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Mount Sinai researchers have found a positive relationship between the brain network associated with working memory, the ability to store and process information relevant to the task at hand and healthy traits such as higher physical endurance and better cognitive function
These traits were associated with greater cohesiveness of the working memory brain network while traits indicating suboptimal cardiovascular and metabolic health, and suboptimal health habits including binge drinking and regular smoking, were associated with less cohesive working memory networks.
This is the first study to establish the link between working memory and physical health and lifestyle choices.
The results of the study will be published online in Molecular Psychiatry.

The research team took brain scans of 823 participants in the Human Connectome Project (HCP) a large brain imaging study funded by the National Institutes of Health, while they performed a task involving working memory, and extracted measures of brain activity and connectivity to create a brain map of working memory.
The team then used a statistical method called sparse canonical correlation to discover the relationships between the working memory brain map and 116 measures of cognitive ability, physical and mental health, personality, and lifestyle choices.
They found that cohesiveness in the working memory brain map was positively associated with higher physical endurance and better cognitive function. Physical traits such as high body mass index, and suboptimal lifestyle choices including binge alcohol drinking and regular smoking, had the opposite association.

Working memory accounts for individual differences in personal, educational, and professional attainment said Sophia Frangou MD, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.
Working memory is also one of the brain functions that is severely affected by physical and mental illnesses. Our study identified factors that can either support or undermine the working memory brain network. Our findings can empower people to make informed choices about how best to promote and preserve brain health.

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Developers of smart city technology will have no choice but to turn to open source if they want to keep up with the demand.
Go back a hundred years and services like electricity and running water, let alone phones, would have all been considered luxuries. Now, we see these services as critical infrastructure that could cause a serious threat to life and societal order if they were to break down.
As the Internet of Things (IoT) is becoming a bigger part of our world, creating a marriage of software and hardware that ranges from the exceedingly useful to the overly creepy, it is also finding its way into many of the utilities that we depend on for modern living.
What we define as infrastructure is being rapidly altered by the growth of IoT and the move towards smart cities. We depend on traffic lights, security cameras and garbage removal to keep our cities livable, and we would quickly take notice if these services faltered.
As these devices and systems start to get brains, they become vulnerable to attacks like Mirai or the one that targeted the Ukrainian power grid.
There is the added challenge of how to protect smart infrastructure, recognizing that it has major differences from the way that we defend power plants.
Historically, critical infrastructure projects have been tougher targets for hackers as their operational technologies (OT) relied on legacy systems that were not widely connected to the internet. As cases such as Stuxnet and more recent cyberattacks on electrical power systems have shown, these systems are vulnerable to external hackers, despite their supposedly high level of security and regulation.
Whereas old-school critical infrastructure has been played out in the court of large corporates with their dependency on proprietary systems, smart cities are a whole other kettle of fish.

Open Source: the Necessary Building Blocks of Smart Cities
If we assume that smart city infrastructures will probably be implemented by many of the large corporates that have the experience and resources to run these projects, then they will probably try to work it as they always have with as much of their in-house tech as possible. Makes sense, right?
Michael Shalyt CEO of the critical infrastructure security startup Aperio Systems says that he is skeptical of whether the companies will want to turn to more efficient methods of development like adopting open source in the near future.
We probably won’t see a full blown project for handling end-to-end operations since that’s not modus operandi of utilities and other companies managing critical infrastructure he explained in an interview.
But unfortunately for the corporates, the smart city game has a different set of rules and stakeholders. Outside of the critical infrastructure bubble that allows for certain inefficiencies in the name of not having to deal with innovation, the public demands fast and friendly service.
For starters, this means that developers of smart city products and systems will have to keep up with a more rapid release schedule. Teams will need to pull in resources from third parties if they want to stay on pace, and they will be unable to take their time on writing their own code for everything.
There will still be deadlines when we move to smart cities, putting pressure on developers said Shalyt. Once an open source project seems good enough and it’s free, there is a lot of pressure to use it, simply to shorten the development cycle, saving time and money.
Secondly, users want interfaces that are easy to use. This will mean a reliance on web and other apps, most of which are built on open source components for their look and functionality.
Finally, unlike sites like power plants, where there is a single company managing the project, smart cities are a collaborative effort, including many new startups that come from a newer culture that depends on open source.

Open Source Security: A Different Approach for Protecting Infrastructure
While working with open source gives developers a faster way to build their products while staying on schedule, it presents a different set of challenges for security.
We have to assume that all code will have vulnerabilities. What makes an environment secure is how well you check the products that you are using for holes that attackers can exploit.
For many, it seems obvious to test your in-house written code. Unfortunately, they don’t always do the same for third-party libraries and components. When talking more specifically about open source components, this does not mean checking the code yourself, but verifying that it does not contain any known vulnerabilities.
No one is going to pen test an open source project that you took from somewhere else Shalyt remarked. It’s not that it’s impossible to write perfect code, just nobody does it. In most cases, developers are under pressure from senior management to meet their release schedules and will just throw in open source components without first checking whether or not they have known vulnerabilities.
When it comes to open source and smart cities, Shalyt believes that companies will turn to open source for what he calls more granular operations.
He pointed to more specific tasks like communication and enabling specific devices as the most likely uses. From an efficiency point of view, he said that it may make sense to run many of the devices and sensors that smart cities depend on off of hardware like Raspberry Pis, which utilize the open source Linux operating system.
If there are vulnerabilities in the low-level communications, the hacker can have control of all of the endpoints in the city he said.
The risk is that hackers could target these base-level protocols and endpoint devices, potentially using their knowledge of vulnerabilities in projects like Linux’s OS from outside the infrastructure sector. If an open source library has a known vulnerability, attackers can try to exploit it across numerous targets, hoping that somebody failed to perform the proper fix.

Taking Responsibility for Your Code
Shalyt noted that today people often assume that new products include code from third parties.
It used to be that 20 years ago, a software product was built by the company that you bought it from, but now we assume the opposite he explained. While this is unlikely to change due to the culture of these older organizations, smart cities are probably going to develop differently since they are coming out of the more modern development culture.
As such, all parties that are working in developing products for this sector will need to be sure that they are being responsible with their code, not adding code with known vulnerabilities.
However, since checking these products for crucial vulnerabilities and bugs manually is unrealistic, developers and security personnel alike will need to depend on automated solutions to ensure that everything in their products are on the up and up.

It’s the Future Deal With It
Some may ask why we need to talk about protecting open source in smart cities if those heading up the projects are by nature not big fans of it. Fair enough.
The thing is, at the end of the day, these companies simply won’t have much of a choice about working with open source. Just as DevOps is becoming a new standard for dealing with schedules and expectations, so is open source adoption becoming the best option for developers to keep on top of demand. The big players will have to play ball or risk getting left behind in favor of those that are ready to evolve.
It is worth noting that there is currently some movement to introduce standards for open source in the critical infrastructure sector.
The Linux Foundation’s Civil Infrastructure Platform (CIP) was launched last year to create a framework for the industry (with the backing of big players like Siemens and Toshiba to name a few), but it is still early in the process.
What is certain, is that open source, in whatever form it takes for these projects, is an additional attack vector that can be targeted by hackers looking to breach city systems. A well-placed attack can disrupt operations, hold a city hostage for ransom and possibly deter others from adopting the smart city model if they feel that they cannot properly defend it.
However, before running for the hills for fear of open source, take a beat and remember that it is often more secure than closed, proprietary software since it has more eyes passing over its code, alerting the community to threats and helping to provide for a safer space for development.
It is clear that open source is the way forward for how we go about building large-scale projects, in both government and business. It is up to those doing the development to ensure that they are incorporating security into their products.

Rami Sass is CEO and co-founder of WhiteSource, the leading open source security and compliance management platform.

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The attack on Pearl Harbor. The assassination of John F. Kennedy. The Challenger disaster.
People often say that they remember exactly where they were and what they were doing when traumatic events like these occurred, reflecting a long-held belief that emotion enhances memory.
There’s even a name for it, flashbulb memory because the memory is so accurate it’s like a photograph.
But new research from Brandy Bessette-Symons an assistant professor in the Ithaca College Department of Psychology, bolsters a growing consensus that emotion might actually do more harm than good.
In a new article in the journal Memory, entitled The Robustness of False Memory for Emotional Pictures Bessette-Symons shows that while under certain circumstances emotion can improve memory, it also makes it less reliable.
Emotion doesn’t necessarily make us better at remembering says Bessette-Symons. It sometimes makes us worse.

Her conclusions are drawn from a series of nine experiments conducted over the course of several years, in which student volunteers were shown a series of pictures meant to evoke positive or negative emotions, or none at all. They were then shown those pictures, plus some that weren’t in the original group, and asked to recognize which they had previously seen.
This was done after two delay intervals, either 10 minutes or a week, to assess differences in short and long-term memory.
In the long term, participants were more likely to correctly identify the original negative emotion-inducing pictures than the neutral ones, while in the short term they were not. But in both, participants were more likely to falsely identify new negative pictures as originals.
False memory is the most robust effect of emotion Bessette-Symons says.
These results have important practical implications for things like the reliability of eyewitness testimony and police lineups.
If you give an assault victim a ‘null lineup,’ meaning the perpetrator is not in the lineup, they would, because of the emotionality of the crime, be more likely to falsely identify someone said Bessette-Symons.
Psychologists have demonstrated the unreliability of memories associated with emotions before, but Bessette-Symons is the first to explore how the effect of relatedness between pictures might influence emotional memory differences. For example, if someone is shown photos of a lion, a cheetah and a panther, all big cats, they’re more likely to falsely remember seeing a photo of a tiger if later asked. It is then possible that the relationship between the pictures, not their emotional content, is responsible for the false memories. But Bessette-Symons discovered that this is not the case.
What I found is that the emotional pictures were more related to each other, but that alone couldn’t explain all the results that I reported says Bessette-Symons.

People Problem?
An interesting wrinkle that Bessette-Symons found in a subsequent analysis has led her to a new line of inquiry. In her experiments, false memories were only elicited by pictures of people, not pictures of objects.
Bessette-Symons speculates this could be a result of people empathizing with pictures of people in a way they cannot with objects.
It could be that this bias component to emotion may only extend to social things, and the reason it only extends to social pictures is because it may be driven by an empathetic component of emotion she said.
The original experiments used more photos of people than objects, so Bessette-Symons is now designing experiments that include an equal number of each in order to discern whether false memories are only prompted by pictures of people.
She says that some psychology labs tend not to find a false memory effect tied to emotion, which could be because they tend to use pictures of objects, not people.

A Group Effort
While Bessette-Symons is the sole author of the Memory article, she is quick to point out that she received help from a team of student researchers. In the Ithaca College psychology department, all psychology majors are required to work on a research team for three semesters.
It’s really great she said. They get really closely involved in the research.
The students on Bessette-Symons team contribute to all aspects of her research projects, including helping to design the experiments, recruiting participants and performing data collection and analysis. Throughout the years required to complete the data collection for the nine experiments represented in the Memory article, many of her students presented on one or more of the experiments as posters and oral presentations at both undergraduate and professional conferences.
Adam Chafee who graduated with a psychology degree in May 2017, was on Bessette-Symons’s research team for three semesters, and still helps out today. In spring 2017, he helped present the research at the annual convention of the Eastern Psychological Association in Boston, Massachusetts.
Chafee says his experience with Bessette-Symons has proven invaluable.
In terms of getting into the research field, it’s important to get as much experience as possible and IC definitely gives you the opportunity to do that he said.

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Southwark Cathedral, London, captured late at night when the building is empty.

The cathedral was the first Gothic church in London, and was built at the oldest crossing-point along the River Thames. It fell into disrepair during the early 19th century and was nearly demolished when plans were made to rebuild London Bridge, however the cathedral has remained on its original site -- which is believed to date back to the 7th century -- and today functions as the mother church of the Anglican Diocese of Southwark.

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A fall day in the farmland along the Fraser River in Agassiz, British Columbia, Canada.

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Hours after US president Donald Trump declared yesterday that the US would move its Israeli embassy to Jerusalem, US allies from Malaysia to Indonesia to France to Britain, condemned the move.
The unpopular decision reverses decades of American policy in the Middle East. Americans in Turkey, Germany, and through the region were warned by local US embassies to be cautious after the decision, and American children in Jordon told not to go to school. At least 22 were wounded during protests in Gaza and the West Bank, and militant group Hamas called Trump’s announcement a “declaration of war.
The decision is not popular at home, either. Trump’s own Department of Defense and Secretary of State tried to talk him out of it, according to multiple reports. Just 16% of Jewish-Americans favor unilaterally moving the embassy to Jerusalem, which Palestinians also claims as their capital, according to a survey of “American Jewish Opinion” taken in September. Overall, 63% of Americans oppose the move.
Trump’s decision is a “profound mistake,” Jeremy Ben-Ami the president of J-Street, a “pro-peace, pro-Israel” lobbying group in Washington DC said Wednesday, echoing the words of French president Emmanuel Macron and many others.

So how did it happen? Trump’s decision is the latest example of how special interest groups, rather than US voters or long-term American diplomatic goals, can drive policy. Analysts say wealthy donors, influential lobby groups, and a far-right Christian fringe put pressure on a president eager to show he’s fulfilling his campaign promises.
A White House spokesman didn’t respond to questions about Trump’s rationale for making the move.
Donors Sheldon Adelson and Miriam Ochsorn
Just as deep-pocketed donors to the Republican party had a huge impact on the hastily-written tax reform bill that’s now being reconciled in Congress, they have put direct pressure on the US president to change US policy in Israel.
Most prominent are casino magnate Sheldon Adelson and his wife Miriam Ochsorn the largest individual Republican donors in 2016, who coughed up $83 million. Adelson failed to back Trump initially in the Republican race, but made an abrupt about-face during the primary, earning the couple a seat at Trump’s inauguration.
Moving the US embassy to Jerusalem has long been one of the couple’s goals,one that is particularly important for Ochsorn, some say, who was born in British-ruled Palestine.
There’s a theory that Miriam is the real driver on a lot of these issues said Michael Green a history professor at the University of Nevada. She may be the one that “really has a greater ideological commitment” than her husband. Thanks to their donations, both Adelson and Ochsorn can “pick up the phone and call the White House,” Green said.
Adelson was waiting patiently for action on the move, a spokesman told Politico in April, but was “furious” in May, Axios reported, after Secretary of State Rex Tillerson expressed caution about relocation and said the president wanted to be careful not to impact the peace process.
In a sign of their displeasure, Adelson and Ochsorn so far haven’t donated enough to even crack the top 50 donors in the 2018 midterm races.
The couple had a private dinner at the White House on October 2, where they discussed the Las Vegas shooting the day before, but also pushed Trump on relocating the embassy, the New York Times reported. Adelson’s spokesman didn’t return requests for comment.

Pro-Israel lobbying groups and think tanks
The powerful pro-Israel lobby has spent tens of millions of dollars in the United States in recent years, hoping to influence Congress and the executive branch. Spooked by concerns that former president Barack Obama would be less supportive of Israel, donations by individuals and political action committees jumped in 2008, his first year in office. They hit a record of nearly $20 million in 2016.
The lobbying has been dominated for years by hard-line voices that don’t reflect how most American Jews think about Israel and Palestine, says J-Street’s chief of staff Daniel Kalik.
In part in deference to these groups, and over the opposition of then-president Bill Clinton, Congress voted in 1995 to move the US embassy by 1999, but included a caveat that would allow any president to delay the move indefinitely for security reasons.
Relocating the US embassy to Jerusalem is pretty outside the mainstream in terms of a policy decision said Kalik. It is certainly not designed to get votes from American Jews, he notes, who make up just 2.6% of the US population and for the most part, are progressive Democratic voters.
In recent years, US political candidates have tried to beat their competitors by seeing who could be more “pro-Israel” in the mold of these lobbies, in the hopes that it will give them more support financially and otherwise, Kalik said. The powerful American Israel Public Affairs Committee spends millions every year on lobbying:
AIPAC’s command over US politicians was evident last March, when presidential candidates Ted Cruz, John Kasich, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton all spoke in person at AIPAC’s annual convention; Bernie Sanders recorded a video address for the event.
Sanders, the only Jewish candidate, offered some rare criticism of the lobby’s policies, saying, “When we talk about Israel and Palestinian areas, it is important to understand that today there is a whole lot of suffering among Palestinians and that cannot be ignored.” Peace, he said, would require compromise from “both sides.”
John Bolton may also have played a role in Trump’s decision. The former US ambassador to the United Nations and one-time advisor to Trump is on the board of directors of the Jewish Institute of National Security of America, an anti-Iran, pro-Israel think tank.
Bolton complained in late August that he was being shut out of White House discussions, after General John Kelly took over as Trump’s chief of staff. But Trump’s rationale on Dec. 5 for moving the US embassy seemed to come right from Bolton’s mouth.
After more than two decades of waivers, we are no closer to a lasting peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians Trump said, then listed the reasons why Jerusalem was the obvious capital of Israel, including that fact that is it home to Israel’s parliament. It would be folly to assume that repeating the exact same formula would now produce a different or better result.
Bolton made almost exactly the same arguments in a hearing to a Congressional committee last month. If the Middle East peace process is such a delicate snowflake that the location of the US Embassy in Israel could melt it, one has to doubt how viable it is to begin with Bolton said.
Bolton was spotted at the White House today. He was there “because he is a friend of the president,” press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said.

The Christian radical right
While pro-Israel lobbyists may have provided serious financial incentive, Trump’s support among Christian evangelicals, who voted overwhelmingly for him in the presidential election, provided additional pressure.
Most Americans, about 71%, identify as Christian, but only one-third of those call themselves “evangelical,” and evangelicals are divided on Jerusalem’s importance.
Some Christian evangelicals interpret the Old Testament’s description of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel 1,000 years before Christ as the sign of what is to come as "Gary M. Burge* explains in the Atlantic. They “believe that promoting the importance of Jerusalem is one more building block in the fulfillment of prophecies that sets the stage for the Second Coming of Christ,” he writes.
Christian evangelicals put pressure on Trump to make the call, as the Wall Street Journal reports, and some rejoiced after the decision.
In the Six Day War Jews finally took sovereignty over Jerusalem, and it’s absolutely crucial in terms of biblical prophecy that they maintain control over that televangelist Pat Roberstson said Dec. 5, celebrating Trump’s decision.
Rene Omokri founder of California’s “Mind of Christ Christian Center,” said he was now willing to die for Trump.
Trump didn’t provide any specifics about how soon the move would be made. But, as Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu pointed out today, by making the decision, Trump had already “made history.”

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She was nominated for a GOLDEN GLOBE AWARD this morning for her performance as Hannah Baker in 13 REASONS WHY.

“Words can not express my sheer excitement and gratitude for being nominated by the HFPA this morning for portraying ‘Hannah Baker,’ a young woman whom I have come to truly love and understand. Hannah’s story resonated with so many people, and I feel truly grateful to Netflix, Paramount TV, Brian Yorkey, Tom McCarthy, Selena Gomez, and all of our tremendous producers…and to our incredibly talented cast – who are also my dear friends, and our wonderful crew for bringing this story to life,” Lanford wrote. “Most of all, my sincere hope is that the recognition continues to shine a light on so many of the important life issues and struggles we portray in 13 Reasons Why. I’m forever grateful to have been given this opportunity and will continue to work hard to bring dignity, respect, and grace to such a powerful character.”

Executive Producer Selena Gomez commented as well in the post shown below.
Season 2 has now finished filming.


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