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Any event involving multiple astronauts is a "must-attend" for a self-defined space geek like me....
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#MoonDay

The word of the day: gibbous
1. Astronomy. (of a heavenly body) convex at both edges, as the moon when more than half
2. humpbacked

Here is a graphic showing the phases of the Moon. Next time you are out and about when the Moon is visible, try being specific when you refer to it. "Isn't that a beautiful Waxing Gibbous Moon tonight?" Or, "The Waning Gibbous Moon reflecting in your eyes is magical."

Ok, maybe that's not the best way to use this, but hey. Who knows?

Our word Monday is derived from Old English Mōnandæg and Middle English Monenday, which means "moon day". Moon Express is a privately funded commercial space company created to develop the resources of the Moon for the benefit of life on Earth and humanity's future in space.
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New view of microbes forces rethinking of what it means to be an organism.

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/microscopic-menagerie
The microbes dwelling in and on multicellular organisms should be viewed as evolutionarily inseparable from their hosts, some biologists argue.
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A great interview with my friend Moon Express CEO, Bob Richards, discussing why we are going back to the Moon.

Fly me to the Moon!

Veritasium @ Moon Express: Why go back to the moon?
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Hello can u please let me know how the program is going?
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"We already knew that good stories can put you in someone else's shoes in a figurative sense. Now we're seeing that something may also be happening biologically." 

http://www.futurity.org/reading-novels-leaves-shadow-activity-brain/
After reading a novel, actual changes linger in the brain, at least for a few days, report researchers.
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I am obsessed with maps. This digital Paullin project from @urichmond is overwhelmingly awesome. http://dsl.richmond.edu/historicalatlas/
scroll down. A spectacular historical atlas refashioned for the 21st century. Here you will find one of the greatest historical atlases: Charles O. Paullin and John K. Wright's Atlas of the Historical Geography of the United States , first published in 1932. This digital edition reproduces all ...
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Get my friend Ramez Naam's most excellent book on sale at Amazon (Kindle) now. Seriously. This is a very good read. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009U9S6B2
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Turning images from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope into tactile 3-D pictures for people who cannot explore celestial wonders by sight.

http://www.nasa.gov/content/goddard/hubble-images-become-tactile-3-d-experience-for-the-blind/#.Us7t2yugmfs  
Three-dimensional printers are transforming the business, medical, and consumer landscape by creating a vast variety of objects, including airplane parts, football cleats, lamps, jewelry, and even artificial human bones. Now they can help astronomy as well.
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But he couldn't have known the consequences of the development he predicted—a planet whose climate is badly destabilized, whose inhabitants face mass extinctions in the years ahead.
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#MoonDay - The Moon Trees

Apollo 14 launched in the late afternoon of January 31, 1971 on what was to be our third trip to the Moon.

Five days later Alan Shepard and Edgar Mitchell walked on the Moon while Stuart Roosa, a former U.S. Forest Service smoke jumper, orbited above in the command module. Packed in small containers in Roosa's personal kit were hundreds of tree seeds. Known as the "Moon Trees", the resulting seedlings were planted throughout the United States. 

Seeds were chosen from five different types of trees: Loblolly Pine, Sycamore, Sweetgum, Redwood, and Douglas Fir. The seeds were classified and sorted, and control seeds were kept on Earth for later comparison. Roosa carried about 400 - 500 seeds in his personal kit which stayed with him as he orbited the Moon in the command module "Kitty Hawk" in February, 1971. Unfortunately, the seed canisters burst open during the decontamination procedures after their return to Earth, and the seeds got mixed together and were presumed to be no longer viable. 

Surprisingly, nearly all the seeds later germinated successfully, and some 420 to 450 seedlings were grown after a few years. A Loblolly Pine was planted at the White House, and trees were planted in Brazil, Switzerland, and presented to the Emperor of Japan, among others. Trees have also been planted in Washington Square in Philadelphia, at Valley Forge, and at various universities and NASA centers. 

One of the Moon Trees, a Coast Redwood,  can be found less than an hour from Los Gatos in Monterey, California. Located in Friendly Plaza, it was planted in 1976. Here is a photo, with yours truly standing at the base.

There are 8 Moon Trees in California and several elsewhere. Maybe near you! Here is a list: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moon_tree
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Here is a good video about synthetic biology. Several of you are deep into synbio and genomics, and of course at Autodesk we have a technology platform for design at the bio/nano scale to enable design and creation of everything from methods of detecting cancer before symptoms appear, DNA nano robots for targeted delivery of cancer treatment, tissue engineering to develop biomaterials such as cultured leather and meat products which require no animal slaughter, read, write and create DNA, printing DNA, engineering glowing plants, and SO much more.

Every aspect of human life has the potential to be completely transformed by these technologies. It's kind of a big deal and you should be paying attention to developments.

http://serious-science.org/videos/46  
Bioengineer James Collins on genetic toggle switch in E. coli, bacteriophage, and engineered probiotics
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Watch my friend Stefania Druga's excellent TEDx talk.

Among her accomplishments, she is the founder of Hackidemia, which provides a learning and playing environment for kids to do citizen science. Her recent Afrimakers initiative is pretty amazing as well. I have much respect for her and her exemplar work to positively impact the lives of others.

Boys and girls should play together: Stefania Druga at TEDxBarcelonaWomen
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Passionate about community and the arts, lifelong learner, swimmer, tennis and lacrosse player, sailing newbie, dog lover. Interested in the intersection and history of technology and society. Sometimes I'm a robot. www.exceptonoccasion.com
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