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‘#GameOfThrones’ Director On Tonight’s Game Changing Icy Episode & Season 8

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"What are the implications of a technology that seems to be converging on the sharing of consciousness?

It would be a lot easier to answer that question if anyone knew what consciousness is. There’s no shortage of theories. Their models – right or wrong – describe computation, not awareness."

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Physics describes a world of intelligent zombies who do everything we do, except understand that they’re doing it. That’s what we should be, that’s all we should be: meat and computation. Somehow the meat woke up.

This is all preamble, though, a set‑up to the question posed at the outset: what are the implications of a technology that wires brains together, that in theory at least permits the existence of hive minds?

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The local personae are obliterated, absorbed into a greater whole; as the Finnish computer scientists recently declared in the International Journal of Machine Consciousness, ‘the biological brain cannot support multiple separate conscious attentional processes in the same brain medium’. Remember that. It could end up biting us in the ass a few years down the road.

If we do stop short of a hive mind, it’s unlikely to be because we lack the tech; it’ll only be because we lack the nerve. Consciousness remains mysterious. But there’s no reason to regard it as magical, no evidence of spectral bonds that hold a soul in one head and keep it from leaking into another. And one of the things we do know is that consciousness spreads to fill the space available. Smaller selves disappear into larger; two hemispheres integrate into one.

Keep the bandwidth too low and you lose the experience; edge it too high and you lose yourself. Throughout history we’ve communicated via the equivalent of dial‑up, through speech and writing and images on screens. A fat enough neural interface could turn everything broadband, act as a next-gen corpus callosum that fuses we into some new kind of I that’s never existed before.

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There’s a machine in a lab in Berkeley, California, that can read the voxels right off your visual cortex and figure out what you’re looking at based solely on brain activity. One of its creators, Kendrick Kay, suggested back in 2008 that we’d eventually be able to read dreams (also, that we might want to take a closer look at certain privacy issues before that happened). His best guess was that this might happen a few decades down the road – but it took only four years for a computer in a Japanese lab to predict the content of hypnagogic hallucinations (essentially, dreams without REM) at 60 per cent accuracy, based entirely on fMRI data.

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Your favorite apps may become real enemies of your Android smartphone. The latest report enlists Facebook and WhatsApp in the same list.....

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When a massive star exploded in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy to the Milky Way, it left behind an expanding shell of debris called SNR 0519-69.0.

Here, multimillion degree gas is seen in X-rays
from Chandra (blue). The outer edge of the explosion (red)
and stars in the field of view are seen in visible light from Hubble.

(Credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/Rutgers/J.Hughes; Optical: NASA/STScI)

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The easiest way to enhance your drone flying experience is to incorporate your mobile device. Here are some of the best drone apps for Android (and iOS.) #AppsGames #TheBest #BestApps

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On the morning he was being ousted as Donald Trump’s chief strategist last Friday, Steve Bannon had already turned the page. “Why do you sound unfazed?” a friend asked Bannon as news of his demise ricocheted across the web. “Because,” Bannon replied, “we’re going to war.” Hours later, Bannon was calling into the editorial meeting at Breitbart News, rallying his troops to continue the battles he waged inside the White House. “We have a duty to the country to be the vanguard of ‘The Movement,’” he told his staff, according to one person on the call. Bannon’s main targets are the West Wing’s coterie of New York Democrat “globalists”—Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner and former Goldman Sachs president Gary Cohn—as well as the “hawks,” comprised of National Security Adviser H.R McMaster and his deputy, Dina Powell. “He wants to beat their ideas into submission,” Breitbart News Editor-in-Chief Alex Marlow told me. “Steve has a lot of things up his sleeve.”

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List of celebrities to attend Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor event 
https://goo.gl/CDp3VS

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Pacers File Tampering Charges Against The Los Angeles Lakers, Verdict To Be Decided By The NBA

The Indiana Pacers have filed tampering charges against the Los Angeles Lakers over Paul George. The Pacers are charging the Lakers for tampering with them and the Pacers management in their quest to trade Paul George who was eventually traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder on June 30th. The NBA will full inspect this claim as Adam Silver and the entire NBA front office will have a full inspection of the Lakers franchise.

They will have interviews with the Lakers GM, Owner, Coach, and head of basketball operation Magic Johnson. If they find out the claims the Pacers are charging are true the punishments of the Lakers will be.

Banned from signing any star free agent/ decent free agent (Paul George, LeBron James and ect.), multiple draft picks being taken away. The most is for 5 to 10 years of no draft picks for the LA Lakers. And possible life bans from the NBA for any Lakers staff and potential suspensions of NBA players that could last an entire NBA season.

The NBA after their investigation will have to make a decision on if the Pacers claims on LA is true or false. If proven not true nothing will likely happen except for a warning by the NBA. If these are true, then possibly expect all punishments of what I have listed to be done on the Lakers franchise.

#NBA #Pacers #Lakers #LosAngeles #Indiana #News

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#GBvsWAS photos : Garrett Campbell More photos: - bit.ly/2ik2KuL

#GBvsWAS photos 💃
📸: Garrett Campbell

More photos: http://bit.ly/2igegXR

#Sports #NFL #Cheerleaders

(Credit: Washington Redskins Cheerleaders)

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Pre-Eclipse Waning Moon over Wyoming

Alan: "The thin waning crescent Moon at dawn on August 20, 2017, on the last morning it could be sighted before the total eclipse on August 21. The Moon has risen over the foothills and peaks of the Grand Tetons in Wyoming, though this view is from the Idaho side looking northeast."

Credit: Alan Dyer
Alan's Website: http://www.AmazingSky.com
Location: Idaho, United States
Release Date: August 20, 2017

Technical details: Canon 60Da and 200mm lens.

#Astronomy #Space #Science #Moon #Dawn #Astrophotography #Photography #Art #Panorama #SolarSystem #Cosmos #Universe #Earth #GrandTetons #Wyoming #STEM #Education #CitizenScience

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Our 16 Biggest Questions About This Week’s Game of Thrones http://vult.re/2fX5JYU

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Sunrise Sky: Eclipse Anticipation

Alan: "The dawn sky on August 20, 2017, with Venus above at top, and the thin waning crescent Moon just above the mountains at lower left in the magenta-tinted sky. The famous peaks of the Grand Tetons are at right, as seen from the Idaho side from north of Driggs. This is the thin Moon a day before the total solar eclipse."

Credit: Alan Dyer
Alan's Website: http://www.AmazingSky.com
Location: Idaho, United States
Release Date: August 20, 2017

Technical details: Canon 60Da and 10-22mm lens at 22mm

#Astronomy #Space #Science #Moon #Venus #Dawn #Astrophotography #Photography #Art #Panorama #SolarSystem #Cosmos #Universe #Earth #GrandTetons #Idaho #Wyoming #STEM #Education #CitizenScience

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Bannon Was Set for a Graceful Exit. Then Came Charlottesville.

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Interesting post that looks at the history of the linux load average with pointers on how to find out more about your linux system load. "In this post, I dug up the Linux load average patch from 1993 – which was surprisingly difficult to find – containing the original explanation by the author. I also measured stack traces and time in the uninterruptible state using bcc/eBPF on a modern Linux system, and visualized this time as an off-CPU flame graph. This visualization provides many examples of uninterruptible sleeps, and can be generated whenever needed to explain unusually high load averages. I also proposed other metrics you can use to understand system load in more detail, instead of load averages.

I'll finish by quoting from a comment at the top of kernel/sched/loadavg.c in the Linux source, by scheduler maintainer Peter Zijlstra:

* This file contains the magic bits required to compute the global loadavg
* figure. Its a silly number but people think its important. We go through
* great pains to make it work on big machines and tickless kernels."

+Harish Pillay +Karim Yaghmour +Nanik T

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78 passing, 106 yards, TD. Perfect day to be Dak Prescott! - bit.ly/2ihp6Na

Perfect day to be Dak Prescott! 🙌

#Sports #NFL

(Credit: NFL)

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Enjoy one of the best tribute for MMA Superstar Conor McGregor.  If this video doesn’t get you pump than nothing will https://goo.gl/kw1Evk

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A tough player calling it quits.

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An Afternoon on a Cliff

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Islands

Silhouette Island, Seychelles

This smooth and curved granite rock was once sharp and abrasive, but through countless years of sea and sand working on its surface it has become smooth to the touch and curved as per the never ending swirls of the waves sandblasting it from every direction.

On land the sun and rain are the other forces working its way through the granite, but the result is never as smooth as that being in the tidal zone as this one.

This is like a miniature island, as during low tide it is surrounded by the sand, and during high tide it is a true island with the sea surrounding it.

In the back you see the largest of all the granite islands – Mahe.

#landscape #seascape #seychelles

Image Copyright © 2016 +Morten Ross
Image Capture Date: 24 November 2016 18:04
Altitude: 0 meters

#LandscapePhotography +Landscape Photography curated by +Margaret Tompkins +Eric Drumm +Chandler L. Walker +Krzysztof Felczak +AJ Lim +Jeff Beddow +H Peter Ji +Jani Westman +Dorma Wiggin +Ranco Sevla Sevla

#hqsplandscape +HQSP Landscape

#BTPLandscapePro +BTP Landscape Pro , owned and curated by +Nancy Dempsey

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"I love the Baltimore pride! There is no other city like Baltimore and the amazing energy and love that we all have here for our city and for Maryland." – Sam F., 3 year veteran
Read more on: bit.ly/2fXhjnd

#Sports #NFL #Cheerleaders

(Credit: Baltimore Ravens Cheerleaders)

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As the nations tap more energy from #sun, celestial event like #solarEclipse happening in #USA within 24 hours pose problems to #grid management during eclipse period. Advising the consumers on #conservation practice, pumping #greenEnergy from non-affected areas, using #fossil fuels powered energy from affected locations and keeping standby #generators running in most of the #buildings are some of the actions planned. The service providers are confident that the grid operation would be smooth during the eclipse period. Many #experiments are also planned for this event in USA. As the eclipse covers the entire width of this country, scientists are excited about the ample time available for collecting enough data for research. I am also interested in the outcome of the experiments that would throw up more light on many questions about #eclipses.

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Microsoft has announced that a new Xbox One S Shadow of War Bundle will be available on October 10.

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+ODROID Hardkernel ODROID-HC1 +Samsung Exynos 5422 based NAS system launched for $49 including aluminum case.
Official OS is +Ubuntu 16.04.2 with Linux 4.9, but others firmware images are also available.

https://www.cnx-software.com/2017/08/21/hardkernel-odroid-hc1-home-cloud-one-stackable-nas-is-now-available-for-49/

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Republicans Angle to Dodge Trump Fallout After Charlottesville

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A legislator in Missouri who said that she hoped President Trump would be assassinated has apologized, but says she has no plans to resign her seat. Should she step down?

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ᖴOᖇᗷIᗪᗪEᑎ TᗩᒪEᑎT

Being wealthy has its advantages. Many places you can go but also many places to get lost. But the heart always finds its way home and the reason why it beats.

It was one of those difficult days for Andrew. After completing a dozen assignments from law school and read countless of books, his creative self was dead. Or we shall say, almost dead. Because some things never die. They are always living within and yearning to be free.

He went to the basement of a small rustic house in the woods, grabbed the old easel and began to cry. It was a while since he allowed himself that much happiness. For an artist, a day becomes a minute and a minute a day when spending time allowing the imagination to create. It’s limitless. There are no boundaries or laws, just you and art.

“Good morning, son!”
“Good morning, dad!”
“How is school? I know you will be a great lawyer. Don’t disappoint me now.”
“I won’t, dad.”
“Listen, son. I know you had those youthful dreams of yours of wanting to become an artist but it’ll all go away. Trust me on this one. You need to make a living and make a name for yourself.”
“I know, dad and I will.”
“I’m getting too old. I want the firm to have a new name, your name.”

Andrew had being working on a special painting in his spare time for almost a year already. Once finished it was donated to a good cause. The funds would be used for a water project in Africa.

His dad was having a usual day at his firm except something unusual had interrupted his routine.

“Mr. Hagan, are you coming to the fundraising event tonight?”
“Which one? So many of them lately.”
“Boss, you are so busy you have no time to know what’s going on out there?”
“You are right yet this is what you are here for.”
“This project is going to help poor families in Africa have adequate access to clean water, Sir.”
“Sounds good! You can go and buy a few things to support the cause.”
“These are pricey paintings and many competitors are going. You want to make a good impression in our community. We are the most prestigious law firm in town and we want to keep it that way.”
“Ok, sounds good! I’m sure my son will love to add one more item to his art collection.”

It was a long night for Andrew’s dad. It’s not the type of environment he enjoyed so he was looking to leave soon.

“Can you please tell me which of these paintings is the most of expensive one and I’ll buy it.”
“Of course, Sir. We have an impressive abstract painting currently worth $1 million.”
“Who is the artist?”
“He wishes to remain anonymous. He has been one of the main contributors to this fund raising event. We respect his wishes.”
“Well, I’ll buy it. It’s so stupid these artists that wish to remain anonymous. Nonsense.”

When Andrew’s dad returned home, his son was there as usual next to the lamp reading a thick law book.

“Hello son. I have a present for you. Wait until you see it!”

As Andrew’s dad unwrapped the painting, Andrew’s heart started beating very fast.

“What is this?”
“Don’t you see it? It’s some sort of art by an anonymous painter just sold for $1 million. So ridiculous these artists. Who in their right mind will remain anonymous with such talent?”
“You are right, dad. But I’m sure he will not remain like that for too long.”

~Anay

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Kjell Inge Røkke, one of the wealthiest men in Norway, and previously famous as “a ruthless corporate raider” is donating $2.7 billion of his fortune to create a mega-yacht that will aid cleaning plastic from the oceans.

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Google brings video previews to search results on phones

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Emission nebula IC 410, in the constellation in the constellation Auriga.

This nebula is about 12,000 light-years away and over 100 light-years across.

It is a cloud of glowing hydrogen gas, whose shape is sculpted by stellar winds and radiation

from an embedded open star cluster called NGC 1893.

Image copyright J-P Metsavainio.

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Great American Eclipse 2017
21st August 2017 @ Google in United States


Skywatchers on the American continent today are in for a special astronomical treat: front row seats to a total solar eclipse. An eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the sun and the earth, blocking the light of the sun from reaching us. 

While eclipses aren’t rare, a total eclipse, when viewers from Earth are at the very center of the moon’s shadow, only happens once every 18 months. To see one requires you to be in just the right place on earth, and a total eclipse in the same location only happens every 375 years on average.



Map credit: NASA's Scientific Visualization Studio

It’s been 99 years since an total eclipse crossed the width the United States. This year, the 65-mile wide path of totality with sweep, sash-like, across the country—entering the map at Oregon and exiting at South Carolina. The once-in-a-lifetime spectacle will attract an estimated 7.4 million people to areas in the path of totality, including so-called eclipse-chasers, who plan for years in advance and travel from far and wide to get a glimpse of the stellar phenomenon.

No matter where you are in the country, if you plan to look at or even toward the sun, be sure to protect your eyes. According to experts, only those in the path of totality are safe to look at the eclipse without protection, and only during totality.



Image credit: NASA

To learn more about solar eclipse science, you can click beyond the Doodle to Google Search and get some fun facts courtesy of our friendly space aliens. You can learn about a crowd-sourced photo project to capture images of the eclipse as it traverses North America even follow NASA’s live, streaming video of the event.  




Visit timeanddate.com to learn more about how the eclipse will appear in your location. Happy viewing, skywatchers!

#GoogleDoodle #solareclipsescience #TodaysMemory #Google

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Netanyahu's Son Calls BLM, Antifa 'Thugs' And Echoes Trump On Charlottesville http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/netanyahu-charlottesville-trump-yair_us_5994833fe4b0acc593e48a27 -via Flynx

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Health Benefits Of Drinking Lemon Juice

Lemons as well as lemon juice, contain numerous health benefits due to the rich amount of vitamin C, vitamin A, iron, and folate. If you feel fatigued, then this fruit could benefit you immensely.

Benefits Of Drinking Lemon Juice In The Morning:

1. Proper brain function

They improve the function of the brain and the nervous system due to the abundance of potassium and magnesium. Additionally, you will be much more focused and energetic since lemons increase the level of hydration.

2. Weight loss

Lemons lead to improved digestion, detoxification, and an increased bile production, which absorbs fats and food better. Additionally, according to experts, lemons aid in the decrease of cravings, as stated by The Spirit Science.

3. Better digestion

It boosts the liver functioning and bile production thus improving the food digestion. According to Paul Hrkal, lemon juice can prevent heartburn.

4. pH levels balance

Although they are acidic, lemons are an alkaline food. When mixed with water, lemon juice produces molecules in your body which balance the pH levels, as Paul Hrkal claims.

5. Anti-cancer agent

Lemon will guard your body from cancer with the help of the antioxidants it contains. What’s more, they slow the aging process, and thus decrease the chance of developing cancer cells. As stated in The Spirit Science, lemons behave as neutralizers since they balance the acid levels that encourage cancer cell growth.

6. Dental care

Great for maintaining a fresh breath and clean teeth. Just add a little bit of lemon juice to your toothbrush and start feeling the benefits!

7. A healthy lymphatic system

The lymphatic system in our bodies helps remove the fluid in the tissues, distributes fatty acids, and aids proper functioning of the digestive system, as reported by LiveScience. The lymphatic system begins to function properly since lemon juice replaces lost fluids.

8. Diuretic effects

Lemons have the ability to remove the toxins out of your body by stimulating the production of liver enzymes for detoxification, as maintained by The Spirit Science.

9. A stronger immune system

Vitamin C is known to decrease the duration and severity of a cold, as believed by LiveScience. Therefore, since lemons are rich in vitamin C, they have an anti-inflammatory property that lowers the severity of respiratory diseases.

10. Improved mood

Since lemons better your bodily functions in numerous ways, your energy also increases. Moreover, the abundance of vitamin C decreases fatigue and lowers the levels of stress and anxiety.

11. Anti-inflammatory agent

A diuretic effect good for your stomach and joints. In fact, lemons can lower the swelling and ache through removal of toxins, as explained by Organic Facts.

12. A cleaner and clearer skin

In the opinion of Organic Facts, lemon juice is a natural antiseptic. When applied on sunburn or a bee sting, it can decrease the amount of pain and swelling significantly. Besides, the antioxidants in it are able to lower the number of blackheads and wrinkles, and lead to a healthier glow of the skin.

13. A cure for colds

Nutrition rich in vitamin C can decrease cold and flu symptoms.

Follow +Healthy Plus

#health #healthbenefits #lemon #lemonwater #healthydrink #wellness #explore #healthcare

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It’s finally out, or rather, the pre-orders are out. It may no longer be formally called “Project Scorpio” but Microsoft is paying homage to the codename that was carried all throughout the Xbox One X’s development phase. Called the Xbox One X Scorpio Edition, this super limited collector’s edition of Microsoft’s newest console has already started its pre-order period. But … Continue reading

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Blake Griffin drops hints: Could LeBron wind up a Knick? http://nyp.st/2ihatcK

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30 Heart-Warming Photos Of Dogs Growing Up Together With Their Owners

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Updated with new work + projects:
#design #illustration
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