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Sean Hannity Leads Fox News to Primetime Ratings Win

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Scientists claim to diagnose football-related brain injury in living patients for first time

For the first time, scientists have confirmed a diagnosis of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) — a neurological disease linked to head injuries from sports like football — in a living person. Until now, we’ve only been able to diagnose CTE in dead patients. Finding the disease while the patient is still alive could help scientists find a way to treat it. CTE develops from repeated hits to the head and has been linked to severe memory loss, depression, and dementia. It’s been found in 99 percent of the donated brains of NFL players. In a study published in the journal Neurosurgery, researchers found a telltale sign of CTE, a specific protein, in the brains of 14 retired NFL players who underwent a brain scan. Now that one of the players has died and doctors have been able to take a closer look at his brain, they have confirmed the CTE diagnosis. Many former National Football League players like Aaron Hernandez and Junior Seau have been found to have the progressive brain disease. Last year, the NFL reached a billion-dollar settlement, the largest in sports history, over a lawsuit from former players who suffered concussions and now have severe neurological diseases like amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease). The subject of the paper was former NFL player Fred McNeill, according to CNN. McNeill played 12 seasons in the National Football League for the Minnesota Vikings, reporting one concussion. But by the time he was 59, McNeill was already experiencing serious problems with his motor skills, and so he sat for the brain scan. Scientists found increased levels of certain proteins in his brain, including the tau protein, which has been linked to Alzheimer’s. After McNeill died two years ago, at 63, detailed brain-tissue analysis confirmed that his brain had other physical signs of CTE, suggesting that the tau protein is linked to the disease. A study from September suggested that the levels of another protein, called CCL11, may also be used to diagnose CTE in living patients.

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Unpopular opinion: You should NOT be buying phones that do not ship with the latest version of Android

Oreo was announced 6 months ago at Google IO 2017. The developer preview was made available. Many OEMs are even granted additional access to help them upgrade their devices and ship new devices with this code. Oreo officially launched 3 months ago.

If you ship a phone this late in the game without Oreo, you're bad and you should feel bad. I'm looking at you OnePlus.

If you can't ship a phone with the latest and greatest Android operating system, how can you be trusted to put out timely security updates every month or even the next major OS version? You can't.

When you buy a new phone, you should be safe in the knowledge that it’s better than what's available right now. Not something that MAY be better months down the road, at least until it falls behind again.

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Asteroid 2017 VF14 flew past Earth on November 13 at 0.80 LD

A newly discovered asteroid designated 2017 VF14 flew past Earth at 0.80 LD / 0.00205 AU (~ 306 675 km / 190 559 miles) on November 13, 2017, two days after it was discovered. This is the 48th known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance since the start of the year and the 3rd within the past 9 days / this month.

2017 VF14 was first observed at Mt. Lemmon Survey at 09:19 UTC on November 15. It belongs to the Apollo group of asteroids and has an estimated diameter between 5.6 and 13 m (18 - 42 feet).

The object flew past Earth at a speed (relative to the Earth) of 11.92 km/s at 15:30 UTC ± < 00:01.

As of November 14, there are 17 173 known near-Earth objects (NEOs) flying around our planet, 17 067 of them are asteroids (NEAs). Since the start of the year, we have discovered 1 662 NEOs, all of them are asteroids.

https://watchers.news/2017/11/16/asteroid-2017-vf14-flew-past-earth-on-november-13-2017/

https://www.minorplanetcenter.net/db_search/show_object?object_id=2017%20VF14

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The Deepening Partisan Split Over Sexual Misconduct https://trib.al/uAwGpLd

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Welcome to the thrilling and sometimes dangerous world of #Batuu... #StarWars #Disneyland

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Black Lives Matter Group Releases Trump Poll, Unexpected Results Force Them to Immediately Delete it

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This color-enhanced image of a massive, raging storm in Jupiter’s northern hemisphere was captured by NASA’s Juno spacecraft during its ninth close flyby of the gas giant planet.

The image was taken on Oct. 24, 2017 at 10:32 a.m. PDT (1:32 p.m. EDT). At the time the image was taken, the spacecraft was about 6,281 miles (10,108 kilometers) from the tops of the clouds of Jupiter at a latitude of 41.84 degrees. The spatial scale in this image is 4.2 miles/pixel (6.7 kilometers/pixel).

The storm is rotating counter-clockwise with a wide range of cloud altitudes. The darker clouds are expected to be deeper in the atmosphere than the brightest clouds. Within some of the bright “arms” of this storm, smaller clouds and banks of clouds can be seen, some of which are casting shadows to the right side of this picture (sunlight is coming from the left). The bright clouds and their shadows range from approximately 4 to 8 miles (7 to 12 kilometers) in both widths and lengths. These appear similar to the small clouds in other bright regions Juno has detected and are expected to be updrafts of ammonia ice crystals possibly mixed with water ice.

Image Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Gerald Eichstädt/ Seán Doran

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Franklin Graham Asked Roy Moore if Sexual Misconduct Allegations are True, Here’s His Answer

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Got phone problems? Google Assistant can help!

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Deadpool 2 Fan Theories That Make Us Even More Excited For The Movie!

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The Mugabe Political Clan: Endangered Species In Zimbabwe Now?

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[podcast] Locke starts the show looking at tonight’s match-up with the Brooklyn Nets and how the Jazz fared last time. Then the focus turned to Derrick Favors as.....
#LockedOnJazz #podcast #utahjazz #frs

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Ginning up enthusiasm for the final chapter of this death march of an Indianapolis Colts season is not going to be easy. Showing up.....
#indianapoliscolts #frs

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She also reveals how fashion has made her feel strong and empowered.

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#factionfriday: Gyllehaal and His Orcs

Gyllehaal, an old gnome, has seen a lot in his life. He spent decades adventuring unluckily; he can barely remember how often he was captured and beaten within an inch of his life, or a treasure chest turned out to be empty, or a valuable gem slipped from his grasp and went careening down a chasm.

But eventually his luck turned, and after a number of successful adventures, he grew rich. Given so many years of hardship, now he has to show off his hard-won fortune.

Gyllehaal struts the streets of his favorite city, bedecked in jewels and expensive furs, visiting money-lenders during the day to manage his money and every gambling house and high-society party he can get invited to at night.

Nobody steals his jewels, though, because of the 4 full orc bodyguards that accompany him everywhere. They speak only among themselves (and then, only in orcish), and they follow Gyllehaal's orders with completely professional alacrity. They even follow him into parties, though they know enough to stay on the periphery of whatever grand ballroom he's in.

The orcs are a mystery to outsiders. They wear well-tailored leather clothes trimmed with wolf fur and heavy boots, and wear their hair pulled back in pony tails. They each carry large, ornate axes strapped to their backs. They seem well-mannered, though they don't say or do much; just surround Gyllehaal while he's in the streets and stand in a knot muttering among themselves when he's inside a structure. Folks whisper that Gyllehaal defeated them in battle some years ago and they swore fealty to him, though he must have done something pretty amazing to manage that.

As a friendly faction, Gyllehaal is no more or less than an ex-adventurer enjoying the fruits of his labor. He'll ask the PCs to collect various amulets, rings, and other objects he can wear in public.

As a foe faction, Gyllehaal may have made a fortune, but he quickly lost it to gambling. Now he works for the money-lenders in a protection racket, using his orcs to squeeze protection money out of a number of businesses.

Unfortunately, Gyllehaal has no problem calling on the City Watch if he's molested, and they have no beef with him, so a group of PCs who just walk up to Gyllehaal and attack him will soon find themselves swarmed with members of the Watch.

Instead, they will have to gather evidence, such as a set of cooked books that he keeps in the basement of his heavily guarded mansion.

Permalink: http://www.geekarchaeology.com/blog/2017-11-17.0900-rpg-faction-friday-gyllehaal-and-his-orcs

(Image: gnome sculpt by War Griffon Miniatures)

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#newmusic Take Back Home Girl
Lets #WIGGLETIME SHAKE N BAKE that butt!!

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pink shrooms

#hqspmacro +HQSP Macro
#btpmacropro +BTP Macro Pro

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It's an Uphill Climb

The best way to start any journey is with the first step.

#penguins #king #oneoceanexp

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Downtown Las Vegas, NV

Often it feels as if there are portals in Vegas, one step ahead and everything changes. All of that without a warning …

ENJOY

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White flowers

Blues for flowers https://www.paolodalprato.com/shadows-colors

#macrophotography #flowers #flowerphotography #hqspmacro #hqspflowers #fotomaniaitalia #macroaddict #ilovephotography

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Confusion

Spreading cotoneaster (Cotoneaster divaricatus)

Svartskog, Norway

Of all the specimens in their autumn colors and full of small red berries, one was very confused as it was dotted with flower buds and open flowers!

What made this specific plant decide to produce flowers now? What is so different with this particular plant? It is growing with many of its kind right next to it, but has a very different response to the autumn.

Yet it is not as uncommon as one might think – at least with some species! Every autumn I find honeysuckles producing flowers, and the harebell also with flowers and buds, but I don’t remember if it was like this when I was a kid.

Image Copyright © 2017 +Morten Ross
Image Capture Date: 11 November 2017 14:31
Altitude: 8 meters

#flowers #leaves #plants #autumn #svartskog #norway

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

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A 30 second long exposure of the waves crashing on the rocks of Playa Maderas in southern Nicaragua. A picturesque beach with interesting cliff formations and waves all day long for those surfers out there…

For those wondering, that 'misty' effect of the water is from a long shutter speed as the waves crashed over the rocks in the foreground. The shot was taken around about 25 minutes after the sun dipped below the horizon.

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Donald Trump: Democrats Don’t Understand Power of Lower Taxes

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A new Ubuntu flavor that uses the Unity 7 desktop by default is under discussion. The plans have already won backing from a former Unity developer.

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On Amazon, the Wild West problem is particularly acute for small businesses. Millions of merchants like Damavandi have been drawn to Amazon's marketplace because of the company's massive customer base, logistics operation and global network of fulfillment centers.

But the marketplace is highly susceptible to fraudsters intent on exploiting the site's loopholes. While Amazon has taken steps to help brands protect themselves from counterfeits, it can't react quickly enough to the many tactics scammers are using to win business at the expense of legitimate sellers. The marketplace is just too big, with too much activity.

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Are You a Toxic Boss? If Your Team Won't Tell You, Neuroscience Will

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One man has managed to pull off an incredible feat—he traveled across Japan from end to end by local bus 🚌 🚌 🚍 🚐 !!

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5G is getting closer and closer to reality!

#android #news #5g #intel #modems

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Sometimes the most unlikely hero is the one you least expect... #JusticeLeague

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Ovarian cancer is hard to detect in its early stages, because symptoms are usually either nonexistent or they are vague. And there are no screening tests for ovarian cancer. Learn more from Dr. Carrie Langstraat, gynecologic oncologist.

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston is reportedly being investigated by the NFL following accusations that he allegedly.....
#tampabaybuccaneers #jameiswinston #uber #frsnews

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Check out what makes the new Firefox Quantum tick

Firefox rolled out their new Quantum browser with a ton of speed and performance increases, but what exactly is going on behind the scenes with the update? Don’t worry, Mozilla has broken down the numbers to show us just big of a jump Quantum is.

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Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson still unable to solve Brad Stevens' defense: Warriors star Stephen Curry first encountered Brad Stevens' defense eight years ago. He's still trying to figure it out. http://dlvr.it/Q1Tw94

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Check out @JoelEmbiid’s Tweet: https://twitter.com/JoelEmbiid/status/931321310621437952?s=09
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