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Dr. Jeff Masters' WunderBlog : Second Warmest January on Record Globally | Weather Underground - http://www.wunderground.com/blog...
Dr. Jeff Masters' WunderBlog : Second Warmest January on Record Globally | Weather Underground
"January 2015 was the second warmest January since record keeping began in 1880, said NOAA's National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) on Thursday. NASA also rated January 2015 as the 2nd warmest January on record, behind January 2007, which had the warmest departure from average of any month in recorded history. January 2015's near-record warmth continues a trend of very warm months for the planet--December 2014 was the warmest December on record, and 2014 was Earth's warmest calendar year on record. Global ocean temperatures during January 2015 were the 3rd warmest on record, and global land temperatures were the 2nd warmest on record. Global satellite-measured temperatures in January 2015 for the lowest 8 km of the atmosphere were the 7th or 5th warmest in the 37-year record, according to Remote Sensing Systems and the University of Alabama Huntsville (UAH), respectively." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Drones and satellites spot lost civilizations in unlikely places | Science/AAAS | News - http://news.sciencemag.org/archaeo...
Drones and satellites spot lost civilizations in unlikely places | Science/AAAS | News
"SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA—What do the Sahara desert and the Amazon rainforest have in common? Until recently, archaeologists would have told you they were both inhospitable environments devoid of large-scale human settlements. But they were wrong. Here today at the annual meeting of the AAAS (which publishes Science), two researchers explained how remote sensing technology, including satellite imaging and drone flights, is revealing the traces of past civilizations that have been hiding in plain sight." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Scientists have known for a while that Sahara is a fairly new desert, though. And the Garamantes have been known since they were out there doing the damn thing. - Eivind
Finnish Researchers Create Solar Electric Forest with 3D Printed Trees - 3DPrint.com - http://3dprint.com/45558...
Finnish Researchers Create Solar Electric Forest with 3D Printed Trees - 3DPrint.com
"Solar power technologies are the focus of voluminous research efforts, and now a team of scientists at the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd. are developing a prototype 3D printed “tree” which also uses a novel gravure and screen printing process to collect solar energy. The trees are capable of harvesting solar energy indoors or outdoors, storing it and creating enough electric power to run small devices such as mobile phones and LED lighting." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Skunk Bear How loud is the U. S.*? Researchers from the... : NPR - http://skunkbear.tumblr.com/post...
"Ten years ago, Fristrup set out to measure an important natural resource - the amount of silence in national parks. He eventually realized it would take forever to actually make recordings throughout all the parks, so he used a computer program to model loudness across the country. He uploaded all the audio he already had (over a million hours of sound from 546 recording sites) along with environmental data - proximity to roads, the type of vegetation, any nearby topographical features that might act as sound barriers etc. The computer “learned” how all these factors interacted to create a specific sound level, and then predicted loudness everywhere." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Mathematician Employs Shadows and 3D Printed Sculpture to Help Visualize 4D World - 3DPrint.com - http://3dprint.com/45119...
Mathematician Employs Shadows and 3D Printed Sculpture to Help Visualize 4D World - 3DPrint.com
"As if we weren’t functioning well enough with high-tech progress in our 2D world, along came 3D design and 3D printing as we outdid ourselves—and continue to do so—with a multitude of inventions and indeed, a new world of technology and a revolution ushering in a new industrial age. That’s not enough though. And as we head into the fourth dimension, science lovers can certainly only give thanks for infinity and the possibilities for a never-ending platform of dimensions. And what innovations will they usher in?" - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
This hurts my brain. Mapping stereographic projections doesn't make a lot of sense to me. - Todd Hoff
What ISIS Really Wants - The Atlantic - http://www.theatlantic.com/feature...
What ISIS Really Wants - The Atlantic
"The Islamic State is no mere collection of psychopaths. It is a religious group with carefully considered beliefs, among them that it is a key agent of the coming apocalypse. Here’s what that means for its strategy—and for how to stop it." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Very interesting! - Eivind
I still think like the situation with Israel I'll never really understand all this. There's just too much outside my tiny sphere of experience. - Todd Hoff
I'm currently wading through a tome to acquire more background, but, yeah, I'm far from the orientalist authority on all things Middle East - Eivind
Isn't it a bit like trying to understand love by reading about it? - Todd Hoff
More like marriage, perhaps. - Eivind from Android
Where each has their own story of what the marriage is like. The kids have their own story. So does the dog. Even the gold fish swimming in circles in their tank have their own version of the story. - Todd Hoff
Yes, a book about the history and different cultural implementations and understandings of marriage would not give me a complete understanding of how everyone who's ever been in contact with the phenomenon experienced it. - Eivind from Android
That was deep. - Brian Johns
As deep as the fish bowl, the dogs water dish and the agape love between Isaac and Ishmael. - Eric Logan from FFHound!
See this: [What The Atlantic Gets Dangerously Wrong About ISIS And Islam http://thinkprogress.org/world...] - Sean McBride
I look forward to the next article: What ThinkProgress Gets Dangerously Wrong About The Atlantic - Todd Hoff
Siri play Miles Davis. A carpenter working on our house uses Siri as a hands free way to stream music to his headphones. #weliveinthefuture
I would think your carpenter would request Tim Hardin. - Greg GuitarBuster
Africa Kitchen Revolution | Elke Cole - http://elkecole.com/africa-...
Africa Kitchen Revolution | Elke Cole
Africa Kitchen Revolution | Elke Cole
"The three stone fire is used in most kitchens in Cameroon, both urban and rural to prepare daily meals for the family. In Cameroon 73.5% of the population are using wood as fuel for cooking?  Only 16% use improved cook stoves. (source: http://www.cleancookstoves.org/countri...) I have had many conversations with women who wish to use a better stove; the barriers I saw are: large, heavy pots that are commonly used don’t get enough heat and are poorly supported on readily available energy-saving cookstoves even when a gas stove is present, these large pots are inefficiently heated and therefore this option is too costly women are not familiar with improved cook stoves" - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Comment: You have a second brain in your gut, and it wants cake | SBS News - http://www.sbs.com.au/news...
Comment: You have a second brain in your gut, and it wants cake | SBS News
"Finally, after a multi-organ transplant gave her a new liver, pancreas and small bowel when she was 15, Smith tentatively ate a banana. The slight 24-year-old has since become a "bottomless pit" for food, according to her mother, Ann. Even with a working digestive system, it took a long time for hunger to develop. She only started feeling it in the last six months. With only a few months' experience of hunger, she's not always sure what the feeling is. (She has also struggled with cutlery, having never learned how to use it as a child, the concept of time—with no clear mealtimes as anchors—and chocolate, because of its texture). Her story is told in one of the exhibits and she was on hand at the show's opening." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
No wonder they dress so well - Lack of Taste | The Scientist Magazine® - http://www.the-scientist.com/...
No wonder they dress so well - Lack of Taste | The Scientist Magazine®
"Scientists pinpoint how penguins may have lost their ability to sense sweet, umami, and bitter flavors." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Nationally, it's been one of the warmest winters on record - http://www.usatoday.com/story...
Nationally, it's been one of the warmest winters on record
"How warm? So far this month, there have been 4,074 records set for warm temperatures —- mostly in the West — and only 236 records for cold temperatures, the NCDC reported. Records for warm temperatures have been set in Seattle, San Jose, Las Vegas, Reno, Salt Lake City and Butte, Mont. In Salt Lake City, the average temperature in February is a whopping 16.4 degrees above average, AccuWeather said. Other warm spots include Boise (12.2 degrees above average) and Phoenix (8 degrees above average). The lack of cold and snow is exacerbating California's severe drought. California's snowpack (snow water equivalent) is currently only 27% of normal, according to the California Department of Water Resources." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Same. - Eivind
Hear Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World and 84 Classic Radio Dramas from CBS Radio Workshop (1956-57) | Open Culture - http://www.openculture.com/2014...
Hear Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World and 84 Classic Radio Dramas from CBS Radio Workshop (1956-57) | Open Culture
Hear Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World and 84 Classic Radio Dramas from CBS Radio Workshop (1956-57) | Open Culture
Years ago I would have attended a CB Radio Workshop. - Mike Nencetti
It's a little tacky, but not bad. - Todd Hoff
Theatre of the Mind, they have lots of different shows. I'll be listening to many of them. I've always loved old time radio. - Todd Hoff
They used to play old time radio shows on the Armed Forces Radio station when I was a kid. I liked the detective stories the best. "The Shadow Knows....." - DB, Lil LB's Dad
Inside the Anglo-Saxon Classroom | History Today - http://www.historytoday.com/kate-wi...
Inside the Anglo-Saxon Classroom | History Today
"Schoolboys forget their books, lose their pens and laugh at dirty jokes. This was true even in the rigorous atmosphere of the Anglo-Saxon classroom." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
http://www.bloomberg.com/news... - our Lifetime Earnings Are Decided in the First 10 Years of Your Career
"First, starting with the first moment, we find that average earnings growth over the life cycle varies strongly with the level of lifetime earnings: the median individual by lifetime earnings experiences an earnings growth of 38% from ages 25 to 55, whereas for individuals in the 95th percentile, this figure is 230%; for those in the 99th percentile, this figure is almost 1500%.3 Second, turning to the third moment (postponing the second moment for now), we see that earnings shocks are negatively skewed, and this skewness becomes more severe as individuals get older or their earnings increase (or both). Furthermore, this increasing negativity is due entirely to upside earnings moves becoming smaller from ages 25 to 45, and to increasing “disaster” risk (the risk of a sharp fall in earnings) after age 45. Although these implications may appear quite plausible, they are not captured by a lognormal specification, which implies zero skewness. Third, studying the fourth (standardized)... more... - Todd Hoff
Structure arises in the world because electrons prefer not to occupy the same area. Which is also how people cluster at parties.
20 examples of surreal art and photos - http://print24.com/blog...
20 examples of surreal art and photos
20 examples of surreal art and photos
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The Tree of Earthworms - Teaching Biology - http://bioteaching.com/the-tre...
The Tree of Earthworms - Teaching Biology
"This is, to my knowledge, the most extensive and robust phylogeny for the Lumbricidae done to date, analysing the relationships between 86 species from 28 genera. It does both a molecular phylogeny and a morphological one, although external morphological characters proved to be too homoplastic and unreliable, so only the molecular phylogeny is considered here." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Is it cruel to kick a robotic dog?
Do robotic sleeping dogs lie? - Kevin Johnson
Do Robotic Dogs Dream of Chasing Electric Bunnies? - Bren from iPhone
Not yet. - Eivind
It's along the same lines to me of: should cartoon child porn be illegal? The cruelty is on the soul of the perp which must leak out in other ways somehow. - Todd Hoff
I think I agree with the last part, so I guess you could be cruel to a current robot dog if you've thoroughly caninopomorphized it :) - Eivind from Android
Rondam Ramblings: The unreasonable effectiveness of mathematics - http://blog.rongarret.info/2015...
Rondam Ramblings: The unreasonable effectiveness of mathematics
Rondam Ramblings: The unreasonable effectiveness of mathematics
"I was noodling around with some graphics code the other day to try to produce some schematic representations of water waves for a book that I'm working on.  I wanted to produce a little animation of what happens when you throw a stone into a pond.  It didn't have to be very flashy, I just wanted it to be qualitatively correct, that is, I wanted to produce a drawing of a wave that spread out from a central source and decreased in amplitude with time and distance from the source.  So I started out with the venerable sin(x)/x function:" - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
How long before we see a tv show where someone is killed so the legacy contact can take over their facebook account?
I'm thinking of going full code-hipster and learning Tcl | Hacker News - https://news.ycombinator.com/item...
Wow, I used Tcl a gazillion years ago. Good see it's still in use. - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Still easy to find in the hardware design world. - Kevin Johnson from Android
I used it on a contract to control something or other over a terminal emulation session. Worked well enough as I recall. - Todd Hoff
How Hot Peppers Can Ease Pain | The Scientist Magazine® - http://www.the-scientist.com/...
How Hot Peppers Can Ease Pain | The Scientist Magazine®
"The initial pain-dulling sensation occurs when capsaicin activates heat-sensing transient receptor potential vanilloid 1(TRPV1) ion channels on sensory neurons. Prolonged stimulation with the compound results in desensitization of these neurons. “This is one of the underlying mechanisms of capsaicin’s numbing effect, but TRPV1 is a heat sensor, so how it affects mechanical pain was not known,” said Tibor Rohacs, an associate professor of pharmacology and physiology at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, who led the study. Rohacs and his colleagues uncovered a link between the heat-stimulating function of capsaicin and its ability to relieve mechanical pain including neuralgia (pain from damaged nerves), neuropathy, and muscle and joint pain. Capsaicin’s activation of TRPV1 ion channels in turns inhibits mechanical force-sensing ion channels called Piezo1 and 2 by depleting phospholipid signaling molecules, phosphoinositides, in the cell membrane. “What is unique in this study is how... more... - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
So I guess it's not just a diversion. - Todd Hoff
With historic snow and frigid cold, Mother Nature directs anger issues at Northeast - http://mashable.com/2015...
With historic snow and frigid cold, Mother Nature directs anger issues at Northeast
"Interestingly, so far, February has been unusually mild across the lower 48 states as a whole. In fact, the U.S. as a whole has seen far more record highs than record lows in the past 30 days and for the year to date. This is because a northward deviation in the jet stream has allowed warm air from the southwest to move into much of the West and Midwest, bringing spring-like conditions to states such as Nevada, Arizona and Oklahoma. Record high temperatures were set this weekend all the way north into South Dakota and Nebraska." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Deric's MindBlog: Parallel brain systems regulate our pain. - http://mindblog.dericbownds.net/2015...
Deric's MindBlog: Parallel brain systems regulate our pain.
"Our subjective sensory experiences are regulated by defined brain areas subh visual cortex, auditory cortex,somatosensory cortex, etc., but there doesn't appear to be a "pain cortex" that directly codes our subjective perception of pain. Mano and Seymour, in a review of Woo et al., note the emerging concept that pain might emerge from the coordinated activity of an integrated brain network. Woo et al. provide evidence that distinct brain networks support the subjective changes in pain that result from nociceptive input and self-directed cognitive modulation. Their abstract, followed by a summary graphic from Mano and Seymour:" - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
The Energy of Life | The Scientist Magazine® - http://www.the-scientist.com/...
The Energy of Life | The Scientist Magazine®
"Energy is the currency of biology. By harvesting electrons from a stunning range of starting materials, Earth’s organisms produce adenosine triphosphate (ATP), which powers biological reactions. In the case of mammals and most eukaryotes, sugars and other organic molecules are common electron sources, the oxidation of which drives ATP production. Bacteria and archaea can use a range of other chemicals, from sulfide to iron to ammonium. Cells take up these electron-rich molecules and capture their electrons, which jump down an electron transport chain in the mitochondrial or cell membrane. As electrons move along the membrane toward a final electron acceptor, protons are pumped from the cell’s interior to the exterior, setting up a chemical gradient. Finally, protons stream back into the cell, releasing the chemical pressure and generating ATP. With each energy-requiring reaction, from flagella construction to cell division and growth, cells draw upon their ATP bank. The wide variety... more... - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
The World's Largest Laundromat. https://soundcloud.com/the-dis.... Not sure I want a laundromat as my third place. I miss bookstores.
Years ago I read about a laundromat that had a connecting door to a (singles?) bar. - bentley
Interesting article. Thanks. If I had to use laundromats, I'd wish for one like this. (I miss bookstores too. I miss what Borders used to be.) - bentley
Twitter reveals the language of persuasion | Cornell Chronicle - http://www.news.cornell.edu/stories...
"The researchers found these features most likely to generate retweets: Ask people to share. Words like ”please,” “pls,” “plz” and, of course, “retweet” were common in successful messages. Be informative (often measured by length). Use the language of the community, and be consistent with the language you usually use yourself, with which your followers are familiar. The researchers are also testing on Reddit, where users form distinct communities. Imitate the style of newspaper headlines. (In their tests, the researchers used the New York Times as a model.) Use words that appear often in other retweeted messages. Use words that express positive or negative sentiment. Refer to other people, not just yourself. Use third person pronouns. Use generalizations. Statements that can be applied to a variety of situations are the most often repeated. Make it easy to read. The researchers applied a formula used to measure the grade level of a text." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Why climate scientists are right about how hot the planet is going to get - The Washington Post - http://www.washingtonpost.com/news...
Why climate scientists are right about how hot the planet is going to get - The Washington Post
"Right now, humans are well on pace to at least double carbon dioxide concentrations from preindustrial levels by the middle of the century. But given how complex the climate system is, how do we know that the IPCC’s sensitivity estimate holds true? There’s a lot at stake — if the scientists are overestimating the climate sensitivity then global warming might be less worrying. No wonder that climate “skeptics” have often cast doubt on the matter." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
That feeling when another new web framework has gathered enough momentum that you'll have to take a look at it.
ryan bruxvoort constructs affinity house as a shelter for sparrows - http://www.designboom.com/design...
ryan bruxvoort constructs affinity house as a shelter for sparrows
"in his pursuit to create a suitable house for sparrows, ryan bruxvoort worked through multiple iterations in an effort to reach a final product called ‘affinity’. early on in the project bruxvoort set forth the following statement, which helped guide him through his design process from start to finish: ‘my goal is to create a shelter that compliments its environment while at the same time attracting sparrows to inhabit it. ultimately I wish for this to culminate into a form that shows empathy for the sparrow, in a serene, carefully crafted manner. this led to the development of a delicate, almost fragile look that has been constructed in a manner that affords tremendous structural integrity. this light yet resilient quality of the house is to be reflective of the sparrow itself.’" - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
I guess the small amount of water that would come in through the opening would drain towards the front and out between the slats? - Ken Morley
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