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Andrew Carpenter has been shared in 81 public circles

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GuruOmBha0This 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 #circle2014-12-11 16:27:34414309
GuruOmBha0This 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 #circle2014-12-11 16:27:20414001
George Clark11,406Grow your G+ community with people that share amazing content that will surprise you:If 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 circles (If you haven't already)2 - Share the circle (Publicly) - (cc) me in the comments on the share and I can add you to the next circle immediately.  Otherwise I may not notice your activity!3 - Add +1 to the post.4 - Leave a comment if you like.5 - Add the circle or just check it out.Follow your dreams, Share and Be Shared.More you share more you get! :)Thanks!#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 2014-12-05 07:48:39416707292
Markos Giannopoulos22,807A circle of relevance and engagement // It's been a while since I've done a circle like this, I've been neglecting my duties! This is a thank you to people who have engaged with my recents posts, added me in an original circle of their own and also people which Google has ranked them to be of high relevance to my posts and my overall G+ tastes.  So, thank you for making my Google+ better! :) As always, this circle could not be created without +Circloscope and +CircleCount  #circlesunday   #circleshare   #circlediscovery   #engagers   #relevance  2014-11-02 13:08:162295210
Maria Morisot31,439Moan Lisa's All Kinds of People Shared Circle03 June, 2014RESHARE if you want to be includedmoanlisa.org2014-06-03 14:18:412999794116
Becky Collins10,439Super Science Circle :Circle of very #social #engagerspeople and companiesTo be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest) Ex: Fashion, SEO, Companies, Social Media Marketing, Sailing, Photography, Bloggers/Writers, Web graphics and design, Italy, Artists, Sport, Finance/Economy ...3 - include the circle among your circles4 - share the circle (include yourself)Improve your popularity, be social be cool !Keep yourself updated, enjoy the Shared Circles Hellenic Alliance, you can share your shared circles inside the upcoming Community:https://plus.google.com/communities/112552559573595396104  #socialmedia  #media  #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing  #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins ?2014-05-31 05:09:154901211
John Nuntiatio37,221#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #bestcircle #news   #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport #small   #smallcircle #tennis #golf #photography #health #weightloss 2014-05-27 06:18:55201172
Adam Black6,732Transhumans CircleBy popular Demand,  I am sharing some of my Circles. This is +Mark Bruce  Transhumans Circle  Plus Others Ive been adding.If you are tagged,  you are in it.Web Link for Mobile https://plus.google.com/u/0/+AdamBlack/posts/6iQmLpEj1Zm #sharedcircles   #GeekCulture   #ScienceSunday #Transhumans #Transhumanism #HumanPlus  2014-04-13 06:25:0424522733
Krzysztof Skomra4,828New circle 201404031. Plus this post2. Leave a comment (introduce yourself, if you’d like)3. Add this circle to your circles4. Add yourself to the circle5. Share this circle publicly to your stream1. Dodaj Plus dla postu 2. Zostaw komentarz (przedstaw ślad po sobie, jeśli chcesz) 3. Dodaj ten krąg do swoich kręgów 4. Dodaj się do kręgu 5. Poleć ten krąg publicznie do strumienia #techlover   #photographers   #bloggers   #circle   #circleshare   #circlesharing  #circles   #share   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircles   #sharemycircles  #sharemycircle   #iwillfollow   #followback   #followers#cardphoto   #circle #circles #publiccircle #circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharedcircle #morefollowers #sharingcircles #circleshare#sharedpubliccircles #sharedpublicircles #sharedcircle #AddCircle #FindCircles #AwesomeCircle #addcircle #addpeople #circlemeup 2014-04-03 21:55:02501349
Aleksander Adamczyk0New circle 201404031. Dodaj Plus dla postu 2. Zostaw komentarz (przedstaw ślad po sobie, jeśli chcesz) 3. Dodaj ten krąg do swoich kręgów 4. Dodaj się do kręgu 5. Poleć ten krąg publicznie do strumienia EN.1. Plus this post2. Leave a comment (introduce yourself, if you’d like)3. Add this circle to your circles4. Add yourself to the circle5. Share this circle publicly to your stream#techlover   #photographers   #bloggers   #circle   #circleshare   #circlesharing  #circles   #share   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircles   #sharemycircles  #sharemycircle   #iwillfollow   #followback   #followers#cardphoto   #circle #circles #publiccircle #circleshare #circlesharing#sharedcircles #sharedcircle #morefollowers #sharingcircles #circleshare#sharedpubliccircles #sharedpublicircles #sharedcircle #AddCircle #FindCircles#AwesomeCircle #addcircle #addpeople #circlemeup #circlesdiscovery  2014-04-03 21:29:32501011
Jack C Crawford86,096Another cool circle.2014-03-22 17:03:555000517
Matthew J Price8,236It's been some time since I shared my favorite circle: Accelerated Thinkers.  These 91 people are the ones I trust with bringing me the good news every day, and leading the conversation about the future of humanity.  Thank you so much!2014-03-22 04:25:4591103
Carlos Esteban39,158ENGAGERS and other INTERESTING PEOPLE Here you will find a sample of recent and repeat engagers, people that include me in shared circles, and people that publish interesting, useful or amusing posts. Add the circle and check them out. Maybe you like some of them! Feel free to re-share the circle :) Have a great Sunday! #circles #circlethis #circleyoushare #sharedcircles #addcircle #sharedpubliccircles #growfollowers #circleshare #publicsharedcircles #circleoftheweek #circlesharing #publiccircle #findcircles #circlemeup #sharedcircle #circleshare  #thursdaycircle   #thursdaycircleshared   #circlethursday #circle 2014#72014-03-16 14:11:22498604562
John Nuntiatio29,572#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-12 06:21:31469006
John Nuntiatio29,572#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-12 06:20:51469102
John Nuntiatio28,116circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #newcircle #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport #health   #entertainment   #news  2014-02-23 08:38:002986725
Carlos Esteban35,966ENGAGERS and other INTERESTING PEOPLE Here you will find: ►A sample of recent and repeat engagers with my posts on #science, #animals and #landscape pictures, #sciencefiction and #humor. ►Some people that include me in the circles that they curate… or that have not included me yet but I would love to be :) ►And some people that publish interesting, useful or amusing posts regardless if they circle me back or not. The categories are not exclusive and many people are in more than one. Add the circle and check them out. Maybe you like some of them! Feel free to re-share the circle if you wish. I will appreciate it. Have a nice Valentine’s day!Carlos #circles #circlethis #circleyoushare #sharedcircles #addcircle #sharedpubliccircles #growfollowers #circleshare #publicsharedcircles #circleoftheweek #circlesharing #publiccircle #findcircles #circlemeup #sharedcircle #circleshare  #thursdaycircle   #thursdaycircleshared   #circlethursday #circle 2014#62014-02-14 19:25:01464614765
Johnny Stork7,288Spirituality & Self Development CircleWe all strive towards various personal, professional and for many, spiritual goals in life. In our increasingly crowded and interconnected planet, we are often reminded of how each of out lives intersect and how each of us share many of the same values and needs. Many of these shared values and shared needs included the welfare of others, the welfare of the entire planet and the welfare of all living creatures.One way to think of what it means to be "spiritual" or concerned with "self" development is simply to be concerned with something, or someone, beyond yourself, beyond the personal. Holding a transpersonal world-view.The people in this circle share these values, these interests in developing personally, professionally and spiritually for the sake of all people as well as themselves. I am honoured to share this circle of humanitarian, compassionate, learned and transpersonally inclined friends. #transpersonalpsychology   #spirituality   #selfdevelopment   #positivepsychology  2014-02-05 00:55:3849011616
Carlos Esteban33,566ENGAGERS and other INTERESTING PEOPLE Here you will find: -A sample of recent and repeat engagers with my posts on #science , #animals and #landscape pictures, #sciencefiction and #humor . -Some people that include me in the circles that they curate… or that have not included me yet but I would love to be :) -And some people that publish interesting, useful or amusing posts regardless if they circle me back or not. The categories are not exclusive and many people are in more than one. Add the circle and check them out. Maybe you like some of them! Feel free to re-share the circle if you wish. I will appreciate it. Have a nice Sunday!Carlos #circles #circlethis #circleyoushare #sharedcircles #addcircle #sharedpubliccircles #growfollowers #circleshare #publicsharedcircles #circleoftheweek #circlesharing #publiccircle #findcircles #circlemeup #sharedcircle #circleshare   #thursdaycircle    #thursdaycircleshared    #circlethursday #circle  2014#42014-01-26 13:53:24495160144197
Christy Sandhoff27,208This is a very nice circle Carlos.  Thanks for posting it. ==========================================Carlos Esteban - Google+ - ENGAGERS and other INTERESTING PEOPLE Here you will find...ENGAGERS and other INTERESTING PEOPLE Here you will find recent and repeat engagers, people that include me in shared circles, and people that publish interesting, useful or amusing posts. Add the circle and check them out. Maybe you like some of them! Feel free to re-share the circle if you wish :) Have a great weekend!2014-01-17 22:22:5740171114
Carlos Esteban32,281ENGAGERS and other INTERESTING PEOPLE Here you will find recent and repeat engagers, people that include me in shared circles, and people that publish interesting, useful or amusing posts. Add the circle and check them out. Maybe you like some of them! Feel free to re-share the circle if you wish. I will appreciate it. Have a nice day!Carlos 2014#3#circles #circlethis #circleyoushare #sharedcircles #addcircle #sharedpubliccircles #growfollowers #circleshare #publicsharedcircles #circleoftheweek #circlesharing #publiccircle #findcircles #circlemeup #sharedcircle #circleshare  #thursdaycircle   #thursdaycircleshared   #circlethursday #circle2014-01-16 13:53:50491129123180
Mariana Lopez de Waard8,230viz +Circulos Compartidos ENGAGERS and other INTERESTING PEOPLE Here you will find recent and repeat engagers, people that include me in shared circles, and people that publish interesting, useful or amusing posts. Add the circle and check them out. Maybe you like some of them! Feel free to re-share the circle if you wish :) Have a great weekend!+OG International Network +OG Marbella  2014-01-11 08:00:354552418
James Harper726+Carlos Esteban originally shared: ENGAGERS and other INTERESTING PEOPLE Here you will find recent and repeat engagers, people that include me in shared circles, and people that publish interesting, useful or amusing posts. Add the circle and check them out. Maybe you like some of them! Feel free to re-share the circle if you wish :) Have a great weekend! #circles #circlethis #circleyoushare #sharedcircles #addcircle #sharedpubliccircles #growfollowers #circleshare #publicsharedcircles #circleoftheweek #circlesharing #publiccircle #findcircles #circlemeup #sharedcircle #circleshare   #thursdaycircle   #thursdaycircleshared   #circlethursday #circle 2014-01-11 00:11:5845612425
Christy Sandhoff26,446Shared by Carlos Esteban..... ENGAGERS and other INTERESTING PEOPLE Here you will find recent and repeat engagers, people that include me in shared circles, and people that publish interesting, useful or amusing posts. Add the circle and check them out. Maybe you like some of them! Feel free to re-share the circle if you wish :) Have a great weekend!2014-01-10 17:39:29451161028
Carlos Esteban31,485ENGAGERS and other INTERESTING PEOPLE Here you will find recent and repeat engagers, people that include me in shared circles, and people that publish interesting, useful or amusing posts. Add the circle and check them out. Maybe you like some of them! Feel free to re-share the circle if you wish :) Have a great weekend! #circles #circlethis #circleyoushare #sharedcircles #addcircle #sharedpubliccircles #growfollowers #circleshare #publicsharedcircles #circleoftheweek #circlesharing #publiccircle #findcircles #circlemeup #sharedcircle #circleshare  #thursdaycircle   #thursdaycircleshared   #circlethursday #circle2014-01-10 17:31:474549461140
CircleCount67,537Profiles/Pages having a CircleCount link on their about page.This is the follow up link to this post: https://plus.google.com/+CircleCount/posts/Uoru6vQw9gnThanks for the idea +Luc Suy, these are all awesome people/pages ;)Thanks for using CircleCount to all!2014-01-06 21:45:0633721424
Carlos Esteban30,646ENGAGERS + INTERESTING PEOPLE So here is my first circle of 2014… actually my first circle ever! This is the first time that I create and share a circle. Here you will find recent engagers and people that publish interesting, useful or amusing posts. Maybe you like some of them. Happy New Year! #circles #circlethis #circleyoushare #sharedcircles #addcircle #sharedpubliccircles #growfollowers #circleshare #publicsharedcircles #circleoftheweek #circlesharing #publiccircle #findcircles #circlemeup #sharedcircle #circleshare  #thursdaycircle   #thursdaycircleshared   #circlethursday #circle2014-01-01 13:25:133659244136
Jack C Crawford67,189So you all might remember the Angels circle, right?This one has 440 cool guys (caveat emptor ... my preferences may differ from yours ... I like all of these gentlemen).So here's to the men!G+{I added myself just because ...}2013-07-10 20:10:59441913783
Gideon Rosenblatt28,713Gideon Rosenblatt's Top 100These are the folks Google tells me are my most relevant people (slightly modified to remove people who are relevant, but not active here on Google+).Looking through this list, I can tell you that these are great people full of interesting ideas and engagement. I'm not in the circle here, so I can objectively say that this group is a worthy addition to your circles. Enjoy this group of people - I know I do. They enrich my experience here. Without them, I probably wouldn't still be here today. P.S. - If you got a notification, that means you're in the circle. 2013-06-11 20:53:39100662467
Gideon Rosenblatt23,936My Top 150 Here are the 150 people that Google tells me are most relevant to me here on Google+. This is a really good group of people, full of interesting insights and a willingness to help others.I give you a hardy recommendation to add these folks to your circles here. Your stream will thank you for it later.:-)2013-02-22 00:43:3815037734
INTP0Since last time I shared the INTP circle, the followers circle grew from 66 to 192. So I'm sharing this circle again. If you do not want to be in the circle being shared, please let me know.This circle will be updated from time to time. If you'd like to be included in this circle, add INTP page. That way I can add you back. (A Google Plus page cannot add any user unless the user add the page first.)2012-11-17 09:56:49193202
Matthew J Price4,908Here it is again, my Accelerated Thinkers circle.  These futurists, authors, transhumanists, nerds, experts, pages, and all around thought leaders account for the vast majority of the good news I receive from G+.  Whatever I share that I didn't find in my RSS feed came from these ladies and gentlemen.If you followed nothing but these 70 people, you would have a pretty solid idea of what sort of craziness is coming down the pipe.I owe them a great debt for the thoughtfulness of their content curation and the added value of their voices. Thank you!I no longer spend any meaningful amount of time searching for new people to add to this circle.  If you know someone that belongs here please leave a comment nominating them (or yourself) or send me a message.  If you know someone with educated opinions about the future who posts future relevant thoughts and news the majority of the time, that's what this circle is about. #ScienceSunday   #Transhumanism   #Futurism   #AcceleratedChange  2012-10-22 00:32:2970317
John Deering808Atheist, free-thinker circle.These people have all sorts of interests and come from all walks of life, so are sure to liven up your stream, without filling it full of religious posts. If you need help with adding circles as a whole or picking a few, then please let me know.cheers #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #atheist   #athiet   #freethinker   #skeptic   #sceptic  2012-10-13 09:09:33500305
John Kellden10,222Social Curation, part 6: Social Curators v3"...what watch? Ten watch. Such much?"Subterranean Homesick Blues:+Bradley HorowitzPearltrees:+Oliver StarrSocial curation - an evolving set of buckets:1. Social media - which to me boils down to getting your story, your brand straight in this new networked, participatory, two-way market.2. Social business - including a large part of the startup scene, and also things like hackerspaces, 3D-printing, large companies struggling to adopt a new more social culture...3. Social signal - the whole analysis/symthesis thing, where we'll help each other understand what is going on, whether deeper learning, social learning, peer learning, informal learning, a quiet pervasive revolution happening as we speak.4. Social practices - where we share success stories, business cases , hangouts and experiential stuff, assessing what works and what doesnt.5. Social innovation and transformation - the difficult, complex, slightly less accessible corner - how global and local intersect, design thinking, narrative, sensemaking, semiosis, patterns, culture, transitions. I wouldn't be at all surprised if you all would find the odd post from me here. :)Social cocreation is da shiznitMy intention here is to honour two principles - one, the cocreated nature of this circle, since it is all about social curation. Two, if at all possible, provide an as rich and diverse signal as possible, for the benefit of all other Google plussers in need of our various social curation insights.Social curation: how we shape our content and how it shapes us in returnThere is quite probably as many different takes on social curation as there are people in this circle, and then some.Whither Dunbar? - What size circles?Keeping this circle under two hundred people thereabouts, might be a good size for new google plussers should they want to derive benefit from the gathered collective intelligence from this bunch of social curators.2012-09-26 07:52:4314620522
Paul Finnerty2,166Spiritual Circle Thanks +Laura Sanna for the share!@#sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircles   #circlesharing   #circleshared   #publiccirclesproject   #publicsharedcircles   #circleofthedayInteresting folks of spiritual shares!  #circleshare   Last share is over 200 total shares, plusses and comments yet again so let's keep it rolling!Add the circle, add yourself and reshare the circle!  Make sure you use the hash marks!2012-09-17 01:23:002723010
Trever McGhee11,187+Rolf Tschochohei created an amazing circle of caring people and included me, which we're very grateful.Add the circle for a week and see how it brightens your stream, keep the sunshine ones and take the rest and put them a sided for you never know when it's their turn to brighten your day.Day 95 of our journey away from home to inspire you to Take2seconds to follow us, so that sponsors invest more in the community projects that generate income to fund more community projects.+Take2seconds  #Take2seconds  +Circle Plus +Best Shared Circle +The Best Circles on Google+ +Full Circle +CircleCount +Nothing but Circles +Public Circles +Wanna Be Circled +CIRCLES +Circles 2012-08-19 09:27:532513512
Susanne Ramharter15,584The #glia  Teamthis afternoon, +Gregory Esau wrote a wonderful post (http://goo.gl/685S8) in which he introduced the first members of a hopefully expanding #Glia  Team. I have taken the members and put them in a circle, so that anyone who is interested can follow and join the conversations.At the same time, I would like to share a link to a discussion held today on the +Think with Google page that fits right in with some of the things we discuss: http://goo.gl/jcugr  - great discussion and it was taped, so watching is still possible.2012-08-08 18:16:54297118
John Kellden9,492Google+ : Top EngagersLa creme de la cremeFifty people are selected by +John Fanavans :I have no idea how many people follow me. At some point, you decide that you will become a broadcasting service, and engage primarily with a core group. It happens to everyone. When you do, I suggest you reach out to new people like I do from time to time. Just to ensure you dont stagnate. And run public hangouts, they are hard, but they are worth it.He is not your guru. What he is though, is someone having thrown every conceivable angle and the kitchen sink on people, figuring out who are the top engagers:https://plus.google.com/u/0/118328436599489401972/posts/A8QsWpXLnXBHeuristics For The Win Win WinI've added a whole bunch of people, applying my own super seekrit heuristics, towards turning this into what is probably the best circle ever, never to be surpassed. Until next week that is, when I've cooked up a fresh batch of algorithms. But that's then, and this is now, here, enjoy:2012-08-08 07:35:1012933626
Werner Brock4,388#BuddhistCircle  open to all lineages or groups, we are sharing here #Buddhist   topics, news, questions, discussions and wisdom in a tolerant and mutually supporting way.Please add and share this circle.Please use the hashtag #BuddhistCircle  for posting and reading by search.If you want to be added, please leave a message here.Today we received Khenpo Sonam Gyatso Rinpoche´s offer to share some time for us. +Khenpo Sogyal is professor for Buddhist Philosophy and Logic at Benares (Varanasi) University in India. We will start a new thread for discussion with Khenpo-la. 2012-07-29 10:16:56292757
Chris Robinson24,784General Science Circle- Final UpdateLast August I started this General Science Database (http://goo.gl/tp06X), which could be uploaded into Google+ using the import contacts feature. Over the last year, the database has morphed into a shared circle and more recently into +Science on Google+: A Public Database. Due to the increasing overlap with the +Science on Google+: A Public Database, this will be the last time that I will be updating and sharing this circle.If you are a scientist, science teacher, or science writer, please feel free to add your profile/page to the +Science on Google+: A Public Database by filling out this form (http://goo.gl/yEg7M) and circling +Science on Google+: A Public Database. 2012-07-25 14:47:31300101339
Jeff Jockisch18,43275 Non-IdiotsI haven't done a circle share recently to let you know who I'm interacting with a lot.  This is half of my top 150 most relevant.  I couldn't stop at 50 or 100 -- too many good people here :)  Look for the other half of the 150 most relevant share as 75 Non-Ghosts2012-07-25 01:43:317521327
Dave Cole6,751I thought I would share my science circle, many of the names you have already seen and added to your own lists, I'm sure. There may be a few people that are new to you.2012-07-19 04:10:1723122320
Matthew J Price0Here is my most carefully curated circle of Acceleration Aware individuals.  These 50 people (plus myself) are the most outspoken about the real hot topics in futurism like Genetics Nanotechnology and AI + Robotics, but also about the philosophy, politics, economics and spirituality of the future.I carefully considered everyone on this list, plus many more people who are arguably more important in the transhumanist community, but are not active enough on G+ to contribute meaningfully.  Also, people who had a large majority of posts that were political in nature were selected against.If you want to see where the future is headed, these 50 are a good place to start.  If you feel like you belong in this circle, say so below!2012-07-09 03:01:005132610
John Kellden7,662Here's a few people who are not too shabby.I will spend a week in Greece with wife and kids. Have promised not to bring laptop, and not cheat too much with the G+ mobile thing either. This means you will have to wander aimlessly through the Google Plus Ghosttown while I'm working my tan, enjoying food and wine and sploshing about in the pool. But have no fear, quality content and even higher quality conversation is just a few clicks away, even if you only add a few of the people in the below circle. You all behave now, and talk more in a week.2012-06-18 09:24:0950043238
Gregory Esau9,648My Community Intelligence CircleI use the term community here pretty broadly, in that my community, the global community, and G+ all blur together in ways that make boundaries somewhat meaningless. Therefor, this is my Community Intelligence circle. Reading and engaging with these people will raise your intel (so to speak) of the world around us, the world of Google Plus, maybe your world, and the dots that connect them. For the many people who have circled me over the last few months (and thank you!!), these are the people that raise my IQ and EQ.2012-05-31 23:58:0014220210
Gideon Rosenblatt13,462Highly Relevant CircleI've gotten a bit out of the habit of sharing circles lately, and so thought I'd share this group of people that Google thinks are most relevant to me (in other words, the first 100 I get when I click on "Your circles" and sort by "Relevance"). Looking at this group, I'd have to say that Google does a very good job. Not perfect. There are people who I feel I interact with a lot here who are not in this top 100 of "most relevant" according to the Google relevance algorithm. The only tweaks I made were to take out a small handful of folks who aren't all that active on G+, but had high relevance because they are Gmail contacts I email a lot. So that's it. Enjoy this group. It's a great group of people. Very interesting content. Some are big Google Plussers, some not so big, but all are relevant - at least to me - and if they aren't already, I hope they will soon be for you as well.2012-05-29 23:29:32100702348
Meilani MacDonald2,935Small Business circle 1 of 2Hello small business peeps! I'm a small biz person and naturally I want to connect with other small biz owners. I really feel we all have so much to share with each other and to learn from one another as we navigate this world called Google+ that provides us with so many great tools and resources to support our small biz efforts. I also think it's a good thing to support each other, and lift each other up as we work towards our goals. So I've been collecting small biz people and shared small biz & entrepreneurs circles, because those are the people I most want in my own circles, to follow, to connect with, and to support. I have 700+ small bizzes in my circle, so I've split it into two circles to share with you. This is #1 of the 2, and #2 is next. Let's hear it for small business!Btw, speaking of supporting small bizzes, I host a TGIF Biz Networking Hangout every Friday at 4pm pst, now a Hangout on Air. It is a chance to give yourself and your biz a little promo, and I feature special guests who are small biz owners and who have all kinds of good advice and info to share with other small biz owners. Please check my profile for more info or to watch last Friday's episode, where we talked about QR codes and great ideas for how to use them, and also talked about the value of keeping content fresh on your blogs and web sites, and when and why to blog, or not to blog. #smallbusiness #sharedcircles #entrepreneur +CircleCount +Shared Circles Shared a Circle with You +Shared a Circle with you2012-05-28 18:22:494491159
John Kellden6,655Google Plus People Worth Reading And Listening To, take two+Shamil Weerakoon was perceptive enough to notice I had set my phaser to stun, sharing this circle only to my extended circles. Here it is again in all its public glory. :) I tweaked it a bit to be able to squeeze in a few more...2012-05-08 17:45:22500502438
Chris Robinson22,193Science Circle- Updated 4.20.12This is a great circle if you want to follow Science on Google+. As you can see in the underlying database (http://goo.gl/tp06X), we are a diverse group but we all share a common interest- SCIENCE! Help spread the love of Science by sharing this circle with your friends.Don't forget to check out +Science on Google+: A Public Database! Change Log15 profiles were added in this update: http://goo.gl/ob3zR.17 profiles were added on 3.15.12: http://goo.gl/MI0qe.40 profiles were added on 2.13.12: http://goo.gl/0z9KZ.32 profiles were added on 1.8.12: http://goo.gl/K8ttV.Are you a Scientist on Google+? Do you primarily post about Science? Add your name to this form (http://goo.gl/TDguw) if you would like to be considered for the next shared circle.2012-04-20 15:59:2130261512
Rob Gordon22,157*Entrepreneurs, Self-Employed & Small Business OwnersUPDATED SHARED CIRCLE: Part 1 of 2: A through L (by last name).Link to Part (M-Z):         http://goo.gl/0Fcg1Link to Supplemental 1: http://goo.gl/AXXrWLink to Supplemental 2: http://goo.gl/TZKKeLike to Supplemental 3: http://goo.gl/3x6hINOTE:  This circle is no longer maintained in its present form but is still a good place to start if you are looking for entrepreneurs to follow and connect with here.  It has mostly been replace with a Google+ community of the same name that you can find at http://goo.gl/ejG9P**********************This is the most recent update to the popular "entrepreneurs" circle that posted a few months ago. As you can see, it has gotten bigger than 500 people so I have had to split it alphabetically into two parts. These two circles includes the self employed, small business owners, independent contractors, small startup companies and pretty much anyone trying to make it outside of the traditional economy.This is different from the other business circles of this type in that it doesn't include too many of the "celebrity entrepreneurs" and instead has mostly people with their own business or venture. There are more than 800 people here, but this has been reviewed extensively since it was last published -lots of fantastic new people have been added, and some have been dropped - mostly because they don't interact much. The end result is a circle of really awesome business people who actively interact with others here and have a small business or entreprenueral mindset.This is a really diverse group and includes entrepreneurs of all stripes - some have well established ventures and are wildly successful, others are just getting started and haven't made it yet. As can be expected, it is a little tech heavy, but represents most industries and many different types of business. There are even a handful of people here who have traditional jobs, but seem to have an interest in small business issues and always seem welcome to help entrepreneurial efforts. The people in these circles post all manner of things - not just business, but all are smart and interesting people so I recommend that you check this out.I do want to add the disclaimer that this is in no way "definitive" - there are millions of entrepreneurs on Google+ and this is just a tiny fraction of them - the ones I have curated. It seems that about two seconds after I publish this I always remember someone I should have included so just me know if you think you should be here. I republish this periodically and generally add everyone who comments on the post.As with all circles of this size I would use some discretion in adding this - either update your existing circle, pick and choose the ones you like or use these as a trial circles - whatever works for you. I'm not even sure Google will let you add all this many names at once so you may have to come back if you want to add all of them. The technology for this is not perfect, but I am trying to do my part to help build a highly interconnected community of entrepreneurs here on Google+.I hope you find the people in this circle interesting.RobReshares welcome and appreciatedIMPORTANT: You don't want to follow people based on where their last name fits in the alphabit do you? Make sure you also take a look at the second part of this list:LINK TO PART II (M-Z): http://goo.gl/0Fcg1#smallbusiness2012-04-18 18:49:234401197169

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2014-12-16 08:18:09 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Exosome research also opens up promising possibilities in the realm of nutrigenomics and ‘food as medicine’. A study found common plant foods such as ginger, grapefruit, grapes, produce exosomes that, following digestion, enter human blood undegraded and subsequently down-regulate inflammatory pathways in the human body in a manner confirming some of their traditional folkloric medicinal uses.

If the somatic cells within our body are capable through extrachromosomal processes of modulating fundamental genetic processes within the germline cells, or, furthermore, if foods that we eat are also capable of acting as vectors of gene-regulatory information, truly the old reductionist, mechanistic, unilinear models of genetics must be abandoned in favor of a view that accounts for the vital importance of all our decisions, nutritional factors, environmental exposures, etc., in determining thecou... more »

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2015-01-23 14:45:31 (2 comments, 4 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

It's amazing that something like this is even physically possible!


Cobra Weave Stick Bomb 0.o___It's amazing that something like this is even physically possible!

2015-01-18 11:57:30 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

“A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.”

― Dwight D. Eisenhower

“A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.”

― Dwight D. Eisenhower___

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2015-01-18 11:20:53 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

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SciTech #ScienceSunday Digest - 03/2015.

The third week of 2015 gave us Wondrous 2D materials, DNA-assembled crystals, Extension microscopy, Neuroprotective Cold-Shock Proteins, Removing less functional cells to extend life, metasurface analogue computing, 3D printed electronics, Converting white to brown fat, Muscle engineering, and the Mechanism of olfaction identification. 

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2015-01-12 20:13:06 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

The Autopilot Tech That Could Be a Total Game-Changer for Drones

Autopiloting systems could make life easier for drone pilots. Even though most seasoned drone pilots have to spend much of their attention on avoiding hitting whatever they’re using a drone to examine — the beams supporting a bridge, or perhaps a tall building under construction, for example. Better autopiloting systems could help pilots focus more on doing their jobs. There are several other drone collision detection systems on the market, but Ascending CEO and co-founder Daniel Gurdan says the RealSense cameras set his company’s product apart. Smaller than other 3-D cameras, the RealSense camera module weighs only 8 grams and is less than 4mm thick.

The Autopilot Tech That Could Be a Total Game-Changer for Drones

Autopiloting systems could make life easier for drone pilots. Even though most seasoned drone pilots have to spend much of their attention on avoiding hitting whatever they’re using a drone to examine — the beams supporting a bridge, or perhaps a tall building under construction, for example. Better autopiloting systems could help pilots focus more on doing their jobs. There are several other drone collision detection systems on the market, but Ascending CEO and co-founder Daniel Gurdan says the RealSense cameras set his company’s product apart. Smaller than other 3-D cameras, the RealSense camera module weighs only 8 grams and is less than 4mm thick.___

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2015-01-11 13:00:43 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

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SciTech #ScienceSunday Digest - 02/2015.

The second week into 2015 gave us a new drug for weight loss, pistons and hinges made of DNA, promising antibiotics and methods for finding more, improved engineering of optogenetics, flexible neural implants, directional time dilation theory, movements of Cambrian Genomics, popup 3D microstructures, better perovskite materials, and ultrasound tactile interfaces. 

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"The road leading to a goal does not separate you from the destination; it is essentially a part of it." - Charles de Lint

"The road leading to a goal does not separate you from the destination; it is essentially a part of it." - Charles de Lint___

2015-01-06 10:30:20 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

“In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.”

― Thomas Jefferson 

“In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.”

― Thomas Jefferson ___

2015-01-05 05:40:07 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Invictus

Out of the night that covers me,
      Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
      For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
      I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
      My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
      Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
      Finds and shall find me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
      How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate,
      I am the captain of my soul.

Invictus

Out of the night that covers me,
      Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
      For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
      I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
      My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
      Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
      Finds and shall find me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
      How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate,
      I am the captain of my soul.___

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2015-01-05 01:11:29 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

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2015-01-04 22:50:23 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

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SciTech #ScienceSunday  Digest - 01/2015.

The first week of 2015 gave us optogenetic control of REM sleep, acoustic 3D metamaterials, robots learning tool use from YouTube, resveratrol health benefits, new protein elongation mechanism, space telescopes made of dust, glass fibers stronger than steel, van der Waals investigations of nonlocal effects, robotic cuttlefish, and modular 3D toy design and printing. 

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2015-01-04 04:22:10 (1 comments, 6 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

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2015-01-04 04:12:32 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Inexpressibly Amazing Technology: HP The Machine!

Inexpressibly Amazing Technology: HP The Machine!___

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2015-01-03 14:37:29 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

PROCESS Your Way To Your DREAMS; Don't GOAL Your Way There!
The change of year is a time when a lot of people declare their life a battleground. People make goals. How successful are people at making these goals reality? Not very. Maybe for a few weeks. But why do people write off as a failure what they undoubtedly ...

PROCESS Your Way To Your DREAMS; Don't GOAL Your Way There!
The change of year is a time when a lot of people declare their life a battleground. People make goals. How successful are people at making these goals reality? Not very. Maybe for a few weeks. But why do people write off as a failure what they undoubtedly ...___

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2015-01-03 06:51:30 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

IUNU’s plasma lighting improves efficiency of indoor farming

“Inspiration hit us when our team realized that our product was over 50 percent more efficient that traditional horticulture lights. With the best technology in the industry and a world demanding more high quality food, we have customers lining up.”

“We’re not just trying to sell a product; we’re participating in a worldwide movement toward healthier and more secure food sources. Our competitors are welcome to join us in our drive towards healthy, secure food sources.”

#indoorgardening  
#hydroponics  

IUNU’s plasma lighting improves efficiency of indoor farming

“Inspiration hit us when our team realized that our product was over 50 percent more efficient that traditional horticulture lights. With the best technology in the industry and a world demanding more high quality food, we have customers lining up.”

“We’re not just trying to sell a product; we’re participating in a worldwide movement toward healthier and more secure food sources. Our competitors are welcome to join us in our drive towards healthy, secure food sources.”

#indoorgardening  
#hydroponics  ___

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2015-01-03 06:42:02 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Defying textbook science, study finds new role for proteins

Open any introductory biology textbook and one of the first things you'll learn is that our DNA spells out the instructions for making proteins, tiny machines that do much of the work in our body's cells. Results from a study published on Jan. 2 in Science defy textbook science, showing for the first time that the building blocks of a protein, called amino acids, can be assembled without blueprints -- DNA and an intermediate template called messenger RNA (mRNA). A team of researchers has observed a case in which another protein specifies which amino acids are added.

"This surprising discovery reflects how incomplete our understanding of biology is," says first author Peter Shen, Ph.D., a postdoctoral fellow in biochemistry at the University of Utah. "Nature is capable of more than we... more »

Defying textbook science, study finds new role for proteins

Open any introductory biology textbook and one of the first things you'll learn is that our DNA spells out the instructions for making proteins, tiny machines that do much of the work in our body's cells. Results from a study published on Jan. 2 in Science defy textbook science, showing for the first time that the building blocks of a protein, called amino acids, can be assembled without blueprints -- DNA and an intermediate template called messenger RNA (mRNA). A team of researchers has observed a case in which another protein specifies which amino acids are added.

"This surprising discovery reflects how incomplete our understanding of biology is," says first author Peter Shen, Ph.D., a postdoctoral fellow in biochemistry at the University of Utah. "Nature is capable of more than we realize."___

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2015-01-03 06:10:58 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

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2014-12-28 11:29:32 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

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SciTech #ScienceSunday Digest, 52/14.
The 150th SciTech Digest, and the 68th consecutive weekly post; abridged for the holidays. Wishing you all a very merry, safe, and fun festive holiday season and an enticing start to 2015!

1. Capturing Synaptic Transmission in Live Mammalian Brains with Optogenetics.
http://www.cell.com/neuron/pdf/S0896-6273(14)01077-0.pdf 

2. New Evidence Suggests Long-Term Memories are Not Stored In Synapses; Despite Other Studies Contradicting This.
https://www.fightaging.org/archives/2014/12/preliminary-evidence-suggesting-long-term-memory-is-not-stored-in-synapses.php and also related: Preventing Memory Decline in Old Age: http://newswire.rockefeller.edu/2014/12/19/new-research-suggests-an-existing-drug-riluzole-may-prevent-foggy-old-age-brain/ 

3. Non-Invasive Brain Surgery via Focused, Phased-Array Ultrasound.
http://spectrum.ieee.org/biomedical/devices/an-ultrasonic-scalpel-for-brain-surgery

4. Using Unique Recombinations of Three Viral Vectors to Tag Neurons and Other Cells with Individual Colours.
http://www.southampton.ac.uk/mediacentre/news/2014/dec/14_238.shtml#.VJ_VoF4AEA

5. Constructor Theory: A Deeper Linking of Classical & Quantum Information.
https://medium.com/the-physics-arxiv-blog/deeper-than-quantum-mechanics-david-deutschs-new-theory-of-reality-9b8281bc793a

6. Better Technique for Making Perovskite Nanowires & Ultimately Better Solar Cells.
http://actu.epfl.ch/news/building-a-new-nanowire-for-solar-cells/

7. Humans and Deep Learning Software Currently See Things Very Differently.
http://www.technologyreview.com/news/533596/smart-software-can-be-tricked-into-seeing-what-isnt-there/

8. Towards a Human Trial of DNA Nanobots.
Watch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LnvY17U1lvw, via additional background and detail http://nextbigfuture.com/2014/12/ido-bachelet-announces-2015-human-trial.html 

9. The Benefits of Piezoelectricity in Two-Dimensional Semiconductors.
http://newscenter.lbl.gov/2014/12/22/piezoelectricity-2d-semiconductor/

10. The Role of the Immune System in Tissue Regeneration.
https://www.fightaging.org/archives/2014/12/hair-regrowth-as-a-pointer-to-the-role-of-immune-system-activity-in-tissue-regeneration.php 

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2014-12-26 02:01:33 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Geez, that's a rotten holiday gift for some lab techs.

Geez, that's a rotten holiday gift for some lab techs.___

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2014-12-23 08:11:06 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Goals can provide direction and even push you forward in the short-term, but eventually a well-designed system will always win. Having a system is what matters. Committing to the process is what makes the difference.

Goals can provide direction and even push you forward in the short-term, but eventually a well-designed system will always win. Having a system is what matters. Committing to the process is what makes the difference.___

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2014-12-22 22:10:19 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

It's OK to eat some carbs fellas.

It's OK to eat some carbs fellas.___

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2014-12-22 22:05:52 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

I found this paper interesting. Carbohydrates, particularly ones which are high-glycemic or enough of them to produce a strong insulin spike...increase the amount of Tryptophan and Serotonin in the brain. Also, carbs later in the day such as at dinner time or an evening snack can help achieve restful sleep and relieve insomnia.

Carbohydrates have been pretty thoroughly vilified. Even by people who I highly respect for their biochemical expertise. That being said, it is possible to have a carbohydrate deficiency even if you get lots of sugars. I am pretty sure that the way that sugars work is a lot differently than how sugars work in terms of the body's ability to direct how the calories are distributed and also on the ability of hydration to go against sodium gradients into cells. I am into conjecture territory a little there. And also carbs useful for stimulating the pancreas to produce... more »

I found this paper interesting. Carbohydrates, particularly ones which are high-glycemic or enough of them to produce a strong insulin spike...increase the amount of Tryptophan and Serotonin in the brain. Also, carbs later in the day such as at dinner time or an evening snack can help achieve restful sleep and relieve insomnia.

Carbohydrates have been pretty thoroughly vilified. Even by people who I highly respect for their biochemical expertise. That being said, it is possible to have a carbohydrate deficiency even if you get lots of sugars. I am pretty sure that the way that sugars work is a lot differently than how sugars work in terms of the body's ability to direct how the calories are distributed and also on the ability of hydration to go against sodium gradients into cells. I am into conjecture territory a little there. And also carbs useful for stimulating the pancreas to produce digestive enzymes and carbs also increase the amount of stomach acid.

Fat is really underrated but at the same time we shouldn't vilify carbs. To keep the body healthy takes a delicately balanced strategy of nutrient intake and timing. Experiment away biohackers and cheers to optimization.___

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2014-12-21 23:30:08 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

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2014-12-21 22:24:09 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

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SciTech #ScienceSunday Digest, 51/14.
Causes from effects, controlling prosthetic arms, 3D computing, genomic loops, computer object recognition, automated skin cancer testing, smartphone medical devices, pulsed magnetic fields, save file boost memory, ibuprofen life extension.

1. Determining Cause and Effect from Observed Correlations.
A new statistical technique called the additive noise model can determine cause and effect relationships purely from observational data alone, something that was previously thought impossible https://medium.com/the-physics-arxiv-blog/cause-and-effect-the-revolutionary-new-statistical-test-that-can-tease-them-apart-ed84a988e. This works only for simple situations in which one variable causes another and is far less useful in situations involving more complex collections of variables. The technique proved accurate 80% of the time when tested across 88 different datasets measuring different variables in different situations. There many more other situations in science where such techniques may prove to be powerful and offer additional, quicker insights that weren’t possible before. 

2. Duo of Human Mind-Controlled Prosthetic Arm Demonstrations.
First, while not mind-control in the strictest sense, was the double prosthetic arms controlled by a double-amputee who had undergone a targeted muscle reinnervation surgical procedure to reassign nerves that formerly controlled the biological arms, but which can now coordinate the artificial arms http://www.jhuapl.edu/newscenter/pressreleases/2014/141216.asp. The patient was able to perform a range of complex movements after training. Second, using arms supplied by the same group as those that enabled the above advance, a quadriplegic patient fitted with an array of 96 electrodes implanted into her motor cortex was able to control the prosthetic arm to reach, grasp, and place a variety of objects http://www.upmc.com/media/NewsReleases/2014/Pages/pitt-team-publishes-new-findings-on-mind-controlled-robot.aspx. 

3. Three Dimensional Computing Architectures.
First, clearing three distinct technological hurdles allowed the creation of a new “high-rise” computer chip architecture whose prototype includes two layers of resistive RAM memory sandwiched between two layers of carbon nanotube logic processing and all connected by a dense array of interconnections http://engineering.stanford.edu/news/stanford-team-combines-logic-memory-build-high-rise-chip. Second, Crossbar revealed the latest advances for their ultra-high-density three-dimensional RAM technology, marking another definite step on the path to commercialising RRAM chips capable of storing one terabyte of data on the area of a postage stamp http://www.crossbar-inc.com/events/press-releases/crossbar-unveils-another-breakthrough-innovation-at-iedm-2014.html. 

4. Mapping the Structural Code in the Looped Human Genome.
The first high resolution 3D maps of entire folded genomes have been assembled and shown to represent a structural basis for additional gene regulation http://www.seas.harvard.edu/news/2014/12/scientists-map-human-loop-ome. This revealed thousands of genetic switches that weren’t known before and the work was made possible by new big-data processing capabilities of huge genomic datasets. The formation of loops in genomic DNA was found to be highly constrained and dependent on a single protein that binds to both specific DNA sequences and another copy of itself bound to a more distant spot on the genome - causing the string of DNA in between to form the loop. Different cell types probably have very different but distinct looping patterns in their genomes to keep key genes switched on and off. 

5. Deep Neural Network Matches Primate Brain in Object Recognition.
One of the latest generations of deep neural networks has succeeded in matching the primate brain in visual object recognition achieved during brief glances http://newsoffice.mit.edu/2014/computer-neural-networks-identify-objects-like-primate-brain-1218. One of the differences in this study compared to other recent ones in the field is the integration with neuroscientific studies that directly measured the primate brain’s object recognition ability via implanted electrode arrays that showed the population of neurons (neural representation) that responded for every object the animals looked at - and then compared this with the representations created by the deep neural networks as they looked at similar images. 

6. IBM Automates Visual Skin Cancer Detection.
In related news IBM has helped develop a computer vision system that was trained on a dataset of 3,000 dermoscopy images of different types of skin cancer and is able to correctly identify the correct diagnosis 95% of the time, compared with human experts who only manage to average 75% - 84% http://www.dotmed.com/news/story/24830. Instances like this will only become increasingly common (and increasingly accurate) and I think we will reach the point - if we haven’t passed it already - whereby not using these systems when they are available will constitute a form of medical negligence. 

7. Smartphone Medical Device Convergence.
Technologies like IBM’s above should, at some point, enable users to use smartphones to accurately diagnose skin cancers with a high degree of confidence. This week we caught another couple of smartphone medical devices such as (i) a smartphone microscope and fluorescence kit able to detect individual DNA molecules http://phys.org/news/2014-12-individual-dna-molecules-smartphone-microscope.html, (ii) a smartphone otoscope able to image inside the ear and eardrum and diagnose problems http://spectrum.ieee.org/tech-talk/biomedical/devices/diagnosing-ear-infections-with-a-new-smartphone-gadget-, and (iii) a clip-on smartphone camera adapter being developed to image the back of a patient’s eye and retina for diagnosis https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/peek-retina-help-fight-avoidable-blindness. 

8. Pulsed Magnetic Fields Can Orient and Position Nanoparticles.
A new fast-pulse magnetic field technique is able to focus magnetic nanorods, control their orientation, and push the nanorods to precisely position them http://www.kurzweilai.net/new-pulsed-magnetic-method-uses-nanorods-to-deliver-drugs-deeply-in-the-body. I thought this was an interesting proof-of-concept as the group are proposing to enter in vivo studies to test the system in animals, which I something I think would be very difficult and dependent on an adequate real-time imaging system to keep track of the nanorods and the biological structures in which they are being moved. As an application the nanorods could carry drugs, etc. 

9. Memory Boost Observed from Simply Saving Files.
In an interesting little study people were shown to be significantly better at learning and remembering new information when they saved previous information to a computer for example http://www.psychologicalscience.org/index.php/news/releases/saving-old-information-can-boost-memory-for-new-information.html. The information used in the study comprised simple lists of words. The effect disappeared if the study participants were told that the saving or computer storage mechanism might not work correctly. The group suggest that the reason for the memory boost in subsequent information memorisation results as the act of saving is a form of offloading, knowing that the information will be accessible in future allows cognitive resources to be utilised elsewhere. 

10. Life Extension from Simple Ibuprofen?
In yet another life extension study with model organisms such as yeast, worms, and flies, this time with ibuprofen, we see a 15% increase in lifespan https://www.fightaging.org/archives/2014/12/so-does-ibuprofen.php - with the suggestion from the group that this is related to tryptophan metabolism. And yet, despite five decades of worldwide usage there is no indication that ibuprofen provides any sort of significant boost to lifespan in humans. Perhaps the message should be: as always, beware extrapolations from model organisms to complex organisms regarding numerous interventions such as boosts to lifespan, especially with regard to simple molecules and targets. 

The weekly SciTech Digests are also available as a Google Newsstand Magazine Edition here: 
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2014-12-21 05:28:48 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Doctors Call CIA Tactics Torture
"Rectal feeding" and "rectal hydration" are torture, not medical procedures.
"Two of the most brutal CIA interrogation tactics revealed in the Senate’s report on torture are little-known techniques called 'rectal feeding' and 'rectal hydration.' The backlash to the exposure of the techniques was swift, but former CIA Director Gen. Michael Hayden defended them Thursday as 'medical procedures' necessary to get fluids into dehydrated detainees and were not used as 'a method of interrogation.'

"Doctors and psychiatrists, however, said they have zero medical application and are nothing more than full-bore torture methods that no medical professional should ever be a party to. More than that, they are well-documented forms of painful, humiliating torture that have been used since the MiddleA... more »

Doctors Call CIA Tactics Torture
"Rectal feeding" and "rectal hydration" are torture, not medical procedures.
"Two of the most brutal CIA interrogation tactics revealed in the Senate’s report on torture are little-known techniques called 'rectal feeding' and 'rectal hydration.' The backlash to the exposure of the techniques was swift, but former CIA Director Gen. Michael Hayden defended them Thursday as 'medical procedures' necessary to get fluids into dehydrated detainees and were not used as 'a method of interrogation.'

"Doctors and psychiatrists, however, said they have zero medical application and are nothing more than full-bore torture methods that no medical professional should ever be a party to. More than that, they are well-documented forms of painful, humiliating torture that have been used since the Middle Ages and the Inquisition, doctors said.

“'This is a variation on a medieval form of torture in which the intestines were swollen up with fluid in order to cause pain,' said Dr. Steven Miles, a professor of medicine at the University of Minnesota Medical School and board member of the Center for Victims of Torture, both of which are in Minneapolis. 'You can’t feed somebody this way. And so, for the U.S. government to claim that this is some sort of feeding technique, that’s just totally bizarre,' he said. 'Because there is no physiological way for any nutrients to be absorbed in the colon, any medical participation in this rectal feeding procedure is medical participation in torture.'

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2014-12-21 05:23:08 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Hormones involved in level of calorie burning.

Scientists identify hormone that reduces calorie burning, contributes to obesity

_The researchers conclude that reducing the production of (peripheral) serotonin by inhibition of Tph1 "may be an effective treatment for obesity and its comorbidities," and so the team is now working on a pharmacological "enzyme blocker."___Hormones involved in level of calorie burning.

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2014-12-16 08:32:54 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Discovery may hold clues to treatments that slow aging

The Joslin team looked at how treatments known to boost longevity in the one-millimeter long C. elegans (including calorie restriction and treatment with the drug rapamycin) affected the expression of genes that produce collagen and other proteins that make up the extra-cellular matrix (ECM), the framework of scaffolding that supports tissues, organs and bones.

"Any longevity intervention that we looked at, whether genetic or nutritional or drugs, increased expression of collagen and other ECM genes, and enhanced ECM remodeling," says T. Keith Blackwell, M.D., Ph.D., senior and co-corresponding author on the paper. "If you interfere with this expression, you interfere with the lifespan extension. And if you over-express some of these genes, the worm actually lives a little bit longer."

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Discovery may hold clues to treatments that slow aging

The Joslin team looked at how treatments known to boost longevity in the one-millimeter long C. elegans (including calorie restriction and treatment with the drug rapamycin) affected the expression of genes that produce collagen and other proteins that make up the extra-cellular matrix (ECM), the framework of scaffolding that supports tissues, organs and bones.

"Any longevity intervention that we looked at, whether genetic or nutritional or drugs, increased expression of collagen and other ECM genes, and enhanced ECM remodeling," says T. Keith Blackwell, M.D., Ph.D., senior and co-corresponding author on the paper. "If you interfere with this expression, you interfere with the lifespan extension. And if you over-express some of these genes, the worm actually lives a little bit longer."

#longevity  
#aging  ___

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2014-12-16 08:18:09 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Exosome research also opens up promising possibilities in the realm of nutrigenomics and ‘food as medicine’. A study found common plant foods such as ginger, grapefruit, grapes, produce exosomes that, following digestion, enter human blood undegraded and subsequently down-regulate inflammatory pathways in the human body in a manner confirming some of their traditional folkloric medicinal uses.

If the somatic cells within our body are capable through extrachromosomal processes of modulating fundamental genetic processes within the germline cells, or, furthermore, if foods that we eat are also capable of acting as vectors of gene-regulatory information, truly the old reductionist, mechanistic, unilinear models of genetics must be abandoned in favor of a view that accounts for the vital importance of all our decisions, nutritional factors, environmental exposures, etc., in determining thecou... more »

Exosome research also opens up promising possibilities in the realm of nutrigenomics and ‘food as medicine’. A study found common plant foods such as ginger, grapefruit, grapes, produce exosomes that, following digestion, enter human blood undegraded and subsequently down-regulate inflammatory pathways in the human body in a manner confirming some of their traditional folkloric medicinal uses.

If the somatic cells within our body are capable through extrachromosomal processes of modulating fundamental genetic processes within the germline cells, or, furthermore, if foods that we eat are also capable of acting as vectors of gene-regulatory information, truly the old reductionist, mechanistic, unilinear models of genetics must be abandoned in favor of a view that accounts for the vital importance of all our decisions, nutritional factors, environmental exposures, etc., in determining the course, not only of our bodily health, but the health of countless future generations as well.___

2014-12-16 08:03:29 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

The new Google+ UI Update is delightful. There are two different buttons for revealing your notifications but each has a different functionality. The lower one instantly reveals the post which had activity to which you are notified on the page while the top notification button merely opens a pop-out list of notifications and when you select each one, the notification is only revealed in the pop-out 'card' rather than the full page view...

It is very interesting as a design choice and seems to be a part of the Design vision Google calls Material Design.

There is one pretty major issue though +Google+. Now when I hover my mouse cursor over a comment ie. in the event that I want to plus their comment or edit my own...the layout of the comment dynamically changes such that text shifts and the buttons (+1 button..) shifts their layout. It's just a very annoying bug/quirk. I... more »

The new Google+ UI Update is delightful. There are two different buttons for revealing your notifications but each has a different functionality. The lower one instantly reveals the post which had activity to which you are notified on the page while the top notification button merely opens a pop-out list of notifications and when you select each one, the notification is only revealed in the pop-out 'card' rather than the full page view...

It is very interesting as a design choice and seems to be a part of the Design vision Google calls Material Design.

There is one pretty major issue though +Google+. Now when I hover my mouse cursor over a comment ie. in the event that I want to plus their comment or edit my own...the layout of the comment dynamically changes such that text shifts and the buttons (+1 button..) shifts their layout. It's just a very annoying bug/quirk. I don't imagine it's intentional; gasp I hope not.

Thanks for looking into it. :)___

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2014-12-15 02:44:57 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Even if you only meditate for a short space of time each day, there will be a definite change in your  life. There’s a radiance and serenity that comes with regular #meditation  And most of all, you’ll become present and really experience #YourLife instead of
living in a fog of preoccupation

Meditation helps us to change our attention default because it trains us to be more present. When we learn to become aware of  our moment-to-moment awareness, our life changes.
We become more present, and less self-involved

Even if you only meditate for a short space of time each day, there will be a definite change in your  life. There’s a radiance and serenity that comes with regular #meditation  And most of all, you’ll become present and really experience #YourLife instead of
living in a fog of preoccupation

Meditation helps us to change our attention default because it trains us to be more present. When we learn to become aware of  our moment-to-moment awareness, our life changes.
We become more present, and less self-involved___

2014-12-15 02:42:31 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

I ran about 6 miles a little while ago. I feel so refreshed and exhausted at the same time.

I ran about 6 miles a little while ago. I feel so refreshed and exhausted at the same time.___

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2014-12-14 20:39:51 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

#ScienceSunday   #Science  

SciTech #ScienceSunday Digest, 50/14.
Artificial skin, APM nanoparticle clustering, wireless BCIs, solar technology advances, tiny computers, small particle accelerators, self-assembled optical memory, RoboBrain, laser graphene structures, entropy and life.

1. Better Artificial Skin.
Improved artificial skin has been developed by combining a new flexible polymer that mimics key properties of normal skin with a dense but flexible array of gold and silicon sensors http://www.technologyreview.com/news/533106/artificial-skin-that-senses-and-stretches-like-the-real-thing/. This is the most sensitive artificial skin yet, with 400 sensors per square millimeter, and is designed to facilitate the sensing of touch, pressure, temperature, and moisture. Immediate applications are of course for robotics, which need to be better able to sense and interact with the environment, and also for prosthetic limbs for amputees - although developing suitable brain- or nerve-computer-interfaces to convey this information to patients is a work-in-progress, even with promising proof-of-concept demonstrations evident. 

2. Fine Control Over Nanoparticle Scale and Clustering.
Combining specific DNA sequences with specific zinc-finger DNA binding proteins that also attach to specific nanoparticles allows fine control over nanoparticle clustering and the directed (self-assembled) fabrication of specific nanoparticle clusters http://phys.org/news/2014-12-nanoparticle-cluster-technique-dna-protein.html. The nanoparticle clusters created in the study contain magnetic nanoparticles, gold nanoparticles, and quantum dots, different combinations and arrangements of which produce different physical and optical properties and so fine control of assembly is important; these clusters can be used as MRI contrast media, fluorescence imaging, and drug transport. The DNA and proteins are atomically precise structures and work like this represents promising baby-steps on the path to mature atomically precise manufacturing of materials. 

3. Wireless Brain Computer Interfaces.
There have been a number of approaches over the past couple of years to untether brain computer interfaces from the cables typically used to connect brain-connected devices to computers, and so enabled more natural freedom of movement and other experiments. This latest device sits on the head and connects via a small port in the skull to an implanted electrode array that records neuronal network activity https://news.brown.edu/articles/2014/12/sensor. It’s battery allows WiFi data transmission for up to two days but at 5 cm and 46 grams it still needs another couple of generations of miniaturisation before it might be said to disappear and be genuinely unobtrusive. Demonstration experiments included motor cortex monitoring of monkeys while they walked and general cortical monitoring while monkeys progressed through sleep-wake cycles. 

4. Impressive Advances in Solar Cell Technology.
We had a couple of promising solar cell advances this week. First, we had the achievement of a 40% energy efficiency milestone using commercially available solar cells, bandpass filters, and light-concentrating optics http://newsroom.unsw.edu.au/news/science-technology/unsw-researchers-set-world-record-solar-energy-efficiency. Second, we had yet another advance for spray-on solar cells using colloidal quantum dots and readily available and affordable parts that most people should have access to http://news.engineering.utoronto.ca/new-technique-offers-spray-on-solar-power/; this is intended to be used in a variety of manufacturing situations with roll-to-roll printing or spraying on firm, curved, or flexible substrates, and ideally will lead to a future ability to directly coat irregular roofs and other surfaces - it will also benefit from independent advances in quantum dot materials development. 

5. Cubic Millimeter Computers.
Full computer systems measuring one millimeter cubed have been developed that include wireless communications, computation and data storage, battery, photovoltaic recharging, and sensors such as pressure, temperature, and imaging for image and video capture https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VjLRNkNgJGU. The chips are assembled in layers with different sub-components layered on top of each other to form the whole unit. Just think: a tiny wireless camera only a millimeter in size, or a million of them (only a cube of material 10cm on a side) scattered around the environment to provide some impressive (and near invisible) surveillance capabilities. This is smart dust and we can only begin to imagine the applications that may be possible. The group ultimately wish to shrink the complete systems down to the micron-scale where individual units might fit inside cells. 

6. Milestone for Tabletop Particle Accelerators.
The most powerful tabletop particle accelerator in the world demonstrated the ability to produce electrons with an energy of 4.25 giga-electronvolts http://newscenter.lbl.gov/2014/12/08/world-record-for-compact-particle-accelerator/. While the system was hooked up to a much larger petawatt laser system, the laser-plasma accelerator comprising a 9cm long tube was able to induce an acceleration gradient 1,000 times greater than normal particle accelerators. For comparison the monumental LCH produced particle collisions measuring 4 terra-electronvolts and aims to achieve 14 TeV later next year. There are thoughts that such compact laser-plasma devices (or assemblies of them) may be able reach these energy levels in future. 

7. Self-Assembled Optical Memory.
A new molecular self-assembly system creates uniform surfaces comprised of precisely ordered arrays of identical, optically-sensitive molecules that switch between two different states http://spectrum.ieee.org/nanoclast/semiconductors/memory/selfassembly-technique-offers-potential-scalable-prodution-of-optical-memory. Not only are the molecules photochromic, meaning they change colour reversibly when irradiated with light, but they are electric dipoles, which helps with self-assembly and binding onto surfaces while still retaining their attractive optoelectronic properties. The group hope to develop the system into molecular-scale memory storage devices with data densities up to 1,000 times greater than what is possible today. 

8. Latest Developments on RoboBrain.
RoboBrain is intended to be a search and knowledge engine for robots, that robots and related devices can query for data and instructions and, importantly, send data back to RoboBrain as they carry out the task in order to help the system learn over time and make it better http://www.technologyreview.com/view/533471/robobrain-the-worlds-first-knowledge-engine-for-robots/. Given the many differences in robotic architecture this is a difficult problem and a difficult project. Beyond receiving feedback directly from robots themselves, RoboBrain is also designed to allow independent researchers to contribute knowledge to the system with hope being that a community network of developers and researchers will help the system grow quickly and become more broadly useful to more robots in more situations. Demonstrations have involved robots using the system to help navigate indoors or move cooking ingredients around but an important capability will be the application of knowledge learned in one situation to other situations. 

9. Graphene Structures Fabricated with Lasers.
A new room-temperature process can fabricate patterned, flexible, multilayered graphene microstructures out of a polymer with a computer-controlled laser http://phys.org/news/2014-12-defects-laser-induced-graphene.html. The material comprises a complex interconnected foam mesh of graphene flakes, and patterns can comprise discrete supercapacitor designs. The group claim the process is scalable, may eventually result in a roll-to-roll manufacturing process and so far produces functional structures that perform well even after 9,000 charge-discharge cycles. 

10. Entropy, Thermodynamics, and Life.
While this article was first presented at the start of the year I only stumbled across it this week thanks to +Samuel Holmes http://www.quantamagazine.org/20140122-a-new-physics-theory-of-life/. It concerns a recent, and ambitious theory linking entropy, thermodynamics, and the emergence and evolution of life; it is intended to underlie and support evolution via natural selection. Basically, systems with an external input of energy tend to evolve towards increasing their irreversibility, and towards increasing their energy absorption and subsequent dissipation into the local environment. The claim is energy dissipation and entropy increases drive the spark of matter into self-replicating life and the evolution of living systems. 

An archive of the SciTech Digests can also be found here: http://www.scitechdigest.net ___ #ScienceSunday   #Science  

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#Agronomy  

Fighting Microbes with Microbes

Next generation Soil Science is being pursued that will lessen the use of pesticides, fungicides, herbicides, and even synthetic fertilizers.

"While the Human Microbiome Project has discovered that some 10,000 species of microorganisms live in and on the human body, outnumbering our own cells by ten to one, plant scientists have found that any given soil sample contains more than 30,000 taxonomic varieties of microbes. Soil microflora not only provide nutrients for plants, but also suppress disease. In exchange, roots secrete fixed carbon into the soil and feed their bacterial symbionts.

Although the medical community now warns that overprescribing antibiotics kills beneficial organisms and encourages the formation of resistant strains, a similar change in opinion has not occurred in agriculture, where a kill-all approach to plant pathogens has given rise to biocides that indiscriminately wipe out the beneficial along with the pathogenic. “Biocides can nuke the soil, but they never kill everything,” says Mike Cohen, a biologist at Sonoma State University in California. “This creates a biological vacuum that becomes filled by opportunistic survivors and organisms from the surrounding soil.” Biocides create a strong selective pressure: the few pathogens that survive face little competition and proliferate, giving rise to pathogenic communities that can evade standard treatments.

Beneficial soil organisms, however, can protect plants more selectively than biocides do. They displace pathogens and produce toxins that kill pathogenic microbes, and they also trigger plants’ own defense mechanisms. “Native bacteria are the first and most powerful barrier to prevent the establishment of pathogens,” says Jousset. “A diverse community is especially important to keeping pathogens away—this is true in the human gut and in the soil.”

Given the number of known microbes found in soil, and that each plant and each potential pest have their own complex, interconnected relationships, this will take a lot of time & work to make head-way.  But it certainly beats the alternatives of flirting with dependency on dwindling resources, or altering the evolution of ecosystems in trial & error fashion on large scales.

Full article:  http://www.the-scientist.com/?articles.view/articleNo/33703/title/Fighting-Microbes-with-Microbes/ Image/infographic:  Catherine Delphia

#soilscience   #sciencesunday   #planthealth   #microbes   #agriculture   #sustainability   #evolution  ___ #Agronomy  

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2014-12-14 07:35:50 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

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2014-12-09 23:16:44 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Smoking leads to loss of Y chromosomes 
Relationship of smoking to cancer, lung diseases and rheumatoid arthritis is now well know. A new study has shown that smoking is associated with loss of Y chromosome (the tiny little chromosome that determines male sex) and the loss of Y chromosome has been linked shortened life span in males. Yet another reason to quit smoking.  

Smoking leads to loss of Y chromosomes 
Relationship of smoking to cancer, lung diseases and rheumatoid arthritis is now well know. A new study has shown that smoking is associated with loss of Y chromosome (the tiny little chromosome that determines male sex) and the loss of Y chromosome has been linked shortened life span in males. Yet another reason to quit smoking.  ___

2014-12-09 07:17:48 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Feeling serenity

A 'pull' of energy, although searching for specific applications/purpose, there is a pretty distinct pull, a peace.
I'm facing reality/my reality. Both its ugliness and its glories.
Planning for future but not being so specific that I don't start somewhere or become discouraged. Staying human.

Trying to fulfill my duties, responsibilities. Keeping sight of dreams.

Feeling serenity

A 'pull' of energy, although searching for specific applications/purpose, there is a pretty distinct pull, a peace.
I'm facing reality/my reality. Both its ugliness and its glories.
Planning for future but not being so specific that I don't start somewhere or become discouraged. Staying human.

Trying to fulfill my duties, responsibilities. Keeping sight of dreams.___

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2014-12-08 09:23:29 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

21C Stewardship: Last Hours Before Pitchforks

"In the absence of a law requiring me to pay you overtime if you earn under a certain amount, you end up working harder—and the harder you work, the fewer employees I need. The fewer employees I need, the higher the unemployment rate.
The higher the unemployment rate, the more leverage I have to “encourage” you to “do what it takes” to keep your job. And so you work even more hours, pushing unemployment up and wages down. And that, my friends, is one of the little tricks that keeps you poor and me rich."
-- +Nick Hanauer     http://goo.gl/sSUc25

Richard Wilkinson explains how economic inequality harms societies:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZ7LzE3u7Bw

Ping
+dawn ahukanna +Melody Polson +Pamela Zuppo +Antoine Carriere  +Andrew Carpenter  +Gideon Rosenblatt  +Dante-GabryellMonson +Luis Galar... more »

21C Stewardship: Last Hours Before Pitchforks

"In the absence of a law requiring me to pay you overtime if you earn under a certain amount, you end up working harder—and the harder you work, the fewer employees I need. The fewer employees I need, the higher the unemployment rate.
The higher the unemployment rate, the more leverage I have to “encourage” you to “do what it takes” to keep your job. And so you work even more hours, pushing unemployment up and wages down. And that, my friends, is one of the little tricks that keeps you poor and me rich."
-- +Nick Hanauer     http://goo.gl/sSUc25

Richard Wilkinson explains how economic inequality harms societies:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZ7LzE3u7Bw

Ping
+dawn ahukanna +Melody Polson +Pamela Zuppo +Antoine Carriere  +Andrew Carpenter  +Gideon Rosenblatt  +Dante-Gabryell Monson +Luis Galarza +Cameron Sarjeant +Rob Salzman +Oleg Moskalensky +Mark Bruce +Jay Weixelbaum +Leland LeCuyer  +Michel Bauwens  +Leif Edvinsson +Ole Olson  +Mark Phelan  +Mick Fealty +Doug Breitbart +Richard Harlos ___

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2014-12-08 06:40:47 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

SciTech #ScienceSunday Digest, 49/14.
Mice with human brain cells, auto-cataloging science, passive artificial retina, better DNA origami, laser induced superconductivity, deep learning & renormalisation, better prosthetic legs, graphene items, thin printed LEDs, ultrasound haptics.

1. Mice Created with Brain Comprising Human Glial Cells.
New mice have been created in which half of the neurons have been replaced with human cells http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn26639-the-smart-mouse-with-the-halfhuman-brain.html. Human glial progenitor cells were isolated from human fetuses and injected into mouse pups in which, after a year, they had expanded in number and developed into astrocytes to completely overtake the role of mouse glial cells and astrocytes and comprising about half the cells in the brain. The mice still maintained mice neurons and neural... more »

SciTech #ScienceSunday Digest, 49/14.
Mice with human brain cells, auto-cataloging science, passive artificial retina, better DNA origami, laser induced superconductivity, deep learning & renormalisation, better prosthetic legs, graphene items, thin printed LEDs, ultrasound haptics.

1. Mice Created with Brain Comprising Human Glial Cells.
New mice have been created in which half of the neurons have been replaced with human cells http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn26639-the-smart-mouse-with-the-halfhuman-brain.html. Human glial progenitor cells were isolated from human fetuses and injected into mouse pups in which, after a year, they had expanded in number and developed into astrocytes to completely overtake the role of mouse glial cells and astrocytes and comprising about half the cells in the brain. The mice still maintained mice neurons and neural networks but the support role provided by astrocytes  was now provided by human astrocytes, which are 10 to 20 times larger and carry 10 times as many tendrils with which to support myelination and coordinate electrical signalling for a larger number of neurons. The mice were significantly smarter than normal mice and there may well be applications in multiple sclerosis. Rat studies are planned but the group believe it is unethical to perform primate studies. 

2. Computers Surpass Humans in Cataloging Science Data.
PaleoDeepDive is a new computer system developed to automatically extract data from scientific publications and build a database systematically cataloging the results of tens of thousands of individual studies http://www.news.wisc.edu/23330. PaleoDeepDive is a machine-reading system and after training was demonstrated to equal or surpass the ability of humans in cataloging this data. The group hope the system will help geologists and paleontologists related and compare large data sets in order to better address big questions; lets hope the contribution can aid other fields in a similar way. 

3. Nanotube Film as Artificial Prosthetic Retina to Restore Sight.
A wireless flexible film with semiconductor nanorods combined with carbon nanotubes was tested as an artificial retina on chick retinas that were not yet sensitive to light but which nonetheless managed to passively induce neuronal activity in response to light http://phys.org/news/2014-12-nanotubes-sight-retinas.html. The group claim their device is more durable, flexible, efficient, and more stimulatory than other approaches aiming to create prosthetic retinas but the fact that the device is passive and doesn’t need an external power source to translate light to neural signals is significant. Perhaps different semiconductor rods will be needed for sensitivity to different wavelengths of light? 

4. DNA Origami Takes Another Big Step.
New simulation and design software allows the the design of the most complex self-assembled DNA structures to ever https://newsoffice.mit.edu/2014/computer-model-for-complex-dna-shapes-1203. The range of geometries, structures, and functions of DNA Origami has been significantly expanded with this new software. Future applications will include self-assembled DNA structures able to spatially organise proteins, chromophores, RNAs, and nanoparticles with nanometer precision and so engineering function at least partially with structure. Things like scaffolds of light harvesting proteins, mimicking bacterial toxins to deliver genetic payloads to cells, and assembling precise metallic nanostructures are all on the drawing board. Such scaffolds might one day also form conveyor belts for directed molecular assembly.

5. Superconductivity Very Briefly Induced by Lasers.
Short infrared laser pulses have been found to induce superconductivity in ceramics at room temperature for a few picoseconds http://www.mpg.de/8785897/superconductivity-room-temperature. The group hypothesises that the laser pulses briefly alter the crystal structure, causing the layers of copper oxide and intermediate layers to alter their thickness by a small amount that is more conducive to the emergence of superconducting phenomena. An interesting result but it is still a big question whether the effect can be harnessed for useful timescales, at room temperature, and without cooling - the main use seems to be structural knowledge that may assist in the design of better superconducting materials. 

6. Deep Learning, Physics, and Renormalisation.
Recent studies have revealed a deep connection or equivalence between the techniques of deep learning and renormalisation; accessible article here http://www.quantamagazine.org/20141204-a-common-logic-to-seeing-cats-and-cosmos/, paper here http://arxiv.org/abs/1410.3831. Put simply the statistical technique that is renormalisation allows physicists to accurately describe systems without knowing the exact state of all their component parts, also enables the artificial neural networks to categorize data as, say, “a cat” regardless of its color, size or posture in a given video. They both distill complicated systems into fundamental parts. The result implies that deep learning is equivalent to renormalisation and suggests that the human brain may also make use of renormalisation. This is considered a fairly fundamental result and cross-fertilisation from both fields is expected to yield additional insights. 

7. Engineering Better Prosthetic Legs.
A new prosthetic leg allows amputees to achieve a more stable, natural gait compared to existing prostheses http://www.utdallas.edu/news/2014/12/4-31320_Engineer-Applies-Robot-Theory-to-Improve-Prostheti_story-wide.html. The device was engineered with robot control theory to simplify the entire gait cycle down to a single variable and allow powered prosthetics to dynamically respond to the environment. When increasing the speed of the treadmill being used for testing the prosthetic was not directly told the speed had increased and yet it responded naturally and immediately altered its gait to compensate. 

8. A Duo of Graphene Items.
First, we had the demonstration of graphene’s strength and future armor applications after graphene sheets were shot with microbullets travelling at three kilometers per second http://news.rice.edu/2014/12/01/microbullet-hits-confirm-graphenes-strength/. The tests revealed that graphene is ten times better than steel at dissipating kinetic energy - the propagation of tensile stress from the point of impact was calculated as 22.2 kilometers per second, faster than any other material and creating a larger cone to absorb energy. Second, while graphene is impermeable to all gases and liquids it has been found that protons can pass through the sheets, suggesting the material may have excellent properties for use in fuel cells http://www.manchester.ac.uk/discover/news/article/?id=13372. 

9. Thinnest Printed LED Lights.
Rohinni (http://www.rohinni.com/) is a company that claims to “print light” with their new printing technology http://www.3ders.org/articles/20141201-rohinni-produces-the-world-thinnest-led-lights-3d-printing.html. The company uses its technology to mix ink and tiny LEDs (blood cell sized diodes) and print this onto a conductive layer to Lightpaper, the world’s thinnest LED lighting that can be applied to any surface in any shape. This is a very interesting platform whether they print the devices themselves or do as they claim and allow anyone to print devices. Hopefully issues with LED dispersion and orientation can be solved to further boost performance. Imagine replacing lights with light-emitting-surfaces. 

10. New Consumer Device Capabilities.
A couple of interesting consumer-focused devices this week caught my eye. First, and seemingly trivially is a battery that incorporates WiFi connectivity that allows existing appliances and devices to be connected to the Internet http://www.springwise.com/wifi-connected-battery-smoke-alarm-clever/ - this is almost trivial but as battery energy density slowly improves and electronics and sensors get smaller then adding basic intelligence to many devices becomes that much more convenient. Second, a new 3D virtual haptics interface that uses ultrasound to convey the shape and structure of virtual objects to users http://www.bris.ac.uk/news/2014/december/haptic-shapes-using-ultrasound.html. 

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2014-12-06 20:40:33 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Keep the pulp

The antioxidant capacity of orange juice is multiplied tenfold

The antioxidant activity of citrus juices and other foods is undervalued. A new technique developed by researchers from the University of Granada for measuring this property generates values that are ten times higher than those indicated by current analysis methods. The results suggest that tables on the antioxidant capacities of food products that dieticians and health authorities use must be revised.___Keep the pulp

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2014-12-06 20:39:24 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

The world we are entering is one in which the most powerful global flows will be ideas and digital capital, not goods, services, and traditional capital. Adapting to this will require shifts in mindsets, policies, investments (especially in human capital), and quite possibly models of employment and distribution. No one knows fully how all of this will play out. But attempting to understand where the technological forces and trends are leading us is a good place to start.
Michael Spence

While digitalization is displacing labor - wealth disparity is more driven by an ideological set of pseudo-scientific assumptions (neo-classical/monetarist economics). To paraphrase Larry Page - there is lots of opportunity for everyone. 

However being able to generate and seize opportunity requires a profoundly different set of economic principles and a profoundly different... more »

The world we are entering is one in which the most powerful global flows will be ideas and digital capital, not goods, services, and traditional capital. Adapting to this will require shifts in mindsets, policies, investments (especially in human capital), and quite possibly models of employment and distribution. No one knows fully how all of this will play out. But attempting to understand where the technological forces and trends are leading us is a good place to start.
Michael Spence

While digitalization is displacing labor - wealth disparity is more driven by an ideological set of pseudo-scientific assumptions (neo-classical/monetarist economics). To paraphrase Larry Page - there is lots of opportunity for everyone. 

However being able to generate and seize opportunity requires a profoundly different set of economic principles and a profoundly different social-economic-technological-political platform to enable people to receive compensations for value created in many many new and different ways - distant horizons far beyond the employee-employer paradigm.___

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2014-12-06 10:05:07 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Seamless & Infinite App Ecosystem
A Dystopian Digital Experience, Why it Exists, and How to Fix it I want apps to more or less go away and be replaced by dashboards and apps that control multiple  company's functionality. I don't see the sense in having to open up an app just to scan a QR c...

Seamless & Infinite App Ecosystem
A Dystopian Digital Experience, Why it Exists, and How to Fix it I want apps to more or less go away and be replaced by dashboards and apps that control multiple  company's functionality. I don't see the sense in having to open up an app just to scan a QR c...___

2014-12-05 23:06:46 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Preparedness can't prepare for every surprise but it can prepare for what it's prepared for.

Preparedness can't prepare for every surprise but it can prepare for what it's prepared for.___

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2014-12-05 03:51:07 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

CounterCrop Clears 25% of Their Funding Goal on Day One

Part of winning the battle to bring food production close to where people live is the light source: after all, you can’t grow plants without the sun, right? As it turns out, you can. The lights are commercial grade LEDs that use biomimicry to imitate daylight patterns and key spectrums of the sunrise and sunset to keep your plants growing year round.

#hydroponics  

CounterCrop Clears 25% of Their Funding Goal on Day One

Part of winning the battle to bring food production close to where people live is the light source: after all, you can’t grow plants without the sun, right? As it turns out, you can. The lights are commercial grade LEDs that use biomimicry to imitate daylight patterns and key spectrums of the sunrise and sunset to keep your plants growing year round.

#hydroponics  ___

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2014-12-04 03:06:47 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

TED talks are in my estimation about 35-50% worth watching. Even so, there is often more emotion than facts. Maybe this is important for changing a mind because even the most intellectual of people are emotional creatures at heart. But the question is: Do we have a bias to feel like we've learned more after viewing a smoothly flowing presentation?

/via Horace Dediu /@asymco on Twitter:
"...the confidence and fluidity of a skillful presenter can lead us to be overconfident in […] how much we learned..." ___TED talks are in my estimation about 35-50% worth watching. Even so, there is often more emotion than facts. Maybe this is important for changing a mind because even the most intellectual of people are emotional creatures at heart. But the question is: Do we have a bias to feel like we've learned more after viewing a smoothly flowing presentation?

2014-12-04 02:53:52 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Brain glitches. To patch: acknowledge and open yourself to feel your suffering and the suffering around you and all other so-called 'negative-valence emotions' and isolate the source of these feelings within you. If you focus too intently on happiness and all other positive-valence emotions, something quite emphasized in meditation circles, you aren't aware of those things causing you suffering because you don't let it. This is really fracturing the mind. Bad idea. /rant

Brain glitches. To patch: acknowledge and open yourself to feel your suffering and the suffering around you and all other so-called 'negative-valence emotions' and isolate the source of these feelings within you. If you focus too intently on happiness and all other positive-valence emotions, something quite emphasized in meditation circles, you aren't aware of those things causing you suffering because you don't let it. This is really fracturing the mind. Bad idea. /rant___

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