In a feverish dream, you hatch a theory that to make the largest chewing gum bubble imaginable, you need to blow it up so that the radius is increasing at a constant rate of 6 millimeters per second.

Fred the spherical cow is happily grazing on cubical grass pellets. He grows in volume at a rate of 6 cubic feet per day.

Coursera, Calc 1 as taught by Jim Fowler

Well, yeah. Problems like this probably will lead to some screwed up dreams.

wildcat2030

wildcat2030:

A More Pseudonymous Internet
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From ephemeral publishing apps to the abandoned Google “real names” policy, a push to revive relative namelessness online.

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Excellent article. Some excerpts:

they search for safe spaces where they can … anonymously practice new ways of thinking and being. These interactions offer them freedom and distance from their existing relationships. They eventually use the experiences, relationships, and practices cultivated through their Elastic Self in other areas of their life.

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I was finding myself on the Internet learning skills that would be useful both as a professional and a human offline. My ability to be an effective creator was hugely shaped by writing popular fan fiction and running side-project businesses in virtual worlds. Researchers have also found pseudonymous games to be great environments for training leadership skills.

The above is hilarious to me right now. Just the other day I was talking to someone about Neopets. Yeah, Neopets. It’s a ridiculous thing to try to explain: a website built around fantasy creatures helped me learn valuable skills like marketing and business-management, and even helped build an international network of friends and business prospects (some of whom I’ve encountered recently, over a decade later, in person and on other sites).

“companies and institutions often misinterpret the meaning of people’s social lives, codifying it in a way that forces people into static relationships that don’t reflect the fluid nature of actual relationships.

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Commentators began suggesting real-name usage would make the Internet a clean and civil place. (These theories are contradicted by evidence.) Unsurprisingly, some people who have advocated for real-name usage are affiliated with data-gathering social platforms.

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Can pseudonyms and anonymity be used to hurt others? Obviously, yes. As a woman on the Internet, I’ve encountered my share of nastiness.

There’s nothing about this article that gives the writer away as a woman, until she mentions it. Once it’s out there, certain people will judge what you say by your gender, and it’s neither fun nor interesting. Although I use my name here on tumblr, there are other sites on which I still use pseudonyms. I’ve been called “man”, “dude”, “12-year-old boy”, “sir”, and “neckbeard”, among other terms usually reserved for humans with a set of testicles, and know of other women who’ve had the same experience. People still think there are few women in discussions of gaming and STEM, but I wonder how many of us are simply hidden, just because we don’t want to deal with the BS?

Anyway, I agree with the author: anonymity and pseudonymity are an important kind of freedom, worth fighting for going forward.

uvec
uvec:

MANY MOONS HANDLE IT!

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Beautiful image. However, the link above is broken (dead Deviantart page), and was made invisible in the permalink, by the original poster’s layout. The artist’s name was neither in the tags, nor text. Had to sift through cycles and cycles of tumblr and pinterest pages before finally noticing the artist's subtle watermark in the corner. Apparently the image was also rotated 90° clockwise, somewhere along the way.
Not saying this was intentional obfuscation. Seems like the OP (uvec) tries to credit people. But, it isn’t helpful that the content source is listed as the OP’s tumblr. Unless the OP is the artist (maybe? no telling info to know for sure), this is incorrect.
So guys, unless you don’t care, watermark your stuff. Small & unnoticeable is fine — less of a chance of rude people removing it, that way.
All that said, this is evidently "Many Moons Handle It" by Ernest Tang.

"A family of moons orbiting the gas giant of Sunatta. We have a moon orbiting a moon orbiting a bigger moon orbiting the gas giant. All of these moons have been paraterraformed by the type II civilization that lives here. … I used textures from http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/, Nasa Visible Earth and NSGS.”

uvec:

MANY MOONS HANDLE IT!

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Beautiful image. However, the link above is broken (dead Deviantart page), and was made invisible in the permalink, by the original poster’s layout. The artist’s name was neither in the tags, nor text. Had to sift through cycles and cycles of tumblr and pinterest pages before finally noticing the artist's subtle watermark in the corner. Apparently the image was also rotated 90° clockwise, somewhere along the way.

Not saying this was intentional obfuscation. Seems like the OP (uvec) tries to credit people. But, it isn’t helpful that the content source is listed as the OP’s tumblr. Unless the OP is the artist (maybe? no telling info to know for sure), this is incorrect.

So guys, unless you don’t care, watermark your stuff. Small & unnoticeable is fine — less of a chance of rude people removing it, that way.

All that said, this is evidently "Many Moons Handle It" by Ernest Tang.

"A family of moons orbiting the gas giant of Sunatta.
We have a moon orbiting a moon orbiting a bigger moon orbiting the gas giant.

All of these moons have been paraterraformed by the type II civilization that lives here.

… I used textures from http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/, Nasa Visible Earth and NSGS.”

infinity-imagined
Clothes are people’s extended skin, wheels extended feet, camera and telescope extended eyes. Our technological creations are extrapolations of the bodies that our genes build. In this way, we can think of technology as our extended body. If technology is an extension of humans, it is not an extension of our genes but our minds.

Technology is the exoskeleton of ideas.

Kevin Kelly (via inthenoosphere)

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On the same page with Kevin Kelly.

infinity-imagined
Symbolic representation of the Universe as a self-excited system brought into being by ‘self-reference’. The universe gives birth to communicating participators. Communicating participators give meaning to the universe…With such a concept goes the endless series of receding reflections one sees in a pair of facing mirrors.

J.A. Wheeler
(via n9nlinear)

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Wiki:

John Archibald Wheeler (July 9, 1911 – April 13, 2008) was an American theoretical physicist who was largely responsible for reviving interest in general relativity in the United States after World War II. Wheeler also worked with Niels Bohr in explaining the basic principles behind nuclear fission. … He is also known for … for coining the term “quantum foam"…

olena

olena:

Hank Pellissier { writes }:

Metaphorically, for me, the “nakedness” of mental transparency is identical to physical nudity. The complex data of our yearning craniums won’t be shrouded any longer, won’t be buried and disguised under fabricated obstacles and artifice.

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But, naked isn’t free.

Can I climb mountains, naked? Can I travel to outer space, naked? Can I “be myself”, naked? Definitely not, definitely not, and no, I don’t think so.

Whatever appendages we choose to attach to ourselves daily or permanently, whatever artifice we handle and live with and use and surround ourselves with… it’s our costume, our armor, our shelter, our extremities, our transformation into what we are and everything we’re capable of being, would like to be, or are becoming.

I want to be buried, disguised, fabricated, obfuscated, clarified, extended through artifice.

proofmathisbeautiful
ketchuprocket:

all-the-other-humans:

Fucking physics

Somewhere in the world, a physics professor writes the perfect exam question.

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This is actually not a physics assignment, but an artwork by Michael Craig-Martin, titled “On the Table” — a part of his conceptual explorations featuring similar balance problems, from the 1970s.

ketchuprocket:

all-the-other-humans:

Fucking physics

Somewhere in the world, a physics professor writes the perfect exam question.

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This is actually not a physics assignment, but an artwork by Michael Craig-Martin, titled “On the Table” — a part of his conceptual explorations featuring similar balance problems, from the 1970s.

proofmathisbeautiful
mothernaturenetwork:

Scientists get first glimpse into workings of Higgs boson particlesWhat role do the Higgs bosons play in scattering and sticking to atoms?

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MNN:

So far, the team has seen hints of just 34 W-boson scattering events, which showed that the Higgs boson does play some role in this scattering process. But there is still too little data to say exactly how “sticky” the Higgs boson is to these W-bosons, which would reveal how sticky the Higgs field is. That, in turn, could help reveal more details about how the Higgs field gives other particles their mass, … If follow-up data reveals that the Higgs Boson doesn’t seem to be sticky enough, that’s an indication that other subatomic particles may be involved in W-boson scattering, …

mothernaturenetwork:

Scientists get first glimpse into workings of Higgs boson particles
What role do the Higgs bosons play in scattering and sticking to atoms?

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MNN:

So far, the team has seen hints of just 34 W-boson scattering events, which showed that the Higgs boson does play some role in this scattering process.
 
But there is still too little data to say exactly how “sticky” the Higgs boson is to these W-bosons, which would reveal how sticky the Higgs field is. That, in turn, could help reveal more details about how the Higgs field gives other particles their mass, …
 
If follow-up data reveals that the Higgs Boson doesn’t seem to be sticky enough, that’s an indication that other subatomic particles may be involved in W-boson scattering, …

mucholderthen

mucholderthen:

THE OPERATING SYSTEM
Created by Olena Shmahalo

Far-long ago, in a distant space-time,
a n0thing exploded over eons,

rippling into the here-now.

Over billions of years, anxious bits vibrated into “being”,
in every direction stacking and multiplying,
creating branches of { Unimportance },
of complexity and necessity, until, eventually,
that explosion became themselves.

See and read the entire “Operating System”

Your father was a space rock;
you were born a cosmonaut.

You are a cosmic accident —
a system of instructions,
 achieving self-recognition. 

You are nature looking in, 
at once mundane and sublime.

See and read the entire “Operating System” …

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scientificillustration

molecularlifesciences:

popmech:

10 Scientific Images That Changed How We Look at the World

Any conversation about progress in science will include visualization.

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The 5 images above:

  1. Robert Hooke’s Flea Drawing
    Date: September 1665
    This is the most important individual flea of all time. Coming from Robert Hooke’s Micrographia, a collection of illustrations he drew in 1665 that currently resides in the National Museum of Health and Medicine, this drawing is a work of art. But more importantly, it demonstrated the power of the microscope that allowed Hooke to depict the pest in minute detail.

    [This drawing predates Anton van Leeuwenhoek’s (“father of Microbiology”) observations by just under a decade, and Nicolas Andry’s subsequent theory (1700) that microscopic “worms” were actually responsible for disease.]
  2. Hubble’s eXtreme Deep Field
    Date: September 25, 2012
    You are looking at the beginning of the [known] universe. The Hubble telescope captured this image of distant galaxies 13.2 billion light years away—the latest in a series of Deep Field images that started in 1995—after an exposure time of 23 days. Hundreds of galaxies, billions of stars, all collected into one photograph.
  3. "Earthrise"
    Date: December 24, 1968
    Considered to be the most important environmental photograph ever taken, “Earthrise” was taken by Apollo 8 astronaut William Anders on Christmas Eve, 1968. Above the barren horizon of the moon, the photo captured the entirety of the beautiful, living Earth, changing the way we looked at our own world.
  4. Darwin’s Phylogenetic Tree of Organisms
    Date: 1837
    Scrawled in one of his famous notebooks (“red transmutation notebook B”), this is the first branching diagram of the lineage of organisms. The best part is the “I think” scribbled up top. “I think…this may become one of the most important discoveries in human history.”
  5. Copernican Model of the Solar System
    Date: 1543
    …Copernicus [removed] Earth from its position as the center of the universe in his famous book De Revolutionibus Orbium Coelestium…
meta-maieutics
Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.

Asvaghosa’s Buddhacarita (via liberatingreality)

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Furthermore, be wary of believing your own mind and experience — they’re prone to trickery.

subatomicuniverse

You want a physicist to speak at your funeral. You want the physicist to talk to your grieving family about the conservation of energy, so they will understand that your energy has not died. You want the physicist to remind your sobbing mother about the first law of thermodynamics; that no energy gets created in the universe, and none is destroyed. You want your mother to know that all your energy, every vibration, every Btu of heat, every wave of every particle that was her beloved child remains with her in this world. You want the physicist to tell your weeping father that amid energies of the cosmos, you gave as good as you got.

And at one point you’d hope that the physicist would step down from the pulpit and walk to your brokenhearted spouse there in the pew and tell him that all the photons that ever bounced off your face, all the particles whose paths were interrupted by your smile, by the touch of your hair, hundreds of trillions of particles, have raced off like children, their ways forever changed by you. And as your widow rocks in the arms of a loving family, may the physicist let her know that all the photons that bounced from you were gathered in the particle detectors that are her eyes, that those photons createphyd within her constellations of electromagnetically charged neurons whose energy will go on forever.

And the physicist will remind the congregation of how much of all our energy is given off as heat. There may be a few fanning themselves with their programs as he says it. And he will tell them that the warmth that flowed through you in life is still here, still part of all that we are, even as we who mourn continue the heat of our own lives.

And you’ll want the physicist to explain to those who loved you that they need not have faith; indeed, they should not have faith. Let them know that they can measure, that scientists have measured precisely the conservation of energy and found it accurate, verifiable and consistent across space and time. You can hope your family will examine the evidence and satisfy themselves that the science is sound and that they’ll be comforted to know your energy’s still around. According to the law of the conservation of energy, not a bit of you is gone; you’re just less orderly. Amen.

Aaron Freeman (via indecenciesandobscurities)
Stop Using Quantum Mechanics as Evidence for Magic
Esther Inglis-Arkell

Quantum mechanics is a beautiful and still-controversial idea. It is rightly popular. What’s not right is the way people use it to justify any reality-bending idea in their novels, their TV shows, or their personal philosophies. “Quantum” does not mean anything you want.

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This, one hundred times over.
The funny thing is, my interest in science deepened thanks to the New Age Quantum Woo, by first slogging through it and wanting to believe — because it offered some form of hope. But I had asked questions: why does that work? How? Is that quite right? Is it 100% true? And I found that it didn’t hold. However “positive” their “intentions” may be, it’s still “snake oil”.

Stop Using Quantum Mechanics as Evidence for Magic

Esther Inglis-Arkell

Quantum mechanics is a beautiful and still-controversial idea. It is rightly popular. What’s not right is the way people use it to justify any reality-bending idea in their novels, their TV shows, or their personal philosophies. “Quantum” does not mean anything you want.

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This, one hundred times over.

The funny thing is, my interest in science deepened thanks to the New Age Quantum Woo, by first slogging through it and wanting to believe — because it offered some form of hope. But I had asked questions: why does that work? How? Is that quite right? Is it 100% true? And I found that it didn’t hold. However “positive” their “intentions” may be, it’s still “snake oil”.

somewhatclever-er

somewhatclever-er:

Brain-melting:
http://ift.tt/1xgn9vK

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“‘If you put three pigeons in two pigeonholes, at least two of the pigeons end up in the same hole.’ … [However, the team] found instances when three quantum particles [were] put in two boxes, ‘yet no two particles [shared] the same box.’

In conclusion, … the authors [have] ‘presented a new quantum effect that requires us to revisit some of the most basic notions of quantum physics—the notions of separability, of correlations and of interactions.’”