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My workplace is celebrating Pi Day today with pies. I don't trust myself baking a pie, so I brought mint chocolate chip brownie Pi instead. #pipiepan 
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A Dust Devil on Mars
Image Credit: HiRISE, MRO, LPL (U. Arizona), +NASA
http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap150303.html

It was late in the northern martian spring when the HiRISE camera onboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter spied this local denizen. Tracking across the flat, dust-covered Amazonis Planitia in 2012, the core of this whirling dust devil is about 140 meters in diameter. Lofting dust into the thin martian atmosphere, its plume reaches about 20 kilometers above the surface. Common to this region of Mars, dust devils occur as the surface is heated by the Sun, generating warm, rising air currents that begin to rotate. Tangential wind speeds of up to 110 kilometers per hour are reported for dust devils in other HiRISE images.
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"Rapid unscheduled disassembly" indeed! Impressive video. They were so close!
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has shared the first images from last week's failed Falcon 9 barge landing. Musk tweeted the still frames taken from cameras onboard the drone ship to Doom creator and Oculus...
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For sure! That's not a very big target. This article says the barge is 300 by 100 feet:

http://www.spacex.com/news/2014/12/16/x-marks-spot-falcon-9-attempts-ocean-platform-landing
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Interesting that some of the more subtle things are the more true things, like big screen TV and video calling. Some of these things that were "right" are a little bit of a stretch though. 
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The aftermath of Christmas dinner! Cornish game hens, stuffing, cranberry sauce, raviolis, sweet potatoes, green beans, olives, and croissants.

I wanted to get in on the latest #SnapTheSeason, but by the time I remembered, it was too late to catch the uneaten plate. Oh well. Let's just say it was as good as it would have looked.

Merry Christmas!
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Volcano of Fire Erupts Under the Stars
Image Credit & Copyright: Diego Rizzo
http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap150311.html

First, there was an unusual smell. Then there was a loud bang. But what appeared to the eye was the most amazing of all. While waiting near midnight to see a possible eruption of Volcán de Fuego (Volcano of Fire) in Guatemala last month, a ready camera captured this extraordinary image. Lava is seen running down the side of the volcano, while ash rises up, and glowing magma bubbles explode out of the caldera. Lights near the town of Escuintla can be seen in the background, one of several nearby towns that have witnessed several spectacular eruptions previously. High above, seemingly tranquil by comparison, are familiar stars from the night sky. Although the Volcán de Fuego usually undergoes low-level activity, when the next spectacular eruption will occur is unknown.
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There's some interesting speculation here regarding AI and the Internet. 
Somewhere in the long list of topics that are relevant to astrobiology is the question of 'intelligence'. Is human-like, technological intelligence likely to be common across ...
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Madness! 
Scientists have figured out a way to do something that seems impossible: unboil an egg. But strange as it may sound, the feat doesn't defy basic laws of science.
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Whoa. Very cool. 
Doctors dream of helping the paralzyed walk through implants that stimulate their spinal cords, but current technology makes that impossible; these stiff
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"Here's your daily reminder that Elon Musk is from the future, and possibly not from this planet:"

By itself this doesn't make a lot of sense, but in the context of self-driving, self-parking cars it makes a lot more sense. 
Here's your daily reminder that Elon Musk is from the future, and possibly not from this planet: he just tweeted that Tesla is working on an automatic charging system that will extend from the wall...
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Show the prototype!
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This is a good run down of what these cars are and aren't. It's worth a read, for sure.
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