I have a very complicated relationship with DC these days. I love the characters and universe the comic book giant has cultivated over the past century. On most given days, I probably prefer them to their Marvel counterparts. DC cartoons like Teen Titans and Justice League and Batman: The Animated Series have made me understand the awesome innate appeal of superheroes more than anything else outside of Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man movies. Plus Injustice is a dope fighting game. But man, the DC movies have just been such nightmares after Christopher Nolan’s excellent Batman trilogy. Man of Steel is like pretty okay, and Wonder Woman is legitimately awesome. But disasters like Batman v Superman, Suicide Squad, and Justice League anger me not just because of their awfulness but because they make the mediocre machine work of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (outside of Black Panther) look like art by comparison. There is one live-action arena where DC characters are … [Read more...] about Can Black Lightning Make Me Care About CW’s DC TV Universe?
When physicists strip neutrons from atomic nuclei, put them in a bottle, then count how many remain there after some time, they infer that neutrons radioactively decay in 14 minutes and 39 seconds, on average. But when other physicists generate beams of neutrons and tally the emerging protons—the particles that free neutrons decay into—they peg the average neutron lifetime at around 14 minutes and 48 seconds. Quanta Magazine About Original story reprinted with permission from Quanta Magazine, an editorially independent publication of the Simons Foundation whose mission is to enhance public understanding of science by covering research developments and trends in mathematics and the physical and life sciences. The discrepancy between the “bottle” and “beam” measurements has persisted since both methods of gauging the neutron’s longevity began yielding results in the 1990s. At first, all the measurements were so imprecise that nobody worried. … [Read more...] about How Long Can a Neutron Live? Depends on Who You Ask
Deadly battles play out several times a day in the Ivory Coast’s Comoé National Park, leaving wounded behind. The fights break out when hundreds of African Matabele ants march off to raid a nearby termite mound to slaughter termite workers and haul them back to the nest to feed the colony. But termites, with their strong, sharp mandibles, aren’t easy prey, and raiders often get limbs bitten off in the fight. In the aftermath of a raid, researchers are finding evidence that the ants care for their wounded. The wounded ants secrete a pheromone that calls other returning raiders to carry their injured comrades home. Back at the nest, healthy nest-mates clean the injured ants’ wounds. And the behavior of injured ants even creates a triage system so that only the ants that might actually be saved get rescued. “It’s only a flesh wound!” Ants that are only missing a leg or two can generally make the 50-meter trek back to the nest, but their … [Read more...] about In wars with termites, ants rescue and care for their wounded
Mainstream gaming has a dilemma. Although lamentations about the death of single-player gaming have diminished, publishers are increasingly focusing on games that you can keep playing (and paying for) forever. No game is fun forever, though: Loot-driven games like Destiny 2 or Star Wars Battlefront 2 have found it nearly impossible to balance the rates at which people can grind rewards while keeping everyone happy, while even level playing fields like Overwatch struggle with toxicity between players. Where many see a barrier, Joe Neate, executive producer for Sea of Thieves, saw an opportunity “to bring a game, and to bring multiplayer to people who maybe don’t even like playing multiplayer games at the moment–they’ve been put off of it by bad experiences in the past or they don’t want to come into something that’s way too overly competitive and they think they’re starting from behind everyone else.” First revealed by Microsoft at E3 … [Read more...] about Who cares about loot? For ‘Sea of Thieves,’ Rare hid the real fun in the hijinks
Now Playing: Watch this: This startup wants to use smart homes for eldercare 1:44 This is part of CNET's "Tech Enabled" series about the role technology plays in helping the disability community. Allison Dean Love was getting nervous. She hadn't heard from her mother, Amelia, in a few hours. There were no emails or phone calls. No one else could get in touch with her either. Concerned, a cousin went out to Amelia Dean's 1948 ranch-style house and found the 82-year-old on the floor and dehydrated. She doesn't remember what happened, but her family estimates she'd been down there for about six hours. Love and her husband, who live in South Carolina, raced back to the small town of Columbia, Tennessee -- Love can remember every minute of that awful day like an episode of Fox television show " 24," she said. That was in November. Fast-forward to March, and Love found herself once more asking a cousin to check on Dean. This time, Dean was sitting in a chair in her living room. … [Read more...] about This smart home will help you care for seniors