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Activating Brain Region Creates Intense Desire to Use Cocaine

Researchers have identified a portion of the brain that intensifies one's desire for certain rewards—in this case, mimicking addiction to cocaine.

The research is in Journal of Neuroscience. (full access paywall)

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LinkedIn opens video uploads to everyone

The idea will be to let users create videos that highlight their professional work: projects that have been finished or are in progress; product demonstrations; and other work-related videos that highlight what you do. It looks and feels very much like a video launch for the non-Snapchat set. For those who might not know where to start but think it might be a good idea to upload some video, LinkedIn has taken the very un-Snapchatty route of providing some direction and pointers.

Get their video best practices Guide:
https://linkedin.app.box.com/s/8ora4or74ak1woap3unmqtr71cck5n9a

This likely is driven in part by the desire to get in on some sweet video ad revenue:

As Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, YouTube, Yahoo/AOL/Oath and others have found, video is where the money is at for digital advertising today, so bringing more content around the medium overall would help LinkedIn move into video advertising more naturally as well.

“We don’t currently serve video ads at this time. We’re focused on building a great experience and learning from our members. But this is a natural progression and something we are evaluating for the future,” the company tells me. “There aren’t plans today, but there are a lot of interesting features that we’re going to look at.”

And it sounds to me like it just sort of content advertisers would like. It's unlikely to in closer many videos that are controversial or violent or otherwise non advertiser-friendly.

Read more about it at +TechCrunch
https://techcrunch.com/2017/08/22/linkedin-video/?ncid=rss

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Sansa is our pick to hold the Iron Throne when Game of Thrones comes to a close.
Read more on: bit.ly/2g2x5gq

Tracking the evolution of a Game of Thrones character is always fascinating, from Arya’s transformation into badass assassin, to Tyrion’s transition from reluctant Lannister loyalist to right-hand man of the prospective Queen that would displace his own sister. In the case of Sansa Stark, we’ve watched a girl become a woman in the most difficult ways imaginable. Sansa’s endured the deaths...

#Movie #TV

(Credit: Nerdist)

Larry Bird vs Kevin Durant. How does his career (so far) stack up to the legend's first 10 from 1980-1989?

I'll compare using stats and notable awards often used in debates.

Basic Stats

Larry Bird - 25 / 10.2 / 6.1 / 1.8 / 0.8 on 50.3 / 37.7 / 88 shooting, 38.4 mpg, 717 games played.
Kevin Durant - 27.2 / 7.2 / 3.8 / 1.2 / 1 on 48.8 / 37.9 / 88.2 shooting, 37.4 mpg, 703 games played

Advance Stats (Per 100 Possessions )

Larry Bird - 30.9 / 12.6 / 7.6 / 2.2 / 1 on 57% TS, PER 24.1
Kevin Durant - 36.9 / 9.7 / 5.1 / 1.6 / 1.4 on 60.8% TS, PER 25.2

Best season

Larry Bird - 29.9 / 9.3 / 6.1 / 1.6 / 0.8 on 52.7 / 41.4 / 91.6 shooting
Kevin Durant - 32 / 7.4 / 5.5 / 1.3 / 0.7 on 50.3 / 39.1 / 87.3 shooting

Best season (Per 100 Possessions)

Larry Bird - 37.6 / 11.6 / 7.7 / 2.1 / 0.9 on 60.8% TS, PER 27.8
Kevin Durant - 41.8 / 9.6 / 7.2 / 1.7 / 1 on 63.5% TS, PER 29.8

Playoffs Stats

Larry Bird - 24.5 / 10.7 / 6.4 / 1.9 / 0.9 on 47.6 / 35.3 / 89.2 shooting, 42.6 mpg, 145 games played
Kevin Durant - 28.8 / 8 / 3.8 / 1 / 1.2 on 46.8 / 34.4 / 85.3 shooting, 41 mpg, 106 games played & started

Advanced Playoff Stats (Per 100 Possessions)

Larry Bird - 28.4 / 12.4 / 7.4 / 2.2 / 1.1 on 55.5% TS, PER 21.9
Kevin Durant - 36.1 / 10.1 / 4.8 / 1.3 / *1.5 on 58.8% TS, PER 24.1

Average PER of regular season, single best season & playoffs

1. Kevin Durant - 26.4
2. Larry Bird - 24.6

Finals series ranked according to Game Score

2017 Durant vs CLE - 30.3 (35.2 / 8.2 / 5.4 / 1 / 1.6 on 69.8% TS)

1986 Bird vs HOU - 23.9 (24 / 9.7 / 9.5 / 2.7 / 0.3 on 57.8% TS)

1984 Bird vs LAL - 23.7 (27.4 / 14 / 3.6 / 2.1 / 1.1 on 59.5% TS)

2012 Durant vs MIA - 20.7 (30.6 / 6 / 2.2 / 1.4 / 1 on 65% TS)

1987 Bird vs LAL - 19.6 (24.2 / 10 / 5.5 / 1.2 / 1.2 on 53.4% TS)

1985 Bird vs LAL - 19.6 (23.8 / 8.8 / 5.5 / 1.8 / 0.7 on 52.7% TS)

Game score doesn't have data on the 1981 Finals

Average Finals Game Score

1. Kevin Durant - 25.5
2. Larry Bird - 21.7 (4 Finals)

Game score doesn't have data for 1981 season where Bird won his 1st ring. His score is a 21.65 for the 1st 2x he made it.

Notable accolades won

MVPs

Larry Bird - 3
Kevin Durant - 1

Championships

Larry Bird - 3
Kevin Durant - 1

Finals MVP

Larry Bird - 2
Kevin Durant - 1

Scoring Leader

Larry Bird - 0
Kevin Durant - 4x

All-NBA Team (Total)

Larry Bird - 9 (9x First-Team)
Kevin Durant - 7 (5x First-Team)

NBA All-Defense Team (Total)

Larry Bird - 3 (All Second-Team)
Kevin Durant - 0

Kevin Durant vs Kobe Bryant - https://plus.google.com/114649433706032813933/posts/UVGnNBWkgCi

Requested by +José Guapo

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Brain Region Mediates Pleasure of Eating

Neurons in the amygdala link food consumption to reward.

The research is in Nature Neuroscience. (full access paywall)

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Charlottesville votes to shroud Confederate statues http://aje.io/p7wz8

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Background tasks can be insidious, as the user has no knowledge of how much they are killing the battery. Android 8.0 Oreo has a plan to remedy that. #Features #Android80Oreo #AndroidOreo

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Here are some fun facts about our First Lady of the Week, Azusa! 👇

Read more on: bit.ly/2g2guJu

#Sports #NFL #Cheerleaders

(Credit: Washington Redskins Cheerleaders)

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In case you missed it, you can watch the whole season of TOH Detroit here: http://bit.ly/2v2cqPD

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The largest anti-Muslim group in the US is cancelling dozens of planned rallies having witnessed the number of anti-right wing protesters who gathered in Boston to demonstrate against white nationalists. ACT for America was scheduled to hold 67 rallies in 36 states on September 9 to show its support for the “common sense America First” policies proposed by Donald Trump. The group claims the policies  “prioritise real protection over political correctness, and celebrate American exceptionalism”. But after thousands of people turned out to protest against white nationalism and white supremacy in Boston last weekend - a show of strength that led the organisers of the so-called free speech rally to cut short the event - ACT has said it is calling off its own rallies and will hold an online day of action instead.

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The lineup for OS Summit and ELC Europe 2017 features experts from Comcast, Docker, Red Hat, Siemens AG, Amazon, and more:

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Would you purchase the Galaxy Note 8 if you get a free DeX station?

#android #news #samsung #galaxynote8 #smartphones

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NASA SDO's View of 2017 Solar Eclipse
Aug. 22, 2017: While many in the U.S. experienced a total solar eclipse on Aug. 21, 2017, NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO), observed the Sun from Earth orbit, affording it a view of a partial eclipse.

This video, created from images taken by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, shows the Sun first in visible light, and then in 171-angstrom extreme ultraviolet light. The apparent slight movement of the Sun is because SDO has a hard time keeping the Sun centered in its images during eclipses, with so much light being blocked by the Moon. The fine guidance systems on SDO's instruments need to see the whole Sun in order keep the images centered from one exposure to the next.

Once the transit was over, the fine guidance systems started back up, once again providing steady images of the Sun.

Credit: NASA/SDO
Duration: 40 seconds
Release Date: August 22, 2017

+SDO | Solar Dynamics Observatory
+NASA Goddard Space Weather Research Center
+NASA Goddard

#NASA #Earth #Science #Astronomy #Space #SolarEclipse #Sun #Solar #Moon #Eclipse #SolarEclipse2017 #Eclipse2017 #International #UnitedStates #Canada #NorthAmerica #Ultraviolet #SDO #Goddard #GSFC #STEM #Education #HD #Video

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Neat article

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/the-confederate-general-who-was-erased-from-history_us_599b3747e4b06a788a2af43e?ncid=engmodushpmg00000003

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OPINION: What does a decade of stagnation do to race relations?

Beckham will have a MRI today and Jamal Charles will play in the broncos next preseason game vs the packers

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Don't be afraid of shadows - it's really just a constant reminder that there is light all around you.

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Berlin

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Happy Belated Birthday Brett!

I'm the worst friend! I was so distracted by the great American Solar Eclipse I completely spaced the birthday of my good friend +Brett Wilson! So in an effort to make amends I created this image because no ones juggles the important things in life as well as Brett!

By the way, if you'r not following Brett, you should be!

#Lego #toy_photographers #xxsjc

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The menhirs of Carnac
Nobody really knows how and why people lined up big stones around 8000 years ago. Just theories and legends.

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Glendale, CA

Once in a while a group of people showcase their wonderful crafted and restored cars. It is like a time travel back in time, with a little hint of the future.

The amount of love they put into each detail of the cars is amazing. This kind of passion is palpable all over the place. I hope they can see my "Tiny Planet" as an appreciation of their craft.

BTW, I'm safely back from this time-travel, it was nearly have century!

Raw development: Light Room, Retouch: Photoshop, Stitching: AutoPanoGiga, Projection to a little planet and photo-aesthetic (e.g., aperture development): Cinema 4D. Final format 10K pixels wide.

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Escape From Totality -- Glendo, Wyoming
The total solar eclipse of 2017 in North America as seen from the vicinity of Glendo, Wyoming yesterday... This was taken just a few seconds after totality had ended, as the first burst of rays appeared over the edge of the moon. Totality itself was an incredible experience, but I thought the first few seconds just past totality were the most photographically interesting , because there's simply more going on, visually. You can even see a few solar flares in the 12 to 3 o'clock position.

It was amazing how instantly the entire experience changed between 99% totality and 100% totality. You knew the very instant that complete totality had been reached because it was literally as if someone had just flipped the light switch off, and everything changed from pseudo-daylight to pre-dawn in an instant, with the exception that the entire horizon (all 360º of it) glowed with a pre-dawn glow rather than just the eastern horizon. Crickets started chirping. The temperature dropped noticeably. The wind stopped. And it was altogether one of the most surreal experiences I've ever had. My only regret was that it was all so brief and rushed - my fingers were flying trying to find the best combination of camera settings and take as many photos as possible, and I was also doing my darnedest to just experience it as well. I was able to do both, but not with the leisure or calm I would've liked. Totality only lasted for 2 minutes and 27 seconds from my location.

At any rate, if you've never experienced a total eclipse, then it's totally worth doing so if you ever have the opportunity (no pun intended). :-)

#eclipse #eclipse2017 #solareclipse #totality #totallyawesome #solarflares

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colors along the fence

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the sunrise tree

panorama of 4 vertical shots
at 21mm f/13 1/40s ISO400

#TreeTuesday ( +Tree Tuesday​ ) Curated by +Christina Lawrie​ , +Allan Cabrera​ , +Ralph Mendoza​ , +Kim Troutman​ and +David R Robinson

#Odertal #Sonnenaufgang #sunrise #tree #baum

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Crabapple blossom about to burst into life

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NEW VIDEO - Essential Phone Impressions!

https://youtu.be/-_WbmSxZnB8

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NASA's EPIC View of 2017 Eclipse Across America | DSCOVR
From a million miles out in space, NASA’s Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC) captured natural color images of the moon’s shadow crossing over North America on Aug. 21, 2017.

EPIC is aboard NOAA’s Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR), where it photographs the full sunlit side of Earth every day, giving it a unique view of total solar eclipses. EPIC normally takes about 20 to 22 images of Earth per day, so this animation appears to speed up the progression of the eclipse.

EPIC is aboard NOAA’s Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR), where it photographs the full sunlit side of Earth every day, giving it a unique view of total solar eclipses.

More about how NASA studies eclipses: http://www.nasa.gov/eclipse

More about DSCOVR: https://www.nesdis.noaa.gov/content/dscovr-deep-space-climate-observatory

Credit: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center/Katy Mersmann/NASA EPIC Team
Release Date: August 22, 2017

+NASA Goddard
+NOAA Weather
+AFOSR, Air Force Office of Scientific Research
+Al Gore
+U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

#NASA #NOAA #Astronomy #Science #Space #Satellite #Earth #SolarEclipse #Sun #Solar #Moon #Eclipse #SolarEclipse2017 #Eclipse2017 #DSCOVR #Weather #Climate #DeepSpace #Observatory #EPIC #AirForce #Military #Orbit #Lagrange #AlGore #STEM #Education

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What is driving Hong Kong-China tensions? http://aje.io/t5ef5

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Mayweather vs McGregor Embedded: Vlog Series - Episode 2 
https://goo.gl/3F54pb

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Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 Gameplay Walkthrough - Part 6 (Facecam)

[ Let's Play by me ]

「If you enjoy my videos, please subscribe to my YouTube channel! 」

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KPwGdUe8sCA&t=25s

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+Puleen Patel ... hopefully soon.

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Highly effective trolling by pretending to be Steve Bannon and so many people at Breitbart news believed him. He made chief editors agree on doing "dirty work" and smear campaigns...

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4PM EST don't miss the 27th LIVESTREAM Episode of #Miitopia featuring Team KWIFE!

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End of R Kelly? Budden Gets Real on Mental Health, T Swift Using Kanye Again? | Everyday Struggle
https://www.mixtapes.tv/?p=35760

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