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With just a little dialogue and some powerful imagery, we learn a lot about this desert-world scavenger.

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The big five news organizations have passed on offering former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer a job as an exclusive paid contributor, network sources confirmed to NBC News on Tuesday.

Since Spicer exited the White House, his representatives have been holding individual conversations about the possibility of President Donald Trump's former flack joining one of the major TV networks, which include CBS News, CNN, Fox News, ABC News and NBC News.

But "they won't touch him," said a media industry executive familiar with those conversations.

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Android One Moto X4 announced for Project Fi. Pre-orders go live today for $399, will be one of the first devices to receive Oreo and "Android P."

#Android #MotoX4 #AndroidOne #ProjectFi

https://drd.life/2hfZTCW

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Project Fi just got an official trade-in program. According to its terms, that should mean the Google Store will get a similar one. Get your devices ready for the Pixel 2 launch!

#android #pixel2 #google

https://drd.life/2yqq9P2

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Brain-Machine Interface Isn't Sci-Fi Anymore - No fingers or Voice Required to Type

"The text on the screen is being generated not by his fingertips, but rather by the signals his brain is sending to his fingers. The armband is intercepting those signals, interpreting them correctly, and relaying the output to the computer, just as a keyboard would have. Whether or not Reardon’s digits actually drum the table is irrelevant — whether he has a hand is irrelevant — it’s a loop of his brain to machine. What’s more, Reardon and his colleagues have found that the machine can pick up more subtle signals—like the twitches of a finger—rather than mimicking actual typing."

I do find voice a bit slow and it really does not work while I'm listening to podcasts or there is other loud ambient noise. So this tech has tremendous potential but all that is proven so far is that it can actually work. As they say, who would use a mouse that works 90% of the time? It still needs some perfecting.

See http://bit.ly/2ynBrnf

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Do you get the feeling that people's needs are not the concern? It's a "religious" issue now.

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A new report claiming that former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort was wiretapped before and after the 2016 election could reinforce the president’s accusations that Barack Obama bugged Trump Tower during the 2016 campaign, according to Judge Andrew Napolitano.

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So, that copy of NES classic, Golf that was found to be on every Switch owner's console... Here's the insanely awesome story about what that actually is.
Classic Nintendo. Love em so much.

Excerpts from the article, with parenthetical additions from myself:
This weekend, Switch owners learned their consoles are apparently holding a hidden copy of the NES game Golf (originally coded by the late, great Satoru Iwata) along with a built-in NES emulator designed to run it. But Switch hacker yellows8 and others who have been able to run that emulator say they've only been able to do so via "unofficial" methods that let them run jailbroken Switch binaries independently...

According to yellows8, the [legitimate] method is designed to only work one day a year—July 11, the day Satoru Iwata died...

This means the quest to unlock Switch Golf might be effectively over for the vast majority of Switch systems until July 11 rolls around again. That said, it's heartening that yellows8 says the "hidden motion" to unlock the game seems to match Iwata's signature "Direct" hand motion, as some had previously guessed.

Big props to +Ian H​ for the original heads-up.

#Nintendo #NintendoSwitch #Switch #NES #RetroGaming #SatoruIwata #IwataLives

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Is the Milky Way an 'outlier' galaxy? Studying its 'siblings' for clues

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Cheerleader of the Week 2017: Lexie - Indianapolis Colts Cheerleaders

From her first graders to her teenage Jr. Cheerleaders..."No matter the age, Lexie has one goal for all the kids she spends time with – to make them feel loved."

Last year was Lexie’s first year on the field and her first year in the classroom.“Everything is such a different feeling this year because you’ve done it, it’s familiar. But yet, it’s still so exciting,” she says.For the first grade teacher, starting this school year was a whole different ballgame.“It was so nice because I could actually look more into the future and see what I wanted my...

View more photos: bit.ly/2xRab3p

#Sports #NFL #Cheerleaders

(Credit: Indianapolis Colts Cheerleaders)

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Results round up – Canelo-Golovkin take centre stage: http://www.boxingnewsonline.net/weekly-boxing-results-round-up-canelo-golovkin-take-centre-stage/

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Ereck Flowers dilemma, Eli’s age: Five big Giants problems http://nyp.st/2xdJWDB

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Here's my new Rick and Morty Season 3 Episode 9 video! Only two episodes left, so I also included a Season 4 Update! 😂 ► http://bit.ly/2yo1Px2


#rickandmorty #rickandmorty3x09 #adultswim #evilmorty #ricksanchez #morty #animation #rickandmortyseason3

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Space station astronaut Joe Acaba is getting a double dose of hurricanes—even in orbit.

Harvey flooded his home in Houston last month. Now Maria has slammed into Puerto Rico, his family's homeland.

In an interview with The Associated Press on Wednesday, the first astronaut of Puerto Rican heritage offered words of comfort to family members and everyone else during the wrath of Hurricane Maria.

"My parents were born there, so a lot of relatives, cousins, godparents" are still in Puerto Rico, Acaba said. "I hope everyone's doing well and that you take care of yourselves."

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An ancient lake on Mars

As you kept hearing about that Mars rover Curiosity crawling around Gale Crater, did you ever find yourself getting a bit bored? Everyone loves the idea of life on Mars, but all it ever found was rocks.

Geology is not glamorous.... until the results come in. It's like detective work. You dig up rocks, you study them, you dig up more rocks... and eventually you learn about the past.

Gale Crater was once a lake! The picture here is a recreation of what that lake might have looked like. And we now know quite a lot about that lake, thanks to Curiosity.

The rocks Curiosity found were sedimentary: they're made of mud, and they have layers!

On one side of Gale Crater there are rocks with thick layers, maybe laid down by a stream flowing into the lake. On the other side are rocks with thinner layers - maybe from a calmer part of the lake.

The rocks have a lot of iron in them. In the rocks nearer the top of Gale Crater the iron is more oxidized. Why would that be? The upper layer of a lake often has more oxygen in the water.... here on Earth, at least! Mars now has a very thin atmosphere that's mostly carbon dioxide. But once it had a thicker atmosphere, with more oxygen. So the upper layer of the lake could have had more oxygen in the water!

This is just part of the wonderful slow detective work that Curiosity is helping us do. Amanda Doyle explains in more detail:

In a recent paper published in the journal Science, “Redox stratification of an ancient lake in Gale crater,” Stony Brook University geoscientist Joel Hurowitz and his colleagues used more than three years of data retrieved from the rover to paint a picture of ancient conditions at Gale Crater, the lowest point in a thousand kilometers. The site, a 150-mile kilometer crater formed during an impact around 3.8 billion years ago, once flowed with rivers ending in a lake. The sedimentary rocks laid down by these rivers and onto the lakebed tell the story of how the environment changed over time.

Curiosity landed on a group of sedimentary rocks known as the Bradbury group. The rover sampled a part of this group called the Sheepbed mudstones, as well as rocks from the Murray formation at the base of the 5-kilometer high peak at the center of the crater known as Mount Sharp. Both types of rocks were deposited in the ancient lake, but the Sheepbed rocks are older and occur lower in the stratigraphic layers of rocks. Comparing the two types of rocks can lead to interesting revelations about the paleoenvironment.

Rocks that form at the same time in the same area can nevertheless display differences in composition and other characteristics. These different groupings are known as facies and the Murray formation is split into two facies. One is comprised mainly of hematite and phyllosilicate, and given the name HP, while the other is the magnetite-silicate facies, known as MS.

“The two Murray facies were probably laid down at about the same time within different parts of the lake,” explained Hurowitz. “The former laid down in shallow water, and the latter in deeper water.”

The near-shore HP facies have thicker layers in the rocks compared to the thin layers of the deeper water MS facies. This difference in layer thickness is because the river flowing into the lake would have slowed down and dumped some of its sedimentary material at the lake shore. The flow would then have spread into the lake and dropped finer material into the deeper parts of the lake.

The different mineralogy of the two facies was caused by the lake becoming separated into two layers. Ultraviolet (UV) radiation along with low levels of atmospheric oxygen penetrated the upper part of the lake and acted as oxidants on molecules in the water. These ions of iron (Fe2+) and manganese (Mn2+) were brought to the lake via seepage of groundwater through the lake floor.

When the UV and oxygen interacted with these, they lost electrons, meaning that they had become “oxidized.” The oxidized iron and manganese precipitated into minerals — hematite and manganese oxide — that eventually made up the rocks sampled by Curiosity in the HP facies. However, the UV and oxygen didn’t reach all the way to the lake floor, so the iron and manganese wasn’t oxidized in the deeper part of the lake, and instead became the mineral known as magnetite, making up the MS facies.

The difference in oxidation of the two facies in the Murray formation due to differences in layers of the lake is known as redox stratification. Identifying redox stratification in the ancient lake shows that there were two completely different types of potential habitat available to any microbial life that might have been present.

The researchers also discovered that the Murray formation has a high concentration of salts, which provide clues relating to evaporation of the lake, and thus the end of the potential habitat. High salinity is a result of water evaporating and leaving salts behind. However, evaporation leaves other tell-tale signs such as desiccation cracks — similar to what you see when mud dries and cracks — and none of these signs appear in the Murray formation. This indicates that the evaporation occurred at a later period of time and that the salts seeped through layers overlying the Murray formation before becoming deposited in the Murray rocks.

“Curiosity will definitely be able to examine the rocks higher up in the stratigraphy to determine if lake evaporation influenced the rocks deposited in it,” said Hurowitz. “In fact, that’s exactly what the rover is doing as we speak at the area known as Vera Rubin Ridge.”

Yes, it's still roving around, learning more!

The quote is from here:

https://www.astrobio.net/news-exclusive/ancient-lake-mars-hospitable-enough-support-life/

and I recommend looking at the pictures, to enjoy imagining a Martian lake in more detail.

#astronomy

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Santa Monica, CA

The #LAPhotowalk with +Trey Ratcliff was short, but I hope the images from the past days were able to give a glimpse of the place itself. Here is another one. Just exploring the beach. Santa Monica, CA is not far away from Hollywood, so things look a little bit different here, from time to time.

ENJOY

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Magnolia Stellata

This is in full flower at the moment and it's radiant in the morning sun

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colors and decay

#hqspphotoart +HQSP Photo Art

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Samsung and LG both have face unlock like the iPhone X. Which one is better?

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GNOME Foundation Gives its Backing to Purism's #Linux Phone

The GNOME Foundation has today given its backing to Purism's ambition of building a free, open-source smartphone with user privacy and encryption as a central feature.

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ExoLife Finder: A New Telescope To Find Life On Exoplanets

The ExoLife Finder, also known as ELF, will be the world's first and only telescope capable of imaging oceans, continents, and life on nearby exoplanets. Designed from the ground up, ELF is a new way to build affordable large-scale telescopes for exoplanetary research. Highly specialized to see exoplanets up to 120 trillion miles (24 light years) away from Earth, ELF is designed for detecting the energy signature of life or life’s likely chemical fingerprints in the atmosphere from water (H₂O), oxygen (O), methane (CH₄), and ozone (O₃), or on the surface from photosynthetic biopigments.

The first target will be Proxima b. In only a few months after ELF is completed, we will know if there is life on this nearest exoplanet! We will also learn whether there are Earth-like planets around Alpha Centauri A and B and all other nearby stars within a few dozen light years from the Sun. We will learn if we have neighbors, small or big.

Achieving this requires an innovative design that allows us to both reduce the cost and increase the targeted sensitivity by a factor of 10x, making ELF the most realistic plan to find and characterize life on nearby exoplanets. For an in-depth overview of the ExoLife Finder, scroll down to the section below titled, "ExoLife Finder Telescope".

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/exocube/exolife-finder-a-new-telescope-to-find-life-on-exo/description

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New Model May Help Researchers Overcome the Brain's Fortress-Like Barrier

Scientists have helped provide a way to better understand how to enable drugs to enter the brain and how cancer cells make it past the blood brain barrier.

The research is in FASEB Journal. (full access paywall)

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Kim Kardashian Talks First Celeb Crush, Impersonates Kourtney & Spills All To Ellen #kimkardashian #celeb #celebrity #entertainment

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Geekscape of the Day: Soul of Light
Artist: Benjamin Cehelsky Visit: http://bit.ly/2xQ2vhW .

Want more? Visit us over at http://geekscapes.com and see all of the archives and subscribe via RSS so you never miss an image!

Have a listen to our Geek Questioner Podcast!
Our latest episode: https://geekquestioner.com/current

#fantasy #sunrise #colorful #wonder #whimsical #cute
#gsotd #gsotd2017

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Good news, everyone! Project Fi is now accessible to a non-Google (and more affordable) phone! Sounds like a nice phone, too.

And if you go with Project Fi and want to save $20, use this referral link: https://g.co/fi/r/2PM058 (I'll also save $20...a win-win).

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First trailer for The Punisher. Thoughts?

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Former Bears cornerback training to become FBI agent http://nyp.st/2fac53R

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Reminder: Today's Android One U.S. launch is much more than it seems on the surface.

Don't miss the big picture:

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That's big news for anyone interested in checking out Fi without having to spend all of the money on a new Pixel!

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