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The Dark and the Light of it … post-Sandy Manhattan

A great photo of Manhattan post-Sandy from New York Magazine.  Most of Manhattan is in darkness, the eastern tip near Times Square is not.

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Surf’s Up! Wind Shear turns Clouds into Waves

Here is a photo of an unusual cloud formation shot in Birmingham, Alabama. Called a Kelvin-Helmholtz instability, the formation is caused when the wind is moving at different speeds at different altitudes, creating a shearing effect and resulting in clouds … Continue reading

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The World’s Lightest Material

Here is a piece of metal sitting on a dandelion. It’s the world’s lightest material, developed by a team of researchers from the University of California at Irvine.  It comprises 99.99% air and is one hundred times lighter than Styrofoam.

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A face only a Hagfish can love

Weird but amazing animal. Hagfish are partway between fish and worms, with a spinal cord but no backbone. They have changed little in at least 300 million years. Hagfish largely scavenge, but have recently been found to hunt as well. … Continue reading

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New Archaeopteryx Fossil Uncovered

I love dinosaurs.  There is something about animals that lived a hundred million years ago that fascinates me. Archaeopteryx is an iconic prehistoric animal, living some 155 million years ago. It was long thought to be the first bird.  This new … Continue reading

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Near perfect dinosaur fossil

German paleontologists have discovered what they believe is the best-preserved dinosaur skeleton ever found in Europe, with 98 percent of the fossil intact.  The 72 cm fossil dates to about 135 million year old.  This juvenile is in the same theropod … Continue reading

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Google takes a bite out of Apple

In response to Apple’s subscription service, Google launches a new One Pass payment service, which allows publishers to sell content that consumers can view on websites as well as in specialized apps designed for smartphones and tablet PCs.  Publishers can … Continue reading

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Apple’s new subscription model … ouch!

You have to wonder what Apple is thinking with the availability of  subscriptions available through the AppStore.  In effect, the new subscription service allows content owners to deliver subscription services through an iOS app, e.g. newspapers, music, video etc. On … Continue reading

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Size Does Matter

Don Valentine is the founder of Sequoia Capital, a legendary Silicon Valley VC business.  His investments in companies like Apple, Cisco, Google, Yahoo and Zappos paid off big for Sequoia, and can be seen as jump starting many of the … Continue reading

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