10
Aug
2016

Day three of The 2016 International Dota 2 Championships

Another day at the International, another former champion sent home.

Day three of the 2016 International Dota 2 Championships, or TI6, began as 2013 champs Alliance scrambled to avoid elimination in the lower bracket opposite Southeast Asian team Fnatic. Alliance dominated just a few years ago — some say too much, as their "rat" strategies and constant objective pressure was considered so effective that Valve and secretive Dota 2 head developer "icefrog" made major changes to the game in response. But since then, the Swedish team has had difficulty finding its groove. Despite some occasional tournament successes, Alliance have never found the same kind of win since TI3. Meanwhile, Fnatic has outperformed expectations, a part of a...

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10
Aug
2016

Herbicide gun gives mistletoe the kiss-off

A prototype of the mistletoe-killing gun

While most of us may just associate mistletoe with Christmas parties, the fact is that it can be a nuisance in the wild. It's a parasitic plant (a group of plants, actually) that grows in trees or shrubs, penetrating their branches to absorb water and nutrients. In sufficient numbers, mistletoe plants can actually kill their host. That's why scientists are taking the offensive, with a system that shoots herbicide up into trees' high branches.

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