A Bird’s Epic Migration Stuns Scientists and Wins Online Fans

This story originally appeared in The Guardian and is part of the Climate Desk collaboration.

When Onon took off above the rolling hills of the Khurkh valley in Mongolia last June, researchers had no idea if they would see him alive again. Along with one oriental cuckoo and three other common cuckoos, each fitted with a tiny tracking device, he was about to embark on an epic journey to southern Africa.

Last month, he was the only bird to return safely with his tracker intact.

“It’s an amazingly long migration,” says Chris Hewson, senior research ecologist at the British Trust for Ornithology, who said Onon’s 26,000-kilometer round trip was one of the longest journeys recorded by any land bird. Read More


Animal Crossing fans get real about the fictional NookPhone

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Despite living on what is ostensibly a deserted island, players like Corey and Joshua called out how the phone always displayed a strong signal — ideal for when you’re in a pinch and need to call the rescue service. VideogameScrapbook called it “a miracle it works even when there are zero cell phone towers for hundreds of miles,” and Thomas found this “pleasantly surprising considering I was one of the first people to call this island home. It always reads full-bars, and the signal strength really shows. Call quality sounds as if the one I’m speaking to is right next to me.” However, he did take issue with the inability to call out on the device, asking “Why, Nook Inc.?” Read More

The Verge

Fans are upset with Crysis Remaster’s graphics, so Crytek is delaying the game

When Crytek announced that a remaster for the original Crysis would launch this year, fans were excited to see how much the game’s legendary graphics would improve — but a leaked trailer has left so many fans disappointed with the graphical changes that Crytek has now pushed the game’s release by several weeks.

A trailer showing some gameplay and a July 23rd release date was leaked on YouTube, and the visuals left a bad taste in some fan’s mouths. Several commented how the game’s graphics remained significantly unchanged from the 2007 original; one fan even said the remaster “looks like original Crysis but with the lowest settings.” Read More


‘Hamilton’ teases fans with a very satisfying new clip ahead of Disney+ release

The filmed original cast performance of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton is now only a moment away, due to land on Disney+ on July 3. To tide over eager fans as they wait for it, Disney has just released a sneak peek of Renée Elise Goldsberry’s Angelica Schuyler performing her iconic song “Satisfied.”

The unexpectedly heartbreaking song is one of the musical’s most lauded numbers — which is saying a lot considering the entire production won near universal critical and audience acclaim. The performance of “Satisfied” is a defining moment in Hamilton, so it’s thrilling that so many people will finally get to see it as it was originally staged. Read More


How UK fans can watch the first ever Premier League stream on Twitch

The first ever Premier league football match to stream on Twitch will air tonight, with Crystal Palace versus Burnley at 7:30pm BST. The game — which will be streamed on Twitch by Amazon UK — marks a significant evolution for the platform, which until now has been primarily designed for video games and esports. We’ve seen football on Twitch before, but not in a competition the size of the Premier league.

The move also demonstrates a concerted effort by Amazon to get its football coverage in front of a wider audience. The company is already streaming some Premier League matches (including Crystal Palace versus Burnley) for free on Prime, presumably in a bid position itself as a legitimate destination for sports — airing games on Twitch gives would-be Prime subscribers more flexibility. At this stage, however, Amazon’s games will only be streaming on Twitch for UK users, although if it proves successful we could see a similar model roll out to sports in the US, too. Follow the PrimeVideo channel on Twitch to watch along. Read More

Tech Radar

Olympus exits the camera business – here’s what it means for OM-D and Zuiko fans

Big news for camera fans just landed today – Olympus has announced that it’s exiting the camera business by selling its imaging division to a Japanese investment fund.

The deal is currently at the memorandum of understanding (MOU) stage, but a final agreement is expected to be reached by September 30 and be completed by the end of the year.

The classic camera brand, which has been making cameras and lenses since 1936, was rumored to be shuttering its imaging division back in November 2019. Its CEO Yasuo Takeuchi refuted those rumors at the time, before backtracking on the possibility that it might be for sale. Read More

The Next Web

TikTok teens and K-pop fans embarrass Trump at his Tulsa rally

Donald Trump’s ingenious idea to stage a massive indoor rally in the middle of a pandemic failed to attract the huge crowds his ego so desperately desires. Officials reported that fewer than 6,200 tickets had been scanned for the 19,000-capacity BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Trump‘s campaign team predictably blamed the media and protesters for scaring off his supporters. But reporters on the ground noted few protests outside the venue. Nor did they spot many people being turned away from the event. Read More

The Verge

K-pop fans and TikTok teens say they reserved tickets for Trump’s Tulsa rally to leave seats empty

As part of a coordinated effort, K-pop fans and teenage TikTok users scooped up tickets to President Trump’s Saturday rally in Tulsa, potentially leaving at least hundreds of empty seats, The New York Times reported. A tweet from the Trump campaign June 11th urged people to use their phones to register for the free tickets. The K-pop fans shared the information and encouraged their followers to get tickets, and then not show up for the rally. The plan quickly caught on on TikTok, where people followed the K-pop fans’ lead. Read More