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Offbeat Brain Rhythms During Sleep Make Older Adults Forget

Like swinging a tennis racket during a ball toss to serve an ace, slow and speedy brainwaves during deep sleep must sync up at exactly the right moment to hit the save button on new memories, according to new UC Berkeley research.

The research is in Neuron. (full access paywall)

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Which is the Hottest Ronda Rousey Picture? Ep 14

Cast your vote now at  https://goo.gl/rzYq9f

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Even if you love #TheLastJedi you have to admit some of it was kind of bad...

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Fully reused space craft and first stage

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"A Christmas Eve Suit" offers playful wordplay by O. Henry. It's about a young lawyer who has to decide between two women "suit"ors. Wait for the ice-breaker!

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To Sleep or Not to Sleep: The Complex Genetic Network Behind Sleep Duration

Scientists have identified differences in a group of genes they say might help explain why some people need a lot more sleep-and others less - than most. The study, conducted using fruit fly populations bred to model natural variations in human sleep patterns, provides new clues to how genes for sleep duration are linked to a wide variety of biological processes.

The research is in PLOS Genetics. (full open access)

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Snapchat’s Lens Studio App Opens Augmented-Reality Format To Everyone, Including Self-Serve Advertisers

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OnePlus is going full speed ahead with its Open Beta Program for the OnePlus 5 by rolling out the second Oreo Beta build in less than a month. #News #Android80Oreo #OnePlus5

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi you say? Oh hello new lockscreen and homescreen wallpapers!

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Yesterday's disruption at the FCC was a phoned-in bomb threat after all

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Reuse, recycle: In a first, SpaceX uses recycled rocket and capsule for special space station delivery - CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX racked up another first Friday, launching a recycled rocket with a recycled capsule on a grocery run for NASA. The unmanned Falcon rocket blasted off with a just-in-time-for-Christmas delivery for the International Space Station, taking flight again after a six-month turnaround. On board was a Dragon supply ship, also a second-time flier. It was NASA's first...

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‘The Fix Was In’: Hannity Blows Lid Off New Documents Exposing Comey’s Hillary Statement

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Call Your MoC to support overturning the FCC Vote! ALSO check if your state Attorney General is part of the lawsuit and call your AG

Next steps on Net Neutrality.


Just minutes after the Federal Communications Commission voted to repeal rules intended to bar internet service providers from blocking or slowing down specific websites, Sen. Edward Markey said he’s filing a bill to put it back in place.

Plus in the House:

Markey’s bill would allow Congress to overturn regulatory actions at federal agencies with a simple majority vote in both chambers. Congressman Mike Doyle (D-Penn.) plans to introduce a similar bill in the House.

On the AG front:

<https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2017/12/state-attorneys-general-line-up-to-sue-fcc-over-net-neutrality-repeal/>

Here's a list of state AG's that appears to be up-to-date on spot check. See if your AG is supporting the lawsuit (the list has grown from Arstechnica's original named states) and call in to encourage them to join it!

<https://www.thespruce.com/find-a-state-attorney-general-office-3542885>



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Paul Ryan And Top Republican Lawmakers Could Reap Personal Windfall From New Real Estate Tax Breaks http://www.ibtimes.com/political-capital/paul-ryan-top-republican-lawmakers-could-reap-personal-windfall-new-real-estate -via Flynx

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When Google introduced Inbox, the app’s smart sorting and organization features differentiated it from the standard Gmail email client. Since launching, the app has been updated with new functionality like the ability to remind users to follow-up on sent…

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So, did you see #TheLastJedi already? We have spoiler-free and spoiler-rific portions clearly split within this review. "The Last Jedi is, in fact, a very dark film. It's reminiscent in some ways of the 2003 Battlestar Galactica miniseries where humanity is being rapidly blown to bits by cylons who can track them anywhere."

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Yup, it's happened.

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Finally, an easy way to treat your friends like an alarm clock.

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Beauty and Backlight

Capturing a real expression is challenging, and is the great reward for patience and timing in portrait photography. Often the best emotion and expression is the moments just after a pose or coaching out a smile.

Portrait photography is intimate, it's vulnerable and can often start feeling awkward and forced. Great lighting and expensive equipment are nice, but NOTHING takes the place of authentic expression and connection. That takes time, it's patient and needs trust

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another day in paradise

#fungusfriday by +Shawn McClure+Fungus Friday
#hqspphotoart +HQSP Photo Art

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Manetti Shrem Museum of Art (University of California – Davis, California)
The Canopy - Version 3 (© Alex James Photos 2017)


Good morning folks! Wishing you all a great upcoming weekend!! This is the final perspective of the canopy study. I'm still happily entertained by the sharp lines and reflective light work in these images. This one has perhaps, the most aggressive, harshest line work, and yet it continues to draw me in.

www.alexjamesphotos.com

#WBTPA +PRO Winners +BTP Architecture Pro +BTP Monochrome Pro #blackandwhite #monochrome #architecture #architecturephotography #manettishrem #ucdavis #california

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Baby Elephant Seal

These are the happiest most playful creatures on South Georgia Island.

#playful #happiness #oneoceanexp

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Computer System Predicts Objects' Response to Physical Forces

Josh Tenenbaum, a professor of brain and cognitive sciences at MIT, directs research on the development of intelligence at the Center for Brains, Minds, and Machines, a multiuniversity, multidisciplinary project based at MIT that seeks to explain and replicate human intelligence.

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Many liberal and Democratic groups have seen a flood of donations since Trump's election.

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Millions of conscientious moviegoers carried out their obligation to sit through a complete screening of the film, clapped when the characters they liked appeared onscreen, and enthusiastically discussed what they had just seen with their companions as they exited the theater.

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They might cause something called "ring rain"

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Facebook tests option to bypass profiles and only post to News Feed http://engt.co/2AzN1w4

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Offbeat brainwaves during sleep make older adults forget

To hit the save button on new memories, slow and speedy brainwaves must sync up at exactly the right moment. Like swinging a tennis racket during a ball toss to serve an ace, slow and speedy brainwaves during deep sleep must sync up at exactly the right moment to hit the save button on new memories, according to new UC Berkeley research. While these brain rhythms, occurring hundreds of times a night, move in perfect lockstep in young adults, findings published in the journal Neuron show that, in old age, slow waves during non-rapid eye movement (NREM) sleep fail to make timely contact with speedy electrical bursts known as "spindles." "The mistiming prevents older people from being able to effectively hit the save button on new memories, leading to overnight forgetting rather than remembering," said study senior author Matthew Walker, a UC Berkeley professor of neuroscience and psychology and director of the campus's Center for Human Sleep Science. "As the brain ages, it cannot precisely coordinate these two deep-sleep brain waves," Walker added. "Like a tennis player who is off their game, they're swiping and missing." In tennis lingo, for example, the slow brainwaves or oscillations represent the ball toss while the spindles symbolize the swing of the racket as it aims to make contact with the ball and serve an ace. "Timing is everything. Only when the slow waves and spindles come together in a very narrow opportunity time window (approximately one-tenth of a second), can the brain effectively place new memories into its long-term storage," said study lead author Randolph Helfrich, a postdoctoral fellow in neuroscience at UC Berkeley.

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Private space companies want to send humans where none have gone before. Big-picture thinkers like Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and Richard Branson are developing spacecraft that can take tourists into orbit around the Earth, to vacation on the Moon, or even to build settlements on Mars.

If you’ve been paying attention to this burgeoning industry (or even if you haven’t), SpaceX is hard to ignore. The high-profile company has completed more missions than any of its competition. Since its first demo flight in 2006, Elon Musk’s brainchild has launched a handful of commercial satellites into orbit and completed 45 missions total, according to the company’s launch manifest. And the company has another 70 missions planned, totaling in $10 billion in contracts.

It’s one of the world’s most valuable privately-held companies.

The company’s Falcon 9 rockets are also reusable, dropping the price of each launch by up to 30 percent, or $18.6 million per launch, SpaceX’s president estimated last year. Technology still under development, such as the Dragon capsule, the Falcon Heavy rocket, and the BFR rocket system are essential to reaching one of Musk’s most clearly-defined goals for the company: to put humans on Mars. These new technologies will also propel SpaceX even farther forward as the other companies work to reach milestones that they passed long ago.

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AP poll: Most Americans believe Trump did something illegal or unethical with Russia

Most Americans think Donald Trump did something illegal or at least unethical regarding ties between his presidential campaign and Russia — and they think he's trying to obstruct the investigation looking into those possible connections.

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SpaceX now has its twentieth successful rocket landing

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The FCC's 'Harlem Shake' video may violate copyright law http://engt.co/2AAUfjn

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An Executive's Guide to Measuring Business Data
#measure #analytics

"If you want to improve the experience of your website or app, or maybe you want to ensure the success of your business, you need to be analyzing user behavior. One of the easiest ways to do that is with Google Analytics."

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“The Best People”: Trump Judicial Nominee Fails to Answer Basic Legal Questions http://vntyfr.com/c09futY

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GOP Makes Sudden Change To Tax Bill
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