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A flower from the time of the dinosaurs has survived frozen in amber

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 12/24/2020 - 08:04
A spectacular flower that bloomed when dinosaurs ruled the Earth has been unveiled – frozen in time. The new plant preserved in amber is captured in exquisite detail – with its petals reaching for the heavens 'like a sunburst'. Resembling a cross between a ...

Europe-built spacecraft set for festive flyby of Venus

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 12/24/2020 - 07:48
The Solar Orbiter will use the gravitational force of the planet to bring it closer to the Sun while, at the same time, tilting its orbit to observe the star from a different perspective. The closest ...

'I overcame cancer and done my Master's'

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 12/24/2020 - 07:20
A girl who overcame most cancers to graduate with a Master's in pharmacy has instructed of her delight at remaining in a position to entire her research all through the pandemic. iobhan Greene (23), from Brookeborough, Co Fermanagh, was diagnosed with ...

Schinstock: When Heaven Came to Earth

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 12/24/2020 - 07:02
I was mesmerized as I watched the first COVID vaccine injections given to the first responders. Responses varied, but a common one was a palpable sense of joy and relief knowing they would not be infected, nor could they infect their loved ones or patients.

Mass-euthanisation of 27 Monkeys in a Day at NASA Research Centre Has Left Activists Livid

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 12/24/2020 - 05:37
Animal rights activists are livid after a recent report showed that the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) killed all the monkeys that it held in a single day. A report by The Guardian has revealed that the American space agency killed a total ...

Best Space Pictures of 2020: A 'Christmas Star' and 'Comet of the Century' for New Hubble Masterpiece

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 12/24/2020 - 05:35
What was your favorite space photo of 2020? There were dozens of choices, with a brief, bright and stunning appearance in summer surely one of the highlights. If this kept amateur astrophotographers busy, it was the same for some breathtaking solar ...

Vaccine arrives in Merrimack Valley

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 12/24/2020 - 05:02
The first doses of the coronavirus vaccine have arrived in the Merrimack Valley and are being administered to front-line workers at Lawrence General Hospital. Hospital spokesman Ben French said a delivery of the Pfizer vaccine which arrived early last week ...

Calico Review

Game Spot Reviews - Wed, 12/23/2020 - 23:18

I was quite a young girl when I first got interested in video games. It was something of an awkward transition. At the time, games were largely considered "boy toys," so moving from typical "girly" things like princess dolls and My Little Ponies into gaming was jarring at times, especially since not a lot of games catered to the cute, colorful things I’d been enjoying at playtime to that point. Sure, I loved the fantasy worlds of Mario and Sonic, but I also wished there was a fun gaming playspace for me that echoed the fluffy-cats-and-rainbow-unicorns aesthetic of my Lisa Frank Trapper Keepers.

Had my third-grade self seen Calico, an open-world animal cafe and social interaction game, she would have lost her mind. Calico embraces an aesthetic and theme that is shamelessly, unabashedly girly in the best ways--a world of happy magical girls living in pastel-colored lands with fluffy, cotton-candy trees where all kinds of lovable animals roam freely. But while Calico's concept and visuals are a delight, the simplistic, bug-ridden gameplay dragged me kicking and screaming out of the childhood fantasy world I so wanted to exist in.

Calico is very cute (screenshots captured on PC).

Calico starts off with your created player character inheriting a cat cafe in a faraway world where magic is very real and a part of everyday living. Your job is to fill your little cafe with animals, decorations, and cute kitty-themed pastries while exploring the world and helping your new friends with various errands. It’s a very laid-back, play-as-you-please experience in the vein of other life-sim games, but with an air of play and fairy magic baked in: You can buy potions with funny effects to use on yourself and your animal friends, like shrinking down to mini-size to cook, zooming around while riding on giant red pandas and bunnies, decorating your house with clouds, flowers, and cat paws, and collecting basically any animal in the game (that isn’t already someone else's pet) to be a part of your cafe or your traveling posse.

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