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Miley Cyrus and Harry Styles Doing Christmas Carpool Karaoke Is the Merriest http://ellemag.co/hA0rQGl

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Voters go to the polls in Alabama on Tuesday to decide who will be their next senator and, with polls all over the map, no one's quite sure whether it will be Republican Roy Moore or Democrat Doug Jones.

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As far our brains are concerned, talking to ourselves in our heads may be fundamentally the same as speaking our thoughts out loud, new research shows.
The findings may have important implications for understanding why people with mental illnesses such as schizophrenia hear voices.

UNSW Sydney scientist and study first author Associate Professor Thomas Whitford says it has long been thought that these auditory-verbal hallucinations arise from abnormalities in inner speech, our silent internal dialogue.
This study provides the tools for investigating this once untestable assumption says Associate Professor Whitford, of the UNSW School of Psychology.
Previous research suggests that when we prepare to speak out loud, our brain creates a copy of the instructions that are sent to our lips, mouth and vocal cords. This copy is known as an efference-copy.
It is sent to the region of the brain that processes sound to predict what sound it is about to hear. This allows the brain to discriminate between the predictable sounds that we have produced ourselves, and the less predictable sounds that are produced by other people.
The efference-copy dampens the brain’s response to self-generated vocalisations, giving less mental resources to these sounds, because they are so predictable says Associate Professor Whitford.
This is why we can’t tickle ourselves. When I rub the sole of my foot, my brain predicts the sensation I will feel and doesn’t respond strongly to it. But if someone else rubs my sole unexpectedly, the exact same sensation will be unpredicted. The brain’s response will be much larger and creates a ticklish feeling.

The study, published in the journal eLIFE, set out to determine whether inner speech, an internal mental process, elicits a similar efference-copy as the one associated with the production of spoken words.
The research team developed an objective method for measuring the purely mental action of inner speech. Specifically, their study in 42 healthy participants assessed the degree to which imagined sounds interfered with the brain activity elicited by actual sounds, using electroencephalography (EEG).
The researchers found that, just as for vocalized speech, simply imagining making a sound reduced the brain activity that occurred when people simultaneously heard that sound. People’s thoughts were enough to change the way their brain perceived sounds. In effect, when people imagined sounds, those sounds seemed quieter.
By providing a way to directly and precisely measure the effect of inner speech on the brain, this research opens the door to understanding how inner speech might be different in people with psychotic illnesses such as schizophrenia says Associate Professor Whitford.
We all hear voices in our heads. Perhaps the problem arises when our brain is unable to tell that we are the ones producing them.

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For Carson Wentz's recovery, history of mobile QB knee injuries is encouraging: There have been few examples of running QBs who have come back from blown ACLs, and with mixed results. But the history is mostly good news for Carson Wentz and the Eagles. http://dlvr.it/Q5c1Yv

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A viral post that turned the internet into a torch-bearing mob

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Basketball article of the day… Dec 12, 2017
Guard Moves and Skills

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Colts K Adam Vinatieri’s FG misses in blizzard could cost him $500K: Vinatieri has a clause in his contract that includes a bonus if he makes 90 percent or more of his field goals this season. http://dlvr.it/Q5b2kL

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Phil Schiller thinks Apple got the home button-less iPhone X right, hints at a Face ID iPad - Apple went through a number of compromises and soul-searching in its first effort to make an "all-screen" phone, as per another fresh interview with its marketing boss Phil Schiller. Chief among those was the decision to ditch the home button with its integrated Touch ID finger scanner, and replace it with a Face ID biometric solution, achieved by the TrueDepth camera kit that warranted a "notch" c...

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Week 15 NFL power rankings: Check out our NFL power rankings going into Week 15 of the 2017 season. http://dlvr.it/Q5Ztzg

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+JR Raphael weighs in on the Amazon/Google tiff.

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New eruptions detected in two luminous blue variables - (Phys.org)—Astronomers report the detection of new eruptions in two luminous blue variables, known as R 40 and R 110, located in the Magellanic Clouds. The finding, presented December 5 in a paper published on the arXiv pre-print repository, could shed new light on the final phases of stellar evolution process.

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So here it is your live action #Alita Battle Angel trailer. I want to hold onto some hope for this but they aren't giving me anything to grab on to.

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12/11-12/2017 #TheIngrahamAngle with Real Professional Journalists on Purposeffuly Misleading Media Reports. #FoxNews. You Tube.

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The New 'Jessica Jones' Trailer Is Here and Twitter Can't Deal http://ellemag.co/O1TLlog

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Do you have a Google Pixel or Pixel 2? If so, you can now use AR Stickers! Here's everything you need to know. #HowTo #News #ARStickers

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Eubank Jr vs Groves Undercard Update - Ryan Walsh (22-2-1, 11 KOs) will defend his British Featherweight Title against Isaac Lowe (14-0-2, 5 KOs) at the Manchester Arena, February 17. The all-action contest will take place on the undercard of the World Boxing Super Series Super Middleweight Semi-Final clash between George Groves and Chris Eubank Jr. “This is such a great platform […] The post Eubank Jr vs Groves Undercard Update appeared first on Boxing News 24.

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Which is the Hottest Ronda Rousey Picture? Ep 8

Cast your vote at https://goo.gl/ZDicPL

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U.S. President Donald Trump has directed NASA to send American astronauts back to the moon and eventually to Mars.

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Twelve South has today released its latest Mac accessory alongside Apple’s announcement that iMac Pro orders will start on December 14. Even if you don’t plan on splurging on the $5,000+ iMac Pro, this new slick accessory will work for any iMac as well as…

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Fillmore, CA

Infinite Loop, some sit between chairs, some can't decide which train (direction) to take, and some sit between space and time.

Perhaps too much Dr. Who on my side.

ENJOY

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King's Cove, Newfoundland

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Well fed in a rapidly changing home

Polar bear (Ursus maritimus)

A week ago a video by photographer Paul Nicklen of an emaciated polar bear (https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/12/polar-bear-starving-arctic-sea-ice-melt-climate-change-spd/) went viral, and tears were rolling as we watched how it was barely able to walk and in desperation chewing on some human garbage with zero value to it.

I have watched stranded polar bears eat sea weed off the beaches on the northern shores of Svalbard. During this trip I also encountered an emaciated polar bear lying down on the only snow on the islet that had appeared as the ice cap of Kvitøya (White Island) has retreated considerably. This despite the islet being home to a large colony of terns. Its coat was matte, uneven and its body skinny and it acted lethargic. It did not have any energy to stand up or to follow us by sight or movement – it only occasionally opened its eyes which was resting on its front paws.

Every year the sea ice has retreated further away, and this time we found it 81.31 degrees north. South of it only sporadic floats and ice bergs were found. Those polar bears stranded were all scouring the land, and those with luck would encounter incubating geese, or a sea bird colony with access to nests. I’ve seen polar bears climb to ledges even I would not have considered accessible.

For now the polar bears are decimating the reproduction of the bird populations they raid, but the energy they gain form their raids is far too little, and eventually the stranded bears will not be able to survive.

I have also encountered polar bears swimming far out at sea where the nearest access to a shore is a day or more away by boat – like Austfonna – Europes largest ice cap by area. How they survive is beyond me.

It is such joy every time we encounter successful individuals, and especially a mother with a cub as seen here at 81.31 degrees north. It was a large male that had made the kill, and he was eating all he could manage and rested in intervals a bit away from the seal carcass. Each time the mother went in with her cub to eat as fast as they could before the male came back for more.

This went on until there was nothing more to eat and the mother decided to investigate the ship from where this is shot.

As the ocean itself is warming, the ice is melted from the underside, so how long will the lucky polar bears that stay on the sea ice have any ice left to carry them? And what about the seal populations dependent on the sea ice?

I fear this lovely capture is fast becoming a rare sight even around Svalbard, and that the ships travelling in these waters might need to go much further north to reach the sea ice.

Image Copyright © 2017 +Morten Ross
Image Capture Date: 27 July 2016 13:10
Altitude: 3 meters

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"It is important to understand that the FCC's proposed Order is based on a flawed and factually inaccurate understanding of Internet technology," say some of the pioneers of this very Internet. #netneutrality

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Roy Moore’s wife: He’s no bigot, one of our lawyers ‘is a Jew’ http://nyp.st/2kquSdh

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Americans believe the US society has become markedly more corrupt in the year since President Donald Trump rose to power, according to a survey released on Tuesday.

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Hot vibrating gases under the electron spotlight - Natural gas is used in refineries as the basis for products like acetylene. The efficiency of gaseous reactions depends on the dynamics of the molecules—their rotation, vibration and translation (directional movement). These motions provide the kinetic energy to drive reactions. By understanding gas dynamics, researchers can design more efficient and environmentally friendly industrial systems.

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Astronomers to check interstellar body for signs of alien technology
Green Bank telescope in West Virginia will listen for radio signals from ‘Oumuamua an object from another solar system

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On This Day: Boxing phenomenon Henry Armstrong was born: http://www.boxingnewsonline.net/on-this-day-boxing-phenomenon-henry-armstrong-was-born-in-1912/

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Atlanta Season 2 is Finally Wrapped But When Will it Air?
https://www.mixtapes.tv/?p=38997

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A Clash Between Two Visions of the Republican Party in Alabama https://trib.al/KAtsIQL

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