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If you ever played with LEGO, you will appreciate this :)
Europoean Extremely Lego Telescope

Dear Google+. I present to you, the European Extremely Lego Telescope!

This Lego model is a ~1:150 version of the European Extremely Large Telescope currently under construction in Chile. The model is currently under display at the Steno Museum in Aarhus but will be moved soon - probably next week.

As far as I know this is the second such model that exists - the first one being under display at the ESA headquaters.

Originally designed by a Dutch astronomer the model includes an enormous 5274 parts which (for my model) all had to be ordered from various shops around the world as not all the parts are produced by Lego.

For anyone wanting to construct this wonderful model themselves building instructions and parts list (both .pdf) are available from the original designer:
Building instructionshttp://goo.gl/QFd9m4
Parts listhttp://goo.gl/W5MBSq

The original news article from ESA on this model:
http://www.eso.org/public/announcements/ann14071/

+LEGO a new set to come?
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I need a little help

If you have about 3 minutes to answer 6-10 questions on electrical consumption, I would be very grateful! It is completely anonymous, of course. 

Link to questionnaire: (or click below)
https://www.survey-xact.dk/LinkCollector?key=GVHQ7FC43N3P 

It is for a small project we are doing in this computer science course I am taking (interactive design). 

About the G+ App:  (using Android on a HTC One X) 

Moderating a community using the G+ App is extremely frustrating. The app will at seemingly random times jump to the top of the community, meaning you have to scroll all the way back down to where you were. In a community with about a hundred posts per day, that usually results in several of such resets before you finally either give up or throw the phone against nearest wall.
If there is a fix to this problem I haven't been able to find it, and if not, could you please make one and implement it fast?

A long-press context menu including the "ban user" option would also be much appreciated. The current two options for spam, "Restore" and "Remove", while good enough half the time, don't help with the real spam, where you need to ban the user. And of course, if the spammer chose not to write any text, you have to be very careful when accessing the post to ban the user, otherwise you will end up pressing either the username and thus entering their profile, or the link they posted - and who knows what kind of trouble that might bring.

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If only liking, +1'ing and sharing posts made a difference, then maybe sexism wouldn't be a problem anymore.
The real difference, I guess, comes from education and actively opposing sexism where you see it - and of course, opening your eyes to it.

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Meeting an Astronaut

On Tuesday the 20th of May +Chris Hadfield came to the +Planetarium Hamburg to promote the German translation of his book "An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth".
It was the first time +Laura Kazlauskaite and I noticed our favourite astronaut being so close to Denmark, and the decision was quick and easy: we had to go.

Naturally, we made sure to be in Hamburg well before the talk, but being the giant geeks that we (apparently) are, we didn't see much else of Hamburg that day than the planetarium, since we went to see one of their regular, afternoon shows. We made up for it the morning after, before hitch-hiking back home. It is a beautiful city.

The moment we'd been waiting for arrived as you would expect: ever slower, until finally the director of the planetarium introduced Chris Hadfield and he came unto the floor. Just four meters away, standing quiet, while two Germans working on the book were introduced.

Then a video was shown on the dome, a commercial for the book, and in the faint light we saw Chris finding one of only two nearby, empty seats - the one right in front of us. 
Arms reach. 
For a second I wondered what would happen if I flicked one of his ears, while at the same time Laura was considering giving him a head massage. Her idea would probably have gained the more favourable reaction.

Video over. Chris got up and the Q&A session began, first as an interview by a German physicist who had translated the book (I think). Good questions, good answers, though many of them we had heard before through some of the many interviews available on YouTube. A question came up on the Space Oddity cover he made from the ISS, which resulted in the inconspicuously plugged-in guitar being put to use. Chris can of course play the guitar and proved it by playing first bit from Space Oddity and afterwards singing and playing the entire I.S.S. (Is Somebody Singing?)

All too soon the Q&A was over and it was time for the book signing to begin. We were held up by me wanting to say hello to the director of the planetarium, and consequently ended up last in an impressively long and slow-moving line of devoted fans. 

Ten minutes later, one meter further, oh dear...

It took approximately two hours and then it was finally our turn. We were tired and we were hungry, but we got to shake hands with an astronaut, a hero among human beings. Got an autograph too and a picture taken with him - and then it was over. Not in an anticlimactic way though as we rid the metro back almost on the wave of that short meeting. In retrospect though I cannot help thinking that it must be difficult to smile so many times at so many cameras in such a short period of time.

In the end we had a great little two-day trip. Our deepest gratitude to Chris Hadfield for coming to Hamburg, and the Planetarium Hamburg for hosting the event. 

We haven't given up hope seeing him again in Denmark some day ;)
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Meeting an Astronaut

On Tuesday the 20th of May +Chris Hadfield came to the +Planetarium Hamburg to promote the German translation of his book "An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth".
It was the first time +Laura Kazlauskaite and I noticed our favourite astronaut being so close to Denmark, and the decision was quick and easy: we had to go.

Naturally, we made sure to be in Hamburg well before the talk, but being the giant geeks that we (apparently) are, we didn't see much else of Hamburg that day than the planetarium, since we went to see one of their regular, afternoon shows. We made up for it the morning after, before hitch-hiking back home. It is a beautiful city.

The moment we'd been waiting for arrived as you would expect: ever slower, until finally the director of the planetarium introduced Chris Hadfield and he came unto the floor. Just four meters away, standing quiet, while two Germans working on the book were introduced.

Then a video was shown on the dome, a commercial for the book, and in the faint light we saw Chris finding one of only two nearby, empty seats - the one right in front of us. 
Arms reach. 
For a second I wondered what would happen if I flicked one of his ears, while at the same time Laura was considering giving him a head massage. Her idea would probably have gained the more favourable reaction.

Video over. Chris got up and the Q&A session began, first as an interview by a German physicist who had translated the book (I think). Good questions, good answers, though many of them we had heard before through some of the many interviews available on YouTube. A question came up on the Space Oddity cover he made from the ISS, which resulted in the inconspicuously plugged-in guitar being put to use. Chris can of course play the guitar and proved it by playing first bit from Space Oddity and afterwards singing and playing the entire I.S.S. (Is Somebody Singing?)

All too soon the Q&A was over and it was time for the book signing to begin. We were held up by me wanting to say hello to the director of the planetarium, and consequently ended up last in an impressively long and slow-moving line of devoted fans. 

Ten minutes later, one meter further, oh dear...

It took approximately two hours and then it was finally our turn. We were tired and we were hungry, but we got to shake hands with an astronaut, a hero among human beings. Got an autograph too and a picture taken with him - and then it was over. Not in an anticlimactic way though as we rid the metro back almost on the wave of that short meeting. In retrospect though I cannot help thinking that it must be difficult to smile so many times at so many cameras in such a short period of time.

In the end we had a great little two-day trip. Our deepest gratitude to Chris Hadfield for coming to Hamburg, and the Planetarium Hamburg for hosting the event. 

We haven't given up hope seeing him again in Denmark some day ;)
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ESA Kids shared a couple of pictures from yesterday, when we were visited by the +European Space Agency, ESA s #RosettaTour  at the Steno Museum in Aarhus, Denmark.
It's me making a comet with Paxi, the ESA Kids mascot! :)  

Later, danish astronaut +Andreas Mogensen featured a group photo taken in front of the truck (and the museum) of some of the employees and guests - and you can tell I've found a new friend in Paxi ^^

Do check out the following link for more info about Rosetta in general and, of course, the tour they're doing through Scandinavia and Finland: http://blogs.esa.int/rosetta/

Was a fun couple of days, hopefully we get to do something like that again soon :)  
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We're visited by #RosettaTour and I'll be in the truck cooking comets or in planetarium talking about them and Rosetta in general.

Come have a look at the Steno Museum in Aarhus today! :)

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This unfortunately seems fairly accurate.
Not always, but too often.

Still made me smile :)
It's funny, because it's true. -Homer Simpson

via +Peter Smalley and +Ciro Villa
Journalists vs Scientists

Something I made using the Google Docs Story Builder tool a couple of years ago. Don't take it too seriously!

Original: http://docsstorybuilder.appspot.com/BV7w1z
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