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Like I mentioned on my post from yesterday, the Pixel 2 XL could have been the best Android phone of the year if it wasn't for LG's terrible POLED panel. This phone has the worst viewing angles possible, turning blue to green haze at the slightest tilt.

Of course, Google can "fix" some of these issues via software by allowing a more vivid and saturated profile, but it still won't eliminate the poor quality of the display. Also, this is why color accuracy matters.

If you're planning on upgrading to the Pixel phones, I'd suggest you pick the lil' guy over the 2XL.

Related topic:
https://plus.google.com/+VinothRagunathan/posts/h8tL5T97mKt

iPhone 8 Plus / Pixel 2 XL image comparison:
https://twitter.com/vladsavov/status/920697103613128704

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This week's featured interview is with Alejandro Villanueva of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Al talks to us about his time as an Army Ranger, transitioning into professional sports, and being a Veteran in a high-exposure space like the National Football League.

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There is nothing decided at the moment. So let us see what will happened at the end.

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Migraines May Be Brain's Way of Dealing With Oxidative Stress

A new perspective article highlights a compelling theory about migraine attacks: that they are an integrated mechanism by which the brain protects and repairs itself.

The research is in Headache. (full access paywall)

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Has the half world conspired against President Trump? He isn't doing a mess in the new Health Care plan; it's the media and some of the Republicans and some Democrats. They don't want him to realize his Health Care that's a fact.

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'Wasabi Receptor' for Pain Discovered in Flatworms

A Northwestern University research team has discovered how scalding heat and tissue injury activate an ancient “pain” receptor in simple animals. The findings could lead to new strategies for analgesic drug design for the treatment of humans.

The research is in Nature Neuroscience. (full access paywall)

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Pence's Brother To Run For Indiana Congressional Seat VP Held For 12 Years http://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/pence-brother-indiana-congressional-run -via Flynx

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Google Photos app now groups your photos of dogs and cats

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As noted, this weeks #SmackDown in Seattle saw WWE Champion #JinderMahal issue a #SurvivorSeries challenge to WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar. The Beast and #PaulHeyman will be on Monday's #RAW from Green Bay to respond to the challenge. WWE announced the following on the appearance:

Brock Lesnar to respond to Jinder Mahal's WWE Survivor Series challenge on Raw

Jinder Mahal, you have Brock Lesnar's attention.

After SmackDown LIVE's WWE Champion threw down the gauntlet for a match against Raw's Universal Champion, The Beast Incarnate will issue his response to The Modern Day Maharaja next Monday night, live on Raw.

Should Lesnar accept this Champion vs. Champion Match challenge, the WWE Universe will bear witness to a battle of brand supremacy at WWE Survivor Series on Sunday, Nov. 19. How will The Anomaly respond?

Don't miss Raw at 8/7 C on USA Network!

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US President Donald Trump slammed the National Football League (NFL) again on Wednesday for not forcing players to stand for the national anthem.

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Los Angeles police will test drones despite privacy concerns http://engt.co/2l13Pce

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

#Android #Google #GoogleAssistant

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China's Xi Jinping Takes His First Step To Challenge Modi's Rising Clout In South Asia
Xi Jinping will try to use the congress meet to lay the foundation to stay atop the 89-million-strong party even longer than the normal 10 years. Wednesday is an important day for Prime Minister Narendra Modi. What makes it important is because of what's ha...

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Geniuses. Ammirite? 😑

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Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’s New Opening Casts Rebecca As Eminem and Carrie Underwood http://vult.re/2kXH7l3

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Samsung announced Bixby 2.0 today! It's apparently a major reinvention of the entire platform, which is kind of like admitting failure since Bixby is barely six months old.

#android #bixby #samsung

https://drd.life/2zyqJea

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The flood
Pavia, Italia

#travels #landscape #italy

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You can't run from the shadow.
But you can invite it to dance.

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missing color

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"Pup in NYC"
By +Dyln Engls instagram.com/dylnengls

#photography #portrait #dog #urban

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Magic Happens -- Fort Collins, Colorado
"Align with nature... Magic happens."
-- John Friend

A mist-covered dragonfly on the shore of a small pond in northern Colorado, taken on a very foggy, chilly morning... If you zoom in, you can see the individual drops of mist on each one of her tiny leg hairs. :)

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Against the wall
(Lahore fort, August,14th 2017)
#pakistan #blackandwhite #blackandwhitephotography #monochrome #monochromephotography 
#portrait #portraiture #portraitphotography
+ShowYourBestWork +Britta Rogge +Promote Photography +Edith Kukla
#promotephotogrpahy
#hqspmonochrome for +HQSP Monochrome
#hqspportraits +HQSP Portraits curated by +Heiko Köster +Christian Madsen

#StreetPhotographySaturday
+Street Photography Saturday curated by +Sunny Wu
#hqspStreetDoc for +HQSP Street & Documentary
+BTP Editors' Choice (Top Photo page) +BTP Monochrome Pro +BTP Portrait Pro
+BTP Street PRO

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Skogafoss, Iceland

The famous Skogafoss waterfall on Iceland's south-coast. One of the more famous waterfalls in Iceland, and it's easy to see why. This 60m high waterfall is not just beautiful, it's easily accessible, and easily admirable from below and above. There's a legend here at Skogafoss that there is treasure buried behind the fall, in a cave. It's said that Þrasi Þórólfsson (one of the first viking settlers in the region) buried the chest here when he arrived.

#Iceland

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Don't tread in the shadows..
there be monsters in there.

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Facebook and Google competed for anti-immigration ad dollars during the 2016 election

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Microsoft Surface Book 2 wins new chips and 15-inch version

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Qualcomm announces the world’s first 5G test on a smartphone

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See it! Moon passes Venus and Mars http://bit.ly/2ypFtOQ

Did you see the moon sweep past the planets this week? Spectacular images from EarthSky friends here. Thanks to all who submitted!

In this image from Hope Carter in Martin, Michigan, you can see 2 fainter "stars" to the right of the moon. The upper one is really another planet, Mars, and the lower one is a true star, Zavijava in the constellation Virgo.

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The ideology clash between Saw and Mon Mothma comes to a head just like was mentioned in Rogue One.

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Sky. . A Wonderful Superstar..
This view shows part of the very active star-forming region around the Tarantula Nebula in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a small neighbour of the Milky Way. At the exact centre lies the brilliant but isolated star VFTS 682 and to its lower right the very rich star cluster R 136. 

An extraordinarily bright isolated star has been found in a nearby galaxy — the star is three million times brighter than the Sun. All previous similar “superstars” were found in star clusters, but this brilliant beacon shines in solitary splendour. The origin of this star is mysterious: did it form in isolation or was it ejected from a cluster? Either option challenges astronomers’ understanding of star formation.

An international team of astronomers [1] has used ESO’s Very Large Telescope to carefully study the star VFTS 682 [2] in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a small neighbouring galaxy to the Milky Way. By analysing the star’s light, using the FLAMES instrument on the VLT, they have found that it is about 150 times the mass of the Sun. Stars like these have so far only been found in the crowded centres of star clusters, but VFTS 682 lies on its own.

“We were very surprised to find such a massive star on its own, and not in a rich star cluster,” notes Joachim Bestenlehner, the lead author of the new study and a student at Armagh Observatory in Northern Ireland. “Its origin is mysterious.”

This star was spotted earlier in a survey of the most brilliant stars in and around the Tarantula Nebula in the Large Magellanic Cloud. It lies in a stellar nursery: a huge region of gas, dust and young stars that is the most active star-forming region in the Local Group of galaxies [3]. At first glance VFTS 682 was thought to be hot, young and bright, but unremarkable. But the new study using the VLT has found that much of the star’s energy is being absorbed and scattered by dust clouds before it gets to Earth — it is actually more luminous than previously thought and among the brightest stars known.

Red and infrared light emitted by the star can get through the dust, but the shorter-wavelength blue and green light is scattered more and lost. As a result the star appears reddish, although if the view were unobstructed it would shine a brilliant blue-white.

As well as being very bright, VFTS 682 is also very hot, with a surface temperature of about 50 000 degrees Celsius [4]. Stars with these unusual properties may end their short lives not just as a supernova, as is normal for high-mass stars, but just possibly as an even more dramatic long-duration gamma-ray burst [5], the brightest explosions in the Universe.

Although VFTS 682 seems to now be alone it is not very far away from the very rich star cluster RMC 136 (often called just R 136), which contains several similar “superstars” .

“The new results show that VFTS 682 is a near identical twin of one of the brightest superstars at the heart of the R 136 star cluster,” adds Paco Najarro, another member of the team from CAB (INTA-CSIC, Spain).

Is it possible that VFTS 682 formed there and was ejected? Such “runaway stars” are known, but all are much smaller than VFTS 682 and it would be interesting to see how such a heavy star could be thrown from the cluster by gravitational interactions.

“It seems to be easier to form the biggest and brightest stars in rich star clusters,”adds Jorick Vink, another member of the team. “And although it may be possible, it is harder to understand how these brilliant beacons could form on their own. This makes VFTS 682 a really fascinating object.”

Notes
[1] The VFTS 682 analysis was led by Jorick Vink, Götz Gräfener and Joachim Bestenlehner from the Armagh Observatory,

[2] The name VFTS is short for VLT-FLAMES Tarantula Survey, an ESO Large Programme led by Christopher Evans of the UK Astronomy Technology Centre, Edinburgh, UK.

[3] The Local Group is a small group of galaxies that includes the Milky Way and Andromeda galaxies, as well as the Magellanic Clouds and many smaller galaxies.

[4] For comparison the surface temperature of the Sun is about 5500 degrees Celsius.

[5] Gamma-ray bursts are among the most energetic events in the Universe and the high energy radiation that they produce can be detected by orbiting space craft. Gamma-ray bursts lasting longer than two seconds are referred to as long bursts and those with a shorter duration are known as short bursts. Long bursts are associated with the supernova explosions of massive young stars in star-forming galaxies. Short bursts are not well understood, but are thought to originate from the merger of two compact objects such as neutron stars.

[6] If VFTS 682 is at the same distance from the Earth as R 136 then it lies about 90 light-years from the centre of the cluster. If the distances are significantly different then the separation could be much greater.

Credit: ESO/M.-R. Cioni/VISTA Magellanic Cloud survey. Acknowledgment: Cambridge Astronomical Survey Unit

About the Object
Name:Large Magellanic Cloud, LMC, Tarantula Nebula, VFTS 682, Wolf-Rayet Star
Type:Local Universe : Star : Type : Wolf-Rayet
Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Irregular
Distance:170000 light years
Constellation:Dorado
Category:Star Clusters
Stars

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Here's what protesters had to say to Cowboys owner Jerry Jones: Jones on Tuesday appeared to look one of the protesters in the eye but didn't respond. http://dlvr.it/PwMJFs

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The Green Bay Packers have signed quarterback Jerod Evans to their practice squad, according to an official release from the team website. Evans, who played.....
#greenbaypackers #jerodevans #frsnews

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Her comments on a red carpet touched off outrage online following sexual harassment and assault allegations against fallen movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.

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Jimmy's full interview with the great David Letterman...
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