Science


Game of Thrones' Natalie Dormer is in Mass Effect: Andromeda Game of Thrones' Natalie Dormer is in Mass Effect: Andromeda
- February 26, 2017

So, the side quests in Andromeda would allow players to learn something about the world they are in. He reminded that they are not a sandbox game but only an "open" game. Hilariously, the website references Mass Effect 3's controversial ending not once, but twice. Mass Effect: Andromeda is the fourth title in BioWare's space epic. (more...)
Oklahoma Quarterback Arrested in Fayetteville
- February 26, 2017

In an initial report, the officer says Mayfield claimed to be breaking up the fight, but caused a scene while talking to police. A hearing is set for Monday morning. He should be a Heisman favorite entering his senior season. "We don't have any other information at this time". Mayfield led the Sooners to an 11-2 record and piloted Oklahoma to 10 straight wins after falling to both Houston and Ohio State in the first three weeks of the season. (more...)
Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis Inducted In Songwriters Hall Of Fame Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis Inducted In Songwriters Hall Of Fame
- February 25, 2017

Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis , who alongside Prince were among those crucial in defining the "Minneapolis sound" that heavily influenced pop music in the '80s, have been inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Notably, Jay Z has also been one of the most outspoken proponents, encouraging critics and musical institutions to recognize hip-hop as an art form proper. (more...)
Trump Slams 'Cunning' Media, 'Clinton News Network' in CPAC Speech Trump Slams 'Cunning' Media, 'Clinton News Network' in CPAC Speech
- February 25, 2017

US President Donald Trump said to a cheering crowd at CPAC that he's not against the media , but he is against the "fake" press. Nobody loves it better than me. The mini flags were reportedly confiscated shortly after by White House officials working at the event. "They are very smart, they are very cunning, they are very dishonest", Trump said about his newfound political foils. (more...)
Inside the destructive forces at work in atmospheric river storms
- February 24, 2017

Marshall Shepherd, Georgia Athletic Association Distinguished Professor and director of the atmospheric sciences program at UGA. Rivers are flowing through the sky, and scientists are trying to understand more about them. "We've probably had 10 or more. this winter". Waliser plans to find out if and how climate change affects atmospheric rivers and could it make them more frequent. (more...)
Large iceberg breaks off Antarctic's Pine Island Glacier
- February 24, 2017

Scientists monitoring the Larsen C Ice Shelf in the Antarctic Peninsula have released a startling new aerial video showing in stark relief just how wide a crack in the ice has become. Researchers are now looking back to the history of Larsen A and B to understand what the future might hold for Larsen C, which covers 50,000 square kilometres with ice up to 350 metres thick. (more...)
The iPhone 8 may have more storage than you'll ever need The iPhone 8 may have more storage than you'll ever need
- February 24, 2017

Meanwhile, the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will feature similar sized displays to current models. We have heard quite a lot about the said iPhone 8 and the expected design overhaul. Apple watchers point to the company's recent acquisitions of companies such as Faceshift and PrimeSense as evidence of its interest in building advanced facial recognition into its devices. (more...)
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Gets Unboxed by Aonuma
- February 23, 2017

It's not immediately clear if the creature is an enemy or an ally, but it's awfully pretty and I'd hate to have to fight it. Breath of the Wild is now just 9 days away, so stay tuned for more coverage from us here at Nintendo Wire! Zelda: Breath of the Wild will be the first game in the series to offer a Season Pass - a fact that has seen Nintendo come in for some criticism. (more...)
Verizon introduces 2GB prepaid plan Verizon introduces 2GB prepaid plan
- February 23, 2017

This plan includes unlimited talk and text, plus 2GB of Always-On Data, which swaps overage charges for throttling after a customer reaches their data limit. This new prepaid plan joins the carrier's roster of other plans that's catering to those who do not want to be tied to a postpaid contract but would still want to have regular text, call and data credits to their devices. (more...)
Overwatch's next hero may not be Doomfist, suggests Jeff Kaplan Overwatch's next hero may not be Doomfist, suggests Jeff Kaplan
- February 22, 2017

With pretty much the entire forum having speculated that Doomfist will be the next character, we're fairly certain that this means that he won't be the next hero we see in the game. The entry of interest found on the site references a "Greek" character, but no description beyond that was provided. So, to recap, Efi could be the new hero with smart drones and robots to assist her, or she could be the inventor of a new robot that serves as a boon to humanity or turns against us all. (more...)
UPS is Still Working Out the Bugs in Its Drone Delivery System UPS is Still Working Out the Bugs in Its Drone Delivery System
- February 22, 2017

Sending a drone from a package vehicle to make just one of those deliveries can reduce costly miles driven. If UPS could reduce driving by one mile per driver per day, the company could save up to $50 million per year. A drone carrying a UPS (UPS) package could be coming to a rural area near you in the future. The government is now using 15 "Zips" drones to make up to 150 emergency deliveries per day of life-saving blood to 21 transfusion facilities in the western half of the country. (more...)
Naica, Mexico Cave NASA Discovery Finds 50000 Year Old Virus
- February 21, 2017

The weird and ancient microbes were found dormant in caves in Naica, Mexico, and were able to exist by living on minerals such as iron and manganese, said Penelope Boston , head of NASA's Astrobiology Institute . The results are now being written for publication, but they have yet to be peer reviewed, a mandatory step in the verification of scientific work. They were brought back to life in a lab after they were examined on-site. (more...)
WhatsApp announces Status, its take on Snapchat Stories WhatsApp announces Status, its take on Snapchat Stories
- February 21, 2017

In fact, users will be able to add videos, animations or just photos in status . If you've used Snapchat or Instagram recently, Status is going to seem very familiar to you. Using WhatsApp Camera , which debuted in October, you can take a photo or video in the app and gussy it up with emoji, text, or illustrations. Sarafa said the status feature will appeal to those who are not clear who the will share a certain update with. (more...)
Elon Musk Says SpaceX Investigates Rocket Leak Ahead of Saturday Launch
- February 21, 2017

The origin of the problem was a piece of equipment known as the thrust vector control actuator . It was just the third time SpaceX has managed to stick a landing on solid ground. "But that 1 per cent chance isn't worth rolling the dice". Better to wait a day. It was previously used for the Apollo and space shuttle programmes and has not hosted a launch since July 2011 when the last space shuttle was launched. (more...)
Portal 2 Writer Erik Wolpaw Leaves Valve
- February 21, 2017

Additional video games he has written for include Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and a comic book adaptation for the Team Fortress series. A tweet from the Valve News Network showed a Facebook update where Wolpaw allegedly announces his departure (you may need to click the image to see the full post). (more...)
Theresa May turns up in the Lords - but peers won't be 'threatened'
- February 21, 2017

It is highly unusual for a Prime Minister to sit in on a Lords debate. The legislation passed the House of Commons unamended but a coalition of peers from Labour and the Lib Dems, as well as crossbenchers and some Tories, is planning to ask MPs to rethink several elements. (more...)
BlackBerry and Nokia are on court-battle
- February 19, 2017

These included patents through which Blackberry could detect "the number of transmit antennas in a base station", and another in which it developed a scattered pilot pattern and channel estimation system for MIMO-OFDM systems. Nokia provides products to T-Mobile, AT&T and others in the USA for the LTE and UTRAN networks, said BlackBerry . BlackBerry didn't specify how much it's seeking. (more...)
Xbox to present Scorpio upgrade in June
- February 19, 2017

Xbox Insiders with access can begin broadcasting with the new app by simply hitting the controller's Guide button, selecting the broadcast option, and choosing Beam. You'll also be able to browse, search and follow your favorite game streams, as well as earn Sparks and Experience Points (XP) while viewing. XP is earned as you watch streams, so if you are really hardcore about it, others will know. (more...)
Oxygen Levels in the Ocean Decreased Due to Humans
- February 18, 2017

It is well-known that oxygen is dissolved in the water. They found an overall two percent decrease in the average oxygen concentration of the planet's oceans, equaling around 5 petamoles, or 80 billion metric tons, of oxygen. Sudden rises in global temperatures can lead to rapid environmental changes and extreme weather patterns. When the temperature difference between the upper layers and the lower layers grows, the oxygen mixing effect of sinking and rising seawater slows to a crawl. (more...)
All Blacks legend Dan Carter apologises after drink-driving incident
- February 18, 2017

That's 0.3 grams over the French limit. Carter wasn't detained or arrested, but is expected to attend a local polce station according to reports. A Paris police source said Carter was tested at the roadside in the city's western 17th arrondissement on Wednesday night. (more...)
Antarctic sea ice extent lowest on record
- February 18, 2017

Of the 17 hottest years on record, 16 have occurred since 2000. "If you look at where sea-ice extent is right now, we're at a record low, compared to the remainder of the satellite record that goes back to 1979", said Mark Serreze, a senior research scientist at Snow and Ice Data Center in Colorado. (more...)
Blasts Media, Says He Blasts Media, Says He "Inherited a Mess"
- February 17, 2017

Separately the US Justice Department has said in Trump intends in the near future to rescind travel ban and replace it was a new "substantially revised" order, according to a court filing. He said the story should not be when, how or what his inner circle was communicating with Russian representatives but the leaks of classified information by the USA intelligence community to the news media. (more...)
Scientists Find A 'Super-Earth' Among 60 New Neighbouring Planets Scientists Find A 'Super-Earth' Among 60 New Neighbouring Planets
- February 17, 2017

The planet has the decidedly unsexy name Gliese 411b - Gliese 411 being the name of the star it orbits, and "b" being the unique label for the world itself - but what it lacks in a cool moniker it makes up for with a fiery personality. The data shows the crowning achievements of Dr. Butler as an astronomer. "Over the recent years it has been established as a scientific fact that there are more planets in the Universe than there are stars". (more...)
ZTE Gigabit Phone Reveal Confirmed For MWC 2017
- February 17, 2017

No other details about the Gigabit Phone were shared, but ZTE's press release did say that the company will focus on 5G, cloudification and the "Internet of Everything". Qualcomm's X16 LTE modem, which was announced earlier this year, is a successor to its X12 modem. It seems ZTE is all set to embrace the much-hyped gigabit LTE networks. (more...)
$4 million Lamborghinis recalled due to fire risk
- February 17, 2017

According to the filed Safety Recall Report , the issue first came to Lamborghini's attention back in 2015 when it received a few claims in the United States regarding "irregular idle / engine shut off at idle / MIL on". All affected vehicles were produced between March 22, 2011 and December 5, 2016. The company says it's unaware of any driver or passenger injuries tied to the flaw, though a spokeswoman was unable to say whether any fires have been reported in the affected vehicles. (more...)