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I just watched the THNKR video about you and it really amazed me and my boyfriend - to quote him, "I can't believe he says he's rusty in Italian!!" It really does go to show that one can learn anything if they put one's mind to it.

PS: I speak English (main language), and I'm starting to pick up my Spanish again, and I'm hoping to improve my ASL. I'm also hoping to pick up Italian, Japanese and German. What's your strategy for learning so many languages (i.e., do you learn one language at a time or do you learn two at the same time)?
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This explains why I'm so energized at the wildlife center (always standing and moving) but tired as hell after sitting all day at the museum.
 
#Sitting  - it's toll on your body
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This is amazing!! We need to have more science articles and publishers put their works out into Open Access so that everyone can read the materials. And yes, I do recognize that some materials are classified and/or sensitive - in which case, I think that it is a case-by-case matter of whether they should be released... then again, that could be stretched to all articles...
 
The University of California has put all of their scientific publications from every campus online,  _free to everyone_.  Just searching the archive for "carbon fiber" returns a raft of journal articles, theses and dissertations that used to be sitting on private servers or behind a publishers paywall.  Outstanding.

Thanks, UC...or should I say thanks to myself and all the others who pay/paid tuition, fees, and taxes to fund this research in the first place.

(BTW, yes, I am aware of the NSF, DOD, DOE, NASA...)

#OpenScience
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Following my recent post on the initiatives now in place to rebalance the demographics of the #Linux #Kernel community, I would like to share a set of specific training activities to get beginners, specifically college students, involved in the kernel.
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This is amazing. Hopefully this will allow other organs that are in high need/demand to survive while in transport.
 
Organ Transplant

Forty-six years ago South African surgeon Christiaan Barnard conducted the first human heart transplant Approximately 5,000 heart transplants are performed worldwide each year. In the U.S. the overall survival rate is nearly 90 percent after one year and 74 percent after five years.

However demand for human hearts far exceeds those that are available for transplant.

The current standard of transporting donor hearts in iceboxes in a non-functioning state, which has been used for decades, requires the restarting of the heart once it has been placed inside the recipient. Eight out of 10 hearts never reach patients who need them due to numerous complications. One major complication is time. A heart on ice is only viable for approximately six hours. The greater the distance between hospitals, the great the risk. By the time donor hearts reach potential recipients they are often damaged and so cannot be used.

The Organ Care System (OCS) is a device developed by medical device company Transmedics. After a heart is removed from a donor's body, it is placed in a high-tech box and is immediately revived to a beating state and maintained at an appropriate temperature. 

"The concept of transplanting a donor heart in a beating state is revolutionary," said Dr Abbas Arde hail surgical director of the heart and lung transplantation program at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center and principal investigator of the OCS trial. "This promising technology may improve the function of the donor heart, because it remains in a near-physiologic state. It can also help us better assess the suitability of a potential donor, since we can test the heart in the device."

Eight countries outside of the U.S. have hospitals using the OCS it hoped that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will approve use of the OCS beyond clinical study within the United States in 2014. 

http://www.jhltonline.org/article/S1053-2498%2813%2901042-5/abstract

http://www.uclahealth.org/body.cfm?xyzpdqabc=0&id=561&action=detail&ref=1560

http://www.transmedics.com/wt/page/PROCEED_II

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heart_transplantation
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This is amazing and a long awaited promise fulfilled. Let's hope that they stay on into the future!!
 
The White House is going solar again!

The #Obama administration confirmed yesterday that the installation of solar panels has begun. Read more about what this might mean for a renewable energy future.
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Currently up in Beacon, NY talking about financial law, Pink Slime, and other various topics with my boyfriend, my roommates & my roommate's dad. This is gonna be interesting!
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Whether you’ve contributed $20 or $2,000, you now all have the chance to win something extra special: a personalised Ubuntu Edge phone engraved with your name.

The Ubuntu Edge is already a ground-breaking device as part of a record-setting crowd-funding campaign that charts a new territory in device convergence, and you could have the only one with a personalized name...your name...on it, by helping the campaign. History in the making.

See the details at http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/ubuntu-edge?c=activity
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Amazing. This is what happens when the public becomes educated, passionaten organized, and engaged in the political arena. Let's see an end to ivory trade in the next few decades and help conserve elephants!!

#Conservation #Elephants #Politics
 
Yesterday, Thailand’s Prime Minister told the world that her country is going to end its trade of ivory. This was made possible by YOU! You were part of a 1.4 million-strong #petition urging her to stand up for #elephants and stop Thailand’s ivory trade. http://wwf.to/13AE2qM

Since you have all been superheroes for wildlife, please SHARE this photo if you signed the Thai ivory petition!
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Went to this store at around 8:30, to 9 PM, and was purchasing a new aquarium for my bedroom. I saw that they had a sale for $1/gallon, and picked out a 20 gallon High, and while doing so, I rant into Jenny. She was extremely helpful, patient and informative about the different aspects of aquariums. I can say that because I've kept fish for about 5-7 years, and learned from my mom, who has had fish for much longer (20+ years). Jenny was helpful also in deterring me from getting the tank that was on sale (which would have cost me about $200-$250 after getting each piece of equipment, sans plants, substrate, etc) and convinced me with the cheaper option of the tank kit. All in all, I got about $150 worth of aquarium stuff (plants, gravel, and the tank kit) after the Petco savings. I'd like to also stress this point: she didn't rush us, even though the store was closing and when the stored was technically closed (we left at 10:30 pm - oops). And while most sales people would push you to the most expensive items, or mention some luxurious thing, she didn't. Instead, she would mention it... and then provide an alternative. All in all, I really enjoyed the service I got from her. As for buying live fish from Petco. Personally, I would try not to buy from a large store chain (e.g., Petsmart, Petco, Walmart, etc) because they only see the fish as cheap products that can easily be replaced. With this location, there tanks were in good condition, however, I could clearly see multiple tanks that had dead fish. Furthermore, I didn't like that they grouped coldwater Goldfish, with a tropical fish, a species of Loach - they don't go together, so why put them together?! Overall, I really did enjoy the service I got from this Petco (mainly from Jenny), and will go back there for either plants, or equipment.
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I decided to walk to school instead of taking the subway, and for some reason took Amsterdam and not Broadway like I usually do... and I'm SO glad I did! Found this beautiful LYS so close to Columbia that I will definitely take a stop there whenever I'm there (read: everyday). When you walk into the shop, all the yarns are beautifully arranged by brand, color, type and so forth that your mind has to slow down for a moment to absorb it all. The owner, I found, was extremely pleasant and was very enthusiastic about her work (something you sometimes don't find in people nowadays). She gave me a lot of pointers with regards to yarn gauge, and was as nerdy as I was when we talked about alpaca yarn. I can't wait for her classes this upcoming spring!!!
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Took my father's desktop in to get repaired due to some random problems it was producing. They had it for about a week, and were able to correct the problem easily, and only charged me about $70 for it. Not bad, but I wish they went about it a bit faster... I also took in my laptop because I decided to mess around with dual-booting, and during the process, somewhat killed my laptop. THey were able to retrieve all of my files, and created a backup folder on my new desktop.
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