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Beat a Guinness record with a collection of 10,607 games

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Michael Thomasson, New York 31, has just entered the Guinness Book of Records with a collection of 10,607 games, beating the previous mark of Richard Lecce with 8,616 games in 2010.

Michael Thomasson
Michael Thomasson

The funny thing is that his collection could be much higher as he has had to sell video games on two occasions, the first to capture a Mega Drive and the second to get married, to a person, not with the Mega Drive. Among the many oddities that Michael has called attention to is the Casio Loopy, a console designed exclusively for girls and Pippin, a console that Apple pulled off in 1995 which did not admit the slightest knowledge. Anyway, Michael ensures that all games for the Pippin are horrible.

The winner
The winner

To grab the collection Michael has used a budget of $ 3,000 a year which means that many of the games he used could get him trucks or docked in the dark. Moreover, he says that Richard continues to collect and has not returned to tell about his games since 2010 so this may end up as a personal confrontation that could only be solved with a duel at dawn or a little game of Street Fighter II.

The last meteor shower of the year is not lost | The Ursids

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Although the Geminids are the most famous star rains of December, the last event of this type really are Ursids that come this weekend at their peak. These are not so famous because they are not as intense as other famous showers. Observers usually see about 10 shooting stars per hour. However, sometimes the Ursids increase their activity to more than 100 meteors per hour. In order not to miss this event near the end of the year and in order to know how to observe the Ursids this time, you can follow the live streams that guide people.

Ursids
Ursids

The Ursids are named after the constellation from which the shooting stars seem to come: the Little Dipper which is Ursa Minor in Latin. The radiant which is the point where the effect seems to converge to the perspective trajectories of shooting stars, of this shower is the Little Dipper bowl, where the orange star is Cochab. The Ursids originate on the trail of dust left by the comet 8P/Tuttle.

Meteor Shower Time
Meteor Shower Time

Biologist proposes to reverse the evolution of birds to create dinosaurs

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A British biochemist assumed that the genetic properties of contemporary birds could be the key to turn the lives of dinosaurs that became extinct 65 million years ago. Dr Alison Woollard think it would be possible to reconstruct the genomes of dinosaurs by altering the DNA of birds. “We know that birds are the direct descendants of dinosaurs, according to what has been demonstrated by a number of fossil finds comprising the evolution of the lineage from creatures like Velociraptor and Tyrannosaurus rex to modern flying birds” said Woollard of the University of Oxford.

Dinosaurs
Dinosaurs

He mentioned in particular the Archaeopteryx, which lived 150 million years ago and whose name means ‘old wing’, as evidence of transition between dinosaurs and birds. In the movie Jurassic Park, dinosaurs were reproduced by scientists extracting DNA from mosquitoes preserved in amber for millions of years and splicing the DNA chain of the frog. This approach is impossible in reality because the DNA cannot survive more than 6.3 million years according to recent research carried out in Australia. For this reason the scientist poses the topic of “reverse evolution” altering genes to guide the development of a bird breeding and rearing their young and so on, backwards. For creatures that existed no more than 6.8 million years ago, they could use modern cloning technologies.

Mammoth
Mammoth

In this sense the scientist cited the example of the mammoths. Lately there have been recovered several bodies of mammoth in good condition from the Siberian permafrost which has encouraged by South Korean and Russian scientists plan to clone a system that allows these animals. Scientists will have to replace the egg nucleus of the nearby descendant of mammoth – elephant – by the cell nucleus of the mammoth and induce cell division through electroshock, as Woollard said. “Theoretically, a transgenic egg will develop into an embryo and a mammoth calf will be born after two years in the making” said the researcher.