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Fabulous lunches with politicians

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Oh, I do so love First Dog on the Moon

"Who are you representing today?"

"Yams against Offensive Wind Turbines."

Yawning cools the brain ... [*YAWN*] →

Over at Science Alert:

(Aaaaand just try to watch the video without yawning.)

Take Veritasium’s Buoyancy Test

OK, I admit it: this one got me. A really nice demonstration of how buoyancy works.

• Without a doubt, bullets make it far easier to read your presentation to people in the room. For those with no time to practice or unable to say what’s in their heart, bullets are perfect.

— Set Godin’s gem for this week, Most presentations aren’t bullet proof. For the antidote to bullets, see Seth’s Really Bad Powerpoint post from too-many-years-ago.

It’s Useful. It’s Science. It’s Useful Science.

I am loving usefulscience.com, such a treasure trove! Go and dip in. 

(Bonus, I know one of the writers: one Jun Tong from Sydney Uni.)

From the fabulous Henry over at MinutePhysics: seeing clearly without glasses. This is one of those “oh … right!” explanations that draws together eyesight, cameras and lens apertures, pinholes … and gives you something to try out at home (bonus!).

Go watch. Is good.

Remotely Sensing MH370

OK, this is interesting: Australian remote sensing company GeoResonance thinks it may have found evidence for missing flight MH370 … in the Bay of Bengal, about 5000km away from the current search area. From the Guardian website:

The countries searching for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight 370 are investigating a claim by a resource survey company of possible plane wreckage in the northern Bay of Bengal, Malaysia’s defense minister said.

The location, about 190km (118 miles) south of Bangladesh, is far from where the underwater and surface search has been concentrated for weeks in the southern Indian Ocean.

Australia-based GeoResonance Pty stressed that it was not certain it had found the Malaysian jet missing since 8 March, but has asked for its findings to be investigated.

Whether it turns out to be the missing plane or not, that’s some really cool remote sensing technology you’ve got there, GeoResonance.

The company uses a wide range of technologies — from sonar and satellite imagery, to field sampling and electromagnetic surveys — to give quantitative data about all sorts of geophysical stuff: mineral deposits, oil and gas reserves, … even sunken shipwrecks or crashed planes.

Here’s the image the company provided with their press release yesterday — which, by the way, they state they felt impelled to release when their data was ignored by the international search team.

They have sensed several different metals, alloys and minerals at the location, all with tantalisingly-shaped signals. This isn’t some fuzzy plane-ish shape under the water in a low-res satellite photo: whether you detect for the aluminium and titanium in the plane body, the hydrocarbons in the fuel, or even the copper in the electrical wiring, it all looks like an aeroplane.

The GeoResonance front page states: “Any Commodity. Any Tenement. Anywhere.” If their data uncovers the fate of flight MH370, I’d say they’ll be underlining that statement in bold.

— “How do I get rid of the fear?”
Alas, this is the wrong question.

The only way to get rid of the fear is to stop doing things that might not work, to stop putting yourself out there, to stop doing work that matters.

No, the right question is, “How do I dance with the fear?”

Fear is not the enemy. Paralysis is the enemy.

— Ah, Seth Godin. You know me so well.

Pucker Up

Let’s just get this over with, shall we? First posts are always a little awkward. Like first kisses. What if I’m doing this wrong? What if they don’t like it? What if …

So let’s keep it simple. Lean in. Smile. Connect.

Hello.