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Google's AR Stickers are now live and available on Pixel and Pixel 2!

#android #arstickers #pixel #pixel2

https://drd.life/2B4vhMo

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It Came From Outer Space

The recently discovered interstellar asteroid Oumuamua is probably a natural visitor, but Breakthough Listen thinks it might be an alien space probe.

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Writer and director Rian Johnson discusses he making of The Last Jedi.

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Apple will confirm the Shazam acquisition today; Snap and Spotify also expressed interest

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Cowboys DE DeMarcus Lawrence: 'F— them refs': Lawrence, who is second in the NFL this season with 13.5 sacks, says officials haven't been calling holding penalties. http://dlvr.it/Q5Qf0f

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The Philadelphia Eagles clinched the NFC East Division Title on Sunday night following their victory over the Los Angeles Rams. Despite the clinch, the team fears.....

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Tech pioneers tell FCC: 'You don't understand how the internet works' http://engt.co/2BC1prX

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Alabama you can not sit this one out.

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A few thoughts on evolution as a whole:

It is sometimes thought that evolution by way of natural selection happens due to happenstance mutations in genes that happen to offer some adaptive advantage, and are therefore more likely to be passed on to the next generation, thus preserving them through the generations. While this passive collection of traits is part of the evolutionary change process, natural selection is a much larger umbrella of influences, both passive and active, that have the capacity to shape the traits that contribute to an organism's or ecosystem's adaptive profile. The various behaviors and structures that ultimately remain coherent within an organism or ecosystem over time are those that enable the local biological field to negotiate the dynamic demands of the environment that they are continuously baptized in while also satisfying the structural hungers that must also be attended to in order to remain coherent. The relational environment contains both nourishing and antagonistic agents and is composed of both organic and inorganic influences that must be dynamically negotiated. This is no small task.

Biology is not just a relationship between organism and environment, it is also a relationship between and among organisms. It is also not solely a passive capture of traits by way of happenstance alone. Once an adaptive trait is "discovered" and embodied by various means, biology also develops various active means to pass the trait along. Biology also arguably searches out these traits and passing them along as well. Our human trait of being explorers in search of opportunity might be one of the ways this active search is facilitated. One illustration of this non genetic kind of trait is the way an animal can develop what are called "Fixed Action Patterns. A squirrel does not have to be told how to store nuts to negotiate the winter. That behavioral repertoire is embodied within the species and passed along through the generations. It was captured and stored at some level which may involve genes, but probably also entails other factors such as epigenetics as well.

Another important distinction to remember in order to see the larger landscape of biological evolution is that evolution is not a process that happens in the context of a species alone. Ecosystems also evolve as a whole body of life and there is a dynamic connection between the organisms within a species in that context. This relationship between organisms also means that organisms convey adaptive traits one to another through various means, both by way of the meaningful structured transmission of information and by way of happenstantial relational communications that confer adaptive traits. These information sources get captured at an organism or ecosystem level and actively spread the same way that the environmental trigger of a mutation in a sperm or egg that confers an advantage is more likely to get passed on.

Organisms exist in the context of many other organisms and this relational environment between organisms adds to the influential factors that shape the evolutionary process as a whole. It is this crucible that includes the deliberate transmission of traits as well as the acquisition of accidental occurrences that leads to the acquisition of adaptive traits that collectively drive the evolutionary process - this process that builds a hedge of coherency against the chaotic forces that would otherwise consume and disintegrate the body of relationships we call an organism, or ecosystem.

There are a number of ways that biological systems communicate adaptive traits one to another. This communication process that enables the passing along of adaptive traits can take the form of cooperative behaviors for instance. When we think about the wealth of adaptive capacities within our species we must consider the debt of gratitude we owe to our ability to share and cooperate. Not one of the words that are being used to communicate this idea for instance, would be understood if it were not for their structure and meaning having been shared with us at some point in time. This cooperative sharing platform has enabled humans to form our civilization.

Words are not the only way traits are transmitted between organisms. Our ability to capture and accumulate knowledge in a verbal net and transmit that knowledge one to another is synonymous with the way nature passes along of meaningful structural traits such as DNA and epigenetic information as well. Among these meaningful structural traits are sounds and behaviors such as postures or ritual sequences of behavior that convey meaning, as well as the passing of influential structures that serve as information one to another. This meaningful structural type of communication can take the form of molecules that we produce and perceive as scents, some of which, like hormones can meaningfully trigger massive behavioral shifts within and between organisms that serve various purposes like reproduction, establishment of adaptive hierarchies of social status, or the avoidance of danger etc. Still other forms of structural communication include the transmission of genetic information within and between organisms. This can happen by way of sexual reproduction, but in some cases can also occur through such methods as viruses, which can stitch genetic segments into already established DNA strands that can subsequently alter the organism in significant ways, some of which offer adaptive advantage.

Here is an article that takes a look at how viruses swap genes with a variety of cellular organisms and become part of that dynamic relational community that produced the fruit of adaptation in some cases.. In other words, viruses are also "agents of [adaptive] diversity" in certain cases:

https://dailyaccord.com/viruses-share-genes-organisms-across-tree-life/

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Astronomers identify twelve new Herbig-Haro objects in the dark nebula LDN 673 - (Phys.org)—Astronomers have found a dozen new faint Herbig-Haro objects in the dark nebula LDN 673 by employing a novel color-composite imaging method. The discovery, reported in a paper published December 1 on the arXiv pre-print server, could provide new important information about star formation process.

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The new Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 boasts a number of improvements for virtual reality applications, but is that enough to reinvigorate the market? #Features #Qualcomm #QualcommSnapdragon845

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The Walking Dead Midseason Finale Recap: Once Bitten http://nym.ag/2BBa5i8

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All Songs Considered: The Year In Music 2017
"This is a record that you can study, get lost in and find contradictions in, but also just roll around in how weird, and sometimes confrontational and sometimes beautiful and languid it is." --Stephen Thompson

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Why The #MeToo Moment Should Be Ready For A Backlash https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/12/10/yoffe-sexual-harassment-college-franken-216057

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For three quarters it was ugly, but the Dallas Cowboys were able to put together a dominant fourth quarter and leave MetLife Stadium with a 30-10 victory over the.....

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The Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018) series is now completely detailed, thanks to a new hands-on video.

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Google’s new Star Wars AR stickers put Porgs everywhere

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Trump to sign directive ordering NASA to return to the Moon http://engt.co/2knlxTx

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Rockets have 'strong belief' they can sign LeBron James this summer, report says: Some "in Rockets circles" reportedly believe Houston has a legitimate shot at signing James if he opts out of his contract with the Cavs. http://dlvr.it/Q5QSrY

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You also need this for AR Stickers.

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Infant Brain Responses Predict Reading Speed During Later Childhood

A study conducted at the Department of Psychology at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland and Jyväskylä Centre for Interdisciplinary Brain Research (CIBR) has found that the brain responses of infants with an inherited risk for dyslexia, a specific reading disability, predict their future reading speed in secondary school.

The research is in Neuropsychologia. (full open access)

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Have you received the update already?

#android #news #samsung #galaxys8 #updates

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Not a Good Man At All

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Just in case you missed Amazon’s bumper Black Friday sales, the retail giant is bringing back some of its best offers on its Echo and Fire devices. #Deals #News #AmazonCloudCam

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This is CNN: More Fake News on Wikileaks, Trump, Jr.

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Hearn: Parker’s demands are unrealistic for Joshua fight - By Scott Gilfoid: Promoter Eddie Hearn is still unhappy with WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker’s asking price for his revenue split for the unification fight against Anthony Joshua in early 2018. Hearn says Parker is looking for a cash out fight with the money he’s asking for. For the record, Parker wants a 65-35 split, […] The post Hearn: Parker’s demands are unrealistic for Joshua fight appeared first on Boxing News 24.

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Need a boost at running back or a Carson Wentz replacement? We've got you covered.

https://nesn.com/2017/12/fantasy-football-week-15-waiver-wire-best-pickups-at-each-position/

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Which is the Hottest Ronda Rousey Picture? Ep 7

Cast your vote at https://goo.gl/VWdJ34

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ARCore, Google's platform for building augmented reality apps on Android, is now live for Pixel phones!

And here is Google's first AR-based sticker pack — Hey, at least it's not Allo sticker update 😉

More on ARCore: https://developers.google.com/ar/

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Twitter Can Reveal Our Shared Mood

In the largest study of its kind, researchers from the University of Bristol have analysed mood indicators in text from 800 million anonymous messages posted on Twitter. These tweets were found to reflect strong patterns of positive and negative moods over the 24-hour day.

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How The Phantom Menace’s Epic Lightsaber Fight Came Together http://nym.ag/2knHZvP

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Rare meteorites challenge our understanding of the solar system | #Geology #GeologyPage

Researchers have discovered minerals from 43 meteorites that landed on Earth 470 million years ago. More than half of the mineral grains are from meteorites completely unknown or very rare in today’s meteorite flow.

Read more : http://www.geologypage.com/2017/01/rare-meteorites-challenge-understanding-solar-system.html
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