In 1976, one technical innovation changed video games forever — and sparked a crisis

We all have one. Maybe it’s in the back of your closet, hallway, basement, or garage. Maybe it’s clearly labeled, or maybe it’s actually ruined by water damage. It’s a box – specifically a box filled with items that were once cherished and now, have not been forgotten to the point of… nostalgia. I have several of these boxes, but one in particular, has taken up space since my partner and I moved in together. It was filled with loose cartridges of video game cartridges, often without labels. We don’t even own a video game console.

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As it turns out, there’s a generation of gamers that are actually more hurt by video game boxes than I am at the pile of them taking up precious space in a tiny New York apartment. Read about that hidden history and more today Daily inverse. Happy week!

Maybe she was born with it, maybe it was coral.Image Andrea Izzotti / 500px / 500Px Plus / Getty

Inhabiting the coral reefs of the Red Sea, Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins love to rub against certain types of coral – which may help them fight infections. Their routine is a lesson in why you can incorporate exfoliation into your daily toilet bowl.

For Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins, rubbing against coral can be like taking a shower. Rubbing behavior in dolphins has been documented only a handful of times and is poorly understood.

But the researchers wrote this week in the journal iScience reports that periodically exfoliating the coral appears to be one way these dolphins keep their skin healthy. To conduct the study, the researchers dived into the depths of the Northern Red Sea and collected samples of bottlenose dolphins’ favorite corals.

It turns out they’re pretty picky – the porpoises only rub against certain gorgonian corals (shown above), skin corals, and Ircinia sponges.

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Seriously, if someone wants a game cartridge…steinphoto / iStock Unreleased images / Getty

Cartridges are tough on small Imps by design. History of technological progress and sour grapes. A format that aims to transport players to vast new worlds that are also survivable while sitting on them.

Jerry Lawson is considered one of the fathers of the video game cartridge. Born in 1940, he idolized George Washington Carver. Lawson’s grandfather was a physicist, but genius doesn’t get you very far when you’re Black and living in a pre-civil rights America. Instead, he was a postman.

Lawson’s father was a dock worker who read science journals in his spare time. Jerry’s parents were determined to promote his interest in technology, get him into better schools, and fill his childhood with gizmos and radio kits. He looks for potential rejection for his family.

Lawson joined Fairchild Semiconductor in 1970, bringing him to San Francisco, where Silicon Valley was boiling. Before Fairchild began publicly assembling a gaming venture, Lawson repaired parts at home, building an arcade cabinet from scratch in his garage. Summon Demolition Derbyhe tried out the game at a pizzeria in Campbell, California, in 1973.

His work ended up making the home game forever.

Thankfully, smallpox in monkeys is not usually serious.Getty Images / Getty Images News / Getty Images

Recently, officials have been tracking a global increase in monkeypox virus cases. On Wednesday, public health officials in Massachusetts announced there was one confirmed case in the state, the first confirmed case of the virus in the United States this year. On Thursday night, health officials in New York City announced they were investigating a possible case of monkeypox, although it remains unconfirmed.

As the name suggests, monkeypox is in the same family of viruses as smallpox, although it is generally much less contagious and less severe than smallpox.

William Schaffner, an infectious disease specialist at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, said: Inverse This virus is commonly found in small mammals in tropical climates.

“Sometimes it gets into primates, which is why monkeypox is named,” he said. “And of course, it can also infect people. It can spread from person to person but not easily, you need to have very close and often quite sustained interpersonal contact, touching, kissing, etc.”

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Science fiction or truth?David Wall / Moment / Getty Images

The plates, taken before the launch of Sputnik in the 1950s, show near-Earth satellite-like objects. A new study delves into the potential reasons.

“We found an image where nine stars were out there, and they disappeared. And they weren’t there half an hour before, and six days later they weren’t there,” said Beatriz Villarroel, a postdoctoral researcher at the Nordic Institute for Theoretical Physics. “And you wonder, ‘Is this real?'”

There isn’t any astronomical explanation available for what these vanishing points of light, which researchers call transients, might be. The dots could be defects in photographic emulsions or imaging artifacts from when astronomers first scanned the arrays. But in a recent series of papers, Villarroel and a small team of astronomers more seriously studied the possibility that lightning could be something more interesting – extraterrestrial objects.

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  • On this day in history: On May 23, 1701, my fellow countryman and legendary Captain William Kidd was executed for piracy. Kidd was born in Greenock, in Renfrewshire, Scotland, which is also very close to where I live. Curiously, Kidd eventually arrives in New York City, trying to find his fortune. After his death in 1701, some of his buried spoils were found off the coast of Long Island.
  • Song of the day: “Video Games” by Lana Del Rey

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