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Robots Get Flexible and Torqued Up With Origami Wheels - IEEE Spectrum via @delicious
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RaDFire — Fire Weather Research Laboratory via @delicious
RaDFire — Fire Weather Research Laboratory -
Its been a busy and exciting month here at the Fire Weather Research Lab. As part of our Rapid Deployment to Fires (RaDFire) NSF project we've now deployed our mobile weather lab to 4 major fires in as many weeks: (1) Shirely Fire, Kern County, (2) Stoney Fire, Fort Huntter Liggett, (3) Butts Fire, Napa County, and (4) Bully Fire, Shasta County. As a result we've managed to collect some unbelievable data and I thought I'd take a few minutes to share some of the highlights pertaining to two important fire process: Rotating Updrafts and Penetrative Convection. - bouncinglime
We Can't Get Jobs - Are We Going to Be OK? | Katie Boland -
Unemployed, what do we do with our idle days? Employed, how do we make it permanent? How do we begin our lives? Are we stunted by this dilemma, stuck at the starting line, revving like a broken engine, stalling until we move forward? Last week, I was talking to a very respected writer, who had a lot of success at a young age. His sentiments echoed what I hear from a lot of older people about my generation: You guys seem fucked. "I see a lot of young people now who are very smart, with amazing degrees and I feel the loss radiating around them. I feel for you kids." Am I fucked? Are all of us? ... My best friend is an amazing writer. She works at as a bank teller at a credit union. She's happy, in a consistent way. I'm not. I have peaks and valleys. - bouncinglime
This Is How We Live Now — Medium -
I wanted to hug her, and everyone else in this struggle and answer with an I-Have-No-Idea shrug that heaves collectively amongst those of us who have been busting our asses to get out of survival mode. The steady flow of rejection causes us to lose value in ourselves, despite our many attempts to thwart those self-defeating emotions with yoga, Buddhism, self-help articles, books, and various advice columns. Not only are we hanging by the threads we’ve woven of “I’m OK” mantras, but we are constantly devalued by those who are lucky enough to be employed — who refuse to believe that we are even trying. None of us are looking for riches. None of us are turning down jobs that are beneath our skill-sets. The terrifying truth is that we are all a few paychecks away from someone’s couch or our cars — and that is how we live now. - bouncinglime
Not Everyone Is Beautiful | Mindless Productivity -
Nobody says, “Everybody has a pleasant laugh.” Nobody says, “Everyone is athletic to somebody.” Nobody says, “You are an amazing writer, whether you know it or not.” I keep waiting, but they never say it. Beauty is the only trait that everyone gets free access to. Why? Because we have created a culture that values beauty above all other innate traits…for women, at least. Men are generally valued by their success, which is seen as a result of talent and hard work, despite how much it depends on luck and knowing the right people. But women are pretty much a one-note instrument. Society says, you’re hot, or you’re not. Your looks affect your choice of mate, the friends you have, and even your job. And this factor that will affect every part of your life is something you have next to no control over. - bouncinglime
Not Everyone Is Beautiful | Mindless Productivity via @delicious
The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) | Our Expansion | An Expanded Building | Construct… via @delicious
The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) | Our Expansion | An Expanded Building | Construction Time-Lapse -
See what's happening on the construction site today — or create your own time-lapse movie to check out all the progress to date. The view from our construction camera, overlooking the Howard Street end of the site, is updated every 15 minutes. You can also use the calendar below to view the building site at any point in time - bouncinglime
The Day We Set the Colorado River Free | Nature | -
It's been more than 50 years since the Colorado River regularly reached the sea. But this spring, the U.S. and Mexico let the water storm through its natural delta for a grand experiment in ecological restoration. As the dam gates opened, a small band of river rats caught a once-in-a-lifetime ride. ... Here’s the short version: In ten to twenty years, unless the drought breaks in a big way or everybody in Los Angeles starts recycling their own pee, Lake Mead will run dry, and the Southwest will have to pack up its playthings and move in with its relatives back east. Here’s the longer version: Each year, according to the Law of the River, the century-old pillar of legal documents governing the allocation of the Colorado, Lake Mead must distribute 1.5 million acre-feet (MAF) of water to Mexico, 4.4 to California, 2.8 to Arizona, and 0.3 to Nevada. It loses another 0.6 MAF to evaporation. But the reservoir receives 1.2 MAF—four Las Vegases—less than it distributes. Currently, Mead - bouncinglime
The Day We Set the Colorado River Free | Nature | via @delicious
Marvel Proudly Presents Thor | News | via @delicious
Marvel Proudly Presents Thor | News | -
“The inscription on Thor's hammer reads ‘Whosoever holds this hammer, if HE be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor.’ Well it's time to update that inscription,” says Marvel editor Wil Moss. “The new Thor continues Marvel's proud tradition of strong female characters like Captain Marvel, Storm, Black Widow and more. And this new Thor isn't a temporary female substitute - she's now the one and only Thor, and she is worthy!” Series writer Jason Aaron emphasizes, “This is not She-Thor. This is not Lady Thor. This is not Thorita. This is THOR. This is the THOR of the Marvel Universe. But it’s unlike any Thor we’ve ever seen before.” - bouncinglime
RT @timberners_lee: Cable's trying to end #netneutrality & break the Internet for profit. 36 hours left to stop em
Currently hearing : Fats Waller - Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
Fats Waller – Swing Low, Sweet Chariot -
OH : "Well, we know that we can pronk with toe-stubbing, but we want to be able to pronk faster and with more forward motion." #Robotics
"@funwithbill: Internet of Butts" [Hey @Theremina you have infiltrated every corner of my feed!]
Individuals and organizations have a constitutional right to unlimited spending on their own polit… via @delicious
Individuals and organizations have a constitutional right to unlimited spending on their own political speech – IQ2 Debates -
Is independent political speech the linchpin of our democracy or its Achilles' heel?   For democracy to work, some say, citizens (and corporations, and unions, and media outlets, and other voluntary organizations) must be allowed to express their views on the issues, candidates, and elections of the day. This proposition, they say, is exactly why the First Amendment protects the freedom of speech and of the press. On this view, restrictions on independent political speech undermine and subvert our constitutional structure.  But others take a different view: If everyone can spend as much money as they like to express their political views, then some voices will be amplified, magnified and enhanced — while others will be all but drowned out. On this view, it is this inequality of influence that subverts our constitutional structure — and restrictions that level the playing field actually enhance rather than abridge the freedom of speech. - bouncinglime
Meticulous Machines | MAKE via @delicious
Meticulous Machines | MAKE -
After only a short time, I’ve learned more about the production and design of a high-quality product than I thought I would in a whole year. Working with a small team in a fast-paced environment like this is extremely exciting, challenging, and a ton of fun. Also, learning how to use the tools in the shop from two female engineers, the colleagues with whom I work most closely, is a refreshing change of pace from the engineering “norm.” Our team encounters problems every day that we solve by building or modifying something to fix it, and that sort of spontaneous making out of necessity is what I’ve enjoyed most so far. My preconceptions about manufacturing a high-resolution product have shifted as I’ve been exposed to the challenges of getting it done, and my appreciation for the quality of the mass-produced hardware around me has skyrocketed as a result. - bouncinglime
Rita Moreno on strength, stamina and the power of a killer body - The Washington Post -
Moreno’s strength is subtle. It’s easily overlooked. ... She turned down everything gang-related or hooker-related. That was a lot of turning down. In light of the rotten roles she didn’t take and the good roles she couldn’t get, Moreno’s career is a monument to strength and versatility. She earned the rare grand slam of showbiz: the Oscar for best supporting actress, a Tony (as Googie Gomez in “The Ritz”), a Grammy (for “The Electric Company” album) and two Emmys (for appearances on “The Muppet Show” and “The Rockford Files”). She has played a lot of tough women, most recently herself in her one-woman show at the Berkeley Rep in 2011, “Rita Moreno: Life Without Makeup.” Her strength built by degrees. At 5, coming from Puerto Rico to New York by boat with her mother, she spotted the Statue of Liberty holding up a “big, flaming ice cream cone.” “Oh my goodness,” she remembers thinking, falling into a throaty Cheech and Chong accent as she tells it, “a lady runs dees country!” - bouncinglime
Rita Moreno on strength, stamina and the power of a killer body - The Washington Post via @delicious
Forests Around Chernobyl Aren’t Decaying Properly | Science | Smithsonian via @delicious
Forests Around Chernobyl Aren’t Decaying Properly | Science | Smithsonian -
However, there are even more fundamental issues going on in the environment. According to a new study published in Oecologia, decomposers—organisms such as microbes, fungi and some types of insects that drive the process of decay—have also suffered from the contamination. These creatures are responsible for an essential component of any ecosystem: recycling organic matter back into the soil. Issues with such a basic-level process, the authors of the study think, could have compounding effects for the entire ecosystem. The team decided to investigate this question in part because of a peculiar field observation. “We have conducted research in Chernobyl since 1991 and have noticed a significant accumulation of litter over time,” the write. Moreover, trees in the infamous Red Forest—an area where all of the pine trees turned a reddish color and then died shortly after the accident—did not seem to be decaying, even 15 to 20 years after the meltdown. - bouncinglime
The Last Billboard, Pittsburgh, PA via @delicious
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