These whales use boulders for a good back scratch

Just like we use pumice stones to scrape dead skin off cracked heels during pedicures, bowhead whales may be using boulders at the bottom of the ocean to exfoliate, new research says. Identifying these scratching stones could be key to keeping human activity from disturbing these massive creatures.

In the summer of 2014, a team of researchers spotted a handful of odd-looking bowhead whales in a bay off the northeastern coast of Canada. These Arctic marine mammals average 50 to 60 feet long, and are powerful enough to break through ice. But this group looked splotchy, with patches of light gray and loose skin decorating their dark gray backs. And they kept rolling on their sides and backs and lifting their flippers out of the water….

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‘Gran Turismo Sport’ brings back a classic solo racing mode

As good as it was for Polyphony Digital to finally reach the PS4 with Gran Turismo Sport, its game modes were a bit of a shock for long-time fans. What about those old-fashioned cups? You're about to get them back. The developers are releasing an…
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YouTube is back on Amazon Echo Show

Back in May, Amazon unveiled the Echo Show, an Alexa-powered Echo speaker with a touchscreen. One of its features was searching for YouTube videos, until Google blocked it due to an unspecified Terms of Use violation on Amazon’s part.

Now the functionality has been restored by Google and Amazon. However, the implementation is much different. Asking Alexa to open YouTube used to show a series of horizontally-scrolling videos, and tapping on one would open it in full-screen mode.

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‘Valkyria Chronicles’ sequel will go back to its strategy roots

Sega is finally making a proper sequel to Valkyria Chronicles. The original, which came out in 2008, was a refreshing blend of top-down strategy and third-person warfare. You led rookie officer Welkin Gunther and his makeshift squad through a fantasy…
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Google’s CitizenTube YouTube channel is back up after being terminated, though its homepage is filled with protest videos

Way back in 2007, Google introduced the CitizenTube YouTube channel as the site’s “political video blog.” Though it hasn’t been used in quite a few years (the most recent video was uploaded in 2012), it was recently terminated for violating YouTube’s policy. CitizenTube is now live again, but given the types of videos that have populated the channel’s homepage, it looks like it was hacked.

We didn’t catch the channel while it was down, but it reportedly showed visitors this message when it was accessed:

This account has been terminated due to multiple or severe violations of YouTube’s policy against spam, deceptive practices, and misleading content or other Terms of Service violations.

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