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NASA's Ingenuity Helicopter Flies On Mars

Google Science Feeds - Tue, 04/20/2021 - 20:35
The Ingenuity helicopter performed its first successful flight on Mars early Monday morning, marking the first time a powered aircraft has flown on another planet. It happened just after midnight, Earth time. The tiny helicopter got about 10 feet off the ground, ...

MLB The Show 21 Review - Batter Up

Game Spot Reviews - Tue, 04/20/2021 - 20:05

MLB The Show 21 has made headlines this year for what it's done off the field of play. In an unprecedented move, the Sony-developed title is now available on Microsoft consoles, signalling the end of 15 years of PlayStation exclusivity. It's a monumental shift for a series that's also making its debut on next-gen consoles, and MLB The Show 21 maintains the series' high bar of excellence once the ball's in play. Away from the diamond, however, there are a number of missing features and questionable decisions that take some of the shine off an otherwise fantastic game of baseball.

The card collecting mode, Diamond Dynasty, is the basis for most of these dubious decisions, particularly in regards to Road to the Show (RttS). MLB The Show 21's career mode still revolves around the core idea of creating a player and taking them from the minor leagues through to the majors, but the structure of the mode has been significantly reworked. Your created Ballplayer is now a single unified entity that functions much like the NBA 2K series' MyPlayer. This Ballplayer, with all the improvements you make to their attributes, also carries over into Diamond Dynasty, where they can be inserted into the starting lineup alongside current players and legends of the sport. It's a solid idea on paper, but the execution severely hampers RttS in a few major areas.

For one, having a single Ballplayer limits your options since you're unable to create more than one distinct character. You can still create multiple saves to make characters who play in different positions, but you're stuck using the exact same player in each. On top of this, there's also a new loadout system that allows you to create multiple custom loadouts. Each one features one main archetype and up to two perks that improve certain attributes while slightly decreasing others. This change appears to be geared towards another new addition, which gives you the option to play as a two-way player similar to Shohei Ohtani. For games when you're hitting and playing the field, you might select a loadout with perks based around improving your contact, power, and arm accuracy; on days when you're pitching, you might opt for another loadout with pitching-centric perks.

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Is social media use a potentially addictive behavior? Maybe not

Google Science Feeds - Tue, 04/20/2021 - 19:52
This contrasted with other studies which have shown attentional bias related to addictions such as gambling and alcohol. The research has been published in the Journal of Behavioural Addictions. Dr David Robertson, a Lecturer in ...

Life Expectancy Cut by More Than a Year For Some Living Near Superfund Waste Sites, Study Finds

Google Science Feeds - Tue, 04/20/2021 - 19:48
The Brio Superfund site in Friendswood, Texas, was one of the Superfund sites that remained flooded after Hurricane Harvey. A new study has found that living near hazardous waste sites can lower life expectancy.

Astro Bob: April showers bring Lyrid meteor flowers

Google Science Feeds - Tue, 04/20/2021 - 19:46
That's when the annual Lyrid meteor shower peaks, with 15-20 sparks of incinerating comet dust visible per hour from a dark sky. The last shower, the Quadrantids, occurred in early January, making the Lyrids as welcome to meteor-starved eyes as spring rain ...

Organ tissues become increasingly immune throughout life

Google Science Feeds - Tue, 04/20/2021 - 19:43
Date: April 20, 2021; Source: University of Minnesota Medical School; Summary: Researchers have offered new ways to think about the immune system. The research, which indicates organ tissues become increasingly immune throughout life, may begin to ...

NASA, SpaceX declare Crew-2 astronaut mission 'go' for Thursday launch in final review

Google Science Feeds - Tue, 04/20/2021 - 19:35
That mission, called Crew-2, will blast off on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket at 6:11 a.m. EST (1011 GMT) on Thursday morning (April 22) from NASA's historic Pad 39A and Kennedy Space Center in Florida. It will be the second flight of this particular Crew Dragon.

In 'Moon Landing of Genomics,' Scientists Sequence Ancient DNA From Dirt

Google Science Feeds - Tue, 04/20/2021 - 19:30
Scientists have achieved a breakthrough they're comparing to the moon landing: sequencing a full ancient genome from soil samples. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below. How's that on par with humans touching down on the lunar surface? Well, the ...

Two UCSD Alumni Join Artemis Moon Expedition

Google Science Feeds - Tue, 04/20/2021 - 19:23
“In their mission statement for the Artemis program, NASA stated they will use “innovative technologies to explore more of the lunar surface than ever before.” The statement continues. “We will collaborate with our commercial and international partners and ...

Scientists Invent Whitest White Paint

Google Science Feeds - Tue, 04/20/2021 - 19:12
(Inside Science) -- Typical commercial white paints reflect only 80% to 90% of sunlight and fail to help buildings stay cool during the day. For the past six years, mechanical engineer Xiulin Ruan at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, and his ...

China wants to launch its own Hubble-class telescope as part of the space station

Google Science Feeds - Tue, 04/20/2021 - 18:51
The wide field of view will allow the telescope to observe up to 40 percent of the sky over ten years using a huge 2.5 billion pixel camera.Notably, the telescope will co-orbit Earth along with the Chinese space station and will be able to periodically dock with ...

Fearsome tyrannosaurs were social animals

Google Science Feeds - Tue, 04/20/2021 - 18:38
Date: April 20, 2021; Source: University of Arkansas; Summary: The fearsome tyrannosaur dinosaurs may not have been solitary predators as popularly envisioned, but social carnivores with complex hunting strategies like wolves. Share: FULL STORY ...

Study Reexamines Remains from Spain's Gran Dolina Cave

Google Science Feeds - Tue, 04/20/2021 - 18:37
The remains of 22 individuals, discovered in 1994 in Grand Dolina Cave, which is located in northern Spain's Atapuerca Mountains, have been identified as Homo antecessor, a species that lived in Europe between 1.2 million and 800,000 years ago.

Why NASA Picked SpaceX to Land Humans on the Moon

Google Science Feeds - Tue, 04/20/2021 - 18:37
NASA's Artemis program will use the SLS to blast astronauts to lunar orbit aboard Orion, where they will meet up with a previously-emplaced lunar lander to travel to the surface and back. Orion in the future will also dock with the Gateway, a small space station ...

Today in History: April 20, 1972–Apollo 16 Lands on the Moon

Google Science Feeds - Tue, 04/20/2021 - 18:35
Forty-nine years ago today the fifth landing on the moon took place. In 1972, Apollo 16′s lunar module Orion, crewed by astronauts John W. Young and Charles M. Duke Jr., landed on the Descartes Highlands. The largest sample collected on the moon, ...

Exoplanet Mystery –”The Gas Giant That Should Not Exist”

Google Science Feeds - Tue, 04/20/2021 - 18:18
An exoplanet mystery has been imaged by a team of astronomers led by Dutch scientists of a giant planet orbiting at a large distance around a sun-like star. The planet in question is YSES 2b, located 360 light years from Earth in the direction of the southern ...

2021 Lyrid meteor shower is about to peak: How to watch the show

Google Science Feeds - Tue, 04/20/2021 - 18:07
The Lyrids signal a welcome return of the chance to venture out in the evening amid mild temperatures and take in a celestial show. The Lyrids build to a peak on the evening of April 21 into the ...

Russia mulls withdrawing from the International Space Station after 2024

Google Science Feeds - Tue, 04/20/2021 - 17:55
The 20-year-old International Space Station (ISS) is showing its age: Last month, cosmonauts patched up cracks in a Russian module that were thought to be the source of minor air leaks. Cracks are also appearing in the international alliance that keeps the ...

Covid-19: Boris Johnson announces plan for pills to treat virus at home

Health News BBC - Tue, 04/20/2021 - 17:51
PM Boris Johnson announces new "antivirals task force" to find "promising new medicines" by autumn.

As climate change thaws mountain tops, risks of rockfalls surge

Google Science Feeds - Tue, 04/20/2021 - 17:48
As a scientist counts down “3-2-1”, five neon-colored orbs are lowered from a helicopter hovering overhead and released. The orbs barrel down the Swiss mountain, toppling beech and spruce trees as they pick up speed. These “test rocks” – the heaviest ...

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