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Dietary Supplement Dampens Brain Hyperexcitability Seen in Epilepsy

Seizure disorders -- including epilepsy -- are associated with pathological hyperexcitability in brain neurons. Unfortunately, there are limited available treatments that can prevent this hyperexcitability. However, University of Alabama at Birmingham researchers have found that inducing a biochemical alteration in brain proteins via the dietary supplement glucosamine was able to rapidly dampen that pathological hyperexcitability in rat and mouse models.

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

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Yay, new Nova Launcher update!

5.5-beta3 Oct 16, 2017

Searchbar in dock (Nova Settings - Dock - Searchbar in dock - Above or Below Icons)
Android 8.1 style popup menu (Nova Settings - Look and Feel - Popup menu - Blocks)
Adaptive icon animations during drag and drop
Improved speed of applying a new adaptive icon shape or icon theme
Lots of under the hood fixes and optimizations

https://plus.google.com/+KevinBarry/posts/Qqgzy9LHDG2

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Ryan Newman on 14 cars finishing: "I don't think it's anything out of the ordinary or a big surprise for this type of racing." https://racingnews.co/2017/10/16/changing-nascar-plate-racing-ryan-newman/

Tags: #ryannewman #talladegasuperspeedway #nascar

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President Donald Trump said Monday that he would "look into" a report that his pick for drug czar championed a bill that effectively handcuffed federal agents from going after the Big Pharma firms that flooded with the country with addictive opioids.

Trump weighed in on Rep. Tom Marino, R-Pa., his nominee to head the Office of National Drug Control Policy, following an expose by The Washington Post and CBS' “60 Minutes” that revealed Marino’s role in pushing through the drug industry-backed Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act.

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10 Stranger Things Fan Theories That Will Blow Your Mind

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The Green Bay Packers must move on without Aaron Rodgers, who broke his collarbone Sunday. Rodgers, one of the most important players in the NFL, could be.....
#greenbaypackers #aaronrodgers #tonyromo #colinkaepernick #frs

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Google Photos now recognizes your cat or dog!

When you want to look back on old photos of Oliver as a puppy or Mr. Whiskers as a kitten, you no longer need to type “dog” or “cat” into search in Google Photos. Rolling out in most countries today, you’ll be able to see photos of the cats and dogs now grouped alongside people, and you can label them by name, search to quickly find photos of them, or even better, photos of you and them. This makes it even easier to create albums, movies, or even a photo book of your pet.

* You can search by breed to see photos of your Poodle or Maine Coon

* You can search using emojis 🐈🐶

* An automatic "pawsome" movie may be created if your pet, like this: https://youtu.be/-Dwp4v7zNWA

Get all the furry details from +Google Photos
https://www.blog.google/products/photos/meow-its-even-easier-find-your-furry-friends-google-photos/

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Get in on that new Nova Launcher beta and take a step closer to Pixel 2 Pixel Launcher.

#android #novalauncher #pixel2

https://drd.life/2zcToV6

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LaMarcus Aldridge in contract extension talks with Spurs, report says: Aldridge signed a four-year contract worth $80 million with San Antonio in July 2015 after spending the previous nine seasons in Portland. http://dlvr.it/PvyVL4

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Dale Earnhardt Jr., wife Amy expecting first child: Dale Earnhardt Jr. and wife Amy are expecting their first child together, a baby girl. http://dlvr.it/PvzqX6

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Explosion equal to 1000 novas makes gravitational waves!

Now gravitational wave astronomy is getting really interesting.

On August 17th, three days after the Virgo detector in Italy saw its first gravitational wave event, it saw another! The two LIGO detectors also saw it. Together they were able to locate the source in a large patch of sky, the size of several hundred full moons.

But then, about two seconds later, two satellites detected a short gamma-ray burst from this patch of sky!

When night fell in Chile, many wonderful telescopes located in the high desert there started staring at this patch of sky. The Swope 1-meter telescope was the first to see something: a new point of light very close to the galaxy NGC 4993. Shortly afterward, the VISTA telescope saw infrared light coming from the same spot. And as night marched west across the globe, two telescopes in Hawaii picked up where those in Chile left off. They saw rapid changes as the explosion expanded and cooled down.

We now have a pretty good guess as to what happened. Distance estimates from the gravitational wave data and other observations agree that the source was at the same distance as NGC 4993, a galaxy about 130 million light-years from Earth.

That may sound far — but it's the closest gravitational wave event we've seen yet! It's also one of the the closest gamma-ray bursts ever seen. That's good news for science.

What creates short gamma rays bursts? The leading candidate is the merging of two neutron stars. This should create an explosion 1000 times brighter than a typical nova — called a kilonova. It should also create a burst of gravitational waves.

This is the first kilonova we've seen in detail — not just the gamma rays, but gravitational waves and light. Thanks to this, we know the kilonova shot out a blob of radioactive elements, moving as fast as 1/5 the speed of light!

Spectroscopes show that this blog contained cesium and tellurium. We actually expected such heavy elements to be produced during a neutron star collision. In fact, theorists have believed for a while that about half the elements heavier than iron are produced in dramatic events of this general sort. But this is the first time we've seen it happen! So this is a big win.

If you want to impress your friends, you can casually say that scientists have finally seen r-process nucleosynthesis. The r is for "rapid" — it's where nuclei grow by capturing lots of fast neutrons that are shooting around. It happens in neutron star collisions but also in some supernovae. The other main method for making heavy elements is the s-process, where s is for "slow". That happens in large stars as they live out their last days before blowing up and shooting the stuff into space.

Stephen Smartt, who did some of the spectroscopy, said:

When the spectrum appeared on our screens I realised that this was the most unusual transient event I’d ever seen. I had never seen anything like it. Our data, along with data from other groups, proved to everyone that this was not a supernova or a foreground variable star, but was something quite remarkable.

For more, check out the news below.

#astronomy

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Michael reminds us how important it is to help make the world a better place. “When you have seen the things I have seen and travelled all over the world, you would not be honest to yourself and the world to [look away].” – Michael Jackson

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Tomorrow-17/2017 pm-6.0M or more earthquake-report.com will occur with Conjunction of Mars, Moon, and Venus- nearly New Moon (making a slight Bulge on Earth's S. Hemisphere)!

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Column: If Joe Maddon has a bonus clause for crazy, then the Cubs manager just cashed it

If Cubs manager Joe Maddon has a bonus clause for crazy, then he just cashed it by getting beat with his fifth-best pitcher, writes +Steve Rosenbloom.

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Just in case online reviews weren't noisy enough.....

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How often do you use Google's AI companion? Think its expansion is significant?

#android #opinion #google #googleassistant #technology

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The moment China's leaders have been waiting for is almost here. The weeklong Chinese Communist Party Congress, held every five years, will kick off Oct. 18, marking nearly a century since the Party's founding in 1921. For China's leaders, the upcoming 19th Party Congress will be the year's most significant and politically charged event, an opportunity to reflect on the organization's performance over the last five years and to plan for the next half-decade. The convention will also begin a political transition: Delegates will name officials to the country's most powerful decision-making bodies, the 300-member Central Committee, along with the Politburo and its all-important standing committee. Their picks will go on to lead China toward its political, economic and diplomatic goals for the next five or 10 years.

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Minor spoilers from the Upside Down.

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A hidden connection is stronger than an obvious one.


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Evening Canal, Venice, Italy

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Birds on a harvested field

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web in the morning

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Our Azalea bush is spectacular at the moment

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Harbour Reflections

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On this day, October 16 in 2001, millions of confused, long-time Star Wars heads felt obliged to do their duty and purchase the official DVD release of what Star Wars had devolved into: The Phantom Menace.

We were a hungry and downtrodden people.
We had endured the painful Specialized Editions of our beloved film series.
We now began to see that the hopeful vision of a fantasy epic with deeper lore and substance was fading.
The generally-great, Lucas-approved stories we'd been reading greedily in novels for a decade were now being cast aside without explanation in favor of something thin and corny enough to have been quite at home on the SciFi (Syfy) Channel.

And then we learned that stores would be stocking newfangled digital discs with Star Wars lightsaber-fighters and pew-pew blaster battles... and we weren't going to bring it home with us?
We drank the Kool-Aid, but it wasn't sweet.
It had Flavor-Aid mixed in... and something else...
Something that our bodies felt and our hearts & souls rejected.
And so my brothers, myself and many others left Jonestown- I mean, Skywalker Ranch, and we busied ourselves in Middle Earth where the land was still green with passion and joy.

Not for many a year did we venture back toward our home... Not until we heard tell of a transfer of authority and the absence of he who was responsible for our decision of self-imposed exile.
We found the the kingdom in repair.
It was being restored, slowly and with obvious intent. We were happier with a renewed hope, and returned with our families and plans to put down roots once again.
But we never forgot and we are stronger now, tempered by reality.

#NeverForget #StarWars #OnThisDay

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Top 10 Favourite Rick and Morty episodes

Honourable Mentions
● The Wedding Squanchers (S2E10)
[The only reason it didn't make to the top 10 is because I feel it is kinda incomplete without the episode that followed]
● Look Who's Purging Now (S2E9)
● Get Schwifty (S2E5)

The List
10. Morty's Mind Blowers (S3E8)
9. Rest and Ricklaxation (S3E6)
8. Rick Potion #9 (S1E6)
7. Rixty Minutes (S1E8)
6. Total Rickall (S2E4)
Tied 5. A Rickle in Time (S2E1)
Tied 5. Mortynight Run (S2E2)
4. The ABCs of Beth (S3E9)
3. The Ricklantis Mixup (S3E7)
2. The Ricks Must be Crazy (S2E6)
1. The Rickshank Rickdemption (S3E1)

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Sleep Duration May Affect Integrity of Sperm DNA

A new study found a link between sleep duration and a measure of chromosomal health in sperm.

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

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Everyone’s watching you on social media, so smarten up: Bad online behaviour can limit your career, even if it’s not a firing offence

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Have you done much star photography? It's harder than it looks!
 
But at the Dark Sky Festival at Jasper this weekend, I have been inspired to try it a bit more. Here's one of my shots, with the stars over Pyramid Mountain.
 
Jasper National Park has the world's second-largest dark sky preserve, which means it's a bit easier to take photos like this here.
 
#MyJasper #CaptivateAlberta #ExploreAlberta

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The Kansas City Chiefs didn’t need any measuring-stick games after a slew of impressive wins to open the season. The Pittsburgh Steelers, meanwhile, journeyed.....
#kansascitychiefs #frs #pittsburghsteelers

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Notorious Pornographer And Exploiter Of Women, Larry Flynt, Offers $10 Million Dollars For Dirt On Trump

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Trump: It’s Time To Strongly Look At Welfare Reform

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Nobody Warned You About This: These Are The Side Effects Of Drinking Lemon Water Every Day

Weight loss and warm lemon water suggestion are what we have heard lot many times. The consumption of warm lemon water on an empty stomach helps to boost the metabolism and thus supports the weight loss process.

#lemon #health #medicine #drinks #explore #healthbenefits #remedy #healthyliving #metabolism

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IDC Analyst: Huawei Could Overtake Apple This Year in Smartphone Market Share
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