Johnathan Chung2013-05-09 22:03:28
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Buzz Aldrin will participate in a Google+ Hangout On Air on May 20, 2013. His new book, Mission to Mars, outlines his vision of sending humans to Mars by 2035.

RSVP bit.ly/11nXLuu and use the hashtag below to ask your questions!

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We're bringing together astronaut Buzz Aldrin, the second person to walk on the Moon, and Conrad Anker, a world renowned climber who has summited Mount Everest, for a live Hangout. (Photo by Cory Richards, National Geographic) 

Join us on Monday, May 20 at 2 p.m. ET (7 p.m. UTC) to find out what it's like to push boundaries and take the ultimate risks.  

Use #LetsExplore to ask Aldrin and Anker about their experiences. http://bit.ly/11nXLuu
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  • Johnathan Chung2012-09-25 22:49:58
    Unleash the Awesomeness of Google+

    +Mike Elgan's "Ghostbuster Kit" advice is a great start to breaking the often perceived "ghost town" (more like Phantom Nation ;) barriers to an excellent and addictive G+ experience:
    https://plus.google.com/+MikeElgan/posts/JtHhD1petPV

    If you're all settled in and looking for more adventures, another great aspect of G+ to explore is Hangouts On Air (HOA) live broadcasts. You don't even have to join (although it's fun)--just watch until you're comfortable interacting face-to-face-to-face :) Trust me, there's never a dull moment!

    Here, I'll even do the hard work for you. Now all you have to do is sit back and enjoy ;)

    HOA on Google+: Week of Sunday, September 23rd
    See all links organized by date:   https://plus.google.com/114424163811716070551/posts/TcqH9UmJRTx

    SCIENCE:
    • World Wildlife Fund hosts a Hangout for World Rhino Day
    • Mission Blue oceanographers/explorers and Google Oceans Program Hangout from the Blue Ocean Film Festival
    • Another underwater Hangout by Catlin Seaview Survey at the Great Barrier Reef to celebrate the launch of ocean view in Google Maps
    • WeatherBrains netcast about weather events every Monday
    • ScienceSunday's the SSHOw: Science Sunday HanOut - Woot!
    • KQED Science Hangout on black holes with NASA NuSTAR scientists
    • National Geographic with archaeologists in Kyrgyzstan searching for a sunken palace
    • The Cosmic Ray Show talking about astronomy & giving away a telescope to 1 lucky viewer
    • SETI Institute's talk on near-Earth asteroids
    • Zoo Atlanta's gorilla echocardiogram procedure
    • Slooh Space Camera's month of live astronomy for their MySky Campaign
    • Weekly Space Hangout, a weekly roundup of breaking space news from a dedicated team of space journalists
    • Space Fans Hangout #2
    • Virtual Star Party, a weekly astronomy Hangout connecting live telescopes into a G+ Hangout for you to view the universe
    • Important Media is hanging out with Sustainblog, Ecopreneurist, and Cleantechnica to discuss food waste in the U.S.
    • Earth Hour with CEO Andy Ridley
    • STEM Women on G+ discusses science, tech, engineering, and math and how these disciplines impact our daily lives
    • Mnemotechnics.org Hangout on improving memory techniques 
    • This Week in Science (TWIS) every Thursday
    • Hubble Space Telescope's eXtreme Deep Field (XDF) observing team will discuss the landmark breakthrough of XDF galaxy imaging

    NEWS:
    • Anderson Cooper 360 Hangout
    • Daily celebrity hangouts with MyFOXla / FOX Los Angeles
    • Daily hangouts on multiple topics by Los Angeles Times and The Washington Post
    • Syria Central Hangout discussing the latest up-to-date news on the Syrian Revolution

    ENTERTAINMENT: (Music, Books, Movies, and more)
    • Artists In The Plus featuring your favorite independent musicians on G+
    • This Week in the Cinema every Monday with chats throughout the week
    • Live acoustic jazz piano at The Calico Room some Tuesdays
    • Grammy U of The Grammys with Kaskade and Steve Aoki
    • Best-selling author, Nikki Gemmell, & her book The Bride Stripped Bare
    • Geek & Sundry's Vaginal Fantasy bookclub Hangout with Felicia Day
    • Google Play hosts a science fiction Hangout with best-selling British authors
    • Country Music Chat with the Editorial Director of Billboard and the President and Co-founder of AllAccess
    • Social Sports and Entertainment Show hosts singer/songwriter Noelle Bean
    • The New York Public Library discuss the best-seller novel and film adaptation, The Perks of Being a Wallflower
    • Yarn Mountain BeeKeepers knitting group Hangout every Tuesday
    • Yarn Mountain Sock Club knitting group Hangout every Thursday

    VISUAL ARTS:
    • Plus Photo Show Hangout every Monday night
    • Trey Ratcliff's Variety Hour discussing photography some Mondays
    • Digital Painting 101 most Tuesdays with Daniel Ibanez
    • LIFE Through The Lens and +SmugMug photography Hangout
    • Studio Photography Insights and Photigy Live most Thursdays
    • That Show with Billy Wilson (TSBW) Photography Hangout every Friday
    • The Giving Lens with Colby Brown hosts monthly Hangouts on travel photography
    • Art+Talk interviews with your favorite Google+ artists

    SPORTS:
    • Manchester City FC soccer player Patrick Vieira
    • PGA TOUR with U.S. tennis star and golf fan, John Isner
    • Fathead's Week 3 Monday Night Football Hangout
    • NFL Carolina Panthers' LB, James Anderson
    • Minnesota Timberwolves with Kevin Love discussing his 2012 Olympic experiences and the upcoming NBA season
    • SportsChat.TV discussing sports headlines every Wednesday
    • The Score Hangout with NHL New York Rangers goalie
    • Social Sports and Entertainment Show every Sunday
    • NBA team Dallas Mavericks's Media Day Hangout
    (Bonus - U.S. sports teams on G+:  https://plus.google.com/114424163811716070551/posts/Ftem8PSFhNN)

    POLITICS:
    • National Voter Registration Day with Gabe Saporta of Cobra Starship
    • Malayasian Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak
    • The White House on the fight against human trafficking

    CARS:
    • Cadillac designers reveal the All-New XTS
    • Nissan Europe at the Paris Motor Show with Nissan DeltaWing designer

    FOOD & DRINK: 
    • Boston Cocktail Summit's Happy Hour Hangouts
    • Tea for Ten every Monday
    • Cadbury UK announces a new Dairy Milk flavor to celebrate 2.5 million followers on Google+
    • Food Revolution Community will discuss the global Food Revolution and their fantastic volunteer community ambassadors
    • Zagat presents Growing Food Leaders: Hangout On Air with FoodCorps
    • The Chopping Block Hangout with Chef Michele demonstrating how to make fish tacos

    FASHION & BEAUTY:
    • Pageantlive panel hosted by Miss 2012 Maryland International Junior every Tuesday
    • Caress Fabulistas share insider tips on the latest fabulous finds in fashion & beauty
    • Celebrity stylist will answer your fashion questions on The Stylish Channel's Free Style Advice: Friday Freestyling Hangout

    MARKETING & BUSINESS:
    • Veterans United real estate virtual open house
    • The Moffet Company discusses "How to Change Your Life Via Google+" with special guest, Sarah Hill
    • G+GoTo Gal Entrepreneurial Interview Series "What's Your Story?" every Thursday
    • My Community Manager social media Hangouts every Friday

    TECH:
    • G+GoTo Gal Tech+Talks about online small business and social media every Tuesday
    • LeWeb's Hangout with Cédric Hutchings, CEO of Withings
    • Geocaching World Hangout, a recreational activity of hunting for and finding hidden objects by means of GPS coordinates
    • Software Advice and Ashley Furness host a live debate on "Will Technology Kill the Call Center"
    • Android Authority discussing Android news and reviews
    • Google Plus Week with Dan McDermott
    • Attack of the Androids weekly podcast
    • DIY Show and Tell with Limor Fried every Saturday
    • World Maker Faire NYC 2012
    • Various official Hangouts by Google
    (Bonus - Directory of most official Google pages on G+: http://www.google.com/press/google-directory.html)

    And those are just some of the great HOA occurring this WEEK!

    #hangouts   #hangoutsonair   #EvanG +

    (Yes, I know I missed a bunch. Feel free to plug your upcoming HOA in the comments below :)
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  • Johnathan Chung2012-07-19 05:43:11
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    Today I Learned...

    The Linux-based OS, Ubuntu (pronounced 'oo-boon-too' ), is named after the traditional African philosophy consisting of empathy, consideration, togetherness, collective awareness, and humanity towards others.

    I wonder what the outcome would be if the anthropologist suggested the same game to children of different cultures in the West, Europe, Asia, etc.?

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    This is an inspiring story and a beautiful photo.

    An anthropologist suggested the following game to a group of children in a tribe in Africa: He placed a basket full of fresh fruits under a tree. He then said that whoever reached the basket first in a race would be the winner of all the fruits.

    As he gave the signal to begin the race, the whole group held hands, ran bonded together and then sat and enjoyed the prize together.

    When he asked why they had done such thing, when he had offered the possibility to one to be the ultimate winner.
    They replied: " UBUNTU"-- how could one of us be happy (feel happiness) while the rest are in despair, unhappy?

    UBUNTU in the Xhosa culture means: "I am, because we are."

    via http://www.westophate.org/

    For more on Ubuntu: http://www.yourlifemanual.com/ubuntu.htm

    #peace   #endhate   #ubuntu  
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  • Johnathan Chung2012-04-20 22:14:47
    Google+ Profile Cover Photo & Scrapbook Banner Resources

    With the new G+ user interface, you have the option to use one large panoramic cover photo or 5 small independent scrapbook photos for your profile pictures. Here are the photos' dimensions and some 3rd-party resources to help you quickly create your own.

    DIMENSIONS:
    Source -- +Google+ Your Business:
    https://plus.google.com/+googlebusiness/posts/fAefJGBYVu3

    Pᴀɴᴏʀᴀᴍɪᴄ Cᴏᴠᴇʀ Pʜᴏᴛᴏ:
    • Size: 940 x 180 pixels

    Sᴄʀᴀᴘʙᴏᴏᴋ Pʜᴏᴛᴏs:
    • Size: 110 x 110 pixels each
    • Space between photos: 16 pixels

    Mᴀɪɴ Pʀᴏғɪʟᴇ Pʜᴏᴛᴏ:
    • Size: 250 x 250 pixels
    • Surrounding white border: 6 pixels
    • Thumbnail size: 48 x 48 pixels

    UPDATED RESOURCES:

    Gᴏᴏɢʟᴇ Pʟᴜs Cᴏᴠᴇʀ Pʜᴏᴛᴏ: goo.gl/nwV12
    • Choose from many categories of panoramic cover photos.

    Gᴏᴏɢʟᴇ Pʟᴜs Bᴀɴɴᴇʀ Mᴀᴋᴇʀ: goo.gl/RC8wa
    • Upload a photo from your computer or via URL
    • Automates creation of panoramic cover & main profile photo
    • Also automates creation of 5 scrapbook photos

    Cᴏᴠᴇʀ Pʜᴏᴛᴏ Dᴇsɪɢɴ Tᴇᴍᴘʟᴀᴛᴇ by +Søren Dalsgaard Brath: goo.gl/qmXys

    OLDER RESOURCES:

    Pᴇʀsᴘᴇᴄᴛɪᴠᴜs G+ Pʀᴏғɪʟᴇ Pᴀɴᴏʀᴀᴍᴀ:
    • Automatically creates 5 scrapbook photos from a single picture
    http://perspectivus.com/GooglePlusPanoramaBanner/index.php

    GPʟᴜs Bᴀɴɴᴇʀ:
    • Upload, create, and share your scrapbook photos
    • Choose from a large database of scrapbook photos
    http://gplusbanner.com/

     #photos #banner #scrapbook #dimensions #googleplustips
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  • Johnathan Chung2011-12-31 00:21:49
    The Chicago Circle

    Chicago does have its own Circle (Expressway Interchange) located near downtown, but I am referring to Google+ Circles :)

    Google+ is all about connecting with people, so if you live in, near, or around Chicago; used to live here or will live here in the future; visit or vacation here; or just love the city of Chicago for whatever reason, please comment below so I can create a Chicago Circle on G+!

    Perhaps we can even plan to HIRL (hangout in real life) some day too :)

    What do you love the most about Chicago?

    (Image Credit: PhotographyBlogger.net)
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  • Johnathan Chung2011-11-21 02:31:32
    How 'bout dem apples?

    After you slice an apple open, it turns a darker brown color. This is because when you cut the apple, you expose it to air. The enzymes and iron content of the apple then oxidize, causing the discoloration.

    You can temporarily prevent oxidation from happening by sprinkling a little lemon juice on the apple. Ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) is a natural antioxidant and also lowers the pH on the cut surface of the apple, which slows the process of oxidation.

    This "trick" can also be applied to pears and peaches. Other methods to reduce browning include using a little salt water or coating the fruit in sugar syrup (yum!), but those methods aren't as effective as using pure Vitamin C.

    (This post is for +ScienceSunday curated by +Allison Sekuler and +Robby Bowles.)

    #ScienceSunday
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  • Johnathan Chung2011-11-06 05:23:49
    A 5.2 magnitude earthquake hit Oklahoma about 1.5 hours ago, and so I thought I'd write about some related information for #ScienceSunday.

    (What is "Science Sunday"? It's a G+ initiative that intersects and showcases art and science. +Allison Sekuler talks about it in her link below.)

    Earthquakes often (but not always) occur along the edges of continental plates when pressure builds up and creates shifts due to geologic forces. Earthquakes that occur east of the Rocky Mountains tend to be difficult to pinpoint as to which fault they originated at relative to earthquakes that occur west of the mountains. Their waves also travel further and typically cover larger areas of land; they can be felt over an area as much as ten times larger than a similar magnitude earthquake on the west coast.

    Faults around the U.S.

    West of the Rockies in California is the well-known San Andreas fault. There are also faults off-shore of Washington and Oregon, to the south in the Caribbean Sea, in New England, and near the center of the Atlantic Ocean.

    However, contrary to popular belief, earthquakes are not restricted to tectonic plate boundaries. They can occur in the center of a plate, such as in the New Madrid Seismic Zone (at the junction of Missouri, Tennessee, and Arkansas), probably due to small or deep ancient fault lines that are too difficult to identify. The last major earthquake in that specific area was in 1811--presumably it would have reached 7.0 or even 8.0 if seismographs had been available then, which is at least as destructive as the earthquake that hit Haiti in 2010. According to studies by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), that area is no better prepared for a major earthquake than it was 100 years ago.

    Other similar zones are located in Southeastern Canada (Quebec) and deep beneath the coastline near Charleston, South Carolina.

    Related: If you Google Search for "earthquake", it will list all of the most recent earthquakes that have occurred around the world as they happen.

    #ScienceSunday #ScienceImgPls
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  • Johnathan Chung2011-08-11 10:16:28
    Upcoming Hangouts You Don't Want to Miss

    If you enjoy G+ Hangouts, you're in for a treat (literally, in some cases)!

    I love how Hangouts have garnered enough popularity and momentum that I actually now try to make them a priority and schedule them in my Google Calendar. There is a lot to look forward to in the next week and a half!

    Hangout with the Google+ Hangouts Team by Googler +David Bennett
    Topic: Provide feedback to improve G+ Hangouts.
    When: Thursday, August 11th at 5pm PDT
    Time Zone Offset: UTC/GMT -7 (DST)
    https://plus.google.com/100512649718649402368/posts/Ecsdjx2m92V

    G+ Cooking School by +Lee Allison and +Eric McKee
    Topic: Recipe for Tex-Mex (check the calendar for more--classes are held several times per week).
    When: Friday, August 12th at 7pm EDT
    Time Zone Offset: UTC/GMT -4 (DST)
    http://gpluscookingschool.com/

    Table for Ten, Cooking and Dinner with +Alida Brandenburg and +Rob Grega
    Topic: Almond crusted stuffed chicken breast Paleo dinner
    When: Saturday, August 13th at 5pm PDT (RSVP at the link below!)
    Time Zone Offset: UTC/GMT -7 (DST)
    https://plus.google.com/103765013042311928518/posts/CAfX1iEDkpC

    Google+ Hangout Game Show hosted by +John Herman
    Topic: Compete for prizes through trivia questions and physical challenges.
    When: Every Monday! Check out John's profile for specific starting times.
    Time Zone Offset: UTC/GMT -4 (DST)

    Talk with CERN Physicist +Amine Benaichouche
    Topic: Space-Time Travel
    When: Thursday, August 18th at 10pm EDT
    Time Zone Offset: UTC/GMT -4 (DST)
    https://plus.google.com/100264010813126229552/posts/1TcHuP6HEsZ

    3rd Global G+ Hangout Concert by +Daria Musk
    Topic: Awesome Indie music filled with "fierce joy". Her last concert lasted 7.5 hours!
    When: Saturday, August 20th at 6pm EDT
    Time Zone Offset: UTC/GMT -4 (DST)
    http://tiny.cc/dariaconcert3

    If anyone needs help with time zone conversions and look-up based on location, http://www.timeanddate.com/ is very useful.

    Related: For those of you who are unaware, http://www.gphangouts.com/ can be used to schedule and browse upcoming hangouts. http://hangoutparty.com/ is a place to watch publicly streamed Hangouts for those unable to get into jam-packed sessions. Other Hangout tools & resources (including Chrome extensions) and more can be found here: http://j.mp/gplus-resources.
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  • Johnathan Chung2013-05-09 22:03:28
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    Buzz Aldrin will participate in a Google+ Hangout On Air on May 20, 2013. His new book, Mission to Mars, outlines his vision of sending humans to Mars by 2035.

    RSVP bit.ly/11nXLuu and use the hashtag below to ask your questions!

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    We're bringing together astronaut Buzz Aldrin, the second person to walk on the Moon, and Conrad Anker, a world renowned climber who has summited Mount Everest, for a live Hangout. (Photo by Cory Richards, National Geographic) 

    Join us on Monday, May 20 at 2 p.m. ET (7 p.m. UTC) to find out what it's like to push boundaries and take the ultimate risks.  

    Use #LetsExplore to ask Aldrin and Anker about their experiences. http://bit.ly/11nXLuu
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  • Johnathan Chung2012-09-25 22:49:58
    Unleash the Awesomeness of Google+

    +Mike Elgan's "Ghostbuster Kit" advice is a great start to breaking the often perceived "ghost town" (more like Phantom Nation ;) barriers to an excellent and addictive G+ experience:
    https://plus.google.com/+MikeElgan/posts/JtHhD1petPV

    If you're all settled in and looking for more adventures, another great aspect of G+ to explore is Hangouts On Air (HOA) live broadcasts. You don't even have to join (although it's fun)--just watch until you're comfortable interacting face-to-face-to-face :) Trust me, there's never a dull moment!

    Here, I'll even do the hard work for you. Now all you have to do is sit back and enjoy ;)

    HOA on Google+: Week of Sunday, September 23rd
    See all links organized by date:   https://plus.google.com/114424163811716070551/posts/TcqH9UmJRTx

    SCIENCE:
    • World Wildlife Fund hosts a Hangout for World Rhino Day
    • Mission Blue oceanographers/explorers and Google Oceans Program Hangout from the Blue Ocean Film Festival
    • Another underwater Hangout by Catlin Seaview Survey at the Great Barrier Reef to celebrate the launch of ocean view in Google Maps
    • WeatherBrains netcast about weather events every Monday
    • ScienceSunday's the SSHOw: Science Sunday HanOut - Woot!
    • KQED Science Hangout on black holes with NASA NuSTAR scientists
    • National Geographic with archaeologists in Kyrgyzstan searching for a sunken palace
    • The Cosmic Ray Show talking about astronomy & giving away a telescope to 1 lucky viewer
    • SETI Institute's talk on near-Earth asteroids
    • Zoo Atlanta's gorilla echocardiogram procedure
    • Slooh Space Camera's month of live astronomy for their MySky Campaign
    • Weekly Space Hangout, a weekly roundup of breaking space news from a dedicated team of space journalists
    • Space Fans Hangout #2
    • Virtual Star Party, a weekly astronomy Hangout connecting live telescopes into a G+ Hangout for you to view the universe
    • Important Media is hanging out with Sustainblog, Ecopreneurist, and Cleantechnica to discuss food waste in the U.S.
    • Earth Hour with CEO Andy Ridley
    • STEM Women on G+ discusses science, tech, engineering, and math and how these disciplines impact our daily lives
    • Mnemotechnics.org Hangout on improving memory techniques 
    • This Week in Science (TWIS) every Thursday
    • Hubble Space Telescope's eXtreme Deep Field (XDF) observing team will discuss the landmark breakthrough of XDF galaxy imaging

    NEWS:
    • Anderson Cooper 360 Hangout
    • Daily celebrity hangouts with MyFOXla / FOX Los Angeles
    • Daily hangouts on multiple topics by Los Angeles Times and The Washington Post
    • Syria Central Hangout discussing the latest up-to-date news on the Syrian Revolution

    ENTERTAINMENT: (Music, Books, Movies, and more)
    • Artists In The Plus featuring your favorite independent musicians on G+
    • This Week in the Cinema every Monday with chats throughout the week
    • Live acoustic jazz piano at The Calico Room some Tuesdays
    • Grammy U of The Grammys with Kaskade and Steve Aoki
    • Best-selling author, Nikki Gemmell, & her book The Bride Stripped Bare
    • Geek & Sundry's Vaginal Fantasy bookclub Hangout with Felicia Day
    • Google Play hosts a science fiction Hangout with best-selling British authors
    • Country Music Chat with the Editorial Director of Billboard and the President and Co-founder of AllAccess
    • Social Sports and Entertainment Show hosts singer/songwriter Noelle Bean
    • The New York Public Library discuss the best-seller novel and film adaptation, The Perks of Being a Wallflower
    • Yarn Mountain BeeKeepers knitting group Hangout every Tuesday
    • Yarn Mountain Sock Club knitting group Hangout every Thursday

    VISUAL ARTS:
    • Plus Photo Show Hangout every Monday night
    • Trey Ratcliff's Variety Hour discussing photography some Mondays
    • Digital Painting 101 most Tuesdays with Daniel Ibanez
    • LIFE Through The Lens and +SmugMug photography Hangout
    • Studio Photography Insights and Photigy Live most Thursdays
    • That Show with Billy Wilson (TSBW) Photography Hangout every Friday
    • The Giving Lens with Colby Brown hosts monthly Hangouts on travel photography
    • Art+Talk interviews with your favorite Google+ artists

    SPORTS:
    • Manchester City FC soccer player Patrick Vieira
    • PGA TOUR with U.S. tennis star and golf fan, John Isner
    • Fathead's Week 3 Monday Night Football Hangout
    • NFL Carolina Panthers' LB, James Anderson
    • Minnesota Timberwolves with Kevin Love discussing his 2012 Olympic experiences and the upcoming NBA season
    • SportsChat.TV discussing sports headlines every Wednesday
    • The Score Hangout with NHL New York Rangers goalie
    • Social Sports and Entertainment Show every Sunday
    • NBA team Dallas Mavericks's Media Day Hangout
    (Bonus - U.S. sports teams on G+:  https://plus.google.com/114424163811716070551/posts/Ftem8PSFhNN)

    POLITICS:
    • National Voter Registration Day with Gabe Saporta of Cobra Starship
    • Malayasian Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak
    • The White House on the fight against human trafficking

    CARS:
    • Cadillac designers reveal the All-New XTS
    • Nissan Europe at the Paris Motor Show with Nissan DeltaWing designer

    FOOD & DRINK: 
    • Boston Cocktail Summit's Happy Hour Hangouts
    • Tea for Ten every Monday
    • Cadbury UK announces a new Dairy Milk flavor to celebrate 2.5 million followers on Google+
    • Food Revolution Community will discuss the global Food Revolution and their fantastic volunteer community ambassadors
    • Zagat presents Growing Food Leaders: Hangout On Air with FoodCorps
    • The Chopping Block Hangout with Chef Michele demonstrating how to make fish tacos

    FASHION & BEAUTY:
    • Pageantlive panel hosted by Miss 2012 Maryland International Junior every Tuesday
    • Caress Fabulistas share insider tips on the latest fabulous finds in fashion & beauty
    • Celebrity stylist will answer your fashion questions on The Stylish Channel's Free Style Advice: Friday Freestyling Hangout

    MARKETING & BUSINESS:
    • Veterans United real estate virtual open house
    • The Moffet Company discusses "How to Change Your Life Via Google+" with special guest, Sarah Hill
    • G+GoTo Gal Entrepreneurial Interview Series "What's Your Story?" every Thursday
    • My Community Manager social media Hangouts every Friday

    TECH:
    • G+GoTo Gal Tech+Talks about online small business and social media every Tuesday
    • LeWeb's Hangout with Cédric Hutchings, CEO of Withings
    • Geocaching World Hangout, a recreational activity of hunting for and finding hidden objects by means of GPS coordinates
    • Software Advice and Ashley Furness host a live debate on "Will Technology Kill the Call Center"
    • Android Authority discussing Android news and reviews
    • Google Plus Week with Dan McDermott
    • Attack of the Androids weekly podcast
    • DIY Show and Tell with Limor Fried every Saturday
    • World Maker Faire NYC 2012
    • Various official Hangouts by Google
    (Bonus - Directory of most official Google pages on G+: http://www.google.com/press/google-directory.html)

    And those are just some of the great HOA occurring this WEEK!

    #hangouts   #hangoutsonair   #EvanG +

    (Yes, I know I missed a bunch. Feel free to plug your upcoming HOA in the comments below :)
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  • Johnathan Chung2013-09-18 20:45:01
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    Training for covert +Ingress operations in space! :P

    Samantha is the 1st Italian woman astronaut and the 3rd woman astronaut of the European Space Agency. She is scheduled for Expedition 42/43 to the International Space Station (ISS) in 2014.

    She maintains a fun logbook on Google+ of her daily training and activities. L-number is the approximate countdown in days to launch. I've been reading along since L-500, and it's totally worth browsing through her profile to catch up on all her previous entries.

    Former classmate Luca Parmitano also continues to post stunning photos to Google+ from on board the ISS:  https://plus.google.com/116906111425291766800/

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    L-439: Logbook

    I have picked up ATV training with crewmate Sasha today.

    One of the classes dealt with the operations related to ingressing ATV after docking. Sounds easy enough, but ingress operations actually take several hours.

    For one thing, before opening any hatch you need to make sure that you have a good seal between Station and the vehicle itself. We call these type of procedures leak checks: you basically create a pressure differential between two volumes that are sealed off and check that the pressure equalization across the seal over a certain time is within the limits.

    Once the leak check is passed and you open the hatch, it's time to take a long series of air samples, part for return to ground and part to test onboard for different contaminants.

    Then you need to install an air filter and let it fully clean the ATV atmosphere for many hours. Only after the filtering is complete are you allowed to enter ATV without protective mask and goggles. If you think about it, it makes sense: on Earth, small particles fall to the ground, but in space they float, so they can easily get into your eyes or your lungs. Of course, we don't expect that on space vehicles, which are prepared in clean rooms, but better be safe than sorry!

    You can see in the picture a crewmember entering ATV with protective gear. And what are those yellow things? Those are clamps that are installed on the hatch to increase the mechanic rigidity of the link between ATV and Station. After all, an ATV is a much bigger beast than a Progress or a Soyuz!

    Those clamps are pretty interesting. Since you need to be able to close a hatch quickly in an emergency, they are designed so that you just need to pull on the string of one and they all come off. Just make sure you don't have your fingers in the way when the spring loaded lever snaps to the release position!

    #SamLogbook

    Traduzione italiana a cura di +AstronautiNEWS  qui:
    http://www.astronautinews.it/tag/logbook/

    En español aquí:
    http://www.intervidia.com/category/bitacora/
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  • Johnathan Chung2013-08-10 00:00:50
    Alcohol Intolerance and Toxicity
    Hangover biochemistry, cancer risk, Asian woes, and TV shows

    There are several enzymes involved in helping our bodies detox from alcohol. These enzymes and/or subsequent breakdown products are responsible for many of the common occurrences we experientially associate with it.

    Break It Down

    The liver enzyme alcohol dehydrogenase (ADH) helps metabolize ethanol (EtOH -- the type of alcohol for consumption) to acetaldehyde, which in turn is metabolized by acetaldehyde dehydrogenase (ALDH) into a less harmful compound, acetic acid (vinegar).

    EtOH →(via ADH)→ acetaldehyde →(via ALDH)→ acetic acid

    Of course, there are other enzymes that contribute as well, such as the cytochrome P450 system that oxidizes organic molecules and multiple diverse substrates.

    Mechanism of a Breath-alcohol Test

    Breathalyzers do not measure blood alcohol content directly. Instead, the electrochemical devices detect the presence of volatile exhaled ethanol and its breakdown products. There are several ways to do this through chemical reactions and photocell detectors, infrared spectroscopy, and fuel cell technology.

    For the fuel cell method, ethanol in the breath is oxidized to acetic acid by platinum at the anode, while oxygen is reduced at the cathode. The resulting electric current is "interpreted" by a calibrated sensor, microprocessor, and display to output a number.

    One Yeast's Waste is Another Person's Treasure

    The first ever isolated ADH was in baker's yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) in 1937. The ability to produce high concentrations of ethanol from sugar was believed to initially evolve in yeast and may have provided a survival advantage to eliminate its competition. During alcoholic fermentation, ethanol (beer!) and carbon dioxide (rising bread!) are produced as metabolic waste products.

    The Hangover: Starring Acetaldehyde

    An accumulation of acetaldehyde -- the intermediate metabolite referred to above -- is a large contributor to "hangover" symptoms.

    For this reason, the drug disulfiram has been used to deter alcohol abuse in some individuals because it inhibits ALDH. To phrase it mildly, it provides strong negative reinforcement to minimal alcohol intake (i.e., it greatly magnifies hangover effects!) In one study from 2006, after disulfiram was incorporated into a comprehensive treatment program and administered under medical supervision, abstinence rates improved to over 50% [1].

    Genetic Variation and Drinking Behavior

    A common stereotype is that Asians light up like Christmas trees and become red-faced beacons after ingesting relatively modest-to-little amounts of ethanol.

    The well-known alcohol-induced flush reaction is facilitated by a mutation in the structural gene that encodes for a faulty type of aldehyde dehydrogenase, ALDH2 [2].

    From a clinical standpoint, ALDH2 deficiency is one of the strongest genetic factors that influence drinking behavior and risk of alcoholism. Without ALDH2, individuals may have consistently more unpleasant experiences with ethanol and a stronger response to acetaldehyde, ultimately encouraging minimal alcohol use or avoidance.

    The ALDH2*2 allele is dominant over the wild-type allele ALDH2*1 and impairs alcohol detoxification by reducing both the enzyme's catalytic efficiency and overall half-life.

    Compared to Caucasians, 90% of Orientals have a 100-times more active ADH variant (the first enzyme in our biochemical equation above), and approximately 50% have only ALDH1 and are missing ALDH2 altogether (the second enzyme in our equation above) [3]. In other words, more acetaldehyde is produced while less is broken down, leading to greater accumulation.

    (Related: a Google+ post about "Population Genetics of Alcoholism" by +Peter Smalley: goo.gl/8khs6p )

    Cancer Risk

    Chronic alcohol consumption is a major risk factor with causal association for upper aero-digestive tract cancers of the mouth, larynx, pharynx, esophagus, and liver with less but still present risks for colorectal and breast cancers [4-6]. Recurring alcoholic pancreatitis increases risk of pancreatic cancer as well.

    Acetaldehyde appears to be the main culprit for alcohol-associated carcinogenesis. The same molecule contributing to that pesky hangover is toxic, mutagenic, and carcinogenic -- it induces inflammation, interferes with DNA synthesis and repair, and hinders the immune system.

    Name Your Poison

    Similarly, other substances are modified by the same set of enzymes and yield toxic metabolites too.

    Methanol is the simplest alcohol with one less carbon atom or bridging methylene group than ethanol: CH3-OH vs. CH3-CH2-OH. Its largest use by far is during manufacture of other chemicals and products like plastics, plywood, paints, and textiles.

    During Prohibition, bootlegged liquor ("moonshine") caused health problems either through contaminants or more frequently through unscrupulous distillers who added cheap methanol to boost its strength and to save costs. ADH converts methanol to formaldehyde -- popularly known as being used to preserve biological tissue samples and cadavers -- and then to formic acid by ALDH. Formic acid is the main cause of methanol toxicity [7], including the destruction of the optic nerve to cause blindness.

    Ethylene glycol (HO-CH2-CH2-OH) is used in antifreeze, among other products. On occasion, open bottles of antifreeze may be consumed by children and pets due to its appealing natural sweetness. Ethylene glycol is metabolized by ADH to compounds that can cause kidney failure and other organ damage.

    Self-medicating in More Ways Than One

    Interestingly, ethanol can potentially work as an early "antidote" to methanol and ethylene glycol poisoning because it occupies the active sites of ADH. Ethanol competitively inhibits the breakdown of those other substances, theoretically allowing them to be excreted before they form more toxic byproducts.

    Although treating with ethanol is generally not recommended nor sufficient and would not be used in a hospital (rather, use of intravenous hydration, supportive care, and possibly dialysis instead), fomepizole is a drug that achieves the same effect by competitively inhibiting ADH too.

    This scenario appeared in an episode from the TV series "House, M.D." where Dr. House gets a prisoner drunk with vodka to empirically mitigate the suspected self-induced methanol poisoning [8].


    References:

    [1] Disulfiram Reaction - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disulfiram
    [2] The Mutation in the Mitochondrial Aldehyde Dehydrogenase (ALDH2) Gene Responsible for Alcohol-induced Flushing Increases Turnover of the Enzyme Tetramers in a Dominant Fashion (full text) - http://www.jci.org/articles/view/119007/pdf
    [3] Molecular Abnormality of an Inactive Aldehyde Dehydrogenase Variant Commonly Found in Orientals (full text) - http://www.pnas.org/content/81/1/258.full.pdf+html
    [4] Alcohol and Cancer (2004 full text) - http://alcalc.oxfordjournals.org/content/39/3/155.long
    [5] Alcohol and Cancer (Lancet Oncology 2006 abstract) - http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16455479
    [6] Alcohol and Cancer: Genetic and Nutritional Aspects (abstract) - http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15070439
    [7] Lack of a Role for Formaldehyde in Methanol Poisoning (full text) - http://www.whilesciencesleeps.com/pdf/274.pdf
    [8] House, M.D. Season 2 Episode 1 - http://www.housemd-guide.com/season2/201acceptance.php

    #ScienceEveryday / +ScienceSunday 
    #Alcohol #Biochemistry #Metabolism

    Image is from Wikimedia Commons and in public domain.
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  • Johnathan Chung2013-06-16 04:03:57
    Can your eyes tell the difference between Ultra & Full HDTV?

    Someone asked the question above, and the answer is, it depends :) Generally yes, but when would you be able to detect a significant difference?

    Whether or not you can distinguish between individual pixels on the screen depends on viewing distance and size of the display.

    Visual acuity of 20/20 means at 20 feet away, you can clearly see separate lines printed 1.75mm apart, which subtend to 1 arcminute of "angular size" at your eye [1] (an arcminute is 1/60th of a degree). You can calculate how close you would need to be to actually detect certain specified distances on a TV.

    If you have an 84" TV like the image below [2], the height of the viewing area of that TV with an aspect ratio of 16:9 is sine(arctangent(9/16)) * 84 = approximately 41 inches tall. Since 4k Ultra HD TV resolution is 3840 pixels wide × 2160 pixels high, the horizontal lines are theoretically spaced 41/2160 = 0.019 inches or 0.48mm apart (for comparison, note that Full HD of 1080 is half of 2160).

    On an LCD computer monitor, this separation might be analogous to the "dot pitch" [3] and is designed to be much smaller, typically 0.18-0.24mm because you're often sitting much closer at ~2 feet away.

    Using the "small angle formula" approximation [4] where distance = linear size on the TV ÷ angular size at your eye, in order to distinguish between two lines that are 0.019 inches apart with a visual angular resolution of 1 arcminute (convert into radians), you would have to be sitting closer than 65 inches or 5.4 feet in front of the massive 84" television (you can get the same number by dividing 20 feet by the ratio of 1.75mm/0.48mm). Although there appears to be a huge debate over what constitutes an "optimum" viewing distance [5], 5.4 feet is still much closer than the "generally recommended" distances required for the TV to fill 30 or 40 degrees of your field of view, which would be at 11.2 or 8.4 feet away from an 84" TV, respectively.

    A similar calculation using the same size TV with an inherent resolution of 1080 pixels in height shows that the theoretical threshold for detecting subtle dots or lines is at 11 feet. Beyond this distance, you wouldn't be able to appreciate the additional detail offered by Ultra HD compared to Full HD. Remember, this is for an 84" television, and if the TV is smaller, the distance is shorter.

    Keep in mind that the above is just a general estimate for fun based on many assumptions. The technical aspects of different fixed-pixel-array display types or how a display is constructed will change some of the details. In addition, a display's physical aspect ratio might not be the same as its pixel aspect ratio. You're also likely only going to be able to tell the difference between single pixels if there were distinct alternating horizontal lines of contrasting colors in a test image, for example, rather than a typical image with subtle gradients of color and various continuous shapes and textures. The amount of ambient light and your viewing angle would affect your perception too. And what constitutes what your retina detect vs what you "see" might be a different question (e.g., central sharp vision from the fovea comprises 1% of the retina's area but maps to at least 50% of the visual cortex [6]). In some other detailed calculations [7], the eye's angular resolution can be 0.7 arcminutes, which is better than the definition of 20/20 vision used above and would change the results as well.

    Anyway, if you personally can't tell the difference, or if a subtle difference is an acceptable trade-off depending on the limitations of your bank account, then it doesn't matter and it might not be worth¹ the cost. Honestly, I don't even know if there is a TV broadcast standard for Ultra HD or if anyone produces Ultra HDTV content yet.

    ¹Worth is subjective, and if having one boosts your popularity, self-esteem, perceived entertainment value, and/or potentially makes you happier, then that decision is up to you (and your spouse, if applicable... definitely factor in your spouse when evaluating "the equation" :P)

    [1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Visual_acuity
    [2] http://www.lg.com/us/ultrahdtv/index.jsp
    [3] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dot_pitch
    [4] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Small_angle_formula
    [5] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Optimum_HDTV_viewing_distance
    [6] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fovea
    [7] http://www.clarkvision.com/imagedetail/eye-resolution.html
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  • Johnathan Chung2013-02-27 23:02:13
    Bombermine
    A Massively Multiplayer Online Bomberman Game

    This is awesome, especially for any 80s gaming fan. Bomberman revamped for up to 1000 players on a single map!

    http://bombermine.com/

    There is also "observer mode" if you just want to watch the chaos unfold :D

    Photo: Nuclear bomb detonation with Nyan-cat disease :P
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  • Johnathan Chung2013-02-07 03:03:25
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    I must say, it's pretty cool seeing my name on nianticproject.com and making it onto PAC's Investigation Board and Thought for Today bulletin :D

    I appreciate the hard work of all the super-sleuths who shared their discoveries and storyboard panels to help bring this together. Had I known this was going to be featured so prominently, I would have prepared a better thank you speech for The Academy... or at least changed out of my pajamas into something more presentable :P

    Anyway, whether or not you typically follow the broader storyline, this is fun to browse through on its own :)

    Check it out: http://www.nianticproject.com/?id=sc306a

    #nianticproject #tychosees #storyboards

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    Thanks to the tremendous efforts of +Johnathan Chung (https://plus.google.com/114424163811716070551/posts), +Verum Inveniri (https://plus.google.com/109846653838501599116/posts) and many individual agents, investigators and alliances the world over, we are finally in possession of the complete set of Tycho storyboards depicting Epiphany Night and Jarvis and Devra's daring escape from the Niantic Lab.

    Many thanks to all those whose efforts made this possible....

    http://www.nianticproject.com/?id=sc306a
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  • Johnathan Chung2013-01-06 09:37:33
    A Captivating Conceptual Exploration of Multiple Dimensions

    I first saw a version of this video about 5 or 6 years ago. It's awesome! Well worth the 11 minutes if you're looking for a mind-bender :) Also helpful if you're wondering where Roland Jarvis is and where XM comes from ;) #nianticproject

    Apparently, http://www.tenthdimension.com/ was featured in April-June's issue of "What is Enlightenment?" magazine :D

    In String Theory, physicists tell us that super strings vibrating in the tenth dimension are what create the subatomic particles which make up our universe and all the other possible universes as well. In other words, all possibilities are contained within the 10th dimension.

    ADA Calibration - Dr. Victor Kureze

    PAC intel from November 16, 2012:
    http://www.nianticproject.com/?id=sow021

    Think of it this way. A single hydrogen atom within a drop of saliva on your tongue could also be the center of a star, a particle of dust drifting in space, or a neuron in some totally incomprehensible being in these other dimensions. One way to think of it is to imagine a single pixel on your television monitor. On one channel, it is part of a baseball whizzing towards the screen… On another channel, it is the nose of a talking head being interviewed. On yet another channel, it is within the gun of a soon-to-be killer. And imagine, as is true, that all of those channels are running simultaneously, but you are only watching one. Our dimension is the dimension we are tuned in to. But that pixel, in theory, is on all of the other channels at the same time. We just can’t see it. And it is potentially in everything you could possibly view, so that pixel is in all video entertainment everywhere.

    Now, imagine that every particle of your body is simultaneously part of these other foreign things in these other planes of existence. But, every one of the particles is something different in a different universe, except of course for that infinite set of universes in which you have been replicated exactly as you are now but constantly break off to form yet more and more alternate universes.

    For string theory postulates that all things are infinite, so, somewhere, anything you can imagine, or everything ever imagined by anybody, anywhere, exists somewhere.

    #nianticproject #ingress #resistance   #enlightened #mindblown  
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  • Johnathan Chung2012-09-17 20:11:00
    Hipster Monty Python, Gangnam style.

    via +Everyone on the internet
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  • Johnathan Chung2012-07-01 18:35:50
    RESHARE:
    Do you work at +Valve or know someone who does?

    #ValveMeetBeckyTaylor  

    Google+ is about sharing passions, and it's clear that +Becky Taylor's passion is within the gaming industry. She is sincere and dedicated, and hopefully this will give her post a bump in visibility.

    I know Google+ is a resourceful and helpful community that I have benefited from in the past, so I just wanted to pass the opportunity on to others as well.

    Out of curiosity, do you know of someone who has successfully leveraged Google+ to acquire his or her dream job?

    Reshared text:
    Dear Google+,

    I am pleading for your help. Valve posted a position that I know I'd be great at! Community Developer! http://www.valvesoftware.com/jobs/job_postings.html

    Plus, it has been my absolute dream since 1998 to work with them. I honestly started crying when I saw this job posting, as I knew it was my chance to get in there.

    When my father brought home Half-life in 1998... I was hooked.  I played the game daily.  Since then, I have played all of Valve's games, and constantly use their Steam system for all my purchases! I have been keeping up to date with them, and am constantly watching what they are up to.  It's been honestly one of my only dreams in life....

    Problem is... I need to get noticed.  Valve is a very competitive place to get into! I bet they have hundreds of applicants!

    So... is there anyway Google+ could help me get noticed?
    I know you guys and girls are awesome.  And I love all of you.  This community is fantastic, and I've seen you help others.  

    I'd greatly appreciate if you guys could help me get in contact with +Gabe Newell... Or a Community Relations person at Valve?

    I just need them to meet me, so I can prove to them how I'd be an amazing fit at their company! And how much of a dedicated worker I am!

    I attached my LinkedIn to this... so you can see my professional skills.  

    But please Google+... I haven't asked for help like this ever... I've fought for everything I have by myself... but this I can admit I'll need help with.

    Please share and eventually maybe this post will get to Valve.

    And... if it does... I promise I will do something great for the Google+ community in return. I will give back for your help.

    #ValveMeetBeckyTaylor  
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  • Johnathan Chung2012-05-20 22:53:38
    Annular solar eclipse from a live feed in Japan showing the "ring of fire".
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  • Johnathan Chung2012-04-23 19:07:53
    RESHARE:
    Webby Awards: Vote for Google+

    Google+ is nominated for a Webby Award, and voting continues until Thursday, April 26th!

    If you like G+, please vote by going here:
    http://pv.webbyawards.com/ballot/4

    You can sign in with Google, FB, or Twitter to vote. When I voted, G+ had 36% and Pinterest had 49%. I'm interested to see how that changes ;) Feel free to include the percentage of votes you see in the comments below.

    Reshared text:
    Vote for the Best

    Google+ is in 2nd place, we can change that, right? +1 and share to spread the word.
    http://pv.webbyawards.com/ballot/4
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  • Johnathan Chung2012-02-25 22:34:36
    Insurance Coverage and Pricing in the United States

    I thought I would post this on Google+ because of the more intelligent conversation and greater interaction & interest shown here than other places around the web.

    If you could spare a couple minutes to answer this quick survey about your experience with insurance and price comparison shopping in the U.S. healthcare system, it would be tremendously helpful!

    Also feel free to share this with anyone who you think may be interested in helping out :)

    http://surveymonkey.com/s/healthpriceshop

    Thanks!

    #survey #healthcare #insurance #cost
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  • Johnathan Chung2011-11-13 22:28:22
    If you're new to Google+ and don't know who +Daria Musk is, she was one of the first singers/musicians to embrace Hangouts during the G+ closed beta trial back in early July when she held an impromptu concert for a lucky handful of people.

    Since then, she has done a couple more marathon Hangout concerts lasting up to 8 hours at a time with thousands of people joining in from six continents and many countries around the world.

    Her vivacious personality, talent, and innovative use of social media have launched her onto the global scene, being featured in countless news articles, blogs, interviews, and special performances, such as Reuters, CNN, BlogHer, and Billboard Magazine. She even temporarily hit (at least) #22 in the Amazon MP3 store for her latest album release that included songs inspired by her G+ fans, "Plus One Me" and "You Move Me".

    A couple days ago, she performed at the Google offices in Washington and just yesterday she gave her very own TED talk at #TEDxRainier.

    The great thing is that this is just the beginning of her amazinG+ journey, and it has been a pleasure to be a part of it right from the very beginning. The best part is that she plans to bring all of us along with her wherever she goes via G+ Hangouts!

    Below is a video captured by one of the audience members at yesterday's TED talk of Daria singing "You Move Me". Thanks to Mama Musk (+Wendy Musk) for bringing it to our attention :) The video is rotated but straightens out after the first minute or so--still worth watching to see how much she energizes the audience! It's also a great "sneak peak" of the performance until the official TED video recording comes out.

    I hear her 4th G+ Hangout concert is coming up soon, so circle her and be on the lookout for that ;)

    Thanks, Daria!
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  • Johnathan Chung2011-10-26 21:35:46
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    Product Innovation vs. Patent Litigation

    It seems like almost anything can be patented these days...

    http://www.androidcentral.com/apple-granted-patent-slide-unlock-even-though-it-existed-2-years-they-invented-it

    In your opinion, what's the most ridiculous thing you've heard of being patented? (by Apple or otherwise)

    #patentwars #apple #lol #achievementunlocked

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  • Johnathan Chung2011-10-26 21:00:20
    Star Wars Halloween Pumpkins

    Which ones are your favorite?
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  • Johnathan Chung2013-09-18 20:45:01
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    Training for covert +Ingress operations in space! :P

    Samantha is the 1st Italian woman astronaut and the 3rd woman astronaut of the European Space Agency. She is scheduled for Expedition 42/43 to the International Space Station (ISS) in 2014.

    She maintains a fun logbook on Google+ of her daily training and activities. L-number is the approximate countdown in days to launch. I've been reading along since L-500, and it's totally worth browsing through her profile to catch up on all her previous entries.

    Former classmate Luca Parmitano also continues to post stunning photos to Google+ from on board the ISS:  https://plus.google.com/116906111425291766800/

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    L-439: Logbook

    I have picked up ATV training with crewmate Sasha today.

    One of the classes dealt with the operations related to ingressing ATV after docking. Sounds easy enough, but ingress operations actually take several hours.

    For one thing, before opening any hatch you need to make sure that you have a good seal between Station and the vehicle itself. We call these type of procedures leak checks: you basically create a pressure differential between two volumes that are sealed off and check that the pressure equalization across the seal over a certain time is within the limits.

    Once the leak check is passed and you open the hatch, it's time to take a long series of air samples, part for return to ground and part to test onboard for different contaminants.

    Then you need to install an air filter and let it fully clean the ATV atmosphere for many hours. Only after the filtering is complete are you allowed to enter ATV without protective mask and goggles. If you think about it, it makes sense: on Earth, small particles fall to the ground, but in space they float, so they can easily get into your eyes or your lungs. Of course, we don't expect that on space vehicles, which are prepared in clean rooms, but better be safe than sorry!

    You can see in the picture a crewmember entering ATV with protective gear. And what are those yellow things? Those are clamps that are installed on the hatch to increase the mechanic rigidity of the link between ATV and Station. After all, an ATV is a much bigger beast than a Progress or a Soyuz!

    Those clamps are pretty interesting. Since you need to be able to close a hatch quickly in an emergency, they are designed so that you just need to pull on the string of one and they all come off. Just make sure you don't have your fingers in the way when the spring loaded lever snaps to the release position!

    #SamLogbook

    Traduzione italiana a cura di +AstronautiNEWS  qui:
    http://www.astronautinews.it/tag/logbook/

    En español aquí:
    http://www.intervidia.com/category/bitacora/
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  • Johnathan Chung2013-08-10 00:00:50
    Alcohol Intolerance and Toxicity
    Hangover biochemistry, cancer risk, Asian woes, and TV shows

    There are several enzymes involved in helping our bodies detox from alcohol. These enzymes and/or subsequent breakdown products are responsible for many of the common occurrences we experientially associate with it.

    Break It Down

    The liver enzyme alcohol dehydrogenase (ADH) helps metabolize ethanol (EtOH -- the type of alcohol for consumption) to acetaldehyde, which in turn is metabolized by acetaldehyde dehydrogenase (ALDH) into a less harmful compound, acetic acid (vinegar).

    EtOH →(via ADH)→ acetaldehyde →(via ALDH)→ acetic acid

    Of course, there are other enzymes that contribute as well, such as the cytochrome P450 system that oxidizes organic molecules and multiple diverse substrates.

    Mechanism of a Breath-alcohol Test

    Breathalyzers do not measure blood alcohol content directly. Instead, the electrochemical devices detect the presence of volatile exhaled ethanol and its breakdown products. There are several ways to do this through chemical reactions and photocell detectors, infrared spectroscopy, and fuel cell technology.

    For the fuel cell method, ethanol in the breath is oxidized to acetic acid by platinum at the anode, while oxygen is reduced at the cathode. The resulting electric current is "interpreted" by a calibrated sensor, microprocessor, and display to output a number.

    One Yeast's Waste is Another Person's Treasure

    The first ever isolated ADH was in baker's yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) in 1937. The ability to produce high concentrations of ethanol from sugar was believed to initially evolve in yeast and may have provided a survival advantage to eliminate its competition. During alcoholic fermentation, ethanol (beer!) and carbon dioxide (rising bread!) are produced as metabolic waste products.

    The Hangover: Starring Acetaldehyde

    An accumulation of acetaldehyde -- the intermediate metabolite referred to above -- is a large contributor to "hangover" symptoms.

    For this reason, the drug disulfiram has been used to deter alcohol abuse in some individuals because it inhibits ALDH. To phrase it mildly, it provides strong negative reinforcement to minimal alcohol intake (i.e., it greatly magnifies hangover effects!) In one study from 2006, after disulfiram was incorporated into a comprehensive treatment program and administered under medical supervision, abstinence rates improved to over 50% [1].

    Genetic Variation and Drinking Behavior

    A common stereotype is that Asians light up like Christmas trees and become red-faced beacons after ingesting relatively modest-to-little amounts of ethanol.

    The well-known alcohol-induced flush reaction is facilitated by a mutation in the structural gene that encodes for a faulty type of aldehyde dehydrogenase, ALDH2 [2].

    From a clinical standpoint, ALDH2 deficiency is one of the strongest genetic factors that influence drinking behavior and risk of alcoholism. Without ALDH2, individuals may have consistently more unpleasant experiences with ethanol and a stronger response to acetaldehyde, ultimately encouraging minimal alcohol use or avoidance.

    The ALDH2*2 allele is dominant over the wild-type allele ALDH2*1 and impairs alcohol detoxification by reducing both the enzyme's catalytic efficiency and overall half-life.

    Compared to Caucasians, 90% of Orientals have a 100-times more active ADH variant (the first enzyme in our biochemical equation above), and approximately 50% have only ALDH1 and are missing ALDH2 altogether (the second enzyme in our equation above) [3]. In other words, more acetaldehyde is produced while less is broken down, leading to greater accumulation.

    (Related: a Google+ post about "Population Genetics of Alcoholism" by +Peter Smalley: goo.gl/8khs6p )

    Cancer Risk

    Chronic alcohol consumption is a major risk factor with causal association for upper aero-digestive tract cancers of the mouth, larynx, pharynx, esophagus, and liver with less but still present risks for colorectal and breast cancers [4-6]. Recurring alcoholic pancreatitis increases risk of pancreatic cancer as well.

    Acetaldehyde appears to be the main culprit for alcohol-associated carcinogenesis. The same molecule contributing to that pesky hangover is toxic, mutagenic, and carcinogenic -- it induces inflammation, interferes with DNA synthesis and repair, and hinders the immune system.

    Name Your Poison

    Similarly, other substances are modified by the same set of enzymes and yield toxic metabolites too.

    Methanol is the simplest alcohol with one less carbon atom or bridging methylene group than ethanol: CH3-OH vs. CH3-CH2-OH. Its largest use by far is during manufacture of other chemicals and products like plastics, plywood, paints, and textiles.

    During Prohibition, bootlegged liquor ("moonshine") caused health problems either through contaminants or more frequently through unscrupulous distillers who added cheap methanol to boost its strength and to save costs. ADH converts methanol to formaldehyde -- popularly known as being used to preserve biological tissue samples and cadavers -- and then to formic acid by ALDH. Formic acid is the main cause of methanol toxicity [7], including the destruction of the optic nerve to cause blindness.

    Ethylene glycol (HO-CH2-CH2-OH) is used in antifreeze, among other products. On occasion, open bottles of antifreeze may be consumed by children and pets due to its appealing natural sweetness. Ethylene glycol is metabolized by ADH to compounds that can cause kidney failure and other organ damage.

    Self-medicating in More Ways Than One

    Interestingly, ethanol can potentially work as an early "antidote" to methanol and ethylene glycol poisoning because it occupies the active sites of ADH. Ethanol competitively inhibits the breakdown of those other substances, theoretically allowing them to be excreted before they form more toxic byproducts.

    Although treating with ethanol is generally not recommended nor sufficient and would not be used in a hospital (rather, use of intravenous hydration, supportive care, and possibly dialysis instead), fomepizole is a drug that achieves the same effect by competitively inhibiting ADH too.

    This scenario appeared in an episode from the TV series "House, M.D." where Dr. House gets a prisoner drunk with vodka to empirically mitigate the suspected self-induced methanol poisoning [8].


    References:

    [1] Disulfiram Reaction - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disulfiram
    [2] The Mutation in the Mitochondrial Aldehyde Dehydrogenase (ALDH2) Gene Responsible for Alcohol-induced Flushing Increases Turnover of the Enzyme Tetramers in a Dominant Fashion (full text) - http://www.jci.org/articles/view/119007/pdf
    [3] Molecular Abnormality of an Inactive Aldehyde Dehydrogenase Variant Commonly Found in Orientals (full text) - http://www.pnas.org/content/81/1/258.full.pdf+html
    [4] Alcohol and Cancer (2004 full text) - http://alcalc.oxfordjournals.org/content/39/3/155.long
    [5] Alcohol and Cancer (Lancet Oncology 2006 abstract) - http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16455479
    [6] Alcohol and Cancer: Genetic and Nutritional Aspects (abstract) - http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15070439
    [7] Lack of a Role for Formaldehyde in Methanol Poisoning (full text) - http://www.whilesciencesleeps.com/pdf/274.pdf
    [8] House, M.D. Season 2 Episode 1 - http://www.housemd-guide.com/season2/201acceptance.php

    #ScienceEveryday / +ScienceSunday 
    #Alcohol #Biochemistry #Metabolism

    Image is from Wikimedia Commons and in public domain.
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  • Johnathan Chung2013-06-16 04:03:57
    Can your eyes tell the difference between Ultra & Full HDTV?

    Someone asked the question above, and the answer is, it depends :) Generally yes, but when would you be able to detect a significant difference?

    Whether or not you can distinguish between individual pixels on the screen depends on viewing distance and size of the display.

    Visual acuity of 20/20 means at 20 feet away, you can clearly see separate lines printed 1.75mm apart, which subtend to 1 arcminute of "angular size" at your eye [1] (an arcminute is 1/60th of a degree). You can calculate how close you would need to be to actually detect certain specified distances on a TV.

    If you have an 84" TV like the image below [2], the height of the viewing area of that TV with an aspect ratio of 16:9 is sine(arctangent(9/16)) * 84 = approximately 41 inches tall. Since 4k Ultra HD TV resolution is 3840 pixels wide × 2160 pixels high, the horizontal lines are theoretically spaced 41/2160 = 0.019 inches or 0.48mm apart (for comparison, note that Full HD of 1080 is half of 2160).

    On an LCD computer monitor, this separation might be analogous to the "dot pitch" [3] and is designed to be much smaller, typically 0.18-0.24mm because you're often sitting much closer at ~2 feet away.

    Using the "small angle formula" approximation [4] where distance = linear size on the TV ÷ angular size at your eye, in order to distinguish between two lines that are 0.019 inches apart with a visual angular resolution of 1 arcminute (convert into radians), you would have to be sitting closer than 65 inches or 5.4 feet in front of the massive 84" television (you can get the same number by dividing 20 feet by the ratio of 1.75mm/0.48mm). Although there appears to be a huge debate over what constitutes an "optimum" viewing distance [5], 5.4 feet is still much closer than the "generally recommended" distances required for the TV to fill 30 or 40 degrees of your field of view, which would be at 11.2 or 8.4 feet away from an 84" TV, respectively.

    A similar calculation using the same size TV with an inherent resolution of 1080 pixels in height shows that the theoretical threshold for detecting subtle dots or lines is at 11 feet. Beyond this distance, you wouldn't be able to appreciate the additional detail offered by Ultra HD compared to Full HD. Remember, this is for an 84" television, and if the TV is smaller, the distance is shorter.

    Keep in mind that the above is just a general estimate for fun based on many assumptions. The technical aspects of different fixed-pixel-array display types or how a display is constructed will change some of the details. In addition, a display's physical aspect ratio might not be the same as its pixel aspect ratio. You're also likely only going to be able to tell the difference between single pixels if there were distinct alternating horizontal lines of contrasting colors in a test image, for example, rather than a typical image with subtle gradients of color and various continuous shapes and textures. The amount of ambient light and your viewing angle would affect your perception too. And what constitutes what your retina detect vs what you "see" might be a different question (e.g., central sharp vision from the fovea comprises 1% of the retina's area but maps to at least 50% of the visual cortex [6]). In some other detailed calculations [7], the eye's angular resolution can be 0.7 arcminutes, which is better than the definition of 20/20 vision used above and would change the results as well.

    Anyway, if you personally can't tell the difference, or if a subtle difference is an acceptable trade-off depending on the limitations of your bank account, then it doesn't matter and it might not be worth¹ the cost. Honestly, I don't even know if there is a TV broadcast standard for Ultra HD or if anyone produces Ultra HDTV content yet.

    ¹Worth is subjective, and if having one boosts your popularity, self-esteem, perceived entertainment value, and/or potentially makes you happier, then that decision is up to you (and your spouse, if applicable... definitely factor in your spouse when evaluating "the equation" :P)

    [1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Visual_acuity
    [2] http://www.lg.com/us/ultrahdtv/index.jsp
    [3] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dot_pitch
    [4] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Small_angle_formula
    [5] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Optimum_HDTV_viewing_distance
    [6] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fovea
    [7] http://www.clarkvision.com/imagedetail/eye-resolution.html
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  • Johnathan Chung2013-02-27 23:02:13
    Bombermine
    A Massively Multiplayer Online Bomberman Game

    This is awesome, especially for any 80s gaming fan. Bomberman revamped for up to 1000 players on a single map!

    http://bombermine.com/

    There is also "observer mode" if you just want to watch the chaos unfold :D

    Photo: Nuclear bomb detonation with Nyan-cat disease :P
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  • Johnathan Chung2013-02-07 03:03:25
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    I must say, it's pretty cool seeing my name on nianticproject.com and making it onto PAC's Investigation Board and Thought for Today bulletin :D

    I appreciate the hard work of all the super-sleuths who shared their discoveries and storyboard panels to help bring this together. Had I known this was going to be featured so prominently, I would have prepared a better thank you speech for The Academy... or at least changed out of my pajamas into something more presentable :P

    Anyway, whether or not you typically follow the broader storyline, this is fun to browse through on its own :)

    Check it out: http://www.nianticproject.com/?id=sc306a

    #nianticproject #tychosees #storyboards

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    Thanks to the tremendous efforts of +Johnathan Chung (https://plus.google.com/114424163811716070551/posts), +Verum Inveniri (https://plus.google.com/109846653838501599116/posts) and many individual agents, investigators and alliances the world over, we are finally in possession of the complete set of Tycho storyboards depicting Epiphany Night and Jarvis and Devra's daring escape from the Niantic Lab.

    Many thanks to all those whose efforts made this possible....

    http://www.nianticproject.com/?id=sc306a
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  • Johnathan Chung2013-01-06 09:37:33
    A Captivating Conceptual Exploration of Multiple Dimensions

    I first saw a version of this video about 5 or 6 years ago. It's awesome! Well worth the 11 minutes if you're looking for a mind-bender :) Also helpful if you're wondering where Roland Jarvis is and where XM comes from ;) #nianticproject

    Apparently, http://www.tenthdimension.com/ was featured in April-June's issue of "What is Enlightenment?" magazine :D

    In String Theory, physicists tell us that super strings vibrating in the tenth dimension are what create the subatomic particles which make up our universe and all the other possible universes as well. In other words, all possibilities are contained within the 10th dimension.

    ADA Calibration - Dr. Victor Kureze

    PAC intel from November 16, 2012:
    http://www.nianticproject.com/?id=sow021

    Think of it this way. A single hydrogen atom within a drop of saliva on your tongue could also be the center of a star, a particle of dust drifting in space, or a neuron in some totally incomprehensible being in these other dimensions. One way to think of it is to imagine a single pixel on your television monitor. On one channel, it is part of a baseball whizzing towards the screen… On another channel, it is the nose of a talking head being interviewed. On yet another channel, it is within the gun of a soon-to-be killer. And imagine, as is true, that all of those channels are running simultaneously, but you are only watching one. Our dimension is the dimension we are tuned in to. But that pixel, in theory, is on all of the other channels at the same time. We just can’t see it. And it is potentially in everything you could possibly view, so that pixel is in all video entertainment everywhere.

    Now, imagine that every particle of your body is simultaneously part of these other foreign things in these other planes of existence. But, every one of the particles is something different in a different universe, except of course for that infinite set of universes in which you have been replicated exactly as you are now but constantly break off to form yet more and more alternate universes.

    For string theory postulates that all things are infinite, so, somewhere, anything you can imagine, or everything ever imagined by anybody, anywhere, exists somewhere.

    #nianticproject #ingress #resistance   #enlightened #mindblown  
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  • Johnathan Chung2013-08-05 23:02:39
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    To put 250 million years into (limited) perspective, here is an abbreviated timeline of some events:

    Universe formed: 13.7 billion years ago
    Earth formed: 4.6 billion years ago
    Estimated abiogenesis: 3.7 - 4.2 billion years ago
    First bacteria: 3.2 billion years ago
    First eukaryotes: 2.1 billion years ago
    First algae: 1.7 billions years ago
    First multi-cellular organisms: 1.5 billion years ago
    First jellyfish: 670 million years ago
    First fish: 510 million years ago
    First sharks: 435 million years ago
    First land plants: 430 million years ago
    First insects: 385 million years ago
    First amphibians: 370 million years ago
    First reptiles: 330 million years ago
    First mammals: 240 million years ago
    First non-avian dinosaurs: 225 million years ago
    First birds: 220 million years ago
    First flowering plants: 115 million years ago
    Extinction of non-avian dinosaurs: 65 million years ago
    First evidence of Megalodon: 17 million years ago
    Extinction of Megalodon: 2 million years ago
    First modern humans (Homo sapiens): 100,000 years ago
    First evidence of arrowhead use: 64,000 years ago
    First evidence of woven cloth: 36,000 years ago
    Invention of the wheel: 5,300 years ago
    Invention of the abacus: 4,600 years ago
    Invention of masted ships: 2,700 years ago
    Invention of paper: 2,200 years ago
    Invention of gunpowder: 1,200 years ago
    Invention of compass: 800 years ago
    Invention of printing press: 571 years ago
    Invention of Mercator projection map of Earth: 444 years ago
    Invention of newspaper: 408 years ago
    Invention of piston steam engine: 301 years ago
    Invention of steam locomotive: 209 years ago
    Invention of gas-fired internal combustion engine: 153 years ago
    Invention of telephone: 137 years ago
    Invention of incandescent lightbulb: 134 years ago
    Invention of fixed-wing motorized aircraft: 109 years ago
    Invention of sliced bread: 85 years ago
    Invention of transistor: 66 years ago
    First Polaroid camera: 65 years ago
    First limited public demo of color TV broadcast: 63 years ago
    First PC with keyboard controllable by 1 person: 56 years ago
    First optical laser: 53 years ago
    First humans on the moon: 44 years ago
    First video game console: 41 years ago
    First cellphone call: 40 years ago
    First marketed VHS video cassette recorder: 37 years ago
    First Sony Walkman portable audio cassette player: 34 years ago
    First NASA Space Shuttle orbital flights: 32 years ago
    First CD-ROM: 31 years ago
    First commercial digital camera: 24 years ago
    Invention of the Internet: 24 years ago
    Invention of DVD: 18 years ago
    Google founded: 15 years ago
    First International Space Station Expedition: 13 years ago
    First iPod: 12 years ago
    YouTube founded: 8 years ago
    First basic consumer brain-computer interface devices: 5 years ago
    First proton collisions in the Large Hadron Collider: 4 years ago
    First Google Glass prototype: 2 years ago
    Launch of Mars rover Curiosity: 1 year ago
    Landing of humans on Mars: 15 years from now?
    Technological singularity: 50 years from now?
    Kardashev Type 1 Civilization or The Great Dying Part 2: ?

    Feel free to add in the comments below your own timeline factoids, either for real or for fun! :D

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    The Great Dying

    Evidence of multiple extinction events throughout the history of the Earth can be found, but all evidence points to the Permian-Triassic extinction event as being the most severe. This event, nicknamed the Great Dying, eliminated over 90% of all marine species and at least 70% of terrestrial species 251.4 million years ago. Nothing was spared as everything, from trees, to insects, to microbes, were nearly wiped out. The cause is still in debate from volcanic activity, to the formation of Pangea, to a supernova, to a combination of other various events.

    One of the biggest factors in the mass extinction of marine species was a mass oceanic anoxia event. This deficiency in oxygen (anoxia) and increase in sulfidic waters (euxinia) lasted up to 8 million years, with the most severe being the first 3 million years. An extreme global warming event, of which there is evidence, would have contributed to the oceanic anoxia. A reduction of equator-to-pole temperature gradient would disrupt oceanic circulation. The warmer waters would have lead to reduced oxygen absorbance. The rapid eruption of the Siberian flood-volcanic rocks, which coincides with the Great Dying, would have released high levels of methane, sulfuric gasses, and heavier isotopes. With life already struggling, an asteroid impact could have been the final blow. Although unlikely to be the main cause of the sudden extinction, it is possibly one of many causes already mentioned.

    In the end, what is known is how catastrophic the Great Dying was to life on Earth. As would be expected, fossil records show how much longer it took the Earth to recover in comparison to other extinction events. Whether global warming, volcanic activity, possible bolide activity, all three, none, or one yet discovered, the extinction event of the Permian-Triassic Period left a significant mark.

    Fossils courtesy of the +Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary

    Sources
    http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2002/28jan_extinction/

    http://goo.gl/tP7vFe [pdf]
    http://goo.gl/quqa8y [pdf]
    http://goo.gl/C0vczx [pdf]

    #scienceeveryday , #sciencesunday  (+ScienceSunday; +Allison Sekuler, +Buddhini Samarasinghe, +Chad Haney, +Rajini Rao, +Robby Bowles)
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  • Johnathan Chung2013-05-28 19:22:20
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    Live coverage of the Soyuz launch for Expedition 36/37 starts at 2:30pm CDT (19:30 UTC) with liftoff ~3:30pm CDT (20:31:24 UTC).

    This is only the second time the Soyuz will use the "fast-track" trajectory launch method to arrive at the ISS in just 6 hours with 4-orbit rendezvous engine burns as opposed to the traditional 2-day, 34-orbit rendezvous process.

    Detailed launch timeline:
    https://plus.google.com/+NASA/posts/HJeo1aoQxzt

    Watch at http://spaceinvideos.esa.int/esalive or http://www.nasa.gov/ntv

    Official mobile app for this mission: 
    https://plus.google.com/+EuropeanSpaceAgency/posts/fKxVCrExjfK

    Video over the past several weeks of final crew prep: 
    https://plus.google.com/+EuropeanSpaceAgency/posts/XMvyBaintW6

    Video from a couple days ago of Soyuz rollout to the launchpad of Baikonur Cosmodrome: 
    https://plus.google.com/+EuropeanSpaceAgency/posts/RpimVZ1oyn3

    Ongoing updates in the coming months from +European Space Agency, ESA, +Luca Parmitano, and +Astronaut Abby.

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    The Soyuz rocket that will carry +Luca Parmitano, Karen Nyberg and Fyodor Yurchikhin to the International Space Station on Tuesday night stands ready on the launch platform at Baikonur Cosmodrome. #volare

    Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls
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  • Johnathan Chung2013-04-01 10:57:40
    Google Nose: First Review

    I know you will see this a million times today, but it snot your average update. As I've said elsewhere, this smelled a little fishy to me at first too, up until the point I was actually invited to join their exclusive Nose Explorer™ program. I did have to pay out the nose to get it, but revolutionary technology like this is worth every penny and scent. Totally not something to sneeze at.

    Not only do early adopters get to tour their state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities, they also get to learn about the unique history and secrets behind their ol' factories too. They also provide a sneak peek (waft?) of upcoming security features like automatic "smelt-it dealt-it" detection and protection from malicious online "smell ya later alligator" attacks.

    Google has already applied for patents on sniffing packets over a network and on acoustic rhinometry technology, a way to map out your nose to customize the experience. I'm not sure how they will implement that into future iterations, but I guess they'll cross that nose bridge when they get to it.

    As far as SEO goes, who knows how Nose will affect it. Google recommends uploading a sample of your own personal odor for aroma-ranking and plans to heavily penalize leaky or runny noses.

    Overall, I think there are enough nosy people out there for this to gather enough interest and momentum for mainstream adoption. I give the service 4 nose-ups out of 5. What do you think?

    Learn more at google.com/nose.
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  • Johnathan Chung2013-02-20 23:01:50
    Google Glass

    Absolutely love this video :) It provides a wonderful sense of inspiration, innovation, and exploration!

    Pay attention to the rules when applying: 
    • Deadline is February 27, 2013.
    • Your application must be 50 words or less.
    • You must include the hashtag #ifihadglass  
    • Optionally, you can include up to 5 photos or 1 video less than 15 seconds long.
    • You must follow Project Glass on G+ (google.com/+projectglass) or Twitter (twitter.com/projectglass) so they can contact you.
    • You must be at least 18 years old and live in the U.S.
    • If chosen, you are eligible to pre-order a Glass Explorer Edition for $1500 plus tax, and you will need to attend a special pick-up experience, in person, in New York, San Francisco, or Los Angeles.

    More info: http://www.google.com/glass/start/
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  • Johnathan Chung2013-01-26 03:59:55
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    BAM!

    Proud Google+ member for 1 year, 6 months, 28 days and counting :)

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    Google+ grows to become 2nd largest social platform globally

    Wow, that was quick! Like I had said before it was only a matter of time! It's also interesting to note the decline in Chinese based social media sites...

    Google+, who despite being branded a failure or ghost town by large portions of the media, grew in terms of active usage by 27% to 343m users to become the number 2 social platform. Interestingly for Google, YouTube (not previously tracked by us as a social platform) comes in at number 3, demonstrating the immense opportunity of linking Google’s services through the G+ social layer. This is also a key indication of why Google+ integrated with the Google product set is so key to the future of search and the internet. We’ve got more coming on Google+ later this week as well.

    Source: +GlobalWebIndex 
    Link: http://goo.gl/hgU4k

    #Google+
    cc: +Sergey Brin +Louis Gray +Natalie Villalobos +Brian Rose +Eric Schmidt +Vic Gundotra 
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  • Johnathan Chung2012-11-01 23:57:20
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    Edit: If anyone loves puzzles and wants to team up, let me know! I'm done with the 1st five ;)

    It is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma; but perhaps there is a key.

    This ought to be good :)

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    Very mysterious... what is the Niantic Project?  :)

    http://www.nianticproject.com/
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  • Johnathan Chung2012-10-31 04:01:14
    What is  #Shatoetry ?

    Maybe it's "château tree", a large French country tree house...

    Or "shadoetry", a mixed performance of shadow puppetry!

    Or... or, "Do or do not, there is no Shatoe-try." Eh, eh? ;)

    Ok, sorry... I'll stop. Any guesses?

    I'll take "The topic of +William Shatner's announcement on Thursday, November 1st" for $500, Alex.
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  • Johnathan Chung2012-10-18 18:16:39
    A Chance to Meet +Lindsey Stirling!

    Lindsey is a very talented performer and YouTube Star who creatively combines classical violin with dance in an entertaining and captivating manner. She has played everything from dubstep to theme songs of popular video games.

    +The Stylish Channel is giving you the chance to win concert tickets and a meet and greet with Lindsey on November 26th!

    Check out their new video below about Lindsey's rise to stardom and follow the instructions in the video's description to participate: 
    IN FOCUS: LINDSEY STIRLING - YOUTUBE SENSATION!

    Transportation is NOT provided, so you'll probably need to be near Los Angeles, California to attend. But if you win, maybe you could convince her to do a G+ Hangout On Air so we can all meet her virtually too ;)

    Lindsey's YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/lindseystomp *Lindsey's Website:* http://lindseystirlingviolin.com/
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  • Johnathan Chung2012-10-05 21:41:06
    Guess Who?
    A Game Referencing Google+ Hangouts

    Thought I'd start a new weekly game where I'll list a bunch of well-known people, organizations, shows, ideas, or entities centered around a theme, and then you tell me in the comments which ones have ever directly appeared (or not) in a Google+ Hangout On Air broadcast.

    How It Will Work
    • Select one or more choices that fit the question below by typing in your answer(s).
    • Approximately 24 hours after the question is first posted, I will reveal the answer if someone has guessed it exactly right.
    • "Exactly right" means if there is more than one correct letter option, your answer must include ALL of them (and NONE of the incorrect ones).
    • Otherwise, I will periodically provide hints until someone gets it.
    • Feel free to make multiple separate guesses.
    • Edited comments will be disqualified to make it easier for me to determine the actual order that people responded.

    Please do NOT use Search in Google, Google+, YouTube, etc. because that will probably make this too easy. We'll play by the honor system ;)

    QUESTION #1
    Which of the following musicians/singers have participated in a Hangout On Air as of October 1, 2012?

    A. Britney Spears
    B. Madonna
    C. Avril Lavigne
    D. Adam Levine
    E. Justin Timberlake
    F. Carly Rae Jepsen
    G. Kanye West
    H. Lady Gaga

    #GuessWho #HangoutGame #HangoutTrivia
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  • Johnathan Chung2012-09-06 17:34:13
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    What Americans Do All Day Long

    Hmm, I think they forgot to list "Google+ . . . 3 Hrs, 2 Min, 42 Sec".

    (Just kidding... or am I? ~.^ )

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    Interesting, amusing, maybe depressing collection of data

    Reading at below 8 minutes daily is just plain Sad
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  • Johnathan Chung2012-09-05 01:40:51
    The Science Dream Team
    Now in color!

    The greatest scientific minds of the 19th and early 20th century, all in one photo: +Albert Einstein, Marie Curie, Erwin Schrödinger, Niels Bohr, Werner Heisenberg, and more!

    Photo colorized by Redditor, mygrapefruit: reddit.com/tb/z7a7c

    Via io9: http://io9.com/5940299/twenty+nine-of-historys-most-iconic-scientists-in-one-photograph-+-now-in-color
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  • Johnathan Chung2012-03-19 06:01:28
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    Go Vote ;)

    This question is kind of silly because G+ and FB are generally used for different purposes (interest vs. social graph, keeping established contacts vs. growing new networks, etc.) That being said...

    Although some people might say the results are skewed, I think the trend so far in and of itself speaks volumes about the Google+ Community's passion for this social platform and the level of engagement and interaction from G+ users compared to FB.

    Anyway, check it out :)

    Reshared text:
    Very interesting poll.

    Go vote, the results are very interesting :)
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  • Johnathan Chung2012-02-09 20:34:43
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    Google+ Hangout at the Large Hadron Collider

    When: Friday, February 10, 2012 at 8am PST / 11am EST / 5pm CET (UTC +1)

    Save the date and add it to your Google Calendar (http://goo.gl/NhDdv) or circle +Google Shared Calendars to stay on top of upcoming G+ Hangouts and events.

    (Please comment on the original post with your questions for a chance to participate.)

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    Your understanding of the Universe is about to change...

    Attention Science Lovers – Hangout at the Large Hadron Collider

    The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is a gigantic scientific instrument near Geneva, where it spans the border between Switzerland and France, about 100 m (or 300 feet) underground. It is a particle accelerator used by physicists to study the smallest known particles – the fundamental building blocks of all things. The Compact Muon Solenoid (or CMS) is one of the LHC's experiments, and is furthering our understanding of particle physics, from the minuscule world deep within atoms to the vastness of the Universe.

    Come join us on an exclusive Google+ Hangout and visit the CMS underground experimental cavern – off-limits to most of the world. Have a virtual visit with with senior physicist Albert De Roeck. Learn more about the magical world of physics and ask us your questions.

    Join us for the deepest ever Google+ Hangout!

    Comment below to let us know why you would like to participate, and send in your questions! A few of you will be invited to join the Hangout.

    (Some places will be reserved for schools from around the world.)

    Important details
    Host location: The CMS Underground eXperimental Cavern (UXC), ~100 m underground, Cessy, France (http://g.co/maps/269u2)
    Date: 10th February 2012
    Time: 17:00 – 18:00 Central European Time (UTC +1) | Start time around the world: http://timeanddate.com/s/27ce

    #CMS #CompactMuonSolenoid #LHC #CERN #ParticlePhysics
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  • Johnathan Chung2012-01-15 18:14:34
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    Do you routinely opt out of contextually relevant ads, or do you find them to be helpful?

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    An alternate view on Google

    If you're reading this then you probably have at some point heard the fear blathering mantra about how Google invades your privacy, only wants to acquire your preferences so they can advertise to you, etc. etc.

    Well, once we clear away the emotive mess and look at the matter on face value, when did advertising becoming a dirty word?
    Only a fool doesn't realize that since the day you were a toddler, since Frankenberry was fighting with Count Chocula, since those golden arches down the street had you tugging on mom's sleeve; you have been bombarded by advertising.

    And I seriously doubt it ever wounded you.

    In today's internet age though, you have so many more companies worldwide clamoring for your attention.
    That's to be expected. And since you still only have 24 hours in your busy day, cramming ever more advertising into the same attention time can begin to resemble an annoying shouting match.

    So it IS understandable that in order to process the chaos, individuals tend to lump all the advertisers together, label them all an annoyance, and either figuratively or literally dispose of them

    But itsn't it true that if you had the time and interest to weed through each ad deliberately, there probably are some decent gems you'd be interested in?

    On that note, consider what I just posted in another thread:

    On Google wanting info on you to push ads

    t's all a matter of perspective.
    Say two strangers were to show up at your house each day.
    Each day the two stranger dumped a huge box of junk mail advertisements on your kitchen counter.
    After a few days, you begin to grow extremely frustrated.
    You even lose interest in looking at the good ads you might otherwise have wanted to take advantage of.

    After a week of this one of the strangers stops you and asks,
    "Hi. My name is Google. Would you mind if I took a few weeks to get to know you? Maybe I could follow you around for a bit and learn what things you like and dislike? Maybe I could ask you a question or two when you have a free five minutes?

    If this is ok with you, I will then go through these boxes of advertisements every day.
    And I will get rid of the junk you probably don't want."

    In the meantime the other stranger keep showing up and dumping boxes of ads and flyers.

    So, in the above scenario,
    would you still begrudge the person offering to get to know you and weed out the junk?
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  • Johnathan Chung2012-01-08 19:07:24
    Airport X-ray Security Scanners: Fact vs. Fiction

    Airport secuirty scanners for people do not work the same way as medical X-ray imaging equipment. Contrary to what is portrayed in mainstream media, most airport security X-ray machines pose negligible risk regarding the dose of radiation involved [1]. Whether or not they are effective as an additional security measure and whether or not they pose a privacy problem are separate issues.

    What Are X-rays?

    X-rays are a form of electromagnetic radiation discovered in 1895 by Wilhelm Roentgen [2]. X-rays are essentially high-energy light photons originating from outside the nucleus of an atom [3]. They are classified as "soft" or "hard" X-rays depending on their energy levels and ability to penetrate matter.

    Dual-energy X-ray Systems

    In their simplest form, scanners for carry-on bags emit "high energy" X-ray beams. Like some medical X-ray imaging equipment, they are dual-energy X-ray systems [4]. This means that a set of detectors located opposite the source register differences between two types of X-ray (hence "dual energy") to create images: the energy of the X-rays that 1.) pass through, or 2.) are absorbed by objects between the source and detectors.

    Backscatter Systems

    In contrast, airport scanners for people are backscatter systems [4]. This means that "low energy" X-rays are used to "bounce off" the skin of a person; very few X-rays pass through or are absorbed by human tissues. Most X-rays reflect back to the detectors.

    So What's the Risk?

    In order to assess acceptable levels of risk, we need to understand how radiation is measured.

    Measuring Radiation

    Radiation dose, specifically its biologic effect, is typically measured in "millirems" (1 one-thousandth of a rem, or 10 micro-Sieverts) [5]. According to a U.S. regulatory agency, the National Council on Radiation Protection, 1 mrem per year is considered a negligible dose of radiation, while 25 mrem per year from a single source is defined as the upper limit of safe occupational radiation exposure [6]. For comparison, the total average background radiation per year from activities of daily living is 310 mrem [1].

    Radiation from Airport Whole-Body Scanners

    A typical airport scanner gives off an effective whole body dose of about 0.005 mrem per scan [1]. This means it would take 200 backscatter scans in a year to reach a negligible dose of 1 mrem and 5,000 scans in a year to reach the upper limit of safety. One backscatter scan is also less than 1% of the radiation received from natural sources in a single day and equivalent to cosmic radiation received during less than 2 minutes of airplane flight [6].

    SUMMARY

    You would need to be scanned by airport security machines 100 times per week, every week, for an entire year to reach the upper limit of safety for radiation exposure. This causes a negligible increase in cancer risk by a factor between 1 in 20 million to 1 in 200 million.

    REFERENCES
    [1] Health Physics Society
    http://hps.org/publicinformation/ate/q9421.html
    [2] NobelPrize.org
    http://www.nobelprize.org/educational/physics/x-rays/
    [3] Wikipedia: X-rays
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/X-ray
    [4] How Stuff Works: Backscatter
    http://science.howstuffworks.com/innovation/science-questions/backscatter.htm
    [5] Ionizing Radiation Exposure with Medical Imaging
    http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1464228-overview
    [6] FDA: Radiation-Emitting Products for Security Screening of People
    http://www.fda.gov/Radiation-EmittingProducts/RadiationEmittingProductsandProcedures/SecuritySystems/ucm227201.htm

    #ScienceSunday #Xrays #Airport #Scanners

    Original Infographic: http://xkcd.com/radiation/
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  • Johnathan Chung2012-01-05 19:59:35
    How to View On-Air Hangouts in Full Screen Mode Using Chrome

    Edit: You can also install the convenient Chrome extension, Better On Air Hangouts by +Matthew Tole, which will do the same thing: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/pdmibnaebdblnodcfppmbipmgahdafom

    I've seen several people ask how they can view a full screen version of a live Hangout On-Air broadcast and not as a tiny YouTube clip in their Stream. If you're using Chrome, you can get the full-screen capability in 4 easy steps:

    1. Open the On-Air Hangout post from your Stream in its own new tab by right-clicking on the permalink (time stamp) and selecting "Open link in new tab".
    2. Right-click anywhere on a blank space in the margins of the newly opened page and select "Inspect Element".
    3. Click on the "Resources" category.
    4. Right-click on "get_player" in the left-hand column and open it in a new tab.

    That's it! You should now have a large full-screen version of the On-Air Hangout!

    Image includes a screenshot from +Thomas Hawk's Photo Talk Plus show with special guest, +Colby Brown.
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  • Johnathan Chung2011-12-08 01:54:26
    Complaints Against U.S. Airlines

    More air travel seems to occur during the holiday season, and along with longer lines, canceled flights, lost baggage, and other frustrations, it's interesting to know which airlines have the most complaints formally filed against them by consumers.

    Below is a graph I put together consisting of some data from the Department of Transportation's Air Travel Consumer Reports for 2011 (http://airconsumer.ost.dot.gov/reports/atcr11.htm). The line-plot graph shows the total number of complaints for each calendar month from November 2010 to September 2011 (data reported for January 2011 to November 2011, respectively).

    These numbers do not necessarily equate to level of overall performance, nor are they specifically an index of consumer satisfaction; however, they do provide a little more insight that may influence which airline you choose to fly (or not).

    Not surprisingly, complaints have generally been on the rise compared to a year ago, probably indicating our increasing dissatisfaction with the airline industry as a whole (and probably TSA, too).

    The airlines with the most complaints filed against them are Delta Air Lines, American Airlines, United Airlines, and U.S. Airways. Of these complaints, the majority are for flight problems (cancellations, delays, missed connections) and baggage (mishandled, lost, items missing/stolen, etc.)

    The airlines with relatively fewer complaints filed against them are Air Tran Airways, American Eagle Airlines, Jet Blue, and Southwest Airlines.

    Questions to Consider:
    1. Do you have a favorite airline you regularly choose to fly with? If so, which airline is it?
    2. How do you make that decision? Is your decision solely based on lowest price, reputation, word-of-mouth, personal experience, etc.?
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  • Johnathan Chung2011-09-07 19:29:26
    Are you someone who prefers short and sweet messages and quick 1-sentence replies, or are you the type of person to engage in longer in-depth conversation on G+?

    If you have several hundred (or thousand) people in your Circles, how have you dealt with information overload?
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  • Johnathan Chung2013-08-05 23:02:39
    RESHARE:
    To put 250 million years into (limited) perspective, here is an abbreviated timeline of some events:

    Universe formed: 13.7 billion years ago
    Earth formed: 4.6 billion years ago
    Estimated abiogenesis: 3.7 - 4.2 billion years ago
    First bacteria: 3.2 billion years ago
    First eukaryotes: 2.1 billion years ago
    First algae: 1.7 billions years ago
    First multi-cellular organisms: 1.5 billion years ago
    First jellyfish: 670 million years ago
    First fish: 510 million years ago
    First sharks: 435 million years ago
    First land plants: 430 million years ago
    First insects: 385 million years ago
    First amphibians: 370 million years ago
    First reptiles: 330 million years ago
    First mammals: 240 million years ago
    First non-avian dinosaurs: 225 million years ago
    First birds: 220 million years ago
    First flowering plants: 115 million years ago
    Extinction of non-avian dinosaurs: 65 million years ago
    First evidence of Megalodon: 17 million years ago
    Extinction of Megalodon: 2 million years ago
    First modern humans (Homo sapiens): 100,000 years ago
    First evidence of arrowhead use: 64,000 years ago
    First evidence of woven cloth: 36,000 years ago
    Invention of the wheel: 5,300 years ago
    Invention of the abacus: 4,600 years ago
    Invention of masted ships: 2,700 years ago
    Invention of paper: 2,200 years ago
    Invention of gunpowder: 1,200 years ago
    Invention of compass: 800 years ago
    Invention of printing press: 571 years ago
    Invention of Mercator projection map of Earth: 444 years ago
    Invention of newspaper: 408 years ago
    Invention of piston steam engine: 301 years ago
    Invention of steam locomotive: 209 years ago
    Invention of gas-fired internal combustion engine: 153 years ago
    Invention of telephone: 137 years ago
    Invention of incandescent lightbulb: 134 years ago
    Invention of fixed-wing motorized aircraft: 109 years ago
    Invention of sliced bread: 85 years ago
    Invention of transistor: 66 years ago
    First Polaroid camera: 65 years ago
    First limited public demo of color TV broadcast: 63 years ago
    First PC with keyboard controllable by 1 person: 56 years ago
    First optical laser: 53 years ago
    First humans on the moon: 44 years ago
    First video game console: 41 years ago
    First cellphone call: 40 years ago
    First marketed VHS video cassette recorder: 37 years ago
    First Sony Walkman portable audio cassette player: 34 years ago
    First NASA Space Shuttle orbital flights: 32 years ago
    First CD-ROM: 31 years ago
    First commercial digital camera: 24 years ago
    Invention of the Internet: 24 years ago
    Invention of DVD: 18 years ago
    Google founded: 15 years ago
    First International Space Station Expedition: 13 years ago
    First iPod: 12 years ago
    YouTube founded: 8 years ago
    First basic consumer brain-computer interface devices: 5 years ago
    First proton collisions in the Large Hadron Collider: 4 years ago
    First Google Glass prototype: 2 years ago
    Launch of Mars rover Curiosity: 1 year ago
    Landing of humans on Mars: 15 years from now?
    Technological singularity: 50 years from now?
    Kardashev Type 1 Civilization or The Great Dying Part 2: ?

    Feel free to add in the comments below your own timeline factoids, either for real or for fun! :D

    Reshared text:
    The Great Dying

    Evidence of multiple extinction events throughout the history of the Earth can be found, but all evidence points to the Permian-Triassic extinction event as being the most severe. This event, nicknamed the Great Dying, eliminated over 90% of all marine species and at least 70% of terrestrial species 251.4 million years ago. Nothing was spared as everything, from trees, to insects, to microbes, were nearly wiped out. The cause is still in debate from volcanic activity, to the formation of Pangea, to a supernova, to a combination of other various events.

    One of the biggest factors in the mass extinction of marine species was a mass oceanic anoxia event. This deficiency in oxygen (anoxia) and increase in sulfidic waters (euxinia) lasted up to 8 million years, with the most severe being the first 3 million years. An extreme global warming event, of which there is evidence, would have contributed to the oceanic anoxia. A reduction of equator-to-pole temperature gradient would disrupt oceanic circulation. The warmer waters would have lead to reduced oxygen absorbance. The rapid eruption of the Siberian flood-volcanic rocks, which coincides with the Great Dying, would have released high levels of methane, sulfuric gasses, and heavier isotopes. With life already struggling, an asteroid impact could have been the final blow. Although unlikely to be the main cause of the sudden extinction, it is possibly one of many causes already mentioned.

    In the end, what is known is how catastrophic the Great Dying was to life on Earth. As would be expected, fossil records show how much longer it took the Earth to recover in comparison to other extinction events. Whether global warming, volcanic activity, possible bolide activity, all three, none, or one yet discovered, the extinction event of the Permian-Triassic Period left a significant mark.

    Fossils courtesy of the +Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary

    Sources
    http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2002/28jan_extinction/

    http://goo.gl/tP7vFe [pdf]
    http://goo.gl/quqa8y [pdf]
    http://goo.gl/C0vczx [pdf]

    #scienceeveryday , #sciencesunday  (+ScienceSunday; +Allison Sekuler, +Buddhini Samarasinghe, +Chad Haney, +Rajini Rao, +Robby Bowles)
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  • Johnathan Chung2013-05-28 19:22:20
    RESHARE:
    Live coverage of the Soyuz launch for Expedition 36/37 starts at 2:30pm CDT (19:30 UTC) with liftoff ~3:30pm CDT (20:31:24 UTC).

    This is only the second time the Soyuz will use the "fast-track" trajectory launch method to arrive at the ISS in just 6 hours with 4-orbit rendezvous engine burns as opposed to the traditional 2-day, 34-orbit rendezvous process.

    Detailed launch timeline:
    https://plus.google.com/+NASA/posts/HJeo1aoQxzt

    Watch at http://spaceinvideos.esa.int/esalive or http://www.nasa.gov/ntv

    Official mobile app for this mission: 
    https://plus.google.com/+EuropeanSpaceAgency/posts/fKxVCrExjfK

    Video over the past several weeks of final crew prep: 
    https://plus.google.com/+EuropeanSpaceAgency/posts/XMvyBaintW6

    Video from a couple days ago of Soyuz rollout to the launchpad of Baikonur Cosmodrome: 
    https://plus.google.com/+EuropeanSpaceAgency/posts/RpimVZ1oyn3

    Ongoing updates in the coming months from +European Space Agency, ESA, +Luca Parmitano, and +Astronaut Abby.

    Reshared text:
    The Soyuz rocket that will carry +Luca Parmitano, Karen Nyberg and Fyodor Yurchikhin to the International Space Station on Tuesday night stands ready on the launch platform at Baikonur Cosmodrome. #volare

    Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls
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  • Johnathan Chung2013-04-01 10:57:40
    Google Nose: First Review

    I know you will see this a million times today, but it snot your average update. As I've said elsewhere, this smelled a little fishy to me at first too, up until the point I was actually invited to join their exclusive Nose Explorer™ program. I did have to pay out the nose to get it, but revolutionary technology like this is worth every penny and scent. Totally not something to sneeze at.

    Not only do early adopters get to tour their state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities, they also get to learn about the unique history and secrets behind their ol' factories too. They also provide a sneak peek (waft?) of upcoming security features like automatic "smelt-it dealt-it" detection and protection from malicious online "smell ya later alligator" attacks.

    Google has already applied for patents on sniffing packets over a network and on acoustic rhinometry technology, a way to map out your nose to customize the experience. I'm not sure how they will implement that into future iterations, but I guess they'll cross that nose bridge when they get to it.

    As far as SEO goes, who knows how Nose will affect it. Google recommends uploading a sample of your own personal odor for aroma-ranking and plans to heavily penalize leaky or runny noses.

    Overall, I think there are enough nosy people out there for this to gather enough interest and momentum for mainstream adoption. I give the service 4 nose-ups out of 5. What do you think?

    Learn more at google.com/nose.
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  • Johnathan Chung2013-02-20 23:01:50
    Google Glass

    Absolutely love this video :) It provides a wonderful sense of inspiration, innovation, and exploration!

    Pay attention to the rules when applying: 
    • Deadline is February 27, 2013.
    • Your application must be 50 words or less.
    • You must include the hashtag #ifihadglass  
    • Optionally, you can include up to 5 photos or 1 video less than 15 seconds long.
    • You must follow Project Glass on G+ (google.com/+projectglass) or Twitter (twitter.com/projectglass) so they can contact you.
    • You must be at least 18 years old and live in the U.S.
    • If chosen, you are eligible to pre-order a Glass Explorer Edition for $1500 plus tax, and you will need to attend a special pick-up experience, in person, in New York, San Francisco, or Los Angeles.

    More info: http://www.google.com/glass/start/
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  • Johnathan Chung2013-01-26 03:59:55
    RESHARE:
    BAM!

    Proud Google+ member for 1 year, 6 months, 28 days and counting :)

    Reshared text:
    Google+ grows to become 2nd largest social platform globally

    Wow, that was quick! Like I had said before it was only a matter of time! It's also interesting to note the decline in Chinese based social media sites...

    Google+, who despite being branded a failure or ghost town by large portions of the media, grew in terms of active usage by 27% to 343m users to become the number 2 social platform. Interestingly for Google, YouTube (not previously tracked by us as a social platform) comes in at number 3, demonstrating the immense opportunity of linking Google’s services through the G+ social layer. This is also a key indication of why Google+ integrated with the Google product set is so key to the future of search and the internet. We’ve got more coming on Google+ later this week as well.

    Source: +GlobalWebIndex 
    Link: http://goo.gl/hgU4k

    #Google+
    cc: +Sergey Brin +Louis Gray +Natalie Villalobos +Brian Rose +Eric Schmidt +Vic Gundotra 
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  • Johnathan Chung2012-11-01 23:57:20
    RESHARE:
    Edit: If anyone loves puzzles and wants to team up, let me know! I'm done with the 1st five ;)

    It is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma; but perhaps there is a key.

    This ought to be good :)

    Reshared text:
    Very mysterious... what is the Niantic Project?  :)

    http://www.nianticproject.com/
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  • Johnathan Chung2012-10-31 04:01:14
    What is  #Shatoetry ?

    Maybe it's "château tree", a large French country tree house...

    Or "shadoetry", a mixed performance of shadow puppetry!

    Or... or, "Do or do not, there is no Shatoe-try." Eh, eh? ;)

    Ok, sorry... I'll stop. Any guesses?

    I'll take "The topic of +William Shatner's announcement on Thursday, November 1st" for $500, Alex.
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  • Johnathan Chung2012-10-18 18:16:39
    A Chance to Meet +Lindsey Stirling!

    Lindsey is a very talented performer and YouTube Star who creatively combines classical violin with dance in an entertaining and captivating manner. She has played everything from dubstep to theme songs of popular video games.

    +The Stylish Channel is giving you the chance to win concert tickets and a meet and greet with Lindsey on November 26th!

    Check out their new video below about Lindsey's rise to stardom and follow the instructions in the video's description to participate: 
    IN FOCUS: LINDSEY STIRLING - YOUTUBE SENSATION!

    Transportation is NOT provided, so you'll probably need to be near Los Angeles, California to attend. But if you win, maybe you could convince her to do a G+ Hangout On Air so we can all meet her virtually too ;)

    Lindsey's YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/lindseystomp *Lindsey's Website:* http://lindseystirlingviolin.com/
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  • Johnathan Chung2012-10-05 21:41:06
    Guess Who?
    A Game Referencing Google+ Hangouts

    Thought I'd start a new weekly game where I'll list a bunch of well-known people, organizations, shows, ideas, or entities centered around a theme, and then you tell me in the comments which ones have ever directly appeared (or not) in a Google+ Hangout On Air broadcast.

    How It Will Work
    • Select one or more choices that fit the question below by typing in your answer(s).
    • Approximately 24 hours after the question is first posted, I will reveal the answer if someone has guessed it exactly right.
    • "Exactly right" means if there is more than one correct letter option, your answer must include ALL of them (and NONE of the incorrect ones).
    • Otherwise, I will periodically provide hints until someone gets it.
    • Feel free to make multiple separate guesses.
    • Edited comments will be disqualified to make it easier for me to determine the actual order that people responded.

    Please do NOT use Search in Google, Google+, YouTube, etc. because that will probably make this too easy. We'll play by the honor system ;)

    QUESTION #1
    Which of the following musicians/singers have participated in a Hangout On Air as of October 1, 2012?

    A. Britney Spears
    B. Madonna
    C. Avril Lavigne
    D. Adam Levine
    E. Justin Timberlake
    F. Carly Rae Jepsen
    G. Kanye West
    H. Lady Gaga

    #GuessWho #HangoutGame #HangoutTrivia
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  • Johnathan Chung2013-08-01 19:53:24
    Upcoming Shark Week + Science!
    In-depth shark facts (long post)

    The +Discovery Channel is kicking off Shark Week soon with the National Aquarium shark tank live cam and a Google+ Hangout on Air this Sunday, August 4th.
    HOA: https://plus.google.com/events/ckse89vof0f63q5i6ngghpeu4r0
    Live cam: https://plus.google.com/+DiscoveryChannel/posts/BomUcCbrFcR

    You can submit questions using  #SharkWeekHangout .

    I was investigating my own questions and thought I'd share some findings for  #ScienceEveryday / +ScienceSunday:

    1. What do white sharks eat in the wild? Do they primarily hunt seals?
    (RIP Snuffy - http://dsc.discovery.com/tv-shows/shark-week/videos/its-a-bad-week-to-be-a-seal.htm )
    2. How (in)significant of a role does shark eyesight have on hunting ability?
    3. How (un)common are shark attacks on humans?


    What's the Deal with Seal Meals?

    White sharks (Carcharodon carcharias) have varying dietary preferences that likely change with their age, sex, size, and habitat. Although they were once considered a nearshore species that preyed primarily on seals, this perception of shark foraging behavior in seeking out pinnipeds was probably due to studies focusing on more easily observed coastal areas, as well as biased reports of astounding coastal shark attacks.

    Direct observations of white sharks consuming prey other than seals have been more infrequent, although prior analysis of their stomach contents has revealed fish, invertebrates, turtles, and other smaller sharks too.

    Population level information about offshore feeding on lower level prey has improved with the help of satellite tagging and is corroborated by sample data from individual sharks.

    One very interesting way of estimating individual diet specialization is by analyzing the change in composition of stable isotopes of carbon and nitrogen within animal tissues.

    Use of isotopic information to study relationships of organisms with their environment has provided additional ecological insights. Because shark vertebrae grow by accretion -- that is, by gradual accumulation of layers -- values of isotopes from concentric rings of growth bands provide more contextual detail on lifetime variations in diet and habitat characteristics.

    Although limited to identifying distinct qualitative patterns and not exact species, measuring these natural tracers help match chemical signatures to further reconstruct predatory preferences. Depending on the individual subtype, data from white sharks in the northeastern Pacific [1], for example, demonstrate feeding preferences for both lower level and higher level prey potentially consistent with the harbor seal, harbor porpoise, northern elephant seal, California sea lion, dolphins, tuna, shallow coastal (neritic) fish, and cephalopods like octopus and squid.

    Overall, most northeastern Pacific white sharks appear to be generalists among a full spectrum of consumers, including some high-degree seal specialists.

    Shark-o-Vision (sans lasers)

    Different species of sharks have senses refined for different purposes, including mechanical receptors to orient to large tidal currents or small-scale currents to detect nearby predators and prey, electroreceptors for geomagnetic navigation and detecting low-frequency bioelectric fields, low sensitivity hearing, taste likely comparable to other vertebrates, chemoreception, and olfaction -- the last of which has been identified as perhaps the most important way sharks find food [2].

    In terms of vision, oceanic and deep-sea sharks tend to have larger eyes than coastal sharks. Opposing eyes allow for a nearly 360° visual field. 

    Studies as early as the 1960s have shown certain sharks could be trained to visually discriminate between different high-contrast shapes and patterns like squares, diamonds, and stripes. Evidence from the late '60s indicate that lemon, bull, and nurse sharks can learn visual tasks as quickly as mice.

    One estimate of the spatial resolving power of a lemon shark's eyes based on the topographic distribution of its retinal cells is about 1/9th that of human retina, but the lemon shark's lens has an optical power 7 times that of a human lens. In other words, distinguishing details are low, but its ability to see far is high. In order to focus, sharks do not have intraocular muscles that change the shape of their lens like humans do, but rather move the lens closer or farther away from their retina.

    A white shark's visual discrimination may be 6 times more than that of a lemon shark, although more thorough assessment is required. Before the discovery of cone receptors in some of their retina in 1963, people thought most sharks had extremely poor visual ability and no color vision, which we now know is untrue.

    Lemon sharks can dark-adapt with 1 million times more sensitivity than under bright light conditions, which is better than humans. However, rod-dominated retinas do not automatically mean their vision is adapted primarily for low-light conditions and crude visual acuity; the human retina also has many more rods than cones, and our day vision and acuity are among the best in the animal kingdom.

    Although many sharks rely upon their sense of olfaction, touch, and electroreception for navigation, it is common they use vision during their final approach to prey. Studies in the late 1990s indicate white sharks visually orient to surface targets of 1/2 a foot in diameter from a depth greater than 50 feet below.

    Sharks could potentially mistake the movement of bright reflections off wet bare human skin as prey, although some scientists believe they approach and investigate mainly out of curiosity. Visual "attractiveness" depends on shape, brightness, contrast, size, color, and distance.

    When Sharks Attack!

    An internationally recognized source of accurate scientific information on shark attack data appears to be maintained by the University of Florida and the Florida Museum of Natural History [3].

    The total number of confirmed attacks on humans from any kind of shark specifically occurring along the Pacific coast of North America over the past half century was 107 persons [4]. Going back over a century, there were 180 documented cases, 13 of which were fatalities recorded near California. A majority of these injuries were due to white sharks [5].

    The greatest number of confirmed white shark attacks worldwide has occurred along the western US, but Australia has the highest proportion of white shark attack deaths.

    Although shark attacks may be underreported, media coverage and improved scientific documentation likely account for the increase in worldwide death rate from about 0.2% to 0.7% over the past several decades [6].

    #Sharks    #NotShaqAttack    #NotSharknado 

    References:

    [1] Ontogenetic and Among-Individual Variation in Foraging Strategies of Northeast Pacific White Sharks Based on Stable Isotope Analysis (2012): http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0045068
    [2] The Sensory Biology of Elasmobranchs (2004):  http://www.kmaruska.biology.lsu.edu/Hueter%20et%20al%202004.pdf
    [3] International Shark Attack File: http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/fish/sharks/statistics/statistics.htm
    [4] Shark Research Committee: http://www.sharkresearchcommittee.com/statistics.htm
    [5] White Shark Attacks and Fatalities Worldwide from 1876-2011: http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/fish/sharks/White/World.htm 
    [6] Worldwide Unprovoked Shark Attack Fatality Rate:  http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/fish/sharks/statistics/worldwidefatalityrate.htm

    Photo by Jester Fawls
    http://www.sportdiver.co.uk/News/Latest-News/50ft-great-white-snapped-off-Irish-coast
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  • Johnathan Chung2013-02-12 04:17:21
    RESHARE:
    "In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks."

    I guess that goes both ways...

    Original time-lapse taken by +Alex Sauerbrunn in Avon, CT using a GoPro Hero2: Blizzard Nemo Time-lapse Connecticut 2013

    Reshared text:
    Time lapse of snow fall. #nemo   #stormnemo  
    30" in 38 hours
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  • Johnathan Chung2012-10-30 04:44:35
    Hurricane Sandy causes collapse of a building facade (0:43) at 92 8th Ave between 14th and 15th Street in NYC (caught on video 5 hours ago by user MarkLeeTx on YouTube).

    Additional footage afterward:
    After the reinforcement arrives with lights...

    +Megan Robertson of +HuffPost Live who lives nearby posted some photos on Twitter:
    http://twitter.com/MegRobertson/status/263056784418279424/photo/1
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  • Johnathan Chung2012-10-19 06:20:25
    Google+ Hangout From Space

    +JAXA PR and 5 lucky winners spoke with astronaut Akihiko Hoshide on board the International Space Station on Thursday, October 18th.

    It's the 1st G+ Hangout and 2nd YouTube live broadcast from the ISS in the past 5 weeks!

    Just wanted to share this since G+ is a global community and because this is another cool milestone for G+ :)

    How awesome is this?! Woot! :D

    Initial announcement: 
    https://plus.google.com/114424163811716070551/posts/irnK5YVtfGL

    (Video in Japanese)
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  • Johnathan Chung2012-10-02 01:09:39
    RESHARE:
    Google+ Hangout with Ahhhnold Schwarzenegger this Friday, Oct. 5th!

    Run! Go! Get to da choppa!

    via +Hangout Alert

    Reshared text:
    Come hangout with Arnold to discuss his new autobiography, Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story. www.schwarzenegger.com/totalrecall
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  • Johnathan Chung2012-05-20 00:40:47
    Annular Solar Eclipse 2012

    An annular eclipse occurs when the Sun and Moon are exactly in line, but the apparent size of the Moon is smaller than that of the Sun.

    The annular solar eclipse will reach the western coast of the U.S. tomorrow, May 20th, starting at 6:23pm PDT (01:23 UTC). The antumbra will continue to pass southeast over Redding, CA, Reno, NV, Albuquerque, NM, and into the Texas Panhandle, beyond which the sun will set before the annular phase can be seen.

    Animations showing how and when the annular eclipse will appear in your state: http://shadowandsubstance.com/

    Interactive Google Map of the solar eclipse path: goo.gl/PvhsP

    Read More: http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/SEmono/ASE2012/ASE2012.html

    Image Credit: NASA
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  • Johnathan Chung2012-05-08 22:41:45
    Hangouts On Air: Guides and How-to's

    With yesterday's May 8th announcement of the Hangout On Air functionality gradually being rolled out to everyone (goo.gl/CENly), here are some tips from around the Google+ community to help you get started.

    Quick-Start Overview
    • Brought to you by Google: Learn More
    • Official video tutorial (1:29): goo.gl/HztQr
    • Website: goo.gl/FOdWv

    Official Google+ Hangouts On Air Technical Guide
    • Brought to you by +Jessica Safir and the Google+ Marketing team
    • G+ Post with PDF: goo.gl/T007q

    Hangouts On Air - Getting Started
    • FAQ with screenshots by +Moritz Tolxdorff
    • G+ Post: goo.gl/trnyl

    Tips and Tricks for Hangouts On Air
    • Overview of gear, preparation, & running Hangouts by +Fraser Cain
    • Original G+ Post: goo.gl/Wkc7b
    Updated Version (Sept. 2012):  https://plus.google.com/110701307803962595019/posts/2L11TxKwTz7

    What Exactly is a Hangout On Air in Google+?
    • Description by +Lynette Young
    • G+ Post: goo.gl/bi3ka

    Hosting a Good Hangout On Air: More Art Than Science
    • Tips by +Jon Ray
    • G+ Post: https://plus.google.com/113736875198768020602/posts/5A5P59Lt9Zb

    How to Host a Hangout On Air
    • 25-minute video by +Peter G McDermott
    • G+ Post: goo.gl/tZF32

    So What Are These HoA Thingumyjiggies?
    • FAQ and tips by +Dolidh Young
    • G+ Post: goo.gl/vGzu4

    Hangout Etiquette Guide
    • Provided by +The Business Hangout
    • Website: goo.gl/u3C6L

    Official G+ Help Center for Hangouts On Air
    • Website: goo.gl/qZEr5

    If you've seen any other helpful tips, guides, suggestions, resources, or how-to's for Hangouts On Air, feel free to leave a link in the comments below!

    #hangoutsonair #onair #hangouts #guides #googleplustips
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  • Johnathan Chung2012-02-24 22:42:52
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    Sports Fans

    Join Emmy Award winner +Chris Yates every Sunday at 6:00pm PST / 9:00pm EST as he brings Sports Biz Chat to a Google+ Hangout near you!

    Because Google+ limits Hangouts to 10 people, act fast! In order to participate, circle Chris and be sure to sign up here for an invite to the Hangout: goo.gl/rlTFr

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    Would you like to interact with the top sports business leaders in the world?

    Well here is your chance to join the discussion live with host +Chris Yates and a variety of guests. They are taking the largest Sports Biz Chat on Twitter #sbchat & making it more interactive with Google+ Hangouts.

    Sign up here: goo.gl/rlTFr

    Add this event to your calendars here: goo.gl/8bGwv
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  • Johnathan Chung2012-01-25 05:08:36
    RESHARE:
    Be grateful for what you do have, and try to help out others who aren't as fortunate. Even a little help goes a long way.

    (via +Lori Friedrich)

    Reshared text:
    Why beans made me cry in my car today

    I understand the definition of a recession and all that. I get the macro economics, but for most people, the economy can be measured by what food they can buy. I just got back from the grocery store and let me tell you, the State of the Union sucks ass.

    I've been reducing meat and dairy in our household for my husband's health concerns. We've switched to using beans and lentils and rice as a base for out diet. When I first started doing this, about a year ago, the canned and dried bean part of the aisles were deserted. The shelves were always full, but not many were buying. It's been slowly changing, but what I saw today left me deeply worried. The canned beans were almost gone from the shelves. The aisle was crowded with people eying over the beans, hesitating, and then grabbing cans to put into their nearly empty cart. Same thing with the dried beans.

    One younger lady looked so lost, staring and staring at the cans and bags, that I asked her if she was a fan of beans (ice breaker). She wasn't. Had not much idea what to do with them. But money was so tight and the costs of all staples and gas and utilities had left them with $20 to spend for food for the week.

    I told her, "We can do this. I can show you what to buy and give you some ideas on how to make it. Very simple and you'll enjoy your meals." And that's what I did. Dried beans, split peas, lentils went into her bag. Bullion cubes. (Don't judge) Garlic bulbs. Rice. A few cans of vegetables. Potatoes and that was it. She had some staples like salt and oil at home so that was good. While I was talking to her, showing her what to buy and writing down a few recipes on the back of a scrap of paper I had in my pocket, I noticed others listening in. As soon as she was on her way, they were asking me if I could help them, too.

    I looked at 3 ladies and 1 guy, standing there, looking ashamed. Fucking ashamed. And I was very, very angry. Yeah, this is how it is, now. A very old lady that was looking at the dried peas turned around and said she'd help the guy if I would help the women. So that's what we did.

    You know, I'm freaking sick of 'finding' $20 bills that fell out of people's pockets in the grocery line because I know they need a few bucks and probably wouldn't accept it any other way. I'm tired of dropping off food at the food shelf and seeing almost bare shelves and desperate volunteers.

    It's a campaign season so I understand that candidates and Parties need to position themselves, but damn it, the economy freaking sucks for huge numbers of us. Those running for office should all be forced to hang out at a grocery store for a few days and then they can talk about the state of the economy and what they propose to do. They should be forced to feed their family on $20 bucks and ask a stranger how to cook some freaking beans because that's how your personal economy is doing.

    So yeah. I sat in my car and cried. And if you were there, and you had any kind of humanity left in you, you'd have cried with me.
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  • Johnathan Chung2011-11-16 22:15:41
    AndroidDevelopers YouTube channel streaming live now discussing Google Music (Beta) and Android devices.

    Watch here:
    http://www.youtube.com/android#p/l/DLPFI5YsIks

    Recap:

    - Google Music is now open to everyone in the U.S. (no invite needed).
    - Google Music will remain completely free.
    - Android Market is now selling music (all MP3s are 320 kbps quality).
    - Recommend and share music to G+ with friends directly from the purchase page (1 free listen to the full song).
    - Play songs directly within the G+ Stream.
    - Music store includes contracts with EMI, Universal Music Group, Sony and other independent labels
    - Free new songs released today exclusively on Google Music from Rolling Stones, Coldplay, Busta Rhymes, Shakira, Pearl Jam, and Dave Matthews Band.
    - Google Music "artist hub": create your own artist page in the music store and upload your own original content (1 time $25 fee required to sell your music; 100% revenue from the music store goes to the artist; you can also sell songs directly from your YouTube channel)
    - Additional free exclusive music for T-mobile customers and ability to pay for songs on your phone bill
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  • Johnathan Chung2011-10-19 17:19:21
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    #natalievillalobos

    Dear Natalie and Google+,

    Everyone on the G+crew has done a phenomenal job with creating and continually shaping Google+, and I'm always eager to find out what's next! You've helped create a world that is more social, interactive, and collaborative than any other online community I have been a part of. To me, "social" in this context means real-time intelligent feedback, high-volume meaningful interaction, unique content creation, interesting discussions, fun Hangouts, professional networking, and making new personal friendships on a global scale. Natalie has enabled these successes by always being on top of things and keeping us Plussers in the loop. Without Natalie, G+ wouldn't be the same. Her enthusiasm, drive, dedication, and friendliness are greatly appreciated!

    The 1st time I briefly met Natalie in a Hangout was actually kind of awkward hehe--only because it was my first hangout and because it was a "limited" Hangout. I think I was the only person in the room who didn't know Natalie in real life, and I jumped in at the point where they were discussing going to dinner and about to leave. In retrospect, it was kind of funny, and Natalie is always very welcoming. I'm glad I participated because I've been addicted to Hangouts and G+ ever since!

    Following +Alida Brandenburg's lead, here is my mad-lib tribute to +Natalie Villalobos, one of the many gold stars in a very bright and limitless sky :)

    I commend Natalie Villalobos.
    Natalie is supercalifragilisticexpialidociously scrumdiddlyumptious.
    Without Natalie, G+ might implode!
    Natalie thinks a lot about tea, yoga, and rock concerts. Possibly mini martians too.
    When I think of community building, I think of Natalie.
    I think Natalie; therefore I am.
    Natalie needs a day at the spa.
    I want to visit the Googleplex to high-five Natalie.
    If I could describe Natalie in a word: ambitious.
    Someday Natalie will send me Google+ swag? ;)
    Natalie reminds me of this one time, at band camp...
    Natalie can be very patient, approachable, and friendly.
    The best thing about Natalie is her generosity.
    I am hoping to go skydiving while in a Hangout with Natalie (hey, it could happen).

    Thanks again, Natalie & G+!
    For those who want to take part in Alida's thoughtful project, please also comment on her original post here: https://plus.google.com/103765013042311928518/posts/JFBkj9HwqZ5

    Reshared text:
    [My gold star goes to...]

    Read to the bottom for how you can be a part of this project!

    +Natalie Villalobos.That girl has tirelessly dedicated herself to this community. She is always trying to think of new ways to support its members, brainstorming how to make the community better, listening patiently and openly to user feedback, assisting with any inquiries, responding to plus mentions, helping newcomers feel at home, encouraging quality content, and going above and beyond to really make this something. How many other social platforms have such a committed and active, warm and welcoming presence on their network so readily available to serve their members? This gal is somehow at our fingertips seemingly 24/7, even when on vacation.

    Yet it can be a rather thankless job and so little of what she does is actually visible to the wider community, or maybe even to Google itself. So I thought maybe we could take a moment to just give her some warm fuzzies, a gold star or two, and maybe even tell her how she's made our experience on Google+ better. If you'd like, you can also use the ever-so-simple-and-fun mad-libs game below. I did. You can read mine underneath it. :)

    Feel free to spread far and wide. Let's get a tidal wave of niceness rippling toward her. She has no idea that I'm doing this, and my hope is that together we can blow her away with the type of love and support that is so signature of this community that she and the other community managers helped build. Thanks for participating in my little project. :)

    (ALSO: Artistic credit goes to +Ryan Crowe. I couldn't have photoshopped these two amazing picturs together without him.)

    I __ +Natalie Villalobos .
    Natalie is __.
    Without Natalie, ____.
    Natalie thinks a lot about _____.
    When I think of _______, I think of Natalie.
    I think Natalie___.
    Natalie needs ____.
    I want to __________ Natalie.
    If I could describe Natalie in a word: _____.
    Someday Natalie will __.
    Natalie reminds me of __.
    Natalie can be __.
    The best thing about Natalie is __.
    I am __ with Natalie.

    I __appreciate__ +Natalie Villalobos
    Natalie is _a super star__.
    Without Natalie, Google+ would have never succeeded the way it has.
    Natalie thinks a lot about how she can serve the Google+ community. Oh, and tea_.
    When I think of _Google+___, I think of Natalie.
    I think Natalie_gives her all to the Google+ project___.
    Natalie needs _to know how much the Google+ community appreciates her__.
    I want to __thank___ Natalie.
    If I could describe Natalie in a word: _magnetic____.
    Someday Natalie will _rule the world__.
    Natalie reminds me of _home_.
    Natalie can be anything she puts her mind to__.
    The best thing about Natalie is _her dedication__.
    I am _continually impressed_ with Natalie.
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  • Johnathan Chung2011-10-03 04:17:34
    Hello, Circleverse!

    I've been away for 2.5 days without internet access (oh the horror!) and went through G+ withdrawal (of course, internet = Google+ to me now).

    What did I miss? Anything important? Fill me in! :)
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  • Johnathan Chung2011-09-26 21:50:35
    Google+ Update

    G+ is rolling out a new feature today that allows you to share your circles with other users! Hopefully this will make it easier to share and showcase all of your personally curated "recommended people" lists (+Robert Scoble?) to help others discover new interests and great talent.
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  • Johnathan Chung2011-08-15 22:03:57
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    John Herman, host of the Google+ Hangouts Game Show every Monday, is also pioneering a Talent Show this Sunday, 8/21 at 8:30pm EDT (UTC -4).

    Anyone plan on participating in the inaugural show? What talent will you be showcasing?


    Hmm, now where did I put my tap shoes...

    Reshared text:
    The (Google+ Hangouts) Talent Show

    Drum roll please! I am announcing (right here, right now) that I will be hosting a 2nd show on Google+. In addition to the (Google+ Hangouts) Game Show, I will join forces with the talented +Matthew Carano to bring you The (Google+ Hangouts) Talent Show! Have a talent? Know talent when you see it? This Sunday night you can participate in our inaugural show. Join +Matthew Carano's hangout on Sunday night and be prepared to wow the judges. Spread the word!
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  • Johnathan Chung2013-08-01 19:53:24
    Upcoming Shark Week + Science!
    In-depth shark facts (long post)

    The +Discovery Channel is kicking off Shark Week soon with the National Aquarium shark tank live cam and a Google+ Hangout on Air this Sunday, August 4th.
    HOA: https://plus.google.com/events/ckse89vof0f63q5i6ngghpeu4r0
    Live cam: https://plus.google.com/+DiscoveryChannel/posts/BomUcCbrFcR

    You can submit questions using  #SharkWeekHangout .

    I was investigating my own questions and thought I'd share some findings for  #ScienceEveryday / +ScienceSunday:

    1. What do white sharks eat in the wild? Do they primarily hunt seals?
    (RIP Snuffy - http://dsc.discovery.com/tv-shows/shark-week/videos/its-a-bad-week-to-be-a-seal.htm )
    2. How (in)significant of a role does shark eyesight have on hunting ability?
    3. How (un)common are shark attacks on humans?


    What's the Deal with Seal Meals?

    White sharks (Carcharodon carcharias) have varying dietary preferences that likely change with their age, sex, size, and habitat. Although they were once considered a nearshore species that preyed primarily on seals, this perception of shark foraging behavior in seeking out pinnipeds was probably due to studies focusing on more easily observed coastal areas, as well as biased reports of astounding coastal shark attacks.

    Direct observations of white sharks consuming prey other than seals have been more infrequent, although prior analysis of their stomach contents has revealed fish, invertebrates, turtles, and other smaller sharks too.

    Population level information about offshore feeding on lower level prey has improved with the help of satellite tagging and is corroborated by sample data from individual sharks.

    One very interesting way of estimating individual diet specialization is by analyzing the change in composition of stable isotopes of carbon and nitrogen within animal tissues.

    Use of isotopic information to study relationships of organisms with their environment has provided additional ecological insights. Because shark vertebrae grow by accretion -- that is, by gradual accumulation of layers -- values of isotopes from concentric rings of growth bands provide more contextual detail on lifetime variations in diet and habitat characteristics.

    Although limited to identifying distinct qualitative patterns and not exact species, measuring these natural tracers help match chemical signatures to further reconstruct predatory preferences. Depending on the individual subtype, data from white sharks in the northeastern Pacific [1], for example, demonstrate feeding preferences for both lower level and higher level prey potentially consistent with the harbor seal, harbor porpoise, northern elephant seal, California sea lion, dolphins, tuna, shallow coastal (neritic) fish, and cephalopods like octopus and squid.

    Overall, most northeastern Pacific white sharks appear to be generalists among a full spectrum of consumers, including some high-degree seal specialists.

    Shark-o-Vision (sans lasers)

    Different species of sharks have senses refined for different purposes, including mechanical receptors to orient to large tidal currents or small-scale currents to detect nearby predators and prey, electroreceptors for geomagnetic navigation and detecting low-frequency bioelectric fields, low sensitivity hearing, taste likely comparable to other vertebrates, chemoreception, and olfaction -- the last of which has been identified as perhaps the most important way sharks find food [2].

    In terms of vision, oceanic and deep-sea sharks tend to have larger eyes than coastal sharks. Opposing eyes allow for a nearly 360° visual field. 

    Studies as early as the 1960s have shown certain sharks could be trained to visually discriminate between different high-contrast shapes and patterns like squares, diamonds, and stripes. Evidence from the late '60s indicate that lemon, bull, and nurse sharks can learn visual tasks as quickly as mice.

    One estimate of the spatial resolving power of a lemon shark's eyes based on the topographic distribution of its retinal cells is about 1/9th that of human retina, but the lemon shark's lens has an optical power 7 times that of a human lens. In other words, distinguishing details are low, but its ability to see far is high. In order to focus, sharks do not have intraocular muscles that change the shape of their lens like humans do, but rather move the lens closer or farther away from their retina.

    A white shark's visual discrimination may be 6 times more than that of a lemon shark, although more thorough assessment is required. Before the discovery of cone receptors in some of their retina in 1963, people thought most sharks had extremely poor visual ability and no color vision, which we now know is untrue.

    Lemon sharks can dark-adapt with 1 million times more sensitivity than under bright light conditions, which is better than humans. However, rod-dominated retinas do not automatically mean their vision is adapted primarily for low-light conditions and crude visual acuity; the human retina also has many more rods than cones, and our day vision and acuity are among the best in the animal kingdom.

    Although many sharks rely upon their sense of olfaction, touch, and electroreception for navigation, it is common they use vision during their final approach to prey. Studies in the late 1990s indicate white sharks visually orient to surface targets of 1/2 a foot in diameter from a depth greater than 50 feet below.

    Sharks could potentially mistake the movement of bright reflections off wet bare human skin as prey, although some scientists believe they approach and investigate mainly out of curiosity. Visual "attractiveness" depends on shape, brightness, contrast, size, color, and distance.

    When Sharks Attack!

    An internationally recognized source of accurate scientific information on shark attack data appears to be maintained by the University of Florida and the Florida Museum of Natural History [3].

    The total number of confirmed attacks on humans from any kind of shark specifically occurring along the Pacific coast of North America over the past half century was 107 persons [4]. Going back over a century, there were 180 documented cases, 13 of which were fatalities recorded near California. A majority of these injuries were due to white sharks [5].

    The greatest number of confirmed white shark attacks worldwide has occurred along the western US, but Australia has the highest proportion of white shark attack deaths.

    Although shark attacks may be underreported, media coverage and improved scientific documentation likely account for the increase in worldwide death rate from about 0.2% to 0.7% over the past several decades [6].

    #Sharks    #NotShaqAttack    #NotSharknado 

    References:

    [1] Ontogenetic and Among-Individual Variation in Foraging Strategies of Northeast Pacific White Sharks Based on Stable Isotope Analysis (2012): http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0045068
    [2] The Sensory Biology of Elasmobranchs (2004):  http://www.kmaruska.biology.lsu.edu/Hueter%20et%20al%202004.pdf
    [3] International Shark Attack File: http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/fish/sharks/statistics/statistics.htm
    [4] Shark Research Committee: http://www.sharkresearchcommittee.com/statistics.htm
    [5] White Shark Attacks and Fatalities Worldwide from 1876-2011: http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/fish/sharks/White/World.htm 
    [6] Worldwide Unprovoked Shark Attack Fatality Rate:  http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/fish/sharks/statistics/worldwidefatalityrate.htm

    Photo by Jester Fawls
    http://www.sportdiver.co.uk/News/Latest-News/50ft-great-white-snapped-off-Irish-coast
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  • Johnathan Chung2013-02-12 04:17:21
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    "In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks."

    I guess that goes both ways...

    Original time-lapse taken by +Alex Sauerbrunn in Avon, CT using a GoPro Hero2: Blizzard Nemo Time-lapse Connecticut 2013

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    Time lapse of snow fall. #nemo   #stormnemo  
    30" in 38 hours
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  • Johnathan Chung2012-10-30 04:44:35
    Hurricane Sandy causes collapse of a building facade (0:43) at 92 8th Ave between 14th and 15th Street in NYC (caught on video 5 hours ago by user MarkLeeTx on YouTube).

    Additional footage afterward:
    After the reinforcement arrives with lights...

    +Megan Robertson of +HuffPost Live who lives nearby posted some photos on Twitter:
    http://twitter.com/MegRobertson/status/263056784418279424/photo/1
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  • Johnathan Chung2012-10-19 06:20:25
    Google+ Hangout From Space

    +JAXA PR and 5 lucky winners spoke with astronaut Akihiko Hoshide on board the International Space Station on Thursday, October 18th.

    It's the 1st G+ Hangout and 2nd YouTube live broadcast from the ISS in the past 5 weeks!

    Just wanted to share this since G+ is a global community and because this is another cool milestone for G+ :)

    How awesome is this?! Woot! :D

    Initial announcement: 
    https://plus.google.com/114424163811716070551/posts/irnK5YVtfGL

    (Video in Japanese)
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  • Johnathan Chung2012-10-02 01:09:39
    RESHARE:
    Google+ Hangout with Ahhhnold Schwarzenegger this Friday, Oct. 5th!

    Run! Go! Get to da choppa!

    via +Hangout Alert

    Reshared text:
    Come hangout with Arnold to discuss his new autobiography, Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story. www.schwarzenegger.com/totalrecall
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  • Johnathan Chung2013-08-14 20:48:58
    RESHARE:
    Another milestone for SpaceX's 10-story "Grasshopper" vertical takeoff, vertical landing vehicle!

    In June, their VTVL rocket test reached an altitude of 325 meters: 
    https://plus.google.com/+SpaceX/posts/Y5vHWjYq7Mr

    Now they've demonstrated more aggressive steering maneuvers with lateral movement, in addition to the vertical stabilization, hovering, and descent, which is always fun to watch :D

    You can test and compare your own landing skills here ;) :P 
    http://www.atari.com/arcade/lunar_lander#!/arcade/lunarlander/play

    Reshared text:
    Yesterday, Grasshopper completed its first ever lateral divert test, flying to a 250m altitude with a 100m lateral maneuver before returning to the center of the pad. Aggressive steering maneuvers like this will be an important part of landing the rocket precisely back at the launch site after reentering from space at hypersonic velocity.

    http://youtu.be/2t15vP1PyoA
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  • Johnathan Chung2013-03-12 00:52:55
    "OK Glass, revise history."

    +Sarah Price shared this article showing historical photos of people wearing Google Glass: http://www.theverge.com/2013/3/10/4086016/photoshop-this-google-glass-throughout-history

    Here's one I made of Nikola Tesla :)

    #tesla   #googleglass  
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  • Johnathan Chung2013-03-09 03:20:08
    Japanese artist Takahiro Iwasaki

    Art includes topographical maps carved into rolls of electrical tape and miniature delicate sculptures made with thread :)

    http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2013/02/takahiro-iwasaki/
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  • Johnathan Chung2013-03-01 08:56:53
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    Inspiration Mars (http://inspirationmars.org) plans to send 2 astronauts on one looooooong lap around the Red Planet starting January 5, 2018.

    Apparently, the interior of the capsule where they will be spending 16-18 months racking up 75 million frequent flyer miles is about the size of a large household refrigerator...!

    Do you think they will be ready in 5 years, or will they have to wait until their next window of opportunity in 2031?

    Reshared text:
    Could you spend 501 days alone with someone in a 33-cubic-foot (0.93-cubic-meter) space? New plans to send a man and a woman to flyby Mars in 2018 were announced yesterday.
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  • Johnathan Chung2013-02-24 22:29:58
    Forging Facts with Data
    Is wearing a red shirt in Star Trek as hazardous as it is thought to be?

    An example of using statistical analysis to clarify commonly misquoted observations in the world of Star Trek:

    • In the context of personnel specifically from the Enterprise, red shirts do in fact suffer more casualties.
    • When taking into account the entire population, the highest number of fatalities is actually from yellow-shirt personnel.
    • If you're wearing a red shirt AND work in security (as opposed to operations or engineering), then you'll soon find out what it's like to be an adult mayfly...

    http://www.significancemagazine.org/details/webexclusive/4381371/Keep-your-redshirt-on-a-bayesian-exploration-of-character-deaths-in-Star-Trek.html

    #sciencesunday  
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  • Johnathan Chung2012-12-14 06:44:22
    For those who still need an  #ingressinvite :

    Word of the Day
    HEAUTOSCOPY
    Psychic illusory visual experiences consisting of
    the perception of oneself as an External Object,
    which can lead to the delusion that one has a double.
    "An out-of-body experience." -X.X.

    Thought for Today
    You will not not believe what just happened!
    I was cautiously wading through the field beyond the
    Hackney Marshes earlier tonight when an Eerie green glow
    appeared. Not suddenly like coronal discharges of lightning,
    no. More like... hmm... raising Stage lights? Yes... yes!
    That's it. Like someone was pulling back the Curtain of Fog on
    the aurora borealis. Man, that place freaks me out. Gives me
    a severe case of horripilation--
    you know, the Heebie Jeebies... for real!

    "Real danger lies beyond that fence," my dad used to say.
    At first, I didn't believe him. I mean, what did I know?
    I was a wee youngin. Anyway, whenever I got near that
    well-demarcated border, my father would shout at me, "Boy! ...
    Boy, you best avoid those Marshes! Too many Accidents occur there."

    Now I wish he was still around and that I didn't
    always immediately dismiss his crazy, crazy ways.
    Who's the crazy one now? [sigh]

    Ugh. So I've reached a Dead End. I really don't want to pass through there again, but it looks like I might have to. I hear the gentle pitter pitter, patter patter of rain picking up. Not too distant. Probably don't have very long. Guess I should turn back sooner rather than later...
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  • Johnathan Chung2012-10-22 20:54:53
    A True Micro Machine

    Many people were wondering in this post by +Interesting Engineering  whether a micro-engine smaller than the tip of one's finger was real or not: https://plus.google.com/112118861354873908587/posts/fGrzXqkAjmT

    The existence of the functioning mini-motor certainly is real. The motor depicted in the post linked to above is a single piston reciprocating engine with a combustion chamber of 1mm, sufficient to allow some chemicals to combust.

    The Principal Investigator of the research team back in 1999 was Dr. Kyle Jiang, Professor of Nanotechnology in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Birmingham in the UK.

    You can peruse some of his research interests and publications here: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/staff/profiles/mechanical/jiang-kyle.aspx

    Funding for initial feasibility studies and advancements was provided by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). The micro machine's parts, gears, pistons, and connecting rods were created using MEMS technology (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MEMS).

    A number of types of micro-engine designs were investigated, new fabrication processes suitable for volume production of high temperature resistant and high precision engine components were developed, and a patent has been granted.

    A publication from 2009 outlines the fabrication process of 3D micro components from stainless steel using micro metal injection moulding and soft lithography (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soft_lithography) techniques (PDF):  http://www.iaeng.org/publication/WCE2009/WCE2009_pp536-540.pdf

    As you can see, MEMS research has already produced several micromechnical devices smaller than 1mm², which are able to incorporate microvalves, microsensors, cantilevers, and micropumps.

    Another interesting example of MEMS top-down construction is the microcar made by Nippondenso Co. The latest model has a micromotor 1mm in diameter. Power is supplied by a 25 micron copper wire, and the car runs at a speed of 1 cm/sec with 3 volts and 20mA current. It is 4800 microns long and 1800 microns wide and tall. Each tire is 690 microns in diameter. The license plate is 10 microns thick. Overall, the car has 24 components, including tires, wheels, axles, and bumpers.

    The image below is a composite of two separate images (not to scale). On the left is the Nippondenso microcar sitting on a U.S. penny, which is approximately 19mm in diameter. On the right is a "Micro Machine" plastic toy made by Hasbro in the mid-1980's :)
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  • Johnathan Chung2012-10-20 03:05:59
    Guess Who? (Question #3)
    A Trivia Game Referencing Google+ Hangouts

    Round 3 of my new weekly game: I'll list a bunch of well-known people, organizations, shows, ideas, or entities centered around a theme, and then you tell me in the comments which ones have ever directly appeared (or not) in a Google+ Hangout.

    Feel free to make multiple guesses. There may or may not be more than one correct option, and you need ALL correct options to become the winner :) I will reveal the answer (or hints to the answer) after a couple of days.

    QUESTION #3
    Which of the following sports / physical activities has NOT or have not been performed in a Google+ Hangout On Air as of October 19, 2012?

    (Note: Seeing the sport on a TV screen or on YouTube within a Hangout does not count. An interview with an athlete does not count either unless they actually played or demonstrated the sport at some point.)

    A. Basketball
    B. Martial Arts
    C. Boxing
    D. Rowing
    E. Dodgeball
    F. Table Tennis
    G. Freestyle BMX

    #GuessWho   #HangoutGame   #HangoutTrivia   #FunFriday  

    Previous questions and answers are archived at the bottom of the About section on my profile page.
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  • Johnathan Chung2012-09-26 01:14:28
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    Another great post by astrophysicist and RIT Physics Professor, +Brian Koberlein

    Imagine the sky covered with grains of sand, and in each sand grain thousands of galaxies.  It's estimated that there are 100 billion galaxies in the visible universe.  That's more than 10 galaxies for every man, woman and child on Earth.

    Feeling small yet? :)

    Meet the +Hubble Space Telescope eXtreme Deep Field (XDF) observing team as they describe how they assembled this landmark observation. They will illustrate and explain what Hubble’s powerful new view tells us about the evolving universe.

    Thursday, September 27 at 1pm EDT:
    http://www.youtube.com/hubblesitechannel

    Submit questions here: 
    https://plus.google.com/events/c1sh631k56ep2t4pjnkqifmkks4

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    More Things in Heaven and Earth

    Suppose you picked up a grain of sand and held it at arm's length. If you held it up in the night sky, it would block a tiny fraction of the visible heavens.  Now suppose instead of of a sand grain it were a tiny window, through which you could see even the faintest light.  Finally, suppose you were to take your tiny window and point it at the darkest patch of night you could find.  What would you see?

    Of course we have such a "window", called the Hubble telescope, and we've done just what I've described several times.  This time we aimed it at one of the darkest patches of sky we could find, in the Fornax constellation.  After gathering light for a total of almost 23 days, what we got was the image below, just released today.  It is known as the Extreme Deep Field.  

    Take a moment to let the profound nature of this image sink in.  This image is what we got when we pointed the Hubble telescope at what looked like empty space.  Each smudge of light in this image is a young galaxy, from about 500 million years after the big bang.  Thousands of  galaxies in a patch of sky the size of a grain of sand.  

    Of course there isn't anything particularly special about the direction we looked other than the fact that there wasn't anything in the way.  If we looked in any other direction we would see basically the same thing.  Imagine the sky covered with grains of sand, and in each sand grain thousands of galaxies.  It's estimated that there are 100 billion galaxies in the visible universe.  That's more than 10 galaxies for every man, woman and child on Earth.  Those galaxies might have an average of about 100 billion stars.  Around most of those stars might be tens of planets.  Countless cosmic grains of sand.

    More in heaven and earth indeed.
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  • Johnathan Chung2012-09-08 19:36:10
    Hangouts: The Tipping Point
    A Journey Through Time

    TL;DR Google+ Hangouts are awesome, Hangouts On Air are seeing increasingly widespread use and adoption, and pretty soon they will be everywhere!

    Some journalists and bloggers have recently dubbed Hangouts On Air (HOA) as Google+'s "secret weapon". Those of us in the G+ Community who have been here for a while know it is not only one of our favorite features, but also one of the more distinguishing aspects of G+ that has the potential to drive major interaction and growth.

    Now that Hangouts have been further integrated with YouTube, Gmail, Google Voice, Events, and Google Calendar, we're starting to see the true power and flexibility of HOA unfold. We're moving beyond casual Hangouts with family & friends to business & enterprise adoption to HOA with major thought leaders, politicians, celebrities, scientists, entertainers, athletes, artists, educators, and more. Some day (soon), HOA will be ubiquitous.

    Where We've Been

    There are many "grass roots", small business, and homemade HOA that have been the bread & butter and foundation of G+ up to this point (waaaay too many examples to list them all here--feel free to mention your favorites in the comments below). We've made plenty of new friends and hosted countless HIRLs / HIPs (Hangouts In Real Life / Hangouts In Person). We've hung out weekly, nightly, hourly, and literally around-the-clock. We've pumped out webcasts, newscasts, tutorials, interviews, classes, concerts, and shows of all kinds. We've held support groups, office hours, and fundraisers. We've hung out with everyone from Olympians to astronauts to world leaders to robots to koalas & pandas. We've even hung out in the air, on the mountaintops, and underwater!

    If you're new to G+ (Google+: Getting Started With Hangouts On Air), as a quick recap, here are a few promo videos that provide a small sample and flavor for what the community has done in the past:

         • Google+: Broadcast Your Hangout To The World 
         • Google+ Hangouts for Media 
         • Google+ Community Highlights, Summer 2012 
         • Google+: Fraser Cain's Virtual Star Party 
         • Google+: John Butterill's Virtual Photo Walks 
         • Google+Voices 

    Keep in mind this is just the tip of the iceberg.

    Where We Are Now

    Slowly but surely, G+ Hangouts are edging into the spotlight. Hangouts On Air are now available in all countries (think about that for a moment) with the exception of China, Vietnam, and Thailand.

    Although we previously had one-off appearances that drew attention very early on by celebrities and notable people like Will.i .am, The Muppets, Dalai Lama, President Obama, Conan O'Brien, Sir Richard Branson, David Beckham, and Tiger Woods (to name a few), other well-known individuals are starting to recognize the appeal and utility of HOA to interact with their fans and supporters on a more regular basis.

    In the world of sports - We just had HOA broadcast from the London Olympics and Paralympics. The NFL has just adopted Hangouts to enhance its fantasy football league experience. Athletes from the NFL, NBA, NCAA, MLB, PGA, and NASCAR have participated in Hangouts on occasion. Coming up soon is a HOA from the U.S. Open Championships for the men's and women's tennis finals.

    In politics - HOA were just front and center in the U.S. Republican and Democratic National Conventions with Hangout coverage from many major news organizations like The Associated Press, Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, ABC News, Al Jazeera, etc. HuffPost Live is a recent venture based on Hangouts for 24/7 news and opinion. Major politicians from all around the world are jumping into HOA, including ones from India and Pakistan (last week they pulled in over 82,000 live viewers across 116 countries).
    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/08/29/why-google-hangouts-are-hot-television-s-next-frontier.html

    In entertainment - HOA are not just an afterthought; they are becoming the go-to place to announce new developments, big openings, and events. Taylor Swift just debuted her new album, Red, in a Hangout On Air. Tyra Banks kicked off the premiere of this season's America's Next Top Model with a HOA of her own. The cast of the comedy TV show Parks and Recreation (Amy Poehler, Aziz Ansari, etc.) just held a Q&A in a HOA for their next season. Next week, Steven Spielberg will be using HOA to host a worldwide movie premiere of his new film, Lincoln. Even New York Fashion Week is joining in on the fun this month with behind-the-scenes HOA broadcasting.

    In science - HOA have been used to witness the Transit of Venus, a solar eclipse, the launch of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket to the International Space Station, a view of NASA during landing of the Curiosity rover on Mars, an underwater exploration of The Great Barrier Reef and undersea laboratory Aquarius, an educational trek through Yellowstone National Park, a view of base camp in Mount Everest, discussions between scientists and engineers at NASA and CERN, and more. This Week In Science (TWIS) uses HOA as its venue for broadcasting its weekly episodes. National Geographic, the SETI Institute, Zoo Atlanta, and KQED Science are just some examples of organizations that are regularly hosting HOA on a variety of topics.

    I could go on and on and on, but I'll stop here :)

    Where We're Going

    Hangouts On Air seem to be a case of "if it can be done, it will be done". I'm not even sure Google knows where this is headed or if they have thought of all its use cases. G+ and HOA are truly global, and they have transcended boundaries, opened minds, and intermixed ideas. HOA bring the world directly to you, and they bring the world together, face-to-face-to-face.

    The potential for mobile broadcasting is enormous. Eventually, HOA from mobile phones will increase instant reporting, interaction, and feedback on any event or interest you can think of. HOA integration with Project Glass (Project Glass: Skydiving Demo at Google I/O 2012) will definitely open up countless opportunities too!

    The Future is Awesome

    Have HOA reached their full potential? I don't think so. Not quite yet. But we're close. The possibilities are exciting, and I think by mid-2013, we'll be seeing HOA explode into the mainstream of the general public.

    So much for Hangouts On Air being a "secret". I think the word is out, don't you? ;)

    Questions:
    1. What is your favorite HOA moment of all time?
    2. What are some upcoming HOA broadcasts you're looking forward to?
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  • Johnathan Chung2012-02-20 20:36:58
    Forging Friendships Through Google+

    Google+ Hangouts are all about bringing people closer together and strengthening relationships. The greatest benefit has arguably been meeting new friends and connecting with individuals all around the world whom we would otherwise have never met. Whether you prefer to HIRL (hangout in real life) or HIP (hangout in person), there will be plenty of opportunities to do so in the upcoming months!

    Here are some of the major events being planned. If you know of any more events or have any corrections to make, please leave a comment.

    Also, if you'd like to attend or help out with an event, let the organizers know. If you don't see a HIRL or HIP in your area, consider starting one! :)

    Knoxville, TN - February 29, 2012
    Contact: +Eileen McAllister
    Announcement: goo.gl/ryAG7

    Columbus, OH - March 10, 2012
    Contact: +Christopher Slee
    Page: +HIRLCBUS
    Announcement: goo.gl/N793T

    Austin, TX - SXSW, March 9-18, 2012
    Photowalk with +Trey Ratcliff on March 10th: goo.gl/oYCu4
    Additional plans by +Moritz Tolxdorff & company: goo.gl/KLWNV

    Las Vegas, NV - April 14-19, 2012
    Contact: +Edwin Duterte
    Page: +HIRL Las Vegas
    Announcement: goo.gl/GvjN3

    Edinburgh, Scotland - July 12-15, 2012
    Contact: +Dolidh Young, +Andy Stuart
    Page: +HIRL Edinburgh
    Announcement: goo.gl/FUISu

    Berlin, Germany - August 3-5, 2012
    Contact: +Maximilian Majewski, +Jaana Nyström
    Page: +Berlin HIRL
    Announcement: goo.gl/es5D9

    Nashville, TN - Date TBA (Possibly August)
    Contact: +Peter G McDermott
    Page: +Nashville HIRL
    http://www.nashvillehirl.com/

    Chicago, IL - Date TBA
    Contact: +Sean Cowen, +Nikki Crome
    Announcement: goo.gl/Z0UiE

    Lahore, Pakistan - Date TBA
    Contact: +Rehan Ahmad, +Rakhshanda Fawad
    Announcement: goo.gl/DSrEI
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  • Johnathan Chung2012-01-16 21:44:13
    Google+ Analytics Part1 - AllMyPlus
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  • Johnathan Chung2012-01-09 01:07:31
    For +Jessi June's Denver Broncos fans.

    #Tebow
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  • Johnathan Chung2012-01-08 01:44:21
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    The Growth of Citizen Journalism

    Newscaster +Sarah Hill spoke about how Google+ Hangouts are changing the landscape of traditional media and facilitating citizen journalism:

    https://plus.google.com/107323726887023845557/posts/8WZMBySwDQ1

    "Citizen journalism" is not relegated to some fancy production or formal report--it can be a simple conversation with the locals from a different region that sheds light on a new perspective or way of life outside of what is portrayed in corporate media. The great thing is that anyone can provide their input and share what constitutes news for them. Hangouts allow us to be the journalist by effortlessly connecting people around the world, face to face to face.

    Ultimately, I think citizen journalism will augment and alter the type & quality of information we consume. Perhaps more importantly, it will help further transcend boundaries and provide a fresh perspective on how things are changing in other countries, cultures, and locations around the globe in a truly unique and authentic manner.

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    Inspiration from Life in Baghdad, Iraq

    "+Dr.Bassam Mohamad Hameed invited you to a +Google+ Hangouts"

    I thought, who is this? I had no idea, but I accepted anyways because I don't mind interacting and connecting with people.

    After I clicked "Join the hangout" what did I see?

    A black screen.

    I said, "Hello? I can't see you."

    A voice came through, "Oh, let me fix it"

    +Dr.Bassam Mohamad Hameed showed up on the screen.

    Brian: How do you say your name? Bassam?

    Bassam: Yes, its Bas-sam.

    Brian: What does your friend usually call you?

    Bassam: Bassam =)

    Brian: Great, I will call you Bassam then, where are you from?

    Bassam: Baghdad, Iraq

    Brian: Say what?? You mean you live there?

    Bassam: Yes.

    Brian: Wow, you are the first person I met living in Baghdad.

    Bassam: This is my first time doing this +Google+ Hangouts. And a few days ago, you commented on my profile, that was a surprised for me. It was the first time for me interacting with someone online.

    (Bassam shared one of my "Daily Inspirations and Wisdom" on his profile and I reached out to him and I asked him his thoughts about the quote)

    Bassam: There is no light at the end of the tunnel here, but Brian your profile is full of inspirations and hope.

    That totally moved me and made my day.

    Brian: Thank you so much Bassam! I hear so much bad news about Baghdad, but I want to hear it from you. How is life really like in Baghdad?

    Bassam: Its not as bad as what the television say. There is a certain level of acceptance of the situation here.

    Brian: Do you have fear when you go out?

    Bassam: Yes, but life has to go on. We accepted the current situation. Our children still goes to school, I go to work. When we have free time, we go to the market together, everybody does that, the street is full of people.

    When there is an explosion, we call our family and friends to make sure everyone is alright. The only annoying thing is waiting when there is a check point and we can't go anywhere.
    ----------------

    Given Baghdad's situation, the only thing Bassam complains about was the waiting time at check points.

    It made me realized the things that I complain about, the things I deal with is trivial and not even close to life threatening.

    Interacting with Bassam reminded me to appreciate what I have in my life.

    We can all learn from Bassam and the people of Baghdad of how they embrace and accept life.

    Even if the future is full of darkness, even if there is no light at the end of the tunnel, we can still have the courage to march forward.

    What do you appreciate in your life today?

    Thank you +Dr.Bassam Mohamad Hameed for reaching out, interacting and sharing your life with me.

    Thank you +Google+ for bridging the world and allow me to connect, interact and meet amazing people everyday.
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  • Johnathan Chung2012-01-03 22:21:38
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    View what's happening in the mobile "Nearby" Stream as an application on your computer desktop:

    1. Go to the URL below using Chrome.
    2. Click on "Nearby" on the menu across the top of the page.
    3. To create an application shortcut:
    - Go to Wrench > Tools > Create application shortcuts...
    - Check off boxes designating where on your computer you want the shortcut to be made
    4. Resize the application window
    5. Periodically click on Refresh ↻ to load new posts
    6. Let the new "app" run in the background for quick viewing and directly re-launch it at any time using the shortcut

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    Create a ticker on your desktop to see whats happening near you in 3 easy steps:
    1) Go to https://m.google.com/app/plus/mp/974/#~loop:svt=nearby&view=stream using Chrome
    2) Create an application shortcut.
    3) Resize and enjoy G+ running in the background.
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  • Johnathan Chung2011-12-01 18:44:34
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    Interrobang not included.

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    I want this
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  • Johnathan Chung2011-11-24 19:17:17
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    #thanksgivingonplus

    +Ryan Crowe has a great idea for those of you who don't have someone to spend Thanksgiving Day with for whatever reason. G+ has been excellent so far at easily bringing people together who have similar interests... so why not on a U.S. holiday, too? :)

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    ThanksG+ving
    #thanksgivingonplus

    For various reasons, some people do not always have someone to eat with on Thanksgiving. I won't go into those reasons because they may or may not be somewhat depressing and holiday downers is probably faux pas territory, I'm not sure.

    I'd like to propose this action: if you are hosting a Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow and don't mind hosting a hangout so people can drop by and share some of the holiday spirit - I think that would be a pretty cool way to use Hangouts and connect with people with whom you may only talk to in comments or whatever.

    Maybe it's weird to have someone watch your family eat? Well, it doesn't have to be like that - if you're doing one of these, consider doing a recipe swap or even introducing yourselves to each other - talk about football... I mean, really, it's up to you of course!

    So, how can we do this? I've denoted the hashtag #thanksgivingonplus at the top of this post and if you plan on hosting a hangout - you can either make your own post or comment on here. My family doesn't eat Thanksgiving dinner until Friday, so I'll probably be dropping in and out - saying hello to folks. If you're dropping in, like me, make sure to be kind and respectful - don't do anything crude of course - and thank people for letting you join them.

    This also might be a cool chance for non-Americans to come see what this whole turkey eating thing is all about.

    So yeah, thought this would be a cool idea - if you're up for hosting a Thanksgiving hangout - let us know here!
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  • Johnathan Chung2011-10-31 20:42:46
    Awesome.

    π x L33T% = the answer to life, the universe, and everything.
    (Pi)*(13.37) = 42
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  • Johnathan Chung2011-10-28 05:38:32
    I heard if you play the thrash metal band Slayer's songs backwards, you'll get a very special secret message...

    Step 1: Purchase souls ✓
    Step 2: Punish heathens ✓
    Step 3: ???
    Step 4: Profit!

    #gplushalloween
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  • Johnathan Chung2011-09-30 00:03:13
    Hangout Alerts

    There are many awesome uses for Hangouts (previous examples: bit.ly/gplus-hangouts), including concerts/broadcasting, artistic/creative projects, classes of all kinds, educational endeavors, and just for fun.

    Here are 4 upcoming ones that I know of (3 tonight & 1 tomorrow):

    Presidential Candidate, Governor Gary Johnson, will be answering questions via his 3rd Hangout very soon, tonight (Thurs 9/29) at 8pm EDT (UTC -4) broadcasted through HangoutParty.com (the G+ Hangout itself is limited to those who RSVP'd)
    https://plus.google.com/105421360534824524100/posts/CxfYJLxo4cy

    Ron Schott is holding regular office hours every Monday & Thursday for those of you who are interested in learning about geology, seismology, and... well, rocks :) The one tonight starts at 8:30pm CDT (UTC -5).
    https://plus.google.com/108972509678555833657/posts/G22Q8WiEHuA

    Terra Naomi & Lucas Johnson will be recording a music album through Hangouts, and a test run for her G+ album project is tonight (Thursday) at 8pm PDT (UTC -7), also broadcasted via HangoutParty.com
    https://plus.google.com/118297780429110098708/posts/9uC4K1R1kwd

    Will.i .am of Black Eyed Peas will be doing a backstage Hangout for their huge NYC concert tomorrow (Friday 9/30) at 6pm EDT (UTC -4).
    https://plus.google.com/109351399938437494273/posts/EWx8d9rcmhN

    What other hangout events are scheduled over the next week?
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  • Johnathan Chung2011-09-22 02:17:49
    Google+ API Experiments

    The general (limited) G+ API was released last week. Yesterday, the Hangouts API was also released to developers who were anxious to get their hands on them. So far, we've seen some pretty cool experimental things made with it (some screenshots below), and I can't wait to see what else they will come up with!

    +Mohamed Mansour has made Stream+ for Google+, which automatically categorizes and organizes all your public posts into topics.
    https://plus.google.com/116805285176805120365/posts/cDx74Qfhats

    He is also experimenting with creating a Circle Pong Hangout+ game. 10-way pong would be pretty ridiculous...ly awesome :)
    https://plus.google.com/116805285176805120365/posts/2n27Q1W86k6

    +Huy Zing has upgraded his G+Me v7 (beta) Chrome extension to include an expandable window in the notifications tab that shows additional info in a person's "augmented hovercard" -- info like #posts/day, top posts, best posts, and a word cloud. Super useful when deciding at a glance whether or not to circle someone.
    https://plus.google.com/111775942615006547057/posts/ZLEqP7DRdea

    +Gerwin Sturm has created All My+, which provides comprehensive stats on your profile for number of posts, +1's, comments, re-shares, gif images, etc. He also provides cool graphs that map out your posting habits over time.
    https://www.foldedsoft.at/+/allmy+/

    +Matt Senter is experimenting with creating a neat acronym Hangout game as described here: https://plus.google.com/105709083169353686738/posts/Jss7wZXoNSr

    +Sandesh Kumar has made a Google+ Stream Book (in the experimental stages), which looks pretty cool and lets you smoothly flip through pages of your Stream like a virtual book.
    https://plus.google.com/118392695310551307579/posts/HAzqTLpPg2q

    +Nithin K Prabu has created a customizable Google+ Profile Widget for your website or blog.
    https://plus.google.com/106328207304735502636/posts/Grns5dBqSpy

    What other applications have you seen use the new API?
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  • Johnathan Chung2011-09-16 18:00:14
    I've seen many people ask how they can obtain an RSS feed of a G+ profile, so here are 4 websites that turn public Google+ posts into RSS feeds.

    On a related note, there's also a Chrome extension if you want to share articles in Google Reader directly to G+.
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  • Johnathan Chung2013-08-14 20:48:58
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    Another milestone for SpaceX's 10-story "Grasshopper" vertical takeoff, vertical landing vehicle!

    In June, their VTVL rocket test reached an altitude of 325 meters: 
    https://plus.google.com/+SpaceX/posts/Y5vHWjYq7Mr

    Now they've demonstrated more aggressive steering maneuvers with lateral movement, in addition to the vertical stabilization, hovering, and descent, which is always fun to watch :D

    You can test and compare your own landing skills here ;) :P 
    http://www.atari.com/arcade/lunar_lander#!/arcade/lunarlander/play

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    Yesterday, Grasshopper completed its first ever lateral divert test, flying to a 250m altitude with a 100m lateral maneuver before returning to the center of the pad. Aggressive steering maneuvers like this will be an important part of landing the rocket precisely back at the launch site after reentering from space at hypersonic velocity.

    http://youtu.be/2t15vP1PyoA
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  • Johnathan Chung2013-03-12 00:52:55
    "OK Glass, revise history."

    +Sarah Price shared this article showing historical photos of people wearing Google Glass: http://www.theverge.com/2013/3/10/4086016/photoshop-this-google-glass-throughout-history

    Here's one I made of Nikola Tesla :)

    #tesla   #googleglass  
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