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Gentleman. Except on occasion.
Gentleman. Except on occasion.

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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  

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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

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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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"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/

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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  

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I am obsessed with maps. This digital Paullin project from @urichmond is overwhelmingly awesome. http://dsl.richmond.edu/historicalatlas/

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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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