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Sunday should be a walk in the park for the Birds even without Wentz, but you won't hear the players say that. #FlyEaglesFly

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A better way to weigh millions of solitary stars

Astronomers have come up with a new and improved method for measuring the masses of millions of solitary stars, especially those with planetary systems.

"We have developed a novel method for 'weighing' solitary stars," said Stevenson Professor of Physics and Astronomy Keivan Stassun, who directed the development. "First, we use the total light from the star and its parallax to infer its diameter. Next, we analyze the way in which the light from the star flickers, which provides us with a measure of its surface gravity. Then we combine the two to get the star's total mass."

Read more at>>
https://phys.org/news/2017-12-millions-solitary-stars.html

More Astrophysics News here>>
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFhRybkQGp5swKyG5hyQI7w

#astronomy #astrophysics #space #science

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How George Lucas restored order to his expanding universe with his Holocron - providing continuity via canonical control.

"Before the universe became codified; you could play with Star Wars and have fun with it. It wasn't so culturally important that not to adhere to every rule makes you a heretic."

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Switching off your sleep mode.

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Large Coronal Hole Facing Earth, Impressive Solar Filament, Geomagnetic Storm Watch

A fairly large coronal hole is now facing our planet. A high speed solar wind stream flowing from this zone is expected to reach Earth by December 17th. The gaseous material is flowing faster than 600 km/s from a hole in the sun's atmosphere.

Enhanced geomagnetic activity, possibly reaching Minor (G1) geomagnetic storm levels will be expected for locations at higher latitudes. Arctic sky watchers should be alert for auroras when the solar wind arrives.
http://www.solarham.net/
http://www.spaceweather.com/
https://sdo.gsfc.nasa.gov/
https://helioviewer.org/

An impressive solar filament was observed in SDO/AIA 304 imagery lifting off of the southeast quadrant at approximately 15/1229 UTC. Forecasters are awaiting coronagraph imagery to determine if there is an Earth-directed component for this event.

The sun is blank--no sunspots.
Spotless Days
Current Stretch: 3 days
2017 total: 97 days

Clips, images credit: NOAA/SWPC, NASA/SDO & helioviewer.org

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NASA analize temperatures rise up at least 2C to bad case 6C by 2100! Badman Nishioka
*NASA write;* The models predict that as the world consumes ever more fossil fuel, GHG (greenhouse gas) concentrations will continue to rise, and Earth’s average surface temperature will rise with them. Based on a range of plausible emission scenarios, average surface temperatures could rise between 2°C and 6°C by the end of the 21st century.

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The Mostly Symbolic Amendment Allowing Churches to Get Political Is Gone From the GOP Tax Bill http://nym.ag/2BqDdZ5

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Geologists Discover Origin of Earth’s Mysterious Black Diamonds | #Geology #GeologyPage #Diamond

If indeed “a diamond is forever,” the most primitive origins of Earth’s so-called black diamonds were in deep, universal time, geologists have discovered. Black diamonds came from none other than interstellar space.

Read more : http://www.geologypage.com/2016/04/geologists-discover-origin-of-earths-mysterious-black-diamonds.html

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Kyanite | #Geology #GeologyPage #Mineral

Chemical Formula: Al2(SiO4)O
Locality: Common world wide.
Name Origin: From the Greek kyanos = “blue.”

Kyanite, whose name derives from the Greek word kuanos sometimes referred to as “kyanos”, meaning deep blue, is a typically blue silicate mineral, commonly found in aluminium-rich metamorphic pegmatites and/or sedimentary rock.

Read more : http://www.geologypage.com/2014/05/kyanite.html

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Oh my. https://twitter.com/SenWhitehouse/status/941484131757838337

President Trump has already been forced to withdraw another judicial nominee this week amid concerns over his lack of experience.

Brett Talley, who was being lined up for a lifetime Alabama federal judgeship, had never tried a case and had only been practicing law for three years.

Mr Talley had been described by the American Bar Association as “not qualified” and drew criticism for failing to disclose he was married to a White House lawyer when asked about potential conflicts of interest.

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SOFIA is Wise

When you choose a name then it is manifesting what it really means.

#Trend2018 #AI

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good morning with a classic

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What I’ve Learned as a Doctor in Ethiopia | #Ethiopia | http://bit.ly/2mWlFtg

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A study highlighting the stark differences between the Lies Trump tells and the types of untruths ordinary people tell:

Trump has always operated by telling people whatever he thinks is expedient in progressing his aims, whether those aims are convincing them to invest their life savings in his all-too-frequent business failures, or to get their votes.
The cold hard facts facts are always a secondary consideration for Trump in his choice of words.

His methods are not effective on the majority of people, as evidenced by his loss in terms of the popular vote, and by the increasing number of people who as the article says will no longer give him the benefit of the doubt.

From the article linked below:

....The most stunning way Trump’s lies differed from our participants’, though, was in their cruelty. An astonishing 50 percent of Trump’s lies were hurtful or disparaging. For example, he proclaimed that John Brennan, James Clapper and James Comey, all career intelligence or law enforcement officials, were “political hacks.” He said that “the Sloppy Michael Moore Show on Broadway was a TOTAL BOMB and was forced to close.” Talking about green card applicants, he insisted that other “countries, they don’t put their finest in the lottery system. They put people probably in many cases that they don’t want.” And he claimed that “Ralph Northam, who is running for Governor of Virginia, is fighting for the violent MS-13 killer gangs & sanctuary cities.”

The Trump lies that could not be coded into just one category were typically told both to belittle others and enhance himself. For example: “Senator Bob Corker ‘begged’ me to endorse him for reelection in Tennessee. I said ‘NO’ and he dropped out (said he could not win without my endorsement).”

The sheer frequency of Trump’s lies appears to be having an effect, and it may not be the one he is going for. A Politico/Morning Consult poll from late October showed that only 35 percent of voters believed that Trump was honest, while 51 percent said he was not honest. (The others said they didn’t know or had no opinion.) Results of a Quinnipiac University poll from November were similar: Thirty-seven percent of voters thought Trump was honest, compared with 58 percent who thought he was not.

[President Trump wants to put on a show. Governing matters less.]

For fewer than 40 percent of American voters to see the president as honest is truly remarkable. Most humans, most of the time, believe other people. That’s our default setting. Usually, we need a reason to disbelieve.

Research on the detection of deception consistently documents this “truth bias.” In the typical study, participants observe people making statements and are asked to indicate, each time, whether they think the person is lying or telling the truth. Measuring whether people believe others should be difficult to do accurately, because simply asking the question disrupts the tendency to assume that other people are telling the truth. It gives participants a reason to wonder. And yet, in our statistical summary of more than 200 studies, Charles F. Bond Jr. and I found that participants still believed other people more often than they should have — 58 percent of the time in studies in which only half of the statements were truthful. People are biased toward believing others, even in studies in which they are told explicitly that only half of the statements they will be judging are truths.

_By telling so many lies, and so many that are mean-spirited, Trump is violating some of the most fundamental norms of human social interaction and human decency. Many of the rest of us, in turn, have abandoned a norm of our own — we no longer give Trump the benefit of the doubt that we usually give so readily. _

https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/i-study-liars-ive-never-seen-one-like-president-trump/2017/12/07/4e529efe-da3f-11e7-a841-2066faf731ef_story.html?utm_term=.af3f2394607a


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Best Superfoods For Your Heart

To prevent heart attacks, avoid unhealthy food, and eat foods rich in nutrients, fiber, and healthy fats

http://www.healthyvogue.com/10-superfoods-heart-health/

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A MURDER OF CROWS AT SUNRISE - 16 DECEMBER 2017
We've had some quite harsh weather here on the Pennines of West Yorkshire these last few days.  Snows comes and never quite goes, and it has been perishingly cold with subzero temperatures for days.  Hopefully that will help kill off, or suppress, some gard...

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Weight loss, diabetes and blood pressure Detoxification Recipes

http://www.nutritionplug.com/weight-loss-blood-pressure-diabetes-detoxification-recipes/

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To understand the world we translate 3D materiality into 2D information, and vice versa. This could be nature's way.

"The world doesn’t appear to us like a hologram, but in terms of the information needed to describe it, it is one.”

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And here’s a problem with the US system re: judges...

Alicia Bannon, who specializes in issues related to courts and judicial selection as a senior counsel at the Brennan Center for Justice, agreed that a lack of trial experience should not disqualify a nominee...

Federal judges should be highly experienced and that experience should include a LOT of experience ON THE BENCH.

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Seattle 2017
© Karolina Trapp

#HQSPUrbanStreetPhotos +HQSP Street & Documentary #BTPStreetPro+BTP Street PRO .
#WBTPA's FEATURED STREET PHOTOGRAPHY +WBTPA's FEATURED STREET PHOTOGRAPHY by +Rinus Bakker
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Fall foliage reflecting on Rolley Lake at Rolley Lake Provincial Park, Mission, British Columbia, Canada.

More photos here: https://www.mrussellphotography.com/blog/fall-reflections-rolley-lake-provincial-park/

#provincialparks #reflections #lakes #fallfoliage #landscapephotography

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Seattle 2016
© Karolina Trapp

#hqspmonochrome +HQSP Monochrome
#HQSPUrbanStreetPhotos +HQSP Street & Documentary
#BTPStreetPro+BTP Street PRO . #BTPMonochromePro+BTP Monochrome Pro .
#WBTPA's FEATURED STREET PHOTOGRAPHY +WBTPA's FEATURED STREET PHOTOGRAPHY by +Rinus Bakker
#Światłoczuli

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Enveloped rose

My howto macros https://www.paolodalprato.com/naturalistic-macro

#macrophotography #hqspmacro #fotomaniaitalia #macroaddict
#hqspflowers #ilovephotography #rose  

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AI Researcher Chris Shallue started this work as a 20 percent project—an opportunity at Google to work on something that interests you for 20 percent of your time. Learn more about the discovery: https://goo.gl/31mB9s

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There are many ways politicians have stolen our government from us. Gerrymandering is one of the worst and both parties are guilty (of course). The article offers a common sense solution to this issue that's worth a look.

The SCOTUS is hearing two cases directly related to gerrymandering, one from Wisconsin and one from Maryland. There are also lawsuits pending in several states.

Get involved. Many states have a "Fair Districts" organization working to resolve this issue ahead of the 2020 census.

#fairdistricts #powertothepeople #votersrights #thegreatexperiment

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These natural healing foods are beneficial to relief stress and anxiety, constipation, blood pressure, diabetes, kidney stones, nausea, stomach problem, ulcers and even prevents cancer causing free radicals. Let’s have a look at 10 most influential healing foods.

http://www.healthuses.com/10-superfoods-heal-entire-body/

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A year ago, Trump boasted about his singlehanded saving jobs at the Carrier factory.

This lie is exposed here again, by one of the people who had inside knowledge of Carrier's plans before that intervention by Trump, and observation of the results, which have not only done nothing substantial to save those jobs, but also increased the rate at which jobs are being offshored.

From the article linked below:

....As the leader of the union representing the Carrier workers, I was part of the negotiations with the company regarding the coming layoffs when Trump intervened. Standing in front of the president-elect at Carrier during Trump’s first victory rally after the 2016 election, I realized that he was delivering a powerful message of hope not only to Carrier workers, but also to all working people in America: You finally have a president who will fight for the interests of ordinary workers, Trump seemed to say.
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A year later, we feel betrayed. Carrier has announced that more than 600 workers are being laid off, with the last line scheduled to work their final shift right after the holidays.

The workers at Carrier aren’t the only ones who feel victimized by Trump’s false promises. United Technologies, Carrier’s parent company, is laying off another 700 workers right up the road from the Carrier plant in Huntington. And Rexnord, another plant in Indianapolis, just closed its doors, too. Workers at both plants hoped that Trump would come to the rescue, but he never showed up.
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Beyond Indiana, workers across the country feel like they too are victims of a false Trumpian bargain, in which they were invited to trade their votes to keep their jobs. In fact, according to new research conducted by Good Jobs Nation, more than 91,000 jobs have been sent overseas since Trump was elected, the highest rate of jobs lost to outsourcing in five years.
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...Since Trump moved into the White House, corporations that offshore American jobs have received $21 billion in lucrative federal contracts, meaning that the federal government is rewarding companies that send jobs overseas. The truth is that even though Trump has signed more than 100 executive orders since he took office, he has yet to sign a single one to stop offshoring by federal contractors.

Last year, after Trump announced his Carrier “victory,” I decided that I had to speak out. I said that “Trump was lying his a‑‑ off” about saving all the Carrier jobs: We had met with Carrier hours before Trump’s speech, and they gave us the job numbers they expected to preserve, but when Trump got on stage, he gave wildly inflated numbers. Trump took to Twitter to attack me, claiming that I’m terrible at my job and that the loss of jobs in Indiana is my fault. But I stand by my words: A year after his election, Trump continues to lie about his commitment to saving jobs at Carrier or anywhere else. And workers are taking note.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/posteverything/wp/2017/11/29/a-year-ago-trump-promised-carrier-workers-help-were-still-waiting/?utm_term=.4e5700227729

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Perhaps Trump's biggest lie is the one which he repeatedly tells himself about all his "success". Maybe it's just a tiny bit bigger than the lie he tells himself where he denies all his failures. Maybe.

Another lie he tells himself is that a loud minority of supporters and the Trump brand, are always sufficient to win elections, even against the majority.

Trump thought he could convince people to vote for an accused child molester. He lied to himself first as usual, and then to all of them.

From the article linked below:

....Trump believed he could get away with flouting the political commandment that says Thou Shalt Not Endorse Accused Child Molesters. He thought his cloak of immunity was large enough to enfold Roy Moore, with room for Stephen K. Bannon left over.

....Last year, Trump beat Hillary Clinton in Alabama by almost 2 to 1. But when the president tried to hoist Moore into office, he found he had lost his pull. He tried tweeting; he tried rallying; he even bestowed his personal benediction on Moore. “He says it didn’t happen,” Trump observed in dismissing multiple accounts of sexual impropriety. The very same standard to which Trump holds himself.


...You’d think a billionaire would know what every investment prospectus preaches: Past performance does not guarantee future results. And you’d think a TV star would understand the need to add layers and complexity to a protagonist over the course of a long-running series. Yet Trump persists in his one-dimensional role: rebel without a pause button.

A fascinating — and, for patriotic citizens, dispiriting — account of life inside the Trump White House by the New York Times recently disclosed that the amped-up monotony of this presidency is entirely intentional. From the start, Trump conceived of this drama as a relentless serial. “Before taking office, Mr. Trump told top aides to think of each presidential day as an episode in a television show in which he vanquishes rivals.”

However, he forgot to make the audience root for the star. In Trump’s confrontations with multiple women who allege that he sexually harassed or assaulted them, most Americans are with the women, according to Rasmussen. In Trump’s rivalry with special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, a majority of Americans back Mueller, according to a Post-ABC poll. Overall, Trump’s Gallup approval rating has not been above 40 percent since early summer and lately has been hovering in the mid-30s.

If his presidency were truly a TV drama, it would be canceled.

Or it would be relegated to a niche cable channel or streamed on YouTube for an especially grumpy, iconoclastic audience. And this is exactly the problem. Trump and his so-called strategist Bannon (after the Moore debacle, Trump may finally stop taking his calls) appear to have learned their politics from cable and the Internet. Conduits such as Bannon’s Breitbart and the Sean Hannity show can be very powerful in a partisan primary, but their business model involves pandering to a minority. They don’t need a big audience as long as they mesmerize a small one.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/trumps-newest-enemy-gravity/2017/12/15/030078ec-e1d1-11e7-89e8-edec16379010_story.html?tid=pm_pop&utm_term=.f446fdf8d6c9

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Too much heartbreak in this world. Sad to see this

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LIVE COVERAGE: The GOP Tax Cut Plan Is Out and Here’s What’s In It
by JOHN CARNEY | 15 Dec 2017 | Breitbart

The Republicans came together Friday to craft a tax cut bill that appears to have the backing of all 52 GOP Senators and nearly all GOP House members, virtually guaranteeing the measure will pass when put to a vote early next week.

Tennessee Republican Bob Corker, who voted against the original Senate bill, said Friday afternoon that he would vote for the bill. Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, who had been urging Republicans to strengthen a family-friendly child tax credit, also signaled he would vote for the bill after a larger portion of the credit was made refundable.

Read More:
http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/12/15/tax-cuts/

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A postcard sent by Clarke on his 60th birthday. "[Bill Higgins:] As the world celebrates the 100th anniversary of Arthur C. Clarke’s birth, allow me to share a photocopy I recently rediscovered.

In 1977 my college SF club, the Michigan State University Science Fiction Society, noted that Clarke’s 60th birthday was approaching. Jim Ransom volunteered to write a letter of greeting and mail it to Colombo, Sri Lanka.

To our delight, Clarke sent a postcard in reply, dated on his birthday, December 16, 1977."

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Emojis, Bitmojis, now Lunamojis! I teamed up with EmoJam: emoji x music to create my very own Christmas emojis and they're now available for you to use! Download them here: http://bit.ly/LindseyEmoJam

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Can't wait for this fight!

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"Latest research shows a second consecutive La Niña is in play this year. And it comes with stronger effects, likely including an expansion of the dry spell, which could be bad news for California.

WINTER IS OFF to a dry start across the West, raising the specter of ongoing drought in many locations. The culprit could be La Niña – a periodic cooling of Pacific Ocean waters near the equator that often brings drought. And not just any La Niña, but a “double whammy” effect, which latest research concludes may cause even worse water shortages.

La Niña is popularly known as the opposite of El Niño, a warming of equatorial Pacific waters that can result in wet winters. But that is a misconception, according to Yuko Okumura, a research associate at the University of Texas Institute for Geophysics.

In reality, La Niña is unpredictable. As we found out last winter in California, for example, it can also produce wetter than average conditions.

“They are not quite mirror images,” Okumura said. “There are important differences.”

One of those is that a strong El Niño one winter is often followed by two or three winters of La Niña. And because La Niña often means drought in the Southwest and Texas, Okumura set out to understand this pattern better.

In two new studies, Okumura and her colleagues figured out how to predict this multiyear pattern more than 12 months in advance. Using computer models, they forecast the current second-year La Niña in the fall of 2015.

The researchers also found that the second La Niña year is often drier than the first – even though the second La Niña may be weaker – and the drought-affected area may grow larger. That’s what the West is facing now: a second consecutive La Niña year, and the prospect of reduced precipitation across California – even though Gov. Jerry Brown declared the drought over only eight months ago".

(Posted by +rasha kamel​)

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7 Best Quick Toggle / Assistive Touch Apps For Android

Assistive touch apps allow users to perform amazing and magical tasks. With the help of these apps, you can perform various actions on your Android device without using the physical keys. The actions can be anything like locking the phone, capturing a screenshot, go to home screen, adjust volume, quick toggles, and many more. You can easily access your favorite apps without touching the Home key, Back and Settings keys.

Assistive touch apps can also protect your eyes from the scorching screen light which you have to interact hundreds time in a day. Furthermore, assistive touch apps also give you the possibility to use the android with one hand. A small floating icon will appear on the screen which allows you to do a variety of tasks in seconds without closing the apps you are using.

Google play store has a variety of assistive touch apps but just a few of them works well. These Android apps are like touch icons that float on-screen and expand when you touch those translucent icons. In this article, we will tell you about the 7 best assistive touch apps for Android that includes the ability to lock the screen, toggle hardware features and some extra quick functions.

Read all about it here: https://goo.gl/pKBrhx

#Android #QuickToggle #AssistiveTouch #Apps #Free

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