January 1


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January 3


Everything Wrong with Prometheus in 4 Minutes or Less


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2013 Pan-Mass Challenge

For the fourteenth straight year I’ll be riding in the Pan-Mass Challenge which, through the Jimmy Fund, raises money to support research and treatment at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. For more information you might look at this year’s fact sheet.

You can contribute online if you’d like to support my effort.

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January 5



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January 8


Can a new vaccine prevent colon cancer?
Allison Hydzik-Pittsburgh, futurity.org

U. PITTSBURGH (US) — In clinical trials, a first-of-its-kind vaccine successfully prompted the immune system to respond to early indications of colon cancer in people at high risk for the disease.“This prophylactic colon cancer vaccine boos…

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Comet ‘15 times brighter than the moon’ to be visible from Britain
By Gregory Walton, telegraph.co.uk

A comet fifteen times brighter than a full Moon could be visible from Britain in a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, astronomers have predicted.

The comet, named Ison, is expect­ed to be so “spec­tac­u­lar­ly bright” that it will be vis­i­ble to t…

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Globe at Night 2013 campaign
Thilina Heenatigala, astronomerswithoutborders.org

The GLOBE at Night pro­gram, host­ed by the U.S. Nation­al Opti­cal Astron­o­my Obser­va­to­ry (NOAO), is an inter­na­tion­al citizen-science cam­paign to raise pub­lic aware­ness of the impact of light pol­lu­tion. The world­wide cam­paign invite…

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Why this atheist celebrates Christmas
Jim Al-Khalili, guardian.co.uk

Whether you are commemorating the birth of Jesus or marking all that’s positive about humanity, this is a time to rejoice

We tend to wish people a happy Christmas in Britain as a cultural nicety without checking whether the person we’re addressi…

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Christmas morning, seen from space
By Alan Boyle, nbcnews.com

All cal­en­dars must end, whether we’re talk­ing about the Maya cal­en­dar’s near­ly 400-year bak­tun cycle — or our 25-day Cos­mic Log Space Advent Cal­en­dar. This final image for the 2012 cal­en­dar comes from the GOES East weath­er satel­lite,…

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Abby Wambach, Lionel Messi, Pia Sundhage win FIFA awards
By Kevin Baxter, latimes.com


Argenti­na’s Lionel Messi and U.S. nation­al team star Abby Wambach were named win­ners of FIFA’s 2012 male and female play­ers of the year awards Mon­day dur­ing world soc­cer’s annu­al gala in Zurich.

For Messi the award was his fourt…

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January 10



Asteroid Apophis Takes a Pass in 2036

After track­ing aster­oid 99942 Apophis with NASA’s giant Gold­stone radar dish, astronomers are now cer­tain that the threat­en­ing aster­oid has no chance of strik­ing Earth in 2036.

Astronomers sure­ly enjoy dra­mat­ic sto­ries as much…

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January 12



New Year, New Desmos.

Incredible graphing calculator that runs in your browser


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January 15


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January 19


Polar Explorer Eric Larsen Begins Attempt to Bike to the South Pole – Beyond the Edge
Posted by James Mills of The Joy Trip Project onDecember 17, 2012, nationalgeographic.com

After polar explor­er Eric Larsen fin­ished on the “triple crown of adven­ture”—trav­el­ing to the South Pole, the North Pole, and the top of Mount Ever­est in one year—it was hard to imag­ine what he might do next. But he has a plan. In Decem­ber…


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2013 FIRST Robotics Competition - Ultimate Ascent Game Animation


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January 23

Asteroid mining: Second company announces plans. Time to stake a claim? ( video) - CSMonitor.com

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January 26

Bayesian Statistics and what Nate Silver Gets Wrong : The New Yorker

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January 27

The Four Digit Number Game in JavaScript

Given that the Java plugin for web browsers has fallen out of favor due to perpetual vulnerabilities, not to mention the lack of a Java interpreter at all on some devices, I translated Mark4, the Four Digit Number Game, into JavaScript. Let the games begin.

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January 28

How Newegg crushed the “shopping cart” patent and saved online retail | Ars Technica

It’s game over for a patent troll that sued nearly 50 big retailers.

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How Newegg crushed the “shopping cart” patent and saved online retail | Ars Technica">

January 29



On Feb. 15th an asteroid about half the size of a football field will fly past Earth closer than many man-made satellites. Since regular sky surveys began in the 1990s, astronomers have never seen an object so big come so close to our planet.


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January 31

Mark4 Web Apps for Small Screens

I created web apps (pages) for playing Mark4, the four digit number game, on devices with small screens: one where the machine scores the player’s guesses and another where the player scores the machine’s guesses.

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