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The Hubble Space Telescope can take only black-and-white images. Color photos are created by using different filters in the camera (green, blue and red) and compositing (reconstructing) the individual B&W photos.
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Astrophotography time lapse video from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.
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Here is yet another reason why you should get vaccinated against measles. Some people are immunocompromised and unable to be immunized like the little boy in this video who had cancer.
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We have different clocks in virtually every organ of our bodies. But living against the clock — eating late at night or working overnight — may set the stage for weight gain and chronic disease.
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A message for the Anit-Vaccine movement brought to you with humor.
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"He's not really dead as long as we remember him." - Dr. Leonard H. McCoy

Today Leonard Nimoy passed away. If you didn't know (which would make me wonder what rock you live under) he was the actor that played Spock in Star Trek. I could go on and on about the importance Star Trek, and specifically the half-Vulcan-half-Human character of Spock, have played in my life. But if you know me, then you already know how utterly great I thought that character was. Spock ". . . made science and technology important to the story, while never failing to show, by example, that it is the people around us who matter most." The character's friendship with Kirk and McCoy was legendary. Yet Nimoy was even cooler than than the character he played. Did you know he was a photographer, a writer, a director and a poet? He even sang -- not great, but far better than I can. Do you remember the late 70's TV show "In Search Of . . ." that he narrated? What a great voice.

The universe is a little emptier without you, Mr. Nimoy, and I will miss you. You lived long, and I have prospered in many small ways because of the life you lived. I will remember you.

http://www.npr.org/2015/02/27/389520008/he-was-and-will-always-be-our-friend-remembering-leonard-nimoy

http://www.nasa.gov/content/nasa-remembers-leonard-nimoy/index.html#.VPFo0PnF_Am

http://petapixel.com/2015/02/27/leonard-nimoys-passion-for-photography/

http://www.npr.org/blogs/codeswitch/2015/02/27/389589676/leonard-nimoys-advice-to-a-biracial-girl-in-1968
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There's a new genome-editing technique called CRISPR that could potential eliminate malaria. It involves passing an engineered gene onto offspring that after many generations would saturate the gene pool. It will be a very powerful tool. Scientists want  the public to help decide whether the research should move forward. “What we have here is potentially a general tool for altering wild populations,” Esvelt says. “We really want to make sure that we proceed down this path—if we decide to proceed down this path—as safely and responsibly as possible.”

I have to hand it to them that they are starting this discussion now, before the technology is fully developed. It is a wise and ethical move.

#genedrive   #CAS9   #geneticengineering   #CRISPR  
By combining two techniques—CRISPR and gene drives—scientists are proposing a system that could change nearly any sexually reproducing species anywhere.
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"The technology has the potential to sweepingly alter the world for the better—wiping out malaria, fostering the development of benign pesticides, even bringing species back from extinction. Which is why the conversation about the technology’s use is so urgently needed. In less than six months, CRISPR gene drives went from published theory to practical application. Who knows what will happen six months from now?"

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/next/evolution/lets-talk-about-designer-critters-not-designer-babies/ 
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Just like real germs, thought germs are hard to avoid. To continue the analogy, it's best to immunize yourself against them by becoming a critical thinker. Read lots about as many different things as possible. Broaden your perspective. Check your sources. Beware dogmatism!

#criticalthinking   #checkyoursources   #thinkforyourself   #thoughtgerms  
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Revised earthquake prediction models have given us a new forecast for California earthquakes. http://www.usgs.gov/newsroom/article.asp?ID=4146&from=rss&utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=facebook#.VP9H8vzF98E
A new California earthquake forecast by the U.S. Geological Survey and partners revises scientific estimates for the chances of having large earthquakes over the next several decades. 
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A nice senior posing guide for photography.
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Good job, +Jeff Sullivan, this was a joy to watch.
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Here's a little Led Zeppelin to brighten your morning.

The 2014-15 Louisville Leopard Percussionists rehearsing Kashmir, The Ocean, and Immigrant Song by Led Zeppelin. They are a performing ensemble of approximately 55 student musicians, ages 7-12, living in and around Louisville, Kentucky. Each student learns and acquires proficiency on several instruments, such as marimbas, xylophone, vibraphone, drum set, timbales, congas, bongos and piano.
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Explorer - Scientist - Scholar - Family Man
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So what can I briefly say about myself? Nature fascinates me, and I am passionate about exploring it. I use the tools of science and technology to understand it, my senses to enjoy it, and photography to record it. Oh, and I love maps.

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Photography is my hobby and I'm an avid hiker and explorer. The Sierra Nevada Mountains of California and the Pacific Coast are my favorite places to visit. I have an incredible wife and two boys. My oldest son survived childhood cancer and has been cancer free since the end of 2008! I have a Doctorate in Pharmacy.
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