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Juno, the Beluga whale, loves to play with little kids - and he's about as good at it as it gets. :)

"He's playing peekaboo. Boo! ... The kids getting his reaction is really what's spurring him on to keep doing it."

- Dr. Tracy Romano, chief marine biologist at Mystic Aquarium where Juno lives.

Peekaboo! What we can learn from playful beluga whale

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/the-mystery-behind-playful-beluga-whale/

Video source

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hh84Oe8JxUQ&rel=0

Cetacean Intelligence (Cetacean is the mammal order that includes whales, porpoises, and dolphins)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cetacean_intelligence

Phylogeny chart showing diverge of common mammals:

http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2164/16/13/figure/F2[1]

[1] http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2164/16/13

#intelligence   #beluga   #Juno   #mysticaquarium   #play
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"Drive-by fruitings"... I like that :)
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the death penalty, in and of itself, now likely constitutes a legally prohibited 'cruel and unusual punishmen[t]'.   - Supreme Court Justice Breyer in his dissenting remarks to the Supreme Court's decision to allow continued executions with a drug that has resulted in very disturbing, painful deaths[1,2].

In 2008, 93% of all known executions took place in five countries[3]:

China
Iran
Pakistan
United States
Saudi Arabia

+The Economist provides an updated chart of executions[4]. Even accounting for our greater numbers of people, we rank very high.  

The death penalty is expensive[5] - it can cost 10 times more to execute someone than to sentence them to life in prison[6].  

This begs the question, in one of the most technologically, economically, and generally advanced countries[7,8] in the world - why does it continue? 

For the most part, the world has moved beyond the most horrific and public punishments intended to produce suffering.  In general, the state no longer punishes for revenge, but acts to uphold fairness and justice. Those who fail to follow the rules of civilized society are issued an adult "time-out" and lose the privilege of participating.

It's time to reject out-dated, barbaric, deadly punishments. They've never been fair[9], they cost additional time and money, and they demean those of us who desire, order, and implement them. They have no place in advanced societies.

[1] http://www.ncadp.org/blog/entry/breaking-u.s.-supreme-court-rules-that-midazolam-can-be-used-as-part-of-let

[2] http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/14pdf/14-7955_aplc.pdf

[3] http://www.amnestyusa.org/about-us/amnesty-50-years/50-years-of-human-rights/worldwide-death-penalty-abolition-timeline

[4] http://www.economist.com/blogs/graphicdetail/2015/04/daily-chart-15

[5] http://www.deathpenaltyinfo.org/costs-death-penalty[5] http://www.deathpenaltyinfo.org/costs-death-penalty

[6] http://www.forbes.com/sites/kellyphillipserb/2014/05/01/considering-the-death-penalty-your-tax-dollars-at-work/

[7] [https://freedomhouse.org/report/freedom-world/2013/united-states#.VZFk3vlVhBc

[8] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Global_Competitiveness_Report

[9] http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2013/10/what-americans-dont-understand-about-the-death-penalty/280994/
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+Pieter Kuiper Whatever the ugliness of the decision... I mean, my understanding of what it means to be judge makes it irrelevant as far as personal responsibility is involved, whether it's 5-4 or 9-0. Judging isn't (just) voting.
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Biology is Technology. Many interesting topics from Day 1 of the DARPA symposium.

#biotech #stem #research
 
Want to learn about opportunities on the front lines of #biotech and synthetic biology? Videos of the presentations from Day 1 of DARPA's recent "Biology Is Technology" symposium are now available. For more information on the event, see: http://darpabit.sainc.com/index.html. #DARPABiT  
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How Tesla will change the world. Interesting article about a very important topic.

#energy #outlook #economy #environment #transport #sustainability #abundance
 
I occasionally will write a long article. This article is, I have to say, longer than even what I would write. But it explains a tremendous number of really important things extremely clearly: power production and use, the history of cars, how these things all fit together, and how Tesla is trying to change that. There's no way I could give you a useful short summary, because the point of this article is that, by the time you're done reading it, you'll understand all of the things well enough that you can join in very serious conversations about them.

So don't feel compelled to read this at one sitting -- but this is an article you may want to bookmark, and read bit by bit, because by the time you reach the end, you'll have learned a lot.
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Official trailer for the super science story:  The Martian.   Edit: Some spoiler alerts after the first 1-1/2 minutes. The book is very engaging and the rest could be saved for a treat when you finish the book and you don't want the story to end.  :)  

The Book
http://www.andyweirauthor.com/books/the-martian-hc

The Trailer
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ue4PCI0NamI

THE MARTIAN | Official Trailer: During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive. Millions of miles away, NASA and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring “the Martian” home, while his crewmates concurrently plot a daring, if not impossible rescue mission. As these stories of incredible bravery unfold, the world comes together to root for Watney’s safe return. Based on a best-selling novel, and helmed by master director Ridley Scott, THE MARTIAN features a star studded cast that includes Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara, Michael Peña, Jeff Daniels, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Donald Glover.

In Theaters - July 24, 2015 

Ares 3: Farewell (video)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CumZP6_9sHU

The Movie (website)
http://www.foxmovies.com/movies/the-martian


#themartian   #trailer   #bestseller   #goodread #mattdamon  
#science   #spaceexploration   #mars     #AresLive  
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+John Stewart - lolol -  totally best to read the book first!  

Here's a preview with some Matt Damon cussing if you (like me) can't wait. It's bleeped (good practice for latent imagination!)  :)  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CumZP6_9sHU

Thanks +Jason Carlile :)
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Does money make us mean? Interesting talk based on a rigged game of Monopoly. :)
 
It's amazing what a rigged game of Monopoly can reveal. In this entertaining but sobering talk, social psychologist Paul Piff shares his research into how people behave when they feel wealthy. (Hint: badly.) But while the problem of inequality is a complex and daunting challenge, there's good news too. (Filmed at TEDxMarin.)
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This seems related to Loss Aversion: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loss_aversion
The more you have, the more you have to lose. So you tend to hold onto it ever tighter.
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When sanctuaries are burning and peaceful worshippers are murdered, it really is persecution.   

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/persecution

#WhoIsBurningBlackChurches 
 
This story is finally starting to hit the major press: in the past week, six black churches have burned down. Three of them are being investigated as arson, and the other three are still being examined by fire investigators -- but are highly likely to be arson as well.

I try to put this into my own world and imagine: if six synagogues had been torched the week after a major anti-Semitic terrorist attack, I would be thinking about nothing else. It would be front page, above the fold, in every newspaper in the country. Why, then, is this only now receiving proper coverage?

If you ask why these churches are so important -- why these aren't just ordinary arsons, or arsons against churches first and black churches second -- you can go back to what President Obama said in his eulogy for Clementa Pinckney a few days ago (which people are starting to refer to as "the 'grace' speech"):

The church is and always has been the center of African American life; a place to call our own in a too-often hostile world, a sanctuary from so many hardships.

Over the course of centuries, black churches served as hush harbors, where slaves could worship in safety, praise houses, where their free descendants could gather and shout “Hallelujah.” Rest stops for the weary along the Underground Railroad, bunkers for the foot soldiers of the civil-rights movement.

They have been and continue to community centers, where we organize for jobs and justice, places of scholarship and network, places where children are loved and fed and kept out of harms way and told that they are beautiful and smart and taught that they matter.

That’s what happens in church. That’s what the black church means — our beating heart, the place where our dignity as a people is inviolate.

"The place where our dignity as a people is inviolate:" one of the best distillations of an idea I have heard. A phrase likely to enter the English lexicon. These churches are not simply houses of worship to a god you or I may not share; they are the centers of their communities, and more, they are and have been the refuges and safe harbors of their communities since the days of slavery.

I am glad to see that the news is finally covering this, but why has it taken so long? And how long will it take to stop those responsible, and bring the ones who have already burned buildings to justice?

#WhoIsBurningBlackChurches  ?
All of them happened after the Charleston shooting, but none are being called hate crimes.
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Bureaucracies never fire themselves. They just keep growing..
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SpaceX designs, manufactures and launches advanced rockets and spacecraft..
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We have a nice planet to live on, but it's a hard planet to leave. 
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Everything is connected. :)
 
On care for our common home

Pope Francis has written something about environmental issues.  I recommend it!   Here are two quotes:

If we approach nature and the environment without this openness to awe and wonder, if we no longer speak the language of fraternity and beauty in our relationship with the world, our attitude will be that of masters, consumers, ruthless exploiters, unable to set limits on their immediate needs. By contrast, if we feel intimately united with all that exists, then sobriety and care will well up spontaneously.

Everything is connected. Concern for the environment thus needs to be joined to a sincere love for our fellow human beings and an unwavering commitment to resolving the problems of society. Moreover, when our hearts are authentically open to universal communion, this sense of fraternity excludes nothing and no one. It follows that our indifference or cruelty towards fellow creatures of this world sooner or later affects the treatment we mete out to other human beings. We have only one heart, and the same wretchedness which leads us to mistreat an animal will not be long in showing itself in our relationships with other people.

For more, try my blog post.

https://johncarlosbaez.wordpress.com/2015/06/19/on-care-for-our-common-home/

The picture here, of terraced rice fields in Bali, is from here:

http://writingforselfdiscovery.com/2013/11/27/part-two-creating-a-life-that-fits-like-skin-why-bali/
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It's the future. A little humor while trying to stay current on web apps. The expression while peering down the rabbit hole is perfect. :)

Thanks +Rachel Blum for sharing.

#webapps  #amazon #aphyr #coreos   #docker  #ecs #google  #heroku   #mongo #redis #vagrant/hashicorp #multi-tenet #containerization  #orchestration #C(r)AP
 
Quote of the day:

-Yeah, BDSM. It’s San Francisco. Everyone’s into distributed systems and BDSM.
[Editor Note: At the risk of spoiling the joke a bit, we want to make sure that everyone knows that the following is satire, and we're actually quite fond of the companies we mention. Docker, CoreOS, Google, Vagrant/Hashicorp, Heroku, Aphyr, Amazon, Mongo, Redis—we love you really and mean you ...
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19 frustrations every programmer can relate to.   

cute :)

via +Chris Harpner and +Charles Filipponi 

#code   #programming   #computerscience   #humor  
 
Yes, this is correct on every count
#12 - Hey can you please add a button before the site goes LIVE?
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Solar system subway map.

#spaceexploration #adventure #travel
 
A subway-style map of the solar system with the change in velocity needed at each point.
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Interesting insights!

I figured it offered a relative indicator of vacation spending to get to each destination.

Someday I bet there will be an interesting story on how humans inhabited the solar system. :) 
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