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Smart people have better connected brains

Understanding the foundations of human thought is fascinating for scientists and laypersons alike. Differences in cognitive abilities - and the resulting differences for example in academic success and professional careers - are attributed to a considerable degree to individual differences in intelligence. A study just published in Scientific Reports shows that these differences go hand in hand with differences in the patterns of integration among functional modules of the brain. Kirsten Hilger, Christian Fiebach and Ulrike Basten from the Department of Psychology at Goethe University Frankfurt combined functional MRI brain scans from over 300 persons with modern graph theoretical network analysis methods to investigate the neurobiological basis of human intelligence. Already in 2015, the same research group published a meta-study in the journal "Intelligence", in which they identified brain regions - among them the prefrontal cortex - activation changes of which are reliably associated with individual differences in intelligence. Until recently, however, it was not possible to examine how such 'intelligence regions' in the human brain are functionally interconnected. Earlier this year, the research team reported that in more intelligent persons two brain regions involved in the cognitive processing of task-relevant information (i.e., the anterior insula and the anterior cingulate cortex) are connected more efficiently to the rest of the brain (2017, "Intelligence"). Another brain region, the junction area between temporal and parietal cortex that has been related to the shielding of thoughts against irrelevant information, is less strongly connected to the rest of the brain network. "The different topological embedding of these regions into the brain network could make it easier for smarter persons to differentiate between important and irrelevant information - which would be advantageous for many cognitive challenges," proposes Ulrike Basten, the study's principle investigator. In their current study, the researchers take into account that the brain is functionally organized into modules. "This is similar to a social network which consists of multiple sub-networks (e.g., families or circles of friends). Within these sub-networks or modules, the members of one family are more strongly interconnected than they are with people from other families or circles of friends. Our brain is functionally organized in a very similar way: There are sub-networks of brain regions - modules - that are more strongly interconnected among themselves while they have weaker connections to brain regions from other modules. In our study, we examined whether the role of specific brain regions for communication within and among brain modules varies with individual differences in intelligence, i.e., whether a specific brain region supports the information exchange within their own 'family' more than information exchange with other 'families', and how this relates to individual differences in intelligence."

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Cheerleader Of The Week - Paige - Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders

Cheerleader Of The Week - Paige: Third year veteran Paige is our Cheerleader of the Week!

Watch video: bit.ly/2zuxC3O

#Sports #NFL #Cheerleaders

(Credit: Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders)

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Insane deal if you have a Moto Mods-compatible phone.

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While the American media and Washington are expending substantial energy on the alleged Russian interference in the United States political theatre during the 2016 election cycle, another nation and its American promoters that invest substantially in Washington generally fly under the radar when it comes to political influence-peddling.

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Master the Linux Command Line

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Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook come face-to-face in heated argument: The two ended up face-to-face before teammates and an official broke up the discussion Wednesday night. http://dlvr.it/Q2Pr6r

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The legendary Sith Lord meets the master Imperial strategist.

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Charlie Rose got potential heir Josh Elliott ‘ousted’ from CBS http://nyp.st/2mVYl3m

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Every day brings new startling revelations. It has recently come to light that there are photos in the discovery which show the prosecutors in the case near the scene of the 2014 standoff, prior to the first escalation of events.

The photos were apparently taken on April 3, 2014. This was 3 days before Dave Bundy’s arrest and well before any protesters arrived. The photos show Assistant U.S. Attorney Nadia Ahmed (now one of the prosecutors of the Bundys) as well as U.S. Magistrate Judge Ferenbach at the impound site. Also present, apparently, are other members of the U.S. Attorneys office, including possibly even then-US Attorney Daniel Bogden.

The fact that this photo is part of the sealed discovery goes to show the importance the government places on their back-door dealings which led up to the prosecutions. Why must everything be hidden from the citizens?

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Giving thanks for the historic Jets blooper that keeps on giving http://nyp.st/2A05W6k

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BIS To Frame Hallmark Standards For 24 Carat Gold Jewellery

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Yeti or not, Bigfoot is ready to prove his existence next fall...

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How to do coding?

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"Researchers find that lightning strikes causes photonuclear reactions in the atmosphere, creating antimatter".

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How cops hack into your phone without a warrant – VICE News https://news.vice.com/story/what-can-police-find-on-your-phone-without-a-warrant -via Flynx

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The Moto Z2 Force is a top-tier phone with some stumbling blocks at under $400.

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Two more women accuse Al Franken of groping http://nyp.st/2mYLZrl

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misty day at Ringkøbing Fjord | 2017
https://www.holge.de

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Red!!!

My women rugby page https://www.paolodalprato.com/rugby

#macrophotography #hqspmacro #hqspflowers #fotomaniaitalia #ilovephotography

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St Peters by night, Rome, Italy

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Uh oh, crossing my fingers for renewal.

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Busted: Even If Location Services Are Disabled Google Collects Android Users’ Location
BY: KEITH COLLINS, Technocracy, NOVEMBER 21, 2017
https://www.technocracy.news/index.php/2017/11/21/busted-google-collects-android-users-location-even-location-services-disabled/

Via Kevin Shipp Ex CIA, presently a Whistleblower
https://twitter.com/Kevin_Shipp/status/933391037665566720

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This story includes recommended tips & tricks from Edward Snowden
@Snowden Note the "How to Leak (and Not Get Caught) section, too.
https://www.wired.com/2017/02/reporters-need-edward-snowden/

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From relishing ‘Paper Masala Dosa’ at Dosa Hut in New Jersey, feasting on authentic vegetarian food and Rasmalai served in an earthen pot at the Swaminarayan temple restaurant at London, to enjoying Indian vegetarian food in a restaurant in Beijing to savouring a sumptuous langar at Southhall gurudwara, one can taste a slice of India in different parts of the world.
#MoreIndianthanyouthink
Read the post to know why the world is more Indian than you think.
http://life11.org/2014/10/20/more-indian-than-you-think/

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Two $100k payouts for Chromebook vulnerability discoveries.

Google gladly pays up.

https://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2017/11/22/chromebook-exploit-earns-researcher-second-100k-bounty/

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Lolwut. The +OnePlus 5T takes screenshots as JPEGs instead of PNGs. Eww.

Just checked, and OP5 does it too. I don't want artifacts in my screenshots, man.

Found a thread about it. Looks like it used to be PNG, then switched to JPG.

+OnePlus Change it back please. We need lossless for screenshots.

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A Look Into How Repealing Net Neutrality will Change the Internet (https://goo.gl/ALdeL8)

It's probably no stretch to say that we're currently living in the most politically divided time that many of us have ever lived in. Many political analysts and historians argue that it's the most divided time in history.

With so much dividing us, it's nice to rally around the things that truly bring us together, and nothing does that better than the #Internet in all its crazy, weird, funny, and massively connected ways.

And on the Internet currently, you'd be hard-pressed to find many news stories more talked about than the FCC and Chairman Ajit Pai's plan to repeal Net Neutrality.

We won't go into defining and describing what Net Neutrality is, because you can find that elsewhere. Instead, we thought we'd share this article from WIRED about how your everyday browsing is likely to change if (and as many think, when) Net Neutrality is repealed in December:

"Internet Service Providers like Comcast and Verizon may soon be free to block content, slow video-streaming services from rivals, and offer 'fast lanes' to preferred partners. For a glimpse of how the internet experience may change, look at what broadband providers are doing under the existing 'net neutrality' rules."

"When AT&T customers access its DirecTV Now video-streaming service, the data doesn't count against their plan's data limits. Verizon, likewise, exempts its Go90 service from its customers' data plans. T-Mobile allows multiple video and music streaming services to bypass its data limits, essentially allowing it to pick winners and losers in those categories."

Click here to read more: https://goo.gl/ALdeL8

#NetNeutrality #news #technology

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Are you still happy with your Google Pixel?

#Android #News #GooglePixel

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"What the sugar industry successively did," argues Stanton Glantz of the University of California, San Francisco, "is they shifted all of the blame onto fats."

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Have you ever asked yourself about the difference between emotional intelligence and mental strength? It's a thought-provoking question because there are many misunderstandings about what it really means to be mentally strong and many myths about how you can develop emotional intelligence.

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Steam Autumn Sale cuts prices on 'Shadow of War' and 'Evil Within 2' http://engt.co/2A0Nmuy

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Rollback of Net Neutrality Has Small Businesses Worried

Get this and all your tech news at http://AskNick.com

Add Nick's take on the news to your Alexa daily briefing!

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“as part of its proposal to repeal net neutrality, the commission is trying to use its authority to preempt any and all state and local net neutrality regulations”

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Knicks put together a historic run in win over Raptors http://nyp.st/2A1GIEo
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