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There's New "Evidence" That Kylie Jenner Was Kim Kardashian's Surrogate http://ellemag.co/eawMV2T

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Opinion: Hey, Liberals: Let Me Know When You’re Moving to Haiti

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How to Find a Living Planet

The more we see other planets, the more the question comes into focus: Maybe we're the weird one? Decades of observing Earth from space has informed our search for signs of habitability and life on exoplanets and even planets in our own solar system. We're taking a closer look at what we've learned about Earth - our only example of a planet with life - to search for life in the universe.

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"How do decisions get made in the natural world? One possibility is that the individuals or components in biological systems collectively compute solutions to challenges they face in their environments. Consider that fish navigate complex environments to find food and escape predators. Some fish do this by moving together as a unit, sometimes forming incredibly organized schools. The members of a beehive are collectively able to determine which of two nest sites is better. Humans are able to make accurate, coherent decisions even though the process underlying those decisions may involve billions of neurons, each with its own opinion. There are no leaders in these groups and different individuals have different preferences about where to go or what to do. No individual fish or bee or neuron has enough information by itself, but together they can accomplish amazing things. How is this possible?".

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Mother of Brian Urlacher’s son files $125 million defamation lawsuit against former Bears star

The mother of Brian Urlacher’s 12-year-old son has filed a $125 million defamation lawsuit alleging the former Bears star conspired with his attorneys and a newspaper reporter to portray her as “a bad Mother, unfit and a killer.”

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From Neuroscience News: Oxytocin Helps the Brain Modulate Social Signals - A new study reports oxytocin plays a crucial role in processing numerous social signals.

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Jared Kushner's school is making children write letters of support to Donald Trump http://www.newsweek.com/jared-kushners-high-school-making-children-write-letters-support-donald-trump-783538 -via Flynx

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New Poll Reveals Oprah Wouldn’t Even Win The Democrat Nomination in 2020

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Kim Kardashian Hints Her Baby Girl's Name Will Be Inspired By A French Fashion Brand
http://celebrityinsider.org/kim-kardashian-hints-her-baby-girls-name-will-be-inspired-by-a-french-fashion-brand-106158/
#celebritynews #KanyeWest, #KimKardashian celebrityinsider.org #Entertainment #celebrities #celebrity #celebrityinsider

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WATCH: @drewsmithtv speaks to demonstrators in Allentown who want support for immigrants to be part of deal to avoid government shutdown: http://on.nbc10.com/oZKyNdb

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We can't stop thinking about Sunday! Who else is counting down the days? #NotDone #4Days #NEPC

Read more on: bit.ly/2B9s36V

#Sports #NFL #Cheerleaders

(Credit: New England Patriots Cheerleaders)

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Step wins NAACP Image Award

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Trump’s ‘Fake News’ award winners are… http://nyp.st/2mH8MEs

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Watch a thought race across the surface of the brain

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My macro page https://www.paolodalprato.com/macro-a-colori

#macrophotography #hqspmacro #fotomaniaitalia #ilovephotography

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#FlyEaglesFly @tfurlong explains the history of the @Eagles Fight Song: http://on.nbc10.com/X44wAQt

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Nokia 1 Image Leak
Fresh image leak of Nokia 1 - an entry level device by HMD Global, highlights its brilliant design features....

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Steelers fire OC Todd Haley: Could Jets be a landing spot? http://nyp.st/2mJ8ugt

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Shut 'er Down. Trump's Fault for not accepting the Bipartisan Compromise Bill

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Trump's style is persistently damaging to the function of government at all levels.
The GOP, with clear majorities in both Congress and Senate is presently unable to form a consensus within itself, sufficient to pass the legislation of its own agenda, despite its clear majority.

Their reaction to this internal paralysis?
Use the tactics of Trump, and blame the Democrat minority for their own failures.

This is rabid Trumpism. An infectious ideological disease where blame is never admitted and all failures are things for which Trumpists hold everyone else to be culpable.

The article below says the following:

The Republican Party controls both houses of Congress and the presidency. If its leaders can’t keep the government’s lights on, despite unified control of Washington, it would be an unnerving commentary on the GOP’s ability to handle the most basic tasks of governing.

On Friday, though, the federal government is due to shut down unless Congress passes, and President Trump signs, a new spending agreement. Shutting down the federal government would interrupt an array of government services. Americans couldn’t go to national parks; would have to wait longer for their tax refunds; wouldn’t be able to access small-business loan programs.

Anticipating the public backlash, Trump and some other Republicans are trying to divert blame to the minority Democrats. It’s an odd tactic. It’s true that many Democrats want no part of any deal unless it includes a separate proposal to protect the children of undocumented immigrants from deportation. But the Democrats don’t run Congress.

via +Mystic Rabbit

https://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/editorials/2018/01/17/only-gop-can-prevent-government-shutdown/iEB3er7JxycYcWWsI1KpXI/story.html

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It's been a few months since we heard anything about +Google Clips, but it looks like the launch may be near. Are you interested in Google Clips?

#GoogleClips #Google #Android

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This Photo of "Pregnant Kylie Jenner" at CVS Is Fake http://ellemag.co/E6QoGM2

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Key Largo and Key West were least impacted from the hurricane, as were most hotels and businesses on the bayside, or gulfside. It's time to get back to surf and sand.

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Another European city bets on open source.

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Niantic has not stopped with their support of Pokemon GO. The team have made a new blog post, saying that “Pokémon GO is in the process of being updated to version 0.83.1 for Android and 1.53.2 for iOS devices”. They also provided a list of patch notes…

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"Everything on the surface of the Earth rests on massive tectonic plates that resemble a jelly sandwich, with two rigid pieces -- the upper crust and the upper mantle -- enclosing a gooey middle layer of very hot rocks, which is the lower crust. The plates move ever so slowly around the globe over a deeper hot layer called the asthenosphere.

Temperature plays a fundamental role in determining the strength, thickness, and buoyancy of the lower crust. A research team led by Colorado State University has mapped the temperature and viscosity of the lower crust for the first time and found that, under much of the western United States, the layer is hot enough to be near its initial melting point and, therefore, quite runny.

This new research shows that significant regions of the lower crust have little strength, and that over several million years, could lead to many mountains in the western U.S. being flattened.

"Having a map of the temperature gives us an understanding of how strong the plate is," said Derek Schutt, associate professor in CSU's Department of Geosciences. "What we found is that there are places where the crust is not strong enough to hold the topography."

Imagine three slices of Silly Putty, two frozen pieces lying on the top and bottom of one that is room temperature. When you push on the top layer, the warm Silly Putty will be squeezed flat. Similar mechanics are at work in the Earth's crust.

"Mountains are formed by forces pushing things around, and weak areas collapsing," according to Schutt.

Outside forces could potentially push on the crust and that force could be transferred deep inland, which is called orogenic float, he said. The new study suggests this process may occur more often than previously thought".

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(By The Numbers) ... Freeloading family and friends flock to fleece the golden sheep when Fred plays the numbers ... 8 out of 10

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Using this new release of Aspose.Diagram for #DotNET & #Java 17.12.0, #Developers can #retrieve and #export a #shape to #PDF and #HTML formats. In order to achieve these features, ToPdf and ToHTML methods are added in the Shape class. Moreover, developers can retrieve a shape, and then #clone to another shape instance. In order to achieve this, the Copy method has been added in the Shape class. This release also includes important enhancements and bug fixes, such as an #OLE #object is not preserved in #VSDX to #image #export, incorrect background color of the shapes in VSDX to HTML #conversion, #VSD to image conversion, the page number remains 4 in all pages during #VSDtoPDF conversion & many more. Read complete release notes here: https://goo.gl/tw1dW4

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We might not need to worry about dinging the side mirror backing up anymore.

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Flake Calls Trump a Model for Speech-Suppressing Tyrants http://nym.ag/2DIo1VV

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Source: ESO
Astronomers using ESO’s MUSE instrument on the Very Large Telescope in Chile have discovered a star in the cluster NGC 3201 that is behaving very strangely. It appears to be orbiting an invisible black hole with about four times the mass of the Sun — the first such inactive stellar-mass black hole found in a globular cluster and the first found by directly detecting its gravitational pull. This important discovery impacts on our understanding of the formation of these star clusters, black holes, and the origins of gravitational wave events.

Globular star clusters are huge spheres of tens of thousands of stars that orbit most galaxies. They are among the oldest known stellar systems in the Universe and date back to near the beginning of galaxy growth and evolution. More than 150 are currently known to belong to the Milky Way.

One particular cluster, called NGC 3201 and situated in the southern constellation of Vela (The Sails), has now been studied using the MUSE instrument on ESO’s Very Large Telescope in Chile. An international team of astronomers has found that one of the stars in NGC 3201 is behaving very oddly — it is being flung backwards and forwards at speeds of several hundred thousand kilometres per hour, with the pattern repeating every 167 days.

Lead author Benjamin Giesers (Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany) was intrigued by the star’s behaviour: “It was orbiting something that was completely invisible, which had a mass more than four times the Sun — this could only be a black hole! The first one found in a globular cluster by directly observing its gravitational pull.”

The relationship between black holes and globular clusters is an important but mysterious one. Because of their large masses and great ages, these clusters are thought to have produced a large number of stellar-mass black holes — created as massive stars within them exploded and collapsed over the long lifetime of the cluster.

ESO’s MUSE instrument provides astronomers with a unique ability to measure the motions of thousands of far away stars at the same time. With this new finding, the team have for the first time been able to detect an inactive black hole at the heart of a globular cluster — one that is not currently swallowing matter and is not surrounded by a glowing disc of gas. They could estimate the black hole’s mass through the movements of a star caught up in its enormous gravitational pull.

From its observed properties the star was determined to be about 0.8 times the mass of our Sun, and the mass of its mysterious counterpart was calculated at around 4.36 times the Sun’s mass — almost certainly a black hole.

Recent detections of radio and X-ray sources in globular clusters, as well as the 2016 detection of gravitational-wave signals produced by the merging of two stellar-mass black holes, suggest that these relatively small black holes may be more common in globular clusters than previously thought.

Giesers concludes: “Until recently, it was assumed that almost all black holes would disappear from globular clusters after a short time and that systems like this should not even exist! But clearly this is not the case — our discovery is the first direct detection of the gravitational effects of a stellar-mass black hole in a globular cluster. This finding helps in understanding the formation of globular clusters and the evolution of black holes and binary systems — vital in the context of understanding gravitational wave sources.”

Journal Reference:
B. Giesers et al. A detached stellar-mass black hole candidate in the globular cluster NGC 3201. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 2018
https://www.eso.org/public/archives/releases/sciencepapers/eso1802/eso1802a.pdf
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