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I'm somewhat amazed that the truck costed just $38 ...
Truck carrying Ramen Noodles crashes, estimated loss to company: $38
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Better guard that.  University students will mob the place.
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A Neural Algorithm of Artistic Style
Academic paper from Bethge Lab shows method of recreating various artistic styles using neural networks and applying them onto photographs.
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If you're afraid to walk your dog at night (and your dog is the kind that would rather lick the attacker than protect you) - this werewolf muzzle is for you! The Russian-designed dog muzzle sells for about 30 USD and permits your dog to slightly open its mouth, allowing it to pant. Some countries require that all dogs were a muzzle when out in public. However, if you live in a country that has such laws and also permits the carrying of firear...
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A rare beauty

While some of you may be scratching your heads, wondering : how can he call a fossil beautiful? , the Berlin specimen of Archaeopteryx is truly exceptional. Not only is it nearly complete, but it is easily recognizable what has been fossilized. Additionally, the feather impressions are striking.

Most fossils I have seen are partial and require a fair amount of anatomical knowledge to recognize what is preserved. Not so with the Berlin example. People immediately saw a bird or a feathered dinosaur when it was first shown.

It has been a great pleasure for me to learn about Archaeopteryx and to see several specimens. I continue to be amazed by this ~150 million year old example of a dinosaur-bird. I hope you'll have a few minutes for the article.

Thanks again to Lorna (editing and humor), +Kate Stone​ (humor and encouragement) for shaping this up and publishing it on +GotScience.Org​.

P.S. a lot of sources are available. Wikipedia is a quick overview. Peter Wellnhofer's Archaeopteryx is an incredible reference. Pat Shipman's Taking Wing is also excellent in covering the origin of flight in birds.
Archaeopteryx is an ancient relative of modern birds. It has teeth and claws, also wings and feathers. Steven Spence on his love of these Jurassic fossils.
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Archaeopteryx is an iconic "missing link," and this fossil is iconic in its own right. I'd like to see Tiktaalik reach a similar level of iconic status. Tiktaalik, the fish with lungs and a neck, is even better as a "missing link" because she's our great-grandmother (with about 200 million greats).
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This chart provides a comparison of the distances driven by various wheeled vehicles on the surface of Mars and Earth's moon. Of the vehicles shown, NASA's Mars rovers Opportunity and Curiosity are still active and the totals listed are distances driven as of July 28, 2014. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
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That is quite enough from you.
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It was the first in his books that I felt compelled to pull out and turn into a poster of some sort. Or at the very least highlight in the book. 
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Java-oriented software development, scientific research
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    Software Engineer, 2014 - present
  • University of Antwerp
    PhD student, 2006 - 2013
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I'm always up for a good discussion. And I don't mind being proven wrong, as that means I learned something new :-)
I'm a software engineer with a background as a scientific researcher (biologist) and an interest in most things science. I enjoy forays into the world of programming languages and software architecture, with an affinity for development of Java-based web platforms.

I'm always up for a good discussion. And I don't mind being proven wrong, as that means I learned something new :-).

There are a couple of quotes that reflect what having a good conversation means to me; 

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.
- Aristotle

you didn't come here to make the choice. You've already made it. You're here to try to understand why you made it
- The Oracle (The Matrix: Reloaded)

I'm made up of everyone I've ever met who's changed the way I think. 
- Sir Terry Pratchett
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  • University of Antwerp
    PhD in Biology, 2006 - present
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    Enterprise Java Development, 2013 - 2013
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    Master in Biology, 2001 - 2006
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