‘Female’ Hurricanes Are Deadlier

Posted On Dec 3 2019 by

first_imgKatrina. Irene. Sandy. Hurricane names help to make public safety messages memorable, but new research shows that the choice of name may influence how people react to evacuation orders. Although the World Meteorological Organization assigns the storms alternating male and female names (recent Pacific hurricane Amanda is pictured), historical records show that those with more feminine names had higher death tolls. Could people be avoiding evacuation because they assume that female-named storms will be gentler? Researchers tested this idea with written scenarios that described an upcoming storm and asked respondents how dangerous they expected the storm to be and whether they would follow a voluntary evacuation order. No matter which names they used—Victor/Victoria, Christopher/Christine, or selections from the upcoming hurricane name lists—respondents who read about male-named hurricanes judged them as riskier and said they would be more likely to evacuate than people who read about hurricanes with female names, the investigators report online today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. For example, fictional Hurricane Danny rated an average 2.1 on a 1 to 7 scale where 1 represents “certainly will follow” evacuation orders. Its counterpart Hurricane Kate only rated 2.9. The researchers say that this may reflect an “implicit sexism” that gets in the way of understanding and responding to public safety messages. A new naming system perhaps based on animals or objects may be in order, they suggest—and perhaps we should stop referring to hurricanes as “he” or “she.”last_img read more


Fallout 4 has an infinite bottle caps exploit

Posted On Sep 1 2019 by

first_imgAs with all Bethesda games, Fallout 4 has its fair share of launch build problems across all platforms. Many of them are just funny or a little frustrating when they impact gameplay. However, one newly discovered exploit/glitch is going to have Bethesda rolling out a patch as soon as is humanly possible. The reason? It allows vendors to gift you infinite bottle caps, the in-game currency.The exploit works as follows: approach any vendor and buy all of their stock of a single ammo type. Then sell back one round of that ammo. Then sell all the remaining rounds back of that same ammo. At this point, one of the rounds remains in your inventory even though you sold all rounds. You can then repeatedly sell this one round back to the vendor until all of his money is gone.The vendor will replenish his stock of bottle caps 24 hours after running out, so you can go sleep for that amount of time in-game and return to the same vendor to do this all over again. Alternatively, just go to another vendor. As the video below shows (PlayStation 4 1.01 version of the game), you can also use the exploit for all items.How someone happened to figure out this exploit existed is anyone’s guess. Was it pure luck or a concerted effort to try anything and everything to break the vendor system? Clearly it’s not something Bethesda’s QA department tested for.I’m sure it will be very tempting to take advantage of this glitch, but then you’d be cheating. If you’re fine with that then go right ahead, otherwise, expect Bethesda to have patched it out of the game within a few days. In the meantime, if you need some tips for playing the game we’ve got you covered.If you’re into other fun Fallout 4 semi-exploits, you can find the developer’s room in the game:last_img read more