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This Is Battlefront II

John Boyega introduces the game and gives a new look at what's to come

#StarWars #BattlefrontII #StarWarsVideogames

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Looks like Gmail may soon be taking some more cues from Inbox. The big question: What's the ultimate end game here?

Continued convergence, eventually resulting in a more Inbox-like Gmail? Or maintaining two increasingly overlapping but still distinctive email apps eternally?

Heck, if enough of Inbox's features and organizational methods make their way over, "Inbox" could even just become a UI option within Gmail one day.

With Google, you never know.

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The GOP civil war in Alabama’s Senate race culminated here Monday with front-runner Roy Moore brandishing a revolver as Steve Bannon, Donald Trump’s former chief strategist, said voters should ignore the president's endorsement of Moore’s establishment-backed opponent.

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Even Bill Gates is using an Android phone now

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Asteroid 2017 SS12 flew past Earth at 0.67 LD, one day before discovery: A newly discovered asteroid designated 2017 SS12 flew past Earth at 0.67 LD (~ 257 280 km / 159 866 miles) at 15:33 UTC on September 24, 2017, one day before it was discovered. This is the 32nd known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance since the start of...... Read more »

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Jimmy Kimmel released the 11th edition of his popular “Mean Tweets” series last night, and this time both Gal Gadot and Michael Keaton were roasted. Gal Gadot was adorable as usual, struggling with some English slang and then responding to a very old 2013…

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Saturn's Magnetosphere

The magnetosphere of Saturn is the cavity created in the flow of the solar wind by the planet's internally generated magnetic field. Discovered in 1979 by the Pioneer 11 spacecraft, Saturn's magnetosphere is the second largest of any planet in the Solar System after Jupiter. The magnetopause, the boundary between Saturn's magnetosphere and the solar wind, is located at a distance of about 20 Saturn radii from the planet's center, while its magnetotail stretches hundreds of Saturn radii behind it.

Saturn's magnetosphere is filled with plasmas originating from both the planet and its moons. The main source is the small moon Enceladus, which ejects as much as 1,000 kg/s of water vapor from the geysers on its south pole, a portion of which is ionized and forced to co-rotate with the Saturn’s magnetic field. This loads the field with as much as 100 kg of water group ions per second. This plasma gradually moves out from the inner magnetosphere via the interchange instability mechanism and then escapes through the magnetotail.

The interaction between Saturn's magnetosphere and the solar wind generates bright oval aurorae around the planet's poles observed in visible, infrared and ultraviolet light. The aurorae are related to the powerful saturnian kilometric radiation (SKR).

In 1980–1981 the magnetosphere of Saturn was studied by the Voyager spacecraft. Up until September of 2017 it was a subject of ongoing investigation by Cassini mission, which arrived in 2004 and spent over 13 years observing the planet.

Measurements from Cassini have totally changed our understanding of Saturn’s magnetosphere, yet many questions still remain.

In fact, scientists had little information about Saturn’s magnetosphere because magnetic fields are invisible and are best studied from within. Cassini has studied Saturn's magnetosphere like never before by mapping the magnetic field, studying the flow of excited gases under its influence and observing how it affects Saturn’s auroras. The results have provided powerful insights about how Saturn's inner workings affect the planet's atmosphere and the space around it.

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Discovery of Two More Runaway Stars

Speeding stars running away from our galaxy pose an intriguing puzzle: where did these stars come from, and how were they accelerated to their great speeds? The recent discovery of two new runaway stars have increased the mystery.

Hypervelocity stars are rare objects that zip along at unusually high speeds — fast enough to escape the gravitational pull of our galaxy. More than 20 hypervelocity stars have been discovered since the first one was found serendipitously in 2005. But what accelerates these strange stars?

One of the most commonly proposed scenarios is that these objects originated near the center of the Milky Way, and were flung out as a result of dynamical interactions with the central supermassive black hole. Other explanations exist, however — for instance, these stars could be the tidal debris of an accreted and disrupted dwarf galaxy, or they could be the surviving companion stars kicked out in Type Ia supernovae.

Besides wanting to better understand the origin of hypervelocity stars, scientists also care about these speedy objects because of the information they provide about the Milky Way. Measuring the three-dimensional motions of hypervelocity stars can give us a detailed look at the mass distribution of our galaxy — thereby revealing the shape of the Milky Way’s dark matter halo.

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Hubble Captures Detailed Image of Uranus' Atmosphere

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope peered deep into Uranus' atmosphere to see clear and hazy layers created by a mixture of gases. Using infrared filters, Hubble captured detailed features of three layers of Uranus' atmosphere.

Hubble Space Telescope has peered deep into Uranus' atmosphere to see clear and hazy layers created by a mixture of gases. Using infrared filters, Hubble captured detailed features of three layers of Uranus' atmosphere.

Hubble's images are different from the ones taken by the Voyager 2 spacecraft, which flew by Uranus 10 years ago. Those images - not taken in infrared light - showed a greenish-blue disk with very little detail.

The infrared image allows astronomers to probe the structure of Uranus' atmosphere, which consists of mostly hydrogen with traces of methane.

The red around the planet's edge represents a very thin haze at a high altitude. The haze is so thin that it can only be seen by looking at the edges of the disk, and is similar to looking at the edge of a soap bubble.

The yellow near the bottom of Uranus is another hazy layer. The deepest layer, the blue near the top of Uranus, shows a clearer atmosphere.

Image processing has been used to brighten the rings around Uranus so that astronomers can study their structure. In reality, the rings are as dark as black lava or charcoal.

This false color picture was assembled from several exposures taken July 3, 1995 by the Wide Field Planetary Camera-2.

The Wide Field/Planetary Camera 2 was developed by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and managed by the Goddard Space Flight Center for NASA's Office of Space Science.

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Singer Jordin Sparks may not have taken a knee at Monday night’s football game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Arizona Cardinals, but she still made a silent statement of her own.

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Cleveland Cavaliers Aim To Have Isaiah Thomas Back In January

The Cleveland Cavaliers will be without one of its star players for majority of the first half of the season. Isaiah Thomas is the new starting point guard for the Cavs. The Cavs shipped Kyrie Irving to the Boston Celtics for Thomas this off-season. He made the All-Star team last season playing for the Boston Celtics.

The Cavs aim to have Isaiah Thomas back on the court by January. Thomas is recovering from his hip injury. The Cavs mentioned that Thomas might return before the end of 2017.

What do you think about the Cavs not having Thomas avaliable for majority of the first half of the season?

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The Jake LaMotta Story: Boxing as an Act of Contrition


#boxing #boxeo

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Google Extends Security Patches of the Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X by Two Months

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Donald Trump vows to repeal and replace the NFL with the USFL.
That's a headline I'd like to see. In Trump's bizzaro world, it could even be true. Here is why.

"Before Donald Trump was a politician or even a reality television star, he was a professional football owner. The league was the star-crossed USFL in the mid-1980s, and the team was the New Jersey Generals.

"Then real-estate magnate Trump bought the team in 1984 and helped encourage the USFL, which was then playing its games in the spring, to move to the autumn, where it would go head-to-head with the NFL.

"The NFL crushed the fledgling USFL. Mr Trump unsuccessfully tried to sue the larger league for antitrust violations, many teams went bankrupt, and the USFL eventually folded.

Trump took a knee for the USFL -- to the groin. Is he now trying to enact his revenge? In any case, like the repeal and replace of Obamacare, Trump's efforts to hurt the NFL will fail.

Read more about what is motivating Trump in his fight with the NFL:

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Nothing to add here ... Only that I won't hold my breath for this franchise to become anything like VOYAGER. Or ENTERPRISE. Hell, even DEEP SPACE 9 is more of a story than DISCOVERY.

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Psychotherapists are speaking out about the damaging effect of Trump's lies on the nation and about his exploitation of its most vulnerable people. Trump, instead of being a unifying force, is making the situation worse.

From the article linked below:

We are a group of psychotherapists from across the country who came together in solidarity to examine how the political environment impacts us, our clinical practice and our clients. We are united by a commitment to create safety and exploration for the purpose of psychological, emotional and relational healing in our work with individuals, couples and families. Recent events have made it even more imperative that we offer public statements about how the socio-political environment impacts the lives of clients and clinicians alike. At this point, we believe that silence is complicity.

The recent events in Charlottesville, Virginia, rocked much of the nation. Emboldened by our president, groups of white nationalists are no longer ashamed to appear publicly and speak boldly about their hatred of people of color, Jewish or Muslim faith, LGBTQIA orientation, and immigrants. This kind of hatred has always been with us, but it has been inflamed by President Trump, who claimed to be a president “for all Americans,” but who has declined to take a moral stance on bigotry and instead has set up a situation in which there are apparently two legitimate sides.

We believe this equivocation on the president’s part to be a complete abdication of his responsibility to be a clear moral voice “for all Americans.” Even more recently the administration barely attempted to disguise the racism at the root of the decision to rescind DACA. Its abject cruelty should not be downplayed. Those with power in Congress to hold President Trump accountable have failed to do so, and indeed, with their recent vote to gut health care, appear to be complicit in undermining the health and welfare of all, particularly children, the aged, the poor, and those in minority populations. Therefore, the responsibility to speak out falls more heavily on the shoulders of individuals and groups, large and small.

As therapists and as citizens we are one such small group that cannot remain silent. We are alarmed by the normalization of hate speech and renewed violence and contempt toward marginalized people, immigrants, and women. Silence, abdication of responsibility, moral ambiguity, fear, and cowardice have always been necessary enablers of the rise of destructive powers in our human history. We cannot pretend that this is not a mental health issue, and we cannot, in good conscience, refrain from speaking up.

In our work, we see daily the suffering and damage caused by abusive or neglectful relationships in which people are belittled, hated, ignored or made to feel worthless. We see this happening on a mass scale in our country in response to the pathological lying and bullying of our current president. People are increasingly fearful and trust in government institutions and their capacity to protect is eroding rapidly. On the other side we know how isolated, lonely, and/or angry individuals can be manipulated to become hateful on behalf of magnetic and powerful people who have an agenda for themselves and little real care for the people who follow them.

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If We Are To Remember -- Moab, Utah
"If future generations are to remember us with gratitude rather than contempt, we must leave them something more than the miracles of technology. We must leave them a glimpse of the world as it was in the beginning, not just after we got through with it."

“We must not only protect the country side and save it from destruction, we must restore what has been destroyed and salvage the beauty and charm. Once our natural splendor is destroyed, it can never be recaptured. And once man can no longer walk with beauty or wonder at nature, his spirit will wither and his sustenance be wasted.”

-- Lyndon B. Johnson, 36th President of the United States

An autumn view up into the LaSal Mountains near Moab, Utah...

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Rams Planet

Close enough to the highest point in mainland Oz i reckon.

Rams Head North 2190m, noting that Mount Kosciuszko is 2228m a grand total of 38m taller..:) Mount Kosciuszko is that sloping hill over there on the horizon. Fun fact for the day, Mount Everest is almost exactly 4 times taller than this peak, i guess technically I can say I have walked a quarter of the way to the highest point in the world. :)

Another fun fact, Norway has about 180 peaks over 2000 metres high but its tallest is only 2469m, just a smidge over our little hill over here.


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The NFL and Facebook announced a global programming deal Tuesday that will allow the social media giant to post game highlights and recaps from every regular season game.

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"Mac continues to stress the Ataribox's openness, and that while its interface is easy to use, users will be able to customise the operating system as they see fit."

I'm interested.

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Troy's Review of Star Trek: Discovery

Yes, the one you've all been waiting for with bated breath.

The unfortunately acronymed ST:D bursts onto the scene screaming "2017!!!" at the top of its lungs. Well, I suppose ST:V did the same thing when it appeared 20 years ago. Do yourself a favour and delete your mental browser history for 2016 and 2017 before you watch it and you'll find it much more enjoyable otherwise you'll try to fit every hot political topic into it and blow your head up because at the end of the days it's a show about aliens and spaceships and what it means to be human.

The plot is... yeah. I can already hear the screaming metal sound of canon bing twisted to make the story fit. Michael Burnham is Spock's adoptive sister, for a start. It starts out as painfully contrived as Voyager, and ends with a wrecked ship and a looming goal. Try not to notice the GLARING PLOT HOLES and hope that the next episodes will manage to not break whilst bending over backwards. There are also noisome whiffs of Enterprise.
6 questionable Klingon Destiny Beacons out of 10

As far as characters go, this is definitely post Battlestar Galactica. Characters are more the kind of heroic but flawed Jessica Jones collections of hangups as opposed to competent, stable people because this is what TV thinks is interesting. Think Tom Paris on steroids. Voyager's DNA is also clearly visible in the archetypes. The Janeway/Seven combination of Georgiou and Burnham frankly works brilliantly, partly because we've seen Voyager, and partly because the actors established a skilled rapport. Unfortunately we'll not see much more of this - Michell Yeoh is a Guest Star. Otherwise it would just be Voyager all over again with the grimdark makeover.
8 hypertintelligent sexy and impulsive women struggling with their humanity out of 10

Science-wise, there no "particle o' the week" and plot gimmicks are rather more cleverly worked in. It's more Babylon 5 Newtonian physics with Mike Burnham guest starring as a Starfury. Redshirts get explosively decompressed and there is a minimal level of technobabble. The relationship between human and AI is better detailed in this as well: humans tell the AI what to do and occasionally intervene. There is also a lot of science love woven into this, and it lends itself well to the concept of Starfleet as NASA's descendant.
However, battles are the traditional Spanish Galleons blasting each other at point blank range, ships suddenly stop when wrecked and we feel it's still Star Trekky. Consoles are thankfully still loaded with high explosives and there's not a seat belt in sight.
8 awesome spacesuit thruster boosts out of 10

The graphics frankly looked like an XboX One game of Mass Effect. Critics are of course saying the graphics are jaw-dropping. Methinks they think Clash of Clans has amazing graphics. Clarification: it is fairly easy to cook up spaceship models, it is another thing to make deliberate choices (lens flares, shiny textures etc) that make it look like you are watching a video game as opposed to something like Gravity. Battlestar Galactica's graphics looked less cartoony and that series is well over a decade old.
4 overly specular texturemaps out of 10

Having kicked the tires and taken it for a turn around the block, it handles a lot like the Voyager with a new paintjob, a growly engine noise, a few pieces missing and some modern extras.

7 Voyager reboots out of 10

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Square Enix has today confirmed a western release for Spelunker Party on the Nintendo Switch. The game will be arriving on the Nintendo eShop on October 19th for $29.99. There will also be a demo for the game on October 7th. Following the story of…

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Welcome to the 'brainternet.'

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Google Pixel 2/Pixel XL 2 Preview: All There Is To Know

#android #preview #google #pixel2 #smartphones

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Julius Randle is ripped and ready for the NBA season after his 3-week body transformation. Here's how he did it:

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US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross visits Beijing ahead of Trump trip #china #trade #trump #commerce

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SETI Scientist: Seven Places In Our Solar System Likely Host Microbial Life

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I sure freaked out in this horror game! If you have any thoughts about the video, just leave a comment down below. Thanks for watching!

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#Contemp #ScaryGame #HorrorGame #Gaming #YouTube

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The Verge: Bill Gates now uses an Android phone.

... Microsoft started selling the Samsung Galaxy S8 handset in its retail stores earlier this year, and it includes apps like Office, OneDrive, Cortana, and Outlook. Any Android phone also supports these apps, but Microsoft’s customized S8 does suggest the company might continue to offer this for other Android devices in the future.

While Gates is switching to Android, he’s still not interested in an iPhone. Gates famously banned iPhones and iPods at home in the past, but he does admit that Steve Jobs was a “genius” in the Fox interview. Gates is still using Windows-based PCs, but he’s still not switching over to an iPhone, despite the Steve Jobs praise....

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Barack Obama Got Paid $400,000 for a Speech to Health Care Execs. Here’s What He Told Them

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Cardi B's "Bodak Yellow" Makes Rap History #celebs #music #entertainment #celebrity
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