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Natural home products startup Grove Collaborative bets niche wins over the Amazonization of everything

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From the Space Race to Space X and beyond.

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Thanks, Minnesota! Back at ya, says Saints punter

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Midbrain 'Start Neurons' Control Whether We Run or Walk

Locomotion, or moving from one place to another, is one of the most fundamental movements we perform. We do it when we want or we need to, and it is a complex sequence from initiating the first step, to stopping when we reach our goal. At the same time, locomotion is executed at different speeds to regulate how fast we travel from one place to another depending on the purpose that drives us.

The research is in Nature. (full access paywall)

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And which is David Boreanaz's favorite?! http://rach.tv/2y8Vg1C

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Dr. Ronny L. Jackson, a rear admiral and the White House physician, said Tuesday in his report on the president’s medical condition that Mr. Trump was in “excellent” cardiac health despite having an LDL cholesterol level of 143, well above the desired level of 100 or less.

Dr. Eric Topol, a cardiologist at the Scripps Research Institute, disputed that rosy assessment. He said on Wednesday that the most alarming fact is that the president’s LDL levels remain above 140 even though he is taking 10 milligrams of Crestor, a powerful drug that is used to lower cholesterol levels to well below 100.

“That’s a really high LDL,” Dr. Topol said, echoing the concerns of other heart experts who reviewed Dr. Jackson’s report. “We’re talking about a 70-plus-year-old man who is obese and doesn’t exercise. Just looking at the lab value, you would raise a big red flag.”

He added: “I would never use the word excellent health. How you could take these indices and say excellent health? That is completely contradicted.”

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"How did Borneo get its elephant? This could be just another of Rudyard Kipling's just so stories. The Bornean elephant is a subspecies of Asian Elephants that only exist in a small region of Borneo. Their presence on this southeastern Asian island has been a mystery. Now, in a study published in Scientific Reports*, a research team led by Lounès Chikhi from Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência (IGC, Portugal) and CNRS, Université Paul Sabatier (France), and Benoit Goossens, from Cardiff University (Wales), and Sabah Wildlife Department (Malaysia), found that elephants might have arrived on Borneo at a time of the last land bridge between the Sunda Islands in Southeast Asia.

Until recently, two opposing theories have been under debate to explain the origin of Bornean elephants: they could have been recently introduced by humans, maybe 300 years ago, or they could have diverged from Asian elephants a long time ago. Indeed, there are historic records reporting that, in the 17th century, neighbour Sultans offered elephants as gifts to the Bornean Sultan. Current elephants would thus be non-native elephants that turned feral. On the other hand, about 15 years ago a genetic study showed that the DNA of Bornean elephants was very different from that of other Asian elephants, suggesting a very ancient separation, on the order of 300,000 years ago. However, no elephant fossils have yet been discovered in Borneo, even though fossils from other large mammals such as orang-utans have been found.

To shed light on the mystery of Bornean elephant's origin, Chikhi and Goossens' team used genetic data analysis and computational modelling to study the past demographic history of these animals. It is very difficult to track ancient demographic history of animals, even more when there are no fossil records to guide the work. "What we did was to create computational models for different scenarios that might have happened. Then, we compared the results from these models with the existing genetic data, and used statistical techniques to identify the scenario that best explained the current genetic diversity of the elephant population in Borneo", explains Lounès Chikhi".

(Posted by +rasha kamel​)

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Recording a Thought's Fleeting Trip Through the Brain

University of California, Berkeley neuroscientists have tracked the progress of a thought through the brain, showing clearly how the prefrontal cortex at the front of the brain coordinates activity to help us act in response to a perception.

The research is in Nature Human Behavior. (full access paywall)

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/facepalm

also, on the right - Sally Ride is sick of this crap lolol

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Back in December, without any public announcement, Google updated and refreshed Android Auto’s design. These changes included tweaked menus, the removal of some transparent overlays, as well as other incremental changes to apps like the dialer. Now,…

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Amazon takes on Wish with an “Under $10” selection of products that ship for free

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As Tony Romo, CBS get ready for AFC title game, a Super Bowl beckons: Jim Nantz, Tracy Wolfson and Tony Romo making a run at becoming the best NFL broadcast team http://dlvr.it/QBchTD

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Paul Ryan pressures Democrats to back bill keeping government open

House Speaker Paul Ryan tried pressuring Democrats on Wednesday to back legislation preventing a weekend federal shutdown. But he gave little ground on the partisan battle over immigration, an issue many Democrats say must be resolved before they'll vote to keep agencies functioning.

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It's impossible to walk in the woods and be in a bad mood at the same time.

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#hqspflowers +HQSP Flowers
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One Morning in the Rainy Season

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Oxytocin Helps the Brain Modulate Social Signals

Though popularly known as the "love hormone," Dulac and a team of researchers found evidence that oxytocin actually plays a crucial role in helping the brain process a wide array of social signals.

The research is in eLife. (full open access)

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Ann Curry 'not surprised' by Matt Lauer scandal, says NBC had a 'climate of verbal harassment'

After Matt Lauer was fired from the "Today" show in November due to allegations of sexual harassment, multiple awkward TV moments from his past came to light, particularly regarding conversations with women. One incident got a lot of renewed attention -- Ann Curry's disastrous exit when she left "Today" in 2012.

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Here's Just How Little Confidence Americans Have In Political Institutions: Poll finds that Congress, the political parties and the media rank among the least-trusted U.S. institutions in the age of President Trump. The most trusted? /The military./

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#Trump claims credit for what is still mostly #Obama’s economy https://goo.gl/siyrHf

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White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly told Democratic lawmakers Wednesday that the United States will never construct a physical wall along the entire stretch of the U.S.-Mexico border and that some of President Trump’s campaign promises on immigration were “uninformed.”

So... it’s going to be an imaginary wall?

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Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Will Use an Older Version Nautilus, Keep Support for Desktop Icons

Ubuntu 18.04 LTS will use an older version of Nautilus so that users can put icons on the desktop. Upstream GNOME has removed desktop support in Nautilus 3.28.

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Congress Produces Drama While Mueller Produces Results https://trib.al/YSarMHL

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"...The study implicitly suggests that dementia is associated with a synaptic dysfunction rather than the disappearance of synapses from the patient’s cortex. Identifying this dysfunction could lead to the development of effective treatments for this disease. NeuroscienceNews.com image is in the public domain. ..."

http://neurosciencenews.com/neuron-loss-alzheimers-8326/

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Google plans a fix Thursday for its Wi-Fi-slaying bug in Chromecast and Google Home — but the fix comes through Android.

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Google says fix for WiFi bug on Cast devices is coming tomorrow http://engt.co/2DIrVhC

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Selena Gomez Reportedly Gave a "Significant" Donation to Time's Up https://trib.al/nWbAwh6

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Learn how one fan makes gorgeous paper art inspired by a galaxy far, far away.

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Citibank filed a "suspicious activity report" just days after the shock election of Donald Trump.

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President Donald Trump can rest assured that when and if he ever returns to this city, he will find the same unwelcoming committee of Indigenous people waiting on him. #Tennessee

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Steelers will not re-sign OC Todd Haley, report says: The Steelers are reportedly allowing Todd Haley to leave now that his contract has expired. http://dlvr.it/QBdDtM

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Recently certified Alberto Bullo says these exams will challenge your knowledge of real-world problems:

https://www.linux.com/learn/certification/2018/1/linux-foundation-lfcs-and-lfce-alberto-bullo
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