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+Marti Lawrence has written a funny, bittersweet story about her family, her cats and her life. Written in the style which will have you smiling, Marti writes with flair and a comedic touch, which make her stories come alive. She handles life with elan, humor and dignity, which would have many of us flailing in the ditch wondering what to do next. Highly recommended!
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Thanks for the invitation +Stephen Peel ! Here is a collection which I love personally, and hope you find interesting as well. Right from the Discovery telescope to one of the first radio telescope which led to the hypothesis of the CMB and the Big Bang theory, telescopes are tools used by astronomers to look deep into the history of our universe. It's a fascinating subject in itself.

The JWST is a talking point in itself. It's an origami based space telescope which will sit at a Lagrange point and give us an ever deeper look into the universe. As it looked millions and billions of years ago.
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My pleasure Steve :) I got my collections going some time back. This is one I am quite pleased with!
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I was invited to this community by Steve and decided to post one of the first collections I made. I write large about science, but I am a Science Fiction writer. I am not famous, but I post about interesting things. Mainly. If you like this collection, do take a look at my other collections as well. Cheers!
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Astronomers discover 'dark galaxies' in Coma cluster : A team of researchers from Stony Brook University and NAOJ of Japan have discovered 'Ultra-Dark Galaxies' in the Coma cluster.

This is amazing since scientists have been scratching their heads to account for the amount of theorized dark matter, and this finding may well be the answer. While none of this is confirmed, all pointers are that this may well support the hypothesis.

Why Dark Matter? : The ultra-dark galaxies are similar in size to the Milky Way, but have only 1/1,000 of stars that our galaxy does. The stellar population within such fluffy extended galaxies is subject to rapid disruption due to a strong tidal force detected within the cluster. "We believe that something invisible must be protecting the fragile star systems of these galaxies, something with a high mass," said Dr. Koda. "That 'something' is very likely an excessive amount of dark matter." The component of visible matter, such as stars, is calculated to contribute only one percent or less to the total mass of each galaxy. The rest -- dark matter -- accounts for more than 99 percent.

Well Hidden : Dark matter is one of the unresolved mysteries in Cosmology. Studies of such interplay between dark matter and stars and gas in galaxies are increasingly attracting attention from researchers. "This discovery of dark galaxies may be the tip of the iceberg," said Dr. Koda. "We may find more if we look for fainter galaxies embedded in a large amount of dark matter, with the Subaru Telescope and additional observations may expose this hidden side of the Universe."

Background : The first to postulate dark matter based upon robust evidence was Vera Rubin in the 1960s–1970s, using galaxy rotation curves. Subsequently many other observations have indicated the presence of dark matter in the universe, including gravitational lensing of background objects by galaxy clusters such as the Bullet Cluster, the temperature distribution of hot gas in galaxies and clusters of galaxies and, more recently, the pattern of anisotropies in the cosmic microwave background. According to consensus among cosmologists, dark matter is composed primarily of a not yet characterized type of subatomic particle. The search for this particle, by a variety of means, is one of the major efforts in particle physics today.

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Just Add Water : Taking microfluidics to the next level.... Stanford researchers have developed a computer that uses the physics of water droplets. While traditionally, water is the enemy of computers, this method uses water to compute. The new computer is not intended to replace existing computers. I just happened to find this interesting!

Water clock : For nearly a decade since he was in graduate school, an idea has been nagging at Prakash: What if he could use little droplets as bits of information and utilize the precise movement of those drops to process both information and physical materials simultaneously. Eventually, Prakash decided to build a rotating magnetic field that could act as clock to synchronize all the droplets.

Fascinating to watch : Katsikis and Prakash built arrays of tiny iron bars on glass slides that look something like a Pac-Man maze. They laid a blank glass slide on top and sandwiched a layer of oil in between. Then they carefully injected into the mix individual water droplets that had been infused with tiny magnetic nanoparticles. Next, they turned on the magnetic field. Every time the field flips, the polarity of the bars reverses, drawing the magnetized droplets in a new, predetermined direction, like slot cars on a track. Every rotation of the field counts as one clock cycle, like a second hand making a full circle on a clock face, and every drop marches exactly one step forward with each cycle.

Scalable at smaller sizes : The current chips are about half the size of a postage stamp, and the droplets are smaller than poppy seeds, but Katsikis said that the physics of the system suggests it can be made even smaller. Combined with the fact that the magnetic field can control millions of droplets simultaneously, this makes the system exceptionally scalable. "We can keep making it smaller and smaller so that it can do more operations per time, so that it can work with smaller droplet sizes and do more number of operations on a chip," said graduate student and co-author Jim Cybulski. "That lends itself very well to a variety of applications."

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You can drop my dad in the middle of a big city and he can tell if a cab driver is going the wrong way. I've been interested in that from childhood, so have paid attention and asked about it - this is mostly a human male talent, so always figured that it must be an evolutionary tangent. And, it seems that it goes along with enhanced distance vision, in my small study.
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Hey guys, help me out with a little bit of primary research. I'm looking into availability and desirability of Indian handicrafts and ethnic products, and trying to understand why and how people buy them outside of India.

Where do you currently buy Indian handicrafts and ethnic products?
If your current option isn't listed in my poll, will you please mention it in the comments? Pretty please?

Gracias, amigos!!

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Brick-and-mortar stores
Local Indian stores
I'd like to, but I don't know how/where
Ask my Indian friends about where to buy
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^Mission Impossible returns* ! : Episode 37 come to you, with Dranke having left spacecommand. What will happen next? The skeleton crew of The Raven are off on an adventure. Read on to know more!

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+Richard Green frankly I wondered about that myself. I guess it's an option to the 50 Postits to keep track of every character and plot point.
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Organizing some of my earlier posts into a collection about alternate computers. It's a wider topic than you think ;)
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Sea level rise faster than expected : With new satellite data imaging to support the numbers, and checking against actual sea level rise accounts for a global mean rate of sea level rise between 1993 and mid-2014 is between 2.6 and 2.9 millimetres per year.  This is actually much higher than previously thought.

Accuracy of Data : Sea levels over the past two decades have risen faster than previously thought, suggests a new study that reassesses the accuracy of satellite data. The study by an international team of scientists, published today in Nature Climate Change , compares satellite records of sea levels made from 1993 to mid-2014 to tide gauge records. Lead author and geophysicist Dr Christopher Watson says the study results address an ongoing puzzle about sea level rise.

Trends Emerging : The degree of difference between the original and revised measurements is only around 10-15 per cent -- amounting to differences of 0.9-1.5 millimetres per year -- but it paints a revised picture of a recent acceleration in sea level rise, which is much closer to predictions. With only just over two decades of satellite monitoring, the fluctuations in sea level could just be the result of annual variability, but the data suggests a trend is emerging, says Watson.

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I am a SF writer. I post about Science and geeky stuff. I write about transhumanism, near as well as distant futures, and like to dream of the possibilities that face us. We are uniquely poised to take advantage, or face the consequences of our actions in the near term and this fascinates me.

Love to write, and sometimes manage to do that, but not very often. I have a few Science Fiction stories called 'The Final Colony' and  'Orange Rock' on as well as 'The Judgement Conundrum', a version of which is free on Smashwords ( Would love for you to read my books and comment on your experience. Look for the ebooks in the links.

You can check out my blog for links to my books and flashfiction stories

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My genre is hard Sci-Fi (if one can categorize it). Though most of my stories do not concentrate on the science.

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Completed course in 'Introduction to Nanotechnology' at Rice University via Coursera and 'Organic Photovoltaics' from Technical University of Denmark.

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