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ISS astronauts will soon munch on tomatoes grown in space

Google Science Feeds - Tue, 12/06/2022 - 06:58
Apart from installing two roll-out solar arrays to the International Space Station (ISS), astronauts on board are also installing the Veg-05 science experiment, which will attempt to grow dwarf tomatoes in space. A healthy, nutritious diet is essential ...

Mysteries of universe in focus for South African mega telescope

Google Science Feeds - Tue, 12/06/2022 - 05:53
South Africa said it will add 133 dishes to its 64-dish MeerKAT radio telescope to create SKA-Mid in the next phase of developing a so-called Square Kilometre Array (SKA).

Small glowing protein allows researchers to peer deeper into living tissues

Google Science Feeds - Tue, 12/06/2022 - 02:05
DURHAM, N.C. -- Biomedical and genetic engineers at Duke University and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine have designed a small fluorescent protein that emits and absorbs light that penetrates deep into biological tissue. Tailored to wavelengths in ...

Need For Speed Unbound Review - Comic Book Racing

Game Spot Reviews - Tue, 12/06/2022 - 00:44

The first thing that jumps out when starting Need for Speed Unbound is its vibrant art style. At a time when most other racing games are striving for photorealism, EA's latest distinguishes itself from the rest of the grid by adopting a stylized mix between reality and comic books. While its cars land on the side of realism, the characters behind the wheel are cel-shaded and its open world falls somewhere in between the two aesthetics. Vivid graffiti-style flourishes also pop up when you activate nitrous or fly off a ramp, and drifting kicks up colorful tire smoke that looks hand-drawn, with all of these effects punctuating the action with a unique sense of style.

There aren't any modern racing games that look quite like it, yet the rest of Unbound feels like a continuation of 2019's Need for Speed Heat. From the distinction between day and night races to the cat-and-mouse chase that occurs when you have to outrun the cops and make it to a safe house in order to bank your money. Unbound doesn't attempt to reinvent the wheel, but what's here maintains the series' recent quality, even if there are some wrong turns along the way.

As is now customary in Need for Speed games, Unbound features a rather forgettable story about getting back at a former friend who stole your ride. There's little point in delving into details because, ultimately, it's inconsequential. Cutscenes are sprinkled in every now and then, but for the most part, the story is just sort of there, happening in the background as you drive around the city, so at least it's unobtrusive. There's some fun incidental dialogue every now and then, including one mission where you're traveling with a "weeb racer" who spends the whole journey telling you about the history of anime and how it definitely isn't a cartoon. Rapper A$AP Rocky also makes an appearance (because why not?) and it feels like he was given a microphone and free rein to say whatever came to mind. It's a moment that stands out in a game that's filled to the brim with ancillary dialogue. Aside from this, the story is relatively easy to ignore, but it does succeed in giving impetus to the game's structure.

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Scientists Discover a Unique Gut Bacteria That May Cause Arthritis

Google Science Feeds - Mon, 12/05/2022 - 22:42
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune and inflammatory disease that causes joint inflammation and pain. A bacterium has been identified by the CU Division of Rheumatology that may trigger rheumatoid arthritis in those who are ...

Dinosaur larger than T. rex couldn't swim well despite large fish being on the menu

Google Science Feeds - Mon, 12/05/2022 - 22:26
The largest predatory dinosaur to ever walk on Earth sported a massive sail that rose from its back, but it turns out this imposing creature would have made for a very slow and awkward swimmer, according to new research.

NASA Provides ESA Laser Retroreflector for Lunar Pathfinder Mission

Google Science Feeds - Mon, 12/05/2022 - 21:50
Developed by NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, the instrument is the is the initial flight component to be installed on the world's first spacecraft dedicated to lunar communication services. Scheduled for launch in 2024, Lunar Pathfinder ...

This graphic shows how many more stars you can see under truly dark skies vs. city, suburban, and rural areas

Google Science Feeds - Mon, 12/05/2022 - 21:32
Astronomers classify night skies from dark to bright using the Bortle Scale, ranked from one to nine. Light pollution is when artificial light washes out the night sky and makes it hard to see stars. Studies have indicated that exposure to light at ...

Did you see the fireball meteor that passed over West Virginia?

Google Science Feeds - Mon, 12/05/2022 - 21:12
CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (WBOY) – A fireball is a meteor that shines brighter than the planet Venus in the night sky, and according to the NASA Meteor Watch, one passed just south of Morgantown, West Virginia last week. The NASA Meteor Watch reported that the ...

Stormier Southern Hemisphere induced by topography and ocean circulation

Google Science Feeds - Mon, 12/05/2022 - 20:35
Flattening topography and prescribing hemispherically symmetric surface energy fluxes (the manifestation of ocean energy transport on the atmosphere) in a climate model reduce the storminess asymmetry from 23 to 12% and 11%, respectively. Finally ...

This 122-Foot-Long Dinosaur Will Barely Fit in London's Natural History Museum

Google Science Feeds - Mon, 12/05/2022 - 20:06
A life-size replica of a titanosaur—one of the largest known dinosaurs—is headed to the Natural History Museum in London. The cast represents Patagotitan mayorum, a massive plant-eating dinosaur with a long neck and tail that lived roughly 100 million ...

Artemis 1 capsule beams back spectacular farewell views of the moon

Google Science Feeds - Mon, 12/05/2022 - 20:06
Flying just 80 miles (130 kilometers) off the lunar surface, NASA's Orion capsule fired its main engine Monday to slingshot around the moon and set a course for splashdown Dec. 11 in the Pacific Ocean to complete the Artemis 1 test flight.

Rare 'phantom jellyfish' with 33-foot-long 'mouth-arms' spotted off California coast

Google Science Feeds - Mon, 12/05/2022 - 18:44
A rare and elusive deep sea creature was captured on camera by a high-tech remote submersible in Monterey, CA. The massive, 33-foot “phantom jellyfish” — a darkly colored being with ribbon-like “mouth arms” — had been discovered by the remote submarine ...

Mars sports massive hidden plume of searing rock

Google Science Feeds - Mon, 12/05/2022 - 18:06
A plume of searing hot rock as wide as the continental U.S. is rising up from near the core of Mars and might help explain recent volcanism and earthquakes seen at the Red Planet, scientists say. Most volcanism on Mars occurred during the first 1.5 ...

In Australia and South Africa, construction has started on the biggest radio observatory in Earth's history

Google Science Feeds - Mon, 12/05/2022 - 17:50
I have been involved in the SKA and its precursor telescopes for the past ten years, and as the chief operations scientist of the Australian telescope since July. I am helping to build the team of scientists, ...

NASA's Orion capsule makes farewell flyby of the moon

Google Science Feeds - Mon, 12/05/2022 - 17:28
The historic Artemis I mission, which is sending an uncrewed spacecraft on an unprecedented trip around the moon, is now in the final stretch of its historic journey. Orion, as NASA's new space capsule is ...

Telescopes Team Up to Forecast an Alien Storm on Titan

Google Science Feeds - Mon, 12/05/2022 - 17:19
Saturn's largest moon came under the gaze of NASA's powerful Webb space observatory, allowing it and another telescope to capture clouds drifting through Titan's methane-rich atmosphere. Send any ...

The Missing Mammal That May Have Shaped California's Kelp Forests

Google Science Feeds - Mon, 12/05/2022 - 16:33
The Steller's sea cow, an extinct relative of the manatee, could grow to five tons and 25 feet long and roamed the coastal waters of the northern Pacific Ocean. Although they were named for him, Georg Wilhelm Steller, a German zoologist who observed ...

Giant mantle plume reveals Mars is more active than previously thought

Google Science Feeds - Mon, 12/05/2022 - 16:32
In the current issue of Nature Astronomy, scientists from the University of Arizona challenge current views of Martian geodynamic evolution with a report on the discovery of an active mantle plume pushing the surface upward and causing earthquakes and ...

Simulations predict the existence of black hole radio-wave hot spots

Google Science Feeds - Mon, 12/05/2022 - 16:30
Black holes, regions in spacetime where gravity is so strong that nothing can escape from them, are among the most fascinating and widely studied cosmic phenomena. While there are now countless theories about their formation and underlying physics, ...


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