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Meanwhile, the mavens who gave us spectacular Pluto-Charon images have chosen New Horizons’s next target!   The spacecraft is to make a similar examination of a small, Kuiper Belt object, an icy body known as 2014 MU69 in 2019. Pluto is about three billion miles from the sun; 2014 MU69 is almost a billion miles beyond Pluto. “The New Horizons spacecraft is to adjust course through a series of four thruster firings in late October and early November. New Horizons would also make more distant measurements of 20 other Kuiper belt objects en route to 2014 MU69.”That they can do this at all, with their excellent fuel reserve, is one more checkmark of stunning human competence.  Let’s bring that back into fashion!

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/29/science/space/nasas-new-horizons-spacecraft-has-next-mission-after-pluto.html?_r=0
The spacecraft will visit 2014 MU69, another piece of the frigid debris beyond Neptune along the Kuiper belt.
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Ah gerrymandering! Business owners try to remove all voters from business district but they forgot one college student
the city council created a special 'business' district. This district would be allowed to vote to create a half cent sales tax to pay for local improvements rather than using property tax increases. There is a special rule that says if no registered voters exist in an area, the property owners are allowed to vote BUT one U of M student registered at her CoMO address. And the county clerk has certified that she is the sole voter allowed in the up coming vote. Now the owners are barred from voting. Will have to raise taxes (if they want those district improvements) and raise them even more to pay off the debt they incurred to finance this deal. http://m.dailykos.com/story/2015/08/27/1415949/-Business-owners-try-to-remove-all-voters-from-business-district-but-they-forgot-one-college-student  
This is a familiar thing in California, where most elective potitics has improved markedly, but these legacy “cities” and “districts” have olden-times grandfathered ability to basically run their own cloistered mafia dens.
Normally gerrymandering in a medium-sized town that doesn't even pertain to city council elections would be too down-...
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Vegeta, what does the scouter say about their gerrymanding level?
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A fascinating interview with Samuel R. Delaney: on race, sexual identity and science fiction
The award-winning novelist discusses the intersection of race, sexual identity, and science fiction.
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Thanks, +David Brin ! That was an interesting interview, and worth the read. I read Dhalgren many years ago, and appreciated Delany's writing. I think it's time for another reading of it.
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Our weekend posting looks  outward... toward the vast, vast majority of all there is. And after decades of doldrums, it seems we truly are regaining some momentum in space.  Have any of you been keeping track on a scorecard? The tally should have you jumping up and down, opening windows, sticking your head out and shouting!  From Mercury and Venus through huge news about Earth, to Mars and Mars and more Mars.  To asteroids of many kinds, to Europa missions and amazements from Cassini... and Pluto... and comets!  Yowzer. 

Is there truly a person with soul so dead, that he or she has never said... upon such news I declare out loud, that I am proud.  We're amazing.  And Universe, here we come
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oh..... a Physicist....i love PhD's in physics
or masters or BS
.....i did 7 years of grad level Chemistry and physics
a physicist should run for president
and congress etc etc

GG
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Artificial photosynthesis could power homes in a few years, mimicking plant-based photosynthesis by using solar energy to convert water into hydrogen. If cheap nickel catalysts can be used… and 22% efficiency holds up… then toss it onto the pile of potential game-changers. Ah, but that pile had better be producing, big-time, soon.
 
Figures indicate that the world’s uptake of renewable energy has finally eclipsed its demand for fossil fuel sources, and now a record-breaking solar device made by Australian scientists could mean a whole new category of clean energy production is...
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+Olivier Malinur To be fair, Germany's reduced coal massively since 
~1990. Slight uptick in the past few years with retirement of nuclear power, though that should be temporary. How they manage storage / dispatchable load will be interesting.
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Our mid-week posting is one of our cool rundowns of news from science and technology.  Mostly the latter, this time.  It seems that weekly there are announcements of potential game-changers.  If even a few of them go well... then gloom would hardly be the right theme for adults.  Problems? Sure!  Now let's solve em! 
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My weekend posting is a compilations of cool or outrageous tidbits from many directions.  Starting with the preview to The Martian.  Oh and it starts with me putting out a call for suggestions!  What are your favorite web sites that deal with the big topic of dealing with The Future?

Come on by for glimpses at many risks... and some cool solutions.

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2015/08/risks-and-solutions-we-need-competence.html
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I'm blown away by Sugata Mitra's work, giving access to the internet as a means to teaching remote rural children who lack quality teachers.

His results are nothing short of miraculous.

http://www.ted.com/talks/sugata_mitra_the_child_driven_education?language=en

ObTechnology: the internet is the source of all of humanity's knowledge. But merely giving children access, they can teach themselves and others.

This could not be done 15 years ago.
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My Monday posting goes back to socio-politics. And symbolism, the powerful motivator that all-too often stands in the way of negotiation or pragmatic reasoning.  Especially on one side of the political "spectrum."  Though the other side... well... has its exacerbating moments. Here  I'll visit Confederate flags and statuaries... but also some excesses in political correctness.  Don't expect pandering, one-sided pablum here!
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heard one of your videos
one of 3...very good....on your book  or on privacy issues
i made the point
we should have a camera and microphone in every congressman's office,
limousine, breakfast nook
and
bedroom
and someone sent me a link to your book
and there was two videos on the site
and a summary of each chapter of your book
well done....
i will mail this now to 5000 people
but
not everyone reads my stuff

Greg g.....
Greg G
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Congratulations to Cixin Liu and the other 2015 Hugo Award winners, including Noah Ward, whose long awaited day finally came. Noah’s overshoot into categories where great candidates waited suggests that our community needs to rethink the polarized fervor that’s already tearing America apart. 
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One "fixes" it by reading as many of the nominees as one can and then voting one's own opinion, as a reader. One "fixes" it by actually reading the works and forming an opinion. One "fixes" it by blogging reviews of the individual works so that the meritorious get more readership. Literature is about the readers' eyes, not about the writer's politics---unless the politics get in the way of the story, which is a flaw (not necessarily an insurmountable one, but still a flaw).

One "fixes" it by reading.

I don't agree with a lot of David's politics, but I still read and enjoy his books. It's about quality--or it should be.
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Our weekend posting looks  outward... toward the vast, vast majority of all there is. And after decades of doldrums, it seems we truly are regaining some momentum in space.  Have any of you been keeping track on a scorecard? The tally should have you jumping up and down, opening windows, sticking your head out and shouting!  From Mercury and Venus through huge news about Earth, to Mars and Mars and more Mars.  To asteroids of many kinds, to Europa missions and amazements from Cassini... and Pluto... and comets!  Yowzer.

Is there truly a person with soul so dead, that he or she has never said... upon such news I declare out loud, that I am proud.  We're amazing.  And Universe, here we come

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2015/08/our-best-year-in-space-ever.html
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+Phillip Gerba Yup. James Webb is going to be great. But, as far as planetary missions go, except for Juno arriving in Jupiter system next year (launched 5 years ago!) there is nothing else coming up in the near future (within this decade). Did I overlook anything?
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The latest report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has determined that globally, July was the hottest month since record keeping began in 1880. And ocean acidity -- which CAN only have one cause -- is rising. And the denialist cult keeps getting more frantic.

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/july-2015-was-hottest-month-on-record-globally/
NOAA scientists "99 percent sure" we're on track for anther record-setting warm year
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The new trailer for "The Martian..." I'm actually starting to believe (more hope) that Hollywood didn't screw this up ...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ej3ioOneTy8
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Yeah. Thanks for spoiling the ending of the book., +Phil Stein
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Scientist, Author, Futurist, Public speaker: David Brin’s novels have been translated into more than twenty languages, including NY Times Best-sellers that have won Hugo and Nebula awards. His latest, Existence, looks at the threats facing us forty years in the future. His 1989 thriller, Earth, foreshadowed cyber-warfare, the Web, and global warming. A 1998 Kevin Costner film was loosely adapted from the post-apocalyptic novel, The Postman. The Uplift novels, including Startide Rising, and The Uplift War consider a future where humans raise animals to sentient levels. Foundation's Triumph brought a grand finale to Isaac Asimov's famed Foundation Universe. 

Brin is also a scientist and futurist who appears frequently on television ("Life After People," "The Universe," "the Architechs") discussing topics as diverse as surveillance technology, astronomy, SETI, nanotechnology and national defense. His non-fiction book -- The Transparent Society: Will Technology Make Us Choose Between Freedom and Privacy? -- won the 2000 Freedom of Speech Award of the American Library Association

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