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"When a Doctor’s prognosis is bad, we want to seek a second opinion. But when a prognosis is good we’re somehow okay with it."
- Neil deGrasse Tyson
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Is Pi even or odd?  

What a fantastic answer presented on Quora - I liked the attitude and approach this PhD took in answering the question.

http://qr.ae/08JrY
This question is a nice illustration of the difference between what students think of as "math" and what math actually is. In school, (young) students usual...
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Pi is exactly 3.
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Pi is exactly 10.


(In base Pi)
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Here it is folks:  further evidence to support the best place to look for life outside of planet Earth.  Whenever the newspaper spins "Mars might have had water!  May have supported life!" I've been like, "GUYS. FORGET THAT STUPID DUST BOWL. We never find anything there.  OMG, we already know this moon HAS freaking OCEANS.  Check there.  Send the probes! Gogogogo."
http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/news/display.cfm?News_ID=48922
Cassini finds first evidence of active hot-water chemistry beyond planet Earth.
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They have also found water now on the biggest moon, Ganymede. Thanks for the info... 
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"Most definitely the biggest moment of his professional life. If you are the sort of person who thinks that such a thing cannot be celebrated, you should just give up trying to find happiness in life, consult an actuary about exactly how much time you have left until you die and optimize your investments accordingly."

http://mlb.nbcsports.com/2015/10/15/jose-bautista-does-not-need-to-calm-that-down-and-respect-the-game/
Pressure + Triumph = Exuberance. It's that simple. And that wonderful.
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I will take the bait. Because, Friday.

Let me start by saying that I had read the article well before you posted it, so I did not base my original comment on only the quote you chose to highlight in your post.

Early in the article, the author stated that "last night [Dyson] was a big whiny baby who could have stood to take a few moments to gather himself and contemplate his shortcomings and general place in the world before spouting off." This I find contradictory to his argument further in the article about allowing yourself to react to emotion. What he has asked of Dyson was to control the whirlwind of emotions he experienced shortly after the game—the bitterness of defeat, the guilt over one bad pitch, the frustration of a premature end to the post-season, and whatever else that such an emotionally charged series and game could have ignited in the relief pitcher (a former Blue Jay), who came in and gave up what would eventually be the series-winning home-run.

All these emotions are as valid, and human, as the ones that Bautista experienced, the moment he sent the team to the ALCS with a single swing of his bat.

To me, Dyson's outward expression of defeat is not so different from Bautista's outward expression of elation. They are both genuine reactions to real, human emotions. Should Dyson have said what he did? No, probably not. Given the circumstances, though, it was a very understandable and forgiveable reaction. What the author expected of Dyson was to be dignified and graceful in defeat, both of which are highly laudable and respectable qualities, but not that easy to achieve.

His own article suggests to me neither dignity nor grace, and therein lies the problem for me. We are blind to our own double standards when situations align with our own views. It is already painfully obvious to just about everyone that Dyson said what he did because he was upset, so why waste virtual editorial space to trash the man further? Why not, as he himself suggestion, take a few moments to gather himself and take the high road?

Hyperboles are exactly that—an exaggeration of a fact or view to elicit a reaction from your audience. This means they are still born out of an established belief in the first place. Unless he conjured opinions out of thin air for clicks.

I still maintain that the author could have chosen to expound persuasively on the virtue of the very human instinct for chest-thumping without resorting to name-calling with an air of superiority. I would like to think that this world is big enough for all of us. I know that this article was written in the name of good fun, and by dinner-time we will have all but forgotten it, but underlying all the jest and rhetoric is a glimpse of that comparative nature permeating the society in which we live today.
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It took about 20 years... but the Blue Jays finally have a super exciting team again and are honestly looking like serious World Series contenders.

#BandWagonTime #BlueJays
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This is a haiku.
Notice all the syllables?
Poetry, bitches.
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Arrgh, not you, too, Chris.
My name's not that hard to spell.
P-A-T-S-Y!
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Love GIFs.  Love old-school mechanical technology.  Here's a schematic of the first steam engine;  pink = steam, blue = water.  Not exactly sure how those two valves automatically open and close though.  Found on wikipedia.
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I was really interested in seeing hybrid InternalCombustion-Steam automotive engines come to reality. There are a few patents on the designs.
Essentially the idea would be to harness the waste heat of an IC Engine to drive a steam engine.
I imagine it could be done at a variety of scales. At the small end it could be used to drive the secondary engine load (alternator, a/c, steering), thereby reducing the engine's power loss. As an example: A/C is supposedly responsible for up to a 5hp loss in power.
At the larger scale it may be useable to augment engine power similar to the setup used in high-performing hybrids (which is unlike the Prius which is design that tends to be one or the other engine).

In the end I'm sure the economics didn't work out. Probably a variety of technical/logistical/safety issues that I haven't mentioned.
Also it is a moot point since the industry is definitely headed in the all-electric direction. 
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Question of the day:
Imagine the temperature today was 10 degrees Celsius.  How warm would it be tomorrow if the weatherman predicted it to be twice as hot outside?
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586 K is correct. :) That's over 300 Celsius! Hot day!
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Rock and Ice posted an article of 6 things every climber needs to do before they die.  #6 intrigued me the most and I actually found it kind of inspiring...

#6 - Get Benighted
Getting stuck overnight on a climb isn’t something you can script, but if you are lucky and do something more substantial than a sport route or boulder problem, at some point you will find yourself hunkered down on a ledge or standing in slings, watching the sun sink below the horizon. And there you will stay until sunup. During the night you will be hungry, uncomfortable and filled with regret, but you’ll also have several important realizations. The first one is. “Hey, I’m not going to die.” Understanding that you can survive without a bed or hot food or a shower will make them seem as frivolous as they are. Unnecessary, even. The second realization is that being on a cliff or mountain all night is one of the coolest things you could ever do, a rare opportunity to star gaze and think without interruption, or think of nothing at all.
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It was a pretty good list!
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