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The truest beauty can be found in the understanding you gain from seeing the world for what it is.
The truest beauty can be found in the understanding you gain from seeing the world for what it is.

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Go to this site, sign the petition, help conserve some of currently (and probably future to be) most threatened American constitutional rights:

https://stopwatching.us/

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What's at stake and why the recent public realization (of not just the fact that these things are being done but how pervasive and unchecked they are) should be taken seriously, talked about, and acted up on.

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Yep.
"+1" if you support privacy online! http://mzl.la/17ZTAor
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Penny4NASA!
Last week at the annual Game Developer’s Conference in San Francisco, NASA gave an incredible demo of one of their newest creations, the ATHLETE rover. 

Developed at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, the All-Terrain Hex-Limbed Extra-Terrestrial Explorer, or ATHLETE, is a prototypical rover that specializes in excellent mobility through the use of its 6 independently controlled arms. The arms each have a powered wheel attached to them, but can also hold tools such as drills and scoops, allowing the rover to drill into and collect samples of soil and rock. 

The dexterity of ATHLETE is analogous to that of our hands, and for demonstration purposes, engineers at JPL developed an application to allow the rover to be controlled by some specific hand gestures via the LEAP motion-sensing device. LEAP is a soon-to-be-released consumer device that allows for users to use specific hand gestures to control a variety of objects.

Using these hand gestures, NASA decided to show some of ATHLETE’s capabilities by performing a live demo featuring Jeff Norris of JPL controlling the rover simply by moving his hand! Included in the presentation was a live video feed to JPL, where ATHLETE currently lives.

When Norris moved one of his fingers and sent the command to ATHLETE, the rover moved one of its arms in the same direction. In addition, Norris moved his hand back and forth, remotely sent the command to ATHLETE in Pasadena, and the rover—suspended by cables from the ceiling of the low-gravity test bed at JPL—fired its thrusters and moved laterally from left to right.

This is the kind of technology NASA plans to use in conjunction with manned expeditions to the Moon, Mars and beyond. With ATHLETE’s plethora of capabilities it is certain to make difficult tasks—such as lifting and transporting heavy items in low-gravity environments—much simpler while negating the risk of human injury.

Check out a short video from NASA’s live demo at GDC, courtesy of YouTuber Leah Robinsion: NASA Controls Athlete Rover with Leap Motion Controller Live at GDC

Let Congress know that you support NASA’s drive to create awesome, useful technology like ATHLETE! Take action here: http://www.penny4nasa.org/take-action/

#NASA   #Penny4NASA   #STEM   #Engineering   #Science   #Space   #Rover   #ATHLETE   #GDC  
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A great TED talk by +Philip Plait, with a very important message that should be heard.

also, "we could be riiiich!" is worth the price of admission for this talk

http://www.ted.com/talks/phil_plait_how_to_defend_earth_from_asteroids.html

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had to share this, pass it on...it's a topic that should get publicity

terrifying not only in it's inequality but in the potential damage it's doing/will do to our economy moving "forward"

Wealth Inequality in America

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Happy Valentines Day! Get your nerd mojo on and celebrate a day dedicated to a specific biochemical addiction process in our brain! :-D

1. http://goo.gl/KvoL6

2. http://goo.gl/3kN98

3. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heart_Nebula

4. The Odds of Finding Life and Love | It's Okay to be Smart | PBS Digital Studios

5. and of course: http://xkcd.com/150/http://xkcd.com/162/

Happy Valentines Day! Get your nerd mojo on and celebrate a day dedicated to a specific biochemical addiction process in our brain! :-D

1. http://goo.gl/KvoL6

2. http://goo.gl/3kN98

3. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heart_Nebula

4. The Odds of Finding Life and Love | It's Okay to be Smart | PBS Digital Studios

5. and of course: http://xkcd.com/150/http://xkcd.com/162/

President Obama just said something along the lines of; we need to be funding research programs in order to reach the level of new scientific discovery not seen since the age of the space race...

Curious you should mention that Mr. President, reminds me that NASA continues to have it's already meager budget threatened by continued cuts....

#stateoftheunionaddress #Penny4NASA
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