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Musk Shares the Latest Progress on the Starship Prototypes

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 09/20/2019 - 18:54
SpaceX is getting closer to its making its next big leap with the Starship super-heavy launch system. With hover tests now complete, the public is eagerly awaiting the completion of the full-scale prototypes and for orbital testing to begin. Never one to ...

Spooky 'Black Hole' on Jupiter Is Just a Big Shadow

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 09/20/2019 - 18:50
Jupiter as seen by Juno on September 12, 2019. The large black dot is a shadow cast by Jupiter's moon Io. Image: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Kevin M. Gill. NASA's Juno spacecraft recently caught this ominous view of Jupiter, which shows a massive ...

There's Some Bad News From The Earth's Last Great Heatwave

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 09/20/2019 - 18:29
Fifty million years ago, at the start of the Eocene Era, the world was substantially warmer than today. This period is regarded as the best guide we have to the conditions humanity can expect if we don't take action to stem greenhouse emissions. The most ...

Why does the sun get sunspots? Scientists may finally know

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 09/20/2019 - 18:27
(CNN) The sun may be the focal point of our solar system, but astronomers are still trying to understand some strange processes that unfold on the star, including sunspots. Sunspots show up like dark spots on the sun's surface. And every 11 years, the ...

Science X Account

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 09/20/2019 - 18:21
Leading the way into what computer scientists call the exascale era, the Frontier supercomputer will debut at the U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Lab (ORNL) in Tennessee in 2021. Just eight teams of scientists have been selected to develop ...

NASA's first SLS core stage fully assembled, will be used on Artemis 1 launch to the moon

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 09/20/2019 - 18:19
The pieces are coming into place for NASA, even if it has taken longer than expected. The first core stage for what will be the most powerful rocket to launch from Earth has been assembled. While it still has to be attached to engines and transported to NASA's ...

International Space Station very visible tonight

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 09/20/2019 - 18:18
NEW BEDFORD -- Look up to the night sky tonight and you'll see the International Space Station fly over. It will first appear in the southern sky just before 8 p.m., climb high in the sky and gradually head toward the northwest before disappearing around 8:05 ...

NASA catches Tropical Storm Tapah by the tail

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 09/20/2019 - 18:17
Tropical Storm Tapah has a huge "tail" on NASA satellite imagery. NASA's Terra satellite captured an image of the northwestern Pacific Ocean storm that revealed a large band of thunderstorms that resemble a large tail. The NASA imagery also indicated that ...

Robotic tuna swims as fast as the real thing

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 09/20/2019 - 18:08
If you're trying to develop new-and-improved forms of underwater propulsion, you could do worse than copying one of the fastest fish in the sea – the tuna. That's what American scientists have done, and they claim that the resulting "Tunabot" can match the ...

West Nile Virus Confirmed in Kentucky

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 09/20/2019 - 18:03
Posted by Edited Press Release | Sep 20, 2019 | Article, Horse Care, Horse Industry News, Welfare and Industry, West Nile Virus (WNV). Favorite. Share: ADVERTISEMENT. West Nile Virus Confirmed in Kentucky. Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) ...

This New Device Can Make Renewable Energy from the Cold Night Sky

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 09/20/2019 - 18:01
No sun? No problem. A new thermoelectric device can generate electricity for an LED light bulb even during the blackest night, according to a report by researchers. The secret is using a phenomenon known as radiative cooling, which happens when surfaces ...

Newly discovered interstellar visitor could be intercepted, study says

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 09/20/2019 - 17:50
It's been nearly a month since the second interstellar object, C/2019 Q4 (Borisov), was detected. And this newly identified object could potentially be studied, according to a new study. The research, which can be found here, notes that C/2019 Q4 (Borisov), ...

Scientists unveil appearance of ancient human relative

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 09/20/2019 - 17:33
JERUSALEM: We know what Neanderthals looked like. Now, thanks to ancient DNA, Israeli scientists have unveiled the appearance of another of our ancient relatives. Very few clues exist about the lives of the Denisovans -- cousins of Neanderthals -- who ...

Today's forecast: How to predict crucial plasma pressure in future fusion facilities

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 09/20/2019 - 17:26
A key requirement for future facilities that aim to capture and control on Earth the fusion energy that drives the sun and stars is accurate predictions of the pressure of the plasma—the hot, charged gas that fuels fusion reactions inside doughnut-shaped ...

At the Large Hadron Collider, a peek at the future of science

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 09/20/2019 - 17:26
"Don't lose sight of me." Physicist Abhigyan Dasgupta - "Riju" to his family and friends - looks over his shoulder to caution our 12-member group as we prepare to descend 300 feet beneath the French countryside into the largest machine on Earth: the $4.7 ...

Scientists develop novel biophotovoltaics system

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 09/20/2019 - 17:16
A cartoon diagram of BPV system based on a two-species microbial consortium. Credit: Image from LI Yin's group, Institute of Microbiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences. Researchers from the Institute of Microbiology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences ...

India's Chandrayaan-2 Marks 60 Years of Moon Crashes and Hard Landings

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 09/20/2019 - 17:07
India's Chandrayaan-2 moon lander made a hard landing on Sept. 7, less than five months after Israel's Beresheet lander crashed into the moon. A composite image of the Beresheet crash site, highlighting recent surface changes. NASA; Goddard Space ...

Extinction of large mammal species likely drove survivors apart

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 09/20/2019 - 17:05
hen a series of large mammal species began going extinct roughly 12,000 years ago, many surviving species began going their separate ways, says new research led by Macquarie University and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Published Sept. 20 in the ...

Untitled Goose Game Review

Game Spot Reviews - Fri, 09/20/2019 - 17:00

Untitled Goose Game--a game in which you play as a jerk goose who waddles through a small English town ruining everyone's day-- feels like a miniature version of Hitman, but with mischief instead of murder. Like those games, it's all about learning an environment inside-out and figuring out how to play various people and systems against each other to achieve your goals. You wander between four small, quaint locations and tick off objectives from your list by wreaking havoc on the people you encounter and generally being a nuisance. At first, you're annoying a man as he tends to his garden, turning on his sprinklers as he stands over them, stealing the keys to his gate, nicking his produce, and generally getting in his way. The game continues like this, as the goose's to-do list demands that it causes upset to most of the people it encounters. Working through the game means figuring out how each element interacts with everything else and how to corralling various people, who all react to the goose differently.

It's a comedy first and foremost. Figuring out how to complete each objective might be essential to your progress, but the real fun is in seeing how harried you can make everyone. When you need to make a man spit out his tea, steal his shoes, and ruin his garden, you might start to feel sorry for him, but you also won't want to stop terrorizing him. The goose can only run, grab onto things, honk, and flap its wings, but through some combination of these actions you can manipulate the folks you encounter and cause chaos. One character might run in fear if you honk at them; another might bend over if you drop something for them, giving you a chance to steal their hat; another might leave their post if you steal something of theirs and drop it far away, giving you the chance to go back while they're distracted and steal the object you were really after all along.

The humor of Untitled Goose Game is built into the mechanics and animations; seeing the goose waddle along, honking and flapping its wings, is inherently amusing and satisfying even before you start causing mischief because of how perfectly evocative it is of a real bird. The clean, colorful visual style is also a treat. But the reactive soundtrack is what really sells the goose's charms. The music, based on Claude Debussy's Préludes, springs into action dynamically based on the goose's actions, punctuating moments when it shocks someone and adding a buoyancy to any scene involving a chase. It gives the game a feeling of farce; at its best, it's reminiscent of a Buster Keaton film, especially since there's no dialogue.

The objectives you're asked to complete often require some lateral thinking. Getting into the headspace of the goose and figuring out how a few actions can spiral into something that's going to annoy one of your targets is very entertaining. Sometimes it's immediately clear what you need to do, and sometimes the solution is more abstract, but most objectives will name an object that you can find within the environment. In the second location, for instance, you're told to "get on TV"--the solution isn't immediately obvious, but finding the TV you need to interact with is not difficult. Untitled Goose Game lightly leads you towards its puzzle solutions without explicitly holding your hand through them, so figuring out a clever solution is rewarding.

You need to complete all but one objective in each location to advance, which is a nice concession, as it means you can progress to the next area even if one of the puzzles just isn't clicking for you. Sometimes it's just a matter of figuring out what needs to be done and then doing it, but you also need to practice some level of finesse: The goose can't get too close to anyone who's going to try to shoo it away, and you'll often need to be stealthy, sneaking under tables, causing distractions, and hiding behind bushes and in boxes like a long-necked, web-toed Solid Snake.

Each area also features a fetch quest objective, for which you need to gather several items and put them in one place while making sure that you're not caught. These objectives are the least fun, generally, because too much is left to the imagination; the first one asks you to "have a picnic" by dragging a variety of particular items to a picnic blanket, but once you've done so the objective is immediately complete, with no additional vignettes or animations to reward all that effort. Untitled Goose Game's best objectives reward you not only with a feeling of satisfaction, but with a fun, charming bit of interaction between the goose and the people it encounters, whether that means watching a man stumble around with a bucket on his head or watching someone else wearily resign themselves to their favorite hat being gone.

Untitled Goose Game is also extremely short. When I reached the end, I was surprised at how little time it had taken--I had only been playing for about two hours. Thankfully, after the credits roll you unlock a new list of objectives across the now fully unlocked map, but there isn't the same incentive to complete them when you know that you won't be rewarded with a new location to explore, or even, necessarily, new interactions. Most of them are twists on previous objectives or more complicated versions of things you've already done, often involving moving items between different locations.

I'm glad that those extra objectives are there, though, and I had a good time working through them. It's just a shame that there isn't a bit more, because Untitled Goose Game ends far before I felt like I'd had my fill or seen everything the game was going to throw at me. Being short isn't inherently bad, but Untitled Goose Game's playground could stand to be bigger. I wished that I could keep riding the high of unlocking new areas and messing with new people, and it still felt like there was plenty of room to escalate things.

For all the jerkiness I performed, my favorite moment in Untitled Goose Game was the one scene where the game leaned into the goose's charms. I wandered up behind two people having a chat at the pub and hit the button dedicated to honking. The two women turned to look at me, startled, but far less hostile than most of the characters I'd encountered. When I stood in a specific spot they mimed commands for me to perform, fulfilling one of my objectives while absolutely delighting the two women. Untitled Goose Game is a hilariously antagonistic experience most of the time, but I identified strongly with these characters and how lovable they found this horrible goose.

The important thing is that Untitled Goose Game is a hoot. It's a comedy game that focuses on making the act of playing it funny, rather than simply being a game that features jokes. Wishing that it was longer speaks to how much fun I had with it. There's nothing else quite like Untitled Goose Game; it's charming and cute despite being mean, and both very silly and very clever. It's also probably the best non-racing game ever to feature a dedicated "honk" button.

Super-resolution microscopy better than ever

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 09/20/2019 - 16:45
Date: September 20, 2019; Source: Bielefeld University; Summary: They can make tiny cell structures visible: cutting-edge light microscopes offer resolutions of a few tenths of a nanometer -- in other words, a millionth of a millimeter. Until now, super-resolution ...


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