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Pete Worden, chairman of the Breakthrough Prize Foundation and former director of NASA’s Ames Research Centre, earlier today expanded on the plans of the Breakthrough Starshot initiative to explore the Centauri star system. As part of the European South Observatory’s (ESO) announcement of their discovery of Proxima b, a planet in the Alpha Centauri system …
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+Gabriel​ I won't judge the science at this point. Just enjoying the fact this project exists at all. 
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The lesson here is that there is the potential for redemption on the other side of the US Presidential election. Many things that would have been said behind closed doors outside the public eye are said openly by Trump supporters.

If voters choose to do what the staff of this restaurant has done here, the country can heal.

People espousing xenophobic / bigoted nonsense (with the full "blessing" of a major party candidate) can come to see their views for what they are.

Nobody said healing will be easy.

Deity help us all, if Clinton fails to secure the White House.

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I love Hell's Kitchen. Their porridge is amazing (and has become my xmas tradition for breakfast.)
Good on them!
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This could be the future of scholarly publishing.

Ideally subject specific overlay journals could attract editors and peer reviewers of the quality of the very best journals.

Also, if the overlay journal uses Zenodo or ArXiv as the underlying preprint repository, they should still require CC-BY or CC-BY-SA as the article license. Then commercial and non-commercial entities can make the full corpus available for data mining and other interesting purposes.
 
A proposal for a new arXiv overlay journal covering quantum physics

http://quantum-journal.org/announcing-quantum/

Via +Mark C. Wilson​​

#openaccess
We propose the launch of an arXiv overlay journal for quant-ph. Quantum will be a free and open access publishing option, providing high visibility for quality research on quantum science. Quantum is an effort by researchers and for researchers to make science more open and publishing more ...
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+Sarah Lester overlay journals are especially interesting because they can focus exclusively on the peer review process. The actual publishing of the article is handled by the underlying preprint server. The main challenge is attracting both submitters and reviewers/editors.

In quantum information science virtually everything is already sent to the ArXiv. So, if your quant-ph preprint is not accepted in your favorite top tier venue then the "quantum journal" could be a very reasonable way to go.

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Exciting to see more open access titles with low (currently zero) article processing fees.

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If you're a scientist who cares about open access and are looking for somewhere to publish, then Royal Society Open Science might be worth considering. For the moment there are no author charges and articles are free to read. The journal covers mathematics as well, and I am told that there are no plans for author charges in the foreseeable future, and that in mathematics there may never be charges. I personally find this quite helpful, as these days I have trouble finding journals that I don't feel awkward about submitting to.
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A reshare is overdue. 
Shaun King asks a fair question about Donald Trump's plan to deport eleven million people over a two-year period. Answering it feels a bit like doing a… - Yonatan Zunger - Google+
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In regards to this topic, here is an article that I ran across-think you may find it interesting +Alexander Wait Zaranek. My dear deceased Father was one of those unique individuals-sustain on a few hours of sleep and take a 30-45 min. nap in the afternoon. He would wake revived and ready to go! Ha...sure would I had more of that trait.
http://neurosciencenews.com/short-sleepers-neuroscience-5062/
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Lessons here for the USA. We cannot and must not normalize xenophobia and bigotry.

Hungary's government has been down that dark road for a long time. It should have consequences.
 
“We cannot accept that the basic values of the European Union are being so seriously breached.”
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Excellent!
 
Breaking: Obama orders halt to Dakota Access Pipeline #noDAPL  
The Obama administration said it would not authorize construction on a critical stretch of the Dakota Access pipeline, handing a significant victory to the Indian tribe fighting the project the same day the group lost a court battle.The administration said construction would halt until it can do more environmental assessments.

Joint Statement from the Department of Justice, the Department of the Army and the Department of the Interior Regarding Standing Rock Sioux Tribe v. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/joint-statement-department-justice-department-army-and-department-interior-regarding-standing


#Environment   #DakotaAccessPipeline   #NativeAmerican  
The order came after a federal judge denied a legal request from the Standing Rock Sioux.
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Amplifying the signal. Why should the environmental impact of this project fall on our children?
 
The events at Standing Rock also allow Americans to realize who some of the nation’s most important leaders really are. The fight for environmental sanity—against pipelines and coal ports and other fossil-fuel infrastructure—has increasingly been led by Native Americans, many of whom are in that Dakota camp today. They speak with real authority—no one else has lived on this continent for the longterm. They see the nation’s history more clearly than anyone else, and its possible future as well. For once, after all these centuries, it’s time to look through their eyes. History offers us no chances to completely erase our mistakes. Occasionally, though, we do get a chance to show we learned something.
+Bill McKibben 
This weekend, hundreds of Native Americans gathered to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline, which they say will contaminate the water at a nearby Sioux reservation.
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Crass Avatar reference. I just wanna add that I'm in disbelief that private security is being used. After Flint and other cities, and the relocation of this pipeline's river crossing, I'm just surprised at the ease with which companies and governments can fast track things like this in spite of protests and given the strong evidence available surrounding the real risks involved.

Also, with Babyboomers living longer and continuing to live in the now...it doesn't surprise me how current generations leave it up to future generations to deal with. Power dynamics simply fall in the former's favor, unfortunately. 
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Reshare with caution. Note the author's frustration with the analogy made by this cartoon:

For perhaps the hundredth time, I see this (I’m sure well-meaning but terribly infuriating) comic making the rounds: {Shown below.}

And though I’ve seen it a hundred times (and seen the hijab compared to western beauty standards a thousand times), it still manages to knock the breath out of me with how severe and audacious a false equivalence it is.

In short, this is how thoroughly they are not the same:

When a woman’s community acceptance, respect, dignity, employability, marriagiability, physical safety, enfranchisement, social mobility, access to social institutions, freedom, and autonomy hinge upon her daily, unwavering, public adherence to the bikini, then we can make this comparison.

When a woman cannot leave her home in anything other than a bikini without being deemed immoral and her human worth and family’s honor compromised, then we can make this comparison.


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What if I told you that you can condemn bans on the hijab while still acknowledging the very real and urgent mechanisms of coercion underlying it? FANCY THAT. In this piece I present a two-part thesis: I, a woman who was coerced into hijab from prepubescent childhood, for 15 years, wholly ...
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+Bar Mayerovitcz no need to wipe. I'm just saying that I'm probably not the only person that wont understand your original phrasing.
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I work on open technologies that are part of the revolution that reduced human DNA sequencing costs by a million-fold since the completion of the Human Genome Project.  A current research focus is the development of clinical-quality applications for processing massive data sets spanning millions of individuals across collaborating organizations, eventually encompassing exabytes of data. 

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