The Madagascar whale mysteries unraveled

After nearly ten years the scientists have collected enough data to explain some of the aquatic mammals characteristics.

Salvatore Cerchio went to Madagascar to study dolphins more than a decade ago. But on his arrival, he found schools of whales and his research focus quickly change. The waters of Madagascar are desert waters, making whale food very scarce, and the discovery of whales was by itself history making. But what was perhaps even more puzzling was that the whale species was the rare Bryde’s whale.

The whale has not been recorded anywhere outside captivity for a very long time. After this discovery, they focused entirely on the whale and attempted to unravel the mysteries of the Bryde’s whale in its natural habitat.

After nearly ten years the scientists have collected enough data to explain some of the aquatic mammals characteristics. The Bryde’s whale is not one of the big whales, but at 38 feet, it is still a massive creature. Suffice their enormous size the whales feed on shrimp found in the Madagascan coast. “What was exciting is that we got more information on their feeding than we ever had before,” said Salvatore Cerchio. “They spend their entire lives in the tropics. That is really unusual and unique because the tropics are difficult to make a living.”

They also observed that suffice the desert waters of the Madagascan coast; the whale spent its entire life there. This is a very rare whale characteristic as many whale species are migratory in nature. They also noted that mothers don’t move away from the colony once they give birth to their puppies instead they live close by. The whales were also singing, they were recorded as they hummed a rhythmic melody, with soloist leading the whole performance. This is their primary method of communication.

MIT develop smallest solar-cell

It also does not require any further maintenance such as washing or being taken off from the vacuum during fabrication.

The solar cell is believed to be the next proficient power source for many small devices. But as devices get smaller and efficient, the need to have a source of energy with this same properties is a priority. MIT have created such a cell that would work for most small low-power devices. They have created the thinnest and lightest solar cell to date.

The head researcher in this project, Vladimir Bulovic, from MIT, said that they created this power source by combining all the critical steps to one. They formed the substrate of the cell and the protective overcoat in one process. He also said that the substrate is built in place and sides not need to move around. It also does not require any further maintenance such as washing or being taken off from the vacuum during fabrication.

“You can come up with the substrate as you grow the device, “said Vladimir Bulovic.” We are still in experimental stages, but we have noted considerable progress in making this solar cell a reality. We hope our research will lead to better power sources.”MIT are also using organic material in place of perylene, and a polymer called DBP to create both the overcoat and substrate.

Usually, perylene is used as an overcoat for biomedical devices to offer protecting to the apparatus. Using DBP for the cell has enabled the company to create the power source at room temperatures in a vacuum. It also does not need the use of harsh chemicals or elevated temperatures to merge the elements together. This makes the whole process economically viable and safer.

More big names cancel North Carolina gigs over restroom law

The Blue Man Group is the recent addition to the celebrities cancelling shows in North Carolina after the pass of controversial anti-LGBT law

Celebrities, musical acts, and businesses have pulled out of North Carolina before the ink had even dried on a recent bill preventing transsexuals from using the bathroom they identify with. And now The Blue Man Group can be added to that list.

According to My Fox 8, the Blue Man Group recently issued a statement to fans that they had cancelled all of their upcoming shows in North Carolina. The group was set to perform in the Tar Heel state from June 17-19, but pulled out due to the passing of House Bill 2 that forbids transsexuals from using the bathroom they identify with.

“At the heart of every Blue Man Group performance is a joyful celebration of all human kind including our commonalities and our differences,” wrote the group on their Facebook page. “We value every individual’s right to live a dignified, vibrant life in full color. As such, we are joining the growing list of entertainment professionals in protest of North Carolina’s HB2 law by canceling our upcoming tour performances in Charlotte.”

That growing list includes big names such as Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam, Ringo Starr, and Boston. And singers aren’t the only big names that are pulling out of the state. Cirque du Soleil, PayPal, and even the NBA have reconsidered conducting business with North Carolina due to HB2, stating that laws like these that openly discriminate against the LGBT community have no place in a progressive society.

“The new law perpetuates discrimination and it violates the values and principles that are at the core of PayPal’s mission and culture,” wrote PayPal president Dan Schulman in a statement on PayPal.

Whether more performers or businesses will join the boycott is unclear, but if something is done about HB2 then acts like the Blue Man Group will return to the Tar Heel State. But until then groups like these will find other places to do their business.

“We will stand firm in our commitment to equality and inclusion and our conviction that we can make a difference by living and acting on our values,” wrote Schulman. “It’s the right thing to do for our employees, our customers, and our communities.”

Aston Villa relegated from top flight English football

Aston Villa has been relegated from the Barclay’s English Premier League after a one nil loss to Manchester United Football Club on Apr. 16, 2016.

Aston Villa has been relegated from the Barclay’s English Premier League after a one nil loss to Manchester United Football Club on Apr. 16, 2016.

Aston Villa, a team that has recently been resigned to the middle of the Premier League standings, has remained at the top flight of English football for 28 years. The relegation comes as a major blow because of the team history in the league.

Villa has been in the English Premier League since the inaugural 1992-1993 season. They won the EPL in 1981 and lifted the European Cup in 1982 but were relegated in 1987 only to return in 1988.

Newcastle and Sunderland, two other storied Premier League teams, each postponed their relegation to the Sky BET Championship League with three nil victories.

“It’s never nice to see it confirmed but it’s been on the cards for a while,” lamented Aston Villa defender Joleon Lescott in an interview with the BBC. “Now it’s official it’s a weight off people’s shoulders and we can go into the last four games with a bit of freedom and something to prove … and show the fans we still have a fight in us.”

Aston Villa faced a tumultuous season this year. They will likely finish the last place club despite finishing runners up in the Football Association Cup. They were only able to achieve 16 points in their 34 games.

New television contracts are set to kick in for the Barclay’s English Premier League next season. The deal is reported to be worth over £8 billion (approximately $12 billion USD). Each EPL team is set to make over £100 million next season on television and prize money alone.

Liverpool musters the most unbelievable comeback in history

The 16th of April 2016 will forever be synonymous with the biggest comeback in history.

April 16 will forever be synonymous with the biggest comeback in history. Dortmund was in the form of their life at Anfield when they went two up in the first half. Mikitarian put the Germans one up in five minutes before Abomayang doubled this lead in twenty minutes.

It was all Dortmund in the first half as they made Liverpool defend in numbers. Soccer supports claim that it was as if Dortmund were the home side, seeing Klopp, the present Liverpool manager was their previous manager as well.

But in the second half things swayed momentarily towards Liverpool, as they pulled a goal back when Origi struck from close range. Not to be outdone the Germans struck to make it 3-1, sealing the tie. Whatever unfolded next has never been seen in soccer history. Liverpool needed three more goals to secure safe passage. This was close to impossible as it was already in the second half against one of the best sides in the world.

“The lads just don’t know how to quit,” Said Klopp the Liverpool manager. “I have been a manager for a long time, and I have to admit that I have never seen anything so remarkable.”

But as if a story was written straight from a fairy tale book Liverpool conjured two goals in quick succession. By then the Germans were practically all by their goalkeeper’s side trying to defend the best they can. In the last minute of extra time Loveren, a defender who wouldn’t even play with everyone fit, became an instant Anfield hero when he scored a header to secure the victory. The night can only be mirrored when Liverpool did a similar thing to go from 4-0 in the 2005 Champion League finals and claim the cup.

Champions League: Barca eliminated

This Achilles heel was something Atletico focused on in the second leg.

Atletico eliminated Barcelona in the last eight of the Champions’ League. The result means that no holder of the champions’ league has been able to retain the title since its conception in 1992.

Many see this Barcelona team as having the best-attacking trio, if not the best overall team in Europe. They had won 2-1 in the first leg, although they looked shaky and susceptible to long balls from their Spanish counterparts.

This Achilles heel was something Atletico focused on in the second leg. It is almost impossible to defend successfully against an on song Barcelona side. Very few teams have done it and successfully gotten a clean sheet. This is evident from Barcelona’s 37 games unbeaten run this season. But just as they approach the finish line they seem to be crumbling as they lost 2-0 to Atletico.

“No team has been able to win back to back Champion League trophies is an attribute that teams are getting better,” said Ancelotti former Real Madrid manager. “Take another Away from Atletico, they are a fantastic side, but Barcelona seems to be crumbling at the last handle.”

The game started off where it left in the first leg with Barca pinning a resilient Atletico back on the ropes. But as recent times would suggest that this was Atletico’s plan as they hit the Spanish champions twice. Atletico may not have a star-studded lineup, but they work well as a unit. Griezman caused havoc on the Barca defense and was rightly awarded man of the match.

Scarlett Johansson’s take on equal pay

She stated that this might result to the back alley aborting leading to hazardous health issues.

Scarlett Johansson is one of the most renowned actresses in Hollywood right now with big hits from Marvel, top of her list of achievements. Many actresses in Hollywood recently ranted on the issue of unequal pay with their male counterparts on similar roles based on their gender.

But in her interview with Cosmo Scarlett Johansson said that she believes that she is one of the lucky few women who have experienced equal pay with her male counterparts in many of the movies she has done. She, however, stated that it would be unfair to highlight her experience and insisted that it should not be looked at a personal level and as a problem with the industry itself.

“There’s something icky about me having that conversation unless it applies to a greater whole,” she said. I am very fortunate, I make a really good living, and I’m proud to be an actress who’s making as much as many of my male peers at this stage.”

Jennifer Lawrence was one of the first actresses to speak out about the problem a few months ago, and she says she had no idea that it would generate such a response. “I had no idea it was going to blow up like that,” said Jennifer Lawrence. “But, really, people who criticized it are people who think women should not be paid the same as men. So I don’t really care what those people think.”

Scarlett Johansson is not advocating for equal pay alone as she believes that the woman is being neglected. She insisted the government is talking about reducing the Planned Parenthood’s budget as an atrocity in the making. She stated that this might result to the back alley aborting leading to hazardous health issues.

Paul Walker’s daughter receives first settlement

It was ironical that the icon died from a car crash as the most famous part of his career was making fast car movies.

Meadow Walker received a settlement of $10 million from Roger Rodas’ firm. Roger Rodas was Walker’s friend who was driving the Porsche when the two died. The courts have found Roger Rodas partially liable for the accident and ordered his firm to pay Meadow Walker the sum.

The accident happened three years ago during a break in the making of the Fast and Furious 7 a franchise that has become synonymous with Paul Walker. It was ironical that the icon died from a car crash as the most famous part of his career was making fast car movies.

The investigations say that the Porsche was traveling more than 90 miles an hour laying it susceptible to high damage accidents. The car smashed into trees on Hercules Street killing both men instantly. However, Meadow Walker and Kristine Rodas, Roger Rodas widow, have also sued Porsche on grounds of a faulty vehicle for $ 13 billion.

“Through his estate, Mr. Rodas, the driver of the car, took partial responsibility for the crash, which Paul Walker would have survived,” said attorney Jeff Milam. “”Our lawsuit on behalf of Meadow against Porsche AG, a $13-billion corporation, intends to hold the company responsible for producing a vehicle that was defective and caused Paul Walker’s death.”

The courts also state that Meadow’s settlement from Roger Rodas’ firm will not in any way affect the outcome of the case they have with Porsche. Suffice his death Paul Walker did make it on The Fast and Furious 7 and featured in one of the most emotional scenes in recent times with his friend Vin Diesel.

Vince Neil charged again for battery for ‘protecting’ Nicolas Cage

This was when Vince Neil attacked her from behind, pulling her hair and dragging her always from Cage.

The two superstars have been photographed numerous times before together, especially in Las Vegas. Vince Neil was charged by the Las Vegas police for battery after he grabbed and dragged a woman who wanted to take Nicolas cage’s autograph.

It is not clear at the moment why the former rock star acted as he did, but TMZ has a video of Nicolas Cage pulling him back from the woman. Although a video of him assaulting the woman is not present people on the street witnessed the whole thing.
It is reported that a lady approached Cage outside a major hotel in Las Vegas and started chatting him up before she asked for an autograph. This was when Vince Neil attacked her from behind, pulling her hair and dragging her always from Cage. Cage is then seen trying to restrain his friend and telling him to stop it.

“It is unclear at the moment what infuriated Mr. Neail that much,” said the local police department. “However, investigations are ongoing, and we hope to learn the full story pretty soon. The woman who wished to remain anonymous has filed for battery.”

It is not the first time Vince Neil has been arrested; in 2010, he was arrested for drunk driving. He was also arrested for battery of his girlfriend at a theater the same year. He pleaded guilty in the battery case and was fined $1000 and was lucky enough to escape jail time.

Beyonce accused of plagiarism

New Beyonce song and video, Formation, causes a stir for all the right and wrong reasons.

New Beyonce song and video, Formation, causes a stir for all the right and wrong reasons.

The song and video, both of which were released by Beyonce on Feb. 6, 2016, has, in one day, reached over six million views on YouTube.

The song and video, which seem to be inexorably linked, have gained major popularity among the hoi polloi and have been praised by critics for both their creative value and their social conscience.

Lyrics such as “When he f**k me good I take his *ss to Red Lobster” have caused social media storms.

“Cheddar Bey biscuits has a nice ring to it, don’t you think,” tweeted Red Lobster in response, but the seeming lack of creativity precipitated an even greater maelstrom of Beyonce fans upon the seafood chain.

Beyonce also lyricizes the term “negro” on multiple occasions in the song and features heavily visions of a deluged New Orleans, police officers, and black heritage of the American south in the surprise video.

Filmmakers Abteen Bagheri and Chris Black, however, have not been so surprised by some of the images in the music video. Many of the clips used in the Formation video were also used in their documentary, That B.E.A.T.

“New Beyonce video used hella clips from the doc I produced and directed…but why?!?!” tweeted the Los Angeleno, Chris Black.

“I’m not mad. It’s the sad reality of the music business. Doesn’t affect my friends’ and my work, but not cool,” tweeted Bagheri.

“The documentary footage was used with permission and licensed from the owner of the footage. They were given proper compensation. The footage was provided to us by the filmmaker’s production company,” said a representative for Beyonce to Entertainment Weekly.