body
Researchers have created an artificial micro-swimmer which could swim through viscous fluids such as saliva and blood by opening and closing its shells at different rates.

The robot consists of two silicone polymer shells, each only 300 micrometres in size, connected by a single hinge. An external magnetic field is used to drive the movement of each shell by interacting with rare earth micro-magnets attached to each. The device is referred to as a “micro-scallop” for the way it imitates the sea creature’s method of swimming.

Micro-swimmers like this one could be useful in drug delivery and as diagnostic probes.

great video by the scientists explaining their innovation here:  http://goo.gl/Y1U7BH

No Sitting Duck(bill) – How Hadrosaurs Won the Dino Derby
A new paper indicates that hadrosaurs – also known as duck-billed dinosaurs – were built for endurance rather than speed, and that this helped them avoid predators despite their lack of horns or armour.

Computer analysis of leg bones showed that a critical muscle known as the caudofemoralis attached lower on the thigh in hadrosaurs than in T-rexes. The extra leverage provided by this arrangement suggests that while T-rexes were capable of great bursts of speed, hadrosaurs could outrun them over long distances, especially if their herd members kept an eye out for predators.

The situation is analogous to the way modern zebras use herd mentality and endurance to outrun lions, even though the latter can run faster over short distances.

Thin Coating Could Boost Solar Efficiency
A thin layer of metal oxides could significantly boost the efficiency of solar cells, according to a new study.

Researchers have been working on a material made of the elements bismuth, iron, chromium and oxygen, which absorbs solar radiation. They discovered that by changing the temperature and pressure at which they deposit thin films of this material, they can control the wavelengths of light that the material can absorb.

The team created a stack of three layers of the material, each absorbing light at different layers, yet which is still only 200 nanometres thick. The stack converted significantly more light to energy than previous attempts with the same material.

The team has patented the discovery, and is planning to add the coating to traditional silicon solar cells, where they estimate it could boost maximum solar efficiency from 18 per cent to 24 per cent.

The new material also has unique electrical and magnetic properties that could be useful in devices such as electronic sensors or flash memory drives.

How Squirrels Avoid ‘Roid Rage
A new study shows that Arctic ground squirrels use anabolic steroids to beef up for winter hibernation, but that they have evolved systems to avoid the negative side effects.

Most hibernating animals burn fat during the winter, Arctic ground squirrels hibernate at such low temperatures that they need to burn muscle as well. A previous study showed that their levels of testosterone and other anabolic steroids spike in late summer to help them bulk up, but that they didn’t exhibit the negative side effects (e.g. highly aggressive behaviour, lowered immune response) commonly associated with anabolic steroids.

The new study shows that the squirrels have evolved to have more steroid receptors where they are needed (i.e. in muscle cells) but fewer receptors in other types of cells (e.g. immune cells) that could be negatively affected by the steroids. In this way, they get the benefit of the steroids without the risk.

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More information on these great science stories and others at http://sciencemediacentre.ca/

Original references:

T Qiu, T-C Lee, AG Mark, KI Morozov, R Münster, O Mierka, S Turek, AM Leshansky & P Fischer (2014) Swimming by reciprocal motion at low Reynolds number Nature Communications 5, Article number: 5119 doi:10.1038/ncomms6119 
http://goo.gl/KuNeqp

S Person & P Currie (2014) in Hadrosaurs from University of Indiana Press http://goo.gl/0DZuIW

R Nechache, C Harnagea, S Li, L Cardenas, W Huang, J Chakrabartty & F Rosei (2014) Bandgap tuning of multiferroic oxide solar cells Nature Photonics doi:10.1038/nphoton.2014.255  http://goo.gl/AQryZ1

R Boonstra, K Mo & DA Monks (2014) Managing anabolic steroids in pre-hibernating Arctic ground squirrels: obtaining their benefits and avoiding their costs Biology Letters vol. 10 no. 11 20140734
http://goo.gl/5Ha7Cl

Photo/image credits: Niroot Puttapipat; Michael Baker, flickr; Tim Karels

#ScienceSunday  ___

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2014-11-10 05:32:46 (8 comments, 7 reshares, 52 +1s)Open 

I Think, Therefore You BLAM!
Human Brain-Brain Interfaces: Using your brain to remotely control someone else playing a video game

The ability to control computer applications with our brains isn't coming, it's already here! My lab (which does research on aging and EEG, among other things) is working with a company called InteraXon to make sure their brain-computer interface system, the MUSE, will work for people across the whole adult lifespan. You can check out their system at interaxon.ca (their first app is a mindfulness training app, which came in handy for me to reduce stress and increase focus during the recent grant writing season ;)). The study described below is another step in the chain of Brain-Computer Interfaces, requiring a but more complex equipment...

from our share on +ScienceSunday:

We heard last year about brain-brain interfaces... more »

Check out this interesting science experiment that utilized brain-to-brain communication to play a simple video game. http://www.washington.edu/news/2013/08/27/researcher-controls-colleagues-motions-in-1st-human-brain-to-brain-interface/

Would you ever be interested in playing games using only your brain's thoughts?


#ScienceSunday #Science #Gaming #VideoGaming #Experiment #BraintoBrainCommunication #Brain  ___I Think, Therefore You BLAM!
Human Brain-Brain Interfaces: Using your brain to remotely control someone else playing a video game

The ability to control computer applications with our brains isn't coming, it's already here! My lab (which does research on aging and EEG, among other things) is working with a company called InteraXon to make sure their brain-computer interface system, the MUSE, will work for people across the whole adult lifespan. You can check out their system at interaxon.ca (their first app is a mindfulness training app, which came in handy for me to reduce stress and increase focus during the recent grant writing season ;)). The study described below is another step in the chain of Brain-Computer Interfaces, requiring a but more complex equipment...

from our share on +ScienceSunday:

We heard last year about brain-brain interfaces that used human brain signals t +ScienceSunday movement of other animals (http://goo.gl/W7hyXs)

Now, a recent study published in PLoSOne shows how one person's thoughts can control another person's behaviour.

Sounds like science fiction, but the approach is fairly simple: the thinker wears an electroencephalography (EEG) cap, which measures the electrical signals at the scalp related to different thoughts. The signals are decoded, and sent to a Transcranial Magnetic Stimulator (TMS) system, which applies a magnetic pulse over the part of the motor cortex responsible for moving a finger. When the right signal is sent, the finger moves, and fires a blast in a video game.

We can't decode really complex thoughts yet, but it's away enough to decide binary decisions (like shoot or don't shoot), and voila! You can have someone play the video game for you, by just thinking about it.

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Sources for more reading and additional images/videos :

http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0111332

http://homes.cs.washington.edu/~rao/brain2brain/index.html

#ScienceSunday
h/t +Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences

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2014-10-31 21:30:44 (12 comments, 3 reshares, 48 +1s)Open 

Happy Halloween!!

As you head out trick-or-treating tonight, don't forget about all those pumpkin innards that gave their lives in the pursuit of jack-o-lantern making.

Hopefully they've gone to good use, perhaps with these Maple Pumpkin Mousses with Pumpkin Seed Brittle from +Epicurious : http://goo.gl/xwsB2V

Happy Halloween!!

As you head out trick-or-treating tonight, don't forget about all those pumpkin innards that gave their lives in the pursuit of jack-o-lantern making.

Hopefully they've gone to good use, perhaps with these Maple Pumpkin Mousses with Pumpkin Seed Brittle from +Epicurious : http://goo.gl/xwsB2V___

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2014-10-22 12:30:10 (2 comments, 3 reshares, 28 +1s)Open 

Happy Fechner Day!

Psychophysicists around the world rejoice today. Yes, we even make Fechner cakes, and my father has been known to give his lectures in full Fechner garb.

Happy Fechner Day

Today, October 22, is a special day for perception researchers around the world: It is Fechner Day, the day in 1850 that Gustav Theodor Fechner (1801-1887) first conceived of psychophysics - the study of the relationship between physical stimuli and our perception/psychological response to those stimuli.

In the portrait below, vision scientist Nick Wade (Dundee) portrays Fechner within a series of stimulus-response psychometric functions (you can see the image if you look at it from the side, squint, or move away from the screen). Nick developed a series of portraits of vision researchers, appropriately titled Visionaries, others of which you can see here: http://goo.gl/1G8CN

One of the perceptual phenomena that Fechner described was the fact that people can sometimes see faint colours when black and white images move. You can see an example of that in the demonstration at this link: http://goo.gl/mrRJS , which I believe was developed by Mark Newbold. For me, if I set the speed to about 650, and fixate the middle cross, some of the rows seem to be a faint yellow and others a faint blue - different people sometimes report seeing different colours, and the optimal speed/direction may vary for people. The position of the colours can flip when you change the motion direction, and, of course, there really aren't any colours there at all.

So, enjoy, and happy Fechner Day!___Happy Fechner Day!

Psychophysicists around the world rejoice today. Yes, we even make Fechner cakes, and my father has been known to give his lectures in full Fechner garb.

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2014-10-20 05:21:06 (18 comments, 37 reshares, 533 +1s)Open 

Jack-o-Lantern Sun

Even the sun is getting into the Halloween spirit, as seen from this +NASA image from earlier this month.

from NASA's site:
Active regions on the sun combined to look something like a jack-o-lantern’s face on Oct. 8, 2014. The active regions appear brighter because those are areas that emit more light and energy — markers of an intense and complex set of magnetic fields hovering in the sun’s atmosphere, the corona. This image blends together two sets of wavelengths at 171 and 193 Ångströms, typically colorized in gold and yellow, to create a particularly Halloween-like appearance.

See more spooky sun images and learn more about how the images are created here: http://goo.gl/YY9wS5

Image credit:
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center

#ScienceSunday


Jack-o-Lantern Sun

Even the sun is getting into the Halloween spirit, as seen from this +NASA image from earlier this month.

from NASA's site:
Active regions on the sun combined to look something like a jack-o-lantern’s face on Oct. 8, 2014. The active regions appear brighter because those are areas that emit more light and energy — markers of an intense and complex set of magnetic fields hovering in the sun’s atmosphere, the corona. This image blends together two sets of wavelengths at 171 and 193 Ångströms, typically colorized in gold and yellow, to create a particularly Halloween-like appearance.

See more spooky sun images and learn more about how the images are created here: http://goo.gl/YY9wS5

Image credit:
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center

#ScienceSunday
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2014-10-20 03:45:31 (12 comments, 18 reshares, 93 +1s)Open 

Pumpkin Pi for All!

My favourite share from today's great crop of posts on +ScienceSunday, this one via +Justin Chung  (Halloween is my favourite holiday, so as a former math major, this one fits the bill). 

You can see more great mathy pumpkins at the Mathematical Association of America's site here: http://goo.gl/a9YUqB And if you carve a mathy pumpkin, they'll add it to their page.

Meanwhile, visit the +ScienceSunday page for more great science stories on topics including how video games can improve your sensorimotor skills, what's the densest way to pack octagons, why distributions matter and statistics is cool, the latest goings on in chemistry this week, and even a chance to grab some amazing art of the cell wallpapers, and perhaps enjoy a groaner or two for #SciencePunday  :)

Tag your posts each week for us with #S... more »

Pumpkin Pi!

Currently trending on Google+ are the hashtags #ScienceSunday, #Punday, and #Halloween2014. So, of course, I now must share this pumpkin carved by Nathan Shields and posted by the Mathematical Association of America.

via www.flickr.com/photos/maaorg/9955531593/in/set-72157635923986946

+ScienceSunday #halloween #pumpkin #pi #math #pun #geek #humor #october #science #scienceeveryday #pundaysunday___Pumpkin Pi for All!

My favourite share from today's great crop of posts on +ScienceSunday, this one via +Justin Chung  (Halloween is my favourite holiday, so as a former math major, this one fits the bill). 

You can see more great mathy pumpkins at the Mathematical Association of America's site here: http://goo.gl/a9YUqB And if you carve a mathy pumpkin, they'll add it to their page.

Meanwhile, visit the +ScienceSunday page for more great science stories on topics including how video games can improve your sensorimotor skills, what's the densest way to pack octagons, why distributions matter and statistics is cool, the latest goings on in chemistry this week, and even a chance to grab some amazing art of the cell wallpapers, and perhaps enjoy a groaner or two for #SciencePunday  :)

Tag your posts each week for us with #ScienceSunday   (or #ScienceEveryday   when it's not #ScienceSunday :)). 

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2014-10-15 21:16:51 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

What's So Odd About Odd Numbers?

Have been checking out a bunch of schools with my son, who'll be applying next year, and came upon the +UChicago Admissions site, which does a great job using Google+ HOAs for virtual info sessions and has my favourite essay prompt of all time (see headline above). 

Although I've already got my undergrad and grad degrees, I almost want to apply to school again just to answer the question. Or maybe I'll just write an essay on the topic anyway.

Would be interested to hear the perspective from a range of folks both from Math backgrounds (+Richard Green ??) and from the Artsy Side (+Bearman Cartoons ??).

Although not all odd numbers are prime, almost all prime numbers are odd (2 messes things up), so this #ScienceSunday  post from last year is a propos: Adam Spencer talks about why he fell in lovewith... more »

What's So Odd About Odd Numbers?

Have been checking out a bunch of schools with my son, who'll be applying next year, and came upon the +UChicago Admissions site, which does a great job using Google+ HOAs for virtual info sessions and has my favourite essay prompt of all time (see headline above). 

Although I've already got my undergrad and grad degrees, I almost want to apply to school again just to answer the question. Or maybe I'll just write an essay on the topic anyway.

Would be interested to hear the perspective from a range of folks both from Math backgrounds (+Richard Green ??) and from the Artsy Side (+Bearman Cartoons ??).

Although not all odd numbers are prime, almost all prime numbers are odd (2 messes things up), so this #ScienceSunday  post from last year is a propos: Adam Spencer talks about why he fell in love with monster prime numbers -  *"Numbers are the musical notes with which the symphony of the universe is written"*  http://goo.gl/Gj5GH0

UChicago's other essay prompts look almost as fun too (https://collegeadmissions.uchicago.edu/apply/essay-questions). 

Given her propensity for massive and amazing photography scavenger hunts, I'm pretty sure +Chrysta Rae would have chosen UChicago as her school of choice if she'd known that they hold the record for the world's largest scavenger hunt. Perhaps a partnership is in order...___

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2014-10-13 14:25:13 (6 comments, 2 reshares, 50 +1s)Open 

Frankenpumpkin or Pumpkinstein

Whichever name you prefer, these pumpkins are pretty amazing.

Tony Dighera spent several years and over $400,000 perfecting the perfect way to grow these Frankenstein-shaped pumpkins. Yes, they grow this way, they aren't carved.

He uses a specially designed plastic mold to shape the first few pumpkins on the vine as they grow - the later growing pumpkins get to be too big, so the molding technique doesn't work.

If you're lucky enough to live on the area where these are sold, you can get one for only $100! Perhaps a bit too steep for most of us, but if you've got the cash to spare, and don't want to get your hands all mucky and gooey from carving, at least you've got another option now ;)

You can read all about these unusual pumpkins in +The New York Times here:... more »

Frankenpumpkin or Pumpkinstein

Whichever name you prefer, these pumpkins are pretty amazing.

Tony Dighera spent several years and over $400,000 perfecting the perfect way to grow these Frankenstein-shaped pumpkins. Yes, they grow this way, they aren't carved.

He uses a specially designed plastic mold to shape the first few pumpkins on the vine as they grow - the later growing pumpkins get to be too big, so the molding technique doesn't work.

If you're lucky enough to live on the area where these are sold, you can get one for only $100! Perhaps a bit too steep for most of us, but if you've got the cash to spare, and don't want to get your hands all mucky and gooey from carving, at least you've got another option now ;)

You can read all about these unusual pumpkins in +The New York Times here: http://goo.gl/zUJ4nf

One more awesome Halloween tip if you go the traditional carving route: spray paint your pumpkin black before carving. The orange glow from the inside contrasts beautifully with the black shell and makes for a stunningly spooky display.

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Photo by Monica Almeida for +The New York Times___

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2014-10-06 03:40:34 (3 comments, 6 reshares, 32 +1s)Open 

This Week in Science
Science Roundup from the Science Media Centre of Canada

A round-up of some of the best science stories of the past week, featured by the +Science Media Centre of Canada (SMCC) | Centre canadien science et médias (CCSM)    (text from the great science writers at the SMCC)

Gold Nanoparticle Antennae Could Boost Solar Cell Performance
Researchers have created tiny gold antennae that gather and concentrate light in order to increase the efficiency of solar cells by up to ten per cent. Solar cells often don’t absorb very well in the red or infrared part of the solar spectrum. Previous researchers have tried to use gold nanoparticles – which do capture and concentrate light at these frequencies – to boost performance.

The new antennas look more like filaments assembled to form sparse nets and use a much smaller amount of gold–  the bu... more »

This Week in Science
Science Roundup from the Science Media Centre of Canada

A round-up of some of the best science stories of the past week, featured by the +Science Media Centre of Canada (SMCC) | Centre canadien science et médias (CCSM)    (text from the great science writers at the SMCC)

Gold Nanoparticle Antennae Could Boost Solar Cell Performance
Researchers have created tiny gold antennae that gather and concentrate light in order to increase the efficiency of solar cells by up to ten per cent. Solar cells often don’t absorb very well in the red or infrared part of the solar spectrum. Previous researchers have tried to use gold nanoparticles – which do capture and concentrate light at these frequencies – to boost performance.

The new antennas look more like filaments assembled to form sparse nets and use a much smaller amount of gold –  the building block are clusters of as little as 144 atoms.

The process for making them is simple and inexpensive, and could be used on ordinary silicon solar cells as well as emerging technologies like organic solar cells, which are cheaper but currently limited by low efficiency.

Roots of culture: How chimps learn from each other
It’s long been suspected that tool use in chimps is passed on socially, but a new study catches them in the act and puts a number on the impact.

Researchers observing chimps in Uganda noticed that when one adult male discovered a new way of using leaves and moss to soak up water for drinking, others observing him quickly started using the same tools.

Using simulations of behaviour transmission on the observed social networks, the researchers were able to calculate that each chimp observing the behaviour was 15 times more likely to learn it themselves, while those that simply found discarded tools were not as likely to pick it up.

The findings shed light on how humans developed cultural practices.

DNA signature in ice storm babies
A new study has detected a distinctive signature in the DNA of children born in the aftermath of the 1998 Quebec ice storm.

Five months after the 1998 Quebec ice storm, researchers recruited women who had been pregnant during the disaster and assessed their degrees of distress in a study called Project Ice Storm. Fifteen years later, they found that DNA inside the T cells – a type of immune system cell – of 36 children was modified with a specific pattern of methyl molecules.

This type of DNA modification, called methylation, plays a role in the way the gene express themselves. However the health impacts of these particular changes are not yet known.

This study is the first to show that stress in pregnant women did cause long lasting changes in the genome of their babies.

The highs and lows of marijuana use
A new study helps explain why the same drug can have opposite effects at different doses.

Using a drug that binds to cannabinoid receptors in the brain – the same ones that are activated by cannabis – researchers showed the precise pathway by which low doses stimulate the brain’s dopamine system, which can lead to an emotional response, including fear and paranoia. However, at high doses, the same pathway causes the dopamine system to shut down, blunting emotional responses and leading to apathetic behaviour.

The team also found that other drugs acting on different receptors could prevent these negative responses (i.e., fear/paranoia or apathy). This could offer a safer way for patients who need marijuana for pain to take the drug while reducing the emotional side effects.

Video here: Western University researchers explain the highs and lows of marijuana use

On the origins of the monarch butterfly
Monarch butterflies originated in North America 20,000 years ago at the end of the last glacial maximum before dispersing out to locations around the world, a new study shows.

The authors sequenced the whole genome of 101 monarch butterflies from around the world to better understand the genetic basis of its migration patterns.

The researchers also found that monarch’s distinct bright orange colour is controlled by a single gene not found in any other insects.

More information on these great science stories and others at http://sciencemediacentre.ca/

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Original references:

R Bauld, M Hesari, MS Workentin & G Fanchini  (2014) Tessellated gold nanostructures from Au144(SCH2CH2Ph)60 molecular precursors and their use in organic solar cell enhancement Nanoscale,6, 7570-7575  DOI: 10.1039/C4NR01821D
http://goo.gl/X99mSL

C Hobaiter, T Poisot, K Zuberbühler, W Hoppitt & T Gruber (2014) Social Network Analysis Shows Direct Evidence for Social Transmission of Tool Use in Wild Chimpanzees PLoS Biology, September 30, 2014 DOI: 10.1371/journal.pbio.1001960
http://goo.gl/spsjWJ

L Cao-Lei, R Massart, MJ Suderman, Z Machnes, G Elgbeili, DP Laplante, M Szyf & S King (2014) DNA Methylation Signatures Triggered by Prenatal Maternal Stress Exposure to a Natural Disaster: Project Ice Storm PLoS ONE, September 19, 2014 DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0107653
http://goo.gl/OQN9f3


B Draycott, M Loureiro, T Ahmad, H Tan, J Zunder & SR Laviolette (2014) Cannabinoid Transmission in the Prefrontal Cortex Bi-Phasically Controls Emotional Memory Formation via Functional Interactions with the Ventral Tegmental Area The Journal of Neuroscience, 24 September 2014, 34(39): 13096-13109; doi: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.1297-14.2014
http://goo.gl/prnSwI

S Zhan, W Zhang, K Niitepõld, J Hsu, J Fernández Haeger, MP Zalucki, S Altizer, JC de Roode, SM Reppert & MR Kronforst The genetics of monarch butterfly migration and warning colouration Nature (2014) doi:10.1038/nature13812
http://goo.gl/RLC2yL

photo/image credits: Henry Leparskas; Catherine Hobaiter; Doug, flickr.com http://goo.gl/4TuykK; sheezil.deviantart.com; Jaap de Roode

#ScienceSunday  ___

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2014-10-06 03:12:22 (13 comments, 34 reshares, 92 +1s)Open 

Flights of Fury

So much great science at +ScienceSunday today. Here's one of my favourite posts, shared by co-curator +Carissa Braun  - the following text is from her share. Be sure to check out the page for more great #ScienceSunday  stories!

And if you're interested in hummingbirds check out my past post on a human hummingbird feeder!
http://goo.gl/7aYunl
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In flight, hummingbirds create tip vortices which help support body weight. Many insects have similar aerodynamic mechanisms, but do not create the tip vortices. The flight of a bat has a sharp retraction of the wing during upstroke, but a broad sweep of partially extended wings at downstroke. The elevation and flight speed are not constant, but do oscillate in synchrony with the movements of the wing. Geese rely on the tertials to provide weight-support throughout wingbeat whiledr... more »

Flight Videos Deconstructed
http://tabletopwhale.com/

Awesome :)___Flights of Fury

So much great science at +ScienceSunday today. Here's one of my favourite posts, shared by co-curator +Carissa Braun  - the following text is from her share. Be sure to check out the page for more great #ScienceSunday  stories!

And if you're interested in hummingbirds check out my past post on a human hummingbird feeder!
http://goo.gl/7aYunl
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In flight, hummingbirds create tip vortices which help support body weight. Many insects have similar aerodynamic mechanisms, but do not create the tip vortices. The flight of a bat has a sharp retraction of the wing during upstroke, but a broad sweep of partially extended wings at downstroke. The elevation and flight speed are not constant, but do oscillate in synchrony with the movements of the wing. Geese rely on the tertials to provide weight-support throughout wingbeat while dragonflies must be equip to handle the sticky air of lower speeds. All creatures of flight have different adaptations depending on their needs, and the visual   shares gives a glimpse of the various aerodynamic mechanisms that are employed.

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2014-10-03 17:52:46 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Calling all Grad Students and Postdocs

+McMaster University School of Graduate Studies sponsors a program called SPICES - Student Proposals for Intellectual Community and Engaged Scholarship (modelled after +Stanford University 's SPICE program, thanks so much to the folks there for working with us to get it going!).

Among the many projects we've funded over the years is Conversations in Academia - run by students and postdoctoral fellows to create on ongoing and evolving conversation on issues of interest and importance for grad students and postdocs, whether they plan to continue on in academia or not.

They've just put out an open call for contributors, and it would be great if they had voices from all around the world, not just from McMaster or Canada. 

We'll be linking to some of their work (blogs, videos of paneldi... more »

1. Are you a grad student or postdoc with opinions you'd like to share about the gap between the university and the public?
2. Are you a graduate student or postdoctoral fellow who has been approached by the media recently? Was there anything interesting you'd like to share about this experience?

If so, Conversations in Academia would like to hear from you! They are looking to publish original essays by grad students or postdocs. Essays will feature experiences with - or opinions on - communicating academic research to the public! Submissions should be honest, insightful, funny, entertaining - or some combination! Email conversationsinacademia(at)gmail.com, if you are interested or would like more information.

Website: http://www.conversations-in-academia.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/conversationsinacademia/___Calling all Grad Students and Postdocs

+McMaster University School of Graduate Studies sponsors a program called SPICES - Student Proposals for Intellectual Community and Engaged Scholarship (modelled after +Stanford University 's SPICE program, thanks so much to the folks there for working with us to get it going!).

Among the many projects we've funded over the years is Conversations in Academia - run by students and postdoctoral fellows to create on ongoing and evolving conversation on issues of interest and importance for grad students and postdocs, whether they plan to continue on in academia or not.

They've just put out an open call for contributors, and it would be great if they had voices from all around the world, not just from McMaster or Canada. 

We'll be linking to some of their work (blogs, videos of panel discussions, etc.) on our new professional skills training website:  MyGradSkills.com, so check things out there too. It is evolving as we add more content and we're working out partnership and membership agreements with universities around the world, so if you'd like to get access, have your graduate dean or equivalent be in touch with me.

You can also follow @GPSkills on twitter for more grad pro skills information 

#GradProSkills  

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2014-10-02 15:24:12 (5 comments, 14 reshares, 57 +1s)Open 

Life Abounds in the Sea

The scale of these critters is phenomenal.

via +Mindy Weisberger r
#ScienceEveryday when it's not #ScienceSunday

In a handful of mud, a gorgeous cascade of marine species and an excellent lesson about ocean biodiversity. 

http://www.wired.com/2012/01/seafloor-life

Photo: +Craig McClain / Deep Sea News___Life Abounds in the Sea

The scale of these critters is phenomenal.

via +Mindy Weisberger r
#ScienceEveryday when it's not #ScienceSunday

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2014-10-01 21:31:55 (10 comments, 3 reshares, 43 +1s)Open 

If girls can see it, they can be it
~Geena Davis

Great Googly initiatives to help increase the numbers of girls who code.

#ScienceEveryday +STEM Women on G+

Why Google Cares about CS Education

Did you know that the number of women in Computer Science has dropped every year since 1984? Today, only 18% of all Computer Scientists are women.  Learn how Google is thinking about increasing CS opportunities for all students here: goo.gl/4Xwa5L___If girls can see it, they can be it
~Geena Davis

Great Googly initiatives to help increase the numbers of girls who code.

#ScienceEveryday +STEM Women on G+

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2014-09-29 04:12:43 (2 comments, 3 reshares, 53 +1s)Open 

Daily Levitation

Every once in a while, someone plusses or comments on a post I made what seems like forever ago, and it always brings a smile to my face.

Today, that smile came from +Giovanni Piliarvu, who reminded me about the awesome photography of +Natsumi Hayashi, and her Daily Levitation series from back in 2011.

She and her photography have come a long way since back then, with loads of publicity and exhibits. But the magic of her images remains, so I had to share it with all of you!

If you want to see the general BTS for her images, it's at her website:

http://yowayowacamera.com/

where you also can see more of her magical images.

(*BTS = behind the scenes)

Forget planking - +Natsumi Hayashi levitates.

http://yowayowacamera.com/___Daily Levitation

Every once in a while, someone plusses or comments on a post I made what seems like forever ago, and it always brings a smile to my face.

Today, that smile came from +Giovanni Piliarvu, who reminded me about the awesome photography of +Natsumi Hayashi, and her Daily Levitation series from back in 2011.

She and her photography have come a long way since back then, with loads of publicity and exhibits. But the magic of her images remains, so I had to share it with all of you!

If you want to see the general BTS for her images, it's at her website:

http://yowayowacamera.com/

where you also can see more of her magical images.

(*BTS = behind the scenes)

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2014-09-28 20:50:31 (4 comments, 7 reshares, 66 +1s)Open 

This Week in Science
Science Roundup from the Science Media Centre of Canada

A round-up of some of the best science stories of the past week, featured by the +Science Media Centre of Canada (SMCC) | Centre canadien science et médias (CCSM) (text from the great science writers at the SMCC)
 
David vs. Goliath: How Small Birds Compete
One might think that larger birds invariably win fights with smaller ones, but a new study explains why that is not always the case.

Researchers studied vultures at carcasses, hummingbirds at nectar sources, as well as antbirds and woodcreepers at army ant swarms to discover that some small birds have evolved ways to beat their opponents. These include enhanced maneuverability, new fighting techniques, and more well-developed talons.

The researchers found that the more distantly related the bird species wereto... more »

This Week in Science
Science Roundup from the Science Media Centre of Canada

A round-up of some of the best science stories of the past week, featured by the +Science Media Centre of Canada (SMCC) | Centre canadien science et médias (CCSM) (text from the great science writers at the SMCC)
 
David vs. Goliath: How Small Birds Compete
One might think that larger birds invariably win fights with smaller ones, but a new study explains why that is not always the case.

Researchers studied vultures at carcasses, hummingbirds at nectar sources, as well as antbirds and woodcreepers at army ant swarms to discover that some small birds have evolved ways to beat their opponents. These include enhanced maneuverability, new fighting techniques, and more well-developed talons.

The researchers found that the more distantly related the bird species were to each other, the more likely the smaller birds were to win, suggesting that the advantages of large size – at least as far as fighting goes – are more likely to break down over evolutionary time.

Lab-Grown Cells Could Help Combat Heart Disease
For the first time, researchers have grown a type of heart cell called an epicardial cell from stem cells in the lab, an accomplishment that could help in developing new treatments for heart disease.

Epicardial cells form a protective membrane around the adult heart, and during fetal life provide a source of specialized structural cells essential for development and function of the heart. While heart muscle cells have been grown from stem cells before, until now the guiding signals needed to turn stem cells into epicardial cells were unknown.

Researchers are closer to producing functional heart tissue using engineering or 3D printing strategies now that both cell types can be grown. Such tissue could be used to study heart disease, test new drugs and perhaps one day be transplanted into patients to repair damaged hearts.

Water Flowing Upside-down
A new study shows water in certain stretches of the 542-kilometre Fraser Canyon in British Columbia is flowing ‘upside-down’, a discovery that helps explain why the canyon walls remain so steep.

Researchers discovered that high velocity water flows down into deep pools and then upwells along the canyon walls, such that the water along the bottom flowing faster than at the top. They employed a raft-mounted acoustic device that used the Doppler effect from sound waves to determine how fast water flows at various points and depths along the Fraser River.

This is the opposite to most rivers, where the water near the bottom is slowed by friction. The fast-moving flow scours the bottom and sides of the canyon rather than depositing sediment as slower-moving water would; this keeps the cliffs sheer.

The hydraulic study helps us understand the critical role of climate-linked processes like erosion in forming mountain ranges, which in turn affect the climate and soil conditions for those living near them.

Water Found on Neptune-Sized Exoplanet
Astronomers have detected water vapour in the atmosphere of Neptune-sized exoplanet. Previously, it had only been possible to measure the atmospheric composition in large, Jupiter-sized exoplanets.

Using a technique called transmission spectroscopy with which they analysed the light spectrum coming from the exoplanet, they’ve detected water molecules in the atmosphere of HAT-P-11b, an exoplanet with a radius about 4 times bigger than the Earth. This is the smallest exoplanet to date on which researchers have been able to detect water.

Old Drug May Be Key to New Antibiotics
Researchers screening old drugs for new uses have found one that offers a previously untapped strategy for preventing the growth of harmful bacteria.

Many antibiotics work by interfering with the bacterial ribosome, a kind of biochemical workshop where proteins and enzymes needed for the growth of the bacterium are produced. In this case, the team wanted a drug that would prevent the bacterial ribosome from forming in the first place, rather than just mess with its functioning.

The researchers set up an experiment to screen thousands of already-approved drugs for their ability to do this and found one – lamotrigine, currently used an anticonvulsant drug – capable of doing so. The result offers a new strategy to help fight bacterial infections, which could be critical in the face of increasing bacterial resistance to existing antibiotics.

How are your Science Smarts?
The Agenda with Steve Paikin, a current affairs television program on TVO, recently featured a panel of experts to discuss the importance of science literacy. Watch the episode here: The Scientific Citizen

The Agenda has additionally created an online quiz (available here: http://goo.gl/53UVdo) for viewers to test how scientifically literate they are. 
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More information on these great science stories and others at http://sciencemediacentre.ca/

Original references
PR Martin & CK Ghalambor (2104) When David beats Goliath: The advantage of large size in interspecific aggressive contests declines over evolutionary time. PLoS One, doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0108741 http://goo.gl/PrvY8Y

AD Witty et al. (2014) Generation of the epicardial lineage from human pluripotent stem cells. Nature Biotechnology, doi: 10.1038/nbt.3002 http://goo.gl/SzVUtT

JG Venditti et al. (2014) Flow in bedrock canyons. Nature, 513, 534-537. doi: 10.1038/nature13779 http://goo.gl/jZ1h3Y

JM Stokes, JH David, CS Mangat, JR Williamson & ED Brown (2014) Discovery of a small molecule that inhibits bacterial ribosome biogenesis.  eLife, doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.7554/eLife.03574 http://goo.gl/lV4WIj

J Fraine et al. (2014) Water vapour absorption in the clear atmosphere of a Neptune-sized exoplanet. Nature, 513, 526-529. doi: 10.1038/nature13785 http://goo.gl/brm0JR

Photo/image credits: Queen’s University, Horla Varlan/flickr, NASA/JPL-Caltech, Jeremy Venditti, Shawn French/McMaster University, Alec Witty

#ScienceSunday  ___

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2014-09-28 17:33:43 (15 comments, 21 reshares, 113 +1s)Open 

That's the way the ball bounces

A great post from today's stories on +ScienceSunday  (text from our SciSun share):

Even if it might have taken them a number of tries before they got the ball in the glass, this still is a pretty great example some basics principles of physics, and would be a fun weekend project to try at home.

You can get more information about the way it all works via the +PBS project description here: http://goo.gl/ZBjl80  A brief excerpt highlights some conditions you'll need to make sure it works.

It is important to mention that some particular conditions must exist in order for the Law of Reflection to be applied. The ball must be perfectly round, and not weighted in any part. And there can be no spin placed on the ball—that is, it cannot be spinning along an axis other than the horizontal one about which it movestowa... more »

When you're bored why not turn to physics to entertain you? 

#ScienceEveryday   #Physics   #ScienceGIFs  

via: http://www.likecool.com/Gif_luck--Pic--Gear.html___That's the way the ball bounces

A great post from today's stories on +ScienceSunday  (text from our SciSun share):

Even if it might have taken them a number of tries before they got the ball in the glass, this still is a pretty great example some basics principles of physics, and would be a fun weekend project to try at home.

You can get more information about the way it all works via the +PBS project description here: http://goo.gl/ZBjl80  A brief excerpt highlights some conditions you'll need to make sure it works.

It is important to mention that some particular conditions must exist in order for the Law of Reflection to be applied. The ball must be perfectly round, and not weighted in any part. And there can be no spin placed on the ball—that is, it cannot be spinning along an axis other than the horizontal one about which it moves toward the wall. The surface that the ball hits must be completely flat and not able to be moved upon impact. Also, there can be no other external force applied to the ball, as that may change its direction. For example, if a person pushes the ball or a wind gust affects it or the ball hits some bumps on the surface, then its path will change. If any of the conditions are not met, the Law of Reflection cannot be applied to the situation.

#ScienceSunday  

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2014-09-28 16:56:08 (25 comments, 25 reshares, 98 +1s)Open 

Walking on Sunshine a Microtubule

From last week's +ScienceSunday shares via +Aida Hazlan and +Rajini Rao .

Check us out this week for more great Science stories, images, and perhaps even a poem...

Edit (h/t +Michael Northrop  for the question): The gif below is a clip from The Inner Life of a Cell,  a short animation. You can see more about how it's made here:  http://www.studiodaily.com/2006/07/cellular-visions-the-inner-life-of-a-cell/

#ScienceSunday  

Kinesin protein walking on microtubule

Kinesin is a protein that moves things around the cell. That filament is a protein strand that gives the cell structure. That vesicle is a big blob full of cellular product that the cell wants to transport somewhere else. It is driven by ATP hydrolysis.

Via : http://goo.gl/JkPeqZ #scienceeveryday  

+Rajini Rao has written an excellent G+ post on this hard working molecular motor . Here's the link : http://goo.gl/KmlxaS___Walking on Sunshine a Microtubule

From last week's +ScienceSunday shares via +Aida Hazlan and +Rajini Rao .

Check us out this week for more great Science stories, images, and perhaps even a poem...

Edit (h/t +Michael Northrop  for the question): The gif below is a clip from The Inner Life of a Cell,  a short animation. You can see more about how it's made here:  http://www.studiodaily.com/2006/07/cellular-visions-the-inner-life-of-a-cell/

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2014-09-23 03:27:15 (7 comments, 75 reshares, 127 +1s)Open 

Thesaurus

a little late for #ScienceSunday  and  #SciencePunday  , but just in time for #MondayPunday   ;)

h/t Ming Kuo via FB

Thesaurus

a little late for #ScienceSunday  and  #SciencePunday  , but just in time for #MondayPunday   ;)

h/t Ming Kuo via FB___

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2014-09-22 18:10:48 (6 comments, 2 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

Lost in Translation
communicating research beyond the ivory towers

I'll be speaking Wednesday evening about science outreach and communicating research to the media and to the general public.

Anyone in the Hamilton area, come on by - there will be a lot of time for Q&A, so the more engaged the audience is the better.

They'll be filming the session and posting it on YouTube later, so even if you can't be there in person, you'll still be able to see it. I'll post the link info once that's set up.

Meanwhile, if there are questions you'd like to address to me or any of the panel members in advance, feel free to post them in the comments and I will pass them on to the MC.

Check out the event on Facebook » http://tinyurl.com/mrfes2u___Lost in Translation
communicating research beyond the ivory towers

I'll be speaking Wednesday evening about science outreach and communicating research to the media and to the general public.

Anyone in the Hamilton area, come on by - there will be a lot of time for Q&A, so the more engaged the audience is the better.

They'll be filming the session and posting it on YouTube later, so even if you can't be there in person, you'll still be able to see it. I'll post the link info once that's set up.

Meanwhile, if there are questions you'd like to address to me or any of the panel members in advance, feel free to post them in the comments and I will pass them on to the MC.

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2014-09-20 19:53:06 (3 comments, 3 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

MyGradSkills.ca
Find your future, in labs, libraries, lectures, and beyond!

+University Affairs published a wonderful story about the online tools we've just launched to help graduate students and postdoctoral fellows develop their professional skills. 

As we've been discussing on +Bill McGarvey 's page, nowadays it is more typical for graduate students to end up working outside of academia than within it. Students gain terrific skills in their graduate programs, but we need to give them a bit more training to learn how to apply that knowledge in non-academic settings.

Communication to the public differs from communication to a thesis committee. A resume is quite a different beast than a CV. And everyone can benefit by learning how to balance work and life a little better. 

We've already got about 6500 users, and people are stilllea... more »

MyGradSkills.ca
Find your future, in labs, libraries, lectures, and beyond!

+University Affairs published a wonderful story about the online tools we've just launched to help graduate students and postdoctoral fellows develop their professional skills. 

As we've been discussing on +Bill McGarvey 's page, nowadays it is more typical for graduate students to end up working outside of academia than within it. Students gain terrific skills in their graduate programs, but we need to give them a bit more training to learn how to apply that knowledge in non-academic settings.

Communication to the public differs from communication to a thesis committee. A resume is quite a different beast than a CV. And everyone can benefit by learning how to balance work and life a little better. 

We've already got about 6500 users, and people are still learning about it. It's free for every graduate student and postdoc in Ontario, and we're about to open it up to faculty so they can get a better idea how to guide their students, as well as working out a plan to provide global access at no cost to students around the world.

If you check it out, let me know what you think or if you see any bugs/glitches. And if you have ideas for new resources for us to include, just let me know.

#gradproskills   #highered   #onlinelearning  ___

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2014-09-17 19:38:06 (5 comments, 4 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

Songs of Scottish Independence or Not

Regardless of where you sit on the answer to tomorrow's referendum on an independent Scotland, one thing everyone can agree on is that +Sky News did a great job putting together this auto-tuned version of key politicians making their cases.

The video shows Alex Salmond (leader of the Scottish National Party), Alistair Darling (leader of the pro-union Better Together campaign), and David Cameron (British Prime Minister) singing, respectively,  _I Want to Break Free,_   Never Gonna Give You Up,  and We Are Never, Ever Getting Back Together.

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via +The Atlantic  (http://goo.gl/spiI1o). See also their wonderful photo spread showing the people who will be voting, and why they've chosen which way to vote: http://goo.gl/jkUqMh  The photo of a young woman seemingly floating above water as she does atradit... more »

Songs of Scottish Independence or Not

Regardless of where you sit on the answer to tomorrow's referendum on an independent Scotland, one thing everyone can agree on is that +Sky News did a great job putting together this auto-tuned version of key politicians making their cases.

The video shows Alex Salmond (leader of the Scottish National Party), Alistair Darling (leader of the pro-union Better Together campaign), and David Cameron (British Prime Minister) singing, respectively,  _I Want to Break Free,_   Never Gonna Give You Up,  and We Are Never, Ever Getting Back Together.

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via +The Atlantic  (http://goo.gl/spiI1o). See also their wonderful photo spread showing the people who will be voting, and why they've chosen which way to vote: http://goo.gl/jkUqMh  The photo of a young woman seemingly floating above water as she does a traditional Scottish dance is particularly mesmerizing.___

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2014-09-14 23:59:45 (20 comments, 3 reshares, 60 +1s)Open 

Into the Mystic

We were born before the wind
Also younger than the sun
Ere the bonnie boat was won
As we sailed into the mystic

Hark, now hear the sailors cry
Smell the sea and feel the sky
Let your soul and spirit fly
Into the mystic

~Van Morrison

I love the sights, smells, and sounds at Hamilton's habour and marinas, harkening back to our history as one of Canada's key port cities (http://goo.gl/ItzB8T). Just wish summer would last a bit longer....





Into the Mystic

We were born before the wind
Also younger than the sun
Ere the bonnie boat was won
As we sailed into the mystic

Hark, now hear the sailors cry
Smell the sea and feel the sky
Let your soul and spirit fly
Into the mystic

~Van Morrison

I love the sights, smells, and sounds at Hamilton's habour and marinas, harkening back to our history as one of Canada's key port cities (http://goo.gl/ItzB8T). Just wish summer would last a bit longer....



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2014-09-14 20:56:03 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

Burning Man

Thanks to +Trey Ratcliff , photographer extraordinaire, for helping us all live Burning Man vicariously through him and his art. This is a simply spectacular album, and I'm looking forward to seeing what he shoots (photographically speaking) in Africa.

#PhotoShareOfTheDay

Burning Man 2014 — The Collection

100 of my favorite photos from Burning Man in 2014! I'm now off to Africa for a month starting today... Namibia, Botswana, and South Africa! Very excited! 

All photos are here for you to share, use as wallpapers or whatever! Have fun! See the full Burning Man album (all ultra hi-rez) at http://stuckincustoms.smugmug.com/Burning-Man-Page 

Wondering about taking photos and the "dust problem" at Burning Man? I wrote a blog post here: http://www.stuckincustoms.com/2014/09/11/burning-man-and-the-dust/ (A common question I get on almost every photo!)

And thanks again for all the comments — I read them all but don't always have time to respond... my apologies!___Burning Man

Thanks to +Trey Ratcliff , photographer extraordinaire, for helping us all live Burning Man vicariously through him and his art. This is a simply spectacular album, and I'm looking forward to seeing what he shoots (photographically speaking) in Africa.

#PhotoShareOfTheDay

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2014-09-14 20:11:16 (6 comments, 7 reshares, 69 +1s)Open 

Aurora Beauty

So much great (and gorgeous) science at +ScienceSunday today, but this has to be my favourite share.

From our text in the #ScienceSunday post:

You can enjoy the beauty here, and read more about how these beautiful aurora colours change with atmospheric elements, along with lots of other great aurora links, in this share from +Aida Hazlan
http://goo.gl/vqmK4Q

and in this wonderful short video from +NASA on the role of solar flares and magnetic fields on auroras: Space Weather and Earth's Aurora http://goo.gl/4wRfA5

Also check out this past share via +Denise Case of a real time aurora
http://goo.gl/dXrZCD


h/t +Mike Taylo +ScienceSunday
#ScienceSunday

The intense aurora flare up on September 12 at 8:38 PM in central Maine as shot from the unused train tracks along Unity Pond. No color saturation needed, Mother Nature provided a brilliant display of lights. This is one frame from a time lapse that will be featured in my upcoming short film Shot In The Dark.

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So much great (and gorgeous) science at +ScienceSunday today, but this has to be my favourite share.

From our text in the #ScienceSunday post:

You can enjoy the beauty here, and read more about how these beautiful aurora colours change with atmospheric elements, along with lots of other great aurora links, in this share from +Aida Hazlan
http://goo.gl/vqmK4Q

and in this wonderful short video from +NASA on the role of solar flares and magnetic fields on auroras: Space Weather and Earth's Aurora http://goo.gl/4wRfA5

Also check out this past share via +Denise Case of a real time aurora
http://goo.gl/dXrZCD


h/t +Mike Taylo +ScienceSunday
#ScienceSunday

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2014-09-14 16:50:55 (10 comments, 16 reshares, 120 +1s)Open 

Surf's Up!
The art and science of surfing

Having lived in California for 8 years, I have a number of friends who are serious surfers, and it is always great fun to watch them ride the waves. But where do the waves come from? and How do surfers stay on top of them? Physics abounds when it comes to surfing.

Where do waves come from?
A storm affecting a large range of water far out in the ocean for a long time, creates waves of different wavelengths. The longer waves, travel faster than the shorter waves. When the beach is far away from the waves' origin, the more dispersed they will be, creating isolated, nice big waves at the beach. 

How do surfers balance and move?
Gravity pulls you down; buoyancy pushes you up; and the drag force gives friction against your direction of motion. When you're riding the wave, all of the... more »

Surf's Up!
The art and science of surfing

Having lived in California for 8 years, I have a number of friends who are serious surfers, and it is always great fun to watch them ride the waves. But where do the waves come from? and How do surfers stay on top of them? Physics abounds when it comes to surfing.

Where do waves come from?
A storm affecting a large range of water far out in the ocean for a long time, creates waves of different wavelengths. The longer waves, travel faster than the shorter waves. When the beach is far away from the waves' origin, the more dispersed they will be, creating isolated, nice big waves at the beach. 

How do surfers balance and move?
Gravity pulls you down; buoyancy pushes you up; and the drag force gives friction against your direction of motion. When you're riding the wave, all of the forces balance, and when surfers shift their position on the board, it changes interaction between the gravity and buoyancy forces, allowing you to turn. Then, with luck and a bit of practice, you can realign the forces to regain balance.

+Piled Higher and Deeper (PHD Comics) 's Jorge Cham made a great video a few years describing the formation of the waves and the physics of surfing, while Jorge himself tried to learn to surf. Although he wipes out more than hangs ten, he does a great job of explaining how it all works: http://goo.gl/wMbx65

+Paul Doherty wrote a wonderful piece for the +Exploratorium with even more detail on the physics of waves and surfing: http://goo.gl/cCUs7P

and if you really want the mathematics behind it all, check out this amazing book, The Physics of Ocean Waves (for physicists and surfers), by +Michael Twardos : http://goo.gl/zgfNGS  Because waves are so complex, it is a great introduction to a wide range of topics in mathematics and physics.

Finally, for those of you who just want to see amazingly cool images of surfing and waves from the perspective of someone underwater, check out this wonderful short film by +Morgan Maassen for +National Geographic : A Hypnotic Journey Through Waves and Water http://goo.gl/ptP0la

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image from +National Geographic , a clip from +Morgan Maassen 's short film

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2014-09-11 15:23:54 (1 comments, 14 reshares, 148 +1s)Open 

Remembering

Like so many, we lost a loved one on 9/11. So our thoughts and hearts are with the friends and families of those who perished, and with everyone for whom today will be forever etched in our memories.

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photo credit: World Trade Center Memorial by Denise Gould 

Remembering

Like so many, we lost a loved one on 9/11. So our thoughts and hearts are with the friends and families of those who perished, and with everyone for whom today will be forever etched in our memories.

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photo credit: World Trade Center Memorial by Denise Gould ___

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