• Climate Change Drove the American Mastodon to Extinction

    This story originally appeared in The Guardian and is part of the Climate Desk collaboration.

    Genetic diversity could shrink as animals venture into new territories because of global heating, leaving them vulnerable to extinction, scientists have warned after tracking the impact of climate change on the American mastodon.

    Huge, hairy, and with a pair of fearsome tusks, mastodons resembled stocky, hirsute elephants. The earliest fossils of American mastodons date to about 3.5 to 4 million years ago with the creatures commonly found in wooded and swampy areas where they browsed on trees and shrubs.

    But by 11,000 years ago they were extinct–probably, experts say, because of a combination of climate change and human hunting.

    Now researchers say an analysis of ancient mitochondrial DNA has shed new light on the impact of global heating and cooling on the beasts.

    “As the temperature warmed, they followed expanding forest and swampy niches

  • Black Panther titles are free right now on Comixology

    Amazon-owned cloud-based comic book platform Comixology appears to be offering a wide selection of Marvel’s Black Panther comics for free this weekend. The unannounced sale was noticed by tweeters and Redditors; many Marvel comics related to the fictional African country Wakanda, where Black Panther is set, are available for free.

    It’s not clear how long the “sale” will last, however; there doesn’t appear to have been any official announcement.

    The timing of the free event follows a week after the untimely death of Chadwick Boseman, the actor who played King T’Challa in the 2018 blockbuster Black Panther film, and other movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Boseman had battled colon cancer for four years, and died August 28th.

    Included on the list of free comics at Comixology, at least at the moment, are the Black Panther series by Ta-Nehisi Coates, the comic Shuri— so named for

  • Muslim cinema-goers will be required to sit in sex-segregated seats at this Malaysian cinema

    In what could be the most random move of the year, a Malaysian cinema has declared that Muslim movie-goers will now have to abide by a sex-segregated seating arrangement.

    TGV Cinemas at Mesra Mall, Terengganu, recently announced on Facebook that they’re implementing the seating separation beginning September 3, 2020.

    Movie-goers will be separated according to the following categories: Women, families, and men.

    IMAGE: TGV Cinemas

    The cinema also posted that all attendees will have to obey the following rules:

    • Muslim viewers must dress appropriately and cover their bodies.
    • Non-Muslim viewers must dress in clothes that are not too tight, too thin, or too short.
    • Movie-goers are not allowed to bring alcohol into the cinema.

    According to their post, this new set of rules are based on the guidelines set by the Kemaman Municipal Council (MPK).

    “This implementation will only be enforced at this location alone. We hope you can obey

  • Laptop Viruses

    Biotechnology is an advancing area of enterprise at the moment. Particular laboratory abilities, such as DNA manipulation, care of laboratory animals, cell cultures, etc., may be required for different jobs on this discipline. An consciousness of and talent to follow Good Laboratory Practices (GLPs), in addition to U.S. Meals and Drug Administration (FDA), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and Department of Agriculture (USDA) laws. The science of biotechnology could be broken down into sub-disciplines primarily based on widespread makes use of and applications.

    In in the present day’s world, the younger era is growing up with the Web, computers, and a plethora of cell gadgets. This has a major influence on our culture. The impacts technological use (and in lots of circumstances, dependence) can already be seen throughout. No teenager is ever seen with no smart telephone, instant messaging, or social networking. These technologies allow them to have instantaneous, …