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Chris Robinson

Morocco cut fossil fuels subsidies again this year, setting an example for most other nations, including developed nations.  :)

According to http://www.rtcc.org/2014/07/21/morocco-hailed-as-climate-poster-child-after-oil-subsidy-axe/ Morocco should be held up as a ‘poster child’ for effective green policymaking.

Speaking at an environmental meeting in Pori, Finland, Rachel Kyte said the Rabat government’s recent decision to cut tax breaks for petrol and gas used a template other developing nations could follow.

“What Morocco did was remove subsidies on fossil fuels, because they couldn't afford it, not because they had a big climate goal, but because they couldn't afford the subsidies,” she said.

“Then they started to incentivize investments in renewable energy, domestic and foreign.”

The latest subsidy-cutting program was published in January, with support for a liter of diesel set to fall from $0.59 pre liter to $0.22 by October.

According to the IMF, by 2011 energy subsidies accounted for 5.5% of Morocco’s GDP, and 17% of its total investment budget.

More than 70% of the population were unaware that the real price of a 12-litre bottle of cooking gas was $14, as opposed to the government fixed retail price of $5.60.

Ministers launched an extensive communication and consultation strategy before choosing to implement a series of gradual reductions in support.

Kyte said these and the government’s longer term energy policies have already led to a clean energy investment leap from $300m to $1.8 billion.

This came on the back of the Arab Spring, which caused a tenfold drop in investment across the region, and lingering political instability in Morocco’s neighbours.

Fossil fuel subsidies are frequently cited as a major impediment to curbing global greenhouse gas emissions, leading to over consumption and making clean energy alternatives uncompetitive.

According to a 2013 report from the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) Indonesia, Pakistan and Venezuela spend twice as much on fossil fuel subsidies as they are on public health.

The ODI also revealed some rich countries spend up to seven times more backing oil, gas and coal than they do helping poorer countries address climate change.

In 2013 they totaled US$544, but many developed and developing governments appear reluctant to attack them, fearing short term hikes in domestic energy prices.

Jordan, Indonesia and Malaysia also started to cut subsidies last year, but many leaders fear a repeat of Nigeria’s 2012 experience, where President Goodluck Jonathan first scrapped and then reinstated a government petrol subsidy, in the face of riots across the country.

Financial backing

But Kyte argued that if cuts are matched with policies to offer energy alternatives – such as efficient cookstoves, solar panels or efficiency schemes, they can work effectively – and will attract private sector support.

“There is a clear cause and response. You can act and send that clear signal – and the response from the private sector and investors is pretty quick,” she said.

“There is finance pent up looking for long term green and sustainable solutions.”

That confidence in green investment flows may surprise may long term observers of UN climate talks, used to warnings that these have long since dried up.

The UN’s nascent Green Climate Fund is the official response to this perceived cash crisis, but recent news that the green bond market raised $20bn in the past seven months suggests private interest in the sector is growing.

Last week the German development bank KfW announced a €1.5 billion (US$2 billion) green bond, while leading insurer Zurich said it planned to set aside $2bn for bonds, citing their growing appeal.

“It’s significant because you have some big bonds within that $21 billion – corporate bonds and utility bonds,” Kyte said.

“There is pent up capital that needs to invest in green…and there’s more of that being mandated – so they have to have somewhere to go.”
Alex P Alex P

The Pioneer anomaly was an unexplained acceleration of a distant space probe. Solutions to this mystery included everything from dark matter to some kind of modified gravity. The answer turned out to be something more mundane.
Brian Koberlein Brian Koberlein

On The Rocks

We generally think of comets and asteroids as two distinct types of bodies. Comets are “dirty snowballs” of mostly ice, which vaporizes to form long tails when they approach the Sun, while asteroids are dry, rocky bodies that typically live in the asteroid belt. It is generally true that comets tend to have an icy surface of volatiles that can evaporate off its surface, and asteroids generally don’t. But it also turns out that the two are far more similar than they are different.The idea of comets as dirty snowballs isn’t very accurate. For one thing, asteroids and comets are both rocky bodies, although asteroids can also contain large amounts of metals. Long period comets, originating from the Oort cloud, can have significant ice, and are closer to the traditional view of comets. Short period comets often have much of their ice evaporated away, so that they look more like asteroids. Asteroids can also have pockets of ice beneath their surface. As these pockets are exposed to sunlight they can create comet-like streams.

Another way to distinguish comets is by their orbits.  Comets tend to have more elliptical orbits, while asteroids tend to have more circular ones. This can be summarized in a quantity known as the Tisserand parameter, which is a measure of a body’s orbital size and eccentricity compared to the orbit of Jupiter. A Tisserand parameter between 2 -3 usually means an object is a comet, while a value greater than 3 tends to be an asteroid.

But there are also object that seem to cross the line between comet and asteroid. For example, an object known as P/2013 P5 has an asteroid like orbit and composition, but was observed to have six comet-like tails. Or consider the object known as Ceres. It is now considered a dwarf planet, but was once considered to be an asteroid. It has an asteroid object, and is both rocky and metallic. It also has water vapor plumes, and even a faint atmosphere derived from the water vapor. Ceres is a large asteroid with faint comet-like plumes.

As we learn more of both asteroids and comets, we find they are just two types of a range of small solar system bodies.
Brian Koberlein Brian Koberlein

South Korea and India decided to tax coal to develop renewable energies  :)

Coal can be replaced with solar immediately:) as a public health priorityThe Cost of Coal: Overview.  In China's worst areas, smog makes people live only 4 decades ►  BBC News - China's Grime Belt Air Pollution Extreme.   Coal-fired plants lead to birth defects in China, see the 2 min video ► China Sees Rise in Birth Defects.  In all nations, including USA, people near coal-fired plants often die of cancer at 45 or so, see the 10 min video ► EXPOSED: Koch Industries and Cancer Risk.  Coal pollution leads to cancer, asthma, autism (mercury), etc. Clean coal doesn't exist ► Robert Kennedy Jr.: No clean coal.
Alex P Alex P

The situation in Ukraine can become peaceful if Europeans pressure politicians to ramp up sanctions and avoid all Russian imports.  After sending 150 armored vehicles and missile launchers into Ukraine last week and having his rebels down  MH17, Putin sent another 20 tanks into Ukraine this week, while saying he wants Peace.  Putin's actions, totally opposite to his words, will speed up the awakening from sleep of many European leaders who don't yet understand what Putin tries to do.  Putin likes to create divisions within the European Union (funding nationalistic far right parties in Western Europe, parties that are pro-Russia), so EU splinters and he can grab land and restart the "russification of locals in newly occupied territories" methods used by many former Russian tzars and leaders. 

Europeans have to make a stand and say, this is not the 15-20th century again, of Imperialist Russia invading Europe, deporting millions to Siberia in labor "killing" camps for ethnic percentage changes, etc.  Europe needs to wake up and go to level 3 sanctions, stopping all imports of gas/anything from Russia, choosing other suppliers in the short term (until they reach 100% renewable heating and electricity).  Unless they want to become part of the New Soviet Union  Putin is trying to create..., a place of  little freedom.


Russia used to have 40, 000 troops, then it went down to 1000, now it's back up to 12, 000 at Ukraine border.  They are planting mines in the sea of Azov too, so all astral chi projections of peace would help, we may help to bring peace there again.  Ukraine is where we can stop Putin, a leader who doesn't understand the value of non-violence. 

Here is a 2 min video showing the intercepted conversation of the rebels and their Russian Masters about the downing of the  Malaysia airplane ► SSU, radio interception of conversations between terrorists, "Boeing-777" plane crash.  Another 2 min  video shows how they were trying to tamper with the black boxes ► SSU uploads evidence of terrorists and Russian..... These 2 videos about downing the Malaysia airplane was published by the New York Times, USA Today and many major news outlets too ► http://www.nytimes.com/video/world/europe/100000003007777/audio-of-intercepted-calls-of-separatists.html.

Russian rebels removed 38 bodies from the crash site and didn't allow the international investigation team to see them.  The bodies had parts of the BUK missile in them, the missile from Russian provided BUK missile launcher.

The Russian rebels want to remove the missile parts from the bodies as they are evidence of Russian missile being used.  After the plane crash, Russia apparently ordered their military intelligence units in Ukraine to return all BUK missile launchers and a few were seen going back to Russia over the border ► http://www.latimes.com/world/europe/la-fg-ukraine-buk-systems-russia-20140719-story.html 

The Russians were busy editing wikipedia to say Ukraine caused the plane crashhttp://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2014/07/russia-caught-editing-wikipedia-entry-about-downed-malaysian-airliner/.  

NATO General warned on June 30th about the training Russia provided the rebels in the use of anti-aircraft missileshttp://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2014/07/nato-general-warned-of-russian-anti-aircraft-training-for-separatists/.

HOW CAN THE WORLD STOP RUSSIA's latest expansionist land grabbing moves, when Russia is already world's largest country and having 7 times more land per person than the world average, and more land per person than 223 countries?  It's very simple:  economic sanctions!  We should not buy their products, until a more world peace loving regime replaces Putin & Co. 

The latest invasion of Ukraine (by dozens of Russian tanks + missile launchers) shows the need for Europe, Japan & China to end using Russian natural gas, and to SWITCH TO RENEWABLE ENERGY made in Europe, Japan & China. :)

Freedom and Peace cannot come while importing Russian gas, since that cash will embolden Putin, a person who apparently forgets Russia has 7 times more land per capita than world average (40 times more than Japan) and whose latest actions threaten the World Peace ideals of humanity.

Note:  As the US Embassy has confirmed on July 19th, http://ukraine.usembassy.gov/statements/asmt-07192014.html, Putin sent about 150 armored vehicles (dozens of tanks) in Ukraine in the last few days, including missile launchers, they went thru the border crossings that are under siege by rebels.  Pentagon reported to the media they are old tanks Russians don't like, so they give them to the rebels.  It's a full scale invasion, but done in a less obvious way.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2696389/That-blast-look-smoke-Sick-boast-laughing-rebels-saw-MH17-hit-missile-hours-leader-boasted-We-warned-not-fly-sky.html  explains Russian rebels tweeted they downed Ukranian military plane, but deleted tweet after the news came out that it was civilian aircraft. 

According to http://www.kyivpost.com/content/ukraine/separatists-admit-downing-a-civilian-plane-in-tapped-conversation-full-transcript-356545.html Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200 flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur was shot down by a group of Russian-backed Cossack militants near the village of Chornukhine, Luhansk Oblast, some 80 kilometers north-west of Donetsk, according to recordings of intercepted phone calls between Russian military intelligence officers and members of terrorist groups, released by the Ukraine security agency (SBU).

One phone call apparently was made at 4:40 p.m. Kyiv time, or 20 minutes after the plane crash, by Igor Bezler, who the SBU says is a Russian military intelligence officer and leading commander of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic. He reports to a person identified by Ukraine’s SBU as a colonel in the main intelligence department of the general headquarters of the armed forces of the Russian Federation Vasili Geranin regarding the shot down plane, which is about to be examined by the militants.

The second intercepted conversation released by the Security Service of Ukraine was apparently between militants nicknamed “Major” and “Greek” immediately upon inspection of the crash site. 

“It’s 100 percent a passenger (civilian) aircraft,” Major is recorded as saying, as he admitted to seeing no weapons on site. “Absolutely nothing. Civilian items, medicinal stuff, towels, toilet paper.” 

In the third part of conversation Cossack commander Nikolay Kozitsin talking to an unidentified militant cynically suggests that the Malaysia Airlines airplane could've been carrying spies, as, otherwise, it would have no business flying in that area.

Read the full transcript of an intercepted phone call below: 

Igor Bezler: We have just shot down a plane. Group Minera. It fell down beyond Yenakievo (Donetsk Oblast).

Vasili Geranin: Pilots. Where are the pilots?

IB: Gone to search for and photograph the plane. Its smoking.

VG: How many minutes ago?

IB: About 30 minutes ago.

SBU comment: After examining the site of the plane the terrorists come to the conclusion that they have shot down a civilian plane. The next part of the conversation took place about 40 minutes later.

“Major”: These are Chernukhin folks who shot down the plane. From the Chernukhin check point. Those cossacks who are based in Chernukhino.

“Grek”: Yes, Major.

"Major": The plane fell apart in the air. In the area of Petropavlovskaya mine. The first “200” (code word for dead person). We have found the first “200”. A Civilian.

“Greek”: Well, what do you have there?

“Major”: In short, it was 100 percent a passenger (civilian) aircraft.

“Greek”: Are many people there?

“Major”: Holy sh__t! The debris fell right into the yards (of homes).

“Greek”: What kind of aircraft?

“Major”: I haven’t ascertained this. I haven’t been to the main sight. I am only surveying the scene where the first bodies fell. There are the remains of internal brackets, seats and bodies.

“Greek”: Is there anything left of the weapon?

“Major”: Absolutely nothing. Civilian items, medicinal stuff, towels, toilet paper.

“Greek”: Are there documents?

“Major”: Yes, of one Indonesian student. From a university in Thompson. 

Militant: Regarding the plane shot down in the area of Snizhne-Torez. It’s a civilian one. Fell down near Grabove. There are lots of corpses of women and children. The Cossacks are out there looking at all this.

They say on TV it’s AN-26 transport plane, but they say it’s written Malaysia Airlines on the plane. What was it doing on Ukraine’s territory?

Nikolay Kozitsin: That means they were carrying spies. They shouldn’t be f…cking flying. There is a war going on.
Alex P Alex P

Former employee pilot and "friend" is going to kiss & tell about relationship with Travolta

Travolta's former pilot and "friend" wants to turn private information into public information. A judge as ruled that he can sue Travolta for preventing him from speaking publicly based on technicalities involving various drafts of his contract that did or did not include confidentiality.  This is surely very private information for Travolta, but it does seem to be the case that if you engage in private with another person, that person can alway choose to make private information public.  That is their right, even if it is only for money. 

I find this interesting because Travolta may either be bisexual or homosexual. If he is bisexual, I find this pretty interesting because bisexuals are rarely considered as an option.

This is also interesting because Travolta could eventually decide to come out of the closet either way, (if he isn't actually heterosexual). The pilot is just going to end up describing his sexuality in a book deal anyway.

I've always wondered if bi-sexual monogamy is different than heterosexual monogamy.  Does does a bi-sexual become truly happy in a monogamous relationship with and/or without sacrificing one type of sex or another? In a way, this is like a heterosexual person forgoing sex totally.  Of course, Travolta could just be homosexual and this doesn't apply to him.

This is also somewhat interesting because I think Travolta was sued by a masseuse making homosexual claims.  If Travolta is just a long time closet homosexual, one wonders how a celebrity of his stature has had to deal with marriage & fame for so long. He is an actor after all. He may or may not factor in how his past & future movies will or won't sell when bigoted people/fan know more about his private life.  This affects a range of people that receive income from his movies.`

It's hard to avoid the fact that fans consume products carried largely by celebrities in large part for who they think they are in real life and not solely for their acting ability.
Jonathan Langdale Jonathan Langdale

Here's the UN Human Rights Council vote on the #Gaza resolution to launch an inquiry into violations by #Israel.
Jonathan Langdale Jonathan Langdale

After practice swim...
mary Zeman mary Zeman

mary Zeman - LOL
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mary Zeman mary Zeman

Pretty faces with no brains

Chris Cuomo is a moron pushing CNN's bullshit bias agenda telling ignorant people what they want to hear for ratings.

If you can't debate the issue, you shouldn't be on the fucking television. Shut the fuck up and admit you don't know.

Mr. Cuomo couldn't possible debate me on this subject. He is a symbol in and of itself that he doesn't recognize how fail he is in this RT anchor interview. He truly thinks he's right and suggests that the other guy has to live with himself.

Yet, the truth may very well be that Cuomo's blind ignorance (like many Americans) has them precisely 180 degrees on the wrong side of the blame game just because they're not willing to critique their own point of view and open their minds to the idea that they're wrong.

It never even factors in to him/them. And if you are someone that is willing to reverse you ideas regardless of politics, then to them you're obviously on an equally obtuse agenda for the other side.  The idea that you might just be thinking for yourself isn't a remote possibility. It's obvious to them that if you're not agreeing with them, you must have an agenda.

I could give two shits whether Putin is wrong or Ukraine is wrong, or the United States is wrong.  Most of the time, everyone is wrong. So Putin isn't a nice guy. George W. Bush & Dick Cheney are not nice guys. Obama drones teenage US citizens overseas for publishing PDFs.  Why pick a side? They're all flawed and hypocritical.

Jonathan Langdale Jonathan Langdale

+Kathleen Valentine took my post and made a meme! Laminate this and hand to your "politicians are all the same" friends!

[EDIT] YIKES, spelling corrected here:
Paul T Morrison Paul T Morrison

Excellent advice from (arguably) the coolest physicist to have ever lived, Richard Feynman. You don't have to be a genetically gifted genius to excel in science, you just have to work hard!
Amine Benaichouche Amine Benaichouche

Rich Pollett - ; )
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; )
Rich Pollett Rich Pollett

Just what is the color of the cosmos? It depends upon how you look at things.
Brian Koberlein Brian Koberlein

'cause I'm a SHAAARK
mary Zeman mary Zeman

Who is going to Comic-Con in SD? I'll be on a panel tomorrow Thurs July 24 moderated by Seth Green re NASA's giant next leap - Mars! http://www.whosay.com/l/KWJ8RYv

Ciro Villa Ciro Villa

Vint Cerf explains #ICANN.
Filippo Salustri Filippo Salustri

Is 7:00pm too early to go to bed?  even if it is a week night?  yawn.  Supervising golf practice, then going swimming with K has tired me right out.
mary Zeman mary Zeman

My GoPro timelapse of the tide change this July at Tutka Bay, Alaska! Take note of the height of the floating dock (watch the difference from dock surface to the top of the sign over the dock change).
Karyn Traphagen Karyn Traphagen

Social robots can put us back in the moment, rather than burrowing further into technology

Breazeal wants people to start thinking about technology that complements us, that frees up our hands and minds to engage in the actual world around us. With Jibo, she’s now able to actually be in photos next to her kids. “It helps you be in reality, to support that human experience,” she says.
Ward Plunet Ward Plunet

For those who suffer from Type 1 diabetes, food can kill. Unable to produce insulin, a hormone that removes sugar from the blood, diabetics must watch what they eat — very carefully.

Blood tests multiple times per day and supplementary insulin shots are an inescapable part of life. But researchers at Boston University and Massachusetts General hospital say they have developed a new tool in battling Type 1 diabetes: the “bionic pancreas.” The artificial organ mimics the function of the pancreas, which produces insulin.

And it’s controlled by a modified iPhone 4S!

Link to the original article: http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa1314474?query=featured_home&&#t=articleTop
Derya Unutmaz Derya Unutmaz

Are you fucking kidding me?!?!
If there was ever a book all copies of which should be burned, it's this one.
Filippo Salustri Filippo Salustri

#Google offers $1M for a "better" power inverter.
Not sure $1M is enough, but it's a start.
Filippo Salustri Filippo Salustri

111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321
Brad Snowder Brad Snowder

So I'm seeing dozens of people say that in the last week or so all their tasks stopped working in one way or another, some of it seems to be Auto-apps, but most of it seems to be with Tasker itself (which makes me think Auto-apps is looking for something that was changed in Tasker. 

I don't mean to criticize any programmer, because Lord knows I couldn't do anything similar and I thank the authors of Tasker and Auto-apps for their work, but is this a recurrent thing? Am I going to have to keep going back and rewriting my tasks all the time?
Bill DeWitt Bill DeWitt

This shark is still tired.
I shouldn't be tired, I rested most of yesterday.  I have a lot to do.  Blargh. 
I'm in a funk, creatively- can't even get excited about crochet projects or photographs....
Maybe I just need to go sit on the deck with my coffee and try to pull myself together.
mary Zeman mary Zeman

TREASURES. Inside these gorgeous metal pendants by +Etsy artist Chris Taylor (store name: tcustom) lurk hidden layers of sculpted scientific detail.

Mindy Weisberger Mindy Weisberger

I haven't mentioned this but as of today I am off coffee. I've been cutting back for the last week, trying to reduce the headache I know I have to face. I actually went 24 hours without coffee until this morning when I woke up with a blinding headache. One cup earlier with some NSAIDs and I'm done. 

I know coffee is not "bad for you" but I always go overboard, drinking up to 10 large mugs a day. And my withdrawals have put me in the hospital before. I don't know why I start back up except that I love everything about it... except going overboard and then having to either drink more to prevent the headache, or having to quit again.

Love coffee, hate being a slave to it. No, this is not a metaphor for my relations with women.
Bill DeWitt Bill DeWitt

PZtively against positive thinking.
(See what I did there?) 
Filippo Salustri Filippo Salustri

Ciro Villa -
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Ciro Villa Ciro Villa

Ukraine air force human airshield tactic is corroborated 1 month prior to 7/17

This video was uploaded June 18, 2014, one month prior to the shooting of #MH17 .  It shows a local Ukrainian woman describing the Ukrainian military tactic of using commercial flights at human shields to mask their strike aircraft missions.

Militia Soldier - Elena, from Sloviansk English Subs

This pretty closely mirrors what I've been saying about the #MH17  attack, with the exception that this describes the Sa-25 strike craft staying as high as the commercial craft.  The only problem with this scenario is that Su-25's cannot exceed 23,000 feet.

It is therefore curious how many commercial craft fly through eastern Ukraine at altitudes under 32,000 feet.  It may be the case that once the rebels recent starting use SAMs, and Ukraine started losing planes (2), the Ukrainian's changed their tactics to using commercial planes in coordination with pop-up tactics where the strike craft flies low initially and pop-ups to attack.

If this is what occurred, more people should be pointing a finger at Ukraine for endangering commercial flights like #MH17 by operating military craft along their routes at the same time as their overfights. 
Jonathan Langdale Jonathan Langdale

Matt Uebel -
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Matt Uebel Matt Uebel

mary Zeman mary Zeman

+Iman Matani appears to be copying content from other sources into his G+ stream without any attribution at all. 
Filippo Salustri Filippo Salustri

Bill DeWitt - Chivalry.
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Bill DeWitt Bill DeWitt

My latest at +io9 is on some exciting new canine emotions research.
Jason Goldman Jason Goldman

Matt Uebel - Just as god intended.
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Just as god intended.
Matt Uebel Matt Uebel

my first science love.....
mary Zeman mary Zeman

Click bait title.
vaccine tested in mice, over 9 days, and showed reduced inflammation in response to mite exposure.
loooong way off from calling it an actual vaccine for humans.....
mary Zeman mary Zeman


Very nice morning #ORAHS2014 social visit to Nazaré, Portugal. Sea looks calm today but this is where back in January Hawaiian surfer Garrett McNamara broke the world record for the highest wave ever ridden (100ft).
Paul Harper Paul Harper

Deli ol ve bize algının peçesinin ardındaki gizleri anlat. Hayatın amacı, bizi bu gizlere yakınlaştırmaktır; ve delilik bunun en hızlı atıdır.
Halil Cibran

illustration by Tiago Hoisel

ve Kadir Geceniz mübarek olsun a dostlar...
mary Zeman mary Zeman

‘Goths are shy, retiring creatures that thrive best in gloomy autumnal weather,’ said Dr James Barnett of the University of Warwick. ‘Drought conditions aren’t an issue since they rarely wash, but they are poorly equipped to deal with high temperatures as they can’t take off their black jeans and duffel coats. Many also suffer with restricted vision as the heat causes their sweaty, greasy hair to form a lank immovable curtain they can’t see beyond.’

‘This is how evolution works, sadly,’ said Dr Richard Dawkins. ‘A species that cannot adapt to change and shows more interest in self-harming than in breeding is bound to die out. I keep telling people but no one seems to get it. Why doesn’t anyone understand me?’ he screamed, tearfully storming upstairs to play Bauhaus records and write poetry in his room.

Tom Eigelsbach Tom Eigelsbach

And here in the United States we have these two political parties that some people think are the same.

When someone tells you, "Politicians! Both parties! They are all the same!" Show them these two photos of a Massachusetts Democratic governor and a Republican Texas governor dealing with the same problem.

Rick Perry, Texas Gov on left, "no Rick the glasses make you look dumber if that is possible". Massachusetts Deval Patrick on the right.
Paul T Morrison Paul T Morrison

It was a really feverish and disturbed rant. It's a triple-Lutz full-on Godwin.

But I couldn't stop laughing about the image of the Mike Adams Sex Traps. Er....what???

Mary Mangan Mary Mangan

Here is our Simon's Cat Plush prototype! Simon's Cat Team member Mike shows us some of the cool features in this fun video.

'Off to the Vet' Indiegogo supporters that choose this perk will receive a very special limited edition of the plush. We have some fun packaging ideas along with special props too!

Please +1 and share if you know someone who would like one! 

#offtothevet  #simonscat  
mary Zeman mary Zeman

Just add Sharktopus, and you got yourself a sci-fi movie!
mary Zeman mary Zeman

Beyond Energy, Matter, Time and Space
Humans might think we can figure out the ultimate mysteries, but there is no reason to believe that we have all the pieces necessary for a theory of everything.

#theoreticalphysics   #philosophyofscience  
Amine Benaichouche Amine Benaichouche

one day's harvest from the 8 bean plants we have...harvested this much yesterday, too...
Paul Minda Paul Minda

"By placing myself in foreign countries with no plan, little money, and no structured pretense to interact with any other humans, I had thought I was stripping away the soul-sucking restrictions that other people placed on me. What I was really doing was making it much harder for me to rely on others in the way that I had unconsciously done my entire life."
Scott Barry Kaufman Scott Barry Kaufman

dedicated citizen scientist
mary Zeman mary Zeman

Am I Lydia?
1. Is my screen turned on?
2. Has my power just been disconnected?

Should I keep being Lydia?
1. Has a new window been opened?
2. Are headphones connected?
3. Am I moving?

Who should I return Lydia to?
1. Who sent her to you?
2. Who has a screen on?

Most of my thinking and work is now on making my devices speak up or shut up at the right times. If I'm working with Lydia on my tablet, I don't want her to move to my phone just because I check the incoming notification or answer the phone. If I am using the phone for Lydia while walking on BT Headphones, I don't want her to move if I check my smartwatch. Transferring Lydia requires sending autoremote messages back and forth and depending on my connection that might take a while or might not happen at all.

I think a device has to be Lydia to decide if it's going to continue being Lydia. Most of my subTasks only work if Lydia ~ True. I might want to tasks when they are not Lydia, to keep them updated on information about if they should be Lydia or not - who's been used the most, who has been moving around etc.

I need to know who Lydia is, because I'm working towards her taking the initiative and speaking up when things are of a certain importance. I can't be having my desktop tablet tell me of an important message or appointment when I am out walking around with my phone in my pocket (although I have thought of making such things require an acknowledgement or she starts blabbing on all devices).

I know there must be more or better ways to determine this, any suggestions?
Bill DeWitt Bill DeWitt

Karyn Traphagen -
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Karyn Traphagen Karyn Traphagen

Jason Goldman - Ugh.
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Jason Goldman Jason Goldman

So, Google+ appears to be purposely preventing me from re-editing a recent post with some sort of timer.  Maybe I can figure out their logic, since they won't just say what it is.
Jonathan Langdale Jonathan Langdale

mary Zeman -
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mary Zeman mary Zeman

Very late start this am after a really great meal with #orahs2014.

We went to this restaurant that is also a community project here in Lisbon. It was possibly the nicest restaurant experience I've ever had. It felt like you were at a party at a friend's house as you could freely walk in to the kitchen and talk to our hosts. Really awesome.

Today I'm missing the tour to the beach to work on some more stuff...
Vincent Knight Vincent Knight

I'm sorry, but LOLOLOL
Bob Calder Bob Calder

Has Voyager 1 really entered Interstellar Space?  Some scientists are raising doubts...

"In 2012, the Voyager mission team announced that the Voyager 1 spacecraft had passed into interstellar space, traveling further from Earth than any other manmade object.

But, in the nearly two years since that historic announcement, and despite subsequent observations backing it up, uncertainty about whether Voyager 1 really crossed the threshold continues. There are some scientists who say that the spacecraft is still within the heliosphere – the region of space dominated by the Sun and its wind of energetic particles – and has not yet reached the space between the stars.

Now, two Voyager team scientists have developed a test that they say could prove once and for all if Voyager 1 has crossed the boundary. The new test is outlined in a study accepted for publication in Geophysical Research Letters, a journal of the American Geophysical Union.

The scientists predict that, in the next two years, Voyager 1 will cross the current sheet – the sprawling surface within the heliosphere where the polarity of the sun's magnetic field changes from plus to minus. The spacecraft will detect a reversal in the magnetic field, proving that it is still within the heliosphere. But, if the magnetic field reversal doesn't happen in the next year or two as expected, that is confirmation that Voyager 1 has already passed into interstellar space."

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2014-07-voyager-spacecraft-interstellar-space.html#jCp
Ciro Villa Ciro Villa

The author met a famous climate denial journalist and asked if he had read a few paragraphs of the papers he criticized. The results are below.

If you support any of these clowns that simply can't stand to face reality, you should at least read the abstract and conclusion of a paper before you call the author incompetent. Got that?
Delingpole went to Oxford University with the British Prime Minister David Cameron but his novels didn’t do brilliantly and he was never invited into London Society. Delingpole’s other claim to fame was being made to look a complete fool when Sir Paul Nurse, filming for the BBC, asked if he had read the abstract of any scientific papers (the short introduction which sets out the significance of the study). Delingpole, who claims to have found a remarkable global conspiracy to fake climate research, admitted he hadn’t. So I just asked James if he had read any abstracts since. “No”. I couldn’t quite believe it.

Delingpole has written off one of the most influential climate studies as “ludicrous, comedy” and claimed its author, Professor Michael Mann at Penn State University, has “little discernible talent”. But during our confrontation he confirmed he had never interviewed Mann, never read his book and never read any of his scientific papers. I was dumbfounded.

Delingpole was furious. He raged and spat and accused me of being a troll. He attacked my journalism, having not read any, and attacked my opinions, having not heard any. All of this was being filmed by two French filmmakers. I was shaking. More in anger than in sorrow. “Can I give you some friendly advice,” I said.

“I don’t want your friendly advice, Mr Montague”, he said.

“Why don’t you read the abstracts to three scientific papers. Then you won’t look like such a fool next time someone asks that question. It doesn’t take long.”
Making it up? Yes, they are.
Believing what they make up?
Bob Calder Bob Calder

We are recruiting! The SKA Organisation is looking to recruit two Graduate Support Engineers to provide system engineering support to the Engineers, Project Managers and Domain Specialists. The deadline for applications is 18 August 2014. More information at http://socsi.in/SKAjobs_KyXSX
Ciro Villa Ciro Villa

New study shows therapeutic bacteria prevent obesity in mice

A probiotic that prevents obesity could be on the horizon. Bacteria that produce a therapeutic compound in the gut inhibit weight gain, insulin resistance and other adverse effects of a high-fat diet in mice, Vanderbilt University investigators have discovered.

"Of course it's hard to speculate from mouse to human," said senior investigator Sean Davies, Ph.D., assistant professor of Pharmacology. "But essentially we've prevented most of the negative consequences of obesity in mice, even though they're eating a high-fat diet."
Ward Plunet Ward Plunet

Trying to get kids to eat healthier? Don't tell them veggies are good for them

At some point, most kids will hear that drinking milk helps make their bones strong or that fish is food for the brain. But do these messages foster the idea that if something is good for us, it must surely taste bad? According to a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research, when children hear about the benefits of healthy food, they're less likely to eat it.

"Parents and caregivers who are struggling to get children to eat healthier may be better off simply serving the food without saying anything about it, or (if credible) emphasizing how yummy the food actually is," the authors conclude.
Ward Plunet Ward Plunet

Project Check is a website designed to provide the public with easy access to a number of life saving medical checklists.

This is a really cool project!
Filippo Salustri Filippo Salustri

"Time to unleash the mozzies? Genetically modified mosquitoes will be raised on a commercial scale for the first time, in a bid to stem outbreaks of dengue fever in Brazil. But it is unclear how well it will work."
Vassil Vidinsky Vassil Vidinsky

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Art Markman Art Markman

Excellent advice from (arguably) the coolest physicist to have ever lived, Richard Feynman. You don't have to be a genetically gifted genius to excel in science, you just have to work hard!
Praveen Kulkarni Praveen Kulkarni

Two facts

1. The Ukraine air forces knew that rebels had active high altitude mobile SAMS in region (Buks).  These systems are currently in use by both Ukraine and the rebels.

2. Ukraine military engaged in strike missions in the region at the same time as commercial civilian over-flights known to Ukrainian ATC and published publicly.

The conclusion is, as has been said by Russia, that Ukraine, with full knowledge of Russian mobile SAMs, then provoked this missile strike on a commercial airline due to is military operations in the airspace 1,000 below the civilian airline.

Ukraine put #MH17  in danger both by vectoring it through the area via Ukrainian ATC (at a lower altitude than the one filed), AND by operating military strike craft (SAM hunters) in the vicinity of commercial lights. 

This environment naturally leads to the use of commercial overflights as useful tools for locating active SAM radar tracking so that strike aircraft can target & destroy SAMs without being first destroyed. A Su-25 has to be well within 10km of a 30k ranged SAM site to fire.  A commercial jet over 32,000 feet then helps the Su-25 by getting the SAM to activate while the Su-25 is in the dangerous <10km range.

Khodakovsky blamed the Kiev authorities for provoking what may have been the missile strike that destroyed the doomed airliner, saying Kiev had deliberately launched air strikes in the area, knowing the missiles were in place.

"I knew that a BUK came from Luhansk. At the time I was told that a BUK from Luhansk was coming under the flag of the LNR," he said, referring to the Luhansk People’s Republic, the main rebel group operating in Luhansk, one of two rebel provinces along with Donetsk, the province where the crash took place.

"That BUK I know about. I heard about it. I think they sent it back. Because I found out about it at exactly the moment that I found out that this tragedy had taken place. They probably sent it back in order to remove proof of its presence," Khodakovsky told Reuters on Tuesday.

"The question is this: Ukraine received timely evidence that the volunteers have this technology, through the fault of Russia. It not only did nothing to protect security, but provoked the use of this type of weapon against a plane that was flying with peaceful civilians," he said.

What steps did Ukraine take to protect civilian traffic while they conducted offensive military strikes?

#MH17 #Ukraine  
Jonathan Langdale Jonathan Langdale

This is a symbol of America's general lack of intelligence that they need simple minute physics like visual descriptions of complicated topics in order to have the most rudimentary understanding, without a near constant stream of conflicting fact-less media noise confusing them.
Jonathan Langdale Jonathan Langdale

This is brilliant! My thought is that since the system includes double bush hog mowing, you could probably even kick the system up a notch further by raising beef cows and/or hair sheep and using them to mow instead of the bush hog. Might even be able to squeeze in chickens as a 3rd revenue stream! Turn the expense of mowing into even more profits.
Bill DeWitt Bill DeWitt

For NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory's 15th anniversary of operations, we created this infographic about some milestones in X-ray astronomy and the career of Chandra. A larger version can be seen here: http://chandra.si.edu/resources/illustrations/infographics.html

Also find other 15th Anniversary goodies right here: http://chandra.si.edu/15th/

Ciro Villa Ciro Villa

There seems to be adopt of talk today about a theoretical #whitehole.

Yet another thing seen on Red Dwarf.
Jacob McLaughlin Jacob McLaughlin

In asthma, it's not just what you smell, but what you think you smell

New research from the Monell Center reveals that simply believing that an odor is potentially harmful can increase airway inflammation in asthmatics for at least 24 hours following exposure. The findings highlight the role that expectations can play in health-related outcomes.
Ward Plunet Ward Plunet

We're advertising for lecturers in pure mathematics! Come and join our amazing Dept :-)
Paul Harper Paul Harper

"Drool may be gross, but it’s a powerful fungus fighter, according to new research. Biologists collected saliva samples from sedated moose (Alces alces) and European reindeer (Rangifer tarandus). They also grew red fescue, a grass that the two animals commonly munch on in Sweden. The scientists then conducted two experiments. They added the saliva to test tubes teeming with colonies of the fungus Epichloë festucae, which often lives within the grass and helps produce toxic chemicals to ward off ravenous grazers like livestock, and also to recently trimmed grass infected with the fungus. The latter simulated how grass gets ripped and doused with slobber when it’s been chomped on by a herbivore. Compared with fungi samples treated with water, moose and reindeer saliva slowed the growth of the fungi. When applied to clipped grass, moose drool reduced the production of the toxic chemicals between 41% and 70%, whereas grass that was not treated with saliva actually doubled in its release of toxic chemicals, according to a study published online today in Biology Letters. The results suggest that large mammalian herbivores have evolved the ability to fight back against plant defenses to either detoxify their greens or curb venomous chemical production".
mary Zeman mary Zeman

Evidence of second air contact 2.3km beyond #MH17 impact?

If I'm correct with this placement, the Russian ATC playback shows a contact where no MH17 component can be, and at a time when it's already impacted the ground. According to this, the contact is 2.3km beyond from the crash site. 

What your'e looking at is what Russia has called a secondary Su-25 contact after contact with MH17 was lost. 

ATC recording:

Earlier in the recording, you can see MH17's speed start to drop when it's precisely at 54.3 km from their radar station.

Corrected: post-crash contact is 2.3 km beyond the closest MH17 debris.
Jonathan Langdale Jonathan Langdale

"wait, science." great line (3:08-ish). I will probably be using that in gif form at some point in the near future.
TJ Anderson TJ Anderson

there is a key sentence here "Given the high cost of authentic HGH, it's possible that some of teens who reported using it may in fact have obtained fake products. As the survey said, "It's very difficult to know what exactly is in the substances teens are consuming, or what the short and long-term impact on their health may be.""

This is a fail on multiple levels: what is in these supplements? Where are the fraud laws when supplements claim these outrageous benefits? If the teens are using authentic HGH, why are the parents allowing it? how can parents turn a blind eye to steroid induced changes in children? (steroids are discussed too) and any coach who ignores steroid/supplement abuse should be fired.
mary Zeman mary Zeman

Risk Reduction Milestone Tests Move Commercial Dream Chaser Closer to Critical Design Review and First Flight

The winged Dream Chaser mini-shuttle under development by Sierra Nevada Corp. (SNC) has successfully completed a series of risk reduction milestone tests on key flight hardware systems thereby moving the private reusable spacecraft closer to its critical design review (CDR) and first flight under NASA’s Commercial Crew Program aimed at restoring America’s indigenous human spaceflight access to low Earth orbit.

Read more: http://www.universetoday.com/113404/risk-reduction-milestone-tests-move-commercial-dream-chaser-closer-to-critical-design-review-and-first-flight/#ixzz38JpNbktA
Ciro Villa Ciro Villa

With about 4500 km separating Rosetta from comet 67P/C-G, the spacecraft will conduct the last of four FAT – ‘Far Approach Trajectory’ – orbit correction manoeuvres later today to further reduce Rosetta’s speed to the comet 67/P.


#Rosetta   #comet67p   #67pchuryumovgerasimenko  
Ciro Villa Ciro Villa

"Eye-catching" papers submitted to astro archives today:

Topics: Stellar death by consumption, Corona physics, Jupiter's magnetic field, magnetars, Pulsar Timing Arrays and Black Holes.

V838 Monocerotis: the central star and its environment a decade after outburst http://arxiv.org/abs/1407.5966 So what did you have for breakfast? It looks like V838 may have eaten a companion star, or a very large planet.

Suprathermal Electrons in the Solar Corona: Can Nonlocal Transport Explain Heliospheric Charge States? http://arxiv.org/abs/1407.5941 I mentioned yesterday that we are closing in on models that explain corona heating. This paper proposes a game of magnetic reconnection crack-the-whip.

Explaining Jupiter's magnetic field and equatorial jet dynamic http://arxiv.org/abs/1407.5940 Solving two mysteries in one day? At least trying to. It was a surprise when we learned the 'gaseous and mostly liquid center' of Jupiter host a hefty magnetic field. Coming up with a viable fluid dynamic solution is a great cherry.

Magnetar activity mediated by plastic deformations of neutron star crust http://arxiv.org/abs/1407.5881 Neutron stars are so dense, that it is not hard to imagine electromagnetic stresses on the surface and viola - a magnetar is born. Still, a model is needed to explain whistlers and flaring and several have been studied. These authors propose that all neutron stars suffer from rotational shear stress and all are therefore magnetars, to varying degrees.

Pulsar timing arrays and the challenge of massive black hole binary astrophysics http://arxiv.org/abs/1407.5693 Pulsar timing arrays are the latest entry in the field of gravitational waves, looking for the nanosecond pulses generated by dancing black holes. This is an overview of what is expected.

I should mention that there have been more than a dozen papers on adaptive lensing submitted this week in conjunction with the SPIE proceedings.
Jay Cross Jay Cross

World's Largest Aquatic Insect Found In China

"No, this isn't a prop from a King Kong movie — it's a newly discovered member of the Megaloptera family that could very well be the largest aquatic insect in the world.

Images of the grotesquely huge bug recently appeared on China's ECNS website. The specimen was discovered in a mountain of Chengdu, Sichuan province."
Cristian Lorenzutti Cristian Lorenzutti

The near-miss of 2012 is two years old today. What would you do without electrical power for several months...?
Jay Dinan Jay Dinan

figshare gets a shout out in Forbes!

'How Data Will Transform Science'


"Clearly something has to change.  While the rest of the world has become a highly connected place, driven by new approaches to data and technology, science remains, to an alarming degree, stuck in the last century."

#openscience #openresearch #opendata #scientific #revolution
Mark Hahnel Mark Hahnel

#RaceAgainstTheMachine  .

>At the blockbuster studios in which he once worked, 300-person teams would have to build content from scratch. Now, thanks to the increased power of PCs and video game consoles, a relatively tiny team is able to create unimaginable scope. In this sense, Hello Games may be on the cusp not only of a new universe, but also of an entirely new way of creating games. 
Matt Uebel Matt Uebel

Looking for a new challenge in August? Do you have genomics experience? This could be a lot of things. Next Gen Sequencing, microarray, Sanger, do you have good communication skills? Visit this page and send your cv to the guy in the light blue shirt, Zach.

We are expanding so temporary, part-time, work/study, or full-time career are all available.

This stuff is hard, interesting, some even find it entertaining. Is it fulfilling to work for a cure for cancer? You decide.
Mary Mangan Mary Mangan

"A new study that examined the survival rates of 12 different shark species when captured as unintentional bycatch in commercial longline fishing operations found large differences in survival rates across the 12 species, with bigeye thresher, dusky, and scalloped hammerhead being the most vulnerable".
mary Zeman mary Zeman

We are celebrating Edward Hopper’s birthday (he would have turned 132 today!) by visiting one of the most recognizable paintings in American art, Nighthawks. Dive into this carefully constructed composition and get a sense of the emotions Hopper depicts thanks to the Art Institute of Chicago via the +Google Art Project: http://goo.gl/hL6Nce #GCI
Renata Davidson Renata Davidson

StubHub victim of international cyber fraud ring, company says

+Reuters: eBay’s online ticket resale service StubHub announced late Tuesday that it was the victim of a massive international cyber fraud ring. 

The company’s head of global communications said his firm had been working with law enforcement around the world for the last year on the case, which authorities plan to disclose details of on Wednesday as they announce arrests. 

Read more: http://reut.rs/1rzVBUe
Ciro Villa Ciro Villa

Martian Heavy Metal

Curiosity found 3 iron meteorites on the surface of Mars recently.  Two of them are 7' wide whoppers.  A few more pics at the link.  
Charles Carrigan Charles Carrigan

"In 2020 I would like to gather all of the world's robots and aim to hold an Olympics where they compete in technical skill."
Tokyo is already hosting the 2020 Summer Olympics, but presumably the robot competition would be a separate event.
Vassil Vidinsky Vassil Vidinsky

GoT Spoiler?
"I'm obviously not Jon Snow's dad. And you need that to be revealed at some point, don't you?"
–Ned Stark

He could throw another huge monkey wrench into the already complicated battle for succession to the Iron Throne.

Who is Jon Snow's real father? Ned (Sean Bean) contradicts Wiki on Jon Snow which says Jon is Eddard "Ned" Stark's bastard by suggesting that it has yet to be revealed who is father really is.  And who is his real mother? Robb Stark's decree removing Jon Snow's bastard status remains unknown as it was made prior to his murder.

If Jon's mother is Ashara Dayne, as has been rumored, her nobility and suicide is an unexplored past ripe for flashbacks w/Ned.  Furthermore, her body was never recovered as it was assumed to have been lost to the sea.  Might she still be alive?  Will they have a flash back with Ned?  Bran will be having flashbacks very soon, trying to talk to ghosts. The idea is that you learn from the past without changing it.  Among his visions, he will see a pregnant woman coming out of the black pool praying for a son to avenge her.

And what about the fire light chick, Melisandre, using the blood of Robert's bastard?

Ser Barrison Selmy believes that Ashara gave birth to a stillborn daughter after a man dishonored her (raped).  Either because of the rape or "loss of the child," her grief was said to have led to her unconfirmed suicide.

This means that she could have been raped by Robert Baratheon (or Stannis) and that the supposed still-born daughter may very well have been Jon Snow, who Ned Stark may have easily initially confused as his bastard until  a likely conversation with Robert prior to the King's death when Ned is made Protector of the Realm.

When writing Robert's will, Ned replaces "My Son Joffery" with "my heir." Did Ned have Stannis in mind? Or someone else?

If the pregnant girl seen coming out of a black pool praying for a son to avenge her is Jon's mother, that could mean that Jon will kill Stannis, his hypothetical real father and assume heir to the throne.
Jonathan Langdale Jonathan Langdale

Game on! China plans a super collider 
China has made tremendous progress in Science what better way than to go where non one has gone before. While the western world has been dithering about what should follow the Large Hadron Collider, China has set its ambitions on a 52 km super electron-positron collider as as Higg's factory. Electron-positron colliders require larger tunnels as they give off more energy through synchrotron radiation. Once its job is done, the collider will house a proton-proton collider much bigger than the current LHC. #LHC   #supercollider   #highenergyparticlephysics  
Jonathan Langdale Jonathan Langdale

*"I am [verb] references present tense, not the future"

One thing she has not yet said: "I will not run for president."

Jonathan Langdale Jonathan Langdale

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