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Heiko Ludwig
Works at Max Planck Institute for biophysical Chemistry
Attended University of Hildesheim, Germany
Lives in Bovenden
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Small steps, but they make progress possible.

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Jan knew she had to find creative ways of changing people’s minds. She came up with an idea: During the first week of school, each girl would learn to write her father’s name.

For the fathers, that changed everything. Jan, who spent more than 30 years in the United States, remembers their reactions. “I swear to God, the guy was crying. He said, ‘I don’t know how to write my name. I put my thumb on everything. And my 4-year-old girl knows how to write my name.’”
How do you spark a movement in a conservative community? A Q&A with Razia Jan, founder of the Zabuli Education Center.
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I've read somewhere that the UK saw the Soviet Union as fighting Islamic fundamentalism in Afghanistan before it entered Muslim parts of the USSR.  The US preferred anything to Godless Commies.  Both sides basically made a complete mess, but the secular left Kabul government lasted longer after the Russian withdrawal than the Saigon government lasted after the US withdrawal.   The enemy of our enemy can be our enemy, too, just waiting to get us next.
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In case you're wondering who this "Heiko Ludwig" is that's popping up in your stream, I used to be Heiko Niemeier until yesterday. I took my husband's name when we married.
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Glückwunsch!
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This is what we saw when we got up this morning. 
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I just saw the other post of you and your husband!! Yay!! 🎆🎇🎉🎊
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IBM's German Research and Development lab (where I work) has a significant number of new job openings for software developers, designers (!), test engineers, etc.
The topic areas of these openings cover specializations as diverse as Social Media Analytics, Cloud software, Linux z Virtualization, Bluemix, or IBM's z System server firmware.
The lab is a unique and uniquely diverse work environment tightly integrated into IBM's worldwide development organization.
If you are interested in these opportunities, don't hesitate to check out the link below.
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A woman has twins and gives them up for adoption. One of them goes to a family in Egypt and is named "Ahmal." The other goes to a family in Spain; they name him "Juan." Years later, Juan sends a picture of himself to his birth mother. Upon receiving the picture, she tells her husband that she wishes she also had a picture of Ahmal. Her husband responds, "They're twins! If you've seen Juan, you've seen Ahmal."
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I was reading a book which included the phrase "in these days of political correctness..." talking about no longer making jokes that denigrated people for their culture or for the color of their skin.

And I thought, "That's not actually anything to do with political correctness.  That's just treating other people with respect."

I started imagining a world in which we replaced the phrase "politically correct" wherever we could with "treating other people with respect" and it made me smile.

You should try it.  It's peculiarly enlightening.

I know what you're thinking now.  You're thinking "Oh my god, that's treating other people with respect gone mad!"

-- Neil Gaiman​
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Genetic engineering to reduce greenhouse gas emissions:

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The Greening of Greenhouse Gas

It's a Gas: Driving through the Western Ghat mountains along the continental edge of the Deccan Plateau, I was charmed by this vista of sculpted terraces with verdant blades of rice emerging from submerged paddy fields. Little did I know then that paddy fields generate 50-100 million tonnes of methane each year, a potent greenhouse gas with 25 times the heat trapping potential of carbon dioxide. Although the flooded fields keep weeds at bay, microbes harbored under the warm, waterlogged soil feed on organic matter exuded by roots, releasing methane and accounting for about 20% of human-related production. In China, farmers have begun draining fields mid-season to interrupt methanogenic bacteria. But India is still responsible for nearly a third of the methane emissions. 

It's Barley There: Now, thanks to genetic engineering, a new strain of rice yields more grain and produces less methane. Researchers spliced a gene from barley, encoding a master regulator (transcription factor) into rice. The gene, dubbed SUSIBA2 (acronym for "sugar signaling in barley 2") increases the output of sugar and starch in the seeds, leaves and shoots of the rice plant, leaving less biomass in the root. This strongly decreased the methanogenic bacteria in the rhizosphere, or region around the root. In a 3-year field trial, methane emissions fell by 90%.

Rice, Rice, Baby: The making of starch is under the direction of a set of genes which carry in front of them stretches of DNA sequences (promoters) known as sugar responsive elements or SURE. Aren't you loving the acronyms? When a little bit of sugar is made, SUSIBA2 is activated and it turns on genes that make even more sugar, to create a snowballing effect. The sugar is converted to starch, diverting carbon to the grains and away from the root, starving the methane producing bacteria of food. Now that's a sweet way to cool down our planet!

This work was a collaboration between scientists at Universities and non-profit research Institutes in Sweden, China and the US. The authors have no competing financial interests. 

Paper (paywalled): http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v523/n7562/full/nature14673.html 

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The difference between practice and theory is much larger in practice than it is in theory. - unknown
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After 20 years together, +Rüdiger Ludwig and I finally tied the knot.
When we came back from town hall we got a nice surprise from our neighbours.
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This looks like a fun movie! It has broken China's opening day record with a first day gross of $27.7 million.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TYB7L6YTySs
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  • Max Planck Institute for biophysical Chemistry
    2008 - present
  • MAGIX AG
    2006 - 2008
  • DeveloGen AG
    2002 - 2006
  • SGH Internet Division
    1999 - 2001
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Heiko Niemeier, Taleel, Vidrax