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Chris Pennock
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Front page of Times: "Bloomberg Backs Obama, Citing Climate Change"
This is great on so many levels.

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Really nice insights into Obama's mind, his decision making process, his feelings. And so well-written. 

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NYC is expecting a 2 foot ocean rise by 2050, and much more frequent severe weather and hurricanes. They're adding marshes, sea gates and seawalls, and considering moving chemical plants to higher ground away from the waterfront. Here it comes.

I was heartened to hear Obama mention climate change in his nomination acceptance speech. It's the most important challenge the world is facing, and it's critical that the US takes the lead.

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This is a fascinating, eye-opening article. It lays out in plain detail how the Romney and other ultra-wealthy folks made and protected their money. It's just a whole other world.

It also makes clear why other similarly rich people want to elect money -- to keep in place the egregious loopholes he made a career out of exploiting.

Especially interesting was the bit about the mechanics of his M.O.: Buying companies, borrowing a ton of money, giving himself the money, declaring bankruptcy, and then walking away and keeping the money while the company fires everyone. Repeatedly. Amazing... Why would banks continue to lend money to Bain-owned companies?

Read it.

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To celebrate the landing of NASA's Curiosity Rover - the Mars Science Laboratory - we'll be running a special live hangout. 

In conjunction with +CosmoQuest. We'll have all your favorite space/astronomy journalists on hand to discuss the mission in depth, and celebrate the landing live, when it happens. Join Fraser Cain, +Pamela Gay+Philip Plait and +Miles O'Brien for this special event.

Over the course of this 4-hour Google+ Hangout on Air, we'll interview members of the Curiosity team live in the hangout, as well as other special guests from the +The Planetary Society and the +SETI Institute.

+Scott Lewis and +Amy Shira Teitel will be on location at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory to interview members of the engineering team, and show you what it's like to be at NASA during this amazing moment.

We'll update this event as we lock down more of the guests and participants. See you there! You can follow the hashtag #marshangout  

(this will replace our regular Sunday night +Virtual Star Party)

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This is a very important piece about an upcoming paper by James Hansen: ‘Climate Change Is Here — And Worse Than We Thought’: via Dewayne Hendricks (@wa8dzp)

http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2012/08/04/640391/must-read-hansen-climate-change-is-here-and-worse-than-we-thought/?mobile=wp

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Really interesting write-up about the Nexus 7 tablet by +John Battelle.  There are better sources if you're looking for a rundown on the device's specs, but this review nails it about the digital relationship you're implicitly committing to with a provider when you choose a device.

"It becomes a choice about what kind of a company you want as a partner in your digital life. Will the company let you export your data easily to other services? Will it be transparent about how your data is used? Will it have the guts to stand up to bad actors, whether they be governments or other corporations? Will the company create dashboards where you can see, edit, delete, and contest how your data is displayed?....I call this choice the “Cloud Commit Conundrum”....While Google is far from perfect on any number of fronts, it comes far closer than any other in embracing a philosophy that I feel I can trust."

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As it turns out, Conway's Game of Life is Turing-complete. Here, for instance, is a recursive Game of Life: a working Game running on the Game itself.

(h/t: +Aleatha Parker-Wood)

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+Frank Dellaert showed me a funny Google Glass parody the other day but I think this one is even better!

More seriously, for better or worse this project definitely has my `Singularity Indicator' bells ringing. The very positive reaction a lot of people seem to have had to that video makes me think that it will surely be quickly and widely adopted once it comes out... and all the technologies needed to make this really work properly (e.g. proper mobile visual SLAM and object recognition, much better always-on mobile bandwidth, much improved speech recognition) will surely be solidly there within 10 years. So will there be a large number of people who spend a big fraction (or all) of their time experiencing the world with cloud-connected interactive sensory overlays within that time-frame? How big is the jump from that to a neural implant and direct intelligence amplification? Seems much more than just another gadget to me...
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