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The moment OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder starts walking towards the piano casually, you know it's a night of covers and Avicii's 'Wake Me Up' is the song of the night
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What Would Happen If We Had No #Moon ? : http://sciabc.us/oFBFH #science
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China begins selecting new group of 18 astronauts for space station missions - chosen candidates will include men & women, as well as scientists & engineers for first time #space #astronaut
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Why Should Hannity Have to Disclose His HUD-Backed Real Estate Empire? https://nym.ag/2Fa1iRE
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China's astronaut extravehicular activity training space suit unveiled
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Thank you +Russell Holly for writing this article instead of doing what everyone is fond of doing, bashing without understanding.

1. It's not exciting. It's not flashy, and it has nothing to do with competing against Apple's iMessage platform. And I'm pretty sure that's why it is going to work.

It has nothing to with iMessage, atleast not yet. Apple's iMessage isn't a product that fits Google's requirement or philosophy and Chat isn't an app but a standard. An app that incorporates this standard will have "potential" to become iMessage "equivalent" on Android. It maybe possible to see Allo (or a rebranded Allo) to evolve into an iMessage alternative because of this development, but we are far from it and even then there is a chance that Google can fail in it. That failure would be the real one because I expect network effect of apps like WhatsApp and Telegram to be broken with RCS adoption. Google needs to step in before a new status quo sets in.

2. Improving a standard is way, way better than creating a walled garden. Every time.

This is why iMessage could not and will not dominate markets like WhatsApp could.

3. It also makes a lot of sense for Allo to be "paused" while all of this is happening. A lot of the Allo experience is going to be folded into Chat, and there really aren't that many people using it to begin with. The end goal here is much larger than releasing a competing product, it's creating a platform carriers already want to support where Google has its hand on the scale for future development. That is going to be a much bigger deal in the not-so-distant future.

Even Verge stressed on the fact that Google is "pausing" development of Allo. No, it wasn't successful but it wasn't a failure either. Why? Most of its feature will be integrated into Android Messages, that's why. And I guess we will see Allo reboot/rebrand soon once dust created by adoption of RCS settles and Google can see what a true Android version of iMessage should look like. RCS isn't Android equivalent of iMessage. Its a step towards it. Allo helped in building Android Messages and later will return the favor in due course.

4. The truth is, nothing about Google's plans for this new Chat experience is even remotely new. Most U.S. carriers have supported Rich Communication Services or RCS for a while now. The carriers offering early support had unique hacky features to make it unique, in an attempt to keep you using that carrier. To fix this, the Universal Profile was created to offer every user on every carrier a baseline set of features that worked no matter what system you used. Until very recently, the only major carrier to flat out refuse RCS support or Universal Profile implementation was Verizon Wireless. As the primary carrier of Google's Pixel phones, it was important for Google to change that. Now we know that change is coming.

Well, Chat announcement is similar to news claiming water is wet. What matters more is what backend Google is using for Chat. It was obvious from the very beginning that carriers will try to avoid the inevitable because that's what they do. Allo only helped in creating an template for what Android Messages should be once RCS gets adopted and its clear that most of the features of Allo have been absorbed inside Android Messages. Screenshots taken by Verge only suggest more features are on its way. Problem with Allo was that it didn't do enough to break the network effect of popular apps. Until that happens, Allo was destined to fail. RCS/Android Messages is a different story though. There is no onboarding process, no sign ups, no app installation hence network is already there. Chat experience is more than good enough to cover more than 90 percent of social interactions.

Hopefully a day will come when I will be able to uninstall WhatsApp and get rid of all those irritating Good morning messages and stupid pictures people think are good enough to send everyone.

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Most Beautiful View of Universe Captured by Hubble Space Telescope

Hubble space telescope has taken some of the most colorful views of the Universe.

Eagle Nebula, Keyhole Nebula, Orion Nebula, Ant Nebula, Cat's Eye Nebula, Eta Carinae, Whirlpool Galaxy, Crab Nebula, Centaurus A Galaxy, Eskimo Nebula, Lagoon Nebula, Hourglass Nebula, Galaxies NGC 3314a & b, Spirograph Nebula, Star Cluster NGC 2074, Star-forming Region N 180B, Planetary Nebula NGC 2440, Interacting Galaxy Pair Arp 87, Trifid Nebula, Swan Nebula, Ring Nebula, Galaxy Cluster Abell 2218.

Clips, images credit: ESA, NASA, STScl & JPL-Caltech
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Democrats Have Great Female Presidential Candidates. They Need to Avoid the Victim Trap. https://nym.ag/2qTV1o9
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Nearby 'Death Star' Dubbed Kronos has Devoured 15 Earth-like Planets

In mythology, the Titan Kronos devoured his children, including Poseidon (better known as the planet Neptune), Hades (Pluto) and three daughters.

Astronomers discovered twin stars, one of which showed signs of having ingested a dozen or more rocky planets, they named them after Kronos and the companion star is named Krios, after Kronos’ brother. Their official designations are HD 240430 and HD 240429, and they are both about 350 light years from Earth.

Both Kronos and Krios are sun-like stars — yellow G-type — and are about 4 billion years old, orbiting each other about every 10,000 years. They have different chemical compositions — not an unknown phenomenon in binary star systems — but the scale of that difference is unusual, and seems even more bizarre when put in the context of the sun.

“Even if our sun ate the entire inner solar system, it wouldn’t come close to the anomaly we see in this star,” David Hogg, the group leader for astronomical data at the Center for Computational Astrophysics (CCA) at the Flatiron Institute, who co-authored a new study on the subject, said in a statement Thursday.

The terrestrial matter is rich in heavier elements that can make up rock-forming minerals, such as magnesium, aluminum, silicon, iron, chromium, and yttrium. These materials are found in abundance in Kronos’ outer layers. The lighter elements like oxygen, carbon, nitrogen, and potassium are found in the gaseous form. And given the laws of chemistry, heavier elements formed in nature after the lighter ones.

Therefore, usually, a Kronos-like metal-rich star would contain “all the other elements enhanced at a similar level, whereas Kronos has volatile elements suppressed, which makes it really weird in the general context of stellar abundance patterns.

All of the elements that would make up a rocky planet are exactly the elements that are enhanced on Kronos, and the volatile elements are not enhanced, so that provides a strong argument for a planet engulfment scenario, instead of something else.

Further calculations showed “that gaining this many rock-forming minerals without many volatiles would require engulfing roughly 15 Earth-mass planets.”

The paper, titled “Kronos & Krios: Evidence for accretion of a massive, rocky planetary system in a comoving pair of solar-type stars,” is available on the preprint server arXiv but is not fully peer-reviewed yet. https://arxiv.org/abs/1709.05344

https://phys.org/news/2017-10-devourer-planets-dub-star-kronos.html
http://www.ibtimes.com/nearby-star-kronos-ate-15-earths-worth-rocky-mass-2600992
https://www.princeton.edu/news/2017/10/12/devourer-planets-princeton-researchers-dub-star-kronos

Clips, images credit: ESO, ESA/HUBBLE & NASA/JPL-Caltech/R. Hurt (SSC-Caltech)

Music credit: YouTube Audio Library

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The 240th Android Apps Weekly is live! This week we celebrate the launch of The Room: Old Sins, talk about Google's exciting new Chat app and also about Russia's hatred of Telegram along with more Android apps and games news and releases! #AppsGames #Androidapps #AndroidAppsWeekly
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Studying dwarf galaxies to get the big picture - EPFL scientists have completed the fastidious task of analyzing 27 dwarf galaxies in detail, identifying the conditions under which they were formed and how they've since evolved. These small-scale galaxies are perfect for studying the mechanisms of new star formation and the very first steps in the creation of the universe.
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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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NIGERIAN MOVIES 2018 | AFRICAN MOVIES 2018 | NOLLYWOOD MOVIES 2018 The struggle to get married to a successful man, Philomena’s parents made her marry a riffraff who pretended to be rich as against a struggling business man at the time. Philomena is now trapped in a marriage with a man who has nothing going on in his life.NIGERIAN MOVIES 2018 | AFRICAN MOVIES 2018 | NOLLYWOOD MOVIES 2018 Starring:.BOB-MANUEL UDOKWU, JIM IYKE, PATIENCE OZOKWO

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Shania Twain apologizes for saying she would have voted for Trump https://nyp.st/2qSFkNS
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US President #DonaldTrump set to receive 2 high-profile European guests this week.
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50 million - 87 million - @TechCrunch reports from the court room even MORE data leaked from #facebook to Cambridge Analytica. 🙈🙉🙊

Oh and those pesky data protection laws in Europe came up... 🐵

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