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Scientists at MIT have developed a new simulation that traces 13 billion years of cosmic evolution. They start the simulation shortly after the big bang with a region of space much smaller than the universe (a mere 350 million light years across).  Still, it’s big enough to follow the forces that helped create the galaxies we see today, and correctly predict the gas and metal content of those galaxies.

At first, we see dark matter clustering due to the force of gravity (first two GIFs). Then we see visible matter — blue for cool clouds of gas where galaxies form, red for more violent explosive galaxies (second two GIFs).

Super massive blackholes form, superheating the material around them, causing bright white explosions that enrich the space between galaxies with warm but sparse gas (fifth GIF).

Different elements (represented by different colors in the sixth GIF) are spread through the universe.

We arrive at a distribution of dark matter that looks similar to the one we see in our universe today (seventh GIF).

The simulation is so complex it would take two thousand years to render on a single desktop. And it’s kinda beautiful.

Image Credit: MIT and Nature Video

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Mark Your Calendars for the 5th Annual Social Media Day this June! 

Mark Your Calendars for the 5th Annual Social Media Day this June! 

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How Many Earth Twins are out there? Hundreds possibly

NASA’s recent discovery of Kepler-186f, the first habitable Earth-sized planet is big news in humankind’s long search for extraterrestrial life.

A universe full of exoplanets: Thanks to the Kepler Space Telescope, which was launched in 2009 to hunt planets across the universe, we’ve managed to find around 1800 exoplanets so far, many of which have been discovered in just the last year or so.

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huffingtonpost:

These states still ban cohabitation, sex toys… and gay marriage.

huffingtonpost:

These states still ban cohabitation, sex toys… and gay marriage.

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Opening Night: Audra McDonald Is Back on Broadway as Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill

TheaterMania spoke with five-time Tony winner, Audra McDonald, along with the numerous Broadway stars who came out in support of her return.

Audra McDonald has been missed since winning her fifth Tony Award for The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess. Well, now she’s back, this time embodying jazz legend Billie Holiday in Lanie Robertson’s 1986 play Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill, making its first appearance on Broadway, under the direction of Lonny Price. TheaterMania spoke with the team along with the many, many Broadway stars who came out on their night off to cheer for Audra.

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emergentfutures:

Staples Wants to Bring 3D Printing to the Masses


Staples has been selling 3D printers for about a year. Now it wants to begin selling access to them.
The office supply retailer began offering 3D printing services in two stores on Thursday, one in New York and another in Los Angeles. Anyone can walk in and have Staples crank out a tchotchke—or 1,000 of them—while reveling in the glory of the 3D printing revolution without spending thousands on an actual printer. If the pilot takes off, Staples (SPLS) says it will expand 3D printing services to more stores.

Full Story: Business Week

emergentfutures:

Staples Wants to Bring 3D Printing to the Masses

Staples has been selling 3D printers for about a year. Now it wants to begin selling access to them.

The office supply retailer began offering 3D printing services in two stores on Thursday, one in New York and another in Los Angeles. Anyone can walk in and have Staples crank out a tchotchke—or 1,000 of them—while reveling in the glory of the 3D printing revolution without spending thousands on an actual printer. If the pilot takes off, Staples (SPLS) says it will expand 3D printing services to more stores.

Full Story: Business Week

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Artist Name: Sunta Frunce
Tumblr: http://sntfrnc.tumblr.com/

tumblropenarts:

Artist Name: Sunta Frunce

Tumblr: http://sntfrnc.tumblr.com/

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Beyoncé Debuts Free Remixes

Monsieur Adi gives ‘Blow’ & ‘XO’ the club treatment

French producer Monsieur Adi gives two of Beyoncé’s tracks the electro house treatment exclusively for Out.com.

Adi, who first gained notice for his remixes of Ellie Goulding, was handpicked by Beyoncé to serve as the official DJ of the European leg of The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour. The 27-year-old musician opened every show but one, setting the tone for each live concert experience.

Listen to his versions of the infectious “Blow” and “XO,” which is transformed into a club-friendly power pop ballad.

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emergentfutures:
Why futurologists are always wrong – and why we should be sceptical of techno-utopians



From predicting AI within 20 years to mass-starvation in the 1970s, those who foretell the future often come close to doomsday preachers.














Full Story: New Statesman

emergentfutures:

Why futurologists are always wrong – and why we should be sceptical of techno-utopians

From predicting AI within 20 years to mass-starvation in the 1970s, those who foretell the future often come close to doomsday preachers.

Full Story: New Statesman

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Being: Chaka Khan [Full Episode]

From a rebellious child to the blank panthers, being an adored superstar to surviving rehab - Chaka Khan is truly every woman.

Here’s the full episode of her recent interview and dedication on Centric TV.

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Why would any other company want to join Citi as a sponsor?

Scott Galloway, a marketing professor at New York University’s Stern School of Business, tells Co.Design that it’s not shocking that Citi Bike would have difficulties finding additional sponsorship. “When the first member on your team is A-Rod, it doesn’t leave a lot of opportunity or budget to other players,” he says. “When your first sponsor is Citi and it’s called Citi Bike, there’s not a lot of value for other advertisers. They should have known upfront they were selling one sponsorship, and should have planned accordingly.”

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fastcodesign:

Why would any other company want to join Citi as a sponsor?

Scott Galloway, a marketing professor at New York University’s Stern School of Business, tells Co.Design that it’s not shocking that Citi Bike would have difficulties finding additional sponsorship. “When the first member on your team is A-Rod, it doesn’t leave a lot of opportunity or budget to other players,” he says. “When your first sponsor is Citi and it’s called Citi Bike, there’s not a lot of value for other advertisers. They should have known upfront they were selling one sponsorship, and should have planned accordingly.”

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Can computers be creative? When a machine creates art, who’s the artist — the program or the programmer?

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The miracle is not to walk on water. The miracle is to walk on the green earth, dwelling deeply in the present moment and feeling truly alive.
 Thích Nhất Hạnh  (via elige)

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theatlantic:

Why Don’t The 1 Percent Feel Rich?

It’s hard out there for the 1 percent.
Okay, that’s not true at all. But they think it is. If you talk to people on Wall Street, most of them—even, in my experience, the ones shopping for Lamborghinis—will tell you that they’re “middle class.” Their lament, the lament of the HENRY (short for “high-earner, not rich yet”), goes something like this. You try living on $350,000 a year when you have to pay taxes, the mortgage on the house in a tony zip code, the nanny who knows how to cook ethnic cuisine, the private school tuition from pre-K on, the appropriately exclusive vacation, and max out your retirement and college savings accounts. There just isn’t that much cash left over each month once you’ve spent it all!
Well, sure. But burning through your money to live the lifestyle of the rich and unfamous doesn’t mean you’re not rich. Nor does it mean that the top 1 percent haven’t been pulling away from everyone else. They have. You can see that in the chart below from Berkeley economist Emmanuel Saez’s numbers on income inequality. It looks at how much different parts of the 1 percent have made as a share of total income. Now, the top 0.01 percent—that is, the 1 percent of the 1 percent—have increased the most, almost quintupling their income share in the last 40 years. But the “bottom of the 1 percent” (the 99 to 99.5 percent) have increased too. So both the super-rich and the merely rich are growing faster than everyone else.
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theatlantic:

Why Don’t The 1 Percent Feel Rich?

It’s hard out there for the 1 percent.

Okay, that’s not true at all. But they think it is. If you talk to people on Wall Street, most of them—even, in my experience, the ones shopping for Lamborghinis—will tell you that they’re “middle class.” Their lament, the lament of the HENRY (short for “high-earner, not rich yet”), goes something like this. You try living on $350,000 a year when you have to pay taxes, the mortgage on the house in a tony zip code, the nanny who knows how to cook ethnic cuisine, the private school tuition from pre-K on, the appropriately exclusive vacation, and max out your retirement and college savings accounts. There just isn’t that much cash left over each month once you’ve spent it all!

Well, sure. But burning through your money to live the lifestyle of the rich and unfamous doesn’t mean you’re not rich. Nor does it mean that the top 1 percent haven’t been pulling away from everyone else. They have. You can see that in the chart below from Berkeley economist Emmanuel Saez’s numbers on income inequality. It looks at how much different parts of the 1 percent have made as a share of total income. Now, the top 0.01 percent—that is, the 1 percent of the 1 percent—have increased the most, almost quintupling their income share in the last 40 years. But the “bottom of the 1 percent” (the 99 to 99.5 percent) have increased too. So both the super-rich and the merely rich are growing faster than everyone else.

Read more. [Image: Reuters]