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Spectacular indeed!
Man Walks For Hours to Create Spectacular Snow Patterns

Artist Simon Beck must really love the cold weather! Along the frozen lakes of Savoie, France, he spends days plodding through the snow in raquettes (snowshoes), creating these sensational patterns of snow art. Working for 5-9 hours a day, each final piece is typically the size of three soccer fields! The geometric forms range in mathematical patterns and shapes that create stunning, sometimes 3D, designs when viewed from higher levels.

How long these magnificent geometric forms survive is completely dependent on the weather. Beck designs and redesigns the patterns as new snow falls, sometimes unable to finish a piece due to significant overnight accumulations. Interestingly enough, he said, The main reason for making them was because I can no longer run properly due to problems with my feet, so plodding about on level snow is the least painful way of getting exercise. Gradually, the reason has become photographing them, and I am considering buying a better camera.

Spectacular art for the sake of exercise!

source: inHabitat ~ goo.gl/3NSYz
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Sophie Scott gives an excellent summary of the different ways people communicate, and how Twitter (etc.) fits right in.

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Worth reading for the epic geek comments alone.

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‎"After careful consideration, I regret to inform you that I am unable to accept your refusal to offer me an assistant professor position in your department."

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"Sure I read the paper, but I, ahhhh, don't remember all the details."

This is actually pretty spot on.

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Wonderful. What scientists actually mean in their papers. Via +Ed Yong and NEMOScienceLive: This you'll enjoy http://bit.ly/zzl6Ev

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Boney Eyes Bradley. So THIS is why I'm not a Blues guitarist!
Fat Money Davis

Growing up in Chicago, we all had blues names. Now everyone can have one :)

h/t to Bill Cusack via FB
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Increasing funding for NIH is good for science and for jobs. What's not to like?
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