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Nicholas Sammons
Works at Meso Scale Discovery
Attended University of St. Andrews
Lived in Norwalk, CT
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There is a terrifying beauty in the bustling activity of an ants’ nest. The selfless sacrifice of the sterile workers to the fertility of queen and colony appears to be an act of supreme altruism. It is both commendable and disturbing. If only ants could grow to the size of rats then theirs would probably be the superior social order, based not on individual free will but on blind obedience to their genetic code.
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Turkmenistan is pretty low on the list of "free and fair" societies. Sorta unfortunate that SpaceX, a company looking toward the future, is involved with a country that's so stuck in the past.
By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla (Reuters) - An unmanned SpaceX rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Monday to put a communications satellite into orbit for the government of Turkmenistan, a first for the Central Asian nation. After waiting almost an hour for cloudy skies to clear, the 22-story Falcon 9 rocket bolted off its seaside launch pad at 7:03 p.m. (2303 GMT). Perched on top of the rocket was a Spacebus...
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Go dog. Go.
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Gives some sense of the gap in political ethics between New Zealand and the rest of the world when the scandal in NZ is that the PM was tugging a waitress's ponytail.
New Zealand's Prime Minister John Key apologises to a waitress at an Auckland cafe after she accuses him of pulling her hair.
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Winner of this week's odd news award.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A plea deal for a former TV pitchman in Utah accused of kicking a barn owl in flight while riding a motorized paraglider fell through Thursday when he refused to admit to a crime he said makes him look like an evil, horrible person.
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Having dabble in a little home brew, I can testify to some of the overlap between what brewers do and what a lot of researchers are doing in the lab.
As the craft beer industry grows, so are options for learning to brew. More colleges are now introducing degree programs to teach the art and science of beer-making.
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Strange back story to the Boston Marathon bombings for all those conspiracy minded folks out there.
Excerpted from The Brothers: The Road to an American Tragedy, by Masha Gessen, published on Tuesday by Riverhead. Elena Teyer thought it was only slightly odd when her daughter, Reni, converted to Islam. That is, covering herself was a strange choice for a beautiful young woman with long thin legs....
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On this date in 1859, Charles Darwin's monumental "On the Origin of Species . . . " was first published! Brush up on Darwin and design with a free class from +MIT OpenCourseWare: http://mitsha.re/1pfADda

#Darwin   #evolution   #historyofscience   #opencourseware   #openeducation  
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Wow. Crazy story. Oversight seems to have really broken down on this one.
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I'd sorta hope the EU would escape US style QE. It seems hard to believe that pumping more money into the system is the solution to the current economic doldrums.
Consumer prices across the EU fell in January at the fastest rate since 1997
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This make anyone think about the Wolf of Wall Street?
The Shanghai exchange is on a tear, but there could be trouble ahead for ill-informed investors. Analysts say the current upswing is driven by perceptions rather than fundamentals.
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California is going to be a really important battle ground in the "right-to-die" debate. It would be the first "populous" state to legalize the practice.

If California converts, it probably means the majority of the US will make the transition over the next decade. If not, the current national debate is probably going to recede for another couple decades.
Many Christian denominations officially oppose legislation that would legalize medically assisted suicide. But some individual churches, pastors and congregants are lending support to the cause.
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  • Meso Scale Discovery
    Researcher, 2006 - present
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Definitely worth a visit for your vineyard crowd. Well situated for folks in metropolitan DC looking for a quick trip.
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reviewed 3 weeks ago
Best Indian I've had this side of DC. Bukhara is located in a very unassuming location for the quality of food you're getting. Reasonably priced too. Bukhara is a diamond in the rough.
Public - 3 weeks ago
reviewed 3 weeks ago
This place used to be a Chinese buffet joint called Tyson's Buffet. It came under new management and rebranded to "Teppanyaki Grill". I went recently, excited to see what updates they'd made. Unfortunately the trip was a little disappointing. The variety of the buffet offerings has diminished. Additionally the options that are there have become increasingly "Americanized", to such point that there are few real Chinese options left. The ambiance got spruced up a little and it now looks a bit better from the inside, but that doesn't seem to make up for the decline in food options. Still worth dropping by as the prices are reasonable, but don't expect to be impressed by the food.
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Public - 2 months ago
reviewed 2 months ago
Good dim sum. Great ambiance. Reasonably priced. Anyone who likes dim sum is unlikely to be disappointed.
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This is definitely one of the area's better Pho locations. Decent ambiance too for dining in. Like many other Pho places, service is extremely fast.
Public - a month ago
reviewed a month ago
The food at Seven Seas is really sub par. It's not poor quality, but after trying half a dozen dishes I've been unable to find anything I'd call "good". The menu seems poorly put together. On the upside the staff are pretty friendly, and there's nothing obviously wrong about the restaurant. Seven Seas might be good if you're not in a discerning mood, but those looking for a better Chinese dining experience should probably look elsewhere.
Public - 3 months ago
reviewed 3 months ago
Been a couple years since I've been to Best Buy. I had pretty much dismissed the big box retail giant as overpriced, understaffed and mostly useless. Went recently out of sheer desperation for an electronic component I couldn't found elsewhere. I was pleasantly surprised to find that Best Buy's recent corporate reorganization had resulted in a big improvement on the customer service side. There now seem to be an abundance of relatively knowledgeable sales staff who seem friendly, approachable and happy to help. The pricing scheme at Best Buy doesn't seem to have changed much, but the friendly staff are almost enough to help you forget that you're getting ripped off.
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