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See the current conditions of #Linux kernel development in this report from Jonathan Corbet:

https://www.linux.com/news/2017/7/linux-weather-forecast

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Data Detectives Shift Suspicions in Alzheimer's from Usual Suspect to Inside Villain

The mass pursuit of a conspicuous suspect in Alzheimer’s disease may have encumbered research success for decades. Now, a new data analysis that has untangled evidence amassed in years of Alzheimer’s studies encourages researchers to refocus their investigations.

The research is in Journal of Alzheimer's Disease. (full open access)

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Former Panther Rae Carruth breaks silence with an apology letter; Saundra Adams responds: After 17 years in prison, former Panther Rae Carruth has broken his silence with an apology letter. http://dlvr.it/QH0d7b

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Water On Mars? : Previous evidence of water on Mars now identified as grainflows | #Geology #GeologyPage #Mars

Dark features previously proposed as evidence for significant liquid water flowing on Mars have now been identified as granular flows, where sand and dust move rather than liquid water, according to a new article published in Nature Geoscience by the U.S. Geological Survey.

Read more : http://www.geologypage.com/2017/11/water-mars-previous-evidence-water-mars-now-identified-grainflows.html

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To Sleep, Perchance to Forget

The debate in sleep science has gone on for a generation. People and other animals sicken and die if they are deprived of sleep, but why is sleep so essential?

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Survey of Presidential Politics Experts Says Trump is the Worst of All Time http://nym.ag/2oj84hq

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Students Send A Message To Trump And The NRA With White House Die In: Students are fighting for their lives against gun violence, and to make sure that the NRA and Trump know that they aren’t going away, they are holding a die in at the White House. Video: 17 students hold a die in at White House to demand action on gun violence. pic.twitter.com/xunMfwEBCt — Sarah Reese Jones […] The post Students Send A Message To Trump And The NRA With White House Die In appeared first on Politicus USA.

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Social Media Statistics 2018

Oh, you like social media statistics? Me too. So I gathered all the ones I thought were most interesting and put them into one place (with a pretty infographic at the end).

But a word for the wise...

Statistics don't mean much really when it comes to building your audience. What's most important is how good you are at connecting with real people in a real way. Building relationships is the key.

It doesn't matter if a network has 2 billion people on it if you can't connect with more than a few dozen every time you share something.

Am I right?

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Newborn Babies Who Suffered Stroke Regain Language Function in Opposite Side of Brain

It's not rare that a baby experiences a stroke around the time it is born. Birth is hard on the brain, as is the change in blood circulation from the mother to the neonate. At least 1 in 4,000 babies are affected shortly before, during, or after birth.

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The Most Disappointing NBA Players This Season
https://www.mixtapes.tv/?p=41113

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Twilight Canal. Venice, Italy

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Her eyes were greens.
London, Shoreditch, Jan 31st 2018

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"We don't meet people by accident. They are meant to cross or path for a reason." - unknown

#mechanoidmonday #lego #toy_photographers #womenintoyphotography #xxsjc #krashes_kustoms

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illusion

#hqspphotoart +HQSP Photo Art

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Hello

Red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris)

Svartskog, Norway

One of the many squirrels I enjoy around my home, and this one is on the hunt for immature pine cones – at least to me as they are green and far from opening up. But inside these green cones are the seeds of choice, and every season the squirrels come to shred as many cones per tree as they can. And this tree right in front of my house is being picked clean every year, so it must have really yummy seeds.

And under each pine tree is a huge amount of cone pieces – the annual gift from the squirrels, and a reminder of my childhood and how my bare feet were hurt every summer by these sharps pieces.

Now it is midwinter and very much snow, and I enjoy 5 squirrels eating from my hand-outs every day, yet I dread the cold and snow so much that I’d rather pick a picture from summer than sitting outside in the cold capturing a winter wonderland squirrel….

Oh spring how I long for thee!

Image Copyright © 2017 +Morten Ross
Image Capture Date: 26 June 2017 15:18
Altitude: 10 meters

#squirrel #mammals #svartskog

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Waiting to Cross

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Language and Biology

Language acquisition piggybacks on ancient biology which preexists Homo sapiens and can be found in animals.

"Contrary to popular belief, the researchers found that learning a language does not rely on brain circuitry specifically dedicated to language learning."

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A new paper by researchers presents strong evidence that language is learned using two general-purpose brain systems (declarative memory and procedural memory) that are evolutionarily ancient and not language specific. For this analysis, the research team statistically 'synthesized' the findings of 16 previous studies that examined language learning via declarative and procedural memory, which are two well-studied brain systems.

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[ Crystalization / Automation ]

Declarative memory refers to crystallized knowledge that you could learn while sitting in a chair without having to practice finely-tuned motor coordination. Declarative memories, such as knowing all 50 states and the District of Columbia or memorizing SAT vocab words, can easily be described on a written test. On the flip side, procedural memory encompasses things like playing a musical instrument or riding a bicycle, which everyone must learn by actually performing the task. Over time, procedural memory becomes automatized in unconscious ways through practice, practice, practice.

[ Memorization / Combination ]

Interestingly, results of this analysis showed that memorizing vocabulary words used in a language relied on declarative memory. However, grammar and syntax, which allow us to fluidly combine words into sentences that follow the rules of a language, relies more on procedural memory.

When acquiring their native language, children utilize procedural memory to master grammar and syntax without necessarily “knowing” the rules. However, when adults begin to learn a second language, grammatical rules are initially memorized using declarative memory. As would be expected, grammar and syntax switch to procedural memory systems at later stages of language acquisition as someone becomes more fluent.

[ Common Origins ]

"These brain systems are also found in animals. For example, rats use them when they learn to navigate a maze," co-author Phillip Hamrick of Kent State University in Ohio said in a statement. "Whatever changes these systems might have undergone to support language, the fact that they play an important role in this critical human ability is quite remarkable."

Our conclusion that language is learned in such ancient general-purpose systems contrasts with the long-standing theory that language depends on innately-specified language modules found only in humans.

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That’s here; that’s home; that’s us—the two bright objects in this picture are Earth and the Moon, imaged by NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft on January 17, 2018 from a distance of 39.5 million miles (63.5 million km). This is about the distance between Earth…

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The FBI's War on Black-Owned Bookstores https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/02/fbi-black-bookstores/553598/ -via Flynx

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Donald Trump Attacks Oprah Once Again After '60 Minutes' Appearance - 'She Will Be Exposed And Defeated' If She Runs For President
http://celebrityinsider.org/donald-trump-attacks-oprah-once-again-after-60-minutes-appearance-she-will-be-exposed-and-defeated-if-she-runs-for-president-117051/
#celebritynews #DonaldTrump, #OprahWinfrey celebrityinsider.org #Politics #celebrities #celebrity #celebrityinsider
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