Nature: Male superb lyrebirds imitate predator sounds to trick females into having sex with them 

Male superb lyrebirds imitate the sound of a flock defending itself in order to trick females into thinking the safest place to be is having sex with them, a study found.  When predators attack, some birds call out loudly, as a sort-of alarm signal — one that encourages their fellows and other species of bird to gather in a defensive flock. This so-called ‘mobbing flock’ — which is often formed to protect young — will then fly over, harass or attack the predator in an effort to distract it or…

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Soldiers exposed to explosions during combat face ‘higher risk’ of developing Alzheimer’s

Soldiers who are exposed to explosions on the battlefield are at increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s, scientists have found. Shockwaves from blasts can damage the connections between neurons and the hippocampus, the region of the brain responsible for memory and social function.  People in close proximity to bombs can suffer brain damage but researchers say the new finding indicates people who appear unaffected may have sustained injuries which increase the risk of neurological impairment in later life.  Scroll down for video   People in close proximity to bomb detonation can suffer…

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Facebook Messenger and Instagram could become ‘superplatforms’ for paedophiles

End-to-end encryption would make Facebook a ‘honeypot’ and a ‘superplatform’ for paedophiles, according to one official at the National Crime Agency (NCA). Rob Jones, director of threat leadership at NCA, criticised the social network for its plans to introduce the security standard to both Facebook Messenger and Instagram, which Facebook also owns.   End-to-end encryption ensures only the two participants of a chat stream can read messages, and no one in between – not even the company that owns the service.  Jones called end-to-end encryption, which already features on Facebook-owned WhatsApp, a…

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iPhone 13 release date: When can we expect to see the new phones? – CNET

The iPhone 12 Pro Max was released in October. Andrew Hoyle/CNET Though it’s been only a few months since the iPhone 12 went on sale, Apple is already setting its sights on its next flagship smartphone, the iPhone 13 (or whatever it ends up being called). We’re expecting to see four versions of the new phone: the iPhone 13, the iPhone 13 Mini, the iPhone 13 Pro and the iPhone 13 Pro Max, according to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. But when can we expect Apple to unveil its newest phones? Apple…

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NASA leaves hidden message on parachute of Mars rover – Fox News

Amateur puzzle fans delighted this week when NASA revealed it had hidden a secret color-coded message on the parachute for the Perseverance rover that landed on Mars last week. The message, written by systems engineer Ian Clark in binary code through alternating white and orange strips on the 70-foot chute, spelled out the NASA motto “Dare Mighty Things,” which comes from a Theodore Roosevelt quote. Clark, the lead developer of the parachute, had an interesting problem in encoding the message – he couldn’t use any colors that had not already…

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iPhone 13 vs. iPhone 12: Rumored features, cameras and more compared – CNET

The iPhone 12 and the iPhone 12 Pro Max, released last year. Andrew Hoyle/CNET It’s only been a few months since the iPhone 12 hit stores, but Apple fans are already looking forward to the launch of the iPhone 13, which we expect to see in September. Whether you just upgraded to the iPhone 12 or are debating whether you should wait for Apple’s 2021 flagship, you may be wondering how the iPhone 13 will stack up. We’ve collected all of the early rumors around the iPhone 13’s specs, including…

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Breathtaking Pic From Hawaii Shows Not One, But Two Rare Sky Phenomena – ScienceAlert

In a stormy Hawaiian sky in July 2017, streaks of red and blue lightning seemed to meet above a bed of white light.  Cameras on the Gemini North telescope at the Gemini Observatory in Mauna Kea snapped a stunning picture of the multi-colored light show. The National Optical-Infrared Astronomy Research Laboratory (NOIRLab) released the photo on Wednesday as its “image of the week”. The lightning in the image “appears so otherworldly that it looks like it must be a special effect,” NOIRLab said. It also published a zoomable version.  These colorful lightning…

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For The First Time, Physicists Have Filmed The Oscillation of a Time Crystal – ScienceAlert

For the first time, physicists have captured an enigmatic state of matter on video. Using a scanning transmission X-ray microscope, the research team has recorded the oscillations of a time crystal made out of magnons at room temperature. This, they said, is a significant breakthrough in the study of time crystals. “We were able to show that such space-time crystals are much more robust and widespread than first thought,” said physicist Pawel Gruszecki of the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poland. “Our crystal condenses at room temperature and particles can interact…

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For The First Time, Physicists Have Filmed The Oscillation of a Time Crystal – ScienceAlert

For the first time, physicists have captured an enigmatic state of matter on video. Using a scanning transmission X-ray microscope, the research team has recorded the oscillations of a time crystal made out of magnons at room temperature. This, they said, is a significant breakthrough in the study of time crystals. “We were able to show that such space-time crystals are much more robust and widespread than first thought,” said physicist Pawel Gruszecki of the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poland. “Our crystal condenses at room temperature and particles can interact…

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Mat-Su now has the highest COVID-19 daily case average in the state and one of the lowest vaccine rates – Anchorage Daily News

The Matanuska-Susitna Borough, where schools have struggled with scattered closures due to coronavirus outbreaks, now has more daily average COVID-19 cases than any other part of the state. Even as Mat-Su took that position, several major high school sports events moved there from Anchorage due to less strict coronavirus protocols. Mat-Su moved into the top spot for daily average case rates Tuesday after the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta region held that unwelcome position for four months as the virus ripped like wildfire through the hub of Bethel and outlying villages, some without…

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