Watch a Gulper Eel Inflate and Deflate Itself, Shocking Scientists
- The reactions caught on video from the group of scientists watching the gulper eel were priceless; at one point all of them oohed as the eel blew up like a black balloon.
- The gulper eel’s mouth can suddenly expand like a soap bubble to allow it to scoop up much larger prey, although the fish is thought to eat small crustaceans.
- After inflating itself, the gulper—also known as a pelican eel because its scoop-like feeding method resembles the large water birds—abruptly deflates its mouth and swims away.
- Very little is known about these creatures that live up to 6,000 feet deep: why one might inflate and deflate itself like that, for instance.
- The gulper eel in the video is likely a juvenile, the researchers said, given its small size.
- Nautilus Live is the brainchild of Robert Ballard, discoverer of the Titanic’s final resting place and a National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence.
Where negotiations stand between Kavanaugh's accuser and Republicans
- After days of communicating through sternly worded letters and media appearances, all the relevant parties -- Debra Katz, the lawyer representing Christine Blasey Ford who accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault, and both the majority and minority staff of the Senate Judiciary Committee -- are now negotiating the details of a public hearing.
- Congressional aides briefed on the process say there is still a lot of detail to iron out, but all agree that after last night's call between the parties, a hearing next week is more than likely.
- Nothing is set yet -- and nothing will be set until Senate Judiciary Chairman, Republican Chuck Grassley of Iowa, gets sign off from the other 10 Republicans on the committee.
- Where that leaves things: Republicans -- after consultations with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, and committee members and staff -- will respond with a counter proposal at some point Friday.
Amazon’s Echo Input adds Alexa to any speaker
- Amazon is introducing a small new device that you can plug into any existing speaker to turn it into an Echo.
- It’s called the Echo Input, and it includes far-field microphones on it just like a normal Echo would.
- But instead of including its own speaker, it’s supposed to plug into or pair with another speaker, so that Alexa gets added to an audio setup that’s already in your home.
- Amazon also says it’ll be bundled with some third-party speakers, including Bose, allowing customers to turn them into smart speakers straight out of the box.
- This product is Amazon’s answer to Google’s Chromecast Audio, a $35 dongle that you can plug into another speaker in order to stream music to it.
- The Echo Input has a huge advantage: it also includes microphones, whereas the Chromecast Audio doesn’t.
I found a reliable site to buy a bicycle online — my hesitations over quality are gone after putting my bike through its paces on the pothole-riddled streets of NYC
- Brooklyn Bicycle Co. This spring, I started riding my bike to work most days.
- When Brooklyn Bicycle approached us earlier this year, interested in being featured as an Insider Picks choice, we hesitated.
- The brand seemed interesting, it offered sharp looking bikes, and the prices were competitive compared with what we found in local bike shops, but still — it's hard to judge quality based on just their company's website.
- I figured out the right size, and instead of shipping it to a third-party store, arranged to pick it up at the company's new Brooklyn showroom so that I could have a look around.
- Generally, I prefer sportier bikes to the city-style ones that Brooklyn makes, so it took me a couple of miles to get comfortable — I was used to riding my hybrid.
- With high quality and competitive prices, I'd definitely recommend checking out Brooklyn Bicycle Company if you're in the market.
Senate passes copyright bill to end 140-year protection for old songs
- But on Tuesday, we saw a rare moment of bipartisan and trans-industry harmony on copyright law, as the Senate unanimously passed the Music Modernization Act, a bill that creates a streamlined process for online services to license music and federalizes America's bizarre patchwork of state laws governing music recorded before 1972.
- Instead, song recordings were covered by a patchwork of state-level laws, some of which gave artists copyright-like protection, and others did not.
- When the House passed its version of the Music Modernization Act earlier this year, digital rights groups Public Knowledge and the Electronic Frontier Foundation opposed it—primarily because they didn't like how the legislation dealt with these pre-1972 recordings.
- That's a long time, but it's arguably an improvement over existing law, where a song recorded in 1927 gets 140 years of state quasi-copyright protection before officially falling into the public domain in 2067.
August 2018 NPD: Madden NFL has its best kickoff since 2013
- Consumers in the United States spent $796 million on gaming-related products in August, according to industry-tracking firm The NPD Group.
- In particular, August was a strong month for the perennial hit Madden NFL 19.
- But what’s different is that this is the fastest-selling Madden NFL game in years.
- It debuted in 2013, but it continues to outsell most new games by a wide margin thanks to the popularity of Grand Theft Auto Online.
- Nintendo is the top-selling publisher of 2018 year-to-date.
- In fact, the month was effectively a tie in terms of dollars sales between the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch.
- So while August was a month when Sony, Nintendo, and Microsoft could hold hands, 2018 is looking like a year for them to all go to the bank together.
- Nintendo hardware sales are at their strongest point year-to-date since 2011.