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An in-depth but very readable account of the "why" behind Elon Musk's plan to colonize Mars. The series of articles - 5 in total - is excellent, but start with the second one:

http://waitbutwhy.com/2015/08/how-and-why-spacex-will-colonize-mars.html/2
One of life’s great leaps may be just around the corner.
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"The results were striking: in every single study, faster—that is, more intuitive—decisions were associated with higher levels of cooperation, whereas slower—that is, more reflective—decisions were associated with higher levels of selfishness."

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/scientists-probe-human-nature-and-discover-we-are-good-after-all/
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Just tripped across this... yay for Open Culture!

http://www.openculture.com/2012/01/free_isaac_asimovs_foundation_trilogy.html
Permit us to stay on our recent sci-fi tangent just a tad bit longer.... Between 1951 and 1953, Isaac Asimov published three books that formed the now legendary Foundation Trilogy.
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So there's this:

http://www.humansinvent.com/#!/11409/the-gel-that-stops-bleeding-instantly/

I've said it before and I'll say it again - it's a good time to be alive.  I wonder what tomorrow will bring?  :-)
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Woot!  Just got registered for Evergreen International 2013 conference!  :-)
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Looking forward to it!
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Just recently installed Privacy Badger - a project of the Electronic Frontier Foundation - to block the tracking cookies of scummy internet advertisers. I'm pretty happy with it :-)

https://www.eff.org/privacybadger
Privacy Badger is a browser add-on that stops advertisers and other third-party trackers from secretly tracking where you go and what pages you look at on the web. If an advertiser seems to be tracking you across multiple websites without your permission, Privacy Badger automatically blocks that ...
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Huge project by Glasgow University researchers plots thirteen centuries of startling cognitive connections
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So... not really about Evergreen per se, but I thought this perspective might be interesting to the community:
http://www.attemptingelegance.com/?p=1958

The article itself is about some of the reasons why it might be difficult for non-techie-but-interested library staff to learn "crunchy tech skills".

It's been my experience that the Evergreen community is very much inclusive and willing to help neophytes.  But I agree with the author's point that (and those of some of the commentors) that finding/making/being given time to learn is a core issue. 

Thoughts?
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Oh, I completely agree.  In fact, I tend to learn better when I have "alone time" to play with things.  But not everyone learns best that way.

I see a couple of factors at play here - I want to encourage staff members who have the desire to get involved (at whatever level interests them), balanced against direction from above (sometimes far above) to "get things done" and "keep up the pace" - that is, day-to-day operations.

It's a tricky balance, and I certainly haven't found the optimal solution yet.  I do think that part of the solution (as you've alluded to, and the article mentions) is to make acquisition of technology skills part of the job descriptions....

And long-term, I think getting library staff knowledgebly  involved can really help (on a lot of levels).

Just my $0.02 :-)
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Well, now.  This is an interesting development...

http://phenomena.nationalgeographic.com/2013/03/15/resurrecting-the-extinct-frog-with-a-stomach-for-a-womb/

This is about much more than saving one post-endangered species (to coin a phrase).  This is about perfecting the techniques that will enable us to re-introduce biodiversity (once we have the capabilities and knowledge to fix what we've broken in the system now), AND to take our environment with us to the stars... someday.
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20 minutes.... :-D

http://www.spacex.com/webcast/
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