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Sony Makes A Big PS5 Change In Japan, Swapping The Circle And X Buttons’ Functions

If you’ve ever played the Japanese version of a PlayStation game–or many games in the PS1’s library, including Metal Gear Solid–you were likely surprised to find that the menu buttons were reversed from normal. That’s because in Japan, the function of the X and Circle buttons are usually flipped, meaning that Circle confirms or selects, whereas X cancels. For the upcoming PS5, however, Sony is finally going to change the Japanese buttons to the Western standard, but not everyone’s happy about it.

According to Famitsu, this change will primarily affect the PS5’s user interface, but not the Japanese versions of PS5 games, which will likely lead to much confusion for many Japanese players who have “Circle for confirm” permanently etched in their brains. In the past, some PlayStation games have given players the option of changing their menu controls to their preferred standard, but it’s unclear if Japanese players will

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Grand Ole Opry’s Circle Network Joins Four Big Video-Streaming Platforms

Circle Network, a country music channel co-owned by the Grand Ole Opry’s parent company and station group Gray Television, said it has signed distribution deals with four big streaming platforms: Roku, Samsung’s TV Plus, Vizio’s SmartCast, and Comcast-owned Xumo.

The four outlets collectively claim 76 million monthly average users, and represent a big jump in audience accessibility for the 10-month-old network, said Circle’s General Manager Drew Reifenberger. Opry Entertainment Group, a subsidiary of Ryman Hospitality Properties, is a co-owner of the network with Gray, one of the nation’s biggest broadcast station groups.

The channel has been anchored by Saturday night broadcasts of performances on Opry Live from the Grand Ole Opry’s storied stage in Nashville, Tenn., continuing even through the pandemic’s strictures, though without live audiences.

The Opry “has had shows, with no audience, for 32 weeks now,” Reifenberger said. “The Opry is

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New subspecies of the rarest Palaearctic butterfly found in the Arctic Circle of Yakutia

New subspecies of the rarest Palaearctic butterfly found in the Arctic Circle of Yakutia
The newly described subspecies of the Arctic Apolloa, named Parnassius arcticus arbugaevi. Credit: Dr Roman V. Yakovlev

An isolated population of the rarest Palaearctic butterfly species: the Arctic Apollo (Parnassius arcticus), turned out to be a new to science subspecies with distinct looks as well as DNA. Named Parnassius arcticus arbugaevi, the butterfly is described in a recent paper, published in the peer-reviewed, open-access scientific journal Acta Biologica Sibirica.


“Thanks to the field studies of our colleague and friend Yuri Bakhaev, we obtained unique butterfly specimens from the Momsky Range in North-Eastern Yakutia. This mountain range, which is about 500 km long, has until now been a real ‘blank spot’ in terms of biodiversity research,” explains the lead author of the study, Dr. Roman Yakovlev, affiliated with Tomsk State University and Altai State University.

“With the kind permission of Mikhail Ivanov, Director of the Momsky National Park,

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