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Works at KK* — I write about the culture of technology. I'm an off-the-chart optimist. Currently Senior Maverick at Wired magazine. Publisher of the daily review of Cool Tools. Resident philosopher at the Technium.
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Nicely done, China.
 
Technicians have begun assembling the world's largest radio telescope, with a dish the size of 30 football grounds, deep in the mountains of southwest China's Guizhou Province. Yesterday afternoon, they began to assemble the telescope's reflector, which is 500 meters in diameter, compared to Puerto Rico's Arecibo Observatory, which is 300 meters. "Having a more sensitive telescope, we can receive weaker and more distant radio messages. It will help us to search for intelligent life outside of the galaxy and explore the origins of the universe," Wu Xiangping, director-general of the Chinese Astronomical Society said.

Okay fine. But please read the first few chapters of Liu Cixin’s epic Science Fiction novel (and current Hugo Award nominee) THE THREE BODY PROBLEM. That will teach you caution not to press SEND with any “outgoing messages.” Listening is good.
China has begun assembling the world's largest radio telescope called FAST deep in the mountains of Guizhou Province.
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In 1491, pre Columbus, the Amazon may have had a native population of 5-6 million, with large scale agriculture and crop domestication, whose remnants can still be found in the jungles.

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It does no good to fight liars by lying.
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DIY bad dreams: https://dreamscopeapp.com

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The secret is that only 5% of the world's species have been discovered. Some of the unknown ones may be in your backyard. We could use better tools to look.
http://www.newyorker.com/tech/elements/los-angeles-back-yard-entomologists
Just by setting up tents in L.A. back yards, researchers have found a suspected thirty new species of the genus Megaselia. Credit Photograph by Kelsey Bailey / Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
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They discovered a new species of (rather big) spiders in Auburn, Alabama not that long ago: http://ocm.auburn.edu/featured_story/tiger_spider.html
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We are still taking nominations for your favorite podcasts. Go here and vote for the best non-fiction podcasts.We'll publish the results of the 2,000 folks who have already voted.  http://kk.org/cooltools/archives/24560
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Will you be releasing the results?  I voted. :)
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What if Mad Max is just one world in the Star Wars universe?  This seamless mashup answers.
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+Kevin Kelly i thought the same thing, however the fact that everyone on the planet still drives cars with wheels kinda puts that to rest. or maybe this is a planet just like earth that got destroyed in some cataclysmic event and now after years of slumbering in stasis compounds humanity waking up and taking to the wasteland? thats the only thought i could think of.
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For my Chinese fans, there is now a crowdfunding campaign to publish the Silver Cord graphic novel in Chinese. They are seeking 1,000 fans. There's a single reward to choose from -- the finished limited edition book. Head over here to join: http://sc.yeeyan.org/
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This petition is a bit of satire and monkeywrenching for GMO debate. It demands a label for Artificially Selected Organisms. It's logic is solid.

https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/support-mandatory-labeling-artificially-selected-organisms-asos
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Actually, the GMO debate has been hijacked by extremists on both sides, and the gene-modifying part is really not the part most objected to.  The major objections boil down to this:  1) GMO's should be properly and stringently regulated and studied before being released.  Our track record as a species, even with bringing in foreign species to try to control pests, is horrible - we often wind up making a worse problem from the resulting rampage of the foreign species (i.e. Cane Toads).   2) Many of the GMO's presently in use inherently include 2 other problems - they are patented &/or require or encourage the use of large amounts of toxic chemicals such as glyphosate (RoundUp).  This has already led to organic farms being contaminated by unwanted GMO's by pollen brought in on the wind, and other farmers being sued by Monsanto for supposedly growing patented organisms they never wanted to grow in the first place - because it ended up on their farm land by natural means, and to poor farmers in 3rd world countries being forced to buy seed every year because the seed is engineered to be sterile ("Terminator" seed) - rather than being able to save seed from their crops (as has been done since farming began) to grow next year.  I am as much a fan of satire as some and more than many - but I don't like to see an issue this serious being sidelined and taken lightly.  Nothing less than the crops that feed most of the world is at stake here; nothing less than the water we all drink being polluted by toxins to the point where glyphosate, (touted originally by Monsanto as not staying in the environment very long at all so they could get it approved) now being found in the  blood and tissues of most Americans.
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By request, here is a deep dream version of spaghetti man. +John Baez +John Walkenbach   Original is here. Which one do you prefer?

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Snakes.  Why'd it have to be snakes?
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If Amazon were smart they would run this sly mock video announcing Prime Day 2 and more low quality bargains. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h_x4n4o-ulU
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worthless sale, but it spawned other less worthless competing sales on other sites..
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Aquaterra is a unique shallow underwater area rich in human remains and climatic clues. It is explorable with ROVs..

"Dobson calls the area “aquaterra,” a new name for the previously undefined lands that were repeatedly exposed and inundated as ice sheets advanced and retreated over the past 120,000 years.  “It’s like a vast millennial tide,” he said, “as glaciers hold and release waters to the oceans, and it’s the same timeframe as the rise of modern humans.”

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Natural childbirth. Short and awesome.
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FAKE FAKE FAKE
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I am Senior Maverick at Wired magazine. I helped launch Wired in 1993, and served as its Executive Editor until January 1999. I am currently editor and publisher of the popular Cool Tools, True Film, and Street Use websites. From 1984-1990 I was publisher and editor of the Whole Earth Review, a journal of unorthodox technical news. I co-founded the ongoing Hackers' Conference, and was involved with the launch of the WELL, a pioneering online service started in 1985. I authored the best-selling "New Rules for the New Economy," and the classic book on decentralized emergent systems, "Out of Control." I co-founded the All Species Inventory, a taxonmic initiative to catalog all the species on Earth. I am also a charter board member of the Long Now Foundation which is building a monumental clock to tick for 10,000 years.
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