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Science on Google+659,719Can you believe it! The +Science on Google+ community is approaching 200k members! We'll have reached that number by this weekend, so we're going to have a huge community celebration! Join your hosts +Scott Lewis and +Buddhini Samarasinghe as they start the celebration of being the #1 science community and the #10 community in *all of Google+*!!  During our Hangout On Air, you'll get a chance to meet the moderators  who dedicate so much time and energy into making sure that good, high quality science content is showcased in the community.  After we hear from the moderators on *who* they are, we'll have a discussion on what the curator team looks at for community posts to get put on the *Curator's Choice*.  We are all extremely excited to be celebrating with all 200,000 of you! Let's stay curious and find new and better ways to understand this amazing Universe we all live in! #ScienceSunday   #STEM   #ScienceEveryday   #SoGp200k  200,000 member community celebration!2014-01-12 22:00:00183  

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2015-06-30 12:44:30 (25 comments, 15 reshares, 47 +1s)Open 

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2015-09-02 02:09:24 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

Today marks an alarming record: for the first time in recorded history, there are three Category 4 hurricanes simultaneously moving across the Pacific Ocean. From left to right, these have been named Kilo, Ignacio, and Jimena; Ignacio is currently headed towards the Big Island of Hawaii, while the path of the other two isn't yet clear enough to know if any islands are in danger.

You can read more about it here: http://www.sciencealert.com/three-category-4-hurricanes-have-just-hit-in-pacific-ocean-at-the-same-time

h/t +Mike Clancy.

Today marks an alarming record: for the first time in recorded history, there are three Category 4 hurricanes simultaneously moving across the Pacific Ocean. From left to right, these have been named Kilo, Ignacio, and Jimena; Ignacio is currently headed towards the Big Island of Hawaii, while the path of the other two isn't yet clear enough to know if any islands are in danger.

You can read more about it here: http://www.sciencealert.com/three-category-4-hurricanes-have-just-hit-in-pacific-ocean-at-the-same-time

h/t +Mike Clancy.___

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2015-09-01 03:05:37 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Beautiful first day of school.   Welcome and welcome back to our Northwest Missouri State Bearcats! 

#nwms   #university   #BestLifeEver  

Beautiful first day of school.   Welcome and welcome back to our Northwest Missouri State Bearcats! 

#nwms   #university   #BestLifeEver  ___

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2015-08-30 16:34:12 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Oliver Sacks Dies at 82; Neurologist and Author Explored the Brain’s Quirks. I've really enjoyed his books - Dr. Sacks had a true gift for describing some of the most unique examples of our human condition.

http://nyti.ms/1MVmNG3

Oliver Sacks Dies at 82; Neurologist and Author Explored the Brain’s Quirks. I've really enjoyed his books - Dr. Sacks had a true gift for describing some of the most unique examples of our human condition.

http://nyti.ms/1MVmNG3___

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2015-08-28 20:54:44 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

In case you have not seen this yet. Martin Odersky's presentation entitled "The Trouble With Types" (2013). On slide 14, a landscape of programming languages is partitioned based on their type systems. Dart is in the category "cutting corners" :). An interesting presentation.

Slide: http://www.cs.ox.ac.uk/ralf.hinze/WG2.8/31/slides/martin.pdf
Talk: http://www.infoq.com/presentations/data-types-issues

In case you have not seen this yet. Martin Odersky's presentation entitled "The Trouble With Types" (2013). On slide 14, a landscape of programming languages is partitioned based on their type systems. Dart is in the category "cutting corners" :). An interesting presentation.

Slide: http://www.cs.ox.ac.uk/ralf.hinze/WG2.8/31/slides/martin.pdf
Talk: http://www.infoq.com/presentations/data-types-issues___

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2015-08-28 12:24:03 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Our Greatest Adventure. New video in preparation the upcoming movie "The Martian" (featuring Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson).

Meet the Ares 3 Crew
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CumZP6_9sHU

Ares 3: The Right Stuff
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wygmxzp6VzY

The Martian by Andy Weir
http://www.andyweirauthor.com/books/the-martian-tr/the-martian-hc

The Martian Movie Site
http://www.foxmovies.com/movies/the-martian

Thanks +Bobak Ferdowsi​ for sharing!

#JourneyToMars #themartian #areslive #mars #cosmos #spaceexploration #innovativeadvertising

And it's back.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-fdKyszL1Zo

+The Martian 

#TheMartian   #JourneyToMars  ___Our Greatest Adventure. New video in preparation the upcoming movie "The Martian" (featuring Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson).

Meet the Ares 3 Crew
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CumZP6_9sHU

Ares 3: The Right Stuff
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wygmxzp6VzY

The Martian by Andy Weir
http://www.andyweirauthor.com/books/the-martian-tr/the-martian-hc

The Martian Movie Site
http://www.foxmovies.com/movies/the-martian

Thanks +Bobak Ferdowsi​ for sharing!

#JourneyToMars #themartian #areslive #mars #cosmos #spaceexploration #innovativeadvertising

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2015-08-27 04:46:47 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Kansas Voting: Kansas seeks to block release of voting machine paper tapes

Bizarre. A mathematician wants to check the paper records against the electronic results for anomalies... and the state is fighting the release. Why? What could it possibly matter if they are the same? Unless this mathematician is right.

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) – The top election official in Kansas has asked a Sedgwick County judge to block the release of voting machine tapes sought by a Wichita mathematician who is researching statistical anomalies favoring Republicans in counts coming from large precincts in the November 2014 general election.

#elections #electionfraud #corruption #republicans #kansas 

Kansas Voting: Kansas seeks to block release of voting machine paper tapes

Bizarre. A mathematician wants to check the paper records against the electronic results for anomalies... and the state is fighting the release. Why? What could it possibly matter if they are the same? Unless this mathematician is right.

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) – The top election official in Kansas has asked a Sedgwick County judge to block the release of voting machine tapes sought by a Wichita mathematician who is researching statistical anomalies favoring Republicans in counts coming from large precincts in the November 2014 general election.

#elections #electionfraud #corruption #republicans #kansas ___

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2015-08-26 12:22:27 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

Apollo 17 lander image.  

  #spaceexploration  #courage #humansareamazing

Remote and Alone

I just stumbled across this image of the Apollo 17 lander that was taken by one of the astronauts while travelling on the lunar rover. I couldn't help but stare at it for minutes, thinking about the emotions those men might have felt while gazing into the distance at their tiny little fragile piece of technology meant to get them home, a home possibly visible overhead and so very far away. The lethal environment just centimeters from their skin, just outside their pressure suit, their whole existence so very dependent on the assembled collection of technologies of the time. 

Via http://www.classybro.com/terrifying-photo-space-history/ - the author captures the sentiment well and lists the very many things that must go just right for these men to return home. 

Apollo 17, the final moon mission https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apollo_17___Apollo 17 lander image.  

  #spaceexploration  #courage #humansareamazing

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2015-08-26 12:05:59 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

50 years of Mars Exploration. Four minute celebration of NASA's successful missions to Mars - definitely worth a watch. 

2015 marks 50 years of successful +NASA missions to Mars starting with Mariner 4 in 1965. Since then, a total of 15 robotic missions led by various NASA centers have laid the groundwork for future human missions to the Red Planet. The journey to Mars continues with additional robotic missions planned for 2016 and 2020, and human missions in the 2030s..

#spaceexploration #mars #humansareamazing

#JourneyToMars   #NASA   #Mars  

Five decades of successful +NASA robotic missions to Mars have laid the groundwork for future human exploration of the Red Planet.___50 years of Mars Exploration. Four minute celebration of NASA's successful missions to Mars - definitely worth a watch. 

2015 marks 50 years of successful +NASA missions to Mars starting with Mariner 4 in 1965. Since then, a total of 15 robotic missions led by various NASA centers have laid the groundwork for future human missions to the Red Planet. The journey to Mars continues with additional robotic missions planned for 2016 and 2020, and human missions in the 2030s..

#spaceexploration #mars #humansareamazing

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2015-08-24 12:45:00 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Born to Run.  Bruce Springsteen's classic hit "Born to Run" turns 40 today. http://theweek.com/articles/569558/born-run-40-short-history-album-that-turned-bruce-springsteen-into-americas-biggest-rock-star

#musicmonday   #theboss   #borntorun  

Born to Run.  Bruce Springsteen's classic hit "Born to Run" turns 40 today. http://theweek.com/articles/569558/born-run-40-short-history-album-that-turned-bruce-springsteen-into-americas-biggest-rock-star

#musicmonday   #theboss   #borntorun  ___

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2015-08-24 04:36:36 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Warsan Shire - first-ever Young Poet Laureate for London -  is a Kenyan-born Somali poet, writer, editor, and educator. 

"Poetry is not an expression of the party line. It’s that time of night, lying in bed, thinking what you really think, making the private world public, that’s what the poet does."

— Allen Ginsberg

"Poetry is the journal of a sea animal living on land, wanting to fly in the air."

 – Carl Sandburg

http://www.visitlondon.com/story/profile/36139784-warsan-shire

http://wellandoftenpress.com/reader/to-be-vulnerable-and-fearless-an-interview-with-writer-warsan-shire/

Instrumental: Zoë Keating - Sun Will Set from "One Cello x 16: Natoma"
http://music.zoekeating.com/album/one-cello-x-16-natoma

Warsan Shire - "For Women who are 'Difficult' toLove"<... more »

Warsan Shire - first-ever Young Poet Laureate for London -  is a Kenyan-born Somali poet, writer, editor, and educator. 

"Poetry is not an expression of the party line. It’s that time of night, lying in bed, thinking what you really think, making the private world public, that’s what the poet does."

— Allen Ginsberg

"Poetry is the journal of a sea animal living on land, wanting to fly in the air."

 – Carl Sandburg

http://www.visitlondon.com/story/profile/36139784-warsan-shire

http://wellandoftenpress.com/reader/to-be-vulnerable-and-fearless-an-interview-with-writer-warsan-shire/

Instrumental: Zoë Keating - Sun Will Set from "One Cello x 16: Natoma"
http://music.zoekeating.com/album/one-cello-x-16-natoma

Warsan Shire - "For Women who are 'Difficult' to Love"
https://vimeo.com/38766162

#poetry #poetlaureate   #warsanshire  ___

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2015-08-23 22:27:34 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

While running (no zombies, just horses). :)   #feelinggrateful  

While running (no zombies, just horses). :)   #feelinggrateful  ___

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2015-08-23 12:27:26 (4 comments, 3 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

Relatively simple.

#quantumphysics

Quantum Physics Made Relatively Simple: A Quick Free Course from Nobel Prize-Winning Physicist Hans Bethe___Relatively simple.

#quantumphysics

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2015-08-23 12:22:58 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

Visualizing algorithms (beautifully).

#computerscience #algorithms #cs #programming #code

This is an amazing page in several ways -- beautiful visualizations of several algorithms, used to explain and compare them; good explanations of related math/science too; and all very skillfully programmed.___Visualizing algorithms (beautifully).

#computerscience #algorithms #cs #programming #code

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2015-08-23 10:52:35 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Quantum chemistry: understanding energy in chemical reactions at the smallest levels. Chemists propose that the energy, E, in all chemical reactions can be broken down into three components...the “X-bar” represents the average binding energy of electrons (the Allen definition of electronegativity), VNN represents nuclear-nuclear repulsion, and w represents electron-electron interactions.

-from the article

#energy #Quantumchemistry #electronegativity #sciencesunday

Toward an Experimental Quantum Chemistry: Exploring a New Energy Partitioning
http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/jacs.5b05600___Quantum chemistry: understanding energy in chemical reactions at the smallest levels. Chemists propose that the energy, E, in all chemical reactions can be broken down into three components...the “X-bar” represents the average binding energy of electrons (the Allen definition of electronegativity), VNN represents nuclear-nuclear repulsion, and w represents electron-electron interactions.

-from the article

#energy #Quantumchemistry #electronegativity #sciencesunday

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2015-08-18 06:22:45 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

Tough and Competent - these words are the price of admission to the ranks of mission control.

Spaceflight will never tolerate carelessness, incapacity, and neglect.

Tough means we are forever accountable for what we do or what we fail to do.

Competent means we will never take anything for granted. We will never be found short in our knowledge and in our skills.

Happy birthday Gene Kranz!

Excellent words on the +Penny4NASA post - and on +Yonatan Zunger's reshare. I have always greatly admired the people who took on the challenge they did - and performed so admirably. It's time to get back out there. :)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5536WCe_Z_w

#NASA #GeneKranz #Space #Science #Penny4NASA  
#boldlygo  

Happy Birthday Gene Kranz!

The phrase “Tough and Competent” was created by NASA Flight Director Gene Kranz and became the rallying cry of NASA and the Mission Control crew after the Apollo 1 disaster. 

“Spaceflight will never tolerate carelessness, incapacity, and neglect. Somewhere, somehow, we screwed up. It could have been in design, build, or test. Whatever it was, we should have caught it. We were too gung ho about the schedule and we locked out all of the problems we saw each day in our work. Every element of the program was in trouble and so were we. The simulators were not working, Mission Control was behind in virtually every area, and the flight and test procedures changed daily. Nothing we did had any shelf life. Not one of us stood up and said, ‘Dammit, stop!’ I don’t know what Thompson’s committee will find as the cause, but I know what I find. We are the cause! We were not ready! We did not do our job. We were rolling the dice, hoping that things would come together by launch day, when in our hearts we knew it would take a miracle. We were pushing the schedule and betting that the Cape would slip before we did. From this day forward, Flight Control will be known by two words: 'Tough’ and 'Competent.’ Tough means we are forever accountable for what we do or what we fail to do. We will never again compromise our responsibilities. Every time we walk into Mission Control we will know what we stand for. Competent means we will never take anything for granted. We will never be found short in our knowledge and in our skills. Mission Control will be perfect. When you leave this meeting today you will go to your office and the first thing you will do there is to write 'Tough and Competent’ on your blackboards. It will never be erased. Each day when you enter the room these words will remind you of the price paid by Grissom, White, and Chaffee. These words are the price of admission to the ranks of Mission Control.” - The Kranz Dictum 

Gene Kranz served as Flight Director for a number of NASA milestones, including Apollo 11, the “successful failure” of Apollo 13, and the repair of the Hubble Space Telescope in 1994. Please be sure to checkout another great video from our friend Mike Dawson and his Assignment Universe project.

Watch “Gene Kranz - Mission Control: Tough & Competent” here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5536WCe_Z_w

*Celebrate Gene Kranz's birthday by advocating for an increase in NASA's budget: http://www.penny4nasa.org/take-action/

#NASA #GeneKranz #Space #Science #Penny4NASA  ___Tough and Competent - these words are the price of admission to the ranks of mission control.

Spaceflight will never tolerate carelessness, incapacity, and neglect.

Tough means we are forever accountable for what we do or what we fail to do.

Competent means we will never take anything for granted. We will never be found short in our knowledge and in our skills.

Happy birthday Gene Kranz!

Excellent words on the +Penny4NASA post - and on +Yonatan Zunger's reshare. I have always greatly admired the people who took on the challenge they did - and performed so admirably. It's time to get back out there. :)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5536WCe_Z_w

#NASA #GeneKranz #Space #Science #Penny4NASA  
#boldlygo  

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2015-08-18 03:23:43 (3 comments, 14 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

What is Dark Matter and Dark Energy?  
"Wherever there is empty space in the universe, more is forming every second. So, dark energy seems to be some kind of energy intrinsic to empty space.  Energy that is stronger than anything else we know - and that keeps getting stronger as time passes by." 

Great overview of a some of the biggest open questions in our universe.

http://www.nova.org.au/space-time/dark-stuff-our-universe

#darkmatter   #darkenergy   #physics   #astronomy   #cosmology   #space   #stem  

In celebration of #sciencesunday  

What is Dark Matter and Dark Energy?  
"Wherever there is empty space in the universe, more is forming every second. So, dark energy seems to be some kind of energy intrinsic to empty space.  Energy that is stronger than anything else we know - and that keeps getting stronger as time passes by." 

Great overview of a some of the biggest open questions in our universe.

http://www.nova.org.au/space-time/dark-stuff-our-universe

#darkmatter   #darkenergy   #physics   #astronomy   #cosmology   #space   #stem  

In celebration of #sciencesunday  ___

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2015-08-15 16:00:37 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Puddles of Superfluid Dark Matter.  Physicist +Sabine Hossenfelder offers a very interesting and accessible description of a new theory of dark matter.  

...two researchers from the University of Pennsylvania propose that dark matter might be puddles of a superfluid that has condensed in the first moments of the universe, and then caught the matter we readily see by its gravitational pull.

A Theory of Dark Matter Superfluidity
http://arxiv.org/abs/1507.01019

PDF http://arxiv.org/pdf/1507.01019v1.pdf

#darkmatter   #superfluid   #quantum   #physics  

Superfluid Dark Matter
A new paper proposes that dark matter may be a quantum fluid that has condensed in puddles to seed galaxies. If Superfluid was a superhero , it would creep through the tiniest door slits and flow up the walls to then freeze the evil villain to death. Few th...___Puddles of Superfluid Dark Matter.  Physicist +Sabine Hossenfelder offers a very interesting and accessible description of a new theory of dark matter.  

...two researchers from the University of Pennsylvania propose that dark matter might be puddles of a superfluid that has condensed in the first moments of the universe, and then caught the matter we readily see by its gravitational pull.

A Theory of Dark Matter Superfluidity
http://arxiv.org/abs/1507.01019

PDF http://arxiv.org/pdf/1507.01019v1.pdf

#darkmatter   #superfluid   #quantum   #physics  

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2015-08-15 04:10:48 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 


Images from India's Mars Orbiter Spacecraft.  Great work by the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO).

http://www.isro.gov.in/pslv-c25-mars-orbiter-mission/3d-portrayals-of-ophir-chasma-terrain

Description (from the ISRO website):

The image taken by Mars Colour Camera over Ophir Chasma, a canyon in the Coprates quadrangle of Mars at 4° south latitude and 72.5° west longitude.  The word chasma has been designated by the International Astronomical Union to refer to an elongate, steepsided depression. Ophir Chasma is part of the largest canyon system in the solar system known as Valles Marineris. The walls of the chasma contain many layers and the floors contain large deposits of layered materials.  This image [was] taken on 19th July 2015 at an altitude of 1857 km with a resolution of 96 m.


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Images from India's Mars Orbiter Spacecraft.  Great work by the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO).

http://www.isro.gov.in/pslv-c25-mars-orbiter-mission/3d-portrayals-of-ophir-chasma-terrain

Description (from the ISRO website):

The image taken by Mars Colour Camera over Ophir Chasma, a canyon in the Coprates quadrangle of Mars at 4° south latitude and 72.5° west longitude.  The word chasma has been designated by the International Astronomical Union to refer to an elongate, steepsided depression. Ophir Chasma is part of the largest canyon system in the solar system known as Valles Marineris. The walls of the chasma contain many layers and the floors contain large deposits of layered materials.  This image [was] taken on 19th July 2015 at an altitude of 1857 km with a resolution of 96 m.


More images

http://www.isro.gov.in/pslv-c25-mars-orbiter-mission/pictures-mars-colour-camera-mcc-onboard-india%E2%80%99s-mars-orbiter


Low-Cost Mission

http://www.24point0.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/india-frugal-mission-mars-ppt-presentation-slide.png


The Journey

http://mycdn-technologyvista.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/marsmoss1_101813080835.jpg


ISRO: one of 4 space agencies with a working Mars Mission

http://www.economist.com/blogs/babbage/2014/09/mars-exploration


More about 4,000 km Valles Marineris canyon system

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valles_Marineris


#ISRO   #India #Mars #Orbiter   #spaceexploration   #mcc #vallesmarineris  ___

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2015-08-13 13:43:05 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Modern warfare looks a lot like ancient warfare in many respects. It makes use of two crucial influences: a general to lead the fight and a religious leader to bless it.

It helps a delicate human mind endorse the untenable. If not wrapped in theology, fewer would be willing.

#human #casualties #artandscienceofwar

Modern warfare looks a lot like ancient warfare in many respects. It makes use of two crucial influences: a general to lead the fight and a religious leader to bless it.

It helps a delicate human mind endorse the untenable. If not wrapped in theology, fewer would be willing.

#human #casualties #artandscienceofwar___

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2015-08-03 14:52:45 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Hubble: Universe in Motion.  The Hubble space telescope has been taking pictures more than 25 years, helping us understand our dynamic universe. We can now experience some of the most interesting and iconic images in motion.  Another great production from +SpaceRip.

Hubble Space Telescope

Launched 1990.

Joint effort by +NASA, +European Space Agency, ESA, and +Space Telescope Science Institute.

Travels in low-Earth orbit, ~ 600 km / 370 mi up, almost twice as high as the International Space Station (ISS).

Where is the HST now?

http://www.n2yo.com/?s=20580

Gallery of Hubble Images (some with video)

http://hubblesite.org/gallery/album/entire/

Citizen Science

Use Hubble data to classify galaxies by shape:

http://www.galaxyzoo.org/

HST Primer(m... more »

Hubble: Universe in Motion.  The Hubble space telescope has been taking pictures more than 25 years, helping us understand our dynamic universe. We can now experience some of the most interesting and iconic images in motion.  Another great production from +SpaceRip.

Hubble Space Telescope

Launched 1990.

Joint effort by +NASA, +European Space Agency, ESA, and +Space Telescope Science Institute.

Travels in low-Earth orbit, ~ 600 km / 370 mi up, almost twice as high as the International Space Station (ISS).

Where is the HST now?

http://www.n2yo.com/?s=20580

Gallery of Hubble Images (some with video)

http://hubblesite.org/gallery/album/entire/

Citizen Science

Use Hubble data to classify galaxies by shape:

http://www.galaxyzoo.org/

HST Primer (more detail for scientists proposing research)

http://www.stsci.edu/hst/proposing/documents/primer/primer.pdf

Most Recent (2009) Servicing Mission

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/STS-125

IMAX Hubble 3D

http://hubble.imax.com/

NASA Mission Site

http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/hubble/main/index.html

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IN1KJ8LYW3U

#hubble   #space #telescope   #astronomy   #stem   #science  ___

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2015-07-30 11:18:44 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Agent ethics is a fascinating field. I agree - a ban on killing agents is not feasible. We have to decide how to employ, enhance, regulate, and manage the technical capabilities we're developing.

A sound technical education will be crucial for the lawyers, legislators, advisors, and policy makers that will chart our course in this brave new world.

#autonomous #agents #ethics #stem #education #economic #competition

Rationally Considering Autonomous Weapons and Ethics

This article from IEEE Spectrum presents one of the more rational discussions and counterpoints to the whole banning autonomous weapons theme in recent weeks. We Should Not Ban ‘Killer Robots’ and Here’s Why http://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/artificial-intelligence/we-should-not-ban-killer-robots. The article builds on and extends my own thoughts and feelings on the topic that I first described here https://plus.google.com/u/0/+MarkBruce/posts/dvsWMFLV9Vi, agreeing that autonomous weapons are a bad thing but there is no way of stopping their development and likely deployment. It asks whether autonomous weapons on the battlefield are in fact more ethical than the alternatives given they may lead to significantly reduced casualties, both combat and most importantly civilian, particularly with the hypothetical ability of autonomous weapons to follow far stricter rules of engagement better than any human. 

A few quotes:

The barriers keeping people from developing this kind of system are just too low.

What we really need, then, is a way of making autonomous armed robots ethical, because we’re not going to be able to prevent them from existing.

If autonomous armed robots really do have at least the potential reduce casualties, aren’t we then ethically obligated to develop them?

Blaming technology for the decisions that we make involving it is at best counterproductive and at worst nonsensical. Any technology can be used for evil, and many technologies that were developed to kill people are now responsible for some of our greatest achievements, from harnessing nuclear power to riding a ballistic missile into space.

Perhaps the biggest surprise for me regarding this issue and the open letter that sparked this larger awareness and debate is how polarising it has been, and how many people seem incapable of rationally discussing the issues, instead preferring to assume an air of moral superiority while shouting down all who dare to question otherwise. 

Philosophy and Ethics in Autonomous Vehicles

In a closely related area concerning the behaviour of autonomous vehicles on our roads I was recently involved in a discussion thread where I mentioned that philosophical “Trolley Problems” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trolley_problem) would have to be tackled at some point with regard to the operation of these vehicles. The most basic example is when you flick a switch that results in one person being killed in order to save many people from being killed.

And, of course, we see this week that a great many people are already working on this problem with this summary article How to Help Self-Driving Cars Make Ethical Decisions http://www.technologyreview.com/news/539731/how-to-help-self-driving-cars-make-ethical-decisions/. Again, as a simplistic example, if a young child runs onto the road in front of an autonomous passenger vehicle before it can stop, should the vehicle swerve into on-coming traffic to avoid the child? 

A few quotes:

Given the number of fatal traffic accidents that involve human error today, it could be considered unethical to introduce self-driving technology too slowly.

If you look at airbags, for example, inherent in that technology is the assumption that you’re going to save a lot of lives, and only kill a few.

As one of the commenters notes, the system becomes even better when all vehicles on the road are autonomous and able to communicate with each other: for example if a car swerves into on-coming traffic to miss a child then the on-coming traffic will know this and can react instantly and swerve to make room for the vehicle. 

#autonomous   #weapons   #vehicles  ___Agent ethics is a fascinating field. I agree - a ban on killing agents is not feasible. We have to decide how to employ, enhance, regulate, and manage the technical capabilities we're developing.

A sound technical education will be crucial for the lawyers, legislators, advisors, and policy makers that will chart our course in this brave new world.

#autonomous #agents #ethics #stem #education #economic #competition

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2015-07-28 20:15:34 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Amazon suggests setting aside airspace for autonomous couriers. 
http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/jul/28/amazon-autonomous-drones-only-airspace-package-delivery

#amazon #airspace #intelligentdeliverysystems 

Amazon suggests setting aside airspace for autonomous couriers. 
http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/jul/28/amazon-autonomous-drones-only-airspace-package-delivery

#amazon #airspace #intelligentdeliverysystems ___

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2015-07-15 19:12:45 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

Intel and Girls Who Code.   "I'm teaching my father how to code." :)

In middle school, 74% of girls express interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), but when choosing a college major, just 0.4% of high school girls select computer science. 

With the support of companies like +Intel , Twitter, +General Electric,  Google, and others, +Girls Who Code (http://www.girlswhocode.com/) is trying to change that. 

The goal: To help close that gap by giving high school girls ages 13 to 17 the opportunity to learn more about what engineering and technology careers have to offer, and by giving them the confidence to pursue their goals. We had the pleasure of working with our friends at the Intel Foundation to tell their story.

STEM Solutions
http... more »

Intel and Girls Who Code.   "I'm teaching my father how to code." :)

In middle school, 74% of girls express interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), but when choosing a college major, just 0.4% of high school girls select computer science. 

With the support of companies like +Intel , Twitter, +General Electric,  Google, and others, +Girls Who Code (http://www.girlswhocode.com/) is trying to change that. 

The goal: To help close that gap by giving high school girls ages 13 to 17 the opportunity to learn more about what engineering and technology careers have to offer, and by giving them the confidence to pursue their goals. We had the pleasure of working with our friends at the Intel Foundation to tell their story.

STEM Solutions

http://www.usnews.com/news/stem-solutions/articles/2015/04/22/girls-who-code-takes-on-gender-gap-in-computer-science

Girls Who Code

http://girlswhocode.com/

Sign up for Summer Immersion Program

http://girlswhocode.com/programs/

#science  #technology #engineering #math  #stem #code
#scienceeveryday  ___

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2015-07-04 15:12:13 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Zombies, Run!  View while trying out the zombie-gamified running app today.  Fun!  https://zombiesrungame.com/.  :)

How it works: Walk, jog, or run (with your smart phone) - listen to music while the story unfolds in real-time. You get missions to help out  and (hopefully) survive the zombie apocalypse. When the zombies come, run! 

Probably can't tell from the picture, but there's about five progressively more distant horizons - the view goes on forever. :)

http://www.tomsguide.com/us/best-running-apps,review-2285.html
http://www.cnet.com/news/best-running-apps/
http://thesweetsetup.com/apps/our-favorite-run-tracking-app/
http://www.androidheadlines.com/2015/04/featured-top-10-android-apps-runners.html

#computerscience  #gamification  #running   #fitness   #zombieapocalypse   #10k   #motivation  

Zombies, Run!  View while trying out the zombie-gamified running app today.  Fun!  https://zombiesrungame.com/.  :)

How it works: Walk, jog, or run (with your smart phone) - listen to music while the story unfolds in real-time. You get missions to help out  and (hopefully) survive the zombie apocalypse. When the zombies come, run! 

Probably can't tell from the picture, but there's about five progressively more distant horizons - the view goes on forever. :)

http://www.tomsguide.com/us/best-running-apps,review-2285.html
http://www.cnet.com/news/best-running-apps/
http://thesweetsetup.com/apps/our-favorite-run-tracking-app/
http://www.androidheadlines.com/2015/04/featured-top-10-android-apps-runners.html

#computerscience  #gamification  #running   #fitness   #zombieapocalypse   #10k   #motivation  ___

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2015-06-30 12:44:30 (25 comments, 15 reshares, 47 +1s)Open 

Juno, the Beluga whale, loves to play with little kids - and he's about as good at it as it gets. :)

"He's playing peekaboo. Boo! ... The kids getting his reaction is really what's spurring him on to keep doing it."

- Dr. Tracy Romano, chief marine biologist at Mystic Aquarium where Juno lives.

Peekaboo! What we can learn from playful beluga whale

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/the-mystery-behind-playful-beluga-whale/

Video source

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hh84Oe8JxUQ&rel=0

Cetacean Intelligence (Cetacean is the mammal order that includes whales, porpoises, and dolphins)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cetacean_intelligence

Phylogeny chart showing diverge of common mammals:

http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2164/16/13/figure/F2[1]more »

___Juno, the Beluga whale, loves to play with little kids - and he's about as good at it as it gets. :)

"He's playing peekaboo. Boo! ... The kids getting his reaction is really what's spurring him on to keep doing it."

- Dr. Tracy Romano, chief marine biologist at Mystic Aquarium where Juno lives.

Peekaboo! What we can learn from playful beluga whale

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/the-mystery-behind-playful-beluga-whale/

Video source

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hh84Oe8JxUQ&rel=0

Cetacean Intelligence (Cetacean is the mammal order that includes whales, porpoises, and dolphins)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cetacean_intelligence

Phylogeny chart showing diverge of common mammals:

http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2164/16/13/figure/F2[1]

[1] http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2164/16/13

#intelligence   #beluga   #Juno   #mysticaquarium   #play

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2015-06-30 01:23:48 (14 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

When sanctuaries are burning and peaceful worshippers are murdered, it really is persecution.   

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/persecution

#WhoIsBurningBlackChurches 

This story is finally starting to hit the major press: in the past week, six black churches have burned down. Three of them are being investigated as arson, and the other three are still being examined by fire investigators -- but are highly likely to be arson as well.

I try to put this into my own world and imagine: if six synagogues had been torched the week after a major anti-Semitic terrorist attack, I would be thinking about nothing else. It would be front page, above the fold, in every newspaper in the country. Why, then, is this only now receiving proper coverage?

If you ask why these churches are so important -- why these aren't just ordinary arsons, or arsons against churches first and black churches second -- you can go back to what President Obama said in his eulogy for Clementa Pinckney a few days ago (which people are starting to refer to as "the 'grace' speech"):

The church is and always has been the center of African American life; a place to call our own in a too-often hostile world, a sanctuary from so many hardships.

Over the course of centuries, black churches served as hush harbors, where slaves could worship in safety, praise houses, where their free descendants could gather and shout “Hallelujah.” Rest stops for the weary along the Underground Railroad, bunkers for the foot soldiers of the civil-rights movement.

They have been and continue to community centers, where we organize for jobs and justice, places of scholarship and network, places where children are loved and fed and kept out of harms way and told that they are beautiful and smart and taught that they matter.

That’s what happens in church. That’s what the black church means — our beating heart, the place where our dignity as a people is inviolate.

"The place where our dignity as a people is inviolate:" one of the best distillations of an idea I have heard. A phrase likely to enter the English lexicon. These churches are not simply houses of worship to a god you or I may not share; they are the centers of their communities, and more, they are and have been the refuges and safe harbors of their communities since the days of slavery.

I am glad to see that the news is finally covering this, but why has it taken so long? And how long will it take to stop those responsible, and bring the ones who have already burned buildings to justice?

#WhoIsBurningBlackChurches  ?___When sanctuaries are burning and peaceful worshippers are murdered, it really is persecution.   

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/persecution

#WhoIsBurningBlackChurches 

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2015-06-29 16:15:25 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

the death penalty, in and of itself, now likely constitutes a legally prohibited 'cruel and unusual punishmen[t]'.   - Supreme Court Justice Breyer in his dissenting remarks to the Supreme Court's decision to allow continued executions with a drug that has resulted in very disturbing, painful deaths[1,2].

In 2008, 93% of all known executions took place in five countries[3]:

China
Iran
Pakistan
United States
Saudi Arabia

+The Economist provides an updated chart of executions[4]. Even accounting for our greater numbers of people, we rank very high.  

The death penalty is expensive[5] - it can cost 10 times more to execute someone than to sentence them to life in prison[6].  

This begs the question, in one of the most technologically, economically, and generally advanced countries[7,8] in the world - why does itcont... more »

the death penalty, in and of itself, now likely constitutes a legally prohibited 'cruel and unusual punishmen[t]'.   - Supreme Court Justice Breyer in his dissenting remarks to the Supreme Court's decision to allow continued executions with a drug that has resulted in very disturbing, painful deaths[1,2].

In 2008, 93% of all known executions took place in five countries[3]:

China
Iran
Pakistan
United States
Saudi Arabia

+The Economist provides an updated chart of executions[4]. Even accounting for our greater numbers of people, we rank very high.  

The death penalty is expensive[5] - it can cost 10 times more to execute someone than to sentence them to life in prison[6].  

This begs the question, in one of the most technologically, economically, and generally advanced countries[7,8] in the world - why does it continue? 

For the most part, the world has moved beyond the most horrific and public punishments intended to produce suffering.  In general, the state no longer punishes for revenge, but acts to uphold fairness and justice. Those who fail to follow the rules of civilized society are issued an adult "time-out" and lose the privilege of participating.

It's time to reject out-dated, barbaric, deadly punishments. They've never been fair[9], they cost additional time and money, and they demean those of us who desire, order, and implement them. They have no place in advanced societies.

[1] http://www.ncadp.org/blog/entry/breaking-u.s.-supreme-court-rules-that-midazolam-can-be-used-as-part-of-let

[2] http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/14pdf/14-7955_aplc.pdf

[3] http://www.amnestyusa.org/about-us/amnesty-50-years/50-years-of-human-rights/worldwide-death-penalty-abolition-timeline

[4] http://www.economist.com/blogs/graphicdetail/2015/04/daily-chart-15

[5] http://www.deathpenaltyinfo.org/costs-death-penalty[5] http://www.deathpenaltyinfo.org/costs-death-penalty

[6] http://www.forbes.com/sites/kellyphillipserb/2014/05/01/considering-the-death-penalty-your-tax-dollars-at-work/

[7] [https://freedomhouse.org/report/freedom-world/2013/united-states#.VZFk3vlVhBc

[8] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Global_Competitiveness_Report

[9] http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2013/10/what-americans-dont-understand-about-the-death-penalty/280994/___

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2015-06-28 14:20:02 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

http://www.spacex.com/webcast/  Launching now :)
  #spacex   #spaceexploration  

http://www.spacex.com/webcast/  Launching now :)
  #spacex   #spaceexploration  ___

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2015-06-27 10:37:58 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Biology is Technology. Many interesting topics from Day 1 of the DARPA symposium.

#biotech #stem #research

Want to learn about opportunities on the front lines of #biotech and synthetic biology? Videos of the presentations from Day 1 of DARPA's recent "Biology Is Technology" symposium are now available. For more information on the event, see: http://darpabit.sainc.com/index.html. #DARPABiT  ___Biology is Technology. Many interesting topics from Day 1 of the DARPA symposium.

#biotech #stem #research

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2015-06-20 03:25:35 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

Everything is connected. :)

On care for our common home

Pope Francis has written something about environmental issues.  I recommend it!   Here are two quotes:

If we approach nature and the environment without this openness to awe and wonder, if we no longer speak the language of fraternity and beauty in our relationship with the world, our attitude will be that of masters, consumers, ruthless exploiters, unable to set limits on their immediate needs. By contrast, if we feel intimately united with all that exists, then sobriety and care will well up spontaneously.

Everything is connected. Concern for the environment thus needs to be joined to a sincere love for our fellow human beings and an unwavering commitment to resolving the problems of society. Moreover, when our hearts are authentically open to universal communion, this sense of fraternity excludes nothing and no one. It follows that our indifference or cruelty towards fellow creatures of this world sooner or later affects the treatment we mete out to other human beings. We have only one heart, and the same wretchedness which leads us to mistreat an animal will not be long in showing itself in our relationships with other people.

For more, try my blog post.

https://johncarlosbaez.wordpress.com/2015/06/19/on-care-for-our-common-home/

The picture here, of terraced rice fields in Bali, is from here:

http://writingforselfdiscovery.com/2013/11/27/part-two-creating-a-life-that-fits-like-skin-why-bali/___Everything is connected. :)

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2015-06-16 09:51:51 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

How Tesla will change the world. Interesting article about a very important topic.

#energy #outlook #economy #environment #transport #sustainability #abundance

I occasionally will write a long article. This article is, I have to say, longer than even what I would write. But it explains a tremendous number of really important things extremely clearly: power production and use, the history of cars, how these things all fit together, and how Tesla is trying to change that. There's no way I could give you a useful short summary, because the point of this article is that, by the time you're done reading it, you'll understand all of the things well enough that you can join in very serious conversations about them.

So don't feel compelled to read this at one sitting -- but this is an article you may want to bookmark, and read bit by bit, because by the time you reach the end, you'll have learned a lot.___How Tesla will change the world. Interesting article about a very important topic.

#energy #outlook #economy #environment #transport #sustainability #abundance

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2015-06-10 00:58:38 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

It's the future. A little humor while trying to stay current on web apps. The expression while peering down the rabbit hole is perfect. :)

Thanks +Rachel Blum for sharing.

#webapps  #amazon #aphyr #coreos   #docker  #ecs #google  #heroku   #mongo #redis #vagrant/hashicorp #multi-tenet #containerization  #orchestration #C(r)AP

Quote of the day:

-Yeah, BDSM. It’s San Francisco. Everyone’s into distributed systems and BDSM.___It's the future. A little humor while trying to stay current on web apps. The expression while peering down the rabbit hole is perfect. :)

Thanks +Rachel Blum for sharing.

#webapps  #amazon #aphyr #coreos   #docker  #ecs #google  #heroku   #mongo #redis #vagrant/hashicorp #multi-tenet #containerization  #orchestration #C(r)AP

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2015-06-09 00:46:22 (11 comments, 1 reshares, 22 +1s)Open 

Official trailer for the super science story:  The Martian.   Edit: Some spoiler alerts after the first 1-1/2 minutes. The book is very engaging and the rest could be saved for a treat when you finish the book and you don't want the story to end.  :)  

The Book
http://www.andyweirauthor.com/books/the-martian-hc

The Trailer
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ue4PCI0NamI

THE MARTIAN | Official Trailer: During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive. Millions of miles away, NASA and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring “theMarti... more »

Official trailer for the super science story:  The Martian.   Edit: Some spoiler alerts after the first 1-1/2 minutes. The book is very engaging and the rest could be saved for a treat when you finish the book and you don't want the story to end.  :)  

The Book
http://www.andyweirauthor.com/books/the-martian-hc

The Trailer
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ue4PCI0NamI

THE MARTIAN | Official Trailer: During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive. Millions of miles away, NASA and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring “the Martian” home, while his crewmates concurrently plot a daring, if not impossible rescue mission. As these stories of incredible bravery unfold, the world comes together to root for Watney’s safe return. Based on a best-selling novel, and helmed by master director Ridley Scott, THE MARTIAN features a star studded cast that includes Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara, Michael Peña, Jeff Daniels, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Donald Glover.

In Theaters - July 24, 2015 

Ares 3: Farewell (video)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CumZP6_9sHU

The Movie (website)
http://www.foxmovies.com/movies/the-martian


#themartian   #trailer   #bestseller   #goodread #mattdamon  
#science   #spaceexploration   #mars     #AresLive  ___

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2015-06-06 17:27:20 (0 comments, 6 reshares, 26 +1s)Open 

19 frustrations every programmer can relate to.   

cute :)

via +Chris Harpner and +Charles Filipponi 

#code   #programming   #computerscience   #humor  

Yes, this is correct on every count___19 frustrations every programmer can relate to.   

cute :)

via +Chris Harpner and +Charles Filipponi 

#code   #programming   #computerscience   #humor  

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2015-06-06 16:39:06 (6 comments, 2 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Does money make us mean? Interesting talk based on a rigged game of Monopoly. :)

___Does money make us mean? Interesting talk based on a rigged game of Monopoly. :)

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2015-05-20 13:07:46 (3 comments, 3 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

Solar system subway map.

#spaceexploration #adventure #travel

A subway-style map of the solar system with the change in velocity needed at each point.___Solar system subway map.

#spaceexploration #adventure #travel

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2015-05-19 00:13:40 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

The Martian is a great read (and soon to be a movie starring Matt Damon).  If you haven't read it yet, I highly recommend it.  If you have read it, you might enjoy a recent short keynote given by the author (and software engineer) Andy Weir on "How I Accidentally Used Open Source Ideology to Make a Bestselling Novel". :) 

The Martian
http://www.andyweirauthor.com/books/the-martian-hc

Andy Weir's Website
http://www.andyweirauthor.com/

Cloud Foundry Summit 2015
http://www.cfsummit.com/program/keynote-speakers/andy-weir

How I Accidentally Used Open Source Ideology to Make a Bestselling Novel (short keynote video)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=evr4zNrAcEw

#themartian   #andyweir   #keynote   #agile   #spacenerd   #stem   #spaceexploration   #sciencesunday   #scienceeveryday  #superscien... more »

The Martian is a great read (and soon to be a movie starring Matt Damon).  If you haven't read it yet, I highly recommend it.  If you have read it, you might enjoy a recent short keynote given by the author (and software engineer) Andy Weir on "How I Accidentally Used Open Source Ideology to Make a Bestselling Novel". :) 

The Martian
http://www.andyweirauthor.com/books/the-martian-hc

Andy Weir's Website
http://www.andyweirauthor.com/

Cloud Foundry Summit 2015
http://www.cfsummit.com/program/keynote-speakers/andy-weir

How I Accidentally Used Open Source Ideology to Make a Bestselling Novel (short keynote video)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=evr4zNrAcEw

#themartian   #andyweir   #keynote   #agile   #spacenerd   #stem   #spaceexploration   #sciencesunday   #scienceeveryday   #supersciencefiction  ___

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2015-05-15 13:17:08 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

"In the end, we are our choices. Build yourself a great story."  Four beloved years at my university end today. I was a little slow getting here, but some dreams just won't die no matter how much we try to let them go.  It's time for commencement.

Choosing between options is hard. There are so many possible opportunities and adventures; the idea that we can only take one path through the infinite possibilities of life never seems enough - yet each day overflows with wonder and beautiful, amazing things if we put our attention right.

In his 2010 commencement address, Jeff Bezos told of the time he had a great job and a brilliant boss, and when he shared his crazy idea to quit and sell books on the internet, his boss said:

"That sounds like a really good idea, but it would be an even better idea for someone who didn't already have a goodjo... more »

"In the end, we are our choices. Build yourself a great story."  Four beloved years at my university end today. I was a little slow getting here, but some dreams just won't die no matter how much we try to let them go.  It's time for commencement.

Choosing between options is hard. There are so many possible opportunities and adventures; the idea that we can only take one path through the infinite possibilities of life never seems enough - yet each day overflows with wonder and beautiful, amazing things if we put our attention right.

In his 2010 commencement address, Jeff Bezos told of the time he had a great job and a brilliant boss, and when he shared his crazy idea to quit and sell books on the internet, his boss said:

"That sounds like a really good idea, but it would be an even better idea for someone who didn't already have a good job."

That logic made some sense to me, and he convinced me to think about it for 48 hours before making a final decision. Seen in that light, it really was a difficult choice, but ultimately, I decided I had to give it a shot. I didn't think I'd regret trying and failing. And I suspected I would always be haunted by a decision to not try at all. After much consideration, I took the less safe path to follow my passion, and I'm proud of that choice.

The founder of Amazon goes on to share some very good questions. They help remind me to make the most of the little time I get.

Tomorrow, in a very real sense, your life -- the life you author from scratch on your own -- begins.

How will you use your gifts? What choices will you make?

Will inertia be your guide, or will you follow your passions?

Will you follow dogma, or will you be original?

Will you choose a life of ease, or a life of service and adventure?

Will you wilt under criticism, or will you follow your convictions?

Will you bluff it out when you're wrong, or will you apologize?

Will you guard your heart against rejection, or will you act when you fall in love?

Will you play it safe, or will you be a little bit swashbuckling?

When it's tough, will you give up, or will you be relentless?

Will you be a cynic, or will you be a builder?

Will you be clever at the expense of others, or will you be kind?

In the end, we are our choices. Build yourself a great story. 

Commencement is a bit bigger event, but really we awaken every day and into each moment. What we do today matters. Steve Jobs at his commencement address in 2005 said:

When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: "If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you'll most certainly be right." It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: "If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?" And whenever the answer has been "No" for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.

Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure — these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.

Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.

[1] Jeff Bezos, Princeton (2010). http://www.princeton.edu/main/news/archive/S27/52/51O99/index.xml
[2] Steve Jobs, Stanford (2005). http://news.stanford.edu/news/2005/june15/jobs-061505.html

image source: Christine Case (used with permission)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pdkFXBtqkjk

#commencement___

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2015-05-15 10:29:36 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

A door in Germany broke down and the most memetacular thing happened...

Thanks physicist +Sabine Hossenfelder and +Jürgen Hubert for passing along the smile. :)

"DEFEKT  Teckniker ist informiert" and the memes came out.

#international #community   #culture   #creativity   #humor  

For +Sarai Pahla ___A door in Germany broke down and the most memetacular thing happened...

Thanks physicist +Sabine Hossenfelder and +Jürgen Hubert for passing along the smile. :)

"DEFEKT  Teckniker ist informiert" and the memes came out.

#international #community   #culture   #creativity   #humor  

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2015-05-14 12:17:54 (6 comments, 4 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Europa mission may include a lander. The Europa Clipper mission planned for launch in 2022 (arrival in 2025 via SLS) may get approval for a soft lander - and a chance to discover life.

A soft lander could sample the surface, do mass spectroscopy, and carry instruments such as a microscope and imaging camera. It would have the best chance of assessing whether life might exist in the oceans beneath the ice.

Recent news update
http://blog.chron.com/sciguy/2015/05/a-europa-lander-is-possible-jpl-scientists-say-and-congress-appears-likely-to-support-it/#21279101=0

NASA Space Launch System (SLS)
https://www.nasa.gov/exploration/systems/sls/index.html

Europa Study 2012
https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/europa/2012study.cfm

NASA Europa Website
https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/europa/home.cfm

JPL Europa... more »

Europa mission may include a lander. The Europa Clipper mission planned for launch in 2022 (arrival in 2025 via SLS) may get approval for a soft lander - and a chance to discover life.

A soft lander could sample the surface, do mass spectroscopy, and carry instruments such as a microscope and imaging camera. It would have the best chance of assessing whether life might exist in the oceans beneath the ice.

Recent news update
http://blog.chron.com/sciguy/2015/05/a-europa-lander-is-possible-jpl-scientists-say-and-congress-appears-likely-to-support-it/#21279101=0

NASA Space Launch System (SLS)
https://www.nasa.gov/exploration/systems/sls/index.html

Europa Study 2012
https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/europa/2012study.cfm

NASA Europa Website
https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/europa/home.cfm

JPL Europa Clipper Website
http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/missions/europa-clipper/

Is Europa Dark Material Sea Salt?
http://www.ign.com/articles/2015/05/13/nasa-finds-europas-mystery-dark-material-may-be-sea-salt

Search for life
http://www.space.com/search-for-life/

Good news by 2025?
http://www.space.com/29041-alien-life-evidence-by-2025-nasa.html

3D Eyes on the Solar System Interactive Exploration
http://eyes.nasa.gov/index.html

Thanks +Bobak Ferdowsi for sharing the news!

#sciencesunday   #space   #exploration  #europa #nasa___

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2015-05-14 11:20:08 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Fascinating interactive chart from Professor +Ben Schmidt http://benschmidt.org/profGender   "Explore the words used to describe male and female teachers in about 14 million reviews from RateMyProfessor.com"

[edited]

See also:
http://benschmidt.org/Degrees/
http://sappingattention.blogspot.com/

#data #mining #visualization   #gender   #professor   #computerscience   #cs #programming #stem  

Fascinating interactive chart from Professor +Ben Schmidt http://benschmidt.org/profGender   "Explore the words used to describe male and female teachers in about 14 million reviews from RateMyProfessor.com"

[edited]

See also:
http://benschmidt.org/Degrees/
http://sappingattention.blogspot.com/

#data #mining #visualization   #gender   #professor   #computerscience   #cs #programming #stem  ___

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2015-05-05 01:26:52 (10 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Manhattan KS is flooding after breaking the 1908 record for daily rainfall[1].

#wildcats   #k -state #ksu   #flood #home

Picture stream:
http://www.wibw.com/home/headlines/Heres-How-The-Flash-Flooding-Looked-To-NE-Kansans-302493081.html?ref=081

Interactive street map (icons indicate flooding)
http://cityofmhk.maps.arcgis.com/apps/Viewer/index.html?appid=ac799304e1db4030ba0f096bc85eff44

[1]@NWSTopeka
The official observation for Manhattan measured 2.97" at 7 pm, breaking the daily rainfall record. Previously 2.91" in 1908. #kswx

Manhattan KS is flooding after breaking the 1908 record for daily rainfall[1].

#wildcats   #k -state #ksu   #flood #home

Picture stream:
http://www.wibw.com/home/headlines/Heres-How-The-Flash-Flooding-Looked-To-NE-Kansans-302493081.html?ref=081

Interactive street map (icons indicate flooding)
http://cityofmhk.maps.arcgis.com/apps/Viewer/index.html?appid=ac799304e1db4030ba0f096bc85eff44

[1]@NWSTopeka
The official observation for Manhattan measured 2.97" at 7 pm, breaking the daily rainfall record. Previously 2.91" in 1908. #kswx___

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2015-04-25 15:51:45 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 23 +1s)Open 

In 1990, humans launched the Hubble telescope - and our view of the universe was changed forever.

The images and animations in this Cosmic Journeys special on the Age of Hubble are incredible. What we've learned with since launching Hubble has drastically altered our view of the universe. Another impressive video from +SpaceRip.

25th Anniversary of Hubble (April 24, 1990)
http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/hubble/main/index.html
http://www.spacetelescope.org/
http://hubblesite.org/

List of Space Telescopes
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_space_telescopes

Hubble's Other Telescope and the Day it Rocked our World
http://www.npr.org/2015/04/25/401843663/hubbles-other-telescope-and-the-day-it-rocked-our-world

In the 1920's Edwin Hubble discovered our galaxy was not alone - and... more »

In 1990, humans launched the Hubble telescope - and our view of the universe was changed forever.

The images and animations in this Cosmic Journeys special on the Age of Hubble are incredible. What we've learned with since launching Hubble has drastically altered our view of the universe. Another impressive video from +SpaceRip.

25th Anniversary of Hubble (April 24, 1990)
http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/hubble/main/index.html
http://www.spacetelescope.org/
http://hubblesite.org/

List of Space Telescopes
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_space_telescopes

Hubble's Other Telescope and the Day it Rocked our World
http://www.npr.org/2015/04/25/401843663/hubbles-other-telescope-and-the-day-it-rocked-our-world

In the 1920's Edwin Hubble discovered our galaxy was not alone - and that the universe was expanding. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KpVe6HczKAo

In celebration of #sciencesunday  :)

#hubble25   #hubble   #space   #telescope   #exploration   #stem  
#humansareamazing___

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2015-04-25 15:26:16 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Hubble Telescope: The Greatest Scientific Instrument It's likely that no other modern-day scientific instrument has stirred as many passions as the Hubble Space Telescope, which marks the 25th anniversary of its launch into orbit on April 24.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2015/04/13/hubble-telescope-hailed-on-25th-anniversary/25708323/

#hubble25   #space   #exploration   #stem   #telescope  

Hubble Telescope: The Greatest Scientific Instrument It's likely that no other modern-day scientific instrument has stirred as many passions as the Hubble Space Telescope, which marks the 25th anniversary of its launch into orbit on April 24.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2015/04/13/hubble-telescope-hailed-on-25th-anniversary/25708323/

#hubble25   #space   #exploration   #stem   #telescope  ___

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2015-04-25 15:02:47 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

http://dinahmoelabs.com/#plink  :)

Plink: A super intuitive multiplayer music experience.

#chrome   #experiment #digital #music   #interactive

http://dinahmoelabs.com/#plink  :)

Plink: A super intuitive multiplayer music experience.

#chrome   #experiment #digital #music   #interactive___

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2015-04-11 02:04:45 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

The Dehumanising Insanity of Prohibition

This is one of the best pieces I've read, certainly in recent times, about the war on drugs, drug decriminalisation, drug legalisation, drug addiction, prohibition, and psychology. It's a longish piece at about 10k words based on an interview with famed (infamed?) journalist Johann Hari regarding his recent book Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs. but well worth anyone's time. 

http://www.samharris.org/blog/item/a-war-well-lost 

Key quotes:

Power concedes nothing without a struggle.

It’s not your morality and it’s not your brain. To a much larger degree than we’ve ever before appreciated, it’s your cage. Addiction is an adaption to your environment.

Anywhere in the developed world, people near you are being giving loads of heroin in hospitals[right] n... more »

The Dehumanising Insanity of Prohibition

This is one of the best pieces I've read, certainly in recent times, about the war on drugs, drug decriminalisation, drug legalisation, drug addiction, prohibition, and psychology. It's a longish piece at about 10k words based on an interview with famed (infamed?) journalist Johann Hari regarding his recent book Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs. but well worth anyone's time. 

http://www.samharris.org/blog/item/a-war-well-lost 

Key quotes:

Power concedes nothing without a struggle.

It’s not your morality and it’s not your brain. To a much larger degree than we’ve ever before appreciated, it’s your cage. Addiction is an adaption to your environment.

Anywhere in the developed world, people near you are being giving loads of heroin in hospitals [right] now.

In the culture of terror created by prohibition, if you are prepared to push the moral limit a little bit further than the other guys, you gain a brief market advantage, because people will back off when they’re scared.

But ever since Prohibition we’ve known that the cure is worse than the disease. When you ban substances that people enjoy using so much that they’ll break the law to do it, you create a black market with huge profits. And since purveyors of illicit drugs have no legal way to secure their investment, the trade will be run by increasingly violent criminals. In a single stroke, therefore, prohibition creates organized crime and all the social ills attributable to the skyrocketing cost of drugs—addicts are forced to become thieves and prostitutes in order to afford their next fix.

What we do at the moment is take people who are addicted because they are isolated, distressed, and in pain, and inflict more isolation, distress, and pain on them in the hopes that it will make them stop.

You and I have probably got enough money in the bank that we could spend the next year drinking vodka and never stop. We could just be drunk all the time. But we don’t. And the reason we don’t is not because someone’s stopping us but because we want to be present in our lives. We’ve got relationships. We’ve got friends. We’ve got people we love. We’ve got books we want to read. We’ve got books we want to write. We’ve got things we want to do. Most of addiction is about not wanting to be present in your life.

We can understand why the Portuguese system works so well, because it’s all about reconnecting people with the collective, with the group, with the society, giving them a purpose.

#drugs   #addiction   #society  ___

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2015-04-05 21:32:34 (0 comments, 7 reshares, 31 +1s)Open 

Unusual Easter this year. :)

#writing   #writing   #writing  

Working Hard On My Thesis!!
It's fun though ;- )___Unusual Easter this year. :)

#writing   #writing   #writing  

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2015-04-04 16:32:20 (17 comments, 7 reshares, 38 +1s)Open 

How to tell if your religious liberty is being threatened in just 10 quick questions.   A short and useful quiz  by Rev. Emily C. Heath gets to the heart of a very important matter.  

"The only way to ensure your own religious liberty remains strong is by advocating for the religious liberty of all.."

Example: Pick "A" or "B" for each question:

My religious liberty is at risk because:

A) I am not allowed to go to a religious service of my own choosing.

B) Others are allowed to go to religious services of their own choosing.

My religious liberty is at risk because:

A) I am not allowed to purchase, read or possess religious books or material.

B) Others are allowed to have access books, movies and websites that I do not like.

The A options are trulyeg... more »

How to tell if your religious liberty is being threatened in just 10 quick questions.   A short and useful quiz  by Rev. Emily C. Heath gets to the heart of a very important matter.  

"The only way to ensure your own religious liberty remains strong is by advocating for the religious liberty of all.."

Example: Pick "A" or "B" for each question:

My religious liberty is at risk because:

A) I am not allowed to go to a religious service of my own choosing.

B) Others are allowed to go to religious services of their own choosing.

My religious liberty is at risk because:

A) I am not allowed to purchase, read or possess religious books or material.

B) Others are allowed to have access books, movies and websites that I do not like.

The A options are truly egregious - very wrong and constitutionally protected (thank goodness!) in the United States - we cannot make religious requirements or prohibitions legal. The B options are not violations - they are necessary conditions to ensure that no religious liberty violations take place. 

It's like the way we used to teach sharing with kids - one decides how to cut the cookie (make the rule), and the other gets to pick their side (favored or not).  A fair approach works well for all parties.  :)

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rev-emily-c-heath/how-to-determine-if-your-religious-liberty-is-being-threatened-in-10-questions_b_1845413.html

#firstamendment  #liberty  #justice #religiousfreedom___

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2015-03-29 16:55:14 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Intelligent, adaptive systems.  New cooperative, 3D-printed BionicANTs work together to solve complex tasks. :)

Flying bionic butterflies too: 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1gu3z7w4Vc8
http://www.festo.com/cms/en_corp/14253.htm

BionicANT (Autonomous Networking Technologies)
http://www.festo.com/cms/en_corp/14252.htm
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FFsMMToxxls

More on piezo technologies:
http://piceramic.com/piezo-technology/fundamentals.html

Thanks to +Daniel Estrada and others for sharing.

Included in this week's SciTech Digest by +Mark Bruce featuring: 

Nanoparticles stimulating neurons, Nanotubes stimulating neurons, Bioprocessing aptamer hydrogels, Controlling circadian rhythms, Making CRISPR better, DNA nanofabrication, Festo’s insect robots, Magnetic heat & sound, Nanolasers &photon... more »

> For the BionicANTs, Festo has not only transferred the delicate anatomy of ants, but also their cooperative behaviour to the world of technology. Like their natural role models, they communicate with each other and work together according to clear rules to solve a common task.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FFsMMToxxls More: http://www.festo.com/cms/en_corp/14252.htm
http://phys.org/news/2015-03-festo-bionicants-tasks.html

via +Jeff Earls and +Phys.org ___Intelligent, adaptive systems.  New cooperative, 3D-printed BionicANTs work together to solve complex tasks. :)

Flying bionic butterflies too: 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1gu3z7w4Vc8
http://www.festo.com/cms/en_corp/14253.htm

BionicANT (Autonomous Networking Technologies)
http://www.festo.com/cms/en_corp/14252.htm
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FFsMMToxxls

More on piezo technologies:
http://piceramic.com/piezo-technology/fundamentals.html

Thanks to +Daniel Estrada and others for sharing.

Included in this week's SciTech Digest by +Mark Bruce featuring: 

Nanoparticles stimulating neurons, Nanotubes stimulating neurons, Bioprocessing aptamer hydrogels, Controlling circadian rhythms, Making CRISPR better, DNA nanofabrication, Festo’s insect robots, Magnetic heat & sound, Nanolasers & photonic guides, and Plasma shielding.

SciTech Digest 13/2015
https://plus.google.com/+MarkBruce/posts/VfRxb6ynq5r

In celebration of #sciencesunday  +ScienceSunday :)

#bionic   #butterflies   #ants   #intelligent   #adaptive   #systems

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