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Points have been updated following the NASCAR weekend at ISM Raceway

Tags: #nascar #racing #sports
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Barbary macaque baby

For more monkey children:
https://anjawessels.photography/youngsters/
https://anjawessels.photography/primates/

Camera: Canon EOS 650D/Rebel T4i
Lens: Lens: Tamron 70-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II

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#photography #animal #zoo #Apenheul #primate #aap #BarbaryMacaque #macaque
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Spectacular Leonid Meteor Shower to Light Up the Skies this Weekend

Eyes on the Skies! Earth is approching a stream of debris from comet Tempel-Tuttle, source of the annual Leonid meteor shower. Forecasters expect the shower to peak on Nov. 17th and 18th with as many as 15 meteors per hour visible in bright moonlight.

The Leonids are famous for storming. As often as a few times each century, Earth hits a dense filament of Tempel-Tuttle's dusty debris, causing thousands of meteors per hour to stream out of the constellation Leo. Such a display in 1833 kickstarted modern meteor astronomy with an outburst of 100,000 Leonids per hour. Many readers still remember the Leonid fireballs of 1998 and the meteor storms of 1999, 2001 and 2002.

The best time to look is during the hours before dawn on Saturday, Nov. 17th, and Sunday, Nov. 18th, when the Lion is high in the eastern sky.

Bonus: If you're up before sunrise, check out Venus near the bright star Spica as well as newly-discovered Comet Machholz-Fujikawa-Iwamoto (C/2018 V1) in the constellation Virgo.
Also comet 46P/Wirtanen is around the corner. At the time you need a small telescope or binoculars to see it late in the evening at your southern sky.

Clear Skies Everyone!
Read more here:
http://spaceweather.com/
https://earthsky.org/tonight/radiant-point-for-leonid-meteor-shower

Clips, images credit: spaceweather.com & NASA/JPL

Music credit: YouTube Audio Library
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Birds of Prey has found yet another member for its team. This time an actress has been cast as Cassandra Cain, a woman about as deadly as you could hope. Variety is reporting that Ella Jay Basco has been cast as Cassandra Cain in the Birds of Prey movie.…
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I have come to judge people on the way the argue.

After quite some time I have come to realise that often,
its not what perspective or opinion which is considered 'right' or 'wrong' or even which one you actually end up agreeing with or/and connecting with, but more the way the argument is put forth by each person. This is what determines respect and worth of a person, particularly so in the social media scene where you may never physically meet the person.
Its when you can see the reasons and justifications of the other side and it is put forward in a way that encourages open minded debate with respect have you reached a acceptable level of civility.

Civility and restraint have seem to have been lost somewhere along the way and there are too many people acting like boneheads and they seem to be attracted to photography communities ;)

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Hugh Jackman Just Can’t Quit Jared and Ivanka http://vntyfr.com/LvWsjff
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Google traffic redirected to China (via Nigeria) 'in error'
BGP SNAFU or PRC SOP?
#Google went off the air for a couple of hours earlier this week. Its traffic seemed to disappear into a black hole, thanks to a bad #BGP announcement.

But the route went to China, which got people wondering. A Nigerian ISP said it was its fat-finger fault, but that explanation hasn’t satisfied everyone.

Could there be a more worrying explanation? In this week’s #SecurityBlogwatch at #TechBeacon, +Richi Jennings makes like Bobby Vee.

https://techbeacon.com/google-traffic-redirected-china-nigeria-error
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"Scientists from VIB and Ghent University under the guidance of Prof. Dr. Jenny Russinova have uncovered a novel mechanism in plants that controls an important decision step in stomatal lineage to divide asymmetrically or to differentiate. This is a decisive step for the formation of stomata, tiny pores on the plant surface, produced by asymmetric cell division. In the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana, they identified a scaffolding protein, POLAR, and demonstrated that POLAR brings a subset of GSK3-like kinases to their interacting partners at the polarized end of the stomatal precursor cell to initiate asymmetric cell division. This surprising regulation through scaffolding might be a more common mechanism to control GSK3-like kinases functions in plants".
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10 Amazing Details You Didn't Know About Stan Lee's Marvel Cameos
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#Decision2018: A congressman from New Jersey who sought a third term after aligning himself closely with the Trump administration's agenda was ousted by a Democratic challenger who worked in the Obama White House: http://on.nbc10.com/CUlCCth
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Super-Earth Spotted Around Barnard's Star Six Light Years Away

Astronomers have discovered a planet in orbit around one of the closest stars to the Sun, Barnard's star.

The study was co-led by researchers from Queen Mary University of London, and from the Institut d'Estudis Espacials de Catalunya and the Institute of Space Sciences/CSIC in Spain.

The potentially rocky planet, known as Barnard's star b, is a 'super-Earth' with a mass of at least 3.2 times that of the Earth, and it orbits around its host star once every 233 days.

The results, published in the journal Nature, show the planet lies at a distant region from the star known as the 'snow line'. This is well beyond the habitable zone in which liquid water, and possibly life, could exist.

The planet's surface temperature is estimated to be around -170 degrees Celsius meaning it is likely to be a frozen world which is uninviting to Earth-like life.

However, if the planet has a substantial atmosphere the temperature could be higher and conditions potentially more hospitable.

Read more at: https://phys.org/news/2018-11-astronomers-super-earth-barnard-star.html#jCp
https://www.eso.org/public/news/eso1837/
https://www.eso.org/public/archives/releases/sciencepapers/eso1837/eso1837a.pdf
https://reddots.space/
http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41586-018-0677-y

Clips, images credit: ESO/M. Kornmesser, ESA/HUBBLE, NASA/JPL

Music credit: YouTube Audio Library

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The first rains in centuries in the Atacama Desert devastate its microbial life - The Atacama Desert, the driest and oldest desert on Earth, located in northern Chile, hides a hyper-arid core in which no rain has been recorded during the past 500 years. But this situation has changed in the last three years. For the first time, rainfall has been documented in the hyper-arid core of the Atacama, and contrary to what was expected, the water supply has caused a great devastation among local li...

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"Killer whales display personality traits similar to those of humans and chimpanzees, such as playfulness, cheerfulness and affection, according to new research published by the American Psychological Association.

Researchers in Spain analyzed the personality traits of 24 captive killer whales(Orcinus orca) at SeaWorld Orlando, SeaWorld San Diego and the Loro Parque zoo in Tenerife, Spain, which operates its killer whale program in partnership with SeaWorld. Six of the killer whales were caught in the wild while the remainder were born in captivity.

Trainers and other staff who worked closely with the killer whales completed surveys ranking each animal on a list of 38 personality traits, including playfulness, independence, stubbornness, bravery, sensitivity and protectiveness. Those traits were analyzed and compared with previous studies of the same personality traits for chimpanzees and humans. The research was published online in the Journal of Comparative Psychology.

"This is the first study to examine the personality traits of killer whales and how they relate to us and other primates," said lead researcher Yulán Úbeda, a doctoral student in psychology at the University of Girona in Spain. "These similar personality traits may have developed because they were necessary to form complex social interactions in tightly knit groups that we see in killer whales, humans and other primates."

The study used a common personality measure called the five-factor model, which assesses five personality dimensions, including extraversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness, dominance and carefulness. The model, which was developed in the 1930s, describes personality traits using a combination of single adjectives or descriptive phrases".

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I'm a professor of human behavior, and I have some news for you about the 'narcissists' in your life
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#Astronomers have discovered a #frozenplanet with a mass over three times that of the Earth, orbiting the closest solitary star to the Sun.

https://goo.gl/sEJ3iv
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Scientists will gather today to debate where NASA should next land on Mars, as the American space agency prepares a new mission in its search for life on the Red Planet.

https://rxscience.org/nasa-stronghold-about-life-on-mars/
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