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Dad sings musical response to ‘Rude’ and it’s spectacular

Aerospace Cubicle Engineer (ACE):

Please do not let this happen to me…

Originally posted on Message With a Bottle:

Have you heard the song Rude? If you haven’t than you’re one of the lucky ones.

It’s not a bad song until you’ve heard it four hundred times over the span of a week.

Here’s a response to the song, written and performed by Benji and Jenna Cowart.

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What an Engineer Finds Extraordinary about Climate

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Without a doubt humans are big contributors to global warming, but our affect may be lost in the natural cycles of the ecosystem to which we belong.

Originally posted on Watts Up With That?:

climate_engineerGuest essay by Ronald D Voisin

For quite some time we have known that atmospheric CO2 lags Earthly temperature in both directions. This fact has been repeatedly and internationally validated at both ends of the Earth. It is, frankly and simply, a known fact. But here is the rub. Very few ever speak to why this would be so obviously true. Is it not painfully obvious? How big does the picture have to be and how many brilliant colors does it need to be painted with before it becomes widely recognized?

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The Space-Based Quantum Cryptography Race | MIT Technology Review

The Space-Based Quantum Cryptography Race | MIT Technology Review.

Europe and China are gaining the upper hand in the race to bounce perfectly secure messages off satellites in low Earth orbit.

One of the great benefits of quantum communication is the ability to send messages from one point in space to another with perfect security. Not so great is the fact that so-called quantum cryptography is limited to distances of around 100 kilometers.

Last year, the Chinese announced plans to launch a spacecraft in 2016, called the Chinese Quantum Science Satellite. specifically designed to test these concepts. And European scientists have proposed a quantum communications experiment that could be sent to the international space station.

U.S. plans are much less clear. That may be because the work is being done behind closed doors. On the other hand, the U.S. may be dragging its feet.

NOAA/NASA Dramatically Altered US Temperatures After The Year 2000

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“He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past.”

― George Orwell, 1984

Originally posted on Real Science:

Prior to the year 2000, NASA showed US temperatures cooling since the 1930′s, and 1934 much warmer than 1998.

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NASA GISS: Science Briefs: Whither U.S. Climate?

NASA’s top climatologist said that the US had been cooling

Whither U.S. Climate?
By James Hansen, Reto Ruedy, Jay Glascoe and Makiko Sato — August 1999

Empirical evidence does not lend much support to the notion that climate is headed precipitately toward more extreme heat and drought.

in the U.S. there has been little temperature change in the past 50 years, the time of rapidly increasing greenhouse gases — in fact, there was a slight cooling throughout much of the country

NASA GISS: Science Briefs: Whither U.S. Climate?

NOAA and CRU also reported no warming in the US during the century prior to 1989.

February 04, 1989

Last week, scientists from the United States Commerce Department’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said that…

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Why America is NOT the greatest country in the world, anymore.

Here is an oldie-but-goodie as we approach our nation’s 238th birthday anniversary. The first step in problem solving is to recognize that there is a problem. America is not the greatest country in the world anymore. The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution—written over 230 years ago— are two of the greatest contributions to the modern world, but the opportunity and freedom that fueled generations of Americans is sharply declining by most measures. The United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Japan, and even Estonia (go ahead and find that on the map…I will wait) have more freedom and opportunity than America. Although we are 3rd in median household income, 4th in exports, and 7th in literacy, we are only 27th in math, 22nd in science, and 49th in life expectancy.

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Reid Hoffman: You can’t keep your best people forever

Originally posted on Fortune:

There will come a time when your brightest, most beloved employee will want to leave. Reid Hoffman says you should let her go—or at least, in many instances. On July 8, the king of social networks himself, who founded LinkedIn and was an early investor in Facebook, will publish a radical book of advice for managers called The Alliance, and it’s worth a read. A follow-up to his 2011 blockbuster The Start-Up of You, this instructional manual makes a strong case that managers should rethink the very essence of the relationships they strike with employees. Along with co-writers Ben Casnocha and Chris Yeh, Hoffman argues that no one goes to work for one company forever anymore, and that managers shouldn’t pretend they do. Instead, employees and employers should agree upon short increments of work to accomplish together much like a military tour of duty. Once the work is complete, they should meet to reevaluate what happens…

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