• The Intersection Of Expertise And Humanity

    Know-how is an improved route to an unimproved target. is a land of strange distinction. Drive west from Francistown, the country’s second city, and you skirt Makgadikgadi, a white, salt-encrusted plain that is bone dry for a lot of the yr, however which blossoms into sudden, considerable life in the course of the moist season. Comply with the highway farther and you arrive at Maun, on the edge of the lush inland delta of the Okavango river, the fourth-longest in southern Africa. 2 hundred thousand years in the past, though, Makgadikgadi was also lush. Each it and the delta had been a part of a lake, then the biggest in Africa, surrounded by wetlands. For wildlife, the end result was a veritable paradise—and also for people, for, if the newest research is right in its claims, an intriguing episode in humanity’s origins was performed on the market.

    That is where …

  • Universities Step Up the Fight for Open-Access Research

    For advocates of open research, these sorts of deals are potentially a good step. “It gets us closer to an ideal where everything is open-access,” says Michael Eisen, a geneticist at UC Berkeley and cofounder of the Public Library of Science, or PLOS, a major group of open-access journals. (He’s not involved in the UC negotiations.)

    But there are stumbling blocks on that path, Eisen notes, including the status of the most prestigious journals, like Nature and Science and Cell. Those journals, which have large staffs and reject lots of submissions, are particularly expensive to produce, and publishers have long argued that the economics of making them open-access don’t make sense: The fees to publish would be too high if they couldn’t recoup their costs by charging readers.

    Recently, that wall of opposition has been cracking. One reason is pressure from agencies that give researchers grants, says Lisa Hinchliffe,

  • Disney+ is coming very soon to Southeast Asia. Here’s how we know.

    If you’re looking for a job amid the coronavirus pandemic, you might be in for a stroke of luck because Disney is hiring.

    Well, if you’re currently based in Singapore that is.

    The Disney careers page recently updated and advertised several positions within the island nation.

    This includes:

    • Disney+, Manager – Subscription Management
    • Disney+, Manager – Partner Engagement (SEA)
    • Disney+, Creative Producer (SEA)
    • Disney+, Senior Manager/ Manager – PR & Communications (SEA)
    • Disney+, Senior Manager – Creative Communications (SEA)
    • Disney+, Senior Manager/Manager – Social Media (SEA)
    • Disney+, Director/ Senior Manager – Brand Marketing & Partnerships (SEA)
    • Disney+, Graphics Designer (SEA)

    This could mean that Singaporeans are inching closer to having the streaming service available in their country for their viewing pleasure.

    In early June 2020, local cable TV Starhub and Singtel both dropped Disney Channel, Disney XD, Disney Junior, and Go Disney from their networks.

    Although the two TV networks

  • Fortnite: Chapter 2: Season 3 has flooded the battle royale island

    The new season of Fortnite is finally here — and it brought with it a flood. Today Epic Games released the long-delayed third season for Fortnite: Chapter 2, following a massive event earlier in the week which saw the game’s battle royale island surrounded by a wall of water. Fittingly, the new season has submerged large areas of the island, creating a bigger focus on aquatic gameplay elements. That includes a new Waterworld-style floating city area, and the ability to water ski — while pulled by a shark.

    The biggest change is, of course, the map. The western portion of the island is now mostly underwater, largely eliminating locations like Slurpy Swamp and Weeping Woods. Meanwhile, the previously destroyed Agency area now appears to be some kind of heavily-fortified base. The new map makes the game’s boats much more viable, while the new season also introduces new