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Jamez Frondeskias
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Am hoping that I will be able to capture some great time lapse videos like this one at the inauguration of the ESA's new Deep Space Tracking station at New Norcia, Western Australia on February 10th and 11th. 

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Syrians being 'exterminated' in prison on mass scale, UN says. Cigarettes into eyes, hot metal rods into the person's bodies, and even worse. And we can ourselves "civilised"

http://ab.co/1okMasC - via @abcnews



Detainees held by the Syrian government are dying on an extermination scale, a UN report says.
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That's horrific:( #Praying
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A new 4.5 m-diameter ‘acquisition aid’ dish antenna is being added to ESA’s existing New Norcia, Western Australia, tracking station, ready to catch the first signals from newly launched satellites.

The new antenna will allow acquisition and tracking during the critical initial orbits of new missions (see Liftoff: ESOC assumes control at http://www.esa.int/spaceinimages/About_Us/ESOC/Liftoff ), up to roughly 100 000 km range. It can also ‘slave’ the much larger 35m dish, which can then be used to retrieve ranging data and telemetry signals – on-board status information – from the newly launched spacecraft.

The antenna was designed for low maintenance and operating costs and can go into hibernation when it is not needed between launches.
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Michael raised an interesting point on the Borg .... any thoughts?

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Why are all Borg white?  Even black people, after assimilation, are white Borg.  There's some interesting social commentary there.  Often, this kind of stuff is written without a focus on preaching about race relations, but it's interesting the implications we can infer from it.

Historically speaking, white cultures have forced the assimilation (no coincidence in my choice of word) of natives all over the world, the native peoples often lose their cultural identities in the process.  Regardless of literal skin colour, our cultures make the natives "white".  Alternately, the Borg could be a bit more space-racist.  They assimilate more and more species and technologies to achieve "perfection".  At some point, they might have assimilated space-Nazis, because they don't seem to like their society to have any black people in it.

The most likely explanation, to me, is it's not about race at all.  It's just art direction.  The Borg drones are covered in black machinery.  That contrasts well with the exaggeratedly corpsey white skin.  I imagine the Borg would all be black, if their armour were grape flav-  I mean purple, but Star Trek already has one ambiguously brown enemy, in the Klingons.  There'd be serious grounds to think the writers were racist, if they had two black enemies.
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"The collaboration with the European Space Agency further strengthens Australia's ability to do world class research and innovation, and also strengthens our global position in the space economy," said CSIRO’s Executive Director of National Facilities and Collections Dr David Williams, who signed the agreement for CSIRO.

CSIRO and Australia already have various agreements with the European Space Agency to collaborate on space science and technology, and have been sharing data and expertise for many years.

The European Space Agency has an operating facility in Western Australia that is used to track their various space science missions that visit other planets. The facility recently tracked the comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko as part of their 'Rosetta' mission.

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If you're planning on watching Four Corners investigation tonight on shark attacks, you might want to read up on our piece of fast facts and shark science.
For 8 days in January, Newcastle beaches were closed while sharks 'plagued the coastline'. Was the frenzy warranted? No, says our resident shark expert.
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+Lerato Majikfaerie Shark science!
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Happy Chinese New Year to everyone celebrating. May you all have a prosperous and happy year ahead.
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Saturn has the most extensive ring system in the Solar System. Sitting in the region of space spanning 7000 to 80 000 km above the planet’s equator, these rings are mostly composed of particles of water ice contaminated with traces of rocky material, varying in size from dust grains to mountain-sized chunks, laced throughout.
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The eagles are coming! may become the catch cry of those using drones illegally, or where it has gone out if control.

Dutch police are training eagles to snatch rogue drones from the sky during emergencies, in the latest effort to combat unsafe drone use.
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Control room at ESA's 35m deep-space tracking station DSA-1 at New Norcia, Western Australia
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The impressive ALMA transporters! 20 metres long and 10 metres wide, these trucks are able to position an ALMA antenna to millimetre accuracy — ESO Picture of the Week.
Credit: Enrico Sacchetti / @ESOAstronomy
Read more here: http://socsi.in/pJ0Qe
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Happy Birthday Dmitri ... and thanks for the Periodic table :/
 
Happy Birthday, Dmitri Mendeleev! Dmitri is credited with one of science's more exquisite beards, and developing the Periodic Table of Elements (we'll let you decide which one was more important).

Via CSIRO
The periodic table has expanded again with the addition of four new super-heavy elements. But why look for them in the first place?
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READ my About section first before circling
Introduction
Well, where do we start. I dislike writing about myself as I never really know what to say that you'll find interesting. But here goes.

Welcome:
Welcome to my profile. Below is a brief overview of my beliefs and what you may expect if you decide to circle me. Mind you, I do post a lot of stuff as "public" so you probably have seen quite a bit.

You wont find any photos of me on here though - I like my privacy and my anonymity, but that doesn't mean I am hiding anything. Just prefer to keep my online existence separate from my real life :)

Now the for "boring" stuff :)

Religion:
Oh that dreaded subject. -I do not believe in any religion as I do not believe in mythical beings or fantasy after-life worlds. However having said that, I respect others who wish to believe.-

Only piece of advise I will give you is this - don't try to convert me and don't spam my threads with religious comments or derogatory remarks against a race/religion/person. ... it will result in an instant ban.

Politics:
First of all I am a dual citizen [Australian and European] and believe in a united democratic Europe. I support - faults and all - the European Union and what it is attempting to achieve.

I see the European Union as the "seed" to regional federations [which have already emerged like UNISAR, African Union etc] before a final global federation. It will take time, but it is in the process of being achieved. Hopefully I will be alive when it does become reality.

If I had to place myself in the political spectrum, I would probably be somewhere in the middle of the Left and the Right. But this doesn't mean I dont support certain aspects of both extremes.

I am pro-Israeli but I am also pro-Palestinian and want to see both people have their own countries. Over the last 3 years, have become very pro-Palestinian in their pursuit of a free homeland. This does not mean I oppose a Jewish state, however it is becoming obvious that Israel really has no interest in seeing a Palestinian homeland. And in my view, Hamas is not a terrorist organisation. We need to remember that they were democratically elected after years of PLO/PLA rule which saw nothing achieved. Armed struggle is a right for all people. Democratic principles must be supported and not labeled as "terrorist" simply because we disagree with the decision of the people.

Don't like that? Deal with it.

Circling You: 
If you have nothing in your public profile and little or nothing in your About section, dont expect me to circle you. If there is a justifiable reason why your profile is empty, then message me and tell me. Should point out that simply +1'ing me comments or simply circling me wont result in me adding you.

Also, if i do add you back, please message me and tell me your interests. Its one way of knowing what you are into [and what you are not].

Discussions:
Spammers are not welcome. End of story. Discussions, well they are good, but I like  civilised ones so if you want to talk about things, keep personal insults out of them. It isn't that hard :)

Humanity:
This bit is easy. We are all one species, despite the fact that many think differently. Each race, religion, culture etc has its good points and its bad points. By the same token, I will not tarnish a whole people simply because some still act like Neanderthals.

Google Plus:
Been on here since July 2nd 2011, so am one of the original. I dumped Facebook and Twitter. Too much garbage and lack of privacy on the first, and too much spam on the second. Plus the discussions on G+ are 1000% more mature than either of the other two.

What I don't want to see:
I don't want to see tits and ass, I don't want to see continual postings to your business or a business you have interests in. For the first one - there's Xtube etc. For the second one - establish a business page on G+.
And above all .. dont spam my stream and/or posts. Its the easiest way of getting blocked and/or reported. No exceptions.

What I would like:
If I add you or you add me, send me a message and tell me what your interests are [excluding the above about what I don't want to see], so I can add you to the appropriate circle/s....

Other Stuff:
An enigma, a mystery, an illusion .. what i am is not what i necessarily am. .... sums me up quite nicely.:)


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Was there last night with two mates ... Great staff and great attitudes ;) and the coffees and tea was great. Definitely worth going back
Public - 2 months ago
reviewed 2 months ago
One of my local pubs that I used to visit quite regularly. Pre renovations: This used to be one excellent pub where the food was excellent, the decor was old style and the service was second to none. It had small outdoor area which was good to get away from the noise inside. Post renovations: The service has degraded even though it is now bigger due to incorporating the small outdoor area and expanding backwards. The staff aren't as friendly and its way way too noisy. If you had to compare it to anything, it is half way between a pub and a nightclub [without the music]. The owners can do a lot to improve the Service and the staff selections.
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Food: Very GoodDecor: Very GoodService: Good
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
A very busy hotel and can get very crowded but by the same token, it is a great place to spend a few hours with friends. Food prices are reasonable, alcohol - lots of it, and the crowd is pretty well mixed.
Food: Very GoodDecor: Very GoodService: Very Good
Public - 2 years ago
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The Y Hotel is a YWCA hotel, so don't expect first class service. Having said that, its affordable, the rooms are clean, you have a choice of communal bathrooms or in-room [depending on what you book], and its a stone's throw from the CBD and Oxford Street.
Quality: GoodFacilities: GoodService: Good
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reviewed 2 years ago
No complaints about the service. Had heard lots of great reviews so checked it out with friends. The waitresses in the restaurant were prompt and helpful [even offered to take our orders before serving a table of 20 who were there first, to avoid our dinner being served late]. Only complaint I truly have is internal signage needs improving so one knows how to get from the bar to the restaurant, and the bar lady needs to smile and [act if necessary] that she is having a good day.
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Atmosphere: GoodDecor: Very GoodService: Good
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
Love this hotel. No poker machines!! The crowd is extremely mixed, not only age wise but also culturally. You never know who will be in there. Have gone in one afternoon and its predominantly "suits", then the next time you think you have walked into a lesbian or gay den, and the next time its predominantly tradies. The service is very good, the atmosphere is is relaxed. Although it doesn't serve food, a number of food outlets will delivery right into the hotel to where you are sitting.
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Quality: Very GoodFacilities: Very GoodService: Very Good
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