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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.


LeBron James Charles Barkley feud heats up

The feud between LeBron James and Charles Barkley has heated up after LeBron responded testily to comments from Barkley.

Recently, James, the homegrown Cleveland talent who is widely considered the best player in the NBA, has taken to the media to insist that the Cleveland Cavaliers need more or different players in order to repeat as NBA Champions. Their major contenders for the title are the Golden State Warriors who LeBron and the Cavs defeated by only four points in a final Game Seven last year.  In the offseason, the Warriors added Kevin Durant, who many analysts consider to be the second best basketball player on the planet, on top of their two time NBA Finals reaching roster. Charles Barkley, a former All NBA performer and MVP himself, criticized James for complaining about the Cavs roster.

“Inappropriate. Whiny. All of the above,” said Barkley in reference to James on Inside the NBA last week. “The Cleveland Cavaliers, they have given him everything he wanted. They have the highest payroll in NBA history. He wanted J.R. Smith last summer, they paid him. He wanted [Iman] Shumpert last summer. They brought in Kyle Korver. He’s the best player in the world. Does he want all of the good players? He don’t want to compete?”

Many people believe that LeBron had his fingerprints on the crafting of the current Cavaliers, all the way down to selecting the coach, Tyronn Lue. James, however, is tired of hearing the criticism from Barkley at least.

“He’s a hater,” replied James of Barkley on Monday. “What makes what he says credible? Because he’s on TV?”



Shanahan shines on first media day

Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator, Kyle Shanahan, was the big story on media day Monday.

Shanahan lost his backpack after his long question and answer session and had to, along with Falcons security personnel, search Minute Maid Park for the bag. The backpack is believed to have contained the offensive game plan for the Falcons in Super Bowl LI.

“That would have been bad,” said Shanahan of possibly losing the bag during an interview with USA Today.

As it turned out, Shanahan had not lost the bag. San Francisco Examiner journalist, Art Spander, had taken it on accident believing it to be his. He in turn left his bag at the media day and was contacted to make the switch. Many sports pundits posited that this storyline of the lost/stolen backpack would only add more fuel to the fire burning around the New England Patriots franchise that they are a team with a dubious cheating history. Patriots quarterback, Tom Brady, was suspended for the first four games of the current season for suspicion that he illegally tampered with game balls.

Outside of the backpack debacle, Shanahan was also of interest because of his connection to the San Francisco 49ers head coaching position. Shanahan said that he met with newly named 49ers general manager, John Lynch, before he was offered the position and would love to work for him.

“I can’t B.S. you guys. I mean, I’m looking forward to talking to them after the game when this all ends,” admitted Shanahan.

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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.