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science
Aug 19, 2019
Viviparous lizards who give birth to live offspring might be joining the list of endangered species that are set to go extinct in the next few years. Scientists from two different universities have teamed up to find how reproduction strategies in viviparous and oviparous lizards have evolved to determine their chances of survival regarding the current climate breakdown. Now, the researchers have revealed that viviparous lizards' ability to withstand and reproduce in cold places might play against them in the future since higher global temperatures could make it harder for this species to reproduce, which could ultimately lead to their extinction.
entertainment
Aug 19, 2019
Daphne Zuniga would love to bring 'Melrose Place' back. The 56-year-old actress said that she's willing to take part in a series revival for the classic Fox property. Zuniga said during the interview that she was waiting to see how the 'Beverly Hills 90210' performed to see if it was worth to revive 'Melrose Place' for a second run, but she added that if they decide to bring back the show, they would need a clever idea to make it work. Zuniga finished saying that they would have to make sure that the storyline honors what fans loved about the original show, so they would need an excellent writer to tell that story.
science
Aug 19, 2019
NASA is one step closer to sending another rover to Mars after concluding a successful test. To prepare rovers for future space missions, space agencies carefully select places on Earth that imitate the conditions of the planet where the spacecraft will land. One of these places is Iceland's Lambahraun lava field which contains black basalt sand, wind-swept dunes and craggy peaks, and can help scientists determine if the rover is ready to be sent to Mars. NASA scientists explained that the Curiosity rover prototype that traveled through this lava field was indestructible and that thanks to its four wheels, two motors and a dozen small size car batteries it was ready for the 2020 mission to Mars.
entertainment
Aug 19, 2019
The successful 49-year-old director has announced that he will be in charge of a new Netflix anime series called 'Masters of the Universe: Revelation' and will revolve around an original story based on the 1980's Mattel's He-Man toy line. Smith made the announcement at the 2019 PowerCon, and he added that he was incredibly grateful to Mattel and Netflix for giving him the chance to direct such a classic property. The director added that the new story would pick up where the original series ended, adding that now fans would be able to see the story that they always wanted when they were kids.
entertainment
Aug 19, 2019
Tom Hiddlestone is gearing up to bring his most famous character to the small screen in 'Loki,' an upcoming series on Disney+. The 38-year-old actor has revealed that the first season will last for six hours, which will likely be split into six one-hour episodes. Tom also talked about his excitement to play the character in a tv show; he indicated that Loki represents a significant part of his life since he has been playing the role for nearly 10 years, so having the opportunity to see Loki face new challenges and use his skills to the max will be a treat for fans.
entertainment
Aug 19, 2019
SyFy has announced the cancellation of Superman prequel series 'Krypton' after the end of its second season. The series starred Chris McCumber and told the story of Superman's grandfather; the decision to cancel the show comes a few days after the season 2 finale aired. Although the show was fairly popular during its first season with 1.8 million viewers, viewership during the second season suffered a sharp drop to 408,000 in its second season. The network has also decided not to move forward with Superman spinoff 'Lobo,' but the pilot will be offered to other networks.
science
Aug 19, 2019
Now that NASA's Juno spacecraft has come back after spending the last eight years studying Jupiter, scientists have brand new information about this planet's history. Jupiter has always been considered the biggest planet of our solar system, so scientists have always been intrigued to study its core. Thanks to Juno's observations, researchers at NASA discovered that Jupiter's core doesn't look like they thought it would, instead, looked a lot less dense. After running numerous simulations, scientists concluded that it's most likely that Jupiter was slammed by a smaller planetary body when it was still forming, which would explain why the core isn't as dense and compact as it was previously thought.
science
Aug 19, 2019
People volunteering to clean up the Norfolk coast were shocked when to see that a couple of seals were suffocating among all the plastic waste. This news comes after the RSPCA claimed that the number of animals that have been affected by the plastic pollution crisis is at an all-time high. Back in 2015, about 473 accidents involving plastic and animals were recorded in the U.K alone, and now, the RSPCA has revealed that this number rose to 579 in 2018. Now, the Norfolk volunteers are starting a campaign to encourage citizens to help clean up the plastic rings laying in the sand that can potentially harm seals and other animals.
science
Aug 19, 2019
NASA is planning to take humans back to the moon by 2024, and the rocket that will be used for this mission is almost ready. Although they feared the 2024 launch date couldn't be met, NASA engineers started working harder on the Space Launch System, the giant rocket that will help power the spacecraft that will head to the moon. During a press conference, NASA chief Jim Bridenstine revealed that the engineers had completed 90% of the construction on the rocket. Moreover, Bridenstine explained this meant that the rocket would be ready according to the schedule and everything was looking well regarding the 2024 launch date.
entertainment
Aug 19, 2019
Kiefer Sutherland is currently in recovery for a fall he suffered while on tour to promote his new album Reckless & Me. The 52-year-old actor slipped and fell while he was coming down the stairs of his tour bus in Denmark; the fall severely injured one of his ribs and made it impossible for him to breathe, so he was forced to cancel the last three performances of the tour, although he stated that he plans to make it up to the fans who had already bought a ticket.
business
Aug 16, 2019
Instagram announced that it would be implementing a new feature to allow users to report if they believe there's false information in any post. The pictures flagged with "misinformation" will not be removed from the platform, but they will not be added to the hashtag, explore or search pages once "fact-checkers" review them. The feature will be available at the end of the month, and Instagram added that the feedback received will be used to create artificial intelligence technology to improve the addition and stop the spread of false facts.
travel
Aug 16, 2019
Southwest Airlines has a flash sale that will allow customers to purchase one-way tickets to some new destinations that will be introduced next January for as low as $99, including Sacramento to Hawaii, San Jose to Lihue, Oakland to Kona and Oakland to Lihue. In addition, customers can also purchase $29 one-way tickets for flights between Honolulu and Lihue, Honolulu and Hilo, and Kahului and Kona. The discounted prices are only available for those that book their trip before midnight, for a Tuesday or a Wednesday between January 21st and March 4th.
tech
Aug 16, 2019
Users of the Surface Book 2 and Surface Pro 6 are reporting that the CPU performance of the devices is barely reaching 400MHz of speed, hindering the use of the laptops. Microsoft is currently working on fixing the issue that was caused by an Intel CPU flag that limits the performance, making the device believe it is a thermal lock. Unfortunately, while fixing the CPU issues with new firmware, Wi-FI issues have come up since the installation of it. Microsoft technical support team is recommending users with Wi-Fi problems to go to the device manager where they can roll back the driver to 5GHz. Surface laptops have presented problems in the past, but Microsoft has quickly fixed them.
tech
Aug 16, 2019
Motorola has announced the Motorola One Action, and its main feature is a full-wide third rear camera that records footage like a GoPro. Motorola has installed a reversed sensor that films portrait-style when holding the phone horizontally and vice versa, giving the 117-degree view field more handling when shooting. The new 'Enhanced Video Stabilization' is the most remarkable feature and different from the rest of Motorola's lineup. It has a 6.3-inch FHD+ panel with a 12-megapixel front camera; the remaining two rear cameras consist of a 12-megapixel main lens and a 5-megapixel depth sensor lens. The phone will run on Android One except for releases in the U.S and Canada where the android 9 Pie will be shipped.
tech
Aug 16, 2019
The San Francisco Fire Department tended to Dropbox Headquarters after a scooter caught fire on the fifth floor of the building, making all people inside evacuate the premises while the incident was being handled. According to Dropbox spokespeople, the incident was quickly taken care of by the SFFD and no one got injured. The scooter in question is a Tianrun R3 from manufacturer RocketX which sells them to third-party transportation shops; it is unknown where the owner of the scooter bought it from. Employees of the company were quick to tweet what had happened along with comical references to the movie Silicon Valley. Scooters are becoming a mainstream means of transportation with many available options of purchase.
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