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At the end of May, MegaCon happened. I took a ridiculous amount of photos. I spent very little time in panels or events or even the dealer room. This is all about the people and cosplay that you'll see. If you know somebody that's never been, you can show them this album so they can see part of the experience.

I've noticed that when I search for MegaCon photos online, there's so much you don't see. Maybe a site has few dozen photos, usually of the most impressive cosplay or of a huge crowd, but it's just the tiniest of what's there.

I've also noticed that viewing these kinds of photos tends to be a lot better as a group experience. View it on a big screen TV with appropiately nerdy friends, and you'll find yourself commenting on the surprises or the quality, or the hot guys/girls, etc. Or somebody will ask where a cosplay came from, and another friend will have the answer. It's actually pretty fun. Alone, people just tend to wonder when it ends before getting bored and closing it after getting the idea.

Thursday, the photos tend to be more candid, but the traditional poses dominate the every other day.
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The world could use more people that are better listeners. Not those that just follow a simple script to appear to be a better listener. Listening implies understanding, otherwise you're just hearing.
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We're Not As Smart We Think We Are
And That's The Problem

I tell you though, it's thin gruel making a living trying to convince firms and people of that.
The research is unequivocal, according to the father of behavioral economics: When it comes to decision-making, algorithms are superior to people.
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A vivid new blue pigment that was discovered by accident is soon about to be available for purchase, as a licensing agreement has been reached that is sending it to the marketplace via The Shepherd Color Company. In 2009, Oregon State University chemists were attempting to create new materials from manganese oxide that could be …
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Infrastructure - it's important and will not appear magically via the unfathomable ways of the Free Market.
Kansas has had trouble paying for much of anything since 2012, when conservative legislators decided to implement a bevy of right-wing economic policie ...
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via +Jennifer Freeman 

I suspect this story will be referenced by others soon, if it hasn't happened already.

Also, I just want to say that Mother Jones is probably one of the most reputable news organizations around right now. They don't pretend to be neutral, but they don't seem to use deception or sleight of hand to force an issue. They also don't unnecessarily use inflammatory words and phrases to create additional anger.
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It's hard to look at the headlines when you're facepalming. But I see my Facebook feed alight with various opinions on the election, all of which are wrong – so rather than screaming OH, FOR FUCK'S SAKE at all of you individually, let me pull you into the corner and have a brief but ...
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Sadly surprising noone after the buyout.
 
National Geographic, lobotomized.
I grew up with that oh-so-typical collection of yellow magazines filling bookshelf after bookshelf.
Not any more, though. The new National Geographic isn't fit to be used as toilet paper.
Well, we know that the Murdoch family and their Fox organization took over the magazine rag at the end of 2015. As the Guardian reported then, the magazine was bleeding money, and after the takeove…
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The Start Up That Saved Health Care

Yet it’s hard to overstate just how dismal the website was. The site’s login system ~the software which accepted usernames, passwords, and was used by every health-in insurance applicant~ had a 91 percent uptime rate.

Imagine if Google.com randomly stopped returning search requests for two hours, every day, and you would be imagining a more reliable website than the one that the Obama administration introduced. On Healthcare.gov’s first day, six people successfully used it to sign up for health insurance.

The spectacular failure of Healthcare.gov at launch led to the creation of what came to be known as the Tech Surge, a group of Silicon Valley developers who rescued the website from disorganized contractors and bureaucratic mismanagement.

That group gave rise to the U.S. Digital Service and, to a lesser extent, 18F, two government agencies now working to improve the state of federal technology.

But the story of a group called the Marketplace Lite team has yet to be told. These are the designers and developers, mostly younger than those in the Tech Surge, who stuck around after others had left.

Their experience hints at just how little the Obama administration knew about the business of building a website as complex as Healthcare.gov—but, also, how much the administration has improved since then.

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How a team of young people, living in a repurposed McMansion in Maryland, helped fix Healthcare.gov
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Incentives have a huge effect on our lives. Sometimes they aren't properly thought out. Video games can potentially make you understand things better than having it told to you.
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Standard Model Loses Steam As Researchers Claim They've Discovered New Particles: Tetraquarks And A Pentaquark ~made up of 4 and 5 quarks~ And There Are More Just Like Them


Physicists working with the Large Hadron Collider have discovered what appears to be an entire family of new particles that our current physics models can’t explain.

The existence of these new forms of matter, known as tetraquarks, challenges our current understanding of the role they play inside the protons and neutrons that make up atoms - the fundamental building blocks of everything we know and love in the Universe.

"We looked at every known particle and process to make sure these four structures couldn’t be explained by any pre-existing physics," one of the team, Thomas Britton from Syracuse University, told Sarah Charley at Symmetry. "It was like baking a six-dimensional cake with 98 ingredients and no recipe - just a picture of a cake."

So first off, what’s a tetraquark? In their simplest form, quarks are minuscule particles that accumulate inside the protons and neutrons inside atoms, smashing about and annihilating each other at near-light speed.

Until recently, it was thought that quarks only come in groups of two or three, but in 2014, physicists at the LHCb - one of seven particle physics detector experiments at the Large Hadron Collider accelerator at CERN in Switzerland - confirmed the existence of a four-quark particle called a tetraquark.

Then last year, they one-upped this discovery by confirming the existence of another type of quark - a five-quark particle, or pentaquark.

None of this was easy, as experienced by a separate team of researchers from the Fermilab particle physics facility near Chicago, who announced that they too had discovered a new tetraquark earlier this year, only to be met with a whole lot of scepticism.

But now the Syracuse team at the LHCb - which offers far more detection sensitivity than the Fermilab particle accelerator - has identified four new types of tetraquarks that appear to belong to the same exotic family.

"What we have discovered is a unique system," says one of the team, Tomasz Skwarnicki. "We have four exotic particles of the same type; it’s the first time we have seen this and this discovery is already helping us distinguish between the theoretical models."

The new particles have been named X(4140), X(4274), X(4500), and X(4700) after their respective masses, and each one has been found to contain a unique combination of two charm quarks and two strange quarks. This makes them the first four-quark particles found to be composed entirely of heavy quarks.

“The quarks inside these particles behave like electrons inside atoms,” Skwarnicki says. “They can be ‘excited’ and jump into higher energy orbitals. The energy configuration of the quarks gives each particle its unique mass and identity.”

According to theoretical predictions, the quarks inside could be tightly bound (like three quarks packed inside a single proton) or loosely bound (like two atoms forming a molecule.) By closely examining each particle’s quantum numbers, scientists were able to narrow down the possible structures.

“The molecular explanation does not fit with the data,” Skwarnicki says. “But I personally would not conclude that these are definitely tightly bound states of four quarks. It could be possible that these are not even particles. The result could show the complex interplays of known particle pairs flippantly changing their identities.”

Theorists are currently working on models to explain these new results—be it a family of four new particles or bizarre ripple effects from known particles. Either way, this study will help shape our understanding of the subatomic universe.



{Science Alert & Symmetry}

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See, too:

2014: LHC spots particle that may be new form of matter

[https://www.newscientist.com/article/dn25402-lhc-spots-particle-that-may-be-new-form-of-matter/]

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CERN’s LHCb experiment reports observation of exotic pentaquark particles

[https://press.cern/press-releases/2015/07/cerns-lhcb-experiment-reports-observation-exotic-pentaquark-particles]

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DZero discovers a new particle consistent with a tetraquark

[http://news.fnal.gov/2016/02/dzero-discovers-a-new-particle-consistent-with-a-tetraquark/]

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New Tetraquark Particle Sparks Doubts

[http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/new-tetraquark-particle-sparks-doubts/]
Researchers found four new particles made of the same four building blocks.
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