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Knicks nip Jazz as Tim Hardaway dominates in return as a starter http://nyp.st/2DS3jD2

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"Like the waistband of a couch potato in midlife, the orbits of planets in our solar system are expanding. It happens because the Sun's gravitational grip gradually weakens as our star ages and loses mass. Now, a team of NASA and MIT scientists has indirectly measured this mass loss and other solar parameters by looking at changes in Mercury's orbit.

The new values improve upon earlier predictions by reducing the amount of uncertainty. That's especially important for the rate of solar mass loss, because it's related to the stability of G, the gravitational constant. Although G is considered a fixed number, whether it's really constant is still a fundamental question in physics.

"Mercury is the perfect test object for these experiments because it is so sensitive to the gravitational effect and activity of the Sun," said Antonio Genova, the lead author of the study published in Nature Communications and a Massachusetts Institute of Technology researcher working at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.

The study began by improving Mercury's charted ephemeris -- the road map of the planet's position in our sky over time. For that, the team drew on radio tracking data that monitored the location of NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft while the mission was active. Short for Mercury Surface, Space Environment, Geochemistry, and Ranging, the robotic spacecraft made three flybys of Mercury in 2008 and 2009 and orbited the planet from March 2011 through April 2015. The scientists worked backward, analyzing subtle changes in Mercury's motion as a way of learning about the Sun and how its physical parameters influence the planet's orbit.

For centuries, scientists have studied Mercury's motion, paying particular attention to its perihelion, or the closest point to the Sun during its orbit. Observations long ago revealed that the perihelion shifts over time, called precession. Although the gravitational tugs of other planets account for most of Mercury's precession, they don't account for all of it.

The second-largest contribution comes from the warping of space-time around the Sun because of the star's own gravity, which is covered by Einstein's theory of general relativity. The success of general relativity in explaining most of Mercury's remaining precession helped persuade scientists that Einstein's theory was right.

Other, much smaller contributions to Mercury's precession, are attributed to the Sun's interior structure and dynamics. One of those is the Sun's oblateness, a measure of how much it bulges at the middle -- its own version of a "spare tire" around the waist -- rather than being a perfect sphere. The researchers obtained an improved estimate of oblateness that is consistent with other types of studies".

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10 Real Fenty Beauty Reviews That'll Make You Laugh-Cry http://ellemag.co/gGZOjyc

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Cook was talking at Harlow college in Essex, one of 70 institutions across Europe that will use Apple’s Everyone Can Code curriculum, it was announced on Friday

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Whiteside had 21 points and 13 rebounds, and Goran Dragic scored 17 points for the Heat. Brooklyn took a 79-77 lead with 8:57 remaining on a corner 3-pointer from LeVert. It was Brooklyn’s first lead since the 5:41 mark of the first quarter. #NBA

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Kim Kardashian Just Announced the Name of Her Third Child https://trib.al/MZJXhPq

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In the interview, Daniels claims she and Trump had a sexual encounter after meeting at a golf tournament in Lake Tahoe, Nevada, a year after Trump's marriage to his third wife, Melania. http://nbcbay.com/TAWvrHd

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I have to keep repeating it, because it keeps coming up.
Trump lied when he promised while campaigning to surround himself with "the best people"..
Trump is a magnet for all sorts of people who philosophize to themselves and anyone who will listen that they're superior examples of the breed.
The existence of so many of them so close to Trump, proves the lie I speak of.

Another of these "best people" has resigned in disgrace after being exposed as a racist, a bigot, and describing people suffering PTSD from military service as "weak"..

From the article linked below:

Carl Higbie, appointed by President Donald Trump to direct external affairs for the federal government’s volunteer service organizations, resigned from his post on Thursday after a number of racist, sexist, anti-LGBTQ, and other offensive statements made in the last five years were brought to public attention.
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During the December 2013 episode of his Internet talk show, Sound of Freedom, Higbie argued that “the black race” had “lax” morals while recounting an experience giving away firewood.

“Only one person was actually cordial to me,” Higbie said, according to CNN. “Every other black person was rude. They wanted me to either load the wood, completely split it for them or some sort of you know assistance in labor. Now, mind you the ad was for free firewood, come take it all you want. And I believe that this translates directly into the culture that is breeding this welfare and the high percentage of people on welfare in the black race. It’s a lax of morality.”

During that same episode, Higbie proclaimed that black women think “breeding is a form of government employment.”

Higbie used his appearances on other shows to share racist views, including his dislike of Muslims. “I was called an Islamophobe and I was like, ‘no, no, no, no, no, I’m not afraid of them. I don’t like them. Big difference.’ And they were like, ‘well, you’re racist,’” Higbie said on Warrior Talk Radio in August 2014, according to CNN. “I was like, fine if that’s the definition of it, then I guess I am.’”

During a different appearance on his own show, Higbie, who served in Iraq as a Navy SEAL, took aim at military veterans with PTSD, saying that they had “a weak mind” and that majority were “milking something for a little extra money in disability or they’re just, they honestly are just lying.”

Higbie’s attitudes on racial matters were already viewed with skepticism even before these comments came to light. As NPR notes, he faced criticism from members of Congress well before his appointment. During an appearance on Fox News shortly after Trump’s election, he cited the US’s use of Japanese internment camps during World War II as sound precedent for an immigration registry. California Rep. Doris Matsui, a Democrat, called Higbie’s comments “outrageous, unacceptable, and reckless.”

On Friday, Higbie tweeted an apology for the comments. “I’m sorry. I’m not sorry that my words were published, I am sorry that I said them in 2013,” he wrote. “Those words do not reflect who I am or what I stand for, I regret saying them. Last night I informed the WH that I was resigning so as not to distract from POTUS’ many success.”

The public attention on Higbie’s comments come at a difficult time for the Trump White House, which is still attempting to recover from the president’s own racist statements about immigrants that were revealed in a Washington Post article last week.

Higbie’s comments tapped into a current of racism that has ran through the Trump administration. Prominent figures within the Trump White House, such as former chief strategist Steve Bannon, senior policy adviser Stephen Miller, and yes, President Trump, often attract attention for their embrace of racist viewpoints. But the problem is not limited to them.

LINK:
https://www.vox.com/identities/2018/1/19/16911372/racist-comments-trump-appointees-carl-higbie-americorps

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Even David Ortiz is wondering why MLB free agency has been so slow this offseason: The MLB hot stove has been decidedly cool this offseason, leaving many to wonder when players are going to sign. http://dlvr.it/QBzDJ7

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Facebook, which has spent the last two years buying live sports rights to stream on its social network, is not bidding for the National Football League's Thursday night package.

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"There is absolutely nothing in this bill that #Senate Democrats oppose, yet they are shutting down the government," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell tweeted. http://nbcbay.com/IjOuDW0

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Endure

These Gentoo Penguins were made for this. Antarctica is the windiest continent on earth nut for this couple, it's all in a days work.

#antarctica #oneoceanexpeditions #penguins

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Orange cup

My page about Frankfurt by night https://www.paolodalprato.com/frankfurt-am-main-by-night

#macrophotography #hqspmacro #hqspflowers #fotomaniaitalia #ilovephotography #wildflowers #gerbera

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The federal govt shut down at the stroke of midnight on Friday, halting all but the most essential operations and marring the one-year anniversary of US president Donald Trump's inauguration.

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The Toronto Raptors held the San Antonio Spurs to less than 35 per cent shooting and put together an offensive effort that was more methodical than flashy in an 86-83 victory at the ACC Friday night, writes Doug Smith.

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The 15 Best Twitter Reactions to Kim and Kanye Naming Their Baby Chicago West http://ellemag.co/O9HeLh0

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#BREAKING: US government shuts down as Congress fails to overcome standoff over spending and immigration. http://nbcbay.com/Gkoi66Z

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Parking under the Milky Way on the Shafer Trail in Canyonlands National Park.

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Here's Who Came Up With The Name 'Chicago' For Kimye’s Bundle Of Joy And What It Means!
http://celebrityinsider.org/heres-who-came-up-with-the-name-chicago-for-kimyes-bundle-of-joy-and-what-it-means-106879/
#celebritynews #ChicagoWest, #KanyeWest, #KimKardashian, #Kuwk, #TheKardashians celebrityinsider.org #Entertainment #celebrities #celebrity #celebrityinsider
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