New Overwatch short is a tear-jerking tribute to The Iron Giant

Submitted by The Verge on August 18, 2016 - 2:12pm

Blizzard’s latest animated short for its team shooter Overwatch is out today, and it features the origin story of the convertible robot-turret hero Bastion. While other Overwatch shorts have done a stellar job providing world-building backstories, "The Last Bastion" — as it’s called — is more emotional powerhouse than plot point delivery.

Zebra finches sing to eggs to prepare babies for global warming

Submitted by The Verge on August 18, 2016 - 2:00pm

Zebra finches program their offspring to prepare for global warming by singing to eggs before they hatch. In especially hot areas, finch parents make a special call to incubating eggs, basically telling them it’s really hot outside and they better not grow too big. The hatchlings listen — and this mechanism might explain how birds learn to adapt, and survive climate change.

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