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To Sleep, Perchance to Forget

The debate in sleep science has gone on for a generation. People and other animals sicken and die if they are deprived of sleep, but why is sleep so essential?

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Trump Is Supporting NRA-Approved Bill To Improve Gun Background Check Database: Though last November Trump opposed a bipartisan bill aimed at improving the gun background check database, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders is now saying that the president supports the measure. “The President spoke to Senator Cornyn on Friday about the bi-partisan bill he and Sen. Murphy introduced to improve Federal Compliance with Criminal Background check Legislation,” said Huckabee Sanders on […] The post Trump Is Supporting NRA-Approved Bill To Improve Gun Background Check Database appeared first on Politicus USA.

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Lupita Nyong’o lost friends over #BlackPanther tickets…

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Former Panther Rae Carruth breaks silence with an apology letter; Saundra Adams responds: After 17 years in prison, former Panther Rae Carruth has broken his silence with an apology letter. http://dlvr.it/QH0d7b

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Social Media Statistics 2018

Oh, you like social media statistics? Me too. So I gathered all the ones I thought were most interesting and put them into one place (with a pretty infographic at the end).

But a word for the wise...

Statistics don't mean much really when it comes to building your audience. What's most important is how good you are at connecting with real people in a real way. Building relationships is the key.

It doesn't matter if a network has 2 billion people on it if you can't connect with more than a few dozen every time you share something.

Am I right?

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Students Send A Message To Trump And The NRA With White House Die In: Students are fighting for their lives against gun violence, and to make sure that the NRA and Trump know that they aren’t going away, they are holding a die in at the White House. Video: 17 students hold a die in at White House to demand action on gun violence. pic.twitter.com/xunMfwEBCt — Sarah Reese Jones […] The post Students Send A Message To Trump And The NRA With White House Die In appeared first on Politicus USA.

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Russia's Election Interference Is Digital Marketing 101 https://trib.al/NafnWJp

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Some things we've learned from the NASA Twins Study. Here's one: telomeres lengthen...

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"I slept w/you because I like you — NOT for money," Karen McDougal allegedly said to Donald Trump. It may be the only time he ever heard that. Most women would want hazard pay, writes Heather Mallick.

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Her eyes were greens.
London, Shoreditch, Jan 31st 2018

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"We don't meet people by accident. They are meant to cross or path for a reason." - unknown

#mechanoidmonday #lego #toy_photographers #womenintoyphotography #xxsjc #krashes_kustoms

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illusion

#hqspphotoart +HQSP Photo Art

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Hello

Red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris)

Svartskog, Norway

One of the many squirrels I enjoy around my home, and this one is on the hunt for immature pine cones – at least to me as they are green and far from opening up. But inside these green cones are the seeds of choice, and every season the squirrels come to shred as many cones per tree as they can. And this tree right in front of my house is being picked clean every year, so it must have really yummy seeds.

And under each pine tree is a huge amount of cone pieces – the annual gift from the squirrels, and a reminder of my childhood and how my bare feet were hurt every summer by these sharps pieces.

Now it is midwinter and very much snow, and I enjoy 5 squirrels eating from my hand-outs every day, yet I dread the cold and snow so much that I’d rather pick a picture from summer than sitting outside in the cold capturing a winter wonderland squirrel….

Oh spring how I long for thee!

Image Copyright © 2017 +Morten Ross
Image Capture Date: 26 June 2017 15:18
Altitude: 10 meters

#squirrel #mammals #svartskog

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Waiting to Cross

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Language and Biology

Language acquisition piggybacks on ancient biology which preexists Homo sapiens and can be found in animals.

"Contrary to popular belief, the researchers found that learning a language does not rely on brain circuitry specifically dedicated to language learning."

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A new paper by researchers presents strong evidence that language is learned using two general-purpose brain systems (declarative memory and procedural memory) that are evolutionarily ancient and not language specific. For this analysis, the research team statistically 'synthesized' the findings of 16 previous studies that examined language learning via declarative and procedural memory, which are two well-studied brain systems.

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[ Crystalization / Process ]

Declarative memory refers to crystallized knowledge that you could learn while sitting in a chair without having to practice finely-tuned motor coordination. Declarative memories, such as knowing all 50 states and the District of Columbia or memorizing SAT vocab words, can easily be described on a written test. On the flip side, procedural memory encompasses things like playing a musical instrument or riding a bicycle, which everyone must learn by actually performing the task. Over time, procedural memory becomes automatized in unconscious ways through practice, practice, practice.

[ Vocabulary / Combination ]

Interestingly, results of this analysis showed that memorizing vocabulary words used in a language relied on declarative memory. However, grammar and syntax, which allow us to fluidly combine words into sentences that follow the rules of a language, relies more on procedural memory.

When acquiring their native language, children utilize procedural memory to master grammar and syntax without necessarily “knowing” the rules. However, when adults begin to learn a second language, grammatical rules are initially memorized using declarative memory. As would be expected, grammar and syntax switch to procedural memory systems at later stages of language acquisition as someone becomes more fluent.

[ Common Origins ]

"These brain systems are also found in animals. For example, rats use them when they learn to navigate a maze," co-author Phillip Hamrick of Kent State University in Ohio said in a statement. "Whatever changes these systems might have undergone to support language, the fact that they play an important role in this critical human ability is quite remarkable."

Our conclusion that language is learned in such ancient general-purpose systems contrasts with the long-standing theory that language depends on innately-specified language modules found only in humans.

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Newborn Babies Who Suffered Stroke Regain Language Function in Opposite Side of Brain

It's not rare that a baby experiences a stroke around the time it is born. Birth is hard on the brain, as is the change in blood circulation from the mother to the neonate. At least 1 in 4,000 babies are affected shortly before, during, or after birth.

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Former NBA big man Tiago Splitter formally announced his retirementduring an interview with SporTV on Monday. “I am going to stop playing. It’s a decision I’ve.....

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The largest black holes grow faster than their galaxies, according to new research.

Two studies from separate groups of researchers find that so-called supermassive black holes are bigger than astronomers would have calculated from their surroundings alone. Supermassive black holes are enormous gravity wells found in the center of large galaxies.

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NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida will host a meeting of the National Space Council, chaired by Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday, Feb. 21.

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Survey of Presidential Politics Experts Says Trump is the Worst of All Time http://nym.ag/2oj84hq

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"A stealthy backdoor undetected by antimalware providers is giving unknown attackers complete control over at least 100 Linux servers that appear to be used in business production environments, researchers warned."
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