RaisingNerd

Inspiring the future #scientists, #engineers & #creatives that will one day solve our planets biggest challenges - you know, Nerds! Nerd On!

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"The weird thing is that I never think of myself as “girl”. I’m a scientist." - Michelle Thaller, NASA Scientist .
Terrific advice for future scientists that want to follow their passion. .
February 11th is International Women & Girls in Science Day, so please join us in honoring these amazing women by sharing their stories and reminding every girl you know that with the desire, access, and a little persistence, they can do anything!
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#nerd #instanerd #nasa #nasascientist #scientist #womeninscience #smartgirl #nasagirl #stem #steam #stemgirls #girlnerd #girlscientist @astronautabbyofficial @astroathens

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Team LongMetal making it happen. It’s amazing to see these kids, some who have never built anything in their lives, build this robotic drivetrain. Next step, cutting metal!
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@nefirst @nutrons125 @first_official_ @rosierobotics_839 #firstinspires #firstrobotics #frc #instanerd #instascience #engineer #robotics #robot #steam #stem #longmeadow @longmeadow.news @longmetal7127

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Meet the Women In Science. .
What happens when you cross a kick-boxing foodie with a passion for scientific discovery? You get @science.sam
Sam Yammine, aka Science Sam, is a PHD Candidate in the Department of Molecular Genetics at the University of Toronto studying how stem cells build and maintain the brain. She has a passion for science and telling stories.

If science had a Nike commercial, there is no doubt that Science.Sam would be its star.
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Read her story at www.RaisingNerd.com.

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Don’t worry about where you are. Think about where you’re heading. .
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#amazon #jeffbezos #thinkbig #bold #entrepreneur #nerd #nerding #instanerd

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Happy New Year Nerds!!
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NerdBoy taking on 3D Printing for the first time. #learning #3dprinting #nerd #instanerd #sciencenerds #instascience #stem #steam

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The Central Arctic Ocean Hope Spot spans approximately 2.8 million square kilometers (about the size of the Mediterranean Sea), is bordered by waters controlled by the United States, Norway, Russia, Greenland and Canada, and is the only remaining place free from the impacts of commercial fishing in the high seas of the Arctic. ⠀
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Image credit to Lwp Kommunikáció⠀
#MissionBlue #NoBlueNoGreen #HopeSpots #SylviaEarle #OceanStories #OceanConservation #MarineConservation #OceanOptimism #ThinkBlue #Ocean #Sea #Shore #Blue #Beach #Conservation #OceanMinded
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MIT Just Created Living Plants That Glow Like A Lamp, And Could Grow Glowing Trees To Replace Streetlights. .
Roads of the future could be lit by glowing trees instead of streetlamps, thanks to a breakthrough in creating bioluminescent plants. Experts injected specialized nanoparticles into the leaves of a watercress plant, which caused it to give off a dim light for nearly four hours.
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The chemical involved, which produced enough light to read a book by, is the same as is used by fireflies to create their characteristic shine. To create their glowing plants, engineers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) turned to an enzyme called luciferase. Luciferase acts on a molecule called luciferin, causing it to emit light.
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Researchers believe with further tweaking, the technology could also be used to provide lights bright enough to illuminate a workspace or even an entire street, as well as low-intensity indoor lighting.

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If you were in #California last night. Yes, that thing in the sky was @spacex ‘s falcon 9 launch! 🚀🤩
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Wow... wow... uhhhhh... wow. Tonight's Falcon 9 launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

#falcon9 #rocket #spacex #vandenberg #blownmind #iridium #itisrocketscience #stagesep #boostback #space #science #astrophysics #elonmusk #spaceexploration #cali

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This is actually happening. Space X is launching a Tesla Roadster into Mars orbit on the Falcon Heavy maiden launch. Elon Musk says the Roadster's stereo will be playing "Space Oddity" by David Bowie during launch. Why? Because he can. Launch is slated for January.
Photo Credit: Space X
#spacex #falcon #falconheavy #tesla #teslaroadster #nasa #kennedyspacecenter #test #mars #marsorbit #spaceoddity #bowie

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Thank you @maxandharveyofficial for The amazing birthday greeting for GirlTastic. You made this 12 year old fan so very happy!
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For #maxandharvey fans, you can get a video message too and help an amazing cause. 50% of all proceeds will be donated to Ward 84, Manchester Children's Hospital Oncology and Hematology Ward. Visit www.maxandharveystore.com for more. .
GirlTastic was floored when she woke up your video. Thanks so much and see you again when your are back in New England!
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#childrenscharity #manchesterchildrens #childrenscancer #cancersucks #maxandharveyfans #birthday #birthdaywish #thankyou #instavideo #instabirthday #wow @rmchward84 @rmchosp

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Did you know that stellar explosions and their remains -- “supernova remnants” -- are a source of chemical elements essential for life here on Earth? .
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A new Chandra X-ray Observatory image captures the location of several vital elements like silicon (red), sulfur (yellow), calcium (green) and iron (purple), located on Cassiopeia A -- a supernova remnant ~11,000 light years from Earth. .
Chandra’s sharp X-ray vision allows astronomers to gather detailed information about the elements that objects like Cas A produce. For example, they are not only able to identify many of the elements that are present, but how much of each are being expelled into interstellar space. .
Oxygen is the most abundant element in the human body (about 65% by mass), calcium helps form and maintain healthy bones and teeth, and iron is a vital part of red blood cells that carry oxygen through the body. All of the oxygen in the Solar System comes from exploding massive stars. About half of the calcium and about 40% of the iron also come from these explosions, with the balance of these elements being supplied by explosions of smaller mass, white dwarf stars. .
Credit: NASA/CXC/SAO
#nasa #space #chandra #supernova #explosion #remnants #oxygen #carbon #chemical #elements #beautiful #pictureoftheday #picoftheday #universe #solarsystem #calcium #stars #earth #xray #observatory #astronomy #astronomers

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Our favorite Curiosity photo this week: Sol 1897-1898: Welcome to Torridon! December 6, 2017.
This update was taken from NASA’s @marscuriosity page. For more information visit: https://mars.nasa.gov/msl/mission/mars-rover-curiosity-mission-updates/
Please share your favorite Curiosity Photo below in the comments.
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#TheMarsGeneration #JourneytoMars #instanerd #instascience #instamars #nasa #mars
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This year has been exhausting. We shy away from politics but this is ridiculous.
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It's not the end of the internet as we know it, but it's certainly a grand milestone for that to happen. There is still hope but without diligence and action, we cannot hope for our government to fight for us. I know I already have said I don't like posting political things on my Instagram but this will negatively the future of this account. After today expect more physics information to come your way. #physics #science #fcc #netneutrality #fcclive #freedom #law #wearethefuture #future #internet #internetfreedom
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Three Expedition 53 crew members wrapped up 139 days in space after landing Thursday in the snow-covered steppe of Kazakhstan inside the Soyuz MS-05 spacecraft.
#nasa #roscosmos #esa #kazakhstan #unitedstates #russia #europe #international #space #station

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The Leafy sea dragon is only found along the southern and western coasts of Australia. ⠀
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The species has become endangered through pollution and industrial runoff, as well as collection for the aquarium trade. In response to these dangers, the species has been totally protected in South Australia since 1987, Victoria since at least 1995, and Western Australia since 1991. .
Popularly known as "leafies", it is the marine emblem of the state of South Australia and a focus for local marine conservation.
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Photo by James Rosindell ⠀

#MissionBlue #NoBlueNoGreen #HopeSpots #SylviaEarle #OceanStories #OceanConservation #MarineConservation #OceanOptimism #ThinkBlue #Ocean #Sea #Shore #Blue #Beach #Conservation #OceanMinded #wow #instaocean #oceannerd #creature #oceanlove #savetheearth #earthscience

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NASA's Juno Probes the Depths of Jupiter's Great Red Spot

Jupiter's Great Red Spot is a giant oval of crimson-colored clouds in Jupiter's southern hemisphere that race counterclockwise around the oval's perimeter with wind speeds greater than any storm on Earth. Measuring 10,000 miles (16,000 kilometers) in width as of April 3, 2017, the Great Red Spot is 1.3 times as wide as Earth.

The future of the Great Red Spot is still very much up for debate. While the storm has been monitored since 1830, it has possibly existed for more than 350 years. In the 19th century, the Great Red Spot was well over two Earths wide. But in modern times, the Great Red Spot appears to be diminishing in size, as measured by Earth-based telescopes and spacecraft. At the time NASA's Voyagers 1 and 2 sped by Jupiter on their way to Saturn and beyond, in 1979, the Great Red Spot was twice Earth's diameter. Today, measurements by Earth-based telescopes indicate the oval that Juno flew over has diminished in width by one-third and height by one-eighth since Voyager times.

Juno also has detected a new radiation zone, just above the gas giant's atmosphere, near the equator. The zone includes energetic hydrogen, oxygen and sulfur ions moving at almost light speed.

Juno also found signatures of a high-energy heavy ion population within the inner edges of Jupiter's relativistic electron radiation belt -- a region dominated by electrons moving close to the speed of light. The signatures are observed during Juno's high-latitude encounters with the electron belt, in regions never explored by prior spacecraft. The origin and exact species of these particles is not yet understood. Juno's Stellar Reference Unit (SRU-1) star camera detects the signatures of this population as extremely high noise signatures in images collected by the mission's radiation monitoring investigation. To date, Juno has completed eight science passes over Jupiter. Juno's ninth science pass will be on Dec. 16.

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

#nasa #nasabeyond #juno #nasajuno #jpl #nasajpl #caltech #amazing #theredspot #planet #jupiter #greatredspot #creation #nature #space #science #nasahistory #history #j

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The devastating California wildfires as seen from space.
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A spate of California wildfires has destroyed an area larger than New York City and Boston -- combined. And with only about a fifth of the colossal Thomas Fire contained, the end is a long way off.
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Here are the staggering numbers:
234,000 acres -That's the size of the Thomas Fire, the largest one ripping across Southern California. It is the fifth-largest blaze in modern California history.
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Other ongoing wildfires have destroyed nearly 260,000 acres in Southern California, officials said Tuesday.
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$48 million- That's how much money has already been spent fighting the Thomas Fire, according to Ventura County. And the cost is sure to grow since the inferno was only 20% contained as of Tuesday morning.

25,000 homes threatened
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1,000 structures destroyed
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Nearly 9,000 firefighters - Nearly 7,000 firefighters were tackling the Thomas Fire alone. Almost 9,000 remain on the line at all the fires.
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85,000 power outages
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95,000 evacuees
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$10 billion - This year has been the costliest for wildfires in US history. Damages have topped $10 billion. .
#wildfire #california #califire #satellite #fire #fromspace #climatechange

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Nerds building stuff. Excited to be sponsoring our first FRC team. These kids lit up as they started building. Only four weeks until the official FRC kickoff. .
The FIRST Robotics Competition is an international high school robotics competition that gives students real-world engineering experience. Each year, teams of high school students, coaches, and mentors work during a six-week period to build game-playing robots that weigh up to 120 pounds.
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Be part of the more than 3,600 teams in 2018 comprised of 90,000 students and their adult mentors from around the world who will get to “play for real” in FIRST®️ POWER UPSM
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FIRST Robotics Competition is the ultimate Sport for the MindTM, where imagination and innovation come together! By combining the excitement of sport and beauty of art with the rigors of science and technology, teams of high school students (ages 14 - 18/grades 9 - 12) are challenged to design a team “brand,” hone teamwork skills, and build and program robots to perform tasks against a field of competitors.
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#frc #firstrobotics #longmeadow #lhs #robotics #sciencenerds #instanerds #robots #engineering #cube #tinker #stem #steam #nerds @longmetal7127 @nefirst @first_official_ @rosierobotics_839

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Smile for the camera 😁🎥!The first spacewalk at the ISS took place 19 years ago this week. Spacewalkers Jerry Ross and Jim Newman connected power cables to the new Unity and Zarya modules which had been attached the day before. .
#nasa #international #space #station #space #shuttle #zarya #unity #space #walk
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Oh, IT IS ON!
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Competition is a good thing. And this competition is good for Nerds. Call it a Job Opportunity!
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#spacex #elonmusk #science #fortunetech #physics #racetomars #wearethefuture #physicsiseverything

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Great news on the "Saving the Ocean" front!
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Mexico creates the largest marine protected area in North America. .
This presidential decree officially establishing the Revillagigedo Archipelago National Park protects 148,000 km2 of ocean – that’s nearly four times the size of Switzerland - and is now the largest marine protected area in North America. These national parks at sea are critical climate change fighting tools and help support food security. .
The science is clear that not nearly enough of the ocean is protected - scientists recommend strongly protecting at least 30 per cent, and today we are at less than five per cent. These national parks at sea are critical climate change fighting tools and help support food security. The ocean is a massive carbon sink and science is now demonstrating that marine reserves slow the effects of climate change, rebuild biodiversity, and help build resilience. With the conclusion of the 23RD UN Climate Change Conference (COP23), governments should keep in mind that they, like Mexico, can affirm their international commitments to combating climate change through the creation of marine reserves - or climate reserves.
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Mexico’s announcement follows similar declarations by countries large and small, including: the US under President Obama, the United Kingdom, Chile, and Russia, to Palau, Fiji, Nauru and the Cook Islands. @mission_blue @earthecho .
Via @richardbranson @virgin

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[Artists Impression]
Recently, astronomers made a startling discovery. Using the Pan-STARRS1 telescope in Hawaii, astronomers spotted an object travelling through the solar system at immense speeds, yet this object hasn’t always been part of our solar system. Based on calculations of its trajectory, astronomers are confident that this object came from outside of the solar system itself. .
The object, named Oumuamua, was at first believed to be a comet, yet further observations revealed it to be an asteroid, and one that has been travelling in interstellar space for a long time. The object is very strange and unique. It’s surprisingly elongated, perhaps as a result of interstellar cosmic rays bombarding it. It’s about 10 times longer in length than it is in width. The object appears to be similar to objects in our outer solar system. It’s interesting what kind of implications objects such as this may have. Further research may help us to understand how other star systems formed.
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What a lucky shot! .
While astrophotographer Fritz Helmut Hemmerich was capturing an image of the Andromeda galaxy, a sand-sized rock from deep space crossed right in front of the camera creating this incredible green streak. Or it was just aliens. 👽#astronomy #astrophotography #universe #andromeda #galaxy #space
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Are moray eels mean? .
Giant moray eels look pretty scary, particularly when you come across a big one like this (2.5m/8ft) in the dark of night. However, just like a lot of other misunderstood predators, this eel showed zero aggression towards the photographer. It's simply opening and closing its mouth to breathe. .
So why the gnarly reputation? Morays have poor vision and rely mostly on their acute sense of smell, making distinguishing between fingers and held food difficult; numerous divers have lost fingers while attempting hand feedings, so the hand feeding of moray eels has been banned in some locations, including the Great Barrier Reef. The moray's rear-hooked teeth and primitive but strong bite mechanism also makes bites on humans more severe, as the eel cannot release its grip, even in death, and must be manually pried off. While the majority are not believed to be venomous, circumstantial evidence suggests a few species may be.
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Shot off the coast of Egypt near Gubal Island in the northern Red Sea.
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Video by @bertiegregory.

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