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I joined Rockwell in 1998 specifically to work on the DARPA-funded "Electronic Dog's Nose Program".  The goal was to develop technology to clear legacy landmine fields around the world.  The still-controversial Scientific American article on mines that remained buried in countries around the world had just been published, showing children with blown-apart limbs, and it was a chance for an idealistic college student to try to make a difference in the world.

Dogs can detect 40-parts-per-billion nitroaromatics in the air, which is more than sufficient to detect the chemical signature of buried anti-personnel land mines.  We knew it was possible — the challenge was to develop a technological way to do it.  I wrote the software for Rockwell's bid on the project to try to detect the explosives from signals coming from our device.

Why not just train dogs to clear the minefields?  Because, horrifically, dogs are heavy enough to trigger many mines.  I hate even thinking about that.

Enter the APOPO project, which since 2003 has trained and deployed African giant pouched rats to detect landmines (and now also tuberculosis in sputum samples).  The rats have noses as sensitive as the dogs', and are light enough not to trigger the mines.  Each agent is called a HeroRAT.

Please read more about the project, and consider donating.  It's a worthy cause.

#APOPO #HeroRAT #HeroRATs #mines #landmines #science
APOPO is a social enterprise that researches, develops and implements detection rats technology for humanitarian purposes such as Mine Action and Tuberculosis detection. APOPO is a Belgian NGO, with headquarters in Tanzania and operations in Mozambique, Thailand, Angola and Cambodia.
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I was there, in probably the shittiest seats in that shitty venue.  Amazing show.  Fond memories.  :-D
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This is a bold claim in the face of compelling evidence to the contrary.
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He's also like a scarecrow but not kind and starts fires all the time- keep him away from law and government he can't even tie his own shoes. Rick Perry s a real horses ass.
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I got a #camelcamelcamel alert that the #Corelle pattern +Monica McGee and I fell in love with had dropped by $10 per set of four.  And now we have new casual dinnerware for eight.  :-)
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YES!  The U.S. Supreme Court has overturned the 6th Circuit decision and ruled 5-4 that all states must allow same-sex marriages.  Justice Anthony Kennedy (of all people!), writing for the majority, rightfully based the decision on Fourteenth Amendment grounds: 

"No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws."

Happy, happy day.  Baby steps out of the Dark Ages.

#SCOTUS   #gayrights   #gaymarriage   #marriageequality   #gayrightsarehumanrights   #lgbt   #glbt  
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Well, from my knowledge. Not allow this was rule into dark ages. After all, this concept of "TRADITIONAL FAMILY" is something created inside the Christianity and just 1600 ago.
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When #RachelMaddow  said "We're not going to run out of wind", I was reminded of what I wrote when #Greenpeace  made the same claim in 2008. 

#AlternativeEnergy   #wind   #windpower   #Maddow   #EclecticQuill  
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My new project.  In addition to standard web analytics features — view detailed visitor information in real time on a world map, analyze historical information on visits, record events, and so on — Awesomelytics lets you retrieve visitor events on any of your properties from any other of your other properties when you install the tracking code on multiple websites.  This allows you to follow your users as they move between your sites and act on information gleaned on your other websites.  Installation is straightforward and is documented for various platforms (https://www.awesomelytics.com/docs/instructions).  A WordPress plugin is also available.

#webtracking #webanalytics #tracking #analytics #internet #webdevelopment #webdev #seo
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Now that the quantity in stock at Amazon has dropped from 14 to 13, by way of +Monica McGee's and my credit card, I am willing to share this link to a 50-piece porcelain-and-platinum #Noritake dinner service for eight, marked down from $1,182 to $274.99 with free Prime shipping.

(If they ship it via #OnTrac and their asshole throws this box against the front door from the bottom of the steps, there will be hell to pay.)
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If there is a local home auction house in your county then look for china there. You can get little used sets for about $20, 8 places settings + all the serving pieces, because nobody wants to box the stuff up and the old people can't lift it once it is in the box.
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The researchers designed an algorithm that monitors blood sugar levels and computes an insulin dose that it delivers quickly and automatically when necessary. The algorithm is designed to work with implanted devices, specifically with an artificial pancreas, and would overcome the delays experienced with current devices.

#diabetes #type1diabetes  #science  #chemistry #medicine #technology #cool
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I am Monica (Salcedo) McGee, known for being a fiercely outspoken atheist, on  Monicks.net, on Twitter (@Monicks), and here on Google Plus. I am a humanist, a freethinker, a rationalist, and an egalitarian. I am married to Joshua McGee, (@McGeekiest). I also occasionally write over at gawd.me

I am an atheist guided by reason, instructed by science, motivated by kindness - and I'm also kinda nice. 

I am a secular humanist. I rely on reason to understand the world, and compassion guides my effort to apply my knowledge ethically. 

I behave decently to everyone without any expectation of rewards or punishment after I'm dead.

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