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Get yourself fit and healthy!

+Yoga With Adriene is not my normal science posts but this is the best! Adriene's amazing way of making Yoga accessible and fun is fantastic.This get me ready to go and rock the laser lab! :D

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We acknowledge that sometimes a little goes a long way. You requested a quickie (HY) - something for those busy mornings or brief breaks throughout the day. Good for artists, mamas and papas, rockers, office workers, kiddos and clowns.  Live your full potential! #yoga  
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Happy pi day!

Here is my little apple and raspberry contribution. :) 
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great job!
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Amusing quote from the lab:

"While stainless steel is a safe material to handle, it can conduct electricity and then it's not necessarily safe." 

Hehe :P
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Games! - Peta's game of the month: Splendor!

You are a precious gem merchant wanting to be the most powerful of all the precious Gem merchants and you will use all of your cunning to achieve this by collecting and trading Rubies, Diamonds, Sapphires and more to increase your wealth! 

This is a really fun game and every person I have taught this game to has loved it! :) Collect your gems, spend them to get discounts, build up your victory points... it manages to combine strategy into a pretty and also relaxing game that is fun for anyone to play. 

http://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/148228/splendor
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Awesome places: Beautiful nature walks in towns and cites that make you feel you're a million miles from anywhere when you're five mins from home.

#escape #peace #relaxation  
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Na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na Batman!

How do you teach optics and lasers? :P Here a green laser diode is spatially filtered, expanded and then a piece of paper in the shape of a batman symbol is placed in the beam using sticky tape. The tape messes up the crispness of the batman image unless you image relay it, which is what you see here :) #batman   #physics   #teaching  
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.....and I didn't used to think laser physicists were cool.....imagine.
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Vector graphics made even better with LaTeX :D
 
Scientific posters with Inkscape - how to easily add LaTeX formulas

Inkscape is an excellent Open Source program for making vector drawings. It works very well for preparation of posters and can even be used for presentations (with the JessyInk extension). For these purposes, you might need to be able to quickly add a nicely formatted scalable formula.

There is a great extension for Inkscape called TeX Text which makes adding and editing LaTeX formulas quite easy. Unfortunately it is not so easy to install it, as it has not been updated for the latest versions of Inkscape. For Windows, follow this approach and hopefully it will work:

1. Make sure that Inkscape, a LaTeX distribution like MiKTeX and ghostscript is installed.
http://inkscape.org/download/

2.a Install pstoedit.
http://www.pstoedit.net/

2.b Optional: Test that pdflatex and pstoedit are accessible from the command prompt.

3. Download and install the latest version of TeX Text.
http://pav.iki.fi/software/textext/

After restarting Inkscape, there will now be a Tex Text entry in the Extensions menu - but, it will not work!

To fix the errors, from here you should follow the approach found on this blog post by adin: http://laconsigna.wordpress.com/2010/11/13/fixing-textext-on-inkscape-0-48/

Essentially, you should

4. Unzip the contents of the site-packages.zip file linked below (courtesy of David Gleich) into the C:\Program Files\Inkscape\python\Lib\site-packages (or similar) directory, overwriting any already existing files.
https://dgleich.com/upload/site-packages.zip

5. Modify the textext.py file in the C:\Program Files\Inkscape\share\extensions directory according to adin's instructions. Or just grab the modified file here (by me) and overwrite the original.
http://neer.dk/share/textext.zip

6. Restart Inkscape and pray everything will now work.

If the extension works, you will now be able to make formulas with standard LaTeX syntax, move around and resize the resulting svg shapes, and then edit the formulas by selecting them and invoking the TeX Text extension again.

#science #posterdesign #inkscape #latex
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Additional +1 for the particular formula used :D
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Question: Is anything with the word laser in it good?

Lupe Fiasco lasers full album

Answer: Yes! :P

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I used to work at Laserium (laser light show). Yes.
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Veritasium: Pure awesome! :D
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Falkirk Kelpies

'The Kelpies' pictured here can be seen in Falkirk and are the world's largest equine representation :) I think they are stunning and well worth a visit!

http://www.thehelix.co.uk/things-to-do/the-kelpies/

#beautiful #kelpies
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No! Not the Kelpies!
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Laser-plasma physicist and science communicator
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Hi there! I am a physicist working on the Astra Gemini Laser in the UK. It's currently the worlds highest intensity dual beam laser system boasting two half petawatt (a thousand million million watts) beamlines which can be used to create very hot, dense and high pressure environments only otherwise seen in stars and the interior of planets.

I will be mainly posting interesting science i have seen, heard and even done so i would suggest adding me to your science circle if you would like to follow. :) 

Loving the science! 

http://zincn11.imascientist.org.uk/profile/petafoster

I also love debates so will post details of interesting online debates.

Acting: Have acted in the immersive theatre experience New Atlantis http://www.lastheatre.com/portfolio/new-atlantis/
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