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Shocking gaps in basic knowledge of deep sea life

Human interference in the deep sea could already be outpacing our basic understanding of how it functions.
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Posted: August 21, 2017, 10:10 pm

New climate change report likely to be ignored to death

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration officially confirmed last week that 2016 was the Earth's hottest year on record, surpassing 2015, which surpassed 2014. The NOAA had reported this unofficially back in January. What made last week's announcement noteworthy is that the NOAA is now part of the administration of President Donald Trump, who has famously called global warming a "hoax."
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Posted: August 21, 2017, 8:10 pm

GE's Immelt among finalists in Uber CEO search

Two people briefed on Uber's search for a new CEO say former General Electric chief executive Jeffrey Immelt is among the finalists under consideration. But they say there's no clear consensus on Uber's board about a front-runner.
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Posted: August 21, 2017, 7:52 pm

Researchers find an alternative mode of bacterial quorum sensing

Whether growing in a puddle of dirty water or inside the human body, large groups of bacteria must coordinate their behavior to perform essential tasks that they would not be able to carry out individually. Bacteria achieve this coordination through a process called quorum sensing in which the microorganisms produce and secrete small molecules called autoinducers that can be detected by neighboring bacterial cells. Only when a large number of bacteria are present can the levels of secreted autoinducer build up to the point where the community can detect them and respond as a coordinated group.
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Posted: August 21, 2017, 7:51 pm

Clean energy scores a small victory

Government scientists worried that their long-in-the-works assessment of climate change would be suppressed. The concern hardly rates as overwrought. Scott Pruitt, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, says he does not believe that carbon dioxide is a primary contributor to global warming. President Donald Trump has called the concept a hoax pushed by the Chinese. (Or maybe he was joking?)
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Posted: August 21, 2017, 7:40 pm

Hackers hit Malaysian sites over Indonesia flag gaffe

Indonesian hackers on Monday claimed responsibility for attacking more than 30 Malaysian websites following a gaffe that saw Indonesia's flag printed upside-down in a Southeast Asian Games commemorative magazine.
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Posted: August 21, 2017, 7:20 pm

Google to serve next version of Android as 'Oreo"

An upcoming update to Google's Android software finally has a delectable name. The next version will be known as Oreo, extending Google's tradition of naming each version after a sweet treat.
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Posted: August 21, 2017, 7:15 pm

Get Started: FBI warns of spreading W-2 email theft scheme

The IRS is warning businesses about a sharp increase in email phishing scams involving employees' W-2 forms—scams that can put staffers' Social Security numbers and other critical information in the hands of thieves.
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Posted: August 21, 2017, 7:10 pm

Targeted forest regeneration: A blueprint for conserving tropical biological diversity?

Tropical forests contain more than one-half of all plant and animal species on Earth. Unfortunately, they are disappearing at the highest rate of any forests worldwide. Furthermore, many of the most threatened tropical species are restricted to 20 or so biodiversity hotspots, which are sites that have lost more than 70 percent of their original habitat.
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Posted: August 21, 2017, 7:00 pm

Chemicals from gut bacteria maintain vitality in aging animals

A class of chemicals made by intestinal bacteria, known as indoles, help worms, flies and mice maintain mobility and resilience for more of their lifespans, scientists have discovered.
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Posted: August 21, 2017, 7:00 pm

Evolutionary arms 'chase'

In nature, plants engage in a never-ending battle to avoid being eaten. Unable to run away, plant species have evolved defenses to deter herbivores; they have spines, produce nasty chemicals, or grow tough leaves that are difficult to chew. For years, scientists have assumed that herbivores and plants are locked into evolutionary competition in which a plant evolves a defense, the herbivore evolves a workaround, and so on.
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Posted: August 21, 2017, 7:00 pm

Chile rejects iron mine to protect penguins

Chile on Monday rejected plans for a $2.5 billion iron-mining project in order to protect thousands of endangered penguins.
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Posted: August 21, 2017, 7:00 pm

Polarization for controversial scientific issues increases with more education

A commonly proposed solution to help diffuse the political and religious polarization surrounding controversial scientific issues like evolution or climate change is education.
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Posted: August 21, 2017, 7:00 pm

Analysis of a 'rusty' lunar rock suggests the moon's interior is dry

The moon is likely very dry in its interior according to a new study from researchers at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego, published August 21, 2017 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
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Posted: August 21, 2017, 7:00 pm

Dino-killing asteroid could have thrust Earth into 2 years of darkness

Tremendous amounts of soot, lofted into the air from global wildfires following a massive asteroid strike 66 million years ago, would have plunged Earth into darkness for nearly two years, new research finds. This would have shut down photosynthesis, drastically cooled the planet, and contributed to the mass extinction that marked the end of the age of dinosaurs.
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Posted: August 21, 2017, 7:00 pm

Virus reprograms ocean plankton

A virus which infects ocean plankton can reprogramme cells and change the way they absorb nutrients - potentially changing how carbon is stored in the ocean, new research shows.
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Posted: August 21, 2017, 7:00 pm

Walmart expands grocery service with Uber to 2 more markets

Walmart is expanding its grocery delivery service with ride-hailing service Uber to two more markets—Dallas and Orlando, Florida.
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Posted: August 21, 2017, 6:50 pm

Historic eclipse turns day into night across the US (Update)

Millions of Americans gazed in wonder through telescopes, cameras and disposable protective glasses Monday as the moon blotted out the sun in the first full-blown solar eclipse to sweep the U.S. from coast to coast in nearly a century.
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Posted: August 21, 2017, 6:39 pm

Mars weather: 'Cloudy, chance of nighttime snowstorm'

Mars is buffeted by turbulent snowstorms that occur only at night, according to a study released Monday that revises our understanding of Red Planet weather.
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Posted: August 21, 2017, 6:29 pm

People favor highly reviewed products, even when they shouldn't

When we're trying to decide which cell phone case to buy or which hotel room to book, we often rely on the ratings and reviews of others to help us choose. But new research suggests that we tend to use this information in ways that can actually work to our disadvantage.
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Posted: August 21, 2017, 6:18 pm

Biofuels from bacteria

You might not cook with this sugar, but from a biofuels standpoint, it's pretty sweet. A Bay Area company has patented a group of three single-celled, algae-like organisms that, when grown together, can produce high quantities of sugar just right for making biofuels. Sandia National Laboratories is helping HelioBioSys Inc. learn whether farming them on a large scale would be successful.
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Posted: August 21, 2017, 6:10 pm

A good read: AI evaluates quality of short stories

The idea that artificial intelligence will someday be able to understand and even generate narratives has inspired and motivated researchers for years. A question inextricably bound to both lines of research remains unresolved, however: Can AI recognize a good story if it sees one?
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Posted: August 21, 2017, 6:07 pm

Plants under heat stress must act surprisingly quickly to survive

In new results reported in The Plant Cell, molecular biologist Elizabeth Vierling at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and colleagues in India and China report finding a crucial mechanism that plants need to recover from heat stress.
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Posted: August 21, 2017, 5:40 pm

Warmer waters from climate change will leave fish shrinking, gasping for air

Fish are expected to shrink in size by 20 to 30 per cent if ocean temperatures continue to climb due to climate change.
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Posted: August 21, 2017, 3:34 pm

Understanding brittle crack behaviors to design stronger materials

In a paper published in Nature Physics, Northeastern University Department of Physics Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor Alain Karma, in collaboration with his postdoctoral research associate Chih-Hung Chen and Professor Eran Bouchbinder of the Weizmann Institute of Science's Chemical Physics Department, discovered the mechanism that causes cracks to behave strangely when they spread very rapidly in brittle materials. The results of this study will help researchers better understand how fragile materials, such as glass, ceramic, polymers, and bone break—often catastrophically—and how to better design materials to avoid failure.
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Posted: August 21, 2017, 3:29 pm

aCar—the electric 'all-rounder'

An electric car for Africa, custom-designed for the needs of the population there, that strengthens rural structures and helps drive the economy: Scientists at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and partners have been working intensively towards this goal for four years. They will present their new prototype to the public at the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt from September 12 to 15, 2017. The aCar is designed for passenger and cargo transportation and is also interesting for the European automotive market.
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Posted: August 21, 2017, 3:10 pm

Satellite watches remnants of Tropical Storm Harvey near Honduras

NOAA's GOES-East satellite has been watching the remnants for former Tropical Storm Harvey as it tracks west across the Caribbean Sea. Early on Aug. 21 the remnants were just off the coast of eastern Honduras.
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Posted: August 21, 2017, 3:02 pm

NASA sees major Hurricane Kenneth in Eastern Pacific

Former Tropical Depression 13E has strengthened into a Major Hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. NASA's Terra satellite passed over Kenneth and captured an image that showed a well-developed storm with a visible eye.
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Posted: August 21, 2017, 3:01 pm

Scientists create 'diamond rain' that forms in the interior of icy giant planets

In an experiment designed to mimic the conditions deep inside the icy giant planets of our solar system, scientists were able to observe "diamond rain" for the first time as it formed in high-pressure conditions. Extremely high pressure squeezes hydrogen and carbon found in the interior of these planets to form solid diamonds that sink slowly down further into the interior.
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Posted: August 21, 2017, 3:00 pm

Engineers predict how flowing fluid will bend tiny hairs that line blood vessels and intestines

Our bodies are lined on the inside with soft, microscopic carpets of hair, from the grassy extensions on our tastebuds, to fuzzy beds of microvilli in our stomachs, to superfine protein strands throughout our blood vessels. These hairy projections, anchored to soft surfaces, bend and twist with the currents of the fluids they're immersed in.
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Posted: August 21, 2017, 3:00 pm

Photographing Monday's solar eclipse - News1130


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Photographing Monday's solar eclipse
News1130
This morning, Vancouver will witness a rare solar eclipse. Between 9:10 p.m. and 11:30 p.m., 86 per cent of the sun will be covered by the moon; a dark shadow with a small visible crescent. If you plan on experiencing this event, you'll want to protect ...

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Posted: August 21, 2017, 1:48 pm

Eclipse just hours away - Kelowna Capital News


Kelowna Capital News

Eclipse just hours away
Kelowna Capital News
The rare astronomical event that so many have been waitng for will get underway in just a few hours. The sky will darken today as the moon moves between the sun and the earth for an eclipse of the sun, the likes of which hasn't been seen in this part ...

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Posted: August 21, 2017, 1:31 pm

Eclipse watchers to gather at Windsor's riverfront, John R. Park Homestead - CBC.ca


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Eclipse watchers to gather at Windsor's riverfront, John R. Park Homestead
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Scientists from the University of Windsor will be on Windsor's riverfront Monday to help the public safely experience the partial eclipse of the sun. There will also be a viewing event in the county, at the John R. Park Homestead Conservation area ...

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Posted: August 21, 2017, 1:22 pm

Vancouver is one of the best places in Canada to view this morning's solar eclipse - News1130


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Vancouver is one of the best places in Canada to view this morning's solar eclipse
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Don't stare directly at the solar eclipse, as it can seriously damage your eyes. VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – We've been talking about it for weeks, and the day has finally arrived. People in Metro Vancouver will have one of the best vantage points in the ...
The Jill Bennett Show: Vancouverites might not need to travel to witness solar eclipseGlobalnews.ca
Clear skies forecasted for Metro Vancouver during Monday's solar eclipseDaily Hive (registration)
DISPATCHES: Metro heads to Oregon's eclipse 'ground zero'MetroNews Canada

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Posted: August 21, 2017, 1:20 pm

Solar safety: Wear solar specs or make a viewer for Monday's eclipse - CTV News


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Solar safety: Wear solar specs or make a viewer for Monday's eclipse
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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Solar glasses are a must for safe viewing of Monday's total solar eclipse, the first to span coast to coast in 99 years. Scroll down or click here to vote in our poll of the day. And parents beware: Eye doctors urge strict adult ...
'Twenty seconds of burning': Men partly blinded decades ago warn of dangers of watching eclipse unprotectedNational Post
The great American eclipse is finally hereWashington Post
Solar eclipse sweeps across AmericaCBS News
NBCNews.com -WRAL.com -U.S. News & World Report -Express.co.uk
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Posted: August 21, 2017, 1:00 pm

How the total solar eclipse could bring mankind a step closer to life on Mars - Mirror.co.uk


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How the total solar eclipse could bring mankind a step closer to life on Mars
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On Monday, August 21, millions of people across the United States will turn their eyes to the skies to witness the first total solar eclipse for nearly a century. But while normal civilians are scrabbling to put on their cardboard glasses, NASA ...
Here's Why Scientists Are Launching Bacteria-Laden Balloons During The Solar EclipseConsumerist
Nasa's 'Mars 2020' mission will hunt for signs of past lifeTechRadar
NASA plans to make oxygen on Mars by 2020; here's all you need to knowFinancial Express
Blasting News -Times of India -PC-Tablet News -Washington Post
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Posted: August 21, 2017, 12:13 pm

Cloud cover to foil Winnipeg eclipse viewing: Environment Canada - CBC.ca


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Cloud cover to foil Winnipeg eclipse viewing: Environment Canada
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The solar eclipse glasses you scoured the city to find may end up being useless. Environment Canada is calling for cloud cover and even possible rain for Winnipeg and most of southeast Manitoba during today's eclipse. "As they wake up this morning they ...
Cloud could cover Winnipeg's view of the eclipseGlobalnews.ca
Tips for viewing the eclipseMetroNews Canada
Letters and comments, Aug. 21Winnipeg Free Press

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Posted: August 21, 2017, 12:10 pm

Solar eclipse BC: Residents on South Coast to see sun 90% blocked out - CBC.ca


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Solar eclipse BC: Residents on South Coast to see sun 90% blocked out
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Clayton Uyeda and his wife Jo will be on a ferry — en route from Swartz Bay on Vancouver Island to Tsawwassen on the mainland — when the partial solar eclipse in Canada begins in Victoria at 9:08 a.m. Monday. Here's when to start watching the solar ...
When, where and how to watch the solar eclipse in VancouverMetroNews Canada
City offers eclipse advice for todayCambridge Times
How Procrastinators Can View Today's Stunning EclipseNewser
Niagara Gazette -Newburgh Gazette
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Posted: August 21, 2017, 12:01 pm

Interdimensional creatures, aliens and Earth's destruction: Solar eclipse generates wild theories

Some paranormal researchers and conspiracy theorists figure the eclipse is ripe for otherworldly sightings.

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Posted: August 21, 2017, 8:00 am

The Great American Solar Eclipse of 2017 Is Happening Today

One of the biggest astronomical events of the century is finally here.

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Posted: August 21, 2017, 8:00 am

Alleged Video Of Mass UFO Sighting That Took Place in Phoenix 2017

In the sighting, 5 crafts in the sky are seen in a ‘W’ like formation.

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Posted: August 21, 2017, 8:00 am

Chernobyl: City of ghosts

'Don’t drink water from the river,' says guide to the most contaminated place on the planet.

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Posted: August 21, 2017, 8:00 am

This Man Searched for the Yeti for 60 Years-- and Found It

In 1951, a British explorer named Eric Shipton looking for an alternative route up Mt. Everest found a footprint that appeared to be hominoid.

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Posted: August 21, 2017, 8:00 am

Cloudy Britain may miss out on eclipse: Moon to block off part of the sun tonight (if you can see it) - Daily Mail


Cloudy Britain may miss out on eclipse: Moon to block off part of the sun tonight (if you can see it)
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A partial eclipse of the sun takes place later today but much of the country could miss it because of poor weather. If visible, the sun will resemble a biscuit with a small bite taken out of it as part of the moon blocks out its rays just before sunset ...

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Posted: August 20, 2017, 11:14 pm

Your guide to Monday's solar eclipse - Glenwood Springs Post Independent


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Your guide to Monday's solar eclipse
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This is the path of "totality" of today's solar eclipse. The sun will be obscured by 90 percent in Glenwood Springs at 11:42 a.m. MDT. Partly cloudy s... Prev; 1 of 2 images; Next. IN GLENWOOD. From Glenwood Springs, the sun will be 90 percent eclipsed ...
Turn Your Smartphone into an Eclipse Tool Kit with Essential AppsSpace.com
Reputable Vendors of Solar Filters & Viewers | Solar Eclipse Across America - August 21, 2017American Astronomical Society
How to View the 2017 Solar Eclipse SafelyNASA/JPL Edu News

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Posted: August 20, 2017, 2:43 pm

Sugars in human mother's milk are new class of antibacterial agents

A new study has found that sugars in mother's' milk do not just provide nutrition for babies but also help protect them from bacterial infections, making them a new class of antimicrobial agent.
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Posted: August 20, 2017, 11:50 am

Mussel-inspired glue could one day make fetal surgery safer

Whether to perform surgery on a fetus is a heart-wrenching decision. This type of surgery involves penetrating the delicate amniotic sac, increasing health risks to the fetus. Now researchers report the development of a glue, inspired by the tenacious grip of mussels on slippery rocks, that could one day help save the lives of the youngest patients.
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Posted: August 20, 2017, 11:50 am

Silk could improve sensitivity, flexibility of wearable body sensors

From smart socks to workout clothes that measure exertion, wearable body sensors are becoming the latest 'must-have' technology. Now scientists report they are on the cusp of using silk, one of the world's most coveted fabrics, to develop a more sensitive and flexible generation of these multi-purpose devices that monitor a slew of body functions.
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Posted: August 20, 2017, 11:50 am

No guts no glory: Harvesting the microbiome of athletes

Scientists have tapped into the microbiome of elite runners and rowers, and have identified particular bacteria that may aid athletic performance. The goal is to develop probiotic supplements that may help athletes -- and even amateur fitness enthusiasts -- recover from a tough workout or more efficiently convert nutrients to energy. The researchers will present their work today at the 254th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society.
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Posted: August 20, 2017, 11:50 am

Testing TVs and tablets for 'green' screens

Today, researchers report preliminary results suggesting that under simulated landfill conditions, quantum dots can leach out of TVs and tablets. But because this happens in such tiny amounts, the team says that in the grand scheme of things, it might make sense to use the more toxic quantum dots that are made with a more eco-friendly process. The researchers are presenting their results at the 254th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society.
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Posted: August 20, 2017, 11:50 am

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