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Some time ago I linked an article about the Shut-Ins (http://tinyurl.com/kfhxgn3), a new demographic of middle-class people who rarely leaves their homes and are supported by a myriad of apps and on-demand services to cater their daily needs.

Well, now I stumble upon the other side of this story. The story of the Precariats, the people who work for those services as freelancers. It is a new kind of worker that faces a strange combination of self-empowerment and app-powered slavery as companies trade their job security for lower prices to the consumer. Really interesting stuff.
Workers are their own bosses in the so-called sharing economy, but that flexibility also brings much uncertainty — and few of the protections of full-time work.
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So all of you who have spend countless hours thinking about space exploration and colonization, tinkering and imagining how to solve the countless little problems that arrive from living outside the home planet. Guess what? This is your opportunity to share those ideas and maybe even see them implemented on future Mars missions! :D cool
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NASA is embarking on a long-term effort of “pioneering space” for this and future generations.  In this context, “pioneering space” is defined as the ability for humans to go further and stay longer in space with an ever decreasing need to be reliant on Earth, approaching “Earth independence”. For this specific Challenge, the Solver is asked to focus on particular elements of “pioneering space,” namely those elements needed to establish a...
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Talking about the devil, I mentioned some posts ago an episode of the Cracked Podcast and how cool the discussion was. But in case you didn't had the time to listen to it, here's roughly the same topic, sans the battle against ants, now in text form.
 
This is worth your time and spreading around:

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What I am finding as time goes on is that we are all secretly Billy Joel.
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I disagree with 1 thing about that article. He keeps on referring to racism. But in my opinion the fact that race is linked with privledge is more of an unfortunate coincidence than anything. Think about inequality in countries other than America. Is a Brahmin more privledged than an untouchable because of the colour of his skin? Actually the truth is the colour of his skin is lighter because of his privledge.

As the world continues on this path of no longer defining status by gender, race, etc. Inequality will continue. It will just be hard to point to the problem. E.G. People in New York on average earn more than people in South Dakota. Is New York to blame for this? L. Frank Baum would say yes. Are they responsible to fix this inequality? Yes of course, it is always the responsibility of the privledged. Will they fix it? No. This is because a person in South Dakota can move to New York. And a person in New York can more to South Dakota. But it does nothing to change their privledge. 
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please tell me you didn't read the text below in the typical Storm Trooper voice
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Debra points out that those aren't the droids they're looking for.
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Betelgeuse doesn't looks that menacing any more.
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Red Hot Vacuum

One of the common tropes in astronomy is a comparison of our Sun to other stars. It’s a great way of showing just how tiny we are. Betelgeuse, for example, has a radius more than 1,100 times that of the Sun. In an image comparing stars, our Sun is easily reduced to a tiny pixel among giants. But such an image is also a bit misleading. While the relative sizes of these images are typically accurate, they ignore the more important aspect of a star, which is its mass.

Since Betelgeuse has a radius 1,100 times that of the Sun, it has a volume about 1.3 billion times larger than the Sun. But its mass is only about 8 – 20 times the Sun. This means the density of Betelgeuse is much, much lower than the Sun. The density of a star isn’t uniform, and increases with depth, but very roughly the average density of the Sun is about 1.4 grams/cc, or about 1.4 times the density of water. That might not seem like much, but it’s pretty high for an object that is mostly hydrogen and helium. The average density of Betelgeuse is about 12 billionths of a gram/cc, which is about a million times less dense than Earth’s atmosphere at sea level. That’s about the same as a vacuum found in an insulating Thermos bottle.

Basically, a star like Betelgeuse is a red hot vacuum.

You might think that such a hot, low-density star isn’t sustainable long term, and you’d be right. Betelgeuse is in its red giant stage, where it makes a last ditch effort to fuse heavier elements to keep going. Most of what we see as the star is in fact its outer layers being expanded to near vacuum by the hot core. Eventually it will lose its battle with gravity and explode as a supernova (though it poses no threat to us).

So the next time you see a comparison of stars, keep in mind that most of the largest stars are basically hot vacuums. In terms of mass the largest stars are only about 200 times that of the Sun. If they had the same density as our home star, even the most massive stars would only be about 6 times larger than the Sun.
Giant stars such as Betelgeuse may appear to dwarf our Sun, but their densities are so low that they are basically red hot vacuums.
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Space Shuttle Rising
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What's that rising from the clouds? The space shuttle. Sometimes, if you looked out the window of an airplane at just the right place and time, you could have seen something very unusual -- a space shuttle launching to orbit. Images of the rising shuttle and its plume became widely circulated over the web shortly after Endeavour's final launch in 2011 May. The above image was taken from a shuttle training aircraft by NASA and is not copyrighted. Taken well above the clouds, the image can be matched with similar images of the same shuttle plume taken below the clouds. Hot glowing gasses expelled by the engines are visible near the rising shuttle, as well as a long smoke plume. A shadow of the plume appears on the cloud deck, indicating the direction of the Sun. The US Space Shuttle program concluded in 2011, and Endeavour can now be visited at the California Science Center.
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Here's an electronic music video with some fabulous visuals of Mars. It has a slow start, so be patient.
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i'd totally watch that!  
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Here's a long, but very interesting article about AI and IBM's Watson.
 
Speaking of AI, another interesting article on Watson and the future; it's interesting to see what habit Watson reportedly picked up after being connected to the internet:

h/t Someone; sorry, lost the link.
Who’s freaked out by a robot with an expanding brain?
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+Bob Schlette a constant risk in modern life.
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Here's one thorough (spoiler-full) and very interesting review on Mad Max: Fury Road , listing and analyzing the many good and bad contributions it has made in modern storytelling.

Yes, yes, I know we're all getting sick and tired of talking about this movie. But come on! It's just so good! :D I can't stop myself from over-analyzing it over and over.

Or at least, I can't until I go see Ex Machina ;)
CONTAINS SPOILERS I wasn’t going to go and see the latest iteration of Mad Max.  Don’t get me wrong: I’m a passionate fan of 80’s apocalypse movies (I wrote a whole series in homage to them!). I lo...
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I've always been a fan of the Cracked Podcast, especially the episodes where Jason Pargin gives his insights on culture and society. He has thrown it out of the park several times in other episodes such as the first episode about Millenials. But in this last instance he really, really hit the nail in my opinion.

In this episode our trio of hosts talk about the defensiveness of people who happen to have been born in a position of racial/gender/whatever privilege, as perfectly exemplified in Billy Joel's song We Didn't Start the Fire, which talks about how none of us participated in creating the original ills and evils of this world.

Or did we? Jason Pargin makes an excellent point throughout the podcast about how this isn't a matter of blame, but a matter of responsibility, and how easy it is for people to confuse the two. He compares it with great effectiveness with pollution, which like discrimination, is something we inherited from previous generations, is something that is everywhere, that we want to solve, and to which we are not "to blame", but to respond to nonetheless.
Really cool stuff. I highly recommend listening to this episode.

But should you have little time to listen to the whole thing, listen to Jason's last segment starting at 1:00:00. In it he pretty much sums it all up. Although you may need the rest of the podcast to understand why the three hosts are so concerned about fighting ants by that point...
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...no we didn't light it, but we tried to fight it ♫
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I think I finally understand fashion
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