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Trump’s Helsinki ‘disgrace’ caps a destructive European trip
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"Sugarloaf by Moonlight"

Sugarloaf Rock basks in the glow of the etheral moonlight as the galaxy core slowly sets over the Indian Ocean. The moon was at 43% and rising above the eastern horizon at the time this image was taken, illuminating the foreground such that under long exposure it appears like daylight. Probably a cropped version with the galaxy more centred might be a better composition, but for now this full pano will do.

I used an Skywatcher StarAdventurer sky tracking mount to take this 6 x 4 panel mosaic. A Canon EOS6d (modified) was used through a Canon 50mm f/1.2 lens stopped down to f/3.2. All camera and lens settings were kept the same for all panels, and all shots were taken one immediately after the other. The tracking mount was used for the sky and turned off for the foreground panels. Stitching in PTGui, colour balance in Pixinsight, noise reduction, saturation and some brightness / contrast adjustment in Photoshop. Details below.

Enjoy, Will.

| 2018-07-08 | Sugarloaf Rock, Yallingup, Western Australia | EOS6D modified | Canon 50mm f1.2 | f/3.2 | UV/IR cut-filter | StarAdventurer mount | ISO3200 | 30sec | 32 x panels |

#nightscape #astrophotography #Australia #Sugarloaf #Yallingup #seascape #galaxy #milkyway #Canon #stellaraustralis #Vrbasso
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lifebelt © Holger Nimtz
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Drones to support embedded SIMs, advanced cellular connectivity by 2022: Report- Technology News, Firstpost
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Jeff Bezos plans to charge upwards of $300,000 for a ticket to space http://tnw.me/lHUtzZ6
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"A NASA scientist's final scientific paper, published posthumously this month, reveals new insights into one of the most complex challenges of Earth's climate: understanding and predicting future atmospheric levels of greenhouse gases and the role of the ocean and land in determining those levels.

A paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences was led by Piers J. Sellers, former director of the Earth Sciences Division at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, who died in December 2016. Sellers was an Earth scientist at NASA Goddard and later an astronaut who flew on three space shuttle missions.

The paper includes a significant overarching message: The current international fleet of satellites is making real improvements in accurately measuring greenhouse gases from space, but in the future a more sophisticated system of observations will be necessary to understand and predict Earth's changing climate at the level of accuracy needed by society.

Sellers wrote the paper along with colleagues at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the University of Oklahoma. Work on the paper began in 2015, and Sellers continued working with his collaborators up until about six weeks before he died. They carried on the research and writing of the paper until its publication this week.

The paper focuses on the topic that was at the center of Sellers' research career: Earth's biosphere and its interactions with the planet's climate. In the 1980s he helped pioneer computer modeling of Earth's vegetation. In the new paper, Sellers and co-authors investigated "carbon cycle-climate feedbacks" - the potential response of natural systems to climate change caused by human emissions - and laid out a vision for how to best measure this response on a global scale from space.

The exchange of carbon between the land, ocean and air plays a huge role in determining the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, which will largely determine Earth's future climate. But, there are complex interactions at play. While human-caused emissions of greenhouses gases are building up in the atmosphere, land ecosystems and the ocean still offset about 50 percent of all those emissions. As the climate warms scientists are unsure whether forests and the ocean will continue to absorb roughly half of the emissions - acting as a carbon sink - or if this offset becomes lower, or if the sinks become carbon sources".

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Worst Habits for Your Heart

You know that eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly are important habits for a healthy heart. But did you know that you could still be undermining all your efforts with some surprisingly common bad habits?

http://www.hownutrition.info/19-worst-habits-for-heart/
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#Republicanparty leaders denounced President Donald #Trump's press conference with Russian President #VladimirPutin in Helsinki on Monday (July 16), saying Trump's message conveyed 'weakness,' was a 'missed opportunity' and made the US 'look like a pushover.' Top Republican Senator #JohnMcCain called Trump's summit in Helsinki a 'tragic mistake,' lamenting that the US president was 'unable' to stand up to Putin.

#PaulRyan said in a statement that Trump 'must appreciate that Russia is not our ally.' Republican #BobCorker, told reporters that the Helsinki press conference was 'not a good moment' for the US. Senator #LindseyGraham tweeted that the meeting in Helsinki was a 'missed opportunity by President Trump to firmly hold Russia accountable for 2016 meddling and deliver a strong warning regarding future elections.' Senator #JeffFlake blasted Trump on Twitter saying that his words were 'shameful' and that he never imagined a US president would blame the US for 'Russian aggression.'


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US #Republicans condemn Donald Trump's Helsinki remarks
https://www.dw.com/en/us-republicans-condemn-donald-trumps-helsinki-remarks/a-44701299
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At Monday’s (July 16) summit in Helsinki, two leaders not known for their love of diplomacy both tried out an act as elder statesmen, trading lofty phrases about shared interests and respect that could turn around the troubled relations between #Russia and the #UnitedStates. The shtick lasted about a half hour before Donald #Trump and #VladimirPutin’s political instincts took over and their first official summit press conference descended into farce.

Trump had handed Putin a singular media victory, the soundbite of a US president at a summit telling the world that he did not believe his intelligence or law enforcement agents in favour of the foreign leader he had gone to meet. The message seemed clear. Even if Trump trusts Putin, the secret service are not taking any chances. Lost in the fireworks of Monday evening’s press conference of course was any real substance about what the two world leaders talked about.


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The Trump-Putin statesman show soon turns knockabout
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/jul/16/the-trump-putin-statesman-show-soon-turns-knockabout
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In the past few months, Elon Musk has become a bigger, more snarling presence on social media. But has he now gone too far?
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Che et al. combine genetic tools and longitudinal in vivo calcium imaging in young mouse pups to show that superficial interneurons participate in a transient thalamocortical circuit. The recruitment of superficial networks is critical for the emergence of sensory maps and tactile discrimination.
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Moreover, attenuation of thalamic inputs through knockdown of NMDA receptors (NMDARs) in these interneurons results in expansion of whisker responses, aberrant barrel map formation, and deficits in whisker-dependent behavior. These results indicate that recruitment of specific interneuron types during development is critical for adult somatosensory function.

Che et al. (2018) Layer I Interneurons Sharpen Sensory Maps during Neonatal Development:
https://www.cell.com/neuron/fulltext/S0896-6273(18)30470-7
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Maintaining a well-balanced, healthy diet is key in protecting vision health. It may reduce your risk from developing serious eye conditions, including cataract, glaucoma, dry eyes, poor night vision, age-related macular degeneration, etc. Here are five best foods for your eyes.

http://www.herbsmedicines.com/eat-5-foods-improve-eyesight/
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Check out what Bandai Namco is going to be announcing at gamescom 2018
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Galaxy S9 is more expensive to make then iPhone X, funny thing is Apple sells iPhones X at much higher price.

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Keep these out of the nutritional rotation. http://ow.ly/eM1w30kZ1ga
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Taking care of your skin results in more than just good health, it also does a good job of making you look young and healthy. These delicious eight foods below will make your skin glow from the inside out.

http://www.healthyvogue.com/8-foods-will-completely-change-skin-make-glow/
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Walk around the Silvretta-Stausee reservoir, in the Austrian Alps. It's about 7 km long, where you will be dazzled with the beautiful surrounding mountains, water falls, the animals and the blue-green water. A beautiful walk indeed.

wonderfuldreams.tk #LetsGuide #beautifuldestinations #amazingplaces #wanderlust #travel #sonhosvividos #algunssonhosvividos #travelexperiences #Austria #Silvretta #Stausee #Autriche #Österreich#Alpes #Bielerhohe #Vorarlberg #Montafon https://youtu.be/Khyy6SzqpMw @VisitingAustria
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The Inner Solar System's Habitability Through Time

Earth, Mars, and Venus, irradiated by an evolving Sun, have had fascinating but diverging histories of habitability. Although only Earth's surface is considered to be habitable today, all three planets might have simultaneously been habitable early in their histories.

We consider how physical processes that have operated similarly or differently on these planets determined the creation and evolution of their atmospheres and surfaces over time. These include the geophysical and geochemical processes that determined the style of their interior dynamics and the presence or absence of a magnetic field; the surface-atmosphere exchange processes that acted as a source or sink for atmospheric mass and composition; the Sun-planet interactions that controlled escape of gases to space; and the atmospheric processes that interacted with these to determine climate and habitability. The divergent evolutions of the three planets provide an invaluable context for thinking about the search for life outside the Solar System.
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Bryce Harper may have saved his free agency with brilliant night https://nyp.st/2NnFq9T
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