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If you are too lazy to read everything ( don't be - you will learn why we had Apollo program 😎) , read this :
"The delusion that relates to private spaceflight isn’t really what you’re describing. They’re big dreams, and I don’t have any problems with people dreaming. Mars One, let them dream. That’s not the delusion. The delusion is thinking that SpaceX is going to lead the space frontier. That’s just not going to happen, and it’s not going to happen for three really good reasons: One, it is very expensive. Two, it is very dangerous to do it first. Three, there is essentially no return on that investment that you’ve put in for having done it first. So if you’re going to bring in investors or venture capitalists and say, "Hey, I have an idea, I want to put the first humans on Mars." They’ll ask, "How much will it cost?" You say, "A lot." They’ll ask, "Is it dangerous?" You’ll say, "Yes, people will probably die." They’ll ask, "What’s the return on investment?" and you’ll say "Probably nothing, initially." It’s a five-minute meeting. Corporations need business models, and they need to satisfy shareholders, public or private."
Neil deGrasse Tyson is the most ubiquitous presence in popular science these days. Coming off of a successful reboot of Carl Sagan's Cosmos, he started a new television show (called StarTalk, based...
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What really happened at the start of the Big Bang?
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Let us be more scientific about polls and elections

After Silver successfully called the outcomes in 49 of the 50 states in the 2008 U.S. Presidential election, in 2009 Silver was named one of The World's 100 Most Influential People by Time

In the 2012 United States presidential election between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, Silver correctly predicted the winner of all 50 states and the District of Columbia
Lately, pundits and punters seem bullish on Donald Trump, whose chances of winning the Republican presidential nomination recently inched above 20 percent for the first time at the betting market B…
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Well, don't worry , no science - just a proof of something I posted earlier -
New G + sucks
I suggest you to visit original post and read comments. Google in order to encrease traffic ( revenue ) left "lone wolf/solitary tigers" in the woods.
Don't complain and enjoy communal living ( communities ) like good sheep should... 😈
With the new format for Google+ I've gotten a spike in followers to the Our Universe collection. That's also meant a rise of spammy comments. So here's a couple of quick points:

Spam links will get you blocked.

Generic comments of "Hi, howdy, hello" will get you blocked. I had been simply deleting them, but doing that to dozens of comments a day has gotten tiring.

If I'm on the edge between blocking and deleting, I'm now choosing to block.

+Google+ - You have seriously got to give us a tool to manage comment spam. The default of comments being public rather than hidden simply encourages spam and needs to stop. I'm very tempted just to turn off comments because I'm tired of spending so much time deleting spam. If your plan is to start driving power users away, it's starting to work.
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Some onion for this morning....
“But the only way to ensure history doesn’t repeat itself is to make it up.”

The Texas school board has voted against allowing academic experts to fact-check their textbooks, instead instituting a rule that any textbook review panels must be composed of a majority of people with “sufficient content expertise and experience” to audit the materials. What do you think?
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NYC celebrity - Pale Male ( red-tailed hawk )

Pale Male
Web : Born1990
Known for nesting on a Fifth Avenue building
First Love (1992, cir. 1995-1997)
Chocolate (cir. 1992-1995)
Blue (1998-September 11, 2001)
Lola (2002-December 2010)
Lima (on-and-off; early 2011-February 25, 2012)
Paula (2011) 
Zena (2012)
Octavia (2012-present)

Pale Male (hatched in 1990) is a red-tailed hawk who has resided since the 1990s near New York City's Central Park. Birdwatcher and author Marie Winn gave him his name because of the unusually light coloring of his head. He is one of the first red-tailed hawks known to have nested on a building rather than in a tree and is known for establishing a dynasty of urban-dwelling red-tailed hawks

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And so do I - more and more people thinking that Wall Street wealth redistributors are future of nation the less of them will see that it is scientific research which always pays back handsomely. Which is a problem because ( in this case unfortunately ) we live in democratic society and research can be "voted out of nation's budget".
I am really worried about priorities..

❖ On a recent science post about the evolution of land plants, a community member worried: "what about poverty?? people are dying in hunger, lack of medical support, clean water and other simple things which can be fixed... but without fixing something for them we are trying to find water in Mars. I'm really worried about the priorities.."

❖ A similar comment lamented the cost of curiosity in the search for earth-like planets ( Physics professor Robert McNees had an awesome response:

❝ You posted your comment using technology that exists only because of a chain of discoveries and insights that began with fascination-driven research in the late 19th century.❞

❝ If Balmer hadn't studied spectral lines, Planck may not have proposed the quantum. Then Bohr may not have conceived his model of the atom, which means Heisenberg and Schrödinger wouldn't have developed their formulations of quantum mechanics. That would have left Bloch without the tools he needed to understand the nature of conduction in metals, and then how would Schottky have figured out semiconductors? It's hard to imagine, then, how Bardeen, Brattain, and Schockley would have developed transistors. And without transistors, Noyce and Kilbey couldn't have produced integrated circuits.❞

❝ Almost every major technological advance of the 20th and 21st centuries originated with basic research that presented no obvious or immediate economic benefit. That means no profit motive, and hence no reason for the private sector to adequately fund it. Basic research isn't a waste of tax dollars; it's a more reliable long-term investment than anything else in the Federal government's portfolio.❞

GIF: Johns Hopkins professor Andy Feinberg spent several days on NASA's zero gravity aircraft (known as "vomit comet") trying out different pipetting techniques for future experiments in space. It wasn't that easy with flying pipet tips and tubes! Andy did eventually figure out the best technique (using positive displacement pipets, seen in the second video in this link Feinberg is leading one of ten experiments in NASA's Twin Study to examine epigenetics and other biological changes that affect astronauts in space. Samples from Scott Kelly, who is spending a year onboard the ISS, will be compared with those from his twin on earth, Mark. Feinberg credits NASA for funding this study. He says, “They're very curious people. They really want to know.”

Who knows, one day we may even grow potatoes on Mars! :)

Share your favorite example of the unexpected benefits of basic research! 

Shout out to +Gnotic Pasta  who made the GIF. Thanks, Dan! 
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Good point, re. your comment about democracy. That's why we need to increase public awareness of the payout from research investments. 
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Water bears are weird , which I mentioned couple of times in my (very) old posts. Again we have example - this one shows that horizontal gene transfer can play bigger role in evolution ...
The tardigrade genome has been sequenced, and it has the most foreign DNA of any animal
Scientists have sequenced the entire genome of the tardigrade , AKA the water bear, for the first time. And it turns out that this weird little creature has the most foreign genes of any animal studied so far – or to put it another way, roughly...
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+Vik Mohapatra​ how about this one?
Nice profile picture - well, gif .
Looks like can't have gifs as profile picture anymore,G + does not support them...
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Prophecy problem is very simple -
One can't verify it until it is fulfilled.

Simply speaking they are less useful to us than color tv to a blind.

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Maybe you can try a new profile pic. :P
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Caturday just gone and we've got bed pugs infestation already...
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