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Use the talents you possess, for the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except the best. (Henry Van Dyke)

I think anything truly beautiful has some flaw that makes it interesting or endearing. 

Have a great day!
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+Steven Spence I hope you do too! You are welcome!
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Impatient

This was taken on 22. January. It's much, much too early for my plants to think it is Spring. All the snow is gone (unusually early) and I have the first yellow crocuses ready to open. Tulips won't be but a few weeks after that. Hopefully we won't have any late, really hard freezes.

Not a lot to share yet, but soon! While it seems too early this year, seeing all the vegetation growing again has me impatient for Spring to arrive. 

Maybe some of you are impatient for the weekend to arrive. At least it is Wednesday, so you're most of the way there! 
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Thank you, Steven. :) 
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Almost makes me want to experiment

+Kate Stone definitely found a provocative title for this story. It's almost enough to make me want to do experiments... 

Seriously though, gecko feet are quite interesting. They use Van der Waals force to adhere to surfaces. Some experiments showed they feet are even stronger when thre is humidity or some liquid water. This is possibly due to water helping with surface tension AND a dipole.

Check out Kate's article on +GotScience.org to learn more about constraints and why the way Spiderman sticks to walls wouldn't work. 
Want to climb walls like Spiderman or a gecko? Not today, but maybe some day. There is a size limit on who or what can stick to walls.
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Got Stuck

This evening I was listening to my playlist and got stuck on Your Bones by Monsters and Men. I really like the text. I played it in a loop and let my mind wander. I think there would be a great story in this (if it isn't derived from a saga anyway)- 

Your Bones  (Monsters and Men)

In the spring we made a boat 
out of feathers, out of bones
We set fire to our homes, 
walking barefoot in the snow
Distant rhythm of the drum 
as we drifted towards the storm
Baby lion lost his teeth 
now they're swimming in the sea

Troubled spirits on my chest 
where they laid to rest
The birds all left, my tall friend,
as your body hit the sand
Million stars up in the sky 
formed a tiger's eye
That looked down on my face, 
out of time and out of place
So hold on, 
hold on to what we are, 
hold on to your heart

Awaken by the sound 
of a screaming owl
Chasing leaves in the wind 
going where we've never been_
Said goodbye to you my friend 
as the fire spread
All that's left are your bones, 
that will soon sink like stones
So hold on, 
hold on to what we are, 
hold on to your heart

Radical beginnings, a great journey, a storm, a loss, and memories. There's a lot to work with there. 

Photo : Anne Burgess (1973) Up Helly: Creative Commons Attribution Share-alike license 2.0
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https://youtu.be/wXUloVYbchg
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Available Light

Our cat was demanding attention from me: back and forth in front of my keyboard, jumping up on the window sill then back down, repeat... I decided to get out the camera, but of course the flash is too harsh, so here's a snapshot with light from the window. Not ideal lighting, but a very typical pose for her.

Have a great #Caturday!
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a look right out of Dr, Pawstus ;-)
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Xenoturbella or as the U.S. Air Force used to say: "a weather balloon" 

Believe it or not, what you see isn't a sock or a weather balloon, but an animal. 

_The animal, called Xenoturbella, is so bizarre that for 60 years researchers could not work out what it was - or where it fitted into the family tree.
But the discovery of four new species in the Pacific has enabled scientists to conclude that this animal belongs to one of the earliest branches of life._ 

If you have access to Nature the article is available here: http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v530/n7588/full/nature16545.html

h/t to +Adrian Parsons for sharing.

record for oddest entry in  #sockwars   :-)
 
Mystery of deep-sea 'purple sock' solved - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-35482467
A decades-long mystery of a deep-sea creature that resembles a discarded purple sock has been solved, scientists say.
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Thanks !!! 😎
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Symbiotic Relationship

Another fantastic video from the American Museum of Natural History's Shelf Life series. Today's video is only six and a half minutes, but it's full of easy to absorb information. I learned a lot and had fun at the same time. I hope you'll find a few minutes too: it's well worth it!
Episode 11 of the popular Shelf Life science video series from the American Museum of Natural History: Green Grow the Salamanders.
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+Norma Hunt : let me know what you find out. I'd be interested in that too. 
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+Neha Jain shares research on Bat to Human virus transmission today. One word of advice: don't hunt bats! They amazing and helpful creatures, but getting too close to them or eating them could be harmful to your health.  read more on +GotScience.org ! 
By Neha Jain @lifesciexplore Since the turn of the century, we’ve already been gripped by three major outbreaks of new diseases—SARS
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Sunday morning Snowdrop

The first flowers I have each year are snowdrops. After them come crocuses and then tulips. 

I was too lazy to lie down on the wet ground to take a picture and unfortunately my 7DMkII doesn't have a tilt screen, so I held the camera down low and took a few shots "blind", i.e. pointed and relied on the camera to acquire focus. I think it turned out ok for that.

I'll be off for a few hours trying to finally write an article again. When you get out of the habit it can be a bit tough to get started again, but duty calls.  

Have a great and enjoyable  Sunday! 
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peace to you as well +Zobida Erato . thanks for dropping by. 
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It's that day again

Since some people I know aren't fans of cat photos, I have them off in a collection. I posted one today, it being THAT day ( +Sean Heffernan : your favorite day!), but it was downsized significantly. Below is an excerpt from the original at full size. I think it is neat what detail an SLR captures. I can even see a high-level project plan from a printout I had lying on my desk reflected in Ginger's eye.

Today has gotten off to a good start. I got a lot done in the garden. I've decided Winter had its chance and I'm declaring Spring about 5 weeks early this year. I hope I'm right, because my tulips are all emerging already. 

I hope you're having a good weekend! If you have time let me know what you're up to in the comments below.
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+Max Tiol Gonzalez : so far I still have all my limbs attached and most of my skin intact. Have a great Sunday, sir!
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reshare to my "Science and Nature" collection. 
 
Remember when +Kate Stone wrote about this concept last year? As +Jonathan Trinastic tells us in today's article now it's a reality with the first 50 houses up for sale. I love the idea and hope they'll be very successful.

via +GotScience.org 
The egg-shaped tiny house Ecocapsule from the folks at Nice Architects is now in production. The first 50 lucky customers now have theirs. Discover more.
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Please check here for pictures and more data: http://www.nicearchitects.sk/en/ecocapsule 
length = 4.468m width = 2.407m height = 2.487m  living area 8m²
the battery has a maximum capacity of 4200 Wh.  the turbine can generate a maximum of 750 w  
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Remember when +Kate Stone wrote about this concept last year? As +Jonathan Trinastic tells us in today's article now it's a reality with the first 50 houses up for sale. I love the idea and hope they'll be very successful.

via +GotScience.org 
The egg-shaped tiny house Ecocapsule from the folks at Nice Architects is now in production. The first 50 lucky customers now have theirs. Discover more.
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Nice idea but I would  prefer a separate capsule for my bathroom, and I would be interested in one for harsh climatic conditions.
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nerdy; stargazer; legend in my own mind; wannabe photographer, may post occasional spider pictures - you have been warned!
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troglodyte, likes Marcus Aurelius quotes and sometimes is similar to a Ned Stark of the Internet (we all know how that ended), the rest of the time, I pretty much Hodor along. 

I try to post something original, because I want G+ to be more than just reshares of other people's works. Mostly I'll post one of my own photos; because they are an opportunity to share and engage. Interested in science, science fiction, technology, photography, mountains, raptors, fossils, pizza, but not fossilized pizza (it's a bit rough on my teeth).

If you know someone talented doing original work of any kind on GPlus and they aren't getting many responses, please let me know. I am making occasional recommendations of such GPlus users to help improve the stream.

I hope one day my life will be worthy of this line: "To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield"
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more interesting than folding laundry. nicest things said about me on G+ so far: "less dangerous than a psychopathic ghost squirrel", "dances with light and words", "has mad skillz", "a philosopher in sheep's clothing", "clever monkey"
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