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John Furber
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Earth and Moon from Saturn

In the shadow of +Saturn, unexpected wonders appear. The robotic +Cassini–Huygens spacecraft now orbiting Saturn drifted in giant planet's shadow for about 12 hours in 2006 and looked back toward the eclipsed +Sun. Cassini saw a view unlike any other. First, the night side of Saturn is seen to be partly lit by light reflected from its own majestic ring system. Next, the rings themselves appear dark when silhouetted against Saturn, but quite bright when viewed away from Saturn, slightly scattering sunlight, in this exaggerated color image. Saturn's rings light up so much that new rings were discovered, although they are hard to see in the image. Seen in spectacular detail, however, is Saturn's E ring, the ring created by the newly discovered ice-fountains of the moon Enceladus and the outermost ring visible on this picture.

Far in the distance, at the left, just above the bright main rings, is the almost ignorable pale blue dot

What's that pale blue dot in this image taken from Saturn? Earth.

The robotic Cassini spacecraft looked back toward its old home world earlier this month as it orbited Saturn. Using Saturn itself to block the bright Sun, Cassini imaged a faint dot on the right of the above photograph. That dot is expanded on the image inset, where a slight elongation in the direction of Earth's +Moon is visible. Vast water oceans make Earth's reflection of sunlight somewhat blue. Earth is home to over seven billion humans and over one octillion Prochlorococcus.

Image Credit: CICLOPS, JPL, ESA, NASA, Cassini Imaging Team, SSI
Explanation of the image from: http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap061016.html and http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap060927.html
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Aurora over Pacific Ocean from the +International Space Station

September 17, 2011

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Most Amazing High Definition Image of Earth - Blue Marble 2012

A 'Blue Marble' image of the Earth taken from the VIIRS instrument aboard NASA's most recently launched Earth-observing satellite - Suomi NPP. This composite image uses a number of swaths of the Earth's surface taken on January 4, 2012. The NPP satellite was renamed 'Suomi NPP' on January 24, 2012 to honor the late Verner E. Suomi of the University of Wisconsin.

Suomi NPP is NASA's next Earth-observing research satellite. It is the first of a new generation of satellites that will observe many facets of our changing Earth.

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Image Credit: NASA/NOAA/GSFC/Suomi NPP/VIIRS/Norman Kuring
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My color wall chart, "Systems Biology of Human Aging - Network Model" was updated 27 January 2012.
http://legendarypharma.com/chartbg.html
TO VIEW ONLINE: On the web page, you will see a screen display (PNG file) of the network image.
If your iPhone or iPad is unable to display the PNG, then go down the page and load the PDF file furberchart.pdf
TO PRINT: Further down on the page, you can find a link to download a printable PDF.
TO ORDER A PRINT: Further down on the page, you can find information on ordering a large format print for your wall.
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I welcome your comments and feedback for improving future versions.
Primary causes and interactions in the Biology of Human Aging: A flowchart by John D. Furber.
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CBS-TV 60 Minutes will be reporting on Stem Cell Fraud tonight.
Not all stem cell research is fraudulent, but not all purveyors of stem cell therapies are honest either.

http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=7394195n
60 Minutes on CBS News: Preview: Stem Cell Fraud - Stem cells still have not proven to be the panacea many claimed they could be, yet the Internet is alive with stem cells for sale to treat incurable ...
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Does anyone else find that each successive release of Mac OS X gets worse, more Windows-like in its obscurity, its tendency to hide affordances that were once a joy to the advanced user, more buggy, more user-hostile, with more attempts to lock you into Apple's own apps. I'm starting to hate Mac OS X, and thinking there's starting to be an opportunity for a new, simple, clean OS to come along.

Right now, since I've switched to Gmail, I'm trying to back up and remove from my machine years of accumulated mail storage from mail.app. First obstacle: a user's library files are now hidden. Finally find them (thanks Matt Silver), back up the files to an external disk, and then delete them. But then when I empty the trash, an ungodly number of files--going back years--claim they are "in use" and can't be deleted. So here I am having to click "continue" every few thousand files (if I'm lucky) as I page through more than 400,00 files to be deleted. I know this is actually an old mis-feature - but why the devil wouldn't they give you an "ignore" checkbox or a "delete whatever you can checkbox"? This has been a problem for years, but never fixed, while they add new gloss all the time.

But that's just the latest frustration. There are so many things that are worse in Lion than in Snow Leopard, just as there were many things worse in Snow Leopard than in Leopard, and on back.

Time to start over, guys.
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(I discuss) What was the true genesis of Craigslist?
Answer (1 of 8): Okay, here's very brief info, all on the record already... 1994 at Charles Schwab, was evangelizing the Net, saw a lot of people helping each other out. early 1995, I decided to giv...
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Sunset seen from the +International Space Station

May 25, 2010

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Western Europe at Night

With hardware from the Earth-orbiting +International Space Station appearing in the near foreground, a night time European panorama reveals city lights from Belgium and the Netherlands at bottom center. the British Isles partially obscured by solar array panels at left, the North Sea at left center, and Scandinavia at right center beneath the end effector of the Space Station Remote Manipulator System or Canadarm2. This image was taken by the station crew on Jan. 22, 2012.

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Puns for educated minds:
1. The fattest knight at King Arthur's round table was Sir Cumference. He acquired his size from too much pi.
2. I thought I saw an eye doctor on an Alaskan island, but it turned out to be an optical Aleutian .
3. She was only a whiskey maker, but he loved her still.
4. A rubber band pistol was confiscated from algebra class, because it was a weapon of math disruption.
5. No matter how much you push the envelope, it'll still be stationery.
6. A dog gave birth to puppies near the road and was cited for littering.
7. A grenade thrown into a kitchen in France would result in Linoleum Blownapart.
8. Two silk worms had a race. They ended up in a tie.
9. A hole has been found in the nudist camp wall. The police are looking into it.
10. Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.
11. Atheism is a non-prophet organization.
12. Two hats were hanging on a hat rack in the hallway. One hat said to the other: 'You stay here; I'll go on a head.'
13. I wondered why the baseball kept getting bigger. Then it hit me.
14. A sign on the lawn at a drug rehab center said: 'Keep off the Grass.'
15. The midget fortune-teller who escaped from prison was a small medium at large.
16. The soldier who survived mustard gas and pepper spray is now a seasoned veteran.
17. A backward poet writes inverse.
18. In a democracy it's your vote that counts. In feudalism it's your count that votes.
20. If you jumped off the bridge in Paris , you'd be in Seine .
21. A vulture boards an airplane, carrying two dead raccoons. The stewardess looks at him and says, 'I'm sorry, sir, only one carrion allowed per passenger.'
23. Two Inuit sitting in a kayak were chilly, so they lit a fire in the craft. Unsurprisingly it sank, proving once again that you can't have your kayak and heat it too.
24. Two hydrogen atoms meet. One says, 'I've lost my electron.' The other says 'Are you sure?' The first replies, 'Yes, I'm positive.'
25. There was the person who sent ten puns to friends, with the hope that at least one of the puns would make them laugh. No pun in ten did.
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Scientist/Entrepreneur
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Technical writing, planning, analysis, mathematics, physics, organic chemistry
Employment
  • University of California, Berkeley
    Visiting Research Scholar, 2013 - present
    Independent aging research in the lab of Irina and Michael Conboy, Bioengineering Department, QB3.
  • Legendary Pharmaceuticals
    Sr. Scientist, 2000 - present
  • U.S. Congress, Office of Technology Assessment
    Energy Policy Analyst, 1976 - 1979
    Onsite Solar Energy and Energy Conservation.
  • Solar Electric International
    Analyst, 1979 - 1981
    Design, Develop, Test, and Deploy small scale photovoltaic irrigation-pumps for third-world farmers, with funding from the World Bank.
  • Kronos Science Laboratory
    Consultant, 2005 - 2006
    Research management in the biology of aging.
  • Halcyon Molecular Inc
    Consultant, 2010 - 2010
  • Buck Institute for Research on Aging
    Visiting Researcher, 2013 - 2013
    Independent aging research in the lab of Gordon Lithgow.
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www.legendarypharma.com/jdf
Introduction
Developing Pharmaceutical and Gene Therapies

To repair and reverse

The pathological changes of aging

For a Healthy Future

Education
  • University of California, Irvine
    Developmental & Cell Biology, 1987 - 1990
  • University of California, Santa Cruz
    Physics & Mathematics, 1972 - 1976
  • University of Kentucky
    Anatomy, Biology, 1986 - 1987
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