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"[...] so you can meet your death with grace and understanding. [...]" - +Emily Graslie.
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Salman Rushdie: Luka and the Fire of Lofe
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"In this interview, [NASA] mathematician Katherine G. Johnson talks about her early affinity for mathematics, a college professor who noticed her gift and pushed her to pursue advanced math courses and how she eventually became a NASA mathematician who calculated, among many other computations, the trajectory for the space flight of Alan Shepard, the first American in space; John Glenn, the first American to orbit earth; and Apollo 11, the first human mission to the moon. [...]"

#NASA   #MATH   #SPACE  

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a. Katherine G. Johnson: NASA Mathematicianhttp://www.makers.com/katherine-g-johnson

b. Katherine G. Johnson: At NASA, Johnson started work in the all-male Flight Mechanics Branch and later moved to the Spacecraft Controls Branch. She calculated the trajectory for the space flight of Alan Shepard, the first American in space, in 1959 and the launch window for his 1961 Mercury mission. She plotted backup navigational charts for astronauts in case of electronic failures. In 1962, when NASA used computers for the first time to calculate John Glenn's orbit around Earth, officials called on her to verify the computer's numbers. Ms. Johnson later worked directly with real computers. Her ability and reputation for accuracy helped to establish confidence in the new technology. She calculated the trajectory for the 1969 Apollo 11 flight to the Moon. Later in her career, she worked on the Space Shuttle program, the Earth Resources Satellite, and on plans for a mission to Mars.   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Katherine_Johnson
 
Angry Birds, Part I: "[...] The Antarctic is inhabited by a creature that is infamous for callously abusing the vulnerable and powerless, habitual greed, a consistently repellent demeanor, and for spouting copious amounts of loathsome filth out of its mouth. [...]

The next time you are tempted to schedule a little idyllic excursion to Terra Australis to have a life-changing, grand ol’ time marching with the fucking penguins … remember this princely, dainty beast: [...]"
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a. Angry Birds: Part 1, Barbarism from Abovehttp://sydkab.wordpress.com/2014/04/01/angry-birds-part-1-barbarism-from-above/

b. Shit You Didn't Know About Biology
Celebrating the under-appreciated and under-learned elements of life on Earthhttp://sydkab.wordpress.com/ by +Jake Buehler.

c. Giant petrel, Skua & Lammergeierhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giant_petrelhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skua and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bearded_Vulture on wikipedia.org

d. Photohttp://ibc.lynxeds.com/photo/northern-giant-petrel-macronectes-halli/close-adult-full-blood-eating-dead-elephant-seal-pup by +Laurent Demongin.
 
Suicidal wasps, zombie roaches and other parasite tales
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How to apologize: a good start
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A Brief, Terrifying History of Viruses Escaping From Labs: How well-intentioned research with dangerous pathogens could put people at risk.

"[...] The danger of a manmade pandemic sparked by a laboratory escape is not hypothetical: One occurred in 1977, and it occurred because of concern that a natural pandemic was imminent. Many other laboratory escapes of high-consequence pathogens have occurred, resulting in transmission beyond laboratory personnel. Ironically, these laboratories were working with pathogens to prevent the very outbreaks they ultimately caused. For that reason, the tragic consequences have been called “self-fulfilling prophecies.” [...]"

#PANDEMIC   #VIRUS  

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The Mental Life of Plants and Worms, Among Others: (by Oliver Sacks)

"[...] The magic ions, here, are sodium and potassium ions, which enabled the development of rapidly reacting muscle cells, nerve cells, and neuromodulation at synapses. These made possible organisms that could learn, profit by experience, judge, act, and finally think.

This new form of life—animal life—emerging perhaps 600 million years ago conferred great advantages, and transformed populations rapidly. In the so-called Cambrian explosion (datable with remarkable precision to 542 million years ago), a dozen or more new phyla, each with very different body plans, arose within the space of a million years or less—a geological eye-blink. The once peaceful pre-Cambrian seas were transformed into a jungle of hunters and hunted, newly mobile. And while some animals (like sponges) lost their nerve cells and regressed to a vegetative life, others, especially predators, evolved increasingly sophisticated sense organs, memories, and minds.

It is fascinating to think of Darwin, Romanes, and other biologists of their time searching for “mind,” “mental processes,” “intelligence,” even “consciousness” in primitive animals like jellyfish, and even in protozoa.  [...]"

#octopus   #intelligence   #consciousness  

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"Seven million people die each year because of exposure to air pollution. That's one in eight deaths across the globe, making air pollution the single greatest environmental health risk on Earth. [...]"
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a. WHO Report: Indoor Air Pollution Is Greatest Environmental Health Risk: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/03/140325-world-health-organization-indoor-fuel-pollution-death/ by Susan Brink.

b. Air pollutionhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air_pollution

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The 2014 Abel prize goes to the mathematician Yakov Sinai:

"[...] His work has demonstrated how, in maths, “a good definition is as important as a good theorem”. While physicists knew in a loose way what they meant by [disorder], he says, Sinai has asked “what are we actually talking about here?”

This drive to get the right definition — the starting point for any modern mathematical theory —  has helped Sinai identify what is truly important and fundamental to the way a system behaves. [..]"
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