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Earth is Speeding Up; Length of Day Needs to Change

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 01/15/2021 - 21:55
Precision atomic clocks, space systems, and high-tech computer systems require sophisticated, highly accurate time measurements. The International Earth Rotation and Reference Systems Service (IERS) monitors this slow down and adds “leap ...

Glass frogs living near roaring waterfalls wave hello to attract mates

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 01/15/2021 - 21:41
Date: January 15, 2021; Source: University of California - Berkeley; Summary: A conservationist has discovered that the glass frog Sachatamia orejuela can be added to the list of species that make use of visual cues in response to their acoustic environments.

How to Check If Signal Is Down

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 01/15/2021 - 21:35
During the Signal outage on January 15, 2021, the Signal Foundation was keeping this page updated with the latest information about the problem: Millions and millions of new people downloading and using Signal, overwhelming the servers and requiring ...

Caldera chronicles: Insights into the eruptions of Steamboat geyser

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 01/15/2021 - 21:30
Steamboat geyser eruption signals were recorded by nearby monitoring instruments. The vertical pink lines mark when the signal first appears. (A) Seismic station YNM records a signal which slowly tapers as the eruption decreases in intensity. Spikes seen ...

Lack of lucky foods brings chance for zombies in 2021

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 01/15/2021 - 20:55
My father, southern born, brought black-eyed peas and cornbread to the table (pun intended). My mother's Midwestern German roots brought pork and sauerkraut. These are the foods that I ...

Drowned Out by Noise, These Horny Frogs Wave Their Arms and Legs to Get Noticed

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 01/15/2021 - 20:50
A species of Ecuadorian glass frog combines high-frequency croaking and a striking visual display to attract mates, in what is a fascinating adaptation to a noisy environment. Frogs typically use their iconic croaks to get noticed, but these vocalizations can't ...

Biden to name geneticist Eric Lander as director of Office of Science and Technology Policy

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 01/15/2021 - 20:25
U.S. President-elect Joe Biden is set to name geneticist Eric Lander as the director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, two sources told Reuters. Biden will seek to elevate the post, which will serve as science adviser to president, to Cabinet-level ...

How Many Galaxies Are in the Universe? A New Answer From the Darkest Sky Ever Observed

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 01/15/2021 - 20:15
Ordinarily, we point telescopes at some object we want to see in greater detail. In the 1990s astronomers did the opposite. They pointed the most powerful telescope in history, the Hubble Space Telescope, at a dark patch of sky devoid of known stars, gas, ...

Distant Uranus Is About To Be Easier To Spot, NASA Says

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 01/15/2021 - 19:33
The faint ice giant Uranus lies beyond majestic Saturn and Jupiter on the fringes of the solar system, making it harder to spot than most of the other planets that lie nearer to Earth or sport a bigger profile. But in the coming days, Uranus will be visible near Mars ...

SpaceX swapping out two engines on Starship SN9 prototype ahead of test flight

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 01/15/2021 - 19:31
SpaceX's SN9 Starship prototype performs its second static-fire test, on Jan. 13, 2021. Photo captured by SPadre.com. (Image: © SPadre.com via Twitter).

Game of Thrones dire wolves were real. We now know why they went extinct

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 01/15/2021 - 19:30
They're a real, but now extinct, canine species that lived from 125,000 years ago until around 9,500 years ago. A new study reveals more on why they aren't around anymore: Dire wolves couldn't make little dire wolf litters with today's gray wolves, even if they ...

Examination of Theia 456 finds its nearly 500 stars were born at same time

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 01/15/2021 - 19:27
The Milky Way houses 8,292 recently discovered stellar streams—all named Theia. But Theia 456 is special. A stellar stream is a rare linear pattern—rather than a cluster—of stars. After combining multiple datasets captured by the Gaia space telescope, ...

Nanodiamond sensors can act as both heat sources and thermometers

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 01/15/2021 - 19:07
A team of scientists from Osaka University, the University of Queensland and the National University of Singapore's Faculty of Engineering used tiny nanodiamonds coated with a heat-releasing polymer to probe the thermal properties of cells. When irradiated ...

Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World: The Game - Complete Edition Review

Game Spot Reviews - Fri, 01/15/2021 - 19:03

When people think of Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, they'll likely gravitate to either the comics from Bryan Lee O'Malley or the live-action film from Edgar Wright. However, one of the lesser-known strands of the Scott Pilgrim brand was the film's licensed game tie-in. Like the film, it was not only a faithful adaptation of the comics' tribute to geek culture and retro games, but it also happened to be a fun co-op brawler in its own right. After a sudden delisting from digital video game stores in 2014, the once-lost licensed game has scored a second life with the Complete Edition, and it hasn't lost its exuberant style. The game's passion for a bygone era can often be a bit overwhelming, yet it still offers a satisfying time brawling through the streets with friends.

Like its comic and film counterpart, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game sticks with the same video game-inspired conceit, but interprets it into an actual video game. After the titular character meets the girl of his dreams in Ramona Flowers, Scott and his bandmates Kim and Stephen, along with Ramona, have to fight a rogue's gallery of evil exes seeking to disrupt the relationship. In the vein of a classic arcade brawler, the game keeps its story light to put all its energy into showing off the stunning 2D visuals of its side-scrolling beat-'em-up gameplay, which leans heavily into the splendor of the retro era.

The original game wore its inspirations--classic games like River City Ransom, Final Fight, and Final Fantasy--on its sleeve, and the Complete Edition keeps its aesthetic and core gameplay intact. What you get in this enhanced package is the full game, the four bonus modes involving zombies and dodgeball, and the extra DLC characters--which include Wallace Wells, Knives Chau, and hidden character Nega-Scott. The Complete Edition also comes with Network Mode for online play, which was a late addition in the final DLC for the original game.

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Engineers find a way to control chemical catalysts with sculpted light

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 01/15/2021 - 18:39
This work, published Jan. 14 in Science, could be an early step toward more efficient catalysts, new forms of catalytic transformations and potentially even catalysts capable of sustaining more than one reaction at once.

'Being sectioned felt like a punishment'

Health News BBC - Fri, 01/15/2021 - 18:32
Antonio says he felt he was discriminated against because of his skin colour when he was sectioned.

Trump administration reverses migratory bird protections

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 01/15/2021 - 18:32
This week, it has removed over 3 million acres of Pacific Northwest land from northern spotted owl protected habitat. This means that the land will now be opened to loggers, a situation that exposes the owl to more threats. The decision is the latest in a series of ...

Rare, nearly complete fossil reveals 'giant among Jurassic sharks'

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 01/15/2021 - 18:24
Sharks tend to be much harder to find preserved in fossil form than their bony dinosaur buddies. Shark cartilage breaks down, which is one reason a spectacular shark fossil found in Bavarian limestone is worthy of celebration.

A stream of nearly 500 stars in the Milky Way is actually a family

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 01/15/2021 - 18:02
Astronomers have discovered 8,292 stellar streams in our galaxy. Rather than clusters of stars, streams form linear patterns. Each stream is named Theia for the Greek titan goddess of sight and heavenly light.

New fossil found at MSU's Dalquest site provides clarity to family history

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 01/15/2021 - 18:01
Michelle Stocker, an assistant professor of vertebrate paleontology in Virginia Tech's Department of Geosciences in. Families are complicated. For members of the alligatorid family, which includes living caimans and alligators - this is ...


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