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I think I've found my spirit animal.
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Nicely done. :)
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Oh, Kirby Delauter.
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The best part of the holiday season is Santa Monkey*.
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Santa monkey like you.
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"A police dog was allowed to urinate on Brown's memorial."

Re-read that a few times. This was before any protest, or demonstration, or even any looting. Now go on and tell me the cops didn't do anything to provoke community outrage.
 
A police dog was allowed to urinate on Brown's memorial.
New details emerge about callous tactics that fueled anger in Ferguson.
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WARNING: This article has a pic of Mike Brown's body lying in the street during part of the 4.5 hours the police left it there. Some may not care to see that.

I can add one further dimension to this. In the wake of the reports in the media that there was no report or that the report contained no narrative statements of the officer – many have surmised that this was the result of what is know as the Garrity Rule. That rule, deriving from a US Supreme Court decision in the 1970s, states that a government employee cannot be coerced to provide incriminating testimony against himself – based on the fifth amendment right. The reason this applies to government employees, and not private sector ones, is because that amendment states that the government – not private entities – cannot compel a person to give self-incriminating testimony.

This idea however is fundamentally flawed...

#Ferguson  
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““@FrankDenneman: LOL http://t.co/R7iesPZAUP” > Awesome!”
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via +Franklin Stone, "We live on a giant, magnetic space potato."

(by way of +Marla Caldwell)
 
Not sure if you know this but,Here's the Earth without water and oceans.
Didn't know what genre is this,I inputted it as ,,General".
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awesome, but that lumpiness is not to scale, sadly.
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All Oktopolis pop culture propaganda art 30% OFF now through Monday. Give one as a gift and keep one for yourself. Get the deal here:
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Reposting from Alice, who reposted from me on Twitter. Because.

#camerasforcops

To clarify, they say "dangerous," but they mean "fatal." 2012 data
 
Huh, would you look at that.

Police and fire fighters are not on the top 10 list.

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Bad Meme Rising
Everyone loves a clever science meme! When done well, they educate and make us laugh; they inspire us with a pithy quote by a celebrated researcher; or they give us information that encourages us to see the world in a new way.

The trouble with memes is that many of them are misinformed at best - see almost every quote about Einstein. Bad memes reproduce incorrect myths about science - for example, the idea that people only use 10% of their brains is wrong; we use 100% of our brains all the time. At worst science memes contribute to science illiteracy, by perpetuating the idea that science is just about "pretty pictures" and that the details don't matter. Memes give factoids that people love to share but don't always bother to check if they're true. They sound cool - but is it science?

Our Community is inundated with memes and we strive to correct them wherever possible. Have you seen the one with this "fact"?: "If an alien in a galaxy 65 million years away is looking at us through a telescope right now, then they are looking at dinosaurs."

Sounds fascinating, right? This has been shared to our Community many times, and it continues to be shared even though we keep correcting it. One of our Moderators, Astrophysics Professor +Brian Koberlein corrected the information just the other day. He notes:

While it's an interesting idea, that isn't how things work.  For one, resolving images at a distance takes timed exposures, and that would blur out any dinosaur motion. For another, the region of space between us and 65 million years isn't completely empty, so light from Earth would be distorted by interstellar media and such.  Then there is the fact that the universe is expanding, so a telescope currently 65 million years away would be observing a region of time less than that now.

Basically the post takes a basic idea (that light travels at a finite speed), and draws a conclusion that simply isn't true. It is similar to the claim that since quantum mechanics is probabilistic, "anything is possible."

In short, no, it is not a fact.

At time of writing, there were dozens of comments beneath Brian's correction that continue to marvel about the incorrect science in the meme...

Have you seen other bad science memes? Share them with us in the comments and tell us why they're wrong. Our Community is striving to improve science education, so if there are some especially interesting corrections, we'll feature your writing on our Community and Page!

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#science   #stem   #stemeducation   #scienceoutreach  
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Process versus results.
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"It's not that I'm not serious, he said. I just don't think of it as a career like the rest of them." --Brian Andreas
Introduction
Dad. Liberal. Atheist. Nerd. Linux enthusiast.

I miss the ocean.
Bragging rights
I woke up this morning. Before you scoff, remember, not everyone can say that.
Education
  • Missouri State University
    B.S., Wildlife Conservation, 1990 - 1996
  • Salem High School
    High School Crap, 1990
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Server Jockey
Employment
  • Infidati, Inc.
    Senior Systems Administrator, 2014 - present
  • Ivy Tech Community College
    Systems Engineer II, 2012 - 2014
  • College of Science, Purdue University
    Systems Administrator, 2010 - 2012
  • CERIAS, Purdue University
    Systems Administrator, 2003 - 2010
  • CPlane, Inc.
    IT Manager, 2000 - 2003
  • Argonne National Lab
    Research Assistant, 1996 - 2000
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