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"Our politicians may deny it. Our corporations may deny it. And even the secretary of state and the president may deny it. But denying it doesn't change reality. The Earth is warming; we are the cause; the consequences are severe and increasing; it's up to all of us to do something about it. Even with La Niña in place for 2017, global temperature levels are likely to never sink back to the 20th century average, not for a single year in the 21st century. The Earth belongs to us all, including all the humans who'll come after us. If we have any hope of taking care of it, it has to start with accepting the truth. Even if it's inconvenient." http://www.forbes.com/sites/startswithabang/2017/01/18/climate-science-isnt-political-lying-about-it-is/#425f2413f854

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The latest climate findings hint at a bad-news, good-news situation for us folks in the Pacific Northwest.

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Proteins work like rigid keys to activate cellular functions — or so everyone thought. Scientists are discovering a huge number of proteins that shape-shift to do their work, upending a century-old maxim of biology. https://www.quantamagazine.org/20170118-disordered-proteins/

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"Scientists are planning to send a deep-space probe to a metal asteroid, enabling them to see what is believed to be a planetary core. Psyche, an asteroid orbiting the sun between Mars and Jupiter, is made almost entirely of nickel-iron metal".

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"Scientists have used an imaging technique to reconstruct the brain architecture and neural networks of the thylacine—better known as the Tasmanian tiger—an extinct carnivorous marsupial native to Tasmania. The study, published in PLOS ONE, used magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) to scan postmortem specimens of two thylacine brain specimens, both of which were about 100 years old.
The results, when compared to the Tasmanian tiger's closest living relative, the Tasmanian devil, suggest that the larger-brained thylacine had more cortex devoted to planning and decision-making".

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Perhaps the most cynical view of America ever put to lyrical verse.  Civilization really does have enemies, but this perspective should be pondered to remind us to exercise caution in our defense of it.  

https://youtu.be/LaTbI7FCLl0

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A 3-dimensional cubical lattice

When you drive past a farm with plants in a rectangular grid, you'll see flickering lines as they momentarily line up in various ways.  Here you can see that in 3 dimensions.

If you were standing in a rotating space filled with dots, one dot at each point with integer coordinates, this is what you'd see.

It's all about number theory.  Suppose you have a farm with one plant at each point (x,y) where x and y are integers.  Then you'll clearly see lines of plants with slopes y/x when y and x are small integers.  So, slopes like 0/1, 1/1, 1/2, 2/3 and so on.   There will also be lines where y and x are large integers, but these will be harder to see.

The same sort of thing happens in 3 dimensions.  See all the ways the dots line up?

But notice, you're not shooting past these dots like driving past a farm.  The dots in front are moving left.  The dots in back are moving right!  

So, I think these dots are actually rotating around a vertical axis.  If take a dot that's not too close, and not too far, and follow it with your eye, you can see it go round and round!  It's a bit hard to do, but it's fun to try.

This image is one of "Charlie's daily sketches":

http://bigblueboo.tumblr.com/post/110725892760/drift-matrix
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