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Samuel Smith
“You can have data without information, but you cannot have information without data." - Daniel Keys Moran
“You can have data without information, but you cannot have information without data." - Daniel Keys Moran

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Interesting perspectives - we are the fairies!

via +Dan Thompson

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Class all the way.

RIP Mr. Moore

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Horseshoe Crab Blood: The Most Important Medical Tech You've Probably Never Heard About

Horseshoe crab blood is one of the most important chemicals used in modern medicine. A chemical derived from its blood (which is blue instead of red, due to using copper where red blood uses iron), one which plays a role in the creature's unique immune system, is currently the only FDA approved chemical for testing for contamination of medical equipment and tech by Gram negative microbes, making it in many ways nearly as important as antibiotics in the modern arsenal of medicine.

Because of this, demand for the blood has skyrocketed over the years, with now over 600,000 horseshoe crabs per year harvested for this purpose.

This has not been considered a problem in itself, because the crabs aren't killed for their blood. They are captured, one-third of their blood removed, and they are returned to the waters. It has usually been claimed that they readily recover from this, and so it has been assumed this presented no threat to their populations. For this reason, in fact, it has been specifically exempt from regulations applying to non-medical harvesting of the creatures, where such regulations exist.

Unfortunately, new evidence is emerging that this conventional wisdom may be inaccurate. It seems increasingly likely that the procedure may have a variety of negative consequences for their survival, and may be putting pressure on the species, which happens to be one of the oldest on Earth.

If true, this need not necessarily end the practice entirely. Simple changes to how the crabs are handled may be enough to counter many of the apparent negative consequences. It is not clear, unfortunately, if any organization or agency can enforce regulations in this area, or if the companies involved will accept the evidence if it continues to question their rosy assumptions.

#BlindMeWithScience #HorseshoeCrab

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sudo yum -y remove python


sudo apt-get -y remove python


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"This morning I have been pondering a nearly forgotten lesson I learned in high school music. Sometimes in band or choir, music requires players or singers to hold a note longer than they actually can hold a note. A 4-bar low G….. a long aria. In those cases, we were taught to mindfully stagger when we took a breath so the sound appeared uninterrupted. Everyone got to breathe, and the music stayed strong and vibrant. Yesterday, I read an article that suggested the administration’s litany of bad executive orders (more expected on LGBTQ next week) is a way of giving us “protest fatigue” – we will literally lose our will to continue the fight in the face of the onslaught of negative action. Let’s remember MUSIC. Take a breath. The rest of the chorus will sing. The rest of the band will play. Rejoin so others can breathe. Together, we can sustain a very long, beautiful song for a very, very long time. You don’t have to do it all, but you must add your voice to the song. With special love to all the musicians and music teachers in my life…..#Resist " - Ms. Aimee Van Ausdall

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Thank you for the adorbs, +Mz Maau!

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If only I had time to backtrack this, find out who these jokers are, send them an (anonymous) diatribe for being scammers on the internet.
* "Apple Support" but not from an Apple domain
* "Dear Client" What, you don't know my name, "Apple"?
* Download this to see the message. Yeah, no legit company would ask this.
* Tense Grammar mistake. It's subtle to non-English speakers, but a professional email wouldn't make this error.
Keep an eye for these types of things - they indicate attempted fraud. Don't fall for the scammers.
#PSA #Spam #Security 
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