How birds can stay slim, even when they overeat

Noticing that songbirds never seem to get fat despite overeating at bird feeders, environmental biologists wondered whether the amount of energy birds put into singing, fidgeting, or exercising could be adjusted in ways that regulate weight. Researchers now explore whether songbirds needn’t worry about their calorie counts because they can control the way their bodies use energy.

Solving the gut inflammation puzzle

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), an umbrella term for a number of gut disorders — including ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease — remains a clinical challenge. Now, researchers have identified a protein that drives intestinal inflammation. This finding highlights new opportunities for creating targeted therapeutics.

The lawsuit against Poppy and her creator has been dismissed

A judge has dismissed the lawsuit between YouTuber Mars Argo, real name Brittany Sheets, and Poppy creator Corey Mixter. According to court documents obtained by The Verge, parties will settle outside of court.

The case was complicated: it touched on topics of copyright infringement of an internet persona as well as serious abuse charges. In the original lawsuit filed in April, Sheets alleged to have endured “severe emotional and psychological abuse and manipulation from Mr. Mixter,” also known online as Titanic Sinclair. The lawsuit also pointed to Poppy actress Moriah Pereira as “a knowing accomplice to Mr. Mixter’s unlawful actions.” It claims that Poppy was created as a Mars Argo “knockoff,” one that “copied Mars Argo’s identity,…

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Brie Larson Makes Her Superhero Debut in the First Thrilling Trailer For ‘Captain Marvel’

The Marvel Cinematic Universe had a huge year with Black Panther, Infinity War and Ant-Man and the Wasp making splashes at the box office and progressing the MCU storyline to its climax. 

We still have a way to go though and Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel and a few old friends are here to bridge the gap to Infinity War’s resolution.

In case the Blockbuster Video cameo didn’t give it away, Captain Marvel is set in the 90s, an era when a young Agent Coulson and a not-yet-patched Nick Fury are in the thick of a pre-corruption SHIELD. 

It appears to be every bit of an origin story for Captain Marvel herself, showing the transition from rough and tumble girl to pioneering jet pilot to the superhuman, quantum-bending hero who’ll prove to be the key in the MCU heroes’ retaliation against Thanos’ universe-balancing finger snap.

Captain Marvel is slated for release two months before the second part of Infinity War (whose official title remains under wraps…for now.) While Larson and Jackson are definitely the focus here, supporting roles by Jude Law, Gemma Chan and Djimon Hounsou, listed as reprising his role from the original Guardians of the Galaxy flick, all help round out the cast. 

We can’t wait to see one of Marvel’s best female characters finally get the story she deserves and, most importantly, throw down some quantum bending powers that’ll help all of our favorite heroes get out of their current pinch. 

Captain Marvel is in theaters March 8, 2019.

Lyft hits a major milestone: 1 billion trips

Earlier this month, Lyft crossed a major milestone when it completed its 1 billionth trip. It took the company six years to reach that goal, which is around the same amount of time it took Uber to reach a billion rides. But unlike Uber, Lyft only operates in cities in the US and Canada, so each of its 1 billion trips has the distinction of being homegrown.

Even though Lyft sees its future as a more multimodal, sustainable transportation company that supports biking, scooters, transit equity, and safer streets, cars are still its core business — specifically gas-burning cars. As such, the ride-hail company is celebrating the milestone by offering a free tank of gas to 3,500 drivers selected randomly from across the country.

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