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Oliver Lade
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Semantic UI is officially 1.0! It was almost perfect before with the beautiful syntax, but it just went above and beyond. The themes alone double the value, but the access to all the variables is just as cool. It's like http://cascade.io/ but not crufty old Bootstrap! Any UI people out there, do yourself a favour and check it out.

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Welcome to a comet! Rosetta’s lander Philae is safely on the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, as these first two CIVA images confirm. One of the lander’s three feet can be seen in the foreground. The full panoramic from CIVA will be delivered in this afternoon’s press briefing at 13:00 GMT/14:00 CET.

http://www.esa.int/spaceinimages/Images/2014/11/Welcome_to_a_comet

#cometlanding #Rosetta #Philae #67P  
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James Altucher is a uniquely fascinating individual. From making millions to going broke and back again, to baring his soul on a blog for no particular reason, to a podcast with billionaire entrepreneurs, authors and 70's rappers. He is brilliant almost in spite of himself.

This link is here partly because I want 29 fantastic books, but you know what, he's right. Maybe you would like them too. If nothing else, this giveaway is a great list of books that today's great people should be reading. It's not just business, is about brilliance, and he other to know. 

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I rather like the notion of a "Distributed Denial of Stupidity attack", for a good cause - #StopDataRetention

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I've heard only great things about traction (listed on Amazon alongside Peter Thiel's Zero to One). I have no trouble recommending it on that basis, but if it's free, hey.

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Wind power has the potential to power the world 100 times over, yet only 5% of the world’s power comes from wind. Makani hopes to accelerate the shift to clean, renewable energy by developing energy kites, a new type of wind turbine. By building just the tip of a wind turbine blade (which makes most of the energy), we think it’s possible for Makani’s energy kite to generate 50% more energy while eliminating 90% of the materials used. And this could happen at half the cost of conventional wind turbines. Replacing tons of steel and concrete with smart software and advanced materials could dramatically change the calculus of wind power.

We’ve made a lot of progress since joining Google[x] last year—improving how we launch and land, how to fly in variable wind conditions, how to generate power more efficiently, and many other aspects of the system. Our new energy kite will reach higher, fly longer and generate 20 times more energy than earlier versions. We're moving from our proof of concept phase to a stage where we want to test ourselves against the "real world" challenges we'll face if we want to bring electricity to people.

So we’re hoping to start a pilot project next year on the island of Hawaii to test long-duration flights of our new energy kite for the first time, and to learn as much as much as possible—e.g. how much power we generate at different wind speeds and how to maintain the kite over long periods of time. 

Makani has a long history with Hawaii—our name is inspired by Hawaiian winds and we tested an early prototype of our kite there in 2008—and we’ve found a great site there with ideal wind conditions. We’re still in the early stages, but we hope that if the pilot project is successful, we’ll be a step closer to making clean energy more accessible.
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Alternative news day: the Liberal Party is fighting against overreaching metadata collection and retention instead of forcing it down our throats. (This was just two years ago.)

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Hi everyone! Our team is building a new platform, codenamed Creative Campus, to provide first-class support to university students creating or running sustainability-oriented projects on campus. We've made a short survey (5 minutes), and would love it if you could help us help you.

This is mainly targeted at university students, but is really open to anyone who can imagine themselves as a university student, past or future. Thanks very much in advance!

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The Oatmeal puts me in a difficult position. I'm an optimist, and I believe that one day I might be rich and successful and as awesome as even Elon Musk. But if he reads through this 2-part comic and follows through, NO ONE will ever be as awesome ever again. I don't know how to feel...

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