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Game of Thrones' Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams Do Carpool Karaoke Impersonating Ned Stark

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Private Identity, as we understand it, is only about 150 years old – once again it has become a luxury good for the rich.

"The lesson from 3,000 years of history is that privacy has almost always been a back-burner priority. Humans invariably choose money, prestige or convenience when it has conflicted with a desire for solitude."

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A First Look at the Spacesuits of the Future | National Geographic
After years of anticipation, Elon Musk has finally revealed the design that could take humans to a new level of space exploration.
August 23, 2017: In true Elon Musk fashion, the latest SpaceX creation has been revealed with dramatic flair. Posting on his Instagram account early Wednesday morning, Musk unveiled the first iteration of his SpaceX spacesuit. The design, seen only from the waist up, features a slim black-and-white aesthetic and is a far cry from the bulky, puffy spacesuits worn by NASA astronauts.

Outside of Earth's protective atmosphere, spacesuits must regulate air pressure, oxygen, and temperature as well as deflect cosmic radiation, all while allowing for movement and communication. (Read more about how spacesuits have evolved.) But as space travel becomes more commercial and accessible, more flexible suits are imperative. Among other inconveniences, astronauts have lost fingernails as a result of the current pressurized glove design.

How hard was it to combine fashion and function? According to Musk's post, very, but he noted that the suits are fully functional and have "already been tested to double vacuum pressure."

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Credit: +National Geographic
Author: Sarah Gibbens
Release Date: August 23, 2017

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#NASA #Space #Science #Technology #Astronaut #SpaceX #ElonMusk #Spacesuit #ISS #JourneyToMars #Mars #LaunchAmerica #Future #Engineering #Human #Spaceflight #UnitedStates #SolarSystem #Exploration #STEM #Education

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The Samsung Galaxy Note8 goes official, here's what to expect and the carrier promotions. #Samsung #Note8

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Google Pixel 2 Set To Be Announced On October 5th

The Google Pixel 2 is set to be announced on October 5th -- which is almost exactly a year later; since the Google Pixel was announced on October 6th of 2016. I'm kind of curious why Google didn't keep with the trend and announce the device on October 7th of 2017?! I mean...cause that makes sense. Among other things that might be announced are a new Google Chromebook Pixel -- and possibly some Google smart headphones. What a beautiful time to live in.

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Muhammad Ali's "worst fight" may have paved the way for Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor.

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'Soul' Eclipse over Oregon Barn Celebrated in Poetry

"I sit among the grasses dry
Deceptively the time goes by
My cameras set, remotes in hand
As darkness creeps upon the land
My glasses sit upon my face
Gaze millions of miles out to space
There the sun does weakly shine
As the moon it slips behind
Smaller now, merely a slit
Yet quietly there I sit
The bulge of darkness from the west
I feel a pressure on my chest
Because the shows about to start
I cannot still my racing heart
The light goes weird, the shadows sharp
A tongue of moon-made shadow dark
Across the silver orb does glide
And in merely instants hides
And yet reveals its secret heart
Coronal jets stream their depart
A silver circle filled in jet
But the shows not over yet
Pearlescent glister in the sky
All darkened, a dusk that is a lie
For dawn on the westward side portends
From eyes to brain the signal sends
I sit and gape, my frantic thumbs
On the shutter buttons plumb
I'm unaware of this subconscious act
So taken in by this, the fact
This is the moment long awaited
And often in dreams anticipated
I hang on tight to every tick
Because sunrise is approaching quick
And before I have a chance to sing
The onset of the diamond ring
The moon withdraws, abruptly ends
The thing on which my life depends
And smithing pictures here with words
Memory shatters like earthen sherds
The moment quick to come has passed
The sky as bright as smoky glass
My breath goes silent, my heart goes still
With the passing of this astral thrill
But then I take a bitter pill
There are seven years to go until
I can sit once more in the silver chill."

Credit: Mark Rosengarten
Location: Madras, Oregon, United States
Image Date: August 21, 2017

Technical details: Fuji X-T2 with 10-24mm lens, 9 exposures bracketed around 1/60 second at f/8 and ISO 400.

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+Academy of American Poets
+The Best American Poetry
+University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
+American Poetry Museum

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Asteroid Florence will safely sweep past Earth on Sept. 1
Asteroid Florence, a large near-Earth asteroid, will pass safely by Earth on Sept. 1, 2017, at a distance of about 4.4 million miles, (7.0 million kilometers, or about 18 Earth-Moon distances). Florence is among the largest near-Earth asteroids that are several miles in size; measurements from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and NEOWISE mission indicate it’s about 2.7 miles (4.4 kilometers) in size.

This relatively close encounter provides an opportunity for scientists to study this asteroid up close. Florence is expected to be an excellent target for ground-based radar observations. Radar imaging is planned at NASA's Goldstone Solar System Radar in California and at the National Science Foundation's Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico. The resulting radar images will show the real size of Florence and also could reveal surface details as small as about 30 feet (10 meters).

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Former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in her new book has called President Donald Trump a "creep" and said he made her "skin crawl" by stalking her around the stage during a presidential debate.

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Your brain’s got rhythm

Not everyone is Fred Astaire or Michael Jackson, but even those of us who seem to have two left feet have got rhythm—in our brains. From breathing to walking to chewing, our days are filled with repetitive actions that depend on the rhythmic firing of neurons. Yet the neural circuitry underpinning such seemingly ordinary behaviors is not fully understood, even though better insights could lead to new therapies for disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, ALS and autism.

Recently, neuroscientists at the Salk Institute used stem cells to generate diverse networks of self-contained spinal cord systems in a dish, dubbed circuitoids, to study this rhythmic pattern in neurons. The work, which appeared online in February 14, 2017, issue of eLife, reveals that some of the circuitoids—with no external prompting—exhibited spontaneous, coordinated rhythmic activity of the kind known to drive repetitive movements.

“It’s still very difficult to contemplate how large groups of neurons with literally billions if not trillions of connections take information and process it,” says the work’s senior author, Salk Professor Samuel Pfaff, who is also a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator and holds the Benjamin H. Lewis Chair. “But we think that developing this kind of simple circuitry in a dish will allow us to extract some of the principles of how real brain circuits operate. With that basic information maybe we can begin to understand how things go awry in disease.”

Source & further reading:

Journal article:

Image: Confocal microscope immunofluorescent image of a spinal cord neural circuit made entirely from stem cells and termed a “circuitoid”.
Credit: Salk Institute

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Police report a white nationalist who says he pepper-sprayed a demonstrator in self-defense on the campus of the University of Virginia has turned himself in.

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The annoying calls could get you up to $900 as part of a lawsuit settlement.

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New Pixels early October, as expected!

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(CNN)President Donald Trump went to Arizona on Tuesday night and delivered what has now become a trademark speech: Full of invective, victimhood and fact-free retellings of recent historical events.

I went through the transcript of Trump's speech -- all 77 minutes -- and picked out his 57 most outrageous lines, in chronological order. They're below.

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You Can Now Download And Install Kodi 17.4 Final On iPhone Or iPad

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Nebulas Light Up Milky Way Galaxy Satellite

The data used in this image were taken with Hubble’s Advanced Camera for Surveys in September 2015.
Credits: NASA, ESA, STScI, K. Sandstrom (University of California, San Diego), and the SMIDGE team

NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope captured two festive-looking nebulas, situated so as to appear as one. They reside in the Small Magellanic Cloud, a dwarf galaxy that is a satellite of our Milky Way galaxy. Intense radiation from the brilliant central stars is heating hydrogen in each of the nebulas, causing them to glow red.

The nebulas, together, are called NGC 248. They were discovered in 1834 by the astronomer Sir John Herschel. NGC 248 is about 60 light-years long and 20 light-years wide. It is among a number of glowing hydrogen nebulas in the dwarf satellite galaxy, which is located approximately 200,000 light-years away in the southern constellation Tucana.

The image is part of a study called Small Magellanic Cloud Investigation of Dust and Gas Evolution (SMIDGE). Astronomers are using Hubble to probe the Milky Way satellite to understand how dust is different in galaxies that have a far lower supply of heavy elements needed to create dust. The Small Magellanic Cloud has between a fifth and a tenth of the amount of heavy elements that the Milky Way does. Because it is so close, astronomers can study its dust in great detail, and learn about what dust was like earlier in the history of the universe. “It is important for understanding the history of our own galaxy, too,” explained the study’s principal investigator, Dr. Karin Sandstrom of the University of California, San Diego. Most of the star formation happened earlier in the universe, at a time where there was a much lower percentage of heavy elements than there is now. “Dust is a really critical part of how a galaxy works, how it forms stars,”

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Walmart, which has more stores than any other retailer and the largest share of the U.S. grocery market, is working hard to close the gulf online between itself and Amazon.

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Conor McGregor snubs Wayne McCullough ➡️

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Color stains

Here how I shot macros

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Strangers Within : Sam and her friends are terrorised during a party by a group of young men on a desperate hunt for something in her house.

It is now in most leading supermarkets and HMV stores, and to download on iTunes, Sky Movies, Amazon Prime, Google Play, Xbox Live Marketplace and Sony Playstation Store.

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#Movie #Film

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Latinos Don't Think Trump Understands What An Arpaio Pardon Would Mean -via Flynx

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🌞 ⭐ 🌛 A huge asteroid named 3122 Florence will flyby Earth at a distance of ca. 7 million km or ca. 4.4 million miles (about 18 times the distance between the Earth and the Moon) at 12:06 UTC (Coordinated Universal Time) on September 1, 2017. Its diameter is between 2.5 and 5.6 miles, or 4 and 9 km.

3122 Florence, named in memory of Florence Nightingale (1820-1910), is a stony asteroid classified as near-Earth object and potentially hazardous asteroid, which was discovered on 2 March 1981 by American astronomer Schelte Bus at Siding Spring Observatory in New South Wales, Australia.

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Scientists Improve Brown Dwarf Weather Forecasts

Artist's concept shows a brown dwarf with bands of clouds
This artist's concept shows a brown dwarf with bands of clouds, thought to resemble those seen at Neptune and the other outer planets.
Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Dim objects called brown dwarfs, less massive than the Sun but more massive than Jupiter, have powerful winds and clouds -- specifically, hot patchy clouds made of iron droplets and silicate dust. Scientists recently realized these giant clouds can move and thicken or thin surprisingly rapidly, in less than an Earth day, but did not understand why.

Now, researchers have a new model for explaining how clouds move and change shape in brown dwarfs, using insights from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. Giant waves cause large-scale movement of particles in brown dwarfs' atmospheres, changing the thickness of the silicate clouds, researchers report in the journal Science. The study also suggests these clouds are organized in bands confined to different latitudes, traveling with different speeds in different bands.

"This is the first time we have seen atmospheric bands and waves in brown dwarfs," said lead author Daniel Apai, associate professor of astronomy and planetary sciences at the University of Arizona in Tucson.

Just as in Earth’s ocean, different types of waves can form in planetary atmospheres. For example, in Earth’s atmosphere, very long waves mix cold air from the polar regions to mid-latitudes, which often lead clouds to form or dissipate.

The distribution and motions of the clouds on brown dwarfs in this study are more similar to those seen on Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. Neptune has cloud structures that follow banded paths too, but its clouds are made of ice. Observations of Neptune from NASA's Kepler spacecraft, operating in its K2 mission, were important in this comparison between the planet and brown dwarfs.

"The atmospheric winds of brown dwarfs seem to be more like Jupiter’s familiar regular pattern of belts and zones than the chaotic atmospheric boiling seen on the Sun and many other stars," said study co-author Mark Marley at NASA's Ames Research Center in California's Silicon Valley.

Brown dwarfs can be thought of as failed stars because they are too small to fuse chemical elements in their cores. They can also be thought of as "super planets" because they are more massive than Jupiter, yet have roughly the same diameter. Like gas giant planets, brown dwarfs are mostly made of hydrogen and helium, but they are often found apart from any planetary systems. In a 2014 study using Spitzer, scientists found that brown dwarfs commonly have atmospheric storms.

Due to their similarity to giant exoplanets, brown dwarfs are windows into planetary systems beyond our own. It is easier to study brown dwarfs than planets because they often do not have a bright host star that obscures them.

"It is likely the banded structure and large atmospheric waves we found in brown dwarfs will also be common in giant exoplanets," Apai said.

Using Spitzer, scientists monitored brightness changes in six brown dwarfs over more than a year, observing each of them rotate 32 times. As a brown dwarf rotates, its clouds move in and out of the hemisphere seen by the telescope, causing changes in the brightness of the brown dwarf. Scientists then analyzed these brightness variations to explore how silicate clouds are distributed in the brown dwarfs.

Researchers had been expecting these brown dwarfs to have elliptical storms resembling Jupiter's Great Red Spot, caused by high-pressure zones. The Great Red Spot has been present in Jupiter for hundreds of years and changes very slowly: Such "spots" could not explain the rapid changes in brightness that scientists saw while observing these brown dwarfs. The brightness levels of the brown dwarfs varied markedly just over the course of an Earth day.

To make sense of the ups and downs of brightness, scientists had to rethink their assumptions about what was going on in the brown dwarf atmospheres. The best model to explain the variations involves large waves, propagating through the atmosphere with different periods. These waves would make the cloud structures rotate with different speeds in different bands.

University of Arizona researcher Theodora Karalidi used a supercomputer and a new computer algorithm to create maps of how clouds travel on these brown dwarfs.

"When the peaks of the two waves are offset, over the course of the day there are two points of maximum brightness," Karalidi said. "When the waves are in sync, you get one large peak, making the brown dwarf twice as bright as with a single wave."

The results explain the puzzling behavior and brightness changes that researchers previously saw. The next step is to try to better understand what causes the waves that drive cloud behavior.

JPL manages the Spitzer Space Telescope mission for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington. Science operations are conducted at the Spitzer Science Center at Caltech in Pasadena, California. Spacecraft operations are based at Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, Littleton, Colorado. Data are archived at the Infrared Science Archive housed at the Infrared Processing and Analysis Center at Caltech. Caltech manages JPL for NASA. For more information about Spitzer, visit:

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Arizona Republicans tout their 'Asian American' support—by swiping a picture from a 1994 sitcom -via Flynx

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It's #HairWhipWednesday ! How are you spending this beautiful day?

📸: Keith Nordstrom
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Smart Lighting Showdown: Bluetooth Smart vs. Wi-Fi vs. ZigBee

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Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 Gameplay Walkthrough - Part 7 (Facecam)

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Will right-wing populism continue to prevail, or will it be destroyed? A look at Bannon, Buckley, the past and the future.

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For someone that puts everything in their calendar this is a great watchface

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A Game of Thrones Director Basically Just Confirmed Jon and Daenerys Get Together

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As regular readers know, I am a big fan of coconut oil. Just look at the top of this page to see Why You Should Include #CoconutOil in Your Diet.

So, you can imagine my surprise when I turned to the Personal Journal section of the Wall Street Journal and saw this headline: Unlikely Source of Healthy Fat: Coconuts, by Laura Johannes. #Alzheimer's #exercise #fat #health

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Aurora Dreaming

Brandon: "I almost missed last night's show, but luckily my little sister woke me up at 2am for this one!"

Credit: Brandon Born‎
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Location: Cold Lake, Alberta, Canada
Release Date: August 23, 2017

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Portrait of a Dying Star

The Bug Nebula, NGC 6302, is one of the brightest and most extreme planetary nebulae known. A blanket of icy hailstones at its center shrouds the fiery, dying star.

This image, taken by the NASA Hubble Wide Field Planetary Camera 2, shows impressive walls of compressed gas, laced with trailing strands and bubbling outflows.

Image credit: NASA, ESA and A. Zijlstra (UMIST, Manchester, UK)

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Conor McGregor: I’ve been through tougher fights than what Floyd Mayweather can give me ➡️ #boxing
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