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In the midst of it all — and in the middle of trying season — Harper grabbed the microphone and said: “This crowd: Wow! Washington Nationals, baby!” #Harper #Nats #baseball #MLB

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Microsoft To-Do Beta

Hello all,

We have released a new version of Microsoft To-Do Insider for Android (1.36.7597). These are the changes included:

- [NEW] Smart list for Important to-dos
- [FIX] Close menu options if a new list is loaded
- [FIX] Update sharing icon in real time when the sharing status changes
- [FIX] Show Important as the header on the detail view when viewing a task from the Important smart list
- [FIX] Do not show "Created Yesterday" for tasks just created

Thank you all for your feedback and support, please keep reporting issues you might find!

#microsoft #todo #MS #androidapp #miscrosoftapps #windows

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The international condemnation and mockery of Trump for his speech denying his own law enforcement agencies in Helsinki is not abating.

From the article in the Australian Financial Review linked below:

From the beginning of his administration, President Donald Trump has responded to every new bit of evidence from the CIA, FBI and NSA that Russia intervened in our last election on his behalf by either attacking Barack Obama or the Democrats for being too lax - never President Vladimir Putin of Russia for his unprecedented cyber hit on our democratic process.

Such behaviour by an American president is so perverse, so contrary to American interests and values, that it leads to only one conclusion: Donald Trump is either an asset of Russian intelligence or really enjoys playing one on TV.

Everything that happened in Helsinki on Monday only reinforces that conclusion. Americans are in trouble and have some big decisions to make. This was a historic moment in the entire history of the United States.

There is overwhelming evidence that our president, for the first time in our history, is deliberately or through gross negligence or because of his own twisted personality engaged in treasonous behaviour - behaviour that violates his oath of office to "preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."

Trump vacated that oath on Monday, and Republicans can no longer run and hide from that fact. Every single Republican lawmaker will be - and should be - asked on the election trail: Are you with Trump and Putin or are you with the CIA, FBI and NSA?

It started with the shocking tweet that Trump issued before he even sat down with Putin this morning: "Our relationship with Russia has NEVER been worse thanks to many years of U.S. foolishness and stupidity and now, the Rigged Witch Hunt!" The official Twitter account of the Russian foreign ministry - recognising a useful idiot when it saw one - immediately "liked" Trump's tweet and later added: "We agree."

I'll bet they do.

It only got worse when, in his joint news conference with Putin, Trump was asked explicitly if he believed the conclusion of his intelligence agencies that Russia hacked our elections.

The president of the United States basically threw his entire intelligence establishment under a bus, while throwing out a cloud of dust about Hillary Clinton's server to disguise what he was doing.
And in a bit of shocking moral equivalence, Trump added of the United States and Russia: "We are all to blame ... both made some mistakes." Trump said that it was actually the American probe into the Russian hacking that has "kept us apart."

To watch an American president dis his own intelligence agencies, blame both sides for the Russian hacking of our election - and deliberately try to confuse the fact that there is still no solid proof of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia with the fact that Russia had its own interest in trying to defeat the anti-Putin Hillary Clinton - actually made me sick to my stomach. I completely endorse former CIA Director John O. Brennan's tweet after the news conference:

"Donald Trump's news conference performance in Helsinki rises to & exceeds the threshold of 'high crimes & misdemeanours.' It was nothing short of treasonous. Not only were Trump's comments imbecilic, he is wholly in the pocket of Putin. Republican Patriots: Where are you???"


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Vocals Helle Bisgaard, Piano Stephen Nørreløkke. “This is my song” is written by Line Hougaard.

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The ability to obtain new memories in adulthood may depend on neurogenesis, the generation of new neurons in the hippocampus, to clear out old memories that have been safely stored in the cortex according to research in male rats published in Journal of Neuroscience.

Previous research suggests that the hippocampus has a finite capacity to acquire and store new memories.
It is unknown how the brain compensates for this limitation to facilitate learning throughout life.
Kaoru Inokuchi and colleagues show that reducing neurogenesis in rats impairs recovery of learning capacity while promoting neurogenesis through physical activity on a running wheel increased hippocampal capacity.
This finding implies that neurogenesis, which can be reduced by stress and aging, underlies the brain’s capacity for new memories.

The study may also explain why exercise is especially important for patients with memory disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease as well as for healthy people to help maintain memory as they age.

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Check out what Bandai Namco is going to be announcing at gamescom 2018

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Understanding sleep has become increasingly important in modern society, where chronic loss of sleep has become rampant and pervasive. As evidence mounts for a correlation between lack of sleep and negative health effects, the core function of sleep remains a mystery.
But in a new study publishing 12 July in the open access journal PLOS Biology, Vanessa Hill, Mimi Shirasu-Hiza and colleagues at Columbia University, New York, found that short-sleeping fruit fly mutants shared the common defect of sensitivity to acute oxidative stress, and thus that sleep supports antioxidant processes.
Understanding this ancient bi-directional relationship between sleep and oxidative stress in the humble fruit fly could provide much-needed insight into modern human diseases such as sleep disorders and neurodegenerative diseases.
Why do we sleep? During sleep, animals are vulnerable, immobile, and less responsive to their environments; they are unable to forage for food, mate, or run from predators. Despite the cost of sleep behavior, almost all animals sleep, suggesting that sleep fulfills an essential and evolutionarily conserved function from humans to fruit flies.

The researchers reasoned that if sleep is required for a core function of health, animals that sleep significantly less than usual should all share a defect in that core function. For this study, they used a diverse group of short-sleeping Drosophila (fruit fly) mutants. They found that these short-sleeping mutants do indeed share a common defect: they are all sensitive to acute oxidative stress.
Oxidative stress results from excess free radicals that can damage cells and lead to organ dysfunction. Toxic free radicals, or reactive oxygen species, build up in cells from normal metabolism and environmental damage. If the function of sleep is to defend against oxidative stress, then increasing sleep should increase resistance to oxidative stress.
Hill and co-workers used both pharmacological and genetic methods to show that this is true.

Finally, the authors proposed, if sleep has antioxidant effects, then surely oxidative stress might regulate sleep itself. Consistent with this hypothesis, they found that reducing oxidative stress in the brain by overexpressing antioxidant genes also reduced the amount of sleep.
Taken together, these results point to a bi-directional relationship between sleep and oxidative stress, that is, sleep functions to defend the body against oxidative stress and oxidative stress in turn helps to induce sleep.
This work is relevant to human health because sleep disorders are correlated with many diseases that are also associated with oxidative stress, such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and Huntington’s diseases.
Sleep loss could make individuals more sensitive to oxidative stress and subsequent disease; conversely, pathological disruption of the antioxidant response could also lead to loss of sleep and associated disease pathologies.

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It seems like just yesterday we did a story about Hyundai investing in US solid state battery company Ionic Materials. Oh, wait. That actually was yesterday! And yet here it is tomorrow already and there is fresh news on the battery front.
Researchers at Norway’s Department of Energy Technology (IFE) in Kjeller say they have perfected a way to substitute silicon for the graphite commonly used in the anodes of lithium ion batteries.
The discovery will lead to batteries that can power an electric car for 600 miles or more, the researchers claim.
You can say we have found the X factor we’ve been looking for. This has enormous potential and is something scientists around the world are trying to make says IFE research director Arve Holt, according to a report by Bergens Tidende.

Pure silicon has ten times more capacity than graphite but it loses capacity faster than graphite. The researchers have found a way to mix silicon with other elements to create an anode that is stable and long lasting and which has three to five times higher capacity than a conventional graphite anode.
Laura Brodbeck of Kjeller Innovation works to commercialize research results from IFE. She says the new technology is already being tested by both material manufacturers and battery manufacturers to determine if it can be marketed successfully.
In order to reach consumers, the new material and batteries with the technology must be manufactured on an industrial scale. This is something we are working with together with our partners says Brodbeck, who declined to name the companies involved with testing the new technology.
She did say that some Norwegian companies are involved as well as companies in other countries.
Kjeller Innovation and IFE are actively working to make the technology available as quickly as possible and we aim to enter into a production agreement with one or more players during the project period says Brodbeck.

We have tested that it works on a lab scale with good results. Now that we have received support from the Research Council in the FORNY2020 program, we will test it further with international industry partners and see if it works in their industrial processes. The project that will focus on bringing the new material to the market, we call it SiliconX, is becoming very exciting to work towards such big goals together with Kjeller Innovation says Marte O. Skare one of the researchers in the project.
Professor Ann Mari Svensson of the Department of Materials Technology at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology finds the results of the research interesting but adds a note of caution.
They have achieved good results, but when it comes to industrialization of such research, costs are important. It is possible to make better batteries than those on the market today, but they are often too expensive to pay off she says.
As usual with stories like this, the prospects are tantalizing but we are still a long way from being able to buy one of these batteries at your local AutoZone store.
But you can almost feel the pace of development in battery technology accelerating day by day if not moment by moment. We certainly do live in interesting times.

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Worst Habits for Your Heart

You know that eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly are important habits for a healthy heart. But did you know that you could still be undermining all your efforts with some surprisingly common bad habits?

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Laser experiments lend insight into metal core at heart of Earth | #Geology #GeologyPage

Scientists have discovered fresh insights into the metallic core at the centre of our planet.

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"Sugarloaf by Moonlight"

Sugarloaf Rock basks in the glow of the etheral moonlight as the galaxy core slowly sets over the Indian Ocean. The moon was at 43% and rising above the eastern horizon at the time this image was taken, illuminating the foreground such that under long exposure it appears like daylight. Probably a cropped version with the galaxy more centred might be a better composition, but for now this full pano will do.

I used an Skywatcher StarAdventurer sky tracking mount to take this 6 x 4 panel mosaic. A Canon EOS6d (modified) was used through a Canon 50mm f/1.2 lens stopped down to f/3.2. All camera and lens settings were kept the same for all panels, and all shots were taken one immediately after the other. The tracking mount was used for the sky and turned off for the foreground panels. Stitching in PTGui, colour balance in Pixinsight, noise reduction, saturation and some brightness / contrast adjustment in Photoshop. Details below.

Enjoy, Will.

| 2018-07-08 | Sugarloaf Rock, Yallingup, Western Australia | EOS6D modified | Canon 50mm f1.2 | f/3.2 | UV/IR cut-filter | StarAdventurer mount | ISO3200 | 30sec | 32 x panels |

#nightscape #astrophotography #Australia #Sugarloaf #Yallingup #seascape #galaxy #milkyway #Canon #stellaraustralis #Vrbasso

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lifebelt © Holger Nimtz
longexposure | Berlin | 2018

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Mount Cheam, fall foliage, and the Fraser River in Agassiz, British Columbia, Canada.

More photos here:

#For #mountainmonday (+Mountain Monday) by +Michael Russell
+Landscape Photography #landscapephotography by Margaret Tompkins et al.

#mountains #photography #photos #britishcolumbia #mountcheam #landscapes

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Morning Spin: Rauner's campaign spent nearly $8 million last quarter. Pritzker's spent more than double that.

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Trump’s Helsinki ‘disgrace’ caps a destructive European trip

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The Life-Changing Instant Pot Is 41% Off for Amazon Prime Day

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Voter Suppression Is Warping Democracy

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NEMESIS: Scientists find Evidence our Solar System may have had TWO Suns

According to experts, there is evidence which suggests that all stars in the universe are born in pairs. For decades, scientists have speculated that our sun has an ‘evil’ twin referred to as NEMESIS—a dwarf star responsible for hurling objects from the outer solar system towards our planet. In fact, NEMESIS may even have been resposnible for mass extinctions that have rocked Earth for millions of years.

Astronomers use the term binary system to refer to two stars that are so close together that they orbit around a common center of mass.

This is something quite frequent in the Universe, which has motivated some researchers to question if our Sun could ever be part of one of these systems. Now a team of researchers from the Universities of Harvard and Berkeley has conducted a study whose results suggest that all stars are born forming binary systems and that ours would not be an exception.

Ancient Code

Berkeley News

Clips, images credit: ESO, ESA/HUBBLE & NASA

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Che et al. combine genetic tools and longitudinal in vivo calcium imaging in young mouse pups to show that superficial interneurons participate in a transient thalamocortical circuit. The recruitment of superficial networks is critical for the emergence of sensory maps and tactile discrimination.
Moreover, attenuation of thalamic inputs through knockdown of NMDA receptors (NMDARs) in these interneurons results in expansion of whisker responses, aberrant barrel map formation, and deficits in whisker-dependent behavior. These results indicate that recruitment of specific interneuron types during development is critical for adult somatosensory function.

Che et al. (2018) Layer I Interneurons Sharpen Sensory Maps during Neonatal Development:

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Maintaining a well-balanced, healthy diet is key in protecting vision health. It may reduce your risk from developing serious eye conditions, including cataract, glaucoma, dry eyes, poor night vision, age-related macular degeneration, etc. Here are five best foods for your eyes.

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You may not have heard of Safe Browsing, but it's made the web more secure for over a decade. Here's its story, from the people who built it.
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