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Protein's on-off switch dictates flowering in plants

Protein's on-off switch dictates flowering in plants

Science
Aug. 6 (UPI) -- Scientists have discovered a new mechanism for cellular decision making. The new mechanism, an on-and-off switch in a single protein, controls whether or not a plant puts out flowers. Until now, scientists assumed the decision to grow flowers was dictated by a pair of proteins. One of the two proteins inhibited flower growth, while the other encouraged leaf growth. But in analyzing Arabidopsis, or rockcress, a common plant model, scientists at the University of Wisconsin found a new type of protein, called EBS, capable of binding with both activating and repressing chemical marks. A plant cell begins life with the potential to promote both flower and leaf genes. "It's like a first-year freshman. They have not declared a major yet," Xuehua Zhong, professor of genetics at W...

E3: Nintendo Switch gets Fortnite and Super Smash Bros Ultimate

Technology
Nintendo has announced that Fortnite is being released for its Switch console to coincide with the opening of the E3 video games show in Los Angeles.However, the release is limited to the title's last-gamer-standing Battle Royale mode and will not include the original Save The World co-op content.Nintendo also revealed Super Smash Bros Ultimate will include every character to have appeared in prior versions.It described it as the "biggest crossover in gaming history". That means the fighting game will include the Japanese firm's own characters - Mario, Zelda and the Splatoon Inklings - as well as those from third-party developers, such as Final Fantasy's Cloud, Metal Gea...
Gun emoji disarmed as Microsoft follows Google toy switch

Gun emoji disarmed as Microsoft follows Google toy switch

Technology
Microsoft has become the last of the leading emoji providers to replace its image of a handgun with a toy.The firm has tweeted that it was "evolving" its designs to better reflect its values, and intended to substitute a graphic of a revolver with that of a water pistol.The announcement came shortly after Google revealed a similar move for the Android operating system's gun emoji.Apple, Samsung and Twitter have already made similar changes.Facebook has also committed itself to switching to a squirt gun.Apple led the way in 2016 in the wake of a series of shootings in the US.It was criticised at the time for deviating from the emoji standard, which ensures the symbols carry the same meaning across rival manufacturers' devices and apps."In the history of running Emojipedia, I have never seen...
Nintendo Switch overtakes the Wii U

Nintendo Switch overtakes the Wii U

Technology
The Nintendo Switch games console has outsold its predecessor, just 10 months after its launch.Nintendo sold 7.23 million Switch consoles in the previous quarter, bringing total sales to about 14.86 million devices.The Wii U, which went on sale in November 2012, sold 13.56 million units before it was discontinued in 2017 and was considered a commercial failure.Nintendo reported its most profitable quarter since 2009.The company announced an operating profit of 116.50 billion yen (£755m, $ 1.07 billion), up from 32.26 billion yen a year ago.The Kyoto-based company raised its profit forecast for the year ending March from 120 billion yen to 160 billion yen. It said it expected Switch sales to reach 20 million in 2018.Super Mario Odyssey was the best-selling game for the Nintendo Switch, with
Mkhitaryan agrees Arsenal switch as Sanchez swap moves closer

Mkhitaryan agrees Arsenal switch as Sanchez swap moves closer

Sports
Media playback is not supported on this device Manchester United midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan has agreed to join Arsenal, with Alexis Sanchez set to move in the opposite direction in a straight swap.Armenia international Mkhitaryan, 28, will have a medical on Sunday and Monday after the paperwork for his transfer was completed on Saturday.The length of his contract at Arsenal, and his salary, is undisclosed.Gunners boss Arsene Wenger had said striker Sanchez, 29, would only join United if Mkhitaryan moved to Arsenal.Sanchez missed Arsenal's 4-1 win over Crystal Palace on Saturday because he was travelling to Manchester."He didn't play because you cannot drive up north and play football at the same time," said Wenger.United boss Jose Mou...