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Ouch, not even plants are safe down under :s
 
The Gympie Gympie is an Australian plant with spindly stems and heart-shaped light green leaves. Brushing your hand against it can make you throw up from the pain. Using it as toilet paper has made people shoot themselves. This plant will ruin you.
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Watch it if you, as me, have a hard time seing where societies are going and where they should be going.

Added bonus, understand Internet of Things as more than just ip enabling everything.

It is profound, a bit worrying to see so many empty chairs for the talk even at Google.
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Great passionate read! Sunrise is my solution for a Calendar. Awkard that microsoft bought them, but crossing my fingers that that it means that they are about to get a clue UX wise (IMHO naturally ;))
 
Congratulations are in order to the Google Lollipop Calendar team. 

This is the team that thought that it was a good idea to introduce the "google calendar week" - that special five-day week that starts at random points in the old-fashioned 7-day calendar.

Because that is the kind of bold experimentation we want for our calendars. Look at Julius Caesar - with the introduction of the julian calendar he really put his stamp on history, and guaranteed that his name still lives on, two thousand years later.

The Lollipop Calendar team dreamed big, and wanted to play in the same league.  Bold move, team! Stupid, but bold.

But then the drugs wore off, and finally somebody seems to have realized that the whole point of a calendaring application is actually to be useful in a world where you interact with all those odd old-fashioned people who still think that a week has a boring seven days.

Guys, you looked immensely stupid there for a while. But today I got a calendar update, and the weeks are seven days again, and pinch-to-zoom works again.

I congratulate you on getting off the bad drugs, and not looking quite as f*cking stupid as you did there for several months.
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Great insight into how delayed construction projects are complex and expensive subjects. Good to learn for a non construction guy that the reasons to to use e.g. GenieBelt have fancy names and seem to argue the case in itself.
 
Want to know everything there is to know about Construction Delay Analysis in one blog? Well, here you go! Enjoy! http://hubs.ly/y0xT000
Want to know everything there is to know about Construction Delay Analysis in one blog, well, here you go! Enjoy!
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A lunar elevator buildable by current materials and a business case with a 2030 as a crucial point as current industrial terrestrial He3 sources are then depleted .... Sci-fi or an opportunity for space entrepreneurs?
 
The NASA Constellation Program was cancelled when the price tag estimates reached $100 Billion. This is inevitable if one is trying to land lots of heavy payloads on to the Moon and bring them back using chemical rockets. A lunar elevator can be built today cheaply using widely available inexpensive commercial super-strong materials, such as M5, Zylon or Dyneema. A lunar elevator reduces the cost of soft landing by a factor of sixfold, and reduces sample return by one thousand times. A lunar elevator with a payload capability of 100 kg can be built for less than $1 Billion. This could reduce the cost of a Constellation effort from $100 Billion [way unaffordable] down to $20 B which would be easily affordable within the NASA budget.

For soft landing payloads, the LSE pays for itself in 20 payload cycles; for sample return it can pay for itself in as little as a single payload cycle, depending on the sample site.

The lunar elevator concept is a long tether which is loaded under tension by terrestrial and lunar gravity. One end is anchored on the Moon and the other end free, hanging towards Earth. The orbital center of mass of the system is located at an Earth-Moon Lagrange location, either L1 or L2, approximately 50,000 kilometres from the lunar surface. Such a tether can now be built inexpensively from commercially available materials, e.g. Zylon, Dyneema, M5. The near-side L1 tether is attached to the lunar equator at Sinus Medii. 

For a one time capital cost of US$800 Million [2012], a lunar elevator can be built today using existing available materials. This first generation lunar elevator will softly deliver an infinite number of payloads to the lunar surface, each weighing 100 kg, and retrieve the same amount of material from the lunar surface. The alternative of using chemical rockets to soft land on the Moon [or return material] is prohibitively expensive.

The first generation lunar elevator kit weighs 30 tons and can be delivered today to the Lunar L1 lagrange libration location, using a single Delta-IV (or Ariane-V) launch. From there the tether is unreeled upwards and downwards. The lower end anchors itself into the lunar soil using robotic penetrators.

The lunar elevator represents a game changing technology which will open up the Moon to commercial mining and long term human exploration.

Background:

A very nice lunar elevator study report from Israel. Student Project at The Technion, Israel, 2008. A full year under the supervision of Dr Alexander Kogan. 
Conclusions
• Cargo delivery from the Moon to the Earth can be done within 6 days using solar power and no propellant.
• The cargo system uses a cable car moving along a stretched ribbon.
• The ribbon is kept stretched by terrestrial and lunar gravity. One end is anchored on the Moon and the other one free.
• The cargo released from the cable car performs a passive flight to the Earth. 

Here is the link to the details: 

http://lunarjacobsladder.webs.com/Jacobs%20Ladder%20IACAS%202010.pdf

more details here too ... http://asri.technion.ac.il/jacobs-ladder/ 

The Earth's Moon is a treasure trove of mineral resources, such as precious metals, rare earth elements, Helium-3 and Oxygen for propellants. However, the cost of soft landing on the Moon is currently very high. A lunar elevator can bring the cost of lunar mining to a par with terrestrial mining for some commodities. 

The first market will probably be Helium-3 which currently sells on the terrestrial market for one million dollars per ounce. There is a critical shortage of He-3 which is in great demand for various industrial applications. Terrestrial supplies of He-3 will be exhausted by 2030. He-3 is abundant on the lunar surface.

The lunar elevator can also transport oxygen from the Moon to Low Earth Orbit where it can refuel tugs to take satellites from LEO to GEO, a significant revenue source. This reduces the cost of launches to GEO by a factor of 7.
Mining the Moon with a Lunar Elevator
Thu, February 19, 9:30 PM EST
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This movie should hit the prime time news, beautiful, informational, inspirational. What we need. It probably has not, but to be honest I would not know, I have detoxed from the stream of sensational news of nonrelevance, so I miss most (but do not miss).
 
Huygens Probe On Titan - New Image Processing

While the Mars rovers are fascinating, let's not forget that the ESA landed the Huygens probe on a moon of Saturn back in 2005. This new imagery compiles data from the mission into a video of the descent and ground view after landing.  Water ice: check. Strange materials never replicated in a lab: check.

If I was a billionaire, my hobby would be sending space probes all over the solar system. I'd have the best Flickr stream in the galaxy...
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Private space stations in the horizon. First I have seen from Bigelow, very interesting concepts.
 
Get an inside look at what may be the future of space stations.
NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. — The International Space Station's next module looks like a hot tub wrapped up in bulletproof fabric, sitting on the floor of a Las Ve...
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Security is HARD. Physics and computer science begins to mix as hardware problems in RAM become exploitable through software. Interesting for a physics buff turned IT.
 
This is crazy stuff. I'd recommend anyone who cares about security of their systems to read this.
Posted by Mark Seaborn, sandbox builder and breaker, with contributions by Thomas Dullien, reverse engineer [This guest post continues Project Zero’s practice of promoting excellence in security research on the Project Zero b...
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Støt mindet om en hædersmand og helt. Mindet og projekterne lever. 
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Yup, we are still on track.
 
GenieBelt, the collaboration platform specifically designed for construction, today announced a new Angel round led by European Angel investor and former CEO of Just Eat, Klaus Nyengaard. http://hubs.ly/y0wqGN0€700000
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Great in depth article about Venus as an object for space colonization. If you liked Avatar's floating mountains you will love the vision of floating cities on Venus.
 
The surface of Venus is a place of crushing pressure and hellish temperature. Rise above it, though, ​and the pressure eases, the temperature cools. Fifty kilometers above the surface, at the base of the clouds, the temperature is tropical, and the pressure the same as Earth normal. Twenty kilometers above that, the air is thin and polar cold.
"At 50 kilometers up, Venus is remarkably Earth-like, excluding the need for any serious terraforming projects."
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Holy cow, most awesome skiing video I have seen.
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