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Larry Smarr
Works at Calit2-UCSD/UCI
Attended Harvard University
Lived in La Jolla, CA
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Look up at the sky tonight!

To the West you will see the very bright Venus and the bright Jupiter dominating the twilight sky.  Read below how this will shift over the next few weeks.

http://earthsky.org/?p=212674

Almost as impressive to the East, the moon is higher than Saturn, which is near the red giant Antares, the heart of Scorpio. Tomorrow night the Moon will be in conjunction with Saturn.

Dont miss this celestial treat!
Venus will pass Jupiter in late June/early July, 2015. At that time - especially on the nights of June 30 and July 1 - you can witness the closest Venus-Jupiter conjunction until August 27, 2016.
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As one goes further and further back into Earth's history, the size and frequency of the comets and asteroids crashing into our planet increases. And yet microbial life survived and prospered...
Don't complain too much when temperatures rise this summer, because it used to be worse. A lot worse. Some 3.3 billion years ago, monster asteroids -- in some cases bigger than Rhode Island -- rep
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Check our Dr. Perlmutter's last two highly disruptive books: Grain Brain and Brain Maker...
Like so many, I was led to believe that bacteria were basically to be considered agents of disease. But current science is revealing another side of the story. As it turns out, the bacteria living within your intestines are not just keeping you healthy, they are keeping you alive!
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Gave a talk today at Calit2's sister institute QB3 at UCSF. Here I am using +Ayasdi​ topological data analysis software to discover abrupt changes in a 3 year Ubiome gut microbiome time series of the relative abundance of 140 microbial Genus. 
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The California drought will likely get some relief this coming Fall and Winter from a very strong El Nino forming...
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This is a very detailed article about the timeline leading to manned crew launches to orbit in 2017 by both SpaceX and Boeing.

This requires a huge push by both companies, but will result in a long lasting private sector commitment to make space travel a normal part of 21st century life...
Staying true to a corporate philosophy that favors high-visibility flight tests, SpaceX plans to continue wringing out major parts of the company's human-rated Dragon spaceship in a sequence of dramatic flights leading up to the capsule's first crewed mission scheduled for 2017.
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Interesting article on the convergence occurring in the digital health space

IBM Watson working with the Mayo Clinic and EPIC is a big deal...
Fitbit and IBM Watson are rapidly democratizing the access to personal health data as well as access to complex computational capability, and placing it, literally, in people’s hands. They are effectively transferring power from the hands of scientists and academics to ordinary citizens.
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Very exiting. No shortage of hurdles, but "democratizing" medicine is like roof solar power: the only way to scale solutions is to involve as many as possible in the process. 
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We are not alone...

Imagine being the first astronaut on Mars seeing auroras...
 
Glowing aurorae can be seen by the naked eye on a terrestrial planet other than Earth - Mars! http://go.nasa.gov/1GJvEsf
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Proud father!

I love Google Stories and now many more people will be able to enjoy this innovative feature...
 
Stories is a proud part of the "magic" in the new Google Photos app. We've also made some improvements, including our most requested feature--the ability to manually create stories from an arbitrary set of photos!

If you're new to stories, I hope you'll find they're a great way to effortlessly capture, relive, and share the important moments in your life. And if you're a long-time G+ stories user, remember that once you start using Google Photos, new stories will be delivered via your photos assistant--just tap "Save" to add them to your library.
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It isn't easy being a robot on Mars climbing a mountain...

Amazing the number of difficult choices the NASA Curiosity team faces every day!
 
Our Mars Curiosity rover adjusts route up Martian mountain, sidestepping slippery slopes after a 21º incline: http://go.nasa.gov/1FxdEza
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Scout is a great new startup on Kickstarter.  I have known the two founders for years and they are great people, very dedicated with an important and novel vision.

I just pledged. Help them complete their Kickstarter campaign today!

http://kck.st/1Fhnk3B
Scout is raising funds for Scout: Sci-fi + reporting on tech, economics & morality on Kickstarter! A news site covering the intersection of tech, economics, and morality using near-term sci-fi and reporting.
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Don Norman being intervened by Susannah Fox on user-centered Design in digital health at Quantified Self Public Health conference at Calit2's Qualcomm Institute today.

Funded be the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
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I am the founding director of Calit2 (www.calit2.net), a UCSD/UCI partnership, and hold the Harry E. Gruber professorship in Computer Science and Engineering at UCSD’s Jacobs School.
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  • Calit2-UCSD/UCI
    Director, 2000 - present
  • UC San Diego
    Professor, 2000 - 2011
  • NCSA at UIUC
    Director, 1985 - 2000
  • UIUC
    Professor, 1979 - 2000
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La Jolla, CA - Cambridge, MA - Austin, TX - Stanford, CA - Livermore, CA - Urbana, IL - Princeton, NJ - Columbia, MO
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I have made change my friend...
Introduction
I was a mathematician, then physicist, then astrophysicist, then supercomputer director, now computer scientist. 
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Member, Nat. Acad. Engineering; Fellow Amer. Phys. Soc and Amer. Acad. Arts & Sciences
Education
  • Harvard University
    Junior Fellow, 1977 - 1979
  • Princeton University
    Postdoc, 1975 - 1977
  • University of Texas at Austin
    Graduate Student, 1972 - 1975
  • Stanford University
    Graduate Student, 1970 - 1972
  • University of Missouri–Columbia
    Undergrad/Grad., 1966 - 1970
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