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Denise Case

Denise Case 

The secret of life is two words: not always so :)

Occupation: “The master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his information and his recreation, his love and his religion (Northwest Missouri State University)

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2016-01-08 15:19:25 (8 comments; 1 reshares; 5 +1s)Open 

Visually appealing article. Good ideas, too. :) 

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/01/07/travel/places-to-visit.html

#travel #vacation

Most reshares: 13

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2015-11-02 12:45:13 (0 comments; 13 reshares; 35 +1s)Open 

Awesome

Most plusones: 35

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2016-04-26 12:00:54 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

I think there's a market for a new comic-book superhero. A bespectacled geek-girl, softly-spoken, who travels through time and space to meet with the designers of programming languages with 1-based arrays, and uses carefully-reasoned arguments to convince them to mend the error of their ways.

And if they refuse to recant, well then our studious superhero will pull out a nasty-looking gun like the one Ronan Dex uses, and blow their recalcitrant heads clean off their recalcitrant shoulders.

Perhaps there could be some back-story about how her beloved mother/father/cat/whatever was tragically killed by a stray off-by-1 error in some code written in a 1-based language.

"And because, in all the world, she had found nothing more pernicious than 1-based programming languages, she discouraged their development everywhere and everywhen. She became a farmer in the field ofl... more »

I think there's a market for a new comic-book superhero. A bespectacled geek-girl, softly-spoken, who travels through time and space to meet with the designers of programming languages with 1-based arrays, and uses carefully-reasoned arguments to convince them to mend the error of their ways.

And if they refuse to recant, well then our studious superhero will pull out a nasty-looking gun like the one Ronan Dex uses, and blow their recalcitrant heads clean off their recalcitrant shoulders.

Perhaps there could be some back-story about how her beloved mother/father/cat/whatever was tragically killed by a stray off-by-1 error in some code written in a 1-based language.

"And because, in all the world, she had found nothing more pernicious than 1-based programming languages, she discouraged their development everywhere and everywhen. She became a farmer in the field of language design: she sowed, and sometimes she reaped. And sometimes, dispassionately, she was forced to weed."[0]

[0]With apologies to Arthur C Clarke___

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2016-04-26 11:44:18 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s)Open 


Congratulations and best wishes to all participants in the 2016 FIRST Robotics Championship! April 27-30, St. Louis Missouri http://www.firstchampionship.org/

Watch Live:
http://www.firstchampionship.org/watch-live

From their site:

WE WELCOME YOU TO THE 2016 FIRST CHAMPIONSHIP!

WE’RE MORE THAN ROBOTS SM

Our planet’s future depends on today’s kids becoming the innovators, doers, and tinkerers of tomorrow. That’s why FIRST exists — to influence young people to embrace science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) as educational and professional career paths. FIRST programs are cleverly designed to get them started early and keep them involved all the way through high school and beyond. You’ll witness their unbridled enthusiasm for each other, and for what they can do, in every corner of this event.


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Congratulations and best wishes to all participants in the 2016 FIRST Robotics Championship! April 27-30, St. Louis Missouri http://www.firstchampionship.org/

Watch Live:
http://www.firstchampionship.org/watch-live

From their site:

WE WELCOME YOU TO THE 2016 FIRST CHAMPIONSHIP!

WE’RE MORE THAN ROBOTS SM

Our planet’s future depends on today’s kids becoming the innovators, doers, and tinkerers of tomorrow. That’s why FIRST exists — to influence young people to embrace science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) as educational and professional career paths. FIRST programs are cleverly designed to get them started early and keep them involved all the way through high school and beyond. You’ll witness their unbridled enthusiasm for each other, and for what they can do, in every corner of this event.



FIRST Programs

K-3 FIRST Lego League Jr
4-8 FIRST Lego League
7-12 FIRST Tech Challenge
9-12 FIRST Robotics Competition

http://www.firstinspires.org/





#STEM #engineering #robotics #FIRST #sciencerocks

Thanks to:

SPONSORS, SUPPLIERS, AND ALLIANCES

3M Company
Abbott Fund
Alpha Omega Epsilon
Automation Federation / ISA
BOSCH
Center for Energy Workforce Development (CEWD)
Cognizant Technology Solutions
DEKA Research & Development Corporation
DoD STEM
FedEx Corporation
General Electric Company (GE)
Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA)
GitHub
IBM Corporation
igus, Inc.
LEGO MINDSTORMS
Microsoft Corporation
MIT Launch
Monsanto Company
Mouser Electronics
National PTA
NCWIT Aspirations in Computing
Novelis Inc.
NRG Energy, Inc.
NVIDIA Corporation
PTC, Inc.
Qualcomm Incorporated
Rockwell Automation
Sapa Extrusions North America
Sigma Phi Delta
Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers
Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
SolidProfessor
SpaceX
The Boeing Company
United States Air Force
Walt Disney Imagineering
XPRIZE

SCHOLARSHIP PROVIDERS

Boston University
Bradley University
Bucknell University*
Capitol Technology University*
Clarkson University
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University*
Florida Institute of Technology*
Harvey Mudd College
Illinois Institute of Technology*
Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM)
Jacksonville University
Johnson & Wales University School Of Engineering & Design
Kettering University
Lawrence Technological University*
Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia
MIT Admissions*
Merrimack College
Michigan Technological University
Milwaukee School of Engineering
Missouri University of Science and Technology*
Oklahoma State University College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology*
Olin College of Engineering*
Randolph College*
Raytheon*
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute*
Rochester Institute of Technology
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Syracuse University College of Engineering and Computer Science*
University of Central Missouri
University of Cincinnati - College of Engineering and Applied Science
University of Iowa College of Engineering
University of Kansas School of Engineering
University of Missouri - Kansas City*
University of Rochester*
University of South Carolina, College of Engineering and Computing
U.S. Navy*
Virginia Commonwealth University Engineering*
Worcester Polytechnic Institute*
Yale University*

FIRST Scholarship Program*


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vYuOKb3gO7E___

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2016-04-17 20:18:24 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 12 +1s)Open 

Let's Encrypt leaving Beta. Free open certificate authority aims to encrypt 100% of the web. 

https://letsencrypt.org/2016/04/12/leaving-beta-new-sponsors.html

http://www.linuxfoundation.org/news-media/announcements/2016/04/let-s-encrypt-leaves-beta

#stem   #computerscience   #security   #encryption   #certificates   #letsencrypt   #isrg   #sciencesunday   #scienceeveryday  

Let's Encrypt leaving Beta. Free open certificate authority aims to encrypt 100% of the web. 

https://letsencrypt.org/2016/04/12/leaving-beta-new-sponsors.html

http://www.linuxfoundation.org/news-media/announcements/2016/04/let-s-encrypt-leaves-beta

#stem   #computerscience   #security   #encryption   #certificates   #letsencrypt   #isrg   #sciencesunday   #scienceeveryday  ___

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2016-04-17 15:19:37 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

Museum research - help wanted. Do you have a photograph of an object you could contribute to help build a digital museum? Seems like a nice chance to commit something to posterity that is somehow special in a kind of ordinary way.

Submissions this week - before she concludes her research project are especially valuable.

digitalobjectmemory.tumblr.com

About the Digital Object Memory project: This project is not about finding the best or the most precious items. Instead, I am asking for small things, the inbetweens, the everyday objects that could go unnoticed, but mean something to an individual. Because everything we own, everything we interact with hold stories, hold memories. The objects that we cling to for lifetimes, and the ones we will throw away today. The things we make, the things we are given, and the things that are taken away. They are all imbued... more »

Museum research - help wanted. Do you have a photograph of an object you could contribute to help build a digital museum? Seems like a nice chance to commit something to posterity that is somehow special in a kind of ordinary way.

Submissions this week - before she concludes her research project are especially valuable.

digitalobjectmemory.tumblr.com

About the Digital Object Memory project: This project is not about finding the best or the most precious items. Instead, I am asking for small things, the inbetweens, the everyday objects that could go unnoticed, but mean something to an individual. Because everything we own, everything we interact with hold stories, hold memories. The objects that we cling to for lifetimes, and the ones we will throw away today. The things we make, the things we are given, and the things that are taken away. They are all imbued with the life we have lived through and with them. And that is where Digital Object Memory comes in. It takes those connections, and all the stories from the mundane to the special and elevates them all. Because every story is important once it is told. Even if it is told thousands of times. Or never again.

I suppose Digital Object Memory is an anti-museum because any object with a story can reside in it. It is not exclusive. There is no culling, because there is no wrong submission.

This project is important, but it is not grandiose. It is quiet. Thoughtful. Slow.

Digital Object Memory is a place of reflection and sharing. Those who make a submission are sending out a message in a bottle: “This object is important”. Without expectation, but the hope of making a connection with someone.

Please browse the objects and their stories and then submit something of your own.
Best,
Dalen
Digital Object Memory facilitator

#museum #research #digitalobjectmemory #digital #memories___

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2016-04-08 12:27:26 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

Discover (and execute) Code Snippits in your Browser.
Microsoft and HackerRank bring executable code snippets to Bing’s search results pages (when running Edge). TechCrunch article by Frederic Lardinois (@fredericl). Type a programming question, include a supported language, and a code window opens up in your browser. You can view, edit, and execute the code.

Supported Programming Languages:
C
C++
C#
Java
PHP
Python

Bing Search
https://www.bing.com/

Edge Browser
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/microsoft-edge

HackerRank
https://www.hackerrank.com/

Microsoft
https://www.microsoft.com

#Computer #Science #STEM #Programming #Coding #Education
#ScienceSunday #ScienceEveryday


Discover (and execute) Code Snippits in your Browser.
Microsoft and HackerRank bring executable code snippets to Bing’s search results pages (when running Edge). TechCrunch article by Frederic Lardinois (@fredericl). Type a programming question, include a supported language, and a code window opens up in your browser. You can view, edit, and execute the code.

Supported Programming Languages:
C
C++
C#
Java
PHP
Python

Bing Search
https://www.bing.com/

Edge Browser
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/microsoft-edge

HackerRank
https://www.hackerrank.com/

Microsoft
https://www.microsoft.com

#Computer #Science #STEM #Programming #Coding #Education
#ScienceSunday #ScienceEveryday
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2016-04-08 12:11:09 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 6 +1s)Open 

How the Witness Teaches Scientific Thinking. From Two Minute Papers, "Awesome Research for Everyone - Two New Science Videos Every Week" - a YouTube channel by Károly Zsolnai-Fehér.

Topics include:

How Deep Mind conquered Go

Should you take the stairs at work?

Biophysical Skin Aging Simulations

Designing 3D Printable Robotic Creatures

Machine Learning

Deep Learning

Painting with Fluid Simulations

Computers learning to write programs

Topics:
https://www.youtube.com/user/keeroyz/videos

YouTube Channel:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbfYPyITQ-7l4upoX8nvctg

Thanks +Matt Cholick for sharing!

#Science #Technology #Engineering #Math #STEM #Education
#ScienceSunday #ScienceEveryday #Computerscience #coding

How the Witness Teaches Scientific Thinking. From Two Minute Papers, "Awesome Research for Everyone - Two New Science Videos Every Week" - a YouTube channel by Károly Zsolnai-Fehér.

Topics include:

How Deep Mind conquered Go

Should you take the stairs at work?

Biophysical Skin Aging Simulations

Designing 3D Printable Robotic Creatures

Machine Learning

Deep Learning

Painting with Fluid Simulations

Computers learning to write programs

Topics:
https://www.youtube.com/user/keeroyz/videos

YouTube Channel:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbfYPyITQ-7l4upoX8nvctg

Thanks +Matt Cholick for sharing!

#Science #Technology #Engineering #Math #STEM #Education
#ScienceSunday #ScienceEveryday #Computerscience #coding___

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2016-04-02 01:06:55 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

Today's best science article. :)

Sonified Higgs Data Show a Surprising Result: The relationship between Physics (Science) and Music (Art) opens the door to revisit our interpretation of Quantum Mechanics and change the Scientism Worldview, it's a hint that our universe is more amazing than we've ever thought

Scientists at #CERN have been using new techniques to try and learn more about the tiniest particles in our universe. One unusual method they’ve utilised is to turn data from the Large Hadron Collider ( #LHC) into sounds – using music as a language to translate what they find.
#Physics data and #Music share many similar connections, from resonances and vibrations, to patterns and frequency. By sonifying the data, comparing it to a musical score and then applying what we know about music theory it can give researchers a different perspective on the data, and throw up unusual insights.
This is exactly what happened this week when physicists at CERN sonified the #Higgsboson data. They were shocked when, after listening to random notes as the data played its random tune, a bump in the graph translated into a well-known pattern of recognisable notes.
“It’s surprising that such an awful piece of music would be found in such important data,” said Wilhelm Richard Wagner, a CERN physicist who works on the Valkyries theory. “I’d have expected the universe to sound even more dramatic, more like a film score…"
The team are now working on sonifying as much data as possible to see if further musical patterns can be recognised. The next step is to see if other physics theories, not just the Standard Model, have music in their background noise.

You can listen to the sonified Higgs boson in the video below.

#Science #Art #PhilosophyOfScience #QuantumMechanics #QuantumPhysics #ParticlePhysics ___Today's best science article. :)

2016-03-30 23:48:09 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

At Gradiance, we've decided to stop selling the Java and SQL tutorials we developed, and give them away for free. If anyone is interested, go to www.gradiance.com/tutorials.html Click on the tutorial you want (Basic Java, Java GUI, or SQL). Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on "SIGN UP FOR ..."

At Gradiance, we've decided to stop selling the Java and SQL tutorials we developed, and give them away for free. If anyone is interested, go to www.gradiance.com/tutorials.html Click on the tutorial you want (Basic Java, Java GUI, or SQL). Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on "SIGN UP FOR ..."___

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2016-03-28 08:49:05 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

+Sundar Pichai has been Google's CEO since last August, when we restructured the company to separate out a lot of our more far-flung ventures into Alphabet. However, he's a far more low-profile figure than (say) Larry Page, Tim Cook, or Elon Musk; someone who can still wander around the Consumer Electronics Show without being recognized. As a result, many people haven't had a chance to get a sense of who he is.

So it's great to see this piece by +Mathew Honan about him: it talks about him as a person, and his vision for the future of the company and of technology. I think the piece captures him well, and it shows why I've been really enjoying working for him this past year or so.

h/t +Don McArthur for finding this!

+Sundar Pichai has been Google's CEO since last August, when we restructured the company to separate out a lot of our more far-flung ventures into Alphabet. However, he's a far more low-profile figure than (say) Larry Page, Tim Cook, or Elon Musk; someone who can still wander around the Consumer Electronics Show without being recognized. As a result, many people haven't had a chance to get a sense of who he is.

So it's great to see this piece by +Mathew Honan about him: it talks about him as a person, and his vision for the future of the company and of technology. I think the piece captures him well, and it shows why I've been really enjoying working for him this past year or so.

h/t +Don McArthur for finding this!___

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2016-03-23 22:53:23 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 7 +1s)Open 

We have a new experiment at Google which many of you may enjoy: "unfiltered.news," a site which analyzes news feeds from around the world, and tells you which news stories are most missed by the media where you live. From there, you can see how these stories are being covered around the world, and know what you're missing.

This is still a tool in beta, and it's got some rough edges, but the idea is excellent and has great promise.

We have a new experiment at Google which many of you may enjoy: "unfiltered.news," a site which analyzes news feeds from around the world, and tells you which news stories are most missed by the media where you live. From there, you can see how these stories are being covered around the world, and know what you're missing.

This is still a tool in beta, and it's got some rough edges, but the idea is excellent and has great promise.___

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2016-03-18 01:13:02 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

Easy data scraping with Google Apps Script in 5 minutes

Apps/Drive #GoogleDevExpert Ivan Kutil has created a Google Apps Script library parsing data from content which developers and users can use in their application. Check the blog post http://goo.gl/4WB4Ko and automate to your heart's content!

Easy data scraping with Google Apps Script in 5 minutes

Apps/Drive #GoogleDevExpert Ivan Kutil has created a Google Apps Script library parsing data from content which developers and users can use in their application. Check the blog post http://goo.gl/4WB4Ko and automate to your heart's content!___

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2016-03-17 00:11:44 (0 comments; 5 reshares; 17 +1s)Open 

Our bodies are electric - and hacking the electrical charge of cells could treat cancer...

Our bodies are electric - and hacking the electrical charge of cells could treat cancer...___

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2016-03-11 12:22:08 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s)Open 

*High velocity money - currency that flows. *

#usa #economic #policy #middleclass #workingclass #jobcreators

Today's posting is about economics, introducing you to the concept of Money Velocity, the core reason  central banks accomplish little with zero or negative interest rates. A 'dry' topic'? Nothing is more crucial! Every rightist economic proposal - like Supply Side - inherently LOWERS money velocity, at a time when MV is already terrifyingly low. It is why economists, along with scientists and every other knowledge profession have been driven off from the GOP. It's not that socialism is correct... in many ways it isn't. But the opposite voodoo can be measured, and it is cancer.

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2016/03/a-world-of-slow-growth-one-stimulation.html___*High velocity money - currency that flows. *

#usa #economic #policy #middleclass #workingclass #jobcreators

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2016-03-09 02:57:22 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s)Open 

Happy International Women's Day. International Women's Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.

www.internationalwomensday.com

TAKE ACTION for girls and women with one of the incredible campaigns that are fighting for their empowerment.

Goals that work for women and girls are goals that work for the world.

http://www.globalgoals.org/


#internationalwomensday #IWD2016 #PledgeForParity #maximizehumankind

Happy International Women's Day. International Women's Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.

www.internationalwomensday.com

TAKE ACTION for girls and women with one of the incredible campaigns that are fighting for their empowerment.

Goals that work for women and girls are goals that work for the world.

http://www.globalgoals.org/


#internationalwomensday #IWD2016 #PledgeForParity #maximizehumankind___

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2016-03-08 21:52:19 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s)Open 

Ambry Genetics, a genetic testing company, is making freely available a database of genomic sequencing data from patients with breast and ovarian cancer. #Science #Business #Technology #Health

Ambry Genetics, a genetic testing company, is making freely available a database of genomic sequencing data from patients with breast and ovarian cancer. #Science #Business #Technology #Health___

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2016-03-07 12:24:56 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 9 +1s)Open 

Happy Maha Shivratri :)

Om- Before there was a universe, there was a vibrationless void of pure existence. Out of this void came the vibration which started the universe, which is known as Om.
Namah- This literally translate to bow.
Shivaya- This, of course, Shiva; but more than that, it means the inner self.

When understood fully (and according to Shaivism), it means “I bow to the inner Self”.

- originally shared by +prakash deoda

Om- Before there was a universe, there was a vibrationless void of pure existence. Out of this void came the vibration which started the universe, which is known as Om.
Namah- This literally translate to bow.
Shivaya- This, of course, Shiva; but more than that, it means the inner self.

When understood fully (and according to Shaivism), it means “I bow to the inner Self”.___Happy Maha Shivratri :)

Om- Before there was a universe, there was a vibrationless void of pure existence. Out of this void came the vibration which started the universe, which is known as Om.
Namah- This literally translate to bow.
Shivaya- This, of course, Shiva; but more than that, it means the inner self.

When understood fully (and according to Shaivism), it means “I bow to the inner Self”.

- originally shared by +prakash deoda

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2016-03-05 23:44:31 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

Monkeys taught to control robotic wheelchair by thought alone.

http://gu.com/p/4h9cc?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Google%2B

#stem #research #computer #science #brain #machine #interface 

Monkeys taught to control robotic wheelchair by thought alone.

http://gu.com/p/4h9cc?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Google%2B

#stem #research #computer #science #brain #machine #interface ___

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2016-03-04 15:25:36 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

Does your school offer the AP Computer Science Principles?

Learn more : #acm #acmw #nsf #ncwit #ieee #sigcse2016 #code.org #teachforamerica

#stem #computer #science #education #goodjobs #goodlife



Does your school offer the AP Computer Science Principles?

Learn more : #acm #acmw #nsf #ncwit #ieee #sigcse2016 #code.org #teachforamerica

#stem #computer #science #education #goodjobs #goodlife

___

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2016-03-03 14:15:18 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 17 +1s)Open 

Startup tips for life and work.

Thanks +Mark Bruce​ for sharing.

Startup Tips & Quotes for Work and Life

I was going through some old archives the other day and came upon this list of quotes and excerpts I'd collected from an old blog called The Startup Daily that I used to follow but which closed many years ago. I thought I'd share my clippings here because I found them interesting again, still relevant after so many years, and applicable to life and work in general outside of startups and business.

It’s important to regularly ask yourself why you do what you do.
When you don’t have a clear answer, your work is not at its best and your focus is easily diverted from what matters most. Reflecting on Your Purpose Regularly Keeps You Motivated and Protects Against Distractions. A clearly written statement of purpose can act as your compass. It encourages and motivates you to push yourself, and gives you a reason to say no to distractions that threaten to steal your focus. When the work you are doing is uncomfortable or unnatural, referring to your statement helps to remind you why you should push through the discomfort.

Study Everyday Situations with an Eye Towards Improving Them
Don’t wait for somebody else to tell you what products to develop and what problems to solve. To find a challenge worthy of your time, look no further than the points of friction in your own life. Become a nitpicker. Identify all the little things that are inconvenient or broken in the world around you. Then, instead of just accepting them, pick one and commit to doing something about it. Life’s little problems are an entrepreneur’s opportunities.

Most Successful Products First Languish in the Marketplace, Missing One Crucial Ingredient
“The greatest opportunities around new technologies are not in making things possible, but in solving the myriad little problems that prevent widespread adoption.” The Sony ebook reader was first released in the U.S. over a year before the Kindle. It was lightweight, used the same E Ink display technology, and was similar to the Kindle in almost every way. But it was missing wireless connectivity and the backend that enabled one-click access to the impressive Amazon catalog. Buying and loading new content was a major hassle, and the product floundered. While Sony was in the business of making e-book readers, Amazon was in the business of solving the customer’s problem of buying and reading books, even when the solution meant going outside the device. To find the missing element, try creating a hassle map. List every step, decision, hassle, and potential for making mistakes involved in using your product or service. The key to unlocking the market is probably on that list. The hassles most likely to be overlooked are outside of the obvious functionality of the product, but inside the experience of using the product.

The Stuff You Learn Along the Way Is Ten Times More Valuable than What You Could Learn Beforehand
Many people postpone their plans because they don’t yet know the details of what they will create, how to get where they are going, or how the industry they will be entering works. A little preparation is helpful, but don’t overdo it. You don’t need to be an expert in everything that you might face in the future. You don’t need a plan for every contingency. And you don’t need to gain the approval or permission of industry insiders. Everything that you really need to know can be learned along the way.

Start Before You’re Ready
When launching a new business, project, or initiative, be careful about spending too much time preparing. Don’t fall into the trap of analysis paralysis. The hard part of creating something new is not getting adequately prepared, the hardest part is getting started.

Improve Your Business by Just One Percent Each Week
Most of us have a vision for our business that is far grander than the current reality. But the scope of work required to realize that vision can be immobilizing. It’s hard to know where to start and what to do next. Employees and customers are often threatened by drastic changes. And if you take on too much, too fast and fail to deliver, then your efforts may backfire. Small changes are more manageable, give you time to perfect each step before moving on, and allow you to stay flexible. Your customer’s needs will change and your vision for the business will change, so don’t plan your one percent too far in advance. Reevaluate the next improvement each week. By taking one step at a time, you are able to respond to changing conditions and you avoid being locked into a stale vision. If you improve by just one percent each week, your business will be 50% better after a year.

Don’t Judge the Significance of a New Innovation by the Quality of Early Implementations
The first automobiles were noisy, expensive, and required constant maintenance. The early Internet was not very useful. The first mobile computing devices were extremely limited and barely mobile.To properly gauge the potential of a new technology, you must see past the flaws in early versions. Ask yourself what this experience might look like if it was 10x faster, smaller, cheaper, or better.

You Can Encourage a Desired Behavior by Giving Feedback as if They Were Already Behaving that Way.
People feel compelled to act in ways that are consistent with how others see them. Providing feedback—even false feedback—modifies someone’s self-image, making them more likely to confirm the perception they believe other people already have of them.

Whatever your idea is, someone else has probably already thought of it.
Anyone Can Steal Your Idea, But They Can’t Steal Your Passion or Execution. When you keep your ideas secret to protect them, you are hurting your chances of connecting with people who can help you make them a reality. Experienced investors know this. It’s why they don’t back ideas, they back teams they believe in. Everyone has ideas. It’s the ability to execute that’s priceless.

Your Real Competition Is the Extreme Clutter of the Marketplace
Your competition is no longer just the other offerings in your category. In today’s environment, there is a bigger concern. Every day our choices are increasing in complexity. The number and scope of the products, services, features, advertising messages, and delivery channels that we are subjected to are rapidly growing. Ironically, most companies react to this by adding more clutter. You cannot fight clutter with more clutter. You must find or create your own “white space” to stand out.

Mainstream Customers Will Not Feel Comfortable Unless They Can Compare Your Offering With Something Else
Unlike early adopters, mainstream customers need to feel that they are buying into a mature market, and competition validates that market. Yet in a new market that competition isn’t likely to exist. 
If you don’t have any competition, create some. Look outside of your category to find alternatives that the customer can compare your offering with. By defining the competition you can select for the criteria you want to win by.

For something to go viral there should be a built-in incentive for each user to invite new users.
Small adjustments to the sharing mechanism can have a big impact on how quickly something spreads. If each user brings a single new user you will have linear growth; if each user brings two new users you will have exponential growth. Of course the first step is to have a great product that is worth sharing, bad products do not go viral.

Start Your Presentation by Talking About the Audience
Telling a story is a great way to start. Just make sure the story is about something the audience cares about—like themselves or people just like them. Asking the audience a question is another good way to start. As long as it’s relevant to the audience, and not a meaningless question like “Who wants to be more successful?” Whatever you do, don’t start a presentation by talking about yourself. ___Startup tips for life and work.

Thanks +Mark Bruce​ for sharing.

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2016-02-29 13:19:38 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 7 +1s)Open 

Stunning images from China's Jade Rabbit unmanned lunar rover. Yutu now holds the record for the longest operational period for a rover on the Moon.


#stem #science #moon #images #sasei #bisse



Stunning images from China's Jade Rabbit unmanned lunar rover. Yutu now holds the record for the longest operational period for a rover on the Moon.


#stem #science #moon #images #sasei #bisse

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2016-02-22 11:42:51 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s)Open 

Popular GitHub projects. Impressive list of GitHub resources.

#computer #science #stem #data #code #ranking #repositories

A list of #GitHub projects organized by categories and number of stars http://www.gitlogs.com/resource-guides Its search functionality is good also.

#NodeJS #JavaScript #Resource___Popular GitHub projects. Impressive list of GitHub resources.

#computer #science #stem #data #code #ranking #repositories

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2016-02-22 11:33:06 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 7 +1s)Open 

AI research datasets. Facebook published resources related to its AI Research project, organized towards the goal of automatic text understanding and reasoning. The datasets released consist of:

The (20) bAbI tasks

The Children's Book Test

The Movie Dialog dataset

The SimpleQuestions dataset

#data #science #stem #artificial #intelligence #language 

AI research datasets. Facebook published resources related to its AI Research project, organized towards the goal of automatic text understanding and reasoning. The datasets released consist of:

The (20) bAbI tasks

The Children's Book Test

The Movie Dialog dataset

The SimpleQuestions dataset

#data #science #stem #artificial #intelligence #language ___

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2016-02-16 12:59:42 (1 comments; 2 reshares; 12 +1s)Open 

Interesting research on student evaluations of teachers. Even objective measures, e.g., time to return assignments, are higher when we think our instructor is male.

#stem #science #student #evaluation #teaching #gender

___Interesting research on student evaluations of teachers. Even objective measures, e.g., time to return assignments, are higher when we think our instructor is male.

#stem #science #student #evaluation #teaching #gender

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2016-02-16 02:47:28 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 20 +1s)Open 

Great explanation of gravitational waves by Brian Greene.

#gravity #physics #gravitational #waves #animation #stem #science

Thanks +Amine Benaichouche​ for sharing!

A great explanation of #Einstein‬ 's #GravitationalWaves‬ discovery, by #BrianGreene‬

#GeneralRelativity ___Great explanation of gravitational waves by Brian Greene.

#gravity #physics #gravitational #waves #animation #stem #science

Thanks +Amine Benaichouche​ for sharing!

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2016-02-06 20:28:37 (3 comments; 2 reshares; 10 +1s)Open 

If the Moon were at the same distance as the ISS. Worth a watch. :)

Phil Plait's writeup:
http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/05/19/close_encounter_what_if_the_moon_orbited_much_closer_to_earth.html

#stem #lunar #science #moon


If the Moon were at the same distance as the ISS. Worth a watch. :)

Phil Plait's writeup:
http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/05/19/close_encounter_what_if_the_moon_orbited_much_closer_to_earth.html

#stem #lunar #science #moon
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2016-02-01 04:12:35 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s)Open 

#datascience   #bigdata  
Do you have the right skills to become a Data Scientist?
http://bit.ly/1VtTY5z

#datascience   #bigdata  
Do you have the right skills to become a Data Scientist?
http://bit.ly/1VtTY5z___

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2016-01-28 19:49:44 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 13 +1s)Open 

First chess; now Go. Alpha Go beats human champion 5 to 0.

#artificial #intelligence #computer #science #code #complex #game #google #deepmind

First chess; now Go. Alpha Go beats human champion 5 to 0.

#artificial #intelligence #computer #science #code #complex #game #google #deepmind___

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2016-01-21 15:12:30 (0 comments; 3 reshares; 13 +1s)Open 

New largest prime number - notable research from Missouri. :)

#stem #math #largestprime #computationalscience #citizenscience

Newsflash: New largest prime number found

Earlier this week, the #GreatInternetMersennePrimeSearch (GIMPS) announced that the a new largest prime number had been found. 2^74,207,281 - 1 is a 22,338,618 digit prime number discovered by Curtis Cooper of the University of Central Missouri. If you aren't aware of #GIMPS , it is a distributed computing project in which volunteers load the software on their computers to be run in the background or during idle time for essentially brute force calculations. Since beginning in 1996, the project has increased the number of known #MersennePrimes from 34 to 49.

http://phys.org/news/2016-01-largest-prime.html
http://www.mersenne.org/primes/?press=M74207281

#PrimeNumbers #Mathematics___New largest prime number - notable research from Missouri. :)

#stem #math #largestprime #computationalscience #citizenscience

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2016-01-08 15:19:25 (8 comments; 1 reshares; 5 +1s)Open 

Visually appealing article. Good ideas, too. :) 

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/01/07/travel/places-to-visit.html

#travel #vacation

Visually appealing article. Good ideas, too. :) 

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/01/07/travel/places-to-visit.html

#travel #vacation___

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2015-12-29 00:34:45 (5 comments; 4 reshares; 15 +1s)Open 

Free textbooks = happy holidays. *<|:o)

#stem #math #free #ebooks

Free Textbooks

If you are trying to learn Maths on a budget then this may be of interest to you.

Redditor u/misplaced_my_pants points out that Springer Verlag appears to be allowing old Maths textbooks to be downloaded as pdfs for free.  The cut-off seems to be around ten years old.  Perhaps they are feeling guilty about all that money or are trying to improve their online reputation. Further investigation indicates that this offer is not limited to Maths, but a quick inspection gives no indication of how long-lived this opportunity will be, so if you're interested you should act.

u/HermannKarlovich has kindly provided a list of suggestions.  Feel free to add your own suggestions/reasons as comments.

Set Theory/Logic [ordered by approachability]

Halmos's Naive Set Theory

Moschovakis's Notes on Set Theory [Excellent first book]

Devlin's The Joy of Sets

Poizat's Model Theory [Excellent introduction to the field]

Marker's Model Theory

Jech's Set Theory [The field's current bible. Not recommended as a first textbook.]

Kanamori's The Higher Infinite

Algebra/Algebraic Geometry/Category Theory

Lang's Algebra

Hungerford's Algebra

Mac Lane's Categories for the Working Mathematician

Harris's Algebraic Geometry [Usually seen as a lead in to Hartshorne]

Hartshorne's Algebraic Geometry

Analysis/Complex Analysis

Lang's Complex Analysis

Conway's Functions of Complex Variables I and II

Lang's Real and Functional Analysis

More here (search and download): http://goo.gl/0gVpuy___Free textbooks = happy holidays. *<|:o)

#stem #math #free #ebooks

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2015-12-21 17:26:25 (1 comments; 2 reshares; 7 +1s)Open 

Welcome Aboard. Video excerpts from the launch to low-Earth orbit, meeting up with the International Space Station (ISS), and starting work in space.

March 27 2015 - Scott Kelly (NASA), and Mikhail Kornienko and Gennady Padalka (Roscosmos) launch on Soyuz TMA-16M enroute to ISS 3:42 p.m. EDT. On docking, they are welcomed by Terry Virts (NASA), Anton Shkaplerov (Roscosmos) and Samantha Cristoforetti (ESA).

Dec 15 2015 - Tim Kopra (NASA), Tim Peake (ESA) and Yuri Malenchenko (Roscosmos) launch on Soyuz TMA-19M to the ISS. at 6:48 a.m. and dock at 11:45 a.m.

Dec 21 2015 3:44 a.m. EST - Progress launches with 2.8 tons of food, fuel, and supplies for the ISS crew.

Dec 21 2015 11:01 a.m. EST - Kelly and Kopra finish their successful walkwalk to prepare for Wednesday's docking.

Dec 23 2015 - supplies scheduled for docking.
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Welcome Aboard. Video excerpts from the launch to low-Earth orbit, meeting up with the International Space Station (ISS), and starting work in space.

March 27 2015 - Scott Kelly (NASA), and Mikhail Kornienko and Gennady Padalka (Roscosmos) launch on Soyuz TMA-16M enroute to ISS 3:42 p.m. EDT. On docking, they are welcomed by Terry Virts (NASA), Anton Shkaplerov (Roscosmos) and Samantha Cristoforetti (ESA).

Dec 15 2015 - Tim Kopra (NASA), Tim Peake (ESA) and Yuri Malenchenko (Roscosmos) launch on Soyuz TMA-19M to the ISS. at 6:48 a.m. and dock at 11:45 a.m.

Dec 21 2015 3:44 a.m. EST - Progress launches with 2.8 tons of food, fuel, and supplies for the ISS crew.

Dec 21 2015 11:01 a.m. EST - Kelly and Kopra finish their successful walkwalk to prepare for Wednesday's docking.

Dec 23 2015 - supplies scheduled for docking.

Video

http://time.com/space-nasa-scott-kelly-mission/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x3ZwVjaMT38

Mission Summary

http://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/atoms/files/np-2015-12-043-jsc-exp-46-summary.pdf

Blog

https://blogs.nasa.gov/spacestation/

https://blogs.nasa.gov/spacestation/2015/03/27/crew-begins-year-in-space/

https://blogs.nasa.gov/spacestation/2015/12/15/new-crew-enters-station-and-joins-expedition-46/

https://blogs.nasa.gov/spacestation/2015/12/21/astronauts-make-quick-work-of-short-spacewalk/

#nasa #roscosmos #esa #iss #spaceexploration #astronauts #yearinspace
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2015-12-16 11:03:17 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s)Open 

All about Angular 2 Beta

Try it at: https://angular.io/

#computerscience #coding #webapps

All about Angular 2 Beta

Try it at: https://angular.io/

#computerscience #coding #webapps___

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2015-12-16 10:36:31 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s)Open 

IndiaHacks 2016. From the site:

Who is a hacker? Hacker is an attitude of passionate curiosity. Hacker is a culture of excellence. Hacker is a mind set of innovation. Hackers built the internet. Hackers built the personal computer. Hackers built the mobile phone. Hackers built everything that is awesome today.

The world needs more Hackers.

Congrats to our MS-ACS graduates!

#computerscience #coding #programmingchallenges #hacking #hackerearth #indiahacks2016

 http://hck.re/C0zVSs___IndiaHacks 2016. From the site:

Who is a hacker? Hacker is an attitude of passionate curiosity. Hacker is a culture of excellence. Hacker is a mind set of innovation. Hackers built the internet. Hackers built the personal computer. Hackers built the mobile phone. Hackers built everything that is awesome today.

The world needs more Hackers.

Congrats to our MS-ACS graduates!

#computerscience #coding #programmingchallenges #hacking #hackerearth #indiahacks2016

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2015-12-16 10:27:36 (4 comments; 7 reshares; 17 +1s)Open 

Angular 2 Beta Released. 

https://angular.io/

Angular 2 Beta Released. 

https://angular.io/___

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2015-12-11 09:59:29 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 12 +1s)Open 

Wendelstein 7-X update. The first plasma in the machine had a duration of one tenth of a second and achieved a temperature of around one million degrees. “We’re very satisfied”, concludes Dr. Hans-Stephan Bosch, whose division is responsible for the operation of the Wendelstein 7-X, at the end of the first day of experimentation. “Everything went according to plan.”

http://www.ipp.mpg.de/3984226/12_15

#fusion #energy #research #technology 

Wendelstein 7-X update. The first plasma in the machine had a duration of one tenth of a second and achieved a temperature of around one million degrees. “We’re very satisfied”, concludes Dr. Hans-Stephan Bosch, whose division is responsible for the operation of the Wendelstein 7-X, at the end of the first day of experimentation. “Everything went according to plan.”

http://www.ipp.mpg.de/3984226/12_15

#fusion #energy #research #technology ___

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2015-12-09 12:51:49 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 10 +1s)Open 

Cygnus at #sunset on its way to ISS
Photo via @StationCDRKelly

#cygnus   #nasa   #ISS   #yearinspace  

Cygnus at #sunset on its way to ISS
Photo via @StationCDRKelly

#cygnus   #nasa   #ISS   #yearinspace  ___

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2015-12-09 12:30:52 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 12 +1s)Open 

100 million times faster (on a very specific problem).

#dlink #Quantumcomputing #computerscience #research

Google Says It Has Proved Its Controversial Quantum Computer Really Works

Hartmut Neven, leader of Google’s Quantum AI Lab in Los Angeles, said today that his researchers have delivered some firm proof of that. They set up a series of races between the D-Wave computer installed at NASA against a conventional computer with a single processor. “For a specific, carefully crafted proof-of-concept problem we achieve a 100-million-fold speed-up,” said Neven. Google posted a research paper describing its results online last night, but it has not been formally peer-reviewed. Neven said that journal publications would be forthcoming.___100 million times faster (on a very specific problem).

#dlink #Quantumcomputing #computerscience #research

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2015-12-07 02:34:25 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 8 +1s)Open 

ISS Delivery on Target.  "Read a complete account of the launch ... and how research on the station will contribute to a future journey to Mars at http://www.nasa.gov/feature/cygnus-soars-spaceward-with-science-and-supplies-to-advance-space-station-mission"

https://blogs.nasa.gov/orbital/2015/12/06/cygnus-soars-spaceward/

In celebration of #sciencesunday  
#NASA #ISS #Cygnus   #space #exploration  

Miss the launch or want to see it again? Watch as #Cygnus lifts off today at 4:44pm ET heading to the International Space Station. The cargo includes dozens of science and research investigations that will occur during Expeditions 45 and 46.

At 6:10 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 9, the Cygnus spacecraft will catch up to the orbiting laboratory. NASA crew members Kjell Lindgren and Scott Kelly will use the station's Canadarm2 robotic arm to reach out and capture Cygnus.

Follow the latest updates: http://www.nasa.gov/orbitalatk___ISS Delivery on Target.  "Read a complete account of the launch ... and how research on the station will contribute to a future journey to Mars at http://www.nasa.gov/feature/cygnus-soars-spaceward-with-science-and-supplies-to-advance-space-station-mission"

https://blogs.nasa.gov/orbital/2015/12/06/cygnus-soars-spaceward/

In celebration of #sciencesunday  
#NASA #ISS #Cygnus   #space #exploration  

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2015-12-06 10:05:57 (1 comments; 6 reshares; 24 +1s)Open 

New solutions to challenging CS problems ...two researchers parlayed these tools into a major leap forward in understanding the famously difficult traveling salesman problem. There are certain to be more such advances, said Assaf Naor, a mathematician at Princeton who works in areas related to the Kadison-Singer problem. “This is too profound to not have many more applications.”

#computerscience #algorithms #research #sciencesunday

Fundamental breakthroughs like this one are rare enough that they're worth reading about, even if they are hard to understand. This one has implications for the foundations of quantum physics.___New solutions to challenging CS problems ...two researchers parlayed these tools into a major leap forward in understanding the famously difficult traveling salesman problem. There are certain to be more such advances, said Assaf Naor, a mathematician at Princeton who works in areas related to the Kadison-Singer problem. “This is too profound to not have many more applications.”

#computerscience #algorithms #research #sciencesunday

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2015-11-25 00:56:53 (2 comments; 3 reshares; 14 +1s)Open 

Hour of Code coming December 7-13, 2015. Hour of Code  is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries. One-hour tutorials available in over 40 languages. Ages 4 to 104.  :)

Join over 133,000 events across the world happening December 7-13, 2015:  https://hourofcode.com

Teachers:  Search for local volunteers to visit your classroom or inspire your students remotely:  https://code.org/volunteer/local

Passionate about CS and want to motivate the next generation? Sign up to volunteer at:  https://code.org/volunteer

Computer science is the top-paying college degree - and computer programming jobs are growing at twice the national average here in the US. 

https://code.org/stats

Source: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1gySkItxiJn_vwb8HIIKNXqen184mRtzDX12cux0ZgZk/pub
Promo... more »

Hour of Code coming December 7-13, 2015. Hour of Code  is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries. One-hour tutorials available in over 40 languages. Ages 4 to 104.  :)

Join over 133,000 events across the world happening December 7-13, 2015:  https://hourofcode.com

Teachers:  Search for local volunteers to visit your classroom or inspire your students remotely:  https://code.org/volunteer/local

Passionate about CS and want to motivate the next generation? Sign up to volunteer at:  https://code.org/volunteer

Computer science is the top-paying college degree - and computer programming jobs are growing at twice the national average here in the US. 

https://code.org/stats

Source: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1gySkItxiJn_vwb8HIIKNXqen184mRtzDX12cux0ZgZk/pub

Promote Computer Science: https://code.org/promote

#coding   #computerscience  #stem #hourofcode___

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2015-11-20 04:50:24 (0 comments; 5 reshares; 10 +1s)Open 

Google has upgraded its public machine learning tools!

Google has upgraded its public machine learning tools!___

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2015-11-15 16:57:38 (4 comments; 6 reshares; 22 +1s)Open 

Voyager needs a FORTRAN programmer.  "It was state of the art in 1975, but that's basically 40 years old if you want to think of it that way," Suzanne Dodd, program manager for the Voyager program, said.

 _[UPDATE (from the article)] The Voyager team is not yet hiring anybody to fulfill the role. The retirement is not anticipated until next year. "I go down the hallway and I meet people and I say, 'Wow, Voyager was the best project I've ever worked on. I wish I could get back on it again.' [she] said.​_

#computerscience   #spaceexploration   #voyager   #fortran   #code  

Voyager needs a FORTRAN programmer.  "It was state of the art in 1975, but that's basically 40 years old if you want to think of it that way," Suzanne Dodd, program manager for the Voyager program, said.

 _[UPDATE (from the article)] The Voyager team is not yet hiring anybody to fulfill the role. The retirement is not anticipated until next year. "I go down the hallway and I meet people and I say, 'Wow, Voyager was the best project I've ever worked on. I wish I could get back on it again.' [she] said.​_

#computerscience   #spaceexploration   #voyager   #fortran   #code  ___

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2015-11-13 13:03:59 (1 comments; 5 reshares; 21 +1s)Open 

Interesting discussion on recent brain research - includes a discussion on the many factors that contributed to the fortuitous rise of our intelligence.

#cooperation   #communication   #dexterity   #tools  #fire  #intelligence  

Quanta Discusses Recent Brain Research

Many of you already read Quanta but this is another excellent article that I thought deserved a summary share, How Humans Evolved Supersized Brains. The article delves into the ongoing puzzle as to why and how human brains came to be so big and powerful; why over less than 3 million years they quadrupled in size from 350g to 1,300g, when primates took 60 million years to reach 350g brains in the first place. 

Some points of interest:

➤ New techniques to dissolve brains and extract and count cell nuclei give much more accurate cell counts for brains and, for example, show that larger brains do not always have more neurons and neuronal distribution is often different. The human brain has more neurons in the cerebral cortex than any other animal. 

➤ While an elephant has a brain 2.5 times as large as a human (2.8kg vs 1.2kg), the cerebral cortex of the human brain has 3 times as many neurons (16.3 billion vs 5.6 billion). This is the first time I’ve come across this fact. 

➤ While the human brain as about 86 billion neurons, 69 billion are in the cerebellum and only 16 billion are in the cerebral cortex for high-order intelligence and reasoning. To me this suggests a sort of computational overhang with regard to developing neuromorphic AI: you won’t need hardware that can replicate 86 billion neurons, but only 20% of that - so ~2.5 doublings or ~5 years earlier than expected. 

➤ Human brain makes up 2% of body mass but consumes 20% of total energy, whereas a chimpanzee requires only half that. 
Analysis of cellular glucose-importing genes in the brain and muscle reveals that such genes are 3.2 times more active in human brains compared to chimp brains, but 1.6 times more active in chimp muscles compared to human muscles, and identically active in the respective livers. Human regulatory sequences for these genes show signs of accelerated evolution. Accounting for size and weight, chimp muscles are about twice as strong as humans. 

➤ Key regulatory sequences active in brain development were taken from humans and chimps and introduced into mice: mice with the human version developed brains 12% larger and had cells that divide and multiply in 9 hours instead of 12. 

Goldilocks Factors for Human Intelligence

The development of human intelligence appears dependent on a fortuitous confluence of many different factors:

➤ Development of bipedalism to free up hands for tool-making, at the expense of slower movement compared to predators. 

➤ Development fire-building and hunting to source easier-to-digest and higher-quality foods due to energy allocation away from gut and muscles.

➤ Development of extreme manual dexterity. 

➤ Development of vocal tract capable of complex communication at the expense of choking hazards. 

➤ Development of extremely dense and dangerously energy hungry neural cortex at the expense of muscle power.  

➤ Development of extreme sociality to facilitate large, stable groups of individuals, requiring a long childhood and retention of play and curiosity with age, at the expense of more than a decade of youthful defenselessness. 

➤ I think the general process of neoteny, the retention of juvenile characteristics into adulthood is important here in general to facilitate a great many of these factors. 

➤ A complex environment nonetheless conducive to the survival of such a physically weak animal is also important. 

When considering the development of intelligence not only on Earth, but also elsewhere in the Universe, these are all important factors that should feed into and influence the Drake Equation and Fermi Paradox. There are a lot of subtle factors that were required to be present in just the right way at just the right time for human intelligence to begin to emerge and develop; a lot of luck seems to have been involved. Primate brains were quite content to remain at 350g for 60 million years, not to mention the dinosaur brains before them that were content to remain smaller for a much longer period of time. I hope as we learn more about these different factors we gain a clearer idea of how astronomically improbable the development of our intelligence was and so a greater degree of confidence that the Great Filter is behind us. 

Main article here: https://www.quantamagazine.org/20151110-evolution-of-big-brains/ 

#brain   #intelligence   #evolution___Interesting discussion on recent brain research - includes a discussion on the many factors that contributed to the fortuitous rise of our intelligence.

#cooperation   #communication   #dexterity   #tools  #fire  #intelligence  

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2015-11-13 12:55:27 (3 comments; 4 reshares; 11 +1s)Open 

CMDer: working with Windows from the command line.

CMDer - a powerful console emulator (front-end for the Windows Command Shell)
http://cmder.net/

Built with:

ConEmu - multi-tabbed GUI window with Far Manager plugins 
https://github.com/Maximus5/ConEmu

Git for Windows 
https://git-for-windows.github.io/

Clink for editing and context-sensitive completion
http://mridgers.github.io/clink/

Works with:

NuGet - app-get-like commands to add code libraries
https://www.nuget.org/

Chocolately - app-get-like commands to install tools
https://chocolatey.org/

Powershell - powerful automation tool and scripting environment
https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/mt173057.aspxmore »

What does your Windows command-line setup look like?

To familiarise myself with the dev experience on Windows, I've been trying to replicate the setup I've got on Mac there. Something that gives me iTerm 2 + Dotfiles + Bash  + Unix utils and maybe some Git helpers and a Homebrew equivalent.

So far I've got Cmder (~ConEmu fork, Msysgit, Clink) to boost my shell, Cygwin, PoshGit and a PowerShell profile with some shell/Doskey aliases in there. I've also got Chocolatey. Some of the questions I find myself a little uncertain about are:

- What are other folks using? I'm really interested in how you tackle aliases as there seem to be a ton of ways of handling them.
- Is there a community like https://dotfiles.github.io/ for Windows PowerShell aliases?
- Does anyone have a sweet setup for sharing aliases between multiple platforms? (Win/Mac/Linux).
- Any other tips worth knowing? I've literally just been trying Windows again over a few weeks so there's probably tons I'm missing.

Thanks all! 

(For anyone interested in more context on why I'm spending some time on Windows, see https://plus.google.com/+AddyOsmani/posts/TuJG2FPxsZr)___CMDer: working with Windows from the command line.

CMDer - a powerful console emulator (front-end for the Windows Command Shell)
http://cmder.net/

Built with:

ConEmu - multi-tabbed GUI window with Far Manager plugins 
https://github.com/Maximus5/ConEmu

Git for Windows 
https://git-for-windows.github.io/

Clink for editing and context-sensitive completion
http://mridgers.github.io/clink/

Works with:

NuGet - app-get-like commands to add code libraries
https://www.nuget.org/

Chocolately - app-get-like commands to install tools
https://chocolatey.org/

Powershell - powerful automation tool and scripting environment
https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/mt173057.aspx
https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/scriptcenter/dd742419.aspx

PoshGit - Git in Powershell
https://git-scm.com/book/en/v2/Git-in-Other-Environments-Git-in-Powershell

http://ASP.NET*** 5* command line tools
https://msdn.microsoft.com/library/dd293881%28v=vs.100%29.aspx


Additional Information

Johanna Landgren - Getting Started 
http://blog.keendra.com/tag/cmder/

Michal Franc - Setting up Tabs
http://www.mfranc.com/uncategorized/boost-your-dev-productivity-with-cmder-conemu/

Tony Sneed's - Cmder: Making the Command Line Your Best Friend
http://www.wintellect.com/devcenter/tsneed/cmder-making-the-command-line-your-best-friend

Leigh Brasington - CMDer Help
http://www.leighb.com/cmder.html

Kevin Wilson - Add VS Tools to Cmder
http://kwilson.me.uk/blog/add-visual-studio-2013-command-line-tools-to-cmder/


Kind of like MaciTerm 2, Dotfiles, Bash, Unix utils, Git helpers, and app-get or Homebrew - except for Windows. 

[Edited to clarify as suggested below]
[Edited to add additional links below]

https://github.com/cmderdev/cmder/issues/483



#softwaredevelopment   #coding   #code   #computerscience   #cmd   #cmder   #commandwindow   #console  

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2015-11-06 19:31:35 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

Excellence and Innovation in International Education. Congratulations to our Director of International Affairs Dr. Jeff Foot and his team - earning Northwest an American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU)’ Excellence and Innovation Award in International Education. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S3rcg6vdrIA&feature=youtu.be&t=4m22s

AASCU's Excellence and Innovation Awards honor member institutions for excellence and innovation in several major areas of campus life and leadership that are mission focused.

Advances in student success and college completion, regional and economic development, leadership development and diversity, and international education are honored with these awards.

The 2015 winners are:

Student Success and College Completion Awards: Cleveland State University (Ohio) and Western KentuckyUn... more »

Excellence and Innovation in International Education. Congratulations to our Director of International Affairs Dr. Jeff Foot and his team - earning Northwest an American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU)’ Excellence and Innovation Award in International Education. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S3rcg6vdrIA&feature=youtu.be&t=4m22s

AASCU's Excellence and Innovation Awards honor member institutions for excellence and innovation in several major areas of campus life and leadership that are mission focused.

Advances in student success and college completion, regional and economic development, leadership development and diversity, and international education are honored with these awards.

The 2015 winners are:

Student Success and College Completion Awards: Cleveland State University (Ohio) and Western Kentucky University (Bowling Green, Ky.).

Regional and Economic Development Awards: Northern Arizona University (Flagstaff, Ariz.) and Washington State University Vancouver.

Leadership Development and Diversity Award: California State University, Long Beach and the University of West Georgia (Carrollton, Ga.). 

International Education Awards: California State University, Fresno and Northwest Missouri State University (Maryville, Mo.).

Check out some of the activity on the Northwest Masters of Applied Computer Science Facebook page: 

https://www.facebook.com/Northwest-MS-Applied-Computer-Science-207596409257323/timeline/

#nwmissouri   #international   #students   #excellence   #innovation   #stem #education___

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2015-11-02 12:50:38 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s)Open 

Virus to fight cancer receives FDA approval, motorcycle-riding robot hits 100 kmph (no bike mods required) and more great news from this week's +SciTech Digest by +Mark Bruce.  

#sciencesunday    #science   #technology  #stem #robotics #medicine

SciTech #ScienceSunday Digest - 44/2015.
Permalink here: http://www.scitechdigest.net/2015/11/computational-acoustics-bcis-and-touch.html 

Computational acoustics, BCIs and touch, Activating membrane proteins, Superconductivity, Bike riding robot, Virus vs cancer, Rejuvenate immune system, Printing hair, Glass like steel, Triggering hair regrowth. 

1. Acoustic Holograms for Levitation
A phased array of 20 by 20 ultrasonic transducers with programmable relative phase modulation is capable of generating controlled, dynamic acoustic three dimensional structures in air http://spectrum.ieee.org/tech-talk/computing/hardware/acoustic-holograms-form-ultrasonic-tractor-beams-for-tiny-objects, with one of the key innovations being that you no longer need an identical array opposite to the first. These invisible structures made of sound can be used to pick up and move individual objects around, independently move separate objects around and interact with each other and can be thought of an acoustic tractor beams. Applying the array to the surface of the body would mean  picking up and moving things inside the body some depth below. No doubt there are lots of applications people haven’t even begun to think of. Computational acoustics was a doubly-interesting field this week with new algorithms able to optimise the specific vibrational acoustic design of custom 3D printed objects, demonstrated by creating a xylophone whose keys were different-shaped animals and yet produced the correct notes when struck http://engineering.columbia.edu/researchers-develop-algorithm-3d-print-vibrational-sounds, leading to promising sound enhancement or dampening applications in industry or consumer goods. 

2. BCIs and Prosthetic Sense of Touch
Yet more work (with the help of DARPA) and progress on the way to helping amputees experience a full range of touch sensations from their prosthetic limbs http://news.uchicago.edu/article/2015/10/26/creating-artificial-sense-touch-through-electrical-stimuli. With the help of electrode arrays implanted into the somatosensory cortex of monkeys the group measured many parameters and “just noticeable differences” and developed models able to induce a wide range of sensory experiences and near to real algorithms that work to provide nuanced experiences to humans. In related news we hear about a BCI allowing a patient to control a Nexus 9 tablet with her thoughts to communicate and perform google searches http://singularityhub.com/2015/10/25/scientists-connect-brain-to-a-basic-tablet-paralyzed-patient-googles-with-ease/. 

3. Activating Any Membrane Protein with Light
Using newly developed SNAP-tag technology cellular membrane proteins can be attached to linker molecules and chemical assemblies that stably switch bonds and isoforms when exposed to light, which can forcibly switch important membrane proteins on and off https://www.en.uni-muenchen.de/news/newsarchiv/2015/trauner_snaptag1.html. Seems this group has been developing the technology for a while now. In this demonstration they used a type of common G-protein-coupled-receptor to show it worked, but this is a modular tool that can be attached to any such membrane receptor. Similar to optogenetics this could be applied to study and more subtly control neurons or any type of cell in certain ways. For example, linked to certain receptors the activation of light could induce drug effects. 

4. Advances in Superconductivity
A new unexpected phase of matter was discovered in which the order is not described by scalar or vector properties but by more complex multi-polar orderings that involve magnetic quadrupoles http://www.caltech.edu/news/caltech-physicists-uncover-novel-phase-matter-48573. The material that exhibited this property was strontium-iridium oxide, which has structural similarities to copper-oxide-based “high-temperature” superconductors, and so this work helps to shed theoretical and experimental light on high temperature superconductivity in general, underlining the importance of uncovering new natural phenomena like this. In related news, the “conventional” superconductor hydrogen sulfide has been confirmed to superconduct up to a scorching minus 70 degrees C when subjected to extreme pressures http://www.technologyreview.com/view/542856/the-superconductor-that-works-at-earth-temperature/. 

5. Motorbike Riding Robot
In a surprise announcement this week Yamaha showed off the robot, called Motobot, that it has been developing that rides conventional motorcycles just like a human does http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2015-10/29/yamaha-robot-motorbike-motobot-motogp-valentino-rossi. Motobot currently rides motorcycles at 100 kmph, but by 2017 they hope to have developed it to a stage where it can ride at 200 kmph and complete race circuits as well as or better than the best human riders. I’d certainly watch a better-than-human bot race. In news related to robots able to autonomously travel and navigate environments we have robots relocalising and 3D mapping environments for better autonomous navigation http://www.technologyreview.com/news/542816/a-drone-with-a-sense-of-direction/, and robots being given simulations of neuronal place and grid cells to help with better navigation http://www.technologyreview.com/news/542571/a-robot-finds-its-way-using-artificial-gps-brain-cells/. 

6. FDA Approves Virus vs Cancer
For the first time a virus engineered to help the body remove cancer cells has been granted approval by the FDA, initially for treating advanced melanoma http://www.nature.com/news/cancer-fighting-viruses-win-approval-1.18651. This is a trigger event for the field, which should boom over coming years with many other oncolytic viruses undergoing clinical trials against different types of cancers. This particular virus can enter healthy cells but is unable to replicate. When it enters cancer cells it produces proteins that target the cell for destruction by the immune system and activate an immune response against those cells elsewhere in the body. Future improvements should crack the systemic delivery problem. 

7. Multiple Methods to Rejuvenate the Immune System
FightAging! was on a roll this week with immune rejuvenation. First, resupplying young, engraftable thymic epithelial cells to an aged or defective thymus leads to thymic growth and increased T cell production and should lead to improved immune function https://www.fightaging.org/archives/2015/10/supplying-young-cells-to-an-involuted-thymus-produces-growth-and-increased-t-cell-production.php. Second, thymic epithelial cells can be boosted by increasing activity levels of a single gene and so rejuvenate the thymus for improved function https://www.fightaging.org/archives/2015/10/more-on-foxn1-in-the-aging-thymus.php. Third, specific cell-surface markers for exhausted T cells have been identified, which should allow targeted cell destruction to remove these defective cells so new ones can take their place https://www.fightaging.org/archives/2015/10/supplying-young-cells-to-an-involuted-thymus-produces-growth-and-increased-t-cell-production.php. Finally, a currently approved immunomodulatory drug (for asthma / allergy) appears to rejuvenate old rat brains and boost neuron growth https://www.newscientist.com/article/dn28384-old-rat-brains-rejuvenated-and-new-neurons-grown-by-asthma-drug/. 

8. 3D Printing Soft Strands & Hair
While at first glance this might appear to be a trivial development, the ability to reliably and precisely print (with very basic 3D printers) soft strands and artificial “hair” is pretty cool and useful http://www.gizmag.com/3d-printed-hair/40134/. The embedded video is worth a watch. Toys are the most trivial example of course, and probably custom wigs in future, but this will end up being great for at-home printing of toothbrushes, paint brushes, and washing scourers, while the ability to weave it means you can probably make custom ropes and twine using the method. 

9. Glass Nearly as Strong as Steel
Transparent “ultra” glass can now be made by creating a 50/50 alumina/glass mixture via a novel containerless processing method that involves synthesising the mixture in air http://gizmodo.com/japanese-researchers-make-glass-thats-nearly-unbreakabl-1739673940. The material is transparent and possesses a Young’s modulus comparable to steel and iron. While stronger windows in buildings and cars (military?) and also computers and phones are obvious and desirable applications, such a material might be formed into raw structural engineering components to enable entirely different and never-before-possible buildings to be constructed. 

10. Restarting Hair Regrowth
Two drugs that already have regulatory approval have been shown to be effective in kickstarting and boosting hair regrowth for baldness applications http://www.gizmag.com/fda-drug-hair-loss/40037/. While initially testing autoimmune causes of baldness, the team discovered that the drugs inhibit a specific protein in hair follicles, serving to reawaken hair follicles from a resting state, with bald mice regrowing hair over a 1- day period, with near-complete regrowth of hair after 3 weeks. Human studies and clinical trials will be the next step. 

Archive: http://www.scitechdigest.net/2015/11/computational-acoustics-bcis-and-touch.html___Virus to fight cancer receives FDA approval, motorcycle-riding robot hits 100 kmph (no bike mods required) and more great news from this week's +SciTech Digest by +Mark Bruce.  

#sciencesunday    #science   #technology  #stem #robotics #medicine

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2015-11-02 12:45:13 (0 comments; 13 reshares; 35 +1s)Open 

Brain-Machine interface opens the world.

#computerscience   #stem   #medicine  #brain #machine #interface

Awesome___Brain-Machine interface opens the world.

#computerscience   #stem   #medicine  #brain #machine #interface

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2015-11-02 12:18:47 (8 comments; 3 reshares; 32 +1s)Open 

This is Git. It tracks collaborative work on projects through a beautiful distributed graph theory tree model....  :)

http://xkcd.com/1597/

#xkcd #git #versioncontrol #computerscience #code   

Spot on, considering I finally switched to git from svn only 2 months ago for all our projects.

And the caption: If that doesn't fix it, git.txt contains the phone number of a friend of mine who understands git. Just wait through a few minutes of 'It's really pretty simple, just think of branches as...' and eventually you'll learn the commands that will fix everything.

http://xkcd.com/1597/___This is Git. It tracks collaborative work on projects through a beautiful distributed graph theory tree model....  :)

http://xkcd.com/1597/

#xkcd #git #versioncontrol #computerscience #code   

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2015-10-26 12:14:23 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 13 +1s)Open 

Whales and dolphins are placental mammals, like humans. If you go back in our respective family trees about 100 million years, you'll find our common ancestor [1].  With our knowledge of her descendants, we can predict her genomic sequence with high accuracy [2]. 

[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evolution_of_mammals#Molecular_phylogenetics_based_family_tree_of_placental_mammals

[2] http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2005/01/0125_050125_genome_2.html

#whales   #dophins   #mammals   #ocean   #playdate   #familytree  

Whales and dolphins are placental mammals, like humans. If you go back in our respective family trees about 100 million years, you'll find our common ancestor [1].  With our knowledge of her descendants, we can predict her genomic sequence with high accuracy [2]. 

[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evolution_of_mammals#Molecular_phylogenetics_based_family_tree_of_placental_mammals

[2] http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2005/01/0125_050125_genome_2.html

#whales   #dophins   #mammals   #ocean   #playdate   #familytree  ___

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