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The author talks to StarWars.com about Star Wars frenemies, The Last Jedi's "space horses," and more from his new book.

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No.... the old Keebler Elf is a big problem

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'Selfish Brain' Wins Out When Competing With Muscle Power

New research on our internal trade-off when physical and mental performance are put in direct competition has found that cognition takes less of a hit, suggesting more energy is diverted to the brain than body muscle. Researchers say the findings support the ‘selfish brain’ theory of human evolution.

The research is in Scientific Reports. (full open access)

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'Take a knee'

US athletes' campaign against police brutality sparks protest beyond the NFL http://aje.io/3xxjx

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The Google Pixel 2 XL's display is causing some controversy, and while there are certainly some issues with it they might not be a dealbreaker for many. #Features #GooglePixel #GooglePixel2

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Today is my season 4 episode 2 review of the Flash, Mixed Signals.

When Barry, Joe, and Cisco report to a crime scene, they discover remnants of a mysterious code. Cisco presents Barry with a technologically advanced suit, intended to facilitate his activities. He tests it out, trying to save someone from a haywire car, caused by metahuman Ramsey Deacon. Gypsy arrives on Earth 1 for a date with Cisco, who is forced to cancel it so as to focus on Deacon. Acting on a suggestion from Caitlin, Iris signs her and Barry up for couples therapy to sort out their relationship. Deacon kidnaps a witness, who was previously a member of a tech team who sold him out of his idea. Barry and Wally go to save him, but Deacon uses his abilities to send Barry's suit haywire. On Iris's instructions, Barry throws lightning at himself, shorting out his suit. He then incapacitates Deacon, who is locked up in the meta wing of Iron Heights, revealed to be part of the Thinker's plan. Cisco finally goes out with Gypsy. Wondering how Deacon gained his powers being absent during the particle accelerator incident, Barry and Joe learn from Deacon that there are "others".

✲ Jon Snow's dead?! Noooooooo. Oh wait no he's alive. I love how Barry is speed watching TV shows. I mean how much easier would it be to binge out favourite shows if we were able to do something like that? Or all the books we could read? Or how fast we could finish homework and study for tests? I think I'd like it for the last one honestly...

✲ That totally changed the way I look at Sriracha... Loving the humour in this season already. Barry's back to being adorable and awkward and really all the characters minus Iris look like they're actually having fun again and enjoying their work.

✲ The suit. Can we please just take a moment to say how utterly gorgeous it looks? Because seriously, this is such an improvement, I can't stop admiring it. And all the tech upgrades are really cool as well.

✲ Turn left #DoctorWhoReference. I love how excited Barry is to be the Flash again, it's so nice. I think Iris is being a little overly critical of him. He's so happy and excited to be back, so what if he's a little overzealous? Yes, he should've listened, but she shouldn't criticise him for that and for cancelling a training session. Barry's fast enough, he doesn't need training anymore. He knows what he's doing. Should there be more team exercises? Yes, of course, but I don't think Barry needs individual ones.

✲ Couple's therapy. Absolutely hilarious. I loved it. It wasn't really needed, it was just for fun, but it did lighten the mood.

✲ When a girl says she understand, she means she doesn't understand at all. The whole scene with Caitlin and Cisco was great as well and really brings back reminiscence of season 1 and I love it. Gypsy doesn't really serve a purpose throughout the episode except got give Cisco the idea of 111, but it was nice and thankfully she's nowhere near as annoying or moody as Iris.

✲ Kilg%re. I would've preferred him to look more like his comic self, but he was a formidable opponent and I thought his powers were awesome. I wish they would've concentrated more on him than on Iris and Barry and their therapy.

✲ You're not the Flash, Barry. We are. For the love of DC comics, can someone please tell me when this show went from the Flash to the Iris West show?! Because the last time I checked, this was about a guy named Barry Allen who saved the world as the Flash. Idk, maybe I'm thinking of the wrong show? This plot point of Iris being the centre of attention is the worst possible thing they ever could have done. And her telling Barry "how could you just leave me like that?" Like seriously, girl, grow up. Put your big girl pants on. Yes, it must've been awkward for you to have to lie to everyone, but really? You're going to get annoyed with Barry for literally saving the world from the speed force...because you feel embarrassed and awkward telling lies to people you'll probably only see at your wedding...and the logic is...where, exactly? I would be so proud of my fiancé for his heroic move. I wouldn't make him feel bad for leaving me behind, that's a terrible thing to do! And sure, I thought of shorting the suit out, but that's only because of the amount of sci-fi I've seen and comic books I've read. But Iris? Really? Caitlin or Cisco didn't think of it? That was a bad plot point. I really really hope that her character grows in some way when she and Barry get married if they ever do or else this whole weird dynamic is going to make the show stale. They'll be beyond old, they'll be stale.

✲ I smell tech in your suit. This whole segment was hilarious...but it had it's flaws and they were big ones:
~The good: All the different things his suit can do...or could do since most likely Cisco took everything out of it...but the Babel protocol was an awesome Batman nod from the comics as was the reference to the "fat Flash" comic. Though I really liked the tech Cisco added to the suit, like the automatic locking feature to lock bad guys out if Barry was unconscious so they couldn't learn his identity. I thought that was pretty smart, but the others were unnecessary and I think only there to nod to the comics a bit. If I were to add a feature, I'd add a heater and some air conditioning to the suit in case he ever went up against someone like Killer Frost again, someone with icy or cold powers, or someone like Heat Wave. I think those could be really useful. I also think the automatic identification and the map is a great idea, Barry could always use something like that instead of relying on the team to do that. But I guess they want to integrate the team more?
~ The bad: How incredibly weak was Wally? Does one shot from Iron Man, I mean Iron Flash, I mean Barry, and his repulsor ray really knock him out THE WHOLE FIGHT? I mean thank goodness Barry didn't need him...because he had Iris, he didn't need a fellow Flash to help him. Nah that would make too much sense. This whole Iris scene just bugged the Dalek out of me. Seriously, why are the writers giving her so much to do?! Does Candace have an understanding with them or what? How can a secondary character, a person who doesn't even have powers or any knowledge that could possibly help the team, have so much power? It makes no sense at all. That would be like an accountant coming up with the answers to Einstein's theory. It literally makes no sense. Now I'm not knocking accountants, my brother is one, but I'm just giving an example. The series will fail if they continue on this road because half the fandom is already on the fence this season that is because of the poor script choices the writers have made. Not only have we had enough with evil speedsters, but we've had enough of Iris. This season's opening episode was the lowest of all three seasons so I think that says something. They need to scale her role back and make her more of a secondary character like she was in season one and stop making her the centre of attention. For me, she really holding the season back. If we didn't have all this drama that literally spews from Iris, we'd be focusing more on the villains of the series and comic book material. And that is what people tune in for. People don't tune in for Iris, they tune in for the Flash, for the villains, for the STAR Labs teams, for the crossovers, for the under appreciated cameos from original Flash actors. And I hope the writers realise this before it's too late. The show is slated for 7 seasons. Let's hope they can get their act together and give the fans what they really want before their contracts run out or the show is cancelled due to low interest.

❈ Overall, an improvement from last week in some ways, and in others, I kind of fell flat. I'd love to give the episode a 9/10 because I think everything else in the episode was great, but I have to give it an 8/10. Hopefully, I'll be able to give an episode a 9 or a 10/10, but right now with the centre still being on Iris after we had a whole season of her, the future doesn't look too bright for a perfect score. I sooooo want to love this show like I used to, but there are just certain points that continue to bother me. And they only bother me because I know their potential and I know they have extremely talented writers on their team, but with their stories being solely focused on what WestAllen shippers want, they can't reach their true potential. What are your thoughts? Did I miss something? Let me know!

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🇬🇧 ~ ⚜ Cσмρяσмιѕє ωнєяє уσυ cαи. ωнєяє уσυ cαи'т, ∂σи'т. Eνєи ιf єνєяуσиє ιѕ тєℓℓιиg уσυ тнαт ѕσмєтнιиg ωяσиg ιѕ ѕσмєтнιиg яιgнт. Eνєи ιf тнє ωнσℓє ωσяℓ∂ ιѕ тєℓℓιиg уσυ тσ мσνє, ιт ιѕ уσυя ∂υту тσ ρℓαит уσυяѕєℓf ℓιкє α тяєє, ℓσσк αт тнєм ιи тнє єуєѕ, αи∂ ѕαу, 'Nσ, YOU мσνє.' ⚜ ~ 🇬🇧

♔ ~ #theflash#barryallen#grantgustin#iriswest#vibe#ciscoramon#carlosvaldes#caitlinsnow#daniellepanabaker#killerfrost#wallywest#keiynanlonsdale#kidflash#thethinker#theflash4#theflashseason4#dccomics#dceu#dcuniverse#thecw#reviews#theflashreviews#myreviews ~ ♔

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David Litt, President Obama’s senior presidential speechwriter, shares his unconventional path to the White House and what happened when his nerves overtook him upon meeting the 44th president: http://on.forbes.com/626887cdw

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Check out Google Calendar's visual enhancements & new features for business users via the SiliconANGLE ↓

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Los Angeles Rams guard Rodger Saffold has already started building his business.

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Vegetation Index of Earth with MapCam Color Image Overlaid

This vegetation index, created using images taken by OSIRIS-REx’s MapCam camera on Sept. 22, 2017, shows areas on Earth with abundant plant life. The overlay fading in is a color composite image captured by MapCam the same day. The bright green areas have higher densities of trees and other plants, and the darker green areas have lower densities. Hawaii stands out against the Pacific Ocean in the middle of the image. Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea are visible in the lower left, and parts of China, Japan and Korea appear in the upper left.

To produce the vegetation index, the OSIRIS-REx image processing team used images taken with MapCam’s red and near-infrared (w and x) filters and applied an algorithm to highlight areas where the ratio of infrared energy reflected back was higher, indicating the presence of plant life. Scientists use this type of index—called a normalized difference vegetation index or NDVI—to study changes and patterns in plant life on Earth’s surface. OSIRIS-REx is not expected to find any plant life on Bennu, but the mission’s image processing team plans to use similar techniques to identify other materials on the asteroid’s surface.

Date Taken: Sept. 22, 2017

Instrument Used: OCAMS (MapCam)

Credit: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona

https://www.asteroidmission.org/vegindexcolorcompfadein/

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Will 2 or 3 million iPhone X units be enough to meet initial demand? Not even close, but with Face ID woes reportedly behind Apple, it's a matter of weeks until the rest of the problems will be fully resolved:

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The long awaited new album is finally released now….

WAYLAND – Rinse & Repeat

Check out some Songs and Videos here:

http://guitarrock-news-blog.com/2017/08/31/wayland-rinse-repeat/

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Get ready for a cosmic fireworks show Friday night as the Earth passes through a field of meteoroids. https://trib.al/8c4qO8Z

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While everyone's pushing smart TVs on you, we're here to tell you why you should ignore them!

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The already potent Los Angeles Dodgers will be receiving some more firepower for their World Series pursuit, as L.A. manager Dave Roberts says.....
#ladogers #losangelesdodgers #woldseries #coreyseager #frsnews

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Camila Cabello on Real Style and Fake Friends http://ellemag.co/Yi8zDnc

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Why we really really really like repetition in music

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HzzmqUoQobc

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21 / 26: Filling the frame

The +The B&W Project with +Al Chris, +Maayan Windmuller and +Pat Kight
#bwproject21_of26 #bwproject #bwproject2017

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"Forever Reaching"
By +Adam Kavalunas www.plateauvisions.com Even though I only live about an hour away from Bryce Canyon, I feel like I haven't photographed it as much as it deserves. I got the chance this week to reconnect with an old friend and spend some time catching up and enjoy some great light together. These old Ponderosa Pines have likely been growing here for almost a hundred years, constantly reaching upward in a never ending quest for light, much like us photographers... - Adam Kavalunas

#photography #landscape #brycecanyonnp #pinetree

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Zebras
Kruger Park, South Africa

#animals

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A Thousand Little Beauties -- Bingham, Illinois
"Nature doth thus kindly heal every wound. By the mediation of a thousand little mosses and fungi, the most unsightly objects become radiant of beauty. There seem to be two sides of this world, presented us at different times, as we see things in growth or dissolution, in life or death. And seen with the eye of the poet, all things are alive and beautiful."
-- Henry David Thoreau

Though I'm not 100% certain, I believe this is an example of False Turkey Tail fungus ( Stereum ostrea ), which mimics the true Turkey Tail fungus ( Trametes versicolor ), but which lacks pores on its underside. If anyone can confirm or deny this ID it would be greatly appreciated. :)

For #FungusFriday curated by +Shawn McClure, and +ShroomshotSaturday #shroomshotsaturday curated by +Patti Colston, +Sabeena LoBello and +Patricia Kristensen...

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Nelson Ghost Town, NV

… didn't I mentioned to not stay over night?

However, what I have learned is that the shadow some Ghost cast in moonlight is just a warm bright shadow, kind of. (#D4N, day for night)

Enjoy

#TGSHMU17

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Stairway to...

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in the grass

#fungusfriday by +Shawn McClure+Fungus Friday
#hqspmacro +HQSP Macro
#btpmacropro +BTP Macro Pro

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Partly Green

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New Model Links Emotions and Mental Health

The authors developed the Mentalized Affectivity Scale (MAS) - a novel assessment model which breaks emotion regulation into three elements.

The research is in PLOS ONE. (full open access)

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Theme OxygenOS/Android Oreo on OnePlus 3/3T Without Root Using Substratum

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The Dallas Cowboys will face the San Francisco 49ers in a game between two historic franchises that are currently.....
#dallascowboys #sanfrancisco49ers #frs

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Gordon Hayward’s injury changed everything for the Boston Celtics, but perhaps for no individual player more than Marcus Smart. Though the fourth-year guard was.....
#bostonceltics #nbainjuries #marcussmart #frsnews

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The DeanBeat: What Visceral’s closing means for video games http://onvb.co/9kOrf4n

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10/19-20/2017 #FoxNewsAlert Must Watch. #Hannity.

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Stephon Marbury's retirement plan includes Chinese arena football team: The former NBA All-Star and Chinese Basketball Association MVP has bought the Beijing Lions of the fledgling China Arena Football League. http://dlvr.it/PwlhKs

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Carmelo Anthony praises Kristaps Porzingis: 'This is a big, big year for him': Anthony praised his former Knicks teammate after the two faced each other for the first time since Anthony's trade to the Thunder. http://dlvr.it/Pwk5tV

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