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Thought I'd share something I thought looked interesting on kickstarter. Partially influenced by dwarf fortress, the player would be in charge of managing an ant colony as it grows and interacts with its environment.

My friend who shared this project with me had asked if they would do a Linux version. They added an early access Linux beta reward later that day. I'd really like to see this game succeed.
Guide a complex but fragile ant hive through difficulties and dangers both above and underground.
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A well written article, covers much of what needs to be said.
 
Part of the reason we're seeing so many black men killed is that police officers are now best understood less as members of communities, dedicated to keeping peace within them, than as domestic soldiers. The drug war has long functioned as a full-employment act for arms dealers looking to sell every town and village in the country on the need for military-grade hardware, and 9/11 made things vastly worse, with local police departments throughout America grabbing for cash to better defend against any and all terrorist threats. War had reached our shores, we were told, and police officers needed weaponry to fight it.

Officers have tanks now. They have drones. They have automatic rifles, and planes, and helicopters, and they go through military-style boot camp training. It's a constant complaint from what remains of this country's civil liberties caucus. Just this last June, the ACLU issued a report on how police departments now possess arsenals in need of a use. Few paid attention, as usually happens.

The worst part of outfitting our police officers as soldiers has been psychological. Give a man access to drones, tanks, and body armor, and he'll reasonably think that his job isn't simply to maintain peace, but to eradicate danger. Instead of protecting and serving, police are searching and destroying.

If officers are soldiers, it follows that the neighborhoods they patrol are battlefields. And if they're working battlefields, it follows that the population is the enemy.
The United States of America is not for black people. We know this, and then we put it out of our minds, and then something happens to remind us. Saturday, in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Mo., something like that happened: An unarmed 18-year-old black man was executed by police in broad daylight.
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Not just conservatives; both sides of the aisle champion pseudo-science and irrational ideals. Nearly every politician should fear Neil deGrasse Tyson, as an informed and rational populace would chew and spit out the status-quo and most of our current political structure.
Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson has been the recipient of a seemingly bizarre political backlash — after the conservative magazine National Review penned a takedown cover story on the “ Cosmos ” host last week depicting him as a smug, intellectual bully.
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As a Game of Thrones fan, HBO's unwillingness to sell to non-cable subscribers has been frustrating. Though nothing is really surprising about the article, since it's fairly obvious that a company isn't going to leave money on the table unless they are afraid that taking it would mean risking greater losses elsewhere. It's nice to have a clearer idea, rather than just speculation.

Though, I've got only a couple hundred pages in 'A Dance with Dragons', I'm looking forward to watching season 4 once it becomes available to the rest of us.
Why doesn't HBO allow non-cable subscribers to subscribe to HBO Go à la Hulu? This question was originally answered on Quora by Jonathan 'Jasper' Sherman-Presser.
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Some pictures from a hike +Erin Slee and I did around and up to the toe of Mt. St. Helens. The pictures turned out much better than what I expected my phone's camera would do, though they hardly do justice to how spectacular the hike was.
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When you do not understand something, you are faced with a choice. You can choose to stay ignorant and fall into fear about the subject, or you can set aside your emotions and predispositions and strive to seek understanding on the subject. 

Most of the arguments I hear against GMOs are fear based: Rehashed statements that are nearly identical in meaning, but seem like unique arguments; brushing aside an overwhelming scientific consensus by stating that some scientists can be bought; or pointing out that some organizations stand to make a profit from it. These are the same types of arguments made by anti-vaxxers and climate deniers. That fact alone should tip off bullshit detectors everywhere.

#GMO
 
A good article from MIT's Tehnology Review about GMOs, politics and scientific literacy:

"A failure to consider science when making policy is not specific to one political persuasion or the other. We see the same rejection of scientific consensus among conservatives on climate change. Today, 75 percent of Tea Party Republicans disagree that human activities contribute to climate change."
Vermont got it wrong on GMOs. Its mistake will affect people far beyond its borders.
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What a difference when the police don't treat citizens as enemies. When a protest against police brutality and the death of a teenager by the hands of a police officer is met by a police force equipped for war, what kind of response did they expect to get? The easy solution is very rarely a good solution.
 
What a difference a day makes in Ferguson | MSNBC http://ow.ly/AmqrA
- The peaceful gatherings overnight were a starting point, not a conclusion. They offered reason to be hopeful, not satisfied.
The peaceful gatherings overnight were a starting point, not a conclusion. They offered reason to be hopeful, not satisfied.
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This is a live broadcast coming from #Ferguson at the moment. It's hard to get clear news reports right now, but it appears that much of the city is presently under martial law, with citizens being ordered into their houses, cell phones being blocked in areas, and a no-fly zone imposed over the city. 

We're right now seeing (on video) a group of about 50-100 people protesting at an intersection; they are standing still and chanting. There are about 100 heavily armed police lined up a block away from them, who have just ordered all press to cease filming and ordered everyone to disperse, giving a "final warning."

If you can watch this live, do so now -- this is your chance to see unedited footage from an active situation. I'll continue to update the thread as the situation develops.
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Just when you thought Ion Thrusters were cool, a recent NASA experiment shows that an engine that requires no fuel may be possible. Only electricity would need to be provided, which can be gathered via solar panels.
 
First, the results of NASA’s experiment, since that’s all the team itself wants you to be talking about. Seemingly wanting to avoid unproductive controversy about the nature of existence, they’ve totally ignored the question of how the drive works in favour of simply reporting the data. With controls in place to avoid any confounding forces or variables, the NASA team recorded a reliable thrust between 30 and 50 micro-Newtons, less than a thousandth of the output of some relatively low-powered ion thrusters in use today. Still, the ion thrusters require fuel to operate, and the original QVPT inventor claims the version NASA tested is flawed, leading them to collect far lower thrust readings than his original can provide.

http://bit.ly/1qzt0Ks
NASA didn't set out to confirm the feasibility of a seemingly impossible fuel-less thruster design, but it seems they did exactly that.
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Strangely relevant to the hike Erin and I did last weekend. I'm curious now as to whether the helicopter we saw constantly going back and fourth from the mountain was related to this.
 
What could go wrong with setting off explosives all around an active volcano? As scary as it might sound, this is a carefully planned experiment to peer inside Mount St. Helens' mysterious underground magma chamber. No, we aren't blasting the volcano open, but the induced seismicity will let geologists finally map what the volcano looks like 50 miles below the surface.
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I have to admit that I'm not 100% good about all of these things. I'm not a scientist, so much as a science enthusiast. Though, many of these things really bug me. Especially terms on food products like organic, natural, or 'chemical-free'. I understand what you're trying to say, but my interpretation is that everything you think you know is wrong.
 
Many ideas have left the world of science and made their way into everyday language -- and unfortunately, they are almost always used incorrectly. We asked a group of scientists to tell us which scientific terms they believe are the most widely misunderstood. Here are ten of them.
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The Reading Rainbow Kickstarter has thus far been massively successful. They've raised $3.5 million of their current $5 million stretch goal, blowing away their original goal of $1 million and it's only been a handful of days. It's clear that this project will be able to make good use of every dollar donated. The more money they can raise, the more they can do. So even though they've greatly exceeded their original goal already, it's only become more important that they might be able to raise even a little more.

There are plenty of cliche phrases , such as 'the children are our future'. It's clear that our education system in America is failing at the seams. While there are solutions, they cannot come to fruition without a government that's willing to set aside differences long enough to make such solutions work. Though, through all the political turmoil, there are still millions in need of a better education than we're providing.

Before the complications of adult life, childhood is the best opportunity for an education, and the only time anyone will ever have such an opportunity. The more we can help them learn, the greater the gift will be for the rest of their lives. Literacy is without a doubt the most important thing than anyone can learn in our society. It unlocks a mind to the seemingly infinite amount of knowledge available in all of the written works of humanity. Science, Technology, Mathematics, History, Politics, Law, and all of the fictions in the world all rely on the ability to comprehend written works.

The aim of this project, is to bring this single most important skill to the minds of the greatest number of people possible, at the most opportune time for them to learn it. They've already raised enough money to make this work, but every little bit more they get can make it work that little bit better. I, and I'm sure a great many others, want to see this work the best is possibly can.

#readingrainbow   #literature   #education  
Bring Reading Rainbow to more platforms & provide subscriptions to more classrooms that need them for FREE! Our NEW GOAL: $5,000,000
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I am a science and technology enthusiast, supporter of open source software, a gamer, and a lover of nature and the outdoors. Currently, I am studying up on my science and math in preparation for college.
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A free world-class education for anyone anywhere

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The vintner who helped us was very proud of his wines, and loved to share with those who came in. The selection might not be large, though the wines they do have are each unique, bold, and well balanced. Overall a great experience.
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I usually only get computer parts here, their prices have typically been cheaper than Newegg with the exception of a cpu that was a whopping $5 cheaper online, didn't bother with price matching as we were already saving a couple hundred on the other parts that trip.
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