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NASA Missions Catch First Light from a Gravitational-Wave Event...
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This animation captures phenomena observed over the course of nine days following the neutron star merger known as GW170817. They include gravitational waves (pale arcs), a near-light-speed jet that produced gamma rays (magenta), expanding debris from a kilonova that produced ultraviolet (violet), optical and infrared (blue-white to red) emission, and, once the jet directed toward us expanded into our view from Earth, X-rays (blue).
#Astronomy #NASA #Hubble #ESA #SETI #ISS #Science #Science64

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TITANS WIN!!! - Tennessee Titans Cheerleaders & T-Rac

💙🏉💙 TITANS WIN!!! 💙🏉💙

Watch video: bit.ly/2kTfRUG

#Sports #NFL #Cheerleaders

(Credit: Tennessee Titans Cheerleaders & T-Rac)

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Google Maps ditches automatic calorie estimates after users say it’s not helpful and even potentially harmful

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NASA Missions Catch First Light from a Gravitational-Wave Event

For the first time, NASA scientists have detected light tied to a gravitational-wave event, thanks to two merging neutron stars in the galaxy NGC 4993, located about 130 million light-years from Earth in the constellation Hydra.

Shortly after 8:41 a.m. EDT on Aug. 17, NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope picked up a pulse of high-energy light from a powerful explosion, which was immediately reported to astronomers around the globe as a short gamma-ray burst. The scientists at the National Science Foundation’s Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) detected gravitational waves dubbed GW170817 from a pair of smashing stars tied to the gamma-ray burst, encouraging astronomers to look for the aftermath of the explosion. Shortly thereafter, the burst was detected as part of a follow-up analysis by ESA’s (European Space Agency’s) INTEGRAL satellite.

NASA's Swift, Hubble, Chandra and Spitzer missions, along with dozens of ground-based observatories, including the NASA-funded Pan-STARRS survey, later captured the fading glow of the blast's expanding debris.

Neutron stars are the crushed, leftover cores of massive stars that previously exploded as supernovas long ago. The merging stars likely had masses between 10 and 60 percent greater than that of our Sun, but they were no wider than Washington, D.C. The pair whirled around each other hundreds of times a second, producing gravitational waves at the same frequency. As they drew closer and orbited faster, the stars eventually broke apart and merged, producing both a gamma-ray burst and a rarely seen flare-up called a "kilonova."

Neutron star mergers produce a wide variety of light because the objects form a maelstrom of hot debris when they collide. Merging black holes -- the types of events LIGO and its European counterpart, Virgo, have previously seen -- very likely consume any matter around them long before they crash, so we don't expect the same kind of light show.

Within hours of the initial Fermi detection, LIGO and the Virgo detector at the European Gravitational Observatory near Pisa, Italy, greatly refined the event's position in the sky with additional analysis of gravitational wave data. Ground-based observatories then quickly located a new optical and infrared source -- the kilonova -- in NGC 4993.

To Fermi, this appeared to be a typical short gamma-ray burst, but it occurred less than one-tenth as far away as any other short burst with a known distance, making it among the faintest known. Astronomers are still trying to figure out why this burst is so odd, and how this event relates to the more luminous gamma-ray bursts seen at much greater distances.

NASA’s Swift, Hubble and Spitzer missions followed the evolution of the kilonova to better understand the composition of this slower-moving material, while Chandra searched for X-rays associated with the remains of the ultra-fast jet.

The Image

This animation captures phenomena observed over the course of nine days following the neutron star merger known as GW170817. They include gravitational waves (pale arcs), a near-light-speed jet that produced gamma rays (magenta), expanding debris from a kilonova that produced ultraviolet (violet), optical and infrared (blue-white to red) emission, and, once the jet directed toward us expanded into our view from Earth, X-rays (blue).

Credits: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center/CI Lab

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Every gamers knows how good Razer is when it comes to gaming hardware. So when we heard about them coming out with a smartphones for gamers, we were obviously very interested. While they have been tight lipped so about what the phone would be like, there’s been a recent leak that gives us a sneak peek at the specs and some of the design choices.

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Spurs Resign LaMarcus Aldridge To A 3 Year- $72.3 Million Contract

Five Time All Star LaMarcus Aldridge has reach an agreement with the Spurs to resign on a 3 year- $72.3 Million deal. Aldridge will now be under contract until the year 2021, the contract also holds a salary in the deal's final season. Aldridge is coming off a season averaging 17.3 Points, 7.3 Rebounds on 48% FG in 2017 was the first time since 2011 he did not make an all star team. LaMarcus will now have an average income of $24.1 Million per season.

#NBA #Spurs #SanAntonio

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A local production for the second slot of this Monday at #TorontoAfterDark. Let's see what this one's about...
Impossible Horror

With IMPOSSIBLE HORROR, Director Justin Decloux (TEDDY BOMB) delivers a fresh, innovative, supernatural thriller with a delightfully dark and twisted sense of humour. After Lily, an insomniac young filmmaker, starts to hear a recurring sinister scream every night outside her apartment window, she teams up with a friend Hannah to try and track down the source of the terrifying noise. Soon the intrepid duo’s investigations lead them into a dark and sinister tangled web involving shadowy figures and a deadly supernatural force beyond their comprehension. An absolute treat for horror fans, IMPOSSIBLE HORROR takes you on a creepy, freaky mystery ride with nods to plenty of cult classics on the way. Don’t miss it!

https://youtu.be/2fchS4HkBp8

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When will your flagship device get Android 8.0 Oreo ?

As an Android flagship's device owner, you are probably excited to know when your flagship device will get Android 8.0 Oreo. In that video, we cover the main flagship smartphones and we give you the answer concerning the Android 8.0 Oreo presumed update date.

You will find the info for the Samsung devices (Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy S8/S8+, ...), the LG devices (LG V30, LG G6, ...), the Huawei devices (Huawei P10, Huawei Mate 9, ...) but also for the Motorola, Sony and HTC devices.

If we are missing some info or we have some info which are wrong, don't hesitate to tell us in comments.

#Flagship #Device #LGV30 #Samsung #GalaxyNote8 #Oreo #Android #AndroidOreo #huaweiMate10#HuaweiP10 #Mate9 #Sony #Motorola #HTC

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MLB playoffs: Three takeaways from Yankees' ALCS Game 3 rout of Astros: Can the Yankees mount consecutive playoff series comeback after trailing two games to none? The Bronx Bombers took the first step Monday. http://dlvr.it/Pw2gVM

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It's the first and last home game of October! Think PINK 🎀💕

Read more on: bit.ly/2xKtr2R

#Sports #NFL #Cheerleaders

(Credit: Tennessee Titans Cheerleaders & T-Rac)

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He Said What?! The Best NFL quotes of Week 6: The Packers are trying to move on from Aaron Rodgers' injury and Tom Brady was not impressed by his latest milestone. http://dlvr.it/Pw2zvs

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Study Links Social Anxiety to Empathy and Intelligence - Social anxiety is a daily struggle. As human beings, we have a deep need for personal connection. So

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Trump: A Soulless Coward

"This man in the Oval Office is a soulless coward who thinks that he can only become large by belittling others. This has of course been a common practice of his, but to do it in this manner—and to lie about how previous presidents responded to the deaths of soldiers—is as low as it gets. We have a pathological liar in the White House: unfit intellectually, emotionally, and psychologically to hold this office and the whole world knows it, especially those around him every day. The people who work with this President should be ashamed because they know it better than anyone just how unfit he is, and yet they choose to do nothing about it. This is their shame most of all." (Coach Gregg Popovich)

#GreggPopovich #donaldtrump

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Meddling or Helping?

I have a friend, not very close to me but whenever she visits, she opens my cupboards and tries to take over charge in everything, to the point that she’d open the doors for other guests, see them off to the car when they leave. All this without my asking for it, or her being very close to me.
She’s not an exception.

Some time back, a lady came to visit, at the gate got my mail from the mailman, on the way checked every sender and then questioned me on various ones. It was only the second time that she was visiting me and although there wasn’t anything to hide, I felt awkward.
It reminded me of an incident in high school when a newcomer in my class went through my school bag during recess, while I wasn’t there. I felt violated.

There are many who have such habits. Some do it with good intentions, and others with not so good intentions. A lot do it unintentionally as a habit. In some cultures, it’s ingrained in the society to the point that it’s considered a right of others of interfere in private matters.

There’s a thin line between being snoopy and being helpful in regards to actions but a wide gap in intentions. Former is meddling while the later is aiding. The first one imposes where the other respects. The reason that the gap is not obvious to the observing eye is the similarity in actions. The person whose privacy is invaded often finds it difficult to curtail the aggressive behavior of the other person in a nice way. This imposed help is sheer hypocrisy in many cases.

As the world is becoming more global, too much interaction is opening up doors for information, awareness and learning about others. It’s also offering opportunities of stalking, meddling and interfering. It’s becoming a dilemma where to draw the line as boarders are blurring and with this, comes confusion and tensions as many try in desperation to define the new limits or save the old ones. The person more careful, lawful and morally conscious always suffers in the chaos.

There is a dire need, to be mindful of others’ needs and to reach out to help, since the world is suffering but under no way, the rights or privacy of others should be compromised. The training starts at home, in childhood. We need to learn ourselves and teach our children through practice, the difference between meddling and helping out.

Let’s make the world a better place, starting with ourselves.

Shamsa Anwar.

http://shamsasays.blogspot.com/2017/10/meddling-versus-helping.html

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Cen A
The Outer Shells of Centaurus A

Explanation: What causes the surrounding shells in peculiar galaxy Cen A? In 2002 a fascinating image of peculiar galaxy Centaurus A was released, processed to highlight a faint blue arc indicating an ongoing collision with a smaller galaxy.

Another interesting feature of Cen A, however, is the surrounding system of shells, better visible here in this recently released wider pan from the four meter Blanco telescope at Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory.

Faint shells around galaxies are not unusual and considered by themselves as evidence of a previous galaxy merger, analogous to water ripples on a pond.

An unexpected attribute of these shells is the abundance of gas, which should become separated from existing stars during the collision.

Image Credit: E. Peng and H. Ford (JHU), K. Freeman (ANU), R. White (STScI), CTIO, NOAO, NSF

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Lineage OS update brings WiFi vulnerability "KRACK" fix

http://www.techdroider.com/2017/10/lineage-os-update-brings-krack-fix.html

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Apple could not pull it off, let's see if Samsung can...

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Judge leads Yankees past Astros!

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Robots learning human body language - CNET

Robots learning human body language: Translation, don't give a robot the🖕 and expect it to not understand.

Watch video: bit.ly/2kWGqbU

#Sci #Tech

(Credit: CNET)

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Google Photos will now recognize Luna, Fuzzy and your other pets

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Since the official release of Android Oreo, a number of Pixel users have been reporting that they have stopped receiving text messages. The bug allows them to send messages, but no incoming texts have been coming through. Thankfully, Google is aware of…

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Each Thursday, The World of Chinese takes the most ground-breaking, impressive, or just plain weird technological advancements related to the Middle Kingdom and serves them in bite-sized chunks to keep you up-to-date on the latest news in the world of Chinese technology.

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Congrats, Tom Brady! - NFL

🐐🐐🐐 Congrats, Tom Brady! 🐐🐐🐐

Read more on: bit.ly/2xLvROA

#Sports #NFL

(Credit: NFL)

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A big step forward in understanding how our genes make us.

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Opinion: Why Google Assistant On All Platforms Is A Big Deal

#Android #Google #GoogleAssistant

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#NASCAR Dale Earnhardt Jr. and wife Amy expecting first child https://www.motorsport.com/nascar-cup/news/dale-earnhardt-amy-having-baby-966461/ via @Motorsport_Oz

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Trump continues to corrupt the office of the President, day by day. The greatest threat he poses to democracy is the idea that he normalizes deceit, lying and governing out of a desire to demolish everything his predecessor did, heedless of the suffering he will cause to the people who elected him in those actions.

Charles M Blow points out Trump's motivations with a clarity Trump's followers need to hear, but won't.

From the article linked below:

It must be cold and miserable standing in the shadow of someone greater and smarter, more loved and more admired. It must be infuriating to have risen on the wings of your derision of that person’s every decision, and even his very existence, and yet not be able to measure up — in either stratagem or efficacy — when you sit where that person once sat.

This is the existence of Donald Trump in the wake of President Barack Obama. Trump can’t hold a candle to Obama, so he’s taking a tiki torch to Obama’s legacy. Trump can’t get his bad ideas through Congress, but he can use the power of the presidency to sabotage or even sink Obama’s signature deeds.

In fact, if there is a defining feature of Trump as “president,” it is that he is in all ways the anti-Obama — not only on policy but also on matters of propriety and polish. While Obama was erudite, Trump is ignorant. Obama was civil, Trump is churlish. Obama was tactful, Trump is tacky.

There is a thing present in Obama and absent from Trump that no amount of money or power can alter: a sense of elegant intellectualism and taste.

The example Obama set makes the big man with the big mouth look smaller by the day. But I believe that this nonadjustable imbalance is part of what has always fueled Trump’s rage against Obama. Trump, who sees character as just another malleable thing that can be marketed and made salable, chafes at the black man who operated above the coarseness of commercial interests and whose character appeared unassailable.

America — even many of the people who were staunch opponents of Obama’s policies — admired and even adored the sense of honor and decency he brought to the office. Trump, on the other hand, is historically unpopular, and not just in America. As The Pew Research Center pointed out in June: “Trump and many of his key policies are broadly unpopular around the globe, and ratings for the U.S. have declined steeply in many nations.” Trump is reviled around the globe and America’s reputation is going down with its captain.

All of this feeds Trump’s consuming obsession with undoing everything Obama did. It is his personal crusade, but he also carries the flag for the millions of Americans — mostly all Republicans — who were reflexively repulsed by Obama and the coalition that elected him.

Trump has done nearly everything in his power to roll back Obama’s policies, but none are as tempting a target as the one named after him: Obamacare.

Republicans — including Trump — campaigned for years on a lie. They knew it was a lie, but it was an enraging one that excited their base: Obama was destroying America’s health care system, but Republicans could undo the damage and replace it with their own, better bill.

First, Obama wasn’t destroying America’s health care system. To the contrary, he simply sought to make it cover more people. He moved to take American health care in a more humane, modern and civilized direction, to make it more universally accessible, even by the sick and poor who often took its absence as a given.

Second, the Republicans had no replacement plan that would cost less and cover as many or more people. That could not be done. So, their repeal-and-replace efforts failed. But that also meant that Trump’s promise was proven a lie. Trump has no problem lying, but in the end he wants his lies to look plausible.

Trump makes assertions for which there is no evidence — either knowingly lying, recklessly boasting or wishfully thinking — then seeks support for those statements, support that is often lacking because the statements are baseless.

He violates a basic protocol of human communication: Be sure of it before you say it. His way is to say something wrong, then bend reality to make it appear right. This is why the age of Trump is so maddening and stupefying: He is warping reality.

Last week he took more swipes at undermining the A.C.A.: Asking his administration to find ways to increase competition among insurers (a move many worry will move younger, healthier people out of the marketplace) and stopping the so-called “cost-sharing reduction” (CSR) payments — federal subsidies paid to insurance companies to help finance coverage for low-income Americans (a move many believe will send premiums soaring for those people).

Trump is doing this even though it will likely wreak havoc on countless lives. He is doing this even though a Kaiser Health Tracking Poll released Friday found that most Americans want Trump and Congress to stop trying to repeal the law, and instead work on legislation to stabilize the marketplaces and guarantee health care to Americans.

Furthermore, six in 10 Americans believe Congress should guarantee cost-sharing reduction payments, as opposed to only a third who view these payments as a “bailout of insurance companies,” as Trump has called them. There is no real reason to cut these payments, other than to save face and conceal the farce.

Trump isn’t governing with a vision, he’s governing out of spite. Obama’s effectiveness highlights Trump’s ineptitude, and this incenses Trump.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/15/opinion/columnists/trump-spite-obama-legacy.html?_r=0

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I've obtained a secure document related to the upcoming #EXO5 Anomalies. The document is a detailed guide to many aspects related to the upcoming Anomalies. It seems a number of interesting changes are in store for Agents....

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Google has uploaded its eSIM Manager app to the Play Store to prepare for the Pixel 2 launch. We explain what the app does and what exactly eSIM is. #News #Google #GooglePixel2

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Here are the Worst Dressed Celebs from Grammys 2017

Awards story: http://www.stylefigure.com/worst-dressed-celebs-grammys-2017/

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10+ Times People Shopped Online While Drunk And Regretted It Deeply

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It looks like the real motivation for Trump attacking sporting personalities for "taking a knee" during the national anthem has been found.
As ever, it's all about Trump, and has nothing to do with the flag or patriotism at all.

It's all about the loss of revenue Trump is experiencing since a growing number of Teams have stopped using Trump properties for their away-from-home accommodation.

From the article linked below:

Trump’s refusal to untangle himself from his businesses as required of any U.S. president automatically created a red-flag of suspicion. Myriad long-time politicians from both parties, along with journalists, have questioned Trump’s disrespect for the First Amendment — because it is, indeed, odd, that a leader of this country would to such lengths attack private citizens and businesses who disagree with his policies and rhetoric.

No matter the policy differences, U.S. presidents have typically respected the Constitution.

But The Washington Post report shines a glaring light on possible motive for Trump to go out of Stephen Curry for stating his refusal to visit the White House, or NFL players, for choosing to protest peacefully against police killings of African Americans.

Teams from all major sports leagues, and beyond, have been fleeing Trump hotels in droves since 2014, according to Bontemps and Farenthold:

According to the report, the only properties not to take a financial hit are those in Washington, D.C. or his Mar-A-Lago resort in Florida.

_Which came first — Donald Trump “poking the wrong bear,” leading to professional sports teams fleeing his properties and hitting him in the pockets? Or the professional sports teams leaving the properties causing him to lash out on Twitter? (And, will this information cause other teams to find other hotels in which to stay — or, conversely, inspire teams to stay or seek out Trump hotels?) _

https://www.goldenstateofmind.com/2017/10/14/16465714/nba-2017-warriors-pro-sports-teams-flee-donald-trump-hotels-in-protest-over-policies-racist-rhetoric

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I did a little poking into that old story about a NN detecting tanks: https://www.gwern.net/Tanks
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