"Bumblebee" gecko discovered in Papua New Guinea: USGS

(Reuters) – A new species of gecko with black and gold bands like a bumblebee and slender toes termed a “striking surprise” has been discovered deep in the tropical forests of Papua New Guinea, the U.S. Geological survey said.

Quake 4, Complete with Cross-Platform Multiplayer, Arrives on the Mac App Store [Mac Blog]

Quake 4, a game which originally shipped on the Mac in 2006, is now available on the Mac App Store for $19.99.

Earth is under siege by the Strogg, a barbaric alien race moving through the universe consuming, recycling and annihilating any civilization in their path. In a desperate attempt to survive, an armada of Earth’s finest warriors is sent to take the battle to the Strogg home planet.

More importantly, unlike some older games that have recently been released as a campaign edition, without the multiplayer component, Quake 4 has full cross-platform multiplayer support, including Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch, Tourney, Capture the Flag, Arena CTF and DeadZone.

The game requires an Intel processor but has a generous list of supported video cards.

Quake 4 is $19.99 on the Mac App Store. [Direct Link]


Obama, top Senate Democrat split on nuclear nominee

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama will renominate Republican Kristine Svinicki to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, defying opposition from his own party’s Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, the White House said on Thursday.

VIDEO: Pakistan searches for avalanche victims

Pakistan has promised it will not stop until it recovers all the bodies of those killed when an avalanche swept through a military base in the Himalayas.

Polar bears are no new kids on the block

LONDON (Reuters) – Polar bears evolved as a separate species far earlier than previously thought, according to a new genetic study, which adds to worries about their ability to adapt in a rapidly warming world.

Midway Arcade Adds iCade Support [iOS Blog]

Midway Arcade, a collection of classic Midway video games ported to the iOS, has received an update adding support for the iCade iPad gaming add-on. The iCade started life as a ThinkGeek April Fool’s joke, but has since become a well-supported iOS game controller. Ion Audio, the company behind the iCade, announced new versions of the product at CES this year.

TouchArcade, writing about the update:

Morphing drug pushers into plumes of viscera and leg parts has never been easier, thanks to the latest update to Midway Arcade. The arcade collection app, which features tons of classic arcade titles including NARC and Rampage, now features iCade support. We spent a moment or two in the app this morning and can confirm that the added support is sharp. We can also confirm that NARC is still the greatest game that has ever been made.

The iCade is available from ThinkGeek for $99.99.

Midway Arcade is available for $0.99 on the App Store. [Direct Link]