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Fish recognize themselves in the mirror

Fish recognize themselves in the mirror

Science
Feb. 8 (UPI) -- The cleaner wrasse, Labroides dimidiatus, a small saltwater fish, can recognize itself in the mirror. When scientists present the colorful reef fish with a reflection of itself, the fish attempts to remove marks on its body, the most common tests for identifying self-awareness among animals. The research was conducted scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology in Germany and Osaka City University in Japan. The results were published this week in the journal PLOS Biology. Authors of the new study acknowledge that the reaction to their findings will depend largely on how one interprets the legitimacy or significance of the mirror test. "The behaviors we observe leave little doubt that this fish behaviorally fulfills all criteria of the mirror test as originally ...
Actor quits Twitter after online abuse over Black Mirror role

Actor quits Twitter after online abuse over Black Mirror role

Entertainment
Actor Will Poulter has quit Twitter over the response to his role in Black Mirror film Bandersnatch. The British star appeared as Colin Ritman in the Netflix drama, which allows viewers to make interactive selections impacting the path of the storyline.Some social media users are said to have called Poulter "ugly" after he featured in the show with dyed blonde hair and glasses.The 25-year-old actor wrote on Twitter on Wednesday: "In light of my recent experiences I am choosing to take a step back, of sorts, from Twitter. He added: "There are positives to enjoy and inevitable negatives that are best to be avoided."It's a balance I have struggled with for a while now and in the interest of my mental health I feel the time has come to change my relationship with social media...
Black Mirror fans try to get head around interactive episode

Black Mirror fans try to get head around interactive episode

Technology
Social media users are hard at work exploring an interactive episode of science fiction series Black Mirror, which essentially allows viewers to pick their own storyline. Without any spoilers, Bandersnatch follows a nerdy teenager who is working to turn a choose-your-own-adventure science fiction book into a computer game.Viewers must make the lead character's choices for him - sending the plot in different directions.The episode, which dropped on Netflix on Friday, is said to have many millions of unique permutations. Working collectively on social media sites including Reddit, viewers are combing through the multiple possible story arcs to search for hidden outcomes, Easter eggs, and even ways to cheat.Despite initial misgivings that the interactive element would be too...
Mirror and Express owner slumps to £113m loss

Mirror and Express owner slumps to £113m loss

Business
The owner of the Mirror and Express newspapers has slumped to a £113m half-year loss after slashing the value of its regional publishing operations.Reach, formerly known as Trinity Mirror, said the £150m charge reflected a "more challenging outlook" for its regional businesses.They include the Manchester Evening News, Daily Record and Liverpool Echo.The results are the first since Reach completed its takeover of the Express and Star titles from Richard Desmond.The £113.5m pre-tax loss for the 26 weeks to 1 July, compares with a profit of £38.2m for the same period last year. Adjusted pre-tax profit for the UK's biggest news publisher rose £3.4m to £64.7m.Group revenue rose by 10.6% to £353.8m reflecting the acquis...

Mirror owner to clinch £127m Express takeover

Business
[unable to retrieve full-text content]Richard Desmond's 17-year status as one of Britain's most prominent newspaper proprietors will reach its denouement this week when he clinches a £127m deal to sell the Daily Express to the publisher of the Daily Mirror. Business News - Markets reports and financial news from Sky