Ark: Survival Evolved Updated to Include Bunnies

Ark: Survival Evolved sees players face everything from the extinct Dodo to Trex’s as they build tribes and try to uncover the mysteries of the ARK. While riding a Trex is kinda cool, and building a mobile fortress on a plesiosaur is even cooler, we did wonder what would happen around easter time on the island. Have no fear because the game has now been updated to include bunnies.

What would easter be without eggs? You can now collect these bunny eggs and turn them into some interesting decorative items, such as bunny ears. If that wasn’t enough you can turn your Procoptodon into a giant bunny, eggs hidden its pouch and all. The giant eggs can also be painted to add a decorative flair to your base.

If you were getting bored of the Trex then be warned, as the ferocious Bunny-Dodorex will be roaming the ARK this week, which may force you to explore the new areas that have also been included in this patch. Felt safe in the snowy mountains or swampy regions? Then why not try exploring the caves that will now appear in those areas, featuring high-end loot, artifacts and even more information about the origins of the ARK.

With the swamp cave looking like we are about to get attacked by Aliens and the snow caves containing angry Yeti’s you may want to come ready to run the next time you brave the ARK.

Machine That ‘Uncooks Eggs’ Used to Improve Cancer Treatment

A machine invented by an Australian scientist that can “unboil an egg” by unfolding the proteins in egg whites back to their natural state has been hailed as a potential game-changer for the targeted delivery of chemotherapy drugs for cancer treatment.

The machine, the vortex fluidic device was invented by Professor Colin Raston from Flinders University works by using mechanical energy by spinning molecules at a phenomenal speed (up to 5000 rpm!) to control chemical processes. So far it has been used to “unboil” an egg by uncoiling the albumen proteins and returning them to their natural state, making them active again in a clear liquid.

The device may be able to assist in the delivery of chemotherapy drugs according to a report published by Nature.

“The machine dramatically improves the attachment of the platinum-based cancer drug carboplatin to nano-sized delivery tubes called vesicles. Carboplatin works by binding to cancer cells, inhibiting their DNA synthesis and cell division. The authors of the paper expect that the use of nano-tubes for delivery will allow for a more targeted release of the chemotherapy drug.”

“The hope is that by releasing carboplatin faster at lower pH levels, patients will be able to receive lower doses for more effective treatment.”

It also minimises drug waste. Up to half a tonne of manufacturing waste can be generated by the production of just one kilogramme of anti-cancer drugs.

“Much of the drugs end up in the sewerage system and [could] create superbugs in our environment,” Dr Raston said.

Thank you to TheAge for providing us with this information

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Facebook, Apple Assist Women in Freezing Eggs for Future Use

Family or Career? It’s a chat that many couples have at some stage throughout their life. There’s no denying that creating a family of your own is a special experience, but what if you’re just not quite ready for it yet?

Studies have concluded that the older you get, as a female, the less likely you are to successfully conceive children. This means that if you’re rocking it in the tech business world at 24, maybe the time isn’t quite right for you to start a family of your own – but what if you want to do so when you’re a bit older? As of January 2015, Apple will offer up to $20,000 to help cover the costs for their female staff to freeze their eggs across all part and full-time staff. This is something that Facebook has been offering since January 2014.

The actual cost for freezing your eggs is quite significant. The original procedure of freezing will set you back around $10,000, with a recurring $500 fee every month for storage.

The reception can be described as ‘luke-warm’ by the general audience. Some people are extremely happy that the service is being offered, others feel it’s some kind of breach of privacy for the workers involved, claiming it’s “The boss against the baby”. From a company standpoint, this is all about keeping on reliable staff and also giving their members the option to continue their family at a later date.

Apple’s official statement reads:

“We continue to expand our benefits for women, with a new extended maternity leave policy, along with cryopreservation and egg storage as part of our extensive support for infertility treatments… We want to empower women at Apple to do the best work of their lives as they care for loved ones and raise their families.”

Their parental leave period has also been extended alongside adoption and surrogacy assistance among fertility services for both male and female staff members.

What are your views on this subject? Do you think that it’s an empowering tool that should be widespread across employers, or is this a major privacy breach by the big names?

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