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Alain Van Hout
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Read your way into the library, then out of it.
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" There’s a group of fossils insects that look really quite a lot like butterflies. They had broad wings with scales and pigmented eyespots. Their mouthparts were long probing straws. They likely fed from plants and pollinated them in return. They’re as butterfly-esque as it’s possible to be.
Except these creatures were flying around between 40 and 85 million years before the first butterflies existed.
They were kalligrammatid lacewings, and they were doing butterflies before butterflies even were a thing. Their resemblance is a coincidence, an extraordinary example of convergent evolution, the process two groups turn up to life’s party accidentally wearing the same outfits." excerpt from article
There’s a group of fossils insects that look really quite a lot like butterflies. They had broad wings with scales and pigmented eyespots. Their mouthparts were long probing straws. They likely fed…
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The biggest thing you should learn from all this? That “the Big Bang” represents where everything we see in the Universe comes from, but it is not the very beginning of the Universe anymore. We can go back before this explanation is any good, to an inflationary Universe, and we have good reasons to argue over and debate the finer points of what, exactly, that means for the ultimate origin of everything we know.
 
"But did the Big Bang happen? By the first definition, yes, absolutely: the Universe emerged from a hot, dense, uniform and rapidly expanding state, and has been cooling and getting less dense ever since. But if you’re using the second definition, you may really want to rethink using the term “the Big Bang.” You won’t be the only one using it that way, but your assumptions — and your conclusions — might be completely wrong."

It’s making headlines every time someone brings it up: a quantum calculation, a new theory or some mathematical evidence proves it once and for all: there was no Big Bang. Is that even possible? Honestly, it depends on which definition of the Big Bang you’re using. As it turns out, there are two of them, and there’s a good (historical) reason for that. But in the context of what we know today, one of them isn’t a good definition anymore, and hasn’t been for decades.
When scientists say “the Big Bang,” they mean two possible things. But only one of them is still correct.
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"Always code as if the guy who ends up maintaining your code will be a violent psychopath who knows where you live." -- John Woods
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This color-coded map displays a progression of changing global surface temperature anomalies from 1880 through 2015. Higher than normal temperatures are shown in red and lower than normal termperatures are shown in blue. The final frame represents the global temperatures 5-year averaged from 2010 through 2015. Scale in degree Celsius. Credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.
Earth’s 2015 surface temperatures were the warmest since modern record keeping began in 1880, according to independent analyses by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
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Quick, someone discredit NASA and take away their funding before people start to believe the science.
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Software engineer
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Java-oriented software development, scientific research
Employment
  • Foreach
    Software Engineer, 2014 - present
  • University of Antwerp
    PhD student, 2006 - 2013
  • Brunel
    Analyst - Programmer, 2013 - 2013
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I'm always up for a good discussion.
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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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Married to a sexy librarian ^_^
Education
  • University of Antwerp
    PhD study in Biology, 2006 - 2012
  • IT center VDAB Antwerp
    Enterprise Java Development, 2013 - 2013
  • University of Antwerp
    Master in Biology, 2001 - 2006
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Alain J-M Van Hout, Erinaceus