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What Does Ben Affleck’s Departure Mean For The Batman?

Two statements were released earlier yesterday. One was by Ben Affleck stating that he was stepping down as the much awaited Batman’s Director, and the second one by Warner Bros stating the same.

In his statement, Affleck suggested he was stepping down from the role out of respect for the character, and he had found it difficult to dedicate the necessary focus required to serve as writer, director, and actor. A Warner Bros statement supported Affleck’s move.

Countless theories have emerged trying to figure out why the recent events have unfolded. One of them suggests that Affleck and Warner Bros had never been on the same page concerning the script. At various times, it was either incomplete, not properly done or not ready for filming, depending who was asked at different stages.

Another possibility for the script was because Warner Bros were enthusiastic to release the film on an individual schedule, while Affleck wanted to take his time to deliver a perfect script and did not want to commit to a release date.

Affleck will remain as the Executive Director, though, and it’s now up to Warner Bros to look for a replacement Director.

Affleck’s script will most probably still be used with a few rewrites here and there which are inevitable. But it is highly unlikely that the entire script will be discarded altogether.

Also, by stepping down as Director Affleck did not mention anywhere in his statement that he would not be starring in the much-awaited blockbuster.

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Kids Are Closer To Pets Than Their Siblings

In a study done by University of Cambridge researchers, children are closer to their pets than to their siblings and derive satisfaction and companionship compared with their brothers and sisters.

Kids also were on better terms with pets meaning that the furry friends wield more influence in the children’s development and also in developing their social skills in addition to their emotional well-being.

The researchers sampled 12-year-olds from 77 families that had at least a pet and a child per family. The study showed that the children in these families enjoyed better ties with their pets, with dogs being the favorite, with lower conflict rates and a strong bond formed. There was also a higher satisfaction rate with the animals as playmates compared to their siblings.

Though pets may not understand or respond verbally to kids, this fact had a positive impact as the kids found their furry friends to be non-judgemental.

Research that had been done earlier had shown that boys had a stronger bond with their pets, but this new research shows a different result as the girls showed more sharing, companionship, and conflict with the pets.

“Pets are common, but their importance to children and early adolescents has received scant empirical attention. This is partly due to a lack of tools for measuring child-pet relationships,” the study noted.

In a landmark ruling by an Alaskan divorce court, pets should be assigned joint custody in divorce cases to children so that they could get all the love and affection they need.

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Is this ancient, bag-like sea creature our earliest ancestor?

Chinese researchers have found microfossils that could be the human races’ earliest ancestors. Named Saccorhytus, they have no resemblance whatsoever to people and in fact look like ‘Aliens’ who the researchers have described as a tiny bag-like sea creature that existed 540 million years ago.

This millimeter long creature lived between grains of sand on the seabed and although its fossils were found on dry land, the home of Saccorhytus is believed to be in the shallow parts of the sea. The study has since been published in Journal Nature.

Saccorhytus belong to a larger group of creatures known as deuterostomes, which evolved into vertebrates, including humans, sea squirts, starfish, sea urchins and acorn worms around half a billion years ago. According to the study, deuterostomes are the common ancestors of many species, and they paved the way for evolution to take place. That diversity proved to be a challenge for the researchers, but Saccorhytus provided the answers as to how the origins looked like.

The researchers drawn from the University of Cambridge in England and Northwest University in China had to sift through close to 3 tons of limestone so that they could retrieve tiny black specs found in the rock.When these specks were placed under the microscope, they presented an idea of how the creature appeared.

It had a large mouth that could grow, and there was evidence of muscles coupled with a thin, flexible skin and an elliptical body with bilateral symmetry. The Saccorhytus lacked an anus, but there was evidence of primitive gills that could discharge water.


Fermi telescope finds farthest blazars yet

NASA’s Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope has located the farthest blazars yet pinpointed in the universe.  Blazars are galaxies that emit powerful gamma rays from the supermassive black holes at their centers.

According to Phys.Org, the light arriving from the most distant blazar dates from when the universe was only about 1.4 billion years old – almost ten percent of its current age.

“Despite their youth, these far-flung blazars host some of the most massive black holes known,” Roopesh Ojha of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center said. “That they developed so early in cosmic history challenges current ideas of how supermassive black holes form and grow, and we want to find more of these objects to help us better understand the process.”

Fermi’s Large Area Telescope (LAT) searches the sky for gamma radiation, and about half of the gamma-ray sources it finds are blazars.

Astronomers think a blazar’s intense emissions are created when some of the matter falling toward a monster black hole is accelerated into space at speeds approaching the speed of light.  The black hole produces two jets of high-energy particles that shoot out from opposite sides of the black hole.  When one jet happens to face Earth’s observatories, the output can be detected in every light spectrum, including the highest-energy light – gamma rays.

The newly detected blazars date from when the universe was between 1.4 and 1.9 billion years old.

“Once we found these sources, we collected all the available multiwavelength data on them and derived properties like the black hole mass, the accretion disk luminosity, and the jet power,” Vaidehi Paliya of Clemson University said.

Two of the blazars have black holes of at least a billion solar masses.  All of the ancient blazars emit over two trillion times the energy output of the Sun.

“The main question now is how these huge black holes could have formed in such a young universe,” Dario Gasparrini of the Italian Space Agency said.  “We don’t know what mechanisms triggered their rapid development.”

“We think Fermi has detected just the tip of the iceberg, the first examples of a galaxy population that previously has not been detected in gamma rays,” Marco Ajello of Clemson University said.

The study has been submitted to The Astrophysical Journal Letters.

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Modern family actress facing serious health concerns

Sarah Hyland plays the Damphis eldest daughter. A blond, attractive, but dumb girl who is used to getting her way. But in real life, she is a sweet girl who has been battling with health issues ever since she was a little girl.

A source explained that she underwent a kidney operation in 2012. But luckily it was during the series break and barely noticed her absence. But as she gets older it appears she is becoming more open with her health issues as she came out on Seventeen News and explained her health in detail.

I was born with so many health problems that doctors told my mother I would never have a normal life. And she said, ‘You’re right, she won’t – but it won’t be because of her health. When my mother told me that story, it resonated with me,” she said.

If I can’t have an ordinary life, I might as well have an extraordinary one. If you set your mind to do something, you’ll achieve it,” she continued.

The sitcom was up for best comedy at the SAG awards, but with hours to go, she had to cancel the occasion stating on her Instagram page that the reason for her not attending were health related.

“Sad to say I will not be attending the sag awards today for some health reasons. So I leave you all with an adorable picture from last years @sagawards. Ps. you know my dress was gonna be turned too,” she wrong on Instagram.


Mischa Barton claims spiked drink led to hospitalization

Actress, Mischa Barton, told PEOPLE that a spiked drink led to her being hospitalized on Thursday morning.

According to Barton, who is most famous for her role in the former Fox drama, The O.C., her drink was very likely spiked with GHB, or gamma hydroxybutyric acid, which caused her to behave erratically. GHB is commonly known as the date rape drug.

“On the evening of [January] 25th, I went out with a group of friends to celebrate my birthday. While having drinks, I realized that something was not right as my behavior was becoming erratic and continued to intensify over the next several hours,” Barton said in the statement.

According to Barton, she was taken to Cedars-Sinai, where she was hospitalized for a night before being released. Reports and paparazzi photographs corroborate her story.

“I was informed by their staff that I had been given GHB,” explained Barton. “After an overnight stay, I am home and doing well. I would like to extend a big thanks of gratitude to the professionals at Cedars-Sinai for their great care and professionalism. This is a lesson to all young women out there, be aware of your surroundings.”

“Hey guys, but especially to all the girls out there, please be super careful about what you drink when out at clubs and bars at night,” tweeted Rebel Wilson, who starred in Pitch Perfect. Wilson also claimed to have had a similar experience in March. “I never thought it would happen to me.”


Research shows tomatoes have lost their taste

Tomatoes are the most basic and fundamental food additive on the planet. It is, therefore, disturbing that the vegetable has lost almost 90 percent of its flavor through human modification.

The first tomato was almost pea sized and bursting with flavor. But in an attempt to make the vegetable juicier, rounder, redder and bigger having had to forfeit the flavor.

But the taste is not the most accurate because the scientists are relying on one of the most primitive test instruments; the tongue.

But all the same, research does show that tomatoes have lost a significant amount of its flavor. The conclusions have been arrived on as scientists identified the chemical that is responsible for the tomato taste is almost none existent in present vegetables.

But there is a silver lining to this, now that the chemical has been identified, scientists can find a way to infuse it to modern tomatoes to retrieve the taste.

“Because modern farmed vegetables have only lost their flavor in the last hundred years or so and varieties are still available that produce the tasty volatiles,” said Colin Tosh from Business Insider. “It should be possible to reinsert the essential taste genes back into commercial varieties. This could be done by genetic modification, or conventional breeding.”

The scientist did advise however, to try and purchase fruits grown in more natural conditions as the limited use of chemicals would help improve the taste. The findings also show that the bigger the tomato, the less tasty it is due to, the better chance of modification to the fruit.

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Facebook, Google and Firefox working together

Facebook and Google are the top website in the world, occupying the number one and two sport concurrently and interchangeably throughout every country.

Firefox is also a top rated browser with billions of users. It is then a surprise that the three of the biggest rivals would work together at doing anything. But this is precisely the case with these companies as they seek to speed up the internet.

Facebook relies on speeds to keep the attention of the users. Often you would often exit a video or any content that is if it does not load.

In an attempt to speed up the rates on any website caches were created to store info from the site that is always present. This info includes icons and core site information. The problem is Chrome often did not save this info from Facebook or required the user to allow the command too often slowing down loading speeds.

Facebook and Chrome then had to come together and have been working together for over two years secretly to establish a faster more streamlined system.

“The problem with the early-2014 versions of Google Chrome was that it was checking for those updates files way too often, according to Facebook’s data, ” says Facebook engineers Ben Maurer and Nathan Schloss. “63% of all requests to Facebook from Google Chrome were those so-called conditional requests, tying up resources for the time it took for the server to tell the browser that, no, there’s no new file since the last time you visited.”

Firefox also soon got on the board in this secret mission of increasing their speeds realizing how important Facebook is for their survival and prosperity.

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Cloud computing single-handedly keeps Microsoft afloat

Microsoft has been experiencing a rough patch in their business model with PC computers and other fundamental sections of their company not keeping up with the customer demands.

But being on the front lines of cloud computing, the company has been able to sustain itself suffices the enormous losses in other fields.

So much so that they have decided to focus on cloud computing. Microsoft phones experienced an 81 percent loss in the last quarter of 2016. This is due in large part to the company stopping the Microsoft 2003 that operated many of the Lumia phones.

Their smartphone market has plummeted with many people opting for either an Android or iPhone.

They unluckily went through the same rabbit hole that destroyed Blackberry.

“The company’s Enterprise Services revenue declined 4 percent after growing for three-quarters. Microsoft blamed the reversal on businesses, ending the custom support agreements for Windows Server 2003, ” said Blair Hanley Frank from PCWorld. “Microsoft officially ended support for that server software in 2015, but some customers buy extended support under custom contracts.”

Cloud computing experienced a 93 percent growth over the year with Microsoft offering one of the best service and affordable in the industry.

Even LinkedIn one of Microsoft’s purchases did not do well and experienced a loss of $100 million in 2016. This is due in large part to the poor marking approach of the social media company. But one surprising bit was the PC profits rose by 4 percent, a big surprise considering market trends in past years.


Paris Jackson shares stories about father Michael

Paris Jackson, daughter of Michael Jackson, shared family stories about her father.

Paris, who has never granted an in-depth interview with a major publication, sat down with Rolling Stone to talk about life with her father, pop icon, Michael Jackson. Paris spoke about how his 2009 death affected her, how great of a cook he was, and how much of a loving, caring, responsible father he was.

“We couldn’t just go on the rides whenever we wanted to,” said Paris of her life at Neverland Ranch. “We actually had a pretty normal life. Like, we had school every single day, and we had to be good. And if we were good, every other weekend or so, we could choose whether we were gonna go to the movie theater or see the animals or whatever. But if you were on bad behavior, then you wouldn’t get to go do all those things.”

Paris was home schooled and also talked about how important education was to her father. She related that when she was eight years old she told her father that she was in love with a woman on the front of a magazine.

“Instead of yelling at me, like most homophobic parents, he was making fun of me like, ‘Oh, you got yourself a girlfriend.’ … His number-one focus for us, besides loving us, was education. And he wasn’t like, ‘Oh, yeah, mighty Columbus came to this land! He was like, ‘No. He fucking slaughtered the natives,'” recalled Paris.