There are upsides to playing golf in Australia — sunny weather, cheerful locals, things like that. Then there are downsides — like cavalier kangaroos who do whatever they want whenever they want because there's nothing you can really do to stop them. The photo above of kangaroos invading a fairway during the Women's Australian Open at Royal Canberra Golf Club on Valentine's Day has become a viral sports hit. But the 'roos aren't the only feral hazards Down Under this week — a Swedish contestant reportedly used a golf tee to extract what she thought was poisonous venom after being bitten by a spider during a qualifying round for the same tournament. Good times all around! Image via Stefan Postles/Getty Images … [Read more...] about Kangaroos Invade Australian Golf Course
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Scientists at the University of Arizona set up their own "Bug Fight Club" in the lab, staging wrestling matches between insects to learn more about defensive structures and the evolution of weapons in the animal kingdom. They outlined their findings in two separate papers, one published last fall in the journal Functional Ecology and the other published last month in Proceedings of the Royal Society B. Intraspecies battle is commonly found in nature, usually over competition for limited resources (mates, food, or shelter). According to the authors, it's generally been assumed that whichever creature inflicts the most damage wins the fight. That's one possible explanation for why so many species have evolved various defensive structures to protect them from damage during a fight. For instance, goats have dermal shields , crocodiles sport dorsal osteoderms , and mantis shrimp boast armored telsons . But do these structures actually influence the outcomes of fights? … [Read more...] about Caged heat: Mesquite bugs battle in a plastic cup—for science!
On Wednesday Nintendo outlined the next six months of Switch gaming at its Nintendo Direct keynote , and the first big reveal from the Japanese gaming giant is a new Mario game: Mario Golf Super Rush. It's not far off either, as Nintendo announced the game will hit the Nintendo Switch on June 25. A trailer shown at Nintendo Direct, a keynote in which the company is announcing the next six months of Switch games, showed how the Joy-Con's motion controls can be used to swing your club, and some of the modes involved. There's a multiplayer Speed Golf mode, in which you and three other players race on the same course to sink your golf ball first. And there's a Story Mode, in which your Mii rises the ranks from rookie to golf pro. Editors' top picks Subscribe to CNET Now for the day's most interesting reviews, news stories and videos. Check out the trailer below: Now … [Read more...] about Mario Golf Super Rush swings onto Nintendo Switch on June 25
LAS VEGAS — True fitness fanatics are probably familiar with Garmin's line of sports watches and fitness trackers, but non-extremists need not apply for this new wearable. The company announced on Monday two new fitness watches at the 2015 International CES in Las Vegas. First, there's the fenix 3, which users would want to take on a serious climb; just hearing about everything it can do will likely stress out non-extremists. Second, there's the vivoactive smartwatch, which brings smart notifications (e.g. email, phone and text-message alerts) to the display — a concept that's become increasingly popular in the fitness-wearables space. See also: The Most Connected Man Is You, Just a Few Years From Now Let's start with the watch that's giving us anxiety as we assess its specs. On a basic level, the fenix 3 offers training assistance for sports, such as snowboarding, hiking and climbing, and cross-country and alpine skiing. What's more, the watch can endure tough environments, … [Read more...] about Everything this extreme Garmin fitness watch can do will stress you out
LAS VEGAS — Garmin might not be as well known as Fitbit or Jawbone in the fitness tracker category, but when it comes to usability for true fitness fanatics, its vívofit is widely considered the best on the market. On the heels of that success, the company, which is more commonly associated with its GPS products, introduced on Monday the second iteration of its fitness tracker — appropriately called the vívofit 2 — as well as a string of accessories from Garmin and also high-end designer Jonathan Adler. See also: The Most Connected Man Is You, Just a Few Years From Now The vívofit 2 ($129) is reminiscent of the original in both look and functionality, but comes with a few new notable features that makes tracking easier, like a small bar on the display that shows activity progress. It's also possible to set up audible alerts that nudge you to get up and move. There's a backlight option now too so you can see the screen in the dark and like the previous model, the vívofit 2 … [Read more...] about The best fitness tracker on the market just got even better