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Kam-Yung Soh
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"Exactly 50 years to the day after Mariner 4 became the first mission to explore Mars, New Horizons completed the first era of planetary reconnaissance by flying past Pluto on July 14, 2015. In my final "insider blog" for SkyandTelescope.com, I want to give you a recap of the main findings that came from the initial data returned from the spacecraft."
It sounds like science fiction, but it's not: NASA's New Horizons mission explored the Pluto system this summer!
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Getting closer to the day it actually tries to break the land speed record. "In a suburb of Bristol, in western England, not far from the Welsh border, a band of engineers are building a machine that they hope will make the biggest jump in the century-long history of the official world land-speed record, taking it from a smidgen above the speed of sound to 1,600 kilometers (1,000 miles) per hour. That’s roughly the cruising speed of a fighter aircraft, but it’s considerably harder to achieve at ground level, where the atmosphere is far thicker. And there’s the not-insignificant danger that the vehicle will end up plowing into the ground.

Even in the complicated business of breaking such speed records, Bloodhound represents a remarkable array of firsts in terms of technology, engineering techniques, and propulsion systems, all set to send the missile-shaped car down a nearly 20-km-long racetrack in the South African desert toward the end of this year. Perhaps the most striking of those firsts is the project’s method of verifying the safety of the design. To a degree that would be unthinkable today, earlier record attempts relied on overengineering, best-guess estimates, intuition, and sheer luck. Earlier generations of engineers would often discover a car’s limits with destructive testing—running it until it broke. Now modeling and data acquisition, the preferred tools for designing both aircraft and cars, are making headway in this most extreme of sports. Bloodhound is the first project of its kind to apply them. By the time the car makes its great bid for the record in South Africa, it will have done the run 1,000 times in silico."
Jets, rockets, and computer models will help a British team break 1,600 km/h
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"South Africa is home to approximately 80 species of birds of prey, but nearly a fourth of them are listed as threatened or endangered. Each year, around 150 birds of prey from around 50 different species become sick or injured in the wild, and are thus unable to survive. Luckily there is the African Bird of Prey Sanctuary in South Africa where they can go for hospitalization, rehabilitation, and hopefully, eventual release back into the wild."
Environmentally crucial raptors like eagles and vultures are kept and protected in this massive sanctuary
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Interesting book. "While Evolutionary Tales can definitely be enjoyed by kids and adults alike, it's perfect for the age 3-12 crowd.  The writing is just challenging enough, the illustrations are bright and beautiful, and the topics are of course incredibly exciting!  Who wouldn't love learning about a fish that can crawl on land or a beetle that shoots acid?!  Any child with a love of nature, science, and evolution will truly adore Evolutionary Tales and all it has to offer!  And parents looking to introduce their kids to these topics now have the perfect book to do so!"
Matt Cubberly is raising funds for Evolutionary Tales: A Child's First Book on Evolution! on Kickstarter! Evolutionary Tales is a children's book that teaches evolution through 10 poems focusing on the wildest-evolved creatures of our world!
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"At his farm in Oregon City, known as Tree Climbing Planet, Kovar leads adults from all walks of life through courses in professional tree climbing. Identifying as a Master Tree Climbing Instructor, Kovar teaches people how to tie proper knots, safely hang sleeping hammocks, and carefully ascend the branches of a tree. Before this seems like some sort of playground for adults with rampant Peter Pan syndrome, Kovar's classes are actually more targeted towards professionals who might need instruction in climbing trees, such as parks workers and nature researchers. Really anyone who might need to safely climb up into the forest canopy."
This Oregon farm is dedicated to teaching people the professional art of tree climbing
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New Preliminary Maps of Pluto: Map 2 | NASA New Horizons
Following New Horizons’ history-making sweep past Pluto on July 14, 2015, the mission has released maps of Pluto with preliminary designations for the features found on this distant world.

Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/ Southwest Research Institute

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#NASA #Space #Pluto #Astronomy #Science #Dwarf #Planet  
#Charon #Moons #NewHorizons #Spacecraft #JPL #KuiperBelt  
#SolarSystem #MSFC #JohnHopkins #JHUAPL #APL #STEM
#Education #PlutoFlyby #Exploration #LORRI #Camera #Maps
#SouthwestResearchInstitute #SwRI #History #Geoscience #Geology #Landscape #Physical #Features 
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Via +HACKADAY with a video of the event. "Having been flown and accommodated as a speaker for the occasion by the Fresno Commodore Users Group, my mind was mostly on trying to overcome the jetlag, thinking about what I was going to speak about, and trying to catch a nap while the live band played across the street until 2:00 AM (5:00 AM my time)

At some point on the second day I remembered my camera and completely disregarding the stabilization and white balance settings I set off to yak it up with some of the attendees."
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Cool open licensed astrophysics books. "This is a collection of open-licensed, freely available texts on various topics in astrophysics. You are free to use them as-is, make mash-ups of different texts, or contribute back to their development.

Texts are written in LaTeX and managed as a github repository under the Open-Astrophysics-Bookshelf github organization. Each text has a lead author who manages the contributions. Anyone else can contribute by forking a text's project repo, making modifications, and then issuing a pull-request through the github website.

Any type of contribution is welcomed—typos, clarifications, new chapters, etc. All contributors will be acknowledged in the text, for instance, by having a hierarchical author list giving the lead author(s), major contributing authors, and then authors who make minor corrections/clarifications. Each text can devise their own system that works best for them. (And of course the git history will list all contributions.)"
Open Astrophysics Bookshelf. Open Licensed Astrophysics Texts; Open for Contributions. View on GitHub. Welcome to the Open Astrophysics Bookshelf. This is a collection of open-licensed, freely available texts on various topics in astrophysics. You are free to use them as-is, make mash-ups of ...
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Cool build from +Daniele Benedettelli. "As if we needed further proof that Lego bricks are amazing, maker Danny Benedettelli has shown one of the coolest uses for them yet. Using a combination of Lego bricks and other electronics, Benedettelli built a humanoid robot that is controlled wirelessly by a wearable “exosuit.” This means that by simply wearing the suit, he can make the robot perform a movement just by acting it out himself."
Using a combination of Lego bricks and other electronics, Danny built a robot that is controlled wirelessly by a wearable Lego "exosuit."
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"Here is a copy of Centauri, edited by Andy Anderson from the summer of 1945.  This copy is special because the cover is signed in the upper right corner by “Morojo”, which is Esperanto for Myrtle Douglas.  Myrtle Douglas was one of the major players of early fandom.  She edited and co-edited numerous zines, including Voice of the Imagination (VoM) with Forrest J. Ackerman. Esperanto was created in the 1800′s  by L.L Zamenhof, an ophthalmologist who sought to create an international language to promote world peace. Morojo was an Esperanto enthusiast, as were many other early science fiction fans.    

Centauri. Ed. Andy Anderson. No. 4, Summer, 1945. Cover by E. T. Beaumont.  

-Laura H."
Here is a copy of Centauri, edited by Andy Anderson from the summer of 1945. This copy is special because the cover is signed in the upper right corner by “Morojo”, which is Esperanto for Myrtle...
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Stressful, but fun.
 
Teens Show Off Engineering Mettle With Pasta Bridge Competition

"Imagine having to build a bridge — a strong bridge — out of nothing but epoxy and spaghetti.

Yeah, hard. Just ask one of the 160 high schoolers who recently finished Engineering Innovation, a rigorous, monthlong summer camp run by Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and a handful of other cities. They didn’t just have to imagine it; they had to do it." #Mindshift #Npr #STEM #Engineering
A summer program at Johns Hopkins University puts high schoolers' ingenuity to the test — building bridges out of nothing but spaghetti and glue.
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Woot! Planning another visit to the Singapore Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum next year! "The work to preserve the sperm whale found recently in Singapore waters is underway - and parts of its skeleton could be on display by the end of the year.

"We plan on getting the whale skeleton ready for exhibition in 2016, but parts of the skeleton could be viewed by the end of this year," the deputy head of the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum, Professor Rudolf Meier, told The Straits Times.

An adult female sperm whale, 10.6m long and weighing between 8 and 10 tonnes, was found in Singapore waters for the first time on July 10. Since then, museum staff have been working almost every day to preserve its carcass by removing its flesh and collecting its tissues for further research."
The work to preserve the sperm whale found recently in Singapore waters is underway - and parts of its skeleton could be on display by the end of the year.. Read more at straitstimes.com.
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An explorer of nature, science and various forms of entertainment.
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Regarding my avatar: I call it "Explorer Foxkeh" and I use it to show that I'm interested in exploring the world.

Foxkeh is the 'mascot' of Mozilla Japan. Mozilla is one of my favourite organisations. The avatar is used under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.1 Japan (CC BY-NC 2.1 JP) [ https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.1/jp/deed.en ] license.

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