Here’s how a parasite may help us overcome our fear of failure

Here’s how a parasite may help us overcome our fear of failure

A mind-controlling parasite found in cat feces may give people the courage they need to become entrepreneurs, researchers reported Tuesday. They found that people who have been infected with the Toxoplasma gondii parasite are more likely to major in business and to have started their own businesses than non-infected people. The parasite, which makes rodents unafraid of cats, may be reducing the fear of failure in people, Stefanie Johnson of the University of Colorado and colleagues said.

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Streamers quit For Honor over balance issues, Ubisoft responds

Streamers quit For Honor over balance issues, Ubisoft responds

Balance issues have been a recurring problem in For Honor. Between newer Heroes reducing the viability of the original cast and certain Heroes having far more options than others, it’s an ongoing discussion. With the release of Marching Fire, this has only increased. The community has noticed the gap between older Heroes and the new expansion Heroes. In addition, older Heroes such as Lawbringer and Warlord are drawing Ubisoft ire for not receiving reworks.

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Amazon’s HQ2 Spectacle Isn’t Just Shameful—It Should Be Illegal

Amazon’s HQ2 Spectacle Isn’t Just Shameful—It Should Be Illegal

The Amazon HQ2 saga had all the hallmarks of the gaudiest reality TV. It was an absurd spectacle, concluding with a plot twist, which revealed a deep and dark truth about the modern world. Fourteen months ago, Amazon announced a national beauty contest, in which North American cities could apply to win the honor of landing the retailer’s second headquarters. The prize: 50,000 employees and the glory of housing an international tech giant. The cost? Just several billion dollars in tax incentives and a potential face-lift to the host city.

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Douglas Rain, the voice of HAL in 2001: A Space Odyssey, dies at 90

Douglas Rain, the voice of HAL in 2001: A Space Odyssey, dies at 90

Canadian actor Douglas Rain, who played some of Shakespeare's most intriguing characters onstage but perhaps is best known for supplying the creepily calm voice of the computer HAL in Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey has died at 90. The Stratford Festival said Rain died on Sunday of natural causes at St Marys Memorial Hospital, just outside of Stratford, Ontario. He was one of the festival's founding company members and spent 32 seasons performing there, until 1998.

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SpaceX’s Falcon 9 certified to launch NASA’s flagship scientific spacecraft

SpaceX's Falcon 9 certified to launch NASA's flagship scientific spacecraft

NASA has certified SpaceX’s Falcon 9 (likely F9 v1.2) to launch the space agency’s most valuable and critical scientific spacecraft, opening up the floor for SpaceX to routinely compete for missions comparable to Hubble Space Telescope, the Curiosity Mars rover (Mars Science Laboratory), Cassini (a Saturn orbiter), and James Webb Space Telescope, among many others.

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People are “consistently inconsistent” in how they reason about controversial scientific topics

People are “consistently inconsistent” in how they reason about controversial scientific topics

There are various issues on which there is a scientific consensus but great public controversy, such as anthropogenic climate change and the safety of vaccines. One previously popular explanation for this mismatch was that an information deficit among the public is to blame. Give people all the facts and then, according to this perspective, the public will catch up with the scientists. Yet time and again, that simply hasn’t happened.

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Gaia spots a ‘ghost’ galaxy next door

Gaia spots a 'ghost' galaxy next door

The Gaia satellite has spotted an enormous 'ghost' galaxy lurking on the outskirts of the Milky Way. An international team of astronomers, including from the University of Cambridge, discovered the massive object when trawling through data from the European Space Agency's Gaia satellite. The object, named Antlia 2 (or Ant 2), has avoided detection until now thanks to its extremely low density as well as a perfectly-chosen hiding place, behind the shroud of the Milky Way's disc. The researchers have published their results online today.

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Half of white women continue to vote Republican. What’s wrong with them?

Half of white women continue to vote Republican. What's wrong with them?

For the past two years, the American left has been haunted by a number: 53. It is the percentage of white women who voted for Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election. In the sectors of the left where the figure and its implications have become a perennial theme, the number is treated both as disappointing and darkly unsurprising, a reflection of the conventional wisdom that white women would rather choose the racism espoused by the Republican party than join in the moral coalition represented by men of color and other women.

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China has an “Artificial Sun” and it Just Hit 100 Million Degrees Celsius

China has an "Artificial Sun" and it Just Hit 100 Million Degrees Celsius

China continues to do its best to allay fears about its rise by generating headlines that feel like they’re coming out of the headquarters of The Grinch or, perhaps more timely, a Stan Lee-imagined baddie. The latest? Oh, just the testing of an artificial sun.

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