# Daily Plus 2013-12-07

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## Fraser Cain

+346 - 39 shares - 18 comments

Spring in California
One of the first albums i created and shared back on August 1, 2011 was a collection of images from the springtime in California.  As I finalize my upcoming guide book to the best landscape photography locations in Southern California I'm revisiting some of those images to format them for the book.  Here's a photo from Soda Lake in Carrizo Plain National Monument.

Here's the rest of the album if you'd like to see more of California's amazing locations for landscape photography:

Canon 5D Mark II, EF 16-35mm f/2.8 II lens
Post-processed in  5

Blog: www.JeffSullivanPhotography.com
#sunrise #LandscapePhotography #California﻿
Jeff Sullivan

+197 - 88 shares - 18 comments

Interactive Ferrofluid
video> Ferrite - Interactive Ferrofluid Sculptures﻿
Rich Pollett

+189 - 70 shares - 20 comments

Snowflakes = proto-snowmen!

or as Carl Snowgan famously said, "We are all snowstuff."﻿
Joanne Manaster

+133 - 70 shares - 38 comments

The number of people boycotting Elsevier keeps going up!  Here's the graph for 2013.  See the sudden increase at the end?  That's because Elsevier forced the paper-sharing website Academia.edu to take down some papers.

In retaliation, Academia.edu sent out emails like this:

Unfortunately, we had to remove your paper [...] due to a take-down notice from Elsevier.

Academia.edu is committed to enabling the transition to a world where there is open access to academic literature. Elsevier takes a different view, and is currently upping the ante in its opposition to academics sharing their own papers online.

Over the last year, more than 13,000 professors have signed a petition voicing displeasure at Elsevier’s business practices at www.thecostofknowledge.com. If you have any comments or thoughts, we would be glad to hear them.

Join in!  If you haven't signed the petition yet, now is a good time!

And here's a question: what made so many people sign the petition in May?  The bottom of this graph is not zero, it's 12,500 people, so the rise is not as impressive at it looks - but still, something happened in May.﻿
John Baez

+169 - 38 shares - 30 comments

Dynamo

Vesta is one of the larger asteroids in the asteroid belt.  It is the third largest (about 500 kilometers wide), but the second most massive (after Ceres).  It is also the only large asteroid for which we have high resolution data, when the Dawn spacecraft orbited it for a while in 2012.  You can see a view of Vesta in the image below.

Since we know something of the chemical composition of Vesta, we can compare that with the composition of various meteorites.  From this comparison we have identified about 1200 meteorites that are likely to have originated from Vesta.  From the variety of these meteorites we know that Vesta is differentiated, with an iron-nickel core, magnesium rich mantle, and rocky crust.  Given its size and composition, it likely had a molten core and mantle for the first few million years of its existence.

One of the striking features of Vesta is its surface brightness.  Vesta is the brightest major asteroid, and this seems to be due to its basaltic crust.  Still, its brightness has been a bit of a mystery, because interactions with the solar wind would tend to darken the surface over time.  But this would be mitigated if Vesta had a magnetic field.

Unfortunately, the Dawn probe doesn’t have a magnetometer, so it can’t detect whether Vesta has a magnetic field.  But Vesta observations do indicate that the core of Vesta is about 200 kilometers wide, which does reinforce the idea that Vesta once had a melted core.  With a melted core, it would be possible for Vesta to have had a magnetic dynamo within its core.

A dynamo occurs when a melted iron core undergoes rotation and convection.  The motion of the conductive metal generates a strong magnetic field.  The melted iron core of the Earth maintains our planet’s strong magnetic field, which helps to shield us from cosmic rays and solar flares.  In contrast, Venus does not have such a dynamo, and its magnetic field is significantly weaker.  Mars also lacks a dynamo, and has a weak magnetic field.

One of the mysteries about Vesta and other planetoids is whether it is possible for something so small to have had a magnetic dynamo in its youth.  Evidence of Vesta’s large iron core suggests that it might have been possible, and now a paper in Science (paywalled, but a free pdf is available from the authors http://goo.gl/nzehTB) strengthens that idea.

The authors looked at a particular Vesta meteorite, and found it had a remnant magnetic field.  From the strength of this field they gauged that when the meteorite was still part of Vesta, the asteroid had a magnetic field between 2 and 10 microteslas.  By comparison, Earth’s current magnetic field is about 30 - 60 microteslas.  They also looked at argon isotopes from the meteorite, and determined its age to be about 3.7 billion years old.

This doesn’t mean that Vesta still had a strong magnetic field at that time.  Vesta formed about 4.5 billion years ago, so 900 million years later any dynamo would have likely cooled and faded. The magnetic imprint on this particular asteroid is a secondary effect.  The early dynamo would leave a strong imprint within the crust as it formed, and when chunks of the crust were scattered due to an impact, the magnetic imprint of the fragments imprinted a lesser magnetic field on the resulting meteorite.

So it seems likely that Vesta had a dynamo core in its youth.  But to be sure we’d need to look at the magnetic field of its current crust.  Hopefully that will be planned for a future mission.

Image: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA (http://goo.gl/rsocbR)

Paper:  Fu RR, Weiss BP, Shuster DL, et al. An ancient core dynamo in asteroid Vesta. Science. 2012;338(6104):238-41.﻿
Brian Koberlein

+62 - 40 shares - 38 comments

Last weeks circle share was HUGE lets make this weeks even bigger! There are some new and old people make sure you follow the 4 rules!
Sharing the circle is the most important!
1. Plus The Post
2. Comment
4. Share The Circle and Don't Forget To Include Yourself

#sharedcircle   #topsharedcircle   #circleoftheday   #sharedcircle #trustinme   #circlesharing   #circleshare         #circles         #circleoftheday   #sharedpubliccircles     #sharedcircles     #share   #vipsnowballcircle #sharedcircleoftheday         #sharewithyou               #followme     #followers #followback #circle #googleplus     #coolpeople   #circleshare #sharedcircles     #sharedcircle   #sharedcircles       #sharedpubliccircles     #circleshare     #circlesharing     #fullcircleshare                            ﻿
Justin Matthew

+85 - 18 shares - 9 comments

+90 - 12 shares - 6 comments

Great Saturday Morning To You All

Travelers Standing over a Cliff in Lucerne, Switzerland

#switzerland   #travelers   #saturdaymorningphoto  ﻿
Justin Matthew

+67 - 17 shares - 4 comments

Biker on the Edge of a Cliff in Central Arizona...have a great Friday night! https://www.udemy.com/u/justinmatthew/

#biker   #cliffs   #arizona   #fridaynightphotos   #livingontheedge  ﻿
Justin Matthew

+40 - 28 shares - 3 comments

snow...more snow...﻿
Ergin Kocyildirim

+53 - 4 shares - 11 comments

Isn't this a brilliant shot of a half-built lunar module!? Came across this doing a Google Image search for a diagram showing the internal volume of the LM (post coming soon-ish!). It's from NASA, but I haven't been able to find much information about it; the url had  "no ID" included in the filename!  But we can see that the descent stage is in the foreground on the left and a section of the ascent stage/crew cabin seemingly being hoisted or suspended in the right background. I love these shots with non-spacesuited men next to the vehicles to give a more understandable sense of scale! ﻿
Amy Shira Teitel

+53 - 4 shares - 10 comments

Blog Post: Why I stay (part 1 of 2)

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about how to articulate why it is I keep doing what I do. Anyone who has been around me knows that between the stress of budgets and the overall climate against women in STEM, my career isn’t one that makes me happy at the moment. The thing is, my profession is one that I value, and I am doing things that I am proud to see through to completion. There are problems, but … would it be better to have a job that I was neutral toward, but paid more and required fewer work hours? I want to do things with meaning, and I am striving to do that with my career, and right now, as a woman in astronomy, that means I’m choosing – my choice – the prospect of creating something I’m proud of over the knowledge that right now I’m just not happy.

In this and the next blog post, I’m going to try and articulate why I’m fighting to stay in academe. Part of that means articulating the issues I’m facing – that most of us are facing – and discussing how they effect me and why I sometimes shrug off the big things and stay put.

http://www.starstryder.com/2013/12/07/why-i-stay-part-1-of-2/﻿
Pamela Gay

+35 - 7 shares - 13 comments

You are NOT self-sufficient...﻿
Matt Uebel

+50 - 13 shares - 4 comments

Mutant Silkworms Spin Fluorescent Silk in 3 Colors

Silkworms in a Japanese lab are busy spinning silks that glow in the dark. But these silkworms, unlike others that have been fed rainbow-colored dyes, don’t need any dietary interventions to spin in color: They’ve been genetically engineered to produce fluorescent skeins in shades of red, orange, and green.

Now, scientists have tweaked the silk production process and made it possible to turn these somewhat freakish threads into useable fabrics.

The resulting silks glow under fluorescent light, and are only ever-so-slightly weaker than silks that are normally used for fabrics, scientists reported June 12 in Advanced Functional Materials. Already, the glowing silks have been incorporated into everyday garments such as suits and ties, and Japanese wedding dress designer Yumi Katsura has designed and made gowns that glow in the dark.

Source: http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2013/06/colorful-fluorescent-silk/﻿
Derya Unutmaz

+37 - 13 shares - 3 comments

Morbidly funny...

#FridayHumor

Share courtesy of  ﻿
Ciro Villa

+40 - 3 shares - 8 comments

Dragon Walker
Just a leisurely stroll through the park... I'd just hate to be behind this lot...=)

Source: http://bit.ly/1knboNU .﻿
Charlie Hoover

+41 - 13 shares

On the cloning of past quantum states | Could scientists have gotten a bit closer to the possibility of time travel?

"(Phys.org) —Popular television shows such as "Doctor Who" have brought the idea of time travel into the vernacular of popular culture. But problem of time travel is even more complicated than one might think. LSU's Mark Wilde has shown that it would theoretically be possible for time travelers to copy quantum data from the past.

It all started when David Deutsch, a pioneer of quantum computing and a physicist at Oxford, came up with a simplified model of time travel to deal with the paradoxes that would occur if one could travel back in time. For example, would it be possible to travel back in time to kill one's grandfather? In the Grandfather paradox, a time traveler faces the problem that if he kills his grandfather back in time, then he himself is never born, and consequently is unable to travel through time to kill his grandfather, and so on. Some theorists have used this paradox to argue that it is actually impossible to change the past.

"The question is, how would you have existed in the first place to go back in time and kill your grandfather?" said Mark Wilde, an LSU assistant professor with a joint appointment in the Department of Physics and Astronomy and with the Center for Computation and Technology, or CCT."

For the more technically inclined, here is the paper's abstract --> "Quantum State Cloning Using Deutschian Closed Timelike Curves" http://prl.aps.org/abstract/PRL/v111/i19/e190401

Image: Courtesy of http://bryanbrandenburg.net/premonition-and-time-travel/﻿
Ciro Villa

+39 - 5 shares - 6 comments

Ever notice snapdragon seed pods look an awful lot like skulls
via: goo.gl/WXe2j0﻿
Rich Pollett

+44 - 7 shares - 2 comments

Awesome Underwater Photo of Bora Bora Lagoon in French Polynesia
http://www.InertiaTours.com

#inertiatours   #springbreak   #travel   #fun   #beaches   #sun   #swimming   #mtvbeachparties  ﻿
Justin Matthew

+20 - 1 shares - 14 comments

You are NOT self-sufficient...﻿
Emma Cating

+16 - 1 shares - 15 comments

The Beyond Human "Personhood for higher animals" conference is going on. (I'll be the penultimate speaker on Sunday (via Skype).

David Brin

+31 - 7 shares - 5 comments

Higgs speaks about some huge problems of an original scientist in modern academia. He's spot on, and I agree.﻿
Ethan Siegel

+41 - 1 shares - 5 comments

Fall color from the high trail at Boyce Thompson Arboretum -- red and orange last hurrahs on the Chinese pistachio against evergreen, cliffs and cacti.

#fall   #fall2013   #fallcolors   #tree   #naturephotography﻿
Kimberly Hosey

+36 - 6 shares - 3 comments

December 7th, 1941. The final resting place of the U.S.S Arizona. Never forgot the sacrifice of the sailors and marines who lost their lives. RIP.﻿
Justin Matthew

+28 - 4 shares - 5 comments

+31 - 8 shares - 1 comments

Snowflakes = proto-snowmen!﻿
Ciro Villa

+32 - 6 shares - 2 comments

Want to get a muzzle on the competition?
https://www.udemy.com/u/justinmatthew﻿
Justin Matthew

+23 - 9 shares - 3 comments

The Swedish Chef faces Gordon Ramsay in the ultimate Muppet cook-off http://io9.com/the-swedish-chef-faces-gordon-ramsay-in-the-ultimate-mu-1478694516﻿
Jennifer Ouellette

+32 - 5 shares - 2 comments

Conspiracy theorist figures it all out: NASA is run by the US Government! Brilliant! Thanks, !

http://www.theonion.com/articles/slowwitted-conspiracy-theorist-convinced-governmen,34749/ ﻿
Amy Shira Teitel

+16 - 4 shares - 8 comments

Suppose you were a cat being exposed to the thoughts of Richard Feynman about life, the universe and everything. How would you react? Well, it turns out that someone has tried to find out. The answer appears to be that you would play it very cool.

I have my reasons for posting this. Honest.﻿
Timothy Gowers

+7 - 1 shares - 12 comments

#RaceAgainstTheMachine. Increasing minimum wage will only increase the trend of firms adopting automation.

Guess I support increasing minimum wage then 0_o.﻿
Matt Uebel

In which I use Circlescope to get the 128 people that G+ considers most relevant in order, then putting all 128 of them into a seeded single elimination tournament generator to create 64 match ups, and then using arbitrary criteria to advance one person through each match up to create this circle of 64

^ This is probably how all circles should be created. Takes notes, circle creators.

Don't add this circle or share this circle, there is no rhyme or reason to it.  Don't thank me for being included either, flattery will not advance you to the round of 32.

Anybody not included, it could be because:
1) You were ranked outside of G+'s top 128 most relevant. This is G+'s algorithm, not mine, and I made no exceptions.
2) There were a few really close match ups, but only one person could get through each round.
3) If you aren't active on G+ you probably didn't get through the first round unless you were up against somebody else who is no longer active on G+. There were a few upsets where people I really like were beaten because they just never post here. There are no byes for friends.
4) Maybe I just don't like you.
5) The criteria for choosing the winner of each match up was completely arbitrary.

Join us next week for the round of 32, and remember, flattery will get you everywhere.﻿
Chris Mallory

+17 - 9 shares - 3 comments

Star Wars Bohemian Rhapsody
Charlie Hoover

BREAKING: Chris Mallory announces the 2013 Word of the Year

Selfie? Psh, sorry Oxford, that's not gonna happen. Science? Yeah right, Merriam-Webster, science has been around for a lot longer than this year. In lieu of both dictionarys' failure to choose a decent word of the year, Chris Mallory Enterprises is proud to announce that its panel of experts has finally reached a consensus and is now ready to announce its official 2013 Word of the Year:

"doge"

such upset! very word! wow!﻿
Chris Mallory

+9 - 2 shares - 9 comments

Listening to these rightwing asshats talk about Mandela is disgusting when these same guys supported Apartheid.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comprehensive_Anti-Apartheid_Act#Veto_by_President_Reagan﻿
Jonathan Langdale

+12 - 7 shares - 4 comments

Interactive Ferrofluid
video> Ferrite - Interactive Ferrofluid Sculptures﻿
Matt Uebel

+6 - 1 shares - 10 comments

Are your smartphone apps selling you out?

President Obama says he's not "allowed" to own an iPhone for security reasons. http://goo.gl/KdehlO

Of course, neither the president nor the Secret Service is willing to say exactly how security could be compromised with an iPhone. But one security risk is the unpredictable nature of both iPhone and Android apps.

Sure, there's a lot of flat-out malware flying around online, most of which looks like regular, legitimate apps but in fact are either malware or they compromise privacy or security in some way.

There are certain types of apps that users are wary about and may take precautions about downloading. But others don't seem to have anything to do with user data, so they seem safe.

So what can users do about it? Do you have to become a security expert just to keep your personal data private?

The unfortunate answer is: Yes, kind of. Here's why.

http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9244615/Are_your_smartphone_apps_selling_you_out_

(Pic props to The White House: http://goo.gl/NugdZ )﻿
Jonathan Langdale

+3 - 2 shares - 10 comments

What?

This in the Science section of the Business Insider.. ﻿
Ciro Villa

+8 - 1 shares - 9 comments

Can the house of mouse make a better Indiana Jones movie?
After star wars ep VII ford is going to be pretty old to strap on the whip and hat again and nobody wants laboef as the star.﻿
michael interbartolo

+2 - 1 shares - 11 comments

I have had the experience of even asking my physician for help, and they won't prescribe them then, and even deny that they exist in some cases.﻿
Betsy McCall

+21 - 5 shares - 2 comments

Sweet Little Kitty   |   Chunsoo Son
http://500px.com/photo/54248782

#caturday  ﻿
Zaine Ridling

+22 - 6 shares - 1 comments

Snowflakes = proto-snowmen!

or as Carl Snowgan famously said, "We are all snowstuff."﻿
Klaus Seiersen

+19 - 4 shares - 3 comments

very true........﻿
Ciro Villa

+12 - 3 shares - 6 comments

Bucky starts making sense.... #curmudgeon  ﻿
mary Zeman

+18 - 4 shares - 3 comments

me at this moment!!﻿
mary Zeman

+21 - 2 shares - 3 comments

Where's My Cookie?   |   Zoran Milutinovic
http://500px.com/photo/54150438

#caturday  ﻿
Zaine Ridling

+26 - 2 shares - 1 comments

Golden Explosion   |   David Keochkerian
http://1x.com/photo/386097/﻿
Zaine Ridling

I am wondering if there is theoretically a small enough micro-black hole that can feed off the cosmic background radiation to remain stable?

As it stands, a large evaporating black hole is too cold to even be seen. Their Hawking radiation simply too weak whereas the CMB is warmer.

When a black hole is smaller, it evaporates more quickly up to a point that it would match the CMB temperature. Then, it would grow hotter, releasing a lot of it's energy as is nears full evaporation.

However, can a micro-black hole be small enough that the CMB would be enough energy to fed and offset the loss of Hawking radiation?

#VMBH﻿
Jonathan Langdale

+6 - 1 shares - 8 comments

A healthier diet costs $1.50 more per day I had read one piece arguing there is no cost difference, but this paper sounds like it dug in fairly deeply. But of course depends on the assumptions of what is a healthy diet. Eating healthily costs about$1.50 more per day per person, according to the most thorough review yet of the affordability of a healthy diet.

"For many low-income families, an extra $1.50 daily is quite a lot," says Mayuree Rao of the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, who led the analysis. "It translates to about$550 more per year for one person, and that could be a real barrier to healthy eating."

Rao and her colleagues reached their conclusions after analysing 27 studies from 10 high-income countries, mainly the US, comparing price data for healthy versus unhealthy ingredients and diets. For example, one study compared the cost of a diet rich in fruit and vegetables versus one that was deficient in them. Another compared prices of specific healthy and less healthy items, such as wholegrain versus white bread.﻿
mary Zeman

+10 - 3 shares - 5 comments

+9 - 11 shares

The Beauty of Scientific Diagrams  is a beautiful project by Khyati Trehan, that combines the initials of famous scientists with the diagrams of their greatest discoveries and inventions.

The whole work can be found and read here:

http://issuu.com/khyatitrehan/docs/documentation_of_elective_2

It is really worth checking it out, because besides providing an interesting insight into the work of the designer, it also provides lots of additional tidbits of information about the scientists and their work.

via http://staceythinx.tumblr.com/post/67570027678/the-beauty-of-scientific-diagrams-is-a-typography

#science   #scienceeveryday  ﻿
João Figueiredo

+15 - 6 shares - 1 comments

Everything you ever wanted to know about cosmic rays, including a whole bunch of things you'd never thought of but will be glad you learned!﻿
Ethan Siegel

+5 - 2 shares - 7 comments

There's always (at least) two completely different ways to look at things.

#funny﻿
Filippo Salustri

Oh my goodness the local news is going berserk that tomorrow  we will get morning snow, then evening ice/slush here in the DC area.  WE ARE ALL GONNA DIE- RUN TO THE GROCERY STORE NOW WHILE YOU STILL CAN!!!!!﻿
mary Zeman

+6 - 1 shares - 7 comments

Coffee or beer? The choice could affect your genome

Interesting that coffee had a negative effect on this 'health' measurement when so many other papers have found a positive effect.

researchers found that caffeine shortens and alcohol lengthens telomeres—the end points of chromosomal DNA, implicated in aging and cancer.﻿
Ward Plunet

+10 - 4 shares - 3 comments

And don't forget those unborn babies -- they didn't protect a fetus's rights back then either.﻿
Matt Uebel

+19 - 1 shares - 2 comments

Did you see Venus after sunset? Check it out this month... Thanks to Brad Goldpaint for sharing!

http://photoblog.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/12/06/21795799-venus-has-its-brightest-night-of-the-year?lite

Photo:  ﻿
Alan Boyle

+13 - 4 shares - 2 comments

First scientific paper to be released in Elvish, Dwarvish and English http://io9.com/first-scientific-paper-to-be-released-in-elvish-dwarvi-1478324198﻿
Jennifer Ouellette

+16 - 2 shares - 2 comments

Physicist doubts work like Higgs boson identification achievable now as academics are expected to 'keep churning out papers'﻿
Ciro Villa

+13 - 3 shares - 2 comments

Nothing is beyond the reach of the National Reconnaissance Office, and they have fun cartoon logos to prove it.
http://marginalrevolution.com/marginalrevolution/2013/12/not-from-the-onion-nrol-39.html﻿
Sean Carroll

OK all you beautiful people, I have to get up and do..... stuff.  I don't wanna, but I gotta.
- laundry
- vacuuming main level and washing kitchen and hall tile floors
- start X-mas decorating
- coffee  coffee coffee ﻿
mary Zeman

+12 - 6 shares

+8 - 2 shares - 4 comments

A healthier diet costs $1.50 more per day I had read one piece arguing there is no cost difference, but this paper sounds like it dug in fairly deeply. But of course depends on the assumptions of what is a healthy diet. Eating healthily costs about$1.50 more per day per person, according to the most thorough review yet of the affordability of a healthy diet.

"For many low-income families, an extra $1.50 daily is quite a lot," says Mayuree Rao of the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, who led the analysis. "It translates to about$550 more per year for one person, and that could be a real barrier to healthy eating."

Rao and her colleagues reached their conclusions after analysing 27 studies from 10 high-income countries, mainly the US, comparing price data for healthy versus unhealthy ingredients and diets. For example, one study compared the cost of a diet rich in fruit and vegetables versus one that was deficient in them. Another compared prices of specific healthy and less healthy items, such as wholegrain versus white bread.﻿
Ward Plunet

+7 - 1 shares - 5 comments

This is the best day of my life

cc  ﻿
Chris Mallory

+10 - 1 shares - 4 comments

Higgs, 2013 Physics Nobel Prize, would not be hired today

We all agree that objective evaluation is necessary on selective processes. However, is publication number an objective measure of scientific impact?

"The emeritus professor at Edinburgh University, who says he has never sent an email, browsed the internet or even made a mobile phone call, published fewer than 10 papers after his groundbreaking work, which identified the mechanism by which subatomic material acquires mass, was published in 1964." "It's difficult to imagine how I would ever have enough peace and quiet in the present sort of climate to do what I did in 1964."﻿
David Basanta

+13 - 2 shares - 2 comments

The sunken USS Arizona, seen shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. On 7 December 1941, Japanese aircraft struck the US' Pacific Fleet as it lay in port. Arizona was struck several times before a bomb blew up the forward ammunition magazines, causing a cataclysmic explosion. The ship's destruction killed 1,177 of the 1,512 crewmen on board at the time, representing almost half of the American fatalities in the attack.﻿
Jim Carver

+14 - 4 shares

Three thousand years ago on a battlefield in ancient Palestine, a shepherd boy felled a mighty warrior with nothing more than a stone and a sling, and ever since then the names of David and Goliath have stood for battles between underdogs and giants. David's victory was improbable and miraculous. He shouldn't have won. Or should he have?

In David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell challenges how we think about obstacles and disadvantages, offering a new interpretation of what it means to be discriminated against, or cope with a disability, or lose a parent, or attend a mediocre school, or suffer from any number of other apparent setbacks.﻿
Derya Unutmaz

+14 - 1 shares - 2 comments

+14 - 2 shares - 1 comments

for some reason, this story cracks me up, and probably not for the reasons they intend.....﻿
mary Zeman

+10 - 2 shares - 2 comments

"It's official: Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions have recruited J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay to join Roberto Orci (Star Trek 2009 and Star Trek Into Darkness) in writing the next big-screen Star Trek adventure. The new Trek film will be the first produced project for Payne and McKay, who earned the embrace of J.J. Abrams and Bad Robot with their adaptation of the graphic novel Boilerplate, which is in development at Bad Robot. Alex Kurtzman, Orci's longtime writing partner, will not be involved, concentrating instead on the tandem's other in-the-works films and shows."

http://www.startrek.com/article/next-star-trek-films-writers-revealed﻿
Ciro Villa

+10 - 5 shares

Why Cognition-as-a-Service is the next operating system battlefield

The Semantic Web may have failed, but higher intelligence is coming to applications anyway, in another form: Cognition-as-a-Service (CaaS). And this may just be the next evolution of the operating system.

CaaS will enable every app to become as smart as Siri in its own niche. CaaS powered apps will be able to think and interact with consumers like intelligent virtual assistants — they will be “cognitive apps.” You will be able to converse with cognitive apps, ask them questions, give them commands — and they will be able to help you complete tasks and manage your work more efficiently.﻿
Ward Plunet

+9 - 4 shares - 1 comments

The number of academic boycotting Elsevier keeps going up!  Here's the graph for 2013.  See the sudden increase at the end?  That's because Elsevier forced the paper-sharing website Academia.edu to take down some papers.

In retaliation, Academia.edu sent out emails like this:

Unfortunately, we had to remove your paper [...] due to a take-down notice from Elsevier.

Academia.edu is committed to enabling the transition to a world where there is open access to academic literature. Elsevier takes a different view, and is currently upping the ante in its opposition to academics sharing their own papers online.

Over the last year, more than 13,000 professors have signed a petition voicing displeasure at Elsevier’s business practices at www.thecostofknowledge.com. If you have any comments or thoughts, we would be glad to hear them.

Join in!  If you haven't signed the petition yet, now is a good time!

And here's a question: what made so many people sign the petition in May?﻿
Filippo Salustri

Here comes the sun!

Website: http://www.randyrusch.com/
#seascapephotography   #corpuschristi   #texas  ﻿
Ciro Villa

+8 - 4 shares - 1 comments

+15 - 2 shares

Tree (fake) is up and fluffed and lit.  Ornament boxes down from attic. de cluttered the kitchen, vacuumed the rugs, swept the tile.... made the executive decision to order in Chinese food.
(yawn)
I'm ready for some crafting time.  After we eat.﻿
mary Zeman

haha. the second edition kitty song. design at hicustom.com﻿
mary Zeman

+7 - 4 shares - 1 comments

Your cell phone is the perfect surveillance tool,  writes Stephen Wicker in his new book Cellular Convergence and the Death of Privacy. But Wicker says there are ways to change the system and to reclaim privacy. (I do not agree on all counts! But worth examining.)

http://www.futurity.org/phone-perfect-surveillance-tool/﻿
David Brin

Volume I and III of the Feynman lectures are now online, thanks to the hard work of   and  from Caltech who converted it to HTML + MathJax. Caltech apparently holds copyright to the lectures, so it is all official.

http://www.feynmanlectures.info/﻿
Dimitrios Diamantaras

The Fifth Day of Carrotmas 2013 - The Christmas Song

requested this song.  Sadly I had to rely on the microphone in the webcam for the audio, as in my brilliance, I forgot to turn off the nice awesome one I have, leaving it dead.  *sigh*

Therefore, this is the best I could do this evening in confluence of my persistent pain, energy drain and technical issues.  Its ok, cause, this weekend I will do an extra song.  Well, I had to anyways, but lets pretend its due to quality control, rather than quantity, shall we?

Enjoy!

#carrotmas   #carrotmas2013   #christmas2013   #christmas   #carrotcovers

If you would like a heads up on my Carrotmas videos (or any other music stuffs i do) just ask and I'll add you to my list of notified peeps.  If you would like off the list, you may opt out at anytime.  :)﻿
Charlie Hoover

Some times, a plan just comes together.  My FIL called this morning to ask us to pick something out for K-girl from them for Christmas.  Fine, my MIL is too frail to shop, and my FIL is clueless.  I do this all the time for them.
I had to return something to Kohl's, so I brought the girl with me.  She fell in love with a faux-shearling style coat, and those fake ugg type boots.  Both 70% off and I had a 25% off coupon.  BAM!  done!  that total under $50. Then we found some warm boots suitable for hiking they will be doing at outdoor education next week, in the chilly, icy slush. also on sale, with coupon. whew! I still don't know what Bob and I will give her for Christmas, but.... oh well. must wrap all the things! tomorrow. Kohls tires me out.﻿ mary Zeman +13 - 2 shares Memo to Bay Area Sea Rise Planners: Situation Serious But Not Hopeless San Mateo County faces up to its high-water future–and gets some tips from one of climate adaptation’s go-to guys. Learn more KQED Science's Craig Miller: http://goo.gl/pOrHF2 (_Image: Sarah Craig/Flickr)﻿ KQED SCIENCE +9 - 4 shares +8 - 3 shares - 1 comments Carrotmas Commission!! For the ever amazing, wonderful, ecstatically cool, brilliant and lovable , I present her commission for herself as a gorgeous carrot of cool! A lounge singing carrot Carrie with her steadily broccoli ( XD) performer backing up her AMAZING vocals!! If you haven't become a #carrotmas fanatic yet, go check it out!! Carrie, you were a DELIGHT to draw!! Even as a carrot ;) (PSST!! My books are out!! One is free!! Check them out!!) Shameless plug HERE!! Tale of Baozhai NEW!! Link HERE!!> http://goo.gl/4uZTJd And or today and tomorrow my first graphic novel book, THE DRAGON TUTOR IS FREE!! LINK> http://goo.gl/eRiZJT http://www.zazzle.com/tictokbooks Check out my Zazzle store to see a veritable menagerie of Christmas Cards, mugs and iphone cases! New products will be added every day! And for today * everything on Zazzle.com is 20% OFF with this code 48HOURSDEALS * #marmaicomix #ticktokbooks #carrotmas2013 #christmas ﻿ Charlie Hoover +11 - 1 shares - 1 comments THE TALE OF BAOZHAI IS AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE!! THE DRAGON TUTOR IS FREE FOR A LIMITED TIME!! I HAVE A ZAZZLE STORE NOW! AND EVERYTHING IS 20% OFF!! ST. NICOLAS DAY SPECIAL!! YAYA!! Big announcement everyone!! My new graphic novel story, * The Tale of Baozhai * (featuring, of course, everyone's favorite Dragon Cat, Baozhai) is now available for purchase on Amazon!! ebook$2.99 Link HERE!!> http://goo.gl/4uZTJd
Print book \$18.99 link HERE!!>  http://goo.gl/zCJViB

ALSO!!
For today and tomorrow my first graphic novel book, THE DRAGON TUTOR IS FREE!!

Grab it while you can!

And that's not all!!

I HAVE A ZAZZLE STORE NOW!!

Thats right!! Go here > http://www.zazzle.com/tictokbooks
to see a veritable menagerie of Christmas Cards, mugs and iphone cases! New products will be added every day! And for today * everything on Zazzle.com is 20% OFF with this code 48HOURSDEALS

That means you can buy Christmas cards and Mugs with my art on them for an AMAZING deal!! Go now and get them while the deal is still on!!

Please go check out all the amazing deals while they're still available!!

And stay safe from the storm!! I keep losing electricity so if I stop responding just wait! XD

#tictokbooks   #marmaicomix   #zazzle   #marzazzle   #thedragontutor   #christmas   #christmasgifts   #christmas2013  ﻿
Kimberly Chapman

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T minus 10 hours! Go Bucks! Let me know if you want to be added to the OSU hangout group (i.e., instant message during the game).
#ohiostate   #buckeyes   #collegefootball﻿
Chris Robinson

Seriously?﻿
Ergin Kocyildirim

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Meet Krampus - St. Nicholas'  "dark companion". Legend has it that Krampus accompanies St. Nicholas and angels to visit children and either reward them for being 'nice' or reprimand them for being 'naughty'. Click the link for some amazing photographs of Krampus cos-play.
http://www.theatlantic.com/infocus/2013/12/krampus-saint-nicholas-dark-companion/100639/ #Christmas  ﻿
Jennifer Williams

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The number of academic boycotting Elsevier keeps going up!  Here's the graph for 2013.  See the sudden increase at the end?  That's because Elsevier forced the paper-sharing website Academia.edu to take down some papers.

In retaliation, Academia.edu sent out emails like this:

Unfortunately, we had to remove your paper [...] due to a take-down notice from Elsevier.

Academia.edu is committed to enabling the transition to a world where there is open access to academic literature. Elsevier takes a different view, and is currently upping the ante in its opposition to academics sharing their own papers online.

Over the last year, more than 13,000 professors have signed a petition voicing displeasure at Elsevier’s business practices at www.thecostofknowledge.com. If you have any comments or thoughts, we would be glad to hear them.

Join in!  If you haven't signed the petition yet, now is a good time!

And here's a question: what made so many people sign the petition in May?﻿
Jani Kotakoski

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Embarrassing, .  Just embarrassing.  There is no reason that secure email need be that expensive when you have the NSA.

... the Government Printing Office, which runs the Federal Register, accepts documents on CD-ROMs and floppy disks, but not flash drives, SD cards, or email.
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Jonathan Langdale

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Scientists Accelerate Aging in Stem Cells to Study Age-Related Diseases Like Parkinson's

Stem cells hold promise for understanding and treating neurodegenerative diseases, but so far they have failed to accurately model disorders that occur late in life. A study published by Cell Press December 5th in the journal Cell Stem Cell has revealed a new method for converting induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) into nerve cells that recapitulate features associated with aging as well as Parkinson's disease. The simple approach, which involves exposing iPSC-derived cells to a protein associated with premature aging called progerin, could enable scientists to use stem cells to model a range of late-onset disorders, opening new avenues for preventing and treating these devastating diseases.﻿
Ward Plunet

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"Many will think wolf whistling a minor thing but to me the little things are important. They’re indicative of a wider problem. This teenage silliness was based on men feeling the need to overtly display their heterosexuality by the reduction of any female to that of a potential conquest." http://www.jamiebgall.co.uk/the-peacock-problem/4581216632﻿
Jennifer Ouellette

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"Want to see an ark? Go to a modern, AZA-accredited zoo or aquarium, hubs for animal conservation and education."﻿
Jennifer Ouellette

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Sharp rise in wardrobe damage as desperate Brits try to get to Narnia

Alas, I keep my clothes folded up on a shelving unit. I can't emigrate.﻿
Trev Warth

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Wildebeest Migration, Masai Mara   |   Andre Marais
http://1x.com/photo/387677/﻿
Zaine Ridling

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IMG_2827_A_1620-1   |   Jonathan Duriaux
http://www.flickr.com/photos/jodurio/10782558576/﻿
Zaine Ridling

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This is the king: French toast stuffed with ricotta, bananas, peanut butter, and bacon. If no one hears from me after this, I have died of a heart attack﻿

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The Beauty of Scientific Diagrams  is a beautiful project by Khyati Trehan, that combines the initials of famous scientists with the diagrams of their greatest discoveries and inventions.

The whole work can be found and read here:

http://issuu.com/khyatitrehan/docs/documentation_of_elective_2

It is really worth checking it out, because besides providing an interesting insight into the work of the designer, it also provides lots of additional tidbits of information about the scientists and their work.

via http://staceythinx.tumblr.com/post/67570027678/the-beauty-of-scientific-diagrams-is-a-typography

#science   #scienceeveryday  ﻿
ScienceSunday

Another edition of....

#SaturdaySelfie  ﻿
Ciro Villa

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Nathan Fillion dressed as Vader your argument is invalid. plus you can buy the print and help charity FTW.﻿
michael interbartolo

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The real minimum wage will always be zero.﻿
Matt Uebel

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Sonder: "the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own".﻿
Jenny Winder

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An admittedly crazy way to look at dark energy

If you take 62% the mass of the Moon and make it into a black hole, it's temperature will match the temperature of the cosmic background radiation (2.7 K http://goo.gl/aU8aE6).  Anything larger will be colder then the CMB, meaning you won't see it's radiation.  Anything smaller in mass, assuming it's physically possible to have made such a thing or that anything could have evaporated this small by now, would be hotter.

Another way to look at this would be to assume that at every point in space where there are 2.7 K temperature photons from the CMB, there is a 62% Moon mass sized black hole emitting Hawking radiation matching the temperature of the CMB.  And that the cooling off the CMB is akin, not to black holes evaporating, but rather black holes that are actually growing in size.

As the universe expands due to dark energy, it is thought to be creating new empty space which also expands. This means that the ratio of dark energy to other energy increases over time.  If you filled "empty" space with a bunch of black holes that slowly grew in size, they would get colder and colder as they gained rest-mass/energy.

If you then reversed this in time, the black holes would go from large size and cold to smaller sizes and hotter, which kinda sounds like the Big Bang?  Would there be an inflationary analogy to the time-reverse evaporation of a bunch of newly born super hot micro-black hole which grew forward in time?

Is there a model for a matrix of growing black hole actually giving rise to a repulsive force?  Do we yet know whether anti-matter reacts the same in gravity?

As an aside, each of these 62% Moon mass black holes would have event horizons the size of 10^-5m, or a couple 100th of a millimeter.

http://goo.gl/SOG5rD﻿
Jonathan Langdale

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School in Afghanistan ﻿
Jonathan Langdale

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Stunning New Views of Saturn’s Hexagon Storm

NASA has released this week the best views yet of a bizarre hexagon-shaped cloud that blankets Saturn’s north polar region, courtesy of the Cassini spacecraft

First seen by the Voyager probe during its flyby in the early 1980s, this six-sided weather system stretches 15,000 miles (25,000 kilometers) across and contains storms of various sizes, including a distinct vortex that appears to sit directly over the planet’s north pole.

“A hurricane on Earth typically lasts a week, but this has been here for decades—and who knows—maybe centuries,” said Andrew Ingersoll, Cassini team scientist.

Packing winds clocked at 200 miles (322 kilometers) per hour, planetary scientists believe the hexagon—unique amongst all the planets in the solar system—is a wavy jet stream.

http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2013/12/04/cassini-photo-stunning-new-views-of-saturns-hexagon-storm/

#cassini   #saturn_exagon   #space   #science   #sciencesunday   #NASA  ﻿
Jonathan Langdale

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Pretty good chronology of the new 130 foot wide RQ-180 stealth recon drone.

#USAF  ﻿
Jonathan Langdale

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Silicon Valley hosts lavish ceremony for Breakthrough prize that aims to give scientists celebrity status and inspire interest in life's 'big questions'﻿
Jennifer Ouellette

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snow...more snow...﻿
Jennifer Williams

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Know Someone Who Makes Something Awesome?

If you know a fellow Plusser who creates a physical product that would make a great Christmas gift share them in the comments or with the hashtag #madewithaplus

mary Zeman

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