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Heroic Sinkhole Opens On White House Lawn, Expressing Public Sentiment http://ellemag.co/CTJmRPX
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The colours of their Parisian eyes
Paris, April 5th 2018
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"This is our best collective qualifying performance of the season so far."

Thoughts on Saturday's action from Monaco in our report.
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Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia)
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Chromosome Study May Lead to Personalized Counselling For Pregnant Women

Fetuses with a specific, rare chromosomal aberration have a 20 per cent risk of a developmental disorder or another brain disorder.

The research is in American Journal of Human Genetics. (full access paywall)

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I want to love U PYT!! I do!
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I was already doing many of these even though I thought they were “bad.”
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Trump issues orders to reduce restrictions on firing federal workers
BY JOHN BOWDEN - 05/25/18 05:12 PM EDT - The Hill
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I have refrained posting this info because I had rather see it posted on The "Executive Order Federal Registry" first. It seems to be "Real News" so I will come back and post links here, when they get posted on The Fed Registry after the Memorial Day Weekend.
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President Trump issued three executive orders on Friday aimed at cutting down on the time it takes to fire federal employees.

White House officials announced the orders on a call with reporters before they were released later in the evening. The officials said the changes are aimed at saving taxpayers $100 million per year.

Trump's directives emphasize a merit-based system for employees, while limiting the amount of time required before an agency can fire a federal employee.

They also encourage agencies to fire poor-performing employees instead of first suspending them, and direct agencies to limit the amount of time a poor-performing employee is given the chance to show improvement.

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http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/389450-trump-administration-will-reduce-restrictions-on-firing-federal#.Wwii9ikFEQM.google_plusone_share
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New parts of the brain become active after students learn physics

Parts of the brain not traditionally associated with learning science become active when people are confronted with solving physics problems, a new study shows...."One of the keys seemed to be an area of the brain, the dorsal lateral prefrontal cortex, that generates mental simulations," Brewe said. "This suggests that learning physics is an imaginative process, which is not typically how people think of it." After the subjects had completed their class, comparison of the pre- and post-learning scans revealed increased activity in the frontal poles, which was to be expected since they've been linked to learning. But there was another area that also became active: the posterior cingulate cortex, which is linked to episodic memory and self-referential thought.
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Asteroid That Killed Dinosaurs Caused Global Warming For 100,000 Years

A massive asteroid struck Earth 66 million years ago and triggered a series of sporadic events that wiped out nearly three fourth of life living on the planet, including non-avian dinosaurs. It has long been believed the event, popularly known as the Chicxulub impact, proved catastrophic for all of life in ways more than one, but if the latest study is anything to go by, the impact had a much broader and long-lasting effect on global temperatures.

In the past, scientists have posited the immediate aftermath of the impact resulted in a period of what has been called a “global winter.” Dust and aerosols blocked sunlight and led to a massive decline in global temperatures for a few years. But, that was just the beginning.

As the asteroid crashed into rocks rich in carbonates and triggered massive wildfires around the globe, there was an extensive surge in the carbon dioxide levels prevailing in the atmosphere. So, as the dust and haze cleared and sunlight started reaching the surface of Earth, the greenhouse gas got into action and raised global temperatures. The idea of rising temperatures has also been around for a long time, but the latest work by scientists from the University of Missouri gives us a clearer picture.

Read more here: http://www.ibtimes.com/asteroid-killed-dinosaurs-caused-global-warming-1000-centuries-2684397

The study, titled "Postimpact earliest Paleogene warming shown by fish debris oxygen isotopes (El Kef, Tunisia)," was published May 24 in Science Magazine.
http://science.sciencemag.org/content/early/2018/05/24/science.aap8525

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

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Sushi Striker: The Way Of Sushido releases worldwide on June 8th. As usual, when the release date is so close, television commercials begin to air. Indeed, this is now the case in Japan. Nintendo has uploaded a brand new video to their Japanese YouTube…
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U.S. reaches deal to keep China’s ZTE in business http://onvb.co/Lq2co3G
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Carter Page: The FBI ruined my life https://nyp.st/2GSW1yO
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#RIP. Among his many accomplishment's, Bean's quick thinking helped save the Apollo 12 mission.
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Who is Matthew Pottinger? Audio of White House official debunks Trump "phony sources" smear against New York Times http://www.newsweek.com/who-matt-pottinger-leaked-audio-briefing-945942 -via Flynx
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Mike Elgan writes off the cost of his Pixelbook...

(By writing an article to justify his purchase of a Pixelbook)

As a longtime Chromebook user, most of what Mike writes is familiar territory to me. However, I think the focus on apps is overplayed. Apps are a stopgap and despite what he writes are still largely clunky.

The real strength lies in web apps.

I gave up my dependence on Windows and Mac devices long ago. The last straw for the Macbook was a 2 hour update wait just to be able to retrieve a single Word file.

By the way, in the article makes a big deal out of running with many open tabs. I have done that from day 1, back in 2012. Typically I have 30 to 50 tabs open, as seen in numerous screen shots I post for my tech musings.

https://www.computerworld.com/article/3276329/chrome-os/everything-you-knew-about-chromebooks-is-wrong.html

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Pokemon for the Nintendo Switch is rumoured to arriving this year on the system. We have heard nothing concrete from Nintendo about the game, other than it is coming to the system. Those of you in the United Kingdom can now register your interest to learn…
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A White House team is heading to Singapore this weekend as previously planned to prepare for a possible summit between President Donald Trump and North Korea's leader, a further sign that the meeting Trump called off might get back on track. http://nbcbay.com/rXanKAG
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iOS 12 may enable new NFC features in Apple iPhone

According to a recent report, iOS 12 may enable additional NFC features in supported Apple iPhone models, which will give some third-party developers access to the secure wireless chip. Starting with iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, Apple added an NFC chip in its mobile devices, which the company has largely restricted to Apple Pay - Apple's mobile payments system.

Unlike Android devices, where third-party developers have free reign on using NFC features, Apple has tight control over how the NFC capabilities of iPhone are used. However, if the reports are true, then iOS 12 will give third-party developers more options to exploit the NFC chip - like making the iPhone act as hotel door key or serve as a virtual transit card for easier transportation.

Read all about it here: http://bit.ly/PI-ios12-nfc-1

#Apple #iPhone #NFC #iOS12
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Essential Cancels Second Smartphone

The US smartphone market is very hard to break into. We have the big players already established namely Apple and Samsung. Those two companies control most of the market. A few other companies manage to snatch up some users including LG, HTC, OnePlus, Google, and possibly ZTE. There's not much room for new products unless they are super polished and advanced. Even the companies I listed above rely on the global smartphone market, especially OnePlus. Essential phone will not be releasing a version 2, they have a number of promised products that never made it to market. Open-Source Ambient OS doesn't even have a public repository.
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