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This intelligent virtual assistant reads your email to schedule your meetings for you.
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#EarthRightNow   #climatescience   #NASA  

Rivers of meltwater are quickly draining Greenland's ice sheet. http://go.nasa.gov/1xVSKHg

PNAS dedicated the study to coauthor Alberto Behar of JPL, who died in a small-plane crash on Jan. 9. http://go.nasa.gov/1wRAqv2
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"I’m a Bulls fan. It’s never easy celebrating a non-Bulls team in the White House. That’s all I’ve been able to do. So far. But even I have to admit that the Spurs are hard to dislike." —President Obama honoring the 2014 NBA Champion San Antonio Spurs: http://go.wh.gov/dwHQ78
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Excellent article about life in your 40's.  Go read now!!
There are no soul mates. There are no grown-ups. It’s O.K. if you don’t like jazz.
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Ross Koningstein and David Fork are engineers at Google, who worked together on the bold renewable energy initiative known as RE<C, Google’s ambitious aim to generate new technologies that would boost sustainable energy around the world.  At one level, this effort, not just by Google, but by 100+ groups worldwide, has been a success — solar, wind and other sustainables are nearing breakeven faster than anyone - even optimists - imagined, while overcoming sabotage and resistance by a political movement financed by coal barons and petro-sheiks.
..... And yet…

http://spectrum.ieee.org/energy/renewables/what-it-would-really-take-to-reverse-climate-change

…in this article, Koningstein & Fork admit failure!  Because even these rapid advances will not remove enough CO2 from the emission stream, across the next forty years, to prevent truly major disruptions in weather and climate. They remain, hopeful and busy fellows. But this article is a splash of cold water in the face of any pollyannas out there, who think all we have to do is get solar on every roof.

We need the can-do spirit.  But even more than that…
Today&rsquo;s renewable energy technologies won&rsquo;t save us. So what will?
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As one #Dragon visits the International Space Station, another is visiting Seattle. See first private spacecraft to visit the #ISS this weekend at the Museum of Flight.
 
Dragon will be on display this Saturday, Jan. 17 through Monday, Jan. 19. Get up close and personal with the first private spacecraft to bring and return cargo to and from the International Space Station. Museum hours are 10am – 5pm PT and access to Dragon is available with regular museum admission.
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Environmental nonsense, compared to deforestation that occurs in Brazil Indonesia and also all over the Western Hemisphere during Christmas
 
"  Construction of the landing facility would involve clearing approximately 48.3 acres of vegetation. The report found the clearing would adversely impact the Florida scrub-jay, southeastern beach mouse and eastern indigo snake.
The Air Force has recommended restoring approximately 100 acres of habitat elsewhere on the station over a five-year period to accommodate the species. The assessment also recommended a number of other mitigation measures, including limiting construction activities during the scrub-jay’s nesting season."

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"  “A steel and concrete ‘stand’ would be built to secure the Falcon stage during post-landing operations,” according to the report. “The stand would consist of four individual pedestal structures which would be transported to site and bolted to a concrete base. Each of the four pedestals, would weigh approximately 15,000 lbs, and would be 107 inches tall and 96.25 inches wide.
“A mobile crane would lift the stage from the landing pad, and transport and place it on the stand. Activities such as allowing the landing legs to be removed or folded back to the stage (flight position) prior to placing the stage in a horizontal position would occur there,” the report stated.  "
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Happy birthday Haruki Murakami!

"Spend your money on the things money can buy. Spend your time on the things money can’t buy." (The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, 1994)
We're celebrating the 66th birthday of none other than Haruki Murakami with a round up of his most inspirational quotes to revitalize your waning New Year's Resolutions.
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The large landslide that occurred on March 22, 2014 near Oso, Washington was unusually mobile and destructive. New research indicates the landslide process at Oso could have unfolded very differently (with much less destruction) if initial conditions had been only subtly different.
http://www.usgs.gov/newsroom/article.asp?ID=4097
#Landslide   #USGS   #science   #Oso   #hazard  
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High throughput screening using a viral entry assay identifies more drugs with anti-Ebola activity 
Widely used and FDA approved drugs like Raloxifene (an estrogen receptor modulator) and antibiotics like azithromycin and clarithromycin are highly effective in inhibiting Ebola viral entry according to a new screening assay. #Ebola   #Ebolatherapy  
Identification of 53 compounds that block Ebola virus-like particle entry via a repurposing screen of approved drugs
The team used Ebola VLPs that contain Ebola GP and the VP40 protein fused to a beta-lactamase (Bla) reporter. HeLa cells were loaded with the beta-lactamase substrate CCF2-AM, which results in green fluorescence. After VLP loading into cells, beta lactamase enzyme  hydrolyzes the substrate CCF2-AM, disrupting the fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) in the substrate and thus causing blue fluorescence. The ratio of blue/green fluorescence intensities represents the activity of Bla inside cells. (B) Flow chart of compound screening in 1536-well plates using Ebola VLP entry assay. (C) Scatter plot of the results from a DMSO plate screening. The wells in columns 1 and 2 of the 1536-well assay plates contained HeLa cells as a control (0% response); Ebola VLPs were added to all other wells (positive control, 100% response). The signal-to-basal ratio (S/B) in this plate was 2.5-fold, with a CV of 11% and a Z′ factor of 0.62.
http://www.nature.com/emi/journal/v3/n12/full/emi201488a.html
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