Back when we launched in May, there were three main requests from the Ars readership: A UK/European version of our subscription program ( Ars Premier ); Dealmaster deals in pounds and euros, rather than dollars; and competitions. We're currently trying to get some European deals lined up, and Ars Premier, billed in pounds or euros, should happen before the end of 2015. Today, we are holding our first competition—a Magic: the Gathering giveaway. We have three prizes, each consisting of a Battle for Zendikar Fat Pack and an Intro Pack. The combined RRP of each prize is about £40; but, if you're a Magic nerd, you'll know that the BFZ Fat Packs are currently a lot more valuable than that. If you haven't played Magic: the Gathering before, don't worry: the prizes were specifically chosen to give you the perfect starting point. The Intro Pack contains a ready-to-play Magic deck, while the Fat Pack contains a bunch of booster packs that you can tear open, to get some new … [Read more...] about Ars UK giveaway:
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Dragons have the ultimate built-in defense: They can breathe fire, smiting their enemies by turning them into charred husks. But though historic and modern-day literature is rich with dragon lore (we're looking at you, "Game of Thrones"), there isn't any reputable physical evidence that these legendary creatures exist. That said, are there any living creatures that can breathe fire like the mythical dragon? The short answer is no, but there are some astonishingly creative animals that can spew noxious fumes, toxins and goo from their bodies. And there are even crafty raptors that spread fire so they can smoke out tasty prey. [ Top 10 Beasts and Dragons: How Reality Made Myth ] The main reason fire-breathing animals don't exist? Well, a flame could cause a nasty boo-boo. "There are no real animals that are flame resistant or flame immune," Rachel Keeffe, a doctoral student studying reptiles and amphibians at the University of Florida, said in a statement … [Read more...] about Can any animal breathe fire like the mythical dragon?
The British Army is to scrap role titles like “rifleman” and “infantryman” for the more gender-neutral “infantry soldier” and “infanteer”. The briefing document, seen by the Mail on Sunday , also said that any training manuals with “gender specific” language will have to be thrown out to not be exclusionary to women recruits. “Gender specific terms are to be removed from all doctrine, policy, orders and instructions at the SCHINF [School of Infantry] and their use discouraged,” the Doctrine and Concepts policy document reads. “The IBS [Infantry Battle School, Brecon, Wales] is to ensure gender specific terms are removed from the next edition of Infantry Platoon Tactics and the Brecon Battle Book,” it adds. A spokesman for the Ministry of Defence confirmed the changes to the tabloid, but said they will not affect historic rank titles such as “Guardsman”. British Forces Mired in Identity Politics, Army Winning ‘Race for Diversity’ https://t.co/zHJM1QZLOV — Breitbart … [Read more...] about PC Brigade: British Army Ditches ‘Gender Specific’ Titles Like Rifleman