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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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Works in reverse as well. I have read that the total delta V for Earth to Mars can be lower than for Earth to Moon as you can use aerocapture at Mars.
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"In the end, we are our choices. Build yourself a great story."  Four beloved years at my university end today. I was a little slow getting here, but some dreams just won't die no matter how much we try to let them go.  It's time for commencement.

Choosing between options is hard. There are so many possible opportunities and adventures; the idea that we can only take one path through the infinite possibilities of life never seems enough - yet each day overflows with wonder and beautiful, amazing things if we put our attention right.

In his 2010 commencement address, Jeff Bezos told of the time he had a great job and a brilliant boss, and when he shared his crazy idea to quit and sell books on the internet, his boss said:

"That sounds like a really good idea, but it would be an even better idea for someone who didn't already have a good job."

That logic made some sense to me, and he convinced me to think about it for 48 hours before making a final decision. Seen in that light, it really was a difficult choice, but ultimately, I decided I had to give it a shot. I didn't think I'd regret trying and failing. And I suspected I would always be haunted by a decision to not try at all. After much consideration, I took the less safe path to follow my passion, and I'm proud of that choice.

The founder of Amazon goes on to share some very good questions. They help remind me to make the most of the little time I get.

Tomorrow, in a very real sense, your life -- the life you author from scratch on your own -- begins.

How will you use your gifts? What choices will you make?

Will inertia be your guide, or will you follow your passions?

Will you follow dogma, or will you be original?

Will you choose a life of ease, or a life of service and adventure?

Will you wilt under criticism, or will you follow your convictions?

Will you bluff it out when you're wrong, or will you apologize?

Will you guard your heart against rejection, or will you act when you fall in love?

Will you play it safe, or will you be a little bit swashbuckling?

When it's tough, will you give up, or will you be relentless?

Will you be a cynic, or will you be a builder?

Will you be clever at the expense of others, or will you be kind?

In the end, we are our choices. Build yourself a great story. 

Commencement is a bit bigger event, but really we awaken every day and into each moment. What we do today matters. Steve Jobs at his commencement address in 2005 said:

When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: "If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you'll most certainly be right." It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: "If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?" And whenever the answer has been "No" for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.

Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure — these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.

Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.

[1] Jeff Bezos, Princeton (2010). http://www.princeton.edu/main/news/archive/S27/52/51O99/index.xml
[2] Steve Jobs, Stanford (2005). http://news.stanford.edu/news/2005/june15/jobs-061505.html

image source: Christine Case (used with permission)
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Hi Mark - I'm heading to Colden Pond[1]. :)  It's by the Mathematics, Computer Science and Information Technology department on the beautiful campus of +Northwest Missouri State University. The gang there is outstanding. Our focus is teaching. I love my research - and my consulting. But I'm really looking forward to working with my new team to get more people excited about the possibilities in this incredible field.  

[1] https://drive.google.com/file/d/1KhzgwAQytUrD_F_ljln5WXXGatUSDxaTBQ/view?usp=sharing
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Europa mission may include a lander. The Europa Clipper mission planned for launch in 2022 (arrival in 2025 via SLS) may get approval for a soft lander - and a chance to discover life.

A soft lander could sample the surface, do mass spectroscopy, and carry instruments such as a microscope and imaging camera. It would have the best chance of assessing whether life might exist in the oceans beneath the ice.

Recent news update
http://blog.chron.com/sciguy/2015/05/a-europa-lander-is-possible-jpl-scientists-say-and-congress-appears-likely-to-support-it/#21279101=0

NASA Space Launch System (SLS)
https://www.nasa.gov/exploration/systems/sls/index.html

Europa Study 2012
https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/europa/2012study.cfm

NASA Europa Website
https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/europa/home.cfm

JPL Europa Clipper Website
http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/missions/europa-clipper/

Is Europa Dark Material Sea Salt?
http://www.ign.com/articles/2015/05/13/nasa-finds-europas-mystery-dark-material-may-be-sea-salt

Search for life
http://www.space.com/search-for-life/

Good news by 2025?
http://www.space.com/29041-alien-life-evidence-by-2025-nasa.html

3D Eyes on the Solar System Interactive Exploration
http://eyes.nasa.gov/index.html

Thanks +Bobak Ferdowsi for sharing the news!

#sciencesunday   #space   #exploration  #europa #nasa
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+Denise Case Well how many of us will be invited do you think? lol
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Manhattan KS is flooding after breaking the 1908 record for daily rainfall[1].

#wildcats   #k -state #ksu   #flood #home

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http://www.wibw.com/home/headlines/Heres-How-The-Flash-Flooding-Looked-To-NE-Kansans-302493081.html?ref=081

Interactive street map (icons indicate flooding)
http://cityofmhk.maps.arcgis.com/apps/Viewer/index.html?appid=ac799304e1db4030ba0f096bc85eff44

[1]@NWSTopeka
The official observation for Manhattan measured 2.97" at 7 pm, breaking the daily rainfall record. Previously 2.91" in 1908. #kswx
“Car almost entirely covered by water at McCall and Tuttle Creek in Manhattan #kswx”
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Yikes!!
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Hubble Telescope: The Greatest Scientific Instrument It's likely that no other modern-day scientific instrument has stirred as many passions as the Hubble Space Telescope, which marks the 25th anniversary of its launch into orbit on April 24.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2015/04/13/hubble-telescope-hailed-on-25th-anniversary/25708323/

#hubble25   #space   #exploration   #stem   #telescope  
On it's 25th anniversary in space, the Hubble Telescope has revealed the universe.
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The Dehumanising Insanity of Prohibition

This is one of the best pieces I've read, certainly in recent times, about the war on drugs, drug decriminalisation, drug legalisation, drug addiction, prohibition, and psychology. It's a longish piece at about 10k words based on an interview with famed (infamed?) journalist Johann Hari regarding his recent book Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs. but well worth anyone's time. 

http://www.samharris.org/blog/item/a-war-well-lost 

Key quotes:

Power concedes nothing without a struggle.

It’s not your morality and it’s not your brain. To a much larger degree than we’ve ever before appreciated, it’s your cage. Addiction is an adaption to your environment.

Anywhere in the developed world, people near you are being giving loads of heroin in hospitals [right] now.

In the culture of terror created by prohibition, if you are prepared to push the moral limit a little bit further than the other guys, you gain a brief market advantage, because people will back off when they’re scared.

But ever since Prohibition we’ve known that the cure is worse than the disease. When you ban substances that people enjoy using so much that they’ll break the law to do it, you create a black market with huge profits. And since purveyors of illicit drugs have no legal way to secure their investment, the trade will be run by increasingly violent criminals. In a single stroke, therefore, prohibition creates organized crime and all the social ills attributable to the skyrocketing cost of drugs—addicts are forced to become thieves and prostitutes in order to afford their next fix.

What we do at the moment is take people who are addicted because they are isolated, distressed, and in pain, and inflict more isolation, distress, and pain on them in the hopes that it will make them stop.

You and I have probably got enough money in the bank that we could spend the next year drinking vodka and never stop. We could just be drunk all the time. But we don’t. And the reason we don’t is not because someone’s stopping us but because we want to be present in our lives. We’ve got relationships. We’ve got friends. We’ve got people we love. We’ve got books we want to read. We’ve got books we want to write. We’ve got things we want to do. Most of addiction is about not wanting to be present in your life.

We can understand why the Portuguese system works so well, because it’s all about reconnecting people with the collective, with the group, with the society, giving them a purpose.

#drugs   #addiction   #society  
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Me too +Joshua Alvarez​. Adding it to the reading list - and learned a lot just from the article. The Amazon reviews are impressive. 
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The Martian is a great read (and soon to be a movie starring Matt Damon).  If you haven't read it yet, I highly recommend it.  If you have read it, you might enjoy a recent short keynote given by the author (and software engineer) Andy Weir on "How I Accidentally Used Open Source Ideology to Make a Bestselling Novel". :) 

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

Andy Weir's Website
http://www.andyweirauthor.com/

Cloud Foundry Summit 2015
http://www.cfsummit.com/program/keynote-speakers/andy-weir

How I Accidentally Used Open Source Ideology to Make a Bestselling Novel (short keynote video)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=evr4zNrAcEw

#themartian   #andyweir   #keynote   #agile   #spacenerd   #stem   #spaceexploration   #sciencesunday   #scienceeveryday   #supersciencefiction  
“One of the best thrillers I’ve read in a long time. It feels so real it could almost be nonfiction, and yet it has the narrative drive and power of a ...
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I've read it too, it's really good!
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A door in Germany broke down and the most memetacular thing happened...

Thanks physicist +Sabine Hossenfelder and +Jürgen Hubert for passing along the smile. :)

"DEFEKT  Teckniker ist informiert" and the memes came out.

#international #community   #culture   #creativity   #humor  
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You are welcome.
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Fascinating interactive chart from Professor +Ben Schmidt http://benschmidt.org/profGender   "Explore the words used to describe male and female teachers in about 14 million reviews from RateMyProfessor.com"

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See also:
http://benschmidt.org/Degrees/
http://sappingattention.blogspot.com/

#data #mining #visualization   #gender   #professor   #computerscience   #cs #programming #stem  
An interactive chart of words taken from millions of student reviews of their instructors offers a vivid illustration of unconscious gender bias.
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Agreed - +Constantine Thomas - One could even say it simply reflects relative value rather than bias. :)
  
I like the visualization - aesthetically and technically - and I enjoyed testing the different results with a few terms. He's* got a nice web site for a professor in history (and big data).

See also:
http://benschmidt.org/Degrees/
http://sappingattention.blogspot.com/

* +Ben Schmidt 
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In 1990, humans launched the Hubble telescope - and our view of the universe was changed forever.

The images and animations in this Cosmic Journeys special on the Age of Hubble are incredible. What we've learned with since launching Hubble has drastically altered our view of the universe. Another impressive video from +SpaceRip.

25th Anniversary of Hubble (April 24, 1990)
http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/hubble/main/index.html
http://www.spacetelescope.org/
http://hubblesite.org/

List of Space Telescopes
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_space_telescopes

Hubble's Other Telescope and the Day it Rocked our World
http://www.npr.org/2015/04/25/401843663/hubbles-other-telescope-and-the-day-it-rocked-our-world

In the 1920's Edwin Hubble discovered our galaxy was not alone - and that the universe was expanding. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KpVe6HczKAo

In celebration of #sciencesunday  :)

#hubble25   #hubble   #space   #telescope   #exploration   #stem  
#humansareamazing
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Damn that would be a breath of fresh air to see / hear that on the news, rather than the doom and gloom scare-mongering that every media network panders to. 
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http://dinahmoelabs.com/#plink  :)

Plink: A super intuitive multiplayer music experience.

#chrome   #experiment #digital #music   #interactive
Cool musical games and fun audio experiments!
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Worth a fun little play for sure!
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"A ship in harbor is safe. But that is not what ships are for." 
- Rear Admiral (and Computer Scientist) Grace Hopper


"Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it." 
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