On Sleeping Dogs, Wei Shen, and sexually attractive male heroes
23 Oct 2014 | 4:09 pm
One recent stream allowed me to confront a topic I've been wrestling with for almost as long as I've been playing games: the treatment of characters as objects of desire. To be clear — we aren't far into the game, and I can't speak to the rest of Sleeping Dogs as it represents its hero and supporting characters. For about an hour, myself, my streaming partner-in-crime and our chatroom of about 100 folks discussed such subjects as: Wei Shen's physique and the corresponding best fashion choices for him in-game, the representation of Asian men in video games and Kevin Wong's excellent piece on the topic, and the way in which attractiveness is gendered in media, especially in games.
Incredible Photo of Lazing Lions Wins Wildlife Photography Contest
23 Oct 2014 | 3:04 pm
A stunning black-and-white photo of five lionesses relaxing with their cubs in Tanzania's Serengeti National Park has taken the top prize at the 50th Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition, held this week at London's Natural History Museum. The image, snapped by American photographer Michael Nichols, shows the Vumbi pride resting on a kopje, or rocky formation, as the late afternoon sun beams on the expansive plains of the Serengeti.
Rebecca Frankel and War Dogs at Sixth and I Tonight
23 Oct 2014 | 9:07 am
Rebecca Frankel is an editor at Foreign Policy, a friend of our family, and the author of a great new book called War Dogs. Jonathan Yardley of the Washington Post, a man who does not lightly distribute praise, gave it a very positive review in the Post this past Sunday ("exceptionally interesting and surprisingly moving"). The NYTBR wrote about the book here, and you can hear her on the Diane Rehm show here.
Did Mammals Sleep Through Cosmic Impact That Ended Dinosaurs?
22 Oct 2014 | 8:54 am
A shrewlike creature in Madagascar that can hibernate for at least nine months of the year without waking may help reveal how mammals survived the cataclysm that ended the age of dinosaurs, researchers suggest. Since the climate in which tenrecs have lived has changed little for millions of years, Lovegrove said equally little seems to have changed regarding how tenrecs respond to environmental factors such as climate, a phenomenon known as phylogenetic inertia.
Killer Whales Caught in Stunning Drone Footage (Video)
22 Oct 2014 | 8:08 am
A tiny, flying drone has captured stunning video of a population of killer whales socializing, chasing prey and swimming with dolphins off the coast of Canada. The drone, called Mobly, is helping scientists understand how salmon stocks affect the health of killer whales, and the footage could even help fisheries manage their stocks to help the endangered whale populations thrive. The salmon-eating southern and northern resident killer whales living off the coast of Vancouver, B.C., are considered endangered and threatened, respectively. Scientists had long noticed that more of the whales died in years when Chinook salmon populations plummeted, raising the question of whether malnutrition was causing their deaths.
Watch Dogs for $20, Assassin's Creed IV for $18, and More in GameFly Sale
18 Oct 2014 | 5:25 pm
All dogs allowed: Whistle Activity Monitor hits Apple shelves
17 Oct 2014 | 5:42 am
The first dog activity monitor to become available in Apple retail stores in the US and Canada has hit the shelves at a reduced price, increasing availability of the device for the nearly 68 percent of US households with a pet.
Montana to give bison from Yellowstone to tribes instead of zoos
16 Oct 2014 | 7:29 pm
By Laura Zuckerman (Reuters) - An Indian reservation in Montana will receive 145 bison from Yellowstone National Park that were quarantined to create a herd free of a disease that threatens ranchers' cattle, according to a government plan approved on Thursday. The Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission agreed unanimously to give the bison to the Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes of the Fort Peck Indian Reservation to further the conservation of the country's last herd of wild, purebred buffalo. ...
Kids, dogs touch same soft spots in the brain: study
16 Oct 2014 | 4:59 pm
By Janice Neumann NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Brain scans showing that human responses to our dogs are not unlike those evoked by our children suggest a deep evolutionary bond, according to a recent study. The findings are in line with dogs’ special place as mankind’s best friend, and may support the benefits of dog-assisted therapies, researchers say. “The overlap says a lot about how similar the relationships could be, but we’re only speculating,” said Lori Palley, who led the study with Luke Stoeckel at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. ...
EU court orders Tamil Tigers' removal from terror list
16 Oct 2014 | 1:48 pm
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