Kotaku is a video game website and blog, launched in 2004 as part of the Gawker Media network. Univision Communications rebranded it as Gizmodo Media Group. Kotaku was first launched in October 2004 with Matthew Gallant as its lead writer, with an intended target audience of young men. About a month Brian Crecente was brought in to try to save the failing site. Since the site has launched several country-specific sites for Australia, Japan and the UK. Previous contributors to the site include Luke Smith. Crecente was named one of the 20 most influential people in the video game industry over the past 20 years by GamePro in 2009 and one of gaming's Top 50 journalists by Edge in 2006; the site has made CNET's "Blog 100" list and was ranked 50th on PC Magazine's "Top 100 Classic Web Sites" list. Its name comes from the Japanese otaku and the prefix "ko-". In April 2014, Gawker Media partnered with Future plc to launch Kotaku UK, with Allure Media to launch Kotaku Australia. Kotaku is run by Stephen Totilo, who replaced Brian Crecente in 2012.
Kotaku was one of several websites, purchased by Univision Communications in their acquisition of Gawker Media in August 2016. In 2007, attorney Jack Thompson sued Gawker Media and site editor Brian Crecente over concerns that Kotaku declined to remove threatening user comments, but the lawsuit was dismissed the next day. In 2009, Business Insider reported. In 2010, Kotaku criticized Japanese magazine Famitsu's glowing endorsement of a Konami game as a conflict of interest. In 2013, Forbes criticized Kotaku over what they called an inflammatory headline in a story about Hideki Kamiya. In 2007, Kotaku ran a story about rumored upcoming features on the PlayStation 3, Sony responded by temporarily blacklisting the website; the site claimed in 2015 that they had been blacklisted by major game companies Bethesda Softworks and Ubisoft. In 2014, Kotaku was part of the accusations that instigated the Gamergate controversy when a writer from the site, Nathan Grayson, was accused of giving a favorable review to the game Depression Quest due to his relationship with its developer, Zoë Quinn, which the site denied.
The subreddit /r/KotakuInAction became a hub for the Gamergate community. Its creator attempted to shut it down in 2018, claiming that it had become a "viral cancer", but it was reinstated by a Reddit administrator due to the site's guidelines. Official website Australia UK
Nicole Boury-Esnault is a retired French researcher of marine sponges at Centre d'Océanologie de Marseille, Aix-Marseille University. In 1995 Boury-Esnault and Jean Vacelet discovered the first species of carnivorous sponges, of the Chondrocladia genus, during an exploration of a shallow cave in the Mediterranean. Caves can recapitulate the environment of the deep sea-bed due to the darkness and lack of nutrient, permitting the study of deep-sea-like regions in shallow areas of water. Carnivorous sponges, lacking the normal filter feeding apparatus, had been discovered during deep-sea trawls and presumed to be damaged since they did not have a known feeding mechanism; the discovery of members of the family in shallow water meant that they could be experimentally tested, when Boury-Esnault and Vacelet observed feeding on small crustaceans. They reported on a member of the genus which used both carnivory and methanotrophy to survive in deep-sea expeditions of the Barbados trench. Boury-Esnault and Vacelet found hexactinellid sponges, another deep-sea species, in these shallow cave waters, permitting detailed study for the first time.
She led a collaboration with Oceana and the University of Victoria which found new glass sponges in the Mediterranean Sea, in the Atlantic Ocean. In 1997 Boury-Esnault and Klaus Rutzler published a'Thesaurus of Sponge Morphology' with the Smithsonian Institution. In 2012 Boury-Esnault was involved in a study capturing the number and diversity of sponges in seas all around the world
The Arizona–Arizona State men's basketball rivalry is a college basketball rivalry between the University of Arizona Wildcats and the Arizona State University Sun Devils. The rivalry dates to 1913, when the University of Arizona in Tucson played the Normal School of Arizona in Tempe – which evolved into Arizona State University. Since becoming a University in December 5, 1958 Arizona leads ASU 72–56. Before both the schools were affiliated with a conference from 1913−30, Arizona led the series 24−4. During the Border Conference years from 1931−61, Arizona led 56−31. Upon joining the WAC conference from 1961−1978, Arizona State led that period 22−14. Since both schools joined the Pac-10 conference in the 1978–79 season Arizona led ASU 48–25 & upon adding 2 additional teams to form the Pac-12, Arizona leads 12−6. Since Lute Olson took over as head coach for the 1983-84 season Arizona leads ASU 58–18. Since Sean Miller took over as head coach for the 2009–10 season Arizona leads 15–7. In 2010 Arizona State beat Arizona at home for the third straight time in the McKale Center, the first time this feat had been achieved by the Sun Devils since the 1981-82 season.
On February 7, 2015 Arizona State upset the #6 Ranked Wildcats for the second straight year in Tempe, Arizona Leads ASU 24-21 at Wells Fargo Arena. Beginning in 1928, the rivalry was scheduled on its "traditional" date. Pop McKale, UA's coach and namesake of the present UA stadium, began challenging Arizona for their perennial spot on top of the conference standings, it was given the name Territorial Cup in 1939. The Arizona–Arizona State game has been played in three locations: Los Angeles, CA, Tempe, AZ, Tucson, AZ. Arizona leads the series in all three venues: Tempe, 63–56. ASU won the last game, played on January 25, 2020, 66-65. Arizona leads the series 153–86, which includes an 80–29 start for Arizona from 1913 to 1958. Former Arizona head coach Lute Olson amassed a 43-6 record in 25 seasons against his rival. Current Arizona head coach Sean Miller is 15-7 all-time against ASU. Arizona State head coach Bobby Hurley is 3−7 all-time against Arizona; the Arizona–Arizona State rivalry has been known for streaks.
In the first major streak of the series, Arizona won 9 straight over the Sun Devils from 1913 to 1926. Arizona has the longest winning streak of the series, 17 games, from 1945 to 1952; the streak was broken by Arizona State in 1952. Arizona State's longest streak was 15 games from 1958 to 1965. ASU has a one game winning streak in the series; the football rivalry goes back longer than the basketball rivalry, as Arizona and Arizona State first played each other in football in 1899 and feature the oldest college football trophy in an NCAA rivalry series. State Farm Territorial Cup Series