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Michael Currie
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The OpenWorm project is an ambitious non-profit open-source attempt at programming the first simulation of a multi-cellular biological organism: the millimetre-long nematode worm C. elegans.  To succeed we need your monetary support on Kickstarter!  Please visit http://www.openworm.org/ to sign up for the launch event.
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How Undersea Cables are Laid
Under water cables are nothing new - the first was laid in the 1850s. But have you ever wondered how they are laid?
As #telecommunications continue to increase in speed and versatility, we may rely more and more on this comparatively affordable method of transmitting #data across continents. Now, thanks to this great little #gif , you know how they are installed. Pretty coo'!
animation courtesy of imgur
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Maybe I'm naive believing that sweeping and disruptive changes are looming just beyond the next decade, I'm sure there is a natural tendency to overstate impacts of progress but given the explosion of information technology, ai, robotics, and the cascading nature of these changes, the rate of displacement of current jobs available to humans will far exceed the creation of new ones in the short term. Consider just the driverless car,  this will directly affect anyone whose job is to transport people or goods from A to B, I think it will have an even bigger impact on car demand since car sharing becomes a more feasible cheaper option some people in urban centers may opt to not even own a car. This in turn affects car services where human beings will be replaced by robots anyway and we may drive a lot less to begin with using less gas because driverless cars will deliver physical drone packed groceries and other consumables to your home... oh yeah, and because there are no people working any more, you will cut out a lot of the corporate overhead, I doubt human resources will be replaced with Machine Resources....there is already IT. I choose the driverless car just because it's coming this decade and though not all of the above will follow immediately there is a really good chance they are just around the corner.
Just to be clear, by disruptive, I do not necessarily mean dystopian, and even if the range between the haves and not haves ever widens the not haves of tomorrow may be orders of magnitude better off than today. In an ideal scenario, it may even free up hordes of people busy surviving  making the next paycheck  to contribute to the advancement of humanity in much more meaningful ways than they have been so far. It may just turn out to be really really awesome but almost certainly, the transition will not be that smooth, it will be challenging, but it may just redefine the trajectory of our destiny because the current model is a long run dead end.

http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/jan/04/robots-future-society-drones?CMP=twt_gu
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Great work Julia, espically in that Holiday Spin Tango!!
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Admiral Hopper got it wrong in the interview: A picosecond is a trillionth of a second, not a quadrillionth.  I'm sure she was just a bit nervous!
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Magic Sand or Hydrophobic Sand

Magic sand, Moon Sand, Mars Sand, Space Sand, Sand or Aqua Sand is a toy made from sand coated with a hydrophobic compound. The presence of this hydrophobic compound causes the grains of sand to adhere to one another and form cylinders (to minimize surface area) when exposed to water. As soon as the sand is taken out of water, it is completely dry and flows freely.

These properties are achieved by covering ordinary beach sand, which contains tiny particles of pure silica, and exposing them to vapors of trimethylsilanol (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trimethylsilanol), an organosilicon compound. Upon exposure, the trimethylsilane compound bonds to the silica particles while forming water. The exteriors of the sand grains are thus coated with hydrophobic groups.

Magic sand was originally developed to trap ocean oil spills near the shore. This would be done by sprinkling Magic sand on floating petroleum, which would then mix with the oil and make it heavy enough to sink. However, due to the expense of production, it is not being used for this purpose. It has also been tested by utility companies in the Arctic areas as a foundation for junction boxes, as it never freezes. It can be also used as an aerating medium for potted plants.

Magic sand is made in blue, green, or red in colors but appears silvery in water because of a layer of air that forms around the sand, making it unable to get wet.

Earliest reference to waterproof sand can be found in a 1915 book called The Boy Mechanic Book 2 put out by Popular Mechanics. The Boy Mechanic states waterproof sand was invented by East Indian magicians. The sand was made by mixing heated sand with melted wax. The wax would repel the water when the sand was exposed to water.

Text source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magic_sand

The animated gif has been obtained from this video, entitled Hydrophobic Sand - QI - Series 10 Episode 10 - BBC Two:
Hydrophobic Sand - QI - Series 10 Episode 10 - BBC Two

Watch the video of how to make Magic Sand: How to make Magic Water-Proof Sand (Magic Sand)

Further reading: Magic Sand Experiment from the American Chemical Society
http://www.acs.org/content/dam/acsorg/education/whatischemistry/scienceforkids/characteristicsofmaterials/polymers/magic-sand-science-for-kids.pdf 

Further video: 'Magic Sand'

#chemistry #hydrophobic_sand #science #sciencesunday

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Hi Michael  Sorry to have been so long in replying to you.  The bird in the video is the Yellow Spotted Honeyeater.  The Honeyeater that sounds like a machine gun sound  is the New Holland Honeyeater
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An interview with the top programmer in the world as ranked by StackOverflow.  Jon Skeet is clearly brilliant.  It's a shame the interviewer stuck with his predetermined questions rather than engage with him on a technical level.
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Fair enough!  Nevertheless, thanks very much for conducting the interview.  I enjoyed it.
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Ah, now it's moving forward!  Excellent.
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Anand's blunder happens at 3:27:26.  You can see his hand shake as he sets the pen down after writing the move!
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