A national survey shows sport fishing continues to have a positive impact on Nova Scotia’s rural economy. Sport fishing generated $58 million in direct spending and attracted 65,000 licensed anglers in 2010. The estimated economic impact of the sport fishery in Nova Scotia is $85.6 million each year. “Sport fishing is a healthy, outdoor activity which may be enjoyed at a reasonable cost and, as a lifelong sport, can be enjoyed by young and old,” said Keith Colwell, Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture. “The survey results tell us more about the people who take part in the sport, the money they spend in the province, and their fishing activities.” Of the 57,755 licensed anglers in 2010, 55,951 were Nova Scotia residents and 1,804 were non-residents, mainly from Canada. The survey estimated 14,466 youth participated in the fishery. Nova Scotia’s inland fisheries division, with the economic analysis division of the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans, conducted the survey. Questionnaires were sent to 2,788 people who bought recreational fishing licences in Nova Scotia in 2010. Fifty-nine per cent were returned, which is considered to be representative of the licensed participants in Nova Scotia’s sport fishery. The survey is available online at http://novascotia.ca/fish/sportfishing.
October 20, 2019
Islamabad: India’s election results made headlines in Pakistan on Thursday, with the media keeping a close watch on the ruling BJP’s electoral fortunes by providing comprehensive coverage of the initial trends and reactions. The results of India’s general elections are very significant for Pakistan as the formation of the next government in New Delhi will determine the course of Indo-Pakistan ties, which were pushed to a new low after the Pulwama terror attack. Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests’ ‘Modi’s BJP secures early lead as vote count underway’ was the headline of the leading newspaper Dawn as the counting of votes began in India. The newspaper’s website had a separate section for providing live updates about the results of major candidates and their reaction over initial trends. The Express Tribune carried an agency story ‘Modi on the brink of sweeping Indian elections’ and said Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ahead in 292 of the 542 seats available, well over the 272 seats needed for a majority in the lower house of Parliament. Also Read – Pak Army chief accompanies Imran at key meetings in China An outright majority for Modi’s party will likely embolden Hindu groups, who want to assert their dominance in the country, to the alarm of minority Muslims, the story said. Geo TV, however kept the coverage simple by providing data only on the initial trends. Sate-run Radio Pakistan in its South Asia segment carried a story titled ‘Modi’s BJP leads in early India vote count’. Almost all Pakistani news channels and newspapers also provided details of the coverage by the Indian media. In April, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan said he believed there may be a better chance of peace talks with India and settle the Kashmir issue if Modi’s party BJP wins the general elections. Tensions flared up between India and Pakistan after a suicide bomber of Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Muhammed (JeM) killed 40 CRPF personnel in Kashmir’s Pulwama district on February 14. Amid mounting outrage, the Indian Air Force (IAF) carried out a counter-terror operation, hitting the biggest JeM training camp in Balakot, deep inside Pakistan on February 26. The next day, Pakistan Air Force retaliated and downed a MiG-21 in an aerial combat and captured an IAF pilot, who was handed over to India.
October 14, 2019
Tina House APTN National NewsThe nine-day Drum is Calling festival in Vancouver has kicked off.The festival features some of Canada’s top Aboriginal talent.“When I stand on that stage we are still here and our culture is still strong and our language is still there our traditions are still there and for our youth it shows them that when I stand up on that stage they have the right to be there too they have the right to dream as big as they wanna dream take it as far as they wanna take it and they are a part of why Canada is Canada,” said Crystal Shawanda.Contact Tina here: firstname.lastname@example.org
October 12, 2019
The top United Nations human rights official today deplored the mounting deaths and injuries of civilians due to the “bitter” conflict in northern Sri Lanka between Government forces and a rebel group, pointing out that some moves by both sides could amount to war crimes. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said that certain actions undertaken by the Sri Lankan military and by the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) could constitute violations of international human rights and humanitarian law. “We need to know more about what is going on, but we know enough to be sure that the situation is absolutely desperate,” she said. “The world today is ever-sensitive about such acts that could amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity.” Although there is a Government-designated ‘no-fire’ zone for civilians in the Vanni region, repeated shelling has continued inside these areas, according to information made available to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). Last week, the UN humanitarian wing said that that the conflict zone has shrank from 300 square kilometres to nearly 58 square kilometres in February, with many civilians – the UN puts their number at between 150,000 and 180,000 – taking refuge in a new 14-square kilometre ‘no-fire zone.’ Other areas where civilians are sheltering have been hit, and OHCHR noted reports that over 2,800 people may have been killed and 7,000 others injured – many in the no-fire zones – since 20 January. Many children are believed to be among the casualties, with hundreds having lost their lives and over 1,000 hurt. “The current level of civilian casualties is truly shocking, and there are legitimate fears that the loss of life may reach catastrophic levels if the fighting continues this way,” Ms. Pillay said, adding that “very little attention is being focused on this bitter conflict.” The LTTE is believed to be continuing to hold civilians as human shields and shooting those trying to leave their control. Further, they are reportedly forcibly recruiting civilians, including children, as soldiers. “The brutal and inhuman treatment of civilians by the LTTE is utterly reprehensible, and should be examined to see if it constitutes war crimes,” the High Commissioner said. Limited amount of food and essential medial supplies to treat victims are leading to further deteriorating humanitarian conditions. Ms. Pillay called on both the Government and the LTTE to immediately halt the fighting to allow all civilians to evacuate the conflict zone, urging Sri Lankan authorities to give UN and other independent agencies full access to accurately assess conditions. Last week, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon strongly deplored the mounting civilian death and stressed the urgent need for the end of clashes. In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Mr. Ban repeated his call to the Sri Lankan Government and the LTTE to “suspend hostilities for the purposes of allowing civilians to leave the conflict zone, and allowing immediate humanitarian access to them.” He appealed to the LTTE to take its weapons and fighters out of areas where there are many civilians, cooperate in humanitarian efforts and instantly end recruiting children, some as young as 13 years of age, as soldiers. In addition, he urged the Government to begin “serious” efforts to resolve the underlying causes of the conflict. 13 March 2009The top United Nations human rights official today deplored the mounting deaths and injuries of civilians due to the “bitter” conflict in northern Sri Lanka between Government forces and a rebel group, pointing out that some moves by both sides could amount to war crimes.
October 8, 2019
Some of the most active companies traded Monday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,705.00, up 70.06 points):Chalice Gold Mines (TSX: CXN). Metals and mining. Down four cents, 13.79 per cent, to $0.25 on 5.6 million shares.Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Financial Services. Up two cents, or 0.08 per cent, to $25.33 on 4.7 million shares.BlackBerry Ltd. (TSX:BB). Wireless communications. Up 26 cents, or 1.86 per cent, to $14.21 on 4.5 million shares.Precision Drilling Corp. (TSX:PD). Oil and gas. Down 25 cents, or 6.44 per cent, to $3.63 on 4.4 million shares.Hydro One Ltd. (TSX:H). Utilities. Down 80 cents, or 2.10 per cent, to $37.30 on 4.3 million shares.Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA). Oil and gas. Down 14 cents, or 0.95 per cent, to $14.55 on 3.8 million shares.Companies reporting major news:DHX Media Ltd. (TSX:DHX.A, DHX.B). Entertainment. Up 32 cents, or 6.12 per cent, to $5.55 on 70,558 shares. The children’s entertainment company says it has launched a review of strategic alternatives including the possible sale of all or part of the company. The company says it has formed a special committee of independent directors to consider and evaluate its various options. It adds that its board has not set a timetable for the process nor has it made any decisions related to any alternatives. The company noted that there could be no assurance that the review will result in a transaction.Home Capital Group Inc. (TSX:HCG). Financial Services. Up eight cents, or 0.58 per cent, to $13.97 on 202,961 shares. The Toronto-based alternative mortgage lender says it has eliminated 65 jobs from its workforce as part of a program to cut $15 million in annual costs. The company says after factoring in the latest job cuts, the company’s head count has been reduced by 10 per cent since the end of June. Home Capital said Monday it cut the 65 full-time positions from its operational, sales and underwriting division.Jean Coutu Group Inc. (TSX:PJC.A). Drug store chain. Up 41 cents, or 1.69 per cent, to $24.71 on 1.5 million shares. Two of Quebec’s iconic retail brands are planning to merge with Metro Inc.’s $4.5-billion takeover offer for the Jean Coutu pharmacy group. Shareholders of Jean Coutu are being offered a combination of cash and stock worth about $24.50 per share. Three-quarters of the payout or $3.2 billion will be in cash and 25 per cent in Metro shares.
October 6, 2019
“The Security Council… stresses its commitment to the peaceful conduct of the second round of the presidential election and of the provincial elections scheduled for 29 October 2006,” the 15-member body said in a presidential statement. In the first round of elections on 30 July, President Joseph Kabila received 44.8 per cent of the vote to Vice President Jean-Pierre Bemba’s 20 per cent.“The Security Council calls on all political parties and in particular President Kabila and Vice-President Bemba to restate their commitment to the peace process and to work within the framework they have agreed to establish with the facilitation of MONUC as a means of peacefully resolving political differences,” it said, referring to the UN mission in the country.The Council also deplored the violence that erupted in Kinshasa in August between security forces loyal to President Kabila and Vice-President Bemba, and also shares “serious concern… regarding the unchecked circulation of weapons and armed individuals” in the capital, while backing a call for the cantonment of the security forces of both candidates.Meanwhile on the ground, the top UN envoy described the inauguration of the new National Assembly as a “remarkable achievement.”Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative William Lacy Swing said the new lawmakers must play a key role in steering the country towards stability and economic recovery after a six-year civil war and he reiterated the UN’s commitment to assisting the Congolese people through this crucial and historic transition.The Assembly was elected in the July poll that was the largest and most complex vote the UN has ever helped organize, as part of a mission to cement the DRC’s transition from the disastrous war, which cost 4 million lives through fighting and attendant hunger and disease, widely considered the most lethal fighting in the world since World War II.The Assembly is the first democratic institution to be installed under the new Constitution.
October 3, 2019
CALGARY – Premier Rachel Notley says there can’t be any unnecessary federal delays when it comes approving a new pipeline — any pipeline — to transport Alberta’s oil to international markets.The future of the Northern Gateway pipeline proposal is now in the hands of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government after the Federal Court of Appeal on June 30 quashed a permit issued for the project.“We’re just going to continue to work hard to make the case for why all of Canada needs this pipeline or a pipeline to get to tidewater and then a decision has to be made,” Notley said Friday.“We just can’t dither on this for a lot longer.”The previous Conservative cabinet approved the $7.9 billion project in 2014. The appeal court said the Tories failed to meaningfully consult with affected First Nations.Meanwhile, Kinder Morgan’s bid to triple the capacity of its existing Trans Mountain pipeline between Edmonton and Burnaby, B.C., is before the federal government after the National Energy Board sanctioned the $6.8-billion project in May.“Frankly, if I was in the federal government, I would not shut down any of my options until I knew I had one option that’s successful. But that’s me,” she said.“I think that Kinder Morgan tends to be the most obvious choice, but even that is not without its challenges.”Enbridge Inc.’s (TSX:ENB) Northern Gateway pipeline would ship bitumen from Alberta to Kitimat, B.C., and bitumen-thinning diluent in the opposite direction.Eight First Nations, four environmental groups and a labour union launched legal challenges against the approval, which were consolidated and heard by the appeal court in October.Notley said she understands the need for First Nations to have a say in the Northern Gateway process.She said Alberta is examining the court decision and will ask the federal government to take whatever action is necessary to meet those standards.“But in a respectful way that engages meaningfully with affected stakeholders and in particular First Nations people because they have a strong set of rights under our laws.”Notley said she hopes to meet with Trudeau when he visits the Calgary Stampede next week.— Follow @BillGraveland on Twitter by Bill Graveland, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 8, 2016 1:41 pm MDT Last Updated Jul 8, 2016 at 2:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Premier Rachel Notley says no unnecessary federal delays for oil pipelines
September 25, 2019
According to witnesses, the two then tried to board the stopped train without success.Because of the disruption, the Tube remained at the station for 15 minutes and the Victoria line towards King’s Cross was closed. A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police said in a statement: “The incident happened shortly after 1.30am on 1 April. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Two men whose tussle on the Tube tracks could have resulted in their deaths have been charged with endangering the lives of the heroes who pulled them out of the way of an oncoming train.A sickening video shows the moment they fell on to the tracks, and how the train sped past seconds after they were taken out of harm’s way.Boguslaw Rybski, 34, and Przemyslaw Zawisza, 26, were both charged with endangering the safety of a person conveyed by railway. The two were grappling by the train tracks at Green Park Underground Station when they fell onto the tracks.Steve Burton, TfL’s Director of Transport Policing said: “This behaviour was extremely dangerous and not only put the lives of the men involved at risk, but others on the platform who tried to help. “These reckless actions will not be tolerated and the police will take the appropriate action.” “Boguslaw Rybski, aged 34, and Przemyslaw Zawisza, aged 26, were both charged with endangering the safety of a person conveyed by railway.”They were bailed to appear before Westminster Magistrates’ on 19 April.”Witness Autumn, who filmed the incident, told Unilad: “My friend told me to Snapchat her a video of them, so I did and then the train started coming… They lost balance and fell in, and then they got saved.”My friend thought one of them got stuck in and died because that’s what it looks like in the video. Three guys pulled them out and just the guy’s hoodie fell down and got hit by the train.”After they were pulled out they were holding onto each other the whole time. When they came out they were just holding onto each other, I guess they thought they were going to die.”
September 22, 2019
Trump’s plan to revoke California’s power to set its own automotive-emissions standards isn’t about cars or California — it’s about Obama Inside the glitzy kickoff party for the world’s biggest horse sale, where 300 of the industry’s elite sipped on rare bourbons ahead of dropping millions on horses A 32-year-old CFO chose to stay at work instead of getting an MBA. Here’s how she made the decision — and why she doesn’t regret it. Most American CFOs expect a recession by the 2020 election CONSIDER THIS: Instagram has 100 million active users. And the Facebook-owned photo-sharing service has, at last count, 109 million photos tagged, simply, “#me.”By the numbers, if you’re on Instagram and you haven’t taken a picture of yourself, you’re doing it wrong. Yet the digital self-portrait—the selfie—is somehow seen as a scourge, a threat to our well-being, a trend that must end.We talked to psychologist Pamela Rutledge, director of the Media Psychology Research Center, who dismissed these critiques as weak pop science.“Most of these people who toss around these psychological terms like ‘narcissism’ or ‘addiction’ don’t understand that those are serious diagnostic criteria,” Rutledge says.“We’ve gotten so we just chuck these things around, and it scares people. People are basically scared of technology because it’s new, and we’re pathologising it.”While the mass adoption of smartphones and social networks is new, the urge to record one’s own image is as old as humanity, she says, pointing to cave paintings and Egyptian hieroglyphs.Along with photography came the self-portrait. But where we had to sit still and grim-faced for 19th-century cameras, Rutledge points out, we now can take photos anywhere, at a moment’s notice.“In this environment, the only way to get to know people is to disclose something of yourself,” Rutledge says.And there’s nothing more self-revelatory than a photo:
September 21, 2019
With the release of Black Ops the older Call of Duty games haven’t gotten a lot of coverage, but they remain popular with gamers thanks to a strong multiplayer component and huge player base. That’s why it’s so troubling that the PlayStation 3 version of the game appears to broken by exploiters and hackers, and that a fix may not be on the way any time soon.A few days ago on the Infinity Ward forums mod Robert Bowling (fourzerotwo) posted this message:AdChoices广告Sony has recently acknowledged a breach in security on the PS3 which has resulted in the hardware and its games to become exposed to exploits and hacks. Modern Warfare 2 is no exception to this security exploit and we understand that some of you have experienced problems with stats and other issues associated with this.Report Inappropriate Players to SonyGames rely on the security of the encryption on the platforms they’re played on, therefore; updates to the game through patches will not resolve this problem completely, unless the security exploit itself is resolved on the platform. However, that doesn’t mean we’re not going to look into every option available to us. Regretfully, Call of Duty games are receiving the bulk of the hacker’s attention, due to its high player counts and popularity. However, the number of legitimate players severely outweighs the bad apples.If you are concerned about playing with players who are hacking, I encourage you to play exclusively with friends by utilizing the party or private match options in Modern Warfare 2 and Call of Duty 4 to avoid such players as much as possible until this issue is resolved by Sony. At this time, we do not have the ability to restore or adjust individual stats. Let me assure you, while we are very reliant on Sony updating their firmware and security to address the core problem of this issue. We are looking at EVERY option available to us to help any user affected.This only applies to legacy games such as Call of Duty 4 and Modern Warfare 2. In the future we plan to adjust our approach to not rely solely on platform security and reduce the ability for this to happen in our games, as has already been displayed by the work Treyarch has done on Call of Duty: Black Ops to prevent similar measures. So it looks like the problems aren’t restricted to Modern Warfare and Modern Warfare 2, but they are taking the brunt of the impact because of their popularity and the effectiveness of exploits like aimbots. The newest game in the series, Black Ops, uses its own security (in addition to Sony’s) so it’s not affected by the hacks.If you are affected, the situation can be very serious. Commentor Cryo70 notes that if you are hacked and your account is “screwed up” you should just create a new account and re-register on the PlayStation Network. Ouch.via joystiq and destructoid
September 21, 2019
Thanks in part to a much more rapid release schedule and the introduction of browser channels (a la Google Chrome), Firefox development is moving ahead faster than ever before. The Web has become an extremely competitive place in recent years, and Mozilla is determined to make sure it remains a dominant player for years to come.Sometimes it’s helpful to look at what your competitors are doing to see what might make a good addition to your own product, and you could certainly argue that’s what the Mozilla Labs team has done with LessChrome HD (pun intended?). Like Google Chrome’s recently-added compact navigation interface, LessChrome HD is all about thinning down the browser UI to its minimal best without sacrificing too much functionality. The new add-on was born from another Mozilla Labs project, Home Dash, which also spawned the discovery-focused AwesomeBar HD.Unlike Google’s take, Mozilla has implemented a nice touch which addresses the security concerns many have with the removal of a browser’s address bar. Chrome currently doesn’t show the Omnibar unless a user specifically invokes it. With LessChrome HD in Firefox, the address bar is shown whenever a tab is activated. After a few seconds, the bar autohides and gives users a few additional pixels of reading room. It’s a subtle tweak, but one which ensures a user can still see the big, green button acknowledging an SSL-encrypted connection — and that no domain tomfoolery is being perpetrated.If you’d like to try out LessChrome HD, head over to the Firefox add-ons site and install it. It’s compatible with Firefox 4-6 (Aurora and Nightly users are free to play), and the install is even restart-free.More at Mozilla Labs
September 20, 2019
Israël : 5.000 hectares brûlés et 42 mortsLa forêt du mont Carmel, en Israël, a été complètement ravagée par les flammes. Plusieurs dizaines d’années seront nécessaires pour que la forêt retrouve sa beauté originelle.Cinq millions d’arbres ont brûlé durant les quatre jours pendant lesquels a sévi le pire incendie qu’ait jamais connu Israël. Les flammes ont également provoqué la mort de 42 personnes.Le mont Carmel, qui a été dévasté est, selon la tradition, le lieu où le prophète Elie avait établi sa résidence. Le Fond national juif (FNJ) a invité les Israéliens à se rendre sur place pour planter de nouveaux arbres à l’occasion de la fête de Tou Bish’vat, qui aura lieu début janvier. Cette année, la célébration se prolongera d’une semaine afin de “régénérer” le mont Carmel, explique le FNJ.À lire aussiLa migration de millions de crabes rouges filmée sur l’île de ChristmasQuoi qu’il en soit, “le processus de réhabilitation de la forêt prendra de cinq à dix ans”, indique le responsable des forêts de la région de Haïfa, troisième ville d’Israël. “Bien entendu, en une décennie seulement il ne sera pas possible de retrouver les bois que nous avons aimés. La plupart des arbres brûlés avaient de cinquante à cent ans d’âge”, déplore-t-il. Un écologiste de l’université de Haïfa, souligne cependant que les feux de forêt enrichissent les sols grâce aux dépôts de cendres, ce qui favorise la régénération rapide de l’écosystème.Selon le gouvernement, le coût total de ce désastre atteindrait deux milliards de shekels (soit 400 millions d’euros). La création d’une Autorité chargée de la lutte incendie est désormais programmée.Le 8 décembre 2010 à 17:42 • Emmanuel Perrin
September 20, 2019
Barack Obama appelle le Congrès à promouvoir les énergies renouvelablesMardi soir, Barack Obama a tenu son discours annuel sur l’état de l’Union devant les deux chambres du Congrès. S’il a avoué qu’un plan de lutte contre le réchauffement climatique semble impossible à mettre en place, le président américain a défendu son bilan d’indépendance énergétique, et plaidé en faveur du développement des énergie vertes.Barack Obama a fermement défendu son bilan d’indépendance énergétique lors de son discours annuel sur l’état de l’Union du Congrès. Vivement critiqué par les républicains après son rejet du projetKeystone XL, un oléoduc géant reliant les Etats-Unis au Canada, le président américain a affirmé que son “administration a agi concrètement” en faveur d’une réduction de la dépendance du pays vis-à-vis du pétrole d’importation, rapporte l’AFP.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Celui-ci a notamment rappelé qu’un champ pétrolier de 153.000 kilomètres carrés allait très prochainement être mis aux enchères dans le golfe du Mexique en vue de son exploitation. Il a également évoqué l’exploitation du gaz naturel, promettant qu’elle sera développée “sans mettre en danger la sécurité et la santé” de la population. Puis le président candidat à sa réélection s’est prononcé en faveur des énergies renouvelables, invitant les parlementaires à mettre en place des incitations fiscales pour encourager leur développement, tout en supprimant les subventions accordées à l’industrie pétrolière. “Cela fait un siècle que nous subventionnons les compagnies pétrolières, cela suffit” a-t-il déclaré.”Les clivages dans ce Congrès sont sans doute trop forts maintenant pour faire voter un plan complet pour lutter contre le réchauffement climatique”, a déploré Barack Obama. “Mais il n’y a pas de raison que le Congrès ne fixe pas au moins des critères en matière d’énergies vertes qui créent un marché pour l’innovation”, a-t-il souligné. Et le président américain d’affirmer : “Je ne vais pas céder les industries solaires, éoliennes et des batteries électriques à la Chine ou à l’Allemagne sous prétexte que nous refusons de nous engager dans le même sens”.Le 27 janvier 2012 à 16:52 • Maxime Lambert
September 20, 2019
‘Call of Duty: Modern Warfare’ Trailer Steps Out of the ShadowsNext ‘Call of Duty’ Is Probably ‘Modern Warfare’ For years certain politicians have tried to warn us that violent video games will corrupt our youth. They argue that children (or those with the small brains and small hands of children) won’t be able to separate fact from fiction, leading to danger and tragic disaster. Now, Donald Trump may have proven them right. The president, despite being a “stable genius,” let it slip that he mistakenly believes fictional planes from the mega-popular Call of Duty video game franchise are actually real.The president of the United States of America peddled this fake news during a press conference with Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg. “In November we started delivering the first F-52s and F-35 fighter jets,” Trump said. But if you played 2014’s acclaimed first-person shooter Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, you’ll know those jets only exist in that video game’s fictional 2054 dystopia, not our current real-world 2018 dystopia.To Trump’s credit, it’s easy to see why he might get confused. As the first Call of Duty truly developed for next-gen platforms, Advanced Warfare looks awfully realistic. If Sledgehammer Games could make a photoreal Kevin Spacey they could make jets convincing enough to fool even Trump. Plus, Call of Duty has intersected with real-world military tech before, trotting our actual war criminal Oliver North to talk about the fake future war crimes of 2012’s Call of Duty: Black Ops II. Besides, facts are hard in general. There’s no way Trump would just lie for no reason.While America didn’t deliver any F-52s to Norway, because they don’t exist, we did deliver Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II, because those do exist. Or maybe Trump just revealed a state secret and we actually are building new jets inspired by Activision’s cash cow. In any case, expect a cheeky achievement referencing this in this holiday’s inevitable Call of Duty sequel. It’ll make you laugh while you take a break from weeping for America.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target
September 16, 2019
Report a sighting or read about other people’s at the National UFO Reporting Center:No joke: Several residents in far east Vancouver reported seeing a saucer-shaped object Sunday evening, hovering low in the sky.The object had such bright green and red lights that it drew several residents out of their homes off Southeast 192nd Avenue in the Clear Meadows neighborhood at about 6:45 p.m..“It was the weirdest thing I’ve ever seen,” said Vancouver resident Gary Moore. Moore and another resident, Kathy Plamondon, contacted the The Columbian to report seeing the alleged unidentified flying object, which they say did not appear to be the planes they typically see flying out of Pearson Field. Dispatchers with 911 on Monday confirmed at least one report of an object sighting in east Vancouver, but referred the call on to the National UFO Reporting Center in Seattle.Officials at the National UFO Reporting Center said they did not receive any UFO reports; neither did the National Weather Service in Portland, which sometimes receives calls of that type. A spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration office in Seattle, citing the Monday holiday, said he didn’t have any information available.The sighting apparently has everyone stumped. “At first I thought it was a high firework through the tree branches,” Plamondon said by e-mail. “As I stepped out of my front door — facing east — to help load grandbabies in parents’ car, I saw that it was not going out or falling from the air, as fireworks would.”
September 13, 2019
Dan Cohen AUTHOR As about two dozen communities contemplate the impact of the Army’s announcement last week about new force reductions, a Cato Institute researcher highlights the ability of regions coping with significant cuts in military spending to bounce back.“Communities do adapt and recover, some more quickly than others, and many emerge after the transition period with a robust and more diversified economic base,” Christopher Preble, Cato’s vice president for defense and foreign policy studies, writes in a blog post.Preble’s preliminary conclusion comes at approximately the midway point of a research project assessing how communities responded after local bases were closed through either the BRAC process or other means. He also is looking at the impact of the closure of privately owned and operated facilities that primarily supplied DOD customers.“In other words, the resources once directed toward the military do eventually find their way to more productive uses,” he states.At the same time, Preble acknowledges the anxiety communities feel after learning about a pending realignment or closure. “Change can be (and often is) difficult, and transitions are precisely that. But it gets better,” he says.Taking into consideration the robust opportunity for communities to move on following a closure, the increased transparency of the BRAC process over the Army’s latest deliberations, and the excess capacity in defense infrastructure, Preble argues for a new BRAC round. “Or several.”
September 5, 2019
SRH TwitterBaahubali and Baahubali 2 have been the biggest money spinners in the history of the Indian film industry breaching the Rs 1000 crore worldwide mark with its second part while the first part grossed Rs 650 crore. Now, SunRisers Hyderabad cricketer has stated that he wants to be a part of the successful franchise to which the makers have responded in the positive.The Hyderabad based franchise, SRH, uploaded a video on their Twitter account featuring skipper Kane Williamson and Aussie batsman Warner where the latter outlined his aspirations of being a part of the SS Rajamouli directed Baahubali movie series. The video started with the presenter asking the cricketers about their experience in a promotional shoot.”[The shoot was] good. It went smoothly. Four hours of shooting pretty much non-stop but we got there in the end which is the main thing,” said Williamson. “It was fantastic. I thought we were very good, very patient and great cast and crew to work with I reckon,” quipped Warner when asked about the shoot. The two cricketers were then asked about their acting aspirations to which Williamson gestured that he does not harbour any interest in switching over. But Warner replied with one word, “Baahubali”.Want to know @davidwarner31’s acting career goal? Watch ? it till the ? ?#OrangeArmy ? #RiseWithUs pic.twitter.com/WPL3BERbFg— SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) March 26, 2019Warner’s word of intent did not fall on deaf ears as the official Twitter handle of the Baahubali franchise responded to the SRH’s tweet. “Hey, David Warner. We have listened. Whose side do you want to take?? Baahu or Bhalla?? Be prepared for the #Baahubali3 Shoot! Best wishes for the rest of #IPL. Keep hitting hard,” read a tweet from Baahubali franchise’s official handle. Bahubali TwitterThe SRH twitter handle responded with a poster of Baahubali 3. Bahubali and SRH franchises have joked about Warner heading Bahubali 3.Baahubali/FacebookWarner has been in fantastic form for SRH in the IPL thus far. In the three matches played, he has been involved in a century stand with opening partner Jonny Bairstow on each occasion. In fact, both batsmen scored centuries in their previous game against Royal Challengers Bangalore. Warner is also the highest run-scorer in the 2019 edition of the IPL with 254 runs hitherto. SRH TwitterThe fans were also excited about this impromptu crossover between cricket and entertainment. Here are some of the responses.Sridhar Ganti – David, your contribution to SunRisers is invaluable, hope my city treats you well and you enjoy biryani there during your stayShwetha – Baahubali3 ah ?Grt idea though Warner is no less thn The Baahubali for our OrangeArmyKamlesh gurjar – Wow, David Warner in movie great ideaLavanya Vakapali – WARNERENDRA BAHUBALI New name of David WarnerThere was one Twitter user who asked who will be Kattappa in case Warner plays Baahubali. To this, another used named Kaushik humorously replied, “Manish Pandey”.
September 1, 2019
200-Pound Python Named ‘Ginormica’ Could Reach World-Record Size’Dragon Ball’ Wants to Set a Major Guinness World Record at SDCC 2019 I really enjoyed Captain Marvel. But I don’t know that I could enjoy it 116 times.Wisconsin chiropractor Steve Ruppel has unofficially broken a Guinness World Record by watching the Brie Larson-led superhero flick an eye-watering 116 times since its release last month.Not accounting for mid-movie naps, Ruppel sat through 14,268 minutes (or 237.8 hours) of the same movie over a span of six weeks.“The amount of time that it takes, I’ve had to take time off work,” he told local news station WSAW. “I would take long lunch breaks to accommodate watching an entire movie in that particular time frame. And then just time on the weekends where I’m not doing other things.”His personal best is seven showings in one day.To prevent boredom—a common symptom of watching the same two hours on repeat—Ruppel would focus on different background minutia, like a calendar.“It says June of 1995. And then later on in that particular day, there’s a full Moon. So at the end, I just Googled when there was a full Moon in June of 1995,” he explained. “And it came out to be Tuesday, June 13th of 1995.”Ruppel only needed to see the film 104 times to break the current record—set in February by Anthony “Nem” Mitchell, who watched another MCU staple, Avengers: Infinity War, a whopping 103 times.The two should get together for this week’s premiere of Avengers: Endgame.“I love superhero movies, and so this was a pretty good fit,” Ruppel said of Captain Marvel. “I knew it was going to be around for a while, and I thought it would probably be a good choice for this particular record.“Looking back on it now,” he continued, “I might almost consider a Disney movie, because they’re usually shorter and probably around for a while. But that singing would drive me crazy. It really would.”To earn the official Guinness World Record title, Ruppel must present certain proof, including photos in front of the movie poster, two written witness statements from each viewing, and ticket stubs.“If anyone wanted to break this, I really don’t want to re-break it,” he said in a statement to WSAW. “Cause this has been pretty tough. It’s been a finite amount of time, but I don’t think I’m going to try this one again.”Which means I just need to watch The Greatest Showman another 110 times…This isn’t Ruppel’s first Guinness rodeo: The doctor has already broken four records, including fastest time to drink one litre of gravy (*barf*) and running a half marathon wearing the most amount of T-shirts.More on Geek.com:This Life-Sized Captain Marvel Model is Built From 17,000 Lego Bricks‘Avengers: Endgame’ Cast Spoofs ‘We Didn’t Start the Fire’This Guy Officially Has the World’s Largest Video Game Collection11 Marvel Characters That Deserve Their Own Streaming Shows Stay on target
September 1, 2019
Last week famous(ish) video game academic Ian Bogost set the Gaming Discourse world on fire with his provocative Atlantic piece “Video Games Are Better Without Stories.” That title pretty much sums up Bogost’s whole argument against narrative in video games. Meanwhile, although it was announced several weeks ago if you had told me the inaugural Tribeca Games Festival this past weekend was ginned up solely to counter this article, I would have believed you.A gaming spin-off of the celebrated Tribeca Film Festival, the Tribeca Games Festival highlighted gaming’s potential as a medium for storytelling. However, looking back at my time at the event (which I attended alongside fellow Geek gaming writer Tony Polanco), I can’t shake the feeling that when it comes to artistic merit, even gaming itself still thinks cinema reigns supreme.AdChoices广告The two-day event kicked off Friday night as attendees descended upon the Lower Manhattan neighborhood. The first thing that struck me was just how different the crowd seemed compared to other gaming events I’ve attended. It wasn’t the fandom of PAX or the industry types of E3 (until now) or the students of NYU showcases or the hipsters of indie events.Instead, these were the types of people, cinephiles, who I imagined were attending the larger Tribeca Film Festival and decided to check out this video game thing on the side to briefly mix things up. Tellingly, the games festival was a simply small part of the much longer film festival. This wasn’t a bad vibe necessarily, just a different one, although it was strange I felt self-conscious pulling out my Nintendo Switch at what was ostensibly a video game event.The first panel was a crowd play of the first episode from Telltale’s recent Guardians of the Galaxy adventure game. Crowd play allows dozens of audiences members to vote on dialogue choices and it’s a great feature. Folks were split between siding with Gamora or Rocket, but everyone could agree that calling Thanos a jackass was the only proper way forward.However, after the episode ended, all I could think about was how much of a retread of the first movie this game was just with minor details changed. There’s a different Kree accuser after a different ancient alien artifact as Star-Lord grapples with his mom’s death in a different way while listening to different classic rock. And although timing the game with the release of the sequel is great marketing, it creates the impression that movies are where stories get pushed forward while games play catch-up, a foreboding omen for the rest of the show.Fortunately, there were booths where folks could play great recent games that do push things forward like Zelda and Nier and Prey. VR got a lot of love, too, even if I would have preferred to see Rick and Morty VR instead of its Job Simulator predecessor. On the main stage British DJ Mura Masa played electronic tunes gaming enthusiasts tend to enjoy synced to seizure-inducing light shows and girls danced on chairs dangerously close to open bars. Punished Metal Gear mastermind Hideo Kojima also stealthily showed up before his keynote talk the following day.The party was nice, but the real point of Tribeca Games Festival was the lineup of heady panels conducted all throughout Saturday that paired cinema and video game storytelling luminaries discussing their respective crafts. Before the event, I played through What Remains of Edith Finch, a recent uncanny anthology of interactive sad short stories about a cursed family that plays like a cross between Gone Home, That Dragon Cancer, and A Series of Unfortunate Events. Bogost’s piece even mentioned the game as an admittedly good example of the types of games he was decrying. With the game fresh on my mind, I attended the first-morning panel featuring the directors of sci-fi horror romance Spring along with Ian Dallas, creative director of Edith Finch developer Giant Sparrow.After the panel, I got a chance to talk with Dallas about Edith Finch, the festival, and gaming storytelling overall.“With Edith Finch we wanted to give players an easy access to the game world, to step into this bizarre fever dream,” said Dallas, explaining the player’s role as estranged young woman Edith Finch. Although the game relies on mystery and exploration, the team wanted to avoid the frustration some players felt with their previous game, The Unfinished Swan, which many thought was just a puzzle game. From its trailer, Edith Finch is more upfront about its storytelling aspirations. “Because the game is about these surreal, abstract ideas like how families cope with death we wanted to ground it in something familiar and concrete.”Dallas also feels that for the most part the audience for video games has now expanded and matured to the point where games like Edith Finch can exist, where “two-hour walking simulator” as an insult indicts the speaker rather than the target. “Previously there was an element of anger. Players were angry that you had tricked them or made this thing that shouldn’t be. But now people are more tolerant and just accept that there are games they’re not going to like.”As for the gaming-movie dichotomy, an event like Tribeca puts in stark relief, Dallas believes, “The movie people probably have no idea what the games are even about, but it’s nice to see these early attempts to integrate what we’re doing in games with what’s going on in film.I don’t know how you go about doing that, but I’m curious how this looks in ten years.”Dallas also picked up on the differences between Tribeca and other games conventions. “PAX is an interesting contrast to how a film festival is organized. I don’t know what it is about games, but they’re louder and more in your face,” said Dallas. “There’s a broader range of human emotion at a film festival. You can find different kinds of games, but they’ll be tucked away in a corner, and they usually won’t get into a human relationship you had never explored before. Most movies at a film festival are about the human experience, but it’s tough for games to be about humans when they’re so hard to draw.”It was especially appropriate for What Remains of Edith Finch to be highlighted at a games/film festival since it’s the first release from film company Annapurna’s new indie games publishing label. Dallas says the experience has been great and seamless so far. Most of the folks Giant Sparrow worked with at Sony moved to Annapurna. Everyone involved still puts a premium on putting out new and unusual kinds of games, regardless of how commercial they are or aren’t. It’s a corporate artistic ethos familiar to fans of Annapurna’s films, but it especially stands out in the increasingly safe world of AAA games publishers. But this, like Adult Swim’s great gaming efforts, may be an outlier rather than a trend.“I can see a lot of film studios being interested in publishing games. It’s this whole other thing that uses a lot of the same skills, especially if you have a lot of 3D animators lying around,” said Dallas. “But I see a lot of studios getting upset once a games takes longer than expected and isn’t originally what they thought it was. The process is so different. I wish more film studios were pushing games to be something a little more embracing of the diversity of human experience, less about sequels.”Most games like Edith Finch limit their mechanics to walking and reading diary pages or listening to audio logs so the story, the point of the experience, can take center stage. Edith Finch does do that, but it also has a surprising variety of gameplay styles to turn each family member’s death into a melancholic minigame. I asked Dallas about the process of pairing narrative and gameplay like this.“We started with a feeling. In the case of Molly Finch’s story, the first story, there was an image of a shark thirty feet up in the air that came to me when driving to a doctor’s appointment,” said Dallas. “That’s really odd, something about this apex predator helpless in an awful situation. From there that developed into a little girl dreaming that she was hungry, as well as a desire to create a little girl character who embodied the terrifying amorality of adorable children.” Imaginative contrasts like that, things that are both beautiful or innocent but also overwhelming or unsettling, form the thematic crux of Edith Finch and can be seen throughout most of its story/gameplay vignettes as players explore the open house. The order of the stories and time period-specific details weren’t decided until later in the process.“Like all the stories it wasn’t very well planned. It was just beginning with this interesting, confusing element we wanted to explore,” said Dallas. “In that way, it’s been enjoyable to see that the process of making our games is similar to the process of experiencing them. They’re explorations of the unknown. We don’t really know what we’re getting into. We try a bunch of things and are surprised by where we end up. I think, I hope some of that translates to the players and their discoveries.”Off the record Dallas and I talked about some other things, too, like speedruns, character backstories, drawing from The Royal Tenenbaums for sketching out family generations, why a brief and specific swing-set sequence is Dallas’s favorite moment/mechanic in the game, testers immediately breaking the game, licensing iconic music cues, and why every game doesn’t need to be chess. But I wouldn’t want to spoil anything.The themes of that chat stuck with me throughout the day as I attended more panels, mostly moderated by fellow games journalists. I saw a 25th-anniversary celebration of the forward-thinking virtual reality horror film The Lawnmower Man featuring director Brett Leonard and Google VR filmmaker Jessica Brillhart. Given what we’ve learned about certain awful VR figureheads, Leonard reminding us about the dystopian end of his heavily reimagined Stephen King adaptation hit extra close to home.Other panels included discussions on Watch Dogs 2 and Firewatch, the importance of character backstories in a multiplayer game like Overwatch, Master Chief’s rediscovered humanity in Halo 5, Davey Wreden of The Beginner’s Guide opening up on why people self-destruct, and even more VR talk from Journey developer Robin Hunicke. In between panels were short, Tic Tac-sponsored promos for other upcoming, narrative-heavy games including a game I myself worked on, fever dream Americana folk tale collection Where the Water Tastes Like Wine.Kudos to Tribeca for landing exactly the kinds of video game industry folks you’d want for an event about video game storytelling. The talks were mostly fascinating, and you should watch the archived streams below. But for me, the recurring undercurrent of the event was that even as games grow as an artistic medium, they’re still insecure and in the shadow of self-assured movies.Other attendees I talked to noticed this as well. I don’t want to single anyone out, but it was little things like how film directors seemed way more confident and relaxed on stage compared to their gaming counterparts. It was offhand mentions of writers graduating from film school and taking game jobs for cash while they worked on the TV and movie scripts they really cared about.Some genuinely equal cross-medium discussion did occur, especially during the final keynote talks. The Spring directors Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead talked about looking at video games like Shadow of the Colossus for alternative story structures. Divergent director Neil Burger remembered studying the dynamic camera angles of Uncharted, angles you’d never see in movies, back when he tried to adapt that franchise. His counterpart, Max Payne himself Sam Lake, mentioned how movies don’t have the problem of having to test physics systems to make sure the world didn’t break. Also remember Lake’s last game Quantum Break featured hours of straight-up original television episodes.Watch Tribeca Games Festival on TwitchThink what you want of their work or personalities, but director Doug Liman and Bioshock developer Ken Levine were also about on equal footing, at least during their talk. They both discussed how they like to use a little confusion to give audience members who pay attention the satisfaction of figuring something out and feeling smart, using techniques like unreliable narrators and faster pacing that requires high-level modern media literacy. Legion got a shout-out. They both also try to maintain some amount of personal vision in the corporate gamble that is big-budget corporate movie/game-making. Their movies and games both have used style to make what could be horrific violence more acceptable.But while Levine is trying to rely less on film-like cutscenes on his work, including whatever (probably not VR) game he’s been making for the past three years, if anything Liman’s films have become more like video games. He originally wanted Jason Bourne to have a HUD in The Bourne Identity. Tom Cruise improving through constant dying in Edge of Tomorrow is absolutely a video game arc. And the only thing stopping Liman from being more involved in games based on his films is just how bad those cash-ins tend to be.Of course, the biggest talk was the chat between gaming’s best bromance: Geoff Keighley and legendary developer Hideo Kojima. We didn’t learn much about Kojima’s mysterious, oily baby-holding simulator Death Stranding other than it has a plot, Kojima was incessant that the first players see is naked Norman Reedus, and that the team is currently, metaphorically picking out the menu for the restaurant that is the game.However, we did hear some interesting tidbits about Kojima as a fan “70 percent made of movies”, starting from his days watching Rollerball, 2001, and Taxi Driver. Kojima would see the same movie in different seats to watch from different angles. It seemed like Metal Gear Solid conversations were implicitly avoided considering how the Kojima-Konami relationship soured, but we did learn that Snake’s bandana was inspired by The Deer Hunter. While playing Super Mario Bros. Kojima wanted to know the character motivations for Mario and Peach and Bowser, inspiring his own character-centric game-making philosophy.These days Kojima prefers to use film actors like Kiefer Sutherland and Mads Mikkelsen because of the more realistic performances they provide. He’s too busy making games to make a movie, though. He admits he probably couldn’t even finish a film because of non-stop tweaking. Movies and games have digitally converged so much, anyway. However, if he had the chance, Kojima would either like to direct a big King Kong blockbuster or an “indie movie about two characters talking in a room.” VR is also appealing to him since it offers experiences not limited to frames.After the festival, Kojima even got to meet his hero Robert De Niro, not just a legendary actor but a co-founder of Tribeca Film Festival.Finally got to meet my hero, De Niro! I shaked hands w/ Al Pacino, James Caan & Robert Duvall! I can die now but I won’t! What a lovely day! pic.twitter.com/cyNceFEsTw— HIDEO_KOJIMA (@HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN) April 30, 2017I hope this was just the first of many Tribeca Games Festivals. The only way for the event to shake off its atmosphere of outsider condescending curiosity is to fully embrace the medium instead of dipping one toe in it for two days out of a two-week film festival. And although Kill Screen was probably indispensable in providing games knowledge and connections to Tribeca organizers, it was odd seeing the publication’s name plastered on the wall next to one as celebrated as Tribeca knowing what I do about the site’s alleged problems paying writers on time and preserving work.But even though I would like to go to future Tribeca Games Festivals, for now, I still think looking at games and movies as art forms side by side only hurts games. Discussions of video game storytelling flourish when we talk about the medium on its own terms, once we steer away from how it does or doesn’t stack up to paintings or poetry. Games should absolutely look elsewhere for artistic inspiration, and increased competition combined with democratized creative tools means film doesn’t have the same monopoly on culture it once did like novels before them. However, direct comparisons between games and film at a film festival only unflatteringly remind us who still has the real power.Photos courtesy of Tribeca Trade In Your Nintendo Switch For a Better Battery (With a Catch)Get Used to ‘Fortnite’s’ Powerful Mech Suits Stay on target
August 31, 2019
Journal information: Science © 2013 Phys.org Many species of fruit fly (Drosophila) have developed a tolerance for alcohol since they generally feed on decomposing fruits, which can contain up to around 16 percent alcohol, produced by natural yeasts. On the other hand, alcohol is toxic to wasps that parasitize fruit fly larvae (Leptopilina heterotoma and other species). Researchers Balint Kacsoh of Emory University in Georgia and colleagues, had previously shown that D. melanogaster larvae will choose to feed on decomposing fruits to the extent of consuming normally toxic quantities if they are parasitized by wasps. The tiny female wasps parasitize the fly larvae by laying their eggs inside their bodies. When they hatch, the wasp larvae consume the fly larvae from the inside, often killing them. When the fly larvae consumed alcohol, the alcohol would often kill the parasite. Other parasitic wasps parasitize fruit flies during their pupal stage of development.In the new study the researchers provided fruit flies with two food sources, one of which contained six percent alcohol, and one with no alcohol. They then observed the behavior of the fruit flies with and without parasitic wasps of various types being present. They found that in the absence of the the female wasps, the flies tended to prefer (60%) the food source with no alcohol, and these larvae developed into adults at a higher rate. When female wasps were present the flies had a clear preference (90%) for depositing their eggs on the food source containing alcohol. The changed behavior ensured the hatched larvae (maggots) had a ready source of alcohol available to consume, and these larvae fared better than those laid on the no-alcohol food source. The fruit flies’ response to the presence of the parasitic wasps is an example of a behavioral immune response.The fruit flies responded only to seeing the female wasps and did not alter their behavior if only males were present or if other types of parasitic wasps, such as those that parasitize pupae rather than larvae were present. The response required a functioning visual system but mutant flies with no ability to smell still adopted the behavior.These findings demonstrate that the female flies can visually distinguish between the different types and genders of wasps, even though they had been bred in wasp-free laboratory environments for many generations. The researchers also tried cutting short the antennae of the males (which are longer than in female wasps), but the fruit flies were not fooled and continued to ignore their presence.The study also showed the behavioral immune response continued for several days after the wasps were removed, and the adults continued to prefer the alcohol-soaked food source even if the alcohol rate was increased to as high as 16 percent.The team identified neuropeptide F as the controller of the behavioral immune response in D. melanogaster, and thought the response has probably evolved in other species of fruit fly as well. They tested other species and found a correlation between the extent of the modified behavior and the species’ tolerance to alcohol. In species with no tolerance for alcohol the eggs were always laid on the food source without alcohol.The studies show the fruit fly larvae can medicate themselves, and in species that tolerate alcohol well, their mothers take pains to ensure their medication (alcohol) is available to the larvae when they hatch. The new study also identified a gene involved in forming the long-term memory, and found the same gene is also involved in tolerance for alcohol.The paper is to be published in the journal Science on 22nd February. More information: Fruit Flies Medicate Offspring After Seeing Parasites, Science 22 February 2013: Vol. 339 no. 6122 pp. 947-950. DOI: 10.1126/science.1229625ABSTRACTHosts have numerous defenses against parasites, of which behavioral immune responses are an important but underappreciated component. Here we describe a behavioral immune response that Drosophila melanogaster uses against endoparasitoid wasps. We found that when flies see wasps, they switch to laying eggs in alcohol-laden food sources that protect hatched larvae from infection. This change in oviposition behavior, mediated by neuropeptide F, is retained long after wasps are removed. Flies respond to diverse female larval endoparasitoids but not to males or pupal endoparasitoids, showing that they maintain specific wasp search images. Furthermore, the response evolved multiple times across the genus Drosophila. Our data reveal a behavioral immune response based on anticipatory medication of offspring and outline a nonassociative memory paradigm based on innate parasite recognition by the host.Press release Fruit flies use alcohol as a drug to kill parasites Citation: Fruit flies medicate their larvae with alcohol (2013, February 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-02-fruit-flies-medicate-larvae-alcohol.html (Phys.org)—A new study in the U.S. shows that fruit flies lay their eggs on a food source with a high alcohol content if they see parasitic wasps in the area, instead of a non-alcohol food. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further fruit fly