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Cyndi Zaino
Social SME, New Yorker (turned Austinite), foodie, gamer, soccer hooligan
Social SME, New Yorker (turned Austinite), foodie, gamer, soccer hooligan

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Would you buy one of these? Good reasons to buy/not buy?

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Stop what you're doing and take this survey! 

Coursera folks, would you please do a fellow student a solid :)  It's for another courses from Coursera

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Hahahah brilliant!

+Ryan Crowe I'm not gonna lie, I have to pay attention pretty hard for this #SNAc  course.  Really interesting though; would love to be able to apply it at work

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What a cool idea!
Re-feed: A gadget that eats your leftovers to feed your plants

A new gadget called Re-Feed developed by a student takes your leftovers and turn them into plant food. It automatically pumps resultant liquid nourishment into your flowerpots.

This has to be the coolest use of leftovers, +1 for turning this concept into gadget. 

More information about the gadget can be found here

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Could this be a cornerstone of #facebook 's business model? If #salesforce (or another CRM platform provider) gets in on this as well, it could be pretty powerful.

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More proof we live in the future.  Electric cars are a reality - and a practicality.

1. Drive for ~300 miles without needing a charge
2. No extra CO2 emissions  - the energy to charge the cars come from solar energy
3. Solar power puts more power back into the grid than the car uses - that means free charges.  You don't pay to charge your car!!!!  Drive your car for free!!! 
(VIDEO) Tesla Motors to build national network of free charging stations.

[Read this and watch. This is literally the most important news story of the year, if not the decade or century.]

Tesla Motors co-founder Elon Musk said there are three reasons people don't view electric cars as practical. Then he proceeded to solve each one.

1) "The range is too short."  His new super charger will give high-end Teslas a 150 mile trip on a 30 minute charge. "You could drive for three hours, stop at a rest area and recharge for 30 minutes and be ready to go again." There are six stations already deployed in California. "This is not some figment of imagination that may be happening at some point in the future. We built these up in secret and we are unveiling them for the first time tonight...Within two years we will cover almost the entire United States with Super Chargers. You'll be able to travel practically anywhere. Our long-term goal is (within 4-5 years) to cover the entire United States and the lower part of Canada." Europe and eventually the entire world are planned as well.

2) "You are just burning fuel at a power plant instead of the car."  The super chargers will be powered by solar panels from Solar City and "are designed to generate more power than required for the cars so the Super Chargers will actually put more power into the grid than the cars use."

3) "Electric vehicles are trendy but too expensive and not worth it."  The Tesla Model S cars equipped with the Super Charging technology will be able to use the stations at no cost. "You'll be able to travel for free, forever on pure sunlight. It's pretty hard to beat that. Free long distance? You're not going to be able to get that with gasoline."

At the start of his talk, a Tesla was plugged in. At the conclusion of his 10 minute presentation it had gained enough charge to drive 50 miles. From sunlight. For free.

Video Description: Elon Musk introduces the Tesla Supercharger and the first part of a national network which will allow the Model S electric car to travel long distances with ultra fast charging. With the Superchargers' power supplied by solar energy, Tesla continues to move automotive transit towards a much more sustainable future.

+Vic Gundotra 

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This is pretty serious - study finds genetically modified foods cause cancerous tumors.  

Most of the food we eat in the US is genetically modified (GM) and sprayed with Round-Up pesticide - two variables in this study found to cause the tumors.  The scary thing is as consumers we don't know if the food we're eating is GM'd (it's not labeled) and therefore can't make a decision to eat it or not.

CA is trying to pass legislation that would require the labeling of GM foods, but it's difficult to pass due to the resistance and legal lobbying of the companies that product these foods.  This is EXACTLY like the tobacco companies decades ago - if you have a chance to support the effort to label foods, do it!

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Definitely thought of +Andrew Cafourek and +Nick Trusty when I saw this
Participants during the 2012 European Beard and Moustache Championships in Wittersdorf. More than a hundred participants competed in the first European Beard and Moustache Championships organized in France

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I love the internet!
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