How Microsoft’s Activision Blizzard takeover will drive metaverse gaming into the mass market

Credit: julien Tromeur / Unsplash. Microsoft was positioning itself as one of the pioneers of the metaverse even before its US $ 75 billion deal to buy online gaming giant Activision Blizzard. In the days after Mark Zuckerberg rebranded Facebook last October as Meta with his near movie-length promotional film about the potential for virtual … Read more

Scientists Build Biological “Valves” in DNA To Shape Cellular Information Flows

A DNA valve that controls molecular processes throughout DNA. Credit: Thomas Gorochowski Scientists in University of Bristol have developed new biological parts that are able to shape the flow of cellular processes together DNA. The work, now published in the journal Nature Communications, offers a new perspective on how information is encoded in DNA and … Read more

A six-year quest is finally complete! Almost all known sauropod necks are incomplete and distorted

A six-year quest is finally complete! Almost all known sauropod necks are incomplete and distorted January 24, 2022 Today finally sees the publication of a paper (Taylor 2022) that’s been longer in gestation than most (although, yes, all right, not as long as the Archbishop). I guess the first seeds were sown almost a full … Read more

Finding the tipping point for coastal wetlands – BIOENGINEER.ORG

DURHAM, NC – The Albemarle-Pamlico Peninsula covers more than 2,000 square miles on the coastal plains of North Carolina, a vast array of wooded swamps and tea-colored creeks. Most people probably avoid this place, as the dense thickness of reeds and bushes and waterlogged soil can reduce crawling. DURHAM, NC – The Albemarle-Pamlico Peninsula covers … Read more

Virtual Telescope Project captures a view of the James Webb Space Telescope at its final destination

A new image captures NASA’s distant James Webb Space Telescope in a sky full of stars. The Rome-based Virtual Telescope Project took the exposure over five minutes using its robotic telescope, a 17-inch PlaneWave, tracking Webb on a Paramount ME mount. The image captured Webb just as it was arriving at its destination at the … Read more

What are the ‘dark balls’ in the granite of Sant’Andrea (Elba)? – Geology is the Way

If you remember my previous post, you will remember that I have left you with one question: what are the ‘dark balls’ in the granite? Granites are spectacular objects deriving from the crystallization of magma at depth. When we can finally see them, exposed by erosion and other processes on the surface of our planet, … Read more

Astronomers Detect Rare ‘Missing Link’ Black Hole in Our Closest Galactic Neighbor

A rare treasure that could shed light on the evolution of black holes has been discovered in the Milky Way’s closest large galactic neighbor. In a cluster of stars in the Andromeda galaxy, aka M31, astronomers studied changes in light to identify a black hole clocking in at almost 100,000 times the mass of the … Read more

Thelkoloi: another tailings failure, this time in India – The Landslide Blog

Thelkoloi: another bankrupt tailings, this time in India Another tailings failure occurred on Thursday, January 20, 2022, this time at Helkoloi in Odisha, India. Bankruptcy has been reported in some media in India, but not more widely. For example, the Hindustan Times reports that the shortage was in a pool of slurry from JSW Bhushan … Read more

New online tracker from Portland State University – BIOENGINEER.ORG

For governments and clean energy advocates seeking to encourage people to use e-bikes for transportation, a new online tool from Portland State University researchers offers an overview of e-bikes. existing incentive in the United States and Canada. For governments and clean energy advocates seeking to encourage people to use e-bikes for transportation, a new online … Read more