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Great value for money.

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Bloomberg—who Forbes estimates is worth $50.3 billion—pledged an additional $42 million to U.S. cities, building upon a 2017 Bloomberg Philanthropies initiative that had an initial budget of $200 million.

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#TripleTrouble #ChooChooCheers - Tennessee Titans Cheerleaders & T-Rac

#TripleTrouble 💙 #ChooChooCheers


#Sports #NFL #Cheerleaders

(Credit: Tennessee Titans Cheerleaders & T-Rac)

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Evolution of brain size in humans is thought to have been born out of necessity to solve a combination of ecological and social challenges. A new study found one type of challenge increased brain size whilst the other decreased it. Can you guess which challenge they claim has which effect?

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New Wordpress & Jetpack Vulnerability

"Hackers have come up with a never-before-seen method of installing backdoored plugins on websites running the open-source WordPress CMS, and this new technique relies on using weakly protected WordPress.com accounts and the Jetpack plugin."

"The technique is highly complex, and to compromise a site, a hacker must go through different steps, during which multiple things can prevent the attack from being successful. Nevertheless, attacks have been happening since May 16, according to report from WordPress site security firm Wordfence and several posts on the official WordPress.org forums from site owners that had their sites hijacked by crooks."

#technology #security #wordpress #jetpack

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FBI Seizes Control of Russian Botnet

The FBI counter-operation goes after  “VPN Filter,” a piece of sophisticated malware linked to the same Russian hacking group, known as Fancy Bear, that breached the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign during the 2016 election. 

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Jay Bruce gritted teeth on bench for Jose Bautista’s Mets debut https://nyp.st/2IF3TcN

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From Neuroscience News: ‘Seeing’ Music or ‘Tasting’ Numbers? What We Can Learn From Those With Synesthesia - Researchers take a deeper look at synesthesia, revealing the condition could be linked to some autoimmune diseases. The paper also reports synesthetes have better memory and are more creative than those without the disorder.

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A vivid Harrison Lake sunset near Harrison Hot Springs, British Columbia, Canada. The distant mountains are Sasin Peak and Deroche Mountain.

More photos here: https://www.mrussellphotography.com/blog/harrison-lake-sunset/

#sunsets #landscapes #britishcolumbia

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Singles, here is something for you.

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Milwaukee police release footage of officers using Taser on Bucks' Sterling Brown after parking violation

Milwaukee police on Wednesday released footage captured by a body camera that shows Bucks rookie and Maywood native Sterling Brown, 23, being arrested and police using a Taser on him after a parking violation.

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North Korea calls Pence remarks ‘stupid,’ says it’s still willing to pull out of summit https://nyp.st/2GJeldm

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NHL playoffs 2018: Capitals' Devante Smith-Pelly takes 90-mph shot to head; returns in minutes: Capitals winger Devante Smith-Pelly sacrificed his body to stop a shot from Ryan McDonagh in the first period of Game 7. http://dlvr.it/QTttYJ

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Earth-like planets with severe tilts and orbits could enter abrupt "snowball states," in which entire oceans freeze and surface life cannot survive, according to new research.

Researchers at the University of Washington (UW) have found a new reason why, just because a planet is located in a "habitable zone" — meaning it's close enough to its host star to sustain liquid water — it isn't necessarily habitable. The team found that the axial tilt and orbital dynamics of planets in the habitable zone around "G dwarf" stars like our own sun can lead to "snowball states," which are essentially extreme ice ages.

This new research looked at how a planet's obliquity, or the angle at which a planet's rotation axis tilts, and its orbital eccentricity, a parameter that determines the amount that an orbit deviates from a perfect circle, could affect that planet's potential to be habitable. [How Habitable Zones Around Stars Work (Infographic)]

Previous research suggested that planets in a habitable zone with a sun-like star that had a severe axial tilt or tilting orbit would be warmer, according to the statement. The team's research found that the opposite holds true, which was quite a shock, they said."We found that planets in the habitable zone could abruptly enter 'snowball' states if the eccentricity or the semi-major axis variations — changes in the distance between a planet and star over an orbit — were large or if the planet's obliquity increased beyond 35 degrees," Russell Deitrick, lead author of the new work and a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Bern who completed this research at UW, said in a statement.

Luckily, Earth's axial tilt varies ever so slightly, leaving Earth "a relatively calm planet, climate-wise," co-author Rory Barnes, an astronomer at UW, said in the statement. But, as it pertains to exoplanets, Deitrick "has essentially shown that ice ages on exoplanets can be much more severe than on Earth, that orbital dynamics can be a major driver of habitability and that the habitable zone is insufficient to characterize a planet's habitability," Barnes said.

A planet's position in the habitable zone is typically a major factor in considering whether it may be habitable. However, this new research shows that even if a planet seems Earth-like and is orbiting at the right distance from its star, if "its orbit and obliquity oscillate like crazy, another planet might be better for follow-up with telescopes of the future," Deitrick said.

With this research in mind, orbital dynamics should be considered an important part of determining a planet's habitability, Deitrick added.

The work will be published in The Astronomical Journal, according to the statement.  

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NBA playoffs 2018: Klay Thompson, Andre Iguodala ruled questionable for Game 5: Thompson and Iguodala are questionable to play Game 5 of the Western Conference finals. http://dlvr.it/QTtjxQ

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Amazon should not be in the business of providing surveillance systems like Rekognition to the government.

Sincerely,

41 civil liberties and civil rights organizations, including ACLU, Human Rights Watch, Color Of Change, Freedom of the Press Foundation, and EFF.

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By 2020, Samsung wants AI and internet in all of its devices, including appliances - Samsung's long rumored Bixby powered smart speaker is expected to enter the suddenly crowded category in the second half of this year. Despite this, the company's consumer product chief has a plan for the company that will make smart speakers less important. Kim Hyun-suk sees every device made by Samsung, including washers, dryers, televisions and refrigerators, as a potential smart speaker. "Deep down, I w...
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