This Week in Science: August 28 – September 1

I didn’t read like usual this week and the blame lies solely on the gaming app, Clash Royale. From AI to a language on the verge of extinction–here are some interesting stories from this week.

A quick aside on Clash Royale: I’ve had a weakness for tower defense games for a long time. When I was really into console gaming, I played Pixeljunk Monsters, Dungeon Defenders, and Plants vs. Zombies late into the night. (Maybe into the morning on occasion.)  Clash Royale combines tower defense, battle arenas, collectible cards, and multiplayer. Check it out if you’re into that sort of thing. Ok, now to the news.

Can the Moon Make an Earthquake Worse?

Children of legally protected immigrants less likely to suffer mental illness

Could scientists be the sex symbols of the future? AI is so hot right now researchers are posing for Yves Saint Laurent

I want to try VR so badly. “Mixed reality” is a cross between VR and AR. Sounds so cool! Dell’s Windows Mixed Reality Visor will sell for $349.99

Photo credit: Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge

Development and Disasters — A Deadly Combination Well Beyond Houston

Step aside, Elmer’s. How Neanderthals made the very first glue

book An article on science writer, Angela Saini, and her book, “Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong-and the New Research That’s Rewriting the Story.” 

Click here to read “How science has fed stereotypes about women” on ScienceNews.

Whether looking at intelligence or emotion, cognition or behavior, science has continued to tell us that men and women are fundamentally different. Biologists claim that women are better suited to raising families or are, more gently, uniquely empathetic. Men, on the other hand, continue to be described as excelling at tasks that require logic, spatial reasoning, and motor skills. But a huge wave of research is now revealing an alternative version of what we thought we knew. The new woman revealed by this scientific data is as strong, strategic, and smart as anyone else.

Click here to view the book on

Science suffers as China’s internet censors plug holes in Great Firewall

Sony’s PlayStation VR is getting a price cut

Languages on the verge of extinction. If you read only one story, make it this one.

This story about Katrina Esau, one of only three fluent speakers of N|uu, is actually quite inspiring. N|uu is considered the original language of Africa but it’s now recognized by the UN as critically endangered. Ms. Esau is teaching the local children her language so it doesn’t die with her family.

We would get beaten up by the white man if we were caught speaking our language. Because of our history, people today do not want to speak the language any more, there is so much pain around it.

Trying to save South Africa’s first language

Watch this ‘snakebot’ pick up objects and climb walls

This might be the blooper reel to end all blooper reels:

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