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Techno-archeologist may be something that we will increasingly need in the coming years. There is a great deal of science and history on these old machines, which may proved important to both society and culture. 
For five years, a group of self-described techno-archaeologists working in an old, abandoned McDonald's have been on a mission: to recover and digitize forgotten photos taken in the ‘60s by a quintet of scuttled lunar satellites.
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Cosmos and The Importance of Environmental Regulation
Cosmos Episode 7 was the single best episode of Cosmos in my opinion, because it highlighted the best case for environmental regulation, but also the extent at which industry will fight regulation of harmful substances, but also go to great lengths to distort information. It is a lesson which remains critically important, because those same forces that resist environmental regulation then, still exist today. However, Patterson's efforts on lead regulation has been proven right over time, and as a result society is far healthier. 

The reality is even after Patterson, we are still understanding the impact of lead poisoning on society. Research is showing it was likely responsible for the significant increase in violent crime during mid and late century America. 

Patterson is a giant...the man who discovered the age of the earth, and saved and extended the lives of millions of lives. Very few figures in science loom as large, or as important. I applaud NDT for highlighting him on Cosmos. 

I should note, this episode hit very close to home for me. I worked on the policy research for updating the consumer product safety law, which provided mandatory testing for children's products for toxic substances, but especially lead. In many ways I was following the footsteps of Patterson and his advocacy. What I, and a few others discovered to be a gap in the regulations as a result of Patterson and other advocates efforts on toxic and consumer product safety regulations. Even though lead may have been banned, it still made it into our consumer products for years through importation and lack of sufficient oversight of consumer products.  Now it is required by manufacturers and retailers to test their products they stock for toxic substances in children's toys for compliance with toxic regulations in consumer products, including the ban on lead. Do you know what happened, the Chamber of Commerce went after this expansion of the law, even though the intent and benefits was clear. In some ways Patterson's battle with industry never ended. 

This episode was special to me...it made me realize my own efforts with lead and other toxics in consumer products when I was involved in science policy meant I was stepping in the footsteps of a great. Even though I changed careers, it made me feel like both my education and efforts were worth the effort. It is not to often one can have the opportunity to refine the work as somebody as important as Patterson. Where policy and science met, I had that opportunity to contribute, and I am grateful. 
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+Brian Bentsen The fight for scientific enlightenment is absolutely necessary. Sadly Scandinavia is the exception to the rule, rather than the rule. In many ways it is far further in the development cycle than most nations in the world. Proof that a secular, educated, social democracy is the ideal state. If only the rest of the world can learn. 
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Ugh, just ugh. 
Starting May 1, the District will start issuing REAL ID licenses that conform to stringent federal regulations.
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Hahaha. Have fun in those lines.
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I am not the least bit surprised these jerks do not like solar energy. 
The conservative solar blowback has arrived in full force
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+George Cohn - I don't believe the K-bros have the imagination to see the future of the energy business. They see only their current position & self interest.
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Solar Powered Flying Microbots
Roboticists have long used insects, fish and small animals as ideal models for building small robots leading to innovations in areas including entomology, computing and electrical engineering. A Co...
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I've thought for years that robotics like this would be awesome in agriculture for pest detection and control.
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It's a small victory, but hopefully HBO will just make HBOgo available without a cable subscription. 
 
Well! Looks like I'll finally get to see this "Wire" everyone's raving about.
Amazon and HBO have signed an extensive, multi-year agreement that will bring many of the premium channel's greatest shows including The Sopranos, Six Feet Under, and The Wire to Amazon Prime...
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This is depressing, but barely surprising. 
The intentional spreading of misinformation (vaccine truthers, climate change deniers) could be partially to blame
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I've seen a couplefew articles about this, and how you ask someone the question matters.  If I were asked if I trusted the big bang theory, I'd say yes.  If you put that 13.8 million years stat in there and asked me to confirm that, I might say "I'm unsure" because I didn't remember the number.  So you have to ask a well-crafted question to get useful responses.
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Who would have guessed that a $50 #3dprinted prosthetic hand (named the Cyborg Beast) would be more useful to a man born without most of his left hand than an expensive prothesis? Awesome. http://goo.gl/bEQ2ni
I recently had the opportunity to work with a great guy named Jose Delgado, Jr., a 53-year old who was born without most of his left hand. With the help of his insurance coverage, Jose was able to ...
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For years, it was an open secret in the book publishing industry that any author willing to spend enough money could nab a spot on the major bestseller lists by engaging the services of a company called Result Source Inc. Now that secret is a little less open. A few weeks [...]
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So there is one thing science will continue to struggle with...the cat brain. 
Humans are easy in comparison. 
“We did one study on cats—and that was enough!” Those words effectively ended my quest to understand the feline mind. I was a few months into writing Citizen Canine: Our Evolving Relationship With Cats and Dogs, which explores how pets are blurring the line between animal and person, and I...
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Cats are really smart. We may have domesticated dogs, but cats domesticated us.
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In a past life I was a professional research and policy analyst.  I worked primarily on science (environmental) and labor policy, but I have also worked on everything from civil rights/liberties to healthcare issues.  Somehow I was roped in by technologists and they have assimilated me into their development processes.
 
I spend my free time (what little there is) making music and tinkering with music technology.  I have a specific interest in sound design and synthesis using shLISP, MAX, PureData, and Reaktor. Currently most of my focus is on shLISP though, which is mildly esoteric programming language for something called a Shnth, which is a small palm top musical computer/instrument. I also enjoy making electronic instruments when I get the chance, specifically modular synthesizers. 



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This is probably my favorite place to get pho in Silver Spring. It has a larger menu than most Vietnamese restaurants, and most of it is good. While it is not the best pho in the region, that is few places in Virginia, it is up there. The decor on the inside is not the best, it is not upscale by any means. But like most great family restaurants, the family owns and runs it. Pretty much the entire family is around the restaurant. They are very friendly.
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reviewed a month ago
This was a beautiful restaurant experience. I went in on Wednesday, which they admit is one of their slower days. The restaurant has recently switched to a multi-course meal approach, but the dishes are inventive, and most importantly delicious. The scallops were probably the best I have ever had. The duck pastrami was also wonderful. The mushroom and caramelized endive dishes were delicious and inventive vegetable dishes. The desert, was both rich and sweet, but also perfect end to a wonderful meal. Every dish was beautifully presented, they were works of art in their own right. The service was exceptional and friendly. Taking this place is within walking distance from my house I will be going back eventually. I cannot praise how on top of things they were. Not that there was anything wrong. For a restaurant that has been around for 8+ years they have everything down to near perfection. This is a hidden treat near the border of Silver Spring and DC, and well worth checking out. The only nit, and it's a minor one, is some of their booths need the seats repaired. Otherwise the interior was beautiful, colorful, and funky.
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Public - 2 months ago
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We went there for restaurant week, and as it has been mentioned the inside has an idealized look to it, like if somebody tried to build a cuban street inside a building. My partner said it was las vegas like in some ways. With that being said the service was top notch, our wait staff was on top of every little thing from the very start. I have no idea where the bad reviews are coming from. The food we ordered was incredible. Every single dish was absolutely delectable whether it was the lamb, or pork belly tapas, or the main dishes. Then there was the desert, which they brought out in a pair, flan and a chocolate torte with an unbelievable ice cream. With all that being said, the cocktails were very good, I would say the coconut mojito was probably the best of the three we had.
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Public - 3 months ago
reviewed 3 months ago
Best Chicago style hotdogs in DC. They actually get it right. I never had a burger here, and there are several burger places in the area. DC has so many good burger joints especially around DuPont circle it is hard to stand out in that regard. But the hot dogs bring me back to my childhood in Chicago.
Food: Very goodDecor: GoodService: Good
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Republic is the new seafood place in Takoma Park, and the area which has a solid habit of supporting local establishments is going a bit crazy over it. It is a needed destination in the Takoma area, a top notch restaurant with solid dishes. The interior though was a little to dark at times, which made it hard to read the menu. When I was there they were still working out some kinks in the restaurant, but the food was good, the oysters were fresh, and the beer selection was solid. I am hoping they expand to a brunch menu soon, as it stands, it is a good place for dinner in the Republic of Takoma Park. Hopefully in a year whatever issues the restaurant has will be worked out, but as it stand it is worth checking out, even if it is to down saw raw oysters with a pint of craft beer.
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Public - 3 months ago
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They serve wonderful carving board sandwiches with a generous portion of meat. Their turkey is often incredible, and I have never had a bad ham sandwich. I have pretty much had every one at this point.
Food: Very goodDecor: GoodService: Very good
Public - 11 months ago
reviewed 11 months ago
Great food and service. A whole in the wall local seafood and bbq place...but a very good.
Food: Very goodDecor: GoodService: Excellent
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reviewed 11 months ago