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One of our most popular posts of the past week: They've called it a matter of public health

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Graspable Objects Grab Attention More Than Images of Objects Do

Does having the potential to act upon an object have a unique influence on behavior and brain responses to the object? That is the question Jacqueline Snow, assistant professor of psychology at the University of Nevada, Reno, has set out to answer.

The research is in Psychological Science. (full access paywall)

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"Trump's evil genius was to overtly tap into the dark world of racism." http://aje.io/z37gr - #AJOpinion

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After 12 Years of Searching for Cause of Bipolar Disorder, Researchers Conclude it Has Many

In fact, they say, no one genetic change, or chemical imbalance, or life event, lies at the heart of every case of the mental health condition once known as manic depression.

The research is in International Journal of Epidemiology. (full access paywall)

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NASA test fired an RS-25 rocket engine, which will help launch the agency's Space Launch System megarocket. The test took place at the Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, on Dec. 13, 2017. It was the third and final RS-25 engine test of 2017. Original Image

Credit: NASA

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The Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Philadelphia 76ers 119-117 in a triple-overtime thriller!

The Oklahoma City Thunder would hold a 55-47 lead at halftime and then extend that lead to 71-60 on a Paul George dunk with 5:08 left in the third quarter. However, the Philadelphia 76ers would bounce back and cut the lead to 81-77 at the end of the third quarter. 76ers' center Joel Embiid would carry his team in the fourth quarter, with his dish to Ben Simmons for a two-handed dunk tying the game at 94 with 53 seconds left. The 76ers would finish the fourth quarter on an 11-0 run. Embiid did a little of everything in the first overtime, with an assist to Robert Covington giving his team an 100-96 lead with 1:48 remaining. The reigning league MVP — Russell Westbrook — wouldn't let his team go away. Westbrook would hit a shot with 36 seconds remaining in the first overtime to tie the game at 102 apiece and send the game to a second overtime.

In the second overtime, the game would stay close. Westbrook would hit a 19-foot pull-up jumper with 1:33 remaining to give his team the slight 111-109 edge, but Embiid would answer back with a finger roll layup to send the game into a third overtime. Westbrook and Embiid would go back and forth in the third overtime, but, in the end, a Westbrook dish to Andre Roberson with 9 seconds remaining would allow the Thunder to prevail and win the game.

Russell Westbrook had 27 points (10/33 FG), 15 assists, 18 rebounds, and 2 steals.
Carmelo Anthony had 24 points (11/17 FG) and 7 rebounds.
Paul George had 24 points (5/11 3PT), 5 rebounds, and 3 steals.

Joel Embiid had 34 points (11/20 FG), 6 assists, 8 rebounds, and 2 blocks.
J.J. Reddick had 19 points (4/13 3PT), 6 assists, and 3 rebounds.
Dario Saric had 16 points (7/16 FG), 4 assists, 8 rebounds, and 2 steals.

#NBA #Thunder #76ers

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The Last Jedi’s Best Creatures Are the Judgmental Fish-Nuns http://nym.ag/2BtvDNn

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'The backward logic and disguised appeal to pre-civil war racism remain powerful and dangerous.' http://aje.io/jcwgh - #AJOpinion

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Rey returns to Jakku before helping destroy a second #StarKiller base? Wait...That sounds like #ReturnoftheJedi...

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Top 10 Neuroscience News Stories of 2017

https://www.technologynetworks.com/neuroscience/lists/top-10-neuroscience-news-stories-of-2017-295213

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Will they teach humanities?

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'Star Wars' Star Mark Hamill On Kissing Carrie Fisher And Working With Prince William And Prince Harry
http://celebrityinsider.org/star-wars-star-mark-hamill-on-kissing-carrie-fisher-and-working-with-prince-william-and-prince-harry-96336/
#celebritynews #CarrieFisher, #MarkHamill, #StarWars, #TheForceAwakens celebrityinsider.org #Hollywood #celebrities #celebrity #celebrityinsider

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Cloud formations have long stirred the human imagination, leading us to see fanciful figures of dragons and sheep. But some clouds, as seen by NASA satellites, astronauts and spacecraft, are just as wild as anything we could dream up. 

This might look like a closeup shot of a sheep, but it's actually a view of cloud vortices that formed off Saint Helena Island in the South Atlantic Ocean in 2012. The image comes from NASA's Terra satellite, which is responsible for delivering quite a few stunning cloud photos. 

NASA describes how this unusual pattern comes from the wind striking the island's mountains: "As it blows around the island, the air spins on the leeward side, much like a flowing river forms eddies on the downriver side of a piling. The spinning wind forms intricate -- and mathematically predictable -- patterns."

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George Orwell would be proud.

In lieu of dangerous words like "vulnerable" perhaps we should just insert "winning" and "tremendous."

People worrying about the silencing power of political correctness might want to think about where this is headed. Seriously.

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The media are killing themselves with botched anti-Trump reporting http://nyp.st/2ByQvCC

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Cape Spear, Newfoundland

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in the shroom wonderland

#shroomshotsaturday by +Patti Colston​+Patricia Kristensen +Sabeena LoBello+ShroomshotSaturday
#hqspmacro +HQSP Macro
#btpmacropro +BTP Macro Pro

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Small Talk

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The smooth lake
What a wonderful sunset over this lake. Staying there watching the sun going down the horizon always makes you feel better. It's an amazing experience to see everything so calm and peaceful compared with how I was half an hour early at work!
This amazing "effect" of the reflections on the lake was possible using only a Firecrest Ultra Neutral Density Filter, from Formatt-Hitech. Incredible products to achieve images like this directly on camera!
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Winch - Sydney Harbour

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Fort Worth Japanese Garden

Autumn colors in the Fort Worth Japanese Garden. A favorite local location for fall colors. I make regular visits in November and December to follow the changing colors and watch the maples turn red.

Sony A7S with adapted Nikon 100mm lens

#wildernessphotographer #texas #fortworth #japanesegarden #fallcolor #landscape

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In the garden today. The Calla Lilies are loving the hot weather and occasional rain.

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Little Understood Cells Helps Mice See Color

Researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus have discovered that color vision in mice is far more complex than originally thought, opening the door to experiments that could potentially lead to new treatments for humans.

The research is in Neuron. (full access paywall)

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The latest Star Wars installment, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, was released in the U.S. on Friday, and audiences are gathering to watch Rey become further attuned with "The Force" under the guidance of Luke Skywalker. We know the film is fiction, but we also wonder whether there's any scientific truth underpinning the action. In fact, there's more than you might think.

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Here’s a List of the Obama Lies the NY Times Chose Not to Call Out
By Robert Donachie
December 15, 2017 at 2:37pm

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The New York Times opinion page claimed Thursday that President Donald Trump has outright lied 85 more times in his first year in office than former President Barack Obama did during his eight years as president.

“In his first 10 months in office, he (Trump) has told 103 separate untruths, many of them repeatedly. Obama told 18 over his entire eight-year tenure. That’s an average of about two a year for Obama and about 124 a year for Trump,” according to the Times’ op-ed.

The Times states that their definition of the word “lie,” as it pertains to the article, is “demonstrably false statements.”

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Keeping with the newspaper’s definition, here are a few more Obama lies that the Times left-out.

1) OBAMA 2009:

“I have not said that I was a single-payer supporter because, frankly, we historically have had a employer-based system in this country with private insurers, and for us to transition to a system like that I believe would be too disruptive,” Obama said at a 2009 New Hampshire town hall.

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In a video recorded at an Obama fundraising event hosted by the AFL-CIO in 2003, Obama expressed his support for a single-payer healthcare system. The former president told the crowd, “I happen to be a proponent of a single-payer universal healthcare plan.

2) OBAMA 2012: ‘YOUR PREMIUMS WILL GO DOWN’

“The other thing we’ve done is to say, what are the critical needs of small business? A lot of time, one of the biggest challenges is to make sure that you, as a sole proprietor, that you can get health insurance for you and your family. So when you hear about the Affordable Care Act — Obamacare — and I don’t mind the name because I really do care. That’s why we passed it. You should know that once we have fully implemented, you’re going to be able to buy insurance through a pool so that you can get the same good rates as a group that if you’re an employee at a big company you can get right now — which means your premiums will go down,” Obama said at a 2012 campaign speech in Cincinnati.

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Premiums for both Obamacare and employer-based health insurance plans increased steadily after Obama’s statement.

Employer-based health insurance premiums went up over $4,000 from the time Obama took office in 2008 to 2014. The growth of premiums for family coverage grew at an average rate of 5 percent a year from 2010 to 2015, according to a 2016 Kaiser Family Foundation and Journal of the American Medical Association study.

Premiums for plans sold on the Obamacare state exchanges increased dramatically during Obama’s time in the White House, particularly during his second term.

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a report in May 2017 comparing premiums in the exchange marketplaces in 2013, one year before Obamacare regulations took full effect, to premiums in the exchange marketplace in 2017.

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The report found that average monthly premiums increased from $224 in 2013 to $476 in 2014. That constitutes a 105 percent increase in only 4 years.

The Obama administration later conceded the fact that premiums were rising in 2016.

RELATED: Trump Just Outpaced Obama

The administration announced in October 2016 that insurance premiums would rise by double-digit percentages in 2017. During the same announcement, Obamacare enrollees learned that around 20 percent of consumers, or one in five, will only have one insurer to choose from in the marketplace.

3) OBAMA 2017: ‘HEALTHCARE COSTS ARE RISING AT THE SLOWEST RATE IN 50 YEARS

“Today, the economy is growing again; wages, incomes, home values, and retirement accounts are rising again; poverty is falling again. The wealthy are paying a fairer share of taxes even as the stock market shatters records. The unemployment rate is near a 10-year low. The uninsured rate has never, ever been lower. Healthcare costs are rising at the slowest rate in 50 years,” Obama said in a 2017 speech in Chicago.

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While giving his farewell address to a crowd in Chicago in January 2017, Obama claimed that health care costs “are rising at the slowest rate in 50 years.”

The statement is definitively false, considering that U.S. health care spending began growing at a faster rate in 2014 than it had in well over a decade.

Health care spending rose 5.3 percent in 2014, accelerating from an average growth rate of 3.7 percent for the previous half decade. From 2008 to 2013, national health care spending never increased more than 4.5 percent on a year-to-year basis.

The trend continued in 2015, increasing 5.8 percent.

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) expects national health care spending to grow at an average annual rate of 5.6 percent through 2025.
https://www.westernjournalism.com/heres-list-obama-lies-ny-times-chose-not-call/

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Who is the Hottest MMA Woman in Episode 46? Choose between Paige VanZant,  Lauren Monday,  Heather Shanholtz,  Kyra Gracie,  Arianny Celeste.

On this episode, you are voting for the Hottest MMA Woman of the week. We show the winner of each day for the past week and at the end of the post, you just have to cast your vote.

Cast your vote now https://goo.gl/aKsRcQ

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Now that we've seen #StarWars #TheLastJedi...It's time to start thinking about #StarWars9...

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Kawhi Leonard's minutes restriction 'a pain' for Gregg Popovich: Leonard has played just 33 minutes in two games this season. http://dlvr.it/Q6GFBg

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"Science has not yet proven the exact origins of life as we know it here on Earth. We’re not even sure if life began forming here on Earth, or if it started elsewhere in the universe and simply managed to flourish on this planet."

https://futurism.com/scientists-find-new-evidence-life-begun-space/

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12/15-16/2017 White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders On Attacks From Media & Her White House Role..... #TheIngrahamAngle Always Great to Watch You Tube. #FoxNews.

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More than 300 bright spots have been located on the surface of Ceres. Scientists with NASA's Dawn mission say the bright material indicates the dwarf planet is an active, evolving world.
Bright Areas on Ceres Suggest Geologic Activity:
https://www.nasa.gov/feature/jpl/bright-areas-on-ceres-suggest-geologic-activity

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Look no further for helpful blogging tools and resources

#blogging #socialmedia

http://theprofessionalmomproject.com/helpful-blogging-tools-and-resources/

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Interesting read

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Manjaro Linux is easy to install and equally as easy to work with, making it suitable for every user -- from beginner to expert:
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