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Fortnite map replaced with giant black hole

Fortnite map replaced with giant black hole

Technology
Popular video game Fortnite has been taken offline, leaving fans with an image of a black hole following the conclusion of season 10.The game, which pits up to 100 players against each other to fight to be the last combatant standing on a shrinking virtual map, went offline on Sunday. There has been no suggestion of when it will come back online, but the official Fortnite account on Twitter has replaced all of its posts with a single tweet livestreaming the black hole. During the apocalyptic end to season 10 of the game on Sunday, ongoing matches were interrupted by an asteroid shower which destroyed the virtual map players fought on. The cataclysmic event then saw the map collapse into a black hole. Advertisement ...
New giant predatory dinosaur species found in Thailand

New giant predatory dinosaur species found in Thailand

Science
Oct. 9 (UPI) -- Paleontologists have discovered a new genus and species of dinosaur. The remains of the giant predatory dinosaur, named Siamraptor suwati, were recovered from the Khok Kruat Formation, an Early Cretaceous rock formation in northeastern Thailand. The newly named species was an allosauroid theropod, a widespread group of apex predators that were active during the Middle Jurassic to Late Cretaceous periods. For the study, scientists surveyed fossils representing the skull, backbone, limbs and hips of at least four individual dinosaurs. By comparing the dinosaur's anatomical structures to those of other allosauroids, scientists determined that the fossils warranted a new genus and species classification. Phylogenetic analysis showed Siamraptor suwati was a basal member of a g...
Scientists find two new species of giant parasitic wasps in Uganda

Scientists find two new species of giant parasitic wasps in Uganda

Science
Oct. 9 (UPI) -- Finnish researchers conducting field studies in Africa have discovered two new species of giant parasitic wasps. The discovery, described this week in the journal ZooKeys, suggests the group of insects known as Afrotropical rhyssine wasps is more diverse than previously thought. The largest rhyssine wasp species can grow to lengths of 10 centimeters -- nearly 4 inches. The parasitic species lay their eggs inside the larvae of other wasps and beetles that harvest rotting wood. Until now, everything that scientists knew about the group of insects in the Afrotropical region was based on just 30 specimens. "A good example of how poorly tropical rhyssines are known is the species Epirhyssa overlaeti, which is the largest African rhyssine," lead researcher Tapani Hopkins, a do...
China’s giant middle class is still growing and companies from Walmart to start-ups want to cash in

China’s giant middle class is still growing and companies from Walmart to start-ups want to cash in

Finance
Walmart has three Sam's Clubs in Beijing, including this one in Daxing District. The company plans to open five more in the capital city.Evelyn Cheng | CNBCBEIJING — Some are trying to create characters as memorable as Mickey Mouse. Others are launching lessons on how to cook steak. Still others know Chinese parents will pull out all stops for their kids.It's all a bet on the Chinese middle class, a consumer force McKinsey analysis predicts could reach 550 million in three years — that's more than one-and-a-half times the entire U.S. population today.American consumer giants and a slew of Chinese companies are now angling for a piece of the largest middle class market in the world.For Shanghai-based Pearl Studio, China's imminent rise as the world's largest movie market means the timing is
Giant planet around tiny star ‘should not exist’

Giant planet around tiny star ‘should not exist’

Science
Astronomers have discovered a giant planet that, they say, should not exist, according to current theories.The Jupiter-like world is unusually large compared with its host star, contradicting a widely held idea about the way planets form.The star, which lies 284 trillion km away, is an M-type red dwarf - the most common type in our galaxy.An international team of astronomers has reported its findings in the journal Science. "It's exciting because we've wondered for long a time whether giant planets like Jupiter and Saturn can form around such small stars," said Prof Peter Wheatley, from the University of Warwick, UK, who was not involved with the latest study."I think the general impression had been that these planets just didn't...