Good, Evil, Ugly, Beautiful: Help Us Make a ‘Game of Thrones’ Chart

Game of Thrones character chart, you decide

  • Second, we want you to consider the characters’ external beauty, whether according to your own perception or how they’re viewed in the show.
  • We owe special thanks to Toph Tucker and Anitra Sprauten, two “Thrones” fans who came up with this formulation last summer during some downtime in Brussels; Mr. Tucker posted a photograph of his scatter plot on Instagram around the time this season’s first episode aired.
  • “With regard to beauty, we attempted to place characters according to how they are conventionally perceived within the world of the books and show, not our own perceptions of the actors and actresses — although we were definitely personally biased in a couple of cases,” Mr. Tucker wrote in an email.
  • As the show has progressed, Ms. Sprauten has already changed her mind about where some of the characters belong on their plot.
  • In a way, how the characters are distributed in the plot speaks to how we (or the show’s creators) view the nature of goodness.

Is Daenerys the savior of Westeros or a genocidal maniac? Does Cersei’s love for her children justify her actions? Help us make a guide of the best and worst characters, in two dimensions.
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John McCain tweets thanks for support, says ‘back soon’

Sen. John McCain tweets his thanks for the support and says he'll 'be back soon'

  • Sen. John McCain tweeted his thanks to his supporters Thursday morning following news of his cancer diagnosis.
  • McCain tweeted

    News of the senator’s brain cancer broke Wednesday night after lab tests from his surgery Friday confirmed the presence of glioblastoma , a particularly aggressive tumor that forms in the tissue of the brain and spinal cord.

Sen. John McCain tweeted his thanks to his supporters Thursday morning following news of his cancer diagnosis.
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DNA clue to how humans evolved big brains

DNA clue to how humans evolved big brains  via @hbriggs @BBCScienceNews

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    Humans may in part owe their big brains to a DNA “typo” in their genetic code, research suggests.The mutation was also present in our evolutionary “cousins” – the Neanderthals and Denisovans.However, it is not found in humans’ closest living relatives, the chimpanzees.As early humans evolved, they developed larger and more complex brains, which can process and store a lot of information.

  • Last year, scientists pinpointed a human gene that they think was behind the expansion of a key brain region known as the neocortex.They believe the gene arose about five or six million years ago, after the human line had split off from chimpanzees.Now, researchers have found a tiny DNA change – a point mutation – that appears to have changed the function of the gene, sparking the process of expansion of the neocortex.
  • The human brain
    Average weight of adult chimpanzee brain: 384g (0.85lb)
    Average weight of modern human brain: 1,352g (2.98lb)
    The modern human brain can store, collect and process lots of information, and deliver output, in split seconds; it can also solve problems and create abstract ideas and images
    However, a big brain uses up lots of energy and makes childbirth more difficult
    Source: Smithsonian Museum

    It may have paved the way for the brain’s expansion by dramatically boosting the number of brain cells found in this region.Dr Wieland Huttner of the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics in Dresden, Germany, led the research.

  • “A point mutation in a human-specific gene gave it a function that allows expansion of the relevant stem cells that make a brain big,” he told BBC News.
  • They began to spread around the world, encountering different environments.From about 800,000 years ago, their brain size increased further, helping them to survive in a changing world.Still, many questions remain about how early humans evolved larger brains.It is likely that the gene is one of many genetic changes that gave humans their unique intelligence and thinking ability.The research is published in the journal, Science Advances.Follow Helen on Twitter.

Humans may in part owe their big brains to a DNA “typo” in their genetic code, research suggests.
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Fake News, Real Disgrace: Guess Where CNN Ranks Now : US : Conservly

  • CNN claims to be one of the most trusted networks in the world, but newly released cable news ratings would suggest they missed the mark by a lot.
  • The left-wing outlet continues to be way behind the curve in ratings as the top 10 cable news spots are all currently held by hosts at Fox News or MSNBC.
  • Unsurprising, Fox News’ Tucker Carlson took the top spot for May, with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow coming in second.
  • Just think about that: 7 out of the top 10 cable news shows watched in America were from Fox News.
  • Trump famously labeled CNN as “fake news,” and it appears that millions of Americans across the country hold that same thought given how biased CNN is against his administration.

Apparently CNN is nowhere close to America’s most trusted newsroom!
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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg urges Harvard grads to build a world of ‘purpose’

#Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg urges Harvard grads to build a world of 'purpose'  #dnaTech

  • Facebook’s CEO returned to Harvard, telling graduates that it is up to their generation to create a purpose for today’s world, to care about others, to fight inequality and strengthen the global community.
  • Even global changes start small with people like us,” Mark Zuckerberg said yesterday after sharing anecdotes about graduates like David Razu Aznar, a former city leader who led the effort to legalise gay marriage in Mexico City, and Agnes Igoye, who grew up in conflict zones in Uganda and now trains law enforcement officers.
  • A student in a dorm room, connecting one community at a time, and keeping at it until one day we can connect the whole world,” said the 33-year-old billionaire, who received an honorary doctorate degree yesterday, 12 years after dropping out of Harvard to focus on Facebook.
  • Besides launching Facebook, Zuckerberg also met his wife, Priscilla Chan, at Harvard.
  • “If I get through this speech today it’ll be the first time I actually finish something here at Harvard,” Zuckerberg said.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg urges Harvard grads to build a world of ‘purpose’ – Even global changes start small with people like us,” Mark Zuckerberg said yesterday after sharing anecdotes about graduates like David Razu Aznar, a former city leader who led the effort to legalise gay marriage in Mexico City, and Agnes Igoye, who grew up in conflict zones in Uganda and now trains law enforcement officers.
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Shah Rukh Khan becomes the first Indian actor to give a speech at TED Talks!

#ShahRukhKhan becomes the first Indian to give a speech at #TEDTalks!  #SRKLiveAtTEDTalks

  • The actor was the first Bollywood hero to do so…

    TED talks is famous for its motivational and inspirational speeches around the world.

  • Before taking on the Indian version of the show, Shah Rukh Khan was the first Bollywood actor or rather the first Indian to deliver a speech at TED Talks in Canada.
  • The actor had flown to Vancouver for the event and he was introduced as one of the biggest global stars today.
  • Known for his wit and humour, SRK left the audiences charmed and impressed with his speech.
  • The Bollywood superstar will soon be taking on TED Talks India on Star Plus.

Shah Rukh Khan becomes the first Indian actor to give a speech at TED Talks! – The actor was the first Bollywood hero to do so…
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