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  • Université de Montréal
    Ph.D. Computer Science, 2003
  • Université de Montréal
    B.Sc. Physics, 1997
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Petrichor explained :
 
Petrichor: The Smell of Rain
Yesterday, I was outside with my older son as a light rain was just starting to fall - the first rain here in Seattle for a while. We were both struck by the power of that wonderful smell; so much so in fact, that I had to try to understand what it was. I rarely excerpt Wikipedia at length, but in this case, I'll make an exception because it's so awesome. 

Petrichor (/ˈpɛtrɨkɔər/) is the earthy scent produced when rain falls on dry soil. The word is constructed from Greek, petra, meaning ‘stone’, + ichor, the fluid that flows in the veins of the gods in Greek mythology.

The term was coined in 1964 by two researchers, Isabel Joy Bear (Australian) and Roderick G. Thomas (British), for an article in the journal Nature. In the article, the authors describe how the smell derives from an oil exuded by certain plants during dry periods, whereupon it is absorbed by clay-based soils and rocks. During rain, the oil is released into the air along with another compound, geosmin, a metabolic by-product of certain Actinobacteria, which is emitted by wet soil, producing the distinctive scent; ozone may also be present if there is lightning. In a follow-up paper, Bear and Thomas (1965) showed that the oil retards seed germination and early plant growth. This would indicate that the plants exude the oil in order to safeguard the seeds from germination under duress.

Some scientists believe that humans appreciate the rain scent because ancestors may have relied on rainy weather for survival.

Wikipedia on Petrichor: 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Petrichor

#rain  
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Thanks +Seb Paquet. Love that smell. 
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One thing we now readily assume is that economics is the language of power. This gives academic economists a status somewhat like a theologian in relation to the practical priestcraft of public office.

In a few short months, Varoufakis completely exploded the idea that economics is the language of power. What we saw when an actual economist landed in the middle of the Eurozone crisis is that the most basic truths about economic reality have nothing to do with power. The idea that asphyxiating Greek banks and killing the Greek state is good for its economy makes no economic sense at all. The idea that continuing to pursue a savagely contractionary austerity agenda will make it possible to generate sustained state surpluses large enough to repay impossible debt burdens, defies any sort of economic rationality. The conviction that it is somehow both moral and necessary to fiscally execute the Greek polity or eject Greece in order to preserve the financial integrity of the Eurozone, is not a stance grounded in economic science.

The complete lack of impact which Varoufakis’ economic arguments achieved leads one to fear that when it comes to economics and politics, we are being conned: the main purpose of economic speak in politics is obfuscation. If that is indeed the case, then having someone point out the obvious elephant in the room – the economic impossibility of the prevailing dogmas governing high finance and domestic politics – is just too much. It looks like our ruling elites do not want a real economist meddling with power.
Varoufakis is an exception to the norm precisely because he really believes in representative democracy.
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Time banks, farmer-to-buyer sales groups and alternative currencies springing up but expansion has not been steady or easy
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Now, here's a milestone . . .
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Good news, in my opinion.
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Humans will be taken care of like pets should robots take over because AI will want to preserve us as part of nature
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More than 1,000 experts and leading robotics researchers sign open letter warning of military artificial intelligence arms race
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One more brand to boycott.
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This is just cool. A wasp from 90 million years ago, trapped in amber.

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“This is what a trapped wasp from 90 million years ago looks like.”
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La beauté- The beauty. Arabic calligraphy. Tetouan, Morocco, 2015. Calligraphy by Julien Breton aka Kaalam. Photography by Cisco Light-painting. Artist Julien Breton aka 'Kaalam' is a master of photographic light painting, turning full-body gestures reminiscent of dance movements into the
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