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Some interesting views by Martin Fowler on his experience with Chef
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Join us Tuesday, May 20th for part three w/@martinfowler, @kentbeck&@dhh. Keep the conversation going at  #IsTDDDead

"TDD as One True Way" versus "TDD as devil-spawned tempter" is not a productive contrast. Most of us have similar goals for development: confidence, impact, challenge, belonging. Test-driven development is one path toward these goals, but there are many other paths. This conversation in six parts explores tradeoffs in development, places TDD in those tradeoffs, and gives you perspective with which you can decide for yourself how you want to program.

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David Heinemeier Hansson (DHH)
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New form of quantum matter: Natural 3D counterpart to graphene discovered http://ow.ly/2D0eT7
The discovery of what is essentially a 3D version of graphene – the 2D sheets of carbon through which electrons race at many times the speed at which they move through silicon - promises exciting new things to come for the high-tech industry, including much faster transistors and far more compact ...
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Scientific American Reader: Cheap Battery Can Store Energy for a Rainy Day. http://google.com/producer/s/CBIw8rDZ2g4
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Astronomy Picture of the Day: 01/15/14 – Barnard 68

Contrary to your first instinct upon viewing this image, this is not a black hole. Not in the conventional sense anyway. It isn't sucking in matter that comes too close to it. Instead, this is a dark absorption nebula that's located about 500 light-years away in the constellation Ophiuchus, known as Barnard 68 (the object itself is believed to be about half a light-year in length). Since all of the light from the background stars is being obstructed, astronomers can accurately determine that the cloud is close in distance (cosmically speaking, of course) to us.

In contrast to the surrounding stars of varying sizes and colors, the "black hole" is quite a sight indeed. These so-called "molecular clouds" are some of the coldest and most isolated places in the universe where all of the light being emitted from the stars inside of them is being blocked from view by high concentrations of fine dust and molecular gas. Said material absorbs most of (if not all) the light that can be seen at optical wavelengths.

As I mentioned previously, these things are both cold and dark. The temperature inside is a mere 10 kelvin above absolute zero (or about -440 degrees F/-263 C), which is around 40 degrees Fahrenheit colder than the dwarf-planet, Pluto. At these extreme temperatures, most of the carbon monoxide and nitrogen molecules have attached and frozen onto the tiny dust grains within the cloud, which are composed mainly of molecular hydrogen and atomic helium, with bits of heavier elements peppered throughout to contribute to the darkness. On that note, if you were able to shoot a trillion photons of yellow light through the center of the cloud, only one single photon would reach the other side!

Sources & Further Reading: http://www.fromquarkstoquasars.com/apod-barnard-68/

Image by João Alves (European Southern Observatory), Charles Lada (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics), and Elizabeth Lada (University of Florida), using the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope in Chile
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Scientific American Reader: Is the Universe Made of Math? [Excerpt] http://google.com/producer/s/CBIw36u8_A8
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TDD- writing clean, well written test suites; integration testing. I've been applying TDD to Chef for a while (6 months) and I'd love to hear about how others do it. For example, I've been applying a few ideas from xUnit Patterns. Some were trivial to apply, some more different.

Cookbook design- writing clean, readable (de-coupled?) cookbooks. As a start here's a youtube video by Julian Dunn on the subject:
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Scientific American Reader: New Cosmic Distance Measurement Points the Way to Elusive Dark Energy. http://google.com/producer/s/CBIwheje2Q4
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Hugging hemes help electrons hop - Researchers simulating how certain bacteria run electrical current through tiny molecular wires have discovered a secret Nature uses for electron travel. The results are key to understanding how the bacteria do chemistry in the ground, and will help researchers use them in microbial fuel cells, batteries, or for turning waste into electricity. http://ow.ly/2CYqY8
(Phys.org) —Researchers simulating how certain bacteria run electrical current through tiny molecular wires have discovered a secret Nature uses for electron travel. The results are key to understanding how the bacteria do chemistry in the ground, and will help researchers use them in microbial fuel ...
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New Scientist News: Astrophile: Trio of dead stars could take on Einstein. http://google.com/producer/s/CBIwpJnZ6w8
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Hi, my name is Hemal Varambhia and I am a web and mobile application developer based in Chiswick, West London.

My interests include Theoretical Physics, software development and engineering, 'Xena Warrior Princess' and 'The Big Bang Theory' (people tell me I am the closest person to Sheldon Cooper they know!)
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