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Michael Rubinstein
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Hi everyone! I just pulled the trigger on an unlocked canadia Moto X Play (even though I live in the U.S.)! Can anyone point me to a good resource on manually installing updates, since I imagine an unlocked phone originally sold by a Canadian carrier will not get OTAs from Motorola? Anyone have a similar experience they could share?

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If not for your everyday card replacement this is a great option for travel.
Introducing the new Google Wallet Card

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#RorschachDoodle I see...

A skull wearing earrings...

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The maturity and courage this girl demonstrates continue to amaze me.  Her passion for and commitment to her cause are truly inspiring.


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Photo-mashups with split faces

This is wild.  I want to try to make these with my family.  Examples include father:daughter, mother:son, brothers, etc.

#mashup   #family   #genetics   

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Amazing ecological survey / documentary from my more-or-less nephew Nayou!

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The Google Crisis Response team has published post-tornado imagery for the Moore, OK tornado on a crisis map.  See link in original post.
We've published post-tornado imagery of Moore, OK on our Google Crisis Response Map ( ). Here's a before (collected on 29th April by CNES 2013, Distribution Astrium Services/Spot Image) and after (collected on 22nd May by Digitalglobe) view showing Briarwood elementary school and the surrounding area - You can check/uncheck the boxes on the right of the map link to explore more information.

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Choice comment:

  "It's like Winnipeg Manitoba moving to Minneapolis-Saint Paul in only 30 years"

brings chills even though it's #warming
Vegetation growth at Earth's northern latitudes increasingly resembles lusher latitudes to the south.

The trend toward a greener North is evident in this visualization – based on land surface and satellite data – that shows how plant growth changed across the 10 million square miles (26 million square kilometers) of northern vegetated lands during the past 30 years.

Of the North's total vegetated land area, 34-41% showed increases in plant growth (green and blue), 3-5% showed decreases in plant growth (orange and red), and 51-62% showed no changes (yellow).

The changes are driven by enhanced warming and longer growing seasons in the North, which have led to large patches of vigorously productive vegetation that now span a third of the northern landscape. This landscape resembles what was found 250-430 miles (400-700 kilometers) to the south in 1982.

"It's like Winnipeg, Manitoba, moving to Minneapolis-Saint Paul in only 30 years," said co-author Compton Tucker of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., describing the research published March 10 in the journal Nature Climate Change.

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Visualization credit: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio
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