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The Cleveland Cavaliers have agreed to trade point guard Kyrie Irving to the Boston Celtics in exchange for point guard Isaiah Thomas, forward Jae Crowder, center Ante Zizic, and the Brooklyn Nets' 2018 unprotected first-round draft pick, the team announced Tuesday night.

Irving had originally requested a trade during a July meeting with Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert. Reports indicated that Irving wanted to play in a situation where he could be more of the focal point and that he no longer wants to play alongside LeBron James. Irving also has three years and $60 million left on his contract (with an opt-out on the final year), but the Celtics completed the trade with the belief that Irving will sign long-term.

Thomas, on the other hand, led the Boston Celtics to the best record in the Eastern Conference last season, while averaging 28.9 points, 5.9 assists, and 2.7 rebounds per game. The Cavaliers are also getting a solid defender in Crowder, who averaged 13.9 points and 5.8 rebounds last season.

#NBA #Celtics #Cavaliers

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NASA's EPIC View of 2017 Eclipse Across America | DSCOVR
On August 21, 2017, millions of Americans saw day turn temporarily to night as the Moon passed between the Sun and the Earth to create a total solar eclipse. As people in the 70-mile-wide (110-kilometer-wide) path of totality looked up and saw blinding light replaced by a dark circle and the Sun’s wispy corona, several Earth-observing satellites captured spectacular imagery of the Moon’s shadow as it raced eastward over the continental United States.

The animation was assembled from several images acquired on August 21, 2017, by NASA’s Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC) on the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR). From its position about 1.6 million kilometers (1 million miles) from Earth, DSCOVR maintains a constant view of the sunlit face of Earth. From that perspective, both the Earth and the Moon’s shadow moved during the eclipse.

While the Earth itself rotated at several hundreds of miles per hour, the lunar shadow moved much faster. It took just one hour and 30 minutes for the shadow to travel across the United States, but it did not move at a constant speed. Earth’s shape caused the shadow to hit the surface at a slant—and thus move more quickly—at the beginning and end of the eclipse path.

More about how NASA studies eclipses: www.nasa.gov/eclipse

More about DSCOVR: https://www.nesdis.noaa.gov/content/dscovr-deep-space-climate-observatory

Credit: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center/Katy Mersmann/NASA EPIC Team
Release Date: August 22, 2017

+NASA Goddard
+NOAA Weather
+AFOSR, Air Force Office of Scientific Research
+Al Gore
+U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

#NASA #NOAA #Astronomy #Science #Space #Satellite #Earth #SolarEclipse #Sun #Solar #Moon #Eclipse #SolarEclipse2017 #Eclipse2017 #DSCOVR #Weather #Climate #DeepSpace #Observatory #EPIC #AirForce #Military #Orbit #Lagrange #AlGore #STEM #Education #GIF #Animation

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Lamborghini’s luxury Android phone is definitely not worth $2,450

Yeah, there's no way it's actually worth that much. There are a few logical reasons that can explain why the phone is at a disadvantage to other cheaper devices. Lamborghini is a car company, not a software company -- their software endeavors will likely be disappointing. The hardware and software will find itself outdated in a year or two maximum... and it will miss out on exciting new features along the way. It's a status symbol at best, and a paperweight afterwards.

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#GameofThrones cast photos: 21 characters who look totally different in real life: http://ow.ly/cHmW30eBFtF

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Jack Wallen looks at the best Linux distributions according to task:

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"All this means that, although Trump will still hold the title of President, he’s on the way to being effectively removed from the presidency. Neutered. Defanged." http://bit.ly/2xr7Is5

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WARNING TO PARENTS: One man’s 7-year-old daughter loves an app called Musical.ly, which he says she uses to create goofy lip dub duets with her cousins. But apparently, the app has a messaging component and his family found out the hard way when his daughter started getting messages from a stranger asking for nude photos. Now the concerned dad wants to warn others.

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Breaking: Jon Jones fails UFC 214 drug test 
https://goo.gl/DVE9sd

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The Crown of the Sun
Image Credit & Copyright: Derek Demeter (Emil Buehler Planetarium)
https://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap170823.html

During a total solar eclipse, the Sun's extensive outer atmosphere, or corona, is an inspirational sight. Streamers and shimmering features visible to the eye span a brightness range of over 10,000 to 1, making them notoriously difficult to capture in a single photograph. But this composite of telescopic images covers a wide range of exposure times to reveal the crown of the Sun in all its glory. The aligned and stacked digital frames were taken in clear skies above Stanley, Idaho in the Sawtooth Mountains during the Sun's total eclipse on August 21. A pinkish solar prominence extends just beyond the right edge of the solar disk. Even small details on the dark night side of the New Moon can be made out, illuminated by sunlight reflected from a Full Earth.

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DOJ gives up on getting all 1.3M IPs from anti-Trump website http://engt.co/2iq35vA

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The Pixel 2 is probably getting smart Google headphones

Google-made smart headphones for the Pixel 2? Cool. The comments in the code of the Google App 7.10 are quite convincing and definitely lead myself and others to believe that "Bisto" is in fact Google earbuds or headphones that will be smart and fully interact with the Google Assistant. It's a logical step for Google as they remove the headphone jack in their upcoming Pixel 2 smartphone.

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From Neuroscience News: You May Be As Friendly As Your Genes

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#HTColumn by Bobby Ghosh | The two recent videos show that the problem lies with the Chinese government, and its default posture of condescension toward its neighbours

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After a Delay the Moto 360 Sport gets Android Wear 2.0

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They've put out some gameplay for #Biomutant. Looks gorgeous, definitely gameable for RPG content.

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It’s time to drop the myth of ‘Donald the Dove’

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NASA's EPIC View of 2017 Eclipse Across America
From a million miles out in space, NASA’s Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC) captured 12 natural color images of the moon’s shadow crossing over North America on Aug. 21, 2017. EPIC is aboard NOAA’s Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR), where it photographs the full sunlit side of Earth every day, giving it a unique view of total solar eclipses.
EPIC normally takes about 20 to 22 images of Earth per day, so this animation appears to speed up the progression of the eclipse.

Source:
https://www.nasa.gov/image-feature/goddard/2017/nasas-epic-view-of-2017-eclipse-across-america
Credit: NASA EPIC Team

#universe #NASA #EPIC #space #eclipse2017 #science

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Called the eXtreme Deep Field, or XDF, the photo was assembled by combining 10 years of NASA Hubble Space Telescope photographs taken of a patch of sky at the center of the original Hubble Ultra Deep Field. The XDF is a small fraction of the angular diameter of the full moon.

The Hubble Ultra Deep Field is an image of a small area of space in the constellation Fornax, created using Hubble Space Telescope data from 2003 and 2004. By collecting faint light over many hours of observation, it revealed thousands of galaxies, both nearby and very distant, making it the deepest image of the universe ever taken at that time.

The new full-color XDF image is even more sensitive, and contains about 5,500 galaxies even within its smaller field of view. The faintest galaxies are one ten-billionth the brightness of what the human eye can see.

This video zooms into the small areas of sky that the Hubble Space Telescope was aimed at to construct the eXtreme Deep Field, or XDF. The region is located in the southern sky, far away from the glare of the Milky Way, the bright plane of our galaxy. In terms of angular size, the field is a fraction the angular diameter of the full moon, yet it contains thousands of galaxies stretching back across time. (Credit: NASA; ESA; and G. Bacon and Z. Levay, STScI)

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Orange pride

Here musical relationships https://www.paolodalprato.com/relazioni-musicali

#macrophotography #hqspmacro #hqspflowers #fotomaniaitalia #macroaddict #ilovephotography 

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take a bath © Holger Nimtz
Altantic Ocean | Canary Islands
https://www.holge.de

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Hidden jewel

Stone bramble (Rubus saxatilis)

Svartskog, Norway

This intensely colored fruit should be easy to see on the forest floor but is quite hard to find as it is mostly hidden under the leaves of the plant. Furthermore each plant holds very few fruits, and some just one drupe as seen here. A fully formed fruit would hold many drupes and resemble a cloudberry, but this species has way of producing very irregular number of drupes and for me this one was like a ruby in the forest. Just one precious fruit carrying the true gem inside it.

With blueberries and lingonberries/cowberries each plant carries so many fruits you can see them from afar, but this species has a different way of life and I had to look very carefully to find this amazing specimen.

When you sit by these fruits and wait for the rays of sunlight to filter through to the fruit, they almost glow and become semi-transparent, and you can see the shape of the seeds inside.

Image Copyright © 2017 +Morten Ross
Image Capture Date: 22 August 2017 17:00
Altitude: 9 meters

#fruits #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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A Morning Walk

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"In my free time, I am a wish granting volunteer for Make a Wish Mid Atlantic." - Julieanne, 4 year veteran
Read more on: bit.ly/2g3bTqy

#Sports #NFL #Cheerleaders

(Credit: Baltimore Ravens Cheerleaders)

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Building up the budding world of voice shopping.

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Note 8 Keeps getting better...

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"A week after she made history by becoming the second full-time female coach in the NFL, 49ers assistant Katie Sowers made history again, becoming the first openly lesbian or gay coach in the league’s history.

Sowers, who worked with the team’s wide receivers as an intern this summer before accepting a full-time role, gave an interview to SBNation’s OutSports website that was published Tuesday, confirming her sexual orientation."

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#Mayweather and #McGregor Hit The Strip For Fight Week

VIDEO: http://www.boxingchannel.tv/floyd-conor-hit-strip-fight-week/

#boxing #boxeo #MayweatherMcgregor

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At Phoenix rally, Trump blames media for reaction to Charlottesville comments

President Donald Trump blamed the media Tuesday for the widespread condemnation of his response to a Charlottesville, Virginia, protest organized by white supremacists that led to the killing of a counter-protester.

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+Intel Wireless AC-9650 is a new type of M.2 wireless module with a CNVio interface that will be used in Gemini Lake/Cannon Lake based devices.

https://www.cnx-software.com/2017/08/23/intel-wireless-ac-9560-crf-module-adds-802-11ac-wifi-and-bluetooth-5-to-gemini-lakecannon-lake-processors/

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Preservationist race to save "The Legend of Watchung" mural before Sears store where it hangs is demolished http://4.nbcny.com/b1qUKGR

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After my successful introduction to #mediation, the next experience I'm interested in is #fasting. My goal at this point is just the experience. Fasting for a well like in the TEDTALK below could be medically dangerous without experience, so first I'd like to try fasting for a day, just to see what happens. Planning to end the fast at breakfast the next day so I can enjoy my favourite meal of the day as soon as it ends.

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10 Best Video Player Apps For Android

Every year, our phones are getting bigger, better, powerful and have large screens. And with it, every smartphone company has tried to give you the best video experience. In fact, HD content is something, which actually makes a premium phone worth having.

With bigger and better screens and lots of available HD content, it has become easier than ever to turn your Android phone or tablet into a portable theater. However, watching locally stored video on your device can be a chore. There are a ton of codecs out there and not every video player can play every one of them. Thankfully, you can find many good video players on the Google Play Store that supports multiple video formats, extra features, and hugely improved user experience through good design.

To help you pick the right app for your videos, we have compiled a list of 10 Best Video Player Apps For Android that are free, have better battery optimization and are easy-to-use. So, without further ado, let us check out the best video player apps for Android!

Read all about it here: https://goo.gl/64v8td

#Android #VideoPlayer #Video #Apps #Free

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Here's How Game of Thrones' Night King Might Get Past the Wall http://ellemag.co/d6kZQtA

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Walmart and Google partner on voice-based shopping

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The Crown of the Sun
During a total solar eclipse, the Sun's extensive outer atmosphere, or corona, is an inspirational sight. Streamers and shimmering features visible to the eye span a brightness range of over 10,000 to 1, making them notoriously difficult to capture in a single photograph. But this composite of telescopic images covers a wide range of exposure times to reveal the crown of the Sun in all its glory. The aligned and stacked digital frames were taken in clear skies above Stanley, Idaho in the Sawtooth Mountains during the Sun's total eclipse on August 21. A pinkish solar prominence extends just beyond the right edge of the solar disk. Even small details on the dark night side of the New Moon can be made out, illuminated by sunlight reflected from a Full Earth.

Image Credit & Copyright: Derek Demeter
Emil Buehler Planetarium: https://www.seminolestate.edu/planet/
Release Date: August 23, 2017

+Emil Buehler Perpetual Trust Planetarium
+Astronomy Picture of the Day (APoD)

#NASA #Earth #Science #Astronomy #SolarEclipse #Sun #Solar #Moon #Eclipse #SolarEclipse2017 #Eclipse2017 #Totality #Corona #Stanley #Idaho #UnitedStates #Astrophotography #Photography #STEM #Education #APoD

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As a highly social species, solitude carries benefits and risks.

"In this video we investigate the fear of solitude, explain the detrimental effects it can have on one’s relationships, and explore the benefits of overcoming this fear and learning to find solace in solitude."
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