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Why Teens Take Risks: It's Not a Deficit in Brain Development

The researchers examined the evidence behind that argument and found that much of it misinterpreted adolescent exploratory behavior as impulsive and lacking in control. Instead, the review suggests that much of what looks like adolescent impulsivity is behavior that is often guided by the desire to learn about the world.

The research is in Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience. (full open access)

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This time last year, @[Colin Kaepernick] ignited a national debate when he refused to stand for the national anthem. Today, he's without an NFL job.
Why do you think the quarterback still doesn't have a home in the NFL?

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So Many Ways To See The World -- Glendo, Wyoming
“When people think there's only one right place to stand, they say foolish things like 'You're doing it wrong.' All you have to do is go to the other side and look again at how many ways there are to see the world.”
-- Laurel Corona, The Mapmaker's Daughter

The corona of spikes around a thistle bud, taken near the banks of the Platte River in eastern Wyoming...

For +Sunday Buds / #SundayBuds curated by +Steve Gill, and #hqspmacro for +HQSP Macro, and #Macro4All by +Bill Urwin, +Thomas Kirchen, +Walter Soestbergen (+Macro4All ), and #macromaniacs for +MacroManiacs and +Sandra Deichmann...

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Pink in my eyes!

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Golden Light, Fading © Alex James Photos 2017
(Near Folsom Lake, California)

... in chilly January of this year, I found the lake and the surrounding area drenched in a delightful fog .... it lifted slowly and uncovered the water's reflections, but left a forgiving haze on the horizon as the final light of the day, broke through ...

#WBTPA +BTP Daily Highlights the Best Photo +BTP Editors' Choice (Top Photo page) +PRO Winners #BTPLandscapePro+BTP Landscape Pro . owned by +Nancy Dempsey ,curated by +Nancy Dempsey #LandscapePhotography +Landscape Photography curated by +Margaret Tompkins +Eric Drumm +Chandler L. Walker +Krzysztof Felczak +Jeff Beddow +H Peter Ji #landscape #folsom #alexjamesphotos #wherelumixgoes #nature #california

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#hqspmacro +HQSP Macro
#btpmacropro +BTP Macro Pro

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Leopard (Panthera pardus)
Kruger Park, South Africa

#animals #leopard #cats

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Haweswater: Summer 2017, No. 2

The 2nd image from my Haweswater Summer 2017 collection

I had some gorgeous light when I shot this, and the valley was so incredibly lush!

#landscape #lakedistrict

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Autumn is coming

European bluberry (Vaccinium myrtillus)

Svartskog, Norway

Although it’s only end of August and the autumn seems far away, some plant species are dressed in their best autumn colors already. For some reason individual plants here and there start their autumn colors much earlier than their neighboring plants of the same species, and this one stood like a beacon of colors in a sea of green plants of various, species making it stand out.

I find the autumn hues of the blueberry plant some of the most intense and diverse, and every year I study their many intricate color patterns. Some autumns every single plant is as intensely colored as the next and the forest floor is on fire for a few days before it is over and only the naked green branches are left.

Judging by the incredible colors of this specimen, this autumn might be one of those where the forest floor will be flooded with hues of red, yellow and orange.
The days ahead will tell, and I will be watching!

Image Copyright © 2017 +Morten Ross
Image Capture Date: 18 August 2017 15:21
Altitude: 38 meters

#leaves #plants #autumn #svartskog #norway

#hqspmacro +HQSP Macro
#BTPMacroPro +BTP Macro Pro
#BTPMacroPro+BTP Macro Pro , owned by +Nancy Dempsey , curated by +Kenny Jones

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Trump cuts funding for Obama's teen pregnancy program -via Flynx

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Open-world first-person shooter "The Signal From Tölva" has a #Linux version in progress

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Six days out and @TheNotoriousMMA (Conor McGregor) is glowing with confidence in this new interview! #MayMac

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Will Conor McGregor or Floyd Mayweather Jr. get knocked out? Fight gets approved use of 8-oz gloves:

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Eclipses Throughout Our Universe | Solar Eclipse 2017
The New York Times: "On the 21st day of August 2017, the moon will slide between the Earth and the sun, painting a swath of darkness across North America. The Great American Solar Eclipse. It is an exercise in cosmic geometry. A reminder that we live on one sphere among many, all moving to the laws of Kepler, Newton and Einstein. The moon’s orbit around the Earth is slightly tilted, so the shadow of the new moon usually passes above or below us. About twice a year, the three bodies briefly align, and the moon’s long shadow cuts across our planet. The day dies and is reborn. The sun is replaced by an inky hole, feathered with the pale corona, a million degrees hotter than the sun itself. Staring up into the cone of blackness you can feel the cosmic gears grinding. Two minutes of beauty and terror."

Credit: The New York Times
Duration: 5 minutes
Release Date: August 14, 2017

+The New York Times
+NASA Goddard
+SDO | Solar Dynamics Observatory
+NASA Goddard Space Weather Research Center
+American Astronomical Society
+The New York Times
+PBS Parents

#NASA #Earth #Science #Astronomy #SolarEclipse #Sun #Solar #Moon #Eclipse #Safety #SolarEclipse2017 #Eclipse2017 #Totality #UnitedStates #Canada #NorthAmerica #SDO #Children #Parents #Kids #Students #Teachers #STEM #Education #NYT #HD #Video

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Kobe Bryant vs Kevin Durant. How does his career (so far) stack up to the legend's first 10 seasons as a starter from 1999-2008?

I've been seeing comparisons on Twitter and wanted to analyze it myself. This post isn't me trying to say ones better than the other. I just wanted to see where he stands as a PLAYER to a universally ranked top 10 GOAT. It'll be a good indicator to see if he's on his way there. I'll compare using stats and notable awards often used in debates. I don't want to hear how playing with Shaq hurt his numbers when he won 3 early rings with him when we all know how valuable those are when discussing his greatness.

Basic Stats

Kobe Bryant - 27.7 / 5.6 / 5.2 / 1.7 / 0.6 on 45.6 / 33.9 / 84.2 shooting, 39.7 mpg, 716 games played.
Kevin Durant - 27.2 / 7.2 / 3.8 / 1.2 / *1 on 48.8 / 37.9 / 88.2 shooting, 37.4 mpg, 703 games played

Even though their positions are different, they're still perimeter scorers. They both won in what you'd expect them to due to their size and position. Where they separate is Kevin Durant's guard-like skills. He wins all-around shooting and Kobe takes scoring.

Advance Stats (Per 100 Possessions )

Kobe Bryant - 36.3 / 7.7 / 6.8 / 2.2 / 0.8 on 55.8% TS, PER 24.3
Kevin Durant - 36.9 / 9.7 / 5.1 / 1.6 / 1.4 on 60.8% TS, PER 25.2

Best season

Kobe Bryant - 35.4 / 5.3 / 4.5 / 1.8 / 0.4 on 45 / 34.7 / 85 shooting
Kevin Durant - 32 / 7.4 / 5.5 / 1.3 / 0.7 on 50.3 / 39.1 / 87.3 shooting

Best season (Per 100 Possessions)

Kobe Bryant - 45.6 / 6.8 / 5.8 / 2.4 / 0.5 on 55.9% TS, PER 28
Kevin Durant - 41.8 / 9.6 / 7.2 / 1.7 / 1 on 63.5% TS, PER 29.8

Playoffs Stats

Kobe Bryant - 26.6 / 5.6 / 5.1 / 1.5 / 0.7 on 44.8 / 33.1 / 80.1 shooting, 42.4 mpg, 132 games played
Kevin Durant - 28.8 / 8 / 3.8 / 1 / 1.2 on 46.8 / 34.4 / 85.3 shooting, 41 mpg, 106 games played & started

Advanced Playoff Stats (Per 100 Possessions)

Kobe Bryant - 33.2 / 6.9 / 6.4 / 1.9 / 0.9 on 53.6% TS, PER 21.8
Kevin Durant - 36.1 / 10.1 / 4.8 / 1.3 / 1.5 on 58.8% TS, PER 24.1

Average PER of regular season, single best season & playoffs

1. Kevin Durant - 26.4
2. Kobe Bryant - 24.7

Finals series ranked according to Game Score

2017 Durant vs CLE - 30.3 (35.2 / 8.2 / 5.4 / 1 / 1.6 on 69.8% TS)

2012 Durant vs MIA - 20.7 (30.6 / 6 / 2.2 / 1.4 / 1 on 65% TS)

2002 Kobe vs NJN - 20.3 (26.8 / 5.8 / 5.3 / 1.5 / 0.8 on 62.3% TS)

2001 Kobe vs PHI - 17.2 (24.6 / 7.8 / 4.8 / 1.4 / 1.4 on 50.1% TS)

2000 Kobe vs IND - 9.7 (15.6 / 4.6 / 4.2 / 1 / 1.4 on 41.1% TS)

Average Finals Game Score

1. Kevin Durant - 25.5
2. Kobe Bryant - 15.7

His score is 18.75 without the 2000 series. I know he was hurt, but if I don't include it, then it's like not counting his 1st ring.

Notable accolades won


Kobe Bryant - 1
Kevin Durant - 1


Kobe Bryant - 3
Kevin Durant - 1

Finals MVP

Kobe Bryant - 0
Kevin Durant - 1

Scoring Leader

Kobe - 2x
Kevin Durant - 4x

All-NBA Team (Total)

Kobe Bryant - 10 (6x First-Team)
Kevin Durant - 7 (5x First-Team)

NBA All-Defense Team (Total)

Kobe Bryant - 8 (6x First-Team)
Kevin Durant - 0

I asked the community if KD could make the top 10 GOAT if things work out with GS -

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Cornerback Dexter McDougle is slimmer, faster, and ready to finally live up to his potential with the New York Jets. His focus and determination have been key in his recent surge #NewYorkJets #DexterMcDougle

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President Donald Trump is losing his job approval ratings in three crucial US states that put him at helm in the White House in the wake of a terrorist attack during a demo against white supremacy in Charlottesville, Virginia, a new poll shows.

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Paddling eyes!

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Yellow for my eyes!
London August 19th 2017

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Is It Time for Trump Aides to Resign?

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This Stealth Warship Runs On Linux and Doesn't Need Humans to Defend Itself

In the ongoing fight between Macs and PCs, it's hard to deny that Linux has the biggest actual firepower (not to mention controls the most super computers too). Case in point: the USS Zumwalt, the most advanced surface ship in existence, which weighs in at over 10,000 tons and features 80 missile silos (its Tomahawk missiles can cover a distance of 1,550 miles), as well as a main gun that fires rocket-assisted, GPS-guided rounds (which can hit within 30 inches of a target roughly 72 miles away). What's really interesting, though, is its ability to detect, analyze, and respond to potential threats, all without the need for human intervention at all. This is where Linux comes in.

Equipped with a top-of-the-line server farm running on Linus Torvalds' adaptable operating system, the Zumwalt is essentially a huge, floating drone—left to its own devices, its impressive computer power allows it to act autonomously during missions in order to function with ease as everything, from lights to electrics and emergency responses, are all completely controlled by the warship's powerful computer brain.


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The Everyday Genius of Your Artistic Voice, Part 5: "Art & Business" is now live on my blog! It's a good Sunday (or Monday!) read.

The road to successfully creating even a part-time business out of something you love has many steps, curves and choices to it. And THIS topic has proven to be juicy enough to warrant TWO episodes within my 8-part series on Artistic Voice, and how to successfully weave into real life.

I recorded this one with the fabulous +Lauri Novak... and she's got some super down-to-earth, practical ideas to share!

We chat about the utter and complete relevance of making decisions from the point of view of what you love and what you know to be true for yourself. Sure that seems only sensible - but how many times does popular opinion, someone ELSE'S opinion - or your own naysayin' critical inner voice alter you thought you'd like to do?

We're NOT business coaches, nor do we play one on TV! 😜
In these two episodes, we simply share what's working in our own lives - and in the creative lives of others we've observed. "Artistic Voice" - by whatever name you call it - can mean the difference between creating a business and life of sheer joy and, well, pretty much anything less. And why settle for anything less?

It's a conversation worth having.
I hope you'll join in and share your thoughts too, either here or over on the blog!

This photo is one of Lauri's from the blog. Her architectural work is gaining more attention by the day. You'll why this genre has really clicked for her... from the inside out. Small wonder they've been noticed! Next level of success, here she comes!

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Android 8.0 Orellete (not Oreo) said to be announced on August 21

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One big get for Nintendo was the immensely fun and super popular Rocket League. The game has been on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, for quite some time and has legions of fans. IGN recently interviewed Psyonix vice president Jeremy Dunham about the…

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Funded pretty quickly and yet Google glass was the privacy concern.
How many folks would even notice this?

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APOD Time-Lapse: A Total Solar Eclipse

This time-lapse movie depicts such an eclipse in dramatic detail, seen from Australia in 2012.

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New polls show Trump’s popularity collapsing in key states - New Polls Show Trump’s Popularity Down In Key States Donald Trump’s popularity has dropped in three key states that helped him with the 2016 presidential election, following violence in Charlottesville, three new polls show. Surveys from NBC News/Marist show more than half of voters in Michiga...

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FOR THOSE LIVING IN THE US, DON'T FORGET THE SOLAR ECLIPSE TOMORROW GUYS -- The First Total Eclipse in Nearly a Century Will Sweep Across the US on Monday, August 21, casting a shadow over millions of people from coast to coast. While the darkest shadow will be visible along a 70-mile-wide path from Oregon to South Carolina, a partial view of the eclipse will be visible as far north as Canada and as far south as Brazil.

#SolarEclipse #astronomy #science

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Google needs to pay Apple a small fortune to remain the default search engine on iOS

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Steve Bannon uses Breitbart to launch his first vicious attack on Donald Trump’s White House

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UFC Fighter Nate Diaz Before He Was Famous

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Terminus - 'Doctor Who' Overview #DoctorWho #Reviews

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[Download Apk] Google Duo v16 packs with new Notification Type and Channels, New UI tweaks and more

#googleduo #duov16 #apps #androidapps #duoupdate

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Caption This

Vader has a new helmet


#StarWars #DarthVader #KFC

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Snaps from the Cultural Revolution: "At a time marked by forced confessions known as self-criticism, one young photographer, Wang Qiuhang, turned his camera on himself, subversively celebrating the self rather than suppressing it."
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