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This is extremely interesting. It really emphasizes how weak Mars' magnetosphere is.

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Personally I haven't a chance to play, but I really love the game. Critical Role is an outstanding show with a great story! Plus you get to watch some of the most famous voice actors put on an extremely cool play of sorts every week. It's so easy to get invested in the characters and the world that Vox Machina and Matt Mercer produce. Also, who doesn't get excited when Matt asks "How do you want to do this?" It's probably my favorite show I watch weekly because it's so unique. #IsItThursdayYet

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Bit late on this one, sorry. Wednesday wraps up the science Nobel prizes with Chemistry! This year's Nobel Prize in Chemistry has been equally awarded to Tomas Lindahl (Sweden), Paul Modrick (USA), and Aziz Sancar (USA/Turkey) for their work on how DNA is repaired in the cells after damage from UV light. 

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It's Tuesday of Nobel Prize week which means it's time for my field, Physics! (And it's on a topic I know a bit about!) 

This year's Nobel Prize for Physics is awarded to Takaaki Kajita (Japan) and Arthur B. McDonald (Canada) for their discovery that neutrinos, extremely light particles, can oscillate between the three "flavors" (electron, mu, and tau). 

This was a huge discovery because it was one of the first experimental chinks in the Standard Model's armor. The Standard Model is the most successful but incomplete theories in physics which describes the interactions between the elementary particles, of which neutrinos are a part of.

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I almost forgot, it's Nobel Prize week!! Starting us off we have the Nobel Prize for Medicine or Physiology with one have awarded jointly to William C Campbell (Ireland) and Satoshi Ōmura (Japan) for their work on developing treatments for ringworm parasites and the other half awarded to Youyou Tu (China) for her work on malaria treatments. While here in the US we don't have issues with these parasites often they kill millions of people worldwide. Malaria in particular has been with us as long as we have been humans and is very hard to kill but is one we can eventually eradicate entirely.

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Enough is enough. How many more people must die before we enact laws to severely limit the number of guns in this nation? Clearly it's over 9,940 people(http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-10-02/gun-laws-chart-barack-obama/6822342). And that's just this year!! Nine thousand nine hundred forty people. Let that sink in. 378 of which are killed mass shootings this year. What is it going to take? How many more must die?

Here's a very fun math problem that I just heard. Let's see what people think.
First, a definition: An ouroboric word, named after the Ouroborus the snake that eats its own tail, is a word that has the property of its definition. e.g., "word" is a word or "pentasyllabic" has five syllables.
Therefore, "ouroboric" is itself an ouroboric word.
Now the question: Is the word "non-ouroboric" an ouroboric word or not? Yes or no?

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Why is that comedians are continuously doing and saying the things that need to be said because the news companies won't? There is nothing funny about this clip, only sadness and exasperation.

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New Old Man's War book!!!
Hey! The first novella-length episode of The End of All Things, called "The Life of the Mind" is out NOW at your favorite eBook retailer. Over on my site I talk a little bit about the story and where you can get it. I hope you like it and tell your friends about it!

http://whatever.scalzi.com/2015/06/09/the-life-of-the-mind-episode-one-of-the-end-of-all-things-out-now/

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It's been all about oceans on moons lately! Plans for a mission to Europa, a moon of Jupiter famous for having global ocean, are being considered by NASA (http://goo.gl/ZuJzfy). Encleadus, a moon of Saturn, most likely has hydrothermal activity in its small ocean which warms the water (http://goo.gl/yZWVtH). Now we have observations that the largest moon in the solar system (it's even larger than the planet Mercury) may have an ocean as well!
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