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Quality of sleep matters a lot. https://n.pr/2okx9vY

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See Star Wars this weekend? Did you catch these cameos http://ow.ly/a6io30hgc4D

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With the flight models of the #CHEOPS spacecraft and telescope maturing, crucial tests can now be run with real hardware in place of simulations. The latest such tests involved operating the payload with the Mission Control System to test and validate real operational command sequences.

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NFL's notorious catch rule resurfaces in decisive moment. Will it ever be changed?

Does it surprise anyone that the always-confounding issue of what is a legal catch in the NFL and what isn't might have pretty much determined the outcome of the tumultuous 2017 season?

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Reddit launches new mobile apps with support for real-time comments, chat, mod tools and more

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Could Cognitive Interventions be Useful in Treating Depression?

A new study by experimental psychologists from the University of Bristol has examined whether cognitive bias modification (CBM) for facial interpretation, a digital health intervention that changes our perception for emotional expressions from negative to positive, might be useful in treating depression.

The research is in Royal Society Open Science. (full open access)

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How ECT Relieves Depression: Mouse Study

In a study using genetically engineered mice, Johns Hopkins researchers have uncovered some new molecular details that appear to explain how electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) rapidly relieves severe depression in mammals, presumably including people. The molecular changes allow more communication between neurons in a specific part of the brain also known to respond to antidepressant drugs.

The research is in Neuropsychopharmacology. (full access paywall)

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Senator Corker does considerably better with the Republican tax bill than a married couple earning $30,000, with two kids
http://cepr.net/blogs/beat-the-press/swamping-the-drain-with-senator-bob-corker-and-the-republican-tax-bill

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New Vaccine Technology Shows Promise as a Tool to Combat the Opioid Crisis

Researchers with the U.S. Military HIV Research Program at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) report that an experimental heroin vaccine induced antibodies that prevented the drug from crossing the blood-brain barrier in mice and rats. The vaccine was co-developed at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institutes of Health, which funded the preclinical research.

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

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Does Twitter's New Hate Policy Have a Trump Exception? https://trib.al/20DAd4k

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A new approach for detecting planets in the Alpha Centauri system - Yale astronomers have taken a fresh look at the nearby Alpha Centauri star system and found new ways to narrow the search for habitable planets there.

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Opinion: Republican mendacity metaphor: The Corker kickback https://whyy.org/articles/republican-mendacity-metaphor-corker-kickback/ -via Flynx

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Why Trump Might Fire Rod Rosenstein Instead of Mueller http://nym.ag/2BJlNa0

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The NFL had one of the craziest weeks in recent memory. The New England Patriots won after a controversial call against the Pittsburgh Steelers, and the Minnesota Vikings and x-#Sacksonville make the playoffs.

Here's how it all went down in the #NFL: http://ow.ly/W9iE30hiLBW

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The asteroid's mantle may be protecting an icy core.

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The Walking Dead Season 8 Second Half - Carl Grimes Character Spotlight! @thewalkingdead

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just behind the corner

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Fillmore, CA, Train Station

From here you can go everywhere, e.g., take the Mystery Train.

ENJOY

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The end of a season

Fungus, unknown species

Svartskog, Norway

This autumn has been the most amazing when it comes to mushroom diversity and numbers, but in the first week of November I found only inconspicuous and to me unknown species.

This one I found amongst the lichen and moss on the western slopes near the ocean where the very low hanging November sun still was able to warm the ground on its way towards the horizon. In summer this location would dry up quickly in the sun and there would be no sign of fungi.

Image Copyright © 2017 +Morten Ross
Image Capture Date: 07 November 2017 13:33
Altitude: 3 meters

#fungus #mushroom #autumn #svartskog

#hqspmacro +HQSP Macro
#BTPMacroPro +BTP Macro Pro
#BTPMacroPro - +BTP Macro Pro , owned by +Nancy Dempsey , curated by +Kenny Jones

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St James Station - Sydney

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Abstract

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Study: Russia-linked fake Twitter accounts sought to spread terrorist-related social division in the UK

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In the weeks after he became the Republican nominee on July 19, 2016, Donald Trump was warned that foreign adversaries, including Russia, would probably try to spy on and infiltrate his campaign, according to multiple government officials familiar with the matter.

The warning came in the form of a high-level counterintelligence briefing by senior FBI officials, the officials said. A similar briefing was given to Hillary Clinton, they added. They said the briefings, which are commonly provided to presidential nominees, were designed to educate the candidates and their top aides about potential threats from foreign spies.

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More dead commenters appear to come out against Net Neutrality

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+NASA Goddard

This 4K visualization shows the Moon's phase and libration at hourly intervals throughout 2018, as viewed from the Southern Hemisphere. Each frame represents one hour. In addition, this visualization shows the moon's orbit position, sub-Earth and subsolar points, distance from the Earth at true scale, and labels of craters near the terminator.

Credit: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center/David Ladd (USRA)

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“Fake news” is probably one of the most recognizable terms to come out of 2017, and Google has certainly had to work to prevent illegitimate sources from showing in search results. Especially in the case of tragedies, Google’s news results this year have…

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Is it acceptable to use a brain scan to read a person's mind?

Using brain scans to see what a person is thinking? There's still a long way to go, but technologies for 'reading' the mind are developing fast. Could the use of such technology create privacy concerns? Giulio Mecacci and Pim Haselager of Radboud University propose five criteria that might help ethicists and policy makers to assess the potential implications of brain-reading technology. Their paper will soon appear in Science and Engineering Ethics. Using technologies such as functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) and electroencephalogram (EEG), researchers collect information about a person's brain activity. Thoughts can be associated to certain patterns of brain activity. By training an algorithm to recognize these associations, a person's thoughts can be inferred from their brain activity. In other words: to a certain extent, a person's mind can be read. Are your thoughts still your own? Such 'brain-reading' techniques can be used for a number of purposes. For 'locked-in' patients, for example, who are completely conscious, but have absolutely no control over their bodies any more. However, such applications also raise questions for society. Are your thoughts still your own? And can you be held responsible for your thoughts, for example in court? Mecacci and Haselager suggest that in order to assess these ethical and legal issues, a framework is needed.

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Life on Mars: Exploration & Evidence

When imagining locations where extraterrestrial life could potentially dwell, few places inspire the imagination like one of Earth's closest neighbors. For centuries, man has looked to Mars and imagined it as a home for other beings. Over the last fifty years, various missions to the red planet have sought to determine the probability of such an evolution. But how likely is life on Mars?

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What was the Top Tending Google Search In The US & Globally For 2017?

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Bob Corker Is Shocked—SHOCKED! http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a14454474/bob-corker-tax-bill-kickback/ -via Flynx

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The question is, when will they purge the hater in chief Trump himself from Twitter? After all, Trump was happily retweeting now banned accounts! Don't hold your breath for Twitter to do the correct thing when it comes to Trump. He's too much of a cash cow for them.

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Star Wars Sound Architect Ben Burtt Finds Himself in the Outer Rim http://vntyfr.com/aBpFGmU

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In late 2016, Google began experimenting with mobile-first indexing of Search results to provide an experience that better reflects how people now use the web. A year later, Google has provided an update on the effort that is now underway for a “handful…

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A Comparison of the Size, Frequency, and Collision Power of Asteroids
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