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The Her•Story Project.

Writing women's participation back into the history of the secular movements.
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A transitional form between prokaryotes and eukayrotes!

Or, as we used to joke in talk.origins, parodying creationist thinking: two more gaps found in the fossil record!
 
Scientists have found the Archaeopteryx of our complex cells. Here's my story for The New York Times  http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/07/science/under-the-sea-a-missing-link-in-the-evolution-of-complex-cells.html?_r=0
Scientists have discovered microbes that have many — but not all — of the features previously only found in eukaryotes.
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Dragon crew module launch abort system test.

About 0900 EDT, May 6, 2015.

Unlike other spacecraft, the crewed version of the Dragon spacecraft has rockets built into the hull, allowing the crew to abandon the mission and return safely to Earth at any point from lift-off right up to orbit.

The uncrewed launch test starts at about the 16 minute point in this video. The ship dumps water to reduce fire hazard, then it's off like a bat out of hell. The small dummy rocket body is dropped, then a drogue chute opens to stabilise it. This is followed by the traditional triple chute which lets the capsule safely back to a splashdown.
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+Tony Sidaway Nice description. :) At least it's in your own words and not a copy and paste job.
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[Starts Today] Autonomous Navigation for Flying Robots from edX

★★★★☆ (3)

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Civil Unions?

Graphics by Scott Wooledge. From the Joe My God blog.
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Isn't that weird! In a couple of posts we've moved from a baseless claim about churches losing tax exemption to a bizarre supposition that, if they lost exemption, charities would suffer somehow. This beggars belief. How on earth do you imagine secular charities manage?

And again, the fact that essential services are left to the churches in America is not a good thing. In recent memory, very ill women who are also pregnant have been placed at mortal risk by bishops sticking their noses into hospital medical decisions. That's very, very worrying.

America deserves a proper health system run by doctors, not a mediaeval remnant run by religious nuts who put their own religious beliefs before the life of a patient.
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This is mainly for anyone thinking about moving to FreeNAS.

Once I stopped injecting my olde tyme ideas, my file server came together relatively easily. Now to shut this transfer off and use my gigabit Ethernet instead of WIFI. Otherwise I'll be here for two days straight! LoL!

Setting up the volume with the wizard is what killed me initially. A bit of advice for newbies, young and old: embrace the change. Once you give up and just follow EXACTLY what they tell you, you're golden.

The second gotcha was CIFS. If you're like me and a *nix fanboy, CIFS is an afterthought. Don't be like that!
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At PEN gala, a standing ovation from Charlie Hebdo.

Members of the French satirical magazine accepted the award for “freedom of expression courage,” capping a debate over free speech and blasphemy that started in New York literary circles and spread.
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FreeBSD on Raspberry Pi
FreeBSD/ARM on Raspberry Pi. FreeBSD-CURRENT has supported Raspberry Pi since November, 2012 and Raspberry Pi 2 since March, 2015. If you have questions, ask on the freebsd-arm mailing list. Raspberry Pi website · Setting up Xorg on RPi ...
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So, after moving my router box from debian to DragonFly BSD with no idea about how its pf diffs from OpenBSD and having a blast doing it, I collapsed my desktop into the family file server running DragonFly, too! Hammer FS and swapcache drove this crazy decision, and I haven't looked back. Well, that and dfly's MP, and the fact that I want to hack on dfly. Anyway, I had to get a new case for the extra hds. I liked these h440s, and I was really happy to find a red one! Very appropriate for a BSD machine, I thought 8). I knew I was giving up Flash and gaming on Linux on my beloved hacked up Debian Testing, but I was willing! So far? Loving it! Jboding with hammer with smart fs meta data and file data on ssds. Screaming so far. Getting an extra dual intel nic just for perf. That way, with jbod (not raid), I won't even notice when the kids are watching cartoons and the wife is watching house cuz that'll be on diff hds and diff nics. And everything is local to me ;). #combineyourserveranddesktop #dragonflybsd

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which browser is that? I can't even get hardware acceleration in firefox, freebsd. 
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OpenBSD installs are made more flexible by new disklabel template feature.
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Blade Runner (Unabridged) by Philip K. Dick on #Audible for #Android.

Despite the confusing title, this is an unabridged reading of the Philip K. Dick novel, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, on which the famous Ridley Scott film Blade Runner is loosely based. I last read the novel over 40 years ago so I really wasn't prepared for writing of a quality to rival Orwell and Huxley. There are similarities with the film, but the setting is post-apocalyptic, in a San Francisco depopulated by radioactive fallout and by the flight of most of humanity from Earth to the new colonies on Mars. Few remain by choice. Those who are too old, or whose genes or brains have been compromised by the radioactive dust, must remain, along with a few, like police department bounty hunter Rick Deckard, whose jobs still tie them to Earth.

But this Deckard isn't the hard boiled Dashiel Hammett character of Harrison Ford's portrayal. Dick's character is married and has an uneasy home life plagued by familiar themes of social pretence. Caught in the obsessions of the day, particularly a belated reverence for the planet's near-extinct wildlife and domestic animals, Deckard's flimsy social mask highlights his deep loneliness and inadequacy in a society held together by a religion that is ostensibly highly communitarian and universal. But in this novel, nothing is what it seems.

Dick is a clear philosophical thinker, and uses the literary form to dramatise questions of identity, intellect and empathy, and the nature of humanity in a world of intelligent machines.

Over the past few years I've taken to audio books in preference to reading, because I've always loved the experience of being read to. Typically I'll listen to a novel repeatedly over a period of weeks, drifting in and out of sleep so I'm never completely exposed to an uninterrupted reading. By far my favourite reader is Peter Kenny, a superlative voice actor and book reader whose readings of Iain Banks novels (both with and without the M.) I cannot recommend highly enough.
Listen to great audiobooks using Audible's Android app, the Audible app on iOS, and the Audible app on Windows.
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