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Astronaut Terry Virts captured this photo from the International Space Station flying over Boston, where Leonard Nimoy was born.

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What happened to Linux?  For several years I was receiving a steady stream of news about Linux (usually focused on Ubuntu) in my regular media circuits and on G+.  Lately sites that were largely pro Linux and OSS are refocused on Windows, Android and iOS.
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Well it's that time in the cycle when windows does something and earns attention. The rest... Mobile computing is just becoming more and more important these days
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My Kindle Paperwhite got the update enabling Family Sharing last night.  Finally it is possible for family members to share book purchases!
It is interesting the clever way that Amazon is enforcing intimacy for shared accounts.  Both adults sharing Kindle content are required to share their stored credit card information on Amazon with each other.  I'm not sure how I feel about the strictness of this policy but it will certainly keep people from sharing content with anyone but a spouse/partner.
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Mimicking the Moon

When Galileo first observed Venus displaying a crescent phase, he excitedly wrote to Kepler (in anagram) of Venus mimicking the moon-goddess. He would have been delirious with joy to see Saturn and Titan, seen in this image, doing the same thing.

More than just pretty pictures, high-phase observations - taken looking generally toward the Sun, as in this image - are very powerful scientifically since the way atmospheres and rings transmit sunlight is often diagnostic of compositions and physical states. In this example, Titan's crescent nearly encircles its disk due to the small haze particles high in its atmosphere scattering the incoming light of the distant Sun.

This view looks toward the sunlit side of the rings from about 3 degrees above the ringplane. The image was taken in violet light with the Cassini spacecraft wide-angle camera on Aug. 11, 2013.

The view was obtained at a distance of approximately 1.1 million miles (1.7 million kilometers) from Saturn and at a Sun-Saturn-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 154 degrees. Image scale is 64 miles (103 kilometers) per pixel.

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

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"A Tediously Accurate Scale Model of the Solar System"
It would take about seven months to travel this distance in a spaceship. Better be some good in-flight entertainment. In case you're wondering, you'd need about 2000 feature-length movies to occupy that many waking hours. Sit back and relax. Jupiter is more than 3 times as far as we just ...
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Time for America to get its act together on education.  Our children are not a product on a factory assembly line.
 
Finland making major education reforms: switches 'subjects' for 'topics'
So rather than having a class on maths, a class on geography and a class on economics, a student might take a class on cafeteria skills that combines skills in various subjects.
The reforms are intended to make skillsets more relevant as they move into the world.
The changes to the education system are beginning now, but will start off only with small amounts of time allocated to topics over subjects.  The changes will be rolled out over several years.

That's a pretty bold undertaking.
For years, Finland has been the by-word for a successful education system, perched at the top of international league tables for literacy and numeracy.
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Well, you also get stuck in thought bubbles / zones.  Depending on how closely the people were all thinking / tracking.
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These are all the planets discovered this year (2014), compared to the previous two decades. The histogram shows the number of planet discoveries by year for roughly the past two decades of the exoplanet search. The blue bar shows previous planet discoveries, the red bar shows previous Kepler planet discoveries, the gold bar displays the 715 new planets verified by multiplicity.

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I knew it was too good to be true that GNC was offering the Fitbit One for $9.99 on Black Friday.  Soon after ordering I got a back-order notification and yesterday they cancelled my order citing "a pricing error".  I wonder if this was a legitimate mistake in pricing or did they back out of a doorbuster gone crazy.

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Oceanit in the news.
 
Turning your smartphone into the front line for assessing disaster.  A local business is using the technology we know to get to storm-damaged areas fast and get the help residents need.
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Here is what happens when a potty training toddler accidentally pees in a Fisher-Price high chair.

You would think that you could just wash off this piece of Sino-American plastic garbage.  No, a complete tear-down is necessary to rinse the urine for the 50 or so inaccessible little cavities  in the unnecessarily complicated injection molded parts.

I should have just thrown it away and bought a new one, but that is exactly what they want me to do.  I am just glad that this was purchased from a second hand store in the first place.  I will be sure to recycle the parts when we are through with it to spare the next round of parents the agony of cleaning it.

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  • University of Hawai`i at Mānoa
    Physics Ph.D., 2006 - 2012
  • University of Hawai`i at Mānoa
    Physics M.S., 2003 - 2006
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst
    Mathematics B.S, 1998 - 2003
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  • Oceanit
    Senior Scientist, 2014 - present
  • University of Hawai`i at Mānoa
    Postdoctoral Fellow, 2012 - present
  • University of Hawai`i at Mānoa
    Research Assistant, 2006 - 2012
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Excellent food and service. Loved the sweet bread french toast and the potatoes are the best of any breakfast place on Oahu. My new favorite breakfast spot! Expect a long line on the weekend.
Food: ExcellentDecor: ExcellentService: Excellent
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reviewed 2 years ago
Extensive all vegetarian/vegan menu, probably the largest on Oahu. Loved the lemongrass tofu and potstickers. The menu is similar to Loving Hut but much larger and the food is tastier. Ambiance is a bit bland. Hopefully they decorate the place a bit more soon but it is very clean and the location is convenient. I will definitely be back soon to try out the rest of the menu.
Food: ExcellentDecor: Very GoodService: Excellent
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reviewed 2 years ago
Extensive menu with one of the largest vegetarian offerings on the island. Great breakfast, especially the french toast and home fries. Omelets were also delicious. The only downside is that the seating area is in the isle of the Ward shopping center (although not particularly high traffic). Air conditioning is always cranked to the max inside and the outdoor seating is at uncomfortable steel tables. Overall, one of my favorite places for breakfast.
Food: ExcellentDecor: GoodService: Excellent
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Food is very good and all vegetarian/vegan.
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