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I'd be proud to call her my daughter.
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I don't have much to say about Nepal, but have retweeted random info on @geographile on twitter. 
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Eating smurfs will not have the same effect.
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Coomassie Brilliant Blue, or Brilliant Blue G, is a dye first manufactured in 1913 as a way of staining cloth. Over time, and with testing, it made the jump to food. Is it bad for you? No. In fact, it’s so good that doctors may one day use it to treat spinal cord injuries.
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+Eleri Hamilton that's true for me!

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When I saw this -- most specifically the last scene, with the two old friends --   I choked up, and I had a hard time talking for a minute afterwards. I suddenly became a 14 year old riding her bike alone to the theater because no one else she knew wanted to see this ridiculous nerdy movie. And that sounds sad but it's not how I mean it. I became that totally swept-away, thrilled kid, who then joined the science fiction club and never really looked back. 

If Abrams screws this one up, he's going to need armed guards.
 
Anyone else cheer when they saw Chewbacca and Han Solo?
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So, my earlier comment was supposed to be an agreement. But my cat walked onto my iPad and demanded pettings. Apparently she posted her thoughts.

Suzanne, amused.
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Impossible Space: @sci4thepeople talks with Andy Weir about "The Martian" (@themartianfilm) & @StartsWithaBang

This week Science for the People is exploring the limits of science exploration in both fictional and fact. We’re joined by “lifelong space nerd” Andy Weir, to talk about his debut novel The Martian (and soon to be film, trailer below), that pits human…
This week Science for the People is exploring the limits of science exploration in both fictional and fact. We're joined by "lifelong space nerd" Andy Weir, to talk about his debut novel The Martia...
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uhoh ... do freshwater ones count as _sea_food? Because that might be a problem in California soon because of this --> http://goo.gl/d8tLEX <------
 
April recommendations are posted with good news for people who enjoy freshwater prawns.
Get the latest news and information about the Seafood Watch program, including updates to our seafood recommendations, partnership announcements, links to blog stories and more.
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We were recently reading this story from NASA that says Mars used to have large oceans. It includes a tantalizing picture reminiscent of Google Earth. So we decided to see if we could simulate oceans in Google Mars.

http://www.gearthblog.com/blog/archives/2015/04/oceans-mars.html
We were recently reading this story from NASA that says Mars used to have large oceans. It includes a tantalizing picture reminiscent of Google Earth. So we decided to see if we could simulate oceans in Google Mars. We have looked at a number of stories in the past where people have used KML to …
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So glad they mentioned the "Drown Your Town" project by Andrew David Thaler, a savvy young marine scientist I met a couple of years ago at ScienceOnline Oceans (and the chief blogger behind http://www.southernfriedscience.com/). 
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I'm so excited about this. 
Holy hell, the adaptation of Andy Weir’s The Martian looks good. True, this movie is also about Matt Damon trying to survive alone on distant planet, but unlike Interstellar, no one is crying the whole goddamn time. Seriously, it looks amazing.
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+Simon Waddington Simon, I hated Interstellar.  Take away the awesome special effects (which will be yesterday's news soon enough) and all you have left is the insipid Matthew McConaugheyheyhey mouthing platitudes and other cliched crap.  
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San Jose is full of strange people.
 
Oh look, it's ME!
A spate of far-fetched legislative proposals has sparked a serious discussion about reforming California’s initiative process, which lets any registered voter with $200 and the time of day to propose a ballot measure.
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Reads like am article from The Onion
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http://ow.ly/3xJy4v

Bourton-on-the-Water, with its model (model (model (model))) village. 
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it's villages all the way down :)
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I am in at least one science circle but I am not a professional scientist, I'm just a fangirl and communicator. 

I tend to be pro-science but anti-GMO, strong agnostic and hugely critical of religion but some of my best friends are religious. I will almost never discuss politics with libertarians, please go do that elsewhere. I'm sick to death of pseudoscience and anecdata.

Sometimes I post a lot, sometimes I'm busy with the kid and the autoimmune rheumatic stuff and the dogs and the *life* and don't participate as much. Sometimes I mostly just share links, sometimes I post baby pictures, sometimes I get really into discussing science.

If any of the above is a problem for me, it won't hurt my feelings if you don't follow me.
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I'm trying to imagine what in hell I'd use this space to brag about. "Bragging rights"? Really, google?
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Kid-friendly, incredible pastries, and the house coffee is great. The owner seems to live to please people with customer service and good food. They are extraordinarily kid-friendly, with a seating area with toys and a chalk wall so you can sit and enjoy your coffee and eclair. Their very cute decorated cookies for kids are actually tasty, not just decorative. Try the eclair. It's great.
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