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Kim Jong Un Calls Trump 'Mentally Deranged U.S. Dotard' https://trib.al/0gnXjxZ

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The new scheme could save you big bucks on a Google Pixel, but the prices may come as a disappointment overall. #News #Google #GooglePixel

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The Snake in Taylor Swift’s LWYMMD Video DOES NOT Mean what you Thought #celebs #celebrities #entertainment #taylorswift

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The best diet for a healthy heart is one that is chock-full of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytochemicals, and fiber. Here are my nominations for the top 10 heart-healthy foods.

http://www.herbsmedicines.com/10-best-foods-heart-health/

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Two Stars, Three Dimensions, and Oodles of Energy

For decades, astronomers have known about irregular outbursts from the double star system V745 Sco, which is located about 25,000 light years from Earth. Astronomers were caught by surprise when previous outbursts from this system were seen in 1937 and 1989. When the system erupted on February 6, 2014, however, scientists were ready to observe the event with a suite of telescopes including NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory.

V745 Sco is a binary star system that consists of a red giant star and a white dwarf locked together by gravity. These two stellar objects orbit so closely around one another that the outer layers of the red giant are pulled away by the intense gravitational force of the white dwarf. This material gradually falls onto the surface of the white dwarf. Over time, enough material may accumulate on the white dwarf to trigger a colossal thermonuclear explosion, causing a dramatic brightening of the binary called a nova. Astronomers saw V745 Sco fade by a factor of a thousand in optical light over the course of about 9 days.

Astronomers observed V745 Sco with Chandra a little over two weeks after the 2014 outburst. Their key finding was it appeared that most of the material ejected by the explosion was moving towards us. To explain this, a team of scientists from the INAF-Osservatorio Astronomico di Palermo, the University of Palermo, and the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics constructed a three-dimensional (3D) computer model of the explosion, and adjusted the model until it explained the observations. In this model they included a large disk of cool gas around the equator of the binary caused by the white dwarf pulling on a wind of gas streaming away from the red giant.

The computer calculations showed that the nova explosion’s blast wave and ejected material were likely concentrated along the north and south poles of the binary system. This shape was caused by the blast wave slamming into the disk of cool gas around the binary. This interaction caused the blast wave and ejected material to slow down along the direction of this disk and produce an expanding ring of hot, X-ray emitting gas. X-rays from the material moving away from us were mostly absorbed and blocked by the material moving towards Earth, explaining why it appeared that most of the material was moving towards us.

In the figure showing the new 3D model of the explosion, the blast wave is yellow, the mass ejected by the explosion is purple, and the disk of cooler material, which is mostly untouched by the effects of the blast wave, is blue. The cavity visible on the left side of the ejected material (see the labeled version) is the result of the debris from the white dwarf’s surface being slowed down as it strikes the red giant. An inset shows an optical image from the Siding Springs Observatory in Australia with V745 Sco in the center.

An extraordinary amount of energy was released during the explosion, equivalent to about 10 million trillion hydrogen bombs. The authors estimate that material weighing about one tenth of the Earth’s mass was ejected.

While this stellar-sized belch was impressive, the amount of mass ejected was still far smaller than the amount what scientists calculate is needed to trigger the explosion. This means that despite the recurrent explosions, a substantial amount of material is accumulating on the surface of the white dwarf. If enough material accumulates, the white dwarf could undergo a thermonuclear explosion and be completely destroyed. Astronomers use these so-called Type Ia supernovas as cosmic distance markers to measure the expansion of the Universe.

The scientists were also able to determine the chemical composition of the material expelled by the nova. Their analysis of this data implies that the white dwarf is mainly composed of carbon and oxygen.

A paper describing these results was published in the February 1st, 2017 issue of the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society and is available online. The authors are Salvatore Orlando from the INAF-Osservatorio Astronomico di Palermo in Italy, Jeremy Drake from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, MA and Marco Miceli from the University of Palermo.

NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, manages the Chandra program for NASA's Science Mission Directorate in Washington. The Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory in Cambridge, Massachusetts, controls Chandra's science and flight operations.

Image credit: Illustrated model: NASA/CXC/M.Weiss

Read More from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory.

For more Chandra images, multimedia and related materials, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/chandra

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An Interconnection Between the Nervous and Immune System

From the article: "A newly-discovered reflex arc mediates a process which leads to a disruption in the hormones secreted by the adrenal glands which, in turn, results in an increased susceptibility to bacterial infections."

http://neurosciencenews.com/immune-neuroendocrine-7519/

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Miley Cyrus Answers Your Burning Questions About the Red Carpet, Dolly Parton, and What Gives Her Anxiety https://trib.al/KNd7bja

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Looks like this merger may happen pretty soon. Do you think it'll get approved?

#android #news #tmobile #sprint

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Former NFL safety Jack Brewer told FOX Business that he will never let his son play football.

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Donald Trump used his maiden address to the UNGA to warn "Rocket Man" Kim that he will "totally destroy" North Korea if it threatens the United States or its allies.

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Basketball article of the day… Sept 22, 2017
Rebound-Outlet-Break Drill

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New Star Wars: The Last Jedi Photos Show Rey and Luke Skywalker Having a Stare-Down http://vult.re/2xjglZf

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Incredible – Rub Index Finger 60 Second And See What Happen To Your Body

Can you imagine that just by rubbing your fingers you can get rid of some of the health issues? Hard to believe isn’t it? But it is true and amazing. 60 seconds of rubbing process of your finger will provide you an extraordinary experience of well-being.

#finger #health #disease #remedy #cure #healthcare #herbal #healthyliving #naturalremedies #healthy #homeremedies #healthbenefits #cure #remedy

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Taylor Swift & Nicki Minaj Fans TEAM UP Against Cardi B & Here's Why #celebs #celebrities #celebrity

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Now this is a very rare view of Saturn that you never see from Earth, right from above, taken by the Cassini spacecraft. Saturn is BEAUTIFUL ! The pale ochre yellow ball with cloud bands goes so well with the dirty-yellow dust/ice rings. This is gravity working with mathematical perfection by an Intellect, the rings looking like the old LP vinyl record! Just marvel at the "ring-tracks" all the way round, perfectly concentric. Then there is the hexagonal pole cap. Seeing Saturn with your own eyes through a big telescope is a wonderful sight!

Starting from Saturn outwards, there are three basic rings (there are more, but very hard for us to see from Earth):
• The dark grey rocky-dust ring, the C ring.
• The "middle" B ring (seen as "icy" in the telescope as the brightest ring, yellow-white, rather like snow in sunshine). The Cassini Division separates B and A.
• The outer A ring (which is more dusty and finer). Has the Encke Gap.

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through the wall

#hqspphotoart +HQSP Photo Art

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Oberbaumbrücke with U5

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The fate of humanity rests in her hands. Alicia Vikander is Lara Croft. #TombRaider

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[Update: Now in India] Samsung Bixby's voice commands are rolling to more than 200 countries.

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Google+ posts on the web redesigned with simplified comments view

This change has been live for the past few days but I only got it today. Having the +1, comment and share buttons right aligned will take a bit of getting used to, especially with the Android and iOS apps still having the old design.

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Amazing Mobile Features of Google Classroom - New Recorded Webinar and Blog Post
http://www.controlaltachieve.com/2017/09/mobile-classroom.html
See why you and your students need to be using the mobile app version of Google Classroom to take advantage of awesome features including digital handwriting, taking pictures, recording videos, sharing with other apps, notifications, and more! +Google for Education

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Interesting thoughts.

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Google Store's trade-in program is already live for the Pixel, and the offers aren't great http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/AndroidPolice/~3/0x3k5y3WS2k/

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Gary Cornish: ‘All that’s on my mind is on becoming British champion’ http://www.boxingnewsonline.net/gary-cornish-all-my-focus-is-on-becoming-british-champion/

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In the WWE endorsed +UpUpDownDown, #XavierWoods play Smite which also supports Connor's Cure: Fighting Pediatric Cancer.

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Clapper sidestepping the fact that Manafort and Trump conversations were picked up in wiretaps supposedly on Manafort...but if Manafort was wiretapped and he spoke with Trump you can bet the conversations got special attention during the campaign for president...

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The HTC U11 Plus with an 18:9 display could be coming soon. Is it too little too late for the struggling Taiwanese OEM or a perfect follow-up to the U11? #News #HTC #HTCU11

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Stay safe people...

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Alone In The Spotlight

This is my final entry for the music challenge this month over in the Toy Photography community. When I was thinking about music, I first thought about the wild rock and roll side of the world. Then in the cold dark of night I thought about being on stage myself, and how alone and terrifying it would be to stand on stage in a large theatre, all alone in the spotlight, with all eyes on me. The idea for this shot immediately formed in my head.

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Intelligence and Rationality

Neuroscientist Tali Sharot on the paradoxical nature of intelligence – blurring the line between logic and belief.

"Smart people are just as illogical, and what's more, they are even more skilled at skewing data to align with their beliefs."

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If you want someone to see an issue rationally, you just show them the facts, right? No one can refute a fact. Well, brain imaging and psychological studies are showing that, society wide, we may be on the wrong path by holding evidence up as an Ace card. When something doesn’t conform to what I already believe, what people tend to do is either disregard it or rationalize it away.

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Neuroscientist Tali Sharot and her colleagues have proven that reading the same set of facts polarizes groups of people even further, because of our in-built confirmation biases—something we all fall prey to, equally.

The research disproves the idea that the social divisions we are experiencing right now—over climate change, gun control, or vaccines—are somehow the result of an intelligence gap: smart people are just as illogical, and what's more, they are even more skilled at skewing data to align with their beliefs.

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[ Confirmation Bias ]

In an experiment we gave people information and as a result it caused polarization, it didn’t cause people to come together.

For people who did not believe in climate change, when they heard that the scientists are saying, “Actually it’s not that bad,” they changed their beliefs even more in that direction, so they became more extremist in that direction, but when they heard that the scientists think it’s much worse they didn’t nudge.

And the people who already believe that climate change is man-made, when they heard that scientists are saying things are much worse than they said before, they moved more in that direction, so they became more polarized, but when they heard scientists are saying it’s not that bad they didn’t nudge much.

[ Integration Inflation ]

So the question is, what’s happening inside our brain that causes this? In one study we scanned brain activity of two people who were interacting, and what we found was when those two people agreed on a question that we gave them, the brain was really encoding what the other person was saying, the details that they gave; but when the two people disagreed it looked metaphorically as if the brain was switching off and not encoding what the other person was saying. When they agreed they became even more confident, but when they disagreed there wasn’t as much of a change in their confidence in their own view.

[ Intelligent Conformity ]

What has been shown by Kahan and colleagues from Yale University is that the more intelligent you are the more likely you are to change data at will. So what they did is they first gave participants in their experiment analytical and math questions to solve, and then they gave them data about gun control: is gun control actually reducing violence?

And they found that more “intelligent” people actually were more likely to twist data at will to make it conform to what they already believed. So it seems that people are using their intelligence not necessarily to find the truth, but to take in the information and change it to conform to what they already believe.

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[ The Backfire Effect ]

So that suggests that just giving people information without considering first where they’re coming from may backfire at us, but we don’t always need to go against someone’s conviction in order to change their behavior, and let me give you an example.

[ Scientific Denial ]

So this is a study that was conducted at UCLA where what they wanted to do is convince parents to vaccinate their kids. And some of the parents didn’t want to vaccinate their kids because they were afraid of the link with autism. So they had two approaches, first they said, “Well the link with autism is actually not real, here’s all the data suggesting there isn’t a link between vaccines and autism.” And it didn’t really work that well.

[ Bias Reframing ]

So instead of going that way they used another approach, which was: let’s not talk about autism, we don’t necessarily need to talk about autism to convince you to vaccinate your kids. Instead they said, “Well look, these vaccines protect kids from deadly diseases, from the measles,” and they showed them pictures of what the measles are. Because in this argument about vaccines people actually forgot what the vaccines are for, what are they protecting us from. And they highlighted that and didn’t necessarily go on to discuss autism. That had a much better outcome. The parents were much more likely to say, “Yes we are going to vaccinate our kids.”

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So if facts aren't the way forward, what is? There is one thing that may help us swap the moral high ground for actual progress: finding common motives. Here, Sharot explains why identifying a shared goal is better than winning a fight.

So the lesson here is that we need to find the common motive. The common motive in the example above was the health of the children, not necessarily going back to the thing that they were arguing about, that they disagreed about.
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