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Happy birthday, +Hubble Space Telescope!
28 years old and still rocking!
Sail across the Lagoon Nebula to celebrate the #Hubble Space Telescope's 28th anniversary

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Are you ready for some galactic football! #AvengersInfinityWar

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Connection Between Dopamine and Behavior Related to Pain and Fear

The new study establishes for the first time that dopamine is central in causing behavior related to the avoidance of specific threats.

The research is in Current Biology. (full open access)

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+Thomas Graf writes "[…] The Linux kernel community recently announced bpfilter, which will replace the long-standing in-kernel implementation of iptables with high-performance network filtering powered by Linux BPF, all while guaranteeing a non-disruptive transition for Linux users. […] These early performance numbers are incredible promising and an indication of the power of BPF. It must be noted that bpfilter and BPF itself will not solve the performance problems caused by iptables's use of sequential lists. Doing so will require native use of BPF such as done by the Cilium project. […] I consider BPF the most exciting Linux development since many years. We are barely scratching the surface of its potential and it is still evolving. The move to replace the kernel part of iptables with BPF is a logical first step. The real transition will be to BPF native tooling as well as move away from traditional IP address/port centric constructs. […]"

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Machine Learning System Processes Sounds Like Humans Do

The study also offers evidence that the human auditory cortex is arranged in a hierarchical organization, much like the visual cortex.

The research is in Neuron. (full access paywall)

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Dropping the lawsuits could present multiple benefits to Cohen. He avoids having to turn over documents or answer questions as part of these civil cases, and the risk that information would be publicly disclosed. Such information could also be used against him in the federal criminal probe.

It may also strengthen an argument Cohen and his lawyers made as they petitioned a Los Angeles court last week to halt a lawsuit brought by Stormy Daniels to invalidate the 2016 non-disclosure agreement covering her alleged affair with Trump. Cohen argued his testimony in that case could affect his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination in the related ongoing federal investigation. That argument would have been much harder to sustain while leaving himself open to questioning in the civil lawsuits he initiated against Buzzfeed and Fusion GPS. 

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It's 2022 and we are celebrating policy victories across the nation: Medicare for All and Free College, and next on the agenda is Reparations," the group projected, according to an invitation to the event

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This should surprise precisely no-one, but Diamond and Silk are just playing characters to drive views and thus ad dollars.

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Star Trek-Like Invisible Shield Found 7,200 Miles Above Earth

A team led by the University of Colorado Boulder has discovered an invisible shield some 7,200 miles above Earth that blocks so-called “killer electrons,” which whip around the planet at near-light speed and have been known to threaten astronauts, fry satellites and degrade space systems during intense solar storms.

The barrier to the particle motion was discovered in the Van Allen radiation belts, two doughnut-shaped rings above Earth that are filled with high-energy electrons and protons, said Distinguished Professor Daniel Baker, director of CU-Boulder’s Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP). Held in place by Earth’s magnetic field, the Van Allen radiation belts periodically swell and shrink in response to incoming energy disturbances from the sun.

The mystery revolves around an “extremely sharp” boundary at the inner edge of the outer belt at roughly 7,200 miles in altitude that appears to block the ultrafast electrons from breeching the shield and moving deeper towards Earth’s atmosphere.

“It’s almost like theses electrons are running into a glass wall in space,” said Baker, the study’s lead author. “Somewhat like the shields created by force fields on Star Trek that were used to repel alien weapons, we are seeing an invisible shield blocking these electrons. It’s an extremely puzzling phenomenon.”
University of Colorado Boulder
Read more here: https://www.colorado.edu/today/2014/11/26/star-trek-invisible-shield-found-thousands-miles-above-earth

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
http://news.mit.edu/2014/plasma-shield-against-harmful-radiation-1126

IBT
https://www.ibtimes.co.uk/invisible-star-trek-force-field-protects-earth-killer-electrons-12883

Clips, images credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

Music credit: YouTube Audio Library

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The NFL plans to unveil the full schedule for 2018 tonight at 8 p.m. Eastern, however, there will be numerous “leaks” before and then, also, announcements in pieces like this one today. The Jaguars now know……

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SAN JOSE -- The Sharks swept the Anaheim Ducks out of the first round, and advanced to the second thanks to a 2-1 win Wednesday night. Martin Jones made 30 saves, and Tomas Hertl scored the series-clincher with 10:51 left in the third period to……

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The home of the rare and wonderful

Lord Howe Island, Australia

These beautiful twin peaks are the landmarks of the island, and holds so much more than beauty to the human eye, and is recognized with the highest honor as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

These steep cliffs are home to endemic flora and fungi and also a large number of seabirds, of which the providence petrels (Pterodroma solandri) were coming back in droves for their annual winter breeding here. They breed only on one other location in the whole world, but not in the numbers here which are in the tens of thousands. During the day they are out on the sea feeding, but as the sun moves closer to the horizon they come back to the island, and this was the time I treasured on a daily basis.

Every sunset before this image I went to the south end of the seaside trail to Little Island, where the trail makes a steep turn from the beach up the mountain side, seen here as the lowest of the sheer cliffs on the nearest mountain, and continues up to the 875 meter high Mount Gower shrouded in clouds, seen to the right. Here I would lay on my back on the grassy patch and let my eyes wander through layers and layers of petrels flying in every direction courting and calling, but mostly I sat on one of the many smooth rocks in awe of the sounds from the waves crashing to the callings of the petrels and simply how immensely rich life can be on such a small speck of land. It’s is amazing to see the sky filled with so many birds as that is becoming ever rarer because of us.

I planned my last and final time with the petrels the next and last sunset, but instead the sky turned dark and rain ensued.

Image Copyright © 2018 +Morten Ross
Image Capture Date: 16 April 2018 17:49
Altitude: 2 meters

#lordhoweisland

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bench with a view

#hqspphotoart +HQSP Photo Art

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Contemplation

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NFL schedule 2018: Games to watch for every team

We know the most important date, and one of the teams involved. That's Sept. 6, when the NFL season begins in Philadelphia, with a prime-time game starring the defending champion Eagles. What we don't yet know is how the rest of the NFL schedule will shake out, with the exception of three compelling games in England.

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Yesterday's launch of NASA's exoplanet hunter TESS was a full success!

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Stronger People Have Healthier Brains

The study showed that maximal handgrip was strongly correlated with both visual memory and reaction time in over 1000 people with psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia.

The research is in Schizophrenia Bulletin. (full open access)

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Rick Scott Super PAC Donations Challenge Federal Anti-Corruption Rule https://capitalandmain.com/rick-scott-super-pac-donations-challenge-federal-anti-corruption-rule-0419 -via Flynx

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NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) launched on the first-of-its-kind mission to find worlds beyond our solar system, including some that could support life.

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These NASA Hubble Space Telescope images compare two diverse views of the roiling heart of a vast stellar nursery, known as the Lagoon Nebula. The images, one taken in visible and the other in infrared light, celebrate Hubble’s 28th anniversary in space.

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Neuroscientists use magnetic stimulation to amplify PTSD therapy - Researchers from The University of Texas at Dallas have found that a standard therapy for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is more effective when paired with transcranial magnetic stimulation of the brain.
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