Bite Into A Tasty Cherry Blossom Burger in Japan

first_img Launchpad Blaze Postpones JAXA’s Cargo Ship Launch to ISSJapan’s Hayabusa-2 Probe Packs Up Space Rock Cargo From Asteroid Ryugu So far we’ve been privy to some extremely delicious-looking cherry blossom products available now in Japan, like the cherry blossom McFlurry, cherry blossom beer, and even cherry blossom McFizz drinks. But now there’s something even more decadent out there: the Sakura burger, from Hawaii’s new burger chain Teddy’s Bigger Burgers. For the Japanese location, the Sakura burger is a limited edition, and it looks just as awesome as it sounds.The burger is actually a variation on the regular Teddy’s Teriyaki Burger, with a grilled 100% beef patty, ground pickled cherry blossom, mayonnaise, tomato, onions, and red leaf lettuce. It also has a special pink bun with a pretty little cherry blossom stamp on it. It looks like an absolute blast to celebrate the beginning of spring, and it’s festive enough to pair with one of the cherry blossom-inspired items from one of the other chains. Stay on targetcenter_img Teddy’s Bigger Burgers has been in Hawaii since 1998 and is a fun ’50s inspired restaurant. It has locations in both Japan and the US, though the Sakura burger is a Japan-only item. It runs 980 yen and tax, which makes it a little pricey, but it’s going to fill you up with all the delicious meat there is to take in. It might just be too nice-looking to eat, especially with such a cute-looking bun.This is only the latest in a long line of cherry blossom-inspired food items you’ll see out there in Japan, with a bunch more on their way in, most likely. Donuts, drinks, candy and more foods are out there to discover, and we’ll keep bringing them to you when we discover them. Which ones are you most interested in? You might want to go ahead and buy your plane ticket now so you can try them all. It’s going to be a veritable festival of taste.last_img read more

Mass Effects Conversations Were Inspired by Ricky Gervais TV Show

first_img To celebrate the tenth anniversary of the first Mass Effect, former Bioware animator Jonathan Cooper tweeted out a few fun facts about the now-classic title. The strangest one being what inspired the game’s iconic over-the-shoulder camera angle used for conversations. It wasn’t a movie or even another video game, but Ricky Gervais’ TV show, Extras. That’s right, Mass Effect was directly inspired by a spin-off of The Office.4. The close over-the-shoulder camera style I used for conversations in Mass Effect was inspired primarily by Ricky Gervais’s The Extras. This is not a joke – that entire series was built on awkward, close conversations.— Jonathan Cooper (@GameAnim) November 20, 2017Looking at the pictures Cooper posted in that tweet, one can’t help but laugh. They totally look like shots from Mass Effect!Another interesting fact is that Mass Effect was originally going to have black bars on screen during conversations. This was typical of Bioware games released up until that point. In the end, Cooper and his friends won the “heated argument” and removed the black bars from conversations. This decision was certainly for the best since conversations blend seamlessly with the rest of the game.7. BioWare traditionally used black bars to denote interactive conversations, but we won a heated argument to remove them for Mass Effect to blur the line between interactive dialogue and cutscenes. This allowed us to seamlessly weave interactivity into dramatic cinematic scenes.— Jonathan Cooper (@GameAnim) November 20, 2017Cooper finished the thread by talking about lip-synching. Mass Effect was perhaps the first game in history to have fully localized lip-sync in all available languages. This is obviously a detail most wouldn’t know about since they wouldn’t normally play the game in another language. Regardless, this is a nice touch that certainly makes dialogue more authentic no matter what language the user chooses.10. In perhaps a first – Mass Effect had fully localized lip lip-sync in all languages, possible only because the systemic lip-sync was entirely procedurally-generated. (I only learned this after my later Quebec colleagues enthused about the French version).— Jonathan Cooper (@GameAnim) November 20, 2017It’s strange to celebrate the tenth anniversary of Mass Effect during the same year EA effectively put the series on ice. Fans have asked (i.e. begged) EA for a remastered trilogy. There are no plans for a current-gen re-release of the beloved franchise, but it’s not entirely out of the realm of possibility. Let’s keep our fingers crossed EA listens to the people. Stay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img The Deadliest Assassins in Video GamesThe Best Buddies In Science Fiction last_img read more

The US Government Is Working on SpyPlants

first_img I don’t think I’ve seen a James Bond movie that used plants as flexible cameras or a secret recording device, but the government is hard at work making that a reality. Genetically modified greenery could well be placed as living sensors or scanners, according to the Independent.DARPA, also known as the badass, super-sciencey part of the military, is working on the project. The organization is responsible for much of the sweet tech we see coming out the military like… y’know, the internet. It exists solely to fund the most pie-in-the-sky weird technology, but even so, the Advanced Plant Technologies (APT) program is a whole new realm of weird.“Plants are highly attuned to their environments and naturally manifest physiological responses to basic stimuli such as light and temperature, but also in some cases to touch, chemicals, pests and pathogens,” Blake Bextine, manager of the APT program, said. Plants do have a lot of advantages — if they can be modified to record or send some type of data, then you’ve got a self-sustaining machine that naturally reacts to all kinds of things in the environment. They’d be almost impossible to detect, they could be placed just about anywhere, and again THESE ARE PLANTS THAT CAN SPY ON PEOPLE. I would be freaked out by the idea if it wasn’t so friggin’ cool.“Emerging molecular and modeling techniques may make it possible to reprogram these detection and reporting capabilities for a wide range of stimuli, which would not only open up new intelligence streams, but also reduce the personnel risks and costs associated with traditional sensors,” Bextine said.We already have tons of techniques to monitor plants from just about anywhere, and, when combined with modified organisms, we could, for instance, have an early warning system for nuclear attacks, or monitor an area for biological weapons. Plants naturally absorb light and turn it into food, too, so a simple system that leverages those innate traits would be comparatively simple. It may even be possible to use them to monitor for electromagnetic signals well outside the visible light range. “Advanced Plant Technologies is a synthetic biology program at heart,” Bextine said. “As with DARPA’s other work in that space, our goal is to develop an efficient, iterative system for designing, building, and testing models so that we end up with a readily adaptable platform capability that can be applied to a wide range of scenarios.”The big issue is that being a plant is actually pretty tough. One of the reasons plants don’t tend to move or do much is that while they have an abundant supply of energy, they can’t convert sunlight into anything useful very quickly. Prior experiments to make plants that could change colors in the presence of certain stimuli, for instance, didn’t live too long. Even the tiny modifications cost the organism too much energy and caused too many problems for it to really work. This time, though, the agency is confident those challenges can be overcome. I’m just jazzed that we’re going to have plants. That can spy on things. Spy-plants. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetcenter_img Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferNASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This Weekend last_img read more