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Happy Birthday to +Anthony Cousins, and thanks for the interesting G+ shares throughout the year. I hope you have a great day!
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"Using DNA sequence alone, Venter says that his company can now predict a person’s height, weight, eye colour and hair colour, and produce an approximate picture of their face"

As of a couple of years ago, the only info most law enforcement agencies could get from an unknown DNA sample was "yes this person is in our database, and here is his identity" or "no this person is not in our database and we have no further information". The rate of change since then has been dramatic, to say the least.
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I'm pretty sure it doesn't mean predict what you'll weigh in the future, but predict what someone would see if they looked at you at the time of your sample. There's probably a better word for it.
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"Her computer was wrapped in blankets and [...] carried into Pixar like an Egyptian pharaoh."
It was saved by something akin to blind luck.
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ok I did that one once. Got an rsync backwards and wiped out a universities websites for about an hour.

#mistakesyouonlymakeonce

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Very interesting news about a possible snakebite antidote (not antivenom). I think they could have told the story without the photo of a pile of snakes, though!
A drug that's gone through clinical trials has now been shown to battle more than two dozen deadly snakebite venoms.
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I thought it was going to be an Indiana Jones story! 
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When algorithms go wrong, aka my +You Tube suggested playlist

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I should probably assume Google knows what it's doing and click on it, but so far no
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It's comforting to know that even when things look pretty crazy on our planet, there are still international groups of humans working together to advance our understanding of the universe.
Scientists announce discovery of clear gravitational wave signal, ripples in spacetime first predicted by Albert Einstein
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Next step, the Wave Motion cannon! 
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"There appears to be a dead mouse in this mousetrap which is not described as being there on the database"

What could be one of the all time great opening sentences to a novel is actually an email from the Assistant Curator at the MERL
After logging onto their computers today, staff here at the MERL were greeted by an unusual email from the Assistant Curator: ‘There appears to be a dead mouse in this mousetrap…’ It began. ‘…which…
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That is a fun story.
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Lupine looks terrible when it dies back in the winter, but in the summer, our hillside looks fantastic. Plus the bees are very happy.
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ooooh pretty!
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I don't know if anyone who reads my posts is a fan of making electronic music, but my son is, so I've backed this kickstarter and I hope you do too!
If nothing else, check out the videos. It's a cool little project!
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No, but I will now. Thanks
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Interesting commentary on the recent accident with Google's self driving car.
Also "drivers dynamically form their own patterns as needed" is an excellent description of driving in India
 
A detailed look at what actually happened makes it look like this fender bender is a non-issue, but a valid learning experience for the robocars. http://bit.ly/1SjoTmy
Reports released reveal that one of Google’s Gen-2 vehicles (the Lexus) has had a fender-bender (with a bus) with some responsibility assigned to the system. This is the first crash... read more
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Yes, if you have taught anyone to drive recently, following the rules feels quite dangerous sometimes.
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Some fruit is forming on the mulberry cutting I rooted last year. This year I'm trying to start six mulberry, three fig, and three pomegranate, which sounds like a lot but isn't much more than I tried last year. Hopefully more survive this time.
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Ambitious!  I'm just hoping to get some fruit from my Apricot trees I planted two years ago.
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Is "discovered" the proper term for determining another number is prime? Was it behind the new 9th planet? Regardless, good week for science!
 
There's been a new discovery!

Mathematicians at the University of Central Missouri have discovered a new prime number that has over 22 MILLION digits. The new number discovered is a "Mersenne prime" and can be written as 2^(74,207,281) - 1.

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This post can also be found on my new math blog, All Things Math, right here on Google+. 
Researchers at the University of Central Michigan have discovered the largest prime number to date — and it's really big.
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I assumed you'd be along to verify. If discovered works for you, it works
for me!
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Great short course to play, well maintained. Would be five stars, but the employees are either indifferent or rude.
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Amazing Vietnamese and Chinese food, great service although there's often a wait at dinner. Just be patient, the wait is because everyone knows it's worth it and they keep coming back.
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I didn't know this was a grocery store until a coworker brought me here. Lots of delicious Indian products at good prices. The par baked Roti is better than any pre-cooked variety I've found elsewhere.
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Great service, great prices, perfect neighborhood family restaurant
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The "Street Taco" pizza with carne asada and chili verde sauce is amazing, and so is the "California Club" with ham, bacon, avocado and more with tomato sauce. Their "normal" pizza is excellent, too. Get the giant 24 inch!
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Honest work, fair prices. Once you start going here you won't want anyone else to work on your cars.
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Large and up to date selection, clean store with helpful but not bothersome employees.
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