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  • This Is Why Dogs Smile

    12/12/2018 2:52:09 PM PST · by ETL · 17 replies
    Yahoo.com - Lifestyle ^ | Dec 12, 2018 | Ashley Moor
    One of the things that makes dogs so special is the myriad ways in which they manage to communicate with you. There’s the way they stare at you when you’re eating dinner, the speedily wagging tail when you come home after a long day, and the goofy grin they give you when that belly rub truly hits the spot. But why dogs smile actually has more meaning than you might think. According to the experts at the ASPCA, a dog’s smile can be characterized as a display of the front teeth, normally paired with a lowered head, wagging tail, flattened...
  • This is why I dislike liberals

    12/12/2018 2:10:29 PM PST · by EdnaMode · 22 replies
    Christian Post ^ | December 5, 2018 | Rachel Alexander
    I have a lefty friend who never stops insulting me because of my conservative and Christian views. Sometimes I wonder how I remain friends with him, but I’m a pretty easygoing person. He sent me an email the other day with the most vile, false stereotypes about conservatives and Christians, and said this is why he can’t stand us. So I thought why don’t I show him what it’s like to have someone portray your viewpoints as all offensive stereotypes? Conservatives are too nice, we’re too polite; we want to believe liberals have good intentions, they’re just misguided. So here’s...
  • "Memoirs of a Pine Tree" by Henry Livingston (1792) - illustrated

    12/12/2018 2:01:46 PM PST · by mairdie · 8 replies
    YouTube ^ | 1792 | Henry Livingston
    This prose piece was published by Henry Livingston in the New-York Magazine in February, 1792. It describes the world as seen from the point of view of a pine tree first emerging from its cone. Narrated by Byron Nilsson and illustrated.
  • Ravens Lamar Jackson Starting At QB, Joe Flacco ‘Disappointed’

    12/12/2018 1:37:40 PM PST · by C19fan · 11 replies
    CBS Baltimore ^ | December 12, 2018 | Mark Viviano
    Lamar Jackson will start as quarterback for the Ravens this Sunday when they face the Buccaneers, despite Joe Flacco being cleared to play. Coach John Harbaugh made the announcement Wednesday, saying Flacco will suit up Sunday, but that Jackson will start.
  • Paying Just 2% (or less) of a $550 Monthly Premium ($11/Month) is Too Little

    12/12/2018 1:23:18 PM PST · by Brian Griffin · 6 replies
    Brian Griffin | 12/12/2018 | Brian Griffin
    If you had to pay $11/month for unlimited health care cost coverage, you might think health care costs aren't a problem. If you are a Democrat and had to pay $55/month for unlimited health care cost coverage, you might support efforts to rein in health care costs. I believe, effective January 1, 2020, Section 36B(b)(2)(A)(ii) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 should read: ‘‘(ii) SPECIAL RULE FOR TAXPAYERS UNDER 133 PERCENT OF POVERTY LINE.—If a taxpayer’s household income for the taxable year is in excess of 100 percent, but not more than 133 percent, of the poverty line for...
  • Jersey City teams up with Amazon to scare away porch pirates

    12/12/2018 1:00:47 PM PST · by SMGFan · 15 replies
    Jersey Journal ^ | December 12, 2018
    Tired of Grinches stealing a little bit of Christmas, Jersey City and e-commerce giant Amazon are teaming up to put the fear of Cindy Lou Who into package thieves. Amazon has supplied the city with Ring video doorbells, “dummy” boxes and GPS devices to help catch porch pirates in the act -- or at least on video. The program is the first of its kind on the East Coast, Jersey City spokeswoman Ashley Manz said. It didn’t take long to see how effective the tools, combined with a concerted effort by the police department’s Burglary Unit, could be. “Eight minutes...
  • Crashes increase when speed limits dip far below engineering recommendation

    12/12/2018 12:54:09 PM PST · by ETL · 26 replies
    Phys.org ^ | Dec 12, 2018 | Pennsylvania State University
    Speed limits set only five miles per hour below engineering recommendations produce a statistically significant decrease in total, fatal and injury crashes, and property-damage-only crashes, according to a group of Penn State researchers. "If (however) you lower the speed limit by 10, 15, 25 miles per hour, or more, drivers stop paying attention," said Vikash Gayah, assistant professor of civil engineering. "We found there was an increase in fatal and injury crashes at locations with posted speed limits set 10 miles per hour or more below engineering recommendations."Speed limits are normally set based on results from engineering studies that collect...
  • Windows 10 October 2018 Update problems: how to fix them

    12/12/2018 12:29:41 PM PST · by fireman15 · 26 replies
    Tech Radar ^ | November 23, 2018 | Matt Hanson
    Update: After pausing the rollout of the update and extensively testing the software to make sure most issues have been fixed, Microsoft has now made the Windows 10 October 2018 Update once again available to download. We will keep updating this guide with any new issues we find. Some people have reported that they have encountered Windows 10 October 2018 Update problems since downloading and installing it. If you’re running into Windows 10 October 2018 Update problems, we have you covered and have gathered up all the Windows 10 October Update problems and fixes right here in this convenient guide....
  • Today's Whites and Blacks Take Credit for What Their Ancestors Did

    12/12/2018 12:04:41 PM PST · by rebuildus · 24 replies
    PRRooney.com ^ | 12/12/18 | Patrick Rooney
    There’s an interesting story out there—a white male Columbia University student joyfully exclaimed his love for white people on a viral video shown on Twitter. “Europeans built the modern world,” he said.. “We invented science and industry and you want to tell us to stop because, ‘Oh my God, we’re so bad.’ We invented the modern world.” The student, later identified as Julian von Abele, a sophomore at the school, appeared a bit “toasted,” to use a word known to college students everywhere. If he was, maybe it helped him get up the courage to tell the un-tellable truth in...
  • Indian ocean may be more disruptive to tropical climate than previously believed

    12/12/2018 11:36:41 AM PST · by ETL · 28 replies
    Phys.org ^ | Dec 12, 2018 | University of Texas at Austin
    The climate model simulations used in the study reveal changes in sea surface and prevailing winds during the last glacial maximum of the most recent ice age as well as for future climate conditions. Credit: Pedro DiNezio The Indian Ocean played a far greater role in driving climate change during the last ice age than previously believed and may disrupt climate again in the future. That's according to a new study from The University of Texas at Austin, the findings of which could rewrite established Pacific-centric theories on tropical climate change. "The processes we have uncovered are particularly important for...
  • Comedian refused to sign 'behavioural agreement' before gig

    12/12/2018 10:33:32 AM PST · by csvset · 35 replies
    BBC ^ | 12 Dec 2018 | Staff
    A comedian has turned down a gig at a university after being asked to sign a "behavioural agreement" first. Konstantin Kisin was warned about a "no tolerance policy" on topics including racism, sexism and transphobia. He was asked to perform at a gig at the School of African and Oriental Studies (SOAS) in London, organised by university society Unicef on Campus. The group has since apologised and the Students' Union says it "believes fully in freedom of speech". Konstantin told Radio 1 Newsbeat the experience reflects a growing trend of free speech becoming stifled on university campuses across the UK....
  • May is gone

    12/12/2018 10:05:54 AM PST · by Mechanicos · 71 replies
    Twitter ^ | 9:25 AM - 12 Dec 2018 | Tom Newton Dunn
    Tory MP says Theresa May has just told them she will resign as PM before the next general election. Some Ministers reported to be in tears inside the committee room.
  • South African skeleton shows humans learned to walk upright in the trees

    12/12/2018 9:52:39 AM PST · by ETL · 33 replies
    Phys.org ^ | Dec 10, 2018 | University of Liverpool
    The analysis of the world's most complete skeleton of an early human ancestor, conducted by a research collaboration involving the University of Liverpool, offers conclusive evidence that human ancestors became efficient upright walkers while they were still substantially tree dwelling animals. The first bones of the 3.67 million old skeleton, specimen StW 573 nicknamed 'Little Foot', were 12 foot bones and leg bone fragments identified in boxes in the 1990s. The rest of the skeleton has undergone two decades of painstaking excavation, cleaning, restoring and analysis. It was found in a very deep cavern, with the bone embedded in a...
  • Lest Ye Sorrow

    12/12/2018 9:47:44 AM PST · by BeadCounter · 3 replies
    Youtube ^ | Jan. 30, 2017 | Fountainview Academy
    The lyrics are basically 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, KJV (for the most part. ) 13 Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. 14 For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. 15 According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not...
  • How stereo was first sold to a skeptical public

    12/12/2018 9:31:34 AM PST · by ETL · 106 replies
    Phys.org ^ | Dec 12, 2018 | Jonathan Schroeder And Janet Borgerson
    When we hear the word "stereo" today, we might simply think of a sound system, as in "turn on the stereo." But stereo actually is a specific technology, like video streaming or the latest expresso maker. Sixty years ago, it was introduced for the first time. Whenever a new technology comes along – whether it's Bluetooth, high-definition TV or Wi-Fi – it needs to be explained, packaged and promoted to customers who are happy with their current products.Stereo was no different. As we explore in our recent book, "Designed for Hi-Fi Living: The Vinyl LP in Midcentury America," stereo needed...
  • Baby It's Cold Outside

    12/12/2018 8:58:12 AM PST · by New Jersey Realist · 5 replies
    You'll love watching Hillary and Donald singing this song.
  • Apollo Conspiracy? NASA Invites Skeptic Steph Curry to See Moon-Landing Evidence

    12/12/2018 8:24:03 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 58 replies
    Space.com ^ | Mike Wall
    It's possible that Curry was joking. But, if he was being serious, NASA would like to help the two-time NBA MVP and three-time champion see the light, as The New York Times reported yesterday. "There's lots of evidence NASA landed 12 American astronauts on the moon from 1969-1972. We'd love for Mr. Curry to tour the lunar lab at our Johnson Space Center in Houston, perhaps the next time the Warriors are in town to play the Rockets," NASA spokesman Allard Beutel told Space.com via email. "We have hundreds of pounds of moon rocks stored there, and the Apollo mission...
  • Radar Mystery Hasn't Been Solved Yet

    12/12/2018 8:18:03 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 36 replies
    Courier & Press ^ | 12/11/18 | Jon Webb
    When large, storm-like blips flashed across radar in Southern Illinois and Western Kentucky, the National Weather Service was stunned – because it wasn’t raining a drop. All kinds of guesses flared up on social media: a flock of birds; aliens; residue the government uses to control the weather, etc. But a tweet from Eyewitness News meteorologist Wayne Hart on Tuesday morning seemingly cleared the fog. Citing an unnamed pilot, he said Evansville air traffic control claimed a military C-130 released a stream of chaff – radar-jamming material sometimes used during training exercises – a few miles northwest of Evansville. A...
  • Which country will win the artificial intelligence arms race?

    12/12/2018 8:12:44 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/12/2018 | Julio Rivera
    When it comes to sheer military might, it is safe to say the United States Military is among the strongest armed forces in the world. It surpasses every other major superpower when it comes to military funding, technology, and power projection. However, unbeknownst to most people, there is a silent arms race happening right now for a technology that has the potential to change the status quo of military supremacy. That technology is artificial intelligence (A.I.). A.I., also known as machine learning, is the use of computer systems developed to perform tasks where human intelligence is normally necessary. Modern A.I....
  • Physicists Create Quark-Gluon Plasma Droplets

    12/12/2018 7:17:18 AM PST · by ETL · 34 replies
    Sci-News.com ^ | Dec 12, 2018 | News Staff / Source
    Scientists believe that quark-gluon plasma filled the entire Universe during the first few microseconds after the Big Bang when the Universe was still too hot for particles to come together to make atoms.The PHENIX team used the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) at Brookhaven National Laboratory to recreate that matter.In a series of tests, the physicists smashed packets of small projectiles in different combinations (single protons, two-particle deuterons, and three-particle helium-3 nuclei) into much bigger gold nuclei.“RHIC is the only accelerator in the world where we can perform such a tightly controlled experiment, colliding particles made of one, two, and...