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“I heard him stumbling on trying to remember my husband’s name, and that’s what hurt me the most because if my husband is out there fighting for our country and he risked his life for our country, why can’t you remember his name?”

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The longtime Star Wars narrator discusses his approach to the fan-favorite character in Timothy Zahn's hit book.

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The Minnesota Timberwolves beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 115-113 in a matchup that featured a thrilling ending. The game was close after the first quarter, but the Timberwolves would build a 61-54 lead going into halftime, thanks in part to 13 points from Karl Anthony-Towns and 10 points from Andrew Wiggins. The Timberwolves would then push the lead to double-digits in the third quarter, making it 81-71 with 4:19 left.

In the fourth quarter, the Thunder managed to cut the lead to 104-102 on a Russell Westbrook three-pointer. Westbrook would later hit another three-pointer with 30 seconds remaining in the fourth to tie the game up at 110 apiece. However, the Timberwolves' Anthony-Towns would answer back with a floating jumpshot with 9 seconds remaining to give his team the slight edge. With the Thunder down 112-110, Westbrook would hand the ball off to Carmelo Anthony, who would hit a three-pointer with 5 seconds remaining to seemingly secure his team the victory. However, with no timeouts left, the ball was inbounded to Wiggins, who raced up the court and banked in a three-pointer at the buzzer to win the game.

Andrew Wiggins had 27 points (10/20 FG), 4 assists, 7 rebounds, and 2 steals.
Karl Anthony-Towns had 27 points (11/17 FG) and 12 rebounds.
Jeff Teague had 19 points (5/10 FG), 9 assists, and 6 rebounds.

Russell Westbrook had 31 points (5/8 3PT), 10 assists, and 5 rebounds.
Carmelo Anthony had 23 points (9/19 FG), 2 assists, 2 rebounds, and 3 steals.
Steven Adams had 17 points (8/12 FG), 3 assists, 13 rebounds, and 2 blocks.

#NBA #Timberwolves #Thunder

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Total Recall: The Woman Who Can’t Forget

The one thing we do know is rather vague: Memories live in the hippocampus and the prefrontal cortex. After that, the entire question of how memory works is up for grabs. For example, where precisely in the hippocampus (or prefrontal cortex) is my memory of reading Kurt Vonnegut for the first time? If I try to summon that experience, I am likely to wind up with a blur—a half dozen indistinct recollections. And no brain-scan technology will help me bring it into better focus. So when I hear about Price's feats, my mind boggles. From the perspective of evolution, finding a human being with memory that works with the precision of a computer would be like finding someone with bones made of steel. The type of memory system we have—in technical terms, context-dependent rather than location-addressable—has been around for several hundred million years. The existence of a human brain that works completely differently is astronomically unlikely.

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PSA: Google Pixel 2’s Active Edge Squeeze Doesn’t Work in Immersive Mode

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Sony becomes the first major Android manufacturer to roll out Android Oreo in its final form to one of its devices. #News #Sony #SonyXperiaXZPremium

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Galaxy Cluster WHL J24.3324-8.477

In this image, taken by the Hubble Space Telescope, you can see the galaxy cluster WHL J24.3324-8.477, located in the constellation of Cetus (https://goo.gl/IPjSMw), about 7.1 billion light-years away from Earth.

The galaxy cluster WHL J24.3324-8.477 is located at the center of this image. The bright star with the diffraction spikes is a foreground star and doesn't belong to the cluster.

More information here:
https://www.spacetelescope.org/images/potw1743a/

What is a galaxy cluster?

A galaxy cluster is a group of sometimes up to thousands of galaxies bound together by gravity. Several galaxy clusters together can form a supercluster. More information here:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Galaxy_cluster

Diffraction spikes

In the image you can see a star with very pronounced spikes in the form of a cross. These spikes are called diffraction spikes and are caused by the struts that support Hubble's secondary mirror (https://goo.gl/zFd42g). The light is being diffracted around those support struts, generating the cross-formed spikes. They are only visible around point sources where a lot of light is concentrated in one small spot. Read more on it here:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diffraction_spike

Image credit: WHL J24.3324-8.477 ESA/Hubble & NASA https://goo.gl/dmocvc CC BY 4.0 https://goo.gl/hNRHCd

Thank you for your interest in this Astronomy/Astrophysics collection. Maybe add me on Google+ (+Pierre Markuse) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/Pierre_Markuse) or have a look at the Space/Space Technology collection here: https://goo.gl/5KP0wx

#science #astronomy #astrophysics #galaxycluster #space #hubble #hst #diffractionspike

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Want to add your #YouTube tab in your Facebook fan pages? An easy step by step with video tutorial.. please like n share it!

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Scientists Can Read a Bird’s Brain and Predict Its Next Song

Entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley this year set themselves an audacious new goal: creating a brain-reading device that would allow people to effortlessly send texts with their thoughts. In April, Elon Musk announced a secretive new brain-interface company called Neuralink. Days later, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg declared that “direct brain interfaces [are] going to, eventually, let you communicate only with your mind.” The company says it has 60 engineers working on the problem. It’s an ambitious quest—and there are reasons to think it won’t happen anytime soon. But for at least one small, orange-beaked bird, the zebra finch, the dream just became a lot closer to reality. That’s thanks to some nifty work by Timothy Gentner and his students at the University of California, San Diego, who built a brain-to-tweet interface that figures out the song a finch is going to sing a fraction of a second before it does so. “We decode realistic synthetic birdsong directly from neural activity,” the scientists announced in a new report published on the website bioRxiv. The team, which includes Argentinian birdsong expert Ezequiel Arneodo, calls the system the first prototype of “a decoder of complex, natural communication signals from neural activity.” A similar approach could fuel advances towards a human thought-to-text interface, the researchers say.

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Fox Renewed Bill O’Reilly’s Contract After He Settled a Previously Unknown Harassment Claim http://vntyfr.com/XHCFIfq

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The first toy tea sets appeared in the 16th century. These early sets, made in pewter and copper, came from Germany, a country known for producing toys in wood and metal. Before the era of faience and porcelain toy tea sets, most of them were made from metals, including gold and silver, pewter and copper. Silver and goldsmiths especially catered to the wishes of the young princesses of Europe. The advent of lithographing printing on tin brought a less expensive way of producing toy tea sets. Ones like this from Germany found their way into the hearts of many little girls from the early to mid- 20th- century. Learn more in my antiques blog (http://antiquesqa.blogspot.com/2017/05/would-you-like-to-have-tea-with-my.html) #collectibles #lithographyontin #Germany #toyteasets #early20thcentury

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Apparently Your Brain Still Works After You Die, And You Know When You're Dead

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Trump’s Boogeymen? Women!

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Dynasty Football 101 Podcast; Episode 7

Ron and Dave are joined by Jeremy Hardt of Rotoviz to breakdown key matchups, Dynasty relevant players and we being our Senior college player analysis with Baker Mayfield.

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Basketball article of the day… Oct 23, 2017
Rebuilding A Player's Confidence

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Hands-Free Bluetooth Devices will soon have Better Conversational Abilities with Google Assistant

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On this day in STAR WARS: Tue, October 23, 2007 - A lightsaber prop from Return of the Jedi is carried aboard the space shuttle Discovery on mission STS-120

#ram1 #robmosley #ram1Oct2017 #starwars #theforce #theempire #spaceshuttle #Nasa #RobertMosley #mosley

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"Galaxy over Lake Ninan"

With all the clouds about, I've been watching the satellite pictures waiting for a gap. On Sunday night there appeared to be one around Lake Ninan so off I go in the evening (about two hour drive from Perth).

Waiting for the galaxy to set closer to the horizon (I had planned an epic "galaxy reflected in water" scene), I took a "warm-up" panorama in this 36 panel mosaic - which is probably just as well, as the light cloud that can be seen on the horizon pretty much came over within the hour and cut my session short.

Lake Ninan is sort of a mixed bag (at least for me). The first time there I was on the western side looking east (at the time thinking about getting the galaxy rising) but there are only some small stumps and short trees on the shore on the western side which makes for fairly boring shots. This image taken on the eastern shore is a bit more interesting as it has more (albeit dead) trees in the water providing nice reflections.

This is a 36 panel mosiac, with a tracking mount for the sky and turned off for the foreground, all camera settings were kept the same for all panels. Stitching in PTGui, colour calibration with Pixinsight, levels, saturation and contrast in Photoshop.

Enjoy, Will Vrbasso.
www.stellaraustralis.com

| 2017-10-22 | Lake Ninan, Western Australia | EOS6D modified | 50mm | f/3.2 | UV/IR cut-filter | iOptron mount | ISO3200 | 30sec | 36 x panels |

#nightscape #astrophotography #australia #lake #lakeninan #night #canon #stellaraustralis #vrbasso #milkyway #galaxy

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The colours of Iceland's Goðafoss

One of the the more graceful locations on the island. A crescent waterfall that looks amazing no matter what angle you're photographing it from. The water also spills into a beautiful canyon that seems to never get the attention it deserves. So, in order to get here, you need a bit more time than usual, as it's in the far north-east of the island. But for those making the journey around the entire island, it will definitely be a highlight of your trip.

Goðafoss, you're a stunner!

More photos like this at www.explosiveaperture.com

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A spring abstract

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Another vote for yes

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Even in 2017, Google still only sells its hardware products like the Pixel 2 and others in a handful of markets, and there's no clear reason why. #Features #News #GoogleHome

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So many different issues with the Pixel 2 XL's screen inside. This is Panelgate.

We have lines of various kinds going across screens, poor screen uniformity, grain, burn-in/image retention. Where was QC during all this?

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LOOK: Tom Brady trolls Falcons after Patriots’ Sunday night win: Both teams said Sunday's Patriots-Falcons game was not a Super Bowl rematch, but Brady's Instagram post hinted otherwise. http://dlvr.it/Px8Gfz

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Are you working on a spooky Raspberry Pi-based Halloween build? Check out today's blog post for inspiration and share your own projects in the comments below.

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Study shows how water could have flowed on ‘cold and icy’ ancient Mars | #Geology #GeologyPage #Mars

For scientists trying to understand what ancient Mars might have been like, the red planet sends some mixed signals. Water-carved valleys and lakebeds leave little doubt that water once flowed on the surface. But climate models for early Mars suggest average temperatures around the globe stayed well below freezing.

Read more : http://www.geologypage.com/2017/10/study-shows-water-flowed-cold-icy-ancient-mars.html

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Mark Hamill, Billie Lourd, and Gary the Dog Wished Carrie Fisher a Happy Birthday http://vntyfr.com/dgArAYm

"Expert" before last weeks Thursday night game- Whoever wins the Eagles vs panthers game that team is the Best team in the conference. Possible NFC championship preview. Eagles win. Same "Expert" today - Eagles are a fake team (wouldn't explain how) and the Rams are the best team in the NFC. If the Eagles make the playoffs... #Norespect

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Seahawks' Bennett will continue protests, says Colin Kaepernick shouldn't be 'sacrificed': The Seahawks' Michael Bennett sat again during the national anthem Sunday. He explained his decision and discussed the topic of anthem protests as they relate to former 49ers QB Colin Kaepnerick. http://dlvr.it/Px4zCD

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Trump Attacks a Grieving Widow’s Account https://trib.al/JTF9qpX

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Amazon and Google are evidently still feuding

#android #news #google #amazon

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Think Google is obliged to help major media outlets stay profitable?

#android #news #google #internet #media

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The universe shouldn't exist, scientists say after finding bizarre behaviour of anti-matter
We don't know why the universe isn't destroying itself

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The Walking Dead Staggers On for Another Year https://trib.al/YNCQ7Rt

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Republican Investigator Trey Gowdy Stops Pretending, Admits ‘This Is Politics’ http://nym.ag/2laZPpl
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