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Offbeat Brain Rhythms During Sleep Make Older Adults Forget

Like swinging a tennis racket during a ball toss to serve an ace, slow and speedy brainwaves during deep sleep must sync up at exactly the right moment to hit the save button on new memories, according to new UC Berkeley research.

The research is in Neuron. (full access paywall)

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Next we need Trump Accusers Vindicated!

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2017 has been an exciting year for Disha Patani. Which of her 28 best beauty moments won your vote?

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China is working on conceptual plans for a habitable Moon base

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To Sleep or Not to Sleep: The Complex Genetic Network Behind Sleep Duration

Scientists have identified differences in a group of genes they say might help explain why some people need a lot more sleep-and others less - than most. The study, conducted using fruit fly populations bred to model natural variations in human sleep patterns, provides new clues to how genes for sleep duration are linked to a wide variety of biological processes.

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

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Deciphering the Meaning of 2017's Celebrity Christmas Trees https://trib.al/ECjSRQx

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AP poll: Most Americans believe Trump did something illegal or unethical with Russia

Most Americans think Donald Trump did something illegal or at least unethical regarding ties between his presidential campaign and Russia — and they think he's trying to obstruct the investigation looking into those possible connections.

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Remember to pour one out for your favorite screen name this week #ripAIM

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Facebook adds a Snooze button for muting people, groups and Pages for 30 days

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"American capitalism will be remembered as an era - an age abruptly ended by a backward president." http://aje.io/78g59 #AJOpinion

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A look back at 2017 and how much I am grateful for 😊

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NFL Week 15 Q&A: What are the odds …?: The Chiefs and Chargers have an important matchup this weekend. http://dlvr.it/Q66Gh4

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi—What Happened to Luke? http://vntyfr.com/FNHIut7

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Offbeat brainwaves during sleep make older adults forget

To hit the save button on new memories, slow and speedy brainwaves must sync up at exactly the right moment. Like swinging a tennis racket during a ball toss to serve an ace, slow and speedy brainwaves during deep sleep must sync up at exactly the right moment to hit the save button on new memories, according to new UC Berkeley research. While these brain rhythms, occurring hundreds of times a night, move in perfect lockstep in young adults, findings published in the journal Neuron show that, in old age, slow waves during non-rapid eye movement (NREM) sleep fail to make timely contact with speedy electrical bursts known as "spindles." "The mistiming prevents older people from being able to effectively hit the save button on new memories, leading to overnight forgetting rather than remembering," said study senior author Matthew Walker, a UC Berkeley professor of neuroscience and psychology and director of the campus's Center for Human Sleep Science. "As the brain ages, it cannot precisely coordinate these two deep-sleep brain waves," Walker added. "Like a tennis player who is off their game, they're swiping and missing." In tennis lingo, for example, the slow brainwaves or oscillations represent the ball toss while the spindles symbolize the swing of the racket as it aims to make contact with the ball and serve an ace. "Timing is everything. Only when the slow waves and spindles come together in a very narrow opportunity time window (approximately one-tenth of a second), can the brain effectively place new memories into its long-term storage," said study lead author Randolph Helfrich, a postdoctoral fellow in neuroscience at UC Berkeley.

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Call Your MoC to support overturning the FCC Vote! ALSO check if your state Attorney General is part of the lawsuit and call your AG

Next steps on Net Neutrality.


Just minutes after the Federal Communications Commission voted to repeal rules intended to bar internet service providers from blocking or slowing down specific websites, Sen. Edward Markey said he’s filing a bill to put it back in place.

Plus in the House:

Markey’s bill would allow Congress to overturn regulatory actions at federal agencies with a simple majority vote in both chambers. Congressman Mike Doyle (D-Penn.) plans to introduce a similar bill in the House.

On the AG front:

<https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2017/12/state-attorneys-general-line-up-to-sue-fcc-over-net-neutrality-repeal/>

Here's a list of state AG's that appears to be up-to-date on spot check. See if your AG is supporting the lawsuit (the list has grown from Arstechnica's original named states) and call in to encourage them to join it!

<https://www.thespruce.com/find-a-state-attorney-general-office-3542885>



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another day in paradise

#fungusfriday by +Shawn McClure+Fungus Friday
#hqspphotoart +HQSP Photo Art

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Manetti Shrem Museum of Art (University of California – Davis, California)
The Canopy - Version 3 (© Alex James Photos 2017)


Good morning folks! Wishing you all a great upcoming weekend!! Here is the final perspective of the canopy study. I'm still happily entertained by the sharp lines and reflective light work in these images. This one has perhaps, the most aggressive, harshest line work, and yet it continues to draw me in.

www.alexjamesphotos.com

#WBTPA +PRO Winners +BTP Architecture Pro +BTP Monochrome Pro #blackandwhite #monochrome #architecture #architecturephotography #manettishrem #ucdavis #california

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Baby Elephant Seal

These are the happiest most playful creatures on South Georgia Island.

#playful #happiness #oneoceanexp

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Haha - Best program to write Hello World in C

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A new version of open-source video editor Kdenlive is available to download.

Kdenlive 17.12.0 is something of a bittersweet release as it’s likely to be the final major release using the current Kdenlive codebase.

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OnePlus 5T Star Wars Limited Edition (White back panel of OnePlus 5T Star Wars Limited Edition smartphone is inspired by the white-coloured salt plains of the mineral planet Crait, featured in the movie.) Launched in India at Rs. 38,999 #Oneplus5T #oneplus #Mobile #android

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Don't be a watt-waster. If your computers don't need to be on then shut them down. For convenience and nerd creds, you can configure your Linux computers to wake up and shut down automatically. http://bit.ly/2yE14Pv

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Watch: Kevin Durant kisses Warriors fan hit in head by errant pass: Durant checked on a fan who was hit by an errant pass, and the crowd cheered after he kissed her on the top of her head. http://dlvr.it/Q66tPx

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The One Royal Tradition Meghan Markle Might Break This Christmas

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"I measure success by how many lives I can change, not by how much money I make from selling." - Travis Wilkerson

Love that message, and this story!

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"A Christmas Eve Suit" offers playful wordplay by O. Henry. It's about a young lawyer who has to decide between two women "suit"ors. Wait for the ice-breaker!

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Is Your Marketing Ready for the Rise of Personal Assistants?

Digital personal assistants give users whole new ways to access information and buy products and services. Will they find your business there? Get the whole scoop in this post!

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Even if you love #TheLastJedi you have to admit some of it was kind of bad...

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A MUST WATCH: FCC Votes To Kill Net Neutrality

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Despite currently being in Early Access, Google's app is receiving a slew of complaints. #News #DaydreamView #Google

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These are (in my opinion) the very best #Linux gaming releases of the year — and all work on Ubuntu, naturally!

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‘Last Jedi’ the best Star Wars since ‘The Empire Strikes Back’? owl.li/6bD130hfvU2 @FOXlightMichael @MorningsMaria @FoxBusiness

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In recent times, the words 'ugly' and 'Google' seem to go hand in hand when it comes to design.

While we're at it, someone should tell Google to remove that ugly white fade effect behind the dock — It just makes the display look washed out and cheap.
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