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Earthquakes in Taiwan are linked to seasonal changes in water levels

Google Science Feeds - Wed, 04/14/2021 - 19:03
Ya-Ju Hsu at Academia Sinica in Taiwan and her colleagues analysed earthquake data in western and eastern Taiwan, and found a correlation between seismic activity and fluctuations in the water cycle. Hsu had initially noticed ...

Blow flies may be the answer to monitoring the environment non-invasively

Google Science Feeds - Wed, 04/14/2021 - 19:00
They say you are what you eat; that's the case for every living thing, whether it's humans, animals, insects, or plants, thanks to stable isotopes found within. Now a new study explores these stable isotopes in blow flies as a non-invasive way to monitor the ...

Correcting a major error in assessing organic carbon pollution in natural waters

Google Science Feeds - Wed, 04/14/2021 - 18:59
Microbial degradation of dissolved organic carbon (DOC) in aquatic environments can cause oxygen depletion, water acidification, and CO2 emissions. These problems are caused by labile DOC (LDOC) and not refractory DOC (RDOC) that resists ...

Oddworld: Soulstorm Review

Game Spot Reviews - Wed, 04/14/2021 - 18:55

Oddworld: Soulstorm has been a long time coming. A direct sequel to Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty, Soulstorm is a loosely drawn reimagining of the second Oddworld game, Abe's Exoddus. Soulstorm looks shiny and PS5-new, with beautifully detailed characters and vast sweeping landscapes in its backgrounds, but it has an old soul. Soulstorm's stealthy platforming feels like a throwback: It's unlike any game I've played in a long time, and that's refreshing. But with old-school gameplay, Soulstorm retains some archaic design choices that feel outdated in 2021. The pain from those choices is accentuated by the game's many serious technical issues, which can blow even the most carefully played sequences at the drop of a hat. Soulstorm has a lot of heart, but its poor tuning makes it a bit of a slog.

Like its predecessors, Soulstorm puts you in control of Abe, a now free slave with the ability to take control of his former captors using a special chant. Each level strings together a gauntlet of side-scrolling stealth-platforming puzzles. As Abe, you'll sneak across each stage, jumping across platforms to dodge traps while avoiding conflict as much as possible. All the while, you're searching for your fellow Mudokons, Abe's species of lanky green Oddworlders, most of whom are still slaves in factories and mines. Staying out of harm's way requires careful planning and timing. Like many stealth games, you're carefully monitoring guard movements and vision cones to find the perfect moment to move from one hiding spot to the next, or to dispatch a guard. There's a tense, nail-biting thrill to maneuvering your way into and out of danger.

Though stealth factors into most areas, there are also a fair number of pure platforming sequences. Dodging flamethrowers, buzzsaws, spikes, and other dangers is also often a matter of getting the timing right. Soulstorm's best platforming sequences feel more puzzle-like than a reflex test, balancing time pressure and a need to methodically feel your way through whatever lethal obstacles it throws your way.

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Conservative MP Owen Paterson on the death of his wife, Rose

Health News BBC - Wed, 04/14/2021 - 17:28
Former cabinet minister Owen Paterson has spoken about the loss of his wife, Rose, who took her own life last year.

Researchers Find Conn. Dog That Died in Feb. Had COVID-19

Google Science Feeds - Wed, 04/14/2021 - 17:23
Researchers have found that a dog that died earlier this year tested positive for COVID-19, marking the first case of the virus in a domestic animal in Connecticut. Officials said they performed a postmortem examination after a three-month-old dog died ...

Covid jab could be required for England care home staff

Health News BBC - Wed, 04/14/2021 - 17:21
Nearly half of all older adult care homes do not meet recommended vaccine thresholds, the government says.

Scientists identify severe asthma species, show air pollutant as likely contributor

Google Science Feeds - Wed, 04/14/2021 - 17:16
Date: April 13, 2021; Source: Lehigh University; Summary: An epidemiological study has shown that not only is non-Th2 a distinct asthma disease, its likely inducer is early childhood exposure to airborne Benzo[a]pyrene, a byproduct of fossil fuel combustion.

Space Dynamics Laboratory to Support NASA's Latest Energy Measurement Mission

Google Science Feeds - Wed, 04/14/2021 - 17:04
“SDL is honored to work with Dr. Pilewskie, his team at LASP, and NASA's Earth Science Division to provide essential ground calibration validation for the Libera flight payload, which will ensure the success of this vital, state-of-the-art science instrument,” said ...

Geneticists comb DNA of “survivor” fish for clues to withstanding climate change

Google Science Feeds - Wed, 04/14/2021 - 16:27
Some 25 to 30 million years ago, the Earth's temperature fell. Ice caps grew and sea level dropped. Plants and animals died off as their environments rapidly shifted. By STEPHANIE DUTCHEN. Some species, however, survived the upheaval. Among them ...

NASA Takes Emergency Action to Save Dying Mars Lander

Google Science Feeds - Wed, 04/14/2021 - 16:10
Planets vs. Zombies. NASA typically relies on powerful gusts of wind to clear off the solar panels on its Mars landers and rovers. But there hasn't been a breeze in Elysium Planitia, InSight's landing spot, so dangerous quantities of dust have piled up.

Mars Didn't Lose All Its Water In One Go – Its Wetness Fluctuated

Google Science Feeds - Wed, 04/14/2021 - 16:06
Observations from NASA's Curiosity rover have provided some intriguing revelations on the past climate of Mars. Based on this data, researchers believed that the Red Planet experienced dramatic fluctuations between wetter epochs and drier epochs. Mars ...

Telescopes unite in unprecedented observations of famous black hole

Google Science Feeds - Wed, 04/14/2021 - 16:01
In April 2019, scientists released the first image of a black hole in galaxy M87 using the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT). However, that remarkable achievement was just the beginning of the science story to be told. Data from 19 observatories released today ...

Transforming circles into squares: Researchers reconfigure material topology on the microscale

Google Science Feeds - Wed, 04/14/2021 - 16:01
Researchers encoded patterns and designs into the material by making tiny, invisible tweaks to the geometry of the triangular lattice. Credit: Shucong Li/Bolei Deng/Harvard SEAS. Reconfigurable materials can do amazing things. Flat sheets transform into a ...

How the Largest Animals That Could Ever Fly Supported Giraffe-Like Necks

Google Science Feeds - Wed, 04/14/2021 - 16:00
If you were to gaze skyward in the late Cretaceous, you might catch a glimpse of surreal flying giants with wingspans that rival small planes. This supersized group of pterosaurs, known as azhdarchids, included species that measured 33 feet between wingtips ...

Covid: 'Encouraging' antibody boost after Pfizer and AZ vaccines

Health News BBC - Wed, 04/14/2021 - 15:41
Pfizer and AZ vaccines had reassuring effects on the body's defences in over-80s after one dose.

Biden administration budget request includes nearly $25 billion for NASA

Google Science Feeds - Wed, 04/14/2021 - 15:26
President Joe Biden submitted on Friday a $1.5 trillion budget request that includes $24.7 billion for NASA for 2022. The ask is part of the budget's discretionary spending, which needs to be passed by Congress each year. The requested funding if approved ...

Worker ants that can shrink their brains and then grow them back when needed

Google Science Feeds - Wed, 04/14/2021 - 15:20
In this new effort, the researchers have found that with Indian jumping ants, things are quite different. Female workers can compete for the job of queen if the queen dies—and if they win, they can decrease their brain size and increase the size of their ovaries, ...

40 Year Old Data Seeks To Confirm Signs of Life in Atmosphere of Venus

Google Science Feeds - Wed, 04/14/2021 - 15:10
A curious finding last year in the atmosphere of Venus has some scientists thinking one of our closest planetary neighbors could hold signs of life. A team of researchers found traces of phosphine gas using a ground based telescope in Hawaii. On Earth, this ...

Japanese ispace lander to carry UAE moon rover to lunar surface in 2022

Google Science Feeds - Wed, 04/14/2021 - 14:41
The upcoming Emirates Lunar Mission will be the first moon landing for the Arab world and for Japan. To date, just three nations have soft-landed a spacecraft on the moon — the United States, the then-Soviet Union and China.


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