This Week In Biology – December 06, 2017

Pigeons can discriminate both space and timeredditlink

Pigeons can discriminate both space and time

Dec 05
Since birds do not have a cortex this shows that abstract thinking is not cortically dependent for species. It was originally believed only a few species like primates could have abstract intelligence. Research Article Link
Muhammad Mahdi Karim

redditlinkChinese scientists find all the genetic building blocks of SARS in a single population of horseshoe bats

Building blocks of SARS found in a horseshoe bat population

Dec 04
Chinese scientists suggest that they have solved the mystery of the origins of the deadly SARS virus, and believe a new outbreak of the deadly virus could happen again. Research Article Link
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redditlink215 miraculously well-preserved pterosaur eggs discovered

215 miraculously well-Preserved pterosaur eggs discovered

Dec 02
The eggs were discovered in the Gobi Desert in northwestern China. Pterosaurs are believed to be the first animals with backbones to master flight, and had a wingspan of around 11 feet.
Zhao Chuang

redditlinkHoneybees Found To Have A left or right preference when flying

Honeybees Found To Have A left or right preference when flying

Dec 01
Researches found this preference by creating a honey bee obstetrical course where they could decide on which way to fly. Some bees were found do not have a preference in what direction they are flying at all. Research Article Link
Fir0002/Flagstaffotos/

redditlinkNew Study helps to suggest sponges to be the sister of all other animals

New Study helps to suggest sponges to be the sister of all other animals

Dec 01
If you go back in time there was a moment where a species branched off from other animals.  A new study helps to confirm that sponges are the first to do so, however some evidence contests that comb jellies are the first. Research Article Link
Alamy Stock Photo

redditlinkNew York City Has Genetically Distinct ‘Uptown’ and ‘Downtown’ Rats

New York City Has Genetically Distinct ‘Uptown’ and ‘Downtown’ Rats

Dec 01
This was found by a graduate student sequencing rates throughout Manhattan.  They found they had unique rat neighborhoods and the neighborhoods lined up well with human ones. Research Article Link
Lucas Jackson / Reuters

redditlinkScientists prove that jelly fish can sleep

Scientists prove that jellyfish can sleep

Dec 01
Scientists tested the responsiveness to stimuli on the Cassiopea (upside-down) jellyfish.  The found that they must have a time of diminished activity or they respond more slowly to stimuli. Research Article Link
Pete Oxford – fineartamerica

redditlinkOrangutans documented, for the first time, applying anti - inflammatory agents

Orangutans documented applying anti-Inflammatory agents

Dec 01
Researchers found that orangutans (Pongo Pygmaeus) were using the plant (Dracaena Cantleyi) for its anti-inflammatory benefits.  This is the first time a ape has been document externally applying an anti-inflammatory agent.
biolib.cz

redditlinkNew butterfly species discovered in Russia

New butterfly species discovered in Russia

Nov 30
Finding a new species is already a rare thing to happen, but what makes this find even more interesting is this butterfly has a set of 46 chromosomes, while its closest relative has 68 chromosomes.
Lukhtanov VA, Dantchenko AV

redditlinkScallops Focus Light Like a telescope to see

Scientists finally see how Scallops eyes work like tiny telescopes

Nov 30
Scallops can have up to 200 eyes, and it was known they use each of them like a tiny telescope.  However for the first time scientists have been able to see exactly how they work via computer simulations. Research Article Link
 Stephen Frink/Photodisc/Getty Images

This Week In Gaming – December 05, 2017

Mega Man 11 Announcedredditlink

Mega Man 11 Announced

Dec 04
The game is coming to the Switch, Xbox One, Playstation 4, and PC.  The release date so far is set as “late 2018”.
Official Capcom UK

redditlinkAll 8 Mega Man X games are coming to

All 8 Mega Man X Games Are Coming To Major Gaming Platforms

Dec 04
All 8 of the popular mega man x games will be coming to the switch, ps4, xbox one, and pc.  No word yet if it will be a bundle or each game sold individually.  Also no exact date has been released.
Capcom

redditlinkRumor: Dark Souls Coming To Nintendo Switch

Rumor: Dark Souls Coming To The Switch

Dec 04
In a tweet by marcus sellars (which has now been deleted), he stated that Bandai Namco will be hosting an event on December 15th and one of the games will be a Dark Souls One Remaster..
Dark Souls

redditlinkRumor: Silent Hill PT Back in Development

Rumor: Silent Hill PT Back in Development

Dec 04
Silent Hill PT was a demo on PS3 that was canceled years ago.  Well Del Toro & Hideo Kokima has been retweeting images from the game for the past few days and will be at The Game Awards this Thursday.
Silent Hill PT

redditlinkPUBG will run 30 FPS across all xbox one devices.

PUBG will run 30 FPS across all xbox one devices

Dec 02
Previously it was believed the game would run at 60 frames per second on the Xbox one X and the other xbox consoles would get 30fps.
Bluehole

redditlinkBloodborne unused bosses and npcs!

Bloodborne Unused Bosses and NPCs!

Dec 01
Youtuber Sanadsk data mined the Bloodborne game files and found multiple Bosses and NPC’s that didn’t make the game’s final cut.  The most notable is going to be the first NPC but the bosses are pretty interesting too.
Sanadsk

redditlinkFinal Fantasy XV: Three 'Episode' DLCs planned for 2018, including 'Episode Ardyn'

Final Fantasy XV: Three ‘Episode’ DLCs planned for 2018

Nov 30
This month there will be an official announcement with more info on these updates.  The first one will be an episode for Ardyn, and they know players want one for Luna too, but nothing is confirmed.
Final Fantasy 15

redditlinkWizard of Legend Announcement Trailer

Wizard of Legend Announcement Trailer

Nov 30
Based on the trailer the game looks to be very fluid and has great graphics.  ‘Wizard of Legend’ looks similar to a game called “Crawl”.
Contingent99

redditlinkCyberpunk 2077 game engine completed

Cyberpunk 2077 game engine completed

Nov 29
Cyberpunk 2077 will be the next game by CD Projekt Red.  CD Projekt Red is well known for the witcher series.  The game’s engine being completed means they now can start building the game’s world and hopefully show in game trailers soon too.
cyberpunk-2077

redditlinkGame Dev Tycoon now on iOS

Game Dev Tycoon now on iOS

Nov 29
Game dev tycoon lets you take control of a gaming studio and create your own game.  You have to manage multiple aspects of running a gaming studio.  The game had mixed reviews from critics, but a positive rating from gamers.
Game Dev Tycoon – Youtube Channel Total Reach

This Week In Health – December 04, 2017

redditlinkA Vaccine for HIV Is About to Be Tested in Thousands of People

A Vaccine for HIV Is About to Be Tested on Thousands of People

Dec 03
The vaccine combines proteins from multiple HIV strains and hopes to prevent infection from any strain of HIV.  The vaccine is going to be tested on 2,600 women in southern Africa.  Currently they hope to achieve an effectiveness of over 50% with this vaccine.
Getty Image

redditlinkFirst U.S. Baby Born After a Uterus Transplant

First U.S. Baby Born After a Uterus Transplant

Dec 03
The first baby born in the USA via Uterus Transplant was done at Baylor to a women without a uterus.  This is the first birth in the hospital’s ongoing uterus transplant clinical trial.
Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas

redditlinka new algorithm could reduce radiation from medical X-rays by thousands-fold.

A New Algorithm Could Reduce Radiation from CT Scans by Thousands-Fold

Dec 01
The scientific unit of measurement for a radiation dose is a millisievert (mSv). The average person is exposed to 3 mSv/year, and a single CT scans tends to give you around 5 mSv.
factretriever

redditlinkFully Functioning Artificial Human Heart Muscle Developed

Fully Functioning Artificial Human Heart Muscle Developed

Nov 30
Duke University Researches announced they have created an artificial human heart muscle large enough to patch over a damaged one by patients that have suffered a heart attack.  However they still need to make the replacement heart muscle thicker to fully replace the dead tissue.
bituka3d – cgtrader

redditlinkPoo Pills Are Becoming Our Answer to Dangerous Superbug Infections

Poo Pills Are Becoming Our Answer to Dangerous Superbug Infections

Nov 30
On average antibiotics have a 10-30 percent of patient recurrence for C. difficile (severe diarrhea), however Fecal Matter Transplants have a 90 percect efficacy.
Jurrasic Park

redditlinkHair Loss Treatment Coming? New agent not only prevents hair loss but actually promotes the growth of new hair

New Agent Not Only Prevents Hair Loss but Actually Promotes the Growth of New Hair

Nov 30
A new hair loss treatment when applied to the bare skin of mice over the course of 28 days grew new hair follicles and prevent hair loss.  They are currently testing this treatment PTD-DMB on animals for toxicity.
Getty Images

redditlinkAmputees can learn to control a robotic arm with their minds through electrodes implanted in the brain

Amputees Can Learn to Control a Robotic Arm with Their Minds

Nov 29
Researchers implanted electrodes into the brains of rhesus monkeys that suffered events at a young age that forced them to amputate a limb.  Researchers plan next to work on giving the monkeys proprioception, which is the sense of where the limb is located in space
Jean Lachat

redditlinkScientists identify protein linked with memory formation

Scientists Identify Protein Linked with Memory Formation

Nov 29
Researched reduced the synthesis of Staufen2 in rats and found that the rats long term memory performance was significantly worse than wild-type animals.  However they also found that it makes synapses more response than they would normally be.
 LMU/Joerg Koc

redditlinkScarlet fever cases hit 50-year high in England

Scarlet Fever Cases Hit 50-Year High in England

Nov 29
The disease has been on the rise since 2014.  In 2016, 19,206 cases had been reported, but based on 2017 data, it may be going down, but scientists believe it is still too early to tell.
Getty

redditlinkGene therapy to fix failing hearts works in pigs and will be tried in humans in 2018

Gene Therapy to Fix Failing Hearts Works in Pigs and will be Tried in Humans in 2018

Nov 28
Scientists successfully reversed heart failure in pigs by delivering a gene to the heart that makes its more efficient at pumping blood and therefore better at supply the body with oxygen.  It reduced heart failure by 25 percent in the left ventricle by 20 percent in the left atrium.
nationalgeographic

This Week In Gadgets – December 03, 2017

redditlinkThe Substitute Phone is designed to help smartphone addicts cope in their absence

The Substitute Phone, Designed to Help Smartphone Addicts

Nov 27
The substitute phone is created by Austrian designer Klemens Schillinger.  The substitute phone is designed to help users mimic swiping, scrolling, and pinching.  The sub phone is not for sale yet, but is expected soon according to the website.
Leonhard Hilzensauer

redditlinkThe Malawi Aquarium Allows You To Also Grow Food With Aquaponics

The Malawi Aquarium Grows Your Food Too

Dec 01
Now you can grow food on top of your aquarium with the Malawi Aquarium.  A key problem with growing plants out of your aquariums is going to be properly manage your nitrogen cycles. Pricing stars at $279.
Malawi

redditlinkThe Vinci 2.0 headphones let you stream music without a phone and allow you to interact with Alexa's A.I.on the go

The Vinci 2.0 Headphones Lets You Interact with Alexa’s A.I. On The Go

Dec 02
The headphones have built in 3g so you will not need your phone to stream music.  You will need a sim card and a plan for these headphones which means most likely a 5 dollar a month plan.  The vinci also comes with gesture control and voice recognition.
Vinci 2.0

redditlinkSony truly wireless earbuds review: a flawed first try

Sony Truly Wireless Earbuds Early Review: A Flawed First Try

Nov 29
Everyone wants to compete with the apple airpods but so far few are able to do it.  The good: Balance sound, noise isolation, and comfortable  The bad: noise cancellation, short battery life, audio dropouts.
theverge

redditlinkHDMI 2.1 final specs released: Dynamic HDR, Variable Refresh Rate, Low Latency Mode

HDMI 2.1 Final Specs: Dynamic HDR, Variable Refresh Rate, Low Latency Mode

Nov 29
Some others key stats 8K60 4:2:0 uncompressed, 8K120 4:2:0 with DSC, 10K60 4:4:4 with DSC.
digitaltrends.com

redditlinkHands-on with the HaptX glove that lets you actually hold stuff in VR

Hands-On With The HaptX Glove, Hold And Feel Things In VR

Nov 27
Imagine feeling rain on your hand, touching the face of a person, or building something in VR.  This is the goal with the HaptX Glove which is expected to be released in 2018, but not price is currently listed for the device.
reverendkjr

redditlinkDJ in VR is now possible with “Vinyl Reality”

DJ In VR Is Now Possible With “Vinyl Reality”

Nov 29
Just imagine headlining a festival in your living room, or collaborating across the world with someone in virtual reality.  This is the goal with Vinyl Reality.  The software is currently in early access on steam for 14.99 and already has pretty positive user reviews.
EntroPi Games

redditlinkGIGABYTE Launches Splash-Proof AORUS K9 Optical Keyboard with Infrared Switches

GIGABYTE Launches Splash-Proof Optical Keyboard With Infrared Switches

Nov 30
The latest keyboard by Gigabyte is industrial grade waterproof and corrosion proof.  The AORUS K9 is expected to cost over $130 with no release date yet.
aorus

redditlinkNoninvasive RFID tag measures your vital signs without body contact

Noninvasive RFID Tag Measures Your Vital Signs Without Body Contact

Dec 01
In a current simulation of these new RFID tags a hospital could easily monitor 200 patients at once with this system.  These could easily allow monitoring of a person’s heart rate, blood pressure, breathing patterns and more.
JacobH/Signature/iStock

redditlinkJim Beam is selling a smart decanter that pours whiskey on command

Jim Beam Is Selling a Smart Decanter That Pours Whiskey On Command

Dec 01
Labeled as the world’s first intelligent bourbon decanter by Jim Beam, this smart decanter pours on command.  The device will give you 3g capabilities that expire after six months.  Currently it is sold out for online purchases at the cost of $34.90.
Jim Beam

This Week In Psychology – December 02, 2017

redditlinkOnline trolls are most likely to be male and exhibit higher levels of psychopathy and sadism

Online Trolls Are Most Likely To Be Psychotic Sadistic Males

Nov 30
The study was based on a sample of 415 participants with about 1/3 being males and 2/3 being females.  They where given an online questionnaire, but some believe these questionnaires lead to incorrect answers.
South Park Studios

redditlinkMost Redditors Don’t Actually Read the Articles They Vote On

Most Redditors Don’t Actually Read the Articles They Vote On

Dec 01
Based on the research by The University of Notre Dame, they looked at 309 reddit users over the course of one year.  The found 73% of these redditors do not read actually read the article before upvoting or downvoting the post.
Shutterstock

redditlinkTeenage brains can’t tell what’s important and what isn’t

People Tend To Value Money More With Age

Dec 01
Researchers tested teenagers on 2 different tasks.  In one 20 cents was at stake, and in the other one dollar was at stake.  They found that teenagers treated the money the same until the age of 19/20 where they was a small statistical significance of =0.04.
Clarissa Leahy/Getty

redditlinkChildren Exposed To Residential Green Spaces Have Better Attention Spans

Children Exposed To Residential Green Spaces Have Better Attention Spans

Nov 26
A big takeaway on this study is “we did not have information on the family context and support for cognitive development available to the child in the home environment, which could have been a potential source of residual confounding.”
Olympic Delivery Authority

redditlinkMen Have Unwanted Sex To Conform to Gender Expectations And Avoid Uncomfortable Interactions

Men Have Unwanted Sex To Conform to Gender Expectations And Avoid Uncomfortable Interactions

Nov 29
This study only looked at males having sex with females, and not male on male sexual encounters.
health.com

redditlinkSpeaking Instead of Writing To Those Who Disagree With You Makes You Sound Smarter

Speaking Instead of Writing To Those Who Disagree With You Makes You Seem Smarter

Nov 28
When you speak to a person it makes them seem more mentally capable to them, and therefore more knowledgeable on the topic at hand.  Compared to reading what someone typed.
Grant Cardone

redditlinkLove At First Sight Doesnt Exist, But Lust Does

Love At First Sight Doesn’t Exist, But Lust Does

Dec 1
Researchers collected data from an online study, a lab study, and dating events.  There they looked at people who has LAFS and it showed that there was a highly predictive rate of attraction (lust) at first sight.
Christian Jarrett

redditlinkOverly Competitive Men Are Skewing Results For Genders Pain Studies

Overly Competitive Men Are Skewing Results For Gender Pain Studies

Nov 28
Researchers found that overly aggressive and competitive men are more likely to take part in pain research studies.  This may also show that men have a higher pain threshold than women.
Parks and Recreation

redditlinkDepressed People Are More Likely To Want Equality and Vise Versa

Depressed People Are More Likely To Want Equality and Vise Versa

Nov 28
Researchers found the brains differ in those who are most concerned about resources being equal among others.  They also found that they are statistically more likely to be depressed than those who only care about themselves or having more than others.
Medical News Today

redditlinkPeople Are Highly Irrational When It Comes To Moral Superiority

People Are Highly Irrational When It Comes To Moral Superiority

Nov 29
This would explain why someone you might consider a bad person believes they are not.  People believe they are far more trustworthy and honest than others, according to a new study.  The quote “We judge ourselves by our intentions, others by our actions” fits well here.
Emma Young – digest.bps.org.uk

This Week In Movies – November 30, 2017

redditlinkThe Avengers: 26M views in 6 years, Infinity War: 25M views in 11 hours

Infinity War Trailer Has Already Surpassed Avengers Trailer Views

Nov 29
It took 6 years for the first avengers movie to hit 26 million views.  It took less than 24 hours for the Avengers Infinity War Trailer to surpass it.
Marvel Studios

redditlinkStarship Troopers is getting a 20th anniversary 4k release

Starship Troopers is Getting a 20th Anniversary 4k Release

Nov 29
While the movie might be 20 years old it has aged very well.  The CGI is decent and the over the top acting fits the movies theme perfectly.  Plus it has Neil Patrick Harris in it..
Sony Pictures Entertainment

redditlink"lady Bird" breaks record with most perfect 100% rotten tomatoes reviews in a row

“Lady Bird” Breaks Rotten Tomatoes Record For Most Fresh Scores

Nov 28
The movie is currently sitting at 179 reviews at 100% it has broken a new rotten tomatoes record.  The previous winner was Toy Story 3 with 163 fresh scores.  The film is still currently sitting at 100% on the site.
Lady Bird

redditlinkOriginal 'Dracula' Poster Becomes Most Expensive Film Poster Ever Sold At $525,800

Original ‘Dracula’ Poster Becomes Most Expensive Horror Film Poster Ever Sold – $525,800

Nov 28
While the poster is the most expensive horror movie poster ever sold, it is does not lead for the most expensive movie poster sold.  That honor goes to the Metropolis move poster sold at $690,000.
Universal Pictures

redditlinkPeople really hate the Frozen short playing before Pixar’s new film Coco

People Really Hate the Frozen Short Playing Before Pixar’s New Film Coco

Nov 26
People have complained to movie theater staff because of how long the short is.  In some markets the movie coco starts 40 minutes after the advertised showtime.  The movie short itself clocks in at 21 minutes.
Disney

redditlinkDisney's 'Mulan' Finds Its Star in Chinese Actress Liu Yifei

Disney’s ‘Mulan’ Finds Its Star in Chinese Actress Liu Yifei

Nov 26
The movie has a few differences in it.  Mulan’s love interest is a recruit with the same rank as her, Mulan has a older sister, the setting is now the Tang dynasty, and a few other changes..
Getty Images

redditlinkBlade Runner 2049 Director Kicked Ridley Scott Off The Set (Nicely)

Blade Runner 2049 Director Kicked Ridley Scott Off The Set (Nicely)

Nov 26
“I said to him, ‘Hey Ridley, who is your favorite director?’ And he said, ‘I love Ingmar Bergman and Kubrick.’ I said, ‘I love Bergman too. So Ridley, how would you feel if you were on set directing and you had Bergman just behind you?’
Blade Runner

redditlinkRance Howard Dead: Actor and Father of Ron and Clint Howard Dies at 89

Rance Howard Has Passed Away at 89

Nov 26
He has appeared in such films as ‘Apollo 13,’ ‘Parenthood,’ ‘Splash,’ ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas’ and ‘A Beautiful Mind.’  He is also notable for his sons Ron and Clint Howard.
Gregg DeGuire/WireImage

redditlinkFour Lions director Chris Morris has shot a secret film with Anna Kendrick

Four Lions Director Chris Morris has Shot a Secret Film With Anna Kendrick

Nov 24
Little is known about this film but a picture of Anna Kendrick wearing a FBI body protection and holding a large gun.  It is believed to be a new comedy featuring her.
Anna Kendrick – flickeringmyth

redditlinkBox Office Week: Coco easily wins the Thanksgiving 5 day weekend opening at #1 with $71.M

Box Office Week: Coco #1 at $71M Justice League at $59M, Wonder at $32M, Ragnarok at $25M, and Daddy’s Home 2 at $13M

Nov 26
The biggest piece of news would be Justice League dropping 57% and coming in second, but Coco deserves it.  The move has gotten rave reviews and the worst part of the movie is the 21 minute short before it.
Disney