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Microsoft wants academics to help discover ways to make HoloLens and holographic computing useful to the world.
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How is this not awesome?
Patent offers possible solutions to big problems for wearables.
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The next Russian resupply ship to launch to the International Space Station rolled out to its launch pad today. The crew is also preparing for Japan’s next cargo mission due in August. Read more... http://blogs.nasa.gov/spacestation/?p=1322
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Only 340 Craters Left to Discover - http://bit.ly/1IOynNC
Researchers have calculated the number of undiscovered meteorite impact sites on Earth's surface. Geologists say a total of 188 have been confirmed so far, and 340 are still awaiting discovery. Meteorite impacts have shaped the development of the Earth and life repeatedly in the past. The extinction of the dinosaurs, for instance, is thought to have been brought on by a mega-collision at the end of the Cretaceous period. But how many traces of la...
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I applaud this! Thanks!

"Google Brings Its Map-Making Tools To Google Drive"
Google's My Maps tool has long allowed anybody to create custom maps, but unless you knew it existed, chances are you wouldn't randomly stumble upo...
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#STEM is everywhere!

Happy Independence Day USA!

Here's some info about the #science behind fireworks from the Caffeinated Biologist:

"Spark, Spark! The #Chemistry of Fireworks

Ever wondered what causes those fancy fiery works of art shine so bright? The science of how fireworks operate is actually simple. And we’ll find out.

Pyrotechnics, especially fireworks, operate on a simple theory called combustion. Combustion involves the use of oxygen, that why you can’t light a fire in an airtight setup. It also involves the release of energy, in form of heat and/or light energy.

For a firework to burst into an array of spectacular colors, it must contain the following:

1. Fuel. Must contain either charcoal or thermite alongside the common blackpowder.

2. Oxidizing Agents. These produces the oxygen needed to burn the mixture. These are either nitrates, chlorates, or perchlorates.

3. Reducing Agents. These react with the O2 released by the oxidizing agent/s to produce hot gases, and can also be used to control the speed of the reaction. Sulfur and charcoal are the most common reducing agents used.

4. Metals. These also control the speed of reaction. Larger surface area = faster reaction rate.

5. Coloring Agents. They give color to the firework. Strontium (Sr) produces red, Copper (Cu) produces blue, Barium (Ba) produces green, Sodium (Na) for yellow, Calcium (Ca) for orange, and Gold (Au) or Titanium (Ti) for an iron-ish color. These elements when heated, produces excess energy in form of light, and the higher the temperature, the shorter the wavelength.

6. Binders. These hold the mixture in a paste-like texture. The most commonly used binder is dextrin, though parson is also used.

So, fireworks are actually maelstroms of excess heat energy released by different reactions occurring inside the canister."

Taken from: http://caffeinated-biologist.tumblr.com/post/71744251868/spark-spark-the-chemistry-of-fireworks-ever
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"El anuncio solemne de Obama tuvo varias referencias que ayudan a ver los acontecimientos con la perspectiva de medio siglo y a comprender la dimensión histórica de esta decisión."
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Hilarious! Although, it may actually be the other way around.
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Ahahahahaaaa, I had this same thought once. Glad to see I'm not the only one. 
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Cool collection! I admit that I have been slow getting into G+ Collections - but I am warming up to them. 
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ESL Instructor, Freelance Editor, German Tutor
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  • Freelance
    Editor, 2011 - present
  • Borders Group
    General Manager, 1994 - 2011
  • University of Pennsylvania
    Lecturer, 1988 - 1994
  • University of Pennsylvania
    Teaching Assistant, 1988 - 1992
  • Canal Wood Corp.
    Procurement Forester, 1982 - 1985
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Philadelphia, PA
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Hamburg, Germany - Asheville, NC - New Bern, NC - Raleigh, NC - Hendersonville, NC
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ESL & German instructor, zoo docent, and editor. Loves birding, beer & brewing, science, literature.
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Writer, tutor, freelance editor, translator. Loves birding, beer, science, literature (English / German).

Will tutor English speakers in German (at any level) - using Google Hangouts. Just send me a message if you're interested in trying out distance learning over Google+.

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Quit a bad job then tramped around Germany & Austria for 3 months.
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  • University of Pennsylvania
    German Lang. & Literature, 1988 - 1992
  • Universität Hamburg
    Germanistik, 1986 - 1987
  • North Carolina State University
    Business Administration, 1978 - 1982
  • North Carolina Sate University
    Forestry, 1978 - 1982
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Sidecar has quality and varied beers on tap. I'd consider simply another of Philadelphia's excellent beer pubs except that the food is also very good. Consider it a restaurant with good beer and a hipster vibe. You won't get a lot of smiles with your service (because that's not the hipster way) but I have always found it very attentive - no complaints at all.
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
Science hip atmosphere. Excellent ultra-thin crust margarita pizza.
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
Food and beer - authentic - service - better than German.
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
Gone out of business at this location.
Atmosphere: Poor - FairDecor: Poor - FairService: Poor - Fair
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
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Not cheap but food and service are excellent. Good choice for a relatively special occasion or a random 'treat yourself' dinner.
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reviewed a year ago