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As archives become digital and machines become smarter, what function will libraries serve ten years and ten thousand years from now? Hopes&Fears asks the experts.
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Where is New Horizons? Getting very close to Pluto as you can see here http://goo.gl/SZq4rM +JHU Applied Physics Laboratory http://goo.gl/Vr5AVA  #NewHorizons #Pluto
 
The Moment We’ve been Waiting For: First New Images of Pluto from New Horizons

Here we go! New Horizons is now on approach and today – on the anniversary of Pluto discoverer Clyde Tombaugh’s birth – the spacecraft has sent back its first new images of the Pluto system. 

Read more and see more imagery: 
http://www.universetoday.com/118770/the-moment-weve-been-waiting-for-first-new-images-of-pluto-from-new-horizons/
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These articles, http://goo.gl/oAvPgo and http://goo.gl/HlqlIk, from +Long Now Foundation discuss building a manual for civilization reboot. Perhaps an extreme example but a library with a purpose. Related references: library of utility (http://goo.gl/lkZyQB), memory of mankind (http://goo.gl/v1hhGQ), museum of history (http://goo.gl/vI20Ve), and the forever book (http://kk.org/thetechnium/2006/02/the-forever-boo/).
  As we near completion of The Interval at Long Now, our new venue in San Francisco, we are also building a collection of books...
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Soon we'll have the best pictures of #Pluto  we've ever had. Until then here are a few articles to whet the appetite  +JHU Applied Physics Laboratory #NewHorizons website http://goo.gl/WR0yUN, and Spaceflight Now http://goo.gl/wBYKwd
 
NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft begins first stages of Pluto encounter.

The spacecraft is entering the first of several approach phases that culminate July 14 with the first close-up flyby of the dwarf planet, 4.67 billion miles (7.5 billion kilometers) from Earth. Learn more: http://buff.ly/1y40t6d
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"Popular soda ingredient, caramel color, poses cancer risk to consumers" http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/02/150218191653.htm
Public health researchers have analyzed soda consumption data in order to characterize people's exposure to a potentially carcinogenic byproduct of some types of caramel color. Caramel color is a common ingredient in colas and other dark soft drinks. The results show that between 44 and 58 percent of people over the age of six typically have at least one can of soda per day, possibly more, potentially exposing them to 4-methylimidazole (4-MEI), a...
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I was surprised just to read that about 50% of adults over age 60 have at least one soda a day.  I didn't think that many people my own age drank that much, much less those older than me.
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Where is New Horizons? Getting very close to Pluto as you can see here http://goo.gl/SZq4rM +JHU Applied Physics Laboratory http://goo.gl/Vr5AVA  #NewHorizons #Pluto
 
The Moment We’ve been Waiting For: First New Images of Pluto from New Horizons

Here we go! New Horizons is now on approach and today – on the anniversary of Pluto discoverer Clyde Tombaugh’s birth – the spacecraft has sent back its first new images of the Pluto system. 

Read more and see more imagery: 
http://www.universetoday.com/118770/the-moment-weve-been-waiting-for-first-new-images-of-pluto-from-new-horizons/
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Asteroid flyby (3x lunar distance) and http://goo.gl/OXFznw for orbital scale. More info here http://goo.gl/QgFGfV (JPL). General Near Earth Object (NEO) information http://neo.jpl.nasa.gov/.
Wonderful news! Asteroid 2004 BL86, which passed closest to Earth today at a distance of 750,000 miles (1.2 million km), has a companion moon. Scientists working with NASA's 230-foot-wide (70-meter...
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Looks like Beagle 2 was very nearly successful, perhaps partially deployed. +NASA has a nice video explanation (and short) of the HiRISE pictures.
 
Mystery solved! Our orbiter found the U.K.'s 'Lost' 2003 Beagle 2 Mars Lander. Three images show Beagle 2 partially deployed on the surface of the planet, ending the mystery of what happened to the mission more than a decade ago. They show that the lander survived its Dec. 25, 2003, touchdown enough to at least partially deploy its solar arrays. Details: http://go.nasa.gov/1sGvw7I  
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I'm glad they found it finally.
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Risk aversion, flight testing, the media, and public perception.
A Space X Falcon 9 rocket lifts off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, early January 10. While the rocket successfully delivered a Dragon cargo spacecraft to the space station, the company's effort to land the first stage on a platform at sea fell short of complete success. (credit: NASA/KSC) ...
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The Dawn spacecraft acquired this view as part of a calibration of its science camera. Ceres is the bright spot in the center of the image. A cropped, magnified view of Ceres appears in the inset image at lower left. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA -See full Image and caption ...
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Enjoys diverse subject matter from aerospace to photography and philosophy.
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  • Virginia Tech
    Aerospace Engineering, 2000 - 2004
    BS
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
    Aerospace Engineering, 2004 - 2006
    MS
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Aerospace Engineer
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Flight mechanics/dynamics analysis, including modeling and simulation, for a range of mission types encompassing atmospheric flight and interplanetary trajectories. Entry, descent, and landing, aerobraking, aerocapture, and in space maneuvers are some examples.
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  • Binera Inc.
    Senior Aerospace Engineer, 2013
  • National Institute of Aerospace
  • Virginia Tech
  • Analytical Mechanics Associates
    Senior Aerospace Engineer, present
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