What just happened? Sony has released a short trailer showing off the PS5’s Game Boost feature. Not only does it show snippets of some PS4 games, including Shadow of the Colossus, that are enhanced for the PS5, it also reveals a new Game Boost logo. The PlayStation 5 is backward compatible with most PlayStation 4 games, and Game Boost offers improvements such as higher framerates, resolutions, and HDR support—more so than what the PS4 Pro is capable of. Some of the games that take advantage of the feature include Ghost of Tsushima, Days Gone, and God of War. The end of the video shows Sony’s new Game Boost logo. Presumably, the Japanese firm will add it to the boxes of games that utilize the feature, much like Microsoft does with its Smart Delivery and Optimized for Series X logos. The promo trailer shows off the revamped God of War and Ghost of Tsushima. It also reveals a game that hasn’t yet received an update to enable Game Boost: Shadow of the Colossus. Hopefully, this … [Read more...] about Sony Game Boost trailer suggests more older games will receive PS5 improvements
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Bundles of Joy Zoos around the world help to breed animals to keep species thriving all those little panda cubs, porcupettes and elephant calves also provide plenty of "awww"-worthy moments. January Maned wolf pups A litter of four fuzzy pups from this endangered species was born to mom Salina on Jan. 5 at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) in Front Royal, Va. The species is native to South America and is listed as "near threatened" by the International Union for Conservation of Nature due to human activities that are eating up their habitat. The pups were born as part of a conservation effort to ensure the species has a future. February Vicuña Northern Ireland's Belfast Zoo welcomed little Georgie, the baby vicuña, on Feb. 6. These creatures are the smallest members of the camel family and hail from the mountainous regions of Argentina, Bolivia, Chile and Peru. Once nearly hunted to the brink of extinction, national parks and trade restrictions … [Read more...] about Bouncing Zoo Babies of 2012
In a nutshell: We all know about the pandemic-induced chip shortages causing industry-wide availability problems, but what does it mean for semiconductor makers? Money, and lots of it, according to a new report. Market intelligence firm International Data Corporation (IDC) writes that global semiconductor revenue in 2020 was up 10.8% YoY to $464 billion, despite the impact of Covid-19, and this year is going to be even better. With the chip shortage problem reaching its zenith, one might imagine the industry would suffer in 2021, but the opposite is true. Massive growth from consumer, computing, 5G, and automotive semiconductors, combined with unprecedented demand and the adoption of more expensive chips, mean revenue is predicted to grow 12.5% this year to $522 billion. It might not come as a surprise to learn that semiconductors in computing systems, including PCs and servers, outpaced the overall semiconductor market, growing 17.3% YoY to $160 billion in 2020. It's forecast … [Read more...] about Semiconductor revenue could grow to $522 billion this year, despite chip shortages
For toxic masculinity, "like father, like son," is only part of the story. New research suggests a different story: A man's lack of friends may predict whether he will embrace toxic masculinity, while the presence or absence of a male role model early in life doesn't play a role. So-called toxic — or hegemonic — masculinity refers to a set of beliefs and negative social behaviors that are aligned with "idealized" masculine norms. Sociologists first coined the term as a way to describe a form of masculinity that directly opposes other forms of masculinity — suggesting these other forms are inferior. In this conception, "real men" are often described in macho terms such as "assertive," "courageous" and "competitive," but they are often also misogynistic and sexually aggressive. They see themselves as dominant in society, while they relegate subordinate roles to others, like women, gay men and those identifying as nonbinary. Sociologists George Van Doorn, Jacob Dye and Ma … [Read more...] about No, men don’t learn toxic masculinity from their fathers
For decades, cosmologists have wondered if the large-scale structure of the universe is a fractal — that is, if it looks the same no matter how large the scale. After completing massive surveys of galaxies, scientists finally have an answer: No, but kind of, in a way. In the early 20th century, astronomers — beginning with Edwin Hubble and his discovery of the enormous distance to Andromeda , the closest galaxy to our own Milky Way — started to realize that the universe is almost unimaginably vast. They also learned that we can see galaxies scattered about, both near and far. And so, naturally, a question arose: Is there any sort of pattern to the arrangement of those galaxies, or is it totally random? The universe: Big Bang to now in 10 easy steps At first, it looked random. Astronomers saw giant galaxy clusters , each containing a thousand or more galaxies. And there were also much smaller groups of galaxies, and galaxies hanging out by themselves. … [Read more...] about Is there a pattern to the universe?