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What would you do if you could analyze all the open source code on GitHub?
http://google-opensource.blogspot.com/2016/06/github-on-bigquery-analyze-all-code.html
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Sorry, I don't entertain hypothetical ques... Oh. That's sort of amazing, isn't it? Never mind. :-)

(Emily Litella lives?)
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Interested university students can now apply to be a part of Google Summer of Code 2016. 

Visit the program site, g.co/gsoc, to register and start submitting your proposals for your summer projects to the organizations that interest you. 

Be sure to read the Ideas List for the orgs that interest you - 180 to choose from! - and reach out to the organization early to get feedback on your proposal so that you can edit it before the final deadline.

For tips on writing an excellent proposal read the short Student Manual written by Mentors, Org Administrators and former students.

Applications close Friday, March 25 at 19:00 UTC.  All final proposals must be submitted before the deadline to be considered by the mentor organizations.

Good luck with your application!
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Todays solar eclipse is taking place in a few hours in Indonesia (check out the Google Doodle that's showing in Indonesia and Australia!). The Exploratorium is running a live stream starting at 5pm PST to cover it and put together an app with streaming / more info. Tune in if you can, it'll be a good preview for the 2017 Eclipse that will cross the US!
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Quick reminder - the deadline to apply to be a GSoC 2016 mentor organization is Friday, Feb 19 at 19:00 UTC. https://g.co/gsoc We're really ... unbending... about late applications so please don't wait until the last minute. No applications will be accepted after the deadline for any reason.

That said - we really hope for lots of applications :)  Participating is a great way to gain new contributors and general awareness of your project.
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Happy 85th birthday, Mildred Dresselhaus, and many happy returns!   

Mildred Dresselhaus, whose lab at MIT has had impact on graphene, carbon nanotubes, fullerene, and just about everything you need for that space elevator you've been building in your garage is my new hero. 

Seriously, read the article, which includes such highlights as:
- Her recent IEEE Medal of Honor
- How to time your morning commute to coincide with Enrico Fermi's
- Scavenging the materials for her PhD project out of the leftover equipment from the Manhattan Project (!!?!!)
- Whether a 1-day-old baby needs government clearance to be allowed into Lincoln Lab
http://spectrum.ieee.org/geek-life/profiles/mildred-dresselhaus-the-queen-of-carbon
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Rome so far...
Sleeping too much for site seeing after an easy but sleepless series of flights and a migraine in the night, so dinner with friends in the old ghetto was welcome. Slept in so instead of dashing around I wandered into a park near my hotel to enjoy watching Romans living their lives over coffee, little Italian children singing "all about the bass" in Italian, Italian crows - so elegant - and Italian lizards enjoying the sun. Off to work now.
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Hope you've caught up on sleep and ditched that migraine for good! I loved Rome; it was this cognitive dissonance mishmash of ancient civilization surrounded by noisy, modern Italian life.
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EEEWWWW. Although if it targeted barnacles, I know a lot of companies that would be actively trying to spread it. They might anyway, for zebra mussels.
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https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2016/03/01/supporting-our-youngest-innovators-stem-starts-early

If you have a program, local or national, that encourages early STEM education, read the blog post and consider submitting your program to possibly be mentioned in the announcement in April.
The White House is celebrating early STEM learning.
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For those of us who celebrate it, Merry full moon Christmas!

And a belated Happy Solstice!
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Isn't it gorgeous?? So glad we don't have cloud cover for it, no full moon on Christmas until 2035!

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Do cool stuff. Open source. In Mountain View with Google
Open Source Engineer
https://grow.googleplex.com/opportunity/job/8499645119
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One of the best groups to work in at Google from what I've heard.
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It sort of looks like something out of The Matrix, to me.
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Great place to stay near the EICC When all the "official" hotels for the conference I was attending were either booked or over my company' travel cap, I choose the Bonham because it was walking distance to the EICC and had good reviews. Very glad I did. When I first arrived and was walking to my room the narrow hallways did not prepare me for the enormous room with a lovely view of the Forth through big, operable windows that I found behind the door to #208. Big comfy bed, stall shower AND deep bathtub - all spotless. Breakfast was plentiful and delicious. My room was so quiet at night I assumed the hotel was mostly empty only to find the breakfast room quite full in the mornings. Plus the neighborhood is pleasant to walk through to my workday, and easy to find a cab in if it's really pouring. I hope I get to come back!
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