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Opinion: A Tribute to Billy Graham

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MSNBC Makes Live Fact-Check As Trump Backer Credits POTUS With Low Black Unemployment: In a discussion with MSNBC's Alex Witt, Pastor Darrell Scott applauded Donald Trump for the low jobless rate for African Americans. The post MSNBC Makes Live Fact-Check As Trump Backer Credits POTUS With Low Black Unemployment appeared first on Politicus USA.

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NASCAR Cup Series: Final Practice Results https://racingnews.co/2018/02/24/atlanta-motor-speedway-final-practice-results-february-24-2018/

Tags: #ryannewman #atlantamotorspeedway #nascar

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The Impact of Genetics on How Kids Snack

Whether your child asks for crackers, cookies or veggies to snack on could be linked to genetics, according to new findings from the Guelph Family Health Study at the University of Guelph.

The research is in Nutrients. (full open access)

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Win a Lowepro Backpack, Enter your 'Pastel Colors' photos here.
https://www.viewbug.com/contests/pastel-colors-photo-contest
Photo By ViewBug Pro: page_pierce-kuepper_6969

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"Despite the compelling subjective experience of executive self-control, we argue that “consciousness” contains no top-down control processes and that “consciousness” involves no executive, causal, or controlling relationship with any of the familiar psychological processes conventionally attributed to it."

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Plants colonized Earth 100 million years earlier than previously thought | #Geology #GeologyPage

For the first four billion years of Earth’s history, our planet’s continents would have been devoid of all life except microbes.

Read more : http://www.geologypage.com/2018/02/plants-colonized-earth-100-million-years-earlier-previously-thought.html

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NRA Headed For Crash Landing As Delta And United Abandon The Toxic Gun Group: The NRA, which has maintained its influence for decades, is losing its power as Americans grow increasingly fed up with constant mass shootings. The post NRA Headed For Crash Landing As Delta And United Abandon The Toxic Gun Group appeared first on Politicus USA.

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Antidepressants are more effective than placebo at treating acute depression in adults, concludes study

Meta-analysis of 522 trials includes the largest amount of unpublished data to date, and finds that antidepressants are more effective than placebo for short-term treatment of acute depression in adults. A major study comparing 21 commonly used antidepressants concludes that all are more effective than placebo for the short-term treatment of acute depression in adults, with effectiveness ranging from small to moderate for different drugs. The international study, published in The Lancet, is a network meta-analysis of 522 double-blind, randomised controlled trials comprising a total of 116477 participants. The study includes the largest amount of unpublished data to date, and all the data from the study have been made freely available online....Some antidepressants were more effective than others, with agomelatine, amitriptyline, escitalopram, mirtazapine, paroxetine, venlafaxine, and vortioxetine proving most effective, and fluoxetine, fluvoxamine, reboxetine, and trazodone being the least effective. The majority of the most effective antidepressants are now off patent and available in generic form.....The authors note that the data included in the meta-analysis covers 8-weeks of treatment, so may not necessarily apply to longer term antidepressant use. The differences in efficacy and acceptability between different antidepressants were smaller when data from placebo-controlled trials were also considered....The findings from this study contrast with a similar analysis in children and adolescents, which concluded that fluoxetine was probably the only antidepressant that might reduce depressive symptoms. The authors note that the difference may be because depression in young people is the result of different mechanisms or causes, and note that because of the smaller number of studies in young people there is great uncertainty around the risks and benefits of using any antidepressants for the treatment of depression in children and adolescents.

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“We studied the possible effects of a biologically usable energy source on Europa based on information obtained from an analogous environment on Earth."

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Christian Tagliavini finisage at Camera Works in Berlin. His images are great, but in this size, they are amazing. So are the prices...


#project365

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Piazza Navona by Night. Rome, Italy

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one - two - three

#shroomshotsaturday by +Patti Colston +Patricia Kristensen +Sabeena LoBello +ShroomshotSaturday
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The area behind Alexanderplatz station in morning light and color. Not the most pleasant place.

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Humanity is the biggest religion
“Sometimes the Bible in the hand of one man is worse than a whisky bottle in the hand of (another)... There are just some kind of men who - who're so busy worrying about the next world they've never learned to live in this one, and you can look down the street and see the results.”
― Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

#pakistan #blackandwhite #blackandwhitephotography #monochrome #monochromephotography    #street #streetphotograph #homeless #poverty
#hqspStreetDoc for +HQSP Street & Documentary
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+Street Photography Saturday curated by +Sunny Wu
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Bitten by a fairy?

Fly agaric (Amanita muscaria)

Svartskog, Norway

This otherwise perfect specimen has lost a chunk that will never be repaired and makes this mushroom look rather mutilated. Yet this is more the norm than not, which makes finding a perfect specimen difficult and requiring on a lot of luck.

This is from a ravenous slug having had a feast in the dark of night, which makes this frustrating as during the day they are nowhere to be seen and you can locate a beautiful specimen only to find it completely demolished the next morning.

Thus, as with life as a whole, never postpone. Never wait for a tomorrow, as now is when you have all the opportunities in the world to harvest what is available.

That said, I do find this artistic and beautiful as it is a beautifully carved bite and often a mushroom is crisscrossed with holes like a Swiss cheese and looking like a complete mess. This one is for a brief moment a piece of art.

This was shot in the very last minutes of daylight and I assume the slugs were already on their way to gnawing off another piece of the mushroom, making it much less of art and more of a disaster.

Image Copyright © 2017 +Morten Ross
Image Capture Date: 08 September 2017 18:22
Altitude: 51 meters

#fungi #mushrooms #autumn #svartskog #norway

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On the way to the Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park for some night shooting. I couldn't resist stopping off at Peters lookout, for that famous postcard shot :-)

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THIS WEEK IN space we’re staying within our solar system. After all, there’s a lot to see! We’ll begin with our neighbor Mars and its moons Phobos and Deimos. Mars only has the two, and they’re very small—Phobos is only seven miles wide and Deimos, four miles. Several mission proposals have suggested we explore these moons before humans plant their boots onto the Martian soil; the moons are likely made of Mars-type stuff, and their low gravity would make it relatively easy to launch a return mission. Imagine an astronaut with a control pad while hanging out on Phobos, controlling a scientific rover on Mars—it might happen!

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Here it is: the first ever Android Go phone. Selling for 100 Euros.

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Say hello to the brand-new Alcatel 1X, Alcatel 3, Alcatel 3V, Alcatel 3X, and Alcatel 5. #News #Alcatel #Alcatel1X
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