He Was a Stick, She Was a Leaf; Together They Made History

In the spring of 2018 at the Montreal Insectarium, Stéphane Le Tirant received a clutch of 13 eggs that he hoped would hatch into leaves. The eggs were not ovals but prisms, brown paper lanterns scarcely bigger than chia seeds.

They were laid by a wild-caught female Phyllium asekiense, a leaf insect from Papua New Guinea belonging to a group called frondosum, which was known only from female specimens. Phyllium asekiense is a stunning leaf insect, occurring both in summery greens and autumnal browns. As Royce Cumming, a graduate student at the City University of New York, puts it, “Dead leaf, live leaf, semi-dried leaf.”

Mr. Le Tirant, the collections manager of the insectarium since 1989, specializes in scarab beetles; he estimates that he has 25,000 beetles in his private collection at home. But he had always harbored a passion for leaf insects and had successfully bred two species, a

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Roku Launches Budget Video Streaming Stick, Along With Other Black Friday Deals

Roku (NASDAQ:ROKU) is getting in on the Black Friday action with a slate of discounted merchandise and services.

The centerpiece of this is a low-priced, limited-edition streaming player, the Roku SE. This $17 device will go on sale during the shopping holiday and run while supplies last at Walmart (NYSE:WMT).

Meanwhile, Roku is also knocking $15 off the price of its typically $39.99 Roku Premiere, which is positioned as an entry-level streaming product. That deal will be available from Nov. 20 to Nov. 30.

One rung up the ladder is the Roku Streaming Stick+, another portable model. It’s going on sale during the same dates for $29.99, or $20 off its manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP).

After that is the Roku Ultra set-top box, discounted to $69.99 (the MSRP is $99.99, Roku says) across the same stretch as the Premiere and the Streaming Stick+.

Lastly, for those who consider audio

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Fauci, Asked About His Legacy, Says ‘Stick With the Science, Stay Away From Politics’

Anthony Fauci, the 79-year-old director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), has said he has learned to “always stick with the science, stay away from politics” over the course of his long career.

The leading immunologist turns 80 on Christmas Eve and has spent a large chunk of his final year as a septuagenarian helping to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic as a member of the White House coronavirus task force. Since the start of the U.S. outbreak, Fauci has testified before Congress and provided public health advice in countless media interviews, in which he elegantly corrected some falsehoods spread by President Donald Trump without directly criticizing the administration.

On Thursday, Fauci was asked in an interview with Chatham House, a U.K. policy institute, how he would like to be remembered as he likely deals with the final significant public health crisis of

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How Surfing Suckerfish Stick to Whales | Smart News

Remoras are known for being the ocean’s hitchhikers because they spend most of their lives physically attached to hosts like whales, sharks and large fish. But these fish aren’t just mooching rides from their chauffeurs—the pair shares a mutually beneficial relationship. Hosts have potentially dangerous parasites removed while remoras get free meals, protection from predators and higher chances of meeting mates.

Scientists have long marveled at suckerfishes’ ability to stick to their hosts via a powerful suction disk on their heads, though they knew little about how it worked. Now, an accidental discovery has revealed the secret behind how remoras catch a ride.

Stanford marine biologist Jeremy Zucker had set out to learn about the feeding habits of blue whales in 2014 by attaching video cameras to their backs, reports Cara Giaimo for the New York Times. While reviewing the footage, he was surprised to see remoras skittering across

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Amazon streamers hit 2020 low: Fire TV Stick Lite is $18, Fire TV Stick 4K back at $30

This story is part of Holiday Gift Guide 2020, CNET’s gift picks with expert advice, reviews and recommendations for the latest tech gifts for you and your family.

Remember Prime Day? Two weeks ago, we were surprised to see that Amazon’s latest 2020 Fire TV Stick streamers weren’t on sale. But that’s now been remedied: Amazon is having an “Alexa Birthday Deals” sale today, and Best Buy is having its biggest early Black Friday sale yet — and both of them have Fire TV Stick deals aplenty. Both new models get $12 knocked off the stick price: The new Fire TV Stick Lite is just $18 and the 2020 Fire Stick — which adds a remote that controls your TV’s power and volume — is just $28. That said, you should skip that last model and pay $2 more for the Fire TV Stick 4K, which is back down

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Xbox Could Offer Streaming Stick For Game Pass Subscribers

In addition to streaming for your phones, tablets, and (eventually) your PC and Xbox consoles, Microsoft could be offering a dedicated streaming stick that comes free with a Game Pass subscription. All you would need is a TV and a controller to start playing your favorite Xbox games.

Speaking to Stratechery (via The Verge), head of Xbox Phil Spencer didn’t outright confirm such a device is coming, but he very heavily hinted at it.

“You could imagine us even having something that we just included in the Game Pass subscription that gives you an ability to stream xCloud games to your television and buying a controller,” Spencer said.

This could be similar to what Google Stadia allows via its Chromecast Ultra stick, and it would be ideal for anyone who wants a console-style Xbox experience but doesn’t have the need or the space for a traditional system. Stadia has tried

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Xbox chief Phil Spencer hints at an xCloud streaming stick

These remarks were part of a conversation around Xbox All Access. Unlike Sony, Microsoft is offering a 24-month payment plan for its next-generation consoles, the Xbox Series S and X. As part of the deal, customers gain access to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, which includes a library of downloadable games on PC and Xbox hardware, as well as streamable titles via xCloud. Spencer revealed that the Xbox team has debated internally whether All Access should be pitched as ‘Xbox Game Pass Platinum’ instead. He then talked about a plan that gives you “some kind of hardware guarantee” when new consoles are launched.

“We did that a little bit with Xbox One last year,” he explained. “Where if you got into All Access, you were guaranteed to get front in line when the Series X came out. People didn’t know the name [of the new console] at the time, but yeah.”

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